Wednesday, January 30, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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New dress code for UT police
Chandigarh, January 29
Policemen trotting around their beats wearing a tie and a service tunic instead of the drab shirts and trousers coupled with an unauthorised civilian jacket or jersey. Believe it or not, but this is exactly what residents will be witnessing once the new dress code for Chandigarh police comes into effect.

Major Mahal cremated
Chandigarh, January 29
The mortal remains of Major A.P.S. Mahal, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Turtuk sector of Ladakh on January 24, were consigned to the flames with full military honours here today.

The pyre of Major A. P. S. Mahal, who died in a helicopter crash, being lit by his father, Col O. S. Mahal, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph



Biodegradable plastic bags for eating joints, hotels soon
Chandigarh, January 29
Biodegradable plastic bags will soon be introduced for eating joints and hotels offering packed food facility in the city. The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, will personally speak to representatives of various eating joints in Chandigarh and the Hotel and Restaurant Association, CITCO, Food Crafts Institute, Institute of Hotel Management etc to persuade them to discourage the use of polythene bags and to promote biodegradable plastic bags.

Admn notifies colour scheme of registration plates
Chandigarh, January 29
The Chandigarh Administration has authorised its Secretary, State Transport Authority, the Inspector General of Police and the Deputy Commissioner to ensure change in the colour scheme of existing registration plates of the transport and private vehicles within the scheduled time, a statement issued here today said.

Cong threatens stir on power, water tariff hike
Chandigarh, January 29
The Congress today warned of agitation against the Chandigarh Administration for ‘’fleecing electricity and water consumers’’ in the city through an unannounced raise in minimum charges along with the tariff.

MCC plans to install hydraulic lifts
Bid to solve parking problem in city
Chandigarh, January 29
Continuing with its efforts to solve the parking problem in the city, the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is considering the feasibility of installing hydraulic lifts in congested shopping complexes for lifting cars before placing these atop the buildings.

This is what the municipal corporation plans to have in Chandigarh — lifts picking up vehicles and placing these on various floors like the one installed atop a building in Ludhiana to solve parking problem.

Cops close in on hacker
SAS Nagar, January 29
In a three-week old case of hacking of the web server of a leading private telecom service provider, HFCL Infotel Ltd, the police is reported to have tracked down the internet protocol number used by the hackers to tamper the information available on the four portals of the telecom service provider.

Nursing homes get one more year
Chandigarh, January 29
A policy to allot freehold sites for nursing homes being run from private houses in the city is to be announced soon, while, today, the Administration allowed such nursing homes to continue operating for one more year (till January 2003).


Tips on enhancing beauty
Chandigarh, January 29
Make-up is not just a form of camouflage but also a personality enhancer if applied with the proper technique, said Ms Rita Juneja, a renowned cosmetologist and trichologist, while addressing the participants of a beauty workshop organised by Vandana Luthra’s slimmimg and beauty clinic in Sector 8 here today.

Rita Juneja addresses a cosmetics workshop held at VLCC in Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Seminar on criminal judicial system
Chandigarh, January 29
A seminar on “Criminal judicial system”, stressing closer coordination between the police and the prosecution was conducted here today. It was inaugurated by the UT IGP, Mr B.S. Bassi, at the traffic lines in Sector 29.

Training programme for farmers
Zirakpur, January 29
St Vivekanand Public School in collaboration with the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Chandigarh, and the Indian Council for Environmental Education organised a training programme on bio-manure and vermiculture technology here today.

Traffic safety

T is nice to hear about Traffic Safety Week. True, school students need to be educated and protected from mishaps on the road, but another vital group that needs to be educated, controlled and policed is that of rickshaw-pullers. There is no training, qualification or criteria for issuance of licence for anyone to take up the job of a rickshaw-puller, who may endanger the lives of innocent passengers, himself and the third party involved in the accident.


Booked for defacing public property
Chandigarh, January 29
In a special drive against defacement of public property, the police has registered nine cases in various parts of the city. According to the police, the defaulters include Ekamkar Trust Ashram, Ludhiana, the person running Taekwondo Korean Martial Arts in Sector 22, Spice hai to life hai establishment in Sector 22, owner of Nimantaran Gallery, Sector 17, Sector 35 resident Gurkirpal Singh, Vinny Traders, Sector 17, Azad Hind Store, Sector 17, Cash Loan Collateral Security Limited, Sector 35, and Petronize Peckers and Movers, Mani Majra. They have been accused of pasting posters at public places.

  • Stolen
  • 1 Held
  • Motor cycles stolen
  • Theft
  • Burglary
  • 1 Held for abducting minor
  • Booked
  • Arrested

Youth ends life 
Panchkula, January 29
A 20-year-old boy, Balbir, alias Sonu, reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his room in Ramgarh village. According to Mr Manoj Yadav, SP, Ms Sita Devi, mother of the victim, found the body hanging from the ceiling fan after she was back from Shimla this evening.


Academic audit in affiliated colleges
Chandigarh, January 29
Following the completion of audit work on the Panjab University campus, the university is now taking up the task of carrying out an academic and administrative audit in more than 100 affiliated colleges. Reports are being compiled under instructions of the University Grants Commission. Prof Ramesh Kapoor, Dean, College Development Council, told TNS that the reports were expected to be ready by March.

Net catches teachers’ fancy
Chandigarh, January 29
A seminar on ‘English Language Training’, where resources on the Internet were explored, concluded with the launch of a website,, created by participants here today. The 10-day seminar was organised by the British Council and Hornby Trust India in the Sector 26 Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Management.

Petting zoo at Strawberry
Chandigarh, January 29
The scene at Strawberry Fields Kindergarten seemed to have been lifted straight out of the animated Jungle Book series or our very own Jataka Tales. Tiny tots from the play class and nursery sections hobnobbed with their special guests for the day. A motley collection of piglets, puppies, ducks, rabbits and hens intermingled with the children. Volunteers of Maneka Gandhi’s People for Animals Group were in attendance along with their veterinarian and a unique class in progress.

Dance party for mentally challenged
Chandigarh, January 29
It was a dream come true for physically and mentally challenged children from different charitable institutes as they twirled all around the floor during a dance party organised exclusively for them at Dennies, a restaurant in Sector 35, today.

Shades of terrorism depicted
Chandigarh, January 29
Youth power is always infectious. It hits you where it hurts the most. So one did not quite wonder over the massive crowd which seven students of DAV-10 Dramatics Club, ‘Agaz’, drew this afternoon at PU’s Students Centre.

Members of the Dramatic Club of DAV College, Chandigarh, present a play ‘Lohe Ka Swad’ at Students Centre, Panjab University, on Tuesday. 
— Photo Pradeep Tewari

Slogan writing contest
Chandigarh, January 29
Students were at their innovative best at the inter-school slogan writing and painting competition organised by the Kindness to Animals Club at the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here today.

Students from various schools participate in the poster making and slogan-writing competition at Dev Samaj College for Education, Sector 36, Chandigarh. 
— A Tribune photograph

Appointment results declared
Chandigarh, January 29
The UT Education Department today declared the results of candidates selected for appointment as teachers advertised in March, 2000. The results of the 90 selected candidates are available on the Internet at “http//’’

Principal told to pay student
Chandigarh, January 29
The UT Consumer Court has directed the Principal of the Sector 18 St Peter’s School to pay Rs 1,000 with an interest at a rate of 12 per cent per annum to a student. The court has also directed the Principal to pay Rs 100 as compensation for harassment suffered by the girl due to the negligence of the Principal.

Jhankar from February 5
Chandigarh, January 29
A three-day national youth festival, Jhankar, to be organised by the Panjab University Campus Students Council on the university campus will start on February 5.


Probe charges against ADGP
Chandigarh, January 29
In just over 10 years after a sugar mill worker — allegedly picked up by the police — disappeared, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Punjab’s Additional Director-General of Police (Crime) to look into the allegations levelled by the worker’s brother against another ADGP.

  • Status quo in adhoc teachers’ case
  • Dera chief told to meet SSP
  • No plan to reappoint Kang as corpn chief

Badal gets summons in property attachment case
Chandigarh, January 29
The UT Civil Judge (Senior Division), Mr Justice C.L. Mohal, issued summons to Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab, and his son, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, for March 7, here today. The summons have been issued in a case filed by a former Additional Director of Information and Public Relations of Punjab for recovery and attachment of the CM’s property like treadmill, music system, ACs, sofa sets, double beds, TV and 12 other items.

Judicial remand in dowry case
Chandigarh, January 29
A local court yesterday remanded Vikram Bansal, husband of a dowry victim, Priyanka of Malerkotla in Sangrur district, in judicial custody till February 11. Earlier Priyanka had lodged an FIR against Vikram, his father, Nand Lal Bansal, and mother, Angoori Devi Bansal, alleging that she was being harassed by the Bansals for bringing insufficient dowry.

Consumer’s appeal allowed
Chandigarh, January 29
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has allowed an appeal by a complainant, Mr Harpreet Singh, a city resident, against the ATCO, Sector 34, and its manager, Mr Varinder Singh.


Stalwarts of Punjabi theatre honoured
Chandigarh, January 29
The Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi has, for the first time since its inception, has instituted special awards for the stalwarts of Punjabi theatre. These awards are apart from the ones conferred upon artistes by the akademi during its annual award ceremony.
From left: Sudershan Maini, Dr Satish Verma, G.S. Chani, Vijay Tandan, Devinder Daman and Ajmer Aulakh being honoured by the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi at ‘Nat Utsav and Sammaan Samaroh’ in Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph


IMA to launch Hepatitis-B vaccination drive
Chandigarh, January 29
The Indian Medical Association, Chandigarh State Branch, will organise a “Hepatitis-B vaccination drive in the city in tandem with Shantha Biotechnics Private Limited, from January 31 to February 28. Nearly 100 clinics, nursing homes and health centre are expected to participate in the drive.

PGI technologists list demands
Chandigarh, January 29
The PGI Medical Technologists Association has in a letter to the Chairman of the High Power Committee, PGI, Mr I.C. Pathak, listed their various demands requesting to be discussed at the forthcoming meeting of the committee on February 5.


Pawandeep shines in athletics meet
Chandigarh, January 29
Pawandeep Kaur of Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector18, secured the first place in the under-19 section of the UT Inter-School Athletics Meet in 100m here today. She also claimed the top honours in the javelin throw event. Other winners among girls in various age groups were Veena Yadav, Mukesh, Teena Rana, Harjeet, Anshika, Harmandeep, Anupriya Sharma, Menu and Amandeep Kaur.

  • Volleyball tournament

  • Kabaddi title

Chattwinder A player of promise
Chandigarh, January 29
Chattwinder Singh (16), a native of Dhuri (Sangrur), has astonished many with his current form in the ITF Junior Tennis meet at the Sector 10 tennis stadium. Chattwinder, who is now under the Rural Area Scheme of Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, is in Class X of the local DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8.

Fun Golf on Feb 3
Chandigarh, January 29
Keen contest is likely in the Winter Fun Golf competitions to be organised by the Chandigarh Golf Association at the CGA Golf Range on February 3, near Kishangarh. Giving this information here today, CGA President Desh Prem Azad said the competitions, open to club members only, would be conducted in the following categories.


Repair work of Ghaggar bridge put off
Dera Bassi, January 29
The repair work of the Ghaggar bridge of the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, near Bhankharpur village, that was to be carried out from January 30, has been postponed due to some administrative reasons.

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