Chandigarh Tribune
Friday, January 7, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Hospital, industry, train services come to a standstill as region reels under massive power breakdown
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — The prestigious Shatabdis plying on various sectors in Northern India came to a screeching halt at about 10.08 a.m. as there was a major power breakdown in the region.
Tripping leads to power failure

Smoke rises out of the showroom even as onlookers try to make an entry into the basement in Sector 9, Panchkula.
Smoke rises out of the showroom even as onlookers try to make an entry into the basement in Sector 9, Panchkula. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Showroom destroyed in fire
PANCHKULA, Jan 6 — In a major fire a showroom of paints and other construction material was completely gutted and items over Rs 25 lakh were destroyed. Three persons were injured and admitted to hospital. Some 20 fire tenders called from in and around the township were pressed into service to extinguish the fire, which could be brought under control after nearly five hours.The owner of the showroom said that one of his employees reported a small fire in the basement around 10:30am, soon after he opened the shop.

Coldest day of the season
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Dense fog coupled with severe cold disrupted rail, road and air traffic for the sixth day today while a major power breakdown in the Ropar thermal plant added to the problem.
Fog affecting supply of edible commodities
Day temperature plummets

Billing problems, high rentals main complaints
PANCHKULA, Jan 6—Complaints of billing problems and high meter rentals dominated the cases which came up for hearing at the `Bijli Sabha’ organised by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam at their office in Phase II of the Industrial Area here today.

Camp to give jobs
SAS NAGAR, Jan 6 — A camp to give jobs to kin of deceased employees of the Punjab Education Department was held here today.


GPO employee electrocuted
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — An employee of the General Post Office was electrocuted in his cabin late this evening.

Jewellery shop burgled
DERA BASSI, Jan 6 — A gang of burglars allegedly broke into a jewellery shop in Preet Nagar Colony and took away valuables worth thousands of rupees at about 2.30 am on Thursday.

Order on inspection of police stations
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — The Police Department has taken a serious view of the non-inspection in the police stations of the city for the past two years and has directed that these would be inspected twice a year as per the norms.


Farmers brave chill to bring produce
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Foggy and chilly weather notwithstanding, the arrival of fruit and vegetables from nearby areas has been continuing unabated.

Rush, chaos at kerosene depots
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — With the gap between the demand and the supply of kerosene widening, chaos and queues continued to mount at the kerosene depots in the city today also.

Telecom company offer
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Spice Telecom today announced a new incentive for its pre-paid subscribers in Punjab. The programme offers free airtime as an incentive on recharge of the pre-paid card on or before 31st January, 2000.

BEL workers stage dharna
PANCHKULA, Jan 6 — Employees of the BEL factory staged a dharna at the premises here yesterday.

Need to train savings agents stressed
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Mr Des Raj Tandon, Senior Deputy Mayor, has emphasised the need for training savings agents with a view to accelerating the rate of savings under various small savings schemes in the city.


Confusion about school timings
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — While the Education Department of the Chandigarh Administration announced on Tuesday that due to the prevailing weather conditions the school timings of “all UT schools” would be changed with effect from January 6, there exists a confusion till date about the school timings.

Chatrath group sweeps poll
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — As expected, the Gopal Krishan Chatrath—Deepak Manmohan—Ram Prakash front swept the Syndicate polls in Panjab University for the last session of the Senate here today.

Seminar on career opportunities
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Bringing together industry and academic institutions and jointly searching for career avenues for students was highlighted by Prof Ashok Sahni, Dean University Instructions, Panjab University ,inaugurating a seminar on career opportunities here today.

School students honoured
PANCHKULA, Jan 6 — The annual prize distribution function of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, was held today at Tagore Theatre. The chief guest of the function was Mr Prabhakar Sharma, Chief General Manager of the State Bank of India, local branch.


Bride’s plea dismissed
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — A bride’s attempt to rescue her husband and her in-laws from a kidnapping case registered against them by her parents at Patiala failed today after UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr. Mahender Singh, dismissed an application for recording her statement.

Winter Collection of Art Folio
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — The Winter Collection of Art Folio, Sector 9, a conglomeration of works of various artists, sculptors and potters, opened today at the art gallery. These works are part of the collection of Art Folio over a period of one year.
Winter collection in Art Folio

Kho-kho meet begins
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — The two-day Chandigarh Sub-Junior Kho-kho Championships began here today at Guru Harkishan Model School, Sector 38, with boys and girls of various schools and coaching centres taking part in these.

PU Campus win squash tourney
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Panjab University Campus, Chandigarh, won the PU Squash Racquet Championship which concluded here today. Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, got the second position, DAV College, Chandigarh, stood third, while GGD SD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, finished fourth in this meet.


UT plans 10 colonies for slum dwellers
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Ten colonies of multi-storeyed low-cost 1600 flats each located adjacent to different villages in the Union Territory are being contemplated as the last and final phase of resettlement of slum dwellers whose names figure in the electoral rolls as on December 8,1996, and found eligible after a careful scrutiny of their claims.

Sanitation work privatised
SAS NAGAR, Jan 6 — The long-pending municipal scheme for the privatisation of sanitation work in the town was implemented today with work commencing in Phase X.

Draft electoral rolls
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — A final list of amendments of the draft electoral rolls for the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency will be published tomorrow, it was announced here today.Top

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