Sunday, May 13, 2001,  Chandigarh, India


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Infernal disaster averted in Sector 22
Firemen save 10 persons, property
Chandigarh, May 12
A first-floor large store in Sector 22, stocked with mattresses, plastic and rubber furniture and items like folding beds, was gutted in a major fire which broke out here this afternoon. Though no one was injured, property worth about Rs 2 lakh was destroyed, according to initial estimates by the local Fire Department.

Firemen fighting the flames amidst dense smoke after a major fire broke out in a Sector 22-D showroom in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Firemen fighting the flames amidst dense smoke after a major fire broke out in a Sector 22-D showroom in Chandigarh on Saturday. 
— Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

Delay likely in streetlight privatisation plan
Officials asked to do more homework
SAS Nagar, May 12
The cautious approach adopted by the higher authorities of the Punjab Local Government Department is likely to delay the introduction of the privatisation of the maintenance of streetlights in the town.



Migrant labour to be screened for malaria, dengue
Chandigarh, May 12
To keep a check on the spread of malaria in the city, all migrant labourers will now be screened for malaria at the nearest malaria clinics or through mobile squads and surveillance teams deployed under the National Anti Malaria Programme. No labourer shall be engaged by contractors at construction sites unless he or she has been screened for malaria.

PU schedule for refresher courses
Chandigarh May 12
While the Panjab University Academic Staff College has laid down the schedule of refresher courses for university and college teachers starting from June 2001, a large number of teachers from colleges have given a representation to the University Grants Commission to extend the time period for doing their orientation or refresher course up to December 31, 2002.

‘Soft’ punishment to staffer irks many
Molestation of unconscious girl in PGI ICU by employee
Chandigarh , May 12
The attempt by the PGI authorities to protect an alleged molester, a class-IV employee of the hospital, is causing turbulence amongst faculty members.

37-year-old man commits suicide
Chandigarh, May 12
A 37-year-old man reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in Sector 33. According to police sources, his body was found lying on the ground this afternoon. A passer-by saw the body and reported the matter to the police.

Signs of struggle in Mohali murder
SAS Nagar, May 12
The postmortem examination of the body of the 60-year-old woman, who was murdered in Phase IV here yesterday, has indicated signs of struggle by the victim and death, probably by a head injury.

14 sites resumed


Rapped in yards
he Whole Nine Yards (Kiran) is a situational comedy. Dentist ( Mathew Perry) while saving lives of mercenaries discovers that he was to be eliminated by his wife.
  • The 13th Warrior ( Kiran)

The Whole Nine Yards

‘Personal attack’ on doctor flayed
Panchkula, May 12
“Is the doctor married? Where does she stay? Whom does she meet? Who calls her up during the day?” Questions like these asked by the Subdivisional Magistrate, Mr U.S. Sohal, who is probing the allegations of private practice by a doctor of the Sector 6 General Hospital here, have angered doctors here.

8-year-old girl shows the way
Chandigarh, May 12
Reckless driving on a well-organised road network has become the order of the day. Personal safety has become a big casualty. To see a young schoolgoing girl or boy lying lifeless in a pool of blood in the morning newspaper sends a current of pain through the body.

Juice samples cleared
Chandigarh, May 12
The Berri Juice samples, which were collected by the UT Health Department and sent to the laboratory for test have been cleared.

Clearing out the clutter
very house has a lot of clutter. We fill our houses with books, ornaments clothes and crockery for everyday use. People spend a lot of time trying to keep their belongings in some order. Some homes are chaotic and over-stuffed. Newspapers and magazines keep piling up for months on end.


Swindler goes scot-free
Victims unwilling to register FIRs
Chandigarh, May 12
A conman is alleged to have duped several city residents and local financial institutions of lakhs of rupees. However, with none of his victims coming forward, the police is unable to bring him to book.

Criminal wanted in 22 cases held
SAS Nagar, May 12
In a major achievement, the local police arrested a hardened criminal last night, who was wanted in 22 cases registered against him.

Woman set afire by paramour, dies
Chandigarh, May 12
Asha, the 26-year-old woman, who was allegedly set on fire by her paramour on Monday succumbed to burn injuries in the PGI here today. For the past six days, she had been fighting for life with 100 per cent burns. The police today registered a case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code against Rakesh alias Gori, the lover.

Three arrested for eve-teasing
Chandigarh, May 12
Ms Yumnam Robita, a resident of Kasturba Hall of Panjab University, complained to the local police that three youths had made a vulgar pass at her. She said the car-borne youths had also snatched her cap and umbrella.


PEC students get degrees
Chandigarh, May 12
“India will emerge as a superpower in the fields of Information Technology and Biotechnology, including Genomics — the study of genes — by 2025. It is the Indian brain which has dominated the fast development of IT the world over, both in hardware and software,” opined Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, while delivering the convocation address at the 30th annual convocation of Punjab Engineering College held here today.

Students of PEC in a jubilant mood after receiving degrees at the 30th annual convocation of the college held on Saturday.
Students of PEC in a jubilant mood after receiving degrees at the 30th annual convocation of the college held on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

NIFD students awarded
Chandigarh, May 12
It was a day of reward for the 100 students who successfully completed their five-week short-term summer holiday course at the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD). The students were awarded today by none other than Nek Chand, the creator of the Rock Garden.

‘Srijana’ workshop concludes
Chandigarh, May 12
A 10-day workshop titled ‘‘Srijana’’ organised for children suffering from minor handicaps concluded at the Dev Samaj College of Education in Sector 36 here today.

Surf the Net for info on GC-46
Chandigarh, May 12
Government College Sector 46 will now be accessible on the internet with the launch of its site,, at a function held here today.

Poor working kids excel in studies
SAS Nagar, May 12
The efforts of the Punjab Istri Sabha Relief Trust to spread education have borne fruit with six children attending its Bal Mazdoor Sikhya Kendra in Guru Nanak Colony in Phase X here excelling in their studies.

Sessions Judge ordered to probe
Chandigarh, May 12
Coming down heavily upon a Punjab Police Inspector for his failure to join the inquiry being conducted by the Ludhiana’s Superintendent of Police into the allegations of harassing a resident after illegally detaining him, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Sessions Judge to get the matter thoroughly investigated to find if criminal offence had been committed by any policeman.

  • Petition allowed

Dismissed jawan’s petition admitted
Chandigarh, May 12
An Army jawan sentenced to life imprisonment and dismissal from service by a Summary General Court Martial (SGCM) on charges of murdering an NCO and a JCO, has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against his conviction.

104 cases settled
Panchkula, May 12
As many as 104 cases relating to the Uttar Haryana Bijli vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli vitran Nigam (DHBVN), pending before the Haryana State consumer disputes Redressal Commission, were decided in a Lok Adalat organised at the Shakti Bhavan, here today.


Kumari Riyazvi comes of age
Chandigarh, May 12
Maturity has nothing to do with age. Kumari Riyazvi , a 20-year-old singer from Gwalior, who regaled the audience at the Bhaskar Rao Indoor Auditorium in Sector 35 on the occasion of 52nd Monthly Baithak programme organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra, was proof that one does not need the benefit of age to bring depth to one’s singing style.

Kumari Riyazvi performs at the 52nd Baithak programme of Pracheen Kala Kendra in Chandigarh.
Kumari Riyazvi performs at the 52nd Baithak programme of Pracheen Kala Kendra in Chandigarh. She is accompanied by her guru, K.K. Pandey, on the harmonium and Avirbhav on the tabla.

Call for mass leave in PGI ‘uncalled for’
Chandigarh, May 12
In a circular issued today, the PGI Director, Prof S.K. Sharma, has called the proposed one-day mass casual leave by the Group B, C and D employees of the institute on May 22 as unjustified and illegitimate.

Nurses urged to be compassionate
Chandigarh, May 12
Nurses of the PGI, the GMCH, Sector 32, and the General Hospital, Sector 16, today celebrated the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, founder of the nursing profession, by organising various educational and recreational activities on the theme “Nurses are always there — united against violence.”

‘Stress is in the mind’
Chandigarh , May 12
“Stress is only in the imagination”, said Dr Rakesh Gupta, a Delhi-based counsellor, while speaking ‘on Stress Eradication’, a talk organised by the local branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).


Academy to promote basketball
Chandigarh, May 12
Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, in order to boost basketball in the region, have decided to establish Shivalik Basketball Academy in its two basketball courts from this session.

  • Camp for rowers

  • Chess team selected

  • Summer adventure camp

  • Cricket tourney

Soccer player in new role
Chandigarh, May 12
Sanjay Sharma is a former national soccer player of Haryana who now coaches youngsters here. This correspondent met Sanjay at a coaching clinic of the under-21 Chandigarh team that was preparing for tomorrow’s semi-final match against Punjab.

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