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Boy drowned in ditch
Chandigarh, March 31
Rajinder Singh ‘Bablu’, a 10-year-old child of Dhanas village, drowned in a 15-foot-deep ditch on the bed of Patiala Ki Rao cho near the village here today. His father, Iqbal Singh, a driver, was not in the village at the time of the incident.

A 10-year-old child, Bablu, drowned in this ditch in Patiali Ki Rao cho near Dhanas village on Saturday and (right) grieving father of the child.

A 10-year-old child, Bablu, drowned in this ditch in Patiali Ki Rao cho near Dhanas village on Saturday and (right) grieving father of the child. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Anandgarh demolition to crush PUDA, too
Chandigarh, March 31
It is not only the Anandgarh Development Authority (ADA) which is dejected over the quashing of the notification regarding Anandgarh by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) is virtually seeing over Rs 1 crore going down the drain. The amount had been passed over to the ADA as an interest-free loan by PUDA.




Demand conceded, bank officials to work today
Chandigarh, March 31
Bank officers have withdrawn the call to boycott work tomorrow. With most of the bank managements agreeing to the demand of the officers for compensating them for working on Sunday, the officials will be working tomorrow as the banks will remain open.

Forms pour in a day before exams
SAS Nagar, March 31
Every effort by the Punjab School Education Board to streamline the system of its annual examinations is put off the track by blatant political interference. This year is no different as politically well-connected persons are making a mockery of the rules of the board.

Raids to check water misuse
Chandigarh, March 31
While conducting surprise checks in different parts of the city during the past five days, Municipal Corporation officials found as many as 70 persons wasting drinking water by irrigating lawns, washing floors and vehicles.

When new New Year fooled all
Chandigarh, March 31
The All Fool’s Day has traditionally been about merriment, but over the years, it has lost its appeal. About 10 years ago, playing pranks on others to mark the day was a craze among people, which has now waned.

Panels to regulate foreign & non-formal education
Proliferation of private institutes
Chandigarh, March 31
The All-India Council of Technical Education has set up committees to regulate both foreign education and the non-formal education in the country, says Dr R.S. Nirjar, Chairman of the council.


A poor copy of Hollywood comedy-thriller
ne 2 ka 4” (Nirman) is a distasteful Bollywood mix attempting a Hollywood comedy-thriller. The comedy-action package even with a “lively couple of Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla” along with “macho cop Jackie Shroff” promises little artistic quality or an entertaining whole.


Colourful procession taken out
Chandigarh, march 31
A colourful procession was taken out on the eve of the Ram Navmi here today. The procession, which started from the Sanatan Dharam Mandir in Sector 23, passed through several sectors,including Sectors 22,21,20,19 and culminated in a Sector 27 temple. The cavalcade of vehicles showcased legends from the life of Lord Rama.

One day, two nakshatras, and only eight navratras!
Panchkula, March 31
While Navratras turn the spotlight on mantra-reciting pundits and pujaris, for whom this time is usually peak season, today turned out be an exceptionally busy day, with most of them being inundated with queries on ashatmi and navmi.

Indigenously overhauled chopper engine
Chandigarh, March 31
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal A.Y. Tipnis, released the first indigenously overhauled engine powering the MI-17 choppers at No 3 Base Repair Depot here today.

One year after completion, tubewells await commissioning
Panchkula, March 31
Four tubewells sunk by the Haryana Urban Development Authority to meet the water shortage in Mansa Devi Complex have not been commissioned even after one year of completion.

TA regiment celebrates Raising Day
Chandigarh, March 31
The Territorial Army’s 1101 Railway Engineer Regiment celebrated its 27th Raising Day here today. A special sainik sammelan, a cultural programme and a social get-together of officers and men of the unit marked the day. A large number of serving and retired officers of the Territorial Army (TA) as well as the regular army attended the celebrations.

Make your dream house damp proof
Chandigarh, March 31
Construction of a house is not an easy job for a layman. In terms of cost, it is not within the reach of the common man, who, more often than not, leads a hand-to-mouth existence. But all of them can make savings while constructing their dream house, says Mr Ved Parkash Takyar, a construction engineer.


3 cars stolen
Chandigarh, March 31
The local police received three complaints of theft of Maruti cars during the past 24 hours. Mr Jagdip Singh of China Karma Singh village, Amritsar district, reported that his car (PID- 6321) was stolen from a parking lot of Sector 17 here yesterday.

  • Cash stolen

  • TV stolen

WILL connections in July
Chandigarh, March 31
Wireless in local loop (WILL) connections of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited will be available in the city from July this year, BSNL officials informed a meeting of the Telephone Advisory Council this yesterday.


Three firms chosen for IT education in schools
Chandigarh, March 31
The Chandigarh Administration has selected three companies for running various computer education courses in schools and colleges of the city. Letters in this regard have been issued to these ISO 9001 certified multinational companies.

Net facility for PEC labs
Chandigarh, March 31
All laboratories of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, will be linked to the Internet by the end of next month. The college will also have a cyber cafe exclusively for its students by next month. These decisions were taken during the surprise visit of the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) to Punjab Engineering College (PEC), this morning. He spent two hours interacting with the students.

No action in false document case
Chandigarh, march 31
Nearly two months after the Hoshiarpur District Deputy Commissioner issued a letter, verifying that a candidate had secured admission to the B.Ed course on the basis of a forged certificate of residence, Panjab University is yet to announce a decision in this case.

Mr Jual Oram, Union Cabinet Minister for Tribal Affairs, examines a tribal weapon at the Millennium Tribal Cultural Programme-2001 on Saturday in Panjab University

PU to have 2 hostels for tribal students
Chandigarh, March 31
A boys’ and a girls’ hostel for tribal students with a capacity of 50 each will be constructed on the Panjab University campus here in the financial year 2001-2002, the Union Tribal Minister, Mr Jual Oram, said here today.

Mr Jual Oram, Union Cabinet Minister for Tribal Affairs, examines a tribal weapon at the Millennium Tribal Cultural Programme-2001 on Saturday in Panjab University, Chandigarh.
— A Tribune photograph.

New web site to offer free e-mail service
Chandigarh, March 31
Nakul Goyal, a BCA final year student at the Regional Institute of Management and Administration (PTU), and Manish Gupta have developed a website, which will be introduced as a freeware resource over the Internet.

Child sacrifice: HC upholds life term
Chandigarh, March 31
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today upheld the orders of Hoshiarpur Sessions Judge convicting and sentencing a Sarpanch and a special police officer, accused of sacrificing a 10-year-old boy, to life imprisonment.

  • Homoeopathic council

Colonel Srivastava administered oath
Chandigarh, March 31
Col A.K. Srivastava was today administered oath as witness in the General Court Martial trying Major Maneesh Bhatnagar. Colonel Srivastava was the Commanding Officer of 5 Para, under whom the accused was posted during the Kargil operations.

Dealer unable to pay back loan, wife kidnapped
Chandigarh, March 31
A dealer loses Rs 70,000 in lotteries. Borrows money from acquaintances. Fails to repay. The moneylenders kidnap his wife to get back the loan.... You would have dismissed it as just another piece of fiction fit for a soap opera on the television had it not been for a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court here.

Co ordered to refund Rs 3,25,000
Chandigarh, March 31
The UT Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has set aside the decision of the Consumer Forum-I, and directed Hindustan Financial Management Limited to refund within three months Rs 3,25,000 with interest at the rate of 10 per cent from the date of maturity till actual payment to complainant, Mr Puran Chand Gaur, a resident of Panchkula.


On the crest of divine melody
Chandigarh, March 31
Riding on the crest of divine melody, Puran Chand and Pyare Lal Wadali today touched the souls of one and all who had gathered at the Tagore Theatre to be part of their presentation. The two brothers, renowned in the world of Sufiana music, today gave a truly amazing performance, so much so that with each Sufiana qalaam that they doled out, they formed an eternal relationship with each listener.

Kalakriti-2001 inaugurated
Chandigarh, March 31
Artistically displayed pottery works in bright colours were one of the major attractions at Kalakriti-2001, an exhibition of craft work by students of the Sector 7 Kailash Bahl DAV Centenary Public School, here today.

Museum displays Sanghol collections
Chandigarh, March 31
The Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, has acquired 10 pieces of Sanghol sculptures which give an insight into the Kushana art.

Young printmakers reflect life
Chandigarh, March 31
The special projects in printmaking, initiated by the authorities of Government College of Art, Sector 10, for the first time this year, have shaped up quite well. The massive collection of 236 works by 17 students of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA, printmaking) final year course have a certain novelty about them.

Drawings set in precision and style
Chandigarh, March 31
The All-India Drawing exhibition, which opened at Punjab Kala Bhavan in Sector 16 here yesterday features a wide range of drawing works by 44 artists from all over the country. The exhibition, which is an annual event organised by the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, received a record entry of about 151 works by 72 artists from different states this year.

Pending construction in GMCH 32 begins
Chandigarh, March 31
Pending construction work on Block C of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, has begun and according to Prof Raj Bahadur, Medical Superintendent, GMCH, efforts are on to make the building operational as fast as possible.


66-run win for Eleven Star
Chandigarh, March 31
Sumit Kumar helped Eleven Star in beating Harmukh Cricket Club by 66 runs in the Vth UT Summer league cricket tournament played here today at PGI grounds. He slammed 121 runs and bagged two wickets.

Regularising illegal basements: PUDA slashes fee
SAS Nagar, March 31
Finding few takers for its policy to regularise unauthorised basements and building by-law violations in the rear courtyards in commercial premises in the town, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has slashed the compounding fee by around 70 per cent.

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