Sunday, July 6, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


FAKE PASSPORT: Immigration officials have arrested Rajpal Singh of Chhina village on the charge of possessing a fake passport and visa. He was to board the Uzbekistan Airways flight to the United Kingdom (UK) from the Amritsar International Airport. A case under Sections 419, 420 468 and 471 of the IPC has been registered against him.

CYCLE RALLY: A hundred children participated in the ‘Sadbhavna Cycle Rally’ on Friday to spread the message of national integration and water and environment conservation. The rally was organised by the Ladies Club of Guru Nanak Dev University.

CENTRAL FUNDS: “There is a general impression among Parliamentarians that the Central funds are not utilised properly in states and only 40 paise in every rupee” reaches the common man, said Mr R.L. Bhatia, MP and chairman of the Monitoring and Vigilance Committee, at the first meeting of the committee for Amritsar here on Friday, which was attended by the heads of all district development agencies.

SAPLINGS: The district administration has decided to plant 2 lakh saplings in the district with the help of non-government organisations. This was disclosed by Mr Raminder Singh, Deputy Commissioner, during a joint meeting of district officials, NGOs and municipal corporation officials here on Friday.

INVITED: Dr Adarsh Kumar, Professor and Head of the Cardiology Department in Government Medical College and Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here, has been invited to deliver a guest lecture on new developments in the treatment of heart disease without surgery and other inventions at the World Congress on Heart Disease in Washington DC, USA, to be held from July 12, 15. APPOINTED: Dr Ranjit Singh Bajwa, head of the School of Punjabi Studies in Guru Nanak Dev University has been appointed a member of the University Syndicate. Dr Bajwa has to his credit five books and 12 research publications.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among residents of the local Mohalla Bathan and adjoining areas against the erratic piped water supply for the past about three years. In a written complaint made to Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot, the residents alleged that there was no supply of water in the morning and a scanty supply in the evening failed to cater to their needs.

ANTI-PIRACY DRIVE: The police has registered a case against two men — Som Raj of Chagguwal and Amarjit Singh of Uchapind under Gurdaspur — and charged them with selling pirated cassettes. In a raid on Friday, 123 VCDs and 95 video cassettes, all pirated, were seized from them.

CLARIFICATION: Sunita Jain of the Khalsa College for Women stood first in BA III examination conducted by Panjab University this year. She secured 1833 marks. Ludhiana Tribune had mentioned the name of topper as Sonali Jain inadvertently. The error is regretted.

PROGRAMME: Niley Khan will present quwwalis based on the works of Shiv Kumar Batalvi and on modern poetry at Punjabi Bhavan on Sunday. Mr Surjit Patar, president of Punjabi Sahitya Akademy, said the function would start at 7.30 p.m. OC

MISS PUNJABAN: Miss Punjaban-2003 will be telecast live on Balle Balle Channel on Sunday from 7.30 pm. Mr Jasmeer Singh Dhatt, organiser, said Ms Punjaban contest would adhere to Punjabi tradition.

YOGA CAMP: A yoga camp will be organised at Rose Garden on Sunday by Bhartiya Yog Sansthan. At the camp specific asanas will be taught to help combat diseases like backache, diabetes etc.

EXHIBITION: Showman Associates has organised Life Style Exhibition at Welkome Palace at which the latest and the best in consumer products has been displayed. The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr Jagmohan Sharma, District Congress Committee on Friday. It will be open for public till July 7 from 11am to 10 pm. OC

OPENING CEREMONY: Bhai Gurdas Institute of Computer Education (BGI) is going to inaugurate its New Modern Site over Punjab National Bank, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, on Sunday. The inaugural ceremony will be performed by Bhai Jaswinder Singh, Hazuri Raagi of Sri Harminder Sahib, Amritsar.

ARYA SAMAJ: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Arya Samaj: president — Mr Prem Bhardwaj; secretary — Mr Surinder Mohan Tejpal; deputy secretary — Mr Keshavanand Kalia; vice-president — Ms Indumati Gautam, Mr Desh Bandhu Bhalla, Dr Adarsh Rajpal and Mr Varinder Sareen; and treasurer — Mr Kulwant Rai Sharma.

ACQUITTED: Mr G.S. Bakhshi, Additional Sessions Judge at Gurdaspur, on Friday acquitted Manager Shingar Pathankot, Rakesh Kumar, of the charge of killing a former manager of the private firm. The judge gave him the benefit of doubt.

SUICIDE: A 22-year-old youth, Tarsem Lal of Damtal, set himself ablaze after dousing himself with kerosene oil. He died of burn injuries on Friday. He worked with a crusher contractor at Damtal.

ATTACKED: Two eunuchs, Payal and Kajal, and their driver, Lakhbir Kumar, were injured and hospitalised here on Friday after they were attacked by a rival group of eunuchs near Vishawkarma Temple on the Banga road. Called “Kinnar Mahants” in their parlance, Kajal and Payal said their Guru, Mahant Najni Haji of the local Khera road, had a dispute with Jyoti Mahant of the Satnampura locality over the issue of “jurisdiction”.

CHAIN SNATCHED: Two scooter-borne youths with shorn hair snatched a gold chain from Ms Richa Bhardwaj on the Banga road and sped away. Ms Richa, wife of Mr Naresh Bhardwaj, general secretary of the Block Congress Committee (Urban), said the ornament was worth Rs 25,000.

GANG BUSTED: The police has busted a three-member gang which sold fake slips of government lotteries and ran a ‘dara-satta’ business. Ashwani Kumar, Mohinder Kumar and Varinder Singh of Hadiabad sub-town were charged under the Gambling Act.



RELIEF SOUGHT: An organisation of retired employees here has urged the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister to exempt in habitants of the new Bilaspur township here from paying house tax. Its plea is that the new township is being set up for the Bhakra Dam oustees, whose rehabilitation is still incomplete.

FISHERMEN’S PLEA: The Berry-Darelan Oustees Fishing Cooperative Society across Gobind Sagar has urged the Chief Minister and the State Minister for Fisheries to look into affairs of the Gobind Sagar Fisheries Co-operative Federation that handles the catch by some 2,000 fishermen. The federation is in loss and it has not paid dues worth Rs 20 lakh to fishermen.

ROTARY CLUB: The Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club have jointly decided to focus on community health and female literacy in the district from Sunday and organise a multipurpose medical check-up camp for the club officials and their families on the day of taking over on Sunday. Dr Vinod Sharma, the newly installed president of the club, said the new team of the club would undertake many community-oriented projects, including a mass cleanliness campaign.

DHARNA: The district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to organise a dharna at Hamirpur on Tuesday in protest against the policies of the state government and the June 25 lathi charge in Shimla.

ONE KILLED: One person was killed and two others of the family injured, one of them seriously, when a car in which they were travelling was hit by a truck at Rani Bain near here on National Highway 21 near here on Friday. Tulsi Ram, who was driving the car, succumbed to his injuries soon after reaching the hospital. His wife, Jayabanti (55), is in coma and his grandson, Hari Om (9), has also been injured. A case has been registered.

JE KILLED: Mr Mohinder Dogra (35), a junior engineer of the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board at Kotla near here got injured when his motor cycle skidded off the road at Khazian late Thursday. He was taken to the local Civil Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

SENTENCED: The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr J.K. Sharma, on Friday sentenced Ashwani Kumar of Una district to undergo a nine-month imprisonment and pay Rs 1,500 in fine for rash and negligent driving that led to the death of cyclist, Sanjay Kumar (16), at Rehan near here on a April 26, 1997.


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