Saturday, December 23, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Admn, IT companies sign MoU
Chandigarh to be first ‘wired city’ of the country
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Chandigarh is all set to become the first “wired city” of the country with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between a consortium of five IT companies and the Chandigarh Administration at the Raj Bhavan here today.

Artistic take-off to Punjabi conference 
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — There could not have been a more artistic commencement to the four-day World Punjabi Conference which saw its first event open in the form of a vast exhibition showcasing works by contemporary Punjabi artists today at the Punjab Kala Bhawan in Sector 16.

Fakhr Zaman for Indo-Pak amity
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Mr Fakhr Zaman, a former Minister in the Benazir Bhutto government in Pakistan, has called upon India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through peaceful means and begin to live in amity like good neighbours .

BJP whip to councillors
Polling for Mayor’s post today
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Apprehensive of a split in the BJP, the president of the local unit of the party, Mr Dharampal Gupta, today issued a whip, making it mandatory for all BJP councillors to vote in favour of the candidates fielded by the BJP-SAD alliance for the posts of Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

HC postpones PU Senate poll
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Elections of the Panjab University Syndicate scheduled to be held on December 27 to 29 have been postponed for six weeks. This interim order was passed by Mr Justice V.K. Bali of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after a consensus reached among counsel of the contesting parties.

Panchayat notice to 50 shopkeepers
ZIRAKPUR, Dec 22 — The Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat authorities have issued notice to over 50 shopkeepers of the Lohgarh market and also to shopkeepers on the old Zirakpur-Kalka road to deposit money to have the ownership of the shops.

Students of Government College, Derabassi, charm the audience at the youth fest organised by the World Punjabi Conference in PU on Friday.
Students of Government College, Derabassi, charm the audience at the youth fest organised by the World Punjabi Conference in PU on Friday. Inset: Film producer Ramanand Sagar and veteran journalist Khushwant Singh.
 — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan



Will college teachers move court?
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union often takes the credit for having got the Punjab Pension-cum-Gratuity Act, 1999, passed in the Vidhan Sabha after a 10-year-long struggle.


All set to welcome Dosanjh
SAS NAGAR, Dec 22 — Eight colourful gates will be set up on the route to the cricket stadium in Phase IX to welcome Mr Ujjal Singh Dosanjh, Premier of British Columbia, here tomorrow.

Staff crunch hits E & T functioning
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Even as a section of city traders term the UT Excise and Taxation Department as a “lawless and whimsical outfit,” officials maintain that all the ills plaguing it are a result of a severe staff crunch.

‘India needs a strategic plan for tourism’
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — An American university don of Indian origin has said that India needs to strategically plan its tourism if it wants to make its mark in the world of tourism.

Workshop for labour officers end
Chandigarh, Dec 22 — A two-day workshop of labour officers of the northern region, on “Emerging trends in industrial relations”, organised by the International Labour Organisation and the Haryana Government, came to an end today.

JAG celebrates 17th anniversary
Chief Engineer Western Command, Maj Gen Madhav Arren greeting officers of the Judge Advocate General’s Department during the department’s 17th anniversary in Chandi Mandir.CHANDI MANDIR, Dec 22 — The Judge Advocate General’s Department, the judicial wing of the Army, celebrated its 17th anniversary at Headquarters Western Command here today.

Chief Engineer Western Command, Maj Gen Madhav Arren greeting officers of the Judge Advocate General’s Department during the department’s 17th anniversary in Chandi Mandir on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Officer ‘beats up’ gardener
PANCHKULA, Dec 22 —The HUDA Bagwani Field Karamchari Union-1418 alleged that a member of their association, Karpu Swami, a gardener, was allegedly beaten up by a drunk senior IAS officer while he was working at his residence in Sector 6 on December 16.

Plea to CTU on bus passes
SAS NAGAR, Dec 22 — A member of the Sikh Educational Society of Chandigarh and local municipal councillor, Mr Amrik Singh, has demanded an end to discrimination by the CTU authorities against SAS Nagar and Panchkula students in the matter of bus passes.

Special arrangements for New Year’s mail
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — For the convenience of the general public, the Department of Posts has made special arrangements for the clearance of New Year’s greeting mail.

HUDA allots 83 plots
PANCHKULA, Dec 22 — The Haryana Urban Development Authority today allotted 83 plots against 2818 applications received for different categories and for different plot sizes by holding a draw at its office in Sector 6, here today.

Workers stranded
SAS NAGAR, Dec 22 — Employees of Jaiparabolic Springs Limited were allegedly prevented from entering the factory premises by the management for the second day here today.

Recruitment of constables re-scheduled
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — The recruitment of constables (general duty) in the Central Police Reserve Force from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh has been re-scheduled due to the postal strike.


One arrested for eve-teasing
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 —The local police has arrested a person from near ISBT, Sector 43, on the charge of eve-teasing. Gangandeep Sharma, resident of Ward No 5, Hospital Road, Kharar, was held for the alleged crime at around 1.30 p.m.

‘Thieves in school uniform’ on the prowl?
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Panic has gripped students of a Sector 16 school following incidents of alleged snatching and extortion by ‘thieves in school uniform’. During the past few days, wrist watches, wallets, even hard cash, have reportedly been taken away.

Maid sets herself on fire
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — A house maid was admitted to the PGI with 80 per cent burn injuries. According to sources in the Police Department, 19-year-old Meeta of Tarn Taran set herself on fire in Sector as she was scared of being asked quit the job and go back home.

Charas, opium seized
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — A team of officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau seized 5.8 kg of fine-quality charas and 90 gram of opium from two Nepali smugglers in the wee hours of today.


PU confused regarding service rules of staff
Chandigarh, Dec 22 — Should there be varying service rules for the same kind of service? In case of college and university teachers the answer to this is not just confusing but also against “principles of natural justice”.

Kiddies having a whale of a time as Xmas spirit engulfs city
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Christmas celebrations were held in different schools of the city. The entrance of Saupin’s School in Sector 32 was decorated with a Christmas tree with a portrayal of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Tiny tots of Ajit Karam Singh International School in SAS Nagar present a cultural programme in the school on Friday to mark Christmas celebrations.

iny tots of Ajit Karam Singh International School in SAS Nagar present a cultural programme in the school on Friday to mark Christmas celebrations. 
— Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Silver jubilee celebrations
PANCHKULA, Dec 22 — The silver jubilee-cum-annual function celebrations proved to be a colourful affair at the school premises in Sector 4, here on Thursday, with the students presenting a variety of items during the course of the programme.


Bar panel condemns chambers’ allotment
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — The allotment of chambers by the Estate Office behind Estate Office has created confusion and controversy among lawyers here. Although about 40 lawyers were present at the time of the allotment, the District Bar Association, condemned the allotment and alleged that it was unlawful and was held to create dispute among lawyers. 

CBI directed to release IA Airbus
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Mr Justice K.S. Grewal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed the plea of Indian Airlines, the owner of the B-300 Airbus, which was hijacked by terrorists on December 24, 1999, and flown to Kandahar (Afghanistan), to release the aircraft which was grounded after it was flown back to India. 



300 blood donors honoured
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Over 300 voluntary blood donors, including 40 star donors who have donated blood more than 50 times, were honoured at the annual function of the Blood Bank Society at a plot of land in Sector 37 here. The plot will house a new blood resource centre, which the Blood Bank Society and the Rotary Club will operate jointly.



Anil outplays Shashi in billiards championship
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Anil Sharma showed his class in outplaying Shashi Karan in the open billiards event of the Saurav Khattar Memorial Haryana State Billiards and Snooker Championship being played here at the Billiards Hall in Sector 11.

Inter-college badminton meet
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, in women and DAV College, Chandigarh, in men section emerged winners in the Panjab University Inter-College Badminton Championship which concluded here yesterday at the University Gymnasium Hall. In the men section, DAV College, Chandigarh, defeated Government College, Ludhiana, 3-1. 

Joginder wins half-marathon
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Recruit Joginder Singh was declared winner in the 21 kilometre ‘half-marathon’ race organised by the Chandigarh Police Recruit Training Centre, in the morning yesterday. The race was flagged off by Inspector General of Chandigarh Police, Mr B.S. Bassi.

Navneet, Narender to head basketball teams
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — Navneet Kaur of IS Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, in girls, and Narender Jhinjha of SD College, Sector 32, among boys, have been named as captains in their respective sections for the UT team which will take part in the 17th Youth National Basketball Championship going to be held at Vashi (New Mumbai) from December 25 to January 1, 2001.


Pay attention to sanitation: DC
SAS NAGAR, Dec 22 — The Ropar Deputy Commissioner has ordered the Municipal Council, PUDA and PSEB authorities to solve the problems faced by industry on a time-bound basis.

‘Rumble strips needed to check accidents’
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — For ensuring a check on the constantly increasing number of accidents, the Chandigarh police has recommended the construction of “rumble strips” with “cat-eye” reflectors at 100 odd spots in the city.

Displaced dividers to be set right
CHANDIGARH, Dec 22 — In less than a week after Chandigarh Tribune highlighted the danger posed by the displaced dividers on the road dividing Sector 22 and 21, the Chandigarh police has written to the UT Administration asking them to replace or fix the dividers.

‘Permission to mortgage’ not required 
Chandigarh, Dec 22 — The Chandigarh Administration has decided that all persons, who own freehold property in the city, will not be required to take the mandatory “permission to mortgage” from the Estate Office.Top

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