Monday, November 27, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


BLOOD DONATION: NCC cadets from 11 Punjab Bn NCC (Amritsar) donated blood here on Saturday. Col Mukul Dobhal inaugurated the camp. In a press note issued by Chief Officer Arabjit Singh Balia 30 cadets of senior division (Army wing) donated blood. The camp was organised by officials of the Indian Red Cross Society and Guru Tegh Bahadur Blood Bank section, Amritsar.

YOUTH FESTIVAL: Three days regional youth festival of Punjab University was inaugurated by Mr Balbir Singh Miani, State Minister for Higher & Medical Education, Punjab, at GGDSD College, 15 km from here, on Saturday. More than 500 students of 10 colleges affiliated to Punjab University are participating in the festival.

STRIKE OBSERVED: Students of the local DAV College observed a strike on Saturday in protest against the negligence of doctors of the local Civil Hospital, including a Civil Surgeon, who were responsible for the death of Monika, a student of the college about two months ago. In a memorandum to the Principal they said that instead of taking action against the doctors the district administration had changed the route of buses.

ALLEGATIONS: Ms Usha Sidhu, District Education Officer (Secondary), has refuted all allegations made against her by the members of the All-India Sikh Students Federation that she used political pressure to come back to the city as DEO. She said that when she was posted as Deputy Director (Schools) at Chandigarh, she could not take charge owing to some domestic problems. She even stated in a press note that the allegation made by the federation was the brainchild of some officials in her department who did not want her to be back as an officer. She also said that she never tried to make money as pointed out by the members of federation. 

CONTEST: To mark World AIDS day, the Community Education Committee of the Ludhiana Citizens Health Council will organise an inter-college paper reading contest on AIDS : a global challenge and its control at Ramgarhia Girls College, Millerganj, here on December 1. The main objective of the programme will be to control AIDS by updating the general public about the advancement made in the international AIDS control programme, Mr Bimal Jain, Chairman of the committee, said here on Saturday. A large number of college students, doctors and industrialists are expected to attend the function. 

RECORDS QUIZ: Over 25 schools of Ludhiana and Jalandhar will participate in the Limca Book of Records quiz being organised at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, on November 28. The quiz will be conducted by the renowned quiz master Barry O’Brien, Mr D.P. Singh, General Manager, Ludhiana Beverages Limited, said. 

YOUTH FESTIVAL: The postgraduate students of the local colleges affiliated with Panjab University will participate in a three-day youth festival scheduled to begin from November 28 at the GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar. Contests for various music, dance, drama, poetry, fine arts, debate and quiz items will be held during the festival. This was disclosed by Dr Rajinder Singh, Deputy Organising Secretary. 

MEDICAL CAMP: The State Bank of India, Link Road, organised a medical check-up camp and an on-the-spot-painting competition at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, here on Friday. Dr Tarsem Lal Gupta examined the students. Gurvinder Kaur, Karam and Sakshi received the first, second and third prize, respectively, in group A of painting contest. Jatinder and Sumit were declared first and second, respectively, in group B and Nitish, Amit and Sarfraz were declared first, second and third, respectively, in group C. 

MURDER: Gurbachan Singh of Jitwal Kalan village, 10 km from here, was found murdered at his residence on Saturday. According to an information Gurbachan Singh was sleeping when five persons entered his house and murdered him. The motive behind the crime was the refusal of the deceased to repay a debt. A case has been registered.

GANG BUSTED: The Kurali police claims to have busted an inter-state gang of thieves with the arrest of Joginder Pal of Ropar and Roshan Lal of Klamgarh. As many as 85 grams of gold jewellery and 250 grams of silver jewellery allegedly stolen from the house of Parampal and Subash Chand of Morinda were recovered from the accused. Besides this a .12 bore pistol and two cartridges have also been seized from Roshan Lal.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Weight lifting Association: president — Mr Shamsher Singh Rai, senior vice-president — Mr Bhajan Singh; vice-president — Mr Ram Lok; honorary secretary — Mr Sucha Singh; and treasurer — Mr Surinder Kumar.Top


HEALTH CAMP: A free camp for anti-rabies vaccination and deworming of dogs and treatment of animals was held by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at the Lions Club, Industrial Area, here on Sunday. 15 dogs and 23 other animals were treated for various ailments. This was stated in a press note. 

PEACE MARCH: Yuvsatta, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samriti, New Delhi will organise an Indo-Pak peace march towards resolving the Indo-Pak conflict. A youth group will create and cross an Indo-Pak bridge, starting on January 30, the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi. The group will start their Delhi- Lahore and back to Delhi 12-day journey on motor cycles, scooters and jeeps from Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi. This was stated by Mr Pramod Sharma, president of Yuvsatta, in a press note here on Sunday.

DISTRIBUTED: The State Bank of India, ladies club organised a function here at Government High School, Sector 24, in which 21 of the school children adopted by the club were given winter uniforms. Ms Piyush Sharma, President and Ms Kavita Manwani, vice-president of the club distributed uniforms to the children. The club members also gave a stipend of Rs 600 to one student of the school and promised a stipend to one more student on merit basis. 

CELEBRATED: As part of the ongoing ‘Quami Ekta Week’, UT Administration celebrated Women’s Day in three Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) projects. In project 1, at Mauli, lectures were delivered on importance of women empowerment and girl education. Food and Nutrition Board officials demonstrated low cost nutritious recipes for overcoming the problem of malnutrition in children. In project 2, Women’s Day was celebrated. At Burail, in project 3, Director, Social Welfare presided over the celebration. Cultural items were presented on the occasion. 

MEETING: The first meeting of families of chronic mentally ill patients was held here, on Sunday at the Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital. Nearly 30 families gathered to discuss their problems in taking care of such patients. The next such meet which was earlier scheduled to be held on December 4, will now be held on December 9, 2000. 

EXHIBITION: Nearly 500 students and teachers are expected to participate in the state-level science exhibition for students which will be organised by the State Institute of Science Education , Punjab, from November 27 to 30. The theme of the exhibition will be “Science and Technology for Development”, which has further been divided into five sub-themes — food, health and nutrition for all, industry, transport and communication, energy and information technology. 

BLOOD DONATION: M.R.A. Senior Secondary Model School, Sector 27 organised a voluntary blood donation camp in the school premises. The camp was inaugurated by Mr R.C. Budhiraja, General Manager, Syndicate Bank, Chandigarh. Cards for eye donation were also distributed to the donors. 

ENT CAMP: A free ENT camp-cum-exhibition was held at Government High School, Sarangpur village. As many as 270 patients from the school and the village were examined for various ENT disorders. 


SEIZED: About 115 kg of beef and skin were seized from Naj Mohammed, Ismail, Hazir and Chapli at Lakhnaka village near Hathin town in the district on Friday. They have been booked.

TATKAL SCHEME: The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has decided to extend the last date for installation of transformers under the tatkal scheme to December 8. In a press note issued here on Saturday, the Nigam stated that the date had been extended as the scheme had received good response. Under the scheme farmers can get tubewell power connection by paying a certain amount. Farmers have been asked to deposit Rs 25,000 as the first instalment before the last date.

CONVICTED: A local court has convicted two persons to seven years of imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on a charge of raping two women. According to the prosecution, Mukesh Kumar, a local resident, and his friend Sanjay Kumar of Sanjarwas village in Bhiwani district had raped two women after abducting them from Hansi near here last year.

BOOKED: The police has booked 45 persons on charges of theft during the past one month. According to Mr Sandeep Khirwar, SP, a sum of Rs 2.25 lakh was recovered from them. He said 94 others were booked under the Excise Act.

BAN ORDERS: Mr Anurag Rastogi, District Magistrate, has imposed a ban under Section 144 of the Cr P.C around all examination centres for the India Trade Test Training examination to be held here on December 2.

IDENTITY CARDS: The district administration has decided to give another chance to voters to get their photo identity cards prepared. It will launch a special drive in various blocks from Sunday.

LOK ADALAT: As many as 373 cases were settled in a Lok Adalat organised at the local district court here on Sunday. Justice V.K. Bali, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, inaugurated the Lok Adalat. Out of the total cases decided 149 were under the Motor Vehicles Act and Rs 56,600 was recovered as fine.

REMANDED: Shaukat Ali, Ram Prakash, Inderjit and Titu accused of committing dacoity in Himalayan Queen between Panipat and Ganuar were arrested and produced in court on Friday, which remanded them in police custody.

PROHIBITORY ORDERS: Mr Sudhir Rajpal, District Magistrate, on Sunday enforced prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr PC banning the assembly of five or more persons and carrying of firearms within 500 metres of examination centres set up in Sonepat and Gohana towns to conduct the examinations of the Government Industrial Training Institutes students. According to official sources, the order will remain in force till December 2.


Section 144: Mr Jagdish Chander Sharma, District Magistrate, imposed Section 144 in the district to keep a watch on the activities of small traders and labourers brought by contractors from various states. The contractors have been asked to register the name of the labourers with the SHO of the area concerned along with their attested photographs previous records and addresses.

YOUTH CAMP: A five-day camp organised at Kothi Majhedwan by the district Youth Services and Sports Department in collaboration with the Yuvak Mandal concluded on Saturday. The camp was presided by Mr D.K. Gupta, Assistant Commissioner, Mr Ved Prakash Upadhyaya, and inaugurated by District Youth Services and Sports Officer.

GRAM PANCHAYAT POLL: The district administration has taken steps for holding elections for 211 gram panchayats on December 13, 15 and 17. As many as 2,89,299 voters would exercise their franchise, according to Mrs Anuradha Thakur, Deputy Commissioner. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, she said polling would not be held for four gram panchayats of the Bamsan development block.

TWO HELD: Two persons were nabbed by a joint police party of Manali and Patlikuhal near Nagar village on the Nagar Tapu road, about 25 km from here, on Saturday for smuggling hashish. The arrested persons have been identified as Nerat Ram and Des Ram both of residents of Tandla village in the district.

LOK ADALAT: Eleven cases out of the 23 were settled by the Lok Adalat here on Saturday under the chairmanship of Mr T.N. Vaidya, District and Sessions Judge.

POLICE PROTECTION: The District Non-Gazetted Employees Federation met here on Saturday under the Chairmanship of Mr Ved Sharma, District President, and demanded police protection for Mr Negi’s family, an employee of the PWD Department, whose daughter was raped on November 23 by the son of an influential person of the town.

SCHOOL LECTURERS: The Kangra District Government School Lecturers Association has taken strong exception to a reported statement of the Education Minister, Mr Ishwar Dhiman. The Minister had said the appointment of lecturers in Government Senior Secondary Schools was unfortunate. Mr H.L. Acharya, senior vice-president of the district union, in a statement issued on Saturday said that such statement was unwarranted.

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