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PUDA issues occupation certificate to incomplete house
Dues over 2 lakh still pending with the owner
SAS Nagar, July 19
Skeletons continue to tumble out of cupboard of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority. The local Estate Office of the authority has issued occupation certificate to an ‘incomplete’ house despite the plot holder owing over Rs 2 lakh as dues to the department.

 PUDA’s Estate Office has issued an occupation certificate to this plot having an incomplete room with a tin roof, referring it as a complete living unit in Phase VI of SAS Nagar.  PUDA’s Estate Office has issued an occupation certificate to this plot having an incomplete room with a tin roof, referring it as a complete living unit in Phase VI of SAS Nagar. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

MEA reverses decision on RPO building
Chandigarh, July 19
Reversing its earlier decision to construct a new Regional Passport Office building in Sector 27 here, the Ministry of External Affairs has once again decided to have its building at a site in Sector 34, which had initially been allotted to it by the UT Administration. Sources said that a decision to this effect was recently taken by the ministry in New Delhi and has reportedly also been conveyed to the passport office in Chandigarh.



PGI staff’s plea on cath laboratory
Chandigarh, July 19
The Executive Committee of the PGI Faculty Association met the PGI Director, Prof SK Sharma and urged him to immediately restore the cardiac interventional surgeries at the PGI cath lab. Representatives of the association, Prof S.M. Bose and Dr K.L. Narsimhan asked the director to do so ‘ in interest of patient care.’

CBI chargesheets Jerath
New Delhi, July 19
The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a charge sheet against Kanwal Kishore Jerath, former Chief Engineer-cum-Secretary Engineering, Chandigarh Administration, for allegedly possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Notices to PEC and 2 other colleges
New Delhi, July 19
The Chandigarh Administration is yet to revise its reservation policy for the physically handicapped persons for admission to various courses as per the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.

MCC scheme for harnessing rainwater
Chandigarh, July 19
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is all set to execute its ambitious schemes for enhancing the ground water levels by harnessing the surplus run-off rainwater in the city. This will also help meet the ever increasing need of domestic water.

Power Ministry panel seeks plan to ‘corporatise’ dept
Chandigarh, July 19
In a significant development a high-level committee of the Union Power Ministry yesterday asked the Chandigarh Administration to lay down a blue print to corporatise the Electricity Department.

Power supply to Chandigarh Club disconnected, restored
Chandigarh, July 19
Power supply to the Chandigarh Club was disconnected this morning for allegedly consuming more power than the sanctioned load. This was part of a drive to disconnect power supply at all premises in the city where overdrawal was taking place.

Admn notice to cable operators
Chandigarh July 19
The Chandigarh Administration today gave a 15-day notice to all local cable TV operators to remove TV cables which were supported on electricity poles or which were running in close proximity to the electricity mains and sub-mains.


165 benefit under scheme to uplift poor SCs
Chandigarh, July 19
A total of 165 city residents have benefited under a scheme for the uplift of poor persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes, minorities and safai karamcharis. A sum of Rs. 78.50 lakh, by way of loans, has been sanctioned during the financial year ending March 31 this year.

Danger lurks at Press Chowk
Proximity to Sector 17, the commercial hub, and Sector 9, the administrative centre, makes Press Chowk one of the most accident prone areas of the city. According to the traffic police, four major accidents have taken place at this junction so far this year. Three persons were seriously injured in these accidents. However, officials concede that number of accidents at this chowk is much higher. Two or three minor accidents take place here every day.

The eight ordinary symbols
The eight ordinary symbols claim to be the eight treasures according to Feng Shui. To make the home auspicious, one must keep these symbols within one’s home. There are several versions of these eight treasures and unless one is acquainted with the legends of ancient China, one is likely to be confused.

Hoshiarpur girl wins trip to USA
Chandigarh, July 19
A consumer campaign jointly launched by Pepsi and Hot Millions ended here this morning. Mr Kewal Dhillon, chairman of Dhillon Kool Drinks and Beverages, gave away the prizes. Ms Monika of Hoshiarpur won the first prize comprising a free ticket to the USA.

Stray cattle back with a vengeance
Panchkula, July 19
Beginning Friday, the civic administration will not know what to do with its share of stray cattle with the contract for rounding up these animals slated to expire tomorrow.


Gold chain snatched
Chandigarh, July 19
An unidentified cyclist snatched a gold chain from a woman, Sheela Devi, in Ram Darbar (Phase II) this afternoon.

  • Stolen

  • Theft cases

  • Liquor seized

Orders issued to check crime
Chandigarh, July 19
To keep a tab on the activities of anti-social elements, who may disguise themselves as petty job seekers in the city, the District Magistrate has imposed orders under Section 144 of the CRPC directing all those seeking employment in petty and non-formal trade or services, contract labour, like rickshaw pullers, rehriwallahs, phariwallahs, washermen or cobblers, to provide their particulars along with their passport sized photographs to the local police to enable identification or verification of criminal elements.

FIRs registered against kundi connections
Chandigarh, July 19
Anyone who puts up a kundi connection will face registration of first information report and encroachments made to extend houses dangerously close to overhead power lines will be dismantled, the Chandigarh Administration said today.


Traders oppose ‘Sunday shopping’ move
Chandigarh, July 19
City traders have reacted coolly to the recent “Sunday shopping” proposal of the Labour Department of the Chandigarh Administration. Terming the proposal as “socially not acceptable”, the traders told Chandigarh Tribune that businessmen like other sections of society also needed a day off. Since a number of social functions are organised on Sundays, the proposal of opening the shops on Sunday was not “feasible”, said Mr Jagdish Pal Singh Kalra, general secretary of the Traders Association, Sector 17.


Quota for wards of Kashmiri migrants
Chandigarh, July 19
Dependents of Kashmiri migrants will now get reservation in technical institutions in Chandigarh. The Administration today said it had been decided to reserve one seat for dependents of Kashmiri migrants in the merit quota in technical professional institutions as per the instructions of the Government of India.

Students of Government Model High School, Sector 36, Chandigarh, play in the school ground, unaware of the danger posed by the poles standing in the ground.
Students of Government Model High School, Sector 36, Chandigarh, play in the school ground, unaware of the danger posed by the poles standing in the ground.

Where playtime is fraught with danger
Chandigarh, July 19
Defunct telephone poles standing in the middle of a playground is a rare sight. In a school, it is even rarer. A notable case is the playground in Government Model High School, Sector 36, where children play football and other games, blissfully unaware of the threat of injury they constantly face. These poles prove to be an obstacle to the children who frequently collide with them while playing and sustain injuries. Not only this, after a strong wind and heavy rainfall, the wires on these poles scatter all over the campus.

Sanawar school petition on buses dismissed
Chandigarh, July 19
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed a petition filed by Sanawar Montessori School, along with other institutes, challenging a notice issued by the State Transport Authority directing the schools to stop the illegal operation of buses after the expiry of 15-year life span.


Summons to Vice-Chancellor on student’s admission
Chandigarh, July 19
Directing Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia and another respondent to appear in person for explaining the reason behind their alleged failure to comply with the court directions on readmission of a law student, Mr Justice R.L. Anand of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for August 8.

  • Notice to CBI in murder case
  • Pre-arrest bail plea dismissed

Citizens’ plea for judicial court
SAS Nagar, July 19
The local Citizens Welfare Council today sought setting up of judicial courts in the town. The issue was raised at a meeting of the council held under the leadership of Mr B.S. Tej here.


Punjabi plays find poor audience
Chandigarh, July 19
As always, this evening, which saw two meaningful Punjabi plays of Gursharan Singh being staged at Tagore Theatre, did not have many takers. So meagre was the gathering that the organisers, who were caught waiting in line for visitors, had to actually delay the entire programme by over one hour.
A scene from a play, Begmon de dhee , held at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Thursday. 
— A Tribune photograph


 Prof P.N. Chhuttani
Prof P.N. Chhuttani

Chhuttani trust sets up research centre
Chandigarh, July 19
To fulfil the long-cherished dream of late Prof P.N. Chhuttani, a former PGI Director and a former Chairman of The Tribune Trust, the Tilok Tirath Vidyawati Chhuttani Charitable Trust has established Tropical Diseases Research Centre at the PGI, for which a donation of Rs 65 lakh has been given to recruit specialists in the field.

Diarrhoea death reported
Chandigarh, July 19
An infant girl from the Madrasi Colony, Bapu Dham, died of diarrhoea on Tuesday. The UT health authorities said the child was brought dead to the General Hospital in Sector 16 following a severe diarrhoea bout on that day.


Rowing likely to be included in PU sports calendar
Chandigarh, July 19
Rowing and ball badminton are likely to be added to the inter-college sports calender of Panjab University. A decision in this regard is likely in the next couple of days. According to sources, rowing was earlier part of the sports calendar a few years ago but was discontinued due to poor response.

  • Badminton championship

  • Chess trials

  • Boxing selections

  • Test

  • Karate trials


Panel discussion on property tax
Chandigarh, July 19
A high-powered committee on property tax, at its first meeting held here today, deliberated on three possibilities to impose property tax in the city. The possibilities include imposition of 10 per cent of the total cost of land and building as property tax or 10 per cent of the expected rent from property, and the third possibility would be to divide the commercial area of the city into four parts on the basis of commercial value, which will further be divided into sub-zones. The rent would be assessed on a per square foot basis and 10 per cent of the annual rent value could be charged.

Gujral seeks clarification on soap scandal report
Chandigarh, July 19
The issue of allegations against the Mayor, took a new turn today with the UT Home Secretary, Mr Raminder Singh Gujral, raising certain queries on a report submitted by the Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh.


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