Sunday, April 29, 2001,
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City gets DD centre
Culture of Punjab, Haryana to be highlighted

Chandigarh, April 28
Studios of Doordarshan, which were formally opened in Chandigarh today, will be let out for use by private parties to produce programmes, while a full-fledged relay centre will start functioning in the city within one month, said the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Mrs Sushma Swaraj, after inaugurating the studios in Sector 37 this morning.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Sushma Swaraj is all smiles after inaugurating the DD programme centre in Chandigarh on Saturday. She was accompanied by the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, and the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Sushma Swaraj is all smiles after inaugurating the DD programme centre in Chandigarh on Saturday. She was accompanied by the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, and the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan 



Health Ministry reverses PGI Director’s order
Chandigarh , April 28
The Union Health Ministry has asked the PGI not to dismiss the PGI Employees Union leader, Mr Ashwini Munjal. In this regard the Health Ministry has sent a fax letter to the PGI Director asking him to stay the order.

A host of courses on your PC
Chandigarh, April 28
Have you too always wished to master the art of grooming yourself, or managing parties at home, managing events or, say, be good at gardening? But time acts as the bottleneck. Moreover, you are not really aware of the academies et al offering these courses.

80 pc high-rise buildings vulnerable to fire
Safety norms being flouted; 
Fire Department ill-equipped

Chandigarh, April 28
In June 1997, ardent movie buffs were suffocated to death. Some were even charred beyond recognition after a cinema hall in Delhi went up in flames. Apprehending the possibility of a similar tragedy in the city, 100 buildings were declared fire-hazardous. Notices were also issued. In other words, a lot of work was done on the paper. In reality, nothing happened.

Illegal construction of ‘religious structure’
Chandigarh, April 28
Illegal construction work of a “religious structure” reportedly started here in Sector 38 (West) late in the evening even as local residents maintained that they were not constructing any such structure buy only a platform.

Eight in fray for PU Dean’s post
Chandigarh, April 28
Eight senior academicians are in the fray for the post of Dean College Development Council, Panjab University. The interview is scheduled for April 30.


Rehabilitation schemes
F we want to keep the city Chandigarh beautiful then the rehabilitation schemes for slum dwellers will have to be scrapped. These schemes have served no purpose except creating vote banks for politicians and damaging the beauty of the city.

  • Low-budget tourists

  • Unsafe junction



Cute family drama
EET the parents’ (Kiran) is a cute little family drama with father-in-law Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) and son-in-law Greg Fockey (Ben Stiller) keeping to the centre stage attempting to outplay each other. Laughter bells ring gently but constantly throughout the show.


Regular shapes are better
N Feng Shui regular shapes are preferred to irregular shapes. Whether it is for plots, houses, offices or even furniture like centre tables, dining tables or even seating arrangements, shapes like squares, rectangles or ovals are considered better. Regular shapes are complete and don’t have anything missing in them.


Evening dedicated to courage
Chandigarh, April 28
Some moments never die. The sacrifice of Neerja Bhanot, the senior flight purser aboard Pan Am flight which was hijacked in November 1986, is one such moment. It became fresh again today, with the Tagore Theatre reverberating with vibes of courage and conviction which the 23-year-old Chandigarh girl displayed on November 5, 1986, the fateful day which tested her for guts and grit. The function was organised to pay homage to the great sacrifice of Neerja Bhanot, the daughter of Harish Bhanot, who has been honouring brave women year after year, to keep alive the memory of his daughter.

Harike being developed as tourist area
Chandigarh, April 28
The Asian Wetland Bureau has taken up the task of developing the Harike wetland as a tourist destination in the state. There is a proposal to set up a joint police checkpost to curb poaching in the wetland. For this purpose floating and static watch towers would be set up. Besides, hidden trails would be created to provide opportunity to people to watch rare birds from a close range.

‘Action against B’desh after inquiry report’
Chandigarh, April 28
The Central Government is not going to wait endlessly just to keep up its cordial relations with Bangladesh, said the Union Minister of State for Home, Dr I.D. Swami, while talking to Chandigarh Tribune here today.

Lending helping hand to bright students
Chandigarh, April 28
What began as a humble venture about 14 years ago has turned today into a shining example of voluntary service to society bringing light into the dark lives of bright but poor students of the region.

Politicians back CHB residents’ demands
Chandigarh, April 28
The CHB Residents Federation, a representative body of 35 welfare associations, got a shot in the arm this evening when leaders of prominent political parties supported its long-pending demands at a “chetna rally” in Sector 46 here.

Pollution problem in Mohali
SAS Nagar, April 28
Residents today complained to the Chairman of Punjab Pollution Control Board, Mr Ajay Mahajan, regarding pollution being caused by various industrial units which was creating problems in the town.

Trees felled to widen road
SAS Nagar, April 28
Five trees, including some belonging to rare species, have been cut to connect the SAS Nagar bypass with the busy Chandigarh-Ropar highway near Kharar. The felling of the trees was carried out by the Punjab Urban and Development Authority for the widening of the road. The bypass will reduce traffic congestion on the highway, particularly on the narrow bridge over the Balongi river.

NGO that helps sharing pain
Chandigarh, April 28
Ms Satwinder Toor and Ms Alpana Bakshi are not related to each other. But a common bond of pain binds them together. A bond which time and again brings them together, making them a missing link for other parents with children suffering from the much dreaded cancer.

RCAA must for city to regulate urban growth: Kaul
Chandigarh, April 28
“There is an urgent need to set up the Regional Capital Area Authority (RCAA) for controlling and regulating urban growth in and around Chandigarh,” says Mr Gautam Kaul, Director-General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), maintaining that without strict development controls, the city would be reduced to an urban slum.

Migration to NE must be checked: Gill
Chandigarh, April 28
Immediate action against ongoing fresh migration into the North East was the only answer to curb militancy in the region, opined the former Punjab DGP, Mr K.P.S.Gill, while delivering a lecture on “Threats to India’s internal security” at a function organised by the Panchnad Research Institute here today.

‘Need to evolve people’s media’
Chandigarh, April 28
The Press Council of India Chairman, Justice P.B. Sawant, today gave a call to evolve “the people’s media” in the interest of the common man. Speaking on the concluding day of a two-day seminar on “media accountability” here, he said most publications were coming out in the country with the sole objective of maximising profits.

Residents resent HUDA’s indifference
Panchkula, April 28
Members of the House Owners Welfare Association, Sector 21, have expressed concern over the indifferent attitude of the Haryana Urban Development Authority towards the convenience of the residents.

World Earth Day celebrated
Chandigarh, April 28
The Green Environment Club celebrated World Earth Day at the Government Central Crafts Institute for Women, Sector 11, here today. Various competitions and contests were held to mark the occasion. A cultural programme was organised along with shramdan to remove congress grass from the campus.

Broaden tax base, says Bansal
Chandigarh, April 28
The local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, has called for raising the income tax exemption limit to Rs 1 lakh. Participating in the discussion on the Finance Bill in the Lok Sabha, Mr Bansal said the sum total of taxes which the common man paid as the percentage of his total earnings was much more than what the rich man paid.

Compromise in land dispute
Kharar, April 28
A compromise was reached today between the two parties involved in the Khanpur land dispute. The site falls in Kharar municipal limits. The administration had made tight security arrangements for implementing the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on this issue, and April 28 had been fixed the day for this purpose.

Awareness drive
Chandigarh, April 28
The UT Inspector-General of Police, Mr B.S. Bassi, yesterday said that cycle rickshaw-pullers in the city would be made aware about the traffic rules and regulations in order to minimise accidents.


Woman’s gold chain snatched

  • Trespassing
  • Man assaulted
  • Caught red-handed

Meet on industrial partnership
SAS Nagar, April 28
An Indo-Europe Industrial Partnership meet was organised by the Mohali Industries Association at Association Bhavan here.


Abhiyan to assess educational needs
Chandigarh, April 28
The micro-survey, which the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan started from today for the actual assessment of educational needs of each sector, colony and village, will be based on information collected from house-to-house survey. The survey will also look for the educational facilities available in these areas.

Migrations not to be allowed: DPI
Chandigarh, April 28
The Director Public Instructions (Schools), Mr D.S. Saroya, has clarified for the information of all those students and their parents who are seeking migration from the city’s various government schools to other private or government schools that no such migrations will be allowed.

Seminar on learning disability
Chandigarh, April 28
A seminar on specific learning disability among children was recently organised by the Optimising Development in Education at the Indira Holiday Home, Sector 24. The ODE has been engaged for the past two years in helping out the students suffering from learning disabilities.

If Kashmir could smile, too: Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 47, in Kashmiri dress at their annual function in Chandigarh on Saturday.
If Kashmir could smile, too: Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 47, in Kashmiri dress at their annual function in Chandigarh on Saturday. 
— Photo Pradeep Tewari

Colourful function by KV students
Chandigarh, April 28
Students of the Sector 47 Kendriya Vidyalaya organised a colourful function to mark their annual day at the 3 BRD Lacma Hall, Air Force Station, here today. A press note issued by the Principal, Mr M.P. Mahajan, said the function began with ‘Mangalacharan’ and Saraswati vandana.

Seminar on tourism education
Chandigarh, April 27
Chandigarh with its unique geographical location and cultural and business activities has all the attributes to be developed as a conventional centre of international standard, said Mr Gautam Gupta, National Postgraduate Representative Officer with the National Union of Students in Australia, while addressing a seminar on “India-Australia tourism education and IT horizon” organised by the Institute of Tourism and Future Management Trend in Sector 17 here today.

Old Bedeans meet again
Chandigarh, April 28
Former students of St Bede’s College of Shimla got together here today to celebrate a ‘Husband’s Day’. The party that began late in the evening, picked up later with the arrival of youngsters. While the older lot shared reminiscences, youngsters took to the dance floor.


MC official denied bail
Chandigarh, April 28
The UT Additional Sessions Judge has dismissed an anticipatory bail application moved by an Inspector of Municipal Corporation, Gurmukh Singh, in a case of corruption. Gurmukh had moved the application under Section 438 of the CrPC.

  • Police remand for one
  • Interim bail granted
  • Hearing adjourned
  • Judge adjourns hearing

I am trying to infuse classical notes in my music: Bhupi
Chandigarh, April 28
“To popularise Indian classical music, one needs to create the right kind of atmosphere in which the masses can develop the taste for it and I am trying to infuse the classical notes in small doses in my new songs,” said Bhupi Chawla, popularly known as Bhupi, referring to his latest album “Naag Ishq da Laddya” which includes eight songs in different flavour.

Her art prays for peace in valley
Chandigarh, April 28
Call it an art peace pilgrim, an art philosophy, or simply a tribute to national flower lotus — at the end, this show is all about hope and Peace. Kanwal Chaudri’s textile art exhibition entitled Ode to peace, which opened for the public here today, depicts pain and turmoil of the strife-torn Kashmir valley. The display stands out for the exquisite blend of philosophy and art that it offers.


CME on digital imaging technology
Chandigarh , April 28
To apprise radiological technologists of various aspects of digital technology, the Department of Radiodiag-nosis, PGI, today organised a one-day CME on digital imaging technology in association with the Indian Association of Radiological Technologists.

PGI invites public to shop auction
Chandigarh, April 28
The PGI this time has allegedly violated the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. The institute has invited the general public to participate in an auction of a chemists shop, the assets of which include medicines, furniture, fixtures, etc. on April 30. As per the Act, however, the PGI is not authorised to conduct an open auction since a participant should possess a valid drug licence.


Khosla, Patnaik emerge winners
Chandigarh, April 28
Inayat Khosla in girls section (under-12 ) and Karan Patnaik in boys section (under-16) emerged winners when they outplayed their opponents with ease at the Total Tennis Academy Tournament played here today at the YMCA Tennis Courts, Sector 11. In girls (under-16) category, Isha Toor of Total Tennis Academy and Satvika Saboo of the CLTA will meet each other in tomorrow’s final.

  • Cricket tourney


PU shopkeepers resent evacuation move
Chandigarh, April 28
Panjab University is going to face a stiff reaction from the shopkeepers who have been asked to vacate the university market premises within a fortnight. PU had recently decided that the shops would be vacated and a fresh auction held. This was aimed at increasing the revenue for the university exchequer. Instances were highlighted where shopkeepers were paying only a couple of hundred rupees as rent, while the actual market price was very high.

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