Tuesday, November 28, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


KASHMIR KILLINGS: The killing of five innocent truck drivers in Banihal (J and K) by terrorists has been condemned by all political parties, including the SAD (A), the BJP, the Congress and the local truck union. Among those who condemned the killings included Mr Surinder Singh, Mr Shyam Gupta, Mr Harichand and Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon. They appealed to the Centre to solve the problem in the valley at the earliest. 

BAN: The Punjab-Chandigarh Patarkar Parishad, the Rammi Yadgari Manch and the Sahara Cultural Club have demanded a ban on the audio cassette Bahmni gilas vargi. They also demanded arrest of the singers for hurting the sentiments of the people.

POWER TARIFF HIKE: Leaders of political parties, including the BKU, the Lok Bhalai Party, the SAD (T), SAD (A) and the Congress condemned the increase of 6 paise per unit in the electricity tariff. Mr Bhinder Singh, Mr Surinder Singh, Mr Mohinder Singh Maneli and Mr Amrik Singh, MLA, warned that if the increase was not withdrawn they would start an agitation against the hike. 

MEDICAL CAMP:The International Youth Clubs Welfare Organisation will organise a free medical check-up camp on November 30 at Government Primary School, Kalas Kalan, with the help of Guru Nanak Nursing Home. 

CULTURAL PROGRAMME: A cultural programme will be organised by the Sargam Rangmanch, Baba Phalahi Wala, at Sherpur Bet village on November 30. 

SCHOOL:Government High School, Takhran, will be named after Davinder Singh, a havaldar of 22 Rashtriya Rifles, who laid down his life in Baramula district of Jammu and Kashmir on November 16. Also, an approach road from Takhran to Machhiwara would also be constructed in his memory. This was stated by the ADC, Ludhiana, Mr S.R. Kler, who had come here to attend the bhog ceremony of Mr Davinder Singh.

DENTAL CAMP: A dental camp was organised by the Muslim Welfare Club (regd) at Hathan village on Sunday. Dr Mohamed Shabbir of the local Civil Hospital examined about 500 persons. Medicines were distributed free of cost to the needy patients.

FAIR: A fair was organised by the District Youth Welfare Association on Sunday at Dasmesh Public School. The fair was inaugurated by Mr Sukhwinder Singh Aulakh, MLA. Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Member, Rajya Sabha, honoured Punjabi singers Hardev Singh Mahi Nangal and Navdeep Sandhu.

TELEPHONES: The telephone system went out of order in the city on Sunday and affected nearly half of the subscribers.

PARKASH UTSAV: The Parkash Utsav of Shiromani Bhagat Sant Namdev Ji Maharaj was celebrated here on Saturday. Prayer meetings were held at various gurdwaras.

PADDY PROCUREMENT: The process of paddy procurement is complete, Ms Raji P. Sirivastava, Deputy Commissioner, said in a press note issued here. The total paddy procured in the district was 403463 MT compared to 416473 MT last year, she added.

WOMAN KILLED: Surjeet Kaur of Rajeana village in this district was killed on Sunday when she was run over by a car near the village. The body has been sent for post-mortem.

PANCH ELECTED: Mr Swaran Singh of the CPM has been elected panch of Dobeta village on Sunday. He defeated his nearest rival, Mr Mool Chand, by a margin of 264 votes.

TWO HELD: The district manager of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation was arrested by the police at Bhadson, near here, on Monday in a criminal case regarding misappropriation of funds of the department. Another employee, Jaswant Kaur, a junior assistant, was also arrested following the complaint of Mr Ashwani Kumar Sood a resident of Bhadson. The complainant alleged that Jaswant Kaur was hand-in-glove with commission agents during the paddy procurement season, with the connivance of warehouse officials. According to a press note, she was involved in a multi-crore rupee scam regarding the purchase of poor-quality paddy. An amount of R 17,000, around 50 tolas of gold and some incriminating documents were seized from her possession. 

LECTURE: Mr Walter Schweppe, a German scholar from Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi, visited Punjabi University on Monday for a talk on Ten years of German unity. He reviewed the events which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in November, 1989. The stages of and the ups and downs on the way to reunification formed a substantial part of the lecture, which was supported by a video film and critical journals. He also analysed some problems arising out of the unification. 

PULSE POLIO: A pulse polio campaign was organised by the Civil Hospital authorities under the supervision of Dr J.P. Singh, SMO, on Monday. The camp was inaugurated by the local SDM, Mr Sandeep Hans. 

MEDICAL CAMP: A medical camp was organised by the local branch of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) here on Sunday. Mr Ram Parkash Sharma, district secretary of the VHP, said around 75 persons were examined and provided medicines free of cost.



RALLY: Acting on a call given by the National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers, the employees of electricity wing of the Engineering Department held a rally before the Electricity Officer, Sector 23, on Monday. The rally was held in protest against the move to privatise the electricity department of Chandigarh under the dictates of the World Bank, The International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation. In a press note, Mr Bhag Mal Rana, general secretary of the UT Powermen Union, said the rally also condemned the Chandigarh Administration for not filling the vacant posts. 

EXAMINED: A free ENT camp-cum-exhibition was conducted by the ENT Department of Government Medical College and Hospital at Government High School, Sarangpur, on Monday. Prof Arjun Dass, of the GMCH emphasised the various aspects of prevention of hearing loss in the community. The exhibition high-lighted various causes of hearing loss and ways to prevent it. About 270 patients were examined for various ENT disorders during the camp. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP. 

APPOINTED: During a meeting of the Chandigarh Student Club, Panjab University, Mona Thakur has been appointed general secretary of the club. She succeeds Anand Rohilla, who has resigned from the post. 

OPPOSE: The Joint Action Committee of residents of all categories of houses of CHB in Sector 38 (west) warned the Chandigarh Administration on Sunday against its move of shifting Kumhar Colony of Sector 25 to the land adjacent to Sector 38 (west). The committee was of the view that such a move would pose serious threat to the security of the area. In a press note, Mr Bhupinder Singh, president of the committee, warned that an agitation would be launched if the Administration went ahead with its decision. 

TWO ATTACKED: The chairman of the Sector 18-C social welfare society, allege on Monday that a group of 15 to 20 unruly boys under the influence of liquor, attacked him and his friend, on Saturday. It was also reported that five of them were caught by the people who had gathered there and were later handed over to the police. Mr Rakesh Arora, chairman of the society, was allegedly hit on his left ear, while an another office-bearer of the society was also injured. The locals complained that the chicken shops in the Sector 18-C Rehri Market had become a nuisance for them. They alleged that many youngsters from different parts of the city and the satellite towns of SAS Nagar and Panchkula, came here to have food while drunk. 

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the PUDA Engineers Association: president Mr Paramjit Singh; vice-president Mr B.S. Bajwa; general secretary Mr Davinder Singh; finance secretary Mr R.K. Jaidka; press secretary Mr N.S. Kalsi. The executive members are: Mr N.S. Kahlon, Mr R.K. Sharma, Mr Jatinder Mohan, Mr Amarjeet Singh, Mr Summiter Singh, Mr Gurdev Singh and Mr Meva Singh. 


INAUGURATED: Longia Nursing Home, located near Sewa Samiti Girls Senior Secondary School, Ambala Sadar, was inaugurated by the Ambala Cantonment MLA, Mr Anil Vij, on Sunday. The nursing home has been established by Dr Anil Longia and his wife, Dr Mrs Shashi Longia. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vij said that medical practitioners had an opportunity of running a nursing home while simultaneously doing social work. 

ANNUAL FUNCTION: Annual prize distribution function of the local Jindal Modern School was organised on Sunday. Mr Vishnu Bhagwan, Chief Secretary, Haryana, presided over the function.

AWARDED: Dr S.K. Bhatia, Professor of Animal Nutrition at CCS Haryana Agricultural University, has won the Recognition Award of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences for his research work on digestive physiology of buffaloes and cattle.

SNATCHED: Five youths snatched a bag containing Rs 3,575 from Mr Darshan Lal, an employee of M/s Mid Land Traders firm, near the local railway station on Saturday evening. According to a report, Mr Darshan Lal, after collecting money from shopkeepers, was going to his office when five youths snatched the money bag from him and ran way.

NABBED: The police nabbed two armed youths and recovered a country-made pistol and an iron rod from them when they were trying to loot vehicles on the Jind-Narwana road on Saturday night. Mr Rajpal Singh, SP, said on a tip-off the police reached the spot where the youths had placed stones on the road to stop vehicles for looting. On seeing the jeep of the police the youths fled on their motor cycle. But the police chased them and nabbed them near Kharakbura village. They have been identified as Shamsher of Sunderpur village and Rajesh of Babain village.

GIRL INJURED: A young girl, Madhu, was injured when she was hit by a bullet when a gun went off accidentally during a marriage party in the west Ram Nagar area here on Sunday. She was rushed to the local Civil Hospital. Her condition is stated to be out of danger. The police has registered a case.

ASSAULT: Mr Balbir Singh Rathi and his son Sandeep of Sudama Nagar sustained injuries when they were allegedly attacked by four persons, near Bhuri village, about 10 km from here, on Sunday. The injured were hospitalised and are stated to be out of danger. The police has registered a case in this regard.

NO OFFICER: The police headquarters here remained without senior police officers on Sunday. According to sources, Mr A.S. Chawla, SP, was away to Chandigarh while Mr Jagrup Singh Rathi, ASP, was on a five-day leave. Moreover, Mr Hardeep Singh Doon, DSP (Hq), was on duty at Panipat in connection with a sports festival there.

INAUGURATED: Mrs Poonam, the wife of Mr Hardeep Singh Doon, DSP, inaugurated science and flower exhibitions at a school on the Sonepat-Rathdhanna road, about 2 km from here, on Sunday. Number of students from various educational institutions were present on the occasion.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been nominated office-bearers of the district unit of the Haryana Brahmin Sabha: acting president Mr Rameshvar Dutt Bhardwaj; general secretary Mr Amreshwar Bhushan; and secretary Mr Om Parkash Sharma.Top


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