Sunday, July 9, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


Coke with pencil cell
Charged with energy: A cell in a bottle of soft drink purchased by an eight-year-old Industrial Area resident. — A Tribune photograph
Owners of 8-seater vehicles 
facing needless problems

CHANDIGARH, July 8 — Thousands of local residents who own eight-seater vehicles like the Tata Sumo, Qualis, Armada, Maruti vans and bigsize jeeps, among others, are facing a problem which surfaces for them annually.

Have a soft drink and get electrically charged
CHANDIGARH, July 8 — Buy a soft drink and get charged — electrically! Floating in a bottle of a popular brand of soft drink, purchased by an eight-year- old Rohit from a shop in Industrial Area was a pencil-size cell.

  Second-hand car sold off as new
CHANDIGARH, July 8 — Can a second-hand car be sold off as a new one? The answer may be no, but this has happened to a former IAF officer and resident of Patiala — Mr SPS Maan — who alleged that even after spending an amount of nearly Rs 4.21 lakh, he was passed off a used car as a new one by the Chandigarh-based Anbros Motors Private Limited.

Protests against power cuts fail to bear fruit
SAS NAGAR, July 8 — Protests by residents of different villages in the periphery of this town against poor power supply in the past few days appears to have made little impact. 

Neither here nor there
SAS NAGAR, July 8 — Inhabitants of Sector 48 which is part of this town are in a piquant situation. In spite of being bonafide residents of this town they have been left out during the door-to-door listing by the enumeration staff for the preparation of voters’ list for the forthcoming elections to the SAS Nagar Municipal Council.


Authorities lethargic, people inconvenienced
SAS NAGAR, July 8 — It is the same story all over again. The lethargy of the authorities to get even essential repair work done continues to adversely affect lives of people, who also have ended up turning a blind eye to even major eyesores. 

Citizens' forum
Should Chandigarh have an International Airport?

IN my write-up on this topic, I think I do not need to dwell on the relevant points concerning the Chandigarh region which have already been well brought out in the earlier writes-up on this subject, namely the present and future economic potentiality of this area and consequent increase in the intensity of international traffic to and from Chandigarh, that 30% of the existing traffic arriving and departing from the Delhi International Airport belongs to Chandigarh region and the inconvenient and time-consuming journeys for this traffic to reach its destinations in Punjab or Chandigarh from Delhi airport.


Girl poisons mother, granny
SAS NAGAR, July 8 — In a bizarre incident, a girl allegedly made an attempt to kill her mother and grandmother by poisoning their lassi before eloping with a neighbour in Phase VII here yesterday. 

Two remanded for forgery
CHANDIGARH, July 8 — Sant Lal and Kishan Chand, residents of Ambedkar Colony (Dhanas), have been sent to judicial remand till July 22 for allegedly selling two houses by forging the power of attorney and agreement letters, by the Judicial Magistrate first class, Mr Mahender Singh.

Misappropriation alleged
SAS NAGAR, July 8 — The Punwire Employees Coordination Committee today lodged a complaint with the local police against certain officials of the company for allegedly siphoning of Rs 25 lakh from the accounts of the company.

Iranian served notice in cheating cases
CHANDIGARH, July 8 — A notice on the application for cancellation of bail granted to Moustaffa Mirzaie, an Iranian, and his wife Meenakshi Sood, in cheating cases has been issued by the UT Judicial Magistrate (first class), Ms Dimple B. J. Sharma.

Glide ranks first
CHANDIGARH, July 8 — One of City’s two Internet Service Providers  — Glide — has come in for appreciation from a top computer publication of the country.

Badana’s directive to public health officials
PANCHKULA, July 8 — Attending to a complaint on the unhygienic conditions prevailing in Barwala owing to poultry farms in the area, the Cooperatives Minister, Mr Kartar Singh Badana, said that a proposal to bring poultry farms within the purview of law and the pollution board to the government while ordering the officials concerned to organise a meeting of farm owners at the earliest.


School in ill health
SAS NAGAR, July 8 — This is education — government style. Enter this school, if you are able to, that is, and if you are not electrocuted, consider yourself lucky, as you will have to pass through ankle-deep water right next to an electricity pole.

Parents, teachers blame each other for poor results
DERA BASSI, July 8 — It is a controversy which has cropped up after the declaration of matriculation results. The parents are blaming the teachers for poor performance. Teachers, on the other hand, claim that their time is wasted in non-teaching works ordered by the government.

Roll numbers not received
CHANDIGARH, July 8 — Panjab University counters witnessed a heavy rush on the eve of the entrance test for the Bachelor of Education course here today.

Sodhi Ram’s remand extended
CHANDIGARH, July 8 — Dr Sodhi Ram, former Controller of Examinations, Panjab University, and others allegedly involved in the question paper leakage case, were sent to further judicial remand by the Special Judge for CBI cases-cum-Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Lakhbir Singh. Dr Sodhi Ram’s bail plea had been rejected on July 4.

CBI files challan against Jain
CHANDIGARH, July 8 — The CBI today filed a challan in the alleged corruption case against Mr N. K. Jain, a former UT Home Secretary, in the court of Mr Justice Lakhbir Singh, Special Judge for the CBI cases and Additional District and Sessions Judge.


No doctor, no medicine! pharmacist does the needful
CHANDIGARH, July 8 — Scores of patients visiting the civil dispensary in the Ram Darbar colony are a harried lot for most of the time either the doctor is found missing or medicines are not available. Many a time, the pharmacist acts as a ‘doctor’ and examines the patients and prescribes medicines.

Battling for life, he needs help
CHANDIGARH, July 8 — He wants to live — after winning the perilous battle with rheumatic heart disease — but cannot fight. He cannot afford the treatment. For he exists below the poverty line.


Das breaks three records
CHANDIGARH, July 8 — Cpl A.K. Das of the Western Air Command broke three records in the above-105-kg section on the concluding day of the Air Force Inter-Command Weightlifting Championship here today in the Lecma Auditorium at 3BRD.

Panchkula shuttlers shine in Chennai
CHANDIGARH, July 8 — The young shuttlers of Panchkula stole the show by performing well at the tenth Krishna Khaitan memorial all-India prize money junior badminton tournament at Chennai, which was given a ranked tournament status by the Badminton Association of India.

Voter I-card drive begins
SAS NAGAR, July 8 — The Election Commission’s two-day drive in SAS Nagar to make voter I-cards got a healthy response on its first day today.Top

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