Thursday, March 15, 2001,
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HC clears decks for computer education in govt schools
Chandigarh, March 14
Decks were cleared today for the launch of an ambitious scheme to introduce computer education in 67 government schools and colleges in the city from the forthcoming session after a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court vacated the stay granted in December, 1999, on a writ petition filed by the IEC Software Limited.

PEC likely to be upgraded to IIT level
Chandigarh, March 14
Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, is likely to be upgraded to the level of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) with complete academic autonomy governed by a board of directors working under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Major items on MC agenda passed by 
F and CC

Chandigarh, March 14
The Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, was able to get many developmental works of Mani Majra and Mauli Jagran, which are either in his ward or the senior deputy Mayor’s, cleared in the Finance and Contract Committee meeting today. 



Shady defence deals
Exemplary punishment sought for guilty
Chandigarh, March 14
A high-level independent and time-bound inquiry has been sought by a cross-section of city residents into the exposure of shady defence deals by New Delhi based website, which rocked the ruling NDA Government yesterday alleging widespread corruption in defence deals.

The consumer has the right to know
ON March 15, 1972, John F. Kennedy, the then US President, prevailed upon the US Congress to give its approval to the Consumers Bill of Rights, spelling out four rights — the right to safety; the right to be informed; the right to choose; and the right to be heard. The Bill of rights is regarded as the Magna Carta of consumers’ right.

Thorough study needed in Nadha area: GSI
Panchkula, March 14
Fissures on the left bank of the Ghaggar near Nadha village are a “landslide” in common man’s jargon. However, scientists of the Geological Survey of India warn that fresh cracks can recur without warning, putting any construction in the area under threat.

Burglary in Sector 21
Chandigarh, March 14
In a case of daylight burglary, jewellery, cash and valuables amounting to several lakhs of rupees were today stolen from the Sector 21 residence of one of the biggest electrical dealers in the city.

Jhankaar 2001 from today
Chandigarh, March 14
The four-day all-India inter university youth festival, Jhankaar 2001, will start in Panjab University tomorrow. Competitions in classical dance and choreography will be the highlights of the first day, while a non-competitive interaction among students will be held later in the day.


Why is the city youth distressed?
Chandigarh, March 14
With increasing stress in today’s life, more and more youth in the city are finding it difficult to cope with the mundane realities of life and are seeking recourse to suicide.

‘Reform consumer relief systems’
Chandigarh, March 14
On the eve of the Consumer Day, the reigning thought in the mind of the consumer activists is that the current system of relief need to be reformed drastically for the benefit of the consumer.

Cong demands resignation of govt
Panchkula, March 14
The Congress today demanded the resignation of the Atal Behari Vajpayee government following the exposure of the, alleging widespread corruption in a defence deal.

“Probe councillors’ shady deals”
SAS Nagar, March 14
The issue of “stakes” of certain local municipal councillors in rehri markets and “shady deals” by the council officials in allowing unauthorised kiosks in the rehri markets today gained momentum with the councillors of the opposition party in the civic body demanding a thorough probe into the “racket”. They said the illegal activity continuing for the last five years had caused the council a loss of lakhs of rupees.

Rs 1 lakh given for blood centre
Chandigarh, March 14
On the occasion of the joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Chandigarh, the Rotaract Club today made a donation of Rs 1 lakh towards the new Blood Resource Centre coming up in Sector 37.

Mayor to meet Mani Majra residents
Chandigarh, March 14
Residents of the city can now hope to seek an early redress of their problems, for the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, has constituted a Mayor’s grievance cell, which will conduct meetings every month in different sectors.

Satya Pal Jain’s plea to Governor
Chandigarh, March 14
A former MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, has urged the Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), to delink the clause of removal of alterations from the ownership rights to the general power of attorney holders of the Chandigarh Housing Board flats.

Hindi workshop at NABARD
Chandigarh, March 14
A three-day Hindi workshop started at NABARD in Sector 34 here today. The Chief General Manager, Mr A. Ramanathan, inaugurated the workshop.

Navratra mela arrangements
Panchkula, March 14
The Mansa Devi Shrine Board reviewed the arrangements for the forthcoming Navratra mela at Mansa Devi Temple from March 26 to April 2, at a meeting chaired by the Commissioner and secretary, Mr Manik Sonawane, local government, here today.


SSP proposes case against constable
Chandigarh, March 14
The UT Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Parag Jain, has proposed that the police personnel involved in the death of Dr Amanjit Singh be charged with death due to negligence.

No headway in robbery case
Chandigarh, March 14
The local police has reportedly made little headway in the Sector 32 robbery case, in which a youth had stolen a 70-year-old woman’s earrings and later fled away after locking her in the room.


New courses to be started at PU
Chandigarh, March 14
Panjab University has decided to introduce a two-year Masters course in Information Science and the one-year course in BCA (Honours) for all those who have passed the three-year BCA course from the 2001-2002 session.

17 cases of copying detected
SAS Nagar, March 14
At least 17 cases of copying, including a case of impersonation, were detected by the district education officials on the second day of the annual examinations of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) in the town today. Barring one case, which was detected in a centre in Shastri Model School in Phase 1 here, the other cases were from examination centres in Shivalik Public School in Phase 6 here.

Last chance for matric students
SAS Nagar, March 14
Candidates appearing in the matric and Senior Secondary School level examination of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), have been given another chance to sit in the practical tests. The chance would be given only to those candidates who could not sit in the practical tests in January last, due to failure on part of the board authorities to deliver their roll numbers.

GCG-11 students get degrees
Chandigarh, March 14
As many as 880 graduates and postgraduates were conferred degrees on the 44th annual convocation at the Government College for Girls here today. 176 graduates were awarded degrees for honours subjects. In all, 475 graduates got degrees for arts, 152 for science, 55 for commerce, eight postgraduates in music (vocal), seven in music (instrumental) and seven in dance.

Students of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, in a jubilant mood after receiving their degrees at the annual convocation of the college in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Computer centres to be set up
Panchkula, March 14
The Sainik Parivar Bhavans, Haryana, would set up computer centres in a phased mannner at all its centres. This was disclosed at the 17th meeting of the management committee chaired by the wife of the Haryana Governor, Ms Sudesh Kumari, here today.


LAC told to pay costs on land acquisition
Chandigarh, March 14
Coming down heavily on Faridabad’s Land Acquisition Collector (LAC) on a petition alleging non-payment of compensation for eight kanals acquired by the state, Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice N.K. Sud of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed him to personally pay Rs 10,000 as costs.

  • Stay on ASI’s arrest
  • Ration suspension order quashed

Bail granted in cheating case
Chandigarh, March 14
A resident of Bihar, Anjani Kumar, was today granted bail by the UT Additional Session Judge, Mr S.K. Goel, in the case of cheating. The case against the accused was registered under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code on March 4.

  • 1-year rigorous imprisonment

  • Anticipatory bail dismissed

Show-cause notice to Estate Officer
Chandigarh, March 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the officer exercising the powers of the Estate Officer to “show cause as to why penal costs for failure to file a reply be not imposed on him personally” on a petition filed by a city resident for quashing the orders for resuming a site for a chakki.



Shadow’s Word — all about deeply felt narratives
Chandigarh, March 14
Ashwani Bhatnagar’s debut novel, launched here today by Lt Gen J.F.R. Jacob, is straight from the heart. And for once, this is no cliched statement. While extracts from the Shadow’s Word, published by the Chandigarh Sahit Akademi, were being read out to the distinguished gathering at the CII auditorium today, the written words evoked the deepest of emotions, the imagery touched the heart, unleashed the thought process and fired the imagination.

The Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), releases Shadow’s Word, a novel written by Ashwani Bhatnagar, Assistant Editor, The Tribune, at CII Auditorium in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Maj Gen H.S. Gill (retd), Chairman, Chandigarh Sahit Akademi, is also seen in the picture. — A Tribune photograph


Aiket Memorial lecture in PGI
Chandigarh, March 14
Delivering the ninth Aiket Memorial lecture on the eve of the three-day surgical pathological conference to be held in the PGI from tomorrow, eminent doctor from the USA Dr V.V. Joshi said that India is the new epicenter for the paediatric HIV cases. There are around 5.7 lakh HIV-infected children, a majority of whom reside in developing countries.

City cardiologist invited to USA
Chandigarh, March 14
Dr R.K. Jaiswal, a city cardiologist, has been asked to participate in the 50th Annual Conference of American College of Cardiology at Orlando, Florida, USA from March 18 to March 21, 2001.

Special polio drive planned
Chandigarh, March 14
The Health Department of the Administration will conduct a mop-up round under the pulse polio immunisation campaign 2000-2001 from March 16 to 20 in the Union Territory. Discussing the strategy of the campaign, Dr Rameshwar Chander, Director, Health Services, today urged the residents of the city to participate in the mop-up round and make it a complete success.



Mr Chandigarh contest on March 18
Chandigarh, March 14
Chandigarh Amateur Body Building Association will hold the 12th Mr Chandigarh Body Building Championship on March 18 at DAV College Auditorium, Sector 10. Weighing- in will begin at 9 a.m. on that day followed by pre-judging for all categories. This was disclosed by Mr Sunil Walia, president, CABBA.

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