Tuesday, July 31, 2001,
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Power dept fails to collect Rs 1 cr from slum-dwellers
9,335 families drawing power without paying a penny 
Chandigarh, July 30
Slum-dwellers are a pampered lot due to the short-sighted and soft policies of the Chandigarh Administration. They collectively owe a whopping Rs 1 crore to the power department as arrears in power bills. 

Political parties back CHB residents’ demands
Another all-party meeting on August 4
Chandigarh, July 30
The CHB Residents Federation got a shot in the arm today when major political parties, at an all-party meeting at the UT state guest here, again decided to support the issues raised by the federation.

No power supply for 10 days: villagers block traffic
Residents of Raipur Khurd village squat on the Ambala-Chandigarh road.
Residents of Raipur Khurd village squat on the Ambala-Chandigarh road to block traffic on Monday night. 
— Photo Parvesh Chauhan
Chandigarh, July 30
Impatient blaring of horns by long-distance buses, trucks, cars and scooters filled the air as slogan-shouting residents of Raipur Khurd village, near here, blocked Ambala highway on Monday night to protest against the non-supply of electricity for the past 10 days. 



‘Enforce strict norms for imported meat’
Chandigarh, July 30
The National Egg Coordination Committee has urged the government to strictly enforce standards of the Meat Foods Products Order for the imported meat and meat products.

New tubewells for UT villages on anvil
Chandigarh, July 30
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has drawn out plans to instal new tubewells in all four villages under its jurisdiction, with a view to streamline the water situation in these areas. 

Road near Grain Market cleared of encroachments
Chandigarh, July 30
In a joint operation undertaken today, the enforcement staff of the UT Estate Office and the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh removed a series of encroachments from the MC land along the road leading from the Sector 26 Grain Market towards Kishangarh village and back of the regulator end of the Sukhna Lake.
In a major anti-encroachment drive, a team of the Municipal Corporation cleans up the sides of a road adjacent to the Grain Market.
In a major anti-encroachment drive, a team of the Municipal Corporation cleans up the sides of a road adjacent to the Grain Market in Chandigarh on Monday. 
— Photo Manoj Mahajan

Govt adjusting officials in education board despite ban
SAS Nagar, July 30
A ban on creation of new posts seems to exist on paper only for the Punjab Government while adjusting its ‘surplus’ or ‘undesired’ officials in various boards and corporations. When it comes to the Punjab School Education Board many examples are there.

SAD threatens to break alliance
Feels slighted by BJP Secy
Chandigarh, July 30
The Shiromani Akali Dal today threatened to break off alliance with the BJP in Chandigarh feeling slighted at not being heard by the BJP national General Secretary, Mr O. P. Kohli, who was asked by the local party and councillors to take a decision in the wake of difference of opinion on whether to seek a fresh mandate or contest Mayor poll still persisting.



Where parking is a major problem
An outstanding sector in the northern part of the city, Sector 15, continues to live with the parking problem. The market of this sector faces major parking problems particularly in the evening when there is a rush of shoppers. 

MC’s way to waste funds
SAS Nagar, July 30
The SAS Nagar Municipal Council is wasting public funds on laying footpaths along road berms, ignoring the maintenance of essential services. This lack of planning on part of the civic body has created a lack of space along roads. 
The digging of a trench to lay optical-fibre cable has damaged this kerb channel in Phase IV of SAS Nagar.
The digging of a trench to lay optical-fibre cable has damaged this kerb channel in Phase IV of SAS Nagar. 
— A Tribune photograph

Punwire employees plan fast
SAS Nagar, July 30
The Punwire Employees Union will organise fast at the Balongi roundabout on August 1 to demand revival of the company.

The ceilings
eiling are a must in every room. In olden days kings spent a lot of money to have decorative ceilings in their palaces. These had genuinely attractive designs. The ceilings enhanced the beauty of the palaces tremendously.

Body alleges high-handedness by management
SAS Nagar, July 30
The Punjab Anand Lamp Employees Union today alleged that the management of the company was indulging in unfair trade practices and violating the Contract Labour Act.



Villager found murdered
SAS Nagar, July 30
An old man was suspected to have been murdered in Papri village, near here, yesterday. The body of Hardyal Singh, aged around 70, was brought by the police to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination which was conducted today.

Residents seek IG’s intervention
Chandigarh, July 30
Some residents of the city have urged the UT Inspector General of Police, Mr B.S. Bassi, to inquire into the various acts of omission and commission conducted by a resident of Sector 18, who had borrowed Rs 40 lakh from them and now refuses to return it back.

3 cases of theft in city
Chandigarh, July 30
Three cases of theft, including two cases of auto-theft, have been reported from different parts of the city during the past 24 hours. A Yamaha motor cycle (CH-03D-5307) was stolen from the Sector 29-B residence of Mr Somi on the July 28 night.


Decline in foundry industry
Chandigarh, July 30
The number of foundries has nearly halved since liberalisation process had set in nearly a decade ago. The decline has not still been arrested, although it is now not at that pace. India is now the sixth largest producer of casting in the world.



Admn order makes PU unhappy
Chandigarh, July 30
Panjab University is not happy at the order of the Chandigarh Administration which says that the PU should not conduct an entrance examination for admission to the M.Sc (information technology) course that has recently been introduced in 14 colleges affiliated to the university.

PU changes hostel rules
Chandigarh July 30
The Panjab University Students Union in a joint press conference with the Haryana Students Association has demanded the reduction of the age of retirement of Panjab University teachers from 62 to 60 years.

With new teaching ideas
Eighteen years after her marriage when she had brought up her children well, Mrs Gurjit Bawa decided it was time to do something to utilise her talents and in 1984 she started a school, “Golden Bells Public School”.

All eyes on principal’s post
Chandigarh, July 30
Mr D.P. Singh, Principal of the Sector 46 Government College, is to vacate his chair tomorrow. While some senior teachers of the UT lecturer cadre have moved the Central Administrative Tribunal against the UPSC’s advertisement for this post, there has been no decision so far on who will take over the charge now.

Refresher course in home science
Chandigarh July 30
The valedictory function of the refresher course in home science ‘Teaching of home science: a new approach,’ conducted under the aegis of the Panjab University Academic Staff College and organised by the Government College of Home Science was held at the university here today.


Produce prisoners’ conduct file
Chandigarh, July 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the state of Punjab to produce the file containing the draft of the Punjab Good Conduct Prisoners (Temporary Release) Ordinance on a petition alleging release of Punjab minister Gurdev Singh Badal’s kin within a month of his conviction in a murder case.

  • SP told to probe molestation

  • Woman fined for contempt

Forum softens up finance firms
Chandigarh, July 30
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-II has directed GNG Investment to pay compensation to a city resident for a bounced cheque. The complainant, Mr Dharam Bir, a resident of Sector 21-B, had invested Rs 15,000 in the firm on December 15, 1996, and the company had promised to pay him Rs 30,000 after three years.

  • Damage claim

Lawyers give notice to Home Secy, XEN
Chandigarh, July 30
The lawyers of the district courts have sent a legal notice to the UT Home Secretary and the UT Executive Engineer (Electrical) for abrupt failure of electricity supply to lawyers’ chambers and courts.

Bail plea of cops dismissed
Chandigarh, July 30
A local court today dismissed a bail plea moved by two city constable held by the city police in a case of assault. Meanwhile, they were sent to judicial remand till August 13 by the local court.



Creative fantasies at ‘Colours of Life’
Chandigarh, July 30
Budding textile designers and interior decorators of NIFD expressed their creative fantasies with a riot of colours and contemporary styles of decor during an exhibition “Colours of Life”, which was inaugurated at the NIFD campus in Sector 8 here today.
A view of the exhibition “Colours of Life” put up by the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) in Chandigarh.
A view of the exhibition “Colours of Life” put up by the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

‘Adhunik Mahabharat’ staged
Panchkula, July 30
Adapting characters from the Mahabharata to drive home the point of adhering to traffic rules, a play, Adhunik Mahabharat, was staged for the public at Aggarwal Bhavan, Sector 16, last evening.



Handball association selects 20 probables for National Games
Chandigarh, July 30
The Chandigarh Handball Association has selected 20 women probables for the forthcoming National Games to be held in Punjab. According to Mr Rahul Talwar, secretary of the association, the players have been asked to report on August 1 for the camp. 

  • Badminton meet

  • Soccer tourney

  • Karate meet

  • Trials on Aug 3

Cricket tournaments this year
Chandigarh, July 30
The UT Cricket Association will conduct the Chandigarh under-14, under-16 and under-19 cricket tournaments this year. While the under-14, under-16 and under-19 tournaments would be conducted for boys, the under-19 tournament would be conducted for girls as well.

Promising spiker on the horizon
Chandigarh, July 30
Poonam Dhauta, a young spiker from Jubbal, a remote village located in Himachal Pradesh and a trainee at the Sports Training Centre, Sector 18, of the Sports Authority of India, was recently inducted as the lone girl from the city in the national junior volleyball camp, which began in Delhi on July 29.


Improve sanitation in slums: Jacob
Chandigarh, July 30
The UT Administrator, Lt Gen JFR Jacob (retd), has asked the UT Administration and the Municipal Corporation to chalk out a coordinated action plan to improve sanitation in the slums and other residential areas in view of the reported cases of diarrhoea and cholera in the city.

Kala seeks more funds for development
Chandigarh, July 30
The acting Mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala, who along with a Congress leader, Mr Krishan Lal, today met the Administrator of Chandigarh Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), sought more funds for undertaking development work in the city.

Surprise check at HUDA offices
Panchkula, July 30
The Delay Checking Unit of the Administrative Reforms Department carried out a special check to verify attendance at the offices of the Haryana Urban Development Authority this morning.Top

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