Tuesday, May 1, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S



MEDICAL CAMP: A medical camp for the treatment of dental disorders was organised by the Help Line Club of the city on Sunday evening. Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Punjab Cabinet Minister, inaugurated the camp. As many as 100 patients were examined for various dental disorders.

POPPY HUSK SEIZED: The district police on Sunday arrested Shawinder Pal, a dismissed panchayat secretary, for allegedly smuggling poppy husk along with one of his accomplices, Gurmail Kaur, and seized 25 kg of poppy husk from their possession. This was stated by Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, here.

MEDICAL SEMINAR: A seminar — continued medical education on cardiology — was organised by the district unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in collaboration with Mukat Hospital and Heart Institute, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Dr H.S. Pannu, a paediatric surgeon, said most of the congenital defects needed to be cured in the first two years of the birth of a child for its normal development.

EYE CAMP: An eye check-up camp was organised here on Monday by the Sant Nirankari Mandal and as many as 765 persons were examined and 17 operated upon by a team of doctors. Mr Chiranji Lal Garg inaugurated the camp and lauded the role of religious institutions and NGO’s in such welfare activities. He announced a grant of Rs 25,000 for the camp.

PARSHURAM JAYANTI: The district unit of the Brahmin Sabha organised a function to mark Bhagwan Parshuram jayanti at the local Lakshmi Narayan Mandir on Saturday. The preachings of Bhagwan Parshuram were stressed upon.

EDUCATION VENTURE: Mr Chander Shekhar, Inspector-General of Police, inaugurated the first education venture of Info-Trac Software Corporation, a USA-based company, here on Monday. The company officials claimed that they would provide advanced courses in computer, fashion and textile designing. The company is going to open five more centres in Punjab soon.

WORKERS CLASH: A clash took place between workers of the Punjab Palledar Union and the FCI workers union over the lifting of wheat at Boha, near here on Sunday. Nine workers were injured in the clash. The FCI authorities have lodged a complaint with the police.

PENSIONERS’ GRIEVANCES: A grievance-redressal meeting for Punjab Government pensioners was held at the mini-secretariat here on Friday. The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Raji P. Srivastava, presided over the meeting and directed the District Treasury Officer to sort out the problems of the pensioners.

COMPLAINT: Residents of several villages in this district complained on Monday that they had not been getting drinking water for the past many months as the water works at Korewala village in the district, which supplied water to them, was not functioning. Mr Gurbachan Singh Brar, former president of the association of field officers of the Public Relations Department, on Monday demanded villagers’ grievances be removed.

CHEATING CASE: Bahadur Singh of Gholiakhurd village in the district lodged a complaint with the Baghapurana police on Sunday against Chet Singh, a resident of Baghapurana town in the district, stating that the latter had taken money from him for selling his tractor but had not delivered it so far. He alleged that Chet Ram had instead obtained a loan against the tractor.

BURNT: A tractor and some quantity of harvested wheat of a farmer of Hariawala village in the district was burnt on Sunday in his field. The damage is being assessed. The cause of the fire is stated to be short circuit.

TRIBUTES PAID: Ms Santosh Chaudhary, Congress MP from Phillaur, on Saturday announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for two cremation grounds on the Banga and Hoshiarpur roads in memory of environmentalist and educationist Kuldip Singh. She was addressing a “shradhanjali samaroh” in memory of Kuldip Singh who died on April 16. Paying tributes, Punjab Tourism Minister Swarna Ram declared that the road from the old Civil Hospital to the Sarabha Nagar residence of Kuldip Singh would be named Kuldip Singh Marg.

DRIVER ATTACKED: Three unidentified armed miscreants drove away a Tata Sumo after injuring its driver, Gurcharan Singh, near Silkiana village on the Phillaur-Nawanshahr road on Friday night. According to a complaint lodged by Gurcharan Singh at the Phillaur police station, the miscreants had hired the vehicle for Nawanshahr from a taxi stand in Ludhiana and on the way they attacked him and fled in the vehicle.

DRAMA FESTIVAL: The Punjab Lok Sabhyachar Manch is organising a state-level drama festival in Punjabi Bhavan, Ludhiana, on the occasion of International Labour Day on May 1. Talking to presspersons here on Monday, Mr Tarlochan Singh, General Secretary, PLS Manch, said that seven drama groups and four music teams are participating in the night-long celebrations. Open Air Theatre of Punjabi Bhavan awaits audience and good theatre activists, he added. Mr Ajmer Singh Aulakh will present "Aapo Apna Hissa" and a team led by Mr Jatinder Brar from Amritsar will stage "Lohe Di Bhathi", a play on the working class. Theatre personality Gursharan Bhaji is coming with his play "Une Te Sakhne", he added.

CRITICISED: Senior Congress leader and former Chairman of the Panchayat Samiti Bhupinder Singh Benipal criticised the working of the purchasing agencies of wheat in Samrala Subdivision here on Monday. While talking to mediapersons in Civil Rest House, Mr Benipal said that he along with some workers visited the grain markets for four days and found that the speed of procurement of wheat was very slow. Where the agencies had purchased wheat, they had not made payments to the farmers for the past 15 days, he added. Mr Benipal said that there was no sitting arrangements and cattle shed. Even drinking water was not available in the Samrala grain market. Mr Benipal demanded speedy procurement and immediate payment to the farmers by the purchasing agencies.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Shri Brahman Sabha: President — Mr Ram Avtar Shukla; Senior Vice-President — Mr Sudesh Sharma; Vice-President — Mr Tarsem Lal Sharma; General Secretary — Pawan Kaushal; Cashier — Mr Prem Chand Tewari; Joint Secretary — Mr Surinder Kumar Angrish; Organising Secretary — Mr Ashwani Kumar; and Propaganda Secretary — Mr Maheshwar Dutt Attrey.



RAMGARHIA SABHA: Mr Baldev Singh Kalsi was elected as president of the Ramgarhia Sabha at the elections held here on Sunday. Giving this information at a press conference here on Monday, Mr Joginder Singh Bhogal, chairman of the election committee, said Mr Kalsi, who polled 266 votes, defeated his nearest rival, Mr Tehal Singh Matharu, by a margin of 116 votes. While Mr Matharu polled 150 votes, the third candidate, Mr Sarban Singh Matharoo, polled only 12 votes. The 20-member executive besides the auditor, Mr Chattarpal Singh Phul, were also elected. The nine office-bearers will be selected from the executive. Mr Kalsi said besides expanding the welfare activities of the sabha the new executive would introduce computerisation in Maharaja Jassa Singh Public School run by the sabha.

ASSOCIATION: Mr Tarlochan Singh Bittu and Mr Parmod Khaneja were elected as president and general secretary, respectively, of the Property Consultants Association of Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula at the general body meeting here on Sunday. Mr Bittu took charge from Mr Tirlok Singh. The general body authorised Mr Bittu to nominate the other office-bearers, according to a press note.

BAHUJAN CHETAN SAMMELAN: As part of the birthday celebrations of Dr B. R. Ambedkar, the local unit of the Backward and Minority Samaj Employees Federation (BAMSEF) organised the “Bahujan chetan sammelan” at the Ambedkar Bhavan here on Sunday. Mr Habhajan Singh, Lakha, a former MP, who was the chief guest, spoke about the contribution of Dr Ambedkar to the Indian Constitution. Mr Ram Nath, Senior Deputy Accountant-General, Punjab, stressed the need of educating the children of the Bahujan Samaj. Mr Waryam Singh Khizra and Swaran Singh, president and general secretary, respectively, of the BAMSEF, also spoke.

AYURVEDIC CAMP: A free ayurvedic camp for the treatment of piles was the highlight of the concluding day of the Bhagwan Parshuram jayanti celebrations at the Bhagwan Parshuram Bhavan in Sector 37-C, here on Monday. According to a press note, 101 of the 153 patients, were operated upon by a team of doctors headed by Dr JN Agnihotri and Dr Alka Juneja. The remaining patients were given medicine. Earlier, the camp was inaugurated by Mr JK Kaushal, an advocate.

ELECTED: Mr J.D.Chawla, a resident of Sector 38 West, has been elected as president of the LIG Group II Residents Welfare Association. Other office-bearers of the association are: vice-president — Mrs Paramjit Kaur; general secretary — Mr Jawaharlal and cashier— Mr R.S. Rawat.

FOUNDATION STONE: The Shri Valmik Sabha organised a function in the Guga Mari Valmik Bhavan, Sector 32, here on Sunday. During the function a foundation stone of the bhavan was laid by Ms Satinder Dhawan, Municipal Councillor. She requested the gathering to donate liberally for the construction of the bhavan. Among others who spoke on the occasion were Mr Jagan Ram, Chairman of the sabha, Mr Phool Chand, Mr Kesar Dumra, Mr Prem Chand Premi and Mr H Sarhadi. Mr Sita Ram, president, and Mr Shanti Dass, general secretary of the sabha, said the hall would be completed within a year.

JOURNALIST HONOURED: The first Sardar Mehar Singh Rawel Memorial Award for the best Punjabi journalist of the year 2001 was given to Mr Kuldip Singh Arshi, Editor, Rah Dasera, at the function held at the Rotary Club hall, here on Sunday. The Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, Dr J.S. Gujral, honoured in journalist.

PLEA: A former Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Prem Sagar Jain, has resented the issuance of eviction notices by the Panjab University authorities to shopkeepers. Mr Jain, who is also the area councillor, in a written statement, said the shopkeeper should not be treated in this manner so as to force them out of business. They should be invited for negotiations for finding solution to their problems. These shopkeepers should not be treated like shopkeepers in other sectors since they work for a limited period due to holidays and exams, he added.

MEMORANDUM SENT: The local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) has criticised the lathi-charge on morcha activists, including its national president, Mr Shivraj Singh Chauhan, at Raipur in Chhattisgarh recently. A press note issued here on Monday warned that such “barbaric” acts of the government would not be tolerated. The local unit has sent a memorandum to the Chhattisgarh Governor. The national secretary of the BJYM, Mr Rajan Tewari, and in charge of the Chandigarh affairs, who halted at the city during his journey from Himachal to Delhi, asked the morcha activists to be ready to face such challenges.

SANKIRTAN SABHA: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Shri Vaishno Mata Sanatan Dharam Sankirtan Sabha, Phase 3BI: president — Mr Harish Monga; senior vice-president — Mr V.K. Sharma; vice-president — Ms B.S. Kaushal; general secretary — Mr Raj Kumar Verma; and secretary (finance) — Mr V.K. Behal.



CULTURAL FUNCTION: A cultural function was organised by Ambala Kurukshetra Gramin Bank at Sohan Lal DAV College, Ambala City, on Monday. The function was inaugurated by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mahinder Kumar. Mr Yashpal Mehta was first and Mr Satish Kumar was second in the poetry recitation. Mr B.S. Bhatia was first and Mr V. M. Kaushik was second in the joke competition. Ms Rama Kalra was first and Ms Manju Kapoor and Mr B.S. Bhatia were second in singing. Ms Harshi Miglani and Mr O. P. Miglani were given award in duet. Mr V. M. Kaushik was first in monoacting and Mr Mahinder Pal Chapaula was second, according to a press note.

‘INFLATED’ BILLS: Sore over “inflated” bills sent by the HVPN, the Congress has decided to gherao the Superintending Engineer of the nigam here on May 5. The district unit president of the party, Dr Vasudev, and Mr Dharmbir, MLA, Tosham, alleged that farmers of the Bhiwani, Badhra, Behal, Satnali and Mandhiali areas had been issued electricity bills to the tune of Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 each for a month’s meter reading.

CASH LOOTED: A scooter-borne youth looted a bag containing Rs 14,000 from a woman who was going on a rickshaw in Sector 15 here on Saturday. The incident took place just an hour before the visit of the Chief Minister.

HONOURED: Ms Geeta Goel, Manager of the local branch of Canara Bank, has been given an appreciation letter at a function organised by the Haryana Pradesh Women Kalyan Samiti. The award was given for the work done for uplifting of women in the area through the social banking scheme. Mr Harvilas Jindal, Chairman, Ruchi Group of Industries, Ms Veena Chhibber, MLA, Ambala and Ms Kuldeep Kaur, Chairman, Block Samiti, Kalka, were the chief guests.

FLOOD CONTROL: An amount of Rs 1.57 crore will be spent on flood-control measures in the district till June 30. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, here on Sunday while inspecting the measures adopted by the canal authorities to tackle floods.

SUICIDE: A youth committed suicide by consuming poison at Bahadurgarh town, 40 km from here, on Sunday. He has been identified as Manoj of Sankhol village in the town. In another incident, Bhateri of Samar village in Meham subdivision, who had received burns two weeks ago, died at the PGI on Sunday.

BODY FOUND: The Government Railway Police found the body of a girl on the railway track near the Ganaur railway station, 16 km from here, on Sunday. The police also found a diary in which her name was written as Priyanka Sinha.

KILLED: One person was killed on the spot and another injured seriously when a tanker rammed into a stationary truck on the G.T. Road near Larsauli village, 12 km from here, on Sunday.

POWER SUPPLY: The three-day old power crisis which had hit a majority of the areas fed by the Subzi Mandi feeder ended around 4.30 p.m. on Sunday following the restoration of normal power supply after a gap of 20 hours at a stretch.

DEMONSTRATION: A large number of taxi and jeep operators held a demonstration here on Monday to register their protest against the non-renewal of their registration numbers by the state government. They also submitted a memorandum to the district authorities.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS: The Haryana Government has decided to hand over the control of all government primary schools to the Sonepat Zila Parishad and the municipal committees in the district from Tuesday.


LIGHTNING: A cow and a calf perished and a house destroyed by lightning at Kilooni village in the district on Saturday night. According to official sources, a loss of more than Rs 5 lakh has been assessed.

SPORTS CLUB: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Mahrishi Balmiki Sports Club, Kangra: chairman — Mr Ramesh Chand Gupta; president — Mr Narinder Garhdwalia; senior vice-president — Mr Jaspal Gill; vice-presidents — Mr Prem Kumar Rana and Mr Anil Kumar Sindhi; general secretary — Mr Rajinder Kumar; joint secretary — Mr Sanjay Malhotra; organising secretary — Mr Sanjay Chouhan; and treasurer — Mr Vijay Malhotra.

DEMANDED: Residents of Dagshai, 3 km from here, have demanded setting up a sub-post office in the Sadar Bazaar area where most of the civilian population of the cantonment resides. The residents have to trudge long distances to reach the post office. Inadequate bus service in Dagshai has made matters worse for them.

RAPE: A 16-year-old girl of Shob Dochi village under the Kandaghat police station filed an FIR on Saturday alleging that she had been raped and made pregnant by a fellow villager, Ram saran, in July last. She delivered the baby in March this year. The police has arrested Ram Saran after registering a case under Section 376, IPC, against him.

MEETING: The Forest Minister, Mr roop Singh Thakur, presiding over a meeting of university scientists and officers of the Department of Forests at Y.S. Parmar University, Nauni, on Saturday. He stressed upon the need for proper coordination among the forest scientists and the field staff.

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