Monday, January 29, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the District Judicial Employees Union: president — Mr Janki Dass; senior vice-president — Mr Malkiat Singh; vice-president — Mr Jaswinder Singh; general secretary — Mr Saranjit Singh; joint secretary — Mr Swarn Singh; secretary — Mr Balbir Singh; and treasurer — Mr Jaspal Singh.

ARRESTED: The police on Sunday arrested Paramjit Singh, alias Kaka, of Janglot in the Kangra district for stealing two video cameras from a marriage party at Pathankot on January 21. According to Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, the cameras have been recovered and a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC registered.

FREEDOM FIGHTERS: The Block Youth Congress held a function to honour freedom fighters here on Saturday. Mr Khushal Bahl, senior Congress leader, presided.

SLOGAN WRITING: The Pathankot unit of the Directorate of Field Publicity organised a slogan-writing competition on AIDS at Himshikha High School, Mamoon, near here, on Saturday. Mr Ashwani Kumar, Field Publicity Officer, presided.

THEFT: Thieves broke into the house of Mr Jaswant Kaur, resident of Gali No 10, Krishna Nagar, in the district on Thursday and decamped with jewellery worth Rs 35,000 and Rs 5,000 in cash. According to police sources, she along with her son had gone to Gorya to meet her elder son when the incident occurred. A case has been registered.

ARRESTED: The Sadar police arrested Major Singh, alias Rana, of Aslamabad near Bajwara bye-pass and seized 12 bottles of country made foreign liquor from his possession on Friday. A case under Section 61/1/14 of the Excise Act has been registered.

MURDER CASE: The National Commission for SCs and STs is monitoring the police investigation in the Avtar Singh murder case in which former police ‘cat’ Gurmeet Singh Pinki is the main accused. Mr Harinder Singh Khalsa, a member of the commission, said this here on Sunday. He said the commission had received a representation from Mr Amrik Singh, the deceased’s father, who had suspected some foul play in his surrender drama.

OBSERVED: The death anniversary of Dr B.V. Rao, the founder of India’s modern poultry industry, was observed by the National Egg Coordination Committee here on Friday. Mr Shamsher Singh Tunga, Zonal Chairman, NECC, Mr Ashok Badra, Mr Sanjeev Bassi, Mr Rakesh Gupta, Mr Uttam Singh, Mr Rajesh Gandhi, Mr Gursharan Aggarwal, Mr Mahendra Arora and NECC staff attended the function. Boiled eggs were distributed among poor and orphan children.

SHOBHA YATRA: The Shiv Shakti Sena will organise a shobha yatra on February 20 to mark the Shivratri celebrations. According to a press note, a meeting of the sena was held here under the chairmanship of Mr Neeraj Verma. Other members who attended the meeting were Mr Naveen Sharma, Mr Sanjay Mohindra, Mr Rajinder Saini and Mr Lokesh Gupta. The yatra will have some unique features like 250 kg silver rath with Shivalingam.

ORGANISED: Vardhman Spinning and General Mills held a knitting workshop at GRD Academy here. The workshop was conducted by Mrs Renu Sekhri. Students of Class VI to IX participated. According to Mr V.K. Goyal, Chief Executive, Vardhman mills, “We have taken initiative to spread the art of knitting and making available information about basics of knitting”. Mr Jaspal Singh Duggal, Principal, GRD Academy, said since the teachers wanted professional approach of training students it was a welcome gesture on part of the company to organise the workshop.

AWARENESS CAMP: An awareness camp, under Cleaner Production Programme, was held at SISI here in which industrialists from Ludhiana, Sangrur, Ferozepore, Moga, Jalandhar participated. Dr P.C. Gupta, Director, National Cleaner Production Centre, New Delhi, addressed the participants.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Punjab Seed, Pesticides and Fertiliser Association: patron — Mr Kasturi Lal Garg; president — Tarsem Middha; senior vice-president — Mr Sat Paul Atla; vice-president — Mr Ashok Mittal; secretary — Mr Girdhari Lal Goyal; joint secretary — Mr Bhim Sain Jherianwali; and treasurer — Mr Subhash Madhali.

SOCIETY FORMED: The District Tuberculosis Control Society has been formed with Ms Raji P Shrivastava, Deputy Commissioner, as its chairman. The society comprises senior medical personnel, NGOs and representatives of the education, public relations and panchayat departments.

IMPOSTER HELD: The police has arrested an imposter, Ashok Kumar, resident of Overseas mohalla, Railway road, Banga, under Sections 420 and 170 of the IPC. He had reportedly demanded Rs 10,000 as bribe posing as a Drug Inspector from the owner of Bittu Medical Hall at main bazar, Rahon. The shop owner, however, overpowered him with the help of other shopkeepers and handed him over to the police.

UNEMPLOYED YOUTH: The District Rural Development Agency and the local unit of Punjab National Bank jointly organised a function at Baradari Garden on Thursday to create awareness among the unemployed youth about various self employment schemes, which included the Swarn Jayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojna, Prime Minister Rojgar Yojna, Bank Tie-up Schemes of the SC Corporation and the Khadi Pendu Udhyog Margin Money schemes. The Deputy Commissioner, Dr Roshan Sunkaria, presided.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Youth Association, Banga: president — Mr Navin Sharma; general secretary — Mr Parminder Singh Arora; and treasurer — Mr Resham Singh Baljot.

HOME GUARDS: Mr Ram Singh Nurpuri, secretary of the district unit of the CPM, in a press note issued here on Friday demanded that the Punjab Home Guards, who were being paid a meagre salary of Rs 2,100 per month, should not be transferred away from their home town. He threatened to launch a stir if this demand was not conceded.

COLLECTED: PSEB officials under the supervision of the Deputy Chief Engineer, Ropar, Mr M.L. Sharma, visited nearly 26 villages under the Samrala division on Sunday and collected Rs 1.75 lakh from nearly 200 consumers, according to Mr R.P.S. Randhawa, Senior Executive Engineer, Samrala. He said surprise raids would continue till February 10.

ELECTED: Mr M.G. Prashar, advocate, has been elected as vice-president of the Bar Association, Samrala, and Mr Amandeep Singh as secretary-cum-cashier, according to Mr S.K. Vashishat, returning officer. Mr Gurdev Singh has already been elected as president of the bar last week.


ARCHITECT DEAD: A local architect, Mr Charanjit Singh Chandhoke, died this morning. He was 53. He leaves behind his wife and two sons. The cremation will take place tomorrow at 4 p.m.


PATRAKAR SANGH: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Haryana Patrakar Sangh: patrons — Mr Mukesh Pandit and Mr Rajinder Mehra; president — Mr Nafe Singh Saini; senior vice-president — Mr Shilendra Jain and Mr K.C. Arora; vice-presidents — Mr Pawan Bansal; Mr Hirender Kumar; general secretary — Mr Krishan Duhan; secretaries — Mr Kuldeep Phamus, Mr Devinder Saini and Mr Vinod Kuhar; and treasurer — Mr Purshotam Sharma.

TRAIN SERVICES: Train services on the Sonepat-Delhi section remained disrupted for about two hours following the snapping of high-tension power transmission lines near Subzimandi railway station, 45 km from here, on Saturday evening. Some long-distance trains were diverted on other routes.

THEFT: Thieves broke into a house at Delhi Camp and decamped with goods worth Rs 50,000 here on Saturday night. The owner of the house was reportedly away to Delhi.


BANK LOANS: Himachal Pradesh State Cooperative Bank Chairman Krishan Kumar Kaushal has said the bank has started loan facilities for students, unemployed youths, traders and shopkeepers, employees and farmers.

PRABHAAT PHERI: Congress activists led by its district president Hoshiyar Singh Thakur and former legislators, Dr Baburam Gautam and Dr Biruram Kishore, took out a “prabhaat pheri” through various parts of the town on Friday.

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