Tuesday, April 3, 2001,
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Ram Navami celebrated
Chandigarh, April 2
Ram Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama, was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in the city today. Devotees thronged the temples since morning to pay obeisance. “Prabhat pheris”, havans, sankirtans and “preeti bhoj” were organised in a majority of the temples.

Lord Rama Mahabhishek being performed on the occasion of Ram Navami celebrations by ISKCON in Chandigarh on Monday.
Lord Rama Mahabhishek being performed on the occasion of Ram Navami celebrations by ISKCON in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph.

MC plea for increase in tax share turned down
Chandigarh, April 2
The Chandigarh Administration has turned down a demand of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh for a 100 per cent share in taxes collected in the union territory.

Beery days are here again
Chandigarh, April 2
Much to the delight of beer guzzlers, pubs will continue in the city as usual. The Chandigarh Administration has allowed pubs and restaurant owners to sell beer from the same premises after getting affidavits that they may be allowed to continue subject to a court order.




16 accident victims in PGI
Chandigarh, April 2
Sixteen persons who received severe injuries in a road accident when two trucks collided head-on at Maulana about 18 km from Ambala Cantonment were admitted to the PGI in the morning, here today.

Examination fever rises
Chandigarh, April 2
With the Panjab University undergraduate examinations around the corner, examination fever in the city is at its peak. But with each year that passes by, there are added attractions in the city enough to distract the most serious students to look up from their books and take a view of the world around.

ASI acquitted in murder case
Chandigarh, April 2
An Assistant Sub Inspector, Ravinder Singh, in the Chandigarh Police, accused with the murder of his wife three years ago, has been acquitted by a local court as the charges framed against the accused could not be proved.

Mixed reaction on Sharjah tour issue
Chandigarh, April 2
The decision of the Indian Government in not allowing the cricket team to play in Sharjah has evoked a mixed response from city residents. They are divided on the issue but want a segregation of sports from politics. Some see it as another battle ground to teach the Pakistanis a lesson.


Devotees converge on Mansa Devi
Panchkula, April 2
A sea of humanity converged on the Mata Mansa Devi Shrine on the last day of the navratras, here today, to pay obeisance to Goddess Mansa, one of the incarnations of Goddess Durga.

Quarrying goes on unchecked
Chandigarh, April 2
Three days have passed since a ten-year-old boy drowned in a 15-feet-deep ditch in the Patiala Ki Rao cho near Dhanas village. The aggrieved family is still waiting for any action against the persons responsible for the digging of the ditch as no FIR has been registered.

Employees’ leaders submit memo to Advani
Chandigarh, April 2
A delegation of various leaders of employees’ organisations of Chandigarh, led by Mr Satya Pal Jain, a former MP, met the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, in Delhi yesterday and submitted him a memorandum.

Staff shortage hits traffic police functioning
Chandigarh, April 2
The city traffic police is reportedly suffering from a shortage of staff for performance of the enforcement duty, courtesy their large-scale deployment at VIP routes in the city.

JCT workers hold dharna
SAS Nagar, April 2
Workers of the watch assembly unit of JCT Electronics Limited staged a dharna here today in protest against the notices served to them by the management, removing them from their jobs as the company was unable to bear their financial burden.

CBI probe sought into custodial death
Kharar, April 2
The All-India Human Rights Watch and Lawyers For Human Rights International has demanded that an independent inquiry should be held into the alleged death of a Dalit youth in police custody in Khanna.

Poll for CBM chief next month
Chandigarh, April 2
The election to the post of the president of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) is likely to be held next month.
The schedule of the election, which had been necessitated following the death of the CBM chief Inder Lal Batra on March 23, will be drawn up at the general body meeting of the mandal to be held later this month.

National executive of Muslim body dissolved
Chandigarh, April 2
The controversy regarding the removal of Dr Anwar Ali, president of the National Muslim Welfare Movement, today took a new turn with Dr Ali dissolving the national executive and district units.

Stone laid for MLAs block
Chandigarh, April 2
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today laid the foundation stone for a block of 16 flats for MLAs to be constructed at an estimated cost of about Rs 2 crore in Sector 3 here.

NCC cadets meet Jacob
Chandigarh, April 2
Twenty NCC cadets of Uri in Baramula district of Jammu and Kashmir who are on a week-long visit to Punjab, called on the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Leiut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob(retd), at Punjab Raj Bhavan here today.

Differences in CTCC
Chandigarh, April 2
Differences in the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) came to the fore again at a meeting called by the CTCC chief, Mr BB Bahl, in connection with the rally on April 15 in the wake of the tehelka.com exposure here today.


House burgled
Chandigarh, April 2
Cash, clothes and diamond jewellery worth over Rs. 1. 2 lakh were reportedly stolen from the house of Mr S.K. Aggarwal in Sector 44-B, while the owners were away for almost one week.

FIR filed after 6 days
Chandigarh, April 2
Nearly six days after a city resident was hurt in his leg after a revolver belonging to his brother-in-law, accidently went off, the Chandigarh police registered a first information report late in the evening today.


Plastic makers hold meeting
Chandigarh, April 2
A meeting of the plastic manufacturers of Chandigarh and surrounding areas was held here yesterday to discuss the issue of fluctuating prices of plastic raw material and related problems.


Creative education workshop concludes
Chandigarh, April 2
The 20-day workshop-cum-seminar on alternative creative education of Global Vision Home(GVH) concluded here today. Mr Kamleshwar Sinha of The Tribune was the chief guest at the valedictory function while Ms Rama Rattan, well known educationist and Ms Shiela Didi, advocate and social activist were the guests of honour.

NIFD launches short-term courses
Chandigarh, April 2
With a view to cater to the increasing demand for short courses in fashion, the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), Chandigarh, announced the launch of courses in fashion design, textile design and interior design, here today.

Australian education exhibition from today
Chandigarh, April 2
An Australian education exhibition will be held in the city on April 3 under the auspices of IDP Australia, an independent international education organisation of that country.

NAAC team to visit PU soon
Chandigarh, April 2
A team of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) based in Bangalore will visit Panjab University soon to consider the case for accreditation to the council. An accreditation to the council is compulsory for all higher education institutions of the country. All universities of the country are to be accredited by 2003.


HC can review sack justification
Chandigarh, April 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in a significant judgement, has ruled that the court, in the interest of justice, can go into the plea of an employee to see if the action taken was justified under the law, in case the findings of the inquiry officer are not based on evidence.

Probe decision only by authorities
Chandigarh, April 2
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court here has held that the initiation of inquiry proceedings against an employee was to be decided by the authorities concerned.

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A tribute to Bamiyan Buddhas
Chandigarh, April 2
Sensitivity and art go hand in hand. This well explains the artistic outpour of city-based artist Balvinder on the unsavoury developments in Afghanistan which saw the cherished Buddhist art being ravaged.

Traditional themes
Chandigarh, April 2
Seeta Bharati’s terracotta murals are all set in traditional themes. Picking up ideas close to culture and freedom, she creates with conviction and precision.

A scene of the shadow puppet show "Mahishasurmardini Durga" at Ramkrishna Mission Ashram, Sector 15, in Chandigarh on Monday. Show on Mahishasurmardini
Chandigarh, April 2
It is amazing how the age old story of Ramayana was given the new look by famous artist Prabal Pramanik with his paper cut figures, an unique form of art, for which he has earned fame all over India and aboard.

A scene of the shadow puppet show “Mahishasurmardini Durga” at Ramkrishna Mission Ashram, Sector 15, in Chandigarh on Monday. — Photo Pankaj Sharma



Artificial limbs camp
Panchkula, April 2
Free artificial limb camp organised by the Rotary Club was formally inaugurated today at Saket Hospital, Chandi Mandir by Rotarian Ranjit Bhatia, district Governor of Rotary International District 3080. Prosthetics including calipers, crutches and other aides will be provided free of cost to the handicapped persons registering themselves during the camp between 8 am to 11 am.

Mr Alan Smith and his wife, Lynn, of the Rotary Club Jersey, UK, examines a patient at Saket Hospital in Panchkula on Monday. 

Mr Alan Smith and his wife, Lynn, of the Rotary Club Jersey, UK, examines a patient at Saket Hospital in Panchkula on Monday.

C.P. Thakur to open PGI OPD
Chandigarh, April 2
The new OPD of the PGI will be formally inaugurated by the Union Health Minister, Dr C.P. Thakur, on April 4 .


Jagdeep, K. Smiti to represent India
Chandigarh, April 2
According to Mr Baljinder Singh Banwait, secretary of the Chandigarh Ball Badminton Association, the sub-juniors will now have to play in below-15 category instead of earlier practice of playing in below-16 category.


Sanitation drive
Chandigarh, April 2
A special sanitation drive has been launched by the Medical Officer of Health ( MOH), MC, to clean up various sectors in the city. As part of the drive, the city has been divided into four zones and almost two sectors are cleaned up everyday, besides the routine cleanliness.


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