Tuesday, May 13, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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Nod to construction activity near defence installations
Bonanza for Zirakpur residents
Zirakpur, May 12
Clarifying his stand on the expiry of the notification banning construction within the radius of 900 metres from the outer fence of the defence installations, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today allowed construction activities in the prohibited area.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, hands over a letter to the Zirakpur civic body authorities The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, hands over a letter to the Zirakpur civic body authorities allowing permission to construction activities within 900-metre radius of the defence installations in the state in Zirakpur on Monday. — Photo Pawan Sharma

No schemes for migrants: Verma
Vows to check encroachments
Chandigarh, May 12
Announcing his stern no nonsense approach the new Administrator of UT, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), during his first meeting with officers of the Chandigarh Administration today came down heavily on encroachments and stray cattle, besides adding that no schemes which will encourage migration into Chandigarh will be started.

FIRST DAY IN OFFICE: UT Administrator and Punjab Governor Justice O.P. Verma (retd) arrives at the UT Secretariat on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Centre pulls up states for not submitting UCs
Chandigarh, May 12
The Union Government has pulled up northern states for not submitting their utilisation certificates with regard to funds allocated to them during the past couple of years under the Centre-sponsored schemes for various projects related to animal husbandry and dairy development.

SUN IN DISGUISE: As dense grey clouds hovered overhead at about 6 p.m., the sun looked like the moon to the lesser mortals in Chandigarh on Monday. — Photo Karam Singh

Chandigarh to hike college fees
Haryana may follow; Himachal says no
Chandigarh, May 12
Taking a cue from neighbouring Punjab, the Chandigarh Administration has decided to effect a 50 to 60 per cent increase in the tuition fee, annual charges and other funds for college students while Haryana may follow suit with a similar increase before the next academic session. Himachal Pradesh, however, has decided against any revision.

Police fails to nab runaway magistrate
Chandigarh, May 12
As the absconding local Judicial Magistrate, S.S. Bhardwaj, evaded arrest for the second day today, the police today issued a “hue and cry notice” for the judicial officer. The Magistrate had escaped from his Sector 22 residence after being caught red-handed by the CBI while accepting a bribe of Rs 7 lakh from a litigant on Saturday night.

Admonished schoolgirl attempts suicide
SAS Nagar, May 12
In an incident that would curdle the blood of many parents sending their children to school, a 12-year-old girl student of a local school here allegedly tried to kill herself by consuming a complete bottle of cleaning liquid in the school bathroom following a thrashing by at least two teachers of the school.

Monika, a class VIII student of Sant Isher Singh Public School, Sector 70, at Civil Hospital, SAS Nagar, on Monday. Monika allegedly consumed cleaning acid in the school bathroom following slapping by two school teachers. — Photo Pankaj Sharma

Monika, a class VIII student of Sant Isher Singh Public School, Sector 70, at Civil Hospital, SAS Nagar

Dr Suri appointed PGI Dean
Chandigarh, May 12
While appointing Dr Sudha Suri, the Head of the Radiodiagnosis Department, as the new Dean, the PGI Governing Body at its meeting held in New Delhi today rejected the proposal to redesignate the Kidney Transplant Centre as a separate department of Renal Transplant Surgery.

Seema Chaudhary takes over as MC chief
Panchkula, May 12
Mrs Seema Chaudhary and Mrs Kuljit Waraich today formally took over as President and Vice-President, respectively, of the first Panchkula Municipal Council. A number of municipal councillors were conspicuous by their absence.


Zoo probe: VB postpones digging
Chhat Bir (Patiala), May 12
The lack of required quorum of veterinary doctors forced a team of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau to postpone its digging operations in the zoo to exhume the remains of the lions and tigers who had died in the past two years and were buried.

Steps to encourage farmers to adopt dairy farming
Chandigarh, May 12
The Union Government has asked the state governments to ensure that the maximum financial benefits are provided to the members of the farming community who are engaged in dairy, poultry, fisheries and other allied professions.

Waiting for the auspicious time
Chandigarh, May 12
Having perfected the art of manoeuvring, politicians feel emboldened to employ the same when a planetary position becomes a hurdle. The battle between manoeuvres and unfavouring stars is being witnessed in Punjab BJP's urgency to enter the nearly-complete Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Bhawan in Sector 37, its to-be office.

Cong councillor backs sweepers’ stir
Chandigarh, May 12
The ongoing Sweepers’ Union agitation against the privatisation of sanitation was here today used by Mayor Subhash Chawla’s bete noire, Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, to settle political scores.

Inspection wasn’t conducted ‘properly’
Chandigarh, May 12
The Commandant, Home Guard, Chandigarh, DSP Om Parkash, while conducting inspection of the Economic Offence Wing for the year 2002, did not do the assigned job thoroughly.

Maruti insurance to cost less
Chandigarh, May 12
Car owners might soon expect a substantial change in the annual premium paid for their car insurance, after the statement of the Insurance Regulation and Development Authority to deregulate the auto-insurance tariffs in the next few months.

‘Involve ex-cops to check underage drivers’
Chandigarh, May 12
For preventing the occurrence of accidents involving young innocents, the Chandigarh-Parent’ Association has asked the school authorities to enroll retired police personnel and ex-servicemen for regulating and controlling traffic in front of the institutes.

Parking space unfriendly to physically challenged
Chandigarh, May 12
The paid parking arrangement for the physically challenged in the city has been found wanting on several counts. With the traffic police restricting them to park their vehicles just in front of their offices in Sector 17, they had been forced to walk long distances, Mr Mohit Batra, whose both legs were amputated two years ago, told the Chandigarh Tribune here today.

Police remand for Jindal
SAS Nagar, May 12
Surinder Jindal, who was allegedly kept in illegal custody of the SAS Nagar police for over seven days, was remanded in two days’ police custody by a Kharar court yesterday.

Motivating schoolchildren to join Army
To motivate schoolchildren to join the Army, “Know your Army”, workshops are held by various formations from time to time. Besides creating awareness among children about the Army, these workshops inculcate a spirit of adventure and discipline in them.

Schoolchildren participate in a jungle survival camp.

Schoolchildren participate in a jungle survival camp

Leaf from history
The timeless appeal of mangoes
One lakh mango trees, mostly langda, malda, dussehri and desi, exist in an area a little more than 100 acres says the chowkidar of a mango grove in Rajendra Park in Sector 2. The next large plantation, according to him, is of about 80,000 trees on the land between Industrial Area Phase I and Chandigarh.

One of the mango varieties in the park.
— Photo Pankaj Sharma
One of the mango varieties in the park

Sector 69 in state of neglect: forum
SAS Nagar, May 12
The Residents Welfare Forum, Sector 69, has urged the PUDA authorities to look after the general maintenance of the area which, it said, was in a state of neglect. In a letter to the ACA, PUDA, Mr Yogesh Gupta, the president of the forum, said here today that there was lots of congress grass in the area which had become breeding place for mosquitoes. The parks in the sector were in a state of neglect.

Good Samaritan in police custody
Chandigarh, May 12
A Personal Assistant to the Principal of SD College, Mr Vijay Sharma, is in the custody of the police for no fault of his. According to the information, the victim was taking an evening walk when he saw a youth trying to push a car. Mr Sharma offered his help.

Save Sukhna
Construct a drain
One way to stop the silt from flowing into the Sukhna is by constructing a 10 feet wide and 8 feet deep drain along the periphery of the lake. This will ensure that the water coming into the lake will first fall into the drain and settle down and so, the silt will also settle down there. Only the overflow will go into the lake.


Smuggler gave fake notes to jeweller
SAS Nagar, May 12
In what is being considered a major breakthrough in a fake currency racket running in Chandigarh and the township, Kashmira Singh, who was arrested by the SAS Nagar police here yesterday informed the police that fake currency worth Rs 3.5 lakh had been handed over by him to a jeweller in Sector 8, Chandigarh for circulation.


Question mark over MFA course
Chandigarh, May 12
With the Union Government’s sanction for the creation of new faculty posts expected to take time, a question mark has arisen over the Government College of Arts’ endeavour to start recently mooted Master of Fine Arts course from the next session.

About Austria
LOCATED in the heart of Europe, Austria enjoys a strategic location at the crossroads of central Europe with many easily traversable Alpine passes and valleys. To its north-west lies Germany, while Czech and Slovak lies to its north-east. Hungry is to its east, Switzerland to its west and Italy and Yugoslavia to its south.

Workshop on personality development
Chandigarh, May 12
“If properly groomed, personality development can transform us into sparkling wits within 24 hours. This is not all. Self evaluation experiences can make us super humans with maxipower or sensitivity sessions,” said Chairman of Shamrock Group of Schools Dr D.R. Arora.

Children exhibit spelling ability
Chandigarh, May 12
To test the spelling ability of students of class V to class VII, Dutt Vishesh School in Sector 26 organised a contest, Spelling Bee, here today. The participants were asked to spell words from their supplementary readers like Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, Jim Corbett’s ‘The Champawat Maneater’ and ‘Sixteen Tales from Shakespeare.’

600 take part in art contest
Chandigarh, May 12
The Creative Art Institute organised “The third eye art competition” at Chaman colony at Dhanas today. At least 600 students from 10 different schools participated in the contest.

Library holds debate on Internet
Chandigarh, May 12
As a part of its third anniversary celebrations, the British Library organised a debate on “Internet is the substitute of library” for its members at the Library Hall in Sector 8 here today.

CDAC celebrates foundation day
SAS Nagar, May 12
The Centre for Advanced Computing and Design celebrated National Technology Day and its 14th foundation day here today. Technical presentations were given by senior faculty members on the occasion, Prof Y.C. Chopra, Director-Principal Swami Devi Dayal Institute of Engineering and Technology, presided over the function.


Pension for ex-Army man
Chandigarh, May 12
Allowing a writ petition filed by an ex-army officer, Mr Justice S.S. Saron of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, has directed the Chief of the Army Staff, the Union of India and other respondents to calculate and grant disability pension to the petitioner within four months of receiving the order’s copy.

65 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Chandigarh, May 12
A special Lok Adalat was organised here today by the Permanent Lok Adalat in association with the Estate Office to settle disputes pertaining to misuse and violations made in buildings by owners and occupants.

Bar association meeting
Kharar, May 12
An emergent meeting of the Bar Association of Kharar was held here today under the presidentship of Mr Anil Kaushal, advocate, at which corruption in the judiciary was discussed.


Young dancers showcase talent
Chandigarh, May 12
The second day of the dance contest organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre gave an opportunity to the young dancers to showcase their talent through solo performance based on non-filmi songs at Kalagram in Manimajra today.


Nurses to know patients better
Chandigarh, May 12
In its endeavour to improve nursing care through better interaction between nurses and patients’ families, the Indian Nursing Council will be launching a quality assurance programme at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and the PGI, to be extended to rest of the country later on.

Gymnasts flex muscles at ITBP centre
Chandigarh, May 12
More than 160 gymnasts converged on the new gymnasium hall today at the Indo-Tibeten Border Police centre, Behlana, near Chandigarh. The idea was to provide the children feel of a modern gymnasium where most of the equipment was of national specifications.

Nirmaljit Singh, who won the gold medal in the Ist Masters Asian Powerlifting Meet at Almaty, Kazakhastan.
Nirmaljit Singh, who won the gold medal in the Ist Masters Asian Powerlifting Meet at Almaty, Kazakhastan


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