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Admn draws flak from power regulatory panel
Chandigarh, November 16
The UT Administration has received flak from the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission for the State of Goa and Union Territories for its “shoddy approach” in presenting its case to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) while seeking the approval for five power purchase agreements (PPAs).

PG accommodation
UT drive comes a cropper
Chandigarh, November 16
The UT Administration’s drive against the paying guest (PG) accommodation which began with a great fanfare has totally fizzled out within six months. Things are back to square one, with the business thriving under old conditions, which clearly violate the Estate Office norms.

MC-Estate Office disconnect benefits builder
Chandigarh, November 16
Lack of coordination between the Estate Office, Chandigarh, and Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has ensured relief for Uppal Builders, who cannot be legally hauled up by the MC (at least for another four years) to create dwelling units for economically weaker sections (EWS).


˝ kg stones removed from kidney at GMCH-32
Chandigarh, November 16
In an unusual case and perhaps the first of its kind, doctors at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH-32), have successfully removed stones weighing almost half a kilogram (495 gm) from a patient’s left kidney.

IRCTC   project
Budget hotel near rly station off track
Chandigarh, November 16 The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation’s (IRCTC) project of setting up a budget hotel near the Chandigarh railway station has run into rough weather, as the Haryana Government has expressed its inability to acquire any land for the purpose.



Advani’s rally turns into MC poll campaign
Chandigarh, November 16
BJP leader LK Advani being greeted by senior party leaders, including Sushma Swaraj, PK Dhumal and Satyapal Jain, at the “Jan Chetna Yatra” rally in Sector 25, ChandigarhSenior BJP leader LK Advani’s visit to the city kicked off the election campaign of the BJP for the municipal corporation (MC) elections today. Senior party leaders present, including Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj and party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad, asked voters to choose BJP candidates in the ensuing elections to remove the corrupt Congress from the MC.

BJP leader LK Advani being greeted by senior party leaders, including Sushma Swaraj, PK Dhumal and Satyapal Jain, at the “Jan Chetna Yatra” rally in Sector 25, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

BJP to corner govt on black money: Advani
Chandigarh, November 16
BJP supporters approach the Sector 22-21-34-35 roundabout on their way to LK Advani’s rally at Sector 25 in Chandigarh Continuing his attack on the Congress-led UPA government, BJP leader LK Advani today said the party would put the government in the dock in the winter session of Parliament over corruption and black money.

BJP supporters approach the Sector 22-21-34-35 roundabout on their way to LK Advani’s rally at Sector 25 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Panel to throw ball in Syndicate’s court
Chandigarh, November 16
In what is bound to rejoice over 600 PU faculty members, the regulation committee has decided to propose the issue of increasing retirement age from 60 to 65 years in the forthcoming Syndicate on November 19.

Rural life comes alive
Chandigarh, November 16
The Sarghi Kala Kendra, Mohali, presented a glimpse of the rural life through their prestigious production “Kahani Ikk Pind Di” in the ongoing sixth Chandigarh Theatre Festival at Randhawa auditorium here today.

Never MC priority, garbage residents’ permanent eyesore
Chandigarh, November 16
Garbage on the roadside at Sector 47 (left); and in a park at Sector 22The collection and segregation of garbage has never been given priority by the municipal corporation (MC), which is the main cause of insanitary conditions in the city. Councillors have been more concerned about the smooth functioning of the garbage-processing plant at Dadu Majra.
Garbage on the roadside at Sector 47 (left); and in a park at Sector 22. Tribune Photos: Parvesh Chauhan


Strange are the ways of the municipal corporation

The area in front of houses at Sector 46-B in Chandigarh cleared for laying paver blocks. (2) The work of laying paver blocks left incomplete in a part of Sector 46-D. (3) Plantation in front of a few houses at Sector 46-D while it has been pruned at most places. Tribune Photos: Manoj Mahajan

Seminar on aero engines tomorrow
Chandigarh, November 16
An international seminar on “Emerging trends in repair and reclamation technologies on aero-engine parts” is being organised by the Indian Air Force’s No. 3 Base Repair Depot (3BRD) in association with the Chandigarh chapter of Aeronautical Society of India on November 18.

Traffic chaos reigns supreme
Chandigarh, November 16
The ‘Jan Chetna Yatra’ of senior BJP leader LK Advani in Chandigarh led to traffic congestion in various parts of the city this evening.

Parts of Ward No 6 still in a state of neglect
Zirakpur, November 16
Ward No 6 is ‘very different’ from other wards of Zirakpur. Popularly known as the VIP ward, here, all basic amenities are available, or are just a phone call away. The reason is not hard to comprehend as it is the ward of MC president NK Sharma. Yet some parts in the ward have been neglected by the MC officials as there has been pick and choose policy while carrying out development works in the ward.

P’kula residents respond well to green Diwali campaign
Panchkula, November 16
Residents of Panchkula have responded well to the green Diwali campaign this time. The data collected on Diwali by the District Pollution Department shows that the air was polluted half of what it was last year due to cracker bursting in the town. On Diwali day, maximum suspended particulate matter (SPM) recorded in the town was 916.4 microgramme per cubic meter in Sector 11 between 7pm and 3 am. Last year, it was recorded as 1602.9.

Cops told to register criminal cases against 13 cattle owners
Panchkula, November 16
The Panchkula Municipal Corporation has asked the local police to register criminal cases against 13 more persons owning cattle in Panchkula here today. The offenders belonging to Mansa Devi Complex, Budhanpur, Industrial Area Phase II, Azad Colony, Sector 25, Kharak Mangoli, and Mogi Nand are found to be keeping a large herd of cattle against the norms.

Roadside sellers not allowed to sell tobacco items
Mohali, November 16
Members of the Panthic Vichar Manch removed unauthorised roadside sellers of tobacco items from different areas of the town today. A representative of the manch, Baljit Singh Khalsa, claimed that more than 30 such sellers were told to remove tobacco items by the activists.

Foundation stone laid
Mohali, November 16
Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark laid the foundation stone of the new campus of British Columbia Academy (BCA) in Manakpur Sharrif village near here today. The Premier said it was a historic moment. It was the first offshore Canadian school in India, which had been certified by British Columbia. She said British Columbia would make a contribution by building a school in Punjab.

Shopkeepers of Phase V block traffic
Mohali, November 16
Two former municipal councillors and shopkeepers of the Phase V market blocked the traffic here today in protest against the failure of the Greater Mohali Development Authority to provide an entry to the market from a main road under construction in the area.

Houses for defence personnel
Chandigarh, November 16
Jal Vayu Vihar, the Air Force Naval Housing Board (AFNHB) project at Greater Mohali, was inaugurated by Air Marshal JN Burma, Air Officer-in-Charge, Administration, and Chairman, AFNHB, today. He was accompanied by Rear Admiral R Gaikwad, Director-General, AFNHB.

From Tibet, with variety, and lots of love
Chandigarh, November 16
Life in all its manifestations, living with religious rituals and the aspirations of the people of different regions in Tibet were brought alive in diverse folk dances presented by accomplished dancers and musicians from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) at the PU law auditorium here today.

Youth seek seat in MC
Chandigarh, November 16
It is not just members of resident welfare associations and other local residents who are in the race for securing a seat in the municipal corporation (MC) as nominated councillor.


Teachers’ protest hits studies
Chandigarh, November 16
College teachers protest in support of their demands at Sector 17 in ChandigarhThe long-pending demands of college teachers of all aided colleges of Chandigarh and Punjab are no more limited to teachers. The demands have also started affecting students who have to miss their classes due to the ongoing protest of teachers. The Punjab and College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) observed a full-day strike that would continue tomorrow with no teaching.
College teachers protest in support of their demands at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

PEC cancels promotion interviews
Chandigarh, November 16
The PEC University of Technology has cancelled interviews for promotions and typing test for clerks that was supposed to be held today. The PEC Employees’ Association had registered a complaint with the Estate Election Commissioner, New Delhi, alleging that the PEC authorities have violated the code of conduct for the MC elections by heading with the process of promotions under CAS and for holding interviews.

PU withholds food price hike
Students sit with empty plates in front of the VC’s residence to protest against hike in mess charges at Panjab UniversityChandigarh, November 16
The student’s politics, which had witnessed a period of thaw for long, revived at campus today when all major student parties protested against hike of mess charges and eventually claimed the credit for getting it withheld.

Students sit with empty plates in front of the VC’s residence to protest against hike in mess charges at Panjab University on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan



DC warns bank officials
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 16
To meet the economic needs of the underprivileged and those below the poverty line and to make them self-sufficient, bank managers and officials of the departments concerned should work in more co-ordination.

Khalsa College lads pocket gatka title
Patiala, November 16
Preetjot Singh of BA-II, Gurinder Singh of BA-I and Mandeep Singh of BA-II, students of Khalsa College, Patiala, bagged top spots and won the Open National Gatka Championship in “single soti event” and “stick free” team event.

‘Tantrik’ held for rape bid
Ambala, November 16
A ‘tantrik’ who claimed to have magical powers to 'ward off evil' tried raping a 15-year-old girl when she came for her treatment to him.


HC for model relief plan for crime victims
Chandigarh, November 16
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear that it was in favour of formulating a model “victim compensation scheme”.

State panel halves fine on Kingfisher Airlines
Chandigarh, November 16
Giving reprieve to Kingfisher Airlines, which had been directed by the district forum to pay Rs 60,000 to Sector-18 residents in compensation, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has reduced the compensation to Rs 30,000.

7-year RI for raping minor
Chandigarh, November 16
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge VP Sirohi today sentenced an Ambala resident to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping and raping a minor. The convict, Prakash Ram, has also been fined Rs 11,000.


Hookah bar raided in Zirakpur
Zirakpur, November 16
The state health department today raided “mame-da-café” a hookah bar situated on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway and challaned it for violating the anti-tobacco law.

Thieves strike at sanitary store
Zirakpur, November 16
Thieves decamped with taps of brass and other material worth lakhs of rupees from a Gupta Sanitary Store situated in Baltana. Complainant Puneet Gupta, the owner of the shop, said that miscreants had cut down the shutter and entered the shop. He found that taps, other materials and a cheque book missing from the shop. A police official said that on getting the complaint they had started further investigations. — TNS

Cop’s son abuses guard



Karanbir, Yashi hog limelight
Chandigarh, November 16
Table tennis player Karanbir Pali defeated Harnoor Singh of Ludhiana by 8-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-4, 13-11 to win the sub-junior boys’ singles U-14 title during the ongoing 52nd C&C Punjab State Table Tennis Championship being held at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here today.

GHS-32 eves outdo St Anne’s
Chandigarh, November 16
Volleyball team of Government High School (GHS-32), Sector 32, defeated St Anne’s School, Sector 32, in a match of the Inter-School Volleyball Tournament for Girls (U-14) being held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, here today.

Mani Majra school go down against St Anne’s
Chandigarh, November 16
Football team of St Anne’s School, Sector 32, defeated Government Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra Town (GSSS-MMT) in a match of the Inter-School Football Tournament for Boys (U-14) being held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, here today.

SD College rout PU Campus
Chandigarh, November 16
The team of GGD SD College, Sector 32, defeated PU Campus in the league match of the Inter-College Basketball for Men (A-Division) Tournament being held at PU grounds here today.

SGGS College romp home
Chandigarh, November 16
The baseball team of SGGS College, Sector 26, won the Inter-College Baseball Tournament for Boys (A-Division) held at Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46, here today.

Rahul, Parvinder script GMSSS-35 win
Chandigarh, November 16
Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS-35), Sector 35, defeated Stepping Stones School, Sector 37, in the match of the Inter-School Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-16) being held at DAV Public School, Sector 8, here today

BTS School book berth in semis
Chandigarh, November 16
The tam of BTS Schoolgot the better of DP Azad Cricket Academy in the first quarterfinal match of the 2nd St Stephen’s Junior Cricket Championship being held in Chandigarh today.

Bhavan Vidyalaya lads thrash Strawberry Fields
Chandigarh, November 16
The basketball team of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, thrashed Strawberry Fields School, Sector 26, during a match of the ongoing Inter-School Basketball Tournament for Boys (U-14) being held at the Sports Complex, Sector 46, here today.

GMSSS-10 outplay GMSSS-47
Chandigarh, November 16
Baseball team of Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS-10), Sector 10, outplayed Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS-47), Sector 47, during a match of the ongoing Inter-School Baseball Tournament for Boys (U-19) being held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here today.

SGGS-26 register win
Chandigarh, November 16
SGGS College, Sector 26, got the better of Panjab University (PU) campus during the match of the Inter-College Ball Badminton Tournament for Men being held at PU grounds here today.

Lalit shines in sambo meet
Chandigarh, November 16
Lalit Narain of Mahindergarh, Haryana, was declared the best loser in the 90 kg category during the 35th World Sambo Championship being held at Vilnius, Lithuania, from November 10 to 14. mHe was awarded with a bronze souvenir medal for his achievement. Earlier Lalin Narain had also won medals in the Asian and International Sambo Championships. He is also a five-time gold medal in the national championship. — TNS



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