Thursday, August 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


MEDICAL CAMP: As many as 300 patients were examined and given medicines free of cost at a camp organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad at Amarpura village here on Monday. Social activist Khazan Devi, Sarpanch Parihar Ram Lal, Dr Subhash Chugh, Dr Sneh Chugh and Dr Bhup Singh spoke on how to maintain good health.

REMANDED: Gurcharan Singh, who was arrested for allegedly killing his elder brother Gurjit Singh over a dispute over the disposal of water at Danewsala Satkosi village, has been remanded in judicial custody here.

GAMBLERS HELD: Sukh Ram, Subhash Chander, Raj kumar Ranjit Ram, Surender Kumar and Om Parkash have been arrested under the Gambling Prevention Act during a raid conducted at Dharampura village.

DHARNA: The Abohar Cooperative Spinning Mill Workers Union Continued dharna for the 45th day on Tuesday at the mill’s gate. They are demanding wages and arrears. Leaders expressed regrets that no sincere efforts were being made to restore work.

FORUM CRITICISES GOVT: The People’s Law Forum, a local organisation of lawyers, has criticised the Central Government for its failure to implement the use of auto-dippers in four-wheelers though a notification to this effect was issued on January 15, 1998. In a press note issued here on Tuesday Mr Vasudev Aggarwal, president of the forum, said the Union Government was extending its deadline again without any valid cause.

RALLY: The Muktsar unit of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union has decided to hold a rally at Lambi constituency of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. This decision was taken under the presidentship of Lachman Singh Sevawala, state general-secretary of the PKMU, at a meeting organised at Dada village here on Wednesday.

STUDY CENTRE: The PTU Study Centre at Arhtiya Complex in Doraha was inaugurated by Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Technical Education Minister, Punjab, on Tuesday. Mr Sukhjiwan Pal Singh, director of the centre, said the centre had got affiliation for five distance education courses. Among those present on the occasion were Mr Mann Singh Garcha, vice-president of the Akali Dal (rural), and Mr Avtar Singh, member of the Development and Planning Board.

TRAFFIC DISRUPTED: Traffic on the Hoshiarpur-Dharamsala road was disrupted as the road was damaged near JCT Mills at Chohal, 12 km from here, on Tuesday due to heavy rainfall. As a result bus service to Chintpurni, Hamirpur, and Daultpur Chowk in Himachal Pradesh remained suspended. On account of land sliding on the Hoshiarpur-Una road, bus service to Nangal and Anandpur Sahib also remained suspended.

POPPY HUSK SEIZED: Darshan Singh of Khialan Bulandan village was arrested on Tuesday and 5 kg of poppy husk seized from him. A case under Sections 15, 16 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

1 DIES IN ACCIDENT: One person was killed in an accident near Lakhanpur village when a truck collided with a tree on Tuesday night. The deceased belonged to Daburji village of Ropar district. The police has registered a case. The cement-laden truck was on its way to Ludhiana from Ropar.

RAPED: The Nangal police has booked Ashok Kumar, a Bihari labourer, on the charges of raping a 10-year-old daughter of his neighbourer. A case has been registered.

STUDY CENTRE INAUGURATED: The Distance Education Study Centre was inaugurated by Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Minister of Technical Education, Punjab, here on Wednesday. Mr S. S. Brar, SDM, Samrala, said, computer literacy had become a necessity for everyone these days. Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA, and Mr Kirpal Singh Khirnia, a member of the SGPC, also addressed the gathering.

INCREMENTS STOPPED: Ms Shyama Mann, Financial Commissioner (Revenue), Punjab, has ordered to stop three increments of Mohan Lal, a tehsildar of Khadoor Sahib posted at Dasuha sub-division, for showing favours to Kulwant Singh of Hothian village. He made wrong entries in the register regarding survey of a piece of Kulwant Singh’s land, she said.

TEACHER MANHANDLED: On the complaint of Mr Prabh Dyal Singh, Principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Dubli, the Patti police has registered a case under Sections 353 and 186, IPC, against Amarbir Singh of Kaleka village for misbehaving with a teacher of the school, Mr Lakhbir Singh, on Tuesday. The Principal complained to the police that Amarbir Singh along with his father and three more persons had entered the school premises in a drunken state and manhandled Mr Lakhbir Singh. The school was closed in protest.Top


MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has launched a membership drive in Panjab University and city colleges. Many of the university’s departments were visited by its leaders on Tuesday. The drive was also on in the university hostels. Meanwhile, the ABVP also declared its campus unit at Government College, Sector 46. The election officer from the ABVP city unit addressed the unit in the presence of its city president Harinder Bir Singh. The following have been elected office-bearers of its unit: president — Yogesh; secretary — Mandeep Kaur; vice-presidents — Ajay Verma, Rupali, Rajni and Varun; joint secretaries — Harpinder Singh, Gurjatinder Singh, Jaspreet Kaur and Harish Sharma; and press secretary — Bhaskar Luthra. 

STRAY CATTLE MENACE: The Residents Welfare Association, Sector 40-A, has complained of dog and stray cattle menace in the sector. In a press note issued here on Wednesday, the association alleged that the residents of adjoining villages let their cattle graze in the parks of the sector. Cow dung could be seen scattered all over the parks and roads in the mornings. Apart from this, heaps of garbage lie at certain entry points to the inner lanes as trolleys have not been replaced, giving the area a bad look. On account of faulty slopes, roads remain flooded putting the residents to a lot of inconvenience. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh Engineering Employees Union: president — Mr Vijay Kumar Kampani; senior vice-president — Mr Sudhir Khana; vice-president — Mr Vikrama Ditya; general secretary — Mr Raj Kumar; secretary — Mr Ravinder Pal Singh; cashier — Mr P.V. Mukundan; auditor — Mr Kiran Kumar; organising secretary — Mr Surinder Kumar; and legal adviser — Mr Gurbax Singh. 

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh Cards Toys and Gifts Association: adviser — Mr Sunil Kapoor; president — Mr Diwakar Sahoonja; senior vice-president — Mr Satish Chopra; vice-president — Mr Rakesh Jain; general secretary — Mr Pardeep Malhotra; joint secretary — Mr Rupesh Kumar and treasurer — Mr Anil Sagar. 

NAME PROPOSED: Residents of the ward No. VI of the local Municipal Council on Wednesday held a meeting and proposed Mr Mam Raj Gandhi, father of late Brajesh Kumar Gandhi, as a candidate for the councillor’s seat during the byelections to be held on August 26. In a well-attended meeting of the residents and some municipal councillors, Mr Girja Kumar proposed his name while Mr Balbir Singh and Ms Shakuntla Vyas seconded. After the death of Mr Brajesh Gandhi, a former municipal councillor, the MC’s seat from ward No. VI was lying vacant. Apart from the residents, Mr Sushil Rajkumar and Ms Saroj Mahendru, municipal councillor of the local civic body, Ms Anita Dhiman, Mr Narinder Mohan Sharma, Mr Bharat Raj, Mr Sushil Vyas, Mr R.D. Sharma and Mr Harbans Lal Sharma were also present in the meeting.

SNAKES IN WATER SUPPLY: Mr Jagroop Singh, a resident of Phase 3B2, complained that snakes were found in the tap water supply of the Public Health Department on more than three occasions during the last fortnight. 

ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Guru Gobind Singh Residents and Plot Holders Welfare Association: chairman — Mr Hukam Singh; president — Mr H.S. Bhatti; vice-president — Mr S.K. Gumber; general secretary — Mr Shri Krishna; and cashier — Mr Arjun Singh. 


CHEMIST HELD: A chemist was caught while accepting a gratification from a candidate on the pretext of helping him pass the medical examination for police recruitment. The chemist is the general secretary of the youth wing of the Indian National Lok Dal. Amarjit Badesra misguided Jeetendra by saying that he had some problem in his vision. He promised Jeetendra to get him through his medical test for Rs 5,000.

PASSENGERS FINED: The Bhiwani depot of Haryana Roadways has realised nearly Rs 1.5 lakh as fines from passengers travelling without ticket during the past three months. Sources said 1,081 cases were detected in May and Rs 59,370 were realised. At least 955 cases in June and 1,034 cases in July were detected and Rs 49,400 and Rs 67,745 were realised, respectively.

ROBBERS HELD: Three persons have been arrested for taking away an Indica car from Amit near Meghraj Jindal College at gunpoint. They were sent to judicial custody up to August 24. They later used the car to loot Rs 5 lakh from a trader in Rajasthan where they were caught by the police.

REFRESHER COURSE: The Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Mr R.S. Chaudhry, has accepted the demand of lecturers of Punjabi in the state to organise a refresher course for them in the Punjabi Department of the university. Dr A.S. Kaang, Chairman, Department of Punjabi, will be the director of the refresher course. The course will start in October.

MILLERS’ ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Haryana Roller Flour Millers Association: president — Mr C.P. Gupta; Patron — Mr Vinod Kumar; vice-president — Mr Puneet Nath and secretary — Mr Rakesh Goel

MP HOLDS MEETINGS: A former Congress MP of Kurukshetra, Mr O.P. Jindal, who represents Hisar constituency in the state vidhan sabha, visited the Shahabad constituency on Tuesday. He also visited some rural areas of the district during the past three days and addressed public meetings at certain villages.

ASSOCIATION: A district-level association for handicapped was constituted at a meeting held at Nathusari Chopta in the district on Tuesday. Suresh Kumar Gehlot of Arhianwali and Satpal Beniwal of Raipur were elected the president and the vice-president, respectively.

TRAUMA UNIT: The Himachal Government has allocated Rs 40 lakh for setting up a trauma unit at the zonal hospital here. Deputy Commissioner K. Sunjay Murthy, who addressed a press conference here on Tuesday, said the first instalment of Rs 15 lakh earmarked for the building of the unit, had already been received and work would be started soon.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Samaj Sewa Samiti: patrons — Mr Pawan Goel and Mr Vijay Chaudhary; president — Mr Ram Lal Madan; senior vice-president — Mr P.C. Sharma; vice-presidents — Mr R.C. Khanna, Mr Lajpat Madan, Dr Kailash Tayyab, Mr Tilak Raj and Mr Ashok Chawla; general secretary — Mr Hem Makkar; secretary — Mr Ravinder Gupta and treasurer — Mr Satpal Khambra.Top


CREMATED: Lance Naik Raj Kumar of 12 Rashtriya Rifles and a resident of Daboh village in the district, who was killed in an encounter with militants in Srinagar was cremated at his native village on Tuesday. He is survived by his wife, daughter and parents.

APPOINTED: Mr S.K. pande, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, has gone to the Centre as Director-General of Forests in the Ministry of Environment. His successor has not yet been appointed, but the name of Mr Pankaj Khullar, Additional Principal Chief Conservator, is being mentioned for the post.

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