Wednesday, March 7, 2001,
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New road to Mohali
Chandigarh March 6
Another road is under construction to link Chandigarh with neighbouring S.A.S Nagar. This is expected to be ready by June and is aimed at evenly distributing the flow of traffic.

Marked in red is a new road that will take off from the junction of Sectors 46, 47, 48 and 49 to join with road dividing Phase X and Phase XI in S.A.S. Nagar. 

Fissures not related to earthquake: scientists
Nadha (Panchkula) March 6
Allaying fears caused by the cracks which have appeared in the lower Shivaliks adjoining the Ghaggar river, leading geologists have described the fissures as ‘ subsurface disposition of rocks’ arising due to the natural seismic phenomena and Himalayan tectonic events occurring once in about 100 years.




Few takers for PU scholarships
Chandigarh, March 6
Paltry sums for scholarship by the Panjab University Alumni Association has few takers. Conditions like specific family income levels, sex and specific subjects underlined by donors leave very few avenues. As it is there are only a few applications.

Technocrats against privatisation of power boards
Chandigarh, March 6
Will the privatisation of various state electricity boards help improve the power scenario in the country? Or will the tuning of the boards according to the needs of the public in their dealings and upgrading the system through information technology help resurrect the power situation?

Debates start for Women’s Day
Chandigarh, March 6
Issues pertaining to women came to the forefront during a discussion organised by the Society for Social Health, a voluntary organisation, in connection with International Women’s Day here today.

Taliban leader’s effigy burnt
Chandigarh, March 6
An effigy of Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar was burnt in Sector 17 here today to protest against the destruction of ancient statues of Lord Budhha in Afghanistan. The act has been termed as unislamic and unwarranted by the protesters.



No malpractice in club poll: Gupta
Chandigarh, March 6
Mr B.B.Gupta, secretary of the Chandigarh Club, today denied that he was involved in any mal practice during the polling for the election of office-bearers of the club on Saturday.

Minor fires in city, no property loss
Chandigarh, March 6
A series of minor fires broke out in the city today. However, no loss of life and property was reported. A jhuggi was gutted at 5.15 pm in Khuda Lahora, when its resident, Deepak, set it on fire after consuming liqour. Two fire tenders, one each from Sector 11 and 17, were pressed into action and the fire was controlled.

Singapore trader sends Rs 1 lakh
Chandigarh, March 6
Feeling perturbed over the devastation caused by the January 26 earthquake in Gujarat, Mr Altaf Parpia, an Indian businessman from Chennai now settled in Singapore, has sent a draft of Rs 1 lakh to the Editor, The Tribune, Mr Hari Jaisingh, for onward transmission to the Gujarat Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

Sec 15 residents highlight problems
Chandigarh March 6
The representatives of Welfare Society, Sector 15, who met the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, yesterday have highlighted various problems being faced by them. According to a release issued here today, the main demands of the residents are parking and lighting in Patel Market, extension of the road in front of the community centre upto the footpath near electricity office and boundary wall in the green belt to separate it from Patel market. 

Id celebrated with traditional fervour
Chandigarh, March 6
Muslims in the region celebrated Id-ul-Zuha (Bakr-Id) with great enthusiasm and traditional fervour today. In the city, muslims performed mass prayers (namaz) at the Sector 20 mosque and greeted each other with the traditional embrace.

St Xaiver’s donates Rs 2 lakh
Chandigarh, March 6
Students staff and management of St Xavier’s schools in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula have contributed Rs 2 lakh for the Gujarat earthquake relief fund. The pay order was handed over to the Administrator, UT Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), by the Chairman of the school, Mr Andrew J. Gosain.

Book on beekeeping released
Chandigarh, March 6
A book, “Essentials of Beekeeping and Pollination” by Dr Avtar Singh Atwal, who introduced the Apis mellifera species of honeybee in India in the mid-sixties, was released by the Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), at Raj Bhavan here today in the presence of a select gathering of scientists.



37 kg poppy husk seized
Chandigarh, March 6
An alert autorickshaw driver today led two drug peddlers from Uttar Pradesh into the hands of the local police. The driver, Manoj Kumar, overheard the conversation of his two passengers and after realising their true vocation took them straight into the hands of the police along with 37 kg of poppy husk.



PU senate to take up budget on March 25
Chandigarh, March 6
Panjab University Senate meets on March 25 to take up the university budget for the forthcoming academic session, reliable sources said here today. The event is surely looked forward to with hope for a timely decision on money matters right at the beginning of a financial year.

Tibetan students bid farewell to seniors
Chandigarh, March 6
The Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and Tibetan Freedom Movement jointly organised a party to bid farewell to their senior students studying at various colleges and departments of Panjab University at Mohyal Bhawan here today.

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CHB appeal dismissed
Chandigarh March 6
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has dismissed the appeal filed by the Chandigarh Housing Board against the order of Forum-I. The Forum had directed the CHB to refund the amount of Rs 1200 initially deposited by the complainant, Mr Sukhdev Singh, and further a sum of Rs 4,540 deposited as first instalment.

Order on Chauhan’s plea reserved
Chandigarh, March 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved orders on a petition filed by “self-styled President of Khalisthan” Dr Jagjit Singh Chauhan, seeking directions to the Union of India and other respondents to issue travel documents for enabling him to return to India.

Selection of book binders quashed
Chandigarh, March 6
Allowing four writ petitions, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed the selection of 12 candidates to the post of book binders in Haryana’s Department of Printing and Stationery.



Lalit Kala Akademi workshop concludes
Chandigarh March 6
For the past about six days, Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, was a buzz with creative activity. About 18 artists from the region, city and vicinity collected on the premises of the museum on March 2 to create works of art under the flagship of Regional Artists’ workshop. 

Warm works from Bengal
Chandigarh, March 6
The works by young masters from West Bengal exude unusual warmth, drawn as they are from the rich Indian culture. Not that all ideas are so drawn, but there is a very specific influence of history in the works which opened for the public at Art Folio in Sector 9.

A work of an artist from Bengal on display at Art folio, Sector 9, on Tuesday.



Community centre issue to figure in panel’s meeting
Chandigarh, March 6
The Finance and Contract Committee of Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, will take issues pertaining to management of community centres though public participation, relocation of nurseries and proposal to levy service charges from cattle keepers at its meeting tomorrow.

Pollution board officials visit Industrial Area
SAS Nagar, March 6
Following complaints of air pollution caused by factories in the Industrial Area adjoining Phase 1 here, the Chairman of the Punjab Pollution Control Board, Mr Ajay Mahajan, visited the area last night, especially the Ranbaxy factory.Top

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