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Photo shops gutted in Sector 22 blaze
Chandigarh, November 2
Expensive machinery used for video mixing and processing photographs was gutted in a major fire that broke out in eight shops-cum-cabins located on the first floor of a shop-cum-office (SCO) in the Sector 22 market here late last night.

This is what remains of a shop after it was gutted in a fire at Sector 22 in Chandigarh on Thursday night. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


2 youths killed as bus hits bike
Chandigarh, November 2
Tragedy struck two families just 10 days before Divali as two youths on a bike died after a Haryana Roadways bus hit them at the Sectors 48 and 49 light point last night. The two students, both 19 years old, were staying as paying guests in Sector 20 and were taking coaching for the IIT entrance from a Sector 22-based institute. Both youths were the only sons of their parents. They were riding an Apache bike, which they had borrowed from a friend, without helmets.

The mangled remains of the bike that met with an accident at the light point of Sectors 48 and 49 on Thursday night. Tribune photo: S Chandan

It will be a dark Divali for their families
Chandigarh, November 2
It will be a dark Divali for the families of Abhishek and Eilin, who died in a road mishap yesterday. Both students were the only sons of their parents and had big dreams in life. They became close friends when they started staying together as paying guests and went to the same institute to take coaching for the IIT entrance. They were together since April this year.

Cell phone tower installation
Admn ignores ministry advisory
Chandigarh, November 2
While drafting Mobile Tower Policy for the city, the UT Administration has completely ignored the advisory issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).



MC tenure nearing end, committee for women yet to meet
Chandigarh, November 2
The municipal corporation councillors do not believe in practising what they preach. While they are vocal against the functioning of the MC on the floor of the House, they themselves are found lacking in performing their duties.

Garbage collection
Dadumajra residents suffer due to MC apathy
Chandigarh, November 2
Is the Municipal Corporation (MC) really serious about tackling the problem of foul smell emanating from the dumping ground at Dadumajra? Even after five years, the MC authorities have failed to streamline the removal of 350 tonnes of garbage.

Two trucks lie overturned after a collision in the Industrial Area, Phase 1, Chandigarh, on Friday. Trbune photo: Manoj Mahajan

UT Health Dept fails to contain dengue
Chandigarh, November 2
While the UT Health Department claims to have served notices to more than 400 households for not taking adequate measures to prevent the breeding of dengue mosquitoes, it has failed to curb the spread of the disease in the city.

Yesteryear star has a new aim
Chandigarh, November 2
Homeless and dejected, yesteryear star of Punjabi film industry, Satish Kaul's life at present is not different from a film script. Last year he came back to Punjab from Mumabi and started his acting academy in Ludhiana but the venture marked the doom of the veteran actor and forced him to first take shelter in a old age home in Ludhiana and then he shifted to senior citizen home in Doraha, where he is currently living.

Divali round the corner, painters in demand
Panchkula, November 2
As Divali is only ten days away, electricians and painters are in great demand. Residents are facing a lot of problem in getting their work done. "I wanted to get my house whitewashed. I have enquired from seven to eight painters and all of them are just saying that there is a long pending list and it will take days before they start with their work. I think this time the wait is going to be endles," said Shreya Sharma, a resident of Sector 10, Panchkula.

Young couples perform rituals on Karva Chauth at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Rajesh re-elected zila parishad chief
Panchkula, November 2
Rajesh Kona, was re-elected as the chairman of the zila parishad but vice-chairperson Champa Devi had to leave her chair today. It was only recently, the Supreme Court had ordered Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar to consider the no-confidence motion, moved against Zila Parishad chairman Rajesh Kona and vice-chairperson Champa Devi.

City-based volunteer selected for Indira Gandhi NSS Award
Chandigarh, November 2
Chandigarh-based National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteer Sandeep Kumar has been selected for the prestigious Indira Gandhi NSS Award for the year 2011-12. The President of India will present him with the award at Rashtrapati Bhawan on November 19.

GMADA auction fetches over Rs 48 crore
Mohali, November 2
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) earned over Rs 48. 32 crore by disposing of 18 out of the 47 commercial sites in different parts of the town on the second day of its auction today. Today the auction received much better response as compared to yesterday’s flop when only three residential sites out of the 57 could be sold.

Chandiagrh scan
Professor honoured
Professor VK Alankar, chairperson, Department of Sanskrit and Dayanand chair for Vedic Studies was honoured by Delhi Sanskrit Academy with ‘Sanskrit Sevasamman’ recently for his contribution to Sanskrit shastras and Sanskrit creative writing. Prof Alankar has published more than 13 books on Vedas, grammar, Pali literature and Indian philosophy and nearly 50 papers on the Ramayana, Mahabarata, Sanskrit grammar, Vedic philosophy, Grihyasutras, Pali literature and etc.

CII members submit a memorandum to Union Minister of Railways Pawan Kumar Bansal. A tribune Photograph

Traders can now raise heights of SCOs in Sector 22
Chandigarh, November 2
After giving a major relief to shopkeepers by allowing minor alterations for internal partitions in the upper floors of SCOs in the city, the Chandigarh Administration has allowed the occupants of booths in Sector 22 to raise the height of roofs up to 11'-6".

Canadian PM cancels visit to Pal Dhaba for security reasons
Chandigarh, November 2
Sunny Pal, owner of Pal Dhaba in Sector 28, was sad to learn that the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the eatery was cancelled today. Shiv Raj, who works in Harper's office and is in Chandigarh as part of the advance party, said that the Canadian PM was scheduled to visit the dhaba on November 7 to savour local delicacies. But the visit had to be cancelled due to security reasons and "media leaks".

MC seeks control of malaria dept
Chandigarh, November 2
The municipal corporation is going to demand transfer of the malaria department from the UT Administration to the corporation in order to streamline health services. In the recent Finance and Contract Committee meeting, which was chaired by Mayor Raj Bala Malik, the decision was taken to send a communication to the administration in this regard.

Dirty water collected at a fountain in Sector 17, Chandigarh. tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Weights and measures department
Surprise check at sweets shops
Chandigarh, November 2
A team from the Weights and Measures Department today conducted a surprise check in various sweets shops in the city. The team, led by Balbir Singh, Controller, Weights and Measures Department, along with Inspector Kamal Sareen, checked Chandigarh Sweets and Ekansh Sweets, both in Industrial Area, Phase I; Gopal Sweets, Sector 27; Chandigarh Sweets, Sector 27 and Shiv Sweets, Sector 18.
Spectacular performances mark raising day function of city police

Policemen take part in ‘Malkhamb’ during the raising day parade at the Police Lines in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Thursday.

A march past being held on the occasion.

Slump in market forces traders to go for cheaper gifts this Divali
Chandigarh, November 2
As there is not much growth in the market, the city-based businessmen are cutting down their expenses on Divali gifts for their clients. Sandeep Sahni, president of Chamber of Chandigarh Industries, said that still there was not much growth in the market and due to that many of them were reducing their expenditure on gifts to their clients.

Panchayat unions protest outside police station
Mohali, November 2
Members of the various panchayat unions today staged a protest outside the Phase VIII police station against the failure of the police to arrest persons wanted in various cases .

Vigilance awareness week concludes
Chandigarh, November 2
The Northern Regional Office of Bureau of Indian Standards concluded the vigilance awareness week, which began on October 29, here today.

Pensioners’ meeting today
Mohali, November 2
A general body meeting of the Punjab Government Pensioners Association will be held at the Rose Garden in Phase 3B-1 at 11 am tomorrow. General Secretary of the association Mohan Singh said the meeting has been convened to discuss the future strategy for issues of delay in payment of third installment of arrears, non-release of DA installment announced with effect from July, 2012, and other unmet demands of the pensioners.

Hooda inaugurates HUDA Field Hostel
Panchkula, November 2
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today inaugurated the Field Hostel at the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) office Sector 6, Panchkula. HUDA has constructed the building at an estimated cost of Rs 6.83 crore on two-acre of land. The hostel has 24 air-conditioned rooms.

The Field Hostel, which was inaugurated by Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Sector 6, Panchkula, on Friday. tribune photo Nitin Mittal

Golden jubilee celebrations begin at PGIMER
Chandigarh, November 2
The Advanced Paediatrics Centre at the PGIMER started its golden jubilee celebrations today. In a glittering function held at the institute, paediatricians gathered to participate in the two-day academic CME programme. The ceremony was presided over by Prof Y K Chawla, Director of PGI . In his inaugural address, Chawla stressed that the paediatrics department at the hospital had achieved heights of excellence in clinical work, research, and postgraduate training.

Gurnam Singh at his residence at Phase 10, Mohali, on Friday. Students return safely from US
Chandigarh, November 2
A group of 14 students from St Stephen School, Sector 45, who were on an international educational trip, returned home in the early morning hours today. The students returned safely after Hurricane Sandy hit the USA. “The trip was good and we enjoyed there. 

Gurnam Singh at his residence at Phase 10, Mohali, on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Integration camp concludes
Panchkula, November 2
The two-day social science exhibition-cum-national integration camp concluded at KV 1, Chandimandir Cantonment, today. MS Chauhan,DC, KVS RO, Chandigarh region, was the chief guest. He praised the participats. — TNS


PhD programme
No reserved seats for teachers
Chandigarh, November 2
College teachers will not enjoy the privilege of having reserved seats for PhD programme conducted by the Panjab University. The authorities have rejected the teachers’ demand stating that teachers can perform better than students and don’t require any reservations.

Syndicate meeting
Appointment of chairpersons on rotation basis to be discussed
Chandigarh, November 2
The long-pending demand for appointment of chairpersons in all departments on rotation basis is to be tabled before the Syndicate in its forthcoming meeting. The issue has remained a topic of debate at several PUTA meetings.

Common admission schedule mandatory for all schools, says DPI
Chandigarh, November 2
The common admission schedule issued by the UT Education Department is mandatory for all the private schools. This was stated by Director of Public Instructions (Schools) Upkar Singh here today. Many schools, however, have not yet taken a final call on the latest directions of the department.

Change mindset to eradicate social evils: Harsimrat
Mohali, November 2
"There is a need to change the mindset of people to get rid of social evils,” said MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal here today after inaugurating “Parivartan 2K12,” a two-day festival, by the Chandigarh Group of Colleges at Landran. The MP, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said one had to have a desire and a strong will power to bring about a positive change in society. A single step by each one of us would make a quantum difference in checking social evils. She said women were being tortured and killed for dowry.

Girls perform gidda during “Parivartan 2K12” at the Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landra, Mohali, on Friday. tribune Photo: Vicky Gharu

First in Haryana: Students Legal Literacy Club launched
Panchkula, November 2
The first Students Legal Literacy Club in Haryana was inaugurated at The Gurukul School Sector 20, Panchkula, under the aegis of the Haryana State Legal Services Authority.

Chief Justice AK Sikri inaugurates the Students Legal Literacy Club at Gurukul School in Panchkula, on Friday. A tribune Photograph


Minor rape victim taken for DNA test
Ambala, November 2
The minor girl, who became a mother in Ambala City, was referred to the Panchkula Civil Hospital four days ago was brought to the Civil Hospital, Ambala City, today noon by the police for the DNA test.

Drug peddler, thieves arrested
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 2
The district police has arrested a drug peddler who was involved in the sale of drugs for a long time and three thieves, who were members of a gang involved in theft of iron scrap, today. The police recovered 52 kg poppy husk, Tata 407 vehicle along with iron scrap worth Rs 2 Lakh from them.

Conference on business ethics today
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 2
A national conference on "Emerging Paradigms in Business Ethics" would be held at Mata Gujri College here tomorrow. Scholars and business professionals from Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to read their papers in the conference.

Dengue: Health Dept conducts survey
Dera Bassi, November 2
After a woman died of dengue near by Brauli village, a team of health workers visited the village and conducted a container survey.

Vigilance Department organises seminar
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 2
"Destiny of a nation is shaped in the classrooms. It is the youth, particularly students, who can wage a war against social evils, particularly corruption.


Robbery bid foiled in Panchkula
Panchkula, November 2
The Panchkula police was caught napping yet again when two armed robbers made a futile attempt to rob two women at gun point. The women were returning home after shopping in the Sector-6 market. The robbers, who were masked, were trying to get away with the jewellery the women were wearing for karvachauth celebrations.

Employer booked under Child Labour Act
Panchkula, November 2
In a horrifying case, a 12-year-old girl, who worked as a domestic help, was allegedly beaten up and tortured, using hot iron rods by her employer at sector 15, Panchkula, today. Mamta, the victim, was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. Mamta hails from Uttar Pradesh. Officials of the Child Labour Department reached on the spot and booked the employer under the Child Labour Act.

Boy steals Rs 3.5 lakh at wedding
Chandigarh, November 2
Marriage venues continue to be haunted by Juvenile thieves. Another such incident was reported today when a child stole Rs 3.5 lakh cash during a wedding at the Community Centre Manimajra last night.


Hockey tournament
City team not to participate in
Nehru Cup
Chandigarh, November 2
Facing apathy of officials from the past two years, the city is not participating in the yearly-organised national level Nehru-Cup Hockey Tournament for boys (U-15), in New Delhi.

GNGC win wrestling tourney
Chandigarh, November 2
The Guru Nanak Girls College (GNGC), Model Town, Ludhiana, won the Panjab University Inter-College Wrestling for Women Championship with 16 points, here today. The Guru Nanak College for Girls, Muktsar, and Bhag Singh Hayer Khalsa College for Women, Abohar, secured second and third place 15.5 and 13 points respectively. The team of Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepur, finished fourth position with 12.5 points.

Sunil, Tarranum emerge victorious
Chandigarh, November 2
Former CHART trainee and National Champion, Sunil Kumar Sipaeya, after displaying his class defeated 2nd seed Yogesh Phogat to win the Men’s singles during the CLTA-AITA Chandigarh Open-1 Lakh Men’s and Women’s, here today.

Sunil Kumar Sipaeya with his trophy after winning the men’s singles title; and (below) Tarranum Handa in action during a match of the CLTA-AITA Chandigarh Open Men’s and Women’s Tournament at the CLTA, Sector 10, in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy win by 78 runs
Chandigarh, November 2
An all-round performance by Treyaksh Bali (51 runs and 2 for 16) helped the Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy to defeat Satluj Public School by 78 runs, in the final of Duke Infosys Cricket Tournament, held today.

Chanranjit is referee for baseball championship


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