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PUDA earns 13.77 cr in auction
SAS Nagar, March 16
The day began on a promising note for the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) as it sold commercial property for Rs 13.77 crore against a reserved price of Rs 12.88 crore in an auction of 27 commercial sites here. A total of 48 sites with a total reserved price of Rs 15 crore were put under the hammer. But of these 21 sites with a reserved price of 2.12 crore were withdrawn by the authorities seeing few bidders for them.

Bomb hoax menace: police seeks list of cases
Chandigarh, March 16
The city police has requested the District Judge to furnish a list of all important cases that were listed for hearing on the two days when there was a bomb hoax in the District Courts in the past two months.

Free tree arrests passing car
Chandigarh, March 16
Had the Horticulture Department, of the Union Territory cared to rise from its slumber a little earlier, the damage caused on account of a neem tree falling flat on a moving Maruti Zen here today could have been averted. The tree at the entrance of Advance Engineering Works in Industrial Area, Phase I, gave way today, damaging the car.

This tree came crashing down on this Maruti Zen car
This tree came crashing down on this Maruti Zen car while it was moving in Industrial Area, Phase-I, of Chandigarh on Friday. Photo Karam Singh




59 autorickshaw drivers fined
Chandigarh, March 16
After years of complaints from city residents, the Chandigarh Administration today cracked the whip and challaned 59 autorickshaw drivers for not having fare meters in their vehicles. The drive will carry on.

‘Fernandes was a soldier’s minister’
Chandigarh, March 16
With George Fernandes’ resignation being accepted, the country has lost, what was being termed as the most efficient and service friendly Raksha Mantri (RM). Having pushed through several reforms and working on the much-needed restructuring of the defence services, besides processing procurement files long gathering dust in the South Block, George Fernandes proved himself to be a soldier’s minister.


Ambala boy missing for three days
Chandigarh, March 16
A 19-year-old Ambala youth , who had come to the city in order to get his engineering entrance test forms, has been missing for the past three days. It is also learnt that the boy was kidnapped by unknown miscreants in November, 2000, and was released only after three days.

Discrimination against Punjabi: MLAs
Chandigarh, March 16
Concern was today expressed in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha over “discrimination against the Punjabi language by the Union Territory of Chandigarh Administration’’ through a call-attention motion moved by two SAD members, Mr Makhan Singh and Mr Sukhwinder Singh Aulakh.


Boy caught for sodomy
Chandigarh, March 16
A five-year old child was allegedly sodomised by a 17-year-old-boy at his residence in Colony No. 4 here yesterday. The accused, Hanif Ansari, a Class VIII student of a local school, was arrested by the police yesterday and was today sent to judicial custody till March 30.

  • Couple attempts immolation

  • Car stereo stolen

  • Scribes hurt

  • Liquor seized


Contests without participants
Chandigarh, March 16
The four-day All-India Inter University Youth Festival, ‘Jhankar 2001’, turned out to be a disappointment as most of the participants failed to show up at various venues on the Panjab University campus on the second day of the events here today.
Students of Himachal Pradesh University
Students of Himachal Pradesh University present a Himachali folk dance at ‘Jhankar-2001’ in Law Auditorium, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph

448 students get degrees
Chandigarh, March 16
As many as 448 graduates and postgraduates were awarded degrees at the annual convocation held at Government College in Sector 11 here today.

Investment in IT education stressed
Chandigarh, March 16
In the present-day world where IT has established a global digital network economy, investment in basic infrastructure education and IT is the need of the hour to ensure that we are globally competitive. Successful domestic IT and knowledge based industry should be built and the focus should be on producing IT-enabled human resource that is able to match the best quality standards in the world.

Free coaching for CET/PMT
Chandigarh, March 16
The Sikh Missionary College (Circle Chandigarh), in association with the Managing Committee of Gurdwara, Sector 34, will hold coaching classes for needy students aspiring to appear in the CET/PMT competitions free of cost.

PECFEST results
Chandigarh, March 16
PECFEST, the three-day annual Punjab Engineering College extravaganza, began in the college here today. It was inaugurated by the Home Secretary, UT, Mr R.S. Gujral. The festival is being organised by the Chandigarh Administration and CII in collaboration with the college.

Complete mining probe in 10 days
Chandigarh, March 16
Directing Gurgaon’s Superintendent of Police (Vigilance) Parshant Kumar Aggarwal to complete within 10 days an inquiry into the allegations of illegal mining in Faridabad district by a Haryana minister along with another respondent, Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice N.K. Sud of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked him to submit the report on or before the next date of hearing.

  • Centre sets deadline in Bhatnagar case

  • Order against coop member’s arrest

Police to get Punwire records
SAS Nagar, March 16
In connection with the cases of cheating and misappropriation of funds of the Punjab Wireless Systems Limited (Punwire), the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the liquidating officer to handover the records of the company to the SAS Nagar police for further investigation.


Opening the doors of heart
Chandigarh, March 16
The underlying sentiment behind all works on display at Art Folio in Sector 9 is hope — hope to build the future on the rubble of yesterday and to keep going...despite odds.


Seema wins 100 m race
Chandigarh, March 16
Seema of Dhanas bagged the 100 m event in the women’s section on the second day of the UT Rural Sports meet being held at the Sports Complex in Sector 7 here. Rajni Bala of Palsora secured the first place in the 400 metre for women.

Marwaha takes over as CHB chief
Chandigarh, March 16
Mr R.K. Marwaha, a 1984-batch IAS officer of the UT cadre, took over as the Chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) here today.

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