Tuesday, October 31, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


HEPATITIS-B CAMP: The Lions Club (Golden Temple), and the Leo Club organised a hepatitis-B vaccination camp at Baba Deep Singh Ji Charitable Hospital on Sunday. As many as 300 children and adults were vaccinated.

CREMATED: Pritam Singh Bhatia, member, executive body of the SGPC, was cremated at Qadian, 20 km from here, on Saturday. His funeral was well attended.

PULSE POLIO: Members of United Welfare Society visited slum areas to make the residents aware of the pulse polio immunisation drive to be organised on November 5, Dr Jagjit Singh, District Immunisation Officer, said here on Sunday.

MURDER CASE: The district police has registered a criminal case against Nachhattar Singh, Jaswinder Singh and Jasveer Singh for their alleged involvement in the murder of Jagraj Singh of Kotshamir village, 15 km from here. The police sources said Jagraj Singh was attacked by the three accused on October 22. He was admitted to a hospital, where he died on Saturday.

GANG BUSTED: The police busted a gang engaged in illegal felling of mango trees. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, said on Monday that five members of the gang, identified as Pritam Singh of Jogar, Sucha Singh of Sahanpur, Roshan Lal of Daburji, Balraj Singh of Marara and Balbir Singh of Taragarh had been taken into custody and were released after paying a fine of Rs 3,000.

CELEBRATED:  An impressive cultural programme by a Karnal-based group was the highlight of the 3rd anniversary celebrations of a resort, near here, on Sunday night. A large number of residents and industrialists thronged the venue to enjoy themselves in the evening. The children had a gala time as they danced to popular Punjabi folk and pop, and Hindi numbers belted out by the group. The fireworks and Bhangra re-mix continued till late in the night. An added attraction for the visitors was makki ki roti and sarson ka saag.

CLUB MEETING: A general body meeting of the Sutlej Club was held under the presidentship of Mr S.K.Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, at the club lawns, on Sunday. Minutes of the last general body meeting were confirmed and audited balance sheet of the club , for the year 1999-2000, was approved in the meeting. A committee was constituted to decide on the term of the executive committee of the club. The tenure of elected executive committee had also been changed from November - March to April 1 to March 31. Dr Harbans Singh, one of the senior members of the club, made a proposal to honour intelligent children and grandchildren of the club members. The proposal was immediately approved by the president and the members. Mr A.S.Chawla, Secretary of the club, read the secretary's report.

OFFICE-BEARERS: A meeting of the Yuwak Sewa Club, New Simla Puri, held under the presidentship of Mr Fateh Singh, discussed the future programmes for welfare of the youth and development of the locality. Besides others, Chairman of the club, Mr Darshan Singh, Vice- Chairman, Mr Sukhwinder Singh, General Secretary, Mr Shamsher Singh, and treasurer, Mr Harjit Singh, attended the meeting. The following have been elected office-bearers and members of the executive committee, in addition to the existing office- bearers: Senior Vice- President— Mr Dharamjit Singh ;Vice- President— Mr Devinder Singh ;Press Secretary— Mr Gurcharan Singh; Public Relation Secretary— Mr Jaspal Singh . Mr Randhir Singh, Mr Baljinder Singh, Mr Sanjay Kumar and Mr Surjit Singh have been appointed members of executive committee.

MALARIA: The residents of Shakti Nagar and its adjoining localities in the South Model Gram area have complained that the anti-malaria teams of the municipal corporation were neglecting these colonies in the matter of anti-mosquito spray, which is essential to prevent the outbreak of diseases like malaria and dengue. Certain residents alleged that the MC employees were working in a pick and choose manner. They were visiting some parts of the colonies regularly for anti-malaria spray, while the other areas were left uncovered, they said.

SALARIES PAID: Ms A.K. Bansal, Principal, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, said on Monday that the teachers of the college had been paid the salary for all the 26 days during which they had gone on strike in response to a nationwide call. Reacting to reports published in a section of media, she refuted the claims made by some union leaders that the salary had not been paid.

SHOW: To mark the 131st birth anniversary of Jain Acharya Sri Vijay Vallabh Sureeshwar, a light and sound show “Yugvir” on the life of the acharya was held at Sri Atma Nand Jain Senior Secondary School, Daresi Road, on Monday. The show was directed by Mr Sunder Lal Jain with an aim to impart knowledge about the life and achievements of the acharya to the students. Present on the occasion were Mr Y.P. Jain, Principal, Mr Kashmiri Lal Jain, president of the management committee and Sikandar Lal Jain, general secretary.

MUSIC AWARD: Sardul Kwatra,71, has been awarded with the “Millennium Music Award for Punjabi Music” at a function held at California, recently. Sardul has been associated with the film industry since 1946 and got the inspiration of singing from Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Shamshad Begum, Talat Mehmood, Mohinder Kapur and Anuradha Paudwal. He dedicated the award to his friends and music lovers.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: The first annual prize distribution function of the Hakim Abdul Hameed Memorial Welfare Society was held at the Malerkotla Club here on Sunday. Mr H.S. Randhawa, In charge, Vigilance Bureau, Flying Squad Ist, Punjab, was the chief guest.

INJURED: Six persons were injured when a three-wheeler in which they were travelling fell into a canal when they were on their way from Kallarh to Ahmedgarh, 20 km from here, on Sunday. They were admitted to a hospital in Ahmedgarh. They have been identified as Paramjit Kaur, Harpal Kaur, Naseeb Kaur, Maya Devi, Kaka Singh and Gurdev Singh.

LPG CYLINDERS: The police arrested Ashok Kumar of Sukhochak village here for selling LPG cylinders in black market. According to the police, Mr Sanjiv Kumar, in charge, police post, Taragarh, along with Mr Mohinder Pal Singh, Inspector, Food and Supply, conducted a raid on the shop of the suspect at the village and seized six filled and 18 empty LPG cylinders. A case has been registered.

SUMMONED: Mr Karnail Singh, Judicial Magistrate, on a complaint filed by Mr Bir Singh of Gandlan Lahri village here has summoned Mr R.K. Luna, DFO, Mr Chaman Lal, Forest Ranger, and three others for threatening Mr Bir Singh. Mr Bir Singh had complained that the suspect had threatened to destroy his crop and kill him on October 10.

BLANKETS DISTRIBUTED: M/s Indian Autos Industries observed the sixteenth death anniversary of Kirpal Singh Sethi, the founder of the group, by distributing 400 blankets among workers on Saturday. Pritam Singh, SDM, gave away the blankets at a function at KU house.

IMPRISONMENT: The Special Judge, Mr Mohinder Pal Singh, sentenced Wazir Chand, to three years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000. He was caught while accepting a bribe of Rs 5000 from Mr Gurdev Singh Boparai. In another case, Ratan Singh Paker, an ex-postal employee, has been sentenced to one year of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5000 for accepting a bribe of Rs 2000.

VACCINATION CAMP: As many as 1000 persons were vaccinated against hepatitis-B at a camp organised by the Tarn Taran Employees Welfare Society in association with Guru Amar Das Mission Hospital, Goindwal Sahib, here on Saturday.



TYPEWRITING COURSE: The Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, Panjab University, launched a six - month vocational course in English typewriting at Vocational Centre, PGI, for economically weaker section of the society, on Monday. A batch of 30 persons would benefited from the course. Dr Ajaib Singh, Director of the Department, said it had planned with an objective to providing working skill in typewriting to the learners.

RESEARCH PAPERS: Published and unpublished research papers have been invited for ‘Young Population Geographer of the Year Award’ and a cash prize of Rs 5,000, by the Association of Population Geographers of India. The papers should reach the Department of Geography, Panjab University by December 31. This was stated by Prof. (Mrs) Swarnjit Mehta, Senior Joint Secretary of the association.

AWARENESS PROGRAMME: The State Bank of India, PR and CSB department, would observe a week long Vigilance Awareness Programme from Tuesday. The programme will begin at 11 am at the local head office, Sector 17, with a pledge by all the members of the staff. The pledge will be administered by the Chief General Manager. The programme is observed as per the guidelines received from the Central Vigilance Commission, through the Corporate Centre, Mumbai.

STRIKE: The chain hunger strike of the Punwire Employees Co-ordination Committee, entered its 133rd day, here on Monday. The main demands of the agitating employees include, release of Rs 50 crore sanctioned by Punjab Government to revive Punwire, release of 19 months pending salary of the employees and a CBI enquiry into the affairs of Punwire. Mr Hans Raj Verma, convener of the committee, warned that if their demands are not met at the earliest, the members of the committee would sit on hunger strike in large number, which would last unto their death.

VIKAS PARV: The Mother India Welfare Society, in association with Chandigarh Social Welfare Advisory Board, will celebrate Vikas Parv- 2000 — a special day for senior citizens at Old Age Home, at 12 noon, on Tuesday. The children would spend time with the elders by organising a variety show.

RALLY: The U T Building Maintenance Workers Union, held a gate meeting and rally at Maintenance Booth C - 6. All the speakers at the rally, appealed to the workers to participate in the dharna to be organised by the Federation of U.T Employees and Workers on November 14. The main demands of the workers include grant of bonus for three years, regularisation of daily wage workers and filling of vacant posts.

TV SERIAL: A TV serial on the Central Bureau of Investigation, to be directed by Prof. P S Nirol and produced by Mr P.S. Kamal, was inaugurated on Monday here. Mr Joginder Singh, former director of CBI will play the host. This was announced by Mr P. S Kamal of Kamal Arts Pvt. Ltd., here in a press note. The regular shooting of the serial will start in November.

ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION: A two-week regional programme on ‘Integrating Environmental Education in Programmes of Technical Education and Training’ commenced, at the TTTI, here on Monday. The programme is being jointly organised by the Technical Teachers Training Institute, Chandigarh and the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technical Education, Manila, Philippines. 20 participants from Maldives, Korea, Myanmar Philippines, Fiji, Indonesia, Papua Guinea, Bangladesh and Pakistan are participating in it. While inaugurating the programme, Dr R P Vajpayee, Director CSIO, emphasised on the need to adopt integrated approach to control environment degradation. Mr S D Patki, Consultant, CPSC Manila spoke about the importance of integrating environment education in technical education.

ROAD SAFETY:  Cartoon and other films on safe driving will be screened on Tuesday during a road safety awareness programme for the students of a Mohali school. The students will also be taken around an exhibition on road safety, besides being provided with practical traffic training on cycles at the Sector 23 Children Traffic Park. A lecture on road safety will also be delivered.

CONVENTION: The 15th convention of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers would be held from November 2 to 4 at the Department of Physics, Panjab University. Many top physicists of the country are expected to take part in the convention. This was stated in a press note by Mr Rajiv K Puri, lecturer at the Department of Physics, PU.


QUILTS BURNT: The police is initiating an inquiry into a complaint made by office-bearers of the Tehsil Kot-Uddu Biradari against two youths who had burnt quilts stored in a room of the Biradari’s building at Kalyan Nagar area here on Divali night. It is alleged that the duo had thrown burning crackers in the store room after first breaking the window.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The Kharkhauda police intercepted a Maruti car carrying liquor near Khurampur village, 25 km from here, on Sunday night and arrested two youths, Rajpal of Bhowapur village and Suner of the city, in this connection. According to a report, the police, during search operations, seized 20 boxes of liquor from the car.

POWER FAILURE: The city remained in darkness for more than two hours following a power breakdown due to a defect in the 132 KV grid power sub-station at Fazilpur, 3 km from here, on Sunday evening.

EYE CAMP: The Suman Dharmarth Dispensary organised a free eye camp on the premises of Shri Hanuman Mandir in Kalyan Nagar here on Sunday. More than 400 patients were examined and 125 operated upon.


ROADS’ CONSTRUCTION: The Himachal Government will spend Rs 14.50 crore on the construction of roads and bridges in this district during the current financial year, the Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr jagat Prakash nadda, said at Talyana, 45 km from here, on Sunday.

DONATED: The staff of Korinns Hotel, Barog, 4 km from here, donated Rs 4,062 to the Chief Minister Relief Fund for the Sutlej flood-affected.

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