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Mayor’s post
It’s Cong’s Palli vs BJP’s Bittu
Chandigarh, December 27
The contest for the post of the city’s mayor, elections to which are scheduled to be held by the municipal corporation on January 1, will be between Ravinder Pal Singh Palli of the Congress party and the BJP’s Rajesh Bittu. While the Congress has fielded Kuldip Singh and Sheela Phool Singh for the posts of senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor, respectively, Anil Dubey and Sarita Sharma will be the BJP’s candidates for these two posts.

DAY 7 OF KHUSHPREET’S KIDNAPPING
Gaping holes in uncle’s statements
Police recovers his missing mobile phone
Chandigarh, December 27
In a new twist to the Khushpreet kidnapping case, the police today recovered the missing mobile phone of Sukhwinder Singh, uncle of the kidnapped child Khushpreet, six days after he told the police that the kidnappers had taken it with them when he handed them the ransom amount of Rs 4 lakh.

No dump or godown this
UT food and supplies office a shambles
Chandigarh, December 27
Clogged corridors with almost a dozen rusty old almirahs lined up along the walls; over a score damaged computers piled up on a table; dingy interiors with no cross-ventilation outlets; and inadequate light presenting an almost claustrophobic environment. And all this in an old basement.



EARLIER STORIES

MC nod to 8 projects even as old ones gather dust
Chandigarh, December 27
In a typical example of having a “short memory”, the municipal corporation’s general house meeting held today approved eight projects worth ` 62 crore even though the house had decided minutes earlier no new projects would be taken up until the earlier ones were executed.

City’s development
Admn breaks ice with Bansal
Chandigarh, December 27
After being completely ignored during the tenure of former UT administrator Gen (retd) SF Rodrigues, the UT administration has broken the ice with union parliamentary affairs & water resources minister and MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, seeking his guidance on the city’s developmental plans.


COMMUNITY

Cold Wave Going Strong
Residents warm up around a bonfire at a road near the IT Park in Chandigarh on Monday. No respite in sight
Chandigarh, December 27
People braced for colder weather as the mercury marginally dipped to 5.3 degree Celsius today. Though there was light fog in the wee hours, chilly winds blowing across the city added to the woes of residents.


Residents warm up around a bonfire at a road near the IT Park in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Quality checks, not MC’s forte
Development works worth Rs. 3.75 crore at three sites
Chandigarh, December 27
Poor quality of development works worth Rs 3.75 crore undertaken at three sites by the municipal corporation (MC) across the city has come under the scanner of the General House, exposing the claims of quality control measures being adopted by the authorities.

Objections raised over notice to ex-Mayor
Chandigarh, December 27
Cutting across party lines over the notice issued to former Mayor Kamlesh for the recovery of the amount spent on two special meetings convened during her tenure in 2009, the General House of the Municipal Corporation today passed a resolution that the audit department should be asked to withdraw this objection as it was not under its jurisdiction.

Yearenders 2010
Panchkula councillors failed miserably
Work going on at a snail’s pace at the IT Park, Sector 23, Panchkula. A year gone by and it’s time for us to see if we are on the right track, have we underestimated ourselves, are we overconfident and ignoring the reality? Too many questions need to be answered before we move ahead.



Work going on at a snail’s pace at the IT Park, Sector 23, Panchkula. A file photo

Mohali a city of future, a distant dream
Work in progress to lay the foundation of the Aerocity road near Bakarpur village. Even as the real estate sector scripted history by registering over-subscription to the Aerocity housing scheme, it was an eventful year for Mohali residents as thousands of building violations were regularised after the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) relaxed archaic building bylaws.

Work in progress to lay the foundation of the Aerocity road near Bakarpur village. A file photo

Kin protest against delay in post-mortem
Chandigarh, December 27
The relatives of a deceased had to hold a protest to get the authorities to conduct post-mortem at the PGI here today.

Kidnap hoax
Chandigarh, December 27 Tension prevailed in Sector 31 when the police control room received a phone call that a girl had been kidnapped in a grey car from opposite house number 2310 here today.

School adopts precautionary measures
Parents and relatives of Khushpreet, who was kidnapped, protest outside the police station at Sector 45 in Chandigarh on Monday.Chandigarh, December 27
“Khushpreet is a naughty yet a very confident and intelligent child. He is a fussy eater and required a teacher to run after him in the lunch hours to make him finish his tiffin. I wonder how he has been eating all these days,” says Harpreet Kaur, principal of Khuspreet’s school, Ajit Karm Singh International Public School (AKSIPS), Sector 45.


Parents and relatives of Khushpreet, who was kidnapped, protest outside the police station at Sector 45 in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

‘Central status to create jobs in varsity’ 
PU Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti helps a delegate to put on a white blazer.Chandigarh, December 27
“The status of being a Centrally-funded university will put forth major job opportunities at PU. According to a university proposal, it will be a recruitment drive for both teaching and non-teaching staff,” said Dr Sukhadeo Thorat, chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC).


PU Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti helps a delegate to put on a white blazer. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

‘India and Elections’
Photo exhibition inaugurated
Chandigarh, December 27
Chief Election Commissioner of India SY Qureshi inaugurated a three-day photo exhibition on “India and Elections” at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, here today.

HJC demands President’s rule
Panchkula, December 27
The Haryana Janhit Congress held a protest rally near mini secretariat at Sector 1 here today demanding the President’s rule in view of the “deteriorating” law and order situation in the state.

Zirakpur to have 12 more tubewells
Zirakpur, December 27
Water scarcity in Zirakpur will soon be a thing of past with Punjab water supply department setting up 12 new tubewells in the coming year. As of now 80 per cent work of laying down of water pipes has been completed. About Rs 10 crore would be spent on the work of water supply.

Social activist Dr Harshinder Kaur interacts with the audience during a Ru-Ba-Ru at the Panjab Kala Bhawan in Chandigarh on Monday.
Social activist Dr Harshinder Kaur interacts with the audience during a Ru-Ba-Ru at the Panjab Kala Bhawan in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

HUDA serves notice on contractor
Panchkula, December 27
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has served a notice to the contractor, who is running the Indradhanush Auditorium, for poor maintenance of fire fighting and other equipment.

2G spectrum scam
Bansal wants Sushma to form joint panel
Chandigarh, December 27
Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources Pawan Bansal has dared Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj in the Lok Sabha to bring a resolution for the constitution of a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to probe the 2G spectrum scam.

‘Pratibha’ to provide platform to young artistes
Chandigarh, December 27 As many as nine budding singers participated in a non-filmy musical programme “Pratibha-2010” organised by the NZCC at Kalagram and regaled audience, mainly senior citizens here today.

Mass marriage function
Mohali, December 27
The all-India general secretary of the Panch Pasrdhani Sandeep Canadian married off 37 poor couples at a mass marriage function, organised at Dasehra Ground in Phase VIII here yesterday.

NSS camp ends
Chandigarh, December 27
A seven-day NSS camp organised from December 20 to 26 concluded at Government Senior Secondary School, Dhanas village.

Central banks should be transparent: Rangarajan
Chandigarh, December 27
“If country continues to execute current economic policies, we shall register 9 per cent annual economic growth and poverty will be eradicated by 2020 with every India falling in the middle income group bracket,” said Dr C Rangarajan, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, who was in city to inaugurate 93rd Annual Conference of The Indian Economic Association.

EDUCATION

Canara Bank runs out of PMT forms
Chandigarh, December 27
Students went empty handed from Canara Bank, Sector 35-B, as no arrangements were made for the PMT forms being conducted by the CBSE for the 2011 examination.

Audience gets a feel of fairy world
Panchkula, December 27
The auditorium of the Jainendra Public School reverberated with warmth, grandeur and gaiety as the school celebrated its annual day here on Saturday.

UICET professor awarded
Chandigarh, December 27
Dr Gaurav Verma, co-coordinator (nanoscience and nanotechnology), assistant professor (polymers), University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET), Panjab University, has won Prof S Sundaresan Award at the International Symposium for Research Scholars (ISRS 2010) on Metallurgy, Materials Science and Engineering held from December 20-22 at IIT, Madras.

Education sector output should rise
Chandigarh, December 27
Focusing on the status of higher education sector in India, Dr C Rangarajan, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister said the output in the education sector was not proportionate to investment made in it.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

‘Mehak Punjabi’ draws crowds
Dera Bassi, December 27
The Punjabi food festival “Mehak Punjabi” at the amusement and water park on the Barwala road near here is attracting thousands of people of nearby areas.

Poor condition of railway colony houses
Shivalik Vikas Manch to file PIL
Kalka, December 27
The Shivalik Vikas Manch plans to file a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding various problems being faced by the residents of Railway Colony, Kalka.

Health dept serves notice on milk plant
Dera Bassi, December 27
The health department has issued a notice to destroy the expired milk powder found in Milk Specialities Limited, Gholumajra, near Dera Bassi, a plant of Milk Time company. However, the factory management declined to destroy the expired material and said they would go in the court against this notice.

Decomposed body recovered
Kalka, December 27
The Kalka police has recovered a decomposed body of an unknown person from near the jungle of Naina Devi Temple adjacent Orian village of Kalka. Police sources revealed that a few children, residents of the village, noticed the body and informed their parents about it. Later, the police was informed and the police was investigating the matter.

Stress on importance of first aid
Ambala, December 27
A three-day workshop on “First aid and its importance” was organised at the PKR Jain College of Education, Ambala City, to acquaint teachers and students with basic first aid in case of accidents and natural calamity.

COURTS

Sofat gets bail
Panchkula, December 27
In an important development Sumit Sofat, Ludhiana-based doctor and accused in an attempt to murder case registered against him in July last year in Chandimandir police station here, has finally got bail from the District Courts here today.

SPORTS

City athletes set new records
Sports Meet for the Blind
Panchkula, December 27
Shanta K from Karnataka re-established her supremacy by jumping 3.43m to set the new record on the second day of the 17th IBSA National Sports Meet for the Blind being held at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, here today.

A visually challenged athlete falls after completing the 400 metres race; and (right) Babu Khan from the Institute for Blind, Sector 26, in a jubilant mood after winning the race on the second day of the 17th IBSA National Sports Meet for the Blind at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula on Monday.
A visually challenged athlete falls after completing the 400 metres race; and (right) Babu Khan from the Institute for Blind, Sector 26, in a jubilant mood after winning the race on the second day of the 17th IBSA National Sports Meet for the Blind at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula on Monday.

Hyderabad muster 124 for 2
Chandigarh, December 27
In reply to Punjab’s big total of 528 runs for six (declared), the Hyderabad under-16 team got off to a good start with putting on 124 runs for two in the first innings of the pre-quarterfinal match of Vijay Merchant Trophy being played at Palakkad, Kerala, today.

Proud members of the Chandigarh U-19 team, who brought laurels to the city with their first-ever win in national football. Global glory in sports
It’s that time of the year once again when we all close to open new chapters, sit and see the milestones set a year ago before we start walking towards the new ones.




Proud members of the Chandigarh U-19 team, who brought laurels to the city with their first-ever win in national football. A file photo.

Dhruv Pandove Meet
BECC to face DCF in semifinals
Patiala, December 27
The Black Elephant Cricket Club (BECC), Patiala, defeated Partap Cricket Academy, Karnal, by 10 wickets to enter the semifinals of the Druv Pandove Memorial Cricket Tournament where they would face DCF, Delhi, at the YPS Grounds tomorrow.

Winter League Tourney
DAV-8 academy thrash DP Azad academy
A cricket match in progress at DAV School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Monday.Chandigarh, December 27
Started on a winning note, the DAV-8 Cricket Academy thrashed DP Azad Cricket Academy (DPACA) by 39 runs in the opening match of the Winter League Cricket Tournament at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here today.

A cricket match in progress at DAV School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Monday. A Tribune photograph

SESA signs city football player
Chandigarh, December 27
Jonychand Singh Thounaojam, a star player of the Youngsters Club (YC), has done the city proud, as he has been signed by SESA Goa, one of the prestigious football clubs of the country.


 



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