Sunday, November 25, 2001, Chandigarh, India

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GMCH-32 to have genetic laboratory
First of its kind in North
Chandigarh, November 24
The coming year will bring some heartening news for the wards of mentally challenged children, as also for those mothers who are apprehensive of giving birth to such kids.

Admn draws up plans to help disabled
Chandigarh, November 24
The city is witnessing a lot of activity which will finally go to the aid of the physically and mentally disabled. There is a whole team of government and non-government workers silently engaged in furthering the well being of the estimated 50,000 disabled in the city.

Temple at God’s mercy
Chandigarh, November 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has come to the rescue of the 550-year-old Mata Jyanti Devi Temple at Ropar that is under threat from soil erosion. After the court directions in this regard, the Assistant Advocate General told the court that the Subdivisional Officer had been asked to evaluate the damages and submit the estimates for taking necessary steps to repair the temple.



Corporal punishment meted out to students
Panchkula, November 24
In a case of corporal punishment, students of Class IV of Bhartiya Bhawan School, Sector 15, were beaten up by a teacher for not following her direction during a rehearsal session for the annual day celebration in a classroom here today.

Judicial remand for HCS officer
Chandigarh, November 24
Kulbir Singh Gill, an HCS officer, and an employee of the UT Estate Office, Jasbir Kaur, who were arrested by the UT Vigilance Department in a Mauli Jagran land scam were sent to judicial remand till December 7 by a local court.

Fire consumes four shacks, goods
Dera Bassi, November 24
Goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a fire that broke out in four shacks along the Chandigarh-Ambala highway at Bhankharpur village, about 3 km from here, yesterday.

A comedy that almost put admn in dock
Panchkula, November 24
The comedy of errors could actually have been embarrassing for the district administration and the local police. The National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes was bent upon taking action against them for “wrongly depicting a man as a member of a Scheduled Caste” , when it was all the fault of a typist.


Final list of candidates for MC poll

Unkempt community centres
SAS Nagar
The community centres in the town, run by PUDA lack cleanliness and their booking is also not streamlined.
There seems to be a lack of coordination between the Estate Office, which is responsible for the booking, and the engineering wing of PUDA, which looks after their maintenance.

Will HC order tame “death on road”?
Chandigarh, November 24
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday equated “death on the roads” due to rash driving to “murder” and directed the subordinate courts to invoke Sections 302 and 304 IPC, along with 304-A because Section 304-A alone was not found enough. The rider, however, is the two sections would be applicable only where the evidence and circumstances so warranted.

Mahant’s murder: family resents police inaction
Panchkula, November 24
The family of 70-year-old Mahant Rampal has expressed its resentment against the local police’s inability to solve the mystery surrounding his murder on the Morni-Tirlokpur link road near here on October 1.

Childhood in hi-tech age is different
“The young ones are no more naive.” The thought flashes across the mind of Mrs Anjali Nagpal when she hears an adorable 10-year-old girl scream in a department store: “Mamma would you please give me your mobile phone for a minute, I want to confirm whether Rahul is going for the birthday bash in the evening”.

ISKCON annual rath yatra held
Chandigarh, November 24
The local unit of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness organised the annual Rath Yatra festival in Chandigarh here today in which thousands of devotees from India and abroad participated.

ISKCON devotees take part in a Rath Yatra taken out on Saturday in Chandigarh. —  Photo Manoj Mahajan

ISKCON devotees take part in a Rath Yatra taken out on Saturday in Chandigarh.


Rickshaw-puller held for snatching luggage
Chandigarh, November 24
The police has arrested a rickshaw-puller for allegedly snatching the luggage of a Ropar resident in connivance with another rickshaw-puller. According to the police, Amrit Lal Kaushal was travelling from the Kiran Cinema to the Sector 17 bus stand in a rickshaw pulled by Shekhar.


Use IT to improve textile sector: Jacob
Chandigarh, November 24
“The Indian textile industry is likely to be confronted with non-tarrif barriers on child labour, use of hazardous dyes and chemicals. There is also a need to adopt management systems for quality, environment and social accountability, after the relaxation of quantitative restrictions and trade barriers.


More teaching days doubtful
Panjab University may not be able to ensure a minimum of 194 teaching days in the current academic session. It has never been able to achieve 180 teaching days in a session as advised by the University Grants Commission and the plan to have still more teaching days had surprised everyone.

YPS celebrates founders day
SAS Nagar, November 24
Mr N. Vittal, the Central Vigilance Commissioner, today said: “A corrupt politician could be dethroned after five years but a corrupt bureaucrat holds power till his retirement.” There was no mechanism to remove a corrupt official, observed the man known for his tirade against corruption among the rank and file of bureaucracy.

Students of YPS on the occasion of founders day in SAS Nagar on Saturday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Students of YPS on the occasion of founders day in SAS Nagar on Saturday.

Students give lesson on vitamins, minerals
Chandigarh, November 24
From folk dances to martial arts, drama to circus, the students of St. Soldier International Convent School, SAS Nagar, left no stone unturned to make their annual function a huge success which was celebrated at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18 here today.

GCM-11 wins quiz contest
Chandigarh, November 24
The second inter-school and inter-college quiz contest, conducted by children themselves, began today at Portraits and Portfolios Art Gallery in Sector 17-B. The participating teams included St Kabir School, St John’s School, SD School, Government College for Men, Sector 11. The GCM, Sector 11, team was divided into two parts (A and B).

Woodlands School celebrates rhymes day
Panchkula, November 24
Pre-nursery and nursery sections of Woodlands House School, Sector-8, here today celebrated their rhymes and singing day.
Since morning there had been an atmosphere of celebrations as children wearing different dresses were looking in the joyous mood.

Annual day function
SAS Nagar, November 24
A colourful cultural programme, including recital of shabad kirtan, marked the 27th annual day function of Gyan Jyoti Public School, Phase 2, here today. The Punjab Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, Prof Jagir Singh, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Students of Gian Jyoti Public School, Mohali, present a cultural programme on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Students of Gian Jyoti Public School, Mohali, present a cultural programme on Saturday.

Third anniversary celebrated
Panchkula, November 24
The third anniversary of the foundation day of Arya Samaj was celebrated with enthusiasm in Hans Raj Public School here today.

Natyotsav 2001 evokes good response
Students of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, Chandigarh perform in ‘Sambhang’, a Natyautsav, in MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Chandigarh, November 24
The year brought back memories of Prabhat Gupt, who may have left the mortal world, but who still lives through his goodness.


Students of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, Chandigarh perform in ‘Sambhang’, a Natyautsav, in MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

Orchid show to be held in city
Chandigarh, November 24
The Orchid Society of India will organise an orchid show during the Chandigarh Carnival to be held from November 30 to December 2 at Leisure Valley here. The show will be based on a variety of indigenous and exotic orchids (pot-plants/cut-flowers/plants in flasks) from different parts of the country. Orchid photographs and literature will also be on display.

Images of September 11 in black and white
Chandigarh, November 24
The tragedy of September 11 attacks on America has been captured in black and white sketches. ‘Visual Voices of September 11 Tragedy’ by a former Principal of the Sector 10 Government College of Arts, Prem Singh, who has recently returned from a cultural-exchange tour to America, Canada and Europe, is a series of sketches that he produced after witnessing the destruction and the wave of patriotism in America.

Birth centenary celebrations
Chandigarh, November 24
Birth centenary celebrations of renowned artist Sobha Singh, will be held at the Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Amritsar, on November 29. This was stated by Mr Mehar Singh, president of the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademy, at a press conference here today. The programme is being organised by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Punjab.


‘India heading for cancer epidemic’
Chandigarh, November 24
The mood is clearly upbeat among cancer radiotherapists when it comes to advanced techniques of radiotherapy as these have shown highly encouraging results in curing cancer patients across the world. But there is bad news too. If the alarm bells are not sounded immediately, India is clearly moving towards a cancer epidemic breakout in the next 15 years.

1.15 lakh kids to be immunised
Chandigarh, November 24
About 1.15 lakh children (0-5 years) will be given polio vaccine through two rounds of pulse polio immunization on December 2, 3 and 4 and January 20, 21 and 22.
Oral polio vaccine is recommended by WHO because of ease of administration, low cost, and familiarity of health personal with vaccine the IMA, Chandigarh, is providing 15 booths along with doctors, and volunteers on that day.

Admn gears up for pulse polio programme
Panchkula, November 24
The district administration has made adequate arrangements for the forthcoming national-level pulse polio immunisation campaign being launched from December 2.
This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, while presiding over an intensified pulse polio immunisation meeting held here today.

No test for recruitment to Class IV employees demanded
Chandigarh, November 24
The PGI Class III/IV employees Welfare Union has demanded that no tests should be conducted for any recruitments of Class III and IV staff at the PGI and preference should be given to the children of the PGI employees in all such recruitments.


A chance to improve infrastructure: Anjali
Chandigarh, November 24
Olympian rifle shooter Anjali Ved Pathak of Mumbai is here to participate in the National Games. On Wednesday, she got a gold medal in the 10 m air-rifle event by scoring 499.5/510. In semifinals, she shot 396/400.

Gurpreet Kaur (middle), Rajeshwari and Ranjan in a playful mood after winning the gold medal in single skul and silver in pair in 2 km race on Saturday.
Gurpreet Kaur (middle), Rajeshwari and Ranjan in a playful mood after winning the gold medal in single skul and silver in pair in 2 km race on Saturday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

City girls’ feats go unnoticed
This week saw the beginning of the much-awaited 31st National Games. The games were allotted to Punjab but three events were to be held at Chandigarh and one at SAS Nagar. Rowing began at Sukhna Lake and shooting at Government College, Phase VI grounds.

Varun, Ramanpreet win TT titles
Chandigarh, November 24
Varun Kassal of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, and Ramanpreet Kaur of AK International Public School, Sector 41, clinched the boys and girls singles titles, respectively, on the penultimate day of the Chandigarh State Table Tennis championships here today at the Sector 23 TT hall.


BSNL employees honoured
Chandigarh, November 24
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited yesterday gave away Sanchar Sewa Padak and Sanchar Sarthi awards to its meritorious employees. The awards, given by Mr R.C. Vaish, Principal General Manager (Telecom), carried a cash prize of Rs 11,000, a memento and a certificate of merit.

CAG objects to BRO accommodation
Chandigarh, November 24
Fresh objections over “unauthorised” occupation of houses made by the Border Roads Organisation for its personnel at Chandigarh have been raised by the Comptroller and Auditor General’s office, it is learnt.


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