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Blood Bank Society holds contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The Blood Bank Society organised a flower arrangement competition at the 2-day ‘Guldasta’ flower festival that concluded at Mohali
yesterday. The contestants were given 15 topics to choose from which included ‘Blood donors bring sunshine’ and ‘Blood bridges all gaps’ among others.

Ms Kanta Swaroop Krishan, honorary general secretary of the society, gave away certificates of merit to the participants.



Punjab eves down Delhi in handball
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 1
Chandigarh men went down fighting to Punjab 16-25 in the final of the North Zone Senior Handball championship, which concluded today at the DAV Senior Secondary School grounds, Sector 8. At half time, Chandigarh were trailing 10-16. In the women’s final, Punjab downed Delhi 16-11 with half time score of 11-7.

In the Punjab- Chandigarh tie, for the winners, Jaswant Singh scored seven, Sachin five, Sukhdev four and Gaurav three. For losers side, Shiv Dayal (five), Manoj (five) and Shaminder (three) were the scorers. Haryana and women team had to remain satisfied with the bronze medals.

Cricket tourney: A scintillating performance by Ranjit Bajaj enabled Minerva Academy Xi in beating DC Model School, Panchkula, by seven wickets in the Videocon league cum-knockout cricket tournament played here today at the Government Model Senior Secondary school grounds, Sector 19.

Ranjit who led the Minerva Academy team, wrecked the DC Model batting order by claiming five wickets for 20 runs. Later he scored 38 runs.

Earlier, DC Model batsmen scored 159 runs and were all out in 19.2 overs. Vishal Sahni scored 38 runs, Ranjit took five wickets for 20 runs, Gaurav Dhir and Amit Kumar bagged two wickets each by giving 10 and eight runs, respectively.

In reply, Minerva Academy achieved the target with the loss of three wickets. Harish Garg claimed 63 runs, Ranjit scored 38 runs and Anurag Chopra made 32 runs.

In the second tie, a superb knock of 69 runs helped Samsung Xi in overpowering City Employees XI by 89 runs. Samsung XI made 208 runs for the loss of six wickets in 25 overs. Bageshwar made 69 runs, RP Singh hammered 28 runs while Manish Chadha scored 19 runs. Jasbir Rana claimed 2 wickets for 31 runs. In reply, City Employees XI were all out for 119 runs in 22.3 overs. Gajinder made 41 runs, Mohan Kalsi 22 runs. Surinder Singh ‘Baijee’ bagged three wickets for 19 runs while Rajiv Bhardwaj took two wickets for 20 runs.

Squash association: HC Sharma, secretary-general of the Squash Rackets Association of Chandigarh, was nominated executive member of the Squash Rackets Federation of India at its general body meeting held on February 28 in Chennai. Sharma told in this meeting, that BKR Rao was elected president while Mr N. Ramachandran secretary-general.



MC notice to cable operators
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The Municipal Corporation has given 15 days time to local cable operators to pay the ground rent failing which they could face disconnection. The notice is dated February 27, reliable sources said. It is worth mentioning that more than 80 per cent cable operators in the city have not cleared the dues for rent to the Municipal Corporation since the first notice was sent in 1999.

The total amount is more than Rs 25 lakh. There are more than 100 cable operators in the city. The circular was earlier issued in January. The corporation has sounded a warning to the cable operators that penalty could amount to disconnection.

The notice said: “You are once again given an opportunity to clear the amount of arrears within a period of 15 days from the date of issue of this notice, failing which action in accordance with law will be initiated against you”.

The official said that no response from the cable operators could lead to forfeiture and confiscation of the cable connection poles on account of using the corporation land without any payment.

The notice for payment of ground rent for installation of cable network says that “ Municipal Corporation has decided to charge ground rent from the sector level cable operators in its meeting held on November 30, 1999, at Rs 12,000 per year from all sectors except Sectors 1 to Sector 6 who will pay Rs 6000 every year”.

The erring parties were earlier served the personal notices in March 2002, July 2002, and November 2002. Public notices were displayed in December, 1999, March, 2000 and May 2002, for depositing the ground rent at mentioned rates. The cable operators have continued with the cable networking by erecting poles on the municipal land without payment of any ground rent, it has been pointed out.



Draw for HUDA plots postponed
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 1
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has postponed the draw of lots of about 3,000 plots in various sectors of the township.
The new date of the draw of lots, which was to be held on March 3, will be announced shortly. The draw of the plots, which were floated in October last year in already-developed sectors, has been put off as the final lists have not yet been prepared.

The HUDA Administrator, Mr C.R. Rana, said the draw had been postponed as a number of applicants belonging to the reserved category such as the defence and para-military forces, ex-servicemen, the Scheduled Castes had not “completed” their applications. They would be given time to remove the “deficiencies” in the application after which the completed list would be displayed on the notice boards.

Meanwhile, the booking for about 528 plots in the Mansa Devi Complex will begin on March 3 and continue till April 5. The plots measuring one kanal, two kanal, 14 marlas and 10 marlas have  been floated by the HUDA in Sectors 2 and 6 of the  complex.



MC committees’ bearers decided
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Top bearers of at least four committees of the Municipal Corporation were decided today. The committees included the ones on water and sewerage, roads, and sanitation and electricity.

Mr Surinder Singh will be the chairman of the Water and Sanitation Committee. Ms Pushpa Sharma will be the vice-chairman. Ms Lalit Joshi is the chairman of the Roads Committee whereas Ms Pushpa Sharma will be her deputy.

The sanitation committee will be headed by Mr Chandermukhi and Mr B.R. Verma will be the vice-chairman. Ms Shyama Negi is the chairman of the electricity committee, while Mr Surinder Singh is the vice-chairman.

Elections to the environment and city beautification, fire services, slum development and enforcement committees are scheduled for March 5. On March 8, elections will be held for the legal affairs, apni mandis, arts culture and sports and resource generation committees.



Admn, CSIO to sign MoU 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The Chandigarh Administration will tomorrow sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) for implementing its biotechnology policy. The MoU will be signed between the Secretary Science and Technology, Chandigarh, Mr M.P. Singh, and the Director CSIO, Dr R.P. Bajpai, in the presence of the Adviser at the UT Secretariat.


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