Tuesday, August 7, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


RESEARCH WORK: A joint research work by four doctors of the local Government Medical College and Guru Nanak Dev Hospital was presented at the 17th World Heart Congress of the International Society for Heart Research held at Winnipeg, Canada. Dr Geeta Sharma, Dr B.S. Bedi, Dr Jatinder Singh and Dr Pankaj Goyal prepared a research paper on the role of hypolipidemic drugs in lowering blood lipids and lipoprotein A in the North Indian population.

SAD MEETING: The SAD has convened a meeting of all 22 district presidents of Haryana, Delhi and J&K units of the party at Chandigarh on August 8 to chalk out the strategy for the forthcoming Assembly elections in Punjab. This was stated by Mr Lakhbir Singh Arayianwala, district president of the party here on Monday.

CAMP FOR HANDICAPPED: The district administration in collaboration with the Bharat Vikas Parishad organised a camp in the local Sanatan Dharam Sabha on Sunday to help handicapped persons in getting artificial limbs, certificates, bus passes and pension forms. Mr Vivek Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the function. Ms Gurpreet Deo, SSP, also spoke on the occasion.

TRIBUTES PAID: Tributes were paid to Surjit Kaur, a prominent educationist, at the local gurdwara on Sunday. She was the elder sister of Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Urban Development Minister, and the daughter of the late veteran Akali leader Atma Singh. Mr Kirpal Singh, and Ms Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal, both former MPs, Ms Kiranjit Kaur, general secretary, SGPC, and Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Urban Development Minister, were among those who paid tributes.

DHARNA: The Diploma Engineers Association, of the Punjab Irrigation Department has decided to stage district-level demonstrations at all its district headquarters in the state on Thursday in support of their long- standing demands. In a press note here on Monday, the association leaders said the purpose of the dharnas outside the Deputy Commissioners’ Offices was to remind the Chief Minister of his public announcements made on June 27, 1999 and August 11, 2000, regarding the demands of the agitating engineers. They said there was a wide-spread resentment among its members against the non-implementation of CM’s promises made over two years ago. The association leaders further said it did not question the intentions of the Chief Minister but doubted the role played by their senior officers. The charter of demands, to be forwarded to the Chief Minister, would be presented to the Deputy Commissioners after the protest dharnas.

INSTALLATION MEETING: The installation meeting of the Inner Wheel Club was held at Sutlej Club on Monday. Ms Kavita Venu Gopal, Regional Head (Northern India), Corporate and Institutional Banking, Standard Chartered, was the chief guest. The newly elected president and secretary, Ms Manjula Jain and Ms Taru Vohra, respectively, for 2001-2002 were welcomed by the club members. The club members handed over 15 scholarships to the poor children for their education. A sum of Rs 10,000 was collected for the surgery of a 34-year-old female heart patient. Special birthday and anniversary gifts were given to the club members.

TRICYCLE: The General Secretary of the Indian Red Cross Society, Mr S.P. Malik, gave self-driven tricycle to Mr Bahadur Singh, a physically challenged person. Mr Singh is a resident of Aggarwal village. The cycle is manufactured by Skysun Industries. According to a spokesperson of the factory, the cycle is the first of its kind specially designed for the handicapped.

EYE BANK: Father Thomas Kalapura of Catholic Church, Sarabha Nagar, visited the Mansuran Eye Bank on Monday. According to a press note, he distributed eatables among 45 indoor patients for corneal transplants and other eye problems. He appreciated the efforts of the eye bank. He said the dedication and devotion with which the patients were being treated was a witness to the brotherhood of mankind.

DE-ADDICTION CAMP: A 15-day drug de-addiction camp and acupuncture treatment by Kotnis Acupuncture Hospital and the Social Welfare and Medical Council, Kila Raipur, concluded here on Saturday. According to a press note the closing ceremony was presided over by Mr R.L. Kalsia, director of the Social Security and Women and Child Welfare, Punjab. Mr Kalsia said it was unfortunate that more and more youngsters were getting hooked to drugs. He said they should be treated with love and affection at the de-addiction centers.

CONFERENCE: During the Urs Mubarik of Sufi poet Hazrat Sultan Bahoo (R. A.) a conference would be held under the auspices of the Markazi Punjabi Board” and under the supervision of Hazrat Ghulam Gillani Sultan on August 23 and 24, at Darbar Hazrat Sultan Bahoo, District, Jhang (Punjab), Pakistan.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Rotary Club: director — Mr V.P. Jindal; president — Mr Sat Pal Garg; secretary — Mr Raj Kumar Jindal; and treasurer — Mr Raj Kumar

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Rotract Club (Mid Town): president — Mr Abdul Hafiz; vice-president — Mr Sunil Kansal; secretary — Mr Imtiaz Ali; and treasurer — Mr Bhanu Jain.

KILLED: Amarjit Singh (35) of Bardwal village was killed on the Malerkotla-Dhuri road on Sunday when his bicycle was hit by a tempo.

ELECTROCUTED: Krishan Kumar (45), a wireman of the Railways, was electrocuted near the eastern cabin of the local railway station on Saturday. The deceased was repairing on an electric pole when the mishap occurred. In another incident, Gajjan Singh of Phulluwala Dode village of the district was seriously injured on Saturday night when an LPG cylinder kept in the kitchen caught fire due to leakage of gas. He received serious burn injuries and was admitted to Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala.

SCRIBE DEAD: Dalip Singh Bhopal (67), retired Principal, humourist and journalist, died here on Sunday at his residence in the Civil Lines. He worked on the Hind Samachar Group of Publications for a long time. His funeral was largely attended.

EXTENDED: The Punjab Government has extended with immediate effect the term of the Chairman of the local Improvement Trust, Mr Joginder Pal Jain, from two years to four years.

RALLY HELD: The Class IV Government Employees Union, Rajindra Hospital, on Monday observed a rally in front of the office of Medical Superintendent and Principal of the college. The rally was held to protest against the authorities, decision to not allow the employees to submit their demands to the state Health and Welfare Minister, Mr Manoranjan Kalia during his visit here. Mr Ram Krishan, president of the union and Mr Satnam Singh Kamboj, propaganda Secretary of the Punjab State Employee’s Union addressed the rally.

DENTAL HOSPITAL: Luxmi Bai Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital constructed on the outskirts of the city on Patiala-Sirhind Road is going to enroll 600 students in its first session.

Ms Mohini Puri, former Principal of Government Dental College here, will be the new Principal of the college.

YOGA CLASSES: Yoga classes have been started under the guidance of Mr Mohinder Singh Diwan by the Welfare Association, Gurbax Colony, Street No 4. Classes are being regularly held at Rose Garden and DCW colony. The classes are being imparted free of cost.

MEETING HELD: A meeting of the district unit of Government Classical and Vernacular Teachers’ Union, Punjab, was held at Nehru Park Colony, here on Monday. State Secretary of the Union, Mr Bhim Sen Modgil, presided over the meeting. The meeting discussed demands such as regularisation of promotion and seniority criteria in the district and also the allotment of necessary furniture to the upgraded schools.

SIGNATURE DRIVE: The Patiala Beopar Mandal in association with the Punjab Beopar Mandal will undertake a signature drive to press for their demands and send the same to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. The main demands of the organisation comprises of abolition of octroi, provision of water and sewerage facilities. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Narinder Pal Lali, president of the Patiala unit of the Beopar Mandal said a meeting of members of the organisation would be held at Abohar on August 7.

DOCTOR BOOKED: A doctor, Rajpal Singh Raju, was booked for taking out a healthy tooth of his patient Harbhajan Singh of Barsal village, in Machhiwara, and intimidating the patient without admitting his mistake. A case under Sections 279, 338, 325 and 506, IPC, has been registered against the doctor. The doctor is practising at Balala village, near Samrala.

MEETING HELD: A meeting of the Brahmin Sabha, was held at Durga Mandir here on Monday. It was addressed by Dr Naranjan Dev Shastri, president of Sarasvati Sanskrit College, Khanna, besides others. Some problems faced by the Brahmin community were discussed at length. A havan was also performed and a langar was organised on the occasion, according to Mr Raj Kaushal, spokesman of the sabha.

ROOMS CONSTRUCTED: Three rooms have almost been constructed at the local Government Senior Secondary School for Girls. This was stated by Principal Bachittar Singh Brar here on Monday. He added that the parents teachers association, and social and religious institutions had extended their full cooperation in the project. While one room was constructed with the money donated by the PTA, donations for the second were made by the Gurdwara Visharkama Committee. The third room was constructed with the efforts of Mr Sandeep Hans, former SDM, Mr Brar. A verandah and more rooms would be constructed shortly with the help of Mr Kirpal Singh Khirnian and Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA, assured Mr Gurdev Singh Mushkabad.

SEMINAR HELD: The Punjabi Lekhak Manch, organised a seminar on ‘Shishe Vichala Aks,’ a book by Punjabi writer, Mr Ajaib Singh, at the local senior secondary school on Sunday. Dr Iqbal and Prof Hamdardvir Naushaharvi read their papers on stories included in the book. Among others who participated in the seminar were Prof Baldeep and Dr Gulzar Mohamad Goria, the president and the general secretary of the manch, respectively, besides Mr Surjit Vishad, a well-known poet of the area.

DEMANDED: As against the sanctioned posts of six teachers at Government Primary School, Manki village, near here, there is only one lady teacher, that too on deputation, for over 250 children. Mr Mewa Singh, sarpanch of the village, has demanded the filling up of remaining posts by authorities concerned. He threatened to lock the school in case of delay.

TRIBUTES: Tributes would be paid to Mrs Ralli devi (105) at the local Durga Mandir on Wednesday. She had actively participated in the freedom struggle along with Master Gajjan Singh and Shaheed Girdhari Lal. Born at Balari Kalan village in 1896, she was brought up by a neighbour, and later on married Pandit Ralla Ram, who, too, was a freedom-fighter.

SUICIDE: Mr Mohan Singh (25), a resident of Sangatpura village, near here, reportedly committed suicide on Monday by hanging from a ceiling fan. His body was taken to the local Civil Hospital and was handed over to his relatives after a post-mortem examination. The police has registered a case.



PRESENTED: Dr Ram Kumar, a physician, presented a book on disaster management to Dr Rameshwar Chander, Director, Health Services, UT, at a simple ceremony on Monday. The book, authored by Dr S.L.Goyal and Dr Ram Kumar, deals with various aspects of disaster management including organisation and management, health management of human beings and animals and their rehabilitation. 

DANCE COMPETITION: Gilly Flower School on Monday held an open dance competition at Tagore Theatre to mark its first anniversary. Mr M.S. Malik, Director General of Police, Haryana, was the chief guest, while Mr Jacob Partap, Assistant Labour Commissioner, Ropar, was the guest of honour.

INAUGURATED: Director of the PGI Prof S.K. Sharma on Monday inaugurated a function organised by the Chandigarh Surgical Society. Among those who spoke on the occasion were, Dr A.K. Attri, founder Honorary Secretary, Prof V.K. Kak, former Director-Principal of Government Medical College and Hospital and Prof B.L. Talwar, former Head of the Surgery Department, PGI.

SEMINAR: The Consumers Forum Chandigarh, on Monday organised a seminar on breast feeding at Karuna Sadan as a part of the celebration of the World Breast Feeding week. Dr Randir Singh, joint secretary, UT Red Cross Society, said for the emotional bonding and health of the next generation, there was a great need of reverting back to the old practice of breast feeding. Ms Aruna Khanna, Project Officer, Mr Jaidev Singh, Chairman of the forum, Ms Jaswinder Kaur of Indian Child Welfare Council and Mr R.K. Kaplash, vice-chairman of the forum also spoke on the occassion.

NOMINATED: Mr Manjit Singh Chohan, a resident of Ram Darbar, has been nominated member of the local Telephone Advisory Committee constituted by the Ministry of Telecommunication.

CHURCH SOCIETY: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Anglican Church Welfare Society: president — Mr Fazal Masih; vice-president — Mr Lawrance Malik; secretary — Mr Ashwani Kumar; treasurer — Mr Bahadur Singh; auditor — Mr Maqbool Masih; joint secretary — Mr Umesh Joseph; organising secretary — Mr Gulzar Masih; coordinator of women cell—Ms Dropati Massey; and members—Mr Ved Prakash, Mr Daniel and Mr David.

APPOINTED: Mr Sanjay Bhajni has been appointed president of the Mani Majra block of the Janata Dal(U). Mr Vinod Kumar has been appointed president of the east district of the party. While Mr Rajinder Kumar will be president of the Mauli Jagran unit and Mr Ram Kumar will head the Bhagat Singh Colony unit.

EFFIGY BURNT: Activists of the Shiv Sena on Monday burnt the effigy of Gen Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, in protest against Pakistan’s role in aiding militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.



JANA KALYAN MANCH: Former MLA, Mr Shiv Prashad, has been elected patron of Jana Kalyan Manch here on Monday. Other officer-bearers who have been elected are: president — Vijay Kumar Jain; vice-presidents — Mr Tirath Singh and Mr Shyam Lal Bansal; general secretary — Mr Jai Pal Sharma secretaries; Mr Surender Kumar, Mr Ramesh Verma and Mr Jogender Pal; and cashier — Mr Roshan Lal Sharma.

RSS RALLY: Workers of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh on Monday took out a ‘silent rally’ in Ambala City to protest against the killing of RSS activists in Tripura. The rallyists carried placards condemning the incident and wore black bands as a mark of protest. The rally which started from Ram Bagh area culminated at Jagadhari Gate where a meeting was held to pay tributes to those who had been killed. Among others, former Deputy Speaker Mr Faquir Chand, Ambala City MLA, Ms Veena Chhibber and Mr Bharat Bhushan Jathwad were also present.

NSS CAMP: A blood donation camp was organised by volunteers of National Service Scheme at SD College, Ambala Cantt, on Monday. The camp was held on a request from the local blood bank. The camp was inaugurated by the college principal, Dr Desh Bandhu. 62 units of blood were collected during the camp which surpassed the target of 40 units of blood, a press release said.

VANMAHOTSAVA: ‘Vanmahotsava was observed in Arya Girls College, Ambala Cantonment on Monday. A poster making competition was also held. Among others, saplings were planted by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.D. Gautam, and the ADC, Mr Mahinder Kumar.

SURPRISE CHECK: The Tehsildar on Sunday made a surprise check and charged 14 shopkeepers with overcharging on the price of milk pouches. They were later let off by the Tehsildar with reprimand. The Tehsildar directed the shop keepers to display the rate list in their shops.

GANG BUSTED: With the arrests of Ranjit, Kawra, Ganga Ram, Ramesh, Vinod and ring leader Vijay Pal, the district police has claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of dacoits. The district police chief, Mr Desraj Singh, said on Sunday that on a tip-off, the police arrested them from an isolated dera near Ratangarh village under the Shahabad police station in the district on Saturday and seized a .13-bore country-made pistol, two live cartridges, an iron rod and an axe.

EYE CAMP: The Bharat Vikas Parishad, under the RSS, is organising a free eye operation camp on Tuesday at Ganaur in the district.

CLASH: As many as eight persons, including three women, were injured in a clash between the members of a family at Nuran Khera village, about 40 km from here, on Sunday. Attack on a youth, Rajesh, by members of rival group was stated to be the main cause of the clash. A case has been registered.

STUDENT HURT: Sandeep Maan, a Class IX student, sustained serious injuries when he slipped while bathing at Motilal Nehru School of Sports at Rai, about 13 km from here, on Sunday. He has been admitted to the PGI, Rohtak.

BUS OVERTURNS: At least 60 passengers were injured, 14 of them seriously, when a private bus overturned between Mahipur and Ridhao villages, about 25 km from here, on Sunday. The driver of the bus reportedly lost control when a tractor abruptly came in front of it. A case has been registered.


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