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Shot in the arm for BJP
Chandigarh, November 28
The BJP today got a shot in the arm when former Senior Deputy Mayor and Congress councillor Rana Kashmiri Devi joined the BJP.
Rana Kashmiri Devi (centre) sits with BJP councillors during an MC meeting in Sector 17 after joining the party on Friday.
Rana Kashmiri Devi (centre) sits with BJP councillors during an MC meeting in Sector 17 after joining the party on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


Mayoral elections likely to be held on December 22 or 23
Chandigarh, November 28
The UT Administration is likely to hold the mayoral poll on December 22 or 23 instead of January 1. As the Deputy Commissioner’s letter in which he had sought the views of the House on deciding the date for the mayoral poll was not placed before the House for discussion, sources said the UT Administration would now decide on the issue on its own.

ruckus outside disco
5 women among 7 arrested 
Chandigarh, November 28
Five women and two men were arrested by the Chandigarh Police for allegedly creating a ruckus outside a discotheque, Crystal, in Sector 26 late last night. ASP (East) Parvinder Singh said the police control room received a call that two groups of men and women were fighting with each other outside the discotheque. “A police team reached the spot and rounded them up,” ASP Parvinder Singh said.



MC House meet a noisy affair
Chandigarh, November 28
High drama was witnessed during the MC House meeting today. After observing a two-minute silence over the demise of senior BJP leader Jai Ram Joshi, BJP leaders started thumping their tables to welcome Congress councillor Rana Kashmiri Devi into the party fold.

Differences in BJP over DC ‘sahab’
Chandigarh, November 28
Differences in the BJP over the Deputy Commissioner (DC) came to the fore in the MC House meeting today. During a discussion over the DC’s letter — wherein DC Mohammad Shayin had sought the MC House’s view on holding the Mayoral elections in December or January 1 — BJP’s leader of Opposition Arun Sood said, “DC ‘sahab’ had written a letter to seek views from the MC House but the Mayor did not place it before the house.”

Tribune Photos: Parvesh Chauhan

Panjab varsity hostel inmate complains of eve-teasing
Chandigarh, November 28
A resident of PU hostel has submitted a complaint of eve-teasing to the university’s security office this evening. The girl stated that around 8 pm when she was crossing the road near SBI ATM on the campus, a car bearing registration number HR31D0700 passed by and the men sitting inside it passed lewd comments leaving her embarrassed and shattered.

UT splurging on MP’s residence: Youth Cong
Chandigarh, November 28
Members of Chandigarh Youth Congress today staged a protest outside local MP Kirron Kher’s official residence in Sector 7 expressing their displeasure over allotment and renovation of the residence. Harmail Kesri, vice-president of the Congress youth wing, said the UT Administration was spending extravagantly on the MP’s residence.

3-day Chandigarh Carnival off to a colourful start
Chandigarh, November 28
The three-day Chandigarh Carnival with ‘Clean and Green Chandigarh’ as its theme kicked off at the Leisure Valley here today. UT Adviser KK Sharma took a round of the carnival village and declared the carnival open this afternoon. A host of events and exhibits are on display at the annual event of the Chandigarh Administration, held in the month of November for promotion of tourism, culture and festivity.

Artistes entertain visitors during the Chandigarh Carnival at the Leisure Valley in Sector 10 on Friday; and (right) comedian Rana Ranbir regales the audience. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari/Vicky Gharu

Man’s death
Injury marks deepen mystery
Panchkula, November 28
Mystery behind the death of 30-year-old Ram Sheesh deepened today. Injury marks were found on the body during the post mortem. Ram Sheesh was found dead outside his flat in Sector 26, on Thursday.

Followers desert Rampal
Chandigarh, November 28
The controversial sect head Rampal’s followers have deserted him within a week of his arrest. Rampal, who was surrounded by scores of followers a few weeks ago, today reached the High Court in a prison van, accompanied by only two vehicles of the Haryana Police.

Riot-hit families seek rehabilitation 
Victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots meet Dr Ajaib Singh (extreme right), Member, National Commission for Minorities, in Chandigarh on Friday. Chandigarh, November 28
After having migrated to Chandigarh from different states after their business establishments and houses were ruined, 98 victim families of 1984 anti-Sikh riots are still struggling for rehabilitation. They blamed the Chandigarh Administration for rejecting their applications, sought from the affected Sikh families, by giving them just a week’s time to stake their claims.

Victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots meet Dr Ajaib Singh (extreme right), Member, National Commission for Minorities, in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

DC seeks details on travel agents sans licence
Mohali, November 28
Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu has sought details from the SSP regarding travel agents, consultants and ticketing agents who have failed to apply for registration under the law.
Students take part in the Chandigarh Carnival parade, which was flagged off by UT Adviser KK Sharma from the Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Fun time: Students take part in the Chandigarh Carnival parade, which was flagged off by UT Adviser KK Sharma from the Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari P2

Command Hospital carries out first multi-organ transplant harvest
Chandigarh, November 28
The Western Command Hospital, Chandimandir, has carried out its first-ever successful multi-organ transplant harvest from a brain dead donor, an Army jawan, whose next of kin agreed to donate his organs. This has made the hospital the first medical institute in the northern India to achieve this expertise and it will gave a lease of life to at least three terminally ill patients.

Pay property tax, Mohali residents told
Mohali, November 28
Commissioner of the Mohali Municipal Corporation Uma Shankar Gupta has appealed to all those who had not paid their property tax to do the same so that the civic body was not compelled to initiate action to seal or attach the property of any resident.

Arjun Goyal wins Hindi declamation contest
Chandigarh, November 28
The Late Shri Gobind Gakkhar Smriti Trust organised a Hindi declamation contest and “Hasya Kavita Pratiyogita” at Arya Samaj, Sector 7B, Chandigarh. Students from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Haryana participated in these competitions.

PSEB employee suspended 
Mohali, November 28
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has suspended an employee of its Accounts Department in connection with a case of alleged embezzlement of lakhs of rupees. According to an order of the Secretary of the PSEB, GS Batth, a department probe had shown the alleged link of Savinder Kaur, senior assistant in the Accounts Department, in the matter.

DC invites e-complaints, suggestions
Panchkula, November 28
Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Vivek Atray today made an email ID-dcpanchkula@yahoo.com. Residents of the district can send their grievances and advices to the DC on the email ID.

Surjit Patar’s contribution lauded 
Mohali, November 28
The contribution of well known writer Surjit Patar to Punjabi literature was lauded at a function organised by the Punjab School Education Board here today. Patar interacted with employees of the board and the Education Department. A documentary was shown on the works of Surjit Patar. 


Call off strike in PU: DSW
Chandigarh, November 28
Coming down heavily on  various student parties protesting against the proposed 5 per cent fee hike in the new academic year, Dean Students Welfare Navdeep Goyal has directed the students to call off the strike.

From Schools
Derek’s challenge
Students of The British School, Sector 8, Panchkula, on Friday participated in Derek’s Challenge organised by Derek O’Brien and Associates. It was a quiz competition for two different categories of students. Derek’s Yippee Challenge was a nationwide contest for students of Classes V to VII. There were four teams for each show. Each team comprised three members, one each from class. Derek’s Faster Smarter Better Challenge was for students of Classes VIII to X. The winning teams qualify for the inter-school round of this challenge on December 5.

sports meet
St Joseph’s House adjudged overall winner 
Students during a sports meet at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School in Chandigarh. Chandigarh, November 28
The sports meet, “Sportivo Concorrenza”, of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School was held on the school premises here today. Brig MG Sekaran, who was the chief guest, declared the sports meet open, while school principal Sister Nisha administered the oath of fair play to the students.

Students during a sports meet at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

1,000 take part in sports meet
Panchkula, November 28
The annual sports day of Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, here, was celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm. Nearly The event opened with a march past by the contingents of the four houses of the school.



High Drama
Accident victims’ bodies swapped
Dera Bassi, November 28
High drama was witnessed at local Civil Hospital today over swapping of bodies of two youths, preserved in the morgue after their death in separate road accidents, on Thursday. The hospital staff was put to a quandary when Vishnu Kumar, father of Amarjit Singh, an employee of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), who died in a road accident at Sarseeni village near Lalru on Thursday, refused to take the body given to him by the hospital. He said it was not his son’s body.


Two get anticipatory bail in PGI paper leak scam
Chandigarh, November 28
The court of Special CBI Judge, Vimal Kumar, today granted anticipatory bail to two accused in the PGI scam that was unearthed in 2012. The court granted bail to T. Phaneendra Reddy and Ramana Kovilakaru.

Circuit Bench rues adjournment in cases of medical neglect
Chandigarh, November 28
Lamenting that a majority of medical negligence cases taken up by the Circuit Bench of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) here last week resulted in adjournment due to non-availability of advocates concerned, Justice (retd) VB Gupta, president of the Circuit Bench, said they were eager to hear these cases in Chandigarh as they had prepared for these.


3 bike theft cases in city
Chandigarh, November 28
Three cases of bike thefts were reported from the city. Sita Ram, a resident of Sector 34, reported that someone has stolen his motorcycle, which was parked near Kisan Mandi in Sector 15 here.


Youth Premier League
Haryana Heroes lift trophy
Chandigarh, November 28
Winners in a jubilant mood at Sector 16 in Chandigarh on Friday. The Punjab Panthers faltered at the last hurdle and conceded the winners’ trophy to Haryana Heroes in the Youth Premier League that concluded at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium today.
In the final, Rocky Ratta of the Haryana Heroes, who shared the man of the series title with Punjab Panthers’ skipper Bakhshish Singh, was unstoppable.In the match winning performance, he hit 5 fours and 5 sixes in a 67-run knock. He also claimed three Punjab Panthers wickets for a paltry 6 runs.

Winners in a jubilant mood at Sector 16 in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Table tennis trials on December 2
Chandigarh, November 28
The UT Sports Department will conduct trials to select the Chandigarh civil services table tennis team. The trials will be conducted at Table Tennis Hall in Sector 23 on December 2. The district sports officer, KS Bharti, said all fledged departments of the UT Administration can take part in the trials. The participants are advised to carry  their identity cards for verification.

GGS college log win in ball badminton meet
Chandigarh, November 28
The GGS College for Women, Chandigarh, clinched the title of the Panjab University Ball Badminton (Women) Championship for the session 2014-15. The PU Campus, Chandigarh, Dev Samaj College for Women, Chandigarh, and PG Government College, Sector 46, Chandigarh, secured second, third and fourth positions respectively.

New Public School shine in basketball meet
Chandigarh, November 28
During the first league match of the Rao Jai Singh Memorial Basketball Tournament (Boys), New Public School beat Guru Nanak Public School 37-11 while Kimbereley International School lost to Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sector 38, today.

Kings XI Punjab join hands with AIDS Healthcare Foundation 
Chandigarh, November 28
Kings XI Punjab, a community-driven team, has collaborated with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). The foundation provides medical care to AIDS-affected patients and their office has been registered as India Cares.



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