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Want to hire Tagore Theatre?
50 seats for admn a must
Chandigarh, October 30
In an unusual decision, the UT Administration has quietly introduced an authoritarian clause for those booking the Tagore Theatre. It has now made it mandatory for anybody hiring the city’s solitary theatre to reserve 50 seats across three premier rows (C, D and E) for a list of VIPs, most of them serving IAS and IPS officers, apart from the entire top brass of the UT Administration.

Crafts Mela
N-E is theme, but where is the cuisine?
Chandigarh, October 30
If savouring Assamese Tenga or Sikkimese Thukpa is your reason to visit the ongoing crafts mela at Kalagram, you might be in for a major disappointment. For, even though ‘North-eastern states’ is the theme of the national-level mela this year, the UT Administration has been at its imaginative worst. It has failed to invite and organise even a single food stall providing delicacies from these seven states.


Wary Mayor wields stick to keep monkeys at bay
Chandigarh, October 30
The city Mayor, Anu Chatrath, residing in Sector 8, has also not been spared by the monkey threat as every morning she carries a stick while dropping her children to school to keep away monkeys. “Cars seem to be the favourite hangout of monkeys. They would sit on my car and scratch on it. When I go to drop my children to school, I am forced to carry a stick as they try to attack us. They seem to have developed some hard feelings against me,” she quips.


GMSH canteens a rat ghetto
Unkempt kitchenware used in the canteen attracts rodents Chandigarh, October 30
The next time you order food at either of the two canteens located at the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, there is every possibility that it has been “tasted” by rats. The canteens are home to hoardes of rats that feast on eatables and raw material meant for patients, their attendants and other visitors.

Unkempt kitchenware used in the canteen attracts rodents. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Go-ahead to creation of Group A posts
Chandigarh, October 30
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has given the go-ahead to the creation of six Group A posts in superspecialties at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.

Sweets shop owner challaned
Chandigarh, October 30
Officials of the department of weights and measures today inspected sweets shop at Sectors 17, 18 and 19 here for discrepancies in weighing under the weights and measures act.

FOSWAC, CHB discuss amendments
Chandigarh, October 30
A delegation of the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations Chandigarh (FOSWAC), comprising representatives of southern sectors and Mani Majra, held a meeting with the Chief Engineer, the Senior Architect and other officers of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB).

Ghazal soiree enthrals audience
Panchkula, October 30
The Saraswati Kala Sangam, a cultural organisation dedicated to the promotion of classical arts, celebrated its anniversary by holding a melodious musical evening at Satluj Public School open auditorium here today.

Quashing of notification on MC
P’kula residents heave sigh of relief
Panchkula, October 30
With the quashing of the Panchkula municipal corporation by the Punjab and Haryana High Court the residents of the city have heaved a sigh of relief as the corporation was going to impose taxes, putting financial burden on the people.

Lukewarm response to marathon
A mother runs with her baby in a pram during a marathon organised by the Running and Living Infotainment in Panchkula on Saturday Panchkula, October 30
The first marathon run organised by Running and Living Infotainment in the city received lukewarm response here today. About 160 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate executives and students of some private schools and colleges participated in three events, which included 5 km, 10 km and 15 km run.

A mother runs with her baby in a pram during a marathon organised by the Running and Living Infotainment in Panchkula on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Solid Waste Management Facility
Panel recommends three sites
Mohali, October 30
A six-member Site Selection Committee constituted by the state government for the setting up of a common municipal solid waste management facility for Mohali district has recommended three sites for the purpose.

Kargil Park falls on bad days
Mohali, October 30
In the absence of a steel railing, the Kargil Park in Sector 70, Mohali, has become a thoroughfare for two-wheeler riders Mohali’s Sector 71 Kargil Park, dedicated by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and residents to the Kargil martyrs, has fallen on bad days. Broken benches, uprooted plants and dug up portion of the earth greet the visitors to the park. Ever since Punjab’s water supply and sewerage department dug up the park few months ago to lay a storm water pipeline, situation has turn from bad to worse.
In the absence of a steel railing, the Kargil Park in Sector 70, Mohali, has become a thoroughfare for two-wheeler riders. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

City girl for national child award
Panchkula, October 30
Sirjana Dhaliwal, a student of St Xavier’s School and a rolling tiger of Manav Mangal Skating Academy, Chandigarh, has been selected for the national child award to be given by the President of India.

Classical vocalist regales audience
Classical vocalist Omakar Dadarkar performs at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Chandigarh Chandigarh, October 30
Mumbai-based young classical vocalist Omakar Dadarkar regaled the city music lovers, as he bared the melody of raga Chhayanat on the second day of the 33rd INT Sangeet Sammelan being held at Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan here today.

Classical vocalist Omakar Dadarkar performs at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Rs 21 lakh collected as rent arrears
Chandigarh, October 30
The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, collected Rs 21 lakh from nine liquor vendors’ defaulters as rent arrears today. In the general house meeting held yesterday, directions were given to officials to issue notices to 24 temporary liquor vends to clear their dues or their shops will be sealed by the corporation.

Patil for bond between research, industry
Chandigarh, October 30
Stressing upon the need to properly channel research and development in the right direction, Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil said collaboration between various research and academic institutions as well as industry would go a long way in disseminating the benefits to the society.

No public hearing session tomorrow
The public hearing session by UT Administrator Shivraj Patil, scheduled for November 1 at the UT Secretariat here, will not take place. — TNS


Syndicate Meeting
MEd seats go up from 25 to 35
Chandigarh, October 30
The number of seats for Masters in Education programme (MEd) has been increased from 25 to 35 in all Panjab University affiliated colleges, which offer the degree. PU Syndicate members, who comprise of a decision making body of the university, took this decision today at a meeting. A letter by the National Council of Technical Education (NCTE) approving the number of seats was quoted in the agenda for this issue.

Career-oriented courses, hit among graduates
Chandigarh, October 30
Out of 7,500 students graduating from city colleges each year in science, commerce and arts disciplines, a majority of them are now showing inclination towards career-oriented courses that offer quick employability.

From Schools
Annual function
Mohali: Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, Mohali, held its annual prize distribution function at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh. Chief guest Dr SK Batish, MD, Punjab State Cooperative Agriculture Development Bank, inaugurated the cultural fest by lighting the traditional lamp. Principal Anjali Chaudhry read out annual report of the school. A Punjabi play was staged. Bhangra was a big draw. Chairman Col CS BAWA (retd) spoke on the occasion.

Vivek School
Shobhaa De inaugurates ‘Hues of Harmony’
Chandigarh, October 30
The celebrations of the 15th Founder’s Week began with great fanfare at Vivek High School, Sector 38, with celebrated author Shobhaa De gracing the occasion. She inaugurated “Hues of Harmony”, a display of students work in art, handicraft and technical skills and the “critical thinking fair” on the school premises.

College student assaulted
Mohali, October 30
In yet another case of brats, studying at various colleges, involved in street fights, the Mohali police booked at least 10 students for assaulting Sunmeet, a BBA student at Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC) and his nephew Gurneelam Singh.


in-house Mobile meeting

Despite a ban on the use of cellphones during the municipal corporation general house meetings, a few councillors could be seen flouting the rules with impunity during a meeting at the MC building in Sector 17 on Friday
Despite a ban on the use of cellphones during the municipal corporation general house meetings, a few councillors could be seen flouting the rules with impunity during a meeting at the MC building in Sector 17 on Friday. Tribune photos: S Chandan


MLA distributes grants
Dera Bassi, October 30
Local MLA Jasjit Singh Bunny today said appointment of Capt Amarinder Singh as state Congress president would not affect the functioning of the SAD-BJP government as people of the state were aware of the performance of the state government.

Modi College bag boxing title
The winners with their trophies in Patiala on SaturdayPatiala, October 30
Hosts MM Modi College secured 34 points to bag the Punjabi University Inter-College Boxing Championship that concluded at the college here today.
Government Ranbir College, Sangrur, stood second with 16 points, whereas Public College, Samana, got the third position with 15 points.

The winners with their trophies in Patiala on Saturday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar


Textbook Scam Case
Haryana IAS officer told to appear in court
Chandigarh, October 30
The CBI Special Judge today directed Haryana-cadre IAS officer Sanjeev Kumar to appear in court in connection with the textbook scam case.

Court tells police to act on Fiza’s complaint
Mohali, October 30
A local court today directed the Mohali police to act on a complaint of police inaction filed by Fiza alias Anuradha Bali, the estranged wife of Chander Mohan.


Two nabbed with charas
Chandigarh, October 30
Officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau today arrested a Kullu-based contractor and an orchardist from the Sector 22 market here and recovered 1.5-kg charas, worth Rs 1.5 lakh.

Duplicate deodorants, perfumes seized at mela
The accused in police custody Chandigarh, October 30
The police arrested two persons for selling duplicate deodorants and perfumes during the mela at Sector 34 here today.
They were identified as Deepinder and Bipin Kumar from Uttar Pradesh. The police seized around 6,000 items worth Rs 30 lakh from them. According to the police, the accused were selling duplicate Reebok, Adidas, Dove, Park View, Axe and Brute products.
The accused in police custody. A Tribune photograph

Man held with stolen motorcycle
Zirakpur, October 30
The police arrested Adarsh Sharma, a resident of Chandigarh, from Baltana while he was riding a stolen motorcycle yesterday. A police team laid a naka near Harmilap Nagar, Baltana.


Moily Carver Cricket Tournament
Karan scripts St Stephen’s title win
Chandigarh, October 30
Magnificent all-round performance by Karan Aggarwal (53 runs and four wickets for 24 runs) against GNPS-36 helped hosts St Stephen’s School win the 7th Moily Carver Cricket Tournament for the second time in a row in Sector 45, here today. Karan was declared the man of the match in the final.

Top seeds enter quarterfinal
Mohali, October 30
Top seed Milind Mehta of DPS, Sector 40, and second seed Abhishek Munjal had a cakewalk against their respective opponents to move into the quarterfinals of men’s singles event in the Manav Mangal Total Tennis Tournament on the school premises in Phase 10 here today.


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