Wednesday, October 10, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Work on water scheme halts as funds dry up
Chandigarh, October 9
Work on the fourth phase of the water augmentation scheme, which promises improved water supply to city residents on its completion, has been suspended for the lack of funds. The work on the scheme will be resumed only when the Chandigarh Administration releases funds.

Cylinder blast in shop injures five
Dera Bassi, October 9
Five persons, including an owner of a shop on the T-intersection of the Chandigarh-Ambala and Dera Bassi-Barwala roads, sustained burns today as an LPG cylinder placed inside the shop burst.

Brijesh Kumar, one of the five persons who sustained severe burns in an LPG-cylinder blast in Dera Bassi on Tuesday. Brijesh Kumar, one of the five persons who sustained severe burns in an LPG-cylinder blast in Dera Bassi on Tuesday. 
— A Tribune photograph



High Court stays shifting of scooter mechanics
Chandigarh, October 9
The “plan” of the Chandigarh Administration to shift the scooter market from Sector 21 to Sector 26 suffered a setback today after a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the uprooting of the mechanics here today and directed the authorities concerned to look for an alternative site than Sector 26 for the rehabilitation of these mechanics.

Residents resent MC move to tax cable connections
Panchkula, October 9
After a month-long gruelling battle between cable operators and residents on the issue of hike in cable charges in the city, the war does not seem over for the residents even now.

PU panel’s reservations on self-financing courses
Chandigarh, October 9
Panjab University should not give permission for self-financing courses to colleges which do not have the necessary infrastructure.

Betrayed by friend, raped by politician
Chandigarh, October 9
In a shocking incident, a minor girl was allegedly “abducted” by her “friend” and the latter’s mother to be handed over to a local politician and his two hotelier friends. The victim was raped for over five days before she made a dramatic escape from her captors.

Changed telecom scene leaves Postal Dept poorer
Chandigarh, October 9
Winds of change blowing through the telecom scene in the country claimed nearly 40 per cent of the revenue of the Department of Posts during 1999-2000.

Parking lots in Sec 17 made functional
Chandigarh, October 9
The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, today made three underground parking lots located in Sector 17, near the telephone exchange building, 30 Bays Building, and Godrej office, functional.

Unauthorised structures in the rear courtyard of the HIG houses in Sector 70, SAS Nagar.Bylaws violation in rear courtyards rampant
SAS Nagar, October 9
Considerations other than professional seems to be weighing heavily on the officials of the Estate Office of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA). Those entrusted with the job of checking the violation of building bylaws are turning a blind eye to the violations.

Unauthorised structures in the rear courtyard of the HIG houses in Sector 70, SAS Nagar.
— Photo Parvesh Chauhan

‘Realignment of track not possible’
Chandigarh, October 9
The proposed Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail line passing through Faidan village just east of Sectors 47 and 48 cannot be re-aligned despite demands from certain residents of the village due to technical reasons, said Mr Y.P. Singh, Chief Engineer (Construction), Northern Railway, while talking to mediapersons after making an on-the-spot assessment of the area. Many residents of the village have been demanding the re-alignment of the track. On the request of Mr Pawan Bansal, local MP, the Railways had sent a team.

Issues which confront TA
Chandigarh, October 9
As the country’s second line of defence, the Territorial Army (TA) observed its 52nd Raising Day today, it has to contend with a growing number of issues, primary among them being the erosion of its very character and role.

BJP to hold mandal-level meetings
Chandigarh, October 9
With a view to activating its local unit, the BJP today decided to hold meetings of the party at the mandal-level.

‘Need to adopt group financing schemes’
Panchkula, October 9
The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr S K Goyal, stressed that various banks of the district should adopt timely group financing in the Swarn Gram Savrojgar Yojna cases, so that unemployed youths could start their own venture.

Faultlines in pension fixation
Chandigarh, October 9
Incorrect interpretation of the pension rules by the Controller of Defence Accounts (CDA) may be causing financial loss to a number of officers, besides mental and physical harassment.

CITCO to promote eco-tourism
Chandigarh, October 9
In its endeavour to create awareness among residents about environment, CITCO will promote eco-tourism in the city. The corporation has already started contacting schools and colleges to arrange excursions for the students in and around the city and will be extending the same to families also.

Body found near rail track
Panchkula, October 9
The body of an unidentified person cut into pieces by a train late last night was found by the Railway police near Mauli Jagran this morning.

Professor Oberoi bereaved

Woman suffers burns


Arrested for duping job-seekers
Panchkula, October 9
The police has arrested three persons, including a woman social worker, for duping job-seekers in the district here on Sunday evening. According to police sources, the accused, Gopal Singh, Ramesh Kumar and Kesari Devi, were arrested on the complaint of Mr Gurmeet Singh, a Pinjore resident.

Two held with fake currency
Panchkula, October 9
Acting on a tip off, the CIA staff yesterday arrested two persons with fake currency worth Rs 25,000 near Vatika in Sector 5 here.

Two cars, motor cycle stolen
Chandigarh, October 9
Four cases of theft , including three cases of auto theft, have been registered by the police in different parts of the city during the past 24 hours.


Lifestyle products company shows good results
Chandigarh, October 9
Cymbionic Marketing Pvt Ltd., a professionally managed multi-level marketing company that offers business opportunity through a range of lifestyle product packages and benefits from blue chip companies, has achieved a phenomenal growth on all fronts, i.e. sales turnover, number of distributors, locations serviced etc., in the past 12 months.

Denim in vogue


Leaked papers sold at Rs 4,000 each
SAS Nagar, October 9
In the wake of “irregularities” in the examination of General Nursing and Midwifery, conducted by the Punjab Nursing Registration Council, a well-organised racket involving the staff of the council has come to light.

10 pc weightage to house examinations
Chandigarh, October 9
A committee of Panjab University has decided that 10 per cent weightage of the aggregate marks in the final examination should be given to the house examination conducted by the university twice a year. This also means that the university will have to make the house tests mandatory in September and December.

Students, teachers suffer due to school-bank tiff
Chandigarh, October 9
A tiff between the management committee of Bhawan Vidyalaya in Sector 27 and a branch office of State Bank of Patiala functioning from the premises of the school has bred a sense of resentment among the students, parents and teachers alike, who complain of going through a lot of inconvenience while depositing their fees and conducting other bank transactions like drawing of salaries etc.

CYP course for youth in development work
Chandigarh, October 9
The second phase of the three-day Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP): Asia Centre Diploma “Youth in Development Work: Training of Tutors/Counsellors” will commence tomorrow at the CYP Asia Centre.

UGC refresher course inaugurated
Chandigarh, October 9
A University Grants Commission refresher course in physical education being hosted by Panjab University on the theme of ‘ Modern concepts of physical education and sports’ was inaugurated here today.


Statement of witness recorded
Chandigarh, October 9
The statement of one of the witnesses, working as a salesman was recorded before court today in the infamous Sector 24 wine shop double murder case. The statement of witness, Tilak Raj, was recorded before the UT Additional Session Judge, Ms Sneh Prashar. The witness stated that the shop used to close at 11 p.m. and re-open in the morning at 6.30.

Petition on MNS uniforms admitted
Chandigarh, October 9
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice V.K. Bali and Mr Justice K.S. Khehar today admitted a petition filed by several officers of the Military Nursing Services (MNS) challenging a change in their uniform.

Chohan’s petition to be taken up today
Chandigarh, October 9
In a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the self-styled president of Khalistan, Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, today sought directions for quashing a complaint filed against him at Patiala by an advocate. The petition is likely to be taken up by Mr Justice R.C. Kathuria tomorrow.


The play ‘Kehan Kabir’ being staged in Chandigarh on Tuesday as part of the Natya Parv-2001.Can we say we understand Kabir?
Chandigarh, October 9
Kabir did well by converting his mortal mass into flowers, giving a fragrance in his death that could redeem this stinking society if it borrowed a part of it.

The play ‘Kehan Kabir’ being staged in Chandigarh on Tuesday as part of the Natya Parv-2001.
— Photo Manoj Mahajan

Expert dwells on art appreciation
Chandigarh, October 9
The real purpose of art is having pleasure in giving pleasure. But the levels of this pleasure, as experienced by viewers, essentially differ depending upon the amount of mental investment. Led by eminent art historian Dr B.N. Goswamy, the gathering at the Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10 was today acquainted with the most basic element of art appreciation — viewing.

Dance maestros to regale city
Chandigarh, October 9
Two days from now, Shantikunj in Sector 16, will be the venue for some of the greatest performances in the field of dance. As the UT Department of Cultural Affairs coordinates with to organise the ‘jhankar’ series dedicated to classical dances of India, art lovers of the city will have much to feed on.

Silver Oaks notches up another first
Chandigarh, October 9
Silver Oaks Hospital at SAS Nagar has notched up another first for a private sector hospital in this part of the country by carrying a renal transplant operation on a critically ill patient.

Refractive errors among school kids discussed
Chandigarh, October 9
The magnitude of refractive errors among schoolchildren and the importance of it’s early treatment was discussed at a two-day workshop on ‘‘Training for Screening of Refractive Errors" which was inaugurated by Dr Rameshwar Chander, Director Health Services, UT, yesterday at Government Polyclinic in Sector 22 here. The vice-chairman of State Blindness Control Society (SBCS) was also present.

Workshop on cerebral resuscitation
Chandigarh, October 9
A 10-day workshop on “Cardio-pulmonary cerebral resuscitation” was organised by the Nursing Department of the PGI at the Nehru Hospital. A spokesman of the PGI said the workshop was funded by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


Pallavi outplays Gagandeep, clinches title
Chandigarh, October 9
Pallavi Piplani clinched the girls sub-junior title when she outplayed Gagandeep Kaur in straight games at 20-12, 23-13 on the penultimate day of the XIth Chandigarh State Carrom Tournament played here today at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. In junior girls doubles final, it was combination of Shikha Nanda and Nidhi who defeated Khushboo and Shabbun to bag the title.

  • Ludhiana bags title

  • Sports meet

  • Player in distress

  • Tennis meet

  • Cricket tourney


Mr A.S.I.S. Paul, Chief Postmaster General, Punjab and Chandigarh, addresses a press conference in Chandigarh.National Post Week celebrations begin
Chandigarh, October 9
The Department of Posts yesterday began week-long celebrations of the National Postal Week beginning with the commemoration of the World Post Day.

Mr A.S.I.S. Paul, Chief Postmaster General, Punjab and Chandigarh, addresses a press conference in Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Notices in octroi evasion case
SAS Nagar, October 9
The Local Government Department has issued show-cause notices to a former Executive Officer and a Superintendent of the local civic body in connection with a five-month old case of evasion of octroi. The officials of the octroi wing had allegedly allowed a truck of plastic granules to pass without paying octroi from the Sohana post.

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