Tuesday, March 13, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


SABHA: The monthly meeting of the Punjabi Sahit Sabha was held in Government Senior Secondary School here on Sunday. Among others, Mr Surjit Seet’s lyric Lokan ne pagal akhya, Ajit Mann’s story Doosra Pahyya, Baljinder Sounti’s story Mazdoor-Di-Majdoori, Avtar Azad’s song Gaal-Vir-Di-Kadhi, Avtar Sounti’s song Toon door rahin is ton dila vay, Gurnam Majra’s kavita Sut gey vich bandran bheli siastdan, Maher Singh’s song Aih dunia matlab di, kavita Mundian-da-mull penda’ were read. 

DALIT FRONT: The meeting of the Ghat Giniti Dalit Front was held here on Sunday, It was presided over by Mr Balwant Singh Shahpur, MLA. It was decided to hold a conference on March 25 at Amloh. Mr Harvel Singh Madhopur secretary general of the front, said, issues relating to education, religion, political and socio-economic conditions concerned with the Dalits would be discussed in the conference. Mr Harnek Singh Badali, district president, said preparatory committee would hold a meeting on Thursday here. 

CANADIAN CONSULATE: The Amritsar Vikas Manch has urged Mr Ujjal Dosanjh, Premier, British Columbia, to open a consulate-cum-visa office here instead of Chandigarh.

REPORT DENIED: The Chief Agricultural Officer has denied that any raid was conducted by officials of the Agriculture Department and spurious stocks of pesticides were seized. He said no case had been registered with the police under the ECA as reported in The Tribune on February 19.

ESCAPED: Munish Kumar Sharma, a local trader, who was kidnapped from Ludhiana on February 23 by a gang of four kidnappers from Muradabad in UP, succeeded in escaping from the clutches of his kidnappers on Friday.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION FUNCTION: The 34th annual prize distribution function of the local R.R. Bawa DAV College for Girls will be held on Tuesday on the college campus, according to Ms Veena Watni, Principal of the college. She said Dr H. S. Soch, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, would be the chief guest and preside over the function. He would also give away the prizes. The annual convocation of the college would be held on Wednesday.

EYE CAMP: The local unit of the Sarv Bharatiya Sewa Samiti organised its 24th eye camp at the Civil Hospital here on Saturday. As many as 1,987 patients were examined at the camp and 165 were operated on by a team of eye specialists from Patiala. Medicines were distributed free of cost. As many as 150 intra-ocular lenses were implanted in the eyes of patients. The lenses were also provided free of cost by the samiti, Mr Hari Ram, President of the samiti, said here on Monday.

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED: The local Elders Service Society has launched a special campaign free of cost for the welfare and health care of elders in 30 villages around the Sadiq area in the district. As part of the campaign, medical, eye and dental camps will be organised during this month. The medical camp will be held at Manisinghwala village on March 15, the eye camp at Jandsahib village on March 24 and the dental camp will be held at Sadiq on March 29. According to Mr Jagmohan Singh Brar, president of the society, medicines will be provided free of cost to the needy.

DRAFT PRESENTED: A deputation of the Faridkot District Freedom Fighters Association, led by its president, Master Kartaram, presented a draft for Rs 14,000 to the Deputy Commissioner here on Monday in aid of the earthquake victims in Gujarat.

RESIGNATION DEMANDED: The District Congress Committee has demanded the resignation of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, following the alleged misuse of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the recent assembly bye-elections at Nawanshahr, Sunam and Majitha. The way to tamper with the EVMs was demonstrated by the PPCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh, at Chandigarh on Sunday.

PAK INTRUDER KILLED: A Pakistani intruder, aged about 30 years, was electrocuted while entering Indian territory at the Sadiqi checkpost at Pakka Chisti village in Fazilka sector. According to the details available, the unidentified intruder entered Indian territory past mid-night on the night intervening March 9 and March 10. He touched a live electric wire installed by Indian farmers to prevent intrusion of stray animals from across the border. The intruder died on the spot.

PATIARIAN DAM: A team of the Irrigation Department, headed by Mr R.C. Jindal, Chief Engineer, Kandi Area Development , Punjab, along with Mr P.L. Narula, member, Dam Safety Review Panel of India, Mr A. Ramanathan, Chief General Manager, NABARD, and Mr D.K. Goyal, Director, Kandi Watershed, on Sunday visited the site of the Patiarian Dam. They inspected the site and the ongoing work.

PASSING OUT PARADE: Raja Narinder Singh, Minister for Public Health, Punjab, took march past salute from 118 recruits of Batch No 3 of C-2 course at the passing out parade at the Police Recruits Training Centre, Jahan Khelan, 8 km from here, on Monday. Raja Narinder Singh also gave away prizes to recruits for their meritorious performances.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Welfare Association for the next two years: president — Dr M.L. Puri; senior vice- president — Dr Jai Kishan; vice-president — Dr A.S. Gill; and general secretary — Dr Sardul Singh.

SHAWL MAKERS: Indian shawls have been wrongly clubbed with the branded readymade garments on which 16 per cent excise duty has been imposed in the Budget. Since the Indian shawls do not need tailoring process of cutting and stitching, so the government should review its decision of imposing the excise duty on them. These views were expressed by a deputation of the Shawl Club who met Mr K.R. Rana, Minister of Textiles, and Cabinet Secretaries in New Delhi recently. The deputation members included Ms Mridula Jain, Vice-Chairperson, and Mr P.L. Seth, general secretary, of the club. Ms Jain said, “The Indian shawl is defined as a piece of cloth used by women and men for covering their body and worn over the shoulders without any tailoring process so the excise duty should not be imposed on them.” Mr Rana assured the deputation to put forward their case before the finance ministry. Mr T.R. Rastogi, Deputy Secretary, Finance, also promised to pursue the matter to the Excise Department. 

SEMINAR: A seminar on “Beauty and skin treatment” will be held at Grace Beauty Clinic on Tuesday. According to Mrs Indira Ahluwalia, organiser of the event, beauty therapist Vineet Kapoor will conduct the seminar. 

EYE CAMP: More than 467 patients were examined and 48 eye operations performed at a free eye camp organised by the Youth Sports Club at Mohi village on Monday. Dr Ramesh, Director, Eye Bank, Mansuran, examined the patients. Nearly 21 persons pledged to donate their eyes to the Mansuran Eye Bank. The camp, dedicated to Baba Balwant Singh, was inaugurated by Mr Iqbal Singh. 

CELEBRATED: Students, staff and management of the Devki Devi Jain College for Women celebrated the founder’s day on Monday. The students recited bhajan and presented songs. Ms Rekha Sharma, Principal, Mr Narinder Kumar Jain, chairman, and Mr Baldev Raj Jain, senior vice-president, were also present on the occasion. 

MEDICAL CHECK-UP: A free medical check-up camp, organised by Mangat Nursing Home, was held at Senior Secondary School, Doraha, recently in which nearly 500 patients were examined. Medicines were provided to patients free of cost. A team of doctors, included Dr I.S. Mangat, Dr Rajinder, Dr Sanjay Bhalla and Dr Manmohan Singh, examined the patients.

BONUS: Mr Hari Chand president, Class IV Employees Union, Fatehgarh Sahib district, while addressing the meeting of employees here on Monday, which was presided over by Mr Baltej Singh, president, Amloh tehsil, criticised the government for its unsympathetic attitude towards its employees. He said the union had decided to organise a rally at Chandigarh on March 22 to press the government for their demands. There demands include regularisation of services of daily-wage earner, part-time and work charge employees and payment of bonus to the workers. 

RATION CARDS: Residents of Kumbh village near here have been waiting for the issue of ration cards since 1993, according to Mr Dara Singh and Mr Arjan Singh, both member panchayats. They said they had written many letters to the Chief Minister and the Deputy Commissioner but they turned a deaf ear to their problem. 

RAJYOGINI BRAHMAKUMARI: Rajyogini Brahma Kumari Dadi Janki Ji, Additional Chief, Brahma Kumari Ishwaria Vishav Vidyalya, Global Cooperation House, London, will visit here on Tuesday, according to Mr Parveen Bhardwaj, spokesman of the local centre. She will lay a foundation stone of Om Shanti Bhavan here and give a message of peace and brotherhood to people.

SEMINAR HELD: The local Rotary Club organised a seminar on Saturday on “Prevention of Heart Disease” at Mansa Club. Eminent cardiologists from the BBC Heart Care Centre, Jalandhar, participated in the seminar. Cardiologists also presented a slide show on the subject.

MAN SHOT AT: Shaukat Ali (30) of Binjoki village, 5 km from here, was seriously injured when armed youths attacked him on Sunday. It is learnt that five men in a Maruti car went to the shop of Shaukat Ali and shot at him with a 12 bore pistol injuring him seriously. Ali was rushed to the local Civil Hospital where his condition was stated to be serious. The police has registered a case.

MASS MARRIAGES: Seven poor girls were married off on Sunday at a mass marriage function organised by the Atam Anand Trust at the local Hanuman Mandir. The function was presided over by Mr Chaman Lal Jain, Chairman of the trust. Mr Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu, Subdivisional Magistrate, blessed the couples. Articles of daily use and household items were gifted to the couples by the trust.

MEDICAL CAMP: The local Rotary Club organised a free medical camp for children at the Home for the Blind and the Disabled here on Sunday. Child specialists Dr Baldeep Singh and Dr Sanjeev Gupta of Ludhiana examined more than 500 children at the camp. Ms Sajida Begam, a former MLA, was the chief guest at the function.

PENSION DISTRIBUTION: A pension distribution and girl child promotion function was held on the district level at the local Lion’s Club by the Social Security and Women and Child Development Department of Punjab. Mr S. Gobind Singh Kanjla, Cabinet Minister, was the chief guest at the function which was presided over by the local MLA and the Public Health and Civil Aviation Minister Raja Narinder Singh. As many as 2,250 persons received pensions on the report. Mr Kanjla said at present seven lakh old persons, widows and handicapped persons were getting pensions in Punjab and it was proposed to add two lakh persons to the strength.

EYE CAMP: The local unit of Shri Ramsharnam in association with Mr Kishorilal Duggal, a local newspaper agent, organised a free eye operation camp at Shri Sharnam Bhavan here on Sunday. Mr Pyarelal Sharma, a social worker, inaugurated the camp in which 682 patients were examined. As many as 70 operations were done and 55 lenses were implanted at the camp.

SPORTS MEET: The local Dayanand College of Education for Women organised its annual sports meet here on Sunday. Mr Prem Bhardwaj, president of the managing committee of the college, presided over the meet and gave away the prizes. Ms Namneet was declared the best player, according to Doctor Devi Ichha, Principal of the college.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Harinderpal Singh has been elected as the president of the Dhillon Colony Welfare Committee in a meeting held here on Sunday. The other elected members are: patron — Dr R.K. Garg; chairman — Mr Jyoti Prasad Goyal; vice-president — Mr Chottu Ram Gahlot; secretary — Mr Pawan Goyal; legal advisor — Surinder Gupta and treasurer — Mr Sushil Kumar. 

ELECTED: Mr S.P. Buddhiraja has been elected as the president of the Bal Vikas Sanstha, an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) working in city chaired by Mr Harbans Singh Ahuja. The other members elected in the general body meeting are: founder and general secretary — Mr Amritpal Singh; vice-president — Mr Mahesh Satija; treasurer — Mr Sanjeev Malik; executive, plans and projection — Mr P.S. Sondhi and executive members — Mr A.K. Sharma, Mr Jaspal Singh, Mr Rajan Singla, Dr Naresh Raj and Mr Raman Singla. 

CHEQUES GIVEN: The Tourism Minister, Choudhary Swarna Ram on Sunday distributed cheques worth Rs 35 lakh to 41 panchayats of Phagwara block for various development projects, an official press note has said. Addressing a function, the minister said the government would spend Rs 435 crore on allround development of villlage in Punjab during this year. SDM Pritam Singh and a number of prominent Akali leaders of the area also addressed the function.

CRUSHED TO DEATH: Three persons were crushed to death under the Himachal Express train on Friday night while the Hola Mohalla celebrations were on at Anandpur Sahib. The Railway police sources said Gurnam Singh, son of Buta Singh of Bhura Khurd village in Amritsar, and Dilbagh Singh, son of Narinjan Singh of Shalta in Amritsar, were sleeping on the railway track near the local Charan Ganga railway bridge. They could not hear the sound of the approaching train due to the high pitch of loud speakers in the surrounding areas. Another unidentified person died while crossing the railway track. In another incident, Ujjagar Singh of Mangewal village near Anandpur Sahib died on Friday in an accident between a tractor-trolley and his scooter.

FUGITIVE MUDERED: The Anandpur Sahib police has found the body of a suspected fugitive near Aganpur. The DSP said the victim had a half cut handcuff on his wrist. Besides this he had just a comb in his pocket.

SPORTS MELA: A sports mela at Lopon village in the memory of Baba Mohna Shah concluded here today. On the last day the prizes were distributed by Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra, Member Rajya Sabha. In the 52-kg Kabaddi final, the team of Kalas Kalan defeated the Ghaloti team; while in 57-kg category Kot Gangu Rai team ramained first and the team of Lopon stood second. In the playing-card competitions, 12 teams were given cash prizes. In pigeons urans, 62 persons got cash prizes. A cultural programme was also organised on the occasion.

CELEBRATED: Women’s Day was celebrated by the Youth Welfare Club in Malwa College, Bondli, on Monday. According to the club president, Mr Paramveer Singh, and the secretary, Mr Punit Kumar, the Principal of the college, Mr Jasbinder Singh Dhillon, appealed the girl students to be conscious about their rights. On this occasion a senior advocate of Chandigarh Mr Rajvinder Singh was the chief guest.

EYE CAMP: As many as 150 patients were examined at an eye camp held at Guru Amardas Mission Hospital, Goindwal Sahib, on Saturday. The camp was inaugurated by Mr R.P. Rana, managing director, Arihant Threads, Goindwal Sahib. Mr Jatinder Pal Singh Dhillon, Chairman of the hospital, said medicines were given to the patients free of cost and operations would be done on March 29. 



ASSOCIATION: Old students of the Department of Library and Information Science of Panjab University met here on Monday to form an association of the old students of the department. A cultural programme was also organised to mark the occasion. Prof G.C. Bansal was the oldest student present. An ad hoc committee was formed under the chairmanship of Mr Bansal to draft a constitution, objectives, etc. Mr G.S. Thakar was nominated as general secretary, Mr Amar Nath Sharma as treasurer and Mr Rakesh Kumar as Secretary, Public Relations. 

COURSE: The Translation Bureau of Panjab University will be starting an eight-week short-term duration course in the Departments of French, German and Russian. The bureau was established in May last year with the involvement of these departments and it has been doing regular translation work on consultancy basis in collaboration with the CIIPP. 

ADMISSION TEST: The Paradise Educational and Welfare Society, Mohali, will be organising an admission test on March 23 for providing free education to the poor and intelligent children of Classes V to X. The President of the society, Mr Rajiv Kumar, stated that the society would be providing books and uniforms free of cost for a period of five years and would manage school fees for 10 candidates who would be successful in the test. Interested students can register themselves at Sentinel Public School, Mauli Road, Sohana (Ropar). The test will be taken in maths, science and Hindi or Punjabi or English based on the syllabus of Class V. 

NATIONAL SEMINAR: The School of Punjabi Studies, Panjab University, is organising a national seminar in collaboration with the Punjabi Academy, Delhi, on Vihvin sadi di Punjabi alochna da mulankan (evaluation of the 20th century Punjabi criticism) on March 19 and 20 in the ICSSR complex of the university. The seminar will be inaugurated by Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala and presided over by Mr Amrik Singh Pooni, President, Punjabi Sahit Academy. 

FAREWELL: The students of the Commerce Department, SGGS College, Sector 26, bid farewell to their seniors at a function organised in the college on Monday. Various culture and dance programmes were presented on the occasion. Tushar Verma and Amrita Dhillon were adjudged Mr Khalsa and Ms Khalsa, while Nichal Anand and Shilpi were chosen as Mr Personality and Ms Personality. Two awards of honour were given to the outstanding students who included Amandeep Singh, President of the College Students Council. 

DEMAND: In a memorandum submitted to the Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad on Monday demanded reconsideration of the proposal for reportedly allocating the newly constructed shops at Students' Centre to a travel agency and a bank. According to a press release, parishad members also demanded that the shops should be allocated "in the interest of the student community". They added that as per the information available to them the committee set up by the VC to look into the proposal had recommended the opening of a travel agency and a bank. This, they added, was contrary to the original intention of beautifying the Students' Centre. 

CAMPAIGN: The Health Department, UT Administration, is conducting a mop-up round under the pulse polio immunisation campaign 2000-2001, from March 16 to 20 in the city. According to Dr M.P. Minocha, Director, Family Welfare, during the campaign all the children upto the age of five years will be given the oral polio vaccine by the staff of the Health Department in their homes itself. The mop-up campaign has been organised keeping in view a case of wild polio virus detected in the city during the year 2000. 

DEAD: The PGI Additional Professor, M. Ragunathan, passed away, here on Sunday. He was in his mid forties. The doctor worked for more than two decades in the Speech Therapy wing of the ENT Department. He had been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of the PGI after he suffered a brain haemorrhage. He is survived by his wife who is working as the Assistant Professor in the same department. PGI officials and faculty members attended the cremation. 

WELFARE ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Residents Welfare Association, Mansa Devi: President — Mr Gobind Thukral; Senior Vice-President — Mr A.R. Sharma; General Secretary — Capt G. Satija (retd); and Joint Financial Secretary — Dr R.C. Garg. 


MEDICAL CAMP: A medical camp was organised in 2 Corps Grid Sig Regt in Ambala Cantonment in which the first phase of vaccination for hepatitis ‘B’ was given to officers, troops and their families. A total of 196 adults and 52 children were given the vaccination. Col N.P. Muralidharan and Ms Geetha Muralidharan inaugurated the camp in the unit area. The second of the vaccination will be conducted after a month. A series of lectures and visits to family quarters were organised to motivate the families to take the vaccination. 

INTERVENTION SOUGHT: Former organising secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Om Prakash Malik, has sought the intervention of the Congress President Ms Sonia Gandhi to end infighting in the state Congress. Mr Malik said “Ms Sonia Gandhi should intervene in the struggle going on between Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Mr Bhajan Lal”. He said that the people of Haryana are unhappy with the “anti-people” policies of the Chautala government and they want to bring back a Congress government “but the infighting between the two leaders is affecting the chances of the Congress party to replace the present government in the state”. He said that the heckling of Mr Hooda on the March 4 Bhiwani rally was an unfortunate incident and should have been avoided.


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