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I-T raids on 4 realtors
Over Rs 2 crore unearthed, incriminating documents seized
Chandigarh, May 2
In a major crackdown, officials of the income tax department conducted raids on the premises of four prominent real estate developers here today. Though officials concerned remain tight-lipped, sources said an amount of over Rs 2 crore was unearthed till the evening.

An income tax raid under way at the office of the Janta Land Promoters Limited in Sector 70 of Mohali on Wednesday. An income tax raid under way at the office of the Janta Land Promoters Limited in Sector 70 of Mohali on Wednesday. Photo: Vicky Gharu


Govt establishments in UT issued tax-evasion notices
Chandigarh, May 2
The Punjab Bhavan at Sector 3 in Chandigarh. Almost a year after luxury tax was imposed on hotels and banquet halls in the city, government-run establishments under the hospitality wings of the Punjab and Haryana governments here have been found evading the tax, running into lakhs. The UT excise and taxation department has issued notices to a number of such establishments, including clubs and private bodies, after conducting a survey.

The Punjab Bhavan at Sector 3 in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Cameras at just 3 signals used to challan red light violators
Chandigarh, May 2
While the UT traffic police has, making use of CCTV cameras, challaned over 1,000 motorists for jumping red light this year, it has done so usingf cameras installed at only three traffic light points.

Girls live healthier than boys, says survey
Chandigarh, May 2
Girls are more health-conscious than boys. They are also more religious-minded and believe in meaningful relationships with friends.

Sectors stink as sanitation staff stir on
Chandigarh, May 2
Continuing their protest, the members of the door-to-door garbage collection employees association today did not collect garbage at 11 sectors in the city. The employees staged a dharna in front of the office of the municipal corporation. A spokesman for the association said the employees did not collect garbage from Sector 10, where the Mayor’s residence is situated, in protest against her inaction on their grievances.


Mohali favourite with Paying guests
Mohali, May 2
With cheaper rent in comparison to Chandigarh and a number of professional colleges coming up in the adjoining areas of the town, Mohali has emerged as a big destination for youngsters who wish to stay as paying guests (PG). According to a rough estimate, over 20,000 youngsters have been staying as PGs in different parts of the town and the number has been increasing rapidly. “Now, most of the landlords prefer PGs to tenants. The simple reason is the huge income they earn from PGs. People here have been earning five times more than what they get as rent from tenants,” said Tajinder Singh, a resident of Phase III-B 2.
"You know I have joined here recently, so I am unaware of the facts."
— Navjot Kaur, Estate Officer, GMADA

Chandigarh scan
Awards for child welfare
The Ministry of Women and Child Development, New Delhi, has instituted the National Award for Child Welfare to give recognition to individuals and institutions who have made outstanding contributions to child welfare. The award will be given to three individuals and five institutions. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh and a citation to each institution and Rs 1 lakh and a citation to each individual. The ministry has also instituted Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award for Service to Children to give recognition to three individuals who make outstanding contribution to service for children in the field of child development, child protection and child welfare. The award will be given to three individuals who have worked for the cause of children for over 10 years. It carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a citation.

Removal of hoardings
Notices issued to 100 traders
Panchkula, May 2
Concerned over the haphazard hoardings put up by traders in various markets of the town, which not only block fresh air but also play a major hindrance in firefighting operations in case of emergency, the authorities have served notices to showroom owners.

HUDA takes possession of plot
Panchkula, May 2
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) today took possession of plot 190 at Sector 4 in the Mansa Devi Complex (MDC) her today. The plot had been allotted to the chairman of Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC), RN Prashar.

3 buses sans permit impounded
Chandigarh, May 2
The buses impounded by the State Transport Authority of the UT at the police station in Sector 39, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. The State Transport Authority of the UT today impounded three private vehicles which were plying in the city without permit. Confirming the development, Secretary Balbir Singh Dhol, said: “Two buses were going to Rajasthan and the third one to Punjab. The buses going to Rajasthan were, in fact, offering sleeper facility, which is not permitted in the city.

The buses impounded by the State Transport Authority of the UT at the police station in Sector 39, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Water goes waste:
A broken water supply line on the road separating Sector 45 and Colony No. 5 in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

BJP councillor succumbs to injuries
Chandigarh, May 2
A 55-year-old BJP councillor, Laxmi Devi of ward number 7, died today after remaining in comma for a month. The first timer, Laxmi Devi, met with a road accident one month ago after which she did not regain consciousness. A BJP senior leader said she was admitted to the PGI and died at 5 this morning.

Model alleges colleague dumped her
Chandigarh, May 2
In a case of matrimonial dispute, a city-based model has alleged that a colleague of hers married her and then dumped her. The woman alleged that the accused, who is a resident of Haryana and a model, married her in a temple at Sector 19.

‘Avoid smoking during IPL matches’
Mohali, May 2
Mohali’s Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam today issued directions to the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) to refrain from surrogate advertisements and smoking during the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) matches at the stadium.

Police directive to jewellers
Zirakpur, May 2
The police today directed jewellers and owners of petrol pumps to take precautionary measures to avoid any untoward incidents on their premises.


Panjab university
Teachers divided over leave rules
Chandigarh, May 2
The demand for implementing Child Care Leave (CCL) for teachers in Panjab University (PU) has left the teaching fraternity divided. While the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) wants to get two-years of CCL implemented (the leave can be taken anytime till the child turns 18 years old), senior teachers say that the move would bring down their causal leaves from 20 days to 8 days and duty leaves, which currently are unlimited, to 30 days per year.

School notes
'All-Fruits Day'
St Joan’s Public School, Zirakpur, celebrated “All Fruits Day” in all its fervour. Students and teachers participated whole-heartedly in the event with students bringing fruits in their tiffin. Some students made a collage of their favourite fruits, while others recited rhymes and sang songs. Students were also provided fruits by the school management. The principal told the students about importance of eating fruits and made the students aware about the necessity of eating fruits daily.

Science department to get Rs 20-cr grant
Chandigarh, May 2
Panjab University is soon expected to get a purse grant of Rs 20 crore for carrying research in the department of sciences. A presentation was made today by the Vice Chancellor in this regard before the Department of Science and Technology at Delhi.


160 students selected
Banur, May 2
Saheed Udham Singh Group of Colleges, Banur, conducted a placement drive for the polytechnic students at its campus. A total of 160 students were selected during the drive.

Residents irked over shortage of water
Kalka, May 2
Resentment prevails among residents of Shiv Colony in Pinjore over the shortage of water from the past few weeks. The residents complained that the department of public health was supplying water in the colony thrice a week.

Student hangs himself to death
Ambala, May 2
A student of mechanical engineering of MM Engineering College, Mullana, committed suicide by hanging with a ceiling fan in his hostel’s room this afternoon.

15-acre wheat stubble gutted
Dera Bassi, May 2
A major fire that broke out near Jharmari village this noon had damaged wheat stubble in the area of nearly 15 acres, which was left by farmers to produce wheat husk.


Man acquitted in case of attempt to rape
Chandigarh, May 2
A local court today acquitted a 29-year-old man in an attempt to rape case. According to the prosecution case, the incident occurred on December 29, 2011 in Hallo Majra while the complainant and her daughter-in-law were alone in the house.

Man acquitted
Chandigarh, May 2
A local court today acquitted a Mohali resident was who caught by the UT police with 1.8 kg of cannabis (charas) in 2009. The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, VP Sirohi, acquitted Ram Jeevan (39) as the prosecution had failed to prove the charges.


Robbery case cracked, 1 held
Panchkula, May 2
With the arrest of an accused, the police has solved a robbery case of Sector 6 in which an elderly couple were robbed of cash and jewellery over Rs 6 lakh on January 22 last.

One booked for cheating
Chandigarh, May 2 The UT police has registered a case of cheating against a Mohali resident who had submitted fake documents in the court while applying for bail.

Stepfather held for rape bid
Zirakpur, May 2
A minor girl today approached the police alleging that her stepfather tried to rape her at their residence in Phabhat here today.


Lakshay, Vineet hit centuries
A player hits the ball during a cricket match at DAV-8 in Chandigarh
Their 230-run partnership for fourth wicket rescues home team
Chandigarh, May 2
Putting the home team in strong position, local batsmen Lakshay and Vineet Dhaka scored brilliant centuries against Jallandhar, during the first day of ongoing ML Markan Trophy for boys (U-16) being held at DAV School Sector 8, here today. Lakshay Rakhara scored an unbeaten 134 off 243 studded with 20 boundaries while his teammate and crease partner Vineet Dhaka contributed 131off 178 including 24 boundaries. The duo rescued the team after scoring a brilliant 230-run partnership for the fourth wicket in 54.1 overs. Vineet was caught by Rohit off medium pacer Manikaran.

A player hits the ball during a cricket match at DAV-8 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

No. 2 at 9, Vasundhara proves her mettle
Chandigarh, May 2
For Vasundhara Thiara age is no bar when it comes to bringing laurels for city beautiful and her family. The 9-year-old proved her mettle after achieving second rank in the Indian Golf Union (IGU) order of Merit.

Players in the action during football match between South Western Air Command and Western Air Command at 3BRD Air Force Station in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Western Air Command emerge victorious
Chandigarh, May 2
In an exciting match, the football team of Western Air Command defeated their strong rivals South Western Air Command, in a tiebreaker, during the ongoing Air Force Football competition, being held at 3 BRD station.

Players in the action during football match between South Western Air Command and Western Air Command at 3BRD Air Force Station in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S chandan

PCA to organise inter-academy matches
Chandigarh, May 2
To provide young talent to the region, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) will organise, inter-academy two-day weekend matches May 5 to June 10, here.

Ball badminton championship from May 12
Chandigarh, May 2
The Chandigarh Ball Badminton Association will organise the 16th Junior State Ball Badminton Championship for boys and girls, here. The tourney will be organised at IS Dev Samaj School, Sector 21, from May 12 to 13, here.

100 participate in gatka course
Chandigarh, May 2
A three-day national refreshers’ course and training gatka seminar concluded here yesterday.


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