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Allottees pay for CHB bankruptcy
60 pc hike in Sec 51-A flats’ rates in 2 yrs
Chandigarh, October 26
The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), the monopolistic arm of the Chandigarh administration, has found a unique way of dealing with bankruptcy.

Police verification of servants a futile exercise
Chandigarh, October 26
The mandatory verification of servants and tenants residing in every house has virtually become a pointless exercise in the city. The major reason cited is the lukewarm response by cops of other states to inquiries about servants’ antecedents.

With Diwali, Dhanteras round the corner
Gold playing cards are in
Chandigarh, October 26
This season, playing cards are out to give a Midas touch to your Diwali. Available in solid gold or 24-karat foil options, this deck of 52 cards is the latest rage among gold lovers and ‘festival gamblers’.


It’s expression of raw youth power
Six cases of major clashes between students in nine months
Mohali, October 26
Hinterland brats dazzled by fast life are showing their muscle power on the streets to claim their supremacy. Enrolled at various engineering and management colleges dotting Chandigarh’s periphery, raw youth power is finding expression in the form of car races, drunken bouts and exchange of muscle power, causing headache to residents and the police alike.

Tax surveys on major realtors yield Rs 20 cr
Chandigarh, October 26
The income tax surveys conducted yesterday on two leading realtors based in Mohali, the Shivalik group and Shivjot Developers & Builders Ltd, have led to the surrender of Rs 20 crore. According to department officials, the major chunk - Rs 15 crore -of this amount came from Shivalik Developers & Promoters with the remaining Rs 5 crore from the other firm.


Bahl retained as UT Cong chief
Chandigarh, October 26
Going for the status quo, the Congress today retained the incumbent president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) BB Bahl for the record fourth time. Bahl, a protégé of Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, was chosen ahead of Lalit Joshi Bhardwaj and Subhash Chawla, both former Mayors of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, former AITUC president Rampal Sharma and Pawan Sharma.

MC’s latent project awaits recharge
Dumped “soleckshaws” lie in the basement of the municipal corporation building at Sector 17, Chandigarh Solar rickshaws gather dust
Chandigarh, October 26
The Chandigarh municipal corporation’s dream of seeing the “soleckshaw” (battery operated solar rickshaws) take off in a big way in the city has fallen flat. Within a week of its launch almost a year ago in December, 2009, all five solar rickshaws delivered to the allottees with much fanfare were detected with technical defects and returned to the authorities.

Dumped “soleckshaws” lie in the basement of the municipal corporation building at Sector 17, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

2 quintals of khoya seized
Chandigarh, October 26
The police today rounded up a Panipat resident on a suspicion of carrying two quintals of spurious khoya in his car. The suspect was stopped for traffic violation and during a routine search of the vehicle, traffic policemen spotted khoya in the car and informed the area police.

Crafts mela begins
Artistes from Haryana perform a folk dance during the Chandigarh National Crafts Mela at Kala Gram in Chandigarh on Tuesday Chandigarh, October 26
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil inaugurated the second Chandigarh National Crafts Mela here at Kala Gram today. Interacting with artists of different states, Patil said the mega event had been conceived to promote a better understanding and to reach out to each other to unify diverse and rich cultural ethos of the country.

Artistes from Haryana perform a folk dance during the Chandigarh National Crafts Mela at Kala Gram in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Pardeep Tewari

Police accused of illegally confining 7-year-old
Panchkula, October 26
A resident of Mauli Jagran, Jagdish Kumar, has alleged the Kalka police kept his 7-year-old son in illegal confinement for three days, accusing the cops of even demanding a bribe to release the child.


Law students voice anger
Seek rescheduling of exam dates
Chandigarh, October 26
Law students of Panjab University today expressed resentment over the examination dates that are clashing with the festival season. They said the other departments had rescheduled their examination dates. However, following the protest, the authorities are mulling over postponing the dates from November 9 to 16.

Teachers to observe black Diwali
Chandigarh, October 26
The Joint Action Committee of the Teaching and Non-teaching Employee Federation (NTEF), Chandigarh, has decided to stage dharnas in all colleges from October 28. Stating this in a press release today, Prof Ghanshyam Dev, district president of the Teachers’ Union, and RK Sharma, president, NTEF, said they had also decided to observe a black Diwali this time.

Quiz, street play sum up Day 2
Chandigarh, October 26
More than 60 participants captured “Out of the Box” moments for a photo-feature event Click-Click on the second day of Soch 2010 being organised by the students of School of Communication Studies, Panjab University. “Lens Game”, an innovative initiative by Soch, encouraged students to participate and strengthen their talent in fields like direction, photography, lighting, editing and script writing.

‘Fall in dependence on agriculture’
Yogendra Singh, sociologist and professor emeritus, JNU, addresses a gathering at GCG-11, Chandigarh, on Tuesday Chandigarh, October 26
There has been a major decline in agricultural dependence and village communities in rural India, where political influence has penetrated, in the last five decades. Having studied the difference between rural India from 1956 to 2007, particularly one village in minute detail, Yogendra Singh, sociologist and professor emeritus at JNU, today discussed his research at a UGC-sponsored seminar.
Yogendra Singh, sociologist and professor emeritus, JNU, addresses a gathering at GCG-11, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

‘Rural issues need to be identified’
Chandigarh, October 26
A UGC sponsored two-day national conference on “Rural India in a Global Village: Issues and Perspectives” organised by the department of sociology, Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, was inaugurated today. Yogendra Singh, professor emeritus, JNU, Delhi, was the chief guest.

Paradigms in pharmaceutics discussed
Chandigarh, October 26
On the second day of one-week first autumn school for training and research in pharmaceutical sciences under the UGC Networking Resource Centre on “Newer Paradigms in Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics” held at the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), the stalwarts from industry, academia and overseas shared their experience and erudition with the younger faculty members.

Ex-High Commissioner wants visa norms to be relaxed
Chandigarh, October 26
G Parthasarthy, former High Commissioner of India to Pakistan, was honoured by Panjab University Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti today. He has been appointed visiting professor of the university. Parthasarthy was in PU to deliver a talk on “Indo-Pak Dialogue: Track II Diplomacy” organised by the University in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs as part of the lecture series on India’s foreign policy.

Three-day conference on space
Panchkula, October 26
Former ISRO chairman and space scientist Dr G Madhavan Nair inaugurated a three-day conference on space and ISRO exhibition organised by Dikshant Group of Schools and supported by International Space Society and ISRO here today.

College teachers to hold dharnas from tomorrow
Chandigarh, October 26
The Joint Action Committee of Teaching and Non-teaching Staff of aided colleges of Chandigarh held a meeting today to discuss about the delay in releasing revised pay scales to non-teaching staff w.e.f. January, 2006 and payment of arrears to teaching staff.


Non-procurement of Paddy
Commission agents seek ADC’s help
Bassi Pathana, October 26
Hundreds of commission agents from the local grain market and adjoining mandis called upon Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) today and apprised him about the non-procurement of paddy and lifting of procured paddy.

Nine held for encroachment bid
Rajpura, October 26
The police today arrested nine persons for trying to encroach upon a house at Shyam Nagar.
A 12-bore pistol and three live cartridges have also been recovered from them. The police said complainant Balbir Singh and his uncle Amar Singh had been residing in the house for the past three decades.


2-day police remand for snatcher
Chandigarh, October 26
A local court today remanded one of the three snatchers it had arrested to two-day police remand.
The police said that Mandeep was produced before a court today which remanded him to police custody till October 28.


25-year-old booked for suicide bid
Chandigarh, October 26
The police on Monday arrested a Rajasthan resident, who allegedly cut his veins to commit suicide.
Sources said 25-year-old Arvind Kumar was employed with a private company and he cut his veins on Monday afternoon. The police is trying to ascertain the reason behind the incident as the victim was still recuperating at the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, where hew as admitted yesterday.

Over 1 lakh pirated CDs seized
Chandigarh, October 26
The police today seized over 1 lakh pirated audio and video CDs after raiding a shop in Sector 22 following a tip-off.
The in charge of the Sector 22 police post, Jaspal Singh Bullar, said Harjinder Singh, a resident of Sector 37, was arrested from his shop-cum-godown in Sector 22 on information provided by Anil Kumar, a representative of the UTV Enterprises.


Jagpreet steers St Stephen’s to semifinals
A batsman plays a shot against St Stephen’s School at Togan village on Tuesday Chandigarh, October 26
With his six-wicket haul, medium-pacer Jagpreet Singh (six for 28) steered St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, to move into the semifinals of the ongoing 7th Molly Carver Inter-School Cricket Tournament after beating Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, by 188 runs on the school ground at Togan today.

A batsman plays a shot against St Stephen’s School at Togan village on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Manik, Rubal declared best shooters
Panchkula, October 26
Manik Kalra and Rubal Deol have been declared as best shooters in men and women categories, respectively, in the 35th Chandigarh State Shooting Championship that concluded at the Shooting Range, Sector 25, here today.

Feroz fires best card in junior golf meet
Chandigarh, October 26
Feroz Garewal of Chandigarh fired the best card of the tournament, a gross two-over 74, in the second tournament of the Junior Golf Mission 2016 circuit played on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Mankad Cricket Trophy
Punjab get better of Himachal
Chandigarh, October 26
Punjab knocked out Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) team in the U-19 Vinoo Mankad Cricket Trophy being played at Amtar, Himachal Pradesh, today.
In a do-or-die contest, Punjab got the better of HPCA by four wickets.

Football meet from Oct 29
Chandigarh, October 26
Saupin’s School, Sector 32, will organise an inter-school football tournament-fourth RF Saupin’s Football Running Trophy on the school ground from October 29.


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