Sunday, November 17, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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List of constructions around defence installations sought
Chandigarh, November 16
After the residents of Bhabhat, Zirakpur and Lohgarh villages in Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, it is now the turn of residents of Bartana village and Ramgarh villages — located on the Punjab and Haryana border — who had violated the norm of no construction within 900 metre radios of around the defence installations in this area.

Rent Act amendment issue hots up
Chandigarh, November 16
The issue of amendment to the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 1949, further hotted up today with the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal and various property owners associations hardening their stances on the issue. The mandal wants the notification withdrawn while the owners associations say it is “a right step in the right direction”.

Amendment in rent Act hailed
Chandigarh, November 16
Mr Angrez Singh Badheri, president of the Pind Bachao Committee, has welcomed the recent amendment in the rent Act. He urged the Chandigarh Administration to ask the Income Tax Department to take congnisance of newspaper reports about the practice of “pagri” for subletting commercial property.


UGC identifies PU for computer networking
Chandigarh, November 16
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has identified Panjab University, among other universities, for computer networking in the first phase of a national level programme.

Army approached on shell issue
Chandigarh, November 16
Mystery continues to shroud the discovery of a trunch mortar (shell used in a rocket launcher), which was found from a vacant plot near Prajapati Bhavan in Sector 38-A here last evening.


‘Negligence caused my wife’s death’
Chandigarh, November 16
“ Little did I know that even after spending Rs 70,000 on my wife Bachni Devi’s treatment for something as simple as stone and that too at a reputed medical institute like PGI, I would be going back with her body,” says a shattered Jai Pal, resident of Sultanpur village in Kurukshetra.

‘Cops forced us to pay bribe’
Chandigarh, November 16
Sister and brother-in-law of Ramandeep Singh, one of the accused in the fake visa racket, yesterday alleged that they were forced by certain cops of Chandigarh Police investigating the case to pay a bribe of Rs 1 lakh.

Invites becoming VIPs’ nightmare
Chandigarh, November 16
Everyone, it seems, requires passes to gain access to various programmes and functions. Be it the Jagjit Singh night, or a discourse by a spiritual leader. VIPs in the city are perhaps the first ones to receive invites for such programmes. And that attracts enthusiastic friends and relatives, who approach them for the passes.

A delight for food lovers
Chandigarh, November 16
All those who've missed the Chinese food festival that started on October 18 in Hotel Sunbeam here now have time till November 18 to savour delicacies the Chinese way, with garlic and ginger flavours dominating the scene.

PU pension scheme: a sad commentary

R Virendra Kumar's viewpoint “PU pension scheme in prospect and retrospect” (Chandigarh Tribune, November 6) is revealing and enlightening. I wish if Dr Kumar's analysis of the PU pension scheme of 1991 would have been made known, say, two years earlier, much of the precious time and energy of both the Syndicate and Senate of Punjab University spent in enacting the so-called new pension scheme of 1999 could have been easily saved. 

Police faux pas at liquor vend
Panchkula, November 16
The police yesterday committed a faux pas by allegedly closing down a liquor vend in Kharag Mangoli, thinking it was illegal. The incident reportedly took place around 5 pm, when a team of police led by Mr Ram Kumar raided this liquor vend . Thinking that the vend was illegal, they saw all records and found some entires missing.

Nagar kirtan procession
Chandigarh, November 16
A colorful nagar kirtan procession was taken out in connection with Guru Nanak Dev’s birthday here today. Thousands of devotees in trucks, buses and private vehicles participated in the procession. Guru Nanak Dev’s birthday falls on November 19.

The “Panj Pyaras” lead a nagar kirtan procession in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
The “Panj Pyaras” lead a nagar kirtan procession in Chandigarh


One killed in road accident
Chandigarh, November 16
Mr Baljit Singh of Kajheri village was killed yesterday after he was hit by an unidentified Maruti van near Hallomajra village. As per an official release of the UT Police Department, he was injured in the accident and taken to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where he succumbed to his injuries. A case under Sections 279, 337 and 304A of the IPC has been registered.


Textile industry needs paradigm shift: experts
Chandigarh, November 16
The textile industry needs a paradigm shift using drivers such as knowledge management, disruptive technologies, innovative products and government intervention, recommended the CII’s conference on emerging trends in textiles.

The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), takes a look at the new textile machinery after inaugurating “Textec”, organised by the CII, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, takes a look at the new textile machinery

‘Need to encourage NRI investors’
SAS Nagar, November 16
‘‘The Punjab Government has not been very encouraging when it comes to Indian born Canadians wanting to invest in their state’’. This was stated by Mr Gurbax Singh Malhi, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour, Canada, during a breakfast meet organised by the Mohali Industries Association at the PCA here today.

Now, pay BSNL bills at HDFC Bank
Chandigarh, November 16
There is a good news for BSNL subscribers. They will not have to stand in queues to deposit their telephone bills, provided they have an account in HDFC Bank. The BSNL has signed Bill Pay, an agreement with HDFC Bank to provide online payment facility.

Mr Prithpal Singh, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, BSNL (centre), Mr S.C. Chaudhary, Principal General Manager, BSNL, and Ms Neena Singh, Regional Head of HDFC Bank, at the launching ceremony of Bill Pay in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Mr Prithpal Singh, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, BSNL , Mr S.C. Chaudhary, Principal General Manager, BSNL, and Ms Neena Singh, Regional Head of HDFC Bank,


Medley of culture, science and religion
Chandigarh, November 16
Medley, the annual two-day exhibition, concluded at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, here today. The school wore a festive look and parents, accompanied by their wards, began pouring in at the school since morning, spending a great deal of time on the models, exhibits and displays.
Craft items on display during the annual arts exhibition at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Saturday. A Tribune photograph
Craft items on display during the annual arts exhibition at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26

Students showcase talent
Chandigarh, November 16
The spirit of Children’s Day rubbed off on the Plaza carnival today as the Centre for Carnival Arts, the organising committee of the carnival, in association with The Tribune took out the celebrations from schools to the carnival site in Sector 17, giving a chance to the students to showcase their talent in front of a wider audience.
Festivity reigned supreme at The Tribune-sponsored Chandigarh Carnival, organised in Sector 17 plaza on Saturday. A Tribune photograph
Festivity reigned supreme at The Tribune-sponsored Chandigarh Carnival, organised in Sector 17 plaza

Mosaic-2002 results
Chandigarh, November 16
The concluding day of Mosaic-2002, a cultural-cum-IT fest, organised by the Dev Samaj College and Polytechnic for Women, Sector 45, ended on a literary note here today, with students debating on topics varying from “Women's place in society” to “Terrorism” to “Love for Motherland”.

Kids air their creativity

Chandigarh, November 16
Tapping the energy of little ones is not such an easy job. But with essential expertise at hand, the Centre for Education and Voluntary Action (CEVA) has long done this job.

Children of Tribune Model School, Sector 29, stage a play “Mera Kamal Dekho” on the school premises in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph
Children of Tribune Model School, Sector 29, stage a play "Mera Kamal Dekho" on the school premises in Chandigarh on Saturday

Painting contest 
Panchkula, November 16
An on the-spot painting competition was organised by Build India Group at Blue Bird High School here today. A number of children from different schools of Panchkula and Chandigarh participated in it.  

Students of various schools participate in a painting competition at Blue Bird School, Panchkula, on Saturday. A Tribune photograph
Students of various schools participate in a painting competition at Blue Bird School, Panchkula

IT seminar concludes
Chandigarh, November 16
A two-day seminar on "Trends and opportunities in the IT world" organised by DAV College, Sector 10, concluded with a detailed discussion on the emerging networking technologies in the IT sector, here yesterday.

Students exhorted to shun drugs
SAS Nagar, November 16
Drugs may give pleasure for a short time but ruin one’s life, the local SDM, Mr Darshan Singh Sandhu, said here today. Mr Sandhu, who was speaking at a seminar on drug abuse and de-addiction organised by the NSS unit of the local Government Senior Secondary School, the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Ludhiana, and the Lions Club, Chandigarh (Host), urged students to eat wholesome food and serve society.

Impressive show by kids
Chandigarh, November 16
The annual prize distribution function of Little Angel School, Bartana, was held today. Students from Pre-Nursery to class VIII were given prizes for outstanding performances.

Students take part in a cultural programme at Little Angel Public School, Bartana, on Saturday.— A Tribune photograph
Students take part in a cultural programme at Little Angel Public School, Bartana


Police remand of bank manager extended
Chandigarh, November 16
The General Manager of the State Cooperative Bank Chandigarh, Vinod Sharma, who was arrested by the CBI for his alleged involvement in a scam of Rs 11 crore, was today further remanded in police custody by a local court.


A romantic comedy for a change
“Kehta hai dil baar baar” (Neelam and Suraj, Panchkula) opened to a lukewarm response. Perhaps due to a minimal pre-release publicity. Small budget films some how get lost amidst the multi-crore ones. There are surprise hits like ‘Raaj’, ‘Kasoor’ and ‘Tum bin’. However others end up cans. One doesn’t wish that a romantic comedy like ‘Kehta hai dil baar baar.’

Models display outfits
Chandigarh, November 16
Delhi’s hottest models mesmerised the City Beautiful with their spectacular performance at the Chandigarh Club last night as Seagram’s Blenders Pride Magical Nights unfolded a captivating collection of designer-wear by leading fashion designer Neerja Rampal.

Statement of artist’s self
Chandigarh, November 16
Art, like signature, is exclusive to every artist. It essentially reflects the inspirations an artist has chosen for himself from the wide range of themes available for artistic play. The works of Sita Kushwah, now teaching art at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 8 B, are a statement of her own self. Powerful and strong, the works portray elements that make up the artist that Sita is.


‘Heart diseases linked to lifestyle’
SAS Nagar, November 16
Dr Rakesh Jaswal, a well-known name among intervention cardiologists in North India, has achieved the distinction of having performed the maximum number of intervention cardiac procedures at the Fortis Heart Institute here. But one could safely state that he is also one of the most sought-after cardiologists by all the Himachalis who land up in Fortis, all wanting to meet Dr Jaswal only.

Seminar on proteomics
Chandigarh, November 16
The PGI Director, Prof S.K. Sharma, today said that with the help of proteomics it would be possible to arrive at the blueprint of every disease present in the human genes.


Face guards can save sports careers
Chandigarh, November 16
Wearing a gum sheet while playing can save you from the pain of having to give up your favourite sport. About 50 per cent of the city sportspersons had to quit sport after suffering serious facial injuries.

Yachting championships begin on colourful note
Chandigarh, November 16
The first Punjab State Open Yachting Championships organised by the Punjab Amateur Yachting Association (PAYA) started on a colourful note at the Sukhna Lake here today.

Enterprise-class boats take part in a race on the opening day of the Punjab State Open Yachting Championships at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Enterprise-class boats take part in a race

TT titles for Coaching Centre
Chandigarh, November 16
Coaching Centre, Sector 23, bagged both junior boys and junior girls team championship titles in the 15th Stag Chandigarh State Table Tennis Championship played here at Sector 23 TT hall.


HUDA resumes demolition drive
Panchkula, November 16
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) today resumed its anti-encroachment drive in the Devi Nagar area by removing more than 100 structures here and around 300 in Sector 3 this afternoon. This slum colony on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway, opposite Sector 4, had been come up around two decades ago.


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