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Tricity stuck in Diwali, network jam
Chandigarh, November 2
The Diwali rush was not restricted to the tricity roads only. With a huge load in the traffic on mobile networks, subscribers in the tricity complained of network failure and a high rate of call drops, especially towards the evening.

(Clockwise) Diwali shoppers enter the Sector 19 market, driving their vehicles at a snail’s pace at 2.45 pm on Tuesday. Covering a distance of two kilometres took more than half an hour for some; commuters travelling from Sector 17 to Panchkula spent over an hour waiting in serpentine queues near the level crossing at 5.30 pm; and traffic came to a standstill at the roundabout of Sectors 21, 22, 34 and 35 at 6.10 pm.Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan, Parvesh Chauhan, Vicky Gharu


Chaos rules tricity roads ahead of Diwali
Rally by employees of the Electricity Department added to the confusion in Mohali
Chandigarh/ Mohali, November 2
Eager to shop ahead of Dhanteras and Diwali, shoppers literally brought the tricity to a halt. Cops found themselves helpless in controlling the vehicular traffic, as chaos ruled supreme on tricity roads with commuters stranded for hours.

Trader robbed of  Rs 15 lakh, $ 10,000 at gunpoint
Chandigarh, November 2
Belying tall claims of massive security arrangements by Chandigarh Police during the festival season, two motorcycle-borne armed youth robbed a businessman of ` 15 lakh cash and around 10,000 Canadian dollars at gunpoint in Sector 35 this morning.The victim, Shubash Bajaj, a resident of Sector 35, runs an agency of Western Union in the same sector.

Teachers or delivery girls?
Chandigarh, November 2
Teachers of some private schools have a new job this Diwali: Distributing gifts to a selected list of ‘VIPs’, including UT administration officials and even journalists.Various private schools in the city have directed their teachers to distribute Diwali gifts to ‘VIPs’ personally. Requesting anonymity, some teachers said they had been asked by their respective school managements to visit each person after school hours and deliver the gifts.The school managements have also asked the teachers to ensure that every ‘VIP’ accepts the gift. “It’s very hectic for me as I have been asked to get the residential addresses of 15 persons, including journalists and officials, to deliver the gifts.

Deadline over, 39 PhD candidates still waiting for viva
Chandigarh, November 2
At least 39 PhD candidates at Panjab University have been waiting between four months and as long as a year to get their viva voce done and submitted thesis assessed which is far more than the self-imposed 120 day (four month) deadline set by the university for evaluating all thesis submissions.


Raid on 102 govt schools
Midday meal manager suspended
Ropar, November 2
Midday meal scheme district manager Hazara Singh was suspended today, following raids on 102 government schools of the district.Director general of schools, Krishan Kumar and 16 teams conducted surprise check on 56 upper primary schools and 46 primary schools of the district.

Flies found floating on sweets during a raid at Kajheri village on Tuesday. Crackdown on bakeries
500 kg of edibles destroyed 
Chandigarh, November 2
Continuing its crackdown on sweetmeat makers, a team of the UT administration destroyed over 500 kilograms of bakery items, including patties, pastries, cakes and breads from three different bakeries in Hallo Majra today.

Flies found floating on sweets during a raid at Kajheri village on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Consumers switch over to tinned sweets
Chandigarh, November 2
Consumers are now switching over to tinned sweets, as the Health Department is actively conducting raids on sweets shops in order to keep a tab on adulterated sweets.The city’s premier departmental stores are packed with tinned gulab jamuns and rasgullas and soanpapris this Diwali. The preserved sweets are very much in demand this Diwali.Other than the tinned sweets, the departmental stores also have namkeen to offer. A mix of sweet and spice is also available under top brands. It is called meetha chatpata, which has both soanpapri and bhelpuri and is priced at Rs 170.

Stress on education in rural areas
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 2
A seminar on rural education in rural areas was organised at the Continental Group of Institutes wherein renowned educationists participated.They impressed upon the need of education in rural areas, enabling people in the rural areas to script their own success stories.

‘Aaghaz-10’ gets into trouble
Chandigarh, November 2
As anticipated due to a divided incumbent student council, the first major event of Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC), “Aaghaz 2010”, which is an annual cultural programme, was caught in a conflict today even before it started.

MC Recruitment and Promotion Policy
Special panel sans representation of employees
Chandigarh, November 2
It sounds strange, but it is true that the special committee constituted by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to review the draft of recruitment and promotion policy of the employees does not have any representation from the employees of the Corporation.

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Students of SOREM take part in a painting competition at Sector 36, Chandigarh
Students of SOREM take part in a painting competition at Sector 36, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Man hangs himself to death
Panchkula, November 2
A 65-year-old man, who had come from Kurukshetra to get his pension in the city committed suicide at his flat in Sector 20 here this morning.The deceased has been identified as Hardev Singh, a retired superintending engineer. The body was handed over to the family members after conducting a post-mortem here today.

45-yr-old found dead
Zirakpur, November 2
A 45-year-old man was found dead on the Ambala-Kalka level crossing near Dhakoli here this morning.The deceased has been identified as Gulab Singh, a resident of Ambedkar Colony, Dhakoli.

Parsvnath Developers told to pay relief
Chandigarh, November 2
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Chandigarh, has directed Parsvnath Developers Limited and Chandigarh Housing Board to pay ` 28,17,750 jointly for not providing flats to two complainants under the “Prideasia” project in Chandigarh even after 36 months.

Honour for 6 PGI docs
Chandigarh, November 2
Six faculty members of the PGI, Dr Surjit Singh, paediatrics, Dr RK Dhiman, hepatology, Dr V Jha, nephrology, Dr BR Mittal, nuclear medicine, and Dr NK Panda and Dr Ashok Gupta, both from department of otorhinolaryngology, received the fellowship of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (FAMS).

Fire dept cancels leave of employees
Mohali, November 2
This Diwali firemen will have to work overtime to ensure a safe festival for town residents. Plagued by an acute staff shortage the fire department has not only cancelled all leave but has asked them to work double shifts.

Special numbers
Chandigarh, November 2
Fancy number for a fancy car! That continues to be the mantra for the rich and famous of the city. A testimony to this was witnessed yet again at the auction of special numbers in the series CH 01 AE where the number 0001 went under the hammer for Rs 5.71 lakh.


Classes X, XII Exams
PSEB proposes new formulae
Mohali, November 2
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) authorities are proposing a change in the pass formulae for classes X and XII, exams for which are conducted under the semester system.


Residents seek extension of municipal limits
Kalka, November 2
After the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed the Panchkula Corporation, panic seems to be spreading among residents of villages adjacent to Kalka and Pinjore over the Periphery Act, which had been included in the Panchkula Corporation.

4-yr-old killed, 3 seriously hurt in head-on collision
Rajpura, November 2
A four-year-old girl, Samran, was killed while her parents and seven-year-old sister received serious injuries in a road accident that occurred near Uksi Jattan.

103 examined at dental camp
Ambala, November 2
Ahluwalia Dental Care Centre organised a free dental check-up and awareness camp at Gurdwara Panjokhara Sahib, here yesterday.

Thieves decamp with jewellery, Rs 30,000
Dera Bassi, November 2
Thieves decamped with gold and silver jewellery and cash from a house at Lalru mandi on Monday.According to the information, there was no one in the house at the time of the incident. House owner Madan Lal said the thieves took away 280 grams gold of jewellery, 600 grams of silver jewellery and Rs 30,000 cash.


Remand of accused extended
Chandigarh, November 2
Chief Judicial Magistrate JS Sidhu today sent Rajinder to one-day police remand for his alleged involvement in the CTU conductors’ entrance examination scam.The police had sought for a four-day remand stating that many documents relating to the identification of the accused were yet to be collected.

Right to Education Act
Notice issued to DPI (S)
Chandigarh, November 2
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Anshul Berry today issued a notice for November 8 to the secretary education and DPI (Schools), Chandigarh administration, and the Independent Schools Association on a petition seeking immediate framing of guidelines for implementing the Right to  Education Act.


Man caught pelting stones at tenant’s house
Panchkula, November 2
A houseowner found himself in an embarrassing situation yesterday night when a CCTV camera captured him throwing stones at his Sector 6 house that his mother had rented out to a tenant, who had installed the camera there.

2 booked in shooting incident
Zirakpur, November 2
The police today booked two unidentified persons, who allegedly shot at a chemist in Zirakpur last night.SHO Zirakpur Yogi Raj said investigations in the case had been started and accused would be arrested soon.


Kabir sails into quarterfinals
Panchkula, November 2
Kabir Manrai of the Chandigarh Club Tennis Academy sailed through the pre-quarters, defeating Yatan Sharma of Himachal Pradesh by 4-0, 4-1 in the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament being held at Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, here today. Kabir would now be facing fourth seeded Parmeet Singh Deol in the quarterfinal match to be held tomorrow.

Sports Fest for Women
Selection trials on November 9
Chandigarh, November 2
Trials to select Chandigarh teams for the XXXVI Sports Festival for Women-2010-11 in various sports disciplines to be held in various states would be held on November 9 at 3.30 pm.

252 sportspersons to be felicitated on Nov 10
Chandigarh, November 2
The Chandigarh Sports Council is organising a felicitation function at Tagore Theatre on November 10 to honour players of Chandigarh, who brought laurels to the city in various national-level tournaments and championships.


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