Sunday, September 9, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Gender bias has Adviser fuming
Chandigarh, September 8
Adult literacy programmes in the city were extremely lopsided in favour of women and girl students, opined the Adviser to the UT Administrator Ms Neeru Nanda, adding that it would not be long before women would go out and do men’s work while uneducated men would sit idle and indulge only in rowdyism.

Students present giddha at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, Chandigarh, as part of the World Literacy Day celebrations on Saturday.  — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

Eye surgeon’s house burgled
Chandigarh, September 8
In a daring daylight burglary, a gang of thieves struck at the house of a former government doctor in Sector 16 and decamped with Rs 1.65 lakh in cash and jewellery valued at Rs 2.50 lakh. None of the neighbours sensed anything as thieves went about breaking doors and lockers inside the house.



Disorganisation at CTU workshop appals Jacob
Chandigarh, September 8
A “sarkari” holiday notwithstanding, the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), went on a surprise visit to the CTU workshop in Sector 25. Conditions at the workshop appalled the Administrator and he promised action on Monday when the “sarkar” resumes work.

The cost of inefficiency
Chopper repair facility delayed by 10 yrs
Chandigarh, September 8
Inefficient execution of a project to establish repair and overhaul facilities for aero-engines of Mi-17 helicopters at No 3 Base Repair Depot here, has led to an additional expenditure of Rs 86 crore, besides resulting in 17 per cent of the helicopter fleet remaining grounded.

Globalisation agenda worries Prof Yash Pal
Chandigarh, September 8
Prof Yash Pal, former Chairman of the University Grants Commission, today recalled how he was often scolded by the late P.N. Haksar (“jhar bahut parta tha”).

Computer savvy rail thieves
Chandigarh, September 8
“Should I take the risk carrying my laptop while travelling to Chandigarh on my way back from Mumbai?,” asks poker-face Jaspal Bhatti.

Contents of ‘similar’ texts different: Prof
Chandigarh, September 8
Guides of the two controversial dissertations in the Botany Department, Panjab University, have accused the department authorities of malafide intentions by spreading unfound facts about the genuineness of the texts under question.

Foetus found 
Chandigarh, September 8
The local police found a body of a six-month-old foetus of a baby girl near a garbage dump in Sector 30 this morning.


UT’s sullage bugs SAS Nagar
SAS Nagar
The untreated sullage being discharged by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation in seasonal rivulets that run through SAS Nagar, continues to be a source of nuisance for the residents of the town. Several meetings between the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority and the Chandigarh Corporation to set up a combined sewage treatment plant near the Kharar-Banur road have ended without any concrete result. “Nobody bothers about the health hazard that we are facing”, says Mr B.S. Tej, a resident of Phase 9.

Question your councillor
Chandigarh, September 8
Mr Kanhya Lal, representing Ward No. 7 in the Municipal Corporation has been posed several uncomfortable questions by the residents of the ward, expecting him to act through the “Question your councillor’’ series.

Monkey tricks at Sec 17
Chandigarh, September 8
A monkey caught a Chandigarh policeman by the ear and sat on his shoulder for an hour-and-a-half in Sector 17 here today. The monkey kept the people engrossed with its tricks at the Inter-State Bus Terminus in Sector 17, the District Courts and in the Sector 17 market, fearlessly approaching people. It did not hurt anybody. Eyewitnesses said a group of monkeys visited the bus stand in the morning and left behind one at the bus stand, which threw tantrums like a child left alone.


‘Salesman’ robs woman
Chandigarh, September 8
Beware of salesmen! A Sector 42 resident was robbed of gold jewellery and Rs 2,560 by a salesman at her residence here today. The victim was alone at her house at the time of the incident.

Scooterist injured in accident
Chandigarh, September 8
A scooterist, Rajinder Singh, a resident of Pipaliwala town, Mani Majra, was admitted to the PGI after he was hit by a car here yesterday. The accident took place on the Madhya Marg near the Rose Garden, Sector 16 at about 8 p.m.

  • Vehicles stolen

  • Two held


Student politics hots up
Gentle murmurs of student politics on Panjab University campus and affiliated colleges are becoming louder with the formal declaration of elections, which are scheduled in the third week of September.

Teething troubles of a new hostel

Savitri Bai Phule Hall is the newest hostel for girls in Panjab University, and there was a race among the students for a room in this hostel. Girls almost fought for a room here, thinking that there would be no problems in this new building.

Dr R. C. Jeevan A teacher looks back
He is creative but not a daydreamer. As Principal of Sector 10 DAV College, Dr R. C. Jeevan is hardly left with any time to live in a world of make-believe. But occasionally he thinks of an advertisement on the television in which students honour the outgoing head of an institution. His students, even the staff, have the same kind of respect for him.

50 participate in talent search contest
Chandigarh, September 8
This day was all about talent hunt at the Government College for Girls in Sector 11. With the dawn of the day, the students of the Departments of Instrumental and Vocal music got busy with rehearsals for the talent search contest organised in the college auditorium today.

Study centre inaugurated
Kharar, September 8
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister, Punjab, inaugurated Punjab Technical University Study Centre on Arya College Road here this evening. Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Technical Education Minister, Punjab, presided over the function and Mr H.S. Gurm, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, was the special guest on the occasion.

Saroya may be repatriated
Chandigarh, September 8
Mr D.S. Saroya, DPI, Schools , a PCS officer on deputation from Punjab to the Chandigarh Administration, is likely to be repatriated to his parent cadre in Punjab. Sources said the Punjab Government had made a request, seeking back Mr Saroya’s services. Incidentally, Mr Saroya at the moment is handling the important project of starting computer education in 67 government school in the city.

Parminder is Miss Fresher


Petitioner told to pay Rs 5,000 for abusing ‘process of court’
Chandigarh, September 8
Coming down heavily on a former field representative with Indian Farmers’ Fertilizer Corporation for abusing “the process of Court”, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar and Mr Justice J.S. Khehar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today imposed costs of Rs 5,000 before dismissing his writ petition seeking the release of dues.

  • Filling of posts stayed
  • Promotion ordered
  • Order on medical bill

Petition in Nagi case referred to another Bench
Chandigarh, September 8
The writ petition filed by the Head of the Radio Diagnosis Department, Prof Sudha Suri, seeking directions for quashing the appointment of Dr Onkar Nath Nagi, Professor and Head of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, as the PGI Dean was again referred to another Bench by Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi and Mr Justice Jasbir Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

HC issues notice of motion to Admn
Chandigarh, September 8
Taking suo motu notice of news items appearing in local English dailies on a letter threatening to eliminate the Medical Superintendent of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research — Dr A.K. Gupta, Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the standing counsel for Chandigarh Administration and asked him to furnish details of the action taken on the basis of an FIR registered in the matter, along with the measures taken to provide him with security.


A banker’s brush with art
Chandigarh, September 8
One has generally associated Ravi Mann with vintage cars. In his role as the founder president of the Chandigarh Vintage and Classic Car Foundation, the man has been working towards restoration of various prized models which hit the road a long back in time.

Ravi Mann in company of his works at Portraits and Portfolios Art Gallery, Bank Square, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

From the heart of rural Orissa
Chandigarh, September 8

There is something very earthy and nostalgic about the various works of art on display at Art Folio in Sector 9, Chandigarh. Ruling the scene is the traditional art from the heart of rural Orissa, which is famous throughout the world for its pattachitras (paintings on tussor silk), taalpatra chitras (paintings on palm leaves) and kagaz chitras (paintings on paper).

Glimpses of pattachitra and taalpatra chitra — the traditional art forms of Orissa — on display at Art Folio in Sector 9, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Aiming for another high with ‘Kudiyaan’
Chandigarh, September 8
Shankar SawhneyChandigarh has always been a favourite haunt for Delhi-based singer Shankar Sawhney, who is all set to rock the world of Punjabi pop with yet another music album titled, ‘Kudiyaan’. After the success of ‘Kudi Kurmuri’ and ‘Yaari Yaari’, released over the past two years, this one comes with a promise of serious melody, in that it transcends the world of pop to experiment with a blend of Punjabi folk and Sufi gayaki.

A poor remake of South Indian hit
‘Nayak’ (Nirman and KC Panchkula) is a mere noisy presentation with Anil Kapoor unlikely to live up to the crowd expectations. It is a remake of a South Indian hit. The story lacks grip on continuity of action and ‘Superman’ acts of a TV reporter who becomes a Chief Minister for a day are ‘too good’ to be true.

Heap of special effects & stunts
“Pearl Harbor”, “Moulin Rouge”, “Exit Wounds” — humbled by mediocrities as we lick our wounds, the prospect of combating another calamity is too frightening. It is almost difficult to show up at the screening of “Tomb Raider” (Kiran) without foreboding.


‘Need to improve neo-natal care’
Chandigarh, September 8
A day-long clinical skill oriented workshop-cum-CME in Neonatology, organised by Neo-natal Unit, Department of Paediatrics, PGI, was inaugurated at the Advanced Paediatric Centre by PGI Director, Prof S.K Sharma.

200 Tribune employees donate blood
Chandigarh, September 8
For the 13th consecutive year The Tribune Employees Union today organised a blood donation camp on the eve of the death anniversary of The Tribune Trust founder, Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia at its office premises.

Minister visits hospital
Kharar, September 8
Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, Health Minister, Punjab, paid a surprise visit to the Civil Hospital, Kharar, last evening and checked the attendance of the staff and enquired about the patients.


Ravish, Gurnoor win cycle rally
Chandigarh, September 8
More than 1500 children in the age group of 12 to 18 years, drawn from different schools of Chandigarh, Panchkula, SAS Nagar, Pinjore and Kalka, today took part in a massive cycle rally. The non-competitive of 14.5-kilometres event was flagged off by Mr B.K. Sinha, Director, Sports, Haryana, from Puffin, Sector 2, Chandigarh, at 7.15 a.m. After covering various sectors of Chandigarh, they reached Red Bishop, Panchkula.

A view of the cycle rally organised on the occasion of the Haryana Tourism Day at Panchkula on Saturday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Minister at video conference
Last Thursday, Chandigarh made its debut in the video conferencing on sports when the Union Sports Minister, Ms Uma Bharti, had a face-to-face interaction and a question-answer session on the First Afro-Asian Games to be held in Delhi in November. Chandigarh was among the six cities across the country chosen for this event, arranged by the local office of the Press Information Bureau at the National Informatics Centre, Sector 8.


Ensure adequate water, power supply: DC
Panchkula, September 8
The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, directed the officials of the UHVPN and the Public Health Department to ensure adequate water and power supply to the district so that general public did not suffer.

Kanwaljit lays stone of link road


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