Monday, October 15, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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PUNJAB

AMRITSAR
LIQUOR SEIZED: The police has arrested Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, and seized 6,750 ml of illicit liquor from his possession. Illicit liquor was also seized from Rattan Lal and Kulwinder Singh. Dheera Singh was arrested and 1,125 ml of illicit liquor was seized by the Sultanwind police. The cases have been registered under the Excise Act.

WOMAN BEATEN UP: Ms Jyoti Mehta, a resident of Sadar Bazar, here has alleged that she was brutally beaten up by her husband Deepak Arora, mother-in-law Urmila, brothers-in-law Rakesh Kumar and Munish and sister-in-law Sunita for dowry. She alleged that she was thrown out of the house. A case was registered under Section 498-A, IPC, on Friday.

ASI BOOKED: ASI Amarbir singh has been booked for using fake degree to get recruitment in the police department. A case has been registered under Sections 420, 465, 466, 467, and 120-B, IPC.

BARETA
DIRECTED: Ms Maninder Kaur Mattewal, a member of the Punjab State Human Right Commission, has directed the IGP, (Litigation), Punjab, and the District Magistrate, Mansa, to submit their reports on the complaint of Hans Raj within six weeks. The complainant has alleged that his neighbour Sita Ram had opened flour mill as a result of which his father died who was asthmatic. He further alleged that now the mill owner had opened another mill for grinding chillies and spices and also installed cotton carding machine which is causing great inconvenience to his family.

EMBEZZLEMENT: Mr Raj Paul, Mr Darshan Singh, Mr Makhan Lal and Mr Kaka Singh, of Hamirgarh Dhaipal village in a letter to Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, the Director, Vigilance Bureau, the Director, Rural Development and Panchayat and the Deputy Commissioner, Mansa, have alleged that Ms Balbir Kaur, sarpanch and Mr Darshan Singh, panch of the gram panchayat of the village, have embezzled Panchayat funds to the tune of lakhs of rupees by misusing their positions.

BARNALA
OPIUM SEIZED: The police has seized about 4 kg of opium, and 86 bottles of illicit liquor in various raids. Mr Kanwarjit Singh Sandhu, SSP, said here on Friday that the Dhanaula police seized 4 kg of opium from Tejinder Singh of Jiwan Singhwala village, Balbir Singh of Aakalia, Paramjit Singh of Daan Singhwala village. A case has been registered under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

EYE CAMP: The Lions Club here organised a two-day free eye operation camp at Dera Baba Gandha Singh complex. Mr Satwinder Singh Jandu, President of the Club, said on Saturday that 900 patients suffering were examined and 118 were operated upon.

DORAHA
PROTEST MARCH: A protest march was held by the students of Guru Nanak National College in protest against the recent incidents of burning of ‘birs’. The march started from the college and reached at flyover where students raised slogans against Baba Bhaniara. They burnt an effigy of Baba Bhaniara before returning back to the college. 

3 HURT IN ACCIDENT: Satnam Singh and Ranjit Singh, both residents of Zaildara mohalla , were injured when their scooter was hit by a truck. In another incident, a scooterist of Dhamot village was hit by a vehicle. All the three have been admitted to a local hospital.

GURDASPUR
PISTOL STOLEN: A sum of Rs 1 lakh and one 9 mm pistol were stolen from the Basantar BSF post manned by 9th Battalion on October 4, according to reports received here on Friday. The Dera Baba Nanak police has registered a case. According to sources, the kot of the BSF post, has been sealed. The money belongs to the General Provident Fund.

INSTALLED: Mr Vijay Kumar Verma and Mr Ravinder Jandial were installed as the President and Secretary, respectively, of the local Lions Club at a function held here on Friday by Mr Vinod Mahajan, Lion Governor District 320.

HOSHIARPUR
VOTERS’ I-CARDS: Photography for preparing voters’ identity cards at the segment level will start in the district on October 18. Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, said this while addressing a meeting of government officers here on Friday. The photography would be done in Mukerian from October 18 to 24, in Dasuya from October 25 to 31, in Garhdiwala from November 1 to 7, in Tanda from November 8 to 17, in Shamchaurasi from November 18 to 24, in Hoshiarpur from November 25 to December 1, in Mahilpur from December 2 to 8 and in Garhshankar from December 9 to 15.

BLOOD DONATED: A blood donation camp was organised by the Lions Club, Hoshiarpur Royal, at Bhai Ghaniaya Ji Charitable Blood Bank here on Saturday. All members of the club, including its President, Mr Manjit Singh Sahota, and vice-president Daljinder Singh donated blood.

JAGRAON
CASE REGISTERED: Two miscreants took away Bajaj Bravo scooter (PB 25-A, 8212) near Meerpur Hans, 6 km from here, at gun-point from Parveen Jain of Ajit Nagar. The police has registered a case under Sections 387/34 of the IPC and 25/54/59, Arms Act, against the two on the statement by the complainant.

KHAMANO
PADDY NOT LIFTED: Heaps of purchased crop are lying in the yard of Sanghol Mandi and have not been lifted. Nearly one lakh bags of paddy have been lying and there is little space for the newly-arrived crop. The government agencies have purchased fresh crop but have failed to secure it due to inefficiency in the management.

LUDHIANA
PROTEST RALLY: The Joint Action Committee of government employees, has given a call to all affiliated units to participate in the proposed protest rally outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner here from 12 pm to 3 pm on October 24, according to a press note here on Sunday. The union leaders in a statement here said the committee condemned the recent sops announced for pensioners and demanded that the government must release the bonus arrears for the past four years, release promotion scales, fill up regular posts, stop privatisation and also increase washing allowance.

POWER SUPPLY: The Ludhiana Electroplaters’ Association has urged the PSEB Chairman, Mr Sudhir Mittal, to direct the field staff to ensure uninterrupted power supply to industrial consumers. In a press note here on Sunday, the association president, Mr Joginder Kumar, said resentment was brewing in the industrial sector on account of unscheduled power cuts being imposed by the PSEB. He said the power cuts were not justified in view of a good monsoon. The industry was already passing through a recessionary period for the past couple of years and the unscheduled power cuts would further harm the industry, he added.

NAWANSHAHR
INAUGURATED: Mr Sarwan Singh, Welfare Minister, inaugurated the newly constructed middle school building at Mirpur Lakha village on Saturday and distributed prizes among winners of the zonal level tournament of middle schools. He announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the construction of streets and drains, Rs 50,000 each for toilets in the school and Rs 25,000 each for dharamshalas in the village. Later, he inaugurated the newly constructed primary school building at Mukandpur village.

SEWERAGE BILLS: Local residents have complained that the local Municipal Council has sent them inflated sewerage bills for 2001-2002 in which a balance amount of Rs 288 has been added. They have urged the authorities to take necessary action.

PATHANKOT
SUMMONED: Mr Harish Anand, Judicial Magistrate, here on Friday summoned Mr Rattan Singh, SHO, Dhar Kalan, ASI Rajesh Kakkar and three others on the charges of illegal confinement and criminal trespassing. According to complainant Mangat Singh of Lehroon village, on March 27, 1999, they illegally entered his house and kidnapped Rajni, who was residing with him. He further alleged that they forcibly took him in April to the Dunera police station where he was beaten up mercilessly.

PATIALA
ELECTRICITY BOARD: The work of providing 24-hour power supply to villages of Punjab by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is being undertaken at a fast pace. While the target was to provide this facility to about 50 villages in the circle during the year 2001-2002, more than 60 villages have been covered till September 2001. An official press note said another 350 villages were expected to be provided with the 24-hour power supply by year end.

ROTARY CLUB: The local Rotary Club completed its sapling plantation project at Prem Dham Sarva Hit Kari School here on Sunday. Dr R.N.Paul, Pro-Vice- Chancellor, Punjabi University, was the chief guest on the occasion. As many as 100 saplings were planted. 

QUIZ CONTEST: Nine schools took part in the Inter-Public School General Knowledge Quiz contest organised at Yadavindra Public School on Sunday. Doon School, Dehra Dun, bagged the first position followed by Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, and Yadavindra Public School, Mohali on the second and third positions, respectively. A declamation contest was also organised on the topic ‘Desperate ills call for desperate remedies with special reference to Tehelka issue.’ Mr R.P. Devgan, Principal of the school, gave trophies to the winners. 

PHAGWARA
WASTE DISPOSAL: Mr Rajan Kashyap, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, on Saturday stressed the need for proper disposal of bio-medical waste in hospitals. During his visit to the Civil Hospital here, Mr Kashyap underlined the need to improve health services. Dr Niranjan Singh Suman, Civil Surgeon, Kapurthala, and Dr Buta Ram Gill, SMO (In Charge) of the local hospital were also present.

GRANT RELEASED: The Punjab Government has released a Rs 9.50-crore grant for Punjabi books, construction of new primary schools and drainage. Disclosing this at a gathering at Mehtan village on Saturday, Punjab Tourism Minister Chaudhary Swarna Ram said Rs 10 crore had been given to rural bodies for strengthening the infrastructure and Rs 8 crore had been released for the Chaheru-Mehli bypass. The minister also inaugurated a road from Mehtan village the Jagjivan Ram Colony.

SAMRALA
CERTIFICATES ISSUED: The Punjab Government has decided to issue caste/BC/residence/domicile certificates at the village camps by the revenue authorities concerned, according to Mr Pardeep Sabharwal, SDM. On the instructions of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, one such camp was held at Daheru village on Saturday. Over 225 certificates were issued to the students and villagers by the tehsildar, Mr Paramjit Singh. Lambardars, Patwaris and Qanungo verified the particulars of the applicants.

VILLAGE SPORTS MEET: A village sports tournament would be held at Bagli Kalan village, 5 km from here, from October 18 to 21.Horse race, calf race, kabaddi, children’s tug of war would be the special attractions.

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CHANDIGARH

STORY-TELLING SESSION: The local unit of the Akhil Bhartiya Sahitya Parishad organised a story- telling session and seminar at Panjab University here on Sunday. Mr Balvender Bhushan, a story writer, narrated his story “Athota Shri Napunsakta” for the audience. Prof D.P. Maini, Chairman of the Department of Hindi, PU, presided over the function, while Dr Dharampal Sinhal, was the chief guest.

SCHOOL CLOSED: St Joseph Schools in Sectors 9 and 44 here will remain closed on Monday due to death of Ms Tejwant Kaur (80), mother of the Chairperson of the school, Mr Rupinder Singh Grewal.

SAS NAGAR
MEDICAL CAMP: As many as 300 patients were examined at a medical camp organised at Cheema Medical Complex in Phase 4 here on Sunday. During the camp, child specialists, orthopaedicians, general and dental surgeons, eye specialists and plastic surgeons examined the patients.

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HARYANA

AMBALA
INAUGURATED: The Rajya Sabha MP, Mr Faqir Chand Mullana, inaugurated Tau Devi Lal Vridh Vishram Grih at Naneola village on Sunday. The old-age home has been constructed at a cost of Rs 2.5 lakh. He also inaugurated similar homes at Durga Nagar, Matheri Shekhan and Bhudangpur. Addressing a gathering, Mr Mullana said considerable development was taking place in Haryana.

BHIWANI
CHALLAN FILED: The hearing in the Mohta industry theft case began here in a local court on Saturday. The police while producing challan had named 35 persons, including five industrialists of the town. According to the police, goods worth crores of rupees had been stolen from the closed unit of Mohta Electro Steel and then sold to some cold rolling units.

JHAJJAR
SUICIDE: A 36-year-old woman, Kamlesh, allegedly committed suicide in Kanondha village of the district on Friday. Her relations with her husband were reportedly sour. They had an altercation on the issue of his younger brother following which she allegedly set herself ablaze. The police has registered a case.

JIND
CAUGHT RED-HANDED: Vijay Kumar and Baldev Singh, employees of Alawa sub-tehsil in this district, were caught while taking bribe from a farmer on Friday. On a complaint lodged by the farmer, Mr Amar Nath, Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), and Mr Jagwant Singh, DSP, conducted a raid and recovered some currency notes from them.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

NURPUR
STOLEN: A theft was reported from a teacher’s house in the Niazpur area on Friday. Thieves reportedly decamped with gold jewellery worth Rs 70,000 and Rs 21,000 in cash. According to the police which registered a case under Sections 380 and 457 of the IPC, the teacher found the doors of the house broken when she arrived home in the evening.

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