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Garbage greets visitors to PCA stadium
Garbage lies scattered on the land reserved for Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex near the PCA stadium in Mohali. Mohali, January 11
Tall claims of the Akali government to promote sports activities in the state are belied, if one visits the vacant land of sports complex opposite the Punjab Cricket Stadium (PCA) here.

Garbage lies scattered on the land reserved for Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex near the PCA stadium in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

National School Games
Team manager slapped by referee
Chandigarh, January 11
A girls handball match took an ugly turn here today when a Punjab referee, while officiating the match, slapped a contingent manager of Himachal Pradesh over a trivial issue during the 54th National School Games under way at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23.

Lohri today
Chandigarh, January 11
Lohri will be celebrated on January 12 instead of its usual date, January 13, this year. According to the astrological calculations, it’s basically an extra month or adhik maas that has advanced the festival. “There are two calendars that are followed. The solar calendar is of 30 days and lunar of 27 days. As in English calendar, after every four year we have an extra day and the year is leap year. 



EARLIER STORIES

Trees cut for PEC cycle track
Chandigarh, January 11
The PEC authorities have cut several trees in a bid to help the cyclists using the cycle track, near gate no. 1 of the college. The matter came into light when some professors living on campus contacted Tribune and complained about the ongoing cutting on the strech near Gate number 1 leading to Naya Gaon.

Ex-ADC in house row
Chandigarh, January 11
Major Nirvikar Singh, high-profile former ADC to Punjab Governor and UT administrator SF Rodrigues, seems to be having a hotline to controversy. Close on the heels of the row over his extended four-year tenure at Punjab Raj Bhavan and his managing another deputation for two years with the Central government, Major Nirvikar is in the spotlight again for allegedly misusing his position while renovating his official residence in Chandigarh's posh Sector 7.



COMMUNITY

Whither this smoking ban!
Raveen Thukral
Thank god I quit smoking eight years back or else I could have been in league with Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan and Salman Khan who have had a brush with the law for smoking in public. Or would I have been among the thousands of others who, despite the ban, smoke in public places everyday but still get away with it?

No Plastic Smiles: Paper bags have become a source of income for these children after a ban on polythene in the city.
No Plastic Smiles: Paper bags have become a source of income for these children after a ban on polythene in the city. Tribune Photo: Vinay Malik

‘Fungus’ in Meal
Samples taken from Sec-9 joint
Chandigarh, January 11
On the complaint of a Panchkula resident, Food Inspector of the UT Health Department collected food samples from popular Chinese eating joint at Sector 9 here today.

Kathak dancer enthrals audience
Chandigarh, January 11
Acclaimed Tabla maestro Dipak Chakraborty, and noted Kathak dancer Rupa Chakraborty performed in an enchanting spell of melody and rhythm at the Pracheen Kala Kendra, here today. Kathak dancer Rupa Chakraborty. A Tribune photograph

Residents seek effective waste disposal system
Chandigarh, January 11
Faced with various problems of garbage collection system and mushrooming of the sahaj safai kendras here, a meeting of the Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) under the banner of the Federation of Sector Welfare Association, was held at the Sector 21 community centre here.

Cops fail to curb hooliganism in Sec 21
Chandigarh, January 11
Hooliganism has become a major problem at Sector 21-A as the police has failed to act against miscreants. The residents are reportedly facing problems created by the miscreants, who create nuisance with loud noise of their “silencer-less bikes”.

Skill-based visas for Down Under
Gary Coonar, a Canadian educatonist, delivered a talk on immigration in Chandigarh on Sunday.Chandigarh, January 11   
Canadian educationist Gary Coonar today said skilled migrants having confirmed jobs or those possessing skills that were in great demand were being given priority in the processing of visa applications for permanent residency in Australia.


Gary Coonar, a Canadian educatonist, delivered a talk on immigration in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Manipulating bills, CITCO style
Chandigarh, January 11
The inquiry being ordered by the Chandigarh Administration over the manipulation of bills in a ring ceremony held at Hotel Mountview is the tip of an iceberg. The “undue discounts” to bureaucrats by manipulating bills seem to be rampant in CITCO hotel.

Tenants’ fast enters 11th day
Chandigarh, Janauary 11
The relay fast by the Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenants Association entered the 11th today. According to a press note, hundreds of industrial tenants face the axe due to the "anti-industry" policies being pursued by the Chandigarh Administration.

Society elections not held
Mohali, January 11
Members of the Tribune Friends Cooperative Society today alleged that the office of the registrar was not holding the society elections despite presence of the required members.

Residents’ Dispute
GMADA builds pathway for Rs 2 lakh
A 16-foot wide pathway being constructed at Phase IX in Mohali. Mohali, January 11
While settling a dispute between a section of residents of Phase IX, here, over the use of a green belt adjoining H. No. 1261, the engineering department of the greater mohali area development authority (GMADA) is wasting public money in constructing a 16-feet wide pathway.


A 16-foot wide pathway being constructed at Phase IX in Mohali. A Tribune photograph

Letters


EDUCATION

Pbi varsity to start vocational courses from next session
Patiala, January 11
Punjabi department of Punjabi University organised a two-day seminar here recently. Dr Jaspal Singh, vice-chancellor of the university, presided over. GS Sidhu Damdami, Punjabi Tribune editor, gave inaugural address and Amarjit Singh, Punjabi writer and critic, presented keynote.

Inculcate values in students, VC to teachers
Students of a coaching centre enact a play in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chandigarh, January 11
“Propounding the ethical ideals and eulogising the role of parents and teachers in shaping the future of a student in the modern times by Dr Khera’s coaching centre is indeed commendable and reminds one of the sanctity of their relationship,” observed Prof RC Sobti, vice-chancellor, Punjab University.


Students of a coaching centre enact a play in Chandigarh on Sunday. Photo: S. Chandan


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Prize distribution function at school
Bassi Pathana, January 11
The Holy Heart Public School organised an annual prize distribution-cum-cultural function on the school premises, here yesterday.

Blight Attack
Potato-growers demand girdwari
Rajpura/Sirhind, January 11
A large number of potato-growers of the area today demanded girdwari after late blight was reported in the potato seeds in hundreds of acres of agricultural land.

Two hurt in accident
Bassi Pathana, January 11
Two persons were seriously injured and many hurt in a collision involving a private bus, car and truck this morning near Nogawan village on the Bassi Pathana Morinda road.

Six labourers trapped, rescued
Patiala, January 11
Six persons, who were trapped in debris near Amar Hospital, near the Income Tax office, were taken out alive leading to scare in the area here today.
Sources revealed that at least 19 persons were working at the basement at the site when suddenly six of them got trapped in the debris. 

Minor sisters raped
Rajpura, January 11
Two brothers at Aakar village in Rajpura allegedly raped two minor girls (both sisters). The police has booked the boys as well as their mother. The accused were identified as Satnam Singh, Karamjit Singh and their mother Charanjit Kaur.

Kids, parents enjoy free tank rides
Patiala, January 11
Hundreds of kids, youngsters and their parents free ride in tanks, atop bofors guns and in hot air balloons at the two-day army exhibition which, concluded here yesterday.

Robber held
Bassi Pathana, January 11
The police here has arrested a robber who was involved in snatchings, theft and other criminal activities. The SHO said five motorcycle-borne youths looted Rs 1,200 from Harjit Singh, a vegetable seller, near Bhuchi village recently when he was returning to Mehdoodan village.

Senior citizen urges PUDA to follow forum’s order
Patiala, January 11
A senior citizen has urged the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, to instruct PUDA to follow the orders of the district and the state consumer forums instead of appealing against these orders to the national forum.

Lohri celebrated for girls
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 11
Lohri was celebrated with fervour for newborn girls at Sirhind. Parents of 25 newborn girls were also honoured. The programme was held by the New Fatehgarh Sahib Kala Manch. SSP Kaustubh Sharma was chief guest. As many as 11 poor women were also given blankets and a community kitchen was also organised.

Undertrial attempts suicide in jail
Ambala, January 11
An undertrial prisoner, lodged at Ambala Central Jail, attempted to commit suicide by puncturing one of hand’s vein with a sharp material today noon. He was rushed to the local civil hospital, where his condition is stated to be out of danger.

Kalka Demarcation: No relief for residents
Panchkula, January 11
Residents of Kalka, facing demolition of their buildings, are unlikely to get any relief at least on the count of re-demarcation of the highway and their properties. The demarcation committee, headed by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, reportedly found no ambiguity in the demarcation of last year, following which the residents were served upon notices, alleging that they had encroached upon the government land.


CRIME

Thieves decamp with 50 music systems
The shopowner shows the place from where the thieves decamped with music systems. Chandigarh, January 11
Thieves decamped with about more than 50 music systems, including some of the top brands, after breaking into a shop in Sector 28, here, last night.
The thieves reportedly broke two locks of the shop and when they could not break the centre lock of that showroom, they broke the locks of Goyal Automobiles, Sector 28, in the neighbourhood, alleged the owner of the showroom.

The shopowner shows the place from where the thieves decamped with music systems. A Tribune photograph

Woman beaten up by neighbours
Chandigarh, January 11
Shivali, a resident of Sector 44, filed a complaint with the police alleging that her neighbour Prem Lata and son Parbhat entered into her house and was beaten up, yesterday. A case under Sections 448, 323, 34 of the IPC has been registered against them at the Sector 34 police station.

One hurt in clash
Chandigarh, January 11
One person got head injuries in a fight that took place outside the Score, a discotheque at Sector 8 here, in the wee hours today.

Man succumbs to injuries
Chandigarh, January 11
Devinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 29, succumbed to his injuries, today. Ajay Kumar of the same sector allegedly assaulted him few days back and the police said the victim slipped into comma after sustaining serious head injuries.

Youths fire in air, one arrested
Chandigarh, January 11
Panic was created among Sector 38-D residents here today when two boys in a Honda City car (CH-03-R-5543) allegedly fired two rounds in the air and fled. The incident came to light around 10 pm when some persons, who were having evening walk, called up the police about the incident.

Three burglars nabbed
Zirakpur, January 11
Alert residents of Mastgarh village nabbed three burglars last night. After a spate of thefts in Mullanpur area, the villagers were on ‘tehkri pehra’ when they noticed suspicious persons trying to escape with some stolen items.


SPORTS


A skating event in progress during the 54th National School Games.
A skating event in progress during the 54th National School Games. A Tribune photograph

National School Games
Manipur claim bronze, gold
Chandigarh, January 11
Pargat Singh, who netted 10 goals, played a pivotal role to fashion Punjab’s win over Gujarat by 24-13 in a boys’ under-19 handball quarterfinal match played on the fourth day of the 54th National School Games 2008-09 at Government Model Senior Secondary School here today.
Efforts of Gujarat’s agile player, Sandeep, who netted six goals, went into vain as other team failed to impress with the ball and the pressure kept on mounting on the team. 

Ludhiana college triumph
A jubilant team after winning a kho-kho match in Chandigarh on SundayChandigarh, January 11
Government College for Women, Ludhiana, lifted the Panjab University Inter-College Kho-Kho (Women) Championship for the session 2008-09 here today on the PU grounds. Meanwhile, PU is organising All-India Inter-Zonal Inter-University Basketball Championship for Men from January 12 to 15 here on the campus. As many as 16 universities are participating in the event from across India.—TNS

A jubilant team after winning a kho-kho match in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph


 



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