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Panchkula gets new civic chief, fourth one in more than four months
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

There have been back-to-back transfers of municipal commissioners owing to the tussle between Mayor Upinder Ahluwalia and BJP MLA Gian Chand Gupta.

‘Security exercise’: Chandigarh schools ask parents to do bus duty, to release roster
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Recently, the Chandigarh administration has tightened its noose around the school managements over the security of students and also impounded many school buses for not having proper documents or not installing CCTV cameras and speed governors in the vehicles.

Chandigarh municipal corporation: 40 staffers asked to explain skipping PM birthday event
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Forty employees of the Municipal Corporation from various departments did not turn up for the event. Additional Commissioner of Chandigarh MC, Uma Shankar Gupta, has served them showcause notices.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh toils for Rs 20 a day, prescribed diet of 3,170 calories
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is turning out to be “most disciplined and well behaved prisoner” who quietly follows all the directions given to him, eats his jail meals without a fuss, and carries out his task of gardening in a small patch outside his cell, the DGP said.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s day in jail: 5 hours of gardening, reading Gita
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Now prisoner number 8647, Ram Rahim, who was convicted for rape of two women and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment, is “slowly getting used to life in jail”, said Haryana Director General (Prisons) K P Singh

Navratra festival: Mansa Devi road gets pothole makeover ahead of VIPs visit
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and various other ministers would be travelling through the road to visit the Mansa Devi temple to pay obeisance.

Parking lots: Violators to soon hit ‘photo wall’
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

The company, Arya Toll Infra Limited, said that to “publicly display the violators’ irresponsibility”, the photo wall would be created at prominent parking lots in the city. Pictures would be displayed under separate categories.

CHB approves regularisation of violations by occupants
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

The decision comes as a relief to 40,000 flat owners who have committed different violations like covering their courtyard, converting balconies into rooms or toilets, constructing a staircase and additional washrooms, or made internal changes.

Stock heritage furniture in one building, panel suggests to UT
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Since 2011, activist Ajay Jagga had been writing to UT Administration to probe the disappearance of furniture designed by Corbusier and Jeanneret, and its appearance at auction houses in Europe and America.

Chandigarh develops app to track school buses
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

The mobile app would have the details of all the buses, school-wise. It would also have the details about drivers, conductors and attendants, their pictures and mobile numbers.

Ahead of October 2, Chandigarh Municipal Corp wakes up to achieve 100 pc waste segregation
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore will formally launch the campaign from Sector 19-D on Friday.

Rs 1.5-crore police spending violated norms: Audit report
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Purchases of consumable articles worth Rs. 24.98 lakh were also made on piecemeal basis from the same supplier- M/s Gulab Enterprises Sector 26 without mentioning the MRP.

Murder of seven-year-old: UT frames rules to keep tabs on drivers, conductors, peons
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

The guidelines, focusing specifically on the movement of drivers, conductors and other male staff within the schools, stated, “Schools shall devise a protocol to ensure that drivers, conductors and other support staff are not given unrestricted access during school hours.

Records of three years ‘damaged in heavy rain’, ‘destroyed’ or ‘not available’: Chandigarh Police to Vigilance
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

\Whistle-blower says ‘as per rules, cash bills have to be maintained for 10 years... will move CBI if there is no fair inquiry’

Another case against dera head: Ahead of hearing in slain journalist case, heightened security in Panchkula
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

Fearing a repeat of August 25, RWAs have also decided to intensify their security from September 14. For their part, the police are playing down the significance of September 16 date in order not to send up a scare among residents.

Breathalysers in bars, restaurants: Tipplers won’t be compelled to take test, clarifies Chandigarh Admn
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

The Wednesday order was issued so that visitors consuming alcohol in bars and restaurants may know whether they are “legally fit” to drive back home.

Electric cars may ply on city roads soon
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

“A pilot project may be undertaken with the help of knowledge partners to gauge the technicalities involved and the economics of operation for charging station which is private vehicle oriented,” the report added.

Install breathalysers within seven days, UT excise department tells owners of bars andpubs
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Bar owners have been asked to submit a compliance report to the Department of Excise and Taxation by September 13. The order has not gone down well with the bar owners though

Public bicycle sharing system: Soon, get cycle on rent for Rs 5 per hour
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

There will be 600 cycle-sharing points and 10,000 bicycles. The cycle stations will be made at PU, Sector 17 Plaza, Sukhna Lake, Rose Garden, PGIMER and bus stand

No freebies: Government vehicles will have to pay fees for parking, says Civic chief
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Municipal Commissioner says only a few top officers have been exempted from paying fees; company has given only 150 passes for free parking

13,000 Government officers, employees not paying parking fee
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

The company, which manages paid parking at 47 locations in city, claims they are losing Rs 65,000 daily.

Smuggling of heritage furniture: UT begins probe into role of former director of Museum and Art Gallery
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

The UT Administration said on Thursday it was investigating how Randhawa, who was the UT Assistant Inspector General (Prisons) in 2008, was given additional charge as director of Museum and Art Gallery, giving him “easy access to UT’s heritage furniture”.

Dera verdict: Judiciary has proved that law is equal for all, says BJP councillor
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Mayor Asha Jaswal was full of praise for the media. She said the efforts of mediapersons, who were on the spot during Ram Rahim’s incident, were commendable

Panchkula violence: Dead named in FIRs, compensation unlikely
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

The dead have all been named in a single FIR under sections 146, 147, 148, 149, 186, 188, 307, 332, 353, 427, 435 and 120 B of the IPC, 25/54/59 of the Arms Act and 3 of Prevention of Damage to Public Property (PDPP) act.

Fallout of Ram Rahim’s conviction: In the eye of row, Deputy Commissioner says ‘moved away to call Army’
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Haryana Home Secretary Ram Niwas said “it is a fact” that the DC, who had magisterial powers to direct police officials to open fire, “fled the scene but she blames the police officials who faced the mob despite getting injured and drove them out of Panchkula within two hours”.

How 33 people died in Panchkula: INSAS, SLR bullets in the back, head, chest, neck
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Police officials have informally identified the bullets as those used in INSAS, which the paramilitaries were using, and SLRs, which were with the Haryana Police.

Panchkula residents recall Friday horror: ‘Bloodstains outside my house, people still in shock’
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

Sound of gunshots and roar of Dera supporters is still echoing in the ears of residents

Brothers cremated side by side, many who just went with crowd
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

Six more died in Sirsa. Post-mortems have been conducted on all 32 bodies in Panchkula, said principal medical officer Veena Singh. Only 24 have been identified so far; the profiles of 14 were published Sunday.

Dera violence: Disbelief turns into grief as man finds 21-yr-old son dead with bullet wounds at hospital
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

The Panchkula Civil Hospital has space only for four bodies in the mortuary, and on Saturday morning, the 17 bodies that came to the hospital on Friday night, plus those that arrived from PGIMER, were all kept in this ward.

Tracking the dead in Panchkula: Some die-hard Ram Rahim followers, a kid on an ‘outing’
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

Thirty-six people were killed in the violence, 30 of them in Panchkula and the rest in Sirsa. Police and the hospital in Panchkula had identified only 19 of them and the rest are yet to be identified.

Panchkula clashes: In morgue, 17 bodies lie unclaimed, their phones ringing through night
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

Of the 28 people who were killed in Friday’s violence, 27 lost their lives in clashes that erupted on the streets of Panchkula and 17 bodies are in the Panchkula Civil Hospital. None of the bodies has been identified so far.

For many in BJP, support to and from Dera Sacha Sauda comes back to haunt
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

An estimated 19 of the 47 BJP MLAs including Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala had gone to pay obeisance to the Dera chief after the poll win in 2014 when the party was voted to power in the state for the first time on its own.

In the courtroom: Verdict in 20 minutes, guilty Ram Rahim silent
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

Unlike his usual images in flamboyant clothes, the “guru of bling” was on Friday dressed simply - in a white kurta-pajama. He had come to the court with a woman, who said her relationship with him was that of a daughter.

Haryana minister Ram Bilas Sharma defends Dera Sacha Sauda followers’ march to Panchkula
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma, who makes no secret of his proximity to Dera head Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim, recently visited him at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa and handed over a cheque of Rs 51 lakh as a mark of his support.

Ram Rahim rape case verdict: Mobile internet services snapped; schools, colleges, markets closed
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

With the city gripped by rumours and uncertainty, and the number of Dera followers swelling by the minute, most Panchkula shopkeepers downed their shutters on Thursday afternoon.

Ram Rahim case verdict: Over a lakh Dera supporters in Panchkula, residents in panic, traders mull shutdown
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

The residents are panicking as Dera followers spread out in the internal lanes of sectors and green belts in sectors 2,3,4,5, 6,7,8.