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MC poll on December 17
4,75,715 voters to exercise their franchise in 26 wards
Chandigarh, November 1
Elections to the fourth general house of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) will be held on December 17. With the announcement of the elections, the code of conduct came into effect from today.

Khushpreet case: Negligent officials may face demotion
Reduction in rank notice issued to 2 inspectors, sub-inspector
Khushpreet Singh Chandigarh, November 1
Two police inspectors and a Sub Inspector found guilty of negligence in handling the Khushpreet kidnapping-for-ransom case that had shook the city early this year may lose their current rank and face demotion as senior police officials have issued a ‘reduction in rank’ notice to the three policemen five months after a departmental inquiry indicted them of negligence.


City paints ‘Green Diwali’ campaign black
Chandigarh, November 1
The city witnessed the most polluted Diwali this year compared to the last two years, sending the “Green Diwali” campaign for a toss. According to the data collected by the UT Pollution Control Board, the most polluted part of the city was Sector 29 with the respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) level at a high of 342 micrograms per cubic metre (mpcm) against the permissible limit of 60. This was higher than 304 mpcm recorded in 2010 and a mere 84 mcpm recorded in 2009.

Army man’s pregnant wife commits suicide
Chandigarh, November 1
An army man’s eight months pregnant wife, Devika (22), was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her room under mysterious circumstances at Chandi Mandir Cantonment here today.

N-choe in five months, says MC
Chandigarh, November 1
Nearly one-and-a-half years after The Tribune raised a storm over sanitation concerns going down the drain, the Municipal Corporation today claimed sludge would not flow into the N-choe in another five months.


Traffic congestion
Panchkula to get 2 more road routes
Consensus at meeting of senior officials
Chandigarh, November 1 The fast-emerging town of Panchkula is set to get two alternative routes, a development that will take off traffic load from the busy Madhya Marg connecting it with Chandigarh.

Swan song
Mayor gloats over achievements, skirts failures
Chandigarh, November 1
Highlighting the achievements of the municipal corporation during his tenure, MC Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh today said special sanitation campaigns were launched especially in villages and colonies for the convenience of residents.

Chandigarh Scan
Gita Diwas
To inculcate moral values among schoolchildren, the local chapter of Sri Gita Prachar Samiti organised “Gita Diwas Sammaroh” at the Shikhya School of Learning, Sector 46-A, in collaboration with the Haryana Sanskrit Academy, Panchkula, here. Nearly 190 students participated in the event. Sudhir Kumar, director, Haryana Sanskrit Academy, was the chief guest, while Sonia Channi, school principal, presided over the event.

Missing Snehalaya Children
HC issues notice of motion to UT Administration
Chandigarh, November 1
Acting on a petition filed in public interest seeking an inquiry by an independent agency such as the CBI for probing the doubtful disappearance of children from Snehalaya, a home for destitutes, Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice of motion to the UT Administration and other respondents for November 23.

Embezzlement in rla
Admn mulls strict action against erring officials
Chandigarh, November 1
The Chandigarh administration is contemplating strict action against officials involved in the embezzlement of funds worth Rs 5.61 lakh in the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) here.

Now, jail inmates to learn plumbing
Chandigarh, November 1
A month after a cooking course was inaugurated for inmates in the Burail Jail, a six-month plumbing course was inaugurated for the convicts today. Inspector General (Prisons) Alok Kumar inaugurated the course, started in association with the Jan Sikshan Sansthan (JSS). The first batch of 25 inmates will benefit from the course.

Congress protests land acquisition
Zirakpur, November 1
Congress workers led by PPCC member Amritpal Singh blocked the Chandigarh-Ambala national highway near Singhpura village for more than an hour today.

Congress workers block the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near Singhpura village to protest against the acquisition of land in Zirakpur for setting of urban estate. A Tribune photograph

Staff and infrastructure blues plague Civil Surgeon’s office
Mohali, November 1
The Civil Surgeon’s office is reeling under staff shortage and lack of infrastructure. It is learnt that against the sanctioned strength of 75, the office has only 11 employees. It faces an acute shortage of superintendents, junior assistants and clerks. Pharmacists and other employees from the field staff are called to the office here and imparted the required training so that the work is not affected.

Mobile phone towers, hospitals may pay more
MC likely to adopt GMADA fee structure
Zirakpur, November 1
Medical institutions planning to set shop at Zirakpur may soon find themselves paying more for getting building plans cleared. The municipal council (MC) is working out modalities to adopt the GMADA fee structure for preparing building maps.


Centre for Social Works catches fancy of students
Chandigarh, November 1
The Centre for Social Works, Panjab University, which started three years ago, caught fancy of students, as a large number of its pass outs are getting placed with average packages offered to them ranging between Rs 2 to Rs 2.5 lakh in both government as well as non-governmental sectors.

PUTA seeks suggestions to draft API
Chandigarh, November 1
The Panjab University Teachers’ Union (PUTA) has decided to seek suggestions over framing of Academic Performance Index (API), which is a much-debated issue among teachers of the university.

PUSU protest enters second day
Chandigarh, November 1
The indefinite hunger strike called by PUSU members against the facilities provided by Panjab University to its sportspersons entered its second day.


350 artistes are here as craft mela kicks off
Patiala, November 1
The 10-day craft mela began at Sheesh Mahal here today. Punjab’s director of Cultural Affairs, Archaeology and Museums Hussan Lal inaugurated the event. Addressing the gathering, he said such events were important as these provided a common platform to artists and craftsmen from different states to display talent. He further said Punjab had a rich culture and heritage and it was a must to preserve this so that the future generations could cherish it.

Artistes perform on the opening day of the craft mela at Sheesh Mahal in Patiala on Tuesday. Tribune photos: Rajesh Sachar

Hockey meet begins
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 1
The Three-day Inter-College Hockey Tournament being organised by Punjabi University, Patiala, began at Mata Gujri College here today.


Three get life term for twin murder
Had killed two taxi drivers over professional rivalry
Chandigarh, November 1
A local court today awarded life imprisonment to three persons in a case of murder of two taxi drivers. The case dates back to May, 2009. Additional District and Sessions Judge SS Sahni awarded life imprisonment to Lalit Kumar, Pradeep Kumar and Anil Kumar. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 15,000 on the accused.

Rotten ‘paneer tikka’ costs Subway Rs 4,000
Mohali, November 1
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mohali, has held Subway, a fast food outlet, responsible for deficiency in service by selling “adulterated and defective paneer tikka” to a consumer and slapped a fine of Rs 4,000 on it.

bank fraud
Tribunal summons Shubham Hospital owner
Chandigarh, November 1
The Debts Recovery Tribunal has issued summons against ‘fake doctor’ Sandeep Sharma, owner of Panchkula-based Shubham Hospital, on a petition filed by Corporation Bank. The CBI court had already declared him a proclaimed offender in connection with a multi-crore bank scam involving several bank officials. He had taken loans of Rs 2 crore from Punjab National Bank, Sector 16, Rs 1 crore each from Punjab and Sind Bank, Corporation Bank and Bank of India, Sector 16, and Rs 40 lakh from Oriental Bank, Mani Majra.


Commando Caterers owner booked for fraud
Mohali, November 1
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau here today arrested Kamaljit Singh Walia, an owner of Commando Caterers, for allegedly accepting a bribe on behalf of a government official and preparing fake ILETS documents. A case has been registered against him. According to sources, the police arrested the owner of the catering firm from his house in 3B2 in the morning.

2 married women commit suicide
Mohali, November 1
Two married women have committed suicide after being allegedly tortured by their husbands. In first case, Pooja Chandel (28) hanged herself at her rented house at Phase X the previous night.


Ashima, Arushi register wins
Chandigarh, November 1
Local player Ashima Garg and Arushi Sharma of Delhi won their respective matches in the women singles category of the ongoing Sanjog Kapur Memorial CLTA-AITA Men’s and Women’s-50K Chandigarh Open Tennis Tournament at CLTA courts here today.

Ashima Garg of Chandigarh and Arushi Sharma of Delhi in action during their respective matches at the CLTA courts in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune Photos: Manoj Mahajan

Basketball Meet
Sacred Heart, St Xavier’s move ahead
Chandigarh, November 1
Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, and New Public School, Sector 18, qualified for the girls league phase of St Xavier’s Inter-School Basketball Tournament for Girls (U-19) and Boys (U-14) being held on the school premises here.

This goalie wants to make it big
Chandigarh, November 1
He might not swing football as his favourite player Christiano Ronaldo, but he dreams to stop his powerful strikes one day. Goalkeeper Aditya Kumar, who hails from Yamunanagar and represented the city in the national-level football tournaments, wants to make it big in the sports.

Punjab whip Tamil Nadu
Chandigarh, November 1
The Punjab team whipped out Tamil Nadu on the basis of the first innings lead in a match of Col CK Nayudu Cricket Trophy being held at Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium, Patiala, here today.

A cricket match in progress at the Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium in Patiala on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Cricket Meet
Shishu Niketan script victory
Chandigarh, November 1
Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22, defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47, during the Inter-School Cricket (T-20) held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here.

Strawberry Fields pocket tennis title
Chandigarh, November 1
Strawberry Fields School, Sector 26, defeated Sacred Heart School by 2-1 in the Inter-School Tennis Tournament for Girls (U-14) being held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, here.


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