Friday, September 14, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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PUSU, ABVP, HSA, AISSF unite against SOPU
Chandigarh, September 13
The Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), along with the Haryana Students Association (HSA), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF), has formed an alliance for the forthcoming elections to the Panjab University Campus Students Council.
From left: Deepak Balyan (ABVP), Malwinder S. Singh (PUSU), Bhupinder Singh Bhuppi (PUCSC), Gagandeep S. Virk (AISSF) and Surat Negi (ABVP) address a joint press conference at Panjab University on Thursday.
From left: Deepak Balyan (ABVP), Malwinder S. Singh (PUSU), Bhupinder Singh Bhuppi (PUCSC), Gagandeep S. Virk (AISSF) and Surat Negi (ABVP) address a joint press conference at Panjab University on Thursday.  —Photo Pradeep Tewari

Is Western Command safe from terrorist air strike?
Chandigarh, September 13
A terrorist strike on the world’s most secure military installation, the Pentagon, which resulted in shutting down the US military’s nerve centre for a day, has raised an issue here as to what will happen if a similar strike is made on a vital Indian military installation like the Western Command Headquarters.





  Security at sensitive installations tightened
Chandigarh, September 13
The city police has tightened security at all sensitive installations in the city in the wake of terrorist attacks in the USA. According to information available, the police has begun an exercise to ensure proper security arrangements at sensitive installations in the city, especially near the Canadian Consulate and the British Library.

Truckers block traffic for 45 minutes
Zirakpur, September 13
An argument between a trucker and an official of the District Transport Department led to an impromptu agitation by truckers who blocked traffic on the busy Chandigarh-Patiala road for more than 45 minutes here this evening as a matter of protest.

Gang selling financed cars busted
Chandigarh, September 13
The city police has achieved a major success with the busting of a gang involved in illegally selling financed cars after first getting an FIR of theft of the vehicles registered.

Father for fresh probe; wants son declared martyr
SAS Nagar, September 13
The father of Sqn Ldr Anil Sharma, who died in a helicopter crash in the Rann of Kutch last year, has been running from pillar to post to get his son declared a martyr. An Indian Air Force helicopter crashed in the Rann of Kutch on November 12, 2000. Two IAF and five BSF personnel were killed.

Human trade racket unearthed
Four city residents arrested

Chandigarh, September 13
The arrest of four city residents, including a woman, at the Imphal Airport on September 9, has revealed a local racket involved in the human trade. Four Manipuri girls, all below 15 years of age, were rescued by the police from the clutches of the accused from the airport. It is alleged that these girls had been illegally recruited as domestic helps and were to be brought to Punjab.


With potholes full of nails
Poorly laid surface dotted with potholes, craters, cracks and depressions. This is how one can describe the condition of one of the roads leading to SAS Nagar from Sector 42. The condition is worst in front of the furniture market.

Bin Laden’s effigy burnt
Chandigarh, September 13
Activists of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front burnt the effigy of Osama bin Laden for his suspected role in attacks on US installations, here today.

Members of the All-India Anti Terrorist Front burn the effigy of Osama bin Laden in protest against the attack on USA, in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Members of the All-India Anti Terrorist Front burn the effigy of Osama bin Laden in protest against the attack on USA, in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Goof in directory, readers’ delight
Chandigarh, September 13
In a hilarious goof up, according to the BSNL’s latest telephone directory issued in early September this year, the Panjab University has two persons, Prof R.P. Bambah and Prof T.N. Kapoor, as its Vice Chancellors while the fact is that both of them are former Vice Chancellors of the university.

Indian cuisine his passion
Chandigarh, September 13
There is a lot of sincerity in the claims of this celebrated chef who walked his way to the zenith of glory after becoming a part of Khana Khazana, the Zee television cookery show. With takers of his recipes and his enviable style in every Indian home, it was only natural for Sanjeev Kapoor to have acquired a status of supremacy, at least as far as Indian cuisine is concerned.

35 dogs sterilised
Chandigarh, September 13
As many as 35 stray dogs have been sterilised during the last 10 days in the city. However, the formal programme for getting these dogs sterilised from People For Animals (PFA) and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) will be undertaken from September 15.

Councillor dead, cremation today
SAS Nagar, September 13
A councillor of the local civic body, Gurmohan Ram, died of a heart attack here today. The deceased had won the election of the civic body last year from Ward No 14.


15-year RI for 3
Chandigarh, September 13
A local court today sentenced to 15 years in rigorous imprisonment three residents of Punjab in a case under the NDPS Act. The UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr R.C Godara, sentenced Sandeep, Sukhwinder and Sarwan Singh to 15-year rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 1 lakh each. In the case of default they had to undergo two years more imprisonment.

Servant sustains burns
Chandigarh, September 13
A domestic help in a Sector 21 house sustained serious burn injuries in a minor blast. Police sources inform that Naresh Kumar, a resident of Sector 24, was injured when he tried to burn the garbage collected from the house with kerosene.




A happy lot of students
Progressive and united. This is how one can describe the residents of GGDSD College, Sector 32 hostel for boys. Although the college is a co-educational institution, there is no hostel for girls on the campus. “But one is about to come up,” explain the boys. Maybe in the next three years or five. By that time we all will have passed out of the college,” they bemoan.

Parties finalise nominees in colleges
Chandigarh, September 13
Although the city college principals have yet to finalise date for college students elections, the city college student unions have started finalising their candidates. The process is spillover from the election fever on the Panjab University campus. Leaders of the various student parties of the university are busy visiting colleges addressing students and showing support for the candidates they are fielding in the colleges.

Tnisha Bedi Miss Fresher
Chandigarh, September 13
Tnisha Bedi was declared Miss Fresher at the freshers’ party hosted by the Functional English Department at Government College for Women, Sector 11, held here today.

Board’s matric supplementary exam from today
Sas Nagar, September 13
The supplementary examinations of the matriculation and senior secondary classes of the Punjab School Education Board will begin on September 14. A spokesman of the board said 70,000 candidates would appear in the matriculation and 45,000 in the senior secondary examination being held at 168 centres.

Teachers’ dharna
Chandigarh, September 13
Members of the DAV College, Sector 10, Teachers Union sat in a dharna outside the principal’s office in support of their long-pending demands on a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union.

Re-evaluation results
Chandigarh September 13
Re-evaluation results of BBA (III) examination held by Panjab University were declared here today.


Complaints against PUDA dismissed
Chandigarh, September 13
The UT Disputes Redressal Forum has dismissed the two complaints filed by Mr Daya Singh and Ms Vipamjeet Kaur against the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority.

PRTC told to pay compensation
Chandigarh, September 13
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has allowed the appeal moved by a resident of Rajpura against the order passed by the District Forum and directed the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation to pay compensation for deficiency in services.


Vengaboys to keep date with city
Chandigarh, September 13
The Dutch pop group, Vengaboys, will keep their date with City Beautiful on Sunday despite heightened security concern here in the wake of the terrorist strike on World Trade Centre in New York on Tuesday evening.


Problem areas identified to check malaria
Chandigarh, September 13
The inter-state border meeting which continued on the second day today reached close to finalising an action plan to eradicate the menace of malaria in the border areas.

PGI Dean was disqualified for using unfair means: Dr Suri
Chandigarh, September 13
In an application for amending a writ petition earlier filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Head of the Radio Diagnosis Department, PGI, Prof Sudha Suri, today alleged that the PGI Dean, Dr Onkar Nath Nagi, was disqualified on account of using unfair means for appearing in an examination conducted by Panjab University in 1960.

2-day orientation programme at PGI
Chandigarh , September 13
The PGI Community Medicine Department is organising a two-day workshop on orientation training programme on reproductive and child health on September 15 and 16.

Workshop to motivate eye donation
Chandigarh, September 13
A two-day workshop to impart training to the first batch of ‘grief counselors’ is being organised in the PGI Ophthalmology Department on September 15 and 16. The workshop on ‘Training in grief counselling to motivate for eye donation’ is being jointly sponsored by the Government of India and World Health Organisation (WHO) .


City athletes win 5 gold medals
Chandigarh, September 13
Five city athletes bagged a gold medal each in various events in the just concluded 13th North Zone Junior National Athletic Championship at Dehra Dun. These athletes are: Shashi Chaudhary — shot put (under-20); Veena Yadav — 400 metre (under-18); Domingo — 400 metre (under-16); Amanjot Kaur — 800 metre (under-16); Manoj Kumar — 400 metre (under-16).

  • Cricket tourney

  • MCM DAV win in softball meet

  • Rowing meet from Sept 16

  • Selection trials from Sept 14


MC loses Rs 6.83 lakh in water meter deal
Chandigarh, September 13
If a recent water metres purchase order placed by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MCC) is anything to go by, its long-standing claim of a “major financial crunch” would surely fall flat. Where on the one hand the MC keeps carping over dearth of funds for development, on the other it has placed a “highly expensive product order”, which is draining public money.

Service station holds ‘ransom’ MC official’s car for want of payment 
SAS Nagar, September 13
An official Ambassador car of an Executive Officer of the SAS Nagar Municipal Council has been forcibly ‘kept ’ by a Chandigarh-based service station due to a long due non-payment by the civic body. The Executive Officer, Mr Harbhagwan Garg, has now been given the official car of the President of the civic body.

Principal Secy justifies PUDA appointments
SAS Nagar, September 13
The Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, today said that to strengthen the skills and expertise of the engineering wing of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), advice of technocrats having vast experience in different aspects of engineering was required. It was in this light that technical advisors had been engaged by the department.

Decks cleared for electric bus system in city
Chandigarh September 13
Decks were cleared today for signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Chandigarh Administration and the Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL) for introducing electric trolley bus system in Chandigarh. The MoU will be signed within the next two weeks.


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