Wednesday, December 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India

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Time for PU Senate to discuss DoB rules
Chandigarh, December 25
A special note sent by Justice D.V.Sehgal comes up for consideration in the forthcoming senate meeting. The note says that rules regarding change in date of birth should be abrogated and the pending applications should be rejected.

5 hurt in vehicle collision
Miraculous escape for ITBP bus passengers
Panchkula, December 25
It was a miraculous escape for more than a dozen persons travelling in an ITBP vehicle, who were caught in an accident between three trucks near Nadha Sahib, on the Panchkula Naraingarh highway this morning.

A goods carrier lying on the road near Nadha Sahib after it first hit an army truck and an ITBP bus near Panchkula on Tuesday. A goods carrier lying on the road near Nadha Sahib after it first hit an army truck and an ITBP bus near Panchkula on Tuesday. — Tribune photo Karam Singh


City swings to Xmas spirit
Chandigarh, December 25
Christmas was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in the city today.
Celebrations started well in advance on Christmas eve with bursting of crackers as the clock struck 12 at night. In the early morning, devotees dressed up in bright clothes visited churches to pay obeisance to Lord Jesus. Long queues could be seen outside churches, Catholic Church, Sector 19, in particular.

Girls light candles at the Sector 19 church in Chandigarh on the occasion of Christmas on Tuesday. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

Girls light candles at the Sector 19 church in Chandigarh on the occasion of Christmas on Tuesday.

A day of longing for some
Chandigarh, December 25
Santa did not bring gifts for them today. As beggars in worn-out clothes stood in front of churches decked up with glittering red and yellow lights, shifting weight from one leg to another, their desperate eyes longingly followed the revellers walking down the street with glittering plastic stars and soft toys.

Varinder KaurSharma orders probe into woman’s death
Chandigarh, December 25
The PGI Director, Dr S.K. Sharma, has asked the Deputy Medical Superintendent, PGI, to look into the cause of death of Varinder Kaur, a 38-year-old resident of Sector 27, who reportedly died within two hours of having brought to the PGI emergency with a urinary problem allegedly due to negligence of the PGI staff.

Swearing-in function: Admn overrules plea
Chandigarh, December 25
The UT Administration has overruled the representation by a section of newly elected councillors to hold the swearing-in ceremony at Tagore Theatre or UT Guest House. The ceremony will be held tomorrow in the Assembly Hall of the Municipal Corporation.

2 more zoo animals die
Chhat Bir, December 25
Within a period of about 24 hours after the death of a stork chick, a monkey and a sambhar were also found dead in the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park here on Sunday.


Archaic rules buried, legal hassles reduced
Chandigarh, December 25
It has been the year of reform, that too the biggest reforms in 50 years since Chandigarh was planned. Archaic rules and bylaws relating to residential and commercial property in the city gave way to a set of more meaningful and people friendly rules, which will change forever the city’s face and reduce legal hassles for residents.

More commitments, more deployment
Chandigarh, December 25
The year 2001 saw significant increase in security commitments of the Chandigarh police over past year, both for VIPs as well as for important events hosted in the city.


Poor drainage system brings misery for villagers
SAS Nagar, December 25
Residents of Kandala village here are forced to live amidst unhygenic conditions due to indifferent attitude of the officials of the sewerage wing of the Public Works Department. Dirty water has inundated bylanes in the village as there is no arrangement for its disposal. Villagers have been “living” with the nuisance for the past over six months.

Solar food festival early next year
Chandigarh, December 25
A solar food festival will be organised by the city administration early next year with an aim to popularise solar cooking among city residents. This was stated by the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, chairing a workshop on ‘‘Propagation of Non Conventional Energy Resources’’ at the CYP Asia Centre Commonwealth Secretariat, Punjab Engineering College campus, here today.

Where cycle rules the road
Even if the bicycle is considered a poor man’s vehicle, in the small town of Kharar, it remains the favourite means of transport in every section of society including students, professionals and businessmen.

PUDA oversight costs dear
SAS Nagar, December 25
A serious flaw on the part of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority in laying a main water supply line in Phase XI is causing the state exchequer loss of lakhs of rupees. The main road, connecting Phase XI with the rest of the town has been dug up at several places to take water connection for the show rooms being constructed on the other side of the road.

Pramod SharmaYOUNG VOICE
Devoted to a cause

PRAMOD Sharma is one of the few young men of the city who devoted his life to a cause. Be it environment, upliftment of slum children, AIDS awareness, Pramod has believed in it and given all he could to the cause. He has initiated solid waste management programmes for the city and Punjab. Tele-counselling programme on AIDS running in the city too was started with his efforts.


Three held on unlicensed sale charge
Chandigarh, December 25
The local police arrested three persons from Dadu Majra Colony on the charge of selling wine without a licence. The accused were identified as Om Parkash, Mohinder Singh and Prahlad Kumar, residents of the same colony.


‘Great potential for supermarket claims in city’
Chandigarh, December 25
A survey conducted by a Mumbai-based organisation, Indiaproperties, has observed that there is great potential for supermarket chains to flourish in Chandigarh.
A report of the survey conducted by the NGOs research team and obtained by TNS points out that as there are a higher number of educated working couples who are willing to pay a premium for hygienically packaged food items, supermarket chains stocking these items would find ready buyers.


Code against sexual harassment
A draft ‘code of conduct and discipline for avoidance of sexual harassment’ in the university has been recommended by a committee to the Panjab University Senate which is due to meet shortly.

NSS volunteers discuss women empowerment
Chandigarh, December 25
NSS volunteers have started the project work to develop a ‘Vatika’ in MCM DAV College, according to an official press note issued here today. To mark the International Year of Women Empowerment, the national integration camp is being organised from December 22 to 31.

NSS volunteers of Government College Sector 46, Chandigarh, clear the college grounds on Tuesday.
— A Tribune photo

NSS volunteers of Government College Sector 46, Chandigarh, clear the college grounds on Tuesday.

Chain fast enters sixth day
Chandigarh, December 25
On the issue of non-release of Rs 100 crore pending salary grants by the Punjab Finance Department, the ongoing chain fast entered the sixth day in front of the office of the DPI (Punjab), here today.


Allow officer to join duty
Chandigarh, December 25
Quashing an order passed by the authorities at Ferozepore’s General Hospital vide which a Welfare Officer’s name was struck off, Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Secretary-General of the Indian Red Cross Society and other respondents to permit the petitioner to join duty.

Eventful year throws up many firsts
Chandigarh, December 25
It has been as year in which a number of famous personalities were summoned to the District Courts, proceedings were disrupted following a number of hoax calls, photography was banned on the court premises, chambers were allotted to a number of advocates and depositors from all over India visited the court for settlement of their cases with Golden Forests India Limited.


Om KrishanRealistic themes his forte
Chandigarh, December 25
If you think romanticism and poetry are two sides of the same coin think again, because Urdu poet Om Krishan, who uses 'Rahat' as his pen name, has nine collections of poems and five of short stories to his credit and none of these has to do anything with romance. "Romance is not the only facet of life which can be portrayed through poetry," says Om Krishan who is settled in Sydney at present.


102 donate blood at camp
Chandigarh, December 25
As many as 102 donors donated blood at a blood donation camp organised by Sri Brahman Sabha at Bhagwan Parshu Ram Bhawan, Sector 37-C, today.


Volunteers donate blood at Bhagvan Parshuram Bhavan, Sector 37, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photo

Volunteers donate blood at Bhagvan Parshuram Bhavan, Sector 37, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.


NPS, Satluj school trounce opponents
Chandigarh, December 25
Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, and New Public School, Sector 18, Chandigarh, outplayed their respective opponents, MRA School, Sector 27, by 190 runs, and DC Model school by 10 wickets, respectively, in the Second Satluj Cricket Tournament played here today at the Satluj school grounds, Panchkula, near here.


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