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Nominated councillors interview Anu, Harjinder
Resentment in many quarters
Chandigarh, January 9
It seems that the nine nominated councillors of the Municipal Corporation have taken it upon themselves to choose the next Mayor of the city. The nine nominated by the UT Administration to assist the MC general house to carry out different activities are taking their vote for the post of Mayor ‘too seriously’.

Short tenure inhibits Mayors from occupying official house
Chandigarh, January 9
While all eyes are on who would be the next Mayor of the City Beautiful, nobody seems to be bothered about the Mayor’s official residence, which is mostly being misused.
The official residence of the Mayor in Chandigarh The official residence of the Mayor in Chandigarh.


Result delay not under Consumer Act: Forum
Chandigarh January 9
The Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ruled that cases related to examinations and delay in results do not come within the purview of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 and there is no remedy of students seeking relief on such account under the Act.

Rs 35,000 stolen from car in parking lot
Chandigarh, January 9
Pick up your belongings before leaving your vehicle in the parking lot in front of the Leisure Valley in Sector 10 lest you should return to find the rear side glass removed or shattered and the stuff missing.

The car owner points at the broken windowpane of his car from which cash was stolen.
— A Tribune photograph

The car owner points at the broken windowpane of his car from which cash was stolen

Sec 17 multiplex by year-end
Chandigarh, January 9
It will take another year before the first multiplex-cum-shopping mall, adjoining the General Post Office building, is opened to the public in Sector 17, the commercial hub of the city. Currently, the only existing shopping mall and multiplex in the city is Fun Republic at Mani Majra.

Passing Thru
Godrej is a late entrant in the microwave segment. How do you perceive its growth?
It is true we have entered the microwave market only last year. But microwaves, being one of the fastest growing FMCG products with growth of 60 per cent, are expected to give us a good share of the market.

Himanshu Jain, Product Group Head, Washing Machine and Microwave, Godrej and Boyce

Himanshu Jain

Photo by Vinay Malik The Swami Vivekanand Research and Technology Park, IT arm of the Swami Vivekanand Group of Companies, recently honoured two young entrepreneurs, one of them an NRI, for showing excellence in the field of information technology by presenting them with the "SVRTP IT Award of the Year 2006". Mr Anil Sharma, Vice-President, Outline System Inc, New Jersey (USA), and Ms Deepti Mahajan, Executive Director, Dr IT Planet Limited, Chandigarh, were the ones presented with the award.


Leisure Valley problems persist
Chandigarh, January 9
The Leisure Valley is again in news - this time not so much over the stinking Leisure Valley stream as over the authorities’ interest in developing a certain area around it.

This reading room - once a lively meeting place for people - now sports empty liquor bottles and cigarette butts. It was originally constructed for visitors to Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

This reading room - once a lively meeting place for people - now sports empty liquor bottles and cigarette butts

BJP demands CBI probe in horse-trading case
Panchkula, January 9
The Bharatiya Janta Party, today, organised a march to demand the resignation of the Municipal Council President, Ms Manvir Gill. A handful of activists, raising slogans, began the procession from the party office in Sector 2 and went to the District Secretariat to submit a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

BJP activists seek removal of the MC President for alleged horse-trading, in Sector 2, Panchkula
BJP activists seek removal of the MC President for alleged horse-trading, in Sector 2, Panchkula, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Election office
Mohali, January 9
The Municipal Council office building in Sector 68 here will house the election office for Kharar constitutency for the Punjab Assembly elections being held on February 13. The election related work could not be carried out in the office of the SDM-cum-Electoral Registration Officer in Phase I due to shortage of space.

For A whiff of fresh air

A man enjoys his exercise under a colourful sky in the Rose Garden, Sector 16, Chandigarh
A man enjoys his exercise under a colourful sky in the Rose Garden, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Jaswal case: War widows seek NCW’s help
New Delhi, January 9
Two war widows from Punjab today brought their complaints of sexual harassment against a retired army official to the National Commission for Women here, a charge he strongly denied.

Tribune Impact
Cops register case on ‘humanitarian grounds’
Chandigarh, January 9
Finally, the Chandigarh Police has registered a theft case on the complaint of a Mohali resident, who was shuttling between the Mohali and the city police regarding the registration of the case of his stolen motor cycle for the past over four months.

Turning taxi into private vehicle costlier now
Chandigarh, January 9
Converting a vehicle registered as taxi into a privately registered vehicle with the Chandigarh Registration and Licensing Authority has become costlier now. In fresh guidelines issued by the Secretary, Transport, the applicants would now have to pay Rs 1000 as the conversion fee.

Live with stress and not be affected by it
Chandigarh, January 9
He was like any other college-going student until one day a seminar on ‘Simple Living, High Thinking’, organised by ISKCON, took place in his college. It was only after the seminar that Kamal Lochan, now known as H. G. Kamal Lochan Prabhu, went on to read the ‘Prabhupad Gita’ and after two months, his life was completely changed. 
                                               H.G. Kamal Lochan Prabhu

H.G. Kamal Lochan Prabhu

Salary hike for Haryana Roadways staff
Chandigarh, January 9
In an effort to placate the protesting employees of the Chandigarh depot of the Haryana Roadways, the first conciliation meeting was held here between the members of the Sarv Karamchari Sangh and the General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Mr Kulwant Kalson, today.

Checks to curb power theft
Chandigarh, January 9
The field officers and Enforcement Cell of the electricity wing of the UT Engineering Department carried out random checks at various residential, commercial and industrial areas to curb the menace of power theft.

Domestic workers listen to talks about their rights on the occasion of World Domestic Workers’ Day in Chandigarh’s Sector 17
Domestic workers listen to talks about their rights on the occasion of World Domestic Workers’ Day in Chandigarh’s Sector 17 on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

1,35,757 children immunised
Chandigarh, January 9
Over 1,35,757 children in the age group of 0-5 years were given polio drops during the three-day campaign which concluded here today. As many as 1,32,615 children were administered polio drops during last round conducted in November 2006.

Stone for multipurpose hall laid
Chandigarh, January 9
The Adviser to Administrator, Mr Lalit Sharma, laid the foundation stone of a multipurpose hall at Lake Club, here today. The hall will have two badminton courts, a volleyball court, table tennis and judo enclosures and an exclusive gymnasium.

Woman dies of burns in PGI
Chandigarh, January 9
A 45-year-old mother of two, Sia Rani, who got burnt while she was boiling milk on stove at the night of January 1, succumbed to her injuries at the PGI last night. She was admitted to the hospital with 90 per cent burns.


Three arrested for eve-teasing
Chandigarh, January 9
The Chandigarh Police arrested three youngsters for allegedly eve teasing in Sector 35, here this afternoon. The police said Swinder Singh of Sector 47, Dharampal of Sector 46 and Satminder Singh of Moga were arrested from various places for eve-teasing. Three separate cases have been registered in the Sector 36 police station.

Man roughs up wife’s lawyer
Mohali, January 9
A resident of Kurukshetra manhandled a lawyer from Chandigarh at the court complex in Phase III B2, here today. According to the police, Shalender Kaushal had come to the court in connection with a marital dispute case. It is alleged that he manhandled Mr Gaurav Kathuria, a lawyer from Chandigarh, who is his wife’s attorney.


We are moving from information to innovation Age: Kokje
Chandigarh, January 9
Successful businesses inevitably place great emphasis on managing quality control. Customers may come for cost, but stay for quality. These views were expressed by Justice V.S. Kokje, Governor of Himachal Pradesh while speaking at the Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Ceremony organised by the CII - L M Thapar Centre for Competitiveness, at the CII Northern Region Headquarters here today.

Himachal Governor, Justice V.S. Kokje (extreme right) presides over the Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Ceremony, held at CII in Chandigarh
Himachal Governor, Justice V.S. Kokje (extreme right) presides over the Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Ceremony, held at CII in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Ontario minister for greater emphasis on industry
Chandigarh, January 9
Mr Harinder Jeet Singh Takhar , a minister in Canada’s Ontario province, moves around freely without the usual ministerial baggage - so familiar a sight here. In Delhi to participate in the Parvasi Bharatiya Divas on Monday, he was offered policemen to escort him around, but he declined.
                                  Harinder Jeet Singh Takhar

Harinder Jeet Singh Takhar

Wheat insurance covers more districts
Chandigarh, January 9
The Agriculture Insurance Company of India has enlarged the scope of the wheat insurance scheme for this rabi season in Punjab and Haryana, by adding three new districts and including insurance cover against unseasonal rainfall.

Global investors’ conference on January 11
Chandigarh, January 9
The International Punjabi Chamber for Service Industry will organise a global investors’ conference for infrastructure development in North India here on January 11. The aim of the conference is to strategically channel NRI resources, bring FII and domestic resources for the overall development of the service industry.


Central State Library school branches sans readers
Chandigarh, January 9
Books at the schools branches of the Central State Library are gathering dust for want of readers! With an aim to make books easily accessible for students and the general public, the Central State Library, in 1990, opened two branches-one at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 27 and another at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47.

Workshop on electron microscopy
Chandigarh, January 9
The 27th workshop on electron microscopy organised by the Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Facility, was inaugurated by Prof R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, here yesterday.

PU panel report likely today
Chandigarh, January 9
The fact-finding committee looking into the alleged fudging of facts by faculty members of the University Business School for better ratings met under the chairmanship of the Dean, University Instructions, Prof Veer Singh, here today.

Students divided on dress code
Chandigarh, January 9
Members of the Indian National Students Organisation have supported the decision taken by the Department of Laws that students dress up in black pants and white shirts for formal occasions in the department.


ICICI backtracks on commitment to Gold Card holder
Chandigarh, January 9
A Panchkula resident has dragged a prominent private financial institution to court over the latter's denial in paying insurance sum following the accidental death of the former's spouse.


Impressive Punjabi adaptation of Oedipus
Chandigarh, January 9
After an impressive presentation of the Hindi adaptation of English play ‘Mouse Trap’, the Sandli Pairan Kala Kendra staged yet another Punjabi version of Greek play ‘Oedipus’ at Tagore Theatre to mark the culmination of the drama festival.

A scene from Punjabi version of Greek play ‘Oedipus’ at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh.

A scene from Punjabi version of Greek play ‘Oedipus’ at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh

‘The Party’ shooting in city
Chandigarh, January 9
If you happen to visit Copper Chimney in Sector 26 these days, you could witness a motley crowd comprising of young boys and girls, all clad in identical school uniforms-like outfits.


Dr Chordiya new Medical Director of Fortis
Mohali, January 9
The Fortis Hospital announced the appointment of Dr Ashok V. Chordiya as the Medical Director and Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, here today. Earlier, Dr Chordiya was Medical Superintendent and Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad.


Speaking Out
‘Poor planning, team management to blame’
Chandigarh, January 9
Cricket is treated as religion in India but Team India has failed to live up to the expectations of fans. In the wake of team’s debacle in the South Africa tour, the Board for Control of Cricket in India is under pressure to act tough and some bigwigs are expected to be dropped by its Selection Committee.


667 UT Admn employees shifted to MC
Chandigarh, January 9
On the directive of the Central Administrative Tribunal, the Chandigarh Administration today transferred 667 employees of the Engineering Department of the administration to the Engineering Department of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh.



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