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Commercial sites fetch Rs 23.31 cr
Chandigarh, December 27
The dynamics of freehold commercial property were evident at the auction for commercial sites today as bidding saw a huge increase. The craze to own commercial property in the city has only grown as the Chandigarh Administration netted a sum of Rs 23. 31 crore by auctioning 58 commercial sites, including booths, shop-cum-offices and other specified sites, here today.

‘Harmony in changed world order must’
Chandigarh, December 27
Peace in the country, in the context of the ongoing border tension between India and Pakistan, seems to top the agenda of youth for the year 2002. This was revealed by a cross-section of youth interviewed by The Tribune.

Community facilities bring relief but more needed
SAS nagar, December 27
Recession in the industrial sector had its effect on Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, even as the year 2001 attracted investment in crores through new development projects in the field of health, information technology and housing.







CAW cell registered 35 cases this year
Chandigarh, December 27
While the number of cases registered by the Crime Against Women Cell of the Chandigarh Police has registered an increase over last year, the number of persons arrested has seen a decline.

Talk on steps to counter terrorism held
Chandigarh, December 27
The NSS unit of SGGS College, Sector 26, organised a talk on “Terrorism in the Modern World”, here today, in which the speakers highlighted the tactics deployed to rope in students in terrorist activities while speaking on the globalisation of their activities as well.

Hans Raj Hans sets up office in city
Chandigarh, December 27
Well-known Punjabi folk singer, Hans Raj Hans, has crossed another milestone with the establishment in the City Beautiful of a full fledged administrative and marketing office of his company, HRH Entertainers Pvt. Ltd.

Petite beauties set ramp on fire
Chandigarh, December 27
The long anticipation and two day’s hard work of 20 aspiring models finally took shape as they walked down the ramp in skimpy outfits vying for the title of “Body Beautiful” at the poolside of Hotel Mountview in Sector 10. The round marked the opening of the three-day mega event “Face of the Year” organised by Model Creators in association with a pharmaceutical company in Hotel Mountview in Sector 10 here today.
Participants at the ‘Body Beautiful’’ contest which marked the opening round of the three-day ‘‘Face of the Year 2001’’ at Hotel Mountview, Sector 10, Chandigarh on Thursday.  — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

UT to focus on solar cooking
Chandigarh, December 27
If certain ambitious plans of the Chandigarh Administration take off, by the end of next year, Chandigarh might be one of the few cities in North India making extensive use of solar energy for cooking, selling its waste tree leaves to enterprenuers to make briquettes and recycling its residential organic and inorganic waste for optimum use.

Thick fog on Thursday evening hampered vehicular movement on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway. — Tribune photo Pradeep Tiwari

“We will be in the mountain curves of Kasauli”
Chandigarh, December 27
As the sun, after smiling on the first year of the new millennium, disappears behind buildings on December 31, Vikram Batra and Vineet Batra, sons of a doctor-cum-businessman, will cut along the sharp mountain curves in a jaunty car on way to Kasauli, while there parents will be throwing a bash at their Sector 18 residence.

Serve public, probationers told
Chandigarh, December 27
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen. J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today advised young civil servants to serve the public in the true spirit of being servants of the public.

He works with rare zeal
MAGINE a poet, freelancer, engineer, artist, social worker and a CEO rolled into one. Well, that’s exactly what Mr Akhil Verma is. Akhil, CEO of A88 Solutions, at the age of 22, is a production engineering student at Punjab Engineering College. His aim is to set up a multi-solution corporate. He plans to fulfil his mother’s desire by creating good openings for professionals by encouraging entrepreneurship and discouraging brain-drain.

ecember 28 will see the release of “Style” and “Bawandar”. N. Chandra, the maker of “Ankush” and “Tezaab” is all set to hit the silver screen today at Jagat, Chandigarh. The film is produced, directed and written by N. Chandra and has newcomers in the cast.


Two killed in road mishaps
Chandigarh, December 27
Two persons have been killed in different road accidents during the past 24 hours. A Sector 49 resident Pintu died on the spot after his cycle was knocked down by a Tata 407 truck on the Sector 46-49 separating road. The truck driver fled the spot leaving his vehicle behind, which has been impounded by the police. A case has been registered.

  • Thefts reported
  • Vehicle thefts
  • Burglary
  • Cash stolen

Member of inter-state gang of car thieves arrested
Chandigarh, December 27
The Operations Cell of the Chandigarh Police has arrested a resident of Sonepat, Sanjay Malik, for his alleged links with an inter-state gang of car thieves. The accused was arrested from the Sector 7 market today. A car, which had reportedly been stolen earlier, had been recovered from his possession.


Murthy meets Jacob, company employees
Chandigarh, December 27
Mr N R Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the IT giant Infosys Technologies, who will address the 51st Annual Convocation at Punjab University here tomorrow, reached the city this evening.


Manav Mangal students secure top positions
Panchkula, December 27
As many as 18 students of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, have earned a place among the first 10 per cent students who qualified for the first National Cyber Olympiad held at the all-India level in October.

Honorary degrees for three
Chandigarh, December 27
Panjab University will award three honors causal PhD degrees to eminent personalities from different walks of life at the annual convocation of Panjab University tomorrow.

Examine plea, UGC tells Panjab University
Chandigarh, December 27
The University Grants Commission, in a letter to Punjab University has asked it to examine a representation from a college lecturer, challenging the eligibility of a candidate being given appointment in the Department of Defence Studies as Reader.


Few Judges; more dowry death cases
Chandigarh, December 27
Even as the shortage of Judges in the Punjab and Haryana High Court increased in 2001, several steps were taken by the authorities and the Judges to bring down the pendency of cases. Not only were “frivolous petitions” dismissed by the Judges after imposing heavy costs, the constitution of a special cell was also recommended for chalking out a programme for listing old cases on a priority basis.

Consider ad hoc teachers for exam
Chandigarh, December 27
Taking up three writ petitions challenging an advertisement issued on November 14, 1999, changing the combination of subjects at the BA level for the posts of social studies masters and mistresses, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has dir7ected that ad hoc masters and mistresses in service as on May 12, 1998, shall not be considered ineligible for any examination likely to be conducted.

  • Notice to KU

Dry cleaners’ plea to Consumer Forum
Chandigarh, December 27
The Chandigarh Dry Cleaners and Dyers Association at its meeting yesterday urged the Consumer Forum to fix their liabilities in case a customer claims damages. The association has alleged that most of the time they suffer when garments get damaged during the dry cleaning process. There are many factors and most of them are out of their control by which clothes may get damaged during the process.


Shafaatullah Khan to perform in city
Chandigarh, December 27
The world renowned sitar, surbahar and tabla player, Shafaatullah Khan, will perform on December 29, 2001, at Tagore Theatre, Sector-18, at 6 PM. In the rich history of Indian classical music, Shafaatullah Khan is the first known artist to have attained simultaneous excellence in performing on three different instruments, sitar, surbahar and tabla.

Disco based on Egyptian theme
Chandigarh, December 27
The Mansa Devi complex at Panchkula has acquired a new haunt for the young, a disco based on the Egyptian theme. Christened “The Gizeh”, it is claimed to be the only of its kind in this part of the country.


GMCH-32 vying for ISO 9001 certificate
Still a long way to go to the top
Chandigarh, December 27
The year 2001 was celebrated as the “Decennial Year” of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, to commemorate its 10 years of existence. The Rs 225-crore prestigious GMCH, which is now vying for the prestigious ISO 9001 certificate, also remained the pet project of the UT Administrator who made it a point to refer it to as a major project of the Chandigarh Administration from every platform through the year.

Need to tighten PGI admn: Chandel
Chandigarh, December 27
“The image of the PGI as one of the premier institutes of the country has gone down in the recent past. There are matters which are of serious nature and need to be taken up at the central level”, said Mr Suresh Chandel, MP from Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, here today.


Sports round-up II
Improvement in infrastructure
Chandigarh, December 27
The year saw renewed sports activity only towards the end, when events in tennis, golf and rowing in Chandigarh and shooting at SAS Nagar were held during the 31st National Games. The city had plenty of infrastructure, but the shooting range at SAS Nagar was not ready. The new range at Phase VI was completed in a record time of four months.

Rowing body awards Gurmeet
Chandigarh, December 27
Rower Gurpreet Kaur, who turned 18 today presented a cheque for Rs 10,000 by senior officials of the Chandigarh Rowing Association, led by its president, Mr T.C. Gupta, in recognition of her achievements this year.

MCA XI beat DC Model School
Chandigarh, December 27
Mohali Cricket Association XI outplayed DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, Panchkula, by 23 runs in the second Satluj league cricket tournament for under-16 played here today at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula.

  • School function

  • Cricket tourney


33.32 lakh for development works
Panchkula, December 27
The second installment of Rs 33.32 lakh was released for development works in Raipur Rani, Pinjore and Morni blocks of the district as per the announcements made under the “Sarkar aapke dwar” programme.

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