Friday, February 2, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


NRI SABHA: The NRI sabha here, invited the first batch of NRI students who arrived at Rajasansi airport from Derby, England, on a cultural exchange trip.

INVITED: Dr N.S. Neki, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Government Medical College, here have been invited to present his papers at on Indo-US conference being held at Army Hospital from February 2 to 4.

VERGHESE AWARD: The Nirma Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, has awarded ILA-PV Verghese award to Dr Amrit Pal Kaur, a senior lecturer in Library and Information Science Department of Guru Nanak Dev University for her outstanding paper in the use of computer and CD-rom in libraries of agricultural universities and research institutes in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

CAMPAIGN: The DAV educational institutions have launched a special campaign to collect relief for Gujarat earthquake victims by contributing one day salary of the staff while students have volunteered to give Rs 100 each towards the relief fund.

GUJARAT RELIEF: The PPCC chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, on Wednesday announced that the state unit of the Congress would contribute Rs 25 lakh for the earthquake victims of the Gujarat. The Vice-President of the PPCC, Mr Sant Ram Singla, in a press note issued here said the contribution of Rs 25 lakh would be sent to Rajeev Gandhi Memorial Relief and Welfare Trust and would also sent 10,000 blankets.

INAUGURATED: Under the promotion of self-employment scheme launched by the state government in which computer centres linked with the major offices of the district administration would be opened, a new focal computer centre was inaugurated here on Wednesday at Kotha Guru village by the Minister for Power in Punjab. Mr Iqbal Singh, centre head of the Tara Infotech Computer Institute said the centre would be affiliated with the Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar.

DEMANDED: Mr Rakesh Narula, president of the Divine Eye Research Foundation (DERF) stated in a press note issued here on Thursday that an eye bank was the need of the hour in the city. Without an eye bank, it was difficult for the donors and hospitals to coordinate.

DESPATCHED: Medicines worth Rs 6 lakh were despatched by the district administration to Ludhiana from where medicines collected from all over the state would be sent to Gujarat. These medicines have been collected by the district administration in association with different social service organisations and clubs. The consignment was flagged-off by Dr Bawa Ram Gupta, Civil Surgeon.

DIES OF BURNS: Balwinder Kaur, who tried to commit suicide by pouring kerosene on herself and her children, died on Wednesday night. The deceased was married and had two children aged 5 years and 3 years each. On the fateful day of January 28, she fought with her father-in-law and mother-in-law early in the morning over a small issue and shut herself and her two children inside, where she poured kerosene on all three and set all three on fire. In the meantime, the door was broken by neighbourers. She received 90 per cent burns and breathed her last at DMC, Ludhiana. In a statement to the police before the magistrate, she said that her in-laws were responsible for her suicide attempt. They used to quarrel with her over petty issues and the bone of contention between them was some property dispute. The police is following the case under Section 174 of CrPC 

MURDER: The Sadar police has registered a case under Sections 302 and 201, IPC, against Ranjit Kaur, alias Rani and her daughter Harjinder both residents of Mehgowal and her lover Malkiat Singh of Hardokhanpur for allegedly murdering her husband Gurdev Singh, a truck driver, who has been missing from the house for the past 13 months.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among the sales tax assessees here over the payment of social security for women and children development cess being charged by the Excise and Taxation Department on sales tax for which the authorisation of collection has only given to the State Bank of India in the district.

LOK ADALAT: To settle the disputes of loan cases of banks, a special lok adalat will be held in the court of the Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), Dasuya, on February 4 at 10 a.m. as per the directions of Punjab Legal Services Authority. A seminar will also be held on the occasion. Mr L.R. Roozam, District and Session Judge, Hoshiarpur, said that Mr Justice H.S. Bedi of Punjab and Haryana High Court and Chairman, Punjab Legal Services Authority, will inaugurate the seminar to provide information regarding free legal aid.

DEMANDED: Janata Dal leaders Balwant Singh Khera and Raj Kumar Nidder alleged on Wednesday that telephone services were badly affected in the country after the announcement of 200 km local call service by Mr Paswan. They said that Mr Ram Bilas Paswan should resign on moral grounds.

CONVICTED: A man and his two sons and a brother were on Thursday convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment by Additional District and Sessions Judge Gurdev Singh. Parmjit Singh of the nearby Kartarpur town, his sons Bhupinder Singh and Jaspal Singh, and brother Dayal Singh were also handed out six months’ and two months’ imprisonment for wounding a man and his two sons, while his third son, Amarjit Singh, had died of stab wounds when four of them were assaulted by the accused over a trifle in february, 1999.

DACOITY: Armed dacoits looted gold jewellary, silver and cash worth more than Rs 1.50 lakh from the house and shop of Darshan Kumar and his son Anil Kumar after wounding a man and his daughter-in-law in Dakoha village on the city outskirts before dawn on Thursday, the police said. Terror-struck Darshan Kumar, a lineman with the Punjab State Electricity Board, told reporters that at least eight men armed with a gun and lethal weapons entered his house and one of them hit him with a rod, wounding him.

KILLED: Two migrant construction workers, in their early twenties, were roasted to death in sleep in a fire which gutted a foam mattress factory in Chamiara village near Mand on Jalandhar-Kapurthala road, on Thursday, the police and hospital sources said. The victims were identified as Pandey and Amir-ul-Ansari, both hailing from Bihar.

RELIEF CAMP: Several social organisations organised a relief camp at local Sabji Mandi chowk to collect relief materials for earthquake victims of Gujarat. Mr Manu Dev Gautam, president, Jai Jawan Welfare Organisation said cash and relief material worth Rs 10 lakh was collected which was handed over to the District Red Cross society.

CLOSING CEREMONY: The Nehru Yuvak Kendra, Fatehgarh Sahib, will organise closing ceremony of the youth week at Bilaspur village, near here, on Monday in collaboration with the Gram Vikas Club which will be chaired by Mr Utamjot Singh Rathore, District Youth Coordinator. Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, MP, will be the chief guest on the occasion, informed Mr Dilbagh Singh, president of the club. 

MEETING: A meeting of the Development Operational Youth Society, Punjab, was held here under the chairmanship of Mr Pavitar Grewal. Support was expressed to the hunger strike by unemployed teachers in front of DPI (P) Office. Attitude of the Education Minister towards their demands was also condemned. Immediate recruitment of ETT teachers was demanded at the meeting so that better results could be ensured in the education sector. 

DELEGATION ASSURED: The Union Communications Minister, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, has assured a delegation of PCO holders that their demand of service charge on all local calls will be considered. According to a press note, a delegation of the Telephone Advisory Committee comprising Mr Amar Singh Pradhan, Mr Narinder Pal Sura, Mr Ramandeep Lali and Mr Rajesh Goyal met the minister in New Delhi and brought to his notice their demand. 

CONTEST: A knitting contest was organised at BCM School by Vardhaman Spinning and General Mills. According to a press note, 250 students participated in the contest. The prize winners included Neha Nayar, Kuldeep Kaur, Pallavi, Ruchi, Palka Arora, Prerna Bhatia, Deepika Narang, Parul Mahajan, Neha Malik, Sonia Jasan, Priyanka Mehan, Madhu Garg, Abhishek Sharma and Dinsehwar Preet. 

VACCINATED: Over 300 students and teachers of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women were vaccinated against hepatitis-B, in a camp organised by Jay Cee Club, here on Thursday. Ms Rajinder Kaur Gill, principal of the college, told students about the importance of administering vaccines. 

APPOINTED: Dr Sandeep Puri has been appointed as the new Medical Superintendent of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. He replaces Dr G.S. Wander, who is tipped to be appointed as the Director of newly set up Heart Centre. Dr Puri was working as a Deputy Medical Superintendent of DMCH, since November 1997. After completing his MD in internal medicine from the DMCH, he joined as a senior resident in cardiology at Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. He joined as a lecturer in the DMC in 1992.

CELEBRATED: Students of Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Park, received prizes for their performance in academics, sports and cultural activities at an annual function held here on Thursday. A cultural programme was also organised, in which students presented skits, song and dance items. Ms Davinder Kaur Batra, principal, read out the annual report. Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, president, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, was the chief guest.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The general body meeting of Raikote unit of the Indian Medical Association for electing office-bearers was held here on Thursday. A two-minute silence was also observed in memory of those killed in the Gujarat earthquake. Dr S. S. Sandhu, Dr Ramesh Jain, Dr Manbir Singh, Dr B. L. Bansal, Dr Satish Jain and Mr Harjinder Singh have been appointed patron, president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and joint secretary respectively.

MEETING: The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Raji P. Srivastava, chaired a meeting of the district officials and representatives of NGOs and said that three collection centres at the subdivision level had been opened to collect money, blankets, clothes and eating material, for Gujarat earthquake victims and appealed to send demand drafts in favour of “Red Cross earthquake relief fund Gujarat”, payable at Mansa to the district administration.

DIRECTED: The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, here has directed to the National Insurance Company to pay Rs 4.15 lakh to a complainant Mr Gurdish Singh Manshahia of Mansa Khurd village in the district. His car was destroyed in a fire accident.

CONTRIBUTED: Different employees unions of the district administration have decided to donate one day’s salary to the Gujarat earthquake victims and have been advised to forward their drafts to Ms Raji P Srivastava, Deputy Commissioner and President, Red Cross Society. The drafts should be in favour the Red Cross Relief Fund-Gujarat payable here.

RATION: The public distribution system (PDS) seems to have become a subject of public criticism in the district. A large quantity of rationed levy sugar and kerosene supplied to the depot holders (fair price shops) is allegedly sold in the black market instead of reaching the ration card holders. Consumers are being fleeced by the depot holders and are deprived of their monthly ration. The consumers have complained about the non-availability of rationed commodities, poor quality of levy sugar, faulty weighing, overcharging and diversion of levy sugar and kerosene to the black market but to no avail.

SEIZED: The District police has claimed to have arrested two poppy husk smugglers and seized poppy husk worth Rs. 1 lakh here on Thursday. Mr Karansher Singh, Station House Officer (SHO) of Julka police station, claimed that a police party stopped a truck coming from Bhunerheri village. When challenged , Darshan Singh and Dalwinder Singh, driver and the cleaner respectively, tried to run away. The SHO said that the police seized 10 bags of poppy husk after a thorough search of the truck and subsequently arrested both the driver and the cleaner. Mr Karansher Singh said that the police had registered a case under the Narcotics Act. He added that the efforts were on to arrest the group behind the smuggling of poppy husk.

NEW STYLE: A fancy style of collecting relief for Gujarat quake victims was adopted by local Janata Sewa Samiti. Mr Pattakka, an activist of samiti, wore a dressed as an injured person and stood at the crowded Banga road - Bansawala bazar begging for donations.

TRAFFIC BLOCKED: Traffic was blocked on the Phagwara - Hoshiarpur road by irate Congress activists following a skirmish between them and private octroi employees last evening.

QUAKE AID: The City Cable Network and ZED Career Academy on Wednesday collected aid including cash, clothes, medicines, flour and biscuits for victims of the Gujarat quake.

CHARGE TAKEN: Mr P.S. Grewal, the General Manager (Technical) of the National Fertiliser Ltd (NFL), will take over the charge as the Chairman and the Managing Director of the company.

FRAUD: A case of fraud has been registered against the accused after an enquiry conducted by S.P. City II, yesterday. According to the FIR report, Darshan Singh of Ghari Fazil had accused, Prabh Kaur, Balvir Singh, Raghbir Kaur, Surinder Kaur, Mohinder Kaur of Jodhewal Basti, Ludhiana and Gurnam Singh, Laimbhar Singh, Rachpal Singh, Tarsem Singh, Tony of Ghari Fazil village, of having illegally snatched his property and enlisting it under their name. The enquiry of the FIR report, filed on March 15, 2001, was handed over to S.P. City II, Mr Pramod Bhan, by the SSP and the facts of the statement having been proved, a case of fraud under sections 420, 468, 471 of IPC has been registered against all the accused named.

TAKES OVER: Mr Darshan Kumar has taken over as Assistant Food and Civil Supply Officer, on Thursday. 

ASSUMES CHARGE: Mr Tara Singh Mahant, has taken over as Manager in the local Punjab National Bank in place of Mr Dang who has been transferred to Ludhiana. 

STRIKE: The indefinite strike by trainees at the local ITI entered the third day on Thursday. Harpreet Singh Lali, president of the trainees’ union, said the strike would continue till their demands were accepted.


LAUNCHED: A Unified Relief Operation will be launched to help the earthquake victims by the social organisations and efforts will be made to send the relief goods to the remote villages. The International Jain Vaish Organisation (Chandigarh area), Confederation of Housing Societies (Panchkula), Gram Vikas Samiti (Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh), Shree Maha Mrytunjya Temple, Deep Complex (Hallomajra village) and Shri Shakti Sadhna Peeth of Bhainsa Tiba (Panchkula) have given joint call to the people to contribute whole-heartedly for the victims. This was announced by Mr O.P. Sharma, press secretary of the operation.

WELFARE SOCIETY: The Social Welfare Society, Sector 38, assailed the Chandigarh Administration for the alleged indifferent attitude it had been maintaining towards the long pending demand for the upgradation of Civil Dispensary in Sector 38. Mr B.M. Khanna, president of the society, said in a press note on Thursday that numerous representations in this regard had been made to the Administration and Directorate of Health Services, but all in vain.

ENVIROFEST HELD: ‘Envirofest’ was held at Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, here on Thursday. Children from many schools from the city participated in various competitions like quiz and poster making. The fest was inaugurated by Mr R.S. Gupta, Principal of the college. Mr Shakti Arora, head of the Envirovision Society, PEC, and Dr S.K. Sharma, Director of the Environment Society, Chandigarh Chapter, were also present on the occasion.

APPRECIATED: The local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal appreciated the stand taken by the party president Mr Parkash Singh Badal to send food for 1 lakh people who were affected by the quake. Mr N.S. Minhas. general secretary of the unit, appealed the Union Government to stop cultural programmes on Doordarshan at least for one or two days to mourn the deaths in Gujarat.

ORGANISED: An educational and vocational session was organised at the Dev Samaj College of Education on Thursday to impart information regarding scholarship, research opportunities, masters level education and specialised diploma course in Great Britain. The session was conducted by Ms Jugnu Roy, a member of the British Council, Delhi.

ELECTED: Mr R.K. Khanchi, Senior Medical Technologist, Eccrinology Department, was elected as the president of the PGI Medical Technologists Association in an election held, here on Thursday. He secured a total of 233 out of 343 votes polled. Securing 197 votes, Mr G.D. Mehmi, was elected as the vice-president of the association. Mr Prem Chand has been elected as the general secretary, Mr Suresh Rajput as treasurer and Mr Sanjeev Gupta as the joint secretary.


ELECTED: The new office-bearers of the Rationalist Society Haryana have been elected at a meeting held in the Railway auditorium on Wednesday night. These are: president — Mr Raja Ram; vice-president — Dr Mahendra Vivek; general secretary — Mr Gurmit Singh; additional general secretary — Mr Vijay Kumar; treasure — Mr Baljit Singh; and press secretaries — Mr Fariyad Singh and Mr Balwant Singh. The advisory board consists of Mr Balbir Singh Saini, Dr Jagdish Bathla, Mr R.P. Gandhi, Mr Chunni Lal and Mr Satish Tarkshil, a release said.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Following have been elected as the office-bearers of the Barwala Industries Association: chairman— Mr Tarsem Lal; President — Mr T.R. Batra; vice-presidents — Mr P.N. Khanna, Mr B.S. Saini and Mr K.K. Adlakh; general secretary — Mr Vikram Katyal; joint secretary — Mr Sant Dhiman; and treasurer — Mr Anoop Sharma.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Haryana Youth Congress leader Krishanvir Maina announced that the party activists led by the All-India Youth Congress President, Mr Randeep Surjewala, will collect relief material for quake victims while the Non Teaching Employees Association of Maharshi Dayanand University and the Haryana Agriculture Development Officers Association have decided to donate one day’s salary towards the relief fund.

CLASH: A clash took place between two rival groups of students at Rajlu Garhi railway station, about 8 km from here on Wednesday. Some students are reported to have fired shots from their country-made pistols but no one was injured. However, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has not registered any case in this connection. Eve-teasing is said to be the reason behind this clash.

ASSAULT: One person was seriously injured in a murderous assault by some armed persons at Krewri village, about 5 km from here on Wednesday. An old enmity is stated to be the reason behind the assault.

SURVEY: The Sonepat Municipal Council on Thursday started a survey for the assessment of the house tax on the pattern of Faridabad. The work for the survey has been allotted to a private firm and would be completed within two months.

BLOOD DONATION: As many as 50 teachers and members of the staff donated blood at a one-day blood donation camp organised at Shambhu Dayal Modern School here on Wednesday. Officials of the District Red Cross Society and the Health Department rendered help in organising this camp.

BODY FOUND: The Sadar police on Thursday claimed to have found the body of a six-year-old boy Rishi from a well, about 10 km from Garh Shahjahanpur village, who had been missing since the last three days. The police believe it to be a case of murder and has detained three persons for interrogation in this case.


VERDICT WELCOMED: Himachal Vikas Congress (HVC) leader and district president Maj Shivram Sharma and others welcomed the verdict of the Delhi High Court in the telecom scam case filed by the CBI against HVC leader Sukh Ram and said that this had proved the innocence of Mr Sukh Ram.

THREE HELD: Three persons were arrested by the police on Wednesday under Section 51 of Protection of Wild Life Act, 1972. The skin of a leopard was seized from them.

AMBULANCE ROAD: The ambulance road work from Dhingu Dhar to Indernagar Colony in Dhalli ward-18 was not implemented even after the sanction Rs 2.95 lakh three months ago by the Municipal Corporation.

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