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Rodrigues, adviser at it again
Have ‘letter war’ on extension to chief engineer
Chandigarh, December 23
The slugfest between UT administrator SF Rodrigues and his adviser Pradip Mehra on the issue of extension to chief engineer Krishanjit Singh seems to have reached a point of no return with the administrator putting the ball in the adviser's court and attributing “motives” to his opposition to the extension.

Bomb hoax call at High Court
Chandigarh, December 23
A bomb hoax call at the Punjab and Haryana High Court this morning kept the police on its toes for over three hours.

Police personnel search the Punjab and Haryana High Court premises in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

3 killed in accidents
Kharar, December 23
Rash driving and dense fog snuffed out four lives in accidents at Kharar and Ropar today. All the deceased were from Kharar.

Kamlesh is Cong mayoral nominee
Chandigarh, December 23
With three days left for the filing of nominations for the posts of mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor, the Congress has “finalised” its nominees for the top posts.



A year of controversies for education dept
Chandigarh, December 23
Tall claims and broken promises is probably the best way to describe the year 2008 for the city schools and colleges. While throughout the year, the administration made “sincere” efforts to revolutionise things, the student fraternity was, however, not much benefitted due to the thoughtless and overambitious plans or lack of implementation, but most of the times lack of accountability on the part of those at the helm of matters.

Fiscal Gloom
Bail us out, hotel industry sends SOS to government
Chandigarh, December 23
Hit hard by the dwindling tourist flow in wake of the Mumbai terror strikes and global financial crisis, the hotel industry is now looking at the government to bail them out of the present financial gloom. With the high realty prices and slowdown in credit flow, growth in the hotel industry has hit a plateau.

Citco MD: Tiwari’s name cleared at last
Chandigarh, December 23
Almost five months after the Punjab government sent the panel to the administration for the post of managing director of Citco, the union government has cleared the name of DK Tiwari for the post.

5,000 join in Christian procession
Chandigarh, December 23
Various Churches, Christian institutions and congregation in the tricity today took out a procession for the resolution of the communal rights in Orissa. Over 5,000 people joined the procession.

An Xmas procession being taken out in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Parking ban being flouted in cops’ backyard
Chandigarh, December 23
Even as the local police has banned the parking of vehicles on the road adjacent to the parking lot behind the Chandigarh police headquarters in Sector 9, visitors continue to flout the ban with impunity, under the very nose of the top brass.

Vehicles parked in a “no parking zone” in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

11 cops transferred
Chandigarh, December 23
The Chandigarh Police today transferred four inspectors and seven sub-inspectors.

1.31 lakh immunised in polio campaign
Chandigarh, December 23
As many as 1,31,832 children were immunised in the national pulse polio immunisation campaign carried out for three days with one-day booth activity and two days of house-to-house coverage.

Fog delays flights
Chandigarh, December 23
The weather has taken its toll on air connectivity from the city. Flights of all major airlines are being delayed by one to three hours due to fog and bad weather.

GAIL donates Rs 9 lakh for needy patients
Chandigarh, December 23
Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Chandigarh, donated a sum of Rs 9 lakh to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, for the treatment of poor patients here today.

Lok adalats a boon for litigants
The two days lok adalats held as a part of Samadhan-2008 at various places in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have proved to be a boon especially for the poor litigants.

PGI OPDs closed on Dec 25
Chandigarh, December 23
All OPDs of the PGI shall remain closed on December 25 on account of Christmas. Emergency services will function as usual. TNS


PU to go soft on late fee penalty
Chandigarh, December 23
After many deliberations, a committee constituted by the Panjab University authorities to look into the issue pertaining to late fees and penalties on various accounts has recommended rationalisation of fines/ late fee charges imposed on the students.


College fails to display datesheet; 22 miss exam
Kalka, December 23
As many as 22 students of MA (Hindi) at Government Postgraduate College could not take the examination of Ist semester.

Football Tournament
Phagwara academy reign supreme
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 23
The JCT Academy, Phagwara, today beat Blue Football Club, Indore, with 6-1 in the All-India Baba Jorawar Singh Baba Fateh Singh Shaheedi Football Tournament held at Mata Gujri College.

No New Year celebrations
Ambala, December 23
Central Phoenix club, Ambala Cant, will not be organising any events to celebrate New Year. The decision has been taken in light of the terror attacks in Mumbai last month.

Special health cards for students
Patiala, December 23
Punjabi University’s vice-chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh, has ordered for making special health cards of the students of university’s senior secondary school. While inaugurating a health and medical camp on the school premises, he asked the school principal, S.K. Nirmal Goyal, to ensure regular medical checkups of the students .


CHB employee acquitted in graft case
Chandigarh, December 23
The Additional District and Sessions Judge and Special Judge (vigilance), Raj Rahul Garg, has acquitted Gurdev Chand, a clerk in the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), in a graft case. The Vigilance Bureau had booked Gurdev Chand on the charges of receiving a graft of Rs 5,000 from a Maloya resident.

Gangrape: Police files chargesheet
Panchkula, December 23
A little over three months after alleged gangrape of a minor school girl of the town, the district police finally filed the charge sheet in the local district courts here today.


32-yr-old kills himself
Chandigarh, December 23
Bhupinder Singh, a 32-year-old bank employee, allegedly killed himself by consuming some poisonous substance late last night. In the absence of any suicide note, the police is yet to ascertain the reason behind the death.

Six injured in scuffle
Mohali, December 23
Six persons were injured after a clash took place between two groups of people of Matran village, near here, today. The six persons, including a woman, were admitted to the Civil Hospital, Phase VI, where the police recorded their statements.


Bubbly’s days over
Team India celebrate with a soft drink splash
Mohali, December 23
Just after the Team India clinched the RBC Cup, a war sparked off with the Men in Blue splashing soft drinks in joy over one another here at the PCA stadium. Generally during the team celebration, champagne is used for the purpose, but the team broke the notion and went gaga over the triumph and started splashing water and soft drinks on one another.
Yuvraj Singh and Ishant Sharma throw soft drink on each other after the team’s win at the PCA stadium in Mohali on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Final Day
Panesar makes grandpa proud
Mohali, December 23
The crowds at the PCA stadium, felt unhappy when England’s spinner Monty Panesar took the wicket of Indian skipper Dhoni, here today. However, there was a special fan in Monty’s support, Hari Singh, his maternal grandfather who enjoyed the moment.


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