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Curtain down on Diwali mela in Sec 17, 22
Chandigarh, October 10
Thinking of mega prizes during Diwali melas ahead of Diwali and New Year? It may not be possible now as Diwali melas in the two major commercial centres — Sectors 17 and 22 — will not be organised this year also. The high ground rent for the display of prizes by the MC coupled with the new trend of opening of franchisees by major brands will play spoilsport in the holding of melas by shopkeepers.
Ravanas come together in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Dus Ka Dum: Ravanas come together in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

PU ranked 380 on Web portal list
Chandigarh, October 10
Adding wings to the global aspirations of Panjab University, it has been ranked 380 by a web portal “highimpactuniversities”, which is affiliated to the University of Western Australia. Only two other Indian institutes — the IIT, Kanpur (rank 222) and Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bangalore (rank 273) — have been ranked higher than the PU. The other IITs, including those at Roorkee, Chennai, Bombay and Kharagpur are ranked below it.


PU Senate Meeting Highlights
Issues related to colleges debated
From salaries of teachers to research work by departments, various issues related to colleges dominated the Senate meeting today. For settling on whether the colleges or university manage add-on courses well, a committee was formed. It was suggested that uniform fine be imposed on the colleges in future. Fellows debated on non-compliance of rules for affiliation by certain affiliated colleges.

Project Implementation
MC could teach admn a thing or two
Chandigarh, October 10
When it comes to successful implementation of projects, the Chandigarh MC can teach a few lessons to the UT administration whose mega projects are mired in controversies. The MC, which allotted a housing project at Manimajra and a luxury hotel to private players, not only got Rs 500 crore through land auction, but also the projects have been successfully completed.


Open House Response
No compromise with discipline in schools
I was horrified to read about students posting obscene remarks about their teacher on the Facebook. We definitely need to think about who formulated the rules, which teachers thought gave students freedom and brought teachers under checks? We as Indians were at one time proud of our teachers and the teachers used to be proud of their students. Do we really want to get into the same social mess like the West?

For them, charity begins at hospital
Chandigarh, October 10
For Jagdeesh Lal Ahuja, a city businessman, serving langar to over 1,000 persons — lunch at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and supper at the PGI — is second nature. Philanthropist Ahuja, on this mission for the past 28 years, has not only come to the rescue of the ailing community but has been a source of inspiration to others as well.

Rotten food grain and pictures depicting the state of godowns on display at BJP headquarters in Chandigarh on Sunday. BJP exhibits rot in godowns
Chandigarh, October 10
The local unit of the BJP organised an exhibition on “Criminal wastage of food grain worth Rs 58,000 crore” at the party headquarters here today. The exhibition was inaugurated by BJP national secretary Kirit Somaiya along with local unit president Sanjay Tandon.

Rotten food grain and pictures depicting the state of godowns on display at BJP headquarters in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photographs

Red Ribbon Express to chug in on Oct 13
Chandigarh, October 10
The Red Ribbon Express, train specially designed to create public awareness on the spread of the HIV and AIDS, will arrive in the city on October 13. The eight-coach train will remain stationed on platform No. 5 for four days as part of its third phase.

PUDA ‘eases’ promotion rules for a few
3 chief engineers benefit; resentment among engg cadre
Mohali, October 10
Resentment is brewing within the engineering cadre in the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) over the alleged relaxations in rules over the appointment of regular chief engineers.

Chanalon focal point cries for amenities
Chanalon, October 10 The focal point at Chanalon — about 18 km away from Chandigarh in Kurali — is a far cry from being an industrial area. Potholed roads, inadequate water supply system, lack of effluent disposal system, and non-functional streetlights mark this focal point that has 331 plots, 130 of which have been developed. The nearest fire brigade is 25 km away from the focal point.

Politics even in hospitals
The politicians cannot see beyond politics even in hospitals. Journalists witnessed a glimpse of it on Thursday when Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was admitted at PGI and his adviser Daljit Singh Cheema was interacting with the media. Cheema was counting on the names of VIPs who visited the Chief Minister to know about his wellbeing.

Kannad dance drama treat to art lovers
Chandigarh, October 10
An artiste performs during a cultural programme ‘Yakshagana’ in Chandigarh on Sunday. After Nautanki from UP and Marathi Tamasha, the city art lovers were treated to another 500-year-old traditional theatre form of “Yakshagana” from South Karnataka in the ongoing Festival of Theatre Traditions organised by CSNA in collaboration with the Sangeet Natak Akademy, New Delhi, at the Randhawa auditorium here today.

An artiste performs during a cultural programme ‘Yakshagana’ in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Students find new ways to cheat
Writing names on answersheets is fad
Chandigarh, October 10
A latest trend observed by Panjab University’s examination branch officials is the mention of candidate’s names and their colleges in answer-sheets to plead mercy and seek more marks from evaluators.

Lawn Tennis Meet
Spring Dales, Carmel Convent emerge champs
Chandigarh, October 10
Spring Dales of Delhi got the better of Carmel Convent School, Chandigarh, by 2-1 in the girls’ under-14 final of the North Zone Central Board of Secondary Education Lawn Tennis Tournament at The Banyan Tree School (BTS) Academy courts in Sector 48 here today.

Mansa Devi murals to be restored
One of the murals at the Mansa Devi shrine. A Tribune photograph Panchkula, October 10
The Archaeological Survey of India would help in restoring the 200-year-old murals at the Mansa Devi temple, announced Deputy Commissioner and ex-officio administrator of the Mansa Devi Shrine Board Ashima Brar here yesterday. Work, she hoped, would commence in the second half of November at the completion of the Navratra fair.

SET FOR REVIVAL: One of the murals at the Mansa Devi shrine. A Tribune photograph

48 Squadron is IAF’s best transport unit
Chandigarh, October 10
Sustained operations to the world’s highest airfields as well as services rendered in aid to civil authorities during natural calamities, has earned Chandigarh-based 48 Squadron, Chief of the Air Staff’s Citation for the best transport Squadron. The award was presented to the unit at the Air Force Day.

Asian Tour golf stars to play in Panchkula
Panchkula, October 10
Asian Tour stars Gaganjeet Bhullar of Kapurthala, Bangalore’s Anirban Lahiri, C Muniyappa and Indian circuit leader Mukesh Kumar will be among 120 top professional golfers of the country who will tee off from the picturesque greens of the Panchkula Golf Club here on October 20.

PU admissions to go online from next academic session
Chandigarh, October 10
Admissions for most courses at Panjab University would now be done online from the academic session 2011-12. This announcement was made by Vice-Chancellor (VC), RC Sotbi, in the senate meeting held in the Golden Jubilee hall at PU here today. Possibility of an online test was, however, ruled out by the VC due to technical intricacies and loopholes in such online exams.

Crafts Mela to showcase North-East
Chandigarh, October 10
Painters who recently participated in the Dubai Shopping Festival are these days busy making murals and paintings on bamboo huts at Kalagram, where preparations are in full swing for the upcoming second Chandigarh National Crafts Mela being organised by the Chandigarh administration and the NZCC from October 26.

CTU Recruitment Scam
Rubber stamp seized from suspect’s house
Chandigarh, October 10
In a latest development in the CTU recruitment scam, the CBI is said to have seized a rubber stamp and some other documents/articles from the residence of Amit at Hisar during a raid.

Bhajan submerge audience in spiritual fervour
Chandigarh, October 10
While spiritual fervour pervaded the Mata Mansa Devi Shrine at the Navratara fair, the well-known duo of music maestros, Agnihotri Bandhus from Lucknow, submerged the audience in the spirit of devotion at the Sanskritik Sthal here today.

Armed men try to take possession of house
Panchkula, October 10
High drama was witnessed in Sector 2 on Sunday afternoon when 5 to 6 persons armed with weapons tried to take possession of a house. Later, the police was called and they intervened in the matter.

Badal still at PGI
Chandigarh, October 10
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who has been receiving treatment at the PGI since Thursday after he slipped from stairs of his official residence and got injured, has been recovering fast. Doctors did not discharge him from the hospital today.

Triplets born
Chandigarh, October 10
A family of Sector 45 rejoiced after the birth of triplets at Government Medical College and Hospital here yesterday.


Chaos on railway overbridge
Kurali, October 10
The railway overbridge, constructed at Kurali over Sirhind-Nangal line, is unable to meet with the growing quantum of traffic that moves on the stretch. Residents of Kurali not only feel cheated with the coming up of this toll plaza, but also feel that the government has miserably failed to live to expectations of common man.

Traffic jam near the Kurali roundabout. Kurali battles traffic problem
Kurali, October 10
Kurali battles a traffic problem, as it is plagued with traffic flowing towards and from Amritsar, Jalandhar, Nawanshahr, Ropar, pilgrim centres Anandpur Sahib and Naina Devi, industrial areas of Himachal Pradesh, including Nalagarh, Baddi, Bilaspur, etc, moving on this stretch of National Highway-21.

Traffic jam near the Kurali roundabout. A Tribune photograph

Zonal youth fest from tomorrow
Bassi Pathana, October 10
The zonal youth festival of Fatehgarh Sahib zone would begin at Cordia College, Sanghol, from October 12 to October 14.

Ribha shines in debate
Patiala, October 10
Jagriti and Parul of Government Girls College, Patiala, won the running trophy at the inter-college debate held at Government Mohindra College, Patiala, here yesterday.


Purse containing Rs 25,000 snatched
Chandigarh, October 10
Two motorcycle-borne youngsters snatched a purse containing Rs 25,000 from a woman at Industrial Area here this afternoon. The victim, Indu Bala, a resident of Naya Gaon, claimed that she along with her husband had gone to Industrial Area, Phase II, to purchase utensils.


Kings XI’s termination from IPL
Local cricketers, fans stumped
Chandigarh, October 10
The termination of Kings XI Punjab from the Indian Premier League has left thousands of local fans disillusioned even as affected cricketers and officials are tightlipped on the issue. “Why you are dragging me into the fight arena of bulls,” said India’s first cricket Dronacharya DP Azad when asked for his comments on the issue. “I have heard the news but am yet to know the details,” said Azad.

CBSE North-Zone Roller Skating
Chandigarhians dominate
Chandigarh, October 10
The Chandigarh skaters dominated on the third day of the CBSE North zone-i roller Skating Championship being organised at KBDAV School, Sector 7, here, today. Darshwinder Kaur and Harsh Beniwal fetched 2 gold medals in the U-16 Road Race (Quad) while Mohit Kumar of the same school got the first position in 12 years category.

CCA, Rest of Punjab declared joint winners
Panchkula, October 10
The Chandigarh Cricket Association and the Rest of Punjab team were declared joint winners, as the first innings of the final match of the of the Punjab State Senior Inter District tournament being held at PCA Stadium could not be completed here today.

NPS Club win Harbans Lal memorial football tourney
Chandigarh, October 10
The NPS Club won the ongoing 5th Kanwar Harbans Lal Memorial Football Championship by defeating Rajeshwar Football club by 1-0 in the final at the Football Stadium, Sector 17 here today.

Tarini wins under-9 chess championship
Chandigarh, October 10
Local chess prodigy, Tarini Goyal made the city proud by winning the title in the 24th Under-9 Girls National Chess Championship-2010, concluded at Ahmedabad yesterday.

Desh Prem drub Mohali academy
Chandigarh, October 10
The Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy beat Mohali Cricket Academy by 48 runs in a match played at St Stephen's School, Sector 45, during the Weekend Cricket Tournament for Under-16, here today.


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