|Monday, April 3, 2000,
FILE-CLEARING WEEK: A file-clearing week would be observed in the Punjab Government offices of the district to clear the pending files and a special team of officers would check the pending files. This was stated by Mr V.K. Janjua, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing a Sangat Darshan programme at Nagawan village in Bassi Pathana tehsil.
MEETING: A meeting of the district executive committee of the local unit of the BJP was held here on Friday under the chairmanship of Mr Hans Raj Nakra, president of the unit, in which presidents and secretaries of all the units and wings in the district participated. It was stated at the meeting that enrolment of 5,745 new members had been done in the district during the last financial year. The meeting condoled the massacre of 35 Sikhs at Chatti Singhpora village in Kashmir on March 20.
ELECTED: Mr R.P. Dhir was elected president of the District Bar Association for the third time by defeating the rival candidate, Mr Kuldip Singh, by a margin of 21 votes in the annual election of the association held here on Friday. Following are the other office-bearers of the association: vice- president Mr R.D.Badhan; secretary Mr Surinder Saini; joint secretary Mr Sharma; and treasurer Mr Madan Mahi.
CONDEMNED: The District unit of the BJPs Beopar Mandal cell, in its meeting held under the presidentship of Mr Gian Bansal here on Friday, strongly criticised the Punjab Government for its anti-traders attitude. The meeting condemned the enhancement from Rs 5 to Rs 3,000 for getting a new sales tax licence number and a charge of Rs 2,000 annually for its renewal. It said the enhancement would adversely hit the traders in the state who were already suffering because of a steep fall in sales. The meeting urged the Chief Minister of Punjab to withdraw this enhancement at the earliest.
BLOOD DONATION: A total of 154 persons donated blood at a blood donation camp organised by Baba Sheikh Farid Blood Donors Council at a hotel on Sunday. Ms Amrita Kohli inaugurated the camp and Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal was the chief guest.
CELEBRATED: The Statehood Day of Orissa was celebrated on the premises of Lord Jaganath Temple, Sector 31-D, on Saturday. Dr D. Behera, Additional Professor and Acting Medical Superintendent, PGI, stated how people of Orissa agitated against British rule for 30 years and got a separate state in 1936. Orissa was the first province created on linguistic basis, he added. The President of Utkal Sanskrutik Sangh, Mr B.P. Mahapatra, highlighted the role of the sangh in organising various cultural activities.
CONVOCATION: Anjali Nagpal, a final year student of Government Home Science College, was awarded the best all-rounder position at the 32nd annual convocation of the college on Sunday. Dr B.K. Sharma, a former Director of the PGI, was the chief guest. Dr Sharma emphasised the role of women in and out of their homes. He asked them to put their education into practice. A total of 120 graduates and postgraduates of the institute were awarded degrees. Nearly 200 students were given prizes for excellence in academic and co-curricular activities.
BEEKEEPERS: The dwindling and changed crop pattern in regard to growing food for bees was highlighted at a conference of the Northern India Beekeepers Association at Panjab University on Saturday. Ms Madhu Gill, Secretary of the association, said bees largely depended on mustard, toria and sunflower. The poor rates for sunflower crop had reduced the plantation, which had affected bee population, she added. Mr N.S. Gill, press incharge, said there was no compensation in the area. Bees could best be suited in Karnataka and the Government had been asked to look into the issue, ha added.
CHARACTER BUILDING: Taking a serious note of the ills in the education system and in an effort towards stronger character building, Harvard Academy International had introduced several steps, said Mr Nimai Mitra, Dean Admissions, Harvard Academy (Dehradun), while speaking about the upcoming school at a press conference here on Saturday. Set up a couple of years ago, the school offers education till Class VIII. The Indian Economic Development and Research Association had recommended the name of the school for a national educational excellency award.
OPEN BALLOT: The Sanskritik Gaurav Sansthan wants mobilisation of public opinion to ensure changes in the procedure for election to the Rajya Sabha. In a press note released on Sunday, the sansthan said the suggestion to make voting for the Rajya Sabha strictly by open ballot must be considered and members of Vidhan Sabhas who exercised their franchise under the influence of money power or other pecuniary advantage should be unseated.
WORKSHOP: The most important thing in life was observation, said Ms Dolly Ahluwalia at a workshop on costume design organised at Guru Harkrishan Public School, Sector 38, on Saturday. She explained to the participants that the colour of the costume should be designed so as to match the complexion, figure and illusion one wanted to create and the trend designers wanted to set.
SPRING CAMP: Spring Camp
2000, organised by Satluj Public School under the
supervision of Madhurima, concluded on Sunday. Students
were given awards by Mr Krit Serai, Principal of the
school. Other course coordinators were Aman and Vaneeta
(dance), Kamal, Meenu and Vimal (beauty culture), Baljeet
and Shivani (art and craft) and Neelam (flower
STRIKE ENDS: Labourers working in brick kilns called off their three-week-old strike following an agreement reached between the Brick Kiln Owners Association and the Lal Jhanda Bhatta Mazdoor Union. According to a press note issued by the mazdoor union here on Sunday, the brick kiln owners have agreed to raise wages of various categories of labourers and provide them with other facilities.
COMPLAINT: Mr Bharat Singh, Superintendent of the District jail, is reported to have sent a complaint on Sunday to the Senior Superintendent of Police for taking action against the pharmacist of the jail who is alleged to have sold in the black market the bulk stock of medicines meant for the prisoners. According to official sources, the Superintendent of the Jail conducted a raid on the complaints of some prisoners in the medical block of the jail and found the complaints to be correct.
SUICIDE: Vinod, a married youth of Shanti Nagar, is reported to have committed suicide by taking insecticide tablets on Saturday. According to the police, Vinod took the extreme step after his failure to clear debts.
BURN INJURIES: A youth
sustained burn injuries while he was lighting a kerosene
lamp in his house in the Mohan Nagar area here on
Saturday. According to the police, the injured youth was
immediately hospitalised and is stated to be out of
danger. He was reportedly under the influence of liquor
at the time of the incident.
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