Friday, April 7, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



City power privatisation meeting on April 19
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — To discuss and consider various aspects of privatising distribution of electricity (power) in the Union Territory of Chandigarh, a high level five-member committee will hold its preliminary meeting in New Delhi on April 19.

Plan to bring UT offices online
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — IT, as in “Information Technology”, is also IT as in “ in thing”. The computer has become everybody’s “gotta-have” and the UT Administration is no exception. Even more than that, senior officers talk of making the city North India’s answer to Hyderabad. An ambitious blueprint to accomplish this dream is already nearing finalisation and is likely to get the nod from the UT Administrator within the next fortnight.

Mad rush for ‘coaching shops’
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — " English with its composition, maths with its calculations, chemistry with its equations, biology with its classifications and physics with its definitions," says Tejas, "give me no time for relaxation."

Encroachers in for trouble
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — With the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) appointing 69 nodal and sub-nodal officers, the stage is set for the implementation of the anti-encroachment policy.

Who will open the new OPD ?
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — Uncertainty still prevails regarding the inauguration of the new OPD block, PGI, which has been built at cost of Rs 20 crore during the last four years.

Citizens’ Charter ... at last!

12 more lawyers join fast
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — The chain fast by lawyers at local district courts continued today, with 12 more observing strike in order to express their solidarity to the cause of their fraternity. The strike is being observed as a mark of protest against the proposal to amend the existing Code of Civil Procedure.

After stir, PU staff get pay
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — Almost 500 non-teaching employees of Panjab University today held a protest in front of the office of the Finance and Development Officer for delay in release of their salary.


‘High-handedness’ by cops?
Chandigarh, April 6 — A case of high-handedness by police personnel attached to the security detail of a senior police officer of the state has come to light.

Gladrags model Aanchal Kumar

Gladrags model Aanchal Kumar signs autographs at the opening of a clothes store in Sector 11, Panchkula, on Thursday. — Tribune Photo by Manoj Mahajan

  Juice times are here again
PANCHKULA, April 6 — With the summer almost here, the local markets have been flooded with cold drinks to suit every palette and pocket. Available in different flavours, these drinks are selling like "hot cakes''. Foreign brands which offer great variety, occupy most shelves in stores and shops.

Computers are now household items
CHANDIGARH: Computers are no more confined to offices. They are steadily becoming an essential household commodity. Kids play games, teenagers watch movies and housewives click on various websites on computer.

Plastic bags a hazard to environment
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — Carrying a jute bag to the market may not look chic, but if you insist on asking for a plastic bag, you are making a statement that caring for the environment is the last thing on your list of priorities. This is an observation by an environmental scientist that is proving to be true. After being hailed as the wonder material in the last half century, it is today proving to be a phenomenal man-made disaster.

Conference on data communications
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — A two-day national conference on data communications is being organised from tomorrow at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Sector 30 from April 7.

3 workers hurt in blast
SAS NAGAR, April 6 — At least three workers were injured when the roof of a chamber used to store slug was ripped apart in a blast triggered by methane gas released from pressure valves of the chamber at the Diggian sewage treatment plant in Industrial Area, Phase 9, here on Tuesday.

Daily torture for commuters
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — Buses plying on the Chandigarh-Patiala route take more than 100 minutes to cover 68 km, causing difficulties to daily commuters. When prominent offices were shifted from Patiala to Chandigarh, most of the employees did not shift their families. Executives and other office-goers also preferred to commute.

Zirakpur citizens call streets 'murky and mucky'
ZIRAKPUR, April 6 — Exactly one month ago, the Punjab Finance Minister switched on streetlights along the Chandigarh-Ambala National Highway within the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat limit. The road should now be well lit but it is not. Except for the small stretch in front of the market, Zirakpur remains as dark as ever after sunset.

PIB regional workshop concludes
CHANDIGARH, April 6 —The two-day regional workshop, organised by the PIB, on rural development being held at the UT Guest House concluded here today. The delegates adopted several recommendations at the end of the deliberations. In case of Punjab and Haryana, the adoption of intensive technology have had adverse effects in the form of degradation of soil, depletion in ground water, alkalinity and salinity of water besides water logging.

Murti sthapana ceremony
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — The Modern Complex temple had Murti Sthapana ceremony here yesterday. After five days of final countdown activities, the idols of goddess Durga and Lord Krishana and Goddess Radha were placed in the temple by Kuraliwale Nadiparwale Mahatmaji.

Baisakhi mela at Press Club
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — The Chandigarh Press Club is organising a Baisakhi mela to coincide with the installation ceremony of the new team of office-bearers on Friday (April 7). The programme will begin at 8 p.m.


Surbhi Agrotech director remanded
PANCHKULA, April 6 — The Panchkula Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Mr S.K. Garg, remanded one of the directors of Surbhi Agrotech, Nahar Singh, to 10 days in police custody in a cheating case after he was produced in the district courts, here today, by Mr Rajiv Deswal, SHO, Sector 19 police station.

Foreigner’s goods stolen
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — A foreigner staying at a hotel in Sector 10 has lodged a complaint of theft with the police.

Boy run over by truck
SAS NAGAR, April 6 — A six-year-old boy was killed today when he was run over by a truck after he fell from the scooter on which he was travelling with his family.


Aviation management programme
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — A delegation from the USA, specialising in aviation management, recently signed an agreement with the Institute of Future Management Trends (ITFT) during a visit here. As part of the agreement, students will acquire professional competency in aviation management.

PU bids farewell to seniors
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — Ruksat, the farewell cultural programme for Panjab University senior batches was marked with a jam-packed auditorium and a good response here today.

Trust to set up orphanage
SAS NAGAR, April 6 — An orphanage and a yatri nivas will be set up in Phase IIIA, here, by the Shaheed Udham Singh Educational and Charitable Trust.

Club gives books to school
PARWANOO, April 6 — The Rotary Club here in collaboration with the local State Bank of India distributed books, note books and writing material to all students of Government Primary School, Ambota, near Parwanoo.

Ex-Welhamites honour new Principal
CHANDIGARH, April 5 — Welham Girls High School, Dehradun a prestigious school of the country, held a meeting of ex-Welhamites at the DSOI, Sector 36, here today to honour the new Principal, Mrs Jyotsna Brar.


AC company fined and told to refund purchase price
PANCHKULA, April 6 — The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum ordered M/s Pearl Marketing Agency, Chandigarh, to refund Rs 23,000 to Mr R.K. Kaushal towards price of a defective air-conditioner and pay Rs 1,000 as litigation expenses.

Two-yr RI for forging marksheet
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — Convicting two brothers of forging marks statement, the UT Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr H.S. Madaan, today sentenced them to undergo rigorous imprisonment for a period of two years and also pay a fine of Rs 500 each. The magistrate further directed accused Ajay Kumar and Jamna Prasad to undergo rigorous imprisonment for a period of three months in case of default of payment of fine.


Computer-aided designs dominate
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — Advertising campaigns created by 18 students of the Applied Arts stream of the Government College of Art went on display at the college yesterday. The campaigns are supposed to embody all that the students have learnt in the fouryear degree course.

Ad campaigns reflect social concerns
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — It is an art show which transcends farther beyond. From a commercial tinge to a social concern, it reflects a vast range of creative urges of the students of Government Art College, who have masterminded 18 advertisement campaigns, each equally rich in concept and colour.

A man with a mission
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — Shashiv Chandran is a man with a mission. An English honours graduate from Delhi University sans any qualifications in textile designing, he has taken upon himself the task of reviving the traditional Indian handicrafts and eliminating the middlemen between the weaver and the consumer.

Functional stoneware by studio potter Leena BatraMaati art of women potters
S part of their fund raising activities, People for Animals, Chandigarh, has ventured into organising a group exhibition displaying an unusual ensemble of earthenware by 10 eminent women potters of the country. The show aptly titled ‘Maati Art from the Earth’ is a Chandigarh special and a continuation of what has already been exhibited by the Delhi chapter of People for Animals.


Eye donation on phone
CHANDIGARH, April 6 — People desirous of donating their eyes can now contact the Eye Bank Society, PGI, either on telephone Number 744589 or Mobile No: 98140 14464.


Jacob’s surprise visits continue
Chandigarh, April 6 — The UT Administrator and Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen J. F.R. Jacob (retd) paid a surprise visit to the Sector 34 police station, the ISBT besides the Sector 16 General Hospital late last night.

Encroachments removed
PANCHKULA, April 6 — The enforcement wing of the Haryana Urban Development Authority( HUDA) here today started an anti-encroachment drive, targeting unauthorised extensions brought up close to local villages.

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