Friday, March 9, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


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Liquor may cost more from April 1
Chandigarh, March 8
Liquor prices in the city are likely to rise marginally from April 1. The jump in sales tax rates imposed in neighbouring Punjab yesterday would have its impact in the Union Territory also, sources in the Chandigarh Administration said while explaining the reason for the price hike. The sales tax on liquor is all set to be hiked from the present 13.2 per cent to 20 per cent to match with that in adjoining Punjab. If the sales tax is not fixed at 20 per cent it will be slightly lower than that but a hike up from the existing 13.2 per cent is on the cards.

Holi revellers in action at Government College for Girls. Holi on Women’s Day

Holi revellers in action at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh. 
— A Tribune photograph

Snag in 20,000 phones
Chandigarh, March 8
Close to 20,000 phones connected to the exchange in Industrial Area Phase II went dead around 7 pm tonight following a technical snag snapping communication links.




Pay sales tax online from May 1
Chandigarh, March 8
March 8 — About 18,000 sales tax assesses in the city will be able to pay sales tax online through computer connected terminals from May 1, said the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen. J.F.R. Jacob (retd), while inaugurating the computerisation process of the Excise and Taxation Department here this morning.

‘Enough reasons’ to frame charges
Chandigarh, February 8
The prosecution, in its reply to Major Maneesh Bhatnagar’s submission, today contended that Col G.S. Ranawat, who had conducted the hearing of charges (HOC) and recorded the summary of evidence (SOE), had enough reasons to frame charges against the accused officer and proceed further to record summary of evidence.

Jacob seeks sanction for 346 teacher’s posts
Chandigarh, March 8
The Government of India has been requested to urgently sanction 346 posts of school teacher as a shortfall of teachers was hampering studies , said the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), while talking to media persons while on an impromptu visit to various wings of the Estate Office here today.

Enjoy Holi, but cautiously
Chandigarh, March 8
Do enjoy the festival of colours, Holi, but a little more cautiously and carefully this time. Medical specialists and experts caution that whereas harmful chemical components in dry colours can cause serious damage to skin and eyes, an uncontrolled festival bonhomie can result in a bigger injury — at time even permanent.


Shiela Didi, President, Chandigarh Istri Sabha, women’s rights activists Dr Satyapal Gautam, Mr D.S. Bains, General Manager, Markfed, Ms Jaswinder Grewal, secretary, Pb Branch of Indian Council of Social Welfare, Reeta Sharma, journalist and social activist.

A busy day for champions of women’s rights
Chandigarh, March 8
The need to shift the focus of attention for the upliftment of women from the urban to rural areas was the message given at various functions held in the city to mark International Women’s Day here today. While the various educational institutes of the city held panel discussions on the status of women in society, some colleges also held essay writing and declamation contests.

Hindu-Muslim ratio unchanged: study
Chandigarh, March 8
A Panjab University study indicates that percentage of Hindus (approximately 82) and Muslims (12.5) in India has remained unchanged in the 20th century.

Flower & garden contest at Chandimandir concludes
Chandigarh, March 8
The four-day annual flower and garden competition concludes at Chandimandir Cantonment near here today. About 240 participants had vied for honours in 19 categories.

‘Implement pay panel recommendations’
Chandigarh, March 8
The Punjab Government Pensioners Association today regretted that the state government has not allowed them the concessions incorporated in the Fourth Punjab Pay Commission.


Criminals help crack crimes
Chandigarh, March 8
It is certainly not a comedy of errors. Nor is it a script of the run-of -the-mill Bollywood film, wherein a thug leads the protagonist police wallah to a gang of gun-toting criminals that he is in search of. This is the real life situation where the police uses the services of the petty criminals in order to nail the bigger ones.

Members of taxi union beaten up
Chandigarh, March 8
Two members of a taxi union were allegedly beaten up by an office-bearer of the union following a verbal duel over the misappropriation of funds by the latter.

  • Burglary incidents

  • Woman alleges harassment

  • Four beaten up

Vision 2001 on March 14, 15
SAS Nagar, March 8
Mohali Industries Association, in collaboration with the Small Industries Service Institute, Ludhiana, is organising a vendor development programme-cum-exhibition — “Vision 2001” here on March 14 and 15.


Sector 46 college annual day
Chandigarh, March 8
As many as 238 students of Government College, Sector 46, were given away prizes by the Home Secretary, UT, Mr R.S. Gujral, who was the chief guest at the 19th annual prize distribution function of the college today.


Malkit adds music to colour
Chandigarh, March 8
The festival of colours could not have started in a better way for the enthusiasts who had gathered in great numbers at the Sector 17 music store, Planet M, which was the hot venue of Malkit Singh’s performance this evening. Malkit’s visit to the town is significant, as this is his first visit after the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, conferred honours on him this Wednesday.

Malkit Singh at Planet M in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Malkit Singh at Planet M in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

A spectacle of martial arts
Chandigarh, March 8
There are several facets to the grandeur of Sikh heritage. One such facet was reflected today through an amazing depiction of the martial art form of gatka by the members of Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Akhara, SAS Nagar.


Volleyball, Hockey trials
Chandigarh, March 8
Shivalik Public School, Chandigarh, which last year established hockey and volleyball academics in the school, will hold trials on April 11 and 12. The age groups will be under-17 years for hockey and for volleyball between 15 and 19. The players should have achieved state or national level.


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