Monday, October 9, 2000,
 Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


CONDEMNED: Condemning the Tamil Nadu Government for its “lenient” attitude towards Veerappan, Mr Raman Pehalwan, president of the local unit of the Shiv Sena, said on Saturday that strict Army action should be taken against the forest brigand.

CAMP CONCLUDED: The annual camp of 20 Punjab Battalion of the NCC, which was attended by about 450 cadets from the junior and senior division, concluded here on Saturday. The camp was organised at the local Industrial Training Institute and cadets from Bathinda, Muktsar, Faridkot, Mansa, and Sangrur participated.

HELD: Yahoor Khan, a resident of Digripur in Jammu and Kashmir, was arrested for smuggling 9,000 willow bats worth Rs 11 lakh from Srinagar to Jalandhar. About 750 gm charas was also seized from him. A case under Section 379/411 of the IPC and Sections 20, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act was registered on October 3.

CRACKERS BANNED: Mr B Vikram, District Magistrate, has banned the sale, manufacture and storage of fire crackers in the district under Section 144 of the Cr. PC with immediate effect. The order will remain in force till November 30.

MEETING: The DPI (schools) has invited leaders of the Government Classical and Vernacular Teachers’ Union, Punjab, for a meeting on October 11 to discuss the process for implementation of the demands accepted by the Education Minister which include restoring the pay scale parity of art and craft and physical education teachers and creating promotion channel for all teachers.

PADDY CHAFF: A large number of cases of irritation and burning in the eyes have been reported here for the past several days. Dr Sushil Gupta, an eye physician, said here on Sunday that the infection was caused by the burning of paddy chaff.

DIED: Amrik Singh, a conductor of the local Punjab Roadways depot, died of heart failure in a bus on Friday. He was on his way back from Chandigarh. The body was sent for postmortem to the local Civil Hospital on Saturday.

TRIBUTES PAID: Tributes were paid to Lance-Naik Balwinder Singh Malmohri who died fighting in Kargil, last year, on his first death anniversary at a function organised on Saturday at his native village, Malmohri, 10 km from here. Mr Iqbal Singh Malmohri of the Samajwadi Party, SAD leader Harmeet Singh Sandhu, BJP leader Ravinder Kumar and the sarpanch of Naurangabad, Mr Ajit Singh, were among those who paid homage.


CAMP: A hepatitis-B vaccination camp was held at the Markfed head office, Sector 35, by the Markfed Club, here today. Mr D.S Bains, Managing Director, Markfed, announced full reimbursement of the cost of the vaccination doses in case of class IV employees and 50 per cent in case of other employees, stated a press note. The club was formed to undertake welfare activities for the Markfed employees. 

BOOTHS DEMANDED: The Footpath Worker's Rozgar Bachao Samiti, at a meeting decided to celebrate the coming Divali as black Divali if they were not provided with identity cards and permanent booths before the festival. They submitted a memorandum to the local M.P, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal. They also held a demonstration at the Labour Chowk, Sector 20, against the Chandigarh Administration.

MEETING DEMANDED: The Kisan Wing of the Shromani Akali Dal (Amritsar ) has urged the Punjab Government to call an all-party meeting to discuss paddy issue, according to a press note released here today. It said that the situation among the Punjab farmers was becoming volatile as the paddy lying in the mandis is causing frustration among them. The Dal warned that the situation might go out of control. 

ANTI-RAGGING SQUAD: The All India Sikh Students' Federation, in a meeting, here, set up an 'anti ragging' squad consisting of five members. The members are: Mr Satnam Singh, Mr Harbaksh Singh Bhola, Mr Gurbaksh Singh, Mr Rawinder Singh Jolly and Mr Gurdeep Singh Leel. The Federation urged the students to lodge their complaints against ragging through telephone and letters at the address: Mr Manjit Singh Bhuma,282,Nagina Avenue, Majitha Road, Amritsar. 

Sammelan: The 72 nd five-day Shri Harinam Sankirtan Sammelan of 1008 Sidh Yogi Bachan Nath Bachan will be held in Sector 20-A from October 9. Mr Mohan Lal Saini, a member of the organising committee, said a sugar detection camp (on October 9) and an asthma detection camp (on October 13) would also be held. 

TRIBUTES PAID: Rich tributes were paid to Chand Kaur Dhillon, mother of Mr Kewal Dhillon, a leading industrialist, at her antim ardas and bhog ceremony at the Sector 8 Gurdwara here on Sunday. Among those who were present on the occasion were the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the President of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, and bureaucrats, industrialists, and several prominent citizens. 

PRESS MEET: The President of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Mr Avtar Singh Hit, will hold a meet-the-press programme at the Chandigarh Press Club here on Monday at 11 a.m. All the regular and candidate members of the club can attend the programme. 

GURMAT SAMAGAM: A Gurmat kirtan and katha samagam will be organised on October 9 (6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.) and October 10 (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.) at Gurdwara Sahibzada Ajit Singh in Phase 2 here. Among those scheduled to participate in the function will be the well-known katha “vachak”, Giani Sant Singh Maskeen (Alwarwale). 


KILLED: Ramesh, driver of a three-wheeler, was killed when his vehicle collided with another vehicle on the G T Road near Joshi Chauhan village, 15 km from here, on Saturday. A case has been registered in this connection.

ARRESTED: The Kundli police arrested a resident of Nahri village on Saturday with 12 bottles of illicit liquor. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against him.

KILLED: A tempo loaded with bags containing paddy rammed into a shop killing one person on the GT Road near Kundli village, 25 km from here, on Saturday. The victim was identified as Gulshan Kumar. He was sleeping outside a shop when the tempo rammed into him.


NARROW ESCAPE: Mr Rakesh Pathania, local MLA and Vice-Chairman, HP Tourism Development Corporation, had a narrow escape on Saturday when his official car met with an accident. According to information, Mr Pathania, along with his family, was coming from nearby Kopra village after attending a marriage party when the accident occurred.

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