Monday, April 9, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


YOGA CAMP: A yoga sadhna camp, organised by Mr Ram Murti Puri from April 3 in the Jain Ashram concluded here on Sunday. Swami Raj Kumar Bharti, yoga acharya, from Shanti Kunj, Haridwar, conducted the camp. More than 100 persons participated in the camp. On the occasion of World Health Day yesterday a ‘deepmala’ was held.

MINORS KILLED: Two minor children, Amarjit and Simranjit of Haripura, were crushed to death by a truck laden with bricks at Vallaha crossing here on Saturday. The deceased were on their bicycle. The truck driver has been arrested.

NOMINATED: The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has nominated Mr S.J. Bansal, Mr Vijay Mahajan and Mr Bhushan Bajaj to Gurdaspur District Sales Tax Advisory Committee. This was stated by Mr Jagdish Sawhney, MLA, here on Sunday.

DENTAL CAMP: A dental check-up camp was organised at Dera Bhai Mastan village in Muktsar district by the Desh Bhagat Dental College and Hospital on Friday. Dr Zora Singh, the chairman of the Desh Bhagat institutes, said nearly 600 patients were examined free of cost during the camp.

HOMOEOPATHY CAMP: A homoeopathy camp for the treatment of diabetes will be organised by some local social and voluntary organisations along with the Sangrur district unit of the Punjab Homoeopathic Medical Services Association and the Punjab unit of the Indian Institute of Homoeopathy Physicians at Mangla Ashram near the local sugar mill on April 10. Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, Health Minister, Punjab, will be the chief guest on the occasion.

CONVENTION: A state-level convention of the Haryana Laboratory Technicians Association was held here on Friday. It expressed concern over the alleged apathy of the state government for not accepting their long-standing demands, including the removal of anomalies in their pay scales.

INJURED: Jagjit Singh was seriously injured in a firing incident between two groups at Samrala, 16 km from here, on Saturday. Mr Ram Singh, officiating SSP, said a case had been registered.

EYE CAMP: A free eye check-up and operation camp was organised by the Environment and Welfare Society in Janata Nagar here on Saturday. The chief guest at the occasion, Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, MP while inaugurating the camp, exhorted the people to volunteer for more and more eye donations. He also filled a form to pledge his eyes for the Eye Bank, Mansuran. At the camp 476 patients were examined and 21 persons were operated upon. Eye Bank, Mansuran had, put up an exhibition on eye donation.

BAISAKHI CELEBRATIONS: The Lodhi Club will celebrate Baisakhi on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the club lawns. According to a press note, highlights of the evening will be presentation of folk items like giddha, bhangra and dance sequences on Punjabi songs by professional artistes and students of Punjab Agricultural University. Mr B.M. Mahajan, general secretary of the club, said swimming pool of the club would be formally inaugurated by Mr S.K.Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, on this occasion.

MEDICAL CAMP: Over 400 patients were examined and given free medicines in a free medical camp held at Salem Tabri here on Sunday. Dr Sunil, Dr Vinay Kakkar, Dr Harminder Singh, Dr Navin Sikka, Dr Pradeep Handa and Dr Rajinder Lakhotra examined the patients. Dr Evangelia Maria Velardo provided free medicines to the poor patients.

SHOBHA YATRA: A general house meeting of the Bharatiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj was held here on Sunday in connection with the ‘shobha yatra’ to be taken out on Saturday on the occasion of the birthday of Dr B.R. Ambedkar. The meeting which was presided over by Mr Dev Raj Asur and attended by a large number of the BVDS office-bearers and workers finalised the preparation for the ‘shobha yatra’ which would commence from Daresi grounds. A large number of Punjab Cabinet ministers are likely to participate in the yatra.

KILLED: A scooterist, Arun Viz, a resident of Kichlu Nagar, was reportedly killed in an accident with a truck. The police has registered a case against driver of the truck, Jamel Singh, a resident of Amritsar, on the statement of Mr Om Parkash, under Sections 304-A and 427 of the Indian Penal Code.

DEATH MOURNED: The NRI Sabha, Punjab, has mourned the death of Ravinder Singh Vicky, elder son of Mr Pritam Singh Deol, president of the sabha and a noted philanthropist, in Canada recently. The bhog ceremony was held at Ludhiana here on Sunday afternoon. A large number of social workers and eminent citizens attended the ceremony.

POWER CUTS: Unscheduled and erratic power supply has obstructed the steel production at Mandi Gobindgarh. Due to power problem, the industry is facing increased cost of production problem. Such conditions may prevail over the market for another few days till the harvesting season is over, said Mr Anil Suraj, general secretary All India Steel Rerollers Association.

DALIT SAMMELAN: The Dalit Sena and the Dalit Students Federation organised a Dalit Jagran Sammelan here on Saturday. Mr Kiranjit Singh Gehri, the president of the state unit of the Dalit Sena, alleged that the Punjab Government was discriminating against the Dalits.

SDO KILLED: M.L. Garg, SDO, PSEB, died in an accident on the Bhikhi-Mansa road on Saturday. He was going on a scooter when a Tata Sumo coming from the opposite side collided with the scooter, injuring him. He was taken to a hospital, from where he was referred to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital at Ludhiana. Garg succumbed to his injuries on the way.

INAUGURATED: Ms Raji P. Shrivastava, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the new building of Kargil Martyrs Memorial Summerfield Public School here on Friday. This was stated by Mr Ashok Sadiora, chairman of the school management.

DONATED: The panchayat of Phaphre Bhaike village has donated 30 acres of land for setting up Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in the village. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner here on Saturday.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Bhai Behlo Youth Sports and Welfare Club, Budhlada: president — Mr Jagdeep Singh Goga; vice-president — Mr Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi; general secretary — Mr Parbhjot Singh; secretary — Mr Jagdish Kumar, and treasurer — Mr Sanjeev Kumar Dimple.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Sarb-Bharat Naujawan Sabha: president — Mr Pawan Kumar Sharma; senior vice-president — Mr Sukhdarshan Sharma; vice-president — Mr Parkash Singh Nahra; general secretary — Mr Jagjit Singh Jagga; secretary — Mr Darshan Singh; and treasurer — Mr Gurmeet Singh.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Medical Practitioners Association: chairman — Dr Jagsir Goria; president — Dr Sudhir Chilana; senior vice-president — Dr Sukhwinder Singh Chahal; vice-president — Dr Labh Singh; general secretary — Dr Ashok Milan, secretary — Dr Harbhajan Singh Manshia and treasurer — Dr Yash Paul Bhola.

CHEQUES DISTRIBUTED: The Punjab Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh on Friday distributed cheques worth Rs 50,000 to three families which had suffered due to accidents. He also gave a cheque worth Rs 1 lakh to the sarpanch of Jhandeana village in the district to construct a school building.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: The local World Vision Club, in collaboration with the Blood Donors Council, organised a blood donation camp at the BDC complex here to mark the World Health Day on Saturday. Mr M.S. Batth, chairman, Doaba Polytechnic, Raipur, inaugurated the camp in which 35 units of blood were collected.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: Prize distribution function of the sports meet organised by the Dashmesh Youth Service and Sports Club was held at Mojewal village, about 25 km from here, on Saturday. Mr Sarwan Singh, state Welfare Minister, presided over the function.

SEMINAR WEEK: Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, under its “intellectual exercise drive,” observed a “seminar week”, during which 35 seminars on various topics were organised in different departments of the college. This was stated by Dr Surjit Singh Bhatti, Principal, here on Saturday.

SANCTIONED: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Jagjit Singh, on Saturday said a sum of Rs 9 crore had been sanctioned by the state government for repair and construction work of rural link roads in the district. The work would be completed by June 30, he added.

DOCTORATE AWARDED: A local student Naresh Sharma, son of a senior lawyer, Mr Dev Raj Sharma, has been awarded Ph.D degree by the University of Merryland (USA). He completed his thesis on communication.

PUNJABI THEATRE DAY: The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) celebrated the foundation day of the modern Punjabi theatre movement as World Punjabi Theatre Day here on Sunday. Presiding over the function, Prof A.K. Shahi, Head Mathematics Study Circle and Mr Karnail Singh, founder chairman of Bhai Sahib S. Gurbax Singh Memorial Auditorium, Majri Akalian, presented awards to 30 artists for active theatre work.

ELECTED: Mr Tejpal Singh Tiwana has been elected as president of the Patiala Mini Bus Operators Association during a meeting held here on Sunday. The other unanimously elected members are: senior vice-president — Mr Harjinder Singh Waraich; cashier — Mr Charanjit Singh and general secretary — Mr Nazar Singh.

CAR STOLEN: A car, bearing registration number PB-36-A-7921, belonging to Mr Daljit Singh, was stolen from outside a hotel in Jalandhar on Saturday. A case has been registered in this regard.

SEMINAR HELD: A seminar on Sufi studies was organised by the Punjab Police Academy at its auditorium here on Saturday. Mr N.K. Arora, Chief Secretary, Punjab, addressed the gathering on this occasion.

APPOINTED: Er V.K. Mohindru has taken over as Chief Engineer (O&M), Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar. Previously, he was Deputy Chief Engineer at Ranjit Sagar Dam project, Sahahpur Kandi.



ELECTED: Prof Jatinder Mohan of the Department of Psychology, Panjab University, has been elected president of the newly formed Indian Association of Health Psychology. Dr Dalip Singh, a senior IAS officer from Haryana, will be the vice-president, while Dr N.K. Chadha of the department of Psychology will be its secretary-general. The association has been formed with its headquarters in New Delhi. According to Prof Jatinder Mohan, a special international symposium will be organised by the association in 2002.

PRESIDENT ELECTED: Prof Sudish Sharma has been elected as president of the DAV College Teachers Union in the annual elections of the body held here on Sunday. Prof Anil Sarwal will be the vice-president, Prof. R.P. Singh will be the secretary, Prof Ravinder Dogra, the joint secretary, Dr S.P.S. Sandhu, the finance secretary while Dr V.R. Jindal will be the auditor. Dr A.S. Mathur, Dr R.C. Garg, Prof. B. Kapila, Prof. Harbans Lal, Prof. Arun Aggarwal, Dr V.K. Vats have been elected as executive members. Dr Vinod Sharma, Prof Anil Sethi, Prof. Ravinder Chaudhry, Prof. B.K. Gupta and Prof. Dinesh Talwar will be the district delegates.

LECTURE: Prof Jayant Narlikar, Director and Homi Babha, Professor IUCAA, Pune will be delivering a lecture on April 9, at the Panjab University’s Physics auditorium. Prof Narlikar, who is one of the most celebrated of India’s astrophysicists, will be talking on “Recent Developments in Cosmology”. Prof Narlikar has been on the 41st chair for Nobel Prize. He has been an extensive writer of popular science books for children and science fiction. His books, which include, “Yakshanchi denagi”, The Lighter Side of Gravity, The Structure of the Universe have been translated in different languages. His stories have been serialised in Dharamyug and The Illustrated Weekly. He is also known for popularising cosmology among children and the people of Pune.

: Members of the Senior Citizens Council held a solemn celebration to mark their 12th annual day at the centre in Sector 15, here on Sunday. The cultural programme to mark the occasion was cancelled as a mark of respect to former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Devi Lal, who passed away earlier this week. At the programme, the President of the Council, Mr B.K. Nayar, read out the various activities undertaken by the council for the welfare of senior citizens. These included, holding of medical check-up camps, dental check-up camps, weekly visits by a team of doctors to examine patients, if any. He informed that construction work on the first floor for expansion of the centre had also been initiated. Speaking at the function, the chief guest, Mr Shrikant Walgad, Administrator, HUDA, said that HUDA was willing to help out the council with any assistance. Earlier, a two-minute silence was observed to condole the death of Mr Devi Lal and a condolence resolution was also passed.



OFFICE-BEARERS: Surender Mohan Sharma has been elected president of Ambala Bar Association here on Saturday. The other office-bearers elected are vice-president — Ashwani Nandra, secretary — Raman Kumar Sharma. joint secretary — Vikram Singh, cashier — Ram Kumar. The advocates who have been included in the executive body are: Vipin Dev Sharma, Rajan Gupta, Kuldip Jain, Dilbagh Singh Brar.

TWO BODIES FOUND: The Bahadurgarh GRP on Saturday found the bodies of two unidentified women from railway track near Parnala village of the district. A case has been registered.

SUICIDE BID: Anita, wife of Ram Chander, allegedly attempted suicide by setting herself on fire in Jasaur Kheri village of the district. She was admitted to PGI Rohtak with serious burn injuries. The Bahadurgarh police has registered a case.

ELECTED: Mr Swaranjit Singh Kalra has been elected the president of the local Food Grain Dealers Association.

CELEBRATED: The 22nd foundation day of the BJP was celebrated here on Friday. The local BJP MLA, Vaid Kapoor Chand Sharma, unfurled the party flag on this occasion.

WHEAT PROCUREMENT: The district administration has geared up its machinery for the purchase of wheat in the district. The Deputy Commissioner reviewed the arrangements made by various procurement agencies, including the Food and Supplies Department, the Hafed, the Food Corporation of India and the Haryana Warehousing Corporation.

AWARDED: Vibhuti Gaur has been awarded with a special cash prize and a commendation certificate by the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Mrs Sushma Swaraj, for achieving the top position in BA (Hons) English examination of Punjab University this year. According to official sources, she has also been awarded the National Merit Scholarship by the HRD Ministry of the Union Government.


ARRESTED: The Jawali police has arrested Kuldeep Singh, the husband, Kaushlya, mother-in-law, and Suman, sister-in-law of Savitri, who committed suicide by hanging herself on Friday. Those arrested were produced in the Judicial Court at Dehra on Saturday and remanded to police custody till April 9. A case under Sections 498 A and 306 of the IPC has been registered in this regard.


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