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Liquor to cost more from April 1
Chandigarh, February 26
With the administration allegedly succumbing to pressure from a powerful liquor lobby in Punjab by raising VAT on liquor from 4 per cent to 12.5 per cent, having drinks with your friends will cost you more from April 1 onwards. The 2009-10 excise policy, which was reportedly cleared by UT Administrator SF Rodrigues today, had spelled bad news for the tipplers at a time when the country is reeling under severe recession.

Purchase of property by IAS, IPS officers
Amendments needed in rules: Court
Chandigarh, February 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court is obviously in favour of bureaucrats seeking permission from competent authority before purchasing property.

Clash on PU campus
Car with swords seized
Chandigarh, February 26
There was commotion on the Panjab University campus this afternoon following a report of a “gunshot” being fired in a group clash outside the English auditorium. Though bloodstains were found on the spot, no one came forward to lodge the complaint with the police.

Alchemist promoter surrenders Rs 22 cr
Chandigarh, February 26
Promoter of Alchemist Hospital, Panchkula, K.D. Singh has surrendered unaccounted income of Rs 22 crore following surveys by the Income Tax sleuths on his 11 business establishments conducted yesterday.

Gurdwara Row
Role of govt officials under scanner
Probe on to discover passports made on the gurdwara address
Chandigarh, February 26
The functioning of the UT Food and Supplies Department has come under scanner following registration of a forgery case against Baba Sarup Singh and Baba Gurdeep Singh of Gurdwara Santsar Sahib, Sector 38.



‘Nominal taxes, grants make life comfortable’
Chandigarh, February 26
With world-class amenities and nominal taxes, Chandigarh is a pampered city. With UT status, apart from being capital to Punjab and Haryana, the city seems to be a perfect abode for a cross-section of residents, including the politicians, serving and retired civil and military officers, businessmen, professionals and the NRIs.

UNITED FOR A CAUSE: Panjab University students protest against corruption and terrorism in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Getting SC certificate tough task
Chandigarh, February 26
Getting a Scheduled Caste (SC) certificate for a Dalit, migrated to or born in Chandigarh, is a strenuous task and the impact is on over 18 per cent of the total population of the city, which is being devoid of their reservation benefits.

Mayor presents Rs 590-cr budget
Chandigarh, February 26
Mayor Kamlesh today presented the budget with a deficit of Rs 70.55 for the year 2009-10 amidst opposition’s drama. Though she opened her budget speech saying that the budget is neither deficit nor any new taxes are being levied, with little juggling of figures, and with opening balance, effort was made to hide the deficiency.

City to host Audi Quattro Cup
Chandigarh, February 26
The stage is set for the Audi Quattro Cup 2009 Amateur Golf Championship that tees off on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here on Saturday.

Thunderbolt rally from March 20
Chandigarh, February 26
The St John’s Old Boys’ Association (SJOBA) will be conducting its 22nd Annual SJOBA Thunderbolt Rally, a FMSCI recognised event, from March 20 to 22.

Oppn stages walkout in MC
Chandigarh, February 26
High drama was witnessed today in the MC when members of the opposition and nominated councillors staged a walkout the moment the meeting began today. It all started with Congress councillor Manjit Singh Chauhan’s speech wherein he gave all credit to Pawan Kumar Bansal for allowing second floor in houses in rehabilitation colonies.

Mayor Kamlesh calls marshal to keep away Harnam Dass Kala, councillor, during a meeting in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Employer accused of hitting labourer to death
Chandigarh, February 26
Mystery shrouds the death of a 45-year-old labourer, Madan Lal, who died at the Sector-16 Government Multi-Speciality Hospital yesterday. Though the police is waiting for the autopsy report to initiate any action, the deceased’s colleagues allege that he was hit by his employer, yesterday.

Bees attack Orissa cricketers
Chandigarh, February 26
Close on the heels of a bee attack at GMSSS-33 yesterday, bees stung three cricket players from Orissa during a match at DAV College, Sector 10, today. The injured have been identified as D.C Pradhan, B.K. Das and B.B.C.C. Mahapatra when the ball hit the branch where the beehive was located. The injured were rushed to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, where they were given first-aid. While Das and Mahapatra were discharged within half-an-hour, Pradhan was kept under observation till late evening.

DC Pardhan, member of the Orissa cricket team, in Sector 16 hospital. A Tribune photograph

Water rationing in Mohali from March 1
Residents to get water on alternate days
Mohali, February 26
To meet the shortage of water in Mohali in the coming months, the water supply and sanitation wing of the Department of Public Health has decided to go in for rationing of water supply which will begin from March 1.

Spurious milk was packed in Ludhiana
Mohali, February 26
The seizure of substandard milk pouches resembling the Verka milk packets from Panchkula and Zirakpur could be a tip of the iceberg.

Verka milk plant chairman Parminder Singh (left) shows the similarity in colour pattern of the substandard milk pouches under brand name ‘Vedeka’ and the genuine Verka milk pouches in Mohali on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Dulari Bai enthrals audience
Chandigarh, February 26
An uproarious and breezy delineation of the greedy empire of Dulari Bai was effectively brought to the stage by artistes of the HAFED employees’ club at Tagore theatre here yesterday. The classic situational comedy play, sculpted by Mani Madhukar, was subjected to certain modifications to infuse freshness into the old play under the direction of thespian film actor, Kuldip Sharma. It was invigorating for the veteran actors, Parvesh Sethi, Vijay Saxena and Kuldip himself, playing multiple roles.

Infotech plots: Allottees decry enhanced rate
Mohali, February 26
The allottees of Punjab Infotech plots in the Industrial Area, phase 9 here, have sought the enhanced compensation demanded by Punjab Infotech be withdrawn. In a communication to the principal secretary, Industries and commerce, director (Industries) and MD, Punjab Infotech, the allottees have pointed out that they had been allotted plots to set up small-scale industry in 1998.

Noted film director Yash Chopra gives autographs to students at a function in MCM DAV College, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Buses impounded for Cong rally
Panchkula, February 26
Hundreds of buses of the region have allegedly been impounded by the transport authorities to carry Congress workers to Panipat tomorrow for attending a rally being organised by the party.

Police procures pollution-check instruments
Chandigarh, February 26
To catch the polluting vehicles, the UT traffic police has procured four pollution-check instruments from the UT administration, which would be used for issuing challans.

Adulterated Food
Flour-mill owner seeks relief
Chandigarh, February 26
Flour-mill owner, whose food sample was seized on grounds of adulterated food but later acquitted by the court due to the fake degree of the Food Inspector, filed a case seeking compensation of Rs 10 lakh against the Director Health Services.

Prashar is officiating P’kula SP
Panchkula, February 26
Mahinder Prashar, Additional Superintendent of Police, Ambala, has taken over as officiating Superintendent of Police, Panchkula, here yesterday.

Jolt for SAD in plan board poll
Mohali, February 26
For the first time, the election of members of the District Planning Board, Mohali, was held at the MC bhavan here today.

Allahabad Bank opens branch
Zirakpur, February 26
A branch of the Allahabad Bank was inaugurated by Prabhjot Singh Mand, Deputy Commissioner, Mohali, at the Royal Estate on Zirakpur-Ambala highway here yesterday.

Doc dies mysteriously
Chandigarh, February 26
A 37-year-old doctor, Sandeep, a resident of Sector 20, died under mysterious circumstances at his residence. The victim was brought declared dead at GMCH, Sector 32.


PU Notes
Science congress begins
Chandigarh, February 26
The 3rd Chandigarh Science Congress (CHASCON-2009) began at the Panjab University Auditorium here today . Dr AR Kidwai, Governor of Haryana, presided over. He expressed his satisfaction that the city had emerged as a centre of education with Panjab University as a focal point. He also released a souvenir and a CD of abstracts of research articles.


Football Meet
Dalbir, JCT academies enter final
Patiala, February 26
JCT Academy, Phagwara, and Dabir Academy, Patiala, chalked up impressive victories and set up the title clash in the inaugural edition of the Mohan Singh Tur Memorial Football Tournament played on the Punjabi University campus here today.

Teacher terminated for beating up 16 students
Dera Bassi, February 26
The Education Department ordered the termination of the computer teacher Vikram, who was accused of beating up 16 students of Class VIII in a Government Senior Secondary School, Mubarikpur, near Derabassi on January 17.

Woman burnt; mother-in-law, husband booked
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 26
The police today booked the husband and mother-in-law of a woman after she received 50 per cent burns today evening.

Man booked for causing horse’s death
Kharar, February 26
In a rare case, the Kharar police today booked a property dealer for allegedly causing death of a horse.

Students bring laurels to college
Kharar, February 26
MBA students of Guru Gobind Singh College of Modern Technology (GGSCMT) have brought laurels to the college by winning prizes in a management fest “Udaan 2009” held at Chandigarh Business School, Landrana.


Forcible possession of vehicle
ICICI Bank penalised Rs 1.5 lakh
Chandigarh, February 26
Holding a private bank guilty of deficiency in services, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the ICICI Bank to pay compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh for taking possession of the vehicle forcibly.

7-yr jail in rape case
Chandigarh, February 26
Additional District and Sessions Judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi has sentenced Balwinder Kumar to imprisonment of seven years in a rape case.

Post office to pay Rs 10, 000
Chandigarh, February 26
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Director Postal Services and the Chief Post Master, Sector-17, Chandigarh, to pay Rs 10,000 for deficiency in services. The post office has also been directed to refund the balance amount of the interest that they had refused to pay.


Guest house manager held
Chandigarh, February 26
The police arrested manager of an Attawa-based guest house on the charges of not complying with the prohibitory orders of installing CCTV cameras on the guest house premises.


40 take part in lawn tennis trials
Chandigarh, February 26
Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association conducted its final selection trials for CHART programme here today on its premises.


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