Wednesday, November 15, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


HEPATITIS-B CAMP: The Rotary Club, Bathinda Cantonment, organised a hepatitis-B vaccination camp at Bibi Wala Chowk here on Sunday. It was inaugurated by Mr Bhupinder Singh, President of the local Municipal Council. As many as 337 persons were vaccinated.

RELIGIOUS FUNCTION: The 22nd Sri Harinam Sankirtan congregation will be held in the city from November 15 to 21. A religious procession will be taken out in the form of a nagar sankirtan on November 18.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested Wassan Singh of Samrai village in Batala tehsil in a fraud case, on a complaint lodged by his sister-in-law, Charanjit Kaur. This was stated by Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, here on Monday.

ELECTED: Mrs Darshan Kaur of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has been elected from Ward No. 16 of the local Municipal Council, the election for which was held on Sunday. She secured 691 votes, and her opponent, Mrs Kulwinder Kaur of the Bahujan Samaj Party (Ambedkar), 571 votes.

Gurpurb celebrations
: The Roopika Ladies Club celebrated the birth celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev at Gurdwara Shaheeda on Monday. The kirtan was performed by the raagi jatha of Gurdwara Sees Ganj. A number of club members participated in the kirtan. The prizes to the children, who presented shabad, were given by the Secretary of the club. Guru ka langar was organised by the club for the sangat. 

annual function: The annual function of Joseph’s School, Dugri Dhandra Road, was celebrated with fanfare. Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, Mayor of Ludhiana, presided over the function. The function comprised of music and dance items followed by giddha and bhangra. Most of the items were targetted for awakening the audience to the prevailing problems like control of increasing population, protection environment and wild life, preventing female infanticide, duty of children towards their parents. The performance of students in gymnastics was also appreciated. At the conclusion of the function the Chief guest gave away prizes to 21 students who got more than 90 per cent in middle examination. The chief guest appreciated the performance of students and also emphasised the necessity of knowledge in computers in today’s world. 

Oath-taking ceremony: Newly inducted members of the Lions Club (Ludhiana North) were administered oath by Mr D.K. Sood, Deputy Governor, Lions district 321 F, here on Tuesday. The oath taking ceremony took place at a club meeting presided over by Mr G.S. Bansal, the club president. The chief guest on the occasion, Mr Sood, urged the new members to contribute to the service of the needy and the suffering. Service to the mankind was real Lionism, he added. 

MASS MARRIAGE: The Jagriti Kala Kendra, Aur, in collaboration with an NRI, Mr Naresh Suri, solemnised the marriages of five poor girls at Government Senior Secondary School, Aur, about 10 km from here, on Saturday. The state Welfare Minister, Mr Sarwan Singh, blessed the newly wedded couples.

CONFERENCE: The district unit of the Gazetted and Non-Gazetted SC/BC Employees Welfare Federation, Punjab, organised a conference at Ravidas Bhavan here on Sunday. Mr Jasbir Singh Pal, state president of the federation, presided.



stir: The affiliates of the All-India Central Bank Employees Congress and the Rashtriya Central Bank Officers Congress decided on Tuesday not to join the proposed strike of bank employees on Wednesday. In a joint statement, Mr B.S. Gill and Mr H.S. Vedi asked that when RBI employees had been granted pension option for the fourth time, why could employees of nationalised banks not be offered the second option for pension. The VRS scheme was voluntary and there was no compulsion, they added. 

anniversary: The birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru was celebrated by the Chandigarh Nationalist Congress Party in Peer Colony, Palsora, on Tuesday. Notebooks and laddoos were distributed amongst the children of the primary school in the colony. Principal Gurbachan Singh, Mr Sham Lal Kanojia, Mr Tarlochan Singh, Mr Kuljit Singh Mintoo, Mr Navjinder Singh Mallah, Mr Darshan Kumar Garg, Mr Gurmeet Singh and Ms Radha Rani were present. 



TALK: A talk on the career opportunities in the field of computer was organised at S.A. Jain College, Ambala city, here on Tuesday. Mr Mahesh Aggarwal, a computer analyst working in the USA, acquainted the students about the various opportunities available in aboard for software and hardware professionals. He stressed on the fact that the basic requirements for a good computer professional were confidence, communication skills and attitude which matter the most. He warned the students not to get lured by certificate courses and should go for the qualitative courses which would taken them to higher placement. 

Open darbar: The Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, will hold an ‘open darbar’ on November 15 at War Heroes Stadium, Ambala Cantonment as part of the Sarkar Apke Dwar programme.

MEHNDI CONTEST: A “mehndi rachao” competition was organised at Bal Bhavan here on Monday on the eve of Children’s Day. Ritu Monga of the local MM College won the first prize.

CULTURAL SHOW: The local Intercity Social Club organised a cultural programme at RK Palace cinema hall here on Sunday. The SDM, Mr R.K. Chauhan, was the chief guest.

VACCINATION CAMP: A hepatitis-B vaccination camp organised by a local voluntary organisation, Seva Sangh, here on Sunday. The state Finance Minister, Mr Sampat Singh, inaugurated the camp. About 1,000 children were vaccinated.

ALLEGED: The district unit of the Village Panchayats Organisation, in a meeting held here on Sunday, alleged that 80 per cent of the development funds meant for villages were being misappropriated. Mr Darshan Singh, president of the Panchayat Sangathan, opposed the constitution of Gramin Vikas Samitis, as proposed by the government.

HELD: The CIA branch of the Punjab Police has arrested Bittoo of Ellenabad in connection with thefts of vehicles. However, another suspect in the case managed to escape.

TRIBUTES PAID: Rich tributes were paid to Sita Ram Bagla, a veteran Sarvodaya leader, here on Monday. A special edition of Sushma Sadan, dedicated to Bagla, was released by Mr Ajay Chautala, MP, on the occasion.

ROAD MISHAP: At least 14 persons, including a woman, were injured, six of them seriously, when a jeep fell into a pit and overturned on the Sonepat-Rohtak road near Rohat village, about 5 km from here, on Tuesday. The injured were rushed to the Civil hospital here.

YOUTH SHOT AT: Ashok Kumar was wounded when he was allegedly shot at in the Garhi Ghasita area here on Tuesday. However, the assailants managed to escape. The injured was immediately hospitalised and is stated to be out of danger. The police has registered a case in this regard.

PROBE ORDERED: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Sudhir Rajpal, today ordered an inquiry into the allegations levelled against the Sarpanch of Dodwa village by residents of the village.

ADOPTION: The local Nav Jagriti Manch has adopted five poor families for an all-round financial assistance.


MONKEY MENACE: Residents of certain localities here are being harassed by monkeys these days. Monkeys are roaming about freely in the Mandir Road, Bohan bus stand and Pujari Mohalla areas. The Forest Department has expressed its inability to catch the monkeys due to the non-availability of tranquillisers.

CAMPAIGN: The local unit of the Youth Congress will start a campaign in protest against the deteriorating law and order situation in Dehra subdivision. Mr Nardev Kanwar, secretary of the state unit of the Youth Congress, expressed concern over the increase in the number of murder and theft cases.

ROAD INAUGURATED: Mr Mahender Singh, PWD Minister, inaugurated an 11 km-long Naina-Tikker-Dangyar road in Pacchad tehsil on Sunday. The road has been built at an estimate cost of Rs 63 lakh.

FOUNDATION STONE LAID: The state PWD Minister, Mr Mahender Singh, laid the foundation stone of a bridge at Gumtee over Roon Khudd in the tehsil, to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 19.82 lakh. This will connect 15 villages of the area, the minister said.

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