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Concession for disabled
HC notice to GMADA

Chandigarh, July 1
The much-hyped Aerocity project, floated by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), has now come under the judicial scanner. Aggrieved by the authority’s failure to offer a concession in plot prices to disabled applicants, a contender today sought the Punjab & Haryana High Court’s intervention in the matter of allotment of plots.

Application deadline unlikely to be extended
Mohali, July 1
Despite the overwhelming response to the Aerocity housing project, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has so far been reluctant to extend the last date to submit application forms. According to the existing schedule the last date to apply is July 6.

Class XI Admissions
Online counselling fails to click
Chandigarh, July 1
The idea of the UT education department to hold an online counselling for Class XI admissions at the government schools has failed to click with a majority of applicants. The counselling held no good for many students who have no access to the Internet at their homes.

BACK TO BUSINESS: Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh, at their school after the summer vacations BACK TO BUSINESS: Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh, at their school after the summer vacations on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Woman, son done to death
Kin allege family of son’s girlfriend behind killings
Kharar, July 1
Residents of Kharar woke up to the news of a gory double murder in the Mundi Kharar area of the town. A 45-year-old woman and her 18-year-old son were found mercilessly done to death in the area opposite the Kohadi temple.

Internship Courses
UT adopts different yardsticks
Chandigarh, July 1
The UT administration appears to be having a double standard when it comes to offering training and internship courses to students of private colleges at the Government Medical College & Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.


Showers cool city
Mercury dips to 30.2° C
Chandigarh, July 1
Pre-monsoon showers lashed the city and its surrounding areas today morning providing the much-needed respite to the people from the sultry weather conditions. The maximum temperature dipped by 8.4 degrees Celsius.

Relief from heat:
People enjoy the weather after rain in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Relief from heat: People enjoy the weather after rain in Chandigarh

Price Rise
BJP takes govt to task
Chandigarh, July 1
National general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party Vijay Goel today blamed the Congress-led UPA government for price rise. Addressing a press conference here as a part of the BJP’s nationwide agitation against price rise, Goel said the UPA government’s various acts of “omission and commission” were the cause of unabated spiraling of prices, which had hit the common man hard.

BJP activists take out a horse cart rally in Chandigarh
BJP activists take out a horse cart rally in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Air travellers decry service tax hike
Chandigarh, July 1
The government’s recent decision to increase service tax on air travel from 1.5 per cent to ten per cent has come as a shock to passengers, who say the steep hike is unjustified as they were already paying a big amount in taxes.

Autos to remain off road today
STA issues over 90 challans
Chandigarh, July 1
The auto-rickshaw operators in city have decided to go on strike tomorrow against the delay in revision of fares. However, strictness of authorities in issuing challans to auto drivers is being seen as the immediate reason behind the decision. The State Transport Authority (STA) today challaned 93 auto drivers in the city.

Train timings changed
Chandigarh, July 1
The Northern Railway has announced change in the timings of some trains in the Ambala division from today. According to the new timetable, the Lucknow-Chandigarh Sadbhavana Express (2231) reached the Chandigarh railway station at 9.55 am instead of 10.15 am.

Saang fest starts with ‘Krishan Janam’
Chandigarh, July 1
The week-long bonanza of Harynavi folk theatre “Saang” started at the Tagore Theatre with the staging of “Krishan Janam” here today. The annual festival is being organised by the Department of Information, Culture and Public Relations, Haryana for the past five years.

Talk on vascular diseases
Chandigarh, July 1
Vascular health helps prevent vascular diseases in life thereby securing a healthy future, vascular surgeon Dr Ravul Jindal said this while delivering an informative talk on vascular diseases at awareness talk “know about your vascular health” here.

Plantation drive launched
Chandigarh, July 1
Cabinet Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources Pawan Kumar Bansal planted saplings alongside the road leading to the Motor Market in Sector 48, Chandigarh, while the State Bank of India launched a tree plantation drive on the Bank Day here today.

Price of kerosene fixed
Chandigarh, July 1
The Chandigarh Administration has fixed the wholesale and retail prices of kerosene to be sold in Chandigarh. An order passed by the Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Chandigarh Administration, said that the wholesale price per kilo litre would be Rs 12,210.83.

Raids reveal massive tax evasion
Chandigarh, July 1
Income Tax officials detected massive evasion during raids conducted at 35 places in Chandigarh, Khanna, Jalandhar and Mandi Gobingarh yesterday. While the detections were being calculated today as well, a real estate agent of Khanna in Punjab surrendered Rs 3 crore of unaccounted money.


Renewal of Contract
UT’s recruitment has guest teachers worried
Chandigarh, July 1
The recent teacher recruitment conducted by the UT education department seems to have issues with guest teachers, who are awaiting renewal of their contract. According to sources, teachers, who are generally relieved before summer vacations, are eventually re-hired in first week of July with the renewal of their appointment contract.

Tiwana is Dean academic affairs
Patiala, July 1
Dr SS Tiwana, professor in the department of public administration, has taken over as Dean, academic affairs of Punjabi University, Patiala, here yesterday. Dr Tiwana has more than 80 research papers to his name and guided 12 candidates to get their doctorate degrees.

Programme for community teachers ends
Chandigarh, July 1
The 20-day orientation programme for community teachers, organised by SSA UT Chandigarh, concluded here today. The aim was to hone skills of the teachers, including teaching skills, classroom management, etc.


7 B’desh nationals nabbed in Ambala
Ambala, July 1
Seven Bangladeshis, who were involved in several robbery cases, have been arrested by the Ambala police on a tip-off from Salalpur road in Kurukshetra. Shashank Anand, Superintendent of Police, Ambala, confirmed the arrest and said robbers were nabbed while they were planning a robbery at Kurukshetra.

Residents block traffic against erratic power supply
Bassi Pathana, July 1
Hundreds of people from the adjoining villages led by Pritpal Singh Dharni, district president, Rajiv Gandhi Panchayati Raj Organisation, today blocked the traffic for hours on the Bassi Pathana-Chandigarh Road against the erratic power supply in rural areas as well as against hanging of loose-high voltage wires in fields

1 booked for breach of trust
Zirakpur, July 1
A resident of Baltana has been booked on charges of criminal breach of trust here today. The case has been registered on the complaint of Amit Gill, a resident of house number 485, Saini Vihar, Phase 2, Baltana.

2 killed in road mishaps
Rajpura, July 1
Two persons got killed in separate road mishaps on the Rajpura-Patiala road. The deceased have been identified as Hardyal Singh, a resident of Khandoli village near Rajpura, and Dharminder Singh, a migrant labourer working in a factory at the Focal Point, Rajpura.

‘VIP’ violators headache for traffic cops
Zirakpur, July 1
Policemen have become helpless, as the motorists with a ‘VIP link’ do not follow traffic rules. In Zirakpur, the traffic police’s campaign of challaning violators has failed despite the 222 challans issued in a month. The traffic violation continues to go unabated in the region.

Farmers fear auction of 5,200 kanal land
Submit memorandum to SDM
Dera Bassi, July 1
Farmers of Bhankerpur village, who have been fighting the legal battle to get their agricultural land, expressed doubt that rural and panchyat department was trying to auction their land.

Canal Waters
Will fight for Punjab farmers: Chandumajra
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 1
Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) will fight to retain canal water of Punjab. This was stated here yesterday by SAD (B) general secretary professor Prem Singh Chandumajra. He accused previous Central governments of distributing water to other states against all rules.

Robbery case: Accused sent to police remand
Dera Bassi, July 1
The four robbers who were arrested yesterday with a car, cash and revolver were sent to one-day police remand.

Pedestrian killed
Zirakpur, July 1
A 65-year-old pedestrian died after being hit by a scooter on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near Singhpura village late last night.

Man booked
Dera Bassi, July 1
The Lalru police has booked one person of Bassouli village for occupying a panchayat land in his village.


3 held for drinking liquor in public
Chandigarh, July 1
The police has arrested Munish Kumar, a resident of Phase V, Mohali, and Pushpinder Singh, a resident of Jalandhar, from different parts of Sector 8 yesterday on the charges of consuming liquor at a public place.

3 held for firing at dhaba owner
Panchkula, July 1
The police has arrested three persons for allegedly firing on a dhaba owner here late last night. The three were identified as Ravish Kumar, a resident of Hardoi, Roshan Lal of Noida and Mandeep Singh, a resident of Patti Kalyana village in Panipat.

Purse snatched
Panchkula, July 1
A woman lost her bag to snatchers at Sector 8 here this morning. Babita, a resident of HUDA colony at Abheypur village in Phase I of the Industrial Area, in her complaint to the police said she was crossing the road near the petrol pump at Sector 8 when two unidentified persons on a black-coloured motorcycle snatched her purse.


Queen’s Baton arrives in city
Chandigarh, July 1
The Queen’s Baton reached the city around 5.30 pm today amid tight security. Grand preparations are on by the Chandigarh Administration for welcoming the Queen Baton Relay (QBR) on July 3 evening.

The carvan of Queen’s Baton Relay in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

The carvan of Queen’s Baton Relay in Chandigarh

Swimming trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, July 1
Trials to select Chandigarh swimming teams for the Junior and Sub-Junior National Aquatic Championship, 2010, will be held on July 3 at 9 am at the Indoor Swimming Pool, Yoga Centre, Sector 23, here.

City girl to represent country in chess meet
Chandigarh, July 1
Local chess prodigy Tarini Goyal has brought laurels to the city as she has been selected to represent the country in the forthcoming Asian Youth Invitational Chess Championship (U-10) to be held at Beijing from July 8.


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