Friday, May 19, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Water pipe leaks cause dangerous cave-ins
PANCHKULA, May 18 — Leaking water pipes are spelling doom for residents of Sector 8. Road berms have caved in, owing to constant water seepage and cracks in these which are already spreading to the roadsides. However, this is not new for residents, who complain that the department concerned has made only temporary arrangement each time they have complained about the problem.

A slip that may cost 40 trees
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — Uncertainty prevails over the survival of 40-odd trees at the intersection of Sectors 11,12, 14 and 15 even after a year of the Department of Engineering of the Chandigarh Administration taking up the work of providing slip roads along Madhya Marg.

Bajaj refutes charges against son
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — Refuting the allegations levelled by Sunny Garg against his son, Mr B.R. Bajaj, a senior Punjab IAS officer, said the complaint” lodged against his son Ranjit was totally false, fabricated and done with an intention to cover Sunny’ s crimes.

Admission cancellation by PU held illegal
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — After contesting for four years, Panjab University lost a significant appeal against the 1995 order of a lower court which observed that the university had illegally cancelled the admission of Sukhbir Singh Osan, a riot victim from Bhopal who had lawfully secured the same on the basis of a Riot Victim Certificate issued to him by the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar.

New ISBT a non-starter?
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — Even after spending Rs 2 crore in completing the first phase of the newly opened Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in Sector 43 here, the transport authorities are still tying up the loose ends in an effort to make a success out of the new ISBT.

250 encroachments removed
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — The enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today removed 250 encroachments from Sector 41-A here.


Complainant seeks ‘fair’ investigation
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — The case concerning non-registration of a criminal case against a PCS officer and her accomplices, who allegedly indulged in dacoity and rioting and caused hurt to a city resident, Mr B.B. Aggarwal, and his brother on April 28, 1999, resurfaced after about a year, with Mr Aggarwal raising the issue before the inspecting Judge, Mr Justice R.S. Mongia.

Plea to have 20-inch kerbs on bridges
CHANDIGARH, May18 — Railings on road bridges are often damaged by speeding vehicles and require regular repair. In fact, in any accident over a road bridge, the railings cannot withstand the impact of even a two-wheeler what to talk of a heavy vehicle. The result is heavy casualties.

‘Frame policy on encroachments’
PANCHKULA, May 18 — A president of Samadhan, a group for social justice, Mr RP Malhotra, in a press note issued here today, appealed to the Chief Administrator, Mr NC Wadhwa, to frame a policy on encroachments, keeping in view the welfare of residents.

Discrepancy in PAN card
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — The office of the Commissioner of Income Tax, Patiala, notorious for making wrong entries in the permanent account number (PAN) cards, is at it again.

Villagers to hold dharna
KHARAR, May 18 — The Anandgarh Hatao Sanjhi Sangharsh Committee, formed by the residents of 29 villages of Kharar Sub Division where the Punjab Government plans to set up new city, has decided to sit in dharna outside the complex in Sector 39, Chandigarh, where the ministers of Punjab Government reside, on May 24.

Man clicks relative nude; sent to police custody
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — A Fatehgarh resident facing the charge of trying to outrage the modesty of his relative by clicking her nude pictures was today produced in the court of the UT Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr H.S. Madaan, who remanded him to police custody for a period of five days.

Moped model launched
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — The moped industry has been rather stagnant in the past 10 years. Against an annual production of nearly 50,000 mopeds in 1995-96, the production has generally been around the half-lakh mark in the past five years. Despite this TVS has been growing gradually to become the second largest complete two-wheeler manufacturer in India after Bajaj,” says Mr M.V. Sridhar, General Manager of TVS-Suzuki Limited.

PCL union threatens to intensify stir


UK varsity contemplate sex change programme
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — Nottingham University, UK, is contemplating academic exchange programme with Panjab University. This was stated by Prof Sir Colin Campbell while talking to TNS here yesterday.

Exhibition on May 27
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — An exhibition of products made by plus two students pursuing vocational courses in fashion designing, clothing construction and textile design printing is being organised by the UT Education Department on May 27 and 28 at the Sector 15 Lajpat Rai Bhavan.


The madari tradition
T is commonly believed that the culture of the west has influenced the rich cultural heritage of our country to such an extent that the day is not so far when even its traces would be lost for ever. Such belief is both baseless and untrue because a survey of the cultural scenario of the northern region establishes that the roots of our cultural heritage have been so deep and strong that one can’t even dream of its extinction.

Talent as transparent as glass
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — Talent has no age, they say... and rightly so. One believes this after taking a round of Art Folio which has on display, pieces of glass made exquisite by a 23-year-old for whom, "life is about refining one's skill".

Seminar on Indian cultural ethos
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — The Indian culture has to rise to the occasion to curb the western influences on the way of living. This was stated by Prof Ashok Sahni, Dean University Instructions, at a seminar in the History Department of Panjab University here today.

Lack of funds ails medical institute
PANCHKULA, May 18 — Just left of the Panchkula-Zirakpur highway in Sector 3 here, the bumpy road of cobbled stones leads to the Institute of Indian System of Medicine and Research.

Nurses Week function
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — Dr S.K. Sharma, PGI Director, today, called upon nurses to work with dedication. He was addressing them at the valedictory function of the International Nurses Week at Lecture Theatre I in the PGI.


Carrom ranking tourney begins
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — Rishab and Abhishekh Kalra moved to the next round of the junior boys’ singles event in the St Stephen’s carrom ranking tournament, which began at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today.

Sabeeha DhillonSabeeha chosen for international meet
CHANDIGARH, May 18 — Sabeeha Dhillon will be the only shooter from North India to participate in the Plezen Junior International Shooting Meet, going to be held in the Czech Republic from July 3 to 9.

‘Reconsider’ transfer orders of JEs
SAS NAGAR, May 18 — The Diploma Engineers Association, PUDA has demanded that the government should reconsider transfer orders which had affected a large number of junior engineer.

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