Call of duty
The heroic response by the employees of Mumbai's landmark Taj Hotel during the 26/11 terror attacks is now a case study at Harvard Business School that focusses on the staff's selfless service for its customers and how they went beyond their call of duty to save lives.
It was clearly a saga of extraordinary heroics by ordinary people for their organisation and in a way for their country.
Karambir Kang, the General Manager of Taj Hotel, who showed extraordinary courage, was in the lobby of the 107-year-old building of the Taj and became famous as the man who worked without sleep to try and save his guests. Even after his family had perished in the same attack.
A lady guest relation executive with the HLL gathering stopped every member from going out. The young lady who protected and looked after the HLL guests was a management trainee.
Thomas George, a captain, escorted 54 guests from a backdoor and when he was going down last he was shot by the terrorist.
The attack happened on 26th November, a significant part of the hotel was burnt down and destroyed – the hotel was re-opened on 21st December.
Probing into the fraudulent mutation of 578 acres of village common land in Mohali's Majrian village, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Tuesday arrested two property dealers. The accused revenue officials, naib tehsildar Varinderpal Singh Dhoot, joint sub-registrar Rupinder Singh Manku, and patwaris Daulat Ram and Iqbal Singh, were already booked under Prevention of Corruption Act in May last year.
After years in free fall, city's solid waste processing management is finally getting back on track. In three months, the city's solitary, but long-inefficacious, solid waste processing plant in Sector 25 will start working at optimum capacity and city will also get a new dedicated horticulture plant. On Tuesday, the Chandigarh municipal corporation finalised the firm that will work on repairing the solid waste processing plant at a cost of around ₹6 crore.
The UT administration has barred the conversion of a property from leasehold to freehold on the basis of general power of attorney. As per the order issued by the UT finance department, Rule 8 in the Chandigarh Conversion of Residential Leasehold Land Tenure into Freehold Tenure Rules, 1996, has been deleted. In Chandigarh, residential properties can be converted from leasehold to freehold on payment of a conversion fee.