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Rajya Sabha amends PGI Act
Dental, nursing students to benefit
New Delhi, December 19
It is good news for dentists and nurses studying for their degrees at the PGI in Chandigarh. The Rajya Sabha today amended the PGI Act, 1966, thus enabling these dental and nursing students to get a degree from the PGI itself.

Cops to man traffic during rush hours
Chandigarh, December 19
In an attempt to do away with traffic snarls at major intersections and on all busy roads during office hours, the Chandigarh Police has started regulating traffic manually for two hours in morning and evening.

Traffic panel meets
Chandigarh, December 19
The first meeting of the core committee of Central Traffic Advisory Committee (CTAC) was held on Friday under the chairmanship of SP (Traffic).


Cong councillor accused of misconduct
Chandigarh, December 19
In an unprecedented move, top officials of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, have filed a joint complaint today against Congress councillor, Devinder Singh Babla, accusing him of “misbehaving” with commissioner Dr Roshan Sankaria and interfering in the MC’s administrative work.

Mega projects hang fire
‘Lack of coordination’ among Rodrigues, Pradip Mehra and Pawan Bansal
Chandigarh, December 19
Lack of coordination among UT administrator SF Rodrigues, his adviser Pradip Mehra and minister of state finance Pawan Bansal seem to have spelled doom for the administration's ambitious mega projects.

Child’s Death
Cops ‘browbeat’ victim’s family
Mohali, December 19
Even as the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has suo motu passed orders in connection with the case relating to the death of an 11-month-old child, who died as the Civil Hospital here allegedly failed to give him timely treatment, the miseries of the migrant labourer, who lost his only child, does not seem to end due to the callous attitude of the district police authorities.


Property dealer under IT scanner
Tax evasion worth crores detected
Chandigarh, December 19
Income tax officials detected tax evasion worth crores of rupees during a survey conducted at the premises of a property dealer, Kulwant Singh, here today under the supervision of director investigation, Income Tax, M.P. Singh.

Models walk the ramp at ‘X-mas jingle all the way’ fashion show, organised by International Institute of Fashion Technology, Mohali, on Friday.
Models walk the ramp at ‘X-mas jingle all the way’ fashion show, organised by International Institute of Fashion Technology, Mohali, on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

IT men attach Abzony Glass
Chandigarh, December 19 Income tax officials today attached the factory and plot of Arun Ummat and his wife Sangeeta Ummat, a resident of Sector 21, in connection with alleged tax arrears to the tune of Rs 6 crore.

City to get 3,000 more cops
Chandigarh, December 19
The heightened security atmosphere at the national level in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks has revived the hopes of the Chandigarh administration to get additional police force for its routine and VVIP duties and to tide over the staff shortage. The city is expected to get over 3,000 more cops.

Trees cut without forest dept’s permission
Panchkula, December 19
A forest official today booked a contractor, who got
trees cut in front of Janendra Gurukul School, Old
Panchkula, without the permission of the forest
department here today.

Unorganised traffic results in snarl-up
Chandigarh, December 19
The UT’s idea of widening of Madhya Marg to reduce congestions on the road is not finding favours with road safety experts. For, they are of the view that the traffic snarls on the road are results of unorganized traffic, but not due to congestion on the stretch.

ICICI Lombard to pay Rs 5.95 lakh
Chandigarh, December 19
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed ICICI Lombard General Insurance to pay an insurance claim to the tune Rs 5, 95, 850 to the complainant.

Chill sets in on food street business
Chandigarh, December 19
The inaugural of the MC’s much-hyped pilot project of ‘Night Food Street’ right on the onset of winters seems to have become an impediment in attracting customers.

Suchita Malik with her book. Suchita Malik true ‘Indian Memsahib’
Chandigarh, December 19
Dressed in a crisp silk saree, Suchita Malik
truly epitomises the title of her maiden book
‘Indian Memsahib’.

Suchita Malik with her book. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

DRDO setting up centre for yoga research
Chandigarh, December 19
With the introduction of yoga as a means of reducing stress among troops showing results, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is now in the process of setting up an advanced centre for research and training in yoga.

Sufiana musical concert leaves audience spellbound
Panchkula, December 19
The Haryana Kala Parishad organised a composite concert of Sufiana music featuring well known singers of this genre of music in Punjabi, Rajasthani and Haryanavi to a very scant audience at Inderdhanush Auditorium here today.

‘Financial crisis more serious than viewed’
Chandigarh, December 19
A two-day conference on social exclusion, organised by the North-West Indian Sociological Association (NWISA), concluded today. The proceedings began with the panel discussion on “Global economic crisis and new hope for marginalities”. The discussion was chaired by Prof K. Gopal Iyer, a sociologist from Panjab University.

Residents of Dadumajra Colony stage a protest against ward councillor, Kamlesh, on Friday. Voters turn protesters
Three days on, residents wait
to meet councillor
Chandigarh, December 19
The resident welfare association of Dadumajra Colony led by president of the association, Rajiv Kalia and Narender Chaudhary, staged a protest against their own ward councillor, Kamlesh.

Residents of Dadumajra Colony stage a protest against ward councillor, Kamlesh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Link road between Sectors 50, 51 soon
Chandigarh, December 19
The UT Administration has agreed to construct a link road between Sectors 50 and 51. As per a release issued here today by the joint action committee for development of Sectors 50, 51 and 63, the decision to this effect was taken at a meeting presided over by finance secretary Sanjay Kumar here.

Panel approves agenda items at meeting
Chandigarh, December 19
The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the municipal corporation under the chairmanship of Pardeep Chhabra, mayor, and Dr Roshan Sunkaria, commissioner, has recommended various important agenda items, including an estimate for the work of replacing PSC pipe with MS pipe, and providing, fixing of air valve on TT water supply lines at various places between ST plant (Diggian, Mohali) and Rajindra park, Sector 1, Chandigarh.

Schoolchildren being shown the cockpit of an aircraft at the Air Force Station in Chandigarh on Friday. Students visit Air Force station
Chandigarh, December 19
As part of a motivational drive and to give exposure to the younger generation about the Indian Air Force, an educational visit to the local Air Force Station was organised for around 200 children of Millennium School, Mohali, today.

Schoolchildren being shown the cockpit of an aircraft at the Air Force Station in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Workshop on digital learning
Mohali, December 19
St. Paul International School, Mohali, conducted a workshop on digital learning with a technical support and organisation from global leader in advanced learning solutions, EDUCOMP Solutions Limited.

Lok adalat from today
Panchkula, December 19
A two-day mega Lok adalat will be organized at the District and Sessions Courts complex here on December 20 and 21. Secretary, District Legal Service Authority, Justice Raj Gupta, said 18 benches had been constituted to dispose of the cases during the two days.

PU research scholar bags pharma award
Chandigarh, December 19
Suresh Thareja, a Ph.D research scholar, at the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University, bagged the best paper award at  the 60th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC) held at New Delhi.


Education director charged with favouritism
Probe ordered into undue favour to a lecturer
Chandigarh, December 19
The thinking in the administration indicates “favouritism” taking precedence over genuine eligibility criteria and adopting double standards, when it comes to making a way for their favourites.

Students of Tribune Model School take part in a cultural programme. Tribune students enthral audience
Chandigarh, December 19
A PTA meeting for the pre-primary section of Tribune school was held here today. Students enthralled the audience by presenting colorful items like rhymes, songs, etc. The principal briefed the parents about the extra-curricular activities in addition to academic progress of their wards.
Students of Tribune Model School take part in
a cultural programme.

Cultural bonanza marks St Joan's annual day
Students of St Joan’s Public School, Mohali, perform at Makhan Shah Lobana Bhawan, Chandigarh, on Friday.Zirakpur, December 19
A majestic cultural programme “Jhankar 08” was organised by St. Joan's Public School, Zirakpur, at Makhan Shah Lobhana Bhawan in Chandigarh today.

Students of St Joan’s Public School,
Mohali, perform at Makhan Shah Lobana
Bhawan, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune
photo: Manoj Mahajan

Students of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, perform in a cultural programme on 25th annual day function held on the school premises in Chandigarh on Friday.
Students of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, perform in a cultural programme on 25th annual day function held on the school premises in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

‘Communication skills key to success’
Chandigarh, December 19
In order to spread awareness among students regarding the existing trends in the management field, the postgraduate department of economics and entrepreneurship of GGDSD College, Sector 32-C, invited Prof Dhananjay Singh of ICFAI, Hyderabad, for an interactive session on ‘career opportunities in management’, in the college seminar hall today.

Fifty attend workshop on soft
skills in English

Chandigarh, December 19
Over 50 government teachers from Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh attended a workshop on soft skills in English conducted by Prof. Abhai Maurya, V-C, EFL University, Hyderabad. This workshop, organized by the Regional Institute of English (RIE), Sector 32, aimed at giving teachers a new insight into enhancing communication skills and personality development.


30 withdraw nominations
Kalka, December 19
Out of 75 candidates, who had filed nominations for the Pinjore muncipal committee elections to be held on December 30, as many as 30 contestants retracted their names.

2 special trains for Shimla from today
Kalka, December 19
To cope with heavy tourist rush in the wake of Christmas and New Year celebrations, the Railways has decided to start two special holiday trains to from Kalka to Shimla from Saturday.

Five cops booked for letting go drug peddler
Ropar, December 19
The Ropar police today arrested five cops of head constable rank for allegedly letting the drug peddlers walk free after taking a bribe of Rs 20,000 from them.

Teenager hit by truck
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 19
A 16-year-old boy was hit by a speeding truck near Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib late last night.

One arrested with smack
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 19
The Fatehgarh Sahib police today arrested a resident of Bank Colony, Sirhind, with 11gram smack. The accused has been identified as Yadvinder Singh.

Residents submit memo to DC
Bassi Pathana, December 19
Hundreds of residents of local Cheema Colony led by Gurdeep Singh, councillor, yesterday submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner demanding an immediate shifting of patwarkhana (office of patwaris) running from a private house in the locality to some other area as it causes great inconvenience to the residents of the locality and has become a threat to their private life.

Students briefed about traffic rules
Bassi Pathana, December 19 To educate the students about the traffic rules and create awareness about traffic sense, the district traffic police in collaboration with the Bassi Pathana police yesterday organised a seminar in the local Pine Grove Public School.

Development top priority: Chief
Patiala, December 19
Veteran Congressman and former councillor Santokh Singh, who has been installed president of the Rajindra Gymkhana and Mohindra Club, has said development of the club would be his top priority.

Awareness camp on newborns’ health
Rajpura, December 19
Considering high death rate in newborn children, rural doctors working under the zila parishads held an awareness camp at Baprour village on Thursday.


Cash at judge’s doorstep wasn’t bribe: CJ panel
Chandigarh, December 19
The three-judge committee set up by the Chief Justice of India to look into the much- publicised “cash-at-the-judge’s doorstep case” has categorically stated that the currency notes in the bag were not bribe money.

High Court
Probe officer’s role comes under scanner
Chandigarh, December 19
Can IPS officer S.K. Asthana continue to be the investigating officer of the security equipment case when he himself was the chairman of the technical committee involved in the purchases?

Miffed at govt attitude, highway authority officer sobs in court
Chandigarh, December 19
A colonel broke down in the court today. Miffed at “the Haryana government’s failure to cooperate” in the traffic regulation and highway widening case, NHAI’s project director Col. K.P. Sharma sobbed his heart out for over five minutes in an open court.

Kandahar Conviction
HC disappointed with red tapism
Chandigarh, December 19
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear that it was disappointed at the bureaucratic and administrative delay in filing the plea for granting death penalty to Kandahar hijacking accused Abdul Latif Adam Momin.

Court raps cop for not deposing in murder case
Chandigarh, December 19
Taking strong exception of a police inspector not deposing in a murder case, additional district and sessions judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi today observed: “It is highly regrettable that police officials are more concerned about cricket matches than to perform their actual duties.”

Resolve Pinjore-Kalka road controversy: HC
Chandigarh, December 19
The Punjab and Haryana High Court wants the secretary, ministry of shipping, road, and surface transport, to ensure that the controversy shrouding the control of stretch between Pinjore and Kalka be resolved.


Illegal telephone exchange unearthed; 2 held
Mohali, December 19
The Mohali police today arrested two persons for running an illegal telephone exchange from a house in Phase VII here.

Two duped of Rs 64,000
Chandigarh, December 19
Two residents of Himachal Pradesh, Raj Kumar and Ishwar Dass filed a complaint with the police, alleging that Rajan Bansal, a resident of Sangrur, took Rs 64,000 from them to send them abroad. But he neither sent them abroad, nor did he return their money.


Tickets sold in black
Mohali, December 19
Aimed at preventing terrorists from sabotaging the India-England Test match, the heavy police arrangements did not stop unscrupulous elements from selling the match tickets in black.

A policeman reads a newspaper in an empty stand at the PCA stadium in Mohali on Friday.
SOLITARY READER: A policeman reads a newspaper in an empty stand at the PCA stadium in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Budding bowlers get tips from
England coach

Mohali, December 19
The ongoing 2nd Test match being played between India and England cricket teams is a memorable event for 15 nascent young bowlers from the Tricity, who got selected to practice with the teams here at PCA stadium.

‘High-profile security’ with danda cops
Chandigarh, December 19
In an era when terrorists are armed with sophisticated automatic weapons, the Chandigarh Police, like its other counterparts, is still largely depended on  the danda.

England team supporters in a relaxed mood during the match.
yawning gap: England team supporters in a relaxed mood during the match. A Tribune photograph

Cold response on Day One
Mohali, December 19
There was a low turnout of spectators at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium here today, the first day of the second Test between India and England.

Viswanathan Anand guides students
Chandigarh, December19 World chess champion and NIIT mind champion, Viswanathan Anand, today addressed management students and professionals across 19 cities in the country on management strategy, through NIIT imperia’s synchronous learning technology.

A reveller at the Test match in Mohali on Friday.
A reveller at the Test match in Mohali on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Winning a habit for Raghbir
Chandigarh, December 19
Winning is a habit for Raghbir Singh of Mohali, an employee of Punjab Mandi Board, who recently won three gold medals in 29th Punjab Masters Athletics Meet at Sangrur, on December 13-14.

Manav Das leads in golf tournament
Chandigarh, December 19
Manav Das of Ambala shot a two under par 70 to lead on the opening day of the LG Goodricke Eastern India Amateur Golf Championship on the par 72 greens of Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata today. Manav is placed sixth in the LG Order of Merit because of a win in the LG Coimbatore Open.

City lad to represent India in athletics championship
Chandigarh, December 19
After putting a great show in the shot put event during the last Asian Athletics Championship 2006, Captain Gurjeevan Singh Sidhu, is once again all set to represent India in the championship to be held at Bangkok on January 13 and 14 next year.

Sports day at KV-2
Panchkula, December 19
Kendriya Vidyalaya-2, Chandimandir, celebrated its annual sports day here today. A cultural programme was also held on the occasion.


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