Thursday, March 9, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



The International Women's day rally at the adjoining Sector 17 Plaza notwithstanding, this woman had nochoice but to work to earn her two meals for the day. — A Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
UT reinvites tenders for computer education
CHANDIGARH, March 8 — The Chandigarh Administration has decided to reinvite tenders for introduction of computer education in all schools and colleges after deciding to cancel a letter of intent already issued to a Delhi-based company on the basis of tenders opened in January.The cancellation of the LOI follows a complaint by one of the bidders that the company which was being awarded the contract, was not an ISO certified one as was specified as a prerequisite in a notice inviting the tenders.

Directive on construction stirs hornet’s nest
SAS NAGAR, March 8 — The directive given by the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, Mr Ranjit Singh Balian, yesterday to “temporarily” stall the construction of a school building — being raised on a site allotted by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority to a private educational institution in Sector 70 — here has stirred a hornet’s nest.

Ravi Inder’s plea dismissed
CHANDIGARH, March 8 — Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed the civil revision petition of Mr Ravi Inder Singh, a senior Akali Dal member, against the decision of the District Judge, Chandigarh, refusing to grant an injunction against his apprehended expulsion from the party.

Hub of activity at festival
CHANDIGARH, March 8 — Cultural events, lectures and creative competitions marked the second day of International Students’ festival at the Panjab University campus here today.

No 500-rupee notes, please
CHANDIGARH, March 8—A legal tender with legal and illegal circulation but little legal check on latter has been putting the general public to great inconvenience. The Sector 21 Sainik Rest House here, for example, has stopped accepting the country’s Big Buck — the 500 rupee note.

Roundabouts not in best of health
PANCHKULA, March 8 — Even as the Town Park in Sector 5 gears up to play host to the two-day 14th annual Spring Festival, which begins on March 11, some roundabouts have not been prepared while others are in a state of neglect.


“The woman must be the law-maker herself”
CHANDIGARH, March 8 — Ask not why men have not given women their due.... ask why they have failed to recover the rights they lost to men. On International Women’s Day, while so many residents believe women are still “not free”, intellectuals and philosophers insist they have to “don the law-maker role after removing the garb of a victim”.

139 students donate blood
SAS NAGAR, March 8 — As many as 139 students of the local Institute of Engineering and Technology donated blood at a camp organised by the NSS unit of the institute in coordination with the local branch of the State Bank of India to observe the International Women’s Day here today. Among the donors 111 were boys and 28 were girls.

Women's Day functions
PANCHKULA, March 7 — Over 2,000 women talked on the topic A Healthy Family — A Reflection of a Health Women and Self-indulgence in a function held at Yavanika open air theatre in Sector 5 here on the occasion of International Women's Day today.

Training course on pollution control
CHANDIGARH, March 8 — A three-day orientation training course on Environment Pollution and Control was inaugurated by the UT Chief Engineer, Mr R.K. Jain, here on Monday to deliberate on various pollution strategies relevant in today's context.

Functions mark Women’s Day
CHANDIGARH, March 8 — The Global March 2000 against “Poverty and violence against women: was organised here today at the Sector 17 Plaza. The march was organised in connection with the International Women’s Day. It highlighted the problems being faced by women today.


Booked for collecting money
SAS NAGAR, March 8 — The local police has booked a resident of Phase XI for allegedly collecting money from the public on the name of a gurdwara. According to information available, the suspect, Jaspal Singh had got a receipt book printed in the name of Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Phase XI, here and had collected money.


Ambala Railway Division revenue rises by 26 pc
CHANDIGARH, March 8 — Revenue of the Ambala Railway Division has jumped by 26 per cent for the first 10 months of the ongoing financial year ending January 31, 2000.

Growth rate in farm, industry ‘disturbing’
CHANDIGARH, March 8 — Though in the post-liberalisation phase the GDP growth had been quite high, the low growth rate in agriculture and the industrial sectors was disturbing, Prof GS Bhalla, Professor, Emeritus of JNU, New Delhi, said here today.

Punwire employees threaten stir
SAS NAGAR, March 8 — The Punwire Marts Employees Union has threatened to start an agitation if their salaries were not paid within a week.


Gurpreet Kaur is Ms GC-46
CHANDIGARH, March 8 — The Sector 46 Government College organised Girls’ Day to comemorate Women’s Day. Ms Gurpreet Kaur, a final year student, was adjudged Ms GC-46, while Ms Harpreet Kaur and Ms Priank Chhabra got the first and second runner-up prizes. Maj D.P. Singh, principal of the college, gave away the prizes.

Seminar for French universities
CHANDIGARH, March 8 — The Indo-French International Education Development and Research Services organised a higher education seminar for French universities here yesterday.


Firm director gets RI
KHARAR, March 8 — Mr Sanjay Agnihotri, Judicial Magistrate, yesterday sentenced a person to undergo regorous imprisonment for a period of eight months and to pay a fine of Rs 1,15,000/- in a complaint filed under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act.

Suit to come up for hearing on March 9
CHANDIGARH, March 8 — In a statement before a city court yesterday, President of the Sector 17 District Court Bar Association, Mr N.K. Nanda, said no posters or other publicity material would be glued on the walls during the elections.


Poll panel recognises Rashtriya Raksha Dal
CHANDIGARH, March 8 — The Election Commission of India has recognised the Rashtriya Raksha Dal, a political party of ex - servicemen, as an All-India party.

PPOs given to pensioners
CHANDIGARH, March 8 — Mr C. Bheemmanna, Additional Central Provident Fund Commissioner, New Delhi head office, distributed PPOs to pensioners and widows and account slips for the year 1998-99 to the employers and their representatives at a seminar here today.

10 structures demolished
SAS NAGAR, March 8 — The enforcement staff of the local Estate Office yesterday demolished at least 10 unauthorised structures raised by shopkeepers at the back of their premises in the Phase XI market here.

Typing-test results declared
CHANDIGARH, March 8 — The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today declared the results of the typing and shorthand tests held for the posts of 30 clerks and three steno-typists.Top

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