|Wednesday, January 31, 2001,
LOK ADALAT: A sum of Rs 84,69,219 was awarded in bank recovery cases at a lok adalat on pre-litigative bank loan disputes. The lok adalat was organised by the subdivisional Legal Services Committee, Tarn Taran, under the supervision of Mr Justice V.B. Handa, Sessions-Judge-cum-Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Amritsar. As many as 276 cases were disposed of and Rs 1,30,07,969 were recovered.
RESIGNED: Seventeen activists of the CPI of the Dina Nagar block in the district on Tuesday resigned from the party to protest against the alleged indifferent attitude of the secretary of the district unit of the party. At a meeting held at Dina Nagar, it was observed that their repeated complaints to the state office had yielded no results.
TWO KILLED: Chandu Ram of Allipur village was crushed to death by a bus while he was standing with his son at the village bus stand. The Mukerian police has registered a case. In another incident, Gian Kaur of Phuglana village was hit by a Maruti car and succumbed to her injuries at the local Civil Hospital. The Sadar police has registered a case.
PCOs: More then 200 owners of PCOs of the town protested against the 200-km local call facility and demanded enhancement of their commission from 16 per cent to 50 per cent. They said this move of the BSNL had totally ruined their business. They demanded immediate withdrawal of the move.
PROTEST: The Bharatiya Kisan Union, Punjab, on Monday protested against the sale of foreign goods in the state and the opening up of multinational companies in India. The press secretary of the state unit of the union said the BKU would launch an agitation against the sale of foreign goods.
BUS SERVICE: A long-standing demand of residents of this area was met on Monday when Kataria Bus Service started a direct bus service between Machhiwara and New Delhi. Mr Anil Sood, president, Nagar Panchayat, inaugurated the new route.
SENTENCED: Rajinder Pal Singh, Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) of Police Station, Mansa Sadar, has been sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 1000 under Section 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The ASI had seized poppy husk from Raj Singh of Chakerian village and received gratification from him.
WINTER CARNIVAL: It is time now for the winter carnival at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47. The four-day fun-filled event (from January 31 to February 3) will feature talent hunt exercises, apart from the routine cultural functions. Talent hunt contests will be held for students from Chandigarh and Panchkula. Other attractions will include musical extravaganza and other exciting events to be anchored by ace compere Saibal Sinha. A food festival will go on as part of the carnival, apart from items in the cultural section. A unique show of the evening will be the family number 1 show. Then there will be inter-school contests in fields of dance and fancy dress. Melody Trends will also perform on the occasion.
VALEDICTORY FUNCTION: Valedictory function of Oil Conservation Fortnight — 2001 was held here at Police Auditorium Traffic Police Lines. Local Oil Industry members of the HPC, IOC, IBP, and PCRA participated in the function. During the fortnight, programmes like dissemination of oil conservation message banners, radio talks, distribution of booklets, stickers to drivers, save LPG, kerosene clinics for housewives, auto emission checks for vehicles, training programmes for drivers etc. were conducted. Mr Parag Jain, SSP, UT, chaired the valedictory function.
UK THEATRE: The Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi held an audition to select performing artistes, who would tour England for nine weeks in October 2001, on Tuesday. Those selected after today’s audition will participate in the theatre workshop to be organised by the UK based theatre personalities, Andrew Purvin and Sarah. The selected artistes will then be part of The Fetch, a mask and puppet theatre company, which is to undertake the production titled The Land of Five Rivers. Among the selected people will be the ones who excel in skills like acting, dancing, music, mime and puppetry.
QUAKE-HIT: The employees of the Punjab State Tubewell Corporation have decided to contribute their one-day salary to the Earthquake Relief Fund — Gujarat here on Tuesday. The TBRL Employees Union, Chandigarh, also decided to contribute their one day salary to the relief fund. The Punjab Engineering College Old Students Association donated Rs 21,000 from its fund to the victims of quake. A human chain would be formed at the parking of Sector 37-D market by the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress to show solidarity with the victims. The Senior Citizens (Pensioners) Council, SAS Nagar, decided to contribute Rs 5,000 to the relief fund.
ASSOCIATION: The PGI Engineers Association resolved to contribute one-day salary for Gujrat Relief Fund to help earthquake victims, said Mr P.S. Saini, president of the association.
BLOOD CAMP: As many as 180 units of blood was donated by the members of UT Engineers’ Association Chandigarh at a camp organised in the Inspection Bunglow, Sector 19, here on Tuesday. Mr Avtar Singh, general secretary of the association, said employees of various wings of the Engineering Department, UT, Chandigarh, participated in the noble cause. Mr Rakesh Singh, Finance Secretary-cum-Secretary Engineering, inaugurated the camp and appreciated the donors. Mr R.K. Jain, Chief Engineering Department, was also present of the occasion.
TELEPHONE EXCHANGE: Telephone subscribers of the Mills Gate area are confused as the telephone exchange installed recently has been connected to the Hansi telephone exchange instead of Hisar. The subscribers with STD facility are not able to lock the STD. They complain that no officials are available in the main exchange to guide them. When contacted, Mr Ramesh Arya, General Manager, Telecom, said he would enquire into the matter.
KILLED: A scooterist died on the spot when he was hit by an unknown vehicle on the GT road, about 25 km from Kundli village. The victim was identified as Kulwant Singh of Chander Vihar, Delhi. The police has registered a case.
NOTICE: The Haryana Urban Development Authority has issued notices to shopkeepers in Sectors 14 and 15 to close shops constructed in their houses within a month. The residents are resenting the move.
INJURED: A youth fell down from a minibus on the Sonepat-Murthal road and was injured seriously. He is stated to be out of danger. According to the report, a tyre of the bus bursted and the youth fell on the road as he was standing on the footboard of an overcrowded bus.
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