Monday, January 1, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


BODIES FOUND: Two unidentified bodies were found near the by-pass in the Chheharta area. One body was of a woman aged between 30-35 years and one of a girl child. An FIR under Sections 302 and 201 of the IPC has been registered. The bodies were sent for a post-mortem examination yesterday.

BAN ORDERS: Mr G.K. Singh, Additional District Magistrate, Sangrur, exercising his powers under Section 144 of the CrPC 1973 (Act 2 of 1974) has banned the pasting of obscene film posters on government and non-government buildings, streets, bazars, chowks and school and college walls. He has also banned the carrying of weapons of any type. The orders will remain in force till February 7, 2001.

LAWYERS ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Young Lawyers Association for 2000-2001: president — Mr Gurbir Singh Toor; vice-president — Mr Prem Kumar Hans; and secretary — Mr Hemant Gopal.

OPIUM SEIZED: The police claims to have seized 9 kg opium from five persons who hail from different villages of the district during a campaign launched against drugs. In a press note issued here on Saturday, Mr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, claimed that the accused, Teja Singh, Duni Chand of Naruana village, Kamaldeep Singh, Kuldeep Singh of Harraipur and Gura Singh of Burj Mehma village, were arrested at Lakhi Jungle Goniana village under Sections 18, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act.

DE-ADDICTION CAMP: The Drug Awareness and Counselling Centre (DACC) in collaboration with the Baba Hari Singh Youth Welfare Club organised a drug de-addiction camp at Jyon Singhwala village in the district on Friday. Mr Jaspal Singh, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the camp. Mr Hazara Singh, Project In charge, DACC, and Dr Philinder Preet Kaur, counsellor, DACC, provided information to the patients. fortytwo patients were given medicines free of cost.

BOOKED: A case under Sections 409, 406 and 420 of the IPC has been registered against Mr Ranjit Singh Khera, retired District Social Security Officer, for allegedly defrauding the department of lakhs of rupees. An anti-fraud police inspector has been deputed to enquire into the matter. In a press note issued here on Sunday, Dr Arun Kumar Araon, district police chief, said Mr Khera while on government duty opened a joint account with his wife in the Bank of India branch here and allegedly deposited Rs 21,92,203 as the pensioners’ amount in the account about two years back.

MAN ELECTROCUTED: Mr Rajan (22), a son of Gyasuram of Kothe Jiwa, was got electrocuted while cutting branches of a tree, opposite Ludhiana Hospital at the GT road here. As he was cutting the branches the axe touched the high-voltage wires and got electrocuted. 

LPG CYLINDERS RACKET: The district police claims to have busted a racket in the pilferage of LPG cylinders with the arrest of two persons and seizure of a truck laden with cylinders. The SSP, stated here on Saturday that a raid was conducted near Sokha village under the supervision of Mr Dilbagh Singh, SP, and a truck carrying 278 full LPG cylinders and 28 empty cylinders was seized. Gurmej Singh, resident of Khuarpura village in Amritsar, and Puran Chand, resident of Chaura village in Kangra, were arrested under Sections 406/420, IPC.

OBSCENE LITERATURE: The district police claims to have busted a racket in the publication and sale of obscene literature with the arrest of three persons, including the publishers. Mr Gaurav Yadav, SSP, stated here on Saturday that a police party conducted a raid at a book store situated at the local bus stand and seized 100 books containing obscene literature published by Amit Pocket Books and Neeru Pocket Books. Sunil Kumar and Munish Kumar were arrested from the shop, while Mr Anil Kumar, owner of the publishing house, was arrested from his office. A case has been registered against the accused under Sections 292, 293 IPC.

NAGAR KIRTAN: On the occasion of Dashmesh Gurpurb, a nagar kirtan was taken out here on Sunday. The procession was led by Panj Piaras. The devotees were reciting shabad of gurbani. Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, has greeted the people on the occasion of Gurpurab and wished them a prosperous new year. 

MASS MARRIAGE: A mass marriage programme was organised by the management of Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in the ground of A.S. College for Women, here on Sunday. A total of 23 marriages were conducted on the occasion. The function was attended by Mr Bachan Singh Cheema, local MLA, and Mr Sukhwinder Singh Gill, SDM. Household goods like double-bed, crockery, utensils and clothes were given to the couples by the organisers. A langer was also organised. 

HONOUR: A meeting of Railway Road Traders Association was organised at Shiv Puri Mandir here on Sunday. Mr Bachan Singh Cheema, local MLA, asked the traders to be united to face the problems created by some vested interests. He was honoured by traders for helping them to solve their problems. 

MEDICAL CAMP: A free medical camp was organised by a clinic at Ganesh Road on Sunday. Free medical treatment of nose, ear and throat diseases was given to 475 patients. The camp was inaugurated by Surinder Dabur, the president of the district unit of the Congress. 

SHAHEEDI CONFERENCE: The All-India Shaheedi Conference of the Dhan Pothohar Brotherhood will be organised on February 18 at the Punjabi Bhavan. The decision was taken at a meeting of the association held here on Saturday under the leadership of Mr N.S.Nanda. Mr Inder Kumar Gujral, a former Prime Minister, will be the chief guest. An exhibition of books, bags, phulkari and other traditional articles will be arranged on the occasion. 

CRICKET: A four-day cricket tournament will be organised at Shergarh Bet by the Youth and Welfare Club from January 4 to 7. According to the president of the club, Mr Rachhpal Singh, the winner team will be given a cash prize of Rs 3,100, while Rs 2,500 to the runner-up. Entry fee will be Rs 300 per team. 

JAN KALYAN DIVAS: The local Arya Samaj organised a Jan Kalyan Divas at Arya Samaj Mandir here on Sunday. Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, presided over the function and distributed blankets among 100 persons.

BLANKETS DISTRIBUTED: The local Doaba Social Welfare Society organised a function here on Saturday and distributed 45 blankets among the poor. This was stated by Mr Vasdevi Pardesi, general secretary of the society, in a press statement here on Sunday.

RELIEF SOUGHT: Mr Kamaljit, a local Bahujan Samaj Morcha leader and municipal councillor, in a press statement issued here on Saturday urged the district administration to provide relief to the families belonging to the Gujjar community whose jhuggies had been gutted in a fire a few months ago.

SPORTS MEET: The sports meet of the local Panchayati Raj Sports Club will be held from January 16 to 18, 2001. This was stated by Mr Baljinder Singh Motha, president of the club, at a meeting of the club members. Mr Shamsher Singh Kaile, president of the local nagar panchayat, was appointed the supervisor, Mr Surinder Pal Singh Toni vice-chairman and Mr Darshan Singh Dhaliwal financier of the sports meet. Mr Avtar Singh Sandhu, convenor, and Mr Tejinder Singh, senior vice-president, appealed to the government to release the grant as soon as possible so that the sports meet could be conducted in a systematic manner. 

ONE KILLED: Ved Parkash Mittal, a son of Mr Shambhy Dayal Mittal, a trader of Delhi was killed near Dayalpura village 4 km from here, on Saturday in an accident. He was travelling in a Maruti car which collided with a truck Mr Naveen Kumar, who was travelling along with him, was seriously injured and admitted to a hospital in Ludhiana. According to Mr Sushil Kumar, DSP, Samrala, the police has registered a case. 

DE-ADDICTION CAMP: Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, national general secretary, BKU, said the union would not hold a drug de-addiction camp on January 7 at Ghungrali Sikhan village, seven km from here. A team of doctors headed by Dr N.K. Wig a former head of the Psychiatric Department, PGI, will check the patients. Free medicines will be given to the needy, he added. Top



LIC MANAGER: Mr L.K. Arora retired as Divisional Manager from LIC of India yesterday. A farewell party was organised by the staff of Divisional office in his honour. Mr R.C. Sodhi, Senior Divisional Manager and other officers highlighted his services. 

LUCKY DRAW: Following are the winners of the ‘Win a Gold Coin Scheme’ of Chief Shoes: Mr Deepak Soni, Bilaspur, HP; Ms Pushpa Rani, Phase I, Mohali; Ms Mohinderjeet Kaur, 18-C, Chd; Mr Sukhminder Singh, 19-D, Chd; Nandita Das 7-B, Chd. Top


OFFICE-BEARERS : The following have been elected office-bearers of the Haryana United Schools Association: president — Mr R.C. Dhiman (Yamunanagar); senior vice-presidents — Mr Vijay Nirmohi (Fatehabad) and Mr Suraj Bhan Saini (Panipat); general secretary — Mr Sukhdev Sharma (Yamunanagar); and treasurer — Mr Tirlok Nath Kapoor (Yamunanagar).

COLLISION: Following a head-on collision between a tractor and a truck on the Rewari-Mehendragarh road, near Kharagwas village, 6 km from here, on Thursday, the tractor driver Ramchander and his companion Indraj died on the spot. The tractor was going from Rewari to Kanwali village while the truck was coming from the opposite direction. The Sadar police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the truck driver.

REPRESENTATIVES: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local unit of the Haryana Medical Representatives Association: president — Mr Navin Kaushik; vice-president — Mr Yashpal; secretary-cum-treasurer — Mr Surender Sharma; and joint secretaries — Mr Atul Sharma and Mr Deepak Sapra.



BAR ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chamba District Bar Association: president — Mr Rajinder Sharma; vice-president — Mr Sudesh Sharma; general secretary — Mr T.C. Sharma; joint secretary — Mr Ajay Rathore; treasurer — Ms Indu Sharma; and librarian — Mr Vikas Vedi.

HIKE CRITICISED: The Kangra Valley Contractors and Builders Association has criticised the steep hike in the cement prices. Mr P.L. Sharma, spokesman of the association, talking to mediapersons said here on Sunday that during the past one month the government had increased the price of cement by 25 per cent which was beyond the capacity of the common consumer. He said the government should review its decision.

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