May 7, 2001, Chandigarh, India
SCHOOL TOILETS: Toilets would soon be constructed in all government schools in the state at a cost of Rs 20,000 per school. This was disclosed by Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Science and Technology Minister, Punjab, while presiding over a function organised in connection with the upgradation of the government school at Bhagu village on Saturday.
CHEMISTS’ STRIKE: Chemists and druggists in the district observed a complete strike on Saturday in response to a call given by the AIOCD and the Punjab Chemists Association. They assembled at the local wholesale market and staged a rally.
EXCESSIVE DRINKING: Gulshan Kumar (32) of the local Mohalla Islamabad died on Friday due to excessive drinking. He was admitted to the local Civil Hospital and later referred to DMC, Ludhiana, where he died.
POPPY HUSK SEIZED: The Mahilpur police has arrested Chhindo, wife of Guljara Singh of Denowal village, and seized 7.5 kg of poppy husk from her.
COUNCILLOR COMPLAINS: Mr Om Parkash Angrish, Councillor from Ward Number 50, has come out against the mismanagement of stores looking after sewerage requirements of Zone A/A-2 of the city. Mr Angrish stated that sewerage-related complaints in the area were not being attended to properly for months together. When he inquired into the problem, he was informed by store workers that they had not received any wires and bamboos in the past three months. Moreover, the quality of whatever items they were getting was very inferior, he added. He said the affected zone comprised narrow laned residential area where sewerage blockades were common. The SDO concerned told him that there was not enough staff to oversee the sewerage problems properly. He demanded that every councillor should be given five sewerage cleaners and the items needed by them. If his demands are not met, he would head a delegation of residents to the corporation’s Commissioner to express the collective resentment of the area.
Crash course: The IAS and Allied Services Training Centre of Punjabi University will start a two month crash course for PCS (Judicial) from May 30 for those candidates who will be appearing in this examination to be conducted by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC). This was disclosed by Dr G.S Bajwa, Director of the centre, who said interested candidates may apply till May 17 and the interviews will be held on May 21.
Padam remembered: Rich tributes were paid to noted Punjabi writer and Shiromani Sahitkar award winner Prof Piara Singh Padam at his bhog ceremony held here on Sunday. In a message read out by Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, OSD to the Chief Minister, on behalf of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, it was said that Prof Piara Singh Padam enriched Punjabi language with his writings and his death had left a big void as far as Punjabi language and culture were concerned. Mr Badungar said a memorial would be instituted by the government in consultation with the family members of Prof Piara Singh to commemorate the memory of the writer. Dr Madan Lal Hasija, Director of the Punjab Languages Department, assured the gathering that the department would make all out efforts to ensure that the research work started by Prof Piara Singh would not be left incomplete. He added that a special issue of the magazine ‘Punjabi Duniya’ would be dedicated to the memory of the noted writer.
FIRE: A fire broke out in the stubble of a harvested wheat crop when a worker accidentally threw the live end of a bidi in a field in the Basant Nagar and Gobindpura localities here on Friday night. The local fire brigade helped check the fire from spreading.
Appearance day: The local unit of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) celebrated the appearance day of Lord Narsimha Dev, an incarnation of Lord Krishna, here, on Sunday at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, with great enthusiasm. Hundreds of devotees thronged the temple on the occasion, according to Bhakt Vinod Dasa Prabhu, president of the local unit of ISKCON. The main attraction of the programmes were Maha Abhishekham of Lord Narsimha Dev at 6 p.m. followed by aarati, kirtan, pravachan and distribution of prasadam (bhandara) at 8.30 p.m. among those present. A discourse on Srimad Bhagvadgita was also held.
Development fund: The Punjab Government has decided to spend Rs 1 crore on the each assembly segment with a view to complete the ongoing development works, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Punjab Finance Minister said on Sunday. The Finance Minister, who was on a tour of the Morinda Assembly segment along with senior SAD leader, Mr Ujjagar Singh Wadali, informed that the work on the Morinda bypass would begin soon. During his tour, he inaugurated the middle school at Naya Gaon village and upgraded a school at Nadda village. Besides inaugurating an industrial focal point at Mianpur Changer, Capt Kanwaljit Singh also inaugurated the newly-built roads in Mullanpur, Mundho Sodhian and Dhianpur villages.
LOK JAN SHAKTI PARTY: The president of the Lok Jan Shakti Party, Mr Hem Raj, has appointed following as the office-bearers of Ram Darbar unit of the party: president — Mr Hem Raj Jarwal; vice-presidents — Mr Baldev Singh and Mr Jaswant Singh; general secretary — Mr Chaman Lal; office secretary — Mr Sohan Lal; press secretary — Mr Lalta Parshad; and treasurer —Mr Kala Ram.
Buses demanded: The resident of Novelty, Dairy Farm, Babyal and Geeta Nagri areas have demanded that the buses plying on route no. 14 and 15 must complete the route allotted to them. The residents complained that the buses on these routes were not only undertaking excess trips, they are also taking different route, a press note claimed. They have demanded that the RTA officials must take action so that they are not put to inconvenience.
IT seminar: Informatics Computer Institute organised a seminar of Information Technology in local Army School on Saturday. In the first session, a talk was delivered on “Information Technology — Global Perspectives”. In the second session, various queries of the students relating to information technology were answered. A quiz programme, ‘E-quizline’ was held in which Ishan, Ajay, Ravneet, Tejeshwar and Aseem of senior secondary classes won prizes, a release said.
BODY FOUND: The Civil Lines police on Friday found the fermented body of a woman, aged around 40, from the Jui Feeder canal here. The body was sent to the hospital for a post-mortem examination. A case has been registered.
CASE REGISTERED: The Kharkhauda police on Saturday registered two cases of harassment for dowry. According to a report, one case belonged to Mandori village and another related to Sehri village. However, no arrest has been made.
INJURED: An aged man sustained serious injuries when he was hit by a motorcycle on the road between Sector 14 and Sector 15 here on Sunday. According to a report, the injured was immediately hospitalised.
QUAKE VICTIMS: The gram panchayat of Bali Qutabpur village, 16 km from here, handed over a bank draft of Rs 10,500 to Mr Jeet Singh mehra, SDM, Ganaur, on Saturday for the quake-hit victims of Gujarat.
BILASPUR DROUGHT-HIT: Prominent freedom fighter and spokesman of the Himachal Vikas Congress Harikishan has urged the government to declare the district drought-hit. Addressing mediapersons here on Saturday, he said drinking water had grown scarce in most areas of the district. KUMARHATTI CHARAS SEIZED: The Parwanoo police during a raid seized 850 gm charas from two persons travelling in a Pepsu roadways bus from Shimla to Bathinda near Eicher school,
Parwanoo, on the national highway on Friday. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered. SHIMLA
DROUGHT-HIT: Prominent freedom fighter and spokesman of the Himachal Vikas Congress Harikishan has urged the government to declare the district drought-hit. Addressing mediapersons here on Saturday, he said drinking water had grown scarce in most areas of the district.
CHARAS SEIZED: The Parwanoo police during a raid seized 850 gm charas from two persons travelling in a Pepsu roadways bus from Shimla to Bathinda near Eicher school, Parwanoo, on the national highway on Friday. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.
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