|Wednesday, September 20, 2000,
LOK ADALAT: The District legal Authority has announced that a Lok Adalat will be held under Mr S.P. Bangar, Additional District and Sessions Judge-cum-Presiding Officer at labour court here on September 22. All industrial workers who want to settle their dispute should contact the authorities concerned.
CONDEMNED: Dr Pritam Singh Randhawa, president of the local unit of the Punjab Veterinary Officers Association, has condemned the attack on driver Hans Raj, a driver, while on duty on the premises of a hospital by certain persons. The association has also demanded action against the culprits.
INVITED: Dr Jasmeet Sandhu, Reader, Department of Sociology, Guru Nanak Dev University, has been invited to participate in the Fifth Asia Pacific Social Sciences and Medicine Conference to be held at the Centre for Intersectoral Community and Health Studies, Kandy (Sri Lanka) from September 24 to 28. She will present a paper on Gender Inequality, Contraceptive Use and Reproductive Health: The Case Study of Punjab, according to a press note issued by the university.
OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Newspaper Sellers Union: president Mr Ramesh Kumar Sharma; and general secretary Mr Karam Chand Sharma.
CULTURAL MEET: Folk songs were presented at a cultural programme, Lashkara-2000, organised by the Sher-e-Punjab Youth Club at Bure Jattan village on Sunday. Mr Balbir Singh, Minister of State for Higher Medical Education and Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner were among those present.
PADDY PROCUREMENT: A deputation of five farmers unions on Monday met Mr V.K. Singh, Deputy Commissioner, and urged him to ensure the entry of government agencies for the procurement of paddy on September 21.
JAGRATA: Singers of Janseva Durga Bhajan Mandali sang hymns in praise of Ma Bhagwati at a jagrata held on Monday night at Ashok Nagar. An audio cassette titled jai jai maa di bole by Surinder Jindal of Patiala was released by Mr Sushil Malhotra, President, Lal Bahadur Shastri Forum. Prominent citizens who were honoured on the occasion were Mr Ashok Kumar, councillor, Mr Kailash Babbar, Mr Sanjiv Kumar, Mr Jaswant Singh, Mr Bihari Lal, Mr Amar Nath and Mr Harbans Lal.
WEBSITE: Justpunjab.com, a site on Punjab and its culture, has distinguished itself in online directory of a company, Snap Live Directory, at www.edition.snap.com. after being reviewed by the online editors of the directory. Mr Satinder, one of the directors of the site, claims that the site achieved a hit rate of nine lakh within the first month of its launch. He also informed that the site is also listed in the popular search engines of Yahoo and Altavista.
PROGRAMME: The Malwa Central College of Education for Women, organised a talent search programme to mark the beginning of the new academic session of B.Ed and M.Ed at the college premises. The objective of the programme was to short list the students for the youth festival to be held in November. Mr Jaswant Singh, Vice-Principal of the college, presided over the first session of the competitions. He appreciated the efforts of the students and emphasised that they must view the things in present context, keeping in mind the changing realities of life. The students presented ghazals, songs, folk songs, group dance and skits in the afternoon session. Mr K.K. Bhatia, Director, Malwa Institute of Professional Studies, presided over the session. He said it was essential to unravel the hidden talent of students for their allround personality development. Dr (Ms) Ravinder Kaur, Principal of the college, was the guest of honour on the occasion.
SUPPORT: Mr Kuldip Singh Mundian, office secretary, Lok Bhalai Party, said here on Tuesday that the party would extend its support to Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra in the Sunam byelection. He said the Akali Dal (B) had lost base in the state because of corruption indulged in by its leaders at all levels. He accused Mr Talwandi of hobnobbing with the past Congress governments for personal gains. Referring to Mr Talwandis penchant for name-calling in his speeches, he said such leaders had no right to be called as Panthic leaders.
CAMPAIGN: The District Akali Jatha (urban) acting President, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, who has just returned from Sunam, along with other office-bearers and activists of the party, has claimed that the SAD (B) candidate, Mr Parminder Singh Dhindsa, was gaining strength and was all set for a grand victory in the byelection. According to Mr Makkar, the party chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had entrusted the duty of local Akali Dal functionaries to canvass support for the party candidate in Maujewal, Bhaini Ganduan, Daule Singh Wala, Mandewas and Ugraha villages and he himself, along with circle jathedars and activists of the Istri Akali Dal, had went from door to door to seek vote and support for Mr Dhindsa. The village-level meetings were still on. Meanwhile, Ms Charanjit Kaur, President of the Istri Akali Dal, who has switched over from the faction led by Mr Amarjit Bhatia to that of Mr Makkar, was felicitated in a function held at Jassian Road. Speaking on this occasion, she said a big jatha of the Istri Akali Dal workers would soon leave for Sunam to take part in the SAD (B) election campaign.
CAMP: A free vaccination camp for hepatitis-B was organised at Gurdwara Mastuana Sahib, Dugri Road, in the city under the patronage of Sant Shamsher Singh Jagera, President of International Sant Samaj. 90 persons were vaccinated at the camp by the team of doctors comprising Dr Tarsem Jindal and Dr Ashwani Bhatia. The people were also educated on the need for vaccination against several diseases like liver cancer, jaundice and others.
DEMANDED: Teachers in various government schools in Sangrur district working under the Central Black Board Scheme have not been paid salaries for the past three months. They have demanded the immediate disbursement of the salaries.
OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Government Treasury Officers Association of Punjab: president Mr Sudershan Kumar Seth, general secretary Mr Rachhpal Singh, and press secretary B.M. Mittal.
PROCESSION: Activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) took out a silent procession here to press for their demand for holding elections to the Students Central Association. The activists also urged the Central Government to take steps to improve the quality of education in the country.
COMPENSATION: A camp was organised by the authorities to distribute compensation cheques to Ranjit Sagar Dam oustees at Pataralwan village on Sunday. Mr Mohan Lal, Minister of State for Higher Education, distributed the cheques. While the camp was on, activists of the Shiv Sena raised slogans against the authorities and demanded adequate compensation for the oustees.
FASHION SHOW: The Silver Streak Club, Chandigarh, a students club will organise a fashion haute couture on September 21 at Tagore Theatre. The show will be choreographed by Mr Jeet Brar. The show will be interspersed with dance performances by West 17 and the members of the club.
COMPETITION: The Government High School, Sector 38, will hold a two-day quiz competition from September 20 for the school children, in collaboration with Ramakrishna Mission. The competition will be divided into senior and junior category. Professors from Panjab University will be the judges.
CAMPAIGN: The State Bank of India, Industrial Area, Ram Darbar branch, under its deposit moblisation campaign on Tuesday opened 43 accounts and Rs 22.65 lakh were mobolised. Speaking on the occasion General Manager (D&PB), SBI circle, Mr D.L Manwani, said as part of the process staff from the branch would be engaged in enplaning the benefits of the banks various deposit and investment schemes. Speaking about the multi option deposit scheme, Mr K.K Mehra, Deputy General Manager, zonal office, Punjab, said it offered people the opportunity to enjoy both high returns and high liquidity with greater flexibility.
CAMP: NSS camps on the theme Youth for Healthy Society will start from Wednesday. The following colleges will be holding camps: DAV college, Sector 10; GGS college for Women, Sector 26; College of Nursing, PGI; Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45; Government College for Men, Sector 11; Government College of Education, Sector 20 and MCM DAV College, Sector 36. According to Dr C.L Narang, Director NSS, Panjab University, 6000 girls and 2000 boys will take part.
RELEASED: Mr Rajiv Kher, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, released a book Saturday is School Environment Day published by the Childrens Alliance for Protection of the Environment (CAPE) at a function held at Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, Sector 26, here on Tuesday. The book has been written by Dr K.K Garg, Joint Director, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Mr S.K Sharma of the Environment Society of India and Mr Sawant Kumar Sharma, president of CAPE.
AWARENESS CAMP: The Indian Council of Social Welfare, Chandigarh branch, in collaboration with the State AIDS Control Society, UT organised an AIDS awareness camp for the female staff members of Central Jail, Burail, here on Tuesday eight of the staff members attended the camp. A play directed by Zulfqar Khan on AIDS was shown.
WORKSHOP: The Consumers Forum Chandigarh will organise a media workshop on the Citizens Charter at Kisan Bhavan on Saturday. Being organised in collaboration with the Consumer Coordination Council and the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (Germany), the workshop aims to mobilise public opinion in favour of the charter, besides sensitising the media on how the opinion can be channeled for the benefit of society. The main motive is to build awareness to demand quality service that has been committed in the charter by the service providers. The quality of service to the public can be improved if administrators, managers, supervisors and dealing staff can develop a sense of commitment to serve the people and the nation. It will work on the system of accountability, which is lacking today. It will also be the cherished dream of an average citizen being translated in the field. The concept of the charter has been borrowed from the USA.
DANCE COMPETITION: The Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts (CIPA) will organise a dance competition Dance Masti 2000 at Tagore Theatre on September 24, 2000. The competition is open to young artists in the 5-25 age group. The aspirants may contact the organisers.
OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of
the local Sahit Sabha: president Mr Manmohan Singh
Daon; senior vice-president Mr Kartar Singh
Panchi; vice-presidents Mr Shabdish and Puran
Singh Kirti; general secretary Mr Sanjeevan Singh;
joint secretary Mr Babu Ram Diwana; finance
secretary Ms Rajinder Rosy; chief adviser
Mr Dharam Pal Upashak and legal adviser Mr Karam
INAUGURATED: Mr A.S. Bhola, General Manager (Finance), Telecom Circle Office, Ambala, inaugurated a 2,000-line telephone exchange here on Monday.
KILLED: Rajanand, a Bihari labourer, died from a snake-bite on Monday while working in a field at Sandal Kalan village, 5 km from here, the police said.
CLASH: Nine persons were injured in a clash between two groups which were travelling in a private vehicle on the G.T. Road near Qumashpur village, 12 km from here, on Monday. The injured were hospitalised.
ASSAULT: A prisoner,
Satish of Kilohrad village, sustained serious injuries
when he was allegedly attacked by another prisoner,
Dharminder, alias Kala, and his accomplice, at the
district jail here on Monday. Satish was taken to the
Civil Hospital and is stated to be out of danger.
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