Friday, February 9, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


INSTALLED: The idol installation ceremony of goddess Kalka was performed on Wednesday at Dal village near Bhikhiwind. Thousands of devotees participated in the procession which brought holy water from Durgiana Mandir, Amritsar.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: The annual prize distribution function of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Sursingh, was organised on Wednesday. Mr Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Excise and Taxation Minister, Punjab, was the chief guest and member of Lok Sabha, Mr Tarlochan Singh Tur, presided over the function. Mr Tur and Mr Kairon announced a grant of Rs 50,000 each for the school.

GRANT: Mr Tarlochan Singh Tur, member, Lok Sabha, gave a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to the gram panchayat of Benewalipur village for the construction of village veterinary dispensary building.

RELIEF FUND: Mrs Sudesh Sharma, Principal Government Senior Secondary School (Girls), Dhanaula, about 10 km from here, presented a bank draft worth Rs 36,000 to Mr Anirudh Tewari, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, for the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for Gujarat earthquake victims at the annual prize distribution function of the school on Wednesday.

FUNCTION HELD: RSS Batala on Wednesday held a function in connection with Gujarat earthquake victims at Bal Vidhya Neketan Batala. The speakers urged the audience to donate voluntarily and Rs 13,222 were collected on the occasion.

MEETING HELD: Rotary Club, Batala arranged a programme on Wednesday to make the public aware of population explosion. Mr V. Bikram, Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, addressed the meeting at Batala at the town hall.

HUMAN CHAIN: Children of local schools made a human chain from Amritsar by-pass to Pathankot . Mr Pardeep Sabharwal said about 6500 students of 13 schools participated in it.

OVERTURNED: Sant Bhagh Singh Girls College bus overturned near Gidder village, about 20 km from here, on Wednesday due to bad road. Five students were injured. Three were discharged after preliminary treatment at the government hospital, Nathana, and two others were admitted to the civil hospital, Bathinda.

CELEBRATED: J.J. Cultural Heritage, engaged in spreading and popularising folk music in Punjab organised a function on Thursday at Dalia Mirzan near Dina Nagar in this district to celebrate the birth anniversary of Balbir Singh Jassi, a folk singer, from the district.

SENTENCED: Mr B.C. Gupta, Additional District Sessions Judge, Hoshiarpur, has sentenced poppy husk smugglers Balbir Singh, resident of Bora village of Garhshankar and Prem Lal of Birahan village in Jalandhar district to 10 years imprisonment.

KILLED: Anita, six-year-old daughter of Jaswant of Bajaudi in Muradabad district was seriously injured when a speeding bus hit her near bus stand here on Tuesday. Later she succumbed to her injuries at the local civil hospital. City police, Hoshiarpur, has registered a case.

CASE REGISTERED: The local police has registered a case under the Dowry Act against three persons of Gaggarwal village under Sections 306, 498 and 34 of the IPC. The accused are Ranjodh Singh, Swaran Kaur and Paramjit Kaur, who asked Kuldip Kaur to bring more dowry. Kuldip Kaur committed suicide in 1998. Mr Rajinderpal Singh, ASI, will enquire into the matter, sources said.

CONTEST HELD: The Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha in association with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, organised a declamation contest at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women here on Wednesday. Eight participants of the contest spoke on ‘role of students in promotion of environment and sustainable development’. Rajbir Kaur won the first prize, Roopam Preet bagged the second prize while a special prize was awarded to Vaishali. Addressing the students, Major Sher Singh Aulakh, president of the jatha, called upon the students to play effective role in promotion of healthy environment by creating awareness among the general public about the issue. Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary of the jatha, told the students to promote healthy environment and think globally and act locally for the purpose. He told the students to reduce the use of polythene bags and plant saplings in every monsoon season. Ms Ravinder Gill, Principal of the college, appreciated the efforts of students and gave away prizes to the winners of the contest.

TRUCK STOLEN: The whereabouts of a stolen truck (UGY-8281) are not known so far. According to the owner, Daljit Singh of Sherpur Bet village, the truck was stolen on the night of February 2, from a plot, in front of Jain-Harmilap filling station here. Though he has informed the local police, in this connection, but no case has been registered by now.

CELEBRATED: To mark the birthday celebrations of Shiromani Bhagat and Krantikari Guru Ravi Dass, a huge procession was taken out in the city with great zeal and enthusiasm. Earlier, the bhogs of sri akhand path sahib were performed and community langars were served in the various Gurudwaras of the town. The nagar kirtan started from Gurudwara Ravi Dass, Indira Colony, and ended at Mandir Sri Ravi Dass, Near old Sabzi Mandi here.

REQUEST: Farmers of various villages under Baghapurana police station in the district on Wednesday urged the authorities to catch all the stray pigs roaming around in the villages for the past several months, damaging crops in the area.

THREATENED: Ishrodevi, wife of Budh Singh a resident of Baghapurana town 15 km from here, on Wednesday said Rajinder Sharma and his two sons were threatening her with dire consequences if she did not vacate her house. She requested to the Punjab Chief Minister and police to intervene in the matter.

DUPED: Mr Balwinder Singh, resident of Nangal Bhoor village in Pathankot lodged an FIR on Wednesday against his elder brother Mr Gurmeet Singh for allegedly duping him of Rs 8.3 lakh.

FAMILY PLANNING: A free family planning (lapro-tubectomy) camp was organised at the Mini-Public Health Centre, Dudhan Sadhan, under the guidance of the Senior Medical Officer, Dr Yogesh Marwaha, and Dr Satnam Singh. Nearly 60 persons were operated by Dr Sanjay Bansal. The camp was inaugurated by Dr Rameshwar Chander, Civil Surgeon, Patiala. 

EYE CAMP: The Lala Niranjan Lal Memorial Foundation Trust will organise a free eye check-up-camp-operation camp at Kaal Banjara village in Sangrur district on Sunday to commemorate the 8th death anniversary of Lala Niranjan Lal Ji Mahajan. Dr Sukhdip Singh Boparai, an eminent eye surgeon, and his team of doctors will examine and operate upon patients during the camp. 

APPOINTED: The Punjab Government has appointed Mr G.S. Sodhi, Chief Engineer, PWD (B&R), as Technical Advisor and Joint Managing Director of the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board. Mr Sodhi was the Chief Engineer with the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority and the Punjab Housing and Urban Development Board. 

INJURED: Members of two families were injured after a clash with the neighbours resulting out of a minor issue over the maintenance of the volume of the cassette player at Katani Kalan village, Sahnewal. According to the FIR registered at the Sahnewal police station, a case has been registered against Pardeep Singh, Darshan Singh, Navrang Singh, Gurjit Soni, Baljinder Singh and Sadhu Singh of Katani Kalan. Injured were admitted to the Civil Hospital at Sahnewal. The tape recorder, the accused used to play at much to the unwillingness of their neighbours, was the bone of the contention between the two families.

BIRTH ANNIVERSARY: The 624th birth anniversary of Guru Ravi Dass was celebrated here on Thursday with great pomp and show in the local gurdwara. Earlier a big procession in the leadership of panj payaras was taken out in the city. On this occasion, Mr Sandeep Hans, SDM, Samrala, Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA, and Jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnian appealed the devotees to follow the foot steps of Guru Ravi Dass.

OPENED: The postal authorities opened a Panchayat Sanchar Seva Kendra at Harerri village, near here, on Wednesday. Mr Bhagwan Dass Garg, Superintendent of Post Offices, inaugurated the kendra.

CONTRIBUTED: The Assistant Labour Commissioner, Mr S.S. Bains, has contributed three-day salary for the Gujarat earthquake victims while his staff members have contributed their salary for two days.


BLOOD COLLECTED: The Accountant-General, Punjab Blood Donors Society organised its 7th camp on the office premises here on Thursday. According to the general secretary, Mr Ashok Kumar Rana, 112 units of blood were collected. He added that the camp, organised in collaboration with the Blood Bank, PGI, was inaugurated by the Principal Accountant-General (A&E), Mrs Mahua Chatterjee. 

HAILED: The Punjab and Haryana High Court Young Lawyers Association has unanimously hailed the decision of granting Cabinet Minister status to the Punjab Advocate-General, Mr H.S. Mattewal. According to the association’s general secretary, Mr Sanjeev Pandit, the Punjab Chief Minister’s decision has enhanced the image of constitutional post. President Sukhjinder Singh added that the act had give due recognition to the post. 

HOMAGE PAID: A large number of persons paid homage to the earthquake victims of Gujarat at a meeting organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad in Sector 17 Plaza here on Thursday. Messages were written by citizens from all walks of life, including young children on a 20-metre long cloth, according to a press note.



HELD: The Ambala range police has recovered 1,000 litre of spirit and 800 kg of caustic soda from Jaswinder Singh. The spirit and soda was kept in drums. Jaswinder Singh has been nabbed. He used to buy these from truck drivers and illegally sell, according to a press note. 

RELIEF TEAM: The 112-member relief team from Hisar has pitched 250 tents in Subai village of Rapar block in Gujarat for the quake victims. The team informed the officials that the entire village had been reduced to rubble. There were about 600 houses in the village. Telephone services in the village had been restored with the help of team members from Hisar.

SEMINAR: The Vice-Chancellor of Haryana Agricultural University, Mr Vinay Kumar, on Wednesday said dress designers and textile engineers should help social integration of the physically handicapped persons by designing special clothes for them. He was addressing the closing session of a two-day national seminar on functional clothing and social integration of the handicapped.

POWER FAILURE: Despite the tall claims of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam officials over availability of power, the town remains without power for an average of eight to 10 hours a day. There is strong resentment among students over this situation as examinations are approaching.

SEIZED: The district police seized 7523 packets and 269 bottles of country liquor, 300 bottles of illicit liquor, 2450 kg Lahan and unearthed 5 working stills during the month of January. This was also disclosed by Mr A. S. Chawla, SP, in a press statement issued here on Wednesday.

RELIEF FUND: Mr Mehar Singh Malik , Principal Government High School said, the students has collected Rs 10,702 for the quake victims of Gujarat and offered their services for the relief and rescue work there.

ARRESTED: A raiding party headed by the District Revenue Officer ( DRO), Mr Pirthvi Singh, caught Jagpal, a Patwari red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from Ram Dhasi, a farmer on Wednesday. A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against him.

CAMP HELD: Mr Ashok Bishnoi, SDM, presided over a camp at Pundri on Wednesday in which 59 cases related to revenue, police health and other related issues were decided on the spot.

SENTENCED: The Additional District Sessions Judge, Mr Manjit Singh, on Tuesday sentenced Darshan Singh, an alleged smack and other narcotics trader, to 10 years imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 1 lakh.

REVENUE EARNED: The District Excise and Taxation Department has earned a revenue of Rs 24.71 crore in the past 10 months of the current financial year. This was Rs 4.36 crore more than the revenue of the corresponding period of the previous financial year said Mr Vineet Garg , Deputy Commissioner.

RELIEF FUND: Mr Vineet Garg, Deputy Commissioner, Rewari said the district administration has received Rs 5,04,272 towards the Gujarat Relief Fund from various government and voluntary organisations of the district.

BODY FOUND: The Ganaur police on Wednesday recovered an unidentified decomposed body of a 30-year-old youth, lying on the road near Bhanwar village, about 20 km from here. The police believe it to be a case of murder and the postmortem examination was held.

INJURED: A housewife sustained serious burn injuries on Thursday when her clothes caught fire in her house at Manoli village, about 25 km from here. She was rushed to the local civil hospital and later shifted to the medical college hospital at Rohtak.

KILLED: Jagraj, a resident of Sangrur, on Wednesday was killed in a head-on collusion between a truck and tractor trolley on the GT Road near Rai village, about 13 km from here. In another incident two sustained minor injuries when a matador hit a scooter on the Kharkhauda-Delhi road about 25 km from here.

ARRESTED: The police on Thursday arrested Raghbir and suresh of Jagsi village under Section 382 of the IPC. According to the police, both the accused had snatched a Maruti car from Krishan of Hullehri village.


RESENTMENT: The key post of Tehsildar on this sub-divisional headquarters has been lying vacant for the past 11 months which has hampered the revenue work. There is a lot of resentment among the residents against the Revenue Department for not filling the vacant post.

OFFICE BEARERS: The Madhav Library Committee nominated the following office bearers: library in charge — Mr Narinder Dutta; president — Mr Sansar Chand; general-secretary Mr Arvind Sharma and cashier — Mr Hans Raj.

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