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Low collection of revenue at octroi posts
Confusion and chaos on the first day
Dera Bassi, April 30
Low collection of revenue marked the first day of octroi reimposition in this part of the state as skeleton staff, without flying squad to back them up, failed to stop motorists crossing the barriers on highways and link roads.

BACK TO NORMAL BACK TO NORMAL: Octroi staff return to collect levy in Punjab within hours of the High Court quashing the Acts abolishing it. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

Sacrificing graduates constituency no solution, say principals
Chandigarh, April 30
Against abrogation of the graduates constituency in the Panjab University Senate, principals of most of the city colleges are of the unanimous opinion that the answer lies in educating and awakening the voters to send in “clean’’ candidates as their representatives.



Teachers cautioned against going to Press
Chandigarh, April 30
Panjab University has issued a letter asking teachers not to go to the press without permission, evoking a strong reaction from different quarters of the teaching community, terming the measure ‘draconian’.

Stone of GMCH staff residential complex laid
Chandigarh, April 30
A foundation stone to start construction of 272 houses under a Rs 20 crore project for doctors and staff of the Government Medical College and Hospital was laid by the UT, Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today in Sector 48-D.

CBI fails to substantiate claim in bribery case
Chandigarh, April 30
The Central Bureau of Investigation has so far not substantiated its own claim to possess vital evidence — a recorded conversation between a former CIA inspector J.S Cheema and the complainant regarding bribe — while seeking the remand of Cheema before the court.

Posters miss out on MLA’s photo
Illustration by Sandeep joshi
SAS Nagar, April 30
The picture of the local Member of Legislative Assembly, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, is conspicuous by its absence on the posters welcoming the appointment of Mrs Lahwinder Kaur Garcha as Officer on Special Duty to the Punjab Chief Minister. The posters sponsored by various political outfits and social bodies have been displayed at public places in the town.



‘Release DA to pensioners’
ven though the Government of India had released DA instalment for January, 2002, to its employees and pensioners, the Haryana Government has not yet followed suit. 

  • Tasty tea and pakora

  • ISKCON temple

  • Loudspeaker menace

  • No HUDA refund

  • Back on the roads

‘Involve moderates in resolving Ayodhya issue’
Chandigarh, April 30
The Puri Shankaracharya Swami Nishchalanand Saraswati here today suggested engaging Sonia Gandhi and moderate and nationalist Muslims, “whose number overwhelms confrontationists”, in building the Ram temple at Ayodhya, a major cause of the Hindu-Muslim conflict.

BALLOONING HOPES: A rare moment of tranquility for two balloon sellers at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Tuesday. 
— Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

BJP favours legal rehabilitation
Chandigarh, April 30
The BJP, which opposed the April 17 demolition of houses and shops in Colony No. 5, today opposed their ‘’unauthorised rehabilitation by the Congress Mayor’’.

Fire devours sugarcane crop
Lalru, April 30
Standing sugarcane crop over 14 acres of land was destroyed in a major fire that broke out in the fields near Lalru village this evening. 

Road workers sit in dharna
Chandigarh, April 30
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh Road Workers Union today sat in dharna at Manimajra near MC stores to prepare for the May 8 rally in front of the Commissioner’s and Chief Engineer’s office.

Minor fire near PU hostel
Chandigarh, April 30
A fire broke out in bushes near Hostel Number 3 of the Panjab University here today. Two fire tenders from Sector 11 and 17 contained the fire in a half-an-hour operation and prevented the fire from reaching the hostel.
A securityman tries to put off a fire
A securityman tries to put off a fire that broke out at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Tuesday. 
— Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan



Held for manipulating vehicle registrations
Chandigarh, April 30
The Operations Cell of the Chandigarh Police today arrested a Sector-21 resident for allegedly using a surrendered registration number and duplicate registration certificates two Sumo vehicles owned by him.

Rs 4.5 lakh stolen from Ram Darbar house
Chandigarh, April 30
A resident of Ram Darbar, Harish Chander, has reported that a sum of Rs 4.5 lakh has been stolen from his house by a Maloya resident whom he had engaged to white-wash his house. 


Punjabi language software developed
R.S. KhandpurT
he Centre for Electronics Design and Technology of India has developed a computer software ‘Punjabi Editor’ which is compatible with the MS Windows and other similar software. Talking to TNS, the Director General of the CEDTI, New Delhi, Mr R.S. Khandpur, said the software enables the Punjabi language users to access all features otherwise available in English in Punjabi too. 

Bhargava inaugurates PNB signature branch
Chandigarh, April 30
Mr U.S. Bhargava, General Manager, PNB, North Zone, inaugurated the first signature branch of the bank in Sector 26, here today. The branch is equipped with facilities like ATM, note counting machine and coin dispensing machine for customers.
PNB General Manager U.S. Bhargava inaugurates the first signature branch of the bank
PNB General Manager U.S. Bhargava inaugurates the first signature branch of the bank in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.




Slum children present a painting to the DPI (Schools), Mr D.S Mangat
Slum children present a painting to the DPI (Schools), Mr D.S Mangat, at Government High School, Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Slum kids impress artists
Chandigarh, April 30
Students of Aashiana School, a majority of whom spend their day shining shoes for others in market areas of the city, proved once again that there is no dearth of talent in the streets, waiting to be tapped and guided by the privileged class.

Last date for awards extended
Chandigarh, April 30
The last date for sending nominations for the Tara Chand Saboo Excellence Awards for School Teachers has been extended till August 10. 

PU results
Chandigarh, April 30
Panjab University today declared results of the BA II (compulsory) compartment examination conducted earlier this month, an official press release said here today.



Health and hygiene awareness camp
Chandigarh, April 30
The Lotus Foundation, a voluntary organisation working for the welfare of slum children, yesterday organised a health and hygiene awareness camp for the children of Apna School as well as other children from the adjoining slum area in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony in Sector 49.


Infighting takes toll on basketball players
Chandigarh, April 30
The infighting for key posts in the Chandigarh Basketball Association, especially for the post of secretary, has resulted in a state where players have been made to suffer.Top

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