Tuesday, September 4, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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A chaotic day for parents
Private bus operators’ strike to continue

Chandigarh, September 3
It was a chaotic day for parents who juggled with schedules to ferry their children to school following the total strike by private school buses today. Things , however, are expected to be improve on Tuesday as a sizeable number of buses will be back on the roads.

Children wait for their parents to pick them up as buses remain parked in the background in Chandigarh on Monday.
Children wait for their parents to pick them up as buses remain parked in the background in Chandigarh on Monday.
— Tribune photo Pravesh Chauhan

... but children love it
Chandigarh, September 3
It is a matter of how two sides look at the crisis created by the ongoing strike by the school bus operators. On one side are the children, and on the other side are parents or guardians, who have to drop and pick the kids from school by juggling their already packed schedules.



9 held for violence in PU
Chandigarh, September 3
Petty politicking in the Punjab University, prior to the elections of the Campus Students Council, once again came to the fore with the attack on the newly elected Chairman of the Haryana Students Association (HSA), Mr Amit Rana, by the supporters of the dethroned chairman, Mr Chand Singh Madan, and the retaliatory action by the latter.

Civic body poll postponed again
Panchkula, September 3
The long overdue election to the post of president and vice-president of the Municipal Committee was postponed sine die yet again, here today, with members failing to turn up for the scheduled meeting.

By choice, they won’t opt for school job
Chandigarh, September 3
Its true. Candidates with the UGC qualifications and good marks in postgraduation prefer to apply for job as lecturer in a college and not join as schoolteachers.

Forum serves notice on CHB
Chandigarh, September 3
Taking serious note of the delayed possession of the dwelling units in Sector 38 (West) by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-II has issued notice to the board for October 16.

DPI sets up probe panel
Chandigarh, September 3
In less than three days after a school teacher allegedly asked the entire class slaps four classmates for reportedly annoying her, the Director Public Instructions for Schools, Mr D.S. Saroya, today ordered the “withdrawal of the tutor from the school with immediate effect”. The DPI also directed the setting up of a committee of two senior officers to look into the matter.

Vishakapatnam MC team meet counterparts
Chandigarh, September 3The Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, presents a memento to Mr M. Appala Raju
A delegation of Municipal Corporation of Vishakapatnam (MCV), including the Deputy Mayor, Mr M. Appala Raju, and floor leaders of the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Telugu Desam Party ( TDP), Mr P.L.N. Patnaik, Mr H. Apparao Reddy and Mr P.G.K. Varma respectively, today visited the MC office here and met the Mayor, the Commissioner, officers and councillors.

The Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, presents a memento to Mr M. Appala Raju, Deputy Mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Vishakapatnam, in the assembly hall of the MC in Chandigarh on Monday.
— A Tribune photograph.

Two transmitters inauguratedMs Sushma Swaraj, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, inaugurates low power transmitter (LPT) of Doordarshan at Sector 37 in Chandigarh on Monday.
Chandigarh, September 3
The Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj, inaugurated two low power transmitters (LPTs) to telecast Doordarshan (I) and Doordarshan (II) programmes from the Doordarshan kendra in Sector 37 here today.

Ms Sushma Swaraj, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, inaugurates low power transmitter (LPT) of Doordarshan at Sector 37 in Chandigarh on Monday.
— Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma


Financially sound MC may get no funds
SAS Nagar, September 3
The “sound” financial health of the local civic body is proving to be a hurdle in its efforts to get funds from the Infrastructure Development Fund. An amount of Rs 50 crore was recently released by the Punjab Government for development works in various civic bodies in the state.

Woeful state of ‘defence sector’
The ‘‘defence sector’’ of the city — Sector 36 — continues to be plauged by problems as the authorities concerned look the other way.

Kharar’s water problem unresolved
The water supply scheme of Kharar involves an investment of about Rs 1 crore and a recurring expense of about Rs 3 lakh a month, and still the residents are not getting adequate supply of drinking water. Erratic supply of electricity and unscheduled power-cuts aggravate the situation further.

Three-hour dharna by BKU
Kharar, September 3
The members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, led by its district president, Mr Shamsher Singh Gharuan, sat in dharna for more than three hours in 132 kv station, Bhagu Majra (Kharar), today to protest against the erratic supply of electricity to the residents of villages for the past many days and failure on the part of the employees of the PSEB in solving various complaints of the villagers.

Riar, Harjinder meet Dhindsa
Chandigarh, September 3
In a bid to unite the faction-ridden local unit of the SAD, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister and General Secretary of the SAD, called the meeting of the two factions here today.

Kang for repair of Kharar roads
Kharar, September 3
Mr Kiranbir Singh Kang, senior vice-president, Shiromani Youth Akali Dal, and one of the aspirants for the SAD ticket from the Kharar Assembly constituency, yesterday urged the Punjab Government to immediately order the repair of 13 prominent roads of Kharar areas the people of this area were facing a lot of problems.

Second block of vet hospital opened
Chandigarh, September 3
Mr Satya Pal Jain, a former MP of Chandigarh, today inaugurated the second block and the first floor of the Veterinary Hospital Building of Chandigarh run by the society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Sector 38.

Dealing in artefacts
A passion to decorate her home has turned her into an artefacts dealer. A former model of Eve’s Weekly and wife of a Naval officer, Mrs Nirmal Nagra travels throughout the country to select artefacts. Besides this, she is a familiar name in gardening and landscaping.

Mayor felicitated
Chandigarh, September 3
The Sector 46 -D Residents Welfare Forum (Kothies) today organised a welcome function for the new Mayor of Chandigarh, Ms Harjinder Kaur.

Set up children’s society: Rao
Chandigarh, September 3
The national president of the Samata Party , Mr VV Krishna Rao, today stressed the need for setting up a children’s society to make children aware of their rights.

Tree plantation
Chandigarh, September 3
The Jeevan Bima Welfare Cultural Society today held a tree plantation function in its colony.


13 held on gambling charge
Chandigarh, September 3
The local police has arrested 13 persons from different places in Sector 39 on the charge of gambling at a public places. A sum of Rs 1,330 and four packs of cards were seized from them.


UT is a preferred IT destination
Chandigarh, September 3
Despite some aggressive hardsell by the Punjab Government to project SAS Nagar as an up-and-coming electronic city and the next IT destination, Chandigarh remains a preferred IT destination for the investors.

A show organised by Escorts JCB Limited at Daulat Singhwala village on MondayImpressive display of heavy machines
Zirakpur, September 3
A ‘Balle-balle show’ with EJCB Machines, was organised, perhaps for the first time in North India, by Escorts JCB Limited, manufacturers of earthmovers and construction equipment at Daulat Singhwala village on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway.

A show organised by Escorts JCB Limited at Daulat Singhwala village on Monday. — A Tribune photograph


Order on suspension as leave quashed
Chandigarh, September 3
Quashing an order treating the suspension period of an employee as leave, Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the High Court today directed Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and another respondent to count the same as duty period “for all intents and purposes”.

  • Retirement order

Market issue: HC orders status quo
Chandigarh, September 3
Issuing notice of motion for October 15 on a petition filed by Sector 26 St Kabir School, challenging the move of the Chandigarh Administration to shift the Sector 21 scooter market and other mechanics right opposite their gate, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered the maintenance of status quo regarding construction.

Appeal of AC company dismissed
Chandigarh, September 3
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has dismissed the appeal filed by the Punjab Refrigerator against the order passed by the Consumer Forum — II.

Remand of robbery accused extended
Chandigarh, September 3
Sanjay Kumar and other two persons allegedly involved in an unsuccessful robbery attempt at a house in Sector 35 were again sent to police remand by a local court till September 6 here today.

  • Case adjourned
  • Bail granted

Uninhibited innocence
Chandigarh, September 3
Lifetime opportunities simply happen to some people. One such chance also fell into the lap of seven-year-old Sunirmit Verma, who is today exhibiting his pencil, crayon and pastel drawings in the art gallery of Punjab Kala Bhavan in Sector 16.

Folk dance competition
Chandigarh, September 3
More than 16 teams from different areas in the city, which included preraks, nodal preraks and learners, participated in folk dance competition as part of the celebrations of the international literacy fortnight from August 27 to September 7, at the Female Literacy House, Sector 42.

Seminar on threat to culture held
Chandigarh, September 3
As part of Samskritik Varsha celebrations, the Chandigarh chapter of the Bharat Vikas Parishad organised a seminar on “Cultural Pollution : A Threat to India’s Order,” at Gandhi Smarak Bhavan in Sector 16 here today.

Kathak workshop from tomorrow
Chandigarh, September 3
Rajendra Gangani, termed as the torch-bearer of the Jaipur school of kathak, is coming to Chandigarh to hold a kathak workshop.

Best music director award for Kanwar
Chandigarh, September 3
Kanwar Iqbal, a city-based music director, has bagged this year’s the best music director award on the occasion of 21st death anniversary of Mohammad Rafi, observed in Amritsar yesterday.


PGI to get equipment worth Rs 15 crore
Chandigarh, September 3
The PGI Standing Purchase Committee (SPC) today approved the latest state-of- -the- art equipment worth Rs 15 crore for the upcoming Advanced Eye Centre, Advanced Cardiac Centre, second phase of the Advanced Paediatric Centre and the Trauma Centre in the institute.

8 operation theatres closed for maintenance
Chandigarh, September 3
Eight operation theatres on the fifth floor of the PGI were closed once again today, this time for maintenance work on duct pipes of the airconditioning system in the complex.

Pharmaceutical inspection course begins
SAS Nagar, September 3
A three-week course on “Inspection of pharmaceutical Facilities” began at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here today. As many as 10 persons from pharmacy boards, drug quality control authorities and inspecting departments of 10 different countries are attending the course.

Raj Bhavan staff donate blood
Chandigarh, September 3
As many as 20 persons donated blood in a ‘‘Voluntary blood donation Camp’’ organised by Haryana Raj Bhavan in collaboration with the Transfusion of Medicine Department of the PGI and the Blood Bank Society, Chandigarh, here today.


SAI centre needs regular regional director
Chandigarh, September 3
The Sector 42 office of the Sports Authority of India requires regular services of a regional director and some expansion to make this centre a full-fledged regional office equipped with the necessary infrastructure to boost sports in the region. It would instil a sense of confidence among coaches, sportspersons of the area.

Kabir shines in Fun Golf meet
Chandigarh, September 3
Kabir Dhaliwal gave a consistent display in the inaugural Monsoon Fun Golf Competitions organised by the Chandigarh Golf Association at the floodlit CGA Driving Range on Saturday night. Kabir logged maximum points, finishing first in the longest drive andthe runner-up in chipping competition. He was awarded Jet Airways to and fro ticket for two from Chandigarh to Delhi.

  • Invitational series

  • Karate tourney

Shiv, Jagdeep are best players
Chandigarh, September 3
Shivalik Public school, Sector 41, won the ‘pride of honour’ when its both boys and girls’ teams captured the titles in the 7th Chandigarh Sub-Junior State Ball Badminton Championships, which concluded here this evening at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41. In the boys’ final, SPS-41 outplayed Guru Harkishan Public School, Sector 40, 29-18, 29-12, while third place in this section went to Government High School, Sector 41, who defeated Manav Mangal school, Sector 21, 29-24, 29-21.


Jacob opens video conferencing facility
Chandigarh, September 3
A multi-point video conferencing facility which enables officials to hold a conference using video facility through computers was inaugurated today by the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd).

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