Thursday, August 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Major fire in Mohali rehri market
Goods worth Rs 15 lakh destroyed
SAS Nagar, August 22
The Janta rehri market in Phase 3B 1 here virtually turned into a massive inferno as goods worth over Rs 15 lakh were destroyed in a major fire which broke out in the wee hours of this morning. The fire destroyed 12 shops, while leaving a trail of distraction on the adjoining shops, being run from tin enclosures.

A shopkeeper salvages usuable items out of the remains of a shop gutted in Phase 3B1 of SAS Nagar in the early hours of Wednesday. A shopkeeper salvages usuable items out of the remains of a shop gutted in Phase 3B1 of SAS Nagar in the early hours of Wednesday.
— Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Promised grant eludes MC
Chandigarh, August 22
A promised grant of Rs 5 crore from the Central Government to the cash-strapped Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is yet to materialise even as MC resources are depleting.



...And now yoga for cops
Chandigarh, August 22
The over-stressed traffic cops in the city police finally get a reprieve. The top brass in the city police has come up with a plan to impart yoga lessons to the traffic staff in order to make them resistant to stress and the growing pollution levels.

Cable operators’ strike today
Chandigarh, August 22
City residents will not be able to watch their favourite television programmes tomorrow as cable operators have decided to observe a 24-hour ‘blackout’ from 9 am tomorrow in protest against the alleged high-handedness of the Electricity Department.

Designer in Magda blossoms in India
Chandigarh, August 22
This is for the second time that Magda Prats is transcending the boundaries of her home in Barcelona (Spain) to be a part of India’s textile designing circuit. A reputed freelance designer-illustrator herself, Magda has always known India as a land of rich patterns, rich ideas and rich culture.

Rare spine surgery at GMCH
Chandigarh, August 22
Doctors at the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) have successfully corrected two cases of congenital scoliosis, becoming the only hospital in this region to undertake this rare surgery.

Christian front flays PM’s remarks
Chandigarh, August 22
The All-India Christian Front held a high-level emergency meeting here yesterday in view of Prime Minister’s reported allegations about Christian missionaries carrying out conversions under the pretext of charity work.

More felled khair trees, stumps found
Seunk (Kharar), August 22
Recovery of about 300 khair stumps here has turned out to be the tip of the iceberg as the forest officials who are looking into the matter, have reportedly found more uprooted stumps and felled trees in the lower Shivaliks here.


Rs 438 lakh sanctioned as loans
Panchkula, August 22
The District Industries Centre has provided loans worth Rs 438.44 lakh to over 620 unemployed youths for setting up their venture under the Prime Minister Rojgar Yojana.

Plan to start more ‘hop-on-hop-off’ buses
Chandigarh, August 22
The Chandigarh Administration is contemplating introducing more ‘‘hop-on-hop-off ’’ buses to cover adjoining tourists spots, including Pinjore, Kasauli, Nada Sahib, Anandpur Sahib, Sanghol and Sirhind.

New CTYC chief next month likely
Chandigarh, August 22
The appointment of the President of the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress (CTYC) is likely to be made next month.

Drawing magic on rice grains
Chandigarh, August 22
Jagdish Kumar may be just a student who has now cleared the plus two examination and is looking forward to admission into an institute of fine arts. But he is also blessed with an unusual artistic capability: he can draw on rice grains.

Globe drawn on a rice grain

Globe drawn on a rice grain

Congress grass in wild abundance
Congress grass seems to have taken over all the vacant plots and open spaces in Panchkula. This wild shrub is now spreading to road berms in residential areas causing allergies of various kinds.

Few bidders turn up for auction
Panchkula, August 22
The auction of 64 commercial sites in the city by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) failed miserably with a few bidders turned up for the auction and only seven sites being sold at the end of the day, here today.

Lieut Gen. J.F.R .Jacob (retd)
What should I eat? Lieut-Gen. J.F.R. Jacob (retd) seems to wonder at a function organised by the Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management Catering and Nutrition in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

60 sites allotted to auto mechanics
Chandigarh, August 22
A total of 60 built up sites for auto mechanics were allotted through a draw of lots conducted by the Estate Office here this morning.

Kitty culture takes root
Kitty culture has taken root among the women of this town. Until some years ago such parties were unheard of but now these have become a status symbol. Proximity to Chandigarh has influenced the lifestyle of this small town which is gradually moving ahead with the latest trends.

2 killed in mishap
SAS Nagar, August 22
Two persons were killed and two injured when a Tata Sumo rammed into a stationary truck here early today.

4 BSNL employees’ unions merge
Chandigarh, August 22
Four unions of Group C and D employees of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited have merged to form one BSNL Employees Union of Chandigarh Telecom District.

BKU holds protest rally
Chandigarh, August 22
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) today organised a rally at Matka Chowk here today to voice its resentment against the police lathi charge on union activists at Bathinda on July 24.


Another held in contract killing case
Chandigarh, August 22
The Mani Majra police today arrested another accused in the contract killing case. Accused Ashoki, a driver of Balwant Rai Chumma, was arrested from Mani Majra this evening.

Cyclist injured in mishap
Chandigarh, August 22
A cyclist was injured when a car (CH-01P-5922) hit him before hitting another car on the road separating Sectors 27 and 28.


Net users switch to local companies
Chandigarh, August 22
Net users are now turning to their Internet Service Providers or local companies providing e-mail services free of cost after the decision by a few popular companies including and to charge for their services. Users however, are disturbed by the decision which the companies have taken owing to the dot com recession.



Assurance fails to placate PCCTU
Chandigarh, August 22
The Punjab Minister for Higher Education, Master Mohan Lal, today said immediate action would be taken for speeding up the process for starting the pension and gratuity scheme for college teachers.

Three varsities to form coordination panel
Chandigarh, August 22
Panjab University has initiated changes in academic and financial matters based on issues passed by the university Senate in May this year.

Residents of MCM DAV College hostels on their way to the college.STATE OF HOSTELS
Good food, caring wardens
For residents of the four blocks of hostels in MCM DAV College, Sector 36, their hostels and college are the best in the city and there is nothing that they can ask for except an outing every week.

Residents of MCM DAV College hostels on their way to the college.

Learn Today’s portal launched
Chandigarh, August 22
www.Ulearn today. com the fun portal for serious learners, has been launched by Learn Today, the learning division of the India Today group here today .


Verdict reserved on vehicle impounding
Chandigarh, August 22
Judgement on public interest litigation filed by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties through its vice-president, Mr Ujjal Singh Sahni, for a restraint on the impounding of private vehicles for political rallies was reserved today by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice S.S. Sudhalkar and Mr Justice A.K. Goyal.

  • CBI probe into missing jawan’s case
  • Tantrik’s plea dismissed
  • Plea against cops’ selection admitted

Liquor contractor remanded
Chandigarh, August 22
Harinder Pal Singla, a well-known liquor contractor, today surrendered in a local court, in a case of manufacturing illicit liquor. The court remanded him to judicial custody.


Natural grandeur translated into colour
Chandigarh, August 22
The most dominant element in the works of Ajay Sohi, which opened for the public at IndusInd Bank Art Gallery here yesterday, is their "ability to communicate." Each mounted work seems to grow out of the walled canvas and speak in the beautiful language of colours. The viewer sure remains arrested in his landscapes for a while, until he realises that he is viewing a creation and not a reality.

Punjab Governor Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob goes round the exhibition of Shiv Singh’s paintings in Chandigarh on Wednesday.Shiv’s brush with divine and material aspects
Chandigarh, August 22
The space of Alliance Francaise Art Gallery in Sector 36 seems to have been suddenly transformed into illusion. Lending the mystic quality to the surroundings are the latest abstract creations of Shiv Singh, who uses the tool of art to blend the divine with the material aspects. The show was thrown open to the public today by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob.

Punjab Governor Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob goes round the exhibition of Shiv Singh’s paintings in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Melody leaves the audience spellbound
Chandigarh, August 22
Melody filled the air at the Bhaskar Rao Auditorium of Pracheen Kala Kendra where Shree Gangopadhyay, presented a special sarod recital here this evening.


Watch out for dengue, say doctors
Chandigarh, August 22
While the city has not recorded even a single dengue case during the past few years, the PGI has been continuously receiving dengue cases from various parts of the adjoining states.

Operation theatres closed again
Chandigarh, August 22
Eight operation theatres on the fifth floor of the PGI were once closed again today. The theatres were reopened after an interval of 18 days yesterday following repairs by the PGI Engineering Department.

Ultrasound centres told to get registered
SAS Nagar, August 22
Computerisation and other facilities are being introduced in the local Civil Hospital to improve services and efficiency.

Head injury cases discussed
Chandigarh, August 22
Senior representatives of the PGI, GMCH, Sector 32, and General Hospital, Sector 16, yesterday met in the PGI to deliberate upon the management of ever-increasing number of head injury cases in the city.

4 more PG courses for GMCH okayed
Chandigarh, August 22
The Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, has got a nod from the Medical Council of India (MCI) for starting postgraduate courses in four more disciplines — orthopaedics, paediatrics, gynaecology and community medicine.


Chandimandir KV wins football tourney
Chandigarh, August 22
Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1, Chandimandir, emerged as winner after defeating KV No 1 Jalandhar by six goals to one on the concluding day of the Junior Inter — KV Football Tournament of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Chandigarh region.

  • Carrom title

  • Karate championship

DAV team wins handball meet
Chandigarh, August 22
DAV School (team A), Sector 8, outplayed Coaching Centre, Sector 21 by 28-16 in the boys final of the 16th Chandigarh sub-Junior State Handball Championship held at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8. The half time scores were 18-13. The main scorers for the winners were Simranjit, Lakhvinder, Abhimanyu and Kumar. The strikers for losing team were Harsimran, Harpreet and Raj Kumar.

  • Wrestling meet

  • Adventure club

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