Thursday, June 21, 2001,
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Defaulters owe 37 cr to Admn
People bid in auctions and then did not pay 
Chandigarh, June 20
The Chandigarh Administration stands to recover a whopping Rs 37 crore from members of the public who, in the past decade or so, had first bid for commercial or residential property in auctions conducted by the Estate Office and then failed to pay a major part of the money which they promised to while bidding for the site to get an allotment letter.

BSNL, HFCL to battle it out

Chandigarh, June 20
Will the much-awaited mobile phone for the common man — Wireless in Local Loop(WiLL) — become a new battleground for the two basic telecom service providers in Chandigarh?

Advance increments for govt lecturers too
Chandigarh, June 20
It has been a historic week for the college lecturers of the city. Within days of the Director Public Instruction (Colleges), UT Administration, having ordered the release of advance increments to the city’s private college lecturers with research degrees, the DPI (Colleges) today ordered grant of these increments to the lecturers working in the government colleges of the city also.





  A delightful confluence of cultures
Chandigarh, June 20
The day saw a confluence of two great cultures which derive their element from a common root.As Indian and Pakistani performing artistes together ascended the stage in Panjab University’s Law Auditorium to pay a tribute in melody to Malika-e-Tarannum Noor Jehan, the gathering watched with attention and hope. — a hope that these bonds of love do not end with a simple sharing of music and songs, but reach beyond to a level where the two neighbouring nations learn to respect each other.
POVERTY AND DISEASE, A DEADLY COMBINATION: Babu Lal, a Gorakhpur labourer, carries his son Mahinder on a stretcher, like he has been doing for the past one month in the PGI, Chandigarh. The heat has sapped his energy and the medical bills have rendered him penniless.
POVERTY AND DISEASE, A DEADLY COMBINATION: Babu Lal, a Gorakhpur labourer, carries his son Mahinder on a stretcher, like he has been doing for the past one month in the PGI, Chandigarh. The heat has sapped his energy and the medical bills have rendered him penniless. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

‘Registration must for clinics, hospitals having ultrasound’
Last date for registration June 30
Chandigarh , June 20
It will now be mandatory for all clinics, nursing homes, hospitals and laboratories in the city, which have the ultrasound machines, to get themselves registered with the UT Health Department.

Homoeopathic degree for sale?
Chandigarh, June 20
The BHMS degree for Rs 5,000 ! It may sound strange but it is true. The Council of Homoeopathic System of Medicine, Punjab, inserted an advertisement in leading dailies in March this year inviting applications from those who had done their diploma in homoeopathy before 1983 to apply for the award of the degree.

No directions to Bhatnagar: Gen
Chandigarh, June 20
A former General Officer Commanding of the Leh-based 3 Infantry Division, Major-Gen V. S. Budhwar, today testified before the General Court Martial trying Major Maneesh Bhatnagar, that he had not given any directions to the accused during his visit to Ganasok on June 16, 1999.

Admissions to arts stream between July 2 and 14
Chandigarh, June 20
To suit the convenience of the candidates seeking admission in the arts stream of postgraduate courses in Panjab University, the teaching departments have worked out days and time for interviews attempting reduction in overlapping of time.

No live telecast of MCC meeting
Chandigarh, June 20
Municipal Commissioner M.P. Singh has not agreed to the proposal of the Mayor to allow the proceedings of the House to be telecast live by the local television channels tomorrow.

A room for the octroi staff at the Municipal Council in SAS Nagar on Thursday. Mohali council wastes lakhs on rent
SAS Nagar, June 20
Lakhs of rupees have gone down the drain as rent with the local Municipal Council, which is counted among the richest ones in Punjab, failing to acquire land for its office building.

A room for the octroi staff at the Municipal Council in SAS Nagar on Thursday. — Photo Pankaj Sharma


Fumes from industries hazardous for villagers
Dera Bassi, June 20
Residents of over 35 villages of this subdivision and surrounding areas have been inhaling harmful smoke being emitted by a number of industries located here for the past many years.

SCF panel protests PUDA move
Sas Nagar June 20
A meeting of the SCF Owners Association, SAS Nagar, was held here today under the chairmanship of Mr Surjit Singh. The members protested against the high handedness of PUDA in fixing compounding fee at the rate of Rs 4,500 per square yard and at Rs 3,150 per square yard for coverage of backyard and the rear of the basement.

Irregularities in booths allotment alleged
SAS Nagar, June 20
Members of the Opposition in the local civic body today alleged involvement of certain councillors of the ruling group in irregularities pertaining to the allotment of booths in the Phase XI rehri market by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA).

Dhawan plans to show black flags to Goyal
Chandigarh, June 20
Congress Councillor Satinder Dhawan today came down heavily on the “Mahapaur aap ke dwar” programme launched by the city Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, yesterday.

Members of the Coordination Committee of Government and Municipal Corporation Employees and Workers stage a dharna against the Administration and the MCC in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Dharna by UT employees
Chandigarh, June 20
Hundreds of employees and workers of the Coordination Committee of the Government and Municipal Corporation employees and workers staged a dharna at Matka Chowk here today.

Members of the Coordination Committee of Government and Municipal Corporation Employees and Workers stage a dharna against the Administration and the MCC in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Ground water board staff convention ends
Chandigarh, June 20
The 3-day 17th bi-annual convention of the All-India Central Ground Water Board Employees Association, organised at Satsang Bhavan here, concluded today. The bi-annual report was presented by the association’s general secretary.

KING AMONG THORNS: A three-year-old sandalwood plant in Cactus Garden, Panchkula.
KING AMONG THORNS: A three-year-old sandalwood plant in Cactus Garden, Panchkula.  — Photo Karam Singh

IRSLA chief visits leprosy home
Chandigarh, June 20
The president of the northern region of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) Ladies Association (IRSLA), Mrs Manjula Someshwar, today visited the Chandikusht Ashram, a leprosy home, here and served meals to the inmates residing there.

Dimpy alleges conspiracy
Chandigarh, June 20
An elected delegate of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC), Mr Vijay Pal Singh Dimpy, who has been served with a show-cause notice by the CTCC chief, Mr B.B. Bahl, today alleged a conspiracy by local MP Pawan Bansal and Mr Bahl to remove committed workers from the party.

Property consultants flay policy on CHB units
Chandigarh, June 20
The Property Consultants Association of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula today asked the UT Administration to shed “commercialism” and frame a people-friendly policy for allowing the transfer to GPAs of the allottees of the houses and flats of the Chandigarh Housing Board.

Man found dead
Dera Bassi, June 20
A 35-year-old man was found dead on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near DAV School here today.

A mountain painting in the office
N Feng Shui there are many objects, designs, colours and styles which can inadvertently create bad luck for your home. One should be very careful when one is buying decorating things for one’s home.


Woman goes missing after harassment by in-laws
Kharar, June 20
The police here has booked the husband, brother-in-law, mother-in-law and sister-in-law of a married woman Rupinder Kaur of Mundi Kharar village near here on the charges of cruelty and harassment for dowry and suspected foul play in her absence from her house since June 14.

Police suspects Nigerians’ involvement
Sas nagar, June 20
Seizure of at least 27 gm of smack from three drug peddlers, including a couple of Phase X, has led the local police on a trail of other suspects, including some Nigerian nationals. Policemen in plain clothes are keeping a tab on the movement of people involved in the illegal activity.

Two minor girls abducted
Chandigarh, June 20
During the last 24 hours the local police received two complaints of abduction of minor girls. In both incidents, cases under Sections 363 and 366 of the Indian Penal Code were registered.

2 Video parlour owners arrested
Chandigarh, June 20
The police today arrested two video parlour owners from Badheri village under the Copy Right Act. As many as 16 pirated video cassettes of Hindi films were seized from their possession.

Chain snatchers’ gang busted
Chandigarh, June 20
The police today claimed to have busted a gang of chain and purse snatchers active in the city and SAS Nagar by arresting its four members. With their arrest, eight cases of theft have been solved. All the accused were reportedly drug addicts and were committing the crime to purchase smack.


News portal launched
Chandigarh, June 20
A new news portal, newsflash, was launched here today by Tooh Soft India, promoters of Talking to newsmen, the chairman-cum-nanaging director of the company, Mr Jiwandeep Singh Ghai, said that would focus on news emanating from and connected with Punjab and the Punjabi diaspora abroad.

Seven companies bid for conducting computer course
Chandigarh, June 20
Even with the most liberalised terms and conditions in inviting the tenders again by the Education Department, Zee Interactive Learning Systems Limited didn’t tried for a bid, inspite of revoking of the company from blacklist, for conducting the optional computer courses in the 65 city government schools.


PUDA allows public use of playgrounds next to schools
SAS nagar, June 20
In a move favouring residents, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has allowed the members of the public to use common play grounds, adjoining the educational institutions in their respective areas. The timing for the schools and the residents to use the facility have been staggered.

Construction on in college despite PUDA’s no
SAS Nagar, June 20
Construction of an additional wing of the Shaheed Uddham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, continues despite the PUDA authorities asking the college authorities to stop it. The college authorities were raising the new structure, adjacent to the old building without taking the requisite permission for change of land use under the Periphery Act.

Teachers on relay fast
Chandigarh, June 20
Members of the Unemployment Technical Teacher Institutions, Punjab, started an indefinite fast in front of the office of the DPI (Primary) here today. They were protesting against not filling thousands of posts which were lying vacant in the various primary schools.

Honour for student
Chandigarh, June 20
Karan Dhillon, a student at the University of Texas, Austin, USA, has been inducted in the National Society of Collegiate Scholarships (NSCS). Karan is at present majoring in marketing and minoring in economics at the university. He is son of industrialist Kewal Dhillon.

A short but memorable stay
Facing each other on the campus of Panjab University, stand Sarojini Hall and Kasturbahall, two hostels for girls. These hostels are home to about 500 girls, most of whom spend here about two years and all of them agree that the time spent here is “something we will remember for the rest of our lives.”

63 take part in summer contests
Panchkula, June 20
As many as 63 children participated in a summer competition organised by the District Child Welfare Council, Panchkula, for the children of two age groups of four to eight and eight to 12 years at Majra Mehtab village in Pinjore block, near here, today.

Teachers resent delay in acceptance of demands
Chandigarh June 20
In a joint statement to the Press, Principal P.S. Sangha, general secretary, Federation of the Principals Associations Punjab and Chandigarh and Prof. J.S. Randhawa, general secretary, Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, said that a lot of resentment prevailed among the teaching community of the non-government-aided colleges over the inordinate delay in the implementation of their already accepted demands.


Rejection of plea stayed

Chandigarh, June
Staying the operation of orders issued by Bathinda’s District and Sessions Judge rejecting the “mercy petition” filed by a copy clerk and serving her with one month termination notice, Mr Justice S.S. Sudhalkar and Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the High Court on Wednesday issued notice of motion for September 4. 

  • Auction of land ordered

  • Declare result tentatively

  • Selection list of clerks challenged


Children perform a ballet at the concluding function of the summer workshop of the Chandigarh Press Club at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Summer workshop at Press Club concludes
Chandigarh, June 20
The two-week long summer workshop held at Press Club, Sector 27, concluded with a colourful function by children at Tagore Theatre here today.

Children perform a ballet at the concluding function of the summer workshop of the Chandigarh Press Club at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Thursday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Play on Ranjit Singh’s coronation
Sas Nagar, June 20
The Punjabi Natak Academy here has prepared a play relating to the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Sigh, which it plans to stage in July.


Show-cause notices to  20 chemists
Chandigarh , June 20
The Director, Health Services, UT Administration, has issued show-cause notices to 20 chemists in the Union Territory who are suspected to be running their shops without holding valid licences of a qualified pharmacist.

CBI raids PGI lab
Chandigarh , June 20
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today raided one of the laboratories in the PGI. Sources said the team found hundreds of unaccounted stents, used in the opening of blocked arteries in the heart, of different sizes.


Allotment panel invites objections
Chandigarh, June 20
The Secretary of the Haryana House Allotment Committee today invited objections from the eligible Haryana Government employees in a tentative seniority list prepared by it for the allotment of type I, II and III houses at Panchkula and Sector 39 of Chandigarh.

3 lakh spent under Indira Awas Yojna
Panchkula, June 20
The District administration has spent Rs 3,90,000 under the Indira Awas Yojna to construct houses during the last financial year.

22 jhuggis removed
Chandigarh, June 20
The enforcement staff of the UT Estate Office today removed 22 jhuggis which had sprung up recently behind the Sector 26 grain market and 14 others from Kamal Colony, Palsora.

464 cr for uplift of safai karamcharis
Chandigarh, June 20
A sum of Rs 464 crore has been placed at the disposal of the Rashtriya Safai Karamchari Ayog for the uplift of safai karamcharis, Mr Subhash Dawre, a member of the ayog, said here today.


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