|Friday, March 3, 2000,
Training camp: The Agriculture Department organised a district-level farmers' training camp and a seminar on oil seeds and pulses at Town Hall here on Wednesday. The Deputy commissioner, Mr Kuldip Singh Sidhu, was also present. Farm experts from Punjab Agricultural University apprised the farmers of various new techniques. In his address, Mr Sidhu assured the farmers that canal water would be regularly supplied from April 15 to May 15 for the plantation of crops.
Rs 5.20 cr released: At a meeting of the District Planning and Development Board held here on Tuesday under the presidentship of the state Rural Development and Panchayat Minister, Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Rs 5.20 crore was released for various development projects in the district. The minister also presided over a meeting of the District Roads Committee and the District Grievances Redressal Committee.
Annual function: The Food and Supplies Minister, Mr Sohan Singh, gave away prizes to outstanding students in sports and academics at the annual prize distribution function of Government Senior Secondary School, Mahilpur.
Free medical camp: Universal Medical College and Charitable Hospital, Garhshankar, will organise as free medical camp at Gangon village on March 5 and 6.
Leaders ouster sought: Congress leaders of Garhshankar at a meeting held at Dana Mandi have urged the high command to expel Ms Santosh Chaudhry from the party for her role against the Congress candidate for the Nawanshahr byelection.
Life term: An accused, Parmeshar Singh of Mahilpur village, has been awarded life imprisonment for murdering Shamsher Singh of the same village by a court.
Gang busted: With the arrest of five persons, the police claims to have busted a gang of dacoits, who during interrogation confessed having planned a dacoity in Punjab and Sind Bank, Dalhousie Road, Pathankot. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, said here on Thursday that they were Sunil Kumar, Hind Raj, Raj Kumar, Kishori Lal and Joginderpal. Stolen property, including a colour TV and a tape recorder, were recovered from them. Some arms were also seized.
Nominated: The following have been nominated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Goel, as members of the Pension and Pensioners Welfare Department for a period of two years: Mr Harzoor Singh, Mr B.R. Kaushal, Mr Sardool Singh and Mr Mohinder Singh Duggal.
Faulty drainage: Residents of the local Bhagatpura on Tuesday blocked traffic on the GT Road in protest against the faulty drainage in their mohalla. According to a press note issued by Mr Sham Sunder Bhanot, convener, Bhanoki Bhagatpura Road Market Action committee, protesters staged a rally outside the office of the local municipal council and raised slogans against the authorities.
Levy sugar: The Chandigarh Administration has revised the rate of levy sugar from Rs 12 a kg to Rs 13 a kg with immediate effect in the wake of the decision taken by the Central Government, it was officially stated here on Thursday.
Beopar Mandal: A delegation of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal will call on the Mayor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to demand withdrawal of proposed municipal surcharge. A press note of the Mandal said it had already been demanding the withdrawal of surcharge on the sales tax.
Shivratri celebrations: Maha Shivratri celebrations will be held in Maa Siddeshhwari, Mahakaleshwar Mandir, Ambala Road, Shahzadpur, on March 4. The founder of the Ashram Sidh Yogi Bachan Nath Bachan said here that the celebration is being held for world peace. Mr Pawan Dewan, MLA, Naraingarh, will be chief guest.
Photography exhibition: The Friends of Photography, a group of photo artists of the region, is holding a show of photographs at Punjab Kala Bhavan from March 4 to 7. Mr P.S. Aujla, Director, Public Relations, Punjab, will inaugurate the show at 3 p.m.
All-women market demanded: Members of the Istri Samajak Sudhar Sabha have urged the Chandigarh Administration to set up an all-womens market at Dhanas as promised by the Administrator, Lieut-Gen Jacob (retd), and the Adviser to the Administrator, Mrs Vineeta Rai, when a deputation of the Sabha met them sometime ago.
Peer Colony body: Mr Gurbachan Singh and Mr Tarlochan Singh were elected Adviser and Chairman of the Peer Colony Social Welfare Committee at a meeting held on Wednesday. Other officer-bearers are: president Mr Darshan Garg; vice-presidents Mr Nachattar Singh and Ms Radha Rani; general secretaries Mr Gurmeet Singh, Ms Murti Devi and Ms Babli; joint secretaries Mr Piara Masih and Mr Biba Khan; and cashier Mr Ram Kewal.
Kashmiri Pandit convention: The executive committee of the Pannun Kashmir Movement, which met here on Wednesday, decided to hold the Kashmiri Pandit Zonal Youth Convention on April 16.
Saplings planted: As many as 150 saplings were planted by students of Government High School, Kajheri, at a plantation function, sponsored by the State Bank of Patiala, Kajheri, on Wednesday. Mr S.C. Hora, bank manager, who was chief guest stressed the importance of trees in our day-to-day life.
Budget criticised: Members of the ESIC Employees Union, at a meeting here on Wednesday, criticised the Union Budget. No change in the standard deduction and lowering of the interest rate by 1% on the GPF savings has upset employees, who pay income tax, a press note said on Thursday.
Teachers' strike: The faculty of Shri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College here on Thursday observed a pen-down strike to press the management of the college to give pay scales on government pattern and to give allowances as per government rules. The teaching faculty members said the UT Administration had adopted guidelines of the Punjab Government regarding the fixation of tuition fee but it had not bothered about the plight of teaching staff.
Eye camp: Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu, Organising Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, inaugurated a free eye operation camp in Gharuan village, near here, on Thursday. The camp has been organised by the Youth Welfare Club of the village. Mr Sidhu appreciated the effort of the club and gave a cash donation of Rs 2100 to the club.
Looters held: With the arrest of two persons, the Rai police on Thursday claimed to have solved a case of loot and recovered a Maruti car which was forcibly taken by them at gunpoint. The arrested are Jasbir, alias Jassi of Halalpur village and Zile Singh of Shafiabad village.
Motor cycle recovered: The Rai police arrested Surinder of Pio Munyari village and Naresh of Patla village and recovered a stolen motor cycle from them on Wednesday. The motor cycle belonged to Mr Chaman Singh, a resident of Karhera Mohan Nagar (UP), who had parked it outside his relatives house in Patla village from where it was stolen.
With the arrest of Vinod and Raju, alias Balraj of Jagsi
village, the Baroda police on Thursday claimed to have
solved four cases of thefts and recovered stolen property
worth several thousands from them.
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