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MC approves 2 pc tax on commercial property
Chandigarh, February 28
The Municipal Corporation here today approved 2 per cent tax on the annual rental ‘’rateable’’ value of commercial property, and 1.5 per cent on government buildings amidst separate walkouts from the BJP-SAD alliance and the Chandigarh Vikas Manch.

Councillors argue during the Municipal Corporation Budget session Councillors argue during the Municipal Corporation Budget session in Chandigarh on Thursday. 
— Photo Pankaj Sharma

Chandigarh Budget Rs 758.35 crore
Energy gets Rs 224.76 cr, education Rs 136.23 cr
HE total expenditure for the Union Territory of Chandigarh for the year 2002-03 has been fixed at Rs 758.35 crore. This is higher than the revised estimates for 2001-02 of Rs 734.10 crore.



Budget disappoints middle class
Chandigarh, February 28
Hike in the LPG by Rs 40 per cylinder and no additional relief to individual tax payers in the Budget-2002 has disappointed the salaried class.

PU’s estimated budget stands at Rs 89.62 cr
New demands for next academic session estimated at Rs 2.80 cr
Chandigarh, February 28
Panjab University has an estimated budget of Rs 89.62 crore for the forthcoming financial year (2002-2003). This is about Rs 5 crore less than the ongoing financial year, when a sum of Rs 94 crore was earmarked for PU affairs.

Admn bans carry bags for foodstuffs
Chandigarh, February 28
The Chandigarh Administration today banned the use of polythene bags for packaging food stuff, making it totally illegal and punishable under law. This comes following a notification this year, of the rules governing the bye-laws, enforcing a ban on manufacture and usage of polythene bags and containers.



A farmhouse in Kot village, Panchkula, being demolished by staff of the Department of Town and Country Planning on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

‘Partisan’ demolition staff in action
Dab Kauri (Panchkula), February 28
The Department of Town and Country Planning today carried out a drive against illegal structures here which had come up in contravention of the Periphery Control Act.

Paid parking making matters worse
Chandigarh, February 28
Prevention is better than cure, so goes the saying. 

‘Evacuee’ farmers have a field day
SAS Nagar, February 28
Ownership of over 1,200 acre of land in Sohana and Mauli Baidwan villages, acquired by the Land Acquisition Collector of PUDA a year ago for five new sectors (76 to 80), continues to be in the possession of the ‘evacuees’. 

T.K. Ramasamy cremated
Chandigarh, February 28
Mediamen of Chandigarh today bade an emotional farewell to Mr T.K. Ramasamy, Editorial Adviser to The Tribune, who died here yesterday. 

No headway in Riaz’s spy links
Chandigarh, February 28
After the arrest of an alleged Pakistani spy Mohamad Riaz by the Chandigarh police. No further developments in the one-and-a-half-year old case has resulted this week. 

Gujarat train tragedy: city police alert
Chandigarh, February 28
Following coaches of the Sabarmati Express being set afire by miscreants near Ahmedabad yesterday, the local police have beefed up surveillance in the city and tightened security measures at communally sensitive places.

PSHRC orders probe
Chandigarh, February 28
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognisance of a news item — “Cops summon ‘harassed’ girl’’ — published in Chandigarh Tribune on February 7 and directed the Secretary, Higher Education, Punjab, to hold an inquiry into allegations levelled against the Vice-Chancellor of the Punjabi University by a student. 

Insurance policy decried
SAS Nagar, February 28
Kidney transplant recipients have decried the policy of the nationalised insurance sector for not extending the benefits of health insurance to kidney transplant recipients.

Where joy may turn into grief
SAS Nagar, February 28
A tragedy is waiting to happen at the Silvy Garden in Phase X here, with a toy-train for children malfunctioning and three paddleboats leaking. 

Phone of ASP office withdrawn
SAS Nagar, February 28
The telephone connections in the Phase 1 police station and the office of the Assistant Superintendent of Police in Phase 4 here have been temporarily withdrawn by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited owing to pending bills for around Rs 1 lakh.

Woman crushed to death



Child’s body found, bears strangulation marks
Chandigarh, February 28
The body of an unidentified boy, aged 10 - 12 years, was recovered from Sector 23 today morning. The body bears strangulation marks on the neck. No other injury marks are visible on other parts of the body.

Bid to outrage minor’s modesty
Chandigarh, February 28
The police has arrested a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, Bablu, for allegedly attempting to outrage the modesty of a minor girl residing in the same colony. According to a complaint lodged by the girl’s mother, the accused had called her daughter over and then confined her to his jhuggi.


‘Give alternative systems of medicine a chance’
SAS Nagar, February 28
Alternative systems of medicine should not be considered as rivals to allopathy but as systems functioning side by side for effecting a cure. Stating this here today, the Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, Mr Rajan Kashyap, said a systematic cure could be there, saving the patient from possible side-effects of allopathy.

Students take a look at a model in an exhibition put up by the Zoology Department
Students take a look at a model in an exhibition put up by the Zoology Department of Panjab University on the occasion of National Science Day on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

National Science Day celebrations at PU
Chandigarh, February 28
Students of local schools and colleges thronged various science departments of Panjab University here today to participate in a fair organised as part of the National Science Day celebrations.

Library consortium: Ask and thou shalt find
Chandigarh, February 28
A forum representing important institutional and college libraries of the city, Panchkula and Mohali, was inaugurated by the Joint Secretary (Finance) and DPI (Colleges), Mr K.A.P. Sinha, at the Central State Library, Sector 17, here today.

Declamation contest
Chandigarh, February 28
An inter-college declamation contest was held at Government College, Sector 11, here today as part of the celebrations of World Consumer Rights Day which falls on March 15.

Prize distribution function
Chandigarh, February 28
Toppers and prize winners of in extracurricular activities were awarded at the annual prize distribution ( academic) function of the Department of Correspondence Studies at Panjab University here today.


Decide on PSWC staff in 2 months
Chandigarh, February 28
After Joint Director of Punjab Vigilance Bureau R.P.S. Brar stated that complaints against the officials of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation were pending due to the “want of comments from the administrative department”, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the department to furnish the relevant comments within a month.

  • Costs imposed on auction stay plea

  • Take fresh decision in SHO case



Artistic dialogue between cultures
Chandigarh, February 28
This is another effort to build bridges of friendship and trust. Made possible by the involvement of the School of Art and Design at the University of Derby and the British Council in India, the show, titled ‘Message to India’, forges an artistic dialogue between the two nations.


DHS orders on ice cream
Chandigarh, February 28
The Director, Health Services, Chandigarh Administration, has in a public order stated that those shopkeepers who sell ice-cream through a shop, a stall or a cart will have to display his name, the ice-cream manufacturer's name along with the addresses conspicuously on the shop, stall or cart.

1 more shifted to isolation ward
Chandigarh, February 28
Purshotam, brother-in-law of Randhir, the first person to have died of plague in Himachal, was discharged by the PGI here today. Purshotam is the brother of Sulochna, Randhir’s wife, who too succumbed to the epidemic at the PGI.

Doctor leaves no ‘stone’ unturned
Panchkula, February 28
In a rare case, a 10-year-old girl from Mubarakpur village in Patiala was reportedly operated upon for primary gall stones in the combined bile duct, though there were no stones in her gall bladder which had been showing signs of inflammation.

Upgradation of PGI professors put off
Chandigarh, February 28
According to sources in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the interviews for direct appointment of professors to the PGI scheduled to be held between March 4 and March 7, 2002 have been postponed by an express order of the Union Minister of Health, Dr C.P. Thakur.



East Zone humble South Zone by 10 wickets
Chandigarh, February 28
Defending champions North Zone got the better of West Zone by five wickets while East Zone humbled South Zone by 10 wickets in the Food Corporation of India All-India Inter-zonal Cricket Tournament which began here today at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium.

  • Tennis meet

  • Cricket tourney

  • Shooting meet

Ajai Johl wins Feb gross title
Chandigarh, February 28
Ajai Johl returned a card of 78 to clinch the gross score title for February in the monthly medal round of the Chandigarh Golf Club. Finishing runner-up, just one stroke behind him was H.S. Kang, returning a card of 79.

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