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Land-use bonanza for city’s Industrial Area
Height of buildings, floor area to double, plots to be amalgamated
Chandigarh, May 30
In a first bold step of its kind since the inception of the city, the Chandigarh Administration will permit buildings in the Industrial Area to have double the existing height and amalgamation of two or more plots, thus paving way for full-scale use of the existing industrial buildings as commercial buildings.

Private colonisation in periphery may be okayed
Punjab evolving new policy for Chandigarh
Mohali, May 30
The Punjab Government is considering allowing private colonisation in Chandigarh’s periphery. A proposal to this effect now forms a part of the periphery policy being evolved for the state by the high-powered committee headed by the Chief Secretary, Mr Jai Singh Gill.

New DC Rao to get work he wants
Admn undergoes change of heart
Chandigarh, May 30
Two days after the stripping the new Deputy Commissioner, Mr R.K. Rao, of important charges, the Chandigarh Administration today had a change of heart, saying Mr Rao would be given whatever work he chose.
Mr R.K. Rao on his way to join as a new Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh at his office in Sector 17 Mr R.K. Rao on his way to join as a new Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh at his office in Sector 17 on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


SHO sent to Police Lines
Hallo Majra episode
Chandigarh, May 30
The Inspector General of Police, Chandigarh, Mr Satish Chandra, today in an order summoned the controversial SHO of Sector 31 police station, Mr Kewal Krishan, to the Police Lines with immediate effect.

Rejection rate by banks very high
Loans under Swaran Jayanti Rozgar Yojna
Chandigarh, May 30
If the abysmally low figures of the beneficiaries are any indication about loopholes in a self-employment scheme, more than 75 per cent cases approved by thze Municipal Corporation for loans under the Swaran Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yogna have been rejected by the banks.

Panjab varsity declares CET results
Chandigarh, May 30
Panjab University today declared the results for Common Entrance Test held on May 24. Ankit Goel bagged first position in law group by securing 91.25 per cent whereas Mayank Sardana stood first in physics, chemistry, biology group by securing 310 marks.

The city is facing the hydra of encroachments not only on vacant plots but also in different markets. In most of the major markets the shopkeepers consider it their right to expand their shops on to the corridors meant for the convenience of shoppers. The shoppers have either to squeeze through the corridors or move out and bear the scorching sun.


City should lead by example in safety: Pant
Chandigarh, May 30
“Chandigarh being a planned city has the potential to include all safety measures and also implement these as per the bylaws and guidelines. Chandigarh can take the lead in providing safer human settlement and also setting up examples for others to follow.”

Mr KC Pant, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission (left), discusses a point with an engineer during a seminar on "Safety in construction" organised by the Institution of Engineers (India) at Kalagram in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Mr KC Pant, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, discusses a point with an engineer during a seminar on "Safety in construction"

Anti-theft device that alerts you on cellphone
Chandigarh, May 30
This young man lives to invent and what’s more, his ‘thingamujigs’ are about to reach a wider audience! An anti-theft device developed by 26 year-old Mu Uma Magesh was spotted by a local firm, Sri Ganesh Electro Tech, on SUN TV in their Tamil programme, “Our Hometown Scientist” which featured this innovation.

Meat scam: Saharanpur MC asked to verify facts
Chandigarh, May 30
The Punjab Forests and Wildlife Department has written to the Saharanpur Municipal Commissioner and the Department of Animal Husbandry, Saharanpur, asking them to monitor the supply of meat of dead animals to the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park (Chhat Bir) inmates.

Demolition of Guru Nanak Colony put off again
Mohali, May 30
For the nth time today the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority postponed indefinitely the demolition of the Guru Nanak Colony in Mohali. The unauthorised colony, one of the largest in the township, is home to over 3000 persons and has a cluster of at least 700 houses.

Miss India Earth coming today              
Chandigarh, May 30
Miss Niharika Singh, the new Femina Miss India Earth, will be visiting the city tomorrow on her maiden visit after winning the coveted title. She will be giving away diplomas to students of the National Institute of Fashion Design at the institute’s annual convocation here tomorrow.               Miss Niharika Singh

Miss Niharika Singh

Fauji Beat
Settle Kashmir problem to stop killings
IF after two great wars the warring countries could come together, then there is no reason why India and Pakistan after three short wars and Kargil conflict cannot find a lasting solution to the Kashmir problem.

Troops in Jammu and Kashmir are always on the alert. So are these jawans in the Kargil sector

Troops in Jammu and Kashmir are always on the alert. So are these jawans in the Kargil sector

Readers write
Kudos to Admn
With reference to the case of filing a false affidavit by a lawyer to get a housing society flat, (Chandigarh Tribune, May 5) a clear case of perjury; one must add that even if he has not filed an affidavit it cannot be assumed that the lawyer was unaware of the Administration’s terms and conditions for getting such a flat.

Apathy towards Rock Garden resented
Chandigarh, May 30
Mr Nek Chand, creator of Rock Garden, expressed displeasure at the apathy of the administration towards the upkeep and utilty of government assets. “A new truck, bought to speed up the development at Rock Garden at Rs 7 lakh has been lying redundant for the past 15 months and has not been put to use due to the slipshod approach of the administration.”

A child quenching thirst from a low-pressure tap in Chandigarh
A TRICKLE OF LIFE: A child quenching thirst from a low-pressure tap in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tiwari

Farmers’ conference from June 5
Chandigarh, May 30
The All-India Kisan Morcha of the BJP will organise a two-day conference on the “failure of the first Green Revolution” from June 5 at Kisan Bhavan here. Giving this information at a press conference here today, Mr O.P. Dhankad, general secretary of the morcha, expressed concern at the plight of farmers in the country in the wake of mechanisation.

Local leaders congratulate Sonia
Chandigarh, May 30
Leaders of the local unit of Congress, aligned to the group of Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, the local MP, today called upon Mrs Sonia Gandhi, President of the All India Congress Committee in New Delhi, to congratulate her on unopposed election as the President of the AICC.

Protest against hike in cable rates
Mohali, May 30
Members of the People’s Welfare Association, Sector 71 here today protested against the sharp increase in cable TV rates by M/S New Cable Network and other cable operators.

Residents forced to sweat it out
Panchkula, May 30
Following a major power shutdown in the township, residents were forced to sweat it out. This also led to a severe water shortage in most sectors of the township.

Residents’ body holds meeting
Mohali, May 30
Members of the Citizen’s Welfare Council, Phase X, today met under the chairmanship of president of the council Kirpal Singh Lalpura.

Coop society members demand poll
Chandigarh, May 30
A deputation of the Chandigarh City Beautiful House Building Cooperative Society, led by Mr GS Sindra, met Mr SK Setia, Joint Registrar, Cooperative Societies, here today.


Bride, groom kin clash; 10 held
Chandigarh, May 30
Unhappy with the marriage of their daughter, parents of a Hoshiarpur based girl today clashed with family members of boys on the Punjab and Haryana High Court premises. The police arrested 10 persons belonging to both families, including the newly wed couple, for apprehension of breach of peace.

Head Constable held taking Rs 2,000
Chandigarh, May 30
The CBI today arrested a Head Constable in Sector 10 while he was taking Rs 2,000 as a bribe from a teashop owner. This is the second instance in a month, when a Head Constable was trapped red-handed while taking bribe.

Two held for snatching mobile
Chandigarh, May 30
Two youths were arrested for snatching a mobile phone, while two unidentified scooterists snatched a wallet from a man late last night. Gopinder Koshan of Sector 23 and Deepak of Sector 22-D were arrested while snatching a mobile phone from Rakesh Kumar of Burail village from Sector 21 late last night.

Body identified
Chandigarh, May 30
The local police has identified the body found floating in the Sukhana Lake on Saturday morning as that of Rohit Arora (20), a resident of Faridkot district. The police contacted the family members of deceased and they recognised the body.

2 held for carrying liquor
Chandigarh, May 30
The local police today arrested two persons for carrying 30 cartons of illicit liquor and impounded the car they were using to smuggle the liquor. According to the police, on receiving information a police party consisting of Sub-Inspector Pritam Singh and ASI Amanjot Singh arrested Gurinder Singh of Sector 45 and Dinesh Kumar of Sector 12 Panchkula from Sector 48.

13-year-old dies in mishap
Mohali, May 30
A 13-year-old child was killed in an accident near Kumbra village here today. According to the police, Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Kumbra, who was riding a bicycle got seriously injured after a collision with a motor cycle.


Protesters seek relief in VAT
Mohali, May 30
Members of the Industrial Welfare Association of Phase IX here staged a protest in front of the office of the SDM today demanding relief in VAT for units. The protesters raised slogans and blocked traffic for a short time.


Exploring hidden talents of kids
Panchkula, May 30
It’s a workshop with a difference — a workshop where mothers and children are being provided a chance to do things of their interest and hone talent. At The British School in Sector 8, on the second week of the fortnight-long workshop enthused mothers and happy children tried their hand at painting and meditation.

Mothers participate in a summer workshop at The British School, Sector 8 in Panchkula on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Mothers participate in a summer workshop at The British School, Sector 8 in Panchkula

Camps for kids to beat summer languor
Mohali, May 30
It’s summer camp time in the town. To beat the summer heat, innovative and exciting summer camps, aimed at developing the latent skills of children while keeping them happily occupied, have been introduced.

Importance of maths highlighted
Chandigarh, May 30
Mathematics Training and Talent Search Programme (M.T. & T.S. 2005 — Level O) was inaugurated by Prof J.K. Gupta, Dean, University Instruction, at the Department of Mathematics, Panjab University today.

Workshop on improving life skills
Panchkula, May 30
A workshop on how to maximise people’s skills for the over-all development of society was organised by The Skills Academy here today. The one-day workshop by Mr Prabal, president of the academy, saw corporates from BEL factory, Panchkula, Solan and Baddi participate in the seminar.
Mr Sanjeev Kalra, DIG, Punjab Police, Mrs Satnam Kaur, Senate Member of Panjab University, and others during a seminar “Be A Star Performer”
Mr Sanjeev Kalra, DIG, Punjab Police (second from right), Mrs Satnam Kaur, Senate Member of Panjab University (extreme right), and others during a seminar “Be A Star Performer” organised by The Skills Academy, Delhi, at Red Bishop in Panchkula on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

B.Ed forms submission date extended
Chandigarh, May 30
In the reference to the advertisement appeared in some newspaper dated May 7 and May 8, the Panjab University is holding joint B.Ed Entrance test-2005 for admission to the colleges of education in Punjab and UT, Chandigarh.

Tests for Army Sports Institute
Chandigarh, May 30
The Army Sports Institute, Pune, under the aegis of Headquarters Western Command, will carry out a talent selection drive for young boys to join the institute. A screening test for boys in the age group of 10-14 years is being conducted at various places by a team from the institute in June.

Foundation Day celebrated
Mohali, May 30
DAV School, Ph X, Mohali celebrated its fourth Foundation Day here today. To mark the occasion a havana was performed in which all the staff members and the senior students took part.


40 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Chandigarh, May 30
As many as 40 cases were settled and an amount of Rs 20.77 lakh awarded as compensation at a Lok Adalat organised by the State Legal Services Authority here today.


Adding colour to special lives
Chandigarh, May 30
A special art project was introduced by the Social Welfare Department at the Juvenile Home in Sector 15 today to help channel the energies and latent skills of boys confined to the home. The unique endeavour is the brainchild of director of the department Madhvi Kataria, who has had this plan up her sleeve for a while now.

An artistic impression of a boy of the Juvenile Home, Sector 15, Chandigarh.

An artistic impression of a boy of the Juvenile Home, Sector 15, Chandigarh


Painting exhibition begins
“Mein aakash nahin kshitij chhuuna chahti hoon, Udnaa nahin mein chalna chahti hoon…” (I wish to access the horizons not the sky, and love to walk than to fly..) The scribbled note from the poetess painter, Nirmala Singh, greets you to her repertoire of 35 attractive exhibits adorning Gallery Jodh here.

Nirmala Singh with her work at an exhibition in Sector-11, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Nirmala Singh with her work at an exhibition in Sector-11, Chandigarh

Charismatic creations of nature on canvas
A distinct dissimilarity has been the salient feature of the life of Shiv Kumar Batish hailing from a sleepy village of Patiala district, now settled at Panchkula. Way back in early fifties while his schoolmates used to indulge in pranks or popular sports of the pastoral living the suave Shiv preferred to be lost in the cradle of nature, admiring its mysterious formations like tendrils laden with flowers, sprawling green fields and thick forests.

Shiv Kumar
Shiv Kumar


Six-month drive against AIDS soon
Panchkula, May 30
The Haryana Government will soon launch a six-month total awareness campaign on HIV/AIDS in the state, according to Chairperson, Haryana State AIDS Control Society and Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Health, Urvashi Gulati.


Kerala clinch softball trophy
Chandigarh, May 30
Six-time champions Madhya Pradesh cannot maintain tempo even after gaining first-innings advantage and lost to Kerala by10-8 verdict in the boys’ final of the 18th Sub-Junior National Softball Championship, concluded at the Government College for Men in Sector 11 here today.

The Kerala team in a jubilant mood after winning the Sub-Junior National Softball Tophy at GCM-11 in Chandigarh on Monday.

The Kerala team in a jubilant mood after winning the Sub-Junior National Softball Tophy at GCM-11 in Chandigarh

Trials to select city swimming teams held
Chandigarh, May 30
As many as 50 swimmers in both boys and girls’ sections have taken part in the trials to select the Chandigarh swimming teams in the sub-junior and junior sections for participating in the forthcoming National Sub-Junior and Junior Swimming meet to be held at Thiruvananthapuram and Kolkata in June and July.
Swimmers take part in the trials to select Chandigarh teams for the National Swimming meet at the Sector 23 swimming pool, Chandigarh
Swimmers take part in the trials to select Chandigarh teams for the National Swimming meet at the Sector 23 swimming pool, Chandigarh, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Zone A, Mohali score victories in Pandove trophy
Chandigarh, May 30
Minor District Zone A beat Ludhiana District on the basis of a first innings lead in Dhruv Pandove Trophy tournament at the grounds of St. John Public School, Sector 26, here today.

Harsimran sets new record
Chandigarh, May 30
Twelve-year-old Harsimran Kaur, a resident of Mohali, has brought laurels to her city when she set a new record in 1500 metre Butterfly event in the girls section to win gold medal in the 21st sub-junior and 30th Junior Punjab State Swimming Championships concluded last evening at Sangrur.

Wrestling tourney from June 3
Chandigarh, May 30
The Chandigarh UT Wrestling Association will organise the Chandigarh State Wrestling Championship from June 3 to June 5 at Wrestling Coaching Center, Sector 30, here.

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