Monday, September 25, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


FAMILY PLANNING: Eighty-one persons were operated upon at a family planning camp organised by the local unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad at Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here on Friday. The Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, who was the chief guest at the function, expressed concern at the fast growing population.

YOUTH SABHA: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Vishwakarma Youth Sabha, Khanna: president — Mr Amarjit Singh Ghatrora; chairman — Mr Sukhdev Singh Kalsi; vice-chairman — Mr Raman Dhiman; general secretary — Mr Paramjit Singh Dhiman; joint-secretary — Mr Subhash Lotey; cashier — Mr Ramesh Kumar Munday; joint cashier — Mr Dalbir Singh Lotey; building incharge — Mr Lakhbir Singh; and advisors — Mr Umesh, Mr Harjit Sohal, Mr Harkewal, and Mr Harmesh Lotey.

ANIMAL WELFARE: People for Animals, with active cooperation of the Mazdoor Rehra Union, Overlock road here, organised an animal welfare camp in which more than 150 animals were vaccinated. Tetanus texoid injections were given to horses and mules while dogs were given anti-rabies vaccine by PFA veterinarian Dr Surjeet Bhadur and Dr Jaspal Hundal. The doctors also made the owners aware of the prescribed load on animal driven carts. The union resolved that its members would abide by the rules under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. 

RETRENCHMENT: The Punjab Raj Mulazam Dal has taken up the cause of those PUDA employees who are facing retrenchment in the wake of the government’s decision to transfer urban estates to the Municipal Corporation. According to a press note issued by Mr Rajinder Pal Singh, president, PUDA unit of the Dal, nearly 2000 workers employed in water works, sewerage and gardening had become unemployed following the merging of Dhandari Kalan urban estate, phases 1,2, and 3. The remaining urban estates were also being transferred to the municipal Corporation in the near future, he said. The Punjab Raj Mulazam Dal and the PWD Mulazam Dal made a strong plea to the government to give a sympathetic thought to the future of these employees.

JAIN CONFERENCE: Jain biradari of Ludhiana and Devki Jain College of Education have organised an Akhil Bharatiya Shvetamber Jain conference, which was presided over by Mr Rattan Muniji Maharaj and Mr Kundan Rishiji Maharaj. Representatives and office-bearers of Jain biradari from all over the country participated in the conference. Mr Madan Mittal, Minister of Food and Supplies, was the chief guest. Students of D.D. Jain Memorial College, Poonam Jain College, Jain Senior Secondary Girls School and Surendra Jain School presented song items. Dr Chandra Mohni, Principal, D.D. Jain College, was present on the occasion.

EXHIBITION: Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers Ltd (RCF) has participated in an exhibition organised at PAU. It was inaugurated by an eminent soil research scientist, Dr A.C. Wig. He appreciated the company’s products namely Ujjwala urea and Shri Phala DAP. RCF is producing more than 25 lakh metric tonne of fertilisers annually. The Chief Marketing Manager, Mr Vikram Singh Shekhawat, said the company had adopted many villages namely Bhindran Sangrur district and Babra Patiala district for all-round development of the villages.

HEPATITIS-B: The Lions Club Ludhiana (Vishal) has embarked on an ambitious social service programme of administering free hepatitis-B vaccines every Saturday for a period of one year, according to the club president, Mr V.K. Gupta. The first camp was held here on Saturday at Bhagwan Ram Charitable Hospital.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Garments Machinery Manufacturers and Suppliers Association: president — Mr Jagdeep Singh Sodhi; vice-president — Mr Sunil Kumar Puri; general secretary — Mr Ram Krishan; secretary — Mr Malkiat Singh Dhami; treasurer — Mr Narinder Kumar and PRO — Mr Ramesh Sharma.

MEDICAL CHECK-UP: The Rotary Club Ludhiana (Central) organised a free medical check-up camp at Nishkam Vidya Mandir, Model Town extension, here on Sunday. A team of doctors from Shri Krishna Charitable Hospital examined more than 700 students, teachers and parents for general, dental and eye problems. Free medicines worth Rs 10,000 were distributed among patients. Mr M.L. Jhanji, a social worker, was the chief guest.

SCHOOL COMPLEX: Dr S. Radhakrishnan Complex, a new building at New Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, was inaugurated by Mr Vijay Chopra, chairman, Hind Samachar Group of News papers, here on Sunday. The new complex houses offices of the president of the management and principal. It also includes a visitors’ room, conference hall, accounts office, library, reading room, staff room, computer room, sports room and arts room where a variety of craft items prepared by the students have been permanently displayed. On the occasion, the students of the school’s two branches, at Civil Lines and Sarabha Nagar, presented a cultural programme.

SONG FESTIVAL: Modern Senior Secondary School emerged as champions in both the senior and junior national group songs festival, organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad here on Sunday. The winning teams in both the competitions will take part in the state level competition to be held at Mandi Gobindgarh on October 8. On the occasion the parishad presented an artificial limb to Chamkur Singh, a rehripuller, and a sewing machine to Ms Manjit Kaur who is polio infected. The chief guest Mr O.P Bhardwaj, chairman, Punjab Khadi Board, assured the gathering that he would do his best for helping the unemployed youth and also presented a cheque of Rs 5100 to the parishad. 

WORLD HEART DAY: In an attempt to create awareness on key preventive issues relating to heart disorders, the first World Day was celebrated at the Rajindra Gymkhana Club here on Sunday. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr J.S. Bir, while flagging off the heart walk, expressed firm faith in the ability of the people to meet the challenges of heart ailments in the new millennium. The theme of the World Heart Day was “To promote physical activity in the prevention of heart ailments. 

HONOURED: Eminent play writer and stage director, Gursharan Singh, was felicitated with the Dr Ravi Memorial Award at a function held at the State College of Education here on Sunday. Later Gursharan Singh directed a play which depicted a struggle between progressive and backward forces in the rural society and the ultimate victory of the progressive ideas. 

KILLED: Jarnail Singh was allegedly murdered by four persons with sharp-edged weapons at Giddarrpindi village on Sunday. Gurmit Singh sustained serious injuries in the attack, the police said. A case has been registered.

BURNT: Ravinder Kaur, mother of a three-year-old girl, died of burn injuries in Nakodar on Sunday. The deceased was working in the kitchen when her clothes caught fire.

CRUSHED: An unidentified person was crushed by a vehicle on Friday at Adda Doburji. A case under Sections 304 A and 279 of the IPC has been registered.

CONDEMNED: A meeting of local workers of the Samajwadi Party, held under the presidentship of Mr Lakhbir Singh Sokhi, press secretary of the party’s state unit, has condemned the police for beating Mr Iqbal Singh Malmohri, general secretary of the party’s state unit, at Goindwal Sahib bypass on Friday night.

MARKFED EMPLOYEES: The Amritsar unit of the State Foodgrain Agencies Coordination Committee, Punjab, in a press note issued here on Saturday, condemned the manhandling of a Markfed employee at Fatehabad Mandi on Friday by farmers who were pressurising the employees to ignore the specifications prescribed by the government. The committee demanded that the civil administration should provide them security while they were on duty.Top


ARTIST KRISHAN KHANNA: Internationally-acclaimed artist Krishen Khanna will deliver a lecture on “Lahore days and art scene at that time” on the premises of the Government College for Arts, Sector 10, on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of the college on September 28. This will be the first time that the artist will be visiting the city. Krishen Khanna is a contemporary of artists like M.F. Hussain, F.N. Souza, Satish Gujral, Ram Kumar, N.S. Bendre and V.S. Gaitonde. He is famous for his immense contribution to the field of evolution of modern Indian art. 

CHECK-UP CAMP: A free blood sugar, haemoglobin and blood pressure check-up camp was conducted at the AG Clinic and Nursing Home on Sunday. About 150 patients were examined. Dietary advice was given by Dr Geeta Khurana. Free samples of iron and anti-diabetic drugs were also distributed. Dr Amarjit Singh said that this was going to be an annual feature at the centre because of the tremendous response from the public. 

DECISION HAILED: The Property Consultants Association has welcomed the decision taken by the UT Administration of allowing sewerage connections taken before 1993 as the benchmark instead of the occupation certificates. This has been done for defence quota plots in sectors 32, 33, 34, 35, 36 and 28. Chief Patron of the Association, Mr Amarjeet Singh Sethi, while welcoming the decision said previous decision of charging unearned income on sale of plots within ten years of obtaining occupation certificates, was not correct. These defence officers had constructed their houses almost 25 years ago and obtained sewerage connections after entire completion, Mr Sethi added. He also demanded that refund be given in cases where unearned income had been charged. 

KHULA DARBAR POSTPONED: The Khula darbar which was to be held at the Forest Rest House in Pinjore on September 25 at 2 p.m. has been postponed to September 29 due to some administrative reasons. This was stated in a press note issued here on Sunday. 

BLODD CAMP: A blood donation camp will be organised by the local Rotary Club and the Mohali Industries Association at Association Bhavan (near the ESI Hospital), Phase VII, on Tuesday. The camp, to be organised from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be conducted by a PGI team. 


CELEBRATION: The MBA final year students of Shri Atmanand Jain Institute of Management and Technology organised a fresher celebration Abhinandan. The party was organised to welcome the students of the MBA batch for 2000-2001. “Glitter of pearl in ocean of freshness” was the slogan of the freshers’ party. According to Mr Tarun Goel, President of the AIMT Youth Management Club, Om Thakur was awarded the title of Mr Fresher, while Maneet Kaur was titled as Miss Fresher. Mohit Jain was titled as Mr Handsome and Pooja Chauhan as Miss Good Looking. Lalit Nagpal, Shalini Aggarwal, Aishwarya Sood and Sushma presented group and solo dances. 

YOUTH CLUB: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Youth Management Club of Shri Atmanand Jain Institute of Management and Technology, Ambala Cantt: Coordinators — Mr Vineet Kohli and Mr Navneet Khetrpal; President — Mr Tarun Goel; Senior Vice-President — Ms Harprit Kaur; Vice-President — Ms Reena Jain; Secretary — Mr Lalit Nagpal; Joint Secretary — Ms Aastha Wadhwan; and Finance Secretary — Ms Frazy Obroi. 

ELECTROCUTED: Krishan Kumar, a bus conductor, was killed when he came in contact with a live electricity cable at Mukhan village near here on Saturday. Three passengers were injured in the accident. According to the police the accident occurred when the conductor climbed the roof of the bus to issue tickets to passengers sitting a top and came in contact with an overhead electricity cable.

OPPOSED: The Haryana Agricultural University Teachers Association ( HAUTA) has opposed the decision of the state government to constitute a combined selection commission for the recruitment of teachers and administrative staff of all universities, boards and corporations in the state. The HAUTA president, Dr H K Verma, said in a press note issued here on Sunday that the Act and statutes of HAU did not permit the state government to form such a commission as it was a research institution.

TERMINATION STAYED: The Civil Judge, Mr Sanjeev Kumar, has stayed the termination of services of 41 employees of Maharaja Aggarsain Medical College, Agroha. The court had earlier stayed the termination of services of three employees of the college.

CHALLENGED: Two local advocates on Saturday challenged in a local court the municipal council’s decision to hike house tax by 25 per cent. The Civil Judge, Mr Sanjeev Kumar, issued a notice for September 26 to the council. Mr Sukh Dev Aggarwal and Mr Shyam Sunder Thakral filed a suit against the decision contending that it was unconstitutional as the council had not followed Sections 76 to 79 of the Municipal Act in this regard.

MARTYRS’ DAY: The Haryana Shaheedi Divas function was organised at RKSD College stadium here on Saturday. The City Magistrate, Maj R S Chahal, presided over the function. He also flagged off a rally of students carrying placards highlighting the sacrifices made by the martyrs.

EYE CAMP: The Deputy Commissioner, Dr Mahavir Singh, inaugurated an eye camp organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad here on Saturday. As many as 500 patients were examined.

BLOOD DONATION: The NSS volunteers Hindu College organised a blood donation camp here on Saturday. Mr Sudhir Rajpal, DC, inaugurated the camp.

TRAFFIC REGULATIONS: The police has made elaborate arrangements in the city to regulate traffic on the occasion of the birthday of Mr Devi Lal on Monday. Mr A S Chawla, SP, told mediapersons here on Sunday that all vehicles coming from Delhi would be diverted via jatheri road to avoid any traffic jam on the G T Road.

SUB TEHSIL URGED: Mr Ranjit Kaushik, a Congress leader and former sarpanch of Rai village, on Sunday urged the former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Devi Lal, and the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to make Rai a sub-tehsil and fulfil the long-standing demand of residents of the area.

B’DAY FUNCTION: The Haryana Government will implement all commitments for the benefit of the aged in the state to be announced by the former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Devi Lal, at a function in connection with his 87th birthday celebrations here on Monday. This was stated by Mr Ajay Chautala, MP and son of the Haryana Chief Minister, here on Saturday. He said Mr Devi Lal wanted to set up ashrams for the aged in each village of the state.

CHEATING: Santosh, a youth from Maharashtra, was arrested for posing as a private secretary and brother of the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Chandrababu Naidu. he is alleged to be involved in many cases of fraud and cheating in various parts of the country, especially Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra.Top



HORTICULTURE UNION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of the HP State Horticulture Department Class Four Employees Union: president — Mr Jai Krishan Sharma; senior vice-president — Mr Chetram; vice-president — Mr Ravinder Singh; vice-president (women wing) — Ms Anita Devi; general secretary — Mr Kedareshwar Gautam; treasurer — Mr Onkar Chand; and press secretary — Mr Rakesh Kumar.

FAMILY PLANNING: Ten family planning operation camps would be held at various centres of the district in October under the child and maternity health programme, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr ML Mahajan, said here on Sunday.

HINDU PARISHAD: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Sadar block unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad: president — Mr Surinder Bharti; chairman — Mr Chetram Sharma; vice-presidents — Mr Ramnath Sharma and Mr Ramlal Thakur; and general secretary — Mr Daulatram.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested Bhagnu Ram of Baga village and registered a case under the NDPS Act against him. The accused had earlier managed to escape in a case pertaining to the seizure of 7 kg of charas from Raj Kumar, who was arrested on February 13.

ARRESTED: Tek Ram of Parassu Dhur Phati Manjili village was arrested for carrying 500 gm of charas, Mr N Venugopal, SP, said in a press note issued on Saturday. A case has been registered.

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