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Police ‘inaction’ on molestation complaint
Rioters hurl stones, block highway

Chandigarh, December 9
Several vehicles were damaged when hundreds of residents of Colony No. 5, A resident of Colony No 5. at the receiving end after rioters began throwing stones at passersby. Several vehicles were damaged in the disturbance angered over alleged police inaction on a complaint relating to molestation of a 60-year-old woman living in the area, resorted to pelting stones as they laid siege to a busy section of National Highway 22 passing through the city for over two hours.

A resident of Colony No 5. at the receiving end after rioters began throwing stones at passersby. Several vehicles were damaged in the disturbance. A Tribune photograph

Metro hits financial block
Centre refuses to fund Rs 2.5-cr project report
Chandigarh, December 9
Chandigarh’s ambitious metro project has faced the first financial hurdle. In an embarrassment to the Chandigarh Administration, the Union Government has declined to fund the detailed project report(DPR) to be prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

CBI finds no concrete evidence against Samwartak
Chandigarh, December 9
While its preliminary verification report has indicted former UT DPI(S) Samwartak Singh, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) claims to have found no concrete evidence against him in a follow-up report.

GoAir flight cancelled due to poor visibility
Chandigarh, December 9
Poor visibility once again disrupted scheduled flights at the city airport with the Mumbai-bound GoAir flight cancelled this evening. Passengers had a harrowing time at the airport following the sudden cancellation.



PGI contract workers end strike
Grievances panel to file report within 10 days
Chandigarh, December 9
The strike at PGI by contractual employees that began last Friday ended after a meeting held between officials of the institute and the UT labour department. It was decided to set up a four-member committee to look into the various grievances of the workers. The panel has been charged with submitting its report within ten days.

Winter freezes LPG supply
Chandigarh, December 9
With the onset of winter, shortage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or cooking gas in the city has become a matter of considerable concern for lakhs of consumers who are made to wait for weeks together to get their gas cylinders refilled.

Overladen tractor-trailers a nuisance on roads
Zirakpur, December 9
Overloaded tractor-trailers pose a threat to the lives of motorists on the Patiala- Zirakpur highway. Travelling on highways is certainly not a smooth ride for commuters as there is no check on the movement of overloaded tractor-trailers carrying husk, fodder and other bulky materials.

Overloaded tractor-trailers pose a threat to the lives of motorists on the Patiala- Zirakpur highway. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Police gets laser gun to check speeding
Panchkula, December 9
The police has procured a small laser gun to check speeding by vehicles on roads. The gun is easy to use as just one person can handle it.

Entry Tax Chamber of industries opposes move
Chandigarh, December 9
The Chamber of Chandigarh Industries (CCI) opposed the move to levy entry tax on commercial vehicles entering the city yesterday.

Judicious use of polio vaccine must: Experts
Panchkula, December 9
Though the number of polio cases was coming down steeply in the country, experts have suggested for judicious use of polio vaccine here yesterday.

Chrysanthemums in full bloom at Sec 33
Chandigarh, December 9
Girls click photographs during the Chrysanthemum show at Terraced Garden, Sector 33, Chandigarh A total of 261 varieties and thousands of colourful chrysanthemums presented a visual delight for visitors to the annual chrysanthemum show, which opened at the Sector 33 Terraced Garden this morning.

Girls click photographs during the Chrysanthemum show at Terraced Garden, Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Complexities of life come to fore
Artistes stage the play ‘Peer Gynt’ at Tagore Theatre in ChandigarhChandigarh, December 9
The first ever Ibsen Festival-2010 organised by the Chandigarh Ibsen Theatre Festival continued to draw audience on the third day when “Peer Gynt” was staged in Malayalam by the Oxygen Theatre Company, Thrissur, under the able direction of Deepan Sivraman, the winner of seven prestigious Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards-2010.

Artistes stage the play ‘Peer Gynt’ at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Base Repair Depot bags two awards
Chandigarh, December 9 Chandigarh-based number 3 Base Repair Depot (BRD) has bagged two awards for overall excellence in the field of medical services and Hindi propagation. The awards were announced during the Annual Commander’s Conference held at Headquarters Maintenance Command, Nagpur.

Rare surgery performed
Mohali, December 9
A complicated surgery to treat incisional hernia through laparoscopy was performed successfully at the Civil Hospital in Phase VI here today.

Too early to establish cause, says SSP
Mohali, December 9
Reacting to reports appearing in media over reasons behind the mysterious death of Panchkula realtor Suresh Kumar, the Senior Superintendent of Police today said it was premature to arrive at any conclusion as the forensic and post-mortem reports were yet to be submitted.

Former director of govt museum passes away
Chandigarh, December 9
VN Singh, nodal officer, Le Corbusier Centre, and former director, Government Museum and Art Gallery, died here this morning. VN Singh, who had slipped into coma at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH-32), following a car accident on November 28, was 72.
A well-known figure in the art and cultural and bureaucratic circles in the city, VN Singh remained at the helm of affairs of the government museum for about 25 years and was an authority on the art and architecture related to Chandigarh. He also remained principal of the Government College of Art for a brief period in 1989.

VN Singh
VN Singh


Teachers barred from training at govt schools
Notice leaves BEd students in the lurch

Chandigarh, December 9
The Punjab government’s latest notice, barring teacher trainees from undergoing training at the government schools with no vacancies has taken its toll on around 25,000 BEd students across the state.

Admn seeks time to notify guidelines

Chandigarh, December 9
The administration has sought more time to notify the draft guidelines of the Right to Education Act, which will be applicable in the schools of the Union Territory.

Rural schools get regular sports teachers
Chandigarh, December 9
After a prolonged wait, several city rural schools have now been given regular sports teachers.



Bassi Pathana locality sans power for 2 days
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 9
Residents of Gilzian Wala Mohalla in Bassi Pathana have been without electricity for the past two days following a fault in power cables and a transformer.

Lack of facilities irks residents
Bassi Pathana, December 9
“Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, who boasts of development in all spheres, should pay a visit to the town and see how “developed” it is,” rued members of the intellectual forum and residents of the town.

Lawyers strike work
Dera Bassi, December 9
The local Bar Association observed strike against the setting up of family courts at district level here today.

4 held from rehab centre for gambling
Ropar, December 9
Four youths were arrested after they were found gambling at a drug de-addiction centre on the Bela road here today. A sum of Rs 1.51 lakh was recovered from their possession.

Blind Teacher’s Murder
Wife, paramour held

Ambala, December 9
The police claims to have solved the murder case of a blind teacher, Jagdish, with the arrest of his wife and her paramour. The teacher’s body was found hanging in his house in February.


Electricity dept engineer penalised
Chandigarh, December 9
The Chandigarh Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has penalised a sub-divisional engineer of the electricity department and an assistant executive engineer (electricity) for not disclosing the basis or formula for charging a bill after a Panjab University professor retired from his job.


Burglary in Sector 26 shop
Rs 35,000 and hardware items worth over Rs 3 lakh stolen
Burglars broke the windowpane and shutter of a hardware shop at Sector 26 in ChandigarhChandigarh, December 9
Burglars broke into a Sanitary-cum-hardware shop in Sector 26 and decamped with Rs 35,000 and hardware items worth over Rs 3 lakh. The shop is located at the rear side of the Sector 26 market.

Burglars broke the windowpane and shutter of a hardware shop at Sector 26 in Chandigarh on Wednesday night. A Tribune photograph

2 killed in road mishaps
Chandigarh, December 9
Two persons died in two separate road accidents in the city today. Nirmal Singh, a resident of Parol village, died after being hit by two vehicles near Sarangpur-Mullanpur barrier here. The deceased, Nirmal Singh, was pillion riding on a scooter driven by Gurmail Singh. Both fell after being hit by a motorcyclist, Jagpal Singh. Then they were hit by a car driven by Baljinder Singh.

Thieves decamp with Rs 12,000, jewellery
Zirakpur, December 9
Thieves decamped with jewellery, cash and valuable things after breaking into a locked flat at Penta Homes on the VIP road, Zirakpur, here.


Sharmila Nicollet in action at the Panchkula Golf Club Sharmila tames Panchkula greens to take lead
Panchkula, December 9
Nineteen-year-old Sharmila Nicollet from Bangalore tamed the tough and tricky greens of the Panchkula Golf Club to take a comfortable four-stroke lead in the sixth leg of the Hero Honda Women’s Professional Golf Tour that got under way here today.

Sharmila Nicollet in action at the Panchkula Golf Club on Thursday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Junior golf trainees honoured
Chandigarh, December 9
Chandigarh Golf Club president Birinder Gill yesterday honoured 30 young golfers in the 5-17 age group who attended golf camps organised by the ICGA, Canada, from August to November this year.

Shooting trials
Chandigarh, December 9
Trials to select the Chandigarh rifle shooting teams (boys and girls) for the 56th National School Competition scheduled to be held at Pune, later this month, will be held at the local shooting range on December 14, a press note issued here said today.



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