Wednesday, June 28, 2000,
Chandigarh, India






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PUNJAB

DERA BASSI
NOMINATED: A meeting of workers of the SHSAD, under the chairmanship of Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, General Secretary, SHSAD, was held here on Monday. He nominated Mr Gurmeet Singh, Mr Manpreet Singh, Mr Malwainder Singh, Mr Kuldeep Singh and Mr Dharam Singh as circle presidents for Lalru, Dera Bassi (rural), Dera Bassi (Urban), Banur and Handesra, respectively. 

HOSHIARPUR
DALIT SAMITI: Mr Chanan Singh Manku was appointed president of the District Dalit Sangarsh Samiti, Hoshiarpur by Mr Pawan Kumar Aadia president Punjab Dalit Sangarsh Samiti on Tuesday according to a press release of the office of the state wing.

HUMAN RIGHTS WING: Mr Naresh Thakur, Member Punjab Human Rights Wing of the PPCC has appointed Dr Ranjit Singh as president and Prof Vir Partap Singh as secretary of the district unit of the wing. He has also appointed. Mr D.L. Anand, Mr Narvir Singh, Mr B.S. Chaudhry and Mr Nirmal Singh as members.

KHARAR
INAUGURATED: Mr Devinder Singh, SDM, Kharar, on Monday inaugurated a cleanliness fortnight launched by the local Municipal Committee. He directed the municipal authorities to remove the garbage daily and Mr Gian Chand Gupta, Executive Officer of the committee, said steps were being taken for repair of streetlight. 

SABHA: The Khatri Sabha of Ropar district at its meeting held here on Monday has decided to work for ending the dowry system in society. According to a press note issued here on Tuesday by Mr Lal Chand Seth, secretary of the sabha, delegation from Kharar will participate at the state-level meeting to be held in Khanna on July 9. 

LUDHIANA
FLAYED: The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has sharply reacted to the 15 per cent hike in the prices of phosphate fertilisers and, terming it as anti-farmer, has demanded its withdrawal. The BKU president, Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, said in a statement here on Tuesday that the government was pursuing the policies of ruination of the farming community under the garb of a WTO agreement. Elaborating, he maintained that the WTO had approved up to 10 per cent subsidies in developing nations so that there was no stagnation in development projects, whereas the government was providing only 3 per cent subsidies to the farming sector. Mr Lakhowal further remarked that farming was no longer an economically viable profession and caught in the debt trap. thousands of farmers had committed suicide in the country during past five years. "If the government fails to take effective measures to improve the agricultural economy, the farming sector would perish spelling doom for the entire economy,'' he added. 

SUSPENDED: Dr S.S. Sandhu, commissioner, municipal corporation, has placed under suspension Mr Tarsem Lal, a beldar in the corporation for absence from duty without permission. The commissioner, while asking the MC officials to conduct surprise checks daily to ensure punctuality among the employees, has warned the employees to perform their duties diligently to avoid penal action. 

LABORATORY: A new computer laboratory has been set up at SKN Model High School in Tilak Nagar, which was inaugurated by Mr Shyam Sunder Malhotra. Mr Krishan Rajpal was the chief guest on the occasion. The school also donated Rs 2,500 as drought relief fund. Students who had attained higher positions the in middle examination were honoured on the occasion. 

PHAGWARA
REMARKS FLAYED: Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) general secretary Jathedar Sukhdev Singh Bhaur has flayed as seditious and sacrilegious the statement of Dr Surinder Jain, national convener of Bajrang Dal, that Christianity was a pseudo- religion which would be wiped out from India during this century. He said such comments were an open challenge to minorities, secularism and religion and were aimed at causing communal disaffection. He asked the centre to clarify its position vis-a-vis these remark given that the Prime Minister had assured Pope John Paul II that the interests of Christians would be safeguarded.
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CHANDIGARH

DEMANDED: A delegation of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) today met Mr G.P.S. Sahi, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Punjab, and demanded a release of Rs 10.40 crore salary grant for the months of January and February, a press note said here. The delegation charged that the Finance Department was creating problems in the implementation of their long-accepted demands. 

PANCHKULA
ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Zila Patrkar Parishad: principal advisers Mr SD Sharma and Mr Vinod Pankaj; chairman Mr Suresh Senger; president Mr Upendra Bhatnagar; vice-presidents Mr Dayanand Chaudhary and Mr Vikrant Mohan Sharma; general secretary Mr Surindra Dhiman; and secretary Mr Shahbab Samuel. 

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Artists Association of Panchkula: patron Mr SK Monga, Deputy Commissioner; adviser Mr SK Nayar; president Mr RC Singla; vice-president Mr VP Gupta; general secretary Mr VP Verma; and secretary Mr KR Koli. 

GARBAGE REMOVAL: The Residents Welfare Association of Sector 4 has taken up the task of cleaning the sector. To deal with the menace created by unhygienic conditions, the association hired a JCB for removal of garbage from road berms and levelling the open spaces. The general secretary of the association, Mr KD Prabhakar, said that repeated appeals to HUDA had failed to achieve the desired results which had forced them to act on their own. 
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HARYANA

JIND
PETROL PATROL: In view of the spate of robberies at petrol stations and violence against the owners and employees of petrol stations, the district police has decided to provide security guards at petrol stations in the district. Mr Rajpal Singh, Superintendent of Police, Jind said here on Monday that police patrolling at petrol stations has been intensified and two armed security guards have been deployed at each petrol station. They will remain on duty there from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.

DOWRY CASE: The police on Monday arrested the husband, Rampal and brother-in-law Dharambir of one Santosh, a housewife, on the charge of harassing her for dowry. Santosh, a resident of Jind town, in a complaint to the police alleged that since her marriage her in-laws had been harassing her for dowry.
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