Wednesday, September 5, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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UT faux pas on voters’ list
Confusion over labour colony voters
Chandigarh, September 4
In a major faux pas by the UT Administration, thousands of residents of labour colonies in Sectors 31 and 47, facing the Indian Air Force station, continue to figure in the voters’ list for ward numbers 17 and 18 of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation long after they were officially removed from there and shifted to Mauli Jagran and other locations in the UT.

Pvt bus operators call off stir
Chandigarh, September 4
The strike by private school bus operators was called off today and buses — other than those which are more than 15 years old — will return to the roads from tomorrow morning.

Plan to augment water supply to Panchkula
Panchkula, September 4
To salvage the parched city where water paucity is a chronic problem, the district authorities have recommended a water augmentation plan involving diversion of water from the canal of the Bhakra mainline to meet the requirements of the city.



Seven teachers selected for state awards
Chandigarh, September 4
Seven teachers of the city, including principals of a private school and a government model school, have been selected for state awards while three others will get commendation certificates.

Supplementary exams results to be declared in time
Chandigarh, September 4
Continuing its process of streamlining the conduct of examination and declaration of results, Panjab University will declare results of the forthcoming supplementary examination before the last date for filling up the examination forms for the 2002 annual examination.

Pieces of glass scattered on the driver’s seat bear testimony to the brutal murder of Pankaj Rana Son of hotelier shot in Panchkula
Panchkula, September 4
A 27-year-old son of a hotelier was shot dead at a remote place near the new Ghaggar bridge near Sector 25 while he was on his way home in Sector 10 late last night. The deceased, Pankaj Rana, was reportedly fired at twice by three unidentified youths after stopping his vehicle on the road at about 10.30 pm.

Pieces of glass scattered on the driver’s seat bear testimony to the brutal murder of Pankaj Rana (inset), who was shot near the new Ghaggar bridge in Sector 25 of Panchkula on Monday night.
— A Tribune photograph

Burail jail inspected
Chandigarh, September 4
A team comprising senior judicial, police and UT Administration officials has raised objections to the insanitary conditions in the Model Burail Jail during their inspection of the jail, here today.


Major parties sore over delay in getting draft lists
Chandigarh, September 4
Even as the date of filing objections and claims to the voters lists prepared by the State Election Commission, UT, for the forthcoming MC elections is just two days away, the six national parties in the city are yet to receive all the draft lists of polling stations alongwith the voters list. The leaders of these parties are rather sore and are all set to seek an extension in the date for filing the same.

YC workers quit Cong
Chandigarh, September 4
Youth Congress workers under the leadership of Mr Rajesh Sharma, general secretary of the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress, quit the Congress and joined the Chandigarh Vikas Manch here today.

Govt intervention in education ‘disturbing’
Chandigarh, September 4
Professor Andre Beteille, a former Head of the Department of Sociology at Delhi School of Economics, says he is “greatly disturbed at governmental intervention in education, especially school education. Otherwise, it is difficult to make judgment of the likely outcome of policies of the Union Government on secularisation of India”.

Trees endangering air safety axed
Chandigarh, September 4
The lush green environs of the Air Force Station here have become a casualty to the IAF’s forthcoming Presidential Review. Virtually all trees within the perimeter of 12 Wing as well as the adjoining 3 Base Repair Depot have been chopped.

Minister’s statement decried
Chandigarh, September 4
Congress Municipal Councillors, Ms Kamlesh and Ms Suneeta, and Congress leaders, Mr Krishan Lal and Mr Banarsi Dass, have condemned the statement by the Union Minister for Food and Supply, Mr Shanta Kumar, in which he had said the ministry did not plan to hold a survey of the BPL ration cards in the city.

Muddy water from taps
Chandigarh, September 4
Residents of some parts of Sectors 18 and 19 have complained that muddy water was flowing from their taps for the past few days.

PUDA auctions 25 plots
SAS Nagar, September 4
In an open auction of residential plots in the town, PUDA earned Rs 3.42 crore by selling 25 plots in Sector 64 which were put under hammer here today. The maximum price was attracted by a 200-sq yard plot, which was sold for Rs 14.20 lakh against a reserved price of Rs 10.80 lakh.

Fauji Beat
Streamlining military justice
About two years after a proposal mooted by the Army Headquarters seeking changes in the Army Act was drafted, it continues to gather dust in the Ministry of Defence, affecting the system of military justice.

‘Internal peace is what counts’
Chandigarh, September 4
Guru Nanak Dev propagated for the upliftment of the society through his message of ‘kirat karo, vand chhako and naam japo’. It is the need of the hour to follow these principles in earnest. A person who realises the true meaning of life, all his efforts and activities are then automatically dedicated to religion.

Balongi bypass, adding to drivers’ woes
SAS Nagar, September 4
The recently inaugurated Balongi bypass, providing an alternative route to the town from Kharar side, has become a source of nuisance for the road users. A section of road near the cremation ground has become a virtual death trap, thanks to the indifferent attitude of the local civic body.

A futile wait for minister
Mullanpur Garibdas (Kharar), September 4
It was a futile wait for a VIP who never visited the village. Yesterday, inhabitants of this village had made elaborate arrangements for receiving the Punjab Minister of State for Irrigation and Power, but he did not turn up.


Firm charged with cyber crime
Chandigarh, September 4
The police today registered the first ever case of cyber crime in the city against a local firm, Techno Noble Infoway Limited (TNIL). The firm has been charged with hacking into the main server of a US- based concern.

Rs 50,000 stolen from scooter
Chandigarh, September 4
An amount of Rs 50,000 was reportedly stolen from the dickey of a scooter parked in front of Canara Bank in Sector 35.


Bank staff  body holds meeting
Chandigarh, September 4
The first biennial conference and election of the Union Bank SC\ST Welfare Association, Chandigarh region yesterday. A number of members attended the meeting which was inaugurated by Mr Ravi Malhotra, AGM, Union Bank of India. Speaking on the occasion Mr Malhotra laid emphasis on the need for unity and more welfare schemes for the downtrodden.

Meeting inconclusive
Panchkula, September 4
The joint meeting of the Cable Operators’ Association, joint-action committee of the Residents Welfare Association and the representatives of the district administration, here today, proved inconclusive as the parties were unable to reach a consensus on the hike in the cable charges.

Biz Clips


"Our schools better in discipline"
With all their cosmopolitan ways and informal teaching techniques, the schools in England are way behind their Indian counterparts in discipline, says Mr Krit Serai, Principal of Satluj Public School, who recently returned from England after a brief stay there.

Day of freshers’ bash at GCG-11
Contestants queue up for the “Miss Science Fresher” contest at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Chandigarh, September 4
It was a day of functions, parties and contests at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, here today. With two fresher parties, the students of the college were dressed in their best attires and moved about the college with the “very-busy” look on their faces as they had made all arrangements on their own for the fresher parties to welcome their juniors.

Contestants queue up for the “Miss Science Fresher” contest at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Dress up for a prize
Chandigarh, September 4
This one is sure to be of some interest to the better dressed up lot in the city. As students of National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) in Sector 8 get ready to hunt for the three best dressed males and three best dressed females in the city, beginning from today, it would serve the people well to put up their best face.


Order to halt DSPs’ promotion
Chandigarh, September 4
Directing the state of Punjab and other respondents against ordering the promotion of Deputy Superintendents of Police till the next date of hearing, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for September 18 on a petition filed by DSP Harcharan Singh and two other directly-recruited officers alleging that the promoted officers were being considered for further promotion.

  • Vigilance probe into Addl SHO’s assets
  • Status quo on encashing cheques
  • Show-cause notice to Ludhiana SE

9 students granted bail
Chandigarh, September 4
Nine Panjab University students, including a former chairman of the Haryana Students Association (HSA), were granted bail by the UT Judicial Magistrate, in a case of assault here today.

Inspectors reverted


A scene from the play “Garbo”Heavy dose of bitter truths
Chandigarh, September 4
The latest production of Abhinet, which was staged at Tagore Theatre today, was a little heavy on the heart. Bitterly true observations were made by playwright Mahesh Elkunchwar, whose play Garbo was all about false facades and false interiors.

A scene from the play “Garbo” being staged at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
— A Tribune photograph


Not for nothing are they complaining
Chandigarh, September 4
The state-of-the-art Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, has lately been in news, but for all wrong reasons. First, there was the much publicised incidence of operation of a wrong patient due to a confusion over similar names by the ENT Department. Then there were incidents of repeated power failures while crucial operations were going on.

PGI to charge security amount for trolleys
Chandigarh, September 4
Concerned over the problems faced by the patients and officials because of the non availability and poor condition of the patient trolleys and wheel chairs, PGI is planning to follow the pattern of its counterpart in New Delhi — AIIMS — and also charge token amount as security before releasing a trolley to the patient.


Sandy Lehal wins No Alibi Golf
Chandigarh, September 4
One hundred and five golfers took part in a unique — No Alibi Golf Tournament held at the Chandigarh Golf Club. This tournament is peculiar, instead of deducting the handicap at the end of the round, each player is allowed to replay during the round the number of shots equalling three quarters of his handicap.

  • Kabaddi tourney

  • Powerlifting meet


MC yet to get police help to tackle encroachments
SAS Nagar, September 4
Despite the alarming increase in encroachments in the town, the police has not yet provided a permanent force to the Municipal Council to assist it in tackling the menace.

Lists for BPL ration cards prepared
Chandigarh, September 4
In order to effectively implement orders on the public distribution system, lists of prospective beneficiaries identified by local bodies residing under the limits of each of the fair price shops have been prepared. Persons whose names appear in these lists can obtain application forms for BPL ration cards either from the fair price shop concerned or from the office of the District Food and Supplies Officer, UT.

DFC discussed at meeting

RPO processes applications
Chandigarh, September 4
The Regional Passport Office, Chandigarh, today claimed that it had processed all those passport applications which were found complete in all respect and submitted till May 3 this year.

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