July 28, 2001,
ERRATIC POWER SUPPLY: Residents of Ward No 11 came on streets to express their anger against erratic power supply last week. They staged a dharna in front of the local complaint centre after marching through the railway road. The power supply was restored at 12.30 a.m. due to pressure by demonstrators.
TRIBUTES: Representatives of almost all the political paid tributes to Mr Ujjagar Singh, an associate of freedom fighter Mr Harnam Singh Chamak, former MLA. Mr Mangat Ram Pasla, central committee member and former state president, CPM, presented a dastar and party symbol to Ranjit Singh, son of the deceased. Jathedar Hardev Singh Lohatbaddi (SAD), Sukhdev Singh Beri (CPM), Surinder Singh Jalaldiwal (CPI), Major Singh Punnawal (Kissan Sabha), Bahadur Singh (SHAD), Mrs Harchand Kaur (Cong I), Gurdial Singh (BSP), and former MLA, Tarsem Jodha, were among others who spoke on the occasion.
MEDICAL CAMP: A free medical camp was organised by the local Lions Club for students of Rosy Modern High School at Shaheed Udham singh Nagar here on Thursday. More than 400 students were examined by a team of three doctors. Medicines were also distributed free of cost among the students.
DEAN: Mrs Manjit Kaur Sodhia was on Thursday appointed Dean, College Development Council, in place of Dr S.P. Singh, who took over as the Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, on July 23. Mrs Sodhia had recently retired as the Principal of Government College for Women, Ludhiana, according to the university press note issued here on Thursday.
APPOINTED: The national executive committee of the National Students Union of India has appointed Mr Aman Prashar, chief of its district unit, an observer for the forthcoming state Assembly election. This was stated by national president of the union Natrajan in a press note issued here on Thursday.
PREPARATORY CLASSES: The local DAV College will start preparatory classes for the common admission test (CAT) and the graduate management aptitude test (GMAT) from August 1. This will be a totally IT-aided preparatory programme, according to institution sources. The programme is open for students of DAV College and other colleges.
DHARNA HELD: Agriculture scientists of the district on Thursday staged a dharna at the office of the Chief Agriculture Officer, Kheti Bhavan. Dr Harvinder Singh Bhatti, convenor of the district unit of the Agriculture Technocrats Action Committee, said in a press note issued here on Thursday that the Director Agriculture should be appointed from among the Joint Directors working in the department on the merit-cum-seniority basis. A deputation met the Deputy Commissioner and gave him a memorandum of demands.
OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the sanjha front of the employees of Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant: president- Mr Sukhram Singh Parmar; vice- president —Mr Ram Singh; general secretary — Mr Lachman Singh; joint secretary- Mr Mela Singh; and treasurer — Mr Gursewak Singh.
CONDEMNED: The district unit of the Dalit Sena has condemned the beating up of two Dalit boys at Sivian village. In a press note issued here on Thursday Mr Harbans Singh, state general secretary of the sena, said Mr Kiranjit Singh Gehri, state president of the sena, had met Mr Rajpal Singh Meena, DIG, Farikdot, in this connection and demanded action against the guilty persons.
ARRESTED: The Tanda police on Wednesday arrested Harmesh Singh of Basti Dhakhu, Ferozepore, and seized 41,430 ml illicit liquor from him. In another case Nirmal Singh, alias Nimma, of Mahilpur was arrested and 7.5 kg poppy husk seized from his possession.
BOOKED: On a complaint by Daljit kaur the Tanda police has registered a case under Sections 342, 295A, 506, 354, 323, 149, IPC, against her husband Kuldip Singh and her sisters-in-law Bimal kaur and Raj Kaur of Miani. In her complaint Daljit Kaur stated that she had wilfully gone to Pathankot with Balkar Singh on July 16. On July 23 some persons from Miani forcibly took them to Miani and confined them to a room there for two days. Later her husband Kuldip Singh along with his sisters forcibly removed their hair. They also blackened their faces, put garlands of shoes and paraded them in the mohalla.
PROMOTION HAILED: In a joint press note issued here on Thursday, Dr S.S. Sharma and Mr S.N. Tiwari, president and general secretary of the Senior PCMS Association, Punjab, respectively thanked the Health Minister, the Principal Secretary Health and the Managing Director, Punjab Health System Corporation, for meeting their pending demand of promoting SMOs to Deputy Directors. They said all senior vacant posts at the directorate level should be filled for the better functioning of the department.
CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED: The district administration has launched a special campaign in the district to get the encroached panchayat land vacated. The decision was taken at a meeting of sarpanches, block development and panchayat officers, secretaries and officers of the Development Department held at the local Yojna Bhavan on Wednesday evening. Mr Vivek Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the meeting.
TRAINING COURSE: The Dairy Development Department (Punjab), Chandigarh, and the Dairy Development Officer, Moga, organised a two-day training course for the cattle feed manufacturers of the district early in the week. While presiding over the function, the Deputy Commissioner of Moga, Mr Kanwabir Singh Sidhu, emphasised the need for producing good quality nutritive feed for animals, to withstand the threat posed by the WTO in coming future. In the training course, Dr J.S. Chawla, Professor and Head, Dr B.K. Gupta, Dr A.K. Ahuja and Dr M.P.S. Bakshi from Punjab Agricultural University, delivered lectures to the manufacturers on different aspects. Mr Balbir Singh, Director Dairy Development addressed to the difficulties of the manufacturers. He also directed the cattle feed manufacturers to follow the Cattle Feed Act, so that the animals were given good quality unadulterated nutritive feed.
MEETING: A customers’ meet was organised by the Uco Bank, Chaura Bazar, here on Friday in which a number of prominent traders and shopkeepers participated. Mr J.C. Malhotra, assistant general manager of the bank, in his presidential address said the bank’s customers could avail its services on telephone or in person. He assured the traders that their loan applications would be dealt within ten days. A number of traders also put forth their suggestions at the meet. Mr Malhotra assured its customers that the suggestions would be implemented soon. Thanking the customers, the bank manager, Mr Arun Bhardwaj, highlighted the bank’s achievements in the last year and assured them of better facilities in future.
PENSION DISTRIBUTED: Mr Jatinder Singh Kariha, MLA, distributed pension among 101 beneficiaries and awarded ‘appreciation certificates’ to Sakharata sevaks at the Vikas Samagam organised at Kariha village here on Wednesday. Mr Gurpal Singh Bhatti, Additional Deputy Commissioner, and Mr Pritam Singh, SDM, addressed the gathering.
OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Surmkh Singh was elected as president of the Towns Planning Employees Union unanimously here on Friday. The other office-bearers are: vice-president — Mr Sakhan Lal; general secretary — Mr Manmohan Singh; joint secretary — Mr Inderjit Singh; cashier — Mr Chaman Lal; and executive members — Mrs Veena Jain and Mr Balbir Chand.
PROGRAMME: A training programme, organised by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Patiala, for rural women and school dropout girls was concluded here on Friday. Mrs Nafisa Gagandeep Singh, wife of the Additional Deputy Commissioner, presided over the concluding function. Trainees have put up an exhibition comprising fabric painting, phulkari making, glass painting and embroidery. Certificates were also distributed among 50 trainees.
SAPLINGS PLANTED: A sapling plantation day was observed by students of Kaintal Junior School here on Friday. The drive, which was initiated by the school Principal, Ms Neena Dhundia, turned out to be quite encouraging with students seen planting saplings in and outside the school premises. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Dhundia said the students were taught about the need of afforestation and the protection of environment.
CANECHARGE CONDEMNED: A meeting of literary personalities was held at the Kavita Bhavan on Wednesday under the presidentship of Prof Baldeep Singh. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Hamdardvir Nausheharvi condemned the brutal canecharge on farmers protesting peacefully at Mysarkhana village in Bathinda district, by the police forces from Bathinda, Mansa and Sangrur districts. Meanwhile, Mr Malkiat Singh Ghuman, member of central committee of the Lok Bhalai Party, has urged the authorities to accept genuine demands of the farmers, and arrest the commission agent and bank manager wanted in connection with the suicide committed by Mithu Singh, a poor farmer.
NEW SDM: Mr S. S. Brar took over as the Sub-divisional Magistrate of Samrala on Wednesday in place of Ms Raghbir Kaur Khaira, whose transfer orders are still pending. Mr Brar was earlier posted as General Assistant to the DC, Jalandhar. Ms Khaira served as the SDM for only about one month.
WITHDRAW RESIGNATION: Prof Hamdardvir Naushaharvi, patron of the Punjabi Lekhak Manch and executive member of the Kendriya Punjabi Lekhak Sabha (Sekhon), has urged Dr Tejwant Singh Mann to withdraw his resignation from the post of vice-president of the sabha. He also appealed to the Punjabi Language Department not to interfere in the internal affairs of the sabha. He added that the department should publish its journals, Jan Sahit and Punjabi Duniya, every month, and hold the literary seminars regularly.
DEMANDED: The president of the action committee of parents of the students of medical and technical courses, Mr Raj Kumar Thapar, while talking to mediapersons at the local civil rest house, said new conditions for the admission to the medical courses should be withdrawn, which allows students securing at least 50 per cent marks in the PMET examination as eligible for admission to the medical courses. He appealed to the higher authorities to retain the old system. He also requested Mr Manoranjan Kalia, Principal Secretary of Health and Director Health Department, that if the new system was to be followed then the students, who had appeared in the PMET examination, be given relaxation as the questions were very difficult. He also stated that due to the requirement of obtaining 50 per cent, future of over 8,000 students was at stake.
STUDENTS’ DHARNA: The dharna of the Panjab University Students Union entered its fifth day here on Friday. The union is demanding revival of a placement cell, re evaluation without detailed marks card for RLL students, Students are also seeking reduction of fees for B Sc (honours) in mathematics and computer science.
INAUGURATED: The PGI Direc-tor, Prof S.K. Sharma, inaugurated a week-long tree plantation programme at the PGI on Thursday. As many as 75 saplings of gulmohar and tun trees were planted by the Director, faculty members and other officials. During the week-long celebration, 700 saplings of different varieties will be planted.
CONCERN: The Federation of Small Saving Industries on Friday expressed its anguish over the poor functioning of the Ram Darbar Telephone Exchange. Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, president of the federation, expressed concern over the erratic telephone services in the area. A press note issued by Mr Rajeev Gupta, general secretary of the federation, said it had become a routine that telephones stop functioning and were not revived for several days. He requested the authorities to took into their complaint and insure proper functioning of telephones.
POWER SHORTAGE: Residents of Mittathal, Sainawas, Chang and Dhanana villages are facing shortage of power supply due to damaged transformers. BSP leader Nirmala Sharma alleged in a press note issued here on Thursday that three transformers in these villages were damaged and electricity poles near Government Girls School, Dhanana, were leaning forward and could cause accident.
PROBLEM GALORE: Residents of Satnali town are sore over problems like insanitation, disrupted power and water supply. There is no proper drainage arrangement in the town. Several cases of malaria and jaundice have been reported during the past few months. They also complain about the supply of contaminated water.
CASE REGISTERED: Following a complaint by a young married woman of Rampuri village under Jatusana police station in Rewari district, the police has registered a case on the charges of rape, abduction and criminal intimidation against two persons, including a registered medical practitioner.
LIQUOR SEIZED: The police has arrested Pinka of Upper Lambagaon and seized 6,750 ml of illicit country-made liquor from him. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.
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