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152 left in the race
Chandigarh, December 2
With only five Independent candidates withdrawing their nomination papers for the forthcoming civic elections in the city, a keen multi-cornered contest is in the offing for the 26 wards of the municipal corporation on December 17.

Threat to blow up HC
Chandigarh, December 2
A letter, purportedly written by Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara, addressed to the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, threatening to blow up the HC premises sent the UT police in a tizzy today.


International Disabilities Day Today
GMCH doc disputes RCI figures
Chandigarh, December 2
As the city observes the International Day of Persons with Disabilities tomorrow, a fresh controversy has started with BS Chavan, head of the psychiatry ward, GMCH-32, disputing the prevalence rate of mental retardation in the city vis-à-vis the figures quoted on the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) website.

cfl disposal
UT fails to see the light
Chandigarh, December 2
In the absence of arrangements for the disposal of waste compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), hundreds of discarded bulbs can be seen lying unattended at different garbage dumps, releasing poisonous material into the environment. In fact, the UT does not have a policy on the issue.

Anil Kumar appointed Home Secy
Chandigarh, December 2
Putting all speculations to rest, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued a notification for the appointment of Anil Kumar, a 1988-batch Haryana-cadre IAS officer, as the UT Home Secretary. He is likely to take charge on December 5 or 6.

6 crorepatis in the fray
Chandigarh, December 2
Six crorepatis are in the fray for the forthcoming municipal corporation elections. Besides, these elections are not just the game for the richie-rich, as there are candidates who have assets worth just a few lakhs.



BJP candidate Jatinder Pal Malhotra from ward No. 17 holds a rally at Sector 21, Chandigarh, on Friday Campaigns to woo voters in full swing
Chandigarh, December 2
Campaigning for the municipal corporation elections have kicked off in all wards. Candidates have set up offices in their wards to woo voters.

BJP candidate Jatinder Pal Malhotra from ward No. 17 holds a rally at Sector 21, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradep Tewari

It’s playtime for children, holding party flags, after a rally at Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Friday Rebel candidates look to upset parties’ applecart
Chandigarh, December 2
Rebel candidates from both the Congress and the BJP are set to queer the pitch for the officials nominees of the main political parties in the MC polls. Though the number of rebels candidates in the fray may not be large, the fate of prominent candidates Devinder Singh Babla (Congress, ward No. 18), Jagtar Singh (BJP, 25) and Asha Kumar Jaiswal (BJP, 4) hinges on the votes polled by the party rebels.

It’s playtime for children, holding party flags, after a rally at Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Three issued notice under Defacement Act
Chandigarh, December 2
The state election department today issued notices under the Defacement Act to three candidates contesting the municipal corporation (MC) elections.

Applicants stage a protest against Ansal API in Chandigarh on Friday Allotment of Flats
Applicants protest against Ansal API
Mohali, December 2
A number of applicants who have paid booking amount for flats at the Sector 127 project of Ansal API in Mohali today staged a protest against the company for not fulfilling its promise of allotting the flats.

Applicants stage a protest against Ansal API in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
Candidates of the CJM flash the victory sign at Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Friday
Candidates of the CJM flash the victory sign at Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

With 2 ACPs, 900 cops, Pkl prone to crime
Panchkula, December 2
While the local police has been plaguing with acute crunch of staff at higher as well as at lower ranks, the district seems to be all free for burglars and snatchers. There are only two Assistant Commissioners of the Police Superintendents and 900 policemen including mere 11 inspectors to take care of the district with a population over four lakh.

Rush, advance booking jack up airfare
Chandigarh, December 2
While almost all trains from the city to New Delhi are running packed to their capacity, residents looking for hassle-free travel have pushed the airfare up by around 50 per cent in the past two months.

Suspension of two police officers
PCA for action against DSP (Police Lines)
Chandigarh, December 2
Police Complaint Authority (PCA) has recommended disciplinary action against a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) for failing to look into an incident of scuffle involving the police personnel and an advocate in a fair and dispassionate manner. The PCA has also recommended suspension of a sub-inspector and a constable for gross misconduct and abuse of power.

Inside Babudom
Punjab bureaucrat is International Sugar Council chairman
Chandigarh, December 2
Punjab's senior civil servant and Union Food Secretary Dr Bhushan Chander Gupta has a rare distinction to his credit. Today, he was elected chairman of the International Sugar Council, while Prime Minister of Fiji, Baina Manrarana, swas elected vice-chairman of the council.

Ghazal maestro enthrals audience
Pinjore, December 2
While the historic Moghul garden sparkled in lavish décor, dazzling lights and cultural activities throughout the day, the Mumbai-based acclaimed ghazal maestro, Chandan Das, enraptured the music-loving crowd during a ghazal concert at the main stage of the ongoing Pinjore Heritage Festival here today.

2 die in road mishaps
Chandigarh, December 2
Two persons died in separate hit-and-run cases of accidents in the city. Chander Pal, a vegetable supplier from Fatehgarh Sahib, died when an unidentified vehicle hit his autorickshaw. Chander was going towards the grain market, along with Manoj Kumar when the accident occurred.

Preparations for Vidhan Sabha elections assessed
Mohali, December 2
The district election officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Varun Roozam today held a meeting of district administration and police officials to gear for the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections.

Demolition drive at Phase-VII market
Mohali, December 2
The enforcement wing of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) today carried out a demolition drive in the back lane of the Phase VII market.

Five more villages to be in MC limits soon
Zirakpur, December 2
Five more villages would be included in the municipal limits of Zirakpur soon. A resolution to this effect was passed at the MC meeting here today. Dyalpura village was included into the MC limits yesterday.

Chief Minister accepts demands by PCMS docs
Mohali, December 2
Punjab Civil Medical Service (PCMS) doctors today wore black badges for the fifth day today. The doctors also held ‘Black Flag Rally to register their protest against “inordinate delay” in implementing nine demands accepted by the Punjab Government. The demands were accepted at a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister on November 5.

Consumer Courts
Greenfield Sites told to refund Rs 7.5 lakh
Chandigarh, December 2
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on Greenfield Sites Management Private Limited and Chandigarh Overseas Private Limited for delay in handing over an apartment.


Bel Deu Singh, a research scholar, at the clinic ‘Clinic’ sans licence at PU dept
Chandigarh, December 2
Panjab University allowing an alternate medicine “clinic” to run out of its forensic science department without any permission or even due licence has come in as a shock to the teaching and student fraternity on the campus.

Bel Deu Singh, a research scholar, at the clinic. Photo by writer

Law students demand grace marks
Chandigarh, December 2
Over 70 students of the law department have alleged that their third semester TPA examination held on November 26 was not just set out of syllabus but had several dubious questions.

Experts dwell on issues of biodiversity conservation
Chandigarh, December 2
A special conference on “Approaches to address current issues for sustainable biodiversity” started at the department of zoology, Panjab University, today.

Experts delve into interpretation of Gurbani
Chandigarh, December 2
Dr Gursharanjit Singh, eminent scholar of Gurmat literature and chairperson of Guru Nanak Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University, delivered a special lecture on “Different schools of interpreting Gurbani”. The lecture was organised by the department of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, Panjab University.

Best educationist award
Chandigarh, December 2
National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE) principal, Dr Sandhya Ghai, brought laurels to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, by securing the best educationist award for outstanding achievements in the field of education organised by the International Institute of Education and Management, New Delhi.



Gold chain snatched
Ambala, December 2
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain of a teacher of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 3 at Ambala Cantonment this noon.


Nari Niketan Case
Protect identity of victim’s child: HC
Chandigarh, December 2
To protect the identity of the Nari Niketan rape victim’s child, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the UT administration not to disclose the name of the playway school where she will be admitted.


Woman’s body found
Chandigarh, December 2
A woman’s body was found at the railway track in Chandi Mandir area here today.
It was suspected that the woman in her 30’s was murdered before her body was thrown on the track.


Members of the St Stephen’s football team rejoice after winning the final at Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Fridayfootball meet
St Stephen’s bag title
Chandigarh, December 2
Defending champions of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, after displaying a skill and match temperament, bagged the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Football Tournament, at St Kabir School, Sector 26, here today.

Members of the St Stephen’s football team rejoice after winning the final at Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Players grapple for the ball during the basketball tournament at Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Friday CRPF thrash JCC
Chandigarh, December 2
Continuing their winning, the CRPF streak team registered a win against Jugraj Coaching Centre in the match of the ongoing Senior State Basketball Championship, being held at New Public School, Sector 18, here today.

Players grapple for the ball during the basketball tournament at Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Rahul Sharma aims a shot during the ongoing billiards and snooker championship at Panchkula on Friday Rahul logs victory in billiards championship
Panchkula, December 2
Ace striker of table ball, Rahul Sharma, booked his berth in the pre-quarter final stage of the ongoing 26th Haryana state sub-junior, junior, senior billiards and snooker championship.

Rahul Sharma aims a shot during the ongoing billiards and snooker championship at Panchkula on Friday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

NPS-18 cagers shine
Chandigarh, December 2
New Public School, Sector 18, (NPS-18) defeated DAV School Sector 15 in the first match of Col Balraj Singh Memorial Basketball Tournament for Boys and Girls (U-13), being held here.

First world speed skating tourney
Chandigarh, December 2
The Gurukul World School, Mohali, will organise the 1st World Speed Skating Tournament, at the skating ring on its premises from December 10 to 11.

Ankit propels Customs to victory
Chandigarh, December 2
The cricket team of Customs and Central Excise qualified for the All-India Central Revenue Sports Meet after defeating the team of customs and central excise Indore in the finals of the competition. The All-India Tournament will be held at Kolkata in January next year. In the final match, Ankit Rawat was declared as the man of the match for his all-round performance.

Sports meet for special kids
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 2
Physically challenged persons can do wonders, if we provide them an opportunity to show their hidden talent and skill, said Deputy Commissioner Yashvir Mahajan while inaugurating the sports competition of physically and mentally challenged children at Mata Gujri College here today.

Manul hammers ton, fashions Blue’s victory
Chandigarh, December 2
The Mohali Blue team defeated Mohali Green in the ongoing match of Mohali Premier Cricket League being played at Mohali, here today.

Gymnastics tourney from Dec 22
Chandigarh, December 2
The Chandigarh Gymnastic Association will conduct the 38th Chandigarh State Gymnastics Championships at Sports Complex, Sector 7, from December 22 to 24.


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