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Sec 47 mid-day meal centre shut down
Chandigarh, September 23
The UT Education Department today shut down the Sector 47-based centralised mid-day meal centre on a permanent basis. The centre, which was responsible for cooking and delivering mid-day meals to over 13,000 students, was found wanting in hygiene and lacked proper arrangements for cooking and storage.

Families battle hard to cope with rising inflation
Chandigarh: There were days when a single-earning hand in a family would manage the expenses of the entire family, while taking up a job was a matter of choice for women. However, the rising inflation has made it more of a necessity for various households in the city to have other members of the family also earn. From the cost of vegetables to that of fuel, price rise has hit the monthly budget of families. Onion has vanished from the salad portion in meals.


Property Fraud
Four years on, DC dismisses junior asst
Chandigarh, September 23
Four years after a case of fraud pertaining to the sale of an NRI's prime commercial property on forged documents, allegedly involving a former Assistant Estate Officer (AEO) and other officials of the UT estate office, came to light, DC Mohammed Shayin today dismissed a junior assistant from service.

Thieves strike at former minister Sekhwan’s house
Mohali, September 23
After a theft at Punjab Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka’s residence in Sector 39, Chandigarh, last week, miscreants targeted the residence of Maluka’s predecessor Sewa Singh Sekhwan at Sector 71 here.

30-yr-old shopkeeper robbed, sodomised; two arrested
Panchkula, September 23
Two miscreants allegedly sodomised a 30-year-old shopkeeper after robbing him at Nagal village in Chandimandir last night. The victim, a scrap dealer, was sodomised after he refused to part with money. His brother was also present in the shop, but was not targeted by the robbers.

Independent councillor hits out at Mayor over ‘interference’
Chandigarh, September 23
Gurcharan Das Kala, Independent councillor from Mani Majra, argues with Mayor Subhash Chawla during the lunch break of an MC meeting on Monday. Mayor Subhash Chawla, who was earlier targeted not only by the Opposition but Congress councillors as well, this time faced the anger of an Independent councillor. Heated arguments were witnessed between Independent councillor Gurcharan Dass Kala and the Mayor in the Deputy Mayor’s room when Kala alleged that the Mayor was playing politics by interfering in his ward.

Gurcharan Das Kala, Independent councillor from Mani Majra, argues with Mayor Subhash Chawla during the lunch break of an MC meeting on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


gmch sector 32
Chemist shop lying closed for 5 months

Chandigarh, September 23
Patients at Government Medical College Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, continue to face difficulty in finding a chemist shop closer to the emergency, while authorities seem to be totally ignorant of it.

Inconsolable Shefali bids adieu to family 
Panchkula, September 23
It is like the end of the world for a 24-year-old girl, Shefali, who lost her entire family in an accident that took place in Yamunanagar yesterday. Shefali was in an inconsolable condition. She is working in a private firm in Mumbai and returned home to bid a final adieu to her family. Shefali had returned from Canada a few months back after completing her studies.

Experts deliberate on benefits of probiotics
Chandigarh, September 23 
A seminar on "Probiotics and Human Health" was held at the Department of Microbiology, Panjab University, today. It was a UGC-SAP sponsored seminar.

ICCW staff hold protest
Chandigarh, September 23
A massive protest was held by the employees of the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) today against the non-fulfilment of their demands by the UT Social Welfare Department.

PGIMER's psychiatry dept celebrates golden jubilee 
Chandigarh, September 23 
The Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh, continued its celebration of the golden jubilee of the Department with the Silver Jubilee of the Drug De-addiction and Treatment Centre (DDTC) on the second day on Monday.

Stamp duty evaders under scanner
Mohali, September 23
Trouble is in store for those who indulged in large-scale stamp duty evasion while registering property last year. Two world-class firms are now scrutinising the sale deeds registered in 2012-13 in Mohali district to audit the property registration process and detect the loss of revenue.

Skin disorders among girls on rise due to consumption of liquor, say experts
Panchkula, September 23
Several cases of skin disorder in teenage girls due to consumption of liquor are coming up at various skin hospitals in Panchkula. As many as 60 cases of Roscea, Psoriasis, Telogen Effluvium, Urticaria in girls between the age group of 14-19 which the doctors have detected is due to the consumption of liquor.

Protesters tie stray cattle in parking area outside Mohali DC's office
Mohali, September 23
Members of the Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti stage a protest outside the office of the DC in Phase I, Mohali, on Monday. High drama was witnessed outside the Mohali Deputy Commissioner's office today when the members of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti tied over 30 stray cattle in the parking area in front of the office. The incident occurred in the afternoon, when the members of the organization, led by its president Ramesh sutt, reached the site with the stray cattle and tied them in the parking area in front of the office.

Members of the Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti stage a protest outside the office of the DC in Phase I, Mohali, on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Gian Jyoti Institute signs MoU with SHRM (India)
Mohali, September 23
Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology (GJIMT) here has signed an MoU with SHRM (India), an offshoot of SHRM (USA), to bring top industry professionals to the campus for student training.

MC meeting or ‘friendly match’ !
Chandigarh, September 23
Councillors make a point during an MC House meeting on Monday. Certain BJP-SAD councillors were upset about the untimely end of the House meeting and they also said the way the meeting ended, it seemed certain BJP councillors played a friendly match with Mayor Subhash Chawla and helped him end the meeting without any discussion on the agendas of their wards.

Councillors make a point during an MC House meeting on Monday. Tribune photo: pradeep tewari

MC double standards exposed during House meeting
Chandigarh, September 23
It seems that the MC adopts double standard when it comes to implementing study tour proposals put forward by two Congress Mayors, Raj Bala Malik and Subhash Chawla, on the same point of garbage disposal in the city.

Sanitation a casualty at PGI
Chandigarh, September 23
The PGI may boast of providing state-of-the-art health facilities, but when it comes to maintaining cleanliness in the premier institute, it has nothing much to say. The condition of toilets is such that a number of patients have complained to the PGIMER authorities over the past few months.

Patil’s public hearing session
Chandigarh, September 23 
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Shiv Raj V Patil, listened to three complaints during a public hearing session held at the UT Secretariat here today.

BJP to consolidate vote bank in colonies
Chandigarh, September 23
Local leaders, hailing from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, could be calling the shots in shaping the turn of events in the local unit of the BJP.

Anti-encroachment drive picks up in city
Chandigarh, September 23
The anti-encroachment drive in Chandigarh seems to be gaining momentum, once again. The revenue collected by the municipal corporation from challaning the violators had dipped by almost 1, 71,000 within a year from 2010, but is showing an upward trend again.


Class XI
Schools not keen on legal studies

Chandigarh, September 23
CBSE-affiliated private schools in the region are not very receptive to start a legal course in class XI. The CBSE introduced a legal course earlier this year to sensitise the students to the Indian legal system and invited response from private schools that wish to start this course in their schools. But, the response from the schools in Chandigarh is very negligible so far.

Leaving course midway to cost PGI junior docs dear
Chandigarh, September 23
Resigning from the PGI in the middle of a course is going to cost doctors dear. The institute has increased the penalty on junior residents leaving the course midway. Every junior resident will have to pay Rs 75,000 as penalty, up from the existing Rs 50,000, on tendering resignation within six months of joining the course.

Students hold flags of various countries at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday.
Students hold flags of various countries at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

construction of girls’ hostel
PUCSC to hold meetings with contractors
Chandigarh, September 23
Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) President Chandan Rana said, "The council will hold regular meetings with the contractors involved in construction of the Girls' Hostel Number 9. The contractors had specified November 30 as deadline for completion.

Govt teachers submit memo to DPI (S)
Chandigarh, September 23
A 21-member delegation of the Government Teachers’ Union met DPI (S) Dr Kamlesh Kumar and submitted a memorandum with the list of their demands. The association demanded revision in the recruitment rules asking for one-time promotion to all cadres of teachers on the basis of teaching experience and qualification.

Department holds back transfer of 108 SSA teachers
Chandigarh, September 23
The UT Education Department today held back its last week's order to transfer 108 SSA teachers. The decision was taken after some SSA teachers met DPI (s) Kamlesh Kumar and requested him to reconsider their transfer order on the ground that their transfer was erratic. Officials said the matter was put under review by the DPI (s) today and the fresh transfer orders would be reissued soon after due consideration.

Four-day theatre fest kicks off
Artistes enact a scene from the play, “Romeo Juliet”, at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Monday. Chandigarh, September 23
Four-day theatre festival of the North Zone Cultural Centre began today with the classic romantic tragedy “Romeo Juliet” performed beautifully at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, here.

Artistes enact a scene from the play, “Romeo Juliet”, at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Strive for excellence, students urged
Chandigarh, September 23
Vijay Seth, MD, Sakata Inx Ltd, delivers a lecture at the UICET, Panjab University, on Monday. The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), Chandigarh Student Chapter, in association with the Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET), Panjab University, today organised a talk on the topic “What Industry Wants From You”.

Vijay Seth, MD, Sakata Inx Ltd, delivers a lecture at the UICET, Panjab University, on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Swami Vivekananda remembered 
Chandigarh, September 23
Students perform during a symposium on “Swami Vivekananda and Nari Shakti” in Chandigarh. As part of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, Ramkrishna Mission Ashram, Chandigarh, organised a symposium on “Swami Vivekananda and Nari Shakti” today. Besides lectures and devotional songs, an all-women essay competition was also the part of the symposium.

Students perform during a symposium on “Swami Vivekananda and Nari Shakti” in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

CBSE-i accreditation for Panchkula school
Panchkula, September 23
Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, secured the much-coveted CBSE-i (International) accreditation by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). A high-level CBSE team had visited the school last month and judged it on various parameters.

From schools
Rhyme Day function
Rhyme Day function was held at Sunshine Meadows Play School in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Monday. The tiny tots aged between 3 years and 5 years put up a grand show of singing and dancing. All kids performed wholeheartedly and energetically. They recited rhymes, along with actions, and danced to the rhythm of foot-tapping music. All parents felt elated watching their little ones on the stage. The audience was in splits when the children enacted the rhyme “Chubby Little Snowman”.

PU Notes
Interview schedules
The Department of Political Science, Panjab University, has announced the interview schedule for MPhil candidates. All the qualified candidates, who have submitted their application forms for admission to the Department of Political Science, have been advised to appear for the interview on September 24 at 11 am in the Chairperson’s room. They have been asked to bring their original documents at the time of the interview.


6 drug peddlers arrested 
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 23
The police has arrested six drug peddlers and recovered 37,000 intoxicant tablets, 10gm smack, 100 gm narcotic powder, 1,000 capsules from their possession.

22-year-old electrocuted
Kalka, September 23
Hanging of a hoarding claimed life of a 22-year-old man, Aloudeen, in Kalka today.


Five jailed for snatching gold chain
Chandigarh, September 23
A local court today awarded one-year imprisonment to five youngsters for snatching a gold chain and thrashing the victim here. The convicts have been identified as Harpreet, Sukhwinder, Pankaj, Vishal and Gurpreet. Gurpreet is stated to be a proclaimed offender.


administrator’s challenge cup
Row over age refuses to die

Chandigarh, September 23
It seems that all is not well with the organisers of the 11th Administrator Cup Football Tournament for Boys (U-17), being played here. Sounds funny! But if the confusion over Kamalpreet (who was declared overage in 2009-10, later underage in 2013 and again ‘overage’ today) was not enough, the UT Sports Department and the panel of doctors from Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, again made a ‘confusion web’ after declaring a player underage in 2010-11 and overage today.

Match commissioner supervises two venues simultaneously!
Chandigarh, September 23
The All-India level football tournament is being looked after by a panel of 8 referees, a match commissioner, a match inspector or referee inspector and a technical director. The matches are being conducted at two venues, including Football Stadium, Sector 17, and Football Grounds, Sports Complex, Sector 42, and the matches are being played simultaneously at two different venues.

hockey tournament
ITBP trounce PSPCL

Chandigarh, September 23
In a typical grand-style opening match of the ongoing 43rd SN Vohra’s All India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament, the team of ITBP trounced PSPCL via tie-breaker, at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here this evening.

Shruti blanks Sudeshna in tennis
Chandigarh, September 23
Shruti Dhawan defeated Sudeshna Sen at 8-0 while Harsimran Kaur over headed Steffy Sangwan 8-6, during the Women’s Final Qualifying Round matches of the CLTA AITA All-India Tennis Tournament, being played at the CLTA courts here today.


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