Thursday, August 2, 2001,
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2,000 phone connections developing snags per day
Chandigarh, August 1
An average of 2,000 telephone connections are developing snags per day in the Chandigarh Telecom District, recording a substantial increase over previous years and resulting in rectification taking three to four days in certain cases.

Poor MC! No ‘poor man’ in all Chandigarh
Chandigarh, August 1
For long, Chandigarh has been considered a city of the rich, by the rich and for the rich. Now, this statement is official after the Chandigarh Administration is struggling to find suitable recipients for the Centre’s grants for the poor.

Diesel costlier in city
Chandigarh, August 1
Price of diesel in the city has risen by Rs 1.02 per litre making it as the costliest in the area. This follows a notification issued by the Chandigarh Administration today in line with the Government of India directions.



Nirmal Singh is new PU DSW
Chandigarh, August 1
Prof Nirmal Singh of the Department of Physics in Panjab University has been appointed the Dean Student Welfare, official sources said here today.

Police raids PU boys’ hostels
Chandigarh, August 1
Keeping in view the celebrations of Independence Day, a team of police led by the DSP Central, Mr S.S. Randhawa, conducted a raid on all six boys’ hostels in Panjab University to check for suspicious elements.

Controversy haunts cremation ground
Naya Gaon (Kharar), August 1
The village panchayat here today began walling the remaining parts of an encroached cremation ground, raising doubts of legalising the encroached land. The saved chunk of cremation land still remains in controversy with an old resident claiming that a part of it legitimately belonged to him, and has threatened to put a spanner in the fencing work.
The choice is yours: Which land is mine? The one on the left or the one on the right? If you say left, the cremation ground boundary wall goes; and if you say right, the road goes.
The choice is yours: Which land is mine? The one on the left or the one on the right? If you say left, the cremation ground boundary wall goes; and if you say right, the road goes. Mehar Singh of Naya Gaon poses the village panchayat a question on Wednesday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

10 booked for making fake licences
Chandigarh, August 1
The Vigilance Department has booked 10 persons, including four officials of the UT Licencing and Registration Authority, for their alleged involvement in making fake licences and registration of vehicles.

EC to discuss MC election dates
Chandigarh, August 1
The state Election Commissioner of Union Territory, Mr S. Malaichamy, will hold meetings with senior officials of the Administration, corporation and people to decide the dates for the corporation and panchayat elections in the Union Territory and to oversee preparations in this regard.

World passport scam: complainant withdraws case
Chandigarh, August 1
Even as the Economic Offences Wing of the city police has been left in the lurch by a complainant in the world passport case, the former maintain that this will not hamper the investigations in the case.


Epidemic threat makes MC pick up the broom
Chandigarh, August 1
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) has decided to launch a special month-long sanitation drive in the city and its nearby areas. The drive will focus more on sanitation in slums and villages around the city.

Police inspects the site where two buses of Haryana Roadways collided head on, on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur road near Chandigarh airport on Wednesday. Four vehicles damaged in freak accident
Chandigarh, August 1
A major tragedy was averted when a Haryana Roadways bus first hit a Maruti car while trying to overtake and then fell off on the other side of the road, hitting another bus coming from the opposite direction. Another car, a Honda City, following the second bus too banged into the two buses. The accident took place this morning near the Airport chowk.
Police inspects the site where two buses of Haryana Roadways collided head on, on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur road near Chandigarh airport on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph.

VIP security not on panel’s agenda
Chandigarh, August 1
The murder of the Samajwadi Party Member of Parliament, Phoolan Devi, in the Capital has left the security wing of the city police in a Catch 22 situation. Its proposal to withdraw security personnel given to various politicians, lawyers and bureaucrats in order to overcome staff shortage has been put on the proverbial back burner.

Punjab MC law Bill introduced in LS
Chandigarh, August 1
The local member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, introduced the Punjab Municipal Corporation Law (extended to Chandigarh) Amendment Bill, 2001, in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing monsoon session, seeking to incorporate a provision therein to the effect that “any official or employee who is or has been transferred to the Municipal Corporation from any department of Chandigarh, UT Administration, shall be deemed to be and to have always been on deputation with the corporation.”

CTYC launches enrolment drive
Chandigarh, August 1
The Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress (CTYC) formally launched its membership drive from Rajiv Gandhi Congress Bhavan, Sector 35, here today.  

Temporary parking lot in Grain Market
Chandigarh, August 1
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) will develop a temporary parking lot opposite the Grain Market in Sector 26.

A temporary parking lot being developed opposite the Grain Market in Sector 26, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

A temporary parking lot being developed opposite the Grain Market in Sector 26, Chandigarh.

Fast by Punwire staff union
SAS Nagar, August 1
Demanding the revival of Punjab Wireless Systems Employees Union, the Punwire Employees Union today staged a one-day hunger strike at the Balongi rotary here today. Mr Shaeed Ahmed, president of the union, said the employees had decided to take their agitation to a logical conclusion.

MCC to replace 34,061 water meters in 6 months
Chandigarh, August 1
The Public Health Wing of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) will be replacing as many as 34,061 defective water meters of consumers during the next six months. The new water meters of all sizes are now being installed by the MCC in accordance with the revised notification following the Punjab and Haryana High Court directions.

E-book on tales of signalmen
Chandigarh, August 1
A retired Indian Army Signals officer, Col Didar Singh, is launching on the website a unique “electronic book” containing Signal veterans’ tales authored by signalmen in India, Pakistan and the Royal Corps of Signals (British).

Make community centres functional: Kala
Chandigarh, August 1
Acting Mayor Gurcharan Dass Kala has in a note written to MC Commissioner M.P. Singh stated that community centres, which are lying ready in various parts of the city, should be thrown open to the public at the earliest.

BJP decision on Mayor poll soon
Chandigarh, August 1
The Bharatiya Janata Party central leadership will take a decision in a day or two whether to contest the Chandigarh Mayor's election or favour dissolution of the corporation.

Temple body objects to encroachments
SAS Nagar, August 1
The management of Shri Vaishno Mata Mandir in Phase IIIB1 here has objected to encroachments on land in front of the temple.

Breast feeding week function
Chandigarh, August 1
The inaugural session of the World Breast Feeding Week, 2001, was today organised by the city unit of the Food and Nutrition Board in coordination with the UT Social Welfare Department. The theme this year is, “Breast feeding in informative age”.

Water problems dominate khula darbar
Panchkula, August 1
Complaints of non-availability of drinking water and repair of water pipelines dominated the khula darbar organised by the district administration at Morni today under the chairmanship of the SDM, Panchkula, Mr M.S. Yadav.

Tribune scribe dies in mishap
Panchkula, August 1
Mr Rajinder Singh Sodhi (53), employed as Chief Proof Reader, Punjabi Tribune, died on the spot when his car collided with a parked tanker on the Panchkula-Kalka highway near Chandimandir late last night.

Sector 29 traders call on MCC Commissioner
Chandigarh, August 1
A deputation of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, led by its president, Mr Jagdish Arora, along with traders of the Sector 29 market met the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC), Mr M.P. Singh, today to protest against the misbehaviour by the enforcement staff with certain shopkeepers of the market yesterday.

Villagers interact with police
Mullanpur-Garbidas, August 1
Over 100 police cases were today solved at a special sangat darshan programme at the Mullanpur-Garibdas police station.

Haj applications
Chandigarh, August 1
The Central Haj Committee, Mumbai, has extended the last date to August 11, 2001, for the submission of applications for next year’s Haj.

New stamps to be released today
Chandigarh, August 1
The Department of Posts is releasing a set of four beautiful stamps on corals, one of the greatest splendours of nature.


57 booked for kundi connections
Chandigarh, August 1
The city police has booked 57 residents of Raipur Khurd village on charge of stealing power by making kundi connections.

Liquor factory case takes new turn
Chandigarh, August 1
The illicit liquor factory case took an interesting turn when the police party discovered that the driving licence of the driver of the truck found in the factory was fake. The police party comprising officials of the Chandigarh crime branch returned from Kota, Rajasthan, here today.


Industrial panel resents HUDA notice
Panchkula, August 1
The Panchkula Industrial Association expressed resentment and anger against the serving of resumption notices to industrial units in the city for presence of tenants at the premises, here today.

Employees want replacement of Puncom MD
SAS Nagar, August 1
Holding the Managing Director of Puncom responsible for the circumstances leading to disinvestment by the government, former leaders of the PCL Employees Union today said the company could still be saved from being privatised if its Managing Director was replaced.



Where juniors are privileged
The only problem of the Government Home Science College, Sector 10, hostels is that life is uncomfortable for the seniors in comparison with the juniors. There are two hostels in the college — BSc hostel and MSc hostel. The BSc hostel is for undergraduate students who join the college as freshers and the MSc hostel is for those who have done their BSc in Home Science and want to specialise in a particular subject.

M.Sc (IT) fails to attract students
Chandigarh, August 1
Launched with much fanfare, the M.Sc (information technology) in colleges affiliated to Panjab University has failed to attract students to fill the specified seats in the first counselling.

General pool counselling ends
Chandigarh, August 1
Counselling for admission in the UT ( general pool) category for the Government College of Education and Dev Samaj College of Education has been completed.

Counselling for BE, B. Arch from Aug 7
Chandigarh, August 1
The first counselling for admission to BE and B Arch courses in Punjab Engineering College, Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, and Chandigarh College of Architecture will be held from August 7 to August 11 in Panjab University Auditorium according to an official press release of the university here today.

ITI students seek grace marks
Chandigarh, August 1
Students of the ITI, Sector 28, in a representation, have pointed out errors in the question paper in instrument mechanic theory.

D. P. Singh to continue as Principal
Chandigarh, August 1
Major D.P. Singh has been asked to continue as the officiating Principal of Government College, Sector 46, sources in the UT Administration said here today. He was superannuated from active service yesterday.


Vehicles parked in a haphazard way near the District Courts complex, Chandigarh, virtually block a nearby road, in the absence of a sufficiently big parking lot.Lawyers, litigants want some space
Chandigarh, August 1
The shortage of space for parking vehicles in the local District Courts complex has made the nearby roads traffic hazards. These roads remain virtually blocked at peak hours and traffic policemen are rarely around to restore order.

Vehicles parked in a haphazard way near the District Courts complex, Chandigarh, virtually block a nearby road, in the absence of a sufficiently big parking lot.

Magistrate told to explain grant of bail
Chandigarh, August 1
Issuing notice to Kaithal’s Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked him to explain the circumstances under which bail was granted to a director of a forest company in a cheating and a criminal breach of trust case.

  • ‘Issue marksheet to student’
  • Bail plea dismissed
  • Special road tax challenged

Next hearing on PGI Dean’s selection case on Sept 5
Chandigarh, August 1
Issuing a notice of motion to the Union of India and other respondents on a petition filed by the Head of the Radio Diagnosis Department, Prof Sudha Suri, seeking directions for quashing the “appointment” of Dr Onkar Nath Nagi as Dean of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed September 5 as the next date of hearing.

Law Dept case hearing on Aug 17
Chandigarh, August 1
Bunch of petitions filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the Panjab University Law Department admission case will come up for further hearing before a Division Bench on August 17.

  • Petition disposed of

Summons against ex-chief of SGPC
Chandigarh, August 1
A local court today issued fresh summons for October 5 against the ex- President of the SGPC, Bibi Jagir Kaur, in a case of criminal conspiracy and defamation.

  • Bailable warrant issued
  • Notice to college Principal


PGI OPD’s air cooling system under fire
Chandigarh, August 1
Barely after a few months the new PGI OPD building was thrown open to the patients, the effectiveness of its air-cooling system has raised serious doubts about the planning of the building. And now that the PGI Engineering Department has decided to put over 150 fans in various parts of this ‘state-of-the-art’ building, the lack of long-term planning by its planners has come to fore.


Pre-Subroto Soccer Tournament
Chandigarh, August 1
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, will take on Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, in the final of the U-14 section of the Pre-Subroto Soccer Tournament.

  • Weightlifting championship

  • Badminton meet

  • Ball badminton tourney


MCC meeting rescheduled
Chandigarh, August 1
A meeting of the MC General House will take place on August 8 to take up the issue of dissolution of the House as demanded by councillor, Ms Satinder Dhawan, and being tacitly supported by a section of the BJP.

Duggal takes over as BBMB chief
Chandigarh, August 1
Mr S.K. Duggal, member, Irrigation, Bhakra-Beas Management Board, took over as BBMB chairman today following the retirement of Maj-General R.R. Oberoi.

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