A day of crime, accidents
Rash of thefts, robberies hits city
Chandigarh, November 7
A spate of burglaries and robberies marked the end of the long holiday weekend in the city. Two armed men robbed four people in the forested area of Dhanas today afternoon, while in two other incidents thieves decamped with Rs 20,000, two cameras and a laptop after breaking open the locks of four shops in Sector 17 and a house in Sector 48 was burgled with valuables worth Rs 11 lakh stolen.

Tenant stabs another to death
Chandigarh, November 7
An altercation between two tenants took a violent turn when one of them allegedly stabbed the other to death at Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26 here tonight.

26-yr-old killed in mishap
Chandigarh, November 7
A 26-year-old storekeeper in a Sector 35 restaurant was killed while a motorcyclist was injured in two hit-and-run road accidents in the city.

Former Chief Secy walks out of meeting
RTI activists protest
Chandigarh, November 7
Expressing his disagreement on imposing a common penalty on all bureaucrats who fail to provide details sought under the Right to Information Act, Punjab chief information commissioner (CIC) Ramesh Inder Singh, who is a former state chief secretary, walked out of a meeting of RTI activists held at Law Bhawan, Sector 37, leading to a protest by the latter.


Financial uncertainty dogs metro project
Chandigarh, November 7
The metro project, which fired the imagination of UT administration officials as well as residents for providing a long-term solution to the tricity’s commuting problems, is facing major financing constraints. Though the city may be a “revenue surplus” yet generating resources for the ambitious Rs 15,000 crore initiative will be an uphill task for the administration in the backdrop of its dependence on the central government for funding the project.

Eateries near airport
Aircraft flying on borrowed time
Chandigarh, November 7
Is the landing and take-off from the Chandigarh airport a safe proposition? No, if one goes by the changes that have come about near the airport in the past one year or so.



Actors Hema Malini and Ranjeet during a fashion show at Mountview in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

GMADA sleeps over earnest money refund
Mohali, November 7
Hundreds of unsuccessful applicants in Aerocity are apprehensive about statements issued by GMADA officials on refunding the earnest money at the earliest. Initially, GMADA officials had claimed to start the refund process by Diwali. But so far there is no movement and the officials are taking their own sweet time in processing the data before refunding the amount either to applicants or the banks that have financed the earnest money.

The not-so-pleasant side of Divali
Divali, undoubtedly, remains the most awaited festival, each year, in this part of the country. Not just children, every one in the family wants to unwind in the rigmarole of life. This year the festival was no exception in the City Beautiful. A break from classes had kids dancing, cajoling their elders for more gifts, calling their friends and burning crackers. Teenagers had special outings as evident from rush in the fat food shops, in particular. The elders cleaned up their houses and business houses before joining in bursting crackers. The roads remained jammed and the rush continued till the last day. The celebrations continued late into the night and there was no major fire, this year, after a long gap.

Four-laning of Zirakpur, Parwanoo stretch delayed
Panchkula, November 7
Delay in the acquisition of land and heavy landslides during monsoon has delayed the completion of four-laning of the Zirakpur-Parwanoo road on the National Highway 22. The four-laning of the Zirakpur-Panchkula stretch is almost complete, barring the overbridge at the level crossing near Dhakauli village near Sector 20, Panchkula, and the work is likely to be completed by this month-end.

A view of the ongoing four-laning work on the Kalka-Zirakpur highway. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Vector-borne diseases
No letup in patient count despite chill
Chandigarh, November 7
Even with the rainy season gone and winter fast approaching, the number of patients suffering from vector-borne diseases, pulmonary and skin allergy problems has far from dwindled in the tricity hospitals.

A woman covers her face as she walks past a pile of garbage in Sector 35, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Patient inflow in dispensaries goes up
Reasons: Cost of treatment, less rush
Chandigarh, November 7
If the number of patient inflow in the 43 government dispensaries in the city is any indication, there has been a definite shift of patient rush from big hospitals, particularly the two government hospitals. A random survey of various dispensaries by the Tribune revealed that the low cost of treatment compared to private hospitals coupled with lesser rush compared to the main government hospitals have emerged as the biggest factor in what appears to be a slow but sure shift.

Nation’s Top Hospitals
PGI improves ranking, now 3rd on list
Chandigarh, November 7
The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) faculty as well as other employees have a reason to be proud of themselves. The medical institution has been ranked third among the top 10 hospitals in the country for patient care, competency of doctors and innovation of treatment, among other services.

GMADA drops move to widen business street
Mohali, November 7
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has withdrawn the ambitious plan to widen Mohali’s business street, one of the busiest arterial road passing through Phases IV, V, III-B1, III-B2 and VII, and has instead decided to widen other roads running parallel to the business street.

UT fails to keep promises
When it comes to breaking promises, nobody matches the UT Administration. Even after two years of promising to shift routes of all buses from the ISBT-17 to ISBT-43, commuters are forced to go to Sector 17 to catch long-distance buses. What adds to the problem is the traffic chaos near Parade Ground, which buses and commuters have to pass in order to reach the ISBT. Invariably, there is an exhibition going on at Parade Ground and vehicles are seen parked haphazardly. It gets worse on a weekend. Vehicles parked on the roadside next to the CII fair on Sunday said it all. It’s time the administration bails out residents.

Haryana government ignores Morni
Fails to provide 5 mini buses sanctioned for this year
Panchkula, November 7
The Morni block of this district continues to be ignored by the Haryana government as it had failed to provide five mini buses sanctioned this year for the people of the area. The Shivalik Development Board (SDB) had sanctioned Rs 75 lakh to the directorate of the Haryana State Transport Corporation, Chandigarh, for purchasing five mini buses to be operated in the Morni area. The funds were released by the SDB on May 28, but the corporation had failed to purchase the buses. This was disclosed by the SDB in response to the RTI application filed by Shivalik Vikas Manch, patron advocate Vijay Bansal.

City magistrate to exercise powers of MC chief
Panchkula, November 7
In a significant development the Haryana government has issued directions that Panchkula City Magistrate would exercise the powers of the MC president. The City Magistrate has also been appointed as the administrator of municipal committee of Kalka.

Two detained for chasing MLA’s car let off
Panchkula, November 7
The police has let off the two accused, who were detained for questioning yesterday for allegedly chasing city MLA DK Bansal’s car on various occasions, after investigations.

Zirakpur sans public conveniences
Zirakpur, November 7
Despite being a hub of real estate business and marriage palaces, the town does not have a single public toilet for visitors. In the absence of public toilets, they are forced to use open spaces to ease themselves. And, the authorities concerned have turned a blind eye to the problem.

ISKCON celebrates Govardhan puja
Chandigarh, November 7
The local unit of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) celebrated Anna Kuta and Govardhan puja at a bedecked hall of Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, here today with religious fervour and enthusiasm.

Devotees celebrate “Ankut Govardhan Puja” at Hare Krishna Dham at Sector 36 in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Police conducts search operations
Zirakpur, November 7
In view of the ongoing festival season, the police today conducted search operations in Zirakpur, Dhakoli and Baltana area, where they rounded up two youths said to be “anti-social elements”.

From left: Trees have grown their roots in the walls of a government accommodation in Sector 23, a commercial establishment in Sector 17 and a hostel building of DAV College, Sector 10, reflecting the poor upkeep of old buildings in Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari

Childline out to make friends
Chandigarh, November 7
The Youth Technical Training Society (YTTS) has planned to observe “Childline Se Dosti Week” by tying over two lakh “Childline Green” ribbons to the wrist of local residents and make them “Childline Dosts”.

Guide maps not of much help
Mohali, November 7
Guide maps installed by GMADA at various points across the city have become a headache for motorists. About Rs 20 lakh has been spent on the maps.

Bhai Dooj celebrated
Chandigarh, November 7
Bhai Dooj was celebrated with religious fervour here today. Women visited their parents’ place early in the morning to greet their brothers.

Winter flights rescheduled
Chandigarh, November 7
Expecting huge rush of entrepreneur and executive winter travellers, Kingfisher Airlines has introduced its new evening flight from the city airport. Other airline operators have also changed the timings of their flights. Kingfisher has started its new Chandigarh-Delhi flight at 7.20 pm, which earlier used to leave the city at 5.30 pm to Delhi.

Focus on knee arthroscopic techniques
Chandigarh, November 7
Live surgical demonstrations and lectures by renowned orthopaedcians marked the “Basic Knee Arthroscopy Course-2010” organised by the Indian Arthroscopy Society, Arthroscopy Learning Centre, New Delhi and Chandigarh, here today.

YC distributes ID cards
Panchkula, November 7
The local unit of the Indian Youth Congress today distributed identity cards to its members under the programme “Chalo Panchayat Ki Aur” in various wards of the city.


PU alumni house gets Rs 15 lakh aid
Chandigarh, November 7
A delegation led by PUTA president Jaspal Kaur Kang and accompanied by Mayor Anu Chatrath today met Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal during the inaugural ceremony of Cycas-Palm Garden in Sector 15, Chandigarh.


12 shops gutted; 15 suffer burns on Divali night
Ambala, November 7
Twelve fire accidents and 15 cases of burn injuries due to fireworks-related mishaps were recorded in Ambala on Divali night. Four shops were gutted in a fire which broke out in Rai Market on Friday night. Loss worth several lakh rupees was reported. “We will be able to assess the losses later, but right now it is estimated at several lakhs of rupees,” said Anil Kumar, a shop owner.

Polythene bags banned in Ambala
Ambala, November 7
The district administration has banned the use of polythene in the district after holding a meeting with principals of various educational institutes, office-bearers of market associations and local social welfare organisations.

1 killed, 4 hurt in accident
Bassi Pathana, November 7
A woman was killed and four other members of her family, including an infant, were seriously injured, when their car rammed into a tractor-trailer parked on the roadside. The injured were rushed to the local civil hospital and referred to Fortis hospital, Mohali.

BJP rallies on Nov 10
Ambala, November 7
The BJP national spokesman, Tarun Vijay, has expressed concern over the vulnerability of border areas. Talking to the media here today, he alleged that the UPA government was trying to “ruin” Hindu organisations.


Youths attack couple, hurl stones at cops
Chandigarh, November 7
Tension prevailed in Mauli Jagran here this afternoon when a group of youths attacked a couple in the colony and also hurled stones at a police party that reached there after getting information of violence. Additional police force was called to take control of the situation.

Robbery ‘victim’ booked for drunk driving
Chandigarh, November 7
The police has arrested Joginder Singh, a shopkeeper who had last night accused two motorcyclists of robbing him of over Rs 1.5 lakh, on a charge of drunk driving. The police has also arrested the youth who assaulted the shopkeeper.

Auto-rickshaw driver detained
Chandigarh, November 7
The police today rounded up an auto-rickshaw driver, Ram Kewal, in connection with the murder of Vijay Shaker Diwedi, another auto-rickshaw driver, near Panjab University yesterday.

Body of woman found in Ghaggar
Panchkula, November 7
The body of an unidentified woman was recovered by the police in the Ghaggar near Sector 27 and 28 here this morning.


Panchkula skaters on a roll
Chandigarh, November 7
Being put through their paces: Young skaters practise at an academy in Panchkula. There was a time when skaters from the Karnal and Panipat area used to overshadow other skaters of Haryana during various meets.

Being put through their paces: Young skaters practise at an academy in Panchkula. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Bedi XI lift cricket trophy
Chandigarh, November 7
Bedi XI lifted the champions trophy after beating PCC by 31 runs in the final match of the First S Balwan Singh Memorial Cricket Tournament 2010-11 that concluded at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, here today.

Inter-Corporate Employees Cup
DELL-11, Godrej & Boyce impress in opening ties
Panchkula, November 7
DELL-11 beat HDFC Bank by 30 runs in the opening match of the First Champions Trophy Inter-Corporate Employees Cup League Cricket Tournament, organised by Cricket Federation of Haryana. at Cricket Stadium, Sector 3, here today.

Godrej and Boyce-11 captain Vineet Chawla is clean bowled during a match against Weizman Forex Limited at Sector 3 in Panchkula on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Kho-kho meet from Nov 11
Chandigarh, November 7
MDAV School, Sector 22, will organise the Ist Luxmi Arya Memorial Kho-Kho Trophy for boys and girls in under-14 age group from November 11. Players born on or after January 1, 1997 and students of up to class VIII are eligible to participate in the three-day championship.


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