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Changes in building bylaws okayed
Chandigarh, May 14
Major changes in building bylaws governing commercial, institutional and residential buildings were approved by the Chandigarh Administration today. These rules may be called “Punjab Capital (Development and Regulation) Building (Amendment) Rules, 2002 and shall come into force at once.

Traders for new-look Sec 22 market
Chandigarh, May 14
Is the face of shops and showrooms, especially those in the city’s oldest market in Sector 22–D, going to change for ever? Yes, an important meeting, where demands of shopkeepers seeking change in frontal façade, will be discussed is scheduled for tomorrow.

PU makes draft to review admission guidelines
Chandigarh, May 14
Panjab University has prepared a draft for reviewing the guidelines for admissions to various courses in more than 100 affiliated colleges for the forthcoming academic session (2002-2003).


Shramdan begins amidst fanfare
Chandigarh, May 14
The annual effort of voluntary desilting of the lake — “shramdan” — started today with the UT Administrator Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, (retd.) hitting a spade on the dry lake bed at the regulator end of Sukhna Lake here this morning amidst typical fanfare, bonhomie and targets to remove the silt from the fast drying up lake.
Shramdan — a voluntary effort to desilt the Sukhna Lake
Shramdan — a voluntary effort to desilt the Sukhna Lake commenced in Chandigarh on Tuesday. 
— A Tribune photo

Parts of city plunge into darkness
Chandigarh, May 14
Large parts of the city and Mani Majra plunged into darkness this evening as the main supply line from Dhulkote in Haryana developed a snag following bad weather conditions.

 Bhai Ranjit Singh, releases a calendar of Jassa Singh Ramgarhia
A former Akal Takht Jathedar, Bhai Ranjit Singh, releases a calendar of Jassa Singh Ramgarhia on his birth anniversary at Ramgarhia Bhavan in Sector 27, Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photo

Meagre retirement benefits for teacher
WAS working as a teacher in the CBSE-affiliated Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22-D, Chandigarh. After 27 years of dedicated service, I retired on February 28, 2001. However, what I got from the school towards my retirement dues was a bolt from the blue. All that I received was a cheque of Rs 5,738 including house rent and security.

  • No discount

  • Changing bus routes

  • Wrong spellings


Admn claims on water supply prove hollow
Panchkula, May 14
Despite tall claims by the administration regarding adequate water supply for the residents of the township, the latter are facing acute shortage of water. The problem of low-water pressure plagues two and three-storey houses. Water tanks are also not being filled in some sectors, on the top floors of the houses.

Societies made request: CHB
Chandigarh, May 14
The Chandigarh Housing Board, while reacting to the story in Chandigarh Tribune “Administration’s diktat puts allottees to disadvantage”. has said that a request was received from some societies that physical possession be handed over to them even if all civic infrastructure to be provided by the Engineering Department, UT, in the area was not completed.

‘Job reservation for visually handicapped inadequate’
Chandigarh, May 14
The 3 per cent reservation in jobs being provided to visually handicapped is inadequate, as this is not calculated from the total number of jobs in the country but from the total number of specified jobs for which the visually disabled are suitable, said Mr Jayra, Headmaster, Institute of Blind, Sector 26, while delivering a lecture on the concluding day of the Disability Management Workshop at Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, here today.

Awareness programme for rural women
Chandigarh, May 14
The Citizens Awareness Group in collaboration with the Chandigarh Social Advisory Board organised “Awareness Generation Programme" for rural and poor women at Government High School, Kajheri, here yesterday. As many as 40 women participated in the programme.

Building community hall proves tough for Kannada Sangha
Chandigarh, May 14
People hailing from Karnataka and living in Chandigarh are fighting a losing battle with the Chandigarh Administration for a plot of land to construct their community hall. Kannada Sangha, the cultural association of Kannad-speaking people, despite being a 40- year-old organisation, remains “homeless” for want of a permanent building.

Woman killed in road mishap
Chandigarh, May 14
Premwati (52), a resident of Ram Darbar here, was killed after being hit by a Maruti Esteem car near Makhanmajra village on the Chandigarh-Ambala road this evening. According to police sources, she was trying to cross the road when the car hit her. The car driver, Ajit Singh Shergil, a resident of Patiala, was arrested from the spot and the vehicle (CH-03F-0891) was impounded.

MC to get cattle pond for Rs 2 cr
SAS Nagar, May 14
The town will get a cattle pond from the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority at around Rs 2 crore. However, the SAS Nagar municipal council has said that the rate at which the land was being offered by PUDA for pond was too high.

Traffic cops challan 3 students
Panchkula, May 14
Three students were challaned by the Traffic Wing of the police outside Sector 8 DAV English Medium Senior Secondary School here today.


Man cheated
An SAS Nagar resident, Mr Narinder Singh, has reported to the police that he was cheated of Rs 2 lakh by two residents of Balongi village, Ropar district. In his complaint, Mr Narinder Singh alleged that the accused, Sukhdev Singh and Rajinder Singh, took Rs 2 lakh from him on the promise of sending him abroad. But he was neither sent abroad nor his amount was returned to by the accused.

Gang of thieves busted
SAS Nagar, May 14
The police has arrested at least six members of a gang of burglars, involved in a number of theft cases in the town. The Deputy Superintendent of Police, SAS Nagar, Mr HS Bhullar, said the gang used to target locked houses.


180 students attend painting contest
Panchkula, May 14
An on-the-spot painting contest was organised at Chaman Lal DAV Senior Public School as part of the National Environment Awareness Campaign sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
Schoolchildren concentrate on their posters during an inter-school painting competition
Schoolchildren concentrate on their posters during an inter-school painting competition organised at Chaman Lal DAV Senior Public School, Panchkula, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

Summer camp for meritorious students
Chandigarh, May 14
The Council for the Promotion of Young Talent, a non-profit body floated by the J.S. Memorial Education Trust to promote excellence in middle and high school education in the fields of science, arts and commerce, will organise eight-week Summer Camp 2002 for class IX and X students preparing for board and NTSE examinations.


Probe into Sidhu case “must be impartial”
Chandigarh, May 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked Punjab’s Advocate-General to ensure that the proceedings before the Court should not hinder the progress of investigation in the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scandal.

  • Dismissed
  • DC to be present in court
  • Bank told to fix pay

Orders reserved on CM’s application
Chandigarh, May 14
A local court today reserved an order on an application moved by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, through his counsel to supply the documents required in a defamation suit of Rs 5 crore filed against him by the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and others for tomorrow.

  • 8-month RI for one
  • Bail granted
  • Bail plea rejected

IRWO told to pay compensation
Panchkula, May 14
The District Consumer Forum, Panchkula has directed the Indian Railway Welfare Organisation to pay a compensation of Rs 50, 000 to the flat holders in Rail Vihar, Mansa Devi Complex, for removal of defects/repairs in flats constructed by the organisation and as cost of proceedings.

SC order stalls marble market removal
Chandigarh, May 14
The unauthorised marble market on the road separating Sectors 51 and 52 on the road leading to SAS Nagar Phase VII got a brief lease of life today as the marble traders procured a stay order from the Supreme Court.


In pursuit of perfection
Chandigarh, May 14
As promoters of classical tradition, guru Jayaram Rao and his better half Vanashree Rao are devoted to the endless pursuit of perfection. Following kuchipudi like a religion for mind and body, both the performers carry the credit of having enriched the repertory of this predominantly male dance tradition.

Guru Jayaram Rao, accompanied by his disciple and wife Vanashree, perform kuchipudi, during a programme organised by SPICMACAY at St John’s High School, Sector 26, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photo
Guru Jayaram Rao, accompanied by his disciple and wife Vanashree, perform kuchipudi, during a programme

Percussionists create magic
Chandigarh, May 14
Some musical concerts are better attended than written about. Today’s presentation at Pracheen Kala Kendra, which saw six musicians control their percussion instruments to create a divine melody, was one of the rare concerts which take the heart closer to the infinite. Led by P. Jaya Bhaskar on mridangam, instrumental fusion featured B.Venkateshwaralu on ghatam, Nawab Ali on tabla, Ramchandrudi on thavil, K. L. N. Shastri on violin and Bejjanki Krishna on morsing.
Artistes perform at Taal Vadya Kacheri led by P. Jaya Bhaskar on mridangam
Artistes perform at Taal Vadya Kacheri led by P. Jaya Bhaskar on mridangam (extreme left) at Pracheen Kala Kendra in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
 — A Tribune photo

 Shiamak Davar  Shiamak Davar for Summer Funk Show
Chandigarh, May 14
Endeavour is Durga Das Foundation’s annual summer school programme which this year brings Shiamak Davar from Mumbai and Varun Narain from Delhi. An interesting mix of the modern with the traditional. Emphasis is on bringing harmony, rhyme and rhythm in the lives of children. Targeting the 4-15 age-group there are three activities for children to choose from.

Kavi sammelan organised
Panchkula, May 14
The Haryana Punjabi Sahitya Akademi, in association with the district administration, organised a Punjabi kavi sammelan here today. Poets from different parts of Punjab and Haryana gathered here to participate in the sammelan. Dr Jagtar Singh, Sahitya Akademi winner, Dr Surjit Pattar, Dr Ramesh Kumar, Prof Darshan Nath, Ms Sukhwinder Amrit , Harbhajan Singh Komal, Prof Ravinder Bhattal, Prof Gurbhajan Gill, Dr Pal Kaur and Kidar Nath Kidar were among the poets who participated in the sammelan.


Counselling vital for checking HIV infection
Chandigarh, May 14
In comparison with surveillance, blood safety and information, and education programmes, counselling services for HIV and AIDS are yet to develop significantly, said Dr Rameshwar Chander, Director Health Services, while inaugurating a four-day regional training on HIV and AIDS, here today.


Mahir bags squash title
Chandigarh, May 14
Mahir Singh, a Class 10 student of YPS, SAS Nagar, beat Tejinder Singh in the under-15 section of the CRSA-Mohali Club Open Squash Tournament, which concluded at Yadavindra Public School courts this evening. The other winners in various sections were: Supreet Singh (Mumbai) in both men and under-19; Harinder Singh (under-17); and Maninder (under-13 and under-11).

  • Athletics meet

  • Yachting association

  • Cricket meet


Police seeks revocation of Section 144
SAS Nagar, May 14
The Ropar police has written to the district administration to revoke Section 144 of the CrPC enabling the police to take action against the persons who did not provide details about their servants and tenants.

Hoardings allowed on highway
Chandigarh, May 14
In a change from the past the Chandigarh Administration today allowed hoarding and advertisements on the national highway passing through the city. A notification issued by Mr Karan Avtar Singh, Chief Administrator, Chandigarh, said there shall not be any hoarding or advertisement on any national highway or highway passing. However, display of advertisement or skysigns will be permitted in selected places.


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