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UT orders child-mapping again
Chandigarh, December 24
In a knee-jerk reaction to gaping loopholes in the recent child-mapping survey, the UT Administration has ordered another survey of over 1 lakh students to check their eligibility for admission under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

Property dispute turns ugly; woman SHO, cops manhandled
Chandigarh, December 24
The accused explain themselves to a woman police officer following a property dispute in Chandigarh on Saturday The first woman Station House Officer (SHO) of the city, Punam Dilawari, was manhandled by three women involved in a property dispute when she tried to stop them from exchanging blows in Sector 8 here today.

The accused explain themselves to a woman police officer following a property dispute in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph


82-yr-old dies in mishap
Chandigarh, December 24
An 82-year-old woman was killed as an Innova car being driven by a woman hit her on the road separating Sectors 23 and 24 here around 9 am today. The police arrested the driver of the car, Baljinder Kaur, wife of an NRI and a Sector-16 resident, in a case of causing death due negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC.


Poll result review session
Rap for Cong youth, mahila wings
Chandigarh, December 24
The youth and mahila wings of the local Chandigarh Congress Territorial Committee was given a reprimand at hands of the party high command for “non-performance” during the recently concluded municipal corporation (MC) elections at a meeting held here today.

Mercury hits a new low
Chandigarh still colder than Shimla, Dharamshala
Chandigarh, December 24
Mercury continued to plummet in the region, making the city, at 3°C, colder than Shimla and Dharamshala for the second day today. The minimum temperatures at the two towns in Himachal Pradesh were recorded at 4.2°C and 4.1°C, respectively.

Santa comes calling:
Ahead of Christmas, schoolchildren enjoy a boat ride with Santa Claus at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
Midnight Christmas prayers being offered at Catholic Church, Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
Nativity: Midnight Christmas prayers being offered at Catholic Church, Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Shining in its glory to welcome Jesus Christ:
The bedecked CNI Church at Ambala Cantonment on Saturday night. tribune photo: Dev Dutt Sharma

Year Ender 2011: MC
Luck and doom went hand in hand
Chandigarh, December 24
The year 2011 has turned out to be a lucky one for the municipal corporation (MC) during its five-year tenure as all projects mooted and approved in 2006, at the start of its tenure, have seen the light of the day and no new project has been initiated.

Year Ender 2011: civic body
All that Mohali saw was numerous changes
Mohali, December 24
Major changes were witnessed in the town’s civic body during the year without it proving to be effective in meeting the aspirations of residents and solving their problems. First the municipal council was upgraded to the level of a municipal corporation by the government in January, cutting short the term of elected representatives with their consent by nearly eight months. By the end of year, the civic body once again attained the status of a council after the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the government notification through which the civic body was given the status of a corporation.

Where givers turn takers
Bal Bhavan premises often used free
Chandigarh, December 24
Some departments of the UT Administration have been seeking freebies from the very organisations that depend on it for financial support. The most recent example is of the UT tourism department booking a hall at the Bal Bhavan in Sector 23, being run by an NGO, for two days on a complimentary basis to hold auditions.

Toll plaza in Chandimandir
Notice to company for January 20
Panchkula, December 24
Accepting a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking exemption of toll charges for residents of Pinjore, Kalka, Surajpur and Saket at the upcoming toll plaza in Chandimandir, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to the company concerned for January 20.

Balancing act

Gymnasts during Chandigarh State Gymnastics Championship at Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh scan
Blood donated
Aanchal International School, Sector 41, organised a blood donation camp on the eve of Christmas to lend uniqueness to the occasion. A team of doctors and paramedical staff members from the blood transfusion office of the Sector-16 hospital organised the drive. Dr Raj Bahadur, director-principal of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, was the guest of honour.

16-week training for medical officers to tide over problem
Shortage of obstetricians at hospitals in Haryana
Panchkula, December 24
In order to solve the przoblem of shortage of obstetricians at hospitals in Haryana and to provide high-quality emergency obstetric care services in remote areas, the state government has embarked upon a unique programme in which a 16-week training is being imparted to government medical officers (MOs).

Sufi gayan, classical dance mark ‘Jashan-e-Zindagi’
Chandigarh, December 24
A veritable mix of sufi gayen, ghazals and the classical dance by acclaimed maestros of respective realms of art marked the ‘Jashan-e-Zindagi’ porgramme organised by a Delhi based society ‘Sanjhe Rang Punjab De’ at the Bal Bhawan auditorium, Sector 23, here today.

Hunger, cold claim life of another cub
Panchkula, December 24
Hunger and cold claimed the life of another panther cub in the forest area of Pinjore this morning. The carcass of the four-month-old cub was found a few yards away from the spot where a dead cub was found yesterday.

CAT stays implementation
Health Ministry had stopped NPA of pre-2006 PGI retirees
Chandigarh, December 24
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Chandigarh Bench, has stayed the implementation of orders issued by the Ministry of Health in 2009, in which it had stopped non-practising allowance (NPA) of members of the PGI faculty who had retired before 2006.

Fire at seven kiosks
The shops where fire broke out at midnight in Phase I of Mohali.Mohali, December 24
Seven kiosks were burnt in a fire that broke out in the Guru Nanak Market, Phase I, around midnight. A major tragedy was averted as the fire was witnessed by a police patrol party which immediately informed the fire brigade. Even a person sleeping in a dhaba that had caught fire was asked to move out.

The shops where fire broke out at midnight in Phase I of Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

SAD decides on Harjinder as mayoral candidate
Chandigarh, December 24
The local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) held a meeting today. It was chaired by NS Minhas. Members decided that a recommendation be sent to the high command that Harjinder Kaur should be considered as mayoral candidate.

Poll code
Interviews of firemen put off
Mohali, December 24
The Mohali municipal council has indefinitely postponed the interviews of firemen, as the code of conduct has been enforced in connection with the coming Assembly elections.

Kaura murder
Police probing tower location
Chandigarh, December 24
The police is trying to obtain the tower location of Dr Deepak Kaura a week before his murder. A SIM card was purchased on a fake ID and used exclusively for making conversations with him.


Workshop on inclusive education held
Chandigarh, December 24
A two-day training workshop on inclusive education was organised at GMHSSS Mani Majra. JS Jayara, principal of the Institute for Blind, spoke on the occasion.

Tiny tots steal hearts
Chandigarh, December 24
Music and sports were fused together at Strawberry Fields Kindergarten’s annual sporty musical soiree, a 90-minute event, here today.

SCD Govt College win
Chandigarh, December 24
SCD Govt College, Ludhiana, b PGGCG 11, to enter the semifinal of the PU Inter-College Handball (Men) Tournament.



Winter carnival at school
Ambala, December 24
A mega winter carnival was organised at PKR Jain Vatika in Ambala City. The school wore a festive look. students presented a cultural programme.


Uncertainty looms over Patil’s next public hearing session
Chandigarh, December 24
After having witnessed a record low turnout at the Governor’s public hearing session past month, the fate of the next session, meant to redress grievances of residents, appears uncertain. The previous session, held on November 22, attracted only four complainants. After that, two sessions, scheduled for December 5 and 19, had been cancelled.

5,990 cases disposed of in lok adalat
Chandigarh, December 24
Five-year-old Sonu (name changed) will now stay with his mother. Sonu’s father and grandparents can now meet him on the last Saturday of every month in Sector 17 plaza. The special lok adalat today mutually decided the case pertaining to Sonu’s custody.

Relief for Kings XI Punjab in tax return case
Chandigarh, December 24
In a major relief to Bollywood actress Preity Zinta and industrialist Ness Wadia, co-owners of the IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab, a local court here discharged them from the case filed by the Registrar of Companies (ROC) for not filing returns.

One-day remand for third accused
Stole newborn on December 6
Panchkula, December 24
The police has arrested the third accused, Balwinder, in the child theft case. The accused was produced in the court today, which remanded him to a one-day police remand. The police said Balwinder, a resident of Banur village in Mohali district, along with two other women, had stolen a newborn from General Hospital in Sector 6 on December 6 last year.

Cop acquitted
Chandigarh, December 24
CBI special judge Ritu Tagore today acquitted a Chandigarh Police constable in connection with graft case registered in February, 2010.


cooch Behar Trophy
Punjab seek easy win against Baroda
Chandigarh, December 24
With first innings lead of 270 runs, the Punjab team is poised for an outright win against Baroda in the Cooch Behar Trophy, being held at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, here today. Resuming at overnight 306 for 4, Punjab went on to score 478 for 7 in 129 overs before declaring at stroke of lunch.

Women kabaddi players in action during the National Circle Kabaddi Championship at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan
Women kabaddi players in action during the National Circle Kabaddi Championship at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Rahul wins gold in tae kwon do
Chandigarh, December 24
Haryana’s Rahul won the gold medal defeating local lad Himanshu Mishra in the Under 78 kgs in the 3rd North Zone Taekwondo Championship being held here today. Aman Singh of Delhi and Ajaypal Singh of Haryana secured the third position.

Handball tournament
PU Campus beat PGGCG-11
Chandigarh, December 24
Panjab University, Chandigarh, performed wonderful show and beat Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11,Chandigarh, in the league matches of the Panjab University Inter-College Handball (Women) Tournament being held at PU grounds, here today.


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