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Admn won't impose house tax
Chandigarh, November 30
Putting the ball in the court of the municipal corporation on the issue of imposing house tax, UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil today said the Administration would not impose house tax on city residents as it was the duty of the civic body to impose the tax. He said if the MC did not impose the tax, it would "lose out on the inflow of matching grants" from the Union Government.

Factionalism has hit police image, says Srivastava 
Chandigarh, November 30
DGP Srivastava on the way home after his retirement on Friday. Having spent close to three years with the UT police as its head, DGP Pradeep Kumar Srivastava today said “differences” and “factionalism” in the force had adversely affected its image.

DGP Srivastava on the way home after his retirement on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan


DGP gets warm send-off
Chandigarh, November 30
A farewell parade was organised at the police lines in Sector 26 for DGP PK Srivastava, who retired today. After serving for 37 years in the Indian Police, PK Srivastava joined the Chandigarh Police as the IGP in February 2010 after serving on various prestigious posts in Delhi and other part of country. He was promoted as the ADGP on August 29, 2012.

Raka Gira Charges framed against tainted DSP
Chandigarh, November 30
A CBI court today framed charges of corruption against Punjab DSP Raka Gira, who was arrested in July last year for allegedly demanding and taking Rs 1 lakh as bribe from a builder. The court simultaneously dismissed Gira’s plea seeking discharge from the case. She had moved the plea on November 1.

Scramble likely for admission to convent schools in city
Chandigarh, November 30
Parents read the admission notice at Bhavan Vidyalaya Junior School in Sector 33 on Friday In what is likely to be a scramble for admission to convent schools in the city, only 695 children will be able to grab a seat against hundreds of applicants for the city’s four leading convent schools: St John's High School, Sector 26, Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, St Anne’s School, Sector 32, and Carmel Convent School, Sector 9.

Parents read the admission notice at Bhavan Vidyalaya Junior School in Sector 33 on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan



India should explore shale gas, says former Canadian minister
Chandigarh, November 30
Herb Dhaliwal, the first Sikh ever to become a Cabinet minister in Canada, is here on a mission. Herb remained a Member of Parliament for Vancouver South-Burnaby from 1993-2004 and was the first India-born South Asian to be represented on Canadian council of ministers. He wants to help India meet its growing demand for reliable energy and improve the quality of life in Punjab villages.

UT says no to new industry
Chandigarh, November 30
The city will no more house any new industry. UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil today made it clear that there was no scope for setting up new industries in the City Beautiful. If anybody wants to set up a new industry, he can go to the neighbouring cities of Panchkula and Mohali, Patil said. Patil expressed his displeasure over the performance of the IT sector in the city. His statement has raised a question mark over the future of the expansion plans of the IT sector in the city.

10-storey building
Work continues at feverish pace
Mohali, November 30
Work continued at a feverish but steady pace on the instant 10-storeyed building, planned to be completed within 48 hours, with the eighth floor being erected today evening.

World AIDS day
HIV cases on the decline in city
Chandigarh, November 30
Children take part in an AIDS awareness rally in Chandigarh on Friday. There has been a consistent fall in the number of people testing positive for HIV, if the figures recorded at the city laboratories in the past four years are something to go by. While the number of people undergoing HIV test at 14 ICTC-certified labs in the city has been on the rise since 2008, the number of people testing positive for the virus has come down on an year and year basis.

Children take part in an AIDS awareness rally in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

NGOs fail to avail of Central Govt grants
Chandigarh, November 30
No takers for the grant offered by the Central Government to local NGOs for organising awareness of various social issues in the city, under special awareness generation programme came forward. Records of the the Chandigarh Social Welfare Board revealed that of Rs 10 lakh allocated for the city to spread awareness on social or health-related issues, a grant of Rs 8 lakh for NGO was still lying unallocated.
The damaged car that met with an accident near the traffic light point in Sector 26, Chandigarh.
The damaged car that met with an accident near the traffic light point in Sector 26, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Students get acting tips
Panchkula, November 30
The interested students of The Gurukul, Sector 20, here got tips of acting from the noted actor Susheel Parashar, who visited the school campus here yesterday.

2 couples leave protection home
Panchkula, November 30
Alleging apathy on part of the Panchkula Administration, two couples left the protection house here today afternoon, saying that three of them were huddled in a single room despite having other rooms.

National Crafts Mela gets off to a colourful start 
Chandigarh, November 30
Marked by diversity and traditional rich craftsmen from across the country, the fourth Chandigarh National Crafts Mela began here today. The mega event was inaugurated by Shivraj V. Patil, Governor, Punjab and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, in the presence of Adviser to the Administrator KK Sharma and other senior officers of the Chandigarh Administration.

UT Admn fails to set up tax tribunal
Chandigarh, November 30
The Chandigarh Administration has failed to set up a tax tribunal for the disposal of cases pertaining to the UT’s Excise and Sales Tax Department. The establishment of the tribunal is mandatory under the value added tax (VAT) rules. The tribunal is beneficial in the disposal of cases pertaining to disputes over the payment of sales or excise tax . Presently, the Commissioner of Excise and Taxation hears the appeal regarding any dispute.

Fewer reserved seats under RTE Act in city
Chandigarh, November 30
The number of reserved seats under the RTE Act may go down as the Supreme Court's verdict had exempted as many as 13 city schools, enjoying minority status, from admitting 25 per cent children from the economically weaker sections (EWS) and disadvantage group. The schools are required to reserve 25 per cent of the total seats under the RTE Act.

City girl takes steps to stardom 
Chandigarh, November 30
Fifteen-year-old Gunit Cour is all set to make debut in Punjabi film “Stupid 7”, directed by playwright-turned-filmmaker Pali Bhupinder. “I am playing one of the lead roles in the movie,” informs Gunit, a resident of Sector 15.


College principals' meeting remains inconclusive
Chandigarh, November 30
The meeting of the college principals remained inconclusive as the principals failed to reach a consensus on the issues of the appointment of regular teachers in the colleges of Punjab and paying them a salary as per the UGC norms. The meeting was held at Panjab University and 140 principals of the colleges, affiliated to the PU, participated in it.

from SChools
Annual function
The three-day cultural bonanza of the annual function flagged off with a grand inauguration of the school auditorium at St Anne’s, Sector 32, The Bishop of Lucknow Rt Rev Gerald J Mathias and the Bishop of Shimla Chandigarh diocese Rt Rev Ignatius Mascrenas presided over the function. 


Three booked for illegal sand mining
Dera Bassi, November 30
The Lalru police booked three persons for illegal sand mining today. All the accused were sent to 14 day judicial custody by the local court. Tractor and trolleys, loaded with sand, were seized by the police. 


IAS officer gets stay from HC
Chandigarh, November 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the operation of a letter dated November 14 asking Punjab IAS officer BK Srivastava to vacate a government house in Sector 24, here.


Man crushed to death
Panchkula, November 30
In a tragic incident, a 45-year-old man was crushed to death by a Haryana Roadways bus near the road separating Sectors 12A and14, Panchkula, today. The cycle, on which he was riding, was run over by the bus. The victim was identified as Ashok Kumar. He was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, where he was declared brought dead. Kumar was going for work when the incident happened.

Sham Fashion Mall  owner's murder
Accused confess to their crime
Chandigarh, November 30
A gang of six robbers, busted by the UT police two days back, can provide vital clues into the sensational murder case of the owner of Sham Fashion Mall. The murder took place in 2009. With the robbers reportedly confessing before the police that they were involved in the killing of Amarjeet Singh, owner of Sham Fashion Mall, the CBI is all set to take over the custody of the robbers for further investigation.


Badminton trials on December 8, 9
Chandigarh, November 30
The trials of the badminton players from Panchkula district in various categories from 35 to 60 age group (both men and women sections) will be held on December 8 to 9 in the Badminton Hall of the Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula.


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