Tuesday, April 3, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


BABY SHOW: A baby show was held at Strawberry Public School, Baltana, in which 56 contestants from Zirakpur, Baltana and Panchkula participated. Baby Prince and Princess were elected. Results: 1 to 2 years — Raghav and Vansh; 2 to 3 years — Sahib and Uditi Sharma; and 3 to 4 years — Vasu Rupal and Shefali Jagra (prince and princess, respectively).

UNION PRESIDENT: Mr Kuljit Singh Randhawa, president of the Dera Bassi Mubarikpur Truck Operators Union, resigned on Monday. He has constituted a seven-member committee for the functioning of the union.

RALLY: The Congress rally of Doraha Block would be organised on April 4. The rally would begin from Malaud and passing Dhamot, Siora, Payal and Kaddon, ultimately arrive at Doraha. This information was released by Mr Bant Singh Daburjee, local Congress leader, at a meeting held under the presidentship of Mr Gurkiratn Singh Kotli. The rally would form a part of the protest being undertaken by the Congress against the existing government from April 2 to 6. 

TRUST TO START BAMS: Baba Harnam Dass Trust will start Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medical Science (BAMS) and BDS college at Jian village, 14 km from here, on Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road from this academic session. This was information was given here on Monday by Swami Sadanand, personal secretary of Swami Brahmdev Ji. He said the trust had provided two acres of land for this college and the required funds were being given by NRIs of the area.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the District Bar Association: president — Mr Jaswinder Singh Parmar, vice-president — Mr Gur Iqbal Singh; secretary — Mr Gurnam Singh and joint secretary — Ms Chanderlekha.

PROMOTION: Mr Balmukand Sharma, District Manager, Punjab Markfed, Ludhiana and noted comedian of “Chankata” fame has been given a premature promotion by the Markfed authorities. Mr Sharma was promoted to Deputy Chief Manager’s post and transferred to Chandigarh by the authorities on Friday.

IN-LAWS BOOKED: On a complaint lodged by Mrs Reenu (28), wife of Gaurav Makool, the city police on Saturday registered a case under Sections 498-A, 406 and 506 of the IPC against her husband, mother-in-law Reeta Makool, father-in-law Rajinder Makool, sister-in-law Meenu Verma, her husband, Sanjeev Verma, and two others for harassing and torturing her for not bringing adequate dowry.

BANNED: Mr V.K. Singh, District Magistrate, on Sunday banned the plying of trucks, tractors-trailers and carts for entry into the town on the Kapurthala-Amritsar road from the octroi post, Amritsar, to the bus stand keeping in view the high rush of traffic on this road. These vehicles can enter the town via the Kanjli road.

KHATRI SABHA: The local Khatri Sabha had decided to open an information technology centre to provide employment to the youth of the khatri community at a meeting held here on Monday. According to Mr Khatri Nanda, joint secretary of the sabha, the infighting in the sabha started from past couple of months was came down on Monday when two parallel general secretaries resigned from their respective posts. These resignations were accepted and the president was authorised to appoint new general secretary of the sabha. Mr Kunti said the sabha has also decided to form a fund to help the needy persons of the community. It was also decided that the sabha will co-operate to organise the fifth annual function of the sabha to be held at Ludhiana on April 29. 

ARRESTED: The Khanna police here on Monday claimed to have arrested four persons under a special drive launched against anti-social elements. According to a press note of SSP Khanna, the police arrested a satta operator Nirmal Singh of Khirnia village and recovered Rs 1740 from satta players. A case u/s 13 A/3/67 has been registered against him. Another person was arrested under the Noise Control Act. Meanwhile, the Payal Police arrested one person Babu Singh for having liquor without permit. The Samrala police also arrested Sukhdev Singh of Khattran for having 12 bottles of liquor without permit. Cases u/s 61/1/14 have been registered.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Punjab Chandigarh Patarkar Parishad: President — Mr Jagdish Rai; Vice-President — Mr Manmohan Singh Kaler; General Secretary — Mr Sanjiv Kumar; Press Secretary — Mr Vinod Kumar; Cashier — Mr Harjinder Bittu; Patron — Mr Harjit Singh Nagra; and Chairman — Mr J.S. Thind. 

MEETING HELD: A meeting of Tarksheel Society, Punjab, was held at Khamano under the chairmanship of Mr Gurmeet Singh, president, Ropar zone. At this meeting office-bearers of Khamano unit were selected unanimously. According to the Mr Gurmeet Singh, Avtar Singh Sarwarpur was elected as president, Harbans Singh Manela as general secretary, Gagandeep Khamano as vice-president and press secretary, Swaranjeet Singh Khamano as cashier and Jagdev Singh as secretary. 

APPROVED: About 700 new old-age pensions have been approved in the Khamano area after the charge of old age pensions have been given to the SDMs of the respective areas in December. The local SDM, Mr Nirbhai Singh, told that the new approved pensions will be released soon. He also informed that about 700 persons of the area were already taking old-age pensions. He said that remaining applications will be approved as soon as possible so that more people can take the advantage of this scheme meant for the poor. 

NEW OFFICE: The office of AR was opened at Khamano in the local Tehsil Complex on Saturday. While inaugurating the office, the DR, Fatehgarh Sahib, told that the office has been opened by the district administration to lessen the public problems of the Khanna area. He also said that AR, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr Gurdeep Singh Waraich, has been given additional charge of this office.

APPRECIATED: The People For Animals (PFA) has appreciated the police for booking the sellers of skins of tigers and leopards. According to a press release issued here on Monday, this incident would send right signals to the people involved in crime against animals. The PFA has demanded that the whole nexus of poachers and smugglers need to be exposed as the skins and bones of these animal are in demand. It was stated that the smuggling of the skin of these animals have become a lucrative business.

HAILED: The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle has hailed the appointment of Dr K.S. Aulakh as the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University. On the occasion, Principal Ram Singh, chief organiser, and Mr Gurmeet Singh, chief secretary, appealed to Dr Aulakh to encourage research and development and help foster communal harmony. The members also lauded the contribution of Dr G.S. Kalkat towards various projects in improving facilities in agriculture.

FREE EYE CAMP: The Environmental and Welfare Association, New Janta Nagar and Shimla Puri, will hold a free eye camp on April 7 at Dera Dumeli Sahib in collaboration with Bhai Lalo Ashram International. Dr Ramesh, MD, will perform the operations. Medicines and spectacles would be distributed free to the patients who have been advised to bring their own beddings and an attendant alongwith. Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, MP, will inaugurate the camp. 

SEMINAR: A national seminar on Sufism is being organised at Maharaj Ranjit Singh Police Academy, Phillaur, on April 6 and 7 by the Centre for Sufi Studies. According to a press release, the seminar will focus on Sufi philosophy, composite culture, heritage and national integration. A mushaira will also be organised on the concluding evening. The seminar will be inaugurated by the Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr N. K. Arora. 

MAN BURIED: Mohammad Mani (35) died on Saturday when he was buried under a mound of earth at Uddat Saide Wala village in the district. According to information, he died while digging a well and the earth caved in. His body was later dug out. The deceased belonged to Pomila district of Bihar and was working as agricultural labourer with a farmer for the past three years.

ANNUAL CREDIT PLAN: Ms Raji P. Shrivastava, Deputy Commissioner, on Saturday launched the Annual Credit Plan for the district for 2001. The plan proposed a credit disbursal of Rs 219.72 crore which was 10.8 per cent above estimated achievement of the previous year.

PUNJABI CULTURE: The Punjab Government has chalked out a comprehensive plan to spend Rs 5 to 12 crore to preserve and promote Punjabi art, literature, culture and historical documents and monuments. This was stated by Mr Swarna Ram, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, while addressing a gathering on the occasion of Master Bhag Ram Memorial Sabhyacharak Mela at nearby Barnala Kalan village on Saturday. He said the government would constitute a Censor Board to check vulgarity in Punjabi songs.

DISTRICT CREDIT PLAN: Mr Jagjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, released the District Credit Plan of Rs 248 crore for 2001-02 at a district-level review committee meeting of banks here on Saturday. Loans worth Rs 248 crore would be disbursed to 22,679 beneficiaries during the current financial year.

BAR ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the District Bar Association: president — Mr Viresh Nanda; vice-president — Mr Joginder Singh; general secretary — Mr Darbari Lal and joint secretary — Mr Jagmohan Singh.

SONIA’S EFFIGY BURNT: Effigy of Ms Sonia Gandhi, Congress President, was burnt by the Bharti Janta Yuva Morcha (Rural) at Samana, Ghagga and Patran on Monday, according to the morcha president, Mr Ravinder Dhillon. The general secretary, Mr Sukhwinder Laki, alleged that during the Congress rule a number of scandals had rocked the nation. Among others who spoke on the occasion were Mr Sachin Mittal, Mr Ved Prakash, Mr Yashpal Garg, Mr Anil Kumar, Mr Prem Singla, Mr Darshan Jain, Mr Rakesh Goyal, Mr Krishan Gopal, Mr Dharam Pal, Mr Ram Lal and Mr Ram Pal. 

FOUNDATION STONE: Raja Narinder Singh, Public Health and Civil Aviation Minister, laid the foundation stone of a link road leading to a dharamshala at Ajnoda Kalan village, in Nabha subdivision, on Monday. The minister said about 150 old-age pension cases of this subdivision had been passed. He said the Chief Minister would redress the grievances of the public during the sangat darshan at Navi Anaj Mandi, Nabha, on April 25.

IMA MEETING: The general body meeting of the local branch of the Indian Medical Association has decided that every member of the association will adopt at least one poor TB patient to help eradicate the disease. A press note issued by the association secretary, Dr Kiranpreet Kaur Makkar, on Sunday said the meeting further decided to raise funds for purchasing anti-tuberoular medicines for at least 250 poor patients.



COMMITTEE FORMED: Mr B. B Bahl, president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) announced the constitution of a 13-member MC Co-ordination Committee on Monday. Besides Mr Bahl, who is the chairman of the said committee, the other members are the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal; Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala; Mr Sham Lal Gupta; Mr Ram Pal Sharma; Ms Satinder Dhawan; Ms Kamlesh; Mrs Sunita; Mr Subhash Chawla; Mr Sunil Parti; Mr D.D Jindal; Mr Surinder Bhatia and Mr Pawan Sharma.

BLOOD DONATION: The Medical Technologists Association (MTA) is organising a blood donation camp on April 4, 2001 at the Bleeding Complex in the emergency ward of the PGI. MTA has been organising such blood donation camps in the past too. According to Mr R.K. Khanchi, president of the association, the camp is being organised in the honour of the Union Health Minister, Dr C.P. Thakur, who will be in the city to inaugurate the new OPD Block on April 4.

FOUNDATION STONE: The Haryana Agriculture Department is setting up an agriculture training centre at a cost of Rs 65 lakh in Panchkula under the World Bank-aided Agricultural Human Resource Development Project. The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, will lay the foundation stone of the centre Wednesday, an official spokesman said here. He said the centre would be completed by September and would be utilised for imparting training to officers in the area of agriculture and management and for conducting seminars and conference of the department.

EFFIGY BURNT: Activists of Ward No 14 of the BJP on Sunday burnt the effigy of the Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, against his alleged irregularities in the construction of shops in Mani Majra. Demanding his resignation, the protesters also alleged that no attention was being paid by the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh towards the roads, sewerage and sanitation of Bapu Dham Colony. Prominent among those who addressed the protesters were Mr Gian Chand Gupta, a former Mayor, Mr Dilip Sharma, mandal president, Mr Hari Shankar Mishra, president of the Colonies Cell, Mr Radhey Sharma, and Mr Shambu Banerjee.



OFFICE-BEARERS: The president of the District Congress Committee, Mr B.R. Ojha, has announced new office-bearers of the committee: senior vice-president — Mr Basant Khatak; vice-presidents — Mr Rakesh Sharma, Mr Gulshan Bagga, Mr Radha Narula and Mr Raj Kumar Teotia; and general secretaries — Mr Subhash Mangla, Mr Raj Kumar Sharma, Mr Dalpat Singh, Mr A.C. Sethi and Mr Baljit Kaushik.

SEIZED: The police seized 1,000 pouches and 110 bottles of illicit liquor at Uklana near here, on Sunday. Four persons who have been arrested in this connection are Ram Phal, Gurdayal Singh, Ram Dev and Bhira.

TWO HELD: The Ganaur police has arrested two youths, Aslam and Arif of Garhi Jhinjhara village, for being in possession of a looted motor cycle, a .315-bore pistol, a sword and Rs 300 cash. The Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told mediapersons here on Sunday that the duo had looted the motor cycle from Rajesh of Rajlu Garhi village last month. Cases under various sections have been registered against them.

ORDERS ISSUED: The District Magistrate here, Mr Sudhir Rajpal, has enforced an order under Section 144 of the Cr PC banning the carrying of firearms, including swords, lathis, barchhas, kulharis, jellies, gandhasas, knives and other deadly weapons, within 200 metres around the examination centres set up by Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, for conducting undergraduate annual examinations commencing from Monday in this district.

ANNUAL MEETING: The Haryana Government PWD Workers Union affiliated to the Sarv Karamchari Sangh, Haryana, will hold its two-day annual sammelan from April 21 on premises of the Indian Modern Senior Secondary School in Shastri Nagar here, according to a press note.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the District Bar Association here: president — Mr Sham Lal Tyagi; vice-president — Mr Sandeep Sharma; secretary — Mr Hari Om Sharma; and treasurer — Mr Ambrish.

THREE INJURED: Three persons, including a woman, were injured in a clash between two groups at Palri village, about 15 km from here, on Saturday. A quarrel among children is stated to be cause of the clash, according to a report.

PATIENTS EXAMINED: More than 250 patients suffering from various diseases were examined and treated at a one-day free medical check-up camp organised by Alipur Biradri tehsil here on Sunday.

LOOTED: Six persons were reportedly looted on the Jhandpur-Jakhauli road, about 15 km from here, on Sunday. However, the Rai police has not yet registered a case in this connection.

DEMOLISHED: Officials of the Northern Railways, headed by Mr Vinod Kumar, Assistant Commercial Manager, demolished structures constructed on railway land near the railway crossing here on Sunday. The Railway Police also intervened when the owners resisted the demolition work.

INAUGURATED: Dr R. P. Jain, Director of the BM Institute of Engineering and Technology, inaugurated the ATEC computer education centre at Subhash Chowk here on Monday. A number of prominent citizens and mediapersons of national dailies were present on the occasion.


RALLY CALL: The Indian National Trade Union Council (INTUC) affiliated Himachal Road Transport Corporation Employees Federation has given a call for a state-level rally and demonstration at HRTC headquarters at Shimla on April 16 to press for their 16-point demands charter. This was decided by the state federation after meeting the HRTC Managing Director, Mr T.G. Negi, at Shimla on Saturday.

POWER THEFT: The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board has launched a campaign against power thefts in the state and several theft cases have been detected and penalities imposed. The Superintending Engineer, Mr S.K. Soni, said here on Sunday that various officers were raided and 32 theft cases detected and penalities worth Rs 95,000 were charged in Bilaspur, Suharghat, Ganguwal, Sundernagar and Nerchowk during past few weeks.

TWO KILLED: Two persons, Roshan Lal (32) of Kolthin village and Naresh Chand (27) of Malokhar village, were killed when a rock slided down from its place to a latrine-pit which some labourers were digging below the rock, near here, on Sunday.

ORGANISED: An eight-day yoga camp organised by the Vivekananda Kendra, a spiritually-oriented service mission, was inaugurated by 100-year-old freedom fighter Jagan nath Sharma here on Sunday at a local senior secondary school.

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