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MC elections
Bigwigs wobble as poll panel reserves 12 wards
Affected Cong, BJP-SAD councillors scout for new turf
Chandigarh, October 21
The delimitation of wards of the municipal corporation, finalised today by the State Election Commission for the fourth term of the civic body, has dealt a major blow to the political ambitions of many sitting councillors, especially those of the ruling Congress. Of the 12 wards reserved, seven have been set aside for women candidates, while five have been booked for SC women candidates. The remainder of the wards have been declared as general wards.


POWER TENNIS: Gurinder plays a shot during the ongoing Inter-College Tennis Tournament for Boys (A-Division) on the PU Campus, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Admn reprieve for Deep Colony voters
Gives back voting rights to those living outside ‘lal dora’
Chandigarh, October 21
Residents living outside the “lal dora” in five villages and the Deep Complex area under the jurisdiction of the UT administration will now be allowed to cast their ballot in the forthcoming MC elections. This was communicated by the UT administration to the state election commission today. In a communication, the administration said provisions had been made by the authorities under which the residents would be allowed to cast their ballot in the MC elections.

cyber crime
UT police to dig into 10-yr-old case in 45 days!
High Court issues directions to complete investigation, file report
Chandigarh, October 21
A red-faced UT police, which has been unable to solve the first-ever case of cyber fraud registered in the city almost a decade ago, has now assured the Punjab and Haryana High Court of solving it within the next 45 days, well before the next hearing scheduled for December 19.

NCB officials examine the contraband before destroying it at an incinerator in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu Heroin, charas worth crores destroyed
In August, the NCB had destroyed nearly 4,000-kg poppy husk at the same incinerator in Mohali
Chandigarh, October 21
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) today destroyed 53 kg heroin and 271 kg charas, valuing crores of rupees in the international market, seized by it during various operations conducted over the past one and half decades. Besides, the NCB also decided to hand over 18 kg opium to a factory at Neemuch (MP) for medical use. The contraband was destroyed at an incinerator, Rainbow Environment, in Mohali under senior NCB and police officials’ supervision. Nearly 4,000-kg poppy husk seized by the NCB was burnt at the same incinerator in August.

NCB officials examine the contraband before destroying it at an incinerator in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Telecom war
BSNL refuses to budge
Chandigarh, October 21
Even three days after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) ordered the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to restore inter-connectivity between its landline and mobile phones of private service operators, the latter is yet to comply with the same.


Police Commemoration Day
Police remembers its martyrs
Jawans pay homage to martyrs on Police Commemoration Day at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Panchkula, October 21
“The police force reaffirms its resolve to keep fighting and keep winning. The force is being modernised to deal with criminals effectively,” said the Director General of Police, Ranjeev Dalal, here today. He was speaking at a state-level function organised at the Police Lines to mark the Police Commemoration Day.

Jawans pay homage to martyrs on Police Commemoration Day at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Public information officer fined Rs 5,000
Panchkula, October 21
Disposing of an appeal that will have an impact on the practice of harassing applicants seeking information under the Right to Information Act, the State Information Commission, Haryana, has asked the Financial Commissioner and principal secretary of the Revenue Department to conduct a time-bound inquiry into the three contradictory statements that were made to an applicant by Panchkula tehsildar.

Tibetan students take out a rally in protest against Chinese policies in Chandigarh on Friday.
Waiting to be heard:
Tibetan students take out a rally in protest against Chinese policies in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

MC elections: BSP announces candidates
Chandigarh, October 21
A few hours after the draw of lots for wards, the BSP was the first party to announce its candidates for the forthcoming municipal corporation elections today. BSP senior leader Hafiz-Anwar-Ull-Hakh said barring ward No. 10, candidates for the remaining 25 wards had been finalised. From ward No. 23, Anwar-Ull-Hakh’s wife Janat will contest the elections.

Rally by health department
Mohali, October 21
An awareness rally to check the spread of dengue fever was organised by officials of the health department here today.

16 gharial babies die at Chhat Bir
Zirakpur, October 21
Four months after a gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) gave birth to 16 babies, at Chhat Bir Zoo, all the babies died even after the zoo employees did their best to rear them. The exact cause of the death is yet to be ascertained.

3 hookah bars raided
Panchkula, October 21
The Food and Drugs Authority Department today conducted raids at three hookah bars in the city and collected nicotine samples. The bars have also been served notices for selling nicotine without possessing a licence.

One more down with dengue
Chandigarh, October 21
A fresh case of dengue was reported in the city today, taking the total number of people affected by the disease to 30. As per the data collected by the UT health department, 59-year-old patient from Dhanas has been diagnosed with the disease.


PU youth fest: Drama dominates Day 2
Chandigarh, October 21
The second day of Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival, 2011, saw activities like drama and ‘ghara’ songs. With Diwali break set to start tomorrow, thousands of students across the campus swooped to different auditoriums to enjoy fun-filled activities.

Students stage a play during Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival at Panjab University on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Workshop at MCM DAV
Chandigarh, October 21
The environment committee of MCM College for Women organised a workshop to spread awareness about the significance of eco-friendly products and lifestyle on Friday. Students were given an opportunity to learn pottery using a potter’s wheel and were encouraged to use eco-friendly materials for making pots. The workshop emphasised the message: “Beware! Crackers may crack you!”

Contest at college
Chandigarh, October 21
The commerce department of Postgraduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, organised an inter-college commerce competition.


Murder case cracked; two arrested
Panchkula, October 21
With the arrest of two accused, the Panchkula police claims to have solved the murder of 22-year-old Pooja, a resident of Bhainsa Tibba village, who worked at a factory in Baddi (HP).

Students thrash cops in police station
Chandigarh, October 21
A brawl between current and former students of Panjab University took an ugly turn when the students assaulted two policemen, including a munshi on night duty, at the Sector 11 police station last night.

Five arrested for planning robbery
Chandigarh, October 21
The police arrested five persons, who were planning to commit a robbery near Daria village. The accused have been identified as Situ, a resident of Ram Darbar, Ashish Kumar, a resident of Indira Colony, Mani Majra, Gagandeep, a resident of Sector 35, Ashwani Kumar and Nitu, residents of Ram Darbar. Three country-made pistols with six live cartridges, a knife and a sharp-edged weapon were recovered from them. A case under Sections 399, 402 IPC and 25-54-59 Arms Act has been registered at the Industrial Area police station.

1 held for impersonation
Chandigarh, October 21
Local police today arrested a person in a case of impersonation as he was found appearing in an interview in place of someone else for the post of peon in the Panjab and Haryana High Court. The police arrested Ravinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 52. The name of the actual candidate is also Ravinder Kumar. A case under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered.


Carrom tourney from Nov 3
Chandigarh, October 21
The Chandigarh Carrom Association will organise 13th Raj Kumar Babuta Memorial Carrom Ranking Tournament from November 3 to 5, at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45.

Punjab defeat HP
Chandigarh, October 21
Punjab cricket team defeated Himachal in the ongoing Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy (North Zone) being held at DPS Cricket Academy Rohtak. In their second match of the tournament, Punjab team defeated Himachal by 16-runs. After opted to bat first Punjab team scored a total of 148 for 6 in 20 overs.


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