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Educity to go the medicity way?
Chandigarh, December 10
Close on the heels of the UT Administration scrapping the controversial medicity project, the administration is now set to scrap the educity project. For, after cancelling the inclusion of four prominent educational institutes, the administration has recommended the cancellation of two more institutes — Hitabhilashi Institute and Maya Academy.

Contract Woes
Rs 2 increment in 5 years!
Chandigarh, December 10
Strange as it may sound but an operating theatre assistant employed on contract with the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 has received an increment of a “princely” amount of Rs 2 in five years between 2004 and 2009. On February 26, 2004, Sonu joined the hospital at a monthly salary of Rs 4,020, which in 2009 had risen to Rs 4,022. His salary, however, was raised by Rs 678 to Rs 4,700 within the next one year, marking an increase of a total of Rs 680 after working less than seven years at the hospital.


Fog reduced visibility in Chandigarh on Friday. Early winter chill sets in, Met sounds fog alert
Chandigarh, December 10
Winters has finally arrived in the city and neighbouring states as day temperatures plummeted with fog enveloping the region and disrupting normal life today.

All flights cancelled due to fog

Fog reduced visibility in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Natty car packaging to woo buyers
Chandigarh, December 10
There is good news for customers. Companies manufacturing cars are competing among themselves to woo customers by way of heavy discounts and offers on accessories, tours and servicing. As the year draws to an end, the discount offers vary between Rs 10,000 and Rs 50,000 on different models of various companies.

Sanjay Sharma BJP rural unit chief booked for rape
Ambala, December 10
The Naggal police has booked the BJP’s district rural unit president, Sanjay Sharma, for rape of an Ambala City woman, Amardeep Kaur, who had filed a complaint against him three days ago. She had met with the Ambala SP in this regard this morning.

                                                                                           Sanjay Sharma


UT to have transport policy
Chandigarh, December 10
The UT administration has chalked out a multi-pronged strategy to check the use of personal transport in the city in the backdrop of Chandigarh having the highest vehicular density in India, resulting in chaos on city roads.

Metro, a panacea for traffic woes

MC clears new security gate
69 to be installed across Mohali by January 31
Mohali, December 10
The sample of a new security gate put up in Sector 70 here has been approved by the municipal council president, who has directed the contractor concerned to replace all old gates by January 31.
Old security gates, like the one in Phase IV, will make way for a new gate put up in Sector 70, Mohali.
Old security gates, like the one in Phase IV, will make way for a new gate put up in Sector 70, Mohali. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

Empty racks at the Silvi Park library in Phase X, Mohali. Library in name only
Mohali, December 10
In a town proposed to be another Singapore by the ruling SAD-BJP government, its sole municipal library fails to inspire much confidence of readers. For it does not have even a single member or a board showing its existence.

Empty racks at the Silvi Park library in Phase X, Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

MC staff opposes draft hiring, promotion norms
Chandigarh, December 10
The municipal corporation’s ongoing efforts to frame a recruitment and promotion policy after 13 years are proving to be an uphill task with most employees finding flaws in the rules being drafted on promotion of existing staff. The employees’ objections will be tabled at the meeting of the committee, which was set up by the MC house for this purpose last September, scheduled to be held on December 14.

Parts of dumped vehicles being removed from a parking lot at the Mani Majra motor market on Friday. Encroachments in motor market removed
Chandigarh, December 10
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation enforcement department vacated around two acres of land at the Mani Majra motor market under a special anti-encroachment drive today.

Parts of dumped vehicles being removed from a parking lot 
at the Mani Majra motor market on Friday. Tribune photo: 
Nitin Mittal

Experts dwell on haemorrhagic stroke
Chandigarh, December 10
The Indo-US programme on Comprehensive Stroke Centre Training started off yesterday with a symposium on the evaluation and management of haemorrhagic stroke.

Sikh clergy prevents holding of ritual at marriage palace
Zirakpur, December 10
A group of Sikh clergy prevented the holding of “anandkaraj” ceremony at Chimney Heights Resort, where a wedding function had been organised, terming it sacrilegious.

Recounting freedom movement
Chandigarh, December 10
The archives department, Haryana government, in collaboration with the Chandigarh administration and Uttar Pradesh State Archives, Lucknow, has organised an exhibition of rare documents and photographs on “Glimpses of Freedom Movement”.

Crime on rise in city: BJP
Chandigarh, December 10
President of the local unit of the BJP Sanjay Tandon today alleged that cases of snatching, kidnapping, burglary and murders were on the rise in the city.

Devotees partake of langar on the Martyardom Day of Guru Teg Bahadur at a gurdwara in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Devotees partake of langar on the Martyardom Day of Guru Teg Bahadur at a gurdwara in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

294 vehicles challaned in November
Chandigarh, December 10
To curb the public tendency of plying overloaded vehicles, unauthorised vehicles or those with incomplete documents, the local State Transport Authority (STA) has challaned 294 vehicles in November.

Thieves strike at wedding functions
Chandigarh, December 10
Three incidents of thefts in wedding functions have come to light in the city.

Van donated
Chandigarh, December 10 The State Bank of India, Chandigarh Circle, today unveiled and handed over the keys of a Tata Magic Ace Van to Col Shailesh Sati, Commanding Officer of the 6 Battalion, Sikh Regiment in the presence of a large gathering of ex-servicemen, war widows and serving personnel.

Tenants’ body protests
Chandigarh, December 10
The Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenants’ Association today held a protest in support of their demands on the World Human Rights’ Day.


In sync

Bhavan Vidyalaya students perform during the annual function at the Moti Ram School Auditorium in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Introduction of Chinese
Non-availability of staff dampens CBSE’s plans
Chandigarh, December 10
Non-availability of staff and a few takers seem to have dampened the Central Board of Secondary Education’s plans to introduce Mandarin as a language in the Class VI syllabus. Despite the board’s much publicised declaration, a majority of the city schools may not be able to introduce Chinese language as an option due to shortage of certified Mandarin teachers.

Discipline puts off dental students
Chandigarh, December 10
Disciplinary measures or what is termed unreasonable strict regulations at PU Dental College, Sector 25, is the latest issue that has caught the fancy of student groups.

Mohali, December 10
Students of the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology organised a seminar on “Human Rights Day” on the college premises here today.

PU notes
Human Rights Week
Chandigarh: The Centre for Human Rights and Duties of University Institute of Emerging Areas in Social Sciences (UIEASS), Panjab University, celebrated the Human Rights Week today to commemorate the International Human Rights Day. Theme of the week coincides with the UN theme of the Day, “Speak up Stop Discrimination: Human Rights Defenders Who Act To End Discrimination.”


Division status a distant dream for Ropar
Ropar, December 10
In spite of being promised division status, Ropar continues to be a district, much to the chagrin of residents and officials.

Encroachments continue unabated in Ambala
Ambala, December 10
It seems that encroachment drives carried out by the MC have a little effect on shopkeepers of the area, as they have paid no heed to the repeated warnings issued by the former so far.

Patiala residents take out a cycle rally. Patiala residents participate in Avon Greenathon
Patiala, December 10
City residents travelled on their cycle to their work place yesterday, as Mayor Ajit Pal Singh Kohli and actor Kartar Cheema flagged off Avon Big Greenathon - a bicycle rally from Modern Senior Secondary School.

Patiala residents take out a cycle rally. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

The Tribune lensman Vicky Gharu captures an elderly man doing some soul searching on a lazy winter afternoon in Chandigarh on Friday.
The Tribune lensman Vicky Gharu captures an elderly man doing some soul searching on a lazy winter afternoon in Chandigarh on Friday.

Injured accused shifted to Civil Hospital
Kharar, December 10
Mohammad Abbas, one of the accused who was injured in a police encounter near the Sunny Enclave area of Kharar, was shifted to the local civil hospital after being relieved from the PGI in Chandigarh today. Abbas, alias Elal Bhatt, had been undergoing treatment at the PGI after a bullet hit him during an encounter with the Gurdaspur police on December 3.

Biker killed in accident
Ropar, December 10
A biker was killed in an accident on the Chandigarh road, near Singh Bhagwantpura village, this evening. The victim has been identified as Amandeep Singh, a resident of Gando Khurd village in Ropar.

Achint crowned Miss Fresher
Banur, December 10
A freshers’ party was organised at Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital wherein the fresher students and their seniors participated.


National Gallery of Portraits
HC issues notice to UT admin
Chandigarh, December 10
Taking up a petition filed in public interest by a Chandigarh-based historian for shifting the National Gallery of Portraits from its present location in Sector-17 Central Library to a popular site, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice of motion to the UT administration.


Rival groups booked after clash
Mohali, December 10
The local police has registered cross cases against members of two groups who allegedly clashed with each other at Naya Gaon.

Five held for thefts
Zirakpur, December 10
The local police claims to have solved two cases of theft in Baltana with the arrest of five persons on December 8.

Thieves set car afire
Mohali, December 10
Fearing arrest, car thieves burnt a Honda City near Chappar Chidi village here today.


A kabaddi match in progress at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Friday.National Circle Kabaddi Championship
Punjab prove mettle
Chandigarh, December 10
Punjab emerged victorious in men and women categories during the ongoing 22nd Senior National Circle Kabaddi Championship being organised by the Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India.

A kabaddi match in progress at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

A batsman plays a shot during the  Leslie Gordon Carver Inter-Academy U-17 Cricket Tournament in Chandigarh on Friday. DP Azad cruise ahead
Chandigarh, December 10
DP Azad Cricket Academy today defeated Stepping Stones Cricket Academy, Sector 37, by five wickets to storm into the semifinals of the ongoing Leslie Gordon Carver Inter-Academy U-17 Cricket Tournament.

A batsman plays a shot during the Leslie Gordon Carver Inter-Academy U-17 Cricket Tournament in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

All-India Skating Carnival
Rolling Tigers steal the show
Mohali, December 10
The Rolling Tigers of Manav Mangal, Panchkula, stole the show by winning 22 medals in Rink Race I competition of the Manav Mangal All-India Skating Carnival 2010 which began here today.

Army Red emerge hockey champs
Chandigarh, December 10
Army Red won the 58th Inter-Services Hockey Championship (2010-11) by defeating Indian Air Force at 3 BRD, Air Force, yesterday. The Army won 2-0.

Hero Honda Women’s Golf
Sharmila all set to clinch fourth title
Panchkula, December 10
Sharmila Nicollet tightened her grip on the sixth leg of the Hero Honda Women’s Professional Golf Tour by building up a 11-stroke lead and entering the final round of the competition on the par-73 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club here today.

DAV-8 clinch cricket title
Chandigarh, December 10
DAV, Sector 8, defeated St John’s to win the 12th Blessed Edmund Rice Cricket Tournament here today.

Tennis meet from today
Chandigarh, December 10
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) is hosting the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament for U-12 and U-16 (boys and girls) from tomorrow.


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