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Metro moves step closer to reality
Chandigarh, October 9
The UT Administration, Punjab and Haryana have finally agreed on the terms and conditions of a memorandum of understanding that was circulated by the Ministry of Urban Development for the implementation of the Metro rail project in the tricity.

Physics Nobel Prize for Higgs, Englert
PU celebrates its contribution to Higgs particle project
Chandigarh, October 9
The physics department at the Panjab University, that has been associated with the Higgs particle project for the past over two decades, is basking in the glory of two scientists who have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, which was recently confirmed through the discovery of predicted fundamental particle by the ALTAS and Compact Muon Solonide experiment at the CERN's Large Hardon Collider.



Festival rush
Endless wait for rail tickets at Tatkal counters in city
Chandigarh, October 9
Deepak, a resident of Hallo Majra who turned up at the Chandigarh railway station at 6 pm yesterday to get a Tatkal reservation done for Uttar Pradesh, is still trying his luck, but is unsure whether he will be able to get a ticket. “I am here since Monday evening to try my luck for a Tatkal ticket. I am told the reservation for trains going towards UP has been closed as no tickets are available for the next one month," he said.

People wait for their turn at a Tatkal reservation counter at the ISBT, Sector 17. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

World sight day today
700 await cornea transplant
Chandigarh, October 9
Even as the number of eye donations and persons who have pledged their eyes has improved significantly at the eye banks of the PGI and the GMCH, Sector 32, ensuring the utility of most of the donated eyes in cornea transplants continues to be a challenge for doctors. In a majority of the cases, it has been found that donors are not taken to eye banks within the prescribed time for harvesting their eyes so that these are fit for cornea transplants.

Inflation cuts demon king Ravana to size
Chandigarh, October 9
Inflation has not spared even the demon king Ravana. This Dasehra, many Ramlila committees have reduced the size of the Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhakarna's effigies due to the rising cost. Director of OSF Sanskritik Manch, Sector 29, SS Sharma said due to an increase in the cost, they had reduced the size of the effigies from 80 ft to 70 ft this year.


Lack of equipment, staff ails ESI Hospital
Mohali, October 9
Lack of hi-tech equipment, inadequate staff, lack of cleanliness and a building in a state of neglect are among the hallmarks of the ESI Hospital in the Phase VII industrial area here.

Festival rush stretches trains’ waiting lists; reservation stopped
Chandigarh, October 9
If your are planning to visit your native places of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal for Diwali and Bihar for the Chhath Pooja celebrations by train, then it will be better to travel by some other mode of transportation. A majority of the special and routine trains to these destinations are already full. In fact, in some of these trains, no reservation is available for more than a month while in others reservation has been suspended till further notice.

Residents wait for a Tatkal reservation counter to open in Chandigarh; and (below) a man writes his name on a reservation aspirants’ list at the Chandigarh railway station. Tribune Photos: Manoj Mahajan

Students perform giddha during a youth festival at DAV College, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

A waterlogged road in Sector 33 after light showers in Chandigarh on Wednesday morning . Tribune photo: Manoj mahajan

Breeding ground for mosquitoes: A waterlogged stretch poses health hazard at Phase V in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Delay in purchase of new buses
Ministry acts on CTU union’s complaint
Chandigarh, October 9
As the UT babus are taking their own time to purchase new buses for the city’s ageing fleet of the public transport system (PTS), the issue has reached the Union Ministry of Surface Transport and Highways. Acting on a complaint made to the Prime Minister’s Office, the Transport Ministry has been asked to look into the matter. The official, handling the transport section in the ministry, has been enquired about the matter.

Experts discuss Beant Singh memorial plan
Chandigarh, October 9
Finally, there is some movement in the construction of a convention centre at the Beant Singh Memorial Complex in Sector 42 here. In 1996, the Chandigarh Administration and the Punjab Government had planned to convert the memorial into a convention centre for cultural activities. Additional 8 acres of land was acquired to construct a ‘saravdharam’ centre, a public library, a media centre, an exhibition hall for visual art, an open-air theatre and an auditorium for performing arts. In all these years, not much development has taken place, except a library whose digitalisation is under process at present. The construction of the media centre also begun recently.

Workshop to focus on protecting minors from access to tobacco
Chandigarh, October 9
Tobacco control advocates from across India have converged in Chandigarh to learn from the first smoke-free city of India. While this has given a massive boost to the city's tobacco control efforts in city and across Punjab and also in Himachal Pradesh, the three-day deliberation in the city has raised concerns of growing use of tobacco and the need to step up tobacco control efforts.

Theft cases
SSP issues guidelines to police, marriage palace owners
Mohali, October 9
Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar In wake of back-to-back incidents of purses/bags theft from marriage and other functions by minor children, the Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar today issued guidelines to police and marriage palaces owners to check such incidents in the area. SSP Bhullar today directed the heads of all the police stations and police posts to keep tracks on the dates of such functions in their area and intensify patrolling there. "I have also asked them to initiate taking 'stranger rolls' at such venues to detect unscrupulous elements there and check the persons sitting in the vehicles for no reasons," said SSP Bhullar.

Wildlife Week concludes at Chhatbir Zoo
Zirakpur, October 9
The Wildlife Week-2013 which was being organised at Chhatbir zoo concluded today. The week concluded with a prize distribution function in the presence of Chief Wildlife Warden Punjab, Dhirendra Singh, IFS, at the Chhatbir Zoo. Various competitions of schoolchildren were held to mark the week. There was no entry fee for all during the Wildlife Week and more than 18,000 people visited the zoo from October 3 to 8. Many activities and competitions were conducted at the Chhatbir Zoo regarding awareness about environment and conservation of nature and wildlife. More than 130 students from 21 different schools participated in different competitions. — OC

Free legal aid clinic inaugurated
Zirakpur, October 9
Legal aid clinics have been proving helpful in providing free legal services to the needy. This was state by Chief Parliamentary Secretary, NK Sharma, while inaugurating a legal-aid clinic in Zirakpur on Tuesday. He said that the legal-aid clinic in Zirakpur would provide legal services to people in resolving their issues and problems. He informed that one legal-aid clinic would be opened after each five villages in the Dera Bassi Assembly Constituency. Sharma appealed to people to take benefit from legal aid clinics. — OC

Punjab postal circle holds customers' meet
Chandigarh, October 9
The Punjab postal circle on Wednesday organised a customers' meet here as part of the National Postal Week celebrations, which will end on October 15. The meet was chaired by officials of Punjab Circle. Around 15 citizens attended the meet in which the officials brief them about the postal services available at the general post office. Every year the India Post celebrates National Postal Week from October 9 to 15 and the October 9 is celebrated as "World Post Day". It was on this day that the "Universal postal Union" with Headquarters at Berne (Switzerland) was formed in 1874. — TNS

A postal official interacts with customers at the GPO, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Clerk acquitted in bribery case
Chandigarh, October 9
The CBI court today acquitted a lower divisional clerk in the Labour Commissioner Office in a bribe case. The court acquitted Ajay Kumar of all the charges. He was arrested while taking a bribe of Rs 4,000. The CBI had arrested him in April 2009 on the complaint of a retired Major who reported that the clerk was demanding bribe from him for issuing a labour license for manpower supply in the BSNL. The investigating agency had caught him red handed while taking bribe. He was acquitted after the prosecution failed to prove the charges against him. — TNS

Fateful act: Artistes enact a scene in which Lakshman cuts Surpanakha's nose during the ‘Ramlila’ organised by the OCF Sanskritik Manch in Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

PGI to host workshop on cancer
Chandigarh, October 9
The School of Public Health, PGIMER, and Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, will jointly conduct a "Workshop on Cancer Registration and Cancer Control" from October 10-12, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab. The main objectives of this workshop are how to use cancer registry data for cancer control and capacity building of the human resource involved in cancer registries for cancer registration and cancer control from different cancer registries, especially in Punjab. Estimated total number of new cancer cases detected in Punjab is 23,826 and cancer deaths are 11,741 according to the estimates of NCRP, 2011. — TNS

Campaign for enactment of Social Security Act launched
Chandigarh, October 9
Koshish, society for social causes, today launched their campaign for enactment of the Social Security Act. The president of the society, Ranjana Shahi, briefed the media person about the moto of the campaign. She said that they have studied this concept and have done survey on the issue for about one and a half year. She said, "The act is already enforced in most of the foreign countries but she said we have formalizes it according to the Indian social and economic conditions. The campaign will also run on the social media." — TNS

Police complaint body
HC gives UT one month
Chandigarh, October 9
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today set a month's deadline for the Administration to constitute a police complaint authority. The Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Augustine George Masih passed the orders while taking up a petition filed in public interest by advocate Amar Singh Chahal and other petitioners. They told the High Court that the tenure of the previous PCA came to an end on September 30. The petitioners also sought the directions to the Administration to constitute the authority afresh at the earliest or allow the previous body to continue till the constitution of a new authority. — TNS

ACD charges
Relief for industrialists
Chandigarh, October 9
After industrialists’ protest, the UT Administration today gave one-month time to pay advance consumption demand (ACD) charges. At a meeting with the UT Finance Secretary, VK Singh, the industrialists had claimed that no proper notice was given to them by the Electricity Department before imposing advance charges. Finally, VK Singh assured the industrialists that the Administration would provide one-month time to them. From the next month, they would have to pay advance charges, Singh said. — TNS

Homage paid to Dr Jolly
Chandigarh, October 9
A condolence meeting was held today under the chairmanship of Prof Yogesh Chawla, Director, PGIMER, to mourn the sad demise of Prof JG Jolly, Emeritus Professor, Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER. Rich tributes were paid by his contemporaries like Dr BD Gupta, Dr BL Talwar. Former Directors and Professors, heads of departments, faculty members, administrative staff and the resident doctors joined to mourn his death.@@Professor Jolly joined the Institute in 1963 and pioneered the voluntary blood donation movement in the country. — TNS


PU/college notes
PU Prof to speak at global meet
Former head of the Department of Geology Department, Panjab University, and chairman of the Indian Chapter International Association of Geoethics, Prof AD Ahluwalia has been invited to deliver a keynote address on the topic of “mass geoscience awareness and communication could have saved thousands killed in the Himalayan flash floods and Asian Tsunami” at an international conference on geoethics from October 12 to October 18 at Pribram, Czech Republic.

Students perform a mime during a youth festival at the Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan
Students play dandiya at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Scrapping of NEET
Now, medical admission through AIPMT
Chandigarh, October 9
Following the Supreme Court’s decision to scrap the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), the older All-India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) is back for 2014 admission to MBBS and BDS. As per the recent circular issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the entrance exam will be held on May 4, 2014.

From schools
World Peace Day
The dove-coloured balloons soared in the sky and reverberated the message of love, peace and harmony as World Peace Day was celebrated at Sacred Heart School. It began with schoolchildren forming the symbol of “peace” in the assembly ground amidst cheers, while balloons were released by Rev. Sr. Nisha, principal. It was followed by a number of competitions, declamation and singing of songs. Peace and harmony were the pervasive themes.

52.7% college boys into substance abuse
Chandigarh, October 9
A study conducted by medical interns at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, revealed that 52.7 per cent boys in the city colleges were into substance abuse with alcohol turning out to be the most consumed substance.

200 selected for industrial training
Mohali, October 9
Punjab Technical University organised a PTU Industrial Training Fest-II at the Gian Jyoti Institute of Engineering and Technology. More than 1,500 students from all over Punjab participated in the event. The selected students will undergo one-semester training in their respective organisations.

Teachers, students honoured
Mohali, October 9
The Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Jhanjeri, organised a prize distribution function. Dr Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor, PTU, gave away the prizes and certificates to 12 teachers and 63 students.

St Kabir to hold play on Oct 12
Chandigarh, October 9
To celebrate their 40th Founder’s Day, St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, will present “My Fair Lady”, a gloriously witty, romantic musical play, adapted from Pygmalion by famous playwright Bernard Shaw, at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, here on October 12 at 6.45 pm. The show is also open to public.


Joginder is chairman of District Planning Committee, Fatehgarh Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 9
Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, accompanied by Bikram Singh Majithia, Minister, and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, general secretary, SAD (B) went to congratulate Joginder Pal Singla on the eve of his office taking ceremony here today.

2 die, 10 hurt in accident
Dera Bassi, October 9
Two persons were killed and 10 others were injured in a road accident near Lalru on Wednesday afternoon. The accident occurred when a three-wheeler carrying commuters was hit by a Haryana Roadways bus at the ITI roundabout at Lalru crossing. The injured were rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, and the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi.

Cong to highlight corruption, says Preneet Kaur
Dera Bassi, October 9
Minister of State for External Affairs, Preneet Kaur, has criticised the SAD-BJP government for ‘spreading’ corruption at every level. She said the Congress would highlight the issue of corruption in paying stamp duty while getting land registered by a local MLA and Chief Parliamentary Secretary, NK Sharma.

Man robbed of gold bracelet, purse
Ambala, October 9
Two motorcycle-borne youths robbed a man of gold bracelet and purse near Kalka chowk today morning. The victim has been identified as Mohit Goel, a resident of Old Grain Market. He complained that two youths came on a motorbike and threatened him to handover the bracelet and purse on knife point. The police has registered a case and has started the investigation. — OC


Expedite mediation proceedings, says HC
Chandigarh, October 9
The game of discord between the Chandigarh Golf Club and the UT Administration is in for an early end. The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Chandigarh Administration and the Chandigarh Golf Club to expedite the mediation proceedings in the row over the lease amount. Asking both the parties to conclude the mediation proceedings expeditiously, a Division Bench, headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, also fixed November 6 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

Bribe case
IT officer’s mother gets bail
Chandigarh, October 9
Kanta Jain, mother of accused Income Tax officer Rakesh Jain, today appeared before a CBI court as an accused for the first time where she was formally arrested and then granted bail against the bail bonds of Rs 30,000 by the court.


Five theft cases reported
Chandigarh, October 9
Five cases of theft were reported from across the city. In the first incident, Poonam a resident of Kharar reported her Activa Scooter (PB65-F-0682) was stolen from Sector 19-27 dividing road on October 1. In the second incident, Sanjeev Kumar of Kangra reported that his bag containing mobile phone, clothes and identity card was stolen from Sector 17 bus stand on October 8. In the third incident, Rakesh of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, reported that his Pulsar motorcycle (CH-04L-0167) was stolen from the Industrial Area.


Inter school badminton championship
Rain plays spoilsport
Chandigarh, October 9
Water leaked from the ceiling at the Indoor Stadium of Badminton Hall, Sports Complex, Sector 42, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. 'Leaking roof' above court No 2 and 3 at the Indoor Stadium of Badminton Hall, Sector 42, Sports Complex, was a real challenge throughout the day for the players of the Inter School Badminton Championship.

Water leaked from the ceiling at the Indoor Stadium of Badminton Hall, Sports Complex, Sector 42, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

City soccer team blank Oman
Chandigarh, October 9
Aiming for the bull’s eye, lads of the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) added another feather to their caps after defeating the international team of Oman, to enter the quarterfinals stage of the 54th edition of the Subroto Cup Football Tournament for Boys (U-17), being held in New Delhi. The team blanked their rivals from Oman, convincingly by 5-0 and won all the three matches of the league stage.

Players in action during the ongoing Bhagwant Singh Memorial Inter-School Basketball Championship organised by Vivek High School in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

India-Australia ODI: Sale of tickets from tomorrow
Chandigarh, October 9
Preparing for the upcoming day and night match between Australia and India, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) will begin the sale of tickets from October 11. The PCA will host a One-Day International (day & night) match of Australia tour to India on October 19. The organising committee has said that the tickets will remain available at Central Bank of India, Sector 15, Central Bank of India, Sec-22, and Central Bank of India, Sector 32, (Chandigarh branches), Central Bank of India, Sector 10, (Pkl) and Central Bank of India, Sector 70, (Mohali) from 10.30 am to 4.00 p.m. Rate of tickets: Chairs block (students’ concession)-Rs 200, Chairs block-Rs 400, VIP block (North and South)-Rs 1,000, North pavilion-Rs 2,000, Pavilion terrace-Rs 4,000, AC lounge-Rs 5,000, Air conditioned boxes-Rs 7,500. — TNS

Jagriti declared best gymnast
Chandigarh, October 9
Gymnast Jagriti of SD School-32, was adjudged as the best gymnast girl (U-14) category during the ongoing Inter School Gymnastic Championship. Reema of GMSSS-47, and Ritika of GMSSS-22, attained the third spot. In the team championship, Sacred Heart School-26, attained the trophy with 58.10 points while Moti Ram School-27, stood second with 28.60 points. — TNS


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