Saturday, August 25, 2001, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Revenue Patwar Union: President — Mr Balkar Singh, General Secretary — Mr Parmod Kumar, Cashier — Mr Pardeep Kumar, Senior Vice-President — Mr Bikram Singh, Vice-President — Mr Charanjit Kumar, Joint Secretary — Mr Iqbal Singh; Press Secretary — Mr Karamjit Singh; Office Secretary — Mr Sarinder Kumar; Auditor — Mr Kuldeep Singh and the district committee member — Mr Major Singh.

PROTEST RALLY: Members of the Food and Supplies Department Staff Union held a rally to protest against non-implementation of their demands. Mr Rajesh Sachdeva, president of the union said their demands included the filling of vacant posts of field staff from the department and preventing illegal transfers of their staff members and employees.

COMMITTEE: More than 300 representatives of 47 local trade unions, employees unions and social organisations at a meeting held at the Civil Hospital here on Wednesday formed a 51-member “Ravi Kant murder action committee” to pressurise the police to arrest the killers of a local youth, Ravi Kant, who was allegedly kidnapped on August 14 and later found dead. They staged a dharna and held a rally in front of the local police station to protest against the inaction of the police.

DEATH ANNIVERSARY: The death anniversary of Beant Singh, former Chief Minister of Punjab, would be observed at his native village, Kotli, on August 31, informed Mr Gurkirat Singh Kotli, grandson of Beant Singh. A function would be organised at the grain market in Payal and the gathering would be addressed by Capt Amarinder Singh, Dr Manmohan Singh, Mr Moti Lal Vohra and Ms Ambika Soni, he added. Mr Bant Singh Duburjee, a Congress leader, said many leaders would pay tributes to the former CM.

GUGGA MARI MELA: The ‘mela’ of Gugga Mari will be held at Railway Station, Doraha, on Sunday and Monday, according to Baba Sahi Ishak Ali Shah, in charge of the place. On the first day, a ‘qawwali’ programme would be presented and ‘langar’ would be served, he said, adding that a large number of people were expected to attend the fair.

LITERARY MEET: The Sahitkar Sadan, a literary wing of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, will organise a literary meet with Dr Ajmer Singh, District Education Officer of Ropar and an author, at Bhai Mani Singh Seminar Hall, Model Town Extension, on Saturday. Stating this in a press note, Mr Harmit Singh, secretary of the organisation, said Dr Ajmer Singh was the author of ‘Sikhya te bhagti’ and would answer queries of the readers and visitors on the topic.

MEDICAL TRAINING: The Central Government plans to introduce training for pharmacists in various medical disciplines like ayurveda, homeopathy and Unani to promote sidha systems of medicine in Punjab. Keeping in view the potential of these systems, the government has already set up the Department of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopahy. In this connection, the government has approached Baba Farid University of Medical and Health Sciences here, according to Dr J.S. Gujral, Vice-Chancellor of the university.

MEETING: A meeting of Dastak, a public grievances redressal forum formed by the district police, was held here on Thursday, according to Ms Gurpreet Deo, SSP. She said three complaints were filed on the spot while 16 were sent to the police officers concerned for inquiry, who were asked to submit their reports at the next meeting of the forum.

JUDICIAL REMAND: Mr Roshan Lal Chauhan, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, on Thursday remanded Jagdish Chand of Labour and Employment Department, Punjab, who was arrested by the Vigilance Department while accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000, in judicial remand till Sept 1. Mr Baljeet Singh Sahota, Assistant Public Prosecutor, appeared on behalf of the State.

REMAND: Mr Roshan Lal Chauhan, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, on Thursday remanded Manjit Kaur in judicial custody till Sept 1. She was arrested by the SAS Nagar police for possessing narcotics.

APPOINTED: Dr Anil Gupta of Kurali has been appointed Zonal Chairman by the District Governor, Mr D.K. Sood, of Lions International, to over see the administration of Lions Clubs at Ropar, Morinda, Kurali and Chamkaur Sahib.

JAIN FUNCTIOIN: Mahaparv Sambatshri celebrated with enthusiasm here at Jain Sathanak on Wednesday. A function was organised to mark the occasion in which cultural programme based on the preachings of Jainism was presented. On this occasion, women saints, Kamlesh Ji Maharaj, Chandna Ji Maharaj and Shereshta Ji Maharaj, appealed to the people to follow the path shown by Lord Mahavira.

CABLE CHARGES: Residents of Kharar have made a complaint to the local Sub-Divisional Magistrate against the arbitrary enhancement of cable charges by the cable operators in the town. They have demanded that the SDM should interfere into the matter and order the cable operators to maintain status quo in the existing subscription fees.

TUBEWELL TROUBLE: Residents of Mundi Kharar village have been facing shortage of water as the tubewell which was ordered by the local Municipal Committee from the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board in January this year was yet to start functioning.

SEMINAR: A seminar of rice shelling units of Chandigarh and Ropar district was organised by the State Bank of Patiala here on Friday. Mr Salil Misra, Deputy General Manager, Chandigarh Zone, presided over the function. Mr Sunil Kowsal, Assistant General Manager, Region I, Chandigarh, also attended the seminar. The seminar was attended by rice sheller owners and various features of the bank’s policy for the rice shelling units were discussed. The participants freely interacted with bank officials and scheme were discussed and doubts cleared.

PSB CAMP: The Punjab and Sindh Bank (PSB) organised a camp for the maintenance of tractors and the welfare of animals at Mundi Kharar village on Friday. In a press note Mr Charanjit Singh Kang, Manager of the PSB, said experts from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, addressed the farmers and imparted the latest knowledge about machinery, maintenance of tractors and the welfare of milk animals. At the camp, Acting Director from Punjab and Sindh Regional Development Centre, Ludhiana, informed the participants about various bank loan schemes.

LECTURE CONTEST: Baljit Kaur, who spoke on “Dharam Yodha Guru Gobind Singh”, won the vedic lecture contest organised by the Ved Parchar Mandal at Guru Nanak Khalsa Girls High School (Gujjarkhan) here on Thursday. Manpreet Kaur and Harpreet Kaur, who delivered lectures on “The real manifestation of religion” and “The importance of spiritualism in modern education”, were adjudged second and third, respectively. Mrs Usha Bhatia and Mrs Ravinder Kaur were the judges. The students would also imbibe leadership qualities by participating in such contests. More contests of this kind should be held so that children, could become good citizens, said school principal Surjit Kaur Rikhy.

GARMENT PLAZA: The, a textile industry website promoted by Mr Ashok Oswal, has launched a special feature, virtual garment plaza, to serve exclusively the Ludhiana clientele. According to Mr Oswal, the users would be able to find details of brand names, price range and the available variety of garments in his range. He claimed that within a short span of time the website had succeeded in gaining position amongst the five best textile portals in India. The textile4all.con is a global platform for online trading in textiles, apparel, textile accessories and textile machinery.

REMAND EXTENDED: The police remand of Devinder Kumar, alias Krishna Avatar, a local resident, has been extended till Monday by a court at Solan. He was arrested from his Basal Road (Chambaghat) residence in a raid conducted by the ASP, Solan, Mr Sunder Lal, on the night of August 17. He was booked under Sections 420, 465, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC at the Solan police station and was remanded in police custody till Thursday.

SANGAT DARSHAN: Mr Kulwant Singh, a resident of Waraichapatti, in Samana has filed a complaint against Patwari Sukha Singh for demanding a bribe of Rs 5,000 for demarcating his field. This was stated during a sangat darshan programme held at Red Cross Hall here on Friday. The grievances were heard by Mr Gagandeep Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), along with other senior officials. Meanwhile, Dharam Singh, a Numberdar of Isharheri village, Bhunerheri block, complained that the diet and other material for the workers and children of Anganwari had not been coming for the past one year.

RESENTMENT: Mr Prem Gupta, chairman, Employees and Teachers Cell and general secretary Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, in a statement here on Thursday resented the new transfer policy adopted by the state for board staff.

BANK LOANS: The State Bank of India, Patiala office, delivered a presentation on educational and other loans to individuals at Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, here. About 200 participants attended the meet.

SEMINAR: A seminar on child rights was organised here on Thursday in the local Girls Senior Secondary School by the Lions Club in association with the Punjab State Apex Body of NGOs. Mr R.N. Dhoke, SSP, Khanna, presided over the function. On this occasion, 42 persons donated blood. An eye camp was also organised. Mr Gurtej Pal Singh, Mr S.M. Singh, Mr Rupinder Singh Roobi, Dr Thareja, Rajbir Singh Mangat, Dr Pritpal Singh, Dr Jasbir Singh, SMO, Ludhiana, Principal Bachittar Singh Barn and Mr Gursharanjeet Singh, secretary of the Punjab State Apex Body of NGOs, were honoured.

RECOMMENDATIONS FLAYED: The recommendations for the dismissal of 1,288 teachers, who includes 274 lecturers, 88 vocational teachers and 926 masters, by the Punjab Assembly panel have been criticised by Mr Behari Lal Saddi, vice-president of the Government Secondary Schools Teachers Union here on Friday. Mr Saddi said that these teachers were recruited by the Congress Government in view of the 1992 advertisement. Mr Saddi said that a time of about six years had elapsed since the appointment of above teachers and the action of the panel was time-barred. Moreover, the panel had not published the criterion of eligibility or ineligibility of the teachers, thus the report of the panel was an act to victimise teachers.

TORCHLIGHT RALLY: A large number of local residents under the banner of Sunil agwa action committee led by its convener, Mr Pali Ram Bansal, held a torchlight procession on Thursday night to protest against the failure of the police in tracing a one-year-old Dalit boy, Sunil Kumar, who was abducted on July 19. The protesters gheraoed the police station and also held a rally.

DOCTORS’ DEMANDS: Members of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) are up in arms against the Punjab Government for not accepting their long-pending demands, already recommended by the Fourth Punjab Pay Commission. Dr Hardeep Singh and Dr Surinder Singla, president and general secretary, respectively, of the state unit of the PCMSA, in a press note issued here stated that the state executive of the PCMSA would hold its meeting on September 2 at the ESI Hospital, Ludhiana, in this regard.


LECTURE: The Central Vigilance Commissioner, Mr N. Vittal, will deliver a lecture on ‘Impact of Corruption on Security and Stability of our Nation’ at Panjab University’s English Auditorium on September 1. The lecture is being organised by Sanskritik Gaurav Sansthan. Mr P.H. Vaishnav, a former Chief Secretary of Punjab, will preside over the function. In a press note the general secretary of the sansthan, Mr Ram Lal Gupta, said the lecture will be followed by a question and answer session where Mr Vittal will answer questions of the audience on the topic.

CONCLUDED: A two-day orientation programme in curriculum implementation for the faculty of Indo-Swiss Training Centre (ISTC) concluded at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) here on Friday.

REVOKE NOTIFICATION: The Federation of Small Scale Industries on Thursday urged the Administration to withdraw its notification on weekly off days to overcome the power shortage. A press note issued by Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, president of the federation, said the monsoon this year was absolutely normal and all power generating units were working up to their optimum capacity so there was no need for off days.

SEVA BHARATI: Seva Bharati has decided to cover Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, to render service to the needy patients. According to a press note, a new Maruti van has been donated by Ms Urmil Gupta to Seva Bharati. The organisation is mobilising support for starting a vocational training and production centres for destitute women. The Centre will prepare garments and articles of daily use, like paper and “badis”. The profits from the sales would be distributed among the trainees, it added.

CLARIFICATION: The annual general meeting and election of the executive committee of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be held on September 6 at the Sector 22 Polyclinic Auditorium and not on September 8 as inadvertently published in these columns on August 21.

RESIGNATION: Mr Suman Kumar Singh, vice-president of the Lok Jana Shakti Party, unit Chandigarh, resigned on Thursday. A press note sent by Mr Singh said he had submitted the resignation to express his displeasure over the working style and discipline among party workers.

RADHASHTAMI: The local unit of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), has decided to celebrate Radhashtami at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, here, on Sunday, according to Bhakti Vinod Dasa Prabhu, president , local unit of ISKCON.

RECOVERY CAMP: The Punjab National Bank on Friday held a recovery camp at Kurali in which 40 cases valued at Rs 22.94 lakh were settled by way of compromise between the bank and the loanee. Mr N.C. Jain, Senior Regional Manager of the bank, said the camp was successful in recovering the loan money.


RESIDENTIAL COLONY: Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) has constructed a residential colony for its employees on the Rewari-Bawal road here. It has 38 residential quarters. It was inaugurated by Mr S.N. Jha, Director, Pipelines and Human Resources, IOC.

CATTLE CURE CAMP: As many as 160 sheep, goats and cattle were given treatment for deworming, infertility and sterility at a cattle cure camp organised by the district Animal Husbandry Department at Nikhri village on Wednesday, according to Dr Gurbaksh Singh, Deputy Director of the department.

COMMEMORATION: The Haryana Union of Journalists ( HUJ) will organise a seminar on “Right to information and Indian journalism” in commemoration of Satyapal Saini, the late secretary of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and senior staff correspondent of the Dainik Tribune on Sunday here. Mr Virendra Chauhan, president, district unit of the HUJ, said Mr Suraj Bhan, Governor, Himachal Pradesh, would be the chief guest.

STUDENT KILLED: A teenaged student, Amar Singh, was reportedly strangulated to death by an unknown man at Khanda village, 25 km from here, on Thursday. According to a report, the victim was a student of Class III in Government High School of the village. A case has been registered.

SIX HURT IN CLASH: Six persons, including two women, sustained injuries in a clash between two rival groups at Kundli village, 25 km from here, on Thursday. According to a report, a dispute over the construction of a “gali” was stated to be the cause of the clash. The police has registered a case.


INQUIRY REPORT: The Himachal Pradesh Government had ordered an inquiry into the expenditure being incurred on development works in Tanbol panchayat, near here, from April 1, 1996 to March 31, 2001. A district auditor of the Panchayati Raj Department is presently holding the inquiry and would present the report soon.

TELECOM SERVICES: Mr Harminder Bansal, general secretary of the BJP, Shakti Kendra, has demanded that telecom authorities should immediately improve telephone services under the Telephone Exchange, Jukhala. He also demanded repair of the Bandla TV tower.

PETROL PUMP LOOTED: Four unidentified robbers looted Rs 1.71 lakh cash and wasted 14,000 litres of diesel at a petrol pump near Alampur, 18 km from here, on Wednesday night. The police said the robbers reached Harsh Petro Fuels in a Tata 407 and attacked Mr Naresh Kumar, an employee and rendered him unconscious. They looted Rs 1,71,000 from the cash box and wasted thousands of litres of diesel from the dispenser. The police has registered a case under Sections 392, 427, 323 and 34 of the IPC.

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