Sunday, April 22, 2001,
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Gaping holes in MC’s save-water drive
Chandigarh, April 21
Even as residents of the city continue to face problems of water shortage, drinking water is flowing on roads in various parts of the city due to the indifferent attitude of the MC officials. While on one hand, MC is issuing notices to those found wasting drinking water, on the other hand it has failed to plug the leakages in its own lines in various parts of the city.

Residents rue axing of peepal trees
Chandigarh, April 21
As the whole world talks about saving the environment on the occasion of World Earth Day today, the residents of Sector 23 mourn the felling of three 30-year-old peepal trees axed by the Horticulture Department to clear the site for a post office.

One of the axed peepal trees at the proposed site for a post office in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Thursday.

One of the axed peepal trees at the proposed site for a post office in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
—  A Tribune photograph


  Bid to attack Zaman causes alarm
Chandigarh, April 21
The attempt by fundamentalist and fanatical elements to attack Mr Fakhar Zaman, Chairman of the World Punjabi Conference, at Lahore has alarmed litterateurs.

2,000 cases settled by Lok Adalat
Chandigarh, April 21
In the Special Lok Adalat, organised at the Sector 17 District Courts today, as many as 1,400 cases were settled, while 95 lakh were awarded as compensation to the litigants. A sum of Rs 1.5 lakh was also realised as fine.

Multiplex scheme a non-starter
Chandigarh, April 21
A scheme launched by the UT Administration almost six months ago to set up multiplex theatres in the city has remained still-born so far.
Seven out of eight cinema halls in the city have shown no interest in the scheme. The only cinema house to apply for conversion into a multiplex in collaboration with ZEE TV is Dhillon theatre at Mani Majra.

HUDA, police blamed for spurt in crime
Panchkula, April 21
*April 15: Cash, jewellery and household items worth Rs 2 lakh were stolen from a house in Sector 15 while the occupants were out of town. There are no suspects in the case.


Govinda’s gimmicks fail to tickle
Sanjeev Singh Bariana‘

Albela’ (Piccadily and Suraj, Panchkula) is a below average show of a promising cast. The storyline is a little too far-stretched and so are the gimmicks of Govinda. Overstress on detail of characters rob the comedy of its charm. The director also seems a bit carried away in filling in elements of tragedy which fail to make an impact.


Misuse of water & power
The Governor and the Adviser to the Administrator of Chandigarh have appealed to the citizens to be prudent in the use of water and electricity. But it is generally observed in offices that when people leave their rooms for a short while, they do not care to switch off the lights and fans. Taps are left running for hours in toilets in public places.

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Eco experts against isolated approach
Chandigarh, April 21
The concept of ‘think globally, act locally’ no longer holds true as far as environmental problems are concerned. Issues like global warming, rise in the sea-level, depletion in the ground water level etc need a broader approach. This is what brought five SAARC countries, including Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and India, together and form a common platform to handle these problems.

16-year battle for justice
Chandigarh, April 21
Justice delayed is justice denied. But not for, a 79-year-old, Mr Allaha Singh, who after an endless battle of 16 years, has managed to get some reprieve in his son’s murder case. A local court dismissed the report of the Central Bureau of Investigation for cancellation of FIR against the accused and also issued fresh summons to the first time to the accused, Hardev Singh and Harpreet Singh for June 14. Mr Allaha Singh’s 24-year-old son Inderjit Singh was allegedly murdered by his landlord, Hardev Singh, and others on July 7, 1985, in Sector 34-D.

World Earth Day celebrated
Chandigarh, April 21
‘’World Earth Day’’ was celebrated at various schools, here today to make children aware about environmental issues.
As many as 200 students of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, and Class I and II students of its Mohali branch took out a parade in order to celebrate the event. 

Essentials of good PR discussed
Chandigarh, April 21
Public relations is nothing but pure love. This was stated by Prof H.S. Dilgir, founder member, Public Relations Society of India, Chandigarh chapter, at a seminar organised to celebrate International Public Relations Day here today.

522 challaned in special drive
Chandigarh, April 21
In a special drive launched by the Chandigarh police, 522 challans were issued to traffic violators in the city. Sixteen vehicles were also impounded during the five-hour drive.


Pirated cassettes seized
Chandigarh, April 21
The Chandigarh police has booked a Sector 35 shopkeeper for keeping pirated cassettes of recently released David Dhawan’s film Jodi Number 1. According to sources in the Police Department, five cassettes, along with a compact disc, were seized. The action was taken on the basis of a complaint lodged by the executive of a private firm, sources added.


Excavated artefacts in state of neglect
Chandigarh, April 21
Hundreds of priceless historic coins and seals excavated by the Ancient History Department of Panjab University continue to bite the dust in the corridors and dark corners because of paucity of space for a decent exhibition venue on the campus.

Cultural show marks ‘Shan-e-Himachal’
Chandigarh, April 21
‘We should look through our own eyes and not others to choose fields and build up our careers’. This was said by Mr J.P. Nadda, Health Minister, Himachal Pradesh, while addressing ‘Shan-e-Himachal’, the annual cultural festival of the All Himachal Students’ Association, at Panjab University, here today.

Release of grants
Minister’s assurance to private colleges
Chandigarh, April 21
A joint deputation of the Federation of the Management and Principals of non-government affiliated Colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh, comprising Principal Subhash Kumar, DAV College, Jalandhar, Principal P.S. Sangha, SGGS College Sector 26, Chandigarh, Principal S.S. Sodhi, Janta College, Samana, Principal J.S. Gill, GN College, Doraha, and Prof G.S. Sarna called on Master Mohan Lal, Minister, Higher Education, Punjab, and expressed serious concern over the non-release of the pending grants amounting to Rs 24 crore for the past two years and requested for an early release thereof to give relief to the non-government colleges.


Two convicted for murder
Chandigarh, April 21
Holding trial court orders to be erroneous, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has sentenced two Rewari district residents to life imprisonment after convicting them for murder.


Detail and precision
Chandigarh, April 21
The IndusInd Bank Art gallery today came alive with the soulful creations of Ram Kumar Sharma. The collection of 17 works not just attracts the eye for its amazing appeal, but also leaves an impression on the heart.


Kawaljeet to coach ITF junior team
Chandigarh, April 21
Kawaljeet Singh, coach of Davis cupper Sunil Kumar in Chandigarh, has been invited to be the team coach of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior ‘B’ team for a tour of Europe, beginning on May 13. Kawaljeet, is at present coaching Jyotsna Vashisht, who is participating in the ongoing ITF women tennis meet, had earlier held assignments like under-16 team coach for tour of Europe in June 2000, coach of Indian youth team for World Youth Cup at Jakarta (Indonesia) in May 2000, ITF expert for level I coaches course in February 2000, ITF coach for Asian under-14 team besides others.

Producing cricket stars
Chandigarh, April 21
In a span of three years, the cricket coaching centre of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, has become a force to reckon with. During this period, 40 trainees from the centre get a chance to play for their respective states and some even played at the national and international-level.

UT summer cricket
Chandigarh, April 21
The Satluj Cricket club, Panchkula, trounced the Attawa Youth Club by 161 runs, thanks to a fine knock of 78 by Navneet Thapar and a six wickets haul for just 18 runs by Karandeep Singh in the Vth UT Summer League Cricket Tournament at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16. today.

St. Stephen’s lift title
Chandigarh, April 21
St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, beat St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, 3-0, to lift the team championship in the ICSE Inter-School Carrom Tournament here yesterday. Earlier in the semifinals, St Stephen’s edged out Minerva Public School, Daon.


Dhawan faction asks Mayor to quit
Chandigarh, April 21
After the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, and the president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC), Mr BB Bahl, the Harmohan Dhawan faction today targeted the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, demanding his resignation and holding of fresh elections to the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC).

Adviser to chair fund panel
Chandigarh, April 21
The managing committee for the Union Territory Fund for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Ex-servicemen has been reconstituted by the UT Administration with effect from this month.


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