Thursday, January 11, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


Security around Parade Ground beefed up
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — Security in and around the Sector 17 Parade Ground has been beefed up by the Chandigarh Police following intelligence reports on the possibility of a bomb attack by terrorists on or before Republic Day.

Seat belt saved me: Gurdas Mann
Gurdas MannCHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — Punjabi pop singer Gurdas Mann says he was sleeping on the back seat of his Mitsubishi Pajero when his vehicle met with an accident 35 km from here yesterday. The seat belt which he had fastened at the insistence of his driver, Tej Pal Singh, saved his life. Tejpal was killed in the accident.

Weighed down by the heavy school bag and the chill, a boy on his way to school.
Weighed down by the heavy school bag and the chill, a boy on his way to school on Wednesday in Chandigarh.
— A Tribune photo by Karam Singh




41 pc hike in auto fares soon; meters to be made mandatory
Taxi fares to go up by 33 pc
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — For the first time in four years a hike between 25 to 33 per cent was effected in fares for hiring of petrol and diesel-driven car taxis plying in city. A notification to this effect has been issued by the UT Home Department.

Road widening project on
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — The Chandigarh Administration has started widening and strengthening some major roads in the city. Work is slated to be completed by June 30. Interestingly, the Administration has taken up the task of widening the roads, a basic job of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.

‘Education Bandh’ called off
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — An “Education Bandh” in private colleges called by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union on January 18 has been called off. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the PCCTU office-bearers at Ludhiana where deliberations lasted well over two hours. 

Special literacy project for city
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — The Government of India has decided to sanction a special project for Chandigarh to focus on educating that part of the population which has remained out of the earlier phases of the National Literacy Mission.



United communities body on anvil
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — Preambular Declaration for establishing a global body — the United Communities Organisation — was adopted at a representative meeting of eminent statesmen, scholars, political thinkers, opinion-makers and leading figures representing different communities and religious traditions held on Tuesday at India International Centre, New Delhi.

‘Model’ among 3 arrested
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — A Mumbai-based model-cum-actress was among three alleged sex workers arrested by the Chandigarh Police with the help of decoy customers late in the evening on Tuesday.

Fog forces change in school timings
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — The ongoing cold wave and foggy weather in the region have forced a change in the school timings in the Union Territory. Timings of single shift schools have been changed from 8 am to 8.30 am in the morning and schools will close at 2.30 pm instead of 2 pm. 

Middle standard exams deferred
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — The middle standard examination for students in the local schools will be delayed by a month this year as teachers and the staff of the Chandigarh Education Department are busy with census duty.

Undertrial’s death: viscera sent to Patiala
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — The viscera of Shiv Kumar, an undertrial in a murder case, who had died at the Burail Jail, was sent today to Patiala for chemical examination. Confirming the information, the Deputy Superintendent of Chandigarh Police Mr S.C. Sagar, when contacted, said a set of sealed documents had also been sent to the Head of the Pathology Department at the Sector 32 hospital.



Hike in water, sewer rates to snowball
SAS NAGAR, Jan 10 — The issue of hike in the water and sewer rates in the local civic body is likely to snowball at the forthcoming meeting of the council. The Opposition councillors today threatened to sit on dharna if the hike was not withdrawn.

Cop evicted from flat
SAS NAGAR, Jan 10 — Cops do not always call the shots. At times they can be at the receiving end too. In one such incident, a constable of Ropar police, posted at the Phase VIII police station here, was allegedly thrown out of his flat in the Commando Complex in Phase XI here by the officials of the Fourth Commando unit.

Lawyers chambers: memorandum given to Chautala
PANCHKULA, Jan 10 — A memorandum seeking allotment of land for construction of lawyers’ chambers was submitted by the District Bar Association to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, here today.

Rally by medical reps
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 —Medical representatives working in pharmaceutical companies observed a strike and organised a rally in front of the office of the Labour Commissioner, Punjab and Chandigarh, here today.

Stone laid for UT Guest House
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — The foundation stone of the additional block of the UT Guest House in Sector 6 was laid by the UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F. R. Jacob (retd), here today. The new wing will have 30 rooms and 11 VVIP suites.

Shatabadi delayed
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — Heavy fog has forced the Northern Railway to operate all mail and express trains at a speed of 30 km per hour in the region resulting in delays between 4 to 6 hours for long distance mail and express trains.

Navya Zari show
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — Navya Zari, an establishment which specialises in zari work has exhibited some of it’s home furnishing pieces at Innoxa in Sector 8.



Pedestrian hurt, driver held
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — Sushil Kumar was arrested after his three-wheeler hit a pedestrian, Surinder Kumar, near a petrol pump at Mani Majra, yesterday. The accident happened late in the night and the pedestrian reportedly sustained minor injuries.

Jeweller duped
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — A Sector 19 jeweller today complained to the police that three clean-shaven thugs, posing as customers, escaped in a car after taking three gold sets of 110 g on the pretext of showing them to the family waiting at home in Sector 18.



Chautala gives prizes to 175 DAV students
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — ‘’Students are a precious asset of the nation upon whose shoulders rest the future of nation,’’ said the Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala at the prize distribution function of DAV Model School, Sector 15.

Quiz on Vivekananda’s life, teachings
PANCHKULA, Jan 10 — A talk and a quiz contest on the life and works of Swami Vivekananda will be organised by the Panchkula Journalists Association in the Sector 11 Chaman Lal DAV School here to observe Vivekananda Jayanti on January 12, according to a press note issued here today.


DPI gets 30 days’ jail, fine
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — Mrs Justice Bakhshish Kaur of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today sentenced Punjab’s DPI (Schools), Mrs Vidyawati, to one month’s jail and a fine of Rs 2500 in a contempt of court case filed against her by Ms Geeta Rani and 29 others.

14-day remand for GMCH guards
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — The three security guards arrested yesterday from Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, for the lathi charge on journalists were sent to fourteen days judicial remand today by the UT Judicial Magistrate (first class), Mr K.K. Goyal.



Alpha Punjabi serial bits on stage
Comedian Bhagwant Mann enacts scenes from his serial due for launch on Alpha Punjabi Channel during a preview show held at Hotel Mountview.CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — It was quite a novel attempt, at least considering the level of involvement of people. Today when vice president, Corporate Communications, Zee, Mr Ranjan Bakshi, discussed the concept of how theatre and television can compliment one another it sounded a little weird, until one saw a part of it coming true on the specially-constructed stage in the banquet hall of hotel Mount View.

Comedian Bhagwant Mann enacts scenes from his serial due for launch on Alpha Punjabi Channel during a preview show held at Hotel Mountview on Wednesday. — Tribune photo

A rising pop star
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — Melody is his soul and simplicity is his style. Nitin Bali, the rising pop star, has established himself as one of the prominent figure in the pop circle with his assortment of moods and styles in his two albums, “Na Janne” and the latest “Akkhan Nal Ahhkian Milaija.”



A promising shooter
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — “I do meditation to increase my concentration”, a says Anu Prasher the shooting prodigy of Chandigarh who won the gold medal in the .22 open category in the Northern India Shooting Championships held here in December last.


Chief engineer’s post: Admn to write to UPSC
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — After all the controversy the Chief Engineer, Chandigarh Administration, may be appointed. The Administration will be writing to the Union Public Service Commission request it to hold an interview for the post. 

Selection of panel chief underway
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — Hectic preparations are on for selecting the chairman and vice chairman of various sub-committees of the Muncipal Corporation. The process for the same is likely to be initiated by January 18.Top

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