Sunday, November 25, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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PUNJAB

AMRITSAR
GOVT CRITICISED: The B.Ed Unemployed Teachers Union, at an emergency meeting held on Friday, criticised the Badal government for the non-fulfilment of its demands. Mr Subhash Dadhwal, vice-president of the union, said in a press note that the government should not deprive these degree holders of job opportunities.

COMPETITIONS: Competitions were organised on the occasion of an exhibition on world heritage monuments and Centrally-protected monuments in Punjab. The results are as follows: Painting: Manish Dhawan, Hindu Sabha College 1, Iqbal Gill, Khalsa College Senior School 2, Deepika, Government Girls School, 3; Essay competition: Charu Pandey, Government Girls School 1, Rabia Gill, Springdales School, 2, and Amritpal Singh of Springdales School, 3.

BATHINDA
ADOPTED: The Central Welfare Club, Kotkapura, adopted four children who belong to poor families or are orphan. Mr Rishi Palta, president of the club, in a press note issued here on Saturday said the club would take care of their studies and provide ration to them.

OFFICE BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local SS-E Unit of Technical Services Union, PSEB: president — Mr Labh Singh; vice-president — Mr Jaswinder Singh; general secretary — Mr Harchet Singh; joint-secretary — Mr Vikram Chakarvarti; and treasurer — Mr Nacchatar Singh.

FEROZEPORE
RESTRICTED: The District Magistrate, Mr S.R. Ladhar, has issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 restricting public movement along the Indo-Pak border from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm. Public movement along the 100-metre stretch has of the Railway lines from Ferozepore to Ladhuka, Ferozepore to the Mahku square 0454, rivers, distributaries and drains that fall under his jurisdiction has also been restricted. Mr Ladhar has also banned plying of boats on the Sutlej and the Beas in the district. These orders will not apply to Army, paramilitary and Home Guards jawans on duty and remain in force up to December 31, 2001.

SUSPENDED: The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Electoral Officer, Mr S.R. Ladhar reportedly suspended Ashok Kumar, Patwari of the local circle, for not distributing voters’ identity cards in the Ferozepore city Assembly constituency. In another case, Mr Ladhar has reportedly written to the Deputy Director, Local Government, to place under suspension Kewal Krishan Poply for negligence in distribution of identity cards.

HOSHIARPUR
SEMINAR: A seminar on “Religion and Blood Donation” was organised here on Friday on the eve of the International Voluntary Blood Donors Day at Bhai Ghanayiaji Charitable Blood Bank by the Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohematology in collaboration with the local Health Department.

JAGRAON
POPPY HUSK SEIZED: The Sadar police has arrested Paramjit Singh alias Pamma of Kulgehna village and recovered from his possession 25 kg of poppy husk and a Bajaj scooter without a number . However, his accomplice, Pala Singh, of the same village managed to flee. The police has registered a case under sections 15/61/85 of the NDPS Act.

SHOES AND STOCK DISTRIBUTED: The Rotary Club distributed 50 sets of shoes and socks amongst the poor and deserving students in Guru Nanak Nagri, Agwar Khawaja Baju. Mr Major Singh Bhaini presided over the function. Many rotarians were also present.

KHANNA
BODY FOUND: A body was found on the Khanna and Mandi Gobindgarh railway track, which seemed to be that of a migrant labourer. After postmortem and completing other formalities the authorities cremated the body.

LUDHIANA
HOMOEOPATHY CAMP: A free electro-homoeopathy camp by Shaheed Bhagat Singh Medical College and Hospital of Electropathy will be organised at Chet Singh Nagar on Sunday. According to a press note, the camp will be inaugurated by Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Director, Markfed. The patients will be examined by Dr Rajesh Sharma, Dr Kuldip Singh Khaira and Dr Rakesh Tiwari. Free check-up and laboratory tests will be conducted. Medicines will also be provided to the patients. Dr Jaspal Singh, a spokesperson claimed that the medicines did not have any side-effects and many diseases thought to be incurable could also be cured with these medicines.

MEDICAL CHECK-UP CAMP: On the occasion of the 17th death anniversary of late Gian Singh Dhingra, the founder of Acupuncture System in Punjab, a free medical camp and annual function would also be held on Sunday. Dr Inderjit Singh of Dr D.D.Kotnis Health and Education Centre, in a press note said that patients suffering from chronic and complicated diseases, drug addiction, mental illness, general eyes and dental diseases would be given free medicines. Mr R.L.Kalsia, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, will be the chief guest and Mr Harish Dhanda, president District Bar Association, would preside over the function.

HEARING AID INSTALLATION/DISTRIBUTION CAMP: A free hearing aid installation/distribution camp, jointly organised by ENT and HNS Forum and Bharat Vikas Parishad will be held at Viklang Sahitya Kendra, C-Block, Rishi Nagar on Sunday. Dr Vineet Gulati, Acting Secretary of the forum, said that the patients would be examined by eminent doctors on this occasion.

MALERKOTLA
BONUS DISTRIBUTED: The Milk Cooperative Society, Kup Kalan, organised a function at Kup Kalan village on Friday to distribute bonus. Mr Raghuvir Singh, Chairman, Milk Plant, Ludhiana, was the chief guest.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Bahujan Samaj Party unit of Tibba village: president — Mr Chamkaur Singh; vice-president — Mr Niranjan Singh; general secretary — Mr Kulwant Singh; and cashier — Mr Amreek Singh.

NAWANSHAHR
INAUGURATED: Mr Jagjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, on Friday inaugurated the new building of the local branch of Punjab National Bank, at Old Court Road. He also distributed cheques for Rs 27 lakh among loan beneficiaries.

SUNAM
CASH COUNTER: Mr G.S. Gill, General Manager, Telecom Circle, Sangrur, on Friday inaugurated the cash collection counter at the local telephone exchange. It has been set up to facilitate the depositing of telephone bills by subscribers. The counter will remain open from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

ZIRAKPUR
AWARD: Dr V.J.S. Vohra, Chief Managing Director of the Nevedac Prosthetic Centre, has been given life time achievement award by the International Biographical Centre of the U.K. The award has been conferred on Dr Vohra for his achievements in the field of prosthetics and over 28 years of his dedication towards the physically challenged persons.

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CHANDIGARH

GURBANI GYAN COMPETITION: The Institute for Blind, Sector 26, won the running trophy for Gurbani gayan competition organised by the Servants of the People’s Society as part of the on going Lajpat Rai Martyrdom fortnight celebrations at Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Sector 15 here on Saturday. DAV Centenary Public School, Sector 7, won the second best team award followed by Guru Harkrishan Public School, Sector 40. At individual level, Satinder Kaur of Guru Harkrishan Public School, Sector 40, won the first prize followed by Preet from Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22. The third prize was won by Manisha from Government High School, Sector 25.

HONOURED: The Chandigarh branch of Bharat Vikas Parishad honoured the winners of “Bharat Ko Jano,” a written quiz competition at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, here on Saturday. The competition was organised by the parishad on November 12 in which about 300 students from 13 schools of the city had participated. Rohit Gularia of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, won the first prize followed by Atul Kumar of Sharda Sarvhitkari Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, in the second position. The third position was shared by Vivek Goswami and Navjot Singh of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, and Shruti Chopra of Government High School, Chandigarh.

BIENNIAL CONFERENCE: Principals of 206 schools under Sarvhitkari Educational Society, Punjab and Chandigarh, discussed various education related topics during the three-day biennial conference which started at Sharda Sarvhitkari Senior Secondary Model School, Sector 40, here on Saturday. The meeting which was organised to review their work in the current session and also planning of academic programmes and projects for the next session was attended by Mr M.M. Vyas, president of the society, Mr Ved Raj Anand, organising secretary, Vidya Bharati, North Zone, besides the principals of primary to senior secondary level schools under the society. Besides giving emphasis on opening new educational institutions in the slum areas and boarder areas and upgradation of computer and technical education, today’s discussion also included the society’s mission to spread education among the common people. As a part of the biennial conference, the society has also organised a seminar in Technical Teachers Training Institute, Sector 26, here on Sunday. The topic of the seminar is “Educational reforms in India” and will be addressed by NCERT Director Mr J.S. Rajput, Justice D B Sehgal (retd) and former principal of DAV College, Sector 10, Mr K.S. Arya.

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HARYANA

AMBALA
TRADERS RESENT TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS: The Ambala Cantonment Traders Federation said on Saturday that the traffic diversions were affecting their business. The general secretary of the association, Mr R.P. Gupta, said the police authorities were diverting the traffic from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. the busy hours for business. “Customers hesitate to enter the market because they are accompanied by their families and there is no parking space available near the main bazar” he said. Earlier, on the request of the traders made to the traffic police authorities, there was a free flow of the traffic during business hours and the traffic was controlled and monitored by the police authorities. “Instead of blocking the traffic on busy business hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., it should be monitored and regulated by the traffic police all the time from both sides of the entry to the market,” he demanded.

SURGERY WORKSHOP: The Haryana Ophthalmic Academy will organise a live surgery, Phaco and Lasik laser workshop, at Drive-in-22 tourist complex on Ambala Chandigarh highway on Sunday in which around 300 eye surgeons from Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, and Delhi will participate. According to the organising secretary of the academy, Dr Mahesh Manocha, the inaugural function will be presided by Dr J.K. Pasricha, president, All-India Ophthalmologic Society. Dr H.K. Tewari, chief, R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences AIIMS, New Delhi, will be the chief guest on the occasion. Dr J.L. Chaudhry, Director-General, Health Services, Haryana and Dr M.C. Luthra, president, UP State Ophthalmology Society, will be the guest of honour. Dr Manocha who has been credited with more than 1,00,000 eye operations, stated that the workshop would be useful for eye surgeons who have joined the profession recently. He said that the technique of stitch less catract surgery was available in fewer medical colleges and now it will be available with a number of eye surgeons.

FATEHABAD
DRIVE LAUNCHED: The district police on Friday launched a drive to verify the antecedents of domestic servants and tenants in Tohana subdivision of the district. Under the drive, local residents have been asked to provide photographs and complete addresses of their tenants. Mr Hanif Qureshi, SP, launched the drive.

KALKA
OFFICE-BEARERS: Following have been elected office-bearers of the Indian Medical Associations, Kalka-Parwanoo, unanimously for the third consecutive year: president — Dr Anil Dass; vice president — Dr S.K. Gupta; general secretary — Dr Ashwani Bhaskar; and joint secretary-cum-treasurer — Dr I.P. Singh.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
HRTC STRIKE: Employees of the Himachal Road Transport Corporation resorted to a four-hour “pen-down, tool-down and pahiya jam” token strike here on Friday. As a result, work in the regional transport office, workshops and bus stands was affected and a large number of passengers faced inconvenience. Employees of the corporation also staged dharnas, gate meetings and demonstrations.

NATIONAL INTEGRATION DAY: The Department of Language and Culture, in collaboration with the District Cultural Council, organised the National Integration Day at Dabat Majari, about 80 km from here, on Thursday. The regional coordinator, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Mr Balvinder Singh Khosa, was the chief guest on the occasion. A multi-lingual poetry symposium involving schoolchildren, a declamation contest and a cultural programme were organised.

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