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Goods over Rs 30 lakh gutted in three fire incidents
Panchkula/SAS Nagar, May 9
Goods worth over Rs 30 lakh were destroyed in three major fire incidents in the region today. At a SAS Nagar-based export unit manufacturing spring mattresses, a short circuiting led to a major fire which took the firemen more than five hours to control.

A view of the shops at the Sector 7 rehri market A view of the shops at the Sector 7 rehri market that were gutted in fire in Panchkula on Thursday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Fire hazard looms over rehri markets
Panchkula, May 9
With the authorities choosing to ignore fire safety standards in four rehri markets here, these markets have virtually become a death trap because of overhanging open electricity cables, which can spark a major fire anytime.



Glittering coins for the city residents!
Glittering coins for the city residents! The Chandigarh State Cooperative Bank, Sector 22, is organising a ''coins dissemination mela'' at the branch in Chandigarh on Friday where residents can exchange currency notes for coins. Coins amounting to Rs 10 lakh of the denomination of Re 1, Rs 2 and Rs 5, weighing about 14 quintals, have been brought in for the mela. Besides, residents can also get soiled currency notes exchanged with coins. 
— Photo Parvesh Chauhan 

PUDA for sewage-treatment plants in all urban estates
SAS Nagar, May 9
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority is learnt to have made a regulation making it compulsory to set up sewage-treatment plants in all its urban estates. 

F&CC disapproves cut in grant-in-aid
Chandigarh, May 9
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh’s budget proposal for the year 2002-2003 was abandoned midway here today with the Congress-dominated Finance and Contract Committee not approving a Rs 13-crore cut of grant-in-aid in it, saying there could be little development work in the city with these funds.

Decomposed body  of 53-yr-old found
Chandigarh, May 9
The decomposed body of a 53-year-old employee of the Water Works department was recovered from his residence in Sector 33 here today. 

Lawyers to observe strike today
Chandigarh, May 9
More than 1,600 advocates of the District Bar Association came up vocally against the judges whose names had been mentioned in the PPSC recruitment scam at a meeting held here today and decided to observe a day’s strike tomorrow to show resentment.



Heat wave in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 9

The city, Ambala and Patiala were today gripped by a heat wave with the mercury shooting to 44.4°C in Patiala, 43.6°C in Chandigarh and 43.1°C in Ambala — the highest recorded in this season so far.

Pig owners ask for one  more chance
Chandigarh, May 9
A section of pig-owners in the city has offered to take their animals out of the city forever and shown eagerness to file an affidavit in this regard. The offer follows three drives by the Municipal Corporation to impound the animals and remove piggeries.

Multi-purpose hall for police personnel
Chandigarh, May 9
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today laid the foundation stone of a multi-purpose hall in the Sector 26 Police Lines. The hall will cater to the needs of indoor training facility and sports activities for police personnel.
The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), interacts with children
The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), interacts with children of Chandigarh police personnel after inaugurating a multi-purpose hall in the Sector 26 Police Lines, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

MCC panel rejects trolley tippers
Chandigarh, May 9
The Tender and Inspection committee, a sub-committee of the Sanitation Committee of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, here today rejected the first lot of two trolley tippers for dumping garbage in the dumping ground in Daddu Majra.

Summer camps travel to foreign shores
Chandigarh, May 9
With ‘globalisation’ the buzz word today, it could possibly do not harm to introduce our younger generation to the ‘international style’ of rec-reational activities. So when the concept of kids going abroad for short duration summer camps was introduced in the city, the affluent class, who could afford the exorbitant prices jumped at the idea.
Youngsters take part in the adventure activities
Youngsters take part in the adventure activities during a summer camp in the UK

2 accident victims die
SAS Nagar, May 9
A Junior Engineer in the Punjab State Electricity Board, Parmod Kumar, died on the spot after being hit by a loaded truck at Sohana here late this night. The victim, a resident of Sector 7-C in Chandigarh, was posted at Sohana.



Peon murder: 6 ex-employees suspected
SAS Nagar, May 9
In connection with the murder of a factory chowkidar Dina Nath, at a unit in Industrial Area, Phase VII here, the police has zeroed on at least six employees who had been removed from job in the past. 

2 imposters held
SAS Nagar, May 9
An employee of a Chandigarh-based advocate and an Ambala-based cement dealer have been arrested by the police for demanding money while posing as officials from the Crime Branch, Chandigarh.

Judge’s gunman roughs up PU official
Chandigarh, May 9
A Panjab University official was assaulted on the campus by security personnel of the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla, today. According to sources, Srinath Yadav, an assistant in the Anthropology Department, was coming towards the campus.


3 make it to Pepsi final contest
Chandigarh, May 9
Pepsi announced today the names of first three contestants who have qualified for the final of the biggest-ever musical talent hunt in Punjab — “Pepsi Banjaa Staara Yaraa Contest”.



Teachers told to shun tuitions
Chandigarh, May 9
It is a fad that's catching on fast and the latest to jump on to the anti-tuition bandwagon is the UT Education Department. Having started special classes for students seeking admission to Class XI to keep teachers busy, it is also contemplating asking teaching staff to submit affidavits that they are not taking tuitions and even denying long leaves to any "suspects'' in the case.


Hearing in murder case on May 18
Chandigarh, May 9
A local court today adjourned a 16-year-old murder case famously known as “Allaha Singh case” till May 18. It was alleged that Allaha Singh’s son, Inderjit Singh, had been murdered allegedly by his landlord, Hardev Singh, and his son on July 7, 1985, in Sector 34-D.

  • Case adjourned

  • Bail granted



Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas performs at Shanti Kunj
Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas performs at Shanti Kunj in Chandigarh on Thursday evening.
— A Tribune photograph

Pankaj lifts audience to heights
Chandigarh, May 9
Those who attended the Pankaj Udhas live concert at Shantikunj this evening would know one thing for sure — that the tinkle in his voice will never allow the cycle of melody to break. And no matter how far away from fame this unassuming ghazal singer might have been in the past, he is actually only as distanced from popularity as he chooses to be.

Acid test for star sons


Munjhal’s role criticised
Chandigarh, May 9
An emergency meeting of the Employees Association of the PGI was held here today to take stock of the alleged anti-employees activities of Mr Ashwani Munjhal.



Chandigarh begin with a win
Chandigarh, May 9
Chandigarh Area trounced Adampur area 27-5 in the opening tie of the Western Air Command inter-area Handball Tournament which began here today at the Air Force Station, 12 wing. 


Admn files reply in ADAs’ appointment
Chandigarh, May 9
The UT Administration today filed a reply before the Central Administrative Tribunal in three petitions filed by advocates for quashing the appointment of nine Assistant District Attorneys who were appointed in the District Courts by the Administration last year.

MC for separate enclosure to bury children
Chandigarh, May 9
The Legal Affairs Committee of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, today decided to construct a closed enclosure in the Sector 25 cremation ground for the burial of children to prevent the bodies being exhumed by dogs.

Meat vendors asked to remove kiosks
Panchkula, May 9
A team of HUDA and the Municipal Council today visited Old Panchkula, Rajiv Colony, Industrial Area (Phase II) and Abheypur village and asked meat vendors, who had set up kiosks on HUDA land, to remove their shops at the earliest.

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