Friday, December 22, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



UT Admn seeks more powers from Centre
CHANDIGARH, Dec 21 — Officialdom of the Chandigarh Administration is expected to run the show with their hands virtually tied behind their backs. All work is expected to be cleared by babus sitting in the Ministry of Home Affairs, in Delhi, 250 kilometre away, adding to needless trips and follows ups by local officials, adding to another level of bureaucratic red tape.

Banking services crippled
CHANDIGARH, Dec 21 — Banking services in the city were crippled on account of the one-day strike in the public sector banks here today. The call for the strike was given by the United Forum of Bank Unions against the decision of the government to introduce a bill in the Parliament for reduction of the government stake in the banks from the present 51 per cent to 33 per cent.

2 PU teachers may be removed from service
CHANDIGARH, Dec 21 — Two Panjab University teachers are likely to be removed from service for not reporting back for duty on time after leave. Sources said that the time for reporting back for duty was over one and a half years ago in one case and 10 months in the other case. The issue will come up for discussion at the forthcoming Senate meeting.

Judicial remand for 6 in flesh trade case
CHANDIGARH, Dec 21 — Four women and two others who were arrested for being allegedly involved in flesh trade here were sent to judicial remand till January 3 by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sant Parkash, here today.




Pak delegates live through nostalgia 
World Punjabi Conference opens today
CHANDIGARH, Dec 21 — Rukhsat ke waqt ka bas itna khayaal tha, dekha kiye tumhe hum jahaan tak nazar gayi
That was the line which marked the presence of 13 Pakistani delegates who were coming home after years of longing. None out of those who landed at the Chandigarh Press Club this morning to participate in the four-day World Punjabi Conference commencing from tomorrow seem to have forgotten the scars of separation.

Youth stabbed
CHANDIGARH, Dec 21 — In a case of lawlessness, a 20-year-old youth was allegedly stabbed in the arm this afternoon in his Sector 22 office following a "minor tiff" with the two accused.

Polluting colonies of Panchkula
he Supreme Court has ordered the closure of all polluting industrial units in the residential areas of the national capital. The slums of Panchkula should also be viewed as polluting units. HUDA has filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against the order of Punjab and Haryana High Court pertaining to these slums. According to HUDA, the judgement is awaited. 



UT employees back Super Bazar stir
CHANDIGARH, Dec 21 — In support of the demands of the Super Bazar employees, the UT Subordinate Services Federation and the Federation of UT Employees and Workers organised a dharna in front of the office of the DC-cum-Registrar, Cooperative Societies, in Sector 17 here yesterday.

Fair and glowing — that is LisaModel Lisa Ray at the inauguration of a Lakme beauty saloon in Chandigarh.
CHANDIGARH, Dec 21 — You can't miss those ravishing Bengali looks which subtly lie hidden behind the fair Polish skin. Lisa Ray sports it all ...and very beautifully at that. No wonder her's is the face which embodies the image of the largest cosmetic corporate house of the country — Lakme.

Model Lisa Ray at the inauguration of a Lakme beauty saloon in Chandigarh on Thursday. 
— Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Protest at Hafed office
PANCHKULA, Dec 21 — Confusion prevailed at the Hafed office in Sector 5, here today, with contractors protesting vociferously against the non-issuance of tender forms by the officer incharge on account of “political pressure”.



Robbery in Mohali house
SAS NAGAR, Dec 21 — Three armed persons looted money and jewellery from a house in Sector 70 here today after tying up and locking the housewife and her 12-year-old son up in a room.

Cyclist succumbs to injuries
CHANDIGARH, Dec 21 — A Khuda Lahora resident died at the PGI after the cycle he was riding was hit by a vehicle on late Wednesday evening. According to sources in the Police Department, the victim has been identified as Chandan Singh. 


Tata vehicles to cost more
CHANDIGARH, Dec 21 — Hind Motors, the authorised sales and service dealers for M\s Tata Engineering in a press note issued today said the prices of cars from the house of Tata would be increased by Rs 8,000 to Rs 15,000 with effect from January 1, 2001.



‘Higher education neglected’
, Dec 21 — Teachers needed to be more firm in shouldering responsibilities in a changed academic environment. This was stated by Master Mohan Lal, Minister for Higher Education, Punjab, while presiding over a panel discussion on ‘Save Higher Education’ organised by the Panjab University Teachers Association, at the ICSSR complex, here today.

Science exhibition concludes
, Dec 21 — The three-day State Science Exhibition organised by the State Institute of Education, Sector 32, concluded at Parade Ground in Sector 17 here today.


Captivating performance by Rahmat
CHANDIGARH, Dec 21 — The two-day North Zone Cultural Meet—2000, organised by the local Income Tax Department came to a close here today. The highpoint of today’s programme was the qawwali presentation by Irshad Rahmat Ali qawwal and party from Malerkotla.



Talk on AIDS awareness
CHANDIGARH, Dec 21 — The 10-day NSS camp of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, which started on December 16 on the theme of ‘Youth for Healthy Society’, is in progress.



Karandip Singh (left) with his navigator Jaidass Menon of Bangalore.City lad wins national motor rally
CHANDIGARH, Dec 21 — Karandip Singh, a resident of Sector 9, has become the national champion in Group N (unmodified category) of the Motor Association of India National Four-Wheeler Rally which concluded at Mangalore, in Karnataka, last week.

Karandip Singh (left) with his navigator Jaidass Menon of Bangalore.


‘Mayor should have more powers’
CHANDIGARH, Dec 21 — Mayor Shanta Hit Abhilashi, who relinquishes charge on tomorrow demanded more powers for the Mayor. She pointed out that at present the occupant of the coveted post functions amidst limitations and the power simply does not go beyond ‘file work’.

Dissent surfaces for Mayor’s post
CHANDIGARH, Dec 21 — Simmering differences within the BJP today came out into the open with senior BJP leader and former senior deputy Mayor, Mr Prem Sagar Jain, firing the first salvo against the candidature of Ms Ranjana Shahi, for the post of Mayor.Top

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