Tuesday, February 13, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


OFFICE BEARERS: A meeting of Class IV Government Employees Union was held at Grain Market at Bhadson, 10 km, from here, on Monday. The following were elected office-bearers of the union: president — Mr Kuldip Singh (Irrigation); secretary — Mr Gurmel Singh (Ware-house); senior vice-president — Mr Balbir Singh; vice-presidents — Mr Balbir Singh and Mr Darbara Singh (both P.W.D.); joint secretary — Mr Gurdial Singh (Health); organising secretary — Mr Ajmer Singh (Market Committee); cashier — Mr Kuldip Singh (Irrigation; and chief advisers — Mr Rajinder Singh (Education) and Mr Hardam Singh (Revenue). 

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: The local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha organised its fourth blood donation camp at the local Bharu Mal Dharmshala on Sunday. It was inaugurated by Mr Jaspal Singh Jassi, SDM, Dhuri. Thirtyfour persons donated blood during the camp.

MISHAP: A scooterist was killed in a road accident near Radha Swami Satsang Ashram, here on Sunday. According to an FIR registered at the Payal police station on Monday, Lekh Raj was going on the scooter when he was hit by a truck driven by Gurmit Singh. He was admitted to Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, where he was declared dead. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. A case under Sections 279 and 304-A, IPC, has been registered against the truck driver, who absconded from the site. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the District Bar Association: president — Mr Kulinder Singh Sekhon; vice-presidents — Mr Gursahib Singh Brar, Mr Yash Pal Bansal and Mr Nirmal Singh Brar; general secretary — Mr Rajnish Garg; joint secretary — Mr Anil Kumar Chawla; treasurer — Mr Paramjit Singh Sandhu; and press secretary — Mr Parshotam Betab.

SEIZED: Mr Jarnail Singh, ASI of the Sidhwan Bet police post, along with a police party arrested Parkash Singh and Deepa Singh, both residents of Salempura village, and seized 7,4250 ml of illicit liquor form their possession. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered against them. 

CONFERENCE: A state-level conference of the Rural Labour Union will be held here from February 17 to 19 against the policies of the government on unemployment, public distribution system and suppression of labour class under the pressure of world trade institutions. 

BROTHERS HELD: Brothers Ranjit Singh and Gurdev Singh of Bajooha Khurd village in Nakodar, were arrested by the district police from Tajpur village on Saturday. A country-made pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition were seized from their possession. The two revealed during the interrogation that they had looted Rs 30,000 from a scooterist at Phagwara three years ago.

MURDERED: Dass Ram (60), a resident of Billi Chuhram village under Shahkot subdivision, was allegedly murdered by Bali Singh and Ditu Singh of the same village at Shahkot on Saturday. A case has been registered against the two suspects and efforts are on to nab them.

ELECTED: Mr Lakhbir Singh Pelia was elected president of the local District Bar Association on Saturday. He secured 77 votes while his opponent, Mr Harjit Singh Sandhu, got 56 votes.

FLAYED: A meeting of the Youth Akali Dal (B) was held here under the chairmanship of Mr Gurdeep Singh Ghuman. The meeting condemned the killing of six Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir. It was decided to send a jatha to Majitha on Wednesday to take part in the election campaign. The meeting was attended, among others, by Mr Sukhjeet Singh Mann, Mr Prem Singh Maneli, Mr Gian Chand Khamano, Mr Gurjeet Singh, Mr Gurdial Singh Bhangra, Mr Nirmal Singh, Mr Gurmeet Singh Lakhanpur, Mr Ratan Singh Khamano and Mr Surjeet Singh Khamano. 

SECRETARY REMOVED: The general secretary of the local Khatri Sabha, Mr B.C. Bassi, was removed from the post by a group of the sabha at its executive meeting held here on Monday at Khatri Bhawan, in which some persons were injured during a clash. Before starting the meeting, an altercation arose between two groups, one headed by its president, Mr Vinod Ghai, and the other by Mr Bassi. Mr Bassi and his supporters staged a walk-out. He alleged that Mr Ghai and his supporters abused and injured him and Ghai snatched the proceedings register. 

CAMP: A free medical check-up camp was organised by the Labour Department (Factory Wing) along with the ESI Hospital at Gobind Rubber Limited on Monday. The camp will continue till Friday. Dr Parveen Sikka, Dr Kanish, Dr Prabhleen Sahota and other medical staff are examining workers. 

LIONS CLUB: The Lions Club Ludhiana (North) organised a board meeting here on Monday. According to Mr Jatinder Pal Singh Saluja, the chief guest was the past district Governor, Mr Prem Grover. Mr A.C. Keinth talked about activities of the club. Among others who attended the meeting were Mr K.S. Bawa, Mr P.S. Kochhar, Mr Kanwal Sawhney, Mr T.S. Khurana, Mr M.S. Bhamrah, Mr G.S. Bablu, Mr D.S. Saluja and Mr Iqbal Singh Khurana. 

DONATED: Keralites residing in the city presented a cheque for Rs 61,000 to the Gujarat relief fund here on Sunday. According to Mr P.N. Remanan, president, Sree Ayappa Sewa Sangam, a blood donation camp was also organised by the society in which nearly 45 persons donated blood. The camp was organised by Dr Mangala and his team of the local Red Cross Society. It was inaugurated by Mr Kamardeep Singh, area councillor, and Mr Prem Sagar Aggarwal. 

DEMANDED: The Punjab Riot Victim Welfare Society on Monday demanded action against the people who allegedly attacked them while they were campaigning against the Congress in Majitha byelection. It criticised the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Capt Amarinder Singh. It added that a defamation suit would be filed against the PCC president. Some people had allegedly assaulted 72 widows while they were campaigning against the Congress. These women were widowed in the 1984 riots at Kanpur, Bukharo and Delhi. As many as 12,700 riot victims were settled in Ludhiana. 

DEAD: Kulwinder Singh, Panchayat Officer, Block Development and Panchayat Office, here died on Monday due to cardio respiratory arrest. Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Samrala, is survived by his wife and two children. 

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: The Rural Sports Club (Chonda) organised a prize distribution function at Chonda village, 5 km from here, on Sunday. Students bagging top positions from Senior Secondary School, Chonda, Primary School, Chaproda, Jalalgarh School, Chonda, Midal School, Husainpura, and Bhumsi School were given prizes by Mr Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu, SDM.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Lions Club, Sherpur, organised a medical camp at Gurdwara Akal Parkash Sahib in Sherpur on Sunday. Dr B.L. Bhardwaj from Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, along with other doctors, examined more than 650 patients Medicines were distributed free of cost at the camp.

GUJARAT RELIEF : Ms Raji P. Sirivastva, Deputy Commissioner, on Saturday sent a demand draft of Rs 7 lakh to the Chief Minister, Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for earthquake victims of Gujarat. She also flagged off three trucks of relief material for quake victims from Budhlada. The Shiv Shakti Seva Mandal , Budhlada, collected money from various associations of the town to purchase the material, according to Mr Ravinder Gupta, president of the mandal.

ARRESTED: The city police on Friday arrested Joginder Singh of Mandi Dabwali, Haryana, while he was taking a bribe of Rs 60 from a farmer at a cattle fair by posing as a mandi officer. The police has registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC.

HELD FOR GAMBLING: The Mansa police on Saturday arrested Labh Singh, Naresh Kumar, Darwara Singh, Krishan Kumar and Kala Singh on the charge of gambling. A case under Section 13(G) of the Gambling Act had been registered against them.

BODY FOUND: Gurcharan Singh (52) of Fatta Maloka village in the district was reportedly murdered on Saturday. His body was found from the premises of Government Senior Secondary School of the village. The police has registered a case under Section 302/34 of the IPC.

AMENDMENT SOUGHT: The Punjab State General Category Welfare Federation and the All-India Brahmin Sabha have demanded amendment to the reservation law. Mr Shyam Sundar Sharma, president of the federation, said in a press note that the Central Government should abolish the system of reservation for Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha seats.

DISTRIBUTED: Mr Simranjit Singh Mansahia, president of the Poor People Welfare Society, said in a press note that the society had distributed more than 2,500 sweaters among needy school students in 42 villages of the district during the current winter season. He said the society had also organised the marriage of 10 poor girls.

APPROVED: The Moga Municipal Council has approved Rs 7 crore for the development of the town during the year. This was stated by Dr Kuldeep Singh Gill, president of the municipal council, here on Saturday. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Nawanshahr District Cooperative Labour and Contractors Union: chairman — Mr Tara Singh Shekhupur; vice-chairman — Mr Sewa Singh Rahon; secretary — Mr Harjinder Singh; directors- Mr Gurdip Singh and Mr Davinder Singh; and treasurer — Mr Sukhdev Singh..

SYMPOSIUM: A two-day national symposium on ‘Plant biodiversity and conservation’ will be organised by the Department of Botany in the Punjabi University here on February 14 and 15. Dr J.S. Dargan, head of the department, said that the thrust of the seminar would be the over exploitation of natural resources by man for meeting his needs and greed to acquire more and more which has resulted in the dwindling of the natural resources. Prof P.K. Khosla, Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur, will deliver the keynote address. 

HONOURED: Dr Saoj Chaman, Director, Museum and Art Gallery, and In charge, Department of Fine Arts, Punjabi University, has been honoured by the Sobha Singh Memorial Artist Society, Bathinda. In a function held at the Teachers Home, Bathinda, Dr Saoj Chaman was presented with a shawl, a memento and roll of honour enlisting her contributions towards art criticism by Jaspal Singh, DC, Bathinda. Dr Saoj Chaman has three books to her credit based on the iconography of Shiva, aesthetics and Indian and European paintings in English and Punjabi language. 


LITERATURE: The Department of English, Panjab University organised a four-day seminar on “Evaluation of literature” here on Monday. The seminar is being attended by paper setters and examiners of the subject to discuss the examination system, the method of paper setting and marking used by the examiners. Prof. Alan Durant of Middlesex University, UK, is conducting the seminar supported by the British Council. 

SEMINAR: Research Engineers, a USA based company held the first in a series of seminars on latest in engineering software here on Monday. This seminar was aimed at creating an awareness among computer professionals regarding the latest in computer-aided engineering software which are used in civil structures. The utility of this software has increased manyfold in view of the failure of structures in recent earthquakes in Gujarat. Research Engineers also launched their training centre called Procad Technology Centre which will be catering to the needs of the fast growing engineering fraternity. 

INAUGURATED: The Multimedia lab at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41-B, was inaugurated by the Income Tax Commissioner, Mr Ashwini Luthra, here on Monday. The teachers of the school are already getting computer-aided teaching in collaboration with INTEL Teach to the future programme, which is a world-wide initiative with support from Microsoft. 

TREASURE HUNT: Treasure hunt is being organised for the youngsters of the city on February 14. It will be a sort of vehicle rally in which one has to find treasure spots placed in the city. One who finds all the spots in shortest possible time and reaches back at the starting point, will be the winner. The first three winners will get cash prizes whereas all the participants will get gift hampers. The event is being organised by Amrit Aggarwal of Indus Advertisement and Ikesh Pal of Tropicana Grill restaurant. 

WORKSHOP: Communication and Advocacy Network is organising a two-day regional workshop on “Gender and law enforcement” on February 23 at the ICSSR Complex, Panjab University. The seminar, sponsored by the National Commission for Women is a prelude to the national seminar on the subject to analyse various practical issues involved in the law enforcement of the women issues. 

MOURNED: The vice-president of the AITUC, Punjab, Mr Harpal Singh, on Monday mourned the death of noted social worker Vineet Khanna on Sunday. He said Vineet had done a great deal to promote the vocationalisation of education and the education of slum children. Mr Harpal Singh, who himself is physically challenged following an attack by suspected terrorists, said he could easily understand the difficulties of Vineet, who was bed-ridden, had to face. He said he knew him personally and his death was an irreparable loss. 


DONATED: The members of Social Welfare Society, Ambala Cantonment led by its chairman, Mr DS Sarhadi, and the President, Dr Harprakash Sharma, delivered today a cheque for Rs 51,000 to the Deputy Commissioner of Ambala for helping Gujarat earthquake victims. The society is also organising an eye donation pledge camp at Government College, Ambala Cantonment. During the camp, the college students and their family members will be encouraged to pledge their eyes for donation, a release said. 

LIQUOR SEIZED: The Ambala police has seized 3500 pouches of liquor from a mini truck. According to SP, Ambala, the mini truck carrying the pouches was bearing the fake number plate. After getting a tip off the police raided the truck. A case has been registered against two persons in this regard. 

KILLED: A women was killed in a road accident near Sahjadpur, 30 km from here, last evening. The deceased was identified as Rajni Bala. The police has registered a case on the complaint of her husband. 

HOUSES LOOTED: At least six persons armed with pistols and other weapons struck at several houses of labourers in the local Industrial Sector 29 on Saturday and looted cash and goods worth thousands of rupees. The miscreants beat up six labourers before decamping with the loot.

ASSAULTED: Three persons were injured, one of them seriously, when they were attacked with knives and iron rods by miscreants, reportedly at the behest of a woman in Gohana town, 35 km from here, on Saturday. The injured, who were hospitalised, are stated to be out of danger.

RAIDS CONDUCTED: Officials of the Haryana Pollution Control Board conducted raids on five brick-kilns in the district on Saturday and fined owners on the charges of causing air and water pollution. According to official sources, the action followed instructions from the state government.

CONVENTION: The Rashtriya Jan Sangathan Manch is organising a convention next Monday in Delhi in protest against the “anti-people” policies of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. This was stated by Mr Howa Singh, vice-president of the state committee of CITU, here on Monday.

STIR THREAT: The HUDA Joint-Action Committee will organise a dharna on Friday in front of the office of the Superintending Engineer in Rohtak to press its demands. Mr R.K. Nagar, president of the Haryana unit of the committee told mediapersons here on Monday that the committee, would intensify its agitation if the authorities failed to fulfil the demands of the employees by Friday.

BURN INJURIES: Ram Gopal died of burn injuries at Pipli village, about 25 km from here, on Sunday. According to preliminary reports, Ram Gopal was asleep when a lit earthen lamp fell on him and his clothes caught fire. His wife and son also received burn injuries, and were hospitalised.

DHARNA STAGED: Residents of Ahmadpur village sat on a dharna in front of the Panchayat Bhavan here on Sunday in protest against the stoppage of construction of a water tank on the panchayat land allegedly at the behest of an MLA. They also submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner demanding the resumption of construction work.


CASE SOLVED: With the arrest of Mehar Chand, son of Khimi Ram of Pool Phati Jindaur, on Friday, the police claimed to have solved the case of murder of Jog Ram (55) last Sunday. This was stated by Mr N. Venugopal, SP, on Saturday.

CHARAS SEIZED: The local police on Friday arrested Manohar Lal, son of Koti Ram of Machching village, and seized 5.5 kg of charas from his possession. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

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