Friday, March 23, 2001,
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Testing time for farmers, police personnel
Chandigarh, March 22
Steel barricades, have been separating thousands of Punjab farmers and hundreds of police personnel near Matka chowk in Sector 16 here for the past several days now.

Before these commandos at the Sector 17 in Chandigarh take their positions to prevent agitating Punjab farmers from getting past the barricades. — Photo by Karam Singh

Agitating Punjab farmers bathe in the pond of Rose Garden in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
 — Photo Pankaj Sharma

Land acquisition notices for Anandgarh soon
Chandigarh, March 22
Even as the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Punjab Government not to dispossess the right holders in the proposed Anandgarh township till the pronouncement of order in cases before the court, the Punjab Urban and Housing Development has reportedly decided to issue notices under Section 9 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, in 29 villages to be acquired for the township.



Euphoria-2001 begins amid controversy
Chandigarh, March 22
Euphoria — 2001, the inter-medical college cultural, sports and literary event organised by the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, inaugurated today with controversies regarding the junior and senior residents of the hospital being barred from participating in the dance party and the choice of its venue. 

Jerath gets bail finally
Chandigarh, March 22
About two years and three months after Chandigarh’s former Chief Engineer, K.K. Jerath, surrendered before the court, the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Justice Lakhbir Singh, ordered today that he would be released on bail on his executing personal bond of Rs 1 lakh with two “solvent sureties”. Jerath was also asked to surrender his passport in the court.

Bonded labourers speak
Chandigarh, March 22
The Punjab Vigilance Committee on Bonded Child and Migrant labour presented four labourers who have been ‘‘freed from clutches of exploiters” at the workshop on “Status of inter-state migrant workmen in north-west India” at the ICSSR complex, Panjab University, here today.

‘We spinned Aussies out of series’
Chandigarh, March 22
Indian cricket has bounced back with a bang after the series victory against Australia today. The bad days of Indian cricket seem to be over with this win. For the nation that eats and sleeps cricket, this is a dream come true.

10 councillors yet to exhaust ward fund
Chandigarh, March 22
None of the 10 councillors of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation have been able to spend the entire amount of Rs 25 lakh allocated to them under the ward development fund during the past four years.

Brigadier deposes before GCM
Chandigarh, March 22
A former Commander of 70 Infantry Brigade, Brig Devinder Singh, while deposing as a prosecution witness before the General Court Martial trying Maj Maneesh Bhatnagar, said that he had briefed the accused officer of the battle plan for assaulting Point 5203 and, on June 15, asked him to induct his company at the base of the feature to prepare for the assault.



Dial 95 for all stations in 200-km radius
Chandigarh, March 22
In a move to simplify the dialling codes for local calls within a radius of 200 km the local office of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited today announced that dialling codes to all towns will be uniform ‘95’ followed by the existing STD code but without the ‘0’.

Traffic cops to be stationed near schools
Chandigarh, March 22
Taking a serious note of the rampant underage driving that recently led to the death of two school kids in the city, the Chandigarh Traffic Police personnel will now be stationed outside schools, cybercafes, discotheques, pool joints and all other places frequented by youngsters in order to nip the evil in the bud.

IG seeks report in Golden Forest case
Chandigarh, March 22
The UT Inspector General of Police, Mr B.S. Bassi, has reportedly sought a report from the Economic Offences Wing on the 29 complaints that have been pending with them against Golden Forest India Limited.

Washing line for city railway station soon
Chandigarh, March 22
A washing line for long distance trains, a pre-requisite for upgrading the Chandigarh Railway Station to a terminal status, is being readied. The railways is spending Rs 8 crore on the project.

MC staff hold rallies
Chandigarh, March 22
Massive rallies were organised by Public Health workers during the past two days in Water Works, Sector 32, and Sector 18, Public Health Division No 4, to seek the implementation of their-pending demands.

Balwant develops fever
Chandigarh, March 22
Balwant Singh, the prime accused in the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister, Beant Singh, will have to spend more time in GMCH, Sector 32, following certain complications after his spinal surgery.

SBI officers strike work
Chandigarh, March 22
Officers of the State Bank of India under the banner of the State Bank of India Officers Federation will observe one-day strike on April 4. The federation has threatened to go on indefinite strike if their demands are not met by the management of the SBI.



Assault case transferred to Crime Branch
Chandigarh, March 22
The case of assault on a resident of Shivalik Enclave in Manimajra on March 19 allegedly by three men, owing their allegiance to Chandigarh Mayor, R.K. Goel’s group today took a new turn with the case being transferred to the Crime Branch, Chandigarh, for investigation.

Kitty women allege fraud
SAS Nagar, March 22
Some persons today charged the wife of an official of the Punjab Prosecution and Litigation Department with depriving them of about Rs 15 lakh through fraudulent means.



Council okays Defence Studies course
Chandigarh, March 22
Panjab University Academic Council today decided that a postgraduate course would be introduced in the defence and strategic studies from the forthcoming session. The council further decided to create a new centre for the subject. 

Potters attend workshop on energy-saving chullahs
Chandigarh, March 22
About a dozen pottery workmen from the adjoining states are currently attending a workshop on designing improved ‘chullahs’ at the Energy Research Centre, Panjab University.

  • CIIP workshop

  • PUCSC demands

French paper out of syllabus?
Chandigarh, March 22
Some of the parents of students appearing in the French paper of the Class XII examination of Central Board of Secondary Education, which was held here today, have alleged that some of the questions in the paper were not from the syllabus. The parents allege that such questions account for 20 marks and demanded that the CBSE should look into the matter and award grace marks.


Pay full salary to acquitted employee
Chandigarh, March 22
In a significant judgement, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that an employee was entitled to entire salary if he was taken back in service after acquittal in a case registered against him.

  • Dispossession from land stayed

  • Civic body EOs summoned

  • Hold fresh poll to civic ward

  • No transfer of park land

Bail denied in rape case
Chandigarh, March 22
A bail plea moved by Anil Kumar, a resident of Burail, was today dismissed by the UT Additional Sessions Judge, Mr S.K. Goel, in a case of rape. The accused had moved bail plea under Section 439 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

NSC issue: forum’s order upheld
Chandigarh, March 22
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, has dismissed the appeal moved by the Post Master General, General Post Office, Sector 17 and Superintendent of Post Office, Amritsar, District and Post Master, Bhikhiwind village, District Amritsar, against the order of the Consumer Forum-II.

Meeting on chambers today
Chandigarh, March 22
The controversy regarding the allotment of chambers to the lawyers will be discussed at a meeting of the Additional District Judge (First Class) Subdivisional Magistrate, and the members of the District Bar Association scheduled to be held in the District Courts tomorrow.



48 teams to take part in cricket tournament
Chandigarh, March 22
A record number of 48 teams will take part in the fifth UT League Cricket Tournament being organised by the UT Cricket Association at various stadia in the city from March 24, according to Mr S.S. Bawa, Secretary of the association.

Skater with wheels of gold
Chandigarh, March 22
It was passion for roller hockey that brought Priti Joshi, a young skater from Nagpur, to Panchkula to further learn the finer points of the sport. Twice a gold medallist and once a bronze medallist in roller hockey, this 16-year-old has to her credit the achievements of representing Maharashtra six times in the national meets held Kalkata, Bangalore, Patiala, Pune, Vishakapatnam and Panchkula.Top

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