Monday, May 15, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



‘Boy’ service to be counted
Pension & gratuity in defence
CHANDIGARH, May 14 — Following an amendment in service regulations, the period of service rendered by any armed forces personnel as a ‘boy’ will now be counted as qualifying service for the purpose of fixing pension and gratuity.

Puncom officers gherao police station
May 14 — Members of the Puncom Officers Association today gheraoed the Phase 1 police station, alleging police inaction against certain employees of the factory who had assaulted an officer outside the Phase 8 premises of the factory on last Friday.

PUDA crosses water supply, sewerage lines
SAS NAGAR, May 14 — Inhabitants of Sector 70, already unhappy with the lack of basic amenities, had a shock of their life when they discovered that the engineering wing of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority had crossed a water supply line through a sewer inspection chamber in their sector.

Bilateral dialogue on Kashmir need of the hour: Karan
CHANDIGARH, May 14 — There are no readymade solutions to the Kashmir problem and a bilateral dialogue with all the concerned parties, including Pakistan, was the need of the hour, says Dr Karan Singh, a former Sadr-e-Riyasat of Jammu and Kashmir, and a senior Congress leader.

PU not to hike rate of eatables
CHANDIGARH, May 14 —Panjab University decided to rescind the hike in proposed in rates of eatables at the Students Centre following protest from students quarters.




Hike in ST leads to panic buying
THE unanimity among states over the enhancement of sales tax on all types of vehicles from May 15 led to panic buying of cars, scooters and even light vehicles in the city during the three days of the past week. Some of those who did not have ready money approached financial institutions.

Iron grills welcome as road divider
The loss of freshly planted bougainvillea shrubs along some stretches of Madhya Marg and Dakshin Marg was recently reported in your paper. The reason ascribed to the loss is lack of after-care. Maintaining these shrubs on the road dividers is an impractical and a dangerous idea. 

10 per cent of Cypriots online
CHANDIGARH, May 14 — “Cyprus ranks third in the world in university graduates. And 10 per cent of its population is online,” says Mr Marios G. Eliades, a former Minister of Communications and Works of Cyprus.

Citizens oppose wine shops in residential areas
PANCHKULA, May 14 — The Citizens Welfare Association urged the Haryana Government to end the practice of allotting wine shops in residential areas and added that the disputed wine shop in Sector 19 should be shifted out of the residential area.

City ‘bound’ by Sikh faith
15-km belt around Chandigarh is of great significance to the Sikhs. In the medieval period, this area was visited by the Sikh Gurus. Chandigarh is, thus, flanked by a number of historical Sikh shrines which are visited by all, irrespective of their faith.

Flyovers and subways key to traffic problem
Inhaling smoke among the assembly of diesel trucks while waiting at traffic light has become an everyday experience for car and scooter using families. Many just pass it off as increasing pollution in the city.

Are autocop devices a nuisance?
ECURITY and safety of a vehicle is of prime concern to the owner. As such several opt for “autocop” type devices. The locking and opening of doors is done with the flick of a button in the car key-chain.

Streetlights or show pieces?
May 14 — None of the streetlights installed along the highway by the Dera Bassi Municipal Council under its development programme in December last year are in operation. Other streetlights in the town are also non-functional.


5 held for boozing
CHANDIGARH, May 14 — The police has arrested five persons on the charges of consuming liquor at a public place.

Industrialists write letter to CM
PANCHKULA, May 14 — In a letter to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, the Panchkula Welfare Federation has appealed to the government to find a solution to the problems being faced by the industrialists and provide them with better infrastructure to make Haryana a lucrative option for them.

Banking facility from home 
CHANDIGARH, May 14 — A new concept of doing your banking work from your home has been introduced by the HDFC. All one needs is an Internet connection.

Special training programme
CHANDIGARH, May 14 — A special training programme on Direct Trainers Skills and Design of Training will be organised by the Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management Catering and Nutrition tomorrow.


Syndicate clears students’ home 
CHANDIGARH, May 14 — The Panjab University Syndicate has cleared the proposal for the construction of a students’ home at Andretta near Palampur in Himachal Pradesh.

Kids’ workshop from May 22
PANCHKULA, May 14 — The third annual workshop which begins at the Sector 6 Hansraj Public School from May 22, promises to be an exciting affair, open to children of all age groups.

A computer-savvy school puts an end to ‘talk-and-chalk days’
CHANDIGARH, May 14—The desire to have computer-savvy students initiated the project of a computer lab in Kailash Bahl DAV Centenary Public School, Sector 7, which has come up with a state-of-art lab at the premises and is working out the technicalities of having its own website.

Forum orders payment of compensation
PANCHKULA, May 14 — The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum ordered the Commercial Officer, Department of Telecom of the township, to pay Rs 5000 as compensation for mental agony and cost of proceedings for deficient service to Mr HK Sinha, a resident of Sector 12.


122 donate blood at camp
May 14— As many as 122 persons, including staff members of the State Bank of India, donated blood at a camp organised by the Sector 17 main branch of the bank in collaboration with the local Chapter of " Art of Living’’ here today.

Nurses take part in contest
CHANDIGARH, May 14 — As part of the International Nurses Week, a contest on operation theatre techniques (scrubbing) was organised by the Chandigarh branch of the Trained Nurses Association of India at the Sector 16 General Hospital yesterday.


HPS under-14 cricket champs
CHANDIGARH, May 14 — Gaurav Chopra of Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, was the star of the final of the Inter-School (under-14) Cricket Tournament at the Sector 5 ground in Panchkula today.

400 attend yoga camp
CHANDIGARH, May 14 — Residents of Panchkula woke up in the early hours of Sunday morning to gather at the Sector 5 Town Park. They had to attend a free yoga camp here. It was part of an annual yoga programme organised under the aegis of the Bhartiya Yog Sansthan of Delhi. About 400 persons attended the camp.Top


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