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Demolition drive tepid affair in Kansal
*Officials unclear about exact catchment area * Residents allege houses of VIPs not touched

Chandigarh, May 21
Amid immense pressure from VIPs, including officials and politicians, the Punjab local bodies department today "half-heartedly" demolished about 10 low-height boundary walls in Sectors A and B of Kansal that fall in the catchment area of Sukhna Lake. The drive was carried out after the Punjab and Haryana High Court halted construction in the catchment area.
A low-height boundary wall being demolished by the Nayagaon NAC on Monday in wake of the Punjab and Haryana High Court order on the catchment area.
A low-height boundary wall being demolished by the Nayagaon NAC on Monday in wake of the Punjab and Haryana High Court order on the catchment area.


Khuda Ali Sher, Kaimbwala
Notices against 300 structures
Chandigarh, May 21
The Land Acquisition Collector (LAC) of the UT Administration has passed demolition notices against 300 illegal structures in Khuda Ali Sher and Kaimbwala that fall in the catchment area.

‘Lal dora’ issue
Residents to move Supreme Court

Chandigarh, May 21
Apprehensive that the UT Administration would demolish their houses, which were constructed recently by residents of Kaimbwla and Khudda Ali Sher, residents are going to approach the Supreme Court against the recent order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. 

3 suicides in city in four hours
Chandigarh, May 21
Three married women committed suicide in a span of four hours in separate incidents today. In the first incident, Meenakshi, a 29-year-old resident of Maloya Colony, committed suicide by hanging herself from a fan at her house. Her husband, Om Parkash, works at a boutique in Mohali.



Cong promises BJP chairmanship of two more MC subcommittees
Chandigarh, May 21
The Congress has promised BJP councillors the chairmanship of two more subcommittees of the municipal corporation (MC). In a meeting here today, the Congress told the BJP that it would denotify subcommittees and appoint two more BJP councillors their chairmen and four vice-chairmen.

A car passes through a dusty area near the airport traffic lights as sewerage work goes on
heat and dust: A car passes through a dusty area near the airport traffic lights as sewerage work goes on. Tribune photo: manoj Mahajan

Victim alleges police inaction
Chandigarh, May 21
Muslim social activist Nagina Begum has alleged inaction on the part of the Mohali police in the attempt-to-rape-and-murder case. She and International Human Rights Commission activists alleged that the police did nothing to nab the assailants after registering a case at the Naya Gaon police station on April 12.

Mohali civic body sans Commissioner
Mohali, May 21
The functioning of the municipal corporation here has been hit due to the failure of the government to appoint a Commissioner even as former councillors have demanded a full-time incumbent and early elections to the civic body for the speedy development of the town.

Sanitation drive: Dry leaves removed from service lanes 
Chandigarh, May 21
A sanitation drive was conducted in Sector 15 under the supervision of the BJP area councillor Saurabh Joshi today. During the drive all service lanes in the sector were cleared of shrubs and dry leaves, which cause water logging. Pressure pump machines were also stationed here to pump out the garbage that could lead to blockage and overflowing of sewerages during the monsoons.

International nurses week concludes at PGI
Chandigarh, May 21
The International Nurses Week concluded with valedictory function at the PGI. The chief guest of the function was professor Arun Aggarwal, additional medical superintendent, PGIMER.

Admn tells DC to act
Chandigarh, May 21
The Chandigarh Administration in a communication to the Deputy Commissioner has sought action against the restaurants which are charging service tax on food items. The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has already declared that the charging of service tax in an arbitrary manner by restaurants is illegal.

18 turn up for public darbar 
Chandigarh, May 21
Eighteen people turned up for public darbar of UT Administrator Shivraj Patil at the UT Secretariat, Sector 9, today. The public hearing session was held after a gap of two months.

The judicial complex that was inaugurated in Panchkula on Monday. New judicial complex building comes up
Panchkula, May 21
A new building of the judicial complex was inaugurated by MM Kumar, Acting Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court, here today. Justice Satish Kumar Mittal, chairman, Building Committee, Haryana, and Justice Nirmaljeet Kaur, Administrative Judge, Session Division, Panchkula, were present on the occasion.
The judicial complex that was inaugurated in Panchkula on Monday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Delightful sight: Colourful flowers blooming on trees make City Beautiful even more attractive

Delightful sight: Colourful flowers blooming on trees make City Beautiful even more attractive
(Clockwise) Amaltas bloom along a road in Chandigarh. (2) Lagerstroemia adds to the scenic beauty of the city. (3) Violet flowers are a treat to the eyes. (4) A gulmohar tree with bright flowers is a sight to behold. Tribune Photos: Manoj mahajan


Schools still counting toppers
Chandigarh , May 21
It’s been two days and the tricity schools are still counting toppers. After being informed about the ‘best of five’ rule, the schools are redoing the results which are getting better and better.

PU delays implementing Sibal committee report
Chandigarh, May 21
While it comes with a promise to make the forthcoming Senate elections more smooth and transparent, the much-awaited VK Sibal election reform report may never be implemented. Despite being tabled around two months ago in the Syndicate, the university continues to linger on with their implementation, even though they are valid for forthcoming elections.

Sukrit Kaur is humanities topper in tricity
Chandigarh, May 21
Sukrit Kaur with her parents in Chandigarh on Monday. A miscalculation by her school YPS Mohali took away her 15 minutes of fame, but that has not dampened the spirit of Sukrit Kaur who is the topper in the humanities stream in the tricity. Having scored 89.75 per cent marks, Sukrit today got her rightful recognition when the school realised its mistake and issued an official communication informing that she had secured 0.75 per cent marks more than Manat Dhaliwal who had earlier been announced as the topper.

Sukrit Kaur with her parents in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Check this out: Dark side of royal city
Patiala, May 21
With the Patiala municipal corporation allowing the construction of commercial establishments in violation of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, several areas of the royal city present a picture of neglect

Metalled roads being replaced with inter-locking tiles
Patiala, May 21
In an alleged attempt to extend "undue benefits" to the tune of crores to some contractors, the Patiala municipal corporation (MC) has started digging up metalled roads to lay inter-locking tiles.

14-day remand for abductor
Kalka, May 21
A 25-year-old youth, hailing from Bihar, was arrested for abducting a minor girl. The accused has been identified as Lachman. Mela Ram, father of the victim, lodged a complaint with the police. He alleged that the accused had abducted his daughter on April 4 last year.

Four vehicles catch fire at liquor distillery 
Banur, May 21
A person suffered 80 per cent burns while another was left with a fractured leg when fire engulfed four vehicles, three loaded with spirit and one with liquor bottles, at Chandigarh Distilleries and Bottlers Ltd here this afternoon. The factory where a fire broke out at Banur on Monday. Tribune photo: JS Virdi

Man dies as wall collapses
Kalka, May 21
A 32-year-old mason lost his life when a wall of a factory being constructed adjacent to his house collapsed. The victim, who was identified as Parmod Kumar, was rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. His body was handed over to the family after an autopsy.


Give 3-day notice before arrest: Court
Chandigarh, May 21
A local court has directed the UT police to give a three-day notice to the two accused in a corruption case before arresting them. Rajesh Jindal of Sector 37, who is a chartered accountant, has accused Seema Khutten and Renu of cheating him.


Six nabbed with weapons
Chandigarh, May 21
The UT police today arrested six persons for planning to commit a dacoity at Sector 39 here last night. It also found four minors who were being deployed by them to commit petty crimes and hand over the booty to them. 

Three drug addicts arrested for theft
Chandigarh, May 21
The UT police today arrested three persons for their involvement in the theft of a number of laptops and mobile phones from the Panjab University (PU), the PGI and the Punjab Engineering College (PEC).


CLTA-AITA Talent Series
Bhavya pips Shivi in straight sets

Chandigarh, May 21
Bhavya defeated Shivi Sehgal in straight sets(6-0 and 6-0) in the girls (U-14) category, in the ongoing CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament for Boys and Girls(U-14 and 18), being held at CLTA and Lake Sports Complex, here today. 

Cricket coaching camp
Panchkula, May 21
Satluj Public School will hold a 10-day cricket coaching camp to teach the technicalities of the game. The interested players can enroll themselves after contacting Sarpreet Gill, cricket coach, on phone number 9803366989.

Giant leap

SAI officials conduct trials for the Sports Wing at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Monday.
SAI officials conduct trials for the Sports Wing at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Patiala in commanding position
Chandigarh, May 21
The batsmen of Patiala team put the visiting side in a commanding position against Chandigarh, during the first day of the ongoing Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy, being played, here today.

LIC Cricket Academy enter final
Chandigarh, May 21
The LIC Cricket Academy team defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 56 (GMSSS 56), to enter the final of the ongoing LIC Cricket Championship For Women, being held, here today.

PEPSU(A) team thrash Andhra
Bassi Pathana, May 21
Continuing their winning streak, PEPSU(A) team defeated Andhra Pradesh in a one-sided affair during the ongoing 21st Sub-Junior Hockey Championship for girls (U-14), being held, here today. 


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