Wednesday, June 13, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Irrigation office goes without power, water
Chandigarh, June 12
Government servants suffering? Sounds strange! But the fact is that employees of the regional office of the Punjab Irrigation Department housed in Sector 34 are going without electricity and water supply on the office premises for the fifth month in succession. Not only is there no power and water available on the three floors of the department’s regional office, there is also no telephone link available. Similar is the condition of about 150 employees working in the Sector 22 office of the department.

Employees of the Punjab Irrigation Department, housed in Sector 34, Chandigarh, take recourse to hand-made fans as power supply to their office remains snapped for the fifth month in succession. Employees of the Punjab Irrigation Department, housed in Sector 34, Chandigarh, take recourse to hand-made fans as power supply to their office remains snapped for the fifth month in succession.
— Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

Zoo store raided, rations sealed
Chhat Bir, June 12
Stores of dry rations for the animals of the Chhat Bir Zoo were sealed following a raid conducted by a high-level team of the Punjab Government and forest officials to check the quality of food items being fed to the animals. The team took six samples of dry food items for tests of quality.



SAS Nagar may ban use of polythene bags
SAS Nagar, June 12
A ban on the use of polythene bags within the municipal limits of SAS Nagar in the offing. The local civic body has decided to take up the issue at its next meeting scheduled to be held in the next week.

Varsha Joshi to function as DC
Chandigarh, June 12
Mrs Varsha Joshi, Chief Executive Officer of the Chandigarh Housing Board, will carry out duties of the Deputy Commissioner when the DC, Mr M. Ramsekhar, will be away on training from June 17 to June 30.

A harassed girl’s tale of woe
Chandigarh, June 12
“The creaking of the door of our hutment around 12 noon each day scares me and I begin to scream. This is the time that he used to come back to molest me after mother had left for the day’s work. Even the shadow of the tree outside the house scares me. I cannot think of being alone in the house for fear that he might come and kill me and my mother” says the 14-year-old daughter of a ragpicker, who was raped for over four months by her mother’s paramour before she got pregnant.

Bagga writes to PM, seeks Ranjit’s arrest
Chandigarh, June 12
The recent controversy surrounding Ranjit Bajaj, son of the IAS couple, Mr B. R. Bajaj and Ms Rupan Deol Bajaj today took a new turn, with Mr Jaginder Pal Singh Bagga sending telegrams to the Prime Minister, the Union Home Minister, the UT Administrator, the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the UT Inspector Genral of Police and demanding that the accused be arrested .

It is haven for drug addicts
Chandigarh, June 12
The Punjab Engineering College campus in Sector 12 has become a happy hunting ground for the city’s drug addicts, even as a dense growth of hemp (bhang, also called cannabis) dots the entire premises of the institute. The wild growth of the plant has become a cause of concern, with a good number of college students and drug addicts from the city smoking the plant for pleasure.

The dense bhang growth in the rear of PEC’s Shivalik Hostel in Chandigarh attracts city youths, who rub plant leaves for preparing ‘soota’.
The dense bhang growth in the rear of PEC’s Shivalik Hostel in Chandigarh attracts city youths who rub plant leaves for preparing ‘soota’. 
— A Tribune photo

Mayor calls meetings for smooth House functioning
Chandigarh, June 12
In yet another attempt to mollify the councillors and to secure their cooperation, the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, has convened a series of informal meetings with the councillors of different groups to discuss certain vital items before the next meeting of the General House on June 15.

Case of forgery registered
Chandigarh, June 12
A case of forgery has been registered against a private company providing sweepers to the PGI for allegedly charging for more workmen than had been actually provided for in May.


A task for the toughest
At the dead of night, two shadows cut through a barbed wire fence around a blacked-out communication centre deep inside enemy territory and seconds later, razor sharp knives neutralise two sentries manning a guard post. Silently, a group in camouflage battle-dress emerges from the undergrowth and splits into three groups — assault, support and cut-off.

Para commandos manoeuvre their parachutes after jumping from an aircraft during a training exercise.
Para commandos manoeuvre their parachutes after jumping from an aircraft during a training exercise.

Sohana residents sore over incomplete road
SAS Nagar, June 12
Motorists using the Sohana-Landhran road run a high risk of losing control and turning turtle. Reason, a section of the road after being covered by loose stone metal — to raise the level of the road —was lying incomplete for the last one month.

Mahila sangh to hold conference
Panchkula, June 12
A state-level women awakening conference to mark the Women Empowerment Year will be organised by the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Grameen Mahila Sangh in the last week of August.

Cong staged dharna
Chandigarh, June 12
Activists of the Chandigarh District Congress Committee (Rural) sat on a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today. In a memorandum submitted to the DC, the party demanded that a notification of 1996 to rehabilitate the residents of Palsora colony.

Parbati project gets clearance

Activating family luck
amily luck means that the family plays, laughs and stays together. It also means that the members of the family stay loyal and are committed to one another. Husband and wife live with few conflicts. Rivalry should be non-existent. There should be family happiness and a sense of togetherness. According to Feng Shui, the family’s relationship luck sector is the centre of the house. It is very important to take care of the feng shui of the centre of the house.


Absconding accused held
Kharar, June 12
One of the two accused who escaped from police custody here on April 19 has been arrested.

1 held on sodomy charge
Chandigarh, June 12
A 15-year-old mess boy in Punjab Engineering College was sodomised by another employee in the mess on the intervening night of June 8 and 9.


Recommendations for MFC degree holders
Chandigarh, June 12
Pending an approval from the Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, a committee constituted by the VC has recommended that students with an MFC (Masters in Finance and Control) degree are eligible to apply for posts of lecturer in commerce after clearing the UGC-NET examination in commerce.

Join NSS, but nothing to do
Chandigarh, June 12
Government College for Girls, Sector 42, and Government College of Art, Sector 12, are falsely offering applicants for admissions the provision of joining the National Service Scheme (NSS) as both these colleges have had no activity of the NSS for the past five to six years.

Class XI prospectus to be available from June 20
Chandigarh, June 12
The prospectus for admission to Class XI in government model senior secondary schools will be made available from June 20 at seven centres in city.

PU to set up centre on Vivekananda studies
Chandigarh, June 12
Panjab University will open a centre for Swami Vivekananda Studies from the forthcoming session.

Order to blacklist firm revoked
Chandigarh, June 12
The local Education Department has revoked its order to blacklist Zee Interactive Learning Systems — a company which is into computer education. The company will now be free to participate in the re-tendering of the computer education project to be run in 65-odd city schools, sources from Zee interactive learning said.


Case adjourned
Chandigarh, June 12
The UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class) today adjourned the case against the president of the Punjab Amateur Athletic Association, Umrao Singh, till June 15. The Magistrate had directed the president to file reply before the court on next hearing.

  • Judicial remand
  • Rape case

Adviser surprises children
Chandigarh, June 12
Children attending the ongoing workshop at Art Folio in Sector 9 here were taken by a pleasant surprise when the Adviser to UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, visited them and shared some lovely moments with them at the art gallery.

Screen Test serial shooting in progress at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Giving a break to aspiring actors
Chandigarh, June 12
After Sa-re-ga-ma, the music programme for budding singers, Zee Alpha is preparing to give a break to aspiring actors of this region. 

Screen Test serial shooting in progress at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday. 
— A Tribune photograph


Review radiation treatment: AERB
Chandigarh, June 12
Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has asked radiotherapy centres in India to review the radiation treatment procedures, which use computerised treatment planning systems, for cancer patients.

Discussion on malaria prevention today
Chandigarh, June 12
The malaria wing of the Chandigarh Administration will organise a panel discussion on ‘Prevention and Control of Malaria’ in the conference hall of the UT Guest House, here tomorrow.


IAF w’lifting results
Chandigarh, June 12
Sergeant Jasbir Singh with a total lift of 260 kg (110 kg snatch and 150 kg clean and jerk) stood first in the 69 kg category in the Air Force Weightlifting Championship at 3 BRD here today. In the 62 kg category Corporal A.P. Duttan with a total lift of 212.5 kg stood first while in the 77 kg category JWO Hari Krishan with a total lift of 240 kg stood first.

Karan wins swimming meet
Chandigarh, June 12
Karan Bhai of Kailash Bahl DAV School, Sector 7, bagged the first position in the sub-junior boy 50m free style swimming competition in the UT state swimming association meet, which concluded on June 10.


MC completes modalities for site possession
Chandigarh, June 12
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has completed all modalities for handing over possession of built-up sites allotted by the UT Estate Office to slum-dwellers of Sector 25 in Janata Colony and Kumhar Colony.

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