Saturday, June 24, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


Sharifa Shabnam recites couplets at a mushaira held at Yadvindra Gardens, Pinjore, on Thursday. (Left) A section of poets on the dais listen intently	    — a Tribune photograph
Sharifa Shabnam recites couplets at a mushaira held at Yadvindra Gardens, Pinjore, on Thursday. (Left) A section of poets on the dais listen intently — a Tribune photograph
Couplets twinkle at mushaira

Orders to deduct salaries of 650 striking employees
Board gets court order to ban protests
SAS NAGAR, June 23 — The confrontation between the management of the Punjab School Education Board and the Punjab School Education Board (non-teaching) Employees Union today intensified further with the management issuing orders to deduct the salaries of 650 employees who were participating in the strike.

NRI booked for bigamy attempt
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — Acting on the directive of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the local police today registered a case of cheating and criminal breach of trust against a “married” Non-Resident Indian for attempting to marry a local girl.

AIDS claims 6 lives in 5 months
51 new cases detected
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — The deadly HIV virus is stalking the city and its surrounding states more than ever before as the number of AIDS and HIV positive cases continue to be on the rise. Six persons, who were on the local watchlist, have died due to full-blown AIDS in the past five months, while 51 new cases of AIDS have been detected.


Government move to feature in Syndicate meeting
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — Difference in Punjab Government proposal and Panjab University stand on selection committees for principals and teachers are likely to generate hot discussion in the forthcoming Syndicate meeting on June 29.


Solar eclipse on July 1
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — A partial eclipse of the sun will occur on July 1 night (Asadha 10 ,1922 Saka Era). The eclipse will not be visible in India. The eclipse will be visible from the Central southern Pacific Ocean, southern parts of Chile and Argentina.

French, a language of opportunities
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — Parlez vous francaise? “Non,” and the chances are that you won’t be hired even if you are otherwise qualified for the job. Learning foreign languages is not only a fad but also a gateway to a good future. While many have began to learn German and Russian, the love for learning “romantic French” remains undiminished.

Commuting in buses a tough job
CHANDIGARH, June 22 — Sweltering heat,fatigue of standing and waiting for long hours. Travelling in buses is a big nuisance. But you can not help it either. If you do not have a conveyance of your own or in case it is not at your disposal for one or the reason, there is no choice.

Flight rescheduled
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — Indian Airlines has decided to revise the schedule of its flight IC-7485 from June 28. The flight operates on Wednesday and Friday every week.

Equipment destroyed
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — Equipment worth over Rs 50,000 were destroyed in a fire which gutted a cabin in the Notified Area Committee market of Mani Majra here this afternoon.


Held for harassing husband
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — In probably the first case of its kind, the police has arrested a housewife of Bapu Dham colony for allegedly harassing her husband here today.

Police interaction with traders
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — Samvad, an interaction programme with traders, guest house owners, proprietors of eateries, pub owners, besides STD operators, was held at the Central police station here today.

25 rehri markets to get pucca booths
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — The wait of the rehri market shopkeepers for getting “pucca” booths is finally over.

Videos becoming out of focus
ITH a huge number of satellite channels available and a great variety of programmes to watch, the trend of renting video cassettes has almost vanished. Cable connections have replaced VCRs and VCPs since long. There are hardly any video libraries in the city which deal exclusively in video cassettes.

Programme on women entrepreneurs
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — "The focus of a woman entrepreneur has to be on the selection of right profession as per her personality. For this, try and listen to your heart, the inner core." Ms Neena Singh, Vice-President of the HDFC and the Times Bank, was speaking on the occasion of the valedictory session for the women entrepreneurship development programme at the Technical Teachers Training Institute here today.

MICR to reduce fraudulent bank withdrawals
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — The risk of frauds through cheques or drafts will be a thing of the past, while city residents will now have the facility to speedily encash cheques or drafts. 


Students prefer government schools
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — Students of the city prefer government schools for senior secondary education. This was observed after a random survey of students who had come to various government schools to buy admission forms.

Admission process on in professional colleges
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — Institutions offering professional courses in the city, including those of art and architecture, are busy with the admission activity for the forthcoming session.

Bail refused in fraud case
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — The bail application of Brig Gurcharan Singh Gosal (retd), Chairman, Transworld Finance Ltd, allegedly involved in a fraud case involving Rs 42 lakh, was dismissed by Duty Magistrate, Pushvinder Singh.

Notice on Kataria's bail plea
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — Additional District and Sessions Judge Sneh Prashar today issued a notice for June 24 on the anticipatory bail of Subhash Kataria, President, Traders Association, Sector 17, for allegedly threatening Ms Ranjana Shahi, councillor, MCC, on June 15.

Additional standing counsel
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — Mr Pradip Bhandari and Mr Amarjit Singh Virk, advocates, have been appointed additional standing counsel in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for conducting cases on behalf of the Central Government.


Anti-malaria race organised
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — The malaria wing today organised a race for prevention and control of malaria. It was a unique information, education and communication activity which was observed to propagate the theme of “malaria control everyone’s concern” during the observance of the anti-malaria month.


Panchkula joins the Olympic Day spirit
India win kabaddi tie against Pakistan
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — The occasion was Olympic Day, the venue was the Sector 5 ground at Panchkula, the spirit was upbeat. It was a grand sport day for about 10,000 Panchkula residents who assembled there to watch the proceedings.

Licence of parking lot cancelled
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — Following repeated complaints of over-charging, the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has cancelled the licence of the contractor of the parking lot opposite the Sukhna Lake here.

Recruitment rally from June 27
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — A recruitment rally for soldier (general duty) is being held by the branch recruiting office, Mandi for candidates hailing from Mandi, Kulu and Lahaul - Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh from June 27 to 30.

Punjab Government irrigation plan
CHANDIGARH, June 23 — The Punjab Government today announced rotational programme for the kharif season from June 24 to July 1, on a priority basis.

Seven villages in transitional area
ZIRAKPUR, June 23 — The Department of Local Government of Punjab has declared the local area, comprising seven villages — Zirakpur, Lohgarh, Himmatgarh, Bishanpura, Bishangarh, Bartana and Dhakauli — of Dera Bassi tehsil, to be the transitional area for constituting Nagar Panchayat, to serve the purpose of the Punjab Municipal Act, 1911.


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