Monday, August 13, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Whisper campaigns take over on poll eve
PUTA elections today
Chandigarh, August 12
Hectic campaigning continued on the eve of the elections to the Panjab University Teachers Association on the campus here today. Leaders, spokesmen and candidates of two rival groups had been visiting various departments and residences on the PU campus till late in the evening today.

Doctor, pharmacist booked for negligence in patient dumping case
SAS Nagar, August 12
In a two month-old case of a 45-year-old male patient of Badmajra village, Sham Sunder, whose body was found outside the Phase 6 Civil Hospital premises, the local police today registered a case of negligence against a medical officer and a pharmacist of the hospital after seeking the legal opinion.

IOC depot in city from Aug 14
Chandigarh, August 12
The Indian Oil Corporation depot is likely to start functioning here from August 14 amidst apprehensions of tax evasion in Haryana circles. The IOC will transfer its stocks from its Ambala depot to Chandigarh through oil tankers.




Janmashtami celebrated with fervour
Chandigarh, August 12
Religious fervour and gaiety marked the Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna, here today. Thousands of devotees thronged tastefully decorated temples in the city since early in the morning to pay their obeisance. 

A young boy dressed as Lord Krishna stands beside a cow.
A young boy dressed as Lord Krishna stands beside a cow on the occasion of Janmashtami in Chandigarh on Sunday. 
— Reuters photo

Education Dept goofs up again
Senior scale for five government lecturers
Chandigarh, August 12
The UT Administration’s Education Department has goofed up again. This time its the case of senior scale given by the department to five government college lecturers in a manner which neither matches any of its own instructions, nor the ones laid by the University Grants Commission and clarified by the Government of India.

Bid to promote police-public relations
Panchkula, August 12
Policemen of the town are making their presence felt in the city for the very first time. Thanks to a special cell, recently introduced and devoted entirely to the cause of patrolling and keeping vigil under a well-planned beat system which became effective on August 1.

SAD suspends Sahni, Minhas
Chandigarh, August 12
The crisis in the local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal deepened today with its president, Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar, removing two general secretaries for their “anti-party activities and violating party discipline.”

PU lets off IGP; security men unhappy
Chandigarh, August 12
Authorities of the Panjab University let off a “drunk” Haryana Inspector General of Police scot free after he had a brawl with a PU security man yesterday evening. The IGP, however, was not available for comments.

Why can’t the athletic stadium in Sector 7 be named after the legendary flying Sikh, Milkha Singh? This is the minimum the authorities can do to honour the legend, who stood fourth in the 400 metres event at the 1960 Rome Olympics, says a concerned and aware city resident Mr Narinder Singh ‘International’.



More POs, more pangs for police
Chandigarh, August 12
The rising number of proclaimed offenders is not only a cause of concern for the police department, but also an indication of the rising crime by migrants. According to the information available, the city police has 1239 proclaimed offenders in its records presently. 

Copter overhaul project grounded
Chandigarh, August 12
The Indian Air Force’s ambitious project to overhaul its Mi-25 and Mi-35 assault helicopters indigenously has been grounded following Russia’s refusal to transfer technology for the purpose, it is learnt. The IAF will have to continue shelling out hard cash to send the choppers abroad for overhaul.

Census report-II may be made public next week
Chandigarh, August 12
The provisional census report-II, indicating an urban-rural divide on the basis of the primary population data, is likely to be out next week. “The report that gives a break-up of urban and rural populations, respective sex ratios and literacy indices has been sent for publishing,” an official of the Regional Census Directorate said here today.

Delink violation clause, demand CHB allottees
Chandigarh, August 12
The CHB Residents Federation today again demanded delinking of the violation clause to start the transfer of ownership to the general power of attorney holders of the flats of the board.

Jain seeks CBI probe into drowning incident
SAS Nagar, August 12
A former Member of Parliament, Mr Satya Pal Jain, has written to the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister, seeking a CBI inquiry into the incident of drowning of a 13-year-old boy Karanbir at the Phase 6 swimming pool here last week.

Question your councillor

  • Mr Raghuvir Lal Arora‘I never contested elections for personal gains’
    Chandigarh, August 12
    Mr Raghuvir Lal Arora, councillor of ward No. 4, has been a vocal councillor and enamoured of his Bharatiya Janata Party’s performance since the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh came into being in 1996. 

Punjab Lok Morcha convention
SAS Nagar, August 12
A convention of Ropar and Chandigarh district units of the Punjab Lok Morcha was organised in Phase 6 here today. The morcha, comprising the Marxist Communist Party of India, the SAD (Democratic), the Samajwadi Party, the Janata Dal (Secular), the Samajwadi Janta Party, the Republican Party of India and the Nationalist Congress Party, called upon the democratic and secular forces to fight against the anti-people policies of the BJP-led government at the Centre.



Illegal liquor case: one held
Chandigarh, August 12
The Crime Branch has achieved a breakthrough in the illegal liquor manufacturing factory case, with the arrest of Surjit Singh from Makhan Majra today. He was arrested while trying to take away a truck of the factory, used for ferrying the liquor to different places, to a secret location. Another driver, accompanying Surjit Singh, however, managed to escape.

Girl abducted, raped
Chandigarh, August 12
A 15-year-old girl was allegedly abducted by her neighbour and raped for over a fortnight. However, police sources maintain that this is a case of elopement. According to the FIR registered under Sections 363, 366, 376 and 506 of the IPC, it is alleged that the victim was abducted on July 21 by Karan Singh on the pretext of taking her to her brother who had met with an accident.





Coveted Chairs unfilled in PU
Chandigarh, August 12
More than four years after their institution, five coveted Chairs of academic research and excellence remain unfilled in Panjab University. The chairs include Jawaharlal Nehru Chair Professor (technology), Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair Professor (public administration), Sri Aurobindo Chair Professor (philosophy), Dr B.R. Ambekdar Chair Professor (political science) and Sarojini Naidu Chair Professor (English).

‘Save Education Day’ on Sept 5
Chandigarh, August 12
The All-India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisations has decided to observe Teachers Day on September 5 as “Save Education Day” throughout the country.

Madarsas to impart computer education
Chandigarh, August 12
With a view to prepare Muslim students for employment, the Central Government has decided to impart computer education in the madarsas all over the country, Dr M.S. Usmani, national president of the Minority Morcha of the BJP, said here today.

PEC candidates hold meeting
Chandigarh, August 12
More than 70 students who have applied for admission to Punjab Engineering College met at Panjab University here today. These students along with their parents discussed the possibility of postponement of the date of second counselling of joint admissions to the PEC slated to start on August 29.



With dreams in his eyes
Rajan Nanda
Chandigarh, August 12
His eyes are dreamy with great hopes. All of 24 and here he is with a bagful of offers from the fashion world and Bollywood. With virtually no serious experience in ramp modelling, Panchkula’s Rajan Nanda is back home after sharing the attention of fashion stalwarts with top-slot models of India like Rahul Dev and Zulfi Syed. Rajan was the only newcomer at the Lakme India Fashion Week (IFW), which concluded in Mumbai’s Taj Hotel today, and the only one from Chandigarh and Panchkula.

A date with exotic Indian art and artisans
Chandigarh, August 12
It’s a collection straight out of dreams. The line of artisans, showcasing rare arts of India at Lala Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Sector 15 has dotted the city earlier also, but there is something very exotic about the collection every time it comes up for the aesthetic lot to savour.


Special clinics for haemophilics in PGI, GMCH-32 demanded
Chandigarh, August 12
The Executive Director of the Haemophillic Federation (India), Mr Ashok Verma, has underlined the need of the government support besides timely medical aid and care for the haemophilic patients. While speaking at a open clinic for haemophilic patients organised by the Haemophilic Welfare Society today, Mr Verma, who also suffers from this genetic disorder, said more than 50,000 people in the country were suffering from haemophilia out of which as many as 20 per cent were severe cases having less than one per cent of anti coagulation factor in their blood and require treatment worth thousands per month.

Health authorities to launch big offensive
Chandigarh, August 12
The UT health authorities plan to launch a big offensive on the health front immediately after the Independence Day celebrations on August 15. To begin with, a campaign is being launched to check the hygiene and sanitary conditions in Chandigarh’s burgeoning hotel and restaurant industry. 

PGI plans action against agent
Chandigarh, August 12
The PGI administration is planning to initiate stern action against a customs house agent who has not been releasing many medical consignments for the past three months, according to the PGI Deputy Director Administration, Ms Mita Lochchan.

Automatic phone exchange for GH-16
Chandigarh, August 12
The Sector 16 General Hospital will soon get a new automatic telephone exchange . According to the officials, in the absence of a telephone exchange the hospital has virtually been cut off for patients and their relatives for almost five years now. In the absence of EPABX and the associated intercom facility, the officials too have difficulty in establishing a contact with different sections of the hospital.



Overall trophy for Hansraj Public School
Chandigarh, August 12
Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, romped home with overall trophy for second consecutive year in the 2nd Inter Schools Badminton Tournament organised by the District Badminton Association, Panchkula, that concluded this evening at Sector 7 community centre, Panchkula. School teams from SAS Nagar, Chandigarh and Panchkula took part in the tournament. In the pulsating finals played late evening, Hansraj boys overpowered St John’s, Sector 26, in under 14 section.

DAV students win titles
Chandigarh, August 12
Mahima and Dev Saini of DAV Public School, Sector 8, bagged the cadet girls and boys titles, respectively, in the Manav Mangal Open Table Tennis Tournament which began at the Sector 23 TT hall here today.

Riyasat, Monika win titles
Panchkula, August 12
Riyasat Ansari and Monika Khanna won the men’s and women’s titles, respectively, in the first Panchkula District Carrom Championship, which concluded at Saupin’s School, here today. Mr Derek N. Gomez, Head Master of the school, gave away the prizes.

England beat India in roller hockey
Chandigarh, August 12
The second roller hockey match between the teams of England and India was played under floodlights at Kailash Bahl DAV School, Sector 7, here today. In the match, which saw children cheering both sides with equal gusto, England outplayed India 10-2, with half-time score being 5-1. Jesianson was the top scorer for the visitor with four goals, while for India Nirmal Nanda scored both goals.

Specialised academies in city
Chandigarh, August 12
The concept of specialised academies in different sport disciplines is now fast catching up in the city. Since the nodal sports agencies, the Sports Authority of India and other state sports departments have not given the desired help in setting up such coaching centres Shivalik Public School, Sector 41 is one such institution based locally which has taken lead in this field.


Park games corner likely to be functional soon
SAS Nagar, August 12
The games corner for children in the Silvi Park in Phase X here is likely to become functional again soon. After sitting on the relevant file for more than a year, the Directorate of Local Government, Punjab, has at last accorded sanction to the local Municipal Council to give the running of the facilities in the children’s corner on contract to a private party for a five-year period, with an annual hike of 10 per cent in the amount settled at the time of the auction. 

Admn undecided on convening MCC meeting
Chandigarh, August 12
The Chandigarh Administration today remained undecided on the issue of whether to convene the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh meeting for holding Mayoral election or not as ‘’legal opinion’’ on the issue has yet to crystallise. “There are legal issues involved in the matter, hence no comment on the issue of holding the meeting and when,’’ the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ramashekhar, told Chandigarh Tribune here today.Top

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