Tuesday, November 14, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


WORKSHOP: The local chapter of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India organised a workshop on breast-feeding here on Sunday.

SEMINAR: The Kamleshwar Valmiki Educational Trust organised a seminar on "Benefits of education" at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall here on Sunday. Mr Mohinder Singh Padda inaugurated the seminar.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested Mintu Yadav in connection with the murder of an RPF sepoy at the local railway station on October 22. A case has been registered.

Body found: The body of an unidentified person was found from nearby Jatana Ucha village on Sunday. The person seems to be about 40-42 years and was clean-shaved. He was wearing cream-coloured pants and shirt. His hands were tied behind with a piece of cloth. There were also some wounds in his head. The police has registered a case under Sections 302 and 34, IPC, and is investigating the case. 

CAMP: A blood donation camp was organised by the Bharat Vikas Parished on the premises of Sarv Hitkari Vidya Mandir School. Eightysix perons donated blood. The camp was organised by doctors of the PGI, Chandigarh, with contribution from Dr Jagdeep Rand and Dr Sunil Gupta of Khamano. 

: The Lal Bahadur Shastri Forum organised a free medical and brain diseases detection camp at the Anant Prem Ashram, Abdulapur Basti, here on Sunday to mark the 90th birth anniversary of martyr Kali Charan Sharma. A team of doctors, led by Dr Sanjay Bhalla, neurologist and psycho-analyst, examined more than 275 patients, who were also given free medicines. Mrs Anita Darshi, Assistant Commissioner (Grievances), inaugurated the camp. 

Demand: The nationalist congress party (NCP) district President, Mr Rashpal Singh Gill, and the Senior Vice-President, Mr Ramesh Nanchahal, has urged the Union Government to put the newly created state of Jharkhand under President's rule to put an end to the political horse-trading. They said in a statement here on Monday that no party had a clear majority in the 81-member Assembly in the new state, while the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and the NDA were making claims and counter-claims. It would be in the fitness of things to impose President's rule till the time fresh assembly elections were held, rather than thrusting a Chief Minister upon the elected legislators. 

celebrated: The 81st birthday of the Namdhari chief, Baba Jagjit Singh, was observed with enthusiasm by his followers. In the morning, a religious congregation was organised at Namdhari Smarak in the city with kirtan recital by ragi jathas of Mr Iqbal Singh. Mr Darshan Singh, Mr Amrik Singh, Mr Sukhwinder Singh and the hazoori raagi jatha of Sant Harbans Singh. Speaking at the occasion, the Congress legislator, Mr Rakesh Pandey, recalled close association of his father, Mr Joginder Pal Pandey, a Punjab minister, with the Namdhari chief. Prominent among those present were Mr Surinder Singh Namdhari, Director, Satguru Partap Singh, Apollo Hospital, Mr Harbhajan Singh, Mr Jasbir Singh, Mr Dalip Singh Namdhari, Mr Ajit Singh Namdhari, Mr Jagmohan Singh and Mrs Sukhjit Kaur. 

elections: With only four days left for the election of the United Cycle and Parts Association, the campaign is in full swing. The elections are going to be held on November 16. Sixteen members are in the fray for the eight posts of the association. Initially, 49 candidates had submitted forms, but after the withdrawal by 33 candidates, the election has entered into an interesting phase. The supporters of Mr D.S. Chawla and Mr Joginder Kumar, the presidential candidates are organising daily street meetings, lunch and dinner parties to woo the voters. Both the candidates are spending money like anything to attract the voters. Cocktail parties are being organised to convince the members about the suitability of the candidates. 

function: The 35th annual prize distribution function was held at Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri High School on Sunday. Mr Vijay Kumar Chopra, Chief Editor, Hind Samachar group of newspapers, was the chief guest. Principal Ramrattan Sharma gave away the prizes to the students for their performance in academic, cultural and sports activities. 

meeting: The general body meeting of Ludhiana Machine Tool Makers Association was held under the presidentship of Mr Sukhdial Singh at Baron, recently. Mr Kirpal Singh Sagar, general secretary of the association, gave an account of the problems and difficulties being faced by the industry and requested the members to face the challenges jointly. Eminent speakers spoke on various issues relating to the industry. Mr J.S. Kular, Director, SISI, spoke on various schemes and incentives floated by the government for the SSI. Mr G.Prasad and Mr Ranjit Singh Kareer, deputy directors, SISI, spoke on the WTO and ISO 9000. 

elected: Dr Puneet Girdhar has been elected Honorary Secretary of the Indian Dental Association, Punjab for the term of three years as per new constitution of the IDA. This is for the second time that Dr Puneet has been elected secretary of the association. Dr Puneet has also launched a dental awareness and education drive which aims to promote oral care and dental health awareness and education in schools, colleges and other institutions. 

medical cAMP: Mangat Nursing Home, Pakhowal Road, will organise a free medical check-up camp, which would be inaugurated by Dr G.S. Kalkat, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University. A team of renowned doctors including, Dr Inderjit Singh Mangat, Dr I.S.Gill, Dr Deepak Parashar, Dr Manmohan Singh, Dr Rajinder Singh and Dr Kartar Kaur Mangat will checkup the patients of ear, nose, throat and gynae. Various tests will be done and free medicines would be provided free of cost on the occasion. 

ceremony: The foundation stone laying ceremony of Jairath Dharamshala and Durga Mata Mandir by Shri Des Raj Suhagrani Jairath Memorial Trust will be held on November 17 at Chandra Nagar, Vishva Enclave, Civil Lines. The guests of honour, on the occasion will be Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Mr Surinder Dabar, Mr Satpal Gossain, Lala Lajpat Rai and Mr Apinder Singh Grewal. According to a press release, no donations has been taken for this noble cause. 

camp: A thyroid detection camp was jointly organised by the VLCC and Thyrocare, Mumbai, on Sunday at the VLCC centre. The blood samples of about 35 people were taken during the camp. The head of the centre told that thyroid was one of the most important hormone, which controlled the body’s metabolism. Any variation found from the normal profile lead to the imbalance resulting in the low or high basal metabolism which in turn was experienced as excessive weight gain or weight loss accompanied by the symptoms like variation in blood pressure and tension. The official press release of the centre informed that the main aim to organise this camp was to make the thyroid profile detection available to the common people. 

EYE CAMP: A free eye-operation camp was organised by the Rotary Club at Kali Mata Mandir Dharmshala here on Sunday. The camp was inaugurated by a former minister, Mr Balwant Singh. As many as 990 patients were examined and 145 operated upon.

STRIKE: The District Bar Association here on Monday decided to strike work of all courts till November 16 in protest against the behaviour of the chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sukhdev Singh. The bar has urged the Punjab and Haryana High Court to transfer the magistrate.

STAGED: The popular stage play ‘apni kamai’ was staged at the Central Library Auditorium under the aegis of Bhawalpur Welfare Association on Sunday. The theme of the play, which was directed by Mr Gian Ghakkar, revolved around the vices of corruption and was widely applauded by the audience. Speaking on the occasion, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance and Planning Minister, said corruption should be weeded out from the society and this required a determined effort on the part of the people from all strata’s of society. Dr Madan Lal Hasija, Director, Punjab Languages Department and Mr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University also spoke on the occasion. Mr Prem Mehta, on behalf of the Bahawalpur Welfare Association, welcomed the chief guest. 



DHOBHI WELFARE: The Dhobi Welfare Society has said that it has nothing to do with the Hind Pressman Dhobi — Parishad and hence will not be participating in the elections announced by the latter. A general meeting of the society has been called at the Labour Chowk, Sector 20 on November 15 in which the stand of the society will be decided. Mr Sham Lal, President of the society will preside over the meeting. This was announced in a press release by the president of the society, here on Monday. 

DHARNA: The UT Federation of UT Employees and Workers will organise a protest dharna in favour of their long-pending demands, near the Chandigarh Housing Board Chowk, Sector 16, here on Tuesday. According to Mr Rakesh Kumar, general secretary of the federation, all preparations for the dharna were complete. He claimed that the employees belonging to Public Health Department, Housing Board, U T Building Maintenance, Horticulture, Roads, CTU, General Hospital, Aganwari, Birth and Death Registration Department, Kitchen Gardening and Education Department will be participate in the dharna. Mr Rakesh Kumar said a gate rallies were held at the Maintenance Booth, Sector 4, Road Maintenance Booth, Sector 4, Electrical Maintenance Booth, Sector 16 and 19, Maintenance Booth, Sector 18 and Horticulture Store, Sector 16, on Monday. 

EMPLOYEES UNION: The following are the office-bearers of the Class IV Government Employees’ Union: chairman — Mr Amar Singh; vice chairman — Mr Surat Singh; president — Mr Lalu Ram Bhoura; vice presidents — Mr Sant Ram, Ms Chanchl Devi, and Mr Faqir Singh; general secretaries — Mr Tara Chand Kashyap and Mr Rajinder Singh; joint secretaries — Mr Desh Raj, Mr Kanan, Mr Amar Singh, and Mr Mehar Chand; and cashier — Mr B P Morry. 

WELCOMED: Samadhaan, a pressure group for social justice, welcomed the Punjab Government’s Cabinet decision to ammend the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act 1949, here on Monday. In a press release, Mr R P Malhotra, president of the organisation, said that the decision would help in providing better and affordable accommodation on competitive rent as the investors would come forward to invest more freely in the housing sector. 

NEW GM: Mr P. Satish, has taken over as General Manager of the Regional Office of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) at Chandigarh. He had also worked with the Reserve Bank of India and was the faculty member at the Bankers’ Institute of Rural Development, Lucknow. This was stated by Mr J.S. Sarwal, assistant general manager of the bank, in a press release. 

FESTIVITIES WEEK: The 31st annual festivities week — all India inter-state, inter school cultural competitions will be celebrated at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, from November 15 to 19. 

ORGANISED: Lions Club (Supreme) organised a free pollution check-up camp at Kapoor Service, Station 21, on Sunday. As many as 90 two-wheelers and four-wheelers were checked and certificates issued to the owners of the vehicles. Lion S.P. Singh, zone chairman, Lion Satish Seth, distt chairman, Public Relations, while speaking on the occasion appreciated the work done by the club. 

DISTRIBUTED: Nearly 2500 clothes worth Rs 1 lakh were distributed among the labourers and the poor sections of the society at a ‘Winter Welfare Project’ organised by the Lions Club Chandigarh Vishal, here on Sunday. Ms Ranjana Sahi, councillor in the Municipal Corporation, was the chief guest. 

LECTURES: With the assistance of the UT Administration, the environment society of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, organised lectures on the campus on Monday. Dr H.R. Pajni, professor, Zoology Department, PU, informed about biodiversity and its significance and efforts to conserve it at global and national levels. The strategies and problems of its ex-situ and in-situ conservation were also discussed. A lecture on protozoan parasites and human health was delivered by Dr H.S. Benyal, professor and chairman, Department of Zoology, Punjab University. The facts, current status of knowledge and efforts to control malaria, along with do’s and don'ts, were discussed. 

MEETING: A meeting of the Residents Welfare Forum, Sector 46-D, was held on Sunday, in which problems regarding sanitation of the area, completion of roads and regular working of sweepers were taken up. Problems regarding stray dogs and traffic control were also discussed. 

MANDIR WORKERS: The executive committee of Shiv Mandir Committee, Sector 30, on Monday upgraded the monthly salary of priests from Rs 500 to Rs 1000. It also approved that mandir sevadars be paid Rs 800 per month instead of Rs 500, with immediate effect. Bhandara would be organised on the first Sunday of every month by the committee. 

CAMP CONCLUDES: The 10-day NSS camp of GMSSS-23 concluded on Monday. About 100 volunteers took part in the camp and the theme of the camp was youth for healthy environment. A rally was organised in connection with the Pulse Polio drive in labour colonies. Congress grass was removed and trees were coated with lime and medicine to protect from termites. 

EYE CHECK-UP CAMP: More than 300 patients were examined at a eye check-up camp organised by the CD Music Co, and Welfare Society, at the Mata Mansa Devi Temple, here on Sunday. Medicines free of cost were also distributed at the camp. 

BLOOD DONATION: The fourth donation camp is being organised by JCT Electronics Employees’ Union and JCT Workers’ Union in the memory of Comrade Shiv Datt Gautam on the factory premises on Tuesday. Dr B.C. Gupta, secretary of Labour and Employment, Punjab, will inaugurate the camp. 



SABHA: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Shri Guru Singh Sabha, Gurdwara, Gobind Nagar, Ambala cantonment; president — Mr Lal Singh Babbar; vice-president — Mr Sudarshan Singh Sehgal; secretary — Mr Pritpal Singh; joint secretary — Mr Gurmukh Singh; and cashier — Mr Kishan Singh. 

SUICIDE CASES: At least three persons, including a woman, ended their lives in different incidents during the past 24 hours in the district. Bhushan Kumar (20) and Sushila (21) of Sorkhi village and Jogdhan of Narwana committed suicide by consuming poison.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Haryana Government Public Works Department Union (Civil Branch): president — Mr Ram Kumar Saini; secretary — Mr Surinder Kumar; and treasurer — Mr Suraj Bhan.

CHECK-UP CAMP: A heart check-up camp was organised by the local unit of the Rotaract Club on the premises of Hindu Kanya Mahavidyalaya here on Sunday. A team of 20 heart specialists from Delhi examined 608 patients on this occasion.

LOOTED: Two armed youths took away a motor cycle, Rs 3,000 and a gold ring at gunpoint from Daya Singh of Hathwala village in the district on Sunday. The victim was going from Julana to Hathwala village on a motor cycle.

TROPHY: MDSD Girls College, Ambala city, won the trophy for the ‘best women college’ at the Zonal Youth Festival of the Ambala zone, held at the Government College, here last week.

DISTRIBUTED: Quilts, blankets and woollen garments were distributed free of cost among around 1,000 poor persons by the Samaj Seva Samiti here on Sunday. Five handicapped persons were given tricycles on this occasion. Mr Sudesh Kumar Sharma gave away the charities.



SEIZED: The police seized 2,000 pouches of illicit country-made liquor from a Maruti van at Bhojnagar, about 17 km from here, on Saturday. Mr Sanjeev Lakhanpal, DSP, Parwanoo, said the driver of the van fled from the spot.

GAMBLERS HELD: The police arrested four gamblers, Mani Ram, Vidya Nand, Naseeb Chand and Aslam on Sunday and recovered Rs 1,020 from their possession.

KILLED: Bhup Singh of Karsog subdivision was killed on Sunday when his auto-rickshaw fell in a 200-foot deep khud on way to Karsog from Kelodhar. Two persons sitting in the auto-rickshaw were seriously injured.


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