Monday, February 26, 2001,
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District Courts sans fire-safety equipment
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — In case of a major fire the District Courts Complex in Sector 17, may become a virtual “death trap” on account of inadequate fire safety measures. There is no fire extinguisher, sand buckets or water hydrant system or any other fire fighting gadget inside the court rooms and in the retiring room of the judicial officers and in the corridors outside the court rooms.

S. P. Dhawan not to be arrested
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — Directing the authorities against arresting former Controller of Examinations-cum-Registrar of Panjab University S.P. Dhawan in a criminal intimidation case, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, yesterday clarified that the stay order earlier granted by the court “would not hinder the authorities in conducting an investigation into the matter”.

City feels tremors
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — An earthquake jolted the city and its surrounding areas at 7.55 a.m. today. The earthquake that had its epicenter in Hindukush in Afghanistan, measured 6.5 on the richter scale. Residents rushed out of their houses in fear.




Jassi blooms in Rose Festival
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — The city could not have gone more wild than it did tonight. Boisterous beats, mesmerizing songs, and great performance — the evening at Leisure Valley today offered a perfect recipe for absolute excitement. The much-awaited live performance by Jasbir Jassi, got better and stronger with each passing moment, finally bringing the zing back to the Festival of Gardens which met its conclusion today.

Gujarati children sell balloons at Rose Festival in Chandigarh on Friday.
Gujarati children sell balloons at Rose Festival in Chandigarh on Friday. Many such children have migrated to other states after losing their parents in the January 26 earthquake in Gujarat. 
— Reuters photo

Indian Airlines to revise tariff soon
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — Indian Airlines is all set to double the frequency of its services between New Delhi and Chandigarh to four besides linking the city with Jammu with a twice-a-week service. These additional services are reflected in the ensuing summer schedule of the airline which has already been approved and will be effective from April.

Telecom link snaps again
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — The city’s telecommunication system broke down once again today. This time, the digital exchange (DTAX) that routes all STD and ISD calls had developed a snag, snapping city’s link with the other parts of the country and the world.

Inmates of Old Age Home, Sector 15, Chandigarh Left to brave winter of neglect
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — For the 20-odd inmates of the Sector 15 Old Age Home, an hour of cultural show had no significance. Pain had returned to their eyes even before artistes of the Swami Ram Tiratha Memorial Society wound up the 45-minute cultural show that had been organised on the premises of the home. 
A DAY OF SUNSHINE IN THE WINTER OF NEGLECT: Inmates of Old Age Home, Sector 15, Chandigarh, share a few moments with visitors on the premises of the home on Friday.
— A Tribune photograph



Draw for plots soon
PANCHKULA, Feb 25 — A draw for 1,100 residential plots in Sectors 27 and 28 will be held next fortnight, according to the latest scheme of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). Meanwhile, 125 commercial sites in various sectors of the city will go under the hammer on February 28.

Residents want some clean-up
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — The Sector 33 Welfare Committee in a meeting held recently emphasised the need to improve environment and security of the sector so as to make it a model sector.

Misfire injures 8-year-old girl
KHARAR, Feb 25 — Ms Manjinder Kaur, an 8-years-old was seriously injured when she was fired at by a barati in a marriage party in nearby Popna village near here today.

Rally by oppn councillors
SAS NAGAR, Feb 25 — As part of their agenda to oppose the hike in water and sewer rates, the municipal councillors of the opposition group and representatives of some religious bodies staged a rally in a public park in Phase XI here today. The participants raised slogans against the ruling group in the civic body.

Shop gutted
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — A fire which broke out in a television and video repair shop in the Sector 37-C market this night caused a loss of thousands of rupees with a number of televisions and other electronic goods being destroyed.



Youth held for trying to molest minor
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — A youth has been arrested by the police for attempting to outrage the modesty of a minor girl. A case has been registered against the accused, Raj Kumar, under Sections 354, 363 and 366 of the IPC.

  • Fake cheque

  • Burglary cases

  • Briefcase stolen



Teachers’ march today
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — The All-India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (AIFUCTO) today announced a march to Parliament House tomorrow seeking the implementation of agreements made with the government in the past.

PCCTU elections
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — Elections to teachers’ bodies in 172 colleges for 2001-2002 will be held up to March 15.

PU to revamp computer course
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — Panjab University has decided to revamp the existing course structure and syllabus for the present course in Bachelor of Computer Science from the forthcoming session.


ASI granted bail in dowry case
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — The UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Ashok Kumar, today granted bail to the ASI of the Chandigarh Police, Ram Rattan. The case against the accused was registered under Sections 406 of the Indian Penal Code and the dowry Act on the complaint of, Mr Surinder Sharma.

  • Judicial remand
  • Assault case

Finance firm’s plea dismissed
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, dismissed the appeal of M/s Lloyds Finance Limited, Sector 8, filed against the order of Consumer Forum-I. The Consumer Forum-I had directed the finance company to refund the matured amount of Rs 86, 250 with interest at the rate of 15 per cent per annum to the complainant.



17 operated upon at eye camp
PANCHKULA, Feb 25—Seventeen patients with eye problems were operated upon at a two-day camp organised in Sanatan Dharm Temple in Sector 19 by the Chandigarh Lions Club and about 300 patients were examined on the concluding, day here today.



Judoka turns boxing judge
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 — Sonia Kanwar, a national-level judo player, has become a qualified boxing judge. She was declared as a qualified judge to officiate at the national and other tournaments of this nature. She said that with hosting of the Ist National Women Boxing Championship at Chennai last month, the women boxers see a bright future.


Crises ahead for SAS Nagar MC?
SAS NAGAR, Feb 25 — One of the richest civic bodies in Punjab, the SAS Nagar Municipal Council, appears to be heading towards a financial crisis if the income of the civic body in the current financial year is any indication. A shortfall of at least 20 per cent in the projected income was expected to cause a loss of over Rs 4 crore to the civic body.

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