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UT stonewalls urban reform initiative
May lose out on JNNURM funds
Chandigarh, November 27
In a development that may bring the UT administration-Central government relations under a strain, the former has been stonewalling the urban reforms initiatives aimed at generating resources for the MC. The “indecisiveness” of the administration, particularly its civic administration wing, the MC, may cost the city dear on the development front as adequate funds would not be forthcoming under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission if the civic body did not go in for the reforms.

Kharar master plan out
Agri-recreational zone introduced
Mohali, November 27
The Punjab government has proposed the concept of agri-recreational zone in the master plan of the Kharar local planning area released today. Focusing on agriculture-theme uses, the concept allows farmers to “unlock” some value of land while maintaining the predominant agricultural use.

Schoolteachers, parents come to blows
Chandigarh, November 27
High drama prevailed at GMSSS, Sector 33, today as the school staff reportedly entered into a scuffle with two parents who were “clicking” photographs in school without permission. The incident took place at around 11 am when one of the teachers noticed repeated flash in the class and caught Sunita Joshi of Sector 23 and Kusum of Burail taking pictures of her classroom.

Mall owner booked for fraud
Chandigarh, November 27
The police has registered a case against the owner of Centra Mall here and two others for allegedly cheating a Singapore-based NRI of Rs 1.4 crore. The police has booked the owner of the mall, Manish Uppal, and Balwant Singh Arora and Jerry, manager and GM, respectively. Arora has been arrested and raids are being conducted at various places to arrest Jerry.



Fruit flavour: A parrot enjoying the fruit at one of the orchards near Chandigarh
Fruit flavour:
A parrot enjoying the fruit at one of the orchards near Chandigarh on Friday. Photo: S Chandan

House tax, water tariff hike referred to sub-panel
Chandigarh, November 27
Shirking her responsibility from the issues of imposition of house tax and hike in water tariff, MC Mayor Kamlesh has referred both these agendas to the sub-committees concerned for their recommendation before being tabled in the house for approval.

Expert dwells on governance, policy-making
Chandigarh, November 27
On an invitation from the Punjab State IAS Officers Association, Professor (Dr) Sebastian Morris from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, delivered a talk on “Economic issues relevant to policy-making and governance” here today.

Police waits for Babla at MC office in vain
Chandigarh, November 27
On a tip-off that absconding Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla was coming to attend the road committee meeting, scheduled in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation office today, police and CID teams remained stationed at the office and kept a strict vigil for the whole day.

Minister meets Chinese delegation
Mohali, November 27
India and China were emerging as major powers on the international scene. Due to the manpower advantage and large consumer market, both neighbours could lead the world on the path of peace and prosperity, said Sewa Singh Sekhwan, minister for information and public relations, Punjab, while presiding over a function organised by the Friends of China Society (FCS) at Paragon School here late last evening.
Minister for information and public relations Sewa Singh Sekhwan presents a memento to a member of a Chinese delegation during a function at Mohali
Minister for information and public relations Sewa Singh Sekhwan presents a memento to a member of a Chinese delegation during a function at Mohali. A Tribune photograph

MLA for installing gates in residential areas
Panchkula, November 27
The installation of entry gates in residential areas of the town can act as a deterrent to anti-social elements. The issue will be taken up with HUDA and municipal council authorities, said Panchkula MLA DK Bansal here today.

Night temp down by 4 degrees
Chandigarh, November 27
The temperature has started dipping by about 4 degrees during the night. As per the met department, the temperature will plunge over the next few days. According to the records of the department, the maximum temperature recorded today was 25.4 degrees Celsius and the minimum 8.4 degrees Celsius.

Students of College of Art, Sector 10, prepare for Chandigarh Carnival on the college campus
Students of College of Art, Sector 10, prepare for Chandigarh Carnival on the college campus on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Admn crosses revenue mop-up target
Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh Administration has crossed the revenue mop-up target fixed for the fiscal 2008-2009. In the fiscal 2008-09, the department notched up a revenue of Rs 33.8 lakh, which was Rs 6.79 lakh more than the target of Rs 26 lakh.

Snag hits Idea network
Chandigarh, November 27
Thousands of Idea subscribers were disconnected today for more than an hour when an apparent technical snag led to a disruption in its network. Users complained that for over an hour they could neither make nor receive any calls.

Excise officers to hold dharna in Delhi
Chandigarh, November 27
On a call given by the All-India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers, over 100 officers from the Chandigarh zone, comprising Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, will participate in a procession from Jantar Mantar to Parliament in New Delhi on November 30 in support of their demands.

Employees stage protest against govt policies
Chandigarh, November 27
Hundreds of employees, under the banner of the Punjab Mulasam Sangharsh Committee, organised a protest rally against the state government in Sector 34 here today.
Members of various Punjab employees unions protest against the state government’s policies in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph
Members of various Punjab employees unions protest against the state government’s policies in Sector 34, Chandigarh

Rodrigues’ greetings on Id-ul-Zuha
Chandigarh, November 27
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator SF Rodrigues today extended his good wishes and greetings to the people, especially Muslim brethren, on the occasion of Id-ul-Zuha, a festival observed in commemoration of Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim, for his unflinching devotion to Allah.

Solan boy dies of swine flu
Chandigarh, November 27
The number of patients dying from swine flu in city hospitals reached 7 after an 8-year-old boy from Solan died at the GMCH-32 here yesterday.


Students during a science exhibition in Chandigarh
Students during a science exhibition in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Termination of lecturer’s service
DAV College gets notice
Chandigarh, November 27
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice of motion to DAV College, Chandigarh, on a petition filed by a lecturer against termination of his service. Justice Surya Kant also issued the notices to the college governing body in Delhi, Panjab University and education department for December 21.

Central University Status
PUTA members differ on committee name
Chandigarh, November 27
Going by the claims of some PUTA members, internal differences between the association’s two internal groups have already started to surface. According to sources, though the association had called a joint meeting with student council to discuss the issue of Central university status, it was the joint action committee that stole the show.

MA Fine Art
Students protest against delay
Chandigarh, November 27
Students of Government College for Art held a protest in the college against the delay in commencement of masters of fine arts today. The students asserted that the course should have started earlier, as its delay was causing a huge academic loss to them.
Authorities of the Government College for Art and police try to pacify the agitating students in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
Authorities of the Government College for Art and police try to pacify the agitating students in Chandigarh

Migrated students to PU not allowed to take exam
Chandigarh, November 27
Three students, who had recently migrated to the Panjab University’s city campus from Ludhiana centre, had a harrowing time today when their admit cards were allegedly snatched before their examination.

Teach folk literature at primary schools: Tiwana
Mohali, November 27
Punjabi Sahit Academy (Ludhiana) chief Dr Dalip Kaur Tiwana today gave a call to teach folk literature at the primary schools in the state to create keen interest in education to beginners.


HMT struggles for survival
Kalka, November 27
In spite of assurances by union ministers Kumari Selja and Pawan Kumar Bansal, Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT), Pinjore, is going through a sever financial crisis these days. Employees and officers of the company had even boycotted the last parliamentary elections to draw the attention of the government to the plight of the company.

Cop’s wife duped of gold, cash
Kharar, November 27
An astrologer has duped the wife of a policeman of Rs 1.05 lakh in cash and gold worth Rs 2.5 lakh. The accused is at large. In her complaint to the police, Navneet Kaur from Bhago Majra village stated that Raj Kumar Shastri of Sutli village in Jhunjhun area of Rajasthan and his brother Anil Kumar had duped her of the money and jewellery.

2 crushed to death by truck
Dera Bassi, November 27
Two persons were killed after they were run over by a speeding truck near Janetpur village on the Dera Bassi-Ambala highway here this evening. The victims were identified as Manoj Kumar (32), a resident of Shanti Nagar, Mani Majra, and Parveen Kumar (38), a resident of Pipliwala town, Mani Majra.

Women Cell
Dispute over minor issues on the rise
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 27
The women cell of the local police has registered a rise in the number of domestic disputes cases. This year, 407 cases from rural and urban areas of the district have been resolved with mutual consent out of 474 complaints received so far.

Presidential Poll
IMA headed for secret ballot
Patiala, November 27
Perhaps for the first time in the history of the local branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), a national body of allopathic medical practitioners, that president of the branch for 2011 is being elected by secret ballot.

Science models on display
Ambala, November 27
A science model exhibition was organised at DAV College, Ambala City, here today. Chairman of the District Child Welfare Council Neelam Saro inaugurated the exhibition.

Couple receive burns
Dera Bassi, November 27
A couple sustained burn injuries after a kerosene stove burst at their house in Preet Nagar on Wednesday. According to the police, Harvinder Singh in his statement said his wife Harinder Kaur was preparing food on the stove when kerosene leaked from the stove and caught fire.

Pharmacy week concludes
Ambala, November 27
The 48th National Pharmacy Week being observed by MM College of Pharmacy, Mullana, concluded today. The inaugural function was presided over by NP Mehta, Pro Vice-Chancellor, MM University.

Paper-reading contest
Patiala, November 27
The Patiala Consumers and Telephone Subscribers Forum organised a paper-reading competition on consumer awareness at Blossoms Senior Secondary School here yesterday. School trustee Sant Chahal was the chief guest.

Businessman booked for injuring ETO
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 27
The local police today booked a local businessman for injuring an excise and taxation officer (ETO), Bhoopjeet Singh.

6 held for thefts
Kharar, November 27
The local police today arrested six persons involved in different incidents of theft in the area. Two of the accused, Lakhbir Singh and Jaswinder Singh Bhinder, were arrested for stealing jewellery from a shop at Gharua village.

Girl killed in accident
Lalru, November 27
A 22-year-old girl was killed after being hit by a speeding truck on the Ambala-Chandigarh national highway here today. The victim was identified as Geet Dulai, a resident of Dharangarh village.

Two arrested
Kharar, November 27
The local police arrested two persons for taking away a Jeep at gunpoint today. Two pistols and five live cartridges were recovered from the possession of the accused.


Life term for killing wife, daughter
Panchkula, November 27
District and Sessions Judge SP Singh awarded life sentence to a man held guilty of murdering his wife and daughter here today. The guilty, Sikandar Mandal, had killed his wife Sukhmain and two-year-old daughter last year.

Ranjit Bajaj acquitted in 13-yr-old case
Chandigarh, November 27
A local court today acquitted Ranjit Bajaj in a 13-year-old case. The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate J Sidhu acquitted Bajaj of all charges in a case pertaining to obstructing a public servant from doing his duty under Section 186 of the IPC.


Four snatching incidents in city
Chandigarh, November 27
Even though the police has launched a special campaign to curb the menace of chain snatching and theft incidents, four cases of snatching were reported from different parts of the city today.


Inter-School Cricket Meet
St John’s bowlers steal the show
Chandigarh, November 27
Continuing with their splendid performance St John's High School, Sector 26, won the UT Inter-School Under-16 Cricket Tournament held here today. St John’s High School beat DAV Senior Secondary School-8 by 11 runs to win the championship organised by education department, Chandigarh administration at GMSSS, Sector 19.

A player from SD College hits a shot against Government College, Ludhiana, during the Inter-College Cricket Tournament in Chandigarh
A player from SD College hits a shot against Government College, Ludhiana, during the Inter-College Cricket Tournament in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

3-day training for coaches ends
Chandigarh, November 27

Play and stay course organised by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) concluded here today. About 23 coaches from different parts of the country participated in the three-day course.

Ball Badminton
GMSSS-19 drub Model High School-38
Chandigarh, November 27
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, defeated Government Model High School Coaching Centre, Sector 38, by 29-10 and 29-9 in the men’s section on the opening day of the Chandigarh Senior Ball Badminton Tournament at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, here today.

Cricket trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, November 27
The All-India Cricket Federation will conduct its second selection trials for Under-17 probables for the forthcoming national-level cricket tournament at the Sector-16 Cricket Stadium on November 29.


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