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Quark City head told to surrender 1,124 acres
Violation of Punjab Land Reforms Act
Mohali, October 15
In a major setback to Fauja Singh Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, a Chandigarh-based company headed by Quark City chairman F Fred Ebrahimi, the district administration has decided to cancel the company’s ownership of 1,124 acres valued at about Rs 300 crore.

Govt more alert

Muslim artisans labour on Ravana’s effigies
Aftaab Arif (left) and Rahisuddin prepare the effigy of Ravana in Chandigarh on Friday.Chandigarh, October 15
In a unique reflection of Hindu-Muslim amity, Muslim artisans are giving final touches to effigies of Ravana effigy for Dasehra celebrations in the city. Work is being carried out in a hurry to prepare effigies of Ravana and his brothers Meghnad and Kumbhkaran.

Aftaab Arif (left) and Rahisuddin prepare the effigy of Ravana in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

CHB seeks Rs 3,000-cr bailout plan
Chandigarh, October 15
In the latest turn of events reflecting the empty coffers of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), the board has sought a bailout package worth Rs 3,000 crore from the UT administration to tide over the current financial crises.

Package Break-up


CHB earned lakhs in interest on housing deposits
Chandigarh, October 15
The Chandigarh Housing Board, which has been lately shouting itself hoarse about empty coffers, has perhaps forgotten about the lakhs of rupees that it has collected as interest on the initial amount deposited by applicants in the special housing scheme for UT administration employees.

Applicants still waiting for draw of lots

Asmaa Turning disability into strength
Chandigarh, October 15
Adorning a permanent smile on her face, she is a source of joy for her classmates and an inspiration for her two siblings who are also visually impaired like her. Meet Asmaa, a first-year BA student at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, whose ambition to earn an MEd degree despite her disability and her positive attitude towards life makes each day an act of exemplary courage.


PGI Admission Scam
Arrest warrants against facilitator
Chandigarh, October 15
The court of chief judicial magistrate Jasbir Singh Sidhu today issued arrest warrants for Gaurav Shalin, who had allegedly manipulated admissions of students to the PGIMER, on an application moved by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The case has been adjourned to October 29. The CBI said in the application that it had Gaurav’s Mumbai address but he could not be traced there.


Misbehaviour by cop’s son
DSP for strict action against SHO, probe officer
Chandigarh, October 15
The DSP (crime) today recommended strict departmental action against the police station-3 SHO and the investigating officer of yesterday’s incident of road rage and subsequent harassment of a woman at the hands of boys, including son of ADGP Mohammad Mustafa, for going “soft” on the accused.

Cops during a parade in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Cops during a parade in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Gender disparity laid bare
Chandigarh, October 15
Gender disparity was eloquently juxtaposed in a poignant Punjabi play “Jhalli Kithhe Jaave” presented by the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZZC) in collaboration with the Sur Sanjh Cultural Society at the Randhawa auditorium here yesterday.

Bhajan soiree
Panchkula, October 15
The soulful strains of devotional music presented by Muzzafarpur-based vocalists “Vashisht Bandus” at a musical soiree organised by NZCC at the Mata Mansa Devi Shrine submerged audience in devotion in the ongoing Navratra fair here today.

A chocolate treat
Chandigarh, October 15
Around 115 student artistes of junior wing of Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar, staged Roald Dahl’s classic play “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the Tagore Theatre here yesterday.

Samadhi Diwas observed
Panchkula, October 15
Havan yagna was attended by ‘Ravana’, one of the most learned and purest Brahmins of the Ramayana, to mark the Samadhi Diwas Samaroh organised by the Shri Shirdi Sai Sewa Samiti at Sai temple in Sector 16 here today.


UT refuses extension to Strawberry Fields
Chandigarh, October 15
The UT education department has declined extension in recognition to Strawberry Fields World School, Sector 26, following the failure of the school management to remove certain anomolies in its functioning.

CBI probes land allotment
Chandigarh, October 15
The Central Bureau of Investigation has begun a probe into the allotment of land to the Durga Das Foundation for a kindergarten school in the city seven years ago for a price less than the prevailing one, causing a loss of approximately Rs 2 crore to the state exchequer.

PU to streamline process of provisional affiliation
Chandigarh, October 15
Having realised loopholes in the present system of awarding provisional affiliation by inspection committees to various courses offered by allied colleges, Panjab University has now resolved to streamline the entire process.

UGC-NET on December 26
Chandigarh, October 15
The next UGC-NET for junior research fellowship and eligibility for lectureship will be held on December 26.

PU examination schedule
Chandigarh, October 15
Panjab University has notified the schedule for the annual examination (theory and practical) to be held in April-May 2011.

Skits, painting contest mark German Language Day
Mohali, October 15
To explore the diversity and rich history of German language and to bring together the natives, German language learners and aficionados of the language celebrated the German Language Day at Paragon Senior Secondary School, Sector 71, Mohali, and Vivek High School, Sector 38.


Youth Fest
Mata Gujri College lifts overall championship
Sanghol (Bassi Pathana), October 15
Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, won the overall championship, whereas Patel Memorial National College, Rajpura, and Baba Zoravar Singh Fateh Singh Khalsa Girls College, Morinda, declared runners-up on the concluding day of the three-day Fatehgarh Sahib zone Punjabi University Zonal Youth Festival at Cordia College, Sanghol, today.

Sharodo Utsav
Cultural show at Kharga Army station
Ambala, October 15
Ambala Military station is celebrating ‘Sharodo Utsav’ (Durga Pooja) with spiritual and festive fervour.

Body found tied to motorcycle
Ropar, October 15
Body of a man was found tied to a motorcycle on the bed of Sirhind canal today. People found the body as water level in the canal decreased. The motorcycle, Hero Honda Glamour (CH 03 U 7396), belong to a family from Sector 43-D in Chandigarh.

Two killed, 3 injured in accident
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 15
Two residents of Delhi were killed after the car they were travelling in was hit by a truck this morning while three others received serious injuries.


Congestion on Kalka-Parwanoo stretch
HC takes suo motu notice of report
Chandigarh, October 15
Just a week after the plight of tourists and daily commuters on the Kalka-Parwanoo stretch was underscored in these columns through report “Traffic disrupted on NH-22”, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today took suo motu cognizance of the report.


Former District Health Officer booked for molestation
Panchkula, October 15
Dr Ritu Chaudhary, Deputy Civil Surgeon, Sector 6, General Hospital, here today alleged that former District Health Officer Dr ML Garg had molested her on September 16.

Ex-HCS officer hurt in assault
Chandigarh, October 15
A dispute over parking of vehicles in a residential area took an ugly turn when a resident of Sector 37 allegedly assaulted his neighbour, former HCS officer Vir Bhan Arora, and hurled a brick at him this afternoon.

Vir Bhan Arora undergoes treatment in the emergency ward of the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph
Vir Bhan Arora undergoes treatment in the emergency ward of the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, in Chandigarh on Friday.

2 vehicles stolen
Chandigarh, October 15
Two vehicles have been stolen from different parts of the city.


Cricket: Rohan leads Saupin’s into q-finals
Chandigarh, October 15
Displaying excellent batting skills, Rohan Sodhi helped Saupin’s-32 storm into the quarterfinals with a 10-wicket victory over St Joseph’s School, Sector 44, in the Chandigarh Administration Inter-School Cricket Tournament for under-16 boys played at GMSS, Sector 32, here today.

SD school pocket basketball title
Chandigarh, October 15
SD Public School, Sector 32, won the U-19 Inter-School Basketball Championship defeating New Public School, Sector 18 (NPS-18), by 87-80 points in the final held at the Sector 46 stadium here today.

Winners of the U-19 Inter-School Basketball Championship in a jubilant mood at the Sector 46 stadium in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph
Winners of the U-19 Inter-School Basketball Championship in a jubilant mood at the Sector 46 stadium in Chandigarh on Friday.

120 golfers to tee off today
Chandigarh, October 15
A total of 120 golfers will tee off for the Business Today Honda Pro-Am of Champions on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here tomorrow.


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