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Mumbai Attack
2 Mohali families lose their kin
* 22-year-old daughter of DIG (ITBP), training at the Oberoi, shot
* Retired Major-Gen’s daughter-in-law, grandsons die of asphyxiation at Taj

Mohali, November 27
The dance of death in Mumbai cast its shadow even in Mohali. As a horrified nation watched the aftermath of the bloody terror attacks in the country’s financial
capital, closer home the kin of two Mohali-based families spent the day making arrangements to bring back the bodies of their children.

The aunts of Karanbir Kang whose wife and two children died in the attack on Taj Hotel in Mumbai. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

Plain Lucky
City students took refuge in bank
Chandigarh, November 27
“Those moments were the most horrible ones in my life and I could see death in front of me.” recalls D.S. Thakur, professor at the Government College of Arts here, who, along with 40 college students, was stuck in a bank in the fort area of Mumbai the whole of last night.

Security in place: IGP
Chandigarh, November 27
“It requires an alert intelligence wing to ensure the preparedness to tackle any eventuality like Mumbai attacks,” says S.K. Jain, UT IGP.


Foreign tourists lay low
Chandigarh, November 27
Foreign tourists visiting the city have reacted strongly to the Mumbai attack. “It is frightening and we are anxious about the development in Mumbai,” says Ricky Nielson, a Briton. “Till yesterday, we were enjoying our holiday in India, but we are wary after the attack on tourists in Mumbai,” he added.
Ricky Nielson


Peter Robinson

Bookings take a hit
Chandigarh, November 27
The airline and rail traffic to Mumbai was affected today. There are reports of passengers delaying their travel schedule. Compared to other days, the number of passengers boarding flights to Mumbai was less.


Allow free trade of industrial goods via Wagah border: Traders
Chandigarh, November 27
India and Pakistan must work towards pooling their resources and working towards economic prosperity in the region. The neighbouring countries cannot continue to work in isolation or at cross-purposes. The most important step in this direction would be to allow free trade of all industrial goods via the Wagah border.

MC special meeting a farce
Councillors, officials skirt real issue
Chandigarh, November 27
The issue of status report of projects took backstage during a special meeting convened today, as councillors and officials of the Chandigarh municipal corporation engaged in a futile exercise of discussing other issues.

Councillors attend a special house meeting of the municipal corporation in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Agro Tech 2008
Gateway to latest global technologies
Chandigarh, November 27
Mechanisation of farms for pre and post-harvest, adoption of better farming practices, strengthening of logistics infrastructure, establishment of more state-of-the-art processing facilities and easy availability of finance - these are the areas that can help Indian agriculture reap the benefits of rapidly increasing demand in domestic and international markets and also usher in a new era of prosperity for the farmers.

Himmat Singh Gill cremated
Chandigarh, November 27
The last remains of Maj Gen Himmat Singh Gill (retd), a prolific writer and noted defence columnist, who died here on November 25, were consigned to flames at the Sector 25 cremation ground, here today. Family members of Maj Gen Himmat Singh Gill at his cremation in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Arrears to Farmers
Govt relief comes just in time
Chandigarh, November 27
In a dramatic turn of events, the Punjab government announced to release Rs 17.5 crore as arrears to farmers in December and promised the rest of the amount in January just as the police initiated action against protesting peasants here today.

Protesting farmers sit in a police bus while being taken to the police station-17 in Chandigarh minutes before the Punjab government announced to release arrears on Thursday evening. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

‘Krishna’ leaves audience spellbound
Panchkula, November 27
The Sri Ram Bhartyia Kala Kendra presented a divine dance drama “Krishna” at the Inderdhanush auditorium under the aegis of Haryana Kala Parishad. The three-hour spectacle on the life of Lord Krishna depicted many episodes, which gave a complete index of his divine incarnation, immortality wisdom, valour and statesmanship. Much that we know through the holy epics like the childhood prankster, indulging in fun and frolic with divine consort Radha and her sakhis were brought to life by over 30 accomplished classical dancers and actors.

Artistes perform a dance drama at Inderdhanush in Panchkula on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Visitors sign on a piece of cloth during an AIDS awareness campaign at Panjab University on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Rs 4.25 lakh earmarked for basant mela
Mohali, November 27
For the first time in the town the Municipal Council has proposed to organise a two-day ‘basant mela’ in the Silvi Park in Phase X and a sum of Rs 4.25 lakh have been earmarked for the purpose.

Conference on global financial crisis tomorrow
Mohali, November 27
Even as the government of all major economies around the globe are unable to tame the financial crisis even after injecting trillions of dollars, the expert believe that the harder times, detrimental economical growth and liquidity crunch, is likely to stay here for atleast another two years.

Sanitation services to go private
Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh municipal corporation will privatise sanitation services of villages, colonies and sectors of the city. The decision to this effect was taken at the general house meeting of the municipal corporation held here today.

A school boy sells juice at Subzi Mandi in Sector 26 to eke out a livelihood. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Terror Attack
BJYM activists hold protest
Chandigarh, November 27
The local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today organised a rally in protest against the terror attack on Mumbai.

‘C’ Forms
Admn extends deadline
Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh administration today extended the last date for submission of “C” forms for the annual return for the year 2007-08 to March 31, 2009, on the Punjab pattern.


NAAC report has some praise for PU
Chandigarh, November 27
It’s bouquets and brickbats for Panjab University by the NAAC (National Accreditation and Assessment Council) team that visited the university recently. The report submitted by the eight-member committee, has praises as well as shortcomings and challenges for the university.

Evening studies fail to woo council
Chandigarh, November 27
First, it was the UGC team that visited the university early this year in order to sanction grants and projects for the departments, which observed that the department of evening studies has outlived its relevance. Now, even the members of the NAAC team observed the same and have suggested the university to close down the department as it has “outlived its utility”.

Play to benefit Vatika students
Chandigarh, November 27
All performing or visual arts are regarded as noblest obsession and the strength of this concept is complimented when a particular performance is meant for a noble cause of charity. The St. Soldier’s Mohali and Punjab IAS Officers Wives Association (PIOWA) teamed up to produce the musical extravaganza, The Pied Piper for raising funds for the deaf and dumb students of the Vatika High School.

Students of St. Soldier's, Mohali, perform at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Thursday. Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

From Schools
Dictionary quiz held
Mohali, November 27
A dictionary quiz was organised at Swami Ram Tirtha Public High School here in order to enrich the vocabulary of students.

Annual Function
Gurdas Mann enthrals audience
Mohali, November 27
On the completion of 10 years, Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Derabassi, organised a cultural extravaganza “Lamhe-08’'.


Educate women to check atrocities, says expert
Patiala, November 27
Dr D.S. Bhullar, president of the Indian Medical Association, Patiala, and president of the Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, informed that 10 to15 per cent women were physically abused. Interpersonal violence is the tenth leading cause of death in women aged 15-44 years. Perpetrators of such violence are almost exclusively men. Sex trafficking and prostitution also appears to be growing day by day.

Zirakpur shootout: Two in judicial remand
Derabassi, November 27
In the case of cross firing between CIA cops and five suspects in Zirakpur, the Mohali police has achieved a significant lead.

Badal’s Rs 250-crore aid
PUDA undertakes recarpeting of roads
Patiala, November 27
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has undertaken the work of recarpeting of roads in Patiala.

Residents demand shifting of patwarkhana
Bassi Pathana, November 27
The residents of Cheema colony here are facing a great difficulty because of the patwarkhana (office of patwaris), which is running in a private house in the locality.

AIDS awareness rally at Kalka
Kalka, November 27
As many as 150 students of Good Shepherd School, Naggal Bhagga, Kalka, organised an AIDS awareness rally today, which started from Sophia School and reached SDM office here.


Gang Rape
Victim’s mother seeks cancellation of bail to accused
Panchkula, November 27
Little less than a month after a local court granted bail to Aman Ahuja, one of the accused in a gang rape case, the mother of the victim has filed a review application in the local district and sessions court here today. She has sought the review of the direction granting bail to the accused on November 1.


Son of ex-police officer booked for cheating
Mohali, November 27
The Zirakpur police today booked Raja Bhullar, son of a retired senior police official, for cheating and intimidating Sandeep Singla, owner of a shop selling steel at Patiala. The police has registered a case under Sections 406, 420 and 506 of the IPC on the basis of complaint lodged with the company.

Safari driver booked for culpable homicide
Chandigarh, November 27
The police today booked Akjot Singh Sandhu, the driver of a Tata Safari that had hit a motor-cycle yesterday, killing a Sector-22 resident on the spot.

PGI draftsman held taking bribe
Chandigarh, November 27
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today caught Santosh Kataria, a head draftsman of the PGI, red-handed while allegedly taking Rs 25,000 as bribe from a contractor.

Man killed in mishap
Panchkula, November 27
Jitender, a resident of Baltana, was killed when a speeding car hit his scooter while he was going home, along with his friend Intezar Ali, near Bell factory here late this night.

Labourer killed in mishap
Panchkula, November 27
A 39-year-old labourer was crushed to death near Mansa Devi Complex T junction here today. The deceased has been identified as Sant Ram, a resident of Rajiv colony.


Sandhu sets Panchkula greens on fire
Chandigarh, November 27
Karanjit Singh Sandhu of Delhi set the Panchkula Golf Club greens on fire, as he carded a seven under par 65 course record to take the lead at the midway stage of the Rs 20 lakh HUDA-GTPL-Unitech Haryana Open PGTI event in Panchkula today. Gaganjeet Bhullar of Kapurthala and top-ranked Mukesh Kumar returned identical one under 71 scores to be tied second at four under 140, just one stroke behind the leader. Starting on the 10th Karanjit Singh Sandhu (74, 65) picked up his first birdie on the 11th and then carded a hat-trick of birdies on the 15th, 16th and 17th to make the turn at a flawless four under par 32.

Karanjit Singh Sandhu in action on the second day of the Haryana Open PGTI event at Panchkula Golf Club on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Mission Hills World Cup
Jeev, Jyoti tied 12th
Chandigarh, November 27
Swirling winds kept the Indian duo of Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa from giving out their best as they combined for a five under par 67 to be tied 12th alongside the Philippines on the opening day of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup at Dongguan in China today.

PU prevail over Punjabi varsity
Chandigarh, November 27
Hosts Panjab University snuffed out the challenge of Punjabi University, Patiala, 83-48 in a league match of the North Zone Inter-University Basketball (Men) Championship, being played on the Panjab University grounds here. Rajan (21 points), Gurbaj (20 points) and last match’s top scorer, Yatin (15 points), were the principal scorers, who faced no problems beating the Punjabi University.

Cricket meet for special kids
Maharashtra XI beat Chandigarh XI
Chandigarh, November 27
Maharashtra XI got the better of Chandigarh XI in a cricket match being organised by the National Cricket Association for the Mentally Challenged for T-20 challenge cup to celebrate the world disability day here today at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32.

Holy Child, Xavier's register wins
Panchkula, November 27
Holy Child School and St Xavier’s High School claimed the girls and boys titles, respectively, in the 3 rd Chand Trehan Memorial Inter-School Basketball Tournament organised by Holy Child School on its premises today. Holy Child girls outplayed DPS of Pinjore by 20-9 in the final. Gul Walia was declared the Holy Child’s best player, as she sunk 12 points.


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