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Oppn councillors suspended
Chandigarh, December 24
All eleven opposition councillors of the municipal corporation were today suspended from the house for 15 days by mayor Kamlesh for not following her instructions during the house proceedings. The suspended councillors belong to BJP, BSP and Akali Dal.

Babla’s membership still at stake
Chandigarh, December 24
By suspending all opposition councillors during her last house meeting, Mayor Kamlesh may have created history in the functioning of the municipal corporation, but this is not party time for the Congress.
Opposition councillors raise slogans against Mayor Kamlesh in Chandigarh Opposition councillors raise slogans against Mayor Kamlesh in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik


Ruchika Case
Net crusaders take up cudgels
Chandigarh, December 24
‘Justice too late, too little’ - is how internet crusaders on various social networking sites have expressed their anger at the verdict in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, with many pledging to launch a ‘mass movement’ against what they have called a travesty of justice.

NATIVITY: Devotees at the Cathedral Church, Sector 19, Chandigarh, at midnight
Devotees at the Cathedral Church, Sector 19, Chandigarh, at midnight on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

MERRY CHRISTMAS: Santa Claus wave to visitors during celebrations at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh
Santa Claus wave to visitors during celebrations at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Candlelit march by P’kula residents
Panchkula, December 24
Expressing solidarity with the family of Ruchika, hundreds of people from the town took out a candlelit procession here today. The procession started from the Housing Board chowk and passed from in front of the house of SPS Rathore in Sector 6 before reaching the Session House in Sector 1.

Ruchika Molestation Case
Counsel: Rathore can be retried for abetting suicide
Chandigarh, December 24
While the country has been criticising the mild punishment handed out to SPS Rathore, efforts are being made from all quarters that the case is opened for retrial for abetment to suicide under Section 306 of the IPC.

Sampat unfazed
Panchkula, December 24
Though Subhash Chander Girhotra, Ruchika’s father, had named Om Parkash Chautala and others for abetting his daughter’s suicide, the people at the helm in the state at that time were unfazed.

Woman dies of swine flu at PGI
Chandigarh, December 24
One more person died of swine flu here today and two new cases each were reported from the city and Punjab and one each from Haryana and Himachal. “A middle-aged woman, Aasha Devi, had been admitted to the PGI for some time and died this morning,” HC Gera, nodal officer for swine flu.

Aashreya guard admits raping inmate
Chandigarh, December 24
A couple of days after she was shifted from Nari Niketan the mentally retarded woman was raped in Aashreya, the home for orphaned mentally challenged children in Sector 47.


13 Coop Societies
GMADA initiates process of land allotment
Mohali, December 24
After deciding to charge Rs 12,000 per sq yd as cost of land from 13 cooperative societies, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has initiated the process of allotting land to the societies.

National Youth Festival
Official apathy set to hit participation
Chandigarh, December 24
With the secretary, ministry of youth affairs and sports, reluctant to issue certificates, as sought by the railways, to artistes participating in the five-day 15th National Youth Festival at Bhubaneswar from January 8, only half of them may actually be able to participate from the north zone.


Ambitious schemes in the offing
Chandigarh, December 24
Ailing infrastructure, falling academic standards and ambitious but non-functional plans, the UT education department promises to combat all with its Vision 2010.

Plight of labourers discussed
Chandigarh, December 24
A fact-finding team of university teachers from Delhi (Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association) held a press conference at the Student Centre, Panjab University, to highlight the plight of migrant labourers in the industrial areas of Ludhiana.

Santa Claus all the way
Chandigarh, December 24
AKSIPS 45 celebrated Christmas amidst artificial snowflakes, music, laughter and cheers. The kids sang carols and danced with Santa dressed in white. Blanketed white, the school organised various events spreading the message of peace and harmony.

GO GREEN: Students of KBDAV School, Sector 7, pledge for greener planet in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

GO GREEN: Students of KBDAV School, Sector 7, pledge for greener planet in Chandigarh

NSS camp concludes
Chandigarh, December 24
The seven-day NSS camp organised by Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, concluded here today. The valedictory ceremony was marked by an array of competitions like painting, debate, quiz contest and poem recitation competition.

NSS volunteers take part in a cleanliness drive in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

NSS volunteers take part in a cleanliness drive in Chandigarh

Old-age home at PU proposed
Chandigarh, December 24
Disappointed with lesser number of old age homes in the city, Helpage India, has proposed the idea of old-age home at Panjab University.

50 units of blood collected
Chandigarh, December 24
Students of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8 C, organised a blood donation camp today as a part of the ongoing NSS camp in Kishangarh village.


Heist at jewellery shop
Valuables, cash worth lakhs robbed
Lalru (Dappar), December 24
Cash and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees were robbed at gunpoint by four unidentified youths from a jewellery shop at Dappar village, near Lalru, this afternoon.

Whiff of fresh air for environment park
Society initiates drive to rid it of plastic
Patiala, December 24
Happy days are ahead for the environment park, which has been in a state of neglect for some time. For, the Friends of Environment Park Association has undertaken a campaign to free the park of plastic and maintain its glory.

Marriage Palace Row
Foundation stone, chairs vandalised
Patiala, December 24
Agitated over the indifferent attitude of the district administration towards laying of a foundation stone of a marriage palace right next to Government Senior Secondary School, Tripuri, some persons have vandalised the foundation stone and chairs, and torn posters at the site.

Protesting ETT candidates held
Kharar/Ropar, December 24
Protesting ETT candidates, who have been demanding their inclusion into the state education department fold, were arrested in various parts of Ropar district today.

Police remand for rape accused
Kalka, December 24
The gang rape case accused who were arrested by the local police yesterday were produced in the Panchkula court, which remanded them in police custody till December 27, today.

Faculty development workshop
Ambala, December 24
Under the aegis of the Finance Ministry, Government of India, HARDICON has launched a 14-day faculty development workshop at MM University, Mullana.

Singh Sabha defeat J&K Police
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 24
The Singh Sabha Sports Club, Kot Fatui, today defeated the J&K Police 2-0 in the All-India Baba Zorawar Singh Baba Fateh Singh Shaheedi Football Tournament held at Mata Gujri School, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Modi lads bag gymnastics title
Patiala, December 24
MM Modi College, Patiala, have won the Punjabi University Inter-College Gymnastics Championship (men) held at Polo Ground, Patiala, recently.

Rally against use of polythene
Patiala, December 24
The Punjab College of Education, Raipur, Bahadurgarh’s NSS volunteers along with the Friends of Environment Society, organised a rally today to fight against the use of polythene and make Patiala pollution free.


Cash-for-Judge Scam
Plaintiff ordered to appear on Jan 11
Chandigarh, December 24
After the CBI created ripples in the cash-for-judge scam by submitting its closure report to the court on December 19, the CBI special court today issued a notice to the complainant for January 11.

Criminal Cases
More single benches to clear backlog
Chandigarh, December 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has taken yet another step to cut down the pendency of criminal matters. Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal has further increased the number of ‘single benches’ hearing criminal matters to 16.

4 get life term for couple’s murder
Panchkula, December 24
A local court awarded life imprisonment to four accused for murdering an couple in Ambala. The accused had murdered the couple — HK Gupta (60) and his wife Pushpa (56) — before committing robbery on June 23, 2005.


Yet another theft at Industrial Area
Chandigarh, December 24
Thieves decamped with computers and other articles after breaking into a plot at Industrial Area here last night. Lalit Gupta of Phase II, Industrial Area, lodged a complaint with the police that thieves broke into his office last night and decamped with computers and some articles, besides damaging property.

Missing Boy
Police delayed registering case, alleges couple
Mohali, December 24
In spite of claims of the Mohali police of hassle-free registration of cases, an elderly couple of Phase 3A had to run from pillar to post to get a missing person’s complaint registered of the nephew of their servant.

Lab technician held for graft
Chandigarh, December 24
Sleuths of the UT vigilance department today caught a lab technician of the Public Analyst Punjab while reportedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000.

Woman hit by mobike, dies
Chandigarh, December 24
A pedestrian was killed after being knocked down by a motorcycle here today. The victim, Kali, was crossing the road near the Sector 48-C market in the morning when a motorcycle (HR 24 G 2466) hit her.


St Xavier’s lift boys’ title
Panchkula, December 24
St Xavier’s School, Panchkula, and Little Flower Convent School, Panchkula, won the boys and girls’ under-14 title, respectively, in the 1st Yuva Basketball Tournament at St Xavier’s High School courts here today.

MCA thrash LIC
Mohali, December 24
The Mohali Cricket Academy (MCA) thrashed LIC Academy, Sector 26, by nine wickets in a low-scoring match in the inaugural Blue Chilly Cup Cricket Tournament being organised by the Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy at the MCA Ground here today.

Arrangements for ITF tennis meet reviewed
Chandigarh, December 24
The organising committee under the chairmanship of Sanjay Kumar, UT finance and secretary sports, today reviewed the arrangements to conduct ITF Junior Grade 3 Tennis Tournament, at the CLTA Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, here.


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