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Property sale, grants help cash-starved MCC
Employees’ salary till April ensured
Chandigarh, January 30
With finances of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) having been boosted by the recent sale of property and clearance of grants from the Chandigarh Administration, it will be able to pay salaries to its employees till April this year apart from setting aside Rs 8.65 crore for development in remaining part of the fiscal 2001-2002.

Hotel sites fetch Rs 13.2 cr in auction
Chandigarh, January 30
The Chandigarh Administration netted Rs 13. 20 crore by auctioning six sites for hotels and restaurants in Sector 43-B today.

Irate students block traffic
Panchkula, January 30
Traffic on the Barwala-Ramgarh road remained blocked for almost two hours in protest against the stabbing of a college student, Anil Kumar, at Barwala here yesterday.

Anil Kumar, a student of Government College, Barwala, who was stabbed in a scuffle with fellow students in a dispensary and (right) students display his blood soaked clothes at Barwala on Wednesday. — Photo  Pankaj Sharma







Tribune staff pay homage to Serla Grewal
Chandigarh, January 30
Employees of The Tribune group of publications today held a condolence meeting to pay homage to Mrs Serla Grewal, President, The Tribune Trust, who died yesterday. Addressing the condolence meeting, Mr R.N. Gupta, General manager, described Mrs Grewal as a visionary who worked untiringly for the progress of the institution.

Homage paid to Mahatma
Chandigarh, January 30
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today paid homage to all those who sacrificed lives in the Indian freedom struggle.

REMEMBERING MAHATMA: Sunder Lal Bahuguna, leader of the Chipko Movement (extreme left) weaves cloth on a hand-spinning wheel in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph


DC washes hands off cable tariff row
Panchkula, January 30
The district administration has pulled its hands off the ongoing cable war and asked the residents to approach the consumer courts for relief. The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, today told the agitating residents that the administration had no power to intervene in the matter of hike in cable tariff.

Architectural feat lying in disuse

Chandigarh, January 30
The PGI should be proud of this. A 700-foot-long air link between the PGI’s Nehru hospital and the nurses’ hostel is a structure which is the only one of its kind in the whole city, and not just any city but one whose buildings smack of good architecture and designs.

The 700-foot air link at the PGI connecting nurses’ hostel to Nehru Hospital lying unused for more than 20 years. —  Photo Manoj Mahajan

The 700-foot air link at the PGI connecting nurses’ hostel to Nehru Hospital lying unused for more than 20 years.

Political pressure comes in way of shifting SDM’s office
Chandigarh, January 30
In what may be a case of its own kind, political pressures from outside Chandigarh is playing a big role in preventing the shifting of the office of SDM (South) from its present location in Sector 17. This is against public demand and the Administration’s decision in October last year. The office was to be shifted to the Sports Complex in Sector 42.


Meeting of women sarpanches from Feb 6
Chandigarh, January 30
Giving a new perspective, ‘gender budgeting’, envisaging to peep at the budget from the ‘gender lens’, comes up for discussion at the forthcoming regional meeting of women sarpanches at Panjab University.

Folded hands and praying lips
Folded hands and praying lips: A child sits through a Tibetan religious ceremony in Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Prayers for Dalai Lama’s health
Chandigarh, January 30
The Regional Tibetan Youth Congress is holding a prayer session to pray together and recite the “tara mantras” for the speedy recovery of the Dalai Lama.

Oil Conservation Fortnight ends
Chandigarh, January 30
The valedictory function of the Oil Conservation Fortnight, 2002, was held at Police Lines, Sector 29, in collaboration with Hindustan Petroleum, Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and the IBP. The fortnight, which started on January 14, ended today. The motive was to save petroleum products.

Underweight pouch of milk
SAS Nagar, January 30
A resident of Phase IX, Mr Narinder Singh Katwal, was surprised to see a pouch of Verka milk, half the size of the standard 500 ml pouch being sold by a vendor today. The consumer claimed that it was the fourth time that an underweight pouch of Verka milk had come to his notice.

R.K. Malhotra dead
Chandigarh, January 30
Mr R.K. Malhotra, a former Head of the Public Relations Department, Panjab University, died today after a brief illness. He was 70.

Sood mela on Feb 3
Chandigarh, January 30
The Sood Sabha, Chandigarh, will organise 40th annual Sood mela at Sood Bhavan, Sector 10, Panchkula, on February 3. The mela is organised by Sood Sabha, Chandigarh, every year. The mela will start at 10 a.m.

80 motor mechanics file IT returns
Chandigarh, January 30
As many as 80 mechanics of the Sector 28 auto market filed their income tax returns at an educational-cum-filing of income-tax returns camp organised by the Income Tax department in the Sector here today.

Motor mechanics file income tax returns at a special camp held in the Sector 28 motor market, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Motor mechanics file income tax returns at a special camp held in the Sector 28 motor market, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.


Gorakhpur resident held in theft case
Chandigarh, January 30
The local police arrested Rang Lal, a resident of Gorakhpur district, from near Mauli Jagron village in a theft case last night. He had allegedly stolen a jacket, a watch and Rs 1,000 from the residence of Mr Shiv Mohan Chauhan in the village. He was booked under Sections 454 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code.

  • Panchkula

Woman drugged, raped
Panchkula, January 30
A young woman was reportedly raped by two youths in Sultanpur village after she was drugged by them. The two accused — Preetam and Lachchman — have been booked by the police.


Seminar on opportunities in plastic industry
Chandigarh, January 30
For the growth of plastic industry, appropriate use of plastics instead of a ban on these needs to be emphasised upon, said Mr V.K. Singh of the Gas Authority of India, while addressing a seminar on opportunities in plastics for young entrepreneurs organised by the Indian Plastics Institute (IPI) in collaboration with the Technical Teachers Training Institute(TTTI), Sector 26, here today.

Lottery results on SMS
Chandigarh, January 30
Thanks to the varied and innovative applications of SMS being brought out by the cellular companies, the usage of this service is increasing constantly. One of them being a group service which Spice has recently introduced — permitting the lottery results to be flashed on cell phones across the state.


Student Centre bubbles with life

Chandigarh, January 30
While the January sun plays hide and seek, Student Centre on the Panjab University campus is bubbling with life these days. And this because these are the last few days before the students get into the serious study business with the final examination scheduled for April.

NO SIESTA FOR THEM: Girls at Students Centre, Panjab University, Chandigarh, would rather sip coffee under the warm sun rays. A Tribune photograph



Life term convict acquitted
Chandigarh, January 30
The High Court, in a significant judgement, has ruled that in a criminal trial based entirely on circumstantial evidence, the circumstances, from which the conclusion was to be drawn, have to be fully proved.

  • Cop’s bail plea rejected

  • Notice to Punjab on disqualification

Eject occupant, says Judge
Chandigarh, January 30
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mrs Sneh Prashar, has ordered the ejectment of Mr Balwinderjit Singh, alias Happy, from house No 692 in Sector 8-B, Chandigarh.

RI in cheque bounce case
Chandigarh, January 30
A city resident, Devinder Kathpal, was sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment by a local court in a case of cheque bounce. The accused was also directed to pay a fine of Rs 5000.

ESI decision on fixed allowance
Chandigarh, January 30
In view of the judgements by various High Courts in the states interpreting conveyance allowance, the ESI Corporation has decided that the fixed allowance flowing out of wage settlement should be treated as wages for all purposes.

CBI told to probe abduction case
Chandigarh, January 30
In just over two years after a minor girl was allegedly abducted from Indira Colony in Mani Majra, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate the case.


Presenting the hilarious side of emotion
Chandigarh, January 30
After a long time, theatre artiste Shyam Juneja was seen back in action with the crisp adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s comedy Proposal. The stage was set for the presentation of this fun-dotted script at Tagore Theatre this evening.

A scene from Anton Chekhov’s comedy play Proposal (in Hindi) staged at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

A scene from Anton Chekhov’s comedy play Proposal (in Hindi) staged at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.


Civil Surgeon holds probe into patient’s death
Chandigarh, January 30
The Ropar Civil Surgeon is inquiring into the death of a 28-year-old resident of Saini Majra village, Kulwant Kaur, who died on the way to the PGI here today. Kulwant Kaur, wife of Mr Baljinder Singh was declared brought dead at the PGI emergency and a medico-legal report was prepared. 

Workshop on education for adolescent girls
Chandigarh, January 30
The three-day workshop on ‘Family education for adolescent girls’ ended at the YWCA, Sector 11, here today.


UT school athletics meet concludes
Chandigarh, January 30
Government Senior Secondary School, Karsan, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, bagged the overall championship in boys and girls sections, respectively in the UT Inter-school Athletic Championship concluded here today at the Sports Complex, Sector 7.

Students of St Stephen's School with the winners trophy after they clinched the under-17 title in the first Guru Nanak Invitation Softball Tournament held on the campus of the Dev Samaj College for Women in Chandigarh
  • Shweta, Balraj to lead

  • Kho-kho meet

  • Sports meet


Mohali council in fix over tubewells
SAS Nagar, January 30
The local Municipal Council is in a fix regarding the taking over of tubewells sunk by the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board in various parts of the town.

Contest to design Mohali MC office
SAS Nagar, January 30
The local Municipal Council is likely to clear a proposal to organise a contest of architects for designing its new office building.

Malba sites earmarked
Panchkula, January 30
The Haryana Urban Development Authority has earmarked two sites in the township for disposing of malba when constructing new buildings. These sites have been earmarked in Sector 23 Part II and Sector 6 of the Mansa Devi Complex.


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