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3 touts of Langah in Vigilance net
Locker of Mohali's wife yields 900 gm of gold
SAS Nagar, May 21
In the case of having disproportionate assets of his known sources of income registered against former PWD Minister Sucha Singh Langah, the Punjab Vigilance Department today arrested Pradeep Bhatega, Vinod Garg and Nitu — all alleged to be touts of the minister.

DAV College prevents collateral damage
Special classes curb tuition menace, arouse student interest
Chandigarh, May 21
Taking a cue from the success which the DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, has achieved in weaning its students away from tuitions by running special classes, schools run under the DAV banner have expressed a keen desire to experiment with the idea.

Ratra’s austerity drive to cut corners in employees’ wages
SAS Nagar, May 21
Austerity measures taken by the Punjab Government are now cuting into pockets of the employees of the Board and Corporations of Punjab. The Chief Secretary, Mr Y.S. Ratra, had directed heads of all Boards and Corporations to bring their travelling allowance, house rent allowance and medical allowance at par with that given to the Punjab Government employees.


Child that granny took away
Chandigarh, May 21
Playway school and not court should have been a second home for little Simranjit, but it wasn’t so till today when she was restored to her parents after two years. The three-years-and-a-half-old child wearing a bright polka-dot skirt hugged her mother as soon as she was handed over to her.

Little Simranjit and her mother, Omi, are all smiles at being reunited after two years, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

Little Simranjit and her mother, Omi, are all smiles at being reunited after two years, in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Why is PU bending attendance rules?
Chandigarh, May 21
Is Panjab University serious about attendance rules which fix a minimum limit on classroom presence to get the roll numbers for appearing in the final examination?
On the one hand the university says that a student must have attended of at least 66 per cent lectures to qualify for the examination and on the other hand cases of more than 50 lectures short come up for consideration at the university syndicate.

UT refuses to play ‘housekeeper’
Chandigarh, May 21
The Chandigarh Administration has got a major expense running into crores off its back. Maintenance of government houses allotted to Punjab Chief Minister and to members of his cabinet has been handed over to the Punjab Government.


18 hours without power
Chandigarh, May 21
How about spending 18 hours without power on a hot day in this searing heat? Such things do not happen in the elite northern sectors. Unfortunate residents of Sector 44, a southern sector, were forced to be without power starting 9.30 p.m last night.

Identification must for petty job-seekers
Chandigarh, May 21
To keep a tab on activities of the anti-social elements, who may disguise themselves as petty job-seekers in the city, the District Magistrate has imposed orders under Section 144 of the Cr PC directing all those seeking employment in petty and non-formal trade or services or to provide contract labour, like rickshaw-pullers, rehriwallahs, phariwallahs, washermen or cobblers, to provide their particulars along with their passport size photographs to the police to enable identification or verifications of criminal elements.

Bhatti offers ‘sharamdan’ at Sukhna
Chandigarh, May 21
No one can accuse Jaspal Bhatti of being malicious, but when this ‘poker-faced comedian’ lashes out at someone for something, he sure knows how to hit hard. The target of his wrath this time was the Chandigarh Administration, which over the years, in the name of desiltation work, has been staging gimmicks, like ‘shramdan’ at Sukhna Lake.

‘SHARAMDAN’ AT THE SUKHNA: Jaspal Bhatti with his troupe of Nonsense Club members carries out ‘sharamdan’ with spoons and bowls at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Photo Pankaj Sharma

Failed in love, he ended his life
Vineet SaxenaChandigarh, May 21
Vineet Saxena, a 26-year-old architect, who ended his life yesterday by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in his room here, took this extreme step “under severe mental stress”, according to his relatives and friends. Vineet had been running a private architecture-consultancy firm here in partnership with his former classmate, Sarika Jhawar, for the past about two years.

Drought-infested for years
Shiamtu (Panchkula), May 21
The parched fields stretch as far as your eyes can travel. The starved animals can be seen moving about on the barren land in search of food and water, even as the owner of the herd sits in whatever shade that is provided by a few dried bushes on one side of the field.

Gulab Singh, a resident of Mattanwala village in Barwala block, awaits rain to irrigate his parched fields as his grandsons (in the background) take away the starved cattle in search of food and water in the sweltering heat. — A Tribune photograph

Gulab Singh, a resident of Mattanwala village in Barwala block, awaits rain to irrigate his parched fields

They pledge to fight terrorism
Chandigarh, May 21
The Mayor, Mrs Lalit Joshi, and the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, in separate functions led the officialdom to take the pledge against terrorism on the occasion of Anti-Terrorism Day here today.

Officials of the Chandigarh Administration take an oath to fight terrorism on Anti-Terrorism Day in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
— A Tribune photograph

Officials of the Chandigarh Administration take an oath to fight terrorism on Anti-Terrorism Day in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Rajiv Gandhi remembered
Chandigarh, May 21
A statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi will be installed at Congress Bhavan in Sector 35 here on his next birth anniversary. This was announced by Mr B.B. Bahl, president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, today.

Residents complain of poor water supply
E, the residents of Old Bishan Nagar in Patiala, have been complaining about poor water supply to our area for the last three weeks. However, the authorities concerned do not seem to bother about our plight. We have also reminded them over phone several times, but in vain.


Goods worth Rs 4 lakh stolen
Chandigarh, May 21
A businessman based in the Industrial Area, Phase-II, has reported that his premises were broken into and cash and electrical goods have been stolen. The loss has been estimated at about Rs 4 lakhs. The stolen articles included MCBs and ELCBs.



Indian institute collaborates with California varsity
Chandigarh, May 21
For the first time an Indian institute has collaborated with California State University for offering distance education facilities. The university has tied up with the Swami Sarvanand Gir Indian Institute of Information Technology, Hoshiarpur.

‘Specialisation key to good IT career’
Chandigarh, May 21
“Specialisation is the key to a successful career in IT, where generic jobs have a comparatively low demand,” said Mr Rahul Thapan, Head, Education Services Division, Tata Infotech, while addressing ‘Mindspan’ — a seminar on careers in the emerging sectors at Hotel Shivalikview here today.

Panjab varsity CET today
Chandigarh, May 21
Students will compete for the Panjab University CET at as many as 50 centres established in Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Delhi tomorrow. The examination will be conducted for medical, engineering, honours school of science subjects and ayurvedic seats.

10-day summer workshop
SAS Nagar, May 21
A 10-day summer workshop started at DAV Public School here yesterday. During the workshop, experts of dance, music, painting and aerobics would be providing tips to the participants.

Children’s workshop on painting
Chandigarh, May 21
A children’s workshop on painting and drawing is being organised by artists Avijit and Namita, husband-wife duo, which is going to commence from June 1 at Rock Garden. Giving this information at a press conference at a local hotel in Sector 9 here today, Namita , a former student of Shanti Niketan, said the workshop would focus on bringing out creativity in children.


Rotary gets Gates Award for Global Health
Chandigarh, May 21
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced that The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International has been selected as the recipient of the 2002 Gates Award for Global Health.

Football bug fails to bite residents
Chandigarh, May 21
Though only nine days are left for the biggest football extravaganza the ‘2002 World Cup Soccer Meet’ to be held in Japan and Korea, its craze in the city has not caught up so far. Chandigarh, like other parts of the country, has always displayed its madness for cricket and fans, sport-lovers and the general public have never given a serious thought to football or another sport for that matter.

FOOTBALL FEVER?: A wayside seller near Sector 29 sells footballs.
— A Tribune photograph 


CBA president takes tough stance
Chandigarh, May 21
The president of the Chandigarh Basketball Association, Col A.S. Judge, has taken a tough stance in order to maintain discipline in the affairs of the association. While briefing newspersons, Col Judge, said nefarious activities of some members have bought a bad name to the association.


3 ahata owners challaned
Chandigarh, May 21
A team of food inspectors raided various ahatas in the city and challaned three owners for not having the mandatory licences, here, yesterday. The team also collected samples from the three ahatas, which have been sent to laboratories for analysis.

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