Wednesday, September 13, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


SEMINAR: A seminar on ‘‘Career prospects in Army’’ was organised by NCC officer Bahadur Singh Jhajji at Khalsa College Senior Secondary School here. Col P.M. Sharma, Branch Recruitment Officer, explained to cadets the various ranks in the Indian Army with the help of slides.

APPOINTED: Guru Nanak Dev University has posted Mr Chanda Singh Kahlon as Senior Assistant Registrar at Shaheed Ram Singh Pathania Memorial College, Niari, Gurdaspur district. The college was recently taken over by the university.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Rice Millers Association: patron — Mr G.S. Chatha; president — Mr Harish Devgan; senior vice-president — Mr Vipan Sareen; general secretary — Mr Mohinder Singh Kochar; and financial secretary — Mr Iqbal Singh.

INSTALLED: Mr Ved Parkash Tallewalia was elected president of the Kacha Arhtiya Association here defeating Mr Gora Lal by a margin of 28 votes.

HONOURED: International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, has conferred ‘Scholar of the Century’ award on Dr Gian Singh Mann, a renowned Hindi author and educationist and has accredited his works in the ‘Dictionary of International Biography’. Dr Mann is a member of the Hindi Advisory Samiti, Government of India. A former principal of Government College, Ludhiana, Dr Mann has more than 45 books to his credit in different languages. 

MEDICAL CAMP: The Nishkam Sewa Ashram will hold three free medical camps at Nishkam Vridh Ashram at Daad on Thursday. According to an official press note, an eye check-up and operation camp, a gynaecology check-up camp and a dental check-up camp will be conducted by Dr Ramesh, Dr Ramta Sharma and Dr Raman Ghai, respectively. 

DECISION HAILED: A meeting of the Punjab Treasury Officers Association was held here under the presidentship of Mr Sudarshan Kumar Seth, Treasury Officer, Malerkotla. The general secretary of the association, Mr Rachpal Singh, welcomed the decision of the Finance Minister, the Finance Secretary and the Special Secretary Finance-cum-Director (Treasury and Accounts) to grant higher pay scales to the treasury officers. The association further demanded to implement Class-II gazetted status as recommended by the Fourth Pay Commission and to grant 4-9-14 years beneficial scales to all categories like in case of PCS officers and doctors. 

SAPLINGS PLANTED: The State Bank of India, Phullanwal branch, organised a sapling plantation function at Government Middle School, Phullanwal, in which 60 saplings were planted in and around school premises. 

HINDU MARCH: The march started by the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti from Jallianwala Bagh at Amritsar on September 1 is expected to reach here at the Jalandhar byepasson Wednesday at 10 a.m. on way to Chandigarh where it will be welcomed by the samiti workers, according to Mr Raj Kumar Bansal, press secretary, of the samiti. A meeting was held here on Tuesday in this connection which was attended by the district president of the samiti, Mr Rajiv Tandon, district president of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), Mr Sandeep Mittal, district president of the Anti-Terrorist Front, Mr Suresh Rudra, and other senior leaders of the Youth Congress. The march would come to an end after the marchers present a memorandum to the Punjab Governor at Chandigarh.

INAUGURATION BY VC: The Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, will inaugurate the Punjabi University Regional Centre for Management and Information Technology at SAS Nagar on September 14. The inaugural function would be presided over by Mr Gurinder Singh Grewal, Deputy Commissioner, Ropar. Giving this information Dr S.P.S. Virdi, Head of the centre, said that this centre was being opened to make arrangements for the studies of the students of the BBA and BCA courses who were being accommodated consequent to the disaffiliation of the Arctic College of Computer Science and Management and the Guru Amar Dass Institute of Computer Science by Punjabi University recently.

MILLENNIUM AWARD: Dr Pushppal Singh, Head, Department of Hindi, Punjabi University, has been selected for the millennium award for service to the Hindi literature. Dr Singh is a renowned critic of Hindi fiction and regular contributor to the Hindi literary journals. His short stories are translated in Marathi, Gujarati, Bangla, Kannada and Malyali.

DIGITAL SERVICES: Users of hi-tech ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network), led by Mr Ashwani Kohli, senior vice-president, Punjab Chamber of Small Exporters, met Union Telecommunications Minister Ram Bilas Paswan here on Sunday and complained of poor digital services due to lack of synchronisation between the VSNL and DoT. According to a press note issued by Mr Kohli on Monday, the minister directed Mr S.C. Chaudhary, Chief General Manager, Telecom, to remove the grievances.

MEETING: The local cooperative sugar mills have organised meetings in different villages to inspire farmers to grow more sugarcane. Mr Pargat Singh Sidhu, Managing Director of the mills, in a press statement issued here on Monday said the farmers of Mammanke, Kot Mohammad Khan, Naushehra Pannuan, Rooriwala, Sabhra, Gandiwind Munda Pind and other villages were advised to grow sugarcane to earn more profits. Top


SEMINAR: Sri Guru Gobind Singh College organised a seminar to mark Literacy Day here on Tuesday. Dr C.L. Narang, Coordinator, NSS, Panjab University, was the main speaker. He called upon the youth to act as a catalyst in the society and organise literacy drive to educate the masses about social issues like adult education, women empowerment, drug abuse etc. He said literacy alone could eradicate social evils and environmental problems. The Principal, Mr P.S. Sangha, called upon the NSS volunteers to spread the message of literacy among the masses as literacy was the panacea for all the ills of society. 

EMPLOYEES FAST: The Telecom Engineering Officers Association, Chandigarh, went on relay fast from Tuesday in support of its demands which included victimisation of the junior telecom officers. The demonstration was addressed by the Circle Secretary, Mr Y.J.S. Sodhi, and the District President, Mr Amarjeet Singh. He said the fast would be total in all the districts of Punjab circle till the acceptance of the demands. 

FELICITATED: The Parent-Teacher Association of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, falicitated two teachers, Ms Vimla Guglani for getting a national award, and Mr Amarjit Singh Bathlana for getting a state award for the year 2000. The PTA President, Mr Raghbir Singh, also informed that the annual function of the school would be held on October 21. 

MEMORANDUM: A joint delegation of the INTUC, AITUC, CITU, BMS and HMS met the Advisor to the Administrator, UT, and submitted a memorandum alleging the anti-employee attitude of the Assistant Labour Commissioner and also the anti-labour way of functioning about statutory provisions of different labour laws. They demanded the transfer of the ALC whose term already stood expired on March 31. The representatives also apprised her of the paralysed functioning of the ALCs office in the absence of the present ALC who was on medical leave owing to a major accident. 

STRIKE: The agitation by employees of Super Bazar entered the eighth day on Tuesday. The employees took out a procession from Sector 22 to Matka Chowk and submitted a memorandum to Ms Vineeta Rai, Advisor to the Administrator, UT, highlighting the demands of workers to make the Super Bazars viable. The leaders demanded immediate calling back of R.K. Kaushik, GM, Super Bazar, by the Punjab Government as he had failed on all fronts to streamline the functioning of the Super Bazar 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The Association of Retired Officers of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department has elected its office-bearers for the executive committee. President — Mr A.L. Vohra; Senior Vice-President — Mr A.S. Uppal; Vice-President — Mr Labh Singh Bhatia; General Secretary — Mr M.L. Sharma, Finance Secretary — Mr P.K. Bansal; Assistant Finance Secretary — Mr R.S. Malik; Secretary — Mr R.C. Hastir and Joint Secretaries — Mr Kulbhushan Valecha and Mr D.D.S. Sahni. Top


OFFICERS FAST: The telecom engineering officers of the state started the relay fast in front of the CGMT office, Ambala cantonment, on Tuesday to press for the acceptance of their demands on the call of the Telecom Engineering Officers Association. More than 10 JTOs sat on fast according to a press note, there main demands include right of option to retain government status and pay scale till retirement or resignation is exercised, payment of pension from the consolidated fund of the Government of India and as per the existing pensionary rules of the Union Government, filling all backlog ST/SC vacancies and the one-third competitive quota, filling of all vacant JTO posts against 50 per cent direct recruitment, introduction of a scheme of placing 75 per cent posts of JTO and SDE in the higher grade and detail information about the financial viability of the proposed corporation, Bharat Sanchar Nigam. 

STRIKE: In the continuation of the strike from Monday, the banking business of Central Cooperative Bank Ltd Ambala City, and its branches in the district remained suspended for the second day on Tuesday due to mass casual leave by its staff members. The President of the Ambala Central Cooperative Employees Association, Mr Satish Kumar Jindal, said if their demands were not accepted they would organise a mass demonstration at Chandigarh on September 18. 

MEMORANDUM: The Residents’ Welfare Association, Sector 8, gave a memorandum to Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala on Monday complaining about the inaction on the part of the municipal corporation regarding the grievances of people. Mr Chautala gave instructions to the district authorities to start development work, repair roads and remove grievances of the people.

ELECTED: Mr Desh Deepak, Lecturer, Government College, Gohana, has been elected general secretary of the Government College Teachers’ Association, Haryana.

RAIDED: On a directive issued by the Drug Controller, Haryana, officials conducted a raid on a pharmaceutical concern in Industrial Area here on Monday and seized 10 samples of various drugs. According to official sources, the raid followed the seizure of 800 kg of fake drugs in various godowns in Delhi. It is alleged that the fake drugs had been manufactured in the concern.

ELECTED: Dr Dev Rattan was unanimously elected president of the Tehsil Kot Uddu Biradari for the 25th time here on Monday, while Mr Harish Bhagat and Mr Sunder Dass Nagpal were also unanimously elected general secretary and treasurer, respectively.

ASSAULTED: Two brothers were seriously injured when they were allegedly attacked with swords by some persons here on Monday. According to the police, the incident took place just 100 metre away from a police post. The police has registered a case against six alleged assailants.Top



CAMP FOR AGED: The Mahila Mandal, Jabbli, led by its president, Ms Bimla Chaudhary organised a one-day camp for helping the aged and the destitute in collaboration with HelpAge India, New Delhi, and HelpAge International. The needy were distributed food articles, grains, clothes, medicines and financial help by project officer R.P. Singh. They were also examined by a doctor.

NEW ITI: The Himachal Government has decided to open a Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Barthin, 40 km from here. Minister of State for Cooperatives Rikhiram Kondal said here on Monday that Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal would inaugurate the institute on Wednesday.

KILLED: One person died and another got injured when the truck in which they were travelling, fell into a khud near the Parwanoo police barrier on Tuesday morning. According to information, the truck (HP-20-0297) which was coming from the Shimla side on the Kalka — Shimla national highway, at about 2 a.m. suddenly fell into a khud near Parwanoo barrier. Chuni Lal resident of Dabri village Tehsil Rampur died on the spot and Sagar Das got injured and was admitted at the local ESI Hospital. The driver of the vehicle who jumped from the vehicle before the accident, fled the scene. The local police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 304 IPC. Top


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