Friday, August 17, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Petrol, diesel prices slashed in city
Chandigarh, August 16
The much-awaited reduction in the price of petroleum products was effected by the UT Administration today as petrol price was reduced by Rs 1.19 per litre and that of diesel by 65 paise following a notification by the Union Petroleum Ministry.

Ghaggar washes away agricultural land, damages crops

Chhat Bir, August 16
A raging Ghaggar, flowing above its danger level on Tuesday, left a trail of destruction, damaging crops and washing away acres of agricultural land along its banks in the subdivision.

A trail of destruction left by the raging Ghaggar.
A trail of destruction left by the raging Ghaggar after washing away acres of agricultural land and standing maze crops along its banks in Stabgarh village near Chhatbir during heavy rains recently. 
— Tribune photo Karam Singh

War for BJP presidentship intensifies
Chandigarh, August 16
The local unit of the BJP has been caught in a tug-of-war between two distinct party groups for wresting the local unit’s presidentship ahead of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh elections to establish control over the corporation and the organisation.



EC decides format for draw of lots

Chandigarh, August 16
The Election Commission has decided to replace nine reserved constituencies with general ones, upsetting many aspirants’ apple-cart. The Commission today decided the format for the draw of lots for the reservation of wards to be held at Tagore Theatre on August 18.

Board withdraws termination notices
SAS Nagar, August 16
The Punjab School Education Board authorities today withdrew the termination notices of 160 clerks in the wake of the stay on their termination by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Upstaging those who can see
Chandigarh, August 16
The 10th rank in the highly competitive B.Ed entrance test in Chandigarh this year has gone to a 22-year-old visually challenged man from Kulu, Mr Lal Singh Thakur. “I obtained 185.25 marks out of 250,” he says.

12-yr-old boy crushed to death
Chandigarh, August 16
A 12-year-old child was crushed to death by a speeding truck on the road dividing Industrial Area from Colony No 4 here this evening. According to the information, Sunil Kumar of Colony No 4, was killed when his bicycle was crushed by a truck ( HR-37A-2441) at about 5.30 PM. It is learnt that the child was run over when he was trying to cross the road.



‘Helmet not compulsory though very much desirable’
Chandigarh, August 16
Principals of the girls colleges in the city today clarified that although it was not compulsory, the students had been strongly advised to wear helmets while driving two-wheelers.

Girls zip out of their college without paying heed to the Principals’ advice to wear helmets.
Girls zip out of their college without paying heed to the Principals’ advice to wear helmets. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

More seats, new service for air travellers
Chandigarh, August 16
Within a week of the introduction of a special evening Shatabdi Express from August 25, the air service on the Chandigarh-New Delhi sector, too, is poised for upgradation.

Amendments in Water Disputes Act opposed
SAS Nagar, August 16
To oppose the recent amendments in the Inter-State Water Disputes Act, the AISAD Panthic Morcha would coordinate with regional parties at the Centre. A programmee in this regard would be announced at a meeting of the Panthic Morcha at Amritsar on August 18, said Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, a former Member of Parliament here today.

Functions mark I-Day celebrations
Chandigarh, August 16
Independence Day celebrations were held at different schools here today. Sacred Heart Convent School celebrated independence day with enthusiasm as students gave brief speeches on patriotism. Cultural items included songs and dances showing different regional and cultural characteristics.

Heavy traffic and bad road
The Kajheri crossing on outer Dakshin Marg, where heavy and light vehicles mingle, is one of the major accident spots in the city. Though police records mention only two major accidents at this junction so far this year, sources say that as many as three or four minor accidents take place here every week.

‘Amend archaic laws to promote horticulture’
Chandigarh, August 16
Nearly 37 per cent of the total 149 million metric tonnes of horticultural produce of the country is lost in post-harvest operations, says Mr J.P. Negi, Managing Director, National Horticulture Board.

A proud two-and-a-half-year-old child of Linnet Preparatory School and Day Care Centre hoists the National Flag.
A proud two-and-a-half-year- old child of Linnet Preparatory School and Day Care Centre hoists the National Flag while other children (all under three) join her to celebrate Independence Day in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

IAF to begin rehearsals for Presidential review
Chandigarh, August 16
The Indian Air Force is to begin dry runs and rehearsals for the forthcoming Presidential review 45 days before the grand event, scheduled to be held here on October 17, it is learnt.

Camps on banking facilities
Panchkula, August 16
Stressing on the need to create awareness on various banking facilities available to the farming community, the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, said that the district administration, in collaboration with banks, would organise camps in villages.

Revision of poll rolls ordered
Chandigarh, August 16
The Election Commission of India has ordered a special intensive revision of the electoral rolls with January 1, 2002, as the qualifying date. 

NMCP president joins Samata Party
Chandigarh, August 16
Ms Poonam Sharma, president of the Nationalist Mahila Congress Party, along with her supporters, today joined the Samata Party. Addressing her decision to quit the NMCP here, Ms Sharma accused the local NCP chief, Mr Gurbachan Singh, of adopting a “dictatorial attitude” in running the party and the projecting Ms Paramjit Kaur Dhillon as the “parallel” NMCP chief.

Residents welfare bodies meet
Chandigarh, August 16
A meeting of various residents welfare associations of Sector 41 was held here today under the chairmanship of Mr R.K. Mann, president of the LIG Residents Welfare Association, Sector 41-D.

Sapling plantation drive at Golf Club
Chandigarh, August 16
A sapling plantation drive was launched at the Chandigarh Golf Club yesterday. Members of the club joined in to start the plantation on the 15th hole. The captain of the club, Mr Sandeep Sandhu, explained that over 400 saplings were being planted at various locations on the Golf Course.

Labourer electrocuted
Chandigarh, August 16
A 20-year-old labourer was electrocuted in the Mauli Jagran area here today. He was engaged in the construction work of a house when the wooden plank he was carrying touched an electric cable.



Doctor held for graft
Chandigarh, August 16
The CBI sleuths today caught a doctor in the Sector 16 General Hospital while she was demanding and accepting a bribe for preparing a fake medical certificate. Dr Asha Kiran of the Department of Medicine in the General Hospital was caught while accepting and demanding a bribe of Rs 4000. 

Scooter stolen
Chandigarh, August 16
Two cases of theft have been registered in different parts of the city during the past 24 hours. A scooter (CH-03D-6423) was stolen from outside a house in Sector 38-D on August 14, while two suitcases containing clothes, a camera and 12 tolas of gold ornaments were stolen from a counter in Sector 17 ISBT last morning. The police has registered cases under section 379 of the IPC.

  • Burglary

  • One arrested

  • Five held


  • Electrocuted 


Car helpline service launched
Chandigarh, August 16
Speed India Car Helplines, a company which pioneered in providing 24-hour car helpline services called “Cross Roads” to road users in Delhi and the National Capital Region two years ago, has now decided to launch the service in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula. 



4 students identified for scholarships
Chandigarh, August 16
Four students from this region have been identified by the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation here for science scholarships under a scheme launched by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.


Probe against PAP Commandant stayed
Chandigarh, August 16
Issuing notice of motion to the state of Punjab and other respondents on a petition filed by IPS officer Mann Singh, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed inquiry proceedings, if any, against him. The inquiry, as per the petitioner’s claim, was the outcome of Punjab Principal Secretary Bikramjit Singh’s enmity.

  • Civic body chief’s election set aside

  • Order to acquire land for jail

  • Octroi recovery stayed

  • Notice in Dangi case

  • Arrest stayed

HC directive on Bhabat village
Chandigarh, August 16
Disposing of a petition, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the state of Punjab and other respondents to issue necessary notification for the inclusion of Bhabat village in Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat.



Play depicts agony of women
Chandigarh, August 16
The truth of life is always hard to accept. But that does not contain conscience-keepers of society from citing it. Atamjit’s production, which has the power to set minds on fire, will go into evidence at Tagore Theatre soon. 


Power supply in GMCH operation theatres to be strengthened
Chandigarh, August 16
The Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital today ordered improving its power back-up system in operation theatres to prevent recurrence of power failures like the one which happened yesterday when an emergency operation had to be carried out without electricity.

More cholera cases this year
Chandigarh, August 16
The health authorities admit that the city experienced more cases of cholera and gastroenteritis cases this year as compared to the year 2000. Till date as many as 11 cases of cholera and thousands of gastroenteritis cases have been already reported from various slums of the city.

Another physiotherapy centre for elders
Chandigarh, August 16
The city will have another free physiotherapy centre for senior citizens at the Santsar Gurdwara, Sector 38, soon. According to Mr P.H. Vaishnav, president of the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association, financial assistance to the tune of Rs 1.75 lakh had been offered by the Rotary Club, Shivalik, for the purchase of the latest equipment. One such is already functioning at the Arya Samaj, Sector 7, here.

Uncertainty mars PGI Deanship?
Chandigarh, August 16
The PGI Governing Body that selected a new dean on July 25, has failed to finalise the minutes of the meeting. While selection of the new Dean hangs a fire, and will finally depend on the High Court’s decision, new facts have come to light. Sources add the previous director, Prof B.K. Sharma, had recommended the name of Prof R.N. Kataria, the third senior-most professor, bypassing the names of Prof R.J. Dash and Prof A.K. Banerjee.



Jalandhar wins overall trophy
Chandigarh, August 16
Savresh Kumar of the 46 battalion who clocked 11.23 seconds in 100-metre race became the fastest runner in the 3rd Inter-battalion/group Centre Athletic Competitions comprising of Punjab and Chandigarh held today at Central Polytechnic, Sector 26, under the supervision of GC, Pinjore.

  • Basketball tourney

  • Football meet

  • Cricket trials

  • Meeting

Another city girl on the block
Chandigarh, August 16
Meet Samridhi Mahajan, a Class IX student of local Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, whose determination has helped her in achieving desired results in the field of badminton. She took to the game in 1998 at the initiative of her father Ravi Mahajan, who himself is a keen sport lover.
Samridhi Mahajan (front right) with other badminton players at Czech Republic.
Samridhi Mahajan (front right) with other badminton players at Czech Republic.


Reverted DSP’s plea to UT Admn
Chandigarh, August 16
A former Deputy Superintendent of Police, reverted to the rank of an Inspector, Mr Dayanand, has requested the UT Administration that he be granted the rank of a Deputy Superintendent of Police in his own rank and pay.

Reduce congestion in Sec 34: Jacob
Chandigarh, August 16
During the visit to Sector 34 today the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), said congestion in the area should be reduced and there should be more green space and parking space.

HUDA seals three more booths
Panchkula, August 16
Almost a month after having begun the exercise of sealing of booths in the city, the Estate Office of the Haryana Urban Development Authority sealed three more booths today evening for non-payment of dues.Top

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