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Major parts of city inundated with rain water
Drainage Dept efficiency goes for a six; roads become rivulets
Chandigarh, July 7
The hype about the efficiency of the city’s underground drainage system was washed away as the monsoon unleashed its fury on the city and its vicinity yet again, inundating virtually the entire city. Roads turned into rivulets and several openspaces and parking lots appeared to be small lakes, as normal life was thrown out of gear.

An overturned jeep on a Chandigarh road after a heavy shower on Saturday and (right) residents of Ram Darbar find it hard to cross the flooded streets of the colony.
An overturned jeep on a Chandigarh road after a heavy shower on Saturday and (right) residents of Ram Darbar find it hard to cross the flooded streets of the colony. — Photos Manoj Mahajan



MC plans to tackle flooding of low-lying areas
Chandigarh, July 7
Even as some parts of the city were submerged following today’s heavy downpour, the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, is gearing up to make special arrangements to tackle possible flooding of low-lying areas.

Siau case: victims’ kin fear denial of justice
SAS Nagar, July 7
The fathers of the two children murdered in Siau village, near here, said today that they feared that political pressure might be exerted in the case leading to the denial of justice to them.

Is Sukhna dying? Yes, say experts; no, claims Admn
Chandigarh, July 7
Is the pride of the City Beautiful, Sukhna Lake, dying? 
Yes, say the experts and the environmentalists unanimously. Not really, asserts the UT Administration, a trifle unconvincingly. 

Where is Major Walia ?
Chandigarh, July 7
Mystery continues to shroud the disappearance of Major Sudhneet Singh Walia, reportedly working with the military intelligence. Even after a lapse of nine years, the police has failed to trace him. 

Court orders winding up of PMCL
Chandigarh, July 7
Mr Justice R.L. Anand in a petition moved by Titan Industries ordered the winding up of Punwire Mobile Communication Limited and appointed an official liquidator to take over the company. 

Dhawan prepares to ‘leave’ Cong
Chandigarh, July 7
Mr Harmohan Dhawan, a member of the All-India Congress Committee and a former Union Minister, launched a sharp attack today on the Congress leadership, including the party chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi, indicating that he was preparing to leave the party.



A tasteless dream
‘Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai’ ( Nirman), an average presentation, which will do little to boost the career of Abhishek Bachchan. The story about a simple man’s ‘dreams and aspirations’ fails to make an impact. Jackie Shroff , in a negative role, also fails, and so does the musical score.


A piece of tame horror
Hollywood has a passion for the cemetery. Corpses springing back to life from graves, skeletons tumbling out of closets and vampires with blood dripping from their fangs have been the staple of countless eerie blockbusters.



MQM chief-in-exile to visit India
Chandigarh, July 7
The MQM chief, Mr Altaf Hussain, currently in exile in London, will visit India soon, reports reaching here said today. Reports said during his visit to India, Mr Altaf Hussain would visit Agra, his birh place. The purpose of the visit, the reports said, was to apprise Muslims of the plight of those who had migrated to Pakistan in 1947 and thereafter. 

Panel hails MCC efforts to keep city clean
Chandigarh, July 7
Members of the Chandigarh Social Reformation and Development Foundation have hailed the efforts by the Medical Officer Health of the Municipal Corporation to keep the city clean.

Gone are the easy days
His hand gently rotates the computer mouse on the pad as Branch Manager Deepak Jotshi sits before the monitor in his Sector 8 office trying to finish the day’s work. Glancing at the clock on the wall, he gets perturbed. Eight o’clock, and still there is so much to do. 

Harmony of Yin and Yang
he basic element of Jeng is balance. This balance is related to the complementarity of opposites expressed in terms of the Yin and Yang. According to the Chinese, all things in the universe are either the female Yin or the male Yang. Yin and Yang together make up the wholeness of the universe. This universe means not only the earth but also heaven.

IYC poll kicks off on July 16
Chandigarh, July 7
The election process of the Indian Youth Congress will begin on July 16. The IYC president, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, has appointed observers for all state units to collect the necessary information.

Baby found abandoned
SAS Nagar, July 7
An infant girl was found abandoned in front of the premises of a trust in Palsora village, near here. The baby was later sent to the local centre of the trust.

BSNL’s punishment
Chandigarh, July 7
A subscriber reported strange harassment by BSNL on Saturday night. The telephone number 605841, was “partially dead”, mentioning occasionally “the information” that the connection had been cut “ due to non-payment of dues”.

2 injured in collision
Panchkula, July 7
Two persons were seriously injured in a collision involving a Jeep and a tractor-trailer on the Zirakpur-Panchkula highway near Sector 21 here late last night. Sources said that Gopal and his companion, Sandeep sustained severe injuries and were rushed to the General Hospital in Sector 6. 



Man abducts sister-in-law
Chandigarh, July 7
A 21-year-old youth is alleged to have abducted his own sister-in-law, three nieces and one nephew in order to settle score with his brother. A mason, Mr Naib Singh (38), a resident of Burail, has alleged that his brother Ramesh abducted his 36-year-old wife Laboo and four kids Billa (8), Kala (6), Sapna (3) and Laddi (2).

Octroi clerk killed, 2 hurt in mishap
Zirakpur, July 7
An octroi collecting clerk died and his two colleagues were seriously injured when a speeding truck hit the Gypsy from behind in which they were travelling on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, near Singhpura Bhudda village, here today.

Bharelie firing: another man dies
Panchkula, July 7
Mr Gurdev Singh another victim of the Bharelie village firing victim, succumbed to his bullet injuries at his resident after he was discharged by the PGI authorities on Wednesday.

Scooterist hit by van
Chandigarh, July 7
A scooterist, Mukul, resident of Pabhat village (Ropar), was injured after he was hit by a Maruti van near traffic light points of Sectors 20 and 30 here yesterday. He was admitted to the PGI.


Market Pulse
Seminar on ‘Companies Act Amendment’
Chandigarh, July 7
The new Companies Amendment Act 2000 lays thrust on investor protection, corporate governance and deterrence punishment, said Mr D C Kwatra, Registrar of Companies, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. He was addressing a seminar on “Companies Act Amendment and newly issued Accounting Standards” organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India here today.

Cashing in on lost keys
Her intense eyes look around apprehensively for the lost scooter keys. Nisha, a Panjab University student, does not know what to do. How will she get back home? As she stands nonplussed, a youngster in a dirty kurta and crumpled pyjamas riding a rickety cycle comes to her rescue. Within minutes, she has a duplicate key.
A roadside key-maker at work.
A roadside key-maker at work.

Mechanics hold rally
Chandigarh, July 7
Hundreds of members of the Auto Mechanics Federation held a massive rally in Sector 21 here today. They observed a half-day tool-down strike and burnt an effigy of the Chandigarh Administration.

Plea to abolish octroi
Kharar, July 6
Mr Vinod Bhushan Jain, member, Punjab Pharmacy Council, and a patron of the Ropar District Association, has demanded that the Punjab Government should abolish octroi in the state as was promised by the SAD-BJP combine in its election manifesto.




All seats taken in two top schools
Chandigarh, July 7
All seats in the medical and non-medical streams in Government Model Senior Secondary Schools of Sectors 35 and 16 were taken, with a cut-off percentage of 81.6 and 81.4, respectively, on the second day of the Class XI admissions in government schools here today.

PU’s tough target on working days
The university will find it difficult to put into practice its plan to have 194 teaching days in the forthcoming academic session. Some of the students on the campus which is now witnessing hectic actively to welcome the new session, were candid in their reply that the plan to have 194 teaching days was an impossible dream.

Unemployed teachers hold rally
Chandigarh, July 7
Hundreds of members of the Unemployment Elementary Teacher Union, Punjab, held a rally in front of the DPI’s (Primary) office and decided to intensify their agitation here today.

Counselling camp concludes
Chandigarh, July 7
A special camp of the All-India Sikh Student Federation for student counselling at Panjab University closed today after a 32-day schedule. The closing ceremony was presided over by Mr Manjit Singh Bhoma, national president, of the federation.

UBS interviews
Chandigarh, July 7
The University Business School will hold the interviews for admission to the M.Com (I) on July 10. According to a press note, the date of posting of the provisional merit list and the last date for filing objections will be July 9. Similarly, the date of placing the selection and waiting list and the date of collection of admission slips for the selected candidates in all categories will be July 13.

Date extended
Chandigarh, July 7
The date of submission of application forms for admissions to the courses where the admissions are based on an entrance test conducted by Panjab University has been extended to July 11. The change will make a difference in departments where students thought they had made it to the final merit.

School to be upgraded
Chandigarh, July 7
The first meeting of the board of directors of the Lions Club Chandigarh (Host) for the lionistic year 2001-2002 was held here yesterday. It was presided over by club president R.R. Aneja. The board unanimously decided to upgrade the capacity of the deaf and dumb school from 30 to 40 students. 

College admissions
Chandigarh, July 7
Centralised admissions to Bachelor of Commerce (first year) classes in local colleges of the city will be conducted on July 11, 12 and 13 at MCM DAV College, a press release of the college said here today.


Maj Bhatnagar moves HC
Chandigarh, July 7
Major Maneesh Bhatnagar, who is being tried by a General Court Martial for alleged dereliction of duty during the Kargil war, has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a stay on the impending sentence and quashing of the court martial proceedings. He has sought an independent inquiry into the entire matter.



Small-time dancers are in demand
The trend to engage dancing girls to pep up a family function has opened opportunities for small-time dancers in the cities of Punjab. An orchestra with a dancer is often considered the life of a party by many middle class Punjabi families.

Madan to set up studio for artists at Nayagaon
Chandigarh, July 7
Many express their feelings through writing, dancing, acting and so on but Madan Lal tries to express his feelings through painting, sketching and drawings. An alumnus of the local Government College of Arts, Madan Lal is currently working as Assistant Director, Designs, in the Institute of Design for Handicrafts, Punjab, and is a member of the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi and Secretary, Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi.

Subhash clicks at exhibition
Chandigarh, July 7
After bagging the certificate of excellence for his picture titled ‘Hope’ at the 45th International Photography Exhibition that was held in Sri Lanka in May, Subhash Sapru has won more recognition after two of his works have won awards at another international exhibition. These works, ‘The Winner’ and ‘Booby Trap on Rails-I’, won awards at the International Photography Exhibition in Buenos Aires recently.
'The Winner,' a photograph by Subhash Sapru, has won the silver medal at the International Photography Exhibition that was held in Buenos Aires.
'The Winner,' a photograph by Subhash Sapru, has won the silver medal at the International Photography Exhibition that was held in Buenos Aires.

Music function in club
Chandigarh, July 7
The Chandigarh Club organised Santiago Fiesta Latino on Friday night. The action was on the dance floor with many youngsters grooving to the beats of Latin music.

50 kids take part in Jhankar
Chandigarh, July 7
About 50 children of various age groups today participated in Jhankar 2001, a dance competition organised by Western Star Group in collaboration with City Entertainment Network at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18 here today.


Adolescent clinic at PGI
Chandigarh, July 7
The PGI will start an adolescent clinic in the Advanced Paediatric Centre from July 18 to deal with the problems of adolescent of the city. An official spokesperson of the PGI said the clinic would function on every Wednesday from 2 pm to 4 pm in room No: 6 and 7 at level D-III.

Osteoporosis camp held, 210 examined
Chandigarh, July 7
As many as 210 patients were examined at a free osteoporosis detection camp, organised by the Lions Club Chandigarh Vishal with the help of Elder Pharmaceutical Company on July 7 at a clinic, Sector 45-C.



Tennis prodigy does city proud
It was a good week for tennis when Sunil Kumar Sipeya, reached the third round of Junior Wimbledon. It was Sunil’s first entry to Junior Wimbledon and he did the city proud with his valiant game. 
Sunil Kumar Sipeya of Chandigarh who astonished everyone with his superb performance at the Junior Wimbledon Championship.
Sunil Kumar Sipeya of Chandigarh who astonished everyone with his superb performance at the Junior Wimbledon Championship.

Football association meeting
Chandigarh, July 7
The Chandigarh Football Association held a meeting today at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, which was presided over by its president Mr Ravinder Talwar. At the meeting it was decided to host Chandigarh state sub-juniors football championship for under-16 section in August which would be sponsored by Sanjay Public School, Sector 44.


MC launches special sanitation drive
Chandigarh, July 7
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has launched a special sanitation drive to step up cleanliness in the city and surrounding areas during the monsoons. The highlight of this month-long drive, which will conclude on July 28, is that senior officials of the MC are visiting various zones by rotation every week and action is recommended against those employees found missing from duty.

55 PUDA men transferred
SAS Nagar, July 7
As many as 55 officials in the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) have been transferred as part of the general inter-departmental transfers. Sources said some Executive Engineers have swapped places. Mr A.K. Jindal, DE
(Design) has been transferred to DE ( Headquarter-3). 

Police holds camps, 263 complaints disposed of
Chandigarh, July 7
As many as 263 complaints were disposed of at five nodal police stations during ‘alternate complaint resolution’ camps organised by the Chandigarh police here today. Registration of criminal cases in three complaints and preventive action in two cases were also recommended by the authorities during these camps.

Kanodia repatriated
Chandigarh, July 7
The Chandigarh Administration has ordered the repatriation of Mr R.L. Kanodia, Executive Engineer, Electricity Operations, to his parent state of Haryana. The repatriation has been ordered as a sequel to the order of the Central Administrative Tribunal that deputation period of neither Mr R.L. Kanodia (Haryana) nor Mr Arun Kumar Verma (Executive Engineer, Punjab) would be extended.

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