Sunday, September 24, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab State Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank Employees Union: president — Mr Gurdev Singh; senior vice-president — Mr Manoj Kumar Jakhar; general secretary — Mr Baljit Singh; and finance secretary — Mr Megh Singh.

FUNCTION: Farmers were given guidance on seed purification and use of fertilisers and bio-fertilisers at a function organised by IFFCO in Prabhatsinghwala village, near here, on Thursday.

RALLY HELD: The Ministerial Services Union and the Technical Services Union of the PSEB held a rally and staged a dharna here on Thursday in protest against the alleged failure of the city police in curbing lawlessness in the subdivision.

SUICIDES: Three boys allegedly committed suicide in separate incidents at Daulatpura and Panjkosi villages and the Anand Nagri locality here by consuming insecticides, hospital sources said on Thursday.

ACQUITTED: Gopal Singh, a Rajasthan Roadways driver who had been arrested under Section 304-A for allegedly killing two occupants of a Jeep in an accident on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road in 1996, has been acquitted by a local court, official sources said on Thursday.

EYE CAMP: The free eye check-up camp by the local Goodwill Society would be held on October 1.The patients would be examined by Dr G.S. Randhawa and his team at a public school in Veer Colony here, stated Mr R.K. Jindal, general secretary of the society, in a press note issued here on Friday.

DELAYED : Mr Jagdish Ghai, secretary of the CPI, criticised the delay in the issuance of examination forms to private students for the March 2001 exams by the Punjab School Education Board. He alleged that the forms were being made available only from Friday onwards even as the last date for the receipt was September 26.

SURVEY: A survey is being conducted to identify handicapped persons in the district to provide them aid and facilities. free of cost. This was stated by Mr B.S. Sudan, Deputy Commissioner, addressing a sangat darshan programme at Sanipur village on Friday.

FIRE: A television set and other household goods were burnt in a fire that broke out at the house of Mr Gurinder Singh in Housing Board Colony on Friday while he and his wife were not at home. On noticing the flames, neighbours informed the fire brigade, which rushed to the spot. Sources said a short circuit was the cause of the fire.

ACCIDENT: Virsa Singh ( 58), a resident of the Santoshi Nagar locality, here, was run over by a train while trying to cross the track near the railway station on Friday. Meanwhile, the Shahkot police has arrested Amarjit and seized 10 kg poppy husk from his custody, the police added.

YOGA CAMP: A five-day yoga camp organised by SpicMacay concluded at the local MGN School here on Saturday. More than 1,000 students received training from Ms Hari Kirpa of the Divine Life Society.

SCOOTER RALLY: Workers of the Shiv Sena took out a procession on scooters in the bazaars on Friday to protest against the smuggling of narcotics by ‘enemy’ countries and anti-social elements into the country. They also held a rally in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office which was addressed by Mr Jagdish Kataria, president of the district unit of the Shiv Sena. The workers presented a memorandum to the DC, Mr V. K. Singh.

FUNCTION: The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab will hold a function here on September 27 to celebrate the World Tourism Day. Mr Naranjan Singh, Principal Secretary, Tourism, will be the chief guest, while Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, will preside over the function. Mr Anurag Yadav, president, Travel Media Forum, will speak on “Tourism in the new millennium” and Mr B. Chatterjee, director, Resnet, will address the participants in information technology and speak on the role of IT in the promotion of tourism. 

CONTEST: A talent hunt contest was held at Ramgarhia College for Women on Friday so as to welcome the freshers and search for talented students who would take part in the youth festival. The students presented music and dance items. Giddha won the maximum applause. Ms Harmeet Kaur, Principal of the college, presided over the function. 

PROGRAMME: Four prominent trade union activists attended a week long leadership development programme for trade union leaders at the National Labour Institute (Government of India, Ministry of Labour) at Noida from September 12 to 19, 2000. Sponsored by the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), the programme was inaugurated by Dr M.M. Rehman, while Dr Poonam Chauhan was the course-director. According to Dr Gupta, one of the participants in the programme, various topics like organising trade unions in rural areas, problems of trade unions, social development and changing scenario, social set up of rural population, analysis of rural society, implementation of labour laws by the government and panchayati raj institutions were discussed during the programme. 

CAMPAIGN: The Indian Youth Congress President, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, will campaign for Ms Parmeshwari Devi, the Congress candidate in the Sunam byelection from September 25. This was stated by Mr Parminder Mehta, President of the District Youth Congress. He said the IYC chief would address public meetings in the constituency. Mr Mehta added that the new executive and office-bearers of the district unit will be announced with the approval of the IYC President after the Sunam byelection. 

PAYMENTS: In view of the encouraging response of the people to the experimental collection of water, sewerage and house tax bills of block 15 through commercial banks, the Municipal Corporation has decided to extend the facility to other parts of the city, with UCO bank being the collecting bank. According to an official press note, such bills pertaining to blocks 4 and 7 can be paid through the Chaura Bazar branch, those of blocks 19 and 34 through the DMC road branch, for blocks 15 and 16 through the Miller Ganj branch and for blocks 21 and 22 through the Gill road branch of UCO bank. Residents of Block 30 can make payments through the Dhandari Kalan branch of the bank. The facility for payment of MC bills will be available till October 3, 2000. 

CAMP ORGANISED: A camp on sheep diseases was organised by Sara Bhai Jaidis Animal Health Mill at Mullowal village, 7 km from here, under the supervision of Mr Gurcharan Singh. About 1,500 sheep were vaccinated on the occasion.

SEMINAR HELD: The Punjab State Human Rights Commission and the Punjab police organised a seminar here on children’s rights at Sahibzada Fateh Singh Public School under the chairmanship of Dr D.J. Singh, Deputy Director, Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, on Friday.

COMPETITIONS: Subdivision-level painting and declamation contests and other competitions were held at a function organised by the Punjab School Education Board at the local Government High School here on Friday. About 100 students participated.

MILL DAMAGED: Loss worth thousands of rupees has been reported in a fire at a cotton factory in Jagraon, about 30 km from here, which engulfed the mill on Friday. The fire brigade from Moga immediately reached there along with others from various places. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

CAMP: Patiala Red Cross Society is going to represent the state at the national level Red Cross camp which is being held by Tamil Nadu Red Cross Society at Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu) from Friday. A team of eight cadets of Junior Red Cross and St John Ambulance, from Green Well Academy will be representing the state. During the national camp, competitions in first aid, cultural exhibitions, debates, painting competitions will be organised. More than 400 cadets and 80 counsellors are expected to participate in the camp.

RELEASED: The inaugural issue of the monthly magazine Educational Study Material started by Prof A. K. Sahni was released here by Dr Roop Krishan Bhatt, Principal Northern Regional Language Centre, Patiala, at a function organised at NTAS Mandir here. 

CAMP: A hepatitis-B vaccination camp was organised by the Rotary Club, the Lions Club, and Shantha Biotechnics, here on Saturday. Dr O.P.S. Kande, president of the state unit of the Indian Medical Association. Dr Kande said there was around four crore hepatitis-B carriers in India. 

ROBBERY: Some unidentified persons allegedly broke into the house of a shopkeeper Ajwinder Singh, at Goraya on Saturday and decamped with a colour TV, a VCR, some gold ornaments and cash. The family members were not at home when the daylight robbery took place. A case has been registered.

NEW TRAIN: The Northern Railway would introduce a train between Jalandhar City and Ambala cantonment, Railway sources said on Saturday.

LOANS DISTRIBUTED: Loans worth Rs 74.50 crore have been distributed through various banks during the first quarter of the financial year to promote self-employment among youths in the district. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr G.S. Grewal.



ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh Furniture Association; chairman — Mr Subhash Goyal; president — Mr Satish Gupta; vice-president — Mr Tulsi Ram Singla; general secretary — Mr Charanjit Singh; secretary — Mr Shyam Lal and treasurer — Mr Anil Jain.

MEENA WEEK: The local unit of the Indian Council of Social Welfare is celebrating “meena week” and running a play by a street children school called “Khushee”. This is to promote education among the residents of the slum colonies. A film on girls education was shown to the students and their parents in the government school, Kumhar Colony, Sector 25, on Friday, where the Director, Public Relations, Mr Vivek Atray, was the chief guest. 

EXHIBITION: A three-day exhibition displaying automobiles, consumer and industrial products, agricultural tools, building materials and domestic appliances opened in Sector 17 on Saturday. The exhibition organised by the industries department has 60 stalls and it was inaugurated by the Advisor to the UT Administrator, Mrs Vineeta Rai. the exhibition shall remain open till Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

DHARNA: The employees of Super Bazar agitating and demanding for the smooth running of Super Bazar, appointment of a whole time management and release of funds to Super Bazar, staged a dharna for the 18th day on Saturday. The employees are full of resentment as the salary for the month of August has not been paid as yet. The employees said, the management is paying no heed to their demands and the administration is also silent over the issue. 

CAMP: Lions Club, Chandigarh Shivalik, jointly with the Central Polytechnic, Sector 26 organised a blood donation camp at the college auditorium. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Ashok Sanghwan, Jt Secretary Home, who lauded the dedication of the club. Mr S.L. Sapra, guest of honour and principal of the college, announced that another camp will be held in the near future. Total 130 units were collected at the camp. 

NSS CAMP: A 10-day regular NSS camp at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, was inaugurated by Mr G.S. Bhatti, Assistant Programme Advisor, NSS zonal office. He urged the volunteers to take up projects for the welfare of society and enlightened them with different incentives which the volunteer gain after joining NSS. The inaugural function was followed by the administration of hepatitis-B vaccination to 100 volunteers. As the theme for the year is “Youth for healthy society”, the projects will be taken up on health related issues like eye camps, mother and child care, immunisation, hygiene and general health. Principal Mrs Harjit Kaur Khanna motivated the volunteers. 

VANMAHOTSAVA: Vanamahotsava was celebrated by the NSS volunteers of Government College for Girls, Sector 11. As many as 100 trees were planted in the college campus. Dr C.L. Narang, Director, NSS Panjab University, inaugurated the plantation drive by planting a gulmohar sapling in the college campus. He urged the students to develop a sense of belonging and to help save the environment. The Principal of the College, Mrs Vijay Lakshmi, also planted a sapling. 

HEPATITIS-B CAMP: Inner Wheel Club of Chandigarh Central in association with the NSS wing of Shri Guru Gobind Singh College for Women organised a hepatitis-B vaccination camp at the college here on Saturday. In all 65 students and staff members were immunised at the camp. The President, Inner Wheel Club, Mrs Madhu Bansal, informed that this is the first camp in a series of which two more will be organised on October 24 and March 24, 2001 to complete the doses of vaccine. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: A meeting of the founder members of a social welfare society, Sahyog, was held under its chairman Gobinder Bawa in Sector 22. In the meeting the following were elected office-bearers: patron — Mr Pawan Sharma; president — Ms Bhajan Kaur; senior vice-president — Mr Atma Ram and vice-president — Ms Paramjit Kaur. 

BLOOD DONATED: A blood donation camp was organised by the members of Region I- District 321-F at Shiv Mandir, Sector 9, Panchkula, jointly with Bharat Vikas Parishad. 95 units of blood were collected. 

RALLIES: To protest against the non-implementation of the demands of the Punwire employees, the joint action committee of Punjab and UT employees has decided to hold protest rallies in Sunam. Mr Saheed Ahmed, a member of the committee said the employees of Punwire would hold rallies from Saturday to Tuesday in all the villages falling in the Sunam constituency. The employees’ leaders said efforts to restart the operation of Punwire had failed. They said, the misappropriation of funds by senior functionaries of Punjab Government which led to the closure of the factory would be exposed to the public at Sunam. 


SEMINAR: Wintech Computers, on Saturday, organised a seminar on e-business at Chaman Vatika school for the students of class XI and XII. A quiz contest was conducted in which a large number of school students actively participated, a press note said. 

KILLED: A bus rammed into commuters at Panjokhra on Saturday afternoon, killing one person. The incident took place when the bus, which lost control, hit the bus shelter under which four commuters were waiting. One person, Asharfi Lal, died on the spot while the other three, Shankar, Ram Chander and Karnail Singh, sustained injuries. The injured have been admitted to the civil hospital, Ambala City. 

KILLED: Babu Lal of Dheegot village was shot dead in the fields on Thursday allegedly by three persons, according to police sources. Old enmity is stated to be the cause of the murder. A case has been registered but no arrest made so far. Meanwhile, bhagirath of the Kailash Nagar locality died under mysterious circumstances. His body was recovered from near a railway track.

BANDH: The Ram Bazar Cloth Market Association on Saturday announced its decision to observe a bandh on September 25 to focus the attention of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, on its demand for the repair of the market roads and a regular water supply in the area. The roads have developed big potholes. Accidents on this road have become routine. The association threatened a demonstration in case its demand was not met.

DEMANDED: Mr Kuldeep Singh Chauhan, Programme Officer of the NSS unit of Government Senior Secondary School, Model Town, urged the Director of Higher Education on Saturday to release the grant for the current year without any further delay. In a press note, he said the regular activities of the unit were affected due to the non-availability of the funds.

STRIKE: Shopkeepers of Ram Bazaar, Raiz Bazaar and the new Cloth Market observed a strike and took out a procession on Friday in protest against the alleged failure of the district administration to get roads repaired and ensure a regular supply of drinking water. The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, assured them that the authorities would take steps to fulfil their demands.



STIR SUSPENDED: The Himachal Pradesh state PWD Ministerial Staff Association has suspended its five-day state-wide agitation launched for the implementation of its demands. The general secretary of the association, Mr Lekhram Kondal said on Friday that the step had been taken as the government had invited the association for talks on September 27 at Shimla.

ARMS PROHIBITED: The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate, Mr Jagdish Chander Sharma, has issued a notification prohibiting carrying and possession of all types of arms and ammunition, in the Kot Kehloor police station area in the district with a view to maintain law and order during the “ashwin navratra” fair beginning from September 28 at the Nainadevi temple 75 km from here.

CONDEMNED: Mr Kewal Singh Pathania, former Transport Minister and local MLA, has condemned the state government for allegedly stalling development activities here due to political reasons.

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