Sunday, May 14, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



‘Corruption in life and cricket can go’
CHANDIGARH, May 13 — Simplification of procedures, transparency and empowerment of people and effective punishment to the corrupt is the three-pronged strategy adopted by the Central Vigilance Commission to tackle corruption. India ranks 73 out of 99 countries in the Transparency International Report of 1999.

Maoists a cause of concern: ADG
Bhanu (Panchkula), May 13 — The growing influence of Maoist cadres in the Nepalese districts adjoining the Terai region in Uttar Pradesh are a cause of concern and are likely to create problems for internal security on the Indian side in the days to come, according to Mr S.C. Chaube, ADG, Nepal Border Police. He was the chief guest at the passing out parade of three batches of constables of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at the Basic Training Centre here today.

Rare birds sighted
CHANDIGARH, May 13 — Snow goose, a species of migratory birds, was sighted at Sukhna Lake here in the month of March. It is for the second time that this bird was sighted in India. Earlier, it was seen in the Rann of Kutch area.






Mansa Devi shops razed
PANCHKULA, May 13 — Nearly 200 shops lining the entry to the Mansa Devi Shrine were razed to the ground after the Estate Office, Haryana Urban Development Authority, handed over possession of the newly constructed booths to the eligible shopkeepers and encroachments in over 15 acres of land acquired by HUDA in the vicinity were removed, here today.

High voltage damages gadgets
CHANDIGARH, May 13 — Residents of Milk Colony Dhanas in a press note here, today alleged that high voltage had damaged their electronic gadgets, including TVs refrigerators, fans, tubelights and bulbs on the night on March 12. Repeated requests made to the complaint centre in Sector 16 fell on deaf ears. Fluctuation of power has also become a routine affair, the residents added.

Another gift from the West — Mother’s Day
HE Western culture has influenced the younger generation of Chandigarh to such an extent that they are forgetting traditional Indian values. The ‘in’ things for the youth of City Beautiful include discos, dance parties, dating, freaking.... the list goes on. Valentine’s Day has become a part of their lives, and so have chocolate parties, presentation of flowers and the like. Close on the heels of such things, now comes the Mother’s Day.

Moms vie for title
PANCHKULA, May 13—The mothers of students of Firstep Montessori School, Sector 7, played guests of honour at a function organised by the school to celebrate Mother’s Day, here today.

15 women among 361 recruits pass out
Bhanu (Panchkula), May 13 — It was a big day for 361 recruits, including 15 women, who passed out and were inducted as constables of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at a ceremony in the Basic Training Camp of Bhanu, near Ramgarh, today.


Student arrested for blackmail
Chandigarh, May 13 — The police has arrested a student of the Government College for Men, Sector 11, on the charges of blackmailing a city resident by making threatening calls to him.

‘Withdraw CST on oil products’
CHANDIGARH, May 13 — The Union Home Secretary, Mr Kamal Pande, is reported to have written to Punjab and Haryana Governments to withdraw the 4 per cent central sales tax on petroleum products. This letter is a sequel to the recommendation of the Union Government for introduction of a uniform floor rate of 20 per cent sales tax on petroleum products.


‘Theatre games’ & much more this summer
CHANDIGARH, May 13 — A respite from the classroom routine into the world of creative arts and a walk into unknown areas of nature’s lap during vacations are largely dream sojourns of school children for future sweet memories.

175 receive BE degrees
CHANDIGARH, May 13 — In all, 175 graduates received the BE degrees in eight disciplines at the 29th annual convocation of Punjab Engineering College here today.


Music tampering pains living legend
CHANDIGARH, May 13 — Suddenly the city has found favour with legends in the field of music. While yesterday, the harmony was weaved by ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan, today it was the legendary singer Manna Dey sharing his moods at a local hotel.

Learn to tap on any tune
CHANDIGARH, May 13 — There is something very strong about the rhythm and that is its power to inspire the body into action and put the mind and soul to rest. Dance is one medium of exhibiting rhythm, it’s a means through which a person can release all tensions.

Intoxicating melodies by ghazal maestro
CHANDIGARH, May 13 — The breeze was singing last night. So were trees, herbs and shrubs. After all, the pioneer of ghazal gayaki was setting the pace for romance at the Chandigarh Club. There was a breath of rhythm in the air and the soul kept getting fed as someone from the audience rightly put it: Mein ik aisi shaam ke liye zindagi de sakta hoon.

Diabetes, hypertension deliberated upon
CHANDIGARH, May 13 — Experts participating in an update on diabetes and hypertension at the Lecture Theatre Complex of the PGI here today highlighted the relationship of diabetes and hypertension with heart diseases and kidney failure. They attributed a phenomenal increase in these problems to unhealthy diet, consumption of oil, obesity, ageing, stress and sedentary lifestyle. The update was organised by the Executive of PGI Doctors' Alumni Association.

Seminar on safe blood transfusion
CHANDIGARH, May 13 — A seminar on Need for Safe Blood Transfusion was oraganised as part of the Dr P.N. Chhuttani Memorial Lectures by the Chandigarh State Branch of the Indian Medical Association in collaboration with the State AIDS Control Society.

Free camp for heart patients
CHANDIGARH, May 13 — A free medical camp was organised by Dr J.P. Singh in Sector 19 today.


DAV 'B' spikers win jr title
CHANDIGARH, May 13 — DAV School Club 'B' beat DAV School Club 'A' by one point to win the 14th Chandigarh State Junior Handball Championship which concluded here today at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8. The final score was 33-32 and the halftime score was 14-12 in favour of the winners.

Getting ready for action again

Baseball meet begins
CHANDIGARH, May 13 — The UT Sub-Junior and Junior State Baseball Championship was inaugurated here today at the Sector 8 DAV Senior Secondary School by its Principal, Mr Ravinder Talwar.


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