Sunday, December 10, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Crackdown soon on rickshaw-pullers
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — The news is not good for rickshaw-pullers of the city. The men-in-khaki are all set to challan those rickshaw-pullers who do not have valid licences. The move, say officials of the Police Department, is significant as rickshaw-pullers are involved in a substantial number of road accidents everyday in the city.

Chrysanthemum show opens
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — More than 200 varieties and thousands of colourful chrysanthemums in their full bloom presented a visual delight for the visitors to the annual chrysanthemum show, which opened at the Sector 33 Terrace Garden, today morning.

Visitors on the inaugural day of the annual chrysanthemum show in Terrace Garden, Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

3 bank officials suspended
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — Three officials of Chandigarh State Cooperative Bank Limited, Sector 22, who were held responsible for "wrongly investing" Rs 11 crore in Punwire, have reportedly been suspended by the bank authorities.



Low turnout in Golf Club poll
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — The Golf Club elections were a low-key affair as only about 50 per cent of the members voted today. Out of the total 1,776 voters, only 888 cast their votes to elect executive members of the managing committee of the club for 2001.

Syndics discuss PU finances
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — Controversy on over-expenditure and undefined construction works in Panjab University remained the centre of debate in the Syndicate meeting here today.

Fear of leopard stalks Chowki villagers
PANCHKULA, Dec 9 — Villagers of Chowki near here are forced to stay in the confines of their houses after a leopard killed 10 goats in the village recently. The leopard has been stalking the village ever since.

Behl is city Congress chief
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — Mr B.B. Behl was elected the President of the local unit of the Congress here today. His name was proposed by Mr Sunil Parti and was seconded by 28 persons in the presence of the election officer, Mr Harikesh Bahadur.

Burglars decamp with Rs 40,000
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — Striking at a ready-made garment factory in Ram Darbar, burglars decamped with Rs 40,000, along with some clothes, early in the morning today.


Business centre in a state of neglect
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — The sub-city centre in Sector 34 here is in a state of neglect on account of continued official apathy. Conceived as an ultra-modern parallel business centre patterned on the heart of the city — Sector 17 — for the southern part of the city about two decades back, the centre now seems to be nobody’s baby. Businessmen and building-owners say that the centre seems to be last on the agenda of the authorities for the provision of civic amenities.

Schoolboy goes ‘missing’
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — Seventeen-year-old Gopal, studying in Class IX in Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya, a residential school in Sector 25, reportedly ran away from the institution last Sunday.

Postal services remain crippled
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — The postal services remained crippled for the fifth day today in Chandigarh and Punjab on account of the all-India strike by postal employees, putting the public to great hardship.

Workshop on child protection
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — A workshop on Child Protection and Juvenile Justice Act, 1986, was organised by the Social Welfare Department of the Chandigarh Administration, here today. The main objective of the workshop was to explore the possibilities for achieving the objectives of integrated development of children and to find workable solutions for child protection and rehabilitation.

Residents can watch MC proceedings
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — Any resident can now watch the proceedings of the municipal corporation house, provided he has the necessary recommendation from the councillor of his ward. A notification in this regard has been issued by the UT Finance Secretary, Mr Rakesh Singh.

Villagers protest against PUDA scheme
SAS NAGAR, Dec 9 — A housing scheme of five new sectors in the town recently floated by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has attracted protests from the land holders whose land is being acquired for the project. They said the land in Sohana, Mauli Baidwan, Lakhnour and Raipur Khurd villages was yet to be acquired.

Good response to PUDA housing scheme
SAS NAGAR, Dec 9 — A housing scheme for five new sectors floated by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority on November 27 last has attracted an overwhelming response. A spokesman of PUDA said as many as 8000 application forms of the housing scheme had been sold so far.

PSEB engineers’ body to join Dec 12 strike
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — The PSEB Engineers Association at an emergency meeting held today decided to participate in the strike on December 12 in response to a call for countrywide strike given by the National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers. It was decided at today’s meeting that there would be no exemption from participation in strike to anyone.

Rs 100 note in 500-rupee wad
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — Don’t just count your cash before leaving the bank counter, but look at it carefully, especially when notes are of Rs 500 denomination. This is the moral of the story learned the hard way by a city resident when he discovered a 100-rupee note in a bundle of 500-rupee notes issued by the Faridkot branch of a bank.

Boogie-Woogie dance contest
PANCHKULA, Dec 9 — The evening was filled with music, masti and dance when 142 participants from all over the region competed for Lion’s Boogie-Woogie open dance competition at Yavnika, Sector 5, Panchkula today.


Forgery accused remanded in police custody
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — Balwinder Singh, a resident of Kurukshetra, who was arrested by the Chandigarh Police on the charge of forging a cheque was yesterday remanded in police custody till December 12 by the UT Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate.

House burgled in Sector 8
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — The house of Ms Tania Mehta, a Panjab University lecturer, was burgled in Sector 8 here on Friday. According to the police, the burglars entered the house during the day time by breaking a lock.

What a shitty thief!
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — A boy who was caught after he tried to snatch a purse, smeared his face, hands and clothes with human excreta that he was carrying in a polythene bag, here today.

5 booked for assault
SAS NAGAR, Dec 9 — The local police has booked five members of a local truckers union for allegedly bashing up a truck driver and damaging his vehicle in Sector 71 last evening.


JTC officials visit site of IT towers
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — Two top officials of the Singapore-based Jurong Trading Corporation, which is in the business of building information technology parks, visited the site for information technology towers in Sector 47 and also made a presentation to the Chandigarh Administration officials led by the Adviser, Ms Vineeta Rai, here yesterday.


Colourful show by kids
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — Students of the Sector 35 and SAS Nagar branches of Aanchal Preparatory School presented a colourful show at their annual function in the auditorium of the 3BRD Air Force Station here today.


Petition seeking Mamata’s removal adjourned
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice Nirmal Singh, today adjourned sine die a PIL filed by Dr D.C. Saxena of Panjab University here seeking removal of the Railway Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, and registration of case under Sections 107, 337, 338, 304A and 425 of the IPC against the delinquent railway officials.


First round of polio campaign today
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — The Indian Medical Association ( IMA) has made an appeal to the people to take their children in the age group of zero to 59 months to the nearest dispensary or booth during the first round of the pulse polio immunisation campaign tomorrow.


CLTA youngsters doing well: Krishnan
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — “It was pleasant to revisit Chandigarh for training youngsters on the CLTA courts,” said Ramesh Krishnan. He told newspersons here today that the CLTA had now become one of the finest coaching centres in India. He said the centre had produced some good players like Sunil Kumar, Tushar Liberhan, Amanjot Singh and Shruti Dhawan.

Simranjeet, Sahil to clash in final
CHANDIGARH, Dec 9 — Simranjit of St Joseph’s, Sector 44, and Sahil Sharma of Sacred Dales School will meet in the below 21 kg section final of the Chandigarh Taekwondo championship being played here at the Skating Rink, Sector 10.

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