Monday, July 3, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


ELECTED: The following have been elected office=bearers of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA): president — Mr Surjan Singh, senior vice-president: Mr Pritpal Sethi: vice-president — Mr Pawan Kumar Gandhi; and secretry Mr Vivek Khanna.

ARRESTED: The police on Saturday arrested two persons, Sarav Sardoop and Gurcharan Singh of Ludhiana, for their involvement in the sale of kerosene meant for public distribution in Himachal Pradesh. About 600 litres of kerosene and 600 litres of mobile oil of were seized. A case has been registered.

POWER FAILURE: Residents of Garhshankar and Mahilpur are facing undeclared power cuts these days. While there is occasional power failure during the night, it is a ‘‘routine’’ matter during the day. No official of the PSEB allegedly attends to the complaints.

BLOOD BANK: The Minister of State for Excise and Taxation, Mr Tikshan Sood, inaugurated an IMA blood bank on Sunday by donating blood. He also announced a grant of Rs 11,000 for the bank. The bank will be financed and managed by doctors. An ex-minister, Mr Ramesh Dogra, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr I.S. Sidhu, the Chairman of the IMA, Dr Kuldeep Singh and Dr B.G. Goel were also present on the occasion.

TICKET PASSES: The Punjab police employees will get one hundred ticket-passes for three months. The scheme was introduced on Saturday to streamline expenses incurred by the policemen.

ORDER: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr GS Grewal, has directed the panchayats to organise round-the-clock vigil in the flood sensitive areas. The patrolling parties of the villages have told to pass information regarding floods to the nearest police station or the SDM.

SUMMER CAMP: Scientology Summer Camp 2000 concluded with a function organised by the Scientology Centre in Thapar Auditorium here on Saturday. The month-long summer camp on scientology which means “knowing how to know answers” taught 110 children to improve their ability and solve their problem themselves Mr R.C. Gupta, Punjab Public Service Commission, was the chief guest.


ARCHITECTS' BODY: The Indian Institute of Architects (Chandigarh and Punjab circles) has elected Mr S.N. Kohli as the president of the organisation. The other office-bearers are: Vice-President — Mr Jeet Kumar Gupta; Treasurer — Mr Sat Pal Singh; Honorary Joint Secretaries — Mr Rakesh Kumar Bansal and Mr Shivdev Singh. The other members are Mr Sarvjeet Singh, Mr Prithviraj Luthra, Mr Subash Chander Thukral, Mr Nanda Naresh Kumar and Mr Jasvinder Singh.

STONE LAID: The local MP, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, laid the foundation stone of a dharamshala in Sector 52-D here on Sunday. According to a press note, Mr Bansal said that the construction work of the dharamshala and a school in the sector would start soon and funds from the MPLAD scheme would be made available for the same. Hundreds of the activists of the Rashtriya Valmiki Dharam Samaj (Ravadhas) participated in the function which was followed by langar.

HOUSING SOCIETY: A general body meeting of the Air Force Civilian Employees Cooperative Group Housing Society was held in Sector 20, Panchkula, on Sunday. The following have been elected as office bearers: President — Mr Om Parkash; Vice-President — Mr R.K. Garg; Secretary — Mrs Neelam Kumari and Cashier — Mrs Swarn Mehta.

BOOKED: The local police has registered a case under the Essential Commodities Act against Gurdev Singh, a depot-holder in the nearby Jhanpur village on Saturday for over-charging the customers in the sale of kerosene and making false claim of distributing 72 litres of kerosene among the customers. According to the FIR, a complaint was sent by some residents to the District Food and Supplies Controller and an inquiry was conducted and the allegations were found correct.

MISSING: Mr Krishan Singh, a local resident, has been shuttling between one place and another in search of his wife who has left his house on May 17, but has not returned home till date. He has already lodged a report with the Kharar police. In a letter sent to the SSP, Ropar, on Saturday, he had written that his wife, Sunita, left for her parents’ place in Rajpura to get some medicines from there, but she did not reach there.

CASH COLLECTION CENTRES': The Citizens Welfare Association has demanded that the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam should open more cash collection centres all over the city and have the cash acceptance facilities at more banks, besides the existing ones in Sectors 7 and 11. Taking the plea that residents from far-away places have to come to the Industrial Area for depositing the bills, the President of the association, Mr S.K. Nayar, said that the matter had been taken up with the department concerned but to no avail. The association has also demanded that more technical staff be deputed to attend to the electricity complaints during the rainy season since snags in lines develop even with a drizzle.

LINK ROAD: The Panchkula Residents Welfare Federation, in a letter to the chief minister of Haryana, has urged the early opening of the direct link road from Panchkula to Chandigarh railway station. A press note issued by the General Secretary, Mr Subhash Papneja, said that owing to delay in the inauguration of the road in spite of the completion of the project, the public was being put to a lot of inconvenience. Also, opening the road would reduce the traffic on the single road connecting Panchkula with Chandigarh. Top


TAX DECRIED: The president of the doctors’ cell of the Kurukshetra district unit of the BJP, Dr Bhaskar Gupta, has condemned the imposition of professional tax of Rs 2,500 a year on the nursing homes by the state government. In a press note issued here on Sunday, he demanded the withdrawal of the tax stating that ultimately the burden would have to be borne by the patients.

LIONS CLUB: A former president of the Lions Club, Shahabad, Dr Bhasker Gupta, has been appointed special secretary of the diabetics and AIDS awareness cell of the Lions district 321/A 2. Mr Amarjit Singh Kalra has been elected president and Mr Harsh Kohli and Mr Tilak Raj, secretary and treasurer, respectively, of the club.

ARRESTED: The Baroda police on Saturday claimed to have solved the murder of Suresh of Nandal village in Rohtak district. The police has arrested three persons, identified as Bijender of Jagsi village (Sonepat), Ramesh of Butana village (Sonepat), and Mahipal of Balana village (Rohtak). The fourth suspect Khushi Ram, alias Kala, had already been arrested.

ARRESTED: The Rai police has arrested two persons, Dilbagh and Narinder, of Nangal Khurd village in connection with the murder of Attar Kaur. The police had already arrested Mohinder in this connection.

ARRESTED: The Yamunanagar police arrested four persons on Friday, including a bank employee, who were involved in the theft of six bank drafts of Canara Bank. Sab Lal of Canara Bank had stolen six bank drafts from the bank and given them to Harjinder Singh. The accused have been sent to judicial remand till July 13.


RALLY: Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad leaders Mukesh Thakur and Ajay Rai held a rally here on Saturday to protest against the fee hike by Himachal Pradesh University and the reduction in seats in M.Com. course. Later, a deputation of student leaders met the Principal and submitted a memorandum of demands.

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