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Truck driver goes on the rampage
Chandigarh, December 28
One person was killed and five others, including a woman, were injured when a truck driver hit seven vehicles in succession while jumping the traffic signal at the railway light point this evening. The truck, which was coming from the IT Park road and headed towards the Industrial Area, hit a cyclist, a motorcycle, five cars (two on the opposite side of the divider) and an Activa scooter.

A motorcycle lies crushed under a truck; and (below) two of the five cars that were damaged after being hit by the truck at the railway light point in Chandigarh on Friday.
A motorcycle lies crushed under a truck. Tribune photos: S Chandan


Fog grounds all flights
December 27,  2012
Coldest Christmas in 6 years
December 26,  2012
CTU staff stir hits commuters
December 25,  2012
Policemen around, but count them out
December 24,  2012
Fog engulfs city; rail, air traffic disrupted
December 23,  2012
Arrest warrants against HP MLA
December 22,  2012
MC, Admn spar over water bill
December 21,  2012
SMSes stir ut ssp into action
December 20,  2012
Girl dies of drug overdose
December 19,  2012
MC fails to tame bureaucrats
December 18,  2012
ASI indicted, suspended
December 17,  2012

Finally, fog gives way to flights
Chandigarh, December 28
After a gap of three days, air passengers heaved a sigh of relief as improved visibility at the Chandigarh airport led to the restoration of air traffic today. Sixteen flights took off from the airport today to various destinations, including New Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur. “Several passengers were virtually held up at the airport for the past three days since fog did not allow any flight to take off from the airport.

An aeroplane leaves the Chandigarh airport on Friday evening. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Mayoral elections: Congress, BJP-SAD candidates file papers
Chandigarh, December 28
Congress and BJP-SAD candidates today filed their nomination papers for the mayoral poll. Elections are to held for the posts of Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor. The candidates of the BJP-SAD alliance were the first ones to file their nomination papers today.

(From right) BJP-SAD candidates Malkiat Singh, Rajesh Bittu and Arun Sood file their nomination papers at the MC office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Parties move to check cross-voting
Chandigarh, December 28
With both the Congress and BJP-SAD alliance candidates having filed their nomination papers for the mayoral elections, parties are now trying to ensure that there is no cross-voting. Senior leaders from both the parties have already started an exercise in this regard.


LOOKING BACK: Highs & Lows
Panchkula robbery cases remained unsolved
Chandigarh Tribune reporters look back at the year gone by to list the highs and lows of departments in the neighbourhood of the city.

Fiza’s tragic death moved everyone
Highs: The digitization of land record and the opening of five ‘Fard Kendras’ in all the tehsils. The completion of 10-storey building in a record time of 48 hours at Phase I by Synergy Group on November 9. The feat enabled the group to create a national record and find mention in the Limca Book of Records. The Inauguration of the reputed Indian School of Business in April.

Year started on a bad note for Patiala royal family
With the SAD-BJP combine retaining power in the state, the year started on a bad note for the royal family. While Amarinder’s brother Malvinder Singh left the party during the elections to join the Akali Dal, the defeat of Amarinder’s son Raninder Singh Tikku from Samana was a setback to the royal family.

Low-cost medicines
Mohali Hospital docs under scanner
Mohali, December 28 Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varun Roojam has brought doctors at the local Civil Hospital under the scanner following complaints that they are not prescribing adequate number of low-cost medicines available at the hospital drugstore being run on the Central Government's Janaushadi pattern.

UT forms high-level panel
Chandigarh, December 28
The UT has constituted a three member high-level committee to finalise the issue of per child reimbursement and free school uniforms. Satya Gopal, Chairman of Chandigarh Housing Board, DK Tiwari, MD, CITCO, and Education Secretary VK Singh are the members of the committee.

Jyoti murder case
Himachal MLA again gives police the slip
Panchkula, December 28
The main suspect in the Jyoti murder case, Ram Kumar Chaudhary, MLA from Sandholi, Baddi, yet again managed to give Panchkula police the slip during a raid at his residence in Baddi late last evening.

Ram Kumar Chaudhary (centre) outside the Hirapur temple after winning the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh. A File Photo

Car hits Home Guards volunteers at barrier
Chandigarh, December 28 Three Home Guards volunteers, including a woman, sustained injuries when a speeding Swift Dzire car rammed into a police barrier at Sector 30 this afternoon.

Work or play?
Two boys competing for customers as they try to sell flutes in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Ruchika case
19 years on, fight for justice continues
Panchkula, December 28
In 1993, when others were making preparations to welcome the New Year, a 14-year-old girl was preparing herself to end her own life. On December 29 that year, fed-up of the humiliation and harassment she had allegedly received at the hands of the then Haryana Director General of Police, Ruchika Girhotra, a talented and promising tennis player, committed suicide by consuming poison.

Childline Advisory Board holds first meeting
Chandigarh, December 28
Childline Advisory Board conducted its first meeting today to discuss problems being faced by children in the city. Chandigarh Social Welfare Department Director Rajesh Jopal, who is also the chairman of the board, met representatives of various departments including education, traffic police, police women and child helpline, state legal aid authority, childcare institutions, and childcare authorities.

Dhanas demolition drive
Affected families stage protest
Chandigarh, December 28
Members of the affected families, whose illegal dwellings were demolished during yesterday’s drive at Dhanas, today staged a protest outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh.

People rendered homeless during a demolition drive in Dhanas protest outside the District Commissioner’s office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Sharry captivates visitors at Sector 17
Chandigarh, December 28
Although the performance of Sharry Maan, a popular Punjabi singer, began two hours late, it enthralled the visitors at Sector 17 Plaza today. The scintillating live performance was part of the New Year celebrations being organised by the Chandigarh Administration at the Plaza.

Kirtan Samagam on New Year’s Eve
Chandigarh, December 28
The Sahibzada Fateh Singh Sewak Jatha will organise the 32nd Annual Kirtan Samagam at Gurdwara Sahib, Sector 21-C, on the New Year’s Eve.

Police intensifies drive against drunken driving
Chandigarh, December 28
Policemen check for drunken driving at a barrier in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Friday. The police has intensified the drive against drunken driving ahead of New Year. The police has challaned over 50 violators in its initiative to curb the menace. The drivers were put to alcometer test to check the alcohol content in their blood. The barriers were laid at the Airport roundabout and at many places on the Madhya Marg. The drive will continue till December 31. — TNS

Policemen check for drunken driving at a barrier in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune Photo Pradeep Tewari


From schools
Annual day celebrations
St Teresa Convent School, Panchkula, wore a festive look during the annual day celebration on friday. India's rich cultural heritage was showcased durin the occasion. Many dance items were presented by the student.

Increase in retirement age
PU sets up panel to amend regulations
Chandigarh, December 28
Panjab University (PU) held a meeting over the issue of the increase in retirement age of non-teaching employees from 60 years to 61 years today. Earlier, the issue was raised at the recently held Senate meeting.


Limca record holder alleges govt apathy
Dera Bassi, December 28
A student of Chitkara University, Banur, Karan Saini, has won 11 gold medals, three silver and one bronze in different games at the national and international level. Karan has recorded his name in the Limca Book of World Record by playing hockey for 50 hours at a stretch at Belgam in Karnataka.

253 diagnosed with cancer
Dera Bassi, December 28
Over 253 cancer patients were identified in the Dera Bassi block by teams of health department while conducting cancer awareness campaign. Along with these, over 285 suspected cases of cancer were also found. According to the survey, nearly 261 persons were died due to cancer disease during last five years.


Woman hit by motorcycle, dies
Mohali, December 28 A woman was killed when a motorcycle hit her near Landran village today. According to reports, Apoorni (60) was walking on the road when a motorcycleon which youths were travelling hit her.


Drivers set to raise dust in TDS rally today
Chandigarh, December 28
What matters here at TSD rally format is the use of brain and control over accelerator, says Karthik Maruthi from Team Mohindra, who is leading the National TSD (Time Speed Distance) Rally Championship 2012.
The drivers from all over India have gathered here for the fifth round of the TSD rally, starting tomorrow morning. It is first of its kind event here in Chandigarh where more than 20 local drivers will compete in the novice category. The real challenge will, however, be between professional rally drivers, participating in pro-expert and pro-stock categories.

UT SSP Naunihal Singh flags off the fifth and penultimate round of the national TSD rally at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari

Cricket tourney
Chandigarh Police beat Vodafone by 5 wickets
Chandigarh, December 28
Chandigarh Police defeated Vodafone India Ltd in an exciting final of the CII - Tata Motors Corporate Cricket Cup here today. The match was played at the cricket stadium, Sector 16, Chandigarh.

Chandigarh A win by 235 runs
Chandigarh, December 28
In a cricket tournament (U-12) being organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association, Chandigarh A defeated Mohali by 235 runs.



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