Thursday, September 27, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Fake CBSE certificates in circulation
Business thriving in engineering colleges
Chandigarh, September 26
Scores of students are deprived of their rightful seats in the local Engineering College and also in Engineering Colleges in the region because of admissions by certain students in more than one college based on fake certificates.

Gang of robbers busted; goods worth Rs 5 lakh recovered
Dera Bassi, September 26
The police here claims to have busted a gang of robbers which was active in this part of the state, and arrested its five members besides recovering goods worth Rs 5 lakh from their possession.

Bravery awards presented
Chandigarh, September 26
The physical bravery as well as the social acts of courage of 12 persons hailing from Punjab and Haryana were recognised here today. They included one woman besides a youth who lost his life while trying to save others from drowning.



Electricity poles to carry TV cables
Chandigarh, September 26
The cable TV operators are soon to get permission to use electricity poles in the city to set up wires transmitting cable TV signals to thousands of city homes. This will be done on the Punjab pattern followed by the Punjab State Electricity Board.

Man with dual identity disappears
Chandigarh, September 26
A local resident has been staying in the city for the past more than a decade by assuming dual identity. But ever since the Ministry of External Affairs has turned the heat on him, he has vanished.

Ravinder Gill gets bail
SAS Nagar, September 26
Ravinder Singh Gill, who was arrested by the police in connection with the murder of his father Satwant Singh Gill, owner of the Gill Estate, was granted bail today by the District and Sessions Judge, Ropar. He had been in judicial custody for the last one month.

Jacob’s surprise visit boon for public
Chandigarh, September 26
The UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) today paid a surprise visit to the Licencing and Registering Authority office in Sector 17 and saw functional problems being faced by city residents in getting vehicles registered and getting driving licences. The chaos there had General Jacob in an angry mood as he directed officials to get things moving.
The UT Administrator, Lieut Gen JFR Jacob (retd), tries to pacify a complainant a surprise visit to the Licencing and Registering Authority office in Chandigarh on Wednesday. 
— Photo Parvesh Chauhan


Villagers to get less price than quoted
Siswan (Kharar), September 26
Over 350 villagers whose land was acquired for building the Siswan Dam near here will get compensation at rates much less than that quoted for registration after years of wait.

TPSC plan to attract tourists
Chandigarh, September 26
With a view to promote tourism in an area within a radius of 50 to 60 km around the city the Tourism Promotion Society of Chandigarh has supplemented the efforts of various tourist bodies in focussing some of the major tourist destinations in this region.

FINAL TOUCHES: Students and staff of the Food Crafts Institute, Sector 42, decorate the entrance to the institute as part of their preparation to celebrate World Tourism Day, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

World Tourism Day today
Chandigarh, September 26
The World Tourism Day tomorrow unfolds four days of bonanza for food lovers as all hotels and restaurants of the city will offer 15 per cent discount on food, free hop-on-hop-off bus ride for children and free visit for old age home residents to picturesque Morni Hills.

ESIC’s timely help saves life
Chandigarh, September 26
It is virtually the second birth for Mr Barinder Singh Negi, a heart patient and former employee of the ASJ Security Services. And all this has been possible through monetary help rendered by the Regional Office of the Employees State Insurance Corporation under a special scheme.

Illiteracy among women highlighted
Chandigarh, September 26
The All-India Women Conference (South Punjab Branch) today sponsored a workshop of the north zone of the All-India Committee for Eradication of Illiteracy Among Women.

Work skills competition
Chandigarh, September 26
Work skills competitions promote the spirit of competitiveness and excellence in workmanship. These events also positively motivate the work force. These observations were made by Mr R. S. Gujral, Home Secretary, Chandigarh, while addressing the CII’s 14th regional work skills competition which began here yesterday.

Central State Library gets website
Chandigarh, September 26
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), inaugurated a website of the Central State Library, Sector 17, here today. The website address is

Members of the All-India Human Rights Watch take out a candlelight procession in Panchkula on Wednesday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Candlelight march against global terrorism
Panchkula, September 26
A candlelight peace procession was organised by the All-India Human Rights Watch here today to protest against international terrorism and killing of innocents in the USA terrorist strike. Beginning from DC Model School in Sector 7, the procession went round the sector to conclude at the same place.

Naval Vice-Chief visits city
Chandigarh, September 26
The Vice-Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Madhvendra Singh, today met the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lieut-Gen Surjit Singh, at Chandi Mandir today.

Polythene-free drive launched
Chandigarh, September 26
The hazardous polythene-free drive was launched here today from the Sector 26 fruit and vegetable market by the Municipal Corporation. “As much As 70 kg of hazardous and recycled polythene was confiscated today by a team of officials and shopkeepers were made aware about what kind of polybags were not to be used,” the Assistant Commissioner-I, Mr Ashok Vashishth, told The Tribune here today.

Mansa Devi residents flay house tax move
Panchkula, September 26
Residents of the Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, have criticised the move of the Panchkula council to issue annual house tax notices to the owners of property under its jurisdiction. Although the council is stated to be applying a uniform assessment formula, this uniformity is not applicable to the areas which are underdeveloped.

Traders want road repaired
SAS Nagar, September 26
Entrepreneurs having units in the Industrial Area, Phase IX, here and residents of Phases X and XI have lamented that the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority and the council are not repairing the road leading to the bulk material market from Chandigarh. A number of potholes had appeared all over the road up to the octroi collection post.

BJP warned on language issue
Chandigarh, September 26
Mr M.P. Verma, Chairman of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, Backward Classes Cell, yesterday warned the BJP leadership against declaring Chandigarh as a Punjabi-speaking area.

IAF review put off
Chandigarh, September 26
The IAF's forthcoming presidential review, scheduled to be held here on October 17 has been postponed indefinitely, it is learnt. Sources say that it has been cancelled due to operational readiness in view of the events in Afghanistan.

Gupta’s appeal to PM, Jacob
Chandigarh , September 26
Mr Dharam Pal Gupta, president, Bharatiya Janata Party, Chandigarh unit, has sought intervention of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Administrator of Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), over the issue of inviting tenders from private firms to install a CT scanner on the premises of Government College of Education and Research, Sector 32.

MC employees’ dharna on Oct 4
Chandigarh, September 26
The coordination committee of the government and MC employees and workers, Chandigarh, has called a mass dharna on October 4 to protest against the “anti-people and anti-worker” policies of the Central Government.


Spate of thefts in Panchkula
Panchkula, September 26
Robbers struck here again last night in two houses and a showroom and decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 50000. Sources in the Police Department said the thieves broke into six houses of Housing Board Colony in Sector 15 and took away gold and silver jewellery, cash and some other valuables.

Murder convict from Bihar held
Chandigarh, September 26
The crime branch of the city police had a chance success when a person they had arrested for loitering from Sector 22 turned out to be a murder convict in Bihar. According to information available, Raj Kumar Mandal (38) was arrested by the police and his verification brought to light his real antecedents.

Man barges into SP’s office
Panchkula, September 26
A bearded youth, attired in robes and reportedly associated with some sect, here yesterday barged into the office of the Superintendent of Police and was involved in a scuffle with the latter’s security guards.

Servant found dead in master’s car
Panchkula, September 26
A 25-year-old servant was found dead in a car parked in the garage of a house in Sector 10 here this morning. The master of the deceased, Mr Mohan Lal, said Kiran found her husband, Pan Bahadur, dead inside their car this morning. He said that the car was locked from inside and the AC and stereo were on.


New management for hotel complex
Chandigarh, September 26
The fast food chain, Hot Millions, has taken over the management of the North Park Complex. Spread over an area of over 4 acres, the hotel complex has 28 rooms with a swimming pool, banquet hall, bar, disco and other facilities. Built over a decade ago, the complex has never really taken off. Terrorism, which prevailed in the early 90s, changing excise policies of the Haryana Government, indifferent service and a few other factors, contributed to the rather lacklusture performance of the complex. Hot Millions hopes to change all that in the coming days.


CEDTI programme for foreign students begins
SAS Nagar, September 26
A specially designed programme on “multimedia and web designing” and “Repair and maintenance of telecom terminal equipment, computers and peripherals” for foreign students started at the Centre for Electronics Design and Technology of India here today. The programme is being run under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation and Special Common Wealth African Assistance Plan.

176 take part in essay contests
Chandigarh, September 26
A total of 176 students from 30 schools of Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula participated in an essay competition conducted by the Aeronautical Society of India here today.


Pay maintenance to daughter
Chandigarh, September 26
Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, in a significant judgement, today held that the payment for the education of a daughter was a father’s duty and directed a Kurukshetra resident to pay Rs 3,500 per month to his daughter as interim maintenance.

  • Pay full wages before sack

Anticipatory bail plea in dowry case dismissed
Chandigarh, September 26
A local court today dismissed an anticipatory bail plea filed by the former Controller of Examination of Panjab University, Mr Sat Pal Dhawan, and his wife in a dowry harassment case.

  • Judicial remand
  • Accused surrenders

CJM to probe torture of industrial workers
Chandigarh, September 26
On a habeas corpus petition moved by Mr D.N. Tewari, a trade union leader of Dera Bassi, Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the CJM, Patiala, to hold an inquiry into the alleged torture of two industrial employees of Dera Bassi by the police at the instance of their employers.


Striking a balance between creativity and tradition
Chandigarh, September 26
Mask making is not just a form of art for this young budding artist but it is a symbol of victory for its underlying philosophy of warding off the evils, a practice extensively used by almost all tribes in the world. So Kavita Singh, a final year fine arts student from Punjabi University brought together 30 different masks from far-flung countries, including some masks representing some Indian mythological figures under the same roof.

 Kavita Singh
Kavita Singh exhibits her masks and paintings at an exhibition at Punjab Kala Bhavan in Chandigarh on on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Magical performance by Shobha Koser
Chandigarh, September 26
Shobha Koser, stalwart of Jaipur Gharana, transported the audience into the world of “Thaat”, “Aamad,”, “Uthaan” , “Tode” and “Tukre,”, with fine footwork and magical movements. Performing Kathak here today at the Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Shobha proved that years of experience had added new dimensions to her dance form.

Sobha Kosher performing at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph


Need for bio-medical research
Chandigarh, September 26
A proposal to set up a much desired institute for bio-medical technology was forwarded to the government about a year ago, but no progress had been made in this regard.


Harinder returns par round
Chandigarh, September 26
On the second day of the Chandigarh Open Junior Subjunior Golf Tournament with the golf course playing its best the players could not ask for more and this helped in some very good scores being shot during the course of play.

Paddlers of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, who won the under-14 and under-17 titles in the inter-school meet.

Manav Mangal school clinch TT title
Chandigarh, September 26
Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, captured the under-17 hockey title for the pre-hockey qualifying meet in the UT Inter-School Sports Meet in various disciplines held today. Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, bagged the under-14 table tennis, and ball badminton titles. The second place went to AKS International Public School, Sector 41, while Shishu Niketan Senior Secondary School, Sector 22 was placed at third position.


Engineers advised to update knowledge
Chandigarh, September 26
A two-day refresher course to brush up the knowledge of engineers working in the Chandigarh Administration ended today with Mr Kulbir Singh, former Secretary, Engineering, UT, asking engineers to play the key role in the changing technology.


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