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Powermen strike work
Chandigarh, March 26
Acting on a call of the UT Powermen Union, employees of the UT Electricity Department observed a complete strike today. However, the power supply was normal. The call was given against the alleged anti-employee and anti-people report of the Haldia Committee to corporatise the Punjab State Electricity Board and also against the proposal of Chandigarh Administration to corporatise the profit earning Electricity Department of Chandigarh.

Records of MC properties missing
Chandigarh, March 26
Records of properties owned by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, falling within the limits of the erstwhile village panchayats of Attawa, Butrela, Badheri and Burail and the Notified Area Committee of Mani Majra are missing. In fact, the MC authorities prepared no such records ever since these areas were transferred to the local body.



Varsity to decentralise BBA, BCA admissions
Chandigarh, March 26
Panjab University has decided to decentralise admissions to courses in the commerce stream in affiliated colleges from the forthcoming academic session (2003-2004). This was announced by Prof Ramesh Kapoor, Dean, College Development Council, while answering a question at the annual conference of principals of affiliated colleges here today.

Admn to check facade alteration
Chandigarh, March 26
Tired of blatant changes in the facade of several houses and flats in the city, the Chandigarh Administration has formed a team carrying a list of owners who have altered the facade of their houses. A crack team of the Chandigarh Administration will soon start work to undo the violations, said sources.

Firemen to cops, Jacob surprises all
Chandigarh, March 26
The Punjab Governor and Administrator of the Union Territory, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), conducted surprise raids late today at the Sector 38 fire station, the Sector 39 police station and Emergency Ward of the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital.

Two Super Bazar employees booked
Chandigarh, March 26
The Central Bureau of Investigation has detected a fraud of at least Rs 28 lakh in medicine outlets of Super Bazar. Two employees, including a woman cashier, have been booked for misappropriating funds by tampering with sales proceeds records.

Autopsy report confirms injury
Panchkula, March 26
In the case of death of a 25 year-old person of Dadu Majra Colony, which the police claims was a road accident, the autopsy of the victim has revealed that he had suffered injuries on the back of his head and left side of the body.


Truck driver’s death: SHOs transferred
SAS Nagar, March 26
The SHO Police Station Phase I, Mr Rajinder Singh Sohal, was transferred to Ropar today. Yesterday the DIG, Ludhiana range, Mr Mohammad Mustafa, had ordered Mr Sohal’s transfer to Ludhiana but apparently some changes to these orders were brought about today.

Shravanika for elderly
Chandigarh, March 26
Senior citizens staying alone in this uncompassionate world will not feel the pangs of loneliness. No not anymore. For taking care of their physical and emotional needs, Senior Citizens Association today launched a novel initiative. A group of volunteers, enrolled under the new scheme, will take care of the aged.

Mela arrangements reviewed
Panchkula, March 26
A comprehensive master plan will be prepared shortly for the overall development of the Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine complex here. A decision to this effect was taken at the 10th meeting of the Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board, held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala at the shrine complex, near here today.

Eating Out
Catering to taste of vegetarians
A big occasion to celebrate. A small get-together at your place. Some guests expected suddenly, leaving you little time to prepare for their hospitality. Or, just one of those days when you want chhutti from the kitchen. The common unstated factor in all these situations is food.

Family celebrates son’s return
Panchkula, March 26
The Verma household in Sector 16 here was once again reverberating with laughter to celebrate the safe return of Mr Kidar Nath’s family from the Iraq-Kuwait border. His son, Kapil Dev, daughter-in-law, Sangeeta and grand children Vartika, Anamika and Niketa have managed to escape the retaliatory war by Iraq on their home town, Salmiya, after reaching here in the wee hours today.
Mr Kidar Nath and his wife Kamla Rani, after being reunited with family
Mr Kidar Nath and his wife Kamla Rani, after being reunited with family on their arrival from Iraq on Wednesday at Panchkula. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Sanitation privatisation opposed
Chandigarh, March 26
The Sweepers Union of Chandigarh today served a 15-day ultimatum on councillors to reverse the proposed privatisation of sanitation of one-third area of the city. The privatisation move is likely to come up for discussion in the municipal corporation House on March 31.

Jacob visits Stop and Stare
Chandigarh, March 26
Students of Chandigarh College of Arts were enjoying snacks at the recently inaugurated CITCO’s Stop and Stare — a fast-food joint at the Leisure Valley, Sector 10, here today. They were joined by the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen. J.F.R. Jacob, (retd.).


Cheap household items in plenty
Chandigarh, March 26
You may not find cheaper utensil, stoves, hosiery items, bidi, cigarettes, swim yarn, “baan, sutli, niwar” and even provisions than in this tiny market of around 60 shops. A mixed activity market developed in 1961 to rehabilitate the uprooted shopkeepers from Bajwara, has become a house to number of wholesalers whose presence pushes up the turnover of the market.

A view of the Sector 20-C inner-market

A view of the Sector 20-C inner-market. — Photo Manoj Mahajan


College convocation
Chandigarh, March 26
Degrees were awarded to as many as 592 students of Government College for Girls, Sector 42, during the institution’s annual convocation held here today. The Vice Chancellor of Panjab University, Prof K.N. Pathak, was the chief guest. He delivered the convocation address.

Students of Government College for Girls, Sector-42, at their annual convocation in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of Government College for Girls, Sector-42, at their annual convocation in Chandigarh

PU exam forms to be available from tomorrow
Chandigarh, March 26
Panjab University has announced that prospectus and application forms for examinations other than CET (Combined Entrance Test) will be available from March 28, an official press note said here today.


One fined for making a pass
Chandigarh, March 26
Megh Singh was today convicted and fined Rs 1000 for passing indecent remarks to girls of Working Women Hostel, Sector-24, by a local court. The UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Sangeeta Rai Sachdeva found Megh Singh guilty of doing obscene acts in a public place.

Notice issued in land ownership case
Kharar, March 26
Mr Harinder Sidhu, Civil Judge, Kharar, has issued a notice for April 24 in a case filed by the local municipal council about the much-publicised land of Khanpur village, to the State of Punjab, Secretary, Rehabilitation Department, Punjab, Mr Bhajan Singh, Mr Lakhwinder Singh, Ms Ravinder Kaur, wife of Mr Baldev Singh, and others.


PGI dean issue may be taken up with Sushma
Chandigarh, March 26
With the legal controversy over the appointment of Dean, PGI, finally being settled by the Supreme Court, hectic lobbying by those eligible for the post has already begun. The institute authorities are busy making preparations for the first visit of the Union Health Minister, Mrs Sushma Swaraj, to preside over the 25th convocation of PGI on March 28.


Top seed Patnaik upset
Chandigarh, March 26
The top seed in boys under-18 category Karan Patnaik of Chandigarh was upset by unseeded Satvir Singh of Jalandhar in a tough semifinal which lasted over two hours here at the Mount Carmel Total Tennis Academy here today. Satvir came back from one set down to beat the top seed Karan. Karan started the match with a bang as he showed his baseline strength.


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