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A rocking start to 2011
...Tricity dances hard l Overspeeding, accidents, brawls & rowdyism l ...And a midnight baby in Panchkula

Revellers take to the dance floor while ringing in 2011 at a discotheque in Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Friday night.
Revellers take to the dance floor while ringing in 2011 at a discotheque in Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Friday night. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


2011 begins with revelry, rowdyism
Chandigarh, December 31
Even as biting cold failed to prove a dampner for the new year revellers incidents of violence, rowdyism and overspeeding marred the New Year festivities in the tricity tonight.

Close contest likely
Chandigarh, December 31
The municipal corporation’s mayoral elections is likely to witness a close contest today. All efforts put in by the Congress to persuade JS Kang to withdraw as an independent candidate have failed.

2 killed in bombshell explosion at scrap dealer’s shop
The site where the blast occurred; and (bottom) a grieving family at General Hospital, Sector 6, on Friday. Panchkula, December 31
Two children were killed and at least seven persons injured, four of them seriously, when a misfired bombshell exploded at a scrap dealer’s shop in Budhanpur village near Sector 16 here this evening. The explosion took place around 6.45 p.m. The dead have been identified as Sonu (12) and Karan (16).

The site where the blast occurred; and (bottom) a grieving family at General Hospital, Sector 6, on Friday. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

VK Singh to be UT Finance Secy
Chandigarh, December 31 The Union government has finally cleared the name of VK Singh as the UT Finance Secretary.An IAS officer of the 1990 batch and currently posted as the managing director of Punjab Milkfed, Singh is slated to join the UT administration next week.


New Year, new hopes, new targets
Like every New Year, 2011 has brought hopes and expectations. Tribune Reporters talk to some prominent city residents and officials about their hopes and plans for the city and how it can be made better

On New Year Eve: No reason to rejoice
Chandigarh, December 31
A gloomy scenario continued to prevail at the residence of Khushpreet on the New Year eve. With no sign of the five-year-old 11 days after he was abducted, the family was in a very depressed state, waiting endlessly for the child.

Students return from leadership camp
Chandigarh, December 31 Over 100 students returned from a four-day advanced leadership camp organised by an NGO Yuvsatta with the help of HQ Western Command at Feroezpur.About 30 participants were from Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, and SGGS Collegiate Public School, Sector 26, 10 from Yuvsatta’s children centre at Bapu Dham and rest from Dev Samaj Model High School, Ferozepur.

Docs caution against sudden change in temp
Chandigarh, December 31
With the increase in chill along with showers in the region, doctors have advised residents to protect themselves from the exposure to the sudden change of temperature.

Merciless cutting of trees goes unchecked
Mohali, December 31
Mindless cutting of precious trees by public and government agencies goes unchecked in Mohali.On Friday, the horticulture wing of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) had to lodge a complaint with the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) when a Junior Engineer of the department found that a tree near house no. HM 134, Phase IV, was being cut without any permission from authorities.

Registration fee up five times
Panchkula, December 31
Considering the proposed hike in road tax, adding to the registration fee in Haryana, residents here are buying cars at the end of the year forcing authorities to start the new series of vehicle numbers.

IT Park project in Sec 22 fails to take off
Panchkula, December 31
Three months on, and the IT Park project in Sector 22 still remains a non-starter.The much-hyped project was launched in 2007 and it was expected that bigwigs, including Infosys would join the foray. Work in slow progress at IT Park in Sector 23, Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Miscreants remained ahead of police
Mohali, December 31
Recent recoveries of stolen vehicles and snatched valuables, besides, car thieves and snatchers remained a step ahead of Mohali police.The year ended on a positive note, as the police has a reason to pat its back by arresting several car thieves. But the police remained unsuccessful in cracking the mysterious murder of Panchkula realtor Suresh Kumar, whose charred body was found near Siswan, and robbery of Rs 35 lakh from a house in Phase IX here.

Challenges for new Mayor
Who will take the reigns?
Chandigarh, December 31
Next year will certainly not be a cake walk for the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.The Mayor will have to deal with issues like imposition of water tariff hike, drafting of recruitment and promotion policy for MC employees, recruitment of fresh staff for the three departments, which have recently been transferred to MC and imposition of house tax which are the stumbling blocks in the smooth functioning of the corporation.

Magistrate to submit report on Monday
Chandigarh, December 31
Sub Divisional Magistrate (south) Vinod P Kavele, who is inquiring into the incident where wrong blood was transfused into an expectant woman at Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, is expected to submit the report to the UT Health Secretary on Monday.

Jet Airways’ plea to passengers
Chandigarh, December 31
In view of the enhanced security measures implemented at all airports by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, Jet Airways has revised its check-in time to two hours prior to the flight departure to avoid congestion at airports and enable flights to depart on time.

Partygoers’ woes on New Year Eve
Checks on drunken driving, shortage of cabs
Chandigarh, December 31
The UT Police’s drive against drunken drivers, coupled with scarcity of cabs in the city, left many persons upset on the New Year Eve. With the UT Police warnings against drunken driving doing rounds in all forms of media for the past one week, many “high-spirited” residents chose to rely on cabs, but were left cribbing or looking for alternatives.

City shivers at 14°C
Chandigarh, December 31
The maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 14.0 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature dipped to 9.7 degrees from Thursday’s 10.5 degrees C.Meanwhile, dense fog disrupted flight and rail traffic.

Jan 4 last date to submit documents
Mohali, December 31 The Estate Office of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has given one last opportunity to about 100 successful reserved category applicants in the Aerocity draw of lots to finish documents of their category against which they had sought allotment.


Chandigarh: Professor Mina Surjit Singh of the department of English and cultural studies, Panjab University, has been honoured with a two-year emeritus fellowship by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for her project “Greening Tagore: An exploration of his eco-philosophical, eco-political and ecological wisdom.”


KU Exams: DAV students get top positions
Ambala, December 31
Students of DAV College, Ambala City, achieved the top three positions in Kurukshetra University in MCom (second semester) examination declared today. College principal CK Yadav told Madhvi got the first position by securing 952 marks out of 1,200, while Manpreet Kaur and Nidhi got the second and third position, respectively. — OC

Rally against social evils
Patiala, December 31
A rally against social evils was organised here on Tuesday by NCC cadets of the 5 Punjab Battalion NCC, Patiala. The cadets, while attending 10-day annual training camp at the Army area, Patiala, organised an anti-social evils awareness rally in the city.

Seminar on women’s role in history
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 31
A state-level seminar on “Women’s role in history” was organised at the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College during the martyrdom day of younger Sahibzada of Guru Gobind Singh and Mata Gujri.

Residents irked over potholes
Accidents on the rise due to engineering faults
Rajpura, December 31
Potholes on various roads has once again irked residents of various localities of Rajpura, who have been complaining since long to get these roads repaired.Situation gets worst during monsoon season, as vehicles get stuck up causing traffic chaos. A view of potholed roads of Rajpura. Tribune photo: JS Virdhi

Rally against polio
Dera Bassi, December 31
A motorcycle rally to spread awareness against polio disease, started from Chandigarh to Goa, was welcomed at Dera Bassi by Rotary club members.A function was organised here in which Rotarian Bhupinder Saini and Vipin Thaman and councillors participated.

4 vehicles stolen
Chandigarh, December 31
Nanak Singh, a resident of Sector 66, Mohali, in his complaint to the police said his Bajaj Chetak scooter was stolen from the parking lot of Sadar Bazaar in Sector 19. Nanak Singh told he came to the Sadar Bazaar for shopping.

Theft at house
Zirakpur, December 31
Thieves decamped with jewellery worth lakhs and cash after breaking into a house at Harmilap Nagar, Baltana, here today. The owner of the house, Navneet Singla, said he had lodged a complaint with the police.


Punjab spinners restrict M’rashtra
Chandigarh, December 31
Excellent bowling spell by right arm leg spinner Sandeep Singh (four for 48) helped Punjab to restrict Maharashtra in the quarterfinals of the Vijay Merchant Trophy being held at Palakkad (Kerala).After winning the toss, Maharashtra decided to bat first and scored 267 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 100 overs at the end of day’s play.


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