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Relief to industrialists in conversion policy
Chandigarh, June 16
In a major development, the Chandigarh Administration has extended the payment period for conversion in the industrial area from five years to 10 years. Earlier, they were paying an interest of 7 per cent for five years which will work out to 8.25 per cent for 10 years.

Guidelines on public dealing seats flouted
Chandigarh, June 16
Contrary to guidelines of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on not posting officials on public dealing seats for more than three years, officials in the building branch of the UT Estate Office continue to hold the lucrative public dealing seats.

Major relief for one-kanal houses
Chandigarh, June 16
Allowing a major change in the architecture of houses in the city, the Chandigarh Administration today allowed owners of houses with less than 1 kanal area to have a balcony of 3 feet width on the first and second floors of the house. This will help thousands people who have constructed balconies but are facing objections from the Estate Office. The existing balconies would be regularised.


Multi-level parking planned for Sector 34
Chandigarh, June 16
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to construct a multi-level parking in Sector 34 in order to ease out the heavy rush of vehicles in the commercial area of Sector 35 located opposite the parking area.

Fungal infections assume alarming proportions
50 pc cases still not diagnosed
Chandigarh, June 16
Some time ago, experts at PGI's Nephrology Department were baffled by the profile of 50 healthy persons who reported a sudden outbreak of fever, pain in the back and stoppage of urine. During examination, two patients died.

Passing thru
Rama Kant Angle, president, Goa Baseball Association


Visitors enjoy beach volleyball
Panchkula, June 16
Beach volleyball became all the more bouncy for visitors. With the rain adding charm to the game, there was hardly anything else they could have asked for at Surya Funcity Limited, located along the Panchkula-Naraingarh road. And then there were all those ‘‘funny boats’’ ready to take the ‘‘swimmers’’ into the ‘‘sea’’ of pleasure.
Ramp models play beach volleyball amid light showers at Funcity near Panchkula on Friday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Ramp models play beach volleyball amid light showers at Funcity near Panchkula on Friday

And now a 3-D feel of the Rock Garden
Mohali, June 16
Visiting the Rock Garden will soon be just a mouse click away. The city's most famous international landmark is going to be captured in a three -dimensional (3-D) interactive ‘virtual’ walkthrough currently being prepared by the Centre for the Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) here.

Adult literacy programme participants honoured
Chandigarh, June 16
A valedictory function to honour the slum women who enrolled themselves for a play-learn and grow adult literacy programme launched by Yuvsatta in association with Kim and Marga Buhrmann Singh of Creative Learning (P) Ltd, Germany was held at colony No 5 here yesterday.

Temperature drops by 8°C after drizzle
Chandigarh, June 16
It was a welcome shower today as the temperature dropped by a whopping 8 degrees in comparison to yesterday, cool conditions prevailed in Chandigarh and adjoining areas that came under the impact of a changing weather system.

NO TAKERS: A boy offers sweetened water to passersby in rain on the occasion of Shaheedi Divas of Guru Arjan Dev in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
A boy offers sweetened water to passersby in rain on the occasion of Shaheedi Divas of Guru Arjan Dev in Chandigarh on Friday

Tribune readers give poor labourer gift of life
Chandigarh, June 16
Twenty-five-year old Akshat Kumar was admitted to the PGI on the day his second child was born. Low on energy and spirit, he undertook a strenuous journey from a Ferozepur village to Chandigarh, not knowing whether he would return ever .

Akshat Kumar and his mother (right), all set to return to Ferozepore, after being successfully treated at the PGI. — A Tribune photograph
Akshat Kumar and his mother, all set to return to Ferozepore, after being successfully treated

Dogra sabha panel formed
Chandigarh, June 16
Mr Kuldeep Singh, president, J and K Dogra Sabha, Chandigarh, yesterday constituted various committees, including the executive committee, to manage the affairs of the sabha.

Prasad being offered to devotees on the occasion of Shaheedi Divas of Guru Arjan Dev at the Sector 34 gurdwara in Chandigarh on Friday
Prasad being offered to devotees on the occasion of Shaheedi Divas of Guru Arjan Dev at the Sector 34 gurdwara in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

80 women get certificates in tailoring
Mohali, June 16
More than 80 rural women along with students of tailoring and dress making course from Desu Majra and Fatehullapur villages participated in a certificate distribution function organised by Jan Shikshan Sansthan here at its field office at Desu Majra village, yesterday. Speaking at the function, Mr Dildar Khan, director of the sansthan highlighted issues related to women’s rights and empowerment. He said though Indian society realised the need for women empowerment and various state governments had also started many schemes for their uplift, yet, women were marginalised.

Rotarians serve for a cause
Chandigarh, June 16
Noted Rotarians from the region were at their generous best last evening. Coming together for social good, scores of renowned businessmen, lawyers, doctors, bankers, and hoteliers waited upon the guests at Hot Millions -2; their gesture fired by a purpose. The money collected from yesterday’s proceeds will be used for conducting heart surgeries on several poor children who have been suffering from severe illness.

Dalit forum threatens protest
Mohali, June 16
The Dalit Rights Protection Forum has demanded that the police issue identity cards to vendors so that they could operate in residential areas. If this was not done within a month, the forum would be compelled to stage a dharna outside the office of the SSP on July 17, the forum said.

Gear Bulk ships’ staff reunion
Chandigarh, June 16

An annual dinner for personnel serving on board Gear Bulk ships and their families from the northern region, Chandigarh, Mohali, and Panchkula, was organised at the Chandigarh Golf Club here, yesterday.

Personnel serving on board Gear Bulk ships from Chandigarh, Mohali, and Panchkula and their families during a get-together organised at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Personnel serving on board Gear Bulk ships from Chandigarh, Mohali, and Panchkula and their families during a get-together organised at the Chandigarh Golf Club

Draft electoral rolls published
Mohali, June 15
The draft electoral rolls for municipal elections was published here today. The rolls were displayed at the office of the SDM in Phase I and at the office of the Municipal Council in Sector 68.

Award for city rower
Chandigarh, June 16
City rower Saroj Bala has been honoured with a cash award of Rs 75,000 for her achievements. She has been honoured by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, in recognition of her excellent performance during 11th Asian Championship, held at Hyderabad from October 18 to 23.


Owner says police helped mechanic grab his shed
Chandigarh, June 16
Owner of a shed in Industrial Area-based filed a complaint with the UT Inspector General of Police (IGP) alleging that his mechanic in connivance with certain police officers had grabbed his shed.

Cash, jewellery stolen from showroom
Chandigarh, June 16
Thieves decamped with Rs 24,000 in cash, gold ornaments and other articles from a showroom in Sector 22, here. In another incident, Rs 10,000 along with gold and silver jewellery were stolen from a house in Sector 33.

Pickpocket nabbed
Chandigarh, June 16
A woman was nabbed today soon after she tried to pick the pocket of a man, who was having a drink at a ‘chabeel’ in Sector 27 here. The woman was given a chase by a crowd and was later handed over to the police.

3 held with hashish
Panchkula, June 16
A flying squad of the Haryana police today arrested three persons for carrying 1 kg and 150 gm of hashish worth Rs 1.25 lakh. They were nabbed near the Sector 8 market early this morning.

Hotel stealing electricity
Chandigarh, June 16
The local police today booked an owner of a hotel in Attawa village on the allegations of stealing electricity. Sources in the Sector 36 police station said Gurbir Singh of Sector 42, owner of Sagar Hotel in Attawa village, was booked for allegedly stealing electricity.


STPI records software export worth 450 crore
Chandigarh, June 16
The IT boom in the region is set to hit a new high. Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Mohali has already recorded a whopping Rs 450 crore worth of software export from the region and is set to touch the Rs 500 crore mark in the coming few months.

SEDL inks pact with German company
Chandigarh, June 16
A Panchkula-based company, Spray Engineering Devices Limited (SEDL), has inked a technical collaboration with German company, Industrieprojekt Gmbh (IPRO). The agreement was signed by Dr Dieter Schroder, Managing Director, IPRO, and Mr Vivek Verma, Managing Director, SEDL, here.

HDFC insurance ties up with BoB
Chandigarh, June 16
The HDFC Standard Life Insurance and the Bank of Baroda (BoB) today signed a corporate agency agreement to enter into a bank assurance tie-up. The partnership would enable BoB to tap its customer base and offer products from the HDFC Standard Life Insurance to generate an additional revenue stream.


PEC all set to award own degrees
Chandigarh, June 16
On June 24 this year, the Punjab Engineering College (PEC), the oldest engineering college of the north-west will, for the first time, award its own degrees. Gen S.F. Rodrigues, (Retd) Governor of Punjab and Administrator, Chandigarh, would be the Chief Guest on this historic occasion.

Ambedkar institute students bag top posts
Chandigarh, June 16
Sky seems to be the limit for city students. Passouts of the Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management Catering and Nutrition, Sector 42, here have created history, landing some of the most coveted jobs in the catering and hospitality industry.

Over 10 students needed to begin science classes
Chandigarh, June 16
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has told the Education Department to start the science stream in all such schools where more than 10 students are interested in studying science subjects.

Chitkara ties up with Canadian college
Chandigarh, June 16
Canada’s George Brown College (GBC) and Chitkara Educational Trust today announced that they would join hands to provide excellent opportunities for students in India.

CET merit list released
Chandigarh, June 16
The Panjab University today released the merit list of candidates who had topped the various tests held as part of the CET 2006. Merit list for Common Entrance Test CET-2006 (PCB Group): Rohan Khera, Rohit Malhotra, A.S. Sanjeev, Kartik Mittal, Ankita Chakravarty, Akhil Parashar, Dinkar Bhasin, Jaiveer Yadav, Ishita Laroiya and Alpana Garg.


Court upholds decision on suspension of ex-Principal
Panchkula, June 16
A local court in its verdict today ruled that the suspension and transfer of a former Principal of Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, is legal. Pronouncing a decision in a case ‘‘Dr Rajni Thareja, Principal of Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, vs the DAV College Managing Committee, Chitra Gupta Road, New Delhi, and seven other members of the committee’’, Ms Shashi Bala Chauhan, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), Panchkula, said school Principal Dr Rajni Thareja’s transfer and suspension by the DAV Managing committee is legal and in accordance with the rules.

Penalty slapped on Airtel
Chandigarh, June 16
The Permanent Lok Adalat for Public Utility Services has pulled up M/s Bharati Mobile (Airtel) for causing inconvenience and mental agony to its customer by wrongly disconnecting his mobile and wrongly charging for GPRS facility, even though the same was not applied for.


Two-day gastro and liver camp concludes
Chandigarh, June 16
A two-day free gastro and liver camp organised by Fortis Hospital, Mohali, concluded yesterday at the Fortis City Centre. The two-day camp was an initiative to reach out to the masses and was attended by over 150 persons.

Upgradation of Civil Hospital within 15 months
Mohali, June 16
Construction work for the upgradation of the local Civil Hospital here from 50 beds to 200 beds is expected to be completed within 15 months if adequate and timely funds are made available for the purpose.

Lab services normalise at GMCH-32
Chandigarh, June 16
Medical and laboratory services at GMCH-32 have returned to normalcy following a meeting at the office of the Additional Director of the hospital to redress the situation. The meeting was attended by heads of para-clinical departments.


Rohit, Fatehdeep enter semifinals
Chandigarh, June 16

Rohit Vinayak, Fatehdeep Singh, Kritarth and Sanchit Thakur reached the semifinals of the boys under-10 category in the LD Kapoor Memorial Yonex YMCA Total Tennis Championship, here today. Rohit was ruthless in his match against Nihit Rawal, whom he defeated 7-0. Fatehdeep beat Anant in a tough battle 7-5.
In the girls u-12 group, Sheshna Sekhri and Harkirat Kaur reached the semifinals. In boys u-12, Pragun Vinayak, Kritarth, Bahvtaran Singh, Srijjan Uppal, Nishachay Rawal, Ranjodh Singh, Jatin Khrab and Dhruv Walia were through to the quarterfinals with ease.
Sunny Bajaj in action during the YMCA Total Tennis Championship in Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Friday. —A Tribune photograph

Sunny Bajaj in action during the YMCA Total Tennis Championship in Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Friday


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