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GMCH top official hurt in road rage
Chandigarh, December 20
In yet another incident of road rage in the city, a senior official of the GMCH was allegedly assaulted by some persons at the Zirakpur T-point late last night. The official, Additional Director RS Verma, reportedly suffered a cut on his forehead and sustained injuries on his head and back. He was taken to hospital with profuse bleeding and was administered stitches on his forehead.

No vehicle with GRP to move bodies from tracks
Chandigarh, December 20
Bodies of train accident victims keep lying on railway tracks for hours in the absence of any permanent mode of transportation with the Government Railway Police (GRP) to shift the bodies to hospital. Struggling with poor and inadequate infrastructure, the GRP is virtually rendered incapable of handling such incidents as they have to hire vehicles to carry the bodies.

UT asked to regulate officer overstay
Chandigarh, December 20
The secretariat of the Appointments Committee of the Department of Personnel and Training, New Delhi, has asked the Chandigarh administration to regulate procedure in order to prevent overstay of inter-cadre deputationists in the union territory. In the immediate context, the Centre has regulated the overstay of a Punjab cadre joint secretary by approximately six months.

Tamiflu ineffective in chronic cases
Chandigarh, December 20
The recurrence of swine flu among a couple of patients at the PGI, earlier administered Tamiflu, has more or less confirmed fears of doctors that the drug is not working on people with chronic diseases. Two such cases came to light in quick succession at the PGI recently. While one patient, a 32-year old woman from Fatehabad, succumbed to the disease, the other, a cancer patient, was battling for life.



Relocating Slum-dwellers
Admn earmarks 356 acres
Chandigarh, December 20
Of the 2,811 acres of net available land, the Chandigarh administration has earmarked 356 acres for rehabilitation of slum-dwellers. The slum-dwellers will now be housed in 18 colonies at eight different locations across the city, an official press release said here today.

Looking Ahead: 2010
Coordination among tricity police key
Chandigarh, December 20
The new year poses a serious challenge to the police forces of the tricity i.e. Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. Due to changing profile of crime, a common factor among the tricity, the police forces should put their act together and work in a coordinated manner, setting aside their jurisdictional limitations.
— A Tribune photograph
— A Tribune photograph

New promotion rules put CRPF personnel in a fix
Chandigarh, December 20
A number of Central Reserve Police Force personnel are in a fix over new promotion rules from head constable to sub-inspector. While completing the Weapon and Tactics Technical Course has been made mandatory for promotion in the armourer cadre, imposition of an age limit is preventing them from undergoing the course.

‘Knowledge sector has unlimited potential’
Chandigarh, December 20
Knowledge sector has been rapidly growing across the globe, says Joe Victor, one of the pioneers of international education in India, holding that countries like India, Brazil, China, Russia and South Africa are the major potential nations for growth in the sector.

COLOURFUL CHRISTMAS: A seller is all smiles as he spreads the spirit of Yuletide by selling Santa caps and masks in Chandigarh
A seller is all smiles as he spreads the spirit of Yuletide by selling Santa caps and masks in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Open House Response
Centre must step in to save Sukhna
The write-up “Contradictions call for a look by the Centre” by Sanjeev Singh Bariana (Open House, Chandigarh Tribune) is timely and thought-provoking. It really pains me to note that the condition of Sukhna Lake is deteriorating day by day. It is a matter of grave concern that the level of water in the lake has gone down from five metres in 1958 to two metres in 2004.

Reporters' Diary
Mood swings of UT police
The top brass of the Chandigarh police has apparently given strict instructions to their officials not to share crime statistics, especially with mediapersons. It is learnt that stung by the negative reports on their performance at regular intervals in the media, the officials are left red-faced in the morning on the publication of their report cards indicating rising crime graph in the city.

Chilly winds sweep city
Chandigarh, December 20
Chilly winds swept the city and its adjoining areas throughout the day today with mercury touching 6.8 °C. The city recorded maximum temperature of 24.2 °C, a meteorological department official said.

Nine more test positive for swine flu
Chandigarh, December 20
With no let-up in incidents of swine flu in the city, nine more persons, including a PGI doctor, tested positive for H1N1 virus today, taking the total number of confirmed swine flu cases in the city to 279.

Conference on spinal injuries
Chandigarh, December 20
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator SF Rodrigues inaugurated a three-day international conference on spine and spinal injuries here yesterday. The conference is being organised in collaboration with the ASCON, Ireland.

Sanitation drive in Sec 22
Chandigarh., December 20
Former Mayor and area councillor of ward No. 3 Pardeep Chhabra along with welfare associations flagged off a sanitation drive for Sector 22 under the partnership initiative programme to further boost the maintenance of sanitation in the sector here yesterday.

Petrol station inaugurated
Chandigarh, December 20
Home Secretary Ram Niwas on Saturday inaugurated CITCO’s petrol station in Sector 56. He took round of the petrol station and asked the CITCO chief general manager to have a convenience store at the station.


MCM girls celebrate Christmas in Chandigarh
MCM girls celebrate Christmas in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

PU apathy hits Phd research
Chandigarh, December 20
Hundreds of PhD aspirants await their chance to do research work at Panjab University, as the decision of resumption of research work in nearly 80 colleges affiliated to the university hangs in balance.

UBS to host global conference
Chandigarh, December 20
University Business School, Panjab University, will organise an international conference on its campus on December 22 and 23. With the primary objective of highlighting the importance of “intangibles” in the industry, the conference would be a paid venture of UBS.

From Schools & Colleges
Yuletide fervour all around
Panchkula, December 20
XMas carnival was held by Saupin’s School here yesterday. The carnival was inaugurated by chief guest magistrate Ritu Chaudhary. Jalmegha Dahiya, municpal councillor, Sector 9, was the guest of honour.

Symposium on disaster, sustainability
Chandigarh, December 20
A symposium on “Disaster, sustainability and the built environment” was organised yesterday by Chitkara Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture in coordination with the Chitkara University School of Planning and Architecture.

Jungle book enacted
Mohali, December 20
The Jungle book was brought alive at The Millennium School, Mohali, during the annual-cum-sports day celebration of pre-nursery wing of the school here today.

Students of The Millennium School during their annual day in Mohali on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Students of The Millennium School during their annual day in Mohali


Delhi-based man commits suicide
Zirakpur, December 20
Body of a 45-year-old Delhi-based businessman was found hanging from the hook of a ceiling fan inside his second floor rented accommodation in Harmilap Nagar at Baltana, in Zirakpur, this morning.

Rehabilitating Slums
MC proposes colonies with 750 houses
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 20
In order to rehabilitate the slums in Fatehgarh Sahib, the municipal council has proposed to establish two colonies comprising of 750 houses.

Marriage palace near govt school
Teachers, residents object to construction
Patiala, December 20
Schoolteachers of Government Senior Secondary School, Tripri, have raised their voice against the indifferent attitude of the owners and administrators who have approved the construction of a marriage palace right next to the school.

Five booked for assault
Dera Bassi, December 20
The local police has booked five persons for assaulting a Dera Bassi-based businessman. The accused have been identified as former municipal councillor Pawan Mahendru, his sons Guggu, Kala and Bhura and a truck driver.

30-year-old murdered in Rajpura
Rajpura, December 20
A badly mutilated body a 30-year-old man was found today near the Ghanaur-Patiala road in Rajpura. Harinder Singh, the deceased, had gone to buy some medicines for his wife in Mohali yesterday and did not return home till late last night.

Seminar on communication skills
Patiala, December 20
The Berkley College, Patiala, organised a seminar on communication skills on its premises. Hanne Clermont, CEO, Gateways Australia, enlightened students about the language programmes, including academic English, academic study skills, learning skills, micro teaching and communication skills.

‘Pbi varsity committed to honour literary persons’
Patiala, December 20
Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice- Chancellor of Punjabi University today said Punjabi University was committed to honour Punjabi writers and literary persons. These views were expressed during his visit to the residence of veteran Punjabi writer and educationist principal Mohan Singh Prem to enquire about his health.

Students briefed on Chandarayaan
Zirakpur, December 20
Students of Dikshant International School today got a chance to have a first-hand account of the launch of Chandrayaan from a former group director of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Suresh Naik, on the school premises here.

Annual Sports
Yamuna House adjudged best
Pinjore, December 20
Yamuna House was adjudged the best house and was presented the Cock House Shield at the prize distribution function on the annual sports day of Delhi Public School here yesterday.

Heritage fest concludes
Kalka, December 20
The three-day fourth Heritage Festival at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, organised by the state tourism department concluded here today. The festival left visitors thrilled and heavy rush of visitors from Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali and some parts of Himachal and Punjab was witnessed.


Consumer Court
Pinky Radios told to pay Rs 10,000
Chandigarh, December 20
The District Consumer and Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Pinky Radios, Sector 35, to pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 to a complainant for causing her mental and physical harassment.


Thieves strike at ex-Army officer’s residence
Panchkula, December 20
Burglars decamped with cash and valuables worth Rs 2 lakh from the house of a retired Army officer in Sector 12, here last night. They took away the victim’s souvenirs and mementos also. The family was asleep in the house at the time of the incident.

One killed, 5 injured in accident
Mohali, December 20
Five members of a family were seriously injured and an aged woman, Bachan Kaur, died when the Endeavour in which they were travelling met with an accident near Lakhnour village, here this afternoon.

Boy killed in accident
Chandigarh, December 20
Kartik, a four-year-old boy of Nehru Colony, was killed when he was hit by a speeding car while trying to cross a road in a nearby locality. He was going to visit his maternal grandmother.

Robbery at sweets shop
Chandigarh, December 20
In a late night incident, three unidentified persons on a motor cycle robbed a sweets shop in Mani Majra after firing shots in the air today. Employees of Bengali Sweet Shop-cum-Restaurant V2 told the police that three accused wearing monkey caps came to the shop on a motorcycle and took away cash.

Man held with 180 boxes of illicit liquor
Chandigarh, December 20
The police seized 180 boxes of different brands of liquor being smuggled from the city. The crime branch of the Chandigarh police arrested Kartik Chand of Nepal from Industrial Area, Phase I, yesterday and seized 180 cartons of various brands of whisky from his truck (HR 68 5879).


Arun, Pushpinder win bodybuilding meet
Chandigarh, December 20
Arun Rana and Pushpinder of Bon-Sante (BS) Club bagged the first position in the 10th Mr Inter Club and 16th Mr Sub-Junior Body Building Championship- 2009, held at DAV College, Sector 10, here today.
Winners of various categories of the Bodybuilding Championship at the DAV College in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Winners of various categories of the Bodybuilding Championship at the DAV College in Chandigarh

‘Run for the City’ by MC
Chandigarh, December 20
Adviser to Administrator Pradip Mehra flagged off a marathon for veteran men (45-60 years) and women (45-55 years) at the Sports Complex, Sector 7, here today.

Mayor Kamlesh participates in the Municipal Marathon in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Mayor Kamlesh participates in the Municipal Marathon in Chandigarh

Top players for chess meet
Chandigarh, December 20
City residents will witness many rated players in action during the All-India Open Fide Rating Chess Tournament to be held at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School Sector 44-C, from January 1.

Jazzy clinches Golfing Tour trophy
Panchkula, December 20
Jazzy Sihota from the USA was crowned NRI king of the course when he carded a seven over par 79 to lift the oveall trophy with a total gross score of 241 in the fifth Invitational Chandigarh Golfing Tour that concluded on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club here today.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda with winners of the Chandigarh Golfing Tour in Panchkula on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda with winners of the Chandigarh Golfing Tour in Panchkula

Gangesh leads BTS Royal to victory
Chandigarh, December 20
An excellent tight bowling spell by Gangesh four for seven helped BTS Royal to beat Shri Shri Cricket Academy by 54 runs in the BTS Gold Cup Cricket Tournament organised by the BTS Cricket Academy, Sector 48, here today.

P’kula emerge champs in martial arts
Panchkula, December 20
Panchkula emerged overall champions with 41 points, while Kurukshetra lodged 37 points for the runners-up position in the Haryana State SQAY (martial art) Cup at St Teresa Convent School, Sector 25, here yesterday.


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