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City faces poll heat
Works put on hold; traffic diversions create chaos
Chandigarh, February 7
The Punjab poll has hit official work in the Union Territory of Chandigarh and also the day-to-day lives of its residents. Little things are either held up or are not being carried out. Starting with a drop in the sale of property to serpentine queues at traffic diversions for the movement of VVIP cavalcade's, everything has had the "poll affect". Important officials are busy receiving senior leaders as per protocol and members of the public have to wait outside their offices.

Panicky depositors rush to ATMs
Chandigarh, February 7
Reacting to reports of panic among its depositors, the Bank of Punjab, a private sector bank, tonight clarified anyone could withdraw any amount of cash tomorrow morning and the bank was not facing any problem as such. Saying that baseless rumours had been started by rival private banks in distant towns in Punjab and Rajasthan, a spokesman said, "There is no need to panic," and assured depositors about the safety of their money.


  VVIPs’ visit throws life out of gear
Chandigarh, February 7
The brief visits of the country’s two top political leaders left the city in a chaos — from traffic snarls to restriction of movements to shutting down commercial establishments — it was for all to see.

Policemen hold up traffic at a roundabout on Dakshin Marg to allow a VVIP cavaclade to pass in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Days of preparation, 8-minute glimpse
Large crowds gather for Sonia ‘darshan’
Chandigarh, February 7
Congress workers of the city had a glimpse of their leader Sonia Gandhi for a couple of minutes here today after hours of wait and days of preparations, which were allegedly obstructed by the Administration apparently in the wake of Union Home Minister L.K. Advani’s visit this morning.

IT as a tool for medical research
Chandigarh, February 7
If there is any one who can make some sense of the fast-changing world of medicine and health in the new millennium it is Prof N.K. Ganguly, Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi. With 31 years’ experience in research and training, Prof Ganguly knows exactly what direction experimental medicine in the country should be taking specially in the context of some mind-boggling findings elsewhere in the world.


Visitors feast on gourmet food
Chandigarh, February 7
From artistically-concocted mocktails to Exotic dishes, mouth watering cakes and cookies, all conjured up the images of world class restaurants for the visitors at the Hospitality Crafts Exhibition 2002 on the premises of Food Crafts Institute (FCI) in sector 42 here today. Organised by FCI, this two-day exhibition displays the handiwork of the students from different departments of the institute.

PO staff thwarts robbery bid
Panchkula, February 7
It was the presence of mind of two post office employees that thwarted an attempt by two unidentified youths to rob them of Rs 2 lakh yesterday. According to information available, the two employees, Harwinder and Satish, were carrying Rs 2 lakh cash from the office to the Sector 7 branch of the State Bank of Patiala yesterday when two unidentified motor cyclists hit them on their heads and attempted to rob them.

New schedule for phased power cuts
Chandigarh, February 7
The Chandigarh Administration today shifted the schedule for the imposition of rotational power cuts in the city and its villages. The new schedule will come into force from Friday morning. The cuts will be imposed from 8 am to 12 noon.


Two held for attempted robbery
Chandigarh, February 7
Two persons were caught red-handed while trying to enter a Sector-43 house with the intention of committing robbery last evening. The accused have been identified as Jaswinder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh, both residents of Sector 37. They were handed over to the police. a case has been registered under Sections 392, 332 and 353 of the Indian Penal Code on a complaint by the occupant of the house, Gurjit Singh.
  • Liquor seized

  • Purse snatched

  • Car stolen

  • Rs 60,000 stolen

  • Scooter stolen


Industrial revival must: study
Chandigarh, February 7
The situation of the Indian economy at the close of the third quarter of the current fiscal year remained gloomy, increasing the urgency to revive industrial activity in the country — only saving grace being the agricultural sector which registered a robust growth. Observing this, the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) in a study, highlighted the performance of the various sectors of the economy.


  • GTB-Visa tie-up
  • Road show by SBI
  • Furniture Expo-2002

‘Jhankar’ ends with fashion show
Weather gods play spoilsport but crowd hangs on
Chandigarh, February 7
High pitched music and top fashion models walking down the ramp in front of a 3,000-strong crowd of enthusiastic youngsters amidst unexpected rains on the Panjab University campus tonight marked the grand finale of Jhankar-2002, the three-day all-India inter state university Youth Festival here.

Some of the India’s top fashion models sashay down the ramp at a fashion show organised at the concluding day of “Jhankar 2002” at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

‘Value-based corporate sector needed’
Chandigarh, February 7
The National Institute of Personnel Management (Punjab Chapter) organised a seminar on ‘Growing talent: The key to competitive advantage here today. Mr Ramesh Inder Singh, Principal Secretary, Punjab Government, was the chief guest.

Mr Ramesh Inder Singh, Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industries, Punjab, presides over a seminar of the National Institute of Personnel Management in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Gaiety and fun at college competitions
Panchkula, February 7
Gaiety, fun and frolick marked the first day of the three day inter-college cultural and literary competitions that began at the Government College here today. The programme was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, who said that self- expression not only developed intelligence among students but also improved their mental status and was important for the overall development of the human being.

  • Flower arrangement

  • Rangoli competition

  • Embroidery

10 promoted as principal
Chandigarh, February 7
The Departmental Promotion Committee of the Education Department, Chandigarh, has recommended names of 10 senior lecturers and a headmistress, working in various government schools, for promotion to the posts of principal. The final selection list, signed by the committee members and Mr R. S. Gujral, Secretary Home and Education, reached the office of the DPI (School) today morning.

Gautam, Deepak Manmohan on varsity board
Chandigarh, February 7
The constitution of the ten-member Board of Finance, Panjab University, has been completed by the Vice-Chancellor. He nominated Prof Satya Pal Gautam and Prof Deepak Manmohan Singh, members of the syndicate, as members of the board.


Sack for rash driving upheld
Chandigarh, February 7
The High Court, in a significant judgement, today ruled that the termination of a bus driver, convicted for driving the vehicle in a rash and negligent manner, was not illegal.

Police remand for gangster
Panchkula, February 7
Notorious gangster Mahavir has been brought here by the CIA Staff on a production warrant. He is the main accused in the Sector 6 shootout case in which Sachit was killed over a minor altercation.


Love in times of violence

‘Yeh Mohabbat Hai’ has been made by Umesh Mehra under the banner Cine Vista Eagle Plus Media Pvt Ltd. He has directed ‘Hamare Tumhare’, ‘Alibaba 40 Chor’, ‘Sohni Mahiwal’, ‘Jaal’ and ‘Kila’. Produced by Prem Kishan, Sunil Mehta and Mehra, the film marks the debut of ‘Mr Graviera Photogenic’ 1997-98, Rahul Bhatt, and Kishan’s daughter, Aakansha. Mehra admits to the pressures of launching two new faces.


City identified as iodine-deficient area
Chandigarh, February 7
More than 9 million persons are suffering from iodine deficiency disorders in the country and out of the 236 districts, Chandigarh is one of the hyper-endemic areas.


Inter-varsity volleyball title for GGS-26
Chandigarh, February 7
The Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, bagged the Panjab University Inter-college Volleyball (women) Championship for the session 2001-02. The second place went to the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, while Government College, Hoshiarpur, and MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, got third and fourth place respectively.

  • Volleyball tourney

  • Annual Athletics Meet

  • Indian Sports Meet


HUDA, MC lock horns over building
Panchkula, February 7
The Haryana Urban Development Authority and the local Municipal Council seem to have locked horns over the issue of providing a building for the Municipal Council here. The proposed construction of a slaughter house and meat market, too, hangs fire as a result of this standoff.

No bonus for UT employees
Chandigarh, February 7
Employees of the Chandigarh Administration will not get bonus as the Government of India has rejected their plea on the matter. Employee unions had been demanding release of bonus and arrears for the past four years. This would have cost to Rs 40 crore to the exchequer.Top

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