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Drug cases decline, more addicts seek help
Chandigarh, November 18
Empty bottles of cough syrup lying near the boundary wall of a private college in Chandigarh. Though the number of drug peddling cases filed by the Chandigarh police this year have witnessed a sharp decline, the ever-increasing number of addicts willing to kick the habit portrays a different picture.

Empty bottles of cough syrup lying near the boundary wall of a private college in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Uncertainty at top takes toll on city's development
Officials adopt ‘wait-and-watch’ policy
Chandigarh, November 18
The uncertainty at the top in the Chandigarh Administration is taking its toll on the city's development. With Chandigarh expecting new incumbents on the posts of Punjab Governor, who is also UT Administrator, and Adviser to the UT Administrator, the development activity has virtually come to a standstill in the Union Territory, with officials adopting a "wait-and-watch" policy.

Admn holds St John’s teacher guilty
Principal held responsible for promoting cyber crime
Chandigarh, November 18
The UT administration, in a significant move, today not only declared St John’s art teacher Michael Angelo guilty of promoting vulgarity, but also held the school authorities, especially principal Kavita Das, responsible for simultaneously instigating students for cyber crime by organising hacking competitions in school.


A milkman moves towards City Beautiful near the Open Hand monument
Crossing the ‘border’: A milkman moves towards City Beautiful near the Open Hand monument. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

PhD entrance test
Panel for cancellation of exemption to ‘influential’ candidate

Chandigarh, November 18
A probe committee has recommended the cancellation of exemption given to an influential candidate from appearing in the PhD entrance test of Panjab University.

Four more down with H1N1
Anti-viral drug in form of syrup and 45 mg dosage received for children
Chandigarh, November 18
With the number of positive swine flu cases showing increase among children, especially in the age group of 5-14, the UT Health Department has arranged stock of paediatric dosage of antiviral drug - Oseltamivir (Tamiflu).

Company complains of rotten garbage
Chandigarh, November 18
It seems that the municipal corporation hardly bothers to follow instructions issued by the Chandigarh administration about the proper segregation of garbage before being transported to the garbage processing plant at Dadu Majra.


City unsafe for pedestrians, cyclists
Cyclists violate traffic rules on the road separating Sector 18 and Sector 21 in ChandigarhChandigarh, November 18
Despite wider roads and traffic police, the city continues to be unsafe for pedestrians and slow-moving traffic. Moving on the wrong side of the road and jumping medians through unauthorised openings are some of the common factors causing mishaps.

Cyclists violate traffic rules on the road separating Sector 18 and Sector 21 in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Viable garbage disposal policy not yet in place
Chandigarh, November 18
Bio-medical waste lies amid garbage. It appears the municipal corporation has failed to draw up an effective policy to set up garbage segregation facilities in the city till date. Even though the civic body had launched several projects in this regard these could not be implemented properly in the absence of relevant bylaws.

Bio-medical waste lies amid garbage. A Tribune photograph

Citizens’ groups to seek Rodrigues’ arrest
Chandigarh, November 18
Labelling every bit of the reply sent by UT Administrator SF Rodrigues as ‘a bundle of lies and a selective deceitful concoction of imaginary facts’, groups of eminent citizens and families affected today decided to urgently meet the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister to update them on the facts of the Chandigarh land scams and to request them for the immediate removal and arrest of Rodrigues along with the other bureaucrats involved in the alleged scams.

HUDA set to allot 2,070 flats to slum-dwellers
Panchkula, November 18
Taking a step towards making Panchkula a slum-free district, HUDA is all set to allot 2,070 flats to the residents of Azad colony, Kharak Monagoli, and Madrasi colony. While 82 allotment letters have already been issued to the residents of Maturam colony, the process for allotment to others was in progress as a total of 220 applications were received from this colony.

GMADA, MC fail to take on maintenance of road
Mohali, November 18
A Rs 5-crore road project, completed more than seven months ago, has become nobody’s baby with both the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority

In Mohali space being grabbed with impunity 
Mohali, November 18
Encroachers here are getting bolder by the day with the Municipal Council short of staff, lack of readily available police assistance for the job and interference by political leaders in eviction drives.

Scientists stress on better use of research funds
Chandigarh, November 18
To give an impetus to the use of herbal products in healthcare, over 200 experts from across the country are attending the 30th annual conference of Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists here today.

City laureate to address religious scholars
Chandigarh, November 18
Dr Harnam Singh Shan An eminent scholar from the city has got the honour to address the International Parliament for World Religions. Incidentally, it is the same forum where Swami Vivekanand created history in the September 1893 session by glorifying the grandeur of Indian cultural heritage. Scholar Dr Harnam Singh Shan has been invited to address the Parliament of World Religions in Melbourne, to be held between December 2 and 10.

Dr Harnam Singh Shan has been invited to address the Parliament of World Religions in Melbourne.
A Tribune photograph

HUDA sleeps over encroachments
Panchkula, November 18
With encroachments upon roads and markets rampant in the town, it seems that the enforcement wing of the Haryana Urban Development Authority is in slumber.


Special kids celebrate Children’s Day at Paryas, Sector 38, Chandigarh,
Special kids celebrate Children’s Day at Paryas, Sector 38, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Reply to RTI pleas on time, orders VC
Chandigarh, November 18
Crucial directions were given by Vice-Chancellor (VC) RC Sobti to top administrative functionaries in a meeting at the university’s senate hall today. The VC directed the staff to furnish details of questions asked in RTI applications on time.

School First Day Cover released
Chandigarh, November 18
The Department of Posts issued a special First Day Cover on St John’s School, Sector 26, recently. K L Khanna, Chief Postmaster General, Punjab circle, released the cover.

Punjab govt teachers protest
Members of the Punjab Government Teachers Union raise slogans for their demands in Sector 34 of Chandigarh Chandigarh, November 18
Members of the Punjab Government Teachers Union organised a protest dharna demanding a raise in the bar of education and also against the new initiatives promoted by unnecessary bureaucratic interference in the teaching department here today.

Members of the Punjab Government Teachers Union raise slogans for their demands in Sector 34 of Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Workshop on robotics concludes
Mohali, November 18
The three-day workshop on robotics Robomania - based on BuLo Robotronics kits - concluded at The Millennium School as students created eight problem-solving robots at the event.


Tehsildar seeks records signed by Gharuan patwari
Kharar, November 18
Acting on the orders of Deputy Commissioner Mohali Prabhjot Singh Mand, Kharar Tehsildar Rajesh Dhiman today sought the records signed by Gharuan patwari Nirbhai Singh during the past two months.

Inter-house competition
Patiala, November 18
An inter-house competition was held at Veer Haqiqat Rai Model Senior Secondary School here today.

94th death anniversary of martyr observed
Patiala, November 18
The Kartar Singh Sarabha Welfare Society, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, commemorated the 94th death anniversary of martyr Kartar Singh Sarabha on the college campus.

‘Promote modernisation of Indian languages’
Patiala, November 18
The Northern Regional Language Centre (RLC), Patiala, held a two-day workshop, which concluded here today. The future vision of RLCs in which language experts, linguists and principals of RLCs from all over India participated.

Teacher awarded
Patiala, November 18
Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibel has honoured Kuldeep Kaur Dhanjoon of KV-1, Patiala, with KVS Incentive Award at New Delhi. This was given to her for her distinguished services and devotion to duty in the field of the education. 

Him Milan organised
Kalka, November 18
The Himachal Kalyan Sabha, Kalka, celebrated its eighth annual function, Him Milan 2009, on Sunday. Satwinder Rana, general secretary of the State Congress and former MLA, lit up the traditional lamp.


Ex-protector of emigrants gets 2-year jail term
Chandigarh, November 18
The CBI special court today sentenced former protector of emigrants (PoE) KL Gandhi to two years’ imprisonment in a graft case.

Airtel told to cough up Rs 32,000 as relief
Chandigarh, November 18
The District Consumer Disputes and Redressal Forum has directed Bharti Airtel and The Radius, Sector 8, to pay Rs 32,000 to three complainants for causing harassment along with Rs 5,000 as litigation charges.

Boy granted bail in MMS case
Chandigarh, November 18
A local court today granted anticipatory bail to the boy booked by the Chandigarh police for allegedly making an obscene MMS of a schoolgirl.


Thieves break into garment shop, decamp with cash 
Chandigarh, November 18
Thieves broke into a garment shop and decamped with cash and other articles in Sector 22. In another incident a house was burgled in Sector 23.

A man looks at a car after its tyres were stolen in Sector 41 of Chandigarh. Tyres of two cars stolen
Chandigarh, November 18
Tyres of two cars were stolen in Sector 41 here last night. Pawan Kumar said his Hyundai Santro Xing car (CH 04 J 2135) was parked in front of his residence.

A man looks at a car after its tyres were stolen in Sector 41 of Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Motorcyclist killed in accident
Zirakpur, November 18
A motorcyclist was killed after being hit by an unknown vehicle on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near Singhpura village in Zirakpur late this night. The deceased was identified as Sandeep Doda, a resident of Gulmohar City, Zirakpur.

The burnt motorcycle at the police station in Sector 19, Chandigarh, Woman sets motorcycle on fire
Chandigarh, November 18
An unidentified woman today reportedly set afire a motorcycle near Vatika School, Sector 19, here, this afternoon.

The burnt motorcycle at the police station in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan 


A match in progress at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, Chandigarh, IOC trounce Indian Navy
Chandigarh, November 18
Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) thrashed Indian Navy 6-1 in the 46th Jindal Steel Nehru Senior Hockey Championship being held at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here today.

A match in progress at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

St Soldier’s school claim top positions
Chandigarh, November 18
St Soldier’s International School, Sector 28, hogged the limelight by winning first two positions in the 400 m race for girls on opening day of the Inter-School Tournament (U-16) here today.

Hindu Sabha School lift cup
Mohali, November 18
Hindu Sabha School, Amritsar, lifted the PCA Boost Cricket Cup 2008-09 by defeating Shivalik Model Public School at the PCA Cricket Stadium here today.

Kanwalpreet beat Raghav in tennis
Chandigarh, November 18
Kanwalpreet of Ambala Lawn Tennis Academy defeated Raghav Talwar of Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the boys singles quarterfinal of the AITA Talent Tennis Series being played at the ALTA courts in Ambala today

Women's pro golf in city from Dec 7
Chandigarh, November 18
Top professional women golfers from all over the country will converge on the greens of Chandigarh and Panchkula in the first fortnight of December, when the Women's Golf Association of India brings the third and fourth leg of the Women's Professional Golf Tour to the tricity.

Rupinder emerges badminton champ
Mohali, November 18
Rupinder Singh of Shivalik Public School bagged the first position in the U-16 (boys) category by defeating Arun George of TOC H Public School, Ernakulam, in final of the 18th CBSE National Badminton Championship, which concluded here today.

DAV, EFSO clinch titles
Chandigarh, November 18
DAV Public School-8 “A” and Eco Friendly Sports Organisation (EFSO) annexed the cadet boys and cadet girls team titles in the 22nd Chandigarh State Table Tennis Championship being held at the Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, yesterday. EFSO blanked players of Table Tennis Club 3-0 in the final of cadet girls team championship. Bhavya gave EFSO 1-0 lead after beating Khayati 11-6, 11-5, 11-2. Somana beat Shubhangi 11-2,11-5, 11-1 in the second singles and Bhavya and Somana defeated Khayati and Shubhangi 11-0, 11-4, 11-1 to wrap up the title. DAV-8 “A” claimed the cadet boys team title at the expense of Coaching Centre, Sector 23, whom they outplayed in the final 3-1. 

Gymnastics meet from Dec 4
Chandigarh, November 18
The three-day Punjab State Artistic Gymnastics Championships (senior, junior and sub-junior) will be held at Goniana Mandi, Bathinda, from December 4. PS Virk, secretary, Punjab Gymnastics Association, said the junior group would include boys in the U-17 category and girls in the below-15 category.



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