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Land Acquisition
Bansal blasts admin ahead of LS polls
Chandigarh, November 30
With an eye on ensuing Lok Sabha elections, union minister of state for finance and parliamentary affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal today vent his ire on top officials of the Chandigarh administration for changing the character of the city through “forcible” acquisition of land for the “controversial” mega projects.

Japjit’s Kidnapping
Family paid Rs 3.5-lakh ransom for child’s release
Chandigarh, November 30
Contrary to the claims of UT Police that six-year-old Japjit was released by the kidnappers under police pressure, the child’s custody was secured by the family after 28 hours of ordeal following payment of a ransom of Rs 3.5 lakh.


Local criminals’ links suspected with UP gang
Chandigarh, November 30

The suspected involvement of some hardcore criminals from Uttar Pradesh in the kidnapping of six-year-old Japjit Singh has brought into focus the growing nexus between city-based criminals and their counterparts in the neighbouring state.

Admn to check illegal GPAs
Residential proof must to register power of attorney in Mohali
Mohali, November 30
Acting on the reports that property buyers were furnishing false addresses to get their general power of attorney (GPAs) registered, the Mohali district administration has made it mandatory for the applicants to produce documents in support of their residence proof.

Today is World AIDS Day
Gays pose biggest challenge: Study
Chandigarh, November 30
Gays or MSMs (men who have sex with men) are posing the greatest challenge to the city in its fight against AIDS.

18 injured as bus overturns
Ropar, November 30
Eighteen persons were injured, two of them seriously, when a private bus turned turtle near Bindrakh village this afternoon. The bus was on its way from Khijrabad to Ropar.

Youth hangs himself to death
Chandigarh, November 30
Rajinder Kumar, a 22-year-old BCA student, hanged himself to death at his residence in Hallomajra today.

Student killed in road mishap
Kharar, November 30
A student of Landran College was killed in an accident on his way back from Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib here today. Rahul Awasthi, a resident of Ropar, had gone to the gurdwara to pay obeisance along with his friends on motorbikes. Rahul lost his balance when he reached near Jhanjheri village and fell on the road.


Second-line treatment for HIV patients at PGI
Chandigarh, November 30
Even as the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) reached the crucial benchmark of providing first line treatment to more than thousand persons living with HIV/AIDS in the city, it has plans to provide second line treatment in PGI from December 1 — the World AIDS Day.

Getting over those winter blues
Chandigarh, November 30
People suffering from depression will have a harsh winter ahead. For, they may not realise that winter can prove to be the toughest time of the year. Experts call the condition seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or winter depression. The primary reason for SAD is lack of sunlight, say experts.

We can't leave security to God
The deafening sounds of the grenade blasts and the numerous gunshots that rang the precincts of Taj and Oberoi Hotels and the Nariman House in Mumbai will continue to echo in the ears of millions of Indians for years to come.

Persons living with HIV/AIDS decorate the drop-in centre at Sector 15 on the eve of the World AIDS Day in Chandigarh on Sunday.  Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Tragedy waiting to happen: Naked wires in a streetlight pole junction box in Sector 44, Chandigarh, pose danger to passers-by. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

e wild wild
Blogosphere as Mumbai mourns
Within minutes of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai on television, bloggers, in particular in the sub-continent, started posting their views on the incident. At the peak of the violence, more than one message per second with the word “Mumbai” in it was being posted onto Twitter, a short-message service that has evolved from an oddity to a full-fledged news platform in just two years, says the New York Times.

Farm Mechanisation
High-cost equipment a deterrent
Chandigarh, November 30
The sophisticated and ultra-modern farm machinery displayed at the Agro Tech fair has met with a good response from farmers. They are enthused to find machinery suitable to their farm needs and ones commensurate with their land holdings. But the high cost of these machines is preventing them to go in for complete farm mechanisation.

Planning panel mulls scheme for farmers
Chandigarh, November 30
The Planning Commission is thinking of launching a new scheme aimed at increasing the income of farmers by ‘adding value’ to their agricultural produce. This was stated by the Planning Commission director (agriculture), Daljeet Singh, while talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a seminar organised by the CII during the Agro Tech 2008.

Agro Tech draws crowds
Chandigarh, November 30
Agriculture technology and business fair, 'Agro Tech 2008', underway in Chandigarh, drew large crowds today with a footfall of over 20,000 persons. Unlike the initial days, in addition to the entrepreneurs, around 4,000 farmers hit the stalls, many of them hailed from distant places like Madhya Pradesh and Meghalya.

Mumbai-based trio mesmerises audience
Chandigarh, November 30
Fully packed Randhawa Auditorium witnessed a unique confluence of cohesive melody, precise percussion and dazzling dance by Mumbai-based trio of the acclaimed flautist Rupak Kulkarni, tabla maestro Pandit Kalinath Mishra and kathak virtuoso Nandita Puri in a music soiree here today.

Flute maestro Roopak Kulkarni performs at a classical music concert of Triveni Sangeet Sabha in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

VHP and BJP activists organise a yajna to pay homage to the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

BJP flays M’rashtra dy CM’s remarks
Chandigarh: November 30
The information technology cell of the BJP today condemned the statement of Maharashtra deputy chief minister R.R. Patil, who allegedly termed the terrorist attack at Mumbai as a minor incident.

Street theatre fest ends
Panchkula, November 30
A two-day Street Theatre Festival of Socially Relevant plays, organised by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademy, concluded at the Manimajra fort here today. The immaculate staging of a theme a social theme based play “Kiran”, written and directed by S. Gursharan Singh, provided a finale to the festival. The play depicts the common attitude of a nagging mother in law and a demanding husband of a young married woman.

Nip in the air
: The City Beautiful wears a thin blanket of fog on the cold Sunday evening. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Play on Lakshmi Bai staged
Panchkula, November 30
The two-day extravaganza on the annual day of Bhavan Vidyalaya concluded with the staging of musical play based on the story of Rani Lakshmi Bai here yesterday. The two-minute mourn was also observed as a mark of respect to the innocent people, who lost their lives in the Mumbai blasts. Almost 250 students, attired in colourful costumes, dazzled the audience and carried them to the historical era of Jhansi trying to portray the Rani Lakshmi Bai.

Bicyclists with a mission
Urge people to fight drug menace
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 30
Nearly 130 bicyclists from various villages of Ludhiana today paid obeisance at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib. They had been bicycling through various villages to spread the message of using bicycles to reduce pollution.

650 examined at medical camp
Mohali, November 30
Over 650 patients were examined at a medical camp organised by the Residents Sarbat Da Bhala Association, Phase VII, in collaboration with Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital at Phase VII here today.

Rath yatra concludes
Chandigarh, November 30
The local chapter of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) organised a two-day Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra here and in Panchkula, respectively, in which a large number of devotees from India and abroad participated. The yatra concluded at Panchkula today, according to Nand Maharaj Das Prabhu, president, the local unit of ISKCON.

ISKCON devotees take out a procession on the occasion of two-day Jagannath Rath Yatra in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Hotel owners protest luxury tax
Mohali, November 30
The Banquet and Hotel Association, Mohali, has criticised Punjab government’s decision to charge luxury tax from hotels and banquets.

Refugees from PoK seek property rights
Chandigarh, November 30
A meeting of the Mirpur (Jammu and Kashmir) Welfare Association was held here today to commemorate the fall of Mirpur city in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Book on Dalit empowerment released
Chandigarh, November 30
Pawan Bansal, minister of state for finance, released a book titled “Dalit empowerment after Dr B.R. Ambedkar”, by K.S. Raju at a seminar held at Panjab University today.

Pawan Kumar Bansal, minister of state for finance, releases a book ‘Dalit empowerment after Dr B.R. Ambedkar’ at Panjab University on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Blood donation camp held
Chandigarh, November 30
Rotary Club of Chandigarh midtown organised a blood donation camp at the picturesque gurdwara of Khudda Ali Sher village, north of the city, where over 100 volunteers, including village womenfolk, donated blood.


From Schools
Annual day celebrated
Mohali, November 30
St Xavier’s School, Mohali, celebrated its annual day. Balbir Singh, district transport officer, was the chief guest on the occasion. Chairman of Xavier’s group of schools, Andrew J. Gosain and principal, Georgina Roy welcomed the guests.


Saras fair kicks off on vibrant note
Patiala, November 30
Punjab chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh today inaugurated the 12-day long Saras fair dedicated to the region’s culture. The fair is organised by the rural development department at Sheesh mahal.

Farmer killed over land dispute
Rajpura, November 30
Three property dealers allegedly killed a farmer late last night following a land dispute in Madanpur Chalheri village.

Swift Police Action
Three held for chain-snatching
Bassi Pathana, November 29
Taking a swift action, the local police arrested three motorcycle-borne chain-snatchers during a hurriedly erected naka today. The police recovered a gold chain, and presented them at the court. They were sent to three days’ police remand.

Seminar on teaching practices at DGC
Kharar, November 30
A seminar on modern teaching practices and effective teaching was organised on the Doaba Group of Colleges (DGC) campus here yesterday.

Medical camp for BPL families
Bassi Pathana, November 30
The local Mehar Baba Charitable Trust organised its 30th free multi-speciality medical check-up camp at the Mata Harnam Kaur Community Development centre  here today.

Mumbai Terror
Rail employees perform yajna
Kalka, November 30
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the All India Railway Protection Force (RPF) Association, the RPF Force Kalka performed yajna in the RPF office today.


Two held for stealing construction material
Chandigarh, November 30
The police today arrested a security guard of a private company along with a driver for allegedly stealing construction material worth over Rs 80,000 from site of an under-construction five-star hotel in Sector 35-B.

The accused in police custody on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

3 sisters arrested for theft bid
Chandigarh, November 30
Three sisters hailing from Madhya Pradesh were caught red-handed while attempting to steal valuables from a car parked at Gurdwara Bagh Saheedan Da in Sector 44, here, this afternoon. Staff at the gurdwara nabbed the women and handed them to the police.

1 booked for intimidating father-in-law
Panchkula, November 30
The Panchkula police today booked one Pradeep Katoch for allegedly intimidating his father-in-law, Santosh Moudgil, a resident of Sector 10. Australia-based Gagan, a daughter of Santosh Moudgil, had married the boy last year.


Mission Hills World Cup
Jeev, Jyoti finish 17th as Swedes clinch title
Chandigarh, November 30
Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa played a one under par 71 on the final day to finish tied 17th alongside China at eight under par 280 on the concluding day of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup at Dongguan, China, today.

Top lady golfers for Punjab Open
Chandigarh, November 30
Top lady amateur golfers from all over the country will converge on the greens of Chandigarh Golf Club for the four-day 16th Punjab Open Ladies’ Amateur Golf Championship which gets under way on December 2.

Sheena Sekhon, Pikka P. Singh, Dalbir Sahi, Deepu Dhanoa and Pauline J.M. Singh interact with media ahead of Punjab Open Amateur Ladies’ Golf Championship at Chandigarh Golf Club on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Softball Tourney
DAV College rout PU
Chandigarh, November 30
DAV College, Sector 10, edged past hosts Panjab University (PU) 8-3 in a knockout match during the Panjab University Inter-College Softball (Men) Tournament held on the PU grounds here today. Shivender, Jatinder and Vipul, who scored 2 points each, were the principal scorer for the DAV.

A player in action during a softball match in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

HDFC Bank lift Defender Cup
Chandigarh, November 30
A brilliant knock of 115 by Amrit Pal Singh and his brilliant century opening-wicket partnership with all-rounder Gurinder Saini helped HDFC Bank to lift the V Godrej Defender Cup by beating Godrej Cricket Club with a margin of 42 runs in the final at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here today.

Royal Tiger annex title in speed skating
Panchkula, November 30
Rolling Tiger Academy of Panchkula swept the 14th District Skating Competition by winning 66 medals in speed skating here today at Blue Bird High School, Sector 16.

Players in action during a roller hockey match in the 14th District Skating Competition at Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Otobi Cup Twenty20 Cricket
Andel lads lift trophy
Panchkula, November 30
Riding high on their superb bowling attack, Andel Cricket Academy, Panchkula, outclassed Green Field Cricket Academy, Mohali, by six wickets to lift the trophy in the Otobi Cup Under-19 Twenty20 Cricket Tournament, being organised by Cricket Federation of India at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium, Sector 3 here today.

Gul, Pranshu adjudged best players
Panchkula, November 30
Gul Walia of class VIII and Pranshu Singh of class IX were declared the best players among girls’ and boys’ category, respectively, on the sports day of Holy Child School here yesterday.

Ashok Malhotra XI beat Chetan Sharma XI
Chandigarh, November 30
Ashok Malhotra XI beat Chetan Sharma XI by 34 runs in the Week-End Match organised by Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy on St Stephen's School ground in Sector 45 here.


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