December 30, 2000,
RIFLES STOLEN: Some rifles were stolen from an arms shop near the subdivisional complex here on Thursday. Jagtar Singh, owner of the shop, told the police that all eight locks were found broken when he entered his shop on Friday morning. The exact number of rifles stolen is yet to be ascertained. A case has been registered.
ID CELEBRATED: A function was organised on Thursday in local Idgah to celebrate the Id festival. Ms Upinderjit Kaur, Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister, participated in the function and announced a grant of Rs 50,000 to the Idgah and for development of a school.
FLAYED: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has flayed the SAD-BJP government in Punjab led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for what he said were increasing atrocities against Dalits and other weaker sections. Dr D.P. Khosla, Vice-President of BSP, Punjab, alleged that without exception, the entire members of state cabinet, were misusing the government machinery to make their personal fortunes and development of the state had been put on a back burner. “The way Mr Badal had bowed to the pressure mounted by the BJP and the RSS for inclusion of yet another BJP legislator in the state cabinet, it was amply proved that the Chief Minister had failed to safeguard the interests of the minorities and had become an ally of the RSS for propagating ‘Hindutva’.” The BSP activist announced that his party will strongly oppose all policies of the government, which were detrimental to the interests of the common people, particularly the Dalits. He claimed that in future no government in Punjab, will be able to survive without the support of the BSP.
ELECTORAL REFORMS: The Akhil Bhartiya Shiv Sena headed by Mr Jagdish Tangri has called for massive electoral reforms to uproot the corruption and malpractices from the political system of the country. In a statement, the party chief, Mr Tangri, has suggested that the electrol machinery should provide a common platform and media coverage to each candidate so that black money could not play any role in the electoral process. All processions, rallies and public meetings should be completely banned. Other suggestions given by the party include imposing a ban on non-serious candidates, prescribing minimum educational qualifications and maximum age limit for contestants to the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections and making ‘single chance - single constituency’ norm mandatory for all elections.
WIDOW PENSIONS: The 41st monthly widow pension disbursement function of Sri Gyan Sthal Mandir Sabha, Chowk Subhani Building, will be held on January 7, according to the sabha press secretary, Mr Naresh Goyal. Prominent among the guests on the occasion would be Mr Shrawan Kumar, Chief of the Nishkam Sewa Society, and the police inspector, Mr Shankar Dass, and a couple of Congress leaders.
IDA OFFICE-BEARERS: Dr Rajiv Bali, Chief Medical Officer (Dental), Punjab Agricultural University Hospital, Ludhiana, has taken over as the president of the Indian Dental Association, Ludhiana, branch for the year 2000-20001. The other office-bearers include Dr K.S. Bedi and Dr Puneet Girdhar as vice-presidents, Dr Rajesh Bhanot as honorary secretary, Dr Vikas Jindal as honorary joint secretary, Dr Neeraj Tanjea as honorary treasurer, Dr Gajinder Singh as CDE representative, Dr S.P. Singh as CDH representative and Dr T.P. Singh as president elect.
APPOINTMENTS: Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, president of the Lok Bhalai Party, has made appointments of the block presidents of district Mansa. According to a press note issued, Mr Manjit Singh Mian will be the president of Mansa (rural), Mr Deep Chand of Mansa (urban), Mr Bant Singh of Joga, Mr Surinder Singh Sandhu of Sardulgarh and Mr Bhupinder Singh Nambardar will be the president for Budhlada block of the party.
GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE: A meeting of members of the district grievance committee was held here on Thursday which was chaired by Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Minister, Punjab. Out of the 17 applications received, 15 were disposed of on the spot.
MEETING HELD: A meeting of members of the district planning and development board was held here on Thursday. The Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Minister, Punjab, presided over the meeting. He also released more than Rs 1 crore for development of different departments of the district.
WARNED: In a press conference of the president of Punjab Patwari Union, Mr Gurmel Singh and cashier, Sukhdev Singh Chauhan have warned the Punjab Government that if their demands were not accepted before January 10, 2001, they would sit on dharna from January 17 at all subdivisional headquarters. Gurmel Singh also said that their main demands included, post of Patwari to be declared as a technical job, not to recruit Kanungos directly increase in quota from 50 per cent to 85 per cent for the post of Naib Tehsildar and that terminated patwaris by reinstated immediately.
CORRECT FARE: The fare charges from Samrala to Ludhiana by bus have been fixed as Rs 14, but conductors and adda in charges are charging Rs 15 according to Mr Ashwani Bhardwaj, a social worker of the area. Mr Bhardwaj demanded that the General Manager, Punjab Roadways, Ludhiana and all the transporters receive the fixed bus fare. He also threatened to gherao adda in charges.
DANCE COMPETITION: The Payal Musical Club will hold a dance competition show on December 31 in collaboration with the Lions Club, Chandigarh Plaza, at Tagore Theatre. Participants ranging in the age group of four to 20 years will dance to the tune of film and folk songs, according to Mr Y.P.S. Chauhan, president of the club.
NSS CAMP: S.D. College, Sector 32-C, Chandigarh, organised a function on the conclusion of 10-day regular NSS camp on the college campus. 120 NSS volunteers along with NSS programme officers participated in the celebrations. Dr C.K. Narang, Coordinator, NSS, Panjab University, Chandigarh, presided over the function. In his presidential remarks, he appealed to NSS volunteers to work for the national development and universal brotherhood. He said, without the participation of youth no social change was possible. To mark the valedictory day function, a cultural programme was also presented by NSS volunteers. Dr Narang, chief guest of the day, distributed prizes to the volunteers. The programme was supervised by Dr Safri Lal and Mrs Suman Sarma, NSS programme officers.
CELEBRATED: Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Chandigarh celebrated “Food day” at Khuda Ali Sher on Friday. Dr C.K. Narang, director, NSS, Panjab University, Chandigarh, addressed NSS volunteers and community people on the subject. 100 NSS volunteers, five college teachers and 100 women from rural community participated in the orientation programme on food and nutrition, and health. Dr C.K. Narang said nutritious food did not mean costly food and fresh vegetables were the best nutritious ingredients. He criticised the old notion that desi ghee, nuts and other costly diet was good for health. Dr Jasbir Kaur from Government Medical College, Sector 32, also addressed the volunteers and spoke on the health care and child care. Live demonstration on nutritious food and health was given by NSS volunteers. Prof Mrs R. Brinder, Mrs Rashmi Walia, Miss Seema Jatley had organised the 10-day camp under the supervision of Dr Mrs Usha Dhawal.
ESSAY WRITING: Neha Bansal, a student of the Sector 11 Government College for Girls, has won the gold medal in the essay writing competition organised by the Jat Sabha. The award carries a sum of Rs 2100 in cash. Other winners included Bhavna Ranjan, a student of GGDSD College, Sector 32, who won the silver medal and a cash award of Rs 1100. Tanina Dubey of Dr K.N. Dubey Model School, Rohtak, won the third prize. It carries a cash prize of Rs 700. Consolation prizes of Rs 400, Rs 300 and Rs 200 were won by Ms Shivali Sharma of D.N. College, Hisar, Mr Vashudha of Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 32, and Mr Mandeep Mittal of Panjab University.
BANK ASSOCIATION: The State Bank of India SC/ST Welfare Association on Friday decided to boycott the strike from January 1 to January 3, a call for which had been given by the State Bank of India Staff Association. Mr O.P. Indal, president of the association, said the reasons for the strike were not tangible. He said the management was within its right to transfer any employee as it deemed fit in the interest of the bank. He appealed to members not to observe the “illegal, unjust and malafide” call for strike on various dates.
BOOTH COST: The Chandigarh Auto Mechanics Welfare Association on Friday expressed shock over the announcement of the Chandigarh Administration that a sum of Rs 9.47 lakh had been fixed as the cost of each booth to be given to local mechanics. A press note issued by the association said auto mechanics of Chandigarh would call a general body meeting of the association to discuss the threats issued by the Administration to uproot them. The association said auto mechanics had also decided to oppose any move of the Administration which could delay their rehabilitation. They claimed that they had deposited the money wayback in 1996 and at that time Administration had fixed the price of a booth at Rs 1.42 lakh.
SOCIETY: In order to discuss the demands of the Dhobi Welfare Association, a meeting was organised at Labour Chowk, Sector 21, on Friday. Principal Gurbachan Singh, President of the Chandigarh Nationalist Congress Party, would be the chief patron of the society. Mrs Sudesh Rani Chauhan has been appointed chairperson of the society. The association demands include issuance of I-cards, voter cards, ration cards etc. The function was presided over by Mr Shyam Lal Azad, president of the society, Mr Sham Lal Kanoujia, vice-chairman of the society and many others.
INJURED: Two persons were injured in a head-on collision between a diesel tanker and a three-wheeler on the Refinery Road, 3 km from the Panipat Refinery, on Wednesday. Both the injured Lajwanti, resident of Sonepat and Sumer Chand, resident of Rajapur village, were admitted to the Civil Hospital.
DIED: Howa Singh (65), resident of Moi Majra village, died after falling in a well at Shahpur Turk village, about 10 km from here, on Thursday. According to a report, the deceased had gone to the village for participating in a religious congregation there.
NSS CAMP: At least 100 volunteers of NSS units II and III of the local Hindu College, who are taking part in the 10-day NSS camp, conducted an economic survey in Qumashpur village of this district on Thursday. They also cleaned the streets of the village and imparted education to the adults.
AIDS AWARENESS: Volunteers of the NSS unit of the local Hindu Girls College took out a procession here on Friday to create awareness among the people regarding AIDS.
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