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Chandigarh, December 3
Sushma SwarajPawan Kumar Bansal In a move that has left Panjab University embarrassed, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal has “humbly” declined to accept the Honorary Doctorate in laws offered to him. Interestingly, the university has yet not received confirmation from high-profile BJP politician and Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj who, too, has been selected for the honour.

Elite, literate not keen on voting, registration
Chandigarh, December 3
It seems that elite and a majority of literate residents of the city are least interested to exercise their right of franchise in the coming MC elections, if the drastic fall in the number of voters registered from ward no. 1, comprising sectors 1 to 11, is any indication.


Accused caught tampering with documents in district courts
Mohali, December 3
High drama prevailed in the district courts here today when an accused in a cheating case, GS Samra, was allegedly caught in the office of the “Court Alhmad” while tampering with court documents pertaining to parole.

25 injured as bus, Innova collide
Chandigarh, December 3
Twenty-five persons, including three NRIs, were injured in a head-on collision between a Himachal Roadways bus and an Innova at the Sector 45-46 light points on Friday night. The collision was so strong that the bus overturned.

1 stabbed to death
Chandigarh, December 3
Dilbag Rai (58) of Bathinda district was stabbed to death when he tried to intervene in a fight between his neice’s husband and her alleged paramour at her residence in Sector 46 here. The husband had allegedly caught them consuming liquor.


Theft gets candidates into overdrive
Chandigarh, December 3
Thieves striking in the city is something that is not new. Whenever it happens, it is just the police that reaches the spot. Today’s theft reported at Sector 15 saw candidates of two parties contesting the MC elections from ward 2 leaving no stone unturned to attract protesting traders.

Ward 2 candidates Saurabh Joshi and Anu Chatrath argue at the market in Sector 15 of Chandigarh on Saturday
Ward 2 candidates Saurabh Joshi and Anu Chatrath argue at the market in Sector 15 of Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Prohibitory orders in force for 3 days
Chandigarh, December 3
Keeping in view that certain groups may organise rallies and dharnas and agitate in wake of municipal corporation (MC) elections, the local district magistrate has prohibited the public in general and any member thereof from forming an assembly of five or more persons, taking out processions, making speeches, raising slogans and carrying sticks in the city, except at the Rally Ground, Sector 25, for three days from December 5.

Bansal attempts to allay traders’ fears
Chandigarh, December 3
Fearing that the Centre’s decision to introduce foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Indian market may cost Congress candidates dear in the municipal corporation (MC) elections, local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal stated today that small traders would not be hit.

BJP harps on corruption
Chandigarh, December 3
In a bid to cash in on the anti-corruption drive, the BJP has made it a part of its four-point agenda for the municipal corporation (MC) elections. The party has stuck to sanitation services, parking management, traffic and corruption, unlike the 31-point manifesto for the previous elections, in 2006.

fighting corruption
No Cong candidate turns up
Chandigarh, December 3
Of the 152 candidates, 44 today signed a pledge letter and took an oath that they would support anti-corruption movements and make their wards corruption-free. The local NGO Awaaz had invited all candidates to sign the pledge letter to make the city corruption-free.

3 get notices for defacement
Chandigarh, December 3
The election department yesterday issued notices under the defacement Act to three candidates contesting the municipal corporation (MC) elections. Raj Bala Malik of the Congress and Satinder Dhawan of the BJP, both contesting from ward 1, were issued notices by election observers.

International Day For Disabled
Disability no bar for them
Chandigarh, December 3
They may not be able to walk, but that has not prevented them from moving forward in life. They may not understand others properly, but they have understood the nuances of life well enough to live it to the fullest.

Not normal, they are special
Chandigarh, December 3
Avtansh Behl and Karan Pratap Singh are two class-X students of Saupin’s School, bound by a 12-year-long friendship and love for music. There is one more thing that sets them apart from boys their age. They are not normal, but extremely special.

Avtansh Behl (left) with Karan Pratap Singh.
A tribune photograph

Avtansh Behl (left) with Karan Pratap Singh

e-waste collection: Three days on, not a rosy picture
Chandigarh, December 3
Tall claims made by the UT Administration at the time of launching its e-waste collection drive three days back are far from the ground reality. The authorities had claimed that e-waste large in size, like computer monitor and television, would be collected within 72 hours of a telephone call on the toll-free number.

phase Revisited
Sanitation blues continue to dog Phase IX
Mohali, December 3
Foul smell emanating from the N-choe passing through the area, stray animals, improper sanitation still describe Phase IX even though some roads have been strengthened by the civic body and the condition of parks improved by GMADA over the past nearly three months when the problems faced by residents were highlighted in these columns.
Heaps of garbage dumped near the market in Phase IX in Mohali
Heaps of garbage dumped near the market in Phase IX in Mohali. Tribune photos: Parvesh chauhan
Stray cattle seen roaming about freely in a park in Phase IX
Stray cattle seen roaming about freely in a park in Phase IX
Poor condition of a road in Phase IX
Poor condition of a road in Phase IX

Civic body seeks appointment of administrator
Mohali, December 3
Senior officials of the Department of Local Government, Punjab, have been requested to appoint an administrator of the civic body in Mohali, after the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the notification through which, the civic body was upgraded into a Municipal Corporation from a Municipal Council.

Marriage Palaces’ menace
Commuters stranded on Zirakpur-Patiala Highway
Zirakpur, December 3
Hundreds of commuters were stuck in a traffic jam for hours on Saturday evening due to the ongoing wedding functions on the Zirakpur-Patiala Highway. The traffic police had a tough time managing the heavy rush of vehicles. The jam lasted for two hours.

Mullana suffers paralytic attack, admitted to PGI
Chandigarh, December 3
Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Phool Chand Mullana was today admitted to PGI after he suffered a mild paralytic attack. Doctor treating upon him said, "He is out of danger and his condition is stable.


Ghazal maestros regale crowd in Pinjore
Pinjore, December 3
While the déc or and lighting at the Pinjore gardens brought alive the splendour of Mughal culture, ghazal maestros of the region enraptured the audience with their choicest ghazals. They paid rich musical tributes to departed legend Jagjit Singh.
Gazal singer Vinod Sehgal performs at the Pinjore Heritage Festival on Saturday. Tribune photo

Gazal singer Vinod Sehgal performs at the Pinjore Heritage Festival on Saturday

Work hit as panchayat officials go on strike
Dera Bassi, December 3
The functioning of village panchayats has been badly affected due to strike of officials of the panchayat department for the past 10 days in the state. Village panchayats are not able to conduct development works in villages in the absence of their officials.

Fatehgarh Sahib to be Shri Fatehgarh Sahib soon
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 3
The state government has decided to rename district Fatehgarh Sahib as " Shri Fatehgarh Sahib" Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has approved the proposal and a formal decision in this regard will be taken in the next cabinet meeting, said Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra, secretary general, SAD(B), and an aspirant for SAD(B) ticket from the Fatehgarh Sahib seat.

Robbers decamp with jewellery, cash, pistol
Ambala, December 3
Robbers decamped with jewellery, cash and a pistol from the house of an ex- Army Captain at Ambala City last late evening. They also took away the passport and other important documents of his daughter who had come from the US to attend the marriage of her brother.

700 participate in athletics meet
Patiala, December 3
As many as 700 players from 71 affiliated colleges of Punjabi University, Patiala, are taking part in the three-day athletics meet that began at the university campus this morning.


Thieves strike at 4 shops in Sec 15
Chandigarh, December 3
Thieves broke locks and shutters of four shops at the Sector-15 market in the wee hours today. The images of two thieves were captured in a CCTV installed at a sweetmeat shop, where thieves decamped with Rs 14,000.


Aiming high

A player of GPGCC aims to score a basket against Sacred Heart School at NPS, Sector 18, Chandigarh, Saturday
A player of GPGCC aims to score a basket against Sacred Heart School at NPS, Sector 18, Chandigarh, Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Arunam scripts Kings XI Mohali win
Chandigarh, December 3
A fine batting performance by Arunam (68 not out) helped Kings XI Mohali to defeat Mohali Super Kings by 54 runs in the First Sardar Amar Singh Memorial U-16 Cricket Tournament held at MCA cricket ground here today.

DP Azad Cricket
Akash wields APJ into semifinals
Chandigarh, December 3
APJ, Kharar, is set to clash with DP Azad Cricket Academy in the semifinals of the second St Stephen Junior Championship for Under-12. APJ defeated DAV Cricket Academy, Sector 8, by 2 wickets here today.

They are no ordinary kids
Chandigarh, December 3
Where there is a will there is a way, and these special children epitomise the saying to the fullest. They might not be technically sound in the game of cricket or play as quick as normal players, but these special children have the capability to give them a tough fight.
Students from the Regional Institute for Medical Handicap play a cricket match at Government Model School, Sector 32, in Chandigarh, on Saturday
Students from the Regional Institute for Medical Handicap play a cricket match at Government Model School, Sector 32, in Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

CLTA to host international matches
Chandigarh, December 3
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association will host ITF Junior Circuit Grade-3 for Boys and Girls followed by ITF Men’s Future US $ 10,000 Tennis Tournament in January and February next year.

Inter-department cricket
ITI, Medical Health Officer XI outclass rivals
Chandigarh, December 3
ITI, UT, Chandigarh, defeated Chandigarh Hospitality Department by nine wickets in the Chandigarh Inter-Department Cricket Tournament held at Government Model Senior Secondary School Ground in Sector 26 here today.

Uday Kaul to lead Punjab
Chandigarh, December 3
Uday Kaul has been retained as the captain of Punjab team for the remaining league matches of the Ranji Trophy as Harbhajan Singh, was ruled out for four weeks due to shin injury.



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