Wednesday, November 7, 2001, Chandigarh, India

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Property dealers spring up on Naya Gaon horizon
NAC promise raises real estate prices

Naya Gaon, November 6
Property deals here may be struck even with tailors and cycle mechanics-turned-”mobile property dealers”, courtesy the Punjab Government’s promise to grant Notified Area Committee (NAC) to the area by December.

Following the announcement to accord Notified Area Committee (NAC) status to Naya Gaon and surrounding villages, several "mobile property consultants", as seen in the picture, have arrived in the area.
Following the announcement to accord Notified Area Committee (NAC) status to Naya Gaon and surrounding villages, several “mobile property consultants,” as seen in the picture, have arrived in the area. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Panjab University employee held for selling fake degrees
Chandigarh, November 6
The local police has arrested a Panjab University employee for allegedly selling fake degree certificates and mark sheets. He has been remanded to police custody till November 8 by a local court.




PUDA regularises 561 daily-wagers
SAS Nagar, November 6
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) today regularised the services of its 350 work-charged and 561 daily wage employees who had completed three years of service.

Special patrolling staff
Panchkula, November 6
The local police has embarked upon an ambitious plan of “ making their presence felt” , inspite of the constraints of manpower. The round-the-clock patrolling introduced by the top brass of the police has reportedly brought down the crime rate in the township by around 50 percent.

Birth certificate before birth
SAS Nagar, November 6
Can the birth of a child can be registered before birth? Yes, if the records of the birth and registration branch of the local Municipal Council is to be believed. The childbirth is expected on December 29, 2001, but the birth of a girl child has already been registered on January 16, 2001. 

Fine ‘mehndi’ begets fine
Chandigarh, November 6
Over 100 students of the Sector 9 Carmel Convent were fined for violating school rules by applying ‘mehndi’ on Karva Chauth. They were made to stand in hands-up position outside the office of the Principal and fined Rs 100 each. Parents of some of these students said that they had sought exemption for their wards from the punishment, but the requests had been dismissed by the school authorities.

Situation in Rock Garden shocking
Chandigarh, November 6
About two weeks ago, a labourer at work in Phase III of Rock Garden survived an electric shock. There was a similar incident in the same area six days ago when one of the masons got a mild shock after coming in contact with a live wire hanging from a tree. While tragedy was averted in both cases, danger still looms large over Rock Garden.

Nek Chand shows a live electric wire that has two joints less than a metre across. Inset: A closer view of the wire. 
— Photo Pradeep Tewari

Nek Chand shows a live electric wire that has two joints less than a metre across. Inset: A closer view of the wire. 


Panel discusses need to check corruption in government
Chandigarh, November 6
Right to information, personal and judicial accountability, right to recall, inclusion of private sector in the ambit of ‘public servants’ definition may curtail corruption but its eradication could only come about if an individual scrutinises his own conduct for whether he was indulging in any corrupt practices.

1 lakh reward for informant of ‘India’s Most Wanted’
Chandigarh, November 6
The informant of ‘India’s Most Wanted’, whose prompt tip off led to the arrest of two wanted persons — Surinder Singh and Surjit Kaur - by the Navi Mumbai police yesterday, has earned the reward of Rs 1 lakh that had been announced by the Jammu police for any information leading to the arrest of the absconding couple.

Vigilance Awareness Week
Chandigarh, November 6
Vigilance Awareness Week was celebrated in a benefitting manner at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Air Force Station, High Grounds, Chandigarh. The programme was sponsored jointly by Lions Club Chandigarh Supreme, District 321F, and the Welfare Association, Sector 46, Chandigarh.

Signatures forged, says BJP cell chief
Chandigarh, November 6
The head of the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Cell of the BJP, Mr Prabhu Dayal, lodged a complaint with the police here today that his signatures on a press note, that he welcomed the constitution of an ad-hoc committee of the party, had been forged.

HUDA urged to lift ‘malba’
Panchkula, November 6
Residents of the Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, have expressed resentment over the presence of “malba” and construction waste all around the compound walls of various societies within the complex area as it has not been removed by HUDA so far. The work of clearing “malba” should be undertaken on top priority since the construction waste is not only an eyesore for the residents but also a traffic hazard.

‘Don’t let them access porn’
Chandigarh, November 6
The police has asked cyber cafe owners of the city to check the accessing of pornographic sites on the Internet by minors or face action.


Husband arrested on murder charge
Panchkula, November 6
The husband of Raksha Devi and his brother were arrested by the police on the charge of murdering her, here today. Sources in the police said that the duo, Raj Kumar and his bother Surinder Kumar, were arrested following a complaint lodged by the parents of the deceased against them last week.

3 held for stealing, selling scooter parts
Chandigarh, November 6
Three persons, including a junk-dealer, have been arrested by the police for stealing and selling scooter parts.


SBP holds “Coin Mela”
Chandigarh, November 6
Keeping in view the requirements of coins by the different segments of society in the coming festivals, Sector17-C branch of the State Bank of Patiala today distributed coins of various denominations including coins of 50 paise, Re 1, 2 and 5 at a Coin Mela organised in front of the branch.


Talent-2001 — A treat of cultural extravaganza

Chandigarh, November 6
“Talent-2001”, the inter-college cultural extravaganza at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, here today unfolded a treat for the audience with the programme being a blend of entertainment and information.

Girls perform at the Inter-College Cultural festival in MCMDAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
 — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

Girls perform at the Inter-College Cultural festival in MCMDAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

Grand double by GHS-32
Chandigarh, November 6
Government High School, Sector 32, scored a grand double as its students Narvinder Singh and Prabhjot Singh stood first in their respective categories in the state-level paper reading competition (Punjabi) for boys held under the aegis of the Education Department at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, here on November 3 and 5.

PU Fellow’s election challenged
Chandigarh, November 6
For the first time in the history of Panjab University, two elected fellows have filed an election petition to the Chancellor challenging the election of another fellow Dr Ajaib Singh on grounds of his “ineligibility to contest the elections”.

Teachers put off dharna plan
Chandigarh, November 6
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union today decided to postpone its four-day relay dharna outside the office of the managing committee of the Dev Samaj College for Women at Dev Samaj Bhavan in Sector 36 following a positive response from the authorities to resolve the suspension of a lecturer.

Govt College to host youth festival
Chandigarh, November 6
A final decision on the dates for the youth festival will be taken after a meeting of the principals of boys’ colleges of the city, though Government College, Sector 11, has been chosen as the venue for the festival.


Punjab told to act on 30,000 cops’ pay
Chandigarh, November 6
Disposing of a writ petition regarding the possibility of 30,000 employees working with the law-enforcement agencies not getting their salaries, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice A.K. Goel, today observed that the matter was required to be redressed by the Punjab Government and directed that the copy of the petition should be sent to the Chief Secretary and the Director-General of Police.

Rash driving cases: 2 acquitted
Chandigarh, November 6
A local court today acquitted an accused, a resident of Ropar, in a rash and negligent driving case. The accused was acquitted for lack of evidence.


Vigilance Awareness Week celebrations end
Chandigarh, November 6
The Director of the PGI, Dr S.K. Sharma, today asked all employees of the institute to work with vigilance.

Workshop to repair wheelchairs at GMCH-32
Chandigarh, November 6
Two city firms have taken over the free of cost repair and maintenance of wheelchairs and trolley stretchers at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.


Neha, Simmer make city proud
Chandigarh, November 6
Neha Singh and Simmer, upcoming tennis players of Chandigarh have made the city proud by winning series of titles in the national-level meets by playing in a stupendous form. Daughters of a senior tennis coach Baldev Singh, both have till now played a consistent game over the years. Both are students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, Chandigarh. It was the sheer hardwork and regular practice undertaken by them which have resulted in their present elated status in tennis, Baldev Singh said.


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