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State of UT estate office: Complete computerisation still has a long way to go

Monday 6 May '13

At a time when most of the public sector offices are driven by information technology, even after a decade of the announcement made in this regard, complete computerisation still evades the UT Estate ...
Only 2 JEs left to check violations in city

Monday 6 May '13

Already reeling under a staff crunch, the UT Estate Office, which earlier had four junior engineers (JE) in the Building Branch to keep a tab on violations in all the sectors, has now been left with o...
ADC poses as applicant, conducts surprise raids at RLA, food supply dept

Friday 3 May '13

The Registering and Licensing Authority, Sector 17, had an unusual visitor on Thursday.
Patil pulls up UT top brass; directs them to tweak ESZ proposal, speed up Master Plan

Thursday 2 May '13

UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil on Wednesday pulled up administration officials, during a review meeting held to discuss various issues regarding the city.
Demand for vanity numbers drops

Thursday 2 May '13

The charm of registration numbers in the city seems to be fading, with the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) getting a poor response each time applications for fancy numbers are being sought.
Draft master plan now sent for ‘administrative opinion’

Tuesday 30 April '13

Sources say that almost a month and a half ago, the UT Administration had announced that the draft master plan will now be put in the public domain for seeking the suggestions of the general public.
Days before new liquor policy makes booze costlier, UT gets tipsy on spirited discounts

Sunday 21 April '13

With barely ten days left for the new Excise Policy to take effect, the city’s tipplers are on a liquor-buying overdrive with vends across Chandigarh reporting a spurt in sale of the distilled spirits...
UT drops plans to auction properties

Sunday 21 April '13

Even after four years, the UT Administration is not going to hold an auction of commercial and residential property in the city, owing to a market slump.
UT’s policies benefiting Punjab

Sunday 21 April '13

Even as the growth of the city in terms of new projects and favourable policies has come to a stand still, the neighbouring state of Punjab seems to be getting the benefits of the present scenario.
RLA yet to start affixing HSRP to old vehicles in city

Friday 19 April '13

This is despite the fact that at the time of launching HSRP on February 28, the authorities had announced that within two months, even the old vehicles in the city can get HRSP affixed.
If you want share in UT Admn, come better prepared: MHA to HP

Thursday 18 April '13

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the Himachal Pradesh government to come “better prepared” if the state want to stake its claim on Chandigarh in its governance.
Getting a fresh liquor licence to be uphill task

Monday 15 April '13

From May 1, to get a fresh liquor licence in the city will be an uphill task with the UT Excise and Taxation Department making it stringent for the new restaurant and department stores to stock liquor...
DC office on license-cancelling spree, nets 40 errant drivers

Sunday 7 April '13

The deputy commissioner’s (DC) office seems to be on a license-cancelling spree with errant drivers and those with arms bearing the brunt of the drive.
Now, check your UIDAI status online with e-Aadhaar

Saturday 6 April '13

All one needs to do is enter the 14-digit enrolment number and 28-digit date and time of enrolment.
To keep monkeys off city limits, UT to grow fruit trees in forests

Wednesday 3 April '13

There seems to be no stopping the monkeys in the city even as the UT’s Department of Forests and Environment is busy counting the numbers of those caught so far.
RLA sweetens bitter pill: Road tax on vehicle cost, VAT not to be included

Tuesday 2 April '13

The significant hike in road tax for registering vehicles in the city has come with a pleasant surprise.
UT Admn considers introducing again conversion policy for industrial area

Monday 1 April '13

After a gap of seven years, the UT Administration is once again seriously mulling over reintroducing the conversion policy for further development of the industrial area and business park comprising I...
From today, pay more road tax for registering vehicles

Monday 1 April '13

RLA: The three existing slabs abolished; hike brings UT on a par with Punjab
CHB housing schemes running behind schedule

Saturday 30 March '13

Consequently, thousands of applicants who had taken loans for fulfilling their dream of owning a house in Chandigarh, are yet to hear from the board and continue to pay bank installments.
Squatters continue to run shops from old Wool Market site

Sunday 24 March '13

Even as the UT Estate Office is yet to finish with the infamous Booth Allotment scam in Krishna Market, Sector 41, yet another scam, in the making, has been unearthed.


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