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BJP leader’s guard shoots himself
Chandigarh, November 6
Amrik Singh, a security guard deployed at the Sector 18 residence of senior BJP leader Balramji Das Tandon, reportedly shot himself early this morning. Though no suicide note was recovered from the spot, the police, on the basis of circumstantial evidence, termed it as suicide. Amrik Singh, a constable in the Indian Reserve Battalion, Punjab, was staying in a room along with three other security guards.

Road Show
Students give rules the go-by, challaned
Mohali, November 6
A traffic cop stops an overloaded vehicle of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, during a road show at Mohali on Friday. A road show by students of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, resulted in chaos on Mohali roads as hundreds of students virtually laid siege to the roads, resulting in traffic jams.

A traffic cop stops an overloaded vehicle of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, during a road show at Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


SI guilty of death in custody
Chandigarh, November 6
A local court today held SI Narinder Singh guilty in the sensational custodial death case of a youth that took place at the Mani Majra police station on July 12, 2007.

Nari Niketan Case
Trust hits back at admn
Chandigarh, November 6
The National Trust has got back at the UT administration in the Nari Niketan case. Mincing no words, the trust has asserted that it did not receive any response to the assistance package offered by it for the rape victim.

Drug for diabetics may not be safe
Chandigarh, November 6
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning that Byetta, a drug commonly prescribed to obese diabetic patients, could cause kidney problems may have pressed the panic button among its users, but doctors in the city remain divided over the issue.


GMADA allots 388 plots in draw
Mohali, November 6
The draw of lots for plots in Sectors 76 to 80 under progress at Mohali on Friday. After a gap of ninth months, the Greater Mohali Area Development today held a draw of lots for plots measuring 100 sq yd, 200 sq yd and 500 sq yd in Sectors 76 to 80 here. The land was acquired in 2001. A total of 388 plots were allotted in the draw of lots held at the GMADA office here. Of these, 135 plots were of 100 sq yd, 169 plots of 200 sq yd and 84 plots of 500 sq yd, said Mohali ACA Balwinder Singh Multani. The draw of lots for other categories was pending.

The draw of lots for plots in Sectors 76 to 80 under progress at Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Porn Row
Complainant backs out from inquiry
Refuses to provide evidence on pretext of not having faith in school authorities
Chandigarh, November 6
After levelling serious allegations against one of the teachers of St John’s School, complainant TK Goyal, a senior PCS official, backed out from the school inquiry by refusing to provide any corroborating evidence on pretext of not having faith in the school authorities.

Ruksana along with her brother Aijaz Ahmed (left) with AIATF president MS Bitta at the Press Club in Chandigarh on Friday. Ruksana awaits security, assistance
Chandigarh, November 6
Eliciting praise from across country for her daredevil act of killing Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Abu Osama, Ruksana is now struggling for security of her family. Even after two months of the incident, she has received mere assurances from the Centre and state governments.

Ruksana along with her brother Aijaz Ahmed (left) with AIATF president MS Bitta at the Press Club in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Pakistani artistes perform at the MCM DAV College in Chandigarh on Friday. Cultural performers cast a spell
Chandigarh, November 6
The folklore traditions of all regions and nations share common bonds of cultural affinity because these represent the cumulative expression of many ages and not the product of any particular age.

Pakistani artistes perform at the MCM DAV College in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Case of wrong medication
14-yr-old boy consumed celphos: Report
Panchkula, November 6
Ten months after the death of a 14-year-old boy from Budhanpur village, allegedly due to wrong medication, the mystery has deepened with the report of forensic laboratory from Madhuban. The laboratory, in its report sent to the police, has submitted that the boy had died due to consumption of celphos -- an insecticide.

CPI condemns admn for imposing Section 144
Chandigarh, November 6
Gurudas Das Gupta addresses a press conference in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Friday. Senior leaders of the CPI today flayed the UT administration for crushing the right to protest by imposing Section 144 in the city. Towing the lines of the Punjab and Haryana governments, the UT administration is crushing the right of protest, said CPI leaders Gurudas Das Gupta and Shamim Faizi. They added that the UT Administrator, who himself is embroiled in controversies, had turned the city into a “jail” where no one can raise their voice against oppression.

Gurudas Das Gupta addresses a press conference in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Air Force station inspected
Chandigarh, November 6
Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Western Air Command, Air Vice Marshal P Kanakaraj arrived at Chandigarh Air Force Station on an inspection visit today.

SDM office website launched
Chandigarh, November 6
The website of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (South) office was inaugurated and launched by Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh here today.

PGI doc awarded German fellowship
Chandigarh, November 6
Dr Sujit Kumar Tripathy, a senior resident in the department of orthopaedics, PGI, secured first position in an international examination conducted by International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT) in Pattaya, Thailand.

South Indian food carnival tomorrow
Chandigarh, November 6
The Orthodox Syrian Church Society will organise a South Indian food carnival at St Mary’s School, Sector 46-A, here from 11 am to 3 pm on November 8. At least 6,000 persons are expected to attend it. This will be the sixth such carnival to be organised by the society to raise funds for its various charity projects.

‘Jilted’ lover creates ruckus
Chandigarh, November 6
There was high drama at the Dabur Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College in Sector 46 here this afternoon when a 28-year-old ‘jilted’ lover misbehaved with a student. The accused, Parvinder Kumar of Kansal village, had an ‘affair’ with a student of the college for the past six years.

86 units of blood donated
Chandigarh, November 6
Members of the Canara Bank Officers Association, Chandigarh region, organised a blood donation camp at Sector 34-A here yesterday.

Gurshabad samagam from tomorrow
Mohali, November 6
To mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and 300 centuries of martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, a two-day gurshabad samagam will be organised by Kalgidhar Sewak Jatha on the Dassehra Ground, Phase VIII, SAS Nagar, on November 8 and 9.

Birth centenary of PGI ex-director today
Chandigarh, November 6
The birth centenary of former director of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Prof Santokh Singh Anand, will be celebrated in the Lecture Theatre Complex of PGI on November 7 from 2.30 pm onwards.


From Schools & Colleges
Awareness programme on industry, business
Mohali, November 6
The Quest Group of Institutions organised an “Awareness programme on industry and business” in collaboration with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, for engineering and management students.

Students take part in the pot-painting contest during the PEC Fest-09. Curtains up on PEC Fest
Chandigarh, November 6
Best orators from various colleges in the region competed in the popular and engrossing debate ‘Crossswords’ on the first day of PEC Fest at the PEC University of Technology here today. The fest entered its sixth year with organisers promising much more fun-filled events this time. Hundreds of students could be spotted involved in various cultural and intellectual events on the campus today. Padma Shri Chandra Mohan, chairman, Board of Governors, PEC, graced the occasion as chief guest.

Students take part in the pot-painting contest during the PEC Fest-09. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Syndicate turns down teachers’ demand
Chandigarh, November 6
Panjab University Syndicate today rejected the demand of PUTA (Panjab University Teacher’s Association) to sign up re-employed teachers for the period of three years instead of a year.

Central status issue dominates PUTA meet
Chandigarh, November 6
Caught in a whirlpool of uncertainty, the issue of Central status for Panjab University ruled the roost at the general body meeting of Panjab University Teacher’s Association (PUTA) here today.

2-day youth fest begins
Students perform bhangra at the PTU youth festival in Abhipur on Friday. Mohali, November 6
A two-day youth festival of the PTU colleges began at the Indo Global Colleges, Abhipur campus, here today. Students from 43 colleges from across the state are participating in the festival. The campus hummed with students as competitions like classical and western vocal group, solo, classical instrumental percussion and non-percussion, folk dance, quiz, debate, rangoli, on-the-spot painting and collage making, were held.

Students perform bhangra at the PTU youth festival in Abhipur on Friday. A Tribune photograph


Vacation of land for NH-21 widening
600 notices issued to shops, industries
Kharar, November 6
The central works division, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), has issued around 600 notices to shops, residential areas and small scale industries in areas of Daun and Balongi to vacate their land adjoining national highway 21.

Youth murdered, brother hurt in DAV College
Ambala, November 6
A youth was murdered on the DAV College campus at Ambala City today. The police has registered a murder case against six persons in this regard. According to information, Amrinder Singh and his brother Tarvinder Singh had come to DAV College as the latter had to appear in a compartment paper in the examination to be conducted in this college.

Stress on effect of global financial crisis
Patiala, November 6
Deliberations on the opening day of the annual conference of the Indian Political Economy Association (IPEA), which began at Punjabi University’s Senate Hall here today, centered around global financial crisis and its impact on Indian socio-economic and political system.

Jaskaran, Poonamjit adjudged best athletes
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 6 Jaskaran Singh and Poonamjit Singh of Continental Institute of Engineering and Technology were declared best athletes (men) during the annual sports day function at Continental Group of Colleges here today.

‘Develop tourism to create employment’
Ambala, November 6
A two-day national conference on hospitality was organised at MM University, Mulana, which aimed to strengthen the linkage between the industry and academia to facilitate the sharing of knowledge.

Patwaris protest against SDM
Dera Bassi, November 6
Members of the Patwari Union today held a protest against Dera Bassi SDM Puneet Goyal after a patwari was marked absent “without any reason” on November 4.

Close shave for train passengers
Dera Bassi, November 6
A major tragedy was averted last night as a truck got stuck on the Ambala-Kalka railway track at Issapur, here. A passenger train was coming from the Ambala side when the truck got stuck.

PRTC pensioners continue strike
Patiala, November 6
The PRTC Pensioners Association continued their hunger strike outside the general bus stand here today in support of their long pending demands.

IOC donates Rs 1 lakh for ashram
Kharar, November 6 Indian Oil Corporation officials today donated Rs 1 lakh to the Universal Disabled Care Taker Social Welfare Society, Padiala village, in Kharar.

Computer centre inaugurated
Banur: Gurukul Vidyapeeth Group of Institutes organised a rural education programme.


Assess judicial officers’ qualities with care: HC
Chandigarh, November 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that high degree of caution and care has to be exercised by the authority while assessing the qualities of a judicial officer.


3 incidents of theft reported
Chandigarh, November 6
Three incidents of thefts, including one in a gurdwara, were reported from various parts of the city. Rakesh Singla of Industrial Area, Phase I, reported that someone had stolen nine saris worth Rs 95,000 after breaking open the locks of his shop on November 2. In another incident, Arti Tikoo of Sector 41-D filed a complaint with the police alleging that her servant had stolen a bag containing Rs 1.7 lakh from her residence on Thursday afternoon.

4 injured in mishap
Panchkula, November 6
Four children suffered burn injuries while bursting crackers at jhuggis in Sector 14 here yesterday.


Shabir Ahmed wins caddies’ golf title
Chandigarh, November 6
Shabir Ahmed Pandow carded a two under par to clinch the title and prize money of Rs 50,000 in the first Lalit Suri Invitational Golf Tournament for Caddies held at the Royal Springs Golf Course in Sringar.

Players vie for the ball during a match at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium, Chandigarh.
Players vie for the ball during a match at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Malout down Hoshiarpur
Chandigarh, November 6
DAV College, Malout, beat Government College, Hoshiarpur, (3-1) in the Inter-College Badminton (men) Tournament being played at the Gymnasium Hall, Panjab University, here today.

St Xavier’s, NPS make it to final
Chandigarh, November 6
St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, and New Public School, Sector 18, have made it to boys final of the ongoing sixth Emily Gosain Memorial U-17 Inter-School Basketball Tournament.

Groups formed for football meet
Chandigarh, November 6
Following schools have confirmed their participation in the Chandigarh Senior Women Football Championship for Deepak Kampania Memorial Trophy to be held at the Sector 17 Football Stadium from November 9 to 12.


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