Wednesday, March 29, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


PISTOL SEIZED: Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Bilaspur village, has been arrested for allegedly possessing a.315 bore pistol and cartridges. Karnail Singh of Kaleka village was arrested and illicit distilled liquor was seized from him. One Gurmit Singh was arrested for indulging in the ‘satta’ and Rs 1,245 was seized from him. This was stated by Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP.

CONVOCATION: The 29th annual prize distribution and convocation of S.L. Bawa DAV College was held here on Sunday. Dr R.S. Bawa, Registrar, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, was the chief guest. Mr V.K. Bhatia, Principal, S.L. Bawa DAV College welcomed the chief guest. As many as 424 degrees were distributed among students of the college.

BUSTED: The local police claims to have busted a gang with the arrest of its leader S. Mukhtiar Singh, a resident of Ubhawal village. Six children have been recovered from his custody and handed over to their parents. A case has been registered against him.

WATER SHORTAGE: A deputation led by the local Congress leaders met the SDM and urged him to replace the old water pipes with new ones. There was shortage of potable water in Kokowal, Bhawanipur Bhagtan, Bhawanipur, Kanewal, Pandori Beet, Kot, Nainwan, Kambala, Harwan and Khurali villages, they added.

APPOINTED: Col Dharam Singh (retd) has been unanimously elected as the president of the district unit of the Rashtriya Raksha Dal.

CASES SOLVED: As many as 28 cases were solved with consent of both parties at a Lok Adalat held here on Monday. Mr Gurdev Singh, District and Sessions Judge, presided. An amount of Rs 74.81 lakh was distributed among the affected parties as compensation against the accident and land disputes.

CASSETTES SEIZED: The police on Monday arrested Sarwan Singh, a resident of Goht Poker, for smuggling as many as 180 video cassettes.

EMERGENCY ROOM: A four- member team specialising in emergency medicine at Loui Siana State University of the USA will be visiting Christian Medical College and Hospital from March 28 to 31. This was stated by Dr Sunil K. Singh, Medical Superintendent of the hospital. These doctors will help in establishing a well-equipped emergency room in CMC.

TRUST VISIT: A delegation of Bhole Bhandari Charitable Trust visited the Solang valley recently to pay obeisance to the lingam. The delegation was led by Mr Rajan Gupta, president, Mr Bharat Bhushan, senior vice-president, Mr Om Pal Thapar, finance secretary, Mr Kewal Kapoor, secretary, Mr Rakesh Gupta, joint finance secretary.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Executive Committee of the Punjab and Chandigarh Ayurvedic Colleges Teachers Association — chief patron — Dr Vibhakar Sharma, president — Dr Parveen Kumar Rishi, vice-presidents — Dr Ajay Sharma and Dr Dinesh Sharma, general secretary — Dr Umesh Shukla, and finance secretary — Dr Raghuveer Singh.

RAPED: A resident of Sekha village in this district in a complaint lodged with the Baghapurana police said here on Monday that she allegedly gang raped by some persons of her village. She had also named the accused and had demanded an inquiry and action against them. The police has arrested the accused.

PASSENGER TRAIN: Businessmen of this region have urged Northern Railway authorities to start a new passenger train from Ferozepore to New Delhi via Moga. They told mediapersons here on Tuesday that the Railway Ministry had already assured the people that a train would be introduced but it failed to do so.

CONDEMNED: The local units of the Vishav Hindu Parishad and the Dharmik Utsav Committee at separate meetings held here on Monday condemned the alleged massacre of 35 Sikhs by pro-Pakistani militants. These meetings were held under the presidentship of Mr Ram Swaroop Joshi and Mr Surinder Khosla.

SEMINAR: A seminar to keep environment clean and green was organised by the Institute of Ecology and Environment under the chairmanship of Mr Siudhir K Mahotra at Mahajan Hall on Sunday. As many as 20 school teachers presented their reports on the occasion.

BOY KILLED: A four-year-old boy Arun, a resident of Thakarki village, was crushed to death while he was standing outside a petrol station on the GT road here, on Monday. The police has registered a case under Sections 304-A and 279 of the IPC.

DONATION: Mr Tarlochan Singh Tur, MP, announced to donate Rs 1 lakh to the local branch of the Bharat Vikas Parishad while addressing a meeting of the parishad organised here on Sunday. The meeting was presided over by Ms Kuljeet Kaur, Principal, Mata Ganga Girls College.

RALLY: The message of environment protection and safe riding was given at a rally organised by Hero Honda Motor Ltd here on Monday. The rally started from Amritsar. A musical programme was also organised on the occasion.

NARCOTICS SEIZED: Two kg of opium have been seized from Shamsher Singh while four kg opium was seized from Narinder Singh Nindi of Amritsar. Jang Bahadur, Mukhtar Singh and Sohan Singh have been booked for selling smack in the area. This was disclosed here on Monday by Mr Jagdish Kumar, SSP.



WORKSHOP CONCLUDED: A three-day workshop on Teaching fundamental duties and human values in schools, organised by the National Open School, Regional Centre, Chandigarh, in collaboration with the Citizenship Development Society, concluded on Tuesday. Academicians from National Open School, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Navodaya Vidyalalya, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan and Citizenship Development Society deliberated upon cultural and ethical aspects of fundamental duties and value education and responsibilities. Dr I.M. Govil, Professor and Chairman, Department of Physics, Panjab University, highlighted the significance of the workshop.

MEMORANDUM: The Haryana Exporters Association, in a memorandum to Mr Om Prakash Chautala on Tuesday, demanded an export promotion council in Haryana. During the past six months, exports from Haryana had fallen considerably as the industry department was showing no interest in the promotion of exports and nationalised banks were not providing any assistance to exporters. The Haryana State Small Industries Export Promotion Council was practically non-functional, it said.

ISKCON MEETING: A life members' meeting of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), scheduled to be held at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, on Saturday, has been cancelled on account of the Lord Jagannath rathyatra festival, being organised the same day at Kurukshetra, according to Bhakti Vinod Dasa Prabhu, President of the local body of ISKCON.

AIDS CONTROL: A workshop on training NGOs involved in the National AIDS Control Programme in Punjab was inaugurated on Tuesday by Mr V.K. Bhardwaj, Project Director, Punjab State AIDS Control Society. A total of 22 NGOs are attending the workshop. The training is being imparted by experts from DFID British High Commission, New Delhi, and departmental experts on components of the programme, especially on targeted interventions. Dr G.S. Chahal, Additional project director, gave details about the AIDS scenario in Punjab and in India. Mr S.M Afsar, project co-ordinator, DFID, talked about the objectives of the workshop.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 2: President — Lt-Gen B.S. Nalwa (retd); Vice-Presidents — Mr P.C. Suman and Mr I.M. Khunger; General Secretaries — Mr T.K. Verma (retd) and Col S.K. Kalia (retd); and Treasurers — Col V.P. Kohli (retd) and Ms Veena Sethi.

LAPAROSCOPIC OPERATIONS: Forty persons underwent laparoscopic tubal operations at the Family Planning Association of India Centre in Sector 4 on Tuesday. The operations were jointly sponsored by the Lions Club, Chandigarh Plaza, and the district health authorities. Dr H.C. Nagpal, Civil Surgeon, Panchkula, was the chief guest. The operations were performed by Dr Kamla Singh, Senior Medical Officer, General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. The club distributed ladies suit pieces among the acceptors.

MIG RESIDENTS' GRIEVANCES: The occupants of semi-furnished Middle Income Group (MIG) houses in Phase X are still waiting for the basic amenities in the area. They were given possession of their dwelling units in March last year. They have to have to pass through mud and slush as roads have yet to laid. The sewer line in the area is faulty and overflowing sewage has become a nuisance for the residents. Stagnant pools of dirty water attract mosquitoes and the storm water line is yet to be laid in front of the houses. Repeated requests to the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority to provide all the amenities have been in vain.



CASE REGISTERED: The police, on Tuesday, registered a case under the Copyright Act against three book-sellers for selling duplicate books of the Haryana School Education Board. The Secretary of the board had sent a letter to the Ambala Police in this regard.

APPOINTMENT HAILED: Mr Nirmal Singh, a former President of the Youth Congress, Haryana, on Monday welcomed the appointment of Randeep Singh Surjewala as the National President of the party. He said under the leadership of Mr Surjewala, the Youth Congress in the state would work effectively for the unity of the Congress. He hoped that the appointment of the President of the Haryana Youth Congress would be announced soon.

2 KILLED: Amit Kumar (32), a local businessman was killed on Monday when his car turned turtle near Dhakal village. He suffered head injuries and died on the spot. He was the son-in-law of the Taxation Adviser, Mr B.K. Goel. His cremation was largely attended. In another incident Jasmir Singh (23) of Model Town was killed in a road accident near Kailram village on Sunday.

ATTRACTION: Large number of students who had come here to take the middle standard examinations did not bother to go to their examination centre. Instead, they were attracted towards the helicopter carrying the Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, which landed at Sanskrit High School at Bahalgarh village, 10 km from here, on Monday. They sat for the examination only when Mr Chautala left.

KILLED: Virender sustained serious injuries when he fell down from the roof while welding a drum lying on the roof of a factory at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, on Monday. He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

BURN INJURIES: Jagmati, a resident of Baroli village, sustained serious burn injuries in a stove burst at her house, 15 km from here, on Monday. She was rushed to the local civil hospital where her condition was stated to be critical.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Property Dealers Association: president — Mr Rajesh Sondhi; vice-president — Mr Varinder Vadhawan and Mr Shyam Singh Choudhry; general secretary — Mr Rakesh Bhardwaj; secretary — Mr Pupinder Bagga; and treasurer — Mr Ashok Sharma.


THREE DEAD: A plus two student of Devogran village in the Palampur subdivision died under mysterious circumstances on Monday. The district police chief, Mr K.C. Sadiyal said the police was investigating the case. In another incident, a woman died of burn injuries at Dr R.P. Medical College in Dharamsala on Monday. The victim identified as Urmila Devi (25), received burn injuries in a stove burst at Shahpur in the district on Sunday.

LOK ADALAT: Mr J.N. Barowalia, District and Sessions Judge, presided over the Lok Adalat held here on Saturday. About 42 cases were placed before the court out of which 17 were solved by reaching a compromise within two parties.

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