Wednesday, January 17, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


WORLD TOUR: Mr Rajpal Singh Chouhan was honoured on Monday by Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public School and the Chief Khalsa Diwan here for completing his world tour on cycle for peace and non-violence. He was presented with a memento and a siropa.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION: Denouncing the activities for Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, a senior Congress leader, Mr Jagir Singh, vice-president , Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has demanded disciplinary action against him from the Congress high command.

MEDICAL CAMP: A medical check-up camp was organised here on Sunday by the town unit of the Sewa Bharti. As many as 270 persons were examined for tuberculosis. About 80 suspected cases were detected. The patients were given medicines free of cost by the Sewa Bharti.

BAR ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Kurukshetra District Bar Association: president — Mr Amar Singh; vice-president — Mr Tirlok Singh; general secretary — Mr K.K.Kaushik; joint secretary — Mr Satish Kumar Sirohi; and treasurer — Mr Sushil Saini.

ROTARY CLUB: A group study exchange team of the Rotary International from Virginia, USA, visited the local Rotary Club and interacted with its members at Anahat Residency Hotel here on Sunday. Dr Ram Bhardwaj, a former district convener of the Rotary District 3090, apprised the team members of the cultural heritage of India and the objectives of the Rotary International.

COMPUTER CENTRE: Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Member , Rajya Sabha, on Monday inaugurated a computer training centre on the premises of Government Nehru Memorial College here. He announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for the library of the college.

PRESIDENT: Mr Ajit Singh Bhangu was elected president of the District Bar Association here on Monday.

CHEQUE PRESENTED: Ms Raji P. Srivastava, Deputy Commissioner, presented a cheque for Rs 2 lakh to Mr Thakur, Principal, SDKL DAV Centenary Public School, on Monday to develop basketball ground of the school. The amount was granted earlier by Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Member , Rajya Sabha.

ACCIDENT: One person was killed while three others were injured in different accidents here on Monday due to thick fog. According to a report, a scooterist was killed when he was run over by a vehicle on the Moga-Amritsar road while three occupants of a tanker were injured seriously when the vehicle skidded and overturned on the Moga-Ludhiana road.

IMPROVEMENT TRUST: Joginder Paul Jain has been elected chairman of the Moga Improvement Trust for the fourth time.

DEMANDED: Residents of various grain markets in the district on Tuesday demanded action against the owners of donkey and buffalo-driven reharas who beat these animals mercilessly and make them carry heavy load.

GUIDANCE DAY: The district Education Department observed educational and career guidance day at Government High School, Bheen, 7 km from here, on Monday. Mr Narinder Singh, District Guidance Officer and Mr Karnail Singh, Deputy DEO, addressed students.

HONOURED: Prof A. S. Paintal, a renowned physiologist, Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, and Prof K.S. Aulakh, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, are among the twelve eminent scientists from Punjab who have been nominated as Fellows of the Punjab Academy of Sciences by the Executive Committee of the Academy which met on January 10. These scientists will be honoured with a citation and a medal at the next Annual Punjab Science Congress slated to be hosted by PAU, Ludhiana, proposed to be held on February 9 and 10 under the aegis of Punjab Academy of Sciences. This session of the Congress will be inaugurated by Dr R.S. Paroda, Director General, ICAR and Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, and Dr G.S Kalkat, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Ludhiana, will preside over the meeting. According to a press release, about 350 research papers have been received for the presentation at the Congress. Many eminent scientists and top industrialists will speak in the plenary sessions. 

RALLY: The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Ex-servicemen Cell (Malwa Zone) headed by Col Zorawar Singh, Chairman, will hold a rally of ex-servicemen of the state on January 21 at 10 a.m. at Chhoti Baradari to highlight the various problems faced by the ex-servicemen and enable them to discuss their solidarity in order to initiate concrete measures to solve them. The rally will be addressed by Capt Amarinder Singh, President PPCC, Ms Parneet Kaur, Member Parliament, and other senior congress leaders. 



HURT: A scooterist was admitted to the PGI on Tuesday afternoon after being hit by a car. Sources in the police department said the injured has been identified as Brig Lal of Indira Colony in Mani Majra. His condition, according to doctors on duty, was stable. 

ELECTED: The following were elected office-bearers of the ABVP unit of DAV College, Sector 10: chairman — Mr Gurpreet Singh Brar; president — Mr Nishu Dubey; vice-president — Mr Sandeep; secretary — Mr Vaibhav Dhamija; joint secretary — Mr Kunal Sharma. This was announced by Mr Nishu Dubey, general secretary of the college’s central association. 

MEETING: The Bharat Scouts and Guides, Punjab, held their annual meeting to take stock of their performance and reshape their programme and policy for future, here on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by District and Circle Education Officers and DPI schools. Prof Arjan Singh Shante, senior vice-president of the BSG, Punjab, presided over the function. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Oshma Rakhy, a women activist, laid stress on relevant programmes for girl guides to enable them to fight against the social evils. In his presidential address, Mr Shante stressed upon promoting ethos and ideals of the movement in the interest of a ‘‘brave new world’’. The meeting ended with a pledge by the participants to do their best for the society. 

INTUC FUNCTION: The local unit of the Indian National Trade Union Congress has decided to hold the Republic Day function in front of the Palika Bazar, Sector 19. Mr Ram Pal Sharma, president of the union, would unfurl the flag. This was announced by Mr Harish Chandra Chabbra, press secretary of the union. 

WELFARE ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the PUSHPAC Members (residents) Welfare Association, Sector 49-B: president — Dr Lalman; senior vice-president — Mr Rahmatullah Khan; vice president — Mr Kimti Lal; general secretary — Mr Anil Kumar Sharma; secretary — Mr S.K. Bhandari; finance secretary — Mr Lachman Singh; and organising secretary — Dr Sunil Behl. The advisory board constitutes of Mr K.K. Bhasin, Prof D.K. Handa, Prof (Ms) Asha Varma, Ms Nirmal Kaur, Mr S.N. Garu and Mr Mam Chand. This was announced by the president of the association in a press note. 

DHARNA: The indefinite dharna by the PESCO Employees Union entered into the ninth day, here on Tuesday. The union alleges that the management of the PESCO has illegally locked up its stitching unit at SAS Nagar from January 3, 2001. As a result, as many as 42 employees have been rendered without any job. This was announced by Mr P.S. Sohal, general secretary of the union. 

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT: The Secretary, House Allotment Committee of Chandigarh, has invited applications for allotment of various categories of general and pool houses at Chandigarh from the employees of Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh and the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The application in form ‘A’ along with ‘D’ should reach the committee by January 31. 

FUNCTION: The 54th death anniversary of renowned singer K. L. Saigal will be observed in the conference hall of Aroma Hotel, Sector 22, on Thursday from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry passes can be collected from the office of the Environment Society of India, Karuna Sadan, Sector 11-B, Chandigarh (Phone 746832). 


ELECTRICITY: The Ambala circle of HVPN has set up of 860 power connections during December. The Deputy Commissioner of Ambala, Mr D.D. Gautam, said that the Ambala circle includes Ambala Cantonment, Ambala city, Naraingarh, Yamunanagar and Jagadhri. In Ambala Cantonment, the connections set up includes 416 ordinary connections, 10 industrial connections, 15 tubewells and one public health tubewell connection, a release said. In Ambala city, 289 ordinary connections, eight industrial connections and two tubewell connections were set up. In Naraingarh, 141 ordinary connections, three industrial connections and two tubewell connections were set up. 

TRAINS DELAYED: Train traffic has been thrown out of gear following heavy fog. Trains including the Shatabdi have been delayed. Trains are running upto four hours late due to heavy fog which descended on the region. The trains cancelled include Uchahar on the Ambala-New Delhi section. The trains which were running late include Chandigarh Shatabdi, Swarn Shatabdi, Shan-e-Punjab, Himalayan Queen and Malwa Express. The speed of the trains has considerably come down due to the fog, a railway official said. 

DIED: Thawar Singh (35) and his wife Santra Devi (35) of Besohowa village were killed when a scooter they were riding on collided with a tempo on the Kanwali-Bahujholri road, about 30 km from here, on Monday.

OLD MAN KILLED: An old man was killed on Monday when he fell from the upper storey of Civil Hospital here.

HONOURED: Mr Kulmohan Singh, Additional Director of Industries, Haryana, was honoured for his outstanding services at a state-level function organised by the Haryana Union of Journalists at Narayangarh on Monday. The Uttar Pradesh Governor was the chief guest. Mr K.Vikram Rao, president , Indian Federation of Working Journalists, presided.

FOUNDATION STONE: The Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, laid the foundation stone of the new building of Government Girls Senior Secondary School at Rania on Sunday. The building will be built at a cost of Rs 55 lakh. Mr Chautala announced a grant of Rs 32 lakh for the construction of the building.

KILLED: One person was killed and another injured seriously in two different accidents due to thick fog on Tuesday. In one accident, Surinder Kumar was killed when he was hit by a vehicle while crossing a road near Jat Joshi village. In the second accident, one person was injured seriously when a Tata Sumo and a canter collided with each other near the Cooperative Sugar Mill here.

STRIKE: Members of the District Bar Association observed a strike for the second day on Tuesday in support of their demand for the shifting of the district consumer’s redressal court from the office of the local market committee to the judicial complex at mini- secretariat.

LOOTED: Some armed robbers looted a liquor vend at Kathura village, about 45 km from here, on Monday night. According to reports, the armed robbers struck at the liquor vend and took away Rs 4,200 and some liquor bottles. An FIR has been lodged.

RAPE CASE: The Gohana police on Tuesday arrested Vinod of Gumana village in connection with the alleged rape of a minor girl of the same village. According to the police, he has been arrested as the mother of the girl named him in the FIR.

TRAINING CAMP: The district administration organised a one-day training camp at the Panchayat Bhawan here on Monday to acquaint the members of the civic bodies in the district about their rights and duties towards the electorates.



VACCINATION CAMP: A vaccination camp was organised by the local Manav Dharam Kalyan Sabha at Geeta Bhawan here on Tuesday. As many as 130 persons were vaccinated against hepatitis-B.

ARRESTED: Shree Ram of Taook village in the Manikaran valley of this district was arrested at a checkpost at Bajaura on the Kulu-Mandi highway for possessing 1.4 kg of charas on Sunday. A case has been registered.

KILLED: Ram Lal (75) of Shashtri Nagar here was killed on Monday when a Maruti van hit him near Lal Chand Prarthi Kala Kendra at Dhalpur. A case has been registered. The driver of the van, alleged to be a young woman, absconded.

DEMANDED: The district unit of the Himachal Vikas Congress at a meeting held here on Monday passed a resolution demanding its coalition partner BJP in the state government that one of HVC MLAs be included as a Cabinet rank minister in the state government, party spokesman Sunjay Hindwan said here.

WORKSHOP: A workshop on “Conservation of Water was organised by some local environmentalists here on Sunday. Mr Anil Joshi, a Dehra Dun-based water conservation activist, and the chairman of the Himachal Pradesh State Marketing Board, Mr Virendra Kashyap, spoke.

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