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Series of burglaries, snatchings in city
Thieves strike at 11 shops, decamp with Rs 3.25 lakh & mobile phones 147 police beats to be set up by Jan
Chandigarh, December 8
Blowing the lid off the tall claims of the UT Police about having secured the city, burglars struck at as many as 11 shops in Sectors 19, 31 and 32 and Dhanas village in the wee hours of this morning and decamped with about Rs 3.25 lakh in cash and mobile phones worth Rs 50,000 after forcing the shops open with rods and hammers.

The victim, Krishna Devi, and her granddaughter 3 in quick succession
Chandigarh, December 8
Miscreants struck in the city, snatching gold chains and a purse in three incidents in Sectors 22 and Industrial Area, this afternoon, about 12 hours after several shops were burgled elsewhere in the city.

The victim, Krishna Devi, and her granddaughter.

Hours after police mock drill, theft at Panchkula
Panchkula, December 8
Barely seven-and-a-half hours after the police undertook a mock drill to check the preparedness and police response to robberies in the Sector 11 market, a thief cocked a snook at the men in khaki by fleeing with cash and cell phones worth lakhs from a mobile showroom in the same market.

International flights not yet
Chandigarh, December 8
The city’s hopes of marking its presence on the international flight map may not be realised for another five months or so.


Medicity scrapped, officially
300-bedded hospital to come up instead
Chandigarh, December 8
Even as the UT Administration today officially scrapped the controversial medicity project with plans to now set up a 300-bedded government hospital in the southern sectors, residents’ wait for a quality and affordable healthcare is set to be prolonged.


Night Food Street
After flip-flop, back to business
A view of the night food street in Chandigarh on Wednesday night Chandigarh, December 8
After a flip-flop for almost a week, kiosk owners at the night food street here agreed to resume business today. The announcement came as relief to over 4,000 Panjab University boarders and hundreds of patients and their attendants at the PGI, otherwise unable to get food in the night.

A view of the night food street in Chandigarh on Wednesday night. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

With more workers, PGI looks cleaner
More needs to be done; contractual workers adamant
Chandigarh, December 8
Sanitary conditions started improving at the PGI today as 70 persons from the Punjab and Haryana governments, the union territory and NSS volunteers joined here.

Lawyer seeks judicial intervention
Chandigarh, December 8
Bringing ailing health services at the PGI due to the strike by contractual staff to the notice of Punjab and Haryana, a local advocate today sought judicial intervention for ending the stir.

Debris being removed from the demolition site at Phase I, Mohali, on Wednesday 10 jhuggis razed
Mohali, December 8
Land earmarked for constructing flats in Phase I was retrieved by the enforcement wing of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) by demolishing 10 jhuggis during a drive carried out here today. The drive went on smoothly as no retaliation was witnessed by the team led by junior engineer Ashok Kumar. Jhuggi dwellers had removed their belongings before the drive.
Debris being removed from the demolition site at Phase I, Mohali, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Cops still clueless about motive behind realtor’s death
Mohali, December 8
In an unexpected development, the Mohali Police has come to the conclusion that the mysterious death of Panchkula realtor Suresh Kumar was either an accident or an outcome of a failed love affair as the police has failed to establish the motive behind the suspected murder.

Murder victim was not raped
Chandigarh, December 8
Colony No. 5 resident Vimla Devi, whose body was found near the cow shed at Sector 45 on Monday, had not been raped. This was confirmed by the post-mortem report, said DSP (South) Vijay Kumar.

Rs 90 lakh budget for carpeting roads mooted
Zirakpur, December 8
The Zirakpur municipal council has planned to spend ` 90 lakh for carpeting the roads at the Pabhat godown area. The roads at Pabhat godown are in a deplorable condition from the past many years.

Powercom employees stage a protest in support of their demands in Mohali Power staff stir gets partial response
Mohali, December 8
The two-day strike called by employees of the Punjab State Power Corporation received a partial response today. Members of one section of the Technical Services Union, too, staged a dharna against the policies of the corporation.
Powercom employees stage a protest in support of their demands in Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Patil confers medals on 48 Punjab cops
Chandigarh, December 8
Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil today conferred President’s Police Medals for Distinguished Service and Police Medals for Meritorious Service upon 48 Punjab police personnel at an investiture ceremony, held for the first time here, at the Punjab Raj Bhawan.


A procession being taken out on the eve of martyrdom day of Guru Teg Bahadur in Chandigarh on Wednesday
A procession being taken out on the eve of martyrdom day of Guru Teg Bahadur in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

ASC celebrates 250th anniversary
Chandigarh, December 8
The Army Service Corps (ASC), the oldest logistics component of the Army, celebrated its 250th anniversary at the Chandi Mandir military station here today.

‘Benefits should reach needy’
Chandigarh, December 8
Lalit Joshi Bhardwaj, chairperson of the Chandigarh Social Welfare Board, said here today that benefits of government welfare schemes should reach the needy. She was inaugurating a one-day orientation training programme for organisers of an awareness generation project at Karuna Sadan here today.

Nijhawan appointed as central govt counsel
Chandigarh, December 8
Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Rishi Nijhawan has been appointed as central government counsel. A notification issued by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice, department of legal affairs, said the President has also engaged Nijhawan for conducting the “cases filed against public officers, while in service of the Central government, before the Punjab and Haryana High Court”. 

‘Dead Awaken’ to perfection on stage, relive realism
Artistes stage the play ‘When We Dead Awaken’ at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh Chandigarh, December 8
The second day of the Chandigarh Ibsen Festival unfolded with the play, “When We Dead Awaken”. Ibsen’s play directed by Lithuanian director Saulius Antanas Varnas revolved around two characters, Arnold Rubek, a sculptor, and Irene, his subject. Ibsen, considered to be the father of modern drama, was a Norwegian playwright. He is responsible for “realistic drama.”

Artistes stage the play ‘When We Dead Awaken’ at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Apology sought from Manpreet Badal
Mohali, December 8
Chairman of the Mohali District Planning Board NK Sharma today stated that former Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal had not only betrayed the family of Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, and his cousin Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, but had also misled the people on subsidy issue by allegedly availing a subsidy of more than Rs 19 lakh for himself and opposing the same for the weaker sections of society and farmers.
A labourer sits on an iron coil at a railway yard in Chandigarh on Wednesday
A labourer sits on an iron coil at a railway yard in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Reuters

‘Stroke below 40 common’
Junk food, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, lack of physical activity major reasons, says doctor
Chandigarh, December 8
The sedentary lifestyle has led to an increase in the number of cases of brain stroke in the younger generation as 30 per cent of such patients reaching the PGI are below 40 years.

Water supply in Sec 27, 29 hit
Chandigarh, December 8
The drinking water supply was disrupted in parts of the city when a main pipeline going through the road at roundabout near grain market got damaged here today. The employees of Public Health department tried to repair the pipe but it could not be done till late evening.

Police to step up PCR patrolling at night
Chandigarh, December 8
In the wake of the recent gangrape of a female BPO employee in Delhi, the city police has decided to increase night patrolling at strategic points after holding a meeting with representatives of local call centres here yesterday.

CHB decision on panel welcomed
Chandigarh, December 8
The CHB Residents Federation has welcomed the decision of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) to form an all-party councillors’ committee and give it three months’ time to suggest new need-based changes in CHB units.

Mercury dips, expect more
Chandigarh, December 8
Continuing the trend that it has been following for the past couple of days, mercury dipped further today. The city, however, was still better off as compared to the rest of north India.


Centrally funded status won’t come easy to PU
Chandigarh, December 8
With Panjab University having moved closer to its dream of getting the status of a centrally funded institute, it’s a tough way ahead for the PU authorities. Amongst several requisites put forth by the Centre, one of the major ones is a condition asking the university to necessarily increase its annual income by over 10 per cent every year.

In-service academic upgradation
PU to grant 2 increments to non-teaching staff
Chandigarh, December 8
Rejoicing its hundreds of non-teaching employees, Panjab University has decided to grant two special increments to all those going in for in-service academic upgradation.

More laurels for city’s IIA chapter
Chandigarh, December 8
Months after its reconstitution, the Chandigarh-Punjab Chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) has added another feather to its cap. Close on the heels of its member Jit Kumar Gupta becoming the national vice-president of the IIA, the chapter was awarded the Best Chapter Runners-up Award of the architects’ apex at Lucknow recently.

Exam provisions for students with learning difficulties
Chandigarh, December 8
In an important initiative taken under its inclusive education development programme, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made special examination related provisions under its continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) scheme for students having learning difficulties.

Winter wear given to visually challenged
Chandigarh, December 8
The Aryans Group of Colleges (AGC) distributed winter wears to visually challenged at the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, today. The students presented a cultural programme in which they sang a welcome song and a few patriotic songs. 


Residents get tubewell, streetlights
Dera Bassi, December 8
MLA Jasjit Singh Bunny inaugurated the new streetlights at the Lalru Mandi and tubewell at Dera Bassi.
The Lalru Nagar Panchyat has been setting up these lights at a cost of Rs 30 lakh. After inaugurating this project, the MLA stated that the SAD-BJP government was committed to provide good living, educational and health facilities to the people of the state.

Students submit memo to Haryana Roadways GM
Kalka, December 8
More than 150 students from 10 villages of Raitan area comprising Dakhrog, Bhawana and Khoi Bagharani villages, who commute to Pinjore and Kalka for studies, have been facing inconvenience due to bus timings.

Dharna by safai sewaks
Ambala, December 8
Class III and Class IV employees of the municipal corporation today staged a dharna outside the MC’s office in support of their demands.
Baljit Singh, president of the Safai Majdoor Sangh, Ambala Cantt, said around 300 safai sewaks did not get their arrears. He said the employees would intensify agitation if their demands would not be met.

Seminar to encourage environmental initiatives
Experts during a seminar at Doaba Group of CollegesKharar, December 8
A national-level seminar on teaching for sustainable environment was organised at the Doaba Group of Colleges in association with The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) to make teachers aware, instrumental and to encourage environmental initiatives undertaken by schools and colleges.
Experts during a seminar at Doaba Group of Colleges. A Tribune photograph

300 examined at medical camp
Dera Bassi, December 8
A free medical camp was organised by Sri Sukhmani Multi-specialty Hospital, Dera Bassi, at the Gurdwara Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji Pathshai Duji near the grain market, Dera Bassi. More than 300 persons were examined at the camp.


Police opposes Sofat’s bail plea
Panchkula, December 8
The local police has opposed the bail application filed by Ludhiana-based doctor Sumit Sofat, presently lodged in Ambala jail in connection with an attempt to murder case, on health grounds.


Gang of criminals busted
Zirakpur, December 8
The accused in police custody With the arrest of five members of a gang on Tuesday, it seems that efforts to curb burglaries and thefts in the town have fructified.
The police said sharp-edged weapons were recovered from their possession. The accused have been identified as Ranjit Singh and Sunil Kumar, both residents of Jhandpur, Kharar; Yogesh Sharma, a resident of Gobind Vihar, Baltana; Devi Lal, a resident of Burail, Chandigarh.
The accused in police custody. A Tribune photograph


A football match in progress at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Wednesday DAV eves lift football trophy
Chandigarh, December 8
DAV College Girls Club-8 faced a stiff resistance from Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, before winning the Chandigarh Senior Girls Football League Championship by 4-1 goal.
The match started on a cautious note, as DAV girls were strong and mounted pressure from the beginning. However, they could not do any damage due to strong defence managed by Pallavi of Sacred Heart.
A football match in progress at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

A batsman plays a shot during a match of the Leslie Gordon Carver U-17 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament at DAV School, Sector 8, in Chandigarh on Wednesday APJ get better of DAV-8
Chandigarh, December 8
APJ, Kharar, beat DAV-8 by just one run in the Leslie Gordon Carver U-17 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament held at DAV School, Sector 8, here today.
After winning the toss, APJ elected to bat first and were all out for 149 in 39.4 overs. Gaurav Sharma 34 (1x4), Abhijit Garg 26 (3x4), Kapil Punia 18 (2x4) and Karan 18 (2x4), were the main scorers.
A batsman plays a shot during a match of the Leslie Gordon Carver U-17 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament at DAV School, Sector 8, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Satluj school trounce Shri Shri Academy
Panchkula, December 8
Centuries by Harsaroup Singh and Vishwas Khatak helped Satluj Public School, Sector 4, beat Shri Shri Academy by 122 runs in the Satluj Trophy U-15 Cricket Tournament being held at Satluj Public School here today.

Punjab eclipse J&K lads by nine wickets
Chandigarh, December 8
Punjab garnered five points in their last league match against Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) as they defeated the latter team by nine wickets in their league encounter played at Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala, today.

Rupinder routs Vijeta in badminton
Chandigarh, December 8
Third seed Vijeta of Andhra Pradesh was defeated by city lad Rupinder Singh (16) in the Junior Nationals being held at Puducherry.
During three well-contested games, Rupinder beat Vijeta 21-17, 16-21 and 21-17. Later, he defeated Shreyansh Jaiswal, national runner-up in the sub-junior category, in straight games (21-6, 21-10). In pre-quarterfinals today, he defeated seeded Deepak Khatri of Haryana 21-14, 21-16.

Saaniya Sharma Top women golfers tee off today
Chandigarh, December 8
Saaniya Sharma, the big hitter from Chandigarh, is all set to repeat her prize winning Gurgaon performance, when she tees off with the cream of women’s golf professionals in the sixth leg of the Hero Honda Women’s Professional Golf Tour to be played on the Panchkula Golf Club greens from tomorrow.
Saaniya pipped Bangalore’s Sharmila Nicollet by two strokes to clinch the Hero Honda Women’s Professional Golf Tour fifth leg title on the par-72 greens of the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon.

Saaniya Sharma


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