Sunday, March 4, 2001,
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Why is UT spending crores to rehabilitate migrants?
Cops call the scheme an invitation to crime
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — Does the Chandigarh Administration need to reconsider its highly populist scheme to rehabilitate unauthorised slum dwellers by spending crores to build houses which are anyway sold off on a premium, and indirectly drive locals out of the city ?

Exactly a year after slum-dwellers of the Sector 31 slum colony were allotted plots in Mauli Jagran, the slum colony remains where it was. Exactly a year after slum-dwellers of the Sector 31 slum colony were allotted plots in Mauli Jagran, the slum colony remains where it was. — A Tribune Photograph 

All smiles as rocks turn 25
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, inaugurated the silver-jubilee celebrations of Rock Garden here today. While the morning programme expected to be some what subdued, it turned out to be otherwise. The UT Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, and the Deputy Public Relations Officer, Mr Vivek Atray, were also at the venue. Folk singers of Punjab entertained the gathering.




Scuffles mar club polling
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — Acrimony and scuffles among members marked the polling to elect the new set of office-bearers and executive of the Chandigarh Club here today.

Provisional liquidator for Punwire Mobile
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — Mr Justice J.S. Khehar in a joint order in separate petitions moved by Titan Industries and by the official liquidator of Punjab Wireless System Limited ordered that the Official Liquidator be appointed as the provisional liquidator to forthwith take charge of all the properties and assets of Punwire Mobile Communication Limited during the pendency of the winding up proceedings pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court which were ordered to be admitted.

PU cheque bounces
Publishing house still awaits payment
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — Panjab University which has driven a publication house from “pillar to post” for nearly two years and is yet to give its rightful claim of Rs 510 could soon be entangled in a legal soup if the house goes ahead and does what it said.

Rev Thomson to call on Dalai Lama
May discuss Taliban act
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — When the Chairman of the Council of the Parliament of World Religions, the Rev Robert Thomson, calls on the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala on Monday, the agenda of the meeting is likely to change from discussion on holding the next meeting of the Council to the shelling of statues of the Buddha by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Concept of ethics ‘under attack’
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — The Editor of The Tribune, Mr Hari Jaisingh, today regretted that in the present market-oriented Indian Press the concept of ethics itself seemed to be under attack as in many newspapers, commercial establishments had begun to call the shots.

Car prices low, where are the buyers?
CHANDIGARH, March 3 —The expected spurt in the car demand following the decline in the prices has not been witnessed in the car market on the first and the second day of the implementation of new prices. The industry is expecting the impact to be felt in about a week’s time, only after the holi festival.

PM’s city visit cancelled
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — The Prime Minister Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee’s programme to inaugurate the new OPD of the PGI here on march 6 has been cancelled, according to the PGI Medical Superintendent, Mr A.K. Gupta.


National convention of ex-servicemen begins
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — The two-day triennial national convention of the War Decorated India (WDI) was inaugurated by the Punjab Minister for Defence Services Welfare, Mr Ajit Singh Kohat, here today.

Spring Fest — a feast for the senses
PANCHKULA, March 3 — The colours of spring came alive at the Spring Fest, which commenced at the flower bedecked Town Park in Sector 5, here today. Two marigold elephants ‘lifted’ from the Topiary Park, holding garlands, stood at the entrance as part of the reception committee, while more such animals dotted the park’s landscape.

Trade unions flay Budget
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — Leaders of several trade unions affiliated to the Chandigarh UT Subordinate Services Federation today described the 2001-2002 Central Budget as anti-working class.

PUNSUP donates 11 lakh for quake victims
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — Mr S.S. Rajput, Managing Director of PUNSUP, today presented a cheque for Rs 11,04,205 to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for relief to Gujarat Earthquake victims.

‘Help us help quake victims’
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — A former local MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, today urged the Chandigarh Administration to take public representatives into confidence about the contingency plan prepared by it to meet any eventuality, which might arise because of an earthquake here.

3 die as truck falls into khud
PANCHKULA, March 3—Three persons were killed at Nidana village this morning at around 6 a.m. when a truck, on its way to Derra Bassi, fell into a khud.

NSS annual function
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — The NSS units of Guru Gobind Singh College Sector 26, organised their annual function here today as part of the weekly World Women celebrations.

Boy killed in mishap
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — A 2-year-old boy Mohd Jaid of Sector 47 reportedly died in the PGI after he fell from the roof of his house here today.

Death traps on divider
ome time ago openings were made in the divider from the Railway flyover to Housing Board Chowk to drain out water which used to accumulate on both sides of the divider. While it has solved this problem, it has created another hazard which is more serious.

  • Unfair step

  • Beautification

  • Rose photographs


Bootleggers nabbed at different nakas
DERA BASSI, March 3 — The police arrested four bootleggers and recovered 1,650 pouches (396 bottles) of countrymade liquor from their possession, here today.

One hurt in clash
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — A fight broke out between students of the Sector 10 DAV College here during the annual-function of hostels late in the evening yesterday. A hostler reportedly sustained injuries, but no case was registered, according to police sources.

PGI’s photostat room raided
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — The local police reportedly raided a photostat room of the Kairon Block of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Research and Education and arrested five persons for allegedly violating the Copy Right Act, here yesterday.

14-day remand for Food and Supplies Inspector
PANCHKULA, March 3 — District Food and Supplies Inspector, Pritpal Singh, was sent to 14 days judicial remand following registration of a case under Sections 420 and 120 B of the IPC, here today.

Cyclist hit by truck, dies
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — Harchand Singh was declared dead at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, after the cycle he was driving was hit by a truck, near the Poultry Farm Chowk here yesterday. According to police sources, he was hit by a truck with only a chassis at about 1.30 p.m.

  • Rs 39,000 stolen

  • 2 scooters stolen

  • Bootleggers held


CBSE exams from March 7
, March 3 — Examinations of the Central Board of Secondary Education will commence from March 7 this year. Giving this information here today, the Regional officer, Yograj Sachdeva said that elaborate arrangements had been made for the conduct of the examinations.

‘Focus on the common man in research’
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — The deliberations of the Indian Social Science Congress, during the third day of the conference, addressed the issues of Public Health policies and the perspectives of democracy with special focus on democratic institutions. Prof K.S. Sharma from Hubli, Prof Sumaya Panda, Prof T. R. Sharma of Panjab University and Prof Sucha Singh Gill from Punjabi University, Patiala, addressed the plenary sessions in the morning. 

Teachers to stage dharna
CHANDIGARH, March 3 —The Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) has decided to stage a dharna on March 5 at Matka Chowk, here to protest against the non-implementation of the Social Security Act, according to a press note issued here today.

127 students get prizes
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — More than 127 students of the Dev Samaj College for Women in Sector 45 here received prizes from Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, Mayor, Chandigarh, at the annual prize distribution ceremony held in the college today.

Role of IT in commerce stressed
CHANDIGARH, March 3 —The Department of Commerce of SGGS College, Sector 26, organised a seminar on information, education and commerce at the college here today.

Students organise exhibition
DERA BASSI, March 3 — The students of Sri Sukhmani International School today organised an exhibition on Science, Geography and Art and Craft here today.

Seminar on teaching of maths held
, March 3 — The Nursery teacher training department of DAV School, Sector 15-A, organised a day long seminar for “Teaching of Mathematics” here today. The seminar was inaugurated by vice-president and permanent chairman of lok adalat, DAV College Managing Committee, Justice D.V. Sehgal.

Lawyers’ seminar today
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — The benefits of the amended provisions of Civil Procedure Code Amendment Bill 2000 to the litigants and the judicial system will be discussed during a seminar being organised by All-India Lawyers Union on March 4 at Musafir Auditorium in Sector 24.

Company restrained from shifting plant
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — Issuing notice of motion for March 23, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today restrained Faridabad-based K.G. Khosla Compressors Limited from transferring the plant and the machinery, besides other movable and immovable property of the company.

  • Notice on notification

Nigerian awarded 10 yr RI
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — A resident of Nigeria, Joseph, was sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment today by the UT Additional District and Session Judge, Mr R.C. Godara, in a case under the NDPS Act. The case against the accused was registered under Section 21 of the NDPS Act, at the Sector 39 Police Station, on August 25, 1995.

  • Held for selling adulterated milk

  • NRI exempted from appearing personally

  • Sukhdev sent to remand

Ban to hamper media coverage
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — The order on the ban of photography in the District Courts Complex has shocked human right activists and scribes covering courts. They feel the step will curb the freedom of the press. Instead of deploying enough security personnel in the court premises, the Administration had taken the step just to get rid of the security problem.


A photograph exhibited at the second Foto Show, organised by the Friends of Photography in Punjab Kala Bhavan, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

Foto Show inaugurated
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — Seventy outstanding pieces of work conveying strong emotional feelings and a esthetic sense have been exhibited at the Punjab Kala Bhawan here as part of the Second Annual Foto Show, organised by the Friends of Photography. This five-day long exhibition was inaugurated by Haryana Chief Secretary LM Goyal.
A photograph exhibited at the second Foto Show, organised by the Friends of Photography in Punjab Kala Bhavan, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Gurdas Mann sings in aid of quake-hit
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — It was Gurdas Maan all the way at the Sector 42 Sports Complex tonight. Performing at a charity show, organised by Strides, an event management company, and the UT Red Cross, in aid of earthquake victims of Gujarat, Maan’s golden voice reiterated its beauty once again in a span of less than two months here after meeting with an accident near here on January 9.

Display of natural grace, beauty
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — Graceful body movement coupled with eloquent facial expressions was the hallmark of Ranjana Sarakar’s kathak performance, who performed for the monthly baithak programme of Pracheen Kala Kendra at it’s Bhaskar Rao Indoor Auditorium in Sector 35 here today.

Is safe blood a distant dream?
CHANDIGARH, March 1 — Picture this — an emergency situation in a nursing home somewhere in the interiors of Punjab. The patient urgently requires blood transfusion. The doctor tells the relatives that the only way to save patient’s life is an immediate blood transfusion. 


Athletics meet of GMCH-32
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — Tina Kochhar and Vikramjit Singh secured the first place in 200 metres final of the girls and boys section, respectively, of the eighth annual athletics meet of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, which began here today. 

PUDA rehabilitation scheme for villages
SAS NAGAR, March 3 — Under an ambitious rehabilitation scheme for Kumbhra, Lambian and Madanpura villages, worked out by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), at least 22 acres of land was being utlilised to provide plots or built-up houses to the evacuees. It has been decided by the authority to offer alternative plots to both land owners and tenants.

Ban orders issued
KHARAR, March 3 — Following a dispute between two groups of truck unions of Kurali, Mr Devinder Singh, SDM, Kharar, imposed ban orders under Section 145, Cr P.C., last evening and appointed Mr Malkiet Singh, tehsildar, Kharar, as receiver of the disputed area. Meanwhile, the Kurali police arrested 12 persons belonging to two factions of the union under Section 107/151 Cr P.C.

Auction of sites on March 19
CHANDIGARH, March 3 — Commercial property in Sector 9 and pocket No 1 Mani Majra will be auctioned on March 19 at reduced reserve prices. The reduced reserve prices at which the SCO sites are to be auctioned were approved by the Finance and Contract Committee at its meeting last month.

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