Wednesday, October 18, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Work on city-Ludhiana rail link begins
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Work on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link began here today with Northern Railway performing ‘‘ bhoomi poojan’’ at a site in Industrial Area Phase I.

Bulldozers start work on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Bulldozers start work on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Pravesh Chauhan

4 held for trying to steal exotic birds from zoo
CHHAT BIR (Patiala), Oct 17 — Four persons, including a serving Army jawan, were nabbed while trying to steal some exotic birds from the Chhat Bir Zoo late last night. One person, however, escaped.

Row over BE (IT) course
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — The proposed BE in Information Technology course sanctioned to Panjab University slated to and start in this academic session seems to be in the middle of a controversy. 

Rickshaw-puller held for murder
PANCHKULA, Oct 17 —The CIA staff has arrested Jatinder, a rickshaw-puller, in Mani Majra, achieving a major breakthrough in solving a murder case in Sector 4, where a 35-year-old servant was found dead at the residence of Mr Durga Das on February 9.

Choices galore for city residents this Divali
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Divali is going to be different in the city this year with a hundred types of sweets, gifts and crackers on sale. Shop owners in the city have started preparation with innovative ideas to fulfil the customers’ needs.




Temp running above normal in October
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Right from the beginning of this month, daytime temperatures in the city and its surrounding areas are running above normal, making residents feel uncomfortable and warm.

Theft in PU hostel
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Hostels were never safe so far as money was concerned. But, in a complaint to the police, a Panjab University hosteler today alleged that four books were stolen from his room.

Students want say in academic council
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Top office-bearers of the Panjab University Campus Students Council should be made ex-officio members of the senate. 

Mohali heart centre to start next year
NEW DELHI, Oct 17 — A multi-facility heartcare institute at Mohali would be operational by the middle of next year, a senior official of Fortis Healthcare Limited said here today.

75 jhuggis removed
ZIRAKPUR, Oct 17 — Over 75 jhuggies, which had come up on panchayat land on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, were pulled down by the enforcement wing of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, here today.

UT staff strike today
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — The UT Subordinate Staff will go on strike tomorrow and observe pen down and tool down strike from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Later, a rally will be held near Parade Ground, Sector 17.



Incorrect assessment by 3 BRD 
Unwarranted purchase of copter rings
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17— Incorrect assessment of the requirement of thrust rings used in the main rotor hubs of helicopters has resulted in the injudicious procurement worth Rs 88 lakh by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

35 pc population ‘doesn’t get proper food’
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — There is plenty of food available in the world and in the country, there exists an ambitious public distribution system; there is promise of heavy promise of heavy production in the future, yet 35 per cent of our population do not get two square meals properly. 

Inflated phone bills harass diabetic
SAS NAGAR, Oct 17 — It has been over six months when Mr P.P. Balakrishnan, a diabetic patient of Phase XI, knocked at the door of the local telecom authorities to get an irregularity in the allotment of a telephone connection rectified with no end result. 

March by women’s bodies
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 —A joint front of nearly all women’s organisations in the city staged a march on violence against women and growing poverty among women here today.

Divali fever on for gamblers
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Divali is a week away, yet gamblers and even some for whom it is just a hobby have started trying their luck at cards and other games.

Stamp on Lord Mahavira
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — The Central Government has decided to issue a commemorative postage stamp on Lord Mahavira, the founder of the Jainism.



Two scooters stolen
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — In separate complaints before the police, two city residents today claimed that their scooters were stolen from parking lots in the markets during the past 24 hours. A Sector 24 resident, Ms Parmjit Kaur, alleged that her scooter was stolen from the parking lot behind Neelam Cinema in Sector 17 here.

Ex-sarpanch’s murder mystery solved
LALRU, Oct 17 — The mystery shrouding the death of an ex-sarpanch trudged towards a solution today with the arrest of the prime accused in the case, Baldev Singh. 


Microsoft, Admn to sign MoU today
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — The US-based computer software giant Microsoft and the Chandigarh Administration are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Raj Bhavan tomorrow.

Industry told to use services of BIS
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) organised a seminar on “International standards for peace and prosperity” to celebrate World Standards Day here today.



Private candidates protest boards decision
SAS NAGAR, Oct 17 — The private candidates who opted for practicals in the humanities stream of the Senior Secondary School Examination of the Punjab School Education Board, scheduled to be held in March 2001, have protested against a decision of the board of not allowing the private candidates to opt for practical subjects.

Vocational centre inaugurated
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — A vocational training centre was inaugurated by the Director, Social Welfare, UT Ms Madhavi Kataria, today at Sarangpur, village It is jointly adopted by Rotary Club Midtown Chandigarh, Inner Wheel Club of Regional Midtown, Regional Resource Centre (RRC) of Panjab University and Social Welfare Chandigarh.

Education bandh today
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — The teaching staff working in 172 non-government aided and unaided colleges of Punjab will observe “education bandh” on October 18. The call for this protest has been given by the Punjab and Chandigarh college Teacher’s Union (PCCTU) over the non-implementation of the Pension- Cum-Gratuity Act passed by the Panjab Vidhan Sabha.

Name games in PU elections
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Elections to the Panjab University Campus Students Council, today, took a ‘funny’ turn with the naming of a candidate, for the president’s post, whose name happened to be the same as that of another candidate.

AISSF backs coalition in PU elections
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 —The local unit of the All India Sikh Student Federation (Badal), in a press conference here today, expressed support for the PUSU-HSA-ABVP panel in the elections to the Panjab University Campus Students Council.


Judicial remand for woman 
KHARAR, Oct 17 — Mrs Harinder Sidhu, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar yesterday remanded Mrs Hareet Kaur, a resident of Chajumajra Colony village in judicial remand till October 25 on the charge of burning her husband.

DIG told to probe shackling case
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the ADGP to supervise the inquiry being held by the DIG, Patiala, Range, into the alleged custody of Harbhajan Singh, a resident of Gaggarwal village in Fatehgarh district.

Goyal withdraws bail plea 
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — The Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed UT Superintendent K.B. Goyal to withdraw his bail application.

Life term in rape, murder case 
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Anil Kumar, a resident of Bihar, was sentenced to life imprisonment today by the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla, in a murder case.

Lawyers: notify mode of cess payment 
KHARAR, Oct 17 — The District Tax Bar Association, Ropar, has demanded that the Punjab Government should notify the mode and procedure to deposit the social security cess in cash imposed in April this year to save the payees from harassment and inconvenience.



Showcasing the festive spirit of India
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Artists from all over the country have responded hugely to the call of Bank of Punjab which is all set to give meaning to its fourth annual art exhibition. 



A tennis star in the making
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — Simerveer Singh, a class VII student at the local St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, has excelled in tennis, thanks to the gifted style and determination with which this boy plays. Simer, who began his tennis career at CLTA coaching scheme, Sector 10, said his aim was to become like Pete Sampras, but he still has miles to go for the achievement of his dream.

MCM DAV defeat PU 
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, outplayed Panjab University by 2-1 in the Panjab University Inter-College Football Women Zonal match played at the University grounds today. The match was decided on penalty kicks since no goal was scored in stipulated hours.


Plan to levy fees on second-hand car dealers
CHANDIGARH, Oct 17 — To tap the revenue potential of the city, the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) plans to levy fees on the car dealers dealing with second-hand cars in the weekly car bazaars on Sundays.


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