Saturday, March 31, 2001,
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Power policy favours slum dwellers instead of local inhabitants
Chandigarh, March 30
A hard working person collects some savings, takes a loan, buys a small residential plot in one of the 18 villages in the Union Territory and constructs a small house. Now starts the bad news, the Electricity Department says an individual power connection cannot be released as the plot is outside the lal dora of the village.

Unidentified man killed in Sec 17 
Chandigarh, March 30 
A man was murdered by being hit on the head with a brick in Sector 17 this morning. The victim was found in an unconscious state near the bushes on the path between the Sector 17 police station and the Football Stadium.

Puranjit posted city CE
Chandigarh March 30
Mr Puranjit Singh, Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation, was tonight posted as Chief Engineer Chandigarh Administration, while the Superintending Engineer Municipal Corporation, Mr Manmohanjit Singh, was posted as Chief Engineer MC.



  Two suspended in octroi evasion case
SAS Nagar, March 30
Even as two employees of the octroi wing of the SAS Nagar Municipal Council were today suspended by the president of the civic body in connection with their involvement in yesterday’s case of evasion of octroi at the Sohana octroi collection post, the Local Government Department marked an enquiry into the case by its Vigilance Cell.

Dodgers to be issued traffic violation information slips
Chandigarh, March 30
Perturbed over the large-scale violation of the traffic rules regarding the use of mobile phones and smoking and the failure to nab a sizeable number the accused, the city traffic police has decided to issue traffic violation information slips (TVIS) to all accused who to flee.

Mission to improve Senior Citizens Home ends in fiasco
Chandigarh, March 30
“Room of peace. Negative talk prohibited,” proclaims the notice pasted on the front door of the living room of Justice Surinder Singh, a former Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court at his residence in Sector 9. But Justice Surinder Singh is hardly at peace with himself these days.

2 crusaders to get Neerja Bhanot Award
Chandigarh, March 30
Two crusaders for women’s rights, Ms Alice Garg of Jaipur and Ms Ashamma from Karni village in Andhra Pradesh, have been selected for the prestigious Neerja Bhanot Award - 2000. Both will get a citation, a trophy and Rs 1.5 lakh at a special ceremony to be organised next month.


Lending a hand to the small farmers
Chandigarh, March 30
Farmers with large land holdings, especialy from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh, have emerged as major beneficiaries of the bank loans for agricultural growth in the region.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal A Y Tipnis on his arrival at the Air Force Station in Chandigarh on Friday. Tipnis arrives at Air Force Station
Chandigarh, March 30
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal A. Y. Tipnis arrived at the Chandigarh Air Force Station on a two-day inspection today. He was accompanied by Ms Molina Tipnis, president, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA).

Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal A Y Tipnis on his arrival at the Air Force Station in Chandigarh on Friday. 
— Photo Karam Singh

Discussion on Citizens' charter
Chandigarh, March 30
A discussion on the Citizens' charter was organised by the Nodel Centre of Adult Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, here today. About 100 women participated in the meeting.

Villagers to light diyas
SAS Nagar, March 30
In the light of quashing of notification for acquiring land for the Anandgarh project by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, member of the Anandgarh Hatao Sanjhi Sangarsh Committee have decided to light diyas to express their happiness.

Oram to visit city today
Chandigarh, March 30
Mr Jeol Oram, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, will visit Chandigarh tomorrow to attend an All-India Tribal Students Association function.


PO held after 23 years
Chandigarh, March 30
Almost 23 years after a case of fraud was registered against him, the local police claimed to have nabbed a proclaimed offender this evening.

Servant at it again!
SAS Nagar, March 30
Three occupants of a house in Phase 2 were heavily drugged by a Nepali servant and robbed of their valuables last night. A German Shephard dog of the owner of the house was also drugged by the robber.

Motorcyclist hits cop on naka duty
Chandigarh, March 30
A traffic police constable on naka duty was hit by a motor-cyclist at a turning near Guru Nanak Public School in Sector 37 here this morning. He sustained a fracture in the right leg and has been admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

  • Theft

  • Burglary

  • Assault

  • Three held


Puppet theatre at Strawberry Fields
Chandigarh, March 30
The 2001-2002 session of Strawberry Fields, Sector 24, began with a puppet theatre for the kindergarten.

NSS camp ends
Chandigarh, March 30
The 10-day National Service Scheme camp from March 20 to 29 concluded at Karsan, Ram Darbar Colony, here yesterday.

Dangi case: April 5 next date of hearing
Chandigarh, March 30
Directing the Superintendent of Rohtak Jail to be present in the court with record pertaining to Haryana’s former Revenue Minister Anand Singh Dangi’s admission in jail in a cheating and forgery case, Mr Justice Amar Dutt of the High Court today fixed April 5 as the next date of hearing.

  • Re-auction stayed

Orders not communicated to him, says Brig Devinder Singh
Chandigarh, March 30
Brig Devinder Singh, former Commander of 70 Infantary Brigade, today testified before the General Court Martial trying Major Maneesh Bhatnagar that as per norms the orders from the higher authorities, if any, to revive his earlier orders which were being held in abeyance, should have been communicated to him.

Controversy shrouds Bar Association elections
Chandigarh, March 30
Controversy has gripped the forthcoming elections of the Bar Association here. While founder members alleged that the process of the elections is not as per the constitution of the Bar Association of the district courts, the present Bar Association has refuted the allegations and said that the Bar had never adopted any constitution.

Bail plea dismissed in theft case
Chandigarh, March 30
The UT Additional Sessions Judge, Mr S.K Goel, today dismissed the anticipatory bail plea moved by Harish, a resident of Ram Darbar, in a case of theft. The accused had moved bail plea under Section 433 of the Criminal Procedure Code.


Bewitching performance
Panchkula, March 30
A bewitching dance performance was put forth by Sudeshna Maulik, Nibedita Mahapatra and Arti Shankar, exponents of Kathak, Odissi and Bharat Natayam, who performed ‘jugal bandi’ at a function organised by the Shri Mata Mansa Devi Puja Sthal as part of the ongoing Navratra Mela here today.

A music lover from across seven seas
Chandigarh, March 30
On the face of it, there is nothing special about this man from Canada who is these days in India on a special assignment. But behind the unassuming facade of Kuldip Deepak, lies talent which spans various fields of activity from management to system technical analysing, finally to, something which Kuldip is in love with.


Physical Fitness Festival at PU
Chandigarh, March 30
On the third day of the 10th Physical Fitness Festival of the Panjab University employees, being organised today at the university grounds, Administrative office cricket team outplayed Science Departments by one wicket.

  • Markfed sports meet

  • Selection trials

Jhuggis removed from Zirakpur-Panchkula road
Zirakpur, March 30
Over 45 jhuggis, which had come up on panchayat land on the Zirakpur-Panchkula highway, were removed by the enforcement wing of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, here today. Some of the jhuggis were as much as 20-year- old.

A JCB machine, removing unauthorised jhuggies along the Zirakpur-Panchkula road in Zirakpur on Friday.
A JCB machine, removing unauthorised jhuggies along the Zirakpur-Panchkula road in Zirakpur on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

F&CC meeting
Chandigarh , March 30
While the Finance and Contract Committee (FCC) of the Chandigarh MC today approved the issue of land disposal in pockets 2 and 3 of Mani Majra for the Group Housing Society through auction, the long-pending issues pertaining to review of cable network policy and privatisation of streetlights for operation and maintenance remained deferred.

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