Tuesday, September 19, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


PLANTED: The NSS unit of the local SSD Girls’ College has launched a sapling plantation drive in which about 1,000 saplings were planted on the college campus and in other parts of the city. This was stated by Mrs Raj Gupta, programme officer, NSS unit.

FLAG MARCH: The Punjab Pharmacists’ Association will hold a flag march and a rally on September 24 at Sunam to press for their demands, which included revision of the decision of the anomaly committee, this was stated by Mr Bhoj Raj, vice-president of the association.

NABBED: The local police nabbed a petrol pump operator on Monday for filling less petrol. The operator was caught red-handed when he filled less proportion of 5 litre petrol in the vehicle of Mr Ravinder Singh of Ward 2. On examination, the police found only 4.5 litres had been filled instead of 5. There were many complaints from people that petrol and diesel were being filled in less proportion. People demanded serious action against the culprits. 

ELECTED: The following have been elected office bearers of the Tax Bar Association, Ropar district: president — Mr J.P. Dhiman; vice-presidents — Mr Sohan Singh and Mr Jagtar Singh Kang; secretary — Mr Ashwin Sharma; joint secretary — Mr Rajiv Prabhakar; treasurer — Mr Ashok Jain.

BUS IMPOUNDED: A Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus which was going towards Chandigarh was found without any valid papers and was impounded by the local SDM in Kurali. The SDM himself caught the driver red handed while he was returning to Kharar from Ropar.

FUNCTION: Kharar Textile Mills, a unit of National Textile Corporation has started a Hindi fortnight from September 15 which will conclude on September 28. Essay competition, declamation contest, poem competition will be held and Mr R.L. Puri, G. M., will preside over the concluding function.

WEBSITE LAUNCHED: Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle (GGSSC), a socio-religious and academic organisation, has recently launched its website, gurugobindsinghstudycircle.org. The site was formally launched by Bibi Jagir Kaur, president, SGPC. The site will give information on activities, publications, membership and a brief history of the organisation. Online subscription of monthly journals and donation facilities will be shortly introduced.

WEBSITE DESIGNS: Divjot Singh, a Class VI Student of Guru Nanak Public School, has designed his own web pages after taking training from a computer education centre for kids. The web pages have been hosted on a free server. 

AWARDED: Dr O.P. Singh Professor and Head Department of Clothing and Textiles, PAU, has been awarded a certificate of excellence by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, for his contribution as national coordinator in planning, coordinating, executing and monitoring the research programme of the All-India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on value addition of agro and animal-based fibres by dyeing with natural dyes and other technologies. This project is operating in the PAU and eight other state agricultural universities under his guidance. 

WASIFUDDIN DAGAR: Wasifuddin Dagar, rendered Dhrupad at Ramgarhia College for Women on Monday. He sang with great intensity and displayed through his singing unbelievable dynamic qualities of Dhrupad. The Dagar ji possesses a theatrical art which enabled him to communicate with tremendous ease with each and every audience. He has exceptional qualities that has made him a roving ambassador of Dhrupad. The programme was organised by the SPIC MACAY. 

ELECTED: Mr Harinder Singh Kaka has been unanimously elected as chairman of the Ludhiana Photo Journalists Association. A meeting of the association was held here in which Mr Rajesh Bhambi was elected as president, while Mr Inderjeet Verma was elected as senior vice-president. Mr Dharamveer and Mr Paramjit Singh Happy were elected as vice-presidents, while Mr Amrik Singh Prince and Mr Sunil Kumar were elected as general secretary and joint secretary, respectively. Mr Gurmeet Singh has been elected as treasurer. Four executive members namely Mr Pawan Singh, Mr Ajay Nepal, Mr Trikeshwar and Mr Mohinder Singh, were also nominated. 

APPOINTED: Mr Surinder Singh Dhillon and Mr Sukhbir Singh Pappy have been appointed as president and general secretary, respectively, of the Samrala Midtown (Junior Chamber). The club has been constituted under the chairmanship of Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA. 

DHARNA: Members of the Class IV Government Employees Union, Samrala, held a dharna in front of the local SDM’s office on Monday in protest against non-acceptance of their demands. On this occasion, Mr Jagtar Singh, general secretary, Mr Tarlok Chand, Mr Sagar Mohammad, Mr Khem Singh, and Mr Pheru Ram addressed the gathering. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Parents Teachers Association of the local SGAD Government College: president — Ms Harjeet Kaur; senior vice-president — Mr Prem Singh Sodhi; vice-president — Mr B.S. Sidhu; secretary — Mr Satish Kumar Jhamb; and joint secretary — Mr Dharm Pal.



DHARNA: A dharna was held on the Chandigarh-Kharar road by the Nationalist Congress headed by Mr Navjinder Singh Malla. Almost 300 people were a part of the dharna against the price increase of water from Rs 50 to Rs 310 per house rate. A memorandum was given to the SDM by the party president. Later on a meeting was held with the Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, SE, XEN and party leaders. A decision was made that the flat rate would be Rs 100 per house per month. The due date was also from September 18 to September 20. They further assured that the administration would provide meters in colonies within one month and price will be charged as per meter reading.

SEMINAR: The Lions Club International, District 321-F, region-I, organised a seminar on Literacy on Monday, under the chairmanship of Mr Rajinder Bansal, region chairman-I. Chief Guest Kamal Arora, Director, Literacy, stressed upon the need to eradicate illiteracy. Mrs Sudesh Kalra, Director, Adult Education, UT, emphasised the need to take up individual interest camps to improve the life quality.

ELECTED: The following were elected office-bearers of the resident welfare association, Sector 61: president — Mr Anil Kumar; general secretary — Mr Karan Vir Singh; vice-president — Mr Manpreet Singh Manchanda; joint secretary — Mr Jaswant Rai Hans; and finance secretary — Mr N.K. Gupta.

MEETING: A meeting of the Scooter Rickshaw Union was held under the chairmanship of Mr Harcharan Singh Sawhney, President, regarding the incident of beating up of Mr Satish Walia, incharge, Railway Station Taxi union , Chandigarh. They pointed out that the railway police has not taken any action and no case has been registered as per the facts.

CAMP: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited joined hands with Indian Medical Association to organise a free dental check-up at Health care, P.N. Chutani complex, Sector 35. In addition to this an exhibition on health and fitness was also held.

OFFICE BEARERS: At the general body meeting of the Valmik Mahasabha held at Valmik Bhavan the following were elected office-bearers: chief patron — Mr A.N. Sarhadi; president — Mr Phool Chand, vice-president — Mr Dhuli Chand.

DEAD: Brig K.D. Panchnanda (retd), father of Mr R.K. Pachnanda, a former SP, CBI, Chandigarh, died on Monday at his residence in Panchkula. He had served in World War II and was 82 years of age. The cremation will take place at 4: 30 p.m on Wednesday in Sector 25, Chandigarh. 

DHARNA: The employees of the Super Bazar Employees Action Committee, resumed its agitation after three days of suspension by staging a dharna in front of the Super Bazar Head Quarter, this was stated in a press note issued here on Sunday. Mr Mohinder Singh, president of the joint action committee said the position of the Super Bazar was worsening very fast and the administration was paying no attention to arrest the situation. He demanded immediate appointment of a whole time General Manager and a management with a commercial bent of mind. He demanded the transfer of the present General Manager.

WEBSITE: Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, inaugurated the web site www.chemenggpu.com of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology in a function held on Monday. He also inaugurated the Internet facilities for the students of the department. Professor Pathak in his inaugural address emphasised the need for a global presence in today’s hyper competitive world. Prof S.C. Jain, Chairman of the department, highlighted the importance of creating a website and benefits therein to both the students and the faculty.

CAMP: The Department of Sanskrit, Panjab University, is going to hold a Sanskrit Conversation Camp from Tuesday to next Thursday, as part of the celebration of the Sanskrit year in the Department of Sanskrit. Instructors from Sanskrit Bharti, New Delhi, will help and guide participants to speak Sanskrit free of any charges.

INAUGURATED: A physiotherapy exercise centre set up by the House Owners Welfare Society in Phase V civil dispensary was inaugurated by Mr Kuldip Singh, Chairman of AGK companies here on Sunday. Mr Kuldip Singh donated Rs 21,000 for the centre. On the occasion a medical camp was organised. Medicines given to the patients at the camp were donated by the Local Chemist Association. Two tricycles and a sewing machine were also donated to the needy at the function. A programme of Shabad Kirtan also organised on the occasion.

VISIT: Mr Hardeep Singh, a member of the SGPC, said a jatha of devotees would be sent to visit gurdwaras in Pakistan on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. Earlier the SGPC had decided not to send any jathas to Pakistan in protest against Pakistan’s move to wrest control of the gurdwaras there but the jatha was being sent to respect the feelings of the devotees.



TWO KILLED: A rickshaw puller was killed in an accident near Ambala cantonment on Monday morning. According to the police he was hit by a private bus. The police registered a case against the bus driver. In another accident, one person was killed and two others seriously injured in Ambala city when a bus collided with a tractor-trolley. The deceased has been identified as Sunil.

SOLDIER KILLED: A soldier, hailing from Patharheri village, was killed in the valley. His body is expected to arrive here on Monday night. A 23-year-old Naresh had enlisted in the Army in 1996. Naresh, a wireless operator, was killed in Kupwara on Sunday during an exchange of fire, a family member said.

RAPE CASES: Two youths were arrested for allegedly raping a girl near Aurangabad village on Saturday and a case registered against them under Sections 376 and 120-B of the IPC. In another case, Bhagat Singh of Adarsh Colony, Palwal, was arrested on the charge of allegedly raping a minor girl.

DEMONSTRATION: Irate villagers held a demonstration and blocked traffic on the national highway near Aurangabad, 65 km from here, on Saturday, in protest against the unscheduled power cuts, the inability of the police to curb crimes and the irregular service of Haryana Roadways buses. The blockade was lifted after assurances by the police regarding their grievances.

ELECTROCUTED: Sunny (4) and Ravi (5) were electrocuted when they touched a wire at Jatiawala Mohalla in Hansi town, 26 km from here, on Saturday, the police said on Sunday. A case has been registered.

VACCINATED: About 1,000 persons were vaccinated against hepatitis-B at a camp jointly organised by the Rotary Club and the Rotaract Club here on Sunday.

SENTENCED: The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr R.C. Bansal, has sentenced Suba Singh, Mehar Singh, Jarnail Singh, Mohinder Singh, Gurnam Singh, Gurmukh Singh, Joga Singh, Mohar Singh, Inder Singh and Major Singh, all of Chalia village in Guhla subdivision to life imprisonment for killing Balkar Singh in March, 1998, and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 each on them.

APPOINTED: Dr S.P. Singh, Professor Emeritus, Kurukshetra University, has been appointed nodal person of the Curriculum Development Committee for Chemistry by the Chairman, University Grants Commission, New Delhi.

OZONE DAY: Declamation, painting and slogan competitions were held to mark Save the Ozone Layer Day organised by Hindu Senior Secondary School, the Lions Club and the district administration on the school premises on Saturday. Mrs Sunita Mishra, Deputy Commissioner, presided.

CRUSHED TO DEATH: An unidentified youth was run over by a train near the railway crossing here on Sunday. According to the police, the youth was crossing the railway track when he was hit by the train. According to another report, a girl of the Dev Nagar area here was crushed to death by a train while crossing the railway track near the station on Sunday.

BODY FOUND: The police found the body of an old man in the municipal park here on Sunday. The deceased has not been identified so far.


CAMP: More than 5000 persons including adults and children were administered the first dose of hepatitis-B vaccination at various vaccination camps organised by the Rotary Club, Baddi on Sunday. As many as eight camps were organised in schools, hospitals, nursing homes and industries. Hepatitis-B, which is 100 times more deadlier than AIDS is emerging as a major killer-disease these days throughout the world. According to Mr Vijay Kumar Arora, vice President and chairman of Organising Committee Hepatitis-B Vaccination, the next vaccination camp is scheduled for October 22 and the third dose on March 25, 2001.

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