Tuesday, May 22, 2001,
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Contingency plan in the offing to check thefts
Residents themselves to blame, say cops
Panchkula, May 21
May 21: Miscreants removed a grill and glasspane to break into a house in Sector 15 last night while the family was away to Mussoorie. They left the house ransacked though they managed to lay their hands on a little cash and a silver box.

Committee holds Dr Goel guilty
Chandigarh, May 21
Dr B.B. Goel, a lecturer of Panjab University Business School, has been found guilty of increasing the marks of a commerce student from zero to 42 in reevaluation. The students had written only “Radhaswami” all over the answer sheet.

Parvinder is still terrified
Chandigarh, May 21
The story never ends. In just over 72 hours after being thrashed by the school principal, 10-year-old Parvinder Singh is now recovering in the Sector 16 General Hospital.

Edit: Students are not for thrashing

Parvinder lies in the surgical ward of the Sector 16 General Hospital with quite a few conspicuous marks of beating as his mother, Paramjit Kaur, watches him.
Parvinder lies in the surgical ward of the Sector 16 General Hospital with quite a few conspicuous marks of beating as his mother, Paramjit Kaur, watches him. 
— Photo Parvesh Chauhan.






JE arrested for taking bribe
SAS Nagar, May 21
A Junior Engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) was allegedly caught red-handed by the Punjab Vigilance Department here today while accepting a bribe of Rs 4000 from a consumer at his residence in Phase X.

House burgled in SAS Nagar
Chandigarh, May 21
The house of Mr Tarlochan Singh, a resident of Sector 71 in SAS Nagar, was burgled late in the evening. The assessment of the theft was being made at the time of filing of this report.

PUDA, B&R working at cross purposes?
Nayagaon (Kharar), May 21
Shopkeepers in the Nayagaon are apprehensive, after notices under the Periphery Control Act, 1952 were issued to some of them by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), for making ‘‘unauthorised’’ constructions in the area. The shopkeepers had been raising the level of their shops after the Punjab Public Works Department ( B and R) raised the level of the main road passing in front of their shops.

Dubious immigration consultants
Chandigarh, May 21
“There is an urgent need to regulate and control, may be by a suitable legislation, the immigration consultancy business in India in general and in the north in particular,” says Ms Raj Pannu, a Toronto-based Barrister and Solicitor, cautioning the prospective candidates against being fleeced by “unqualified and unauthorised consultants mushrooming everywhere”.

In the absence of chambers, many District Courts advocates in Chandigarh function with just a bench and a couple of chairs in the corridors or in the open.
In the absence of chambers, many District Courts advocates in Chandigarh function with just a bench and a couple of chairs in the corridors or in the open. — Photo Pradeep Tiwari

Few chambers for District Courts lawyers
Chandigarh, May 21
Despite a big increase in the number of lawyers practising in the District Courts, the number of chambers has not increased correspondingly. Coupled with the problems of insufficient space, hundreds of lawyers are functioning from the court premises in the absence of even basic minimum facilities required for the discharge of their professional duties.


A sector with no problems

Sector 2 on the northern tip of Chandigarh is a residents’ delight. Known as the VIP sector, this small, compact sector houses eminent persons from different walks of life, including the Punjab Chief Minister, a number of other ministers and the Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

Army truck crushes officer
Panchkula, May 21
Lieut Sarvesh Pandey of 268 Engineering Regiment, who was driving a motor cycle, was killed and his pillion, Capt M. Ravi Kumar, sustained minor injuries in an accident on the Ambala-Kalka highway near Chandi Mandir, here today.

Road berms cleared of encroachments
Chandigarh, May 21
The enforcement staff of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) today removed nearly 70 illegal encroachments from the front side of houses in
Sector 32-C.

Hotel-owners urged to upgrade fire-fighting measures
Chandigarh, May 21
Keeping in view the recent incidents of fire in the city and the ongoing dry summer, the Fire Services Department of the Municipal Corporation has circulated a letter to all hotels in the city reiterating the need for observing fire safety norms.

Anti-terrorism Day
Chandigarh, May 21
On the occasion of the Anti-terrorism Day, the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, administered an oath of resistance towards terrorism to employees of the Administration today.

Plot price hike opposed
SAS Nagar, May 21
The Phase VIII B Industrial Plot Owners Welfare Association today opposed the PSIEC’s decision to increase the price of plots in Phases VIII A and B here by nearly 40 per cent.

Shanta to launch scheme
Panchkula, May 21
Mr Shanta Kumar, Union Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, will launch the Antodaya Anna Yojna for Haryana in the Sector 16 Aggarwal Bhawan here on Wednesday.

INLD district working panel
Panchkula, May 21
The district President of the Indian National Lok Dal, Mr Randhir Malik, in consultation with the state General Secretary, Mr Pradeep Chaudhary, announced the formation of the district working committee here yesterday.

Bajaj is Shiv Sena unit chief

Choosing presents
veryone has to give a gift to someone — may it be a birthday gift, an anniversary gift or a gift for a newborn baby. Gifts are a very important part of our lives. Even if we visit our friends or go to stay in someone’s house, we normally take a gift for that particular person.


Theft at petrol station
Chandigarh, May 21
In a theft at a petrol station in Sector 22, electronic goods were stolen by unidentified miscreants on the night of May 19.


Convention by Mohali Trade Union Council
Chandigarh, May 21
The Trade Union Council, Mohali, will hold a convention here on June 2, in which representatives of industrial workers, employees, intelligentsia and welfare associations are expected to take part. The union has planned to mobilise people against the ‘‘anti-people, anti-employee and anti-workers economic policies’’ of the Punjab government as well as the Centre.


It is play time for city children
Chandigarh, May 21
A group of tiny tots is presenting individual impressions of what the monkey-man currently doing rounds of the national capital, could look like. Another group has each of them presenting an impression of the possible noises that animals make. One child copies a hippopotamus.

No work, all play for these kids

Panchkula, May 21
It was fun all the way for children at Blue Bird Public School, Sector 16, where the summer camp got off to a colourful start, here today.

Chandigarh, May 21
Students of nursery teacher training course displayed visual aids made during their course at an exhibition in DAV Model School, Sector 15, here today. The aids included charts on English and maths as well as stories and rhymes.

500 take part in environment rally
Chandigarh, May 21
More than 500 students of the Vasumati Environment Club, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, participated in a rally to mark the beginning of the environment week on May 21 here today.

New wardens for PU hostels


Election of sarpanch: repoll ordered
Chandigarh, May 21
Directing the Haryana State Election Commissioner to hold a repoll for electing the sarpanch of Rajound village in Kaithal district after quashing a notification ordering the recounting of votes, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today held that the “Election Commissioner did not enjoy the power to review his earlier orders”.

Bhatnagar trial
‘No specific orders given for attack’
Chandigarh, May 21
With the prosecution deciding to conclude its case before the general court martial trying Maj Maneesh Bhatnagar after examining only three of the eight stipulated witnesses, the defence began with the cross-examination of those witnesses which the prosecution had decided not to examine.


English play in Tagore Theatre
Chandigarh, May 21
The Global Cancer Concern India, an NGO working nationwide for the cause and care of terminally ill patients, will organise an English play, Loot, directed by Nimma Dandona, at Tagore Theatre tomorrow. 

Theatre workshop from May 28
Chandigarh, May 21
Futurekids Club, a venture of the Besten Foundation, is holding a joint theatre workshop with the Ajoka Children Theatre, a venture of the Ajoka Theatre Group, from May 28, 2001 to June 17, 2001, at Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula. Children in the age group from 4 to 15 years will jointly prepare a play and will be staged at Tagore Theatre on the June 16, 2001.


Training programme for UT doctors
Chandigarh , May 21
The UT Administration launched the training programme for its medical officers to orient them to fight tuberculosis in Chandigarh and its periphery. The third phase of the training programme was inaugurated by the Director, Health Services, Dr Rameshwar Chander, here today.

Nurses Week ends
SAS Nagar, May 21
The week-long celebrations to observe the Nurses Week at the Mata Sahib Kaur Institute of General Nursing and Midwifery concluded here yesterday. During the week, a debate on ‘‘Nurses are always united against violence” was also organised.


Isha, Taskeen for title clash
Chandigarh, May 21
Isha Toor will meet Taskeen Bains in girls section while Paras Thakur will clash with Sanam K Singh in boys section (under-14 category) in the finals of the Chandigarh State Lawn Tennis Championship being played at CLTA, Sector 10.


Panel on property tax
Chandigarh, May 21
The Chandigarh Administration today formed a three-member committee to study the various systems which can be adopted for imposition of property tax in the city. The committee headed by the Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, shall comprise the Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer, Mr M. Ramsekhar, and the Joint Secretary, Finance , Mr K.A.P. Sinha.

BSNL cell service for region next year
Chandigarh, May 21
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) would introduce cellular telephone service in Punjab and Chandigarh by early 2002. The nigam would provide the service with an attractive tariff structure and the unique feature would be the provision of all-India roaming facility at very low rates.


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