|Saturday, February 3,
SEMINAR: A farmer’s training camp and seminar on flowers was held by the Horticulture Department at Government Landscape Unit near here on Thursday. Mr C.L. Bains, Finance Commissioner, Development, in his inaugural address stressed the need for planting flowers of different types apart from the routine crops. Mr Kuldip Singh Sandhu, Director, Horticulture Department, Punjab, said, “Only horticulture can give a heavy blow to the GATT agreement and it is the only way with which farmers can maintain their economic stability.”
3 KILLED: Three persons were killed in a head-on collision between a car and a truck on Friday evening on the G.T. Road near Dhilwan village. The deceased have been identified as Bishan Dass, Ravinder Mahajan and Kamla Devi of J.P. Nagar, Jalandhar. The police has registered a case.
LIFE TERM: Mr Jagroop Singh Mahal, Additional Sessions Judge on Thursday convicted Jaskaran Singh, Sukhbir Singh, Sapandeep Singh, Arvinder Singh, Pardeep Singh, Sarabjit Singh and Ranjodh Singh of Talwandi Choudhrian village on the charge of murdering Kashmir Singh of the same village and sentenced them to life imprisonment and fined them Rs 5000 each.
ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Arhtiya Association: Mr Vinod Ghai and Mr Jagan Nath Pandit — patrons; Mr Sadhu Ram Nanda — president; Mr Harbans Singh Rosha and Mr Raj Kumar Sahnewalia — senior vice-presidents; Mr Sooraj Parkash, Mr Nirmal Sofat, Mr Prem Chand Sharma and Mr Som Nath — vice-presidents; Mr Bharpur Chand Bector — general secretary; Mr Balbir Kumar and Mr Gurdeep Singh — secretaries; Mr Tarsem Lal Goyal — cashier; and Mr Madan Gopal Maddi — auditor. Mr Mohan Lal Jindal, Mr Swaran Singh Sandhu, Mr Manmohan Singh Sawani and Mr Ranbir Sood were elected as advisors.
WIDOW PENSION: The Sri Gian Sthal Mandir Sabha will organise a function on February 11 to disburse pension to widows and destitute women. According to Mr Ramesh Lal, vice-president of the sabha, a computer and commercial college will also commence on the temple premises on the same day and certificates will be given to candidates who have completed the short-term courses. Lala Lajpat Rai, MP, Mr Balramji Das Tandon, Minister for Local Bodies, Mr Manoranjan Kalia, Minister for Medical Education, and Mr Sat Pal Gosain, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, will attend the function.
APPOINTED: Mr Amarjit Singh Bhatia, Vice-President, SAD (Badal), has appointed Mr Satbir Singh as press secretary of the District Akali Jatha (Urban). The appointment has been made in view of active part taken by Mr Satbir Singh in various morchas and implementation of the party policies and programmes.
VICE-PRESIDENT : Mr Amarjit Singh Bindra has been appointed as vice-president of the district unit of the Urban Development Cell of the Youth Congress, by Mr Akshay Bhanot, chairman of the unit. The appointment has been made with the approval of Mr Pawan Diwan, chairman, Urban Development Cell of the Indian Youth Congress.
DEAD: Mr Joginder Singh, a noted freedom fighter, died in Khanna. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Bhog of sahej path and a shardhanjli samaroh will be held at Gurdwara Annian Wala, Samrala Road, Khanna, on Sunday.
ACTION SOUGHT: Expressing concern over the reports on adulteration, the Ludhiana Tea Traders Association has demanded action against those involved in adulteration. Mr Rakesh Aggarwal, general secretary of the association, alleged that they were being unnecessarily harassed by the Health Department. He said some “non branded” tea was openly being sold in the market. Mr Amar Singla, senior executive member, said adulterated tea was being sold at Rs 60 per kg, whereas the branded tea was available at Rs 120 per kg.
LOK ADALAT: In a bid to dispose off the pending cases speedily, a Lok Adalat of labour court cases was held here today under the Chairmanship of Mr S.K. Aggarwal, Additional District and Sessions Judge, and Presiding Officer of the Labour Court. Out of the 90 cases, 52 were settled on the spot with mutual consent of both the parties and the amount of compensation was released to litigants. Mr Nageshwar Singh, secretary of the district unit of the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, has welcomed the initiative taken by the departments concerned and the active support lent by the Presiding Officer of the court for expeditious settlement of cases. He said the workers had been greatly benefitted by speedy dispensation of justice.
DONATION: Mr Megh Raj Goyal Chairman of DAV Model Senior Secondary School, Budhlada, presented a demand draft for Rs 51,000 contributed by the management, staff and students of the school to Deputy Commissioner, Ms Raji P. Srivastva for quake victims.
LITERACY CAMPAIGN: The district Literacy Society organised a literacy campaign at Mahil Khurd village to mobilise panches, sarpanches, NGOs, etc to work for the success of post-literacy campaign in the district, stated an official press note here on Thursday.
TEACHERS' PANEL: The following members of the Punjab Engineering College Teachers Service Association have been unanimously elected as the PECTSA executive for the year 2001-2002: president — Dr R.K. Khitoliya; vice-president — Dr S.R. Prabhakar; general secretary — Dr G.D. Bansal; joint secretary — Prof Nagendra Sah; treasurer — Prof Gurdial Singh; and members — Dr S.C. Suman, Prof R.R. Singh, Prof D.R. Prajapati. Meanwhile, the members unanimously decided to donate one day’s salary towards the Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund.
DELEGATION: A delegation of the BCA Students Coordination Committee of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, met the Governor Punjab, Lt General J.F.R. Jacob (retd) at the UT Secretariat here on Friday and asked for upgradation of the existing three-year BCA course to a four-year degree programme. The Governor, who is also the Chancellor of PTU, promised to look into the matter a press note said.
PLAY: Women should revolutionise the anti-female foeticide movement themselves, said Gursharan Singh, famous theatre artist and director, at a lecture in the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, here on Friday. The lecture was followed by a one-act play directed by him on the same theme called Kavita ki maut. The play revolves around the story of a woman who is forced to abort her female child, but later her husband realises his mistake and repents. The play was organised by the Voluntary Health Association (VHA) of Punjab, in collaboration with Government College for Girls Dramatic Society, headed by Ms Neelam Rattan. The principal, Ms Vijaylakhsmi was the chief guest at the occasion.
APPOINTED: Mr P.B. Nimbalkar has been appointed the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI). Mr Nimbalkar, who has over three decades of experience in development banking, has successfully served in the RBI and IDBI besides serving SIDBI since its inception in 1990. He has participated in specialised programmes organised by the Japan Development Bank, Tokyo and the Harvard Law School, Boston (USA).
ELECTED: Mr Narinder Singh Jaura has been elected president of the Mair Rajput Sabha, Chandigarh. Dr O.P. Verma has been elected the senior vice-president.
ANNIVERSARY: The Haryana postal circle secured business worth 50.28 crore for the year 1999-2000 through postal life insurance. A function was held here on Thursday in which Mr O. P. Saini, who had secured business worth Rs 16.76 crore was given a cash award and golden certificate. Mr H.K. Sachdeva, Mr Ashok Kumar, Mr Manjeet Singh and Mr Pawan Kumar Goyal, who had also secured good business, were given cash prizes and silver certificates. Field officers Mr Sawan Ram, Mr B. M. Gupta and Mr H.R. Aneja were also given cash awards and certificate. Postal Life Insurance, run by the Department of Posts also celebrated its 117th anniversary.
TELEPHONE CONNECTION: According to the Area Telecom Manager, 3,000 new telephone connections were released in Sirsa and Fatehabad districts during the past two months. Out of these, 1800 connections were given in Sirsa district, he said.
OPIUM SEIZED: A police party seized 1.8 kg opium worth Rs 3 lakh from Harnek Singh, a migrant labourer from Uttar Pradesh, at a naka near Kandaghat on the Kalka-Shimla national highway.
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