Friday, March 2, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: The annual prize distribution function of the Shahzada Nand College for Girls was held here on Wednesday. Mr O.P. Soni, local MLA, presided over the function.

COLLECTED: Students of Lake Head Public School have collected Rs 6,000 for quake victims and deposited the amount in Gujarat Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. This was stated by Mr H.S. Boparai, Principal of the school.

MEDICAL CAMPAIGN: The district Health Department, in collaboration with Punjab Health System Corporation, has launched a campaign to provide free medical aid to the residents of slum and rural areas of the district during this month. Two such camps will be held at Karirwal and Dhimawala villages on March 5 and 12, respectively. This was disclosed by Dr Varinder Singh Mohi, Civil Surgeon, here on Thursday.

SEMINAR HELD: A seminar on “Investigation of Cases of Narcotic Drugs” was organised by the Police Department at Bal Bhavan here on Tuesday. Mr Hanif Qureshi, SP, delivered the inaugural address.

BOOKED: The police registered a case under Section 406 of the IPC against Jatinder Singh of Kukran village on Tuesday on a complaint of his brother Tajinder Singh. The complainant alleged that his brother had taken his tractor and motorcycle for personal use, but sold these without his consent.

CASE REGISTERED: The police has registered a case against Prem Rani of Mohalla Shiekhan for defrauding people.

BUS STAND: The bus stand constructed in the memory of eminent social worker, Mr Kapur Singh Grewal, at Lalton Kalan village, 10 km from here, was inaugurated by Namdhari chief Satguru Jagjit Singh, on Wednesday. The sect chief said that in the memory of the sect founder, Satguru Ram Singh, a stadium would also be constructed in the village. Large number of Namdharis and others, including former MLAs and writers, were present on the occasion. 

LAWYERS CLARIFY: The Bar Association of Jagraon on Thursday clarified that it had held a paath of Sukhmani Sahib in the bar room not to ward off any evil spirits, as reported earlier, but to pray for the departed souls of a couple of Bar members who had died during the past couple of months. In a letter to Ludhiana Tribune, the bar president said that it was wrong to say that Bar member were scared of any evil spirits, supposedly haunting the place. One of the deceased bar member, Mr N.K. Pasricha, had in fact, been suffering from arthritis.

EXHIBITION: An exhibition of fabric painting, printing, stitching and embroidery was held at Guru Nanak Girls’ College recently. Students of the fashion designing course of the Institute of Business Management and Fashion Technology displayed the work done by them. The exhibition was inaugurated by Col H.S. Singha, director of the institute. The tie and dye work, screen printing and embroidery items were appreciated by the visitors.

EYE BANK: A team of eye surgeons from the USA visited the Eye Bank at Mansuran on Thursday and appreciated the efforts of Dr Ramesh for organising various free medical camps for the needy. Dr Bill Dunn, a retina specialist from Florida, said the eye bank was doing good service to humanity.

COURSES FOR GIRLS: Shri Gyan Sthal Mandir Sabha is set to begin three new courses for girls from Monday. These courses, according to Mr Naresh Goyal, secretary of the sabha would be about toy making, English speaking and cooking. Free classes would be held on the Gyan Sthal Temple premises for these courses between 12 noon to 4 p.m. Ms Roma Kapila would take classes on English speaking. Meanwhile, preparations are on for the 43rd monthly widow relief distribution function to be held on Sunday at which 351 widows would be given ration and other items of daily use.

ACIDIC WATER: An inert administration and callous attitude of the dyeing unit holders in the Rahon Road area have made the life of residents a virtual hell. Acid is flowing from taps that are supposed to supply drinking water. Repeated representations to the district administration and the pollution control board have not yielded any results.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Memorial Society, president — Mohammed Arshad Umar; vice-president — Mohammed Sharif Zubain; general secretary — Mohammed Younus; and treasurer — Ali Anwar.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Guru Ravi Dass Welfare Committee, village Rurki Khurd: president — Mr Parasram; vice president — Mr Soni Singh; general secretary — Mr Satpal Singh; and treasurer — Mr Jagjit Singh.

SAMPLES TAKEN: The Chief Agriculture Officer on Wednesday said 13 samples of insecticides taken by the department were found to be sub-standard and in 11 cases, the trial courts had convicted the dealers. He said the department had seized 53 samples of fertilisers but all were found to be in order.

EYE CAMP: An eye operation camp was organised by the local Rotaract Club at government primary school in Barnala village of the district. Mr Ratan Lal Monga, SP, inaugurated the camp.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Bhikhi unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad: president — Mr Brij Lal Jindal; vice-presidents — Ms Vijay Laxmi and Mr Vinod Garg; general secretary — Mr Jagdish Singh Mittal; secretary — Mr Raj Kumar Singla and treasurer — Mr Ashok Kumar.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Boha unit of the Technical and Mechanical Employees Union: president — Mr Pritam Singh; senior vice-president — Mr Balbir Singh; vice-president — Mr Chottey Singh; general secretary — Mr Bhogh Singh; secretary — Mr Dhian Singh; and treasurer — Mr Parminder Kumar.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Unemployed Substation Attendants Union, Punjab: president — Mr Ashok Kakra; vice-president — Mr Darshan Singh; general secretary — Mr Kulwinder Singh; and secretary — Mr Manjeet Singh.

MEDICAL CAMPS: The Health Department of the Punjab Government has decided to organise a series of medical camps in various villages in the district. This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Kanwalbir Singh Sidhu here on Thursday.

RAIDED: The police has raided the premises of Gurbant Singh, alias Rimpy, of Rode village, about 30 km from here, and recovered of 30 bags of poppy husk. A case has been registered.

KILLED: Lakshmi Narayan (40) was killed on the spot after being hit by a train at the railway station here. A case has been registered.

DIED: Gobind Singh of Shahpur village near Bhawanigarh died when he was hit by an Ambala-Bathinda passenger train at a railway crossing near Nabha railway station. According to an eyewitness, when Gobind Singh was crossing the railway track, his bicycle got entangled in the track. As he was hearing-impaired, he could not hear the sound of coming train and was killed on the spot.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested Satnam Singh, alias Satta, of Sajawalpur village, Naresh Kumar, alias Nesha, of Simbal Mazawra village and Manjit Lal, alias Tony, of Rahon, in connection with a theft at Chatha Tent House. Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, on Wednesday said a case under Section 457/380 of the IPC had been registered at Balachaur police station.

TRAFFIC RULES: A lecture was delivered on Road Safety and Traffic Rules at Dhudial Public School here on Thursday. Officials of the city traffic police visited the school and told students the importance of knowledge regarding traffic symbols in daily life. Mr Mohan Lal Chugh, principal of the school, appreciated the lead taken by the SSP to start such socially educative programmes on a large scale, covering schools and colleges even in rural areas of the district. 

EYE CAMP: An eye camp organised by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) at the Eye Hospital of the Guru Harkrishan Sahib Charitable Organisation was inaugurated by Mr G.S. Sohal, Chairman of PSEB here on Thursday. Nearly 500 patients were checked during the camp and were given free medicines. About 70 were sent to the hospital for operation.

LLB ENTRANCE: The Army Institute of Law has extended the last date to apply for entrance test for BA, LLB (5-year courses). Giving this information, Dr G.I.S. Sandhu, director and principal of the Institute informed that the date has been extended keeping in view the delay in getting the prospectus printed. 

REGISTRAR: Dr P.S. Sandhu, an eye-surgeon of Faridkot, has been appointed as the Registrar of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab. Giving this information, the association members said that Dr Sandhu had organised a large number of free eye camps in collaboration with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO).

DPRO RETIRES: A farewell party was organised by the District Public Relations Officer (DPRO) Welfare Association to honour Mr Joginder Pal ‘Anari’, who was appointed in 1965 as an artist in the department, retires after serving it for 36 years.

LECTURE: The Department of History, Punjabi University, will hold two lectures at the Senate Hall on March 5. Giving this information, Dr Y.P. Bajaj, Prof and Head of the Department, said that the lectures on ‘Dr B.R. Ambedkar, his ideas and their social relevance’ would be delivered by Dr S.K. Gupta, Vice-Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla.

SCHOOL FUNCTION: A prize distribution function of the local Mahavir Jain Model Senior Secondary School was held here on Tuesday. Mr Mohan Lal, Minister for Higher Education, Punjab, was the chief guest.

PENALISED: Railway checking staff, headed by Assistant Commercial Railway Manager Manjit Singh Bhullar, on Wednesday raided the Delhi-Attari up and down line special trains and penalised passengers carrying excess luggage.

EYE CAMP: An eye check-up camp was organised in the memory of Prem Goyal, journalist, on the occasion of his first death anniversary at Mata Kali Devi Temple (Shakti Bhavan) here on Wednesday. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Anirudh Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner.


FAMILY PLANNING: As many as 29 operations were performed during a family planning camp organised by Lions Club, Kurali, on Wednesday. According to the club secretary, Mr Ram Chand Sangar, the camp was organised in collaboration with local health authorities at Civil Hospital, Kurali. The Club President, Mr Shiv K. Verma added that gifts were given to residents going in for the operation.

PARKING LOTS: A delegation of the Sector 37-C Market Association called on the Mayor of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, Mr R.K. Goyal, in support of its demands of widening of parking lots by reducing the pavements in front of shops and providing more lights. Mr Rohit Sood, leader of the deputation urged the Mayor to accept these demands as early as possible. He added that Mr Goyal assured the deputation for getting the needful done in a day or two.

CATTLE BREED: The local milk plant will organise a cattle breed competition in Barapind, on the Ropar-Anandpur Sahib road on March 3. The Manager (Procurement) of the Milkfed plant said on Wednesday that the competition would be organised in cooperation with the Anandpur Sahib and Nurpur Bedi milk cooperative societies. Prizes would be given to the owners of the best breeds. The first prize would be a gold ring. The chief guest would be Mr Jagdeep Singh Nakai, Chairman, Milkfed.

DONATION: The Residents Welfare Society of Sector 61-B has collected Rs 21,000 from its members for the Gujarat Chief Minister Earthquake Relief Fund. This was informed by Mr Dayal Singh, general secretary of the society in a press note.


NEW PIPELINE: Officials of the Public Health Department here said the work on laying a 2 km underground water-supply pipeline was on to reduce the scarcity of drinking water here. The pipeline is being laid from Housing Board Colony to a tank near Gandhi Chowk. Presently, the colony gets water from Lojgarh through an underground pipeline. The new pipeline will supply water to Kurari Mohalla, Main Bazar, Railway Road and Bharat Nagar.

SPORTS MEET: A two-day rural sports meet began at the local Maharana Partap Stadium on Wednesday. Nearly 560 sportspersons are participating in the meet. 

BANNED: The District Magistrate, Mr Sudhir Rajpal, on Thursday issued an order imposing a ban on demolishing unauthorised constructions on the Murthal road and other areas by the PWD (B&R) till the decision of the Haryana local Bodies Department about the extension of municipal limits in the city.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The city police arrested Narinder Kumar of Adarsh Nagar for allegedly being found in possession of 40 pouches of liquor here on Wednesday.

DISTRIBUTED: Mr Raj Singh Dahiya, Chairman of the Sonepat Zila Parishad, distributed Rs 4.98 lakh among villagers under the “kanyadan yojna” of the state government at a function here on Wednesday.


EXHIBITION: A five-day exhibition on the topic ‘‘Kargil— An Unmatched War’’ organised at Shamsher Senior Secondary School by the regional unit of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India, concluded on Thursday.

ROAD MISHAP: Nearly 24 persons were injured, seven of them seriously, when a truck carrying around 40 persons of a marriage party overturned near Suraj Pur in Paonta subdivision on Wednesday. The truck was going from Misharwala village of Paonta Sahib to Budia in Haryana. The injured persons have been hospitalised. The police has registered a case.

INAUGURATED: The Telecom District General Manager, Mr S.K. Bose, inaugurated BSNL cyber cafe in the secondary switching area, comprising Solan and Sirmaur districts, at the local telegraph office on Wednesday. Ms Krishna Mohini, a former MLA, was the chief guest. 

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