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Daring heist in Industrial Area
12 armed robbers decamp with nickle worth more than Rs 23 lakh 
Chandigarh, October 9
At least 12-armed men robbed Rs 20-25 lakh from Avon Ispat and Power Limited, Industrial Area, Phase-I, in the wee hours today.
An employee of the factory shows an empty basket at Industrial Area, Phase I, in Chandigarh on Friday. An employee of the factory shows an empty basket at Industrial Area, Phase I, in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Another tests positive for swine flu
Mohali, October 9
Another patient suffering from the flu-like symptoms has been tested positive for the swine flu in Mohali. Dr Deepak Bhatia, nodal officer, said the throat swabs of Kiran had been sent for testing to the PGI, Chandigarh, by the Mohali Civil Hospital.

CA Murder Case
Post-slip, cops want witnesses’ statement
Chandigarh, October 9
In what is being seen as a poor reflection on the part of the police’s approach, the statement of the complainant recorded before the magistrate in the sensational murder case of a chartered accountant, was “left out”.


IT raids on Kumar brothers
Tax evasion worth crores detected; 17 premises searched
Income Tax officials wait outside the Kumar group of showrooms for conducting a raid in Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Friday.Chandigarh, October 9
In a drive for uncovering the undeclared wealth, officials of the Income Tax Department conducted raids on more than seven premises that included chemist and garment shops, liquor vends and residences of well-known businessman, Kumar Brothers, Sector 11, in the tricity today.

Income Tax officials wait outside the Kumar group of showrooms for conducting a raid in Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Mohali SDM gets stay on transfer
SDM, Mohali, Raghbir Kaur Khera, shows the stay orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court at the district administrative office. ‘Unseats’ recently posted SDM
Mohali, October 9
A high drama prevailed at the district administrative complex here this evening when PCS officer, Balbir Singh, who was recently posted as SDM, Mohali, was “unseated” by his previous incumbent Raghbir Kaur Khera, who got a stay on her transfer from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

SDM, Mohali, Raghbir Kaur Khera, shows the stay orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court at the district administrative office. A Tribune photograph


Swine Flu
Group of experts set up
Chandigarh, October 9
Keeping in view the increasing number of H1N1 cases all around the country, the Department of AYUSH, Government of India, New Delhi, has issued instructions in the management of common flu-like conditions.

Dry fruits, sweets hard on pocket
Chandigarh, October 9
The steep hike in prices has squeezed out the sweetness this festive season, as people will now have to shell out more purchasing sweets and dry fruits. A random survey of the tricity has shown that shopkeepers have increased prices by between 10 and 25 per cent for these as compared to last year.

CPI delegates from Kolkata in Chandigarh for taking part in a conference.
CPI delegates from Kolkata in Chandigarh for taking part in a conference. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

MC finds sweeping machines “unfit” for city
Chandigarh, October 9
Ironically the mechanical sweeping machines, which are functioning efficiently in other parts of the country, have been considered ‘unfit’ for the Chandigarh roads. Well the authorities of the municipal corporation, who have endorsed it, might be aware of the reasons behind this.

Audio-visual training hall for cops
Chandigarh, October 9
In order to provide better training to the police personnel, the Chandigarh Police has set up audio-visual lecture hall at the recruit-training centre in Sector 26.

Change in poll rolls not easy
Chandigarh, October 9
Sarabjit Singh, a resident of 3254/2, Sector 45-D here, is a harassed man. For the the past several months, he has been running from pillar to post to get the names of Bindu Verma and Vivek Verma, who had sold their house to him, deleted from the electoral rolls.

Sports dept deputy director divested of duties
Chandigarh, October 9
Following longstanding incongruity with other officials in the department, deputy director Dolly, sports department, Panjab University, has been divested of her duties.

Children from Bapu Dham Colony participate in a sack race organised by Dell in Chandigarh on Friday. Dell staff donate books
Chandigarh, October 9
To mark the spirit of Diwali, around 50 employees of Dell-India, Mohali, spent their evening playing various games with kids of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, today.

Children from Bapu Dham Colony participate in a sack race organised by Dell in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Resentment over poor-quality food
Home Secretary marks inquiry
Chandigarh, October 9
The intervention of the UT Administration in the hostel and mess issue of Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET), Sector 26, has finally brought some cheer to students, who had been struggling to seek justice.

MHA to consider enhancing Administrator’s financial powers
Chandigarh, October 9
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will consider enhancing the financial powers of the UT Administrator from Rs 10 crore to Rs 15 crore.

Marching orders for PGI canteen contractor
Chandigarh, October 9
The UT Administration has asked Sandeep Garg, the contractor of Red Cross canteens in the PGI, to clear the canteen premises on account of non-clearance of a pending amount of Rs 9.99 lakh.

Congress grass growth goes unchecked
Chandigarh, October 9
Like every year, the Chandigarh Administration and the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation have failed to check the menace of parthenium hysterocarpus, popularly known as "congress grass", and shrubs on vacant land in the city this time as well.

NRI Cell can’t be relied on
Chandigarh, October 9
The establishment of the Chandigarh NRI Cell seems more a publicity exercise by the authorities, not reflecting any serious effort to address problems of NRIs, alleges Citizen Voice, an NGO.

Avoid ads on tantriks, SSP to TV channels
Chandigarh, October 9
SSP SS Srivastva held a meeting with cable operators and local TV channels, advising them to avoid advertisements of tantriks and those claiming magical remedies to solve problems for duping gullible people.

Members of the Air Force Wives Welfare Association interact with inmates of Snehomoyee orphanage after donating items of daily use in Chandigarh on Friday. AFWWA’s gift of love to orphans
Chandigarh, October 9
As part of the Air Force Day commemorations, the Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) extended humanitarian aid to Snehomoyee, an orphanage located at Maloya village near here.

Members of the Air Force Wives Welfare Association interact with inmates of Snehomoyee orphanage after donating items of daily use in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Now, botanical garden to have treetop meditation huts
Chandigarh,October 9
Chandigarh, city of gardens and open spaces, is set to add another first to its credit. The Chandigarh Botanical Garden in Sarangpur here is set to have treetop meditation huts for the stressed out residents wanting to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Anganwari workers protest in Chandigarh
Chandigarh, October 9 Hundreds of anganwari workers and helpers from the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh today launched a protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands before the commencement of the sixth national conference of All India Federation of Anganwari Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) here today.

Levy sugar quota enhanced
Chandigarh, October 9
The Food and Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department has increased the levy sugar quota for the BPL families during the festival season from 1 kg to 2 kg per unit.

Dhumal seeks votes for BJP candidate
Panchkula, October 9
With two days in hand for campaigning, all candidates in fray have stepped up their canvassing. While Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal was in the city seeking votes for BJP candidate Gian Chand Gupta, the Congress candidate DK Bansal campaigned door-to-door at Rajiv colony.

Cong divides P’kula in four zones
Panchkula, October 9
The Congress high command seemed to have reined in the dissidents in favour of party candidate DK Bansal, as in a meeting of city Congress leaders it was decided that the party workers should be asked to take responsibilities at polling booths.

After reluctance, UT to participate in IITF-2009
Chandigarh, October 9
After initial hiccups, the Chandigarh administration has decided to participate in the 29th India International Trade Fair (IITF-2009) at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from November 14 to 28.


Shivangi, Nitish win shloka recitation contest
Students perform a group song during the inaugural day of the annual festivities week in Chandigarh on Friday.Chandigarh, October 9
The annual festivities week to be organised in DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8-C, till October 11 commenced amidst a lot of zeal today. The annual three-day cultural extravaganza has over 1,500 students of various schools from across the country participating in various competitions.

Students perform a group song during the inaugural day of the annual festivities week in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan


Limca Book of Records
British school wins city finals
Patiala, October 9
The British Co-ed High School today won Patiala finals of the Limca Book of Records Quiz, 2009, held at DAV Public School, Patiala.

Qawwali soiree enchants audience
Ropar, October 9
Qawwal Neele Khan Mohammad Sadiq performed at the national Saras Mela today. He started the evening with a qawwali, “Jidhar tera guzar hove”, and continued with “Main kihnu dassan e raaz diyan gallan”, “Aa ja dekh mera intezar aa ja”, “Kande utte meharma ve main” and other songs.

Assembly Poll
Campaigning gains momentum
Kalka, October 9
The election campaign of the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) candidate Vijay Bansal got a major boost when Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and president of the BSP (Punjab) Avtar Singh Karimpuri and national general secretary of the BSP (Uttar Pradesh) Narinder Kashyap came here to campaign for him for the elections slated on October 13.

‘Bijli, paani, sewerage’ major promises here
Kalka, October 9
Unlike the neighbouring constituency of Panchkula, where voters have a big issue, reservation in higher educational institutions of Chandigarh, campaigning here seems to have caught up, with the civic amenities being the main issue.

80 teachers found missing from duty
Patiala, October 9
In order to check proper functioning of government schools and also to ensure that the teachers were fulfilling their duties properly, 11 teams of the Punjab education department, headed by Director General of School Education (DGSE) Krishan Kumar, inspected government schools of Patiala district today and identified around 80 defaulter teachers who were absent from schools without any information.

Three nabbed for murder
Patiala, October 9
A Patiala resident, Ashish Dwivedi, who was missing since April 20, was murdered by three persons on the very same day he went missing. Making this disclosure, senior Patiala cops said after investigating the matter for more than four months, the Patiala police has finally nabbed three persons, who have confessed to killing Dwivedi.

Samples of sweets collected
Kharar, October 9
The health department team today collected samples of eatables, including khoya, from Punjab Cold Store in the Balongi area that was sealed last night.

4 youths held for robbery 
Dera Bassi, October 9
The Dera Bassi police today arrested four youths who were involved in a robbery case. The accused have been identified as Prabhat, Harvinder Singh, Avtar Singh and Ramesh Kumar, all employed at a Dera Bassi-based factory.


Fraud accused denied bail
Panchkula, October 9
A local court has dismissed the application for anticipatory bail filed by Jasmine who was booked, along with her father, by the district police for duping. Dismissing the application, Additional Sessions Judge Ritu Garg said it was not the case where the applicant deserved any concession under Section 438 of the CrPC.


Man gets life term for killing wife
Chandigarh, October 9
District and Sessions Judge KK Garg today sentenced a resident of Mauli Complex to life imprisonment for murdering his wife in 2007.

Armed attack in Sector 38 West
Chandigarh, October 9
A group of between 10 and 15 miscreants indulged in a rampage at Labour Colony, Sector 38 West, here this evening.

Woman dies in car accident
Chandigarh, October 9
A 55-year-old resident of Sector 15 was killed this evening when a swanky car hit her car near the Chandigarh Club.

42 cartons of liquor seized
Mohali, October 9
Following the setting up of nakas by the Mohali police, at least 42 cartons of liquor were seized by a police party of the Phase 8 police station here early this morning. The liquor was being brought in a Mahindra jeep when it was intercepted by a police party near the PCA stadium here at 5.30 am. A case has been registered under the Excise Act.


Abhimanyu’s ton enables YPS victory 
A match in progress at YPS, Mohali, on Friday.Mohali, October 9
Abhimanyu Singha's blistering knock of 124, enabled Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, to record a thumping 136-run win over Daly College, Indore, in the inaugural match of All-India IPSC Cricket Tournament (U-14) being played on the YPS ground here today.

A match in progress at YPS, Mohali, on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Diplomats to play in PHD Chamber golf
Chandigarh, October 9
Diplomats, bureaucrats and top industrialists of the country will converge on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club for the sixth annual PHD Chamber Golf Tournament to be played here on October 11.

Upender bags first position in shot put
Patiala, October 9
The 9th All-India Athletics Meet of BSNL was inaugurated today at NIS Complex, Patiala. PK Paliwal, CGMT, Punjab Telecom Circle, Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Football meet from Oct 19
Chandigarh, October 9
The Chandigarh Football Association (CFA) will conduct Coca-Cola Mir Iqbal Hussain Football Tournament for boys (Chandigarh leg) from October 19 to 25 at the Sector-17 Football Stadium here.

Sports Festival
Trials on October 12
Chandigarh, October 9
The Chandigarh sports department will conduct selection trials to choose the Chandigarh contingent for participation in the XXXV National Sports Festival for Women Group-II at Margo (Goa) from November 11 to 14. The trials will be conducted on October 12 at 5 pm in gymnastics and volleyball at the Sector 7 Sports Complex. While, the Sector 42 Sports Complex will be the venue for the trials in kho-kho and kabaddi. —TNS

Cricket trials on Oct 11
Chandigarh, October 9
The Cricket Federation of Chandigarh will conduct trials for the under-17 category on October 11 at 9.45 am at MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, to select probables for the upcoming All-India U-17 Nationals Championship in Aurangabad from October 22 to 25. The championship is being organised by the Maharashtra Cricket Federation under the aegis of the Cricket Federation of India. Players born on or after October 1, 1982, are eligible to take part in the trials. —TNS

Chandigarh girls, boys shine in boat pulling
Chandigarh, October 9
Chandigarh boys and girls cadets won the Boat-Pulling Competition of Naval Wing of NCC at the Lake Sports Complex here today. Five teams, including Amritsar, Faridabad, Chandigarh, Bilaspur and Naya Nangal participated in the championship. In the boys’ category, Chandigarh cadets team stood first in two races, while Chandigarh girls secured the first position. Rest of the races will continue tomorrow. — TNS


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