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RTE: Lottery system in schools unnerves parents
Chandigarh, January 4
The UT Administration’s decision to adopt a lottery system for admissions up to class VIII has left parents in the city jittery. With nursery admissions to some prominent city schools about to begin, parents claim that for them seeking admissions for their wards is now no longer a matter of choice but rather a chore of getting them admitted to any school. Period.

Khushpreet Kidnapping
Two Inspectors sent to Police Lines
Case transferred to Crime Branch
Chandigarh, January 4
A fortnight after five-year-old Khushpreet of Burail village was kidnapped, senior UT police officials have finally swung into action.

3 school kids go missing
Chandigarh, January 4
A fortnight after five-year-old Khushpreet was kidnapped from Burail, three schoolchildren, including two girls, have reportedly gone missing.

Woman slapped at PGI parking
Chandigarh, January 4
In a shocking incident, a woman in her early thirties was slapped in the PGI’s parking lot today after she objected to the obscene remarks allegedly passed by a young man, reportedly a member of the parking staff on duty. When she raised her voice against the latter’s repugnant comments and lewd gestures he fled from the scene. The incident occurred in broad daylight in front of the OPD building, which is one of the most crowded areas at the hospital.


Celestial delight

The various phases of the sun captured by Tribune chief photographer Manoj Mahajan during an eclipse from 2.57 pm to 4.05 pm in Chandigarh on Tuesday
The various phases of the sun captured by Tribune chief photographer Manoj Mahajan during an eclipse from 2.57 pm to 4.05 pm in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Phone lines dead after cable theft
Chandigarh, January 4
At least 1,000 landline telephone connections of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) have gone dead in Sectors 27 and 28 following theft of a portion of the underground cable. Residents today went without phone connectivity for the second consecutive day with no immediate respite in sight, as was evident from the repair work on ground.

Minor raped in Panchkula
Panchkula, January 4
A 17-year -old boy was arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl here today. He injured the victim by hitting her with stone on the head before raping her. The accused was stated to be under the influence of liquor at the time of crime.


Mayoral Poll Row
Congress hits back at Oppn
Challenges it to prove allegations
Congress leaders address mediapersons in Chandigarh on Tuesday Chandigarh, January 4
Condemning the allegations levelled by the BJP and other opposition parities against union minister and member parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal over mayoral election, senior Congress leaders challenged them to prove these with facts and records here today.

Congress leaders address mediapersons in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Vehicles parked in an unmanned parking lot at ISBT-43, Chandigarh Unmanned parking at ISBT-43
Chandigarh, January 4
Hundreds of cars and thousands of two-wheelers parked in the parking lot of the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), Sector 43, on any given day remain vulnerable to theft, courtesy the absence of a parking lot contractor.

Vehicles parked in an unmanned parking lot at ISBT-43, Chandigarh. Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Community parking in each sector soon
Chandigarh, January 4
Each sector will soon have a community parking as the Chandigarh municipal corporation is initiating a survey to earmark vacant land for their construction. The decision was taken at the coordination committee meeting of the UT administration and the municipal corporation held under UT Adviser Pardeep Mehra here today.

Road Safety Week
People exhorted to follow regulations
Chandigarh, January 4
As a part of the road safety week celebrations, the Chandigarh traffic police organised a workshop for rickshaw-pullers at the Chandigarh Traffic Park, Sector 23, Chandigarh, to create awareness among them about the road rules and regulations. As many as 200 rickshaw-pullers participated in the workshop.

Use of Internet by Adolescents
Threat to relationship with parents: Study
Chandigarh, January 4
The increased use of computers, particularly the Internet, by city adolescents is posing a serious threat to their relationship with their parents.

DD, MoD ink pact to air programmes for ex-servicemen
Chandigarh, January 4
The Ministry of Defence and Doordarshan (DD) have joined hands to broadcast programmes aimed at educating Ex-servicemen about the various welfare schemes and benefits introduced by the government from time to time.

Odissi dancers perform at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday Spiritual fervour comes alive
Chandigarh, January 4
A cohesive and colourful Odissi dance spectacle with audio-visual effects and soothing musical renditions by the Toronto-based Menaka Thakkar Dance Company enraptured audience at the Tagore Theatre here today.

Odissi dancers perform at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Nine police officials transferred
Chandigarh, January 4
Senior police officials today transferred nine police officers, including three inspectors and six sub-inspectors with immediate effect. Sub-inspector Rajiv has been transferred as police post in-charge, Sector 22, while SI Usha Rani has been transferred to the Sector 11 police station.

Chill continues to bite
Shimla still warmer than city
Chandigarh, January 4
Bone-chilling conditions caused by the prevailing cold wave hit normal life in the city, disrupting air and rail traffic today. Shimla continued to be warmer than the city and its adjoining areas.

Weather keeps air passengers on tenterhooks
Chandigarh, January 4
Passengers are in a fix on whether to opt for air travel, go by train or hire a taxi, as flights continue to get delayed due to bad weather and foggy conditions in the region.

Assembly Elections
Basic amenities to encroachers promised
A colony resident raises an issue with District Planning Board chairman NK Sharma in Mohali on TuesdayMohali, January 4
Punjab Chief Minister’s decision to provide basic amenities to people residing in illegal settlements which have dotted the city’s periphery has resulted in expansion of these settlements. With the blessing of political leaders, new shanties are coming up with a hope that all structures will be regularised.

A colony resident raises an issue with District Planning Board chairman NK Sharma in Mohali on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

High drama at SDM’s office
Panchkula, January 4
Kalka MLA Pardeep Chaudhary discusses the matter with Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar in Panchkula High drama prevailed at the office of Panchkula Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) KL Kalson when a Sector 12 resident alleged that he was beaten up by the SDM at his office. Sonu Dahia, a resident of Sector 12, alleged that he had gone to the SDM’s office to get his sister’s vehicle registered, but Kalson started beating him up. Kalson, however, denied the allegations. He said Sonu was involved in illegal activities and he had just warned him to stay away from his office.
Kalka MLA Pardeep Chaudhary discusses the matter with Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar in Panchkula. A Tribune photograph

Staff of the Indian Council for Child Welfare Employees Union stage a protest at Sector 23, Chandigarh Dharna by child welfare staff
Chandigarh, January 4
On a call given by the Indian Council for Child Welfare Employees Union, staff of various affiliated crčches, Prayas Institute and Bal Bhavan today staged a “dharna” outside Bal Bhavan, Sector 23, here. Bihari Lal, general secretary of the union, protested against the apathetic attitude of the authorities towards their long-pending demands. 

Staff of the Indian Council for Child Welfare Employees Union stage a protest at Sector 23, Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Mohali Municipal Corporation
Residents to pay more taxes
Mohali, January 4
Development of the city will come at a cost. With formal notification of the Mohali municipal corporation expected this week, residents of the city will have to pay a price in the form of additional taxes that will be automatically levied by the civic body.


For Safety Sake

Schoolchildren participate in the national road safety week celebrations in Banur on Tuesday
Schoolchildren participate in the national road safety week celebrations in Banur on Tuesday. Tribune photo: JS Virdi

CBSE to extend CCE system to Classes VI-VIII
Chandigarh, January 4
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is all set to extend its Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system to Classes VI, VII and VIII. The move will ensure that co-scholastic skills of the students become an integral part of the school, right from the formative years or upper-primary classes. The evaluation system shall lay special stress on development of life skills in particular to make education more fruitful in day-to-day lives. The board has devised a special life skill training programme targeted at adolescents between the age group of 10 to 18 years.


Nigam recovers pending power bills
Ambala, January 4
The Uttari Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), Ambala City, has started recovering pending power bills from the government offices as well as from other consumers. The Nigam has to collect the arrear of around Rs 9 crore from its consumers.


Kali temple under shrine board
Decision challenged, hearing on Jan 9
Chandigarh, January 4
The State of Haryana’s decision to bring the famous Kali Mata temple of Kalka under Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board was today challenged in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Cashier’s Murder
Three suspects held
Zirakpur, January 4
Two of the suspects in police custody A day after a cashier was robbed of Rs 5 lakh and shot dead by some unidentified youths, the police arrested three suspects from a residential area here today.
The police had earlier cordoned off the area following a tip-off on the presence of the suspects in the colony.
Two of the suspects in police custody. Photo: Nitin Mittal

Three held for attacking shopkeeper
Zirakpur, January 4
The police arrested three persons for allegedly attacking a shopkeeper late last night. The arrested youths have been identified as Sarbjit Singh alias Sabi, Jasvir Singh alias Jassi and Gurvinder Singh, residents of Zirakpur.

Suicide bid by man
Chandigarh, January 4
A resident of Vikas Nagar in Mauli Jagran allegedly attempted suicide by setting himself ablaze here today. Basu Dev, a labourer, is currently admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, with 70 per cent burn injuries.


Cooch Behar Elite Tie (U-19)
UP batsmen shown the door
Chandigarh, January 4
Punjab bowlers sent six batsmen of Uttar Pradesh back to pavilion in the quarterfinals of Cooch Behar Elite Tie (U-19) being played at Holkar Stadium, Indore.
In reply to Punjab’s first innings’ total of 409, UP was at 197 for 6 in 71 overs at the end of today’s play.

picture of concentration

A match in progress between Sunfire Rockets and Modgill Challengers in the Tricity Premier League at
A match in progress between Sunfire Rockets and Modgill Challengers in the Tricity Premier League at The Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Aadil second in IGU rankings
Chandigarh, January 4
Nine-year-old Aadil Bedi, a student of Class IV of Vivek High School, has finished second in the Indian Golf Union (IGU) rankings for Category D (under-10) logging 204 points after the just-concluded All-India Junior/Sub-junior Golf Championship at the Eagleton Golf Resort in Bangalore.

Divya school book berth in final
Chandigarh, January 4
Hosts Divya Public School, Sector 44, made it to the final after beating Sensational Warriors, Sector 44, by a huge margin of 107 runs in the Divya Livewire (Tennis Ball) Trophy being played at the school grounds here today.

Inder Pal on sports panel
Chandigarh, January 4
Inder Pal Singh of Chandigarh has been elected member of the Asian Roller Sports’ Artistic Committee. The decision was taken at a general meeting held on November 22 at Guangzhou, China.

YMCA tennis tourney from Jan 7
Chandigarh, January 4
The Local Total Tennis Academy will be organising the YMCA Total Tennis Tournament at their academy in Sector 11 from January 7.
The four-day tournament will witness matches in various age groups, including under-10, U-12, U-14, U-18 and men singles in boys section and under-12, U-14 and U-18 category in girls section. The matches will be played at YMCA’s six-clay courts.

Cricket trials today
Chandigarh, January 4
The trials to select the Chandigarh junior (U-16) and senior cricket team for the All-India Power-20 Cricket Championship will be held tomorrow at the KK Cricket Academy at Government Model Senior Secondary School at 2.30 pm.

Softball meet from today
Chandigarh, January 4
The 32nd Senior National Softball Championship will commence tomorrow at PEC University of Technology, Sector 12, here.
More than 1,000 players across the country will participate in the six-day tournament. Organisers said 30 teams from various states had already arrived in the city.


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