Tuesday, March 27, 2001,
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Shatabdi: a convenient train, no longer passengers’ delight
Chandigarh, March 26
When the 2005 Shatabdi Express that runs between New Delhi and Kalka arrived here past night, it was 35 minutes late. Such delays are not unusual for this premier train of the Railways, due to which, it is losing its charm.

Shatabdi Express at the Chandigarh railway staton on Monday. Shatabdi Express at the Chandigarh railway staton on Monday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Jacob inaugurates new bridge on city-Panchkula road
3 alternative road links planned
Chandigarh, March 26
Three alternative road links between Chandigarh and Panchkula have been planned after discussions with the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). The UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), was given this information by his Adviser, Ms Neeru Nanda, when the General inaugurated a new bridge on the existing Chandigarh-Panchkula road here this morning.




Joint ownership of dwelling units
Chandigarh, March 26
The Chandigarh Administration is allotting dwelling units to settlers in labour colonies in the name of the husband and wife jointly so that in future no husband can sell the dwelling unit without the consent of his wife, said the Adviser to the UT Administrator , Ms Neeru Nanda, in her concluding speech at an eight-day awareness generation camp in connection with Women’s Empowerment Year 2001 through the Indian Council of Social Welfare, Chandigarh branch, at the Kumhar Colony.

Now pay your telephone bills on holidays
Chandigarh, March 26
A fully-computerised postal business centre was inaugurated by Mr S.C. Chaudhary, Chief General Manager of the Punjab Circle of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), at the General Post Office, Sector 17, here today.

Controversial issues go to PU panels
Chandigarh, March 26
Formation of committees on various issues, raising debatable questions, best described a 10-hour-long Senate session of Panjab University here yesterday.


Huge rush at Mansa Devi shrine
Panchkula, March 26
Devotees seemed indefatigable as they chanted hymns in praise of Mata Mansa Devi and awaited their turn to pay obeisance at the shrine in serpentine queues which seemed endless on the occasion of the first navratra here today.

Devotees queue up to pay obeisance at the Mata Mansa Devi shrine, Mansa Devi, near Panchkula on the occasion of the first navratra. 
— Photo Pankaj Sharma

Devotees queue up to pay obeisance at the Mata Mansa Devi shrine

CTCC not geared up for MCC elections?
Chandigarh, March 26
True to its past history, adhocism continues to be the bane of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee(CTCC) and its frontal organisations.

Anandgarh panel gives legal notice
Chandigarh, March 26
The Anandgarh Hatao Sanjhi Sangharsh Committee (AHSSC) today issued a legal notice to the state of Punjab and two others, asking them to stop all proceedings related to the Anandgarh project till the pronouncement of judgment by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Rallies against Vajpayee government
Chandigarh, March 26
The Indian Youth Congress will organise a rally at the Matka Chowk here on March 28 to demand the resignation of the Central Government in the wake of corruption charges levelled against various NDA leaders following expose by the tehelka.com.

Draw of lots for flats today
Panchkula, March 26
A draw of lots for 498 flats of the HUDA Employees Welfare Organisation (HEWO) will be held at the Mansa Devi complex in Sector 5 tomorrow.

Help in curbing crime: police
Chandigarh, March 26
The city police official today held meetings with residents of various colonies in the area in order to sensitise them to the rising crime graph and asked them to keep a vigil in their respective colonies.

Financial independence for women stressed 
Panchkula, March 26
Stressing the need of literacy and financial independence for women empowerment, members of the Panchkula Mahila Morcha of the BJP unit urged the women to come out of their shell and lead the nation towards development, at a talk on ``women empowerment'' in Sector 9 here yesterday.

‘Make judiciary accountable’
Chandigarh, March 26
Participants at the two-day seminar on judicial reforms that concluded in Panjab University here yesterday, stressed the need for setting up a commission for judicial accountability and streamlining the system of judicial appointments.

25-kv substation inaugurated
Dera Bassi, March 26
A 25-kv substation to provide power supply for the Ambala-Chandigarh-Kalka rail line was inaugurated by Mr N.K. Chidambaram, a member of the Railway Electricity Board, New Delhi, at Mubarikpur village, 2 km from here, yesterday. Now all the trains and engines will be hauled by electric locomotives.

Five jhuggis gutted
Chandigarh, March 26
Five jhuggis in Sanjay Colony behind Modern Bread Factory in the Industrial Area, Phase I, were gutted in a fire this evening. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

Photographers’ strike today
Chandigarh, March 26
All professional photographers in Punjab, Haryana & J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh will observe a one-day strike tomorrow in protest against the imposition of 5 per cent service tax on photography services, proposed in the Union Budget this year.

Behavioural problems in kids discussed
Chandigarh, March 26
Behavioural problems should be looked upon as “challenging behaviours”. There is need for non-traditional community-based programmes for positive results.


Farmer duped of Rs 2.80 lakh
Zirakpur, March 26
A farmer was reportedly duped of Rs 2,80,000 by a resident of Khijjar Kanaur village, near Banur, on the pretext of tripling the money. His servant had allegedly connived with the thug.

Housewife’s murderer in hiding
Chandigarh, March 26
The city police is on the lookout for Barinder, alias Beeru, one of the accused in the murder of a Sector 10 housewife, Ms Pritha Singh, who is believed to be hiding with relatives in a nearby town of Punjab. It is learnt that a police party would soon be dispatched to these places to nab him.

2 held for liquor smuggling
Zirakpur, March 26
The police has arrested two persons for smuggling liquor in two separate incidents at Zirakpur nakas and claimed to have recovered 44 bottles of liquor.

Assault cases registered
Chandigarh, March 26
A resident of Hallo Majra village, Mr Mahesh Madan, has reported that Santosh Kumar Singh assaulted his wife and nephew here yesterday. In his complaint he alleged that the two were injured and the accused also threatened to them.

  • Theft reported

  • Cars stolen

  • Gamblers arrested

  • Man arrested

Companies back out of wired project
Chandigarh, March 26
Even as the Chandigarh Administration’s wired city project is nearing completion due to the laying of 45 km of optical fibre cables (OFC) ducts in the city by Spectra Net Limited and approximately 40 km OFC ducts by Himachal Futuristic Communication Limited (HFCL), the consortium formed by group of companies joining hands to lay the OFC has fallen through.


Students attend story session
Chandigarh, March 26
A session on story telling by Dr Vinod Pankaj, noted short story and script writer and Hindi Officer of the All India Radio, was held during the workshop-cum-seminar of the Global Vision Home Alternative Creative Education at Gandhi Smarak Bhavan here yesterday.

Bindru, Nidhi win Euphoria contests
Chandigarh , March 26
Sidhartha Bindru from the ASCOMS, Jammu and Nidhi Rajotia from the PGIMS, Rohtak, were crowned Mr Euphoria-2001and Miss Euphoria-2001 at a function organised in the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, on the concluding day here yesterday.

Annual art exhibition of School
Chandigarh, March 26
The department of fine arts of DAV Model School, Sector 15, organised its second annual art exhibition here today. The exhibition was inaugurated by the SP, UT, Mr H.S. Dhariwal.

Time to buy books for kids
Chandigarh, March 26
Parents are thronging book shops once again as the new academic session is about to begin. The prices of books have increased between 10 and 15 per cent this year.

NIFD selected for Italian scholarship programme
Chandigarh, March 26
After making its mark on the international tourism map, with Nek Chand’s Rock Garden, the city beautiful is now all set to feature on the fashion design map of the world. In this category, the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) is leading Chandigarh’s path in the international market.

Order on age relaxation rule
Chandigarh, March 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that if a candidate was entitled for relaxation in age on the cut off date, then his candidature could not be rejected by subsequent instructions.

  • Labourers freed

  • Bail for advocates

  • Date of birth

Case against Jerath adjourned
Chandigarh, March 26
The UT Additional Sessions Judge today adjourned the case against former UT Chief Engineer K.K Jerath till April 16. The Additional Sessions Judge, on March 22, had released him on bail when he executing a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh with two solvent sureties. Orders were issued after an application was moved by Jerath for releasing him on bail on the basis of the order passed by the Supreme Court on March 19.

  • 6-month RI

  • Bail plea dismissed

Carrying of arms banned in city
Chandigarh, March 26
The District Magistrate, Mr Ramsekhar, today banned carrying of the firearms in the city. According to the order, no person should carry firearms in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.


Wedded to Indian culture
Chandigarh, March 26
They might come across as offsprings of a Western culture on the surface, but at heart they are as Indian as any one of us. In a large number of aspects, in fact, they are much more familiar with the tenets of Hindu mythology than perhaps we ever can be, despite our direct relation to the Indian roots.

He has the Midas touch
Chandigarh, March 26
When DD Punjabi planned a special programme for Baisakhi, they put their finger on Surinder Bachan for whom belting out hit pop albums has become a habit. Bachan, with more than 2000 hit albums to his credit, is known in Punjabi music circles as a music director with the Midas touch.

Kamli to be aired next month
Chandigarh, March 26
Kamli, a family drama with age-old theme of woman’s victimisation in society is going to be aired on Zee Alfa from the coming month.

Film songs dominate cultural show
Chandigarh, March 26
Manoranjan-2001, a cultural evening, organised by Sanyog Arts in the open-air theatre of Bal Bhavan here yesterday, was dominated by film song-based performances.

Burn treatment centre planned
Chandigarh, March 26
While the much-awaited Artificial Limbs Centre at the Western Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir, is expected to become functional next month, it will have an independent, full-fledged burns treatment centre and CT scan facilities only by the year-end.


Greening the greens
Golf Club goes hi-tech
Chandigarh, March 26
After the Health Club and Driving Range the Chandigarh Golf Club will now concentrate on improving the greens and fairways.

Mani Majra office to issue certificates
Chandigarh, March 26
Residents of Mani Majra, Mauli Jagran and nearby areas will no longer have to come to the Sector 17 office of the Registrar of Births and Deaths to procure birth and death certificates. The same can now be obtained from the sub-office of the Municipal Corporation in Mani Majra where two officials have been deputed for issuing the same.

BSNL’s directive
Chandigarh, March 26
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has urged all offices to furnish correct information about the names, designations and telephone numbers of their officers to the commercial officers concerned immediately.

House tax to be discussed
SAS Nagar, March 26
A proposal to impose house tax on commercial property within the SAS Nagar municipal limits is expected to be discussed in the next meeting of the civic body. However, there is no move to impose a house tax on residential property as the Punjab Government has already issued orders in this regard.

MC carries out anti-encroachment drive
Chandigarh, March 26
The anti-enforcement staff of the Municipal Corporation today removed a series of encroachments in various sectors of the city.

F&CC meeting not held
Chandigarh, March 26
The meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F and CC) of the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh was not held today. The new date for the same is yet to be decided, but will most probably be held a day or two after the House meeting on March 28.

Last date extended
Chandigarh, March 26
The Chandigarh Administration today allowed extension of the last date for calibrating of autorickshaw meters.

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