Monday, December 31, 2001, Chandigarh, India

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New Year bash to beat 2001 blues
Chandigarh, December 30
Live ‘ghazals’, ‘sufiana kalam’and ‘bhangra’ rap mixed with techno beat, artificial smog bellowing out of giant machines descending on polished dance floors illuminated by colourful blinking lights, invigorating golden elixir in sparkling cut-glasses and barbecue chicken along with grilled cheese — are all being offered in city clubs, restaurants and discotheques on the New Year’s Eve.

Canada notifies new immigration rules
Chandigarh, December 30
The Canandian Government has now published the proposed new Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations in the Canada Gazette. The regulations will be implemented along with the new Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Bill C-11, on June 28, 2002. 

GH-16 computerisation plan okayed 
Chandigarh, December 30
All is set for the computerisation of services at General Hospital, Sector 16. Scheduled to begin within a month, the multi-lakh project of the Government of India has been okayed by the UT Administration.





Women go to the field to pluck mustard as the fog thins in Zirakpur on Sunday afternoon. — Photo Karam Singh

Take heart! You are not alone
Chandigarh, December 30
Wanted a partner for twirling around the polished dance floors in a discotheque on the New Year Eve. Age, caste and complexion no bar — the desperate stags, anxious to cut foot loose on December 31, would have gladly advertised in newspapers, but no one would have taken them seriously.

‘Tourists can return to Heaven on Earth’
Chandigarh, December 30
Mr M. Ashraf, Director General Tourism of Jammu and Kashmir, at a press conference here today, said the Jammu and Kashmir government had taken a number of steps to revive tourism in the state.

Year that saw development, controversies
Chandigarh, December 30
The multi-crore five-storey PGI OPD block was finally inaugurated in April this year bringing much-awaited relief to the over-crowded Nehru Hospital building. Laced with state-of-the-art facilities, the OPD building had been awaiting inauguration for the past more than one year.


Girls do proud whilst fathers serve nation

Chandigarh, December 30
“Send me newspapers as soon as you can,” was the response of two elated army officers posted in border areas, miles away from their families, while speaking to their daughters on telephone this morning.

Winner of the Face of year 2001 contest Anmol Gill (second from right) and second runners-up Poonam Sharma in a jubilant mood in Chandigarh on Sunday.
 — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

Winner of the Face of year 2001 contest Anmol Gill (second from right) and second runners-up Poonam Sharma in a jubilant mood in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Bima Lokpal to redress policyholders’ grievances
Chandigarh, December 30
Have a grievance against an insurance company and you do not know what to do and whom to approach? The problem now stands solved as the Bima Lokpal or the Insurance Ombudsman has been functioning at Sector 17 in Chandigarh for the past 18 months.

PU Syndics elected
Members express dissatisfaction
Chandigarh, December 30
There were loud voices of dissatisfaction with the election process despite unanimous elections to the Panjab University Syndicate here today. Elections were held in the faculties of arts, science, law, languages, medical and combined for 15 seats.

Bindra family

At home and away
Chandigarh, December 30
Believe it or not, city businessman Dr A.S. Bindra is calling his favourite cook all the way from Dehra Dun to his Delhi residence for preparing “some special dishes” for the New Year bash.

BJP’s membership drive from today
Panchkula, December 30
The district unit of the BJP will launch a month-long membership drive in the district tomorrow. This was stated by the senior vice-president, Mr Atam Prakash Manchanda, at a press conference here today.

Uncle Jacob dons Santa’s cap
Chandigarh, December 30
For the roadside dwellers of the city, the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R Jacob, (retd) turned out to be no less than Santa Claus this evening. He distributed over 500 blankets and sweet packets among them in various parts of the city. He was accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr M Ramshekhar.

Lions Club’s ‘special fortnight’
Chandigarh, December 30
The Lions Club International Distt 321A is organising a “Special fortnight of service projects” from December 30, 2001, to January 13, 2002. Mr M.R Shrama, District Governor, inaugurated the fortnight by distributing stationery among the inmates of Bal Niketan, Sector 15, here today.

Businessman with a mission

At the age of 29 years, Ravi Sharma is a successful businessman with a social cause. Having risen from a humble family of a subedar in the Army, he has established himself as a coloniser with his business spread across Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.


THE entire northern region has been under the grip of a cold wave and foggy conditions. Chandigarh and its surrounding areas are also under a thick envelope of fog. Within the city visibility during the late evening hours has been reduced to just a few metres thus forcing cars and other four wheelers into a crawl with speeds no more than 15 or 20 kmph.
  • Beware of cards

  • High cops

  • 2002 square

  • Approved!

  • Slum kids enjoy

  • Sporting CM

  • Old ties

  • Desi Santa Claus


Assault case against Sec 27 resident
Chandigarh, December 30
A case of assault, causing hurt, a criminal breach of the trust and obstructing a public servant in the discharge of public function under the Indian Penal Code was registered against Anil Kumar, a resident of Sector 27.


NSS camp concludes
Chandigarh, December 30
The 10-day NSS camp on the theme “Youth for healthy society and youth for haryali’’ concluded at Government College, Sector 46, here today.


RP Singh stars in Godrej Club win
Chandigarh, December 30
Good batting performance by R.P. Singh, with 69 runs off 36 balls, enabled Godrej Cricket Club to enter the semifinals of the eighth Jal Cup League Cricket Tournament, defeating Chandigarh Sports Club by six wickets at DAV College, Sector 10, here today.

  • St John’s trophy

  • CNS tournament


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