Saturday, March 24, 2001,
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HUDA to develop old Panchkula
Panchkula, March 23
The Haryana Urban Development Authority has finalised a plan to develop Old Panchkula as a commercial sector. A new Sector 1-A will be developed on this 68 acres of land, acquired by HUDA in 1988.

Deposit power, water bills through banks
Chandigarh, March 23
Residents of the city will now be able to deposit their power and water bills automatically through their respective bank accounts and without standing in irritating queues outside cash counters. The service will be available at a small charge of about Rs 4 per transaction and has the approval of the Reserve Bank of India.

Court summons Bibi
Chandigarh, March 23
The former President of SGPC, Bibi Jagir Kaur, has been summoned to appear before the court on May 1, by the UT Judicial Magistrate (Ist Class), Mr Naval Kumar, in a case of alleged criminal conspiracy and defamation.

Housing societies get grace time
Chandigarh, March 23
In an important decision, the Chandigarh Administration today issued orders to allow more time for construction of flats by cooperative group housing societies in Sectors 48 and 49.




PU answersheet marking system ‘faulty’
Chandigarh, March 23
A student appearing in the annual examination of Panjab University cannot be sure whether his answersheet will be checked by a teacher familiar with the script in which he has written it. Answersheets in Punjabi, Hindi and English are packed together without segregating them on the basis of the script to be handed over to examiners well-acquainted with the specific medium.

Mayor’s effigy burnt
Chandigarh, March 23
Activists of the Lok Jan Shakti Party today burnt the effigy of the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, in protest against his alleged role in beating up of Mr Hari Dass Garg, in front of Yog Divya Mandir.

Poor response to parking lot auction
Chandigarh, March 23
Re-auctioning of the parking sites by the Municipal Corporation today evoked a poor response as only three out of eight could find bidders. There were no takers for the sites adjacent to Neelam, Batra, K.C., Picaddily and Nirman cinema halls.

Kaushiki conquers
Chandigarh, March 23
The three-day Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan at the Tagore Theatre was thrown open to the public of City Beautiful in a melodious style today, with a dazzling recital by the 20-year-old daughter of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. Rising well up to the expectations of her father and guru Pandit Ajoy, Kaushiki Chakraborty made today’s opening recital memorable by exhibiting an amazing control over her voice.


Uzbek team meets Jacob, Chautala
Chandigarh, March 23
Dr Ibrahim Mavlanov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan, today called on the Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), at Punjab Raj Bhavan.

Martyrdom Day observed
Chandigarh, March 23
As part of the Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, activists of the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress (CTYC) today took oath to protect the unity and integrity of the country.

India Travel Mart from April 15
Chandigarh, March 23
A three-day India Travel Mart is being organised in the city from April 13 to 15 to promote Northern Region as a destination for the domestic and international tourists.

SSP holds meeting with Muslim leaders
Chandigarh, March 23
In the wake of the communal disturbances in Amritsar and Patiala during the past few days following burning of religious scriptures, a meeting was held by the UT Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Parag Jain, with the local Muslim leaders here today.

Swami MitranandaBe positive and remain happy, says Swami Mitrananda
Chandigarh, March 23
“Be positive in all situations. Do not give up. One is bound to reach the goal.” With this message for the youth, Swami Mitrananda, President of the All-India Chinmaya Yuva Kendra, Chennai, is a man on a noble mission.

MNS officers prefer olive green
Chandigarh, March 23
With the Director General (DG), Medical Services, of the three armed forces recommending a change in the uniform of Military Nursing Service (MNS) officers from the present olive green shirt and trousers to white skirts, the nurses are up in arms.

Hike in wheat MSP hailed
Chandigarh, March 23
The decision of the Union Government to increase the minimum support price for wheat to Rs 610 has been hailed by Union Fertiliser Minister, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Dolls’ museum in a state of neglect
ike so many other educational places here , the International Dolls Museum of Bal Bhawan in Sector 23, too, is lying neglected for want of visitors. Despite putting it’s name in the CITCO website and Internet as a major tourist attraction of the city, the place does not get much visitors, said an official source.

Bridle electronic media: Bitta
Kharar, March 23
Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, former President of the Indian Youth Congress and Chairman of the All-India anti-terrorist Front, while addressing a press conference here today, favoured imposing some sort of control over the electronic media for highlighting issues concerning defence and security of the nation.

Jacob inaugurates CITCO restaurant
Chandigarh, March 23
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), today inaugurated the “Baithak”, a restaurant of CITCO, at the Kalagram on the Chandigarh-Panchkula road.


Fraud case against Golden Forests
Chandigarh, March 23
The Chandigarh police has finally booked the Golden Forests India Limited on charges of fraud, breach of trust and criminal conspiracy.

Theft in gas agency office
Panchkula, March 23
Goods worth 2 lakh were stolen from a gas agency office in Sector 16 by some unidentified persons as they broke into the showroom on Wednesday night.

Eight minors abducted: police
Chandigarh, March 23
As many as eight cases of abduction of minor girls from different parts of the city have been reported so far this year. Of these, four such cases have been registered during this month alone. Interestingly, the police investigations in most of these cases have shown that the victim had been going around with the accused for some time, before they decided on elopement.

Firm launches Web site
Chandigarh, March 23
Can & Able, a city-based brand promotion and event management company, has taken over “People”, another event management company. The new company will start operations from April 1 in Mumbai, onwards, thus catering to the demand in southern region as well.


Project to priorities hygiene in schools
Chandigarh, March 23
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has asked the UT Administration to furnish details about schools where there is need of drinking water and toilets under the project “SWASTHH” (school water and sanitation towards health and hygiene).

A test for free education
SAS Nagar, March 23
Concerned at the alarming dropout rate of over 25 per cent at the primary level in the rural schools in Punjab, Paradise, a non-government organisation of teachers, has come to the rescue of the government. 

Chemistry teacher experiments with lens and shutter
Chandigarh March 23
Dr K.K. Sawal is one of those people who do not stand out in the crowd. Simple, down to earth, this famous photographer of the city believes in taking it easy. After 35 years into pursuing a hobby and 20 awards later, Mr Sawal still works in fits and starts.

374 S.D. College students get prizes
Chandigarh March 23
As many as 374 students of GGDSD College, Sector 32, were given away prizes by Mr Hari Jai Singh, Editor-in-Chief, the Tribune group of newspapers, at the annual prize distribution ceremony of the college held here today.

Students of GGDSD College, Sector 32, who got prizes at the college annual function on Friday.

Students of GGDSD College

Computer design centre inaugurated
Chandigarh, March 23
A state of art Computer-cum-design Centre was inaugurated at the Chandigarh College of Architecture by the Home Secretary, UT, Mr Raminder Singh Gujral, on his first visit to the college here today.

Camp on environment
Chandigarh, March 23
The Young Women’s Christian association organised an environment awareness camp at Government Middle School, Kaimbwala, here today.

Examination centre changed
Lalru, March 23
After the cancellation of Social Science paper of class X at Government Senior Secondary School, Handesra on March 21, the Punjab School Education Board has changed the examination centre from Handesra school to Lalru.

Enforce law on kids’ limit in other bodies
Chandigarh, March 23
Upholding the constitutional validity of the Haryana Panchayati Raj Act disqualifying a citizen with more than two children from serving as a sarpanch or a panch of a gram panchayat, or as a member of panchayat samiti and zila parishad, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today observed that such legislation should be considered in case of similarly elected bodies.

Rape accused produced in court
Panchkula, March 23
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr V.P. Gupta, sentenced two accused in a Nepali woman’s gang-rape case to the judicial custody for 14 days here today. The accused were arrested by the police on Thursday night and were produced before the court today.

Chandigarh Club case adjourned
Chandigarh, March 23
The UT Additional Sessions Judge, today adjourned the Chandigarh Club election case till March 28. The complainants, Mr Puneet Bansal and others, had filed appeal against the directions issued by the UT Civil Judge (Junior Division) regarding the stay of the club elections.

Defence seeks 32 documents
Chandigarh, March 23
Major Maneesh Bhatnagar’s counsel today submitted a list of 32 documents, which the defence claimed were required for the cross-examination of a former Commander of 70 Infantry Brigade, Brig Devinder Singh.

Admn officials summoned rehriwalla case
Chandigarh, March 23
On a bunch of petitions seeking directions to the Estate Office and two other respondents against removing rehri and phari-wallas from the Sector 26 Grain Market, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Chandigarh Administration officials to be present in the court on the next date of hearing for answering the queries arising out of the pleadings.

Badal to inaugurate seminar on judicial reforms today
Chandigarh, March 23
Panchand Research Institute, a premier body body engaged in raising debate on matters of contemporary concern as well as on issues of fundamental nature in north India is organising a two-day seminar on judicial reforms in Chandigarh this weekend.


Keeping sarangi tradition alive
Chandigarh, March 23
As the curtains go up on the 31st Bhaskar Rao Sangeet and Nritya Sammelan, memories of 1993 are revived. That was the year which saw sarangi maestro Padma Bhushan Pt Ram Narain perform for the city audience for the first time.

Mann ‘euphoria’ on GMCH grounds
Chandigarh, March 23
‘Awaz da Jadugar’ Gurdas Maan, with his melodious voice and powerful stage presence enthralled the city audience today at Government Medical College Hospital premises in Sector 32. The show was held as a part of Euphoria — 2001, organised by government medical college students.

Spirited performance by Uzbek dancers
Chandigarh, March 23
A host of emotions ranging from love, and friendship to hospitality of Karakalpakstan, a province of Uzbekistan, were expressed through beautifully co-ordinated hand and feet movements by the folk dance group “Kyz Minaiyam” which performed at the Law Auditorium of Panjab University here today.

Charles Wallace awardee brings home “revelations”
Chandigarh, March 23
In the fast-altering field of art, Parthiv Shah has somehow managed to keep his pace. That he is a master at visual communication skills which he mastered during his stint at the National School of Design, Ahmedabad, is reflected through his art in more than one way.

Free check up of TB patients
Chandigarh, March 23
UT Administrator Lt Gen J.F.R. Jacob today appealed to the city residents to extend full cooperation in controlling tuberculosis in the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The UT Administration is organising a free medical check up of TB patients at Government Middle School in Colony No 4 tomorrow.

Health Dept gears up for Navratra Mela
Panchkula, March 23
Claiming that adequate arrangements had been made by the District Health Department for the forthcoming ‘Navratra Mela’, the District Health Officer, Dr Vijay Garg, said team of a Food Inspector and a Senior Health Department official would collect samples of food and water at the langar.

AIDS awareness camp at Food Craft Institute
Chandigarh, March 23
An AIDS awareness camp was organised by the Food Craft Institute, Sector 42, here today. Dr Ajay Wanchoo of the Department of Internal Medicine, PGI, gave a talk on the “Anatomy of Virus” to the students of the institute.


Teams for junior carrom tournament
Chandigarh, March 23
Ramanpreet Pahwa of Shishu Niketan Senior Secondary School, Sector 22 and Shikha Nanda of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, will lead Chandigarh team in the 29th Junior national and Inter State Carrom Championship to be held at Dehradun.

Admn postings
Chandigarh, March 23
The Chandigarh Administration today ordered that Ms Varsha Joshi, Chief Executive Officer cum Secretary, Chandigarh Housing Board, will relinquish the charge of Secretary, CHB.


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