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PU in eye of storm
Decision on honorary degrees to Bansal, Swaraj raises eyebrows

Chandigarh, December 1
A fresh controversy over PU making “special favours to special people” has rocked Panjab University with the university deciding to confer Honoris Causa (Honorary Degrees) on Pawan Kumar Bansal and Sushma Swaraj, both Members of Parliament, at its convocation slated later this month.

Drugs drove them to crime, AIDS
Chandigarh, December 1
While different organisations across the city observed the World AIDS Day today by organising functions for awareness and care of the less fortunate, two HIV positive drug addicts, who were nabbed by the Crime Branch, Sector 11, were not so fortunate to receive the care.

asset wise

Spouses dwarf most candidates

Chandigarh, December 1
Call it sheer coincidence or clever move, but better halves of a majority of candidates in fray for the forthcoming MC elections are wealthier than their spouses. At least the affidavits submitted to the election commission say so.


heritage auctions
Inventory far from ready
Chandigarh, December 1
While auction houses overseas are busy selling city heritage furniture items in the international market for thousands of dollars, the UT administration, which had constituted a Heritage Inventory Committee in May this year, has failed to complete the inventory of heritage furniture in various departments of the administration

Youth stabbed to death at Kajheri
Chandigarh, December 1
A 24-year-old youth was stabbed to death in a residential locality in Kajheri village in Sector 61 here today. The victim, Varinder Singh, was stabbed after he indulged in a fight with another youth, Sanju, over an issue of eve teasing of a girl.



Staff pangs at RLA
No replacement of sacked workers hurts public
People face inconvenience at the RLA office in Sector 17, Chandigah. Chandigarh, December 1
Acute staff crunch at the local Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) department has resulted in a major harassment to those visiting the office in Sector 17 for regular work lately.

People face inconvenience at the RLA office in Sector 17, Chandigah. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

RLA Scam
One-member panel to conduct probe
Chandigarh, December 1
The UT administration has constituted a one-member committee to look into the embezzlement of funds in the local Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) office.

Candidates scramble for voters’ attention
Chandigarh, December 1
Hectic canvassing by candidates contesting the forthcoming municipal corporation elections was witnessed in all wards today. Raj Bala Malik, Congress candidate from ward No. 1, holds an election rally at Sector 8.

Members of the municipal corporation enforcement wing load furniture onto a truck during an anti-encroachment drive at the furniture market, Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
Members of the municipal corporation enforcement wing load furniture onto a truck during an anti-encroachment drive at the furniture market, Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

2 officers get charge
Chandigarh, December 1
A day after Chandigarh Tribune reported that two newly appointed officers had not been allotted departments for the past 15 days, the UT administration today allotted departments to these officers.

Political parties field school dropouts as candidates
Chandigarh, December 1
Taking no lesson from the past, both major political parties have fielded school dropouts and secondary passouts as their candidates for the city having literacy rate of 86.43 per cent.

BJP roping in senior leaders for campaigning
Chandigarh, December 1
The BJP has set the stage for hectic campaigning for the forthcoming municipal corporation elections by inviting their senior party leaders to woo voters.

First withdrawal of nomination
Chandigarh, December 1
An independent candidate, Sohan Singh Sandhu, who was contesting from ward number 20, withdrew his name today from the contesting candidate of the municipal corporation.
The Cop’s Style: A policeman stops a biker riding without helmet at a check-point at Sector 10, Panchkula, on Thursday.
The Cop’s Style: A policeman stops a biker riding without helmet at a check-point at Sector 10, Panchkula, on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

BSF gets Rs 560 crore for training facilities
Chandigarh, December 1
To face new challenges, the Border Security Force (BSF) has received a grant of Rs 560 crore from the Central government to refurbish and upgrade its training infrastructure.

UT gets green signal
Chandigarh, December 1
There will be no further delay in initiating the process of implementation of the High Security Registration Plates (HSRPs) on vehicles due to the existing “code of conduct” as the State Election Commission has given a green signal to the UT administration to go ahead with the project.

MC MULLS vehicle-free ZONE zone
Zirakpur, December 1
The Zirakpur Municipal Council (MC) is planning to declare the congested area of Zirakpur “vehicle free zone”. The council will also introduce an eco-friendly bicycle rickshaw, popularly known as ‘eco-cabs’ in the town.

Mixed response to bandh call over FDI issue
Shopkeepers shut their shops in protest against foreign direct investment (FDI) at Sector 11, Panchkula on Thursday. Panchkula, December 1
The call of bandh by the vyapar mandal against Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail sector evoked a mixed response as shops remained closed in many areas of the town, here today. While the market of Sector 11 and Mansa Devi Complex remained closed, the majority of the shops in the other markets however, remained opened through out the day.

Shopkeepers shut their shops in protest against foreign direct investment (FDI) at Sector 11, Panchkula on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Mohali Corporation to Council
Nine ex-councillors seek reinstatement
Mohali, December 1
With the Punjab and Haryana High Court staying the government notification issued in connection with the upgrade of the Mohali Municipal Council to the level of a corporation, nine former councillors today demanded reinstatement, so that they could serve their wards as elected representatives, till the next elections were held.

Cooking institute at Pinjore soon: Fin Secy
Panchkula, December 1
A National Culinary Institute (NCI), first of its kind in North-India would soon be set up at Pinjore to boost the employment opportunities in tourism sector.

Widening  of road
Civic body rejects NHAI proposal
Zirakpur, December 1
It seems that residents of Zirakpur will not get relief from traffic jams as the Zirakpur Municipal Council (MC) has decided to reject the proposal of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) where they had proposed to not allow the MC to put advertisement hoardings on the roads.

Stage set for Pinjore Heritage Festival
Panchkula, December 1
The three-day Pinjore Heritage Festival will be inaugurated by Haryana agriculture minister, Paramvir Singh, at Pinjore Garden near here, tomorrow. However, Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, would be the chief guest at the closing ceremony on December 4.


Click mouse, contact PU
Apply for entrance exams online from next session
Chandigarh, December 1
In an effort to aid thousands of students and decrease the workload of examination of forms, Panjab University (PU) has decided to make the process of applying for various entrance examinations online.

Students want exams postponed
Chandigarh, December 1
The students of Government Home Science College, Sector 10, staged a protest demanding postponing of their exams that are commencing from January 2. The students claimed that the syllabus was not complete following which they demanded the postponing of exams.

World AIDS Day
Schools yet to make headway on sex education
Chandigarh, December 1
Students of DAV School, Sector 15, and members of the Young Accord, an NGO, hold a candle-lit vigil to mark the World AIDS Day at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Posters, rallies and lectures, city schools went out of their way to celebrate the World AIDS Day by bombarding students with awareness on the deadly disease, but they are yet to make any headway on sex education declared mandatory by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in 2002.

Students of DAV School, Sector 15, and members of the Young Accord, an NGO, hold a candle-lit vigil to mark the World AIDS Day at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Need to keep vigil on high-risk population
Chandigarh, December 1
The Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society observed the World AIDS Day by organising a two-day conference “AIDSCON 2011”, which commenced today. The conference is being held in the advanced paediatric centre of PGIMER and was inaugurated by DK Tiwari, secretary health, Chandigarh Administration.

Psychometric analysis to choose career
Chandigarh, December 1
Panjab University (PU) will now use psychometric analysis to aid students in their placements.

Giving students edge in professional lives
Chandigarh, December 1
A few months ago, they could not put together a sentence in English. But now, they stand on the dais, addressing hundreds. Mamta, Charu, Sandeep, Meenakshi and Saurabh always wanted to be fluent in English, but could not afford English-speaking courses.

Education Brief



World AIDS Day
Causes of disease highlighted
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 1
On the World AIDS Day, the District Legal Services Authority in collaboration with JAGO, an NGO, organised an awareness camp at the District Court Complex under the presidentship of Harsh Mehta, Civil Judge, senior division, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Awareness programme
Ambala, December 1
On the occasion of the World AIDS Day an awareness programme was organised at MDAV Public School in Ambala City today.

‘Razzle-dazzle’ at Narain Public School
Patiala, December 1
A cultural programme 'Razzle-dazzle' was celebrated by Narain Public School on the school premise, here today. As many as 500 students performed various kinds of cultural activities during the programme. Kulwinder Singh, income tax commissioner, presided over the function.


consumer courts
Altus consultants penalised Rs 30,000
Chandigarh, December 1
The desire to visit Canada and New Zealand for greener pastures proved sour for two youths when the immigration consultants failed to provide them with the work permit (visa) even after spending huge amounts as consultancy fee.

Man gets 1-yr jail
Chandigarh, December 1
A local court today awarded one-year imprisonment to Alok Kumar of Mauli Jagran for hitting a policeman at a naka in 2010.


5 gang members arrested
Chandigarh, December 1
The police has arrested five members of a gang who used to steal goods worth lakhs loaded in trucks and sell them off in Dimapur, Nagaland.

Woman commits suicide, husband booked
Chandigarh, December 1
Monika, a resident of Maloya, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan at their residence last night.

Youth alleges kidnapping
Chandigarh, December 1
A 21-year-old youth alleged that he was kidnapped by four unidentified youths while he was on his way to a tuition centre in Sector 20.

Man robbed of car, phones
Panchkula, December 1
A businessman alleged that he was robbed of his car and other valuables at gun point by two youths. The incident occurred in Sector 5 last night. The victim, Anil Gupta, is a resident of Sector 10. Anil Gupta was in his office at basement near KC theatre at the time of incident. 


harassment case
No action against coaches yet
2 weeks over, UT officials fail to submit report
Chandigarh, December 1
Even after a fortnight, the officials of the UT education department have failed to take action against coaches, who came under the scanner after a few players of the junior (U-14) football team accused the coaches of harassment during the school national games held in Goa.

Anmoljeet, Manul guide team to victory
Mohali, December 1
Teams of Mohali Blue, Stepping Stones, Baptist school and Millennium Cricket Academy won their respective matches in the ongoing Mohali Premier League 2011 being held, here today.

Weightlifting tournament
Chandigarh, December 1
The UT sports department will organise the Senior Chandigarh Weightlifting Tournament (Men and Women) from December 8 and 9, at Weightlifting Hall at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here.

Saransh registers win in sub-junior category
Chandigarh, December 1
Saransh Chaudhary overcame Kartik Mehta to win the finals of Sub-Junior Billiards category during the ongoing 26th Haryana state sub-junior, junior and senior Snooker Championship, being held, here today. Saransh Chaudhary aims a shot during the Sub-Junior Billiards Championship at Sector 11, Panchkula, on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Trials for national school games from December 5
Chandigarh, December 1
The UT education department will conduct trials to select team for the upcoming 57th National School Games to be held at different places.

CRPF, JCC log victories in basketball tourney
Chandigarh, December 1
The basketball teams of the CRPF and JCC defeated SDC and Air Force, respectively, during the matches of Senior State Basketball Championship being held at New Public School, Sector-18, here today. Players in action during the Senior State Basketball Championship at New Public School, Sector-18, Chandigarh. A Tribune Photograph

Cricket Tourney
Punjab bowlers shine
Chandigarh, December 1
With only three wickets needed to pack up Delhi’s first innings, Punjab bowlers showed a great display of bowling on the first day of Vijay Merchant Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-16), being held at Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala, here today.

Kabaddi trials today
Chandigarh, December 1
City kabaddi association will conduct trials to select its kabaddi team at kabaddi grounds of Sports Complex Sector 42, on December 2 at 3 pm, here.

Trials for women boxing team on December 4
Chandigarh, December 1
The Chandigarh Amateur Boxing association will hold trails to select senior the women boxing team at PML SD Public School, Sector 32, on December 4 at 4 pm, here.

Girl’s football championship from Dec 5
Chandigarh, December 1
Junior State Football Championship for Girls will be organised from Decembe 5 to 9 by the Chandigarh Football Association at Football Stadium, Sector 17, here.


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