Thursday, September 20, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Compensation money fuels drinking binge
SAS Nagar, September 19
‘Ahatas’ seem to have become a preferred destination for inhabitants of over 15 villages around the town. It appears the villagers have gone on an extended drinking binge, courtesy a sudden prosperity fuelled by acquisition of their agricultural land for urbanisation.

WOOING VOTERS: Supporters of political parties wooing students two days before the elections in Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. 
— Tribune photo  Manoj Mahajan

Student bodies pledge better academic curricula
Chandigarh, September 19
Improvement in the academic curricula features prominently in the election manifestoes of the two prominent student organisations in the fray for the elections to the Panjab University Campus Students Council this time.

Battlelines drawn for student bodies’ poll
Chandigarh, September 19
Today being the last date of withdrawal of nominations, battlelines for the four posts of student councils in various city colleges have been drawn. 




Man shot at in broad daylight
Panchkula, September 19
Three unidentified car-borne youths struck at an advocate’s house in the densely populated Sector 17 of the township and shot at a 65-year-old man from close range in broad daylight here today.

Additional power for UT
Chandigarh, September 19
The Union Government has promised 20 MW of additional power for the city from next year. This is the second consecutive year allocation of power made for the city. This year about 22 MW of power was allocated and this helped tide over the shortage in summers. 

Kathak reintroduced, courtesy Shovana
Chandigarh, September 19

Great artistes have always been comfortable with great gatherings. So was it today when celebrated kathak exponent Padmashri awardee Shovana Narayan held the crowd with the music of her “ghungroos” throughout the almost two-hour-long lecture-cum-demonstration of the dance form called kathak.

Acclaimed kathak exponent Shovana Narayan performs under SPIC MACAY’S Virasat series at St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo



Inadequate security arrangements at crafts mela
Chandigarh, September 19
Even as the UT has been reportedly put on high alert following the developments in South Asian region after terrorist strikes in USA, there seems to be little concern for the security arrangements at the Food Crafts and Cultural Mela , currently underway at Sector 17 Parade Ground.

League seeks ‘one rank, one pension’
Chandigarh, September 19
The Indian Ex-Services League, at its meeting held here today, condemned the Central Government for not accepting the long-pending demands of ‘one rank one pension’ and abrogation of the condition of 33 years’ service for earning full pension.

211 commuters challaned
Chandigarh, September 19
The traffic police, in association with police personnel drawn from various police stations in the city, launched a special two-hour drive to check traffic violations on the second consecutive day today. As many as 211 commuters were challaned in different parts of the city during this drive from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Saplings planted at Cactus Garden
Chandigarh, September 19
The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, along with the Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, and senior officials of the Municipal Corporation today participated in a sapling plantation drive at Cactus garden in Ram Darbar, Industrial Area, Phase II.

Beant murder accused taken for MRI scan
Chandigarh, September 19
Navjot Singh, one of the accused in the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister, Beant Singh, was today brought out of the Burail Jail for an MRI scan in a nursing home in Sector 22, even as the local police was reportedly denied the permission to handcuff him.

Draw of lots postponed
Chandigarh, September 19
A draw of lots for the registration and allocation of floors to eligible applicants who have applied under the 336 Category I and 600 category II Flats Housing Schemes in Sector 51, Chandigarh, which was scheduled to be held on September 20 and 21, has been postponed to September 27 and 28, respectively.

Re-draw for wards delimitation sought
Chandigarh, September 19
The Panchkula Welfare Association has demanded a re-draw for the delimitation of wards of the municipal council for the township because of alleged irregularities and the lack of transparency in the delimitation of wards done earlier.

Kanwar Iqbal records PM’s poems
Chandigarh, September 19
Poems of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee from his anthology ‘Meri Ekawan Kavitaen’ are being recorded by renowned music director Kanwar Iqbal at Sur Sangam Studio, Chandigarh.



Woman killed in road mishap
Chandigarh, September 19
A woman riding pillion with her husband on a scooter was killed in a road accident near Darwa village last evening. According to an FIR registered under sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC, it has been alleged that the scooterist Charan Singh was hit by a truck (PB-10AL-9457) last evening.



Over 200 colleges take part in Lakshaya 2001
Chandigarh, September 19
Over 200 colleges of northern region participated in two-day Lakshaya-2001 IT destination redefined which concluded here today. The two-day programme included a large number of events such as paper presentation (mgs), paper presentation (IT), dumbs charades, mock press conference, face painting, cartooning, fiction story writing , solo dance, drama and bhangra.

Ambedkar Students’ Association formed
Chandigarh, September 19
The formation of a non-political organisation — the Ambedkar Students’ Association — was announced at Panjab University here today.


Poll panel has no role after result
Chandigarh, September 19
Holding that the state Election Commission has no function to perform after the declaration of election result, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that the preservation of record pertaining to ballot papers was, however, its duty.

  • Ex-minister’s bail plea dismissed

  • Magistrate’s bail order revoked

  • Show-cause notice to coop official

  • Registrar summoned

7-yr RI for minor’s rape
Chandigarh, September 19
A resident of Bapu Dham, Indira Singh, was sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000, in a case of rape. It was alleged that the accused had kidnapped a minor girl on May 5, 1999, and allegedly raped her for 17 days. 

Murder accused’s bail plea rejected
Chandigarh, September 19
In just over a year after two liquor vend employees were murdered, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today rejected the bail applications moved by two accused in the case.

Forum’s decision upheld
Chandigarh, September 19
The UT Consumer Commission has dismissed the appeals filed by Dr Rohit Grover Eye and ENT Hospital, Sector 35, and New India Assurance Corporation against the order passed by the District Consumer Disputes Forum-II.



Down-to-earth attitude sets Noyonika apart
Chandigarh, September 19
A strong portfolio boasting of 700 shows, an enviable sun-kissed look said to be in vogue and a great height — all these assets have yet not served to sweep this lanky Bengali girl off the ground.
Noyonika Chatterjee admires a saree at the inauguration of a showroom
Noyonika Chatterjee admires a saree at the inauguration of a showroom at Sector 22 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo  Pankaj Sharma

Keeping notes of tradition alive
Chandigarh, September 19
A 5,000-year-old folk music tradition of ‘Braj’ — the land of Lord Krishna and patronised by the first Jat king of the country — Surajmal, of Bharatpur in Rajasthan, since 16th century, is still alive courtesy farmers of one village of Haryana.

Powerful works on women’s liberation
Chandigarh, September 19
There was a lot of purpose attached to the 18th annual painting workshop organised by the Haryana Cultural Affairs Department. Based on the theme of women empowerment (in relation to the current year being that of Women Empowerment), the concluding day of the workshop saw 15 powerful works being put together in various mediums by the nine participating artists.


CBI raids on PGI, GMCH Super Bazars
Chandigarh, September 19
The Central Bureau of Investigation today conducted surprise checks on the Super Bazars in the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, following complaints of omission and commission by the authorities here.

Workshop on genetics
Chandigarh, September 19
As many as 15 per cent of the couples in the world are sterile. While in almost 30 per cent of these cases, the male partner is the cause of the infertility. Out of the remaining, in 30 per cent cases the males and females both have problems due to which they cannot bear children.



Golf Range President D.P. Azad takes a putt at the miniature golf facility at the Chandigarh Golf Range on Wednesday. Others in the picture are (from left) Mr Harmeet Kahlon, Mr J.S. Cheema, Mr J.S. Sukhija and Mr Sanjeev Aggarwal. 

Mr Balramji Das Tandon, Cabinet Minister, Punjab, interacts with young shuttlees at inauguration of the Chandigarh State Badminton Championship in Chandigarh on Wednesday.  
— A Tribune photos

And now family-fun golf facility
Chandigarh, September 19
The CGA Golf Range in Chandigarh is set to score yet another first. A unique 18-hole miniature golf facility is coming up fast on its premises. This miniature golf facility is a new concept in the northern part of the country. . It will have a complete 72-stroke play with obstructions and water hazards making it 5-par, 4-par and 3-par holes.

Sukhwinder leads in battle of nerves
Chandigarh, September 19
It was a battle of nerves which finally led Sukhwinder Kaur to beat Heena Kumar in five games in the below-13 girls section on the opening day of the 13th Chandigarh State Badminton Championships which began here today at Sector 42 Indoor badminton hall. The matches were played according to the new scoring system, which was a welcomed by players. Earlier, the tournament was declared open by Mr Balram Ji Das Tandon, Local Bodies Minister, Punjab.

Shuttler who holds promise
Chandigarh, September 19
Adhiraj Neogi, who is yet to celebrate his 13th birthday, has in a short period of time become a force to reckon within the badminton arena in Haryana. He was recently crowned Haryana state champion in the under-13 section which was a grand achievement for this talented and hardworking boy who practises for more than five hours a day, on an average.


Mayor for more grants
Chandigarh, September 19
The Mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, Ms Harjinder Kaur, today met the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (Retd), and requested him to provide additional grant-in-aid of Rs 16 crore under non-plan and Rs 4.5 crore under plan heads in the revised budget estimate for the year 2001-2002 so as to enable the civic body to discharge its liabilities.

Mahila Bhavan for city sought
Chandigarh, September 19
The Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, has in a letter written to the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), put forth the demand for a Mahila Bhavan in the city. As a first step in this direction, she has sought that suitable land should be allotted for the construction of this bhavan.

MC warning on parking lots
Chandigarh, September 19
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is making all possible efforts to make underground parkings in Sector 17 fully functional. In an order issued here yesterday, MC Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, has asked all concerned not to park any condemned vehicles in underground parking.Top

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