Tuesday, December 5, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


ARRESTED: Sarwan Singh of Cheema Khudi village in Gurdaspur district was arrested on Friday for carrying 36 bottles of whisky. A case has been registered.

LOK ADALAT: A lok adalat was organised at the local civil courts complex on Sunday by the District Legal Services Authority, Sangrur. Mr Justice H.S. Bedi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who is also the Executive Chairman of the Punjab Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh, and Mr Justice Amar Dutt supervised the adalat. Mr Dilbagh Singh Johal, Additional Civil Judge (senior division) and chairman of the Legal Services Committee, Barnala, said that of a total of 392 cases, 210 were settled on the spot.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Lions Club (Harmony), Barnala, organised a medical camp at the local Gobind Bansal Charitable Trust complex on Sunday. Hearing aids were given to 50 persons at concessional rates on the occasion. Dr Charanjit, skin specialist, and Dr Gaurav Grover, ENT specialist, examined at least 200 patients.

RETIRED: Mr S.K. Bhatia one of the three members of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, retired after completing his five-year term here on Monday.

CHEAT ARRESTED: The police arrested Baljinder Singh alias Raja of Gignowal village in Jalandhar district. Mr R.P. Mittal, SSP, said here on Sunday that Baljinder Singh used to get motor cycles financed on fake names from financing companies and after preparing fake registration certificate sold them. Four motor cycles have been recovered from him.

COPPER WIRE STOLEN: Some miscreants stole copper wire and other parts worth Rs 30,000 of a transformer of the PSEB at Mehmowal village on Saturday. A case has been registered.

LECTURERS’ UNION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local unit of the Government School Lecturers Union: president — Mr Jiwan Parkash Sharma; general secretary — Mr H.S. Sohal; and tehsil presidents — Mr Sukhdev Lal (Nakodar), Mr Gurdev Singh (Shakot ) and Mr Satpal Saini (Phillaur).

TALK SHOW: Roopika Ladies Club, Model Town, organised a lecture on health problems faced by women and other gynaecological problems for its members here on Monday. Dr Mrs Aruna Dhar, former Head of the Gynaecology Department,CMC, answered various queries of the members. Dr Dhar stressed that the doctor’s advice should be sought immediately even in the case of minor complaints. 

WELCOME PARTY: The School of Nursing, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, organised a welcome party for the first year nursing students recently. Dr S.C.Ahuja, Principal, DMC, laid stress on the significance of nursing care and said a nursing student should give the best nursing care to the patients.Mr Prem Nath Gupta, secretary, managing society, DMCH said nursing was a profession of honesty and dedication. A colourful cultural programme was also held on the occasion. 

FREE EYE CAMP: About 800 patients were examined and medicines and spectacles free of cost were provided to 750 patients during a free eye camp organised by Bhratiya Social and Welfare Society at Christian Medical College and Hospital on Monday. More than 100 patients were admitted to the hospital for operations. The camp was inaugurated by Dr Mrs Sally Jaison, Head of Eye Department.This was the 20th free medical camp organised by the welfare society. 

EYE CAMP: The Village Developement and Employees, Welfare Society, Siar in association with eye bank Mansuran held a free eye operation camp which concluded on Monday. The camp was inaugurated by Mr B.K.Sharma, an eminent social worker of the city. About 18 eye donation pledge forms were filled by villagers and society members. over 450 patients were examined and 27 eye operations were performed by Dr Ramesh. 

INAUGURATED: Bhagat Shri Hans Raj of the Ram Sharnam Ashram, Gohana, inaugurated the building of the Ram Sharnam Ashram at Thandi Sadak here on Sunday. According to Mr Gopal Krishan, spokesman of the ashram, social and religious activities and regular satsangs would be organised by the ashram.

BODY FOUND: The body of a youth was found near a well at Gujjarwal village, 10 km from here, on Sunday. According to information, the body was found from the field of farmer Jeet Singh. The police has registered a case.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of Agriculture Cooperative Development Bank, Malerkotla: chairman — Mr Balbhit Singh; vice-chairman — Mr Bhagwant Singh; director — Mr Sarbjit Singh Gogi.

VACCINATION CAMP: As many as 182 persons were vaccinated against Hepatitis-B on Sunday at a medical camp organised here by the Bhartiya Mahila Kalyan Organisation. Mr Pawan Kumar Matti, president, municipal council, inaugurated the camp.

HONOURED: Janab Ulfat Bajwa, a ghazal writer, was honoured here on Sunday at a function organised by the Punjabi Ghazal Darbar, according to Mr Arif Gobindpuri, organiser, here on Monday. Salim Iqbal of the Amanat Khani Gharana and Surinder Gulshan of the Patiala Gharana regaled the audience with ghazals.Top



CHAIN FAST: The chain fast started by the Super Bazar Employees Joint Action Committee entered 8th day here on Monday. A rally was also held which was addressed by Mr Mohinder Singh, president, and Mr Kamaljit Singh, general secretary, of the committee. The speakers emphasised that the government controlled stores must exist and allowed to run both in the interest of the Administration and the public.

MAZDOOR SANGH: About 110 delegates participated in the tri-annual conference of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh here on Monday. Inaugurating the conference Mr Ram Dass Pande, all-India secretary of the BMS reiterated the resolve of the sangh to continue unrelenting fight of the organisation against the entry of the multinationals. According to him these were adversely affecting the bread and butter of the Indian workers. The conference unanimously adopted three resolutions, pragmatic abolition of contract labour system by suitably amending the Contract Labour (abolition and regulation) Act 1970; stoppage of indiscriminate disinvestment of public sectors and handing of vital national assets to private sectors; and applicability of the Bonus Act 1975 to all irrespective of any limit as also the abolition of maximum limit of bonus payable. Through another resolution the sangh urged the Chandigarh Administration to revise the rate of minimum wages to Rs 3,500 and to implement all the labour laws effectively. Following office-bearers of the BMS, Chandigarh, were also elected: president — Mr J L Bajaj; working president — Mr Ranbir Sood; vice-president — Mr Darshan Lal Singh; general secretary — Mr Subash Talwar; secretaries — Mr Deepak Sharma and Mr Kali Ram and cashier — Mr Moti Ram. 

HEPATITIS B: The Audit and Accounts Employees Welfare and Health Care Society, UT, completed its three-day hepatitis B eradication camp. The camp was being held at the main office building in Sector 17. According to Mr R.S. Heer, general secretary of the society, more than 1,350 persons were vaccinated during the camp. 

ASSOCIATION: The City Center Sector 34 Building Owners Association has decided to keep themselves away from the auction of residential and commercial sites in their sector on December 6 and 7. The reason sited behind the decision was the feeling of harassment by the building owners of the city sub - centers. In a press release, the president of the association has alleged that despite repeated requests to the officials concerned and the Administrator of Chandigarh, nothing has been done to improve the basic amenities in the area. The association has decided to observe a silent protest and dharna in front of the auction site of the Estate Office on December 7. 

MEMBERSHIP: Mr Peter H Sutherland, Canadian High Commissioner to India, was given the honorary membership of Rotary Club of Chandigarh at a regular meeting of the club, here on Monday. The commissioner while addressing the rotarians talked about the multi-cultural and multi-lingual character of Canada and appreciated the Indians, especially from this region, for contributing to the Canadian economy and society. Mr Sutherland said great opportunities existed for both Canada and India to join hands in the field of infrastructure, banking, insurance and information technology. He compared the Indian economy to an elephant which might be slow at the earlier stages but once it gained momentum it could continue to pursue the path unlike a tiger which could be changing direction every now and then. Earlier, the Rotary Club presented Rs 30,000 to a family of a Kargil martyr. 


WOOLEN JERSEYS: Mr Brahmjit Kalia, District Education Officer, distributed 50 woolen jerseys to the needful and meritorious students of the Government High School, Khuda Lahora. This was stated in a press release by the principal of the school. Top


RALLY: An inter-state AIDS awareness rally, flagged from Jallandhar, reached here on Sunday. The counsellors participating in the rally talked to the people at bus stand, rickshaw stand and road side dwellers about the methods for preventing AIDS. Two vehicles of Indian Medical Nursing Training Institute have been provided by Mr Kulbhushan Jain and the rally will cover the states of UP, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh and reach Chandigarh, a press note issued by programme coordinators, Mr A.S. Kailay and Mr Manav Jain, said. 

HCTU: The Haryana College Teachers Union has welcomed the assurance given by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, that all long standing demands of the college teachers would be met. The HCTU General Secretary, Dr Sudarshan Gasso, said the announcement was welcomed for giving a time-bound schedule for the payment of pending salaries for the month of September, October and November by December this year. Mr Chautala has announced that the arrears of the new UGC pay scales for the period 1.1.1986 to 1998 would be cleared as soon as the state government receives Centre's share from the HRD Ministry to which the government has already applied, a release said. 

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: As many as 64 units of blood were donated at a blood donation camp organised by the NSS unit of Government College, in the college premises here on Saturday. The camp was inaugurated by Ms Harjit Kaur, principal of the college, and Mr S.K. Monga, Deputy Commissioner of Panchkula ,was the chief guest. 

5 KILLED: Five persons, including two women, were killed on Saturday in different incidents here. Kamlesh, a 30-year old woman, died when she was given wrong injection by a private practitioner at Hodal. Another woman was killed by a train while crossing the railway track near old railway station. In another accident, three persons — Raj Kishore, Gopal and Mohan — were killed when the scooter they were riding on was hit by a truck.

CATARACT OPERATIONS: A medical camp was organised by the local Bharat Vikas Parishad at Civil Hospital here on Saturday. As many as 72 cataract operations were performed. A total of 574 patients were examined.

NAIB TEHSILDAR: Residents of Ateli sub-tehsil have complained that there has been no permanent naib tehsildar in the area for about three months. They demanded one soon as they have to face hardships because of the non-availability of the present naib tehsildar, who also has charge of Narnaul.

BODY RECOVERED: An unidentified body of an old man was recovered by the local police on Saturday evening. The cause of his death is said to be cold weather.

LAWYERS’ STRIKE: On a call of the coordination committee of the Haryana State Bar Association, lawyers observed a strike here on Monday to press for their demand to set up separate high court for Haryana. The striking lawyers also held a march and submitted a memorandum to the district authorities demanding immediate acceptance of their demand.

MANHANDLED: Certain officials of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam were reportedly manhandled by some persons at Mahra village, 15 km from here, on Sunday. According to official sources, the officials had gone to the village for detecting power theft cases.

ARRESTED: The police on Sunday arrested Krishan at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, and recovered a stolen car and a motor cycle from his possession. A case has been registered.

BURN INJURIES: A woman sustained serious burn injuries when her clothes caught fire while she was working in her house in West Ram Nagar here on Monday. According to a report, the woman was referred to a Delhi hospital.

BLANKETS BURNT: Blankets worth thousands of rupees were burnt in a fire when a truck carrying them struck transmission wires on the Tarana road here on Sunday. On receipt of information, the municipal fire brigade arrived on the spot and brought the fire under control.

STRANDED: Scores of passengers, mostly commuters, remained stranded for several hours here and at nearby railway stations on Monday following the cancellation of some long-distance trains by the Northern Railway.

HIT-AND-RUN CASE: Krishan Kumar was killed on the spot when his scooter was hit by a vehicle near Chhapra village, 40 km from here, on Sunday. A case has been registered in this connection. Top



BURGLARY: Five shops were burgled on Saturday night here. Burglars decamped with Rs 6,000 and other valuables.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Rotary, Shimla Midtown, organised a medical check up camp on Sunday at Primary Health Centre, Kufri. Doctors from Indira Gandhi Medical College and private practitioners examined patients.

OPIUM SEIZED: The police arrested two brothers — Rampal and Ashwini Kumar — of Diledobad Raipur Maidan village and seized 2.8 kg of opium from them at Jogi Panga village of the district.Top


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