Tuesday, November 14, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Caught in no man’s land
3-km stretch not demarcated in 34 years

CHANDIGARH/SAS NAGAR, Nov 13 — Continuing urbanisation has led the revenue officials of Punjab and Chandigarh to a chance recovery. Even after 34 years, a section of the Punjab-Chandigarh boundary is surprisingly not demarcated, leading to confusion in the revenue departments concerned.

Map of Chandigarh

Ad-hocism at its best in Admn
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — Ad-hocism continues to prevail in the top echelons of the Engineering Department of the Chandigarh Administration as the decision with regard to the appointment of a UT cadre officer as the Chief Engineer is being delayed for one reason or another.



Police to keep tab on university hostels
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — Less than a week after “dangerous weapons” were recovered from Panjab University, the Chandigarh Police today decided to carry out periodic raids on the hostels “to check illegal stay of outsiders”.

Look into complaint, HC tells SSP
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the SSP, Chandigarh , to look into the complaint of a Sector 45 resident and take necessary action within three months of the receipt of the order.

Head Constable suspended
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — Dharam Pal, a Head Constable of the Chandigarh police, was today placed under suspension by the SSP, Mr Parag Jain after he was apprehended on the charge of gambling. He was posted at the Sector 26 police station.

School board official suspended
SAS NAGAR, Nov 13 — Mr Amarjit Singh Sarang, Assistant Secretary in the examination wing of the Punjab School Education Board, has been suspended.

Photo exhibition focuses shifting trends
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — This is the first time photojournalists based in the city have got together to present to the viewers a comprehensive set of their works. The show, which opened to the public today at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, is unique in its own right. More so because it has been able to provide a common platform to works which have been created over about three decades.

‘India’s contraceptive needs not met’
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — The main issues concerning the National Population Policy, 2000 were to address the unmet needs of contraception, education and awareness of both men and women and reducing the mortality rate of the infants, said Dr Padam Singh, Additional Director General of the ICMR, while presenting a comprehensive account of the NPP, 2000, here today.

Spare national heroes, say gallantry awardees
PANCHKULA, Nov 13 — Do not dig up the graves of national heroes, is the sentiment shared by scores of members of the President’s Gallantry Awardees Association of India, who along with Defence, Paramilitary and other distinguished citizens, have condemned the decision of the district administration to rename the memorial set up in Sector 2 after Major Sandeep Shankla, an Ashok Chakra (posthumous) awardee.

Stinking sump wells bane of residents
PANCHKULA, Nov 13 —The hub of most activity, the industrial area, in the city has given the residents of Sector 19 reason to complain—that of foul smell emanating from the three sump wells where discharge from industrial units is collected and treated.


Children’s Day losing charm
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — The Nehruvian values are lost in today’s world of materialism and cut throat competition, reducing the significance of Children’s Day. Gone are the days when Children’s Day used to bring back the memories of the glorious hero, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and his teachings that used to motivate the student community. Children’s Day today has become just a day for some cultural programmes, sweets and a holiday.

Changes in bylaws welcomed
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — Welcoming the recommendations of bylaws in the city residential properties, the Property Consultants’ Association, suggested that qualified and experienced private architect be allowed to plan, supervise and approve the interiors of residential buildings after fixing the new modern zoning by the Administration.

‘Indian help to Tibetans not good enough’
Chandigarh, Nov 13 — “The freedom of Tibet is very important for India. With such steps, the security of India will become more strong,’’ said Mr Kuldeep Chand Agnihotri , co-ordinator of the Indo-Tibet Sehyog Manch, at a conference held at Gandhi Bhawan of Panjab University here today.

Commonwealth awards given to seven
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — The recipient of 1999 Ramon Magsaysay Award, Ms Anjela Gomes, today presented “Commonwealth Youth Programme Award”, to seven persons from Asian countries at the Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre, Chandigarh, today for their excellence in youth work.

General Sinha visits Command Hospital
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — The Commandant, Army Medical Corps Centre and School, Lt Gen R K Sinha, today visited the Western Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir, where he addressed all ranks of the Army Medical Corps (AMC) and the Army Dental Corps.

3 days of noisy convention ends
Chandigarh, Nov 13 — The three-day national convention of non-teaching employees of universities, education boards and colleges of India being conducted at Panjab University concluded here today.

Cow lies unattended
SAS NAGAR, Nov 13 — The much-touted claims of the local civic body and animal rights’ bodies regarding animal rights notwithstanding, a stray cow which was injured in a road accident a week ago has been lying unattended in Phase 2 here. The animal is being offered food by residents of the area but of little help.

Bank strike tomorrow
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — Responding to the call given by the United Forum of Bank Unions, nationalised banks all over the country will observe a strike on November 15 against the proposed privatisation, the introduction of the so-called voluntary retirement scheme and the proposed reduction in the retirement age.

No papers filed today
KHARAR, Nov 13 — The process to fill four vacancies of sarpanches and two vacancies of panches of villages in the Kharar block started today but no nomination paper was filed today.


Theft in doctor’s house 
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — Striking again, burglars decamped with Rs 3,000 from the house of a doctor couple residing in Sector 16 after opening the locks on the night of November 11.

No clue to missing lawyer
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — Mystery surrounding the disappearance of Parveen Kumar Sharma, a city lawyer, continues even as his family today announced a reward of Rs 25000 to anyone providing information about him.


PEC introduces IT course
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — “By 2008, 2.2 million graduates would be required in the IT sector in the world, and by the time the first batch of IT graduates pass out from the college in 2004, there will be three lakh jobs waiting for them,” stated Prof Rajnish Prakash, Principal, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, referring to the NASCOM report, at the inauguration of the four year Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology course in PEC. The course was inaugurated by the Home Secretary, UT Administration, Mr R.S. Gujral, today, at the college. The course has been started with thirty students selected on the basis of the CET conducted by the Panjab University in May 2000.

PGI governing body meeting on Nov 16
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — Some important pending issues will be part of the 20-point agenda of the governing body of the PGI which meets in New Delhi under the chairmanship of its president, the Union Health Minister, Dr C.P. Thakur, on November 16.

Education day on Nov 22
Chandigarh, Nov 13 — The All India Federation of University Teachers Association (AIFUTA) in collaboration with FEDCUTA will observe, November 22, 2000 as “Save Higher Education Day” on the university campus by organising discussions, seminars, symposia to highlight the crises of the university education in India due to the negative policies of the union and state governments towards higher education, a press note said here today.

School board vice-chairman gets extension
SAS NAGAR, Nov 13 — The Vice-Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, Dr Gurdev Singh Sidhu, has been given extension in service for three years.

Judicial remand of four extended
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — The UT Judicial Magistrate (Ist Class) today further extended the judicial remand of the four — Dhanu, Jinder, Ravi Satpal — for 14 days, in a murder case.

Trainees’ death: case adjourned
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — The General Force Court, which assembled here to try three officers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) being held responsible for the death of eight trainees, has been adjourned till December 15, it is learnt.


Shuttlers all smiles now
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — A pleasant smile greeted young badminton players aspiring to play in the forthcoming nationals when they found the three courts, including a new one at the Sector 42 Indoor badminton hall, the venue for the Junior National Badminton Championships beginning from November 15 with qualifying rounds, ready to play.

ITBP sports meet from Nov 15
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — The Indo-Tibetan Border Police will hold its 20th Inter-Sector Annual Sports Meet along with the First Boxing Championship at the Basic Training Centre, Bhanu, near here, from November 15 to 18.

MHA got posts delinked: Admn
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — The Chandigarh Administration has said that the delinking of the post of Secretary, Medical Education and Research, from the post of Director Principal, GMCH, Sector 32, was carried out at the behest of directions issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Nine sites for IT towers identified
Chandigarh, Nov 13 — A high-level meeting to decide the future course of action regarding the proposed information technology (IT) towers was held at Raj Bhavan here this evening. Senior officials of the Chandigarh Administration also attended the meeting.

100 unauthorised structures removed
CHANDIGARH, Nov 13 — More than 100 unauthorised structures, extending up to the road berms in Indira Colony, Mani Majra were removed by the anti-enforcement wing, UT as today.

Confusion over DSP’s appointment continues
SAS NAGAR, Nov 13 — The confusion over the appointment of the new Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr Amarjeet Singh Bajwa, against a non-existent post in the SAS Nagar Subdivision continued today with the local police officers refusing to say anything on the matter. The SSP, Mr GPS Bhullar, was not available for comments.


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