Sunday, August 6, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


REGISTRATION OFFICE: The Foreigners Regional Registration Office will start functioning from August 7 from its new building in Ranjit Avenue. All foreigners, except Pakistani nationals, will have to register themselves at this office, Pakistani nationals will continue to register themselves at the local SSP’s office.

‘BARSI’: The Khalra Mission Committee has said that the "barsi" of Bhai Sukhdev Singh Babbar will be observed on August 9 at Dasoowal village. Justice Ajit Singh Bains, Chairman, Punjab Human Rights Commission, will address a gathering on the occasion.

TOWN PLANNERS: Four students of Guru Ram Dass School of Planning, Guru Nanak Dev University, have been selected as Assistant Town Planners through the Punjab Public Service Commission. Mr Balwinder Singh, Head of the Department, claimed that it was the second school in India which was imparting training in urban and regional planning at the graduation level.

CASH LOOTED: Eight unidentified persons with muffled faces looted Rs 2.80 lakh from Mount Carmel School on the Hoshiarpur-Hariana road on Friday. The miscreants struck early morning and forcibly took the keys from Mr Satwant Singh, a Senior Assistant of the school, who was sleeping there. They opened an almirah and decamped with the cash. A case has been registered by the Sadar police.

VANMAHOTSAVA: Under the vanmahotsava drive launched by the Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, saplings were planted in block 2 here on Thursday. The Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Mr Balwant Singh Shergill, and the District Development and Panchayat Officer, Mr J.P. Singh Cheema, presided over the function.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the City Welfare Action Committee: chairman — Mr Zahoor Ahmed Zahoor; vice-chairman — Mr Mohammad Jamil; general secretary — Mr Mohammad Hafeez Bilal Tahir; secretary — Mr Mufti Mohammad Tahir; and treasurer — Mohammad Irshad.

KILLED: Nachhattar Singh of Baghapurana was crushed to death on Saturday by a private bus while he was crossing a road with fodder on his head. The police has registered a case and sent his body for a post-mortem. In another accident, two occupants of a car were injured seriously when their car collided with a truck, about 70 km from here, on the Moga-Amritsar road.

COUNCIL UPGRADED: The Punjab Government has upgraded the municipal council, Sujanpur, to class B from class C. The orders were issued by Mr NK Arora, Chief Secretary, Punjab. Mr Vinay Mahajan, president of the council, conveyed his thanks to Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, Local Bodies Minister, and Mr Sat Pal Saini, MLA, Sujanpur, for their efforts in getting the council upgraded.

THREATENED: Mr Jagjeet Singh, an owner of a crusher at Talwara village, has lodged a complaint with the police stating that Shiv Kumar Dutta accompanied by four persons trespassed into the premises of his crusher on July 24 and threatened him. On August 2, Shiv Kumar along with eight persons came again and took away two of his tippers. The police has registered a case.

TRIBUTES: Mrs Tejwinder Kaur, Department of Punjabi, Government Mahindra College, addressed the Rotary audience here on Thursday. She shared her perception on "the glorious traditions of Punjabi martyrs'', according to a press note issued here on Friday. While paying tribute to Shaheed Udham Singh, she said the life and contributions of such a great son of the soil must become the becon light for the coming generations.  

COMPUTERISED: Mr R.S. Nanda, General Manager, State Bank of Patiala, inaugurated the computerisation of the bank's Malout branch here on Friday. Mr Nanda said that 141 branches of the bank had been computerised. According to a press note, the State Bank of Patiala is the only bank in Punjab, Haryana, HP and Chandigarh to install request transfer machines at Chandigarh for the benefit of investors.  

APPEAL: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) today condemned the policy of the government and other colleges of the district for not admitting students who re-appeared in last year’s plus two examinations. In a press release, a leader of the ABVP of the Patiala unit, Tarun Kumar said that the refusal of the colleges to admit these students was against rules. Hundreds of students would suffer a setback due to the negative attitude of the college authorities, he added.  Top


CONDEMNED: The General Secretary of the Punjab Istri Sabha, Ms Mahinder Samber, has condemned the lathi charge by the local police on the agitating women workers of Punwire. She said that the police misbehaved with the agitators. Also 20 women were taken into custody without the presence of the women cops.

EXAMINED: As many as 120 patients were examined for eye ailments during a free camp organised by the Servants of the People Society in collaboration with the Department of Ophthalmology, GMCH-32, at the society’s Swasth Jeewan Kendra, Khuda Alisher on Saturday. The team of doctors under Dr Suresh Kumar identified 14 patients for cataract operations, which will be carried out at GMCH-32 and all expenses of the same will be borne by the society. Members of voluntary organisations and village panchayat participated in making the camp a success.

KILLINGS ASSAILED: The Kashmiri Sahayak Sabha, at a meeting convened yesterday, demanded a high-level judicial enquiry into the killings carried out in Jammu and Kashmir in the earlier part of the week. The Sabha also demanded the dismissal of the Dr Farooq Abdullah government. Seeking fool proof security for Amarnath yatris, the Sabha demanded the imposition of army rule in the state. Meanwhile the Muslim Rehnuma Committee, at a meeting today, criticised the killing of innocent yatris while adding that this incident was against the teachings of the Prophet. Top


POET INVITED: Devendra Uppal, a journalist and poet, has been invited to the 20th World Congress of Poets to be held in Greece from August 15 to 25. An exhibition of books of poets from different countries will be organised at the congress. Uppal’s booklet "Poetry to Peace and Providence" will also be displayed in this exhibition.

ROBBERY: Four unidentified armed robbers forcibly entered the house of Mrs Neel Kamal in Sector 1 here and decamped with cash, jewellery and other articles worth Rs 80,000 early on Friday. In her FIR, she said her husband was away at the time of the incident and she was sleeping in the house along with her mother and two children.

FOUR ARRESTED: The district police arrested four persons and seized 400 pouches of illicit liquor and 90 kg of narcotics from them. Bitto of Trilokewala village was arrested while smuggling 40 kg of poppy husk in his car. Ajmer Singh was arrested while he was carrying 500 pouches of illicit liquor on his two-wheeler. Besides, Gurutej of Raghuwana village was arrested with 5 kg of narcotics and Parhlad Singh of Gaushala Mohalla for carrying 100 pouches of illicit liquor.

SHOPS CLOSED: Shopkeepers in the Button Factory area here closed their shops on Friday in protest against the alleged intimidation of a tenant of a shop by supporters of the shop owner. Later, they presented a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Sudhir Rajpal, demanding immediate action against the shop owner.Top


MOBILE CENTRES: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Kaushal, while presiding over a meeting of Child Development Project Offices here on Friday said 250 mobile centres, manned by voluntary Anganwari workers, would provide nutritious food to children in Anganwari centres in rural area of Sirmour district.

POST VACANT: The post of Tehsildar here has been lying vacant for the past four months which has hampered the functioning of revenue work. Residents have demanded that the post be filled immediately.

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