|Wednesday, September 6, 2000,
SHOBA YATRA: The Rajasthan Jeengar Ganpati Mahotsav Committee would take out its fifth annual Shobha Yatra in connection with Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations on Wednesday, according to the committee president, Mr Dev Sagar. The shobha yatra to be presided over by Jagadguru Shankaracharya Madhavashram would commence at 12 noon from Islam Ganj in Prem Nagar and reach the Sutlej river via Shahpur road, Lakkar Bazar, Saban Bazar, Chaura Bazar and Ghanta Ghar, added Mr Sagar.
JAGRAN: The Maa Bhagwati Club would organise its 5th Bhagwati Jagran on September 9 at Dandi Swami, according to the club chairman, Mr Sunil Puri Shammi.
WITHDRAWN: Mr Inderjeet Singh Pradhan, President, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU), condemned the recently introduced levy and collection system of rahdari at Ludhiana, Doraha, Sahnewal and Khanna on incoming and outgoing industrial goods which had caused hardships to the trade and industry. In a press note issued on Tuesday, he said the truckers had raised their freight charges due to this burden which were affecting industry. Because of this they had to undergo a great deal of harassment. It had also resulted in wastage of time and permanent traffic jams on both sides of the octroi post. Mr Avtar Singh, General Secretary, CICU, and Mr Pradhan asserted that the Punjab Government had made it a point to create hardships for the trade and industry of Punjab on one or other pretext. They urged the Punjab Government to withdraw the levy of rahdari immediately.
LITERACY DAY: Mr Malkeet Singh, joint secretary of the Ludhiana Sakharta Samiti, said in a press note on Tuesday that the programme of National Literacy Day, to be celebrated at Lalton Kalan village, will be held on September 7. The programme will be jointly organised by the Sakharta samiti and an organisation Variss Panj Dariawan De. Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha will be the chief guest and Mr S.R. Kaler, ADC, will preside over the function.
PENSION REVISION: In a meeting organised by the Pensioners Cell, the Punjab Government was condemned on Tuesday for not implementing the revision of pension of the pensioners of Aided School of Punjab. The pensioners requested the government to revise their pensions immediately as in the case of government teachers. Failing this, they will be compelled to move the court for their demand, according to a press note.
QUIZ: The prize distribution function for national quiz contest on Indian culture (city level), organised by Chinmay Study Group, Patiala, at Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, was held on Tuesday. Dr M.P. Kapoor, Director, TIET, gave away the prizes to the winners. Mr Deepanshu Goyal of TIET, Mr Deepak Goel of Government Mohindra College and Mr Namesh Sharma of TIET secured first, second and third positions, respectively. Dr M.P. Kapoor paid tributes to Swami Chinmayananda, the founder of the Chinmaya Mission Movement, and exhorted the youth to follow his teachings.
TEACHERS DAY: Narain Public School observed Teachers Day on Tuesday. The students are encouraged to read the newspaper everyday. During the assembly hours, the students are asked at random to come up on the stage and to deliver a lecture on the previous days happenings.
APPOINTED: Mr Harish Pathania, former president of the Bar Association, was appointed as general secretary of the District Congress Committee (I) by Capt Amarinder Singh, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee on Monday.
LIQUOR SEIZED: A police
party on Sunday, seized 12 rubber tyres and tubes filled
with illicit liquor from a truck belonging to Rachhpal
Singh, alias Kalu, of Turana Harike at a naka on the
TAKEN CHARGE: Mr Dinesh Kumar Sharma has taken charge here as the Conservator of Forests(Central) in the Northern Regional Office, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. He replaces Mr Khazan Singh, who has been posted as Conservator of Forests, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. According to a press note, Mr Sharma, an Indian Forest Service officer of Gujarat, did his ME from the local Punjab Engineering College. Before the present assignment, he was posted as the Senior Inspector General of Forests in the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi.
RALLY: Members of the Lok Sangharsh Committee will hold a rally from Sector 17 to the Punjab Assembly in protest against the policies of the government, on Wednesday. Mr Tarsem Jodhan, a former MLA, Mr Major Singh Punawal, a kisan leader, Bibi Shaminder Kaur Longowal and Mr Baljinder Rishi will address the rally.
KIDS EXAMINED: As many as 200 students and street children have been provided medical check-up and medicines in a medical and prosthetic aid assessment camp organised by the Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik at Pustak School in Mauli Jagran on Tuesday. Prosthetic aid assessment of 20 physically challenged children was made by the experts from Navedic Prosthetic Centre.
DHARNA: The Super Bazar Employees Joint Action Committee, staged a dharna in front of the head office in Sector 22 on Tuesday to protest against the callous attitude of the Chandigarh Administration. Before staging the dharna, Mr Kamaljit Singh, General Secretary of the committee, said the Administration should make immediate arrangements and provide adequate funds to the Super Bazar. He demanded an inquiry into the huge losses in the bazar by an independent authority. Mr Kamlesh Chander Patpatia, demanded that the Administration should interfere into the functioning of the Super Bazar and provide support to bring it out of the mess.
REPRESENTATION: Members of Private Colleges Non-Teaching Employees Union gave a representation to the Minister of Higher Education, Punjab, on Tuesday regarding their pending demands. The union is demanding the release of arrears of revised grades from January 1996 to March 1999, house rent allowance at revised rates and implementation of pension and gratuity scheme at the earliest possible.
SEMINAR: As many as 200 NSS volunteers and teachers of Government Home Science College participated a seminar on Challenge of Education on Tuesday. Mr C L Narang, Director, NSS, Panjab University, said education had three dimensions teaching, research and extension. Ms Usha Dhawal, Principal of the college said a true teacher should shape the students in such a manner that they became responsible citizens.
DELEGATION MEETS: A delegation of the Chandigarh Pradesh Samta Party met Ms Varsha Joshi, Chief Executive Officer of the Chandigarh Housing Board, on Tuesday regarding the notices issued by the board authorities to the residents of Sector-55 colony. Mr Ranjeet Singh Dhaliwal, President of the unit, gave this information.
RELEASE OF GRANT: The Principals Federation of Punjab and Chandigarh thanked Mr Mohan Lal, Education Minister, and Mr RS Mann, Chief Secretary of Punjab, for releasing Rs 18 crore, grant-in-aid for the second quarter for non-government -aided colleges of Punjab. It appealed to the minister to get the bill of grant for January-February, cleared from the treasury. It also demanded immediate implementation of the Pension-cum Gratuity Act.
EMPLOYEES FAST: The
chain fast started by the Punwire Employees Co-ordination
Committee entered the 79th day on Tuesday. The committee
threatened to start fast until death and flag march
during Sunam by-elections if the government did not take
necessary action, said Mr Hans Raj Verma, convener of the
MEETING: A meeting of the District Council for Child Welfare, Ambala, was held under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, Mr Ram Niwas, at Bal Bhawan on Tuesday. Nineteen officers were given commendation certificates along with prizes for their services. Mr Ram Niwas said the Bal Kalyan Parishad, established in 1954, had been working for the welfare of the children. He said the council was running 14 balwaris to provide expert guidance for developing potential of pre-school children and 21 creches were being run in the district, according to a press note. He stated that there were 20 play centres to provide organised recreation and physical exercises to children upto 16 years and two craft centres for women in rural and urban areas.
PROHIBITORY ORDERS: Mr B.Vikram, District Magistrate, has issued orders prohibiting all movements within 500 metres from the fencing on the International border between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily till October 28 in the district. However, this order will not be enforcible on the G.T. Road stretching from the border barrier to Gurdaspur.
LOK ADALAT: A Lok Adalat will be held here in the Sessions Court complex on September 9. Mr M.R. Batra, District and Sessions Judge, in a press note issued on Tuesday said no appeal was pending against the decisions of the Lok Adalat.
ELECTIONS: Himachal state unit of the CPI on Monday said it would go all alone in the next Panchayati Raj elections and would put up its candidates on all seats of the Zila Parishad, Panchayat Samities and the Gram Panchayats.
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