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CAT pulls up UT Admn
Quashes order relieving part-time lecturer
Chandigarh, January 3
Coming down heavily on the UT Administration, the Education Secretary and other respondents for “conduct unworthy of commendation”, the Central Administrative Tribunal, in a significant judgement, today quashed order relieving part-time college lecturer Meenakshi Walia from service on the pretext that a regularly selected lecturer had joined. The Tribunal also imposed costs of Rs 5,000 on the “official respondents”.

PUDA modifies landscaping policy
SAS Nagar, January 3
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority today decided to modify its existing policy of landscaping. The modifications are significant as a public interest litigation seeking review of the existing policy on landscaping was pending before the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

SDO suspended, XEN repatriated
Charged with favouring firms
Chandigarh, January 3
A Subdivisional Officer of the Chandigarh Administration working in the Public Health wing, Mr Augasthya Kumar, was suspended tonight, while his senior, Mr S.L. Garg, Executive Engineer, was repatriated to his parent state of Punjab.


  No decision on CHB flat to Puri
Chandigarh, January 3
A final decision on the cancellation of a Chandigarh Housing Board flat owned by former Panjab University Vice-Chancellor M. M. Puri will be taken in a few days. The board of directors of the CHB met today and sources said the board was divided on the issue.


Rs 2.2 cr grant for rehabilitating scavengers
Panchkula, January 3
The Central Government has released Rs 2.2 crore for rehabilitating and liberating the scavengers and their dependents from their hereditary occupation of manually removing night soil and filth and engage in alternative occupations.

Migratory birds from across the seven seas enjoy the cool tranquillity in the Chhat Bir zoo, near Chandigarh, on Thursday. — Photo Karam Singh

First official MCC meeting on Jan 29
Chandigarh, January 3
The first regular meeting of the newly elected Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is likely to be held on January 29 as per an earlier tradition set by the BJP-dominated last House.

Committed to myriad causes
S Lalit Joshi, the new city Mayor, has politics and social work in her blood, as her father was a freedom fighter associated with Dr Radhakrishnan, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr Rajendra Prasad. Ms Joshi, who is also the Mahila Congress president of the UT and an AICC member from UT, began her political career with the Congress in 1979.

SAS Nagar council fails to check defacement
SAS Nagar, January 3
The municipal council here has hardly taken any action against the increasing number of individuals and establishments defacing public property with impunity. According to the figures available with the council yesterday, only six notices have been given and two challans filed against offenders since April last year.

Residents boycott meeting with SDM on cable rates
Panchkula, January 3
The cable war in the township is again hot with the representatives of various residents welfare associations today refusing to attend a meeting called by the SDM to resolve the issue of hike in cable rates.

Societies resent delay in allotment letters
Chandigarh, January 3
A delegation of Chandigarh State Federation of Cooperative House Building Societies Limited held a meeting with Mr Pawan Bansal, MP, and informed him that the Administration had not issued allotment letters to cooperative housing societies despite promises during the past few months.

Residents told to furnish details of tenants
Panchkula, January 3
The Administration today invoked the provisions under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Act, making it mandatory for residents to furnish all details of their tenants to the nearest police stations/police posts within 15 days.

Bank, LIC employees threaten agitation
Chandigarh, January 3
Opposing the decision of imposition of paid parking in Bank Square, employees of banks, LIC and other financial institutions working in the area have threatened to start agitation in case the decision is not withdrawn.

Exhibition on spiritual empowerment
Chandigarh, January 3
A three-day spiritualistic women empowerment exhibition by the Rajyog Centre, Brahmakumaris Vishvavidyalya Mission, Sector 21, was inaugurated by the UT Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, in Sector 17 here today.

A Brahmkumari explains a poster to the visitors at an exhibition on spiritual empowerment in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

‘Modelling gives me pleasure’
ITIN SOOD is a man with a strong head that compliments his rugged good looks. Driven by a passion to make it big in the world of modelling, Nitin is all set to dazzle on the silver screen and set the ramp in fire.

Canadian MP for Indo-Pak talks
Chandigarh, January 3
Mr Gurmant Grewal, MP and Canada’s official Oppositions’ Foreign Affairs critic for Asia and Pacific, currently on a visit to India, has urged the leadership of India and Pakistan to make peace through dialogue and restrain from any military action.

Residents sore over house tax policy
Panchkula, January 3
Resentment prevails among residents over the new house tax policy, which they allege is unconstitutional. A number of representatives from various residents’ welfare associations today met the Executive Officer of the Municipal Council and expressed their resentment over the levying of tax at the present rate.

Fresh cleanliness drive in city
Chandigarh, January 3
The new team of Mayor Lalit Joshi, Senior Deputy Mayor Surinder Singh and Deputy Mayor Balraj Singh today directed the officials of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh to immediately clean the city.

Body found
Chandigarh, January 3
The police discovered the body of an unidentified man in his middle thirties from the forest adjoining Bhinder Farms on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur road this afternoon. The body has a wound believed to be inflicted with some sharp edged weapon in the neck.


Drive against rickshaw-pullers: 11 held
Chandigarh, January 3
In its ongoing drive against violation of road rules by rickshaw-pullers, the police has arrested 11 persons. Six cases have been registered in this regard in the Sector 17 and Sector 26 police stations. They were found plying their rickshaws on the wrong side of the road, thereby causing danger to human life and obstructing public paths.

  • Held for forgery
  • Booked for fraud
  • 1 booked
  • Three arrested
  • Booked for assaulting
  • Former PAP constable booked
  • Chain snatched
  • Injured
  • Stolen
  • Girl abducted
  • Liquor seized
  • Six booked

Prof Satya PrakashPU Prof appointed Gwalior varsity VC
Chandigarh, January 3
Prof Satya Prakash, chairman of the Department of Physics, Panjab University, has been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Gwalior University, Gwalior. Born on May 30, 1941, Professor Prakash is a former Dean in the Faculty of Science and vice-president of the Indian Physics Teachers Association and the Indian Physics Association.

For students it’s back to books and bags
Chandigarh, January 3
It was back to books and bags for schoolchildren with schools reopening after the 10-day winter break, here today. The cold weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the first day at school after the vacation.

It was back to school after the 10-day winter break. Children of Mount View Public School, Baltana, celebrate annual day and reopening of the school with a variety programme on Thursday. — Photo Pravesh Chauhan


Haryana told to pay 20 yrs’ dues
Chandigarh, January 3
Coming down heavily on the state of Haryana for not paying complete dues to an employee for over 20 years, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the state and other respondents to complete all formalities and pay arrears, along with the dues, to the petitioner in accordance with the rules within three months.

  • Notice to ECI on suspensions
  • Notice to Haryana on human parts trade

Bail refused in land scam case
Chandigarh, January 3
A local court today dismissed the bail application moved by former HCS officer Kulbir Singh Gill in a Mauli Jagran land scam case. Kulbir Singh was arrested by the UT Vigilance Department along with an employee of the UT Estate Office, Jasbir Kaur, on November 23.


A treat for kathak lovers on Jan 12
Chandigarh, January 3
Pracheen Kala Kendra is planning yet another treat for the kathak lovers of the city as noted danseuse Nilima Devi is going to give a solo performance as a part of a special programme on January 12 at it’s Bhaskar Rao Indoor Auditorium in Sector 35 here.

Powerful portrayals
ollywood begins 2002 with ‘Pitaah’ lined up for release. The film opens today at Neelam, Chandigarh, Suraj, Panchkula, and Bassi, SAS Nagar. Director Mahesh Manjrekar has again teamed up with ‘Kurukshetra’ star Sanjay Dutt, who will be seen for the first time in a dhoti. ‘Pitaah’ is set against the rural Indian backdrop. It focuses on the age-old fight between peasants and landlords in rural India.

Nilima Devi


Doctors’ hostel needs treatment
Chandigarh, January 3
One of the oldest buildings in the PGI is that of the Old Doctors Hostel. Occupied by more than 150 resident doctors, the place is in shambles and according to most of the residents, in a totally unliveable condition. When we came here two years ago, we were constantly under a fear that the ceiling might fall anytime. But now we have become used to the falling off the walls and the ceiling plaster”, says a resident.


SD-32, PEC to clash for title
Chandigarh, January 3
GGD SD College, Sector 32, and Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, moved into the final of the Panjab University Inter-college Tennis (men) Championship played here on PU grounds.

  • Handball meet


Observer for MC poll
SAS Nagar, January 3
The Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, has appointed the SDM of SAS Nagar, Mr Jaipal Singh, as observer for tomorrow’s elections for the post of senior vice-president and vice-president of the local civic body. A notice of the election was issued by the executive officer of the MC recently.


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