Friday, December 29, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Another railway line for Ambala-Rajpura section
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — Keeping in mind the heavy traffic on the Ambala-Rajpura railway section, the Union Railways Ministry has cleared a project to have another railway line on the 30-km section. This will be in addition to an already existing double line on the section.

Heart diseases up among North Indians: study
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — Heart diseases are rising alarmingly among North Indians, particularly the Sikh community, concludes a study following a series of studies in the USA indicating highest coronary mortality rate among the Asians.

Israel won’t give UAVs to IAF
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — While an IAF team has returned from Israel after undergoing a training stint on unmanned aerial vehicles, it will be some time before it can make its newly acquired expertise useful and start training programmes for IAF personnel to operate and maintain UAVs in the country.

Cops, police thyself
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — They were arresting people under a notification that had ceased to exist. “Prostitutes” were arrested, but their bail bond was furnished by a cop. The police kept on looking for a noted film personality, while he surfaced at the Sector 17 district courts, before surrendering. Cops were all set for challaning drivers zipping down the streets without seat belts, till they realised that their own vehicles were without them. Year 2000 was embarrassing for the police.




R.S. Gupta likely to head PEC
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — Prof R. S. Gupta, Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Punjab Engineering College, is likely to be appointed the Principal of the college. The present Principal, Prof Rajnish Prakash, retires on December 31.

E-greetings set to replace New Year cards
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — New Year greeting cards have found a least expected adversary in Information Technology, with e-greetings finally bringing down the sales of cards in the city this year.

New teachers every six months
Adjustment blues for mentally challenged children
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — The parents of the inmates of the Government Institute of Mentally Retarded Children in Sector 32, feel that their wards are facing problems of adjustment in the absence of permanent instructors at the institute. These instructors are appointed for a period of six months. 



Minor crimes up in 2000: IG
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — Believe it or not. It’s true. In 2000, 17,500 police personnel were deployed for providing security to VIPs. As many as 1,26,000 man-hours were spent in making necessary arrangements.

Children embrace one another on the occasion of Id-ul-Fitr at the Jama Masjid, Sector 20, Chandigarh.Id celebrated in city
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — Id-ul-Fitr was celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety in the city, here today. Muslims in the city and its surrounding areas gathered at various mosques to offer prayers at the end of the month-long fasting of Ramzan. Muslims were greeted by their friends from other communities and traditional dishes like sevian were offered and relished.

Children embrace one another on the occasion of Id-ul-Fitr at the Jama Masjid, Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Pardeep Tewari

Little fun in partying this year
PANCHKULA, Dec 28 — Parting out on new year may not be much fun for city residents hoping to usher in the millennium in city clubs and hotels, with little planning going into the designing of the programme and schedule.

Golf Club poll: no discrepancy in counting
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — Recounting of votes polled by candidates during the Golf Club elections was done at the club today and it was found that there was no discrepancy in the counting held earlier. The elections were held on December 9 to elect the 11 executive members of the managing committee of the club.

‘Spy’ breaks fast
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — Mr Roop Lal, the spy, who was on indefinite hunger strike against the alleged government’s apathy towards him, broke his fast, here yesterday at the Plaza in Sector 17.



Servant murder accused surrenders
PANCHKULA, Dec 28 — The main accused Rahul, responsible for the death of 11-year-old Gopal, a domestic help in Pinjore, surrendered before the police this evening at the Pinjore police station.

Scooterist killed in mishap
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — A scooterist was declared dead on arrival at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in the evening today. He and another person were admitted to the institute after the scooter they were riding was hit by an unknown vehicle in Balachaur near Ropar.


Industrialists meet DC
PANCHKULA, Dec 28 — A two-member committee was consituted at the single-window meeting of industrialists chaired by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Monga, which would submit its report on the existence of truck and tempo unions and their conflict with the industrialists in the next fortnight.



Recalling days of threats and backdoor entry
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — Dr Rajnish Prakash, Principal of the local Punjab Engineering College, who retires on December 31, cleared his office today, removing personal files and small belongings. Talking to mediapersons in his office, Dr Rajnish Prakash narrated his story right from the time when he took over the college charge.


City win powerlifting tourney
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — Chandigarh bagged the 22nd Junior Powerlifting Championship which concluded at Ranchi yesterday by securing 62 points, while Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh got second and third position, respectively. 

  • Cricket meet

  • Boxing championship

  • Title for Manan

  • Cricket tourney

  • IGP XI triumph

  • St John’s win

Little sportsies stuffed into bogies
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — It was an experience which all sportspersons may have faced. It was no different when the badminton and table tennis contingents of Chandigarh schools departed from the railway station this morning to participate in the National School Games at Barauch in Gujarat.


Pay compensation, industry told
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — In an interesting decision, the UT District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Sangam Industries, Industrial Area, to pay Rs 550 as compensation, to a city resident, Mr Kailash Garg, which includes the costs of the case and compensation for harassment.

Eventful year at district courts
CHANDIGARH, Dec 28 — The year 2000 turned out to be eventful for the lawyers and judicial officers at the UT District Courts. A number of senior officials and famous personalities were produced before the courts here and several cases against politicians were filed.Top


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