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ASI arrested on sodomy charges
Chandigarh, November 28
The police today arrested an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) on the charges of sodomy. ASI Dalwinder Singh, posted at the Sector 26 police station, was arrested for allegedly sodomising a teenager at his Sector 20 house last night.

Tearful adieu to Jasmine
Mohali, November 28
Amid a charged atmosphere, Mohali residents bid a tearful adieu to Jasmine, a 22-year-old hotel management student who died in the terrorist attack in Mumbai on Wednesday night. Expressing solidarity with the aggrieved family, mourners converged at the Phase IX house of Maninder Singh Bhurjee, father of the girl and a DIG with the ITBP, to pay their tributes to Jasmine.
The father and mother of Jasmine, who was killed in the terror attack in Mumbai, console each other while performing the last rites of their daughter in Mohali The father and mother of Jasmine, who was killed in the terror attack in Mumbai, console each other while performing the last rites of their daughter in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mumbai Attack
Singapore students call off visit
Chandigarh, November 28
The visit of students from Singapore to the city has been called off in the wake of the Mumbai terror attack, the education department has informed. Students of Anglo Chinese Junior College were supposed to visit the city on December 1 for a cultural exchange programme with city schools.


‘Pilfering’ of heritage furniture
Professor’s role under scanner

Chandigarh, November 28
Ajay Pandey, a professor at the Government College of Arts, here could be in the dock for allegedly “stealing” the heritage furniture at the college hostel. It is being said that he has resigned following the allegations, but it could not be confirmed.

(Left) Students of Arts College from whom the furniture (inset) was recovered in Chandigarh
(Left) Students of Arts College from whom the furniture (inset) was recovered in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik


A PETA activist stages a mock funeral of a chicken during a protest against the slaughter practice in the poultry industry outside AGRO TECH 2008 in Chandigarh
A PETA activist stages a mock funeral of a chicken during a protest against the slaughter practice in the poultry industry outside AGRO TECH 2008 in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Kamal Kishore

Mumbai spectre haunts opening
Agriculture minister, CMs give it a miss
Chandigarh, November 28
The terror strike in Mumbai has taken the fizz out of the biennial agri business fair, Agro Tech 2008, organised by the CII here today. Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, who was supposed to inaugurate the four-day event, had to cancel his appointment in the wake of the strike.

Export of veggies, fruits picks up
Chandigarh, November 28
Fresh vegetables grown in Ludhiana have found a market in the United Kindom, Middle East and European countries. The demand for baby corn, French bean, sugar snap and capsicum has been increasing by 35 to 40 per cent every year.

Global Meltdown
Chandigarh still buyers’ first choice
Chandigarh, November 28
Even as severe recession hits the real estate market in city’s periphery, Chandigarh continues be to buyers’ first choice for owning the dream house.

Housing project mgmt slashes prices in P’kula
Panchkula, November 28
The global recession has hit hard the real estate market in this satellite town. While property dealers received no inquiries for the last more than one month, the housing projects managements have reduced the prices with flexible payment conditions.

‘Dream home’ a distant dream in Mohali
Mohali, November 28
With recession hitting the real estate market for the past few months, the construction activity in a number of housing projects has come to a standstill on account of resources crunch, which the builders are facing.

Conversion Fee
Beopar mandal seeks waiver for upper floors
Chandigarh, November 28
The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) today demanded permission of general trade on the upper floors of commercial buildings without any conversion charges.

Land Acquisition
Admn going soft on migrants: Panel
Chandigarh, November 28
Close on the heels of the UT farmers protesting against low land compensation, the original inhabitants of the UT villages have charged the Chandigarh administration with giving them a raw deal vis-à-vis migrants, who are marked for special treatment in the backdrop of the rehabilitation schemes for them.

Water that sheds weight?
Chandigarh, November 28
A sip of water can help reduce tummy and stress of being overweight! “Fit Water”, which claims to do the wonder, will soon be available in the Indian market. This will not only help cut down gym schedule but also show positive results on the body, claims a Canada-based company.

India Posts launches ‘WorldNet Express’
Chandigarh, November 28
To speed up delivery process, India Posts launched “WorldNet Express” in partnership with German postal services company Deutsche Post yesterday.

‘Mechanised farming need of the hour’
Chandigarh, November 28
The sustained growth rate in agriculture and the shortage of labour has now propelled the government of India to come up with a policy on complete farm mechanisation. The ministry of agriculture is now mulling a policy to promote farm mechanisation through custom-hiring.

Baba Farid remembered
Chandigarh, November 28
“A common man was the main concern of Sheikh Baba Farid and other Sufi poets,” said Justice Syed Afzal Haidar, a judge of Shariat Court and former law minister of Pakistan, while delivering a special lecture on “Sufi thoughts of Sheikh Baba Farid”, organised by the department of Punjabi, Panjab University, here today.

Signals Officer-in-Chief on two-day visit
Chandigarh, November 28
Lieut-Gen P. Mohapatra, Signals Officer-in-Chief of the Indian Army and Colonel Commandant of Corps of Signals, arrived at Chandi Mandir today on a two-day visit to the Headquarters Western Command.

Panchayat Polls
Election panel announces schedule
Chandigarh, November 28
The state election commissioner, UT, Chandigarh, today announced schedule for the November-14 elections to gram panchayats in the city.

Pilot project takes off, grounded
Panchkula, November 28
The pilot project of providing medical consultation in super-speciality hospitals to residents free of cost at the district level, has been scrapped within a week of its inauguration in Panchkula after it was observed that there was no use of it without having proper infrastructure to manage such kind of patients at the respective hospitals.

Shun smoking to avoid heart attack: Expert
Chandigarh, November 28
“Smoking is a major cause of heart attack in men. And, if a diabetic continues to smoke, that will be a deadly combination,” says Prof Jagat Narula, chief of division of cardiology, University of California, Irwin, while delivering a lecture during Berry Memorial Oration at the PGI today.

Free anti-rabies camp in Mohali
Mohali, November 28
In order to control rabies and littering by pet and stray dogs at public places, there is an urgent need to make tough dog bylaws by the department of local bodies in collaboration with the animal husbandry department.

CAT relief for GMCH doc
Chandigarh, November 28
Considering a plea under the Maternity Act, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has given the benefit to an applicant, Dr Subina Narang, who had applied for the post of reader in the department of ophthalmology, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, after due date as she was on maternity leave.

Reporters' Diary
VIPs are first here, too
The VIP syndrome is truly accentuated. Treating a VIP patient means spending two hours a day. Such patients are attended to on priority, irrespective of the illness at a government hospital.

Forest dept directed to consider officer’s case
Chandigarh, November 28
Haryana commissioner and secretary, forest department, has been asked by the CAT to consider the case of K.L. Minhas, a senior officer from Indian Forest Services, who had filed a case alleging that he had been sidelined by the authorities and posted people junior to him to cadre posts.

‘City’s security leaves much to be desired’
Chandigarh, November 28
In spite of UT’s IG S.K. Jain’s rhetoric about having adequate security arrangements in place to face Mumbai-like terror attack here, there seem to be few takers for this claim.

Woman dies after delivery
Panchkula, November 29
A 32-year-old woman undergoing labour pains died while giving birth to a child. In the absence of any motor vehicle, it took her husband more than an hour to take her to hospital and she died immediately after giving birth to a baby last night.

Woman’s body found
Chandigarh, November 28
The body of a woman was found near the civil dispensary in Sector 45 here this morning. According to sources, the deceased, Sunita (45), a resident of Burail, had gone to Sector 46 last evening, as she worked as domestic help in a house there.

Providential escape for car occupants
Chandigarh, November 28
It was a narrow escape for the occupants of a Maruti car and an Ambassador car that collided at the crossing on the road separating Sector 18 and Sector 21 here this afternoon.

The badly damaged cars that collided at the Sector 18 and Sector 21 crossing in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
The badly damaged cars that collided at the Sector 18 and Sector 21 crossing in Chandigarh


Research conventions at PU on Dec 1
Chandigarh, November 28
The second in the series of student research conventions will be held in Panjab University on December 1. Organised in collaboration with the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), the aim of these conventions is to encourage the spirit of enquiry, creativity and innovativeness amongst the student community.

PU Notes
Papers presented on new teaching methods
Chandigarh, November 28
On the second day of the XXV IATLIS national conference being organised by the department of library and information science, PU, a number of papers were presented on emerging learning styles and new methods of teaching.

Fire breaks out at St Anne’s School
Chandigarh, November 28
Hundreds of students and parents had a narrow escape today duirng the annual function at St Anne’s School, Sector 32, when a stage curtain caught fire due to a short circuit at around 6 pm.

Annual function concludes
Chandigarh, November 28
The Strawberry Fields World School concluded its annual function spread over four exciting and fun-filled days today evening here on the school premises.

Essay writing contest on Kuka movement
Chandigarh, November 28
The department of Guru Nanak Sikh studies is organising an essay writing competition on ‘Kuka’ movement. Entries are invited till December 2 from the students of Panjab University Campus and its affiliated colleges.

AIDS awareness week
Chandigarh, November 28
The Red Ribbon Club and NSS unit of GMSSS, Sector 46, observed AIDS awareness week in collaboration with Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36.


Bir Devinder ‘manages’ ticket
Ropar, November 28
Even before the Congress has yet to declare its candidate for the Lok Sabha seat from Anandpur Sahib, party leader Bir Devinder has decided to kick off his campaign from December 1, claiming to have “managed” ticket from the seat.

Makeover for Kalka College
Kalka, November 28
Government Postgraduate College, Kalka, has been shortlisted among the other 75 government colleges to be given a new look with the starting of various new projects in the last one-and-half year.

A car that was hit by a truck being taken away in Ambala City
A car that was hit by a truck being taken away in Ambala City on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Preliminary round of Miss World Punjaban
Patiala, November 28
As a part of the 10th International Exclusive Beauty Pageant Miss World Punjaban- 2008 preliminary rounds at the district level have been conducted at Patel Memorial National College, Rajpura, which was organised under the aegis of Sabhiacharak Sathh, Punjab, here today.

Tubewell engine thieves held
Ropar, November 28
The police has busted a gang of thieves that was into stealing of engines used in motors of tubewells and other agriculture equipment. Eight members of this gang and two people from Mandi Gobindgarh, who bought stolen engines from the gang, have been arrested.

Job letters given to kin of dead PRTC staff
45 daily workers regularised
Patiala, November 28
Mohan Lal, transport minister, Punjab, flagged off new bus routes and also issued appointment letters to dependents of deceased employees of the PRTC. Services of 45 daily wage workers were also regularised and the appointment letters were issued to them.

Girl killed in accident
Ambala November 28
A girl, Preeti (21), was killed in a road accident on the Ambala-Hissar road near here this morning. According to information, Preeti was riding on pillion of a motorcycle of one of his relatives.

Punjab boys win judo title
Patiala, November 28
Punjab annexed the overall title in judo in the sub junior boys’ category of the national school games played at the Polo ground here today.


Pendency down by 3,000 cases per month: CJ
Chandigarh, November 28
The verdict is clear. Ever since the Punjab and Haryana High Court stepped up its efforts to dispose of long-pending matters, the pendency of cases is coming down by 3,000 every month.

Rape accused seeks CBI probe
Panchkula, November 28
While the hearing on the review application filed by the mother of the gang rape victim at local courts has been deferred to December 1, another boy who was questioned by the police during investigation in the case has moved a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court demanding a CBI inquiry into the case.

PNB manager acquitted in cheating case
Chandigarh, November 28
After a trial that spanned 13 years, a local court today acquitted Punjab National Bank branch manager J.S. Minocha in a cheating case. The court of judicial magistrate Sudhir Parmar acquitted Minocha under Sections 406, 409, 420, 467, 471 and 120-B, IPC.

Consumer Courts
Courier co told to pay Rs 20,000
Chandigarh, November 28
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the managing director of DTDC Courier to pay a compensation of Rs 20,000 for intentionally withholding wedding cards of the complainant.

Custodial Death
HC orders judicial probe
Chandigarh, November 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered a judicial probe into the alleged custodial death of a Mohali resident due to torture in Balongi police post in August last year.

HC notice to petitioner on hookah ban
Chandigarh, November 28
Taking up an application filed by a Sector-26 bar for becoming a party to a PIL seeking directions against hookah smoking in violation of law, the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday issued notice for December 22 to the petitioner, Burning Brains Society.

Court to dispose off challans
Mohali, November 28
The district transport office, in coordination with the Mohali Traffic Police, is holding a special lok adalat tomorrow to dispose off pending traffic challans.


20 mobile phones stolen
Zirkapur, November 28
Thieves decamped with around 20 mobile phone handsets and a computer system from a mobile shop at Preet Colony here last night.


Jeev, Jyoti share 10th spot at midway stage
Chandigarh, November 28
With the Mumbai killings and gory televised details of killed victims weighing heavily on their minds the Indian duo of Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa battled to a par 72 score to share the 10th spot with the Philippines and Finland at five under par 139 at the midway stage of the US $ 55 lakh Omega Mission Hills World Cup at Dongguan in China today.

PU annex basketball tourney
Chandigarh, November 28
Host Panjab University, Chandigarh, performed exceptionally well as they stood undefeated in the whole tournament and today in their last four team league match, they thrashed Kurukshetra University 66-50 to annex the North Zone Inter-University Basketball Championship (Men) for the session 2008-09 that held on PU grounds here.
Panjab University, Chandigarh, after winning North Zone Inter-University Basketball (Men) Championship for the session 2008-09 on PU grounds
Panjab University, Chandigarh, after winning North Zone Inter-University Basketball (Men) Championship for the session 2008-09 on PU grounds. A Tribune photograph

Athletics meet for mentally challenged
Chandigarh, November 28
About 300 mentally challenged boys and girls participated in various track and field events during the Annual Athletics Meet 2008 being organised by Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children, Sector 32, at Sports Complex, Sector 46.

Bhullar shares lead in Haryana Open
Chandigarh, November 28
Gaganjeet Bhullar from Kapurthala hit a par 72 today to share the lead at four under par 212 with Bangladesh's Mohd Siddikur Rahman and PGTI's second ranked Rahul Ganapathy on the penultimate day of Rs 20 lakh HUDA-GTPL Unitech Haryana Open PGTI Event on the par 72 greens of Panchkula Golf Club today.

Otobi Cup final on Nov 30
Panchkula, November 28
Greenfield Cricket Academy will take on Cricket Federation of Haryana in the last league match of the Otobi Cup under-19 Twenty-20 Cricket Tournament at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium, Sector 3, being organised by the Cricket Federation of India.


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