Tuesday, April 23, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Power-hungry city to get more
Admn signs agreement with NTPC
Chandigarh, April 22
With an aim to reduce the shortfall of power during the summer months, the Chandigarh Administration today signed a Power Purchase Agreement with the National Thermal Power Corporation, here today.

Afternoon water supply to be reviewed
Chandigarh, April 22
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh will review its afternoon water supply policy on April 30 as the heatwave increases the demand for water. 

A scene of forest fire which broke out near Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh on Monday. — Photo Madan Mehra




Minister’s car hits scooterist
Chandigarh, April 22
A fracas erupted near the entrance to the PGI after a scooter was knocked down by a Contessa car in which the Punjab Revenue Minister, Mr Amarjit Samra, was riding.
The car in which the Punjab Revenue Minister was travelling
The car in which the Punjab Revenue Minister was travelling. The car knocked down a scooterist and hit a three-wheeler near the entrance to the PGI, on the Sector 11-12 dividing road, in Chandigarh, on Monday. — photo Manoj Mahajan

Girl child welcome!
Panchkula, April 22
It is a strange social paradox. While on the one hand, female children are being abandoned by their parents, on the other, an increasing number of infertile couples are marking their preference for a girl child from any of the three adoption centres in the state.

Marble traders defy Admn, re-open shops
Chandigarh, April 22
Even as the Chandigarh Administration has cracked the whip on marble traders on the road leading to Phase VII, SAS Nagar, and asked them to close shops, the dealers have moved base. 



Citizens’ Forum submits memo to Jacob
Makes suggestions to tackle city problems
Chandigarh, April 22
The Citizens Forum for Chandigarh’s Heritage has urged the Administrator of UT to initiate urgent action to tackle various problems facing the City Beautiful.

BJP threatens stir against demolition
Chandigarh, April 22
The BJP here today threatened to launch a "bloody agitation" against the Chandigarh Administration if further demolition drives were carried out in Colony No. 5 and accused the Congress of being "hand in glove" with the Administration in uprooting the poor.

Army law institute proves its mettle
inding that the children of defence personnel, because of the change of schools after almost every two years, suffered from the disadvantage of getting admission to various professional courses, the Army in the past five years has established a number of professional institutions for them in the country. 

Under-age drivers: police appeal to parents
Chandigarh, April 22
In an attempt to bring down the number of accidents involving minor drivers, the Chandigarh police has asked the parents not to allow their under-age children to drive.

Nature’s gift
Nature’s gift - a student looks at 26 beehives on a tree in the Nature Park, Sector 26, Chandigarh. 
— photo S.K. Sharma

‘Shakti worship manifestation of the Supreme Mother’
Panchkula, April 22
The philosophy behind Shakti worship in the Hindu ethos has always regarded a woman as superior to a man because the Shakti tradition regards womanhood as knowledge and manifestation of the supreme mother. 

Carpenter’s shop gutted in fire
Naya Gaon, April 22
Goods worth lakhs of rupees was gutted in a fire in a carpenter’s shop in Naya Gaon village in the wee hours here today. The blaze also damaged windows and doors of the adjoining houses and at least three houses developed cracks due to the heat. 

Improve sanitation: DC tells authorities
SAS Nagar, April 22
The Ropar Deputy Commissioner has asked the local authorities to improve the sanitation of the town. Mr Darshan Singh Sandhu, SDM, said today that Ms Seema Jain had taken a round of the town on Saturday. 

Fire Dept’s notices to ‘unsafe’ buildings
Chandigarh, April 22
The Fire Department has issued notices to the Haryana Mini-Secretariat, the Punjab AG office, the Old State Bank of India building, the Sector 16 and 32 government hospitals, Udyog Bhavan, Jangandna Bhavan, Shivalik Hotel and the Punjab Mandi Board for being ''unsafe.''

Pledge to save Mother Earth from exploitation
Chandigarh, April 22
The World Earth Day today brought renewed vigour among the environment lovers, uniting them under separate umbrellas and making them pledge once again to save mother earth from human exploitations.

Sense of insecurity among residents
SAS Nagar, April 22
Insecurity has gripped occupants of flats in Sector 66 here after armed persons, suspected to be cops of the Haryana police, raided a flat in the locality on March 29 last to apprehend members of a gang involved in theft of cars. 

Notices served for dumping ‘malba’
Chandigarh, April 22
The Sanitation Department of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today issued around 30 notices to those who had failed to lift their building material or 'malba' in the city. 

Boy drowned
SAS Nagar, April 22
A 12-year-boy of Phase 3B2 died of drowning in the holy tank of Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Sohana, near here, today.

Exhibition on spirituality
Chandigarh, April 22
The chief ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir have been invited to participate in a three-day Scientific Spirituality Expo-2002 being organised here by the Global Gayatri Pariwar, Hardwar.

Gaudiya Math’s meeting
Chandigarh, April 22
The fifth spiritual public meeting of the annual function of Gaudiya Math was held today. The function was presided over by former Secretary, Medical Education and Director Principal, Government Medical College Hospital, Prof V.K. Kak.



17-year-old girl commits suicide
Chandigarh, April 22
A 17-year old resident of the Dadu Majra colony, Indu Bala, reportedly committed suicide last night. According to the police, her body was discovered hanging from the ceiling fan in her room where she had been sleeping alone.

Fraud case registered
Chandigarh, April 22
The police today registered a case of fraud involving Rs 32 lakh by tampering with bank drafts. The person behind the scam is yet to be identified. According to the police, a person got four drafts made from the Sector 35 branch of HDFC Bank for amounts varying from Rs 111 to Rs 115. 



Need to review teaching, evaluation methods: Jacob
Chandigarh, April 22
‘‘Our methods of teaching, designing courses and systems of evaluation need to be reviewed and transformed to meet the new challenges of globalisation and the revolution in information technologies.’’ 

Girls break another male bastion
Chandigarh, April 22
Whether it is passing out with first division or winning gold medals girl students have outdone boys year after year in the engineering stream, considered as the male bastion.

Varsity-NIFD pact on degree courses
Chandigarh, April 21
Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University (Udaipur) has entered into a technical arrangement with the local National Institute of Fashion Designing to offer degree courses from the new session, said Prof B.P. Bhatnagar, Vice-Chancellor, here today.

Results of UT school teachers
Chandigarh, April 22
The Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, today released the list of selected candidates for the posts of Master and Mistress, here today. 

Teacher evaluation by students emphasised
Chandigarh, April 22
The revolution brought about by the advent of information technology and the supremacy of knowledge in shaping the affairs of society came in for discussion at the first conference of the Council of Teacher Education.


Ensure use of helmets, states told
Chandigarh, April 22
Directing the states of Punjab and Haryana, besides the Union Territory of Chandigarh, to ensure the wearing of helmets by the pillion riders as well, Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered that buses, dropping the passengers, would no longer stop in the middle of the road.

  • Hand over challan copies in VC case

  • Give details of pardon cases

Murder accused remanded
Chandigarh, April 22
An accused, Girish, arrested yesterday by the city police for murdering a city resident, Navin Bhatia, was today remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody by a local court. 

  • Hearing adjourned

  • Remanded

DSP, ASI charged with abduction
Chandigarh, April 22
A charge of abduction has been framed against a DSP of the Punjab police, Surjeet Singh Grewal, and an ASI Amarjit Singh and charge of murder against five other police personnel — Birbal Das, Gurcharan Singh, Nikka Ram, Chanan Singh and Dayal Singh — for their alleged involvement in killing of Kulwinder Singh alias “Kid” in a fake encounter, by a local court today.



GMCH employees intensify agitation
Chandigarh, April 22
The contractual employees of Government Medical College, Sector 32, today intensified their agitation by forming a Joint Action Committee of contract employees of different categories working in the hospital here.

Health centre without water
SAS Nagar, April 22
The Primary Health Centre in Phase 3B 1 here is doing without water supply for the last over one week. The water connection to the health centre has been disconnected due to failure on part of the health officials to pay bills running in to over Rs 8,000.



Sarpal Singh.“North India, a talent pool for hockey players”
Chandigarh, April 22
“If Indian hockey is to make its mark at the world level, then emphasis should be laid on the midfield”, observed Sarpal Singh, a former international hockey player, a national hockey coach and the man who, as a player, and as a fellow coach of Dronacharya Mr Balkishan Singh gained a lot of experience both on and off the field.

EAC meet WAC in football final
Chandigarh, April 22
Eastern Air Command will face Western Air Command in the final of the Air Force Football Championship which entered the penultimate at the 3 BRD grounds here tomorrow.


Parking lots auction evokes poor response
Chandigarh, April 22
The first of the three staggered auctions of paid parking lots in Sectors 17, 8 and 9 here today evoked a poor response with no takers for zone B of Sector 8 and zone A of the same sector barely going at Rs 1,000 above the reserve price of Rs 4.9 lakh. The reserve price of zone B had been fixed at Rs 3.23 lakh.

Stay on auction of mining contract
Chandigarh, April 22
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the finalisation of the auction of mining contract of sand and gravel quarries in Panchkula district on April 24.

TTI officer’s residence searched
Chandigarh April 22
Sleuths of the Chandigarh branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation today carried out searches at the residential premises of the officer in charge of the Technical Training Institute, Ludhiana, Joginder Singh Kullar.

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