|Sunday, March 12, 2000,
SAPLINGS STOLEN: The Shahpur Kandi police on Saturday arrested Dyal Singh and Darshan Singh, both residents of Kot, for stealing eucalyptus and shisham saplings which were planted by the Irrigation Department on its land near the village on the bank of Ravi. According to the SSP, plants worth Rs 3,000 have been recovered from the residences of the accused. A case has been registered against them.
EMPLOYEES' PROTEST: The Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union on Friday staged a dharna in front of the university Administrative Block. Mr D.P. Maur, president and Mr Amrit Pal, general secretary of the union, said they were protesting against the alleged anti-employee policies of the state government and university authorities.
MUSICAL EVENING: A musical programme was organised by the Dance, Drama and Music Club of Punjab Agriculture University,at the university students' home here on Thursday. Zamir Ahmed, ghazal singer, enthralled the audience. The programme was organised by Mr Sampson David, senior cultural officer, Association of Indian Universities. Mr M.S. Garewal, welfare officer and secretary of the club, said the purpose of organising the programme was to promote art and culture.
WORKSHOP: A Pharmacy workshop was on Friday inaugurated by a former Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Pharmacy. The workshop was sponsored by the Pharmacy Council of India.
PROTEST: Private bus owners operating in Bagapurana area on Friday protested against the hike in bus stops fee. The fee had been increased from Rs 2 per vehicle to Rs 10 by the bus stand management. They have urged for the withdrawal of the hike.
ROBBERY: Some unidentified armed men on Friday looted Rs 50,000 from a medical store situated on the GT road. Two persons allegedly went to a medical store and demanded some articles from the shopkeeper. When he went inside the room to fetch the article miscreants removed his cash box containing Rs 50,000 and escaped. A case has been registered.
VEHICLES CHALLANED: Officials of the Transport Department here have realised Rs 5 lakh as penalty imposed on vehicle owners, during last month for violating traffic rules. This was stated here on Friday by a spokesmen of the Transport Department. As many as 450 vehicles were challaned.
GEOGRAPHY QUIZ: The Punjabi University Geographical Society organised Punjab inter zonal geographical quiz contest under the aegis of the Association of Punjab Geographers here on Friday. The Government College for Boys, Sector 11, Chandigarh, won the trophy. The second and the third positions were won by DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, and Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women, Jalandhar, respectively.
POPPY HUSK SEIZED: The district police has seized about 16 quintals of poppy husk from a truck carrying construction material. Mr Harpreet Singh Sidhu, SSP, said in a press release here on Saturday that the drug was seized during checking of truck No. HR-47-3127 from near Shatran village. He said the truck was carrying 400 sacks of floor chips but underneath these about 45 gunny bags of poppy husk had been kept. The driver of the truck Amrik Singh has been arrested.
PRICE RISE: The Para-Medical Employees Welfare Association and the Class-Four Employees Union of the Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital here have urged the employees union of the state to join hands in opposing budget proposals leading to price rise of essential commodities. Mr Jang Singh Aahi and Mr Kishan Lal of the two employees groups said the government had provided no relief to poor sections of society or the low income group.
PRIVATISATION MOVE: The Council of Junior Engineers of the Punjab State electricity Board on Friday said that junior engineers would fight against the reported move to privatise the PSEB. It said the states in which privatisation had been implemented had not only suffered from financial crises but consumers were also without sufficient power. It said the Electricity Bill 2000 proposed to be tabled in Parliament during the coming session was not in the interests of the nation.
PSEB MEN: Members of the
Punjab State Electricity Board Employees Federation held
a rally in front of the local electricity subdivision
office on Friday. They were demanding reinstatement of
nine employees suspended by the authorities some time
ago. Mr Gurnam Singh Gill, President of the federation,
said that the employees had been suspended on baseless
grounds. Those who addressed the rally included Mr Radhe
Shyam, Vice-President, and Mr Karam Chand Bhardwaj,
Secretary of the federation.
AIR MARSHAL'S VISIT: The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, Air Marshal S. Krishnaswamy, visited the IAFs Advance Headquarters at Chandi Mandir, near here, on Saturday. On his arrival there, he was received by the Air Officer Commanding, Air Vice-Marshal B.M. Bali. The AOC-in-C discussed various operational and administrative matters with senior officers at the headquarters. He was also given a presentation by Air Vice-Marshal Bali.
DELEGATION: A delegation of the Chamber of Chandigarh Industries met the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), in support of its demands. The delegation demanded the formulation of a policy on the transfer of the ownership rights and abolition of the lease of the plots and sheds by the Estate Office and CITCO after 15 years of allotment. The delegation demanded that the issuance of the sales tax forms should be simplified and the payment of the power bills above Rs 10,000 through cheques to be introduced.
DUTY MAGISTRATES: Ten Duty Magistrates have been deputed for the forthcoming local body elections. This was stated here by the Deputy Commissioner. Mr Ram Pal Singh, Mr Raj Kumar, Mr Shyam Lal and Mr Prem Kumar will work for Sirsa. While for Rania block Mr Roshan Lal and Mr Ram Singh have been deputed. Similarly, Mr M. Yadav and Mr Jagdish Gandhi will look after Odhan block. Mr Vivek Dhankhar and Dharam Pal will look after Chopta block. As many as 23 villages have been identified as sensitive.
ONE HELD: Hoshiar Singh, a resident of Ganda village, was arrested on Saturday for sexually exploiting a minor girl of Mouchiwali village where the relatives of his wife lived. The father of the girl had allegedly accused him of sexually abusing her.
DEAD: Parkash (23), a labour died at Qumashpur village, 12 km from here on Friday. According to a report, the victim belonged to Bihar and was working in this village when a mound of earth fell on him.
SUGARCANE CRUSHING : The local cooperative sugar mill has so far crushed 15.57 lakh quintals of sugarcane, this includes 4.29 lakh quintals crushed during the past month. Mr Sudhir Rajpal, Deputy Commissioner, told mediapersons here on Friday that the mill had produced 1.32 lakh quintals of sugar by the end of February 29, and the recovery of the sugarcane was 9.28 per cent. He said the mill had sold 94,083 quintals of sugar in the free sale and another 46,321 quintals for levy purpose.
RECRUITMENT DRIVE: The
recruitment in the Army for Jhajjar, Rohtak, Sonepat and
Panipat districts will be held from March 13 to 16 at
Ambala Cantonment. This was stated here on Saturday by
the Recruiting Officer, Col Hardeep Singh. The
recruitment for Jhajjar will be held on March 13, for
Rohtak on March 14, and for Sonepat and Panipat on March
15. The recruitment of Army personnel and ex-servicemen
wards will be held on March 16.
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