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Nursery admissions stalled
Chandigarh, December 12
In what comes as a serious blow to over 80 city private schools and thousands of anxious parents, the UT education department has stalled the ongoing nursery admission process across the schools.

44 establishments under MC radar for fire safety violations
Only one hospital has reported compliance with norms
Chandigarh, December 12
At least 44 buildings in the city have been issued notices by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation during the past three months for violating fire safety norms in different buildings, particularly business establishments and hospitals. The list includes hotels, banks, LPG store houses, petrol stations, SCOs and a number of industrial units.


GMSH-16 revisited
Safety measures found wanting
Chandigarh, December 12

Even as the UT fire department today conducted an inspection at Government Multispecialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, to check fire-safety measures, no concrete steps seem to have been taken by the hospital, which was issued a notice last year to make lives of patients and employees safer in the event of a fire.

Dental and physiotherapy clinics operate from the GMSH-16 basement. Single entry and exit through ramp is functional, but exit from the staircase is blocked. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Students of Saupins’ School, Mohali, perform at the annual function at the Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Monday.
In sync: Students of Saupins’ School, Mohali, perform at the annual function at the Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Kajauli waterworks
Row over, at last
Chandigarh and Mohali agree on 40 MGD of water each
Chandigarh, December 12
A solution to the Kajauli waterworks disagreement seems to have finally flowed in. Chandigarh and Mohali will both get 40 million gallons per day (MGD) each, as per an agreement reached between the UT Administration and Punjab.

misuse of premises
BJP conducts meeting at auditorium of institute
Mohali, December 12
In violation of rules, use of the auditorium of the State Institute of Health and Family Welfare at Phase VI here was today allowed by health department officials to host a meeting of the BJP, chaired by its state president Ashwani Sharma.

50 pc docs on winter break
Chandigarh, December 12
Nearly 50 per cent of doctors and faculty of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, will be on winter break for a month from tomorrow, making the going tough for patients visiting the OPDs.

Man killed in car-tractor collision
Chandigarh, December 12
A 36-year-old man was killed after his Santro car collided with a speeding tractor at Industrial Area here last night. The victim, Naresh Kumar, a scrap dealer based in Mohali, succumbed to his injuries at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. The driver of the tractor fled the scene, leaving the tractor behind.

Labourer crushed to death
Chandigarh, December 12
A 49-year-old labourer, working with Bhushan factory in Industrial Area here, died a gruesome death after a crane fell on him late this evening. Madan Lal, a resident of Hallomajra, was mutilated beyond recognition and was declared brought dead at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.


parwanoo-zirakpur stretch
Give details of plan to streamline traffic: HC to NHAI
Chandigarh, December 12
The Punjab and Haryana High Court wants to know from the National Highway Authority of India and the Panchkula Superintendent of Police the details of proposals for applying brakes to the traffic menace on the Parwanoo-Zirakpur stretch.

Building Bylaws
Eo turns blind eye to violations
Town Hall, Additional Town Hall found violating norms, but no one takes action
Chandigarh, December 12
When it comes to violations of building bylaws, the UT estate office prefers to turn a blind eye to what is happening right under its nose. The Town Hall and Additional Town Hall buildings, where the office of Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer is located, have several violations, but no one is prepared to take any action.

A view of front portion of the Town Hall building in Sector 17 with openings of an ATM counter and a private bank contrary to specifications of zoning map of the building; and (right) a wall constructed in the basement of the Additional Town Hall building to make it a room. The basement was meant for parking purposes in the zoning map. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Pre-poll Jolt for BJP
Two functionaries defect to Congress
Chandigarh, December 12
Two BJP functionaries shifted their loyalties to Congress candidate Mukesh Bassi  from ward No. 17 in the runup to the municipal corporation elections here today. At a media briefing, Bassi claimed that BJP secretary (district-I) Ravinder Kumar Vij and BJP mandal president Arun Bala Vij joined the Congress today.

Campaigning peaks as D-day closes in
Chandigarh, December 12
With just a few days left for campaigning to end, the candidates contesting the civic elections are giving it all to garner support in a bid to win the elections. Harmohinder Singh Lucky, Congress candidate from ward No. 16, today undertook a door-to-door campaigning in Sector 33 A. While addressing a public meeting, Lucky said maintenance of roads, parking, streetlights and parks would be his priority.

Davesh Moudgil, BJP candidate from ward No 22, (with folded hands) campaigns in Sector 48, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
Jatinder Bhatia, Congress candidate from ward No. 22, waves his hand while canvassing in Sector 48, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan

Manifestoes come out in slow-mo
Chandigarh, December 12
With barely a few days left for the campaigning to end for the municipal corporation elections, slated for December 17, prominent political parties in the city have finally realised the need for pulling out their election manifestoes to woo the over five-lakh voters in the city.

Girls have been roped in by Congress candidate Arshad Khan to campaign for him in ward No. 26 for the forthcoming MC elections in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan Canvassing gets ‘pretty’ interesting
Chandigarh, December 12
While seeing candidates do door-to-door campaigning is commonplace, the scene is “pretty” different in ward No. 26, for candidates have added glamour to their campaign by introducing beautiful faces to canvass for them and discuss the problems of voters in colonies.

Girls have been roped in by Congress candidate Arshad Khan to campaign for him in ward No. 26 for the forthcoming MC elections in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Jan aushadhi
Surgical items to help tide losses
Chandigarh, December 12
In a desperate move to get jan aushadhi (generic stores) centres out of the red, the Bureau of Pharma, a public sector undertaking, is planning to “diversity” and introduce sale of surgical items to make some profits.

A police Gypsy, carrying Jagtar Singh Hawara and Paramjit Singh Bheora, surrounded by security guards at the District Court, Sector 17, Chandigarh on Monday. Hawara, Bheora produced in court amid tight security
Chandigarh, December 12
Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorists Jagtar Singh Hawara and Paramjit Singh Bheora were produced in the district courts amid tight security in the jailbreak case today.

A police Gypsy, carrying Jagtar Singh Hawara and Paramjit Singh Bheora, surrounded by security guards at the District Court, Sector 17, Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

UID project going on at snail’s pace
Chandigarh, December 12
The issuance of the Unique Identification (UID) cards is going on at a snail’s pace, as only around 3.38 lakh cards of the total 10.52 lakh registered people in the city, according to the 2011 Census, have been issued.

Tricity Scan
53 cattle impounded
At least 53 stray cattle were impounded during a special drive of the municipal corporation (MC), carried out last week to catch stray cattle. The drive was carried out at different places in Mani Majra, IT Park, Colony IV, Colony V, Ram Darbar, Sectors 47, 48 and 51, Kajheri, Sector 38-West, Dadu Majra, Dhanas and Sector 26.

Two Mansa Devi officials to be chargesheeted
Panchkula, December 12
The chief executive officer of Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board, DP Dattana, has initiated action against its accountant Sukhdev and clerk Archana Syal as they have been indicted by the Haryana vigilance bureau for selling coins and ‘mangalsutras’ converted from jewellery offered at the shrine at a rate lower than the rate of gold in the market.

Allottees protest against GMADA
Land not taken over despite HC verdict
Mohali, December 12
Allottees of plots in Sectors 76 to 80 staged a dharna and raised slogans in front of the GMADA office here today.

Mercury dips to season’s lowest
Chandigarh, December 12
Fog engulfs Chandigarh roads on Monday night. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan With the minimum temperature plummeting to this season’s lowest of 7.8 °C, chill has set in the tricity region, forcing people to take out their gadgets to make their houses warmer. However, the region is yet to touch the minimum temperature of 5.7 °C witnessed on December 15 last year. The main reason for this has been attributed to the dry conditions and western disturbances.

Fog engulfs Chandigarh roads on Monday night. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Armed preparatory institute to hold test on Jan 22
Mohali, December 12
Mohali-based Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Preparatory Institute, the first of its kind in the state to train youths for recruitment in the National Defence Academy (NDA), would conduct the entrance test on January 22 for the second batch of students.

Army men not to pay toll in civvies
Chandigarh, December 12
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has withdrawn the letter issued to private toll operators in Punjab that defence personnel would not be exempted from paying toll tax if they are not in uniform.

Natwar wants Mulk Raj’s memorial at Khandala
Chandigarh, December 12
A lot of unpublished material written by Mulk Raj Anand, one of the pioneers of Indo-Anglian literature, as it was known then, may become food for termite and insects, if care is not taken of his property in Khandala, said K Natwar Singh, former Union Minister and a friend of Mulk Raj Anand.

Natwar Singh at CRRID in Chandigarh. A Tribune photo

Huge rush, but in vain
With no DTO, office work going on at snail’s pace
Mohali, December 12
The office of the District Transport Officer (DTO) here has been witnessing a rush of visitors, seeking driver’s licences and vehicle registration documents.

Complaint against Bansal
Chandigarh, December 12
The Chandigarh Jan Manch president, Krishan Chander Ahuja, today filed a complaint with the Chief Election Commission against the Member of Parliament, Pawan Kumar Bansal, for threatening their candidates during canvassing.

Earlier baby theft not her handiwork
Missing infant’s mother gives newborn-thief clean chit
Panchkula, December 12
The district police has ruled out the role of Nisha, a resident of Sanaur, who allegedly stole a newborn from the General Hospital in Sector 6 here, in taking away a 10-month-old boy from the Mansa Devi temple.

Clothes worth lakhs gutted
Chandigarh, December 12
Clothes worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in a fire, which broke out in Sector 20 in wee hours this morning. A fire team reached the spot at 4.40 am when a passerby called the police control room (PCR).

The cloth shop where fire broke out in Sector 20, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Classical singers interact with special children
Chandigarh, December 12
Young vocal classical virtuosos Ritesh Mishra and Rajneesh Mishra, sons of legendary Pt Rajan Mishra, interacted with students during a programme organised by the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture among Youth (Spic-Macay) at Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, on Saturday.


PU convocation
No gold medal this time, too
As guests lack time, students will be conferred degrees only
Chandigarh, December 12
The hard-pressed schedule of VIPs flying in for PU convocation will take the “shine” out of the success of scores of students who will have to go without a gold medal yet again on this convocation.

Teachers’ strike
House exams postponed
Chandigarh, December 12
House examinations in seven non-government colleges of Chandigarh have been postponed due to the ongoing agitation of teachers and non-teaching staff.


SAD ticket battle hots up
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 12
Swords have been drawn between the two main contenders for the SAD ticket from Fatehgarh Sahib. Supporters of Didar Singh Bhatti, sitting MLA, today organised a show of strength at Sirhind and also in the Khera block. Hundreds of residents of Sirhind as well as panches and sarpanches were present. They said he had served the constituency well.

Banur is sub-tehsil
Covers 32 villages, is under Mohali subdivision
Banur, December 12
A long-pending demand of Banur residents for a sub-tehsil covering 32 villages was met today. Prithpal Singh, who was naib tehsildar at Mohali, was given charge as naib tehsildar at Banur.

Three arrested for murder
Ambala, December 12
The Ambala police has claimed to have solved a case of murder at Dhanora village, where the beheaded body of a youth was recovered from a field on August 10.

Man assaulted
Dera Bassi, December 12
Unidentified persons have attacked Haji Anwar Ali during ‘namaaz’ at his house here. The incident occurred after a clash in front of his house. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital here.


Consumer courts
ICICI Bank fined Rs 50,000
Chandigarh, December 12
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on ICICI Bank for illegally raising foreclosure charges, prepayment charges of Rs 5,00,825 from a resident of Sector 11, who foreclosed the loan in view of the higher rate of interest.


Veteran athletes hog limelight
(Left) PS Sidhu and elder brother GS Sidhu strike a pose with their medals in ChandigarhWin 6 medals in Punjab Masters Athletics Championship
Mohali, December 12
Local veteran master athletes, Advocate GS Sidhu and his younger brother, PS Sidhu, have won six medals in the recently held 32nd Punjab Masters Athletics Championship held at Banga earlier this month. With age no bar, the players won over 100 medals in athletics while participating in various national and international-level tournaments. After giving their best performance in the tournament, both brothers are selected for the Veteran National Championship to be held in Bangalore from February 23 to 26.

(Left) PS Sidhu and elder brother GS Sidhu strike a pose with their medals in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

HP score 304 against Punjab
Chandigarh, December 12
Bowlers of Punjab team bowled out Himachal Pradesh (HP) team on the second day of the ongoing Vijay Merchant Cricket Trophy for Boys (U-16) being held at Patiala today. After resuming from their overnight score of 207 runs for two, HP team were bowled out for 304 in 153 overs.

St Kabir, St Joseph’s to cross swords
Chandigarh, December 12
The host team, St Kabir School, Sector 26, will lock horns with St Joseph’s School, Sector 44, while St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, will face New Public School, Sector 18, in the semi-final (boys’) clashes in the ongoing Chandigarh Inter-School Basketball Tournament, being held here. On other hand, Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, will face St Kabir School whereas St Anne’s School, Sector 32, will cross swords with Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, in the semi-finals of girls’ category. In the first match of boys’ category, the team of New Public School registered win over St Xavier School, Mohali, by 15-7. In a low scoring affair, Parvesh scored 6 points while Abhishek contributed 4 for the winning side while for the Mohali outfits, Deepak gathered four points.

Players in action during a basketball match in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Rishabh, Manveer log wins in CLTA-AITA series
A girl plays a shot during a tennis match in Chandigarh on Monday. Chandigarh, December 12
Local lad Rishabh Sharda outclassed Sahishnu (4-0, 4-1), while Manveer Shohi defeated Shrut Mohan Nagrera of Punjab (4-1, 3-5, 4-2) in the boys’  (u-12) category of the ongoing St Stephen’s School CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at the CLTA and Lake Complex, here today.

A girl plays a shot during a tennis match in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

MDAV-22, GMS-46 claim kho-kho titles
Chandigarh, December 12
The kho-kho team of MDAV School, Sector 22, drubbed Government Model High School (GMHS) by 20 points in the final of the 8th Challenger Kho-Kho Championship for Boys and Girls (U-14 and open category) being held at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, here today.

Yograj Singh, father of ace cricketer Yuvraj Singh, along with a few budding cricketers, offers prayers for his son’s recovery on his birthday at a gurdwara in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Monday.
Yograj Singh, father of ace cricketer Yuvraj Singh, along with a few budding cricketers, offers prayers for his son’s recovery on his birthday at a gurdwara in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Top national players to compete today
Chandigarh, December 12
Top female golfers of the nation are all-set to compete in the USHA All-India Ladies Amateur Golf Tournament to be start at Chandigarh Golf club, tomorrow, here.

Volleyball meet
Athletics Club, GGSC-26 register wins
Chandigarh, December 12
The Athletics Club of Sector 7 and GGSC, Sector 26, won the Senior State Volleyball Championship trophy in men and women’s category, respectively, held here today.

Golf camp from Dec 17
Chandigarh, December 12
The Chandigarh Golf Club will hold a month long Junior Golf Camp (6 to 18 years) for members and non-members, at the golf club grounds, from December 17.


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