Sunday, July 2, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Girl dies as vital facilities missing at PGI
Precious moments lost due to callousness; authorities deny charges
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — Simran Uppal died at the age of 20. Twelve hours after an accident with a stray dog. But those vital moments in which her life could have been saved were inhumanly wasted at the PGI.

IGP: police to be made people-friendly
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — “An efficient and people-friendly police will be my priority besides eradicating corrupt practices within the department,” said Mr B.S. Bassi, who took over as the 11th UT IGP here today.

Tribune employees bid farewell to Bhambri
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — Employees of the Tribune Trust today hosted a farewell lunch for the outgoing General Manager of the Trust, Mr S.D. Bhambri.

Keeping the memory of AN-12s alive
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — To keep the memory of their flying days on the venerable AN-12 transporter alive, a get together of veterans was organised by the locally based AN-12 Officers Association here yesterday.

Police remand for Goel till July 3
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — Mr K.B. Goel, former superintendent and co-accused in the alleged corruption case involving Mr N.K. Jain, former UT Home Secretary, was sent to police remand till July 3 by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sant Parkash.

Pavements uprooted by laying of cables
SAS NAGAR, July 1 — Public money amounting to lakhs of rupees spent by the SAS Nagar Municipal Council on laying pavements in different markets here has gone down the drain with a private telephone company "carelessly" digging trenches to lay telephone cables in the past few days.


Citizens' forum
Should Chandigarh have an international airport?
Chandigarh is a rapidly growing city and is the regional centre for the north-western India for commerce, trade, tourism. It is the entry point for the Himachal Pradesh and UP hills and the plains of Punjab and Haryana and to some extent the northern districts of Rajasthan.

Film review
An initial crowd-puller
CHANDIGARH: ‘Refugee’ (Piccadily) might not live up to great expectations but the cast is definitely an initial crowd-puller and has every reason for doing so going by the cast and the movie setting.

Citizens and public offices
Getting salaries an ordeal
Time: 12.15 pm.
Place: Extension counter of the State Bank of India, PGI.
Problem: Long queues of Class IV employees of PGI, who have to wait for 3-4 hours in hot and humid weather to get their monthly salaries. Shortage of space and staff on the counters further add to their woes.

A boon for the unemployed youth
LALRU, July 1 — Unemployed youth of this area will have a lot to cheer about following the opening of a Centre for Punjab Youth Training and Employment (CPYTE). The centre was inaugurated by Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Punjab Finance and Planning Minister, here today.

Waterlogging rising alarmingly: expert
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — The problem of waterlogging is assuming alarming proportions in Punjab. The area under waterlogging keeps moving as represented by figures of another 3000 square kilometres coming in grip of waterlogging in the coming year.

Summer camp valedictory function held
PANCHKULA, July 1 — The local Satluj Public School, Sector 2, today held valedictory function of the six-week summer camp. Mr R.C. Taneja, Additional Chief Engineer, HUDA, was the chief guest.

Date for objections, claims extended
SAS NAGAR, July 1 — The office of the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO)-cum-Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) remained open today to allow the members of the public to file their claims and objections to the draft voters’ list released recently by the ERO.

2000 to be PF ‘compliance year’
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — The year 2000 had been earmarked as ‘compliance year’ for the Provident Fund office during which all defaulting and non-complying establishments would be brought in the mainstream, said the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, Mr M.R. Meena, while addressing the annual Enforcement Officers’ (EOs) conference of the Punjab region here yesterday.

Residents’ memo to state EC
SAS NAGAR, July 1 — Members of different local resident welfare associations in a representation to the Punjab State Election Commissioner have lamented that in the draft voter list released by the ERO, complete blocks of houses had been left out in a number of cases.

Sushil Kapoor is President of Lions Club
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — Mr Sushil Kapoor has been elected President of the Lions Club Chandigarh Greater for the year 2000-2001.

Tribune employee dead
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — Mr Boota Ram, a senior bromide paster in The Tribune Group of Publications, died here today. He joined the newspaper in Ambala in 1968. He was 54.


Murder case registered
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — The police has registered a case of murder against a Sector 15 doctor, and a Sector 27 couple and their daughter for allegedly poisoning their neighbour’s son.


SBI celebrates establishment day
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — The PGI branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) celebrated its establishment day here today. The Deputy Chief Manager (DGM) of the SBI, Mr K.K. Mehra, and the Assistant Chief Manager (AGM) Mr C.L. Sethi, were present on the occasion. The organisers welcomed the customers by distributing roses as a gesture of goodwill. Views and suggestions of the customers were also accepted.


St Stephen’s students to perform in Wales
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — A team of students from the local St Stephen's School is all set to represent India in the Llangollen International Dance Festival to be held in Wales. The week-long festival is being organised from July 3 to July 8. Students from as many as 56 countries are going to present folk dances of their respective countries.


Courier firm to pay up for deficiency
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission held a local courier company liable for having acted irresponsibly by not delivering the assignment at the required address and directed it to pay Rs 121 as compensation to the complainant, along with another Rs 200 as costs of litigation incurred by him.


Disability no hurdle for Saurabh
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — Saurabh Saini at the age of 14 has many pencil sketches and paintings to his credit. He also has the honour of holding a solo exhibition of sketches, when he was just 13 years old. For present, his ambition is to make a name for himself in the field of art. In future, he wants to design cars and become a computer professional.


Gungeet Bains upsets top seed
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — Unseeded Gungeet Bains of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9 created a flutter when she upset top seed Sanjana Kapoor of Delhi to clinch the girls under-14 title in the PD Vashisht memorial total tennis tournament, which entered the penultimate day here today at the Lake Club courts, Sector 6.

Good response to circle kabaddi
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — Prof J.P. Sharma’s name is synonymous with circle kabaddi. The man has been trying to make the game popular in the country since 1978. The founder secretary of the Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India, Sharma was quite happy with the recent Indo-Pak series, held in different parts of Haryana and organised by the Haryana Olympic Association from June 23 to June 29. The game got good response, especially in the rural areas.


Admn to promote software development units
CHANDIGARH, July 1 — The Chandigarh Administration proposes to promote software development units in large numbers in the Union Territory, said Mrs Vineeta Rai, Adviser to the UT Administrator, here today.

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