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City leads in per capita income
Chandigarh, June 7
Chandigarh has the highest per capita income in the country at Rs 67,370 (calculated at current prices) as per the figures released in “Chandigarh in Figures 2005” here today. The per capita income is Rs 35,452 (at the constant prices of 1993-94). It was Rs 60,105 in year 2003-2004 and Rs 53,886 in year 2002-2003 at current prices.

Girls used by mother or disregarded by Admn?
Chandigarh, June 7
Shrouded by mystery, their life is headed nowhere. With painful twists and turns, it exposes a rot in the system. It shows how deficient the local administration is in providing care and support services to girl children in vulnerable positions and how in exceptional cases, parents can use children for extending sexual favours to make money.



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Violations at Sec 17 parking lot
Chandigarh, June 7
The Chandigarh Traffic Police and the local municipal corporation seem to be blaming each other regarding the violations at a Sector 17 parking lot in front of Mehfil restaurant.

Cars and other vehicles parked at a site auctioned as a parking lot for two-wheelers only, in front of Mehfil restaurant in Sector 17, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Cars and other vehicles parked at a site auctioned as a parking lot for two-wheelers only, in front of Mehfil restaurant in Sector 17, Chandigarh

Minor raped
Lalru, June 7
In a shocking incident, a three-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a domestic help of a landlord in Chhachhrauli village near here, late last night. The minor girl along with Her grandmother Ms Kirna Devi from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, had gone to the village to attend a ring ceremony at the house of Mr Karan Singh, brother of Kirna Devi.

Residents of Sector 38 (West) distribute sweetened water on the occasion of Nirjala Ekadashi in Chandigarh
Residents of Sector 38 (West) distribute sweetened water on the occasion of Nirjala Ekadashi in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Yet another body found floating in lake
Chandigarh, June 7
In less than a week after the Chandigarh police increased its strength on Sukhna Lake in an effort to curb rising incidents of suicides, a body of a woman in her twenties was found floating in the lake this evening.

Suicide note of lawyer found
Ropar, June 7
The Ropar police today recovered a suicide note of a practising advocate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Rajesh Gumber, who had gone missing from near the Bhakra canal here since Monday night.

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COMMUNITY


Various factors, including hike in petrol and diesel prices, bandh call in various markets and Nirjala Ekadashi led to a low turnout on city roads
Various factors, including hike in petrol and diesel prices, bandh call in various markets and Nirjala Ekadashi led to a low turnout on city roads on Wednesday. Tribune photographer Manoj Mahajan clicked this photograph at Madhya Marg on Wednesday morning.

Chhat Bir Zoo loses its “green” glory
Chhat Bir, June 7
The Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, located about 20 km from Chandigarh, has virtually lost its green glory in the past three years. Considered one of the best zoos in Asia, Chhat Bir has fallen prey to controversies and political vendetta in the last couple of years.

Blatant violation of building bylaws in Zirakpur
Zirakpur, June 7
One of the fastest growing townships in Punjab, Zirakpur is fast emerging as a building byelaws violators paradise with rules and regulations allegedly being flouted with impunity, leading to a huge revenue loss for the nagar panchayat.

UT Administrator’s assurance to marla house owners
Chandigarh, June 7
There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel for the thousands of marla house owners in the city. In a significant development, the top brass of the UT Administration has finally assured the house owners that justice would be done to them on the issue of the regularisation of need-based changes in their dwelling units.

DC's order to tackle flood threat
Mohali , June 7
The Mohali Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh, has directed officials concerned to identify villages that get adversely affected by floods before the onset of the monsoons. The directions were given at a meeting held at Municipal Bhavan here today.

Mr Tejveer Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Mohali, with officers of the district at MC Bhavan on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Tejveer Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Mohali, with officers of the district at MC Bhavan

2 tubewells to increase water supply
Mohali, June 7
Two tubewells are being sunk in Phases VII and VIII of the industrial area here to overcome shortage of water in the area. The work of sinking both the tubewells was inaugurated yesterday by the Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh.

MC takes steps to check water-borne diseases
Chandigarh, June 7
The Municipal Corporation has taken various preventive measures against water-borne diseases like cholera and gastroenteritis. These measures are being taken by the Medical Officer, Health department.

Long wait for information under RTI Act
Chandigarh, June 7
For 22-year-old Vinod Sharma, the Right to Information Act exists on paper only. After running from pillar to post for a month to seek details about guidelines on running coaching centres from the Information Officer in the UT Estate Office, Mr Sharma is still waiting for a reply.

BJP protests against oil price hike
Chandigarh, June 7
The Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party protested here today against the recent price hike of petrol and diesel prices by the Congress-led UPA Government.


Horses pulling cars as part of a protest organised by the Punjab BJP against the recent hike in fuel prices in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Horses pulling cars as part of a protest organised by the Punjab BJP against the recent hike in fuel prices in Chandigarh

INLD flays hike in petrol, diesel prices
Panchkula, June 7
The Indian National Lok Dal has flayed the UPA government for hiking the petrol and diesel prices by Rs 4 and Rs 2, respectively. Mr Pradeep Chaudhary, spokesman of the INLD said the government had put extra burden on the common man by increasing the prices of these liquid fuels.

Safety at workplace stressed
Chandigarh, June 7
In order to facilitate integration of quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems in organisations, the CII Chandigarh Council organised a training programme on Occupational Health and Safety Management System 18001 at the CII Northern Region headquarters here today.

CAT quashes promotion orders of 2 inspectors
Chandigarh, June 7
The Central Administrative Tribunal yesterday quashed the orders of promotion of two Inspectors of Chandigarh police, while allowing the promotion of a Sub Inspector from a back date.

21 liquor vends allotted
Chandigarh, June 7
In a fourth attempt to allot liquor vends, the UT Excise and Taxation Department, was today able to allot 21 of the total 36 vends which had failed to attract any applicants during the previous draw of lots.

Inquiry into allotment of tenders sought
Panchkula, June 7
As many as 10 Municipal Councilors have demanded an inquiry into the alleged irregularities in allotting tenders for the re-carpeting of roads by Panchkula Municipal Council.

Shed owners’ team meets CITCO MD
Chandigarh, June 7
A delegation of Chandigarh CITCO Shed Owners’ Association under the chairmanship of Mr Ravi Parkash Kansal, chairman, met Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Managing Director of CITCO regarding problems faced by them.

City hotel recyling waste
Chandigarh, June 7
In context of the World Environment Day recently, it is pertinent to mention the exemplary work being carried out by Hotel Pankaj, Sector 22, in taking care of its solid waste.

 
CRIME

Power meter reader caught taking bribe
Chandigarh, June 7
A meter reader of the UT Electricity Department was today caught red-handed by the UT Vigilance Department while allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 in Burail village here.

1 booked for arranging licences
Panchkula, June 7
Tightening the noose around commission agents operating in and around the Mini Secretariat, the district administration yesterday booked a person for allegedly arranging driving licences and registration numbers of vehicles.

 
EDUCATION

Distance education a silent revolution, says Prof Dikshit
Chandigarh, June 7
“Distance education is a silent revolution,” stated Prof H.P. Dikshit, Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. Prof Dikshit was in the city to deliver a lecture on distance education at the Panjab University's Department of Correspondence Studies.

Delhi student tops MCA test
OCET results declared
Chandigarh, June 7
A student from Delhi, Anil Kumar, has topped the entrance test for admission to Masters in Computer Applications of Panjab University. The test was held as part of the series of tests conducted by the university as OCET 2006 last month.

Flying Cats to open centre in city
Chandigarh, June 7
Flying Cats, an air hostess training school, is all set to take off by the end of this month. The prospectus for the training courses was released here today. Ms Priyanka Khosla, managing director, Flying Cats, said in the first phase, they would launch their centres across 20 cities in the country, which had been designed to provide a chic environment to students.



Managing director of Flying Cats, Ms Priyanka Khosla (left), and staff of Flying Cats launch the prospectus of the training academy. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Managing director of Flying Cats, Ms Priyanka Khosla (left), and staff of Flying Cats launch the prospectus of the training academy
COURTS

Court notices to 3 cops
Panchkula, June 7
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr A.D. Gaur, issued contempt notices to three police personnel, including a Station House Officer, posted at Pinjore police station, on Monday. The notices were served on SHO Randhir Singh, Havildar Pawan Kumar and constable Satnam Singh.

Undertrials brought from Nahan jail
Panchkula, June 7
Suspecting their involvement in murders, burglaries, thefts and snatching, the district police brought two undertrials — Gurvinder and Haneef — from Nahan jail, in Himachal Pradesh, on production warrants, on Monday.

3 thieves get two-year RI
Panchkula, June 7
Three members of a gang of auto thieves were sentenced to two-year rigorous imprisonment by Judicial Magistrate Ms Shashi Bala Chauhan here today. The trio — Surjit Singh, Puran Chand and Jaswinder Singh — residents of Ferozepore, have been sentenced to imprisonment in about eight cases of cases of auto theft.

I signed no post-trap memo, says ex-Judge
Chandigarh, June 7
A former District and Sessions Judge, Vigilance, Punjab, Mr L.R. Ruzam, today stated before the CBI Special Judge here that in the case of the CBI trap against former Judicial Magistrate (First Class) S.S. Bhardwaj, no post-trap memo was got signed by the CBI from him.

 
CULTURE

A much loved comedian
Chandigarh, June 7
He is a much loved comedian who came to limelight with the Great Indian Laughter Challenge on StarOne recently. His gags and gaffes of politicians, cricketers and film stars won him enough accolades and votes of audience to take him to the second position.

Manch Tantra back in action
Chandigarh, June 7
Manch Tantra, city’s local theatre group, is back in action with another street play, “Khoon Chala” which is going to be performed tomorrow at 6 pm, in Sector 17 Plaza. The play is a satirical comedy based on the issue of reservation.

HEALTH

Doctor invited for fellowship
Chandigarh , June 7
Credited with initiating few laparoscopic procedures for the first time in the region, Dr Navin C. Raina,senior consultant surgeon, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, has been invited to attend a fellowship programme on advanced laparoscopic surgery in the USA in mid-June.

 
SPORTS

Badminton title for Utsav Mishra
Chandigarh, June 7
Defending champion Utsav Mishra of AG UP thrashed local lad Ashish Sharma to lift the trophy in the North Zone Audit and Accounts Department Badminton Championship at badminton hall, sports complex, Sector 42, here today.

Winners of the North Zone Audit and Accounts Department Badminton Championship receiving the trophy from Padma Shri Pargat Singh, Director Sports, Punjab, at badminton hall, Sector 42, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Winners of the North Zone Audit and Accounts Department Badminton Championship receiving the trophy from Padma Shri Pargat Singh, Director Sports, Punjab, at badminton hall, Sector 42, in Chandigarh

Srijan beats Kapil
Chandigarh , June 7
Srijan of DAV Public School, Sector 8, registered a hard-fought three-set victory 7-5, 6-7 (0), 7-6 (3) over Dhaval Kapil of St Kabir Public School, Sector 26 in an absorbing under-12 semifinal of the Lake Club Tennis Round Robin championship for trainees at the Lake Club here today.

Unbeaten century by Gajinder
Mohali, June 7
An unbeaten century (124) by Gajinder went in vain as Patiala could pile up only 270 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the stipulated 95overs and put Chandigarh in a strong position on the second day of the final match of the Punjab (under -19) Cricket Meet for Dhruv Pandove Trophy at the PCA Stadium, here, today.

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