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MC notices to owners of rural high-rise buildings
Chandigarh, April 16
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has served notices on the owners of high-rise buildings in four villages — Burail, Butrela Badheri and Attawa — falling within lal dora, for raising the height of these buildings beyond the permitted height of construction.

Truckers’ strike affects petrol, vegetable supply
Chandigarh, April 16
The impact of the truck operators’ strike became more pronounced today, when a number of petrol stations in the city, SAS Nagar and surrounding areas went dry. Petrol dealers said they were still waiting for the supply of petrol and diesel.

Farmers from the region throng the city’s Sector 26 market with vegetables loaded on tractor-trailers

TRUCKERS’ STRIKE: Farmers from the region throng the city’s Sector 26 market with vegetables loaded on tractor-trailers on Wednesday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan



School buses put young lives at risk
Chandigarh, April 16
Giving two hoots to the safety of young innocents, school buses are violating the rules, conveniently. Worse, little has been done by the school, and the state transport authorities to ensure compliance of safety norms. Instead of dealing with the violators, they simply pass the buck.

2 commit suicide in city
Chandigarh, April 16
Under depression for being unemployed, a youth of the city today committed suicide at his Sector 20 house here. The victim, Hardeep, was undergoing treatment at the psychiatry department of the PGI for the past over two years. He hanged himself with a sari of his mother while he was alone at home.

A journey to frustration
Chandigarh, April 16
Exhaustion bogs you down even before you get on the train. After minutes and minutes of brooding in an unending queue at the railway reservation counter, you are directed to come back later because of “link failure”.

Lack of basic amenities made Punjab villagers shift
Over 70 families have migrated from Masol village in Kharar and settled around Kiratpur in Panchkula district of Haryana. Kiratpur (Pinjore), April 16
The wish to educate her sons made Ms Garjo Kaur move here from Masol village in adjoining Punjab. ‘‘I have been blessed with five sons and want all of them to get educated and rise in life. Had we continued to live in Masol, my sons, too, would had become daily-wage labourers like their father’’, said the woman while narrating why she chose to settle here a couple of years ago.

Over 70 families have migrated from Masol village in Kharar and settled around Kiratpur in Panchkula district of Haryana. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

CSD liquor to be expensive
Chandigarh, April 16
The UT Excise and Taxation Department has told the Army’s Canteen Stores Department (CSD) that it will have to pay additional excise duty on liquor if it lifts more stock as compared to the stock that was sold last year.


Jacob visits Sector 26 market
Chandigarh, April 16
The UT Administrator, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, (retd), today paid a surprise visit to the Sector 26, market and instructed the Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar, to operationalise the new grain market in Sector 39 at the earliest so that the load on the Sector 26 market was reduced.

Slush and insanitary conditions greeted the Punjab Governor and the Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, (retd), when he paid a surprise visit to the Sector 26 market in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

A long queue of people outside a bill collection centre of the Punjab State Electricity Board office in Zirakpur on Wednesday. Long queues at power bill counters
Dera Bassi, April 16
Long queues of people to collect their power bills, piled in heaps, outside different Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) bill collections counters could be seen in the subdivision on the second day today.

A long queue of people outside a bill collection centre of the Punjab State Electricity Board office in Zirakpur on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

‘Khokha’ owners cry foul over booth allotment
SAS Nagar, April 16
Relating a sordid saga of corruption in the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), some ‘khokha’ owners of Phase XI here have alleged mismanagement in the allotment of booths in Phases X and XI in lieu of these khokhas in the illegal markets.

Death of a son — mother profiles the tragedy
Chandigarh, April 16
 Tagore placed death on the same pedestal as life when he wrote: “Life does not leak because death is not a crack.” But not everyone can think like a poet, especially when one has been through the ordeal of consigning the mortal remains of one’s child to ashes.

Contractors stopped from dumping garbage
SAS Nagar, April 16
Residents of Sohana village owning the land acquired by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to be used as a dumping ground for the Municipal Council (MC), SAS Nagar, today stopped many of the MC’s contractors and employees from dumping garbage at the site.

House owners seek school building
SAS Nagar, April 16
The House Owners Welfare Association of Phase I here has demanded that PUDA should construct a primary school building on the plot earmarked for the purpose in the phase about 30 years ago.

Youth ambassadors share experiences
Chandigarh, April 16
Youth representatives working to promote healthy and positive living in Commonwealth countries in Asia began a week-long workshop here today to exchange experiences and review their progress.

Naushad Ali to head Minorities Morcha
Chandigarh, April 16
The BJP President, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, today appointed Mr Naushad Ali as president of the Minorities Morcha along with 10 other office-bearers.

Power theft: 5 units raided
Chandigarh, April 16
In connection with a case of power theft by certain industrial units by tampering with meters, teams comprising police and Electricity Department officials raided five industrial units in the city.

MC warning on burning of leaves
Chandigarh, April 16
The Municipal Corporation here today warned residents and its employees of facing prosecution for illegally burning leaves.

A non-vegetarian’s delight
Chandigarh, April 16
It’s a non-vegetarian’s delight. The cool, clean store retailing in chicken meat and its preparations. Minus the flies, smell and lumps of meat hanging down a line and a sweaty boy wielding the butcher’s knife to hand over the item. Chicken World, the new store in the Sector 37-D market, should be the answer to many a homemaker’s dream.

Check-dams on rivulets needed
Proper check-dams on the rivulets feeding the lake were needed as these could curb the entry of silt into the lake. The Sukhna also needs a planned and developed drainage system.



3 held for assault
Panchkula, April 16
The police has arrested three persons for assaulting a resident of Bagwali village here today.

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A view of the Sector 18-D.MARKET SPOTLIGHT — 18-D
Chinese fancy lights push Indian electrical products in background
ith the opening up of economy ushering in import of cheap electrical and electronics goods, this market, having the largest number of dealers in the city, has seen its business going up.

A view of the Sector 18-D. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

VLCC holds reunion
Chandigarh, April 16
Vandana Luthra’s Curls and Curves (VLCC) today organised a reunion of its old and new clients on the occasion of its fifth anniversary celebrations.


DPI order to govt teachers
Chandigarh, April 16
The DPI (Schools), Chandigarh, today issued orders that all government teachers deputed for evaluating CBSE examination answersheets would first hold regular classes in their respective schools before proceeding to evaluation centres.

CCET to have new academic block
Chandigarh, April 16
The foundation stone of a new academic block at the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET), Sector 26, was laid by the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lient-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), here today.



Bhattal case adjourned till May 3
Chandigarh, April 16
The Agriculture Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today appeared in a local court in a case pertaining to alleged corruption and embezzlement of Rs 20 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. An FIR was registered against her on May 22, 2002, on the complaint of Mr Balwant Singh Dhillon.



Rare honour for Prof N.N. Wig
Chandigarh, April 16
Prof N.N. Wig, former head of the Psychiatry Department at the PGI has been honoured with the Dr V.N. Bagadia Lifetime Achievement Award by the Bombay Psychiatric Society for Promotion of Mental Health.

NAMS honours Dr S.B.S. Mann
Chandigarh, April 16
Dr S B S Mann has been selected to deliver ‘’Dr V R Khanolkar Oration’’ for 2002-03. This is a rare honour bestowed by the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS).

Blood donation by 4 pc city residents can solve problem
Chandigarh, April 16
Meeting the entire blood requirement through voluntary donations as per the National Blood Policy may seem to be a far cry. But if a mere 4 per cent of the city population donates blood once a year, the problem could be solved completely.



Seven inspectors transferred
Chandigarh, April 16
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Rajesh Kumar, today ordered the transfer of seven inspectors, including three SHOs. Sources said more transfers were expected in the next few days.

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