Thursday, August 30, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Three injured in clash on PU campus
SOPU-PUSU rivalry rears its ugly head
Chandigarh, August 29
The dirty face of political rivalry between two student factions of Panjab University, PUSU and SOPU, came to the fore on the university campus tonight when as many as eight armed boys owing allegiance to PUSU allegedly attacked and injured three inmates of boy’s hostel No 5, who reportedly are members of SOPU.

Fun and freedom? But at what cost?
Chandigarh, August 29
Illustration by Sandeep Joshi
Students are protesting in Chandigarh in a big way. And why? Because their fun is at stake. They have been asked by the UGC to attend 75 per cent of the classes held in the colleges and universities, instead of the 66 per cent norm earlier. They have united to protest against the “loss of freedom” they will be “subjected to.”



Parents back 75 pc attendance proposal

Chandigarh, August 29
There is a mixed reaction of students defending the University Grants Commission proposal of having a minimum of 75 per cent attendance in classrooms as eligibility for appearing in the annual examination of Panjab University and affiliated colleges and those speaking against it.

Mayor removes pictures of national heroes from office
Chandigarh, August 29
The new city Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, has got the photographs of all leaders put up in her office removed, except that of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee. The removed photographs are those of Indira Gandhi, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel and Dr B.R Ambedkar. These photographs had been put up by her predecessor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal.

MCC fails to auction parking lot
Chandigarh, August 29
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today failed to auction the parking lot opposite the District Courts in Sector 17 since it failed to fetch a good bid. 

Satwant Gill ran currency racket
Ropar, August 29
The murder case of Satwant Singh Gill of Gill Estate, Kansal, near Chandigarh, has opened the Pandora’s box with a currency racket coming to light.

Punjab’s tribute to the Maharaja
Chandigarh, August 29
It was a show of Sikh strength and power put together in the medium of light and sound. The 1980 production of Punjab Public Relations Department’s Sher-e-Punjab: Maharaja Ranjit Singh, staged here today at Parade Grounds, was as a befitting tribute to the king who not only earned the reputation of a perfect warrior but also made his mark as a philanthropist.
Artistes perform a light-and-sound programme Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh
Artistes perform a light-and-sound programme Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh at a Parade Ground, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


Declining sex ratio discussed
Chandigarh, August 29
While a few religious leaders have a commendable role in fighting the menace of female foeticide, some others in the fraternity have played an equally deplorable part in perpetuating this evil by exploiting sentiments of people and advocating religious customs and traditions for having a male child. These were the views expressed by the well-known social activist, Swami Agnivesh, while delivering his keynote address during the two-day workshop on Declining sex ratio which began in Panjab University today.

Mayor’s public meeting programme
Chandigarh, August 29
City Mayor Harjinder Kaur started her first public meeting programme by paying a visit to the Sector 37-C market today. She listened to listen to the people’s problems and assured them an early redress of the same.

Water shortage hits residents
Chandigarh, August 29
While officials of the Public Health wing of the Municipal Corporation claimed that the water supply to various parts of the city was normal today, residents in certain southern sectors had to bear with inadequate water supply and low water pressure, particularly those living on top floors.

Signboards to dot city roads
Chandigarh, August 29
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has decided to set up road signs on all busy roads, in various parts of the city. A decision to implement the resolution, passed by the MC House, was taken by the Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, today.

Morni to get facelift for tourists
Panchkula, August 29
The Haryana Government has decided to develop Morni Hills and its surrounding areas into a magnificent tourist spot. For this purpose, water games at Tikar Tal and Chamla will be introduced soon.

Dharna by farm technocrats
Chandigarh, August 29
On a call given by the Agricultural Technocrats Action Committee of Punjab, agricultural technocrats, horticulture soil conservation and animal husbandry departments today held a massive dharna at Matka Chowk in support of their demands.


Charges framed against 2
Chandigarh, August 29
A local court framed charges of attempt to murder against the two accused, Billu Ram and Mukesh Mittal, on the complaint filed against them by a former city Mayor and senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr Gian Chand Gupta.

4 booked for kidnapping man
Chandigarh, August 29
Four persons have been booked on charges of kidnapping a resident of Maloya after the latter failed to pay back the money he had received from the accused. According to an FIR registered under Sections 365, 382 and 34 of the IPC, it is alleged Nagar Singh, Jasbir Singh, Bhinde Ram and Hans Raj, all residents of Jhujar Nagar, had abducted Mr Mohinder Dass. The latter was going in his car (CH-01H- 0072) at the time of the incident.

  • Dowry case

  • Two arrested

  • Woman sit on dharna


Trader alleges new Esteem faulty
Chandigarh, August 29
Mr Sushil Goyal, a partner in Goyal Brothers, 11 MW Industrial Area-I, Chandigarh, today said that he had purchased a Maruti Esteem (Euro-II) on May 14 from Pasco Automobiles. He alleged the engine of this vehicle had some manufacturing defects. The car was emitting heavy black smoke (occasionally), had gear-level problem (reverse gear not working some times) and power windows and center locking system were also giving problems to him right from day one.


Jacob inaugurates Microsoft centre
Chandigarh, August 29
A state of the art 3500 square feet “SPIC-Microsoft” computer centre, offering high demand computer courses, was inaugurated by the UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), at the Punjab Engineering College here today.

Badal inaugurates NIPER convention centre
SAS Nagar, August 29
Describing the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research as a premier institute, the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal said it was doing commendable work in the pharmaceutical research and education. Mr Badal was at the institute to inaugurate a convention centre-cum-auditorium, constructed at a cost of Rs 3 crore.

Australia offers various study options to Indian students
Chandigarh, August 29
Australia’s popularity as quality source of higher education has grown over the last few years. There has been an average rise of 15% in the number of international students choosing to study at institutions in Australia. Significantly, the number of students from India recorded an increase of 35%, during the year 2000.The Australian universities are likely to host an estimated 100,000 international students during 2001.

National award for Principal Talwar
Chandigarh, August 29
National Award 2000, the “highest” award in the field of education — will be presented to the Principal of Sector 8 DAV Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, Mr Ravinder Talwar, by the President of India on September 5.

State of Hostels
A small, satisfied lot
The College of Architecture Girls Hostel in Sector 11 has one of the most satisfied lot of hostellers in the city. But the name is somewhat misleading since the hostel also houses girls from the Government College of Art.


High Court
File report on truant officers, Secy told
Chandigarh, August 29
Taking serious note of the cases being filed against Punjab Public Works Department, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked its Secretary, Mr Mohinder Singh, to file a personal affidavit giving details of the cases where current-duty charge was given to officers against whom disciplinary proceedings were pending.

  • Plea on Sehajdharis' vote withdrawn
  • SDM, Tehsildar summoned
  • Punjab restrained on liquor licence
  • Notice on bail plea

Nirupa Roy, others get interim bail
Panchkula, August 29
The additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhangu, today granted interim bail to Mumbai-based cine star Nirupa Roy, her husband, Kamal Roy, and son, Kiran Roy, in an alleged dowry case filed by her daughter-in-law, Una Roy, in January this year.


Rice eaters beware of ulcers
Chandigarh, August 29
People eating rice are likely to be more prone to duodenal ulcers, says Dr Frank Ivor Tovey, gastrointestinal surgeon from University College of London. Dr Tovey is in the city in connection with the ongoing Welcome Trust-aided ‘‘Duodenal Ulcer Research Project’’ in which the PGI Gastroenterology and Histopathology are also partners.

Jacob to inaugurate eye centre today
Chandigarh, August 29
The UT Administrator Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), will lay the foundation stone of the Rs 20 crore Advanced Eye Centre in the PGI tomorrow. The main objective of the eye centre is to provide curative facilities of the highest order and to prevent and control blindness. While the PGI Ophthalmology Department is able to provide primary eye care and limited secondary care facilities for tertiary care at present, patients have to depend upon Chennai for curative facilities.

‘Need to spread awareness about AIDS’
SAS Nagar, August 29
Human resource was the most valuable possession for a nation. But AIDS and use of drugs were destroying the most important resource. This was stated by Dr Rajan Gupta, Senior Staff Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, at a session on AIDS awareness and drug de-addiction, organised by the Mohali Industries Association in collaboration with the CII (Northern Region) here today.

Ms Suman Sawrup, Director-General of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), addresses a function in Chandigarh on Wednesday. ESIC to run ESI hospital in city
Chandigarh, August 29
The Employees State Insurance Hospital at the Ram Darbar here will directly be run by the Employees State Insurance Corporation and will become functional in November this year.
Ms Suman Sawrup, Director-General of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), addresses a function in Chandigarh on Wednesday. —A Tribune photograph

Yoga Kendra in Kurali
Kharar, August 29
The Bhartiya Yog Sansthan, Delhi, has started a free Yoga Kendra in Kurali town of the Kharar subdivision and this has been sponsored by the Aggarwal Sabha, Kurali. The centre started at Dera Baba Gosain Wala, Kurali, was inaugurated by Mr Krishan Lala Gupta, Punjab state president of the Bhartiya Yog Sansthan.


Joie de Vivre: Children of the Gurukul, seem to have caught the infectious spirit to be free and fly like balloons in the air, on the National Sports Day in Panchkula on Wednesday.
Joie de Vivre: Children of the Gurukul, seem to have caught the infectious spirit to be free and fly like balloons in the air, on the National Sports Day in Panchkula on Wednesday.

Catch us young, say kids on National Sports Day
Chandigarh, August 29
‘Catch us young’, ‘It is my own day’, ‘Stay fit’ — these were some of the slogans that about 80 schoolchildren who assembled in the Panjab University gymnasium hall today to celebrate the National Sports Day had on their placards. The hour-and-a-half-long event for the select audience saw the participants, aged seven to nine, in high spirits.

  • Fun events

  • Tree plantation

  • Soccer match

SD Club cagers slam dunk Kurali
Chandigarh, August 29
The Sector 32 SD Club defeated the Sports Club of Kurali, 65-35, with the halftime score being 33-15, on the second day of the second Pandit Mohan Lal Memorial Basketball Tournament in the Sector 32 SD Public School here today.

  • Carrom tourney

  • Brilliant half-ton

Date extended
Chandigarh, August 29
Keeping in view of the encouraging response from the participants, the last date for receiving entries for the Monsoon Fun Golf at CGA Golf Range, Chandigarh, has been extended upto 5 p.m. on September 1. The event will start at 7 p.m.


IT employees suspend strike
Chandigarh, August 29
Income tax employees today suspended their nation-wide go-slow strike after ‘’noticing positive attitude of the Central Board of Direct Taxes.’’ ‘’The strike launched on August 18 without any announcement was today suspended,’’ sources in the Northwest Zone Federation of the employees told The Tribune today.

Traffic police to buy more mobikes
Chandigarh, August 29
The traffic police proposes to add six new motor cycles in its existing fleet. The new mobikes are likely to be procured in a month’s time. According to well-placed sources, the three-member committee formed by the UT Inspector General of Police for the purchase of mobikes, is working on the brand of the new motor cycles to be purchased.

Admn auctions 23 sites
Chandigarh, August 29
The Chandigarh Administration netted a sum of Rs 4.27 crore by auctioning a total of 23 sites for spare parts dealers in Sectors 38 and 48. A total of seven sites for spare parts dealers in Sector 38 have been held back due to want of bidders. Also held back were all nine sites for dhabas. Three dhaba sites are in Sector 38 and six are in Sector 48.

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