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Cheers! Beery times ahead
Chandigarh, March 18
The Chandigarh Administration today declared its excise policy for the year 2002- 2003 while making a few significant changes over the present year. The new policy comes in force from April 1.

Encroachers enjoy Admn’s amnesia
Nurseries thrive on the Chandigarh-Panchkula road
Chandigarh, March 18
Eight acres of prime commercial land located on the Chandigarh – Panchkula highway and valued at almost Rs 20 crore in the market is being used by people in spite of having been acquired almost 12 years ago and even after the payment of compensation was made from public money.

Minimum wages revised
Chandigarh, March 18
The Labour Department, Chandigarh Administration, has revised the minimum rates of wages in respect of workers employed on all scheduled employments under its jurisdiction with effect from October 1, 2001.

Parking contractor on his way out
Chandigarh, March 18
The parking contract between the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh and the parking contractor is headed for “termination” with the contractor failing to pay the “default” amount to the corporation on the last date today.




Nagi removed as PGI Dean
Fill post afresh, orders Supreme Court
Chandigarh, March 18
Quashing the appointment of Prof O.N. Nagi as the Dean, PGI, the Supreme Court today ordered the PGI's governing body to make a fresh appointment to the post in accordance with rules and regulations laid down for the purpose.

Kansal suspended
Chandigarh, March 18
UT Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner S.P. Kansal was today suspended by the UT Administration following his arrest by the CBI in a corruption case. Meanwhile, a local court today remanded him in 14-day judicial custody. He was produced in the court of Mr C.L. Mohal, Chief Judicial Magistrate, this afternoon.

Panchkula family in grief
Panchkula, March 18
Gloom descended on the residence of Major Arvinder Pal in Sector 12 soon after the news of the accident in which he and four other members of his family, including a 6-day-old baby boy, died after the car in which they were travelling plunged into a canal near Dehlon in Ludhiana district late last evening.


Asian toil built Kenya Railways
Chandigarh, March 18
From 1896 to 1901, labourers were brought on contract from Punjab (both East and West) and Pakistan, and from Gujarat by the British to build railway line from Mombasa to Kisumu, then called Uganda Railway (now Kenya Railways).

Has Army lost its pristine glory?

TIME was when soldiering was considered as one of the best professions in India. Today, it has become the last choice of our youth, thanks to the bug of materialism which has bitten the entire Indian nation. No wonder then that in our poor and overpopulated country, the Army, despite all the remedial measures, continues to remain short of officers as well as in rank and file.

Soldiers having some respite before the next attack

N-tests, a political tool: Lieut-Gen Surjit Singh

Chandigarh, March 18
Unknown facets of the Indian Army were highlighted by Lieut Gen Surjit Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, at a function organised by the Rotary Club of Chandigarh here today.

Lieut Gen Surjit Singh, PVSM, VSM, GOC-in-C, Western Command, delivers lecture on “Unknown Facets of Indian Army” at Rotary Club, Sector 18, Chandigarh on Monday. Ms Kanwal Bedi and Col A.B. Singh, are also seen in the picture. — A Tribune photograph

Lieut Gen Surjit Singh, PVSM, VSM, GOC-in-C, Western Command, delivers lecture on “Unknown Facets of Indian Army”

Shift scooter mechanics, demands citizens’ panel
Chandigarh, March 18
The Citizens' Association has demanded that the scooter mechanics of Sector 21 who have been allotted booths should be asked to immediately shift except those mechanics whose allocations fall near the St. Kabir School, Sector 26.

Is your kid spending more than required?
Chandigarh, March 18
Do not let them bite more than they can chew — is the latest warning being issued by teachers to parents of not-so-innocent students studying in city schools.

‘Keep tabs on bodies getting foreign funds’
SAS Nagar, March 18
The Punjab Police has been asked by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to keep a tab on voluntary organisations in the state which are getting financial aid from foreign countries. The police authorities have been asked to look for organisations which are diverting foreign funds to terrorist organisations.

Panchayat Samiti meeting today
Chandigarh, March 18
The first Panchayat Samiti of the UT will meet tomorrow to take decisions on self-aggrandisement, getting a phone for the chairman’s residence, Rs 2 lakh for furnishing offices of the chairman and the vice-chairman and buying a vehicle apart from the budget.

8 lions to be sterilised
Chhat Bir, March 18
To keep a check on the population of “royal” inhabitants of the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, the zoo authorities have decided to conduct vasectomy operations on adult lions in two phases.

Passport applicants stage protest
Chandigarh, March 18
Passport applicants here today protested against alleged corruption in the office. They alleged that the department had closed its windows at 12.15 pm even though they had been queuing up since 7 am in the morning.

‘You Can Win’ makes mark
Chandigarh, March 18
Shiv Khera , the renowned international educator and business consultant, has now earned the distinction of being the only author to have sold 5,00,000 copies of the book “You Can Win” in two languages, Hindi and English.

Jacob’s directive on access roads
Chandigarh, March 18
The UT Administrator, Mr J.F.R. Jacob, directed officials here today to construct access roads to garbage dump site at Daddu Majra to prevent dumping near habitation.

Additional police force for Kharar
Kharar, March 18
The strength of the police force in Kharar police station personnel would be deployed here soon.


Bid to loot house
Kharar, March 18
Seven unidentified robbers made an attempt to loot cash and jewellery from the residence of Mr Baljeet Singh situated on Randhawa Road, Kharar, in wee hours today. However, no major loss was reported as the robbers fled after hearing siren of a police party patrolling on the Randhawa Road.

Man held for mother’s murder
SAS Nagar, March 18
A 30-year-old married man of Manakpur Kalar village here allegedly involved in the murder of his 60-year-old mother was today arrested by the Sohana police from Saneta village. The suspect, Attar Singh had attacked his mother in a fit of rage over ancestral property.



Impersonators caught at examination centre
Dera Bassi, March 18
Three youths were caught while impersonating in an examination at SS Jain Senior Secondary School here today. Sources said the three were nabbed by the invigilators while they were given attendance sheets for the examination. 

Puncom DGM, others booked
SAS Nagar, March 18
The local police has registered an FIR against the Puncom Deputy General Manager, Col S.S. Sandhu (retd), and a former Manager, Col S.S. Mann (retd), and the Chief Executive Officer of Punjab Digital Industrial System Limited, a subsidiary of Puncom, for cheating.


Cautious planning averted losses in PTL: MD

SAS Nagar, March 18
The Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the PTL, Mr Yash Mahajan, said here today that the factory had not suffered losses in tractor manufacture in the wake of proper planning and cautious approach.

The Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the PTL, Mr Yash Mahajan, addresses employees at SAS Nagar on Monday.

The Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the PTL, Mr Yash Mahajan, addresses employees at SAS Nagar on Monday.

Air-conditioners launched
Chandigarh, March 18
Voltas Limited, India’s air-conditioning and refrigeration company with a turnover of Rs 1,000 crore, is adopting an aggressive stance in the growing retail air-conditioner market in the country. As a first step in its bid to regain leadership position in the segment, the company, which is part of the Rs 41,000 crore Tata group, has launched an international range of air-conditioners — Vertis.

Trial run of easy-to-board buses
Chandigarh, March 18
Children, the aged and women will find boarding CTU buses easier after three months if the trial run of a new semi-low floor fabricated bus, given by the Tatas free for the period and launched today, passes tests.


Standing in front of the 15’x23’ backdrop of MCM DAV College stage, Sector 36, are Shaveta Vashist, Reena Aneja, Preet Sangra and Pooja Sharma.
Standing in front of the 15’x23’ backdrop of MCM DAV College stage, Sector 36, are Shaveta Vashist, Reena Aneja, Preet Sangra and Pooja Sharma. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

Another chance for drawing/painting students
SAS Nagar, March 18
In a significant decision, the Punjab School Education Board today decided to give another chance to the candidates who had opted for the optional subject of drawing/ painting in the ongoing annual examination of the matric and senior secondary classes.

Ludhiana college wins case study contest
SAS Nagar, March 18
An inter-college case study competition, Inquest -2002, was organised at the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology in Phase 2 here today. Nine teams were asked to present case studies on one of the three subjects — product launch by a company, comparison of the HMT and Titan watches and the future proposals of Wipro.

Thank God! It is over
Class X examinations finish
Chandigarh, March 18
It’s freedom once again for the Class X students with the last of the papers finishing today. A greater source of joy for these students was that the examinations ended on a happy note, the English paper being easy to handle. And, yes, they already have big plans for the holidays besides catching up on sleep, with friends and the latest chartbusters. 

Understanding physics with Prof Joshi
Chandigarh, March 18
A lecture-cum-demonstration by Prof A.W. Joshi from the University of Pune was held at Physics Department, Panjab University. Prof. Joshi began by describing difficulties faced by a learner in understanding physics.

Seedlings distributed
Panchkula, March 18
As part of their ongoing campaign for environment protection, students of Satluj Public School, Sector 4, distributed lettuce seedlings to residents of Chandigarh on Monday.


PGI told to set up panel for fire victims
Chandigarh, March 18
Nearly seven years after the Dabwali fire a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today requested the Director of Chandigarh’s Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research to constitute a committee, chaired by the Head of the Plastic Surgery Department, to examine fire victims, suggest the nature of treatment, and identify other hospitals where victims could be treated.

  • CBI told to probe boy’s disappearance

  • Poll plea dismissed with costs

Cheema pleads for anticipatory bail
Chandigarh, March 18
J.S Cheema, CIA Inspector with Chandigarh police who was suspended and booked by the CBI in a corruption case has moved an application seeking anticipatory bail in a local court here today. 

PUDA loses case in consumer forum
SAS Nagar, March 18
The Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Chandigarh, has quashed the increase in the price of an MIG (Super) flat in Sector 70 here by PUDA.


A musical treat with a punch

SAS Nagar, March 18
Some known faces in the world of Punjabi pop music rubbed shoulders at Laskhara Dhamaka, an evening of music at Dasehra ground in Phase 8 here last evening. It was surely a treat to the eyes and ears of hundreds of fans as the musical extravaganza kicked off with Amar Nooorie’s ‘Ishak Brandi Chardgyi’ and her other hit numbers.

Punjabi pop singer Sardool Sikander performs at Lashkara Dhamaka, in SAS Nagar on Sunday.

Punjabi pop singer Sardool Sikander performs at Lashkara Dhamaka, in SAS Nagar on Sunday.

Learning the language of silence
Chandigarh, March 18
To call it a theatre workshop would be an understatement. What has been going on at Haryana Panchayat Bhawan for the past about a week, is a therapy with its base in theatre. That explains the zeal of 24 odd takers of the schedule being offered jointly by the Cultural Affairs Department Haryana and the Sangeet Natak Akademyi, New Delhi.


Where are PGI ambulances going?
Chandigarh, March 18
Two-year-old Aarti is rushed to the PGI’s Advanced Paediatric Centre’s emergency with a head injury. ‘Get a CT scan done...,’insist the doctors. Aarti’s parents start their painful walk with her on the trolley to the PGI’s main hospital for the scan.

Relatives ferry their patient from the main hospital, PGI, to Rotary Sarai. — Tribune photograph by Pradeep Tewari

Relatives ferry their patient from the main hospital, PGI, to Rotary Sarai.


SJOBA rally from March 23
Chandigarh, March 18
The St John’s Old Boys Association (SJOBA) is organising its annual motor sports event, the SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub Himalayan Rally 2002, on March 23 and 24. SJOBA has been organising this rally for over 20 years. This year’s rally is slated to be a very special event as it will be held over two days.

Shivalik schools excel in sports
Chandigarh, March 18
Shivalik Public School, SAS Nagar, and its Chandigarh branch in Sector 41 have won many accolades in sports, including of being a good host, thanks to the initiative taken by its Director-Principal, Dr DS Bedi.

Dainik Bhaskar, Indian Express win 
Chandigarh, March 18
Dainik Bhaskar and Indian Express outscored their respective rivals Hindustan Times and Desh Sewak by seven wickets and two wickets, respectively, in the First Inter-media cricket tournament played here today at the DAV Senior Secondary school, Sector 8.

  • Khalsa Club win by 7 wkts

  • All-India Bridge championship


Nominations for MC committees poll
Chandigarh, March 18
Election of Mr Pradeep Chhabra, Mr Kuldeep Singh, Mr Dildar Khan, Dr B. R. Verma and Ms Shyama Negi as chairmen of five committees of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) today remained a mere formality as no other candidate filed nomination for the respective posts.

Mayor constitutes committee
Chandigarh, March 18
The Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, today constituted a six-member committee to assess the parking fee potential of different taxi stands in the city.

Traffic rule violators warned
Panchkula, March 18
Taking a serious view of beating up of a Home Guard jawan at Sector 11-14 roundabout yesterday, the Panchkula police has tightened noose around violators of law in the city.


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