Friday, November 3, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


DECISION DEFERRED: The local Municipal Council has deferred the resolution for giving octroi collection on contract. The council’s meeting convened to consider proposals for the purpose was adjourned without a discussion on the issue, said Mr Satish Narang, vice-president of the council.

PUBLIC DEALINGS: The SDM, Ambala, Mr Satbir Singh Saini, has said that on every Tuesday, he along with Deputy Superintendent of Police will be listening to the grievances of people at the sub-tehsil office at Ambala cantonment from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the last day of the week, he would be available to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at his office. He said that all employees of his office would be available for public dealings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day and then do their office work, a release said.

GESTURE: HelpAge India, an organisation working nationwide for the welfare of the needy old, released a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to Philadelphia Hospital, Ambala city. According to Mr Bhavneshwar Sharma, senior executive officer, HelpAge India, the project of Philadelphia Hospital has taken up to Rs 2 lakh towards the eye care programme of the elderly. On the occasion, the cheque was released by Sister M Tara, Principal of Convent of Jesus and Mary School, Ambala, and handed over to Dr Deepti Sadiq, Director, Philadelphia Hospital, a release said.

BODY FOUND: The body of a youth was found near Fadouli village, 10 km from here, on Thursday. The deceased had been identified as Sanjiv Kumar, a resident of Ambala Cantonment. According to police sources Sanjiv was a former employee of the Punjab Government Railway Police. He had left his home last evening. The body was brought to Civil Hospital at Ambala Cantonment for postmortem. The police has registered a case. No clue has been found so far in this regard.

NCC CAMP: The annual training camp of NCC cadets of the 1 Punjab Battalion, NCC, Amritsar, commenced at Government ITI, Lopoke on Wednesday . Three officers, 10 ANO’s and 375 NCC cadets are attending the camp, said Lt-Col Ravinder Singh, Camp Commandant.

VOCATIONAL AWARDS: The Rotary Club of Amritsar (Cantt) presented vocational service awards to four outstanding professionals for excelling in their respective fields. The awardees included DIG (Border Range) Jasminder Singh, Joint Commissioner (Income Tax) V.K. Saksena, Assistant Professor (Blood Bank) Dr Swami Sharan Sharma, and a Senior Lecturer of Music at Guru Nanak Dev University, Ms Tejinder Adda. The Inspector General of Police (Zonal), Mr Bakshi Ram, presented the awards.

SEMINAR HELD: A seminar on “Opportunities in Internet Technology” was organised by the BBK DAV College for Women in collaboration with the Rotary Club here on Tuesday. Mr S.J.S. Pall, Income Tax Commissioner, presided over the function.

LITERARY AWARD: The seventh Puran Singh Hunar Award will be presented to Denmark-based Punjabi poet S.S. parwana on November 7 at the local Guru Teg Bahadur College for Women. This was stated here by Dr Kulbir Singh Kang, president of the Sahit Vichar Kendra.

CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR: Scholastic India, a subsidiary of the Scholastic Corporation of USA is organising a children’s book fair here. The book fair, being held at Deep International will remain open till Sunday.

PROTEST MARCH: College teachers serving in government-aided colleges of Sangrur district will hold a protest march here on November 14 after proceeding on a mass casual leave to press the Punjab Government to redress their grievances. This was stated by Prof Rakesh Jindal, district president of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union here on Wednesday.

POWER GENERATION: Even as two units of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) have completed their life span, the plant produced 2389 lakh units in October. Mr U.S. Lucky, Chief Engineer, GNDTP, in a press note issued here on Wednesday said the production was a record since the inception of the plant.

ARRESTED: The police arrested Kanta and her mother Ramwati, residents of Ram Colony Camp on Tuesday for allegedly throwing a newly-born baby in a forest on October 27. This was stated in a press note issued by Mr R.P. Mittal, SSP, here on Wednesday.

24 CARS IMPOUNDED: To check the plying of private cars as taxis without permit, a raid was conducted at the local bus stand by Mr Gurmit Singh, District Transport Officer, and Mr Baldev Singh Dhaliwal, DSP on Wednesday. They impounded 24 cars being plied as taxis.

LEGAL SERVICE DAY: The District Legal Services Authority will observe November 9 as Legal Services Day. This was stated by Mr Gurdev Singh, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman of the District Legal Services Authority.

VIGILANCE WEEK: The employees of Punjab and Sind Bank took a pledge to eradicate corruption and to work with integrity and transparency at a function organised at the zonal office of the bank here on Thursday. The function was part of a vigilance awareness week being observed by the bank from October 31 to November 4. The Chief Manager, Mr G.S. Saluja, administered the oath to the employees. According to Mr Saluja, the bank management would endeavour to educate the customers and motivate the employees to deal in a scrupulous manner and bring transparency in the functioning. The messages received from the Central Vigilance Commissioner and the Vigilance Commissioner were read out on this occasion. 

TREATMENT: A joint deputation of the Schedules Castes and Backward Classes Employees Coordination Committee, Punjab, and the SC/BC Employees Union, Punjab, led by Mr Gurmel Singh Chandharh and Mr Mulaggar Singh, met the Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes met Mr Dalip Singh Bhuria at Circuit House here and submitted a memorandum alleging unjust treatment meted out by the state government. The Chairman was told that the Dalit sections were being perpetually discriminated against by the government in transfers, reversions, refusal of promotions despite backlog and non-payment of scholarships to Dalit students. Mr Bhuria and a member of the commission, Mr Harinder Singh Khalsa, assured the deputationists that the matter would be taken up with the government at the appropriate level. 

RUHANI SATSANG: Under the instructions of Maharaj Kamal Bir, the successor of the Ruhani Satsang Prem Samaj, the following were elected Presidents of the central committee and other branches in the presence of observers: central committee: Ludhiana — Dr Bir Hans, Abohar — Mr G.S. Mittal, Amritsar — Mr Ramesh Beri, Bankhandi — Mr Parshottam Chand, Bathinda — Mr Pritpal Sethi, Bijhri — Mr Daya Ram, Delhi — Mrs Neelam Kohli, Dharamsala — Mr Manmohan Sharma, Fazilka — Mr Jatinder Wadhwa, Jagraon — Mr Ved Parkash Garg, Jalandhar — Mr Boota Ram, Jalandhar (West) — Mr Ramesh Wadhwa, Jwalaji — Mr Om Parkash Sharma, Jwalamukhi Road — Mr Rattan Chand, Kapurthala — Mr Vijay Kumar Phul, Karnal — Mr Ashok Pahwa, Malout — Mr Ajay Kumar, Moga — Mr Raj Kumar Monga, Pathankot — Mr Daljit Singh, Phagwara — Mr Raman Sudhir, Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali — Mr Vijay Kumar Nagpal, Pinjore — Mr Dharam Singh Verma, Sohawara Kalan — Mr Sat Pal, Rohtak — Mr Gurbaksh Bajaj. 

OBSERVES: The district unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) observed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti at a special meeting of the party held here on Wednesday. Party activists offered floral tributes to the first Home Minister of India, popularly known as the Iron Man. Speaking on the occasion, the district President of the NCP, Mr Rashpal Singh Gill, said that it was the determination, farsightedness and diplomacy of the then Home Minister that the country divided in small states at the time of partition was unified into a cohesive and integrated nation which later went on to become one of the largest democracies in the world. The Senior Vice-President of the district unit, Mr Ramesh Nanchahal, the Vice-President, Mr Balbir Aggarwal, and the General Secretary, Mr Ashok Khullar, also addressed the meeting. 

LAUNCH: The Nehru Sidhant Manch will launch a campaign against opportunism, defection and corruption, both in political and social life, on November 14, the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. This was decided at a meeting of the district committee members and conveners of the assembly segments of the manch held under the presidentship of Wg Cdr Paramjit Singh Sibia (retd). According to the manch convener, Mr Piara Singh Dhillon, a committee comprising Mr Mewa Singh Kular, Mr Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Mr Om Parkash Angrish, councillor, Mr Inderjit Jhanji, Mr Mohinder Singh Kalyan, former MP, Mr Harnek Singh Mangewal and Mr Dharamjit Singh Khera has been set up to finalise the programme for the campaign. He said in a function to mark the birthday of Pandit Nehru that the manch would distribute free stationery and exercise books among poor students on November 14. 

WORKSHOP: A one-day workshop on effective science teaching was held at Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Park. Nearly 65 teachers from 26 schools of the city participated in the workshop. 

TEST: Top Career and You, a career counselling centre, organised its second mock CAT test at SD Government College here. Nearly 100 candidates from various parts of Punjab took the test which was conducted under simulated conditions of the real mock test, told Mr Kamal Wadhera, director of the centre. 

ASTROLOGY: An all-India millennium meet of astrologers is being organised by the Aryavart Jyotirvigyan Sanstha for the first time in Ludhiana on Nov 4 and 5, at Guru Nanak Dev Bhavan. This was disclosed at a press conference by the chairman of the Sanstha, Prof Mohan, here on Wednesday. Mr Suresh Atray, President of the Sanstha, said that astrologers like Pandit Madan Lal Rajasthani (Good Morning India and Star Plus), Mr Ajay Bhambhi (Jain TV), Pandit Prakash Bharadwaj (ETC TV), Mr Bejan Daruwala (Ahmedabad) and many more would share their feed back analysis with participants and dwell upon various aspects of this art which is also a science. Honours would be conferred on those who had made a significant contribution to this field. The horoscopes and palms of the general public would be analysed during the meet by the astrologers and consultants. The meet will be inaugurated by Jagad Guru Shankracharya. 

DEMANDED: A delegation of cooking-gas cylinder consumers submitted a memorandum to the district administration demanding that the cylinders should be issued only after ascertaining their weight. They complained that the cylinders were often found to be underweight by the consumers.

INAUGURATED: The Punjab Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, on Wednesday inaugurated the building of a primary school here. The building has been constructed at a cost of Rs 4 lakh, according to press note.

PULSE POLIO: A meeting of medical officers of the Bhadson block was held under the chairmanship of Dr Ardaman Singh, SMO, regarding the pulse-polio camps to be held here on November 5 and December 10 this year and January 21 next year. The SMO said 99 camps would be organised in the block.

HELD: Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, in a press note issued here on Wednesday, said the police had arrested Jagdish Kaur of Barnala Kalan village in connection with the death of Kamlesh wife of Jasvir on Monday. Kamlesh was a tenant of Jagdish Kaur.

WORKSHOP HELD: The Punjab branch of the Trained Nurses Association of India, in collaboration with Guru Nanak college of Nursing Dhahan Kaleran, organised a 10-day workshop on “Educational Technology and Management” at the nursing college. The participants were given certificates on the concluding function.

AWARENESS RUN: The Punjab State Electricity Board on Wednesday organised an awareness race under its run for power programme at the head office on The Mall here. The race was flagged off by Gurcharan Singh Sohal, Chairman of the board. Around 2500 officers and the workers of the board participated in the run. The participants wore T-shirts bearing save-power slogans. Pamphlets and other written material referring to the power saving was distributed among the general public. The rally dispersed at the head office after rallying in the important areas of the city. The rally was organised under the guidance of Mr G.S. Hara.

SEEK BETTER DEAL: Mr Balbir Singh Negi, president Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, Patiala, in a press release said that the fixed pay of Rs 1950 for the unorganised and unskilled labour had become an ugly joke as it is yet to be implemented by the Labour Department of Punjab Government. The Government had deceived the unskilled labour. Mr Negi said unlike the earlier governments who paid the workers through cheques the present government was paying them in cash depicting that it is interested in promoting bribery and corruption. Mr Negi demanded that all those workers who have served in government and semi government offices for 240 days at a stretch should be absorbed permanently and unconditionally. All workers should be given a 12.5 per cent bonus. A pension scheme should be there for the recognised engineers.

RALLY: The Punjab Draughtsmen Association, Patiala, on Thursday held a rally protesting against the step motherly treatment imparted to it by the Punjab government. The rally demonstrated in front of the office of the Head Engineer, Public Development Department, and Head Engineer, Public Health Department.

DRDA MEETING: The District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) will arrange loans amounting to Rs 217 crore and provide a subsidy worth Rs 30 lakh to 14 self-help groups and 700 individuals in the district by the end of the current financial year. This was decided at a meeting of the governing body of the DRDA held under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Mr G.S. Grewal.


FREE SHOW:, the youth site for Chandigarh is organising a free show for the movie, ‘Mohabbatein’ for its registered users. In order to avail the offer the users have to fill in a simple form online giving their particulars. The tickets would be given away on a ‘first come first serve’ basis. According to Mr Akhil Verma, the Chief Executive Officer of the dotcom company, a fresh and young look to the structure of the site had already been given. He claims that his site was getting more than 20,000 hits daily. The CEO also claims that very soon the site would offer an online game show exclusively for the city residents. He promised to add many more online and offline events on the site for the city youth.

BEREAVED: Subhadra Devi, wife of late lajpat Rai palli, former president of the Patiala District Bar Association and the mother of Judge P.K Palli died at Patiala a few days ago. She was 86. The bhog ceremony will be held at Chiranjeev Ashram, Patiala, on November 5.

LECTURE ORGANISED : A lecture on personality development and character building was organised by the NSS unit of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, in which about 150 students participated, here on Thursday. A course on personality development was also started in the college. It would consist of a package of 12 to 15 lectures on ‘ethical values, moral values, character building and personality development’. The lecture was organised under the leadership of Dr Om Kumari Patial and Mr G.S. Gill, NSS programme officers of the college.

MEETING HELD: An emergency meeting of the National Christian Front was held under the chairperson, Ms Usha Sidhu, of the National Christian United Front, here on Thursday. In the meeting the front condemned the RSS and VHP activists who disturbed and interrupted the religious convention of Brother Dena Karan and his team at Chandigarh Prayer Festival 2000, yesterday. This was stated in a press release here.

AWARENESS WEEK: As a part of the ongoing celebrations of ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’ by the Central Vigilance Commission, a pledge was signed and an oath was administered to all the conveners of the Consumers Forum Chandigarh. The oath was administered by Mr S Jaidev Singh, Chairman of the forum. He stressed that by making it a continuous process, every effort should be made for eradication of corruption. Meanwhile, a declamation contest in English and Hindi was organised at the Kendriya Vidyalaya No 2, 3 - BRD, to mark the Vigilance Awareness Week, here on Thursday.

DHARNA: The Super Bazar Employees Joint Action Committee, held a dharna to protest against the decision of Chandigarh Administration to close down all the Super Bazar outlets and terminate the services of all the employees, at its headquarter, Sector 22, here on Thursday. Mr Khem Singh, president of the committee, strongly condemned the Administration’s decision to terminate the services of the employees, who had been working for the last 25 to 30 years. This was stated by Mr Kawaljit Singh, general secretary of the committee, in a press note.

CYCLE RALLY: The Rotaract and Rotary clubs of Panchkula will organise a cycle rally ‘Polio Plus Hungama’ for school students to spread awareness about Polio Immunization, here on Friday. The rally would be flagged off by the Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, from Red Bishop, Sector 1 at 8:15 a.m.. The children will be carrying placards displaying slogans on polio eradication. The best slogans will be awarded. As many as 900 students from 15 schools are expected to participate in the rally. The rally will end at Parade Ground, Sector 5.

SECURITY MEASURES: The Panchkula Welfare Association, Sector 8, had expressed concern over the increasing incidents of chain snatching in the town. Mr R.P. Malhotra, president of the association, suggested some steps to check the incidents: regularisation of the entry of the migrant labourers and issue them I-cards, proper implementation of laws by the respective state governments to check the unplanned and unauthorised colonies, welfare associations and NGOs should be involved in the community policing, planning of walled Sectors and Sector blocks and various social and group activities should be encouraged and organised to have strong neighbourhood relations to make it easier to identify the strangers in the localities.


SELF-EMPLOYMENT: The Haryana Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation has distributed Rs 39.23 lakh for self-employment schemes during the current financial year. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anand, here on Wednesday.

FOUNDATION STONE: The Chief Minister, Mr O.P. Chautala, laid the foundation stone of a multipurpose gymnasium hall at the local Maharaja Aggarsain Girls School. He also announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh from his discretionary quota for the project.

ONE KILLED: One person was killed and five were injured when a jeep carrying them overturned on the Sonepat-Rohtak road near Jharoti village, about 10 km from here, on Wednesday. The deceased was later identified as Abdul Sattar. The injured were hospitalised and were stated to be out of danger.

SUICIDE BY COUPLE: A young housewife reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself with a rope in her house at Mahmoodpur village in the district on Wednesday. Later, her husband also committed suicide by jumping before a train.

PICK-POCKETING: Two cases of pick-pocketing were reported at the local railway station on Wednesday. The victims alleged that the Railway police declined to register FIRs in this connection.

EYE CAMP: An eye operation camp was organised by the management of the Atlas Cycle Industries here on Wednesday. More than 250 patients were treated and 65 operated upon by Dr B.N. Khanna, a Delhi-based eye surgeon.

GARMENTS DISTRIBUTED: Mr Padam Singh Dahiya, MLA, distributed woollen garments among about 200 students of various educational institutions on behalf of the Sarvjatiya Vikas Manch at a function organised here on Wednesday.

OLD-AGE PENSION: A grant of Rs 10.96 crore has been allocated by the state government for the disbursement of old-age pension in the district for the current financial year. This was stated by Mr Rajiv Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, here on Wednesday.


PARTY ELECTION: The district president of the Himachal Vikas Congress, Major Shivram Sharma, has declared the election schedule for all four constituency units of the party in the district.

CLEANLINESS DRIVE: The subdivisional authorities observed Environment Cleanliness Day here on Wednesday and cleared some parts of the town of polythene bags with the help of school and college students. They also held a rally to create awareness regarding environmental cleanliness.

PROHIBITED: The Deputy Commissioner, Sirmaur, Mr Rakesh Kaushal, has prohibited the carrying of firearms, lethal weapons and explosive material within the limits of Dadahu, Khala Kiar Mela panchayats from November 6 to November 11. The orders have been issued to ensure peaceful conduct of the Renuka Fair.

KISAN SAMMELAN: A three-day kisan sammelan organised by the State Department of Science, Technology and Environment concluded, at Rey, a remote village of jawali subdivision, on Wednesday. Mr Rajan Sushant, Minister for Revenue, Science and Technology, presided over the function.

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