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Final touches being given to a multiplex ahead of its opening, in Srinagar on Sunday. (PTI)

Kashmir’s first multiplex set to open early next monthin Sonawar

Come September and film aficionados in Kashmir will be able to watch the latest movies on the big screen as the Valley's first multiplex is set to open in the Sonawar area here. The multiplex, being developed in collaboration with leading theatre chain INOX, will have three movie halls with a total capacity of 520 seats, its owner Vijay Dhar told PTI. It will house several food courts, where Dhar plans to promote local cuisine.

The accidents claimed the lives of a watchman, hailing from Uttarakhand, and an unidentified man. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Chandigarh: Two killed in hit-and-run accidents within 3 hours

A watchman heading out for work was mowed down by a Pepsu bus near the Sector 31-D beat box around 6 am on Friday morning. Police said the victim, Omprakash Nath Goswami of Uttarakhand worked as a watchman at Sanchita Complex in Sector 31 and also worked as a conductor for Asha Kiran School, Wing Air?Force Station. Three hours before the accident, a speeding car claimed the life of an unidentified man at the Sector 17/18 light point around 3 am.

Literati 2022 will begin with a mega kavi sammellan at the Indradhanush Auditorium on December 16 evening, which will be inaugurated by the Haryana chief minister.

Chandigarh: Literati to return with 10th edition on December 16

The 10th edition of Literati, the trilingual literature festival, is all set to go on floor from December 16 at Indradhanush Auditorium, Panchkula, and the Lake Club, Chandigarh. Bollywood actor Divya Dutta, journalist Rasheed Kidwai, Punjabi poet Surjit Patar,Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi chairperson Madhav Kaushik, writer Neelesh Kulkarni, poet Sudeep Sen, writer Rana Safvi and Vikram Sampath among others will attend the three-day festival.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association elections will be held on December 16. (HT File Photo)

Four in fray for Punjab and Haryana high court Bar body president’s post

As many as four lawyers are in the fray for the post of president of Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association whose elections will be held on December 16. These include Surjit Singh Swaich, GBS Dhillon, Santokhwinder S Grewal (Nabha) and Chouhan Satvinder Singh Sisodia. The names were declared on Friday after completion of process of withdrawal of names.

The Chandigarh court also dismissed inspector Amanjot Singh’s application for termination of proceedings. (HT Photo)

Charges framed against Chandigarh Police inspector for insulting court

Nearly eight months after inspector Amanjot Singh was accused of knowingly disobeying court directions, using intemperate language in court and causing obstructions, the court of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) on Friday framed charges against him. The trial against Amanjot, who is posted in the operation cell of Chandigarh Police in Sector 26, will begin on January 9, 2023, as he has pleaded not guilty. He turned up soon after, but in a civil dress.

The exam will be conducted from 10.30 am to 1 pm and the candidates will be allowed entry at the examination centres from 8.15 am to 10.15 am. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Chandigarh: Written exam for JBT recruitment on Dec 10

The UT education department will conduct the written examination for recruitment of 158 junior basic teachers (JBTs) on contractual basis under the Samagra Shiksha Scheme on Saturday (December 10). The exam will be conducted at 54 examination centres set up at 36 schools. The department had received over 20,000 applications for the 158 posts. Till Friday, over 16,000 candidates had also downloaded their admit cards.

Haryana chief secretary Sanjeev Kaushal inaugurated the 10th National Dragon Boat Racing Championship at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Friday. (AFP File Photo/for representation only)

National dragon boat racing championship begins in Chandigarh

Haryana chief secretary Sanjeev Kaushal inaugurated the 10th National Dragon Boat Racing Championship at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, on Friday. Inaugurating the event, the chief secretary commended the efforts of the Dragon Boat Federation of India for organising the 10th edition of the three-day boat racing event. Vinod Sharma, president of DBFI, vice-president Raj Kamal Dhanda and general secretary of Punjab Dragon Boat Association, Krishna Kamboj, were also present on the occasion.

The accused were identified as Amlesh Sahni and Ashok Sahni, both natives of Bihar. (iStock)

Two Bihar men held with 3 kg opium in Ambala

The CIA-1 unit of Ambala police arrested two men after recovering 3.10 kg opium and ?80,000 drug money from them. They were identified as Amlesh Sahni and Ashok Sahni, both natives of Bihar. ASP Pooja Dabla said the duo was nabbed with the contraband after a raid on Thursday and a case was registered at the Ambala Sadar police station. The accused will be presented before a court on Saturday, a spokesperson said.

Artistes from Pracheen Kala Kendra performing ‘Bharat Amrit Manthan’ at the festival at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Seven-day contemporary arts festival begins in Chandigarh

Punjab governor and UT administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Friday inaugurated the seven-day contemporary arts festival at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sector 27, Chandigarh. Being organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Infosys Foundation, the week-long festival will continue till December 15. On the first day, spiritual seeker Geet Rao performed a devotional song and artistes of Pracheen Kala Kendra presented the dance drama ?Bharat Amrit Manthan?.

Last week, on December 2, 2022, the court of judicial magistrate Komple Dhanjal had declared both men proclaimed offenders (POs). (iStock)

Chandigarh: Two men wanted for assaulting cop land in police net

On the run for over five years after assaulting a constable in Dadumajra in June 2017, two proclaimed offenders have been arrested. The accused, Sanju of Dadumajra Colony and John Bhatti, alias Laddi Bhatti, of New Maloya Colony, were booked on June 12, 2017, for assaulting constable Sunil Kumar. According to the complaint, the constable, along with another cop, had reached Dadumajra after an alert about a brawl.

In their appeal against the order, the shop owner and tenant contended that they had submitted the revised building plan in Sept 2015, much before the SDM (central) issued demolition order in June 2016 (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Chandigarh chief administrator sets aside order to demolish violation at Sec-15 shop

Coming to the aid of the owner of a Sector 15-based shop, the UT chief administrator has set aside a June 2016 order of the estate officer to demolish a violation at the shop and remanded it back for a judicious decision in the matter. During an inspection, it was found that the rear courtyard was changed without getting the revised building plan sanctioned from the competent authority.

The flyover starts near Hotel Ramada in Zirakpur and ends before the Chandigarh border, allowing commuters travelling between Chandigarh and Ambala to pass straight. (HT Photo)

New Chandigarh-Zirakpur flyover thrown open for public

The much-awaited Chandigarh-Zirakpur flyover was thrown open to the public on Friday. Work on the flyover had begun in September 2021 with an August 30, 2022, deadline. However, the public works department (PWD) pushed the deadline twice ? to October and then December. Consequently, for 15 months, commuters continued to deal with massive traffic jams while construction progressed at a snail's pace.

This is Lal Galli, the red street.

Delhiwale: This way to Lal Galli

It is late morning and M. Zameer New Fashion is still shuttered. But the boutique's banner (?costume designer in gents & all rounder?) is painted in red, and that is a point scorer. For one is on a spree to spot everything lal, or red. Because this is Lal Galli, the red street. But why is the street called red? A street-citizen buying Amul butter at Mahesh Store shakes his head, shrugs his shoulders.

Chandigarh police arrested a 30-year-old posing as a candidate in the fireman recruitment exam. (HT File)

Chandigarh police arrest 30-year-old posing as candidate in fireman recruitment exam

Police's crime branch has arrested a 30-year-old man who had appeared in the written exam for recruitments of firemen in place of the actual candidate. The accused, identified as Parteek of Sarsod, Hisar, Haryana, had appeared in place of Aman ? who had earlier been arrested on May 21, the day of the physical test. During investigation, Aman disclosed that a certain Parteek appeared in his place for the written exam and passed.

Unidentified swindlers duped a Sector-22 resident of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.74 lakh on the pretext of offering her a job. (Shutterstock)

Chandigarh woman seeking job duped of 1.74 lakh

Unidentified swindlers duped a Sector-22 resident of ?1.74 lakh on the pretext of offering hThe complainant, Tripti Puri'sa job. The complainant, Tripti Puri, said she had uploaded her resume on an online portal for and was approached by a Sandeep Kumar, who offered her a data entry job. She was asked to send money for different reasons including registration fees and quality check and ended up losing ?1.74 lakh in total.

The accused faked business transactions to claim GST benefits. (HT File)

New Delhi-based CA among five held for GST fraud in Chandigarh

A case was registered under Sections 420 (cheating), 467, 468, 471 (all forgery) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code had earlier been registered at the Sector 17 police station on December 13, 2019, following the complaint of Sanjeev Madaan, excise and taxation officer-cum-proper officer, ward number 1, Chandigarh, against proprietors of the AK Trading Company.

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