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Illegal construction on PUDA land
SAS Nagar, November 19
Land acquired by the PUDA for further expansion of the town is under threat from “land-mafia”. 

PUDA ‘violates’ stay order
Demarcates land for Sec 76
SAS Nagar, November 19
Confusion prevailed among certain land owners of Sohana village, who had got a stay from the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding dispossession of their land, when officials of the engineering wing of the PUDA went there to demarcate the land for the proposed Sector 76.

A house under construction along the Sohana-Lakhnour road near Sohana. 
— Photo Parvesh Chauhan

A land owners show eucalyptus trees which were reportedly axed by PUDA staff on Monday. 
— A Tribune photograph.



Rules say police force adequate in UT
Chandigarh, November 19
While the UT Administrator, Lt Gen JFR Jacob (retd), is seeking additional manpower for the Chandigarh Police, an analysis of the stipulated police-to-population ratio reveals that the local police force is large enough to deal with the law and order situation in the city.

Auction of paid parking slots held back
Chandigarh, November 19
The auction of paid parking slots in parking zones in Sectors 17, 8 and 9 was held back today on account of insufficient bid money. The Municipal Corporation will now invite sealed bids, the last date for which has been fixed November 28.

UT’s permission to pvt luxury buses
Chandigarh, November 19
Meeting a long-standing demand of members of the public, the Chandigarh Administration today amended a scheme, thus allowing private luxury buses to operate legally from Chandigarh.

Property prices crash in Zirakpur, residents resent IAF move
Chandigarh, November 19
The absence of concerted efforts by the Punjab Government to create awareness about encroachments in the vicinity of defence installations has resulted in resentment and a feeling of insecurity among the residents of Zirakpur and surrounding areas.

Girls ready to perform at an inter-district contest
Girls ready to perform at an inter-district contest held to mark Children's Day at Punjab Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Monday. 
— Photo Manoj Mahajan

Children’s date with Jacob at Raj  Bhavan                                           
Chandigarh, November 19
The grounds of Punjab Raj Bhavan resounded with the sound of joyous children who flocked the venue from various districts of Punjab to celebrate “Children’s Day’’, here today.

BJP denies ticket to 2 ex-Mayors, 8 councillors
Chandigarh, November 19
The BJP today denied ticket to two former Mayors, Ms Shanta Abhilashi and Mr Gian Chand Gupta, leader of the anti-Satyapal Jain group, and 8 councillors, including five of Mr Jain’s faction and three of Mr Gupta supporters, in the list of 14 candidates released today.

SAD not to contest MC poll on BJP symbol
Chandigarh, November 19
The BJP today got a setback with its alliance partner, the SAD, deciding not to contest the December 8 municipal corporation elections on its symbol.



Problem out of way, work on link road to start soon
Chandigarh, November 19
Work on a crucial road link across Sector 47-B, just outside the main entrance to the air force base here, will restart soon as the Engineering Department has sorted out a problem which had led to stoppage in work.

City to have ESI Hospital soon
Chandigarh, November 19
The city will soon have its first ESI hospital. With 50 beds, the hospital, located at Ram Darbar Phase II, will be catering to the industrial labour of the city who come under the Employees State Insurance Scheme.

Colony sans basic facilities
Chandigarh, November 19
The approach road has been reduced to street of cobbled stones with massive potholes, the drains overflow, and above all there is scarcity of water. No, this is not a description of problems faced by dwellers in some remote village, but by the residents of Electricity colony in Sector 52.

Industrialists oppose land allotment
Chandigarh, November 19
The Federation of Small-Scale Industrialists has opposed the UT Administration’s decision to allot land to a religious body in the Industrial Area (Phase II) after a dispute arose in Sector 46.

Cooperatives to be elective subject
Chandigarh, November 19
Cooperatives will be one of the elective subjects for all students up to plus two in schools all over the country, Mr Rikhi Ram Kaundal, Himachal Pradesh Minister for Cooperation, said here today.

Man with longest tongue
Chandigarh, November 19
Dr Rabinder Kumar Sharma, a resident of Naheria village in Una district of Himachal Pradesh probably has the longest tongue in the world. His tongue, which measures 80 mm, is, according to Dr Rabinder Sharma’s claim, at least 10 mm longer than the current holder of the longest tongue in the world, a German resident, Anika Irmlar.

Firemen selection process begins
SAS Nagar, November 19
At last the process for selecting municipal council firemen has begun here to fill 33 posts which had been lying vacant since 1996. The fire brigade faces a shortage of trained staff. Twenty raw hands were employed sometime ago on three months’ contract.

Communal harmony week
Panchkula, November 19
In order to awaken the feeling of national integration amongst children, government schools in the district began celebrations of a communal harmony week. 

Executive Officer takes charge



3 arrested in drug trafficking case
SAS Nagar, November 19
A Panchkula-based woman, John Molly, was arrested late last night for being allegedly involved in drug trafficking. Another woman, Jessica Willaim, and a Nigerian national, Henry Micheal, have also been arrested for being involved in the illegal activity.

Two cops suspended
Chandigarh, November 19
Two Chandigarh police personnel who were caught red-handed by the CBI while accepting bribe a few days ago, have been suspended.

Shop broken into; tyres, tubes stolen
Chandigarh, November 19
Sector 32 resident Jatinder Jote has reported that his shop in Motor Market, Mani Majra, was broken into and 24 truck tyres, 24 tubes, 24 flaps and three clamps were stolen. The police has registered a case.


UBS reunion on Nov 24, 25
Chandigarh, November 19
The University Business School will be holding its annual alumni reunion on November 24 and 25. This was stated by Mr Satish Kapoor, a professor in the department and coordinator of the reunion, at a press conference held at the university here today.


  • Sailing package

  • Winners announced



GMS-33 students hold rally
Chandigarh, November 19
A massive rally, comprising over 500 students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, went through the sector, here today, spreading the message of unity and national integration to mark the beginning of the National Integration Week being celebrated on the school premises.

  • Painting contest

  • Youth festival begins

PU exam results
Chandigarh, November 19
Panjab University has declared the results of the following supplementary examination held by the university in September-October 2001. 


No rejection of poll plea in Chautala case
Chandigarh, November 19
Holding that the election petition against the election of Mr Ajay Singh Chautala from Bhiwani Parliamentary constituency in 1999 could not be dismissed, Mr Justice S.S. Sudhalkar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed December 14 as the date for producing the list of witnesses.

  • Notice on EVMs

CBSE official told to appear before court

  • Demolition stayed

  • Plea dismissed

Bail denied in rape case
Chandigarh, November 19
A local court today dismissed a bail plea moved by an accused, Avtar Singh Tari, in a rape case. The accused and other three — a local politician, Sweetie Bajaj, Sangeeta Gupta, Kuldeep Dhaia — were arrested by the police after the victim, a minor girl, made a statement before the Magistrate.

  • Statement recorded

Lensmen having tough time at District Courts
Chandigarh, November 19
The Chandigarh Police appears to have benefitted from an order banning photography within the District Court premises. “Influential undertrial” are being given “personalised” treatment by the cops as they are saved from being caught by the overzealous lensmen.



Pakistani folk singer Reshma performs at a farmhouse near the city. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

It was Reshma and her voice all the way
Chandigarh, November 19
Reshma...the name that is synonymous with the heart rending ‘lambi judaai’ from the super hit film “Hero”, signifies much money as she is one of the artists who have proved that music and art can transcend the barriers of country, caste and religion. An artist of Reshma’s genre also transcends the need of instrumental music to accompany the sounds of the heart and this is exactly what she proved while performing at a farm-house near here this evening.

Film industry can help promote tourism: Dhillon
Chandigarh, November 19
Deep Dhillon, a well-known character actor from Bollywood, said today that the film industry could play an important role in promoting tourism in this part of the country.

Deep Dhillon speaks at a seminar at the ITFT-Chandigarh on Monday.


National conference on cancer
Chandigarh, November 19
The 23rd national conference of the Association of Radiation Oncologists of India (cancer specialists) will be held at the PGI from November 22 to 25.

Painting contest on drug abuse, AIDS awareness held
Chandigarh, November 19
As a part of the ongoing Sher-e-Punjab Lala Lajpat Rai martyrdom fortnight, the Servants of the People Society organised a painting competition on drug abuse, HIV\AIDS awareness and child health today.



DAV school win basketball title
Chandigarh, November 19
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, clinched the basketball title in under-19 boys section of the UT Inter-School Basketball meet. The school defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, 68-47. 

  • Volleyball team

  • Football trials

  • Cricket tourney

  • Carrom tournament

Rabinder is Mr PanchkulaRabinder is Mr Panchkula
abinder Pal Singh of ‘Bon Sante’ was declared ‘Mr Panchkula-2001’ in the first Mr Panchkula Body Building Championship by the Panchkula Amateur Body Building Association.
The other winners were, 

(below 55 kg) — Tejinder Singh;
below 60 kg-Gopal Boru;
below 65 kg-Mohinder Pal Gupta;
below 70 kg-Robinder Pal Singh;
below 75 kg-Rabhuveer Singh;
above 75 kg-Jaswinder Singh.


Date for enrolment extended till December 12
Chandigarh, November 19
The Chandigarh Administration has extended the last date for submission of forms for enrolment as voters for the next Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. The last date will now be December 12, spokesperson of the Administration said tonight.

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