Sunday, September 3, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S



KILLED: Constable Balkar Singh died when the escort Gypsy in which he was travelling collided with a truck near Jeeda village, 30 km from here, on Saturday morning. Mr Gurbachan Singh, another constable, was injured. The truck driver absconded but the vehicle was impounded, police sources said.

PRESENTED: Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Science and Technology Minister of Punjab, said the state government was making efforts for providing financial assistance to people. He was speaking at a programme organised at the local Kusht Ashram. He handed over a cheque of Rs 50,000 to the ashram.

KILLED: Kashmir Chander (30), a resident of Tahliwala Bodla village, 12 km from here, was killed when his scooter was hit by a tractor-trailer on the Malout road on Friday. The Sadar police has registered a case.

DEAD: Charan Dass (45), a sweeper at the local Civil Hospital who had sustained serious burn injuries on August 27, died on Friday night. In his dying declaration he alleged that he had been set ablaze by his brothers-in-law, Raj and Pammi.

CLEANLINESS DRIVE: The local Rotary Club launched a cleanliness campaign at the main bazar here on Friday. Mr Rakesh Jyoti inaugurated it. About 24 dustbins were placed in the area and posters urging people to keep the area clean were distributed among the shopkeepers.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Rotary Club, Gurdaspur (mid-town): president — Prof Raj Kumar; Vice-presidents — Major S.S. Kondal and Prof S.S. Jaspal; secretary — Mr Jagdish Singh Dhillon; joint secretary — Mr Rajiv Dutt and treasurer — Dr Arvind Sharma.

INAUGURATED: Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated a branch of Punjab National Bank at the SPN College premises, Mukerian, on Friday.

INAUGURATED: Mr Om Parkash Saini, general secretary, District Congress Committee, inaugurated the INTUC office here on Friday. Office-bearers of several trade unions were present on the occasion.

ARRESTED: The main accused in the Gurpreet Singh kidnapping case, Sarabjit Singh, has been sent to jail. He along with three others had allegedly kidnapped Gurpreet Singh of Ria village, 8 km from here. The other accused have not yet been arrested by the police.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Lok Bhalai Party: president Ms Gurmit Kaur; general secretary — Ms Harbhajan Kaur; Vice-president — Ms Bakshish Kaur; and Ms Bachan Kaur; and senior vice-president Ms Pritam Kaur. 

TRACED: A boy who went missing under mysterious circumstances on Friday was traced on the same day by the local police. Rishwa, a son of Raj Kumar of Mohalla Inder Puri, went missing while playing near a park. Members of his family informed the police. 

WELCOME PARTY: The GGN Institute of Management and Technology organised a welcome party on Friday. All BBA and BCA freshers were invited on the stage to give their brief introduction which was followed by song, dance and choreography items by seniors. The main attraction of the day was the personality contest in which more than 30 freshers took part. Noor Chauhan of BBA was crowned Ms Personality and Vishal Chawla of BCA was chosen Mr Personality. The various parameters for selection were appearance, confidence and their ability to answer questions. Mr Kuldip Singh, Principal of the institute, encouraged the students for the efforts made by them. 

DECISION WELCOMED: Mr Sukhdial Singh, president, Ludhiana Machine Tool Makers Association (LMTMA), welcomed the decision of the government of announcing incentives to the small-scale industry. He appreciated the government for raising the excise exemption limit from Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore. Mr Kirpal Singh Sagar, general secretary, LMTMA, urged the government to make provisions for giving subsidies to the small-scale industry for technology upgradation and modernisation. 

COMPETITION: The Life Insurance Corporation, Ludhiana division, has organised a painting competition at Guru Nanak International Public School as a part of celebrations of insurance week. More than 40 students from Class VI to Class VIII participated in the competition. Students painted beautiful landscapes. Ravinder Kaur of Class VIII was declared first, followed by Varinder Singh of Class VII and Manider Kaur of Class VIII. Mr Anil Gupta from the LIC was present on the occasion. 

CAMP: Sambhav, a social work organisation, will organise a vaccination camp for prevention of hepatitis-B, on Sunday afternoon at Government Primary School Housing Board Colony, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar. According to a press note issued here on Saturday, the camp is part of the ongoing ‘Clean Ludhiana’ drive launched by the organisation recently. It aims at a clean, green and beautiful Ludhiana by the year 2010. The organisation had already organised tree plantation drives in various parts of the city.It had also held special lectures in schools to create awareness regarding environment among the school children. 

EDUCATION: A presentation on education opportunities in Australia was held at GGN Khalsa College on Friday. Mrs Bhanu Sidhartha, Education Promotion Officer, Australian High Commission, informed the students about the latest trends, fee structure and education system in Australia. According to her more than 10,000 Indian students were studying in Australia and that more than Rs 4 lakh were required to take any postgraduate course there. Mrs Sidhartha gave some literature to the students and solved the queries raised by them. 

DEMOLITION DRIVE: Several kiosks, a portion of the building of the local city police station and a Red Cross shopping complex, having about 12 shops, were on Friday demolished by the local administration in an anti-encroachment drive.

TRIBUTES PAID: Tributes were paid to Karam Singh Daulatpuri and his associates of the Babbar Akali Movement at a “shradhanjali samaroh” organised at Daulatpur village, about 12 km from here, on Friday. Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Punjab Welfare Minister, presided.

REQUESTED: Mr Mohan Lal Behram, MLA from Banga, in a letter to the Punjab Chief Minister has requested him to get the Phagwara-Balachaur road broadened from 22 feet to 33 feet for checking accidents, but without uprooting farmers under the four-laning project.

TREE PLANTATION: The local Lions Club organised a tree plantation week during which near about 150 saplings were planted in four government schools. According to Mr Rajbir Singh Mangat ,the club president, the local SDM Mr Sandeep Hans participated in the concluding function here on Saturday and he planted a sapling in the premises of Government. Girls Senior School. Mr Hans stressed that everybody should plant saplings every year to curb the growing pollution in our environment. Mr Bachittar Singh Burn, Principal of the school, also spoke on the occasion and underlined the importance of trees. 

KILLED: A Maruti van met with a serious accident near Bijlipur village, 6 km from here on Friday evening. Manoj Kumar, the driver of the van, died on the spot and Surinder Singh, son of Iqbal Singh of Ludhiana, was seriously injured. According to Mr Jaspal Singh, incharge of First Aid Post ambulance, Samrala, the ambulance immediately shifted the injured to the DMC, Ludhiana, where the injured is stated to be in a serious condition. Top


BOARD SECY: Mr Ramnik Sharma, grandson of Pt Mohan Lal, former Home Minister of Punjab, has been nominated Secretary of the Sri Sanatan Dharam Education Board, according to a press note issued by Dr Shiv Kumar, President of the board. 

WORKSHOPS: The Department of Pediatrics, Government Medical College and Hospital Sector-32, will organise a series of skill-oriented workshops on neonatal resuscitation and transportation of sick neonates under the CME Programme of National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. The first such workshop for obstetricians and pediatricians in practice will be held on September 2 and 3 in the college campus, which will be inaugurated by Dr V.K. Kak, Director-Principal and Secretary Medical Education and Research of Chandigarh Administration. 

CULTURAL PROGRAMME: A cultural programme was organised by the Rotract Club of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) here on Friday. Mr R.M. Gupta, founder-president and region chairman of district 312-F, who was the chief guest, said that the institution not only hones one technical skills but also provide the youth a platform to develop their personality so that they can face the challenges of today’s world. Mr M.L. Gupta, coordinate of PEC, said that such activities are a part of the curricular so that the students familiarise themselves with the environs of the college and develop confidence in themselves. 

STRIKE: The chain hunger strike to the Punwire Employees Coordination Committee entered its 75th day on Friday. A group of Punwire Employees sat on strike under the leadership of Mr Harcharan Singh. 

NCP PROTEST: Members of the Chandigarh Nationalist Congress Party staged a dharna and disrupted vehicular traffic in protest against the poor civic amenities in Burail village on Friday. Mr Gurbachan Singh, president of the party who headed the dharna, said that the party would organise a massive dharna in favour the demands if the administration did not take necessary action within a month. 

PRABHAT PHERI: As part of the celebrations of International Literacy Day, the Adult Education Department will organise Prabhat Pheris in different Sectors, colonies and villages from September 1 onwards. Prabhat Pheris were organised in Dhanas village, Dadu Majra Colony, Maloya Colony, Sector 25, Sector 38 and Buterla to create awareness among the residents here on Friday. Rallies, in which more than 350 learners participated, were flagged off by the heads of the areas. 

DEMANDED: A delegation of the Chandigarh UT Subordinate Services Federation, gave a representation of their pending demands to Mr M.P. Singh, the UT Home Secretary, here on Friday. Mr Jaswant Singh, CTU, Mr Khushali Ram, Mr P.S. Lamba and Ranjit Singh, President, Senior Vice-President, General Secretary and Executive members were part of in the delegation. Mr P.S. Lambal informed later that the Home Secretary gave a patient hearing to the delegation. 

ELECTED: The following have been elected office bearers of the Pushpac Members (Residents) Welfare Association, Sector 49. Chief Adviser: Mr P.K. Mittal; President: Mr Lalman; Vice-President: Mr Rahmatullah Khan; Secretary: Mr R.P. Kundra and Finance Secretary: Mr Lachhman Singh. 


FREE DISPENSARY: A free homoeopathic dispensary has been started at old Faridabad town by the Sirdi Sai Baba Temple Society here. It was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anand Mohan Sharan, on Thursday.

BRIBERY CASE: Officials of the Vigilance Department on Friday arrested Suraj Bhan, an employee of the Regional Transport Authority ( RTA) while he was accepting a bribe from Jagdish, a driver, for renewing license.

TRAFFIC BLOCKED: Employees of the Haryana Roadways blocked traffic on Friday by parking their buses in front of the main bus stand to protest against the transfer of 65 employees of the Hisar depot. They also held a procession and raised slogans against the General Manager and the Transport Commissioner.

CONSTITUTED: The state president of the Indian National Trade Union Congress, Mr Shyam Singh Chauhan, has constituted a district council of the union. He has nominated Mr Dharamveer Singh Lohan as president of the district unit. Other office-bearers are : vice-president — Mr Ved Prakash Sharma; general secretary — Mr Krishan Kumar Nain; organising secretary — Mr Om Parkash and treasurer — Mr Prem Singh Yadav.

ELECTED: Mr Narsi Ram Bishnoi of the Environment Department was elected president of the Guru Jambheshwar University Teachers Association here on Friday. He defeated his rival, Mr Milind Parle, of the Pharmacy Department by a margin of 12 votes.

STUDENTS’ PROTEST: The B. Tech (second year) students of Regional Engineering College, Kurukshetra (RECK), on Friday, boycotted classes in protest against the college authorities’ decision to allow students of Regional Engineering College, Srinagar, to appear in the campus interviews conducted by the RECK for its students for employment to various companies.

SENTENCED: Mr G.L. Goyal, Sessions Judge, sentenced Anil, alias Titu, of Narnaul, to life imprisonment on Friday and fined him Rs 4,000 for murdering Yogesh, also of Narnaul.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested Jagdev Singh of Ludhiana district under Section 17/18 of the NDPS and seized 750 gm opium from him. Boota Singh and Bhola Singh of Sukhchain and Dharmpura villages, respectively, were arrested under Section 15/6 of the NDPS for smuggling poppy husk.

KILLED: Mohinder Singh (35), who was hit by a jeep on the Bahalgarh-Meerut road near Khewra village, 12 km from here, later succumbed to his injuries on Friday. A case has been registered.

ROAD MISHAP: One person was injured when his truck overturned while overtaking another vehicle on the Sonepat-Rohtak road near Sisana village, 25 km from here, on Friday.

DEMONSTRATION: Workers of SUCI held a march through the main bazar in protest against the hike in test fees at the civil hospitals.

NABBED: A youth was caught by local residents while he was trying to flee after committing a theft in the house of Mr Dharampal at Khanna Colony here on Friday. He was beaten up by the residents before being handed over to the police.

MEMORANDUM: Operators of maxi-cabs called on the Deputy Commissioner here on Friday and submitted a memorandum, decrying the alleged police excesses on them. The memorandum alleged that their vehicles were being challaned illegally. The Deputy Commissioner gave them an assurance in this regard.

FARMING CAMP: A three-day mushroom farming camp organised by the Horticulture Department, Haryana, and the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Damla, began at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra on Friday. About 70 farmers were given training.


INJURED: As many as 13 persons were injured, one of them seriously, when a private bus collided with an HRTC bus at Daulatpur, near here, the police said on Friday.

RECOMMENDED: The Dental Council of India has recommended to the Union Ministry of Health to grant permission to the local DAV Dental College for admitting 60 students during the current academic year, a spokesman for the college said.

BODY FOUND: The body of Mohinder Singh of Sahorta village, Bangana tehsil was found near some jhuggis near the Una khud. Mr Ritwick Rudra, SP, said a case had been registered and the body sent for a post-mortem examination.

AGITATION: As many as 10 supporters of the ABVP courted arrest on Friday in front of the local Government Postgraduate College to protest against the hike in fees announced by Himachal Pradesh University and to press their demand for holding elections to student bodies.Top

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