Tuesday, February 13, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



UT may allow IT units in residential houses
Bid to checkmate Bangalore, Hyderabad
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — In a bid to promote Chandigarh Union Territory as the new IT destination in the North rivalling Bangalore and Hyderabad, the UT Administration is considering a proposal to allow the establishment of IT units even in residential houses in the city.

Admn issues show-cause notice to MCC
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — Issuing a show-cause notice, the Chandigarh Administration today asked the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh ( MCC) to explain why all proceedings held on the floor of the House subsequent to four members standing up and asking for voting on the agenda item pertaining to the dissolution of the MC sub-committees, should not be quashed. 

Pension for MC employees
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — For providing pension and other allowances to its employees the Municipal Corporation has framed new pension regulations, which will come into effect from May 24, 1994, and will be called the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (Employees Pension and General Provident Fund) Regulations, 2000.

Candidates miss exam, courtesy HSSC
PANCHKULA, Feb 12 — A number of candidates had to return without taking the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) examinations following the failure of the state to properly notify the change in timings of the tests here on Sunday.



  Get phones on demand: BSNL
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — The local office of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) today said that members of the public could get telephones on demand in Sectors 1 to 48 of the city.

Get gifts for your love on Internet
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — No love so strong it needs no sign; nor feeling deep it needs no light. So here I ask of you my love — will you care to be my valentine? If you say yes, I’ll tell you go how words can tell what hearts have whined; But do say yes and let me go to fetch you a bunch of flowers divine.


500 shortlisted at recruitment rally
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — About 500 candidates were shortlisted for undergoing tests on the first day of the recruitment rally being organised by the Punjab Regiment in Chandi Mandir cantonment, near here, today.

Police to provide free legal aid
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — In yet another attempt to better the police-public relationship, the local police has decided to provide for free legal aid to one and all by arranging for the chosen counsel by the Legal Services Authority at the beck and call of any accused, if so desired, and to make entries of those willing to avail this in the DDR.

Dumping practices worry Jacob
CHANDIGARH, FEB 12 — The need for going into the implications of the Washington Consensus in view of its effect on the agricultural sector and also the domestic industrial environment was stressed on the opening day of a three-day international conference on “Beyond the Washington Consensus — governance and the public domain in contrasting economies; the cases of India and Canada”, which got under way here today.

Contributions to relief fund
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — Responding to the appeal of the Chandigarh Administration, contributions continue to pour in for the Red Cross Earthquake Relief Fund — Gujarat.

Dharna against water tariff hike today
SAS NAGAR, Feb 12 — To oppose the hike in the water and sewerage rates in the town, the municipal councillors of the opposition group in the local civic body will hold a dharna in front of the council office in Phase 7 here tomorrow.

Slum kids recall Vineet Khanna’s services
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — Teachers and students of various slum schools here today paid homage to social worker-cum-director of Youth Technical Training Society Vineet Khanna, who passed away yesterday. All night schools remained closed to mourn his death.

Kalwant Singh freed
KHARAR, Feb 12 — Mr Kalwant Singh, a resident of nearby Badanpur village who was illegally confined by his family members with iron chains, for the past about three years was examined in the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh and has been admitted there.


Theft in Sector 40 house
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — The number of thefts in the city go on unabated with the local police receiving a large number of complaints each day. During the past 24 hours, four cases of theft and burglary have been reported from different parts of the city.

Man hangs himself under bridge
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — Mystery shrouds the death of an unidentified man whose body was found hanging from an iron pipe beneath the bridge on the Chandigarh- Panchkula road here early this morning.

Students beaten by ‘outsiders’
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — At least seven youths, including four students were injured in a clash between students of SD College and a few outsiders at the college premises here this morning. The clash is reported to have been a sequel to an earlier fight between the two groups on February 10.


Children try their hand at knitting
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — As many as 288 students from 24 schools participated in the Aao Bune knitting contest (zonal level round) organised at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, here today. In all 12 students from each school participated in the three- hour on the spot knitting competition.

Robbed of a hand, but bestowed with a skill Robbed of a hand, but bestowed with a skill: A physically-challenged girl gets going with the wool and needle at the Aao Bune knitting contest held at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Tiny tots sing their hearts out
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — Today was the opening morning of music days at Strawberry Fields — a kindergarten run by the Durga Das Foundation at Nehru Bhavan in Sector 24, it was a celebration of all things fresh, innocent and exciting in the growing pre-schoolers’ life.

Little hands, big efforts
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — The tiny tots of Evergreen Academy, a preparatory school in Sector 34C, held their craft-exhibition in the Terrace Garden in Sector 33. It was a lovely sight to see the craft projects made by the little ones — their main subject being “Living things and nature”!


High Court
Order on teachers’ pay cut quahsed
CHANDIGARH, FEB 12 — Allowing writ petitions filed by 18 JBT teachers, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed an order issued by the state of Haryana and other respondents reducing their salary without granting them an opportunity of hearing.

  • Head teachers’ plea allowed

  • Show-cause notice to HUDA chief

  • SGJC pleas to be heard on March 12

GCM declines to call 2 witnesses
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — The general court martial (GCM) trying Maj V.K. Madhan of 2 Rajputana Rifles today declined to summon two witnesses sought by the defence in support of its special plea challenging the jurisdiction of the court.


Nek Chand teaches Naomi Mcauley of Bristol, UK, the art of turning waste into beautiful objects, in Rock Garden British sculptuor labours to learn Nek Chand’s art
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — One must have frequented the internationally-renowned Rock Garden often, but there is something about this fabulous creation of Nek Chand which is still obscure to the public. That is one place of the garden which its creator has devoted exclusively for imparting rare skills to those interested.
Nek Chand teaches Naomi Mcauley of Bristol, UK, the art of turning waste into beautiful objects, in Rock Garden, Chandigarh, on Sunday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Successful laparoscopic surgery of kidney performed
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — For Sukhdev Singh, a 65-year-old hotelier from Warangal, a conventional open-incision surgery to remove the cyst in his left kidney would have meant a prolonged hospital stay. And almost certain complications due to his weight and age. For Dr P.N. Gupta, a city-based urologist, removing this cyst by performing a laparoscopic surgery in kidney was a challenge, which also held academic interest for him.


Antil: surprise debut
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — ‘Abhi to bahut mehnat karni hai kuch pane ki liye’, says Seema Antil, the discus thrower, who surprised the Indian athletic world with her performance at the international level. This reporter spotted this ace thrower during the Sports Authority of India selection trials, held today at Sector 18, where she had accompanied one of her close friends, who was to appear for the trials.

80 girls report for trials
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — More than 80 girls reported for the selection trials at the Sector 18 Sports Training Centre of the Sports Authority of India here. Today was the first day of the trials that are to continue for two more days. The trials are being conducted to choose trainees for athletics, hockey, volleyball and basketball centres.

  • TT tourney
  • UT school team
  • Squads chosen


Councillors’ statements recorded
SAS NAGAR, Feb 12 — The Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of the Local Government Department today visited the office of the Municipal Council to inquire into a complaint against the civic body for allegedly clearing development works worth Rs 2.55 crore at its last meeting. The complaint was made by the councillors of the opposition group.

Sec 34 City Centre II to get facelift
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — The City Centre II in Sector 34, which the Chandigarh Administration plans to develop as a modern parallel business centre in the southern part of city, is all set to get a facelift. The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has now decided to undertake the development work there.

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