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Demolitions amid stiff resistance
A JCB machine demolishes an illegal structure raised on government land in Sector 55 in Chandigarh Chandigarh, April 13
The Estate Office and the Chandigarh Housing Board carried out two anti-encroachment drives in different parts of the city today.
MAN VERSUS MACHINE: A JCB machine demolishes an illegal structure raised on government land in Sector 55 in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

The official car of Housefed outside the office of the DC. Wheels of contention
Chandigarh, April 13
The Chandigarh State Federation of Cooperative House Building Societies (Housefed), an apex body of cooperative house building societies, is without “wheels”.

The official car of Housefed outside the office of the DC.

Beauty with a cause
Gul to pledge organs
Chandigarh, April 13
Two former Miss India winners - Gul Panag and Nikita Anand - will stand alongside Armed Force officers and civilian dignitaries pledging their organs for donation tomorrow.

Budget under gender lens
Chandigarh, April 13
The UT administration is trying to become gender sensitive. In order to ensure that every penny that it spends benefits men and women equally, it intends to set up a gender budget cell (GBC).

Dizzy Heights


Fund Diversion
Maj-Gen Loomba censured
Chandigarh, April 13
The Army has awarded a censure to a major-general for diverting funds meant to construct safety aids and allied facilities at an ammunition depot in Hisar. The funds were used to construct a swimming pool adjacent to the flagstaff house.

Now, HIV testing at blood banks
Chandigarh, April 13
All major blood banks in India will now have an additional role to perform. As per the latest directions of the ministry of health and family welfare, blood banks will now also serve as counselling and confirmatory testing centres for HIV positive donors. The policy will apply to all licensed blood banks which collect more than 3,000 units of blood per year.


Baisakhi fest gets off to a colourful start
Artistes present a cultural programme at Sukhna Lake during Baisakhi celebrations in Chandigarh. Chandigarh, April 13
Governor of Punjab and UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) today asked the Chandigarh administration to commission a coffee-table book depicting different moods of lake. He was speaking at a special function at Sukhna Lake, here, today.

Artistes present a cultural programme at Sukhna Lake during Baisakhi celebrations in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

‘Land owners want to be part of development’
Chandigarh, April 13
In an open letter to the Administrator regarding the news report “No respite, says General” that appeared in the April 13 edition of the Chandigarh Tribune, Kultar Singh Nat, secretary, Mani Majra Farmers Welfare and Environment Protection Association, has joined issue with him.

RTI query on playing coach during office hours
Chandigarh, April 13
In what could cause serious trouble for certain central government employees who are allegedly doubling up as cricket coaches in a city-based coaching centre, a young cricket enthusiast has sought information from their respective departments as to whether these officials are permitted to do so.

Identify TB patients in slums: General
Chandigarh, April 13 We are losing the battle on the health care front as poor people are unable to reach hospitals due to financial constraints, ignorance and superstitions. This was stated by Punjab Governor and UT administrator General (retd) S.F. Rodrigues, here today.

Jean Rodrigues meets artisans
Chandigarh, April 13
Jean Rodrigues, wife of Punjab Governor and UT administrator, today interacted with local women artisans of Bapu Dham Colony at the Anganwari Centre in Sector 26, Chandigarh.

Ludhiana woman alleges rape; inquiry on
Chandigarh, April 13
A Ludhiana-based tea vendor today levelled charges of rape against four persons, including two politicians and their driver.

Missing father, daughter
Police looks for signs of accident
Panchkula, April 13
The Panchkula police today began investigating into the disappearance of chartered accountant Sanjiv Trikha and his six-year-old daughter Aakriti.

In spite of a ban on employment of children below 14 years, child labour continues to thrive in Chandigarh.Child Law Aborted
Single challan in 6 months
Chandigarh, April 13
Ten-year-old Muzammil works at a teal stall near the district court complex in Sector 17. And he is not alone at work. There are 25 others - all below 14 years - from Muzammil’s village in eastern UP, where the fear of dacoits still forces parents to send their wards to safer havens like Chandigarh.

In spite of a ban on employment of children below 14 years, child labour continues to thrive in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Councillor in spot over payment to investor
Mohali, April 13
A resident of Phase X has complained to the police that a municipal councillor and her husband were allegedly not returning his money, which he had invested in the two societies being run by them. Instead, the two of them were allegedly intimidating him.

Watering of lawns banned
Mohali, April 13
The water supply and sanitation department has imposed a ban on watering lawns and washing of vehicles during morning hours from April 15 to June 30.

Water tank ‘no hazard’
Zirakpur, April 13
Residents of Kalgidhar Enclave in Baltana have welcomed the construction of a water tank in their locality.

MPLAD scheme
Bansal reviews works
Chandigarh, April 13
Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal today held a review meeting to monitor the progress of MPLAD scheme in Chandigarh. The meeting was co-ordinated by deputy commissioner R.K. Rao.


Man commits suicide
Mohali, April 13
A resident of Kumbra village allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a well here today.

Car, three mobikes stolen
Chandigarh, April 13
Keerti Gupta of Sector 15 complained at the police station in Sector 11 that her car (CH-03-Y-7354) was stolen from her residence last night. The police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC.


Smart Schools
170 take admission test
Chandigarh, April 13
As many as 170 students appeared for the English and Language (Hindi, Punjabi) papers in the second phase of admissions to the smart sections of four schools at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, here, today.

Inspection for admission
Little Flower School fits admn’s bill
Chandigarh, April 13
Only one out of the eight schools in the residential areas of Mani Majra shortlisted for accommodating students has met the requirement of the Chandigarh administration.

67 JBT teachers selected
Chandigarh, April 13
As many as 67 JBT teachers were selected by the Chandigarh Education Department here today. Out of 140 selected teachers, only 67 teachers could produce their medical fitness certificate by the stipulated date.

DAV unions stage dharna
Chandigarh, April 13
The DAV College teaching and non-teaching unions held a dharna today in front of the office of the college principal as a part of their ongoing struggle to get the statutory provisions of the Panjab University calendar implemented with respect to the encashment of earned leave and deduction of provident fund on total salary.

From Schools
Baisakhi spirit prevails
To mark the beginning of the harvest season, a colourful Baisakhi festival was celebrated with a great enthusiasm at Sharda Sarv Hitkari Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, Chandigarh, today.

Govt colleges without regular principals
Chandigarh, April 13
Government colleges in the city have been without regular principals for the past five years, forcing these colleges to make do with officiating principals only.


Notice to Frankfinn officials
Chandigarh, April 13
Civil Judge, Junior Division (Chandigarh), Sudeep Goel today issued notice to K.S. Kohli and Rakesh Aggarwal, chairman and managing director, respectively, of the Frankfinn Institute of the Airhostess Institute of Training, on an injunction suit filed by the National Consumer Welfare Council.


Senior docs want notification amended
Chandigarh, April 13
Demanding the implementation of dearness pay and resultant non-practising allowance (NPA) on the central pattern, the Senior PCMS Doctors Association, Punjab, has urged the state government to amend the Punjab notification of November 2003.

Medical seminar tomorrow
Chandigarh, April 13
Lectures on topics relevant to advances in biomedical laboratory sciences will be delivered by eminent speakers at the North Chapter and Scientific Seminar, organised by the All India Medical Laboratory Technologists’ Association, state unit Chandigarh, to commemorate World Biomedical Laboratory Science Day, here on Sunday.


Winners of the AITA Talent Tennis Championship pose with their trophies in Chandigarh Suraj, Ikttesh win u-14 titles
Chandigarh, April 13
Suraj Beniwal of Haryana and Ikttesh Chahal of Chandigarh claimed the boys and girls under-14 singles titles, respectively, in the AITA Talent Tennis Championship conducted by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at the Tennis Stadium in Sector 10, here today.

Winners of the AITA Talent Tennis Championship pose with their trophies in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Punjab twenty20 team announced
Chandigarh, April 13
The senior selection committee of Punjab Cricket Association in its meeting yesterday in PCA Cricket Stadium, Mohali, selected the team which will represent Punjab state, in the Twenty20 Super League Tournament to be played at Mumbai from April 15. The team will play their first match against Railways.

Chandigarh Golfing Tour gets warm welcome
Rakesh Jolly leads on opening day
Chandigarh, April 13
Former Haryana Ranji Trophy cricketer Rakesh Jolly made the most of a scorching day to take the lead on the opening day of the Chandigarh Golfing Tour for the Emaar MGF Golf Championship Trophy at the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Chandigarh Club to start coaching centre
A view of tennis courts at Chandigarh Club. Chandigarh, April 13
Chandigarh Club will start a tennis coaching centre at its premises by the end of May. Giving this information, Mukesh Bassi, president of the club said, “All formalities regarding the project have been completed.”

A view of tennis courts at Chandigarh Club. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Georgian car rally reaches Chandi Mandir
Chandi Mandir, April 13
As many as 40 cars arrived here today as a part of the 2007 Indian Oil-Xtra Premium Georgian Car Rally which was flagged off from India Gate, New Delhi. It passed through Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh.



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