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Pride Asia Funds
MHA notice to Finance Secy
Chandigarh, November 23
In yet another blow to the UT Finance Secretary, Sanjay Kumar, who has since proceeded on leave, the union ministry of home affairs (MHA) has served a notice, asking him to explain, within a fortnight, under which provisions the Pride Asia project funds amounting to Rs 621 crore were retained by the UT Administration, bypassing the normal budgetary provisions.

Adviser, too, in dock
Chandigarh, November 23
After the ministry of home affairs (MHA) reprimanded the UT Administration’s move for acquiring land for Phase III of the IT park, it has now asked the UT Adviser, Pradip Mehra, to explain the proposed expansion of the park.

Transfer of key departments
It won’t be a cakewalk for MC
Chandigarh, November 23
Empowerment is coming at a high price for the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC). Despite the euphoria over the transfer of certain key functions by the UT Administration to the MC, the civic body is faced with hard financial realities.



A student of Government College, Sector 11, paints a face during an AIDS awareness campaign in Chandigarh on Tuesday
A student of Government College, Sector 11, paints a face during an AIDS awareness campaign in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

CCTV Cameras
Stop payment, says engg dept
Chandigarh, November 23
In the wake of dysfunctional CCTV cameras at various intersections across the city, costing lakhs, the engineering department today issued a notice and slapped a penalty on the company which had installed the cameras.

Cable fault delays Shatabdi
Chandigarh, November 23
Hundreds of passengers had to face a lot of inconvenience this evening as the Shatabdi, which was scheduled to reach Chandigarh at 8:45 pm, left New Delhi at 6:45 pm, about an hour and-a-half behind schedule.



‘Lax police, poor parenting to blame’
Chandigarh, November 23
In the wake of the rising crime graph, residents of the city have squarely blamed an ineffective police force, besides moral degradation in society for spurt in criminal incidents.

ATM Fraud: 2 more lose Rs 85,000
Chandigarh, November 23
Unidentified fraudsters duped a subdivisional engineer (SDE) with the BSNL of Rs 64,000 by withdrawing the amount from ATMs in the city and at Zirakpur. In another incident, a Panchkula resident alleged that his wife lost Rs 21,000 in a similar fashion.

Police fails to register case
Panchkula, November 23
The police is allegedly dilly-dallying in registering a case on a complaint of MM Soni, who lost Rs 43,400 in unidentified cash withdrawals from his pension savings account.

Manch opposed to six other corporations
Panchkula, November 23
Buoyed over the ruling of the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the Haryana government’s notification to upgrade the Panchkula municipal council to a corporation, the Shivalik Vikas Manch today urged the state government to withdraw the notification for six other corporations.

Repaying society for all that they earned
Chandigarh, November 23
A bunch of very young people would gather this Thursday to celebrate their bright and extraordinary journeys through challenges and difficulties. Some would be embarking on the chase to their dreams, while some would share their special journey.

Health camp
Chandigarh, November 23
Residents of Janata Colony and Adarsh Nagar here saw a rare example of public and private collaboration today. The Developing Indigenous Resources (DIR), a non-profit trust, joined hands with the health department of the SAS Nagar district to hold a public health camp.


Implementation of RTE Act
Pvt schools issued broad guidelines
Chandigarh, November 23
The DPI (schools) in reply to the case of quota for the economically weaker sections (EWS) today said all private schools in the city had been issued broad guidelines for implementing the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

No hostel for first-year PU students with cars
Chandigarh, November 23
Delegates participate in a national workshop at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Tuesday Panjab University will not provide hostel accommodation to first year students having four-wheelers said Prof RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, while inaugurating a workshop on “Climate Change and its Impacts on Water Resources - Adaptation Issues” organised by Global Hydrogeological Solutions in collaboration with geology department here today.

Delegates participate in a national workshop at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Psychology Fest
GCG-11 pockets overall trophy
Chandigarh, November 23
Paradigm, a two-day psychology fest organised by Aesthesia - psychology club at GGDSD College, Sector 32, concluded on the college campus here today. The fest, which was organized with the motive to promote psychology and create awareness among youth about various prospects of the subject in emerging times, included a host of literary and cultural competitions in which students of various colleges participated.

Punjab wins youth fest trophy
Panchkula, November 23
Punjab won the overall trophy in Mahatma Hansraj Aryan National Youth festival that concluded at Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, here today. Students from all across the country showcased their talent in various fields, including dance, drama, elocution, painting and singing.

From Schools
‘Smart Mentors Contest’
PANCHKULA: Tiny tots of Hallmark Public School, Sector 5, showcased their skills and high-tech state-of-the-art strategies of teaching using Educomp Smart Class Mimeo tools as well as Discovery, Eureka and Britannica content capsules during the “Smart Mentors Contest” held here on Tuesday. Principal Kavita Wadhwa said such programmes helped to ignite creativity and thinking as the ultimate tools to meet the challenges of life.

Dances mark annual cultural fiesta
Chandigarh, November 23
Staff and students of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School organised their annual cultural fiesta with great fervour here today. The programme commenced with the welcome speech by principal Mervin West, who said strength of discipline, punctuality, hard work and cooperation were the qualities, which were necessary for an individual to excel.

PU Notes
Roll numbers dispatched
CHANDIGARH: Roll numbers of MBA (off campus) first semester at Panjab University have already been dispatched for the examination starting from November 29, a press release said here on Tuesday. Students, who could not receive their roll numbers, can collect duplicate roll numbers from USOL, Room No. 107 on November 26 during office timings, according to Prof RK Gupta, course leader, MBA (OC).

Baptist school excels in National Anthem contest
Chandigarh, November 23
Baptist Senior Secondary School, Sector 45, won the overall trophy in the inter-school National Anthem and patriotic song competition organised by the Servants of the People Society as a part of the ongoing Sher-e-Punjab Lala Lajpat Rai’s martyrdom fortnight here today.



3 get 5-yr term for robbery
Chandigarh, November 23
A local court today sentenced Roshan Ali and Man Singh of Colony Number 5 and Sanjeev of Burail to five-year imprisonment in a robbery case.
Sources said they were caught along with three juveniles from the jungle in Sector 50 while planning to commit a dacoity on May 26.

Lawyer moves HC over licence fee, power arrears
Chandigarh, November 23
In a lawyer-versus-lawyer case, an advocate today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for directions to the Chandigarh administration, the District and Sessions Judge, the District Bar Association and two other respondents for recovering the “licence fee and arrears of electricity bills of lawyers’ chambers in the district courts”.

HC notice to DC, HUDA
Chandigarh, November 23
Justice Hemant Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to HUDA Chief Administrator and the Panchkula Deputy Commissioner for alleged non-compliance of orders passed in 2008.

PGI Admission Scam
Suspect’s bail plea dismissed
Chandigarh, November 23
A local court today dismissed the anticipatory bail application of Gaurav Shalin, the prime suspect in the PGI admission scam.
Sources said Shalin, a resident of Maharastra, had moved the court, seeking anticipatory bail.


Charge sheet against Sofat
Panchkula, November 23
The police filed a charge sheet against Ludhiana-based doctor Sumit Sofat, accused in an attempt to murder case registered against him, here today. The police has also included the names of Varinder Sofat (Sumit’s brother) and another accused Dr Ravinder.

One held for cheating
Chandigarh, November 23
The police yesterday arrested a Nalagarh resident, who allegedly sped away from two shops without paying for the alloy wheels he got fitted in his car. The accused had displayed a fake registration number on his Hyundai Santro.

Snatchers caught in the act
Chandigarh, November 23
Two persons, including a minor, were arrested for attempting to snatch a mobile phone from a Ram Darbar resident today.
The incident occurred near a temple at Ram Darbar around 11:30 am. Ramu Saxena was on his way to office at Phase I, Industrial Area. They assaulted him and snatched his mobile phone.

1 arrested for fraud
Panchkula, November 23
The police arrested a Mumbai resident for fraudulently transferring Rs 99,350 from the account of a Sector 20 resident by impersonation himself as a bank executive.
According to information, the police arrested Sandeep Kumar Mishra, a resident of Jogeshwari, West Mumbai.

Ex-serviceman ‘cheated’ of Rs 4 lakh
Mohali, November 23
An ex-serviceman was allegedly cheated of Rs 4 lakh by residents of Mohali. Ajit Kumar, who lived in Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in Phase VI, had told the police that he had deposited Rs 4 lakh in the form of four fixed deposits (FDs) with a private company run by a resident of Phase I and others.


Athletics Meet
Preeti wins top honours in 800m race
Women athletes slug it out during the All-India Civil Services Athletics Championship at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Panchkula, on Tuesday Panchkula, November 23
Preeti L Rao from Baroda clocked 2:36.2 seconds to win 800m race in the women section on the inaugural day of the All-India Civil Services Athletics Championship, which begun at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, here today.
Mumbai’s Urmila More secured the second position (2:41.5 sec), while AK Sowmya K from Bangalore finished third with timing 2:42.3 seconds.

Women athletes slug it out during the All-India Civil Services Athletics Championship at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Panchkula, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

St Kabir rout Saupin’s 7-0
Chandigarh, November 23
Powered by three goals each by Rahul and Uday, the host team, St Kabir routed Saupin’s School, Mohali, by 7-0 in the Chandigarh State Soccer Championship for Kabir Trophy (U-13) here today.

Shahbaz steals the show
Panchkula, November 23
Shahbaz put up a good show (nine points) to help his team St Xavier’s High School, Panchkula, to beat Saupin’s School, Panchkula, by 28-17 in the opening match of the boys’ section in the seventh Emily Gosain Memorial Basketball Tournament for junior category boys and girls at St Xavier’s School here today.

Tender Heart sail into semifinal
Chandigarh, November 23
Tender Heart team sailed into the semifinals of the Kabir Basketball for Under-14 Championship by trouncing Little Flower, Panchkula, 40-14 at St Kabir School courts here today.

100 entries for Punjab golf
Chandigarh, November 23
About 100 amateur golfers from 13 golf clubs of Punjab are expected to participate in the two-day 11th Punjab State Golf Championship to be held on the greens of the Ranjitgarh Golf Club at Phillaur in Ludhiana on December 4 and 5.


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