Friday, December 15, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


TAXATION OFFICERS: The general body meeting of the Excise and Taxation Officers Association, Punjab, will be held on Saturday. Besides the election of the office-bearers, the matters of higher pay scales and promotion grades at par with ETOs of Haryana will be discussed at the meeting, according to Mr P.S. Randhawa, general secretary of the association.

PENSIONERS: The case of pensioners hangs fire despite umpteen reminders and representations to the government. Nearly 145 pensioners have not received pension for a year and many more have not got it for more than three years.

AWARDED: The Income Tax Department honoured the highest tax-payers belonging to this zone in a function held here on Wednesday. The recepients of the citation were Mr R.K. Goel a local resident, Ms Pooja Bansal of Muktsar and Mr Ashok Kumar a local resident. The prizes were given away by Mr B.M. Singh, Commissioner, Income Tax, patiala.

HINDI DIVAS: The Punjab National Bank (regional office) here celebrated ‘Hindi Divas’ on Wednesday at SSD Girls College with the aim of giving boost to the use of the Hindi language in banks. Mr C.R. Khajuria, Regional Manager, PNB, inaugurated the function, in which about 200 persons participated.

: A pulse polio evaluation campaign was undertaken on the GT Road, Doraha, by UNICEF in collaboration with the Khanna police. Mr R. N. Dhoke, SSP, Khanna inaugurated the campaign. Mr Gursharanjit Singh, General Secretary, Punjab State Apex Body of NGOs, presided over. The first-aid team of Doraha including Mr Harbans Singh, Mr Karam Singh and Mr Sarabjit Singh administered polio drops to more than 300 children. A similar evaluation camp was organised in November after the completion of the first round of polio drive in which more than 500 children were administered polio drops. 

meet: The 13th quarterly meet of the Ludhiana Orthopaedic Association (LOA) was held at Hotel Baron. Two eminent Orthopaedic surgeons of USA, Dr Anantha Krishanan and Dr Firoz Yousafjee, were invited to deliver lectures on knee joint replacement surgery and arthroscopic knee surgery respectively. Ortholink, a quarterly newsletter of the association, edited by Dr Rajeev Vohra, was also released. Dr Ravinder Sidhu said that the LOA was holding quarterly academic meetings to discuss various aspects of Orthopaedics and it had invited eminent surgeons from India and abroad to deliver lectures. Dr M.K. Mam, organising secretary, and Dr N.D. Avasthi, President of the association, thanked the speakers and the audience. 

meeting held: The meeting of the District Congress Committee, SC, ST cell, was held under the leadership of Mr Rulda Singh Chauhan, Joint Secretary of the association. The members collectively demanded the resignations of Mr L.K Advani, Mr Murli Manohar Joshi and Ms Uma Bharti on moral grounds . They said these leaders had already been chargesheeted for the Mandir-Masjid episode. The meeting was attended by Mr Malwinder Singh, Mr Ram Sarup, Mr Lehmber Chand, Mr Zail Ram, Mr Nirmal Kumar, Mr Gurdev Singh and many others. 

MENTAL HOSPITAL: The Punjab Government has decided to construct a 450-bedded mental hospital equipped with all modern facilities at Amritsar. The project would cost Rs 40 crore, Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, said here on Thursday.

‘OPEN DARBAR’: An ‘open darbar’ was organised here on Thursday at the DC office. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik presided. As many as 50 complaints were heard.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested 5 persons — Baljinder Singh of Batala, Ashok Kumar, Hamir Singh, Ramesh Kumar and Harpal Singh, all local residents — for smuggling whisky and rum from Batala. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, said on Wednesday that 240 bottles of whisky and rum had been recovered from them.

: Various incidents of harassment by the local octroi contractors have come to light as their agents charge exorbitant rates. The octroi rates on the battery cells is 1.5 per cent of the value but they charge 2 per cent. The rate of octroi on iron goods is Rs 4 per quintal but the same has been charged at the rate of Rs 17 per quintal. When asked about it, the octroi contractor had no answer to it. 

‘SAMMAN SAMAROH’: The local Commissionerate of Income Tax organised a “Samman Samaroh” to honour the highest tax payers at the Red Cross Bhawan here on Wednesday. Ms S.P. kaur, Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, North-West Region, presented “Samman Patras” to Mr Deepak Mittal of Sonalika Agricultural Industries, Phagwara-based lawyer, Mr Dull Chand Singhania, of Phagwara-based lawyer, and Mr Om Parkash Tuteja, Chief Executive, JCT Mills, Phagwara.

EYE DONATION: Dr N. K. Grover, district governor, Lions Club, 321-F, appealed to the masses to come forward to donate eyes. He was addressing a gathering at Royale Palace on the occasion of his official visit to Lions Club, Kharar, on Wednesday. He said there were more than 4 crore blind persons in the world and 50 per cent of them were in Indian alone. 

CHRISTMAS: Christmas choir and solo competition and Christmas mushaira will be organised at CNI Church, Kharar, on Saturday. According to Mr Surjit Masih, Bishop, M.A.Z. Rolstone will be the chief guest and Dr Sardar Anjum and Mr Munnawar Masih will be the guests of honour. 

INJURED: Eight persons were seriously injured in a road accident near Lakhnaur village on the Kharar-Kurali road on Thursday. Seven of them were referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. According to the Kurali police, eight persons were injured when a Punjab Roadways bus (PB-12-C-9827), which was going from Chandigarh to Jalandhar, and a truck (PUR-6772), which was coming from the Kurali side, collided. Five of the injured were taken to Civil Hospital, Kurali, while three were brought to Civil Hospital, Kharar. Giving information about the three injured in Civil Hospital, Kharar, Dr Rajiv Bhalla, Medical Officer, said the injured were of the same family — Apurba Bhardwaj (12), Akhil Bhardwaj (16), and Neena Bhardwaj (40). 

marketing cell': Dr Joginder Singh, Head, Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University, has stressed the establishment of marketing intelligence cell in the state in order to enable farmers, processors and traders to make rational decision for selecting the appropriate marketing for farm produce. In his article published in the recent issue of PAU magazine, Changi Kheti, Dr Joginder Singh revealed that in Japan there was 700 per cent custom duty on rice and 557 per cent on milk and he further said that Canada imposes 213 to 231 per cent custom duty on milk. As a result of this we are not in a position to export many of the farm commodities to the developed countries. Dr Singh also apprehended the adverse effects to the WTO on the developing countries. To meet the new challenges he suggested that we have to minimise the cost of production through judicious use of agricultural inputs. The arrangements for processing and packing of fruits, vegetables, mushroom and fish are also necessary in view of the location of Punjab at a distance from seashore. 

organised: A two-day training course for the cultivation of summer vegetables was organised by the Department of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, in collaboration with the Department of Vegetables Crops, PAU, on December 11 and 12, 2000. The course was organised for the benefit of Horticulture Development Officers of the state keeping in view the need of diversification in agriculture. The lectures were delivered by the various scientists of the Department of Vegetable Crops, Economics and Sociology, Plant Pathology, and Farm Power and Machinery. The scientists emphasised the need to diversify agriculture by adopting profitable crops such as chilli, brinjal, okra and cucurbitaceous vegetables and to adopt improved practices for their cultivation. Need for raising vegetables in off-season and market them at different places was also discussed. The particpants were made aware about the WTO Treaty. Dr B.S. Deol, and Dr D.S. Khurana, Coordinators of this programme, conducted field visits of the officers and showed practial problems and suggested their solutions. 

FEE HIKE: The district unit of the Punjab Students Union has criticised Punjabi University, patiala, for its anti-students policies, including the steep hike in the fee of various courses in the colleges, the university and the Correspondence Department. Mr Gurmukh Singh Mann, district secretary of the union, said here on Thursday that if the university authorities failed to accept their demand of withdrawal of fee hike in correspondence courses, the union would be forced to launch an agitation.

CENSUS: All arrangements for the second round of the Census have been completed in the district. A training workshop was held here on Tuesday in which the Director, Census (Operations), Punjab, Mr Raj Kamal Chaudhary, presided.

DEMONSTRATION: Employees of the main branch of the State Bank of India on Wednesday staged a demonstration on the bank premises against the transfer of one of its employees, Mr Updesh Passi, by the management. The working of the bank remained suspended for over one hour.

SANGHARSH SAMITI: The Pathankot Zila Banao Sangharsh Samiti (PZBSS) has been struggling for two decades for the upgradation of the Pathankot subdivision to the district status. The president of the Sangharsh Samiti, Mr Ashok Parashar, on Wednesday requested the government to fulfil the demand. He threatened to intensify the stir if the demand was not met. Five members of the Bar Association sat on Dharna on Wednesday.

World Disabled Day
: Mr Jawahar Lal Duggal, local Employment Officer, said here on Thursday that World Disabled Day will be celebrated in the office premises on December 18, according to the instructions of the Punjab Government. The disabled youth would be given information regarding employment training, self-employment, rehabilitation and other help given by the Punjab Government. The officials from different banks and agencies would also participate. Mr. Duggal appealed to the disabled persons to participate in the programme. 

organised: A mass-marriage function will be organised by Mr Rajinder Dhoke, SSP, Khanna , on December 31, according to Mr Sushil Kumar, DSP, Samrala, here on Tuesday. Mr Sushil Kumar told the mediapersons that any poor person, may be under trial or in jail, but having a daughter of marriageable age could avail of the opportunity. The interested persons may contact him in his office before December 31 so that the case of his or her daughter may be forwarded to the SSP, Khanna, for consideration, he added. Top


LEGAL RIGHTS: A talk on legal rights was organised on Thursday at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (W). Mr B.B. Parsoon, a Judge of Lok Adalat, UT, informed the students how easy it was to access the court. He also told them that no expenditure was involved regarding lawyer fee, typing and stamp cost, which was borne by the State Legal Services Authority. He added that the decisions were quick and final on both the parties concerned. 

CBSE EXAMS: Those students of Classes X and XII under the CBSE who were placed under compartment in the annual examination held in March 2000 have been allowed to clear compartment in the second chance. While earlier they were required to submit admission forms with a late fee of Rs 1,500 till November 28, the same can now be submitted by December 22.

BLOOD DONATION: A total of 83 Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel donated blood at a camp organised at the ITBP Base Hospital in Ramgarh, near here, on Thursday. The camp, organised in collaboration with the Lion and Lioness Club of Panchkula, was inaugurated by the Commandant, 9th Battalion, Mr M S Bhurji. Officers as well as other ranks of the 9th Battalion and the Base Hospital donated blood. Top


NUTRITION WORKSHOP: A nutrition advocacy workshop for Ambala division was held here on Thursday. It was organised by Food and Nutrition Board in collaboration with the Department of Women and Child Development, Haryana, and UNICEF. Dr Hanumantha Rao, former Deputy Director, National Institution of Nutrition, Hyderabad, said awareness about nutrition was the need of the hour. Ms Dheera Khandelwal, Director, Child and Women Development, Haryana, said literacy was the only key to developing countries to eradicate malnutrition of women and children among the rural masses. The Deputy Commissioner of Ambala, Mr D D Gautam, said the information regarding nutrition must be given to the people at the village level. 

10 ARRESTED: The Ambala range police on Thursday said that 10 persons who were found gambling were held in Yamunanagar. A sum of Rs 4275 was recovered from them. Three persons who were gambling were held on Wednesday. They were nabbed with Rs 1500 in their possession, a press note said. 

ANTI-ENCROACHMENT: On the directions of the Deputy Commissioner of Ambala, the Municipal Council and PWD B&R, assisted by the police, removed the encroachments on Jagadhari road on Thursday. The anti-encroachment drive had been on for the past three days on Jagadhari road and people there had been intimated that they must not keep their goods on government land. The defaulters were also challaned. The anti-encroachment drive would now take place in the main Sadar Market, a press note said. In Ambala city, the anti-encroachment drive took place from near government land close to Jagadhari Gate, where 25 extensions and six kiosks were removed. Fifteen ‘chappars’ were removed by shopkeepers themselves.

SMALL SAVINGS: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anand Mohan Sharan, said here on Wednesday that the district had succeeded in persuading people to deposit an amount of Rs 154.68 crore in small savings upto November while the target from April, 2000, to March 2001, was of Rs 120 crore.

POTABLE WATER: Residents of Meghot Binja village in Mahendragarh district are sore over the apathy on the part of the Public Health Department in providing potable water despite several reminders to it. Mr V. Raja Sekhar, Deputy Commissioner, accepted that there was a problem of water in the village. He assured that the district administration would sort out the problem.

SUGAR QUOTA: Consumers in the region are upset over the delay in the distribution of the sugar quota for November. The district Manager, Confed, said here on Wednesday that the quota would soon be allocated to the consumers.


RESIGNATION: Rakesh Kathuria a Correspondent of a Hindi daily, on Wednesday, resigned under protest from the membership of the District Market Committee for his alleged humiliation by a senior minister of Mr Dhumal’s Cabinet.

INJURED: At least 15 passengers were injured, two of them seriously, when a bus fell down into 30-foot deep khad on its way from Saliali to jassure at Naizpur on the Pathankot-Mandi highway on Wednesday evening, the police said here on Thursday. The bus, which was carrying 20 passengers, failed to negotiate a curve and fell down into the khud.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The police seized 852 bottles of Indian-made foreign liquor worth Rs 1.75 lakh from a truck (HP 41-2679) near Timber Trail Resort on the Kalka-shimla national highway, 28 km from here on Tuesday. According to the police, the liquor was purchased from Ambala and was to be sold in Himachal pradesh. The police has impounded the truck and arrested the driver, Jai Dev, a resident of Jind in Haryana.

RESIDENTS SORE: Residents of the Housing Board Colony are sore over the callous attitude of the Housing Board authorities for its failure to provide even the basic civic amenities.

forest research: Mr R.P.S. Katwal, Director-General, Indian Council of Forest Research and Education, Dehradun, on Tuesday visited the Regional Horticulture Research Station, Jachh, near here. He was apprised of the ongoing research and extension activities of the station.

COMPETITION: Ruchika Thakur of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Solan, won the first position in the state-level seminar-cum-competition organised by the World Wild Life Fund for Nature to promote environment education in schools, here on Wednesday. Isha Dhiman of the local Hanault School and Tashi Dolma of Tibetan Children Village, Dharamsala, jointly bagged the second position and Vijay Kumari of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Kulu, came third.

TELEPHONE BILLS: As many as 50,000 telephone subscribers of the district have been facing a lot of harassment for making payments of their bills, which had fallen due on Tuesday. The telephones authorities, in view of the current postal strike, had ordered that telephone bills of all subscribers in the district be collected at the district telegraph office.

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