Tuesday, March 20, 2001,
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Move to slim down PU staff strength
Chandigarh, March 19
Panjab University is headed for trouble over its finances once again. This time the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has asked the University Grants Commission to report back within one month with a detailed note suggesting what is the actual requirement of teaching staff and non-teaching staff to run the university.

Farmers cry for medical help
Farmers of Punjab make best use of the limited supply of water in Chandigarh on Monday. Chandigarh, March 19
A number of activists of the Bharti Kisan Union suffered from various ailments on the fifth day of dharna here today.
Farmers of Punjab make best use of the limited supply of water in Chandigarh on Monday.
Photo by Manoj Mahajan



New PGI OPD starts
Chandigarh, March 19
The new Outdoor Patients Department at the PGI here started functioning today amidst usual teething problems associated with operations of such magnitude. Patients and visitors — as many as 2300 patients who were registered today — could be seen searching for exact locations of OPDs, blood and urine sample collection testing centres, cash counters, X-ray rooms and ultra sound machines.

4 of 24 SCO sites auctioned
Chandigarh, March 19
The auction of commercial sites by the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, evoked a poor response as only four of the 24 SCO sites in Sector 9-C and Pocket No 1, Mani Majra, were auctioned today at the Tagore Theatre to the highest bidders.

Missing files case: move to reinstate two police officers
Chandigarh, March 19
The inquiry into the infamous “missing files” case has seemingly been put on the proverbial back burner. Sources in the police department point out that there is a strong move to reinstate two of the police officers , who were placed under suspension in March 1999, following revelations of files of four important cases, including two of murder, being investigated by them, missing from the police records for more than a decade.

275 jhuggis destroyed in fire
Chandigarh, March 19
More than 500 labourers residing in Kabari Market Colony, Industrial Area, Phase I, have been rendered homeless following the outbreak of a major fire in which nearly 275 jhuggis were gutted late last night.

Pvt AC buses from ISBT soon
Chandigarh, March 19
A scheme to allow private luxury buses to operate from the Inter State Bus Stand  for selected destinations in Punjab is to be finalised by the Chandigarh Administration on a reciprocal basis with the neighbouring state. 



Shift deaddiction centre, demand residents
SAS Nagar, March 19
The Know Thy Neighbour Association in Phase IV here has sought the shifting of the Naveen Disha Substance Abuse, Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre from the area as it has become a source of “nuisance and inconvenience to neighbours.”

Residents move court against authorities
SAS Nagar sewage treatment plant
SAS Nagar, March 19
The residents of the town have served a legal notice on the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Chairman of Punjab Pollution Control Board, Secretary to Local Government Department, Punjab, Chief Administrator of Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority, and Secretary to Town Planning and Urban Estate Department, Punjab, for not checking the flow of untreated sewage in a seasonal rivulet traversing its way through the town.

Beant Singh case: accused admitted to GMCH
Chandigarh, March 19
Balwant Singh, the prime accused in the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, has been admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, even as the local police has been denied permission by the court for handcuffing him.

Irregularities in tehbazari fee collection
SAS Nagar, March 19
Reports of pilferage of “tehbazari” fee over the past several years appear to be true if the revenue collected by the Enforcement Wing under a special drive from January this year is taken into consideration. 

Victims’ bodies handed over to kin
Dera Bassi, March 19
Bodies of two victims who died in a head on collision on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near Zirakpur on Sunday were handed over to their families, here today.

Meat out day today
Chandigarh, March 19
The Animal Husbandry Department is observing global meat out day tomorrow, in order to promote healthy living.

Kharar Lions Club adjudged best
Kharar, March 19
Members of an many as 17 clubs falling under Region II, of Lions Club District 321-F took part in Region Conference, Mehar-2001, organised here yesterday by Region Chairman (Region II), Lion B.S. Garcha. Dr N.K. Grover, District Governor, District 321-F was the chief guest and lion D.K. Sood (vice-District Governor) was the guest of honour on the occasion.



Thug nabbed
SAS Nagar, March 19
A 50-year-old man from Ludhiana was today caught in Sector 70 here by a member of the SGPC, Mr Hardeep Singh, while collecting donations in the name of Pracheen Sri Guru Nanak Annchhetter Bhandara, Hardwar.

One held with smack
Chandigarh, March 19
The local police arrested Madan Lal of Sector 20 from Sector 15 and recovered 12 grams of smack from his possession here today. According to police sources, Madan Lal was engaged in such activities since long and he was arrested after a trap was laid by the Sector 11 police station under the supervision of Mr H G S Dhaliwal, Assistant Senior Superintendent of Police. He was booked under Section 21 of the NDPS Act.

Police inquiry against PGI doctors ‘unjustified’
Chandigarh, March 19
The Faculty Association of the PGI, in its general body meeting, today passed a unanimous resolution that the police inquiry ordered by the Chandigarh Administration against the two faculty members of the institute was not justified.



Mismanagement marks college convocation
Panchkula, March 19
Gross mismanagement marked the annual convocation of Government College, Sector 1, held here today. Students continued to exchange pleasantries with each other throughout the two-and-a-half hour programme, in which 241 degrees were given.

MBA entrance result out
Chandigarh, March 19
The result of the written test for admission to MBA, MBA(IB) and MBA(HR) in the University Business School, Panjab University, conducted by IIM(CAT) on December 10, 2000, was declared today.

SOPU activists burn DSW’s effigy
Chandigarh, March 19
Activists of the Students Organisation of Panjab University burnt an effigy of Mr V.K. Bansal, Dean Students Welfare, at the Students Centre on the university campus here today. Later the activists submitted a memorandum to the Dean University Instruction.


Directive to Punjab in sand extraction case
Chandigarh, March 19
On a petition alleging illegal extraction of sand by Punjab’s Minister of Defence Services Welfare and certain other authorities, Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice N.K. Sud of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the state of Punjab and two other respondents to file their replies within 10 days.

  • Acquitted of murder

  • Notice on plea to transfer Sampat case

  • Proceedings against ASI stayed

Bail granted in rash driving case
Chandigarh, March 19
The UT Additional Sessions Judge, Mr S.K Goel, today granted bail to a resident of Sector 44-A, Kanhiya, in a case of rash and negligent driving. The case against the accused was registered under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC, in Sector 31 police station.

Drop charges, says defence
Chandigarh, March 19
The defence today contended that the charges against Major Maneesh Bhatnagar should be dropped as none of these had been supported by the prosecution’s statement.



Kalagram opening in April
Chandigarh, March 19
After hanging fire for over a decade, the prestigious arts and crafts village of the North Zone Cultural Centre — Kalagram — on the busy Chandigarh-Panchkula road is finally set to be inaugurated next month.

World Punjabi Conference to be held at Lahore
Chandigarh, March 19
A large number of delegates from India and other parts of the world are expected to participate in the World Punjabi Conference to be held in Lahore from April 13 to 16 to the mark the 200th anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s rule.

Colonial hangover upsets Pooni
Chandigarh March 19
All criticism theories applied to Punjabi literature seem to be a gift of the British literature and this is not a healthy practice. Punjabi criticism could do with simpler vocabulary and language. 



SAI coach returns to city
Chandigarh, March 19
Surinder Mahajan, of the SAI, senior badminton coach who recently went as coach of the Indian junior badminton team for the Dutch Open and German Open, has returned here.

Anoop wins golf tournament
Chandigarh, March 19
Anoop Tajinder Singh, with a card of 77, was declared the gross winner in the monthly medal round of the Chandigarh Golf Club held yesterday. Dr Ravinder Chadha, who had a card of 84, took the runners-up position in the same section.


Admn’s move to register salespersons
Chandigarh, March 19
In a move to keep a check on the activities of door-to-door salespersons, the Chandigarh Administration today ordered that all salespersons in the city will have to be registered from May 1.

Mayor Goyal meets Adviser Nanda
Chandigarh, March 19
Mayor Raj Kumar Goyal today met the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mrs Neeru Nanda, to discuss some pertinent issues regarding opening a branch of the Department of Registration of births and death in sub-office; Mani Majra to issue birth and death certificates; rehabilitation of the evicted Sector 22 rehri and phari walas, reinstatement of the suspended MC employees and regularisation of certain areas in Mani Majra.Top


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