January 21, 2001,
OBSERVED: The International Handicapped Day was observed here on Thursday. A function in this regard was organised at the District Employment Exchange office.
PRESENTED: Mr Malkiat Singh, an LIC agent, was presented with a Matiz car by Mr S.P. Bhattacharjee, Senior Divisional Manager of LIC, here on Thursday for his commendable work in boosting the corporation’s business.
VACANT POSTS: The All-India Blind Employees Association has demanded that the Punjab Government should immediately fill the vacant posts reserved for the blind in various departments.
CABLE OPERATORS: Cable operators in the city have formed a new body, Ludhiana Cable Operators Association, with Mr Sukhjinder Singh Jaura and Mr Amarpal Singh as its chairman and president respectively. Giving details, Dr Kuldip Singh, general secretary of the newly-formed association, informed that there was a general feeling among cable operators that their problems were increasing and their was nobody to properly represent them or to save them from the dictates of satellite channels. Other office-bearers of the association are Mr Amrit Madan — vice-president; Mr Baldev Raj — Secretary. The next meeting of the association will be held on January 29 at Gurdwara Akalgarh. Others present at the occasion were Mr Balbir Singh, Mr Atul Thapar, Mr Anurag Thapar, Mr Avtar Singh Sunet, Mr Devinder Singh, Mr Gurmit Singh Lucky, Mr Harwinder Singh Bawa, Mr Rajinder Pal Singh Raju and Mr Inderjit Singh.
VALMIKI SABHA: The District Valmiki Sabha, while condemning the murder of a Valmiki youth, Suraj alias Bau, has called upon the police to immediately arrest the accused named in the FIR. A meeting of the Sabha, presided over by Mr Ram Parkash Gill, placed on record, its gratitude to the city people, the shopkeepers, traders, the industrial community, the civic body, the school managing committees and all the dalit bodies in the city for making the ‘bandh’ in protest against the killing, a complete success.
LIQUOR SEIZED: Nine bottles of liquor were recovered from Devinder Singh of Jaipura village on Saturday. A case has been registered against him under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the IPC.
POPPY HUSK SEIZED: The Joga police and the CIA staff police of the district has arrested Fuman Singh of Akalia village and Jang Singh of Bhupal village and seized 15 quintals of poppy husk from their possession. A case has been registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. In another case, the Mansa Sadar police nabbed Ashok Kumar and seized 3 quintals of poppy husk from his possession.
OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Aggarwal Sabha, Bareta: patron — Mr Om Parkash Khudalwala; president — Mr Janak Raj Kularian; and general secretary — Mr Kulwant Rai Singla.
WEDDING STOPPED: The marriage of 13-year-old Mandip Kaur, daughter of Ravinder Kaur of Chandnawan village under Baghapurana police station in the district, was stopped on Thursday by the intervention of the police. The grandmother of the girl had earlier lodged a complaint with the police stating that the girl was not of marriageable age.
CONDEMNED: The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Employees Federation on Friday condemned the lathi charge on and registration of false cases against its employees in Bathinda district. Mr Karamchand Sharma, senior vice-president, Mr Karamchand Bhardwaj, general secretary, Mr Brij Lal, chief organising secretary, Mr Darshan Singh Chahal, vice-president, and others, while condemning the incident alleged that the employees had been demanding their rights in a peaceful manner and had been victimised.
SELECTED: Darshan Singh Aasht, working at Punjabi University Press and a writer for children in Punjabi, has been selected for junior fellowship for two years on the topic Children’s literature in Punjabi, by the Department of Culture, Government of India. The value of the fellowship is Rs 3000 per month. Aasht has written 15 books for children in Punjabi.
OPIUM SEIZED: The police arrested Ram Pal of Shahajahanpur district in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday near Shamgarh village, 3 km from here, and seized 2.5 kg of opium from his possession. A case under the Opium Act has been registered.
PRESIDENT ELECTED: In the election of the local Bar Association, Mr Gurdev Singh has been elected as president, according to Mr S.K. Vashishat, returning officer. Mr Gurdev Singh got 21 votes and his rival Mr Uttam Chand got 18 votes. The other office-bearers will be nominated later on, Mr Vashishat added.
BIRTH ANNIVERSARY: The Jat Sabha Chandigarh will celebrate Basant Panchmi and the 120th birth anniversary of Deen Bandhu Sir Chhotu Ram, on January 29. The celebrations will be held at the Jat Bhavan, Sector 27. Foundation stone of Sir Chhotu Ram Complex on the Jat Bhavan’s premises will be laid on the day. Meritorious students and outstanding sportsmen will also be honoured on the occasion.
ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of CIL Employees Recreation Club: president — Mr Rajendra Singh; general secretary — Mr Manmohan Singh; finance secretary — Mr V P Sharma; and chairman sports committee — Mr Deepak Mangal.
EVICTED: The enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation evicted a khokha in Sector 15 on Friday under the public premises Act. The orders for the same were issued by the SDM (Central), following the Punjab and Haryana High Court directions. The staff took away the angle irons and four tin sheets of the khokha located near the platform area of Sector 15, where there was a rehri market earlier. The person selling readymade garments was allowed to take away his stuff. Despite some opposition, the staff was able to remove the same from there by the evening. The owner, Mr Sarjoo, had earlier lost the case in the High Court. He had filed an appeal in the Apex Court, but had not got stay from there. Sixty routine challans were issued in Sectors 15, 17 and 22 for those encroaching upon municipal land.
POLIO CAMPAIGN: About 650 booths have been created in the district for the third and final phase of the pulse polio campaign beginning on Sunday. This was stated here on Friday by the District Civil Surgeon, Dr M.K. Majithia.
TWO HELD: The district police has arrested Sher Singh and his son Gurpal of Salamkhera village in the district on the charge of murdering Gamdur Singh of Pula village in Bathinda district of Punjab on January 16. This was stated by the district police chief on Friday.
HAULED UP: The Railway checking staff carried out surprise checking on trains at the railway station here on Thursday and apprehended more than 12 passengers travelling without tickets. All ticketless passengers were produced before the Railway Magistrate, who imposed fines on them.
CALLED OFF: The four-day-old strike by lawyers was called off here on Friday following an assurance by the district authorities that the court of the District Consumers Forum would be shifted February onwards.
ELECTED: Mr Vikram Sharma, a rebel BJP youth leader, was elected Chairman of the Ghumarwin Block Development Committee at Ghumarwin on Friday. He defeated BJP candidate Ramlal Sharma. Ms Savitri Devi of the Himachal Vikas Congress was elected Vice-Chairman of the committee. In the nagar panchayat elections at Talai on Friday, Mr Prithichand and Ms Shakuntla Devi of the Congress were elected president and vice-president, respectively, of the panchayat samiti.
COMMUNITY POLICING: The DIG (Central range), Mr M.L. Negi, inaugurated the community policing for Bilaspur Sadar police station areas here on Friday in the presence of police officers and Deputy Commissioner Jagdish Chander Sharma.
ELECTED: Mr Gian Prakash Dhiman and Mr Jagmal Singh of the BJP were elected Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, respectively, of the Pragpur Panchayat Samiti on Friday.
APPOINTED: The state Youth Congress chief, Mr Sukhwinder Singh, has appointed Mr Ajay Solanki as president of the Sirmaur district unit of the Youth Congress.
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