Tuesday, September 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Power to cost more in city
Rates to go up by 2 to 4 per cent
Chandigarh, September 9
Power will cost more in the city as the Chandigarh Administration is all set to adopt the pattern of Punjab and hike the rates by anything from 2 to 4 per cent of the existing tariff. Punjab had hiked power tariff last week.

Rape case row: 2 SHOs shifted
Chandigarh, September 9
The controversy over the alleged involvement of certain officials of the Chandigarh police in "plotting" the Shimla girl rape case today took its first casualty when two Station House Officers were transferred to the police lines.

Liquor vends along roads: is Admn drunk?
Chandigarh, September 9
In southern sectors particularly, there have been widespread and numerous protests against makeshift liquor vends, but the Chandigarh Administration seems to be the least concerned.


Manmohan backs bankers on foreign capital
Chandigarh, September 9
The architect of Indian economic reforms and former Finance Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, today indicated that the aggregate fiscal deficit of the Centre and the states had gone back to the level of 1991, the year of the economic crisis.

Gujral-Manpreet wedding void: court
Chandigarh, September 9
A local court today passed an order declaring the marriage of UT Home Secretary Raminder Singh Gujral to Ms Manpreet Aggarwal, nee oberoi as ‘‘null and void.’’



Sector 11 up in arms against transmission tower
Chandigarh, September 9
Resentment prevails among shopkeepers of Sector 11 over the installation of a transmission tower by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited on the roof of a shop.

Ghaggar bridge bears monsoon fury
Panchkula, September 9
The river and bridge protection works on turbulent Ghaggar, carried out by National Highway branch of PWD ( Bridges and Roads) , have withstood the test of monsoons.

Their camaraderie brings them together
ith a large number of defence officers having put up in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula, social get-togethers of retired officers of various regiments and corps are a common feature here. This is an occasion when veterans reminisce about their heydays of soldiering.

Farmers protest against non-payment of dues
Panchkula, September 9
Freedom fighters Amar Singh and Sadhu Ram Saini sit on a fastFreedom fighters Sadhu Ram Saini and Amar Singh today began a fast unto death at the Kandi complex, here, to protest against “non-payment of dues” to sugarcane farmers by Naraingarh Cooperative Sugar Mill.

Freedom fighters Amar Singh and Sadhu Ram Saini sit on a fast in protest against non-payment of dues to sugarcane farmers in Panchkula on Monday. 
— A Tribune photograph 

BJP seeks CBI probe into SCO auction
Chandigarh, September 9
A BJP delegation here today gave a memorandum to the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J. F. R. Jacob (retd), demanding a CBI probe into the August 28 auction of SCO 178-179 in Sector 9 at a ‘’loss of Rs. 50 lakh.’’

Tribal life her forte
Loveleen KackerChandigarh
Writing has always been a passion for senior IAS officer Loveleen Kacker. Born on December 22, 1954, she has several works of fiction and non-fiction to her credit. Her “Saloni” series published by Harper Collins is a big hit with children. Her other works for children include “King of the Jungle”, “Talking Parrot”, “Hunt for the Jewels” , “Earthquake”, etc.

SC/ST employees submit memorandum
Chandigarh, September 9
A delegation of North India SC\ST and BC Employees Presidium, Chandigarh, today met Ms. Veena Premkumar Sharma, Member, National Commission SC, ST, New Delhi, at the UT Guest House here and submitted a memorandum.



Youth arrested for girl’s suicide bid
Chandigarh, September 9
The Chandigarh police today arrested a 19-year-old plumber in connection with the self-immolation bid by a minor girl of Janta Colony. The victim Asha was admitted to the PGI with 90 per cent burns after she doused herself with kerosene and set herself afire at her house yesterday.

Youth killed in road mishap
Panchkula, September 9
A 27-year-old cyclist was killed and a rickshaw-puller, Shiv Narain, injured when a tractor-trailer hit them near the BEL factory here this evening. The cyclist has been identified as Vazir Singh, an employee of a local pharmaceutical company.

2 persons injured in attack
SAS Nagar, September 9
Two persons were injured, one of them seriously, when they were attacked by some unidentified persons at Badmajra village, near here, late last night. It is reported that Gurnam Singh (50) and his son, Surinder Singh, were attacked by eight to 10 persons with sharpedged weapons when they were sleeping in the verandah of their house.


‘Time teacher’ watches for kids
Chandigarh, September 9
Maxima has introduced a new range of ‘Lil Dolphin’ watches for children between 6-12 years. The design of the watch is user- friendly with an easy-to-read dial and ‘hours’ and ‘minutes’ arms printed in different colours on matching double dials, making it easier for children to tell time. 



Foster parents bring joy for deprived kids
Chandigarh, September 9
Ten-year-old Anjali, a student of the Sector 7 Government High School, is fatherless. Her mother is illiterate, unskilled and unemployed. With a kid brother to baby-sit and four elder sisters in the family, two square meals are hard to come by for her.

JOY RETURNS TO THEIR LIVES: Underprivileged children interact with their foster parents at a meeting in DAV Public School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Monday. 
— photo Manoj Mahajan

Session opens at Dev Samaj College
Ms Varsha Joshi, DPI (Colleges), UT, addresses the inaugural session
Chandigarh, September 9
The session (2002-2003) of the M.Ed and B.Ed classes of the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, was inaugurated by the DPI (Colleges), Ms Varsha Joshi, here today.

Ms Varsha Joshi, DPI (Colleges), UT, addresses the inaugural session of the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, Chandigarh, 
on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Students call off strike
Chandigarh, September 9
Members of the Students' Welfare Council of Sri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College in Sector 46 called off their decision to indulge in self-immolation following an assurance by the Principal of the college that their demands would be accepted. 



From Left: Dr Blossom Kochhar and Samantha KochharWorkshop on hairstyling, make-up
Chandigarh, September 9
As many as 60 beautician from the city had the opportunity to interact with Dr Blossom Kochhar, famous aesthetician and cosmetologist, and her daughter Samantha Kochhar, make-up artist and hairstylist, who were in the city for a two-day workshop on latest trends of make-up, hairstyle and aroma therapy.


200 Tribune employees donate blood
Chandigarh, September 9
The Tribune Employees Union organised its 14th annual blood donation camp on the occasion of the death anniversary of the founder of The Tribune Trust, Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, on The Tribune premises here today.

Medical camp for senior citizens
Chandigarh, September 9
More than 100 senior citizens were examined and given treatment at a free medical camp organised by the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association at a gurdwara in Sector 8 here yesterday. The camp was held as part of the Senior Citizens Day celebrations.

GMCH-32 celebrates annual day
Chandigarh, September 9
Bhangra, western dance, solo dance and skit marked the 11th annual day function of Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital celebrated at Bhargava Auditorium in the PGI.



Badminton star on horizon
Oscar Bansal
Chandigarh, September 9
Oscar Bansal is a new name in badminton, now on the threshold of becoming a future star. A student of Vivek High school, Sector 38, he won accolades in various national major ranking tournaments recently. Yet to complete 13 years, he was runner-up in the mini-doubles at the all-India major ranking meet in Mumbai after upsetting the second seed in the semi-final. 

16 teams for Administrators Cup
Chandigarh, September 9
As many as 16 teams have so far confirmed their participation in the inaugural ‘Administrators Cup Football Tournament to be held at Sports Complex, Sector 42, from September 11 to 18.Top

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