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Taps dry and power off for past two months

Imagine the horror in Darua village
Chandigarh, July 18
About 20,000 residents of Darua village have been living without water and electricity for the past two months. The situation has led to sleepless nights for villagers and their children have to miss school.
Hundreds of villagers of Darua queue up at the Chandigarh railway station on Wednesday, as they have been doing for the past two months, to fetch water.
Hundreds of villagers of Darua queue up at the Chandigarh railway station on Wednesday, as they have been doing for the past two months, to fetch water. — Photo Pankaj Sharma

Parents plead for help
Chandigarh, July 18
“She was forced to leave her bed in the middle of the night and was handed a thick medical manuscript.” Make notes of chapter two till 6 a.m., otherwise....” “If this was not enough, her friend was mentally tortured for days altogether and was asked to reveal embarrassing questions about her personal life.



A telegram that moved at snail’s pace
SAS Nagar, July 18
At a time when the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is a major telecom service provider, it takes infinite time for the department to deliver a telegram at Ludhiana.

60 more seats in PU Law Dept
Chandigarh, July 18
In a significant decision, Panjab University today created 60 additional seats in the first semester of the Department of Laws to accommodate candidates who had applied after the last date (July 2) for submission of admission forms.

Sukhna water near danger mark
Chandigarh, July 18
The water in Sukhna Lake is only 30 cm below the danger mark, which has made the Administration prepare to protect those who have encroached upon the government land near the water body.

‘Pakistanis have no business talking about Kashmir’
Chandigarh, July 18
The collapse of the Agra summit between India and Pakistan may have disappointed many. But it has not surprised anyone. The intractable of issue of Kashmir, which has bedeviled relations between the two neighbours for more than half a century, could not have been resolved at one meeting, even if the summiteers included leaders like Atal Behari Vajpayee and General Pervez Musharraf.

MCC sends report to Home Secy
Chandigarh, July 18
Departmental inquiries by various wings of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh ( MCC) have proved that soap was purchased from the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal’s firm during the past five to six months.

Air Chief Tipnis visits city
Chandigarh, July 18
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal A. Y. Tipnis, today paid a brief visit to the Air Force Station here. According to sources, the purpose of the visit was to discuss the modalities of organising the Air Force fleet Review with local authorities.


Tough trek didn’t shake their faith
Chandigarh, July 18
Unfazed by difficult terrain, harsh weather, scorching heat and everything else that nature can throw at them, traditional Shiva devotees or Kaanwarias carry the holy water of the Ganges to their native places every year.

A halting place for Kaanwarias, who are returning to their native places from Hardwar, along a road at Panchkula on Wednesday. — Photo Karam Singh

A halting place for Kaanwarias, who are returning to their native places from Hardwar, along a road at Panchkula on Wednesday.

Passport office errs
Chandigarh, July 18
The Regional Passport Office, Chandigarh has issued a passport almost 11 years ahead of time, which expires a day before the mentioned date of issuance, thus delaying a family’s pursuit for greener pastures in England.

‘Need to conserve energy’
Chandigarh, July 18
About 25 per cent of the energy consumed by the industry can be conserved if corrective measures are taken. The Secretary Industries of Haryana, Mr S.C. Chaudhary, said the bulk of energy consumers were in the unorganised sector and they should be made aware of the need to conserve energy.

Sikhs protest against the demolition of a gurdwara in Sector 49, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Protest against shrine demolition
Chandigarh, July 18
Several Sikh organisations today protested against the demolition of an illegal structure of Gurdwara Charan Kamal in Sector 49 here by the enforcement staff of the Chandigarh Administration recently.

Sikhs protest against the demolition of a gurdwara in Sector 49, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.— Photo Manoj Mahajan

Sikh society institutions remain closed
Chandigarh, July 18
All educational institutions run by the Sikh Educational Society in the city remained closed today. The institutions included the Guru Gobind Singh College for Boys, the Guru Gobind Singh College for Girls, and a pharmacy college in Sector 26.

Impersonation for booth allotment
Chandigarh, July 18
An NRI living in the USA allegedly tried to get a mechanic booth site allotted to him through an impostor. This came to the notice of the authorities when screening committee during spot verification reportedly found that the applicant, Mr Satnam Singh, who was currently in the USA, had applied for a booth site when he was in India. 

CBM reconstitution flayed
Chandigarh, July 18
The reconstitution of the executive body of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) by its president, Mr Jagdish Arora, has been termed “imbalanced and unconstitutional” by the Market Welfare Association, Sector 44-D.

Traders defer bandh
Panchkula, July 18
A delegation of occupants of booths sealed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) on July 16 were assured that a meeting with the Secretary and Commissioner, Town and Country Planning, would be organised to redress their grievances.

Powermen oppose privatisation move
Chandigarh, July 18
Power employees of the Union Territory, joined by leaders of the Federation of UT Employees and Workers, here today oraganised a demonstration to protest against the “privatisation move” of the Electricity Department.

JAC threatens to boycott duties
Chandigarh, July 18
The Joint Action Committee of Punjab and UT Employees today threatened to boycott duties and extended support to the strike call of the defence services and Central Government employees scheduled for July 23 to 25 to oppose privatisation and introduction of contract labour.

10 sheep die as shed collapses
Lalru, July 18
Ten sheep were buried alive as the shed in which they were kept collapsed due to heavy rain in Jauli village near here last night.

Senior citizens’ meeting today
Chandigarh, July 18
In its effort to establish a more people-oriented approach, the city police will organise a senior citizens’ meet at Tagore Theatre tomorrow evening.

A clarification

A Special Tip
OST of the families have a daughter of marriageable age. Every mother wants her daughters to find a good and respectable home. These days it has become common for girls to find their own partners.


Man held for duping two youths
Panchkula, July 18
The police has arrested Ram Nath, an accused who had duped two youths of Rs 1.60 lakh after promising them employment within 48 hours of the incident.

Held for stealing briefcase
Chandigarh, July 18
Jaipal was caught red-handed while stealing a briefcase from a car ( CH-01U-2098) on Madhya Marg in Sector 26 yesterday.


Internet gateway services opened
Chandigarh, July 18
Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd.), Governor of Punjab, here today inaugurated the international gateway of Glide Internet Services. The gateway is first of its kind in the region in the private sector.

Capitalising on fitness fad
She had not imagined that her hobby would become her profession and make her what she is today. The proud owner of two gymnasiums, Jasbir Kaur, claims that these are the most spacious ones and also offer the best facilities. Her Oceanic Fitness Centres — one in Mohali and the other in Panchkula — have a clientele of more than 500.

‘Adopt fuel-efficient equipment’
Chandigarh, July 18
Mr G.C. Daga, state-level coordinator and General Manager, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., today underlined the need for adopting fuel-efficient equipment and technology so that the services offered by them remained competitive.


Filthy environment, bad food
Filth is all that the inmates of the hostels of Government College, Sector 11, have for company. One look at the hostel lawns, with broken furniture scattered all over and the grass growing wild, and you know that the neglect that these hostels suffer from is not all due to the rough use attributed to the residents.

The unused swimming pool in the new hostel of Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh.
The unused swimming pool in the new hostel of Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh.

Demands on hostel rooms ‘accepted’
Chandigarh, July 18
The Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) and the Haryana Students Association (HSA) held a protest at Students Centre, Panjab University, here today.

Class XI admissions conclude
Chandigarh, July 18
Centralised admissions to Class XI for different government schools which started on July 6 at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, ended here today.


Provide security to ex-Dy Speaker
Chandigarh, July 18
Directing Karnal’s Superintendent of Police to provide security to Haryana Vidhan Sabha’s former Deputy Speaker, Mr Ved Pal, Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the officer to be present in court on August 20. Mr Ved Pal’s arrest has already been stayed by the High Court.

  • Delay no ground to deny relief

  • Notice on PPSC test for DSPs

  • Plea dismissed


CEVA’s new play bares the crux of life
Chandigarh, July 18
The latest production of Centre for Education and Voluntary Action (CEVA) is rooted in sensibility. Titled “Zindagi kabhi retire nahin hoti,” the play, slated to be staged at Tagore Theatre on July 20, touches upon the process of ageing in the most convincing that it does not demean old age as a long winter of neglect.


11,000 saplings distributed
Chandigarh, July 18
As against the target of 10,000 saplings, the Forest Department had distributed 11,000 saplings by July 16.

Licence of parking lot contractor cancelled
Chandigarh, July 18
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) has cancelled a licence granted to a contractor for running the parking lot in front of the Sector 17 District Courts on account of default of payment of instalments. An order to this effect was issued by the Assistant Commissioner-I, MCC, Mr Ashok Vasishtha recently.

PUDA allots land for MC office
SAS Nagar, July 18
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) finally offered around one acre of land to the local Municipal Council at a rate reportedly not acceptable to the civic body. The land was offered in Sector 68 to the civic body at a meeting between PUDA officials and officials of the MC at Chandigarh today.


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