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BJP-SAD for MCC dissolution
Alliance not to field any nominee for Mayor’s poll
Chandigarh, August 3
The majority 15-member BJP-Akali Dal Municipal Corporation Councillors group in the 30-member House here today forwarded a resolution for the dissolution of the House following the party high command decision of not fielding, proposing, seconding and voting for any candidate in the Mayoral election scheduled for August 10, raising the possibilities of an early end of the corporation’s five-year term.

MC poll in early October
S. MalaichamyChandigarh, August 3
The election for the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) heading towards dissolution with the BJP today deciding not to contest the Mayoral election, could earliest be held by mid September or early October and they could be advanced by three months if Administration accepts the dissolution of the Corporation sought by almost all parties.

Admn may buy power from HP
Chandigarh, August 3
The Chandigarh Administration is in the process of tying up with the Himachal Pradesh Government to buy power on a long-term basis from Himachal Pradesh for its proposed Chamera stage II power generation project on River Ravi. A date to sign an agreement between the Administration and HP Government will be announced soon.





No additional power cuts in Aug
Cool times ahead for city residents
Chandigarh, August 3
City residents can heave a sigh of relief as the expected power cuts which were to re-start in the city from August 1, are not being imposed now. The Northern Region Electricity Board (NREB) has decided that it will not immediately impose its penalty tariff on overdrawal of power.

Arrests, probe order follow as tragedy sinks in
SAS Nagar, August 3
The Punjab Government has ordered an inquiry into the incident of drowning of a 13-year-old boy in the Phase VI swimming pool. 

Sinking of safety rules led to boy’s drowning
SAS Nagar, August 3
The death of a 13-year-old student of the local Paragon Senior Secondary School due to drowning in the Phase VI swimming pool yesterday has raised a debate on the state of affairs at the pool.

The arrow shows the area where the body of Karanbir Singh was found at the bottom of the swimming pool in Phase VI of SAS Nagar on Thursday evening.

The arrow shows the area where the body of Karanbir Singh was found at the bottom of the swimming pool

PGI operation theatre complex closed
Chandigarh, August 3
After a revelation that the water supply to the PGI operation theatre complex has been contaminated by micro-organisms , the hospital administration has decided to close its operation theatre complex with immediate effect.

Constructive ties with media must: Railway CPRO
Chandigarh, August 3
Mr Davinder Pal Singh Sandhu, the new Chief Public Relations Officer of the Northern Railway, wants a “constructive relationship” with the media, to take the Railways to the level of people’s expectations.


City sweats as monsoon takes a break
Chandigarh, August 3
Residents of Chandigarh and its neighbouring states continue to perspire due to heat and humidity. The Director of the city Meteorological Department, Mr S.C. Bhan, says that these conditions are likely to persist till August 10. July 20 to August 10 is the time for a break in the monsoon when the low-pressure trough line shifts towards the foothills of the Himalayas, he says.

Neglect mars prime property
About two acres of prime land and the building constructed on it long ago are lying in neglect and cry for care. This building at one time housed the civil hospital, and in later years was used as a judicial complex. The Panchayat Samiti of Kharar which owns this property has not shown any interest in its maintenance.

Where faith flows from strings of thread
Chandigarh, August 3
Eleven-year-old Maru washes utensils in the household of Sector 32 and many of her friends do the same in other sectors.

Buying threads that bind: Women flock a market to hunt for the most impressive rakhis in Chandigarh on Friday — Photo Manoj Mahajan 

Buying threads that bind: Women flock a market to hunt for the most impressive rakhis in Chandigarh on Friday

The nuisance of condemned vehicles
Chandigarh, August 3
The Mani Majra Motor market, has virtually become a dumping ground for junk vehicles and used tyres.

Influx of screen celebrities

Some small screen as well as big screen personalities kept halting in the city confirming the view that this city is falling in line with other active cities such as Delhi, Pune and Kolkata.

Salads for all tastes
On August 1, Hotel Aroma, Sector 22, opened Salad Days, a multi-cuisine buffet luncheon (from 1 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.) in its inner courtyard which has been tastefully done up in style, giving one the feeling that a global village is a reality.

Stress on quake-resistant structures
Chandigarh August 3
‘‘There is no way which can predict earthquakes. All we can do is to find means and ways in which earthquakes are measured properly and then study the trends which emerge,’’stated Mr KL Arora, an expert of seismology from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai.

Activists of the Janata Dal (U) burn effigies of the Punjab and Haryana Governments JD (U) ultimatum to Punjab, Haryana
Chandigarh, August 3
The Janata Dal (U) today served a six-month ultimatum on the Punjab and Haryana Governments to leave Chandigarh and build their own capitals.

Activists of the Janata Dal (U) burn effigies of the Punjab and Haryana Governments in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Yoga conference tomorrow
Chandigarh, August 3
The Chandigarh Yog Sabha will organise a grand yoga conference at the Yog Sadhna Kendra in the Community Centre of Sector 21-D on August 5.


Four cars stolen
Chandigarh, August 3
Four cars were reported to have been stolen from the city during the past 24 hours. Mr Ramandeep Singh, a resident of Sector 38 A, reported that his Indica car (CH-03-D 3749) had been stolen on August 2.


Seminar on electrical protection
Chandigarh, August 3
The GE Power Controls, a business wing of General Electric of the USA, today held a seminar on electrical protection and modernisation taking place in the field on the CII premises here today.



PU’s academic link with UK varsity
Chandigarh, August 3
Panjab University established an academic link with the University of New Castle, UK, today. The academic exchange programme aims at providing research-based policy inputs for restructuring poverty alleviation programmes with a view to achieving pro-poor sustainable development.

PU exams from April 2
Chandigarh, August 3
Panjab University has decided to conduct the annual examinations for the current session from April 2, 2002, Mr Ashok Raj Bhandari, Controller of Examination, said while addressing a press conference here today.

Carmel school girls win quiz contest
Chandigarh, August 3
About 43 teams from different schools participated in the regional final of the all-Asia Bournvita quiz contest held at Tagore Theatre here today.

Derick O Brien conducts the Bournvita quiz competition at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Derick O Brien conducts the Bournvita quiz competition at Tagore Theatre

49 students get diplomas
Chandigarh, August 3
As many as 49 students were awarded diplomas at the 36th annual convocation of the Indo-Swiss Training Centre here today. The Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Prof R S Sirohi was the chief guest.

Training-cum-testing camp for scouts
Chandigarh, August 3
About 84 scouts and 54 guides from 11 different Kendriya Vidyalayas of the Shimla Cluster of the Chandigarh region participated in the two-day “Dwitiya Sopan’’ training-cum-testing camp at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Air Force Station High Grounds, Chandigarh.

Adhyapak Sangh’s fast ends
Panchkula, August 3
The 48-hour fast by the Haryana Rajkiya Adhyapak Sangh ended with the president of the Haryana Karamchari Mahasangh, Mr Dhara Singh, offering juice to the fasting teachers, here today.


Vote recount at Adampur ordered
Chandigarh, August 3
In less than three years after the Congress candidate, Mr Kanwaljit Singh, was declared elected by a margin of six votes from the Adampur assembly constituency, Mr Justice J.S. Narang of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered a recount of ballots.

  • Finance Dept order quashed

  • Hold exam on schedule

  • Lal Singh’s plea disposed of

15-year jail term for Nigerian
Chandigarh, August 3
A local court today sentenced Ujmo Gabril, a resident of Nigeria, to 15-year rigorous imprisonment under the NDPS Act. The accused was also fined Rs 1 lakh and in the case of default of payment he will have to undergo imprisonment for one year more.


Chitrakala: all about originality
Chandigarh, August 3
Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10 today saw virgin minds coming together to spill bright colours on the dull canvas of life. The occasion was more than significant for the 180 odd students from different private and government schools of Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar, who reached the portals of Government Museum to put their artistic acumen to test.


Committee to train medical officers
Chandigarh, August 3
The Chandigarh Administration today formulated a state implementation committee (SICOM) headed by the UT Health Secretary to implement the national programme on orientation of medical officers working in primary health centres and civil dispensaries in Chandigarh.

Executive council reviews progress
Chandigarh, August 3
A meeting of the executive council under the chairmanship of the UT Social Welfare Secretary, Mr G. K. Marwaha, was held yesterday to discuss the utilisation of funds provided under the national programme of rehabilitation of persons with disabilities and progress with regard to training to the community-based rehabilitation workers.

PGI faculty bids farewell to Banerjee


Manikant, Neeraj emerge winners in TT meet
Chandigarh, August 3
Manikant in under-17 boys section and Neeraj Choudhary in men’s section emerged winners in the Panchkula district table tennis championship played at CL DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 11, Panchkula.

  • Markfed volleyball camp

  • Carrom championship


Increase in IT assessees’ number
Chandigarh, August 3
With the widening of the tax base in Chandigarh, the number of income tax (IT) assessees in the city has gone up from about 1.1 lakh in 1998 to over 2.66 lakh in 2001.


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