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Jacob shocked at haphazard construction in Mani Majra
Chandigarh, April 12
The UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), on a visit to Mani Majra today, was shocked to see unsafe construction, hanging cantilevers, balconies of opposite houses virtually touching each other, leaving no space for electric wiring and loose live electricity wires touching extended portions of balconies.

A strong duststorm catches people unawares in Chandigarh on Thursday. A strong duststorm catches people unawares in Chandigarh on Thursday. 
— Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

Top cops, politicians involved in illegal immigrations: NRI
SAS Nagar, April 12
An NRI Punjabi-music promoter, Mr Maninder Singh Gill, alleged today that some members of the ruling combine in Punjab and some senior police officials were involved in sending people abroad illegally.




BJP to lodge FIR against Mayor
Chandigarh, April 12
BJP councillors have decided to lodge an FIR against the Congress Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, and the party President, Mr B.B. Bahl, for having accepted to give bribes to win the mayor elections. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the BJP councillors held at the party office in Sector 33 today under the leadership of party President, Mr Dharampal Gupta.

INLD member held in car-stealing racket
Panchkula, April 12
A district office-bearer of the ruling Indian National Lok Dal, Mr DK Singla, and his accomplice, Rajesh Gautam, both residents of Sector 10, allegedly involved in buying and selling stolen cars, were arrested from their residences late this evening. 

Forgotten children of India visit home
Chandigarh, April 12
Though the fact that the Roma gypsies migrated from India came to light only about 300 years ago with the coming of the British to India, these nomads have been preserving the Indian element among themselves. Their character reflected Indian traits. Evidence that they were rooted to India comes from the fact that they, like us, call water “pani” and eye “aankh”.

Roma delegates take a view of the Nehru Roma House, set up by Roma scholar, Dr W.R. Rishi, at the Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, Chandigarh on Thursday

PU security officer stabbed
Chandigarh, April 12
A security officer of Panjab University, Mr S.N. Bose, was stabbed by two youths as he objected to their jumping on to the premises of a women’s hostel on the campus here tonight.

‘Parallel banking’ lands banks in soup
Chandigarh, April 12
“Parallel banking” by a host of thrift and credit cooperative societies formed by serving employees of the nationalised banks have become a major headache for the managements of the banks.


Drills, rallies to mark Fire Services Week
Chandigarh, April 12
Students will not only be solving theorems and mugging literature the next week. They will also be learning something about fire safety and prevention as well. The Fire Department not only plans to generate awareness among them, but will also be conducting drills in high rise buildings, besides training Air Force personnel, during the Fire Services Week.

And quiet hums the tap...
Chandigarh, April 12
Water supply in the city is expected to bounce back to normal from tomorrow, since the breach in the supply line coming from Kajauli has been repaired.

Flats galore but no takers
Panchkula, April 12
Occupancy levels in housing societies continue to be abysmally low, even as their number has shown a meteoric rise in the city, most of them having mushroomed in the Panchkula extension.

What exactly will be the role of the CDS?
Chandigarh, April 12
With the government having reportedly appointed a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), speculation on who is to be the “first among equals” may have been laid to rest, but it has thrown up more issues. With the exact role and powers of the CDS still not defined and with the structure of Ministry of Defence (MoD) still remaining as it is, the institution of the CDS is cast under a shadow.

New Chandigarh Club team takes charge 
Chandigarh, April 12
Mr Ravinder Chopra, who was declared elected as the president of the Chandigarh Club in a close fight last night, formally took over the charge of his new office this morning.

House tax move opposed
Panchkula, April 12
Lodging a protest against the imposition of house tax with the notification of formation of a municipal council in the city, the Joint Forum comprising members of the residents welfare associations, said that they would move court against the proposal.

CM flags off Vishav Shanti Bal March
SAS Nagar, April 12
On the eve of the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal flagged off “vishav shanti bal march” from the premises of the Punjab School Education Board here today.

Baisakhi Fest-2001 begins
Chandigarh, April 12
The four-day business and cultural extravaganza, Baisakhi Fest 2001, got off to a colourful start at the Parade Ground here this evening.

Governors greet people on Baisakhi
Chandigarh, April 12
The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today extended greetings to all Punjabis on the eve of Baisakhi.

Jacob condoles Dewang’s death
Chandigarh, April 12
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today expressed shock over the death of Dewang Mehta, President, National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), who died in Sydney early this morning.

Stress on internal discipline
Panchkula, April 12
Stressing on the necessity of inculcating internal discipline, Swami Vishvas said that though running after material possessions was not bad, there was a need to strive for a balance. Stating this at a press conference, here today, the swami said that man was losing his identity in trying to achieve material gains.

Parthasarathi concerned over falling sex ratio
Chandigarh, April 12
An ‘unacceptably high foeticide’ in Punjab and Haryana has sent the alarm bells ringing in the quarters of the National Commission for Women.

Seminar on missing females
Chandigarh, April 12
A seminar on “where are the missing females of Punjab and Haryana?’’ was held at Punjab Book Centre here yesterday. A probe into the causative factors and their social implications were discussed.


Girl escapes from Nari Niketan
Chandigarh, April 12
An inmate of the Nari Niketan, Sector 26, reportedly ran away from the niketan here yesterday. She was arrested by the police on Tuesday from Kajheri village along with four boys. The boys were sent to Burail jail and the girl to the niketan.

  • Student booked

  • Chain snatched

  • Beaten up

  • House burgled

  • Scooterist injured

  • Arrested with liquor


College students get prizes
Chandigarh, April 12
The five-day silver jubilee and Hahnemann Day celebrations of Homoeopathy Medical College and Hospital ended here today with a cultural programme and prize-distribution ceremony on the college premises.

Entrance test for BSc (honours)
Chandigarh, April 12
Admissions to the BSc (honours) course in Biotechnology at Panjab University from the forthcoming session will be conducted on the basis of a common entrance test.

Students of Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital
Students of Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26, present a giddha on the concluding day of the silver jubilee and Hahnemann Day celebrations of the institution, on the college campus in Chandigarh on Thursday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Awareness camps from April 16
Chandigarh , April 12
To impart education regarding reproductive health and reproductive tract infections (RTIs) to the youth in villages and colonies of the union territory, the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) is organising awareness camps from April 16 to 30.

Workshop on career identification
Chandigarh, April 12
A two-day workshop on career identification for children between the age group of 13 years to 17 years will begin at the Commonwealth Youth Programme, Asia Centre, Sector 12, tomorrow.

Produce detainee in court, SHO told
Chandigarh, April 12
On a petition filed by a doctor alleging illegal detention of a former helper by the police, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Station House Officer of Dharamkot police station in Ferozepore district to produce the alleged detainee in court at the next date of hearing in case she was in his custody.

  • Bail plea dismissed


On a mission to promote Indian theatre
Chandigarh, April 12
In today’s world when everyone seems to be running after electronic media, Namrata Sharma wants to dedicate her life to promoting Indian theatre.

Conference on medical radiation technology
Chandigarh, April 12
The first national conference of the Society of Medical Radiation Technology India is being organised by the Department of Radiotherapy on April 14 and 15. The society was set in 1997 with the aim of enhancing and promoting development of the medical radiation technology and look after professional and academic interest of medical radiation technologists.

PGI to go ahead with selections
Chandigarh, April 12
The selection of professors for various departments of the PGI, will be held as per schedule from April 16. Yesterday, there were speculations that the interviews will be postponed.

OPD open tomorrow
Chandigarh , April 12
The Out Patient Department (OPD) of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, will remain open on Saturday, April 14,2001, and will work as usual.

100 episodes on health
Chandigarh, April 12
Siti Healthline, a weekly health awareness programme telecast by the local cable network, has completed 100 episodes.


Arif, the man behind the winner
Chandigarh, April 12
It took nearly 15 years for Mr S.M. Arif to see his trainee, Gopichand, grow into a world-class player and of course title-holder of the badminton world’s biggest international tournament as he conveyed during deliberations at a seminar titled, “All England Badminton Coaches Conference”, which began here today at the Panjab University campus in praise of his trainee, Arif said. “He is totally focussed and will not let anything distract him.

Rehabilitation criteria for Kumbhra approved
SAS Nagar, April 12
The Punjab Government today finally approved the criteria to be adopted for a rehabilitation scheme for Kumbhra village. Against the prevailing Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) allotment rate of Rs 3,750 per sq yard in the town , the people evacuated from the 63 “baras”, located outside the village pherni, would be allotted alternative plots at a rate of Rs 1,500 per sq yard.

CVO records statements
SAS Nagar 12
The Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of the Local Government Department has recorded the statements of the councillors of the opposition group in connection with the case of evasion of octroi at the Sohana octroi collection post on Marcy 29.

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