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Poll violence claims first victim
Protest rally, bandh in Naya Gaon
Naya Gaon, February 2
Poll violence in Punjab claimed its first victim today, when Kaka Singh, a SAD supporter who had been stabbed yesterday and admitted to the PGI in Chandigarh, succumbed to his injuries. Kaka was a resident of Madanpur village in Panchkula district. Those who had stabbed him were allegedly supporters of the Congress candidate from Morinda.
The Shiromani Akali Dal candidate from Morinda, Mr Ujagar Singh Badali, addresses a condolence meeting and rally in protest against the killing of a party supporter, in Naya Gaon on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

‘Encounter with justice’ after 9 years
Chandigarh, February 2
Nine years after an SAS Nagar resident was allegedly picked up by the police before being eliminated, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered the payment of Rs 1 lakh as interim compensation to his widow.



Mobile OT takes to road today
Chandigarh, February 2
The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J. F. R. Jacob (retd) will inaugurate the city's first mobile operation theatre tomorrow. As part of the upcoming Indo- American Eye Care Centre, the mobile operation theatre will be conducting eye surgeries inside a bus which can be taken either to the patient's home or at far flung areas where the facility of a complicated operations is not available at low costs.

Farmers to get 60 cr land price soon
Chandigarh, February 2
The Land Acquisition Officer of Chandigarh will announce awards for acquisition of land in the Union Territory within the next 10 days. The Administration had acquired 229 acres in Badheri, Kajheri and Palsora villages, so, a Rs 60 crore payment would now be distributed among farmers and land owners.

Cheque trouble
HE LAO is finding it tough to locate persons whose cheques sent by post have been returned to his office because these have been sent at wrong addresses. Any person whose land is acquired is eligible for getting a dwelling unit in Chandigarh under new rules for oustees framed in 1996.

SE booked for refusing poll duty
SAS Nagar, February 2
The police registered a case against a Superintending Engineer of the PWD (Band R) for allegedly refusing to report for election duty. The engineer, Mr T.S. Gill of the supervisory staff, had allegedly refused to accept the orders of the Returning Officer on several occasions.


Police clueless in shooting case
Panchkula, February 2
Mystery shrouds the shooting incident in which a jeweller was fired at by unidentified persons in Sector 16 on the night of January 31. Even as the victim, Vipan Goyal, has been discharged from Civil Hospital, the police remains clueless in the case.

Awareness programme on environment
Chandigarh, February 2
Implementing and adhering to the international management standards has become essential as the trade barriers vanish, International Certifications Limited and the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee jointly organised “a one-day awareness programme on environmental management systems ISO 14000:1996 here yesterday.

Include philosophy

  • No rental hike please

Protest by Sec 19 residents
Panchkula, February 2
Residents of Sector 19 here staged a dharna in protest against the laying of a sewerage boosting pump near the Oustee Colony and New Housing Board Colony this morning. They did not allow the labourers hired by HUDA to carry on with the digging work and forced them to leave.


2 rickshaw-pullers arrested
Chandigarh, February 2
Two rickshaw-pullers were arrested by the police for reportedly plying their rickshaws on the wrong side of the road near the Sector 17 bus stand. The accused have been identified as Balam Hussain, a resident of Colony No. 5, and Manoj Kumar, a resident of Maloya. They have been booked for endangering human life and obstructing public way.
  • 1 arrested

  • Three injured

  • Stolen

  • Vehicles stolen


Students and staff of Sector 37 Government Model School pose for a photograph after bagging “maximum positions” in the UT School Athletics Tournament. The school won eight gold and 11 silver medals in the tournament conducted by the UT Education Department.

PU may sell prime land
Panipat, February 2
To generate resources, the fund-starved Panjab University is exploring the possibility of prime commercial land and buildings of the university worth crores of rupees in Panipat, Amritsar, Shimla and Dalhousie. At a recent meeting of the committee formed by the PU to find ways and means for the commercial exploitation of the prime land, a majority of the members were of the view that since the returns from them were meagre, the university could dispose of the property.

Workshop on technology transfer
Chandigarh, February 2
A two-day national workshop on documentation for technology transfer of sustainable technologies suitable for rural areas began at the Technical Teachers Training Institute here yesterday.

Fun, frolic and admissions
Chandigarh, February 2
Fun and frolic reigned supreme at the annual fete of St Anne’s School, Sector 32, where students put up game stalls along with those of eatables on the first day of the two-day fest. Inaugurated by Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister of Punjab, the main attraction of the day at the fest was the fancy dress contest.

Children take part in fancy dress competition at a fete in St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photo

Kriti SharmaKriti wins painting contest
Chandigarh, February 2
Kriti Sharma, a second-grade student of Sacred Heart School in Sector 26 here bagged the first prize in the prestigious GTB Chote Kalakaar, a national level painting competition for school children, that concluded last week. The competition which began as part of Children’s Day celebrations on November 14, 2001, was conducted in 23 cities, attracting over 150,00 participants from 350 different schools.

Inter-college contests conclude
Chandigarh, February 2
The two-day inter-college competitions organised by the Government College of Education in Sector 20 concluded yesterday. About 250 students from various colleges of the city took part in the quiz and poetry recitation competitions held on this occasion.


Sarpanch’s suspension stayed
Chandigarh, February 2
Staying the operation of orders passed by the Sonepat Deputy Commissioner suspending the Sarpanch of Murthal village, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that “the panchayat land or any other land shall not be transferred to Suraj Mal Antil, MLA, or any other person without the court’s permission”.

  • Mystery shrouds man’s disappearance
  • Corporation seeks directions to govt

2 acquitted for lack of evidence
Chandigarh, February 2
Two city residents were today acquitted by a local court in a case of rape. The two —Babban and Badri — were acquitted due to lack of evidence. It was alleged that the duo had raped a girl in income tax office for two days — on October 7 and October 8, 2000.

  • Compensation for minors
  • Acquitted
  • Shootout case

501 cases settled in Lok Adalat
Panchkula, February 2
The 18th Lok Adalat was held here today under the direction of the State Legal Services Authority. As many as 682 cases were taken up before the Lok Adalat and 501 cases were settled.


Mending society through theatre
Chandigarh, February 2
The three plays shown today at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, mirrored the ethnically-marooned society and its diseased customs. Through the medium of theatre, respective playwrights of the three stories not only made a strong point, but also suggested solutions to outstanding socio-political problems.
Artistes present a play ‘Udhali Hoi Kudi’ written by Kapoor Singh Ghuman and directed by Jagjit Saini, in Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Photo Pradeep Tiwari

Surjit SahotaComfortable with English, making waves in Punjabi
Chandigarh,  February 2
Surjit Sahota, lead vocalist of Sahotas, a UK-based rock band, is in the city these days. He is on a promotional tour for their latest album ‘Dil vich tu vasdi,’ which was released in Delhi yesterday.

A fast-paced psycho-thriller
irector Vikram Bhatt’s films have always been eagerly awaited by movie buffs. His latest offering ‘Raaz’, presented by Tips and Mahesh Bhatt is a fast-paced psycho-thriller — it entertains and has bright prospectus at the Box office. Vikram Bhatt has certainly matured as a director after ‘Ghulam’ and ‘Kasoor’. He has shown remarkable maturity as director in this suspense thriller.

Musical evening at Kala Bhavan
Chandigarh, February 2
A musical evening featuring singer Mansoor Akhtar and tabla player Arif Babu was organised by Chandni Arts, an event management company, in collaboration with Punjab Arts Council and the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16 ,here today.


Dispensary to open on Feb 15
Chandigarh, February 2
A Central Government Health Services dispensary will open in the city on February 15, fulfilling a long standing demand of the Central Government Pensioners Association.


School sports meet
Chandigarh, February 2
A sports meet for primary and middle classes was organised today by the Lions Club Chandigarh (Host) at DAV Model School in Sector 15.

Students hold trophies won at a sports meet in the Sector 15 DAV School of Chandigarh on Saturday.


11 SIs shifted
Chandigarh, February 2
The Chandigarh Police tonight ordered transfer of 11 Sub-Inspectors, including five in charges of police posts around the city. SI Gulshan Kumar has been transferred to police post (PP) at Bapu Dham from police station (PS)-Industrial Area.

Brig D.S. Dhillon
Chandigarh, February 2
Brig D.S. Dhillon took over as Deputy Director-General, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh NCC Directorate, here yesterday from Brig K.S. Kalha, according to an official release.

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