Friday, February 23, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


2 HELD: The Khuikhera police has arrested Balwinder Singh and Charanjit Singh, alias Rajinder Singh, residents of Patrewala village for allegedly cheating Kalu Ram, a resident of Panjkosi village in this subdivision. The SHO said on Thursday that the culprits had deprived the complainant of Rs 50,000 on the pretext of doubling the amount. The money was also reportedly recovered from them.

RALLY: Mr Maninderjit Singh Bit, Chairman, All-India Anti Terrorist Front, will visit Abohar and Fazilka on February 28. He will address a rally to be organised by Prayas, a voluntary organisation, at Fazilka in the afternoon.

QUAKE RELIEF: Cheques and bank drafts for Rs 58,063 were handed over by a delegation of local journalists led by its president Mr Kanti Bhardwaj, to SDM, Abohar, Mr Darshan Singh Grewal, for the Gujarat earthquake victims.

MOBILE SERVICE: Mr K.C. Jindal, General Manager, Telecom on Wednesday said that the department would activate mobile phones by the end of November. Releasing the telephone directory at Circuit House Mr Jindal said the department had fixed the target of releasing 27,000 new connections in the coming financial year. He said the facility of ‘cash cards’ would be extended to Amritsar.

INTEGRATED RALLY: An integrated rally of ex-servicemen is being organised at Khalra village on Friday. It is for the first time that a recruitment rally is being held for the people of Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts along with a rally of ex-servicemen.

RELIEF FUND: Students and staff of MHR Senior Secondary School here have donated Rs 68,008 towards the Gujarat earthquake relief fund. Mrs Vinod Devgan, Principal of the school, in a press note issued here on Wednesday said that Rs 51,000 had been sent to the Gujarat Earthquake DAV Relief Fund, Rs 15, 908 to the Gujarat Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, and Rs 1100 to the Punjab Chief Minister’s Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund.

INTUC MEMBERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Indian National Trade Union Congress ( INTUC): Mrs Usha Shastri, general secretary, Women Committee, Punjab INTUC; Mr Kartar Singh, president, Punjab Pradesh Dehati Majdoor Congress, Bathinda (INTUC); Mrs Veena Rani, president, Women Committee, INTUC, Bathinda and Mr Mangat Rai, organising secretary, Punjab INTUC.

BLOOD DONATION: Students of government engineering college on Wednesday organised a blood donation camp, in which 15 units of blood were collected. The camp was sponsored by the ITI branch of State bank of Patiala, and was inaugurated by the principal of the college Dr Narinder Singh.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Department of Health and Labour organised a medical check up camp at Punjab Spinning Mill here on Tuesday in which a team of doctors from Civil Hospital examined labourers and medicines were given free of cost to them.

RESENTED: Mr Surinder Kapoor, a former minister, on Wednesday criticised the government to shift the children and general hospital, located in the heart of the city to the main Civil Hospital. He said the decision should be revised.

CONDEMNED: Resentment prevails among parents against the attitude of the traffic police while challaning vehicles. Kulbir Singh Sandhu, executive member, SAD, talking to this correspondent said children, in addition to challans were abused and even thrashed at times.

HOUSE BURGLED: Thieves burgled the house of Mr Sham Sunder Kathuria and took away Rs 60,000 and silver jewellery worth about Rs 10,000. The family was away to attend a marriage party. A case has been registered. No arrest has been made so far. 

CAMP: A free medical check-up camp will be organised by Bassi Hospital, Tagore Nagar, on February 25. A team of doctors from Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, will examine the patients. Dr Urvashi Jha, gynaecologist, Dr Raju Vaishya, orthopaedician, Dr Rajiv Lochan, cardiologist, and Dr Naresh Bassi, surgeon, will be the consulting doctors on the occasion. According to a press release, all surgical cases registered on February 25 will be given 50 per cent concession in the operation fee.

BOOK RELEASED: A book by reiki master and vastu expert, Mr Sunil Chadda. ABC of Reiki, was released here on Wednesday. Mr Chadda in a press release said that the book had been specially written for the students and general public. The basic principals of reiki along with the diseases cured by reiki are mentioned in the book. Mr Chadda said that reiki had been very useful for cleansing the negativity and bad habits. 

STRIKE: Non-teaching staff of Malwa College, Bondli, observed strike on Tuesday. Addressing a gate rally, an employees' leader, Mr Gurdev Singh Dharni, condemned the delay in grant of pension and gratuity, arrears of enhanced pay, HRA and medical allowance. The union threatened to boycott the annual examinations of the university if their demands were not met. 

SEMINAR: The SNAS Model School will organise a seminar on water purification on February 26 on the school premises. Students from different local schools will participate in the seminar. The winners will be awarded certificates and prizes, said Mr Anil Suraj, Secretary, School Managing Committee. 

MEETING: The All-India Steel Rerollers Association has convened a post-Budget meeting of its national executive members on February 28 at New Delhi to discuss the impact on budgetary changes in the iron and steel sector, especially for the rerolling industry. Representatives of industry from different parts of the country have been invited to the meeting. This was disclosed by Mr Chanan Singh Matharoo, Senior Vice-President of the All-India Steel Rerollers Association, in a press note released here on Thursday. 

MEDICAL STORES: Two Red Cross medical stores are functioning in the Civil Hospital here in violation of the policy of Punjab Health Systems Corporation Ltd. These stores are being run by private parties who are charging exorbitant rates from the patients. Patients approach these stores under the impression that they will get medicines at concessional rates but are made to pay higher prices. Capt Dr Hardev Singh, Deputy Medical Commissioner, and Dr Niranjan Singh Suman, Civil Surgeon, when contacted said on directions of the corporation they had written to the Deputy Commissioner-cum-president district Red Cross Society to close these stores.

8 ARRESTED: The Bhawanigarh police has arrested eight persons and recovered poppy husk, intoxicant pills, spirit and liquor. The arrested persons are Surjit Singh, Ishar Singh, Balkar Singh, Jaswant Singh, Rajinder Pal, Kashmir Singh, Darshan Singh and Balwinder Singh. The police has registered separate cases against them.



SEMINAR: The Chandigarh Press Club will organise a seminar on Challenges before the media in the new millennium on February 23. According to Mr Sarabjit Singh Pandher, secretary-general, Dr Ved Pratap Vedic, a journalist, will deliver the presidential address. Other speakers will include senior professionals and academicians in the field of journalism.


MURDERED: Nimbula, a labourer, was allegedly murdered by an unidentified person in the Pali crusher zone here on Tuesday. Nimbula belonged to Devaria district in UP. Meanwhile, Sunil Kumar, a resident of Sector 8, committed suicide by hanging himself in his house.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district Patwar and Kanungo Association: president — Mrs Dharam Veer Prajapati; vice-president — Mr Babu Ram; secretary — Mr Suresh Tanwar; joint secretary — Mr Phagu Ram, and treasurer — Mr Karnail Singh.

SHELL GAS: Bharat Shell Limited, a joint venture of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and Shell Overseas Investments, has launched the marketing of Shell gas in Haryana and Punjab. Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday its Managing Director, Mr S. Radhakrishanan, said they had initially released 6000 connections through their newly appointed 25 distributors in the two states.

INJURED: The driver and the conductor of a canter sustained serious injuries when it collided with a tractor-trailer on the G.T. Road near Larsauli village, 13 km from here, on Wednesday. According to a report, the injured were rushed to the local Civil Hospital from where they were shifted to the Medical College Hospital at Rohtak for further treatment.

ARRESTED: The Rai police on Wednesday arrested Manu of Pio Munyari village in connection with the alleged assault on Om Paul of the same village. According to a report, hunt was on to apprehend two others who had absconded. A land dispute is stated to be the cause of the attack.


LIQUOR SEIZED: The Bhojnagar police on Wednesday seized illicit liquor from Ram Rattan near Bhojnagar. A case has been registered.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among residents here against inadequate street lights in the town. They alleged that this had led to several thefts in the town.

MEMO SUBMITTED: Students of Deendayal Public Degree College, Sughbattoli, in this subdivision on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the government through the local Subdivisional Magistrate demanding the restoration of the examination centre which had been scrapped this year by HP University. The ABVP unit of the college threatened to launch an agitation if the centre was not restored within a week.

BUDGET ALLOCATION: The Himachal Pradesh Government Teachers’ Union, Kangra district, has expressed resentment over the failure of the Education Department to release budget allocation earmarked for schools by the state government till the end of the current fiscal year. Mr Onkar Rana and Mr Sushil Nag, district president and general secretary, respectively, in a joint statement on Thursday said the department’s lapse in this regard had been causing a lot of hardship to the employees and heads of the school.

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