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Girl dies of drug overdose
Chandigarh, December 18
A 21-year-old girl student of Government College, Sector 11, died of drug overdose at a hotel in Sector 22 today. The victim, Radhika Sharma, a resident of Ambala Cantonment, was staying as a paying guest and was allegedly given drugs by two youths at a hotel in Sector 22 last night. The victim was a BA-II student of the college.


Kidnap drama keeps UT, Panchkula police confused
Panchkula/Chandigarh, December 18
The high drama over an alleged kidnapping of a girl from Panchkula before being dumped in Chandigarh resulted in confusion over the police jurisdiction as both the Chandigarh Police and Panchkula police kept on probing the incident.

Sukhna Lake Catchment Area Case
Tata Camelot made a party
Chandigarh, December 18
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today impleaded Tata Camelot as a party in the Sukhna Lake catchment area case. A Division Bench also asked the UT Administration to pay the National Institute of Hydrology for carrying out a part of its study on the scarcity of water in the lake.

Important documents dumped outside post office in Panchkula
Panchkula, December 18
Documents from the CBSE office and cycles parked inside the post office. Bundles of documents sent by the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) regional office have been dumped in the open at the Sector 8 post office in Panchkula. Despite having space on the premises, bundles of important documents were seen outside the post office.

Documents from the CBSE office and cycles parked inside the post office. Photos by writer

Girl students to leave school five minutes before scheduled timings
Chandigarh, December 18
From tomorrow, girls of all government schools in Chandigarh will leave the school five minutes before the scheduled timings. The UT Education Department has changed the school leaving timings of boys and girls in a bid to the check eve-teasing incidents outside government schools.

Woman creates ruckus in court
Chandigarh, December 18
High drama was witnessed at the district courts in Sector 17 today when a woman misbehaved with a judge. The police had to intervene. The working of the court was disrupted for two hours.


Anupama’s death
Absence of main respondent leads to delay in progress of case
Chandigarh, December 18
The unavailability of PGI's main respondent in Anupama's death case, Dr Sameer Aggarwal, triggered a delay in the progress of the case. While the UT State Consumer Commission had directed the PGI to provide details of the external probe committee's report latest by today, the institution sought more time to file its reply.

 Caught in a crawl 2 
In slowmo they go, cursing road they follow
In the second part of the series on city’s traffic chaos, Chandigarh Tribune reporter Akash Ghai and photographer Vicky Gharu take the Piccadilly Road and tell you how and why the situation has turned so grim.
The Aroma light point witnesses a huge rush of vehicles during peak hours as most commuters take the road.
The “City Beautiful”, with its “Open Hand” insignia, might be famous for wide, clean and planned road infrastructure but there are certain roads, which can prove to be a commuter’s bane. Thanks to poor traffic mismanagement and Chandigarh Administration’s inability to come up with proper planning.

Aroma Light Point: The Aroma light point witnesses a huge rush of vehicles during peak hours as most commuters take the road.

Wi-fi enabled sampark centre comes up in Sector 21
Chandigarh, December 18
The city's first wi-fi enabled sampark centre was inaugurated at Sector 21 today. The new facility, first of its kind in the northern region, will enable the visitors to stay connected through smart phones, tablets and laptops.

Contractor acts smart
Digs up road to check free parking, damages phone cables

Chandigarh, December 18
Putting commuters to inconvenience, the parking contractor of Sector 34 has dug up a portion of a road near a parking area where the commuters used to park vehicles in order to avoid paying parking fee. The road was dug up last night without taking permission from the authorities.

A telecom employee repairs the damaged cables at Sector 34 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Shell out more for arm licences
Mohali, December 18
Those seeking arm licences in Punjab will have to shell out more. Sources said the government had decided to increase the price of licence forms from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000. "There a few who buy forms for show-off. The move will discourage them from doing so," said a senior official.

Earthquake mega mock drill
Chandigarh: In the run up to the upcoming earthquake mega mock drill on February 15, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of KK Sharma, Adviser to UT Administrator, to discuss the future course of action for the launch and promotion of Awareness Generation Campaign on Earthquake Preparedness. Municipal Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, SP Traffic, SDM (East), and SDM (South) were present. — TNS


Govt schools find difficult to stick to common admission schedule
Chandigarh, December 18
Following the poor response from parents, the government schools will not be able to adhere to the common admission schedule of the UT Education Department. The government schools have been reportedly informed to continue distributing the admission forms, despite the last day to receive the forms is already over.

From schools
Students awarded
Chandigarh: The annual cultural show — Amritanjali— of KBDAV School, Sector 7, saw gala performances of over 900 schoolchildren, who reflected on the rich cultural heritage of India. The dignitaries were welcomed with “Phulkari” followed by lamp lighting on “Shloka Uccharan” and “Gayatri Mantras”. Nearly 100 meritorious students in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities were awarded on the occasion, including 36 students who excelled in the class X exams with a CGPA of 10. Students who excelled in Vedic mantra recitation were also awarded by the chief guest.

Lobbying on to grab seats
Chandigarh, December 18
Lobbying for the forthcoming Syndicate elections has begun with a series of meetings being held by various groups dominating the Senate. The election that will be held on December 23, a day after the Senate meets, has diverted the attention of the members from the meeting to the elections.

Correspondence courses
PU to use courier service to deliver roll numbers
Chandigarh, December 18
Panjab University will be sending roll numbers and detailed mark sheets of the students enrolled for correspondence courses through couriers to prevent the documents from getting misplaced.


Windowpanes of 2 cars smashed
A policeman inspects the car from which a bag containing cash was stolen at Sector 20 in Chandigarh Chandigarh, December 18
Thieves targeting vehicles and smashing windowpanes to steal bags and other items kept in cars are actively on the prowl with two such incidents reported in the past 18 hours. In the first case, Pankaj Bhandari, a resident of Baddi in Himachal Pradesh, reported that thieves took away a bag containing Rs 1.5 lakh in cash, an ATM card and some documents after smashing the glass of his Pajero (CH-08-(T)-0456) which was parked in the Sector 26 market.

A policeman inspects the car from which a bag containing cash was stolen at Sector 20 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

65-year-old woman robbed of gold jewellery
Panchkula, December 18
A 65-year-old woman was robbed of her gold ornaments by an unidentified couple. The victim, identified as Kamla Rikhi, is a resident of Sector 7. She was on her way home when the couple approached her saying she should wrap her gold jewellery in a newspaper which would solve her problems.

5 held for planning dacoity
Mohali, December 18
The police has claimed to have arrested five youths for planning a dacoity. The accused have been identified as Ajay Kumar, Ram Chand, Ajay, all resident of Amb Sahib Colony, Mohali, Sanju from Una and Mochi Ram from Mundi Kharar.


St Stephen’s-45 lift Molly Carver memorial cricket, football cups
Chandigarh, December 18
The football team of St Stephen's School, Sector 45, in a jubilant mood after winning the Molly Carver memorial football tournament in Chandigarh on Tuesday. St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, lifted the Molly Carver Memorial cricket cup for boys (U-16) after defeating Little Flower School here today. A fine bowling spell by Rishab Rana, who claimed four wickets while conceding 16 runs, wrapped up the innings of Little Flower School on 71 runs. Saurav Sharma supported him by claiming two wickets for 6.

The football team of St Stephen's School, Sector 45, in a jubilant mood after winning the Molly Carver memorial football tournament in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Cricket tourney
Punjab declare at 361 for 5
Chandigarh, December 18
After a fine bowling performance, the Punjab batsmen further consolidated the team’s position against Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) on the second day of ongoing Vijay Merchant Cricket Trophy for Boys (U-16) Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, today.

Ryan lads to face Dikshant school in football final
Panchkula, December 18
Ryan International School defeated Holy Child School, and Dikshant International School overcame St Xavier’s School to move into the final of 2nd Dikshant Invitational Inter-school Football Tournament at Tau Devilal Stadium here today.


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