Monday, March 26, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


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Heart dances with Saroja and mind plays with Bhatt
Chandigarh March 25
The 31st All-India Bhaskar Rao Bhakhle Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan reached its grand finale in Tagore Theatre here today with a memorable performance by Saroja Vaidyanathan, one of the top ‘bharatnatyam’ dancers of the country.

Navratra melas from today
Panchkula, March 25
The Mansa Devi shrine here has been decked up for the navratra melas which begin tomorrow even as the district administration made a last-minute review of the arrangements.

The Mansa Devi Temple is all decked up on the eve of the Navaratra festival in Panchkula on Sunday.
—  Tribune photo by Karam Singh
Mansa Devi Temple

MLAs’ land might affect acquisition
Chandigarh, March 25
Purchase of about 20 acres in Kansal village by the Punjab Cooperative Housing Society, a body of members of the Punjab Assembly, might affect the acquisition process for the Anandgarh project.




Panjab University Senate clears budget
Chandigarh, March 25
The collapsing financial stability of Panjab University and the crumbling support of Punjab and the UT Administration remained central to the Senate meeting here today.

City-Panchkula bridge opens today
Chandigarh, March 25
The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), will inaugurate a new bridge connecting Chandigarh to Panchkula tomorrow.

Neighbourhood watch scheme launched in Sector 15-A
Chandigarh, March 25
The UT Inspector-General of Police, Mr B.S. Bassi, inaugurated the neighbourhood watch scheme in Sector 15- A, here this morning. This scheme will cover about 521 private houses. It will be jointly coordinated between the police officers concerned and the Residents Welfare Association.

Balwant out of hospital, back in jail
Chandigarh, March 25
Balwant Singh, main accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, was discharged from the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital here today. A surgery has been performed on him for a prolapsed intervertebral disc.

Dept hopes good response to electronic clearance scheme
Payment of power bills
Chandigarh, March 25
The local Electricity Department is hoping that several of the city’s 1.85-lakh power consumers will opt for paying their bills through electronic clearance scheme via banks.


The Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, wore an altogether different look during the week that went by. While in the day time, the OPD block B had the usual hustle and bustle of visiting patients, after the working hours, the place came alive with young undergraduate medicos, as many as 850, competing in various competitions including chess, table tennis and other fun games.


Spring Fest-2001 concludes
Chandigarh, March 25
Spring Fest-2001 culminated today with a valedictory function followed by solo singing and dance performances by young doctors and medical students and a glittering fashion show.

City club inauguration by councillor stirs hornet’s nest
Chandigarh, March 25
After the inauguration of a library room at a community centre by a BJP Councillor, now it is the turn of a city club in the community centre by a Congress councillor that is getting embroiled in a controversy. The BJP councillor, Mr Raghubir Lal Arora, who was the chairman of the Arts and Culture Committee last year plans to take up the issue in the House.

Kerala food festival a big draw
SAS Nagar, March 25
For the second consecutive year, the Kerala food festival, organised by the Malayalee Samajam, a socio-cultural organisation of Keralites of Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula, at community centre in Phase 3B 1 here was a hit with the local crowd. Throughout the day people thronged the venue to taste mouth-watering dishes of Kerala.

CHB residents’ plea to Admn
Chandigarh, March 25
The CHB Residents’ Federation, a body of 33 residents welfare associations, has again urged the Chandigarh Administration to delink the clause of additions and alterations from the ownership rights to the general power of attorney (GPA) holders of the Chandigarh Housing Board flats in the proposed transfer policy.

Mela to promote entrepreneurs
Chandigarh, March 25
About 70 women entrepreneurs are taking part in a three-day Can mela which opened at Lajpat Rai Bhavan here today under the auspices of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development for Women, Canara Bank.

‘Reconsider compensation’
SAS Nagar, March 25
Residents of Manauli and Sohana villages have threatened to go to court if the Punjab Government does not remove the disparity in the compensation rates being awarded for the acquisition of their land under a housing scheme for the five new sectors of the town, according to Mr Baldev Singh, sarpanch of the village, and other villagers, here today.

250 participate in Darpan-2001
Chandigarh, March 25
As many as 250 members from different Lions Clubs of the region participated in the regional conference, Darpan-2001, which concluded at Bal Bhavan, Sector 23, today. The oustanding Lions Clubs and individuals were awarded prizes for their contribution in the service of humanity at the annual prize distribution function.

Another carcass found in town
SAS Nagar, March 25
Within a week of the death of seven cows in the town, carcass of a another cow was found in Phase XI here today. Though the cause of death of the stray cow is yet to be ascertained, officials of the local administration fear that it might have died of poisoning. They do not suspect any foul play in the death of the animal.

Fire in forest area
Dera Bassi, March 25
A minor fire reportedly destroyed vegetation over two acres of the Bir Dandrala forest area, 1 km from here, today.

Shobha yatra taken out
Chandigarh, March 25
A colourful shobha yatra was taken out here today on the occasion of Palki Utsav, organised by the Shirdi Sai Samaj.

A case for Apartment Act
handigarh was planned for a limited population but with the passage of time its population has touched nearly one million with the additional dependence on the satellite towns of Mohali, Panchkula and other adjoining areas. The very high cost of land and construction has resulted in high rentals and in the absence of significant and practical rules, frequent fragmentation is giving birth to architectural violations.

  • Safety saves

  • A student’s lament


Woman crushed to death
Chandigarh, March 25
A 27-year-old woman was crushed to death by a speeding truck near the railway station here this afternoon. The police has arrested the truck driver, Amrit Pal and impounded his truck.

  • Suicide

  • 4 thefts reported

  • Two injured

IBP campaign on petro products ends
Chandigarh, March 25
The special campaign of IBP Company Limited to make consumers aware about their rights while purchasing petroleum products concluded today.


Members of Shimla Student Association dancing at a function, “Him Gunjan-2001” at Panjab University on Sunday.Jean-clad students stage epic
Chandigarh, March 25
It seems that there is no escape from the influence of Bollywood on everyday life, a fact that became clearer when a group of girls from a local college presented Ramayana with Hindi film songs, adding that quintessential touch of glamour here today, much to the amusement of most of the young crowd.

Members of Shimla Student Association dancing at a function, “Him Gunjan-2001” at Panjab University on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Annual function
Chandigarh, March 25
Students of Shardha Public School, Sector 41, presented a colourful programme at the annual prize distribution function of Tagore Education Society.

SOPU memo to Senators
Chandigarh, March 25
The Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) distributed a memorandum of demands to the Senate members during the Senate meeting in Panjab University here today.


King of musical fusion
Chandigarh, March 25
His personality is overbearing and his movements lyrical. His fingers brim with a spiritual energy, unleashing a world of melody. A performer par excellence, Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has converted every stage of his performance into a world stage.

‘Truth is beauty, beauty truth’
Chandigarh, March 25
A literary seminar on two recently published poetry anthologies “Nihathi Ladai Ladte Hue” by noted Hindi poet, Prem Vij and “Laut Aao Parth” by Madhav Kaushik was organised by Sakshi Sahitya and Kala Manch, a literary and cultural forum at the Conference Hall of DAV College here today.

New OPD in PGI, some respite
Chandigarh , March 25
The Rs 20-crore new PGI OPD received as many as 15,341 patients in the first week of functioning since March 19. On the first day itself, the new block received around 2,459 patients. The building, which is scheduled to be formally inaugurated by the Union Health Minister, Dr C.P. Thakur on April 4, has come as a welcome respite for a large number of patients who throng the hospital from across the region despite certain problems.

Seminar on extraocular diseases
Chandigarh, March 25
More than 100 doctors from Chandigarh and the surrounding areas attended a seminar on the extraocular diseases of the eye held today under the aegis of the Chandigarh Ophthalmological Society.


Sanjiv’s ton helps LIC club win
Chandigarh, March 25
The LIC Sports Club trounced the Punjab Secretariat Club by 68 runs in the fifth UT league cricket tournament played here today at the CSIO cricket grounds. The chief architect of LIC’s victory was Sanjiv, who made an unbeaten 118 runs.
  • Chess title for Navin

  • GMCH-32 winner

  • Harsimran, Shveta win

Participants during the three-lap cross-country massed-start race of the Chandigarh Cycling Championships
Participants during the three-lap cross-country massed-start race of the Chandigarh Cycling Championships on Panjab University grounds on Sunday. 
— A Tribune photograph

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