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No kidding, MC serious on playgrounds
Chandigarh, October 26
If a proposal mooted by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation sees light of the day, children in the city, who otherwise find it difficult to find a place, will have playgrounds in almost all sectors. The proposal came up for discussion in the General House meeting of the MC. A decision was taken to identify sites for playgrounds in each sector.


Pre-Divali bonanza for MC councillors
Chandigarh, October 26
In a pre-Divali bonanza, Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today approved the proposal to double the honorarium of councillors. The MC House unanimously approved the proposal today and referred it to the administration for consideration. MC Commissioner VP Singh informed the House that the councillors will get an honorarium of Rs 10,000 instead of Rs 5,000 after approval by the administration.

Son to carry forward Jaspal Bhatti’s legacy
Chandigarh, October 26
A day after the tragic death of satirist-actor Jaspal Bhatti, his son Jasraj Bhatti today said he will carry forward his father’s legacy. Jasraj said his father was a positive person and he never thought of losing him at any stage of his life. “Though he is not with me, his aura, love and advice will always be with me. I will always remember him for his work,” he added. Sporting a tee shirt of his debut movie Power Cut, Jasraj said he had a long way to go.

Jaspal Bhatti's son Jasraj with his mother Savita Bhatti at their residence in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Civic neglect: Here’s how dengue can strike you
Chandigarh, October 26
Veteran film director Yash Chopra’s death, arguably caused due to dengue mosquito breeding in a fountain at Yash Raj studio, may have shocked the nation, but the authorities in the city seem to be unmoved.

Water accumulated in fountains at Industrial Area and Sector 17, Chandigarh. The fountains have not been cleaned up post-monsoon, exposing the apathetic attitude of the authorities.
Water accumulated in fountains at Industrial Area and Sector 17, Chandigarh. The fountains have not been cleaned up post-monsoon, exposing the apathetic attitude of the authorities. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Schools yet to take preventive action
Chandigarh, October 26
Despite the number of dengue cases witnessing an increase, the authorities in the city are yet to swing into action to prevent its spread. So far, the directorate of school education has not issued directions to government school authorities asking them to take preventive measures. The school authorities, when contacted, stated that fumigation needed to be done in the schools. Vinod Sharma, headmaster of Government High School, Sector 34, said, "We get the place cleaned everyday, but the authorities should issue a list of dos and don'ts. Also, repellents must be sprayed regularly."

Children in summer uniform on their way to school at Sector 24 in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S Chandan


Rathore's gunman yet to be arrested
Panchkula, October 26
Even after 24 hours, the Panchkula police has failed to arrest the gunman of former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, who had reportedly molested a woman yesterday. The driver and the domestic help of the former Haryana DGP were produced in the Panchkula court today, which sent them to judicial custody. It was yesterday when driver Ramkishan, gunman Devinder Kumar, along with domestic help Chander Pal, were booked by the Raipur Rani police on charges of molestation and eve-teasing.

Chandigarh scan
Gov wishes Eid
Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator Shivraj V Patil extended his good wishes and greetings to all the people on the occasion of Id-ul-Zuha on Friday. The festival is observed in the commemoration of Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim, for his unflinching devotion to Allah. In a message, Patil said that Id-ul-Zuha symbolised the spirit of sacrifice, manifested by unshakable faith and firm commitment. The day also reminded us about the need to foster peace and harmony among all and to care for the disadvantaged sections of the society, he said.

Bakar ID
More than 6,000 goats sold
Chandigarh, October 26
More than 6,000 goats were sold since last week at Bakra Mandi near Mani Majra as part of Bakar-Id celebration. The Uttar Pardesh’s Barbari breed, known for its weight and looks, remained the favourite among the buyers. Other breeds, including Pahadi and desi, too fetched good price.

Treat of ragas for music lovers
Chandigarh, October 26
The three-day 35th Annual Sangeet Sammelan commenced at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sector 27. The event is being organised by the Indian National Theatre. The music meet started with the performance of three well-known artists Rupinder Kaur, Piu Sarkhel and Biswajit Roy Chowdhai.

Sarod maestro Biswajit Roy Chowdhari performs during the Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

There can be no peace without gender equality, says expert
Mohali, October 26
A two-day international conference on ‘Women, Peace and Security’ was held on the Punjabi University campus here today. The conference was organised by Women’s Studies Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala, in collaboration with Centre for Women Global Leadership, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA and PHDRE, USA.

Golf Club, Sector 6, Chandigarh. UT set to hike lease amount of clubs
Chandigarh, October 26
After the controversy of the Central Club, Sector 9, which was recently opened after the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the UT Administration, is all set to increase the lease amount of all the clubs in the city.

Golf Club, Sector 6, Chandigarh.

500 doctors to be recruited in Punjab, says Health Minister
Mohali, October 26
As many as 500 doctors would be recruited in Punjab to meet the shortage in government-run institutions, Health Minister Madan Mohan Mittal said here today. Mittal, who was speaking to mediapersons after giving away prizes to the winners of a marathon organised to create awareness on breast cancer, said a cure for cancer was possible if the disease was detected at an early stage.

In Panchkula e-challaning to start today
Traffic policemen with an e-challaning machine (encircled) in Panchkula. Panchkula, October 26
Hassles of standing in long queues to get your challan will be a thing of the past in Panchkula, now. For the first time, e-challaning for violation of traffic rules will be introduced from Saturday onwards in Panchkula. The e-challaning system was inaugurated by Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) Ranjv Dalal at the Traffic Park, Sector 12, Panchkula, here today. The system has been put in place to reduce paper work and to simplify the process.

Traffic policemen with an e-challaning machine (encircled) in Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Truce between civic body councillors, officials costs exchequer Rs 1.25 lakh
Chandigarh, October 26
A truce between the elected representatives and officials of the municipal corporation (MC) has cost the state exchequer Rs 1.25 lakh.

MC councillors at the General House meeting in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Respiratory problems up
Chandigarh, October 26
Going by the hygiene hypothesis of experts in the city, respiratory problems among children are on the rise, since the children are less exposed to pollution and spend a majority of time in air-conditioned set-ups.

Factory raid
8 children rescued
Panchkula, October 26
Eight children were rescued by the Anti-human trafficking cell today after the former were found working in a factory at Barwala. During the investigation, it came to light that the children were working for the past many years.

Tata launches club class sedan
Chandigarh, October 26
Tata Motors today launched its next generation car, the Tata Manza, a club class sedan.


From schools
Sports meet
Chandigarh: About 500 students from 7 zones participated in a sports meet hosted by Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Sec 40-D. A small cultural programme was also organised that comprised of a song and dance performances.
Exhibition: The Social Science Club and the Math Club of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47-B, organised an exhibition on the school premises. Students of Classes IV to XII participated in the exhibition.

Students perform at a function organised for senior citizens at Lawerance Public School in Mohali on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Students stage protest at NIIFT
Mohali, October 26
Students of the Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) continued with their protest against the failure of the authorities to award degrees instead of diplomas to those passing out of the institution. Students stayed away from their classes and raised slogans against the college authorities.

Students protest at the North India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) at Industrial Area, Phase I, in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Online registration begins at UBS
Chandigarh, October 26
The online registration for admission to the two-year management programmes of University Business School (UBS), Panjab University (PU), for the session 2013-14 started today. The last date for registration is November 27.


Air Force to organise training camp
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 26
The Indian Air Force is to organise a training camp in Government Girls High School, Bassi Pathana, from November 1, to encourage youth to join defence forces. Deputy Commissioner Yashvir Mahajan said the training camps would help the youth, especially the girls, to seek employment in the defence forces.

Experts dwell on importance of music in life
Patiala, October 26
Khalsa College, Patiala, organised an UGC-sponsored national conference on “Role and Relevance of Music for Healthy Life” on the college campus today. Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, former president of SGPC, Amritsar, in his inaugural address said due to materialistic pursuits, man has lost the capacity to inculcate melodious music in his life.

3 drug peddlers held
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 26
The district police has arrested three drug peddlers, including a woman and her son, during a checking at different places and seized 25 kg of poppy husk from them.

42-yr-old dies in road mishap
Kalka, October 26
In a hit-and-run case, a 42-year-old Chandigarh resident was crushed to death here today.


ETO's suicide: Court summons accused
Mohali, October 26
The court today issued summons to five accused in the suicide case of Excise and Taxation Officer Ranjit Singh.
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge RS Rai directed the accused, SP (Vigilance) Amandeep Kaur, head constable Harminder Singh, Rajinder Singh, Rajiv Sood and Paramjit Singh, to appear in court on the next date of hearing on November 26.

Corruption case
Jail warder gets 2-year term
Chandigarh, October 26
The CBI Special Court of Vimal Kumar today sentenced a jail warder to two years imprisonment in a corruption case.
The court sentenced, Satish Kumar, warden of Burail Model Jail, to two years imprisonment and also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on him. He was convicted yesterday under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.


Thieves strike at Monica Goyal’s residence
Chandigarh, October 26
Thieves ransacked the Sector 21 residence belonging to Monica Goyal, the teacher who allegedly committed suicide last week, the police said. The thieves apparently knew that the house owners were in jail. As the police conducted a search of the house after the theft was reported, blood stained undergarments of Monica were recovered from the washing machine, further deepening the mystery behind her death.

Monica Goyal’s house in Sector 21, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Man hit by vehicle, dies
Panchkula, October 26
In a tragic incident, the head of a 42-year-old man was severed after his motorcycle was hit by an unknown vehicle this morning near Mallah road, Pinjore.

Pooja murder case
Charges framed against accused
Chandigarh, October 26
The two accused in the Pooja murder case were charged with murder at a local court today. The court framed charges under Section 302 of the IPC against Vajinder and Renu for the brutal murder of Pooja, who was Vajinder’s wife.

CTU bus hits motorcyclist
Chandigarh, October 26
A motorcyclist was injured after a CTU bus hit him at the Sector 34 Piccadily roundabout today. The brakes of the CTU bus reportedly failed. The injured, Purshottam, a resident of Mohali, sustained a fracture on the arm and his motorcycle was completely damaged. The police has rounded up the driver of the bus, Avtar Singh. He told the police that he realised that the brakes had failed and shifted his bus to a side so that other passengers at the main roundabout on the Dakshin Marg. In the process, he hit the motorcyclist. The police said it was yet to record the statements of the injured and would register a case only then. TNS


Players in action during a basketball match at Sports Complex, Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Himachal beat Punjab by 7 wickets
Chandigarh, October 26
Himachal registered a seven-wicket win over Punjab in a match held during the Vinoo Mankad Tournament at PCA Stadium, Mohali, today. Punjab, after winning the toss, opted to bat first. The Punjab team was bundled out at 232 in 49.4 overs. Jaskaranveer Sigh of Punjab scored 67 off 75 balls, including 8 boundaries and one six, whereas Bhupinder Singh scored 40 off 46 balls, studded with 2 fours and 2 sixes.

Avyay Nambiar declared best athlete
Chandigarh, October 26
St John's High School celebrated its Annual Sports Extravaganza for its junior section on the school campus here today.

Tennis tournament from October 29
Chandigarh, October 26
Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) is to organise AITA-Chandigarh Open Tennis Tournament from October 29.


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