Saturday, February 26, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Colourful start to Festival of Gardens
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — The city’s own Festival of Gardens got off to a colourful start at the sector 16 Zakir Rose Garden and Shanti Kunj here this morning after the Administrator of Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), formally inaugurated it.

Children present a colourful folk dance at Zakir Rose Garden, Chandigarh, during the Festival of Gardens on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Chander Mohan wins from Kalka
PANCHKULA, Feb 25 — The Congress candidate, Mr Chander Mohan, was declared elected from the Kalka assembly segment with a lead of 14,843 votes though celebrations of the victory began well in advance outside the BEL colony where the counting took place.

Pankaj Udhas weaves magical moments
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — It was in front of a modest gathering that ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas belted out soft melodies at the Leisure Valley this evening. His show was a part of the musical evening on the occasion of the three-day Festival of Gardens organised by the Chandigarh Administration and CITCO which started today.

  INTERVIEW: I am now looking for creative satisfaction’
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — “I have reached a phase in my life where I look much beyond fame, name and money. I’m basically looking for creative satisfaction”. This from an affable ghazal singer whose “Chitti Ayee Hai” can produce frenzied emotions and misty eyes even today. The singer Pankaj Udhas was in the city today to perform at the musical evening on the occasion of Rose Festival.

Hike-free Rail Budget makes all happy
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — Terming it as populist, residents of the city have hailed the Railway Budget, presented by the first-ever woman Railway Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, in the Lok Sabha today.

Seven SHOs shuffled
Chandigarh, Feb 25 — The UT IGP, Mr S.K. Singh, has reshuffled seven Station House Officers (SHOs) in the city late this evening.


Lawyers raise slogans against govt
PANCHKULA, Feb 25 — Members of the District Bar Association today suspended work and condemned the cane charge on protesting lawyers in Delhi in which nearly 100 persons were hurt.

Without power for a fortnight
MANAULI (SAS NAGAR), Feb 25 — Frequent power cuts have forced the residents of Manauli and its surrounding villages to remain virtually without electricity in the past fortnight.

Special drive by cops
SAS NAGAR, Feb 25 — Scene of traffic cops managing traffic on the roads, who were conspicuous “by there absence in the past today appeared all of sudden the reason was that a team deputed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to check the implementation of directions on traffic, hoardings and encroachments issued by the court was visiting the town.

200 volunteers donate blood
CHANDIGARH, Feb, 25 — More than 200 volunteers donated blood in a camp organised by the Panjab University Non-Teaching Employees Federation at the campus here today.

Workshop on explosive welding ends
Chandigarh, Feb 25 — The two-day workshop on explosive welding conducted by the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) concluded today.

DSC men celebrate corps day
Chandigarh, Feb 25 — Defence Security Corps (DSC) personnel of 359 Platoon celebrated their 53rd corps day at 3 BRD, here today.


Gunman killed over poll
PANCHKULA, Feb 25 —A constable, Ram Avtar, has been allegedly shot dead by a colleague, Karamvir Singh, gunman of the BJP candidate, following an argument over who was likely to win elections.

Sector 71 resident kidnapped
Chandigarh, Feb 25 — The police has registered a case of kidnapping following a complaint of a Sector 71 resident.


Workshop on info-technology opens
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — A three-day national workshop on information technology organised by the Institution for Secretarial Practices and Development (INSPIRE) was inaugurated by Mr Ramesh Inder Singh, Principal Secretary to Punjab Chief Minister, and Secretary, Industries and Commerce at the CII (Northern Region) here today.


450 DAV students receive prizes
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — More than 450 students received prizes for excellence in various fields in the local DAV College here today.

Professor Emeritus status for S.L. Goel
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — In a rare honour Prof S.L.Goel from the Department of Public Administration in Panjab University has been conferred the prestigious honour of Professor Emeritus of the University Grants Commission.

Students get certificates
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — The Mayor, Ms Shanta Abhilashi, today conferred certificates on students of Shramik Vidya Peeth in Sector 38 on the completion of the various courses of six-month duration.


Jerath denied bail
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — Former UT Chief Engineer K.K. Jerath’s applications, seeking the grant of interim bail for three days to attend a religious function, were dismissed by the UT District and Sessions Judge Mr B.S. Bedi.

4 convicted under food Act
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — Four city residents, accused of selling food products without licence, were sentenced to imprisonment till the rising of the court, besides being fined Rs 500, by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sant Parkash. Another resident was convicted for selling ''loose'' turmeric and chilli powder.


Paediatric care training needed: experts
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — Experts attending the second national conference on Paediatric Intensive Care here today expressed concern about the lack of formal paediatric critical care programmes in developing countries like India and stressed the need to establish formal training programmes to be able to set up effective PICUs.

Paediatric conference begins


Sport day, prize distribution function held
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — "We may be small but our goals are not so," echoed kindergarten students of Tender Heart School, Sector 33, which celebrated its annual junior sport day-cum-prize distribution function today.

Sunil wins ITF title


Superintendent denies allegations
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — Mr K.B. Goyal, an office Superintendent of the Chandigarh Administration, has in a written statement denied all the allegations made against him by an employee of the State Transport Authority maintaining that the complaint was malicious, baseless, unfounded and has been planted by some vested interests.


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