Wednesday, August 29, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Complete strike by city college students
Protest against hike in minimum number of lectures
Chandigarh, August 28
More than 4,000 students of various colleges of the city marched amidst tight security towards Panjab University today, protesting against the decision of the University Grants Commission to increase the minimum lectures to be attended by these students in the colleges from the present 66 per cent to 75 per cent.

ALL FOR THE SAKE OF FREEDOM: City college students, thousands of them, raise slogans near the VC’s office in Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Tuesday, against the move to increase the minimum attendance. 
— Photo Pradeep Tewari



Volte-face by Ravinder
Kharar, August 28
The murder case of Satwant Singh Gill of Gill Estate has taken a curious turn with the suspect in the case, Ravinder Singh Gill, son of the deceased, contracting from his earlier version of having killed his father. The suspect claims that he had been mentally pressurised to make the confessional statement — a fact denied by the Ropar police.

Where should depositors go?
Chandigarh, August 28
Agony writ large on their faces, thousands of depositors have been driven from pillar to post for the past few years for getting their hard-earned money back from Ican Mutual Benefits Limited with whom they had made deposits at varying rates of interest, depending upon the duration of the deposits.

Prime accused withdraws statement
Liquor manufacturing unit case
Chandigarh, August 28
The city police had to face an embarrassing situation when the prime accused in the illicit liquor manufacturing unit case, Harinder Pal Singla, retracted from the confession made before police. The accused said before the magistrate that he had not made any statement during interrogation as the police officials had stated before the court.

 Sher-e-Punjab  Maharaja Ranjit SinghKhalsa Raj glorified in light and sound
Project on Maharaja Ranjit Singh's life begins on Sept 1
Chandigarh, August 28
Any attempt at capturing history is no less than a challenge. The same holds true for Sher-e-Punjab, the ambitious light and sound project on the life and achievements of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, which has been especially conceived to mark 500 years of history and evolution of the Sikh religion.

Youth killed while tampering with unused shell
Panchkula, August 28
A 25-year-old youth was killed here this afternoon on the Ghaggar river bed near Ambedkar Colony in Sector 21 while he was tampering with an unused shell.

Damsels worried over geri route attendance
Chandigarh, August 28
“Geri” route — meandering through the tender hearts of stony teenyboppers — may soon be “out of bounds” for passionate riders. At least during the college hours. As the university authorities have asked the colleges to install “no thoroughfare” board on the “highway-to-love” by directing them to increase the minimum attendance from 66 to 75 per cent.

LOST GLORY: ‘Geri’ route may not be the same again if the minimum percentage of attendance is increased by college authorities. — A Tribune photograph


BJP-SAD for MC poll in October
Chandigarh, August 28
The two proposals put forth by the Deputy Election Commissioner, Mr D.M. Khaneta, before the UT Administration for holding MC elections in October or November have evoked mixed reactions from various political parties in the city.

MCC poll notice soon
Chandigarh, August 28
The UT Administration is likely to issue a call-upon notice in a day or two for elections to the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, panchayat samitis and five vacant posts of panches. The notice will be issued by the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen Mr J.F.R. Jacob (retd).

Mayor’s plea on power consumption
Chandigarh, August 28
The Mayor, Mrs Harjinder Kaur, has in a letter written to the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), drawn his attention towards the newly implemented regulations for drawing the minimum monthly charging of power, forcing the city residents to pay for the power not even being consumed by them.

Chautala inaugurates grain market
Barwala (Panchkula), August 28
A rethink on the existing four-tier slab system of tubewell power consumption introduced by the former Chief Minister, Mr Bansi lal, would be initiated and suitably amended to meet the demand of the public, said Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister of Haryana, at a public rally, here today, organised after the foundation laying ceremony of bridges at Rehor and Toka. These would reduce distance between Kot and Raipur Rani and Rehor and Raipur Rani.

Mess in zoo rest house
Chhat Bir, August 28
The Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park authorities caught two couples in a compromising position in the zoo rest house here today. Zoo sources said two turbaned youths and two women in their mid-20s had been indulging in the act after having drinks in the rest house. The couples allegedly entered the rest house by dropping the name of Mr Rajinder Singh, Managing Director of the Punjab Forest Corporation. Zoo employees Ajaib Singh and Mohan Singh allowed them to enter the rest house when Mr R.K. Luna, Director of the zoo, was in New Delhi for some official work.

Battle-cries that enthuse soldiers
One of the most inspiring elements for soldiers assaulting an enemy position, is perhaps, their battle-cry. From time immemorial men have charged the enemy with blood-curdling yells or fall-throated battle-cries.

Award-winning home for kids
Bal Niketan, a home for destitute children in Sector 2, has earned the distinction of being the only institution in the region to be selected for the National Award for Child Welfare. And this is not the only reason for the management and the children to be happy about: The Government of India has approved a grant for the shishu greh which entails a number of services for the welfare of children in the 0-6 years age group.

Tipnis visits AF Station
Chandigarh, August 28
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal A .Y. Tipnis paid a brief visit to the Chandigarh Air Force Station today. He was accompanied by the president of the Air Force Wives Welfare Association, Mrs Molins Tipnis. During his visit, the Air Chief went around the station and inspected various ongoing preparation works for the IAF forthcoming presidential review.

City taps may go dry today
Chandigarh, August 28
Residents of various sectors of the city may have to put up with inadequate water supply, that too, at low pressure tomorrow, following a leakage from a burst pipeline near the Kajauli water works today.


CMO’s house burgled
Chandigarh, August 28
Jewellery, cash and the other valuables worth thousands of rupees were stolen from the Sector 21-D residence of the Chief Medical Officer of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam. In an FIR registered under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC, Mr Ravinder Chaddha, has said that burglars have decamped with Rs 5,000 cash and an expensive watch.

2 killed in accident
Amloh, August 28
On the statement of Mr Netar Singh, son of Mr Kehar Singh, resident of Machhrai Khurd village, the local police has registered a case against a tractor driver Harbans Singh, alias Kala of Bhari Panchan village, under Sections 279, 304-A and 427 of the IPC.


Algebra blues for students
Chandigarh, August 28
Less than 10 per cent students of the Mathematics Department in Panjab University have passed the B.Sc. (honours school) algebra paper this year, resulting in students approaching the university authorities for better classroom teaching in the paper.

Faculty condemns denial of merit
Chandigarh, August 28
Counselling for the NRI quota seats of the Panjab University Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology has been criticised by fellows and the faculty of the university.

Fortnight dedicated to literacy
Chandigarh, August 28
The Punjab University Regional Resource Centre for Adult and Continuing Education in collaboration with the Female Literacy House of the UT Administration will organise various programmes during the International Literacy Fortnight.

CCA students protest against ragging allegations
Chandigarh, August 28
Students of the Chandigarh College of Architecture have protested against the reportedly defamatory reports given by a student of the college from the North East, Mr Soumen Bhoumik, who left the college without informing anyone for his home state, Tripura, a week back.

Painting contest draws budding talent
Panchkula, August 28
Over 482 students from 45 schools in Chandigarh, Mohali and Chandimandir participated in the annual on-the-spot painting contest organised by Pallavi Hotel on its premises in Sector 5, here today.

Students to highlight menace of drug addiction
Chandigarh, August 28
Students of Vivek High School in Sector 38 here will organise a multimedia exhibition “Ek Kadam Umeed Ki Ore” on the ill-effects of drugs, alcohol and smoking addiction in collaboration with the CII from August 30 to September 1 on the school premises. The three-day exhibition will witness a host of activities, including multimedia slide presentations, created by students of the school.

8 kids selected for camp
Chandigarh, August 28
The Chandigarh branch of the Indian Council for Child Welfare today organised Bal Shree Competition on behalf of the National Bal Bhavan Society at Bal Bhavan. A press note issued by the council said eight children had been shortlisted to take part in the North Zone Zonal Level Bal Shree Camp from various schools in different streams.

Girl stunned to find bandage in parantha
Chandigarh, August 28
Hostelers of the GGS College for Women, Sector 26, were up in arms yesterday against the mess contractor of the hostel when a girl reported that a bandage had been found in the filling of the parantha she was served for her breakfast.

Impressive display by NIFD students
Chandigarh, August 28
Out of the designer creations which went into evidence on the campus of National Institute of Fashion Design campus in Sector 8 here today, the one titled “Saadgi” stands out for an obvious reason.

Aero news scrap book contest
Chandigarh, August 28
The Aeronautical Society of India has held an aero news scrap book competition for school children. A press note issued by Wg Cdr D.P.Sabharwal (retd), honorary secretary of the society, said at the competition children were asked to give any aviation or space related news or photograph pertaining to India or the world and published in any newspaper or magazine between May 1 and July 31.


PGI Dean: HC refers plea to Chief Justice
Chandigarh, August 28
PGI Dean’s name continues to remain a secret even as Mr Justice K.S. Kumaran and Mr Justice J.S. Khehar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today referred the petition to another Bench. The petition filed by the Head of the Radio Diagnosis Department — Prof Sudha Suri and another professor — will now be placed before the Chief Justice of the High Court for appropriate orders.

Costs imposed on SDM for shops’ demolition
Chandigarh, August 28
Coming down heavily on Payal’s Sub-Divisional Magistrate Purneet Bhardwaj and four others for illegally demolishing two shops of a Ludhiana district resident, Mr Justice R.L. Anand of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today imposed costs of Rs 25,000 on the respondents.

  • Plea against holding SGPC poll

  • SP directed to probe rape

  • Bhullar’s plea before CJ

  • Contempt notice to GJU VC

Army nurses contest new dress code
Chandigarh, August 28
The controversy shrouding the new dress code for officers of the Military Nursing Services has taken a new turn with some of the nursing officers filing a writ in the Punjab and Haryana High Court here, it is learnt.

New forum set up
Chandigarh, August 28
A new, non-profit voluntary service organisation, the International Forum for Awareness and Accountability, has been formed in Chandigarh. With Justice A.D. Kaushal of the Supreme Court as patron and a former Advocate-General of Punjab and Haryana, Mr Harbhagwan Singh, as president, the forum is in public interest endeavouring to humanise and update laws, recommend administrative reforms, provide free legal counselling, create awareness on women’s right and educate them to fight sexual harassment at workplaces, counsel victims of violence, evaluate public policies, care for migrant labour, etc.


New dispensaries in Sectors 33 
and 47
Chandigarh, August 28
The Sector 47 Government Homoeopathic Dispensary may soon have a dental wing. Inaugurating the dispensary today, the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd.), asked the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, to look into the possibility of opening a dental wing in the dispensary as there was sufficient space available to provide the facility to the residents.

Accompanied by Ms Neeru Nanda, the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), inaugurates an allopathic and ayurvedic dispensary in Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Jacob seeks report on optical fibre facility
Chandigarh, August 28
The possibility of interlining the Government Medical College and Hospital, the General Hospital, Sector 16, and all dispensaries of Chandigarh by a wide area of network on computers must be explored, opined the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), during a presentation made by Himachal Futuristic Communication Limited today.

Blood donation camp
Chandigarh, August 28
A blood donation camp will be organised by Mr Ramnik Lal, a special invitee to the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee, at Goswami Ganesh Dutt Bhavan on August 30. The camp is being organised by him in the memory of his grandfather, Mohan Lal, who was the Home and Finance Minister in Partap Singh Kairon’s ministry.


CGA golf competition on September 1
Chandigarh, August 28
The Chandigarh Golf Association will organise Monsoon Fun Golf competition on September 1 from 7 p.m. onwards under floodlights. This is the first event to be conducted by the Chandigarh Golf Association under floodlights. According to Mr D.P. Azad, president, Chandigarh Golf Association, all the CGA Golf Range members, including their dependents, are eligible to participate in the event.

Harshit is judo champion
Chandigarh, August 28
Harshit Chaudhary of St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, secured first place while Nitin Sharma of Government Model High School, Sector 44, was placed in the above 71 kg section in the UT Inter-School Judo Championships played here today at Sector 42 Sports Complex. In below 60 kg, Rajan of St Xavier’s-44 was at first place. The other winners include: below 71 kg — Harminder of St Xavier’s-44; below 55 kg — Puneet of SSMSS-40 and Mehar of SSMSS-40, below 45 kg — Ravi Kumar of SPS-44; and below 40 kg — Sanjeev of GSSS, Karsan.

  • Basketball meet

  • Talent hunt at PU gymnasium


UT appoints ROs for MC poll
Chandigarh, August 28
The State Election Commissioner of the UT has appointed eight PCS/HCS officials as returning officers for holding elections to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, panchayat samiti and vacant seats of panches in various gram sabhas of the city.

Heated arguments at civic body meeting
House passes all 20 items
SAS Nagar, August 28
The general house meeting of the local civic body witnessed a heated arguments between the president, Mr Kulwant Singh, and a councillor of the opposition group, Mr Manjeet Singh Sethi, here today. The arguments — which stopped short of the two manhandling each other — ended with the councillors of the ruling group deciding to initiate action against the councillor for his alleged misbehaviour.

Drop the mobile, Jacob tells his men
Chandigarh, August 28
“Drop your mobile telephones and pick up much cheaper wireless-in-local-loop telephones for mobility in and around the city,” said the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) here today. He advised officials of the Chandigarh Administration on various ways of cutting down on their telephone bills.

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