Tuesday, October 9, 2001,
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Court pulls up PUDA to pull down encroachments
VIPs set land-grab examples
Chandigarh, October 8
On a petition seeking the removal of encroachments on public land at SAS Nagar, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana Court directed the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority and other respondents here today to issue within seven days a notice in newspapers, asking residents to remove encroachments within 15 days or watch them be removed by authorities.

Not raising the front boundary wall for extending the courtyard right up to the road berm has become a common practice among plot holders in SAS Nagar.  
— A Tribune photograph


  Ignorance ‘walls’ PUDA not residents
SAS Nagar, October 8
Officials of the Estate Office of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority are ignoring a common practice among plot holders that is in violation of the building bylaws. The practice is not to construct the front boundary wall of houses. According to estimates, at least 70 per cent of the houses, especially those in developing sectors, don’t have the front boundary walls.

2 cr for widening Panchkula road
Chandigarh, October 8
Travelling on the busy Chandigarh-Panchkula road will be relatively comfortable in the near future as the Government of India has sanctioned a sum of Rs 2 crore to widen the road from the existing three lanes on each side to four lanes on each side.

ASI, two others killed in mishap
Kharar, October 8
Three persons, including an ASI of the Punjab police, were killed in a head-on collision between an Indica car and a truck near Padiala village on the Kharar-Kurali road today.

Traffic policemen inspect the damaged Indica car which had a head-on collision with a truck between Kharar and Kurali on Monday. — Photo Karam Singh

Hoax bomb call in police HQ
Chandigarh, October 8
A hoax bomb call in the UT police headquarters here this morning disrupted normal work for more than an hour. The police immediately swung into action but it turned out to be an exercise in futility.

Sports meet for special children begins
Chandigarh, October 8
More than 400 special children gathered at the Sports Complex, Sector 7, to take part in the ninth zonal meet of the Special Olympics North West Zone. As the vibrant and dynamic Ms Promila Chandermohan, Area Director, explained that even though these children were deprived, yet they had over the years developed their skills by playing in the field.
Mentally challenged children at the Special Olympics held at Sports Complex, Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Monday. — Photo Pankaj Sharma

PU panels to study exam-related issues
Chandigarh, October 7
Leaving aside a quantitative improvement in quick declaration of results, Panjab University has moved a step forward towards a qualitative improvement in terms of ensuring a fair system of evaluation and better check on unfair means cases.


Granth row: cop gets clean chit
Chandigarh, October 8
A Chandigarh Police constable, posted in Crime Against Women Cell, has been given a clean chit by the top brass in the department, even as revelations of her involvement in preparing the controversial “Bhav Sagar Samundar Amar Bani Granth”, which is the cause of the tension prevailing in the state, these days.

Seminar on adolescents’ problems held
Chandigarh, October 8
Lions Club, Chandigarh Central, organised a seminar regarding the problems faced by adolescents—‘‘Entering the teen years — The challenge ahead’’, at Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21,here today.The seminar was arranged under the Quest Programme of the Lions Club. The programme is aimed at enabling the adolescents to adjust well in society and to overcome difficulties.

Performing stunts on his mobike
Chandigarh, October 8
If you encounter this lanky young man manoeuvering his motorcycle on the busy roads of Chandigarh while standing on it, do not be surprised, because this stuntman has several more tricks up his sleeve to mesmerise you.

‘Media should work in rural areas’
Chandigarh, October 8
The Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Mr Ramesh Bais, today called upon the media to create awareness in rural areas about various social and economic problems being faced by the country. He said various programmes of the government could not make much headway due to non-participation of people.

Electronic designers’ council soon
Chandigarh, October 8
Electronic designers of the country who have put India firmly on the IT map of the world will soon have something they have lacked so far: a “home” of their own. For the first time in the country, an Electronic Designers Council of India will be set up which will coordinate and promote design concepts related to international design rules and international standards through education, communication, seminars and workshops.

Coin-dispensing machine at RBI
Chandigarh, October 8
The Chandigarh branch of the Reserve Bank of India today installed a coin-dispensing machine in its banking hall. This is the first coin-dispensing machine to be installed in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The facility is available on working days between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and between 10 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturday.

Promoting scientific temper
The Kharar unit of Taraksheel Society of Punjab organised a Taraksheel Chetna march from Kharar to Mamupur village, passing through Bhagumajra and Rurki. All through the march people were asked to develop a scientific approach to their problems and stay away from those who promoted superstition.

IAF celebrates 69th anniversary
Chandigarh, October 8
The 69th anniversary of the Indian Air Force was celebrated at the Western Command Headquarters, Chandi Mandir Cantonment, as well as at the Air Force Station, Chandigarh, today.

Stress on use of Hindi in banks
Chandigarh, October 8
Despite best efforts by the government of India, the use of Hindi in the day-to-day functioning of public sector banks has been rather slow so far. “It is just 50 per cent of our expectation”, said Dr Rajeshwar Gangwar, General Manager, RBI, in a talk with TNS.

NCP invites applications for MC election candidature
Chandigarh, October 8
The local unit of the Nationalist Congress Party here today invited applications for the candidature to the Municipal Corporation election. This was informed by the local NCP President, Mr Gurbachan Singh, after getting green signal from the national executive of the party at a meeting held yesterday at Delhi. Mr Singh has fixed October 15 as the last date for receiving applications.

Washermen lay siege to MC office
Chandigarh, October 8
A section of washermen here today struck work and laid a siege to the Municipal Corporation office for an hour to protest their alleged removal from certain places in the city.

Implementation of Apartment Act hailed
Chandigarh, October 8
The Chandigarh Nagrik Sabha today hailed the decision of the Administration to implement the Punjab Apartment Act in the city.

Samata Party threatens dharna
Chandigarh, October 8
The local unit of the Samata Party today decided to organise a dharna on October 14 to demand removal of a wine shop facing Government High School in Mauli Jagran complex.

Gujjars, Sunars in OBC category
Chandigarh, October 8
The Chandigarh Administration has included two more castes in the category of other backward classes. As per recent notification of the Administration, Gujjars and Sunars/sawarnkars have been added to the list at serial Nos 61 and 62, respectively.

Lucky becomes CTYC President
Chandigarh, October 8
Mr H. S. Lucky was today appointed the President of the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress after replacing Mr Chandramukhi Sharma. The IYC President, Mr Randeep Surjewala, cleared Mr Lucky’s name for the post ahead of the municipal corporation elections.


Labourer found dead
SAS Nagar, October 8
The body of an 18-year-old labourer was found in a house under construction in Sector 70 here today. A bottle of liquor was found near the body. The police suspects that the deceased died of consuming liquor, the DSP, Mr A.S. Bajwa, said there were no injury mark on the body. He said efforts were being made to identify the labourer. There were, however minor scratches on the body.

Youth commits suicide
Chandigarh, October 8
A 20-year-old youth committed suicide by hanging himself from a branch of a tree outside Shiv Shakti Colony this morning. It is learnt that Ramya hung himself from the branch of a neem tree. He was reportedly in a state of depression because of his instable financial condition. He was a labourer and was unable to get work continuously.


Dry fruits get dearer after attacks
Chandigarh, October 8
The US air strikes on Afghanistan, a major dry fruit supplier to India, have created panic in the local markets leading to a rise in the prices of dry fruits. The prices are likely to shoot up further, according to the dealers.

Jewellery collection launched
Chandigarh, October 8
Tanishq, a national jeweller, today announced the launch of Aria, a diamond jewellery collection, with over 80 exquisite designs of ear-rings, finger-rings, bangles and neckwear.


350 delegates to attend national conference in Mohali
Chandigarh, October 8
More than 350 delegates from India and abroad are expected to participate in a two-day national conference on “Emerging Trends in Electronics Design and Technology” which will begin here on October 12.

Jolt for teachers of aided schools
Chandigarh, October 8
Much to the disappointment of teachers retiring from government-aided school in the city, the Union Ministry for Human Resource and Development has rejected the Chandigarh Administration’s long-pending proposal for extending the Punjab Privately Managed Recognised Aided School Retirement Benefit Scheme to the aided schools here.

160 students take part in contests
Panchkula, October 8
As many as 160 students from various private and public schools of the district participated in various competitions organised by the Haryana Wildlife Department to celebrate the Wildlife Week in the Government Senior Secondary School for Boys in Sector 7.

DAV College wins quiz contest
Chandigarh, October 8
DAV College, Sector 10, emerged as the winner at the Netvision mega quiz contest organised at DAV College here today. Students of the DAV College of Education, Hoshiarpur, and team of wild card entrants from city colleges won the second and third positions, respectively. Teams from colleges all over the region, including Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Muktsar, Ludhiana and city, participated in the contest.

Students participate in a quiz contest in DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Checks surprise govt schools in city
Chandigarh, October 8
To ensure smooth functioning and discipline, surprise checks in government schools in the city were conducted by the UT Director Public Instructions, Mr D.S. Saroya. He was accompanied by District Education Officer Brahmjit Kalia and Assistant Director of Vocational courses Prithpal Kaur.



Three city fathers back out from octroi case
Chandigarh, October 8
In an unexpected turn of events, three Municipal Councillors from Bathinda today sought directions for deleting their names from the array of parties in a petition for quashing Punjab Government’s decision regarding the abolition of octroi in the state.
  • DIG summoned

  • Directive to DPI on grade

  • Notice to Punjab

  • Transfer of SSP stayed

Fourteen-day remand for accused in rape case
Chandigarh, October 8
Two persons — Arun Kumar Pandey and Parkash — who were arrested by the city police in a case of rape on October 7 have been sent to 14-day judicial remand by a local court.

  • Three acquitted

  • Bail granted

  • Bail plea

  • Bail for Yog Raj Singh

  • Contract killing case

  • Complainant’s plea

  • Remanded


‘Aur Kitne Tukde’ — a tale of woman's dissection

Chandigarh, October 8
When pain is settled like layers, it takes ages to clear the dust off its surface and look beyond to examine the intensity. Often the dust refuses to go, for it has found home in the unaltered routine of feeding on the surface of pain — a surface made fertile by virgin wounds, that unfailingly add on to the existing pile of pain, as the moments slip by.

A scene from ‘Aur Kitne Tukre’ staged in Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Monday.  — A Tribune photograph


DHS directive to hotel owners
Chandigarh, October 8
The Director of Health Services of Chandigarh today asked all owners of hotels and restaurants in the city to maintain a register for inspection by the Health Department. A press note issued by the department said the food inspectors would make entries about the conditions of Rules 49 and 50 of the PFA Rules and would make his observation in the register.


Taranpreet Pahwa (left) plays against Harmanpreet (right) on the third day of the Chandigarh State Carrom Meet in St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Monday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

Taranpreet, Ravinder clinch carrom title
Chandigarh, October 8
Taranpreet Pahwa and Ravinder claimed the sub-junior boys doubles title while both also made it to the final of the sub-junior singles section on the third day of the XIth Chandigarh State Carrom Tournament played here today at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. The upset of the day was witnessed in men’s doubles semi-final, when defending champion pair and top seed in this meet, Gagandeep and Rozerio, lost to Mukesh Piplani and BH Singh. Pallavi Piplani and Gagandeep sailed into the finals of the girls singles event.

  • Basketball meet
  • Sports meet
  • Tennis tourney
  • Cricket meet
  • Cricket academy
  • Selection trials
Cricketers spend time with kids
Panchkula, October 8
Tiny-tots of JPA Toddlers World here today jostled and scrambled to shake hands with cricket stars, including Vinod Kambli and Lalchand Rajput, on their school premises.

Children scramble around Vinod Kambli for his autograph during his visit to a school in Panchkula on Monday. 
— Photo Manoj Mahajan

Children scramble around Vinod Kambli


Admn bypasses MCC on parking lots
Chandigarh, October 8
The Chandigarh Administration has bypassed the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) House to direct levying parking fee and making underground parking lots functional in Sectors 17 and 8.

DC wants list of chemical producing units
Panchkula, October 8
The Assistant Director, Industrial Safety, Ambala, and other related departments were asked to prepare a list of chemical-producing and using units, LPG storage units and fire-prone buildings of the district by the end of this month.

Workshop on e-governance
Chandigarh, October 8
A five-day workshop on "Moving towards e-governance" began at the Sector 26 Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Punjab, here today.


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