Thursday, October 11, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Encroachments continue to flourish in Panchkula
HUDA, board officials mute spectators

Panchkula, October 10
The Housing Board and the Haryana Urban Development Authority are at loggerheads over the issue of removal of encroachments from Housing Board colonies in various sectors of the city.

Mohali a civil defence town
SAS Nagar, October 10
After notification of the town as a civil defence town by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the civil defence machinery has been put to place. 

Verification exercise begins
Chandigarh, October 10
The staff of the Operation Cell of the police today began its 20-day exercise of verifying people in various parts of the city. The exercise has been initiated in view of the tension across the border following America’s bombing of Afghanistan since October 7.



Little progress in fake licence scandal
Chandigarh, October 10
The fake licences case being investigated by the UT Vigilance department seems to be getting murkier with each passing day.

CTCC expels Senior Deputy Mayor Kala
Chandigarh, October 10
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee today expelled the Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala, from the party and invited applications from aspirants to contest the elections to the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh due in December.

WiLL phones from Oct 15
Chandigarh, October 10
The BSNL, which launched its Wireless in Local Loop service offering limited mobility to phone users in the UT two weeks ago, will start issuing connections to subscribers from October 15.

Overbridge to be completed by year-end
Dera Bassi, October 10
The railway overbridge at the Bhankharpur level crossing on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway is likely to be opened to vehicular traffic by the year end.
Shatabdi Express passes under the railway overbridge
Shatabdi Express passes under the railway overbridge, on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway at the Bhankharpur level crossing near Dera Bassi, that is likely to be opened to traffic by December end. 
— Photo Karam Singh

Residents, shopkeepers resent shops in houses
Chandigarh, October 10
Residents and shopkeepers of Sector 37 are a harassed lot as shops in this residential area continue to thrive with the Estate Office and the Municipal Corporation reportedly taking no notice of the violations and also numerous complaints made by residents.



CTU employees strike work, commuters harassed
Chandigarh, October 10
Thousands of commuters and passengers remained stranded in the city as staff of the CTU went on a flash strike for two hours this morning to press for their demands. 
Thousands of commuters were stranded as CTU workers went on a two-hour strike between 10 a.m. and 12 noon in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

‘Insurance sector wide open’
Chandigarh, October 10
There is tremendous potential for entrepreneurial opportunities in the insurance sector, especially in view of emerging areas and the need to cover risk factors, said Mr H O Sonig, Member, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), while addressing the inaugural session of a two-day national seminar on ‘Entrepreneurship in emerging areas’ organised by Technical Training Teachers Institute here today.

Steps to check BJP infighting
Chandigarh, October 10
The BJP national leadership has tried to accommodate those who felt leftout during the recent constitution of the ad-hoc committee to bolster its prospects in the Municipal Corporation polls due in December.

Vote on no-trust motion sought
Chandigarh, October 10
A delegation of the Market Committee directors led by a BJP member, Mr Desraj Gupta, here today sought an official vote to move a no-confidence motion against the Shiromani Akali Dal Market Committee Chairman, Mr Kesar Singh, alleging ‘’loot of the committee.’’

Karamchari dal members hold rally
Chandigarh, October 10
Members of the Punjab State Karamchari Dal held a massive rally in in support of their demands and against the Punjab government policies here today in Sector-17 and raised slogans against the government.

Seed-less guavas weighing half kg each!

Chandigarh, October 10
Mr Sarabjit Singh, a former Junior Engineer with the Punjab Irrigation Department, has a unique guava tree in his kitchen garden which bears seedless fruits. About five feet high this tree bears cylindrical fruits, unlike Indian guavas which are round in shape. 

Mrs Sarabjit Singh stands besides a guava tree
Mrs Sarabjit Singh stands besides a guava tree in her kitchen garden in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Fee for entry to Kala Gram
Chandigarh, October 10
The North Zone Cultural Centre has introduced entry ticket of Rs 5 for visitors to the Kala Gram complex here today . “The ticket of Rs 5 per head has been introduced to partly cover the maintenance charges of the centre where and display their products artists perform as part of the cultural programmes,” sources added.



Godown looted
Panchkula, October 10
Thieves struck at a timber godown-cum-office in the Industrial Area, Phase II, and decamped with goods worth thousands of rupees in broad day light here today. The thieves broke into the godown of Haryana Timber when the traders along with their workers were away.

Held for running illegal ahata
SAS Nagar, October 10
The local police has arrested owner of a eating joint in Phase 5 for running an illegal ahata in front old his shop. The owner, Vijay Kumar, was reportedly arrested along with the two customers, Pawan and Vikram.

Bid to steal petrol
Chandigarh, October 10
A youth who reportedly came to steal petrol from scooters in the parking area of HIG(lower) flats in Sector 38-West yesterday had to flee on being challenged by local residents, leaving behind his Hero Honda motor cycle (CHT-9675).

Sweety Bajaj booked
Chandigarh, October 10
Ashok, alias Sweety Bajaj, was today booked on the charge of criminal intimidation by the Sector 17 police. A case under Section 506 of the IPC has been registered on the complaint of Mr Gaurav Sharma, a correspondent of a vernacular daily.

Maruti car stolen
Chandigarh, October 10
Two cases of theft have been registered in different parts of the city during the past 24 hours. A Maruti car ( DL- 2CA-0727) was stolen from the parking in front of Passport Office in Sector 34 , while the battery of a Kinetic Honda scooter was stolen from Sector 37- D market last evening.



Cell to probe sexual harassment cases
Chandigarh, October 10
Panjab University has created a special cell to look into matters relating to “sexual harassment at workplace”. Prof Promila Vasudeva, Department of Psychology, has been appointed as the honorary counsellor in the cell. 

100 take part in group song contest 
SAS Nagar, October 10
As many as 100 students of seven schools participated in a national group song competition organised by the Bharat VIkas Parishad at Shastri Model High School, Phase 1, here today. Mr RS Chaudhary, president of the local Environment Society, was the chief guest.


VC’s order on Ajaib Singh quashed
Chandigarh, October 10
Allowing a writ petition filed by the Director of Centre for Adult Continuing Education and Extension, Dr Ajaib Singh, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed the orders passed by the Panjab University Vice-Chancellor rejecting his nomination paper for the Senate elections.

  • Proceedings stayed

  • Progress report sought

  • Grant of money stayed

Police remand in rape case

Chandigarh, October 10
A local politician and others allegedly involved in a case of rape and abduction were remanded in police custody for three days by a local court today. The accused were produced in the court this evening.



Continuing the glorious tradition of Patiala Gharana
Chandigarh, October 10
Music may have been created in moments, but it often transcends the limits of time to last an eternity...and even beyond. The most sacred and lyrical of melodies reside in the treasure house of the various ‘gharanas’ of Indian classical music. 
Ustad Jawad Ali Khan (left) and Ustad Mazhar Ali Khan
Ustad Jawad Ali Khan (left) and Ustad Mazhar Ali Khan of the Kasur Patiala Gharana, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. 
— Photo Manoj Mahajan


Seminar on reproductive health
Chandigarh, October 10
A seminar on ‘‘Reproductive health’’ was organised by the Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, at Panjab University here today. At least 42 college teachers participated in the seminar. Prof O.N.Nagi, Dean, PGI, inaugurated the seminar.

Right diagnosis ‘can avoid surgery’
SAS Nagar, October 10
The Fortis Heart Institute here is focusing on the key area of bringing internationally-accepted hospital standards. Mr Shivinder M Singh, promoter and director of the project, said the institute had affiliated with Partners Health Care Systems — comprising founding hospitals, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women Hospital. 

Body for arthritis patients
Chandigarh, October 10
On the occasion of World Arthritis Day, a public forum for arthritis patients is being organised at Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir, on October 12. A statement issued here yesterday said that besides the clientele of the hospital, members of the general public will also be benefited from the forum.

Messages through compositions
Chandigarh, October 10
Meaningful messages based on the theme of population explosion and its adverse effect on the environment and diseases like AIDS were sent across through beautiful compositions rendered by primary students on the third day of the Population Education Week organised by the State Institute of Education in Sector 32 here today.



Harpreet nets victory for GCG-42 cagers
Chandigarh, October 10
Harpreet Kaur of the Sector 42 Government College for Girls proved to be the key player for her team by scoring 16 points in the team’s 36-21 victory over the Sector 11 Government College For Girls in the Panjab University Inter-college Zonal Basketball Tournament on the Panjab University grounds here today. 

  • Mehak vs Mehak

  • School kabaddi

  • Shooting camp

  • Cricket tourney

Anjali, Gagandeep pocket carrom titles
Chandigarh, October 10
Anjali Negi and Gagandeep Singh won the women’s and men’s singles titles, respectively, of the XIth Chandigarh State Carrom Tournament in the Sector 45 St Stephen’s School here today.
The women’s singles final between Saroj Chandel (left) and Anjali Negi in progress
The women’s singles final between Saroj Chandel (left) and Anjali Negi in progress in the XIth Chandigarh State Carrom Meet in St. Stephen’s School, Sector 45, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph


ESIC’s directive to employers
Chandigarh, October 10
The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, Chandigarh, has directed the employers covered under the ESI Act to submit their returns for the contribution period, ending September 30, by November 11, stated a press note of the corporation.

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