Wednesday, May 2, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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15,000 villagers face water shortage

Mullanpur-Garibdas (Kharar), May 1
Nearly 15,000 residents of five villages in the Kharar subdivision, along the western rim of Chandigarh — Mullanpur-Garibdas, Ratwara, Paintpur, Bharaunjiya and Ferozpur-Bangar — are facing scarcity of water for the past one week.

This is not a remote village but a scene in Mullanpur Garibdass village, located on the outskirts of Chandigarh, where water supply was reduced to a trickle on Tuesday.
This is not a remote village but a scene in Mullanpur Garibdass village, located on the outskirts of Chandigarh, where water supply was reduced to a trickle on Tuesday. —  Tribune photo: Karam Singh

MCC destroys over 2509 kg of unhygienic food
But sale goes on unabated
Chandigarh , May 1
The Health wing of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today claimed to have seized and destroyed over 2509 kg of food articles during the last fortnight, which was kept for sale under unsanitary and unhygienic conditions, and was exposed to dust and flies.



Ammunition depots or dormant volcanoes?
Chandigarh, May 1
The fire in the ammunition depot in Mamoon Cantonment, in which ammunition worth Rs 15 crore has been destroyed, has brought into focus precautions and guidelines to be adopted while storing ammunition.

Actor kidnapped by SI, released
Chandigarh, May 1
A Punjabi film actor and producer was kidnapped by a Punjab Police Sub-Inspector and seven other persons yesterday, in a truly filmi fashion. After much hype and drama, Mr. Pardhumman Kakkar was released by his abductors at about 1: 30 a.m today. 

Power dept’s ‘revenge’ for lodging complaints
Raids conducted on complainants’ premises
Chandigarh, May 1
In a reported incident of official highhandedness, the UT Electricity Department, is taking a ‘revenge’ of sorts from local small-scale industrial unit owners, who had lodged a complaint of power failure. 

City youth continue to drive two-wheelers helmetless
Another scooterist dies of head injuries
Chandigarh, May 1
It seems that nothing deters the city youth from flouting the traffic rules and regulations. Six days after a 21-year old girl, Kanika Gupta, lost her life in a road accident while not wearing a helmet, another helmetless youth was killed in a road accident in Manimajra on the intervening night of April 29 and 30.

State of education VI — A Tribune Survey
Chandigarh scheme ‘an alternative’
Impressed by the Chandigarh model for encouraging classroom teaching, the Central Board of Secondary Education, has requested for a copy of the scheme for circulation among all states and union territories.

Deepak continues as PU Dean
Chandigarh, May 1
Dr Deepak Manmohan will continue as the Dean, College Development, Panjab University, as interviews for the post have failed to decide on any suitable candidate.

Scared villagers fire shots in air
Zirakpur, May 1
Residents of Lohgarh village fired rifle shots in the air for 20 minutes fearing robbery near here on Monday midnight. However, the residents claimed it to be an incident of crossing-firing among the villagers and the robbers.



Plan to develop Morni Hills
Panchkula, May 1
A wildlife safari, a crystal-clear lake and an electric train chugging along the hills—the commitment for recreating a dreamland in the Morni Hills, tapping the hills for their tourist potential and transforming it into a “must visit’’ getaway for those looking for entertainment and adventure. 

People preferring second-hand ACs
Chandigarh, May 1
With mercury levels rising each day, the demand for airconditioners and coolers is also getting hotter. The season has, however, witnessed a change in the market scenario and this time it is the second hand ACs which are dominating the market .

Homage paid to Chicago martyrs
Chandigarh, May 1
A large number of government and political organisations organised rallies to pay homage to Chicago martyrs, marking May day here today. Hundreds of workers of the Federation of UT Employees and Workers from various departments participated in the rally at Matka Chowk. 

Labourers cut phone cables
Chandigarh, May 1
Hundreds of phones of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited installed in the residential and commercial areas of Sector 38-C were disconnected, as labourers of a booth-owner in the same sector accidentally cut through the department’s cable lines.

Building workshop concludes
Chandigarh, May 1
The two-day workshop on modern concepts of planning and design of energy efficient buildings being organised by the Army, concluded here today. Several presentations on design and energy management of buildings were made by experts from related fields.

407 challaned for using black films
Chandigarh, May 1
With the mercury soaring each day, the traffic police has launched a special drive to check the use of black films on cars and other four-wheelers and the mobilephones while driving.

Abandoned baby girl found
Zirakpur, May 1
A newborn baby girl was found abandoned at Singhpura Bhudda village on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway today. According to eyewitnesses, some passers-by noticed the baby wrapped in a piece of white cloth in bushes. 

Plants in a home

O not ever place cactus plants inside the home or office. Although, the cactus are very beautiful and need very less attention, still they do not compensate for the harmful energy created by their sharp thorns. 



Car-borne youth assault constable, damage truck
Chandigarh, May 1
Unidentified car-borne youth reportedly smashed the windowpanes of a truck belonging to the paramilitary forces and assaulted a constable at the Sector 14-15 traffic light point.

Child hurt in mishap
Chandigarh, May 1
A six-year-old child, Deepak, was hit by a scooter near Rajiv Colony last evening . The scooter driver fled away from the spot. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered.

  • Scooter burnt

  • Theft cases

  • One arrested


  • One injured



Foreign students’ hostel conditions appal Jacob
Chandigarh, May 1
Continuing with his surprise checks for the second day today, the UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), on a visit to the foreign students hostel, countered overflowing sewerage manholes and water tanks, a dirty kitchen , an under-utilised mess, open electric junction boxes with loose live wires hanging around, courtyards being used as garbage dumping grounds, total lack of coordination, filthy rooms, broken furniture and dark and dingy corridors.

Row over seniority in city colleges 
Chandigarh, May 1
The tussle between the deputationists and UT lecturers serving in the city’s government colleges seems to be resurfacing. This time, the UT lecturers are bitterly resenting the fact that they are being denied positions of seniority in the colleges due to the presence of the deputationists, whose stay in the college, they claim, is totally illegal.

Pathak visits evaluation centre
Chandigarh, May 1
Prof K.N.Pathak, Vice-Chancellor Panjab University, visited the evaluation centre of the annual examination currently underway at the Gymnasium Hall in the university. A delegation led by Dr A.S.Chahal, a member of the PU Academic Council, and Dr Karamjit Singh, secretary of the local unit of the PCCTU, met the VC and said Rs 6 per copy was a “very poor” fee for evaluation duty.

School’s annual function
Chandigarh May 1
“In order to ensure multifarious development of children, both parents and teachers should work in coordination,’’ said Brig S.C. Sharma, Commander 12 Sig Grp and Chairman, VMC, at the annual function of Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1, Chandi Madir Cantonment held at the Manekshaw Auditorium here today.

Folk song competition
Chandigarh, May 1
Students of Tender Heart School, Sector 33-B, bagged the first prize in the inter-school folk song competition held at Yadvindra Public School, SAS Nagar. 

The chief guest, Brig S.C. Sharma, Commander 12 Sig Grp, lights the lamp assisted by the Principal, Ms Bushra Ahuja, at the annual function of Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1, Chandi Mandir here on Tuesday.
The chief guest, Brig S.C. Sharma, Commander 12 Sig Grp, lights the lamp assisted by the Principal, Ms Bushra Ahuja, at the annual function of Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1, Chandi Mandir here on Tuesday.

Talent search competition
Chandigarh, May 1
Nearly 150 children of the city showed their talent in dance, music and acting during the first phase of the North Zone Talent Search Competition 2001, organised by Scorpion Business Group at the Bal Bhavan in Sector 23, here today.


Proceedings against ex-sarpanch stayed
Chandigarh, May 1
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed further proceedings before the trial court against an ex-sarpanch allegedly implicated in an attempt to murder case at the behest of an Akali Minister, Mr Janmeja Singh Sekhon.

  • Directive to Judge on DSP’s bail plea

  • Pre-arrest bail for MLA’s brothers

  • Notice on pension for Ghadr activists

  • Notice on ASP’s ‘false’ affidavit

Bhatnagar case
Defence counsel withdraws from trial
Chandigarh, May 1
The defence counsel representing Maj Maneesh Bhatnagar today decided to withdraw from the trial after the general court martial declined to accept his submission and threatened to move the Bar Council against him.

MCC officials granted bail
Chandigarh, May 1
Four officials of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, who were arrested by the CBI on corruption charges, were granted bail today by the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge. The officials namely Kashmira Singh, Sunil Kumar, Sunil Dutt and Avtar Singh were granted bail on the furnishing bail bond of Rs 20,000 each.

  • Police remand

  • Judicial remand

Lawyers’ stir unjustified, claim litigants
Panchkula, May 1
While the lawyers protest against the police raid at the house of a colleague by suspending work in the district courts, the public feels it is unjustified and they are being held to ransom for no fault of theirs. 



Investing dead wood with life
Chandigarh, May 1
Piara Singh seems to be very comfortable with handling wood. This comfort of the artist is reflected in each of his 46 sculpted works which were put on display at the IndusInd Bank Art Gallery in Sector 8 here today. Such is the finesse of creations on display that on many an occasion wood appears to be like metal — moulded and finished with amazing precision and skill.

Sculptor Piara Singh explains the concept behind one of his wood creations on display at Indus Ind Bank Art Gallery, Sector 8, on Tuesday.

Sculptor Piara Singh explains the concept behind one of his wood creations on display at Indus Ind Bank Art Gallery, Sector 8, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph


Asthma awareness session at PGI 
Chandigarh , May 1
There has been an increase in asthma cases all over the world, including India. Prof Lata Kumar, Head, Paediatrics Department, PGI, says, although an increase of 40 per cent has been noted in all age groups, children, in particular, have had to face the brunt of the problem.

Adolescent health clinic opens at GMCH
Chandigarh, May 1
The adolescent health clinic of the GMCH, Sector 32, was inaugurated today by the Director-Principal of the GMCH, Prof S.B.S. Mann . The clinic will be jointly run by the paediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology, general medicine and dermatology departments of the GMCH.



City to have sports library
Chandigarh, May 1
The coaches and trainees based in the city will soon have the facility of a sports library, which will have all types of modern books, journals, magazines along with other hi-tech gadgets. 

Unbeaten knock by Simranjit
Chandigarh, May 1
An unbeaten 51 runs by young Simranjit Singh Bathlana helped the Mohali Cricket Association in overpowering Lawrence Public School, SAS Nagar, by seven wickets in the Pandit Chaman lal memorial Cricket Tournament which began here today at the PCA Stadium, SAS nagar.

Talent hunt TT meet on May 5
Chandigarh, May 1
The Talent Hunt Trainees Welfare organisation will hold first talent hunt table tennis meet from May 5 to 7 at New Public School, Sector 18, Chandigarh.

Jacob visits football academy
Chandigarh, May 1
Lt-Gen (retd) JFR Jacob, UT Administrator, this evening paid a visit to Chandigarh Football academy at Sector 42 sports complex.


Water wastage: 700 get notices
Chandigarh, May 1
With a view to check misuse of drinking water, the Public Health Circle of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, has served notices to as many as 700 persons for misusing water meant for drinking purpose, while conducting raids to nab the defaulters during the past one month.Top

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