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Setback to right to education?
Admn to wrap up all 199 AIE centres
Chandigarh, November 13
The dreams of education for about 15,000 students is all set to be shattered with the UT Administration’s education department deciding to shut down all 199 Alternate Innovative Education centres (AIE) next year. Of these, 7,500 students are currently enrolled with AIE centres while the remaining are registered under the “out of school” category and were identified as a target group for the AIE.

Long wait for LPG cylinders
Mohali, November 13
There is an acute shortage of domestic LPG cylinders in the city and its peripheral rural areas going by the backlog at various agencies in the district. Consumers are complaining about the waiting period ranging from 10 to 15 days in the urban areas.
Residents started queuing up at a gas agency in Sialba Majri, near Majri village, since 5 am to get LPG cylinders on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Man fires at father-in-law
Narrow escape for victim
Chandigarh, November 13
Hardip Singh Grewal, a Mohali resident, fired at his father-in-law, Gurcharan Singh, in a fit of rage at the latter’s residence in Sector 36 here this evening.


Killer stretch claims another life
Panchkula, November 13
Killer stretch National Highway-22 claimed another life as a motorcycle hit a rehri near the traffic police office at Chandimandir near Panchkula in the wee hours of this morning.

Slice of city in Corbusier’s hometown
Chandigarh, November 13
An entire wall in Café du Coin, a bar at Le Corbusier’s hometown in Switzerland has a gigantic picture of the UT secretariat. Such is the importance attached to Chandigarh in Switzerland (where he was born) that even a 10 Swiss Franc currency has a visual of the Punjab and Haryana Secretariat and the trademark ramp of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Manmohan Sarin and his wife along with their hosts at Café du Coin in Corbusier’s hometown, La Chaux-de-fonds (Switzerland), with the backdrop of the UT secretariat and (right) a 10 Swiss Franc currency with the visuals (encircled) of the Punjab and Haryana Secretariat and the trademark ramp of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Zirakpur MC plans to spend Rs 80 lakh on sanitation
Zirakpur, November 13
The Zirakpur Municipal Council has decided to spend Rs 80 lakh for sprucing up the town. The work to make the town ‘garbage-free’ will be divided in two phases before giving it on contract for another year (December 1, 2010 to November 30, 2011)

No celebrations for these parents on Children’s Day
11-yr-old Aishley Kapoor missing since April 24, 2009
Chandigarh, November 13
Even as the nation celebrates Children’s Day, 11-year-old Aishley Kapoor remains missing since April 24, 2009. It was alleged by child’s parents, Deepak and Jyoti Kapoor, before the Punjab and Haryana High Court that Aishley’s aunt Seema Kapoor removed their minor daughter from the jurisdiction of the high court by misusing its order of November 3, 2006, after she was directed on July 14, 2008, to produce the child on October 20, 2008.

Tibetan students protest against the Asian Games, being held in China, at Sector 15 in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Tibetan students protest against the Asian Games, being held in China, at Sector 15 in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Methane sparks fire at dumping ground
Chandigarh, November 13
Panic gripped Dadu Majra colony after fire broke out at the dumping ground, choking the colony and its surroundings with methane. Two fire tenders were rushed to the spot after the department was informed about the incident by residents of the area.

MC’s project not functional yet
Chandigarh, November 13
Set up at a cost of more than Rs 3 crore, the pilot project of the Centre to channelise methane into wells at the dumping ground in Dadu Majra still remains non-functional. The ambitious project of the municipal corporation (MC) had envisaged supply of gas even to residential premises. Non-channelisation of gas was being cited as the biggest reason for frequent fires at the dumping ground.

Midday Meal Scheme
Plea to run kitchen in school dismissed
Chandigarh, November 13
A petition filed by Swami Shivananda Memorial Institute of Fine Arts and Crafts for direction to the UT Education Department to allow it to run a kitchen at a government school for supplying the midday meals has failed to find favour with the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

For Shabnam, life is all questions, no answers
The 10-year-old girl has been collecting garbage for the past seven years
Chandigarh, November 13
Children’s Day on November 14 has no “meaning” for 10-year-old Shabnam. Dressed in tattered clothes, Shabnam is mostly seen collecting garbage at the Motor Market in Sector 28. She has been following this routine for the past seven years, along with her elder sister.

City records 10.2°C, month’s lowest so far
Chandigarh, November 13
Early morning chilly winds blowing from Himachal Pradesh and the Kashmir valley brought down the mercury in the city today to the season’s lowest of 10.2 degree Celsius, forcing people to take out woollens. Today’s minimum temperature was 2.6 degree Celsius lower than yesterday’s 12.8 degree Celsius and the lowest for the month of November in the past three years.

It runs in the family
After granddaughter, octogenarian donates body
Chandigarh, November 13
Inspired by his granddaughter, an octogenarian residing in Sector 49 here, Gurditt Singh, today donated his body to the PGI for organ transplant and research. Memories of his 15-year-old granddaughter Harmanpreet, who had donated her body before she died four years ago, had a strong imprint on his heart, said family members.

PGI ward boon for thyroid cancer patients
Chandigarh, November 13
The radioiodine therapy ward at the PGI here has turned out to be big relief to patients of thyroid cancer in the region. A total of 45 people have already been treated since May, when the therapy was started by department of nuclear medicine.

On a mission to make town slum-free
Panchkula, November 13
Irked over the resurfacing of shanties in various sectors of Panchkula, Sarthak, an NGO, has urged the district administration to remove the same.

Sai Baba rath yatra today
Panchkula, November 13
"Charan Paduka" from Shirdi in Maharashtra will be the main attraction of the Sai Baba rath yatra to be organised by the Shirdi Sai Sewa Samaj (SSSS) here tomorrow. Tableaux depicting various facets of Shirdi Sai Baba will be part of the rath yatra.

Air traffic congestion
Flights delayed by 2-4 hours
Chandigarh, November 13
All flights to and from the city to Delhi, Mumbai, Jammu and Hyderabad were delayed today by two to four hours due to rain in Delhi and air traffic congestion there, sources said. The Jet Airways Delhi-Chandigarh flight, which landed here at 10.30 am, could take off at 12.30 pm.

Trends in online business discussed
Mohali, November 13
Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Mohali, organised the sixth national conference on “Emerging Trends in Online Business: Challenges and Opportunities” here today.

Encroachments by slum dwellers
GMADA to carve out plots on vacant land
Mohali, November 13
To check encroachments by slum dwellers who are squatting on the Mohali-Chandigarh border at different points, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority has decided to carve out residential and commercial plots on vacant chunks of land.

PGI Scam
'Mastermind' files bail petition
Chandigarh, November 13
An anticipatory bail application was filed by Gaurav Shalin, the alleged mastermind in PGI doctor admission scam, in the CBI special court here today. It was slated to come up for hearing on Monday.

Sood Milan Mela today
Panchkula, November 13
The 48th Sood Milan Mela would be organised by Sood Sabha, Chandigarh, at Sood Bhawan in Sector 10, here, tomorrow. The spokesman of the Sabha said here yesterday that MP from Rajya Sabha Bimla Kashyap Sood would be the chief guest during the function in which hundreds of Sood families from Chandigarh, Panchkula and neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab would participate.


From Schools
Chacha Nehru remembered
A girl performs during the Children’s Day function at GMSSS-10 in Chandigarh. Chandigarh: Delhi Public School celebrated Children’s Day with a great fervour. A sports meet was organised for students of preparatory classes. Various events like sprint race, froggi race, jacket race, combo race and throw ball were organised. To make it more entertaining, teachers also joined tiny tots in the “Tug of War”. Class parties were also organised for students of primary wing.

A girl performs during the Children’s Day function at GMSSS-10 in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

DAV Public School emerges winner
Chandigarh, November 13
Around 15 teams from various schools and colleges of the tricity participated in the 22nd edition of Sambhang Theatre Festival “Natyotsav-2010” at Government College-11 auditorium here today.


National conference of teachers ends
Nearly 250 delegates from 15 states participated
Dera Bassi, November 13
National silver jubilee conference of the Council for Teacher Education (CTE) started with the slogan of qualitative changes in the education system according to the need of time. The conference was organised in DS Gurukul College of Education for Women at Gholumajra near here with the cooperation of KB DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 7-B, Chandigarh. Nearly 250 delegates and resource persons from 15 states of India participated in this conference.


EWS Quota
Court notice to P’kula admn, pvt schools
Panchkula, November 13
The district court issued notice to the Panchkula district administration and six private schools here today on a petition seeking the immediate framing of guidelines for implementing the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, for November 18.


55-yr-old killed in accident
Mohali, November 13
Sham Lal, a 55-year-old, man was killed in a road mishap at Mullanpur here today. The accident took place when the deceased was moving towards to his home in Dhanas on his motorcycle.


AITA Championship Series Tennis
Local players sail into next round
Chandigarh, November 13
Local players Mayank Sharma, Shashank Sharma and Rahul Seth sailed into the next round of the under-18 boys section of the AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament at Sukhna courts here today.

PU Judo Championship
Top honours for Guru Gobind Singh college
Chandigarh, November 13
Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, won the top honours in the Panjab University Judo Championship for Men-2010-11 with 35 points.


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