|Thursday, May 4, 2000,
FLAYED: The Republican Party of India (RPI) has voiced its strong opposition against the formation of the Constitution review commission and termed it as anti-people and against the larger interests of the country. In other resolutions adopted by the party at the birthday celebrations of Dr B R Ambedkar here, it criticised the hike in prices of essential commodities, bid to privatise government sector and demanded implementation of the reservation policy and the Mandal Commission report.
PROTEST: A delegation of the Punjab Waste Dealers Association lead by Mr Amrit Lal Jain, President, Beopar Mandal, Punjab, will meet Mr Sudhir Mittal, Excise and Taxation Commissioner, to protest against the four per cent sales tax imposed on yarn and hosiery wastes. This was stated here on Tuesday by Mr Sunil Mehra, president of the Association. The Executive Committee of the Association had been dissolved and fresh elections would be held on May 13, he added.
MALPRACTICES: There is need to set-up a district-level vigilance committee under the over all control of the Divisional Commissioners in the state to check malpractices in the privately managed and government aided schools and colleges. Drawing the attention of the Punjab Chief Minister and the Education Minister towards exhorbitant tuition fee, donations and other charges being collected by the educational institutions, the Anti-Corruption Council of India, Indian Crime Prevention Society, Lal Bahadur Shastri Social Forum and the Ludhiana Sewa Sangh have demanded that stern action should be taken against the offenders for violating the government norms.
ARRESTED: The president of the local Truck Operators Union and two other truck operators were arrested by the police under Sections 365, 341, 342, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC for assaulting drivers and conductors of two tractor-trolley last month. They were remanded in police custody by a local court.
REINSTATE: A meeting of
the Punjab Tourism Karamchari Joint Action Committee was
held here on Tuesday. A deputation of the committee
called on the Punjab Tourism Minister, Mr Swarna Ram, at
the PWD Rest House to demand reinstatement of two
employees who were suspended last week after the Minister
had conducted a surprise check of a restaurant at PTDC
Complex. A press note issued by Mr Surjit Saini and Mr
Mangal Singh Hundal, Conveners of the committee, on
Wednesday claimed that the Minister had assured to
SRC DIRECTOR: Air Marshal R.S. Bedi (retd) has been elected Director of the Strategic Research Centre (SRC), a non-profit and non-government organisation. The other office-bearers are: Deputy Director Col D.S. Cheema (retd); Secretary Dr Rakesh Datta; and Treasurer Dr D. Goel.
RICE PRICE: The Chandigarh Administration has refixed the price of levy rice both for the above and below poverty line consumers. The price for consumers above the poverty line will be Rs 1240.01 per quintal while for those below poverty line, it will be Rs 624.05 per quintal. This will include sales tax. The retail price would be Rs 12.44 per kg for those above the poverty line and Rs 6.28 per kg for those below the poverty line.
TALENT RESEARCH: The National Institute of Professional Techniques will organise an inter-school talent search competition on May 6 at its premises in Sector 34-A. The competitions will be open for school children of age groups between 8 and 16 years. The competitions will include essay writing, collage making, slogan writing and sketching and painting.
AUDIT STAFF: In response to a call given by the National Audit Association, members of the Haryana Civil Audit Association, all Group 'C' officials refused to draw their salary for the month of April in support of their various demands, including pay parity for senior auditors with that of Assistants of Central Secretariat.
ELECTED : Dr Sukhdev Singh has been elected President of the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Council. The other office-bearers are: Vice-President Dr S.P. Puri; Secretary Mr B.D. Sharma; and Finance Secretary Mr A.S. Sodhi. TNS
COMPUTER COURSE: The local unit of the Young Men's Christian Association will conduct the fourth batch of Computer Education for Women from the third week of May where matriculate women in the 15 to 25 years of age group shall be eligible to join. There will be 25 seats for this one-year course. Preference will be given to women from backward classes, economically vulnerable sections, orphans, semi-orphans, widowed, divorced or separated women. The project is sponsored by the Central Social Welfare Board.
GOLD ORNAMENT: Mr Bijan Abdolkarimi, a foreigner living in Sector 19 (H. No 82), said on Tuesday that his son found a piece of gold ornament during his walk at Sukhna lake on Monday. The owner can collect this piece of gold jewellery by giving its identification signs.
ELECTED: Mr Inder Lal
Batra, President, Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, has been
elected President of the Chandigarh Wholesale Cloth
Merchants Association. The other office-bearers are:
Senior Vice-President Mr Charanjiv Singh;
Vice-Presidents Mr Bhupinder Singh and Mr Gurinder
Singh; General Secretary Mr Bharat Bhushan Jain;
and Finance Secretary Mr Iqbal Singh.
DROWNED: Teetu, a resident of Munak in Punjab died due to drowning in the Bhakhra main canal at Tohana in this district on Tuesday. According to reports, Teetu had come to Tohana to see a film along with his friend Madan. The duo consumed liquor and then jumped into the canal. While Madan swam to safety, Teetu was drowned.
ARRESTED: A motor vehicle Inspector working in the Regional Transport Authority office, has been arrested for issuing driving licences and passing the vehicles against the forged documents. Mr Radhey Sham, president, Bar Association, Tohana, had lodged a complaint with the police against Ram Lal, a motor vehicle Inspector working in the RTA office of Hisar. The police has registered a case under Sections 420, 468, 471 and 120 of the IPC and arrested the accused.
EIGHT HELD: The police has arrested two persons for stealing a Maruti car and six others for illegal trafficking of liquor. According to reports, Ranbir and Ram Kumar, both residents of Jind, were arrested and a Maruti car (HR 23-A-2878) was seized from them. Bahadur Chand, Ashok Kumar, Sansi, Dalip Singh, Surat Singh and Surjit Singh were arrested for illegal trafficking of liquor and 80 bottles of liquor were seized from them.
WHEAT ARRIVAL: The district takes the lead as far as wheat arrival is concerned. According to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Amit Jha, more than 4014 lakh metric ton of wheat has so far arrived in the mandis out of which 4.13 lakh metric ton have been purchased by various government agencies. However, lifting of wheat is reported to be going on at a slow pace in Kalanwali mandi.
Intruder in temple complex
THERE is a spanking new intruder in the compound of the famous Bhima Kali Mandir at Sarahan.
Last winter, the place was serene and worshipful, but this summer it has become a new night attraction for tourists with a 60-ft-high halogen lamp floodlit tower cutting into the beautiful frame of the temple compound.
This is one more example of insensitive bureaucrats taking decisions on preserving, and highlighting heritage sites in the country. It is high time that the pole is shifted outside the temple compound.
National leprosy team in Yamunanagar
A high-level team of the Union Government comprising Dr J.S. Ponniah (Chairman) and Dr C.R. Revankar and Dr A.K. Sood visited Yamunanagar to evaluate the work done under the national leprosy programme.
Dr D.R. Chugh, Yamunanagars Civil Surgeon, stated that the team had visited many villages and leper colonies in the twin towns of Yamunanagar and Jagadhri to verify the leprosy cases reported during the second modified leprosy campaign in February and March.
He said the team was highly impressed with the work done by the leprosy team and other medical officers and workers of the Health Department.
Dr Chugh explained the work done during the past five years. They were impressed with the training given to doctors and paramedical staff during the campaign. They were also impressed with various activities undertaken by the District Leprosy Society as a result of which 11 cases had been detected. There were banners and wall paintings in villages and towns. The team also visited the District Hospital and interacted with doctors of the Civil Hospital.
Dr Chugh said the team also met the Deputy Commissioner, and explained its findings to him.
He served even after death
Mr Sunder Lal Saraf, who kept on taking pains for the uplift of the poor in his lifetime, also served Mankind even after death. Both his eyes were donated and transplanted on two visually handicapped persons at Patiala after his death in Bathinda on March 15.
A philanthropist, Mr Saraf started his career in 1921 when he joined a private job at the salary of 50 paisa per month. Mr Saraf, who never went to school, made it a point to educate needy students as he always advocated that it was better to be unborn than be uneducated.
To provide education to needy students, he provided stipends and scholarships to hundreds of students aspiring to become professionals. He also founded the Sunder Lal Saraf Charitable Trust.
Apart from promoting education among the have-nots and deprived sections of society, Mr Saraf also arranged the marriage of poor girls of this region.
A strong believer in Jainism, Mr Saraf built a Jain temple on his own and remained president of Sri Atmanand Jain Sabha for decades.
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