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Strike creates mess at PGI
Over 500 contractual workers protest against arrest of their colleagues
Chandigarh, December 4
Services were paralysed at the PGI here today with over 500 contractual workers observing a strike in protest against the arrest of their colleagues.

Mentally challenged gangraped
Panchkula, December 4
Parveen of Ramgarh has reported that two unidentified youths gangraped his mentally challenged and blind sister on December 2.Parveen alleged that he gave a written complaint to the in charge of the police chowki on December 3, but the police had not registered a case as it was under pressure from some high-profile residents.




Senators hurl abuses at each other
House turns into battleground
Chandigarh, December 4
The Senate, which is the highest academic body of one of the premier institutes of higher education, Panjab University, seems to have reduced to an epitome of sheer indiscipline, with its members giving two hoots to maintaining decorum at a meeting held today.

Car snatching on Nov 20
It was Topi gang, says police
Chandigarh, December 4
The Chandigarh police today confirmed that the Topi gang was involved in the incident of car snatching at gunpoint in Sector 8 last month.“Seven members of the gang were involved in the snatching of a Maruti Swift Dzire from SBI manager GC Kaushik on November 20,” said a sleuth of the local CIA team, which went to Mohali to inquire the involvement of the culprits in incidents of crime that had taken place in Chandigarh in the past.

Bomb hoax at Sec 17
Chandigarh, December 4
There was panic in Sector 17 here after a bomb hoax today. Swinging into action, the police cordoned off Jagat Cinema, in whose basement the bomb was planted, according to the caller. The first call was received in the Police Control Room at 4 pm. After that, someone called up in Sector 17 to give the information.


Govt ready for debate on 2G
Chandigarh, December 4
Turning down the opposition demand for a JPC, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said they could have a debate on the 2 G spectrum allocations and the government was ready with answers. If the opposition wants to put the government to test, they can bring in a “no confidence motion”, said the Minister, while addressing media persons at his residence today.

Veterans observe Navy Day
Navy veterans get together to observe Navy Day in Chandigarh on Saturday. Chandigarh, December 4
For naval veterans settled in the tricity, it was a walk down memory lane as they, along with members of their family, congregated here today to observe Navy Day. About 150 persons attended the event, which was a platform to relive the old days and bring each other up to date onprofessional and personal matters.

Navy veterans get together to observe Navy Day in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photgraph

20% seats for OBC if PU gets Central funding:VC
Chandigarh, December 4
If Panjab University gets recognised as a Centrally funded institution, it will go ahead with reservation of 20 per cent of seats for the candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes coupled with a mandatory increase of equal number of seats for general category students from the next session. Panjab University Vice Chancellor Prof RC Sobti made this declaration at the senate meeting held on the campus today.

Folklore lights up SAARC fest
Chandigarh, December 4
The richness of melody, grace and twang of folk musical culture of the SAARC countries pervaded at the Tagore Theatre on the second day of the Folklore and Heritage festival organised by the foundation of SAARC writers and literature in association with NZCC, Patiala.

Student council chief denied right to speak
Chandigarh, December 4
Though Panjab University student council president Gurvinder Singh Aulukh came to the Senate meeting today, he was not allowed to speak, so he left the house.When Gurvinder got up to submit students’ demands, chairperson RC Sobti denied him the opportunity to speak, as he was not authorised to do so as per the Senate norms.

Young poets hog limelight
Chandigarh, December 4
“Catch them young” should not be confined to sports only, but must apply for creative poetry writings too. Going by the concept, the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi organised a writer’s goshti at the CSA mini auditorium where 15 young poets made their presence felt at a symposium attended by elite city litterateurs.

Kathak dancer weaves magic
Chandigarh, December 4
Inspiration, an aesthetic blend of classical music and kathak, presented at Randhawa auditorium proved to be memorable for virtuoso kathak danseuse Shuchi Sharma and other disciples of Dr Jaswinder Kaur.

1971 war hero’s statue, bust unveiled
Shivalik Officers’ Institute at Chandimandir rechristened as Khetarpal Officers’ Institute
Chandigarh, December 4
As a tribute to Second Lieutenant Arun Kheterpal, decorated posthumously with Param Vir Chakra, the highest award for gallantry, Shivalik Officers’ Institute at Chandimandir has been rechristened as Khetarpal Officers’ Institute (KOI).

Major reshuffle in UT Police
Chandigarh, December 4
The Chandigarh Police today shifted around 50 per cent of its inspectors, including five out of 11 Station House Officers (SHOs).Rajesh Shukla has been posted as SHO of the Sector 39 police station while Janak Rana, SHO, Sector 39, has been shifted as SHO of the Sector 19 police station. Anokh Singh, SHO, Sector 36, has been shifted as SHO, Sector 11, in place of Sukhbir Singh Rana, who has been shifted as SHO, Sector 36 police station. Charanjit Singh, who was in CIA staff, has been made SHO of the Sector 39 police station.

Kiosks at the Night Food Street remained closed on Saturday. Food street faces closure
Chandigarh, December 4
The city’s first Night Food Street is facing closure as all six kiosks owners unanimously decided to shut down their shops for the next two days and later surrender their licenses to the Municipal Corporation.

Kiosks at the Night Food Street remained closed on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pardeep Tewari

Fraudulent ATM Withdrawals
Victims plan to move court
Panchkula, December 4
Victims of ATM card cloning at Panchkula on Saturday. Irked at the lukewarm response from the bank authorities, victims of fraudulent ATM withdrawals said today that they would move court against banks if they failed to return their hard-earned money.One of the victims, Saurav Gupta, talking to the media here this evening, said they had been visiting the senior officers of the State Bank of India and the State Bank of Patiala for a refund of their hard-earned money, but the officials had failed to give a proper response.

Victims of ATM card cloning at Panchkula on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Councillor, officials to foot in sportswear bill
Chandigarh, December 4
Nominated councillor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation Arshad Khan and a few MC officials have decided to pay for the sportswear that had been given to them for participating in the one-day cricket match between the Mayor XI and the Commissioner XI on Sunday.

Install speed governors by Jan, says DTO
Mohali, December 4
The district transport office said it was mandatory to install speed governors in heavy vehicles by January 31, failing which action would be taken against offenders.DTO Karan Singh said it was mandatory to install speed governors in heavy vehicles as per the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.

No child’s play
Zirakpur MC to be expanded
Zirakpur, December 4
The Punjab local bodies department yesterday issued a preliminary notification to include Ramgarh Bhudda village in the town’s municipal council and in this regard has sought objections and suggestions from the villagers within a period of one month.

Slaughterhouse nowhere in sight
Zirakpur, December 4
Residents of Zirakpur are forced to eat unhygienic meat, as the Zirakpur Municipal Council has failed to set up a slaughterhouse despite approving the agenda a few months ago at the council meeting.

Laurels for 5 PGI docs
Chandigarh, December 4
Five doctors of the PGI have been honoured at the 13th annual conference of Indian Society of Neuro Radiology (ISNR) held at Thiruvananthapuram.Dr N Khandelwal, professor and head, department of radiodiagnosis and imaging, has been elected as the president of the society. He was also awarded “Dr Prashant Shetty Memorial Oration” at the conference. His subordinates - Dr Paramjeet Singh, additional professor, and Dr Akshay Kumar Saxena, associate professor, have been elected as secretary general and vice-president, respectively.

Zirakpur sans playground
Zirakpur, December 4
Though the Punjab government is boasting of a visionary sports policy, it has somehow ignored one of the fastest emerging towns, Zirakpur, which is also considered as gateway to the state capital, Chandigarh. Zirakpur has seen an unparallel growth in various fields, but there have been no dedicated playgrounds for children so far.


Submit thesis, get PhD degree within 120 days
Chandigarh, December 4
Much to the delight of Panjab University students pursuing PhD degree, Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti today declared that doctorate degree will be awarded within 120 days of the submission of thesis by the candidate.Reacting to the incidents highlighted by PU Senators on department chairpersons or guides delaying completion of PhD of many candidates, Sobti said the university had already chalked out a plan to speed up the things.

Lack of coordination between PU authorities, says panel
Chandigarh, December 4
The committee constituted under chairmanship of IS Chadha to look into various issues connected with Harvard National United Nations conference held in Boston earlier this year, tabled its report at the Senate meeting today.

10 pc hike in exam fee
Members demand rollback
Chandigarh, December 4
A majority of Senate members opposed 10 per cent hike in examination fee of PU students, claiming it to be an extra burden on the students.Interestingly, while the fee has already been charged, the Senators demanded a rollback saying the fact that on one hand, professors were getting extra monetary benefits, students should not be subjected to this hike.


Ropar to observe Jan 25 as voters’ day
Ropar, December 4
The district will observe January 25 as voters’ day. On this day, the block-level officers, who have achieved 100 per cent target in making photo voter identity cards, would be honoured.

Police to tow away vehicles
Kalka, December 4
To control the frequent traffic disruption problem in Pinjore, the police has managed a crane to lift those vehicles that are not properly parked here.

1 killed in accident
Lalru, December 4
One person was killed in a road accident near Jharmari village when a three-wheeler overturned while trying to avoid a collision with Haryana roadways bus here today. The deceased was identified as Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Bihar.


Thieves strike at IAS colony in Sector 42
Chandigarh, December 4
Bureaucrats living in Sector 42, with guards, are on the radar of thieves. Last night, some ‘daredevil’ thieves stole eight water taps, two LPG cylinders and one sewing machine from four houses of Punjab Government Officers Colony at Sector 42.

Man held for snatching
Chandigarh, December 4
Ajay, a resident of Ram Darbar, was held for snatching a mobile from a man at the Sector 31 market on Friday. Kasturi Lal, a resident of Hallo Majra, caught hold of the accused and handed him over to the police. A case under Sections 356, 379, 411 IPC was registered at Sector 31 police station.

Theft at two godowns
Chandigarh, December 4
Bhushan Kumar, an official of BR Markitan, Chandigarh road, Pabhat, filed a theft complaint with the police here today.He told the police that he had godown of retail goods and of medicines in the Pabhat godown area. He said someone had broken the shutter and goods were missing.

Kalka robbery case kingpin held
Panchkula, December 4
The police claimed to have solved the Kalka nursing home robbery case by arresting three more robbers.The armed robbers had looted cash and jewellery worth Rs 20 lakh after tying a doctor, his wife and a nurse.

One booked for breach of trust
Zirakpur, December 4
Zimrivas, who was working as a manager in Whispering Willow Resort on the Zirakpur-Patiala Highway, was booked on charges of criminal breach of trust.The police said a case under Sections 406 and 420 of IPC has been registered against him on the complaint of Abhey Singh, son of Gurbachan Jagat, owner of Whispring willow resort Zirakpur.


Akul helps AKSIPS lift TT trophy
Panchkula, December 4
Akul Mahajan of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School (AKSIPS) beat Pankaj Sidana of Manv Mangal School, Sector 21, Chandigarh, by 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 to lift the trophy in boys’ U-14 section in the Manav Mangal 23rd Chandigarh State Table Tennis Championship that concluded here today.

Anmol, Komal claim top spots in rink race
Panchkula, December 4
Skaters participate in the District Roller Skating Championship at Manav Mangal School in Sector 11, Panchkula, on Sunday. Anmol Nayyar and Komal emerged victorious in the U-14 rink race I of the 16th District Roller Skating Championship (boys and girls) organised by the Panchkula District Roller Skating Association held at Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, here today.

Skaters participate in the District Roller Skating Championship at Manav Mangal School in Sector 11, Panchkula, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Sacred Heart win in football
Mohali, December 4
On the fourth day of Chandigarh Junior Girls Football League for Dr Kamesh Bhargava Memorial Cup being played at Football Stadium, Sector 17, Sacred Heart, Sector 26, beat St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, by four girls.

Manan hammers ton on Day One
Mohali, December 4
Brilliant century by Manan Vohra (107) and unbeaten 97-run knock by Anil Sehag helped Punjab U-19 team muster 251 runs for 4 in 90 overs against Tamil Nadu on the first day of Cooch Behar (U-19) Trophy at the PCA Stadium here today.


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