Monday, August 6, 2001,
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HSSC cancels exam for posts of lecturer

Chandigarh, August 5
Thousands of candidates, who had come to Panchkula from far-flung areas to take a written examination conducted by the Haryana Staff Selection Commission, had to return disappointed following bungling by the supervisory staff appointed at one of the centres.

Candidates protest outside Little Flower School, Sector 14, in Panchkula on Sunday.
Candidates protest outside Little Flower School, Sector 14, in Panchkula on Sunday. They had come from far-off places to take a written test for posts of lecturer. — A Tribune photograph

Cong too opts out of contest
Chandigarh, August 5
All four Congress councillors here today decided not to contest the mayoral elections. The majority BJP-Akali alliance and one-member Chandigarh Vikas Manch have decided to boycott the election nominations for which begin tomorrow.




BSNL mobile from Aug 15
Chandigarh, August 5
Common man's mobile, Wireless in Local Loop (WLL), introduced in the city by private sector company Connect at Rs 12,000-plus, will also be made available from August 15 by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) at telephone’s price in addition to Rs 20 per month as insurance.

DSPs await new pay scales
Chandigarh, August 5
The Deputy Superintendents of Police in the Chandigarh Police are sore over the failure of the UT Administration to implement the new pay scales, revised with effect from June 21, 2000.

ASI issues notices to encroachers
Chandigarh, August 5
Perturbed over the rising number of encroachments and persistent violations of regulations around protected monuments, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has issued several notices to a number of defaulters in the region.

CBI probe sought into boy’s death
SAS Nagar, August 5
Family members of Karanbir Singh (13) who died due to drowning at the Phase 6 swimming pool on Thursday, have demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident.

A mother protects her baby during heavy showers in Chandigarh Rain brings relief
Chandigarh, August 5
Heavy showers which lashed parts of the city late this afternoon came as a relief for residents. However, the local meteorological office records show that the city received only a meagre amount of rainfall.

A mother protects her baby during heavy showers in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo Karam Singh

Where parking vehicle is a nightmare
Chandigarh, August 5
Visitors to the UT Sub Registrar’s Office, where property transactions worth lakh of rupees are conducted every day, are an inconvenienced lot. Located in 30 Bays Building in Sector 17, the office lacks some of the basic amenities which are otherwise hallmark of several public offices in City Beautiful.

Baby delivered on roadside
Chandigarh, August 5
Ashok Bansal — a good Samaritan who says Chandigarh is callous and its people are indifferent. Heartwarming incidences still happen which reiterates your faith in humanity and humans alike. At least today, one newborn baby and her mother have a lot to thank residents of Chandigarh — for their timely help and kindness.

Shobha with her newborn baby girl in Sector 16 General Hospital.
 — A Tribune photograph

Shobha with her newborn baby girl in Sector 16 General Hospital.


Question your councillor

The five-year term of the Municipal Corporation is drawing to a close. It is time for stock-taking.What did the councillors promise at the time of elections? And, what has been their performance? Have they been able to deliver? Have they been able to come up to your expectations?

Today, we publish third interview in the series Interactive in which a councillor has been questioned as regards his promises vs performance. You are invited to question your councillor by 8 p.m. on Wednesday either through e-mail: or at phone number 680345 for one-and-a-half minutes of recording on the Tribune interactive voice response system (IVRS).

— Editor

‘I am satisfied with my performance’
Chandigarh, August 5
Mr Des Raj Tandon, Councillor of Ward Number 3, is leader of the BJP-SAD combine in the House. Mr Tandon is one of the seniormost party leaders who came into politics through the Jana Sangh, the earlier `avatar’ of the BJP and was Senior Deputy Mayor of the Municipal Corporation last year. In his election manifesto, he had resolved to be easily accessible to the people. Looking back, he feels he has been able to honour his commitment.

Road even pedestrians prefer to avoid
Chandigarh, August 5
The persistent rains during the monsoon have further damaged majority of the internal and external roads of Sector 45. In fact, the condition of the V-3 road separating Sectors 44 and 45 and Sectors 44-C and 45-D have deteriorated to such an extent that a part of this road has almost vanished at the T-junction before it meets the outer Dakshin Marg.

NRIs in Punjab “not secure”
SAS Nagar, August 5
The Indian Overseas Youth Congress, UK, and Europe, has said that the families of NRIs living in Punjab are not secure and have a grievance against the state government in this regard.

150 alcoholics attend meeting
Chandigarh, August 5
The Disha Group of Alcoholics Anonymous organised a special meeting of its members at the Sector 10 Museum and Art gallery today to celebrate its second anniversary. About 150 members and their families attended the meeting where they were introduced to those who had joined them today itself.

Minister grants Rs 21,000 to yoga sabha
Chandigarh, August 5
Yoga is a panacea for body and mind. It could keep the mental balance perfect and body resistant to many ailments, provided it is practiced under the supervision of an able yoga practioner, said Prof M. Lal, a yoga exponent, here today.

Residents serve ultimatum on Admn
Chandigarh, August 5
A meeting of the Chandigarh Housing Board Residents Federation (CHBRF) here yesterday served a month’s ultimatum to the Chandigarh Administration to implement its major demands, including delinking the issue of regularisation of alterations, and warned that if it was not done, its struggle would intensify.

Parveen ChopraA project inspired by peace
Chandigarh, August 5
The road to peace has never been easy, but here is something which offers the much-required guidance on how to take it. Life Positive magazine, the dream project of Parveen Chopra, who left mainstream journalism to pursue a deeper cause in life, has now been around for five years, with a promise of hope and peace to its readers.

Panchkula needs pepping up
Panchkula, August 5
Evenings in the city are not a classy affair which one would expect in the city often referred to as the Paris of India. Bereft of rollicking music, clicking of glasses and neon lights, the city leaves little for residents to do after sunset.

Iskcon extends “jhoolan yatra”
Chandigarh, August 5
The local unit of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness ( ISKCON) today organised a nagar kirtan programme at Panchkula as a part of Janamashtami celebrations. 


Strange are the ways of the Chandigarh Housing Board(CHB). While it provides a particular facility to certain allottees, the same facility is denied to other allottees belonging to the same category. A case in point is the “faulty” design of the LIG flats in Sector 44-C. While the board has provided garages to the first floor and second floor and corner ground floor allottees, the other ground floor allottees are not that lucky. 
  • Nothing will happen

  • Green action plan

  • Exhibition

  • Now buffets in open

  • ID gift

  • A wet experience

  • “Khula darbar”

  • Telecom blues

  • Headless

  • Road to nowhere

  • Posted out


Woman commits suicide
Chandigarh, August 5
A 26-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself at her Sector-24 residence this morning.





Students suffering for PU lapse
Chandigarh, August 5
Scores of hapless students queuing up for re-evaluation at Panjab University are being refused the ‘facility’ to apply after being told that they have exceeded the limit of 15 days after the despatch of mark-sheets within which they have to apply. 

ITI instructors complete training
SAS Nagar, August 5
A batch of 42 ITI instructors has completed its training at the Centre for Electronics Design and Technology of India (CEDTI) here. Earlier, 179 instructors were trained at the institute.


Dry-cleaner told to pay compensation
Chandigarh, August 5
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-II, today directed Band Boy Dyers and Dry Cleaners to pay a compensation of Rs 1,500 to a city resident for damage caused to her sari.


PGI to restore cath lab functioning
Chandigarh, August 5
The PGI administration has decided to make the Cardiology cath lab functional with immediate effect. The decision was taken at a recent meeting which was chaired by the Director, PGI Prof S.K. Sharma.

Fortis — a new entrant in medical care
Chandigarh, August 5
The building is big but the bill is not, says Dr Nagendra Swamy, Medical Director of Fortis Heart Institute (FHI) about the hospital which has come up at SAS Nagar, next to PCA cricket stadium.


St Stephen’s School bags two titles
Chandigarh, August 5
St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, clinched titles in the boys’ section (Class VI to VIII) and in the girls’ section of the 5th Inter-school Carrom Championship which concluded here today. In boys’ open section, Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22, bagged the title while below Class V final went in favour of St Kabir Public School, Sector 26.

  • Ace of aces


MCs’ misconduct: hearing today
SAS Nagar, August 5
As an eight-month-old issue of alleged misconduct by five councillors during the November 23 meeting of the civic body last year finally comes up for hearing tomorrow before the Principal Secretary, Local Government, the councillors have levelled charges against the then Administrator of the civic body.


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