Wednesday, July 18, 2001,
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Grand plan may burn a hole in Admn’s pocket
Providing tin sheds to auto mechanics
Chandigarh, July 17
Officials of the Chandigarh Administration have drawn up a grandiose plan which smacks of activities akin to erstwhile Maharajas, who used to distribute land to their subjects to express happiness .

Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, present a pretty picture on a cloudy day.

Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, present a pretty picture on a cloudy day. — Photo Pankaj Sharma

City to have Chief Commissioner of excise and customs
Chandigarh, July 17
A post of Chief Commissioner is expected to be created at Chandigarh following the Union Cabinet clearing the proposed restructuring of the Central Excise and Customs Department.



Mohali city centre on Chandigarh pattern
SAS Nagar, July 17
The planning of a city centre in Sector 62 of SAS Nagar, a gateway to Punjab from Chandigarh, would be on the pattern of commercial centres in Sectors 17 and 34 of Chandigarh. However, unlike Sector 17 of Chandigarh, the planning of the city centre would encourage commercial activity along the main roads passing through the area.

The Chief Administrator of PUDA, Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, explains a point about the new PUDA head office complex at an exhibition organised at the community centre in Phase 3 B2, SAS Nagar, on Tuesday.
The Chief Administrator of PUDA, Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, explains a point about the new PUDA head office complex at an exhibition organised at the community centre in Phase 3 B2, SAS Nagar, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Mr Raj Kumar Goel, Mayor of the Municipal Corporation (centre), addresses a press conference in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Mr Raj Kumar Goel, Mayor of the Municipal Corporation (centre), addresses a press conference in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Cong defends Mayor in ‘soap scandal’
Chandigarh, July 17
The Chandigarh Congress today stood by the tainted city Mayor, Mr Rajkumar Goyal, defending him from attracting disqualification for allegedly selling soap to the Municipal Corporation and indicated that they will launch a counter-attack against former BJP Mayors who also were allegedly involved “in scams”.

CTCC suffers a setback
Chandigarh, July 17
The Chandigarh Congress today got a jolt with the remaining three municipal councillors led by the Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala, refusing to support a besieged party Mayor, Mr Rajkumar Goel, involved in a soap selling controversy and demanded his resignation.




Child abuse cases: police seeks welfare dept’s help
Chandigarh, July 17
The UT police has sought the help of the Social Welfare Department for the rehabilitation of numerous cases of child sexual abuse that are reported each year. In a letter to the Director of Social Welfare, the police has asked them to employ their counselors and various non-government organisations (NGOs) for dealing with the psychological trauma that the victims undergo.

Probe ordered into harassment of jail inmates
Chandigarh, July 17
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has come to the rescue of inmates of the Ferozepore Central jail, where the jail authorities allegedly harassed three inmates and forcibly cut the hair of one of the inmates in order to stop their strike against the custodial death of a prisoner in the jail. The undertrial had reportedly died under mysterious circumstances on July 13.

Infantry’s regimental system
“It is one of the simplest truths of war that the thing which enables an infantry soldier to keep going with his weapons is the near presence or the presumed presence of a comrade” — Men Against Fire.

‘Equate’ poultry with farming
Chandigarh, July 17
Poultry farmers of the northern region today demanded that poultry should be restored the status of agriculture under the Income Tax Act, which was withdrawn by the Central Government in 1993.

SHOs told to be extra-cautious
Chandigarh, July 17
The Station House Officers of the 11 police stations were today asked to take all necessary precautions to ensure that the incidents of accused escaping from custody did not take place.

Monkey menace on highway
Panchkula, July 17
The generosity of devotees of Hanuman has been keeping officials of the Haryana Wildlife Department on their toes. Ever since a devotee thought of feeding monkeys on the Panchkula-Naraingarh highway, driving on the road has become a nightmare.

Cub dies in Chhat Bir zoo
Chhat Bir, July 17
After the killing of black bucks by a herd of jackals, the death of a cub at the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park here has given yet another setback to wildlife preservation.

PUDA meeting on MC office site
SAS Nagar, July 17
The local municipal council is likely to be allotted a site for its office complex in Sector 68 here soon. A meeting in this regard is being held between PUDA officials and officials of the civic body at Chandigarh tomorrow.

Temporary custody of abandoned baby
Kharar, July 17
Mr Devinder Singh, SDM, today gave temporary custody of an abandoned newly born male baby to Mr Major Singh of Khanpur village, who had been taking care of the infant ever since he was found.


1 lakh stolen from Sec 38 house
Chandigarh, July 17
A sum of Rs 1 lakh was stolen from a house in Sector 38-B yesterday. According to an FIR registered under Section 380 of the IPC, Mr Rajiv Bhargava said that he had gone out of his house for a while and when he came back within minutes, he found that someone had stolen the money from his almirah.


Company enters network marketing
Chandigarh, July 17
Cossets Marketing Private Limited, a local company, has entered into the field of network marketing.
Addresssing mediapersons, Mr P.K. Khurana, chief executive of Quik Relations, a company associated with Cossets, said the latter does not sell any product of its own.


Many go for defence studies course 
Chandigarh, July 17
The two-year postgraduate course in Defence and Strategic Studies, which was reintroduced in Panjab University from this session, has got a positive response from students as more than 100 applications were received for the 15 seats in MA first year.

PUTA poll on August 13
Chandigarh, July 17
The elections to the Panjab University Teachers Association for 2001-2002 will be held on August 13, 2001, in Panjab University Auditorium.

Society’s colleges to remain closed today
Chandigarh, July 17
The Sikh Educational Society, Chandigarh, has postponed its general body meeting which was to be held here tomorrow. Mr Bharpur Singh, secretary, said that the meeting had been postponed apprehending that the opposite party, led by former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur, may make an attempt to take possession of the educational institutions run by the society by using force.

780 get admission to Class XI
Chandigarh, July 17
About 780 students with 40 per cent and above were admitted to the plus one class in different government schools on the second last day of the admission at the GMSSS in Sector 23 here today.

Students end dharna after DPI’s snub
Chandigarh, July 17
Students seeking admission to Government College Sector 11, who could not be admitted to the college and were sitting on a dharna, ended their protest here today after being told clearly by the Director, Public Instructions (Colleges) UT Administration, that no increase in the number of seats would be allowed to accommodate them.

Teachers plan district-level stir
Police women forcibly take Ms Lakhwinder Kaur, member of the Unemployed Elementary Technical Teachers Union (Punjab), who was on fast, to hospital from Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.Chandigarh, June 17
A member of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Training Union, Ms Lakhwinder Kaur, was forcefully picked up by the lady police here today.  

Police women forcibly take Ms Lakhwinder Kaur, member of the Unemployed Elementary Technical Teachers Union (Punjab), who was on fast, to hospital from Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Cops, principals discuss ragging
Chandigarh, July 17
The UT police today organised a meeting of all college principals, hostel wardens and the Dean Students Welfare on the ragging issue.

AFMC ex-students to meet on Aug 4
Chandigarh, July 17
Former students of the Armed Forces Medical College will be celebrating their Annual College Day on August 4, at the Shivalik Golf Club, Chandimandir, a statement issued here said.


Ranga to get bail on Sept 16
Chandigarh, July 17
Directing the prosecution to examine before September 15 witnesses who can possibly be “won over”, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered that suspended Haryana IAS officer, Mr R.K. Ranga shall be admitted to bail on September 16 in a corruption case registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Case against Babbu Mann adjourned
Chandigarh, July 17
A local court today adjourned the case against Babbu Mann to August 23 which was filed by a couple of local residents for his song “Chak lo revolver, riflan, kabja laina hai” from the album “Saun Di Jhadi”.



Steps to save eyes
Chandigarh, July 17
After instructions from the UT Administration to control the incidence of visual impairment in schoolchildren, the State Resources Centre for Disabilities has drawn a plan to conduct a survey of government middle schools in and around the city.

More immunity, fewer pricks for the newborn
Chandigarh, July 17
The Indian Academy of Paediatrics today recommended the use of combination vaccines in “The Jenner Plus” symposium on current trends in immunisation.

Haryana offers land for senior citizens’ hospital
Panchkula, July 17
The Government of Haryana has offered to provide land free of cost and asked the centre to fund the setting up of a hospital meant exclusively for the senior citizens and retired personnel at Panchkula.


City karatekas in limelight
Chandigarh, July 17
The karate team, representing the Amateur Karate Association of Chandigarh, achieved third place in the recently concluded selection karate tournament, held at Kaithal from July 13 to July 15.

Golfers to golftoons, CGA has all
Chandigarh, July 17
A very interesting and hilarious collection of cartoons on the theme of golf went on display in the bar and restaurant of the Chandigarh Golf Association, Sector 26, from today. The collection, titled Golftoons, created by the reputed city-based artist Satwant Singh, will be a permanent feature in the CGA.


Administration’s offer to unemployed youth
Chandigarh, July 17
The Chandigarh Administration has invited unemployed youth who are eligible under the Prime Minister’s Rozgar Yojana to get financial assistance in the form of loan and subsidy on easy terms and conditions to start their own business.

Counters for depositing fee, fines
Chandigarh, July 17
The Chandigarh Administration was considering a proposal to allow city residents to deposit small amounts of money by way of fee, fines or taxes directly at the counters of the departments and offices working under the Chandigarh Administration. 

Committee wants biannual extension fee
Chandigarh, July 17
Mr Amarjit Singh Sethi, former member of the Local Advisory Committee, yesterday called on the Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), who is also Administrator of Chandigarh, and urged him to introduce the system of biannual levying of extension fee on vacant plots, while granting extension for construction on them.

204 encroachers challaned
Chandigarh, July 17
The enforcement staff of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today issued 204 challans to rehri and phari vendors and other shopkeepers encroaching upon public corridors and MC land in northern and southern sectors and Mani Majra.

IT task force formed
Chandigarh, July 17
A task force on Information Technology has been formed by the Chandigarh Administration to set some kinds of standards for computer education being imparted in various private computer training institutes in the city.


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