Sunday, August 12, 2001, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


SUCCUMBS: Gurtej Singh of Danewala Satkosi village on Thursday succumbed to a head injury allegedly caused by his younger brother Gurcharan Singh. Sources said an alteraction between the brothers over the disposal of sullage water from their houses reportedly was the cause behind the incident.

DEAD: Love Preet Kaur of Jhorarkhera village, who had consumed insecticide, died at the Civil Hospital here on Thursday. Family sources said she consumed the insecticide mistaking it to be cough cyrup.

PROTEST RALLY: Junior Engineers of the Irrigation, Social Welfare and PUDA Departments held a protest rally here on Friday. Mr Sukhbir Singh, president of the Diploma Engineers Association, alleged that partiality was being done in the Irrigation Department by making out-of-turn promotions.

WAGAH BORDER FUNCTION: The Folklore Research Academy, an Indo-Pak friendship front, will light candles at the Wagah border on the night of August 14 to express solidarity among Punjabis of India and Pakistan. Stating this, Mr Bhupinder Singh Sandhu and Mr Ramesh Yadav, district president and general secretary of the academy, respectively, added that Hans Raj Hans would inaugurate the function while Om Puri, Gulzar, Deepti Nawal and Raj Babbar would grace the occasion.

SEMINAR HELD: Harish Mittal, a student of the local Police Public School, got the first position in a district-level seminar on “Bio-technology revolution — benefits and concerns” held at Khalsa Senior Secondary School recently. This was stated in a press note issued here on Friday by Mr Jitendra K. Jain, SSP, and president of Police Public School.

DHARNA: The Non-teaching Employees Union of the local DAV College observed a strike and sat on a dharna in front of the Principal’s office on Saturday. The employees demanded the payment of arrears in one instalment, pension, gratuity fund and the house rent allowance at revised rates. The call for strike was given by the Private Colleges Non-teaching Employees Union.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: A blood donation camp was organised here on Saturday at the local Police Public School by an NGO, Emergency Blood Club. Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, inaugurated the camp. Eleven persons donated blood. A drug de-addiction camp was also organised by the club.

MEETING: A special meeting was organised at a gurdwara in Payal on Friday, under the chairmanship of Jathedar Sadhu Singh Ghudani, local MLA. Over 1,500 people from the surrounding areas participated in the meeting. The main aim was to discuss about the conference to be conducted at Issaru on Wednesday. Jathedar Ghudani also elaborated upon the developmental tasks being carried out in the area by Mr Parkash Singh Badal. He further said he had been given the consent to contest the forthcoming elections from his area. The sarpanches — Mr Gurnam Singh, Mr Achhara Singh, Mr Sohan Singh and Mr Yash Pal Singh of Araichan, Rampur, Ajnaud and Rajgarh villages, respectively — speaking on the occasion, insured their full support to the Jathedar. Among others who attended the meeting were Dr Surinder Singh Shahpur, Mr Bhagwan Singh, president the Truck Union; Mr Avtar Singh, general secretary of the local unit of SAD; Jathedar Bharpoor Singh, Baba Bhajan Singh and Mr Gurcharan Singh Jeerakh, Chairman, Market Committee.

CALLER TRACED: A man making fake calls and using abusive language for the past 2-3 months was identified and a case registered against him at Sahnewal police station on Thursday. Om Parkash, of Doaba Bhaini village had lodged a complaint with the police over the nuisance. The caller used to use abusive language on hearing a woman’s voice. An observer was attached to the telephone set following which the culprit was traced as Avtar Singh of the same village. Interestingly the traced number belonged to the Sarpanch, Kulwant Kaur. A case has been registered against the accused under Section 294, IPC.

MISBEHAVIOR ALLEGED: Inderjit Singh, Assistant Executive Engineer, Punjab State Electricity Board, employed here registered a complaint with the local police on Thursday over misbehavior with staff members. He said the board employees had gone to change wires at Ucchi Mangali village on Tuesday, when a resident of the village, Darbara Singh, used abusively language in order to stop their work. A case under Sections 353 and 506, IPC, has been registered.

IMPOSTORS HELD: The Dasuya police arrested Naveen Sharma and Vishal of Janakpuri, New Delhi, for allegedly taking Rs 7,500 from Rajesh Kumar of Terkiana village and Milan Singh of Kullian village by posing as officers of some agency on Thursday.

ILLICIT LIQUOR: The Mukerian police arrested Harbhajan Singh of Himmatpur and Saradin Ram of Urmur and seized 26,250 ml of illicit liquor from them on Thursday. The Garhshankar police also arrested Bhajan Singh and seized 6,750 ml of illicit liquor from him.

PURSE SNATCHED: Two unidentified youths snatched a purse from Ms Sukhdarshan Kaur, Principal of Government Primary School, Shergarh, while she was going to her house on Thursday. The purse contained Rs 10,721, pay roles of teachers and other documents. A case has been registered under Section 256, IPC.

CRUSHED: A person was crushed by a bus on the Hoshiarpur-Dasuya road, near Bagpur Staur, on Thursday. The bus allegedly belongs to Gaurav Transport Company.

MINISTER BEREAVED: Teja Singh (80), father of former minister Jagtar Singh Multani of Talwandi Kuka village died at his native village on Friday. He is survived by four sons and three daughters. His funeral took place at the same village on Saturday and was largely attended.

ROTARY CLUB: Mr Subhash Garg, District Governor, Rotary district 3080, is visiting the Rotary Club Kharar on Sunday. The club is organising a function in library hall of Arya College for Women, here at 7 p.m. 

VACCINATION CAMP: The Lions Club Kharar is organising a hepatitis-B vaccination camp on Sunday at post office here from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the subsidised rates. 

MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES: Employees of the Municipal Committee, Kharar, will organise a meeting near octroi post here on Sunday. In order to discuss the issue of octroi abolition. 

RELEASE OF BOOKS SOUGHT: The Democratic Teachers Front, has sought an immediate release of the books of drawing and home science subjects for Class IX and X. In a press note issued here on Friday, Mr Bhajan Singh, president of local unit of the front, stated that membership drive of the DTF would continue till the end of August. The front appealed to all the teachers of the city to join the front. It also flayed the transfer of Mr Ranjeet Singh, a senior lecturer of Lalto Kalan. It stated that many cases of teachers were lying pending with the district education officers for a long time.

SHIV SENA: Mr Sandeep Mittal, district president of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), has nominated Mr Basant Miglani as president of Ward 67 of the party. Addressing a meeting of party workers, he claimed that the party was consolidating its base in the state and more and more people were joining it in view of the widely accepted policies of Mr Bal Thackeray.

YC DELEGATION: A delegation of the Youth Congress activists, headed by Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka, Senior Vice-President, Punjab Youth Congress, met the All-India Congress Committee President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi and presented a memorandum, demanding adequate representation to the youth in the coming assembly elections in Punjab. Giving this information here, Mr Tikka said that the party leadership was asked to allot party ticket to loyal and steadfast Youth Congress activists, particularly in the wake of an announcement by the SAD that it would select 33 per cent of its candidates from amongst the youth.

HOMAGE: Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) activists paid homage to their four colleagues who were kidnapped and later killed allegedly by a militant group of the National Liberation Front of Tripura. At a prayer meeting held at Arya Senior Secondary School here, the city chief organiser, Mr Mitter Sain, paid floral tributes to the deceased RSS activists. Mr Madan Mohan Vyas, Chairman, Ludhiana Improvement Trust, while expressing deep shock at the tragic incident, termed it as a crime against humanity. He urged the RSS functionaries to exercise restraint. Among others present at the meeting were Mr Balbir Chand Kapila, vice-president of the state unit of the BJP, a former city Mayor, Mr Sat Parkash, and the state co-organiser of the RSS, Mr Kashmiri Lal.

BJYM MEET: A state-level meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) will be held at Samiti Kendra here on August 13 in which presidents and general secretaries of the district units will also participate. Addressing a meeting of the district office-bearers here on Saturday, Mr Kamal Chatley announced that all preparations for the session were completed. Mr Om Birla, national vice-president of the BJYM would address the session. Mr Chatley further said that a large number of party workers would take part in the national convention of the BJYM scheduled to be held at Agra on October 3 and 4.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Gobindgarh Transport Association: President — Mr Barjinder Singh; Vice-President — Mr Shingara Singh Salana; Secretary-General — Mr Parveen Kumar; and Finance Secretary — Mr Rajinder Singh Braich.

PROMOTED: As many as eight patwaris have been promoted Kanungos by the District Collector, Mr Jagjit Singh. Mr Dalbir Chand, Mr Gian Singh, Mr Harbans Lal, Mr Harpal Singh, Mr Jasmeet Singh, Mr Gurdev Singh, Mr Dharam Pal and Mr Ram Asra have been posted at Kanungo circles of Jandiala, Balachaur, Jadla, Behloor Kalan, the Kanungo office, the tehsil office, Balachaur, Bhaddi, Kathgarh and Saroya, respectively.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among teachers of government schools being run under Operation blackboard against the state government for not paying them salaries for the past two months. They have urged the authorities concerned to take steps in this connection.

BODY FOUND: An unidentified body of a youth (25) was found near Pojewal village in the district on Friday.

NOMINATED: Mr Amit Sharma, a local advocate, has been nominated convener of the local chapter of the Bharat Tibet Sehyog Manch by Dr Kuldip Agnihotri, national co-convener of the manch.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the All-India Women’s Conference: president — Ms Santosh Ghai; general secretary — Ms Sudershan Nayyar; and treasurer — Ms Amita Bali.

MEETING: The Railway over bridge work in Dera Bassi will be completed by October while the work of the Rajpura over bridge will be finished by November end this year. Giving this information at a meeting held at Red Cross hall here, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, said the administration was making endeavour to complete these pending work of over bridges at the earliest. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Surinder Singh Matta was appointed as vice-president of the Anardana Chowk Association at a meeting held here on Saturday. The other office-bearers are: general secretary — Mr Harbans Singh Sachdeva; treasurer — Mr Vijay Malhotra; and secretary — Mr Gurpratap Singh. 

DHARNA: Junior engineers of the Diploma Engineers Association from the Patiala zone of the Punjab Irrigation Department organised a dharna at the IB complex here. The agitation was against the Punjab Government orders to promote junior engineers on the basis of outstanding merit, ignoring the seniority list. Association leaders, including Mr Balwinder Singh, Mr H.S. Kahlon and Mr Tejinder Singh Walia stated that on July 27, 1999, in a rally the Punjab Chief Minister had announced that the service rules for the promotions of junior engineers would be announced within three months but the rules had not been prepared even after three years. 

STRIKE: Employees of Modi College and Khalsa College participated in a strike on Saturday called by the private colleges non-teaching employees union in protest against the non-payment of pension, gratuity and arrears. 

ACCIDENT: A bus (PB 11 L-9825) crushed a scooter (PB 10-AE-8177) at Sahnewal chowk, on Friday at 11 a.m. The scooterist, Harmail Singh of Baddowal, was going with his mother, Harjinder Kaur. She suffered fractures on both her legs. A case has been registered unde Sections 279, 337, 338 and 927, IPC, against the driver of the bus.

TRIBUTES: A two-minute silence was observed in the memory of Mr Baljeet Singh, Land Evaluation Officer of the local land Mortgage bank, here on Saturday jointly by the employees of the local Land Mortgage Bank and Machhiwara Land Mortgage Bank. Mr Baljeet Singh died on Friday following a heart attack. Mr Jegjeevan Singh Khirnian, chairman of the local banks, paid tributes and highlighted the services rendered by him to the farmers of the area.

MACHINE INSTALLED: An electronic machine to examine eyes has been installed in the local Civil Hospital, according to an Eye Surgeon, Dr Vijay Pal Soni. Dr Soni said all kinds of eyes diseases could be traced out with the machine. Dr J.P. Singh, SMO of the hospital, also stated that a coloured X-ray machine has also started functioning, which they had received recently.

CONDOLENCE: A two-minute silence was observed on Saturday in the local civil rest house by the members of the local press club in the memory of Neera, daughter of senior journalist Baljeet Balli of Chandigarh Ajit Group Newspapers. In a meeting held here on Saturday under the presidentship of Mr Ram Gopal Sofat, president, a condolence message was sent to Mr Baljeet Balli. Among those who participated in the meeting included Dharminder Sachdeva, P.S. Batra, Jagdeesh Neelon, Ashwani Bhardwaj, Harjeet Arora and Sant Parkash Kalra with Gurdeep Khurana.

DENTAL CAMP: The local Bharat Vikas Parishad organised a free dental camp on the premises of Shishu Bharti Model School here on Thursday. Dr A.N. Krishnan and his team examined 350 patients.Top


SAPLINGS PLANTED: The State Bank of India, main branch, organised a sapling plantation camp in Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, here on Saturday. Around 100 saplings were planted. Mr H.O. Sharma, DGM, main branch, was also present. 

TRESPASS CASE: Referring to the news item captioned “Two discharged in trespassing case”, published on August 11, the complainant, Mr K.N. Datt, a former Chief Engineer, has stated that the matter is subject to appeal at the High Court. 



CYCLE RALLY: Air Force Pulic School, Ambala Cantonment, organised a cycle rally from Ambala to Patiala and back on Saturday. It was flagged off by Air Cmde V.R. Iyer, Air Officer Commanding, AF Stn, Ambala. A total of 40 students, including nine girls, participated in the rally. The rally was led by Sqn Ldr Surinder Singh, Senior Education Officer, AF Stn, Ambala Cantonment. The school Principal, Sqn Ldr R.C. Chabra (retd), and four teachers participated. The aim of the rally, besides spreading the message of clean ecology, was also to prepare the students to face the challenges of life boldly. 

CONTEST: The prize distribution ceremony of the Hindi writing competition organised by the Rashtrabhasha Vichar Manch at Sewa Samiti Kanya Vidyalaya, Ambala Contonment, on Saturday. Students from Class VII to Class XII participated in the competition. Anu of Class IX was first, Shanti of Class XII was second and Vani Verma of Class XII was third. Prizes and certificates were given away by the Principal of SD College, Dr Deshbandhu.

BJP MEETING: The local unit of the BJP today held a public meeting at Ward No 24, Ambala Sadar, where bye-elections are going to take place. The meeting was addressed by Pandit Shankar Dass, Mr Shish Pal Bhola, Mr Gyan Chand Aggarwal, Mr Harish Budhiraja, Mr Vijendra Chauhan, Mr Budhram Bansal and Mr Pradeep Kumar. The Ambala Sadar municipal council president, Pandit Shankar Dass, said the BJP had carried out a number of development projects. 

RASHTRIYA LOK DAL: A district meeting of the youth wing of the Rashtriya Lok Dal was held here on Saturday. The dal national youth president, Mr Jainendra Kumar, said, “There is a need to put stress on the farm sector so that unemployment rat comes down. “The youth officiating state president, Mr Sanjay Sharma, demanded that the road from Ambala Cantt to Handesra should be repaired at the earliest. 

AUGMENTED: The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has augmented the capacity of its 33 kv sub-station, Bhattu, near Hisar, at a cost of over Rs 15 lakh. Stating this, a spokesman for the nigam added that about 2,500 consumers of various categories, including 65 tubewell operators and 28 industry owners in six surrounding villages, would be benefited.

AWARD: The Old Staff and Student Association of Bal Bhawan Public School, Delhi, has decided to honour famous artistes of small and big screen namely Rohtash Guar of Kalka, Pankaj Berry of Pinjore and Nirmal Pandey (‘Bandit Queen’ fame), The secretary of the association, Mr Kumar, said here on Saturday that these artistes would be conferred with “Lagan Kala Upvan Rashtriya Award” on Sunday in New Delhi. 

KILLED: An aged man was killed by a Maruti car near Murthal Chowk, 8 km from here, on Friday. The victim has reportedly been identified as Zile Singh (65). A case has been registered in this connection.

BEATEN UP: Jai Singh, a farmer of Kasandi village, was allegedly kidnapped and beaten up by a patwari and his supporters on Friday. The injured was thrown in a field. Non-payment of Rs 5,000 to the patwari was stated to be the cause of the beating.

SUICIDE: Having failed to marry a girl of his choice, a youth Vijay Kumar, allegedly committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets near the office of the Superintendent of Police here on Friday. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Rotract Club: president — Mr Bharat Garg; vice-president — Mr Abhishek; secretary — Mr Pankaj Aggarwal; and treasurer — Mr Yogesh Nagpal.

DEMONSTRATION: Safai karamcharis held a demonstration in front of the office of the local Municipal Council on Friday in protest against the non-payment of their salary for the past three months.

OPEN DARBAR: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.N. Roy held an open darbar at Mundlana village, about 45 km from here, on Friday and disposed of 30 complaints. He also asked officers concerned to inspect the ring bundhs in nine villages of the area.Top



GRANTED: Col Dhani Ram Shandil, MP, has granted Rs 2.75 lakh from his MP fund for purcharsing X ray and ECG machines to be installed at the Cantonment Hospital, Subathu. Stating this, Mr Ishwar Dev Kanwar, president, Kasauli Himachal Vikas Congress, added that the MP had also granted funds for laying the Shangri-Shadiana road.

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