Friday, July 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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GRANT FOR SCHOOL: Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib, senior vice-president of the PPCC and member Parliament, on Thursday presented a cheque worth Rs 1 lakh to the parent-teacher association of Sardar Kartar Singh Dukki Government Senior Secondary School, Latala. He presented the cheque from his discretionary quota for computer education. He also presented cheques to panchayats of Latala and Rangoowal villages for various development projects. Addressing a public meeting on the school campus, he stressed the need for promoting computer education. Mr Galib also inaugurated a computer room for which amount was donated by Mr Karam Singh, a philanthropist of the area.

STAFF REDUCTION DECRIED: The executive meeting of the Bharatiya Swayatshasi Karamchari Mahasangh, under the chairmanship of Mr Vijay Mehra on Wednesday, deplored anti-employee policies of the government. The meeting protested against the 10 per cent staff reduction, ban on new recruitment, move to freeze DA for the next five years.

MEMO TO BSP CHIEF: The Punjab Reserve Category Doctors Association presented a memorandum to Mr Kanshi Ram, National President, Bahujan Samaj Party, on Wednesday, regarding the cancellation of reservation of SC/ST/BC and other reserved categories for admission to the postgraduate medical courses. The association requested Mr Kanshi Ram to raise the question in Parliament.

NEW IT CAMPUS: The 110-year-old Khalsa College here has established new campus at Ranjit Avenue for conducting computer-based information technology and management courses. The honorary secretary of the college managing committee, Mr Charanjit Singh Chadha, told newsmen that during the current academic session, 80 seats for the BCA course had been allotted to the college. The new campus has been built on 16 acres with modern equipment and state-of-the-art computer laboratory, he added.

BOY KILLED: A 14-year-old boy was crushed to death by a bus at the Hukam Singh Road, near the fly over, on Wednesday. Shopkeepers of the area closed their shops as mark of respect to the dead.

TWO ARRESTED: The police has arrested Dilawar Singh and Sukhdev Singh of Gangagarh for possessing illegal weapons. A case had been registered against the two a month back under the Arms Act.

OPD INAUGURATED: Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated new OPD complex and modern operating theatre at the local Civil Hospital on Thursday. Later, talking to mediapersons, Dr V.S. Mohi, Civil Surgeon, said the new building having the latest equipment like 300 mA X-ray plant, computerised ECG machine, ultrasound, cardiac monitor, defibrillator and surgical cautery would help in treating gynaecology, paediatrics and immunisation patients. Staff of eight doctors in different specialities and 37 paramedics would provide services round-the-clock, he said.

MASS TRANSFERS: Resentment prevails among the officials and the staff of the Public Relations Department due to mass transfers. This decision of the government has also been criticised by the leaders and workers of the ruling alliance. Sources revealed that the transfers had been done keeping in view the directions of the Election Commission.

POLICE HELP LINE: The local police has established a police help line control room to solve the grievances of women and children on priority basis. Inaugurating the control room on Wednesday, Mr Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu, SP (Headquarters), said specialised training would be imparted to the lady police force at the Police Training Academy, Phillaur.

APPOINTMENTS: Ten cases of terrorism-hit families have been recommended for appointments in various government departments and 26 more cases, which were under consideration, were discussed. Mr S.R. Ladhar, Deputy Commissioner, said this while presiding over a meeting here on Wednesday.

SUICIDE: Mintoo Ram, of Dagham village, lodged a complaint stating that his brother Lalloo had a confrontation with Dara and Joga a few days ago, following which he committed suicide by consuming poison, fearing police action.

ONE DEAD: Manjit Singh, a local resident, died after consuming some poisonous substance. He was taken to the local Civil Hospital where he was pronounced brought dead.

INDEFINITE DHARNA: The Kandhi Sangharsh Committee’s state secretary, Mr Darshan Singh Mattoo, stated that the indefinite dharna being held by the committee would continue till the announcements made by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a ‘sangat darshan’ programme regarding development work were not put into practice.

STABBING CASE: Jaswinder Singh of Nangal Khurd and Saravjit Singh of Mahilpur were arrested by the police for stabbing Pakhar Singh of Pathrala to death. Annoyed over being named for kidnapping a girl by Pakhar Singh to the police, the accused committed the crime.

GANG-RAPE: Three persons, namely Kittu of Kainthan, Surjit Singh of Keharwala, Suresh Kumar and one unidentified youth allegedly abducted a girl student of Guru Nanak Dev Public School, Dasuya, while she was going to school in Bajwa village on Tuesday. They took her to a room where they allegedly gang-raped. She escaped and reported the matter to the Dasuya police which has registered a case under Sections 363, 376, 342, 506 and 34 of the IPC against them.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The Mukerian police arrested Yudhya and Bimla, alias Bimbo both residents of Abakha village and seized 15,000 ml and 14,250 ml illicit liquor from them, respectively, on Tuesday.

BODY FOUND: An unidentified body of a man around 32 years was found from a link road of Birampur on Tuesday evening. The Garhshankar police has registered a case.

SUICIDE: Harnek Singh of Garhshankar committed suicide by consuming some poisonous material on Tuesday. Yoga Singh and Dara Singh had thrashed him, due to which he felt insulted and consumed poison.

THREE KILLED: Kulwinder Kaur (30) and her two-year-old daughter, Raj Rani died on the spot when a car hit their scooter near bus stand at Bhunga on Wednesday. In another accident Daljit Verma of Phagwara died on the spot when his car (DBA-4854) dashed into a tree near Phuglana on Tuesday.

NEW COURSES: Two new courses (BCA and PGDCA), in affiliation with Panjab University, will be started at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, from the coming session. Giving this information, Ms Anoop Kaur Bansal, Principal, said while the admission to the BCA course would be held in a centralised manner at the Khalsa College for Women, the admission forms for the PGDCA course would be available in the college till July 14.

VACCINATION CAMP: The People For Animals, Ludhiana, will organise a free rabies vaccination camp for domestic and stray dogs at Jeev Daya Sadan, Mandip Nagar, near PAU, on Friday from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., said Mr Sandip Jain, PFA president.

INCOME TAX OFFICES: Income tax offices at Khanna and Mandi Gobindgarh are being upgraded with postings of Joint Commissioners. The area of Khanna, Payal and Samrala and Sahnewal Revenue divisions will be covered under the Khanna range. According to information received in the IT office at Khanna, the new Joint Commissioner will take charge on July 9. The new team of income tax officials at Khanna will comprise a joint commissioner, an assistant commissioner, five income tax officers and eight income tax inspectors. A similar team would man the IT office at Mandi Gobindgarh which would look after the area of Rajpura and Sirhind.

VALMIKI SABHA MEETING: A meeting of the Punjab Pardesh Valmiki Sabha Centre Committee was organised here, under the chairmanship of tehsil president Ujagar Singh Hedon, in which problems being faced by the Dalits were discussed. The sabha also demanded to end safai contract system in Municipal Councils and to fill vacant posts. Mr Geja Ram, state president of the sabha also addressed the meeting. On this occasion, following were elected office-bearers of the Machhiwara unit of the sabha: president — Mr Mangat Rai; general secretary — Mr Mohinder Paul; propaganda secretary — Mr Devraj Bali; cashier — Mr Brij Paul; advisers — Mr Hans Raj Hans and Mr Sukhdarshan; in charge, Mahila Wing — Ms Suneh Lata; and joint secretary — Mr Dilbar Singh.

PARBANDHAK COMMITTEES: The following have been elected office-bearers of The Milk Producers Cooperative Society, Lubangar: president — Mr Mohan Singh; vice-president — Mr Ranjit Singh; and committee members — Mr Jeet Singh, Mr Ratan Singh, Mr Manjit Singh, Mr Gurdial Singh, Mr Karnail Singh, Mr Minder Singh and Mr Channan Singh. Similarly, the following have been elected as office-bearers of the Parbandhak Committee of The Milk Producers Cooperative Society, Lakhowal Kalan: vice-resident — Mr Sushil Kumar; and committee members — Mr Nirmal Singh, Mr Channan Singh, Mr Mohan Singh, Mr Piara Lal, Mr Rampal, Mr Satpaul and Mr Harjinder Singh.

BVDS OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the newly formed Koom Kalan unit of the Bharatiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj: president — Mr Jaswinder Singh Sahota; general secretary — Mr Kuldeep Singh Pahwa; vice-president — Mr Rajinder Kumar; joint secretary — Mr Lakhbir Singh; cashier — Mr Guljar Singh Sahota; and propaganda secretary — Mr Sukhwinder Singh Sahota.

ELECTED: Mr Tarsem Chand, municipal councillor, Budhlada was elected Vice-President of the local civic body on Wednesday. Mr Tarsem Chand, the Congress-CPI candidate, and Mr Lehri Singh, the BJP-SAD (B) candidate, polled seven votes each but Mr Tarsem Chand was declared winner by toss. The election was conducted by the Tehsildar, Mr Baljinder Singh.

FOUR REMANDED: Four accused, named Sukhpal Singh, Baltej Singh, alias Kala, Sewak Singh and Najam Singh, all residents of Bir Khurd village, who were arrested by the Bhikhi police in connection with an attempt to loot Bhikhi branch of the Punjab National Bank, were produced before Mr Raj Kumar Garg, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, and remanded in judicial custody till July 18. The Bhikhi police had registered a case under Sections 457, 380 and 511 of the IPC against them.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The Punjab Education Department has approved the office-bearers of the managing committees of Khalsa High School and Dashmesh Public High School here. This was disclosed by Mr Narinder Pal Danewalia, joint secretary of the managing committees. The following are the office-bearers of the managing committees: president — Mr Harbant Singh; vice-president — Mr Jagjit Singh, Advocate; secretary — Mr Sukhwinder Singh Aulakh, MLA, Mansa; manager — Mr Dalip Singh, Advocate.

10+2 RESULT: Mr Darshan Singh, principal, Gandhi Senior Secondary School, disclosed in a press note issued on Thursday that the result of Ten+2 of the school this year is 100 per cent. He said a total of 76 students appeared in the said examination and all have been declared successful.

ACUPUNCTURE: Dr Inderjit Singh Dhingra, member, World Federation of Acupuncture Societies and secretary, Acupuncture Association of India, Punjab unit, said on Wednesday that acupuncture treatment had been so popular in Punjab that nearly 70,000 patients suffering from various complex diseases were getting treated at D.N. Kotnis Acupuncture Hospital, Salem Tabri, Ludhiana almost every year. Dr Dhingra urged the Punjab Government to give recognition to this therapy for the benefit of masses.

ONE ARRESTED: Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, in a press note here, on Wednesday, said the police had arrested a proclaimed offender, Surjit Singh wanted in the murder case of Chanan Singh of Pharala village, since September 81.

TRAVEL AGENT ARRESTED: The police has arrested Kuldip Chand of Khankhana village, on the charge of duping Om Parkash of Langroya village, of Rs 1 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Bankers Club: president — Mr H.L. Khanna; vice-president — Mr M.S. Chhatwal; secretary — Mr K.S. Gill; joint secretary — Mr R.M. Arora; secretary finance — Mr Atul Vikas Sharma and joint secretary finance — Mr G.S. Sidhu.

ELECTED: Mr Harbhajan Singh Bhangal and Mr Jarnail Singh Khalsa have unanimously been elected president and vice-president, respectively, of the Shiromani Shaheed Baba Sangat Singh Khalsa Dal.

EXHIBITION ORGANISED: Educational and vocational guidance exhibition was held at Government Senior Secondary School, Sandhwa, 25 km from here, on Tuesday. Career books, posters, banners regarding career guidance, self employment schemes and career options formed part of the exhibition. The Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, inaugurated the exhibition, which was visited by youth of the village and surrounding areas, informed Mr Narinder Singh, District Guidance Counsellor, in a press note here, on Wednesday.

DHARNA: Activists of the Kandi Sangarsh Committee, Punjab, led by Mr Darshan Singh Mattoo and Mr Mohinder Singh Kharar, general secretary and vice-president, respectively, have started an indefinite dharna in front of the office of the SDM, Garhshanker, 10 km from here, on Wednesday. Earlier, the activists held a protest march and raised anti-government slogans against the indifferent attitude of the government towards the long-pending demands and problems of the Kandi area.

BLOOD CAMP: The local Blood Donors Council organised a blood donation camp at Akal Bunga, Gurdwara Alachaur, about 5 km from here, on Wednesday. Baba Ajit Singh, sewadar of the gurdwara, inaugurated the camp where 31 sewadars donated blood.

CASH FOUND: R.P. Singh, an SHO posted at Sadar police station, found a bag containing Rs 25,000 in cash and some valuable articles, while on a patrol duty.

TWO ARRESTED: A vigilance team arrested two senior Bank employees against charges of accepting graft. Vigilance sources disclosed here Thursday that a vigilance team from SAS Nagar arrested branch Manager Rajeev Kumar God and Assistant Manager, Mr Vasudev Sharma, of State Bank of Patiala, Tripuri Saidan Branch, while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from Mr Balbir Singh, a resident of Anand Nagar. Sources said both the officers were caught redhanded during the raid for having demanded the bribe money to clear a loan amount of Rs 60,000 under the Prime Minister Self Employment Scheme.

HONOURED: Dr Surjeet Patheja has been honoured with excellent leadership award for the year 2000-2001 by Mr D.K. Sood, District Governor, 2001-2002, according to an official announcement here on Thursday. She has also been appointed District Chairperson (Lions Quest) of the Lions Clubs International, District 321-F, for the year 2001-2002.

WEB SITE LAUNCHED: The Government Mohindra College launched its own Web site in the Sabha Bhavan, here on Wednesday. The official press release stated that it is the only college affiliated to Punjabi University that has a website of its own. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Vidwan Singh Soni, Principal of the college, said the website designed by Mr Parveen Kumar and Mr Joga Singh of Spider Solution Systems contains all important information about the college, including its history, present faculty, their addresses and contact numbers, facilities available to students in the college, date and place of admission and other details.

CAMP: A personality development camp was organised at Kali Devi Temple, Langar Complex, here from June 30 to July 5. The camp was conducted by Mr Raj Kumar Bharti, a yoga expert from Gayatri Tirth, Shanti Kunj, Haridwar, under the aegis of Gayatri Pariwar, Patiala. The camp was organised both in morning as well as evening hours in order to suit the timings of the learners. One such camp had been organised earlier also this year, in which about 120 persons took part. The camp focused at teaching related exercises that would bring peace of mind and body to the learners. Special yoga classes for the school going children were also held so that they can overcome the extra burden of studies encircling them at such tender age. During the camp, a hawan was also performed in which about 100 devotees took part. Mr Raj Kumar Bharti elaborated upon life improvement programmes during the camp.

SADHNA SHIVIR: A yoga and sadhna shivir will be organised by Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha at Ahluwalia Dharmshala in Ambala city from July 6 to 8. Giving this information, Dr R.K.Dhiman, member of the team, said that the followers of Ananda Marga from Punjab, Chandigarh and Kurukshetra will be participating in the seminar. Dr Dhiman said that a senior Archarya will undertake activities proposed for sadhna shivir and will describe its practical aspects in human life. Ananda Marga which is known for its working in various relief operations both during natural calamities as well as man-made calamities, has even been recognised by United Nations Organisation (UNO). A medical camp will also be organised on July 7 and 8 at the shivir.

121-YR-OLD WOMAN DEAD: Lashman Kaur, died at the age of 121 years at Rampur-Jagin village on Wednesday. She was the grandmother of the village sarpanch, Mr Amrinder Singh.

ACCIDENT: A truck collided with a Tata Sumo near Tibba village at 1.30 p.m. on Wednesday night. Harnek Sikh of Chrik village, Jarnail Singh of Butter Kalan, Deepa Singh, Resham Singh, Tirath Singh, Roobi Master, Satnam Singh, Dhir and Deepa, all of Daudar village in Moga, received injuries in the accident. The Tata Sumo (PB-10AC-4881) was going towards Moga and truck (PB-13A-9895) was coming from the opposite side and was driven by Balwant Singh of Falliwal (Sangrur).



DEAD: A president of the Jangid Brahmin Sabha of Chandigarh, Lekh Raj (66) died here on Thursday. He was ill for a long period. The sabha, in its meeting, paid homage to the departed soul.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office bearers of the Shah Pur Rajiv Colony Market Welfare Association of Sectors 38, 39-4- chowk and West of 38: adviser — Mr Amar Nath; chairman — Mr Bawa Singh; vice-chairman — Mr Krishan Kumar; president — Mr Mohinder Singh; senior vice-president — Mr Ved Parkash, vice-president — Mr Baldev Raj, general secretary — Mr Tarlochan Singh Saini, secretary — Mr Tarsam Kumar, cashier — Mr Onkar Chand, propaganda secretaries — Mr Imtayaz Ahmed, Mr Rakesh Kumar and Mr Swarn Singh, assistant cashier — Mr Jatinder Kumar. The executive members are: Mr Kishor Kumar, Mr Vishal, Mr Pawan Kumar, Mr Surinder Kumar, Mr Khan Chand, Mr Ram Chander, Mr Ram Asra, Mr Balwinder and Mr Salim.

HONOURED: Rohit Bajaj, a student of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, had secured joint first place along with Sunny Chowdhry in the Rink race II event in the age group of six to nine years in the 11th City Skating Carnival held at Skating Rink, Sector 10.

HAJ PILGRIMAGE: The local State Haj Committee announced on Thursday that July 31 would be the last day for submitting application forms for Haj Pilgrimage next year. According to a press note, the intending pilgrims from city should send their applications to Mr Pirthi Chand, SDM-cum-coordinator of the committee. The superintendent in the DC’s office and Mr Khalil Ahmed and Dr Shakel Ahmed, both members of the local committee, can be contacted for help in filling up the forms. It may be recalled that the Haj Committee, constituted under an Act of Parliament, and based at Mumbai, had already announced the Haj programme for 2002.

ELECTED: The following have been elected members of the PUSHPAC House Building Society: Mr Kewal Krishan Bhasin, Prof. Jaya Prakas, Mr Naresh Kumar Goyal, Mr Jai Krishan Nathani, Mr Rakesh Kumar Kashyap, Prof. N S Mann and Mr Balbir Kumar Dev.

FEDERATION: The indefinite fast by Mr Radhe Shyam of Auto Mechanics Federation entered the ninth day on Thursday here. The Federation has alleged ‘‘foul play’’ in the recent allotment of booths to auto mechanics by the Chandigarh Administration. On Thursday another 11 members of the federation also joined Mr Radhe Shyam in the strike. The federation has decided to take out a procession on Saturday and an effigy of Chandigarh Administration would also be burnt by them. The city auto mechanics would also observe half day tool down strike on the day. Those who are also sitting on hunger strike with Mr Radhe Shyam are Mr Ashwani Kumar, Mr Puran Chand, Mr Om Prakash, Mr Baldev Singh, Mr Onkar Singh, Mr Mahinder Singh, Mr Sanjay Kumar, Mr Raj Kumar, Mr Jaswinder Singh, Mr Jaswant Singh and Mr Daljeet Singh.

DEMAND: A municipal councillor from Phase XI, Mr Amrik Singh, has urged the State Education Minister to get a notification issued for upgradation of a primary school to middle level. Mr Amrik Singh said the minister had promised to get the school upgraded but nothing had been done so far.


TANKER OVERTURNS: A tanker carrying bitumen overturned on GT road near Ambala city on Wednesday evening which disrupted the traffic for about an hour. The accident took place when a private bus carrying employees of a firm collided with the tanker. Some of the bus passengers sustained minor injuries. A cyclist close to accident site was burnt and he was admitted to a local Civil Hospital.

CRITICISED: Local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has criticised Ambala Cantonment, MLA Anil Vij’s decision to convert John Sahab Ki Diggi into a park. BJP mandal president Shish Pal Bhola, said earlier the chances of flooding used to be less due to the different ‘Diggis’ in the area. However, with Subhash Park coming up in a Diggi, an outlet for the water has been closed, a release said. 

INDIRA AWAS YOJANA: During the current financial year, a sum of Rs 42.46 lakh has been spent for construction of 212 houses. Additional Deputy Commissioner Mahinder Kumar, said the people living below poverty line were provided with houses worth Rs 20,000. He said the families living in temporary structures are provided Rs 10,0000 for maintenance and improvement, a release said. He stated that under the Rozgar Guarantee Yojana, Rs 29.09 lakh has been disbursed. Under this programme, the people residing below poverty line are provided work at least for 100 days in a year.

TWO INJURED: Two persons were injured in a roof collapse in Baldev Nagar area on Thursday morning. The incident took place when Sushil Kumar, a rickshaw-puller, was at his double-storeyed one-room home alongwith his wife, Sudesh, and son, Kuldip. The neighbourers managed to extricate the family members. While Sushil Kumar and his wife sustained injuries, his son escaped unhurt. There was nobody in the upper room, which is occupied by Sushil Kumar’s father and brother.

MEETING HELD: The Haryana government employees associated with the Haryana Karamchari Mahasangh held a gate meeting outside the Haryana Roadways depot here on Wednesday. Mr Sarbat Singh Punia, general secretary of the union, presided over the meeting. Speakers came down heavily on the alleged anti-worker policies of the state government.

‘CLEAR DUES’: Resentment prevails among the sugarcane producers of the area over the non-payment of dues by the Bhuna Co-operative Sugar Mills, Bhuna for sugarcane supplied. The farmers have threatened to gherao the mill’s Managing Director in case their dues were not cleared immediately. This was decided by the farmers at a meeting at Bhuna in this district on Thursday.

125 CASES SETTLED: As many as 125 cases were settled at ‘sarkar apke dwar’ programme presided over by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Phateh Singh Dagar, at Kalayat, 25 km from here, on Wednesday. The DC directed the officers of various departments, present at the camp, to settle 19 other matters which could not be settled immediately.

REFRESHER COURSE: The Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Mr R.S. Chaudhry, said the subject of mathematics was a dire need of mankind. He was speaking at the concluding session of a three-week refresher course on Wednesday, The course was organised by the Mathematics Department of the university under the aegis of the University Grants Commission. The convenor of the seminar and chairman of the department, Dr V.P. Kaushik, presented detailed report of the refresher course.



PROGRESS REVIEWED: The Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Committee for the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes held a meeting with district officials at Circuit House and reviewed the progress of government programmes launched in the district for the benefit of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes on Tuesday.

MEETING: Superintendent of Police Atul Verma presided over a meeting, attended by prominent citizens, at Kisan Bhawan on Tuesday. Two firms from Chandigarh displayed electronic gadgets and equipments for protection of houses, shops, business premises against theft.

TRANSFER CRITICISED: The district unit of the Anjuman Islamia has criticised the transfer of Mr R.D. Nazeem, Deputy Commissioner. It was stated in a press note issued here on Thursday by Mr Nassirulla Khan, president, and Mr Asghar Beg, joint secretary of the organisation.

DECISION OPPOSED: Mr Harsh Mahajan, MLA, has opposed the decision of the government to close down a hotel being run by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) in the town. He described the decision as arbitrary and said it would affect tourism.

SENIOR CITIZENS: As many as 216 destitute senior citizens of Sirmaur district, who are not covered under the National Old-age Pension Scheme, would be given 10 kg ration free of cost every month under Annapurna Yojana. This information was given by the Deputy Commissioner, Sirmaur, Mr Rakesh Kaushal at the meeting of Food Supply and Rural Development official, on Wednesday.


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