Tuesday, December 17, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Four armed men loot department store
Take away cash, goods worth Rs 1 lakh
SAS Nagar, December 16
Armed robbers struck at a department store here early today and decamped with cash and goods worth Rs 1 lakh. Yesterday, a liquor vend had been looted near Chandi Mandir, within three days of a burglary in the Sector 41 market of Chandigarh.

Local firm gets octroi-collection contract
Municipal Council nets Rs 16.59 crore from auction
SAS Nagar, December 16
Recording a hike of approximately 20 per cent in its annual income, the SAS Nagar Municipal Council here today gave octroi-collection contract to a local firm for a sum of Rs 16.59 crore for the year 2003 thereby Privatising octroi collection in the town from January 1, 2003.

Traders’ bandh: property owners seek protection
Chandigarh, December 16
Even as the deadline for a bandh by traders to protest against the amendment to the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 1949, draws close, the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal is gearing up towards making it a success.


MNC offers to manage water supply in city
Chandigarh, December 16
A French multinational company (MNC), Vivendi Environment, whose subsidiary Vivendi Waters was managing the water supply of London, today offered to manage water supply in the city, which it said was double of the British capital as per the per capita use.

Westerly disturbances stall chills
Chandigarh, December 16
Westerly disturbances have stalled the setting of chilly winters in the city for the last couple of days and have strengthened the possibility of fog and misty developments due to high humidity.

A thick fog in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Gallantry medals awarded on Vijay Divas

Chandi Mandir, December 16
Gallantry and distinguished service awards were presented to 40 soldiers at a glittering investiture ceremony at the Western Command headquarters here this morning. Apart from the soldiers their families were also present on the occasion. It was even more memorable for the soldiers to receive the awards on the 31st anniversary of India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971.

Maj-Gen M.P. Singh salutes martyrs on Corp Raising Day, in Ambala on Monday. — Photo N. Chopra

Maj-Gen M.P. Singh salutes martyrs on Corp Raising Day, in Ambala on Monday.

IAF top brass barred from ‘unauthorised’ flying
Chandigarh, December 16
Following the incident of an IAF transport aircraft being piloted by an Air Marshal straying into Pakistani airspace earlier this year, which resulted in considerable embarrassment within the force, the Chief of Air Staff has issued directives prohibiting senior officers from taking over the controls of aircraft detailed to ferry them on official duties. Sources said that the orders to this effect have been circulated to Air Force establishments over the past few weeks.

Protest against disinvestment panel report
Chandigarh, December 16
To protest against the recommendations of the Public Sector Disinvestment Commission, Punjab, 101 leaders of different corporations and boards sat on a day-long fast here today.

Admn auctions 64 commercial sites
Chandigarh, December 16
Following the recent amendment in the Rent Control Act, the dynamics of commercial property changed forever today as the annual auction by the Chandigarh Administration saw a huge increase in bidding over the last year.


‘Need to amend Food Adulteration Act’
Chandigarh, December 16
Since the products of the fragrance and flavours industry are used as food-additive items and not as food items, the government should amend the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, to keep these items out of the purview of the Act.

Cong disapproves of penalty
Chandigarh, December 16
The charging of the debris penalty through water bill and approval of the by laws for the ward committees still remain in limbo with Congress councillors expressing their reservations about these in the present shape.

Encroachments gobble up road
Chandigarh, December 16
A circular road defining the boundary of Burail village and an internal road separating the village and Sector 45 have virtually vanished courtesy rampant encroachment in the area.

The circular road of Burail in front of Sector 45-C, Chandigarh, which has been encroached upon. — A Tribune photograph

The circular road of Burail in front of Sector 45-C, Chandigarh, which has been encroached upon.

Voters want better roads, clean water
Panchkula, December 16
Inhabitants of Ward 15 (Industrial Area Phase II, Budhanpur village, the HVPNL Colony and nearby slums) and Ward 16 (Sector 19) expect their representative in the Municipal Council to provide them with better civic amenities. For voters of these wards, the main issues in these elections are proper maintenance of roads and clean drinking water.

INLD not to contest MC poll
Panchkula, December 16
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has decided not to contest the ensuing MC elections scheduled for January 19 on party symbol.

Long wait for MC-poll candidates
Panchkula, December 16
The shortage of staff in the Municipal Council office here ruffled many a feather today as candidates for the MC elections had to wait to get no-dues certificates.

3 women file papers on first day
Panchkula, December 16
It was woman power at the fore on day one of filing of nomination papers for the first-ever Municipal Council elections. All three candidates who filed their nominations today were women.

Ex-servicemen allege discrimination
SAS Nagar, December 16
The local Ex-Servicemen's Grievances Cell, in a representation to the Union Health Minister and the Punjab Chief Minister, has alleged that the defence and ex-servicemen reservation quota was being ignored by the various departments of the Central, the state and the UT governments.

Polyclinic for Mohali veterans
HILE inaugurating the Defence Veterans Polyclinic (DVP) at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre at SAS Nagar on December 11, the Governor of Punjab, Lt-Gen (retd) JFR Jacob, commended Dr M.L. Kataria (retd) for establishing the first of its kind healthcare unit for ex-servicemen in India.

Mass leave by Markfed employees today
Chandigarh, December 16
Employees of Markfed will go on mass casual leave tomorrow and participate in a dharna to lodge their protest against the non acceptance of the demands put forward by the Punjab State Cooperative Markfed Employees Union, Mr Harbhajan Dass, president of the union, said in a press release here today.

Dev Samaj to celebrate founder’s anniversary
Chandigarh, December 16
The Dev Samaj Society will celebrate the 152nd birth anniversary of its founder Bhagwan Devatma. The anniversary celebrations will start from December 18 and culminate on December 21 at Dev Samaj Bhawan in Sector 36 here.

Major-Gen Gill nominated to akademi panel
Chandigarh, December 16
The chairman of the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi, Maj Gen Himmat Singh Gill (retd), has been nominated as a member of the newly constituted general council of the National Sahitya Akademi for five years.

Opening of cold store angers villagers
Dera Bassi, December 16
Discontent is simmering among the residents of more than a dozen villages over the opening of a cold store which, they fear, may be converted into a slaughter house later. Residents, sarpanches, panches and some local political leaders of Bijanpur, Mukandpur, Kheri Gujjran and Samgoli villages, apart from Dera Bassi residents, have strongly objected to the setting of the store.

Mr Avtar Singh Sachdev Le Corbusier associate dead
SAS Nagar, December 16
Mr Avtar Singh Sachdev, a distinguished civil servant, passed away this morning. He was 73. Born in Faislabad (Pakistan), Mr Sachdev was the eldest of four brothers. He passed BE in 1948 topping, PEC, Roorkee. Thereafter he served the Punjab Public Works Department in various capacities and was the Chief Engineer until his superannuation in 1987.

Sunil Parti on executive of Asian housing coop
Chandigarh, December 16
The governing council of the International Cooperative Housing Foundation for Asia and the Pacific at its meeting held in Kuala Lumpur on December 4 decided to take Mr Sunil Parti of Chandigarh as a member of its governing council.


238 pouches of liquor seized
Panchakula, December 16
The police seized 238 pouches of liquor in two separate incidents during the past 24 hours.

Billa wanted in another murder case
Chandigarh, December 16
Investigations into the murder case of Shiv Kumar (25) of Hallo Majra have revealed that assailant, Baljeet Singh, alias Billa (28), was involved in not one but two cases of murder.

Baljeet Singh, alias Billa, who is wanted by the police for the murder of Shiv Kumar of Hallo Majra village. — A Tribune photograph

Baljeet Singh, alias Billa, who is wanted by the police for the murder of Shiv Kumar of Hallo Majra village.

Maximum Syndics from Chatrath group
Chandigarh, December 16
Contrary to popular expectations, no group has emerged as a clear single victor in the Panjab University Syndicate elections held here today. Elections were held to the faculties of science, arts, languages, combined, medical and law.

Air Force School annual function
Chandigarh, December 16
A colourful cultural programme presented by students marked the annual day function of 3 BRD Air Force School here today. The Air Officer Commanding, 3 BRD, Air Cmde S.B. Prashar was the chief guest on the occasion.

Children of 3 BRD Air Force School present a cultural programme in Chandigarh on Monday.

Children of 3 BRD Air Force School present a cultural programme in Chandigarh on Monday.
Students present cultural show
Chandigarh, December 16
Sri Guru Gobind Singh Collegiate Public School marked its first annual day and prize distribution function with a colourful programme here today, according to a press statement issued here.

Students of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Collegiate Public School during their annual-day function in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Students of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Collegiate Public School during their annual-day function in Chandigarh on Monday.


One remanded in police custody
Chandigarh, December 16
A resident of Bihar, Harmesh, who was arrested by the UT police for possessing 30 kg of poppy husk, was remanded in police custody for three days by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal, here today. The accused was arrested from Sector 22 on December 15.

  • Bail granted

  • Bail plea dismissed

  • One gets bail

NK Jain told to appear in court
Chandigarh, December 16
A local court has directed a former UT Home Secretary and senior Haryana bureaucrat, Mr N.K. Jain, to appear before the court till January 30 in the infamous Shimla girl rape case. The court of the UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr K.K. Goyal, today ordered for initiation of the proclamation offender proceeding against Mr N.K. Jain and directed him to appear before the court as he had failed to join the investigation.


Kavi sammelan
Panchkula, December 16
A kavi sammelan was organised by the Kidar Adabi Trust and the Haryana Punjabi Sahitya Academy here today. Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, Agriculture Minister, was the chief guest.


Training programme
SAS Nagar, December 16
A week-long training programme for hospital pharmacists of Himachal Pradesh was inaugurated by the Director PGI, Prof S.K. Sharma, in the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here today.


State-level taekwondo meet in January
Chandigarh, December 16
Mr Prem Kumar and Mr Anil Vashisht of the Chandigarh Taekwondo Association have been made the in charge of an ad hoc committee and given the task of promotion of the sport in the city by the Taekwondo Federation of India. The association has decided to hold a state-level taekwondo championship in January 2003. All clubs, schools and players affiliated with the association can take part. The association has also complimented Arzoo, who won a bronze medal in the All-India taekwondo meet at Goa recently.
  • PU Campus wins

  • Kho-kho meet

  • Tennis ball cricket team

  • Dev Samaj College wins

  • Cricket stadium team victorious

  • Powerlifting team

Raja Malvinder Singh Malvinder Singh is Golf Club chief
Chandigarh, December 16
Raja Malvinder Singh was today declared elected as president of the Chandigarh Golf Club in a keenly contested election. A brother of Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, Raja Malvinder Singh polled 523 votes against 508 secured by his rival, Lieut-Col A.P. Singh.


Bicycle tracks to come up along main roads
Chandigarh, December 16
The Chandigarh Administration decided here today to build 10-foot-wide bicycle tracks on both sides of all main roads of the city. Rs 27 crore has been earmarked for this project that is to be spread over two financial years.

Residents told to dump garbage at designated places
Chandigarh, December 16
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) today withdrew eight garbage bins from Sector 8 with an appeal to residents to dump garbage at the already notified designated places.

Garbage being sorted out in Sector 8, Chandigarh. Area councillor Chandermukhi Sharma and Medical Officer Health G.C. Bansal supervise the cleaning. — Photo Pankaj Sharma
Garbage being sorted out in Sector 8, Chandigarh. Area councillor Chandermukhi Sharma and Medical Officer Health G.C. Bansal supervise the cleaning.


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