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Panchkula MC gets tough with violators
Illegal construction of high-rise buildings
Panchkula, June 19
The Municipal Council here has decided to take tough measures regarding the construction of high-rise buildings in most of the 13 villages falling within the council limits. Over 100 notices have been issued by the council to residents of at least seven villages —Bhainsa Tibba, Abheypur, Railley and Railla, Haripur and Chotta Haripur, Budanpur, Maheshpur and Bana Madanpur — where the skyline is dotted with high-rise buildings.

1,000 jhuggis razed
Chandigarh, June 19
The Housing Board took control of the 43 acres of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony here by removing the remaining 1,000 jhuggis in the last phase of the three-phase drive today.
Rendered homeless: A woman stands near the debris of her jhuggi while a demolition drive goes on at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony, Sector 49, Chandigarh
Rendered homeless: A woman stands near the debris of her jhuggi while a demolition drive goes on at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony, Sector 49, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — Photo Pankaj Sharma



Panel on need-based house alterations formed
Chandigarh, June 19
The UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), today constituted a committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner with one representative each of two major political parties, besides the Chief Town Planner and Chief Fire Officer as members. The committee would identify need-based constructions in the backyards of various houses, including those constructed by the Chandigarh Housing Board.

Firing in Mohali, case registered
SAS Nagar, June 19
A group of persons resorted to firing in front of two houses in the town here late last night. The assailants also broke the windowpanes of the houses apart from threatening the occupants.

CT scan at GMCH still a distant dream
Chandigarh, June 19
The four-year-long wait of the Government Medical College and Hospital for a CT scan machine may prove to be much longer, as the entire process for acquiring the equipment is to be started all over again.

No end to water woes for now
Chandigarh, June 19
Fill your buckets and drums. Water supply to different parts of the city will remain affected for another two or three days due to the bursting of the main supply line near Maloya village.

4 Architecture Department officials booked
Chandigarh, June 19
The Economic Offence Wing of the Chandigarh Police has registered a case of embezzlement of funds against at least four officials of the Department of Architecture, Haryana. The case has been registered after over a month-long investigations on a complaint made by the department regarding embezzlement.

Zoo may acquire white tigers
Chhat Bir (Patiala), June 19
In view of the birth of a white cub to a Royal Bengal tigress, the Chhat Bir Zoo authorities have decided to keep a round-the-clock vigil on the new born cubs and other pregnant tigresses.

Bhardwaj gets judicial remand
Chandigarh, June 19
Acting on an application moved by suspended Judicial Magistrate S. S Bhardwaj’s counsel to initiate contempt proceeding against the CBI for producing Bhardwaj late in the court in violation of the court order, a local court today issued a notice to the CBI to file a reply in the case by July 3.


Parking in corridors: police to launch challaning drive
Chandigarh, June 19
Challaning of vehicles parked in the corridors of buildings in city commercial centres is on the cards. The Chandigarh Police will be challaning the motorists who “wrongly” park their vehicles in the corridors of commercial buildings.

Haphazardly parked two-wheelers in a corridor of a bank building in Sector 17. — A Tribune photograph
Haphazardly parked two-wheelers in a corridor of a bank building in Sector 17

Mystery shrouds death of SDO’s wife
Panchkula, June 19
Mystery shrouds the death of the wife of Mr Om Prakash, a Subdivisional Officer of the Housing Board, Haryana. The victim, Rani, 42, had died while she was being rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, this afternoon.

No city police officer for Afghan mission
Chandigarh, June 19
All six IPS officers serving with the Chandigarh Police have either refused or do not qualify for an offer from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan to serve in the war-ravaged country.

Temperatures stay below normal
Chandigarh, June 19
After heavy rain lashed the region, maximum temperature today plummeted by up to eight degrees, even as many places in Himachal Pradesh received showers. The city witnessed a partially cloudy day today and the maximum temperature dropped by six degrees here to settle at 32.6 degrees Celsius.

Muhammad Sharif He requires Rs 1.5 lakh for heart surgery
Chandigarh, June 19
As if eking out a living under the shadow of militancy was not enough of a task, Muhammad Sharif (36) from the Poonch area of Jammu and Kashmir, has a new task at hand. Barely able to fend for his family comprising a wife and four children, he requires Rs 1.50 lakh for heart surgery.

Use solar energy
ATER flows from the mountains and reaches us to sustain life. We can say that water is life. Humans depend on it for their everyday needs. However, due to water loss and high temperature it has been estimated that 12,000 persons die of dehydration or by heat stroke. Large parts of northern India are experiencing high temperature and poor monsoons, leading to droughts.

A lane or rivulet?
Chandigarh, June 19
The earthwork for the laying of the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail line has disrupted access to around 65 industrial units for a couple of days in Phase-II of Chandigarh Industrial Area. Yesterday’s downpour has added to the woes. The entire lane housing around 65 industrial units is submerged, making it impossible for the workers to go to their workplaces, Mr Satish Chopra, a worker, said.


Woman commits suicide
Chandigarh, June 19
A 55 year-old woman of Khuda Ali Sher committed suicide by consuming an insecticide in her house here today. According to information, the victim Dyal Kaur, was undergoing medical treatment at the PGI and Ropar. A police official said the family members of the deceased said she was under depression for being ill.

Bid to loot bank
SAS Nagar, June 19
Burglars made an attempt to loot a bank in Bakharpur village, near here, last night. Even though the burglars managed to make an entry into the Shivalik Khetri Gramin Bank, they failed to take away any cash from there. It is reported that cash totalling about Rs 4 lakh was lying in the safe.

Mayor, lawyer quarrel, complain to police
Chandigarh, June 19
Mayor Subhash Chawla had a quarrel with a lawyer, Mr Satbir Singh Gurpuria, last night at the Chandigarh Club. Both parties complained to the police, but later reached a compromise, police sources said.



PEC signs MoU with IIT, Delhi
Chandigarh, June 19
Punjab Engineering College here has joined hands with the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, in the field of research, development, education, training and dissemination of knowledge on a long-term basis.

Common prospectus creates confusion
Chandigarh, June 19
The common prospectus released by the UT Education Department for government colleges in the city has created confusion among students seeking admission to these institutes. While there is a common prospectus containing a single admission form and listing out the courses and facilities in different colleges, students have to apply separately to each college for admission.

The commoner who became king
When Hyder Ali, rose to become the king of Mysore he was merely fulfilling the destiny that his ancestors had failed to reach. They had come to Hindustan from west Asia many generations ago in search of fortunes. Those were the days when Hindustan was the Promised Land, much like America is today. In Hindustan, though, Hyder’s great-grandfather, Shaikh Wali Mohammed, began to search for peace rather than good fortune.

School World Helpline
No two babies are alike. One may smile at everyone, remain happy and be a curious observer. The other baby may frown at everyone, scream and be generally difficult to quieten and calm down. Any parent knows that personality is not something that develops gradually with age but instead seems to be present from birth.


Recalling of arrest warrants ordered
Chandigarh, June 19
The Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, has ordered the recalling of the arrest warrants of Mr H.S. Grewal, Conservator, Forests. An order in this connection was passed by the court today. The court has also issued a notice to Mr Kashmir Singh, DSP, Vigilance, to appear before it on June 21 to furnish an explanation.


Odissi instrument gaining popularity
Chandigarh, June 19
If the words rhythm and “layakari” immediately conjure up images of the tabla or the pakhawaj, here is your chance to learn about a lesser-known musical instrument called mardol, which is beginning to emerge from the temples of Orissa and make its presence felt on the national scene.


3 bare at safai karamcharis’ rally
Chandigarh, June 19
About 200 retrenched safai karamcharis of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), took out a semi-nude rally, here today. Accusing the hospital authorities and the contractor of misleading the UT Administration about their demands, the retrenched safai karamcharis stripped as they marched from the GMCH to the Sector 17 Health Department office and later to Matka Chowk.


Ankita upsets second seed Anushka
Chandigarh, June 19
Ankita Singh, a class VIII student of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, today created a flutter when she upset the apple cart of second seed Anushka Kapoor of Delhi in three gruelling sets to sail in the last eight of the under-14 section of the Fort St. Soldier’s Tennis Championship at the St. Soldier’s Divine Public School, Panchkula, here today.

MES beat Panchkula in cricket
Patiala, June 19
The MES cricket club beat Panchkula Coaching Centre by 4 wickets in a league match of the Janta Sports Cup tournament played at the Army School Grounds here today.


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