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Hostellers stranded without food on festival night
Chandigarh, November 6
Most city residents may have been gorging on mouth-watering delicacies and sweets on Divali, but those Panjab University hostel residents who had opted to stay back on the campus had a harrowing time scouring for food as the hostel canteens had shut down at 5 pm.

A Divali of smog, noise and injuries
Residents cock a snook at awareness campaigns

Residents celebrate Divali by bursting crackers in Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Friday; and (right) A park littered with burnt crackers in Sector 48, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan


No noise, NO pollution pledges go up in smoke 
Chandigarh, November 6
All anti-cracker rallies and the “No noise”, “No pollution” and “Go green” pledges went up in smoke on the Divali night, with the city witnessing one of the noisiest and polluted Divalis in recent years amidst cracker-bursting that lasted seven long hours.

137 incidents of burn injuries reported
Chandigarh, November 6
City hospitals recorded 137 incidents of burn injuries and eye damage due to the bursting of crackers in the city and adjoining areas on the Divali night. The Advanced Eye Centre of the PGI received 21 patients. Five of them had suffered serious eye injuries and the quantum of damage to their vision could not be ascertained now, said doctors.

Admn directives flouted, residents burst crackers past midnight
Panchkula/ Zirakpur, November 6
The directives issued by the civil and the police administration went up in smoke as the city witnessed one of the noisiest Divali in the recent years as people burnt firecrackers for about five hours late last night.

Safest Divali in 5 years 
No major fire incident reported
Chandigarh, November 6
Chandigarh had the safest divali in the last five years as no major fire incident was reported from any part of the city. Only 16 cases of minor fire incidents were reported yesterday.

Four cases of eye injuries in Mohali
Mohali, November 6
Four cases of eye injuries, 19 of superficial hand burns and four incidents of minor fire were reported from Mohali and surrounding areas in connection with the Divali celebrations. A three-year-old child from Badmajra , Avinash Kumar, came to the local Civil Hospital this morning with injuries in both his eyes. He was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, as the injuries sustained by him were of a serious nature.

Divali smoke raises day temp by 2 degrees 
Chandigarh, November 6
The city witnessed a slight rise in the day temperature following a thin layer of smoke created by the bursting of crackers after Divali celebrations last night. The early morning chill, however, persisted.


Rly ticket counter at High Court soon
Chandigarh, November 6
Keeping pace with the demand and an annual increase of 10 per cent in train traffic volume from the tricity, the Ambala division of the Northern Railway will open a passenger reservation system (PRS) centre on the Punjab and Haryana High Court premises this month.

Help on autism via video-conferencing
Chandigarh, November 6
Medicos and other professionals involved with autism will be able to get tips through video-conferencing sessions from world renowned faculty at Government Medical College and Hospital.

MC selective in clearing waste 
Areas inhabited by top officials cleaned, others left untouched 
Chandigarh, November 6
The special teams of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation reportedly adopted a pick-and-choose policy to clear the waste of crackers from streets today.
Pick-and-choose policy: (Left) One of the clean streets in Sector 22-A where senior officials reside and crackers waste littered on a street in Sector 45 on Saturday. 
Tribune photos: Pardeep Tewari and Parvesh Chauhan 

What a waste: Divali garbage littered in Sector 47, Chandigarh City wakes up to Divali garbage 
Chandigarh, November 6
A day after Divali, city roads were littered with burnt crackers, extravagant gift-wraps and empty sweets boxes. According to official sources, the waste produced by the city increased by nearly 30 percent on the day after Divali.

What a waste: Divali garbage littered in Sector 47, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

District Administrative Complex
Govt delaying release of funds for land transfer

Mohali, November 6
The Akali government seems to be least interested in upgrading the basic infrastructure in the four-year-old district. A glaring example of the government’s apathy is the allotment of land for the District Administrative Complex-cum Judicial Complex in Sector 76 here.

Sanitation stinks in Mohali
Mohali, November 6
Sanitation continues to be in a state of neglect in the town with the municipal council authorities least bothered about improving the situation.

Newly wed couple get police protection
Panchkula, November 6
Acting on a plea of a newly wed couple from Narayangarh, the court of District and Sessions Judge PL Ahuja today directed the police to provide protection to them till November 17.

Workers celebrate Vishwakarma Day
Chandigarh, November 6
Mechanics worship Lord Vishwakarma in Sector 48, Chandigarh, The New Auto Motor Market Association, Sector 48, celebrated the Vishwakarma Day here today. Mechanics and shopkeepers organised a function to worship Lord Vishwakarma.

Mechanics worship Lord Vishwakarma in Sector 48, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Garden, green belt unveiled
Chandigarh, November 6
Minister for parliamentary affairs and water resources Pawan Kumar Bansal inaugurated Cycas Palm Garden in Sector 15 besides a green belt in Sector 7 here today.


CSIO to enrol students for MTech
CSIR to award degrees
Chandigarh, November 6
In a significant development in the field of engineering studies, the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh, will now enrol certain BTech students for a newly incepted research-oriented MTech programme.

PU gears up for biotech fest
Chandigarh, November 6
Science students at Panjab University will now be able to sell their ideas to the industry through its first official national-level science festival “Biotechnica Chandigarh 2010” (BTC).

Physical education to be daily fixture in schools
Chandigarh, November 6
Physical education is all set to become a daily affair in schools with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) making it mandatory for all affiliated schools to dedicate a period every day for it.


Couple meets with accident, woman dies
Kharar, November 6
A family from Dera Bassi met with an accident near Mamupur village yesterday. While the woman died on the spot, the man and his three-year-old son survived the mishap. The incident took place around 4 pm when Sumit Mukheja, his wife Kanchan and their son Ish were returning from Ludhiana.

Pollution from meat plants irks residents
Dera Bassi, November 6
Despite repeated complaints, residents of some villages are bound to face pollution of meat plants situated near here. Residents allege that they have complained to the authorities concerned regarding the pollution of meat plants, but no result has come out so far.


CAT reprieve for BSNL GM
Chandigarh, November 6
In a relief to RK Dawra, general manager (telecom), BSNL, who was suspended on charges of sexual harassment, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) revoked the suspension orders here today.


Spurned, woman slits wrist
Chandigarh, November 6
Spurned by her boyfriend, a 20-year-old woman allegedly slit her wrist to end her life at her residence in Sector 22 on last evening.

2 killed in accidents
Panchkula, November 6
The Panchkula-Barwala National Highway continues to be a killer stretch as two more persons lost their lives in separate accidents in the past two days.

Woman, lover held for killing husband
Chandigarh, November 6
The woman and her paramour in police custody in Chandigarh The police today arrested a mother of five along with her paramour for allegedly killing her 35-year-old husband after slitting his throat at the Bapu Dham colony in Sector 26 here on Diwali evening.

The woman and her paramour in police custody in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Auto driver murdered after being robbed
Chandigarh, November 6
Unidentified assailants allegedly stabbed a 45-year-old autorickshaw driver to death after robbing him near gate no 3 of the Panjab University campus on Diwali night. A PU security guard, Mishan Lal, spotted the victim lying in a pool of blood early today morning and immediately informed the police.

Peacenik robbed
Panchkula, November 6
A 71-year-old peacenik from Nuria village in Uttarakhand, Mohammad Ahmed, alleged that a person in an inebriated condition snatched Rs 1,365 from his pocket near Sector 20, here last night.

Shopkeeper robbed of Rs 1 lakh
Chandigarh, November 6
A shopkeeper, Joginder Singh, was robbed of Rs 1 lakh by two motorcycle-borne youths in Sector 22 here tonight.

Two held for chasing MLA’s vehicle
Panchkula, November 6
The police has arrested two persons for allegedly chasing city MLA DK Bansal’s car on various occasions.

13 held for creating ruckus on Divali night 
Chandigarh, November 6
The police has arrested 13 persons for creating a ruckus in Ram Darbar on Divali night and apprehended another nine persons from different parts of the city for allegedly indulging in gambling. The police also recovered Rs 24,216 from their possession.


Budding golfers hone skills
Chandigarh, November 6
At least 10 budding golfers between the age group of seven and 15 years have been honing their golfing skills in the EGTF junior golf camp, currently under way at the Chandigarh Golf Club Academy.

Cricket meet from today
Panchkula, November 6
Six teams will take part in the First Champions Trophy Inter-Corporate Employees’ Cup League Cricket Tournament, being organised by the Cricket Federation of Haryana, from November 7 at Cricket Stadium, Sector 3, here.



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