Friday, May 4, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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IBP petrol pump continues to violate norms
Chandigarh, May 3
The Sector 33 company-owned and company-operated petrol pump of IBP seems to be bent upon deviating from norms. After the direct opening of the petrol pump on the V2 road was closed down by the UT Administration workers yesterday, authorities of the petrol station have evolved yet another way of keeping up their sales.

The dancing fountain synchronised with light effects at the Sector 70 park, SAS Nagar, is a feast for the eyes.

The dancing fountain synchronised with light effects at the Sector 70 park, SAS Nagar, is a feast for the eyes.

Rotational power cuts from today
Chandigarh, May 3
Residential as well as commercial areas of the city will witness rotational power cuts from tomorrow. However, hospitals, railway station, All-India Radio Station, telephone exchanges, defence installations and water works, will be exempted from the cuts.



Power, sewer rates revised
SAS Nagar, May 3
There is good news for residents of the town. After a wait of over one-and-half month, the Municipal Council has finally written to the Public Health Department to charge consumers at the revised water and sewer rates. A roll back in water and sewer tariff was approved by the civic body in its meeting held on March 15 last.

Criminal tribes bring police on its toes
Chandigarh, May 3
The onset of summer means busy time for the city police, with criminal tribes from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh making a beeline for the region.

4 lose membership of coop society
Chandigarh, May 3
In a significant decision, the UT Joint Registrar of Cooperative Societies (JRCS), has removed certain office-bearers of the Labour Bureau Employees Cooperative House Building Society Limited from the membership of the society on the charge of dual membership.

Fire, panic follow storm
Chandigarh, May 3
A fire which broke out in Ram Durbar, Phase II, today evening led to partial burning of overhead electric wires, transformer and a few rehris, following the duststorm, which hit the city at around 6 pm. 

Fire which broke out at Ram Darbar, Phase 2, Chandigarh, resulted in the destruction of electric poles, following which the supply to the area was disconnected on Thursday evening. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh




Residents rejoice at completion of V3 road
Chandigarh, May 3
The formal opening of a newly constructed V-3 road, which also happens to be the last road in southern most ward of the city, popularly called the Jagatpura road, today marked the completion of all the roads in ward No: 17, comprising sectors 31 and 47.

6 Mohali projects await inauguration
SAS Nagar, May 3
Six projects undertaken by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) in the town have now been nearly completed and are likely to be inaugurated soon.

Villagers block traffic for two hours
Ramgarh, May 3
Traffic on the Ramgarh-Panchkula road remained suspended for nearly two hours, here today, as irked villagers of Ramgarh, Jaisinghpura and Mankayo blocked the road in protest against installation of electric meters at their residences.

New transit bus stand for Mohali soon
SAS Nagar, May 3
To tackle the problem of heavy vehicular traffic within the town, especially the movement of buses from the main bus stand here, the government plans to construct a transit bus stand on the outskirts of the town — along the Chandigarh-Ludhiana national highway. Once complete, the government would be able to sell off the land of existing bus stand valued at around Rs 17.50 crore

Councillors’ houses to be “gheraoed”
Chandigarh, May 3
The Chandigarh Vikas Manch today announced their plan to “gherao” the houses of elected councillors of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) from May 5, in protest against their role in stalling the proceedings of the civic body’s House.

Slip road given the slip by authorities
Deathtrap: within a few days of the construction of a slip road near The Tribune Chowk in Chandigarh, a big crater has come up, endangering the lives of road users. Chandigarh, May 3
Residents beware. The slip road carved out on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near The Tribune Chowk has a crater at least four feet deep and two feet wide right in the middle.

Deathtrap: within a few days of the construction of a slip road near The Tribune Chowk in Chandigarh, a big crater has come up, endangering the lives of road users.
— This picture was taken by The Tribune photographer Manoj Mahajan on Thursday evening.

PUDA land case takes new turn
Chandigarh, May 3
The case of land acquisition by Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) for further expansion of SAS Nagar has taken a new turn, with the counsel of the petitioners, who had taken a status-quo regarding possession of land in Sohana village in a legal notice to the Chief Administrator of the PUDA, stating that PUDA by issuing public notice that the stay order of the court were only qua the land of the individual petitioners, was misleading the successful plot allottees.

Duststorm lashes city areas
Chandigarh, May 3
The city and its surrounding areas were lashed by a duststorm this evening with wind speeds touching 70 km per hour. The local met office classified it as a ‘‘ squall’’ while adding the conditions will not result in rain as there was little moisture content.

Lawyers call off strike
Panchkula, May 3
The strike by lawyers of the District Courts here on the issue of a police raid at the residence of a lawyer was called off today after a compromise with the police which got the nod of the general body of the bar association.

Options for co-op societies
Chandigarh, May 3
Co-operative building societies will now have an option to have lands allotted to them on leasehold or on freehold basis.

Tribune employee bereaved
Chandigarh, May 3
Ram Dass, father of Mr Prem Singh, a Sectional Head working with The Tribune Trust, died today at Khudda Ali Sher here. He was 90. 

Wind Chimes: An Enhancer
IND chimes are Feng Shui enhancers that can either be made of wood, ceramic or metal. Wind chimes have hollow rods approximately half inch in diameter. The length varies and depends on the size of the room and the purpose it is meant for.



Man beaten up, hospitalised
Zirakpur, May 3
A 35-year-old person was injured in a clash among neighbours at Lohgarh village on Wednesday night. The victim was attacked with sharp-edged weapon.

Mechanic commits suicide
Panchkula, May 3
A 27-year-old cable mechanic, Vijay Singh, committed suicide in Sector 11 here today. Hailing from Garhwal, the mechanic was employed at the workshop of a cable operator. The operator, Mr RC Puri, said the mechanic had been with him for the past seven years and had recently come back after a visit to his house.

Poultry farm owner duped of Rs 27,000
Chandigarh, May 3
Two persons are alleged to have duped a poultry farm owner of Rs. 27,000 by impersonating as the Chief Security Officer of PGI on the pretext of supplying him with maize.

Sec 34 office burgled
Chandigarh, May 3
A burglary has been reported in office premises in Sector 34- A, while a theft attempt in a gurdwara in Khuda Jassu village has been thwarted by alert residents.
Computer parts were stolen from the third floor office of Mr Navin Gupta in Sector 34 between April 28 and May 1 after breaking open the lock.


PEC hostellers san water for six days
Chandigarh, May 3
More than 150 residents of Himalaya Hostel for boys of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) have been without any running water in the hostel for the last six days. Although the college authorities have arranged for tankers to be placed in the hostel lawns, the students are still far from comfortable.

Lab staff body office-bearers
Chandigarh, May 3
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh Government Colleges Laboratory Staff Association for 2001-2002: president — Mr Raj Kumar Nanda; vice-president — Mr Nirmal; general secretary — Mr Jagjit Singh; joint secretary — Mr Naresh Kumar; finance secretary — Mr Ram Murti Sharma; organising secretary — Mr Parkesh Chand; public relations officer — Mr Narinder Pal Singh; chief adviser — Mr Ashwani Kumar Sharma; and chief auditor — Mr Dharam Pal.

Essay writing contest held
SAS Nagar, May 3
An inter-school essay writing competition was organised by the Generation Saviour Association at Yadavindra Public School here today.

Favouritism alleged in recruitment test
SAS Nagar, May 3
Daily-wage and contractual employees working in the Punjab School Education Board today alleged that the board authorities were trying to give benefits to certain persons from Moga district who had appeared in a test for regular posts of clerk held last year.

PTA to honour meritorious students
Chandigarh, May 3
The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of the Sector 35, Government Model Senior Secondary, today here decided to honour meritorious students of Class VIII (years 2000 and 2001) and X (years 2000) later this month.

PUTA submits memorandum to Jacob
Chandigarh, May 3
The Punjabi University Teachers Association, Patiala, has submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Governor, Lt Gen JFR Jacob (retd), who is also Chancellor of the University, condemning the activities of “anti-university, anti-teacher, anti-establishment activities” of certain elements.

PU postpones auction of shops
Chandigarh, May 3
Panjab University today postponed the auction of the three new shops at the Students Centre as there was a problem over details of the proposed prices of facilities at the shops.

Workshop for kids opens
Chandigarh, May 3
The annual ten-day workshop for children having special needs commenced at the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here today.


Punjab, Haryana, UT told to explain

Fixing life span of vehicles
Chandigarh, May 3
Coming down heavily on the State Governments of Punjab and Haryana as also the Chandigarh Administration for their failure to issue a notification fixing the life span of vehicles, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the State Transport Commissioners of the two states, along with the Secretary of the UT State Transport Authority, to show cause why action should not be taken against them for non-compliance of directions issued over two years ago.

Golden Forest case: bail plea dismissed
Chandigarh, May 3
A local court has dismissed the bail plea moved by three officials of Golden Forest, in a case of cheating.



Early asthma diagnosis must: experts
Chandigarh, May 3
Sukhdev and Mayank are just five years old. But the disease they have in common — asthma — hampers their activities like playing outdoors like other children of their age love doing. This disease makes them sick, breathless and tired more than few times a month, hampering their child-like activities.


Govt Model High School win
Chandigarh, may 3
Government Model High School, Sector 26, and St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, overpowered their respective opponents in girls’ and boys’ section of the UT Mini Sub-Junior Basketball Championships which began here today at I.S. Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21.

Century by Gaurav
Chandigarh, May 3
It was Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula student Gaurav Chopra who stole the limelight with his fine century which paved the way for Panchkula Sports Club in routing St Joseph’s Cricket team by 110 runs in the Pandit Chaman Lal Advocate Memorial Cricket Tournament at SAS Nagar, near here, today. Gaurav scored 15 hits to the fence along with a six. He was also declared man of the match.


UT to get more power
Chandigarh, May 3
The Union Ministry of Power today allocated additional power for Chandigarh out of its unallocated quota in the central power pool. In a fax message to the Administration, the ministry said another 2 per cent of the unallocated power quota would start flowing from May 4 through the Northern Power Grid.

New govt pleader
Chandigarh, May 3
Mr Rajiv Atma Ram has been appointed government pleader by the UT Administrator for one year following the resignation of senior advocate Ashok Aggarwal from the post.


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