Sunday, January 7, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Police sounds alert for R-Day celebrations
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Apprehending strikes by terrorists on the occasion of Republic Day, the Chandigarh police today sounded an alert in the city. Sources in the Police Department disclosed that an alert was also sounded at the Sector 17 Inter-State Bus Terminus. Commuters were warned against touching suspicious and unclaimed objects including bags and wallets.

Causeway to Mani Majra makes life hell for residents
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Dense grey smoke billowing out of rickety three-wheelers rattling on the road outside the Punjab Raj Bhavan momentarily blinds the young jogger. As he jumps towards the footpath, he bumps into a cycle. Following the construction of causeway to Mani Majra, traffic on the once-deserted road behind the lake, has made life miserable for residents.

Cold claims fourth victim in city
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — The cold reportedly took its fourth victim today. Joginder Singh, employed with a dhaba in Sector 37, died due to “the sudden chill in the air”.

Placement drive at PU business school
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Starting from January 8, the University Business School (UBS), Panjab University, in a pioneering effort, will be launching a concentrated placement drive for its 100 plus management graduate students of this session.

Unprecedented rush for fresh passports
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 —Anticipating a steep hike in fee — from the present Rs 300 to Rs 1,000 — and introduction of index scanning at the time of acceptance of application form, there has been an unprecedented increase in applications for fresh passports.




Demand for more staff to check fee evasion
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — The Chairman of the UT Market Committee, Mr Kesar Singh, has demanded more staff from the local Administration so that the large-scale market fee evasion by commission agents could be stopped. This will also result in an increase in the revenue of the committee.

Mechanics protest hike in booth rates
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — In protest against the excessive hike in the rates of 431 booths, which the Administration is going to allot to auto-mechanics and spare parts dealers in Sector 48 and Sector 38, the Auto Mechanics Federation held a meeting in Ramgarhia Bhavan, Sector 27, here today .

Phones stop ringing again
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Nearly 20,000 phones in the Industrial Area Phase II exchange developed a snag at around 8.30 p.m., causing great inconvenience to users. The fault had not been rectified till the filing of the report.

Woman dies of burn injuries
SAS NAGAR, Jan 6 — A 20-year-old woman of Industrial Focal point in Phase X allegedly died of burn injuries here today. The victim, Manju, suffered 100 per cent burn injuries in a stove burst at her residence.


Providing legal help to the poor
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Years of wait for justice deprives many of it. Further, many aggrieved hearts would rather give up fighting for it, for the helplessness caused by lack of sufficient resources. The UT residents, thankfully do not fall in this category today.

Protest against lathi charge
SAS NAGAR, Jan 6 — The Godrej GE Employees Union today protested against an alleged lathi-charge on workers by the police at the behest of the management of the factory. At least three workers — Kanwal, Rajinder and Manoj — received minor injuries in the lathi-charge, alleged the union leaders.

CLA competitions from Jan 12
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — The Chandigarh Librarians Association (CLA) will organise the Competition Master Library Competitions from January 12 to coincide with the National Youth Day.

Cong on verge of split: Sangma
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is a conglomerate of parties of various hues which cannot deliver the goods and the Nationalist Congress Party is the only alternative to both the NDA and the Congress, claims P.A. Sangma, a senior leader of the party.

Societies resent hike in land prices by HUDA
PANCHKULA, Jan 6 — Enhancement of rates from Rs 2,234 to Rs 2,549 per square metre for allotment of land to housing societies of Sector 25 was criticised by the Employees of the Haryana Urban Development Authority install overhead decorative lights around a roundabout in Panchkula.Haryana Group Housing Promoters and Builders Federation.

HUDA installs overhead lights
PANCHKULA, Jan 6 — With a view to beautifying the area around four major roundabouts and avoid accidents, the Haryana Urban Development Authority(HUDA) has installed overhead streetlights.

Employees of the Haryana Urban Development Authority install overhead decorative lights around a roundabout in Panchkula.— Tribune Photo by Pankaj Sharma

Bills, too, may go up with local-call radius
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — The government’s move to extend the local-call radius to 200 km could result in an increase in excess-metering complaints (EMCs), according to sources in Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). Sources said the billing in this radius will be according to a 30-second-per-unit pulse.

Branches being cut to reduce accidentsA JCB machine lifts the branches of trees which were trimmed by the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh along Sarovar Path on Saturday.
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Huge branches of 40-year-old pilkhans and the other old trees in the city are being cut by the MC authorities to ensure proper lighting on roads and reduction in accidents at night. The drive that began yesterday will continue in the next 15 days.

A JCB machine lifts the branches of trees which were trimmed by the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh along Sarovar Path on Saturday.  — Tribune photo by Karam Singh.

Village land price to be reset
ZIRAKPUR, Jan 6 — The Punjab Government has decided to reset the rate of the Lohgarh panchayat land that has been occupied by some persons for the past many years. The new rate will be fixed at a meeting of members of the advisory committee of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat.

ISKCON exhibition on transcendental art
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) organised a two-day exhibition of the latest transcendental art at Radhika Art Annexe, Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, here today, which was inaugurated by Dr H.C. Modi, President, UT Consumers Court, Chandigarh, and thrown open for the general public for two days.

Road Safety Week observed
SAS NAGAR, Jan 6 — A free vehicle pollution check-up camp and a medical camp for truck drivers marked the function organised by the district transport authorities and the local truck union to observe the 12th Road Safety Week in Phase VI here today. The function was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Mr G.S. Grewal.

Drive to remove wild growth
SAS NAGAR, Jan 6 — The SAS Nagar Municipal Council today launched a special drive to remove wild growth from green belts along the major roads in the town.

Teacher who is scriptwriter, too
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Dr Surinder Sharma needs no introduction, with his popular mannerisms and armoury of rib-tickling comedy so famous in Punjabi movies. He has to his credit over 50 Punjabi movies and 10 Hindi ones, besides four in Haryanvi.

Award for Keskar
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — In a prize distribution ceremony organised by the Ruchi Ram Sahni Memorial Trust, Mr Ravindr Keskar was awarded at Ambedkar Bhavan here today.

Blood donation camp
ZIRAKPUR, Jan 6 — As many as 120 persons donated blood at a camp jointly organised by the Bhabhat village panchayat and the village Sports Club, with the help of a team of doctors from the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 here today. 


Foul play suspected in youth’s death 
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Even though the post-mortem examination of the highly decomposed body found in a nullah about 500 meters from the road dividing Sectors 31 and 47 was yet to be conducted, initial investigations have revealed that the youth was probably murdered before being dumped.

PU student hit by car
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — A Panjab University student sustained injuries after the scooter she was riding on was hit by a car at the campus today morning. Poonam Thapar was subsequently admitted to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.

  • Fax machine stolen

  • Case registered

  • Liquor seized

Body found
DERA BASSI, Jan 6 — An unidentified 70-year-old man was found dead from the local bus stand by the police today morning.


2 granted bail
PANCHKULA, Jan 6 — Two persons, Jaswinder Singh and Dharam Vir, arrested last night and booked under Section 109 of the IPC, were granted bail after they were produced in court, here today.

HC notifies list of holidays in 2001
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — The Punjab and Haryana High Court will work for 283 days in the first year of the new millennium as per the list of holidays issued by the orders of the Chief Justice and judges under the signatures of Deputy Registrar ( general) Mr. M.D. Sharma here today.

Bail plea of home guard dismissed
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — The UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr R.C. Godara, today, dismissed the bail application moved by a resident of Himachal Pardesh, Om Parkash, who had been caught for possessing drugs.

  • Bail plea dismissed
  • Hearing adjourned

Panchkula girls excel in roller hockey
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6— Roller hockey is quite popular in Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana and this region has become the hub of activities in this event. Recently, roller hockey skaters from Panchkula who practice at various skating rinks of Panchkula, excelled at the two major national meets, 38th Senior National skating meet held at Faridabad and at 46th National School Games held at Panchkula last month, as part of the Haryana team.

‘Nominated councillors favoured’
CHANDIGARH, Jan 6 — Mr Rajender Kumar, Councillor of Ward No. 15 has strongly condemned the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goel, for the manner in which he has nominated four councillors to various sub-committees of the Corporation.

Special team for speedy disposal of cases
SAS NAGAR, Jan 6 — To speed up the disposal of over 150 cases under investigation under the jurisdiction of the SAS Nagar police sub-division, a special team headed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) will be constituted.

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