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Chill fails to freeze New Year thrill
Chandigarh, December 31
Winter chill and dense grey smog, enveloping the city for the past three days, failed to fog the festive spirit of city residents on New Year’s Eve.

DANCING YOUTH: As the sun sets on 2001, city teenyboppers sway wildly in discotheques in Chandigarh on Monday. Jacob greets people

DANCING YOUTH: As the sun sets on 2001, city teenyboppers sway wildly in discotheques in Chandigarh on Monday.
— Photo Parvesh Chauhan

City may face power cuts in New Year
Chandigarh, December 31
The New Year brings in some unpleasant news for the city residents. The Chandigarh Administration has been forced to impose rotational power cuts in the city to keep the drawl of power within the specified limits or face action from the Northern Region Electricity Board.



BJP, SAD keen to avenge defeat
Mayoral poll today
Chandigarh, December 31
The BJP-Shiromani Akali Dal alliance, with the help of an understanding with the Chandigarh Vikas Manch, will tomorrow in Mayoral poll try to avenge its recent municipal election defeat at the hands of the Congress.

Second coldest day in city’s history
Chandigarh, Patiala, Ambala colder than Shimla
Chandigarh, December 31
The winter chill and plunging temperatures broke all records today. The city recorded the second ever coldest day in its history. During the day the mercury dropped to 9.6 degrees Celsius. The coldest day was on December 31, 1990.

WTC incident ‘brought out the best’ in Americans
Chandigarh, December 31
‘‘The World Trade Center incident has brought out the best in Americans. Their tolerance and their ability to stand together in moments of crises. But at the same time there is also a danger of curtailing the civil liberties of people living there’’, said Prof Robert Engler, Professor Emeritus, City University of New York, while interacting with mediapersons at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development here today.


Cultural hungama to welcome New Year
Chandigarh, December 31
Markfed Club, Chandigarh, organised a colourful cultural programme tonight to welcome the New Year. Members of club left no stone unturned to make the function a grand success. Children danced and sang to foot-tapping music.

Chandigarh a hot spot for revellers
Chandigarh, December 31
Singing sensation Sonu Nigam could not do in Ludhiana what disc jockeys from Delhi did in Chandigarh.
Though ‘Bijuria’ Nigam’s performance in the garment town of Punjab was a success, and the tickets were sold well in advance, Chandigarh was the “place to be in” for some of the tycoons on the New Year Eve.

Club bids farewell to 2001
Chandigarh, December 31
Scintillating fireworks and sizzling performances from various artists welcomed the New Year at the Mohali Country Club. The club bid farewell to 2001 with memorable and musical events from Bobby Yash Entertainments, an entertainment group called from Mumbai for the occasion.

Home comfort outweighs club glitters
SAS Nagar, December 31
Most of the residents celebrated New Year Eve at home with their families, while others ushered in the New Year at clubs or hotels here and in Chandigarh. The lucky few who could afford it, made it to Kasauli and other areas in the nearby hills for the grand bash.

End menace of stray cattle
SAS Nagar, December 31
As the time inches towards the New Year, residents of Mohali look upon the elected members of the SAS Nagar Municipal Council to implement more public-oriented schemes in the town. Periodic maintenance of the basic amenities is among the priorities of the residents.

Gate meeting by powerman
Chandigarh, December 31
The UT electricity employees today held gate meetings outside various electricity offices in the city in preparation of their proposed four-hour pen-down strike on January 9 for which the Federation of UT Employees and Workers and the Chandigarh UT Subordinate Services Federation have given a call in support of the demands of employees.

‘Switchover to freehold good’
Chandigarh, December 31
Mr R.P. Malhotra, chief of Samadhaan, a pressure group, welcomed the decision of the Chandigarh Administration to switchover from leasehold system to freehold system for the property here. He said it had evoked a good response from consumers at recent auctions.

Rallies by road, public workers
Chandigarh, December 31
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation Roads Workers Union and the Public Health Workers Union organised rallies to mobilise employees for the January 11 strike in support of their demands.

3 employees of Tribune retire
Chandigarh, December 31
Three employees of The Tribune Trust, including a Deputy Manager, retired today.
Mr Lalita Prasad, Deputy Manager (Press), served the institution for 35 years. Mr Sher Bahadur Pun, Head Security Havildar, served the Trust for 19 years, while Mr Mani Ram Tewari, Head Daftri, had put in 31 years of service.


Vigilance Bureau harassing Syals?
Chandigarh, December 31
The Punjab Vigilance Department had registered six cases against the Golden Forest India Company on the behest of the Punjab Government based on the evidence from the inter-department correspondence done by the Vigilance Bureau of Punjab before the inception of the cases against the company, alleged A.L. Syal, father of R.K. Syal, Chairman of the Golden Forest India Limited, in a reply filed by him before the Punjab State Human Rights Commission.

Minor girl abducted
Chandigarh, December 31
The local police has booked Ajmer Singh, a resident of the Sector 25 Janata Colony, on the charge of abducting a minor girl of Dadu Majra Colony. A complaint against the suspect was lodged by Mr Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Ram Darbar. A case has been registered against the suspect. The girl has been recovered from the possession of the suspect.

25 rickshaw-pullers held, bailed out
Chandigarh, December 31
The police arrested 25 rickshaw-pullers on the charge of causing danger on city roads as part of a special drive to make roads safer, here yesterday. The arrested included residents of Nepal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.


PU faculties meet to discuss syllabi"
Chandigarh, December 31
Members of various faculties of Panjab University met on the university campus here today to discuss the issues relating to the syllabi of various subjects in those faculties.

PU IAS Centre extends date
Chandigarh, December 31
The IAS Centre of Panjab University has extended the last date for submission of forms for the entrance test to its regular classroom batch for IAS (Prelims) from December 31 to January 7, 2002.

DAV-7 students present patriotic songs, dances 
Justice Sehgal felicitated
Chandigarh, December 31
The principal, staff and students of KB DAV Centenary Public School, Sector 7, accorded a warm welcome to Justice DV Sehgal here today at a felicitation function held to hail his appointment as Lok Pal, Punjab.

Justice D.V. Sehgal, Lok Pal, Punjab, touches the feet of Padmashri G.P. Chopra after being felicitated at the KBDAV Public School, Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Justice D.V. Sehgal, Lok Pal, Punjab, touches the feet of Padmashri G.P. Chopra after being felicitated at the KBDAV Public School, Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Monday.

Swati SharmaCity girl gets Harballabh sangeet award
Chandigarh, December 31
City girl Swati Sharma, a student of the MCM DAV College, Sector 36, has won Sri Baba Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan award held at Jalandhar. Swati , who belongs to a musical family, played Santoor in the “Vishesh yov category”, which is reserved for children with musical heredity.


Helping consumer to emerge king
Chandigarh, December 31
The UT Consumer Court passed many significant orders in 2001. It fined dry cleaners for spoiling sari and suit, directed Railways authorities to pay compensation for poor services besides directing travel agencies to pay compensation for causing harassment to consumers.

Capturing Himachali splendour in photographs
Chandigarh, December 31
Prof Ravinder Pal Kalra is a man of simple taste, a trait that is reflected in his photography, a collection of various landmarks of Himachal that he has captured with his manual camera over the past 10 years. The artist, in order to reach out to the masses, has recently launched postcards, posters and greeting cards based on his photographs.

A tribal woman of Lahaul (Himachal Pradesh) with her child, as captured by Ravinder Pal Kalra.

A tribal woman of Lahaul (Himachal Pradesh) with her child, as captured by Ravinder Pal Kalra.


Red Cross Society to purchase ambulance
Panchkula, December 31
The Red Cross Society, Panchkula has decided to purchase an ambulance for the CHC, Kalka.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Red Cross Society authorities and St. John Association held under the chairmanship of Ms Jyoti Arora, the Deputy Commissioner.

CGHS dispensary in city soon
Chandigarh, December 31
The Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare is going to start its first dispensary under the Central Government Health Scheme in the city. The scheme will benefit employees of the Central Government, including those of the public sector undertakings.


St John’s School win cricket meet
Chandigarh, December 31
St John’s High School, Sector 26, trounced Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, by 100 runs in a one-sided cricket match played here today in under-16 section for the second St John’s Challenger Trophy.

The under-16 cricket team of the St John’s High School, Sector 26, which won the challenger trophy, along with their principal, Ms P. Cheema, and coach.

The under-16 cricket team of the St John’s High School, Sector 26, which won the challenger trophy, along with their principal, Ms P. Cheema, and coach.


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