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BDS student suicide
Teacher booked for abetment to suicide
Chandigarh, November 30
Protesting students walk out of the Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital. The Chandigarh Police have booked a teacher of the Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, for abetment to suicide. A 22-year-old second year student of the institute, Ankurita Tripathi, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her residence in ITBP Complex in Sector 32 on Friday. The police recovered a suicide note in which the student has held her teacher responsible for the suicide.

Protesting students walk out of the Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital. Tribune photo: S Chandan

City residents to get cheap power
Chandigarh, November 30
The UT Electricity Department today decided to slash the power tariff for three months, from November 2013 to January 2014. The department will reduce tariff for every category — domestic, commercial and industrial — as it had purchased electricity at lesser rates against the rates fixed by the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) in the last quarter.



Wanted in Oz, P’kula youth held in Panipat
Panchkula, November 30
A 24 year-old Panchkula resident, Puneet, wanted in a four-year-old accident case in Melbourne, Australia, was arrested today after a two-day chase by the state crime bureau. The Melbourne police had announced a reward of $100,000 on Puneet’s head he fled from Australia on a fake identity four years back. He had been living with his family in Sector 15, Panchkula, since then.

Schoolteacher dies in accident
Mohali, November 30
A 27-year-old government schoolteacher was killed after the scooter she was riding skidded near Mamupur village on the Kharar-Ludhiana road today. The deceased was identified as Priyanka Singal, a resident of Gobindpura in Kharar. She was on her way home from school when the incident took place near Chitanbala village. She suffered head injury. Priyanka is survived by her husband, an engineer, and one-year-old child. The body has been kept at the Kharar Civil Hospital for autopsy.


Single-screen theatres suffer losses
Chandigarh, November 30
Single-screen theatres that were the major source of entertainment around 10 years ago in the city are now running into losses from the past many years. The result is that now, owners of these theatres, under the banner of Chandigarh Film Exhibitors Association, have urged the administration to allow them to start commercial activities of their choice in place of the single-screen theatres.

World aids day
Gritty rickshaw-puller fights AIDS
Chandigarh, November 30
For 13 years, he not only fought HIV but also the stigma attached to the disease in society. Indeed, he has succeeded and found acceptance in society, said 45-year-old Narain Dass, who works as a rickshaw-puller in the city. While many HIV patients in his community fear censure from others and prefer keeping to themselves Narain’s outlook towards life was different ever since he was diagnosed with HIV-AIDS in 2000. He is bold and speaks aloud about his encounter with life over these years.

Narain Dass pedals a rickshaw in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

e-generation least aware of HIV-AIDS
Chandigarh, November 30
It is depressing to know that Google generation, which surfs the internet all the time, has little awareness about AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency syndrome) and issues related to it. Interestingly, rather than getting detail of AIDS from the source, present day youth prefer to go in with the half-baked information from their group mates, while government is spending crores of rupees to sensitise the public.

Interaction with researchers vital for growth: Industrialist
Mohali, November 30
The Indian School of Business (ISB) organised a conference, ‘LEAP: An Industry-Academia Connect’. The conference was held on the ISB campus in the presence of five business students and around 50 industrialists for better coordination and cooperation between the academia and the industrialists. But the ‘connect’ in question was evidently missing.

Experts during a conference at the Indian School of Business in Mohali on Saturday. Tribune photo: S chandan

CHB goes ahead with project to rehabilitate slum dwellers
Chandigarh, November 30
After getting clearance from the Centre, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) is going ahead with the project of constructing 8,996 two-room tenements for slum dwellers. Of the total 8,996, 5,000 flats would be constructed in the first phase of the project. The Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Girja Vyas, will be visiting the city next month to review the project.

Forty winks: A Haryana police personnel dozes off during the police-public coordination meet organised to mark the 6th Raising Day of the Human Social Justice Panel at Sector 14 in Panchkula on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

How fast is MC’s enforcement staff?
Chandigarh, November 30
The Municipal Corporation pays Rs 2.72 crore per annum as salary to staff of the enforcement wing. Despite having 120 workers, the civic body has failed to check encroachments in the city. The enforcement wing has 57 regular workers, including inspectors, sub-inspectors, police personnel, labourers and drivers. They are paid over Rs 2.1 crore per annum. The MC has also hired 55 beldars and eight drivers who are paid over Rs 70.50 lakh per annum.

Youth bitten by stray dogs twice
Chandigarh, November 30
A 25-year-old chartered accountant (CA) residing in Sector 22 became a victim of dog bite, not once but twice. The dog bit Manish Kumar's legs on Thursday when he was on his way home. Kumar was again attacked by a dog in the same sector today. He said on Thursday when he was going home, he was attacked by a dog around 8.30 pm.

Crafts Mela: Folk dances beguile visitors’ eye on Day 2
Chandigarh, November 30
The ‘Western India’ theme at the 5th Chandigarh National Crafts Mela attracted visitors from various walks of life, here today. The colourful ethnic dances and handicraft of the theme was the key attraction. World’s smallest ‘Jutti’ and 90-year-old art traditional shawls from Gujarat remained the catch of the day.

Artistes perform a dance during the Crafts Mela at Kala Gram in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin mittal

Pak economist for boosting banking ties
Mohali, November 30
Noted Pakistan banker and economist Ishrat Hussain today batted for opening branches of Indian banks in Pakistan and vice versa to boost bilateral trade. "I am surprised that the governments of both countries have hesitated in initiating such steps to boost bilateral trade between the neighbours by five times from the current levels," said Ishrat Hussain on the sidelines of "LEAP: Industry Academia Connect" organised by Indian School of Business here today.

Join duties or lose jobs, SSA staff told
Mohali, November 30
To deal with the ongoing protest of members of SSA/RMSA Non-Teaching Employees Union, the Director General School Education (DGSE), Punjab, has issued a notice to the protestors to join their duties in three days or face the consequences.

Pinjore colony needs basic amenities
There is a colony called ‘Himshikha’ developed by the Haryana Housing Board, near Pinjore. Now, this colony is a part of the Ward No. 5 of the Municipal Corporation, Panchkula (Pinjore zone). All taxes like property/house tax are applicable here as that of Municipal Corporation, Panchkula, but in the name of facility this colony stands nowhere in front of Panchkula. The colony wants repair of internal roads, streetlights and maintenance of parks.

Musical morning marks Grandparents’ Day
Mohali, November 30
To show their respect and express gratitude towards their grandparents, the students of pre-primary wing of Vivek High School today celebrated Grandparents Day. Grandparents of several students were invited for the musical morning. “In these times when nuclear families have become a harsh reality of our lives, the tales of grandmas and grandpas, their unconditional love, support and the feeling of a security blanket around us that their presence exudes, is a thing sadly losing its identity. The event is dedicated to them,” said Nilu Sarin, head, junior wing of the school. Children clad in sweatshirts with rainbow colored handprints sang songs, recited poems and danced. — TNS

Accident victim identified
Ajay Kumar, the deceased.Chandigarh, November 30
The motorcyclist who was crushed to death after being hit by a tractor-trailer on Friday night was identified as Ajay Kumar, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26. The accident took place near Housing Board lights. The police rushed Kumar to the PGI where he died. The deceased was going to Baltana to attend a 'jaagran'. The family members came to know about the accident late night. The autopsy was conducted at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, and the body was handed over to the family. A case against the tractor driver has been registered at the Mani Majra police station and a probe has been initiated. — TNS


PU violates its own calendar
Chandigarh, November 30
In a classic example of violating its own calendar, the Panjab University is going to table two letters for information related to the extension of Vice-Chancellor’s wife Prof Neera Grover in the coming senate scheduled for December 8. As per the PU calendar, the letters has to be tabled in syndicate before bringing into the agenda of senate meeting.

Students of DAV College, Sector 10, present a flash mob at Elante mall in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Joint efforts
: Students of DAV College, Sector 10, present a flash mob at Elante mall in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Security for MD exam in place
Chandigarh, November 30
The PGIMER is going to conduct the MD/MS entrance exam tomorrow at 11 centres in Chandigarh and all the security arrangements, including frisking through bug detectors and mobile jammers, photography and biometric fingerprint capturing, are in place. A PGI spokesperson revealed that the entry of the candidates was permitted between 8 am and 9:30 am on the production of roll number slip issued by the institute. The candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall with water bottle, car key (remote), chain, mobile phone, pen, wrist watch, ring, wallet, purse or any other electronic device. Even the envelope of admit card is prohibited. The candidates will be provided with a ball pen by the institute in the examination hall.Still photography and biometric fingerprint capturing will be done during the examination. Since some time will be lost taking the security measures, the candidates will be given extra 10 minutes for the exam. — TNS

26 govt teachers take part in orientation workshop
Chandigarh, November 30
An orientation workshop for government school teachers was organised by the private school faculty members, here today. Saupin’s School Sector 32 organised the initiative in which 26 teachers and two principals from various government schools participated. The orientation was organised for pre-primary and primary classes’ teachers. The session began with a story narrating session with the use of audio-visual aids and PowerPoint presentations. Thereafter, the primary teachers presented a demonstration on the addition of using the modern infrastructure in learning. “On the whole it was a healthy, interactive session wherein all the teachers learnt a lot from each other,” said ABS Sidhu, principal of the school.

Relevance of sociological knowledge discussed
Chandigarh, November 30
The department of sociology of GGDSD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, organised a talk on the ‘Relevance of sociological knowledge’. Dr Kiranpreet Kaur, chairperson, Department of Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the guest of the occasion. She told the students about the relevance of the sociological knowledge and various job opportunities available to students in this field. The talk concluded with an interactive session with the students.


Two-day heritage fest gets going at Pinjore gardens
Kalka, November 30
The two-day 8th Pinjore Heritage Festival organised by the Department of Haryana Tourism began at the Pinjore gardens this evening. Chakrvrty Sharma, chairman, Haryana Tourism, inaugurated the festival. Lauding the efforts of the Haryana Tourism for popularising the state’s heritage, he stated that such festivals go a long way in promoting culture and sensitising youth to their cultural roots.

Kids’ carnival at Dera Bassi
Dera Bassi, November 30
A two-day kids’ carnival organised by one of the North India’s major and exclusive furniture brands, Glass Palace, started here on Saturday at the Palm Valley Lawns and Banquets, Dera Bassi (Punjab).


HC upholds relief to house owner
Chandigarh, November 30
Virtually admonishing the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority for demolishing a regularised house in Kansal village, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has upheld the orders of the payment of compensation to the owner.

Samjhauta Blast case
Court rejects Swami Aseemanand’s bail plea
Panchkula, November 30
In the Samjhauta blast case, the court today rejected the bail plea of Swami Aseemanand here today. In his bail plea, Aseemanand had stated that already four agencies have investigated the case and he was nowhere involved in the matter.


Foetus found in school
Chandigarh, November 30
A decomposed foetus was found at Government Model High School, Sector 31, this morning. Gardener of the school noticed the foetus while cutting the grass near the boundary wall of the school. The headmaster of the school, Ramesh Kumar, stated that the morning assembly was going on when the gardener told the school authorities that something was lying near the boundary wall. Kirpal Singh, SHO of the Sector 31 police station, said the decomposed foetus was five days old. "We have registered a case and a probe has been initiated," he stated. — TNS


Vasundhara Thiara at the CGA Golf Range in Sector 6, Chandigarh, on Saturday. City golfer clinches 2 national titles
Chandigarh, November 30
Local golfer Vasundhara Thiara attained No. 1 ranking in the D category in the Indian Golf Union circuit with bagging two back-to-back titles. She won both national tournaments concluded recently at Tollygunge Club, Kolkata, and Bombay Presidency Golf Club, Mumbai.
She kept her lead on both days and won the tournament with a margin of 11 and nine strokes, respectively. Vasundhara played against the top players of the West, South and East India zones. She hit a lot of quality shots and kept her lead on all days of the tournament to emerge as a clear winner. She played five qualifying tournaments as part of the North India feeder tour and won five of them. Vasundhara stated that it feels good to be at the top spot.

Vasundhara Thiara at the CGA Golf Range in Sector 6, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Badminton Meet
Air India boys win title
Chandigarh, November 30
The badminton teams of the Air India and Andhra Pradesh won the Narang Cup (boys) and Shafi Qureshi Cup (girls), respectively, during the 38th Inter-State Inter-zonal Badminton Championship held at the badminton hall of the Panjab University here today.

Members of the Air India badminton team pose with the trophy at Panjab University on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

New Public School cagers beat Tender Heart
Chandigarh, November 30
The Cagers of New Public School, Sector 18, defeated Tender Heart School, Sector 33, on the first day of St Kabir Basketball Trophy for Boys (U-17). They registered a 57-17 margin victory over the rivals. For the winning side, Amit scored 14 points while Abhishek got 12 points, along with Ravneet, who claimed 10 points. For Tender Heart, Shahbaj and Anmol collected four points each while Ujjwal claimed three points. Results: St. Kabir bt St Xavier’s, Panchkula, 27 -21; Little Flower Panchkula bt St Xavier’s School-44, 19-33. In Girls (U-16), Sacred Heart-26, bt Strawberry Fields, Sector 26, 26-17; St. Kabir School, Sector 26, bt St Xavier’s School, Panchkula, 23 -10 and St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, bt Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, by 19-6. — TNS

MCA thrashYPS by 88 runs
Chandigarh, November 30
The Mohali Cricket Association (MCA) defeated Yadvindra Public School (YPS) Mohali, in the CCA Cricket Cup for boys (U-19) held here today. The YPS side won the toss and posted 235 runs for 9 wickets with Karan Aggarwal slamming 59 off 81 deliveries, Jannatpreet 35 off 43 balls and Ramandeep scoring 30 runs off 32 balls. Vishwanath claimed four wickets for 30 runs while Abhimanhu claimed 2 wickets for 50. The YPS side was bundled out for 147 runs in 31 overs. Sahil scored 59 runs off 86 balls and Sidanth hit 23 off 35 deliveries. Akash Dahri claimed 3 wickets for 20 while Amish conceded 15 runs and picked two wickets. — TNS

Bodybuilding contests at DAV College on Dec 8
Chandigarh, November 30
The Chandigarh Amateur Body Building Association (CABBA) will organise the 14th Inter-club, the 20th Sub-junior and the 23rd Junior Mr Chandigarh body building championships at the DAV College auditorium, Sector 10, here on December 8. The championships will be held in 55 kg, 60 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg, 75 kg and above 75 kg categories. For participation in the sub-junior category, the age limit is 19 years while it is 23 years for the junior Mr Chandigarh title. Winners of previous championships are not eligible. The weighing-in will take place on December 7 at the CABBA office in Sector 17 from 3 pm to 5 pm. The aspirants are required to carry their age-proof in original at the time of weighing-in. — TNS

Tae kwon do tourney
Chandigarh: Chandigarh Baptist School-45 won the 22nd Chandigarh tae kwon do championship hosted by the Tae kwon do Association of Chandigarh, at Sector 10 here on Saturday. — TNS


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