Monday, May 14, 2001,  Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


BAN SOUGHT: The Anti-Corruption Board of India Saturday expressed serious concern over the alleged screening of obscene movies by some local cinema houses. The organisation said movies from South India dubbed in Hindi were not properly censored and sometimes carried highly objectionable footage.

ARRESTED: Three brothers — Rajinder Singh, Manjit Singh and Tejinder Singh — residents of Boparai village and Dalbir Singh of Cheema Khurd village were arrested on Saturday for their involvement in theft of two-wheelers. Four scooters were recovered from the gang whose other members have been absconding. A case has been registered.

MEDICAL CAMP: A medical camp was organised at Killi Nihal Singhwala village in the district by the Air Force Wives Welfare Association. Doctors of the Air Force examined villagers for various ailments. This was stated in a Air Force press note issued here on Sunday.

DEAD: Harbhajan Singh, sarpanch of Manewala village, died on the spot when his car hit a tree near Begoain village on Friday. Meanwhile, the Mahilpur police has recovered an unclaimed Chetak Bajaj scooter from the Langeri road on Friday.

YOGA CAMP: Ms Geetika Kalha, Commissioner, Jalandhar Division, will inaugurate a two-day yoga practice camp on May 18 at the local police grounds, according to the Deputy Commissioner here on Saturday.

CRITICISED: Mr Balwant Singh Ramuwalia, a former MP and President of the Lok Bhalai Party, while addressing a general conference of about 10,000 people at Anaj Mandi, Sudhar, lashed at the Badal government . He called the government corrupt who does not look after the welfare of the people. Accounting for the failure, he blamed the government for doing nothing for solving the problems. Mr Ramuwalia called his party based on people’s welfare. Criticising the government, he blamed that nothing has been done for truck and taxi drivers who were a harassed lot. He wished that more and more people should join his party so that people welfare is cared for.

ONE BOOKED: The local police has booked one person under Section 307 of the IPC. According to the police, Ami Chand, an employee of PBK Brickkiln at Togan village, was allegedly attacked by Makkar, alias Prem, with sharp-edged weapon on Saturday. He has been admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh.

INSTITUTE OPENED: The Indian Institute of Tourism and Future Management Trends ( ITFT), Chandigarh, is starting a air hostess and airlines management course. Inaugurating the course here on Sunday, Mr Gulshan Sharma, Director, ITFT said, “With the deregulation, liberalisation and privatisation and above all the burgeoning middle class, the future of aviation in India is bright. The recent decision of the Central Government to allow 100 per cent foreign direct investment in airport building will give further boost to this industry.” He said to meet the growing need for trained human resources for the airlines industry, the ITFT the has introduced airlines management programmes of one-month duration. It will cover 60 to 65 hours of rigorous training schedule to prepare youngsters for career in the airlines management. The training would be provided in three most important areas of operations, ground staff at the airport and the cabin crew which need smarter and efficient boys and girls. He disclosed that so far 67 students of the airlines management training programmes have been selected by various airlines companies.

TRADERS ASKED TO BE HONEST: Mr Jatinder Pal Singh Saluja, general secretary, Akali Jatha, Ludhiana (Urban), who is also a member of the District Excise and Taxation Committee, said here on Sunday that he would work for bringing transparency in the working of the Excise and Taxation Department and to ensure that no trader or industrialist was unnecessarily harassed. In a press release, Mr Saluja said that he alongwith other elected members of the committee, would soon establish a rapport with the taxation officials. Other elected members are Mr Sharanjit Singh Sibbal, Mr Harinder Singh Sehgal and Mr Mohan Singh Chauhan. Mr Saluja also appealed to the traders to pay their taxes honestly and to the taxation officials to leave no stone unturned in removing the grievances of the trading community.

ELECTROCUTED: Shalu (19), a resident of Grewal Street in the New Basti area, here got electrocuted on Friday when she came in contact with a room cooler which was on. She was mopping the floor of the house when she received the shock.

LOOSE WIRES: The Punjab Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, while addressing a press conference here today urged the Punjab State Electricity Board to make immediate arrangements for providing wooden support to wires and tighten spans so that the harvested crop was not destroyed due to sparking from loose wires.

PAPER READING: The Punjab State Electricity Board, in collaboration with the NSS unit of the Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Rahon, with a view to creating an awakening among students regarding energy conservation organised a paper reading contest on energy conservation at the school here on Friday.

BOY KILLED: Raghav Mahajan, a student of class XI, reportedly died on Saturday in an accident which occurred near the New Bank Colony, near bus stand here. The accident occurred when a tipper truck collided with his scooter. The body was handed over to the relatives after post-mortem examination. A case has been registered under Section 304-A of the IPC.

BAIL PLEA REJECTED: The bail pleas of Rajni, wife of Lakhwinder Singh and Sanjiv Singh, son of Parkash Singh, both residents of Sujanpur tehsil, allegedly involved in a flesh trade racket were rejected on Thursday by Mr Karnail Singh, Judicial Magistrate, Pathankot.

RESIDENTIAL PLOTS: The Punjab State Industry Export Corporation organised a lucky draw to distribute residential plots at the Temperance Hall here on Saturday. Master Mohan Lal, Minister of Higher Education, Prof Jagir Singh Bhullar, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, and Mr Yashvir Mahajan, Joint Managing Director, Punjab State Industry Export Corporation opened the draw.

NOMINATED: Jagjit Singh Dardi, Editor, Daily Charhdikala, has been nominated as a member of the Press Council of India, according to a press note.

BOOK REALESED: In accordance with a book compiled by SSP, Patiala, a test will be taken of all beat officers in the district to test their capabilities. The book, released by the Director-General of Police at police lines, comprises 17 chapters. It will be a guide on the mode and methods to be followed by beat officers while performing their duties.

ORIENTATION COURSE: The Northern Regional Language Centre (NRLC) conducted an orientation course for the secondary school teachers of different languages of the region which concluded here on Saturday. The course was sponsored by the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

NABBED: Two persons, Balwinder Singh, alias Palwinder, and Paramjit Singh, of nearby Khajurla village have been nabbed under various Sections for hurting, intimidating and wrongfully confining as bonded labours 70 workers, mostly dalits, engaged in construction work. Local DSP, Raj Jit Singh, on being contacted on Saturday said a case in this connection was registered on May 5.

TELEPHONES DEAD: Over 500 telephones on the railway road, Khera road and Dev Puri areas have been dead since Friday, according to Mr T.D. Chawla, convener, of the local Telephone Subscribers Association.

NRI CELL: On the directions of the Punjab Government to establish NRI cells in all districts, the district administration here has set up an NRI cell in the Deputy Commissioner Office. This was disclosed by Mr G.S. Grewal, Deputy Commissioner.

BODY FOUND: A body of an unidentified man of age about 25 years was found on the Zirakpur-Panchkula highway in Dhakauli village, here on Saturday. After taking the body into custody, the Lohgarh police has registered a case.


BOOK FAIR: A book fair will be organised at Vivek High School, Sector 38, from May 14 to May 19 by Scholastic India. The book week opens with elocution competition for the junior wing on May 14. The Director General, Institute of English, Ms Brinder Aulukh, will be the judge. The Chairman of the Department of Biotechnology, Panjab University, Dr Rupinder Tiwari, will deliver a lecture and make the students aware about ‘’Genetic Cloning’’ on May 16. ‘’The book fair from May 17 to May 19 will offer books on various topics for students from pre-nursery level to Class X. The exhibition will have an exclusive section of books for the teenagers as well,’’ informed, Sangeeta Mukherjee from Scholastic India.

ELECTED: The following have been nominated to the Joint Muslim Action Committee: chief adviser — Mr Naseem Dedan; chairman — Mr Abdul Razaq Mansoori; vice-chairmen — Mr Sarfraj Quraishi, Mr Khurshed Ahmed, Mr Umar Din, Mr Star Mohammad and Mr Mukhtiar Ali; advisers — Mr Mohammad Yunus Ansari, Mr Noor Mohammad, Mr Mohammadjan and Mr Sukhdev Khan; legal adviser — Dr ML Khan; office secretaries— Mr Roshan Deen, Mr Mohammad Hanif, Mr Vakeel Khan and Mr Sufi Mohammad Imran; and finance secretaries — Mr Satar Mohammad and Mr Babu Khan.

SUMMER CAMP: Story telling , mask making and water games are some of the attractions of the forthcoming summer camp to be organised at Sanjivani Preparatory School, Sector 11. The camp for the children between the age group of three and 15 years will be held from May 21 to May 30. The children will be given training to play various instruments including casio , guitar, mouth organ, flute , banjo and sitar. The children will be taught Bharatnatyam and western dances also . Workshop for drawing and painting will be a part of the camp. The coaching for various courses will be imparted by professionals. The registration for the camp starts from May 12 onwards, as per the press release issued by the school authorities.

SHIV MANDIR COMMITTEE: The election of the Shiv Mandir Committee, Chandigarh, was held on May 7 and the office-bearers of the committee who were elected are as follow. chairman — Mr Mohal Lal; president — Mr D.P. Sharma; vice-presidents — Mr Jai Nayyar and Mr Jagir Singh; and general secretary — Mr N.R. Mittal.

‘FILL DISCREPANCIES’: Panjab University has asked the principals of affiliated colleges and private candidates to fill the discrepancies in the eligibility conditions of the university within a week’s time. An official letter of the university said that required documents were not submitted along with the examination forms in several cases. The university had earlier sent reminders in this regard. The university has also asked the fee defaulters to submit the fees within 15 days failing which the results would be declared as ‘candidature suspended’.

PIZZA MAKING CONTEST: As many as 25 kids of the Go Banana Kids Club tried their hands for making pizzas at Dominos Pizza, Sector 34, here on Sunday. The little ones between the age group of four and 12 were given an introduction of pizza bases and sauces. They were further demonstrated about how to fix up the pizza take away boxes. Later, a competition to fix up the fastest pizza was held. The children were taken in groups to fix up their own pizzas. The excited kids whipped up their own combinations on the pizzas. The kids were given participation certificates from Dominos. The Director of the club, Ms Anu Vala, said ‘’It was a great experience for the kids to have a look into the making of things from the other side of the counter.’’

MEMO SUBMITTED: The Purvanchal Welfare Association handed over a memorandum to the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, and a former MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, on Sunday regarding problems being faced by the persons of UP and Bihar residing in the city. The memorandum demanded the starting of a direct train from the city to Chhapra via Ballia. At present they had either to go Ambala or Delhi to catch the train, it added.

FIRE: A fire in about 44 hectare of wild growth destroyed property worth Rs 5 lakh at the Morni Hills. However, no loss of life was reported. According to sources in the Fire Department, the fire started on Thursday and it was brought in control on Friday. The sources said the fire was result of the continuing heat wave in the area.


CURRENCY NOTES SHORTAGE: The convenor of the Haryana Sangharsh Samiti, Mr Om Prakash Malik, has urged the Union Finance Minister and the Reserve Bank of India to remove the scarcity of currency notes of denomination Re 1, Rs 2 and Rs 5. Mr Malik said the people were facing hardship because of non-availability of these currency notes denominations. “The importance of Re 1 is high in Indian society since every ‘shagun’ should contain it. when the currency notes above Rs 5 are available, then why should there be shortage of these currency notes,” according to a press note of the samiti. He claimed that the new currency notes were available on the black market.

SURPRISE VISIT: The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mahender Kumar, during a surprise inspection at the District Social Welfare Office found five employees absent. Mr Kumar has recommended administrative action against the employees who were found absent. During the surprise check at District Education Office and the CDPO, Ambala, some employees were found present.

INJURED: Seven persons, including a woman, were injured in a clash that occurred over selling of illicit liquor at Bond village. The injured were identified as Madan, Vinod, Jang Bahadur, Lal, Ramesh, Mahabir and Suman were admitted to the local hospital and a case registered in this connection.

ARRESTED: Three of the four accused who had been arrested on the charge of snatching a motor cycle from Dhup Singh of Haluwas village on March 13 were sent to police remand by a local court. The accused Surender, Anil, Sunil of Devsar village were arrested under Sections 392, 393, and 511 of the IPC. The fourth accused is still at large.

PASSED AWAY: Mr P.C. Sanghi (74), former district attorney, passed away on Friday. The local Bar Association passed a condolence resolution and kept the work suspended for a day as mark of respect to the departed soul. He is survived by his wife, two sons and six daughters.

DEAD: Meena Devi (30) of Kalkha village died after consuming poison. A family dispute is stated to be the cause of the suicide. A case has been registered under Section 174 of the IPC. The body was handed over to her relatives after a post-mortem examination.

SUICIDE: A young housewife reportedly committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets in her house at Brahampuri area here on Saturday. According to information, a family quarrel was stated to be the cause of the suicide.

BODY FOUND: The Government Railway Police (GRP) found the body of a youth lying on the railway track near Rathdhanna railway station, 8 km from here, on Saturday.

BURNT: A young housewife reportedly received serious burns when a stove burst in her house at Moi Majra village, 25 km from here, on Friday. She was removed to the local Civil Hospital from where she was shifted to the Medical College Hospital at Rohtak for further treatment.

INJURED: A woman was injured seriously when she was attacked by a group of persons from a rival group at Aterna village, 25 km from here, on Friday a land dispute is stated to be the cause of the attack.


CONDEMNED: The Himachal State Beopar Mandal has condemned forcible charging of market fee at state barriers and giving fake receipts. This was stated by the president of the State Beopar Mandal, Mr Hemchand Sood, here on Saturday.

VEHICULAR TRAFFIC: The Bilaspur Nagar Vikas Sabha here has urged the district administration to take immediate steps to control vehicular traffic in towns, sectors and market areas and also curb unauthorised activities of three wheelers in the town. This was stated by the sabha convener, Mr A.P. Sharma, here on Saturday while releasing to mediapersons the resolutions of the meeting.

DRINKING WATER: The district unit of the Himachal Kisan Sangh here has served an ultimatum to the district administration that it would start an agitation and stage dharna from May 16 outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner here if immediate arrangements were not made for the availability of drinking water and cattle fodder in all gram panchayats of the district. In this connection a deputation of the sangh met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Joginder Singh Rana, on Saturday.

FIRE: Property worth Rs 3 lakh was destroyed when a house in Luharwin village, near Ghumarwin, 20 km from here, on Friday caught fire. A short circuit had probably caused the accident.

SUMMER CAMP: Rainbow English School, New Delhi, on Saturday celebrated its valedictory function by organising a summer camp here at Tara Devi. Nearly 40 students participated in the camp. Dr P.N. Chauhan, Director Youth Welfare and Sports University of Himachal Pradesh, was the chief guest.

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