Wednesday, August 27, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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COMPENSATION PAID: On behalf of the GOC, Golden Arrow Division, the commander of the local brigade handed over compensation cheques to eight effected persons at Khemkaran. While seven person received Rs 37,000 each, one was paid Rs 25,000. The compensation from the regimental fund was given to those civilians who suffered injuries due to mine blast.

WORKSHOP HELD: As many as 40 teachers from various schools participated in the ‘national teacher training workshop for heritage awareness’ held to emphasise the need for documentation of heritage buildings, cultural heritage and works of ancient value.

INDO-PAK MELA: A two-day Raja Poras Hind-Pak Punjabi Mitarta Mela, will be held from November 29 at Wagah border. This will be the eighth mela in the annual series organised by the Folklore Research Academy. A meeting attended by office-bearers and members of the academy to draw up programmes, decided to hold a seminar prior to the mela.

RICE MILLERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Bathinda City Rice Millers Association: patrons — Mr Rajinder Mittal and Mr Surinder Katia; president — Mr Gurpreet Singh; vice-president — Mr Sanjiv Singla; general secretary — Mr Kulbhushan Kumar; joint secretary — Mr Narian Garg; and cashier — Mr Sahdu Ram.

TWO KILLED: Two persons, including a minor, were killed, and six others injured in two separate accidents on Monday. According to the police, a petrol tanker collided with a jeep near Hamira on the Jalandhar-Amritsar road. While Sonu (7) died on the spot, six occupants of the jeep received injuries. Meanwhile, Manjinder Singh of Ramidi village was killed when his scooter hit a four wheeler.

GANPATI MAHOTSAV: A meeting of Baba Ganpati Sewa Sangh was held here on Monday, with Mr Purshottam Mittal in the chair. It was attended by the sangh president, Mr Harish Bedi, and the general secretary, Mr Hira Lal Goyal. The meeting reviewed the preparations for the Ganpati Mahotsav, which will be held from August 31 to September 8. It was decided to open an information centre in Chaura Bazar under the supervision of Mr Sham Lal Chopra.

ELECTED: Mr Darshan Vadhera was unanimously elected president of the Shri Vishwanath mandir sabha, Focal Point, on Monday. He announced the formation of a new executive committee for the temple which includes Mr Ram Rattan Chopra, Dr Naresh Kalra, Mr Pawan Sharma, Mr Bal Krishan, Mr Rajnish Ahuja, Mr Rajinder Kapoor, Mr S.K. Baluja, Mr Ramesh Chopra, Mr Jagdish Bali, Mr D.N. Joshi, Mr S.P. Oberoi, Mr Ramesh Chander Bhandari and Mr Pardeep Mittal.

SHOBHA YATRA: A shobha yatra of Lord Tiranthankar Bhagwan was taken out here on Monday under the aegis of Shri Atmanand Jain Sabha. The yatra, which started from S.N. Jain School, Daresi Grounds, culminated at the Jain Mandir in Dal Bazar. Among those who participated in the shobha yatra were Mr Ramesh Jain Barad, president of the sabha, Mr Surinder Mohan Jain, Mr Dhanraj Jain, Mr Praveen Jain, president, Ludhiana Jain Sankranti Mandal, Mr Narinder Jain, Mr Paras Dass Jain, Mr Narinder Jain, Mr Darshan Lal Jain, Mr Ramesh Jain, Mr Davinder Jain, Mr Raj Kumar Jain and Mr Dharam Dev Jain.

JAGANNATH RATH YATRA: Parbhat pheris are being taken out in al parts of the city in connection with the forthcoming Bhagwan Jagannath Rath Yatra on September 6, according to Mr Rajiv Duggal, secretary, Rath Yatra Mahotsav Committee. Renowned hymn singer Baldev Sehgal from Jagadhari has also arrived in the city to take part in the rath yatra on September 6.

WORKSHOP HELD: The Bharat Gyan Vighyan Samiti, Punjab, organised a three-day state-level ‘Kala Jatha (cultural troups) Workshop’ at Baba Balwant Gurdwara, Balachaur, about 20 km from here. Mr Surinder Mohan Sharma, SDM, Balachaur, inaugurated. Mr Surinderjit Singh Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the concluding session of the workshop on Sunday.

SPECIAL LECTURE: Dr Bikram Singh Ghumman, former Dean, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, delivered a special lecture on ‘Medical Punjabi Literature’ at Sikh National College, Banga, about 12 km from here, on Saturday.

SOCIETY: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Political Science Society, Amardeep Singh Shergill, Memorial College, Mukandpur: president — Mr Sandip Kumar; senior vice-president — Ms Swatantar Kaur; general secretary — Mr Jagtar Malla Bedian; assistant secretary — Ms Bhawna Sharma; and treasurer — Mr S.P. Singh.

CAR STOLEN: The case of Dr Mamta Gautam was stolen from her residence in the Hargobind Nagar locality. The police has been informed about it.

DEAD: The mother of Phagwara circle president of the SAD, Jathedar Gurmukh Singh Chana, died of a heart attack here on Saturday. She was 70. Her cremation on Sunday was largely attended.

NAKAS SET UP: The police has set up 10 nakas to check crime. Disclosing this here on Sunday, Mr Harmanbir Singh Gill, SP, Phagwara subdivision, said each naka would be manned by three cops headed by an NGO having wireless sets, barricades and torches.

4 ROBBERS HELD: The police has arrested four members of a gang of robbers operating in various cities of Punjab. A Maruti car, two motor cycles and some arms were seized from them, the DSP, Mr Jaspreet Singh Sidhu, told mediapersons here.

ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Panjab Animal Husbandary Services Association: chairman — Dr Jagdish Singh Randhawa; president — Dr Baldev Singh Brar; vice-president — Dr Sukhjinder Singh; general secretary — Dr Hazara Singh Cheema; treasurer — Dr Shingara Singh.



PEC STAFF UNION: The Group “C” and ‘D’ Employees Union , Punjab Engineering College, in a press statement issued, here on Tuesday, said they were not opposed to any policy decision of the government regarding giving deemed university status to the college. The union has, however, urged the government to make all service benefits available to the employees of the union while upgrading Punjab Engineering College to deemed university.

FRESHERS' PARTY: The Psycho Society of Government College, Sector 46, organised a freshers’ party to welcome the new comers to the department. Colourful items of music and dance were presented by the seniors. All former students were also invited to the fuinction by the Alumni Association of the department. Mr Balkaran was chosen Mr Fresher and Ms Vandana, Ms Fresher.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Navyug Ramleela and Dusshera Committee of Sector 7-B: chairman — Mr Govind Kumar; president — Mr I.D. Singla; senior vice-presidents — Mr K.K. Arora and Mr Suresh K. Chaudhry; vice-presidents — Mr Laxman Singh, Mr Vikas Soni and Mr Amit Jain; general secretary — Mr Sanjay Kumar; joint secretary — Mr Lalit Sharma; secretary — Mr Azad Thakur; and cashier — Mr Devi Dutt.

OLD STUDENTS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Kabir’s Roll of Old Students, an alumni association of St Kabir Public School, Sector 26: president — Pankaj Chandgothi; vice-presidents — Mandeep Brar and Shweta Dang; secretaries — Puneet Bahl, Simrat Jagdev; treasurers — Adarsh Jain and Vishal Aggarwal; and chairperson — Mr J.P. Singh (principal).

HONOURED: The president of the Friends of Photography (FOP), Mr Adit Aggarwala, and the vice-president, Mr V.S. Kundu, have bagged awards for their outstanding photographs at an international circuit of prints organised by Lucknow-based Horizon International recently. While Mr Kundu has bagged a gold medal for best landscape and a silver medal for best dark room technique, Mr Adit Aggarwala has bagged silver medal for Montage technique. Mr Aggarwala has also bagged “Best Monochrome Print” awards at the All-India Photo Exhibition organised by the Youth Photographic Society, Bangalore.

HAIRCARE TIPS: About 65 beauticians of the city and nearby towns were given tips on haircare and styling by Mr Rajesh Kakran, Director of the Haryana Beauty Parlour and Training Institute, Ambala, during a one-day workshop “Care and maintenance of hair” at a local hotel in Sector 22 here on Tuesday. A member of the National Hair Dressers and Beautician Association and expert hair stylist Mr Kakran while demonstrating the latest hair cuts, styling of long hair, perming and said hairstyle play an important role in bringing about one’s personality.

ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the PGI Secretaries and Stenographers Welfare Association: president — Mr Sunil Dutt Sharma; vice-president — Mr Ram Karan; general secretary — Mr Tajinder Singh; organising secretary — Ms Manju Agarwal; joint secretary — Mr Ramesh Kumar; and treasurer — Mr Praveen Wadhawan.

SAPLINGS PLANTED: A sapling plantation function was organised at Government Girls High School, Sector 25, here on Tuesday where students and staff planted 100 saplings on the campus. The chief guest, Mr Bahadur Singh, project officer of the Education Department, planted a Gulmohar sapling. He stressed the need for planting more trees to save the environment while the Headmaster, Mr Gurdev Singh, assured the students that a healthy environment would be maintained at the school campus. Later, the students pledged to look after the saplings. A cultural programme was also presented and poems depicting the importance of trees was also recited.

RESENTMENT: A general body meeting of “266-PUDA Pirit Association” of SAS Nagar was held here recently in which members expressed their displeasure at the working of PUDA. Arbitrary notices to the owners of 266 houses drew special attention during the meeting. It was unanimously decided to bring the issue to the notice of higher authorities of the Punjab Government. A delegation of the association will soon meet the local MLA and Chief Minister, Punjab, in this regard.



TALENT HUNT: A talent hunt competition was organised by the Chunmun Club at AR Public School, Kuldeep Nagar, on Monday. In the drawing competition, senior group, Ritu Sharma was first and Anu Sonekar was second. The consolation prizes went to Abhimanyu, Prerna and Sunil. In junior group, the first prize went to Bhawna Aggarwal while Ravi Malik was second. The consolation prizes went to Ashish, Arzoo and Diksha Nagpal, Chunmun Club director Mr Ashok Sharma said. The project director was Ms Monika Sharma. The judges were MM Jain and Sarita.

DEMAND: President of the Anti Terrorist Front of India, Dr Viresh Shandilya, demanded the Indo-Pak bus service should be stopped. ATFI activists burnt the Pakistani flag at Kalka chowk on Tuesday. Dr Shandilya stated even before the Indo-Pak bus service was started, there was apprehension of a terrorist attack and it has now happened. “We demand that the Indo-Pak bus service must be discontinued at the earliest so that Pakistan backed terrorists are discouraged.If within 10 days, no concrete action is taken, we will go to New Delhi and burn the Pakistani flag outside Parliament,” he said.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The election of office-bearers of the Aggarwal Sabha, Model Town, Ambala city, was held at the general house meeting. Mr Raj Kumar Aggarwal was elected the president while Mr Mohinder Bindal was elected the general secretary.

WORKSHOP: SD College, Ambala Cantonment Principal, Dr Desh Bandhu, presented his paper at a workshop on examination reforms held at Aggarwal PG College, Ballabhgarh. Dr Desh Bandhu, who was re-elected general secretary of the Haryana Non-Government College Principals Association, said examination issues like paper-setting, evaluation, reappear, practical exams, re-evaluation and copying were deliberated upon. He said the function was presided over by Kurukshetra University Vice-Chancellor Dr A.K. Chawla and Dr K.C. Bhardwaj, Controller of Examinations, Maharshi Dayanand University was the guest of honour.

INAUGURATED: Lieut-General B.S. Thakur inaugurated a new telephone exchange in Army Communication Complex at Ambala Cantonment on Tuesday. Senior Army, Air Force officers and regional directors of M/s Tata Telecom were present during the inauguration. Leiut-Gen Thakur was briefed by Chief Signal Officer, Brig P Mohapatra about the exchange and its facilities. He said the new exchange will help in improving the communication infrastructure.

DEMAND: The Haryana Government Teacher Association, affiliated to Haryana Sarwkaramchari Sangh, submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, here on Tuesday. Senior leaders of the state unit had been sitting on dharna at the DEO office which was concluded here. In memorandum, the association has demanded to disaffiliate the administration of primary schools from the control of zila parishad because it creates unnecessary interference in the schools. The association leaders also demanded in that the ad hoc teachers should be confirmed and the teachers should not be allotted the non-academic works.

SEMINAR: A seminar on “Community participation in road safety and free legal aid” was organised by the district police in collaboration with the District Rural Environmental Enterprise Development Society (REED), a NGO at the District Red Cross Bhavan on Tuesday. Mr I.P.S. Sahota, DIG, Patiala Range, said it was unfortunate that we while driving the vehicle behave differently at different places and in different situations. He said the same driver drive negligently in India and the same driver drives carefully while he is abroad. Similarly we use the belt and take all precautions, when we enter Chandigarh and as soon as come out of Chandigarh territory, remove the belts, which is a wrong attitude.

BODY FOUND: The body of Ram Niwas, a resident of Panipat, was found from a well in Kohand village, 18 km from here, on Monday. The police said Ram Niwas was working as a driver on a tractor-trailer.

PILGRIM DEAD: One pilgrim was killed while 10 sustained injuries when a Qualis carrying them turned turtle on Shershah Suri Marg No 1 near Khanpur Kohlia village, 10 km from here, on Monday. The pilgrims had hired the Qualis from Katra on their way from the Vaishno Devi shrine to New Delhi. 

ALLEGED: The AICC member and former Haryana Irrigation Minister, Mr Jagdish Nehra, addressing people in various villages of the Rori Assembly segment, alleged that the law and order situation in the state had deteriorated and the government had failed to provide clean administration. 



PROTEST RALLY: A large number of students held a protest rally in the premises of Government Postgraduate College here on Monday. They warned leaders of various political parties to keep away from college campus till the elections to the Central Students Association were over.

NEW DC: Subhasheesh Panda on Monday joined as new Deputy Commissioner of Bilaspur. An IAS officer of the 1997 batch, Subhasheesh Panda, who was earlier Deputy Commissioner Keylong (Lahaul and Spiti District ) replaced Prakash Chand Jassal who has been transferred to Kangra as Managing Director, HP Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Development Corporation.

ELECTED: Mrs Kamla Thakur was on Monday elected chairpersons of the Salooni Panchayat Samiti in Chamba district. The previous BJP supported samiti was dissolved a few days ago.

EFFIGY BURNT: Activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) burnt an effigy of DMK leader M.Karunanidhi on the college campus here on Monday in protest against the remarks made by him regarding the ban on cow slaughter.

WELFARE SCHEMES: The chairman of the District Welfare Committee and MLA, Dr Prem Singh, while reviewing various welfare schemes run by the Welfare Department here on Monday said Rs 3.16 crore would be spent on different welfare schemes for the benefit of the weaker sections of society.

STOLEN: Mr Madan Mohan Singla, a junior engineer with the state electricity board has reported to the police that gold ornament worth Rs 35,000 were stolen from his house. The police has registered a case.


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