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Minister’s move catches Mohali Mayor off guard
Mayor Kulwant Singh inaugurates an open gym in Mohali on Sunday. The gym was already inaugurated by Punjab minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Minister’s move catches Mohali Mayor off guard

Sidhu opens 2 gyms a day before Kulwant was to do the honours10 Dec 2018 | 2:14 PM

MOHALI: A “pre-emptive strike” by a local minister last night has caught Mohali’s first citizen off guard. While Mohali Mayor Kulwant Singh was scheduled to inaugurate two open gyms, here this morning, Punjab minister and local Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu quietly did the honours last evening.

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Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service
Mohali, December 9

A “pre-emptive strike” by a local minister last night has caught Mohali’s first citizen off guard. While Mohali Mayor Kulwant Singh was scheduled to inaugurate two open gyms, set up at parks in two wards (1 and 24), here this morning, Punjab minister and local Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu quietly did the honours last evening, leaving the Mayor and his supporters upset and shocked.

Conflicts between the friends-turned-foes, Sidhu and Kulwant Singh, are an open secret. Kulwant now owes allegiance to the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Today, when Mayor Kulwant Singh reached Phase 9 and Phase 1 to inaugurate two open gyms for which the Mohali Municipal Corporation had allocated funds (around Rs 4.50 lakh each), he was shocked to learn that Sidhu had already done the honours last evening.

“It’s shocking. I don’t know what to say. The minister has nothing to do with these gyms, which are being set up by the Municipal Corporation. Moreover, both wards have our (SAD) councillors, who put in a lot of efforts in getting gyms for their area,” said Kulwant Singh, who inaugurated the gyms again today. 

Councillors from these wards — RP Sharma and KS Ruby — were also upset over yesterday’s development. “We never expected this from the minister. How could he inaugurate the gyms when he has no involvement in the project,” said the councillors.

Paramjit Singh Kahlon, another senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillor, termed it “dirty politics” on the part of Sidhu. “He just wants to take credits for all works,” said Kahlon.

IndiGo not to fly Dubai for 2 months

IndiGo not to fly Dubai for 2 months

10 Dec 2018 | 1:15 PM

MOHALI: After the withdrawal of the Bangkok flight from the city, the flight operations to Dubai will also soon be suspended temporarily.

Woman kidnaps 3-yr-old, held

Woman kidnaps 3-yr-old, held

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

MOHALI: The local police have arrested a woman for allegedly kidnapping a three-year-old girl of a migrant family from the Sohana area here.

16 arrested for not getting tenant verification done

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: The UT police have initiated a drive against landlords who fail to get tenant verification done by the police.

Man’s body found hanging from tree

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: A 35-year-old man was found hanging from a tree opposite the District Courts Complex in Sector 43 on Sunday morning.

Two thieves in police net

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: Two thieves have been arrested with four stolen two-wheelers and other items.

Agri land near IT Park being misused

Agri land near IT Park being misused

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: Despite a ban, commercial activities and construction of new structures on agricultural land near IT Park are going on with impunity.

illegal vendors irk traders, visitorsstate of markets Sector 7

illegal vendors irk traders, visitors

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

Chandigarh: The Sector 7 market is in a state of neglect. Dilapidated toilets, illegal vendors, poor sanitation and insufficient parking space are some of the problems that traders and visitors to the market face on a daily basis.

ACTING TOUGH

PU VC warns dept heads against skipping meets

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Raj Kumar has warned the chairpersons of all departments against skipping meetings and asked them to send their representatives if they cannot come.

Prof Tomar resigns as Dean Research

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: Prof SK Tomar resigned from the post of Dean Research on Sunday.

SCHOOL NOTES

St Soldier Convent School

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

St Soldier International Convent School, Phase VII, Mohali, witnessed a day of fun and laughter as it organised a fete as a concluding event of silver jubilee celebrations.

Welfare panel visits Snehalaya

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

Chandigarh: The Social Welfare Committee of the UT Administration led by its Chairman Satya Pal Jain on Sunday visited Snehalaya, a home for the destitute in Maloya.

French paper out of syllabus

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: BA final year students of the Government College for Girls have submitted a representation to the Punjab University, saying French paper, which was held on December 7, was out of syllabus.

Rahul, Manmohan in Mohali today

Rahul, Manmohan in Mohali today

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

NEW DELHI/MOHALI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be in Mohali, Punjab, tomorrow to relaunch the Hindi version of the National Herald publication.

Two youths attacked, robbed of bike

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

PANCHKULA: The local police booked unidentified youths for thrashing two Mani Majra residents in the Sector 7 market here today.

Patients cold-shouldered at PGI

Patients cold-shouldered at PGI

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: Patients are facing trouble due to the alleged mismanagement at the ENT OPD of the PGI.

Check drinking in parks, CRAWFED urges SSP

Check drinking in parks, CRAWFED urges SSP

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: Members of the Chandigarh Residents’ Associations Welfare Federation (CRAWFED) have expressed concern over an increase in crime in the city.

Traders to begin stir on Dec 12

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: Demanding implementation of a decision of the UT Administration that declared Sector 17 as a no-vending zone, traders of the market have decided to start an agitation from December 12.

Cong leaders meet dwellers of Indira Colony

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh Congress Urban -II and the Block Congress Committee, Mani Majra, held a public meeting at Indira Colony here today.

Ex-councillor loses earrings to snatchers

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

KHARAR: Two motorcycle-borne youths sped away after snatching earrings of a former member of the local Municipal Council here on Saturday evening.

Constitution of RWA-MHC amended for transparency

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Residents’ Welfare Association Modern Housing Complex (RWA-MHC), Mani Majra, has changed the constitution of the association during the annual general body meeting held here today.

165 vendors challaned

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Municipal Corporation (MC) issued 165 challans to illegal vendors during an anti-encroachment drive carried out in the city today.

Reporter's Diary

Flowers first

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

Though the Chandigarh Administration has not received any official confirmation on the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the city to hand over the keys of the flats constructed at Maloya to beneficiaries from the EWS category under a rehabilitation scheme, officials have started making preparations for the visit.

Wrong parking in Zirakpur spells chaos on roads

Wrong parking in Zirakpur spells chaos on roads

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

ZIRAKPUR: Though the traffic police claim to have launched a crackdown on illegal parking on roadsides by issuing challans to violators, the move does not seem to have worked as a deterrent for offenders as traffic congestion in inner areas as well on the Zirakpur stretch is still a common sight.

Shivalik Enclave residents demand copy of resolutionTakeover of colony by the MC

Shivalik Enclave residents demand copy of resolution

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

KHARAR: Residents of Shivalik Enclave situated on the Landran road gave a memorandum to Kharar Municipal Council president Anju Chander demanding all documents related to taking over of the colony by the civic body in 2011 without providing any facilities by the builder to them.

Music maestro Dolly Guleria enthrals senior citizens

Music maestro Dolly Guleria enthrals senior citizens

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: An annual award function-2018 was organised by the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association Chapter 6 at the Guru Nanak Public School- 36 auditorium here today.

Authorities blame bad weather as 3 trains arrive late

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: Winters don’t make it easy for public transport services, especially Railways.

Vistadome coach to be introduced on Kalka-Shimla section

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: Ambala Division of the Northern Railways will introduce a Vistadome coach on the world heritage Kalka-Shimla section from December 11.

Docs from Haryana weave magic at IMA cultural evening

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

Chandigarh: As many as 56 member doctors of Indian Medical Association ( IMA) from all over Haryana virtually administered an overdose of entertainment at a state-level mega musical contest, organised by the IMA Panchkula, at the Navrang Theatre Balbhavan here today.

wATER WOES IN pANCHKULA

HHRC directs officials to take corrective measures

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

PANCHKULA: Taking cognizance of a report regarding the supply of unhygienic drinking water from Kaushalya Dam to Panchkula published in a daily about three years ago, Justice SK Mittal, Chairperson of the Haryana Human Rights Commission (HHRC) and Justice KC Puri has directed the authorities concerned to take corrective measures to sort out the grievances of the residents.

1,403 cases settled in Lok Adalat

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

FATEHGARH SAHIB: Under the directive of National Legal Services Authority, a National Lok Adalat was held in the town under the supervision of District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Fatehgarh Sahib, RS Rai on Saturday.

Waste management needs proper infra, awarenessOpen House response

Waste management needs proper infra, awareness

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

At the outset, the proposal of the MC for collecting garbage in the city is acceptable. Keeping in view the experience of the past few months, it has been observed that the MC needs to streamline one of the most difficult tasks — garbage management.

Unending privacy issuesHave Your Say

Unending privacy issues

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

Right to privacy was declared an intrinsic part of the right to life by the Supreme Court, still the government does not take any credible steps to check the breach of privacy by social media sites like Facebook.

Man held for unnatural sex

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

DERA BASSI: A case of cruelty to animal was reported from Behra village near Dera Bassi wherein a 21-year-old youth was arrested for allegedly having sex with a cow on Saturday night.

1 yr on, MC to start dog sterilisation drive in city

1 yr on, MC to start dog sterilisation drive in city

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

PATIALA:The Municipal Corporation (MC) will finally begin the dog sterlisation drive from Monday after a gap of more than one year.

Religious event outside Health Minister’s house disrupts traffic

Religious event outside Health Minister’s house disrupts traffic

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

PATIALA:Traffic near and around the residence of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh remained hampered due to a private religious programme organised outside Health Minister Brahm Mohindra’s house on Sunday.

Seminar held on Gandhi

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

PATIALA:The Department of History, Punjabi University, organised a seminar dedicated to 150 years of birth celebrations of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on Friday.

Dept revokes transfer orders of 96 teachers

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

PATIALA:Fulfilling one of the demands of the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha, the Education Department cancelled the transfer of 96 SSA and RMSA teachers yesterday.

Tons by Ramandeep, Anmol put Punjab in commanding positionCol CK Nayudu Trophy

Tons by Ramandeep, Anmol put Punjab in commanding position

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH:Punjab batsmen put up a good show as Ramandeep Singh (148) and skipper Anmol Malhotra (104) raised a 199-run partnership to put the hosts ahead by 381runs against Tripura, in the ongoing Col CK Nayudu Trophy, at Dhruv Pandove Stadium in Patiala, on Sunday.

Shrawasti overpowers Sidhak for U-12 title

Shrawasti overpowers Sidhak for U-12 title

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH:Shrawasti edge past the scare of Sidhak Kaur before to win the final of the girls’ U-12 category on the concluding day of the Northridge Open Tennis Championship, here on Sunday.

Anura wins PGTI open, Aadil third

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: Sri Lankan Anura Rohana drove home the advantage in the final round at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) course on Sunday to register a comfortable three-shot victory at the PGTI’s Bengaluru Open Golf Championship 2018.

Saksham shines in Satluj’s victory

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

Chandigarh: Satluj Public School, Sector 4, defeated Chaman Lal DAV, Sector 11, by 69 runs in the U-14 Satluj Premier League, here on Saturday.

Kartikeya, Ayushi win tennis titles

Kartikeya, Ayushi win tennis titles

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: Kartikeya overpowered Hriday 5-1 to win the boys U-14 category final on the concluding day of the Sunrise Open Tennis Tournament at the Chandigarh Club, Sector 1.

Ankur School win gymnastics title, Aavya adjudged best

Ankur School win gymnastics title, Aavya adjudged best

10 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH:Ankur Public School, Sector 14, bagged overall team championship on the concluding day of the State Sub-juniors Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship, at the Sector 7 Sports Complex.

Jaiveer bags rich haul of medals at Delhi Horse ShowSports Brief

Jaiveer bags rich haul of medals at Delhi Horse Show

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Chandigarh: Ten-year-old Jaiveer Makkar brought laurels to the city by winning a rich haul of medals in the Delhi Horse Show, at the Army Polo and Race Course (APRC), organised by the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI).

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