Friday, March 30, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Govt to plug loopholes in Anandgarh project
Chandigarh, March 29
The Punjab Government proposes to issue a fresh notification to plug all loopholes in the Anandgarh project that have been pointed out by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in its yesterday’s order quashing the notification for the acquistion of 10,500 acres, according to highly placed sources in the government.

Rain lashes city, mercury dips
Chandigarh, March 29
The city and its surrounding townships continued to experience high wind speeds, sharp showers and a plunging mercury for the second consecutive day today while the officials at the local met office said that the ongoing spell of rain will delay the onset of summer temporarily — at least 5 to 6 days.

Widespread rain in the entire region has brought down the temperature. Widespread rain in the entire region has brought down the temperature. This Tribune photograph was taken by Karam Singh in Chandigarh early on Thursday morning.




Snag hits phone services for three hours
Chandigarh, March 29
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is at it again. Thousands of telephones connected onto the Sector 17 telephone exchange went on a blink this morning for more than three hours following a technical snag.

PGI-CTU tussle hits commuters
Chandigarh, March 29
With the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU), expressing its inability to divert bus routes to the bus stop near the New OPD gate opposite Sector 11, problems of the PGI authorities regarding commuting hassles presently being faced by visitors and patients, are to continue. 

Date for replacing faulty meters extended
Chandigarh, March 29
To make things easier for the consumer and avoid unnecessary harassment, the Municipal Corporation today extended the last date of getting the faulty water meters replaced to May 31.

Marathi actress going Telugu
Chandigarh, March 29
Sonali Bendre travels quite fast. Only yesterday she was in Mumbai facing the charge of having worn clothes which offended the religious sentiments of people. Today she was in Chandigarh, exactly for 30 minutes — to launch a business venture in Sector 35.

‘Connections’ must to have glimpse of Mata
Employees eating away the offerings
Panchkula, March 29
Jagpato Devi, a 75-year-old woman, stood in the queue outside the Mata Mansa Devi shrine for over three hours, bent over a stick, supported by her son. The only propelling force was a glimpse of the Mata. At the altar, she offered her gold earrings, the only remembrance of her husband who died almost 15 years back. Even before she neared the sanctum santorum, she was ushered towards the exit.

Who will be the next Chief Engineer?
Chandigarh, March 29
Who will be the new Chief Engineer of the Chandigarh Administration, once the present incumbent, Mr R. K. Jain, retires tomorrow? No formal orders had been issued till late in the evening, indicating who will hold charge till the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meeting is held as per schedule on April 16.


Problems of small farmers highlighted
Chandigarh, March 29
Land holdings of small farmers are getting smaller and the economy has not developed enough to absorb their growing numbers in the secondary and tertiary sectors.

Dr Dinesh Chandra, Resident Financial Commissioner, Punjab, delivers a lecture at a seminar on Small Farmers Dr Dinesh Chandra, Resident Financial Commissioner, Punjab, delivers a lecture at a seminar on Small Farmers: Their Problems and Remedies in the ICSSR Complex, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph

Factionalism mars CTCC meeting
Chandigarh, March 29
The new office-bearers of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) will be announced within 15 days, Ms Mohsina Kidwai, AICC General Secretary and in charge of Chandigarh, said here today.

17 phariwallahs challaned
Chandigarh, March 29
In a joint special drive, undertaken by the Municipal Corporation and the Estate Office, as many as 17 phari vendors in Sector 22 were challaned and their loads full of clothes were confiscated by the staff even before they could spread them. Nearly 50 other phariwalas, who were yet to display their goods, were taken in by surprise when they found the enforcement staff in large numbers at the venue and tried to protest but could not succeed.

Fusion 2001
Chandigarh, March 29
Be it the dresses or the dance items, everything pointed out at the fact that geographical boundaries were no barrier for creative minds. A perfect blend of East-West fusion was the highlight of the fashion show, ‘Fusion 2001’, organised by the International Polytechnic for Women as part of the 16th annual function at Tagore Theatre in Sector 16 here today.

Air Chief to visit city today
Chandigarh, March 29
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal A. Y. Tipnis, is scheduled to arrive at the Chandigarh Air Force Station on a two-day inspection visit tomorrow.


Alleged case of octroi evasion
SAS Nagar, March 29
An alleged case of octroi evasion and beating up of a truck driver by a unit owner of the Phase VII Industrial Area has come to light.


Talent search contest
Chandigarh, March 29
A medi-quiz as part of the all-India talent search contest, organised by the Passi Health Foundation, Mumbai, was held in the GMCH, Sector 32, today in which medical students and interns from colleges of northern zone participated. Dr Narottam Puri, noted sports commentator, conducted the quiz.

Adviser gives away prizes in GCG-42
Chandigarh, March 29
Ms Neeru Nanda, Adviser to the Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, presided over the Annual Prize Distribution function of the Government College for Girls, Sector 42 here today.

Scheme to improve school education
SAS Nagar, March 29
A new Punjab Government scheme for improving the system of school education is being launched from the acedemic session starting on April 1.

CJM directed to conduct probe
Chandigarh, March 29
Directing Jalandhar’s Chief Judicial Magistrate to conduct an inquiry into the allegations of harassment against certain respondents interested in the house of a 70-year-old Bhargo camp resident, Mr. Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Hayana High Court today asked him to submit a report after completing the probe within a month of receiving the order’s copy.

  • Parking space

  • Complaint quashed

Heated arguments at GCM
Chandigarh, March 29
Heated arguments between the judge advocate and the defence counsel over bringing certain court proceedings on record today resulted in little progress being made at the general court martial trying Major Maneesh Bhatnagar.

Chandigarh Club case transferred
Chandigarh, March 29
Withdrawing an appeal filed in the Chandigarh Club case from court of Additional District Judge, Mr Lakhbir Singh, the Punjab and Haryana High Court, today transferred it to the court of Additional District Judge, Mr R.C. Godara.

18-month RI for rash driving
Chandigarh, March 28
The UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class) awarded a year-and-a-half of rigorous imprisonment to a persons called Harpal Singh here today in a case of rash and negligent driving. The case had been registered under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC on May 11, 1995.

  • Case adjourned

  • Remand for woman

  • RI for assault

  • Driver acquitted

  • Bail denied

  • Case adjourned

  • Close school, court


IMA demands probe into patient’s death
Chandigarh, March 29
The Indian Medical Association has demanded a thorough probe into the death of Mohinder Kaur who died in the PGI due to the alleged negligence of doctors on March 7.


Karate champ in city
Chandigarh, March 29
She achieved glory at a tender age as she won a gold medal in kata at the World Cup of Martial Arts held in Sydney in October, 2000. This 11-year-old karate champion was here in the city to meet her grandparents who now live in Panchkula.

Taskeen, Vijayant win tennis tourney
Chandigarh, March 29
Taskeen Bains and Vijayant Malik clinched the singles title in the under-12 section of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association monthly tennis meet which concluded here this morning at the CLTA stadium, Sector 10.

F&CC meeting today
Chandigarh, March 29
The issue regarding the privatisation of streetlights in the city will be taken up by the Finance and Contract Committee ( F and CC) in its meeting tomorrow. The item has figured in the agenda of the F and CC nearly three times before, but has never been discussed. The other long-pending issues pertaining to use of open spaces adjoining hotels, review of cable network policy and modernisation of slaughter houses would also come up for discussion.

Mayor clarifies stand to Jacob
Chandigarh, March 29
The Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, who met the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lt Gen (retd) JFR Jacob today, clarified his position with regard to the baseless allegations being levelled by the BJP -SAD councillors and the uproarious scenes in the House yesterday.Top

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