Sunday, July 29, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: Government Senior Secondary School, Bhadson, organised its annual prize distribution function on Friday. It was presided over by Mr Sat Pal Saini, Minister for Information Technology, Punjab. Speaking on the occasion, he said the Punjab Government had planned to introduce computer education, in senior secondary schools. He also assured to provide computer education at the school. Outstanding students were given prizes, and school children also presented a cultural programme on the occasion.

DISCUSSION ON BOOK: The Punjabi translation of Sushil Kalra’s novel “Nika Nimana” done by Mr Rabinder Singh Bath was discussed at a get-together of eminent literary persons, scholars and actors on behalf of Sahitya Vichar Manch. The writer of this novel is a former cartoonist an English daily and also a columnist.

DEMONSTRATION: Activists of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), led by Mr Amarjit Sharma, district president of the party, organised a demonstration in main bazars here in protest against the killing of innocent Amar Nath pilgrims. Addressing the rally, Mr Sharma and Mr Ravinder Kumar Arora, the president of the local unit, demanded the dismissal of Jammu and Kashmir Government and imposition of President's rule in the state. Later, the activists burnt Pakistani flag and raised anti-Musharraf and anti-ISI slogans.

MARTYRDOM DAY: Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister, will visit Sunam on Tuesday to pay tributes to Shaheed Udham Singh on the occasion of his martyrdom day. Mr Badal will preside over a state level function being hosted at New Grain Market, Sunam to mark the martyrdom day, informed Mr P.S. Aujla, Special Secretary, Punjab Information and Public Relations Department and Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur.

SANGAT DARSHAN: A “sangat darshan” programme will be organised in Shehna town of this subdivision on August 1. Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, along with other district officials will visit Shehna to redress the public grievances on the spot, according to information given by the local Public Relations Department here on Friday.

TWO INJURED: Two persons were injured when a Canter in which they were travelling rammed into a tree near Harraipur village, about 18 km from here, on Thursday night. The injured have been identified as Balbir Singh and his maternal uncle Gurdev Singh, both residents of the district. Mr Vijay Goyal, president of the Sahara Jan Seva said in a press note issued here on Friday that volunteers of the organisation had reached the spot of the accident and got the injured admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

DE-ADDICTION CAMP: The local Lions Club Vishal organised a drug de-addiction camp at Dhudi village to make the ruralites aware about the abuse of drugs and intoxicants. As many as 10 drug addicts were identified during the camp who would be provided medical aid free of cost. Dr V.S. Mohi, Civil Surgeon, inaugurated the camp, informed Mr Surjit Singh, president of the club, here on Saturday.

SANGAT DARSHAN: As per the directions of the Chief Secretary, Punjab, in order to redress public grievances in an effective manner, a special sangat darshan programme would be organised on the first of every month at the Bachat Bhavan under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner. The next programme would be held at the same venue on Wednesday at 10 am. Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, in a press note issued stated that all the heads of different departments in the district had been asked to attend the programmes. In case the first day of a month happened to be a holiday, the programme would be organised on the next working day.

SIX BOOKED: Three cases of cheating by the so-called travel agents were registered after the receipt of complaints in various police stations of the district on Thursday. The cases have been registered against Joginder Singh of Motla Wahidpur village, Mandeep Singh of Pune, Jaspal Singh alias Jassi of Tanda Urmur, Surinder Bhatia, his wife Suman Bhatia and son Shakti Bhatia of Jalandhar under various sections of the IPC. They did not fulfil their promise to send the complainants abroad nor were they returning the money to them.

BODY FOUND: The body of Devinder Singh of Kotla village was found near Kotla Gate on Friday. According to Surinder Kaur, wife of the deceased, she received a telephone call and the caller told her to send her husband to Kotla Gate to get a message from her son Jograj, who was living in Canada. He went there on a scooter but did not return. The Mahilpur police has registered a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC.

THREE BOOKED: The Garhshanker police has registered a case under Section 498-A of the IPC against Nidi, Satya Devi and Lambu. According to the police sources, Rashema, wife of Nidi, lodged a complaint against them. She alleged that soon after her marriage, Satya Devi, her mother-in-law started compelling her to live with her elder son, Lambu, for which she did not agree. The mother-in-law threatened her that if she did not act accordingly she would kill her.

DOWRY DEATH CASE: On a complaint of Pargan Singh of Kot Grewal village, the Mahilpur police has registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC against his son-in-law, Harmesh of Todarpur. In the complaint, he alleged that soon after the marriage of his daughter Babali, Harmesh started torturing and beating her forcing her to commit suicide by consuming poison.

TWO DEAD: Rajinder Kumar (23) of local Bhagat Nagar died due to excessive drinking of liquor here on Thursday. In another accident, Amarjit Singh of Khokhar village, succumbed to his injuries at the CMC Hospital, Ludhiana, on Friday. He had fell off from his scooter while going from his village to Chandigarh near Gharna Sahib and a truck had hit him, injuring him seriously.

SCOOTER SNATCHED: Jarnail Singh, resident of Hans Kalan village, has alleged that three youths, in their 20’s, snatched his scooter, while he was going on the Cheema Bhamipur Kalan Road. He stated that they threw chilly powder on his face and fled, taking away the scooter. The police has registered a case under Sections 382 and 34, IPC.

CHARGE TAKEN: Mr Balkar Singh has taken over the charge of SSP, in the district. Mr Jaskaran Singh, his predecessor, has been transferred to Jalandhar as SSP, Vigilance.

SEVEN BOOKED: According to the police, seven persons have been booked under Section 379, IPC, for hampering work related to building water drainage system at Manderan village, near here. A case registered against them on a complaint by the block development panchayat officer, the police said, adding that the accused would be arrested soon.

INSTALLATION CEREMONY: The installation ceremony of the president of the local unit of the Rotary Club (north), Mr Kuldip Singh, was held here on Thursday. Mr M.M. Vyas, chairman, Improvement Trust, was the chief guest on the occasion. Mr Suresh Choudhry installed the new team headed by president, Mr Kuldip Singh, and secretary, Mr Gurjit Singh Bajaj. Mrs Meena Gupta, district ex-chairman, installed the new inner wheel team, headed by president, Ms Harbans Kaur, and secretary, Mr Amarjit Kaur Bajaj. The new president announced his team for the year 2001-2002 and also read out the list of service projects, which included the establishment of a senior citizens' home. He said the home would cost Rs 1.5 crore. Mr Keshav Vij donated Rs 21,000 for the project on the occasion. Scholarships were given to poor students of three colleges. The principals of the Government College for Girls, Ramgarhia Girls College and Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College received the cheques for scholarship.

ELECTED UNOPPOSED: Mr Jagwinder Singh of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) was declared elected unopposed the sarpanch of Ramanandi village in the district. He was the only candidate for the post.

TWO ARRESTED: Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, in a press note issued here on Friday informed that the police had arrested two proclaimed offenders namely Ranjit Singh, alias Baba, of Bhagauran village and Harbhajan Singh, alias Bagga, of Palli Jhikki village. They were wanted in cases registered under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

TRAVEL AGENT BOOKED: The Banga police has registered a case against Satvinder Pal, alias Billu, a travel agent of Khera village under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC and Section 10 of the Immigration Act for allegedly duping Laddu Ram of Khan Khana village of Rs 8 lakh on the pretext of sending him to the USA, a press note issued by the police here on Friday said.

POOR AMENITIES: The Guru Nanak Park, Model Town area is allegedly being ignored by the Municipal Council. People of the area said due to some political reasons metalled road had not been laid. Mr Janak Rai Saini, senior Advocate of the area, said since an opposition leader was residing in the area, the road was ignored in the development project launched by the MC. The Gandhi Chowk remains blocked due to haphazard parking by vegetable and fruit vendors. Stray animals were proving to be a big menace and nothing has been done to check it. All parks of the area were poorly maintained, alleged the residents.

PSEB WOMEN’S DEMANDS: A ‘hungama’ meeting of the Punjab State Electricity Board Women Welfare Association has been held under the presidentship of Mrs Surinder Pal Bains. General Secretary Meera Sharma, in a press note, said the meeting demanded that the employees in Patiala be given house rent at the rate of 15 per cent. The senior vice-president of the association, Mrs Harjit Kaur Walia, said their other demand was that the women employees be posted as circle assistant and not as ARA. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Rotary Club Patiala Greater: President — Ms Sudha Pathak; secretary — Mr Anuj Kumar Bansal; vice-presidents — Ms Ravinder Kaur and Mr Jabar Jang Singh; joint secretary — Mr Abhilash Malhotra; and treasurer — Mr Satya Pal Goyal. 

DISTRIBUTED: Students of Deaf and Dumb School run under the aegis of the Ram Kali Devi Welfare Handicapped Sewa Society were given books and clothes on Saturday. The goods were distributed by industrialists, Mr Shyam Lal Navyug, Mr Anil Kumar Goyal, Mr Baljit Singh, Mr Madan Gopal Sophat and Mr Shyam Lal Pahuja. 

CONTEST: The State Bank of Patiala organised essay writing, poem recitation and race competitions at Government Primary School, Khera Jattan, here on Saturday. The function was attended by bank officials, employees and village panchayat. Prizes were also distributed among students. 

APPOINTED: Mr Kirpal Singh has been appointed as president of the Dalit Sena Urban Block by the district president, Mr Mohinder Singh. 

CAMP: The Lions Club Patiala Central organised hepatitis-B camp at Old Bishan Nagar here on Saturday. The camp was inaugurated by Mr D.K. Sood, Governor, District 321-F. 

TEEJ FESTIVAL: The Bharat Vikas Parishad will organise “Teej Festival” at Raj Kamal palace here on Sunday. According to Mr Bharat Bhushan Sirhindi, press secretary of the organisation, events, including on the spot painting, rangoli, mehandi, fancy dress and dance competitions, will be held. 

WORKSHOP CONCLUDES: A six-day workshop on HIV/AIDS organised by Ahasaas, a local NGO, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre (CYPAC) concluded at Punjabi University on Saturday. Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner, accompanied by the SDM, Mr M.S. Narang, flagged off the aircraft which was to drop about 1 lakh leaflets containing information about HIV/AIDS and the various preventive measures for the disease. 

STONE LAID: The foundation stone of Guru Ravidas Temple was laid here on Saturday by Guru Ravidas Sabha in Ravidas Nagar, Factory Area. Senior vice-president of sabha Mr Gurdev Singh said Rs 60 lakh were expected to be spent on the construction. 

CONDEMNED: Dedicated Brothers Group led by Dr Rakesh Vermi and Forum for Common Cause led by Mr Mohinder Singh Walia have condemned the deteriorating condition of Rajindra Hospital and Government Dental College at Patiala. They said even the basic provisions such as cotton wads, disposable syringes and antiseptics were not available at times. 

EXHIBITION: A science exhibition was organised by teachers and students of Guru Harkrishan Public School, Rajpura road here on Saturday. Mrs Jaswinder Kaur Dardi, Principal, and Mr Jagjit Singh Dardi, Chief Editor, Chardikala newsgroup, appreciated the activities of students and encouraged more such participation in future. 

SSP ASSUMES CHARGE: Mr Paramjit Singh Grewal on Saturday took over as the SSP, Patiala. The previous incumbent, Mr Harpreet Singh Sidhu, has been transfered to Ludhiana. Mr Grewal was earlier working as Additional Inspector General of Railways. 

PSEB WORKSHOP: Speaking at the inaugural session of a training workshop on performance improvement of field staff with focus on Energy Management held at the VIP Rest House of the Punjab State Electricity Board here, Mr G.S. Sohal, Chairman of the board said while the 20th century laid emphasis on manufacturing industry, in the 21st century the emphasis would be on services. He said the companies which would not provide good service would cease to exist and the same would apply to state electricity boards also. 

GRAIN MARKET SITE: The district administration has selected a site for a new grain market on 40 acres at Ahmedgarh. A proposal to this effect has been sent to the Punjab Mandi Board for acquiring the land. Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, said the site was situated on the Jagerra-Ahmedgarh road. He said it has also been recommended to the government to lay 1.5 km long metalled road up to the proposed site from the Malerkotla-Ludhiana road.


VACCINATION CAMP: As many as 170 students were vaccinated in a hepatitis-B camp organised at St Josephs School here on Saturday. The camp was organised by the president, Lions Club Chandigarh Nightingale, Ms Harwant Gill. Dr Gaurav from the PGI vaccinated the students. 

TALK ORGANISED: The Indian Calender System is best in the world as it is more scientific and more accurate, observed Dr K.S. Arya, a former Principal of the local DAV College. Delivering a talk organised by the local unit of the Bhartiya Iihas Sanklap Samiti, Dr Arya stressed the need of not aping the west but to work hard in the direction of keeping the Indian traditions alive. He said “Varsh Pratipada is the first day of the Indian new year. The Indian astrologer Scother Lagda Charya in 1181 BC had divided the whole year into 360 days. In our country Samvat are solar and lunar based.” Dr Arya congratulated the Samiti for its efforts to bring out the last chapters of the Indian history. 

ABVP ELECTIONS: Mr Deepak Balyan, Department of Laws, has been elected president of the Panjab University unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad here on Saturday. The elections took place at the one-day training camp ‘ Abhyaas varga’ at Arya Samaj, Sector 16. Vibhor Jain, Department of Pharmacy,has been elected as the secretary. Other office-bearers include vice-presidents — Sekhar, Padmakant Dwivedi and Ritambhara Upadhyaya; and joint secretaries — Ram Naresh, Abhishek Kalla and Vineet Sethi. 

‘REMOVE ENCROACHMENT’: The Market Welfare Association, Sector 37, alleged on Saturday that a large portion of the parking (in front of booth No 115, Sector 37-C) had been encroached upon by three-wheeler owners. The association demanded immediate removal of the encroachment. It also urged the Administration to provide one more entry point to the parking area. 

APPOINTED: Mr Puneet Gupta, members of Bar, has been appointed junior counsel by the Chandigarh Administration for conducting cases in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. According to the Home Secretary, the appointment shall be for a period of one year. 

FAST: An indefinite fast launched by Neeraj and Veerpal Kaur, both unemployed teachers, entered 39th and 25th day, respectively, on Saturday, according to a press note issued by the Unemployed Teachers Union. 


ARRESTED: A patwari of Mulana has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by a local court here on Saturday. The state Vigilance Bureau had arrested him on Friday for demanding a bribe from Mr Angrej Singh for issuing a copy of mutation. 

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of SD College (Lahore) Teachers’ Union: president — Mr Ishar Singh; vice-president — Mr Naveen Gulati; secretary — Mr S.P. Sharma; joint secretary — Mr Parmod Saini; and finance secretary — Mr A.K. Sharma.

DHARNA: The Haryana Rajkiya Adhyapak Sangh will hold a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office on the July 30. Mr K.K. Joshi, president of the sangh, said they would protest against the anti-employee policy of the government. 

MILK YIELD REWARDS: The Animal Husbandry Department has decided to reward the owners of Murrah buffaloes yielding of more milk. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr O.P. Indora told mediapersons that rewards will be given under the Murrah Protection Policy of the state government. He said the registration of animals under this policy would start in the local Veterinary Hospital on Wednesday and continue till Friday.

PENSIONS GIVEN: The district administration has distributed pensions under various schemes for June, 2001. According to a press note, Rs 1.19 crore had been distributed as old-age pension, widow pension and handicapped pension.

VANAMAHOTSAVA: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr O.P. Indora, inaugurated Vanamahotsava at Ahrawan village in the district on Friday. The SDM, Rattia, Mr S.K. Setia, and other senior officers of the district were present on the occasion. Mr Indora said in today’s mechanical world growing of more plants could help check pollution. He urged the people to grow more trees.

VISIT: One supervisor and four others were found absent from duty when Sushil Sarwan, SDM, Kalka, visited the Marketing Office here on Friday. According to the SDM, he visited the offices of the local Marketing Office, Irrigation and Public Health Office and the electricity board office in Pinjore. The SDM said he had sent a report to the Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, for appropriate action against them.

12 INJURED: Twelve persons, including a Municipal Corporator of Ellenabad, suffered injuries in two road accidents in the district. According to information received on Friday, a head-on collision between two Jeeps left 10 people injured. Dharam Pal Gumber, a Municipal Corporator, was returning home with his family after getting bail from the court of local District and Sessions Judge when the accident took place. In another head-on collision between two trucks near Bhadwin village, two persons received serious injuries.

6 OF FAMILY BOOKED: The district police booked six members of a family in a dowry case. According to the Ellenabad district police chief, a case under Sections 304 -B and 34 of the IPC was booked on the complaint of Girdhari Lal of Tanduranwali village in Rajasthan, who alleged that his niece, who died of poisoning on July 19 was subjected to harassment and physical torture by her husband. The court sent the husband in 14 days’ judicial custody.

STUDENT KILLED: Amit (16), a Class X student, was allegedly stabbed to death while he was asleep at Tharu Uldepur village, 5 km from here, on Friday night. According to a report, the body was discovered on Saturday morning by his father Mr Krishan Singh. The cause of murder was not immediately known. The police has registered a case of murder.

‘JANTA DARBAR’ HELD: As many as 113 complaints were received and disposed of at a one-day open darbar held by Mr S.N. Roy, Deputy Commissioner, at Ganaur, 16 km from here, on Friday. The DC disclosed that similar darbars would be held at Gohana on August 3, Mundlana on August 10, Kathura on August 17, Sonepat on August 24, Kharkhauda on August 31, Rai on September 7 and Ganaur on September 14.

GHERAO THREAT: Residents of Jat Joshi village on Saturday threatened to gherao the managers of a chemical factory on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road if the district administration failed to check the air and water pollution of the factory. They said the management had failed to stop the flow of polluted water towards their fields inspite of repeated complaints made in this regard.


BANK CHIEF: Mr Babu Ram Mandial has been elected Chairman of the Kangra Cooperative Primary Agriculture and Rural Development Bank.

SANCTIONED: The Ministry of Surface Transport has sanctioned Rs 11 crore for the repairs, strengthening and metalling of the National Highway-21 from Ramshila to Manali. This was revealed by Dr Ram Lal Markandey Himachal, Minister of State for PWD and Animal Husbandry, here on Thursday while he was on his way to Udaipur in Lahaul and Spiti. The 40 km stretch of the road was badly damaged by the flash floods in 1995 and in subsequent years.

ONE MURDERED: Jeet Singh has reportedly killed Sohan Lal of Aani village at Bhageri village in Anhech panchayat near here on Thursday night. According to the police the deceased was employed by the accused for agriculture work on Tuesday. They had a quarrel on some matter which took a violent turn. The police has arrested Jeet Singh from his house and registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC.

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