Tuesday, September 5, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S



SAPLINGS PLANTED: NCC cadets of Khalsa College Senior Secondary School under the guidance of Mr Bahadur Singh on Saturday, observed ‘Sapling Plantation Day’ at the local Branch Recruitment Office. Col P.M. Sharma, Recruitment Officer, was also present on the occasion.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Animal Husbandry Services Association: chairman — Dr Sukhdev Singh Maan; president — Dr Jagdish Singh Randhawa; and general secretary — Dr Hazara Singh Cheema.

APPOINTED: Mr Hans Raj has been appointed general secretary of the Gazetted and Non-Gazetted SC/BC Employees Welfare Federation, Punjab. He is also the district president of the federation. This was stated in a press note issued here on Monday.

LOK ADALATS: All 11 judges of the Ferozepore Sessions Division have held lok adalats in their respective courts. Out of the total 69 cases, 47 were settled on the spot. The District and Sessions Judge, Mr M.M. Bhalla said an amount of Rs 25,07,955 was awarded as compensation in different cases out of which Rs 11,42,508 was awarded in accident cases only.

JAY CEE WEEK: Ludhiana Midtown Junior Chamber will organise a Jay Cee Week from September 9 to 15. The Ludhiana Midtown Junior Chamber is one of the local chapters of the Indian Junior Chamber affiliated to the Junior Chamber International. This global young people’s organisation, which is primarily engaged in individual development activities, is also concerned with the society at large. Expressing deep concern over the general degradation and environmental pollution, Mr Mahesh Arora, Project Director, said, “we want to give a safe and clean environment to people.” The chamber has asked all the Ludhianvis to take stern steps in this direction. 

AGITATION: The PCMS Association has decided to continue its agitation against the Social Security Minister, Punjab, Mr Gobind Singh Kanjla. According to a press note, the association has been protesting against the alleged misbehaviour of Mr Kanjla with the four women doctors on duty at a special old-age pension camp at Nidampur village, Sangrur. Dr Hardeep Singh, President and Dr Balwinder Kumar, General Secretary of the district PCMS Association, said they would stage a protest rally on September 7 at the ESI Hospital, Ludhiana. PCMS doctors of Government Medical College, Patiala, will hold a rally on September 8 and at Sunam on September 15, seeking removal of the minister. The association alleged that instead of realising his fault and tendering apology, the minister was trying to bully the PCMS leaders of Sangrur district. They also condemned the oppressive behaviour of the police against the protest march of the Sangrur PCMS doctors. 

SEWING COURSE: The Nishkam Sewa Ashram opened another five-month sewing school course at Rayya in Amritsar district in which about 50 girl students had been taking training. According to a press note, the syllabus comprised of training in cutting and stitching. The girls will also be given training in interior decoration and manners and general ettiquates. Nishkam also distributed 74 certificates to the passing out trainees. The Samaj Chetna Manch donated eight sewing machines for the Nishkam’s centres on this occasion. Nishkam will also provide training in machine embroidery during January and February 2001. 

MEMORANDUM: A delegation of the Christian Welfare Association presented a memorandum regarding the alleged biased attitude of some government and non-government agencies towards the Christians in Punjab to Mr Ranjan Lakhanpal, member, World Human Rights Protection Council, here on Monday. The delegation included Mr Yunus Mesiah Hans, Chairman, CWA, Punjab, Dr Jarnail Singh and Mr Eric Gopal Tisbi, in charge, Maranatha Revival Church. Mr Lakhanpal, while listening to their problems, assured that he would raise the issue at proper fora in case the harassment to Christians continued. 

MEETING: The local main branch of the State Bank of Patiala organised a rice sheller owners meeting on Wednesday. As many as 36 rice sheller owners participated in the meeting presided over by Mr V.A. Ghai, Assistant General Manager of the bank. He said the local agricultural branch would be computerised by September 30.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Akhil Bharatiya Vidharathy Parishad (ABVP): president — Mr Kamal Kant Modi; general secretary — Mr Puneet Sood; vice-president — Mr Vishal Goyal; and press secretary — Mr Prince Singla.

VANMAHOTSAVA: As part of Vanmahotsava on Saturday 300 saplings were planted by the local branch of the Bharat Vikas Parishad on the campus of Government Senior Secondary School, at Hathoa village, Government High School at Barkat Pura village, Al Falah Public School and at the cremation ground.

CHECK-UP CAMP: A check-up camp was organised by the local Friends Forum here on Sunday at Lala Kundan Lal Dharamshala. Mr Azmat Ali Khan, president, Municipal Council, was the chief guest, while Dr Mohammed Shabbir, CMO, local Dental Civil Hospital inaugurated the camp. Medicines worth Rs 7,000 were distributed free of cost.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Nawanshahr Hotel Beer Bar and Restaurant Association: chairman - Mr Sitaram Taneja; president - Mr Bakshish Singh Lathra; secretary - Mr Kulwant Singh Walia; vice-president - Mr Satvir Singh; and treasurer - Mr Santokh Singh.

WORKSHOP: A two-day Gurmat Sangeet workshop concluded here on Sunday evening. The workshop was attended by Ms Jagir Kaur, president, SGPC, and the project convener Prof Kanwaljit Singh. The focus of the workshop was on the recitation of shabads of 31 ragas of Shri Guru Granth Sahib. 

MORTUARY VAN: About 12 voluntary organisations led by Mr K.K. Sardana and Mr Malkiat Singh Ragbotra, president and general secretary of the local Environment Association, respectively, presented a memorandum to the Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, on Sunday seeking funds for a mortuary van. They told the Minister that a van was needed for carrying bodies as two cremation grounds on Banga and Hoshiarpur roads were situated at a long distance.

INDUCTED: Mr Surinder Singh Katron, a former MP, and Mr Jatinder Kumar Sood, president of the local Municipal Parishad, have been inducted in the Managing Committee of the local SGAD Khalsa Senior Secondary School. Mr Manjit Singh Tarn Tarni, an Akali leader and the president of the Committee, gave this information here on Sunday.

MEDICAL CAMP: The local unit of the Vishav Hindu Parishad on Sunday organised a free medical camp. As many as 100 persons were examined and given medicines free of cost.

BOOKED: Mangat Singh, Harjit Singh and Sonu of Chack Mahar village have been booked under Section 302 of the IPC for murdering Gurditpal Singh (23) of the same village falling under Goindwal Sahib police station. Gurditpal Singh, who was running a chemist shop at Jamarai village, was missing since August 31. His body was found from the village canal on September 2. Mr Bhagwant Singh, father of the deceased, lodged a complaint in this regard.



AWARD: Dr Dharam Swaroop Gupt, poet, critic and journalist has been selected for the National Millennium Award, for his service to the promotion of the Hindi language, at the 10-day-long Millennium World Hindi Conference to be held at New Delhi from September 14 to September 23. Dr Gupt has been the Principal of MLSM College, Sunder Nagar, and DAV College, Malout. He is also the chairman of Sambhay Theatre Group and the Swami Ram Tirath Education Society. He has remained a member of the Academic Council of Panjab University and Himachal Pradesh University. Dr Gupt has reviewed more than 300 books and writes profusely for newspapers and magazines.

APPOINTED: Mr S. Navjinder Singh Mallah has been appointed the President of the Nationalist Youth Congress, U.T. He will be arriving along with Principal Gurbachan Singh, President Chandigarh Nationalist Congress Party, from Delhi on Tuesday. 

MEETING: A meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, district No 4, Chandigarh, was held under the chairmanship of Mr Shashi Shankar Tiwari, ex-district president, district No 4, BJYM, Chandigarh, at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony, Mauli Jagran, Chandigarh. The problems being faced by the residents were discussed. 

APPOINTED: Mr Mohinder Singh has been appointed as the chairman, Kisan Cell, Chandigarh Nationalist Congress Party with immediate effect. 

MEETING: A meeting of the Himachal Maloya Niwasi Sudhar Sabha was held on Sunday. The issue of water tariff hike by 600% was discussed in detail. The members expressed their views that earlier the consumers were charged Rs 50 for two months but two months ago the rate of water charges were increased to Rs 100. Now the consumers are getting a bill of Rs 293. In this colony the daily wage workers and labourers reside. They get Rs 40-50 as daily wages and cannot afford to pay this amount for the water bill. 

PLANTATION: The State Bank of Patiala, Sector 32, in collaboration with Sanatan Dharam Hari Mandir Sabha, planted over 50 Ashoka saplings in the Pracheen Hanuman Mandir , Sector 32 here on Monday. Mr Raj Kumar Sharma, President of the Mandir Sabha, Mr S.C. Dhal, branch manager, State Bank of Patiala, Mr B.D. Kalra, general secretary of the Sabha and residents planted the saplings. 

EYE DONATION: The Food Craft Institute, on Monday, organised an eye donation awareness camp in collaboration with Eye Bank Society, PGI. A paper reading contest on the theme of eye donation was also organised on this occasion. 40 students of the institute participated in the contest. The contest was judged by Dr Pankaj Gupta of Eye Bank Society, Dr Upwinder Kaur from GCG-42 and Mr Parveen Goswami, Senior Manager, Food and Beverages, Hotel Mountview. The winners were given away the prizes by the principal, Mr Alok Shivpuri. 

DONATION: The Canara Bank employees have donated note books, geometry boxes, rhyme/ picture books, carrom boards and other things for the students of Government Middle School, Kaimbwala village, behind Rock Garden, in a meeting arranged in the school here on Monday. These items were distributed to the school children by the General Manager, Mr K. Raghunath, of Canara Bank. He also planted a tree in the premises of the school. 

HONOURED: Dr Naresh, Professor of Modern Literature at Panjab University and a multi-lingual poet and writer has been selected for the National Millennium Honour for his services to the promotion of the Hindi language and literature. He will be honoured at the 10-day ‘Millennium World Hindi Conference’ being held in New Delhi from September 14 to September 23. 

DISCUSSED: A meeting of the All India Entrepreneur Cell, Nationalist Congress Party, was held at the office of the traders cell, Sector 26. The problems faced by the traders and manufacturers from the Sales Tax, Excise Tax, Income Tax and other departments were discussed. The Sales Tax Department was warned that if its policy did not liberalise the party would hold an agitation after a fortnight. 

BLOOD DONATION: A blood donation camp was held at the Maharashtra Bhavan on the occasion of Ganesh Pooja festival here on Sunday. The campaign was conducted by the doctors and technicians of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. 

DHARNA: The dharna held by the student organisation of Panjab University SOPU, and the students of various science departments entered its 12th day on Monday. The students have given a notice that the strike will intensify even more. 

COMPETITION: The winners of the group song competition organised by the Adult Education Department, UT, for its learners on August 31 will be honoured on Friday. 20 teams, from different centres located in the villages and colonies of Chandigarh, participated. It was a novel experience for all of them. The theme of the competition was ‘literacy’ and the singers highlighted the importance of female education through their songs. 

RESULT: Government College, Sector 46, Chandigarh, has achieved a 100 per cent pass percentage in the BBA (I) examination of Panjab University and claimed that no student from their college failed. 

ONE KILLED: A person running a chemists shop in Mundi Kharar was killed while Darshan Singh Sodhi, a press correspondent from Kharar, along with a friend was injured in a road accident which occurred on Jhungian road here on Monday evening. Both of the injured have been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Kharar. The police has started the investigations. 

REMANDED: Budhi Singh on Monday, was sent to judicial remand by the UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class) till September 18, in a case of misappropriating money. The accused was a cashier of the Central Bank at Manimajra and was arrested on a complaint filed by the Senior Manager of the Bank, Ms Geeta Kapoor, and a case under Section 409 of the Indian Penal Code was filed. The complainant, Ms Geeta Kapoor, alleged that the accused had deposited Rs 1.50 lakh less at the time of closing the bank. 

ELECTED: In a meeting of the women wing of Panchkula Consumer Forum Mrs Madhulika Kanwar was elected as Convener Women Wing and Mrs Prarna Saini as the Secretary Women Wing of the Forum. 


INJURED: As many as seven persons were injured, two of them seriously, when a three-wheeler collided with a car on the GT road near Haryana-Punjab border here, on Sunday. The injured were admitted to the local Civil Hospital. Most of the injured belong to Tepla village in Punjab. Five of the injured belong to the same family. — FOC

SCHOLARSHIPS: Mr L.S.M. Salins, Commissioner, Gurgaon division at a function on Saturday awarded scholarships to some students of government schools in the district. The scholarships of Rs 1,200 each were sponsored by the Rashtriya Chetna Shakti Foundation, a voluntary education society.

ARRESTED: The police on Monday arrested Sunil, a drug trafficker, near Rattia in the district and seized 2 kg of opium from his possession. His two accomplices managed to escape. A case has been registered under the NDPS Act.

COMPUTERISATION: Major Gen Prince Jeet Singh Sandhu has expressed confidence that the functioning of the Army would be fully computerised in the next eight years. He was speaking at a farewell function organised in his honour by the Zila Sainik Board here on Saturday. He said the Army was fast adopting new techniques of information technology.

CONDEMNED: The Haryana Mahila Sangharsh Manch has condemned the murderous attack by a lawyer on Ms Shalini Singh, Judicial Magistrate (class I), at Kaithal. This was stated by Ms Sudesh Kumari, state convener of the manch, in a press note issued here on Sunday.

SEIZED: The Kundli police on Sunday seized a Tata Sumo allegedly carrying 2,000 liquor pouches being smuggled out of Haryana to Delhi. The driver and his two accomplices managed to escape. A case has been registered in this regard.

TRAFFIC HELD UP: To register their protest against the alleged electrocution of two persons, including a woman, the local residents held up traffic on the GT Road between Murthal and Ganaur near Lalehri village, about 15 km from here, on Sunday. Mr Ashok Saini, DSP, Ganaur, reached the spot but the people demanded the presence of the Deputy Commissioner, the SP and the Superintending Engineer of the UHBVN on the spot. However, the DSP succeeded in pacifying them and lifting the blockade after giving an assurance to them that action would be taken against the erring officials of the UHBVN.

LOW COST HOUSES: The Central Government has sanctioned Rs 76.40 lakh for the construction of low cost houses under the Indian Aavas Yojna in the district. According to official sources, as many as 382 houses have been constructed under the scheme so far. Meanwhile, the district authorities have initiated action against those who have used substandard material in the construction of the houses.

AGITATION THREAT: Residents of several villages on Sunday held a joint meeting in Kharkhauda town, about 19 km from here and resolved to launch an agitation against the state government if it failed to create a new subdivision of Kharkhauda immediately. The meeting also passed a resolution urging the government not to include the town and other neighbouring villages in the proposed Bhadurgarh district.

SCHOOL LOCKED: The gram panchayat on Monday locked a government school at Gopalpur village in the district in protest against the inefficient working of the school. Villagers alleged that three teachers of the school had been engaged in group activities and this had affected the studies of students. They demanded immediate transfer of these teachers.

SUICIDE: Kamla and her husband Karuk, a young couple allegedly committed suicide by taking poison in their house at Sisana village, about 25 km from here, on Saturday Some family feud was said to be the reason behind the suicide.

KILLED: Phool Singh (40), a factory chowkidar, was killed on the spot by a vehicle on the G.T. Road near Rai village, about 15 km from here, on Sunday. According to the police the victim belonged to Garhi Jhinjhara village. A case has been registered in this connection.

WEBCOM CENTRE: A centre of the US based WEBCOM Technologies was inaugurated by the Haryana Transport Minister, Mr Ashok Kumar Arora, here on Saturday. He said a cyber city was being set up at Gurgaon and about five lakh persons would benefit from it.


SENTENCED: The District and Sessions Court, Kulu, has sentenced a British National Fedrick George Cordinglay to 10-year rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh for possessing Hashish. He was arrested by the Kulu police on September 16, 1999.

DELAY RESENTED: The Himachal Pradesh Housing Board Employees Association has expressed concern over the inordinate delay in implementing the decision to merge the Housing Board and the State Urban Development Authority. Mr Shiv Kumar Sharma, the state president of the association, said in a press note here on Sunday that the decision of the Himachal Pradesh Government regarding merger had not been implemented.

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