Sunday, September 17, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


CAUGHT: Mr Manoj Kumar, DSP, Vigilance, caught Jaswant Singh, a clerk in the Home Guard office of 4th Battalion, Patti, while the latter was accepting a bribe of Rs 550 from Mukhtiar Singh, a Home Guard. A case has been registered against him.

TEACHERS’ UNION: The following have been elected presidents of the Government Teachers Union (science group): district — Mr Sucha Singh; bloc 1 — Mr Vijay Kumar; bloc II — Mr Sewa Singh Gill; bloc III — Mr Savinder Kumar; and bloc IV — Mr Yashdev Dogra.

WELFARE SOCIETY: The local United Welfare Society is providing wood free of cost for the cremation of the poor in the city. This was stated by Mr Vijay Bhatt, president of the society, in a press note issued here on Saturday.

COTTON ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Northern Indian Cotton Association: president — Mr Fateh Chand Sharma; vice-president — Mr Babu Lal Grover; and treasurer — Mr Ashok Kumar Kapoor.

COP INJURED: Sher Mohammad, a constable, was seriously injured when he fell down while boarding a moving Punjab Roadways bus of the Hoshiarpur depot at Old Adda, Mahilpur, on Friday. It is alleged that Ravinder Kumar, conductor of the bus, pushed him out of the bus. A case has been registered. The constable has been admitted to the local civil hospital.

OFFICE BEARER: Mr V.P. Chopra, president, Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association, Ludhiana, has been nominated by the Central Excise Department, Government of India, as a member of the Regional Advisory Committee (Small Scale Industries) of Central Excise Commissionerate, Chandigarh, for a period of two years. 

VETERINARY WORKSHOP: A three-day workshop regarding the ‘Latest advances in veterinary science for specialists’ concluded on Wednesday. On the concluding day of the workshop Mr V.N.Ojha, Financial Commissioner, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Punjab, presided over the function at PAU . About 120 veterinary officers of the animal husbandry department and scientists of the College of Veterinary Science participated in the workshop. Mr Ojha said, the animal husbandry sector had top most importance after agriculture in making contributions to the economy of the state. It has become a top agenda for the Central as well as the state government. Foreign companies were looking forward to invest in Punjab , as it is the highest milk producing state in India. Veterinarians should make their best efforts to increase milk yield and unproductive animals should be culled. 

SWIMMING MEET: Bhavna Maheshwari College of Basic Sciences and Humanities and Nitin Dev Singh of College Veterinary Sciences won best swimmer title with 56 and 35 points, respectively, in the inter-college swimming competition at the PAU swimming pool. In the women’s section the college of Basic Sciences and Humanities won the swimming trophy by scoring 60 points in which 57 points contributed by Bhavna Maheshwari while the College of Home Science got the second position. In the men’s section, the College of Agriculture won the trophy with 64 points and the College of Veterinary Sciences remained second with 46 points. 

FELICITATED: The new District Youth Congress (DYC) president, Mr Parminder Mehta, was felicitated at a meeting organised at the residence of former Speaker of Punjab Assembly Harnam Das Johar at Model Town here on Friday. Other party activists, including Mr Ishwarjot Cheema, Mr Harwinder Happy, Mr Amarjit Matharoo, Mr Sarbjit Singh Bunty and Mr Pardeep Malhotra also hailed the appointment of Mr Mehta.

KISAN MELA: The Punjab Young Farmers Association will organise a Kisan mela at the Bakhra Campus on September 30. The Association will also publish a souvenir on the occasion as stated in a press note. 

VAN MAHOTSAVA: A van mahotsava was organised here on Saturday at the PUNSUP complex. About 600 saplings were planted on the occasion. Mr Kirpal Singh Khirnian, member, SGPC, and Mr Harpal Singh Dhillon, president of the Commission Agents’ Association, were among those present.

ELECTED: Mr Anil Sood and Mr Mangat Rai were elected president and vice-president, respectively, of the nagar panchayat, Machhiwara, on Friday.Top


AUDIENCE ENTHRALS: It was an evening of melody enriched by the local artiste Rajinder Mohni who has to his credit playback singing in various films. Born in Karnal, Mohni has gone on to master the art of classical music under the tutelage of Susheel Kumar and Sham Sahota. Mohni, who has sung songs like Put sardaran de, Jaildaar and Dharam Jatt da, began the evening with shabad in raag Malkous — Deen dayal bharose tere. He then went on to perform a ghazal — Dil nu soch vichar bare na, Do ghunt peeti dole gaya vaan. Then came the legendary Shiv Kumar Batalvi song — Gamman di raat lammi ai, which transformed the ambience entirely. Mohni was supported on the dholak by Naresh Johnny, on the tabla by Rakesh and his co- singers were Darshan and Channi. The evening was organised here at the Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, by the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: Following have been elected the office-bearers of the Income Tax Bar Association, Chandigarh; President — Mr K.K. Sawhney; Senior Vice-President — Mr S.S. Arora; Vice-President — Mr S.S. Sidhu, General Secretary — Mr Ramesh Malhotra; Secretary Finance — Mr C.L. Chaudhary and Secretary Press and Publication — Mr Hitesh Kumar Puri. 

BHOG: The bhog of Ms Shimla Devi, mother of Mr K.K. Bheniwala, Deputy Advocate-General of Punjab, who died recently, will be held at Mansa on Sunday. According to family sources, the bhog will be performed at their residence near S.S. Jain Girls School. Ms Shimla Devi was the sister of a former Punjab Minister, Lala Bhagwan Dass Jaituwale, who was gunned down by the militants. 

CASSETTE RELEASED: Catrack Cassettes, a Chandigarh and Mumbai based company, released Mahi Mahi an audio and video album by the Punjabi Munde Group, here on Saturday. The Punjabi Munde claims themselves to be India’s first bhangra group. The album has been sung by two brothers, Satnam and Jaswant. The music is given by Mr Surinder Bachan and the lyrics by Mr Raj Kakra, and Mr Harjit Har. The video shot by Mr Azeem Parkar, features traditional love story of Sohni Mahiwal. 

COMPETITION: Jat Sabha, Chandigarh, is organising 3rd Deen Bandhu Sir Chhotu Ram Khel Kood Pratiyogita on October 1 and 2 at Parade ground, Sector 5, Panchkula. Volleyball, kabbadi and tug-of-war for men will be the major events. Teams from all over India will be invited for the games. Other events like matka race and musical chair for women will be the main attraction of the pratiyogita during opening ceremony and closing ceremony. Mr M. S. Malik, Director-General Police, Haryana, and the President of Jat Sabha, will be chief guest during the opening ceremony and Dr K.C. Bangar, Chairman, Haryana Public Services Commission, will be the chief guest at the prize distribution and closing ceremony. Mr S.K. Monga, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula will preside over the function. 

ELECTED: The following office-bearers of the women committee of the Indian National Trade Union Congress were nominated by Ms Shyama Negi, President (women comittee): Senior Vice-President — Ms Praveen; Vice-Presidents — Ms Shimla Devi, Ms Emerson, Ms Rajkumari; General Secretary — Ms Gurvinder Kaur; Secretary — Ms Krishna Devi; Finance Secretary — Ms Kamla Devi; Press Secretary — Ms Asha Sharma; and Auditor — Ms Nirmal Kaur. 

FELICITATED: In a resolution passed in the executive body meeting of the Parent-Teacher Association of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, Ms Rajesh Minhas, the Principal who won the National Award this year was felicitated, here on Saturday. The award was given for her contribution in field of education as well as extra-curricular activities in the over-all development of the students. 

HINDI DIVAS: The Zonal Office of Punjab and Sindh Bank, Sector 17-B, celebrated Hindi Divas, here on Thursday. Different competitions like geet gazal, nibandh writing, kavita path etc were held. Speaking at the occasion the Zonal Manager, Mr Harinder Pal Singh, emphasised the need of Hindi in bank and banking industry. 

OPERATION: The State Bank of India, ADB branch, organised an eye lens operation-cum-check-up programme in collaboration with the Lions Club at D.L. Memorial hospital, here on Saturday. A total of 85 operations were performed and 600 patients were checked for the eye ailments. 

VACCINATED: As many as 60 children of Ashiyana Orphanage were vaccinated in a camp organised by the Rotary, Rotrect and Inner Wheel Clubs, here on Saturday, said Mr Vipin Yadav, Secretary of the Rotrect Club. 

MOBILISATION DEPOSIT: Mr V.K. Dwivedi, Assistant General Manager of the State Bank of India, Zonal Office, Haryana, launched a Deposit Mobilisation Fortnight at Panchkula branch here on Saturday. The bank staff will move to different parts of the city and educate customers and non-customers, a press note stated. 

MLA ON INTERNET: Raman Online Media Network (ROLMNET), the Internet content service of a Mohali-based Weblink Infonet Pvt Ltd has launched a service, “Catch your MLA”, on its portal on Panjab”. The service is aimed to provide an interface between the general public and the Punjab MLAs, particularly the eluding ones”, said Mr Rakesh Raman, Managing Director of Weblink, in a press note here on Friday. Mr Raman said the service would highlight the collective concerns and problems of the people addressed to their respective MLAs in their constituencies. Those who want to get information would have to fill up simple form. The messages will be displayed on the portal, and then the onus will be on the concerned MLA to respond. The website address is Top


LATE AWARD: It took six years for getting recognition by four policemen who saved lives of three persons. The incident dates back to December 6, 1994, when a retired teacher, Layak Ram of Jaloli village near Chandi Mandir, alongwith his son, Chaman Lal, and servant, Siya Lal, were taking out the electric motor from their 30 feet deep tubewell. Suddenly, there was mud slip and all of them got trapped inside the well. On hearing commotion, a large number of villagers arrived at the spot, but no one was forthcoming to enter the well. Then, the information about the incident was given to the police chowki, Ramgarh, where SI, Bir Bhan, head constables, Prithvi Singh and Mahinder Singh and constable, Dharam Singh, were on duty. The police personnel immediately rushed to the spot. Head constable Prithvi Singh was lowered into the well with the help of a rope and the police personnel managed to extricate the three trapped persons alive. Now as a form of encouragement, head constable Prithvi Singh has been given Rs 5,000 and the others Rs 1,000 each for their commendable act and have also been given a certificate. 

PAINTING CONTEST: The local Bharat Vikas Parishad organised a painting competition at Little Flowers School here on Friday. The results are: junior section: Alok (Ramakrishna School) — first; Madhusudan (Dayaram School) — second; and Naitik (DAV School) — third; senior section: Monika (Daffodils School) — first, Kunj Malik (Dayaram School) — second; and Sarvek Bajaj (Dayaram School) — third.

WORKSHOP: A three-day workshop for agricultural officers concluded at CCS Haryana Agriculture University here on Friday. As many as 300 participants, comprising university researchers, extension specialists and agricultural development officers, discussed the problems faced by them in the dissemination of knowledge of new technologies to farmers.

DEMONSTRATION: Activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI) and the Youth Federation of India (YFI) held a demonstration here on Friday in protest against the “commercialisation of education” and the hike in fees. They also submitted a memorandum at the office of the Deputy Commissioner.

POWER THEFT: The HVPN authorities have imposed a fine of Rs 6 lakh on a local firm, M/s Dua Agro Industries, for theft of power. A case has been registered.

ROBBERY AVERTED: The Rai police arrested six armed youths when they were planning to rob a trader near Jakhauli village, 15 km from here, on Friday night. According to a report, the arrested youths have been identified as Sunil, Mukesh, Umesh, Nawal Singh, Ranjit Ali Gasi (all residents of Sewli village) and Rajinder of Jakhauli village in the district. The police has recovered weapons from them. A case has been registered.

ALLEGATIONS REFUTED: The Chief General Manager, State Bank of India (main branch), on Saturday refuted the allegations of shortage of funds and the non-clearance of bills of government employees presented for payment on September 1.

KILLED: Two persons were killed and three others injured when a truck rammed into rickshaws and other vehicles on the G.T. Road, near Ganaur Chowk, 20 km from here, on Friday. According to a report, the dead have been identified as Sunahri Devi (65) of Safidon and Sube Singh (50) of Udesipur village. One of the injured persons, Anmol Mandal, is from Bihar. A case has been registered.Top


CRITICISED: Members of the Patwari and Kanungo Association criticised Himachal Pradesh Revenue Minister Rajan Shushant for describing some revenue officials as corrupt while speaking at a district-level Kisan Pass Book function here on Friday.

STABBED: Mr Rajendra Pal, Assistant Sub-Inspector, posted at Jahoo police post was allegedly stabbed by Amar Singh, alias Amra, on Thursday. The incident happened when the ASI objected to the parking of a tractor by Amar Singh on the main road at Jahoo. A case has been registered against Amar Singh who fled after the incident.

BAR ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Local Bar Association: president — Mr H.L. Sharma; vice-president — Mr R.K. Tiwari; general secretary — Ms Rama Verma; joint secretary — Mr Amir Chand Chandel; and librarian — Mr Hem Chand Sharma.

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