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Tricity aglow in Diwali razzmatazz
Crackers worth Rs 4.5 crore to dazzle in city
Chandigarh, October 25
Despite the anti-cracker campaigns initiated by various NGOs and educational institutes, firecrackers worth more than Rs 4.5 crore are set to go up in flames across the city on Diwali. Cracker-sellers, till date, had witnessed a rather lukewarm response to their items. However, reports from different markets this evening said the rush had increased several times. The crowd is expected to be maximum before noon tomorrow, Lakhwinder Singh, a cracker-seller said.

Beautifully laid-out earthen lamps, calling for world peace, on display on Diwali eve in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Beautifully laid-out earthen lamps, calling for world peace, on display on Diwali eve in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Chandigarh Tribune wishes its readers a very
Happy Diwali

City roads jampacked
Chandigarh, October 25
Diwali eve saw rampant traffic jams all over the tricity, forcing commuters to move at a snail’s pace. The situation was worst in sectors known for festive shopping, including sectors 17, 19 and 22, where visitors had a tough time driving through the market places. Most market places remained jampacked throughout the day and parking was a big problem. As expected, city roads witnessed chaos during the evening, mainly on Madhya Marg, Dakshin Marg and inner roads of Sectors 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 26. Attempts made by commuters to evade traffic by taking parallel roads turned futile as the congestion on these roads also affected the traffic moving on the other roads of the city.

Sky shots in limelight
A city resident with a cracker worth Rs 5,000 at a market in Chandigarh on Diwali eve.Chandigarh, October 25
The whacky sky shots are ruling the roost in the fireworks purchase for Diwali set for tomorrow. The special package of as many as 1,000 sky shots, worth Rs 10,000, is the costliest cracker available among the available variety in the local markets, followed by 500 sky shots priced at Rs 7,000. According to cracker-sellers, sky shots are the major attraction available on the stalls, which are a perfect combination of fun, sound and brightness during the celebrations.

A city resident with a cracker worth Rs 5,000 at a market in Chandigarh on Diwali eve. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Close shave for shoppers
The firecracker stall that was gutted near the Housing Board chowk in Mani Majra on Tuesday. Chandigarh, October 25
Diwali shoppers had a close shave at a cracker market near the Housing Board chowk in Mani Majra this evening when a short-circuit led to a fire in a stall. Angry mob and shopkeepers pelted stones at a fire tender and broke its front mirror. Shopkeepers alleged that the shop was gutted as the stand-by fire-tender reacted late.

The firecracker stall that was gutted near the Housing Board chowk in Mani Majra on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

City residents to shell out more for power from April ’11
Chandigarh, October 25
City residents will have to pay extra money on their electricity charges from April 2011. These charges will be levied as part of the arrears to a government notification issued in July. The development follows the rejection of an appeal filed by the Chandigarh Administration before the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission for the State of Goa and Union Territories.

Eco City leaves Aerocity behind
Over 1.25 lakh applications received for 840 plots
Mohali, October 25
The Mullanpur Eco City is all set to break the record of Aerocity. With applications for plots in Eco City closing today, around 1.25 lakh applications were received for 840 plots by various authorised banks, said sources in GMADA. In addition, around 3,500 applicants have applied online.


Keep safe for a cracking Diwali
Chandigarh, October 25
Sometime simple words like “better to be safe than sorry” can encapsulate ideas that even long sentences cannot. So this age-old adage should be the motto of all those who love to burst firecrackers, as being safe this Diwali means many more happy occasions for them and their families.

Temporary stalls
15 pc drop in revenue collection
Chandigarh, October 25
The municipal corporation has witnessed a 15 per cent decline in the collection of revenue from shopkeepers allowed to set up temporary stalls at various markets in the city ahead of Diwali.

Fire staff, docs to work overtime
Mohali, October 25
Employees of the local fire brigade have been asked to work overtime to deal with any untoward incident in connection with Diwali.

bomb at ISBT-43
Hoax phone call keeps cops on toes
Chandigarh, October 25
A hoax phone call at Government Railway Police (GRP) police station of Ludhiana Railway Station, of bomb at ISBT- 43 kept the Chandigarh police on toes for over three-hours.

Sweets lose flavour as gift
Raids, spiralling costs, shorter shelf life to blame
Chandigarh, October 25
Sweets, which have been integral to the gift culture during the festive season for long, have failed to catch the fancy of residents this year. An array of gifting ideas coupled with recent raids by the UT administration on shops manufacturing sweets under insanitary conditions have upstaged sweets as the major gift this Diwali.

Dragon, too, takes inflationary hit
Spews Diwali goods at prices 35 pc higher than last year
Chandigarh, October 25
Inflation seems to have cast its spell on Chinese items, which have been not so cheap this Diwali. According to local shopkeepers, all Chinese items have seen around 35 per cent increase in prices this time. Reason: Strengthening of dollar against the Indian Rupee. “A 35 per cent increase has been noticed in the prices of Chinese goods in the wholesale market this year. Many items are being sold more than double the rates of last year in the open market,” says Amit Trehan, who imports items from China.

Chandigarh scan
Rajput Regiment
A number of retired and serving officers of the Rajput Regiment, one of the oldest regiment of the Indian Army, gathered for their 19th annual dinner. Lt Gen (retd) Bhopinder Singh, Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, was elected as the president of the association. Col JS Kang and Lt Col AS Malhi will continue to remain as the convenor and treasurer of the association.

Students of a private institute spread awareness about cracker-free Diwali at a rally in Phase-6, Mohali, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Widening of Mullanpur-Siswan road gets nod
Mohali, October 25
With the launch of the Mullanpur Eco City, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has given a go ahead to the much-delayed project to widen the Mullanpur-Siswan road. The clearance has been given after getting a nod from the Union Environment and Forests Ministry, which had put a condition that the Punjab government would give 51.51 acres of land to the state forest department for forestry purpose.


Special children celebrate ‘Horizon 2011’
Chandigarh, October 25
“Horizon 2011” was celebrated at the Regional Institute of Mentally Handicapped, Sector 31, on Tuesday. Students of B Ed and D Ed (special education) presented a cultural programme on the occasion. Dr BS Chavan, joint director, RIHM, gave away the prizes to children who presented the cultural programme. Hemant Keshwal presented the annual report of the institute.

Girls perform a dance for special children(right) at the Regional Instititute of Mentally Handicapped in Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
Girls perform a dance for special children (right) at the Regional Institute of Mentally Handicapped in Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan


GMADA seeks action against two illegal colonies
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 25.
Illegal colonies have mushroomed around the surrounding areas of Fatehgarh Sahib and innocent people are falling in the trap of the illegal colonisers. GMADA, who is responsible to check the menace of illegal colonies have recommended action against the owners of two illegal colonies. Those affected alleged that the officials of GMADA are adopting pick and choose policy and those who greece their palms are spared, where as those, who do not are taken to task. They demanded implementation of law on every coloniser.


Child’s death in manhole
UT Administration told to pay interim relief
Chandigarh, October 25
Just about four months after a seven-year-old met his watery grave in an uncovered manhole, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held the UT Administration liable; and has asked it to release an interim compensation of Rs50,000.

Justice at last
Job benefits restored to banker 20 yrs after his death
Chandigarh, October 25
DS Shamsher did not live long enough to see justice come his way. Once a regional manager with the Punjab and Sind Bank, he had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the orders dismissing him from service. More than two decades later, the High Court has allowed his plea.

Bail plea of parents of main accused dismissed
Chandigarh, October 25
A day after a local court rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Dr Sangeeta Devi, one of the accused in abduction of princess of a province in Himachal Pradesh, bail plea of parents of the main accused Inderjit Singh Malik were also dismissed today by a local court. Inderjit’s parents; Surinder Malik and Paramjit Kaur, had filed a plea, in the court of Additional District And Session Judge.

ASI gets 2-yr RI in graft case
Chandigarh, October 25
The Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) special court here on Tuesday awarded two-year rigorous imprisonment to Punjab cop, in a nearly four-year-old case.


Woman succumbs to injuries
Mohali (Balongi), October 25
Gurdev Kaur (50), a resident of Bhago Majra, succumbed to her injuries at GMCH-32, Chandigarh. She was admitted to the hospital after an unidentified vehicle hit her on October 21. A case has been registered against the unidentified driver of the car on the complaint of Jaswinder Singh, the deceased’s son.


Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy
Punjab enter knock-out stage
Chandigarh, October 25
Punjab cricket team defeated Jammu and Kashmir to qualify for the knock-out stage of the ongoing Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy being held at Rohtak today. In their last league match, Punjab defeated Jammu and Kashmir by five wickets to top the north zone league table.

Devpreet claims top spot in judo championship
Chandigarh, October 25
Around 150 judokas participated in the Gurukul World Judo Championship held on the Gurukal school premises, here. In the boys’ (U-12) event, Devpreet Singh bagged first place, while Mavpreet Singh and Khushdeep Singh bagged second and third place, respectively.


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