Saturday, May 19, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Chandigarh bypass to ease road congestion
SAS Nagar, May 18
Foreseeing a substantial increase in the volume of vehicular traffic on the Ambala-Chandigarh-Ropar route, the Town and Country Planning Department, Punjab, plans to have a road bypassing Chandigarh by linking Kharar with Dera Bassi. The proposed road, passing through the south-east rim of SAS Nagar, will considerably cut short the distance for the traffic plying on the congested road section.

Private party to install CT scan at GMCH
Chandigarh, May 18
A private party will be invited to install and operate a CT scan machine in the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, to tide over the problem like the one which occurred on Wednesday night when an accident victim could not get timely diagnosis due to lack of a CT scan in the GMCH.

Parvinder Singh Childhood desecrated in Mani Majra school
Chandigarh, May 18
This incident is more than just sordid. Ten-year-old Parvinder Singh is locked up by his school Principal in her office and then beaten up ruthlessly for about 15 minutes, reportedly for “having breached the discipline of the class”.

PEC to be a deemed varsity
Chandigarh, May 18
Punjab Engineering College will be upgraded and made a deemed university soon. This was stated by the Director of Technical Education, Chandigarh Administration, Mr Vivek Atray, in his first statement as DTE on the matter.

Students of Dev Samaj College, Sector 36, at the annual prize distribution function of the college, at Food and Craft Institute, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Students of Dev Samaj College, Sector 36, at the annual prize distribution function of the college, at Food and Craft Institute, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph



Is city haven for drug traffickers?
Chandigarh, May 18
The city is fast becoming a nodal point for the smuggling of various drugs into the inner reaches of Punjab — courtesy its geographical location. The city is a gateway to the neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh. 

‘Protest’ by Markfed board Chairman, directors
Chandigarh, May 18
A scheduled meeting of the Markfed Board of Directors did not take place here today following a vociferous “protest” by its Chairman, Mr Jagdish Singh Walia, and elected directors over the “high-handed attitude” of the Managing Director, Mr D.S. Bains.

Pollutants in nullah: HC issues notice of motion
Chandigarh, May 18
The discharge of industrial waste and other pollutants in the nullah running through Sector 16 Rose Garden to SAS Nagar was brought to the notice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today.



On a visit to the city? Hire a two-wheeler!On a visit to the city? Hire a two-wheeler!
Chandigarh, May 18
If you are on a short visit to the City Beautiful, one thing that you would feel is a must is your own vehicle. The situation is that neither are you in a situation to buy a new vehicle, nor do you want to bear the inconvenience of moving around in rickshaws, public transport etc. The business-minded, however, have provided a solution to this. Two wheelers, mainly scooters, are now available in the city on hire.

Jacob wants parks in Sectors 48 and 49
Chandigarh, May 18
The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) , on a visit to Sectors 48 and 49, today asked the UT Chief Engineer to identify green belt areas in the sectors and develop these as proper parks. 

Wear red at weddings
N Indian as well as Chinese weddings, the bride is mostly dressed in elaborate red dresses. Red is a symbol of yang energies. The wedding dress is customarily decorated with beads, crystals or sometimes even gold. 

Shahi takes on Dhawan
Chandigarh, May 18
BJP councillor Ranjana Shahi has challenged Congress leader Harmohan Dhawan to gherao her residence tomorrow, as part of his newly launched Chandigarh Vikas manch’s schedule.

Religious channel launched
Chandigarh, May 18
A new religious channel, ‘Sagar TV’, was formally launched here today. Promoted by Mr Amarjit Singh Chandhok and Mr Bakshish Singh Chandhok, both industrialists from Mumbai, and Mr RS Sachdeva, a local industrialist, the secular channel, which has already been on the air since February this year, will telecast religious programmes round-the-clock.

Fresh applications invited
Chandigarh, May 18
The Chandigarh police has asked for fresh application forms from 41 candidates who had applied for recruitment in the Chandigarh police in July 1997. A total of 67 candidates were selected in this recruitment, but this was later quashed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. A fresh recruitment was also ordered by the court.

Industrial workers stage dharna
Chandigarh, May 18
On a call of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Punjab, thousands of industrial workers from all over Punjab participated in a dharna in front of the Labour Commission’s office here today.



Ten held for fraud
Chandigarh, May 18
Ten persons were arrested today by the UT vigilance cell for their alleged involvement in the fraud regarding the allotment of plots in Mauli Jagran on the basis of fake slips issued on behalf of a tehsildar.

Two more held in murder case
Chandigarh, May 18
The Sector 11 police today arrested two of the other co- acussed in the murder of Balinder, alias Bunty, on May 16. A son of the accused Udaiver, Sanjay and the former’s brother-in-law Ramesh were today arrested.

Woman robbed of ornaments
Chandigarh, May 18
A 60-year-old woman was duped by two persons at a kisan mandi on the pretext of doubling her gold ornaments. According to an FIR registered under Sections 420 and 34 of the IPC, the complainant has alleged that she met a sadhu and a woman in the mandi yesterday. 

  • Daylight burglary

  • Three injured

  • Case registered



Senate meeting to take up promotion issue
Chandigarh, May 18
Promotion of 41 Readers as Professors in Panjab University under the Career Advancement Scheme will figure in the forthcoming Senate meeting to be held on May 27.

Gurkirat Kirpal SinghConfidence & hard work paid off: Gurkirat
Chandigarh, May 18
You could pass him off as the boy next door... well almost. Till his massive height hits you. 6’-2’’ or maybe 6’-3’’, you are just wondering what makes this young man so different until his warm smile reveals that it is supreme confidence which sets Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, who has the third position in the IAS examination this year apart. ‘‘Confidence and hard work’’ he says are the two qualities which have brought him where he is today.

Fall in number of CET candidates
Chandigarh, May 18
Panjab University has seen a considerable decrease in the total number of candidates for the Combined Entrance Test examination for admission to medical and engineering courses for the forthcoming session (2001-2002).

15 students honoured
Chandigarh, May 18
Well-known Punjabi singer Harbhajan Mann has called upon students to remain away from drugs. Mann, who was a special guest at a function organised by the Parent-Teacher Association of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, here yesterday to honour meritorious students, told the students that hard work was the only key to success.


Varsity told to pay retirement benefits
Chandigarh, May 18
Allowing a writ petition, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Punjabi University at Patiala and another respondent to pay retirement benefits to an ex-museum curator within two months of receiving the order’s copy.

JCO: condition of troops critical
Chandigarh, May 18
A junior commissioned officer, Sub Ram Niwas, who was part of an ad hoc company sent to Kargil under the command of Maj Maneesh Bhatnagar, today deposed before the general court martial that the physical condition of the troops on reaching Ganasok on June 15, 1999, was “critical”.

Rapist gets 7-year RI
Chandigarh, May 18
The UT Additional and Sessions Judge awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment to Kamalpreet, a city resident, in a case of rape. The case against the accused was registered under Sections 363, 366-A, 376 and 511 of the IPC on February 26, 1999.

Travel agency directed to pay compensation
Chandigarh, May 18
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-II, has directed M/s Travel Limited to pay a compensation to complainant, Harcharan Singh, for inconvenience and harassment faced by him.

Carry out survey, HC tells MC
Chandigarh, May 18
For solving parking problem, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh to carry out a survey of Sector 9 Bank Square and Sector 17 market to find out “how many vehicles, belonging to shopkeepers and officers attending duties, were parked there”.



Dream fabric comes to town
Chandigarh, May 18
A group of young girls have launched an organisation, Vividha, with the purpose of promoting “culture through fabric” of various States and traditional centres of weaving in City Beautiful.


‘Teenage pregnancies, STDs on the rise’
Chandigarh , May 18
There has been an alarming increase in cases of teenage pregnancy which has also led to an increase in sexually transmitted diseases and HIV cases in this age group said Prof S.B.S. Mann, Director Principal, GMCH, while making inaugural address at the one-day symposium on “Adolescent sex education,” here today.

Nurses Week concludes
Chandigarh , May 18
International Nurses Week celebrations by the Trained Nurses Association of India, Chandigarh branch, concluded here today. Theme of the week-long function was “Nurses always there for you — united against violence”.

Blood banks to work round the clock



DAV-8 boys in final
Chandigarh, May 18
Harpreet Kaur of Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, and Pushpa of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, helped their respective teams in reaching the finals on the penultimate day of the Chandigarh state junior basketball championship at Sports Complex, Sector 7, here today.

  • Under-14 cricket

  • Chess tourney


MC to look after streetlights
Chandigarh May 18
The Chandigarh Administration decided yesterday to hand over the maintenance of roads and streetlights of third phase sectors — Sector 48 to 56 — in the city to the Municipal Corporation taking them away from the Engineering Wing of the Administration.

Eyebrows raised over reinstatement of cops
Chandigarh, May 18
Even as the Chandigarh Administration’s decision to re-instate, suspended DSP, Devinder Singh and Inspector P.K. Dhawan has raised a few eye brows, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs today asked the Administration about the status of the pending departmental inquiry against the same policemen.

New vacuum sweeper promises cleaner roads
Chandigarh, May 18
Cleanliness in the city is likely to improve with the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today formally inducting the tractor-trailed road vacuum sweeper (T-2100), a new machine to clean and sweep the roads of the city.Top

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