Friday, June 29, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Maneka pulls up NGOs for non-performance
Panchkula, June 28
The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ms Maneka Gandhi, today made it clear that financial assistance from the government to NGOs who fail to come up to a certain standard would be stopped unless they get their act together quickly.

Mr GMC Balayogi, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, addresses the inaugural session of the 64th All-India Presiding Officers Conference in Chandigarh on Thursday. Mr GMC Balayogi, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, addresses the inaugural session of the 64th All-India Presiding Officers Conference in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

Code of MLAs: Speakers differ
Chandigarh, June 28
Presiding Officers of the various state legislatures, who met here this morning at the inaugural session of the 64th All-India Presiding Officers Conference, differed on the issue of code of conduct for legislators. The Tribune talked to a number of Presiding officers in this connection today.



MPs’ prosecution: Speaker for designated authority
Chandigarh, June 28
In his opening remarks at the 64th All-India Presiding Officers Conference under way in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr G.M.C. Balayogi, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, said today that he had urged the Union Government to desginate the competent authority to grant permission for launching prosecution against members of Parliament charged with various Sections of the Prevention of the Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Dy Mayor also seeks Mayor’s resignation
Chandigarh, June 28
Faction-ridden Congress in the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh (MCC) today received yet another jolt with the Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala demanding the resignation of the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal for allegedly damaging the image of the party.

Fortis super-speciality hospital inaugurated
SAS Nagar, June 28
“Punjab wants to take a giant leap in the key area of quality health care facilities as compared to the rest of the country,”.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab, inspects the gamma camera after inaugurating the multi-speciality OPD and medical centre of Fortis Heart Institute at SAS Nagar on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph

Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab, inspects the gamma camera after inaugurating the multi-speciality OPD and medical centre of Fortis Heart Institute at SAS Nagar on Thursday.

Where dusk is time for booze, satta
Chandigarh, June 28
As evening falls, Daddu Majra Colony turns into a haven for satta gamblers and liquor smugglers.

Show-cause notice to Dhawan
Chandigarh, June 28
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) moved a step closer to formal split today with the party high command issuing a show-cause notice to a senior leader and former Union Minister, Mr Harmohan Dhawan, for anti-party activities.

Police keeping close watch on ex-militants
Chandigarh, June 28
With the self-styled president of the Council of Khalistan, Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, resurfacing here yesterday, the UT police has once again been shaken out of its slumber. He is the third Khalistan protagonist, who had converged on the city during the past three months.


Siau kids’ death: 225 court arrest
SAS Nagar, June 28
The issue of alleged involvement of a youth Akali Dal leader in the case of death of two kids of Siau village today intensified with at least 225 persons, including leaders of different political parties, courting arrest on the way to meet the Punjab Governor at Chandigarh. The politicians along with the villagers of Siau were demanding arrest of the Akali leader.

Report on MC: Commissioner seeks information
Chandigarh, June 28
The Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, today sought information on the factual status of the annual report of the Municipal Corporation functioning and why it has not been made even once ever since the MC came into being in 1996.

Death-trap on road to Mohali
The outer road of Sector 39 leading to Mohali has turned into a virtual death- trap with a large number of accidents taking place here, mostly because of speeding vehicles.

Dept to issue regular power connections
Chandigarh, June 28
In a significant decision which may benefit about 2,000 jhuggi-dwellers in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony located just south of Sector 49 here, the Electricity Department has decided to issue regular electricity connections to the eligible residents. The residents were promised individual regular power connections about a year ago.

Traders’ bodies back Charanjiv Singh
Chandigarh, June 28
A number of traders of Sectors 20,21 and 22 today pledged support to Mr Charanjiv Singh, a candidate for the post of the president of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal(CBM), election to which will be held on July 1.

Dawa Sangpo Dorjee (left) explains a point to his interpreter during a press conference in Chandigarh on Thursday. Dawa Sangpo claims to be 17th Karmapa
Chandigarh, June 28
Dawa Sangpo Dorjee today staked his claim to be the real 17th incarnation of the the Gyalwa Karmapa — the chief of the Kagyu Sect of Buddhists.

Dawa Sangpo Dorjee (left) explains a point to his interpreter during a press conference in Chandigarh on Thursday.— A Tribune photograph

City DD centre starts functioning
Chandigarh, June 28
The Chandigarh kendra of Doordarshan, which was inaugurated by Information and Broadcasting Minister Sushma Swaraj here sometime back, has started functioning from its Sector 37 complex.

UT officials attend seminar
Chandigarh, June 28
Siemens Limited yesterday organised an awareness seminar for officials of the Chandigarh Administration and the Punjab Government.

Govt Press staff hold rally
Chandigarh, June 28
A large number of Government Press employees held a gate rally in front of the press in protest against the decision of the Administration to reduce the staff strength.

Lighting at work place
FFICES should be well lit. The best form of lighting in an office is natural daylight. Our bodies rely on light not only to enable us to see but also for Vitamin D, which comes from the sun. People who work in offices which are artificially lit will almost certainly not be very healthy.


Two vehicles stolen
Chandigarh, June 28
Two cases of vehicle theft have been reported from different parts of the city during the past 24 hours.



Fate of students hangs in balance
Chandigarh, June 28
Hundreds of students await their fate of admissions to postgraduate courses in majority of science classes at Panjab University which depends on declaration of results of the entrance tests.

Continuous internal assessment advocated
Chandigarh, June 28
A system of continuous internal assessment should be introduced in Panjab University, which will ensure year-round concentration on studies.

SBI to handle PU fee deposit work
Chandigarh, June 28
The State Bank of India and Panjab University have entered into an agreement for the conduct of university fee deposit work for a period of three years. Mr D.L. Manwani, General Manager of the SBI, signed an agreement in this regard with Panjab University here today. The review of discussions will be held in January 2004.

PU entrance test results


Babbu Mann case adjourned
Chandigarh, June 28
A local court today adjourned the case against Punjabi singer Babbu Mann till July 17. Acting on the civil suit moved by Mr Sandeep Kumar of Chandigarh and Ms Ranju Priya of Mohali, the UT Civil Judge (Junior Division), Ms Ritu Behl, observed that summon issued against the singer and music company had not been served yet, therefore, adjourned the case.

Auction okayed, sale not to be confirmed
Chandigarh, June 28
In less than 24 hours before a 2.38 acre site in SAS Nagar’s Sector 70 was to be auctioned, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that “the sale shall not be confirmed” till the revision petition filed by city-based Architect Atelier, pending before the Punjab Principal Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, was decided.

  • Petition dismissed


Cultural extravaganza by kids
Chandigarh, June 28
Tiny tots presented an extravaganza of cultural items at the concluding function of Sanjivni Preparatory School summer camp held in the auditorium hall of the Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, here today.

Jagtar JaggiFrom mechanic to comedian
Chandigarh, June 28
After living in the shadow of Bhagwant Mann for about a decade, this upcoming comedian finally gathered enough courage to establish his own identity. He is Jagtar Jaggi who recently released his first album “Gupp Hai Ji Gupp” and preparing himself to face the stage alone for the first time tomorrow.“I had always been the “yes man” to Bhagwant and he grabbed all the limelight,” says Jaggi who worked with Bhagwant since 1991.

Jagtar Jaggi


Regularisation of ‘favoured employees’ alleged
Chandigarh, June 28
Resentment is brewing among the GMCH cadres against what they describe as highhandedness associated with rank disregard for the service rules and regulations by the authorities concerned of the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) , who they claim are regularising their “favoured employees”, although they are on “deputation” from other UT departments.


City to have chess academy soon
Chandigarh, June 28
Chandigarh will soon have a chess academy for young chess players, where specialised facility will be imparted to these prodigies. This was disclosed by Mr Vipnesh Bhardwaj, secretary of the Chandigarh Chess Association.

Karate camp concludes
Chandigarh, June 28
A ten-day karate coaching camp concluded last evening at the Little Flower School, Sector 14, Panchkula, where young participants were awarded various belt certificates according to their performance. It was organised by the District Karate Do Association, Panchkula.


Unauthorised wall of gurdwara demolished
Chandigarh, June 28
In yet another operation carried out by the UT Estate Office, the freshly constructed boundary wall around Charan Kamal Gurdwara located on the dividing road between Sectors 48 and 49 was demolished today.

New train timings
Chandigarh, June 28
Arrival and departure timings of almost all trains, including a pair of Shatabdis, which arrive or depart from Chandigarh have been changed slightly with effect from July 1, sources in the Railways said.

Karan Avtar Singh is UT Finance Secy
Chandigarh, June 28
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs today appointed Mr Karan Avtar Singh, a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Punjab cadre as Finance Secretary of Chandigarh Administration. He is expected to join the Administration on Tuesday, July 2.

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