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Admn levies tax on commercial property
Chandigarh, May 7
The Chandigarh Administration here today imposed property tax on commercial, industrial and institutional property at the rate of 5 per cent of the rateable annual rent within the MC limits. “The government buildings have also been put under the net of service tax at 75 per cent of the rate,” an official spokesman said here today.

Justice Verma arrives in city

Chandigarh, May 7
The Governor Punjab and UT Administrator (designate), Justice O.P. Verma, arrived in the city this evening, accompanied by his wife, Ms Sobha Verma, to an official welcome at the UT Guest House in Sector 6.

The Governor, Punjab, and UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma
The Governor, Punjab, and UT Administrator (designate), Justice O.P. Verma, with his mother Ms Anita Devi and wife Ms Sobha Verma, on their arrival in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph





Water pressure to improve
Chandigarh, May 7
There is good news for residents putting up in Sector 33 and some other southern sectors. They need not buy electric pumps for bringing water to the top floors of multi-storeyed buildings in summer this year. The water pressure will improve remarkably in “a few days time” with the installation of “machinery high heads” at Sector 32 water works.

PU drafts action plan to check fake admissions
Chandigarh, May 7
Taking a serious view of reports of fake admissions in the affiliated colleges, Panjab University has drafted an action plan to plug the loopholes in the existing system from the forthcoming academic session.

No land exempted from acquisition
Chandigarh, May 7
Alarmed at news reports about land at Kajehri village having been exempted from acquisition, the Chandigarh Administration today asked the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), South, Ms Madhavi Kataria, to physically verify if some unscrupulous elements were defrauding people by selling acquired land by palming it off as exempted land by quoting media reports as a tool.


Bomb hoax in District Courts

Chandigarh, May 7
The District Courts complex in Sector 17 here had to be vacated here this morning after two anonymous telephone calls regarding a bomb in the complex were received. However, after a search by the bomb disposal squad, the calls turned out to be hoax.

A dog squad comes out of the Sector 17 District Courts complex, which was evacuated following a bomb hoax in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

A dog squad comes out of the Sector 17 District Courts complex, which was evacuated following a bomb hoax in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Batalvi’s better half comes calling
Chandigarh, May 7
We have long known and heard that Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s timeless poetry was born of the virgin wounds that love gave him. But there are other aspects of the poet’s life, which have failed to meet the public eye. When viewed in the light of these aspects, the real Shiv Kumar Batalvi comes alive — lovelorn, but ecstatic about life and more so about his future with his own family.

Mrs Arun Batalvi, wife of Shiv Kumar Batalvi, pays floral tribute to her husband at a function organised by the State Bank of India in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph 
Mrs Arun Batalvi, wife of Shiv Kumar Batalvi, pays floral tribute to her husband

Councillors flay PUDA
SAS Nagar, May 7
Six municipal councillors here today attacked the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) for failing to provide essential facilities here and claimed that it had merely become a commercial set-up with the sole aim of making money.

‘Disproportionate’ fares irk residents
Kharar, May 7
Residents of this township are peeved over the “disproportionate” bus fares being charged for different destinations from Kharar even though the distances involved are the same. According to local residents, the bus fare from Kharar to Chandigarh is Rs13, while that for places like Kurali and Morinda is just Rs 5 even though all three places are 15 km away.

Mercury transit photographed
Chandigarh, May 7
The first Mercury transit of the 21st century, a rare happening, was spotted and photographed in the city by a local space enthusiast here today. Mr Pradeep Mahajan, a businessman of Sector 16, who had set up his own observation laboratory at his residence, stared through his telescope for more than five hours to get different views of Mercury transit.

Pradeep Mahajan, a local space enthusiast, observes the Mercury transit at his personal space observatory in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Photo Pankaj Sharma
Pradeep Mahajan, a local space enthusiast, observes the Mercury transit at his personal space observatory in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Asiatic lion found dead
Chhat Bir, May 7
An adult Asiatic lion was found dead in the Lion Safari of Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park here this afternoon.

‘Missing’ girl reaches home
SAS Nagar, May 7
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of a 19-year-old Kanpur girl, Harveen Kaur, alias Chandni, yesterday ended here today with her parents receiving the news of her arrival at their house in Kanpur today afternoon. The girl had gone missing yesterday morning when she had gone out of the house for a walk but failed to return.

Gopal Sweets comes to city
Chandigarh, May 7
Gopal’s has come to Chandigarh. With its melt-in-the-mouth varieties of sweets and snacks. After dominating the Patiala mithai scene for around 45 years, Mr Hari Singh Gopal, gave in to the wishes of his grandchildren to expand to City Beautiful. Their swanky new eatery in Sector 8-C, Madhya Marg, spread over two floors, was thrown open to the city residents on Sunday with much fanfare.

Volunteers should come forward
HE Sukhna Lake is the right place for having fun and recreation, a place of privacy for young couples. One can sit for hours together and refresh oneself. The lake needs our help. It is the wealth of the city and we will not let it die.


Suicide cases
Chandigarh, May 7
An unemployed youth, Sanjeev Kumar, reportedly ended his life by hanging himself at his Maloya residence last night.


MARKET SPOTLIGHT — Sec-26 Madhya Marg
Superior quality furniture is the hallmark of Sector 26 market

Malaysian furniture has made an entry into Chandigarh with a bang, courtesy the ban on tree felling in the country and the opening up of the market to global players. Brands like Sent In and THS have a collection of Malaysian wooden wares that bring traditional Indian furniture in focus for the changing trends.




Improve summoning of witnesses: court
Chandigarh, May 7
Taking a serious view of the prosecuting agencies’ failure to secure the presence of witnesses in criminal cases, Mr Justice Amar Dutt of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Punjab and Haryana’s Directors General of Police, besides Inspector General of Chandigarh Police, to issue instructions for improving the functioning of the criminal courts as far as the summoning of witnesses was concerned.

HC notice to Admn
Chandigarh,  May 7
Taking up a petition filed by a Naya Gaon resident claiming that countryside dwellers had been ignored by the authorities, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice of motion to the Chandigarh Administration and other respondents.


15,000 new thalassaemia cases every year
Chandigarh, May 7
The birth of a thalassaemic child two years ago, has in no way deterred Arti and Sanjay from going in for a second child, that too without any genetic counselling or pre-natal diagnosis as being firm believers in destiny they feel it is God who will take care of everything.


Wall practice for better results in tennis
Chandigarh, May 7
Practising tennis and even badminton against a wall has a great advantage for any player. In tennis, beginners normally start with playing against a wall to learn fundamentals of the game. The ball gets rebound with same force with which it was hit, thus helping the player to learn as how to make best use of every stroke. It also helps a trainee to know his weaknesses.

Mohali reign supreme
Chandigarh, May 7
Mohali outplayed Chandigarh in the three-day Punjab State Inter district Under-17 Cricket Tournament played here today at PCA Stadium, SAS Nagar. Simranjit Singh and Sunny Sohal from Mohali played a key role in the team’s victory. Simranjit made 38 runs in the first innings and 105 runs in the second innings. Sunny scored 52 runs in the first innings and unbeaten 108 runs in the second.


Sale of uncovered eatables banned
Panchkula, May 7
Exercising powers under Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, and the notification issued by the Haryana Government on December 10, 1994, the Deputy Commissioner has banned the sale of uncovered eatables in the district till December 31.


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