Thursday, February 1, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Bomb hoax disrupts court work
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — A question mark was put on the security arrangements at the District Courts here once again when panic struck the visitors to the place today after rumours spread about a bomb having been placed in the complex. The work in the courts remained suspended for more than an hour due to the bomb hoax.

A police sniffer dog at work in the District Courts, Chandigarh, following a hoax telephone call for a bomb at the place on Wednesday. A police sniffer dog at work in the District Courts, Chandigarh, following a hoax telephone call for a bomb at the place on Wednesday.
 — A Tribune photograph

PUDA waives conveyance deed for transfer of plots
SAS NAGAR, Jan 31 — In a decision relating to transfer policy of plots, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has allowed the plots holders in its urban estates to transfer their plots without executing the conveyance deed . An earlier condition of executing the conveyance deed within six months of payment of the total cost of a plot has been relaxed till March 31, 2002.

UT announces exam schedule
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — The U T Education Department has rescheduled the holidays of government schools. It also announced the examination schedule. The schools will now remain closed on every second Saturday. The tests conducted every Saturday will now be held every Monday. The decision will be implemented with the new session.



Gujarat relief
UT to send tents, pre-fabricated shelters

CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — The Chandigarh Administration today ordered 200 more tents for the earthquake victims of Gujarat, in view of paucity of tents being faced by the earthquake victims.

Students of Panjab University make donations for the quake-hit people of Gujarat, in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Students of Panjab University make donations for the quake-hit people of Gujarat, in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
 — A Tribune photograph

A rare Tibetan spectacle
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — It’s a mighty cause they are pursuing. But more than the cause it is the zeal of Tibetans which impresses an objective viewer the most. For any other community, alienation from the homeland could have proved painful to unassuming extents, but here is one which draws inspiration from pain.

Woman jumps before train, dies
DERA BASSI, Jan 31 — A 44-year-old woman was killed when she jumped before the Shatabdi Express at the Dera Bassi level crossing, near the SDM’s office, this morning.


WHO workshop on disability ends
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — The problems of the disabled have a significant effect on economy and the social system, said Prof Raj Bahadur, Head of the Orthopaedics Department, GMCH, on the concluding day of the three-day workshop on Orientation training of trainers in disability prevention and rehabilitation, here today.

Present millennium belongs to biotechnology: experts
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — A panel discussion was the highlight of a three-day national seminar on advanced instrumentation, which concluded at the CSIO in Sector 30 here today.

Youth exhorted to forge third front
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — The youth of the country need to forge a third front in collaboration with women and intellectuals so as to replace the irresponsible politicians . Only then can we hope for the progress of our country. This was stated by Prof. Joginder Kaushal, President of the People's Action Front, while addressing the staff and students of the local Dev Samaj College For Girls here yesterday.

Drive against stray cattle extended
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has decided to extend the ongoing campaign for catching stray animals till February 10. The special drive was launched last week to catch the stray animals on the road to check the increasing menace and the consequent danger they pose to the city residents.

Internet services out of order
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — Internet services provided through the national internet backbone (NIB) owned by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) remained out of order for the eighth day in running today with the server being ‘‘down ’’.

‘Surcharge not ruled out’
PANCHKULA, Jan 31 — The Union State Minister for Home, Mr I.D. Swami, did not rule out the possibility of imposition of a surcharge for rehabilitation of the Gujarat earthquake victims, despite a denial of the same by the Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha.

No ban on recruiting cops: Swami
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — Assuring the Chandigarh police of full cooperation in getting its long pending proposals implemented, including the demand for a regular Recruit Training Centre (RTC), the Union Minister of State for Home, Mr I.D. Swami, today clarified there was no ban on recruiting cops.


Woman crushed to death
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — A 60-year-old New Indira Colony resident, Maina, was crushed to death near the transport area traffic lights after the rickshaw she was travelling in was hit by a truck this morning.

‘Banwarias not behind Madhoks’ murder’
PANCHKULA, Jan 31 — Going back on earlier claims, the Superintendent of Police, Dr CS Rao, said that the Banwaria tribe was not behind the double murder of the Madhoks on January 12, as was originally thought to be.

Forgery in plot sale alleged
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — In a complaint to the police, Mr Prem Singh of Mani Majra alleged today that Jeet Singh had sold his plot without his consent for Rs 4.5 lakh after forging documents.


A free school for underprivileged
PANCHKULA, Jan 31 — Children staying in the slums of this satellite town can now hope to have educational facilities at par with their more fortunate brother. The Panchkula chapter of the Art of Living Foundation has decided to open a school for underprivileged children in association with Hansraj Public School (HPS).

Chemistry Department’s national symposium
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 —To provide a forum for discussions in recent developments in chemistry as an interdisciplinary science, besides qualitative educational improvement in the subject in the country, a three-day national symposium is being organised by the Department of Chemistry, Panjab University, from February 2, 2001.

Education UK fair on Feb 26
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — The British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr Tom Macan, visited the British Library along with 12 officials from the High Commission, New Delhi, here yesterday.

Gurbani telecast case adjourned
CHANDIGARH,, Jan 31— The UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S Bhalla, yesterday adjourned the case pertaining to stay the telecast of Gurbani from the Golden Temple and other holy shrines, till February 2.

SHO summoned for contempt
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — Mr Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the SHO of Mandi Gobindgarh, Mr Sukhdev Singh, to appear in court and explain why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him.

Bhatnagar demands change of Judge Advocate
CHANDIGARH Jan 31 — Amidst heated arguments, Major Maneesh Bhatnagar today demanded that the Judge Advocate in the general court martial trying him be changed. Major Bhatnagar alleged that the Judge Advocate was misinterpreting statements and wrongly recording them.


Budding designers blend ethnic and contemporary
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — Anyone passing by NIFD campus located in Sector 8 today would have wondered what had warranted so much of visitation. But some steps up the stairs of the complex and one knew what was attracting people. Aranaya — the exhibition put up by the NIFD students, exuded a lot of creativity. And more so, it was quite well-managed despite its huge size.


A promising cager
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — Harpreet Kaur, a promising basketball player, who belongs to Todar Majra village near Kharar, and studies in class XII in Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, aims to be an international star in this sport. She was introduced in this game in 1997 by her school sports teacher, Harinder Singh and Paramjeet Kaur, UT Sports Department coach, moulded her into a fine player.

UT athletics meet
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — Sakshi of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, among the girls and Surinder Singh of Government Senior Secondary school, Karsan, among the boys, emerged winners each in the 200 metres race in the under-14 section of the UT Schools Athletics meet here today at the Sports Complex, Sector 7.

Report on dissolution of MC sub-panels submitted
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — The MC Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, has submitted a report regarding the dissolution of the nine sub-committees of the Municipal Corporation and the proceedings of the special MC house meeting to the UT Administration.

Only 31 HUDA sites find takers
PANCHKULA, Jan 31 — Despite high expectations, the auction of 131 commercial sites in the city was a dampener, with only 31 of these going under the hammer at the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) office in Sector 6 here today.

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