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Mumbai Terror Attack
Unmoved, admn plans New Year extravaganza
Chandigarh, December 12
While voices for subdued New Year celebrations in wake of the Mumbai terror attack gain momentum, the Chandigarh administration appears to be euphoric about heralding in 2009 by organising several functions at its flagship hotels and these may well include belly dances by Arabian artistes. On the other hand, Hotel Taj, which was in the thick of the terror attack, is yet to finalise its New Year Eve’s plan, but there would be no fireworks at midnight this time.

PUTA struggle in new avatar
Chandigarh, December 12
The agitation mood is back in PUTA (Panjab University Teachers Association). Smitten by the rejection of its demand for a central university status for the PU, PUTA is set to relaunch its agitation in a new, practical avtar.

Toilets gateway to success
Chandigarh, December 12
It’s examination season and once again, toilets are the “gateway to success” at various city colleges and Panjab University. Students are using slips (micro photostats) and hiding books in college toilets.
A notebook atop a cistern at Government College-11 in Chandigarh on Friday.
A notebook atop a cistern at Government College-11 in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Balmiki-Shiv Sena activists clash
Two shot at in Mauli Jagran
Chandigarh, December 12
Simmering tension between Shiv Sena activists and Balmiki community over the past three days in Mauli Jagran took a violent turn today, leaving three persons from both sides injured.


2 students held for snatching purse
Chandigarh, December 12
The police has arrested two Class IX students of a Sector 18 private school in less than 24 hours after they reportedly snatched a purse from a woman in Sector 27 yesterday.


City lacks specialised lab for diagnosis
Chandigarh, December 12
Even after high incidence of tuberculosis among HIV-positive patients in the region, the city has no accredited multi-drug resistant laboratory to diagnose such cases.

Skip broken slip road, face challan
Chandigarh, December 12
It’s a double whammy for motorists at the transport light point. Either they have to use a slip road which is in a terrible state or face a “wrong turn” challan for bypassing the slip road. Surinder Singh, a resident of Sector 21, was challaned by the traffic police for not using the slip road.

The dilapidated slip road at the transport lights in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan 
The dilapidated slip road at the transport lights in Chandigarh.

Hospital authorities in spot
Forensic sciences’ head seeks voluntary retirement
Chandigarh, December 12
Decision of the head of the department of forensic sciences, Dr Krishan Vij of GMCH 32, to seek voluntary retirement a week before the crucial visit of the Medical Council India (MCI) has put the hospital authorities in a spot.

Science exhibition on wheels
Chandigarh, December 12
The science and technology exhibition on wheels, fondly called the Science train, is finally drawing a large number of inquisitive kids.
The modified version of the earlier ‘Science Express’, an Indo-German collaborative project, this train has 300 large format visual images, over 150 video clips and multimedia exhibits dealing extensively in Science and Technology.
Students visit the science-express exhibition at the railway station in Chandigarh on Friday.
Students visit the science-express exhibition at the railway station in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Gelatin Sticks
Real contractors record statements
Chandigarh, December 12
Even as the local police is struggling to establish the source of the 14 gelatin sticks and detonators seized from six Nepalese earlier this week, it has confirmed that the sticks belonged to the Public Works Department (PWD) of Himachal Pradesh.

No more TV for PU boarders
Common rooms to accommodate youth fest participants
Chandigarh, December 12
PU hostellers might have to do without their daily doze of idiot box for a while now, as the university has converted most of the common rooms into dormitories, to accommodate the participants of the North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival.

10 more Zirakpur colonies under scanner
Zirakpur, December 12
After years of skirting the issue of private builders raising illegal structures in connivance with Zirakpur MC officials, the Punjab local government department has initiated a probe in this regard. The inquiry threatens to expose the official-builder-politician nexus that has been going strong for years. A view of an illegal colony constructed on the banks of a choe in Zirakpur.
A view of an illegal colony constructed on the banks of a choe in Zirakpur. A Tribune photograph

CRRID Seminar
India’s look-east policy ‘needs’ intensive effort
Chandigarh, December 12
Stating that India’s “look-east” policy needs a more intensive effort, former Ambassador Kishan S. Rana said the ground situation was positive and a concentrated effort would produce effective results.

76 challaned for traffic violations
Chandigarh, December 12
In a joint operation, the Chandigarh traffic police and the state transport authority today booked 76 motorists for violating various traffic rules and regulations.

A traffic policeman issues challan to an auto-rickshaw driver in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
A traffic policeman issues challan to an auto-rickshaw driver in Chandigarh on Friday.

CITCO rebuffs fund diversion charge
Chandigarh, December 12
Officials of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) have denied the alleged diversion of funds for the renovation of the residence of UT adviser Pradip Mehra at New Delhi.

UT police sets up lab to train staff
Chandigarh, December 12
To make the Chandigarh police computer savvy the UT Inspector-general of police inaugurated a computer lab at recruitment training centre in Police Lines, Sector 26, here.

Energy award for Mansa Devi board
Panchkula, December 12
The Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board, Panchkula, has won the Energy Conservation Award for using energy-efficient fixtures, which led to savings of Rs 2.5 lakh against the electricity bill during last financial year. The administrator of the board, Rajender Kataria, deputy commissioner of Panchkula, will receive the award at a state level function of the National Conservation Energy Day on December 18 at Gurgaon.

Another treat for theatre lovers
Chandigarh, December 12
The city theatre lovers were treated to yet another performance of rare experimental physical theatre genre with ‘60 Seconds Deep’ by the Durga Das Foundation here today. The play staged at the amphitheatre of their Strawberry Fields World School was evolved by the Mumbai based actors of prominence in absurd theatre format and scripted by noted playwright actress Nayantara Roy.
Artistes perform at Strawberry Fields World School in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: 
Manoj Mahajan
Artistes perform at Strawberry Fields World School in Chandigarh on Friday.

MC Posts
SDM told to hold elections
Mohali, December 12
Even as the SDM, who is the convener of the elections to the posts of senior vice-president and vice-president of the municipal council, declined to hold the exercise, the deputy commissioner has taken a tough line of action, directing the official to hold the elections at the earliest.

Land Acquisition
Lahora Khuda residents rue raw deal

Chandigarh, December 12
After at receiving peanuts from the cash-rich administration, owners of 250 acres at Lahora Khuda village filed cases in the district courts seeking compensation for the meager amount paid by the land acquisition collector (LAC).

Scholarship information to be available on PU website
Chandigarh, December 12
With an aim to curb the wastage of scholarships due to ignorance about them, the Panjab University authorities are all set to popularise the scholarships and draw applicants for it by putting the information on its official website, www.puchd.ac.in.

Trade fair from today
Chandigarh, December 12
Home secretary-cum-secretary industries Ram Niwas will inaugurate “CHANDIKRIT-2008”, an industrial bonanza, at parade ground in Sector 17 tomorrow.

Film preview on female foeticide
Chandigarh, December 12
A preview of the film, “kahin aap to nahin”, on female foeticide was organised today at the Press Club in Sector 27.

Consumer Forum
Indian Airlines asked to pay Rs 3,500
Chandigarh, December 12
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked Indian Airlines to pay taxi charges of Rs 3,500 and to refund appropriate amount of fare for the journey from Chandigarh to Delhi, which was not performed by the complainant in their aeroplane that was cancelled.

Public info officer appointed
Chandigarh, December 12
The Chandigarh administration has designated Vineet Kumar Verma as the central public information officer in the department of information technology for the purpose of enactment/enforcement of the Right of Information Act with immediate effect. — TNS

Prof gets national award
Chandigarh, December 12
Prof Sunandan Sood, head of ophthalmology department of Govt Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, has been awarded “National Award” by National Society for Prevention of Blindness (India) for his outstanding services in the field of community of ophthalmology.

GMCH PG exam centre
Chandigarh, December 12
To conduct postgraduate examination for medical sciences in various disciplines, the National Board of Examination (NBE) has recognised Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, as the centre. About 118 candidates would be appearing for the entrance examination, schedule to be held on December 13 and 14 at GMCH-32.

Mountview gets health club, salon
Chandigarh, December 12
UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues inaugurated a health club, a salon and an open-terrace restaurant at Hotel Mountview here this evening.

Nature trails for tourists opened
Chandigarh, December 12
With a view to give a fillip to eco-tourism in the union territory, UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues today launched new tourism initiatives of CITCO and forest department by flagging off “nature trails tour”of tourists to Kansal and Nepli Forest area at Sukhna Lake at a brief ceremony.

Chrysanthemum Show
Cong councillors abstain from inaugural function
Chandigarh, December 12
The tug of war between the Chandigarh administration and the local unit of the Congress intensified today with all Congress councillors of the municipal corporation “abstaining” from the inaugural function of the chrysanthemum show at Terrace Garden, Sector 33. The first lady Jean Rodrigues inaugurated it today.

CAT ruling against 20 power dept employees
Bars them from challenging selection criteria
Chandigarh, December 12
Taking the risk of appearing in the examination and failing in the same has cost 20 employees the of electricity department dearly, as the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has ruled that the applicants cannot be allowed to challenge the selection criteria, as the principle of estoppel will work against them.

List of holidays
Chandigarh, December 12
The Chandigarh administration has issued the list of public holidays in all government offices for the year 2009.

Where are the playgrounds?
Chandigarh, December 12
With not even a single new playground either been approved or built in the city in the last decade it is all set to loose some of the existing ones with the Chandigarh municipal corporation heading on a conversion spree to transform some grounds into either parks or green belts.

ITBP cop injured in road mishap
Panchkula, December 11
An assistant commandant of Indian Tibetan Border Police force was injured seriously in a road accident here last late night.

Chand Mohd cared nothing
This refers to a report “Chand, Fiza run into protest at dargah” Chandigarh Tribune, December 12. The former deputy Chief Minister, Haryana, Chander Mohan remained absent from his office for more than a month and came back with a new name Chand Mohd, after his second marriage with Fiza alias Anuradha Bali.


Job fair at SVIET tomorrow
Banur, December 12
Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering & Technology (SVIET) will conduct a job fair on its central campus Ramnagar, Banur, on December 14 in which about 100 technical and professional colleges will participate for the joint campus placement and over 5,000 job aspirants of 2008 and 2009 pass outs from the northern region comprising Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pardesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Chandigarh are going to grab the opportunities.


28 bonded labourers freed
Were detained by kiln owners for 3 months
Balbera (Patiala), December 12
Freedom virtually dawned upon the faces of as many as 28 bonded labourers, including six women and 13 kids, when their release was secured from the clutches of owners of a brick kiln here today by the district administration officials on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

One killed, 12 injured in accident
Ambala, December 12
One person was killed and over a dozen were injured, when two buses rammed into a stationary truck on the national highway no. 22, near Chaman
Vatika, here. The accident happened in early morning due to the dense fog.

The injured persons admitted at the civil hospital in Ambala on Friday. A Tribune photograph
The injured persons admitted at the civil hospital in Ambala on Friday.

Peace march by residents
Patiala, December 12
Divya Pandove, the convener of the Citizens Awakening group today organised a candle peace march with BIG 92.7 FM to pay homage to the victims of terrorism and awakening people to take social responsibility and help the government, authorities and society to tackle terrorism.

Man, 12 sheep run over by train
Dera Bassi, December 12
Around 12 sheep were crushed to death while owner of the sheep was injured when they run over by a passing train near here today.

Hooda approves Tipra bridge construction
Kalka, December 12
The Tipra colony residents’ long-awaited demand for the construction of the Tipra bridge over the Sukhna, near Rambagh, seems to end as the Chief Minister, Haryana, has nodded for the construction.

Dhundia group trashes graft charges
Patiala, December 12
Even as electioneering for office-bearers of the Rajindra Gymkhana and Mohindra Club reached a crescendo today, the group led by Vinod Dhundia rubbished charges of graft levelled by a candidate in the fray for the post of president, Bhopal Singh.

Man killed in car-van collision
Patiala, December 12
One person was killed and two others were injured when the car, in which they were travelling, met with a head-on collision with a school van near the toll plaza at Samana, near here, today.

Theft in showroom
Bassi Pathana, December 12
Thieves continue to strike in the town, giving a slip to the community police officers (CPOs). Earlier, they targeted the temples, and now, the private shops, making community policing scheme a total failure.

400 attend cardiology summit
Patiala, December 12
As many as 400 cardiologists and other specialists particularly from the field of controlling the dreaded disease of diabetes assembled in the local medical college for attending the Punjab Cardiology Summit here today.


HC bolt for former IAS officer
Quashes orders to release land
Chandigarh, December 12
Haryana’s former IAS officer R.S. Malik’s nine kanals and 10 marlas in Panchkula district is again part of the land acquisition process. Acting on a petition alleging adoption of pick-and-choose policy in de-notifying areas from the acquisition process, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has quashed the March-3 orders releasing the land.

High Court
PGI denies charges
Chandigarh, December 12
The PGI today denied the allegations of negligence in a case pertaining to the death of an accident victim while he was being taken from the institute to Solan. The matter was brought under the high court scanner by the World Human Rights Protection Council.

Relief for women
Chandigarh, December 12
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed a petition seeking complete implementation of helmet-for-riders provision. With this, women riders can continue travelling without helmets.


Rs 4,500 snatched from man
Chandigarh, December 12
Jimi, a resident of Dhanas, filed a complaint with the police alleging that Rajesh of Sector 35, Deepak and Ranjit, both residents of Bhaskar Colony, grabbed cash Rs 4,500 from him near Sector 25 on December 9.

Dowry case registered
Zirakpur, December 12
The local police has registered a case on the complaint of Komal Preet Kaur, a local resident, against Pavneet Singh, Gurvinder Singh, Kamaldeep Kaur, Joginder Singh and Amarjit Kaur, the wife of Joginder Singh, all residents of Amritsar, in a dowry case.


Test Match
Sale of tickets from today
Mohali, December 12
The sale of tickets for the 2nd Cricket Test Match between India and England to be played in PCA Cricket Stadium from December 19 to 23 will start from December 13 at the following branches of the Central Bank of India.

A policeman stands gaurd outside PCA Stadium in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Pravesh Chauhan
A policeman stands gaurd outside PCA Stadium in Mohali on Friday.

Simi clinches sixth leg of golf tour
Chandigarh, December 12
Simi Mehra, the seasoned golfer from Kolkata, fired a sizzling three under 69 to clinch the sixth leg of the DLF Women's Professional Golf Tour on the par-72 greens of Classic Golf Resort in Gurgaon today.

Football Tourney
St Stephen’s, John’s in quarterfinals
Chandigarh, December 12
Quarterfinalists have been spotted in the Chandigarh State Football Championship (Under-13) for St Kabir Trophy being hosted by St Kabir School, under the patronage of the Chandigarh Football Association, here today.

A match in progress during the Chandigarh State Football Championship (Under-13) on Friday. A Tribune photograph
A match in progress during the Chandigarh State Football Championship (Under-13) on Friday.

Handball c’ships from Dec 15
Chandigarh, December 12
The Chandigarh State Junior Handball Championships for Boys and Girls will be held at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, from December 15 to 18, according to association secretary Rahul Talwar.

Basketball C’ship
Kabir, Xavier's storm into semis

Chandigarh, December 12
New Public School (NPS) of Sector 18 will lock horns with Little Flower of Panchkula and St Kabir will challenge St Xavier's of Chandigarh tomorrow in the semifinals of the Inter-School Basketball Championship for St Kabir Trophy being played on St Kabir School courts.
While today after winning their quarterfinals, St Kabir School, Sector 26, St Xavier's High School, Sector 44, Little Flower of Panchkula and New Public School of Sector 18 qualified for the semifinals.

Players of St Xavier's School-44 and New Public School, Sector 18, in action during the Inter-School Basketball Championship on Friday in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph
Players of St Xavier's School-44 and New Public School, Sector 18, in action during the Inter-School Basketball Championship on Friday in Chandigarh.

Cambodian Open
Mann fires 7 under to be tied seventh
Chandigarh, December 12
Gurbaaz Mann, a big-hitter from Chandigarh, set Siem Reap Greens on fire as he fired a seven under par 65 to climb up the ladder to be tied seventh at seven under 137 in the US $ 3 lakh Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open in Cambodia today.


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