Wednesday, September 20, 2000,
Chandigarh, India






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C H A N D I G A R H

Lottery agents wooing UT to restart sale of tickets
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — A big question mark hangs over the restarting of sale of lottery tickets in Chandigarh. Presently, the Chandigarh Administration is being wooed by lottery agents and officials of states, who are keen on selling their tickets here. The bait being offered is a lumpsum sales tax deposit of Rs 1 crore annually, up from a meagre Rs 60,000 of ST deposited during the last financial year.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal A.Y. Tipnis, presents Gian Chand Jain Memorial Foundation Award for Excellence in Scientific Research for 2000 to the Director of Terminal Ballistics Research Laborotary, Dr V.S.Sethi, at Ambala on Tuesday. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal A.Y. Tipnis, presents Gian Chand Jain Memorial Foundation Award for Excellence in Scientific Research for 2000 to the Director of Terminal Ballistics Research Laborotary, Dr V.S.Sethi, at Ambala on Tuesday. Tribune photograph by Pankaj Sharma

Infected IV fluids ‘causing blindness’
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — Fungus formation in most commonly used intravenous (IV) fluid is causing blindness among people in the north-western region . This is particularly true where such contaminated IV fluids are administered in rural areas.

Austerity measures? Forget it!
SAS NAGAR, Sept 19 — Taking refuge under the employee’s service regulations of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority passed last year, the Punjab Government appears to have forgotten its austerity measures by increasing the strength of officers at the top level, ignoring the staff shortage at the lower level.



EARLIER STORIES
 

Everything comes for a price in the costliest city
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — The exotic magnificence of the City Beautiful really comes for a price. That is what statistics confirm, according to which Chandigarh is one of the most expensive cities in the country. The fact that the city has the highest per capita income in the country also explains the spending power of the city citizens.

Brigadier's case: probe by SC judge sought
CHANDIGARH, Sep 19 — The Chandigarh-based lawyer representing former Kargil commander Brig Surinder Singh today demanded an independent inquiry by a sitting or retired Supreme Court Judge or a person specially appointed for the purpose by the President.

 
COMMUNITY

Chandigarh’s glaze is wearing off
I
N the pre-independence era, Punjab was a big, financially sound and prosperous state. It had Lahore as its capital and comprised parts of Pakistan, the present Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

Amend Insurance Act: Cong
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — The urban unit of the local district Congress has demanded an amendment in the Insurance Act so that any person who dies of head injuries cannot claim compensation.

Sadhus stage dharna against ‘demolition’
DERA BASSI, Sept 19 — More than 60 sadhus from different parts of the region today organised a yajna and staged a dharna at Mubarikpur village, 2 km from here.

Anandgarh to get water from earth-filled dams
PERCH (KHARAR), Sept 19 — A string of earth-fill dams in the Kandi Area, which are meeting the irrigation needs of the area, will be the first priority of the Anandgarh Development Authority as water stored in these dams on seasonal rivulets (chos) will be supplied to the population of the proposed Anandgarh city.

Warehousing employees hold protest
PANCHKULA, Sept 19 — Members of the Central Warehousing Corporation Workers Union raised slogans in front of the regional office here in protest against the management’s anti-workers policies.

Lieut-Gen Jagdish Singh dead
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — Lieut-Gen Jagdish Singh, PVSM, VrC, ADC, a former Director-General of the Artillery and father of Lieut-Col Pinka Virk, captain of India’s Polo team, died here today.

 
CRIME

3 held for defacing public property
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — The police has arrested three persons on the charges of defacing public property.

Servant strangles boy
KHARAR, Sept 19 — An eight-year-old child, Ranjit Singh, a resident of Khizrabad village in Kharar subdivision, was strangulated to death after sodomy allegedly by his servant. His body was recovered by the police today.

Missing youth: no clue for 10 months
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — The parents of 18-year-old Mandeep Singh, who is missing for the past 10 months, are a shattered lot due to his absence from home.

BUSINESS

92 lakh bonus given to milk co-op societies
SAS NAGAR, Sept 19 — India was far behind as compared to other countries in various spheres, including quality of products and providing privileges to milk producers, Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Minister for Cooperation, Punjab, said here today.

Industrialists flay PSEB
SAS NAGAR, Sept 19 — The Mohali Industries Association has protested against the increase in the monthly minimum charges by the PSEB. The association said the hike was almost double as an industrial unit with a power load of 50 KW would now have to pay a monthly bill of Rs 10,000 even if it did not consume a single unit of power.

Market union’s plea on secy’s post
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — The Chandigarh Market Committee Employees Union has demanded that the post of the secretary of the Market Committee should be filled from eligible employees of the committee.

 
EDUCATION

CAs discuss settlement scheme
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — Members of the Chandigarh branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (NIRC) deliberated on various aspects of the Company Law Settlement Scheme, 2000 at workshop organised, here today.

Retired hands or newcomers?
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — Many colleges of the city have employed retired lecturers as guest faculty in their colleges, an act which the fresh UGC qualified postgraduates wanting to teach in these colleges consider highly unfair. There is divided opinion regarding this among the principals of these colleges regarding these appointments.

Sanskrit conversation camp organised
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — The Department of Sanskrit, Panjab University, organised a Sanskrit conversation camp in the university today as part of the celebrations of the Sanskrit year.

Sobha Singh’s works to be showcased
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — The local Arts School and the Fine Arts Hobby Centre, Sector 46, will organise a fine arts exhibition in the memory of artist Padamshri Sobha Singh from September 23 to 27.

Reviving guru-shishya parampara
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 For those wedded to the classical form of dance, it is actually an occasion to celebrate, with the founder-secretary of the Pracheen Kala Kendra, Madan Lal Koser, deciding to revive the guru-shishya parampara. He will be assisted in the project by his wife Shobha Koser who is herself an accomplished and celebrated kathak dancer.

COURTS

Affidavit on illegal constructions sought
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — A direction was given to the Finance Secretary, UT Chandigarh, by Mr Justice J.L. Gupta and Mr Justice K.S. Grewal to file an affidavit as to what action had been taken by him on the report of the survey conducted in September 1998 regarding the unauthorised constructions on the government land.

Murder accused denied bail
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 —The bail application moved by the Dhanu in a murder case was today dismissed by the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge.

Compensate consumer, forum directs NIC 
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — Allowing the complaint of a city resident against National Insurance Company, (NIC) the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum II, in an important judgment has held that the insurance company had acted in a deficient manner by accepting the claim of the consumer to the tune of just Rs 2,000.

 
SPORT

Will Chandigarh ever get BCCI affiliation ?
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — What have the soon-to-be created states of Uttaranchal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh have in common with the Union Territory of Chandigarh? These new states as well as the Union Territory of Chandigarh are not members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Hansraj school win badminton tourney 
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula won the kho-kho and badminton tournament played at DAV Model School, Sector 15, Chandigarh and Community Centre, Sector 7, Panchkula, respectively, today.

Gurbir excels in triathlon 
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — Gurbir Singh Gill, a student of Class XI at Manav Mangal School, Sector 21, is a multifaceted sports personality and has proved himself in cycling, swimming and triathlon. Gurbir has also done well in studies and aspires to become an engineer.

City weightlifters delighted 
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — When the India-Australia hockey match was being shown live today afternoon on Doordarshan Sports, in first half, the commentators announced that India had won the first medal at the Sydney Olympics, a bronze, through the women weightlifter Karnam Malleswari.

ADMINISTRATION

Land deed registration rates hiked 
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — In a move to generate more revenue the district revenue department has increased the rates at which the sale deed of land falling in villages of Kharar and SAS Nagar subdivisions would be registered. The hike depending on the location of the land has been hiked varying between 40 per cent to 100 per cent. The land falling in the 29 villages being acquired for the Anandgarh project would also be covered under the hike.

4 HUDA vehicles attached 
PANCHKULA, Sept 19 — Following orders of the Panchkula Additional District Judge, four vehicles of the Haryana Urban and Development Authority (HUDA) were attached today. The vehicles include three garbage collection vans and one truck.

250 complaints solved at khula darbar 
PANCHKULA, Sept 19 — As many as 250 complaints regarding electricity, water, pension, roads, streets and encroachments were taken up and solved by the Deputy Commissioner during a khula darbar organised by the district administration in Barwala and Raipur Rani yesterday.

Councillor writes to UT Administrator
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 — The Congress councillor, Ms Kamlesh, has written to the UT Administrator urging him to look into the proposal of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) for handing over the work of the 4th phase of the Kajauli water works to the Punjab Public Health Department (PPHD).
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