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Winged visitors flock to their winter abode
Binoculars provided to public at Regulator End of Sukhna to view birds
Chandigarh, December 26
Much to the delight of the morning walkers, the serene environs of Sukhna lake these days are resounding with the chirping of winter guests from the cold lands of Himalayas, Central Asia and even Siberia.

A Ruddy Shellduck opens her wings, relaxing in the Sunday morning sun at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh.
A Ruddy Shellduck opens her wings, relaxing in the Sunday morning sun at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


Parents and relatives of Khushpreet, who was kidnapped, protest in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Burail residents protest; boy’s family threatens suicide

Chandigarh, December 26
Waning optimism coupled with increasing uncertainty and fear over the abduction of five-year-old Khushpreet led to an outburst from his family members today as they along with over 100 residents of Burail staged a protest at the Sector 17 plaza against police inaction in the case in the evening.

Parents and relatives of Khushpreet, who was kidnapped, protest in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Pvt schools seek more time to study RTE Act
Chandigarh, December 26
With the UT education department and the city’s privately run schools disagreeing on almost every aspect of the Right of Children to Free & Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, its implementation is bound to eventually lead to a stalemate if not a showdown.

Police credibility at a low
The Chandigarh Police like their counterparts in other states across the country faces a credibility deficit in public mind. This lack of credibility, in the eyes of the public, is of the police’s own making. The objectives of good policing, to my mind, can be best achieved if the citizenry voluntarily and happily comes forward to act as eyes and ears of the police. And this can be achieved only by concerted action on the part of top brass of the police.


Blood tests at PGI an ordeal for patients’ attendants
Chandigarh, December 26
When it comes to compounding the misery of hospital patients and their attendants, the PGI has few peers. The attendants are compelled to walk almost a kilometer to get a blood sample tested or procure a “no dues certificate”. This is besides their ordeal of standing in lines for hours to complete these formalities. Surprisingly, no one appears to have spared a thought to set the “inhumane” system right.

A prized possession
Former Dadu Majra village sarpanch Tarsem Rana is proudly showcasing his prized buy these days, a buffalo for which he shelled out Rs 1.20 lakh. He says, “In 30 years that I have spent in the dairy business, I have never seen such a magnificent buffalo. The milk yield is 35 kilograms per day.” “I could not resist the offer from Bahadur Singh, an acquaintance, when he flouted the animal. In fact, we were thinking of buying a new car.

Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Top economists to attend conference at PU
Chandigarh, December 26
The three-day 93rd annual conference of the Indian Economic Association (IEA) begins at Panjab University tomorrow. Dr C. Rangarajan, Chairman, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, will inaugurate the conference. Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, will be the chief guest.

Pay more for train freight too
Chandigarh, December 26
After hike in the prices of onions and vegetables, here is another jolt for consumers, as they will now have to deal with increased Railways freight from tomorrow. The Railways has decided to revise the freight rates for some commodities, which in turn is expected to fuel the inflationary trend.

Ram Janmabhoomi
Enact law to build temple, demand devotees
Swami Chinmayananda, former Union Minister of State for Home, addresses a gathering at Sector 45 in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chandigarh, December 26
The Dasehra ground in Sector 45 today reverberated with slogans of Ram bhakts demanding construction of Sri Ram temple at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya by enacting a law the way the Rajiv Gandhi government brought the Muslim Women Protection Act ensuring protection of minority.

Swami Chinmayananda, former Union Minister of State for Home, addresses a gathering at Sector 45 in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

No respite from traffic jams at Zirakpur
Zirakpur, December 26
Sunday proved to be a day of chaos, confusion and rampant traffic jams in Zirakpur. The traffic police failed to control the traffic movement from 12 pm to 3 pm which caused inconvenience to the commuters passing through this stretch.

Builders gobbling up MC land
Mohali, December 26
Large chunks of prime land earmarked for roads, parking areas and parks in private residential and commercial projects in Zirakpur were being gobbled up by builders in connivance with officials of the Zirakpur municipal council.

Morning walkers get arthritis tips
Chandigarh, December 26
More than 40 physiotherapists and doctors from the PGI, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, and Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, gave tips on how to exercise to the morning walkers at Sukhna Lake here today.

Musical soiree enthrals audience
Chandigarh, December 26
Anup Jalota performs at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Sunday. Acclaimed devotional and ghazal singer Anup Jalota submerged audience in devotion at the Tagore Theatre in a musical soiree held under the aegis of USA-based world spiritual foundation, “Tathaastu” here today. As expected, Jalota commenced the programme with his bhajan “Aisi laagi lagan” in his indomitable style before presenting another hit “Ram naam sab..”. Amidst applause, he doled out more bhajans like “Mann mein Raam”, “Kabhi kabhi bhagwan bi…”.

Anup Jalota performs at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Population Explosion
‘Technology-based solution needed’
Mohali, December 26
The challenges posed to the nation by population explosion and inadequate resources needs solution based on technology, policies and higher investment. These views were expressed by Dr RS Paroda, a former director general of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) while delivering his key note address at the second PH Vaishnav Memorial function organised by Mohali Senior Citizens Association at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, here.

Doc gets award
Chandigarh, December 26
The scientific paper on “Stapler technique: A painless procedure to cure piles” presented by Dr Pankaj Garg, a senior consultant laparoscopic surgeon, at a tricity private hospital and his team has been selected for the award presentation in the best paper category at a five-day conference of the Association of Surgeons of India (ASI), which concluded at AIIMS, New Delhi, on December 20.

Ru-ba-ru with Dr Harshinder
Chandigarh, December 26
The Punjab Sahit Akademy will hold a face-to- face interaction with Dr Harshinder Kaur, a well acclaimed health science author and social activist of international repute.


NSS camp
CHANDIGARH: A seven-day special NSS camp for student volunteers of Class XII has commenced on the premises of Kendriya Vidyalaya. As many as 50 volunteers are taking part in the camp. Vidyalaya principal PC Sharma gave a brief introduction to the camp highlighting the importance of students’ participation in nation building. SN Jha, programme official, gave a brief report of the activities under the NSS scheme in the Vidyalaya. He gave the outline for the special camp as well.

Sahijpal team wins SJOBA treasure hunt
Chandigarh, December 26
Sahijpal Singh and his team won the SJOBA treasure hunt rally organised by the St John’s Old Boys’ Association (SJOBA), as a part of the SJOBA Winter Fest 2010, which concluded yesterday.

PU dons honoured
Chandigarh, December 26
Prof IS Dua, former chairman, department of Botany, PU, and Prof AS Ahluwalia, chairman, department of environmental studies and Dean science faculty, PU, were honoured by the Society for Plant Research at the National Conference on “Traditional Conservation of Plant Biodiversity and Energy Resources” at Meerut.


Nothing new on development front
Floods, crime haunted residents
Patiala, December 26
Terrorist activities marked the beginning of this year as terrorist outfit planted an improvised explosive device (IED), near the boundary wall of the LPG bottling plant on the Nabha-Bhiwanigarh road in the third week of January. In no mood to take the matter lightly, the Patiala police arrested terrorists behind the incident and also exposed the sinister designs of the militants to disturb the peace in the state.

Jor Mela: Roadside vendors flout norms
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 26
Roadside vendors have flouted norms during this Jor Mela, wherein they have openly been selling bhang (marijuana) to devotees, besides serving unhygienic food. The number of bhang shops, too, has doubled up this year, as compared to the previous year. This year there are five bhang shops.

Dhruv Pandove Meet
Amritsar in strong position
Patiala, December 26
AGA Amritsar defeated DCA, Panchkula, by 265 runs in the 10th Dhruv Pandove Memorial (U-12) Cricket Tournament, organised by the Black Elephant Cricket Club. Four other matches of the tournament were held at different venues in the city.

CRPF drub Dalbir Academy
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 26
The CRPF once again drubbed Dalbir Academy by 4-1 today in the All-India Baba Zorawar Singh Baba Fateh Singh Shaheedi Football Tournament held at Baba Fateh Singh Baba Zorawar Singh School in Fatehgarh Sahib.

Retired ASI ‘murders’ wife
Ambala, December 26
A middle-aged woman residing in Sector 9 at Ambala City was allegedly murdered by her husband this evening. The deceased was identified as Kamlesh Rani.

SGPC chief inaugurates exhibition
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 26
Avtar Singh, president, Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), inaugurated an exhibition of the SGPC colleges here.


Man succumbs to injuries
Zirakpur, December 26
An unidentified man in his mid-forties succumbed to his injuries at the Dera Bassi civil hospital yesterday. The deceased was admitted in the hospital after being hit by a speeding motorcycle on the Zirakpur-Patiala road, near Chhat bus stand, on Friday night. The body has been kept for identification at the civil hospital.

Seven most-wanted criminals elude police
Panchkula, December 26
The Panchkula’s seven most-wanted criminals continue to elude the police. Leave aside arresting them, the local police has failed to get any clue about the dreaded criminals roaming freely.


Visually challenged athletes participate in a race on the National Sports Meet for the Blind at Tau Devi Lal Complex in Panchkula on Sunday.National Sports Meet for the Blind
5 national records bettered
Panchkula, December 26
Five national records were bettered on the first day of the 17th Indian Blind Sports Association’s (IBSA) National Sports Meet for the Blind that commenced at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Sector 3 here this afternoon.

Visually challenged athletes participate in a race on the National Sports Meet for the Blind at Tau Devi Lal Complex in Panchkula on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nittin Mittal

Kulwinder leads challengers to victory
A match in progress during the Tricity Premier League in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chandigarh, December 26
Kulwinder Singh’s fine performance (25 runs and two wickets) helped Modgill Challenger beat Pace Riders by six wickets in the Tricity Premier League match here today. After winning the toss, Modgill Challenger elected to ball first. Pace Rider were all out for 132 runs in 33.4 overs. Sanchit 26 in 24 balls, Jaswinder Saini 25 in 60 balls and Gurpreet three in 26 balls were the main scorers.

A match in progress during the Tricity Premier League in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Divya Livewire Trophy
Sensational Warriors book berth in semis
Chandigarh, December 26
The Sensational Warriors have reached the semifinals of the Divya Livewire Trophy beating Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, by five wickets in the last quarterfinal match held at Divya Public School, Sector 44, here today.

IPS Mann Asia-Pacific Golf: Mann in city after winning bronze
Chandigarh, December 26
IPS Mann, a single handicap player of the Chandigarh Golf Club, is back from Bangkok where he helped team India to win the bronze medal in the Asia Pacific Senior Golf Championship. This is the first time that India has won a medal in the championship, which is sponsored by the Asia Pacific Golf Federation and sanctioned by the Thailand Golf Association.

Choi Kwang Do team selected
Panchkula, December 26
A 16-member Choi Kwang Do team from Haryana was selected to participate in the national championship.

Inter-academy winter league today
Chandigarh, December 26
The U-16 Inter-academy winter league will be organised by the DAV Academy, Sector 8, in association with DP Azad Academy, from December 27.


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