Friday, August 16, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


YOUTH FESTIVAL: Guru Nanak Dev University will, for the first time, hold a separate youth festival of education colleges and is likely to organise a workshop of college principals or their representatives associated with youth welfare activities. This was decided at a meeting of the Youth Welfare Advisory Committee meeting held here on Tuesday. The meeting was chaired by Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor.

FLAYED: Instead of pleading the case of Kashmiris as victims of terrorism the Congress’s reported statement to make dynastic rule as a poll plank for elections in Jammu and Kashmir, to direct its attack against Mr Omar Abdullah as new president of National Conference came under flak from Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, BJP leader. Ms Chawla in a statement said the Congress, which is talking of dynastic rule should first take a hard look at its own Nehru-Gandhi party cadre on “dynastic lines” before making it a poll plank.

AWARD: Mr Gursharanjit Singh, Chairman, Blood Bank Society, Payal, and general secretary, Punjab State Apex Body of NGO’s, has been chosen for the state award by the Punjab Government. He will be honoured on Independence Day at a state-level programme to be organised at Patiala. He is getting this honour for giving his blood more than 50 times. 

CASE REGISTERED: On a complaint Ms Tripta Devi of Kangra the Talwara police has registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC against a local travel agent for cheating her. In her complaint Mrs Tripta Devi alleged that she gave Rs 90000 on October 4, 1999 to travel agent for sending her abroad. She neither sent her abroad nor returned the money.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Students’ Union of the local DAV College: president — Mr Satwinder Singh Bal; vice president — Mr Jagdip Singh Deep; general secretary — Mr Upinderjit Singh; and joint secretary — Mr Devinder Singh Raju. A 11-members executive committee has also been formed.

RETIRED: Mr Shamsher Singh, No 214 J Sub Inspector, CIA Staff, Hoshiarpur, and Mr Balbir Singh, No 659A, Assistant Sub-Inspector, presently posted at the local police lines took pre-mature retirement on Tuesday after 25 years of service. They took retirement in public interest.

BAIL GRANTED: Jinderpal Kaur, a Punjabi teacher of Government Senior Secondary School, Pakhowal, an accused of death of a student of the school, has been granted bail by Mr S. M. S. Mahal, Additional Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, after furnishing bail bond of Rs 20,000 in the court of Mr H. S. Grewal, J.M.I.C, Jagraon. 

RALLY: Hundreds of students of the DIET and teachers took out a procession in protest against the new education policy for 2002. Later, they presented a memorandum to the local SDM, who assured them.

MEETING: A meeting of activists of the Pendu Mazdoor Union under the chairmanship of district president Sukhdev Singh Manuke was held. Leaders while addressing the meeting condemned the Punjab Government for stopping the subsidy and other benefits which were available to the members of the downtrodden society.

DHARMENDRA TO BE HONOURED: A famous filmstar Dharmendra will be awarded by the local Cultural Manch on Thursday. Among others to be awarded are Kamaljit Dhoori and Gurpal Singh Pal. According to Mr Rajinder Singh Raju and Mr Amarik Dharaurvi, both office-bearers of the manch, the programme will be held at Government Primary School, Nandpur.

Unemployed teachers from Punjab will observe August 15 as a ‘Black Day’ throughout region. This was stated by president Mr Gursewak Singh and Mr J.S. Thind, propaganda secretary. They said that the ruling Congress had forgotten all promises made to Punjab’s people in last elections. The people were facing problems while the ministers were enjoying themselves on foreign tours or in AC rooms in Chandigarh. They warned if the government did not change its policies the front would start a gherao campaign in Punjab of the Congress ministers.

INVITED: Dr M.S. Dhaliwal, who is working as a Vegetable Breeder in the department of Vegetable Crops, PAU, Ludhiana, has been invited to attend the XXVIth International Horticultural Congress to be held in Toronto, Canada from August 11-17, 2002. More than two thousand delegates from all over the world will be deliberating on the latest developments in the science of horticulture. Dr Dhaliwal, who is currently working on the genetic improvement of tomato, shall be presenting two research papers entitled ‘Development of tomato hybrids suitable for fresh market and processing’ and ‘Genetic analysis of important fruit characters of tomato by involving lines processing male sterility genes.”

EYES DONATED: Eyes of Surjit Singh Numberdar were donated to Eye Bank Mansuran recently after his sudden death. A resident of Mohi village, Surjit singh was 80 years old. Both the eyes were successfully transplanted to two needy patients free of cost. 

TOPPERS: Ms Reena Gupta and Ms Monica Sandal of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital stood first and second, respectively in B.H.M.s. (IVth) Examination conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, held in January 2002.

HAILED: Activists of the SAD and the All-India Youth Akali Dal have hailed the appointment of Mr Harjinder Singh Lati as vice-president of the youth wing. In a joint statement, they have expressed gratitude to Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, president, AIYAD, Mr Sukhbir Badal, general secretary, SAD, and Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, district (urban) president of the party. The signatories to the statement included Ms Amarjit Kaur, president, Istri Akali Dal, Mr Balwinder Singh Teer, senior vice-president, district unit, SAD, Mr Amrik Singh Bhau, Mr Surinderpal Singh Bhutiani, Mr Iqbal Singh, Mr Taranjit Singh Bindra, Mr Gurwinder Pal Singh Sonu, Mr Gurmeet Singh Bhandari, Mr Kuljit Singh Toni, Mr Ranjit Singh Rana, Mr Balbir Singh Dhillon and Mr Balwinder Singh Sodhi.

CONDEMNED: A joint meeting of different unions of Municipal employees was held here on Wednesday, which condemned the government decision to ban the recruitment of next of kin on compassionate grounds in death cases. Speakers at the meeting took strong exception to the ‘anti-employees’ attitude of the government with particular reference to the decision, which would hit the families and dependents of lower-rung employees the hardest. According to Mr Veer Netaji Sondhi, general secretary, Municipal Karamchari Dal, another meeting would be held at the MC office here on Friday to chalk out further course of action. Prominent among those present in the meeting were Mr Vijay Danav, Mr Walaiti Ram Moong, Mr Ashwani Sahota, Mr Kala Hans, Mr D.P. Khosla, Mr Tarlochan Singh Lochi, Mr Surinder Bali, Mr Naresh Dhingan and Mr Mohanveer Chauhan.

CAMPAIGN: The PSEB has launched a campaign to regularise ‘kundi’ connections in order to check the menace of power theft in the city. According to Mr J.N. Sachdeva, Chief Engineer (Operations), Central Zone, a special camp was organised at Ram Nagar Colony where application for new power connections were received and approved on the spot. More than 80 consumers applied for new connections and deposited necessary charges. During the current month, 200 new applications were received for new domestic connections from this colony alone. He said 2,000 illegal connections were regularised under the Focal Point division. The board will set up new distribution transformers and provide new connections under the pillar box scheme. 

SEMINAR: A district-level Science Seminar, “Remote sensing for national development-scope and hindrances” was organised here on Wednesday at Doaba Arya Senior Secondary School, under the aegis of the State Institute of Science Education, Punjab, in which students from different schools of the district participated.

DIRECTIONS ISSUED: Dr K S Purewal, Civil Surgeon, in a press note issued here on Thursday, urged the people to develop proper eating habits and warned them against consuming uncovered eatables and over-ripe fruits and vegetables.

RAPID RESPONSE TEAM: Local SMO Subhash Sharma has constituted a two-member rapid response team of doctors comprising Dr Rajiv Gupta and Dr Ajay Kumar. The step has been taken to respond promptly to any case of water-borne disease or those related to the rains. The team can be contacted at telephone numbers 60227 and 64100.

CRUSHED TO DEATH: Sukhdev Singh of Vallah village was crushed to death on Tuesday when his truck, loaded with apples, overturned on the G T Road here . The truck was going to Amritsar. The body was extracted from the truck on Wednesday.

: According to an administrative re-shuffle of the SHOs in the police district Khanna ordered by Paramjeet Singh Sarao, SSP Khanna, the SHO Machhiwara, Mr Dilbag Singh has been transferred to Police Line, Khanna, Sub-Inspector Prem Singh from police line to SHO Machhiwara, ASI Rachhpal Singh from Payal to Police Line Khanna. Sub-Inspector Gurmeet Singh to SHO Payal and ASI Swaran Singh have been posted as Incharge of Police Post Isru.

DEAD: A BKU worker Hari Singh Dhillon, father of former councillor of Samrala, Mr Kashmira Singh Dhillon, died on Tuesday according to Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, national council secretary of the BKU here.

PLEA: Before the Assembly elections in Punjab, the Congress had promised to enhance the old-age pension from Rs 200 to Rs 300 per month, according to Mr Kuldeep Khullar, a local social worker, and Mr Jagmel Singh, a panch, and Mr Bhajan Singh Chhandran, a lambardar. They said so far the government had failed to enhance the pension and old persons were running from one office to another in order to get the pension. They urged the government to release the pension at the earliest. 



BLOOD DONATED: As many as 75 persons donated 50 units of blood at a camp organised by the local Lions Club here on Wednesday. The camp was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Harpal Singh Malik.



ARRESTED: Three persons were arrested and a van was impounded at a naka at Nagrota Bagwan in this subdivision on Wednesday and 120 bottles of country liquor seized from them, police sources said here on Wednesday. Those arrested have been identified as Rajeev Kumar of Amtrala, Vipin and Vicky, of Samloti village. A case under the Excise Act has been registered. In a separate incident, Asgar Hamid of Palsora village and Kashi Kumar of Nehera had been arrested under the Excise Act following the seizure of 40,000 ml of illicit liquor from them.

HIGH VOLTAGE LINES: The HPSEB has cautioned the people against constructing houses beneath high voltage lines without permission from the board to avoid injury or loss of life. Mr R C Vaidya, Superintending Engineer, in a press note issued here on Wednesday said it was not feasible to change or shift the high tension lines in the thickly-populated areas of the town.


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