Friday, April 27, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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112 vehicles carrying school kids challaned
Chandigarh, April 26
Keeping in view the safety of school students, the traffic police today launched a special drive against school buses and other vehicles carrying schoolchildren, giving scant regard to the safety norms as specified by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Student loses academic year due to PU callousness
Chandigarh, April 26
Blame it on inordinate delay or total administrative callousness, Panjab University’s failure to timely declare the re-evaluation result of a BA (I) girl student has cost her one complete academic year.

Power cuts imposed on industry
Residential areas will also face cuts soon
Chandigarh, April 26
In what may be an indication of things to come in the power sector, the Chandigarh Administration today said that power supply will be switched off for 24 hours at a stretch in earmarked sections of the two Industrial Areas on a daily basis thus staggering the weekly offs for the industry. 



Allotment of chambers flayed
Chandigarh, April 26
The allotment of chambers and 50 slots in the district courts by the UT administration has come under criticism from various sections of lawyers. Seventyone advocates of the district courts had filed complaint challenging the UT administration for allotment of the chambers and slots, scheduled to be held on April 30 at the Estate Office.

A simulator that will increase ATGMs’ fire power
Chandigarh, April 26
A local industrialist seems to have found a low cost, indigenous answer to help improve the low kill probability of anti-tank guided missiles in the Army’s inventory. Mohinder Singh, a city based instrument technology professional, has designed and developed an electronic simulator to train Army personnel in targeting and firing ATGMs, without requiring expensive, live missiles to be launched. 
Mohinder Singh with components of his locally developed anti-tank guided missile simulator. Mohinder Singh with components of his locally developed anti-tank guided missile simulator. The target end is in the foreground and the control panel in the rear. The simulator is connected to a missile launcher, which is to be provided by the Army. — Photo by Manoj Mahajan

Body of youth found hanging
Chandigarh, April 26
The highly decomposed body of a 35- year-old-youth was found hanging from a tree in the jungle on the backside of Gwala Colony near the railway light point, this morning.

When facades belie tough interiors
Chandigarh, April 26
The existence of rocks only means that there are some streams flowing near by... And truly so, at least when seen in context with the lives of the two Neerja Bhanot award winners for the year 2000 — the 35-year-old Ashamma, who hails from a remote Andhra Pradesh village, where to be a woman is to be full of sorrow, and Alice Garg, the fiercely brave woman, from Jaipur, who quit a life of comfort to gather some smiles for the so-called scavengers, dotting the many slum areas of Rajasthan.



Enforcement duties for new MC team
Chandigarh, April 26
Following the alleged exposure of corruption in the enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, Commissioner M.P. Singh has designated the enforcement duties to a newly constituted team of 12 other officials of the corporation, who will have challaning powers.

Roads motorists prefer to avoid
Chandigarh, April 26
The substantial revenue contributions by the local industry to the exchequer notwithstanding roads in Phase I of Industrial Area continue to be in a bad shape. Several of the roads, according to industrialists and other road users, have not been recarpeted for years together with the result that they have become accident-prone. 

Endangered animals die in Chhat Bir
Chhat Bir, April 26
An endangered Manipuri deer found only in India, a rare panther, a Bhutanese peacock, and a tiger who was pronounced “brought dead,” have died in the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park here during the past five days because of various reasons.

Peeth to plant 1 crore trees
Chandigarh, April 26
In a bid to save environment, the Shree Manav Shanti Peeth, Faridabad, will plant 1 crore trees in the country, the Peeth Acharya, Swami Ved Swaroopananda Ji Saraswati, said here today.

Passport pain gets worse
Chandigarh, April 26
The inclusion of an additional clause in the long list of documents required for a passport is resulting in the harassment of passport-seekers in the city and elsewhere.

Clash over location of liquor vend
Chandigarh, April 26
Bad blood over the relocation of a liquor vend in Sector 17 led to a clash between employees of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation and the “musclemen” of the liquor contractor, leaving four persons injured.

Remove 2 Governors: Mahasabha
Chandigarh, April 26
The president of the Akhil Bharatiya Brahmin Mahasabha, Mr Mange Ram Sharma, has demanded the removal of the Governors of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh for their alleged partisan attitude.

SAD workers to be honoured
SAS Nagar, April 26
The president of the Ropar district unit of the SAD, Mr Pritam Singh Sallomajra, said here that a series of party conferences would be held in Punjab where party workers who had undergone imprisonment would be honoured.

Opening of DD relay centre
Chandigarh, April 26
The local Doordarshan relay centre, which will be inaugurated on April 28, will have a host of colourful cultural activities, including a performance by the Wadali brothers and Dolly Guleria.

ISO certification for CSIO
Chandigarh, April 26
The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation has been awarded the ISO-9002 certification by the STQC Directorate, Ministry of Information Technology.



Chain snatcher escapes
Chandigarh, April 26
A youth who tried to snatch a chain from a woman in the Modern Housing Complex today and was apprehended by local residents, later fled. However, the police has booked him under Sections 379 and 356 of the IPC.

2 arrested in transfer racket
Panchkula, April 26
The local police today arrested two persons involved in the fake transfer racket which rocked Haryana recently. According to sources, the police conducted raids at several places to nab the main accused, Dharam Pal Sharma. 



Ayurvedic students’ strike continues
Chandigarh, April 26
Stalemate continued at Shri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, as the strike by students and Class IV employees of the hospital, entered the sixth day today with the college management failing to resolve the issue.

Literacy vital for national prosperity
Chandigarh, April 26
Literacy plays an important role for individual as well as national prosperity. Punjab has achieved prosperity in many spheres but lags behind in the field of literacy. It is a matter of concern that majority of the children in the state do not got to school and about 45 lakh persons in the age group of 15 to 45 are illiterate.

ITI students gherao Director’s office
Chandigarh, April 26
On the call given by the Industrial Training Institutes Students Action Committee, students gheraoed the office of the Director, Technical Education, Punjab, here today. They also held a rally in front of the office of the Director.

Evaluation work suffers
Chandigarh, April 26
Evaluation work for the annual examination in Panjab University was held up briefly here today when teachers on job boycotted work. Teachers were showing their resentment against non-payment of their special payments for the evaluation work.

The twain meet
Chandigarh, April 26
Students of Bapu Dham School from Guala Basti enjoyed a picnic at Vivek High School, Sector 38, here today. In a rare experience, about 60 students from the slum between the age group of six to 14 interacted with public school students.

Three-day 'recess' in govt schools
Chandigarh, April 26
Teaching work in the UT government schools will remain suspended from April 28 to 30 on account of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Survey.


District bodies to select JBT teachers
Chandigarh, April 26
The decks were cleared for the recruitment of 7230 JBT teachers in the state of Punjab with Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directing that the selection would be made by the district level selection committees.

  • Pre-arrest Bail to MLA confirmed

Madhan trial
 Focus on conduct of counsel
Chandigarh, April 26
Little progress could be made in the trial of Major V.K. Madhan as the proceedings focused on the conduct of counsel in the court. After submissions by the prosecution as well as the defence counsel, the court advised them to maintain the decorum of the court and conduct themselves amicably.

Court accepts plea on jurisdiction
Chandigarh, April 26
In a significant decision, the general force court trying three Indo-Tibetan Border Police officers for alleged negligence of duty today accepted the special plea to jurisdiction raised by two of the accused.

Speed governors issue: notice of motion for July 30
Chandigarh, April 26
On a petition filed by Banur-based Punjab Civil and Consumer Welfare Front seeking directions to the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking, besides Punjab and Haryana Roadways, to install “speed governors” in heavy transport vehicles for preventing accidents, Mr Justice R.S. Mongia and Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for July 30.



German film fest from today
Chandigarh, April 26
German films by noted film-makers like Wim Wenders, R.W. Fassbinder, Schlondorff Volker, Margarethe Von Trotta, Beyer Frank and Shell Maximilian are being shown at the Government College of Art Auditorium from tomorrow till May 3.



Chandigarh win handball championship
Chandigarh, April 26
Chandigarh retained the Western Command Inter-Area Handball championship when they outplayed Halwara Area by a close margin by 20 goals to 18. This was the fifth consecutive win for Chandigarh team in this meet. At half time, the score read 14-6 in favour of Chandigarh.


Sukhna silt is profitable now
Chandigarh, April 26
The silt of the Sukhna Lake, which poses grave problems, has been turned into profitable matter. Cashing in on the construction of the Chandigarh—Ludhiana railway line, the Administration today awarded a contract to a company which will lift 50 lakh cubic feet of silt from the lake-bed and also pay Rs 30 lakh as royalty to the Administration.

Watermelon sale at 27 sites allowed
Chandigarh, April 26
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has finally allowed the sale of watermelons from as many as 27 sites on different V4 and V5 roads in the city. However, the rates to be charged from these sellers per day are yet to be finalised.Top

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