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A riot of colour at the venue of the ongoing Diwali Mela in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
A riot of colour at the venue of the ongoing Diwali Mela in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

rehri  Markets
Festive hazard, readiness
Shoppers’ hotspots a ticking time bomb
Chandigarh, October 23
With festive spirit soaring, shopping areas of the city, especially Sectors 19 and 22, are buzzing with shoppers, unmindful of the danger lurking right round the corner. With “rehri” markets in these sectors lacking both in fire-fighting equipment and space for emergency evacuation, even a small mishap can spell a disaster.


PCR cops hit jams
Chandigarh, October 23
In a unique exercise to check the response time of the Police Control Room (PCR) vehicles ahead of Diwali, the UT police organised a mock drill last night asking a vehicle from each police station to report at a predetermined point. Interestingly, PCR officials were not informed that it was a mock drill.

‘Car’fall on Dhanteras
1,000 expected to roll out
Chandigarh, October 23
Up to 1,000 cars are expected to hit the city roads on Dhanteras, considered an auspicious day falling tomorrow, across the tricity. City residents have been waiting for the day to make new purchases, especially of gold, property and cars.

Recession PANGS
GMADA reduces reserve price of plots
Mohali, October 23
Stung by recession and poor response to its last two auctions held in 2010, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has lowered the reserve price of residential and commercial plots that will go under the hammer next month. On an average, the reserve prices of properties have been reduced by 10 to 15 per cent in all sectors where the sites are located.

CII fair
Pak exhibitor’s purse nicked
Chandigarh, October 23 Taking advantage of the huge rush at the ongoing CII fair at the parade ground in Sector 17, pick-pockets made good with a purse containing Rs 2.5 lakh along with $ 700 in cash belonging to a woman member of a Pakistan delegation participating in the fair.

Bikers hit, injure cop on duty
Chandigarh, October 23
A UT police constable on traffic duty suffered critical injuries in the head and mouth after two youths riding a bike hit him on being signalled to pull over for violating the traffic rules.



Celebrating work
No festival is fun without family and friends. And when it’s Diwali, who wants to be at work and miss all the fun, including puja, lighting diyaas, bursting crackers, sharing all goodies with the loved ones. But there will be many professionals from essential services such as doctors, nurses, firemen, policemen and others in the city who will be deprived of this joy and will be at their workplace on Diwali night

take care!
Seven fresh dengue cases in city
Chandigarh, October 23
With seven new cases being confirmed, the total number of people affected from dengue has gone up to 37.

All trains running jam-packed this Diwali
Chandigarh, October 23
If you are planning to travel to celebrate Diwali with your near and dear ones by train from the city then look out for air or bus tickets. Most trains running from the city to the other parts of the country, including Lucknow, Mumbai and Allahabad are already full. The only hope of getting the tickets in the train is through tatkal, which will start about 48 hours in advance.

revenue collection
Excise dept banks on Ra.One
Chandigarh, October 15
It’s not only the fans of Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan, who are eagerly waiting to watch his latest flick Ra.One, but the UT Excise and Taxation Department is also awaiting its release scheduled for this Divali.

petrol pilferage
CITCO moots billing system
Chandigarh, October 23
Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) is planning to introduce billing system to check the alleged pilferage of petrol and diesel from its filling stations in the city by drivers of a few government departments.

Blockades put commuters to inconvenience
Mohali, October 23
It was a day of harassment for commuters travelling between Mohali and different parts of Punjab, as ETT computer teachers blocked the National Highway-21 near the Kharar bus stand. The blockade continued till evening as the teachers remained squatted on the national highway, resulting in traffic snarls on the road leading to Ludhiana, Ropar and different parts of Himachal Pradesh. The police had a tough time diverting the traffic on the Kurali- Chandigarh section and Kharar-Banur road.

Musical night marks end of youth fest
Chandigarh, October 23
The concluding day of the zonal youth festival reverberated with vibrancy of events at Panjab University today.

Fall in driver’s licence cancellation cases
Chandigarh, October 23
If the fall in the suspension of driving licences is any indication of improved traffic conditions on city roads, the numbers have fallen from 40 in 2008 alone to about the same number over the next three years.

Man falls off roof, dies
Chandigarh, October 23 A 48-year-old resident of Sector 44 died after he fell from the second floor of a temple in Sector 31 today.

One month on, no trace of new UT Home Secretary
Chandigarh, October 23
One month after former UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas was repatriated to his parent cadre of Haryana, there is no trace of the new Home Secretary for the UT Administration with administrative work being adversely affected.


Two booked for raping minor girl
Ambala, October 23
Bittu and his nephew Pappi , both residents of Model Town, Ambala, have been booked by the police on the complaint of a minor girl hailing from Katihar in Bihar for allegedly raping her for the past few months.


Railways told to refund ticket amount
Chandigarh, October 23
In a rare judgment, the Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services) has directed the Chandigarh railway authorities to refund the ticket amount of Rs 900 along with Rs 1,000 as costs of litigation to a resident here.


Building contractor held for duping Panchkula resident
Panchkula, October 23
A building contractor was arrested today for duping a Sector 2 resident of Rs 75 lakh. The accused has been identified as Sumeet Singla, a resident of Sector 37 in Chandigarh.

Police books youth for kidnap, molestation
Chandigarh, October 23
A day after a 13-year-old girl of Government Model School in Sector 21 was found in an unconscious state in a park, the police registered a case of kidnapping and molestation against a youth on the statements of the girl. However, the police is recording statements of the girl with a pinch of salt and is verifying her claims.


Spring Dales eves pocket tennis title
Chandigarh, October 23
Spring Dales School, Amritsar, defeated local outfits Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, by 2-0 to win the final of the CBSE North Zone Tennis Tournament for Girls (U-14) being played at Banyan Tree School here today.

Sandeep, Yatharth put Haryana in command
Chandigarh, October 23
A 128-run partnership between Sandeep Bhattacharjee and Yatharth Tomar helped Haryana score a total of 267 runs against Vidarbha during the third day of Col CK Naydu Cricket (U-22) Trophy Plate Group being held at JR Institute of Cricket, Panchkula, today.

Manav Mangal hog limelight
Chandigarh, October 23
Manav Mangal School Club, Sector 21, defeated Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, to bag top honours during the 9th Senior State Chandigarh Ball Badminton Championship held here today.

Coaching centre-42 claim top spot
Winners of the weightlifting championship strike a pose with their trophy at the Sector-42 Sports Complex in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chandigarh, October 23
The team of Weightlifting Coaching Centre, Sector 42, secured the first place after securing a total of 422 points during the 23rd Senior (men) and 15th Junior (boys) Weightlifting Championship being held at the Sports Complex, Sector 42 , Chandigarh, today.

Winners of the weightlifting championship strike a pose with their trophy at the Sector-42 Sports Complex in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


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