Sunday, April 15, 2001,
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Car-lifting: scene shifts to city court
High-level links alleged
Chandigarh, April 14
In a surprise move, the Delhi Police secured one-day transit remand from a Chandigarh court here today for Darshan Kumar Singla, Rajesh Gautam and Amit Bhushan, the three accused in the case of a car-lifting racket exposed in Delhi with the arrest of Amit Bhushan on April 10.

Garbage pit ‘welcomes’ visitors to Rock Garden
Chandigarh, April 14
There is large pit dug in front of the Rock Garden which is slowly turning into a garbage pit. The pit was reportedly dug by the UT Road Division, Division No. 2, for the extension of the garden’s car parking which vendors and employees of the garden said was dug in the third week of February.

Fresh rain, snow in region
Chandigarh, April 14
The renewed spell of snowfall on higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh and rains in lower reaches of the north-west region, including parts of Punjab and Haryana, for the fourth successive day has caused a fall of mercury, sending a wave of anxiety among farmers.



Exquisite bonsai create illusion of a woodland
NURTURED WITH LOVE: A participant in a bonsai show prunes one of the 180 varieties on display in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday.Chandigarh, April 14
The venue of the second bonsai show, which opened for plant lovers of the city today, truly resembles a woodland, with 180 delightful varieties of bonsai adorning it.

NURTURED WITH LOVE: A participant in a bonsai show prunes one of the 180 varieties on display in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

VC who made JNU financially secure
Chandigarh, April 14
Prof Asis Datta heads a university which was once considered to be the bastion of Left intelligentsia, particularly in the field of social sciences, but which is now moving through a phase of transition.

Maj Bhatnagar objects to prosecution statement
Chandigarh, April 14
The defence counsel representing Major Maneesh Bhatnagar, who is being tried by General Court Martial for dereliction of duty during the Kargil conflict, today raised objections on the statement given by the prosecution witness, Col A.K. Srivastava. The GCM reassembled here today after remaining adjourned since March 31.

Girija to produce Punjabi films
Chandigarh, April 14
Some people never forget their roots. Veteran actor Girija Shankar, who immortalised “Dharitrastra” in BR Chopra’s mega serial “Mahabharata”, belongs to that rare breed.
After making it big in the dream city Mumbai he is back to his roots and now wants to explode the myth that Punjabis cannot produce good quality films and TV programmes.

Golden Forest employees in judicial custody
Chandigarh, April 14
Three officials of Golden Forest, Ms Pamila Syal, Ms Neena Syal and Hritish Kumar Sinha, were sent to judicial custody till April 16 today by the UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class) in a case of cheating.


Tributes paid to Ambedkar
Chandigarh, April 14
Rich tributes were paid to Dr B. R. Ambedkar, the main architect of the Indian Constitution, on his 110th birth anniversary here today.
Speaking at a function organised by the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Welfare Federation in the Valmiki Bhavan in Sector 24, the local MP, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, asked the people to follow the teachings of Dr Ambedkar.

Jacob’s call to spread message of peace
Chandigarh, April 14
The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R.Jacob (retd), who is also administrator of Chandigarh, today gave a call for launching a campaign to ameliorate the lot of suffering humanity and to spread the message of peace and harmony as propagated by Sharda Devi,wife of Ramakrishna Parmhans.

Cong infighting to the fore
Chandigarh, April 14
The internal infighting in the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee(CTCC) came to the fore again today when the Harmohan Dhawan group decided to stay away from the party rally in the Sector 22 Nehru Park tomorrow on the tehelka expose issue.

Fire Services Day observed
Chandigarh, April 14
Firemen and officials of the Chandigarh Fire Services Department observed Fire Services Day today at their headquarters to pay homage to all those brave firemen who have died in various fire fighting operations all over the country.

Sukhna shramdan in May
Chandigarh, April 14
The annual shramdan at the Sukhna lake here is likely to start by the second week of May to remove silt from the dry bed of the lake on the regulator side. Like previous years, the shramdan will see machines, draglines and cranes besides the usual stream of city residents who do voluntary labour to remove silt.

Martial arts on display at procession
Chandigarh, April 14
Nihangs give a demonstration of martial art ‘Gatka’ during a procession taken out in Chandigarh on Saturday.As part of the 301st anniversary of the birth of the Khalsa, a big procession was taken out in the city today. The procession, comprising hundreds of vehicles carrying devotees from various parts of Punjab and Chandigarh, started from Gurdwara Sant Sar in Sector 38.

Nihangs give a demonstration of martial art ‘Gatka’ during a procession taken out in Chandigarh on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph

Cop complains against SP
Panchkula, April 14
A constable of the Haryana police has sought action against the Superintendent of Police, Dr C.S. Rao, for not granting him leave which resulted in the death of his brother. He has said this in a complaint to the DGP of Haryana.

36 landlord-tenant disputes settled
Chandigarh, April 14
As many as 36 landlord-tenant disputes, 11 matrimonial disputes and one case of illegal encroachment were disposed of at a special public grievances redressal camp organised in the three police sub-divisions and in the special crime cell here today. The camp was organised by the UT Police Department.


Camera, computer stolen
Chandigarh, April 14
Mr Ramandip, resident of Modern Complex, Mani Majra, reported that a two-in-one music system, one children computer, one camera and few other goods were stolen from his residence after breaking a windowpane yesterday night.


‘Need to promote tourism in region’
Chandigarh, April 14
North India is endowed with many attractions that could bring domestic and international tourists to the region. However, there is a dire need to develop infrastructure and promote tourism in this part of the country, said Raja Narinder Singh, Punjab Civil Aviation and Public Minister, while addressing a seminar on “Integrated tourism development in northern India”.


NCC training discontinued in KVs
Chandigarh, April 14
The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has decided to discontinue the NCC training in various Kendriya Vidyalayas in this region w.e.f. April 1.
A circular issued by the Commissioner of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has informed all Commissioners of 18 regional offices asking them to discontinue the NCC training for want of funds.


Is disco culture on the decline in the city?
Chandigarh, April 14
Swaying to the popular bhangra beat at discotheques is certainly no longer a fad with youngsters. The disco bubble which took the city by storm about five years back has definitely lost it’s charm with discos barely doing business except on weekends and as hosts for private parties.


Conference on radiation technology
Chandigarh, April 14
The first National Conference of Society of Medical Radiation Technology, India, was inaugurated today by the PGI Director, Prof S.K. Sharma, which is being organised by the Department of Radiotherapy.


Still a crusader
Chandigarh, April 14
Sanjay Sharma, a former international badminton player, had fought for the rights of players after his retirement. Sanjay, who lives in Mumbai, was here with his daughter, Medini, who was to play in the ITF Women’s Tennis Championship that began on the Sector 10 CLTA Courts today.

Knee injuries cannot ruin careers now
Chandigarh, April 14
“Nowadays, only partial menisctomy is done, which is a departure from the earlier practice of removing the entire cartilage,” said Dr A.S. Bhatia, an arthroscopic surgeon, in his lecture on knee injuries among sportspersons, particularly badminton players, here yesterday. 

Cricket tourney

A magnificent knock of 87 runs by 13 year old Sumit Dhiman helped Stadium XI,defeat 3 BRD XI by 88 runs in a match of the 5th UT Summer League Cricket Tournament in the Sector 16 stadium here. Stadium XI scored 207 runs for four wicket, while 3 BRD XI were all out on 119 runs.

CBA honours Arif
Chandigarh, April 14
The Chandigarh Badminton Association honoured S.M. Arif, to coach of the All-England champion Pulella Gopichand, here today. He was here to participate in the All-India Badminton Coaches Conference in Panjab University.


CE selection on April 16
Chandigarh, April 14
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will hold an interview to select a Chief Engineer for the Chandigarh Administration on April 16. The present incumbent, Mr Puranjit Singh had taken over the current duty charge on March 31 after Mr R.K. Jain had retired.


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