Tuesday, February 6, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Power connections to be costlier from Feb 22
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — Getting a new power connection and paying for new meters will be costlier in the city as the Chandigarh Administration has revised the rates of advance consumption deposits to be made by various categories of consumers of power. A notification in this regard has been issued and new tariffs come into force on February 22.

Bookies still doing well
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — The arrest of six bookies from the city on February 1 has failed to deter bookies here, allegedly because of the “callous attitude” of the city police.

Tents to house schools at Bhachau
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — The Gujarat Government has decided to run classes of primary schools in different villages of Bhachau taluka in 60 pre-fabricated structures that were airlifted to Bhuj today.

Quake survivor battles trauma
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — Narrowly escaping the catastrophe that hit Gujarat on Republic Day, Ms Anju Sharma, wife of R. K. Sharma, is back home with her two-year-old toddler Neeraj, but she is yet to recover from her traumatic experiences. Sitting amidst members of her in-laws’ family in Geeta Nagri near Dhulkot railway station of Ambala, Anju still looks shaken and horrified.

File photo of Anju Sharma with her two-year-old son Neeraj.



  Rush for insurance cover
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — Following the massive earthquake in Gujarat, residents in the region have been rushing to get their houses and vehicles insured against damage due to earthquakes. Since January 26, when buildings in Gujarat swayed and collapsed the flow of people into various offices of insurance companies has gone up manifold.

Wires hang like sword of Damocles
NAYA GAON (Kharar), Feb 5 — Over head power cables hang loosely and in an unorganised manner in and around Naya Gaon. At places the cables are just one to two feet over the roof of houses. Some of the electricity transformers have too become ‘‘dangerous’’ as people have built houses close by.

Authorities close eyes to open manholes
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — With the authorities concerned looking the other way, the number of open manholes in the city has increased putting the lives of residents in danger.


Accidents on Madhya Marg
HANDIGARH’s Madhya Marg which was once an open arterial driveway has become overcrowded with traffic and a number of accidents have taken place on it. The stretchfrom the Transport Area crossing to the railway station has become extremely hazardous.

  • Misplaced speed breakers

  • Postal services


Duplicate jeans seized
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — Acting on complaint of Mr Pankaj Walia of Para Mount Fashions, Sector 44-D, the local police arrested Rahul Jindal, a resident of Sirsa, yesterday. The police also claimed to have recovered 605 pairs of jeans with duplicate label marks of a famous brand from his possession.

Writer of obscene letters to girls held
SAS NAGAR, Feb 5 — The mystery behind the obscene letters and literature being received by residents at their homes in the past few days was solved today with the local police arresting a 25-year-old youth from Phase 7 here. 

Man consumes poison, dies
KHARAR, Feb 5 — The story of a newly-wed couple of Badali village, which was allegedly forced to consume some poisonous substance last month, ended today when the husband also died in Command Hospital. The postmortem was performed in the Civil Hospital here today.


Former art college students display works
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — The group show by 13 former students of the Government College of Art, Sector 10, features works on a variety of themes and in a variety of mediums. But even in this variation the objective is common — that of garnering room for talent of upcoming artists, some of whom cannot always manage a gallery. Hence the show in a small place which houses an advertising firm in one part and a tiny art gallery in the other. 

Sarita Chauhan with her installation at Art Folio in Chandigarh on Monday.
Sarita Chauhan with her installation at Art Folio in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Bail for suspended engineer
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — A suspended executive engineer with Haryana Urban Development Authority, R.K. Garg, booked in a case alleging diversion of flood relief fund, was today granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court here.

Bhatnagar alleges fraud
CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — Maj Maneesh Bhatnagar today alleged fraud by the prosecution and the lawful custodians of documents pertaining to his disciplinary case after one of the witnesses produced two different accounts of a pre-trial procedure.

Forum orders replacement of faulty phone
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5—The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum II has directed Surinder Radios and Nation Panasonic Limited to replace the telephone set of a resident of SAS Nagar and pay him a compensation of Rs 550.

Notice on folk singer’s plea
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — On a telegram accusing the police of picking up an SAS Nagar resident following the filing of a petition by his son, a folk singer, against Ludhiana’s Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Singh, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the High Court today issued notice of motion for February 27.

Legal Services Authority summons DC
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — The State legal Service Authority, Chandigarh, has sent a notice to the local Deputy Commissioner, asking him to appear before the authority on February 21 to ‘‘give details for not framing a suitable policy of rehabilitation and hearing of the original residents of Chandigarh’’.

Bail granted to 6 bookies
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — Even as the six bookies of Sirsa arrested by the city police on February 1 were granted bail today, the police has found more than a 100 telephone numbers through the mobile telephones seized from the accused.

  • Bail plea rejected

  • Bail granted in theft case

  • 2 released on probation

Ensure amenities on time: HC
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — While disposing of the writ petitions of Shanti Punj Investment, Sector 33-A, Chandigarh, and six other allottees of commercial sites, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, directed the Chandigarh Administration to ensure that there was no delay in the provision of amenities and removal of encroachment and it should recover the instalments and penalise the defaulters.


CMO inaugurates workshop
PANCHKULA, Feb 5 — A five-day training workshop on “Integrated management of childhood illness” was inaugurated here on Monday. It was organised by the Survival for Women and Children Foundation. According to a spokesman, the main aim of the workshop was to equip health workers with technical skills.


Spice, HDFC in semis
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — Connect, Spice and HDFC bank yesterday made it to the semi-final of the inter-corporate cricket tournament. Batting first, HDFC Bank put up a total of 145 for the loss of six wickets. Sanjeev took two wickets for the Spice team, who achieved the target by losing just five wickets. Amit scored 50 unbeaten runs, Sanjeev 39 runs and Samit made 27 runs.


Grant for colonies enhanced
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — The UT Administration has enhanced the grant-in- aid for providing services to rehabilitated colonies from Rs 1.2 crore to Rs 2.2 crore. An intimation in this regard has been received by the Municipal Corporation only last week.

Community centre to be opened on Feb 9
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mrs Neeru Nanda, will inaugurate the newly-built community centre in Sector 46 on February 9, following which it will be thrown open to the public for bookings.

Plan to recarpet village roads
CHANDIGARH, Feb 5 — The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, is now planning to strengthen and recarpet internal roads of the four villages namely — Butrela, Ottawa, Badheri and Burail. The condition of these roads had deteriorated during the past few years and residents had been persistently demanding the repair.


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