Wednesday, April 25, 2001,
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Earth being removed illegally from Dharamgarh village to lay the raised foundation of the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail track near SAS Nagar on Tuesday.
Earth being removed illegally from Dharamgarh village to lay the raised foundation of the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail track near SAS Nagar on Tuesday. 
— Photo Pardeep Tewari

City-Ludhiana rail track a bonanza for villagers
Illegal quarrying at various sites
Dharamgarh (SAS Nagar), April 24
The construction of the Chandigarh — Ludhiana railway track has certainly proved to be a goldmine for the villagers holding agricultural land along with it.

Relatives of Amarjit Singh who was killed on Tuesday at Lohgarh village near Zirakpur.
Relatives of Amarjit Singh who was killed on Tuesday at Lohgarh village near Zirakpur.
— Photo Manoj Mahajan
Armed robbers kill villager
Zirakpur, April 24
Armed robbers — about 8 to 10 in number — struck near Lohgarh village located within the Zirakpur Notified Area Committee (NAC) here, killing one farmer and injuring another in the wee hours today. 



Separate entrance test for city’s education colleges
Chandigarh, April 24
This time Panjab University will conduct a separate entrance examination for education colleges in the city. From the past two years there has been a practice of one common entrance examination for all colleges affiliated to the universities in Punjab and Panjab University.

Power connections outside ‘lal dora’
Chandigarh, April 24
The Chandigarh Administration amended its power policy today and allowed individual power connections to those who are living outside the ‘lal dora’ of 22 villages of the Union Territory. This has been done to help these persons and check pilferage of power.

Bills of powermen to be checked
Chandigarh, April 24
The past two years’ power-supply bills of all junior engineers (JEs), subdivisional officers (SDOs) and assistant executive engineers (AEEs) of the Chandigarh Administration will now be scrutinised. Besides this, power-supply bills of all employees of the Electricity Wing will also be checked.

When financiers take the law into their hands
Chandigarh, April 24
The alleged use of strong arm tactics by a large number of the private financiers in the city in dealing with their defaulters, is creating a fear psychosis amongst the consumers. The police, however, expresses its helplessness in dealing with the “forceful possession of goods by these financiers.”


Review ties with Bangladesh: ABVP
Chandigarh, April 24
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) national general secretary, Mr Atul Kothari, today asked the NDA government to review India’s relations with Bangladesh following the ‘’murder’’ of 16 BSF personnel by the Bangladesh Rifles on April 18.

Rejection rate of ammunition ‘high’
Chandigarh, April 24
While the discovery of discarded shrapnel and misfired rounds of ammunition in field firing ranges is a routine occurrence, the increasing instance of misfired rounds found scattered around a field firing range near Chandigarh has focussed attention on the quality of ammunition being issued to the forces.

‘MCC misusing funds’
Chandigarh, April 24
The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, is misusing the funds granted by the Central Government for rehabilitation colonies and basic minimum services ( BMS) for slums. This has been stated by councillors Ms Kamlesh Bhandari Dass and Ms Sunita in letters written to the SC/ST Commission of India, local MP, Administrator and the Advisor to the Administrator.

Forum favours capital status for Panchkula
Panchkula, April 24
The demand for granting capital status to the town, proposed by a forum of residents welfare associations of various sectors, has found the support of political parties as well with most of them saying that this will bring in the much-needed funds to carry out development works.

An eight-seater plane prepares to take off at the Pinjore Civil Aviation Club.

Club slashes gliding charges
Panchkula, April 24
The Civil Aviation Club at Pinjore has slashed the rates of gliding to encourage the sport and popularise it among schoolchildren. Plans to enter into a package with the Haryana Tourism Department are afoot as well.

An eight-seater plane prepares to take off at the Pinjore Civil Aviation Club.

Man, daughter beaten up
Chandigarh, April 24
A resident of Indira Awaas Colony, alongwith his daughter, is alleged to have been beaten up by a group of 15 to 20 people late last night. The reason for the assault is learnt to be a minor altercation between the victim’s wife and a neighbour yesterday afternoon.

Grants for ex-servicemen
Chandigarh, April 24
Several benefits were given to ex-servicemen and their relatives at a meeting of the Committee for Union Territory Funds, here today. The meeting was headed by the UT Home Secretary, Mr R. S. Gujral.

Homage paid to Diljang S. Jauhar
Chandigarh, April 24
Men of literary eminence gathered at the residence of Mr Tejbans Singh Jauhar to pay their tributes to Mr Diljang Singh Jauhar, who dominated the cultural life of the city for over four decades.


Rs 60,000 stolen from car
Chandigarh, April 24
Cash worth Rs 60,000, a suitcase and a car stereo were stolen from a Cielo car parked in front of an SCO in Sector 22 at around 11.30 pm after breaking the left side window pane of the car.

Cops looking for ‘Shakeel’s aide’
Chandigarh, April 24
The police is searching for a man who claims to be an aide of gangster Chhota Shakeel and has been making calls to a Sector 32 businessman to demand protection money.

Suicide note writer arrested
Chandigarh, April 24
Mr Gurdev Singh, a former employee of the treasury branch of the State Bank of India, Sector 17, has been arrested by the Chandigarh police for threatening to commit suicide because of the alleged failure of the bank to pay his Retiral Terminal Benefits (RTB) amounting to lakhs of rupees.

Police remand for MC men
Chandigarh, April 24
Two sub inspectors of the Municipal Corporation, who were arrested for corruption, were sent to a day of police remand today by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sant Parkash.


IT course for another school
Chandigarh, April 24
Encouraged by the response to the information technology vocational course, the UT Education Department has added it to the list of courses for students of the Sector 37 Government Model Senior Secondary School here. The course is being taught in four government schools.

Talk at Physics Department
Chandigarh, April 24
There was a need for active cooperation and coordination between research organisations, academic institutions and industry to probe work on areas of common research.

CBSE introduces new subjects in syllabi
Chandigarh, April 24
The Central Board of Secondary Education has introduced many new subjects, including enterpreneurship and French, in curriculum for the secondary and senior secondary classes.


Rule on reimbursement deadline struck down
Chandigarh, April 24
Coming down heavily on the state of Punjab for “playing with the sentiments of its own employees”, Mr Justice R.L. Anand of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today struck down 1971 instructions regarding the submission of medical bill for reimbursement within six months of treatment’s completion.

  • Plea against bar on general candidates

  • Bail cancellation in gang-rape case sought

Syal’s judicial remand extended till May 5
Chandigarh, April 24
The UT Judicial Magistrate today extended the judicial remand of Managing Director of the Golden Forests R.K. Syal and three other officials, Ms Pamila Syal, Ms Neena Syal and Hritish Kumar Sinha, till May 5, in a case of cheating.

  • Remand extended

  • 6-month rigorous imprisonment

  • Panchkula Bail refused


Adolescent health clinic at GMCH
Chandigarh, April 24
To address the problems of adolescent the Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, is setting up an adolescent health care clinic from May 1. The clinic will function on Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


UT budget surplus?
Chandigarh April 24
The Chandigarh Administration today claimed to have wiped out its budget deficit to convert it into a surplus one of Rs 82.73 crore — excess of income over expenditure — during the financial year ending March 31, 2001. As against the net expenditure of Rs 525.83 crore, the realisation of revenue receipt was Rs 608.56 crore, a spokesperson said.

Difficult day awaits city Mayor
Chandigarh, April 24
The future of the city Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, depends on the outcome of tomorrow’s meeting of the Municipal Corporation. Councillors of the BJP-SAD combine and the Congress were busy today, chalking out strategies for the meeting. The BJP-SAD leaders may let the House function if the Mayor announces a date for debate on the charges levelled against him. However, the Mayor will do so only if an agenda item is put up before the House.

Training for MC officers begins
Chandigarh, April 24
A training programme on “Privatisation of municipal service” for Mayors, Deputy Mayors, presidents, executive officers and senior officials of the municipal corporations and municipal councils of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh and sponsored by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, was inaugurated today by Mr R.D. Kashyap, Minister for Urban Development, Himachal Pradesh, at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) here today.


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