Tuesday, August 29, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S



KAR SEVA: Mr G.S. Grewal, Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, has appealed to all social organisations to come forward to develop and preserve religious and historical places and rise above petty differences, if any, for this work. He was inaugurating a tree plantation campaign on the banks of the Maharaja Ajj Sarovar here on Friday. He said that it was our duty to preserve our heritage. He assured full assistance and help of the administration for the kar sewa and announced a grant of Rs 1.25 lakh for the society. 

200 VACCINATED: In a camp at the Nagar Khera dharmshala in Kurali on Sunday, about 200 persons were administered hepatitis-B vaccine. The camp was organised by the Lions Club, Kurali, according to the club secretary, Mr Ram Chand Sagar. 

COMPUTER CLASSES: The local Allama Iqbal Education Centre has decided to hold free computer classes. Mr Tahir Haleem, a spokesman of the centre, said here on Sunday that a committee of local residents had been formed for the purpose.

LOK ADALAT: A Lok Adalat was held at the local judicial complex by the Additional Civil Judge, Mr S.K. Sachdeva, on Saturday. Of the 36 cases heard, 22 were decided on the spot.

CYCLE RALLY: The local Lions Club organised a cycle rally on Sunday for creating awareness against AIDS, drugs, dowry and other social evils. The SDM, flagged off the 20-km rally while Master Mohan Lal, Minister for Higher Education, Punjab, presided over the prize distribution function.

ACCIDENT: At least 38 persons working at the Ranjit Sagar Dam project were injured, eight of them seriously, when two buses carrying them collided head-on on Sunday.

INSTALLED: Mr Ashok Gupta was installed president of the Rotary Club (central) along with other office-bearers on Sunday.

VACCINATION CAMP: The Rotract Club (Central) Patiala organised a hepatitis -B vaccination camp at Janak Dulari Narula Arya Girls High School here on Monday under the supervision of Dr K. Preet Singh Dhaliwal. About 300 children were given engerix-B vaccine. The president of the club, Mr Lovleen Saini, inaugurated the camp. Mr Maneej Gupta, Mr Sukhwinderjit Bham and Mr Inderpal Singh were also present on the occasion. 

Young India Federation: At a meeting of the Young India Federation (Patiala), the newly appointed zone secretary, Mr Parminder Singh, said the federation was planning to hold camps on environment and family planning in all four zones. During the meeting, Mr Jatinder Singh Jasan was appointed joint secretary and Mr Narinder Singh, Mr Nirbhai Singh, Mr Sumit Sharma, Mr Vikas Sharma and Mr Ramanjit Singh were appointed members of the federation, according to a press release issued here on Monday. 

GRANT ANNOUNCED: Mr Prem Singh Lalpura, MLA, announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the repair and reconstruction of streets and drains of Kadgill Khurd village, 5 km from here, while addressing a gathering at the village on Sunday.


DHARNA: Members of the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and students of science departments have staged a dharna in support of their demands before the Vice-Chancellor’s office on the fifth consecutive day here today. Mr Dyal Pratap Singh Randhawa, President of the organisation, said a continuous chain fast would be started from Tuesday as the authorities had not taken any action regarding the demands. Mr Jagmeet Sidhu and Mr Navdeep Kang of the Physics Department would sit on the fast on Tuesday. 

STRIKE: Employees of all cash collection centres and sub-divisional offices of the Municipal Corporation has decided to join the strike. In a meeting headed by Mr Ajit Singh, President of Municipal Corporation Employees Union, it was decided that the ministerial staff as well as the workers of the MC will also join for the implementation of their demands. 

UNION'S DECISION: The UT Roads Workers Union (PWD) has decided to join the strike on the call of the co-ordination committee of the Government and MC employees and workers on August 29. In a statement, Mr Shiv Nandan, President of the union, condemned the anti-workers policies of the administration. 

ELECTED: The following have been nominated the office-bearers of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal : Chairman: Mr Joginder Singh Sahwney; Senior Vice President: Mr Parshotam Mahajan; Vice-Presidents: Mr Prem Kumar; Mr Bal Krishan Bhutani; Mr M.P. Kohali; Mr Rohit Sood and Mr Jagdish Arora; General Secretaries: Mr Charanjive Singh; Mr Diwakar Sahoonja and Mr Anil Vohra; Finance Secretary: Mr Surinder Singh Purba; Secretaries: Mr Ramesh Gupta; Mr Bhim Sain Aggarwal; Mr Raj Kumar Bansal and Mr Jagtar Singh; and Joint Secretary: Mr Pavittar Singh. 

106 DONATE BLOOD: As many as 106 employees of the Haryana Secretariat, Finance Commissioner Revenue office, Legal Remembrance and Central Industrial Security Force, donated blood in a camp organised by the Blood Bank Society, PGI, Chandigarh in the Haryana Civil Secretariat here today. Mr Sushil Chhiber, Mr Mohinder Dutta, Mr Vivek Swami, Mr Satish Sharma, Mr Satbir Mor and Mr K.J. Chopra donated blood for 40, 23, 27, 19, 13 and 13 times respectively. 

'REDUCE SALES TAX': Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, the local Member of Parliament has called upon the Chandigarh Administration to invite the representatives of the Petroleum Dealers Association to sort out the matter and withdraw the motor sprit tax and reduce the sale tax to bring the petrol prices in Chandigarh at par with the rates in Panchkula and other surrounding areas. 

WORKSHOP: The National Service Scheme, Department of Panjab University, in collaboration with Canara Bank, Sector 34, organised a four-day workshop on women empowerment in Toagn village here today. Mr C.L. Narang, Director NSS, Panjab University, emphasised the importance of economic independence in the life of woman. While Ms Harvinder Kaur and Mr Jagjit Singh, Managers of the Bank, highlighted the important role played by women in society.

SAPLINGS PLANTED: A state level NCC tree plantation function was organised in Government Senior Secondary School, Sector-38 (W), DMC, here on Monday. More than 150 cadets of NCC, Army and Navy wings participated in the function and planted saplings. Student of nursery highlighted the importance of trees by presenting impressive songs on this occasion.

ORGANISED: It was a musical evening that enthralled the audience. “Taal-2000” was a dance competition organised by the Natraj Arts at Tagore Theatre here on Saturday. All the participants who presented various dance items came well prepared for the competition. It was amazing to see young kids performing so well on the stage. They danced on film, Punjabi folk and pop numbers. Individual as well as group dances were presented by children from many schools of the city. Mr Sardool Sikandar, the Punjabi folk singer, and Mr Surinder Bachan, Music Director were the chief guests. 

GANESH POOJA: The Maharashtra Mandal, Sector 19, will organise Lord Ganeshs pooja from September 1. The mandal represents the Maharashtraian community in the city. The mandal has been organising the pooja regularly and the celebrations will begin with the installation of the image of Lord Ganesha and include classical music programmes. 

ENGINEERS DAY: The Survey of India, Northern Zone, and the Chandigarh chapter of the Institution of Engineers will observe 33rd Engineers Day on September 3. The day is observed to commemorate the contributions of India’s greatest engineer, Sir M.Visvesvaraya. According to Brig K.S. Khatri, Director of the Survey of India’s north-western circle, the theme for year is “Innovation in manufacturing for global competitiveness”, which will be delivered by Dr Nauharia, head of the production department of Punjab Engineering College. Brigadier Khatri will also deliver a lecture on “Modern trends in surveying technology. An exhibition of maps, demonstration of precision instruments and mapping technology will also be organised. 

APPOINTED: The following have been appointed the office-bearers of the Lioness Club, Chandigarh- Panchkula 321-A2: President: Mr Vinod Virmani; Secretary: Ms Sarla Chadha; Treasurer: Bhupinder Mann. Top



POPPY SEIZED: The district police seized 3,000 kg of poppy husk from Pirawali village, near here, on Sunday. On a tip-off, the police raided houses in the village and confiscated the poppy. A case has been registered but no arrest has been made so far.

ACCIDENT: One person was killed and another seriously injured in a collision between two jeeps near Bhatla village on the Hansi-Barwala road on Sunday. Manphool Singh, a resident of Sorkhi village who was driving one of the jeeps, died on the spot.

LIFE IMPRISONMENT: The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr P.L. Ahuja, sentenced three persons to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on them in a murder case. Sube Singh and Shyam Lal, residents of Mill Gate, along with Jai Singh, a resident of Naharan village in Rajasthan, were found guilty of killing their father-in-law two years ago.

FAST-UNTO-DEATH: Two employees of Agroha Medical College, Mr Subhash and Mr Surjeet Singh, started a fast-unto-death on Sunday in protest against the termination of services of 54 employees of the college by the management on August 10.

BOOTLEGGER JAILED: A local court has sentenced Ashok, a resident of Jawahar Nagar, to one year imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 2,000. The police had seized 108 bottles of illicit liquor from his possession four years ago.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: The Deputy Commissioner, Dr Mahavir Singh, inaugurated a blood donation camp at the local Sant Nirankari Bhavan here on Sunday. As many as 200 persons donated blood. A team of doctors from PGIMS, Rohtak, had been called for the camp.

ELECTED: A local surgeon, Dr A.C. Nagpal, was elected president of the Punjabi Samaj Sabha here on Sunday. He has been authorised to nominate other office-bearers and executive committee members of the sabha.

STUDENT KILLED: Praveen, a student of JBT, Mahendragarh, and resident of Seka village, died in a road accident near Nangtihari village on the state highway on Sunday. He was on his way to Mahendragarh when a trailer hit his motor cycle. He died on the spot.

WATER SHORTAGE: There is a shortage of drinking water in the Sanghiwara Phalsa mohalla here. The Public Health Department has allegedly not been able to solve the problem. Water tankers are being arranged by residents. The nagar parishad has also made arrangements for tankers.

TRAFFIC JAM: Traffic on the Sonepat-Rohtak road remained disrupted for a few hours following the overturning of a loaded truck near Sisana village, about 25 km from here, on Sunday. The police and residents of the village reached at the spot and helped in removing the scattered goods.

PROTEST: The Haryana unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to gherao the state Assembly and organise a march from Chautala village to Chandigarh in protest against the alleged atrocities against Dalits and other persons belonging to the Backward Classes in the state. This was announced by Mr Aman Kumar Nagra, President of the state unit of the party, on Sunday.

MEDICAL CAMP: More than 300 patients with ENT-related problems were examined and given medicines free of cost at a free medical camp organised by the Rotary Club here on Sunday. Mr T.C. Alakh, president of the club, told mediapersons here on Monday that a team of specialists from Delhi treated the patients during the camp.


RALLY HELD: A large number of labourers, led by AITUC leaders Prem Lal Thakur, Sukhram and Lekhram Thakur, held a day-long dharna and a rally in front of the PWD subdivisional office at Berry, 13 km from here, on Saturday. They were protesting against the failure of the department to disburse their salaries for July.

AWARENESS CAMP: A five-day Mahila Jagrukta Shivir, organised by the Mahila Mandal, Jabbli, in collaboration with the district administration and the Himachal Mahila Welfare Board, concluded at Majari village, 90 km from here, on Saturday. The camp was presided over by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Jagdish Chander Sharma.

CONDOLENCE MEETING: The Trigarth Press Club held a condolence meeting here on Sunday and observed a two-minute silence in honour of those Army officers and jawans who attained martyrdom while fighting militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting, held under the presidentship of Mr Surender Kalra, demanded that the state government should name the Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Shahpur, after Col Rajender Singh Chauhan, who was a resident of Shahpur and was killed in a landmine blast in Kupwara last week.

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