Sunday, March 18, 2001,
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Premium liquor and beer costlier
Cess to benefit MC, social sector
Chandigarh, March 17
Prices of premium and top brands of liquor and beer will rise in the Union Territory from April 1 as the Chandigarh Administration while announcing its excise policy today preferred to hike the sales tax from the existing 13.2 per cent to 22 per cent to follow the pattern in Punjab.

Farmers firm on continuing agitation
Chandigarh, March 17
The agitation of the Bharat Kisan Union entered its third day, and several more unions joined the agitation at Matka Chowk here today. The leaders of unions have announced that they would continue their indefinite agitation if their demands were not fulfilled by March 19.

  • ‘We have no option’

A group of farmers who have come to Chandigarh to take part in protest rallies, wash their clothes at the Rose Garden fountain in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Saturday. A group of farmers who have come to Chandigarh to take part in protest rallies, wash their clothes at the Rose Garden fountain in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

PU seeks help from students for hostel
Chandigarh, March 17
A cash starved Panjab University is raising its hands for help towards students asking for a contribution of Rs 100 each for construction of a sports hostel.





Cows die mysteriously
SAS Nagar, March 17
Anxiety gripped officials of the local administration when at least seven cows were found dead under mysterious circumstances near the Phase X market here today. Though officials believe that these stray cows had died after consuming some poisonous substance from a garbage dump, a team of veterinary doctors was called from Ropar to conduct a post-mortem on the carcasses of the animals.


Russian geologist visits crack site
Panchkula, March 17
“It is a great learning experience for all of us to witness the manifestation of neo-tectonic activity, an amazing geological event, witnessed rarely,” remarked Dr Alexander Strom, a Russian geologist.

Russian geologist Dr Alexander Strom examines the crack that appeared at Nada, in Panchkula on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Russian geologist Dr Alexander Strom examines the crack that appeared at Nada, in Panchkula on Saturday.

Cheques for quake relief presented
Chandigarh, March 17
Responding to the appeal of Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen. JFR Jacob, (Retd.), contributions continued to pour in for Red Cross Earthquake Relief Fund-Gujarat.

Minor fires reported
Chandigarh, March 17
The evening walkers in the Sector 33 Terrace Garden were surprised to see a smoke bellowing out of the ground near the garden today. They rushed to the spot to find a fire engine struggling to control a fire in some bushes.

47 more auto drivers challaned
Chandigarh, March 17
Continuing with its drive against the autorickshaws plying in the city without fare meters, the Chandigarh Administration challaned 47 such auto rickshaw drivers in various parts of the city today.


4 vehicles stolen in city
Chandigarh, March 17
A scooterist, Muni Lal Yadav, was hit by a Maruti car near the Piccadily chowk here yesterday. According to police sources, Muni Lal was admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 16, where his condition was said to be stable.

Police unable to trace killer truck driver
Panchkula, March 17
Fate could not be more cruel for the Ahujas, residents of Mansa Devi complex, who lost a member of their family, 32-year-old Anil Kumar in an accident at the sales-tax barrier here on March 15.

45 gm smack seized from 2 Kenyans
SAS Nagar, March 17
The local police today seized 45 grams of smack from two Kenyan nationals on the basis of a tip-off near the Phase 7 Industrial Area here .

Man drugged, robbed in bus
Chandigarh, March 17
A man who had come from Dubai was reportedly robbed in a city-bound bus from Delhi, after he was drugged by a fellow passenger. The victim had boarded the bus as he had to go to Jalandhar. A case has been registered.

1 killed, 1 hurt in mishap
Chandigarh, March 17
The driver of a Swaraj Mazda was killed while the cleaner was seriously injured when the vehicle hit a tree on the Kharar-Morinda road near Khanpur village in the early hours of the day today.


Students show maturity of experienced artists
Chandigarh, March 17
The Annual Art Exhibition of the Sector 10 Government College of Arts was inaugurated by Ms Neeru Nanda, Adviser to the UT Administrator, in the college studio here today.

Lecture on Gandhi’s principles
Chandigarh, March 17
The Department of Gandhian Studies, Panjab University, organised a lecture on “Gandhi in the New Millennium”, delivered by Dr N. Radhakrishnan, Director, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Smriti, New Delhi, here.

Seminar on disordered material ends
Chandigarh, March 17
On the concluding day of the national conference on disordered material, organised by the Department of Physics, Panjab University, eminent physicist Prof S.K. Joshi, former Director, CSIR, New Delhi, delivered a lecture on “Quantum Dot”, a dimension of the less system.

Adult education workshop
Chandigarh, March 17
The Regional Resource Centre for Adult and Continuation Education, Panjab University held a state level workshop on dissemination and utilisation of the finding of research in adult education conducted since 1988 in the region here yesterday.

Students of Punjab Engineering College present a play Ek Tha Gadha at PECFEST on Saturday.
Students of Punjab Engineering College present a play Ek Tha Gadha at PECFEST on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Events scrapped due to chaos
Chandigarh, March 17
The second day at PECFEST was the one of chaos due to a large number of events and participants. Only a few of the scheduled events could be held today, causing confusion among participants. Some of the events hard to be postponed or cancelled due to a lack of time.

  • Students clash


Promoted employee cannot be reverted
Chandigarh, March 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that an employee cannot be reverted at a later stage if he is granted promotion and allowed to work on the promoted rank for a sufficiently long period, even though he may lack educational qualifications.

  • Contempt of court notice

  • Notice issued over plant pollution

  • Attend discussion Secy, CE told

Special plea should be ‘overruled’
Chandigarh, March 17
The prosecution today contended that Maj V K Madhan’s special plea challenging the jurisdiction of the general court martial should be overruled as the defence had failed to produce adequate evidence in its support.


Pak singers to perform at Mohali
Chandigarh, March 17
A 60-member cultural delegation from Pakistan will arrive here next week to participate in the Nur Jehan Memorial Cultural Mela being organised by the Alami Punjabi Parivar at SAS Nagar on March 24 and 25.


Saving babies from AIDS possible
Chandigarh, March 17
“Even though the rate of paediatric HIV infection is increasing, it is now possible to control it by following anti-HIV therapy with Nevirapine drug. Children born of HIV-infected mothers can be saved from the infection, said Prof Vijay V. Joshi, Director of Paediatric Pathology at Hartford in Connecticut, USA.

New OPD to be functional from Monday
Chandigarh, March 17
All out patient departments ( OPDs) except the Department of Oral Health Sciences and Radiotherapy of the PGI will start functioning from the new OPD block with effect from March 19, according to an official release issued here today.


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