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Diwali Safety measures
Leaves of firemen cancelled 
Fire Brigade tenders to be stationed at sensitive sites

Chandigarh, November 1
The Chandigarh Fire and Emergency Department today cancelled the leaves of all firemen and directed them to join their duty with immediate effect at their respective fire stations as part of preparations for Diwali. They have been instructed to station its fleet comprising 10 water tenders, seven water boosters and two hydraulic platform-cum- turn table ladders at sensitive sites to curtail the risk of fire mishaps during the festival.

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Gambling in city areas
Police looks the other way
Chandigarh, November 1
A sizable decrease in the number of gambling cases this year is in no way reflective of the roaring business rampant in different places all over the city.

750 new cars to hit city roads on Dhanteras 
Chandigarh, November 1
It’s raining cars on Dhanteras (November 3) this time. More than 750 new cars will hit the city roads on this “auspicious” day alone. Local car dealers today confirmed that there had been a hike in the car sales graph this year compared to last year. In fact, there has been an over 50 per cent increase in the number of cars being bought by customers on this day compared to last year.

Bumper to bumper
A view of the traffic jam on the road dividing Sectors 16 and 17 near the Parade Ground, Sector 17, Chandigarh,
A view of the traffic jam on the road dividing Sectors 16 and 17 near the Parade Ground, Sector 17, Chandigarh, 
on Monday. A Tribune photograph



PU student struggles to get father’s name changed
Careless attitude of varsity employees
Chandigarh, November 1
Careless attitude of Panjab University employees has come to the fore as the name of the father of a BCom (final year) student was erroneously changed to “Manmohan Singh” on his detailed marksheet (DMC).

CBI charges ex-NCB head with seeking bribe
Chandigarh, November 1
The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a charge sheet against former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) zonal director Sunil Kumar Sekhri in the CBI special court for demanding a bribe.

Rival groups clash at Nada Sahib gurdwara
Panchkula, November 1
Tempers began running high when members of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (HSGPC), many of them brandishing swords, burnt an effigy of SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar near the Nada Sahib gurdwara here today.

Policemen outside the chemist shop on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway where the firing incident took place Chemist shot at
Zirakpur, November 1
In a firing incident, Ravinder Singh, owner of Singh Medicos, near AKS Colony on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway was seriously injured here late this evening. 

Policemen outside the chemist shop on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway where the firing incident took place. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal 


Special festival Chd-Lucknow train from tomorrow
Chandigarh, November 1
To keep pace with the expected passenger rush during the festive season, the Northern Railways has decided to introduce a Chandigarh-Lucknow special train.

BJP activists protest in front of DC office
Chandigarh, November 1
Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held a protest demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office today for alleged harassment of residents of Colony No 5.

Builders’ paradise, investors’ nightmare
Zirakpur cries for basic amenities 
Zirakpur, November 1
Zirakpur also known as builder’s paradise and a reasonable alternative for those who can’t afford a house in the relatively expensive tricity, the urban conglomerate is woefully lacking in infrastructure.

BUMPER TO BUMPER: A view of traffic chaos in Zirakpur. 

Sewerage treatment plant a distant dream
Sewerage Pumping Station work in progress at Singhpura village in ZirakpurZirakpur, November 1
Despite massive urbanisation followed by a heavy influx of population, Zirakpur Municipal Council (MC) has failed to put in place a sewerage treatment plant. As a result, 2.5 million gallons (approx) a day of sewage generated from the urban conglomerate is being discharged in Sukhna Choe.

Sewerage Pumping Station work in progress at Singhpura village in Zirakpur. Tribune photos: Nitin Mital

500 GMADA plot holders to get allotment letters
Mohali, November 1
As the wait of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) applicants to a get letter of Intent (LOI) is getting longer, there is a good news for hundreds of plot holders in previous housing scheme.

Municipal Corporation in Mohali
Council, 45 villages approve proposal

Mohali, November 1
Elected representatives of most villages under Assembly constituency have shown interest in the formation of the Mohali Municipal Corporation.

Draw for UT housing scheme on Nov 4
Chandigarh, November 1
Come Thursday and UT administration ‘babus’ will be another step closer to owning their dream home. Keeping its promise, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) is holding the draw of lots for the UT Employees Special Housing Scheme a day before Diwali, on November 4.

Anticipating cracker injuries, PGI to work round the clock
Chandigarh, November 1
Anticipating a large number of emergencies like every year due to cracker injuries, the PGI has made elaborate arrangements to provide immediate treatment to patients reporting here. The doctors will remain deputed on special emergency duty round the clock at the Advanced Eye Centre, from the morning of November 4 till the morning of November 7 to attend to patients on arrival.

Take out inhalers if you are asthmatic 
Chandigarh, November 1
Firecrackers generate gases, which irritate the delicate airways of the lungs and worsen the condition of people with asthma, bronchitis or any other respiratory ailments making Diwali a tough time for such patients. This was discussed by medicos and asthmatic kids in the city who were brought together by pharmaceutical company in order to create awareness regarding the harmful effects on pollution generated by use of crackers on Diwali here today.

Fire safety norms thrown to the wind
Chandigarh, November 1
Food stall owners use LPG cylinders at Chandigarh Crafts Mela in Kalagram, which is against the fire safety norms. Visitors to the ongoing Chandigarh Crafts Mela at Kalagram should be prepared to enter the site at their own risk, as there is gross violation of fire safety norms. Interestingly, the Chandigarh Administration has not bothered to communicate with the Chandigarh Fire And Emergency Services Department regarding the arrangements to be made for such events.

Food stall owners use LPG cylinders at Chandigarh Crafts Mela in Kalagram, which is against the fire safety norms. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Military intelligence observes 69th raising day
Chandigarh, November 1
The Corps of Military Intelligence observed its 69th raising day at Chandimandir military station here today, with an entertainment programme followed by a bara khana for officers, JCOs and other ranks of the Corps, along with their families, being organised to mark the occasion.

To strengthen PCR, five Gypsies inducted
Chandigarh, November 1
In an attempt to strengthen the Police Control Room (PCR) the Chandigarh Police today inducted five Gypsies, which were withdrawn from other wings, into PCR.

Liquor vends get 2-day extension
Chandigarh, November 1 The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has extended the time limit for the defaulting liquor vendors by two days to deposit their rent arrears. At the general house meeting held on last Friday it was decided that all the 24 defaulting liquor vendors should deposit their rent dues within 48 hours otherwise their vends would be sealed by the authorities.

Riot victims of 1984 come out of the DC office after giving him a representation of their demands in Sector 17, Chandigarh ’84 riot victims meet DC
Chandigarh, November 1
A women’s delegation of the 1984 riot victims today met the Deputy Commissioner, Brijendera Singh, after the latter had refused them permission for a self-immolation bid. The delegation also handed him over a representation of its demands.

Riot victims of 1984 come out of the DC office after giving him a representation of their demands in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Deadline extended for filing VAT returns
Chandigarh, November 1 There is good news for the traders who could not file their VAT returns, as the Chandigarh Administration has decided to extend the deadline by 15 days.

Tribune employees retire
Chandigarh, November 1
Yogesh Kumar Sharma, Executive, Dispatch Department, retired today after putting in 29 years of service. He joined The Tribune in April 1981 and worked in various departments.
Meanwhile, Joginder Pal, senior foreman (CTP), retired today after putting in 32 years of service. He joined The Tribune in August 1978. At a farewell party organised by the staff, Deputy General Manager Anil Pandhi and Assistant General Manager (Circulation) Rajesh Chopra lauded their services.

Yogesh Kumar Sharma 
and Joginder Pal


Dept fails to review archaic teaching methods
Chandigarh, November 1
Contrary to its self-proclaimed progressive attitude, the UT education department has failed to either review or change the archaic teaching techniques practiced in primary sections of the city government schools.

Students perform the play ‘Janaza Kalyug Ka’ at Randhawa Auditorium in Chandigarh Play on declining moral ethics
Chandigarh, November 1
As many as 20 child prodigies from the slum area staged a Hindi play “Janaza Kalyug Ka” under the aegis of Apang Sewa Samiti at the Randhawa auditorium here today.

Students perform the play ‘Janaza Kalyug Ka’ at Randhawa Auditorium in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Harrowing time for pvt candidates
Chandigarh, November 1
Private candidates, who came to Panjab University’s Aruna Ranjit Chandra Hall to buy examination forms, had a harrowing time standing in long queues. Students claimed that the university should have made provision of multiple counters for the convenience of students.

Bhupinder Brar takes charge as DUI 
Chandigarh, November 1
Dr Bhupinder Singh Brar, a professor of political science at Panjab University, has taken over the charge of Dean University Instructions (DUI) today.

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2 challaned for selling crackers illegally
Ambala, November 1
The Ambala district administration has cracked the whip against the illegal sale of crackers in the district.

Thieves decamp with cash, jewellery
Ambala, November 1
Thieves decamped with jewellery and cash from a house in Sector 9 at Ambala City late last night.

Narrow escape for truck driver
Ambala, November 1
A major tragedy was averted on the Ambala-Hisar road near Ambala City this morning when a truck carrying about 12 Maruti cars came in contact with high tension wires.


Admission in MD at PGIMER
Chandigarh, November 1
Chief Judicial Magistrate, JS Sidhu, granted bail to Dr Amit Musale and Dr Sujay Sonawane from the custody of CBI. The two doctors had allegedly fraudently taken admission in MD in PGIMER.


5 held in rape case
Panchkula, November 1
The local police arrested five persons, including two women, in connection with a rape incident here late last night. The accused have been identified as Manoj, a resident of Sector 26, who worked as a watchman at IT Park Panchkula, Mukesh Kumar and Ranjeet, both residents of the Chandimandir area. The two women who had helped the accused in the crime have been identified as Sushama and Sunita.

Thieves decamp with artifacts from Kala Sagar
Chandigarh, November 1
Thieves decamped with eight sculptures, a grass mower and other articles from Kala Sagar in Sector 36.

Suspecting infidelity, man sets wife afire
In another incident, sister sets herself ablaze after a tiff with brother
Chandigarh, November 1
Suspecting loyalty of his wife, a Maloya resident allegedly set afire his wife at his residence late last night. The couple has been married for 18 years and has three grown up children.

Robbery in Sector 61
Accused sent to 4-day police remand

Chandigarh, November 1
The maidservant along with her husband and a relative who were arrested on Sunday for allegedly robbing an elderly woman at pistol-point after tying her at her residence in Sector 61 on October 25 were sent to four-day police remand today.


Hearing-impaired student to represent city in Abilympics
Chandigarh, November 1
Winning over disability through talent, Saurabh Saini, a 24-year old hearing-impaired student from the city will represent India at the 8th Abilympics to be held in South Korea in 2011.

Saurabh Saini

DAV-15 school emerge tennis champ 
Chandigarh, November 1
DAV Model, Sector 15, emerged champion in the U-19 (boys) Chandigarh Inter-School Lawn Tennis Tournament beating DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, by 2-0 at Lake Club, Sector 6, here today.

Tanvir Akhtar at a stall during the CII fair in Chandigarh Sachin’s Pak fan praises his modesty
Chandigarh, November 1
Sitting in a stall at the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Fair in Sector 17 is Tanvir Akhtar showcasing his pictures clicked with master blaster Sachin Tendulkar.

Tanvir Akhtar at a stall during the CII fair in Chandigarh  on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Sahiljit clinches bronze in swimming
Chandigarh, November 1
City lad Sahiljit Singh Butalia won bronze medal in the breaststroke 50m race (U-19) in the recently concluded CBSE Inter-Zonal Swimming Championship held in Jaipur. A total of eight zones had taken part in the tournament. 16-year-old Sahiljit was representing North Zone in the Meerut. “I am preparing for the School National Games to be held from November 8 at Sholapur,” said Sahiljit.He will compete in the 50m, 100m and 200m races.

Kho-kho meet from Nov 11
Chandigarh, November 1
MDAV School will organise the first Luxmi Arya Memorial Kho-Kho Trophy for U-14 boys and girls from November 11 on the school premises at Sector 22. In a press release here yesterday, it was stated that the last date for submitting entry form and confirmation slip is November 5.



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