Tuesday, December 26, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


NCP PRESIDENT: Mr Anil Kumar Gupta, president, district Tax Bar Association, has been appointed president of the city unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), according to Mr Amrit Pal Singh Brar, secretary of the state unit, here on Sunday.

PARTY OFFICE: Mr Bhupinder Singh Gora, vice-president, Punjab Youth Congress (PYC), said on Monday that the party would open its offices in each block of the state. Mr Gora and Mr Narinder Bhalaria, president, Youth Congress, Bathinda district, inaugurated the party office at Bhucho Mandi on Monday.

WOOLLENS DISTRIBUTED: Mr Mithu Ram Gupta, General Secretary, BJP (Bathinda district) said on Monday that woolens and shoes were distributed among the poor by the party workers to celebrate the birthday of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. He said party workers organised ‘havan’ for the long life of Mr Vajpayee.

SUD SABHA: The local Sud Sabha organised Sud Parivar Milan here on Sunday. More than 1,000 men, women and children belonging to the Sud community participated. A cultural programme was presented by children. Mr Banta Ram Sud donated 40 kanals to the Sud Sabha for setting up a community centre and a public school.

elected: A meeting of the youth wing of Shiromani Akali Dal, circle Khamano, was held in Gurdwara Sahib Ranwan under the chairmanship of the circle president, Mr Gurdeep Singh Ghuman, in which the following office-bearers were elected: senior Vice-president — Sukhjeet Singh Mann; general secretary — Amarjit Singh Bilaspur;-Secretary — Gurdeep Singh Hawara; vice-president — Amarjeet Singh Manderan; cashier — Paramjit Singh Badesh and press secretary — Harjinder Singh Happy. 

rejected: District Session Judge, Fatehgarh Sahib, has rejected the bail application of Bhinder Singh Ranwan. In the mean time Ranwan has been sent to Patiala Jail in judicial custody upto January 4. The Khamano police has registered a case under Sections 457, 294, 295, 506, 323 and 34 of the IPC against Bhinder Singh on the complaint of Ram Singh Manderan, a property dealer. In his complaint Ram Singh has alleged that he was called by Ranwan and was beaten up. He alleged that Ranwan has also made comments about the caste of Ram Singh and his turban was also burnt. The police arrested Bhinder Singh and Sher Singh on the same day. 

meeting: An election meeting of the Electronics Dealers Association was held at local Abhishek Banquet Hall was here on Sunday. The meeting was conducted by its secretary, Mr Parvesh Nanchahal. Mr Vijay Vij was reelected president. He defeated his rival Mr Parvesh Aggarwal by a narrow margin of 2 votes. Mr Vij scored 14 votes out of total 26 votes. Besides, Mr Jagdeep Singh Titoo was elected vice-president, Sunder Vij — secretary, Charan Sood as joint secretary, Sanjeev finance as secretary and Garib Das Sharma, Surinder Singh, Rajesh Kumar, Rakesh Nanchahal and Jewan Kumar were elected as the executive members. 

elected: Mr Gagandeep Singh Kalirao was elected president of the District Ludhiana Dehati Bhartia Janta Yuva Morcha, in a meeting held here on Sunday. He was congratulated by Mr Vijay Diamond, vice-president, Bharti Janta Party, Ludhiana, and Mr Jaspal Singh Lotey, MC and the President, Bhartia Janta Party Khanna Mandal . 

Ekta Committee: The welfare society of the local Model Town Extension organised a meeting on Sunday at Punjabi Street Model Town Extension, Block D, near Shri Guru Nanak Park to elect the unity committee of the residents (Ilaqa Niwas Ekta Committee). The members laid stress on the need to eradicate corruption and create unity among the residents so that the welfare of the colony could be given full attention. 

flayed: The Punjab Pradesh Mahila Congress has flayed yet another cabinet expansion by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in a bid to please his alliance partner. The state convener of the teachers’ cell of the party, Ms Jaswant Ghai, has said in a statement here today that the induction of another member in the jumbo size cabinet of the state will put further unnecessary burden on the state exchequer. She said the grave financial crisis facing the government, had led to many a development projects being stalled and more than 20,000 vacant posts of the teachers in the government schools and colleges had not been filled up due to paucity of funds. Moreover, the SAD-BJP government in Punjab had failed to implement the pension-cum-gratuity scheme for the government aided private college teachers on the pretext of lack of adequate funds. She wondered as to why the resource crunch had not come in the way of repeated cabinet expansions in Punjab. 

Sikh youth exhorted: Mr Balwinder Singh Bains, President, Youth Wing Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), exhorted the Sikh youth to keep a vigil on the evil designs of communal organisations who, he alleged, were hatching conspiracies to infiltrate into Sikh institutions and to weaken the Sikh religion. Addressing a religious congregation at Sokhi Road here to welcome the nagar kirtan taken out by Gurdwara Guru Nanak Prakash to mark the forthcoming Gurpurb, he charged the so called 'panthic' government in Punjab with digressing from the basic principles of Sikhism. The senior leaders of ruling Akali Dal had bartered away the interests of Sikh community and Sikh principles for the sake of retaining power and to promote their kith and kin. Prominent among those present at the occasion were Mr Sarbjit Singh Baba, district president, Mr Jagbir Singh Sokhey, Senior vice-president, Mr Ranjit Singh Ubhi, the general secretary of the party, Mr Amrik Singh Sokhey, Mr Sukhwant Singh Sukhi, Mr Baldev Singh and Mr Gurcharanjit Singh. 

NCP activists meet: A deputation of district unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led by its district president Rashpal Singh Gill met the central leadership of the party in Delhi to discuss the prevailing political situation in Punjab and forthcoming Assembly elections. Senior party leaders including Mr P.A. Sangama, Mr Tariq Anwar and president of women wing of the party, Ms Veena Nayyar, asked the NCP activists to make preparations for the coming Assembly elections. Giving this information here, Mr Gill informed that the party president, Mr Sharad Pawar, and other senior party leaders will tour Punjab and address party meetings in Chandigarh, Mohali and Patiala in the first phase. Later, the central leadership of the party will also visit other major towns, including Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Hoshiarpur to address election rallies. 

YOGA CAMP: A yoga camp was organised by the local branch of the Bhartiya Yog Sansthan at Vikrant Palace here on Sunday. A lecture was delivered on depression and other mental ailments by Dr Satish Kapoor. More than 100 persons participated.

SWEETMEAT MAKERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Sweetmeat Makers Union, Ahmedgarh: president — Mr Chanan Parkash Choudhary; vice-president — Mr Krishan Kumar Sharma; general secretary — Mr Ravinder Kumar Vadehra; secretary — Mr Ram Ji Dass; and treasurer — Mr Telu Ram.

NCC CAMP: A 10-day All-India National Integration camp for the Senior Division (Boys) of the NCC is being organised at the Government Shivalik College here. The Camp Commandant said cadets would take out anti-dowry and anti-drugs awareness rallies.

POWER SUPPLY: The power supply here and in adjoining villages will remain suspended from 10 am to 3 pm on Tuesday for carrying out repair work of 1 KV feeders, according to an official press note.

YADGARI MELA: Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, about 20 km from here, organised its annual Amardeep Yadgari Mela on Sunday. Padam Bhushan Kartar Singh Duggal, MP, was the chief guest. Mr Sadhu Singh Shergill and Mr Bhag Singh donated Rs 5 lakh and Rs 1 lakh, respectively, to the college.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: Mother Teresa Memorial School here organised its annual function on Sunday. Mr Pritam Singh Johal, SDM, presided. Students presented a colourful cultural programme.

MARTYRDOM DAY: The local Arya Samaj organised a ‘havan’ to mark the martyrdom day of Swami Shradhanand at the Arya Samaj mandir here on Sunday.

recovered: The Scheduled Caste and Financial Corporation (SCFC) has recovered Rs 70 lakh for the period between April 1 and November 30 this year from this district. The corporation has also broken the record of receipts of a particular month by recovering Rs18 lakh in the month of November. 

nominated: Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal has nominated Mr. Dalip Singh Pandhi, a former minister of state as SAD nominee in the District Grievance Committee. 

GRANT: The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, exhorted youth not to seek greener pastures abroad and instead should bring prosperity to the state by working here. While attending a gathering at Alhora village, near Nabha sub-division in this district, Mr Badal granted Rs 3 lakh for the development of the village. 

DONATED: Mr Gurdarshan Singh Basra, an NRI, donated Rs 1 lakh for the construction of Sri Guru Gobind Singh IT Block at Guru Nanak College here on Monday. He laid foundation stone of the block.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Dr S.P.S. Sooch and Dr Kiranpreet Kaur Makkar were unanimously elected president and secretary, respectively, of the local branch of the Indian Medical Association.

CAMP CONCLUDES: A three-day zonal Gurmat training camp concluded at Guru Nanak College here on Monday. The camp was organised by the student wing of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, according to Meharpreet Singh, zonal president.

BLOOD DONATION: The district unit of the BJP celebrated the 76th birthday of Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, by organising a blood donation camp, here on Monday. The camp was inaugurated by the Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Punjab, Mr Madan Mohan Mittal. Mr Mittal distributed clothes among the poor children of the area.


muhurat: The sangeet muhurat for Sri Akal Takht Sahib, a serial on Sikh history and religious aspects produced under the banner of Singh Creative Movies, was held in a studio here on Saturday. The rituals for the muhurat was carried out by Information and Public Relations Minister, Punjab, Mr Natha Singh Dalam, and ex-minister Harnek Singh Ghaduan. 

hailed: Local Congressmen have hailed the victory of their candidate as Mayor. In a statement, Mr K.K. Kapoor, Mr Balraj Singh and Mr B.M. Khanna have said the new Mayor will work for the betterment of the city residents. The Vikas Nagar (Mauli Jagran) Welfare Association congratulated Mr Raj Kumar Goyal for his victory. This was stated by Mr M.L. Verma, president of the association, in press note. Mr Ram Pal Sharma, president of the Indian National Trade Union Congress, also congratulated him. Residents of Shahpur Rajiv Colony, Dadu Majra also hailed his victory. 

Delegation: A delegation of the Welfare Society, Sector 45, met Mr R K Goyal, mayor, and apprised him of the problems faced by residents of the area. The main problems of the residents include the use of V-6 road by a school. They demanded that the entrance of the school should be changed. This was stated by Mr S C Hans, president of the society, in a press note. 

rally: The Nationalist Congress Party will hold public rally on January 6 at Nehru Park, Sector 22, here. The rally, among others, will be addressed by Mr P. A. Sangma, Member Parliament, and Mr T. P. Peethabaran, general secretary of the party. This was stated by Mr Sham Lal Kanoujia, general secretary of the local unit, in press note issued here on Monday. 

Christmas celebrated: The NSS unit of GGDSD College, Sector 32, celebrated Christmas with inmates of Chandi Khust Ashram Society during the on going NSS camp, here on Monday. The unit also distributed sweets and fruits among the inmates. This was stated by Mr Safri Lal, programme officer, in a press note. The local unit of the Nationalist Youth Congress distributed sweets and fruits among inmates of the ashram. 

Harbhajan performs: Spirit of fun and gaiety marked the opening of the largest music store of the country to the people of Chandigarh here on Monday. As the store in Sector 17 was thrown open on Monday, a large number of music lovers thronged the place which has almost everything conceivable under the sun as far as music is concerned. There are over 45,000 titles, rock, pop, jazz, metal, classics, regional music, bhangra and so on. Another major attraction of the evening was the performance by pop singer Harbhajan Mann who rocked the crowds with his six famous numbers, the most hot ones being Mirza, Lala Lala and Oye Hoye

skills: Fun and frolic that began on December 15, in Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children, Sector 32, ended on a high note on Monday. Mentally challenged children enthusiastically exhibited their skills that they had mastered during the winter camp. Rakesh distributed sweets and the Christmas cake was cut by Seema. Musical chairs, passing the parcel and bhangra were the other highlights of the occasion. Welcoming Ms Madhavi Kataria, Director, Department of Social Welfare, Mr B.S. Chavan, Joint Director of the institute, opined that the winter camp had brought cheers among the mentally challenged children. 

Minor fire: A minor fire broke out in parts of the kabadi market of Sector 44 here on Monday. However, no loss of life or property was reported. Two fire-engines were rushed on the spot and the fire was brought under control. The cause of the fire is not known. 

Scooterist injured: A scooter and a truck collided near the railway crossing at Mani Majra. The scooter driver reportedly got injured. According to sources in the police department, the injured was rushed to the PGI, Sector 12, where his condition was reported to be stable. A senior police official said they could give more information after recording the statement of the victim. 

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Office-bearers: The following have been nominated as office-bearers of the House Owners Welfare Association, Phase IV, Sector 59: senior vice-president — Mr Sukhdev Singh Tiwana; vice presidents — Mr D C Bhatia, Mr Narinder Singh Kalsi and Mr K K Soni; general secretary — Mr Gurdev Singh Bains; press secretary — Mr Gurcharan Singh Sethi; secretary — Mr Balbir Singh; joint secretary — Mr B R Sharma; cashier — Mr Rajeshwar Sharma; advisers — Mr Gurcharan Singh Surie and Mr H S Bedi; legal adviser — Mr Bachan Singh Mundra; and patron — Mr Kartar Singh Mann. A 16-member executive committee was also nomintated. This was stated by Mr Ajaib Singh Tung, president of the association, in a press note. 


workshop organised: A two-day workshop for teachers organised by Air Force Public School, Ambala Cantonment, concluded on Saturday. As many as 65 teachers from Air Force schools under the Western Air Command took part. The workshop was inaugurated by Air Commodore V.R. Ayer. It focused on methodology of teaching and challenges of new millennium. Among others who spoke on the occasion were Dr V.P. Gupta, Dr Jagveer Singh Rawat, Mrs Nirmala Gupta, Dr Sushil Kansal and Dr Desh Bandhu. 

elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Haryana College Teachers Association, Ambala zone: president — Mr S.K. Gupta (DAV College); vice-president — Dr Pradeep Sharma Snehi (SA Jain College); and secretary — Dr R.S. Dhillon (SD College). 

HUSBAND ARRESTED: On the complaint of Ms Roshni Devi, a resident of Narwana, the police on Saturday arrested her husband Ramesh and brother-in-law Dharambir for torturing her and demanding more dowry.

METER TAMPERING: Officials of the Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam raided several houses and shops here and detected three cases of power theft. On the complaint of the officials, the police registered cases against Jagdeep, Ramesh and Ram Bilas and arrested them on Saturday for tampering with electricity meters.

HOSPITAL INAUGURATED: Mr Banarsi Dass Gupta, a former Chief Minister of Haryana, inaugurated Bal Dharmarth Hospital on the Bhiwani road on Saturday. The hospital has been constructed at a cost of about Rs 2 crore and has all modern facilities for treating children.

CAMP INAUGURATED: Mr K.K. Sirohi, Principal, RKSD College, inaugurated a NSS camp at Jagdishpura village on Sunday. Dr Rajbir Prashar, in charge of the camp, said 70 students were taking part. They would repair a road and launch cleanliness drive at the village. Students presented a cultural programme.

IFTAR PARTY: A large number of Muslims and other people belonging to different communities participated in the Iftar party hosted by Mr Dev Raj Dewan, an independent MLA, here on Sunday evening. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Dewan appealed to the people of all communities to maintain peace and brotherhood.

GOODS DESTROYED: Goods worth several lakh of rupees were reduced to ashes in a devastating fire which broke out in a bag shop on the Sarang road here on Sunday night. A short circuit is stated to be the cause of the fire.

TRANSFORMER BURNT: A transformer worth several lakh of rupees was reportedly burnt at Rathdhanna village, about 5 km from here, on Sunday. This caused an explosion which created panic among villagers.

NSS CAMP: Mr R.C. Jaindal, Principal, Hindu Girls College, inaugurated a 10-day NSS camp here on Sunday. At least 50 girl-students are taking part in the camp.

HOLY DIP: Thousands of men, women and children had their holy dip in the Yamuna near the town on the occasion of Somavati Amavasya on Monday. Number of devotees, braving the severe cold, started pouring in at 3 am and continued for several hours. 

BAR ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Jagadhri Bar Association: president — Mr Ram Kumar Radaur; senior vice-president — Mr Jai Chand; vice-president — Mr Deep Chand Singla; secretary — Mr Rajiv Gupta; general secretary — Mr Suresh Paul; joint secretary — Mr Atul Jaiswal; and treasurer — Ms Monika Rani.

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