Sunday, September 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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After election heat, it’s frayed tempers at PU
Bhupi beaten up; complaint against Kang
Chandigarh, September 22
The calm on the Panjab University campus was broken within 12 hours of declaration of the results of the students council elections here yesterday. The PU Gate No. 2, which remained opened throughout the electioneering, was closed in the late hours yesterday and remained closed till this morning.

Punjab’s area near UT may be reduced
Badal’s announcement on Notified Area Committee
SAS Nagar, September 22
Punjab’s area in the periphery of Chandigarh, where the change of land use is prohibited, will further be reduced by about 1,800 acres, courtesy the announcement by the Punjab Chief Minister to constitute a Notified Area Committee in Naya Gaon and Kansal areas.

Woman, paramours arrested on murder charge
Chandigarh, September 22
A Mani Majra-based woman allegedly connived with her two paramours to murder Ajmer Singh, with whom she had been living for the past several years, in their house here on Thursday night. 




Cell mooted for pending court cases
Chandigarh, September 22
Expressing concern over “a large number of cases pending in the courts”, the Punjab and Haryana High Court here has recommended the constitution of a special cell “for chalking out a programme to list old cases on priority”.

Redress of grievance system rusty
Redressing grievances is an obligatory responsibility of the system of governance for which an inbuilt mechanism exists in every state. How does the system function? Is it effective? How serious is the administration (political executive and bureaucracy) in redressing grievances?

Two-day police remand for Chumma
Chandigarh, September 22
The main accused in the contract killing case, Balwant Rai, alias Chumma, who had been arrested by the police from Mumbai airport, was sent to two days’ police remand by a local court here today.

Ward boy charged with molesting girl
Chandigarh, September 22
A ward boy of Sector 16 General Hospital along with his friend reportedly attempted to outrage the modesty of a girl late last night. The girl was in the women’s ward on the sixth floor to attend to her ailing mother. The attempt was reportedly foiled by another patient in the ward. 


A derelict ‘khokha’ market
SAS Nagar
Guru Nanak Market in Phase 1, one of the oldest ‘‘khokha’’ markets in the town, was set up about 20 years ago and it has changed little since then as far as essential facilities go. Even the 350 ‘‘khokhas’’ remain the wooden shacks that these were when built.

Footpaths that rarely last
SAS Nagar
The SAS Nagar Municipal Council has decided to lay footpaths on its roads at a cost of lakhs of rupees. The president of the council, Mr Kulwant Singh, had said a few months ago that no new footpaths would be laid, yet tenders worth lakhs have been passed for the construction of footpaths in different parts of the town. 

The MP who counsels on marriage
Chandigarh, September 22
Why it is important for the institution of marriage to function? This will be probed by cinestar-turned-MP, Shatrughan Sinha, in a play ‘Pati Patni Aur Mein’ to be staged before a select audience in the city tomorrow.
Shatrughan Sinha, MP, at a press conference
Shatrughan Sinha, MP, at a press conference held at Hotel Shivalik View in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari 

ICAO meet: spotlight to be on terrorism
Chandigarh, September 22
Terrorism will continue to occupy the centre-stage not only in world politics but also at other international fora, including civil aviation and policing. When civil aviation experts from 187 contracting states meet at Montreal from September 25 to October 5 for the 33rd session of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the main agenda will be aviation security in general and terrorist attacks on civil aviation in particular.

Killer spot on the highway
The habit of taking a wrong turn towards the Mansa Devi Complex has turned the point near Dhillon Cinema on the Chandigarh-Shimla highway a killer spot. Road users coming from the direction of Old Panchkula and headed for the Mansa Devi Complex, Saketri and other villages and colonies, often take this turn and run head-on into the traffic coming from Chandigarh. 

Price structure of ordnance products
The Ordnance Factory Board is preparing an approach paper on the pricing policy for it products for civil trade and export so that a reasonably realistic profit can be earned by various ordnance factories.

‘Regularise paying guest accommodation’
Chandigarh, September 22
The local unit of the All-India Paying Guest Accommodation Association today demanded the immediate regularisation of paying guest accommodation in the city.

The changing crime scene
Surfing through the television channels, special counsel for the Central Bureau of Investigation, Mr R.K. Handa, comes across a serial in which hired assassins are taken into custody minutes before they can execute their plan to pump bullets in a business tycoon.

USA responsible for global terrorism: CPI
SAS Nagar, September 22
Dr Joginder Dayal, State Secretary of the CPI, Punjab, today held the USA responsible for the spread of global terrorism and said international terrorists like Osama bin Laden were the creation of that country.

World Tourism Day celebrations in city
Chandigarh, September 22
The UT Administration has planned a host of activities for the World Tourism Day on September 27 and the week thereafter in collaboration with CITCO, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Chandigarh, Food Craft Institute, Sector 42, Institute of Tourism and Future Management Trends and the Hotel Association of Chandigarh.

MC officials plant saplings
Chandigarh, September 22
As many as 70 saplings of ‘neem’ and ‘pipal’ were planted by senior officials of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh along with residents in the extended portion of the green belt in Bapu Dham colony this afternoon.

CBI inquiry sought
Chandigarh, September 22
The president of the local unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Mr M.R. Dhiman, and a director of the Market Committee, Mr Gurdev Singh, today demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged irregularities in the functioning of the committee and the delay in making the barriers functional at the Grain Market.

Lions Club chief installed
Chandigarh, September 22
Mr Rajat Mohan was installed as president of the Lions Club Chandigarh by the district governor, Mr D.K. Sood, at a simple ceremony held at Hotel Solitaire today. Former district governors of the club were also present on the occasion. 

NCP activists burn Pakistan flags
Chandigarh, September 22
The local unit of the Nationalist Congress Party today burnt the flags of Pakistan and Afghanistan in protest against their role in spreading terrorism in the world. Led by its president, Mr Gurbachan Singh, the party activists assembled at Labour Chowk in the morning and raised slogans like Pakistan ‘murdabad’ and Osama bin Laden ‘murdabad’.



Police remand


Beopar Mandal to be expanded
Chandigarh, September 22
The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, the largest representative body of the traders, is all set to be expanded with the addition of more members. With the screening committee of the CBM clearing a majority of the 40 applications received, the composition of the prestigious traders’ body will never be the same again. 


Girls annoyed by irritants
The 200 residents of the hostel of Government College for Girls, Sector 42, do not think that things will ever change.... that their problems will be looked into.... that their complaints will not fall on deaf ears. Things in the hostel are not as bad as is the attitude of those in authority in the college and the hostel.

Upgrading science departments
Chandigarh, September 22
There is need for removing ‘ obsolescence’ in certain science departments of the university. Much of the decades-old equipment and infrastructural facilities have to be replaced or upgraded. This is one of the long list of suggestions made by the Academic and Administrative Audit for academic improvement in science departments.

College website launched
Chandigarh, September 22
“Information Technology is here to stay. And India can continue to make unparallelled progress capitalising on the promising IT wave which started three years ago,” stated Mr Vivek Atray, Director Information Technology, UT Administration, at a function held at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, here today.

Success with computers
Seventeen years ago when she got married while she was still pursuing her post-graduate studies, Anupam Jain thought it would put paid to her dreams of having a career. Family became the first priority and despite clearing the Civil Services main examination, she did not go for the interview. 

Importance of IT education stressed
SAS Nagar, September 22
The Canadian Institute of Computer Science and Technology celebrated its founder’s day here today. Lieut-Gen B.K.N. Chhibber (retd), a former Punjab Governor, and Mr Rajan Kashyap, Principal Secretary, Punjab Government, were among the guests. They laid stress on the importance of IT education.

VC inaugurates new interactive centre
Chandigarh, September 22
Zee Interactive Learning Systems Limited, the education arm of the Zee network providing learning through interactive and physical classrooms by satellite link, opened its fifth centre in the city today.

New facilities for children
Panchkula, September 22
City children between the age of 4 and 14 will have the facilities of a library, regular hobby classes and weekend workshops at the Wonder Years Kindergarten, from today. The Besten Foundation, which had organised Pakistani children’s play in the city in June, launched the programme in the city.


Tastefully soothing impressions
Chandigarh, September 22
Julius Macwan likes to define himself as an artist with a free soul. It is the element of freedom of the American soil that motivated him to do a series on different locales of New York, which the artist is exhibiting at the Art Folio in Sector 9 here.
ulius Macwan exhibits his water colour series on New York
Julius Macwan exhibits his water colour series on New York at Art Folio in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Saturday. 
— Tribune photo

Jacob spends holiday at crafts fair
Chandigarh, September 22
The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today went on holiday shopping and visited the Punjab Crafts Fair organised by the Punjab Tourism and Development Corporation at Parade Ground. The Administrator reached the fair like any ordinary visitor and mingled with the holiday crowd. 

Oil paintings on display
Chandigarh, September 22
An exhibition of oil paintings by Suresh Kumar and his students was inaugurated by famous artist Shiv Singh at the art gallery of Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, here today.

An exhibition of oil paintings by Suresh Kumar and his students began at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

A typical Bollywood masala mix
Kyo ki... Main jhuth nahin bolta’ ( Batra and Suraj, Panchkula) is a typical Bollywood ‘masala mix’. It is only that David Dhawan has an artistic class in mixing the cinematic ingredients in the right proportions for mass appeal, with comedy largely having the upper hand.

Exploring the feminine mind
When an incorrigible skirt-chasing ad executive, Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson), tried to experiment with mascara and pantyhose, it was all in good humour. Because he wanted to know what it was like to be a woman.

Chinese food fest at city hotel
Chandigarh, September 22
Sick of the same old cuisine of chowmein, chopsuey and manchurian? Well, a Sector 22 hotel has brought some new flavours of China to tickle the palates of the Chandigarhians who would like to experiment with the exotic fare and don’t mind dishing out money to be served in style.


Rheumatic heart disease project
Chandigarh, September 22
The German Research Center for Biotechnology is funding a joint PGI-GBF project on rheumatic heart disease at the institute. According to the Head, Microbial Pathogenis and Vaccine Research, GBF, Dr G.S. Chattwal, who is also one of the coordinators for the Rs 1.6-crore project, establishing a mechanism for the rheumatic heart disease is a prerequisite to understand why certain persons get infected with the bacteria and others do not.

Workshop on bone cancer
Chandigarh, September 22
The Orthopaedics Department of the PGI organised a day-long workshop on cancer of bones on the occasion of World Cancer Day here today. It was inaugurated by the PGI Dean-cum-Head of the Orthopaedics Department, Prof O.N. Nagi.

Tasneem releases book on aurotherapy
Chandigarh, September 22
Prof N.S. Tasneem released a book on ‘Aurotherapy: An Alternate Therapy System,’ written by Som P Ranchan, at a function held in Sector 46 here today. Organised by the Creative Circle Chandigarh in collaboration with the India Inter Continental Cultural Association, the function had a large number of Punjabi and Urdu writers gracing the occasion.

‘Cancer patients likely to increase in India’
Chandigarh, September 22
Five lakh cancer patients are added to the already swelling number of those affected in India every year. According to the PGI Telemedicine Department Head, Prof B.D. Gupta, general incidence of cancer prevalence in India is almost 100 to 110 per lakh population per year.


Managing sports facilities
The 13th Chandigarh State Badminton Championship have concluded at Sector 42 indoor badminton hall. The not-so-proper surface which the participants had to play on was a result of poor management of sports infrastructure over the years. Now perhaps is the time to hand over the stadia and grounds to sports bodies if they can manage these. 

PU shuttlers bag 14 titles
Chandigarh, September 22
The PU Coaching Centre shuttlers emerged supreme when they bagged 14 out of the total 18 titles at stake when curtains drew to a close in the 13th Chandigarh State Badminton Championship played here today at the indoor badminton hall in Sector 42.

H. Sarda Devi, Rudra Kaushik and Akash Sethi, all winners of the Chandigarh State Badminton Championship, held at Sector 42 badminton hall in Chandigarh, on Saturday. 
— A Tribune photograph


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