Saturday, July 21, 2001,
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Rs 10.6 crore grant approved for PGI
Chandigarh, July 20
The PGI standing finance committee (SFC) which met in New Delhi today approved a grant of Rs 10.6 crore for computerisation of the institute. The project also aims also at getting the PGI online and providing internet facility in the institute.

City students to contest petition against engg seat quota
Chandigarh, July 20
City students have decided to file an application to join as parties in order to contest a writ petition filed by a Ludhiana resident Harsimran Singh challenging the reservation of 85 per cent of seats in the Punjab Engineering College for city students.

PU employees to move court
Admission of wards to PTU, Jalandhar
Chandigarh, July 20
Panjab University employees will be filing a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking direction to the Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, to admit their wards in the courses being offered by the university.



Seats to be upgraded ‘not filled’
Chandigarh, July 20
In a press release issued by the Punjab Engineering Students and Parents Association, the parents of students of Punjab Technical University (PTU) have claimed that many of the total of 550 seats to be upgraded by the university had been left unfilled.

MC to penalise defaulting cable operators
Chandigarh, July 20
The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, has decided to take a serious note of default in the payment of monthly cable fees by cable operators as also the undue delay in collection of the same by officials incharge. An order to this effect has been recently issued by Assistant Commissioner-I, Mr Ashok Vasishtha, it is learnt.

Many buyers for IT dream in schools
Chandigarh, July 20
About 15,000 students of local government schools have opted for computer courses, though these are yet to be introduced. The Administration’s is likely to introduce these by the end of August and expecting Compucom Software Limited of Jaipur to sign on the dotted line by the end of this month.

Dream bus has much to give
Chandigarh, July 20
CITCO’s open-roof double-decker tourist coach will have its first passenger on Wednesday after the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen (retd) J.F.R. Jacob, inaugurates the service at Sukhna Lake. That passenger will get to enjoy the first of the many tours of the architectural wonders of the city that have been created by the likes of Nek Chand and Le Corbusier.

Three held for selling fake gold coins
Chandigarh, July 20
The police has arrested three persons, including a woman, on the charge of duping a city resident by selling him metal coins as gold coins. A case under section 420 of the IPC has been registered against them.

CTCC in dilemma over Mayor’s fate
Chandigarh, July 20
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) has been caught in a Catch-22 situation on whether to allow the Mayor, Mr Rajkumar Goyal, who has been dogged by controversies, to continue ahead of the Municipal Corporation elections due by the year-end or ask him to resign.

Beant case: HC directs IG to appear in court
Chandigarh, July 20
Directing the Inspector-General of the Chandigarh police to be personally present in the court, a Special Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked him to inform the court about the progress in Punjab’s former Chief Minister Beant Singh’s assassination case.

Villagers face threat of electrocution
More Thikari (Dera Bassi), July 20
Live electricity wires hanging loosely from various temporary poles in this sleepy village situated along the Ramgarh-Mubarikpur road are posing a serious threat to the lives of villagers and the livestock. At places these wires pass barely four feet above the ground level.


Who is to blame for misery that rain brings to Mohali residents?
SAS Nagar, July 20
When it begins to rain here residents of various localities keep their fingers crossed, praying to the rain gods not to be too bountiful as a downpour brings misery for them. While the residents suffer at the time of a heavy rain, the officials concerned keep passing the buck to one another.

Leaders seek arrest of Dalit children’s murder
Kharar, July 20
Leaders of various political parties held a protest march here today to demand arrest of a prominent leader of the SAD in connection with the murder of two Dalit minor children of Saiu village.

Senior citizen-police interface
Chandigarh, July 20
With a view to reaching out to the citizens of the city, the city police organised a senior citizens’ meet at Tagore Theatre this evening. More than 100 senior citizens from different parts of the city converged on the venue to have an interface with senior officials of the police and discuss the problems faced by them.
Senior police officials of the Chandigarh police at a meeting with senior citizens at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Senior police officials of the Chandigarh police at a meeting with senior citizens at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Friday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Councillors for end to disparity in bus pass fee
SAS Nagar, July 20
Seeking removal of disparity in the bus pass fee charged by the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) from students of Chandigarh and SAS Nagar, a group of local municipal councillors today met the UT Home Secretary . They lamented that the CTU was overcharging from students living in SAS Nagar.

City surpasses small national savings target
Chandigarh, July 20
Chandigarh district has surpassed the target of small national savings collecting Rs 82 crore against a target of Rs 75 crore during the 2000-2001 and is set to achieve the target of Rs 84 for the year 2001-2002. 

A feast of stuffed paranthas and naans
Let me take you to the world of rotis and naans. These are full meals in themselves and you do not have to look for much additional dishes with them. Though, of course, there is no bar.

‘Stop absorption of deputationists’
Sas Nagar, July 20
The PUDA Employees Association (Class III) has urged the Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister, Dr Upinderjit Kaur, to stop the process of taking officials on deputation and repatriate the deputationists from the department on the completion of their tenure.

‘Allow plying of trucks on Madhya Marg’
Chandigarh, July 20
A deputation of the Traders Associations, Sectors 7 and 26, Madhya Marg, met the Adviser to the UT Administrator, and urged her to lift the ban on the plying of trucks on Madhya Marg.

SGPC member threatens legal recourse
SAS Nagar, July 20
A member of the SGPC today threatened to take legal recourse if SAD government in Punjab delayed the elections of the SGPC. Mr Hardeep Singh in a statement said the committee, in a decision taken in general house, had barred Sehajdhari Sikhs from casting their votes.

Union holds general body meeting
Chandigarh, July 20
A general body meeting of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) was held this evening under the chairmanship of Mr Ram Pal Sharma.

Relay fast by residents
Chandigarh, July 20
As part of the second phase of the campaign to muster support for the July 29 rally, members of the CHB Residents Federation today started relay fast in different sectors of the city.

Amritsar man commits suicide
Chandigarh, July 20
A middle-aged man from Amritsar committed suicide in a guest house here in Sector 23. His body was found in a room by the staff of the guest house this morning.

Group clash on placement of holy book
Dera Bassi, July 20
A dispute over the alleged desecration of a holy book led to a clash among members of two communities in Bir Dandraal village, near here, this evening.

Good-fortune plants

Plants play an important role in everybody’s life. Chinese homes display lots of ornamental and real plants. Feng Shui recommends the use of broad-leafed plants that look healthy and green. If cut flowers are used in homes, please see to it that they look fresh and bright. Sickly or dead-looking flowers emit a lot of negative energy and signify loss.


Robbers strike in Barwala house
Panchkula, July 20
Armed with iron rods and sticks, a gang of robbers struck at a house-cum-shop, beat up three members of a family and decamped with Rs 70,000 in Barwala, about 25 km from here, on Wednesday night.

Booked for carrying fake identity card
Chandigarh, July 20
The police has booked a Home Guard volunteer on the charge of travelling in a CTU bus with a fake identity card of the Chandigarh police.


Decline in AC, cooler sales due to early monsoon
Chandigarh, July 20
Summers this time failed to boost sales of air conditioners and coolers, courtesy early arrival of monsoon. Coolers this time witnessed an all- time low demand and in case of ACs, the demand was not as high as expected due to the weather.

Meeting of Industrial Advisory Committee sought
Chandigarh, July 20
The Federation of Small Scale Industries has urged the UT Administration to immediately hold a meeting of the Industrial Advisory Committee as many issues relating to industry remain undecided and are hampering the growth of industry here.

‘CBM a club of big businessmen’
Chandigarh, July 20
Mr Surinder Bhardwaj, president of the Janata Dal (U), yesterday termed the newly constituted body of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) as an “elite club” of big businessmen of the city which had ignored the medium and small traders.


M.Sc (IT) admissions from July 23
Chandigarh, July 20
Admission to the 320 seats of M.Sc (IT), starting from this session in nine colleges of Punjab and five of Chandigarh affiliated to Panjab University, will be commencing on July 23.

Teachers observe ‘cease work’

DC addresses teachers’ meeting
Panchkula, July 20
Appealing to the teaching community to pay special attention to the students belonging to the middle class and poor families in government schools in rural areas, the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, said.

PU depts told to revise syllabi
Chandigarh, July 20
The Dean University Instruction, Panjab University, has directed the various departments of the university to revise their syllabi to be adopted for teaching from the next academic session.


Govt’s refusal on FCI man’s dispute quashed
Chandigarh, July 20
Setting aside the orders refusing to refer the dispute of a worker, allegedly employed by the Food Corporation of India, to the court concerned for adjudication, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Union of India and another respondent to make the reference within three months.

  • Bailable warrants in Akbar’s sword case

  • Notice to Punjab on border HRA refund

  • SSP told to probe forgery charge

Phenyl company penalised
Chandigarh, July 20
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has penalised Bengal Phenyl and Allied Products Private Limited for supplying a low-grade phenol to the PGI.


‘Life should never retire’
Chandigarh, July 20
Today’s well-begun evening at Tagore Theatre saw senior citizens talk their hearts out to the police officials with the CEVA's production Zindagi Kabhi Retire Nahi Hoti, serving the cause well.

Garhwali feature film at KC
Chandigarh, July 20
Braving the rain, a large number of Garhwali people from the city thronged the KC theatre where the first historical Garhwali feature film Garh Rami Baurani was screened today. This feature film is the first production of Uttaranchal.


Probe ordered into GMCH ‘lapse’
Chandigarh, July 20
Following results of the preliminary enquiry into yesterday’s incident at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, when a patient admitted for an operation of her nose was erroneously operated on the throat, a formal inquiry into the matter was today marked by the GMCH Administration.


‘Cagers of region have bright future’
Chandigarh, July 20
The dedication of a coach is mainly judged by the performance of his trainees. Madan Mohan Malhan, a Sports Authority of India basketball coach, posted at the Sports Training Centre of SAI in Sector 18, has justified his role in a fine manner.

Chess title for Ramachandran
Chandigarh, July 20
R. Ramachandran of CGMT Punjab Circle, Chandigarh, bagged chess title in the selection trials-cum-competitions, conducted by BSNL Punjab Regional sports and cultural board at conference hall, telephone exchange, Sector 17.

  • Carrom championship


Unauthorised houses demolished in village
Panchkula, July 20
The enforcement wing of the district administration today demolished 20 unauthorised houses from the forest protected land in Bir Ghaggar village about 5 km from here, on the Ambala-Kalka highway. A team of the enforcement wing, headed by Mr M.S. Yadav, SDM (North), and senior forest officials reached the spot with JCB machines amid tight security at about 10 :40 am and started the drive.
Debris of a house which was demolished by the authorities in Bir Ghaggar village on Friday. Twenty unauthorised houses were demolished in the forest protected land of the village.
Debris of a house which was demolished by the authorities in Bir Ghaggar village on Friday. Twenty unauthorised houses were demolished in the forest protected land of the village. — Photo Madan Mehra

Admn reviews eligibility of auto mechanics
Chandigarh July 20
The Chandigarh Administration today reviewed the eligibility of auto mechanics and also the availability of sites which can be allotted to the mechanics.

Land for housing societies
Chandigarh July 20
Cooperative house building societies will be allotted land in Sectors 48 and 49 in the next two weeks, sources said.

Probe into occupation certificate
SAS Nagar, July 20
The Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister is reported to have marked an inquiry into the case of the Estate Office issuing occupation certificate to an incomplete one-kanal house in Phase 6 here. Sources in the government said senior officials in the authority had sought record of the case.

Encroachments removed
Chandigarh, July 20
The enforcement staff of the UT Estate Office removed 12 tents, put up by sellers of ayurvedic medicines, from roadsides, as part of its drive yesterday.

New telephone directory soon
Chandigarh, July 20
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will come out with a new directory soon. According to sources, the printing of the directory is in the final stages and it was likely to reach the subscribers next month. The names and telephone numbers of over 1.85 lakh subscribers of the BSNL will be listed in the new directory.


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