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CBI unearths multi-crore scam in Railways
2 officials made unauthorised purchases;
siphoned off Rs 2.7 cr
Chandigarh, July 31
Cracking a multi-crore railway store purchase scam, a team of the Central Bureau of Investigation today carried out searches at residences of two senior officials of the Northern Railway, Ambala Division. Till late at night, the CBI had found that the two were involved in siphoning off at least Rs 2.70 crore.

UT ties up with BBMB to save Sukhna
Chandigarh, July 31
The fast drying up Sukhna lake has forced the Chandigarh Administration to tie -up with the Bhakra Beas Management Board to raise the height of the regulator, which controls the outflow of water from the lake, besides that of the retaining wall of the regulator. The height of both would be increased by two feet.

The height of the gate and walls of this regulator that controls the outflow of water from the Sukhna is to be raised by two feet to retain more water. The height of the gate and walls of this regulator that controls the outflow of water from the Sukhna is to be raised by two feet to retain more water. — Photo Manoj Mahajan


Rs 40 cr duty evasion by 76 firms detected
Chandigarh, July 31
Officials of the crime prevention branch of the Department of Central Excise and Customs here has launched a special drive against export firms involved in evasion of custom and excise duty.

Light showers give a temporary relief from heat in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Light showers give a temporary relief from heat in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Photo Karam Singh

Classrooms enter digital age
Chandigarh, July 31
Without so much as a whimper to announce their arrival, E-classrooms have made an entry into the classrooms of city schools where regular blackboards have been replaced by digital ones and the electronic pen has taken over from the chalk, revolutionising the concept of teaching in the process.

Residents to surrender 700 cable connections
Chandigarh, July 31
Firmly protesting against the arbitrary hike in cable service charges to Rs 170 from July 1, about 700 residents of Sector 45-C today unanimously decided to surrender their cable connections with effect from August 1.

Mayor cancels sanitation contracts
Chandigarh, July 31
The Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, today directed Municipal Corporation officials to immediately cancel sanitation contracts in the city.
The Mayor said this while visiting Burail and Colony No. 4 to inspect sanitation conditions in these areas.


City's organic food counter struggles for sale
Kala Gram's inaccessibility, public ignorance main causes
Chandigarh, July 31
Opened with much fanfare in April this year, the region's first organic food counter at Kala Gram is still struggling to break even. Right from April 21, when social activist Padmashri Anna Hazare inaugurated the Rishi Krishi organic counter at Kala Gram, people behind the show have been intensively labouring to spread health awareness among city people.
Organic food counter at Kalagram has forced its caretakers to remain open only between 4 pm and 11 pm, although earlier it used to operate from morning till night.
Organic food counter at Kalagram has forced its caretakers to remain open only between 4 pm and 11 pm, although earlier it used to operate from morning till night. — A Tribune photograph

City to be developed as tourist destination
Chandigarh, July 31
The Chandigarh administration has decided to develop the city as the tourist destination for the domestic and foreign tourists. This was decided at a meeting held by Ms Rathi Jha, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, and officials of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation here today.

God saves, but stops at slum gates
Chandigarh, July 31
Rampant encroachment in slums here has created fresh fire hazards, as found by the Fire Department. In letters to the Chandigarh Housing Board and the Enforcement Wing of the Municipal Corporation, it had sought that encroachments be removed from the Sector 52 rehabilitation colony.

Tax refunds not coming soon
Chandigarh, July 31
Income-tax assessees who have filed the returns should be prepared to wait for at least three more months to get refunds. The Income Tax Department does not have enough staff and infrastructure to process more than 2 lakh returns that have been filed, so far.

WHERE ARE ALL THE ASSESSEES? Hardly and rush at the income tax return collection counters in the Institute of Engineers, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph

Rechecking of pension cases begins today
Panchkula, July 31
The rechecking programme for new pension beneficiaries of Tau Devi Lal Pension in Panchkula city, the MC area of Pinjore, besides Kalka, Morni, Raipur Rani and Barwala would be conducted from August 1 to August 9.

General Mehta visits paraplegic centre
SAS Nagar, July 31
The Chief of Western Army Command, Lieut -Gen S.S. Mehta, and his wife, Mrs Madhu Mehta, visited the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre here today. Mrs Mehta is the president, Army Wives Welfare Association, Western Command.

Chief of the Western Command, Lieut-Gen S.S. Mehta (extreme right), talks to a soldier at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in SAS Nagar on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph

Chief of the Western Command, Lieut-Gen S.S. Mehta, talks to a soldier at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in SAS Nagar on Wednesday.

‘Mayor lacks grip over officers’
Chandigarh, July 31
The former BJP councillor, Ms Ranjana Shahi, today accused the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, of letting the supremacy of the House slip away by failing to get officers to act on repeated complaints of contaminated water supply.

Drool in a China shop
A visit to Sector 17 is normally called for both by the residents and outsiders. Whether for shopping, window shopping or some business in the various offices located in this central point of the city or even the movies, or, just an outing, you do land up in this commercial hub.

1 killed, 20 hurt in road accident
Lalru, July 31
One person was killed and 20 others were injured, one of them seriously, when a private bus heading towards Ambala collided head-on with a tempo on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway in Jharmari village, near here, today.


4 of family booked in cheating case
Lalru, July 31
Four persons of a family, including a newly married couple, were booked for cheating, criminal breach of trust and detaining a married woman with criminal intent today.


Most seats filled on first day
Chandigarh, July 31
The three engineering colleges of the city received an overwhelming response to admissions in the general category of the 85 per cent UT pool at the Punjab Engineering College auditorium, here today.

Students await their turn for admission in Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph

Students await their turn for admission in Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

UGC team to visit PEC
Upgradation of college to deemed university
Chandigarh, July 31
A team of the University Grants Commission will visit Punjab Engineering College on August 24 and 25 for a final inspection before the college is given the status of a deemed university. Sources said all papers had been submitted to the UGC and the Administration is hopeful of getting the status.

PU Senate ‘anguished’ over govt’s decision
Chandigarh, July 31
Members of the Panjab University Senate in a memorandum submitted to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, today expressed “anguish and concern’’ over a communication received from the HRD Ministry, Government of India, conveying the refusal to honour enhancement of age of superannuation of teachers from 60 to 62 years.

PU results, interviews
Chandigarh, July 31
Panjab University has declared the results of M.E (environmental), M.E. (chemical), P.G. diploma in Health, Family Welfare & Population Education and B. Pharmacy (fourth year).

RIMC exam on Dec 1, 2
Chandigarh, July 31
The entrance examination for admission to Rashtirya Indian Military College, Dehradun (UA) for the July 2003 term will be conducted at scheduled centres on December 1 and December 2.


Stay on PU teachers retiring age
Chandigarh, July 31
Taking up a petition filed by 38 Panjab University teachers, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that the Union Government letter declining approval for enhancing the age of retirement from 60 to 62 years will not be given effect till the next date of hearing.

8,000 advocates ineligible to vote in Bar Council poll

Chandigarh, July 31
As many as 8,000 advocates from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana will not be able to cast their vote in the forthcoming elections to the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana as they have not deposited the required advocate welfare fund.

Tehsildar gets bail
Chandigarh, July 31
A local court today granted bail to an accused, Gurnam Singh, Tehsildar with the UT Estate Officer, who had been arrested by the UT Vigilance Department under the Prevention of Corruption Act. He was granted bail on furnishing a bond for Rs 25,000.


A Taiwanese in love with Sikh philosophy
ai-Chuan Tsai, councillor in the Council of Aboriginal Affairs, Taipai City, Taiwan, and a professor in Shin-Shin University, is determined to know everything about Sikhism and Sikh philosophy. Born in Buddhist parents and himself a Christian missionary (baptised 24 years ago), Tsai feels that the teachings of Guru Nanak and the other Sikh Gurus have a depth to transform your entire being ‘and leave you a chastised personality.’


Sports medicine is a separate field: expert
SAS Nagar, July 31
For Dr Anant Joshi, a well-known name in the field of arthroscopy, sports injuries are different from other injuries and so is the treatment, but the Government of India’s Sports Department is yet to realise it.


Kapil to inaugurate Pitch & Putt Course
Chandigarh, July 31
With the Indian Cricketer of the Century halo around him, cricket icon Kapil Dev will be in Chandigarh on August 6. His mission to inaugurate the CGA’s Pitch and Putt Course at the Chandigarh Golf Range at 4 pm.


Two SIs promoted
Chandigarh, July 31
The Chandigarh police today gave ORP promotions (promotion in own rank and pay) two of its Sub-Inspectors during the inauguration of second basic training course for 88 newly recruited constables here.

Panels for execution of Juvenile Justice Act
Chandigarh, July 31
The Chandigarh Administration will constitute various committees for the implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.
A state-level selection committee has been notified by the Administration which held its first meeting yesterday to discuss the formation of two committees.

Administration, MC councillors meet today
Chandigarh, July 31
The Chandigarh Administration and councillors of the Municipal Corporation are scheduled to meet tomorrow to discuss the latter’s demand of implementation of the 74 Amendment of the Constitution.

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