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Servant found dead in IAS officer’s house
He had warned of intruders, called for help; murder or suicide?

Chandigarh, June 5
The body of Eknarayan (23), domestic servant of a Haryana-cadre woman IAS officer, Ms Sumita Mishra Singh, Member of the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC), was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the house of the bureaucrat (726, Sector 7) here today.

Policemen put away the body of Eknarayan in a truck to take it to hospital for a post-mortem examination, in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Policemen put away the body of Eknarayan in a truck to take it to hospital for a post-mortem examination, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

Illegal occupants strike goldmine
Admn losing crores in land, rent; ‘shocking’ encroachment
Chandigarh, June 5
Hundreds of plots and flats owned by the Chandigarh Administration and rented out to economically weaker sections of society over the past three decades are under illegal occupation. The Administration has not been able to recover the rent or take the property back.






No fee for transfer of property to family members
Chandigarh, June 5
In an important decision, the Chandigarh Administration today said no fee would be charged in case residential or commercial property is transferred in the name of a family member.

BJP seeks legal action against Ambika
Chandigarh, June 5
The local unit of the BJP here today demanded legal action against Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary, Ms Ambika Soni, local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal and certain officials for allotment of land to the Heritage Society allegedly “under influence” through deliberate misrepresentation of facts.

Immigration agents try for image makeover
Chandigarh, June 5
Immigration consultancy, which has over the years become a byword for illegal human trafficking from countries like India to the Western world, is finally trying to get its act together and refurbish its image as a legitimate and legal professional service.

Civil defence mechanism toned up
Chandigarh, June 5
The Administration is ready for ‘’any time war’’, including nuclear one, and has toned up the civil defence mechanism to the level that was witnessed during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.


Seminar on Sikh heritage in USA
Chandigarh, June 5
The Vice-Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, Mr Tarlochan Singh, Punjab’s Secretary for Cultural Affairs, Ms Geetika Kalha, and a conservationist, Ms Gurmeet Rai, are among the special invitees to a one-day seminar on “Preservation of the Sikh Heritage” being organised by the world-renowned Smithsonian Museum Institute in Washington on June 14.

House built on encroached land
Effective width of street reduced to 10 feet

Zirakpur, June 5
In violation of the Zirakpur Nagar panchayat rules specifying the width of internal roads, a resident of Badhawa Nagar Colony has allegedly encroached upon the road, reducing its width to 10 feet.

A house in Badhawa Nagar Colony near Zirakpur that is being constructed in alleged violation of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat rules. — A Tribune photograph

A house in Badhawa Nagar Colony near Zirakpur that is being constructed in alleged violation of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat rules.

Adviser advocates use of solar energy
Chandigarh, June 5
The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, emphasised the use of non-conventional energy, especially solar energy, while inaugurating ‘Eco Tourism Seminar’ at Hotel Shivalikview, Sector 17, here today. The seminar was organised by the Chandigarh Tourism Department, CITCO and the ITFT as part of the World Environment Day celebrations.

The challenged take up the challenge

Chandigarh, June 5
They can draw..They can colour...They can dance.. It was a day of self discovery for the 14 mentally challenged children and their parents who are attending the unique summer camp which started at the Government Institute for Mentally Challenged Children, Sector 32 here yesterday.

Mentally challenged children at a summer camp in the Government Institute of Mentally Challenged, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Mentally challenged children at a summer camp in the Government Institute of Mentally Challenged, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Monday.

Complaint against PUDA SDO
SAS Nagar, June 5
A resident of Phase III B2 today complained against an SDO of PUDA on duty at the swimming pool in Phase VI here.

Football fever at cafe
The FIFA World Cup fever is on. The pitch of excitement is on high with a number of surprises and upsets. And it's just the beginning of the game. The frenzy is poised to rise as the teams get filtered for the semi-finals and the final slated for June-end.



Impostor dupes woman of gold jewellery
Panchkula, June 5
A close relative of a senior official in the administration was duped of her gold jewellery in Sector 7, while the house of a relative of a senior police official of Haryana was burgled, here today.


‘Petrol price hike bad for industry’
Chandigarh, June 5
City residents have termed the recent hike in petroleum and diesel prices as unwanted and detrimental to the industry as well as general public.


City lad among top five in CBSE PMT
SAS Nagar, June 5
Sukhjeet Singh, a resident of Sector 70 here and student of DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, bagged the third position in the PM/PD test conducted by the CBSE. Sukhjeet Singh, who was happy with his performance, says that he had not expected to bag the third position. 

CET: good show by city students
Chandigarh, June 5
It is great show by students of the city in yet another engineering entrance examination. Three students have made it among the top 10 in the Combined Entrance Examination (CET) conducted for the Delhi College of Engineering.


RPO told to issue passport to ex-MP
Chandigarh, June 5
Just three days before the commencement of a conference by the World Sikh Organisation at Canada, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Regional Passport Officer to issue a passport to ex-member of Parliament Atinderpal Singh, not only the keynote speaker, but also the guest of honour.

Defamation case: summons against Bibi
Chandigarh, June 5
A local court today issued fresh summons against former SGPC President, Bibi Jagir Kaur, in a case of alleged criminal conspiracy and defamations filed against her. The complainant, Ms Kulbir Kaur Dhami, who is the president and director of Guru Asra Trust, has alleged that Bibi Jagir Kaur and Jaspal Singh Dhillon had indulged in a criminal conspiracy against her and defamed her.


Ravi Shankar, Menuhin’s pupils’ ‘Jugalbandi’
Chandigarh, June 5
Well-known sitar exponent Gaurav Mazumdar will collaborate with renowned Western classical musician Daniel Hope, at the Feldkirch Festival currently in progress at Feldkirch, Austria. For the first time perhaps, a young sitarist from India will collaborate with a violinist, who is a pupil of none other than Yehudi Manuhin.

Folk dance workshop
Chandigarh, June 5
In order to promote inter-state cultural exchange, Ghoomer Academy of Art and Culture is organising a workshop of traditional folk dances of Punjab at Amar College in Sector 21.


‘Scan’ shows dirty private hand
Chandigarh, June 5
Even though the idea of providing CT scan facility on the campus of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, was mooted over five years ago, the hospital is still without this essential facility. Fresh efforts in this regard for which price bids are opening tomorrow, however, too are inviting criticism from several quarters.

Medicinal herbs planted
Chandigarh, June 5
The Commonwealth Youth Programme, in collaboration with the Environment Society of India, planted some medicinal herbs on its campus here today to promote Ayurveda in the region. The 24 plants used to develop Ayurvedic medicines include harar, amla,bel, neem, bahera, kadamba, kachnar, tulsi and arjuna and are used to make ayurvedic medicine.

Ms Raka Rashid, Regional Director, Commonwealth Youth Programme, Asia centre, waters a sapling in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Ms Raka Rashid, Regional Director, Commonwealth Youth Programme, Asia centre, waters a sapling in Chandigarh on Wednesday.


Barbie, Chetan win TT titles

Chandigarh, June 5
Barbie Nagpal and Chetan Singla both from DAV Public School, Sector 8, bagged the children section (below 10) titles, respectively, in girls and boys sections of the First Kishan Lal Arya Open Table Tennis Tournament played here today on the school premises. 

  • Cricket meet

  • Weightlifting championship

Barbie Nagpal            Chetan Singla
 Barbie Nagpal           Chetan Singla


Oustees want grants under Central schemes
Chandigarh, June 5
The Pind Bachao Committee — of villagers displaced by expanding Chandigarh — demanded here today that the 5,000 persons who are to be rehabilitated under a scheme of the Chandigarh Administration be given grants through the rural development schemes of the Union Government.

Convention centre project revived
Panchkula, June 5
Panchkula will soon have a state-of-the-art convention centre, spread over 5.5 acre, tipped to be the largest such facility in the region. Sources in the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) said the hall had been designed by the Architecture Wing of HUDA.

Haryana launches LAN facility
Chandigarh, June 5
The Haryana Government today launched the local area network (LAN), computer lab and network management centre at the 30-Bays building complex in Sector 17 here.

Daleep Kumar is Joint Secy Finance
Chandigarh, June 5
The Punjab cadre IAS officer from the 1995 batch, Mr Daleep Kumar, was appointed Joint Secretary Finance, Chandigarh Administration, here yesterday. The formal appointment was made by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. Mr Daleep Kumar is presently posted as Additional Secretary, Higher Education, Punjab.

PSEB sets up control room
SAS Nagar, June 5
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has set up a control room at 66 KV-grid substation in Phase 1 here to attend to the complaints of agricultural consumers falling in the jurisdiction of operation circle of the electricity board. The area compromises Banur, Zirakpur, Lalru, Handesra, Dera Bassi, Sohana and SAS Nagar.


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