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Health, power, education major beneficiaries
Rs 148 cr plan outlay for UT
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — The city will get more money for development purposes in the health sector, housing sector, for power projects, for land acquisition, for capital outlay in sports and arts, besides police projects, as per details of the Rs 148 crore plan outlay for Chandigarh during the financial year beginning April 1.

Appreciation with circumspection
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — The toughest task of the year has been accomplished rather successfully than was imagined. The Finance Minister has finally managed to make the middle class Indian house-wives happy.

Revised MC Budget through at last
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — The BJP-SAD alliance had its way with the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, who agreed to additional allocation of Rs 520 lakh under the planned expenditure, increasing it to Rs 4,606 lakh in the revised Municipal Corporation Budget for the year 2001-2002, that was passed amid chaos today.



  City set to cross 9-lakh mark
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — The demographic scenario in Chandigarh will witness a sea change as the city is all set to cross the 9-lakh population mark with the single largest exercise in the world, Census of India-2001, drawing to a close today.

64 arrested after clash
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — The Banur police arrested 64 persons today, following a major clash between two groups of Devinagar locality (Abrama). A land dispute between the Sarpanch of Devinagar, Jatinder Singh Romi, and a person named Hakim Singh is said to be the reason for the clash between their supporters. About 20 persons sustained minor injuries in the clash.

Focus on malpractices at Leh oil depot
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — The dismissal of a junior commissioned officer by a summary general court martial here this week, has brought into focus malpractices and irregularities by several officers and other ranks at the Field Petroleum Depot (FPD), Leh, which allegedly induced a loss of Rs 80 lakhs.


Carnival time at Rock Garden
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — The coming four days will be all about paying tributes to a magnificent creation which has placed the City Beautiful on the world tourism map. On the anvil are a host of celebrations to mark the silver jubilee year of Nek Chand’s Rock Garden which has gained the reputation of being an elergy in its own right.

Illegal motor market faces the axe
PANCHKULA, Feb 28 — The illegal motor market in Old Panchkula existing for over five years will face the axe in the coming days with its demolition being given the go-ahead by the top brass of the Town and Country Planning Department.

National science day observed
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 —The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) today observed National Science Day by holding an “Open Day”. All laboratories of the CSIO were kept open for the public.

Contestants of Miss Euro-Asia 2001
Contestants of Miss Euro-Asia 2001 in a Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph
When participants had to save the show
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — Anyone these days is busy organising a beauty pageant, and especially so in the City Beautiful. The preliminary round of one such show was held at a very interesting venue in Sector 35 this evening. The name of the event was as interesting as the event itself — Euro-Asia 2001. This one was being organised by a host of outfits, and has about 14 participants, with one Japanese girl left to join the group.

Punjab police donates Rs 1 cr for quake-hit
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 —The Punjab Director General of Police, Mr Sarabjit Singh, today presented a cheque of Rs 1 crore to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for the earthquake victims of Gujarat.

Residents body flays HUDA
PANCHKULA, Feb 28 — The Residents Welfare Association, Sector 8, criticised the deteriorating maintenance of sectors in the city with the HUDA giving up its claim and the municipal council not stepping in to take charge of its duties.

Seminar on Dalit issues ends
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — Projects for modernity need not be thrown away in context of progress of Dalits. This was stated by Dr Kumar Suresh of Hamdard University, Delhi, while speaking on Interrogating or Affirming Modernity in Emancipatory Project. — B.R. Ambedkar in Perspective. He was speaking on the concluding day of a two-day seminar on Social Oppression and emancipatory Projects.

Northern sectors go without water
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — Water supply to many sectors of the city remained stalled today following a mechanical disorder in two water pump sets of Kajauli. On account of the technical snag in the pumps, each of which was pumping about 10 million gallons of water daily to the city, the supply remained suspended to the Northern belt upto Sectors 26 and 27, as also to Sectors 1 and 2.

Over Rs 1 cr may have been concealed
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — An amount of over Rs 1 crore may have been concealed by sanitary dealer Kushi Ram and Sons from the payment of tax while purchasing two industrial plots in the Industrial Area here.

Massive HUDA rally
PANCHKULA, Feb 28—Over 500 members of eight unions of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) organised a rally on the issue of a decision of the fate of employees being transferred to the Municipal Council at the HUDA office in Sector 6 here today.

Houseless in Haryana enumerated
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — Enumeration of the houseless population in Haryana was done today morning. Mr Sunil Gulati, Director, Census Operation, Haryana, has appealed to all NGOs and Social Welfare Organisations to extend full cooperation to the District Census Officers to complete this task within the stipulated time.


Murders shake up city police
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — In the wake of the three murders here this month, the Inspector-General of the UT police, Mr B.S. Bassi, called a meeting of the Central Division beat officers today to assess the beat system.

Police condemned for ‘inaction’
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — Mr Surinder Bhardwaj, president of the Chandigarh Territorial Janata Dal, today condemned “inaction” of the local police to control the worsening law and order situation in the city.

Booked for under-measuring
PANCHKULA, Feb 28—A case under Section 7, 10 and 55 of the Essential Commodities Act has been registered against the owner of the Sector 14 petrol station which was sealed for under-measuring petrol and diesel. The case has been registered on the complaint of the Food and Supplies Department following a raid by its team.

Soni murder case: police clueless
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — The police is still clueless regarding the murder of Prem Lata Soni in Sector 32 on February 26. It is learnt that police is now adopting the theory of elimination after questioning and cross-questioning various friends, relatives and other acquaintances of the deceased, who have been regular visitors to her house.


Jacob stresses education for all
, Feb 28— “we must have compassion and love for the unfortunate children who do not have facilities of education” said Lieut-Gen (retd) Mr J.F.R Jacob, Governor, Punjab and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, in a science exhibition organised by the Sri Aurobindo School of Integral Education here today. Mr Jacob, earlier inaugurated an exhibition of art and craft organised by students of the school.

Is the education board flouting rules to benefit favourites?
, Feb 28 — The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) authorities appear to have pushed the rules and regulations under the carpet while doling out benefits to its “favourite” candidates seeking “regular” employment in the board . Before creating the post of the Officer-on-Special Duty (OSD) to the Chairman, a post of an Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife (ANM) was converted in to a new post of pharmacist grade-II in violation of its own guidelines.

Satinder declared best student
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — Satinder Pal Singh Sidhu was declared the best student for the session 2000-01 at the annual convocation of the Sector 26 Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, here today. Puran Chand was adjudged the best sportsperson.

53 student contestants honoured
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — As many as 53 winners of the X State-Level Vocational Competitions held at GMSSS, Sector 47, here today by the Education Department, UT.

Dr Amar Singh heads teachers’ body
, Feb 28 —Dr Amar Singh, head of the Biology Department at the Government College for Girls, Sector 42, has been elected president of the Indian Association of Biology Teachers (Colleges) for a term of two years, stated a press note issued here today.

7 PU readers promoted
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — As many as seven readers of Panjab University denied promotions on two earlier attempts have been promoted as professors.


HC directions on IMA representation
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Union of India and the state of Punjab to dispose of within two months the representation of the Indian Medical Association seeking directions against the construction of an over-bridge at level crossing number 135-A on the Chandigarh-Patiala highway.


Osteoporosis camp from today
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 — The Department of Orthopaedics, GMCH, Sector 32, is organising a two-day osteoporosis camp beginning on March 1.


HUDA auction in Sec 8 a success
PANCHKULA, Feb 28 — The HUDA auction of commercial sites proved to be a success as 22 of these in Sector 8 here fetched Rs 11.58 crore today. This was against a reserve price of Rs 7.33 crore and the highest bid was upto Rs 78.40 lakh.

SP office’s phone disconnected
SAS NAGAR, Feb 28 — Financial constraints faced by the Punjab police appears to be now hitting at its telecommunication network in the town. The telephone connection at the two police stations and in the office of the Superintendent of Police, SAS Nagar, have been disconnected by the Telecom Department due to non-payment of bills running in thousands of rupees.

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