Wednesday, February 9, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Retirement age issue gets bogged down
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 —The enhancement in the retirement of Panjab University non-teaching officials from 60 to 62 years by the Syndicate in December, 1999, will not be implemented following a communication from the University Grants Commission, the Human Resource ministry, the Chancellor’s office and the UT Finance department.

ASI move to protect monuments
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — Perturbed over increasing encroachments and illegal constructions around archaeological monuments in the region, the Archaeological Survey of India is seeking the transfer of ownership of the archaeological sites from the state governments to the Central government.

HC team to inspect Panchkula
Labourers remove encroachments by residents in Sector 8 of Panchkula on Tuesday.
Labourers remove encroachments by residents in Sector 8 of Panchkula on Tuesday. —Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma



Functioning without judgement writers
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — The recently transferred judicial officers, including two Additional District and Sessions Judges, are functioning without judgement writers. Facilities for the safe-keeping the judicial record are also missing.

Illegal houses got vacated
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — The Enforcement Wing of the Estate Office today got vacated 12 houses which had been illegally constructed by the residents on government land in Raipur Kalan village here.

CE’s clarification on hedges
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — The Chief Engineer of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, Mr Puranjit Singh, has clarified that as per the decision of the 29-member House the residents had only been permitted to erect hedges in the open space six feet and 10 feet away from the road berms adjoining V-6 and V-5, respectively.
Earlier story Bylaws revised: now erect hedges 6 ft from kerb

Who will head school board?
SAS NAGAR, Feb 8 — Who will be the new Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board? Whether the last incumbent, Dr Kehar Singh, would be reappointed following an amendment made by the Punjab Government to the eligibility conditions for the post or an eligible person from within the board or outside would be appointed?


Mentally disabled kids have fun, excitement
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — The inaugural day of the Special Olympics, North West Zone, being held at Sports Complex, Sector 7, was all about fun and excitement, with only the audiences missing.

Festival of Gardens from Feb 25 to 27
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — The next edition of the Festival of Gardens will be held here from February 25 to 27.

Bill depositors a harassed lot
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — The queues at the Sector 32 cash collection Centre are lengthening with each passing month. With only one counter to accept the bills for a large population of the southern sectors, depositing the bills at the centre is quite a job.


One held for kidnapping three-year-old child
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — The police has arrested Raju of Uttar Pradesh, who is in his early thirties, on the charge of kidnapping a three-year-old boy from Sector 19 here.

VIP security policy under review: DGP
SAS NAGAR, Feb 8 — The Punjab Police was studying the new VIP security policy announced by the Centre in view of its implications on the persons who had been provided with the Z-plus security.


Uniform sales tax not uniform enough
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — Considerable variations in the number of tiers and rate of taxation notified by both Punjab Government and the Chandigarh Administration between January 25 and 27 as a follow-up to the Union Government's direction of introducing a uniform floor rate of sales tax have raised a number of protests from traders, dealers and even companies engaged in manufacture and trading of goods in the region.

Fashion trends gather pace
PANCHKULA, Feb 8 — The gamut of fashion shows, which dazzled the township last season, has set the ball rolling for the young ‘dandy’ Panchkulaite.


Writers’ workshop opens
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — A four-day writers' workshop for new literates to discuss what kind of literature should be created for the new literates began in the ICSSR complex, Panjab University, here today.

School's annual function
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — The annual function of Dr Ambedkar Primary School run by CARES was celebrated this morning. The school provides services for creche and school up to class V for children of people of New Janata Colony, Sector 12.

Media seminar on February 12
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — A seminar on Communication for civic awareness and development will be held at Aroma on February 12 as part of Fest O' Comm, a national-level communication carnival being organised by the Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication.


Prosecution witness deposes
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — Former Chief Minister of Punjab Beant Singh's assassination case continued today with the Metropolitan Magistrate, Mr Paramjit Singh, stating that prosecution witness Sapinder Singh, alias Pappu, was produced before him.

Convicted for violating HDR Act
PANCHKULA, Feb 8 — The Panchkula Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Ved Pal Gupta, convicted Padam Prakash Singh, a resident of Chandigarh, for deliberately and knowingly violating the provisions of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas (HDR) Act by selling the land in Dharampur village which falls within the urban area of Kalka town in plots of six registered sale deeds with a view to earning profit.

Lawyers' issue partially solved
PANCHKULA, Feb 8 — The matter of providing accommodation to the Additional District and Sessions Judge, the bone of contention between the striking lawyers and the district administration, was partially solved today when the City Magistrate, Mr A.S. Mann, and the Subdivisional Magistrate, Mr Shubh Ram Vashisth, assured the protesters that they would look for suitable accommodation for the judge and give the information of the same to the high court.

Bus driver sentenced to RI
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — A bus driver, accused of causing accidental death of an employee with Punjab Accountant General’s office, was today sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for a year by UT Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate H.S. Madaan.

Bail granted in beating case
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — A city resident, accused of beating the then Station House Officer of Police Station North Jaswant Singh, was today granted bail by the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr R.C. Godara.

2-year RI in stolen car case
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — Convicting a Sector 18 resident, accused of changing the registration number and colour of a stolen car to conceal its identity, the UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr K.K. Goyal, today sentenced him to rigorous imprisonment for two years, besides imposing a fine of Rs 1,000.

Bail plea hearing on February 14
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — The UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr B.S. Bedi, yesterday issued notice for February 14 on a bail application moved by a city resident in the counterfeit currency case.

2 get RI in dowry death case
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — Nearly two years after the mother of a six-month-old son died of burns, the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr R.C. Godara, yesterday convicted and sentenced her husband and father-in-law to rigorous imprisonment for seven years, besides imposing a fine of Rs 500 each.

Jerath case hearing on Feb 21
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — The first information report No 2 of 1998 registered against former Chief Engineer K.K. Jerath and others will come up before the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr B.S. Bedi, on February 21 for consideration on framing up of charges.



Multi-speciality hospital
SAS NAGAR, Feb 8 — A 100-bed multi-speciality hospital in Phase IX here — Silver Oaks — perhaps one of the first of its kind in the township and the region, is due to be inaugurated on February 10.

A 100-bed multi-speciality hospital in Phase IX which will be inaugurated on February 10.	— A Tribune photograph
A 100-bed multi-speciality hospital in Phase IX which will be inaugurated on February 10. — A Tribune photograph
Hospital staff to intensify stir
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — Employees of Sector 16 General Hospital have decided to intensify the agitation with effect from Thursday if the authorities do not consider their demand for grant of patient allowance.

Lecture on AIDS organised
SAS NAGAR, Feb 8 — The Mohali Industries Association in collaboration with the CII organised an interactive lecture on AIDS for industrialists and industrial workers at MIA Bhavan in Industrial Area, Phase 7 here yesterday.

Workshop on new drug development
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — The second day of the ongoing national workshop on clinical pharmacology at the PGI was marked by various sessions on the process of new drug development.


Kirandeep, Nardev win
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — Kirandeep Kaur in the women's section and Nardev Singh in the men's section, emerged winners in the single scull event at the Chandigarh State Rowing Championship which was organised here at Sukhna Lake.

St Joseph's win karate trophy
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — St Joseph's High School, Sector 44, won the overall trophy in the VIIIth Chandigarh State Karate Championship organised by the Amateur Karate Association of Chandigarh which concluded here yesterday evening at the Sector 10 Skating Rink. MDAV Club, Sector 22, got the runners-up trophy.


Course for police officers
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — A two-day capsule course for officers of Chandigarh Police on international humanitarian law and human rights began at UT State Guest House, Sector 6, here today.

Separate rallies by Punjab, UT employees
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — Members of the Joint Action Committee of Punjab and UT employees today held two separate rallies in support of their demands. Top

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