Wednesday, June 13, 2001, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


SUMMER CAMP: The “shikar” summer camp, 2001 was inaugurated here on Monday by Dr Harbilas Rai, Surgeon at Ram Ashram School here. The camp includes educational trips, fun classes, besides classes in communication skills and personality development.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Bhai Ghaniye Ji Shri Sukhmani Sahib Sewa Society: patron — Mr Gurdarshan Singh; additional patron — Mr Pritam Singh Jiledar; general secretary — Mr Sunder Singh Makkar; senior vice-presidents — Mr Maninder Singh, Mr Dilbagh Singh and Mr Gurdev Singh Aulakh; vice-presidents — Mr Mohan Singh and Mr Jaswant Singh; additional secretaries — Mr Nachatar Singh and Mr Des Raj; and treasurers — Mr Mohar Singh Makkar and Mr Ujagar Singh Arneja.

DISTRIBUTARY INAUGURATED: In order to improve irrigation facilities and provide adequate flood protection measures, an amount of Rs 297.20 crore will be spent by the state government this year. The information has been disclosed by Mr Janmeja Singh Shekhon, Irrigation Minister, while inaugurating Zira distributary and Dholewala sub minor constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 29 lakh. He said 1,233 acres would be irrigated with the help of the Zira distributary and Dholewala sub-minor.

RALLY HELD: The Punjab Non-gazetted Forest Officers Union had organised a massive rally in protest against the alleged high-handedness and maltreatment being meted out to them by certain officials of the department. The protesting employees demanded immediate transfer of Mr Sarvan Singh, Conservator of Forest. The Forest Minister, Mr Surjit Kumar Jiyani, assured the agitating employees that he would look into the matter.

CAUGHT RED-HANDED: Officials of the Vigilance Department have caught Ramesh Kumar, PDC with PUNSUP, and Kashmir Singh, peon in the same department, red-handedly while accepting a bribe of Rs 200 from Kartar Singh, a depot holder and resident of Badni Jaimal Singh, in lieu of releasing his permit of sugar for May and June.

MISAPPROPRIATION: Rakesh Kumar of Punj Gali Tanda, an assistant in the Tanda Branch of SBI has allegedly withdrawn Rs 63,500 fraudulently from the NRI account No 50232 of Gurmit Singh and his wife Devinder Kaur saving account No 16587 who live in Italy. The police registered a case on Monday on a complaint by the Chief Manager of the bank. During investigation it was found that Rakesh Kumar had withdrawn the money by making forged signatures on the withdrawal slips. He has been suspended from duty for the act.

DEAD: Karnail Singh son of Madho Singh succumbed to his injuries at the local Civil Hospital on Monday. A Gypsy had reportedly hit him while he was going on his cycle from Harkhowal to Bagpur. The suspects fled away with their vehicle after the accident. The Sadar police has registered a case.

RESENTMENT: Students of ITI will jam the traffic on June 27, 2001 to show their resentment over the non-redressal of grievances. In a press note released here on Monday, Mr Kuldeep Singh, convener, ITIs Union, Punjab, said students of all ITIs of the state had given, a positive response to the proposed traffic jam. The SFI, Punjab Students Union, Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarithi Parishad, Punjab Radical Students Union and other student organisations were supporting ITI students in their struggle, press note stated.

CONDEMNED: The Punjab Medical and Health Employees Action Committee has condemned the newly formed rule made by the Punjab Government regarding the change of time from 9 am to 7am. Stating this in a press note on Tuesday, the committee president, Mr Ram Asra ‘Rahi’, said that most of the employees travelled either in buses or trains as a result of which they were incapable of reaching their offices on time.

PENSION DISBURSEMENT: The Indian ex-Services League Punjab Chandigarh has said that some banks are not following the disbursement of pension of the Central Government and the state government. Stating this in a press note issued on Tuesday, the league general secretary, Mr Prabhjot Singh, said the Government of India had directed banks to fulfill this social obligation but certain banks, including the State Bank of Patiala, was not undertaking the responsibility.

PLEADED: The local Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday pleaded with the Union Government to implement one child family norm for effectively stabilising country’s population which had already crossed one billion. Dr S.P.S. Sooch, president of the local branch of IMA, in a press note mooted the idea of giving incentives to individuals adopting one child family norm while withdrawing incentives to those with more than two children.

HOUSE BURGLED: Valuables worth Rs 4 lakh were burgled from the house of Dr Balbir Bhardwaj in Patel Nagar. The Bhardwajs on their return from Delhi on Monday found their house burgled. The burglars had decamped with Rs 3,30,000 cash and 20 tola gold. A case has been registered.



ISKCON SEMINAR: A three-day seminar will be organised by the ISKCON Youth Forum, under the patronage of local unit of ISKCON, at Hare Krishna Dham , Sector 36-B, here from June 13. As many as 40 to 50 youths from Pune Delhi and Chandigarh are expected to participate in the seminar, according to Bhakti Vinod Dasa Prabhu, president, local unit of ISKCON. The lecture on these subjects will be delivered by H.G. Gaur Sunder Dasa Prabhu (from ISKCON, Pune) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. daily. A discourse on “Nectar of devotion” will also be held by H.G. Mohan Rupa Dasa Prabhu (from ISKCON, Delhi) daily.

DHARNA: The working committee of the United Front Public Health Employees Union has decided to participate in a dharna to be held at Matka Chowk on June 20. The decision was taken unanimously by the committee here today. The president of the union, Mr H.S Bajwa, said the union had decided to participate on the call given by the coordination committee of the Government and Municipal Corporation Employees and Workers Union. Mr Bajwa added that the union also condemned the Administration for not implementing genuine demands of the workers, including release of bonus, transferred employees be treated as on deputation with the Municipal Corporation and daily wagers be brought on regular cadre.

CAMP: The regional branch of the Family Planning Association of India will organise an infertility check-up and consultation camp on June 14 at house number 90, Sector 14, Panchkula. Free medical check-up, counselling and advise will be given to the couples by Dr G.K. Bedi and Dr Sangeeta D. Pandita. The infertility clinic will be held on every second Thursday of the month.


MCA COURSE: Shri Atmanand Jain Institute of Management and Technology, Ambala city, will start MCA course from this session with intake of 60 seats. The Principal-cum-Director of the institute, Dr C. L. Singla, said the Haryana Government had granted NOC to the institute.

MEETING: The SAD (Badal), Haryana unit, has summoned a meeting at Jind on June 16. The spokesman of the dal, Mr Sant Singh Kandhari, said here on Tuesday that the president of the state unit, Mr Sukhdev Singh Gobindgarh, would preside over the meeting.

THEFT: Two CPU and one printer of computer have been stolen from Polytechnic for Boys, Ambala city. A case was registered on Tuesday. According to the Principal, Mrs Indira Vij, the theft came in her notice on June 9.

AUCTIONS: Property worth Rs 2.40 crore had been auctioned by the Improvement Trust under various schemes. Issuing a press note, Mr Manmohan Singh, Chairman, Improvement Trust, said the property under the Shaheed Sewa Singh Thikriwala Nagar, Chotti Baradari scheme, Sai Market scheme, Dukhniwaran Sahib scheme and City Centre Scheme had been auctioned at good rates.

DEMAND: The Punjab Home Guards Welfare Association at a meeting held on Tuesday asked its members from various districts to attend the June 20 meeting and demanded an increase in their allowances from the Punjab Government. The association said the meeting scheduled to be held at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium at Jalandhar would encourage the jawans to raise their voice for the fulfilment of their demands.

MURDERED: A-45-year-old farmer was allegedly murdered by his cousin at village Jargadpur of the district over a land dispute on Sunday. According to sources, the deceased on Sunday cultivated the disputed land despite warnings by his cousins not to do so. However, an altercation at night turned violent and one of the cousins hit Om Prakash with an iron rod. He succumbed to his injuries later. The cousins of the deceased have been identified as Raju, Manoj and Rajendra. A case has been registered under Section 302, IPC.

MEETING HELD: The Haryana State Minor Irrigation Tubewell Corporation Employees Union held an executive body meeting here on Sunday. They resented the proposed retrenchment of thousands of employees working in different government undertakings, boards and corporations and closing down of many government undertakings. They alleged that the Chief Minister had betrayed employees as he had failed to concede their demands including the revision of their pay scales and removal of anomalies.

NO SALARY: Resentment prevails among the lecturers of privately-managed colleges for non-payment of their salary for the month of May. According to sources, the state government has not released the salary to the managing bodies of these colleges as most of the lecturers have failed to submit their affidavits for not taking private tuitions. The state government has launched a vigorous drive to eliminate the menace of private tuitions by the government as well as the private college lecturers in the state.

DEAD: A woman reportedly died of burns in her house at Kundli village, about 25 km from here, on Monday. The police is investigating the case.

TRAINING PROGRAMME: A training programme on the topic “the contribution of the farmers in the management of irrigation” was organised by the Haryana Irrigation Research and Management Institute here on Monday. Ms Saroj Siwach, Principal cum-Director of the institute presided over the programme. More than 200 officials of the Irrigation Department participated in the programme. Association and cooperation by farmers in various irrigation project was stressed upon. Next such training programme would be held in Rewari on June 16, said the Director.

URGED: The district unit of the BJP in a press note on Tuesday expressed its concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the district and urged the state government to curb the activities of anti-social elements.

PROGRAMME ORGANISED: An Entrepreneurship Development Programme was organised by the Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Management and Technology (MA IMT) at Jagadhri on Sunday. Mr Renu Dhiman, who inaugurated the programme, emphasised on the organisations which seek to achieve excellence by identifying their competitive advantages.


URGED: The Himachal Pradesh Mahasha Scheduled Castes Welfare Sabha urged the Himachal Chief Minister to induct Mr Des Raj, MLA of Gangath, in the state Council of Ministers, as he represents the Mahasha community in the Vidhan Sabha. Mr Guro Ram, president and Mr Narain Singh, general secretary of the district unit of the sabha said in a press note issued on Monday that they had submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister in this regard.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the re-employed ex-servicemen association: president — Dr S.S. Dogra; senior vice-president — Mr Rakesh Kumar Bhardwaj; vice-president — Mr Ashwani Kumar Dhiman; general secretary — Mr Sarbjeet Kumar and treasurer — Mr Rajesh Rana.

RATION DISTRIBUTED: Under the mid-day meal programme ration had been distributed to students of primary schools in Sirmaur district uptill May during the current financial year. A sum of Rs 4.57 lakh was spent to provide free writing material to girls and Rs 2.13 lakh to provide free writing material to boys last year. This was disclosed by the Assistant Commissioner, Mr Neeraj at a meeting of the block primary education officer here on Monday.

ALLEGED: The Himachal Pradesh Ayurvedic Doctors Association has taken exception to the failure of the state government to appoint the unemployed doctors of 1983 batch. They were interviewed in June 1999. Mr Sanjiv Guleria, state president of the association, in a statement here on Monday alleged that the government had shelved these appointments under the influence of the bureaucracy.


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