Friday, September 29, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Theft in Sector 15 shop
Jewellery worth 10 lakh stolen
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — Gold and silver ornaments valued at about Rs 10 lakh were stolen from a jeweller’s shop in Sector 15 here this morning after two youths entered the shop by allegedly breaking open the lock.

Below average rainfall in region
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — Rainfall during this monsoon has been below average in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh while it was more than average in Chandigarh. Despite falling below average, the rainfall was within the acceptable normal range laid down by the meteorological authorities. The rainy season officially ends on Saturday.

An artist comes back to his roots 
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — Nostalgia filled the ambience today as Government College of Art, the institute which furthers the legacy of Lahore art, played host to an internationally acclaimed artist, who has strong Lahore connections. He is also be only one among two luminaries on the Indian art scene who speaks with insight on Lahore’s artistic heritage. 

Suicide bid by VC’s gunman 
PANCHKULA, Sept 28 — The 30-year-old gunman of the Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Surinder Singh, attempted suicide by shooting himself with his service revolver at the VC’s residence in Sector 8 here today. He is stated to be mentally disturbed and is presently in the Intensive Care Unit at the PGI.


Myths come to life 
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — Colorful pandals and Ramlila stages set up to narrate the story of the Ramayana in the city, came to life with the characters of the epic staging their designated roles at over 47 different venues in the city tonight. The celebrations would end with the slaying of Ravana on Dusehra.

Permission for Ramlila at three places withdrawn 
chandigarh, Sept 28 — The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today withdrew permission to hold Ramlila and Dasehra at three sites in the city including the Sukhna Lake. It dawned upon the MCC authorities that the land did not belong to them.

Devotees throng Mansa Devi shrine 
PANCHKULA, Sept 28 — Devotees in large numbers thronged the Mata Mansa Devi shrine on the first navratra here today. Meandering queues grew longer with every passing hour as more and more people joined in to pay obeisance at the shrine.


Employees lose appetite over meal rates 
PANCHKULA, Sept 28 — It is a hopping distance away from the royal precincts of the Red Bishop Complex in Sector 1 and provides two square meals a day to over 40 employees of the hotel. A slab of concrete is used to roll out dough and the rolling pin works efficiently while an iron rod serves as a spatula.

Women employees allege harassment 
SAS NAGAR, Sept 28 — Certain women employees of the local municipal council have complained of alleged harassment in official work at the hands of a clerk and a junior assistant in the civic body’s office in Phase VII here.

Dharna to demand bonus 
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — Hundreds of UT employees and workers of different departments gathered at the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) chowk and demanded that bonus be released to them before Divali.

Children spread the ‘green’ message 
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — The Nature Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, celebrated Green Consumer Day today. More than 500 students of the school held a rally after pledging to protect the environment. 

MC seeks permission to maintain parks 
SAS NAGAR, Sept 28 — The local Municipal Council has written to PUDA to give it the responsibility of maintaining green spaces in the town free of cost. The council’s Administrator-cum-SDM, Mr Jai Pal Singh, said here today that PUDA had claimed that it had no funds for this purpose and the council was therefore willing to undertake the work.

Radioactivity — a unique exposure
S part of the ongoing activities to celebrate the Centenary of the Discovery of Radioactivity, the Alliance Francaise at Chandigarh has put up a poster exhibition on the scientific connotations of radioactivity. The aim is to create public interest in past and present research, in its discoveries and to gain a better knowledge of the usage made of this vast research issue.

Amendments to CPA criticised 
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — A day long media workshop on citizen’s charter was held at Kisan Bhavan, Sector 35, here recently. The workshop was organised by the Chandigarh Consumers Forum in collaboration with the Consumers Coordination Council, New Delhi, and Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (Germany).


Chandigarh students face theft charge
PARWANOO, Sept 28 — Six students of SD Higher Secondary School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, were nabbed here by the Parwanoo police at the inter-state police barrier, when they were trying to run away in a (PB-113-4814) after committing a theft at Jangesu village on the old Parwanoo-Kasauli road.

PU asked to help literacy mission
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — Panjab University is considering a fresh proposal of the Ministry of Human Resource Development that is aimed at building an impetus for the national literacy mission by including non-government organisations in it along with the Adult Education Department.

Tapping the potential of slum children
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — Night school children from slums are to be geared up for inter-night school competitions to be scheduled soon. The UT Education Department has chalked out a plan in order to channelise the potential of the children studying in these schools and to provide them a platform to help them explore their talent and to inculcate confidence in them.

Hindi fortnight concludes
, Sept 28 — ‘Hindi fortnight’, from September 14 to September 28, being celebrated at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, Chandigarh ended today. During the period, the school organised Hindi poetry-recitation competitions, lectures, handwriting, and essay writing competitions, quiz, self-composed poetry-recitation competitions and group songs. Office employees participated in the competition for the use of official Hindi and Class IV employees took part in the handwriting competition. 


5-years RI for causing death
, Sept 28 — Sanjiv Kumar resident of Manimajra, was sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment by the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr R.C. Godara, in case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.


Play of the good and the bad
, Sept 28 — Sakharam Binder, translation of a Vijay Tendulkar classic Marathi play, at Tagore Theatre this evening proved to be a pleasing experience.The crude but real language of the people carries a heavy impact and a heart-touching script lends more beauty. The ninth performance of the play has been directed by Umesh Kant, winner of the Natya Shiromani award.


ONGC XI, AI enter semis
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — Rizwan Shamshad, who scored 84 runs and got three wickets for 24 runs, helped the Oil and Natural Gas Commission beat Bishnoi Club by 38 runs to enter the semi-finals of the VIIIth J.P. Attray Memorial Cricket Tournament. The match was played in PCA Stadium at SAS Nagar.

Abhinav ‘thrilled’ with performance
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — “I am thrilled and truly satisfied with my performance at Sydney,” said Abhinav Bindra on the phone from New Delhi where he reached on the night of September 26 from Sydney. Incidentally Abhinav completed 18 years today. In the presence of much experienced shooters from all over the globe Abhinav scored 590/600 on September 18. 

Basketball tournament from Oct 4
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — The second Shriman Ishwar Singh Memorial Basketball Tournament will be held from October 4 to 6 on the premises of IS Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21. Ms Sumati Kanwar, Principal of the school, told that the three-day tournament will be held for girls under 19 years age. 

CRPF move into last eight
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — It was an unlucky day for local outfits as Chandigarh Hockey Association XI and Shivalik School Academy bowed out of the 30th SN Vohra Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament which entered the sixth day at the Sector 18 hockey stadium here today.


ISBT upgradation on
, Sept 28 — The Sector 17 Inter-State Bus Terminus is being upgraded.One of the major works is to create a passage link between the local bus stand and the ISBT located at a distance of about 70 metres. 

MC demands share in taxes
, Sept 28 — The general house of the Municipal Corporation today demanded a higher share in the taxes collected by the Chandigarh Administration. The councillors pointed out that the levy on liquor and a fee for parking of buses in public places could not be levied despite resolutions passed to this effect.

Poor sanitary conditions
, Sept 28 — The municipal councillor for Ward No. 1, Ms Daljit Kaur, has complained that Mohali and Shahi Majra villages, which fall in her ward, are being neglected in the matter of sanitation.


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