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City receives winter’s first showers
Chandigarh, December 15
City residents woke up to a chilly morning today with mist and light showers. The meteorological department has predicted foggy days ahead. Although the city received only 1.4 mm of rain till morning, the Met predicted a clear sky but said the fog is likely to continue in the next 24 hours.

UNDER WRAPS: A cart-puller braves the chill following a drizzle in Chandigarh on Tuesday morning.
UNDER WRAPS: A cart-puller braves the chill following a drizzle in Chandigarh on Tuesday morning.Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Court stays allotment of govt houses
Process of allotment apparently ‘arbitrary’ in old type III, IV, V, VI, VII and new type VI houses
Chandigarh, December 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that the process of allotment of government houses is apparently “arbitrary”, and has stayed the allotment of old type III, IV, V, VI, VII houses, along with the new type VI houses.

Swine flu claims another life
Chandigarh, December 15
The H1N1 influenza claimed one more life in the city today, taking the death toll to 27. The victim was from Punjab. Meanwhile, six more persons have tested positive for H1N1 here.


New rules set to make property deals easier
Real estate market likely to get a boost
Chandigarh, December 15
Property transactions in the city are expected to soon become hassle-free as well as transparent. With the UT administration notifying the Chandigarh Estate (Amendment) Rules, 2009 ahead of the December 16 and 17 auctions, both prospective property owners as well as the state exchequer stand to benefit, in turn giving a fillip to real estate prices in the city.

Accused DGP Rathore comes out of the District Courts in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Ruchika molestation case adjourned
Chandigarh, December 15
The CBI court of J Sidhu adjourned the high-profile Ruchika molestation case till December 21 today. The trial of the case was shifted to the court early last month on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court with the consent of both parties.

Accused DGP Rathore comes out of the District Courts in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Conservator of Forest shifted
Chandigarh, December 15
UT Conservator of Forest Ishwar Singh will be the Conservator of Forest at the Chandigarh regional office of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, sources in the UT administration said here yesterday.

Invitation to Death
LPG-geyser in unventilated bathroom
Chandigarh, December 15
It may sound bizarre but using an otherwise innocuous LPG-fuelled geyser can prove disastrous for health and even cause permanent brain damage if caution is not maintained.

Power shutdown
Chandigarh, December 15The power supply to parts of the Industrial Area (Phase I) will remain suspended from 9 am to 5 pm on December 16.


Joint Army-CPO conference held
Chief of Staff, Western Command, Lieut-Gen MS Buttar (left) interacts with senior officers from central police organisations at a conference in Chandimandir on Tuesday. Chandigarh, December 15
The annual Army-Central Police Organisations (CPO) Conference was held at Headquarters (Western Command), Chandimandir today. Apart from senior Army officers of the Western Command, the top brass from the Border Security Force (BSF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Border Wing Home Guards attended the conference.

Chief of Staff, Western Command, Lieut-Gen MS Buttar (left) interacts with senior officers from central police organisations at a conference in Chandimandir on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Poetic soiree enchants audience
Chandigarh, December 15
“Mein hridya ka geet hoon dard ki pehchaan hoon….” Speaking from the recesses of his heart with pulsating yet philosophic lines was Hindi litterateur, Uday Bhanu Hans (85), who inspired fellow poets from the region at a Trilingual Mushaira organised by Srijan, an institute of creativity, at DAV College-10 Hall here today.

Alternative innovative centre inaugurated
Chandigarh, December 15
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator General SF Rodrigues (retd) inaugurated a new alternative innovative centre (AIE) for the children of migratory labour at the Pink Rose Cooperative House Building Society, Sector 49, today. The centre, which is first in the series, will not only look after the current education of these kids but also admission to other schools or centres after the conclusion of the construction work there.

Poets bring alive Urdu at mushaira
Panchkula, December 15
“ Urdu hai jiska naam, hameen jaante hein Dagh , saare jahaan mein dhoom hamari zubaan ki hai…” the essence and concept enshrined in Dagh Dehlavi’s couplet found its true expression at the international mushaira.

A demolition drive under way at Dadu Majra in Chandigarh on Tuesday. 15 jhuggis razed in Dadu Majra
Chandigarh, December 15
An anti-encroachment drive was carried out in Dadu Majra and Shahpur in Sector 38 West today to remove the unauthorised constructions raised in violation of the Periphery Control Act and on acquired land.

A demolition drive under way at Dadu Majra in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Licences suspended
Chandigarh, December 15 The licences of two ‘fair price’ shops in Colony No 5 - Baladeen Karyana Store and Verma Karyana Store - have been suspended by the district food & supplies and consumer affairs officer for violating the provisions of the Chandigarh Public Distribution System (Licensing & Control) Order, 2002. Irregularities in stock maintenance and record keeping in these two depots had come to light during an inspection conducted by the food & supplies department staff.

8 beggars held
Chandigarh, December 15
To curb the menace of beggary and to strictly enforce the provisions of the Haryana Prevention of Beggary Act, 1971, and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, an intensive drive was conducted in the city under the supervision of area SDMs during which a total of eight beggars were arrested.

No-confidence motion declared invalid
Mohali, December 15
Causing a major setback to the Congress-backed ruling group of the Municipal Council, a special meeting held by civic body president Rajinder Singh Rana in connection with the no-confidence motion against him more than two months ago has been declared invalid by the government.

Streetlights lying defunct for years
MC yet to decide on type of bulb required to illuminate roads
Panchkula, December 15
While streetlights in major part of the town were lying defunct for years, the municipal council was yet to decide about the type of bulb needed to illuminate roads of the town.

Builder flouts norms in Nayagaon
Mohali, December 15
Despite enforcement of the Punjab Land Preservation Act, a private builder was raising multi-storied flats in Shivalik Vihar, Nayagoan. Named “Shivalik Towers”, the builder of the project is undertaking construction at the site with impunity and without any approvals from the Naygoan NAC.


PU lacks management information system
Chandigarh, December 15
With a virtually non-existent “management information system” (MIS) and a poor information bank, there is no way to find out exact figures and statistics related to the administrative machinery in Panjab University.

Training school for lecturers opens
Chandigarh, December 15
An advanced training school in mathematics for lecturers on ‘Algebra and Number Theory’ was inaugurated in the department of mathematics, Panjab University, by former Vice-Chancellor Prof RP Bambah here today.

Students take out cycle rally
Chandigarh, December 15
The department of English, Panjab University, today organised a cycle rally to raise an ecological consciousness among students and faculty members of the university.


Bee sting kills ex-Army officer 
Ambala, December 15
A retired Army officer died here yesterday after being stung by bees. He was playing golf when he was attacked by the bees at the Kharga Golf Course.

Non-lifting of paddy worries commission agents 
Bassi Pathana, December 15
Commission agents at Sanghol and Khamano have been running from pillar to post to get paddy bags lifted from their shops.

Residents nab car lifter
Rajpura, December 15
A man was nabbed by Rajpura residents near Shastri market for stealing a car and was handed over to the police today.

Disaffiliation of 187 schools
Patiala schools to remain closed today
Patiala, December 15
In order to protest against the cancellation of affiliations of 25 schools of Patiala by the Punjab School Education Board, all affiliated schools of the district remained close today. The Patiala district president of the Punjab Affiliated Schools Association, Hardev Singh, said all schools had taken this decision unanimously because they were concerned about the future of 13,000 Patiala students and would not allow the board to play with it.


Four-year-old raped in Sector 35
Chandigarh, December 15
In a bizarre incident, an unidentified person raped a four-year-old child near a park located in the residential areas of Sector 35 here today. The police after getting the medical examination on the victim has registered a case against the unidentified person.

Head constable jailed for bribe
Chandigarh, December 15
The desire to earn a meagre Rs 500 through bribe landed a head constable of the UT police in jail today.

8 held for stealing laptop
Chandigarh, December 15
The police arrested 8 persons on the complaint of Sheena, a resident of the Sector 5, for beating/threatening besides stealing her laptop and registered a case under Sections 147,148,149,323,506 and 379 of the IPC against them . Those arrested include Avtar Singh, Robin Josaf, Jasbir Singh Dutta, Harwinder Singh, Rahul, Pankaj Kumar, Vivek Kumar, Rajiv Kumar and Ravi Kumar, all resident of the city. The police is investigating the case.


Paramjit books berth in final
A match in progress during the boxing championship in Chandigarh on Tuesday.Chandigarh, December 15
Paramjit and Chandra Pati of Chandigarh have entered the final and semifinals, respectively, in the 17th Senior Men and 4th Senior Women North Zone Boxing Championship being held at PMLSD Public School, Sector 32, here today.In the 48-kg category, Paramjeet beat Yoginder of Haryana by RSC OC by points, while Chandra Pati beat Suman Devi of Jammu and Kashmir by RSC OC round I.

A match in progress during the boxing championship in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

SD College pip GC-46
Chandigarh, December 15
In a one-sided match, GGDSD College, Chandigarh, beat Government College, Sector 46, by 10-0 in the Panjab University Inter-College Baseball (Men) Tournament held at PU grounds here today.

A player in action during the AITA Talent Series Tournament at the CLTA on Tuesday. Suraj, Vanshika enter U-18 quaterfinal
Chandigarh, December 15
Suraj Beniwal and Vanshika Sawhney have reached the U-18 boys and girls quarterfinal singles of the AITA Talent Series Tournament being held at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association courts here today.

A player in action during the AITA Talent Series Tournament at the CLTA on Tuesday. Tribune photo Vinay Malik


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