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Anti-cracker drive loses its punch as sales spurt
Chandigarh, November 4
This Diwali firecrackers worth over Rs 4 crore are set to go up in flames in the city - much more than the Rs 3 crore spent last year. That the anti-cracker campaign and “go green” messages have proved to be largely ineffective was evident on the eve of the festival.

Working on Divali
‘Serving humanity, their priority'
Chandigarh, November 4
While most of the residents of the city will be celebrating Divali, a large number of doctors and other staff members at city hospitals will remain busy in looking after the patients admitted to these hospitals. At the PGI, staff members, including doctors, ward attendants, sweepers and technicians, will remain on duty at the regular emergency ward and other wards, whereas 18 doctors would run special emergency services at the advance eye centre in three shifts throughout the day.


City residents celebrate Divali eve by lighting diyas at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
City residents celebrate Divali eve by lighting diyas at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Armed youths rob Tanishq store staff, 1 hurt
Chandigarh, November 4
Three armed youths snatched a bag from employees of Tanishq, a jewellery store in Sector 17, in the wee hours today after firing three rounds at a female employee of the showroom. The victim, Santosh, a resident of Baltana, was injured when a bullet whizzed past her left foot. She was rushed to the Government Multispecialty Hospital, Sector 16, where she was discharged after first-aid.

Housing Scheme Draw
UT top brass fails to make it
Chandigarh, November 4
Even as over around 4,000 government employees got a dream house in Chandigarh in the draw of lots of the special UT housing scheme in Sectors 52, 53 and 56 here today, the top brass of the UT Administration failed to hit the jackpot on the eve of Divali.



Women buy earthen wares ahead of Divali in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
Women buy earthen wares ahead of Divali in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Colourful end to Chandigarh National Crafts Mela
Chandigarh, November 4
The second Chandigarh National Crafts Mela concluded amidst colourful celebrations at Kalagram today. The closing ceremony was attended by Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, and senior officials of the Chandigarh administration.

Co-op societies a lucrative business, says panel
Chandigarh, November 4
Coming down heavily on the function of cooperative housing societies, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission observed forming such bodies had become “a lucrative business” in this part of the country.

Notices to cracker shops
Chandigarh, November 4
Notices were issued to two cracker shop owners in Sector 15 here today by the Chandigarh fire and emergency department for violating fire and safety norms.

Divali greetings at the cost of state exchequer!

Mohali district planning board chairman NK Sharma has erected hoardings across the town to wish Divali to residents allegedly without seeking permission. At many places, hoardings have been fixed adjacent to paid advertisements.
Mohali district planning board chairman NK Sharma has erected hoardings across the town to wish Divali to residents allegedly without seeking permission. At many places, hoardings have been fixed adjacent to paid advertisements. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Insurance agent penalised
Chandigarh, November 4
Agent of an insurance company Sanjeev Kapur has been asked to pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 to a complainant for not performing his duty properly.

Knee arthroscopy course on Nov 7
Chandigarh, November 4
A basic knee arthroscopy course-2010 would be held under the aegis of Indian Arthroscopy Society, Arthroscopy Learning Centre, New Delhi, and Chandigarh Orthopaedic Club here on November 7. The event would witness participation of renowned orthopaedic surgeons from across the country.

Fireman’s widow given Rs. 3 lakh
Chandigarh, November 4
As a goodwill gesture, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today gave Rs 3 lakh as ex gratia grant to the widow of late Amarjit Singh Mavi, fireman of the Fire and Emergency Services of the corporation, who had lost his life during fire-fighting operation in Sector 22 on October 20, 2008.


Students want soft skills in curriculum
Chandigarh, November 4
In this world of globalisation and tough competition marks is perhaps not the only merit for students.

CCE brings out latent talent of students
Panchkula, November 4
The continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) system introduced in the CBSE schools has brought out the latent talent of the students in the fields of fine arts, sports, music and writing.

Anti-crackers rally
CHANDIGARH: An anti-crackers rally was organised at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20 D, here on Thursday. Approximately 150 students participated in the special assembly held on how to celebrate a pollution-free Divali. Principal Nirmal Singh delivered a special lecture on the occasion.


‘Media should play its role fearlessly’
Bassi Pathana, November 4
Media must play its role fearlessly, as mediapersons play an important role in constructing healthy society and nation. Unfortunately in modern times, journalists seem to be drifting away from ethics resulting in chaos in society, said Bhai Harpal Singh, head Granthi Gurdwara, Fatehgarh Sahib, while addressing the gathering after the bhog of Akhand Path Sahib organised by Jai Krishan, District Public Relation Officer (DPRO), on the eve of his retirement function here on Monday.

Father, son held with 1-kg opium
Rajpura, November 4
The Rajpura police today arrested a father-son duo with 1 kilogram of opium. The police also recovered Rs. 50,000 from their possession.

MC Councillors to peruse case in SC
Kalka, November 4
At a meeting of Municipal Councillors of Pinjore, which was chaired by Vijay Bansal, president, Shivalik Vikas Manch, it was decided that the MCs would not hesitate to approach the Supreme Court of India, over the issue of Panchkula Corporation, under which the state government under a notification was intended to include Municipal Committees of Kalka and Pinjore in the Panchkula Corporation.

Sampla murder case accused held
Bassi Pathana, November 4
The local police today arrested the accused, who allegedly murdered his own relative and injured a cloth merchant yesterday during a scuffle at Sampla village. DSP SP Singh said that the police nabbed accused Sukha and recovered the sharp-edged weapon he used to commit the crime.


Councillor’s husband acquitted in rape case
Other accused gets 7-year RI
Chandigarh, November 4
Additional District and Sessions Judge GC Garg today acquitted Harmail Singh, husband of municipal councillor Sunita Chaudhary, of rape charges.


Engg student killed in mishap
Zirakpur, November 4
A 20-year-old engineering student was killed after being hit by a speeding military truck on the Baltana-Chandigarh road near Preet Palace here this afternoon.

2 arrested for hoarding sugar
Chandigarh, November 4
The police on Wednesday arrested two persons under the Essential Commodities Act and recovered over 5,000 kg of sugar from them.


Yogesh scripts Punjab win
Chandigarh, November 4
Devastating spell by Yogesh Kumar (six for 66) guided the Punjab team to beat Saurashtra by six wickets in the under-22 Col CK Nayudu Elite Group A match played at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala.

Trials for National School Games
Chandigarh, November 4
The education department, UT, Chandigarh, is going to conduct selection trials for the 56th National School Games in the following disciplines.


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