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Slum-dwellers make hay, oustees denied dues
Chandigarh, June 23
It seems the Chandigarh Administration has different yardsticks for rehabilitating various categories of people. One is for the illegal slum-dwellers who have been getting free or highly subsidised housing and promised much more. The other category is of the oustees or farmers whose land was acquired to expand Chandigarh, who have got nothing other than hollow promises.

IAS men among 400 violators served notices
Chandigarh, June 23
Cracking down on the encroachments and violations in government houses in the city, the Chandigarh Administration today issued notices of various violations to 400 allottees. The list includes houses of officers also.



Chandigarh’s oustees, Punjab’s burden
SAS Nagar, June 23
Chandigarh’s oustees are now Punjab’s burden. In a major exodus, following the recent anti-encroachment drive by the Chandigarh Administration, hundreds of men, women and children are settling in vacant land in peripheral villages of the city, falling in Punjab.

Migrant labourers camp outside Kambala village.
— Photo Parvesh Chauhan
Migrant labourers camp outside Kambala village.

Demolition of slums to affect economy of city
Chandigarh, June 23
Sunita, a domestic help, working in Pushpac Society, Sector 49, today asked her employer to increase her monthly wages from Rs 400 to Rs 600 claiming that she was no more able to work at these wages. ‘‘How can you ask for such a rise in a day?’’ asked her employer.

 Jai Dev Giri Baba
Jai Dev Giri Baba

‘Godman’ held for raping minor
Chandigarh, June 23
A self-styled godman of Maloya has been arrested by the city police for allegedly abducting and raping a minor girl. The godman, Jai Dev Giri Baba, alias Deepak Bhatachariya of Dronacharya Mandir, Maloya, kept the girl in illegal confinement and kept on abusing the girl for over four years, claimed the police.

Glow signs removed on Madhya Marg
Chandigarh, June 23
As many as 40 glow sign panels were removed in a drive on Madhya Marg in Sectors 7, 8 and 26, here today. Around 90 shopkeepers had already removed glow sign panels on the expiry of the period of notices served by Municipal Commissioner M. P. Singh.

Police drive against under-aged drivers
Chandigarh, June 23
In less than 24 hours after a rickshaw-puller died after being hit by a car allegedly driven by a minor, the Chandigarh police has decided to check under-age driving.

Harry Potter ignites price war
Chandigarh, June 23
Tremendous. This is how local book sellers are describing the response to J.K. Rowling’s latest offering, “Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix”. Much to the delight of readers, the book, which hit city markets on Saturday has also set-off a price war among several book stores, with discounts up to 15 per cent as well as some other incentives being offered to woo book-lovers.

City receives pre-monsoon showers
Chandigarh, June 23
The city today received the first pre-monsoon showers. The maximum humidity rose to 100 per cent and minimum to 52 per cent, leaving the people to perspire profusely after the sun made its appearance in the evening.

A young girl with an umbrella as The Tribune cameraman Karam Singh clicks her through the rear view mirror of his car as Chandigarh gets first pre-monsoon showers on Monday.
A young girl with an umbrella as The Tribune cameraman Karam Singh clicks her through the rear view mirror of his car as Chandigarh gets first pre-monsoon showers on Monday.


Living in fear of falling bricks
Sector 39 govt houses in need of repair
Chandigarh, June 23
Punjab government employees living in II and III type houses in Sector-39 C&D are in constant fear of life from falling bricks and cracks in the ceilings of the houses. The Residents Welfare Association of Sector-39 D has identified 27 vulnerable houses, but the government has expressed its inability to take up the repair work due to “shortage of funds”.

Car damaged in cantilever collapse
Bricks from the cantilever of a house fall on a car and damage it in Sector 39-D, Chandigarh
Bricks from the cantilever of a house fall on a car and damage it in Sector 39-D, Chandigarh, on Sunday night. — Photo Pankaj Sharma

Police denies arresting Randhawa
SAS Nagar, June 23
The SAS Nagar police did an about-turn today, stating that they have not arrested Mr B.S. Randhawa, one of the eight trustees of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, on charge of abetment of murder of the Gurcharan Singh, Chairman of the Institute, on Saturday morning.

MC legal panel opposes draft bill points
Chandigarh, June 23
The Legal Affairs Committee of the Municipal Corporation has expressed its opinion against several recommendations of the Draft Specimen Municipal Bill prepared and sent by the Central Government for seeking comments of all municipal bodies of the country.

Satish Kumar Yadav Another claimant for biggest hands
Chandigarh, June 23
He is not an artist, no sportsman or intellectual and yet Mr S.K. Yadav stands out in the crowd. His towering frame of 6 feet 10 inches is one of the reasons though it is not the only one. His claim to fame is bigger, broader, heavier and it comes from having one of the largest hands.

Ranbaxy asked to obtain NOC
SAS Nagar, June 23
The Deputy Director of Factories, Mohali, has directed Ranbaxy Laboratories not to carry out any manufacturing process in the Module 1A and 1B of the factory here till it obtains a no-objection certificate from the Chief Inspector of Factories, Punjab. This direction is part of the interim report given by Mr Hardayal Singh, Deputy Director Factories to the Director of Factories, Punjab.

Ishita SinghPlatform: Save water
ET us all start conserving water from our homes. As the saying goes,” Little drops of water make the mighty ocean. “To start with, when you brush your teeth use a mug, when you wash your car and water the plants, use a bucket.

Park-and-pay system suggested
Chandigarh, June 23
A committee on parking has suggested the introduction of a “park-and-pay” system in the paid parking lots in Sectors 17, 8 and 9. The committee at its meeting held today said the parking contractors must issue tokens to the visitors to the paid parking lots and if there was no space, visitors must be told about the unavailability of space.

Talk about drugs on June 26
Chandigarh, June 23
The Narcotics Control Bureau in collaboration with the Chandigarh police will organise a series of functions to observe the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26.


Woman commits suicide
Chandigarh, June 23
A 35 year-old woman, hailing from Nepal, allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at her residence in Hallomajra village here late last night. The victim, Sunitga, was living along with her husband and two children — a boy aged 12 years and a girl aged 10 years.

One killed in accident
Lalru, June 23
One person was killed and 12 others were injured in two separate accidents on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, near here, during past 24 hours. A Delhi resident, Surinder Pal Singh, and his companion, Baljit Chaddha, were on their way to Shimla when an unidentified vehicle hit their car (DL-4C-2615) near Jharmari late last night. Surinder Pal Singh died on the spot, while Chaddha sustained injuries.


Extension counter upgraded
Chandigarh, June 23
Punjab National Bank today upgraded its extension counter at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8. Mr Harwant Singh, General Manager, Punjab National Bank, Northern Zone, inaugurated the upgraded branch.


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SOPU burns VC’s effigy
Chandigarh, June 23
Members of the Students Organisation of Panjab University today burnt the effigy of the Vice-Chancellor to protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands. A statement issued here today said that unless their demands were met, their agitation would be identified.


Kathak workshop begins
Chandigarh, June 23
Rajendra Gangani, the seventh generation kathak exponent of the Jaipur gharana, will be given the prestigious central Sangeet Natak Akademi award this year by the President of India on July 6. He feels that in his own humble way, he has managed to keep the name of his lineage afloat.


Awareness camps on STD
Chandigarh, June 23
As many as 110 men and 117 women were examined, of which 65 were treated for sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive tract infections, at a camp held in Bapu Dham Colony here today. Almost 43 blood samples were drawn for conducting further tests. In all, about 700 residents participated.

Homoeo dispensary inaugurated
Chandigarh, June 23
A charitable homoeopathic dispensary was inaugurated at Lions Bhavan, Sector 18, here yesterday. Started by the Lions Club Chandigarh (Host) in association with Homoeopathic Medical College, Sector 26, it was inaugurated by the Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral.


Soccer at infancy stage in city
Chandigarh, June 23
Football, the world’s most popular game, took roots in Chandigarh more than four decades back. However, the city is not counted among the major football centres of the country.

School boys during a practice session at the Sector 17 Football Stadium in Chandigarh. 
— A Tribune photograph
School boys during a practice session at the Sector 17 Football Stadium in Chandigarh.

Weightlifting meet from June 28
Chandigarh, June 23
The Chandigarh Amateur Weightlifting Association will hold the Ist Chandigarh State Weightlifting Championship for sub-junior boys on June 28 at the Weightlifting Coaching Centre, Sector 42. According to Mr H.S. Bansal, secretary of the association, boys below 16 years will be allowed to take part in this meet.

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