Monday, May 21, 2001, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


COURT INSPECTION: Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court accompanied by Mr M.L. Malhotra, Sessions Judge, Fatehgarh Sahib, visited the court of Mr K.S. Cheema, Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, on Saturday. Later in the Bar room, Mr Ashok Kumar Bansal, president, Bar Association, requested the Judge, to accord permission for the additional court in the second block of the complex. 

DENTAL CAMP: Desh Bhagat Dental College, Muktsar, organised a dental check-up camp on Friday. The patients were provided medicines free of cost. Dr Joginder Singh, Director, Health Services, Punjab, inaugurated the camp.

CURRENCY SHORTAGE: The alleged shortage of currency in the local branch of the State Bank of India is affecting a number of traders. According to details available, the branch gets deposits around Rs 1 crore daily, whereas it has to make payments to the tune of Rs 3 crore. The officers of the branch have apprised the senior officers of the prevailing situation. Mr Satish Kumar Dhingra, the general secretary of the local Vyapar Mandal, has demanded that adequate currency be supplied to the branch to mitigate the problems of the traders.

WOMEN CHEATS: A gang of women cheats duped a number of women on the pretext of polishing their utensils. The gang of nearly 5 women cheats went to different localities of the town, including Nehru Nagar and Kailash Nagar, and offered to polish old utensils at the rate of Rs 5 per utensil. Later, they camped near the local grain market. As crowds of women thronged for getting their utensils polished, they collected a large number of utensils. Thereafter, the cheats decamped with about a truckload of utensils.

ARRESTED: The police on Saturday arrested Vijay Kumar of Jamtoor, near Delhi. According to Mr Sukhdev Singh, SSP, Rs 23,000 allegedly snatched by the suspect, have also been recovered.

7 HELD: The city police has arrested Raman Kumar, Avtar Singh, Permanand, Rajesh Kumar, jatinder Kumar, Pawan Kumar and Kamal Kishore on the charge of gambling and recovered Rs 29,415 from their possession. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Council of Junior Engineers, PSEB Border Zone No 7: president — Mr J.P. Singh; senior vice-president — Mr Hardial Singh; secretary — Mr Balbir Singh; joint secretary — Mr Rajesh Kumar; and treasurer — Mr Harbhajan Singh.

POPPY HUSK: The police arrested Puran Singh, a resident of Parjian Biharipur village, at Malak village and seized 25 kg of poppy husk from his possession. The police also took into possession his scooter. A case under Sections 15/61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

CASE REGISTERED: The local police has registered a case under the Copy Right Act against Vijay Kumar of Cheena Gift Centre, Anish Kumar of CTC Music Shop and Gurpreet Singh of Sant Music. The police also recovered duplicate audio CDs. All three have been arrested.

ONE ARRESTED: Ashwani Kumar, a resident of Ludhiana, has been arrested by the Khamano Police from the Barwali bus stand, 7 km from here, under the Gambling Act. A sum of Rs 200 were recovered from him.

CAR STOLEN: Maruti Zen car (PB- 10AB-6907) was stolen from The Mall on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. According to Mr Pradeep Sood, the owner of the car, he had parked his vehicle near Government College for Women. An FIR has been registered.

URGED: A delegation of the local residents on Saturday urged the district administration to take action against the vendors selling cut fruit under unhygienic conditions in the town. They warned that the practice could cause a great harm to the health of residents, particularly schoolchildren.

PUBLIC GRIEVANCE: Residents of Baghapurana town in the district on Saturday urged the local Municipal Committee authorities to take immediate steps to drain out stagnant water from an old pond situated in the heart of the town. They alleged that it was causing health problems to the residents.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local branch of the Leo International Club: president — Mr Nitesh Jindal; secretary — Mr Sanjeev Goyal; and treasurer — Mr Deepak Goyal.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of DIET Students Welfare Association of Budhlada town in the district: president — Mr Avtar Singh Brar; senior vice-president — Mr Sukhdarshan Kumar Raji; vice-president — Mr Rajvinder Singh Sidhu; general secretary — Mr Kalakar Singh masal; secretary — Mr Amandeep Singh; joint secretary — Ms Alka; and treasurer — Ms Jasbir Kaur.

KILLED: Golu (18), who was employed with an ice vendor, died in an accident here on Saturday. He was going on his bicycle to the shop of his employer when he was allegedly hit by a scooterist. He was rushed to Civil Hospital here, where he was declared brought dead.

SABHA MEETING: The Punjab Kisan Sabha will hold a conference on May 24 at Bhikhi town in the district to protest against the WTO agreement. The sabha alleged that the agreement was anti-farmer.

CRITICISED: The district unit of the Punjab State Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union, at a meeting held here on Saturday, criticised the state government for not implementing its notification issued in March, 1999, in which it had granted new pension scales to the employees of the government-aided schools in the state. This was stated by Mr Hansraj Sharma, the president of the union.

POPPY HUSK SEIZED: The police has arrested Kulwant Singh of the local Fateh Nagar area and seized 5 kg of poppy husk from his residence. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him.

HELD: The police has arrested an unauthorised travel agent, Karnail Singh of Karnana village, on the basis of a complaint lodged by Tarsem Singh of the same village. The complainant had alleged that Karnail Singh took Rs 2 lakh from him for sending his son to the UK in January, 2000. A case has been registered.

VISITS: Mr S.S.Nijjar, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, visited the Central Jail here along with his staff. Mr M.L.Malhotra, District and Sessions Judge, Fatehgarh Sahib, also accompanied him. Mr Nijjar was on his visit to inspect and listen to the inmates of the jail, housing about 200 inmates from the Fatehgarh Sahib district. He showed keen interest about the cases of undertrials while interacting with the inmates. Mr Nijjar also inspected the food and was satisfied with the jail management. Mr Nijjar also showed interest in the concept of Legal Aid Cell pioneered by the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Patiala, Mr Harpreet Singh Sidhu, who was also present during his visit. Mr Nijjar was given the guard of honour by the jail guard under the command of Mr Gurcharan Singh Dhaliwal, Assistant Superintendent, Jail.

CAMP: As many as 200 persons were examined by a team of doctors, Dr Naresh Garg and Dr Meena Garg at the free diabetes check-up camp held at the Garg Hospital here on Sunday. The camp was organised by the Dedicated Brothers Group. Mr Gurbakhshish Singh Parmar, Press Secretary, said out of 200 persons, 130 were detected to be positive. He said that free medicines were distributed to the poor diabetic patients and were advised to get their chaek-up done again after a month.

ASSOCIATION: The members of the Diploma Engineers Association, Punjab State Tubewell Corporation (PSTC), alleged on Sunday that the lining work of watercourses was being hindered due to interference by senior officials. Stating this in a press release, the General Secretary of the association, Mr Jaspal Singh Billing, said some PSTC officer were compelling the Junior Engineers to interfere in the bank account of the societies financing the lining work. The members alleged that such interference by officials will lead the work to a failure who want to re-start the work for their ‘self-interests’.

CONDEMNED: The Punjab Elementary Education Project Committee took serious note of the gruesome beating of a ten-year-old Parvinder Singh of the sarva Bharati Model School, Mani Majra, by the school Principal. The committee chaired by Mr T.R.Sharma felt that strict action must be taken against teachers who undergo such merciless tasks in order to teach the rules of the institute to the children. The committee urged the Education Department to take action against the authorities concerned. The committee resolved to appeal the Teachers Professional Organisation to render proper advice to their members and ‘add a suitable clause in the code of conduct for teachers’.

LAWYERS’ STRIKE: Lawyers of the local Bar Association have decided to observe a full day strike on Monday. The decision was taken by the association at a meeting on Saturday.



‘NURTURE CULTURE’: Haryana Governor Babu Parmanand has called upon people to nurture the rich Indian culture. The Governor was speaking at a Sadbhavna function organised here to observe the 106th birth anniversary of late Sardar Bhagwan Singh Goindi, popularly known as Sialkot Gandhi. Earlier, the Governor paid floral tributes to the freedom fighter and released a book, titled, “Promoting Peace, Progress, Prosperity, Afro-Asian Dialogue”. Others present on the occasion included, Prof Banwari Lal, Director, Gandhi Bhawan, Allahabad; Dr Suchet Gandhi, Member, Women Advisory Committee, Allahabad University and Dr S.S. Goindi, a Gandhian activist.

GOVERNOR’S APPEAL: Babu Parmanand, Governor of Haryana, has called upon the affluent section of the society to come forward and help the underprivileged who are socially, educationally and economically backward. He was addressing a gathering at a function organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad here on Sunday. Others present on the occasion included Dr Satpal Jain, former MP, Dr J Rai, Professor at the PGI, Mr B.K. Kapoor, Chairman, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Mr I.S. Bansal, Mr Ashok Goel and Mr M.S. Chibbar, presidents of different zones of the parishad, and Mr K.L. Chauhan, Project Director, Sahyog.



RATH YATRA: The district unit of ISKCON, an international religious organisation, took out Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra at Ambala Cantonment, here on Sunday. The procession started from Norton Chowk, crossed through Rai Market, Vijay Rattan Chowk, Nikalson road, Sadar Bazar and Kabadi Bazar and concluded at the Housing Board colony. Hundreds of people, including a few foreign devotees, also participated in the procession. Several market associations including the Green Circle Society distributed tea, cold drinks and biscuits to the participants. Mr Brij Goel, Chairman of Sadar Bazar Association, welcomed the procession when it entered in Sadar area.

SUSPENDED: The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, has ordered the suspension of Hanuman Jha, a computer clerk at the Command Area Development Authority (CADA), for dereliction of duty. It was stated in an official statement here on Sunday.

DEMANDED: Farmers of Bhadi village submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner here on Saturday, demanding the desilting of the canal along the village. The farmers alleged that the authorities of the Irrigation Department had failed to take any action in the matter despite persistent complaints.

ASSAULT: Two brothers were seriously injured after being allegedly attacked by some unidentified persons at Khanda village, about 25 km from here, on Saturday. The police has registered a case.

MEMORANDUM: Residents of Shahpur Tagga village called on Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, MP and vice-president of the Haryana BJP, here on Saturday and submitted a memorandum to him, alleging harassment and arrest of innocent persons by the police in a case of the clash and burning of wheat in 14 acres of disputed land in the village.

NEW BUSES: The Haryana Government has added 39 new buses in the fleet of Sonepat depot of the Haryana Roadways. Official sources said five more buses would be shortly added in the fleet.

CONDEMNED: Mr Shamlal Tyagi, the president of the District Bar Association, on Sunday condemned the alleged lathi charge on lawyers at Sangrur by the police and demanded stern action against the police officials responsible for it.



2 KILLED: Two persons were killed on the spot while two others were seriously injured when their Maruti car collided with a truck at Berry on the national highway near Barmana, 13 km from here, on Saturday. The injured, identified as Sanjay Kumar of Jathani village and Hari Singh of Balhani village in Kulu district, have been hospitalised.

CAMPS ORGANISED: Veterinary and Animal Science College, Palampur, in collaboration with the Department of Animal Husbandry, organised four clinical camps at Bhunter, Dobhi, Patlikubal and Manali from May 15 to 18. This was stated by a team of five experts of the college here on Saturday.

SUICIDE: Two women have allegedly committed suicide in the district. This was stated by the Superintendent of Police here. Arti (18) allegedly jumped into Parvati river from Manikaran bridge. Her body was retrieved on Friday. Another woman, Ritu Devi, allegedly consumed poison at her residence. She was taken of the Zonal Hospital here, but she could not be saved.

BODY FOUND: The body of Gajan, alias Roshan Lal, of Mohal village, was found from Mohal khud, about 5 km from here, on Saturday. The police has registered a case and the body has been sent for a post-mortem examination.

INFANT FOUND: An infant was found abandoned near Mohal on Friday. The infant was about six-hour old when he was brought to the hospital. The district Mahila Mandal has taken upon itself the looking after of the infant.

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