Saturday, September 30, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


NOMINATED: Mr Amrit Pal Singh Brar has been nominated member of the All-India Nationalist Congress Committee by Mr Sharad Pawar, President of the Nationalist Congress Party. This was stated in a party press note issued here on Thursday.

MEETING: A meeting of bankers of the district was held here on Wednesday. Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, was the chief guest.

SEMINAR: A seminar was organised by the Life Insurance Corporation Housing Finance Limited (LICHFL) at the LIC office building here on Wednesday. Mr Vimal Kumar, Manager, LIC HFL, Jalandhar, addressed the gathering.

HINDI FORTNIGHT: A Hindi fortnight organised by the Kharar Textile Mills concluded here on Thursday. According to Mr N.K. Shrivastva, Labour Welfare Officer of the mill, Mr R.L. Puri, General Manager of the mill, presided over the function and Mr R.M. Mittal, senior Manager of Punjab National Bank was the judge. The winners of various competitions were given prizes.

KAR SEWA: The Rotary Club, Kharar, along with other associations, has decided to start kar seva for cleaning the Maharaja Ajj Sarovar, waterworks, Peer, Government Primary School, Dasehra, Guga Mari and the surroundings of the sarovar here on Saturday. Mr Khushi Ram, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, would be the chief guest and Mr Devinder Singh, SDM, Kharar, and Mr Rupinder Singh, DSP Kharar would be the guests of honour. The programme is being organised by the Maharaja Ajj Sarovar Vikas Parishad, the Sai Siksha Sansthan, the Municipal Council and all high schools of Kharar. 

ATM INAUGURATED: Third ATM of ICICI Bank Limited was inaugurated by Dr S.S. Sandhu, Municipal Commissioner, at Sarabha Nagar Market on Thursday. This was the 20th ATM of the bank in Punjab and 265th ATM in India. Mr Rajan Mehra, vice-president, and branch manager, said that the bank plans to start two more ATMs in the city within next 10 days so as to target 1,000 ATMs by the end of March 2001. 

PULSE POLIO DRIVE : Preparations for the last round campaign scheduled on November 5, December 10 and January 21 have been completed, according Mrs Rajinder Kaur, Civil Surgeon, here. Nearly 1,950 booths will be set up in various parts of the district for immunising children below the age of five. As many as 96 check posts will be set up at railway stations and bus stands. Besides, 100 mobile teams will travel through slum areas.

CONFERENCE: The Department of Pediatrics of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will organise its 2nnd annual conference of Punjab State Branch of Indian Academy of Pediatrics on at Dumra Auditorium. About 120 pediatricians from all over Punjab and Chandigarh will attend the conference. At the conference talks will be delivered by experts on various problems in pediatric diagnosis. The fourth round of the national quiz of the Indian Academy Pediaritics (IAP). Punjab branch will also take place. The main attraction of the quiz will be that the medicos from Jalandhar, Moga, Bathinda and Ludhiana will participate in it. “The aim behind organising this unique activity was to motivate the doctors to update their knowledge in their respective field”, informed Dr Daljit Singh organising chairperson of the conference and secretarty of Punjab State Branch of IAP. 

CHAIRMAN APPOINTED: Mr K.S. Bhudhiraja, a local Janata Dal (U) leader, has been appointed as chairman, Industrial and Commerce Cell of Janata Dal (U), Punjab. According to a communication from the Punjab state president, Mr PJS Mehta, Mr Budhiraja has also been authorised to appoint other office-bearers at the district and state level in consultation with the state president.

AFFILIATED: The National Institute for Integrated Rural Development (NIIRD), Palahi village, has become the first institute in India to have been granted affiliation with University of Cambridge, UK, in foundation and standard-level courses of information and communication technology skills. This was stated by Mr Gurmit Singh Palahi, Principal of the institute. He said the institute had received a letter from Dr Fred Burke, university’s Regional Director in South Asia, about the affiliation.

DHARNA: A dharna was organised by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) against the Naib Tehsildar here on Friday. In a press note, Balwant Singh Aluna from the Zila Pradhan and Maan Singh, Pradhan, Block Rajpura, said Nirmal Singh of Charkhurd had bought 10 bigha of land for registration for which the Naib Tehsildar demanded Rs 1,000. Finally the deal was closed at Rs 6,00. The BKU however, took this money back from him. But no action had been taken against him. They said that if the official was not transferred within 15 days, the union shall stage a series of dharnas.

PLANTATION DRIVE: About 450 students of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, organised a plantation drive under the NSS programme on Thursday. The students, led by the chairman of the institute, Mr Gurcharan Singh, planted saplings on the college campus.Top



STATUE INSTALLED: The statue of Yogi Raj Swami Devi Dayalji Maharaj will be installed at the Yog Abhyas Ashram at Model Town, Rajpura, by Yogacharya, Prof M. Lal on Sunday. A shobha yatra procession, with the statue of Swamiji will be held before the installation ceremony. — TNS

QUIZ COMPETITION: The Adult Education Department gave training to a batch of 37 learners in food preservation and low-cost high calories diet in collaboration with the Food & Nutrition Department, Government of India, from September 15 to 27, here. Today a recipe and quiz competition was held. Following won prizes — cooking and preservation of food: first — Ms Sweety Bansal; second — Ms Charanpal Kaur; third — Ms Pushpa Devi; Quiz competition: Ms Charanpal Kaur, Ms Balvinder Kaur and Ms Kuldeep Kaur. 

THEATRE WORKSHOP: Sanjivni Preparatory School, Sector 11, will organise a theatre workshop on the theme ‘Ramlila’, in its premises for 10 days from October 3, here. The workshop is for the children in the age group of 3 years to 10 years. At the end of the workshop the play will be staged. 

TRANSPORT RALLY: The Chandigarh Government Transport Worker’s Union, held a rally in depot No. III of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking to protest against the Chandigarh Administration’s decision for issuing stage carriage permit to the private operators to ply AC buses from Punjab to the city, here on Friday. The union alleged that the notice which was published in the newspapers few days ago, is a violation of the Reorganisation Act, which say that no private bus can operate in the city. The union strongly opposed the scheme. The union also demanded payment of bonus of the CTU workers due for the last three financial years, immediately. 

EVE CELEBRATIONS: The kids of lower classes of Blue Bird Model School, Sector 16, celebrated Gandhi Jayanti and Dusehra, here today. The kids of pre-nursery were wearing fancy dresses. In the end the children burnt the effigy of Ravana and busted crackers. Prizes and participation certificates were also given.Top



BUILDING INAUGURATED: The new sub-tehsil building at Saha was inaugurated by the Sub-divisional Magistrate, Ambala, Mr Satbir Saini. Mr Saini said that a long standing demand of the local people has been met with the construction of the new sub-tehsil building at Saha. “Computerisation, which took place in Ambala city and Ambala cantonment, will soon take place at Brara, Saha and Mullanam,” he said. 

ARRESTED: Paras Nath, a salesman of a gas agency here, was arrested by officials of the Food and Supplies Department for selling LPG cylinders on the black market on Thursday. He was nabbed at Mohana village, about 19 km from here.

KILLED: Joginder Singh of Salarpur Majra village was run over by a train while he was crossing the track near the railway station here on Thursday.

CAR STOLEN: A Maruti car, parked near a restaurant on the G.T. Road, was allegedly stolen on Thursday night. The owner of the car, Vijay, has lodged a complaint at the Murthal police station.

HOSPITALISED: Pooja (11) of Biswan Meel was hospitalised after she took insecticide tablets by mistake instead of medicine on Thursday.

BURNS: Ramesh (32) and his three-year-old son Navin sustained burn injuries when a stove bursted in their house at Mahra village, about 40 km from here, on Thursday. They were taken to Medical College Hospital, Rohtak, where Ramesh succumbed to his injuries.

FOILED: The Rai police foiled an attempt to smuggle a mini-truckload of calves to UP near Jagdishpur village, about 15 km from here, on Thursday. The police arrested four persons, including the truck driver, and impounded the truck. Top


ALLEGED: Mr Dhaniram, of Talwada village has alleged that his 14-year-old son, Amit Kumar, alias Sonu, a student of class IX at Government High School, Kutheda, had died due to the negligence of a doctor at the Community Health Centre, Ghumarwin, on August 5. He has sent a copy of the complaint to the Chief Minister and the Health Minister.

WORKSHOP: A “self-help group” workshop was organised by Agriculture and Rural Development Bank in collaboration with the district Literacy Committee here on Thursday. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Jagdish Chander Sharma, addressed the gathering.

UTSAV: Mr Sanjay Sharma, Assistant Commissioner of Parwanoo said that Parwanoo Utsav will be celebrated on October 6 in the Sector 5 ground along with Dashera on October 7. Mr Sharma added that of this utsav will be made a permanent feature in Parwanoo. It will be celebrated on Ramnaumi every year. Top

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