Tuesday, May 27, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of Sales Tax Practitioners Association : president — Mr Navin Rattan; vice-president — Mr Navinder Singh Kalsi; general secretary — Mr Rajnees Khanna and finance secretary — Mr Munish Uppal.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP), Batala: president — K.N. Sharma; vice-presidents — Ravinder Handa, Rajinder Rathore and Subash Goel; secretary — Jitendar Malhotra; joint secretaries — Bhuvnesh Verma, Jugal Kishore and Sanjeev Kanshel; treasurer — Joginder Trehan.

SEND-OFF TO LECTURER: Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman, Finance Committee, on Sunday urged teachers to educate students for living a meaningful life. He was speaking at the farewell function of Ms Raj Gupta, who retired as a lecturer from the local SSD Girls College. Speakers commended Ms Gupta for her social work and hoped that she would not give up on it.

GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS: The president, Post-Graduate Geography Teachers Association, Punjab Mr Sukhjinder Singh, has said two lecturers teach over 800 students of geography in Government Senior Secondary Schools at Kotkapura against the requirement of 14 teachers laid down by the Education Department. As many as 35 students were being taught geography by non-subject teachers at the local Government Balbir Senior Secondary School. As against this as many as six lecturers in two government senior secondary schools teach commerce subjects to 13 students in the district.

BOOK EXHIBITION: Major Ajaib Singh Social and Educational Society organised a book exhibition at Jiwanwala village, 36 km from here, on Sunday to inculcate reading habits and promote library culture among the rural children. Inaugurating the exhibition, Mr Sukhchain Singh Brar, director of the society, said reading good books not only build the mental ability of children but also made their character strong.

CENTRAL FUNDS: The Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr Satya Narayan Jatiya, said here on Sunday that most states, including Punjab, diverted the special component plan funds to other heads.

: A migrant labourer died after falling into a well at Goslan village on Sunday. According to the police, the labourer, Mukhia Bahrti, had been living in the village for the past some years. On Sunday, he had consumed alcohol in excess. Under the influence of alcohol, he fell into a well in the village. He was taken out of the well by the villagers, but could not be saved. His body has been sent to the Civil Hospital, Khanna, for a post-mortem examination. The family members of the deceased has been informed about the incident.

CLUB’S GESTURE: The local Rotary Club on Monday sent mentally challenged woman to Pingalwara, Amritsar. The woman had been wandering in the local bazars for the past one month. The president of the club said the help of the local Civil Hospital authorities as well as the police was sought for the purpose.

SUMMER WORKSHOP: Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, has completed summer workshops/hobby classes loaded with an array of activities ranging from music, painting, drawing, soft-toy making, computer education, art, craft, anti-pollution club, dance, embroidery. At the closing ceremony of the summer workshops, the chief guest visited different stalls where the students had displayed various items made by them during hobby classes.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The Lakshmi Ladies Club on Monday announced its new team for the year 2003-2004. Ms Dalip Brar was elected chairperson of the club while Ms Aruna Berry became its president. Ms Sunita Gupta is the secretary, Ms Indu Bhaskar is the vice-president. The joint-secretary will be Ms Manisha Aggarwal and Ms Komal Aggarwal will be the treasurer.

FREE MEDICAL CAMP: The Ludhiana Sewa Sangh organised its 16th free medical camp at Guru Ram Das Diagnostic Centre, Field Ganj, here on Sunday. More than 650 patients were examined. Laboratory test were conducted free of cost. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Surinder Dabar. Patients were provided with medicines free of cost.

WOES OF AN ATM OPERATOR: Beware of using your ATM card lest you may lose your money. This was learnt the hard way by Mr Baljeet Ghumman, an ICICI Bank client, who is yet to retrieve his Rs 3000 which went back into the ATM machine and have already been debited from his account. Despite a number of representations and complaints the amount has not been credited in his account so far. He said, he lodged a complaint with the security personnel of the ATM, the ICICI helpline and also with the bank in writing. But even after one month, the amount has not been credited into his account. He said, when he exhausted all the means, he was left with no option but to surrender the card and go to the Press so that other do not suffer like him.

APPOINTMENT HAILED: Welcoming the appointment of Mr Harmohinder Singh as president of the District Congress Committee (rural) and Mr Jagmohan Sharma as president of the DCC (urban), the office-bearers of the legal cell of Punjab Pardesh Congress have resolved to extend them cooperation at a meeting convened under the leadership of its chairman Dharamjit Singh Khera. Those present at the meeting included S.S. Dhaliwal, T.S. Sood, S.K. Pathak, S.S. Garcha, Rajesh Bali, Kamaljit Sharma, Sharwan Sehgal and H.J.S. Rana, secretary of the legal cell.

ACHIEVEMENT: Sarina Jain, a student of the local SDKL DAV Centenary Public School, has stood first in the district by securing 453 out of 500 marks (90.6 per cent) in the CBSE class X result this year. Malvika Jindal and Ashish Singla of the same school got second and third positions in the district by securing 451 marks (90.2 per cent) and 441 marks (88.2 per cent) respectively. This was stated in a press note issued here on Monday by Mr Sudhir Singh Thakur, Principal of the school.

CLASSICAL DANCE: A classical dance programme “Jhankar” was organised here on Sunday by the District Cultural Society, in collaboration with the local SDKL DAV Centenary Public School. Mr S.S. Srivastava, SSP, Mansa, presided over the function while Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, was the guest of honour.

SEMINAR: A seminar on AIDS awareness was organised here on Monday on the premises of the local Government Nehru Memorial Postgraduate College in which employees of 11 police stations of the district took part. Mr S.S. Srivastava, SSP, Mansa, presided the seminar while Mr Narinder Kumar, community AIDS educator of United Nations AIDS, gave lecturer on AIDS awareness. Dr Ranjit Singh, medical office of the district police organised the seminar.

DEMAND: The long-awaited demand for widening and strengthening of the Kali Mata Mandir road was fulfilled on Sunday with Mr Ashok Sharma, local MLA, inaugurating the road. Among those who attended the function was Mr Puneet Goyal, SDM.

INTRODUCTION: The Punjab Tourism Corporation on Monday introduced a “thali system” at Kachnar Tourist Complex, Shambhu. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Jagjit Puri, MD Punjab Tourism Development Corporation, said the corporation was also planning to introduce the “thali” concept at other complexes.

ONE DEAD: In a hit and run case, an 88-year-old Piara Lal was killed while his son Vinod Kumar was injured, when a speeding car hit their scooter on the GT road near here on Sunday evening. The two were returning to Mehtan village from Phagwara. Piara Lal died on way to hospital.

SEMINAR: Regular exercise, avoiding fatty foods, rest and entertainment can keep heart problems at bay, cardiologists said at an Indian Medical Association seminar here on Sunday.

BUFFALOES STOLEN: Sawinder Singh, Balwinder Singh and Sukhdev Singh, all residents of the town, have been booked under Sections 457, 380 of the IPC for stealing buffaloes. A buffalo of Mr Balbir Singh of Mohalla Nanaksar here has been recovered from them.

ELECTED: Mr Tarlok Singh Bajwa and Ms Manjit Kaur have been elected president and vice-president, respectively, of the Sheikhchak Co-operative Agriculture Service Society, Sheikhchak.



CONCERN: The labour colonies (kachi colonies) cell of the BJP has expressed its concern over the demolition of houses at various places in the city without issuing prior notices. A meeting of this organisation of the BJP was held here, on Sunday, under the leadership of its president, Mr Megh Raj Verma. Mr Verma blamed Mayor Subash Chawla and local MP Pawan Bansal for the demolitions and said that the demolitions were carried out at their direction. He also claimed that there was an acute shortage of drinking water in the city and there were heaps of garbage lying in almost all colonies. The organisation passed a resolution that if the demolition of houses was not stopped immediately, the residents of labour colonies would gherao the local MP and Mayor.

ELECTED: The following have been elected members of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (Himachal unit): general secretary — Mr Paramjit Singh Chandana; president — Mr Sohan Singh; district president Sirmaur — Mr Swarn Singh; Solan unit president — Mr Ravinder Singh; district president Shimla — Mr Manmohan Singh; district president Nalagarh — Mr Inder Singh, Sarv Welfare Society Sunder Nagar president — Mr Balvinder Singh Sodhi.



BANK PROFIT: The operating profit of the United Bank of India has gone up by 135 per cent to reach 556 crore during the year. The Deputy General Manager, Mr A.S. Bhattacharya, said balance sheet results of the bank for the year 2002-03 showed all-round growth and consolidation. Pre-tax profit increased by more than 250 per cent from 129 crore to 407 crore and post-tax profit increased by more than 310 per cent from 119 crore to 305 crore during 2002-03, according to a release.



FAST THREAT: Badamodevi (70), Dalit widow of Berry Darolan village, near here, has sought an immediate intervention of the Chief Minister in saving her 2 bighas. In her representation, Badamodevi has alleged that a proposed link road would pass through her land. She further stated that if the matter was not immediately investigated into, she along with her family would go on fast in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here.

RALLY: Under the AIDS awareness programme of the Health and Family Welfare Department, students of various schools here held a rally on Monday. Later, a workshop was organised at the local Anand Welfare Centre. According to the District AIDS Control Officer, four camps each would be held in 179 health centres of the district.

MEETING: The local Nagar Parishad will spend Rs 20 lakh for the repair of roads in the township. The decision was taken at a meeting of the parishad here on Saturday. The meeting was presided over by Ms Meenakshi Sharma, president of the parishad. It was also decided to send a project report to the government for approval to set up a Mini Secretariat in the township. The members also discussed water and sanitation problem in the town.

CRICKET MEET: Mr Tek Chand Dogra, MLA, Nachan, while addressing a gathering on the closing ceremony of the “Naga Baba Cricket Trophy” near Jangam Bagh on Sunday said that the proposed cement plant would not be allowed to set up here. The MLA said Rs 1 lakh would be spent on the development of a playground and Rs 1 lakh on the construction of a community centre at the gram panchayat, Chambi. Government Middle School would also be upgraded. The chief guest praised the Naga Baba Yuvak Mandal, Jangam Bagh, for holding the four-day tournament in which 16 teams participated. The Bharari and Jia Devi teams were declared joint winners.

PARBATI PROJECT: The Himachal government is considering to review the agreements for the execution of the 2051-MW Parbati project and the 800-MW Kol Dam project. The projects were handed over to Central agencies by the previous Dhumal government. This was announced by the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh addressing the 21st general body meeting of the State Power Engineers Association, here recently.


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