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School kids’ safety
DTO cracks whip on auto drivers

Mohali, October 24
In a belated move, the district transport authority has cracked the whip on three-wheelers, illegally ferrying school children. The drivers have been told to adhere to the norms as are applicable to school buses. To enforce the orders, accountability has also been fixed on the private schools that allow the three-wheeler operators to pick and drop students.

Cops-Drug Peddlers Nexus
Sekhon joins NCB inquiry

Chandigarh, October 24
The Chandigarh police controversial SI H.S. Sekhon, whose name has appeared during the investigations of the local drug peddlers by the Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) sleuths, today joined the bureau’s investigation.

Students of the International Institute of Fashion Technology, Mohali, participate in a rangoli competition
Students of the International Institute of Fashion Technology, Mohali, participate in a rangoli competition on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


Safai karamcharis stage a protest in support of their demand for Diwali bonus at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh
Safai karamcharis stage a protest in support of their demand for Diwali bonus at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik 

UT amends allotment scheme for institutes
Chandigarh,October 24
While amending the allotment scheme for the institutions, the Chandigarh Administration has renamed it as “Allotment of land to various bodies/associations/trust /organisations of religious, charitable, cultural, social nature and governments/semi-government organisation and its autonomous bodies on leasehold basis in Chandigarh, (Amendment) Scheme, 2008.”

Close down dept of evening studies: NAAC
Chandigarh, October 24
The department of evening studies, Panjab University, is in the eye of the storm again as the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) team has suggested the varsity to close down the department as it has “outlived its utility”.

Life term for killing husband
Panchkula, October 24
Additional district and sessions judge Sanjiv Jindal today sentenced Sehlata, wife of Padam Singh a caretaker at a farmhouse, to life imprisonment for murdering her husband. A fine of Rs 5,000 was also imposed on her. The failure in depositing the amount of fine would attract additional imprisonment of five years.

A clarification
Chandigarh, October 24
Reacting to the news item, “Beauty business turns ugly for entrepreneur”, published in these columns on October 10, Richfeel Health and Beauty Pvt. Ltd. has claimed that provision for monopoly rights for the tricity does not exist in the agreement with the franchise.


Pre-natal Act fails to curb foeticide, say experts
Chandigarh, October 24
H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune, flanked by Usha Rai (l) and B.G. Verghese at the concluding session of the conference on Population Health and Social Development on Friday in Chandigarh The Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, which prohibits pre-natal sex determination tests, has failed to achieve its goal in curbing female foeticide. 

H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune, flanked by Usha Rai (l) and B.G. Verghese at the concluding session of the conference on Population Health and Social Development on Friday in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Water supply bylaws to be amended
Chandigarh, October 24
The Finance and Contract Committee of the municipal corporation has approved a proposal to amend the bylaws for supplying water to Mother Teresa Home, Chandi Kusht Ashram and Deaf and Dumb Institutes at the rate of Re 1 per month. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by mayor Pardeep Chhabra yesterday.

DSP to regulate traffic
Chandigarh, October 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court wants the traffic to flow smoothly on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo stretch of the Shimla highway.

Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai (left) releases a book on Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at Raj Bhawan
Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai (left) releases a book on Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at Raj Bhawan 
in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

IGP holds crime review meeting
Chandigarh, October 24
Motor vehicle thefts have risen by 32 per cent this year as compared to 2007 while snatching cases have increased by 16 per cent. However, the police today claimed that the crime against person was on decline during the past nine months this year.

Street kids celebrate Diwali 
Chandigarh, October 24
The children who are seen begging at traffic lights were today beaming with confidence as they staged performances in their glowing uniforms.

1 month on, shopkeepers await possession 
Mohali, October 24
Even as pucca booths constructed at a cost of Rs 3 crore by PUDA about five years ago gather dust, fire-hit shopkeepers of Janta Market here are eagerly waiting to shift their business to the concrete structures.

Mutations in Land Record 
Dubey for disciplinary action against revenue officials

Mohali, October 24
Financial commissioner (revenue) Romila Dubey has recommended disciplinary action against revenue officials who executed mutations in land record of about 500 acres at Mullanpur Garibdass village here.

Be ready to spend more this Diwali 
Chandigarh, October 24
For cracker lovers, this Diwali might not be as glittering as it used to be. The rockets that burst into stars and illuminate the sky during the festival of light are all set to make a big hole in people’s pocket.

Councillors condemn MC employees
Mohali, October 24
As many as 15 councillors condemned employees of the Municipal Council for raising slogans against them when they had raised their voice against the executive officer (EO) for allegedly shielding a corrupt employee.

PB 65 H 6565 goes for Rs 96,000
Mohali, October 24
The second phase of the auction of fancy vehicle registration numbers was held at the office of the district transport officer, Mohali, here today. The auction was held for the PB 65 H series from 0101 to 0999.

LPG shortage irks residents
Chandigarh, October 24
The shortage of LPG cylinders in the city has made the life people miserable, as even after waiting for long hours in a queue one is not sure getting a refilled cylinder.

e-Sampark centre in Sec 17
Chandigarh, October 24
UT administrator S. F. Rodrigues launched an e-Sampark centre at the Central Treasury in Sector 17 here today.

Exhibition opened
Chandigarh, October 24
An exhibition-cum-sale by women entrepreneurs began today at Gulati Bhawan, Sector-34.

Max New York Life opens office
Panchkula, October 24 Max New York Life opened its first sales office in Sector 11, here, today. The company has a countrywide network of 443 offices across 27. 

Fee driving litigants away
Chandigarh, October 24
After paying lofty fee to city-based lawyers, litigants are now reluctant to pay Rs 4,000 to mediators at the Mediation Centre that was inaugurated five months ago at the district courts.

Four DSPs transferred 
Chandigarh, October 24
The UT IGP today ordered the transfer of four DSPs while giving posting orders to the newly appointed DSP with immediate effects.

Young maestros liven up Sangeet Sammelan
Chandigarh, October 24
The 31st Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan got off to a melodic start with young virtuoso Arshad Ali giving a melodic start to the annual event organised by the Indian National Theatre at Randhawa Auditorium here today.

Charge sheet in Dimpy murder case submitted
Chandigarh, October 24
The UT police submitted a charge sheet against Jaswinder Singh, alias Rocky, in the sensational blind murder of “gangster” Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy in judicial magistrate Sumit Ghai’s court today.

UT staff to get pay on Oct 27
Chandigarh, October 24
Due to the rush of bills and claims pertaining to the salary for the month of October, DA arrears as well as the festival advances, the Central Treasury will remain open on October 25, a gazetted holiday.


Students take out anti-cracker rallies
Chandigarh, October 24
Students during an anti-cracker rally organised by Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Chandigarh The Camphor Eco Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, organised an anti-cracker rally and painting completion today. As many as 100 club members marched with placards in their hands giving the message that we should not burst crackers on the occasion of Diwali for protection of our environment.

Students during an anti-cracker rally organised by Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Friday. Photo: Himanshu Mahajan 

NIPER scientist gets Indo-EU project 
Mohali, October 24
A prestigious Indo-European Union (Indo-EU) FP7 research project has been awarded to Prof Prati Pal Singh of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), SAS Nagar, for his research project “New Approaches to Target Tuberculosis.”

PU heritage youth fest ends 
Students perform on the last day of the PU youth festival at Government College, Sector 46, ChandigarChandigarh, October 24
The four-day Panjab University Diamond Jubilee Youth and Heritage Festival, Zone B, concluded at Government College, Sector-46, today.

Students perform on the last day of the PU youth festival at Government College, Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Tiny tots of Saupin’s mesmerise audience
Students of Saupin’s school, Sector 16, Panchkula, in annual function of the school at Indra Dhanush auditorium in PanchkulaPanchkula, October 24
Saupin’s School, Panchkula, organised its annual function for students of Play Group to Class II here today. Around 400 students took part in the function titled ‘Saupinite Symphony’ organised at Indra Dhanush auditorium, Panchkula.

Students of Saupin’s school, Sector 16, Panchkula, in annual function of the school at Indra Dhanush auditorium in Panchkula on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Plan to turn Stu C into‘no-vehicle zone’
Chandigarh, October 24
Waking up to the need of checking the entry of outsiders on the Panjab University campus, the authorities are now planning to make the Students’ Centre, which has of late turned into a “fight centre” given the number of brawls that have taken place, a “vehicle-free zone.”


Engg students develop formula car 
Rajpura, October 24
Students of Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Information Technology have developed a formula car that is capable of running at a speed of 200 km/hr.

No action against protesting students, says Badal 
Flags off nagar kirtan jatha for Nanded
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 24
Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal today flagged off nagar kirtan jatha from Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib to Nanded. The jatha was organised by Baba Maan Singh to celebrate the 300 years of Gurta Gaddi Diwas.

Seminar marks Gurta Gaddi Diwas celebrations
Patiala, October 24
"Guru Granth Sahib contains a unique quality of exponentially transforming a multi-split personality into the highest state human consciousness."

School mgmt refutes corruption charges 
Threatens to file case against Patiala commissioner
Patiala, October 24
Even as the Patiala divisional commissioner, S.K Ahluwalia, has ordered the authorities concerned to register an FIR against the Modern Senior School management led by Dr Ravi Singh, the latter has vehemently refuted the allegations of corruption levelled against the management.

50 doctors to hold camp at Nanded 
Patiala, October 24
Responding to the call of Jathedar Kulwant Singh of Takht Hazur Sahib, a team of 50 doctors and paramedical staff and volunteers of the Nishkam Medical Care Society is ready to leave for Nanded to provide medical facilities to lakhs of pilgrims and local Nanded residents for 10 days beginning from October 27.

18 couples tie knot
Patiala, October 24
As part of the annual mass marriage function organised by Sant Hardev Singh Lulon Wale, as many as 18 poor couples tied the knot at Nirmal Dera, Namadan. Around 1,000 persons from all families had come to attend the marriage.

Bank staff stage protest
Patiala, October 24
Members of the All-India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation held a rally in front of the State Bank of Patiala head office on the Mall here yesterday.

JSS Foundation holds freshers’ party
Patiala, October 24
A freshers’ party “Arambh-2008” was organised at the Jasdev Singh Sandhu Institute of Engineering and Technology here today.

Yadwinder adjudged Mr Fresher
Kharar, October 24
A freshers’ party was organised today at campus No 1 of Doaba Group of Colleges. Minister of technical education Chaudhary Sawarna Ram was chief guest.

Students bring laurels to college
Kharar, October 24
Students of Rayat College of Law secured positions in zonal youth festival of Panjab University, Chandigarh, held at MBBGGG Girls' College, Rattewal. Parneet Kaur secured first position in essay writing. 

Waste management project hangs fire
Kalka, October 24
The joint solid waste management project of Kalka and Pinjore has been hanging fire since more than three years due to the lethargic attitude of the district administration, despite the fact that the two towns are in dire need of solid waste management project.

BDPO beaten up 
Ambala, October 24
A block development and panchayat officer (BDPO) was beaten up mercilessly by a local shopowner, Kulbeer Saini, and his staff in Saha yesterday.


Two get 7-yr RI for possessing RDX
Chandigarh, October 24
Additional District and Sessions Judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi yesterday sentenced Paramjit Singh, alias Sukha, and Kamaljit Singh, alias Manna, to rigorous imprisonment of seven years for possessing RDX.

3-judge panel winds up probe
Chandigarh, October 24
The three-judge committee, set up by the Chief Justice of India for looking into the cash-at-judge’s doorstep case, today left the city after winding up its probe.

Justice Kannan to join HC
Chandigarh, October 24
Pursuant to his transfer, Justice K. Kannan of the Madras High Court will be sworn in as a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court next month. Information reaching the Punjab and Haryana High Court suggests his transfer has been cleared by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

Bursting of crackers banned 
Chandigarh, October 24
The District Magistrate, Chandigarh, has banned the bursting of crackers in the silence zone between 10 pm to 6 am.

Immigration firm fined Rs 1 lakh
Chandigarh, October 24
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum directed the director of the Canadian 4 UR Immigration Services, Sector 9, to pay compensation of Rs 1,00,000 to a resident of Ludhiana.

Suniel Shetty’s plea dismissed
Chandigarh, October 24
Justice Sham Sunder has dismissed a petition filed by actor Suniel Shetty for quashing a complaint in a cheque-bouncing case.

36 bank cases settled in lok adalat 
Chandigarh, October 24
A lok adalat was organised under presidentship of Manjit Singh Sullar, member-secretary, State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh, today. The cases pertaining to banks were taken up for hearing.


Man held with stolen motorcycle 
Chandigarh, October 24
A routine verification of traffic violator’s documents led to the arrest of a man riding a stolen motorcycle.

Two youths hurt in assault
Chandigarh, October 24
Two youths of colony No. 5, Siya Ram and Kamal, were seriously injured when a group of 20 armed youths suddenly attacked them near a wine shop in the colony late last evening. The condition of the injured, who were admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32, was said to be serious.

Girl found hanging in house
Accident or suicide, police in a dilemma
Chandigarh, October 24
Mystery shrouds the death of an eight-year-old girl Roshni who was found hanging with a dupatta tied around her neck from a window grill in her Mauli Jagran residence here this afternoon.

Husband, in-laws booked in dowry case 
Chandigarh, October 24
Navdeep Kaur, a resident of Sector 47, has in a complaint alleged that her husband Maninder Singh, father-in-law Dharam Singh and mother-in-law Narinder Pal Kaur, all residents of Patiala used to harass her for bringing insufficient dowry. A case under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC has been registered her in-laws at the Sector-31 police station.

Woman admitted to PGI with 50 per cent burn
Police books husband for allegedly dousing her with kerosene
Mohali, October 24
The local police today booked the husband of a 24 year-old woman for allegedly dousing her with kerosone at their Phase XI house here this evening. The victim, Baljinder Kaur, who was six month pregnant, has been admitted to the PGI with around 50 per cent burns.

Labourer dies in freak accident
Chandigarh, October 24
A labourer in his mid thirties died after a load carrying lift snapped and fell on him in a factory in Phase I, Industrial Area, here, tonight.


Manpreet fastest in 200m
Chandigarh, October 24
Manpreet Singh of SGGS College, Sector 26, clinched the men 200 m race during the Chandigarh State Senior Athletics Championship that concluded here yesterday at Sports Complex, Sector-7.

Carmel Convent eves win u-19 trophy 
Chandigarh, October 24
Carmel Convent, Sector 9, spearheaded by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association trainee Ikttesh Chahal, claimed the girls under-19 team title by defeating the hosts St Peter's Secondary School 2-0 in the final of the CBSE North Zone Lawn Tennis Championship which concluded at the St Peter's Tennis Academy in Sector 37 here today.

YMCA tennis c’ship starts 
Chandigarh, October 24
As many as 250 players from Chandigarh, Panchkula, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Jammu, Ambala and Patiala are participating in the YMCA Total Tennis Championship that started today at the Total Tennis Academy, Sector 11.

Vijay emerges winner in state tourney
A participant takes an aim in the 33rd Chandigarh State Shooting Championship at the Sector 25 shooting range  in ChandigarhChandigarh, October 24
Vijay Kumar of Chandigarh Police emerged winner in air-pistol ISSF men category on the second day of the 33rd Chandigarh State Shooting Championship held at Shooting Range, Sector 25, here today. Gurmeet Singh won air pistol (NR) senior men championship, while in the junior men category, Mohiteshwar K. Joshi stood winner.

A participant takes an aim in the 33rd Chandigarh State Shooting Championship at the Sector 25 shooting range  in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Pak golfers to play in city
Chandigarh, October 24
A 28-member contingent from Pakistan, including 14 women, will converge on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club for the Third PUNJAAB Cup annual golf tournament to be played between the Punjab teams of India and Pakistan from October 28 to 30.

Anirban Lahiri tied second at midway stage
Chandigarh, October 24
Gaganjeet Bhullar of Kapurthala made the cut playing a one under card on the second day to be placed tied 39th at three under 139 as Chandigarh's Amandeep Johl and Gurbaaz Mann missed the halfway cut of par even 142 in the Macau Open Asian Tour event on the par 71 greens of the Macau Golf and Country Club in Macau today.

PU inter-college chess champions
Chandigarh, October 24
With 12 points, the Panjab University clinched the Panjab University Inter College Chess (women) Championship for the session 2008-09 held at DAV College, Sector 10, here today.



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