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No meltdown for prices of property in city
UT nets Rs 95.31 crore through auction of plots
Chandigarh, October 23
Contrary to the apprehension that global recession will have a negative impact on real estate scenario in Chandigarh, the UT Estate Office, today, netted a whopping amount of Rs 95.31 crore through the auction of residential and commercial property, which came under the hammer in a public auction here.

Co under scanner for buying land beyond limits
Quark chairman Fred Ebrahimi director in the infrastructure firm
Mohali, October 23
The Mohali district administration has issued a notice to an infrastructure company, Fauja Singh Infrastructure Pvt Ltd for buying around 1200 acres of land in Nangal and Parol villages here beyond the permissible limit. The chairman of the high-profile Quark City, Fred Ebrahimi is the Director in the infrastructure company under question.

Damage control by PU authorities
Chandigarh, October 23
A day after the violent clash that took place at Students’ Centre and rocked Panjab University yesterday, the authorities “smell” politics in media reports about yesterday’s clash involving outsiders and some university students. In fact, the university authorities went on a “damage-control” spree what with beefing up the security arrangements on campus and even checking of vehicles which went on through out the day.

Outsider in his own home
Septuagenarian accuses elder son of taking forcible possession of his room
Chandigarh, October 23
Seventy-four-year-old Sadhu Singh has been running from pillar to post to get back the possession of his room in his own house at Sector 46.



Democratic institutions get raw deal
Chandigarh, October 23
Riding roughshod over the democratic aspirations of the general public, the UT administration seems to be giving a raw deal to the elected representatives and institutions in the city.

Students with their handicrafts at the exhibition organised by Hamari Kaksha at Sector 7 in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Protest against cancellation of interview
Chandigarh, October 23
Around 700 persons raised slogans against the authorities of Directorate Supplies and Disposal Department of Haryana for the inconvenience caused to them due to the cancellation of the interview scheduled for today.

Backache in kids on rise, say experts
Chandigarh , October 23
Suman Gehlot was in a shock when Garima, her 11-year-old daughter, returned from computer class with a nagging shoulder pain. “We consulted a physiotherapist as the pain refused to go,” she says. After a thorough check-up, doctor said, it was a disorder of overuse of computer

IG to cops: Be polite with public
Chandigarh, October 23
UT inspector general of police (IGP) S. K. Jain warned the police force during the Sampark Sabha held at the Police Lines, Sector 26, here today that strict action would be taken against those found indulged in corruption. Jain instructed the police officials to remain extra vigilant in coming days of Diwali in view of the intelligence inputs relating to the militant outfits.

Plan to rechristen ‘Condom Bar’ at Kalagram
Chandigarh, October 23
“Safe sex to safe driving”, this is apparently the new mantra of the Chandigarh Industrial Tourism Corporation (CITCO), which is now planning to rechristened its “Condom Bar” at Kalagram.

Rodrigues for fight against foeticide
Chandigarh, October 23
Advocating the need for action-oriented approach for promoting gender equality and improvement in child sex ratio, UT administrator and Punjab Governor S.F. Rodrigues today called for a crusade against the unethical practice of female foeticide through vigorous implementation of action plans at the ground level and by making it a mass movement. UT administrator and Punjab Governor S.F. Rodrigues at a conference on female foeticide in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

License must to sell crackers
Mohali, October 23
The district magistrate has imposed a ban on the storage and sale of crackers in the SAS Nagar district except at places earmarked by SDMs concerned.

Another dengue death in Mohali
Mohali, October 23
With the death of a 37-year-old resident of Phase V, here, the dengue toll in Mohali rises to two.

Book on Punjabi poetry released
Chandigarh, October 23
The elemental experiences of life, its recurring joys and sorrows, its lavish bounties and mysterious denials find their true manifestation in the Punjabi poetry book, “Dard Hi Ban De Geet Suhaane”, released at Randhawa Auditorium here today.

MC issues notices to encroachers in transferred villages
Maloya has maximum encroachments
Chandigarh, October 23
The Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) issued more than 250 notices to the defaulters for encroachment on the residential and commercial areas in the nine villages transferred to the MC in the recent past. The notices were issued on the basis of the Town Khasra survey undertaken by the MC to keep a check on the encroachment in the villages.

Commercial encroachment on the municipal corporation land at Maloya village, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

‘Dropouts’ showcase talent in Diwali Mela
Chandigarh, October 23
Exquisite earthen lamps, vivid gel candles and colourful idols--the items put on sale at the Diwali Mela organised by the students of Hamari Kaksha, Sector 7, were symbolic of the rays of hope that have brightened the lives of these so-called ‘hopeless students’.

City to have training centre for streetkids
Chandigarh, October 23
The Vocational Training Centre (VTC) at Maloya, set up by the Chandigarh administration for empowering the streetchildren and ensuring their rehabilitation as productive members of society, will be dedicated to the residents of the city beautiful on October 27.

Students exhorted to follow traffic rules
Chandigarh, October 23
A special traffic awareness camp was organised at Guru nanak Khalsa Senior Secondary school, Sector 30, today to make students aware of the traffic rules.

Sikh women prone to breast cancer: Expert
Chandigarh, October 23
Sikh women are the most prone to breast cancer after Parsi women, an expert said here today.

Savinder Singh Uppal Uppal on block Cong panel
Chandigarh, October 23
President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Mohinder Singh Kaypee appointed Savinder Singh Uppal as vice-president of the block Congress committee, Mohali, according to a press note issued here yesterday. TNS


Fissures to fore in students’ council
SOPU holds press conference, ABVP submits memorandum to V-C
Chandigarh, October 23
Even as the Panjab University authorities failed to clarify their position on students’ safety on the campus, it was the Students’ Council that held a press conference here today to address the issue.

PU Faux Pas
Declares passed student as compartment candidate
Chandigarh, October 23
Apparently, Panjab University could not have committed a worse faux pas. A student, who had cleared BA final examinations, was informed about compartment in English a year after the declaration of result.

Hostel accommodation
Authorities prefer lecturers over students
Chandigarh, October 23
Despite the shortage of hostel accommodation for students in Panjab University, the authorities concerned, seem to be least bothered. The two floors (IInd and IIIrd floor) of first block of the Boys’ Hostel No-6 (Teja Singh Hall) have been allotted to the academic staff college and public health department.

Campus Rumpus
Accused not new to violence
Chandigarh, October 23
A looks at the background of students allegedly involved in yesterday’s ruckus on the campus proves that barring one or two of them, the others were not new to violence.

Youth Fest
Folk flavour dominates day 3
Chandigarh, October 23
The participants staged a vibrant show on day three of the Panjab University Diamond Jubilee Youth and Heritage Festival of Zone A today.

The exuberant participants in the youth festival at Government College, Sector 46, in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph


Ropar Heritage Fest
Misra brothers enthral audience
Ropar, October 23
Pandit Rajan and Sajan Misra from the Benaras gharana performed at the Swar Utsav night held under the flagship of Ropar Heritage Festival.

Pandit Rajan and Sajan Misra perform at the Ropar Heritage Festival. A Tribune photograph

Youth Fest
Theatre, order of the day
Patiala, October 23
The second day of the zonal youth festival of Punjabi University, Patiala (Fatehgarh zone), being held at PMN College, Rajpura, was a day of theatre. Dr Sanjiv Kalia, principal of the college, shared a remarkable responsibility on the second day of the three-day youth festival.


Accident victim’s death
PGI director told to submit report
Chandigarh, October 23
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Division Bench of chief justice Tirath Singh Thakur and justice Jasbir Singh yesterday asked the PGI director to submit a status report before December 12 on the circumstances leading to discharge and subsequent death of an accident victim on August 13. He was being taken to Solan in an ambulance.

Cheque Bounce Case
Wife, son of former minister arrested, granted bail
Panchkula, October 23
The wife and son of a former Haryana minister were granted bail by a local court here today. The duo, Aruna Marhia and Vishal Marhia, wife and son, respectively, of Vinod Marhia, a former minister, was arrested from Chandigarh yesterday.

Man acquitted in rape case
Chandigarh, October 23
Additional district and sessions judge, Ravi Kumar Sondhi, yesterday acquitted Ashish in a rape case after the victim turned hostile, as the two had solemnised their marriage at the district courts.


42-yr-old sets himself afire, dies
Chandigarh October 23
A 42-year-old married man reportedly committed suicide by setting himself afire in Sector 20 late last night. According to reports, the deceased, identified as Rajiv Verma, took the extreme after a 22-year-old girl, whom he wanted to marry, turned down his proposal.

Sena leader attacked by armed youths
Chandigarh, October 23
Two youths of Colony No. 5, Siya Ram and Kamal, were seriously injured when a group of 20 armed youths attacked them near a liquor shop in the colony late this evening. The condition of the injured, who were admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32, is said to be serious.

5 students hurt in attack
Two suspects arrested
Mohali, October 23
In broad daylight incident, four car-borne youths, armed with rods and sharp-edged weapons, attacked a group of students of Army Institute of Law (AIL), Sector 68, here this afternoon. The bloody attack left at least five students of the third semester injured, including one who received serious fracture in one of his arms.

Clerk gets 5-year RI for forgery
Chandigarh, October 23
CBI Special Judge Jagdeep Jain sentenced Tilak Raj, an upper division clerk at the regional provident fund commissioner’s office, to five-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) and imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on him at the district courts today for forgery, cheating and indulging in corruption. The court also sentenced co-accused Gurmukh Singh to rigorous imprisonment of three years and slapped a fine of Rs 16,000 on him.

Vehicles stolen
Chandigarh, October 23
Vinod Sehgal, a resident of Sector 18, filed a complaint with the police that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH-01-J-7593) was stolen from his house on October 11. In another incident, Shamsher Singh of Kangra complained to the police that his Maruti car (CH01Z 0326) had been stolen from Phase I, Industrial Area.

4 booked for assault
Panchkula, October 23
The district police has booked four students of Swami Devi Dyal College, Golpura, near Raipur Rani, allegedly for injuring one of the students with sharp-edged weapons when he was attending his class.

One more held for student’s murder
Panchkula, October 23
The district police arrested resident of village Badona Kiran Pal, alias Tinku, an accused of murder of a local government college student here yesterday. With this, the total number of accused arrested in the case has reached to nine.

Rickshawpuller found dead
Chandigarh, October 23
A rickshaw-puller in his mid-thirties was found dead near a liquor vend in Sector 22 today morning.


Bhullar rallies with hat-trick of birdies
Chandigarh, October 23
Gaganjeet Bhullar from Kapurthala came back with a hat trick of birdies on the last three holes to fire a two under par 69 card to be tied 31st on the opening day of the US $ 5 lakh Macau Open Asian Tour event on the par 71 greens of the Macau Golf and Country Club in Macau today.

Athletes take part in 400 m race during the 56th Northern Railway Games at Railway Sports Ground in Ambala. Photo: Kamal Sachar

Tennis Championship
St Peter's to face Carmel in finals
Chandigarh, October 23
Hosts St Peter's Secondary School will lock horns with Carmel Convent School tomorrow in all-Chandigarh girls’ under-19 finals in the CBSE North Zone I Tennis Championship being played at St Peter's Tennis Academy on the school premises.

Signature Club
Kang steers city to finals
Chandigarh, October 23
Harjinder Singh Kang steered the Chandigarh Golf Club into the finals of McDowell's Signature Club Golf Championship to be played on the Bali Islands in December.

St Kabir holds ICSE Schools Skating Carnival
Chandigarh, October 23
St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, played host to the ICSE Schools Skating Carnival. Six ICSE schools from Chandigarh and Panchkula took part in this event.

Stephen’s beat DAVSSS in finals
Chandigarh, October 23
St Stephen’s Football Club, Sector 45, piped DAV Senior Secondary School Club, Sector 8, by 6-5 in tie-breaker final of the Senior Chandigarh Women Football Championship for the Deepak Kapania Memorial Trophy at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here today.

Edmund Rice cricket tourney from tomorrow
Chandigarh, October 23
St Johns High School, Sector 26, is organising the 11th edition of the Blessed Edmund Rice Cricket Tournament 2008 at St Johns High School from October 25 onwards.

Grewal to focus on MAKA Trophy
Chandigarh, October 23
To bring back the glory of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy will be high on the agenda of new director sports of Panjab University, Dr. Charanjit Singh Grewal, who took the charge of the office today.


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