Saturday, November 4, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


SEMINAR: The District Legal Services Authority will organise a seminar on legal awareness at the local Sessions Courts complex on November 9. This was stated by Mr V.B. Handa, District and Sessions Judge, on Thursday.

INAUGURATED: Mr Gobind Singh Longowal, Punjab Minister of State for Irrigation inaugurated a building complex of the Community Health Centre, Dhanaula, about 10 km from here on Thursday. The centre has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 1.12 crore by the Punjab Health Systems Corporation.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of the Punjab Pradesh Nationalist Congress Party: president — Mr Radhey Sham, and senior-vice-president — Mr Manohar Lal Sharma.

KILLED: Sukhmander Singh, an employee of the Animal Husbandry Department, was killed when his scooter was hit by a truck on the Goniana road, near here, on Thursday. He was taken to civil Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. A case has been registered.

ORGANISED: The Rotary Club of Hoshiarpur Midtown organised a seminar on “Declining Standards of Morality in Public Life: Challenges Ahead” at the Services Club here on Thursday. Mr Iqbal Singh, Deputy Commissioner, was the chief guest.

SEMINARS: Seminars would be organised at the district and sessions court complex in the city and at subdivision judicial court complexes at Jagraon, Khanna and Samrala on Nov 9 to observe ‘legal services day’. Giving details, the district and sessions judge Mr. S.S. Arora informed that all the associate members and nominated members of the district legal services authority and at the subdivision level, besides lawyers and litigant public would be involved in the celebrations to create awareness among the people about their legal rights as well as legal aid programmes being pursued in the state. 

PENSION: The Shiv Sena will distribute widow pension at a function to be held on November 12 at Mahavir Mandir in Gur Mandi here. Stating this, the Shiv Sena Beopar Cell president, Mr Sunil Tangri and vice-president, Mr Kailash Komal have said that under the scheme, food grain and other items of daily use would be distributed. A lucky draw would also be taken out at this occasion and the winner would get clothes and household articles worth Rs 1000. 

Prohibitory orders: The district magistrate, Mr S.K.Sandhu has prohibited use of vehicles in military colours, painting motor cycles in bright yellow colour and use of BSF, army and police uniforms by members of general public in the district. Separate orders issued under section 144 of the crpc to this effect will remain in force till December 23, 2000. 

FLAYED: Anti-pollution and welfare association in New Janta Nagar and Simla Puri has flayed the slow pace of development work in the localities of Ward No. 30 in the city. Mr Sher Singh, president of the association, has said that the work relating to laying of the water supply was completed almost three months ago but the water connections to residents were yet to be released. The streets and road dug out for laying main water pipes were also not relaid during this period, which was causing great hardship to the residents. The ongoing work for widening of the Gill Road and the construction of flyover on Dhuri railway line had become a permanent traffic bottleneck. 

contest: More than 45 students of the Home Science Department of the Khalsa College for Women, Ghumar Mandi, took part in an embroidery contest organised by Vardhaman. The first prize went to Jagdeep Brar, while Ruby Gupta and Namita Jain were declared second and third, respectively. Consolation prizes were given to Tamana Sood, Nidhi Jain, Shipra Jain, Shilpa Sachdeva and Nidhi Jain. Mr C.B. Sharma, senior sales manager of the company, and Ms Mohindra of the Home Science Department of the college gave away the prizes to the students. 

eye-operation camp: More than 290 persons, were examined for eye diseases, refraction was performed on 60 patients and 16 patients were operated upon for the removal of cataract at a free camp organised by the Nishkam Sewa Ashram. Free medicines were distributed and free lodging arrangement was made for the patients and their attendants. Besides, free cloth for school uniforms was presented by the organisation to about 20 students of Government Senior Secondary School at Pir Saluhi. 

Painting competition: An on-the-spot painting competition was organised in Guru Teg Bahadur Public School on Noorwala Road here on Friday. All students of the school participated in the contest. Later, an art and craft exhibition was also held which was inaugurated by Mr Baldev Singh, Sarpanch of the village. Ms Manoj Khosla, Principal of the school, gave away the prizes. 

inaugurated: A computer centre was inaugurated in Guru Teg Bahadur Public School, on Noorwala Road by Mr Harbhajan Singh Sandhu, Administrator of the Baba Isher Singh Education Trust, here on Friday. New multimedia computers with the Internet connection had been installed, in the school said Ms Manoj Khosla, Principal of the school. 

DIED: An educationist and bureaucrat, Mr Sunder Singh, (85) died of heart failure here on Friday morning. He was deputy commissioner of Ludhiana from April 1967 to April 1968. Earlier, he was principal of Khalsa College, Amritsar, for a long time, where he left his mark, both as an educationist and an administrator. His father, late Mr Jodh Singh, was the vice-chancellor of Panjab University. A founder member of the Guru Nanak Bhavan Committee, Mr Sunder Singh had been taking keen interest in construction of Guru Nanak Bhavan, an air-conditioned auditorium, the first of its kind in the city. The deputy commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, who also heads the committee, has condoled his death, describing him as an able and experienced administrator. A meeting of the committee, adopted a resolution, condoling his death and put on record the contribution made by him in the construction of Guru Nanak Bhavan. 

MEETING HELD: A monthly meeting and training camp of farmers was held in Bhamon Kalan village , with the help of the Agricultural Department, Ludhiana, Department of Extention Education (PAU), Ludhiana and the Kisan Club. Addressing farmers, Mr Gurcharan Singh Rajajung, District Agricultural Officer, said that farmers should adopt new methods of cropping. The importance of dairy farming and animal husbandry was also stressed. The former Punjab Agriculture Minister, Mr Rattan Singh, was the chief guest. He expressed concern about the present position of farmers in Punjab. 

NOMINATION PAPERS: Five candidates have filed their nomination papers for the election of the Municipal Councillor from ward no 9 to be held on November 12. This was stated by Gurloveleen Singh Sidhu, SDM, here on Friday.

EYE CAMP: The Rotary Club here will organise an eye camp on Sunday at Kali Mata Mandir. Mr Jatinder Kumar Singla, secretary of the club, said a team of eye specialists from Patiala would examine the patients and medicines would be provided free of cost.

PROTEST: Employees of Cooperative Bank, Baghapurana town, about 15 km from here, wore black badges on Thursday in protest against the management for not accepting their long-standing demands. Their demands include payment of dearness allowance, overtime allowance and pending arrears.

MELA ORGANISED: The local Ustad Sardar Mohammad Trust organised a “sabhyacharak mela” to commemorate Ustad Sardar Mohammad at Nurpur village, about 15 km from here, on Thursday. Mr Swarna Ram, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, inaugurated the mela.

GOLD BISCUITS: Mr Inderjit Singh, Intelligence Officer at the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Amritsar, on Thursday arrested Baldev Singh of New Delhi and recovered 21 gold biscuits from his possession. The suspect was remanded in judicial custody.

PULSE POLIO: More than 1,80,000 children will be administered two additional polio doses by 760 teams in 601 booths in Kapurthala district on November 5. This was stated by Mr V.K. Singh, Deputy Commissioner, on Thursday.

DIED: An electricity board employee, Pardeep Kumar, succumbed to his burn injuries at a hospital in Ludhiana on Wednesday. He had sustained burns while working on a transformer.

SEMINAR: A seminar was held at the National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) office, Nangal, on Thursday in connection with the ongoing vigilance awareness week. Mr H.C. Khurana, acting General Manager of the NFL, addressed the gathering.

LATHI CHARGE: The police resorted to a lathi charge to disperse an irate crowd outside a cinema house on the old DC road here on Thursday. People were enraged over not being allowed to enter the cinema hall where a fashion show was to be held. The show was later cancelled.

DENTAL CAMP: A 15-day dental camp, organised by Lions Club Sangrur Greater in collaboration with the district health authorities (Dental), began here on Thursday. Around 150 patients were examined on the first day of the camp. The camp, inaugurated by Mr Ashok Garg, president of the club, will continue till November 16.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among telephone subscribers as hundreds of faulty telephone sets are not being repaired for the past more than one-and-a-half months. According to the sources in the Telecom Department, more than 200 faulty sets are lying in the exchange here, awaiting repairs.


DEATH MOURNED: Mr P.C. Puri, president , Chandigarh District Congress Committee and the general secretary, Mr B.P. Parkash Bhargawa on Friday, mourned the demise of S. Gurdial Singh , retd IGP , Punjab, by joining in the funeral procession. Mr Puri also conveyed his sincere condolences to his family members. Meanwhile, the Principal, P.S. Sangha, staff and students of Shri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, held a condolence meeting in the college to mourn the death of S. Gurdial Singh, IG of Punjab who was the founder member and ex vice-president of the Sikh Educational Society which runs 5 more educational institutions in addition to Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh. 

WORKSHOP: Jan Sikshan Sansthan, Chandigarh in collaboration with the Central Board of Workers Education, organised a two-day workshop from Thursday to Friday for the general awareness of the weaker sections of society at Palsaura village. About 40 women belonging to the weaker sections of society, living in Palsaura village and Palsaura colony were enrolled for this training programme. The resource persons invited for the programme were Mr J.P. Phogat, Dr Naresh Anand, Mr S.K. Shorie and Ms Sarla Wadhwa. 

NAGRIK SABHA: Mr Chaman Lal Sharma, president, Amarjit Singh Sethi, general secretary, and Tejbans Singh Jauhar, Secretary of Chandigarh Nagrik Sabha on Friday, congratulated the Administrator, UT for his bold decision to sell or allot future residential plot on free hold basis. While complementing the Administration for this right decision , these leaders also called upon the administration to ease the rules for conversion for present lease hold residential property into free hold and demanded that all residential plots irrespective of ceiling of 500 sq mt be allowed to be converted into freehold. 

DEMANDS: The working committee meeting of the federation of U.T. Employees and Workers, Chandigarh, took place on Friday to discuss the various pending demand of the employees which include release of bonus for the year 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000 demand to stop the move of privatisation of electricity, transport, CITCO and closure of Super Bazar, filling up vacant posts, creation of additional posts, grant of D A, HRA, CCA to the daily wagers, offer of appointment to the next of kin of deceased employees. 

MEETING: The T Building Maintenance Workers Union held a gate meeting and rally at the maintenance booth, Sector 20, Chandigarh in support of their genuine, long pending demands of grant of bonus to U.T. employees, grant of technical scale to the building staff, filling up vacant posts, regularisation of daily wage workers and implementing the decision of the Supreme Court. The rally was addressed by Mr Bal Krishan, president of U.T. employees. 

OATH TAKEN: To celebrate anti-corruption week a function was held at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh. The college principal, Mrs Vijay Lakshmi administered the oath to the students for ending corruption. Paper reading contest was also organised. The function was organised by the college NCC department under the guidance of Capt Rajinder Aulakh, lecturer of Geography. 

DONATED: The Lions Club has donated wheelchairs along with sewing machines to handicapped persons to make them economically independent. The service prospects have been done on the official visit of district governor 321-F , Mr N.K. Grover, of the club. The club has attained the 18th position among the ladies’ clubs. 

BOOKER PRIZE: British Library has included in its collection the six short listed titles for the Booker Prize which is going to take place on November 7 this year. The nominees for the prize this year are — The Disposition of Father Mc Greevy by Brian O’ Doherty, The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi, The Keepers of Truth by Michael Collins, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, English Passengers by Mathew Kneale and When We Were Orphans by Kuzuo Ishiguro. To popularise the books the British Library has organised a contest called Guess the Booker Prize Winner Contest’’ the contestants are to fill up a form guessing the name of the book likely to win the booker this year. The contest is open till November 7. 

JAMADAR UNION: A general meeting of the Sanitary Jamadar Union Health Department, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh was held under the presidentship of Mr Nakli Ram. Mr Dhanna Ram was appointed as chairman, Mr Jiya Lal as President and other office bearers were also elected. 

SEMINAR: All the preparations for the national level seminar of the Democratic Youth Federation of India have been completed. Mr Sukhwinder Singh Sekhon, state president of the organisation said this was for the first time that after 20 years of the formation of the federation, the opportunity to hold such a national level function had been given to the state of Punjab. 


NAGAR PALIKA: A gate meeting of the local unit of the Nagar Palika Karamchari Sangh, Haryana was held at Ambala Sadar under the leadership of its president, Mr Chaman Lal. The meeting was held in protest against the “anti-government” policies of the government and also to criticise the delay in payment of salaries to the municipal council employees. They demanded that their grievances should be redressed at the earliest. Among others, Mr Prem Chand, Mr Jai Bhagwan Sharma and Mr Amarjeet Singh were present at the meeting. 

LEADERSHIP: A special talk on “Leadership key to success” will be delivered by Dr Desh Bandhu, Principal, S.D. College, Ambala Cantonment at AIMT on November 6, Monday. Dr D.P. Asija, Principal, Sohan Lal College of Education will also deliver a speech on the topic ‘Your signature and your personality. 

PLUSE POLIO: The Rotary Club organised a pulse polio awareness rally at Ambala Cantonment on Friday. Besides the members of the Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club around 1,000 students took part in the rally. The students carrying banners and posters related to pulse polio campaign. 

OFFICE SHIFTED: Several offices of the district administration, including the office of the Deputy Commissioner, the Subdivisional Officer (Civil) and the District Revenue Officer, have been shifted from Sector 12 to Sector 21-C here.

NOMINATED: Mr Sunil Sachdeva, a local journalist and secretary of the Haryana Patrakar Sangh, has been nominated member of the Telephone Advisory Committee.

SENTENCED: Additional District and Sessions Judge J.B. Sharma on Thursday sentenced Harjit Singh of Sirsa to 10 years’ imprisonment for selling opium. The judge also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on him. The Hisar police had recovered 50 gm opium from the accused at the local bus stand two years ago. He was prosecuted under the NDPS Act.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested Chanda Singh, alias Mam Chand, of Roshanpur Jhuggian in Patiala district in connection with the theft of a truck. The truck has also been recovered by the police.

APPEALED: The Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Jyoti Arora, has appealed to the farmers to get certified seed only through the government agencies. She assured that they would not face any difficulty in getting them. She was speaking at a press conference organised here on Friday.

POLYTHENE MENACE: The ban imposed by the district administration on the use of polythene bags seems to have no effect as heaps of polythene continue to pile up in the town. The Executive Officer of the Nagar Parishad, Mr S.K. Vats, said they were planning to lift the garbage during night for which the help of various traders associations had been sought.

AWARENESS RALLY: The Health Department, in coordination with several social and voluntary organisations, held an awareness rally against polio here on Friday. A large number of students of various educational institutions took part in the rally.

COWS RESCUED: Activists of the local Gau Raksha Samiti have impounded a truck carrying 14 cows, allegedly being taken for slaughtering. Mr Subhash Goel, president of the samiti, said the cows and the truck were handed over to the police. The truck driver, however, managed to escape.


CHARAS SEIZED: The police arrested Hari Singh of Masanga village in Kulu district on Wednesday and seized 10.2 kg of charas from him. A case under Sections 20, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered in this regard.

DEMANDED: Mr Shallender Kumar, president of the local temple employees union, has urged the state government to fix the pay scales of the employees of the Jwalamukhi shrine. He also demanded parity of their pay scales.

CLEANLINESS DRIVE: The local Municipal Council, at a meeting held on Thursday, decided to observe a “clean polythene week”. This was stated by Mr Mohinder Singh, Executive Officer of the council.

FINANCIAL AID: The National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD) has provided a financial assistance of Rs 11.99 lakh for the reconstruction of bridges damaged in the Sutlej flashfloods. This was stated by Mr Mohinder Singh, PWD Minister, on Wednesday.

TRAINING CAMP: A cooperative personnel training programme was organised by Krishak Bharti Cooperative Limited at HP Krishi Vishva Vidyalya here on Friday. Over 55 secretaries of cooperative societies and other allied offices from different parts of Kangra district attended the camp.

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