|Friday, February 11, 2000,
Municipal employees: Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, MLA, on Wednesday sought to bring to the notice of the Local Bodies Minister, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, the announcement made by him last year that municipal employees would be present at 9 o'clock to help the public. In a press note, she said it had been noticed that a majority of the employees were never available before lunch time. She alleged that employees were in the personal duty of the city Mayor.
Schools' conference: A state-level conference of the Recognised Affiliated Schools Association will be held at Nawanshahr on February 12. More than 3, 000 teachers are expected to participate in it. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Education Minister Tota Singh will address the conference. According to Mr Jagdish Rai Sharma, president of the association, the participants will urge the state government to accept their demands.
Free dental camp: More than 400 persons were examined in a free dental camp organised by the District Elders Service Society at Sadiq village on Wednesday. Medicines were distributed to the needy. According to Mr Jagmohan Singh Brar, president of the society, denture sets will be provided to the needy at concessional rates.
Anti-encroachment drive: A special campaign is being launched in the district to remove encroachments from government land. Illegal possession from 65 acres of Forest Department's land from 34 persons at Bhaliala village has already been removed. This was disclosed by Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, in a press note issued here on Wednesday. He said after taking possession the boundaries of the area were sealed with barbed wire and 10,000 saplings were planted in it.
Vehicle thief held: The police has arrested Abdul Rasid, alias Riaz Ahmed, a member of an inter-state gang of vehicle thieves which is operating in Punjab, Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh. In a press note, the SSP, Mr Kuldip Singh, said Rasid was involved in the theft of a car on February 5 and was later nabbed by the police .He said the gang was stealing vehicles and selling them in Srinagar.
Brandis prize: Dr D.S. Sidhu, Head, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, and Mr Karamjit Singh, research fellow, have been awarded the Brandis prize for their research paper published in Indian Forester, an international journal of repute. The research paper was adjudged the most outstanding publication of 1998. The paper published in the November, 1998 issue, dealt with the effect of extra water and space on the selection of plus trees in eucalyptus.
Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Hakim Abdul Hameed Memorial Welfare Society: president Mr Naeem Ahmed; vice-president Dr Shabbir; general secretary Dr Irfan; and joint secretary Mrs Nasreen Akhtar.
Sood Sabha:The Sood Sabha will organise the 38th Sood milan at Sood Bhavan in Sector 10, Panchkula, on February 13. A free eye camp will be held on the occasion. Besides, a Sood directory of families living in Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar will be released, according to a press note
Scholarships: The Shivalik Foundation, Panchkula, a charitable society, disbursed scholarships amounting to Rs 25,000 to 205 needy students of various schools in the district. The General Secretary of the society, Mr M.R. Chawla, in a press note issued on Thursday, said that the society would purchase books for the needy students of local primary schools, and disburse them in the beginning of the next academic session. The society also distributed 118 pullovers and 100 pair of shoes to the students.
Clinical laboratory tests and X-ray facilities will be
made available free of cost from February 15 by the
Senior Citizens Council, Panchkula, and Seva Samithi,
Chandigarh, on the campus of the Senior Citizens Council,
Sector 15. Mr S.D. Tuli, a member, informed here on
Thursday that the objective was to provide community
health services to all especially the senior citizens.
Candidate visits villages:The Congress candidate from Naggal constituency, Mr Nirmal Singh, on Thursday visited Gobindgarh, Humayunpur, Mahmoodpur and Khaira villages. He said the present government was not in favour of giving relief to the farmers. The Chief Minister had not fulfilled his promise of giving free power and water to the farmers. He claimed that many senior workers of BSP had joined the Congress.
Money orders: The Post and Telegraph Department has allegedly failed to deliver money orders properly to the destinations. A large number of migrated labourers, especially from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, who send money to their families through money orders are reportedly victims of the "negligence" of postal officials. Mr S.K. Singh had sent a money order for Rs 1,000 to Sumitra Devi in Araria village in Bihar on December 16,1998, but it has not reached the destination so far. Mr Ramu Parshad of Uttar Pradesh, a vendor at the Panipat railway station, had sent a money order for Rs 2,000 on May 19,1999, which has also not reached so far.
Woman commits suicide: Sheela (30) committed suicide allegedly by consuming insecticides in her house in Dhanik Basti here on Wednesday. A family quarrel is stated to be the cause of the suicide.
2 held for murder: With the arrest of two persons, the police on Thursday claimed to have solved the alleged murder of Zile Singh (65) of Jatwara Mohalla in the city on Sunday last. The SSP, Mr K.P. Singh, told mediapersons here that the arrested were Satvir, son of the deceased, and his associate Surinder, alias Leelu. The arrests, he said, followed an FIR lodged by Mr Om Parkash, elder son of the deceased. A dispute over the partition of the house is stated to be the cause of the murder, he added.
Electricity bills: Resentment prevails among people of Mohalla Kalan over the delay in issuing electricity bills by the Uttari Bijli Vitaran Nigam. Many consumers claimed having received the electricity bills only on Wednesday while the last date for deposited these was February 15 in cash and February 14 by cheques.
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