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70-yr-old woman tied, robbed
Armed with a knife, miscreant flees with cash, jewellery from former PU Prof's house
Chandigarh, December 12 
Barely a week after a robbery at gunpoint was reported from Mani Majra, a masked man robbed a 70-year-old woman of jewellery and cash after tying her hands and feet with a rope at her residence in Sector 44 last night.

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Mayor fails to rid city of encroachments
Chandigarh, December 12 
Shopkeepers have encroached upon large parts of markets in Sector 22-D City Mayor Raj Bala Malik, whose year-long tenure is coming to an end this month, has failed to solve the problem of encroachments in city markets and on public land. Large-scale encroachments and the failure of the municipal corporation to remove these forced three councillors to resign from the enforcement committee of the civic body.
Shopkeepers have encroached upon large parts of markets in Sector 22-D Tribune photo: S Chandan


Mayoral poll on January 1
Chandigarh, December 12 
UT Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shayin today announced the election schedule for posts of Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the municipal corporation.

Nigerian arrested with cocaine
The accused being produced in a court in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, December 12 
The UT police today arrested a Nigerian national, identified as 42-year-old Godwin Ulo Awa, with 30 gm of cocaine. The value of the drug is estimated to be Rs 80 lakh in the international market. The police suspects the accused to be part of the gang busted in Amritsar two months ago when heroin worth Rs 115 crore was seized from a goods train. The accused was staying as a paying guest in Sector 69, Mohali, and was smuggling drugs for the past few years, the police said.

The accused being produced in a court in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph



Mothers of babies born on 12.12.12 consider themselves fortunate
Chandigarh, December 12 
For Reetu Arora, who has been yearning to have a child for the past nine years of her marriage, nothing could be as fortunate as delivering a baby girl on a date, which comes once in 100 years.

Strike cripples postal delivery system in city
Chandigarh, December 12 
The postal delivery system collapsed in the city today as the employees of group C and D went on a strike on a call given by the National Confederation of Central Government Employees Association. The employees of group C and D of four other Central government departments held a silent protest in their respective departments by staying away from office work. Around 500 employees of the postal and income tax departments, the central ground water board and the Survey of India were on strike.

Residents stage dharna outside Raj Bhawan
Chandigarh, December 12 
A Hallomajra resident, Om Prakash, who was allegedly manhandled by the security staff of UT Administrator Shivraj Patil during a public darbar in October, today staged a dharna outside the Punjab Raj Bhawan.

Developer penalised for cancelling plot allotment
Chandigarh, December 12 
The UT Consumer Forum has penalised a city-based builder for failing to issue a No-Objection Certificate for the sanctioning of a loan to the complainant and cancelling the allotment of a plot after receiving 30 per cent of the payment of the plot from the complainant.

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Curious students pose queries on spread of HIV 
Chandigarh, December 12 
Children board the Red Ribbon Express in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Defying the taboos associated with sex education, several school students shot a volley of questions related to sexual transmission of HIV during their visit to the counselling centre of the Red Ribbon Express stationed in the city today.

Children board the Red Ribbon Express in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

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UT to submit report to Union Ministry
Chandigarh, December 12 
Waking up from deep slumber, finally, the UT Administration is going to submit the action taken report on the infamous booth scam to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

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Cops yet to identify culprits
MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu (right) with the victim, Subhash Sharma, in Mohali on Wednesday. Mohali, December 12  
The Mohali police is yet to identify the culprits who were involved in the assault on Punjabi singer Subhash Sharma, alias Babbu Chandigarhia, allegedly by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) supporters at a marriage ceremony at the PCA Club on Monday night.

MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu (right) with the victim, Subhash Sharma, in Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Mohali selected for Green India Mission project
Mohali, December 12  
Mohali district now has the distinction of being selected for implementing the Central Government’s Green India Mission project. Three other districts in Punjab - Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Hoshiarpur - will also be covered under the project.

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PU mulls online roll numbers 
Chandigarh, December 12  
The Panjab University’s rule of sending roll numbers and mark sheets to the students, enrolled under correspondence course, through ordinary posts instead of regular posts and charging Rs 110 from students for duplicate roll numbers and Rs 360 for duplicate degrees in case they get misplaced has earned the ire of students, who are now demanding that the university should send all the documents through registered posts or else the students should not be asked to pay for the duplicate documents. A representation regarding this was also submitted to the Registrar by the students today.

Engineering students study Sukhna biodiversity
Chandigarh, December 12  
A team of Techfest Green Campus Challenge of Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology studied the biodiversity in the Shivalik area and the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary. The team, comprising 19 members, will participate in the Techfest of the IIT, Bombay.

Beeline for admission forms
Chandigarh, December 12 
Parents continue to make beeline for getting their children admitted to entry-level classes. St Anne’s School began the sale of admission forms today. Parents turned up in huge numbers at St Anne's School.

Poor response to admission process in govt schools 
Chandigarh, December 12  
In contrast to private schools, the government schools in Chandigarh are getting dismal response with respect to the sale of admission forms for the entry-level classes. There is hardly any government school, which has sold admission forms more than the number of seats available.

Over 200 TGTs appointed
Chandigarh, December 12 
Over 200 trained graduate teachers (TGTs) were given appointments letters by the Education Department today. The teachers have been appointed by the Sarav Shiksha Abhiyan Society, Chandigarh, on contractual basis. Officials said the teachers have been asked join in a week .

Misplaced service books: Attested copies available for teachers, says PU
Chandigarh, December 12 
In a bid to save teachers from harassment due to misplaced service books, Panjab University has asked the teachers to avail the attested copies of their service books from PU after paying a nominal fee.

Contractual teachers meet DPI(S), raise salary issue 
Chandigarh, December 12 
Facing delay in getting salaries , the contractual computer teachers and data entry operators of government schools in Chandigarh met DPI (S) Upkar today. They also raised the issue of enhancement of their salaries which they said was pending for the past one year.

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Water conservation campaign
Taking a huge leap, students of Gian Jyoti Global School, Phase II, Mohali, bagan a campaign for the cause of water conservation in adjoining areas. A team of the students made message cards, bearing the slogan, "Every drop of water is precious", and gave them to the residents of Phase II, Mohali.

Kindergarten admissions no child’s play

Parents stand in serpentine queues to get LKG admission forms at Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
Parents stand in serpentine queues to get LKG admission forms at Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


PPS to host conference from Dec 14
Patiala, December 12 
Punjab Public School, Nabha, will host the Junior Regional Round Square Conference-2012 (South Asia and Gulf Region) from December 14 to December 16. As many as 150 students and 20 teachers will participate in the conference. Schools from Germany, Oman, Dubai and Bangladesh will also be present during the event.

5 booked for illegal sand mining
Banur, December 12 
The Banur police has booked five persons under the charges of illegal sand mining from the Ghaggar river. The police has also seized their five sand-laden trolleys and four tractors from the river near Manouli village on Wednesday.


Charge amended in Saji Mohan case
Chandigarh, December 12 
Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal today amended the charge in the case of drug pilferage involving IPS officer and former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Director Saji Mohan as an accused. The court, which was likely to announce the orders today, amended the charge and added that Saji Mohan, during his tenure as NCB Director, Chandigarh, had provided 10 kg of heroin to a drug peddler, Nasib Chand, for further sale. The case has now been adjourned to January when witnesses will be examined for three consecutive days.

Recruitment case: Hearing adjourned
Mohali, December 12 
The hearing in a case against former minister Tota Singh related to the recruitment of 134 clerks by the PSEB has been adjourned till Jan 16.


Woman duped of Rs 4 lakh
Chandigarh, December 12 
A woman was duped of Rs 4 lakh in a bank by a conman who took the money from her on the pretext of depositing it. The woman, Manindr Kaur, who is an employee with a property dealer in Sector 21, had come to Axis Bank in Sector 8 to deposit the said amount.


St Kabir drub St Joseph’s school
Chandigarh, December 12 
The St Kabir School, Sector 26, defeated St Joseph’s School, Sector 44, with a score line 40-17, during the league match of St Kabir Basketball Trophy for Boys, being held here today.
Players in action during a semifinal match between St Kabir School and St Xavier’s School in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Players in action during a semifinal match between St Kabir School and St Xavier’s School in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh chauhan

City fans celebrate Yuvi’s birthday
Chandigarh, December 12 
The budding cricketers of the City Beautiful celebrated birthday of their favorite cricketer and local lad Yuvraj Singh at the Govt Model Sr Sec School-19, here today.

St John’s School storm into cricket final
Chandigarh, December 12 
Batsman Pranjay and bowler Mehul, helped the cricket team of St John's School-26, to enter the final of ongoing Blessed Edmund Rice Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-17), held here.

SSCA-4 win by 10 wickets
Panchkula, December 12 
In the ongoing match of 1st Hardik Walia Memorial Cricket Tournament, the team of Satluj Stunners Cricket Academy, Sector 4, (SSCA-4) defeated LIC (Leaders in Cricket) Academy, Sector 26, Chandigarh, by 10 wickets.

LFC School victorious
Chandigarh, December 12 
In the first semifinal of the Molly Carver Memorial Cricket Tournament, the LFC School, Panchkula, beat Bhavan Vidyalaya School, Panchkula, by 13 runs, here at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today.

Punjab lose four wickets on day I
Chandigarh, December 12 
The cricket team of Punjab lost first four wickets against Delhi, during the first day’s play of North Zone Vijay Merchant Tie for Boys (U-16). After putting to bat first, the Punjab team scored 154 runs in 74 overs.


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