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Rs 87 lakh, ‘Swachhta pledge’ go up
in flames

Chandigarh, October 3
The “Swachhta pledge” taken by tricity residents to keep their respective cities clean could not last even 48 hours as it got lost in the festive fervour of Dasehra with reckless bursting of crackers and people causing litter at the venues.

An effigy of Ravana goes up in flames during the Dasehra celebrations at the Sector 17 Parade Ground on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan


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property tax records
Audit report slams MC’s tax branch
Chandigarh, October 3
The annual audit report has rapped the tax branch of the Municipal Corporation (MC) for failing to maintain the records of property tax collections. The MC is yet to collect Rs 12 crore from property tax defaulters. The report, which was released this week, highlights missing vouchers and lack of proper entries in the register and cash books without the signature of senior officials.

Fire in chemical factory
Day after, DC orders probe to check violations
Goods worth Rs 60 lakh were destroyed in a fire that broke out at a chemical factory in the Industrial Area, Phase II, Panchkula, late on Thursday night. Panchkula, October 3
A day after goods worth Rs 60 lakh were destroyed in a series of blasts triggered by a major fire that broke out in a chemical factory, M/s Colour Udyog, at the Industrial Area, Phase II, Panchkula Deputy Commissioner SS Phulia ordered a high-level probe to look into possible violations. The factory is owned by Ashwani Jindal.

Goods worth Rs 60 lakh were destroyed in a fire that broke out at a chemical factory in the Industrial Area, Phase II, Panchkula, late on Thursday night. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Cops more busy issuing challans than regulating traffic
Chandigarh, October 3
The Chandigarh Traffic Police seem less interested in regulating traffic and more in challaning motorists. Taking note of over 6.72 lakh challans issued during the past three years, a report of the Auditor General (AG) has pointed out the traffic wing, whose primary objective is traffic management and ensuring road safety, was actually engaged in issuing challans.


In Panchkula, hi-tech ‘Ravana’ goes up in flames
Panchkula, October 3
Panchkula witnessed a high-tech ‘Ravana’ this Dasehra at the Sector 5 parade ground with special fireworks. The remote-controlled ‘Ravana’ (first-of-its-kind) attracted a 80,000-strong crowd. The ‘Ravana’ also appealed to people to go out and vote during the Vidhan Sabha elections.

Unmindful of their act becoming a hindrance in fighting an exigency, people sit atop a fire tender to watch celebrations at the Parade Ground in Sector 5, Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Patiala IMA to adopt village in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir
Chandigarh, October 3
Dr Shubhpreet Kaur of Patiala always dreamt of visiting Kashmir- the heaven on earth. She made plans several times but could not succeed. She had never thought that when she would manage to visit her dream destination, it would be under worst circumstances.

Sacred waters: Devotees immerse an idol of Goddess Durga at the Ghaggar in Panchkula on Friday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Crime against women
Students get training in self-defence
Chandigarh, October 3
In view of the rise in the number of crime cases against women, the NSS volunteers of the Government College of Education are being imparted special training in self defence. A seven-day special training programme was held on the college campus during an NSS camp. Trainers from the Chandigarh Police are imparting the training.

Navratra offerings: Mansa Devi shrine gets richer by Rs 1.20 crore
Panchkula, October 3
The cash donations at the Mansa Devi Temple reached Rs 1.20 crore after the culmination of nine-day Navratra fest, today. A huge amount of foreign currency was also received by the temple. Other than cash 58 gold items, 907 silver items were received by the Mansa Devi shrine. The nine-day Navratra fest began on October 2 with Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki presiding on a havan on the first day of Navratras.

Dasehra celebrations
Fervour marks festivity in Mohali
Mohali, October 3
Enthusiasm marked the Dasehra celebrations in different parts of the town today. People thronged the ground in Phase VIII where the main function was organised by the Dasehra Committee. Effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhkaran were set alight. The effigy of Ravana was reported to be 80 feet high while the other two measured 65 feet each.

Fireworks on display during the Dasehra celebrations at Phase VIII in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Apple traders, Market Committee officials fail to break deadlock
Chandigarh, October 3
The impasse between apple traders at the Sector 26 vegetable and fruit market and the Market Committee continued on Friday as committee officials stopped workers of Mahajan Trading Company from doing business in the morning.

Illegal mining: Villagers slam govt
Mohali, October 3
Residents of three villages held a protest today near Dullawan village, under the Mullanpur police station, against an alleged illegal mining done by persons owing allegiance to the SAD-BJP alliance. The protesters, from Dullawan, Majra and Khadri villages, blocked traffic on a road near Dullawan village and raised slogans against the Punjab government.

Protesters block a road in Nayagaon on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Spectre of snarl-up catches motorists
Chandigarh, October 3
Traffic chaos was witnessed as Dasehra celebrations concluded in the city in the evening. The roads mainly leading to the venues where effigies of the demons were burnt were clogged.

Vehicles caught in a traffic jam post-celebrations at Sector 34 in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Actress Mahima to campaign for Bagai
Panchkula, October 3
Bollywood Actress Mahima Chaudhary would campaign for independent candidate and builder Vinod Bagai in Panchkula, tomorrow. A road show has been organised by Bagai and Mahima Chaudhary will be asking people to support Bagai. The road show will start from 3 pm onwards. Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Bagai said, “She is known to my family. So after she got to know that I am contesting elections from Panchkula, she called me up and congratulated.” He added, “I just asked her if she could come and she immediately said yes. So we are just looking forward to Mahima.” Bagai said he would be requesting his singer friends to campaign for him. TNS

(Clockwise from left) Fireworks present a sight to behold during the Dasehra celebrations in Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Friday; a laser show on Ramlila at Sector 46; and a cloud of smoke causes air pollution as effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhakarna are set ablaze in Sector 34. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan/Parvesh Chauhan

Swachhta campaign
The students of DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, also took part in the Swachh Bharat campaign. The teachers apprised the students of the campaign initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. School principal Anuja Sharma also motivated the students to upgrade the level of cleanliness in their surroundings. TNS


swachH bharat abhiyan
At PU, swachhta takes a back seat
Chandigarh, October 3
Panjab University authorities — who pledged to keep the campus clean on the Prime Minister’s call of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan — are struggling to fulfil the basic requirement of installing dustbins at various places. During a survey by the NSS wing recently, it was found that at a number of places on the campus —that are frequented by a majority of students —have no dustbins.

Garbage floats in a pool of water at the Student Centre. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

300 students take part in Model UN Conference
Chandigarh, October 3
I will speak from my experience rather than what is being provided to me on paper, said UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil at the inaugural function of the Model United Nations Conference organised by Strawberry Fields World School here today.

(From left) A former Chief of the Army Staff, Gen VP Malik (retd), Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil and Atul Khanna, Director of the Durga Dass Foundation, at the Model United Nations Conference-2014 at a hotel in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

DANCE TO THE BEAT: Students of the GGDSD College perform bhangra during the Dashera celebrations at Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Grandparents day celebrated
Panchkula: Brilliance World School, Sector 12, celebrated Grandparents Day on the school premises. The elderly were touched when their grandchildren offered them a card with best wishes at the commencement of the function. This was followed by the principal’s address in which he exhorted the students to be respectful towards their grandparents and seek their wishes. He explained the importance of grandparents in filling the emotional void in the lives of children.

Gandhi Jayanti celebrated at PU
Chandigarh, October 3
Panjab University observed the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri at the Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies on Thursday. On the occasion, Paramjit S Sahai, IFS (Retd) delivered a special lecture on ‘Gandhi in a globalised world.’

PU VC Arun Grover offers the Best Mali Award-2014 to Phool Chand at Panjab University. A Tribune Photograph


Poll code violation
Notice issued to Cong candidate
Kalka, October 3
The Congress candidate Manvir Kaur Gill allegedly violated the model code of conduct by addressing audience in a Ramlila at Rattpur Colony on Thursday night. She inaugurated Ramlila as a chief guest by cutting ribbon. The violation came to light when a vigilant spectator of the Ramlila Munish videographed her footage of 3 minutes 15 seconds speech and e-mailed a complaint to the chief electoral officer, Haryana.

Swaraj to seek votes for Latika Sharma
Kalka, October 3
Sushma Swaraj, Union External Affairs Minister, will address a rally on Saturday in favour of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) candidate Latika Sharma, here. Sharma is said to be a close associate of Swaraj who helped her in getting party ticket from Kalka.

Campaign for cleanliness
Dera Bassi, October 3
Following the guidelines of the MHRD, the Sri Sukhmani Group of Educational Institutions, Dera Bassi, launched a Swachh Bharat campaign in their educational institutions here. The students cleaned the school premises and also took out a campaign. Prof Avtar Singh and Kanwaljit Kaur, chairman and group director, respectively, lauded their efforts. TNS

Swachhta drive
Barwala: The Swami Devi Dyal of Group of Professional Institutes celebrated Gandhi Jayanti on Thursday. It also held a Swachh Bharat campaign on the premises. TNS

Freshers’ party organised
Banur, October 3
Muzamiz Abbas and Kanika were crowned as Mr and Ms Fresher, respectively, in a function organised by the second-year students of the Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology and Swami Vivekanand College of Pharmacy, here on Thursday. Lovepreet Singh was adjudged as Mr Attitude and Ruhi as Ms Photogenic, while Shahid and Soni were selected as Mr and Ms Walk, respectively. TNS


Plethora of activities on sports day
Chandigarh, October 3
Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, celebrated its sports day. The event was organised by the NSS units of the college at the government high school in the adopted Kajheri village. The chief guest on the occasion was Nirmal Singh, chairman, Dev Samaj Society and Dr Agnese Dhillon, college Dean Student Welfare. NSS volunteers motivated the village children to participate in various sports activities. The session started with a warm-up exercise for boys and girls in the age group of 8-18 years. Games such as basketball dribbling, zigzag run, 100m race, 50m race, sack race, tug of war, back race were organised for the children. The winners from all activities were awarded for their performance. TNS


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