Sunday, April 2, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


GRANT DISTRIBUTED: Mr Jugal Kishore Mannu, Executive Officer of the local municipal council on Friday distributed Rs 18,500 to the 37 poor women of the town under the Balika Samridi Yojna of the state government. In the first instalment Rs 500 each were given to the women.

SEVEN BOOKED: The police has booked seven persons, including a woman, for smuggling of narcotics in the region. The district police chief stated in a press note on Friday that more than 2 kg of opium and poppy husk were seized from the accused. The accused had been identified as Kikar Singh, Kuldeep Kaur, Sukhminder Singh, Balbir Ram, Darshan Singh, Gurdas Singh and Bhinder Singh.

ELECTED: Mr Paramjit Singh Buddhiraja was unanimously elected president of the Punjab Hotel and Restaurant Association at its meeting held on Wednesday. The association has empowered him to nominate other office-bearers.

HONOURED: Punjabi novelist Surinder Singh Narula was honoured on Friday with the Rabinder Nath Tagore Award by the Tagore Vidya Mandir here at a function. The award carries a citation, a memento and a shawl.

CREDIT PLAN: Mr Jaspal Singh, Deputy Commissioner, on Friday issued Rs 425.63 crore annual credit plan for priority sector prepared by the State Bank of Patiala for 2000-2001. The plan shows 30 per cent increase over the previous year’s plan.

RETIRED: Dr Harnek Singh Garcha, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, Punjab Agricultural University, retired on Friday after 29 years of service. He had joined the Department of Entomology in 1971 as assistant professor. He has been replaced by Dr M.A. Zahir, Head, Department of Business Management.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of local Genius Club: president — Mr Kalim Ahmed; vice-president — Mohd Gulzar; general secretary — Mr Anwar Ahmed Ansari; finance secretary — Mr Ahbab Khan; and press secretary — Mr Zubair Usmani.

DRINKING WATER: The panchayat of Bambiabhal village in this district on Friday complained that the residents of the village had been facing acute shortage of drinking water for the past several months due to a mechanical fault in the tubewell there. The panchayat urged the administration to look into the matter and take remedial measures immediately.

CASE REGISTERED: Following a complaint by the Block Development Officer, the police has registered a case under Section 420/120-B of the IPC against Davinder Kumar, former sarpanch of Gobindsar, village for misusing and embezzling government grants. As per the FIR, during his tenure as the sarpanch of the village from 1993 to 1998, Davinder Kumar had received Rs 11.19 lakh from the Punjab Government for various development projects. But this amount was reportedly embezzled by the sarpanch.

AUDIO CASSETTE: Mr Ujjager Singh, District Public Relation Officer, today released an Audio cassettes of Punjabi singer Raman. It is titled Paa Kai Lal Dora. The cassette contains a mix of Punjabi folk songs and pop songs. Tripet Bhatti has penned the lyrics for Raman and the music has been composed by music director Atul Sharma. Raman has also sung for Punjabi films, including Pagri sambhal jataa and in Hindi serial Dera.

EDUCATIONIST DEAD: Sadhu Singh Parmar (85), an educationist and social activists died after a brief illness here on Thursday. He was also a cashier of the governing council of the local Guru Nanak College and an executive committee member of the Kamla Nehru College for Women.

SMACK SEIZED: The local police on Wednesday arrested Onkar Singh, alias Bobby, under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act and seized 175 gm of smack from his possession. He was nabbed near Bhularai village by a police party led by the ASI, Mr Jaswinder Pal. He belongs to Bhadiana village.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The police has seized 61 bottles of rum in four different cases and arrested five persons under Sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act. These arrests were made on Thursday and Friday. While three cartons were seized from Sucha Singh and Gurdial Singh near Rehana Jattan village, eight bottles each were seized from Surinder Kumar and Paramjit Singh near Mauli village and nine bottles from Amarjit Kumar near Khajurala village.

ELECTED: Mr Om Parkash Kukreja has been unanimously elected President of Grain Market Arhtia Association of Rajpura town.

PANEL: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Mohalla Nanaksar Development and Grievances Redressal Committee: patron — Mr Nirmal Singh; president — Mr Gurmej Singh Dhillon; senior vice-president — Mr Sukhraj Singh; vice-president — Mr Lakha Singh; general secretary — Mr Sawinder Singh Pannu; treasurer — Mr Kewal Krishan Sharma; adviser — Mr Resham Singh Bhullar.


CRITICISED: The president of the Federation of Small Scale Industries, Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, on Saturday condemned the Steel Authority of India (SAIL) for announcing a steep hike in the prices of its materials. He expressed concern over the attitude of the public sector undertakings of passing their inefficiency to the public.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the State Bank of India Staff Association, Sector 7, Chairman — Mr Vinod Sharma, Vice-Chairman — Mr Mohan Singh, Secretary — Mr Bal Ram Aggarwal; Assistant Secretary Mr S.P. Singh; Treasurer — Mr J.P. Singh and Assistant Treasurer — Ms Suman Sharma.

ELECTED:The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab National Bank, Officers (Retd) Welfare Association: President — Mr H. S. Dhillon; Vice-President — Mr M. S. Bajwa and Mr. K S Rathi; Secretary — Mr H. N. Chaudhary; Joint Secretary — Mr K. C. Nanda; and Treasurer — Mr O. K. Rishi.

BLOOD DONATION: Nearly 60 students donated blood in a camp organised by Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here on Friday. Donors also included staff members and Mrs Satinder Dhillon, Principal.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 12, Panchkula: President — Col Sham Singh (retd); Vice-President — Col Inderjit (retd); Vice-President & Legal Adviser — Lieut-Col Surjit Singh (retd); General Secretary — Lieut-Col Y.P. Saddi (retd); Secretary Projects & Organising — Mr B.D. Kalia; Joint Secretary & Publicity — Mr Dalip Katyal; Office Secretary — Mr Pretty; Finance Secretary — Mr M.R. Sharma.

COMPLAINT: The Welfare Association of Sector 19, in a complaint to HUDA, has said that the nullah in their sector is being used for discharge of dirty water by residents of Harmilap Nagar and Bartana. they have appealed to the Administrator to work out a solution to the problem plaguing their sector.

WORKSHOP: As many as 25 children displayed their skills in theatre, painting, clay modelling, aerobics, cutting and pasting at the concluding day of the 10-day workshop organised by the Rainbow Club in Sector 35 here on Saturday. The workshop conducted by Ms Aneeta Kaul and Ms Preeti Bakshi, was attended by children drawn from different local schools.


PROHIBITORY ORDERS: The District Magistrate, Mr Rajesh Khullar, has imposed Section 144 of the Cr P.C. till May 11 in view of the undergraduate annual examinations to be conducted during this period by Maharshi Dayanand University.

MURDER CASE: The police on Friday registered a murder case against Balbir Singh and his wife, residents of Kurangwali village, under Sections 302/34, IPC, for killing Sewak Singh of Sukhchain village.

POPPY HUSK SEIZED: The police on Friday registered a case under Sections 15/16/61/85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act against Teja Singh of Singhpura village, Joginder Singh of Sabha Khera village, Pawan Kumar of Badagud village and Tara Singh of Thiri village. The police seized 800 kg of poppy husk from them. Teja Singh has been arrested and others have absconded.Top


BRIBERY CASE: The Vigilance Department on Friday arrested a patwari and a chowkidar of Revenue Department for accepting a bribe of Rs 200 from Mr Harnam Singh, resident of Dhaloon village, for demarcation of his land. A case has been registered against the accused under Sections 7 and 13 (B) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

CONFERENCE: A three-day women’s conference organised by the People’s Action for People in Need Organisation at Renuka concluded on Thursday. Issues relating to women and girl child care, health, self-employment and status of women in Panchayati Raj institutions were discussed at the conference. The participants also cleaned surroundings of the Renuka Lake voluntarily after the meeting.

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