Thursday, November 22, 2001, Chandigarh, India

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Encroacher-politician mafia’s bid to ‘grab shamlat land’
1,000 trees felled on village land
Zirakpur, November 21
A powerful ‘encroacher-politician mafia’ has allegedly felled over 1000 fully grown eucalyptus trees in order to grab a 15-acre piece of land whose value is estimated at above Rs 10 crore.

Eucalyptus trees which were illegally felled from the shamlat land in Bhabhat village, and (right) a tractor-trailer loaded with logs of trees confiscated by the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat on Wednesday.
— Photos Manoj Mahajan

PU to ‘test’ teaching skills of affiliated students
Chandigarh, November 21
Panjab University will organise a special inter-college competition for students of affiliated education colleges to test their ‘skill in teaching’ in the second week of February next year.



Reliance makes Spice ‘cut up’
Chandigarh, November 21
Thousands of cell-phone subscribers in and around the city could not contact land-line telephone subscribers due to the alleged cutting of optical-fibre cable of Spice Telecom by the Reliance Group in the Phase VII Industrial Area of SAS Nagar. “Spice, that has incurred heavy revenue losses as a result of this, will take action against Reliance,” said officials of Spice Telecom.

It is not cricket, assert city residents
Sue Denness the menace for libel, fume sports lovers
Chandigarh, November 21
Remove match referee Mike Denness, sue him for libel, pull out of the tour — this is how cricket buffs in the city, along with residents not-so-interested-in sport, are reacting to the decision of punishing six top Indian players for alleged misdemeanours during the second Test in Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

DON'T CONDEMN ME FOR MY THORNS: Nature has blessed me also with beautiful colours. This seems to be the message of the rare cactus plant in the Panchkula Cactus Garden.
DON'T CONDEMN ME FOR MY THORNS: Nature has blessed me also with beautiful colours. This seems to be the message of the rare cactus plant in the Panchkula Cactus Garden. — Photo Karam Singh

Wife, paramour get life term in murder case
Chandigarh, November 21
A local court today sentenced two city residents to life imprisonment in a murder case today. The two residents Dhanwant Singh and Khushwant Kaur were sentenced to life imprisonment by the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Lakhbir Singh.

Advocate debarred from practising up to Dec, 2006
Chandigarh, November 21
Dismissing an appeal moved by an advocate against the decision of the Bar Council of India, the Supreme Court has debarred him from practising up to the end of December, 2006.


Kalasagar taken off from Leisure Valley finally!
Chandigarh, November 21
After almost a year of delay, the UT Administration finally got into the act of removing and shifting the so-called marvel in scrap architecture called Kalasagar from the Leisure Valley, Sector 10.

The process of shifting Kalasagar from the Leisure Valley to Sector 36 finally began on Wednesday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan
The process of shifting Kalasagar from the Leisure Valley to Sector 36 finally began on Wednesday.

Noise pollution going unchecked in town
SAS Nagar, November 21
Noise pollution is going on unchecked in the town even after the issuance of a notification by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to reduce the noise level.

The unique ‘golden room’ of Sector 34 gurdwara
The greater part of the architectural structure of Harmandar Sahib, Amritsar was constructed in the 19th century when upper parts of the temple were laid with richly embossed gold in the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh whose bicentenary coronation is being celebrated at the state level.

The writer with Mr Bhajan Singh Naqas working at gurdwara Sri Teg Bahadar Sahib, Sector 34, Chandigarh.

The writer with Mr Bhajan Singh Naqas working at gurdwara Sri Teg Bahadar Sahib, Sector 34, Chandigarh.

‘Give quality education, not reservations’
Chandigarh, November 21
Economist Dr Shamsher Singh ‘Babra’ said here today that caste-based reservations in government jobs should be abolished.
At a ‘Meet the Press’ programme in the Chandigarh Press Club today, Dr Shamsher Singh, said all appointments should be strictly on merit. “Politicians give away government jobs to please their favourites.”

Youth convention held
Chandigarh, November 21
A youth convention to commemorate Lala Lajpat Rai’s martyrdom fortnight was today organised by Janshakti in tandem with the Servants of the People Society and the Nehru Yuva Kendra.

Immigration law may create heavy backlog
Chandigarh, November 21
“If you intend to apply for immigration to Canada and avail of a chance of starting a new life there, the best bet is to file an immigration application without any further delay,” says Mr Devinder Sandhu, Senior Director, Worldwide Immigration Consultancy Services, the largest Canadian immigration company in the world.

Minister highlights PUDA’s achievements
Chandigarh, November 21
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has implemented a number of schemes directly benefiting the general public, and its employees, claimed Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister. The achievements of PUDA in the last four years were unprecedented, the minister added who is also Chairperson of PUDA.

48 nomination papers rejected
Chandigarh, November 21
As many as 48 nominations for the December 8 Municipal Corporation elections were rejected here today after their scrutiny, leaving nominations of 166 candidates, including those of the BJP, the Congress and the CVM, valid.

Panel holds protest against Bank of India
Chandigarh, November 21
Protesting against the alleged anti-worker policies and vindictive attitude of the zonal authorities of Bank of India, the Punjab Bank Employees Federation, Chandigarh Unit, held a demonstration in front of the Bank of India’s Zonal Office, Sector 17, here today.

Residents allege discrimination
Chandigarh, November 21
In a letter to the Chief Engineer of the Chandigarh Administration, residents of Types III and IV government houses in Sector 41-B have alleged discrimination in the facilities being provided in the old and newly constructed houses. They claimed that the newly constructed houses had been provided with wire mesh doors in addition to the wooden doors .

All over a car !
SAS Nagar, November 21
The official air-conditioned car of the president of the Municipal Council has become a bone of contention between him and the SDM. The orders for the requisition of the car were issued by the District Magistrate and the letter was forwarded by the SDM’s office to the council office yesterday.

Annual rath yatra on Nov 24, 25
Chandigarh, November 21
The local unit of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness has decided to hold its annual rath yatra festival in Chandigarh and Panchkula on November 24 and 25, respectively.


Woman’s gold chain snatched
Chandigarh, November 21
A case of chain snatching was reported to the police yesterday. According to police sources, a turbaned youth snatched the gold chain of Bimla Kapoor, a resident of Sector 44-D and sped away. The incident took place near the house of the victim at about 5.45 pm.

Four arrested for teasing girl
Chandigarh, November 21
Four teenaged boys, all residents of Sector 7, were arrested from the science fair at Parade Ground, Sector 17, allegedly for outraging the modesty of a girl student of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, here.


Major fire averted in PU girls hostel
Chandigarh, November 21
Alertness of a mess boy averted a major fire in a Panjab University girls hostel this morning. Dense smoke coming out of the guest room of the hostel caused panic among girls, who, were preparing to leave for their classes.

From Lahore to Chandigarh
The foundation of the first DAV School at Lahore on June 1, 1886, was the beginning of the education of masses. The school flourished with the dedicated service of its first headmaster, Mahatma Hans Raj, who at the young age of 22 served the school without any remuneration.

The campus of DAV Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh.

The campus of DAV Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh.

Vocational courses for students
Chandigarh, November 21
The Chandigarh Police, in tandem with the Jan Shiksha Sansthan of the Human Resources Development Ministry has started vocational courses for students of the police school (Government Model High School, Sector 26) here.

IT fest fails to boot up
Chandigarh, November 21
‘Vision 2000’, an information technology festival organised by the Panjab University Students Union, failed to take off on its first day here today.
The venue opposite Students Centre bore a deserted look throughout the day as organisers kept waiting for the IT professionals to arrive there and put up their stalls.

1,500 students hold rally
Chandigarh, November 21
A rally of about 1,500 students of Government Senior Secondary School and Government Model High School in Sector 37 was held here today.
The Principal and Coordinator, Children’s Alliance for Protection of Environment, Mr Jagdish Kumar, led the rally. 

Scholarships to 410 students
Chandigarh, , November 21
As many as 410 students from vocational and professional educational institutes in various universities and recognised institutions have been awarded scholarships by the Guru Harkrishan Educational Society.


Contempt action against Judge dropped
Chandigarh, November 21
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice A.S. Garg, today dropped contempt proceedings against Bathinda’s District and Sessions Judge, Mr B.C. Rajput, after perusing the reply filed by him in response to its notice.

Pinky, 8 others appear before court
Chandigarh, November 21
Inspector Gurmeet Singh (Pinky) and eight others who had been arrested by the police for the alleged killing of a youth, Avtar Singh, of Ludhiana, today appeared before the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla. The judge adjourned the case till February 5, 2002, for evidence.


Wife opens man’s show!
Chandigarh, November 21
There can never be a more dramatic opening to any painting exhibition than this one. Suresh Kumar, a Kharar-based artist, today had his painting show opened at Kalagram by his wife on wedding day.

Dilwara comes to city
Chandigarh, November 21
“Jainism is an explosive expansion of simple religious beliefs with theory and practice that were difficult to understand. It is a realm in itself, a religious and cultural microcosm and the Jain art gives us an insight into what it is.”


Patients suffer due to ‘shortage’ of VIPs
Chandigarh, November 21
In a city like Chandigarh there is certainly no dearth of people who are caring enough and go out of their way to try and help those who are less fortunate than themselves.

A hall in the Rotary Serai, PGI, awaits inauguration, while two unidentified patients live in filthy conditions in a dingy room. — A Tribune photograph

A hall in the Rotary Serai, PGI, awaits inauguration, while two unidentified patients live in filthy conditions in a dingy room.

GMCH employees hold rally
Chandigarh, November 21
The Government Medical College and Hospital Employees Union, Chandigarh, organised “kala divas” in protest against the negative attitude of the hospital administration for not fulfilling the genuine demands of the employees.

Training workshop ends
Chandigarh, November 21
A two-day training workshop on Indian System of Medicines and Homoeopathy Practitioner, organised by the Society for Service to Voluntary Agencies (North) and Manav Kalyan Shiksha Kendra, SAS Nagar, at Bhagwan Parshu Ram Bhavan, Sector 37, concluded here today.

Brush strokes for dental health
SAS Nagar, November 21
A painting competition was organised on the Civil Hospital premises in Phase VI here today as part of the dental health fortnight. A dental camp had been organised in the hospital with the help of the Rotary Club on Saturday.

Polio awareness drive planned
Chandigarh, November 21
The Citizens Awareness Group in collaboration with the UT Health Department today decided to organise a polio awareness campaign.

Anti-Obesity Day on Sunday
Chandigarh, November 21
Are you overweight? You need not to despair. You have a chance of winning “slimming packages” worth Rs 60,000 being offered by a slimming and beauty clinic for women and men, VLCC.


SPS-44 bags hockey title
Chandigarh, November 21
Sanjay Public Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, bagged the title in the 3rd CBSE Cluster Hockey Championship for under-19 section boys, which concluded last evening at Sirsa (Haryana).

Team of Sanjay Public Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, that won the 3rd CBSE Cluster Hockey Championship at Sirsa.

Team of Sanjay Public Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, that won the 3rd CBSE Cluster Hockey Championship at Sirsa.

‘This range can be the best’
Chandigarh, November 21
“The backdrop of the clay-pigeon-shooting ranges is beautiful and with a little modification, this new range can be ideal for hosting international competitions,” says an Arjuna Awardee, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, the Commonwealth and Asian Games medalist, who is here to take part in the double-trap clay-pigeon-shooting event.


Admn’s move criticised
Chandigarh, November 21
Various trade unions of the city today criticised the Chandigarh Administration for its decision to allow plying of private AC buses in the city, cutting down of staff in the Government Press and privatisation of the Electricity Department.


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