Wednesday, January 9, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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The down-to-earth star is moved by Punjabi warmth

Chandigarh, January 8
He has had thoughts that have filled him with terror and dreams whose memory still fills him with pride. But even with his share of harsh destiny, Dharmendra never squandered the gold of his days.

Filmstar Dharmendra during a chat with The Tribune reporter in the house of a friend in Sector 16 in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Filmstar Dharmendra during a chat with The Tribune reporter in the house of a friend in Sector 16 in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Anti-parking fee: traders to observe bandh today
Chandigarh, January 8
Traders of Sector-17 today gave a call to observe a two-hour bandh in the market tomorrow and authorised “heroes” of 1998 anti-paid parking movement and Congress councillors Subhash Chawla and Pradeep Chhabra to get the implementation of the paid parking scheme deferred till the next MC meeting from the city government.


  School admission is not a child’s play
Panchkula, January 8
Two-and-a-half-year-old Arsh, usually a bubbly toddler, has turned into a cranky child for the past one month. His parents are surprised that he throws tantrums whenever they try to make him learn his lessons in preparation for interviews for seeking admission in pre- nursery.

Theft of wood continues as fencing remains a dream
Chandigarh, January 8
It seems the UT forest belt along the Patiala ki Rao choe will continue to be a haven for firewood collectors from the nearby villages and colonies as the fencing of the belt may take another 10 years to become a reality.

Herb: no date fixed for visa consulate
Chandigarh, January 8
“No date has been fixed as yet for upgrading the Chandigarh Business Office to a full-fledged visa consulate,” says Mr Herb Dhaliwal, Canada ‘s Federal Minister for Fisheries and Oceans, maintaining that after clearance from the Government of India, the Canadian Government was working out the modalities on the financial and manpower aspects on the first visa office outside four metropolises in India.

Smokers, beware
Chandigarh, January 8
Keeping in view the directions of the Supreme Court, the Chandigarh Administration today passed an order prohibiting smoking at public places in the city.


‘Royal inmates’ in miserable state

Chhat Bir, January 8
At the Mohindra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhat Bir, scores of lions are kept in cages for more than seven months before and after being sterilised. Veterinary experts claim that three to four months is enough for achieving the desired results.

An injured lion rests in lion safari of the Mahindra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhat Bir. — A Tribune photograph

An injured lion rests in lion safari of the Mahindra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhat Bir.

4-hr strike by civic staff today
Chandigarh, January 8
There will be a four-hour pen-down and tool-down strike by employees in offices of the UT Administration and the Municipal Corporation from 10 am tomorrow. The strike call has been given by the Central Organisation of UT/MC Employees and Workers, comprising the Chandigarh UT Subordinate Services Federation, the Federation of UT Employees and the Workers and Services Federation UT (INTUC).

Councillor with artistic bent of mind
Chandigarh, January 8
Ms Harjinder Kaur, former Mayor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, is the lone Akali Dal Councillor. Religiously inclined Ms Harjinder Kaur is also a good musician, folk dancer and theatre artiste, apart from being a good shooter.

City gals sit up, VJ Sushma is on a hunt
Chandigarh, January 8
Glamorous and hip, Sushma is a veejay on Channel [V] and has brought her own personal sense of style and energy to her show Late Night [V]. The results are obvious with the steadily rising ratings and popularity of the show.

It’s lohri and business for Channel V

Chandigarh, January 8
It was surely a star-struck afternoon. As students of National Institute of Fashion Design, Sector 8 danced to the vibrant tunes of the hottest charbusters, the road outside NIFD campus kept pulsating with loads of energy — being doled out by the team of Channel V, which is in town to kick off the propaganda for India’s number 1 all-girls band, auditions for which will take place at Hotel Mount View on January 12.

Channel (V) VJ Yudi shares a laugh with students of NIFD at the institute campus in Sector-8, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
Channel (V) VJ Yudi shares a laugh with students of NIFD at the institute campus in Sector-8, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph 

Police move scares landlords
Chandigarh, January 8
Curtainless windows, half-torn posters on to outer wall with peeling whitewash and impressive locks on the weather-beaten door — all signs indicate that the first floor hall is vacant. Even though there is no ‘to-let’ board hanging on the gate, you walk up to the door and ring the bell. The haggard housewife returns your greetings but refuses to rent out the accommodation, point blank.

Party for city migrants formed
Chandigarh, January 8
In order to give voice to city migrants, a political party — Chandigarh Mukti Morcha — was formed today. It will soon be registered as a regional party.


Seminars on road safety
Panchkula, January 8
The local police organised various seminars in different schools of the township on the second day of the Road Safety Week for creating awareness about road safety norms here today.

Students take part in a painting competition organised by Chandigarh police as a part of its Road Safety Week in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Patients vs VVIP
HE report “Patients suffer due to Barnala’s visit” (Dec 10) underscores the imperative need for corrective measures to help patients. The report that the patients of general hospitals were virtually ignored for five consecutive days not because a VIP was hospitalised or needed immediate medical attention but to comply with protocol provisions is a shame on those who formulate such rules and regulations.
  • Whose dispensary?

  • Passengers’ woes


5 held on bootlegging charge
Chandigarh, January 8
The local police has arrested five persons in different cases from various parts of the city for bootlegging and seized 13 bottles and 247 pouches of liquor from their possession.

Body exhumed after arrest of accused

Chandigarh, January 8
In a major breakthrough, the Operations Cell of the local police today arrested two persons reported to be involved in four murder cases dating as far back as 1996. The accused have been identified as Raj Kumar, a welder by profession and Karnail Singh, a daily wager.

The police dig up the body of Satpal Sharma, who was murdered on December 6, near Raipur Khurd in Chandigarh, at the instance of the accused on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

Juveniles stealing to ‘live it up’ held
Panchkula, January 8
The CIA staff of the local police has succeeded in busting a gang of juveniles involved in stealing car stereos. Six car stereos worth Rs 60,000 have been recovered from them. The accused were reportedly in the business for making more money for “living it up.”


IDBI opens offsite ATMs in city
Chandigarh, January 8
Ms Vini Mahajan, Special Secretary, Finance, Government of Punjab, today inaugurated an IDBI ATM at Sector 37. With this, the bank’s network in the region (Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula) has grown to four branches and nine ATMs. The bank has a wide presence through its offsite ATMs at Sectors 22, 32, 37 and Shivalik Enclave.

Grewal felicitated
SAS Nagar, January 8
The Mohali Industries Association organised a function to felicitate Mr Darshan Singh Grewal, president of the largest real estate company in the USA, at Mohali Industries Bhavan in Industrial Area, Phase 8, here today.


Mid-day meals for aided schools too
Chandigarh, January 8
Widening the scope of the mid-day meals “bait: to primary classes, the UT Education Department will extend it to all government and aided schools of the city in compliance with the recently issued Supreme Court orders.

Colleges told to buy more books for libraries
Chandigarh, January 8
A number of colleges affiliated to Panjab University do not have adequate library facilities for students though a library is supposed to augment regular classroom teaching.

Convention on ‘Save higher education’
Chandigarh, January 8
A convention, “Save higher education,’’ will be organised at the Law Auditorium of Panjab University on January 10 in response to a call given by the Joint Action Committee representing the managements and principals’ federation of non-government colleges.

Students taken to Book Fair
Chandigarh, January 8
Students of local government schools participated in a rally here today organised to create awareness on the necessity of reading books as part of the book fair agenda.

Programme for eco-club trainers
Chandigarh, January 8
A two-day training programme for master trainers and teacher trainers in charge of eco-clubs, formed under the National Green Corps programme, would be held on January 19 and 20 at DAV College, Sector 10.

Youth fest ends with folk dances
Chandigarh, January 8
Graceful performances marked the conclusion of the two-day cultural extravaganza at the State Youth Festival organised by the UT Sports Department at Tagore Theatre, here today.

Local girl wins gold medal at science congress
Panchkula, January 8
Eleven-year-old Divya Sharma, a student of Chaman Lal DAV School, Sector 11, has won gold medal at the National Children Science Congress held at Pune recently.

Bicycles for students
Chandigarh, January 8
Woollens were distributed among students of Government Model Middle School, Sector 39, by Principal Bahadur Singh, Government High School, Sector 40, here today.


Plea on Sehajdharis admitted
Chandigarh, January 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today admitted a petition seeking directions to the Union of India and other respondents for quashing a clause in the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, whereby the voting right to Sehajdhari Sikhs was contemplated for the purpose of electing members to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

  • ETO’s seniority list quashed

  • Permission to amend octroi plea sought

  • Show-cause notice to Secy

Life sentence for killing friend
Chandigarh, January 8
A city resident, Vikas, was sentenced to life imprisonment today by the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S Bhalla, for murdering his friend. The case against the accused, Vikas, a Sector 47 resident was registered under Sections 302, 364, 419, 467 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code in 1996 on a complaint by father of the deceased .

Bhattal gets notice in rehabilitation case
Chandigarh, January 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion on Punjab’s former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and another respondent for January 22 even as counsel for the Chandigarh Administration, in an undertaking, stated that jhuggi dwellers, uprooted from Kaimbwala village following a demolition drive by the administration, were being provided shelter in Maloya village.


Dental care camp
Chandigarh, January 8
The Lions and Lioness Clubs of Panchkula organised a dental care, dental hygiene and dental OPD camp at Government Model Secondary School, Mani Majra today.


Sports bodies mushrooming in city
Chandigarh, January 8
While on the one side India has been craving for medals in international sports meets, on the other there are so-called sports managers or officials who in one way or the other try to manipulate to grab coveted positions in sports federations.


PUDA’s bid to clear legal web for new sectors
SAS Nagar, January 8
As the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) is trying to clear the legal web entangling the proposed of five new sectors (76 to 80), an additional 200 acres of land will be acquired by the authority for Sector 81, proposed to be located on the southern fringe of the town.

Last date for filing returns extended
Chandigarh, January 8
The Central Board of Direct Taxes has extended the last date for filing returns to March 31, 2002. The Income Tax Department has taken a decision to implement its one by six scheme in 4989 more cities during the current financial year.

Parties join residents against house tax
Chandigarh, January 8
Even though the municipal council has released its formula for calculating the house tax to ease out the resentment among residents over the issue, the dissent continues with more welfare associations and political parties joining the residents.


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