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The DDA has developed cycle tracks in the floodplains as part of the redevelopment projects and a cycle rally will be held on the last day of the event. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)

DDA event to amp up city’s engagement with Yamuna

As part of the event, which is being organised under the ‘Smart Cities Smart Urbanisation’ programme as part of the Centre’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, DDA will organise nature walks, bird watching, yoga, sand art and cycling, among others.

The Sampark Centres in Chandigarh will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm on Sundays. (HT File Photo)

Sampark Centres in Chandigarh to remain open on Sundays too

For the convenience of residents, the UT administration on Tuesday decided to keep all 45 Sampark centres open on Sunday as well. The decision was taken in a meeting of the executive committee of the Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh, which has been set up under the aegis of the department of information technology, Chandigarh. Rupesh Kumar, director, IT said the Sampark centres will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm on Sundays.

Councillors during the General House meeting of the Chandigarh municipal corporation for the 2023-24 budget estimates. (Keshav Singh/HT)

Chandigarh MC approves 2,176.4 cr budget for 2023-24

Pinning its hopes on more grant-in-aid from the Centre, the Chandigarh municipal corporation on Tuesday approved a ?2,176.4 crore budget for financial year 2023-24 with a ?487-crore deficit. While the corporation had demanded ?1,332.5 crore as grant-in-aid for the upcoming fiscal, expecting implementation of Fourth Delhi Finance Commission's recommendations, it was allocated only ?555 crore in the Union Budget on?February 1.

Harmehtab Rarewala has been allowed to remain on bail pending high court’s decision on his appeal against the life sentence. (HT Photo)

Akansh Sen murder: HC grants bail to Harmehtab Rarewala

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday suspended the life sentence of Harmehtab Singh Rarewala, convicted in the Akansh Sen murder case by a district court in November 2019. Sen, a nephew of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh's wife Pratibha, was run over by a BMW car several times following a brawl in Sector 9 on February 9, 2017. As per prosecution, Sen was killed over old enmity.

Among the total properties, 45 are freehold residential units and 92 are leasehold commercial units. (iStock)

Hoping for more takers, CHB cuts reserve prices by 10%

After a trail of flop auctions, the Chandigarh Housing Board has slashed the reserve prices of leasehold commercial properties by 10% ahead of the next auction. Putting 137 properties on offer, the board has invited e-bids from February 8 to March 7 through its website. Among the total properties, 45 are freehold residential units and 92 are leasehold commercial units. Out of 91 commercial properties on leasehold basis, only two were sold.

The injured man was rushed to GMCH, Sector 32, where he succumbed to his injuries on Monday. (iStock)

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run mishap in Chandigarh’s Sector 29

In yet another hit and run accident in the city, a speeding car left a 68-year-old pedestrian dead near Sai Baba Temple in Sector 29 on late Sunday night. The deceased was identified as Ravinder Singh, a resident of Sector 68, Mohali. The accident was witnessed by a security guard, who works at a night shelter near the temple. Suddenly, a speeding car coming from the community centre hit the pedestrian.

The accused, Ajay, was arrested soon after the crime. He and the victim, Rajbir, 26, also a painter, lived in Balongi, Mohali. (iStock)

Painter bludgeons friend to death during drinking session in Mohali

A 27-year-old painter allegedly bludgeoned The accused, Ajay's friend to death with a rod after an argument during a drinking session in Sector 117 on Tuesday. The accused, Ajay, was arrested soon after the crime. He and the victim, Rajbir, 26, also a painter, lived in Balongi. Police said the two friends were having drinks at a tavern in Sector 117 on Tuesday evening. There, they had an argument, which turned into a violent brawl.

The body was moved to the mortuary of Panchkula civil hospital for autopsy. Police have initiated inquest proceedings in the matter. (iStock)

Panchkula: Class-10 student ends life after failing exams

Upset over failing in Class-10 exams twice, a 14-year-old girl ended her life by hanging herself at her house in Kharak Mangoli, Panchkula. A student of a government school in Panchkula, the teenager was the eldest among five siblings. The couple found their daughter hanging in her room on Tuesday and alerted the police, following which Sector 7 SHO Mahavir Singh and ACP Surinder Singh reached the spot.

Janata Dal (Secular) legislature party leader H D Kumaraswamy (HT)

Remarks on Brahmins misconstrued, says HDK

Amid a row over Kumaraswamy's remarks that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is trying to project Union minister Pralhad Joshi as the next chief minister of the state, and that he lacks culture and divides society, Janata Dal (Secular) legislature party leader H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said his statement was misconstrued as he had not blamed all Brahmins. Elections for the 224-member assembly seat are slated to be held this year.

A 55-year-old woman identified as Iqbal Kaur was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Ambala’s Barara town, police said on Tuesday. (HT File)

Mystery shrouds death of 55-year-old woman in Ambala

A 55-year-old woman identified as Iqbal Kaur was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Ambala's Barara town, police said on Tuesday. The Kaur, a widow, used to live in Singhpura colony with one of her sons and a grandson. The other son Tajender Singh, who lives with his maternal uncle in Yamunanagar, said that on Saturday, his brother Kulwinder informed him about the demise of their mother.

The committee will be led by senior Congress leader Mohan Prakash (HT)

K’taka Cong forms screening committee for elections

The state unit of Congress has constituted its screening committee for the upcoming Karnataka assembly election, people privy to the matter said on Tuesday. State Congress chief DK Shivakumar, former chief minister Siddaramaiah, AICC in-charge of Karnataka Randeep Singh Surjewala, and senior leaders BK Hariprasad, MB Patil, G Parameshwara and AICC secretaries in-charge of the state will be ex officio members of the panel. Elections in Karnataka are likely to be held in April-May.

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HC gives BMC four weeks to decide on floating hotel off Marine Drive

The Bombay high court has asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation commissioner to decide in four weeks on a plea seeking permission to set up a floating hotel two nautical miles off Marine Drive after ascertaining if he had the authority to do so. A division bench of justice S B Shukre and justice M W Chandwani was recently hearing a petition filed by Rashmi Developments Private Limited.

Navi Mumbai, India - February 07, 2023: Maharashtra Minister of Ports and Shipping Dadaji Bhuse inaugurates water taxi services between the Gateway of India and Belapur Jetty by flagging off vessel "Nayan XI", at Belapur, in Navi Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, February 07, 2023. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/HT PHOTO) (HT PHOTO)

Belapur to Gateway water service flagged off

The water taxi service 'Nayan XI' from Belapur to Gateway of India (GOI) was inaugurated by minister Dadaji Bhuse in the presence of Belapur MLA Manda Mhatre. The services have been launched by MyBoatRide.com in partnership with Nayantara Shipping. Bhuse said fares had been kept low at ?250 and ?350. A water taxi service launched in February from Belapur to Bhau Cha Dhakka was soon closed down.

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