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Anganwadi workers lay siege to road
Bring traffic to halt; police caught napping
Chandigarh, December 17
The Chandigarh Police was caught napping today with over 1,000 anganwadi workers from Punjab first assembling and staging a protest against the Punjab government in Sector 34 and then marching towards the Aroma Hotel traffic lights in Sector 22 where they staged a sit in, severely disrupting traffic for over two hours.

In spite of a ban on holding of protests in Chandigarh, cops looked helpless as anganwadi workers blocked traffic at Aroma traffic lights on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan
In spite of a ban on holding of protests in Chandigarh, cops looked helpless as anganwadi workers blocked traffic at Aroma traffic lights on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Bansal, Selja blast CHB for working as ‘property dealer’
Miffed at ‘faulty’ design of one-room tenements
Chandigarh, December 17
The Chandigarh administration’s monopolistic construction arm -Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) - was today at the receiving end of two Union Ministers who termed the board as a “property dealer” and picked holes in the much-touted rehabilitation project for slum dwellers in the city.

DGP-BJP standoff after road rage
Chandigarh, December 17
High drama was witnessed at the Sector 20-33 roundabout late in the evening today when a gunman of the Punjab DGP allegedly took away the keys of a Lancer car belonging to a local BJP leader following an altercation.


Night Patrolling
125 challans issued
Chandigarh, December 17
With around 1,600 policemen stationed on city roads as part of special night patrolling, the UT police issued a total of 125 challans for traffic violations in a three-hour span last night. A total of 100 barriers were set up across the city from 11 pm to 2 am.

GMSH-16 at it again
Transfuses wrong blood to pregnant woman
Chandigarh, December 17
Close on the heels of the death of the new-born baby of Bulbul, a poor woman, allegedly due to medical negligence recently, Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, has endangered the life of another patient.

Land acquisition by high-ups
Inquiry officer recommends CBI probe
Chandigarh, December 17
Recommending a CBI probe into the acquisition of properties by high-ups in Chandigarh’s periphery, Punjab’s former Director-General of Police-cum-inquiry officer Chander Shekhar has said the revenue department had not supplied the list of ‘benami’ properties.


Admn to auction more plots in southern sectors
Chandigarh, December 17
The Chandigarh administration will showcase the southern sectors in a major way at the December 29 and 30 auction of residential and commercial property here. In fact, 21 out of a total of 23 residential sites being put under the hammer are in Phase II sectors (from Sector 30 onwards) in an apparent bid to promote the southern sectors. Similar is the case with the commercial property, as out of 92 commercial sites, 86 are in the Phase II sectors.

In full faith:
A devotee exhibits martial arts skills during a Tazia to mark Muharram in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
A man lifts a bicycle during the 19th Kabbadi Cup organised by the Paindu Sports and Welfare Club Kumbra at Dasehra ground in Phase VII, Mohali, on Friday. Tribune photo Vicky Gharu
Armed to the teeth
: A man lifts a bicycle during the 19th Kabbadi Cup organised by the Paindu Sports and Welfare Club Kumbra at Dasehra ground in Phase VII, Mohali, on Friday. Tribune photo Vicky Gharu

Commonwealth Youth leaders’ conference ends
Chandigarh, December 17
The five-day Commonwealth Youth Leaders’ Conference concluded today. Forty-four delegates from the Commonwealth nations spent the week in the city learning about leadership and advocacy, covering youth networking, media, community engagement and youth participation in decision making.

CIC notice to PGI
Chandigarh, December 17
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has issued a show-cause notice to the PGI authorities under the Right to Information Act for failing to follow instructions issued by it. In the notice issued to administrative officer Pradeep Bhutani, the the CIC has questioned why action under Section 20 (1) should not be taken against him.

Tikkar Tal road to be widened
Panchkula, December 17
In order to promote tourism at Tikkar Tal in the Morni block of this district, the state government is initiating a plan to widen the road and start special buses for the tourist resort.

PIL filed against GMADA
Chandigarh, December 17
Greater Mohali Area Development Authority’s action of formulating schemes on papers without carving out actual colonies today came under the Punjab and Haryana High Court scanner after a Mohali resident filed a petition in public interest against the Aerocity project.

Melodic grandeur of yesteryear comes alive
Chandigarh, December 17
As many as 15 singers of repute paid rich musical tributes to legendary singers to the like of Pankaj Mullick, KL Saighal, Mohd Rafi, Kishore Kumar in a special musical programme titled “Yadon ki Kasak” held at the Bal Bhavan here yesterday.

5-digit Nos. for trains
Chandigarh, December 17
To streamline the centralised control system of trains, the Railways have decided to implement five digit numbers for mail and express trains from December 20. The decision has been taken to keep a tab on the movement of all passenger trains as well as streamlining their movement through the computerised control centre located at the Railway Board control room in New Delhi. An official said digit ‘1’ would be prefixed to the existing numbers of all mail and express trains while the remaining four digits would remain unchanged.


Tara Chand Saboo Excellence Awards
Tireless efforts of five teachers recognised
Chandigarh, December 17
The tireless efforts of five city teachers were recognised yesterday as they received the prestigious IXth Tara Chand Saboo Excellence Awards in School Teaching, 2010, at an award function at PHD House here yesterday.

UT Schools
CBSE to reward for cleanliness
Chandigarh, December 17
After having decided to asses academic quality of schools, the Central Board of Secondary Education will now rate them on sanitation.

Light and sound show
Students of Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School, Sector 38-D, Chandigarh, take part in light and sound show Panchtantra Tales in the school on Friday. Chandigarh, December 17
Primary students of Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School, Sector 38-D, presented a light and sound show “Panchtantra Tales”. RJ Khanderao, regional director, CBSE, Panchkula, was the chief guest. More than 450 students took part in the spectacular show that brought alive the world of fantasy and fairy tales. All chosen stories based on folk literature depicted a moral dilemma aimed at developing wisdom and a sense of responsibility among children.

Students of Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School, Sector 38-D, Chandigarh, take part in light and sound show Panchtantra Tales in the school on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

PU Notes
CHANDIGARH: Dr KK Bhasin, a professor in the department of chemistry and Centre of Advanced Studies in Chemistry, Panjab University, has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India. The selection comes in wake of his seminal contributions to the chemistry of organic sulphur, selenium and tellurium compounds. Dr Bhasin is a recipient of the prestigious Commonwealth Fellowship Award, Science Research Council fellowship (UK) and DAAD fellowship (Germany). He has contributed extensively to the national and international scientific literature with over 120 research papers, six US patents and seven books.


Colourful start to heritage festival
Kalka, December 17
The three-day 5th Heritage Festival organised by the department of Haryana tourism went off to a colourful start at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, near here, today. Union minister for tourism and housing & poverty alleviation Kumari Selja inaugurated the festival. The festival is being organised from December 17 to 19 to celebrate the heritage of the town and its gardens.

Land records to go online in Punjab by March
Bassi Pathana, December 17 The computerisation of land records in Punjab would be completed by March, making the state the first one in the country to make available “jamabandis” to farmers online, said minister for revenue Ajit Singh Kohar, while inaugurating an online “fard” centre here today.

Manpreet, Capt hand in glove: Kohar
Bassi Pathana, December 17
Minister for revenue Ajit Singh Kohar has accused former finance minister Manpreet Badal and PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh of being hand in glove for having criticised the government for providing certain concessions to set up Bathinda oil refinery.

Book on research papers out
Patiala, December 17
A function to mark the release of a book “Literature of Small Culture: An Assertion of Difference” was held at Khalsa College, here yesterday. The book is a compilation of research papers presented by the scholars during UGC sponsored national conference on the same topic, organised by the college on March 26 and 27.


2 yrs on, missing NRI girl still untraceable
HC hopeful of England cops’ assistance
Chandigarh, December 17
Nearly two years after 11-year-old Aishley Kapoor went missing, Justice Rajive Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, expressed hope that the police in England would provide all assistance to the CBI to trace the minor and the accused.

Constable acquitted in corruption case
Chandigarh, December 17
The court of CBI Special Judge, Darshan Singh, acquitted a UT police constable in a graft case today. The court acquitted constable Bhupinder Singh after the complainant in the case turned hostile.


Man booked for duping another of Rs 2.8 lakh
Mohali, December 17
The police has booked a resident of Phase 3B2 on charges of cheating another resident of Rs 2.8 lakh. In a compliant to the police, Jai Ram, resident of Sector 70, said the amount was taken by Ajmer Singh on the pretext of buying an auto-rickshaw for him.

PEC Admission Scam
Accused sent to 3-day custody
Chandigarh, December 17
The CBI today obtained three-day police custody of the prime accused in the PEC admission scam. The court remanded the accused, Dr Nishikant, to custody till December 20.


Jagdeep, Jazzy share lead in NRIs golf tour
Chandigarh, December 17
Jagdeep Dhillon of the USA, who plays with a handicap of five, fired a six over par 78 card to share the lead with Jazzy Sihota, also from the USA, in the overall gross competition as 117 NRIs teed off for the three-day sixth Chandigarh Golf Tour on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

5-wicket win for Chandigarh School team
Chandigarh, December 17
Half century by Bhagwinder (55 off 52 balls) helped U-16 Chandigarh School National Team beat South Africa U-17 team by five wickets in the third match of the South Africa series at DAV grounds in Sector 8 here today.

Women Festival National Badminton Tournament
Local girls strike gold in national meet
Chandigarh, December 17
Purnica Bhandari and Nisha earned laurels for the city by winning a gold medal in the doubles event of the Women Festival National Badminton Tournament, which concluded at Agra yesterday.

Total tennis meet from today
Mohali, December 17
The fifth British Total Tennis Championship for juniors will begin on December 18. The meet is being organised by the Total Tennis Academy at the Sector 70 tennis courts in Mohali.

Ranjeet, Prabhuti clinch titles
Chandigarh, December 17
Ranjeet Singh and Prabhuti Singhania clinched the under-16 boys and girls’ titles in the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament organised by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association in Sector 10, here today.


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