Sunday, November 19, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


BAN ORDERS: Mr Anirudh Tiwari, District Magistrate, Sangrur, has imposed Section 144 in the district with effect from November 5. Assembling of five or more persons at a public place, taking out of processions, and carrying of fire arms has been banned. The order will remain in force till December 30.

THREATENED: Congress workers here have threatened to start a series of dharnas in the state if the government did not order a CBI probe into the murder of their party leader Harmesh Kumar Mukhija. This was stated by Mr Kewal Krishan Aggarwal, general secretary of the District Congress Committee, here on Friday.

DRIVING LICENCES: According to a press note issued by Mr Amarjit Pal, SDM, a camp would be held at truck union building , Doraha, on November 22 in order to issue driving licenses. The camp would be inaugurated at 10 a.m. by Mr Sadhu Singh Ghudani, a local MLA . Those who wanted to get their driving licenses issued must bring a copy of their ration card along with the attested copy of their date of birth certificate and photographs. 

BOOKED: The police has booked Sunil Kumar a junk dealer of Prem Nagar at Pathankot, for his alleged involvement in preparing forged documents of vehicles purchased by him in an Army auction. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, said here on Friday that the action had been taken on the basis of a complaint lodged by Ranjit Singh of Dheera village in Pathankot subdivision.

MURDER CASE SOLVED: The police has solved a murder case of a migrant labourer of Bihar with the arrest of one of the two suspects. Mr Gaurav Yadav, SSP, in a press note issued here on Friday, said the suspect, Sikander Kumar, was arrested by the police on Thursday. The SSP claimed that the suspect had confessed his involvement in the crime.

Man found dead
: Mr Jarnail Singh of Kubha village Heri of Kharar sub-division was found dead in the semi hilly area of Mianpur Changar village on Thursday. The Kurali police has registered a case under section 302 IPC after taking possession of the dead body. According to the FIR lodged with the police, the deceased along with two other persons has gone for hunting towards Mianpur Changar village on Sunday. He did not return home and a search was started by his family members but they could not locate the deceased. Meanwhile, the police was informed about the dead body which had bullet injuries and was in very bad condition. The police has registered a case under Section 302, 34 IPC and the Arms Act against Jarnail Singh and one another Jaswant Singh, both of Khanna and has started the investigations. 

eye camp: As many as 135 eye operations including 30 intracular lenses were performed in a free eye operation camp which concluded in Kurali on Friday. According to Mr Rajesh Goel, president, Kurali Chemists Association, the camp was jointly organised by the Project Ophthal Care Society, SAS Nagar and Kurali Chemists Association, and was inaugurated by Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Punjab on Wednesday. He added that more than 600 patients were examined in the camp and eminent doctors led by Dr J.P. Singh performed the operations. 

unearthed: The local police has recovered some live cartridges buried in a earthern pot in a farm in Bhagomajra village on Friday. According to the FIR registered with the police, Mr Randhir Singh of Bhagomajra village saw this pot when he was doing some digging around a tree. The police has registered a case under the Arms Act and has started the investigations. 

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: More than 20 students and nearly 25 teachers received prizes at the annual prize distribution function held at Arya Senior Secondary School here today. The students of Classes VIII, X and XII who had secured first, second and third positions were given away prizes. Besides those students who had brought laurels to the school by getting prizes in various state level sports events this year were also given prizes. Students also presented various cultural items which included a dance item on the number Sabse aage honge Hindustani by Sandeep and Deepali. Devinder of class XII danced on the Punjabi number, Rangla Punjab. Sunny and group presented a song item Damadam mast kalandar. The chief guest on the occasion was Lala Lajpat Rai, MP. The Principal, Mr B.K. Verma, told the students to work hard. 

MEETING: The executive body meeting of the Ophthalmic Officer Association was held under the presidentship Mr Jatinder Kotoch at the Medical College, Amritsar. The executive body has appointed Harpal Singh, Ophthalmic Officer as Chairman of the election board of the association and Jaswinder Singh, Mohanjit Singh of Amritsar and Manjit Singh of Ludhiana, as the members of the election board. The elections will held on December 17, 2000, at Jalandhar. 

GPF PASSBOOKS: The women wing of Shri Guru Valmiki Sabha, Punjab, has urged the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, to provide general provident fund (GPF) pass books to all MC employees, and should be updated regularly to show the current balance in the GPF accounts of the employees. A meeting of the sabha, presided over by Ms Suman Devi, also demanded that the arrears of wages for work done on Saturdays should be paid in cash to safai workers. The meeting further called upon the MC administration to put an end to the contract system, open new recruitment and pay wages to daily workers in accordance with the Supreme Court's decision.  

SEWERMAN SUSPENDED: The Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Dr S. S. Sandhu, has placed Mr Sohanvir, a sewerman of the civic body, under suspension for remaining absent from the duty, without informing his superiors. While asking the senior civic officials to conduct surprise checking periodically to observe punctuality and regularity of the employees, Dr Sandhu has warned the employees to perform their duties diligently to avoid action. 

APPROVED: The municipal corporation has approved the renaming of Haibowal locality as 'Shankaracharya Nagar'. The Shankaracharya Nagar Sudhar Samiti, headed by Mr Vijay Mahajan, has decided to install a gate at the entrance of the colony. According to Mr Mahajan, the Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Punjab, Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, will lay the foundation stone of the gate on November 23 and Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Madhwanand Ji will shower his blessings. The function will be presided over by Mr Sat Pal Gosain, Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, and city Mayor, Mr Apinder Singh Grewal will be the chief guest. 

SEWERAGE PROJECT: Mr Sat Pal Gosain, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, laid the foundation stone of a storm water sewerage project in Janakpuri locality here on Saturday. Speaking at the occasion, Mr Gosain said that with the completion of Rs 20 lakh project in the next six months, the problem of rain water disposal in the areas like Janakpuri, Kidwai Nagar, Hargobind Nagar and other adjoining colonies will be solved. Among those present at the function were Mr Parveen Bansal, the area councillor, Mr Harish Bedi, former president of the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha and Mr Anil Walia, besides many other BJP activists. 

CULTURAL PROGRAMME: The students of the Nankana Sahib Public School, Fatehgarh Jattan Bet , will perform a PT show and a cultural programme on November 20, in the school premises. The Director of the Nankana Sahib Educational Trust, Ludhiana, would preside over the function . 

PSEB: The Punjab State Electricity Board Association (PSEB) employees Association threatened to launch an agitation against the abolishing of 6778 vacant posts of JEs and Class IV employees. Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, the President, Mr Nirmal Singh, and the Secretary , Mr Randhir Singh of Machhiwara sub-division unit, said that the decision of the management was in tune with the planning of privatisation which would not be tolerated at any cost. The association has decided to take part in a state level demonstration against privatisation and victimisation, on December 1, at Patiala.

CONDEMNED: The local Congressmen, Mr Mohinder Singh Chauhan, Mr Surinder Singh, Mr Avtar Singh Virk and Mr Narinderpaul Singh have strongly condemned the killing of the State Congress General Secretary, Mr Harmesh Makhija, and demanded the arrest of the accused immediately . 

DEMANDED: The Sarpanch Union of the Police Chowki, Koomkalan area, has urged that the Government High School, Chaunta, be upgraded to a senior secondary school. In a press release, the president of the union , Mr Rajinder Singh, said that village was a backward area and the students, especially the girl students, could not reach the far flung areas for further study. The union also demanded the widening of the area on both sides of the road to avoid damage to the repaired road. They were thankful to Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal , Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, for getting the roads repaired.

KAVI SAMMELAN: A kavi sammelan was organised by the local Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, in collaboration with the North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, at Government College here on Saturday. The function was inaugurated by Mr S.S. Kalia, Principal of the college.

PROTEST MARCH: Around 1,000 students took out a protest march in the city and held a rally at the district courts complex on Friday in protest against commercialisation and privatisation of education. The student leaders also submitted a memorandum to the SDM.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Shri Sanatan Dharam Sabha: patrons — Swami Gian Giri and Mr Brahma Nand; president — Mr Ramesh Gulati; vice-president — Mr Atam Parkash Verma; general secretary — Mr Sandeep Sharma; and joint secretary — Mr Sudhir Sharma.

OPIUM SEIZED: The police has arrested Rakesh Kumar of Kot Fatuhi village and seized 1.5 kg of opium from his possession. This was stated by Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, in a press note issued here on Saturday.

SEMINAR: The district Health Department organised a seminar on polio eradication at Civil Hospital here on Friday. Dr K.S. Purewal and Dr R.L. Sharma addressed the gathering.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: The local unit of the Rotary Club, in collaboration with the Blood Donors Council, organised a blood donation camp here on Saturday. More than 50 units of blood were collected.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Coordination Committee of Paramedical and Health Employees Union, Punjab: chairman — Mr Mahan Singh Rauri; convener — Mr Nirmal Singh Gill; and finance secretary — Mr Bhajan Singh.

CASE REGISTERED: On a complaint of Mrs Maya Devi of Jungath village, the police has registered a case under Sections 420, 506 and 120-B of the IPC against Abhilasha, Balkar Singh, Puran Singh, Jatinder Singh, Dimple and wife of Puran Singh of Mukarian tehsil. The complainant had alleged that her son, Surjit Singh, was married to a girl other than the one shown to them.

elected: Mr D. S. Virk has been elected as the president of the Excise and Taxation Retirees Association. The other office-bearers are: vice-president Mr Sukhdev Raj Garg; general secretary — Mr K.S. Bedi, and treasurer — Mr Tarlochan Singh.

SWITCHED: Two Congress leaders, Mr Lal Chand Thapar, Municipal Councillor, and Mrs Balbir Kaur, Sarpanch of Khurampur village, have joined the Shiromani Akali Dal. This was stated in a press note issued by Mr Gurmukh Singh, president of the Circle Akali Jatha, here on Friday.

WATER SUPPLY SCHEME: Mr Ranjit Singh Balian, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, initiated the process of installation of a tubewell, as part of Rs 2.84-crore water supply scheme, here on Friday. A loan worth Rs 1.42 crore would be granted by HUDCO for the scheme, said the minister.Top


celebrated: Canara Bank employees celebrated their Founder’s Day by distributing sweaters, shoes and shocks to the needy students of the Senior Secondary School, Sector 19-D here on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. K. Raghunath, the General Manager of Canara Bank Circle Office, Sector 19 highlighted various programmes undertaken by the bank to assist the poor and needy students. A colourful programme was also organised by the students to mark this occasion. 

concludeD: The birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first guru of the Sikh religion concluded at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36 with religious fervour and devotion here on Saturday. The celebration that started on Thursday with bhog of Sri Akhand Path, concluded with the recitation of shabad gayan by Prof Nirmal Singh. 

ELECTED: Mr Ashok Malik and Mr Amarnath Vashisth were elected president and vice-president of the Chandigarh Journalists Association. The following have been elected as the office-bearers of the association; vice-presidents — Mr Vinay Sharma and Mr Mehdi Abdi; secretaries — Mr Rajendra Dhawan and Mr Nathu Ram Sharma; and treasurer Mr Avtar Singh. 

grievances: A team of Chandigarh Nationalist Congress Party (CNCP) under the leadership of Mr Gurbachan Singh, president of CNCP visited colony no 5 to hear the grievances of the residents here on Saturday. According to a press note issued by the secretary of CNCP the residents of the colony are being deprived of essential civic amenities including drinking water, electricity, proper roads and sewerage system. The visiting team comprised of Mr Sham Lal Kanoujia, secretary, CNCP, Mr Kulhit Singh Mintoo, district president and Mrs Asha Gupta, general secretary, district Mahila Wing. 

Office-bearers: The following were elected the office-bearers of the Traders Association, Sector 22 B: vice presidents — Mr Arjun Das, Mr Baljeet Singh and Mr Sudesh Chawla; general secretary — Mr Bharat Bhusan Jain; finance secretary — Mr Kishan Lal; press secretary — Mr S K Chadha; and joint secretary — Mr Ravinder Singh. 

visitED: Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, chairman of the All India Anti Terrorist Front, along with Mr Pardeep Chhabra, president of its local unit, visited the house of Capt Atul Sharma who was killed by terrorists at Baramula in Jammu and Kashmir. He condemned the killing and urged the government to take strict action against the terrorists. He appealed to all the political parties to unite in the fight against terrorism. 

Blood donation camp: The NSS unit of M C M D A V College for Women, Sector 36 held a blood donation camp in the college premises, here on Saturday. 120 units of blood were donated. Dr J G Jolly, professor emirate PGI and consultant, blood transfusion unit, GMCH, Sector 32, inaugurated the camp. Ms Usha Gupta, principal of the college, announced the formation of a blood donation cell which would train the girls to spread awareness regarding voluntary blood donation among people. 

Integrity pledge: ‘National Integration’ pledge was taken by the NSS volunteers of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, here on Saturday. The volunteers took pledge to work with dedication to preserve and strengthen the freedom and integrity of the nation. The oath was administered to NSS volunteers by Dr Om Kumari Patial, NSS programme officer. 

challenged: The Lions Club of Region II, sponsored a northern region cricket tournament for the intellectually challenged at Panjab University. The tournament was organised by the Central Institute of Mentally Retarded, Sector 32. 

Vikas Parv-2000: The concluding function of Children's Day week was held here on Saturday at Bal Bhavan Sector 23, Chandigarh. Various competitions of salad dressing, fun games competition, quiz, chart making and fancy dress were held under Vikas Parv, the Indian Council for Children's Day. The chief guest on the occasion was Ms Kamla Sharma, Chairperson, Chandigarh State Advisory Board. She turned the page for the new children’s calendar year, Vikas Parv-2000, and lauded the efforts of the children. She further encouraged the children to participate in competitions to build a competitive edge in them in a play-way atmosphere. 

Indo-Finnish meet: With a view to promote the social cause by spreading the message of brotherhood across borders, a joint cultural programme will be staged by Indian and Finnish children here on Monday and Tuesday. The show will be dotted with theatrical and cultural performances by the children who are getting together on the occasion of Indo-Finland Children’s Cultural Meet which is being organised in the city by the Institute of Performing Arts. The show, to be held at Bal Bhawan, will stage Aini Ja Vaino by the children of Finland. This play is based on the Finnish national epic Kalevala. The troupe is camping in New Delhi where the members are already participating in the International Children Theatre Festival being organised by the National Institute of Progressive Arts under the aegis of International Amateur Theatre Association. 

Seminar: A two day national seminar on “Engine corrosion and its prevention” is being held by No. 3 Base Repair Depot (BRD) in collaboration with the Chandigarh chapter of the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) on Monday and Tuesday. Air Officer Commanding, 3 BRD and Chairman of the local AeSI chapter, Air Commodore Arvinda Agrawal said the seminar was being held to debate, deliberate and exchange views on the problem of corrosion in aeroengines and to find ways to prevent it. Experts from all over the country, including those from research and development institutes as well as from academic institutions will be participating in the seminar, which will be inaugurated by the AOC-in-C, Maintenance Command, Air Marshal S.S. Gupta. 


CAMP: The women cell and youth club of M D S D Girls College, Ambala city organised a cancer detection camp in collaboration with Global Cancer Concern, India, here on Saturday. A team of qualified doctors from Chandigarh and Ambala carried out a check-up of the parents of the students, college staff and other residents of the area. A general medical check-up of the students was also done. This was announced by the principal of the college in a press note. 

APPOINTED: Dr Surat Singh, a Supreme Court lawyer, has been appointed member of the Committee of the Gandhi Smiriti Trust (Rajghat), which is headed by the Prime Minister.

DEAD: Ashok Agarwal (40) of Azad Nagar at Dharuhera, succumbed to his injuries at the local Civil Hospital on Thursday. He was admitted to the hospital by police personnel, who found him lying by the roadside in a critical condition. The body was later identified by his wife Sita Devi. The police has registered a case in this regard.

YOUTH STABBED: Jaswander, alias Banti, a student of the local Government Industrial Training Institute, sustained serious knife injuries when he was allegedly stabbed by three unidentified youths at the general bus stand here on Friday. The injured has been admitted to the medical college hospital at Rohtak. The police has registered a case in this regard.

OPEN DARBAR: An open darbar was held at Panchayat Bhavan here on Friday. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Sudhir Rajpal, heard around 57 complaints on the occasion.

TRANSFERS URGED: Panches and sarpanches of several villages and members of block samitis on Saturday urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to transfer officials of Gohana Water Service Division as they had allegedly failed to ensure the supply of canal water to farmers.

CASE REGISTERED: The police has registered a case against Inderjeet Sharma, proprietor of Aarti Agenices, here for allegedly using forged stamps for money orders. A case under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC has been registered.

TRAINING COURSE: A five-day training course on pension and retirement benefits and other service matters was organised at Mini Secretariat here by the Haryana Institute of Public Administration. The Deputy Commissioner addressed the gathering on the concluding function held here on Friday.

CELEBRATED: National Press Day was celebrated at Mini Secretariat here on Friday. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rajeev Sharma, presided.



OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Himachal Pradesh Irrigation and Public Health Department Employees Association: president — Mr Deep Ram Garg; senior vice-president — Mr Prem Lal Verma; vice-president — Mrs Nirmala Sharma; and general secretary — Mr Rajesh Kumar Sharma.


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