Wednesday, August 23, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


DEMANDED: In a joint statement Mr Om Parkash, Mr Bohr Masih and Mr Thomas Hans, president, vice-president and secretary , respectively, of the Pastor Association, Punjab, have demanded that the Christians should also be provided the same facilities, reservations and other benefits as given to SC/STs.

LIQUOR SEIZED: In a surprise check, the District Excise and Taxation Department headed by the ETO, Mr Randhir Singh, impounded a van and seized 450 bottles of liquor at Mukerian on Sunday. The liquor was being smuggled by Surjit Singh Sansi of Ghasitpur from Himachal Pradesh. He has been arrested and a case registered.

VANMAHOTSAVA: As part of vanmahotsava, a function was organised by the local Municipal Council on Monday here. Mr Gurlavleen Singh Sidhu, local SDM, presided over the function. Saplings of silver oak were plant-ed on the occasion.

TWO KILLED: Two persons were killed on the spot when their car collided with a tanker carrying iron bars near Ghalkalan village about 10 km from here on Moga-Ferozepore road on Monday. The police has registered a case and the bodies have been sent for a post-mortem examination. In another accident, two occupants of a tanker were seriously injured when it collided with a vehicle coming from the opposite direction near the Moga bypass.

CASE REGISTERED: The Shahpurkandi police has registered a case against Rajan of Issa Nagar, Pathankot, under various sections of the IPC for allegedly using fake seals of the SDM and the DTO for forging documents, registration certificates and driving licences.

THEFT: On a complaint of Mr Romesh Chander of Adarsh Colony, Sujanpur, the police has registered a case against Jagdish Chander, alias Rinkoo, for allegedly committing theft in the house of the complainant.

LECTURER: Ms Baljeet Kaur, lecturer, Department of Punjabi Development, Punjabi University, has been invited to present a research paper at the 22nd ICPAFR international conference on ‘Physical fitness and activity in the context of leisure education’ from August 24 to 28, being held at Baptist University, Hong Kong. This information was given in a written statement issued by the university here on Tuesday.  

APPOINTED: The Punjabi University vice-chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, has appointed Dr Anil Narula, a professor in the Department of Music, as head of the department for a period of three years. By another order Dr Gursharan Singh Sandhu has been appointed head of the philosophy department. This was stated in a press note issued by the university here on Monday. 

CONFERENCE: The Punjabi University vice-chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, has nominated Dr S.K. Sharma, head, Department of Political Science, to attend the 16th European conference on modern South Asian studies to be held at the University of Edinburgh, (UK) from September 6 to 9. Dr S.K. Sharma will present his paper on Centre state tensions and regional aspirations in India: patterns and tends (a case of Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab). This was stated in a press note issued by the university here on Monday.  Top


STRIKE: The Water Supply Employees Union shall observe a day-long token strike on August 29. The Union had organised a rally in the Public Health Office, Sector 12, to mobilise workers for making the strike a success. The leaders, while addressing the employees, condemned the Administration as well as the Municipal Corporation for not implementing the just and genuine demands of the employees. Among those who addressed the rally were the union president, Mr Dharam Pal; the general secretary , Mr Diwan Chand Sharma; Mr Rajinder Katoch, Mr Ramlal and Mr Dev Raj.  

'DEVELOP WASTE GROUND': The former general secretary of district no:4 of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Mr Shambhu Banerjee, met the Mayor, Municipal Corporation, on Monday, Mrs Shanta Abhilashi and requested that the ground adjoining the dispensary, Mauli complex, be filled and developed properly. He pointed out that since the ground has been lying undeveloped since long, the residents of the surrounding area are dumping garbage there, causing a health hazard. The Mayor is learnt to have assured that she will look into the matter and necessary action will be taken at the earliest to facilitate the residents.  

MEET: A minority communities convention will be held on Saturday at St Stephen's school hall, Sector 45-B. This was disclosed by Mr Shiv Kanwar Sandhu, member of Dr Ambedkar Foundation; Mr John Victor, member, Catholic Council of India and Syed Yakoob Hussan Naqvi, president, Punjab Muslim Fronts, in a statement issued here on Monday. The convocation is being organised to highlight the atrocities being committed on the minority communities in various parts of the country and bring them to the notice of the present regime. While Rev. Dr. Gerald J Mathias, Bishop of Shimla-Chandigarh Diocese, will preside over the function, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former Chief Minister, will be the chief guest.  

RELAY FAST: A state level rally is being organised by Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) Staff Association in front of the Udyog Bhawan from 12 noon to 2 pm. Meanwhile, the relay fast of Punwire Employees Coordination Committee which began on June 19 entered its 64th day on Monday. Eleven employees of Punwire sat on fast under the leadership of Mr Jasbir Singh. The leaders also addressed a rally.  

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Himachal Gaddi Kalyan Parishad for a period of two years: president — Mr Om Prakash; general secretary — Mr Paras Ram Verma; treasurer — Mr Kuldip Sharma; senior vice president — Mr Purshottam Ram Kapur and; adviser — Mr Bihari Lal.  

HAILED: The members of Chamoli Parvatiya Vikas Parishad in a meeting held at Garhwal Bhawan, Sector 29, under the chairmanship of Mr Dinesh Semwal, expressed their happiness on the constitution of Uttranchal State. Hailing the issue, Mr Harish Benjwal, general secretary of the parishad, said, with the constitution of the separate state, the long pending demand of the people of the Uttrakhand had been fulfilled.  

SEATS VACANT: Some seats of reserved categories for admission to first year B Sc ( Hons School) / B.Pharmacy have fallen vacant. According to Mr H.M Dani, member of the Joint Admission Committee, all the students of reserved categories, already interviewed personally/admitted, are required to come for second counselling on Thursday at 9 am to the Biochemistry Department, Panjab University, for admission/transfer.  

SEATS AVAILABLE: Four seats for admission to first year B Sc ( Hons School) in Biochemistry and five seats for admission to MSc ( Hons School) in Biochemistry for NRI/Industry sponsored candidates are available in the Department of Biochemistry, PU. In a press note issued here on Monday, Prof D.D. Bansal and Chairman, stated that those students who have qualified the entrance test should contact the Head of the department on August 28 at 11 am.  

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers for the year 2000-2001 in the general elections of Garhwal Ramleela Avem Sanskritik Mandal, Sector 22, held on Sunday in Sadhu Ashram, Sector 23-D: chairman — Mr S.S. Bisht; president — Mr B.S. Rawat; vice-president — Mr G.S. Rawat; general secretary — Mr B.P Gour; cashier — C.S. Makloga; director- Mr Jagdish Singh Rawat.  

RALLY: Mr Hans Raj Verma, convenor, Punwire Employees Coordination Committee declared that a scooter rally will be held in SAS Nagar on Thursday at 4 pm, which will start from Phase-VI, Punwire Redion Division and will culminate in Phase XI. The rally will be held for thanking the residents of SAS Nagar for discarding the SAD-BJP candidate in the recent civic polls.  

SAPLINGS PLANTED: As many as 101 saplings were planted by the Panchkula Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Sector 20, as part of the Haryana Vana Mahotsava drive. The function began with sabha president Bal Krishan Bansal, general secretary Rakesh Garg and adviser Rampal Sharma planting 10 saplings each. After that all other members of the sabha planted five saplings each. The sabha has employed a gardener to look after these saplings. Top


CAR STOLEN: Mr S.K. Anand, who has a sports shop near Vijay Ratan Chowk in Ambala Cantonment, has complained to the police that his car was stolen on Sunday night. He said that the ’93 model, white Maruti 800 car (No. Hr 01 B 0744) was parked outside King Palace where he along with his family members had gone to attend a marriage function. The car was stolen between 9.30 pm and 11 pm.  

INAUGURATED: A complaint centre and a tubewell have been inaugurated by cantonment board member, Mr Umesh Sahni. The tubewell is located behind 102, Mall Road and the complaint centre (South), CBA, is behind CB Primary School, Lal Kurti, Mall Road. Mr Sahni said that the tubewell was needed in the area. “The complaint centre will also be utilised for registering complaints regarding streetlights, water and sanitation,” he said.  

ARRESTED: The police on Tuesday arrested Raj Kumar, a resident of Mehmara village, and Teja Singh, a resident of Chandpura village, under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Prevention) Act and seized 8 kg of poppy husk from each of them.

WORKSHOP: A three-day Agriculture Officers workshop for finalising the package of practices for the ensuing rabi crop will be held at CCS Haryana Agriculture University here from September 12. According to Dr L. S. Suhag, Director Extension Education, and the convener of the workshop, one session during the workshop will be devoted to discussion on feedback obtained from farmers of different agro-climatic zones.

INAUGURATED: A new National Speed Post Centre, which has already started functioning since August 16, was formally inaugurated by the Director, Haryana Postal Circle, Ms Madhuri Dabral Sharma, at the Railway Mail Service office here on Monday. Ms Sharma said all post offices in Kurukshetra and Kaithal had been authorised to book speed post mail.

FEE HIKE: Students of a local college continued their strike for the fourth day on Tuesday in protest against the hike in tuition fee by its management. The students went on a rampage and stoned the building. A memorandum listing the demands of the students was submitted to the acting Principal of the college.

BODY FOUND: The Kharkhauda police found a decomposed body of an unidentified man from a canal near Jhinjhauli village, about 25 km from here, on Monday. The body has been sent for a post-mortem. A case has been registered.

LPG DEALERS: On a directive of the District Food and Supplies Controller (DFSC), local LPG dealers started supplying cylinders by tractor-trolleys in surrounding villages of the district on Monday. According to official sources, this followed an agreement reached between the LPG dealers and the DFSC.

INJURED: Ramgan of Bari village sustained injuries when the Canter he was travelling in collided with a Maruti car on the G.T. Road near Murthal Chowk, about 8 km from here, on Monday.Top


HELD: Gopal Sen , resident of village Laurang, district Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, was arrested on Monday for illegal possession of 4 Kg of opium near Sainj Bridge in the Banjar subdivision of the district. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered and the consignment valuing about Rs 60 lakh in the international market has been seized, he added.

SEIZED: The Dharampur police seized 3,500 pouches of country-made liquor from a truck on the Kalka-Shimla national highway, near here, on Sunday. According to police sources, the liquor was being smuggled from Panchkula to Shimla. The truck was impounded and Shish Pal and Ajai Kalia arrested. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.

INTERACTION PROGRAMME: Scientists from the Regional Research Station, University of Horticulture and Forestry, Jachh, near here, organised a two-day farmer-scientist interaction programme on Monday at Sulah in Kangra. A large number of fruit growers of the area took part in the programme. Scientists visited fields and suggested remedies on the spot. Literature pertaining to the cultivation of fruits and vegetable crops was also distributed.Top

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