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UT disappoints HC again
Says no to 24x7 ambulance

Chandigarh, December 15
The Chandigarh Administration has once again disappointed the Punjab and Haryana High Court by expressing its inability to permanently station an ambulance at the judicial complex. The demand for an ambulance was put forth to the administration formally through its health committee.

Leopards on prowl in Sukhna sanctuary area
Chandigarh, December 15

Trekking enthusiasts in the Sukhna wildlife sanctuary need to tread cautiously the forest trail, with positive reports of leopards on the prowl. 


Spurt in LPG demand 
Residents queue up outside a gas agency for LPG refill in Attawa village, Sector 42
Residents queue up outside a gas agency for LPG refill in Attawa village, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan 

300 scanned cheques recovered 
Panchkula, December 15
After swooping down on four fraudsters yesterday, the Chandigarh Police today recovered fake voter cards, debit cards, ATM cards, computer system, scanner, 20 chequebooks and 300 scanned cheques from their possession.The police said had the accused deposited these fake cheques, residents would have lost lakhs of rupees.
It is now seeking information about the modus operandi of the accused.

Stung by scam, I-T dept stops refund payment
Blank refund cheques stolen
Chandigarh, December 15
Stung by the Ludhiana Income Tax refund scam, where the department was on the verge of being duped of Rs 47 lakhs through a bogus refund last month, I-T officials in Panchkula have “stopped payment” of all refunds issued after September 1 this year. The I-T authorities have directed the State Bank of India not to honour any of the refund cheques issued post-September as they could be bogus. A complaint has also been lodged at the Sector 2 police station stating that blank refund cheques have been stolen from the department.


Hearing on RTE Act case postponed
Final decision on Dec 23
Chandigarh, December 15
The UT schools and DPI (S), Chandigarh, today got a breather in the ongoing RTE Act case filed by Pankaj Chandgothia in the public interest, as Chief Judicial Magistrate Anshul Berry was on leave.

UT to preserve its heritage
Chandigarh, December 15
The Chandigarh administration today decided to formulate a legislative mechanism to preserve city’s heritage, primarily the architectural heritage. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of expert groups on the preservation of heritage, held under the chairmanship of UT Administrator Shivraj Patil here today.
Sources said the expert groups, tasked with the identification and preservation of heritage, presented the report to the Administrator. The final report, including the financial implications, will be sent to the Central government for framing the rules and regulations for the heritage preservation as the Union Territory does not have a legislative body.

MC to turn greenbelt into junkyard
Land flattened by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation for the construction of a store adjoining the greenbelt near Tribune Colony in Sector 29, Chandigarh.Chandigarh, December 15
While the UT administration is spending lakhs on the beautification of the entry points of the city, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is constructing a store to dump its scrap adjoining National Highway in Sector 29.

Land flattened by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation for the construction of a store adjoining the greenbelt near Tribune Colony in Sector 29, Chandigarh.  Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan 

Bridge on Mohali choe 
Work to be completed by March 31

Mohali, December 15
Work related to a high-level bridge on the Mohali choe, which is being constructed at a cost of Rs 2 crore, will be completed by March 31.

GMSH employees go on strike
Chandigarh, December 15
Hundreds of contractual employees of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, went on a strike today to protest against the non-payment of their salaries.

Playing with danger
Children atop a decaying tree in Phase VIII, Mohali.
Children atop a decaying tree in Phase VIII, Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mental healthcare at patients’ doorstep
PGI team to assist physicians in hospitals of HP, Uttarakhand, J & K
Chandigarh, December 15
With a view to use telemedicine technology to deliver the expertise of mental health professionals at patients’ doorstep, the PGI has started a project to assist physicians in hospitals of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir.

Work at Knowledge City reviewed
Mohali, December 15 At a meeting held at PUDA Bhawan, Punjab Chief Secretary SC Aggarwal reviewed the progress of the development works in Knowledge City here recently.

Stress on use of community services
Chandigarh, December 15
The human rights week celebrations concluded today on Panjab University campus. In a bid to support the cause of protection of girl child, students of various schools and colleges visited PU hostels to create awareness about the issue.

Seminar on trends in insurance sector
Mohali, December 15
The All-India General Insurance SC/ST Employees’ Welfare Association is organising a seminar on the emerging trends in insurance sector at Patiala on December 17 wherein top insurance brass of the country along with management experts would participate. Disclosing this here yesterday, Vinod Dhundia, secretary general of the north zone, All-India Insurance Employees’ Union, and Sajjan Kumar, union general secretary of the north zone, said the seminar would coincide with the northern zone general body conference of the association.

107 varieties of chrysanthemum exhibited
Chandigarh, December 15
Girls admire flowers during the chrysanthemum show at Panjab University, Chandigarh, Prof Vipin Sobti, wife of Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof RC Sobti, inaugurated the third chrysanthemum exhibition at Prof RC Paul Rose Garden opposite the Vice-Chancellor’s office today. An AC bus service has also started on the campus. Panjab University boasts of having as many as 107 types of exotic varieties of chrysanthemum at Prof RC Paul Rose Garden. 

Girls admire flowers during the chrysanthemum show at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Floral Garden gets musical fountain
The newly inaugurated musical fountain at Floral Garden in Sector 15, ChandigarhChandigarh, December 15
Home Secretary-cum-Secretary, Local Self Government, Ram Niwas today inaugurated a musical hybrid fountain in Floral Garden, Sector 15.

The newly inaugurated musical fountain at Floral Garden in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan 

Cultural extravaganza
Chandigarh, December 15
Delegates at Commonwealth Youth Leaders’ Conference 2010 here attended a cultural extravaganza put up by a troop from the National Integrated Forum of Artistes and Activists (NIFAA) at Hotel Shivalikview.

Three injured in mishaps
Zirakpur, December 15
A major tragedy was averted when a speeding Swift DZire rammed into another car at the flyover on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway here yesterday. However, the mishap led to a traffic jam for more than an hour. The injured, Anuj Gureja, a resident of Rohini, Delhi, has been admitted at the GMCH-32 for treatment.


Independent bodies to assess schools

Chandigarh, December 15
In a bid to keep a track on its affiliated schools’ performances and tighten the noose around erring ones, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) plans to rope in independent bodies for quality assessment and accreditation of its affiliated schools.

Post of principal
UPSC recommends 2 officiating heads for promotion

Chandigarh, December 15
After a prolonged wait, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducted a meeting of the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) today where two officiating city principals, Shyam Sunder of PGGC, Sector 11, and JS Raghu of PGGC, Sector 46, were recommended for the promotion to the post of principal.


Student sends threat mails to cops, officials; booked
Patiala, December 15
The Patiala police has registered a case and are now looking for an accused, a student of MBA department, for sending threatening e-mails to senior police officers, staff and students of the MBA department of Punjabi University, Patiala. The student used a cyber café to threaten police officers and university staff of dire consequences as he claimed “injustice was done to him”.

Unattended road barricades pose risk to commuters
Patiala, December 15
The failure of the local traffic cops to remove the iron barricades installed by them at ‘nakas’ (checkposts) on city streets and state highways has raised questions about their functioning. While commuters face problems most of the time at such places the barricades have also become a major cause of accidents.

Development works initiated
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 15
Youth Development Board chairman Raju Khanna, Punjab, on Monday claimed that the SAD-BJP alliance has initiated various developmental works in Amloh area.

Encroachments razed from markets


Case against Shiv Temple closed
Panchkula, December 15
After the district police submitted its report to the court giving clean chit to the management of the Shiv Temple in Sector 12-A, the district court today closed the case against the temple.


3 held for stealing Rs 3.5 lakh
Chandigarh, December 15
In a theft case, VS Brar from Sector 49 alleged that his servant Usha stole Rs 3.5 lakh and some jewellery from his house yesterday. Acting on the complaint, the police has arrested Usha and her husband Vinod Kumar and their accomplice Bassu, all residents of Naya Gaon. A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.

UP-based criminal held for theft, burglaries
Chandigarh, December 15
The Chandigarh Police claimed to have solved at least 13 cases of theft and burglaries in the city by arresting a UP-based criminal Sanjay, alias Suraj, here today.

Thieves break car’s windowpane, steal Rs 10.5 lakh
Mohali, December 15
A sum of
Rs 10. 50 lakh was stolen from a car of a state awardee after breaking a windowpane of the vehicle here last night.

A man shows a broken windowpane of the car in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Minor held for theft at wedding function
Chandigarh, December 15
The police today arrested an 11-year-old boy, allegedly involved in bag lifting from a wedding function at Hotel Shivalikview on December 11.

Thieves decamp with Rs 10,000
Panchkula, December 15
Keeping the police on toes, thieves once again broke into a restaurant, Fire’n’Grill, in Sector 6 and decamped with  ` 10,000 in the wee hours of today. The restaurant is just 50m away from the police post and it was the second theft at the same restaurant.

Three injured in firing incident
Mohali, December 15
Three persons were injured, one of them seriously, during a firing between two groups in Nayagaon late last night. The police has arrested two persons in this regard and a case under Section 307 of the IPC has been registered. Raka Ghira, DSP, said old enmity between two groups of people had led to the firing but all three persons injured were out of danger.


DP Azad Academy beat CCA-19 lads
Chandigarh, December 15
Excellent batting performance by Divjyot Singh (91 off 51 balls) went in vain as his team Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA)-19 lost to the D.P.Azad Academy by a narrow margin of 8 runs in pool A match of the under-14 Haier Cup Cricket Tournament being held at GMSSS-19.

City girl strikes silver
Chandigarh, December 15
The city’s first golf child prodigy and internationally ranked number two, Vasundhara, has done the city proud by finishing as runner-up in the second Hex City Albatross International Junior Golf Championship held at ITC Classic Golf Resort, New Delhi, recently.

A player in action during a tennis match at the CLTA in Chandigarh Pranav, Hardeep enter semis 
Chandigarh, December 15
Pranav Suri and Hardeep Sandhu have moved into the semifinals of the Under-16 AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament held at the CLTA grounds, Sector 10, here today.

A player in action during a tennis match at the CLTA in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

South Africa rout Delhi Public School
Panchkula, December 15
South Africa beat Delhi Public School by 26 runs in the first match of U-17 series held at DPS ground in Pinjore today.

AITA meet from tomorrow
Panchkula, December 15
The AITA Talent Series Tournament would be organised by the Ideal Tennis Academy (ITA) at Manav Mangal School from December 17 here.

Smriti takes lead in golf 
Nalini Singh Siwach caught in a bunker on the second day of the Hero Honda Women’s Professional Golf Tour at the Chandigarh Golf ClubChandigarh, December 15
Even par scores remained elusive for the second successive day, as the country’s top lady golf professionals went through the grind with seasoned Smriti Mehra carding the best two over par 74 card to take the lead on the penultimate day of the Hero Honda Women’s Professional Golf Tour on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Nalini Singh Siwach caught in a bunker on the second day of the Hero Honda Women’s Professional Golf Tour at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan 

Basketball meet begins
Panchkula, December 15
The 5th Chand Trehan Memorial Inter-School Basketball Tournament for boys and girls being organised by Holy Child School began at school grounds here today.



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