Tuesday, June 13, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S



FREE MEDICAL CAMP: A free medical camp was organised at Manik Nursing Home in Dharam Pura Colony here on Sunday. Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, inaugurated the camp while Mr Jagdish Sawhney, MLA, Batala, presided over the function. Heart patients were examined and medicines were distributed free of cost among the poor ones.

ANNIVERSARY: The 460th birth anniversary of Maharana Partap was celebrated by the local Rajput Sabha on Sunday. A function was organised at the Shakti temple which was presided over by Maj-Gen O. P. Parmar (retd). Swami Pushpinder Swarup was the chief guest. Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, MP, also paid tributes to Maharana Partap. A langar was also served on the occasion.

NOMINATED: Ms Manjit Kaur, president of the district mahila wing of the Public Anti-corruption Board of India, has nominated Ms Shaili as the district general secretary of the mahila wing. She has nominated Ms Harbans Kaur as president and Ms Urmila Thakur as general secretary of the mahila wing of Hoshiarpur city.

APPOINTED: Mrs Harjinder Kaur has been appointed national President of the Lok Bhalai Party, Women’s Wing, by Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, a former Union Minister and President of the party.

TRIBUTES PAID: Rich tributes were paid to Mata Tej Kaur, widow of former Akali Minister Atma Singh at a congregation held in a gurdwara here on Sunday. Mata Tej Kaur was the mother of Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister. Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, OSD with the Chief Minister, paid tributes to her on behalf of Mr Badal. Among those who paid tributes were Mr Balwinder Singh Bhundar, member Rajya Sabha, Mr Raghbir Singh, Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Mr Ajit Singh Kohar, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Mr Narinder Singh, Mr Tota Singh (all Akali ministers), Dr G. S. Aujla, IG, Mr V K Singh, Deputy Commissioner and Mr Iqbal Singh, SSP.

'DISTRIBUTE LAND': Addressing a rally at Bhikhi on Sunday, Dr Mohan Singh Phalianwala, state convener of the BSP, said the government should distribute about 80 lakh hectares, which was lying uncultivated, among the poor. Dr Phalianwala had come here to mobilise support in favour of Mrs Nasib Kaur, a candidate for the nagar panchayat election, Bhikhi. He said the BSP did not hold the view that the Dalits should mention their religion as Buddhism in the Census.

INAUGURATED: Dr Sulekh Kanwal, an educationist, started a week-long awareness camp here on Monday at the local Malwa Girls College, Bhadson Road, to educate the participants on health, education and culture. The chief guest, Mr Pran Sabharwal, a theatre personality applauded Dr Sulekh Kanwal’s efforts for bringing about awareness among ruralites. Dr Amar Singh, Chairman, Guru Amar Dass Human Development Trust, dwelt upon the importance of the combination of virtues of health, education and culture.


CELEBRATED: The Sri Khatu Shyam Parchar Mandal celebrated the second annual day of the installation of the idol of the Lord Khatu Shyam on the premises of the Prachin Hanuman Mandir, Sector 32, here on Monday. The special attraction of the function was the decorated darbar of Lord Shyam, specially brought from Delhi, besides flowers brought for decoration from Calcutta. A jagran was also held where famous bhajan singers Kumar Narender from Jaipur, Acharya Mahesh Prashad from Vrindavan, Mukesh Sharma from Pinjore and Rajender Kumar from Khatu in Sikar district regaled the audience. 

STUDENTS END FAST: The chain fast by students of Government ITI, Sector 28, was called off here on Monday after the Principal accepted the demands of the students for NCVT certificate. The Principal assured that the students of tool and die maker and mechanist grinder trades will be awarded NCVT instead of SCVT certificates. The strike was called on May 30 and was converted into a chain fast. 


KILLED: One person was killed, while another was injured in a road accident near Naraingarh, 35 km from here on Monday. According to the police, Janak Raj and Swarn Singh were on the their way to Naraingarh on a scooter. A Haryana Roadways bus hit them, killing Swarn Singh while Janak Raj sustained serious injuries. He was admitted to the local Civil Hospital. The police has registered a case against the bus driver. 

CASES SETTLED: Many cases were settled in a public relation and redressal committee meeting held here on Monday under the chairmanship of Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, Agriculture Minister, Haryana. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ram Niwas, and the SP, Ambala, Mr Navdeep Singh Virk, were also present in the meeting. 

RAZED: The municipal council, Ambala Cantonment, on Monday razed six houses in Ambala Cantonment which were built on government land. The demolition drive also entailed removal of kiosks in the Lal Kurti area and also the picking up to rehris in the area. On June 11, the district administration cleared encroachment from 7 acres of land in village Tundla where an unauthorised colony was coming up, a press note said. 

SOIL CONSERVATION: A one-day soil conservation camp was organised by the Krishi Gyan Kendra, Mahendragarh, at Pathera village on Saturday. Addressing farmers, Dr L.S. Suhag, Director, Extension Education, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, called upon farmers to meet agriculture scientists to find solutions to their day-to-day problems. The camp was attended by farmers of the district and nearby villages of Rajasthan.

HUSBAND MISSING: A woman on Saturday lodged a complaint with the city police regarding her missing husband. In her written complaint, Nirmala Devi said her husband, Kailash Chand, was working for K.L. Madhok and had gone for duty on June 2 after which he did not return.

ELECTED: Mr Munish Grover has been elected President of the district unit of the BJP. He was elected unanimously at a meeting held here on Saturday. Mr Ramesh Bhatia proposed the name of Mr Grover, which was seconded by other members.

CASE REGISTERED: The police has registered a case against Pawan Kumar of Balak Nath Colony and some members of his family here in connection with the death of his wife, Babita. According to police sources, the father of victim, Mr Dalip Singh of Old Arya Nagar, has alleged that his daughter died after she was harassed by her husband and in-laws for not bearing a child and not bringing adequate dowry. Her body was found in a pond here recently.

CRUSHED: Ramkishan of Jassia was crushed to death by a truck on the Gohana road on Saturday.

  PROTEST: Shopkeepers of Ashok Nagar (kutche quarters) and its adjoining areas held a joint meeting here on Sunday to register their protest against the demolishing of structures and removal of wooden stalls along the boundary wall of the ESI dispensary in the Model Town area of the city by the district police and civic administration on Saturday. The meeting adopted a resolution condemning the action and warned that the affected shopkeepers will resort to self-immolation and burn the effigy of the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, if status-quo was not restored immediately.


CREMATED: Prof Y. R. Thakur, a veteran educationist and senior leader of the Himachal Government College Teachers’ Association, was cremated near his native village, Sarsai, on the banks of the Beas, about 18 km from here, on Sunday. Mr Thakur (54), who was suffering from throat cancer for the past couple of months, died on Saturday.

BODY RECOVERED: The bodies of the two Bihari youths who had drowned in the Beas near the Panchwaktara temple on Thursday were recovered by the police on Sunday and sent for a post-mortem. They have been identified as Santosh Kumar (20) of Parsonia village and Sanjay Kumar (18) of Rasloop village in Vaishali district of Bihar.

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