Sunday, October 21, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Hospital put on alert
Chandigarh, October 20
Following reports of bio-terrorism affecting the global mail system, the Western Command Hospital at Chandimandir has been put on the alert to deal with any exigency, particularly cases of anthrax.

Four get judicial remand in rape case

Chandigarh, October 20
A local politician, Sweetie Bajaj, and three others accused in a rape case, were sent to judicial remand by a local court today.

Accused Sangeeta Gupta and  Sweetie Bajaj being escorted by the police.
 — Tribune photo

61-yr-old dies at District Courts
Chandigarh, October 20
A 61-year-old litigant lost his life today, allegedly due to lack of medical facility and non-provision of lift facility in the new building of the District Courts.





Disappointment at Lok Adalat
Panchkula, October 20
It was a day of disappointment for the people who had converged on the district courts here for the Lok Adalat. A number of cases could not be taken up due to the inability of the District Legal Services Authority to call the parties involved for the Lok Adalat.

Awaiting sanction, luxury buses ply illegally
Chandigarh, October 20
Despite being the need of the hour, a scheme to allow private luxury buses to operate from the city has been caught in the bureaucratic red tape. Presently, the project which was okayed 10 months ago at the highest level, awaits a formal notification, while the file shuttles between various officials.

Steps to project India as tourist destination
Chandigarh, October 20
The Union Director-General of Tourism, Mr V.K. Duggal, said here today that a special strategy had been formulated to meet the prevailing adverse conditions in the tourism industry as a fall-out of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the USA.


Karam Singh
Karam Singh

They rose to the challenge
Chandigarh, October 20
It was admittedly the biggest encounter from-across-the- border that the police had on October 21, 1959. Soon after the air was thick with euphoria of Hindi Chinni, bhai bhai and we were going overboard to warm up to China and the ink of Panchsheel document had hardly dried, the Chinese ambushed a police party led by DSP Karam Singh, about 40 miles inside our own territory, while it was on a routine patrol in the Chang Chenmo Valley, south of Kongka Pass.

Better deal sought for paramilitary personnel
Chandigarh, October 20
On the eve of Police Commemoration Day, members of the Paramilitary Forces Retired Officers Association have flayed the government’s attitude towards the welfare of paramilitary forces.

132 persons donate blood
SAS Nagar, October 20
As many as 132 persons, including students and staff members of the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, donated blood at a camp organised here today.

Artists give final touches to effigies of Ravana, Meghanada and Kumbhkarna in Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Saturday. 
— Tribune photo Karam Singh

Few spectators at Ramlila
Chandigarh, October 20
Ramlila programme has witnessed a drastic fall of spectators over the past several years. “Earlier about 5,000 to 10,000 spectators used to see Ramlila daily but now around 1,000 spectators gather on the Ramlila grounds.

Custodian of a dying art
Chandigarh, October 20
He came to Chandigarh alongwith his father in 1967, to erect Ravana and other effigies. Since then his dextrous hands have been cutting bamboo shafts every year just before Dasehra. But he has no idea how long he will be able to carry on with the process.

National plan for city soon
Chandigarh, October 20
The process for adding Chandigarh component to the National Bio-diversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), an international mandate, which is backed by the United Nations Development Plan (UNDP), began here yesterday.

Fumes in place of fragrance
As the sun disappears in the west, advocate Surinder Kumar Garg starts his car, parked in front of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, and leaves for his house in Sector 28. On his way, near the traffic lights next to the government press, he comes across a truck emitting dense black fumes.

WLL connections for Mani Majra next week
Chandigarh, October 20
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will start issuing WLL fixed terminal connections to the residents in Mani Majra and Industrial Area Phase II next week. Initially, connections will be provided to only the residents who have already submitted applications till June 30 this year.


New faces add colour to love triangle
‘Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein” (Neelam) comes as a whiff of fresh air with new faces adding colour to a befitting background for a love story. There are expected and unexpected turns on the way to a predictable end to a love triangle but the style of presentation by the director Gautam Menon is ‘different’ with added colour of friends and the family.

In topsy-turvy world
Hollywood is married to sequels. “Jurrassic Park”, “The Mummy”, “Rocky”, “American Pie” — you name it, they remake it. “Planet of the Apes” (Kiran) is the latest high-profile reimagination of the 1968 Charlton Heston classic. The main premise of the story remains the same — an astronaut crashlands on an upside-down — world where intelligent simians are in charge and humans beings are slaves.

Mark Wahlberg and Estella Warren in “Planet of the Apes”


SI ‘punished’, sent to Police Lines
Chandigarh, October 20
Strange are the ways of the Chandigarh police. Even non- compoundable offences taking place in the city can be compromised at with the help of the local police. A Sub-Inspector with the city police has been sent to the Police Lines as punishment for sending an untraced report in the much-publicised gang-rape case of a 15-year-old maidservant, though all accused have been identified in the First Information Report and subsequently arrested.

Rs 9,000, cosmetics stolen
Chandigarh, October 20
Burglars reportedly broke into four booths near the Terraced Gardens in Sector 33 and decamped with cash amounting to about Rs 9,000, besides some cosmetics. According to the police, they entered the booth No 1,2,6 and 7 after breaking the roof-top ventilators. 

Parents, in-laws clash after woman’s death
Chandigarh, October 20
After battling for life for 20 days, Priya, a 33-year-old resident of Sector 23, who had set herself afire, breathed her last at the PGI here today. The woman’s death resulted in a fracas between her parents and in-laws.


Stage set for Management Fest

Chandigarh, October 20
It is festivity time again at GGDSD College, Sector 32, with budding managers having found a playground to indulge in brainstorming intellectual sessions. Scheduled for October 24, the annual “Management Fest — 2001’’ has already drawn tremendous response from the student community in local colleges.

Girls perform at a function organised by the Political Science Society at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Girls perform at a function organised by the Political Science Society at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

Tiny tots stress peace and harmony

Chandigarh, October 20
Students at Golden Bell Public School believe in educating the masses in a fun-filled way. So, every item they prepared for their 16th annual function at Lecma Theatre in 3BRD Air Force Station here today.

Students of Golden Bells Public School, Mohali, in a joyful mood at Lecma Theatre in Chandigarh on Saturday.
 — A Tribune photograph

Students of Golden Bells Public School, Mohali, in a joyful mood at Lecma Theatre in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Teaching shops under fire
SAS Nagar, October 20
Private educational institutions have become teaching shops where the fee is high and admission is difficult. Stating this at the annual prize distribution function of Swami Ram Tirtha Public High School here today, the Haryana Governor, Babu Parmanand, said that privatisation had led to the failure of the government schools.

PU plans building complexes
Panjab University has prepared a plan for building a residential complex for university employees on its land in Sector 25, much of which has been encroached upon by slum-dwellers of Janata Colony and Kumhar Colony.

NSS camp organised
Panchkula, October 20
An NSS camp was organised at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, here from October 10 to October 19, attended by 50 students. Mrs Shashi Sharma, NSS-incharge, said a literacy drive was launched in the local Rajiv Colony on the occasion during which people were educated about virtues of good hygiene and rights of women.

Minister lays foundation stone
Dera Bassi, October 20
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance and Planning Minister, today laid the foundation stone of ‘‘Sher-e-Punjab’’, a school block in Smt N.N. Mohan DAV High School, here today.


Judicial remand for robbery accused
Chandigarh, October 20
Babbar, an accused in a robbery case, was sent to judicial remand till October 29 by a local court. The local police has registered an FIR under sections 455, 397, 342 and 34 of the IPC against him.

  • Police remand

  • Bails granted

  • Contract killing case


Gypsies cast magical spell

Chandigarh, October 20
As strains of a gypsy song scattered in the air, the mood for feasting was set. Just as the evening took off on the note of a trance, it ended up being all about gypsy and Latin melodies which hung thick in the air of a local discotheque tonight.

GYPSY SPIRIT: Michel and Mirlee, members of a Brazilian gypsy troupe, paint a reveler at a theme party held at a discotheque in Sector 17, in Chandigarh on Saturday. 
— Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

Michel and Mirlee, members of a Brazilian gypsy troupe, paint a reveler at a theme party held at a discotheque in Sector 17, in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Comedy king back with new punch
Chandigarh, October 20
After the success of ‘Ulta Pulta’, ‘Flop Show’ and his Punjabi feature film ‘Mahaul Theek Hai’, Jaspal Bhatti is soon going to be back with yet another serial titled ‘Professor Moneyplant’ on Zee Alpha.

Akademi plans exhibition
Chandigarh, October 20
The Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi is collaborating with the All-India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi, to hold a state-level exhibition in the city. The Chairman of the akademi, Shiv Singh, has invited artists of the city to send their entries (painting, drawing, graphics and sculpture) up to October 30, to the Government College of Art, Sector 10.


125 examined at osteoporosis camp
Chandigarh, October 20
The Orthopaedics Department of the Chandigarh Medical College and Hospital today held a free osteoporosis detection and awareness camp on the occasion of the World Osteoporosis Day celebrated today.

Hearing aid clinic inaugurated
Chandigarh, October 20
The PGI Director, Dr S.K. Sharma, today inaugurated a hearing aid clinic at the new ENT OPD, exclusively meant for the elderly. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sharma appreciated efforts of the ENT department for starting such a clinic in the region.

Governor urges donation for eye care
Chandigarh, October 20
The Himachal Pradesh Governor, Mr Suraj Bhan, today urged people to donate some portion of their income for improving the quality of eye camps held in rural areas.

Dispensary opens on school premises
Chandigarh, October 20
Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School (C.K.D), Sector 40-C, Chandigarh, today started a dispensary on the school premises. Under the supervision of Dr M.L.Kataria, both the staff and the students began getting health-related services from today. Dr Kataria is the recipient of the President’s Award.


Young chess players return impressed
Youngsters from the south swept the top positions in all the four events in the below 12 and 14 categories in both boys’ and girls’ sections at the Sixth National Sub-Junior Rapid Chess Tournament at Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya. The four-day tournament organised by the Chandigarh Chess Association was this association’s maiden attempt to contribute to the growth of this game. 

  • Prize money meet

  • Age problem

Better facilities for budding shuttlers
Panchkula, October 20
Panchkula of late has become a major centre for badminton training. This is evident from the fact that after remaining contended with just one court indoor hall at the Sector 7 Community Centre, Panchkula now has another indoor court at the DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7.

Army School win
Chandigarh, October 20
Army School, Chandimandir, got the better of hosts Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School 25-23 in the third SNOSA Basketball Championship which began here this morning at the Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, here today. As many as 11 teams from various schools of Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula were taking part.

  • Walk over

  • Squash meet

  • Panchkula


Separate ISM&H Director likely
Chandigarh, October 20
The UT may soon have a separate Director for the Directorate of Indian System of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM & H) which is currently being looked after additionally by the Director Health Services.

Rs 4.62 cr to be spent on water project
Panchkula, October 20
The district administration will spend Rs 4.62 crore to meet water shortage in Morni and Pinjore areas of the district. Ms Jyoti Arora, Deputy Commissioner, said the public health department had installed five handpumps at a cost of Rs 6.50 lakh in the Morni area recently.

Unauthorised constructions may be demolished
Panchkula, October 20
Thousands of unauthorised constructions which have come up in the peripheral areas of the township in violation of the Periphery Control Area Act, 1952, in the past decade are likely to be demolished by the district administration soon.


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