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Violation of building bylaws
Notices to 17 institutions

Chandigarh, October 16
Taking cognizance of building violations and the “habitable use” of basement for children, the estate office has issued notices to 17 schools, colleges and educational trusts here.

PU boarders on a high
The cycle of a junk dealer laden with empty bottles of liquor sourced from hostels at Panjab University. Chandigarh, October 16
When the sun goes down, life assumes an altogether different meaning in Panjab University hostels. While for many students it’s a time for serious studies, for others it’s a time to party and “hit the bottle”.

The cycle of a junk dealer laden with empty bottles of liquor sourced from hostels at Panjab University. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik


These policewomen get mehndi applied on their palms ahead of Karva Chauth.
These policewomen get mehndi applied on their palms ahead of Karva Chauth. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Cops drag their feet in gangrape case
Panchkula, October 16
Even after a month of the alleged gangrape of a 17-year-old schoolgirl, the police seems to be dragging its feet and has failed to arrest the main accused.

Global meltdown overshadows auction
Chandigarh, October 16
The global financial turmoil is set to cast its shadow on the auction season in the city. This was clear during the auction by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) which evoked a lukewarm response today.

PCA bans official’s entry
Mohali, October 16
Taking swift action against its official, who was found taking away Mathew Hayden’s cap from Australian dressing room at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium yesterday, the association withdrew his official badge and banned his entry in the stadium.

Five-star treat awaits rural students
Mohali, October 16
A five-star treat awaits the 5,000 young students from the rural Punjab, who will arrive here tomorrow to watch the Indo-Aussie cricket Test match that is being played at the PCA stadium.



ISBT, a boozers’ paradise
Chandigarh, October 16
The inter-state bus terminus (ISBT), Sector 17, seems to have turned into a Bacchus paradise during night hours.

Decorated World War II veteran dies
Ropar, October 16
Ex-gunner Bachan Singh, recipient of Africa Star, Burma Star and Defence of India Medal during the World War II, who fought a long battle for his dues and received his pension arrears of about 60 years in April this year, died on Wednesday early morning in Khokhran village.

A tree that fell on a car in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tree falls on car in Sec 19
Chandigarh, October 16
A car was badly damaged when a neem tree fell on it in Sector 19 following last night’s rain and storm. S.K. Modi whose car was damaged in the incident said it would cost him around Rs 1 lakh to fix the car.

A tree that fell on a car in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Terror Threat
CCTVs for govt buildings
Chandigarh, October 16
Alarmed at the recent terrorist strikes in different parts of the country, the Chandigarh administration today proposed to install CCTVs at different locations in the city, including government buildings.

Lighting up lives, driving out evil: A potter surrounded by diyas which he is making well in time for Diwali, the festival of lights. A Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Panel to monitor development of Ind Area
Chandigarh, October 16
Expressing concern over delay in the execution and monitoring of the plan of development of the Industrial Area, UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues today set out a roadmap for strengthening the infrastructure with the constitution of a committee under the chairmanship of home secretary.

Rosebys to open store in city
Jaipur, October 16
Residents of the city and its surrounding areas can now get quality Rajasthan dresses, paintings and artefacts made by rural artisans with Rosebys, an international retail store owned by GHCL Ltd, a Dalmia family organisation, deciding to open its store here.

Eatables: PU wakes up to hygiene
Workers to wear caps, gloves
Chandigarh, October 16
It has taken the Panjab University authorities, ‘one cockroach’ and two ‘grits’ to wake up to the need of maintaining hygiene in eatables.

Jaspal Bhatti in Nach Balliye
Chandigarh, October 16
The fame of flop show, Jaspal Bhatti, is now ready to go Bollywood style as he would soon be seen dancing on Bollywood numbers in “Nach Balliye”, a dance show featuring on Star Plus.

Teachers for fair assessment
Chandigarh, October 16
The recent announcement by the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council regarding assessing teachers by the students has been giving sleepless nights to most of the teachers.

Direction to GMADA
Chandigarh, October 16
The process of redeeming Mohali residents from garbage menace is on. Taking up a petition filed by the Residents Welfare Society, PSIEC, Sector 74 housing complex, Mohali, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed municipal council and Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to discuss and sort out the issue of setting up a solvent waste treatment plant in the land under acquisition.

Quark sacks 100 more workers
Mohali, October 16
Continuing with its retrenchment drive, the Quark City India Private Limited sacked 100 more workers from its ongoing construction work at the site of Quark City in Industrial Area, Phase VIII, here today. At least 10 construction engineers were among those whose services were today terminated by the IT giant.

Models display dresses of NIFD at Gymkhana Club in Patiala on Thursday. Budding designers showcase talent
Patiala, October 16
Inter-National Institute of Fashion Design, Patiala, organised “Fashion Glitterati”, the annual designer contest at Rajindra Gymkhana and Mahindra Club, Patiala, late last evening. The show was organised in association with the Gymkhana Club.

Models display dresses of NIFD at Gymkhana Club in Patiala on Thursday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Shatabdi delayed
Chandigarh, October 16
The Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi Express was delayed by around 20 minutes following a signal failure between Ambala and Dhulkot stations this evening.

IT Arrears: Petrol pump sales attached
Chandigarh, October 16
Income tax officials today attached the sales of Gurdayal Singh and Sons, which runs a petrol pump at Sector 22, to recover tax arrears to the tune of Rs 20 lakh.

Catch corrupt through SMS
Chandigarh, October 16
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to launch awareness campaign against corruption through SMS.

Defamation Case
Minister deposes in court
Panchkula, October 16
Haryana education minister Mange Ram Gupta deposed in the court of Justice Madhu Khanna in a defamation case filed by him against MP Ajay Singh Chautala here yesterday.

MC blames GMADA for non-functional streetlights
Mohali, October 16
The festival of lights is fast approaching but many parts of the town are facing darkness because of non-functional streetlights even as officials of the municipal council blame GMADA and the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for the unsatisfactory situation.


MCM row far from over
Chandigarh, October 16
Finally after a month long wait, the administration has decided upon the MCM brawl case. In the report released today by Raji P Shrivastava, director higher education, both the accused Ritu and Jyoti have been held guilty of bashing a co student Priyanka outside the college gate.


Complainant unhappy
Chandigarh, October 16
The report has come as a serious shock to the complainant Priyanka declared it a major disappointment. “Is this the Justice? I am not happy with this report. Would this have been the decision if I were their daughter?” She questions.

DPI seeks explanation from principal
Chandigarh, October 16
Samwartak Singh, DPI (S), UT has asked a written explanation from the principal, GMSSS, Sector 47 on the issue of a Class V student been beaten up by a teacher.

Flying academies feel the heat
Shift focus to hospitality
Chandigarh, October 16
The airhostess academies in the city are now attempting to hold their business by shifting the focus from airline industry to hospitality management, after the laying off more than 1,800 by Jet Airways in the past three days.


Galaxy of stars to enliven Ropar Heritage Fest
Ropar, October 16
A galaxy of stars will descend at six days’ Ropar Heritage Festival from October 21 to 26. While addressing mediapersons today, deputy commissioner Baldeo Purushartha said the administration was trying to raise this festival to a national status. District administration is spending Rs 30 lakh on the event that will have competitions for schools and colleges students as well as for public. On October 21, a procession will be taken out from the city’s market marking the onset of the event. (From left) Wadali brothers, Gurdas Mann, Harbhajan Mann will perform at the Ropar Heritage Festival.

National College grooms students’ skills
Patiala, October 16
The English Literary Society of Patel Memorial National College, Rajpura, organised a fest to groom the communicative and technical skills of the students.

Sub-treasury office yet to take shape
Bassi Pathana, October 16
In spite of the government having sanctioned a sub-treasury office for the sub-division and issued requisite infrastructure like computer and furniture, the office has yet to take shape due to lack of requisite space and staff.

Four suspected with dengue
Ambala, October 16
As may as four suspected dengue patients were admitted in civil hospital at Ambala City today. Three of them were referred to PGI, Chandigarh, following their serious condition. According to hospital sources, the platelets of those patients were found rapidly decreasing.

NHAI to pay for land
Dera Bassi, October 16
After the direction was issued by the Mohali district administration, the NHAI had decided to pay the land compensation to those people whose land was acquired for widening of the Chandigarh-Ambala National Highway.

Kanwaljit promises compensation to farmers
Dera Bassi, October 16
Punjab cooperations’ minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh today visited fields of various villages in Dera Bassi, which were affected on Tuesday by heavy rain and hailstorm. The minister has given strict instruction to the authority concerned that entire compensation amount should be distributed properly among the farmers and he should not receive any complaint of corruption in distribution of compensation.

Nine of inter-state gang held
Kharar, October 16
Nine members of an inter-state gang were arrested today during a joint operation conducted by the Kharar police and CIA staff. The gang had been operating in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.


High Court
Parwanoo-Zirakpur Highway

Haryana agrees to give land to Army

Chandigarh, October 16
The last hurdle in the way of widening of the Parwanoo-Zirakpur stretch was removed today with Haryana telling the Punjab and Haryana High Court that 50 per cent of the demarcated land on the stretch would be handed over by it to the Army by this evening.

Kasauli-based hotelier released
Mohali, October 16
The sub-divisional magistrate, Khanna, naib tehsildar, Majri and a patwari, all suspects in a Punjab Vigilance case of alleged forgery, fraud, conspiracy and corruption relating to mutation of 432 kanal at Nada village, today applied their application for anticipatory bail at a local court.

Cash at Judge’s Door
Nirmal granted bail
Chandigarh, October 16
CBI special court of Jagdeep Jain today granted bail to another accused, Nirmal Singh, in the cash at judge’s door case. Nirmal was asked to furnish bail bonds of Rs 50,000 by the court.


Purse snatched in Sector 35
Chandigarh, October 16
Saroj Gautam, a resident of Sector 35, filed a complaint with the police alleging that her purse containing cash of Rs 12,000, one gold chain and one gold ring, was snatched from Sector 35. A case has been registered at the Sector-36 police station.

PU Stabbing Case
Despite information, no arrests so far
Chandigarh, October 16
Even after a lapse of five months, a student was stabbed in the Panjab University, the local police have failed to arrest Gursewak Singh and Sukhdeep Singh, two of the six accused in the incident.

4 P’kula houses burgled
Panchkula, October 16
The thieves struck at four houses in the town and managed to take away goods worth lakhs of rupees, including laptops, mobile phone and gold items here today. The thefts were reported from houses in Sectors 17, 20, 25 and 26.


Simi clinches golf crown
Chandigarh, October 16
It was Simi Mehra all the way. The 34-year-old Kolkata powerhouse continued her excellent form to fire a two-under par 70 in the final round to complete a hat-trick of victories, clinching the fourth leg of the DLF Women’s Professional Golf Tour here today.

The scull boats that are in disuse owing to fault in design. Scull boats rot owing to admn apathy
Chandigarh, October 16
Call it official apathy or lack of co-ordination, scull boats purchased by the UT sports department by spending over Rs 12 lakh are lying unused for the past three months due to their faulty design.

The scull boats that are in disuse owing to fault in design. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik


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