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De-silting work under lens
Chandigarh, April 26
The UT administration has installed CCTV cameras to check any congestion of machinery and equipment during de-silting work on 72 acres that have dried up at the regulator end of the Sukhna Lake here.

A CCTV camera being installed at the regulator end of the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh

Get moving fast: HC

A CCTV camera being installed at the regulator end of the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


The Chandigarh traffic police challans a car driver for over speeding on Madhya Marg in Chandigarh. The police launched a special drive on Monday in which 144 motorists were booked for over speeding and challaned another 70 drivers for miscellaneous offences.

The Chandigarh traffic police challans a car driver for over speeding on Madhya Marg in Chandigarh. The police launched a special drive on Monday in which 144 motorists were booked for over speeding and challaned another 70 drivers for miscellaneous offences. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Salaried class faces higher tax liability from next year
Chandigarh, April 26
The city’s salary earners should brace themselves for paying increased taxes once the ongoing census exercise is completed and the headcount officially declared. The reason: the union territory’s population is expected to cross the one million mark thereby putting salary earners in a higher tax bracket, especially those who provided housing facility by the employer.

Using ambulance to sneak out of hostel
Chandigarh, April 26
A major reshuffle of the staff of hostels on the Panjab University campus is now under way. While varsity officials cited the “lackadaisical” attitude of certain employees as the rationale behind the move, sources close to the PU health centre indicated the actual problem was the failure of the present hostel staff in identifying “false” medical complaints by hostellers during night hours.

Cop thrashes woman colleague
Chandigarh, April 26
High drama was witnessed at the Punjab Civil Balwinder Kaur and Jaswant Singh Secretariat, Sector 1, here when a Punjab Police head constable allegedly thrashed a woman colleague and slightly tore the collar of her kameez (shirt) following an altercation over an armchair.

Balwinder Kaur and Jaswant Singh

No freeway at Daria village
Panchayat levies entry tax on villagers
Chandigarh, April 26
The levy of “entry tax” at Daria near the Chandigarh railway station by the panchayat has snowballed into a major controversy with villagers up in arms against “financial exploitation” and demanding a high-level probe into the case.


MC turns blind eye to fire safety norms
Not sealed even a single restaurant till date 
Chandigarh, April 26
A major fire at Barbeque Nation, the multi-cuisine restaurant in Sector 26, early on Sunday morning due to a short circuit would have singed hundreds had it taken place during the peak business hours.
Vehicles parked indiscriminately in front of shops-cum-offices in Sector 35, making it virtually impossible for fire tenders to enter the area in the event of a fire breaking out (Left) and middle a fire hydrant with a three-inch pipeline on the rear wall of an SCO in Sector 35, violating fire safety norms that stipulate the pipe’s diameter should be at least four inches and (right)overhead water tanks and sundry items effectively blocking the access and exit points on the rooftop of the Sector 26 building that caught fire on Sunday . Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Admn swallows ‘slumdog’ term
Chandigarh, April 26
Stung by media criticism about the use of the term “slumdog” for slumchildren in a health survey, the UT administration was forced to swallow it’s own words and has today regretted for inadvertently hurting any feelings of any section of the society.

MC told to remove hoardings
Zirakpur, April 26
The Zirakpur Municipal Council president Narinder Sharma has asked the MC officials to remove the encroachments and hoardings along the roadside.

Councillors decide to stage walkout 
Chandigarh, April 26
Councillors of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation have decided to stage a walkout from the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) meeting scheduled for tomorrow till the authorities give satisfactory reply to their queries raised in the General House meeting a month back.

Recession blues still haunt Sector 17
Major brands shut their shops, move to other sectors  
Chandigarh, April 26
Recession may be on its way out, but in the prime commercial centre of Chandigarh - Sector 17 - the recession blues continue to haunt multinational companies (MNCs) and big corporates.

Threat to Fauna
Parrots losing home to e-Sampark centre!

Chandigarh, April 26
Thousands of parrots of the Sector 21 bird sanctuary will loose their home as the UT Administration has proposed to construct an e-Sampark centre in the sanctuary. Sources said the administration has decided to construct an e-Sampark centre in the bird sanctuary adjacent to a tubewell located there.

A Tribune photo

An encroachment in the greenbelt area in Phase III-A, Mohali. Encroachments galore in Mohali
Mohali, April 26
Encroachments on greenbelts and public parks are increasing by the day in the town with offenders indulging in violations and irregularities with impunity.

An encroachment in the greenbelt area in Phase III-A, Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Power shortage irks residents of Kalka, Pinjore
Panchkula, April 26
Even as sufficient power supply is available for residents here, the other parts of this district including Kalka, Pinjore, Raipur Rani and Barwala were facing severe power cuts.

Oustee opposes laying of sewer
GMADA says it has clearance
Mohali, April 26
Digging work to lay down the sewer in progress near the house of Dr Sher Singh, Family of an original oustee of Chandigarh is fighting a losing battle with the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to save his land in Sohana village that had been allotted to him following its displacement in 1950’s.

Digging work to lay down the sewer in progress near the house of Dr Sher Singh, an oustee, in Sector 77 of Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Gill’s agenda: Right to contest for golfers
Chandigarh, April 26
For Birinder Singh Gill, who was re-elected the president of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today, getting professional golfers the right to contest in the club elections will be the topmost agenda. Revealing his roadmap for development of the club during his forthcoming term, Gill said, “My preference is to get the professional golfers the right to contest.” “Thsis time no stone will be left unturned for the purpose. The issue will be taken up at the EGM (extraordinary general body meeting) scheduled to be held on June 30 where we will try to resume the right to contest for our professional golfers,” said Gill.

A schoolgirl uses her bag to shield herself from the sun on a hot Monday afternoon at Sector 26, Chandigarh. Mercury rises again, touches 39.7° C
Chandigarh, April 26
After a few days of respite from the heat wave, maximum temperature in the city and neighbouring areas of Punjab and Haryana have started rising again.

A schoolgirl uses her bag to shield herself from the sun on a hot Monday afternoon at Sector 26, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal 

Consumer body condemns power tariff hike
Mohali, April 26
The Consumer Protection and Awareness Council has condemned the Power Board for hiking tariff, which will prove to be a great financial burden on residents.

Liquor vends shut down
Mohali, April 26
The illegal vends that had sprung up in Zirakpur along Punjab’s border with UT have been closed down.

Bank donates ambulance
Chandigarh, April 26
The State Bank of India today donated an ambulance to the Indian Red Cross Society. Rita Bhattacharyya, wife of SK Bhattacharyya, managing director and CCRO, SBI, handed over the keys of the ambulance to Ashok Behal, secretary, Indian Red Cross Society.

Census control room
Chandigarh, April 26
For sorting out queries related to house listing, the National Population Register has set up a control room in the Office of Director of Census Operations, Chandigarh, at the Janganana Bhawan, Plot No. 2-B, Sector-19, Madhya Marg.

Punjabi journalist honoured
Chandigarh, April 26
Mehar Singh Rawel Memorial Charitable Trust today honoured Punjabi journalist Kirat Singh Inqulabi, Editor of Jehlam, Srinagar, at an award function at Vivek High School.

City Parks not so rosy

Once a beautiful park, this Sector 35 park is crying for the Municipal Corporation’s attention
Belongings of an owner of a dwelling unit lie in the open defacing a park in Sector 22
A safai karamchari does a routine inspection of municipal waste waiting to be lifted in Sector 8
Waste lying on a road with a municipal garbage container in the background in Sector 19 Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan


Students apprise DUI of staff crunch
Chandigarh, April 26
Students of Danwantari Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, affiliated to Panjab University, today met the Dean University Instructions (DUI) regarding faculty crunch at their college.

Errors in online form will be fixed

Chandigarh, April 26
Amidst confusion among students on the process of filling up form for UGC’s National Eligibility Test (NET), the UGC today informed the Punjabi Department at Panjab University that any errors in the online filling up of forms by students could be rectified on the manual form at the centre in PU.


2 held with illegal sugar
Rajpura, April 26
The police today arrested two people for illegally carrying 50 quintal sugar in truck near Rajpura.

Man falls off train, dies
Rajpura, April 26
A 20-year-old unidentified man fell off from a speeding train and died near the Rajpura Railway Station.

Man robbed off car
Bassi Pathana, April 26
A man was looted of his car and belongings when he gave a lift to two unidentified persons in his car. After boarding his car, the miscreants offered him sweet lassi mixed with intoxicants, which made him unconscious. They then threw him in the bushes on the roadside and drove away with all his belongings.

Improved wheat varieties register increase in yield 
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 26
A standing wheat crop in Fatehgarh Sahib The yield per hectare of wheat has registered a rise this season in Fatehgarh Sahib. Farmers attribute it to use of improved wheat varieties.

A standing wheat crop in Fatehgarh Sahib. Photo by writer

Industrial scrap gutted
Kalka, April 26
In a fire incident today, industrial scrap worth thousands of rupees was gutted. According to information available, the incident took place in Madhanwala village of Pinjore Block, adjacent to National Highway 21-A on the Pinjore-Nalagarh Highway.

Abhinandan claims  top honours
Ambala, April 26
The two-day Open Chess Tournament in the city got underway at Congress Bhawan, Ambala Cantt, in which Nirmal Singh, a Congress leader was the chief guest.

JCBL plant II lads lift trophy
Ambala, April 26
JCBL, Lalru, organised a cricket tournament at the Police Line, Ambala  City, which was concluded today.

Murder Case : Accused gets life term
Ambala, April 26
District and Sessions Judge RK Bishnoi sentenced life imprisonment to Sahib Singh, a resident of Kakru village near Ambala City, for murdering a six-year-old boy Gaurav.

BJP raps Haryana govt for levying house tax
Ambala, April 26
BJP legislator Anil Vij today rapped the Haryana government here for levying house tax in the state again.


Charges framed against youth in murder case
Chandigarh, April 26
A local court today framed charges against a youth who allegedly killed a 50-year-old beggar in Mauli Jagran last December last year after the latter refused to have sex with him. The suspect, Krishan alias Patra, was heavily drunk when he reportedly hit the beggar with a brick in a fit of anger on December 4 night.

Insurance firm told to pay Rs 1.2 lakh 
Consumer commission quashes district forum order
Chanidgarh, April 26
Disposing of an appeal filed by a Mohali resident, Lakhvinder Singh, against the decision of District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I, Chandigarh, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Chandigarh, has directed the United India Insurance Company to pay Rs 1,20,525 along with interest at the rate of 7 per cent to the complainant.


Pistol seized from SOPU supporter
Chandigarh, April 26
The police today claimed to have seized a country-made pistol from Amandeep Singh Multani, who was arrested with Gokul Setia, on Saturday for their alleged involvement in a shootout and a brawl, respectively, last year.

Cop's son held for fraud
Chandigarh, April 26
The police today arrested Bhupinder Singh, a home guard volunteer and son of a former Chandigarh Police inspector, on charges of allegedly cheating a woman promising her a job with the Chandigarh Police.

Thieves decamp with cash, jewellery
Zirakpur, April 26 Jewellery and cash were stolen from the house of Army official at Hill View Enclave, Dhakoli, on Sunday when he was out of town.

Two arrested for snatching
Panchkula, April 26
The local police today arrested two chain snatchers here, who had snatched a chain of a women about 20 days back near the Amartex Chowk.


Gill is golf club president again
Chandigarh, April 26
Sitting president Birinder Singh Gill was elected president of the Chandigarh Golf Club (CGC) for the second term, defeating his rival Gurjit Singh Lehal with a margin of 368 votes. An elated Gill claimed this to be the highest-ever margin for this post in the club’s history. Out of the total 1,066 votes polled, 717 were polled in the favour of Gill. Lehal, on the other hand, polled 349 votes in the elections held yesterday.

Jotpal, Abhilasha enter pre-quarters
Mohali, April 26
Jotpal Jassowal of Punjab and Abhilasha Mudgil of Haryana entered the pre-quarterfinals of the Under-14 Manav Mangal Total Tennis AITA Talent Series held on Manav Mangal school premises in Phase X here today.

Ajit gets better of Madhur
Chandigarh, April 26
Ajit Bateja defeated second seed Madhur Mukhi in junior snooker by 2-0 (65-29, 66-34) in the opening match of the Chandigarh (UT) Billiards and Snooker Championship, which began at Sector 22 here today.

City lads amass 241 runs in first innings
Mohali, April 26
With the fine partnership of 88 runs stitched between openers Simranpreet Singh and Shivam Bhambri, the Chandigarh team put on 241 runs for seven in the first innings of the three-day final of the Under-16 Inter-District Cricket Tournament for ML Markan Trophy against Patiala district at the PCA Stadium here today.

A batsman tries to play a shot on the first day of the final of the Markan Trophy at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Shiv, Monu to lead ball badminton teams
Chandigarh, April 26
Shiv Kumar and Monu Dhiman will lead Chandigarh men and women teams, respectively, in the 55th Senior Ball Badminton Championship to be held at Nandyal, Karnul district, Andhra Pradesh, from May 2 to May 6, according to Chandigarh Ball Badminton Association secretary Inderjit Singh Puri.



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