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Controversial DC on way out
Arun Kumar to be repatriated to Haryana
Arun KumarChandigarh, May 11
The Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh, Mr Arun Kumar, is on his way out. Senior functionaries in the Union Ministry of Personnel today confirmed to The Tribune that the Deputy Commissioner was being repatriated to his parent cadre of Haryana.

TV screens go blank
Chandigarh, May 11
Television screens in the city and Mohali went blank today, marking the protest of the City Cable Operators Association against the “policy of levying disproportionate ground rent by the Municipal Corporation”.

Encroachments removed on HC order,
says Admn

Chandigarh, May 11
The Chandigarh Administration has said that encroachments in Dadu Majra village and other parts of the city were removed under the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

City doctors rank 2, 3 in IAS list
Chandigarh, May 11
Consistent hard work and focused study has helped two doctors from the city to make it to the top ranks of the prestigious Indian Administrative Services after the results of the UPSC (Mains) were declared today.

UT skyline for sale?
Chandigarh Tribune has started a debate on the changing nature of city’s skyline. Should apartments be allowed on single unit houses? Readers are invited to write in their views to Chandigarh Tribune, Sector 29 C, Chandigarh. They can also e-mail at
— Editor-in-Chief


Dr Basant Garg Dr Gaurav Uppal
Dr Basant Garg (rank 2, left) and Dr Gaurav Uppal (rank 3) share their success with their mothers after clearing the IAS (Main) examination in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photos by Pravesh Chauhan

City lad makes it to IPS
Chandigarh, May 11
It was a dream come true for Maneesh Chaudhary (24), son of a Haryana cadre IAS officer, Ms Meenakshi Anand Choudhary, when he got selected to the Indian Police Services. He has secured 96th rank in the Civil Services Examination.                               
Maneesh Chaudhary
Maneesh Chaudhary

Chandigarh to feature in light-and-sound programme

Chandigarh, may 11
In an interesting development, Chandigarh is going to feature on the reputed Light and Sound, programme of the India Tourism Development Corporation as part of a project recently sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Tourism.

Four-laning of four national highways on the anvil
Chandigarh, May 11
Financial savvy is no longer the mantra of corporate sector. In order to get maximum value for money, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to complete the four laning of four national highways in the North on a Build Operate and Transfer basis.

Mrs Chandni Luthra
Mrs Chandni Luthra

UT skyline for sale
Murder of a legacy & beginning without an end
When India attained Independence in 1947, the division of Punjab left Lahore in Pakistan and Chandigarh was conceived in a time of crisis. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who selected the site of Chandigarh in 1948 was of the view that the city should be a symbol of nation’s faith in the future.


Planned development in UT periphery an uphill task: experts
Zirakpur, May 11
The Punjab government will face a tough task in implementing the provisions of master plans envisaging the planned development of Zirakpur, Lalru and Kharar. Town and country planning experts are of the opinion that the government will face the ire of the public and builders who have constructed housing colonies, flats and independent houses which will be declared as violations of the proposed master plan.

Interference in removal of colonies condemned
Mohali, May 11
The Citizens Welfare federation has condemned political interference in the removal of illegal colonies in and around the town. At a meeting which was attended by representatives of various areas of the town, Mr B.S. Tej, president of the federation, said when the Chandigarh Administration could remove encroachments, even concerning religious places, on the directions of the Supreme Court why could not land worth crores of rupees be got retrieved in Mohali.

Juvenile delinquents walk free for a day
Chandigarh, May 11
There was a time when the UT Administration had to take flak from the Punjab and Haryana High Court for being unable to respect the dignity of Juvenile Remand Home inmates. A few years on, the state’s mindset towards welfare issues has pleasantly changed. No more are the inmates of such homes treated as “prisoners” meant to be condemned to a life of indignity and submission.
Walking free: One of the 15 inmates of Juvenile Remand Home, Sector 15, goes around Capital Book Store with an escort police officer
Walking free: One of the 15 inmates of Juvenile Remand Home, Sector 15, goes around Capital Book Store with an escort police officer. The inmates were on their first outing on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Just an accused, not a smuggler
Chandigarh, May 11
Reacting to a news-item “Israeli smuggler seeks probe against NCB officials” published in these columns on May 1, counsel for accused Lior Avi Ben Moyal has claimed that there was no evidence to justify that he was a “smuggler” and an “international drug trafficker”.

Govt depts to file IT returns electronically
Chandigarh, May 11
The Income Tax Department has asked all government agencies, which deduct tax from salaries of their employees, to file their annual returns electronically and do away with paper filing of returns. Four agencies have been designated for the purpose of facilitating filing of returns electronically.

Poll for MC vice-chief tomorrow
Mohali, May 11
Elections to the post of senior vice - president and vice - president of the local Municipal Council are likely to be held after the general house meeting of the civic body scheduled to be held on May 13.


28 sacks of poppy husk seized
Mohali, May 11
The police has seized 28 sacks of poppy husk during a raid late last night and arrested two persons in this regard. According to Mr Rakesh Agrawal SP, the arrested persons were Zorawar Singh, a resident of Sohana and Amarjeet Singh, a resident of Mamupur village.

Bid to defraud bank of Rs 6 lakh
Chandigarh, May 11
A Jalandhar resident produced a fake guarantor to dupe Punjab and Sind Bank, Sector 34, of Rs 6 lakh. The fraud was detected when a bank official sent notice to Saroop Singh, the guarantor, after the loanee stopped depositing the instalments, only to learn that his name was used to defraud the bank.

Minor held on theft charge
Chandigarh, May 11
The police today arrested a minor boy on theft charge. Mr Furkaan Ahmed reported to the police that a 16-year-old boy of Mani Majra stole Rs 2,500 and one mobile phone from his residence during the night of May 6.


Traders hail SAIL gesture
Panchkula, May 11
The Punchkula district unit of the Haryana Chamber of Commerce and Industry has hailed the Steel Authority of India for facilitating the supply of steel by the Panchkula consumers from their Chandigarh depot.


Students of Mount View Public School, Baltana, visit The Tribune office in Chandigarh
Students of Mount View Public School, Baltana, visit The Tribune office in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Chinese team attends seminar in city
Chandigarh, May 11
A six-member delegation from China attended a seminar organised by the Punjab School Education Board at the UT Guest House, Sector 7, here yesterday. The Chinese delegation’s visit is part of an exchange programme under a memorandum of understanding between the Board and the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education, China, from 2003-06.

National Technology Day celebrated
Chandigarh, May 11
Students of Government Girls Senior secondary School, Sector 8, celebrated the National Technology Day here today. An inter-house science quiz competition was organised on this occasion. Students of classes X and XII took part in the contest. Shivani, Shefali and Monika of Lotus House won the contest.


Stunning performance by French danseuse
The grandeur and spirituality of the Bharatnatyam was today redefined by French danseuse Annie, who is obsessed with the charm of the Indian culture. Born in Paris and holding a masters degree in French and English literature from Sorbonne University, Annie, who has rechrishened herself Devayani fell in love with the Indian tradition after witnessing a Bharanatyam dance sequence in a film Phantom India, which proved to be the turning point in her life.


French Bharatnatyam dancer Annie performs at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

French Bharatnatyam dancer Annie performs at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh

Canadian writer Nadeem Parmar’s novel released
“Chaak jigar ke si lete hain, jaise bhi ho jee lete hain..” and more soulful ghazals penned by Vancouver-based litterateur have been immortalised by maestro Jagjit Singh and others. A latest ghazal album “Tamanna” in the voice of Jaswinder Singh, a disciple of Jagjit Singh, features in his hit lyrics, “Dard -e-dil ho” and “Iss tere paak se badan ko ‘nadeem’ Ganga kehden ya gangajal kehden..”

The Director of the Haryana Punjabi Academy, Mr C.R. Moudgil, releases the book of Nadeem Parmar in Chandigarh
The Director of the Haryana Punjabi Academy, Mr C.R. Moudgil (left), releases the book of Nadeem Parmar in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph


26 nurses recruited for New Zealand
Chandigarh, May 11
Leon Vermeulen, Director, Healthcare Employment Services, International Recruitment and Placement Consultants, New Zealand, who is in the city for recruiting nurses, said there was shortage of nursing staff in New Zealand. He selected 26 nurses from the Canadian Institute for International Studies, here.


Indo-Pak karate seminar concludes
Panchkula, May 11
A two-day Indo-Pak referees/judges seminar on the rules and regulations for judging and refereeship for karate concluded at Doon Public School, Sector 21, Panchkula today. The seminar was organised by the District Panchkula Karate Association under the auspices of Haryana State Karate Association.

GNPS-36, GMSSS-21 girls in handball final
Chandigarh, May 11
Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, will take on Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, in the final of the girls section of the 20th Chandigarh State Sub-Junior Handball Championship being played here at the DAV Senior Secondary School grounds, Sector 8.

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