Saturday, October 28, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


HARMONY AWARD: Dr Sewa Singh, Reader, Library and Information Science Department, Guru Nanak Dev University, has been nominated for the Secular India Harmony Award-2000 by the United Children’s Moment, New Delhi, according to a letter received by him from the secretary of the organisation.

VOTERS’ LIST: The revision of voters’ list will be done from November 2 to 30. All persons, who will attain the age of 18 before January 1, 2001, will be entitled to register themselves. They will be expected to fill form No 6 for it.

KILLED: Naresh Kumar of Bohan was killed in a group clash at the village here on Monday. Naresh was hit on his head with iron rod. A case has been registered.

CANE GROWERS: Cane growers of here, Garshankar and Phillaur served an ultimatum on the Managing Director of the local Oswal Agro Sugar Mill either to clear Rs 7 crore arrears by November 10 or face a legal case. this was disclosed by Mr Balbir Singh, president, Phagwara Cane Growers Cooperative Society.

PURSE SNATCHED: Two scooter-borne youths snatched a purse containing Rs 8,800 from Ms Karmo Devi at the Mall Road on Wednesday.

CELEBRATED: The 217th birth anniversary of Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, founder of Kapurthala, erstwhile Kapurthala state, was observed at the premises of the local Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Govt College on Tuesday. Mr Suresh Seth, Principal of the college, presided over the function.

STUDENTS SHINE: Students of Government Polytechnic for Women, Rishi Nagar, got first prizes in group dance, solo dance and essay writing competitions on the occasion of the third annual convention of Indian Society for Technical Education Student Chapters held at Dr B.R. Ambedkar Regional Engineering College, Jalandhar, recently. The team of Jaspreet Kaur, Ashima Aggarwal, Navjot and Manjit got first prize in the group dance competition and Rupinder was declared the second best dancer for her solo performance. Gagandeep Kaur got first prize in the essay writing competition. Gagandeep Kaur, Amarpreet Kaur and Ashita Dhir got second prize for technical paper presentation, informed Mrs H.K.Toor, Principal, Government Polytechnic for Women. 

TEST HELD: Castle Learning Centre is organising the third state-level mathematics test for the students of classes IX and X of all affiliated schools of Punjab on November 25. The last date of sending application forms is November 5 and the forms can be had from all Castle Learning Centres of Punjab, maths and computer teachers of various schools as well as several stationery shops. The top 15 candidates will be awarded scholarships, awards and sponsored gifts and the top 250 candidates will be given merit certificates, informed Mrs Rima Juneja, of the Centre. 

CELEBRATED: Tiny tots of Cherry Fields School and the Evening Club celebrated Divali in a glittering function held on Thursday. Children were dressed up in ethnic Indian wear. Poetry recitation and dance competitions were held for the nursery section and the evening club. For poetry recitation, Vridhi Sharma and Yamini Jain of the nursery section were given first and second prizes, respectively. Komal Saini and Navneet Kaur of the evening club were declared first and second, respectively, for the same contest. For the dance competition, Nisbet and Vridhi Sharma of the nursery section stood first and second, respectively. From the evening club, first prize for the contest was clinched by Shashank Jain while the second prize went to Ashreya Panesar. Later the students lit diyas and candles and bursted crackers. All children were given gifts from the school. 

CONTEST: The Population Education Committee of the Ludhiana Citizens’ Health Council will organise an inter-college spot poster competition on ‘Increasing population: Root cause of poverty’ on November 1 at Guru Nanak College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus. An inter-college skit contest on ‘Small family: A happy family’ will also be organised at the same venue, informed Mrs A.K. Bansal, chairperson, Population Education Committee. 

RESULT: Ritika Bisht, Kuljeet Kaur and Shipra Rani, all BCA IV semester students of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, have secured second, third and fourth positions in the examinations conducted by Punjab Technical University. Even the sixth, eighth, ninth and tenth positions of the university have been grabbed by students of the same institute. 

CASE REGISTERED: A case under Sections 447, 427, 323, 148 of the IPC has been registered against Jugraj Singh, Babu Singh, Tona Singh, Amrik Singh, Paul Singh, Roja Singh, Sarbjit Kaur and Syam Kaur on a complaint lodged by Charanjit Kaur regarding a land dispute at Kasba Bharaal village, 12 km from here.

ROAD SAFETY FUNCTION: A function was organised to mark the conclusion of the awareness fortnight on road safety and drug abuse by the district police at the ITI ground here on Wednesday. Declamation, painting and skit competitions for schoolchildren were organised at the function.

UNIFORMS DISTRIBUTED: The local Bhai Ghanahayia Samiti, Doaba Samiti and Netaji Welfare Society, Rahon, jointly organised a function at Jai Janata Primary School, Rahon, 7 km from here, on Tuesday to distribute school uniforms among poor and needy students. Dr Roshan Sunkaria, DC, presided over the function.

FIRST AID CAMP: Awareness was created about fractures, burns, epilepsy, rabies, poisons, heart attack, blood pressure, anaemia, diabetic, coma and heart diseases at a one-day first aid and health awareness camp organised for factory workers of Dera Bassi. A Red Cross release here on Friday said the camp, held on Thursday at a factory in Bhankarpur, was inaugurated by PCPL Senior Personnel Manger Ravinder Chadha. It said the Patiala Red Cross district training supervisor K.R. Verma imparted first aid and health awareness on the occasion. It said demonstration of artificial respiration and transportation of injured to hospitals was given to workers, adding workers requested for regular health awareness training for them and their family members on the occasion.

AWARENESS PROCESSION: About 200 children of the Green Well Academy organised a Divali awareness procession to urge people not to light crackers on Divali here on Thursday. The children marched in the city holding placards and banners urging people not to light crackers, besides indulging in gambling.

FRIENDS MEET: An old friends’ meet was held by the Alumni of the ICL Public School here on Wednesday. Students of the 1994 batch of the school gathered to refresh their memories of the old days. Being Divali time, most of them were in the town and a majority of them attended the meet. 

POPPY HUSK: The Sarhali police has seized 17 bags containing 663 kg of poppy husk and arrested two persons, Gurpal Singh of Dhotian and Kashmir Singh of Naushehra Pannuan, under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. Mr Jagdish Kumar Mittal, SSP, said here on Tuesday that their two accomplices, Boota Singh and Rachhpal Singh, both residents of Dhotian, managed to escape.

PSEB FEDERATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Employees Federation, PSEB, city subdivision: president — Mr Balwinder Singh; senior vice-presidents — Mr Parminder Singh and Raghbir Singh; secretary — Mr Avtar Singh; joint-secretary — Mr Harjinder Singh; and treasurer — Mr Harbhinder Singh.

PULSE POLIO: A meeting of the local Municipal Councillors, sarpanches, panches and the representatives of various organisations was held here on Tuesday under the presidentship of Dr Karanjit Singh, SMO of the local Civil Hospital, to discuss preparations for the pulse polio programme. Dr Tejwant Singh programme coordinator, said 10,000 children in 29 different booths would be administered polio drops on November 5.



GARHWAL SABHA: A one-day symposium on The New State of Uttranchal: The Role and Aspirations of the Migrants will be organised by Garhwal Sabha in Garhwal Bhavan here on Sunday. More than two dozen delegates of representative bodies of migrants in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and the city have confirmed their participation. Mr D.D. Sundriyal, General Secretary of the sabha, in a press note issued on Friday, said the papers read in the symposium would later be published in the form of a book.

LABOURERS ADDRESSED: Mr Satya Pal Jain, a former MP, addressed members of various labour organisations on the occasion of Vishvakarma Day on Friday at the Labour Chowk of Sectors 44 and 45 here. He said the Centre was taking various steps to improve the standard of living of labourers. Earlier, he participated in a puja and havan. 



TWO MURDERED: Two persons were done to death by a youth in Mithapur village. The incident took place on Thursday afternoon when Rajiv was sitting in his shop along with his friend, Harish, in Mithapur. Without any apparent provocation, a local youth, Ramesh, alias Ravana, picked up an iron rod and hit Rajiv on the head. Rajiv collapsed on the spot. Then Ramesh hit Harish with the iron rod. While Rajiv died on the way to the hospital, Harish was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, and he died on the way. Ramesh was later nabbed from the area.

TRIBUTES PAID: The Ambala cantonment unit of the District Congress Committee has paid tributes to former Congress President Sitaram Kesri. At a condolence meeting held under the chairmanship of Mr Brij Anand, deep sorrow was expressed on the death of Kesri. The speakers at the meeting said that Sitaram Kesri devoted his life to the country. A two-minute silence was observed in memory of the departed soul, a release said.

SHO SUSPENDED: Mr A.S. Chawla, SP, ordered the suspension of Ms Luxmi Devi, SHO, Mahila police station, here on Wednesday on the charge of allegedly beating Mr Om Parkash of Mahlana village on October 16 when he had come to the police station along with other residents of the village to resolve a dispute between two families of the village.

STRANGULATED: Krishan Kumar (18), a class 12, student, was allegedly strangulated by three youths at Qumashpur village, 12 km from here, on Tuesday. The alleged assailants are reported to have hanged the body with a rope after committing the crime. The police has launched a hunt for apprehending the culprits.

EXTORTION: The city police arrested Rakesh Kumar of Rolad Latifpur village on the charge of trying to extort Rs 20,000 from Mr Avinash Kumar, a lottery seller, here on Tuesday. The police has registered a case.

BODY RECOVERED: The police recovered the body of an unidentified youth from the bushes on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road near a petrol pump, 5 km from here, on Tuesday. The body bore several injury marks. The police believes it to be a case of road accident.



PRESS CLUB: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Dharamsala Press Club: president — S.L. Choudary (The Indian Express); vice-president — Pawan Sharma (The Hindustan Times); general secretary — Pratibha Chauhan (The Tribune); joint secretary — Anita Bhowal (Dainik Tribune); and treasurer — Prakash Badal (Ajit Samachar).

HASHISH SEIZED: The Manali police seized 2.45 kg of hashish from two persons at Naggar village on Tuesday. They have been identified as Kalu Ram and Devi Ram, both residents of Kotadhar village in Kulu district. A case has been registered.

TRANSPORT CORPORATION: The state government has declared the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) as public utility service. The notification released here on Tuesday states that this has been done under the provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947.


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