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PU needs to revamp entire poll process
“Restrict voting rights to postgraduates, scholars in graduates constituency”
Chandigarh, May 1
If not scrap the graduates’ constituency from the Panjab University Senate, the university seriously needs to revamp the entire electoral process of the constituency to give it a more creditable place.

Power may cost more in city
Chandigarh, May 1
Power is likely to cost more for residents of the city. The hike is to be implemented anytime and is expected to be less than 5 per cent of the existing tariff.

No LPG-run vehicles for schools
Chandigarh, May 1
The UT Education Department is issuing directions to the school authorities to ensure that the vehicles being used for ferrying students are not running on LPG cylinders.


Labour issues go up in smoke
Labour issues go up in smoke: This man labours under pitiable conditions in a Chandi Mandir hot-mix plant on May Day. — photo Karam Singh

Rallies, speeches mark May Day
Chandigarh, May 1
May Day failed to bring cheer to the lives of workers today. To appease workers, industrialists arranged ‘langar’ and paid extra amounts to dailywagers to keep their industries running today. The Chandigarh UT Subordinate Services Federation held a gate rally at the UT Building Maintenance Booth, Sector 20, to mark the day. Various leaders who addressed the gathering criticised the Central Government for its privatisation policies.



Permanent police force needed to check encroachments
SAS Nagar, May 1
The anti-encroachment drive of the Municipal Council here is suffering from a serious handicap due to the lack of a permanent police force to tackle offenders who put up resistance.

Fault in pipeline inundates Sector 29
Chandigarh, May 1
The intersection connecting sectors 27, 28, 29 and 30 was inundated today due to loosening of a joint of a water supply pipeline in sector 29. The Public Health Department was engaged in repair till the report was filed late in the evening.

Panel to discuss hike in property tax
Chandigarh, May 1
The House Tax Assessment Committee will discuss hiking the property tax on commercial property and government buildings from 2 per cent and 1.5 per cent, respectively, to at least 5 per cent.

Bansal justifies Mayor’s action
Chandigarh, May 1
The local Congress MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, here today came to the rescue of the besieged Mayor Lalit Joshi asking the BJP if ‘’it was even opposed to humanitarian relief to the displaced people of Colony Number 5’’ and threatened to hit streets if they were removed by the Administration without their legitimate rehabilitation.

Notice served for MC recruitments
Chandigarh, May 1
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh was yesterday served a legal notice by four unsuccessful candidates for the recent recruitment of firemen.

‘Contribute ESI by May 12’
Chandigarh, May 1
In a press note issued here today, Mr Chaman Lal, Assistant Regional Director of Employees State Insurance Corporation, said the ESI Act of 1948 applied to any organisation that was in an area where the ESI scheme had been implemented.

55 pigs caught under MC campaign
Chandigarh, May 1
The Medical Officer Health of the Municipal Corporation caught 55 pigs and demolished 40 to 45 piggeries at Ram Darbar here today as part of the month-long campaign to rid the city of squatting animals.

Buffet bonanza at Bazm
It’s a misconception that your wallet must be overflowing if you want to have khana at Hotel Shivalikview, Sector 17. For just Rs 150 plus taxes, you can have a proper lunch and dinner, buffet style, at Bazm, the ground-floor restaurant of this prestigious CITCO hotel. 

12,533 MT of wheat arrives
Panchkula, May 1
Over 12,533 metric tonne of wheat has arrived in three grain markets — Panchkula, Barwala and Raipur Rani — which is 4,365 metric tonne more as compared to the wheat arrival till this day in the previous year.

Boy missing
Chandigarh, May 1
A 15-year-old boy has been reportedly missing since Saturday morning from his residence in N Area, according to a case registered at the Zirakpur police post.

One hurt in clash
SAS Nagar, May 1
One person was injured in a clash between two groups of youths in the Phase VII market here today.

Election petition dismissed
Chandigarh, May 1
The election petition of the Congress candidate from ward No. 10, Mr Mahinder Singh, against his Chandigarh Vikas Manch rival, Mr Vijay Rana, was dismissed by the Deputy Commissioner today.



HP trader found dead in hotel room
Chandigarh, May 1
An apple trader and resident of Rohru, (Himachal Pradesh), Lekh Ram (60), was found dead in a room of a hotel in Sector 22 here today. According to police sources, Lekh Ram had hired a room in the hotel on April 29 and was to check out today. 


Traders opposed to paid parking
Chandigarh, May 1
The Sector-17 A and B Traders Associations has jointly opposed the imposition of paid parking on the road of Anand cinema and Amar building, which increased the threat of accidents.

Beopar Mandal forms advisory committee
Chandigarh, May 1
The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal has constituted a 16-member high-powered advisory committee which will look after the day-to-day working of the mandal and frame all programmes and policies.



Doctors feverish as MD exams approach
Chandigarh, May 1
The final battle is on. After burning midnight oil for two years and more importantly, remaining in the good books of the department seniors, junior residents doing MD at the PGI are being put to their ultimate test — the final MD examinations.

Award for Science & Technology Dept
Chandigarh, May 1
The Department of Science and Technology, Chandigarh Administration, has been selected for a prestigious national award for excellent performance under the Solar Photovoltaic Programme for 2000-2001.

Fairytale classrooms for kids
Chandigarh, May 1
It is a labour of love that is keeping their hands full and minds occupied at Government Model High School, Sector 42. Four government school teachers have taken on themselves the task of transforming a nursery classroom into a fairyland where tiny-tots can day dream while in school.

PU official’s suspension revoked
Chandigarh, May 1
Panjab University has revoked the suspension of Mr M.G.Sharma, Finance and Development Officer, who was out of office since June 21, 2001. He reported for duty in his office today.

Laboratory opened
Dera Bassi, May 1
With a view to providing better information and knowledge to students, the Central Institute of Engineering and Vocational Studies opened a laboratory with ultramodern facilities at the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, here.

Use of help books in schools banned
Panchkula, May 1
To improve standard of education in government schools, the district administration has decided to ban use of help books and guides. This decision was taken at a meeting of senior administrative officials and educationists here today.


Notice to CBI in Cheema case
Chandigarh, May 1
A local court issued a notice to the CBI today to file a reply on May 6 acting on a bail plea moved by the accused, Jasbir Singh Cheema, former CIA Inspector with the Chandigarh police who was booked by the CBI in a corruption case.

  • Accused granted bail

  • Bail plea dismissed

Bar panel takes oath
Chandigarh, May 1
In an impressive ceremony held in the afternoon today, the newly elected team of the Bar Association of the Punjab and Haryana High Court was administered the oath of office.

Beant trial adjourned
Chandigarh, May 1
The accused, Jagtar Singh Tara, died not appear in the Beant Singh case hearing at a special court in Model Burail Jail here on Wednesday as he was suffering from back pain and the trial was adjourned till July 1.

Accused sent to Burail jail
Chandigarh, May 1
An accused, Lakhwinder Singh, who was arrested by the city police from Fatehgarh Sahib, was sent to Burail jail yesterday by a local court. 



Like father, like son — Kunal turns director
Chandigarh, May 1
Kunal Goswami still sports a fair fraction of his youthful innocence. A slight glance at the man and memory goes back many years, waiting only to pause by a promising star opposite Sridevi in ‘Kalakaar.’ 
Actor-turned-director Kunal Goswami interacts with youngsters
Actor-turned-director Kunal Goswami interacts with youngsters at the inauguration of a film and television institute in SAS Nagar on Wednesday. —  photo Pankaj Sharma

Interactive workshop begins
Chandigarh, May 1
When you see theatre being used as a tool for almost everything under the sun, you are naturally inspired by its elements. The Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi has long evoked this kind of inspiration. 
An interactive workshop of the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy in progress at Government Model School, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph


Asthma awareness workshop on May 3
Chandigarh, May 1
The Department of Chest Diseases and Tuberculosis, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 will be organising an asthma awareness workshop for patients and general public on World Asthma Day, May 3, 2002.

GMCH-32 guards continue stir
Chandigarh, May 1
Contractual employees of the Government Medical College and Hospital Sector 32 continued with their agitation here today. These employees were relieved of their duties as security guards at GMCH on April 20 allegedly without any prior notice when the contractor changed.

Red Cross plans welfare programmes
Chandigarh, May 1
The Punjab State Red Cross branch has planned to organise several programmes for women empowerment and overall upliftment of society in collaborations with other departments. This was stated by Capt Rajdeep Singh Jaiya (retd), Secretary of the branch, while speaking at a two-day workshop on HIV\AIDS here yesterday.



YPS boys excited over UK tour
Chandigarh, May 1
Young cricketers of Yadavindra Public School in SAS Nagar could not have asked for more. The reason — a 15-member school team along with two officials will take off for England tomorrow for a month-long series of matches in Yorkshire.
Jubilant cricketers of Yadavindra Public School
Jubilant cricketers of Yadavindra Public School in SAS Nagar who are leaving for England to play matches in Yorkshire. — A Tribune photograph


Tax paying made easy for traders
Chandigarh, May 1
The Chandigarh Administration, in collaboration with the Chandigarh Beopar MandaI and Chamber of Chandigarh Industries, is organising a two-day camp to receive options from dealers and traders for deemed assessment scheme of sales tax.

Packed food to be labelled
Chandigarh, May 1
The Department of Food and Supplies, Chandigarh Administration, today made labelling of packed vegetarian and non-vegetarian food mandatory in Chandigarh.

Admn denies reports on rehabilitation policy
Chandigarh, May 1
The Chandigarh Administration while reacting to reports appearing in certain local newspapers in the past two days has clarified that there is no proposal to scrap its rehabilitation policy for residents of labour colonies or slums. These reports were incorrect, a spokesperson of the Administration said yesterday.

Legal affairs panel meeting on May 9
Chandigarh, May 1
The Legal Affairs Committee Meeting of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has been fixed for May 9.

Town to have land-fill site near Sohana
SAS Nagar, May 1
A land-fill site for the town has been selected near Sohana village. The site has been shortlisted by officials of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority and the district administration.

MC to renew sanitation contract
SAS Nagar, May 1
The SAS Nagar Municipal Council will hold a special meeting on May 2 to renew the contract of the private contractor entrusted with the sanitation of the town. A sum of Rs 81.41 lakh had been provided for the job, said the president of the council, Mr Kulwant Singh. The term of the private contractor ends on May 11.

Temporary charge given to Vohra
Chandigarh, May 1
The Director Investigation, Income Tax, Panchkula, Mr C.K. Vohra, will temporarily look after the charge of the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Chandigarh, following the retirement of the incumbent Mr S.C. Grover.Top

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