Wednesday, August 2, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


CHILDREN ADOPTED BY CLUB: The Rotary Club, Kharar, organised a function here on Sunday in which children under the Adopted Children Welfare Project were given books, clothes, notebooks and other material required by them free of cost. According to Mr Balwant Singh Rangi, President, and Mr Amrish Shukla, Project Chairman, the club has taken the responsibility of these children for providing stationery, medical check-up, uniforms, etc for the whole year. 

WOMAN SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES: Balbir Kaur, 55, of Humanyunpura village, who had been seriously injured during an armed attack by the ‘Kaale Kachchewale’ gang on July 27, died in the C.M.C. on Tuesday. Her husband, Kamikkar Singh, 57, had died after he was hit by the robbers on the same day.

TEEJ FUNCTION: Teej will be celebrated on August 4 by the wives and dependent of the members of the Sutlej club. On the occasion, famous Punjabi singer Dolly Guleria will perform live. According to Mr A.S. Chawla, honorary general secretary of the club; various stalls of typical Teej food and other dishes will be provided in the club lawns. The eatables will be served free of cost. 

RALLY: Activists of the district unit of the Pendu Mazdoor Union, Punjab, on Monday organised a rally at the Rahon bus stand, about 7 km from here, to press the government to roll back the hike in the prices of ration items. The union also demanded free power for labourers.

CONDEMNED: Dr Satwant Singh Mohi, Secretary, PPCC, has condemned the statement of Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal against Punjab Congress President Amarinder Singh. Dr Mohi said the Congress high command would be approached for seeking Mrs Bhattal’s expulsion from the party if she did not withdraw her statement.

PUNJABI MANCH: The chairman of the Punjabi Vikas Manch, Mr Hardev Singh Rosha, presided over a meeting of office-bearers of the manch held here in which Mr Kushaldev Singh Dhillon was unanimously elected president.

RED CROSS CAMP: The district Red Cross Society, St John Ambulance and the District Education Officers organised an inter-school junior Red Cross training camp at Government Girls School, Model Town, in which 75 girls took part.

DHILLON MADE PRESIDENT OF MANCH: The Chairman of the Punjabi Vikas Manch, Mr Hardev Singh Rosha, presided over a special meeting of the office-bearers of the manch held here, during which, Mr Kushaldev Singh Dhillon was unanimously elected the President of the manch for two years. Mr Navinderjit Singh, IAS, had proposed his name. Addressing the office-bearers, the newly-elected President of the manch said that along with his coworkers, he would work for the development of the manch. He said that for the promotion of Punjabi language and culture, functions would be organised in community halls of villages in collaboration with the North Zone Cultural Centre. 

ROTARY CLUB PRESIDENT: Mr Ranjit Khosla was installed as the 57th President of the club here on Tuesday. During the function, outgoing President Raj Kumar Seth was conferred upon the Rotary hall of fame award. Mr Ranjit Khosla said the club would be laying more emphasis on the literacy programme with a view to reach out to more and more womenfolk. Nominations were being invited from the needy as well as from the students who had excelled in academics for scholarships. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: Thakur Kamal Raj Singh has been elected President of the Rajput Welfare Society, Patiala. The other office-bearers are Senior Vice-President — Capt Prem Nath Chowdhury; Vice-President — Capt B.S. Jaswal; General Secretary — Dr A.K. Kaushal; Treasure — Dr Jasmer Singh.



RETIRES: Mr Ved Prakash, a lecturer in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, retired here on Monday after completing more than 28 years of service. He was given a farewell party by the staff members of the school. Mr R.S. Goraya, Principal of the school, appreciated the services rendered by him. 

BOOKS GIFTED: The Rotary Club of Chandigarh gifted books for the library of Government Model Middle School on Sunday . The club also gifted $ 100 for Bal Bahar School at Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26. Bapu Dham Colony is the focus of the integrated community development taken up by the Rotary Club. According to the President of the club, Mr Praveen Chander Goyal, promotion of literacy was the prime concern of the club. The club also organised a hepatitis B vaccination camp in the Janta Colony. 


ARRESTED: The Ellenabad police arrested Sampooran Singh of Rania on Tuesday for allegedly giving shelter to the killers of Municipal Councellor of Ellenabad Shyam Lal Gigorani. While the main accused in the case had been killed in an encounter in New Delhi, the police had arrested Balvinder Singh, also of Rania, for sheltering the killers. The police recovered Rs 1.5 lakh from the two arrested and sealed their bank accounts.

SEWERAGE PROBLEM: Residents of the local Jandwala Mohalla, enraged over the poor sewerage facilities prevailing here for the past fortnight, blocked traffic on the Bhadra road and raised slogans against the district administration, especially the Public Health Department. They were led by the Organising Secretary of the district Congress, Mr Hoshiari Lal Sharma, and former Municipal Councillors, Mr Prem Sharma and Mr Sudhir Arya. The agitators did not budge till executive engineers of the department arrived and supervised the drainage operation.

DROWNED: A youth, Hem Bahadur, was drowned while taking a holy dip on the occasion of Somavati Amavasya, in the Yamuna, near here on Monday.

SUICIDES: Two cases of suicide were reported in the city and a nearby village on Monday. According to the police, the victims have been identified as Ram Singh (75) of Vishal Nagar and Saroj of Khanda village.

BURN INJURIES: Four employees of the PWD (B&R) sustained serious burn injuries from hot coal tar while carrying out repair work on the Sonepat-Murthal road here on Monday.

INJURED: Two persons riding a motor cycle were injured when a bus hit them near Bayyanpur village, about 3 km from here, on Monday.



ILLICIT LIQUOR: In various raids at Dabat Majari village, the police has recovered a large quantity of ‘‘lahan’’ and illicit liquor and has arrested three persons — Hansraj, Hardyal and Ajmer Singh, a police spokesman said here on Monday. Cases had been registered against them under the Excise Act, he said.

DEMONSTRATION: Residents of Amb Pathiar village on Monday staged a demonstration in front of Government Hospital, Dehra, in protest against the “inordinate” delay in conducting the post-mortem of Subhash Chand, who died of drowning. Doctors and other staff members of the hospital also went on strike in protest against the insulting behaviour of the villagers. However, later they conducted the post-mortem.

COLLISION: One person was wounded when an Army truck carrying nine jawans collided with a canter (HP-14-1807) on the Kalka-Shimla national highway near here on Tuesday. The driver of the truck was admitted to the Army hospital. His condition was stated as critical. The driver and cleaner of the canter managed to flee.

TRUCK OVERTURNS: A truck laden with apples overturned near the Timber Trail resort, 23 km from here, on Monday. The accident took place when the truck driver suddenly applied the brakes. The truck was coming from Kumarsain, near Narkanda. All four occupants of the vehicle — driver Chanchal Singh, Mr Devinder Kumar, Mr Kapoor Chand Verma and a Nepalese migrant labourer — sustained minor injuries.

MURDERED: Sardari Lal (40), a resident of Khanda Sanial, was allegedly murdered by Soma who attacked him with a sickle following an altercation. A case under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered.

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