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Revision of architectural control
Building plan of Mahajan’s hotel withdrawn
Chandigarh, June 21
A senior BJP leader and a hotelier is at the receiving end, thanks to the “inconsistent” functioning of the Chandigarh administration. Almost a year after approving his building plans for constructing a hotel on plot no 25/2, Industrial Area-Phase II, the chief architect has withdrawn the building plans. 
UT chief architect has withdrawn the building plan of the nearly completed hotel site of BJP leader Yash Pal Mahajan in Industrial Area following changes in the architectural control.
UT chief architect has withdrawn the building plan of the nearly completed hotel site of BJP leader Yash Pal Mahajan in Industrial Area following changes in the architectural control. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan 

Tribune Impact
Ambiguity in notification, admits admin
Chandigarh, June 21
A day after the Chandigarh Tribune highlighted that prime agricultural land in UT villages was being taken out of the purview of the periphery control Act, the Chandigarh administration today admitted ambiguity in the notification by virtue of which the land was denotified.

Mentally ill man bludgeons father to death
Mullanpur Garibdass, June 21
Enraged over being chained by his family, a mentally challenged man bludgeoned his 56-year-old father Balbir Singh to death at Chahar Majra village, near here, last night. Avtar Singh (35) repeatedly hit his farmer father on the head with a spade, killing him on the spot, the police said quoting his mother Paramjit Kaur. Avtar has been arrested under Section 302 of the IPC.


Land Acquisition
Reprieve for farmhouse owners
Chandigarh, June 21
The campaign of the Chandigarh administration against Mani Majra farmhouse owners has lost steam. Almost two weeks after the deputy commissioner wrote to the senior superintendent of police to register FIRs against 32 farmhouse owners under Section 12(1) of the Periphery Act, the SSP has written back to the former that no FIR can be registered against them.

PGI Expansion
More ICUs, spacier parking
Chandigarh, June 21
As part of a major expansion plan, the PGI is ready to set up three ICUs in different departments and add two more levels to its multilevel car parking. The standing estate committee has sanctioned the budget for the plan.

Tragic End
8-yr-old girl crushed to death
Parwanoo, June 21
A sojourn in the hills for a family from Lucknow turned out to be a tragedy. It lost its 8-year-old girl in an accident at Koti on the Kalka-Shimla national highway this afternoon.


Society donates Rs 26,500 for poor
Chandigarh, June 21
The Paediatric Medical Support Society, with 173 members, has handed over Rs 26,500 to the PGI authorities for the care of poor patients.

Welfare body meets senior deputy mayor
Chandigarh, June 21
Senior deputy mayor and ward No. 21 councillor Ravinder Pal Singh Pali met Ward no. 21 Social Welfare Association officer-bearers here yesterday.

Presidential Elections
Students want Kalam back
Panchkula, June 21
Backed by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), a handful of students took out a procession in support of a second term for President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, here today. While local INLD leaders remained in the background, around 50 students carrying placards went to various sectors to “build” public opinion in his favour.

Symposium on cyber security
Chandigarh, June 21
A symposium on cyber security awareness is being organised by the Cyber Security Research Centre of Punjab Engineering College at Hotel Mountview under the aegis of the department of information technology and NASSCOM.

Milk prices up
Chandigarh, June 21
Haryana Dairy Development Federation Limited and Punjab Milkfed today increased prices of their respective milk brands Vita and Verka. The prices have been increased by Re 1 for every litre of milk. The prices of Vita milk have, however, been increased only in Chandigarh and Panchkula. Full cream milk, which was earlier priced at Rs 22, will now be available at Rs 23, standardised milk at Rs 21, double toned milk at Rs 17 while skimmed milk will be available at Rs 16. The prices are same for both brands.

Both claim to be genuine
Mohali has two gurdwara committees 
Mohali, June 21
Divisions within religious organisations have led to the creation of two Gurdwara Coordination Committees in the town.While elections of one group were held under the supervision of Gurpartap Singh Riar, SGPC member from Chandigarh, elections of the second group were conducted by Hardeep Singh, SGPC member from the town.

Training conference
Chandigarh, June 21
The National Sample Survey Organisation (field operations division), ministry of statistics and programme implementation, is holding a three-day regional training conference at Kendriya Sadan, Sector 9, here. The programme was inaugurated by finance commissioner Manik Sonwane. The camp will conclude tomorrow. — TNS

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Egg seller held in chit-fund scam
Chandigarh, June 21
A roadside vendor selling eggs was arrested by the police today on allegations of allegedly duping over 60 residents of Ram Darbar to the tune of lakhs of rupees.

Two chemist shops raided
Mohali, June 21
Officials of the health department today raided two chemist shops in Balongi and Daon villages and reportedly seized narcotics stored in violation of the norms.

Two hurt in mishap
Lalru, June 21
Two youths were seriously injured when their motorcycle collided head-on with a tractor-trailer on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, near here, last night.

Three vehicles stolen in city
Chandigarh, June 21
A car and two motor cycles were stolen from the city during the past 24 hours.

Two arrested for robbery
Chandigarh, June 21
The local police today arrested Ramandeep Singh of Sector 44, who along with his accomplice allegedly robed a Dhanas resident of his wallet and a mobile phone in Shanti Kunj, Sector 16, last night.

Three held as typists clash
Chandigarh, June 21
Three persons, including a woman, were arrested following a clash between typists during a drive to remove unauthorised typists from the rear of the estate office.

Ram Murder Case
Remand for murder accused
Panchkula, June 21
The two accused in the Ram Kumar murder case were produced in the district court today. 

Cheating Charges
Man held
Mohali, June 21
The police today arrested one person on charges of cheating for practising medicine without having the required qualifications. 


Emerging growth centres survey
City tops, Ludhiana lags
High on realty, low on social infrastructure
Chandigarh June 21
City Beautiful has added yet another feather to its cap. It has been ranked number one in the emerging growth centres in India by Knight Frank, a UK-based global property consultancy.

Biz Clips
CHANDIGARH CAMP: UTI Bank will conduct a one-day camp for exchange of coins and currency notes of Rs 10 denomination on Thursday for general public at SCO 343, 344, Sector 35-B, from 10 am to 3.30 pm. — TNS

Form separate policy for agro industry: MIA
Mohali, June 21
The Mohali Industries Association (MIA) has asked the government to frame a separate policy for agro processing industry on a par with the industrial policy giving liberal incentives to farmers.

New Endeavour by Ford
Chandigarh, June 21
Ford India launched its revamped premium Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), Ford Endeavour in the city today. “The 4X2 wheel drive variant of the vehicle will be priced at Rs 14.72 lakh (ex-showroom) in Chandigarh while the 4X4 wheel drive variant will be priced at Rs 15.62 (ex-showroom),” Ford India’s president and managing director Arvind Mathew said.
Ford India's president and managing director Arvind Mathew with the new Ford Endeavour.
Ford India's president and managing director Arvind Mathew with the new Ford Endeavour. —A Tribune photograph

‘Kitchen & Beyond 2007’ today
Chandigarh, June 21
The CII's annual exhibition on kitchen equipments and accessories - Kitchen & Beyond 2007, will kick off on June 22 at Hotel Shivalikview.


Nagarro, Rayat & Bahra to conduct joint placements
Mohali, June 21
Nagarro Software Limited, a leading software company with multi-continental operations all over the world is set to join hands with the Rayat and Bahra Group of Institutes for talent scouting in the region. The San Jose, California-based multinational with operations expanded over New York, Germany and India will be holding a joint placement test at Rayat Technology Centre of Excellence on June 23 to select professionals for its operations from amongst the institute’s MCA and BTech (CSE and IT) students.

PU authorities dodging responsibility
Chandigarh, June 21
Sachin Malhotra, a student seeking admission to the Panjab University, was in for a rude shock this morning when he went to the university’s enquiry counter and was suggested that he should instead seek information from the guidance camps set up by student organisations.


Contest for best singer
Chandigarh, June 21
The Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society, Chandigarh, will hold the first round of singing competition for best singer award in male and female categories for senior participants above 18 years of age on June 24 at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, at 8 am.

City audience get Pak’s ‘Paigam-e-Mohabbat’
Chandigarh, June 21
Spells of ornate poetry and soulful strains of "Heer", the slumbering love legend of undivided Punjab, reverberated the Ranadhawa auditorium today as Sufi maestros from Pakistan rendered the verses immortalised by Waris Shah at a live programme titled "Paigam-e-Mohabbat". The programme was organised by the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Punjab Arts Council (PAC).

Kavita Bela’ tomorrow
Chandigarh, June 21
The Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi will hold Kavita Bela, a forenoon of poetry, tomorrow at the conference hall of State Library, Sector 34. Dr Naresh, chairman of the akademi, said the event was being organised to bring people of the city closer to poetry. Eminent poets are expected to attend the event. — TNS


Drug abuse: PGI to hold camps
Chandigarh, June 21
To commemorate International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the drug de-addiction and treatment centre of department of psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh, will organise camps and awareness campaign at various places.

Saans Sahyog to asthmatics aid
Chandigarh, June 21
With a view to organising and coordinating activities to increase awareness among public and patients about allergic diseases and asthma through camps, a group comprising doctors of allergic diseases and patients suffering from these diseases has been launched by Chaitanya Hospital under chairmanship of Prof Lata Kumar, former head, department of paediatrics, PGI.


Black Elephant thrash MCM
Patiala, June 21
Black Elephant Cricket Club (MES), Patiala, defeated MCM, Chandigarh, by eight wickets in the first Edmund Rice Trophy (under-12), here today.

Gurvinder, Leena set for title clash
Chandigarh, June 21
Gurvinder Kaur of AG Punjab set up a title clash with Leena of AG UP in women’s singles of the North Zone Indian Audit and Accounts Department Table Tennis tournament at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here today.

LIC Club oust Nivea Cricket
Chandigarh, June 21
LIC Club ousted Nivea Cricket on the basis of the spin of coin as both the teams ended in a thrilling tie in the quarterfinals of the Hot Weather Cricket Tournament held at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium, here today.


Admin to conduct sibling survey in schools, colleges
Chandigarh, June 21
The Chandigarh Administration will conduct a first of its kind sibling survey of the city by a show of hands from among schoolchildren and college students. The survey will ascertain the family size and sibling composition of young families in the city.


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