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Grand avatar for Mohali STPI
Chandigarh, September 29
After posting a 10 per cent jump in software exports in FY2009-10, the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Mohali, established in 1998, is all set to be housed in a new state-of-art complex spread over an area of 100,000 square feet. Construction is expected to be completed in two to three years’ time at an estimated cost of Rs 40 crore.

Industry must invest in research: Patil
Chandigarh, September 29
“IT industry must invest in research and development through collaborative efforts in order to make it sustainable,” said Shri Shivraj V Patil, Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, while addressing a gathering at the mega ICT event, eRevolution 2010 here today.

Phases II, III of IT park not needed: Bansal
Chandigarh, September 29
Contrary to the UT administration’s endeavour to make this region an information technology (IT) hub by organising a two-day e-revolution function, Union minister and local Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal has set aside the need for having phases II and III of the IT park in the city.

Two get RI for seeking bribe from cop’s widow
Chandigarh, September 29
The court of additional district & sessions judge Gurbir Singh today convicted two people in a case of graft pertaining to issue of a ‘no objection certificate’ to the widow of a Delhi police assistant subinspector who lost his life in the December 2001 terrorist attack on the Indian parliament.


Police alertness takes a beating
Poor patrol made it easy for car thieves: Complainant
Chandigarh, September 29
Surprises checks by the SSP, Naunihal Singh, to keep his force on alert have failed to yield the desired results. A lot remains to be done with regard to police response to the public even though police reaction to “mock” calls by the SSP recently was prompt.

418 land one-kanal plot in 2nd draw
Mohali, September 29
As many as 418 plots measuring one kanal (500 square yards) were allotted in the second round of the draw of lots for the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority’s Aerocity housing project held today, with another 42 applicants put on the waiting list. A total of 38,576 applications were received in the ‘general’ category for 460 plots.

Indian skipper MS Dhoni, batsman Rahul Dravid, spinner Harbhajan Singh and Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson practise ahead of the Test match at PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Wednesday.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni, batsman Rahul Dravid, spinner Harbhajan Singh and Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson practise ahead of the Test match at PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Wednesday. Tribune photos: S Chandan, Vicky Gharu


Taking e-Revolution to differently abled
Chandigarh, September 29
In India, a new website is launched every single minute, but a sizeable population of differently abled remains untouched by this technological revolution. Shocking, as it may sound, but out of over 6,000 government websites across the country, only six or seven are of use for persons suffering from visual, hearing, mental and other disabilities. Out of the seven disabled-friendly government websites, two are: the National Portal of India and the website of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Empowerment.

Admn comes out in support of Josan
Chandigarh, September 29
Coming out in support of Sector 10 DAV College principal Balbir Chand Josan, the Chandigarh administration today said a person approaching the court could not be victimised for “ill-motivated” reasons.

Policy on recruitment, promotion deferred
A heated discussion going on during a meeting of the municipal corporation in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, September 29
Are the authorities of the municipal corporation really serious of formulating a recruitment and promotion policy for their employees? After a great hue and cry by councillors, the authorities tabled the agenda of service rules after six years, but a majority of councillors were not in favour of discussion and the house deferred it.

A heated discussion going on during a meeting of the municipal corporation in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo

Dept heads to be accountable for delays: MC Commissioner
Chandigarh, September 29
Municipal Corporation Commissioner Roshan Sunkaria today said responsibility of the department head would be fixed for any delay in the completion of development works allotted to private contractors with specific deadlines.

Students of The British School take out a rally ‘My Shera’ at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

MC divided over waiving water dues
Chandigarh, September 29
Confusion prevailed in the general house meeting of the MC today on the issue of non-clearance of water tariff dues worth Rs 4 crore pending against the horticulture wing of the Chandigarh administration for 2002. A majority of councillors objected to why no action was taken by the authorities to recover the amount from the administration.

10-ft sludge accumulates near Tikkar Tal
Tikkar Tal (Panchkula), September 29 Even as the vehicular traffic on the Morni-Tikkar Tal road has been restored, landslides completely damaged about 300-meter stretch near this tourist spot as 8 to 10 feet of sludge has accumulated on the main road.

Delightful mix of satire, intrigue
Chandigarh, September 29
The Indian People Theatre Association (IPTA), Mumbai, presented a Hindi play “Aaall Izz Well With Shuturmurgh”, on the third day of the ongoing tourism week celebrations at the Tagore Theatre here today.

Artistes stage Aaall Izz Well With Shuturmurgh at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Anti-encroachment drive
MC adopts pick-and-choose policy?
Zirakpur, September 29
It seems that the enforcement wing of the Zirakpur municipal council is in no mood to remove encroachments from Zirakpur, Baltana and other surrounding areas of the town. As if fulfilling only a formality, the councils’ inspector merely removed the rehriwalas (street vendors) from the roads, but failed to remove the extension encroachments from outside the shops in the markets.

Ayodhya Verdict
Admn issues prohibitory orders
Chandigarh, September 29
Fearing an agitation by some anti-social elements ahead of the verdict in the case of Ram Mandir vs Babri Masjid to be pronounced by the High Court of Allahabad on September 30, the Chandigarh administration today issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC.

Brawl at bus stand holds up flag march
Panchkula, September 29
Officials of the Panchkula police, while taking out a flag march in the city on the eve of the High Court verdict over Ram Janambhoomi controversy, had to face law and order problem on the way here today. The situation, however, had nothing to do with Ayodhya.

Haryana police personnel take out a flag march ahead of Ayodhya verdict in Panchkula on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Keep promises, pensioners urge Punjab govt
Mohali, September 29
The Punjab government pensioners held a protest here today against the failure of the government to implement the promises which were made by the SAD before coming to power in the state.

I-T survey on group of paper manufacturers
Chandigarh, September 29
Income tax (I-T) officials have initiated a survey on a group of paper manufacturers, Nachiketa Papers Limited, Nidhi Pipes, Haripur Paper Company, Haripur Kraft Company and Rainbow Laminates, under the supervision of Commissioner, Income Tax-I.

Roads in Chandigarh are in a bad shape, but despite several pleas, the authorities are yet to re-carpet these. Commuters have to face inconvenience while driving on these roads. Tribune photos: S Chandan

Laser fountain at Sector 17
Traders hail decision
Chandigarh, September 29
Traders of Sector 17 have hailed the decision of municipal corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) to install a laser fountain in Sector 17. The traders said other under-developed areas such as Sector 17-A, B and parts of C and D were far behind as far as development was concerned.

Nutrition conference at PGI from today
Chandigarh, September 29
“Gone are the days when books and games kept children preoccupied. Today one can see them watching TV or binging on chocolates and junk food. A study done by the PGI on 1,500 children in the age group of 5 to 15 years reveals that about 15 per cent of them are obese,” stated Dr BR Thapa, head paediatric gastroenterolgy, PGI, ahead of the three-day National Conference of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Conference 2010 (PGHANCON-2010).

Bhavan Vidyalaya’s students first in quiz
Chandigarh, September 29
Chandigarh School Tourism Quiz organised by the department of tourism, UT administration, in collaboration with the University Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism (UIHMT) concluded today at Government Museum. More than 28 teams from various city schools participated in the quiz, which was divided into two parts.

Peace Fest
Workshops mark Day 2
Chandigarh, September 29
The second day of International Youth Peace Festival started with an Indian immersion experience at local schools. Young delegates from over 15 countries got a taste of Indian classrooms at Saupins School, Dev Samaj College, Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 16, SGGS College and The Gurukul, Panchkula.

Industrialists meet admn officials
Chandigarh, September 29
A delegation of Federation of Small Scale Industries held a meeting with senior officials of the Chandigarh administration. The delegation demanded that a meeting of the Single Window Committee be held every month. They said the Industrial Advisory Committee should also hold a meeting every three months.

NRI accuses cops of inaction
Chandigarh, September 29 Chaandni Gautam, a UK-based NRI, today accused the Mohali police of not taking action on her complaint of cheating against the manager of a private bank.


Admission allowed
Chandigarh, September 29
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has accorded permission for admitting the fifth batch of students for 2010-11.


Police DAV school shine
Patiala, September 29
Police DAV Public School, Jalandhar, hogged limelight in the All-India Mahatma Hansraj Aryan Tournament-2010 (Punjab zone). More than 1,500 sportspersons from Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Gudaspur, Mohali, Malerkotla and Nabha are participating in the tournament that commenced yesterday.

DPS emerge champs
Patiala, September 29
The four-day All-India Indian Public School Conference (IPSC) Tennis Championship for boys and girls concluded at Yadavindra Public School here today. DPS RK Puram emerged overall champions in the girls’ category, while Modern School, Delhi, emerged victorious in the boys’ category.


Dhanwantry to take part in BAMS counselling: HC
Chandigarh, September 29
Taking up a petition filed by the Shri Dhanwantry Educational Society, Justice Ranjit Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today observed that the institute would be permitted to participate in BAMS counselling.

2 snatchers sent to judicial custody
Panchkula, September 29
The district police has claimed to solve three cases of snatching with the arrest of Dhiraj, alias Dhiru, of Uttarakhand, and Harpreet Singh, alias Sunny, of Amritsar. Both were staying at Naya Gaon village in Mohali district.


Rs 1.60 lakh, laptop stolen from car
Chandigarh, September 29
Thieves decamped with cash and a laptop after breaking open a windowpane of a car at Hallo Majra village here today. Lalit Kumar of Hallo Majra told the police that he parked his car outside his residence. When he returned after 10 minutes, he found the rear windowpane of his car broken.

Three held for robbery
Mohali, September 29
Three residents of Balongi village, who had forcibly taken away cash and mobile by threatening another resident with a knife, were arrested by the police.

PM relief fund for poor
Man booked for fraud
Chandigarh, September 29
The police has registered a case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy against an unidentified man, who allegedly tried to get money through fraudulent means from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund meant for poor patients.

Gold chain snatched
Chandigarh, September 29
Two unidentified motorcyclists made away with a gold chain of a 70-year-old woman in Sector 38 here today.


‘Shraadhs’ eclipse president’s election
Chandigarh, September 29
The “Shraadhs”, Hindus’ annual ritualistic custom of commemoration for the departed souls, have played spoilsport for the election to the president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC). This coupled with the visit of AICC president Sonia Gandhi to Italy has delayed the naming of the CTCC chief, whose elections were slated for September 17.

Gurmit Memorial Hockey
An ONGC player tries to check an IOC opponent during their semifinal at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.ONGC, Army XI to clash for the summit
Chandigarh, September 29
The ONGC and Army XI will clash for the title in the 40th SN Vohra’s All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here today. The decision between the ONGC and the IOC came through tie-breaker, as both teams remained levelled at 4-4. The final score was 8-7 in favour of the ONGC. In the second semifinal, Army XI beat Punjab and Sind Bank 2-1. Earlier in the first match, IOC took a 2-0 lead as Hamza and Deepak struck in 10th and 15th minutes, respectively.

An ONGC player tries to check an IOC opponent during their semifinal at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Shobhit clinches gold in choi kwang do
Panchkula, September 29
Shobhit Khurana won gold in defence drill, while Amit Vatsyal and Rahul had to content with silver and bronze, respectively, in the under-19 section of the Inter-School Choi Kwang Do Competition at CKD Martial Art School, Sector 16, today. The competition was organised by the Panchkula District School Education Department.

Satinder Sharma Satinder to officiate at CWG
Chandigarh, September 29
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has given another prestigious assignment to Chandigarh-based Satinder Sharma, international grade-I hockey umpire, by appointing him as an umpire in the Commonwealth Games. Satinder has been working as an officer in the State Bank of India, Panjab University branch.


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