Tuesday, July 15, 2003, Chandigarh, India





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PUNJAB

AMRITSAR
FOUR BOOKED: The Majitha district police has booked four persons for allegedly assaulting and deterring a policeman from discharging his duty. The accused also tore the uniform of the policeman. According to a complaint lodged at Lopoke police station, Constable Sawinder Singh stated that the incident took place when he along with some officials of the Excise Department and contractors was conducting a raid at the house of Basant Singh. He alleged that the accused persons — Jagtar Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Balwinder Singh and Mukhtar Singh, sons of Basant Singh — attacked him and tore his uniform. The case has been registered under Sections 353, 186 of the IPC.

BATHINDA
BLOOD DONATION CAMP: As many as 70 persons donated blood in a blood donation camp organised by the Good Will Society here on Sunday. Mr K.K. Goyal, president of society, said in a press note that the camp was organised with the aim to provide blood to victims of accidents.

MEDICAL CAMP: At least 100 patients suffering from various diseases were examined at a medical check up camp which was organised by Sewa Bharti, a local NGO, at Kanya Basti of the city on Sunday. In a press note Mr Yog Raj Handa, president, Sewa Bharti, said the camp was organised to provide medical care, free of cost, to the poor and downtrodden sections of society. He said a team of prominent doctors of the city had examined the patients.

SAPLINGS PLANTED: As many as 166 saplings were planted in Government High School, Chuge Khurd village in the district by the staff members as per a press note issued by Mr Dajeet Singh Sidhu, Head Master of the school on Monday.

NOMINATIONS INVITED: The Gurdwara Godri Sahib Baba Farid Society, Faridkot, has invited nominations for Baba Farid awards for honesty and service to humanity to be given on September 23 at Gurdwara Godri Sahib, Faridkot. In a press note issued here on Monday, Mr Inderjeet Singh Khalsa, Chairman of the society, said nominations would be invited from the individual persons and institutions in connection with these awards up to August 15, 2003. He added that names of selected persons and institutions for these awards would be announced on September 1, 2003.

FAZILKA
SUICIDE: Sarvan Kumar (12), a resident of Sabuana village, 10 km from here, allegedly committed suicide on Sunday night. According to a statement given by the father of the deceased, Des Raj, the boy was physically challenged since childhood and about a week back he had fallen and had injured his backbone. He was reportedly under depression after that and committed suicide by strangulating himself in a room of his house.

INJURED: Darshan Singh (25), a constable of Punjab Police posted at the City Police Station here, was injured seriously near Bhamba Wattu village, about 20 km from here, on Sunday night as the jeep in which he was travelling was hit by a tractor-trailor. Darshan Singh was referred to Medical College, Amritsar, by the local Civil Hospital doctors for further treatment. 

GURDASPUR
ELECTED: Ms Sukhwant Kaur of the Congress and Mr Anwar Nasih of the SAD have been elected as Sarpanches from Fateh Garh Churi in the Fatehgarh Assembly constituency and Mangalsen in the Gurdaspur Assembly constituency, respectively in panchayat poll held on Sunday. The poll for these panchayats was postponed due to various complaints of irregularities to the Punjab Election Commission.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Rotary Club, Midtown and Innerwheel Club. Rotary Club Midtown: president — Dilbag Singh Cheema; vice-presidents — Brig Gurdarshan Singh Kahlon (retd) and Neelam Mahant; secretary — Dr Arvind Sharma; and treasurer — Jagdish Singh Dhillon. Inner Wheel Club, Gurdaspur: president — Neelam Mahant; vice-president — Sarishti Mahajan; secretary — Savita Aggarwal; and treasurer — Gajender Kaur Koundal.

HOSHIARPUR
CELEBRATED: Guru Purnima was celebrated at various ashrams with great enthusiasm here on Sunday. Devotees of various gurus thronged the ashrams of their gurus and performed pooja there. Devotees of Brahmleen Swami Kathusthanand also celebrated the occasion. A congregation was held in the ashram and devotees performed pooja in the temple of Kuteshvera Mahadev. Free langar was also served on this occasion.

JALANDHAR
ARRESTED: The district police has arrested two persons for allegedly trying to murder a person by attacking him with sharp-edged weapons about six months back. According to the police, Nabh Vikas Singh of Model Town was attacked with sharp-edged weapons allegedly by Harmesh Lal and Harish Kumar, residents of Abadpura, and some of their accomplices. The victim was admitted to the local Civil Hospital in a serious condition, while the accused managed to escape. A police party raided their hideout on Saturday and arrested Harmesh and Harish.

LUDHIANA
SEMINAR: Ivanna Institute, a PTU learning centre for fashion technology hotel management and tourism will be conducting an orientation seminar and free demo classes for students seeking admission to the institute on July 21. The participants will be told about various programmes conducted by the university under its distance education scheme, advantages of enrolling in these programmes, job prospectus, and placement record, said Ms Manmeet Sodhia, Director of the institute, in a press note issued on Monday.

POWER CARD: Customers of IndusInd Bank have welcomed, the launch of Power Card, an international debit and ATM card, by the bank in association with Visa International, as a part of its retail initiative for the current fiscal year. The card would be accepted in 70,000 merchant establishments and 6,000 VISA and ATMs all over India.

NAWANSHAHR
CAMP: The Red Cross Society, Punjab, organised a special camp for identification and rehabilitation of the handicapped persons at Banga, about 13 km from here, on Saturday. Mr Surinderjit Singh Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, was the chief guest and Dr D.P.S Sandhu, Director, Health Services, presided over the camp. The Deputy Commissioner distributed tricycles, wheel-chairs, hearing aids, calipers, clutches, and artificial limbs to the needy persons. The handicapped persons were referred to Saket Hospital, Patiala, for treatment.

OSHO KENDRA: The local Osho Dhyan Samadhi Kendra organised a three-day 'anand prigya camp' here at Rotary Bhavan. Acharya Sujay from Patna delivered discourse and gave tips to the participants regarding blissful and peaceful life through spiritual science during the camp, which concluded on Sunday.

MANDI GOBINDGARH
OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district executive of the Government Pensioners Welfare Association at a meeting chaired by Mr Balwant Singh Sodhi on Monday: President — Mr Balwant Singh Sodhi; general secretary — Mr Dharam Chand Verma; chief advisors — Ram Saran Sood and Mr Rajinder Singh; senior vice-presidents — Ms Vidya Nagar and Mr Mohinder Singh; vice-presidents Mr Baldev Krishan, Mr Bhag Singh and Mr Rameshwar Dass; secretary — Mr Hakim Rai; treasurer — Mr Hardev Singh Rahi; auditor — Mr Sohan Singh; office secretaries — Mr Rajinder Dhiman and Mr Bal Krishan; organising secretary — Mr Pawan Kumar; and joint secretary — Mr Ishwar Dass Pathak.

PATIALA
EYE CAMP: The employees federation of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) will organise a free eye check up camp at the PSEB allopathic dispensary on Thursday. Dr Sukhdip Singh Boparai, ophthalmologist , along with his team of doctors, will check the patients, an official press note said here on Monday.

MEMORIAL MEETING: A memorial meeting was held at Hindi Department of Punjabi University here on Monday to pay tribute to renowned Hindi writer Bhisham Sahni. Speaking on the occasion Dr Chaman Lal said Bhisham Sahni had enriched the Hindi literature by his fiction, plays and biographical writings. Dr Ravi Kumar, Dr Ram Niwas Sharma and Dr Sudha Singh also paid tribute to the writer.

PHAGWARA
RELEASED ON BAIL: Ten activists of the Shiv Sena (Thackeray), including president of the rural block unit of the party Gurdip Saini, who were arrested under Section 283, IPC, were released on bail on Saturday. They were arrested on Friday when they burnt Pakistan’s flag and held a demonstration at Gol Chowk on the GT Road to protest against the resumption of the bus service between India and Pakistan.

FRAUD: Kuldip Chand, a travel agent, has been booked for duping Subhash Chander of Rs 5.82 lakh on the pretext of sending him to Switzerland and settling his family there. However, he neither sent the complainant abroad nor returned his money.

SUICIDE: A Nepali youth, Vishnu, committed suicide at the local Vishawkarma Nagar on Plahi road here. However, it was not clear what drove the 20-year-old to take this extreme step.

GODOWN SEALED: A raid was reportedly conducted at an LPG agency on Saturday and its godown was sealed after 90 gas cylinders were found to be underweight. The raid was conducted by a team lead by the District Food Controller. 

SAMRALA
RELIEF FUND: A draft of Rs 10,000/- for the Chief Minister Relief Fund was handed over on Monday by the Document Writers Association, Samrala, through its president, Mr J.S. Kaler, and the treasurer, Pt Krishan Lal, to Ms Balraj Kaur Sekhon, Tehsildar Samrala.

MOURNED: The Tehsil Brahamin Sabha of Samrala observed two minutes silence to mourn the death Satinder Kumar Vashishat, son of a Congress leader, Pt Nitya Nand, who died here on Sunday. The president of the Brahamin Sabha, Mr Behari Lal Saddi, spoke highly of his contributions for the welfare of youth in the locality.

SAPLINGS PLANTED: Mr Harpal Singh Dhillon, a social worker and president of the Samrala Ahrtia Association, planted saplings in the Tehsil complex here on Monday. Mr Dhillon said he would plant more than 1,000 saplings in educational institutions, this year.

ELECTED: Mr Kamaljeet Rattan, political advisor to the British High Commissioner at Delhi, was elected president of the Old Students Association of Malwa College, Bondli-Samrala, on Sunday. He has been authorised to elect and nominate other office-bearers.

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CHANDIGARH

DRIVE LAUNCHED: NCC cadets on Monday began a week-long drive to assist the local traffic police in creating traffic awareness among local residents. The drive was conducted in Sector 34 today, where cadets focused on generating awareness about parking rules as well as cultivating a spirit of traffic sense among local drivers. According to the NCC Group Commander, Chandigarh, Col Ashwini Sharma, the cadets would aim to foster a better relationship between citizens and the traffic police. The move will also cover other sectors. 

DISRUPTED: The counselling for admission into various engineering colleges, based on the results of the All India Engineering Entrance Examination conducted by the CBSE earlier, was disrupted following a snag in the computer system. Counselling began at the Technical Teachers Training Institute (TTTI), Sector 26, last week. TTTI is the regional counselling centres for north Indian states, including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh. About 200 candidates had appeared for counselling toady. While the authorities told the candidates that the fault would be rectified in about an hour-and-a-half, it took over three hours for the system to become functional again. 

PANCHKULA
ORTHOPAEDIC CAMP: An orthopaedic camp was organised by Dews for its students here on Monday. Renowned orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Pradeep examined the students. The school principal, Mr Vineet Aggarwal, said the camp was part of a regular medical check up curriculum of the school. 

WORKSHOP: A workshop on stress management and attitude change for teachers of DAV Senior Secondary Model School was held on the school premises under the guidance of Mrs Pushpinder Syal, Head, English Department, Panjab University. She emphasised the importance of meditation in coping with stressful situations. 

INDUCTION PROGRAMME: An induction programme for students seeking admissions in Class XI at Satluj Public School was held on Monday. The school Principal, Mr Krit Serai, welcomed the students and apprised them of the various career options and also guided them on taking the right combination of subjects to score better marks.

IDENTITY CARDS: The online photo identity cards for the electorate of the Kalka Assembly constituency are being prepared from July 12 and the exercise will be completed by August 12. A press release issued on Monday said advised the electorate to bring their ration card, driving licence etc. for verification of identity. The electorate, who have lost their identity cards, will be issued a duplicate card, only after the applicant has lodged an FIR with the police, it said.

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HARYANA

AMBALA
DEMANDED: The residents of Moti Nagar in Ambala city have demanded that garbage should be cleared from their area. The residents have written a letter to the Executive Officer of the Municipal Council, Ambala city, highlighting the problems being faced by them. The residents said the road from Ambala city to Patiala had garbage piled on the roadside and it caused difficulty to the shopkeepers. They said they had repeatedly requested the authorities concerned but to no avail. They said that the garbage was piled up near the shops. Also, water accumulation took place during rainy season.

CONDOLED: Former chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, Prof Rajendra better known as Rajju Bhaiyya is no more. Ambala MP Ratan Lal Kataria, general secretary BJP Ambala Cantonment unit Mr Shubhadesh Mittal, Mr Ravindra Dhawan and president of the Ambala Cantonment unit Mr Shish Pal Bhola have expressed their condolences on the sudden demise of the former sarsanghchalak of the RSS. 

RUN OVER: One youth was run over by a train near level crossing at Ambala city on Sunday. According to information he was going to across the level crossing to meet one of his friend. The deceased was identified as Manga. As the level crossing gate was closed so he tried to cross the track by taking his motor cycle beneath the gate. In the meantime a train coming from opposite direction hit his motor cycle. A youth died on the spot.

INJURED: As many as five persons were injured in a road accident on Ambala Hisar road near Naggal village here on Monday. According to information the injured were coming in a car from Kaithal side. When it was crossing near Naggal the car rammed into a truck carrying fodder. The injured include a police official, a bank employee and three others. The injured were later admitted to local Civil Hospital, from where two of them were referred to the PGI.

FATEHABAD
SNAKE BITE: A woman died of snake bite at Nangal village in this district on Saturday. According to reports, Saroj (30) was bitten by a snake while she was picking up cow dung cakes from near her residence.

DIRECTIONS: In view of the forecast of heavy rains this year, the district administration has issued directions to officers of various government departments not to leave their station of work without prior permission of the administration. In orders issued to the department heads of public health, irrigation, revenue, municipal committee, panchayat and power departments, the Deputy Commissioner, Dr R.B. Langyan, said no officer should leave his station.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

KUMARHATTI
ONE KILLED: One person died and two others sustained injuries in an accident involving a car (DL 8CF-3645) and a mini truck (HR-37 A 1189) near Jabli level crossing on Kalka-Shimla national highway, about 11 km from here, on Sunday. The accident took place when the car collided head on with a truck parked in the opposite direction while the driver of the car was trying to overtake a bus. Both the drivers could not control the vehicles and these rolled down into a 50-feet-deep gorge. The car was crushed under the truck that was loaded to its fully capacity. Mr Jagtar Singh, a resident of West Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi, who was driving the car, died on the spot. The other occupant of the car, Mr Amandeep, had a miraculous escape with minor injuries. Om Dutt the driver of the truck also sustained minor injuries.

NURPUR
ROAD MISHAP: As many as 12 persons were injured in an accident at Gujjar Ka Talab near here on Saturday in a head on collision between two private buses. The injured were given medical aid at the Community Health Centre, Gangath. Driver of one of the buses has been arrested under Sections 279, 337 of the IPC for negligence and the bus was also impounded by the police.

SHIMLA
DEATH MOURNED: The state unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday expressed grief over the passing away of renowned Hindi writer Bhisham Sahni. In a press note issued here, Mr Rakesh Singha, president of the state unit of the CITU, said Sahni always stood for a secular and Independent India and his progressive cultural movement would always be remembered. The CITU leader said the eminent writer was seriously concerned about the menace of communalism and his novel “Tamas” reflected his concern for a secular India. The state DYFI secretary, Mr Tikender Singh Panwar, also expressed grief over the death of Sahni. 

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