Monday, March 5, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


2 HELD: In the alleged misappropriation of cooperative society funds, the CIA police, Sirhind claimed to have arrested Subog Singh and Jiwan Singh who were later produced in the hon’ble court of Mr K.S. Cheema, PCS, Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate, on Saturday and were sent to judicial lock up in Central Jail, Patiala till march 17. Their bail applications were fixed for March 5. The third suspect, Baldev Singh, is still at large. According to FIR, (No. 14) lodged at the local police station on July 8, 1999 under sections 419, 420, 406, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of IPC against Subog Singh, Baldev Singh (both brothers) residents of Machhrai Kalan, village and Jiwan Singh Audit Inspector, Fatehgarh Sahib now posted at Patiala, on the basis of a complaint on Managing Committee of Cooperative Agriculture Service Society (CASS) Dangheri, made to the SSP. Fatehgarh Sahib. 

SCHOOL CHILDREN: A group of schoolchildren from Punjab will adopt Hamira village near Jaisalmer, which is famous for its traditional Rajasthani folk music and handicrafts and interact with villagers. This was stated by the Principal of Springdale Senior Secondary School, Mrs Manveen Sandhu, while taking to mediapersons here on Saturday.

JEEP TAKEN AWAY: Mr J.S.Dhillon, Principal of Tegh Bahadur Public School, Khankot, told mediapersons here on Saturday that Nachhatar Singh, a former employee of the school, took away a school jeep after snatching its keys from the driver on the GT Road on Friday. A case has been registered.

PENSION ADALAT: A pension adalat was held at the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Border Zone, Verka. It was presided over by Mr Baldev Singh Mann, administrative member. About 50 cases were solved and pension and gratuity orders were issued in case of some employees.

SUBSTANDARD SAMPLES: As many as 11 samples of insecticide had been found to be of substandard quality when these were got checked by the district agriculture authorities. The District Agriculture Department sources said four samples of insecticides taken from various dealers last week had also been found to be substandard. So far, 431 samples had been taken.

MEDICAL TEAM: The Medical Service Centre ( MSC) has sent a team of medical specialists, comprising 35 doctors, 43 medical students, five nurses and 100 health workers along with medicines worth Rs 15 lakh for the quake victims of Gujarat. This was stated by the centre in a press note issued on Thursday.

LOK ADALAT: A state-level Lok Adalat was held at the Civil Court complex here on Saturday in which about 48 cases were settled. Mr B.C. Rajput, District and Sessions Judge and Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, presided.

Rs 1.5 LAKH: The local unit of Rotary Club and Indian Medical Association of Doraha, Sahnewal, Guru Nanak National College and Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School together contributed Rs 1,52,000 for the quake-hit of Gujarat. Dr Ishwar Singh, a senior rotarian, apart from being the member of the IMA and president of GNN College and Guru Nanak Model School, told newspersons that the rotary club contributed Rs 55,000 for the relief fund, the Indian Medical association had given an aid of Rs 50,000, Guru Nanak National College contributed Rs 35,000 and the Guru Nanak Model School collected a sum of Rs 12,000 for the fund. 

BUDGET: The annual budget of the Nagar Council, Doraha, was passed in the Municipal Committee office by the president. According to Mr Sudarshan Kumar Pappu, president, Nagar Council, a budget of Rs 276.75 lakh for the year 2001-2002 was passed by the committee on February 28,2001. A total amount of Rs 98 lakh would be spent on personnel, Rs 20 lakh on contingent and Rs 155 lakh on developmental work in which water supply, sewerage, roads and street lights would be given priority. During the meeting, the commendable services of Mr V.K. Mehta, Executive Officer, Nagar Council, were lauded. Cleanliness would be the main target of the committee during the year 2001-2002. 

SAMITI FORMED: A non-political organisation, Nagar Sudhar Samiti, Sirhind, Fatehgarh Sahib, was formed on Sunday by a large number of citizens and the following were elected office-bearers of the samiti, chairman Mr R.N. Sharma, president, Prof Balraj Sood; vice-president Mr Sadhu Ram and propaganda secretary Mr Sat Paul Puri. 

EYE CAMP: Mr Sat Paul Gosain Deputy Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha, inaugurated the eight free eye-operation-cum checkup camp organised by the Bharat Vikas Parished, Bassi Pathana. According to Mr Tilak Raj Sharma, president, a team of doctors, led by Dr R.S. Gill, Head of the Eye Department, Rajindra Hospital, checked more than 900 patients and performed operations on more than hindered patients. And eye lens were provided free of cost by the Parishad. Mr Gosain announced a grant of Rs 21,000 to the Parishad. 

PSEB: The demand for widening the range of power transformer at PSEB, Khamano, is being raised by the people of this area for a long time, but nothing has been done in this connection. Stating this kisan leaders Bhinder Singh Ranwan, Sarpanch Ravinder Singh Manela and Balvir Singh Nambardar also alleged that a large number of villages of this area had remitted required money for 24-hour supply of electricity but no village had got it till now. They also alleged that the brakers fitted at branch Khamano are working for the last 24 years and are outdated. They said the power supply was often disrupted due to this mostly in this paddy season.

CREDIT CARD: A kisan credit card and animal check up camp was organised by Canara Bank in association with National Insurance Company at Bhamdi village, 10 km from here, on Saturday. 85 kisan credit cards were distributed to the farmers at the camp. More than 100 animals were also checked up in the camp and medicines were given free of cost. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Balbir Chand, Divisional Manager, Canara Bank, Mr J.S. Bhandal, Manager, Canara Bank, Khanna, Mr Ashok Dhand, Manager National Insurance Company and Mr Ram Mohan Puri were among the prominent speakers on the occasion. 

BAZM: A musical treat ‘Bazm’ will be organised on March 8 at Punjabi Bhawan. Prominent singers Kulwant Singh, Ramesh Bhagat, Binny Sehgal and Randhir Kanwal will sing lyrics of celebrated poets Sahir Ludhianvi, Professor Mohan Singh, Krishan Adeeb and Surjit Patar. The event will be organised by Sangam- lake club dedicated to poetry and music. Mr N.K. Kalia, on behalf of Sangam, said that the poets had brought fame to the city through their poetry and were closely associated with Ludhiana. Mr K.I.Singh, senior Regional Manager, Punjab National Bank will inaugurate the event while Mr Y.P.S.Bhalla will preside over the function. Mr Surjit Patar will be the guest of honour on the occasion. 

ORATION: Nehru Sidhant Kendra and Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will organise the 4th Sat Pal Mittal Oration on March 6, 2001 at the Dumra auditorium to commemorate one of its founder members, parliamentarian and winner of United Nations Peace Medal (1987) late Sat Pal Mittal. The lecture will be delivered by Dr Naresh Trehan, Executive Director, Escorts Heart Institute and Research, Centre, New Delhi on Cardiac Care in the New Millennium.’ According to a press note, Dr Trehan will be given a cash award of Rs 50,000 and a scroll of honour. Sat Pal Mittal, born in 1931, actively participated in the freedom struggle as a student leader. He was elected to Rajya Sabha 1976 and 1982. He established Nehru Sidhant Kendra at Ludhiana and Centre Parliamentarians on Population and Development in Delhi. He was a member of the Governing Body of Dayanand Medical college and Hospital which is one of the largest secondary referral centres in North India. 

WEBSITE LAUNCHED: A site, will get you complete information about the university, its affiliated colleges, polytechnics, industrial training institutes, admission dates, course curriculum, technical services and research work. The site, developed by students of the university, was formally launched by Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, on the concluding day of Crescendo, a three-day inter-varsity festival, held at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Civil Lines, here on Saturday. Besides, another site, was also launched today, which is a directory of all kinds of products and services available in Punjab. 

EYE CAMP: A free eye operation camp is being organised by the Malwa Welfare Club, Machhiwara, at Primary Health Unit Machhiwara on March 12, 13. On the first day the patients will be checked up and the next day, they will be operated upon. 

APPOINTED: Mr Desraj Sharma has been appointed president of the Bharat Vikas Parishad, Ahmedgarh. Mr Sharma said after the appointment that the parishad would actively participate in social welfare programmes.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: The local City Club celebrated its annual function 2001 on the premises of S.S. Jain Girls High School on Sunday. Ms Raji P. Shrivastava, Deputy Commissioner, distributed 15 sewing machines, shawls, blankets, school dresses, mats, books and copies to the schoolchildren. She also presented four tri-cycles to four handicapped persons on behalf of the District Red Cross Society. Mr Sukhwinder Singh Aulakh, MLA, presided over the function.

TELEPHONE SERVICES: Residents of Mansa, Budhlada, Bareta and Sardulgarh towns in the district have complained about the poor telephone services being provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. They alleged that the telephones remained out of order most of the times for the past two months. New connections were also not being issued.

INDUSTRIAL UNITS: Presiding over a meeting of district officials on Saturday Ms Raji P. Shrivastava, Deputy Commissioner, said industrial units would be established in all focal points of the district. She said the Mandi Board would construct a new link road at a cost of Rs 91.33 lakh.

MEDICAL CAMP: As many as 540 persons were checked up and 40 were operated upon in a two-day medical camp that concluded at Deluana village in the district on Sunday. The camp was organised by the Deshmesh Sports Club. Meals and medicines were provided free of cost by the club.

INSPECTION: The Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice R.L. Anand, will inspect the functioning of judicial courts at Mansa and Bathinda divisions from March 19 to 25, according to an official statement.

STAMP DUTY: Mr K.K. Bansal, president of the District Notary Public Association, in a press note issued here on Sunday alleged that the state government was not taking steps to stop the evasion of stamp duty, which had been causing huge losses to the exchequer every year. It was also demanded that the stamp levy be reduced to Rs 5 per attestation as was prevalent in the neighbouring states.

BAD ROADS: Residents of the town have complained about the poor condition of the roads. They alleged that though tenders for road repairs had been awarded to contractors, the work had been stopped without any reason. Almost all roads of the town needed immediate repairs. They requested the Chief Minister to intervene in the matter.

LOK ADALAT: As many as 303 cases were disposed of at a Lok Adalat organised by the District Legal Service Authority here on Saturday. The local Judicial Magistrate presided. Bank loan cases were settled and more than Rs 1.5 crore was recovered.

FEAR: The Forum for Educational Action and Reform (FEAR) has urged the president of the SGPC, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, who is also the president of the Managing Committee of Khalsa College, to select the Principal of the college ‘purely on merit’ and not to yield to the possible pressure’ which may be exerted by the Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia. In a press note, Dr Amarjit Singh Dhillon, president of FEAR, said the forum had learnt that the interview for selecting the Principal was scheduled to be held on Wednesday and urged that selection should be fair. Mr Dhillon alleged that the Vice-Chancellor was interested in getting his ‘favourite’ appointed to the post. 

PLEA TO PM: The Health Minister, Dr Baldev Chawla, welcoming Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s visit of Punjab, has urged him to announce a hospital and diagnostic centre on the Apollo pattern and an ayurvedic research centre for Punjab.

BODY RECOVERED: A body was recovered from Sirhind Canal near Dugri, on Friday. According to an FIR registered at Payal Police Station Kulwinder Singh of Barmalipur was coming on a scooter with Nirbhai Singh and Satwant Singh on February 26 in the evening, when they got badly drunk and met with an accident. Kulwinder Singh fell into the Sirhind Canal while the other two received minor injuries. A case under Section 304-A has been registered and it was only yesterday that the body of Kulwinder Singh surfaced and was handed over by the police to the concerned. The other two are, however, at large.

RURAL SPORT: Baba Mahima Shahi Annual Sports of Lopon village would be held on March 8, 9, 10 and 11. Mahant Mohinder Singh, the chief sewadar of Baba Mahima Shahi Society told that the diwans of sants and langar would be arranged on the occasion. The main events of the sports meet would include bullock-cart races, kabaddi 32, 37, 42 52 kg and kabaddi club. The first club would be awarded Rs 7,100, second would be awarded Rs 5,100. Prizes will be distributed by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, member Rajya Sabha and Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra, Member Parliament. this information was released by Mr Sukhjinder Pal Singh, club president and Mr Inderjit Singh, Sarpanch, Lopon. 

DOCTORS HONOURED: A team of 15 doctors led by Dr Jagmohan Singh was honoured by various associations of Sahnewal, on having returned after rendering this valuable services in the quake ravaged remote villages in Bhuj and Ahmedabad, where they were the first to reach with medical aid. Among those who honoured them significantly at a local marriage place were Mr Avtar Singh, Mr Tejinder Singh Sahnewal, president, All-India Anti Corruption Association, Mr Samsher Singh Kaile, president Nagar Panchayat, Mr Sukhdev Singh Hara, Councillor, Comrade Ravinder Kapila, Mr Ram Saroop, Vice-Chairman Market Committee Arhtiya Association.

KILLED: Mr Harjinder Singh Bedi, a typist working at the local Civil Courts, was run over by a train and killed at the local railway station on Saturday. He had gone there to see his daughter off. He slipped while getting down from the train and was crushed to death. Top


RECARPETING OF ROADS: The BJP Councillor, Mr Bachan Singh, has urged the Chief Engineer, MC, Mr Puranjit Singh, to get some roads recarpeted in his area out of his ward development fund, besides completing the community centre. This includes the phirni road of Burail village. 

HARCOFED: Mr Sukh Vir Pasi, Additional Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Haryana on Saturday took over as the managing director of Harcofed in place of Mr S.P. Sharma. This information was given by Mr Rajbir Singh, publicity officer of the Haryana State Cooperative Development Federation Ltd. Top


AUCTION: Liquor vends of Ambala, Panchkula, Kurukshetra and Yamunanagar will be auctioned on March 7 at Ambala Cantonment. The Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Mr Dharampal Verma, said the bidders would have to deposit Rs 2 lakh in advance. The successful bidders would have to deposit five per cent of the total amount on the spot. 

FUNCTION: Bram Janta Model Senior Secondary School, Ambala, celebrated its annual prize distribution function recently. The former chairman of the Market Committee, Ambala city, Mr Joginder Singh presided over the function.

BJYM: In a meeting at the local BJP office, the Ambala district general secretary, Mr Ravindra Dhawan, has appointed Mr Shalin Puri as president and Mr Rajiv Gupta, Municipal Councillor, as general secretary of the Ambala Cantonment mandal of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. Among others, the Ambala Cantonment mandal, president, Mr Shish Pal Bhola, and the mandal general secretary, Mr Shubhadesh Mittal, were also present on the occasion. 

TAC MEMBER: Mr Lalit K. Sud, senior vice-president of the HSIDC Industrial Estate Industries Association Ambala, has been again nominated as a member of the Telecom Advisory Committee from public works category, a release said. 

FAKE VISA: The police has arrested a youth, Rizwan Alam, in connection with preparing fake visa extension papers for an Iranian citizen, Mohammed Raza. When Rizwan reportedly approached the office of SSP for visa extension, it was found that the stamp and signature of the SSP on the papers for an earlier extension were faked.

DISCOURSE ON YOGA: Acharya Raghubir, a yoga expert, stressed the need of practising yoga regularly for alleviating tension and restlessness at a function organised on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Swami Devi Dayal at the local Yoga Divya Mandir on Sunday.

MONKEYS ATTACK: A woman reportedly sustained serious injuries after jumping from the roof of her house in Sector 14 when she was attacked by monkeys here on Sunday. She had gone to the roof for putting wet clothes for drying. She had been admitted to a local hospital.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES: The state government has directed all Heads of Departments to take immediate steps to ensure economy in power consumption at their offices and institutions. This was stated by Mr Sudhir Rajpal, Deputy Commissioner, while talking to mediapersons here on Sunday. He said as per the Haryana State Electricity Regularity Authority’s announcement effective from January 1 the revised power tariff would result in a substantial increase in the expenditure on electricity consumption.Top


NCC CADETS: The indifference of the state government towards the local unit of the NCC (Air Wing) will affect the future of the NCC cadets of the local Government College and other colleges affiliated with this unit. This was stated by Cadet Senior Under Officer, Mr Atishaye Vashisht, in a press note issued here on Saturday. He said sufficient funds had not been allocated for the training of the cadets and other activities of the unit.Top

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