Tuesday, November 27, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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100 landline connections for Test match
Suspend digging work, says BSNL
SAS Nagar, November 26
For the first Test match between England and India, beginning at the PCA stadium here from December 3, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited will be providing at least 100 landline telephone connections for trouble-free communication.

Illegal felling: who will bell the cat?
Zirakpur, November 26
Following pressure from big-wigs the police has not registered a case against unidentified persons responsible for illegally felling over 1,000 fully-grown eucalyptus trees on a piece of common village land at a prime location on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway in Bhabhat village.

Ravishing dame basks in fame
Chandigarh, November 26
“Chandigarh is one of the most modern cities I have been to. In fact the kind of life the residents of this city enjoy is far better than those living in metros around the country.” gushed Manpreet Brar, supermodel and former Miss India, talking to newspersons at Hotel Mountview here today.


Manpreet Brar






EARLIER STORIES

 
Five kids transferred to juvenile home
Chandigarh, November 26
With a view to provide care, protection, development and rehabilitation of delinquent juveniles, five children were transferred from the Model Burail Jail to the Juvenile Home in Sector 15 under the Juveline Justice (Care and Protection) of Children Act, 2000. The Administration also decided to build new homes for the neglected and delinquent juvelines at cost about 1.5 crore in Sector 25.


A notice board displays old Act at Juvenile Home in Sector 15 in Chandigarh.  — Photo Manoj Mahajan

 
MC POLL

Expelled BJP leader joins SAD
Chandigarh, November 26
The expelled BJP vice-president, Mr Suresh Verma, a rebel candidate for the December 8 municipal polls from ward 20, joined the Shiromani Akali Dal here today, attacking the BJP’s local leadership and the national secretary, Mr O. P. Kohli.

RUN-UP TO MC POLL
Political parties testing waters
Chandigarh, November 26
All major political forces of the country — of national or state levels — are testing political waters in the twin capital of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh, apparently to make a foray into Punjab Assembly poll due in a couple of months.

MC poll campaign hots up
Chandigarh, November 26
Campaigning for the coming Municipal Corporation elections picked up with various candidates trying their luck holding public meetings and door-to-door campaigns here today.

Congress declares war on BJP
Chandigarh, November 26
The Congress today declared an all-out war on the BJP accusing it of neglecting the city, despite having control over the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh Administration and the Central Government.

Dhawan’s juggling act
Chandigarh, November 26
The Chandigarh Vikas Manch here today adopted an official candidate of BJP’s recalcitrant alliance partner, Shiromani Akali Dal (Riar) from ward number 12, apparently to send a signal that one faction of the SAD was supporting it.

SSP discusses canvassing violations
Chandigarh, November 26
A controversy over the use of loudspeakers on vehicles and pitching of tents on public land by political parties during canvassing dominated a meeting called by the UT SSP, Mr Parag Jain, with representatives of political parties and candidates for the forthcoming MC poll.

COMMUNITY

Villagers petition Badali
Mullanpur-Garibdas, Nov 26
Residents of the village and other surrounding villages demanding Notified Area Committee status submitted a memorandum to Mr Ujagar Singh Badali, Jathedar of Shiromani Akali Dal said to be ‘‘instrumental’’ in getting the same status to Naya Gaon and Kansal villages, here yesterday.

Dharna by UT powermen
Chandigarh, November 26
As a part of its agitational programme against privatisation of the Electricity Department, the UT Powermen Union held a dharna outside the Electricity (Operation) Division No 4 in Sector 34 here today. The powermen had decided to launch an agitation against opening of tenders for giving work of meter reading and bill distribution work to private parties.

Fun-filled day for special children
Chandigarh, November 26
It was a special day for special children who, despite their disability, captured the hues and colours of this world through their crayons and pencils and then merged themselves in the fun games. The occasion was the celebration of Disability Week, which started at Bal Bhavan in Sector 23, here today.
Special children enjoy playing with an air-filled Mickey Mouse at a function on the occasion of Disability Week at Bal Bhavan, Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Monday. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

Hero Screen contest winners
Chandigarh, November 26
Hero Honda today announced Sameer V. Sangawade of Nasik and Aditya Singh Rajput of Delhi as the winners of the Hero Screen Contest. The winners would now get an opportunity to work with Hrithik Roshan and Saurav Ganguly in the company’s latest commercial ‘Desh Ki Dhadkan’, part 2 to be shot in Mumbai.

Taps go dry in six sectors
Chandigarh, November 26
Half a dozen sectors of the city today went without water supply in the morning as the main pipeline for water supply to Sector-37 water works burst in the wee hours. People came out of their houses in Sector 24 to protest against the failure of water supply without knowing why the supply had been disrupted a resident told the Chandigarh Tribune.

Valmiki sabha submits memo
Chandigarh, November 26
The Bhartiya Valmiki Sabha has submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), who is also the Administrator of Chandigarh. In its three-page memorandum the sabha urged the Governor to celebrate the birthday of “Bhagwan Valmiki” at the state-level on the pattern of Punjab. It requested the Governor to set up Valmiki Bhavan like Ambedkar Bhavan and hand it over to the sabha.

Senior citizens honoured
Chandigarh, November 26
As part of the on-going Sher-e-Punjab Lala Lajpat Rai martyrdom fortnight, the Servants of the People Society today honoured senior citizens. Those honoured included Mr Jamna Dass (97), Mr Bhag Mal, Mr Rattan Ram Dogra, Mr Harbans Lal Vohra and Mr A.P. Handa, all are over 90 years. Tombola was also played without any entry ticket and prizes were given.

Tiger cub dies in zoo
Chhat Bir, November 26
A six-months-old cub of a Royal Bengal Tiger succumbed to its injuries which its had sustained in a fight with some other cubs in their enclosure a few days ago, in the Mahendra Chaudhari Zoological Park here late last night.

Computerised registration centres
Panchkula, November 26
The district-level Integrated Services of Haryana will provide services to information centres in various tehsils and sub tehsils from tomorrow.This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, while presiding over a meeting of district officers here today. A formal training was imparted to the officers.

 
CRIME

Challan filed against Batra Group MD
Chandigarh, November 26
The city police today filed a challan against the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the Batra Group, Naresh Batra, in a local court in a case cheating and fraud registered against him.

Man held for stealing clothes
Chandigarh, November 26
A resident of Sector 28, Abhay Pathak, was caught red handed by Surinder Sharma, a resident of the same sector while the former was stealing clothes from the Garhwal Bhawan, Sector 30. The accused was handed over to the police, and a case has been registered in this regard.

  • Two held
  • Moped stolen
  • Theft cases
  • Stolen
  • 3.1 kg charas seized

Three proclaimed offenders held
Panchkula, November 26
The police claims to have achieved a major success with the arrest of three proclaimed offenders, wanted in two separate cases. According to an official press note, two of the proclaimed offenders arrested by the police were wanted in a case of abduction of a minor girl from Manimajra in Chandigarh. Both Ajay and Poonam were arrested by a police party from Hoshiarpur.

Gambling gang busted
SAS Nagar, November 26
Amidst high drama, the police in a swift swoop in the evening raided a place in Phase 1 here and caught red-handed at least nine persons allegedly involved in the illegal business of single-digit lottery. The raiding police parties recovered Rs 43,000 in cash from the arrested persons.

BUSINESS

Memo on real estate business submitted
Chandigarh, November 26
A four-member delegation of Samadhaan, a pressure group for social justice, today met Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), U. T. Administrator, and submitted a memorandum containing a series of suggestions relating to real estate business in the city.

 
EDUCATION

Lively performances on Youth Festival’s opening day
Chandigarh, November 26
The religious notes of shabads and bhajans drowned the sound of slogans by protesting students outside the hall to mark the beginning of the jinxed PU Zone B Youth Festival organised by Government College, Sector 11, here today.

Members of team ‘C’ present a shabad during the Panjab University’s Youth Festival (Zone-B) at Government College, Sector-11, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Strike, not festival, gives entertainment to students
Chandigarh, November 26
It was festival time at Government College, Sector 11, here today, with the until now uncertain Panjab University Zone B Youth Festival scheduled to begin this morning. However, the festival and enthusiasm for the college students came for reasons other than the Youth Festival—the on-going students’ strike against the Youth Festival got off to a roaring start this morning.
Students boycott the Youth Festival on the campus of Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Monday. — Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari

Blossoms’ annual sports meet
Chandigarh, November 26
Rosen Brar achieved the distinction of being the best all-rounder of Blossoms School here today at its annual sports function in which Ashoka House bagged the Inter-House trophy.

Seminar on problems of adolescents
Chandigarh, November 26
Persuading the students to develop the habit of being responsible, Dr Surjeet Patheja, speaking at a seminar on “Adolescents’ problems and their solutions”, today stressed upon the need for utilising time in “a proper manner” to “develop a well-integrated personality”. The seminar was organised by the Lions Club Chandigarh Nightingale at Government High School in Sector 7 here.

Seminar for DAV teachers
Panchkula, November 26.
A two-day seminar-cum-workshop on mathematics and science for secondary teachers of DAV schools of Ambala zone, concluded at Chaman Lal DAV Senior Secondary School here today.

Rally for spreading polio awareness
Chandigarh, November 26
The Citizens Awareness Group, in collaboration with the UT Health Department, organised a polio awareness rally at Guru Harkrishan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 38, here today.

Dr Rameshwar Chander, Director, Health Services (extreme right), leads a polio awareness rally organised by the Citizens Awareness Group and the UT Health Department at Guru Harkrishan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 38, Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

St Stephen’s students impress
Chandigarh, November 26
The annual house-shows of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, got off to a colourful start with the Jupiter House staging its show at the school premises, here today.

COURTS

HIGH COURT
Bank ordered to pay back-wages
Chandigarh, November 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today held that an employee, whose termination was quashed by the court, was entitled to be paid his salary from the date of his termination till the date an appropriate order was passed by the disciplinary authority, or till the age of his superannuation, whichever was earlier.

  • Plea on pay allowed

Beant assassination case hearing
Chandigarh, November 26
Hearing of the Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh’s assassination case continued today, with the prosecution examining Dr J.K. Kalra, who had conducted the postmortem examination of two persons killed in a blast in front of the Punjab Civil Secretariat on August 31, 1995.

HC moved against periphery Act violations
Chandigarh, November 26
In a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a city resident, Dr B. Singh, today alleged that the states of Punjab and Haryana had evolved an indirect method of violating the Periphery Control Area Act by creating local authorities and empowering them to urbanise the periphery area in the form of Notified Area Committees at Zirakpur, Pinjore and Nayagaon. The petition would be taken up by a Division Bench of the high court tomorrow.

 
CULTURE

Rituals through artists’ eyes
Chandigarh, November 26
The fifth annual art exhibition organised by the Bank of Punjab concluded here today with the executive director of the bank, Mr Tejbir Singh, giving away prizes to the winners at a function at Punjab Kala Bhavan in Sector 16.
Awardees of the 5th annual art exhibition of the Bank of Punjab (from right): Sohan Billawaria, Shiv Lal Saroha, Samir, Tapan Kumar Biswas and Sukhpal Singh, at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

HEALTH

Special AIDS awareness camps
Chandigarh, November 26
With just four days to go for World Aids Day, 2001, the aids awareness campaign is in full swing in the city. The programme, which was started by the State AIDS Control Society of the city on November 22, has instituted special AIDS awareness camps complemented with diagnosis and treatment of STIs/RTIs.

Seminar on disabilities
Chandigarh, November 26
The State Resource Centre for Disabilities will be organising a seminar on, “Disability prevention and rehabilitation”, at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 tomorrow, to commemorate the World Disability Week.

Bone density check-up camp
Chandigarh, November 26
The Chandigarh Press Club, in collaboration with the Chandigarh Clinical Laboratories and Elder Pharma-ceutical, today organised a free bone density check-up camp. The camp was organised by the Sector 22 branch of the State Bank of India.

Meeting of blood donation panel
Chandigarh, November 26
A meeting of the Haryana Red Cross Voluntary Blood Donation Committee was held at the Red Cross Bhawan here today. Presiding over the meeting Dr J.G. Jolly, former PGI Blood Bank Society Director and Chairman of the committee stressed the need to wipe out efforts at commercialisation in the blood donation programme. He appealed to the members of the committee to educate and motivate the community particularly the youth for voluntary blood donation.

 
SPORTS



Aarti Singh, the only woman skeet shooter of India

India’s only woman skeet shooter
Chandigarh, November 26
Aarti Singh is the only Indian woman skeet player who is here in the city to participate in the shooting contests of the 31st National Games at the new shooting range in SAS Nagar. Aarti comes from a family of shooters. Her father, Rao Inderjeet Singh, himself remained an international skeet shooter who had taken part in the last Asian Games in Bangkok. She said her mother was a national trap event shooter and her younger sister was also a national trap shooter.

Hansraj club skaters shine in roller hockey
Chandigarh, November 26
The Hansraj Skating Club, Panchkula, won the first places in both sub-junior and junior boys sections of the roller hockey event of the 7th Panchkula District Roller Skating Championship which concluded here today at the skating rink of Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula.

  • Snooker meet

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