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Water tariff hike
Admn shoots down MC proposal
Chandigarh, December 30
An erroneously drafted notification pertaining to an amendment to the city’s water bylaws sent for approval to the UT administration has earned the municipal corporation the wrath of the administration. The draft notification pertains to a water tariff hike on the basis of the New Capital Act instead of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act.

NEW YEAR’S EVE
Drunk drivers, hooligans on police radar
Chandigarh, December 30
The Chandigarh police has made elaborate arrangements to check the menace of drunk driving on the New Year’s Eve. The police has procured additional alcometers on rent and will challan all those found driving in a drunken state late in the night. Besides, 100 barriers will be set up across the city to check any untoward incident.

Speeding truck snuffs out 2 young lives
Victims were college students
Panchkula, December 30
Two students of Government College, Sector 1, were killed in a road accident on the Panchkula- Surajpur road (National Highway 22) here today. The victims have been identified as Videsh Nandi and Jyoti Sharma, residents of Chandi Mandir and Surajpur, respectively.

Khushpreet Kidnapping    Day 10
Police still clueless
Chandigarh, December 30
Even after 10 days, the UT police has failed to make any headway in the abduction case of five-year-old Khushpreet, alias Khushi, who was picked from outside his Burail residence last Tuesday.



EARLIER STORIES

Rain throws city out of gear
Rain washes away normalcy
Visitors to the Rock Garden run for cover as it pours in Chandigarh on Thursday. Max temp dips to season’s low
Chandigarh, December 30
Heavy rain coupled with fog and biting cold threw the normal life out of gear in the city and adjoining Punjab and Haryana today.


n Flights, trains delayed
n Many areas in tricity go without power

Visitors to the Rock Garden run for cover as it pours in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


COMMUNITY

Congress faces setback as BJP woos Kang
Chandigarh, December 30
In a jolt to the Congress the local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today lent open support to JS Kang, who had deserted his parent cadre to contest the elections independently in the poll scheduled for January 1.
BJP and SAD leaders come out in support of JS Kang’s candidature for Mayor’s post during a press conference at Sector 33 in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph
BJP and SAD leaders come out in support of JS Kang’s candidature for Mayor’s post during a press conference at Sector 33 in Chandigarh on Thursday.

City to have more slip roads
Chandigarh, December 30
The UT Home Secretary held a meeting with the municipal corporation Commissioner, Chief Engineer, Chief Architect and SSP (Traffic) to deliberate upon the existing infrastructure of the city roads and measures to curtail the traffic menace.

New Year Bash
Some work while others revel
Chandigarh, December 30
While everyone is planning to party with family and friends to welcome the New Year, a group of workers from different walks of life will be ordaining their uniform to ensure our enjoyment and safety.
Police personnel; and (right) bartenders on duty in Chandigarh.
Police personnel; and (right) bartenders on duty in Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

SI suspended on graft charge
Chandigarh, December 30
Senior police officials today suspended Sub-Inspector Ashwini Kumar on charges of taking bribe. The SI is posted with the police control room (PCR) wing and his suspension orders came two days after a female SI was transferred on charges of accepting bribe.

YEARENDERS
Finally, Panjab University got central status
The year, 2010, has been an eventful year for Panjab University, which kick started with Boston controversy and concluded with the university getting the centrally funded status.


A view of Gandhi Bhawan at Panjab University in Chandigarh. A file photo
A view of Gandhi Bhawan at Panjab University in Chandigarh.


A year of major court verdicts
The UT District Courts were the centre of all activities with judgments being pronounced in major verdicts this year. While the court enhanced the six-month verdict of former DGP SPS Rathore to 18 months in May, accused in sensational murder cases were sentenced for life terms.





Anuradha along with her husband Baljinder Singh, who was convicted for her murder. A file photo
Anuradha along with her husband Baljinder Singh, who was convicted for her murder.


MC’s claims fall flat
A lot said than done this year. Going by the performance report card of the Zirakpur Municipal Council, one finds that all the tall claims of transforming the face of the town seems to have fallen flat.



No stopping encroachments along the highway at Zirakpur. A file photo
No stopping encroachments along the highway at Zirakpur.

Women, too, opting for hair transplant
Panchkula, December 30
Hair transplantation, a procedure involving relocation of hair follicles, till now believed to be most commonly performed on men, is growing more popular among women.

4 injured in head-on collision
Zirakpur, December 30
Four persons, including two women sustained injuries in a head-on collision between two cars at the Panchkula-Dhakoli road late last night.


EDUCATION

Engg students get wrong paper
Panchkula, December 30
The future of engineering students of the Swami Devi Dyal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Barwala, near here has been left in the lurch today when the question paper meant for students appearing in the examination against reappear was delivered to regular students.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Foot and Mouth
Vaccination fails to prevent disease
Lalru, December 30
Animals have been hit by foot and mouth diseases at Chaundheri village despite anti-disease vaccination in July.

Four arrested for robberies; arms seized
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 30
The police arrested four persons for their involvement in robberies and seized arms and vehicles from them near Mandi Gobindgarh today.

Three head of cattle electrocuted
Ambala, December 30
Two cows and a calf were electrocuted near Model Town bus stop at Ambala City this morning. According to information, some cows slipped while crossing a waterlogged area, following the rain, where a live electric wire was lying exposed. The three head of cattle got electrocuted and died on the spot.


The animals that were electrocuted at Ambala on Thursday. A Tribune photograph
The animals that were electrocuted at Ambala on Thursday.

Spreading awareness among consumers
Dera Bassi, December 30
Dera Bassi and Lalru offices of the State Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs celebrated the Consumer Awareness Day here today.



SPORTS

CGA cancels New Year’s celebrations
Chandigarh, December 30
Bad weather conditions may play a spoilsport to the New Year eve celebrations in the city.

Cricket tourney postponed
Chandigarh, December 30
The ongoing Haier Cup Cricket Tournament (U-14) matches were postponed here due to incessant rain.

 



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