Thursday, September 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Poll officials do an Ulta-Pulta
Chandigarh, September 5
In yet another instance of lackadaisical functioning of the UT’s Election Department, Ward No. 19 of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, which is scheduled to go to the polls later this year, has been saddled with a huge 52,314 votes. But the neighbouring Ward No. 20 has only 14,866.

Day of fun, frolic at schools
Teachers’ Day celebrated with enthusiasm
Chandigarh, September 5
‘’The character formation of an individual depends upon his experiences in life and the examples set up by teachers who impart him knowledge’’, said the UT Education Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral at a state award function held today to honour 10 tutors on ‘Teachers’ Day’ at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18.

To Ma’am with love.
To Ma’am with love. — Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari



Strike off, but ferrying kids won’t be smooth
Chandigarh, September 5
Even as the strike by private bus operators ended today, transporting children to school would still not be as smooth as it was earlier. Certain loose ends needed to be tied up by schools and bus operators before everything was back to normal.

UT to computerise water, power bill collection
Chandigarh, September 5
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to computerise the collection of power and water bills in the city. A totally computerised cash collection system is to be introduced in all cash collection centres by the end of the year.

Basic content of foreign policy unchanged: Salman Haider
Chandigarh, September 5
“Has India’s foreign policy taken a significant new turn ? If this is so, what are the features of this new direction ?”
Dwelling mainly on these questions, India’s former Foreign Secretary and country’s High Commissioner to UK, Mr Salman Haider, in a laboured and roundabout manner talked at length about perceptible changes in foreign policy, the basic content of which, he maintained, remains unchanged.

Mohali to have super deluxe luxury hotel
SAS Nagar, September 5
A world class super deluxe luxury hotel is all set to come up on a 10-acre site in the City Centre, Sector 62 here, with the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority actively formulating a policy to attract big players in the hospitality sector. The policy was likely to receive the nod of the Housing and Urban Development Minister soon.

Cable subscribers to pay more
Chandigarh, September 5
Cable operators in the city have hiked the monthly charges for cable connection in the Union Territory.
Shamir, an employee of Citi Cable, said they had increased the subscription following pressure from channel owners. He said Sony Channel had suspended relaying its programmes to various cable operators.




Cops inept at tackling cyber crime
Chandigarh, September 5
Even as the netizens of the region find new avenues in cyber crime, the police in Punjab and UT are facing a major problem in tackling this.
Lack of knowledge about cyber crimes and provisions for booking the accused under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act is proving a major constraint for the police force in the region.

Long wait for driving licence seekers
Chandigarh, September 5
Hundreds of people from different corners of the city queue up every morning outside the Licensing Branch of the Chandigarh Administration in order to get new driving licences prepared or getting expired licences renewed. After waiting for a couple of hours they return to their houses disappointed without getting driving licences.

A stretch of cobblestones
The parking area in front of the row of hotels and super stores in Sector 35 is in a deplorable condition. The road has become a stretch of cobblestones. Traffic chaos, coupled with the bad condition of the road, makes shopping or eating out a terrible experience.

Subscribers to get new phone directories
Chandigarh, September 5
Chandigarh Telephone Directory, 2001, is available to public for distribution till September 25, said the Principal General Manager, Telecom, Chandigarh Circle, Mr R.C. Vaish, here today.

Seven employees found absent
Dera Bassi, September 5
In a surprise raid conducted by Mr Sujan Singh, State Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat, Punjab, seven employees, including the Block Development Project Officer, three Junior Engineers, a Rural Development Assistant, a clerk and a peon, were found absent from the duty, here yesterday.

Direction to civic body in harassment case
SAS Nagar, September 5
The one-year-old case of alleged sexual harassment of a steno typist by her two colleagues in the office of the local civic body has taken a new turn with the local government asking the civic body to solve the matter at its own level.

Open power connections, plead residents
Chandigarh, September 5
A meeting of the residents welfare associations of Nayagaon, Kansal and adjoining villages was held at Nayagaon today at which the problems of residents were discussed at length, Mr Jaswinder Singh, Secretary of the Residents Welfare Association of Nayagaon and Kansal, said.

Revision of electoral rolls from Sept 13
Panchkula, September 5
In accordance with the directions of the Elections Commission of India, the special revision of electoral rolls of 01-Kalka constituency will be conducted from September 13 as the qualifying date for revision of electoral rolls is January 1, 2002.

Milk plant plants trees
SAS Nagar, September 5
A tree-plantation ceremony ‘Vanamahotsava’, was organised on the premises of the SAS Nagar milk plant today. All board members and employees participated in this function and each of them planted a sapling on the premises.

Dr B.M. Mahajan, Managing Director, Milkfed, Punjab, plants a sapling at a tree-plantation ceremony on the premises of the milk plant at SAS Nagar on Wednesday.

Dr B.M. Mahajan, Managing Director, Milkfed, Punjab, plants a sapling at a tree-plantation ceremony on the premises of the milk plant at SAS Nagar on Wednesday.

Fault hits water supply
Chandigarh, September 5
Water supply to certain northern sectors, including Sectors 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 26 and parts of Sector 9, was affected for a few hours this evening due to a mechanical fault in the pumping machinery of the Sector 26 waterworks. The supply was restored late in the evening after the fault was rectified and the supply timing was also extended by an hour.

Concern over muddy water supply
Chandigarh, September 5
Residents of the Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, Panchkula, have expressed shock at the continuous supply of muddy water for drinking purposes since last evening.
Mr Deepak Rai Walia, President of the New Kuteer Coop Group Housing Society, stated that water was so muddy that a thick layer of mud had collected in the underground storage tanks used for supply of water to the residents.

Boy bitten by monkeys
Chandigarh, September 5
A Simian family of six attacked a 10-year-old boy, Nitin Soni, and bit him on his legs and hands after pinning him down on the ground in Sector 7 on Tuesday afternoon.
The boy was attacked while he was on his way to his house in the CPWD Colony in Sector 7-C from the market. He was carrying a polybag in his hand.


Police clueless in Pankaj murder case
Panchkula, September 5
The Panchkula police is clueless in the Pankaj murder case and has not been able to ascertain the motive behind the murder.
After registering a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 25 of the Arms Act with the Chandi Mandir police station on the complaint of Mr Karan Singh Rana, father of the deceased, the police had started an investigation but had made no headway so far.

Cash, gold jewellery stolen from house
Chandigarh, September 5
Two cases of burglary have been reported in different parts of the city during the past 24 hours.
Cash worth Rs 6,500 and a gold locket were stolen from the Sector 27-C residence of Mr Krishan Singh yesterday. A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered.

PGI MS receives threatening letter
Chandigarh, September 5
The Medical Superintendent of the PGI has reportedly received a threatening letter. A case under Section 506 of the IPC has been registered.
According to information, Dr Anil Kumar Gupta received the letter, written in chaste Urdu, yesterday. The letter reportedly threatened him with physical elimination before Divali.

Dowry case: two arrested
Panchkula, September 5
Munish Bakshi and Vinod Bhakshi, residents of Naraingarh, were arrested by the local police after their anticipatory bail application was rejected by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Kamal Kant, here today.


Budgetary cuts in PU ‘inevitable’
Chandigarh, September 5
Future budgetary cuts in Panjab University are inevitable under the existing financial situation, and the university will have to gear up the system of resource generation to face the future challenges.

Five projects for one researcher
Chandigarh, September 5
Engrossed in a commendable academic pursuit, a physics teacher is working simultaneously on five coveted research projects sponsored by premier agencies like the Department of Science and Technology, the University Grants Commission and the Inter- University Consortium for Department of Atomic Energy Facilities.

Revitalising guru-shishya parampara
Chandigarh, September 5
When guru Rajendra Gangani dared to perform publicly in the strife-torn Kashmir some time ago, the whole town watched in stupor. For here was someone so driven by commitment that the sound of grenades would not cross his ears. The only sound that reigned his very being was the sound of music....

Guru Rajendra Gangani from the Jaipur gharana holds a kathak workshop at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Guru Rajendra Gangani from the Jaipur gharana holds a kathak workshop at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

All set for ‘Lakshya 2001’
Chandigarh, September 5
All is set for Lakshya 2001, the management and information technology festival being organised by the students of the DAV College, Sector 10.
The festival is scheduled to be held on September 18 and 19. The various events will start at 10 in the morning and continue till 9 in the evening on both days.

Lively fest at GMCH
Chandigarh, September 5
A number of interesting events were organised on the third day of “Plexus 2001”, the intra-college cultural and literary festival hosted by the Sector 32 GMCH , here today. The programme would conclude on Thursday.

Teacher returns state award
Chandigarh, September 5
Ms Urmil Seth, a state awardee teacher, today returned the award to the Chandigarh Administration in protest against the indifferent attitude of the authorities to the plight of teachers of the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education.
Ms Urmil Seth (third from left) shows the state award for teachers, which she returned to the Chandigarh Administration, to a councillor of the Municipal Corporation, Ms Satinder Dhawan, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Ms Urmil Seth (third from left) shows the state award
for teachers, which she returned to the Chandigarh Administration, to a councillor of the Municipal Corporation, Ms Satinder Dhawan, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Counselling for Class XI today
Chandigarh, September 5
The second session of counselling for admission to plus one for the current academic session, for filling up the seats available in science, commerce, humanities and vocational courses in all Government Senior Secondary Schools under the Chandigarh Administration will be held on September 6 and 7.


DGP told to find abducted girl
Chandigarh, September 5
In less than three months after a minor Dalit girl, Kuljit Kaur, was abducted, Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked Punjab’s Director-General of Police to “arrange for the recovery of the girl”.

Commission upholds forum’s order
Chandigarh, September 5
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has dismissed an appeal filed by Punjab National Bank against the order passed by the UT Disputes Redressal Forum-II.

Court directive in Sayal case
Chandigarh, September 5
Taking up a petition filed by former Director of Golden Forests Limited Rajesh Sayal, claiming that he cannot be regulated to the Magistrate as no case is made out against him, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that the petitioner “may take all these pleas before the Trial Magistrate and if all these pleas are made, by way of applications, they shall be disposed of before framing charges, preferably within six months”.

Plea dismissed
Chandigarh, September 5
A local court today dismissed an anticipatory bail plea filed by Vikas in a case of manufacturing of illicit liquor. The main accused in the case, Harinder Pal Singla, a well-known liquor contractor, has already been sent to judicial remand by a local court.



Technological upgradation is my top priority: O.N. Nagi
Chandigarh, September 5
Incorporating modern technology and expanding the technical side of research work and academics are the top priorities of the new PGI Dean, Prof Onkar Nath Nagi, Head, Orthopaedics Department, who took over as the 13th Dean of the PGI this afternoon . 

Workshop on women’s health
Chandigarh, September 5
A day-long state-level workshop on breaking the cycle of malnutrition and improving the health was organised by the local unit of the Food and Nutrition Board, Department of Women and Child Development, Government of India, at Polyclinic, Sector 22, here today.


KV-31 observes Sports Day
Chandigarh, September 5
Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31 celebrated the sports day today on school premises. Jyoti and Vinod Singh bagged the 100 metres race in the girls’ and boys’ section, respectively.

Another tennis sensation
Chandigarh, September 5
Chandigarh has another sensational tennis star in the making. He is none other than 15-year-old Tushar, a Class IX Student of St John’s High School, Sector 26. He has won many titles in the past three years. Only last week this under-14 national champion created a flutter when he bagged the AITA Ranking Junior Tennis Tournament held in Bangalore.


CHB likely to meet deadline on sheds
Chandigarh, September 5
Those who believe that delaying possession is the forte of the Chandigarh Housing Board, think again. The premier construction agency of the Chandigarh Administration is all set to complete the construction of 365 car and scooter sheds for auto mechanics and dealers by October 10 at a short notice.

Bhabat now in municipal limits
Bhabat (Zirakpur), September 5
The Department of Local Govern-ment, Punjab, issued a notification for the inclusion of Bhabat village in the municipal limits of the Nagar Panchayat Zirakpur, yesterday. Nearly 15,000 villagers are expected to be benefitted from the notification.


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