Tuesday, August 20, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Drained MC set to hike water charges 
BJP to oppose hike
Chandigarh, August 19
The Congress and nominated members-controlled Water and Sewerage Committee of the Municipal Corporation today paved the way for a hike in water charges, reducing shallow tubewell charges almost five times.

Notices issued to plants polluting Ghaggar
Panchkula, August 19
The state Pollution Control Board has issued notices to various screening plants in Burj Kotian village for discharging untreated water in the river Ghaggar. This was taking its toll on the fisherine life in the of Ghaggar stream.

THREADS OF LOVE THREADS OF LOVE: A sister selects a rakhi at a stall in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo Karam Singh


Senior journalist commits suicide
Chandigarh, August 19
Senior journalist and well-known photographer, Abhinav Nayyar, committed suicide by hanging himself in his home in Sector 40-A here. Abhinav had been working for a newspaper — Newstime — published from Hyderabad.

PGI nurse caught stealing paintings
Chandigarh, August 19
A nurse posted in the de-addiction centre of the PGI was today allegedly caught red handed while stealing paintings from the Cardio Thoracic Unit of the centre here this morning. On being noticed by her colleagues, the nurse, Aruna Kesar, locked herself in a bathroom and started behaving in a strange manner.

Jain was involved in corruption case
Chandigarh, August 19
As the plot behind the alleged rape of a girl in her 20s — who was abandoned near the Sector 33 petrol pump on August 15 last — deepens, investigations by the Chandigarh Police have revealed that the CBI had raided the Sector 8 house of M.K. Jain two years ago in connection with a case of corruption registered then against a Haryana bureaucrat.


Stagnant water threatens ecosystem
Chandigarh, August 19
A layer of soil, called impervious layer which does not allow water to seep down, is playing havoc with the ecosystem in southern sectors. The situation is so bad that water collected during the rains last week refuses to percolate down thus creating huge ponds two to three feet deep.

Unfair business thrives at ISBT
Chandigarh, August 19
Barely 150 metres from the Municipal Corporation office, shopkeepers at the ISBT, Sector 17, here are overcharging passengers for all kinds of branded beverages. Whether it is a bottle of mineral water Bisleri or popular cold drinks Pepsi or Coke, passengers have to pay more than the maximum retail price.
A women’s toilet at the ISBT, Sector 17, where the contractor charges Rs 2 for a single use. The authorised rate is Re 1 as mentioned on the wall and door of the toilet. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan
A women’s toilet at the ISBT, Sector 17, where the contractor charges Rs 2 for a single use

Are soldiers not human beings?
ANY eyebrows have been raised over the claim of a few Army personnel that they and their families are also human beings. Some of them have approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to report their cases.
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  • USI seminar
  • Stooping beyond limit

Helping aged live with dignity
Chandigarh, August 19
It’s a fact that the Indian society is greying. With 7.70 crore elderly people in the country already, by the year 2050 we shall have more citizens above the age of 60 than those below 30.

Delhi police questions sentry at Sharma’s residence
Panchkula, August 19
A team of the Delhi Crime Branch today again converged on the Sector 6 house of IG Ravi Kant Sharma, main suspect in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case. The Delhi police team arrived at the Sharma residence in a black Tata Sumo around 10. 30 am. The team was accompanied by policemen from the Sector 6 police post.

Expedition participants call on Jacob
Chandigarh, August 19
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today appreciated the efforts of Team Ocha — Ve’ Motorcycle Club for successfully completing Motorcycle Expedition-2002 that crossed world’s highest motorable passes Khardung-la (18,380 ft) Tanglang-la (17,582 ft) and Chang-la (17,350 ft).
The Administrator, UT, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd.), interacts with members of the Team Ocha – Ve’ Motor cycle Club on their return from Motor cycle Expedition-2002 in Chandigarh on Monday. 
The Administrator, UT, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob , interacts with members of the Team Ocha  Ve’ Motor cycle Club

Museum Advisory Committee recast
Chandigarh, August 19
As per a recent notification of the UT Administration, the Museum Advisory Committee for advising the Chandigarh Administration in the working and development of the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, has been reconstituted. The term of the committee will be one year, beginning on August 1, 2002.

Police inaction alleged
Panchkula, August 19
A resident of Kansal village, Mr Kaula Singh, whose brother Jeet Singh was crushed to death by an unidentified tractor-trailer on the Raipur Rani-Sahzadpur road in Golapur village on August 4, alleged inaction by the Panchkula police.


Clash in village, 10 arrested
SAS Nagar, August 19
The police has arrested 10 persons in connection with a clash between two groups of Kumbra village over the raising of a wall. A member of one of the groups allegedly resorted to firing in the air. The injured, Mr Surjit Singh, was admitted to the Civil Hospital here.

Jewellery, cash worth 80,000 stolen
Chandigarh, August 19
Burglars broke in to a house in Sector 22 here and decamped with jewellery and Rs 3,000 cash. The total loss has been reported at around Rs 80,000. According to the information available, the occupants of the house were away when the burglary took place. 

Suicide bid in lock-up
Chandigarh, August 19
A 33-year-old former employee of the Punjab Roadways, Naresh Kumar, alias Chipkali, who was arrested by the Chandigarh Police on July 20 for stealing motor cycles from different parts of the city, allegedly tried to commit suicide by banging his head against iron bars in the judicial lock-up in the District Courts here this evening.


SBI gears up to face competition on technology front
Chandigarh, August 19
The State Bank of India (SBI), has planned to enter the regional banking sector in an aggressive manner to tap the untapped potential of consumer loans. Besides slashing the interest rates up to 9.50 per cent on housing loans, the bank is aiming to compete with private players on technological and customer service front as well.

French cheese hits market
Chandigarh, August 19
Renowned French cheese giant Fromageries Bel has now begun to conquer the taste buds of people in Chandigarh. The easy-to-open triangular portions of The Laughing Cow is rich in calcium and vitamins and tastes delicious with toast, paranthas, rolls or mixed with salads and pastas. Or just unwrap and relish it anytime, anywhere. Pick up your favourite cheese now from any of the leading outlets in Chandigarh.


Theatre in schools, a distant reality
Chandigarh, August 19
After years of unsuccessful attempts to introduce theatre as a subject in schools by voluntary organisations, the debate on whether theatre should be introduced in classrooms or not continues. While other performing arts like music, dance and fine arts have long been incorporated in curriculum by different boards at school level, theatre has been grossly neglected.

Students protest against  Kang’s re-admission
Chandigarh, August 19
The decision of Panjab University to grant re-admission to PUSU President Malwinder Singh Kang triggered off protests at the campus, here today, with students of the Law Department boycotting classes and activists of SOPU beginning an indefinite fast.
SOPU activists protest against the provisional re-admission of president of PUSU by starting an indefinite hunger strike while another student Asha (in check shirt) who has been refused re-admission for shortage of lectures looks on at Panjab University campus on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
SOPU activists protest against the provisional re-admission of president of PUSU by starting an indefinite hunger strike

10 ways to an effective speech
Chandigarh, August 19
Mr Ravi Mann, under his series of free education for all, yesterday gave an introductory talk on the art of public speaking at his Personality Development Institute in Sector 17. Addressing the gathering, Mr Mann talked about all aspects of oration — right from the script to the style of presentation.

Saplings planted at MCM college
Chandigarh, August 19
Saplings were planted at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, here today, to spread awareness about environment. The tree plantation drive was inaugurated by an alumnus of the college, Ms Charu Bali, Superintendent of Police, Panchkula. The SP planted a sapling of “rudraksh”, the first of its kind, on the college campus. Later, speaking to the students, Ms Bali recalled her days at the college and emphasised that students should be given individual attention.

Ms Charu Bali, SP, Panchkula, waters saplings planted at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh. Ms Usha Gupta, Principal, is also seen in the picture. — A Tribune photograph

Ms Charu Bali, SP, Panchkula, waters saplings planted at MCM DAV College

Mount Carmel students win music contest
Chandigarh, August 19
To commemorate the birth anniversary of A. Karam Singh, founder of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, an inter-school music competition was organised on the school campus here today.

Orientation programme at engineering institute
Chandigarh, August 19
Dr Krishan Kumar, Dean, Academic Affairs, IIT, Kanpur, today assured full academic support to the newly established Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology. He was speaking at an orientation programme of the institute, organised to give students and parents of the first batch an overview of the academic atmosphere at the institute. 
From left: Dr Krishan Kumar, Dean, Academics, IIT, (Kanpur), Dr Y.V.C.Rao, Principal, Dr Ashok Chitkara, Chairman, Dr Madhu Chitkara, Director, Dr Subrata Ray, Chairman GATE, Professor in IIT, Roorkee at the orientation programme.
Dr Krishan Kumar, Dean, Academics, IIT, (Kanpur), Dr Y.V.C.Rao, Principal, Dr Ashok Chitkara, Chairman, Dr Madhu Chitkara, Director, Dr Subrata Ray, Chairman GATE, Professor in IIT, Roorkee at the orientation programme


Who can use red light atop vehicles
Chandigarh, August 19
In the light of the Punjab and Haryana High Court judgement the Haryana government has issued guidelines for using red and blue lights by dignitaries on their vehicles.

Civil suit no bar to criminal case
Chandigarh, August 19
Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that mere pendency of a civil suit was no bar to a criminal case. In a ruling on a petition filed by Raghbir Singh and four other Hoshiarpur district residents, Mr Justice Goel observed: “The petitioners have sought quashing of the suit on the ground that a civil suit was pending regarding the validity of a sales deed and therefore, criminal proceedings should be stayed till the suit was decided.
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Petition seeking ‘open spaces’ filed
Chandigarh, August 19
In a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Economically Weaker Section of Houses Welfare Association of SAS Nagar today sought directions to the state of Punjab, the Chief Administrator of Punjab Urban Development and Planning Authority, besides another respondent, to provide “open spaces” to the residents.

Accused files plea for follow-up in PGI
Chandigarh, August 19
One of the accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, Navjot Singh, who was operated on his left knee today, filed an application in a local court for directing the jail authorities to send him to the PGI for recovery as he was suffering from pain after the operation.


Viewing India through ‘Eyes of Hope’
Chandigarh, August 19
In yet another attempt to foster cultural and social relationship between India and France, the Alliance Francaise le Corbusier de Chandigarh, in association with the Embassy of France, is organising a special show of photographs, which have been taken in the heart in India.


Rare honour for Prof Nagi
Chandigarh, August 19
Prof O.N. Nagi, Head of the Orthopaedic Surgery Department at the PGI, has been nominated as a Trustee to the internationally acclaimed Association of Osteosynthesis and Association for Study of Internal Fixation Foundation (AO/AISF), Norway.

‘Need to develop effective anti-malaria drug’
Chandigarh, august 19
With malaria being a poor man’s disease, limited to the Third World countries, the endeavour to find an anti-malaria drug, would have to come from India, as the multinational drug companies are shying away from it due to its poor economic viability.


Junior girls football meet begins today
Chandigarh, August 19
The second Chandigarh Junior Girls Football Championships will begin at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45 here tomorrow at 9.30 am. This four-day meet is being organised by the Chandigarh Football Association. Mr Rakesh Bakshi, secretary of the association, said 12 girls’ teams would take part. The defending champions, St Stephen’s School, will play its first match on August 21.
A group of expeditionists at the flag hoisting ceremony at Kibber village. 

A group of expeditionists at the flag hoisting ceremony


SDM’s direction to councillors
SAS Nagar, August 19
The SDM has asked municipal councillors to give lists of names of eligible persons who have not yet been registered as voters. An exercise in connection with the special revision of votes for the Kharar constituency is going on for which one week’s extension has been given by the government.

SDM (East) office shifted
Chandigarh, August 19
As a first step towards reaching out to members of the public, the office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (East) will shift to the CTU workshop in Industrial Area, Phase I, tomorrow morning.


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