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UT babus can’t straighten out red tape
Chandigarh, November 9
The UT Administration is continuing to function with the serious anomaly of the UT Adviser KK Sharma still holding the charge of Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), a post that is traditionally held by the Home Secretary.

Another couple do Nishan and Shruti
Panchkula, November 9
Following in the footsteps of Nishan and Shruti, another couple, who had eloped on November 4, approached the Punjab Police seeking shelter.

An LPG cylinder being used at the rehri market in Sector 15, Chandigarh. A virtual death trap
Chandigarh, November 9
With no fire fighting equipment and rampant encroachments galore, city rehri markets are a virtual death trap. A visit to the markets in sectors 15, 18, 19 and 22 showed that none had fire extinguishers. Most did not even have any ventilation in the building.

An LPG cylinder being used at the rehri market in Sector 15, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


Plan afoot to end parking woes outside DC’s office
Chandigarh, November 9
There is hope for an end to parking woes for those visiting the office of the Deputy Commissioner and other offices in its vicinity in Sector 17. Faced with complaints of shortage of parking space near the DC’s office, the Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer, Mohammed Shayin, has in a communication to the MC Commissioner has sought streamlining of the parking space.

Contractors violating guidelines
Vehicles parked on the yellow line zone, which is reserved for fire tenders, in Sector 17, Chandigarh. Chandigarh, November 9
With the festival season at its peak, the parking contractors ‘feel free’ to violate the fire zone rules in the parking lots by allowing ordinary vehicles to park at the space earmarked for fire tenders.

Vehicles parked on the yellow line zone, which is reserved for fire tenders, in Sector 17, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Hike in mess charges: Deadlock between university authorities, students continues
Students of various organisations argue during the protest against hike in mess charges outside the Panjab University VC 's office on Friday. Chandigarh, November 9
The deadlock between students and the Panjab University authorities over the mess charges continued for the fifth day, though the students resorted to a peaceful protest today.

Students of various organisations argue during the protest against hike in mess charges outside the Panjab University VC 's office on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Issue NOC to TDI Mall: Home Secy
Chandigarh, November 9
Decks have been cleared for the opening of the TDI Mall which was mired in controversy of alleged building bylaws violations and fire safety. UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar today issued directions to the fire department to issue a no-objection certificate (NOC) for fire-safety norms.

Issue NOC to TDI Mall: Home Secy
Chandigarh, November 9
Decks have been cleared for the opening of the TDI Mall which was mired in controversy of alleged building bylaws violations and fire safety.

Drunk driving
Habitual offender’s licence suspended
Chandigarh, November 9
The State Transport Authority, Mohali, suspended the driving licence of a habitual offender on the recommendation of the Chandigarh Police that had issued a challan for drunk driving against the offender twice.


Special children to light up homes this Divali
Chandigarh, November 9
Many of these children may not even know what Divali means to them but their effort will surely light up several homes this Divali. Several organisations from the city are imparting vocational training to disabled and special children who are busy giving final touches to decorative earthen lamps, candles and other items. These are available for sale.

Special children display their creations; (below) Children make rangoli at Bal Bhawan in Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Dengue cases on the rise
Chandigarh, November 9
The number of dengue cases which have come to the fore in the city this season is four times more than the corresponding figure of the last year. As many as 315 city residents have contracted dengue this year while last year, there were 73 such residents.

Sugar-free sweets are a hit this season
Chandigarh, November 9
Sugar-free sweets are finding many takers this Divali. Many sweet shops here are selling sugar-free Anjeer Barfi, Kaju Barfi, Son Papri, Kacha Gola and Khajur Barfi, especially prepared for the festival season.

Sugar-free sweets on display at Sindhi Sweets. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Gold glitter: Investors make a beeline to post offices
Chandigarh, November 9
Despite gold acting pricey, post offices in Chandigarh sold over 300 gold coins worth over Rs 75 lakh this festival season. Employees of local post offices said most of these sales were registered during the last two months and that the General Post Office (GPO), Sector 17, sold the maximum coins.

Vendor claims police not lodging theft complaint
Chandigarh, November 9
Contrary to its slogan ‘We care for you’, the Chandigarh Police is sitting on a complaint by a roadside vendor who is differently abled. He was allegedly robbed of his earnings earlier this month.

Employees scheme
Applicants yet to get allotment letters
Chandigarh, November 9
In protest against the inordinate delay in the issuance of allotment letters under the employees scheme of the Chandigarh Administration, employees of various departments today staged a dharna outside the office of the Chandigarh Housing Board in Sector 9.

Disaster management
NDMA conducts mock drill
Chandigarh, November 9
To check the preparedness of the Chandigarh Administration in the event of an earthquake, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in Sector 17 here today conducted a mock drill. The mock drill was a part of the capacity development programme being conducted since November 7 to November 9.

A mock drill being conducted at the Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Excise dept to start online payment of taxes
Chandigarh, November 9
Four months after starting an online facility to issue statutory forms like "C", "F" and "H" used by traders for taking tax rebate on the inter-state transactions of goods, the UT excise department is all set to launch another facility to start online registration of traders and receive online payment of taxes from traders. Commissioner, Excise and Taxation, Mohammed Shayin, said the ongoing computerisation would bring relief to the traders.

2 held for duping tea vendor
Chandigarh, November 9
The Chandigarh Police arrested two persons for cheating a tea vendor of Rs 20,000 at the Sector 22 bus stop. The duo took the money from the vendor in exchange of Rs 80, 000 claiming the money was stolen and they wanted to exchange the currency. Later, the tea vendor found it to be a bundle of papers only.

UK honour for Fortis doctor
Chandigarh, November 9
Dr Arvind Sahni, Director, Gastroenterology at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, has been awarded an FRCPE degree at Edinburgh, UK. The degree was conferred on October 26.

Legal Literacy Day observed
Panchkula, November 9 Various events were held in the town to mark Legal Literacy Day today. Para legal volunteer Manbir Singh Rathi delivered a lecture at Swami Devi Dyal College, Barwala.

Body found
A body of a 25-year-old youth was found hanging from a tree at Matour village on Friday. The police said, the deceased, Manjit Singh, was unemployed. He had three children and used to stay with his sister's family at Sohana village. — OC


From schools
Schools celebrate Divali
To encourage the spirit of Divali, the festival of lights, the students and teachers of St Xavier`s Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, celebrated the day with great pomp and show. The school captains along with other students took an oath to stay away from crackers and to celebrate the festival in an eco-friendly manner and thereby helping to reduce the air and noise pollution. The excitement of Divali also caught up with the Principal Mervin West, who also joined the festivities and convey his wishes to all the teachers, students, staff and their families.

Quiz, debate, play mark Day One of PEC Fest
Chandigarh, November 9
Day one of PEC Fest 2012 saw scores of students from various colleges across the region coming together and taking part in exciting contests. Quizzes on sports, movie and ‘guess who’ delighted both movie and sports lovers.


2 youths killed in road mishap
Dera Bassi, November 9
Two youth were killed in a road accident near Lalru last night. A case has been registered. The deceased were identified as 19-year-old Sooraj, a resident of Punia district in Bihar, and 24-year-old Shamsher Sibbu from Nepal. Sooraj was living nearby Nahar Factory as he was working there. The accident occurred on Lalru-Handesra road near Ballopur village when a truck hit the bike, victims were riding on. — OC


CBI notice to apex court’s Registrar General
Chandigarh, November 9
The court of CBI special judge Vimal Kumar issued a notice to the Registrar General of the Supreme Court and the Secretary (Justice), Union Ministry of Law and Justice, to produce the records relating to the sanction of former Justice Nirmal Yadav’s prosecution before the court by the next hearing, scheduled for December 8.


2 killed in mishaps
Mohali, November 9
Two women were killed in road accidents near Mohali today. In the first accident, an Innova hit a motorcycle near Daon petrol station, injuring one Karamjit Singh of Bariali, while his wife Anita (28), who was riding pillion, died on the spot.

An Innova that hit a motorcycle near Daon petrol station in Kharar on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Woman dies in accident
Zirakpur, November 9
A 37-year-old woman was killed in a road accident near Zirakpur on Thursday morning.
The deceased was identified as Anita Rani, a resident of Behlana village, Chandigrah. She was a teacher in a private school at Zirakpur.


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