Saturday, August 25, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Was Gill murdered by family members?
SAS Nagar, August 24
On the eighth-day of the murder of 52-year-old Satwant Singh Gill, owner of Gill Estate, the Ropar police has reportedly by achieved a breakthrough in the case. Though no official of the district police was available for comments, sources said the police had zeroed in on a family member of the victim.

Principals must ensure proper work culture: VC
Chandigarh, August 24
The education system in colleges is facing a virtual collapse because of a non-existent decent work culture in most of the colleges in Punjab. This and more on troubled waters of the teaching system in colleges was highlighted at the annual conference of Principals of colleges affiliated to Panjab University here today.

More non-stop buses on Patiala-Chandigarh route
Chandigarh, August 24
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) is set to increase its non-stop bus service on the Patiala-Chandigarh route, besides making the Zirakpur township a nodal centre for running of local buses to Chandigarh.


Demolition drive: bias alleged
Chandigarh, August 24
Tension prevailed in Sector 46-C following the demolition of unauthorised structures in a house by the enforcement staff of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) today.

Workers of the enforcement staff of the Chandigarh Housing Board demolish an illegal structure in a house in Sector 46-C, Chandigarh, on Friday. Picture on the left shows encroachment on government land by the owner of another house in the sector. Tribune photos Manoj Mahajan

Haryana toughens stand against ACC
Panchkula, August 24
Finally, luck of the ACC management seems to have run out with the Haryana Government deciding to register cases against them for encroachment on 809 acres of forest land since 1997 and carry out an evaluation of their scrap lying at the factory premises.

No full house for evening Shatabdi
Chandigarh, August 24
The third Shatabdi between Chandigarh and Delhi, which starts tomorrow, may be set for a not so popular start, largely due to it being a weekend tomorrow, when not many people prefer to travel between the city and the Capital.

City second largest hub of aviation activities
Chandigarh, August 24
A giant IL-76 freighter thunders overhead, as bespectacled scientists run computer simulations on warheads designed for ballistic missiles. A few kilometers away, a civilian Boeing 737 taxies past fighter aircraft being readied for an exercise sortie, while on the other side of the Air Force Station engineers strip down a Mi-17 chopper for overhaul.

Consumers may not pay for strike period
Chandigarh, August 24
The cablemen of the city and Mohali today geared up to remove wires from electricity poles within a week, as promised yesterday, as the All Chandigarh Cable Operators Joint Action Committee mooted the idea of not charging anything from the viewers at least for the day of strike.

A strange silence
I went home after work to a strange silence. As I walked in, I could hear voices. Such sounds are uncommon these days, drowned out by the din from TV sets that dominate the evenings of practically every middle-class home.


‘Tatkal’ option a hot favourite
Chandigarh, August 24
The ‘tatkal’ option in the scheme of commercial booth sites floated by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) at SAS Nagar (Mohali) has elicited an overwhelming response.

AWWA raising day function
Ambala, August 24
A heart-warming cultural programme was presented by the mentally and physically challenged students of Asha school as part of the celebrations to commemorate the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) raising day today.

Harness rainwater: Jacob
Chandigarh, August 24
“In cities like Chandigarh, house owners and cooperative house building societies should harness rainwater. Rooftops are catchment areas that can be used to harvest rainwater. This is reasonably clean water and can be used either directly or for recharging the aquifer”. This was suggested by the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, PVSM (retd), while addressing the audience at Panjab University’s Gandhi Bhavan at a function organised jointly by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), People for Animals, and Yuvsatta here today.

Pangolin found in Naya Gaon
Chandigarh, August 24
A male pangolin was found in Govind Nagar Colony in Naya Gaon village in Ropar district, about 10 km from here, this morning.

Residents admire a male pangolin found at Naya Gaon village near Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Kebabs cooked on stone
CHANDIGARH: In this age of modern cookers and microwave ovens, cooking on stone and firewood brings with it an element of surprise and curiosity. Khyber Restaurant in Sector 35, here, takes us back to the ‘stone age’ and ‘wood age’ with its new kebabs.

Fervour marks Jain festival
KHARAR: Mahaparv Sambatshri, an important festival of the Jain Community, was celebrated with enthusiasm here in the Jain Sthanak. A function was organised to mark the occasion in which a cultural programme based on the principles of Jainism was presented.

Green belt thrown open to public
Chandigarh, August 24
A green belt in sector 30-A and B was opened to the public today following formal inauguration by the UT Administrator, Lieut Gen. J.F.R. Jacob (retd). The green belt, which had been recently developed by the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, fulfills a long-pending demand of the residents.

Police, immigration consultants meet
Chandigarh, August 24
The city police today called a meeting of various immigration consultants, operating in the city to redress their complaints and have an interactive session with them.

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Sec 55 launched
Chandigarh, August 24
The Chandigarh Police’s ambitious Neighbourhood Watch Scheme was today launched in the MIG Housing Board flats in Sector 55 by the UT Inspector-General of Police, Mr B.S. Bassi.

Dalam advocates need to educate women
Chandigarh, August 24
Tracing the history of mediaeval Indian society, in which where women used to enjoy equal social status with men, the Information and Public Relations Minister, Mr Natha Singh Dalam emphasised the need for educating women. He was speaking at a cultural programme “Shakti” at B.Ed College in Sector 20 here today.

Today’s woman is career conscious: SP
Chandigarh, August 24
“Technical know-how, healthy reading habits and good communication skills are the key to success in any field you wish to enter”, said Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal, SP, Chandigarh police, at a discussion on career counselling attended by 120 students of class XI and XII at DAV Model School, Sector 15 here today.

Reduction in compensation
Chandigarh, August 24
Members of the Paramilitary Forces Retired Officers Association have condemned the decision of the Haryana and Himachal Pradesh Governments to reduce compensation to next of kin of soldiers killed on duty. They have also condemned the decision of the Haryana government to keep personnel of paramilitary forces out of the purview of such compensation.

4 booked for tampering with MC records
Dera Bassi, August 24
Following the directions of a Rajpura court, the Dera Bassi police has booked four employees, including the Executive Officer and a former vice-president of the local Municipal Council, for tampering with the records of the civic body.

Saini sammelan on Sept 1


Five held for immoral conduct
Lalru, August 24
Five persons, including a woman, who were found in a compromising position in a farm near Handesra village on Thursday have been arrested by the police.


Aptech to sponsor computer contest
Chandigarh, August 23
Aptech Computer Education, India’s largest network of computer training institutes, has signed up as a sponsor for Microsoft’s NET Campus Challenge.

‘Super Bazar officials flouting norms’
Chandigarh, August 24
The local unit of the Janata Dal (United) today demanded a judicial probe into the Super Bazar affair alleging that the cooperative society was being run by corrupt persons in gross violation of norms.

Punwire staff end fast


Panjab University Syndicate poll on Sept 28
Chandigarh, August 24
In a significant decision, Panjab University (PU) has decided to go ahead with the elections to the Syndicate and Deans on September 28 and 29, reliable sources said here today.

‘Observe Sept 5 as Grievances Day’
Chandigarh, August 24
The All-India Federation of University Teachers’ Associations has called upon the university teachers’ associations to observe September 5 (Teachers’ day) as Grievances Day to protest against government apathy and indifference, an official press statement said here today.

Communication skills workshop from today
Chandigarh, August 24
The road to the communication industry had never opened up for the city youth the way it is opening up now. Students of city colleges will have an opportunity to learn more about the nuances of communication and media under the guidance of stalwarts in this field.

Eco-club scheme launched
Panchkula, August 24
An eco-club scheme for schools under the National Green Corps was launched at Chaman Lal DAV School, Sector 11, here today, by the Commissioner and Secretary, Environment, Mr D.S. Dhesi.

School students participate in a painting contest organised on the occasion of launching of eco club at CL DAV, Sector 11, Panchkula, on Friday.

NSS students  donate blood
Chandigarh, August 24
More than 165 units of blood were collected at a blood donation camp organised by the NSS unit of SGGS College, Sector 26, here today.

Syal produced in court

Order on bail plea today
Chandigarh, August 24
A city court will tomorrow pronounce orders on the bail application filed by Dr Asha Kiran and her husband, Vinod Kumar. The two have been accused of demanding and accepting bribe for issuing false medical certificates.


Songs glorifying tradition of Punjab
Chandigarh, August 24
The greatest of joys often remain hidden behind the smallest of issues. That probably explains why a minor interest, unassumingly picked up along the road to maturity, sometimes becomes the fountainhead of life. So is it for Simran and Tripat, the sister duo from the city, which is all set to make a mark in the field of sensible singing, with the launch of their maiden album titled Laccha Multan da, which is all about melodies straight from the hearth of Punjab villages.

Folk singers Simran and Tripat perform a hit from “Lacha Multani Da” at Planet M in Chandigarh on Friday

Exhibitions, plays galore
This week has been full of impressive exhibitions. It began with a beautiful water colour exhibition at the Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10. The show went well, even if it was huge. About 60 canvases were displayed in the gallery. This was followed by another major exhibition in oil colours by a city artist who never thought of venturing out earlier. Ajay Sohi, an art instructor with Kendriya Vidyalaya, put up his first show. The paintings were exquisite in treatment of the theme. Each canvas depicted the glory of nature beautifully.

American cardiac team to visit local hospital
Chandigarh, August 24
A six-member cardiac surgery team from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA, one of the leading teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School, is visiting Mohali for a week starting tomorrow.

NGOs to be involved in AIDS control


Anshul in under-12 tennis final
Chandigarh, August 24
The Satluj Open Lawn Tennis Tournament began at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, here today.

Ramanpreet, Varun win TT titles
Chandigarh, August 24
Ramanpreet Kaur of Ajit Karam Singh International School, Sector 41, and Varun Kassal of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, bagged the junior girls’ and boys’ singles titles, respectively, in Bhavan Hawks seventh Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis tournament played here today.

Development estimates for pocket 6 passed
Chandigarh, August 24
The Finance and Contract Committee (F and CC) of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, at its meeting held today under the chairmanship of the Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, passed several estimates amounting to Rs 109.32 lakh for the development of Pocket No. 6 on the Chandigarh-Kalka road. The said area falls in the ward of the former Congress acting Mayor, Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala.

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