Monday, January 1, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



City rocks its way into the new millennium
Chandigarh, Dec 31 — Come and trip it as yea go, on the light fantastic toe — Living up to what Milton said, city residents danced their way into the first year of the new millennium. The year dawned in style, just as it should have under the sky of the City Beautiful. 

Girls of Sarojani Hall dancing to celebrate the new year at their hostel at Punjab University on Sunday. — A Tribune Photograph

New Year celebrated at old-age home
CHANDIGARH, Dec 31 — Students and faculty members of I.S. Dev Samaj Secondary School, Sector 21, celebrated New Year’s eve with the inmates of the Old Age Home, Sector 15, here today.

‘Let us make Chandigarh a model city’
Chandigarh, Dec 31 — As the last year of this century draws to an end city residents are already looking forward to what they would want more from the city which is fast becoming a “micropolitan”.



Army teams for N-war fallout
CHANDIGARH, Dec 31 — Gearing up to meet future threat perceptions, the Western Command has formed Medical Quick Reaction Teams to deal with the fallout of mass destruction weapons, including nuclear strikes.

Rain in city 
CHANDIGARH, Dec 31 — The city and its surrounding areas received the first rain of this winter today. Meteorological offices said that this was due to a system which had approached from the Arabian sea.

IRONY marks the beginning of the new millennium with all the euphoria and the ecstasy missing in the celebrations this time. It seems that the city residents here had little time, energy or inclination for the festivities as all this had been ruthlessly spent last year.


A week of fun, excitement in hills
CHANDIGARH, Dec 31 — Tom Sawyers running free in the wilds probing and discovering joys of nature might seem a little out of context in today’s world. But a group of 30 students from different schools of the city were out to prove just the opposite as they crossed brooks, tramped on forgotten paths, climbed mountains and even flew as part of the Winter School of adventure organised by the Durga Das Foundation.

City kids on a trek in the Sabathu hills. The trek was organised by the Durga Das Foundation. 

Plea to help leprosy patients
CHANDIGARH, Dec 31 — The president of the Indian Leprosy Foundation, Dr A.R.K. Pillai, has urged all to donate generously for the cause of the leprosy patients.

Deejaying their way from Gurgaon to Swiss Alps
CHANDIGARH, Dec 31 — Tushqa and Rush — the names might sound strange to those of us who dot the music circuit this side of Delhi. But for those in Delhi, Mumbai and some other metros, the two names are really happening in the world of music. Tushqa and Rush are the business names of DJ couple Munish and Rashmi who were today in town to create music for disco buffs of the city and as they performed to an overflowing dance hall at Aerizzona in Sector 9, one knew why they were much-in-demand DJs all over the country.

Protest by Sector 17 traders
Chandigarh, Dec 31 — In the peak season of celebrations and amidst decorations, traders of the Sector 17 market today covered the entire sector market with a broad band of black cloth to protest against the building bylaws, saying that the amendments have been inadequate.

Traders’ plea for power connections
CHANDIGARH, Dec 31 — The Traders Association, 36 Anand Complex, Sector 17, has urged the Administrator of Chandigarh to grant individual electricity connections to their establishment. There are about 45 shops in the complex.

Nagar kirtan
CHANDIGARH, Dec 31 — A nagar kirtan procession to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh will be taken out here tomorrow from the Sector 34 Gurdwara at 12.30 p.m.

Low water pressure likely
CHANDIGARH, Dec 31 — On account of urgent repair in the third phase of the Kajauli water works, the water pressure will be low in the city for the next 48 hours.

Yuvsatta function
CHANDIGARH, Dec 31 — Social organisation Yuvsatta will organise a tree plantation function at Gandhi Smarak Bhavan in Sector 16 here followed by a cycle rally led by Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Member Parliament and Dr Inderjit Kaur, Director, All India Pingalwara Society, Amritsar on January 1, 2001, at 10.30 a.m.

NSS camp concludes 
Chandigarh, Dec 31 — The valedictory function of the 10-day NSS camp, organised by the volunteers of Government College Sector 46, was held here today.


3 cops booked
DERA BASSI, Dec 31 — Three Punjab Police cops, involved in a brawl with some passengers last night here, have been booked by the police. According to police sources, constable Amarjit Singh and Home Guards with Punjab Police — Bahadur Singh and Gurnam Singh — were deployed on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway at the local bus stand to divert the traffic coming from the Ambala side towards Issanpur road. The cops had a tiff with five persons travelling in a car, Amit Gupta, Dharmendra Kumar, Sameer Aggarwal, Sanjeev Goel and Darshan Singh, all residents of Chandigarh.

3 assault cases registered
CHANDIGARH, Dec 31 — During the past 24 hours, the police received three cases of alleged assaults, including two from Colony No 4. In the three FIRs, a total of 12 persons have been named. According to police sources, no arrests have been made so far.

Two cars stolen
CHANDIGARH, Dec 31 — Two Maruti cars and a stereo were stolen from different parts of the city during the past 24 hours. In his complaint before the police, Sector 39 resident B.K. Chopra alleged that his car, bearing registration number CH-01-J-1227, was picked up while it was parked at Kisan Mandi in Sector 37.


History ‘major agenda’ with Parivar
Chandigarh, Dec 31 — Shireen Moosvi, President, Indian History Congress, is in a hot seat. The IHC and “the subject of history as we know it” faces perhaps its biggest challenge in the saffron flag fluttering at the Centre. Associated with the Aligarh School of History and with a Masters degree in statistics, Shireen has worked on, among other things, the economy of the Mughal Empire. In the city to lecture at Panjab University, here is what Moosvi talks about.

Need to identify placement avenues: VC
CHANDIGARH, Dec 31 — Controversies on several academic rules continue to do the rounds of the academic circles in Panjab University. Unanimity is missing on several issues involving policy matters and a rather mixed picture emerges on different issues shifting between colleges, governments and the university.


DAV SSS-8 lift Challenger trophy
CHANDIGARH, Dec 31—DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, outscored hosts St John’s High School, Sector 26, to lift the under-16 title of the Ist St John’s Challenger Trophy played here. Earlier St John’s team had won the titles in under-12 and under-14 sections and only today they lost to DAVSSS-8.

Sunny bags snooker title
CHANDIGARH, Dec 31 — Sunny Bhalla bagged the open snooker title by winning his last league mach against Manan Nagpal in the Saurav Khattar Memorial Haryana State Billiards and Snooker Championship played here in the Billiards Hall, YMCA, Sector 11. Sunny built up an early lead in the first frame and maintained it till the end and won 54-34. 

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