Monday, March 5, 2001,
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Mr Nek ChandFour international awards for Nek Chand
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — It was a moment of pride as much for the city as it was for Mr Nek Chand, the humble man who has raised India’s prestige in the comity of nations. As eminent foreign artists ascended the stage in the third phase of the Rock Garden tonight to confer awards on Padamshri awardee Mr Nek Chand, the heads around were held high with pride

Goel questions MC panel election procedure
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — The procedure framed recently by the Chandigarh Administration for electing four members of the Municipal Corporation to the Home Minister Advisory Committee has once again been questioned by a BJP councillor, Mr O.P Goel. 

A date with nature on Saturdays
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have decided to declare, “Saturday’’ as Environment Day in all high and senior secondary schools. The directors of secondary education have asked the District Education Officers to direct the principals of the schools to implement this scheme which has been launched by the Environment Society of India.



Spring Fest concludes
PANCHKULA, March 4—The Town Park of Sector 5 here was a confluence of people on the concluding function of the Spring Fest here today. The crowd increased gradually and, by the afternoon, troupes of artistes were all over the garden. Visitors were dancing to the beat of music by the ITBP and CRPF bands. Besides the cultural programme, children had a good time at the Hasya Ras Sammelan in Yavnika, the open-air theatre in the park.
WINNERS ALL: Baby show contestants wait for their turn at the Spring Fest in Town Park, Panchkula, on Sunday.
WINNERS ALL: Baby show contestants wait for their turn at the Spring Fest in Town Park, Panchkula, on Sunday.  — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Gallantry awardees sore with govt
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — A cultural programme marked the end of the two-day triennial national convention of the War Decorated India (WDI) today. Besides election to the WDI’s executive committee, the convention served as a forum for gallantry awardees to highlight their problems.

THE Punjab Government had tied up with HDFC Bank for online donation for the Anandpur Sahib Foundation engaged in the construction of the Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur in January last. However, sources in the Punjab Government reveal that till date not a ‘‘single donation’’ has come through the website.


Bansal seeks BBMB membership for UT

CHANDIGARH, March 4 — The local MP, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, yesterday urged the Centre to accord membership in the Bhakra Beas Management Board to Chandigarh.

‘Complete justice not done to journalists’
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — The National Union of Journalists (India) today described the modifications made by the Central Government in the recommendations of the Justice Manisana Singh Wage Board for journalists as “inadequate”.

Press Club poll on March 25
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — The elections to the Governing Council of the Chandigarh Press Club will be held on March 25 in the club premises. A decision to this effect was taken at the Annual General Body meeting of the members held recently.

Mission renders yeoman service
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — Supply of need-based relief material at the doorstep of the quake victims in 32 villages around Rapar has made members of the Vishav Ruhani Gurmat Mission a household name in Gujarat.

Wheat-paddy rotation ruinous: Kalkat
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — Wheat-paddy rotation is harmful to Punjab agriculture as it is depleting the underground water resources significantly. This was stated by Prof G.S. Kalkat, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, at the XXIV Indian Social Science Congress at Panjab University here today.

Sant Baba Sadhu Singh (extreme left) and Ragi Daljit Singh (Delhi wale) at a samagam in Nanaksar Gurdwara, Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
Sant Baba Sadhu Singh (extreme left) and Ragi Daljit Singh (Delhi wale) at a samagam in Nanaksar Gurdwara, Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Nanaksar samagam concludes
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — The week-long “samagam” at the Sector 28 Nanaksar Gurdwara concluded today with the completion of Akhand path of Guru Granth Sahib, of Japuji Sahib and Sri Sukhmani Sahib. The completion of Sampat paths was followed by a special congregation in which eminent ragis and Sikh scholars participated.

Pandit Lek Ram remembered
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — A function was held at the Arya Samaj Mandir, Sector 16, here today to commemorate the death anniversary of Pandit Lekh Ram, a stalwart of the Arya Samaj in the late 19th century.


Students’ clash: two held
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — The police arrested the president of the DAV College Students Central Association, Gurpreet Singh Brar, and another student, Surinder Shokal, here today for breach of peace, threatening and causing serious injury with a blunt weapon.

One killed in road mishap
ZIRAKPUR, March 4 — One person was charred to death and another injured when a canter in which they were travelling plunged into a ditch on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, 3 km from here, on Saturday night.

Thief arrested, 3 cars recovered
SAS NAGAR, March 4 — The Sohana police has arrested Chamkaur Singh, a member of the inter-state gang of car thieves, and recovered three cars. A car stolen from Patiala which was being driven by the suspect while on the way to Saneta from Banur has also been recovered.


Anu is Miss MCM DAV
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — Ms Anu was declared as Miss MCM DAV as hostel residents of MCM DAV College Sector 36, bid farewell to the senior students at a colourful function held at the college here today. Sakshi was first runners-up and Nidhi was the second runners-up in modelling.

  • Function of GCM-11

  • Ashish awarded trophy

Parents day celebrated
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — Mata Pita Santan Divas, a unique way of celebrating Parents day according to Dev Samaj tradition was held at the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here today.


90 cases settled
KHARAR, March 4 — As many as 90 of the 541 cases were settled in three Lok Adalats organised here yesterday.


Music concert
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — A Hindustani vocal music concert was given at TTTI auditorium, Sector 26, last evening by Shivraj Shitole. Shivraj Shitole started with guru vandana and presented bandishen in Rag Darbari and Rag Bhup. He also presented bhajans in different ragas. 

Karran enthrals audience
ZIRAKPUR, March 4 —The ‘‘Kudi Dhai Lakh Di’’ fame — Karran Jesbir — enthralled the audience in a cultural programme organised at the Connect Corporate Carnival 2001 organised by the Nexgen Entertainment and Software Limited near Zirakpur, here tonight.


PGI committee meeting on March 7
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — The Standing Purchase Committee (SFC) of the PGI will meet on March 7 to discuss purchase of some equipment for the institute. The SFC agenda includes 42 items.

Health hazard for residents
SAS NAGAR, March 4 — An expensive exercise by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to check erosion by a seasonal rivulet, carrying sewage discharge of Chandigarh and this town, is telling on the health of the people living along it. Channelising of the rivulet has resulted in an uneven bed, leading to stagnation.


Amandeep, Moj Nath best athletes
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — Amandeep Kaur and Moj Nath were declared best athletes among girls and boys sections respectively, of the 54th annual athletics meet of Punjab Engineering College which concluded this evening on the college premises.

  • Athletics meet

  • Wrestling competitions

Sports day of school
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — The Sector 31 Kendriya Vidyalaya celebrated its annual sport and prize-distribution function yesterday. Air Commodore Ambrish Kumar (VSM), AOC 3 BRD AFS, presided over the function.

Body-building selection trials
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — The Chandigarh Amateur Body Building Association today held body-building selection trials for the ‘Junior North India-2001’ and ‘Mr North India-2001’ events which will be held at Karnal on March 11. According to Mr Sunil Walia, president of the CABBA, the trials were held today at association’s office at SCO 62-63, Sector 17.

  • Cricket match


HUDA technocrats submit memo
PANCHKULA, March 4 — The HUDA Technocrats Association has submitted a memorandum to the Chairman, Town and Country Planning, on the issue of creation of post of the Chief Vigilance Officer-cum-Enforcement Officer in HUDA.

MC finance panel to meet on March 7
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — Various important and pending issues pertaining to the development of the city will be taken up during the next meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation, scheduled for March 7.

Fire dept to buy machine worth 3.5 cr
CHANDIGARH, March 4 — The Chandigarh Fire Services of Muncipal Corporation is now geared up to purchase a hydraulic platform cum-turntable ladder at an estimated cost of Rs 3.5 crore with a view to control fire and for carrying out rescue operations in the high-rise buildings of the city. 

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