Friday, December 15, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Real estate business remains in doldrums
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — Is the claim by the UT administration that its last week’s auction of residential and commercial property in Chandigarh has been a great success, misleading?

Custodial death case
Forensic lab’s report awaited
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — Central Forensic Science Laboratory’s report in the “custodial death” case, prepared after reconstructing the event, is yet to be submitted to the Chandigarh police.

Resume duty or face action, postal staff told
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — Adopting a tough posture against the striking postal employees, the Punjab and Chandigarh Circle today warned them to resume duty by tomorrow or face action.

Farmer presents feast for eyes
ZIRAKPUR, Dec 14 — It is a great achievement for Mr Amarjit Singh, a resident of Bartana village, who claims to have set up a record by producing a 48-inch-long bottle gourd in his fields in Chhat village, about 4 km from here.

Mr Amarjit Singh, a Bartana-based farmer, with a 48-inch- long bottle gourd. — Tribune photo by Pravesh Chauhan. 

Bartana-based farmer



Dividers have become traffic hazards
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — Desperate hands frantically turn around the car’s steering wheel to avoid the displaced concrete divider lying almost in the middle of the road separating Sector 22 from Sector 21. The driver succeeds, but the car brushes against a scooter trying to overtake him. The rider sustains minor injuries after falling on the road. The dividers, instead of preventing mishaps, have become a traffic hazard.

Syndicate poll: rise in number of voters
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — The list of voters for the selection of the Syndicate of Panjab University has shown an increase in the number of voters in the medical science faculty.

Additional charge for Gujral
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — The work of Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) was formally handed over to the UT Home Secretary, Mr Raminder Singh Gujral, here today, relieving the Adviser, Ms Vineeta Rai, of the additional work.


Mansa Devi road encroached upon again
PANCHKULA, Dec 14 — Yet again shops have mushroomed along the Mansa Devi shrine road — courtesy the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the local administration who seem confused over the issue of jurisdiction of the area of encroachment.

RVC celebrates 221 years of existence
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — Remount and Veterinary Corps (RVC), an elite and specialised force meant for breeding, training and treatment of horses, cattle and dogs for military service, celebrated 221 years of its existence today.

Councillor’s snooping: chowkidar told to report
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14— Taking note of the press reports and the complaint made by the residents of Sector 47 that a councillor had snooped around the community centre yesterday, the Chief Engineer, MC, today summoned the chowkidar of the centre. He has been asked to give a report about the incident, it is learnt.

BSNL to allow free Net access during night hours
Chandigarh, Dec 14 — Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) today decided to allow computer users logging onto the Internet free access during night hours — between 11 pm and 8 am. A formal announcement by the local BSNL office is expected tomorrow, sources said, adding that a new rate package with slashed rates for day time usage is also to be announced. 

Bahuguna launches cycle chalao, paed lagao campaign
Chandigarh, Dec 14 — Eminent enviornmentalist Sunder Lal Bahuguna launched the cycle chalao, paed lagao campaign here today, to promote cycling and planting of trees.

Non-implementation of directions flayed
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — Allottees of defence quota plots in the city have flayed the non-implementation of directions issued by the UT Administrator in regard to treating the date of sewerage connection as the date of completion of construction for the purpose of selling property.

Controversy over clerk’s reinstatement
SAS NAGAR, Dec 14 — Controversy has arisen over the reinstatement of a senior Municipal Council clerk yesterday who had been suspended on a charge of illegally taking away an office almirah containing records. The clerk had been reinstated by the Executive Officer (EO).

Stage set for declaring Cong office-bearers
Chandigarh, Dec 14 — The stage is all set for declaring the office-bearers of the local unit of the Congress after the President, Mr B.B. Behl, was unanimously elected on December 9. There are indications that 10 members are to be nominated while five would be co-opted to accommodate the favourites of various factions who could not make it in the organisational polls held recently.

Man commits suicide
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — A Sector 21 resident, reportedly under debt, ended his life by consuming insecticide late in the evening today. He was declared dead on arrival at the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital.

3 hurt in blast, hospitalised
Chandigarh, Dec 14 — Three city residents were admitted to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research with serious injuries after a gas cylinder, used in welding, exploded in the Sector 28 market.

Cars collide, five injured
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — In a collision between two cars on the road dividing Sectors 37 and 38 late in the evening today, five persons, including four of a family, sustained injuries. They were admitted to the PGI. Their condition is stated to be stable.

Vijay Divas traffic restrictions
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — Traffic restrictions would be imposed on some of the city roads during Vijay Divas celebrations at Punjab Raj Bhavan, here on Saturday. The traffic would be diverted on alternative roads from 2 p.m. onwards till the end of at Home at Punjab Raj Bhavan.

Seven hospitalised following mishap
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — Seven persons, including three of a family residing in Chandi Mandir, were admitted to the PGI after two buses and a truck collided near Kurali in the afternoon today. Their condition was reported to be stable.


Three burglaries reported
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — Three cases of burglary were reported from different parts of the city during the past 24 hours. In all the cases, thieves entered after breaking the lock.

Students clash over comment on caste
PANCHKULA, Dec 14 — A clash between college students last night in Kalka resulted in hospitalisation of a 19-year old with a fractured jaw bone. The police is making efforts to round up the six persons involved in the beating up of the student. A case under Sections 323, 325, 452 IPC has been registered.

Planet M promises great musical experience
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — The Sector 17 ambience was filled with excitement today, and for reasons not far to seek. The city today saw the largest music store of the country come up in its portals. As the Planet M opened for the grahshanti puja this morning, one had the first view of what the music store of the millennium is all about.

Punwire staff union demands CBI probe
SAS NAGAR, Dec 14— The Punjab Wireless Systems Employees Union has demanded a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities, running into crores of rupees, committed by the management of the company.

Furniture Expo 2000
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — Furniture Expo 2000, a display of office and home furnishings will be put up by Godrej from December 15 for two days. The company, expects a turnover of more than 30 crores by the end of this fiscal in the office equipment division.


No youth festival at PU this year
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — Known for a rich cultural tradition down the years, Panjab University campus students failed to muster strength and enough willingness for a youth festival this year.

BCA students boycott classes
SAS NAGAR, Dec 14 — Students of the Regional Centre for Information Technology and Management, affiliated to Punjabi University, here today boycotted classes demanding the upgradation of the Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) course.

Workshop on zoology
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — Prof KN Pathak, Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, today inaugurated a workshop on Zoology — its present scenario, organised by the Zoology Department of the university.

Eight convent schools join in celebrations
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — Eight convent schools came together here today at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47-B, for Christmas celebrations. Various carols were sung by students.

A crib set up at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, Chandigarh to mark the start of Christmas celebrations on Thursday.
A crib set up at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, Chandigarh to mark the start of Christmas celebrations on Thursday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Four get bail in rioting case
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — A bail application moved by four residents of the colony number 5, was today accepted by the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr SK Goel, in a rioting and attempt to murder case.

  • Bail granted

  • Bail for two

Life term for killing colleague
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — Rajinder Singh was sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case by the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla, today.


GMCH residents’ CL today
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — To protest against the “callous attitude of the hospital administration”, senior residents of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, will proceed on a mass casual leave tomorrow.


Rowing yet to pick up in Malaysia: Ghani
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14— “In Malaysia rowing is still at an infant stage and we are concentrating more on our juniors”, said Mr Abdul Malik Bin Haji Abdul Ghani, president of the Malaysian Rowing Association who is in the city to attend the Asian Rowing Congress scheduled to be held on December 16.

GGSCW-26 secure 29 points
CHANDIGARH, Dec 14 — GGS College for Women, Sector 26, Chandigarh, won the overall championship by securing 29 points in the Panjab University inter-college weightlifting championship, which concluded here today. Government College for

  • Volleyball meet

PUDA nets Rs 8.73 lakh through auction
SAS NAGAR, Dec 14— PUDA earned a revenue of over Rs 8.73 crore by disposing of 30 freehold commercial sites at an auction held here today.

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