Monday, April 16, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


POWER SUPPLY: Three thousand villages in Punjab will be given 24-hour power supply during the current financial year. This was stated by Mr Sikander Singh Maluka , Power Minister, while talking to newsmen at the PWD Rest House, here on Saturday. Earlier, Mr Maluka inaugurated a power grid at Dhaula village, about 15 km from here.

CROPS DESTROYED: Wheat crop as well as wheat husk spread in about four acres of land belonging to four farmers, Dalip Singh, Gurmail Singh, Ajaib Singh and Mukhtiar Singh of Deepgarh village, about 35 km from here was completely reduced to ashes on Saturday. The fire reportedly broke out due to shortcircuit in the wheat husk machine.

OFFICE- BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Muktsar District Basketball Association: president — Mr Sajjan Singh Cheema; senior vice-president — Mr Harbans Singh Saini; vice-presidents — Mr Sivraj Singh and Mr Asa Singh; secretary — Mr S. Subramanian; and joint-secretaries — Mr Kulwinder Singh and Mr Charanjeet Singh.

CONFERENCE: The Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine will organise a conference at the local Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital on April 20. Experts from various parts of the country will deliver their lectures. According to Dr J.S.Dalal, Head of the Forensic Department of the Medical College, will speak on DNA.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Shri Brahman Sabha, Sirhind; president — Mr R.N. Sharma; vice-president — Mr Sanjay Angrish; general secretary — Mr Varinder Rattan; and treasurer — Mr Surinder Sharma. 

ROAD MISHAP: Krishna Rani, 45, wife of Mr Om Parkash, was killed on the spot while two others Happy Dhamija and Pawan Kumar, were injured when a truck hit the scooter on which they were travelling, 8 km from here, on the Ferozepore road. The injured have been admitted to the local Civil Hospital. They were going to Jalalabad from Panje ke Uttar village. The truck has been impounded and a case registered against the driver.

4 ARRESTED: The district police claims to have achieved a breakthrough in the theft that took place in the house of the erstwhile rulers of this princely state situated on the Kanjli rivulet, on 23 January with the arrest of four persons. The thieves had reportedly stolen three antique swords and a German made helmet. Mr Iqbal Singh, SSP, said Yashmin Singh, a goldsmith of Sultanpur Lodhi had purchased a sword and a helmet for Rs 1,000. When police raided the goldsmith’s house they were assaulted by his father, mother and wife. Four of them were later taken into custody and a case was registered against them.

BOY CRUSHED: Sahiba, 7 of Bijja village was crushed to death by a speeding car on the Kapurthala-Subhanpur road on Saturday. According to the police, Sahiba was returning to his village after attending the Baisakhi mela when a car hit him while he was crossing the road. The car driver got the boy admitted to the local Civil Hospital where Sahiba succumbed to his injuries. The police has registered a case against Hardev Singh, driver of the car, who is absconding.

MISSING: Mr Ravindre Ravat is running from pillar to post in search of his 11-year-old son, Kanehiya, who is missing since March 28 last. Mr Ravat told this reporter that his eldest son, Kanehiya, was working at a cycle shop as worker. On March 28 he sent him to Moti Nagar to purchase some goods for tea shop and he was given Rs 200. But he never returned. He and his friends searched him in city and also at his relatives but in vain. He lodged an FIR at the Khanna city police station.

CELEBRATED: The Bharti Teletech, Humbran, celebrated its 14th annual day here on Sunday. A cultural programme was organised by its employees and their kids on the occasion. Awards were distributed among employees for their services. The best manager prize was bagged by Mr Ashwani Kachroo, the best executive award went to Mr Rajesh Gupta, the best supervisor prize was clinched by Mr Jasmail Singh and the best worker award went to Mr Mohan Lal Kalsi. Besides, the local unit of the Bharti Teletech bagged the running trophy of managing director’s total quality management award consecutively for the second year for implementing best practices in three telephone manufacturing units at Ludhiana, Gurgaon and Goa.

RE-ELECTED: Professor K.B.S. Sodhi, senior English lecturer at GGN Khalsa College, will be re-elected the president of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union at the 52nd annual session of the union on May 6. Since no other nomination for the union chief was received at the general secretary’s office, Professor Sodhi would be elected unopposed. The three other university area secretaries to be elected unopposed include Professor Sukhpal Singh for Panjab University, Professor Parkash Singh for Guru Nanak Dev University and Professor Aminderpal Singh for Punjabi University. Professor Gurnam Singh Kahlon from Amritsar, Professor J.S. Randhawa from Jalandhar and Professor Balbir Singh from Patiala will be elected for the offices of the vice-president, general secretary and finance secretary, respectively.

BJP’s CRITICISM: Mr. Tandon expressed his unhappiness over the relentless campaign against the MC top brass by the district unit of the BJP, headed by Mr Harbans Lal Sethi over several issues like the elevated road project, the tendering process in the MC and the Budha Nullah project. When his attention was drawn towards the fact that the BJP, a constituent of the ruling coalition in the MC, was virtually acting like an opposition party and has been targeting the Mayor, belonging to the Shiromani Akali Dal, as well as the senior MC officials, contrary to his (Mr Tandon’s) claim that the SAD and the BJP were acting in unison at all levels, the minister remarked that the party might have a different opinion on certain ongoing works.

ROBBERIES: A gang of thieves broke the shutter of Mr Jiwan Kumar’s shop and decamped with cash worth Rs 20,000. Later they entered the house of Mr Surjit Singh, cashier, State Bank of Patiala, after breaking its lock and decamped with valuables.

CAMP ORGANISED: As many as 750 persons were examined at a camp organised by the Health Department at Narinderpura village in the district on Saturday. According to Dr S.S. Sharma, Civil Surgeon, a list of 1,178 TB patients will be provided to all NGOs and medical officers of the district.

LICENCE FEE: The local Retail Chemists Association at a meeting held on Sunday criticised the hike in licence fee from Rs 80 to Rs 2,500. Mr Ashok Garg, president of the association, said on Sunday that a chemist would now have to pay Rs 250 instead of Rs 12 for obtaining a duplicate licence.

FOUNDATION STONE: Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister, inaugurated Sant Baba Sewa Singh Yadhgari Health Club and laid the foundation stone of the building of mahila mandal on Saturday. He also addressed a gathering at Naura village, about 12 km from here, on Saturday.

ELECTED: Mr Chiman Lal Bansal was unanimously elected as president of the Punjab Arhtiyas Federation during a meeting held here on Sunday. The other office-bearers are: vice-president — Mr Dev Raj; general secretary— Mr Harmesh Goyal; secretary — Mr Balwinder Singh; and Cashier — Mr Shyam Lal Bansal.

MEETING: The Lok Jan Shakti Party during a meeting held here on Sunday said the Congress was behind all corruptions and trying to lay the blame on the Vajpayee government in the issue. Mr R.K. Garg, chairman of the Economic Policy Cell of the party, said the party would support the Vajpayee government.

FREE EYE CAMP: A free eye and dental check-up camp, conducted by the Nishkam Seva Club, was inaugurated by Mr Vikas Pratap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib here on Sunday. Nearly 425 patients were examined and given medicines free of cost, according to Mr N.S. Nolkha, president of the club.

CULTURAL FETE: A cultural fete was organised in memory of Subedar Kartar Singh Dhaliwal at Choudhary Majam Puri village in Nabha district on Sunday. Raja Narinder Singh, Civil Aviation Minister, who inaugurated the mela, granted Rs 25,000 for the activities of the club and also gave Rs 50,000 for the maintenance of the school buildings.


WRITERS' MEET: A famous Punjabi story writer Taran Gujral said writers should do their best to enlighten the masses through their writings. She was speaking at a meeting of the Punjabi Lekhak Sabha at Punjab Kala Bhavan here on Sunday. Prem Gorkhi and Dr Varinder Kaur Pannu read their stories in Punjabi and Urdu, respectively, while Dr Gurminder Sidhu, Sudarshan Walia and Baldev Dhaliwal recited their poems and gazals. Noted Punjabi writer N.S. Rattan also spoke on the occasion.


SEMINAR: The local branch of the Indian Medical Association and the Indian Medical Association Academy of Medical Specialities (Haryana Chapter) jointly organised a seminar on “oncology” at the local Bulbul Tourist Complex on Saturday. Dr Rajiv Aggarwal, Surgical Oncologist, presided over the seminar. Dr D.S. Jaspal, state president of the Haryana unit of the association, was the chief guest.

CASE REGISTERED: The police has registered a case against an undertrial for breaking parole. District jail authorities said in the FIR that Krishan of Ridhana village was released on parole on March 1 for four weeks. His parole ended on March 30. When he failed to return. A case was registered against him on Friday.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among the patients and their relatives against the non-functioning of the PCO at the local Civil Hospital since March.

RAPE BID FOILED: An attempt to rape a housewife was foiled at Jagsi village, about 40 km from here, on Saturday. According to a report reaching here, the housewife was alone when the man entered the house and tried to rape her. When she raised an alarm the man escaped. A case has been registered.


MASS MARRIAGES: The local Rotaract Club organised mass marriage ceremony at Panchayat Bhavan on Saturday. Five couples got married in the presence of Mr Rakesh Sharma, SDM (Civil).

BAMBOO CULTIVATION: Dr S.K. Kaushal, scientist, Palampur Agriculture University, at a workshop organised on ‘Scope of Bamboo Cultivation’ in Sirmour district said that maggar variety of bamboo developed by him can be grown on hills ranging from 1,000 feet to 5,000 feet. It can be successfully grown in wastelands and slopes. Maggar variety of bamboo will be made available to the farmers by the university.

TRUCK IMPOUNDED: Mr Rameshwar Thakur, Additional SP, Sirmour, said officials of the Excise and Taxation Department, Sirmour, impounded a truck ( HP 18-4524) illegally carrying 275 boxes of country-made liquor , at Naina Tikkar, 45 km from here on Saturday. He said about 600 boxes were loaded in the truck out of which valid permit was not issued for 275 boxes. The truck driver managed to escape. A case has been registered.

ERRATIC WATER SUPPLY: Erratic water supply by the Irrigation-cum-Public Health Department has irked residents of the town. In some parts of the town the residents have not been getting water for a couple of days together.

MEDICAL PROJECT: Mr Shanta Kumar, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs and Civil Supplies, said here on Saturday that Rs 80 crore would be spent on Vivekanand Medical College and Research Institute, being built by a private Trust in the town. He said a master plan had already been prepared by the trust. He said the state government had transferred 44 acres of land to it. The Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, had also agreed to transfer Rs 2.76 crore lying in the account of old Trust to the new one. The Trust had also decided to reserve 100 bed in the hospital for the poor people of the state.

WATER SCARCITY: Residents of SDA colony, Vikas Nagar, here are facing acute shortage of drinking water. They allege that the municipal corporation has failed to provide the regular water to these area. Mr A.K. Batish, president and Mr Anil Verma, general secretary, of the SDA Residents Welfare Society, visited the water source along with senior officers of the H.P. Housing Board. They said the water was leaking from the pipes maintained by the Municipal Corporation and not from the tank.

PUBLIC MEETING: Mr Virbhadra Singh, former Chief Minister, and leader of the Congress Legislative Party, addressed a public meeting to celebrate the 110th birthday anniversary of Dr B.R. Ambedkar at Daulatpur Chounk village, 50 km from here, on Saturday.

AWARENESS CAMP: The local Zonal Hospital has launched a family health awareness campaign in the district and decided to organise 280 camps. This was stated by the district AIDS programme officer, Dr M.K. Pathak, here on Sunday. He said the camps would be organised from April 16 to April 30.

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