Wednesday, August 1, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


SANCTIONED: Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minster, Punjab, has sanctioned Rs 20 crore for providing toilet and five marla plots persons belonging to the Scheduled Caste in the state, said Mr Balwant Singh Shahpur, MLA, Amloh, after laying the foundation stone of the retaining wall of village pond in Majri Kishne Wali village, 2 km from here on Sunday. He announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the retaining wall of the village pond and Rs 50,000 for the cremation ground’s shed and promised to get a homeopathic dispensary for the village soon.

CULTURAL EVENING: The Punjab Youth Forum celebrated a cultural evening here on Monday. The celebrations included competitions of folk dance, folk songs, Punjabi dresses and special presentation by orphans of the Pingalwara, informed Mr Jaskirt Singh, president of the forum.

YOGA CAMP: Swami Brahmanand, the local Shiv Math chief, inaugurated Yoga Sadhna-cum-Chikitsa Camp organised by Swami Vrijanand Yoga Sadhna Kendra of Gandhi Arya Senior Secondary School on Sunday in the school campus here. Speaking on the occasion, Swami Brahmanand highlighted the significance of Yoga in the modern age and said Yoga Sadhna was the key to get rid of mental tension, stress and strain. Swami Amar Dev gave practical demonstration of the Yoga asanas. Yoga Ratna, Dr H. Kumar Kaul, director, Gandhi Arya Senior Secondary School, offered free Yogic treatment to 18 patients suffering from various ailments.

VACCINATION CAMP: The Vishwas Lions Club, Kotkapura, organised a vaccination camp on Hepatitis-B on Tuesday at Government Senior Secondary School for boys. In a press note issued here on Tuesday, Mr Chander Arora, public relation officer of the club, said in the camp about 1,787 persons were vaccinated against Hepatitis-B.

MEDICAL CAMP: Bhai Ghaniya Sewa Club, an NGO, will organise a free medical check-up camp at Janta Nagar on Thursday. This was stated in a press note issued here on Tuesday by Mr Manoj Kumar, president of the club.

BRILLIANT RESULTS: Government High School of Tungwali village of the district has shown 90 pass percentage for class X and 93.65 pass percentage for class VIII. The information was given by Ms Veena Handa, Principal of the school, in a press note issued here on Tuesday.

ELECTED: Mr P.D. Goyal, a social worker and founder member of the local Senior Citizens Home, has been unanimously elected president of the district unit of the Arya Samaj Sabha. Mr Tarsem Arya has been elected general secretary of the sabha.

RS 81 LAKH RELEASED: Mr Kuldip Singh Chandi, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), has informed that Rs 81 lakh had been released for deepening and strengthening of village ponds and draining out sullage. This was being done under a Rs 100 crore Central Government sponsored scheme meant to cover all villages of Punjab.

LOK ADALAT: As many as 65 complaints were decided on the spot in the Lok Adalat held here on Sunday under the chairmanship of Mr M.M. Batra, District and Sessions Judge. Loans amounting to Rs 1.07 lakh were recovered and Rs 1.75 lakh were paid as compensation for accident claims.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Navneet Duggal and Mr Vinod Malhotra were installed as president and secretary, respectively, of the local Rotary Club on Sunday. The other office-bearers are vice-president — Mr G.S. Riar and finance secretary — Mr Tarun Mahajan.

THREE SUICIDES: Three cases of suicide were reported from various parts of the district on Sunday. Manju of local Prahlad Nagar consumed some poisonous substance and died at the Civil Hospital here. Constable Rajinder Singh of local Police Lines also took some medicine as he was under depression due to the death of his sister. He also died at the local Civil Hospital. Karamjit Singh of Haveli village also took some medicine due to which he became unconscious and was taken to the Civil Hospital, Mahilpur where he died.

CULVERT DAMAGED: A culvert on new bypass near Balbir Colony was damaged badly due to floods here on Sunday night. The city and its surrounding areas experienced heavy rainfall. Rain water entered District Court Complex, SSP office, old office of the Civil Surgeon, the Assistant Registrar Cooperative Societies’ office and many houses and shops.

ONE ARRESTED: The Mahilpur police arrested Gurmeet Singh of Khera village and seized 18 litres of liquor Black Horse from him on Sunday.

OFFICE BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Meter Readers Association, Punjab (PSEB) for the year 2001-2002: president — Mr Ravinder Nath Sharma; senior vice-presidents — Mr Baldev Singh and Mr Charanjit Singh; vice-presidents — Mr Sarwan Singh, Mr Kartar Singh and Mr Inderjit Singh; general secretary — Mr Gian Singh Pannu; secretaries — Mr B.B. Lamba, Mr Surinder Pal Singh and Mr Pirthi Raj; finance secretary — Mr Surjit Singh Thakur.

AGITATION THREAT: Mr Krishan Kumar Saini, leader of the Staff Side Consultative Machinery (Regional Council), has demanded immediate action against the Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala, for getting the building of the office of the Deputy Director, Audit and Accounts (Postal), Kapurthala vacated by getting it declared unsafe. In a press note here on Monday, Mr Saini warned the authorities to stop the move to get the aforesaid building vacated failing which the Central Government employees would launch an agitation.

LEGAL AID CAMPS: The District Legal Services Authority has decided to organise legal aid and literacy camps in rural areas, slums and labour colonies in September, 2001. This decision was taken at a meeting of the authority held under the chairmanship of Mr L.R. Roojam, District and Sessions Judge, on Monday. He informed that a permanent Lok Adalat was being held in the district on every Saturday and any person who needs free legal aid could contact Mr M.S. Randhawa, Civil Judge (Senior Division) or Mr Gurdeep Singh Mahal, (ADA), Legal Services, Hoshiarpur.

SANGH MEETING: General house meeting of Baba Ganpati Seva Sangh was held at Dawala Devi Mandir. The meeting unanimously elected Mr Anil Dutt Phally as president of the sangh and authorised him to nominate other office-bearers.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of Industrial Focal Point Welfare Association: president — Mr Onkar Rai Mehta; senior vice-president — Mr Dev Krishan Jindal; vice-president — Mr Noval Kumar; general secretary — Mr Tejinder Sharma; secretary — Mr Parmjit Singh; and treasurer — Mr Ranbir Khanna.

POLICE MEET: A meeting of principals and teachers of various schools and colleges was held here, under the chairmanship of Mr Ram Singh, SP (operations), to discuss the ways to prevent the kidnapping of students. The SP advised the principals to get the antecedents of drivers, chowkidars, and other staff verified by the police. Parents should ask their children to desist from taking eatables from the strangers. Children should also be made aware of the traffic rules, he said and added that the educational institutes could contact the police if they needed any security.

BOY TRACED: The police has succeeded in tracing a boy who was missing from his house since July 26 and was handed over to his parents on Monday. According to Mr Balkar Singh, in charge City Police, Kharar, Partap Singh of Chaju Majra Colony under Kharar municipal limits left for his school on July 26 but did not came back. A report about this was lodged with the police on July 27. 

MEETING: The BJP unit of Sohana village organised a meeting on Tuesday to pay homage to Shaheed Udham Singh. According to Mr Madan Lal Sharma, president of the unit, a large number of workers participated. 

CONCLUDED: The sapling plantation and environment awareness week started by the Rotary Club, Kharar, concluded here on Monday. According to Mr Karam Singh Mundi, president of the club, about 300 saplings were distributed free of cost to the students. 

TRAINING PROGRAMME: A 21-day advanced training programme on ‘Research methodology in social sciences’ concluded at Punjab Agricultural University here on Sunday. Dr M.A. Zahir, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, presided over the concluding function. He said the university had made achievements in agricultural sciences and at the same time it had provided valuable contribution towards research in social sciences. According to Dr G.S. Gill, director of the training programme, 45 scientists from various disciplines attended the programme in which about 50 lectures were delivered by experts from PAU, Ludhiana, Punjabi University, Patiala, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

CONFERENCE: Dr Sudershan Bhatti, a local homoeopath, has been invited to attend the 12th annual conference to be held at Roma Street, Brisbane, Australia, on October 6 and 7. The theme of the conference will be ‘Allopathically difficult diseases’. Doctors from all over the world will present their papers on this occasion. Queen Elizabeth and Queen of Australia will be the guests of honour. Dr Bhatti will deliver his lecture on ‘Diseases which were not curable by allopathy’.

NOMINATED: Mr Veer Vijay Danav, a resident of Chhawani Mohalla, has been nominated a member of the Telecom Advisory Committee for Ludhiana. He will represent public workers and other categories till July 31, 2002.

HOMOEOPATHY CAMP: A free homoeopathy camp was organised by the Prerna Kendra International at the gurdwara of Mundiyan Kalan village. The camp was inaugurated by the president and the vice-president of the gurdwara management committee, Mr Amlok Singh and Ms Harjit Kaur. Patients suffering from various diseases were examined by Dr J.K. Jain and Dr Satbir. Free medicines were provided to the patients on this occasion.

EXHIBITION: Primary and middle section students of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, displayed science and social studies models at an exhibition held here on Tuesday. The exhibits included 35 models and 62 charts prepared by the students during summer holidays. In science section, students made models and charts on the various body systems, food chain, blast furnace, bio-gas plant, human heart, brain and sense organs. In social studies section, there were models of igloo, terrace farming, formation of soil and development in urban areas. Tiny tots from Class I and II displayed wall hangings and artistic candles. Ms I. Kumar, Principal, gave prizes to the students for their projects.

PLANTATION DRIVE: The Lions Club, District 321-D, in collaboration with the Lions Club, City Smile, and Banga Mehak (Banga), organised a tree plantation programme and a declamation contest on the topic “How to preserve environment” at Government Senior Secondary School, Ladhana Jhikka, about 10 km from here, on Monday. Lion Kuldip Singh, immediate past district governor, Lions Club, District 321-D, presided over the function. As many as 115 saplings were planted.

PART OF DELEGATION: Mr Rakesh Nayyar, a local resident and vice president of the Punjab unit of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), has been included in the six-member delegation from Punjab, which would take part in the World Festival of Youth and Students to be held in Algeria from August 8 to 16.

INSTALLATION: The following have been installed office-bearers of the Inner Wheel Club Mid Town here: Ms Rashi Vasudeva — president; Ms Ritu Mahajan — vice-president; Ms Neeta Mehta — secretary and Ms Sunita Trehan —treasurer.

I-DAY CELEBRATIONS: A cultural function would be performed by students of the Sangam Kala Kendra at the State College Auditorium on August 11 here to mark the Independence Day celebrations. During the function, dances of different states West Bengal, Orissa, Rajasthan, Assam and Punjab would be presented by the students including the poor and physically challenged ones. Mr Rakesh Yadav, president of the kendra, said the purpose of the training imparted to students was to make them confident and able to accept challenges in life. 

TWO EXPELLED: The Tripuri Main Bazar Welfare Association expelled its two members, Mr Chander Bhan Madan and Mr Jaswant Singh Sahni, here Tuesday. After a general body meeting of the association, the general secretary, Mr J.L. Verma, said these persons have been expelled for three years due to their involvement in anti-association activities. 

MEDICAL CAMP: Bhai Ghanita Jee Jeewan Sewa Trust will be holding a free medical check-up camp at Tikkana Bhai Ram Kishan, Sherawala Gate, on August 5 here. Giving this information, Mahant Pritam Singh, chairman of the trust said eminent doctors and specialists in medicines orthopaedics, skin and eyes will be examining the patients during the camp. 

CELEBRATED: The District Youth Congress (Urban) celebrated Shaheed Udham Singh day by crowning the martyr with garlands at Ragho Majra here on Tuesday. Yet another function was organised by the Principal, teachers and students of Dhudial Public School at Bishan Nagar here. 

PROFESSOR HONOURED: Dr B.S. Gill, Professor and Head of the Department of Botony, Punjabi University, has been offered Emeritus Fellowship by the University Grant Commission in recognition of his research contributions in forestry, particularly in the field of genetics and diversity. Dr Gill would now work on a project on ‘Jaman’ — a wild tree having medicinal value and other community utilities- and whose centre is located in the Indian subcontinent. The significant contribution made by him in this context is the exploration of germplasm, identification races and the establishment of their full grown trees in the Experimental Botanical Garden of Punjabi University. The research group headed by Dr Gill is credited with the exploration of morphogenetic diversity in over 800 Indian forest tree species and evaluation of germplasm of wild populations of various trees of social forestry including species such as tut, ber, neem, bel, anar and harar. 

TWO GIRLS ROBBED: Miscreants robbed two scooter-borne girls namely Sharanpal Kaur and Kulwant Kaur, of two gold chains and five rings at the local Khera road. The police has registered a case under Section 392, IPC.

3 LOK ADALATS HELD: The District Legal Cell Authority organised three Lok Adalats under the supervision of the District and Sessions Judge, Mr A.N.Jindal at Moga, Muktsar and here on Saturday to settle loan cases of the State Bank of Patiala in the respective areas. As many as 289 out of 895 cases were settled,disclosed Mr Balkar Singh, ADA (Legal Cell Authority), Faridkot here on Sunday. 



TIMINGS CHANGED: The British Library, Chandigarh, has changed its timings from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday with effect from August 1, 2001. Sundays and Mondays will continue to be the weekly holidays. The step has been taken in view of the heavy demand from the public for change of library timings, according to Mr Sushant Banerjee, Manager, British Library. 

ELECTED: Mr Bachan Singh has been elected president of the Aashiana Cultural Club, Chandigarh. Other office-bearers are Mr Lakhwinder Singh — secretary; Ms Geetika Sharma and Mr Jaswinder Kumar — joint secretaries, Mr O.P. Sharma coordinating secretary; and Ms Veenra Rani — treasurer. According to Mr Ashok K. Kapoor, Director of the club, the main objective of the club is to promote growing talented artistes/members and to develop cordial, healthy relations between each other. 

HAILED: Traders of Chandigarh and Market Welfare Association, Sector 44-D, have welcomed the decision of the Chandigarh Administration to approve their long pending demand for deemed assessment. The association has expressed its gratitude the late Mr Inder Lal Batra, Mr Parhotam Mahajan, Mr Bal Krishan Bhutani, Mr Sat Pal Gupta, Mr Dewakar Sahoonja, Mr Charanjit Singh, Mr S.S.Purba and Mr M.P.Kohli for the relentless struggle waged by them for the cause of the traders. 

VALEDICTORY FUNCTION: The valedictory function of the 51th orientation course of the Academic Staff College, Panjab University, was held on Tuesday at the ICSSR Complex. The chief guest, Prof Paramjit Singh, Registrar, addressed 37 teacher participants who belonged to 15 different disciplines and arrived from different institutions of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. Prof Gopal Krishan, Director, in his address informed that a novel feature of the workshop was the publication of a magazine titled “ The Window” which had contributions by the participants.


MC BYELECTIONS: Three candidates have been left in the fray for the byelection to be held for ward No. 24 of the Municipal Council, Ambala Sadar. The election officer, Mr Satish Katyal, said on the last day for withdrawal of candidature, Mr Vijay Kumar and Mr Harish Budhiraja have opted out. Now, the triangular contest will be between Mr Narendra Bangali supported by the Vikas Parishad, Ms Chanchal Rani of the Congress and Mr Pradeep Kumar of the BJP. Mr Katyal said arrangements have been made for voting at Sanatan Dharamshala, Kaccha Bazar, where polling stations will be set up. The voting will continue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SKIN TREATMENT CAMP: As many as 637 patients suffering from skin diseases were examined and treated at a skin treatment camp organised by the local branch of Central Junior Chamber on the premises of S.D. High School here on Sunday. Mr B.L. Singhal, District and Sessions Judge, Jind, inaugurated the camp. Dr V.K. Jain, Professor and Head of the Dermatology Department, Medical College, Rohtak and five other dermatologists treated the patients.

TWO ARRESTED: The police has arrested Sher Singh, alias Sheru, and his son Makhan Singh, residents of Sant Nagar, Ismailabad, 30 km from here, on Monday for allegedly killing a bull. A case has been registered against them under Sections 429 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code on a complaint lodged by Mr Rajesh, president, Gau Seva Samiti.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Rewari unit of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Society of India: Dr Tara Saxena — president; Dr Veena Bhayana and Dr Prem Bhayana —vice-presidents; Dr Usha Sachdeva — secretary; Dr Mitra Saxena — joint secretary; Dr Saroj Maan — clinical secretary; Dr Seema Mittal — joint clinical secretary and Dr Neelam Yadav — treasurer.

ELECTION: The election for the executive committee of the Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers’ Association will be held on August 17. Dr B.N. Singhal, Head of the Hindi Department and Returning Officer, said the election would be held at the Teachers’ Common Room and the results would be declared on the same day. He said the nominations could be filed by August 6, while the last date for withdrawal of nominations would be August 7.


PHOTO EXHIBITION: The Information and Publicity wing of the Government of India (Shimla region) organised a five-day exhibition of rare colour and black and white photographs of the Kargil war on the occasion of “Kargil Vijay Divas” at Kisan Bhavan here. It was inaugurated on Monday by Assistant Commissioner, Dr Devinder Gupta. The Regional Publicity Officer, Mr Pramod Kumar, said the exhibition would remain open from 2 pm to 7 pm daily till Friday.

WOOD THIEF HELD: The Kulu police has arrested Jogi Ram of Arogi village and seized 23 sleepers of deodar at Chanaari village, about 6 km from here, on Sunday. Mr N. Venu Gopal, Superintendent of Police, in a press note said the suspect had allegedly fell a tree in the Bodsu forest and converted it into timber. The police party headed by Mr Hans Raj, ASI, recovered the timber and arrested the accused. A case under Sections 41 and 42 of the Indian Forest Act and Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.

ROAD INAUGURATED: Mr Chander Sen Thakur inaugurated the Fozal-Neri road, constructed at a cost of Rs 11 lakh, on Sunday. While addressing a gathering Mr Thakur thanked the Himachal Pradesh Government for giving priority to the construction of roads. Mr Dhaneshwari Thakur, a zila parishad member, Mr Dinesh Sen, secretary, state BJP and Mr K.K. Kampani, Executive Engineer, HPPWD, also spoke on the occasion.

DOC INVITED TO USA: Dr Surender Kashyap, head of the Chest Disease Department in Indira Gandhi medical College here, has been invited to present his study on “Bronchial Asthma among schoolchildren” in the 67th Annual International Scientific Assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians at Philadelphia. The five-day conference will begin on November 4. His study indicates that 2.26 per cent schoolchildren here were suffering from the disease.

DYC BLOCK CHIEFS: The following have been elected Block Presidents, District Youth Congress, Mandi: Mr Neeraj Sharma — Mandi (Sadar); Mr Baman Dev Thakur — Drang; Mr Pawan Kumar — Gopalpur; Mr Narinder Thakur — Dharampur; Mr Shyam Lal — Sunder Nagar (Rural)and Mr Sameer Sharma — Sunder Nagar (City).


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