Wednesday, August 15, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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RICE MILLERS: The Amritsar Rice Millers Association has decided not to allow any storage of government paddy in their premises for the coming kharif season. The president of the association, Mr Harish Chander Devgan, said on Monday that they had taken this step as the government had failed to give due relaxation to yield and quality standard.

LIONS CLUB: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Lions Club: president — Mr P.C. Grover; vice-presidents — Mr Tarvesh Khurana, Mr Kapil Mehra and Mr Subash Chander; secretary — Mr Prem Khanna; and public relations officer — Mr Sushil Dogra.

DIABETES CAMP: The Vishvas Lions Club, Kot Kapura, will organise a diabetes camp at Bikaner Meet Hospital, Kot Kapura, on August 15. In a press note issued here on Monday, Mr chander Arora, Chairman of the club, said the patients would be examined and their blood and urine tests would be done free of cost.

B.ED TEACHERS: Mr Narotam Singh, district president of the Unemployed B.Ed Teachers Union, said on Monday that the state government was not serious about the falling standards of education and a large number of posts were lying vacant in the state-run schools. He said though the number of unemployed youths having B.Ed degree was more than 70,000, the state government announced only 2,100 vacancies.

SALES TAX: Mr R.D. Gupta, president of the Punjab Chemists Association said here on Monday that the Sales Tax on certain drugs which fell under the category of life saving drugs was abolished by the state government, but the list had not been reviewed and certain drugs needed to treat T.B., cancer and diabetes had not been included in it.

CAMPAIGN: The United Welfare Society has started a campaign in the city to impart knowledge regarding health to the poor children. In a press note issued here on Monday, Mr Ramesh Mehta, senior vice-president of the society, said the volunteers of the society would also distribute new clothes among the poor children.

EYE CAMP: The Divine Eye Research Foundation organised an eye camp and eye donation awareness programme at Gurukul Arya Model School on Sunday. In a press note issued here on Monday, Mr Rakesh narula, president of the foundation, said during the camp 127 patients were examined free of cost.

REQUESTED: In a representation to the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, residents of the Bibiwala road in the city have requested him not to widen the Bibiwala road to 100 feet.

CONG SEWA DAL: The following have been nominated office-bearers of the Mahila wing of the district Congress Sewa Dal by its president Ms Assu Goyal: organising secretaries — Ms Savita; Ms Manjit Kaur, Ms Shila Rani, Ms Kiran hans, Ms Gurdeep Kaur and Ms Alka Verma; office-secretary — Ms Baljit Kaur; and press secretary — Ms Meenu Goyal.

POST OFFICE: Mr A.S.I.S. Pal, Chief Postmaster General of Punjab and Chandigarh, inaugurated a post office at Kandhala Jattan village on Monday. he said the post office would be computerised soon.

DELAYED: Members of Lambra village panchayat have accused the PSEB authorities for delaying the release of 24-hour power supply to the Adharmi colony of the village on one pretext or the other for the past one year. The village panchayat had deposited Rs 1.15 lakh for the purpose on October 12, 1999, with the PSEB.

CAMP: The Lions Club, Kharar, will organise a free diabetes detection camp here near post office on August 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in which experts will give free guidance to the patients.

INDEFINITE STRIKE: The Municipal employees Union, Kharar, has decided to go for indefinite strike from the date when the Punjab Government announces the abolition of octroi and this would continue till the employees were adjusted by the government in some other departments. This decision was taken at a meeting of the union held here on Monday.

RAMGARHIA COUNCIL: Mr Jagtar Singh Bhambra has been appointed general secretary of the Ramgarhia Educational Council which runs Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School for Boys, Ramgarhia Elementary School, Ramgarhia Girls College, Ramgarhia Girls Senior Secondary School and Ramgarhia Co-Educational High School, besides managing Ramgarhia Gurudwara, Millerganj. Mr Bhambra is also the finance secretary of the Motor Parts Manufacturers Association.

SKILL DEVELOPMENT: The second skill development programme for the operators of circular knitting machines was organised here on Tuesday under the State Bank’s Project Uptech. The programme was organised for improving the skills of operators of circular knitting machines, commonly used machines by knitwear industry. This was expected to reduce the breakdown time of the machines.

POWER CRISIS: A meeting of the local industrialists was held here on Sunday under the chairmanship of Mr Kulwant Singh. The industrialists said under the present circumstances of an acute power shortage, they had been forced to retrench number of employees.

WOMAN KILLED: A woman, Deep Kaur, was killed when she fell from the moped she was riding on with her son after her sari got entangled in the chain of the moped 11 km from here.

URGED: Residents of Smalsar village, under the Baghapurana police station in Moga district, on Tuesday urged the administration to clean a nulla passing through their village which had started emitting foul smell.

HONOURED: The Punjab Pradesh Public Education Society (PPPES) will honour the President of the Food and Supply Inspectors Staff Union (Grade-I), Mr Hardev Singh Rosha due to his contributions in various welfare projects while working with different artists, writers and social organisations. Stating this at a meeting held here on Tuesday, the president of the society Ms Preeti Sharma, said Mr Rosha would be honoured during a cultural and honorary function “Rooh Punjab Di” scheduled to be held in the hall of Central State Library during the first week of September.

BIOTECHNOLOGY PLANT: A bio-technology plant would be set up on the 60 acres land in Nabha while more of such bio-technical plants would be installed at Kapurthala and SAS Nagar. The Public Health Minister, Raja Narinder Singh stated this while addressing a rural conference after laying the foundation stone of the Water Supply Scheme at Rohti Khas village falling under Nabha sub-division which would be constructed at a cost of Rs 30.76 lakh. Speaking on the occasion, Raja Narinder Singh said such bio-technological plants would help in improving the seed quality and thus providing 500 times more profit from the sale of crop produced by the Punjab farmers. He said that better quality seeds would also improve the quality of fruits and vegetables thereby enabling energy rich food for people.

SCHOOL UPGRADED: Jagatpur Jattan High School was upgraded to +2 level on Monday. Punjab Tourism Minister Swarna Ram was the chief guest at the function. He also laid foundation stone of the village primary school building. He gave Rs 1 lakh for school building.

VENUE SHIFTED: In view of the heavy rain since last night, the venue of the Independence Day celebrations has been changed from Nankana Sahib Public School to Government Senior Secondary School, here, according to Mr Hari Singh, tehsildar, Samrala. He said that SDM, Mr S. S. Brar, would unfurl the National Flag.

VILLAGE FAIR: A blood donation camp will be held at Manpur Goslan village on Wednesday on the eve of the Anand Khullar Kul Devi Fair, according to Mr Kuldeep Khullar, chairman of Khullar Welfare Society. Talking to mediapersons at the Civil Rest House here on Tuesday, he said members of the Khullar Committees from all over North India would participate in the fair. Mr Bachan Singh Cheema, MLA, Khanna, and Mr Devinder Singh Cheema, a member of the SGPC, would be honoured, he said. 

CERTIFICATE ISSUE: Mr Hari Singh, Tehsildar, Samrala, issued 67 certificates, at a camp held at Government Senior Secondary School, Ghungrali Sikhan village, on Tuesday. Similar camps will be held at Machhiwara and Panjgrayan, soon, he said.

DIRECTORS: The following have been elected directors of the local Tarn Taran Primary Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank Ltd: Mr Harbhajan Singh Bhuchar, Mr Jarnail Singh Pandori Takhat Mal, Mr Alwinder Pal Singh Pakhoke, Mr Kashmir Singh Mannan, Mr Sukhdev Singh Thathian Mahantan and Mr Pal Singh Bath.

JOINED: Mr Narinder Singh, Mr Parshotam Singh, Mr Pritam Singh, Mr Baldev Singh Fatehabad, Mr Ajmer Singh, Mr Kulwant Singh, Mr Harpal Singh, Mr Satnam Singh, Mr Tarsem Singh, Mr Baljinder Singh, Mr Balwinder Singh and Mr Dilbag Singh have left the Employees Federation of the PSEB, Sarhal, subdivision, and joined the Technical Services Union.



CELEBRATED: The State Bank of India Ladies Club celebrated vanamahotsava by planting ornamental saplings on the premises of Government High School, Sector 24, here on Tuesday. A cultural programme and a painting competition was also organised by the school students on the ocassion. The club adopted 22 children of this school who were provided free uniform, text books, stationery items etc. Ms Madhu Kakkar, president of the club, announced to provide sports kits to the school as per the requirement. She also gave away prizes to the winners of the painting contest.

WELCOMED: Residents of cooperative societies situated in the Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, Panchkula, have welcomed the reduction in the effective rates of power tariff for consumers in the domestic sector. Mr Deepak Rai Walia, president of the New Kuteer Society, urged the Haryana Viduyat Nigam to remove the anomaly of charging commercial rates for electricity being consumed by the residents of societies for common purposes.


OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr K.S. Walia has been installed president of the Rotary Club Central, Ambala, at an installation ceremony organised here on Tuesday. The SDM, Ambala, Mr Mukesh Kumar Ahuja, was the chief guest on the occasion. The other office-bearers who have been elected are the following: secretary — Mr Manmohan Maini; vice-presidents — Mr Satpal Grover and Balbir Gupta; joint secretary — Mr Aadarsh Jain; and treasurer — Mr Ajit Singh. The immediate past president, Mr Adeesh Jain, was also present on the occasion.

DOWRY DEATH: The dowry has claimed one more death at Ambala Cantonment. The police has registered a case against a youth and his father in this regard. On the complaint of the father of the deceased, Mr Hardev Verma, the police has registered a case. Mr Verma alleged in his complaint that his daughter had been killed by giving some poisonous substance. Her daughter, Pooja, was married with Khewant around three years back. He said that he had given all the dowry articles to her daughter according to his capacity but her husband and father-in-law had been harassing her for not bringing enough dowry. Mr Verma alleged in the report that on August 13 he got a telephonic massage from her daughter that her in-laws have been harassing her and her life is not safe there. Mr Verma sent one of his sons and a daughter to Ambala to inquire into her problem. When they reached Ambala they found their sister dead. No one has been arrested so far.

FUNCTION: The teachers have an important role to play in the rejuvenation of society, said Mr R.C. Jeewan, Principal, DAV College, Chandigarh, here on Tuesday. He was addressing the students and the teachers at the Sohan Lal DAV College of Education at Ambala city on its Foundation Day function. He said Mahatma Hans Raj and Rai Bahadur Sohan Lal worked with a single-minded devotion and constructed various DAV institutions. Dr D.P. Asija, Principal of the college, also spoke on the occasion.

VANAMAHOTSAVA: Vanamahotsava was organised at Government Senior Secondary School, Baldevnagar, Ambala city, here on Tuesday. The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, Mr Mahender Kumar, advised the students to plant at least one tree to control pollution. The Principal, Ms Shashi Malhotra, and NSS Programme Officer, Dr Nirmal Asija, also addressed the students.

PROBLEMS HIGHLIGHTED: A delegation of Urban Estate Welfare Association, Sector 1, Ambala city, met the Chief Administrator, HUDA, at Chandigarh to apprise the problems of the sector. The general secretary of the association, Mr Chaman Lal Gupta, said in a statement here on Tuesday that the Chief Administrator had assured them to solve the problems at the earliest. Mr Gupta said the condition of the roads and sewerage of the sector has been in the worst condition.

OX ELECTROCUTED: An ox has been electrocuted at Buwani Khera village by Hoshiar Singh who passed electric current in the iron fencing around his field to avert entry of stray animals. The panchayat has imposed a fine of Rs 30,000 on Hoshiar Singh.

SAPLINGS DISTRIBUTED: The Rotary Club, Kalka, celebrated vanmohatsava at Saint Thomas School on Tuesday. Mr Sushil Sarwan, SDM of Kalka, and Naib Tehsildar of Kalka were the chief guests on the occasion. Hundred saplings were distributed amongst the students of the school to be planted on the school premises.

YOUTH STABBED: A youth who had come to see the Janmashtami festival was stabbed to death here on Sunday. According to police sources, Naveen of Sunarian Kalan village along with his two friends had come to see the festival here where they quarrelled with some youths who attacked them with knives.

GRIEVANCES HEARD: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.N. Roy, accompanied by Mr Arun Aggarwal, Chairman of the local Improvement Trust, and Mr Y.S. Gupta, Executive Officer of the municipal council, visited the Sonepat-Rohtak road area here on Sunday and listened to grievances of shopkeepers whose unauthorised structures were demolished by the district administration last month.

1 KILLED, 6 INJURED: One person was killed and six injured when a jeep coming from Khushi Nagar (Uttar Pradesh) carrying labourers reportedly hit a tree near Millk in the district on Sunday. The driver of the vehicle is absconding.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Brick Kiln Association: president — Mr Ashwani Nanda; and vice-presidents — Mr Ishwar Goyal, Mr Badan Singh, Mr Jagdish Aggarwal and Mr Chhabra.

TRAFFIC BLOCKED: Irked over erratic power supply, a mob blocked traffic at the Radaur-Jathlana road for about three hours on Sunday. About 250 persons sat on the road, about 18 km from here, and raised slogans against the Electricity Department.

SACKED: The Bahujan Samaj Party has sacked Mr Dharamvir, district organising secretary and in charge of the Radaur constituency, for his involvement in anti-party activities. Stating this in a press note here on Sunday, Mr Naresh Sarang, district president of the party, added that Jasbir Ratgarh, adviser, Jagadhri unit of the party, had also been removed and Mr Shiv Kumar Mundubri nominated in his place.



PARK DAMAGED: The lush green Chamba Chowgan, the only green park in the heart of the town, was ruthlessly damaged during the Minjar fair that concluded here early this month.

STUDENTS’ UNION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Central Students Association (CSA) of the D.A.V. College, Banikhet: president — Vikrant Katoch; vice-president — Anuradha Tandon; general secretary — Surender Kumar; and joint secretary — Arun Kumar.

WATER CRISIS: Due to major breakage in the pipeline of the Kheri Lift Water Supply Scheme, the Nahan town has been facing water crises since Friday. Nahan town needs more than 45,000 litre of drinking water per day but it is getting only 16,000 litre.


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