Sunday, October 7, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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Bandh, blockade cut off city
Chandigarh, October 6
Chandigarh and SAS Nagar today remained inaccessible from Punjab and Delhi sides due to a three-and-a-half hour blockade called by the Khalsa Panchayat and Gurdwara Coordination Committee of Mohali to protest against alleged burning of ‘’Birs.’’
 UP IN ARMS
UP IN ARMS: An agitator in a volatile mood during the protests against the burning of Birs as others block the railway crossing in Chandigarh on Saturday. 
— Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

New twist to students’ row
Chandigarh, October 6
In a new twist to the election controversy of the Panjab University Campus Students Council, the university has appointed a panel to look into the issue of a group demanding a no-confidence motion against the elected president.



EARLIER STORIES

 

No barriers at Grain Market
by Sandeep Joshi
Chandigarh, October 6
A projected loss in crores of rupees notwithstanding, the Chandigarh Administration has reportedly developed cold feet over the issue of having barriers at entry points to the Grain Market in Sector 26. The powerful lobby of traders based in Sector 26 is seen behind the move, as setting up of barriers would have stopped evasion of market fee.

City could have been just another Model Town
But Corbusier didn’t let that happen
Chandigarh, October 6
“Without Le Corbusier, Chandigarh may have been just another Model Town in an Indian city”. This was the most telling comment made by Mr Balbir Verma, president of the Indian Institute of Architects, when asked to comment on the frequent criticism of Le Corbusier for his alleged failure to provide housing for the poor and foresee other problems facing the City Beautiful.

Corbusier remembered on World Architecture Day
Chandigarh, October 6
The annual celebrations of the Le Corbusier Day and the World Architecture Day, jointly organised by the Chandigarh College of Architecture and the Chandigarh-Punjab Chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects at Chandigarh College of Architecture were held here today.

Couple get life-term for murder
Panchkula, October 6
Mr S.K. Kapoor, District and Sessions Judge, Panchkula, has sentenced a Pinjore-based couple to life imprisonment for setting their son-in-law on fire. A fine of Rs 10,000 each was also imposed. In case they failed to make the payments they would have to undergo further imprisonment for two years.

 
COMMUNITY



Students have a look at exhibits at a workshop organised by the Society of Automative Engineers at Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

Workshop on new trends in automation begins
Chandigarh, October 6
Emerging trends in automotive power, both in the aviation field as well as automobiles were discussed at a workshop organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers in collaboration with the Aeronautical Society at Punjab Engineering College here today.

FAUJI BEAT
Keeping accounts for the forces
Chandigarh
As the Defence Accounts Department celebrates its golden jubilee this week, it looks back at a tradition spanning several centuries of disbursing pay to the armed forces as well as auditing defence accounts.

MURDER MILES
Traffic blues at Majri Chowk
Panchkula
The intersection of the Panchkula - Naraingarh and the Kalka-Ambala highways, known as Majri Chowk, has become one of the most accident prone points here. A heavy flow of trucks and other heavy vehicles, apart from the regular traffic, has become a threat to human life.

Concern over rise in number of accidents
Chandigarh, October 6
The Chandigarh Parents’ Association has alleged that the local traffic police has failed to control traffic in the city and has demanded proper control of traffic on city roads so that the number of accidents could be reduced. In addition, the association also demanded some proper arrangements of carrying the accident victims to the hospitals.
Mogambo halts for ‘sarson da saag’
Chandigarh, October 6
For die-hard Amrish Puri fans, this news will come as some sort of a dampener. The star villain of the big screen was on a fly-by visit to City Beautiful this afternoon. 


Reel-life villain Amrish Puri converses with Satinder Singh, friend, and Karan Gilhotra, owner, Platinum Honda showoom, where he halted during his journey to Manali on Saturday afternoon.

Tasting the luxury of limousine
Chandigarh, October 6
Little did Mr Raghbir Singh, a government employee, know that getting petrol filled his scooter for Rs 100 would entitle him to a free ride in a limousine. It was a dream come true for him, a regular customer of a petrol filling station in Sector 21, and his family when they were informed that they had been declared lucky winner of the scheme.

KHARAR DIARY
Coaching centres galore
Kharar
There is has no good government school at Kharar but there has been a mushroom growth of coaching centres, particularly those that provide coaching for entrance tests such as pre-engineering and pre-medical tests. As the dates of the entrance tests are approaching, each institute is claiming to be the best for students preparing for these tests.

REMINISCENCE
From openness to seclusion
Chandigarh, October 6
The sun gives way to darkness, but the ensuing gloom fails to disturb advocate Rajvinder Singh Bains as he, exhausted after a day’s work, strolls past the palatial bungalows in Sector 2. What makes him uncomfortable is that he does see bright and cheerful faces of neighbours peeping across low boundary walls.

WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR
A multi-faceted personality
Chandigarh
Creativity does not wait for opportunities. Mrs Neelam Gupta of Di Plast is an example of this. She has been associated with Di Plast for almost eight years and has become indispensible for the company where she looks after internal co-ordination, advertising, designing, public relations etc.

Paswan to open convention
Chandigarh, October 6
The Union Coal and Mines Minister and Lok Jan Shakti party chief, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, will open the National Balmiki Convention on October 14. The convention will be opened at 11 a.m. at Nehru Park in Sector-22 and will be attended by many intellectuals and leaders. The convention will discuss various economic, political and social issues.

CVM announces poll panel
Chandigarh, October 6
The Chandigarh Vikas Manch today announced a 15-member election committee to be headed by Padma Shree Dr Sardar Anjum. This was announced here by the manch convener, Mr Harmohan Dhawan, and Dr Anjum in a joint press conference.

 
CRIME

Three held for stealing chopper parts
Chandigarh, October 6
The local police arrested three persons for stealing helicopter parts from the 3 BRD gate here yesterday. The three were reportedly caught red-handed by Air Force officials.

Arrested on trespassing charge
Chandigarh, October 6
The police has arrested Manoj Kumar, a resident of Khuda Lahora, for trespassing into nurses hostel in the PGI here yesterday. The accused was caught in the Navedita Hostel and Ms Tshring Dolekar, Warden of the hostel, called the police. The accused was booked under Sections 448 and 452 of the IPC.

2 held for poisoning animals
Lalru, October 6
In a case of poisoning more than 800 animals for their skins and bones, the police arrested two persons — Laxman and Haria — from nearby villages here today. Sources in the police said the accused had been active in this part of the state for the past couple of years and had been poisoning the animals.

BUSINESS

Bank registers 16.4 pc growth
Chandigarh, October 6
Mr N.K. Puri, who joined the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur as Managing Director recently, began a tour of branches of the bank in Haryana, Chandigarh and Punjab today to assess the potential available at the centres and to explore the opportunities to expand business.

MARKET PULSE
Awareness caravan
Chandigarh, October 6
A week-long awareness caravan by Tupperware, a US-based plastic food storage containers manufacturing company, concluded here in Sector 17 today. The caravan which focussed on creating awareness on the use of eco-friendly tupperware products and generating employment without any investment , covered prime locations in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali.

IBM’s retail store inaugurated
Chandigarh, October 6
IBM India will shift its focus from the corporate sector to the small and medium enterprises and the home segment, according to Mr Shashi B. Mal, country manager, Personal Computing Division.

 
EDUCATION

CAMPUS ROUND-UP
Varsity to put results on Web site
Chandigarh
Panjab University is making efforts to make the results of its examinations available on the university website. This was revealed by Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, while addressing the Senate. Dwelling on different aspects of the examination system, Prof Pathak said that steps were being taken to ensure that even the results of the post-graduate classes were prepared on the computer.

IN FOCUS
School in unsafe building
SAS Nagar
Government Primary School in Phase IX, which is the oldest one in the town and is also the examination centre for four other primary schools in Phases X and XI and Lambian and Kumbra villages, is housed in an unsafe building.

STATE OF HOSTELS
Comfortable in old building
Chandigarh
Other than the problems of living in an old building, the residents of Sanjivani Hostel for girls at PGI are a satisfied lot. Most of them are doctors who are doing their post graduation or residency in the PGI. The minimum period one has to stay here is two years and the maximum can go up to six years or even more. But most of them prefer to leave as soon as their studies are over since most of them are either married or planning to get married.

Conference on disaster management held
Chandigarh, October 6
Floods are the most frequent and most devastating disasters that occur in India. This was pointed out by Mr Anil Sinha, Head of the National Centre of Disaster Management, while addressing the annual conference on ‘Disaster Management: Lessons Drawn and Strategies For Future’ organised by the Indian Institute of Public Administration at Panjab University here today.

Principal Jeewan honoured
Chandigarh, October 6
Principal R.C. Jeewan of the local DAV College was honoured for lifetime contribution at the farewell function organised at MCM DAV College here this evening. Speakers highlighted the role of Principal Jeewan, particularly in the field of gearing up students to face competitive examinations in medical and non-medial fields through mock tests and college tutorials. His effort towards increasing classroom attendance was also highlighted.

COURTS

Criminal justice system deterrent no more: R.P. Sethi
Chandigarh, October 6
Attributing the alarming rise in crime rate to the criminal justice system in the country, Mr Justice R.P. Sethi of the Supreme Court of India today revealed that almost one cognisable offence was committed every seven seconds.

DISTRICT COURTS
Yog Raj appears in court
Chandigarh, October 6
A former Test cricketer, Yog Raj Singh, appeared before a local court, here today in connection with a case of cheating and petrol adulteration registered against him. He appeared before the UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr Justice Pushvinder Singh, this afternoon. The case has been now transferred to the UT District Sessions Judge, as the city police had added a new section under the Essential Commodities Act in his case while filing a challan before the court.

  • Plea dismissed
  • Bail plea rejected
  • Judicial remand

Sidhu to head Bar Council
Chandigarh, October 6
In less than 24 hours before the Chairman of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana was to be polled in, Dr Anmol Rattan Sidhu was today elected to the post without any opposition. Mr Balwan Singh Suhag was also elected unopposed as Vice-Chairman.

 
CULTURE

Challenge to conscience, tribute to womanhood
Chandigarh, October 6
Society has never quite sworn by the laws laid down for it. Had it valued these for what they are, it would not have condoned the will of God, who never chose to draw the line of distinction between woman and man. But as ages slipped by the palms of time, this line became dark, so dark that Shatroopa (the woman counterpart of our first father Manu) finally lost her radiance in the charcoal-dark attitude which the society adopted against her.

HEALTH

Leprosy patients promised better deal
Chandigarh, October 6
The Leprosy Welfare Mission, Chandigarh, organised various functions at different places to observe the Leprosy Week in the city. A number of leprosy patients from different parts of Punjab and Chandigarh participated in the function.

Healing is her mission
Chandigarh, October 6
Healing is just another form of love for her. Dr Cynthia S. Padao from World Pranic Healing Foundation in Manila is driven by a mission to alleviate the suffering of all individuals in pain and to accelerate the spiritual growth of humanity. And as a part of her mission she is currently in Chandigarh to stir interest among residents in pranic healing.

 
SPORTS

Arjun, Anu shine in shooting
Chandigarh, October 6
Arjun Pratap shot an impressive 385 out of 600 in small bore free rifle (ISSF) three position for senior men on the penultimate day of the 26th Chandigarh State Shooting championships here today at Patiali Ki Rao shooting ranges, Sector 25. Earlier yesterday, Arjun, a Class XII student of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, had shot 554 in the Air Rifle (ISSF).

  • CBSE basketball
  • Carrom meet
  • Abinav bereaved
  • Trials
  • Honoured
  • Athletics meet
  • Cricket probables
  • CBSE sports
  • Badminton tourney
  • Tennis tourney

SPORTS ROUND UP
A soccer team of note
Chandigarh
Sanjay Public Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, once again established its supremacy in football when it won the CBSE tournament which concluded here on Thursday. Schools in Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and parts of Punjab took part in the event. This school had earlier won titles in different age groups.

  • Attrsy Cricket

  • CBSE sports

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