Tuesday, February 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Admn prepares to stop black death
A huge tracking exercise under way
Chandigarh, February 25
In view of the plague scare, the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), asked officials here today to speed up the solid-waste-management programme, monitor hospital waste disposal, augment sewage disposal plant and monitor plague cases by listing all such arrivals here.

A village ostracised; fear plagues all
Kansal (Kharar), February 25
His death has made life miserable for others. In less than a week after Krishan Singh who lived here died of plague, the village has been isolated — literally. 

Health squads on maximum alert
Chandigarh, February 25
Special teams of the UT Health Department are on maximum alert since the death of Krishan Singh of Kansal who died of suspected plague in the PGI.



Set up medical camps on city borders: Mayor
Chandigarh, February 25
Mayor Lalit Joshi here today urged the Administration to set up medical camps near the border pickets of the city to monitor those coming from outside for a possible plague infection and appealed to people not to let garbage collect in their neighbourhood.

DHS denies Krishan’s visit to GH-16
Chandigarh, February 25
Did Krishan Singh, a resident of Kansal, who died of suspected plague on February 20, at the PGI, visit the General Hospital, Sector 16, just three days ahead of his death, but could not be diagnosed?

Another nurse put under observation
Chandigarh, February 25
While two patients suffering from plague belonging to the Himachal family were discharged from the hospital here today, sources in the PGI have informed that more than five persons reported to the PGI OPD with complaints of respiratory tract infection, They have been asked to look out for symptoms of cough, fever, chest pain etc. 

Psilotum nudum, a very rare and primitive plant commonly known as wisk fern

Rare plant for PU Botanical Garden
Chandigarh, February 25
The Botanical Garden of Panjab University has acquired a rare and primitive plant which is almost on the verge of extinction. This plant is known as psilotum nudum. This has been possible with the efforts of Prof S.P. Khullar, chairman, and Prof M.P. Sharma of the Botany Department who brought it here from the National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, where Prof Sharma had gone for a viva-voce examination.

Psilotum nudum, a very rare and primitive plant commonly known as wisk fern, which has been acquired for Panjab University’s Botanical Garden from the National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow. 
— Photo Manoj Mahajan

‘Encourage diversification in agriculture’
Chandigarh, February 25
For the growth of agricultural sector on which more than half of the country's population is dependant, corporatisation and diversification is the need of the hour. 


Enabling the disabled
Chandigarh, February 25
The chairperson of the National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities, Ms Aloka Guha, initiated the process for the formation of the Local Level Committee of the Trust in the Union Territory here today.

Post-festival — Rose Garden needs care
Chandigarh, February 25
After the grand finale to the three-day Festival of Gardens, wherein the UT Administration largely succeeded in celebrating the beauty of roses, some residents of the city feel that it should have cared better for the garden.

Why this dithering on CDS?
EEP the Army down Don’t let it become powerful”. This thinking is not the legacy of the British era but of the Nehru days. 

Bir Devinder smells internal sabotage
SAS Nagar, February 25
The Member of the Punjab Legislative Assembly from Kharar, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, today said he was never a contender for the post of the Chief Minister.

14 Bangladeshi ‘guests’ overstay
SAS Nagar, February 25
Central intelligence agencies are on the lookout for over a dozen Bangladeshis who have gone missing after the expiry of their visas. 

Meeting on women empowerment
Chandigarh, February 25
A meeting for framing a policy for the empowerment of women in connection with the celebration of Year of Women Empowerment was held today.

Tigers kill tiger
Chhat Bir, February 25
Six Royal Bengal tigers killed a nine-year-old tiger in an enclosure of Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park at Chhat Bir today.

Waiting for the police to wake up
Panchkula, February 25
Mr Prem Chand Aggarwal, a retired school Principal who had complained against a UTI agent and got him booked on charges of cheating and fraud, is now running from pillar to post to ensure that the FIR reaches its logical conclusion. 

Film on road safety
Chandigarh, February 25
Beginning next month, those paying compounding fee for traffic violations will also have to watch a film on road safety. 



3-yr-old kidnapped; police clueless
Panchkula, February 25
A three-year-old girl was reportedly kidnapped from her grandmother’s residence in a dramatic way this afternoon. It is learnt that Arsh was kidnapped from her maternal grandmother’s house in Sector 12- A here by four persons, including a woman. 

Fatal fall from HR bus
Chandigarh, February 25
An unidentified person was killed after he fell from a Haryana Roadways bus near the Sector 18 bus stop on Madhya Marg here today. 


Two new models of watches launchedMARKET PULSE
Two new models of watches launched
Chandigarh, February 25
Nike has unveiled two new models of watches, Nike Timeware – Covert & Reveal. Engineered to meet the needs of fitness enthusiasts, these watches offer quick readability with digital precision and timing accuracy to 100th of a second. 

Antique furniture on display
Chandigarh, February 25
An exhibition of antique furniture and replicas is under way in the Sector 7 Kidar’s Gallery here. The collection includes an antique glass ‘jharokha’, besides a few replicas in various sizes.




Annual function of college hostel
Chandigarh, February 25
A cultural programme marked the annual hostel function of Government College, Sector 46, which was held on its hostel premises in Sector 15, here today. 

J.P. SinghAward for J.P. Singh
Chandigarh, February 25
The Independent School Federation of India conferred the honours award on the principal of St Kabir's Public School, Sector 26, Mr J.P. Singh, for his contribution in the field of quality education, at a function held in Delhi on February 23.

Puppets come to life
Chandigarh, February 25
Students of the Sector 44 St Joseph’s High School watched a colourful puppet show with Rajasthani folk for background music, on the school premises here today. 


Computers for courts
Chandigarh, February 25
Society has moved from bullock-carts to Balenos but we are still unwilling to dispense with the wretched old typewriters which create more noise and reduce the output — observed Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice N.K. Sud of the Punjab and Haryana High Court before directing the state of Haryana to provide computers in all the district and subordinate courts, including the labour courts.

  • Act challenged

  • Cover for drain

Complaints against lawyers
Chandigarh, February 25
The disciplinary committee of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana today dismissed two complaints of professional misconduct against two lawyers, Mr Surinder Pal of Patiala and Mr N.S. Minhas, practising at the Sector 17 District Courts.

‘Barred’ for possessing fake degrees
Chandigarh, February 25
The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana has found as many as 30 applicants not eligible for council licence as their degrees were found to be fake by the respective universities during verification.

Bar team to check erring advocates
Chandigarh, February 25
A sub-committee constituted by the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana today decided to depute lawyers as local commissioners on week-end days to visit various district and lower courts in the two states to find out advocates who violate Rule 36 of the Bar Council of India.

Beant case: 158th witness records statement
Chandigarh, February 25
The statement of a witness who was working as a technician with the UT Secretariat was recorded before the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr Justice H.S. Bhalla, in the Beant Singh assassination case here today. 



‘North India has vast tourism potential’
Chandigarh, February 25
The Director Public Relations of the Chandigarh Administration, Mr Vivek Atray, today inaugurated the Tour Executives Training Programme being jointly organised by the Department of Tourism of the Administration, CITCO, and the ITFT. 


Ultrasound centres monitored
Panchkula, February 25
A review meeting of the Advisory Committee to discuss registration of centres having ultrasound machines was held under the chairmanship of the Civil Surgeon, Dr B.S. Chaudhary.



Punjab cops hog limelight
Chandigarh, February 25
Punjab players stole the limelight on the opening day of the 3rd All-India Police Lawn Tennis championship which began here today at the CLTA, Sector 10. Earlier, the five-day meet was inaugurated by Mr Sarabjit Singh, Director General Police, Punjab. 

  • Kabaddi team

  • Selection trials

  • Shooting meet

  • Carrom trials


Mayor forms 10 MC committees
Chandigarh, February 25
Mayor Lalit Joshi here today formed 10 committees comprising seven members each of the Municipal Corporation and forwarded the list for notification. 

Solar homelights for Morni
Panchkula, February 25
The Non-Conventional Energy Sources Department will provide 514 solar home light systems at a cost of Rs 50 lakh for the unelectrified areas of Morni block.

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