Sunday, February 27, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Convention: The annual convention and elections of the Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha (Sekhon) will be conducted at Central Library, Patiala, on Sunday. Punjabi writer Jaswant Singh Kanwal will preside. This was stated by Dr Tejwant Maan, general secretary of the sabha, here on Friday.

Nominated: The Punjab Youth Congress has nominated Mr Sandeep Singh Brar (Sunny) as president of the District Youth Congress here. Other office-bearers will be appointed by him.

Appeal: The newly-constituted district Public Relations Committee has appealed to the state government to provide adequate funds, restore telephone connections, fax and telephonic facilities for journalists. A meeting in this connection was held here on Friday. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr A. Venu Parshad, presided.

Robbers held:
Two of the seven armed robbers, who had come to loot a house on the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road on Friday, were overpowered by the owner of the house and his teenaged son and handed over to the police. A pistol and four cartridges were recovered from them.

Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, a former Union Minister, said the Punjab Government would start the work on four laning of state highways soon and a vegetable-processing plant at a cost of Rs 100 crore would also be established near Khanna. He was speaking at a press conference held at MLA Bachan Singh Cheema's office here on Friday.

Students' demand:
About 30 class X students of Christian High School here in a letter sent to the Education Minister, Punjab, on Saturday demanded that a mathematics teacher should be appointed in the school. They wrote that their examinations were near and there was no teacher in the school to teach mathematics. They demanded early action in this direction.

Donation for bridge: The Gram Panchayat and residents of Chadiala Sudan village at a meeting held on Friday thanked Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu, Organising Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, for giving a donation of Rs 10000 for constructing a small bridge on a choe on the Chadiala Sudan-Govindgarh road. According to a press note issued here on Saturday the Sarpanch has written that school children were facing a lot of problems while crossing this choe.

Course concludes:
A refresher course in fingerprints at the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, concluded on Friday. The course was organised under the guidelines of the Additional Director-General of Police, Computer and Wireless, Punjab.

Conference: The annual conference of the northern zone Chapter of the Indian Orthopaedic Association opened here on Friday at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. More than 50 companies are participating in the trade exhibition being held.

Mrs Sajida Begam, a former MLA and general secretary, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee, has criticised the proposal of charging Rs 1.50 per unit from industrialists for using generators. She urged the government to stop its implementation.

Representation: The local Bar Association has said the judicial complex at the Kisan Vikas Bhavan is congested. In a representation to the Chief Minister they urged him to look into the matter.

Women’s day: The state-level International Women’s Day will be held at Sherpur village in Sangrur district on March 8. This was stated by state Social Security Women and Child Development Minister Gobind Singh Kanjla here on Friday.

Probe ordered:
The Deputy Commissioner here has directed SDM, Nabha, to inquire into the allegations levelled by Scheduled Caste residents of Galwatti village in the district about their 27-year-long wait for allotted 100-yard plots. The villagers alleged that even though 27 years had passed, they had not got the plots as the patwari had not demarcated the land for plots.

Probe sought:
Mr Rattan Singh Randhawa, district secretary of the CPM, Amritsar district, in a press note issued here on Friday sought a high-level probe into the death of Hardev Singh (27), son of a BSF jawan of Khatrai Kalan village.

Rice millers: Members of the Punjab Rice Millers Association at a meeting held here on Friday resented the indifferent attitude of the state government regarding the non-lifting of rice from the mills for the past four months.Top


Legal literacy camp: The local chapter of the Indian Council of Social Welfare organised a legal literacy camp in the Government College for Girls, Sector 42, on Saturday. The purpose of the camp was to bring awareness among girls about their legal rights. More than 200 girls attended the camp. Legal experts, including former Member of Parliament, Mr Satpal Jain, Mr Ajay Jagga and Mr Navjit Brar spoke on different legal issues concerning women in general, criminal laws, civil rights and laws relating to social problems. Mrs Shareshtha Mehta, Honorary General Secretary, ICSW, highlighted the activities of the organisation and the facilities being provided in the family counselling centres.

Artist dead: Veteran stage artist Jogindar Bahrla died on Friday at Chabbewal village in Hoshiarpur district. He had sustained injuries in a fire accident and was bed-ridden for over a month.

Workshop: The Dev Samaj Polytechnic for Women and the Citizens Awareness Group, Chandigarh, organised a two-day workshop on consumer awareness on Saturday. Chief guest, Mrs H.S. Chahal, executive member of Dev Samaj, inaugurated the workshop. Mr Surinder Verma, Chairman, Citizen Awareness Group, spoke on the activities of the group.

Blood collected: As many as 147 units of blood were collected at a blood donation camp, organised by the Lions Club Rose, Chandigarh, Lions Club Royal and Leo Club Rose at Sector 26, Madhya Marg on Saturday. The camp was organised in the memory of Zonal Chairman, Mr A.S. Sawhney. Members of the Lions Clubs and the Leo Club also donated blood. Mr Paramjit Kohli, district Governor of the Lions Club International inaugurated the camp and also donated blood.

Employees of the State Bank of Patiala, Chandigarh zone, residing in Panchkula, have expressed resentment against the decision of the bank’s management for not giving them a holiday on the polling day on February 22 to exercise their franchise. They complained that despite submitting authentic identity card proofs and other mandatory documents, they have been marked for a casual leave. They said other nationalised banks in Chandigarh, adhering to notification issued earlier in this regard, had declared a holiday for its employees residing in Panchkula.


Elections: The elections for zila parishads, panchayat samitis and sarpanches and panches will be held on March 19 in the district. This was stated by Mr Rajiv Sharma, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, here on Saturday. The last day for filing papers would be February 28.


Apology sought:
Class III and IV employees of the HPPWD held a rally in front of the office of the Executive Engineer, Division No 2, here on Friday in protest against the alleged use of the abusive language by Xen B.S. Parmar. They demanded an apology from him.

The Association of Lecturers, Government Senior Secondary School, Sirmaur district, on Thursday urged the Himachal Pradesh Government to accept their demands failing which they threatened to boycott the board examinations and not evaluate answerbooks.

Case registered: The local police has registered a case under Section 342 and 354, IPC, against Tinku, Ganesh and Ajay of Bhadwar village for allegedly molesting a 15-year-old girl of Tika Nagrota village on Thursday.

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