|Thursday, February 17, 2000,
Eye bank: The Rotary Club has set up an eye bank at Dr Daljit Singh Eye Hospital. The President of the club, Mr Harnam Das Arora, said here on Tuesday that Rotarians had launched a movement to create awareness about eye donation.
Anniversary celebrated: The Corps of Signals celebrated its 89th anniversary somewhere in the western sector on Tuesday. Brig R.S. Chhatwan addressed the Vajra Corps signallers at a special Sainik Sammelan and highlighted the achievements of the corps. A 'pagal gymkhana' and 'barakhana' was also organised for all officials and their families.
Raid: Officials of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation conducted a raid on the premises of a local transporter on Monday and detected an octroi tax evasion of Rs 5,100 on various items loaded in two trucks. In a press note issued by the corporation, the items belonged to M/S Sachdeva Transport Company and M/S Vishal Golden Transport Company.
Anti-leprosy week: The District Leprosy Society, with a view to making the Modified Leprosy Elimination Campaign a success in the district, recently organised an 'anti-leprosy week' and training workshops for medical officers. This was stated by Dr Roshan Sunkaria, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman of the Society, in a press note issued here on Monday.
Plea: A deputation of the Punjab Pensioners Welfare Association met the Chief Minister here on Tuesday and apprised him of their demands which included granting of 75 per cent amount of medical reimbursement in advance and free medical facilities at the PGI, Chandigarh, and at all district-level civil hospitals in the state. This was stated by Mr Shivpal Singh, general secretary of the association, in a press note issued here on Wednesday.
Function: The local R K Arya College organised a cultural function here on Wednesday which was presided over by an NRI, Mrs Veena Kohli. As many as 175 students were awarded for their outstanding achievements in the academic, cultural and sports.
Meeting: The administration has chalked out a plan for the development and beautification of the city, according to the SDM, Mr K.K. Garg. He said the first step in this direction was to remove all encroachments on roads and challaning of vehicles parked on unauthorised places.
Four arrested: The police arrested Rajinder Singh and Amarjit Singh and Kamal Kumar, all residents of Gharachon village, and Kirpal Singh of Bhawanigarh village on a charge of gambling and recovered Rs 16,000 from their possession. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered against them.
Rally: The Haryana General and Backward Classes Welfare Association has been formed to press upon the government to abolish caste-based reservation in promotion to implement the law laid down by the Apex Court in its verdict pronounced on 16-9-99 in Ajit Singh-II case, said Mr Desh Raj Lamba, Convener of the Association, on Wednesday. A large number of employees held a rally in Sector 17 during the lunch-break.The association decided to intensify the stir in case the verdict was not implemented by February 25, 2000.
Delegation meets Registrar: A delegation of the Joint Action Committee of the Haryana State Cooperative Land Development Bank, led by Mr Murari Lal, its President, met the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Haryana, on Wednesday. It stressed the need for payment of overtime dues to the staff, discussed the issue of appointment of Mr Sandip Bhatti, Ex-Manager, HAFED, and expressed solidarity with the dharna of Mr Narinder Singh, who was demanding employment with the bank on compassionate grounds. The Registrar said all decisions were to be taken by the State Government. The committee said its gate rallies would continue till the acceptance of the demands.
Blood donation camp : A blood donation camp was organised at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, on Wednesday. It was inaugurated by Dr Joginder Singh, Director, Health Services. A total of 138 students donated blood. Many girls were donating blood for the fifth time.
Seminar : The Department of Sociology, Panjab University, organised a seminar on Looking into public services on Wednesday. Ms Mita and Dr Rajiv Lochan spoke on social and managerial experience of successful water supply scheme. They also discussed the problems of the scheme.
Painting competition: State Bank of Patiala, Sector 26, organised an on-the-spot painting competition on Nature and Environment at Government High School, Sector 26, on Wednesday. Students from classes I to IV took part in the competition.
Proposal opposed: Mr Nirmal Singh, the Congress candidate for Naggal constituency, on Wednesday opposed the proposed move of the Union Government to impose tax on income of rich farmers. He said farmers of Haryana would oppose the move unitedly and they would launch a state-wide agitation if the need arose. He said the Union Government might raise prices of petrol and diesel after the elections.
Dance competition: The local Little Flower School organised fancy dress and dance competitions on Tuesday. Mrs Nisha Rathore, a former District Governor of the Inner Wheel Club, was the chief guest. Jasmine House, Lotus House and Rose House were declared first, second and third, respectively, in the junior group dance competition. In the fancy dress competition, Pooja, Bhavya and Shashank got the first positions in their respective classes. Dheeraj, Shashi and Prashant got the second position while Dikshit, Mehak and Mitali came third.
Function: Mr Ashok Yadav, Additional Deputy Commissioner, gave away prizes to students of CRA College here on Tuesday. Earlier, the Principal of the college read out the annual report and highlighted the achievements of the college.
Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of the Himachal Pradesh Medical Officers Association: president Dr Prem Punam; general secretary Dr D.S. Gurung; and finance secretary Dr D.R. Sehgal.
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