Five villages to come in commercial tax ambit

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CHANDIGARH: Five villages of the city are all set to come in the commercial tax ambit as the local bodies department of the Chandigarh administration has finalised the imposing of the tax on these villages. It has sent the matter to the legal department of the UT administration for vetting and then to issue the notification in this regard. The UT had issued a public notice on the subject, seeking objections a few days ago and now after completion of the said period, further proceedings in the matter were being…

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PU at 195 QS spot among Brics institutes

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CHANDIGARH: Panjab University secured rank 195 among the Brics institutions in QS Rankings released on Wednesday. Last year, PU was in the slab of 201-250. With a score of 66.4, PU improved in the parameter of citations per paper from 44.4 points last year and 56.7 in 2016. Under faculty staff with PhD, PU scored 42.7 points as compared to 32.1 in 2017 Meanwhile, the continuous dip in the rankings of PU was discussed at the meeting of the former vicechancellors with VC Prof Raj Kumar. Former VC Prof Arun…

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Punjab: Task force to clean up Buddha Nullah

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CHANDIGARH: Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered the constitution of a special task force to clean up the Buddha Nullah. The task force, with Baba Udai Singh of Namdhari sect as its patron, will submit its report to the chief minister in two months. A senior official said the CM has directed the chief secretary to constitute the task force, comprising elected representatives, technocrats and public figures. It will study and suggest measures to address issues of treating industrial effluents, solid waste management, besides ways to pro-actively engage…

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Man posing as banker dupes HCS officer’s wife

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PANCHKULA:The wife of a Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officer was duped of her money soon after she lodged a complaint with the Sector 10 branch of State Bank of India (SBI) regarding an ATM issue. A complaint was given to the cops by husband of the victim, HCS Sudhanshu Gautam, former joint director, public relations department, Haryana. Sudhanshu in his complaint to the cops informed that his wife Meghna, works as a dental surgeon in civil dispensary, Sector 21, Panchkula. In a telephonic conversation with TOI, Meghna said, “I had…

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Profiling shakes Kashmiri students’ confidence

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CHANDIGARH: Kashmiri students of Panjab University feel harassed after the DUI (dean of university instructions) had sought their profiles from each department. The university has asked for their names, father’s name, class, address, and contact number, a demand which the 60 Kashmiri students in the varsity claimed was to be demeaning and demotivating. They are determined to challenge the DUI’s circular to every department chairperson on the campus. “Kya chal raha hai tumhare Kashmir mein jo authorities tumhara details nikalwa rehi hai? (What’s going on in Kashmir that the authorities…

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Helmet for Sikh women in C’garh optional: MHA

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NEW DELHI: Wearing of helmet by Sikh women in Chandigarh has been made optional, the home ministry said Wednesday, a week after it had completely exempted them from wearing the protective head gear. The Union Territory administration of Chandigarh has been advised that it may be made optional for Sikh women, riding a two wheeler or sitting pillion, to wear protective head gear, as per the extant practice in Delhi, a Home Ministry official said. Last week, the Home Ministry had advised the Chandigarh administration to exempt the Sikh women…

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3 caught in raids on Mohali mining sites

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MOHALI:The district administration teams raided illegal mining sites at Sundran and Mukandpur village on Tuesday and seized three Poclain hydraulic claw machines, besides three tipper trucks laden with extracted mud. Police arrested three people from the spot, while three more got away. Two separate cases of theft and illegal mining were registered against five of these people at the Mubarkpur police post and the Derabassi police station. This was a day after the Derabassi police busted an illegal-mining racket, seized nine tractortrailers, and arrested three more people. The diggers at…

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#MeToo moment at PUCASH seminar

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CHANDIGARH: A #MeToo message from two economics students landed at a Panjab University seminar against sexual harassment here on Tuesday, describing how they were being subjected to lewd comments on the campus repeatedly and how the last incident had happened only a day before. Sachin Galav of the National Student Union of India (NSUI) and the department of women’s studies, who read out the message from the girls who claim to have been harassed by a couple of motorcyclists, said the complainants wanted to remain anonymous. One of them had…

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