Chandigarh celebrates Republic Day with gaiety
The governor of Punjab and Haryana and UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki unfurled the National Flag at 67th Republic Day parade at the Sector 17 parade ground here on Tuesday.
Referring to Chandigarh as pride of India during his address, Solanki said: “Chandigarh will turn out to be an ideal smart city and efforts are on to ensure 24 hour water and power supply, better transportation, environment protection and e-governance in the city. Chandigarh has already taken steps towards e-governance which include e-sampark, e- stamping, e-education, e-campus and gram sampark.”
Talking about various initiatives, Solanki said that the city has bagged an industrial policy to ensure the success of Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India” programme. Likewise, to promote ‘Digital India’ programme, Chandigarh Administration has adopted the latest technologies to improve its efficiency, he said.
Highlighting the achievements of the city, he said that Chandigarh has been conferred with the ‘Golden Icon Award’ for its e-sampark programme and “CSI-Nihilant” Award for being the best e-governed city.
Kaptan Singh Solanki also gave commendation certificates to 18 employees of the administration and general public for rendering outstanding services in the field of public services, art and culture, social services and sports. Around 28 police personnel were also conferred with the Administrator’s Police Medal for their distinguished and meritorious services. A colorful cultural programme, consisting of Lavni and Bhangra dance, were also presented by school students during the function.
UT adviser Vijay Dev, home secretary Anurag Agarwal and finance secretary Sarvjit Singh, Ajit Balaji Joshi, IGP RP Upadhyaya were also present during the function.
The UT administrator also declared a holiday in all private and government schools of the city on Wednesday.
Residents of Sunny Enclave, Zirakpur, urged the municipal council to conduct testing of water being supplied from the tubewell at Preet Colony, after the residents complained of contaminated water.
Tomatoes, which are one of the most vital ingredients in meal preparation, have seen an almost 33% rise in price, going up from ₹60/kg in the second week of June to ₹80/kg now. A supervisor of Punjab Mandi Board in Chandigarh, Harpreet Singh added that there is a shortage of tomatoes at the wholesale mandi in Sector 26 as well. With monsoon on the horizon, the rates of vegetables can further get affected in case of heavy rains, high-velocity winds or hailstorms.
The Permanent Lok Adalat, Mohali, ordered the attachment of the salary of a Punjab State Power Corporation Limited executive engineer in a case of alleged delay in installing a power connection in Zirakpur. The adalat, presided over by Vandana Gupta and SS Dhaliwal, passed the order on June 21, while observing that despite the orders, the PSPCL was avoiding to release the connection on “flimsy grounds”. Adalat concluded PSLC is acting in deliberate defiance.
A day after a team of Panjab University tried to take possession of the space at the Centre for Nuclear Medicine, the varsity on Wednesday reconstituted the centre's departmental committees, a move condemned by the teachers' union. The university also stated that it would review the long-term viability of the MSc programme of nuclear medicine, especially in the backdrop of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research starting its own programme.
The accused has been identified as Jatinder Singh alias a native of Makhu in Ferozepur, Sonu, currently residing in British Columbia, Canada. The accused had demanded ₹ 5 lakh from former MLA Bhandari over phone on June 25 after which the latter filed a police complaint. He addressed himself as a member of Goldy Brar's gang.