Sunday, August 5, 2001,
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Has UGC forgotten it’s year of Sanskrit?
Chandigarh, August 4
The plan of the University Grants Commission to promote the learning of Sanskrit in this ‘year of the language’ seems to be getting nowhere in local colleges at least.

Cops beat me up: lifeguard
SAS Nagar, August 4
Mr Preet Bhupinder Singh, a lifeguard at the PUDA-run swimming pool in Phase VI here, alleged that he was beaten up when he was in the Phase I police station lock-up in connection with the death of a boy due to drowning.

Fruits of childhood.
Fruits of childhood. — Photo Pradeep Tewari




Airmen’s career dashed to the ground
Chandigarh, August 4
Air Headquarters has put a large number of airmen, who were aspiring for a more promising career, in a fix. As a consequence of a recent amendment in the existing policy, airmen opting for a career in banks as probationary officers have now become ineligible for pre-mature release from the IAF, even though they have qualified in the written tests and interviews.

‘Negligence’ kills two peacocks
Chhat Bir, August 4
Two peacocks died in Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, apparently due to the “negligence” of the zoo staff in shifting these from one enclosure to another, here today.

BJP gen secy to instruct leaders
Chandigarh, August 4
The BJP national general secretary, Mr O.P. Kohli, will here tomorrow personally instruct the party leaders and councillors to abide by the decision of the party high command regarding not participating in the forthcoming mayoral election scheduled for August 10.

Tribute to the joy called ‘friendship’
Tribute to the joy called ‘friendship’Chandigarh, August 4
There may be scores of days which this city has especially borrowed from the West just to further its spirit of mirth and joy. But the best part of the game is that each and every young boy and girl who dots the happening circuit of the City Beautiful does complete justice to each so-called Day, be it the St Valentine’s Day, which has managed a mass following or simply the more humble Friendship Day, which is still in the process of making a mark as solid as St Valentine’s Day. Whatever the case may be, the city is all decked up for the Friendship Day, which falls today.

Demand to hold civic body poll on time
Chandigarh, August 4
The demand for the dissolution of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh and immediate elections notwithstanding, the political parties, residents’ welfare associations and traders’ bodies have demanded that elections to the civic body should be held on schedule.

Northern Railway told to compensate passengers
Chandigarh, August 4
Taking serious note of the harassment suffered by passengers due to negligence and deficiency in services on part of the railways authorities, a local consumer court has directed the Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railway, New Delhi, and others to pay compensations to passengers and refund the cost of their tickets.



Adored in war, forgotten in peace
“In times of war, God and soldiers are adored. When the war is over, God is forgotten and the soldiers are slighted”. Extreme sadness fills his eyes, as the president of All-India Ex-servicemen’s Welfare Association, Mr Bhim Sen Sehgal, speaks of the plight of soldiers in a voice chocked with emotion.

Easy loans for SC, BC candidates
Chandigarh, August 4
The Chandigarh Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and Minorities Financial and Development Corporation is offering easy loans for self-employment. Prospective beneficiaries, can obtain these loans from the corporation for setting up for small businesses under a national self-employment schemes, for which, employees of government, semi-government or autonomous bodies can be sureties.

Festive spirit takes over the city
Chandigarh, August 4
For brothers and sisters, it was a perfect morning. After a heavy shower towards the wee hours today, the weather was just right to get into the festive mould. No wonder the spirit of celebration travelled beyond households and reached the city roads, where the last-minute risers were seen buying sweets and rakhis.
Embodying faith
Embodying faith: A girl ties rakhi on her brother’s wrist on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan on Saturday. 
— Photo Manoj Mahajan

Raksha bandhan celebrated
SAS Nagar, August 4
Raksha bandhan was celebrated with enthusiasm by the local circle of the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya. The celebrations began on July 31 and several programmes were organised. Today Brahma Kumaris tied rakhis on the wrists of Mr Harnek Singh Gharuan, a former minister, and Mr Joginder Singh, Director, Health Services, Punjab.

Residents allege discrimination
Chandigarh, August 4
It seems that the Chandigarh Administration’s Electricity Department has been selective in registering cases of power theft against 59 persons of Raipur Khurd village. Residents who have been named in the first information report allege that it was more like a pick and choose policy to register cases. A resident who has been

Forgotten village in urban setting
SAS Nagar
Madanpur village stands out like a sore thumb in the midst of urban surroundings and is treated like a pariah by the authorities. Without piped water, streetlights, paved streets, sewerage, sanitation, a school or a veterinary hospital, the village has virtually been left to its fate.

Tubewell installation mired in controversy
Panchkula, August 4
A tubewell bored in Pinjore recently has created trouble for the Executive Engineer of the PWD (Public Health) who ordered its installation, the case being hotly pursued by the Vigilance Department following a tip-off.

Tap rural market: Tandon
Chandigarh, August 4
The Punjab Minister for Local Government, Mr Balmiji Das Tandon, has called upon management professionals to tap the rural market which is growing five times the rate of urban market.

Cable subscribers form body
Chandigarh, August 4
Against the recent decision of local cable operators to hike subscription charges, a five-member committee of representatives of 14 local residents welfare associations was formed here today. Wg Cdr (retd) H.L. Ratta was appointed the convenor of the committee.

Consumer products on display
Chandigarh, August 4
‘Best Home Show’, an exhibition of consumer products that was organised in a hotel here today, attracted a large number of persons. Leading brands of consumer goods were seen at the exhibition. Most of these companies were selling their products on discounts and easy loan schemes

Lord Balram’s birthday celebrated
Chandigarh, August 4
The local unit of International Society for Krishna Consciousness today celebrated the birthday of Lord Balram at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, here today. 

The throne on which Lord Krishna and his consort were placed.
The throne on which Lord Krishna and his consort were placed during jhulan yatra to celebrate the birthday of Lord Balram at the Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

150 saplings planted
Chandigarh, August 4
As many as 150 saplings of neem, jamun and arjuna were planted by members of the House Owners Association, Sector 20-A, with the cooperation of the Horticulture Department, Municipal Corporation, in the green park being developed in the sector.

Gyan Yagya from today
SAS Nagar, August 4
The Bhagwat is not tied any religion and according to it God is described as “satya ” and “satya” lives forever. Stating this at a press conference here today, Swami Sureshwaranand Puri (Panchkulawale) said the Bhagwat made a man “nirbhai” (fearless). 



Ironing gives them a living
Roadside dhobis or washermen engaged in ironing clothes are among the most sought after persons in the city. Unlike other roadside entrepreneurs, they enjoy the patronage of the colony in which they operate. This may the reason why they do not complain of being harassed by the Estate Office.



B.Ed entrance test: commerce students denied admission
Parents threaten to move court
Chandigarh, August 4
It is a case of probable error in preliminary procedure in sorting out the eligible candidates. Scores of students from the commerce stream, who cleared the entrance test for the bachelor of education degree in the local colleges, have been refused admission at the ongoing counselling in Panjab University.

Dharna by PU student body continues
Chandigarh, August 4
The Panjab University initiative to give a special chance to honours school students securing less than “passmarks” in science faculties has not been received well by the agitating students as the dharna by the latter continued here today.

Back from festival in Norway

Dayal Pratap Singh Randhawa, a former president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council, and Avtar Singh Ranu, founder general secretary of the Students Organisation of Panjab University, have added a new feather to the cap of the university by representing India at the International Student Festival in Norway earlier this year. They received their participation certificates recently.

Attractive pay-packages for PEC students
Chandigarh, August 4
Seventeen students of Punjab Engineering College were shortlisted to be selected by a Delhi-based software company AM Soft here today as part of the ongoing campus placements in the college. AM Soft has offered Rs 4 lakh per annum pay packet to the students selected by it.

School sets a rakhi trend
This year’s rakhi was different for the Satlujians who got a lesson in unity and love. For the first time, the school celebrated rakhi like other festivals. Beginning with a special assembly, the students presented a bhajan to mark the festival. The head student of the school, Japneet Kaur, recited an emotional poem.

Applications invited
Chandigarh, August 4
The Sardar Mehar Singh Rawel Memorial Charitable Society has invited applications for the current academic year from scholars doing PhD on a topic related to Sikh history, philosophy, sociology, religion or literature registered with any university.

100 saplings planted in school
Chandigarh, August 4
A colourful function was organised at Government High School , Sector 40, here yesterday. Students presented items, including poems, songs, bhangra and giddha. About 15 students admitted under the project “bori se basta’’ were given school bags and stationery .

Students seek revival of placement cell
Chandigarh, August 4
The Students Organisation of Panjab University at a press conference yesterday reiterated its demand for revival of a placement cell at the university. Santokhwinder Singh Nabha, president, said that a placement cell was started in 1998. The cell, however, ceased to function last year. The cell was of great benefit to students passing out of the campus.

Scholarships awarded
Chandigarh, August 4
About 35 families participated in the scholarship distribution ceremony marking end to the Leda Summer Initiative 2001. The chief guest on the occasion was regional head, Leda family clubs (North), NIIT Ltd, Mr Anshul Sonak. 


Get power connections regularised, lawyers told
Chandigarh, August 4
With a view to averting any fire accident in future and loss to government property due to loose electric connections at the District Courts, the UT Executive Engineer has sent a letter to the UT District and Sessions Judge and Administration.



Art and design exhibition
Chandi Mandir, August 4
An art and design exhibition was organised by students who had recently completed the fashion design course at the Institute of Vocational Courses, being run by the Punjab Ex-servicemen Corporation in Sector 34. According to a statement issued here, the exhibition was inaugurated by Brig K S Chandpuri, who appreciated the work done by the students.

Lacking in conviction
NLY providence can save ‘Pyar Ishk Aur Mohabbat’(Batra) from a predictable disaster at the box-office taking into account a hopeless storyline and below average performances courtesy the director loosing his view of the path of a decent progress of action

Beauty, brawn and bullets
Her stunning looks can make you fall in love with her. Her bulging biceps can inspire awe in you. She is Shannon Lee, daughter of the late Bruce Lee, the man who was once the world’s fastest fighting machine.


AIDS awareness seminar
Chandigarh, August 4
Dr Pramilla Senanayake yesterday appreciated the progress made towards spreading awareness about HIV/ AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases among truckers and adolescent children in schools in and around SAS Nagar.



Karan Patnaik’s serve fastest
Chandigarh, August 4
Karan Patnaik in u-14 section and Karan Chaudhary in u-16 section emerged the fastest servers in the ‘Ace of Aces’ meet organised by the Total Tennis Academy here at the YMCA, Sector 11. Patnaik served at 81, 68, 69,73 and 61mph and was followed by Navinder Pal Singh, Lakshay Sharma, Kunal, Kulvinder, Gursimran, Mandeep Yadav and Harpreet.

Awards for veteran sportsmen
‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh and Gurbir Sandhu have been chosen for Arjuna Awards, one for his life-time achievement in athletics and the other for his performance in shooting. It came as a surprise to Milkha Singh as he was awarded the Padma Shri more than 40 years ago. 


Kala takes stock of development works in colonies
Chandigarh, August 4
Acting Mayor of the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh, Gurcharan Dass Kala, accompanied by senior officials, yesterday visited Indira Colony, Mauli Jagran Colony, Bapu Dham Colony, Colony No. 4, Ram Darbar and Burail village where he took stock of developmental works.

ADA-Estate Officer tiff intensifies
Panchkula, August 4
The authorities of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) ordered an open inquiry into the mud-slinging match between the Assistant District Attorney and the Estate Officer, here yesterday.

‘Admn won’t bust busters’
Chandigarh, August 4
The Chandigarh Administration said here today that it had no intention of implicating two private parties in the case registered against certain officials and some other persons for preparing fake driving licences. The Administration said it would present these persons only as witnesses in the court. It has already directed the authorities concerned to take an action accordingly.Top

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