Thursday, August 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Jacob lays stress on health, education
CT scan facilities to be introduced * Night school scheme to be extended

Chandigarh, August 15
Laying stress on health and education sectors in his speech during the 55th Independence Day celebrations, the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today said that CT scan facilities in association with the private sector would be introduced in the city.

Schoolgirls release balloons to mark the Independence Day celebrations in Chandigarh on Wednesday and (right) a play on the Indo-Pak peace process being staged by schoolchildren
Schoolgirls release balloons to mark Independence Day in Chandigarh on Wednesday and (right) a play on the Indo-Pak peace process being staged by schoolchildren.
— Tribune photos Manoj Mahajan

Police plans action against travel agents
Chandigarh, August 15
The police has sought the help of the Protector of Immigrants for drawing up a list of immigration consultants and travel agents operating in the city, in order to keep a check on their nefarious activities.





Hospitals having ultrasound warned again
Chandigarh, August 15
For all those nursing homes, clinics, hospitals and laboratories having ultrasound machines which have failed to get themselves registered with the Director, UT Family Welfare, the UT Health Department has now issued a second warning.

MC election date likely today
Chandigarh, August 15
The elections to the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) are indicated to have been decided and the date is likely to be announced tomorrow even as Acting Congress Mayor, Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala, seems lobbying against his imminent expulsion from the Congress.

‘Tainted’ JE suspended
SAS Nagar, August 15
A Junior Engineer with the horticulture wing of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), who was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 by the flying squad of the Punjab Vigilance Department, has been placed under suspension by the authorities, it is learnt.

Celebrating I-Day on frozen continent
Chandigarh, August 15
Seventeen years ago on this day, when the national flagged was hoisted atop the Red Fort with the usual aplomb, the notes of the National Anthem simultaneously echoed across the frozen, desolate expanse of Antarctica for the first time as pioneering Indians to spend winters on the frozen continent braved the glacial chill to celebrate Independence Day.


Councillor submits reply to Bahl
Chandigarh, August 15
Congress councillor, Suneeta today submitted her reply to the party president, Mr B.B. Bahl, citing reasons for her absence from the Mayoral election on August 10. She had been served a show-cause notice by the president on August 11, asking her to explain as to why she was not present at the said meeting despite the party whip in this regard.

Octogenarian’s 16-year struggle for justice
Chandigarh, August 15
Mr Allaha Singh, an octogenarian living in Patiala has been struggling for 16 years to get justice, but it seems that his woes have not ended yet. The case of the murder of his son Inderjit Singh has been shuttling from one investigating agency to another. Now the trial of the case has been shifting from the court of the Chandigarh Chief Judicial Magistrate to that of the Sessions Judge here.

LIG flats find no takers
SAS Nagar
Lakhs of rupees spent by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority on the construction of 434 flats in Sector 57, next to the cremation ground here, appear to have been lost. Constructed over two years ago, these flats are still waiting for occupants and are being used by slum dwellers as shelters during the rainy season.

Resentment brews among dismissed employees
SAS Nagar, August 15
Resentment is brewing among the over 200 daily-wage and contractual employees whose services were terminated by the board authorities yesterday. The termination notice of the employees, 160 clerks and 54 helpers, was pasted at the board office at around 9. 30 pm yesterday.

Encroachments defy solution
Encroachments continue unabated in Panchkula, as successive anti-encroachment drives have failed to give any relief to the residents. Whether these are corridors in the markets or open spaces invaded by migrants or roundabouts dotted with fruit vendors, there seems no permanent solution to the problem.

Members of Lions Club installed
Chandigarh, August 15
The cabinet members of the newly installed District Governor of the Lions Club International Distt 321A/2, Mr M.R. Sharma, were installed during the 9th district cabinet installation function held at Himachal Bhavan, Sector 28.

Tragedy in pool raises alarm

SAS Nagar
It took the death of a 13 year-old boy, Karanbir Singh, to make things move at the Phase 6 swimming pool here. The boy, on his usual swimming session, was drowned on August 2 at a time when the pool was jampacked with swimmers but nobody noticed the drowning boy. The state of affairs at the pool has not been right for the past few years. The water is not changed regularly. The filtration plant also does not function.

Youngsters launch website
Chandigarh, August 15
A new website for the city youth,, has been launched by three local youngsters Deepak Thakur, Harish Goel and Amit Sharma.


2 cars, scooter stolen
Chandigarh, August 15
Three cases of theft of vehicle have been reported from different parts of the city during the past 24 hours.


More wait for poor man’s mobile
Chandigarh, August 15
Local aspirants for the poor man’s mobile, Wireless-in-Local Loop (WLL), planned to be launched in the city today, may have to wait for seven days for mobile connectivity.


1,000 UMCs reported in PU in 3 years
Chandigarh, August 15
Nearly 1,000 students indulging in unfair means in the annual examinations were caught by Panjab University in the past three years and nearly 900 of them have been punished. The punishment amounts to disqualification from the university examination for a term ranging from two to five years.

Functions mark I-Day celebrations
Chandigarh, August 15
Several organisations in the city organised Independence Day celebrations by hoisting the Tricolour, distributing sweets and playing patriotic songs from Hindi films. At several places, children led by elders sung the National Anthem.

Members of the English Roller Skating Association at a classroom in KB DAV, Sector 7, Chandigarh.
Members of the English Roller Skating Association at a classroom in KB DAV, Sector 7, Chandigarh.

Hostels plagued by thefts
The oldest hostels of Panjab University are the three boys’ hostels near the university’s gate number 1 and are called hostels number 1, 2 and 3. “These hostels have been named after important persons in the country’s history but it is convenient to refer to them as such,” say the residents.

Exhibition of library books
Chandigarh, August 15
A seven-day exhibition of library books began at Government College in Sector 46 here yesterday. Inaugurating the exhibition, the chief guest on the occasion, Mr Harbhajan Singh Halwarvi, Editor, Punjabi Tribune, addressed students of the college.

Seminar on career options
Chandigarh, August 15
IMS learning resources private limited in collaboration with the Rotract Club, Chandigarh Central, organised a seminar on career options available after graduation in Punjab Engineering College here yesterday.

PU calls incident ‘unfortunate’
Chandigarh, August 15
Panjab University authorities have termed the incident involving a senior I.P.S officer of Haryana and the PU securitymen as “unfortunate”.

Stress on all-round development of child
Chandigarh, August 15
Members of the National Roller Skating Association, England, were all praise for teaching standards and quick replies of Indian students.


Cancellation report submitted
Kharar, August 15
The police has sent a cancellation report in the court of Ms Harinder Sidhu, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, about a case of forgery and cheating registered against a lawyer, Mr Hari Singh Maan, and his family members, which was registered against them on May 12.



Showdown between PGI staff, authorities
Chandigarh, August 15
Distribution of uniform allowance to the PGI class IV employees today resulted in a major showdown with many employees alleging discrepancies in their accounts settlement and handing over the arrears accumulated from 1997 to 1999.

8 operation theatres out of order
Chandigarh, August 15
Eight operation theatres on the fifth floor of the PGI continue to be out of order for the past 13 days.

Denial by PGI body’s general secretary
Chandigarh, August 15
Mr Prem Chand, general secretary of the PGI Medical Technologists Association (MTA), today denied that he had been expelled by the executive body of the MTA .


YPS, Shivalik cagers win
Chandigarh, August 15
Yadavindra Public school, SAS Nagar and Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, won their respective matches on the third day of the Fanta Fiesta basketball tournament played here at Sports Complex, Sector 7. YPS outplayed Guru Harkishan Public school, Sector 38 by 36-22 with the half-time score of 20-14, while SPS, Sector 41, defeated St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, by 56-24 with the half-time score of 29-14.


Rs 10 cr allocated for city roads: Kala
Chandigarh, August 15
The Acting Mayor, Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala, unfurled the National Flag at the Municipal Corporation office building in Sector 17 and congratulated the city residents on the 55th Independence Day here today.


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