Monday, February 14, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


Some of the contestants in the healthy baby contest held at Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Don't defile city; you may be fined
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — Piqued by the unchecked littering of roads, corridors of shopping centres, parks and public places and even defecation at open spaces along important roads in the city, the Chandigarh Administration may invoke the provisions of the Police Act to penalise or fine those defiling the city.

Rajesh Khanna pulls crowd
PANCHKULA, Feb 20 — There was much euphoria on the last day of the campaign in the Congress camp with the visit of Rajesh Khanna, actor-turned-politician, in Sector 11, here today. Though the public started thronging the venue much before time, Khanna arrived over one and a Mr Mostafa Mirzaeihalf hours behind schedule. However, there was much ecstasy as soon as the sound of the chopper carrying Khanna became audible and people, especially children, craned their necks to catch a glimpse of the mehboob neta.

Advocate harasses, beats Iranian client
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — After allegedly duping his client of over Rs 3 lakh with a hope to assist him getting justice, an advocate practising at the UT District Courts, reportedly thrashed an Iranian national, Mr Mostafa Mirzaei, when he refused to continue his services.

A "VIP weekend"
CHANDIGARH was overflowing with VIPs this weekend. Among those who were in the city on Saturday were a former Prime Minister, Mr Inder Kumar Gujral, the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Mr Arun Jaitely; the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Farooq Abdullah; the Scientific Defence Adviser to the Government, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to name a few.
Bill payment cumbersome
People in Chandigarh and Panchkula face a great deal of problem regarding the payment of electricity and water bills.There are long queues outside the money collection centres and many a time, inspite of waiting for the whole day, one does not get the chance to make the payment. It is pathetic that people have to take leave from office for a day or two for the payment of bills.

Jacob pays surprise visit to ISBT
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — The Punjab Governor and the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), today paid surprise visit to the Inter-State Bus Terminus and Hotel Shivalikview in Sector 17.

Rose Garden lavatories stink
A visit to the City Beautiful is not considered complete if a tourist does not go around two places which have earned world-wide acclaim. These are Zakir Rose Garden and the Rock Garden.

‘Cultural shock of Partition lives on’
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — Partition was more a cultural shock than a political shock to the people of India and Pakistan, said Dr Inder Kumar Gujral, a former Prime Minister of India, in his inaugural speech at the conference of the Centre for Geopolitics of Panjab University on Rethinking Boundaries, Geopolitics, Identities and Sustainability on the university campus here today.

HUDA turns blind eye to violations
PANCHKULA, Feb 20 — The mushrooming of unauthorised retail outlets in industrial areas here has failed to catch the attention of the Haryana Urban Development Authority.

Ageing gracefully seminar
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — It was a day for the young to entertain the old at a seminar on Aging Gracefully, organised this evening by Khayal at DAV College, Sector 10, here.


One killed by truck
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — An unidentified person, in his mid-thirties, was killed on the spot when he was hit by a truck (PB-11-D-2892) in the Grain Market, Sector 26, here last night.

3 held under cruelty to animals Act
KHARAR, Feb 20 — The Kurali police arrested three persons after registering a case under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act yesterday


11 Punwire staffers booked for beating colleague
SAS NAGAR, Feb 20 — The ongoing crisis in the Punjab Wireless Systems (Punwire) Ltd here took a new turn today with the police registering a first information report (FIR) against certain employees of the company for allegedly beating up one of their woman colleague during the commotion on the factory premises past Friday.

Speed Post delivers quick rewards
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — The Business Development Group of the Department of Post registered a 61 per cent growth in the current financial year against a target of 40 per cent.

A daily rush for work
A vehicle stops at the Labour Chowk, Chandigarh, early morning. It can be seen surrounded by over 50 daily wage workers in need of work. There are a number of labour markets in the city, the most prominent being in Sectors 21, 44 and 19.

Petrol dealers' convention
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — Petrol dealers from Chandigarh, Patiala, Ropar, Bathinda, Sangrur, Faridkot and Ferozepore attended the dealers' convention organised by the Chandigarh Divisional Office of the Indian Oil Corporation at a hotel in Sector 17 here yesterday.

Medical systems installed
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — Dr Meera Sharma, Head of the Department of Microbiology of the PGI, inaugurated AXSYM, world's best immunoassay system, and Dimension AR, a world class biochemistry analyser, at the Sector 22 Medicos Centre today. With the installation of these systems here, cancer markers, drugs and thyroid reports will be available in 30 minutes.


Include religious texts in syllabi: Gill
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — There is an urgent need to evaluate the education system not just in India but the world over, said Mr K. P. S. Gill, former Director-General of Punjab Police, on the concluding day of the "Yugantar" conference of Rotary (District 3080) at Panjab University here today.

Millennium Carnival held
PANCHKULA, Feb 20 — It was a day of joyous celebrations for students and staff members of Woodlands House School in Sector 8, who organised their Millennium Carnival here today.

Students enjoy school fete
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — It was a day of fun and laughter for students and staff of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, as well as parents of the wards, at an exhibition-cum-fete organised today on the school campus.

School holds function
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — A programme of music, dance and drama was presented by the students of Lohia International School, Mani Majra, on the school campus here today.


Golden voice Mann eyes silver screen
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — "My next big project is to act in a film, about which I am very excited," said, Harbhajan Mann, Punjabi pop sensation who has given hits like Oye-Hoey and Husan Jawani and is seen singing in the promos of Hindi film Papa the Great.

Rag Foundation to be in city
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — A new three-piece band from Britain, Rag Foundation, would be brought to Chandigarh Club by the British Council on February 21.


Kidney-pancreas transplant aspects highlighted
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — Various sessions highlighting surgical aspects of kidney-pancreas transplant and bone marrow transplant marked the concluding day of the 12th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Organ Transplantation here today.

120 vie for healthy baby crown
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — One hundred and twenty tiny tots in the arms of their mothers converged on the campus of the VLCC for the healthy baby contest held here today.

Ganguly elected NAMS chief
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20 — Dr N. K. Ganguly, Director-General of the Indian Council of Medical Research and Acting Director of PGI, has been elected President of the National Academy of Medical Sciences in Delhi. He succeeds the Chennai-based Dr Rama Krishna to the prestigious post. Top

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