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Youth dies as car, scooter collide
Mohali, November 21
An 18-year-old youth was killed while two of his friends were injured critically in a collision between a car and a scooter at the Kumbhra light point here this afternoon. Another person, Mandip Singh of Phase 3B1, who was driving the car, escaped with minor injuries while his six-year-old nephew, who was also in the car at the time of incident, had a miraculous escape.

The car and the scooter that were involved in the accident in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu


Habitual thief gets jail, yet again
Chandigarh, November 21
In yet another order setting a deterrent for habitual offenders, the court of District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal today sentenced a thief to two-year rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on him. The court sentenced 32-year-old Nizammudin, a resident of Milk Colony, Dhanas, to two years in jail for the theft of a motorcycle.

No independent witnesses
Chandigarh, November 21
While pronouncing the order sentencing the thief, Nizammudin, to two years in jail, the court of District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal stated that the connection between the accused and the crime had been well established by the prosecution even though there were no independent witnesses and all witnesses in the case were police officials only.

Home Guards volunteer dies in hit-&-run
Chandigarh, November 21
A Home Guards volunteer of the Chandigarh Police died after a car hit his motorcycle from the rear side near the cricket stadium chowk in Sector 16. According to the police, the victim had been identified as Raj Kumar (35).

2-year-old falls to death in Sec 38
Chandigarh, November 21
A two-year-old child died after he reportedly fell from the second floor of a house in Sector 38 this evening. According to the police, the victim, identified as Aman, was playing on the second floor while his mother was doing some work when he fell. The victim was immediately rushed to the GMSH, Sector 16, where doctors declared him “brought dead”.


25 years of neonatology course at PGImer
Dr  ON  Bhakoo
India short of 5K neonatologists: Expert
Chandigarh, November 21
As the PGIMER marked 25 years of the facility and teaching of neonatology (newborn care) this month, founders of the course identified inadequate human resource as the key challenge before the field. “For over 2.5 crore babies born every year in the country, we do not even have 1,000 trained and equipped neonatologists. We need at least 6,000 to ensure optimum care for our newborns,” said Dr ON Bhakoo, the founder father of neonatology course at the PGIMER.

Mehram murder case
Police record statements of two
Mohali, November 21
In the Mehram murder case, the Mohali police today recorded the statements of two persons to connect the crime with the accused. Sources said those who recorded their statements were Jaswinder Kaur, the victim’s grandmother, and a neighbour and close acquaintance of the victim’s family. Both would be made witnesses against the accused, Tajinder Singh, alias Ganju, during the trial, the sources added.

PGI performs first robot surgery
Chandigarh, November 21
The urology department at the PGI today performed institute’s first surgery using a computer-assisted robot on a 20-year-old male suffering from congenial obstruction of the kidney causing recurrent pain. “The operation performed was robotic assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty on a youth. He was suffering from congenial obstruction of the kidney causing recurrent pain. If the disease was not treated, the kidney would have been damaged gradually,” Prof AK Mandal, head, department of urology, who performed the surgery said today.

Women in 30s opting for bariatric surgery
Chandigarh, November 21
Against the prevailing perception that weight loss surgeries are opted more by the urban affluent class, women aged in early 30s from the middle-class too are readily opting for bariatric surgery (weight-loss) at the PGIMER.

Class apart: Renowned Bharatnatyam dancer Prathibha Prahlad performs at Tagore Theatre on Friday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Now, UT police to come up with their anthem
Chandigarh, November 21
After bringing out a coffee table book and a documentary, the Chandigarh Police have decided to come up with a police anthem for which they will be inviting lyrics from city students. RP Upadhyay, IG, Chandigarh, said students of local schools, colleges and Panjab University would be invited to pen the anthem. "We have decided that the length of the anthem should not be more than two minutes," the IG added.

Artists from south rule Day 8
Chandigarh, November 21
The eighth day of the 6th Chandigarh National Crafts Mela was dominated by various artists from the South Indian states at Kalagram. People from the tricity and neighbouring towns thronged the venue in big numbers and moved around the stalls that were decorated and displayed with theme-based items from the temple states. Presented for the first time in such a huge way, the South-Indian states’ theme-based jewellery, clothes, handicrafts and cuisines are being widely appreciated by the local visitors.

BJP leader Joshi dies
Chandigarh, November 21
A former state president of BJP, Jai Ram Joshi, passed away after a brief illness here today. His last rites would be performed tomorrow. The deceased is survived by his wife and two sons, Vineet Joshi, assistant media adviser, Punjab, and Saurabh Joshi, councillor, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Punjab Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, former minister Manoranjan Kalia, BJP Chandigarh unit chief Sanjay Tandon and municipal councillors condoled Joshi’s demise. — TNS


PU & College notes
Non-teaching staff up in arms
Panjab University non-teaching staff held a protest on the campus on Friday. They held the protest against the indifferent attitude of the authorities in resolving the issues that they were raising for the past several years. President of the association Deepak Kaushik said issues such as widow pension and job on compensation ground were raised a number of times, but till date no action had been taken.

Non-teaching staff of Panjab University hold a dharna on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
SFS supporters hold a protest at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Women two-wheeler safety helmet rally
Students suffer as chief guest arrives late
Chandigarh, November 21
A women two-wheeler safety helmet rally organised by the Chandigarh Police at Panjab University here turned out to be a test of patience for students who had to wait for almost two hours for the chief guest to arrive who was supposed to flag-off the rally. While the rally was to start at 11.30 am, scooters were lined up at 10.15 am. However, the chief guest, the ADGP of Punjab, arrived at 12.09 pm.

Students take part in a rally organised by the Chandigarh Police at Panjab University on Friday; and (right) pillion riders without helmets. Tribune Photos: Pradeep Tewari

DAV students keep human values alive
Chandigarh, November 21
The phrase ‘charity begins at home’ suits members of the student council of DAV College who have started collecting money to purchase laptops for two blind students - Jitender Arora and Rajinder Kumar. These two students had lost their laptops in the college hostel around two months ago.

Students collect donation at DAV College in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Youths should set goals in their lives, says Kiran Bedi
Chandigarh, November 21
Proud to be the first student of Panjab University who availed of two scholarships during her student days here, PU alumnus Dr Kiran Bedi, IPS (retd) said her dedication forced the then authorities to change their norms set for students availing scholarships on the campus. The day she boarded a train from Amritsar to Chandigarh after excelling in sports and academics at the graduate level, she wanted to join a government job and work hard for it. She said this while interacting with students on the campus.

Subject experts, women scientists attend meet
Chandigarh, November 21
A three-day Subject Expert Committee meeting on life sciences under the Women Scientists’ Scheme of the Department of Science and Technology concluded at the ICSSR Complex, Panjab University, Chandigarh, today. Fourteen eminent subject experts and 90 women scientists from all over the country participated in this meeting.

Members of Subject Expert Committee review presentations of delegates at the ICSSR Complex, PU. A Tribune photograph

Panjab varsity launches Twitter handle
Chandigarh, November 21
After opening a Facebook account, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, on Friday took one more step on the social media front by launching its official Twitter handle. Noted social activist and PU alumna Dr Kiran Bedi, IPS (retd) and PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover launched the Twitter handle of the PU, country’s leading university. The twitter handle is @OfficialPU.

From Schools
Special assembly: A special assembly was organised at Shishu Niketan, Mohali. As part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a cleanliness competition was also held among different classes and floors. Winners were awarded prizes in the assembly.
Guest lecture: DAV-8, Panchkula, organised a guest lecture to apprise children of their legal rights. A senior advocate, Suresh Rohilla, from the Punjab & Haryana High Court was invited as the guest speaker to address children on the topic “Right to Information Act-2005”.
Communal Harmony Week: Communal Harmony Week was observed at Satluj Public School, Sector 4. The aim of the celebrations was to generate awareness among students about peace and harmony. — TNS

Teachers and staff of RIMT World School during a session on basic life support in Mani Majra on Friday. A Tribune Photograph

Students, faculty get yoga tips
Mohali, November 21
A large number of students and faculty members attended a yoga camp, organised by the Sachdeva Engineering College for Girls, Gharuan, here. Upcoming movie star and yoga expert Sukhdeep Dussar gave useful tips on yoga. The purpose of organising this camp was to make students aware of good health and lifestyle. Dussar, along with his team coordinators Jangveer Singh, Ankur Verma and Lakhveer Singh Maan, conducted the camp and told participants about various ‘asanas’, which they can do easily to remain fit and save themselves from various lifestyle diseases. Dr R Sivaram, principal of the college, also attended the camp. — TNS


Pharma units to set up CETP in Dera Bassi
Dera Bassi, November 21
To get rid of harassment at the hands of general public and the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) officials, industrialists operating pharmaceutical units in Saidpura and neighbouring villages have decided to set up a common effluent treatment plant (CETP) at a cost of Rs 50 crore.


CTU employees finally get their due
Chandigarh, November 21
In a significant judgment expected to benefit all CTU employees working overtime, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that workmen were entitled to claim the difference of overtime wages on the basis of revised pay scale from January 1, 2006, to June 30, 2009.

Lawlessness will not spoil night food street’s flavour, cops assure HC
Chandigarh, November 21
The Chandigarh Police today assured the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the night food street would not lose its flavour due to the ingredient of lawlessness. As suo motu case in this regard came up for hearing today, the police told before the court that it would make adequate security arrangements at the city’s first and the only night food street near the PGI.

Now, you need not answer Panchkula policemen’s brusque questions
Panchkula, November 21
You will no longer have to face the hitch of visiting a police station in Panchkula to give a complaint and answer brusque questions shot at you by the Haryana Police. Volunteers, preferably law students along with policemen would be taking the complaints now at front offices set up at busy points in the city. Also, you can drop your complaint in the complaint box at the kiosk.

National consumer commission
Circuit Bench decides 75% cases
Chandigarh, November 21
The Circuit Bench of the National Consumer Commission today disposed of over 75 per cent of the cases listed before it. The Bench comprising commission president Justice DK Jain (retd) and member Rekha Gupta decided 18 of the 24 cases listed for hearing.

Consumer forum
Vishal Mega Mart fined for selling defective trolley bag
Panchkula, November 21
Giving a defective trolley bag to a customer cost Vishal Mega Mart in Sector 5 here dear. The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum today directed the retailer to either replace the bag or pay back Rs 2,299, the cost of the bag, to the complainant along with interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum. Also, Vishal Mega Mart has been directed to pay an amount of Rs 5,000 as compensation for mental agony and harassment caused to the complainant.

3-yr-old’s kidnapping: Main accused get bail
Chandigarh, November 21
The special court for crime against women, Anshu Shukla today granted bail to Jagpal Beniwal, the main accused in the kidnapping of three-year-old Harmione, aka Eddu, daughter of his business partner in January last year. Beniwal was arrested by the police six months after he kidnapped the minor seeking ransom. Beniwal was released on bail on November 18 on medical grounds.

Eviction case
Rs 25,000 costs imposed on UT Estate Officer
Chandigarh, November 21
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today imposed Rs 25,000 as costs on the UT Estate Officer in a case where a notice was issued to a city resident under the Punjab Premises (eviction of unauthorised occupants) Act, 1971.

ndps case
Charges framed against seven
Chandigarh, November 21
A local court today framed charges of drug peddling against seven persons, including two women. The case has been adjourned for recording evidences on December 10. The court framed charges against accused Suresh Kumar of Kullu, Guddu Ram of Kullu, Ramesh Kumar of Sonipat, Punam Chand of Pushkar, sisters Chandro Devi and Asha Devi of Kullu and Budh Ram of Kullu were arrested by the sleuths of the Narcotics Control Bureau in March this year. The accused were arrested with 7.2 kg of charas worth Rs 7 lakh in the local market.


Man arrested for assaulting wife
Chandigarh, November 21
The Chandigarh Police arrested Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Sector 33, here, for molesting, assaulting and threatening his wife near Tribune Chowk. The accused is son of Gurdeep Singh Manchanda, who was arrested in the case of multi-crore hawala transactions made for NRI drug peddler Anoop Singh Kahlon, who is an accomplice of drug lord Jagdish Bhola.

Theft at house in Sector 78
Mohali, November 21
Thieves struck a locked house in Sector 78 here and decamped with cash, gold jewellery, silver utensils, an LED and other items. The matter came to light when Jagdeep Khanna, who lives as a tenant in the house and was away to Hyderabad, returned after four days today. His wife had gone to her parents’ house in Nangal. “When we came back today, we found the lock on the main door broken and the house ransacked,” said Khanna, adding that thieves took away several valuable goods from the house and the exact loss was yet to be ascertained. TNS

Thieves strike at AAP office in Sector 41
Chandigarh, November 21
The office of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Sector 41 was burgled this afternoon. The office functions from House No. 22, which is owned by AAP worker HK Arora. In his complaint to the Sector 39 police station, Arora stated that thieves decamped with a computer, an air-conditioner, a water dispenser and three physiotherapy machines, worth about Rs 1 lakh. TNS


Delhi boys claim Dhruv Pandove Trophy
Mohali, November 21
Delhi’s sub-junior cricket team defeated Punjab to lift the Dhruv Pandove Trophy for Boys (U-14) at the PCA Cricket Stadium, here, today. The host Punjab side won the toss and scored 269 before getting all out in 86.4 overs. Ishan Goel remain the highest scorer for Punjab with 90 runs off 128 balls, inclusive of 13 boundaries and a six. He was equally supported by Arun Kalia (46 runs) and Satyam Sharma (43 runs).

SD school lift basketball title
Chandigarh, November 21
The basketball team of SD Public School, Sector 32, won the Indian School Basketball Championship that was concluded at New Public School, Sector 18, on Thursday. In the finals of the championship, the title winner outclassed the host, News Public School, (70-55). Earlier, the team achieved the feat by winning the Inter-School Basketball Championship for Boys (U-19) held at the basketball courts in Sector 46. In the final, the SD Public School defeated the SGGS Collegiate Public School, Sector 26, (104- 83). TNS

Members of the winning team of SD Public School-32 flash the victory sign in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

State women competition from Dec 11
Chandigarh, November 21
The UT Sports Department will host the Chandigarh State Women Competition from December 11 to 14 at various coaching centres under the disciplines of athletics, badminton, basketball, gymnastics, handball, hockey, kabaddi, kho-kho, lawn tennis, table tennis, volleyball and swimming. Interested teams can confirm their entries in writing, along with players’ DoB proof, with the District Sports Officer on or before December 5 (up to 5pm). TNS

Words of praise: Ace tennis player Leander Paes shows his appreciation after Garbine Muguruza hit a perfectly timed half-volley during the mixed doubles match of the CTL against Delhi’s Kevin Anderson and Jelena Jankovic at the CLTA courts in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday. The second day of the championship brought victory for the Punjab Marshalls. Tribune photo: Vicky gharu

Vikrant, Shreay win ITF doubles
Chandigarh, November 21
Vikrant Dahiya, a CHART) trainee from Haryana, while partnering with Shreay Gupta lifted their maiden title of 1st ITF doubles today. The winning pair defeated Ishaque Eqbal and Nihit Rawal in a well contested match (2-6, 6-3, 10-6). In the singles category, Vikrant lost to top seed Kushaan Nath (6-1 and 6-2). TNS


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