Monday, March 19, 2001,
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2 killed in bus-car collision
Dera Bassi, March 18
Two persons were killed and two others sustained severe injuries in two separate accidents on the Chandigarh-Ambala Highway during the past 24 hours in the Dera Bassi subdivision.

The car which collided with a Haryana Roadways bus.
The car which collided with a Haryana Roadways bus on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near Zirakpur on Sunday.

Panel recommends fee hike for PU students
Chandigarh, March 18
Hundreds of students in colleges affiliated to Panjab University this year will pay Rs 5 per month as a contribution for upgrading the library facilities at the Extension Library at Ludhiana.

Students made to pay for PECFEST concert
Chandigarh, March 18
Against existing practices, students of Punjab Engineering College also had to pay money for entering the show area of the ‘Euphoria’ concert held on the college campus and organised by the campus students themselves here today.




Water shortage to continue
Chandigarh, March 18
The onset of summer months brings along with it the problems of water shortage in the city. Though the season is yet to start, but the residents of Sectors 29, 21 and 22 have already reported of low water pressure in their areas.

OPD services at new PGI block
Chandigarh, March 18
All OPD services of the PGI, except radiotherapy and dental, will start operating from the New OPD block from 8 a.m. tomorrow. According to the PGI authorities, the registration timing and days of the OPD will remain the same as before, from 8 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. on Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. on Saturdays and gazetted holidays. The OPD will remain closed on Sundays.

‘Widespread’ mental disorders in Ladakh
Chandigarh, March 18
Army doctors engaged in providing assistance to the civilian population in Ladakh have discovered “widespread” mental disorders prevailing among tribesmen and rural inhabitants of that district.

If Sukhwinder could walk, his father would have presented him a bicycle.
Hope for 6,000 physically challenged
SAS Nagar, March 18
At least 6,000 physically challenged persons in the Ropar district would benefit under a pilot project of the Union Government to rehabilitate the physically challenged. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr G.S. Grewal, said this while addressing a state-level disabled awareness camp organised by the Physically Handicapped Association here today.
Gift of hope: If Sukhwinder could walk, his father would have presented him a bicycle, but this tricycle that he is to receive at the 42nd World Disabled Day, in Phase VIII, SAS Nagar, on Sunday, is no less a gift. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


The expose by Delhi-based website seems to have revived the political activity in the otherwise politically ‘dead” Chandigarh. Leaders of various political parties, including the ones which hardly have any presence in the city, vied with one another in issuing press notes demanding the resignation of the Vajpayee Government for its role in the “shady” defence deals.


Defencegate: protests by Cong, BJP
Chandigarh, March 18
The Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress yesterday protested against involvement of the government in defence scandal, in front of BJP office in Sector 33. Large number of Youth Congress activists took out a procession from All India Radio Chowk carrying an effigy of the Prime Minister. The procession was led by Mr Rajesh Sharma, general secretary, CTYC. The effigy was burnt at Sector 33 and 34 Chowk.

R. K. Gupta clarifies on tehelka tapes
Chandigarh, March 18
Mr Raj Kumar Gupta, who has been named in the “tehelka tapes” today claimed that the contents on tape are nothing but rubbish. “I have made no such statement which have been attributed to me” Mr Gupta, who hails from Chandigarh, said.

Seminar leaves kisans no wiser
Chandigarh, March 18
The echo of the likely impact and implications of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) reverberated at a one-day seminar on the subject organised by the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) at Jat Bhavan here today.

25 residents bodies form front
Panchkula, March 18
A joint action front was formed at a meeting of all 25 residents welfare associations (RWA) of the city at a meeting held at the Arya Samaj Mandir in Sector 9, here today.

Imam’s support to Taliban flayed
Chandigarh, March 18
The Jan Shakti, a social organisation, organised an open discussion on “Taliban’s assault on world cultural heritage” at the Lajpat Rai Bhavan, here today.

Papers filed for Press Club poll
Chandigarh, March 18
Following candidates filed their nomination papers for the executive body of the Chandigarh Press Club on the last day of filing nominations today. The elections will be held on March 25.

2000 challaned in past two months
SAS Nagar, March 18
Under a concerted drive of the traffic police, at least 2000 persons have been challaned under different offences in the past two months.

Inspector put on job
SAS Nagar, March 18
The confusion over the cause of death of seven cows in Phase X here continued with the local police authorities deciding to wait for the postmortem report of the animals before taking any action.

Photographers strike work
Chandigarh, March 18
Photographic services in the city and the surrounding areas were crippled yesterday following a one-day strike by professional photographers against the imposition of service tax on them.


22 persons booked
Chandigarh, March 18
The police has arrested 22 persons for committing various offences under different sections of the law during a special drive to check anti-social activities in the East Subdivision.

Woman robbed of ornaments
Chandigarh, March 18
A 60-year-old woman was allegedly duped by two persons at the Kisan Mandi on the pretext of doubling her gold ornaments.

  • House burgled

  • Three injured

  • Husband booked

  • Two arrested


PU students lose cool
Chandigarh, March 18
An altercation reportedly took place between the supporters of two students’ groups in the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) over the issue of seats in the Gymnasium Hall of the university during the penultimate day of the inter-university youth festival here yesterday evening. A star night was held at the hall.

HP varsity bags 11 prizes at Jhankar 2001
Chandigarh, March 18
Colourful celebrations marked the concluding ceremony of the four-day youth festival “Jhankar 2001”, organised by the Panjab University Campus Student’s Union on the University campus here today.

A day of seminars, workshops
Chandigarh, March 18
India is an ancient civilisation, but a young nation. As a civilisation India has a distinct identity but as a nation it is still growing.

  • Gandhian studies

  • Workshop

85 students get degrees
Chandigarh, March 18
Education is not only a means to earn livelihood, but a means of making a better human being. This was stated by the Registrar, Panjab University, Dr Paramjit Singh, who delivered the convocation address at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, here today.

Anti-copying drive by school board
SAS Nagar, March 18
The Punjab School Education Board has launched a special campaign to check copying and other irregularities during its ongoing matriculation and senior secondary level school examination.


Cultural evening for senior citizens
Chandigarh, March 18
Senior citizens of the city got together to enjoy a cultural evening organised by Adhar, a helpline for the old, at Senior Citizen’s Home in Sector 43, here today.

PGI doctors decry police action
Chandigarh, March 18
To protest against ongoing investigations by the police into the alleged negligence of two PGI doctors in the treatment of Mohinder Kaur , who died in the institute on March 11 following a bleeding aneurysm, the Faculty Association of the PGI Doctors, is holding a general body meeting tomorrow.

Haemophillics need care
Chandigarh, March 18
Timely medical aid and care can control and manage haemophilia, said Dr Shivinder Singh Gill, additional professor, Department of Orthopaedics, speaking at the second open clinic for haemophillics organised by the Haemophillic Welfare Society, here today. According to Dr Gill, orthopaedic problems occur in various ways.

Academy of Medical Specialities opened
Chandigarh, March 18
The Chandigarh Chapter of the Academy of Specialities of the IMA was inaugurated by Dr S.L. Verma, National Chairman of the Academy, on Saturday night at a function held at the Dr P.N. Chuttani IMA Complex, Sector 35-B, here. In his inaugural address he expressed his happiness at the formation of the chapter.


Gurinder is man of tournament
Chandigarh, March 18
A scintillating performance by Sukhvinder Tinku, who scored 37 runs, helped by Arun Tuli, who scored unbeaten 23 runs, thus enabled the Chandigarh Sports Club in overpowering the Khalsa Sports Club by seven wickets to lift the Ist Panchkula Trophy Cash Prize Cricket Tournament played at the Sector 5 grounds, Panchkula. The meet which evoked tremendous response, as many Ranji players took part, was organised by the Sports Promoters Club.

Hari Narayan is Mr Chandigarh
Chandigarh, March 18
Hari Narayan won the Mr Chandigarh title in the 12th Mr Chandigarh Body Building Championship which was organised by the Chandigarh Amateur Body Building Association here today at the DAV College auditorium, Sector 10. The overall championship was bagged by Bon Sante, Sector 17. The prize for the best performance for the year 2000-2001 was also given to Hari Narayan.
Bodybuilders at the 12th Mr Chandigarh Body Building Championship
Muscle power: Bodybuilders at the 12th Mr Chandigarh Body Building Championship held at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Task force to identify food scheme beneficiaries
Panchkula, March 18
A task force comprising the SDM (Panchkula and Kalka), City Magistrate and district Block and Development Officer to identify 15 per cent of the poorest below the poverty line was constituted, here today.

Allotment slips: FIR soon
Chandigarh, March 18
Criminal cases are likely to be against unspecified number of Estate Office employees, who allegedly connived with certain persons to sell off government land in Mauli Jagran village on the basis of fake allotment slips.

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