Friday, August 3, 2001,
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Trouble ahead as 15-yr-old school buses to be phased out
Parents may have to bear the burden
Chandigarh, August 2
Thousands of children studying in private schools in the city and their parents are headed for trouble. From September 1 commuting to school is going to be a major problem. 

Boy drowned in swimming pool
Chandigarh, August 2
Tragedy struck Mr Surinder Singh Aujla, a resident of the Chandigarh Housing Board flats in Sector 55 of SAS Nagar, this evening when his son, Karanbir Singh, drowned in a swimming pool run by the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) in Phase VI.

Kundi connections removed from District Courts
Chandigarh, August 2
In order to check a reported kundi connection at the District Courts, officials of the UT Electricity Department inspected the court premises here today. Sources said that the official took a serious note on the number of illegal connections and warned that these connections be removed soon.



Parties gear up to politicise CHB residents issue
Chandigarh, August 2
The announcement of the Chandigarh Administration for the formation of another building bylaws committee to look into unauthorised alterations and additions in the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) flats notwithstanding, the issue is all set to be “politicised.”

BSNL to file civil suits to recover dues
Chandigarh, August 2
The BSNL has decided to recover its dues from subscribers by filing civil suits against the big fish even before agreeing to adhere to issuing demand notes for disconnection, ordered by the National Consumer Redressal Commission in 1994.

Making kids compassionate
Chandigarh, August 2
People who abuse animals usually don’t stop there. Studies conducted in Western countries have shown that young people who get away with violence toward animals often commit acts of violence later against humans beings too.

PU papers not from syllabus
Chandigarh, August 2
The recently concluded annual examinations of Panjab University for the last academic session once again had instances of “out of syllabus” question papers taking hundreds of students off-guard.

Rift delays IAF training plan
Chandigarh, August 2
Differences between the Indian Air Force and Israel over equipment to be used for training IAF personnel to operate Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) has resulted in the training programme running behind schedule, it is learnt.

XEN charged 1 lakh rent for overstaying in official house
SAS Nagar, August 2
The local civic body has levied a penalty of Rs 1 lakh on an Executive Officer of the civic body, Mr KS Brar, who was earlier posted here and had now been transferred to Gidderbaha, for overstaying in the official accommodation here for over five months. The penalty imposed on account of house rent will be deducted from the salary of the Executive Officer subject to its approval by the Local Government.

Vacant posts in Fire Dept to be filled
Chandigarh, August 2
UT Administration’s decision to clear applications for hundreds of vacant posts in the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, Fire Services Department, has brought cheers to all those who had applied for the said posts. The orders to this effect were issued here recently by Secretary, Local bodies, Mr R.S Gujral.


Accident-prone bridge
Chandigarh, August 2
The confluence of buses and light vehicles, especially two-wheelers, makes the Khuda Lohara bridge an accident-prone area. Though the reconstruction of the bridge has drastically reduced the accident rate, the police records show that as many as three persons were injured in three separate accidents that took place here this year.

Water-borne diseases on rise in city
Chandigarh, August 2
The monsoon months this year have been quite healthy, say the experts. And despite the fact that weather conditions during these months are generally conducive to favourable growth of viruses and bacteria, magnitude of reported cases of various viral infections have not been remarkable so far.

Apex architects’ body honours M.N. Sharma
Chandigarh, August 2
The Indian Institute of Architects, the highest professional body of architects in the country, has honoured Mr M. N. Sharma, former Chief Architect of Chandigarh, with Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal 2000 in recognition and appreciation of his contribution to architecture.

Workers’ delegation meets Adviser
Chandigarh, August 2
A delegation of the Federation of UT Employees and Workers today called on Ms Neeru Nanda, Adviser to the Administrator, in support of their demands.

Panic among phone subscribers
Chandigarh, August 2
Panic was reported by certain telephone subscribers to the Ram Darbar exchange when their telephones on dialing said “only emergency facilities are available.”

Gesture towards blind children
Chandigarh, August 2
It was an emotional and enthusiastic scene at the Institute for the Blind when Brahamkumari sisters tied “rakhis” and presented “prasad” to visually-impaired children.

Octroi abolition demanded
Kharar, August 2
Mr Vinod Bhushan Jain, member, Punjab Pharmacy Council, welcomed the statement of Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, Punjab Local Bodies Minister, published in The Tribune on August 1 that the Punjab Government would soon decide over the octroi exemption issue after getting the report of three-member committee formed for reviewing the octroi exemption issue. 

CTSA chapters
Chandigarh, August 2
The Chandigarh District Telephone Subscribers Association (CTSA) has increased its strength opening its chapters in Panchkula and Zirakpur.

Residents not to pay increased cable charges
Panchkula, August 2
Sore over the hike in cable charges in the town, the Private House Owners’ Welfare Association, Sector 11, had decided not to pay more than Rs 150 monthly against the new charges of Rs 180.

Kala to visit slums today
Chandigarh, August 2
Acting Mayor, Gurcharan Dass Kala along with senior officials of the Municipal Corporation will visit various slums and colonies in the city tomorrow to take stock of the sanitary situation in these areas during the monsoon season.

5-day jhulan yatra festival opens
Chandigarh, August 2
The Sector 20 Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, organised five-day festival of jhulan yatra (swinging festival), was inaugurated by Sreela Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami, all-India president of the Chaitanya Math Organisation.

Triplets born to Panchkula couple
Panchkula, August 2
Triplets were born to Lalita and Sanjay, residents of Azad colony, at the General Hospital, Sector 6, here today. The doctor, Dr Usha Gupta, said the mother and children were healthy.


Perhaps as the song goes love will find a way. Starting August, there will be more love stories on the silver screen. Action-thriller specialist Rajiv Rai of Yudh, Tridev, Vishwatma, Mohra and Gupt will be exploring shades of love in his new movie ‘‘Pyar Ishq Aur Mohabbat’ which will be released today at Batra, Chandigarh. The young film maker promises ‘‘something different’’ this time. Trimurti Films Pvt Ltd presentation and producer Gulshan Rai’s “Pyar Iqhq Aur Mohabbat” is reportedly inspired by a Hollywood film ‘There is something about Mary’. Love, action and humour are the audience-hooking ingredients.

3 held in gang rape case
Chandigarh, August 2
The local police today arrested three persons who had allegedly gang raped an 18-year-old girl in a Sector 17 gymnasium last month.

Robber arrested
Chandigarh, August 2
An alert cop of the local police arrested a robber who was trying to escape after robbing an employee of Neelam cinema here yesterday. However, the accused’s accomplices escaped.

Police-public meeting on crime
SAS Nagar, August 2
A meeting was organised at the Phase 1 police station here where the local Deputy Superintendent of Police met prominent persons of the town, including municipal councillors of various wards. Law and order problems were discussed at the meeting.

19-year-old cyclist crushed to death by jeep
Panchkula, August 2
A 19-year-old cyclist, Vishnu Bahadur, was crushed to death by a jeep, which was attempting to overtake a bus, on the dividing road of Sector 7 and 8, here today. His brother, Thamna Singh, also received injuries but was discharged after first aid.


8 POs arrested
Panchkula, August 2
The district police has arrested eight proclaimed offenders between July 15 to 31 after a special team was constituted for the same. This was stated by the Superintendent of Police, Mr Manoj Yadav, in a press note issued, here today.


City dealers expect decline in diesel sale
Chandigarh, August 2
City petroleum dealers apprehend a major decline in diesel sale with the recent hike in diesel prices. The city, now having the highest diesel as well as petroleum prices compared to Mohali and Panchkula, will suffer heavy revenue losses as demand will shift to nearby areas , say the dealers.

Anniversary scheme

Transferred govt teachers complain to Director
Chandigarh, August 2
In less than a week after 850 government school teachers were transferred, the UT Education Department has flooded with requests, ‘sifarish’ representations and complaints of ‘various hues, colours and claims.’

City teachers go on mass leave today
Chandigarh August 2
The Chandigarh District Council of Panjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) met at the GGDSD College here to chalk out a plan for responding to a call given by the PCCTU to go on mass casual leave tomorrow.

Personality development programme for kids
Chandigarh, August 2
Quiz master Derek O Brien introduced a new concept, KQ School Advantage, a personality development programme, to principals of different private schools here today.

Quiz Master Derek O Brien being received by a student as he visited Tribune Model School, Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

Quiz Master Derek O Brien being received by a student

Nescafe complex opens at Students Centre
Chandigarh, August 2
Students Centre, the most haunted venue by students at Panjab University will now have a more trendy look with opening up of a Nescafe complex here today. Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, also attended the inaugural ceremony.

Anthropology interviews on August 8


Screening of ‘Gadar’ challenged
Chandigarh, August 2
On a petition seeking directions to Zee Telefilms Private Limited and other respondents against the screening of Hindi movie “Gadar” a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed August 9 as the next date of hearing.

  • Directive to SSP

  • Vote recount

  • Order reserved

  • Notice issued

Court helps YWCA hostelers
Chandigarh, August 2
A local court has come to the rescue of two residents of the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) who were directed to vacate the hostel by the authorities without giving them a seven-day notice.

Consumer Courts to have new premises
Chandigarh, August 2
The UT District Consumer Courts will shift from Sector 17 to the new court complex building in Sector 19. Sources said the court was likely to shift in March 2002.

Bail in fake passport case
Chandigarh, August 2
A local court today granted bail to Dayal Massih allegedly involved in preparing fake passports. The accused was granted bail on furnishing a bail bond for Rs 25000.


Play fails to make impact
Chandigarh, August 2
Gursharan Singh’s latest play, Aawaz-e-Kashmir, staged here today at Punjab Kala Bhavan, did not make the kind of impact it was expected to. The script, the depiction and the message — all seemed to have been a little personalised, much against the common opinion.

An ensemble straight from the heart
Chandigarh, August 2
The ensemble which went on display at the Punjab Kala Bhavan here today is straight from the heart.

Masarat Mehboob of Srinagar explains her painting at an exhibition at Punjab Kala Bhavan in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Masarat Mehboob of Srinagar explains her painting at an exhibition

Well deserved awards for Abhinav, Milkha
Chandigarh, August 2
The city got another feather in its cap when in a rare and contrasting manner, Abhinav (18) and Flying Sikh Milkha Singh (72) were nominated for this year’s Arjuna Award. Abhinav was being conferred the award for his achievements in shooting, while Milkha Singh for his life-time achievement in athletics.

Manav Mangal School shines in TT tourney
Chandigarh, August 2
Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, dominated the Panchkula District Table Tennis Tournament, organised by the Panchkula Table Tennis Association at CL DAV, Sector 11, on the second day also. All three positions in the under-12 boys category went to students of Manav Mangal.


MC to conduct survey to increase limits
SAS Nagar, August 2
The SAS Nagar municipal council is conducting a fresh survey of the areas to be included within its limits. The move follows an objection by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to the inclusion of underdeveloped areas within the limits of the local civic body.

Notice of motion to doctor
Chandigarh, August 2
Issuing notice of motion to the Union of India, the Director of Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital and other respondents, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked Prof and Head of the Microbiology Department, Dr R.M. Joshi, to show cause as to why he may not be ousted from the post.

Issue of plan approval for villages undecided
Panchkula, August 2
It is a matter that has tied the authorities in knots: the issue of approving plans for villages within the municipal limits of Panchkula remains undecided even seven months after the formation of the municipal council.

Encroachments removed
SAS Nagar, August 2
The local administration today removed encroachments from shamlat land in Sohana village here today.

DSP reverted


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