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Law protector turns mediator
Zirakpur, October 4
Instead of apprehending the accused, the police is playing a mediator's role, said Indian-origin hockey player who represented Kenya in Olympics.

NRIs Manmohan Singh Sohal (right) and Avtar Singh at Zirakpur on Friday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

City’s heritage goes the Wright way
Chandigarh, October 4
The UT Administration may have discarded the old furniture designed by Le Corbusier’s cousin Pierre Jeanneret, but the Chicago-based Wright auction house is all set to earn thousands of Dollars from it. The auction will take place on October 17. The UT Administration has, however, started celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of Le Corbusier, which falls on October 6.



Corruption case
Ex-UT chief engineer acquitted
Chandigarh, October 4
A local court today acquitted former UT chief engineer KK Jerath and six others in a 14-year-old case in which he was accused of corruption during his tenure with the UT Administration. The court of District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal acquitted Jerath and six other engineers in the case after the prosecution failed to prove the charges.

Make cycle tracks operational: HC to Admn
Chandigarh, October 4
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Chandigarh Administration to make cycle tracks operational in the city. The High Court made it clear that the Administration should ensure easy identification and utilisation of the tracks.


Leading ladies of Ramlila
Chandigarh, October 4
Artistes of the Sector 28 Ramlila committee; and (right) a sequence of the Ramayana being enacted at Sector 20 in Chandigarh on Friday Ramlila has become a female-dominated feature. Five committees in the city have women artistes as their lead actors. They play the prominent roles of Sita, Mandodri, Surpanakha, Kaikeyi and Kaushalya Sumitra which are otherwise played by male artistes. Shivani, who is enacting the role of Sita, said the mindset of society had changed.

Artistes of the Sector 28 Ramlila committee; and (right) a sequence of the Ramayana being enacted at Sector 20 in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari

Navratras begin
Golf carts to ferry elderly, differently abled
Panchkula, October 4
The nine-day Navratra fest will be commencing tomorrow. Prayers will be offered at the lit-up Mansa Devi Temple at 4 pm. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will be there at the temple at 9 am. Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) SP Arora said arrangements had been made to facilitate devotees.

Glowing golden: The illuminated Mansa Devi Temple on the eve of Navratras. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Defence accounts department
Cultural events mark Raising Day
Chandigarh, October 4
A colourful cultural programme marked the 63rd Raising Day of the Defence Accounts Department (DAD) here today. The history of the department goes back two-and-a-half centuries as a part of the British establishment in India. It got its present name in October 1951.

Panchkula robbery
Zen gang on police’s radar
Panchkula, October 4
Following a robbery of Rs 16 lakh by five armed miscreants yesterday, the Panchkula police are suspecting the involvement of the infamous Zen gang behind the crime. According to information, two employees of a petrol pump were allegedly robbed of the cash by miscreants, in the parking area of State Bank of India in Amravati Enclave, Panchkula. The victims had just parked their vehicle to deposit the cash in the bank, when the miscreants snatched the bag containing the cash and also fired in the air.

Chairman of the Le Corbusier Foundation Antoine Picon was disappointed at the way the heritage furniture was put on display at museums in Chandigarh. City should treasure its heritage: Picon
Chandigarh, October 4
Chandigarh should focus on preserving its heritage which is in an utter state of neglect, stated chairman of the Le Corbusier Foundation Antoine Picon. Picon is in the city to be a part of Le Corbusier's 125th birth anniversary celebrations at the Chandigarh College of Architecture.

Chairman of the Le Corbusier Foundation Antoine Picon was disappointed at the way the heritage furniture was put on display at museums in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Special children left in limbo
Special children and their teacher in the corridor of Anuvarat Bhavan in Sector 24, Chandigarh Chandigarh, October 4
Three mentally challenged students faced harassment after the Anuvarat Society allegedly shut down their day-care shelter for special children here at Anuvarat Bhavan in sector 25. Minakshi Vishwas, trustee of Vishwas Hans Raj Trust, running this centre, alleged that the management of the Anuvarat Bhavan today forcefully shut their centre without prior intimation to them, which led to great inconvenience to students.

Special children and their teacher in the corridor of Anuvarat Bhavan in Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

No breakthrough in theft case
Panchkula, October 4
The Panchkula police has failed to make any breakthrough in the case of theft at the former Intelligence Bureau officer KS Verma’s Sector 11 house. Verma’s family has accused the police of making no efforts to preserve the scene of crime. Thieves had struck at Verma’s house after he had already informed the police about a possible burglary, since an attempt had already been made by the miscreants before the actual theft. They stole cash, expensive clothes and mementos from the house.

Mohali property tax
Pay up before Nov 30 to get 10% rebate
Mohali, October 4
Mohali residents paying the property tax by November 30 will get a 10 per cent rebate. The Municipal Corporation has set this date only for this year, said Assistant Town Planner, MC, Rajnish Wadhwa. From next year, residents would have to pay the tax by September 30 to avail themselves of this benefit, he said.

Iranian film fest begins
Chandigarh, October 4
Iranian film festival today began with critically acclaimed Iranian movies at Tagore theatre. Two movies - Beloved Sky and The Colour of Paradise - were screened. Beloved Sky, 80 minutes movie, was the winner of Best Director’s Award at 2011 Fajr Film Festival. Directed by Dariush Mehrjui, It was about a doctor who was seemingly doomed by a brain tumour and wished to end his life but his unscheduled sojourn in a village changed his destiny.

Experts discuss Sino-Indian relations
Chandigarh, October 4
Former Army chief General JJ Singh (retired) today debunked the “String of Pearl Theory” allegedly being followed by China against India. Speaking at Panjab University at a function on Sino-Indian relations, Singh said, “The assertion that India is countering China’s policy by improving relations with Japan and other South Asian countries does not hold much ground as well.”

Former Army chief General JJ Singh (retired) delivers a lecture at Panjab University on Friday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Cinemanthan, a hit among residents
Chandigarh, October 4 PU’s experimental film festival, “Cinemanthan”, was a hit with the students and cine lovers of the city as the Film Festival had seen house full on the second day. The three-day film festival is being organised at Panjab University in collaboration with Films Division of India (FDI) till October 5. Seven documentaries, three fiction films, two animated films and one feature film were shown today.

GMSH negligence case
Probe begins today
Chandigarh, October 4
Government Multi Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, will begin the inquiry into the alleged case of negligence involving a 21-year-old woman tomorrow. The woman, who underwent appendectomy, allegedly ended up getting her fallopian tubes removed.

Residents may face power cuts
Chandigarh, October 4
The department may suspend power supply to the city on account of maintenance work at the 400/200 KV Nalagarh Grid Sub-station from 8am to 6pm on Sunday (October 6). The UT officials said the sub-station would remain closed for 10 hours.

Cops get tips on soft skills
Chandigarh, October 4
A two-day session on the basics of information technology and soft skills was conducted for the newly recruited police personnel at the Infosys building, IT Park.

Protest by NRHM staff
Chandigarh, October 4
Around 24 contractual employees of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) took out a protest rally at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, today. They flayed the authorities for not extending theirs contracts. The employees alleged that the authorities had withdrawn their services, claiming that the Government of India had discontinued the programme without intimating them. The employees said as per the contract, the authorities were bound to give them a one-month prior notice. — TNS

Dept takes possession of house
Chandigarh, October 4
Officials of the UT Cooperative Department, with the help of the UT police, took possession of a flat at Victoria Enclave, Sector 50, which had been wrongly allotted to one Surjit Singh by the management of the society. On the directions of the Deputy Commissioner, two officials took the possession of the flat. After making an inventory of the items lying at the house, it was allotted to the genuine allottee, Sushil Kumar. — TNS


From schools
Gandhi Jayanti celebrations
Chandigarh: The school organized different activities on Gandhi Jayanti. Mahatma Gandhi was remembered as an epitome of peace, non-violence, truth and duty. Students were also shown a power point presentation, which depicted his birth and life, freedom struggle and movement. Students of Montessori classes visited Gandhi Museum created for them by their teachers. Students of class VIII went to a class rally organized by Help-Age India.Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 40-C, Chandigarh organized a peace march to commemorate Gandhi Jayanti and to observe the International Day of Peace and Non-Violence.

New MBA courses at Ansal varsity
Chandigarh, October 4
Moving away from traditional management courses, Ansal University, Gurgaon, is introducing new management courses such as MBA in business analytics, real estate and lifestyle and luxury management from next academic session, keeping in view the employability factor and changes in job market.


Students sensitised on legal rights
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 4
A legal literacy camp was organised by District Legal Service Authority to help schoolchildren become law abiding citizens and create awareness among them regarding their rights. The camp was organised at Government Senior Secondary School, Khamano. Gurpartap Singh, Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Fatehgarh Sahib, was invited over as chief guest, while Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Tajinder Singh Bal presided over the camp.

ICECIT-2013 begins at Thapar varsity
Patiala, October 4
A two-day International Conference on Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ICECIT–2013) organised by the department of electronics and communication engineering, Thapar University, commenced on the university campus today.

Drive to preserve monuments kicks off
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 4
On the occasion of World Tourism Week, students of Desh Bhagat University School of Hotel Management and Tourism undertook a drive to create awareness among the public to preserve the historical monuments in Amritsar. Besides performing kar seva at Golden Temple, the historic Jallian Wala Bagh memorial was also spic and spanned by students.

2 booked for forgery
Dera Bassi, October 4
Two persons have been booked by the Lalru police for forgery. The accused have been identified as Salinder Mishra and Kewal Kumar, both residents of Ambala Cantt. The two miscreants allegedly duped of Jaswinder Kumar, a resident of Gholu Majra, of Rs 3 lakh. Mishra and Kumar allegedly duped Jaswinder of the money on the pretext of providing him job in the railway department. Jaswinder alleged that despite repeated requests, the duo did not return his money and neither did they provide him with a job. A case has been registered against Salinder Mishra and Kewal Kumar under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC. — OC

One killed in road accident
Banur, October 4
A 22-year-old youth was killed in a road accident on the Zirakpur- Banur road on Thursday evening. The deceased has been identified as Gurvinder Singh, a resident of Banur. According to information, an unidentified vehicle hit the motorcycle, near Azizpur village, injuring him critically. He was undergoing treatment at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, where he succumbed to his injuries last night. The body of the victim has been handed over to his relatives. — OC

Office-bearers elected
Dera Bassi, October 4
Following the return of nomination papers by opposite candidates, six bank directors of Dera Bassi Primary Cooperative Agriculture Development Bank, have been elected unopposed in the absence of opposite candidates. Swarn Singh from Pandwala Zone, Harcharan Singh from the Ambala zone, Narain from Behra Zone, Kanwarpal from Bhukri Zone, Kamalpreet from the Jharmari zone and OP Sharma from the Handesra zone were elected. — OC


Stray cattle: Court pulls up DC, SP (traffic)
Chandigarh, October 4
The court of Civil Judge, Dazy Bangarh, today pulled up the Deputy Commissioner and SP (traffic), Chandigarh, for failing to solve the stray cattle menace, giving them the 'last opportunity'. The court directed them to file a reply to the contempt case filed by advocate Pankaj Chandgothia, against the Deputy Commissioner, Municipal Commissioner, Mayor, SP (Traffic), Additional Commissioner-II of the MC and Superintending Engineer (Roads) of the MC. The case will come up for hearing on November 6.


Tipsy driver blocks HC judge’s car
Chandigarh, October 4
A high drama was witnessed at the Sectors 15 and 16 traffic intersection when a drunk driver allegedly blocked the vehicle of a Punjab and Haryana High Court judge. When the judge’s security staff confronted the driver, identified as Sirhind-based businessman Pawan Preet Singh, he got into a heated argument with them. The judge was sitting in the car when the incident occurred around 6 pm.

Two held for cheating
Mohali: The police has arrested a duo for cheating a Mohali resident. The accused, Sukha Singh and Gursharan Singh of Jandpur village, allegedly took Rs 1.05 crore as an earnest money from Rakesh Kumar for selling a piece of land they had already sold. They were remanded in police custody till Monday. — OC


Skating championship
St Xavier’s High School emerge victorious
Chandigarh, October 4
The skaters of St Xavier’s High School, Panchkula, won the overall winning trophy during the ICSE Speed Skating Championship concluded at the Skating Rink, Sector 10, here today. More than 150 skaters from the ICSE-affiliated schools of the Chandigarh region participated in the competition. George S Shear, principal of St Xavier’s High School, Panchkula, awarded the winners.

Sweat brings results: Members of the RCF team strike a pose after winning the 11th Olympian Dharam Singh Memorial Six-a-Side Hockey Tournament at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

St Soldier School register win in soccer tourney
Chandigarh, October 4
In the ongoing CBSE Cluster XIII Football Tournament at St Soldier International School, Sector 28, Guru Harkrishan, Sector 38, defeated DAV Public School, Parwanoo, by 1-0, here today. Vaibhav scored the only goal of the match in the second minute. In the second match, Stepping Stone, Sector 37, defeated Florence Convent School, Solan, by 3-0. In the third match, Akal Academy, Poanta Sahib, trounced Deewan Harkrishan Das SD Public School, Ambala, 4-0 and won the match.

City girls win Inter-State Badminton Championship
Chandigarh, October 4
Chandigarh girls won the North Zone Inter-State Badminton Championship held at Jammu from October 1 to 3. In the final match, the Chandigarh team beat Haryana 2-0. Muskan Sohi beat Lalita 21-16, 21-14 in straight set and then in doubles Muskan Sohi and Kailash beat Lalita and Komal in straight games with the score 21-14, 21-16 and lift the trophy. Earlier, the Chandigarh team had beaten Delhi 2-1. The members of the team were Muskan Sohi, Kailash, Sanya Sethi, Mehak Sood and Shreya Chadha besides coaches Surinder Mahajan and Narinder Singh. — TNS

PU bag TT title
Chandigarh, October 4
The PU Campus won the Panjab University Inter-College Table-Tennis Championship for Men (A Division), held here today. The team of DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, and SGGS College, Sector 26, finished second and third, respectively. SSG Panjab University Regional Centre, Hoshiarpur, attainted fourth spot in the competition. In the final match, the PU Campus, Chandigarh, Beat DAV College, Chandigarh by 3-1. Mayank Kapoor Beat Tushar by (7-11, 11-8,12-10), Anirudh beat Aditya by 11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-9 and 12-10 and Mayank beat Aditya by 12-10 and 13-11. — TNS

DAV gymnast steals the show
Chandigarh, October 4
Gymnast of DAV College, Sector 10, won the Panjab University Inter-College Gymnastics Championship for Women with 59.20 points, here today. Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, and Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, attained second and third positions with 49.30 and 31.90 points, respectively. The team of Panjab University Campus finished fourth with 17 points. — TNS


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