GANG BUSTED: The police on Thursday claimed to have busted a gang of miscreants allegedly responsible for looting certain PCO booths in certain parts of the city in the past 15 days, with the arrest of three of its five members. Those arrested are Harvinder Singh, Bhagwant Singh and Kiranvir Singh.
BIOGRAPHY: Captain Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister of Punjab, would release the biography of late Bhagat Puran Singh, founder of Pingalwara here , written by Principal Narinder Singh Soch on February 16 at the Senate hall of Guru Nanak Dev University here, according to Dr Inderjit Kaur, president of the All-India Pingalwara Society here.
AWARENESS RALLIES: The Additional District Census officer, Mr Hanuman Singh Shekhawat, said awareness rallies would be organised in the district for programme census 2001. The rally would be flagged off on the district headquarters on February 19 by the District Census Officer, Mr J.P. Chandellia.
CRITICISED: Dr Vineeta Gupta, general secretary of the Insaaf International, in a written statement issued here on Thursday criticised the decision to shift the children’s hospital to raise funds for building the District Administrative Complex.
APPOINTMENT PRAISED: Mr Rajinder Singh Raja, general secretary of the district unit of the Youth Congress, said in a written statement issued here on Thursday that the appointment of Ms Ambika Soni as the general secretary of the All-India Congress Committee (AICC), and as member of the Congress Working Committee, was a welcome step and that her appointment would instil a new hope in the party.
ABSTAINED: The Bar Association of Jagraon and the District Bar Association abstained from work on Friday as a mark of respect to Narinder Pasricha, a young advocate who had died.
FIRE: A loss of Rs 1.25 lakh was estimated in a fire near Malerkotla Chowk on Friday morning. According to a partner in the fruit shop, the shop caught fire around 1:45 am and the fire brigade reached the spot at 2:15 am. The fire was controlled by the firemen in half an hour.
ANIMAL HEALTH: The Indian veterinary congress and national symposium on animal health and production in new millennium will be organised in the College of Veterinary Sciences, Punjab Agricultural University, on Thursday and Friday. The eighth annual conference of the Indian Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Research will also be held simultaneously. A one-day workshop on disease diagnostic technique' for field veterinarians will also be held.
INAUGURATED: Mr Ramesh Inder Singh, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Punjab, inaugurated an effluent treatment plant in Ludhiana on Friday. Addressing a function in South City after the inauguration, he said infrastructure development could be carried out at the desired level only with private participation.
ELECTED: Mr Chanan Ram Prasad was unanimously elected as president of the Ludhiana District Telecom Employees Cooperative USETC Society. The other office-bearers are: Mr Nardeep Singh Grewal as honorary secretary; Mr Vijay Kumar as vice-president; and Mr Amar Singh as cashier.
LOK JANSHAKTI: The Lok Janshakti and the Dalit Sena will support the SAD(B) candidate in the Majitha byelection. This was stated by the newly appointed state president of the Lok Janshakti, Mr Amar Singh Mehmi, while addressing party workers here. He said his party and the Dalit Sena will field candidates in the next Assembly elections in consultation with other constituents of the NDA in the Centre. According to Mr Mehmi, a meeting of all district presidents of the sena would be convened at Jalandhar on Sunday to finalise the constitution of state and district level units. The party will set up its units in all 12,700 villages in Punjab, he claimed.
FESTIVAL AT GGNIMT: The Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, is organising ‘Crescendo’, its maiden inter-university festival from March 1 to 3. More than 30 teams from various information technology, management and commerce colleges and departments of the Punjab Technical University, Panjab University, Guru Nanak Dev University and Punjab Agricultural University will participate in the contest. The festival will be an extravaganza of fun, music, literary and professional activities, including debates, corporate quiz, one-act play, dumb charade, opera, sangam, shake a leg, bindas bol etc. The other dimension of festival will be to gauge the professional competence of students through activities like case presentation, strategy wars, software analysis and designing.
IT RETURNS: Assessees who are required to file returns in Form 2-C under the 1/6 scheme can fill it till February 28. The Income Tax Department is holding special camps in different parts of Ludhiana to help the public to file Form 2-C.
COLLAPSED: A mule burdened with an overloaded cart containing crates of peaches and tomatoes collapsed near Damoria Bridge here on Friday morning.
GUJARAT RELIEF: Mr S.P. Angra, Block Development and Panchayat Officer, on Wednesday, handed over 100 blankets and a sum of Rs 12500 and one day’s salary of his staff to the ADC (Development), Mr G.S. Bhatti, for onward transmission to the Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund.
SEMINAR ORGANISED: The District Education Department organised a career-guidance seminar at Government Senior Secondary School, Mukandpur, about 20 km from here, on Wednesday. Mr Narinder Singh, District Guidance Counsellor; Mr Jog Raj Singh, vice-principal of the school and Mr Amarjit Singh, career teacher, delivered special lectures to as many as 165 students of senior classes of the school. A question-answer session was also organised.
ELECTED: Dr Balbir Kaur Sohal has been unanimously elected as president of the Oorja Lady’s Club (Phulkari), PSEB in a meeting here today. Other members elected are senior vice-president, Ms Usha Kundra; vice-president, Ms Nirmal Mittal; secretary, Ms Inderjeet Kaur Ghambir, joint secretary, Ms Krishna Dhirmani and treasurer, Ms Chander Attari.
CONDEMNED: In an emergency meeting of the District Bar Association (DBA) held under the chairmanship of Mr Kundan Singh Nagara, president of the association, it was resolved to condemn the arrest of Mr Gurcharan Singh Sandhu, who had allegedly been falsely implicated in a criminal case. The association has unanimously resolved to abstain from work for a day in protest against the arrest of Mr Sandhu.
ORGANISED: A three-day seminar on Yoga and Sadhana is being organised from February 16 and Gurdwara Sant Kambliwala here to propagate and highlight the humanitarian work being done by Anand Marg Pracharak Samgha. Anand Marg is a social-spiritual organisation dedicated for the welfare of the suffering humanity and bring about universal development.
RELIEF FUND: The Jan Hit Samiti, Punjab, donated a sum of Rs 21,000 through a bank draft in favour of the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the people who suffered in the Gujarat earthquake.
SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR: The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of the Punjab University will organise a two-day national seminar on ‘Gender Equality and Development: Challenges for the millennium’ scheduled to be held on February 23 and February 24. Over 100 scholars from various universities will present their papers and participate in the different sessions of the seminar.
LECTURE DELIVERED: Mr Avtarjeet Singh Dhanjal, a noted sculptor of Punjab, now settled in England, held discourse on art, artist and the art world at the Department of Fine Arts, Punjabi University, here on Friday. Mr Dhanjal said that art is a process of evolution that is carried by all living beings.
CHARAS SEIZED: A migrant worker has been booked and 3 kg of charas worth Rs 70,000 seized from him at the local Shivpuri by the CIA staff.
PISTOL SEIZED: Mr S.K. Kalia, local SP (D), in a press statement issued here on Thursday, said a pistol bearing .12 bore was seized from the possession of Dev Uddan Yadav, a Bihari migrant by the police party of the local CIA staff along with two cartridges. A case under the Arms Act had been registered against the accused.
INTOXICANTS: Mr Manmohan Sharma, executive secretary of the voluntary Health Association of Punjab expressed concern that addiction had assumed alarming proportions in the state. Dependence on intoxicants was giving rise to many social ills. Mr Sharma has given a call to all individuals and groups to involve themselves in fighting the menace of addiction and get together on February 17 and February 18 for a two-day meeting at Anandpur Sahib, in an effort to evolve a joint action plan for de-addiction.
CHAIRMAN: Dr S.S. Pal has taken over as Chairman of the Department of Library and Information Science, Panjab University. Author of various books, monographs and research papers, Dr Pal had recently worked on a UGC-funded project on preparing university level texts on special library system and information service.
ELECTED: Mr Jogdhian Singh has been chosen as the Chief Advisor to the Technical Teacher’s Training Institute Workers Union, Sector 26, in a special meeting held here on Friday under the presidentship of Mr Krishan Paul. Mr Sukh Ram will be the advisor, while Mr Atma Ram will be the organising secretary, Mr Jagir Singh, the propaganda secretary and Mr Ram Ajore, Mr Baku Singh and Mr Sultan Singh will be the members.
LECTURE DELIVERED: Prof Andre Beteille, renowned sociologist and former head of the Sociology Department, University of Delhi, will be visiting and delivering lectures at the Panjab University from February 18 to February 25. Prof Beteille has been a fellow at the University of Manchester and Commonwealth Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge.
INAUGURATED: Mr Faqir Chand Mullana, MP, inaugurated school rooms in Mallour village on Friday. The three school rooms have been constructed at a cost of Rs 3.21 lakh. Mr Mullana also inaugurated a chaupal, built at a cost of Rs 1.25 lakh and laid the foundation stone for Devi Lal Vridhashram. Mr Mullana had earlier laid the foundation stones for vridhashrams in Balana, Matherishekhon, Kalera and Khaira, a note said.
DEMANDED: The Ambala Cantt Traders Federation has demanded the Saha Growth Centre, which has been hanging fire for the past one decade, be started soon. The scientific project instruments industry of Ambala has been constantly pressing upon the Haryana government for the immediate establishment of the centre. The industry is lagging behind because of paucity of space, hence growth has slowed down, a note issued by Chairman of the Federation, Mr N.C. Jain, said. He said during the visit of Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, on November 15 at Ambala Cantt, he had announced early commissioning of the project. The Ambala scientific instrument industry is famous for having over 1000 tiny cottage and small scale units. “It is demanded that while carving out plots in the centre, the demand of the instrument industry be kept into consideration,” the note said.
INJURED: Vinod, a resident of Bahalgarh village, was hit by a truck and sustained serious injuries. He was immediately rushed to the local Civil Hospital from where he was shifted to the Medical College Hospital at Rohtak for further treatment. According to the police, the injured person was going on foot when he was hit by the truck on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road near Fazilpur village.
FIRE BROKE: Gunny bags worth over Rs 50,000 were reduced to ashes in a fire which broke into a factory on the Pio-Munyari Narela road, about 20 km from here, on Thursday. According to a report, the municipal fire-brigade reached the spot and controlled the fire after an hour. The cause of the fire has not been ascertained so far.
LOOTED: Three motorcycle-borne armed youths reportedly looted owner of a shoe company of Gohana town near Pandu Pandara, about 70 km from here, on Thursday. According to a report, the owner of the company was returning from Jind to Gohana in his car when the culprits stopped his car and snatched Rs 1.5 lakh in cash and other gold ornaments from him at pistol point.
EINSTIEN’S THEORY: Mr Ajay Sharma, a Physics lecturer, has urged the Union Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Murli Manohar Joshi, to form a committee of scientists to evaluate his paper relating to Einstien’s Mass Energy Equivalence (EMEE) in a press conference here on Thursday.
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