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Unmasked, self-love runs deep
Administrators, mayors, MPs, councillors continue to be on a self-glorification spree 

Chandigarh, December 5
'Vanity is my favourite sin', said Al Pacino in a movie "The Devil's Advocate" in which he played the role of the devil. Vanity, it seems, runs deep among politicians, successive administrators and officials in the city. Be it retired Lt Generals serving as Administrators of this union territory, politicians ranging from MPs to Mayors to relatively unknown councillors or IAS officers posted on deputation in the city, all have and continue to be on a self-glorification spree with their names figuring on plaques

Crowing glory: The plaques of self-praise
The city’s VIPs put up several plaques as they went about inaugurating projects, not realising that these would turn out to be eyesores. Politicians, officials and Army officers have left a trail of civic scars. Tribune staffer Rajinder Nagarkoti, lensmen Manoj Mahajan, Parvesh Chauhan and S Chandan take a closer look


Teenager ends life
Chandigarh, December 5
A 14-year-old boy reportedly hanged himself to death after being reprimanded by his parents for consuming drugs. The teenager reportedly used to inhale correction fluid and took the extreme step after his parents scolded him and asked him to mend his ways, the police said.

MP given two days to clear encroachment
Chandigarh, December 5
Officials of the MC enforcement wing outside the residence of MP KD Singh in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. A day after Chandigarh Tribune highlighted an encroachment by member of Rajya Sabha and northern region in charge of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) KD Singh, officials of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today visited the spot and gave two days time to remove the encroachment.

Officials of the MC enforcement wing outside the residence of MP KD Singh in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan 

Jan Aushadhi Centres fail to benefit patients
Chandigarh, December 5
The Central government's concept of promoting sale of generic drugs, which are available at much cheaper prices through the designated Jan Aushadhi Centres, has failed to benefit patients, at least in the city.



Revenue loss to Mohali MC
Mohali, December 5
With the Municipal Corporation turning a blind eye, the cable TV operators never bothered to pay ground rent for at least two years and treated the town as their backyard, fixing poles and wires as it suited them. In fact, the civic body does not have any list of the cable TV operators, due to which notices cannot be issued to them for the non-payment of the ground rent . Moreover, the corporation does not have a clear policy regarding the issue.

Illegal tents still intact in Mohali
Mohali, December 5
Defying the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court with impunity, Haryana IPS officer Dr Rajwant Singh did not budge on the issue of pitching security tent outside his residence here.

P'kula MC gives 2 days to remove encroachments
Panchkula, December 5
The Panchkula Municipal Corporation (MC) has given another two days for the removal of encroachments. They had come up again just two days after a joint team of HUDA and the MC removed the encroachments from outside the houses of bureaucrats.

Over Rs 43 crore kept for fruit, vegetable market
Mohali, December 5
A modern fruit and vegetable market will come up in Mohali at a cost of Rs 43.34 crore in Mohali . While giving information about the market, which is under construction, Mohinder Singh Kainth, Secretary , Mandi Board, said the market had been divided into three portions. A whole sale market would come up in one part of the area, in which 34 double-storeyed shops were being constructed and the ground floor would have showrooms of commission agents while offices would be run from the upper floor, he said. 

Former administrative officer dies in mishap
Chandigarh, December 5
Chaman Lal Sharma A 62-year-old former administrative officer with the the Haryana Government succumbed to injuries today. Chaman Lal Sharma, who retired as the administrative officer, Department of Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs, had met with a road accident on December 2 near Kala Gram. The accident took place when he was coming from the Kala Gram Craft Mela with his family and was crossing the road. He was hit by a motorcycle.

Security fails to produce bomb blast accused in court on time 
Panchkula, December 5 
In the Samjhauta blast case, the security today failed to bring the accused Aseemanand and other two accused to the court here this morning. When they reached the court by afternoon, the judge had gone on leave following which the case was deferred. The case had come up for hearing in the Additional District and Sessions Court

UT Bar Assn moves HC over financial irregularities 
Chandigarh, December 5
A section of the UT District Bar Association today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the “criminal” wastage of money during the construction of the lawyers’ chambers building in Sector 43.

ISTC golden jubilee celebrations begin
Chandigarh, December 5
The Indo-Swiss Training Center (ISTC) kicked-off its golden jubilee celebrations, here today. Padmashree Chandra Mohan, chairman, Governing Council of Punjab Technical University’s Gian Jyoti School of Total Quality Management and Enterpreneurship, Mohali, addressed the students and ISTC staff .

British Columbia to open trade office in Chandigarh
Chandigarh, December 5
In continuation of the commitment Christy Clark, Premier of the British Columbia (BC), a province in Canada, made during her visit to India in November last year, to open a new trade and investment office in Chandigarh, her Finance Minister Michael de Jong, will be here on Friday next to inaugurate it at the Canadian Consul-General.


admission forms
Residents make beeline for city schools

Residents queue up to buy admission forms on Wednesday. Chandigarh, December 5
Parents made a beeline for schools to buy forms for admission of their children to entry-level classes today. After most of the local schools agreed to follow the common admission schedule prepared by the UT Education Department, the sale of forms started at 9am today.

Residents queue up to buy admission forms on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan

Pu-affiliated colleges
Only 40 students for add-on courses
Chandigarh, December 5
From the next academic session, all the PU-affiliated colleges in Chandigarh and Punjab will be allowed to admit only up to 40 students to the career-oriented add-on courses being offered on their campus. The decision was taken in a meeting attended by various college principals today.

Pbi varsity VC urges govt to discourage obscene literature
Patiala, December 5
Second World Punjabi Literary Conference was inaugurated at Punjabi University here today. In his presidential address, Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh said Punjabi University was established with a mandate to promote and propagate Punjabi language, literature and culture.

Dearth of qualified teachers for various professional courses plagues colleges
Chandigarh, December 5
The colleges affiliated to Panjab University are facing a dearth of UGC-NET qualified teachers for professional courses, including computer science and applications, fashion technology and library sciences.

Beautify Student Centre: SOPU
Chandigarh, December 5
Members of Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) today submitted a memorandum to the Dean Student Welfare demanding beautification of the Student Centre.

from schools
Cleanliness drive
Chandigarh: To mark World Pollution Day, students of AKSIPS Smart School organised a cleanliness drive in their vicinity. A rally was also taken out to spread awareness about ways to curb pollution. The students interacted with people and apprised them of various kinds of pollution, and the ways to tackle them. The school also conducted a workshop where fun activities were conducted for students of the pre-primary section.


CM gives Rs 1 cr for repair of roads
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 5
On the eve of the Saheedi Jor Mela, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal released a special grant of Rs1 crore for the repair of all link roads, leading to gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib. Besides the repair of roads, the beautification of gurdwara would also be done, said Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, General Secretary SAD(B) today. He said the Chief Minister had directed to make proper arrangements so that no anti-social element could take benefit.

World AIDS Day observed
Patiala, December 5
To spread awareness about AIDS among adolescents, the World AIDS Day was celebrated today. the science department of DAV Public School, Bhupindra road, Patiala, organised various activities like multi-media presentation and poster-making competition for class IX and X students .

Manas strikes gold
Ambala, December 5
The Ambala Lawn Tennis Association organised the ALTA District Festival Championship at Mind Tree School, Ambala City, today. 80 players from 14 students participated in the event. The matches Under-8 category were held on round robin league system. 


Court sends couple back to protection home
Panchkula, December 5
One of the two couples that had left the Panchkula protection home after they were allegedly misbehaved with and were being made to starve, was sent back to the protection home by the court today. The couple had appeared before the District and Sessions Court today.


Ambala police gets custody of robbers 
Chandigarh, December 5
A week after the UT police busted a gang from West Bengal, which was involved in over 100 incidents of robbery and snatching across the country, the Ambala police got the custody of the robbers today.


Nandini Beats Harsimran
Chandigarh, December 5
Second seed Nandini Sharma, after losing two match points in the second set made a comeback and defeated Harsimran Kaur, during the St Stephen's AITA Tennis Championship Series , being held at the CLTA and the Lake Sports Complex today. Harsimran managed to win the second set in a tie-breaker but in the final set Nandini, who was trailing by 0-3, took the lead of 5-3 and won the final set by 6-4.

Pranjay leads St John's to victory
Chandigarh, December 5
The cricket team of St John’s School, Sector 26, registered a 94-run win over Dev Samaj School during the ongoing Edmund Rice Cricket Tournament for Boys oday. A fine performance by Pranjay Sharma (83 off 48) helped the team to win the match. He also took one wicket .

TT tourney from Dec 19
Chandigarh, December 5
The Chandigarh State Table Tennis Association will organise the 25th Junior and Senior Chandigarh State Table Tennis Championship from December 19 to 23.

Players in action during a soccer tournament in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Saupin's outplay Mount Carmel
Chandigarh, December 5
In the first match of the 6th RF Saupin Football Trophy , Saupin's School defeated Mount Carmel by 1-0 while in the second match of the day, Saupin's School, Mohali, defeated Ryan International by 2-0. 

Players in action during a soccer tournament in Chandigarh on Wednesday.  Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan


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