Tuesday, March 13, 2001,
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MC meeting to take up privatisation of sanitation
SAS Nagar, March 12
The sanitation of residential areas of the town, including Sectors 70 and 71, will pass on to private hands from next month after being approved by the civic body at its meeting scheduled for March 15.

162 trees on Kalka highway face axe
Panchkula, March 12
Over 162 trees along the busy Ambala-Kalka highway at Surajpur village will face the axe soon. This stretch of about 5 km has been earmarked for the construction of a toll tax booth by the Building and Roads Wing of the Haryana Public Works Department.
Trees along the busy Ambala-Kalka highway at Surajpur village which will face the axe soon to make way for a tax collection centre and widening of the road. — Photo Bipin Bhardwaj



Invigilators fail to turn up
Exam starts 25 minutes late
SAS Nagar, March 12
Private candidates of Chandigarh and its peripheral areas appearing in the Class X and XII examination of the Punjab School Education Board at centres in Shivalik Public School in Chandigarh and SAS Nagar had to face a lot of harassment as 50 per cent of the staff on examination duty failed to turn up.

Puranjit Singh to be UT's Acting CE
Chandigarh, March 12
The Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation, Mr Puranjit Singh, is likely to take over as Acting Chief Engineer, Chandigarh Administration on March 31 when the present Chief Engineer, Mr R.K. Jain, retires.

Man enters house, robs woman
Chandigarh, March 12
In a daring case of robbery in a Sector 32 house here, a young man decamped with gold earrings after threatening an old lady in the house and locking her away in a room.

Shuttlers all praise for Gopi
Chandigarh, March 12
What Indian badminton achieved yesterday was a befitting tribute to the Pulella Gopichand’s inimitable performance at the All-England meet, thus adding another page in the nation’s history. 

Install fare meter or face fine
Chandigarh, March 12
Drivers of autorickshaws who have not installed fare meters on vehicles will face penalties from March 16. The Transport Department asked the SP (Traffic) and the Secretary of the State Transport Authority today to form separate teams to carry out the drive.

Call it a day at midnight
Chandigarh, March 12
Owners of all restaurants, pubs, wine shops, discotheques and clubs, besides roadside vendors in the city will now have to call it a day at midnight. All such establishments will have to remain closed from midnight to 4.30 am on all days except Saturday and Sunday. 



INLD wins Zila Parishad poll
Losers threaten to move court
Panchkula, March 12
The INLD-supported candidates, Ms Shimla Devi and Mr Sohan Lal, were elected chairperson and vice-president respectively, more by stroke of luck than by the number game, here today.

Extension of lal dora demanded
Chandigarh, March 12
The president of the local unit of the Lok Jan Shakti Party, Mr Hem Raj, today demanded the extension of lal dora in the 22 UT villages.

Chandigarh-Ropar highway blocked for two hours
Kharar, March 12
Traffic on Kurali-Ropar road remained suspended for about two-and-a-half-hours today, when a large number of truck operators, led by Mr Rajbir Singh Padiala, vice-president of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, sat on dharna from 11.45 a.m.

Awareness generation camp concludes
Chandigarh, March 12
Need of education and women’s role in uplifting the family status was highlighted by Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, local MP, while presiding over the concluding session of an eight-day awareness generation camp organised by the Hitkari Social Welfare Society in association with the Chandigarh Social Welfare Advisory Board at Halomajra village here yesterday.

Concrete slab falls; 1 killed
Lalru (Patiala), March 12
One labourer was killed while another sustained serious injuries when a concrete slab of a shop fell upon them here today. Sources said the labourers — Dharma and Mukhtiar Singh — were pulling down the supports from a newly cast concrete slab over a shop in the market.



30,000, jewellery stolen from Sector 15
Chandigarh, March 12
A domestic servant is alleged to have stolen Rs 30,000 in cash and gold jewellery from the house of Mr S.R. Chabbra in Sector 15-B on March 9. According to an FIR registered under Section 381 of the IPC, it has been alleged that the domestic servant, Hari, a Nepali national, stole the valuables and cash, by breaking open the almirah.

  • Valuables stolen

  • 2 hurt in accident

  • Palsora resident’s charge

  • Bicycle stolen

  • 4 booked for trespassing

  • Liquor seized from ambulance



Plans for computer education await HC order
Chandigarh, March 12
The aspirations of about 70,000 children studying in government schools in the city to learn computers have been put on hold. The Chandigarh Administration had proposed to start computer education through private parties, but legal battles have slowed the process. 

Paper-cutting craft demonstrated
Chandigarh, March 12
The Commonwealth Youth Programme, Asia Centre, celebrated Commonwealth Day at the centre on the Punjab Engineering College campus here today. The day started with the Commonwealth flag hoisting ceremony with Ms Shirani, senior programme officer at the CYP, in the presence of the centre’s employees and members.

Seminar on autonomy debate at PU
Chandigarh, March 12
The Department of Political Science, Panjab University, organised a one-day regional seminar on “Autonomy debate in a Comparative Perspective (J&K)” here today. The seminar sessions were divide into three sections.

Variety show by students
Chandigarh, March 12
Students of the Sector 19 Sri Guru Ram Dass Public School presented a variety show here today to mark the annual day of the institution. The function began with a religious hymn, followed by items like ‘qawwali’, ‘Carnival in Goa’, ‘Alphabet Song’, ‘Journey to Fairyland’ and ‘Live and Let Live’. A Tableau was also prepared by students.


Plea on judge advocate overruled
Chandigarh, March 12
The defence submission seeking to restrain the judge advocate from participating in the deliberations of the court and conducting the proceedings was today overruled by the general court martial trying Major Maneesh Bhatnagar.

Councillor told not to be civic head
Chandigarh, March 12
Issuing notice of motion for March 15, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that Municipal Councillor Tarsem Chand Singla, if elected, shall not function as the president of the Samana Municipal Council till further orders. 

  • Order retiring Dy Director quashed

  • Political status not used: Bibi

  • Contempt notice to DGHS

3-year RI for three
Chandigarh, March 12
Three residents of Burail were sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment by the UT Additional Sessions Judge, Mr R.C. Godara, for subjecting a married woman to cruelty. A case against the four — Mohan Singh, Ranbir Singh, Rashpal Kaur and Surjit Kaur — was registered under Sections 304-B, 406, 498-A of the IPC in the Sector 34 police station.

  • Club case adjourned

  • SI granted bail



Babbu Maan back with Saun di Jhadi
Chandigarh, March 12
After the hit of audio album Tu Meri Miss India, Babbu Maan is back with Saun di Jhadi, a collection of eight soft, romantic tracts with the backdrop of east-west blended music.

Music for the soul
Chandigarh, March 12
It was a concert which was a class apart. Penaz Masani performed non-stop for about four hours and sung some great couplets, like the one in raag Peelu, tum hamesha hi meri nazar mein rahe, ab tumhe aazmane se kya fayada, tum kisi aur ke jaal mein kaid ho, tumse ulfat jatane se kya fayda.

Ragas made easy by Bhim Sen Sharma
Chandigarh, March 12
The intricacies of ragas were made easy to the students through a demonstration-cum-lecture by renowned vocalist and former Head of the Music Department, Mr Bhim Sen Sharma, Shimla University, at the auditorium of the Music Department of the GCG College, Sector 11 here today.

Penaz Masani
Ghazal singer Penaz Masani performs at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Monday.
— A Tribune photograph

‘Pop no challenge to Punjabi folk’
Chandigarh, March 12
Punjabi folk has the strength to survive the challenge thrown by the pop music, said folk singer Hardeep Singh while addressing mediapersons at a press conference here today. Hardeep was in the city in connection with the release of his audio album Munde Gabroo Punjabi comprising eight Punjabi folk songs.


Professor Lal’s stress on the power of ‘Om’
Panchkula, March 12
Pranayama yoga cures many chronic ailments without any operation. Yoga is a way of life, but not the difficult postures of the body. This was stated by Prof M. Lal, a famous yoga exponent, at a function organised here yesterday to celebrate the birth of the late Yogiraj Swami Devi Dayal ji Maharaj.

School health services to be strengthened
Chandigarh, March 12
To involve teachers in the health care of schoolchildren, Department of Community Medicine, GMCH, Sector 32, and Department of Science and Technology, UT Administration, today initiated a project for strengthening school health services.



DAV and MCM overall PU champions
Chandigarh, March 12
MCM DAV College for women, Sector 36 Chandigarh with 383 points among the women’s section and DAV College, Sector 10 with 504.5 points among the men’s section bagged the overall championship at the annual sports prize distribution function of the Panjab University held today at the gymnasium hall of the Panjab University campus.


Mechanics told to remove boxes
Chandigarh, March 12
The anti-encroachment staff today asked 25 mechanics of Sector 21 here to remove their boxes from near the shop area. Six of them removed their boxes today itself. Earlier, the staff had cleared off these boxes from the rear of the market, following a High Court directive.

Year’s extension soon for building houses
Chandigarh, March 12
The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, gave her consent here today to allow more time to cooperative societies for constructing flats in Sectors 48 and 49. A formal order to extend the last date for this purpose by a year is expected soon.Top

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