Sunday, September 2, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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HELD FOR GRAFT: Lovely Kumar, an employee of Medical College, was caught by vigilance officials here while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a Class IV employee. Dr O.P. Mahajan, Principal of the college, has confirmed the arrest.

PAINTING WORKSHOP: To commemorate the birth anniversary of its founder president, late S.G. Thakar Singh, the local Indian Academy of Fine Arts will organise a painting workshop from September 2 to 5. The concluding function will be held on September 6 to mark the birth anniversary of the late painter.

EXHIBITION: An exhibition of readymade garments and other articles will be inaugurated on Monday by Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, at working womens’ hostel of the university.

PROTEST RALLY: A rally was held at the DAV College for Boys here on Friday in protest against the ‘‘callous’’ attitude of the Punjab Government. Mr Sahib Kumar, joint secretary of the Punjab and Chandigarh Non-Teaching Employees Union, has urged the state government to release arrears under the revised grade and pension gratuity scheme.

MASS LEAVE: Members of the private Colleges Non-Teaching Employees Union, Punjab and Chandigarh have decided to proceed on mass leave on September 4 to press for the acceptance of their demands. This was stated by Mr Raj Kumar Singla, general secretary of the union, here on Friday.

URGED: Residents of Bhadaur, 25 km from here, are sore over the unavailability of LPG there and its surrounding areas. Mr Amrit Lal, patron of the local Lok Shakti Club, has urged the Union Petroleum Ministry and Indian Oil Corporation authorities to recommend an LPG agency for Bhadaur.

WINS: Harash Mittal, a student of Class IX of the local Police Public School, won the second position in a state-level science seminar held at Raj Secondary School, Sangrur on Thursday. This was stated by Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, in a press note issued here on Friday.

SEMINAR: A seminar on the plight of the Indian woman would be held at the local Teacher’s Home on September 2. This was stated by Mr Gulzar Singh, general secretary of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha, in a press note issued here on Friday.

SAFETY AWARD: The local unit of the National Fertiliser Limited has won the National Safety Award for 1999. The award has been given to it for its achievement in having the longest accident-free period. This was stated by the Chief General Manager of the plant in a press note issued here on Friday.

REMANDED: The police has registered a case against two Army men under the NDPS Act for allegedly possessing opium. The CIA staff on a tip-off arrested Naik Hari Ram of Jodhpur and Parshotam Singh, a tailor with 286 Medium Regiment with 7.5 kg of opium. The arrested have been remanded in two days’ police custody.

CAMP: The Punjab and Sind Bank, Manuke branch, held a camp for farmers. The farmers were addressed among others by Mr Kuldip Singh Sandhu, Deputy Director, Rural Development. Mr Ranjit Singh Sahota, an expert from PAU, told them about various diseases of animals and ways to prevent these. Mr Jaskaran Singh, an expert engineer from PAU, imparted the knowledge about machinery maintenance to the participants. Mr Jeet Singh, District Coordinator, PSB zonal office, explained various loan schemes to them.

NEW POLITICAL PARTY: Formation of a new political party, the All-India Kirti Samaj Party, was announced at a press conference here on Saturday. Party spokesman said the newly launched party would work for the realisation of the dreams of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and other martyrs. He said the party would end discrimination in all sectors and work for the over-all development of the state. The party, if elected to power in Punjab, would be the first party in the country to run a tax-free state. He said the Badal government had proved to be the worst government the state ever had. The party promised to give of cost to marginal farmers, small-scale industrialists and for those living below the poverty line. The party would also ensure free and quality education up to the tenth standard and would draw up new schemes to put small-scale sector back on the path to progress, he added.

HEALTH AWARENESS: The National Health Awareness Fair will be held on September 15 at Badal village, Faridkot district said Dr Joginder Singh, Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, on Friday. He said the fair would be inaugurated by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Over 200 doctors from all over the state will examine the patients. Medicines will be provided to the patients free of cost. The fair will be organised under the guidance of Dr Joginder Singh and Mr P.K. Verma, Principal Secretary, Health. Commenting on the vacant posts of the Block Extension Educators (BEE) in the state, the director said these posts would be filled soon. Regarding the registration of the clinics and the hospitals conducting sex-determination tests, Dr Joginder Singh said, “We can not force them to get registered. We can only request them”. He stressed that the mind-set of the public should be changed in that regard.

LEGAL AID CAMP: The Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana will hold a seminar on free legal aid on September 15 the District Courts Complex, said Mr S.S. Arora, District and Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, while presiding over the meeting of the District Legal Services Authority. Mr Arora said such like seminars would be organised in all sub-divisions to educate the people. He said a special Lok Adalat on October 6 would be held in the local Districts Courts to settle the bank loan cases. The cases under Section 139 of the Negotiation Instrument Act would also be taken and anybody interested in the settlement of such cases may approach his office. All bank loan cases pending in the banks in the district would be taken up in this Lok Adalat.

LOK ADALAT: Labour Lok Adalat presided by Mr S.K. Aggarwal, the Presiding Officer of Labour Court, on Friday settled 31 cases, with the active participation of the workers and their employers, of the 50 cases placed before it for disposal. Some cases pending since 1993-94 have also been settled with the efforts of the Presiding Officer. Compensation worth Rs 22,000 has been settled for disbursement to the aggrieved persons.

EFFIGIES BURNT: Employees of the Octroi Department of the local municipal council on Friday held a dharna in front of the office of the council and burnt the effigies of Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, in protest against the proposed move of the state government to abolish octroi.

SENTENCED: The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr B.S. Sidhu, has sentenced Darshan Singh of Bhode Sprail village in Jalandhar to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on him for murdering Amrik Singh. He has also been sentenced to two years’ rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 500 in another case, according to a press note issued here on Friday.

SESSION STARTS: The new session of B.Ed and postgraduate diploma in Computer Application (teacher education) began on Friday at the local Dayanand Amarnath College of Education for Women.

FUNCTION HELD: Punjab National Bank, Behloor Kalan, about 15 km from here, organised a function and distributed credit cards totalling Rs 20.35 lakh among 16 farmers, Mr K.S. Gill, Manager, Lead District Bank (PNB), presided over the function.

MEMORANDUM: Activists of the Democratic Youth Federation of India held a rally here on Friday in protest against the growing unemployment in the country. A memorandum was submitted to Ms Bhawna Garg, SDM, by Mr Gurdial Singh Ghuman and Mr Lal Chand, president and general secretary, respectively, of the federation.

INAUGURATED: Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner, on Friday inaugurated the Guru Nanak Block being constructed at a cost of Rs 8 lakh at Government Multipurpose School before addressing a function organised by the District Child Welfare Council here. Later, Mr Bir and his wife, Mrs Ravinder Kaur Bir, inaugurated an exhibition in which students from various schools had put up about 50 paintings organised by the District Blindness Control Society. Mr Bir and Mrs Bir also decided to donate their eyes for which they filled up the commitment form. He donated Rs 50,000 to the school and another Rs 31,000 to the District Child Welfare Council.

BLOCK INAUGURATED: Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner, on Saturday inaugurated the Guru Nanak Block constructed at a cost of Rs 8 lakh, at Government Multipurpose School before addressing a function organised by the District Child Welfare Council here. Later, Mr Bir and his wife, Mrs Ravinder Kaur Bir, inaugurated an exhibition in which students from various schools displayed around 50 paintings organised by the District Blindness Control Society. They also pledged their eyes and filled up the Commitment form. Speaking on the occasion, he said more than 2,000 forms had been filled up by people who were interested in donating their eyes. He appealed to the people to donate their eyes for the welfare of the society. He allocated a grant of Rs 50,000 to the school and another Rs 31,000 to the District Child Welfare Council. Mrs Surinder Kaur Grewal, chairperson of the Women Commission, highlighted the preventive steps being initiated for the welfare of women. Mrs Charanjit Kaur Cheema, Principal of the school, highlighted the activities and achievements undertaken by the students of the school during the academic year.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Jagdish Kumar Rajoria, president of the Dhobi Maha Sabha, has been elected as working president of the All-India Rajak Sangh Committee during a meeting held here on Saturday. Mr Rajesh Mandora and Mr Kishori Lal Chauhan were elected executive members while Mr M.L. Pawar was inducted in the committee of research and literary wing.

PENSION: In a function held at recently at Chahalan village, near here, Mr Kirpal Singh Khirnian, member SGPC, distributed 252 pension certificates to widows, old and disabled beneficiaries of the area. He said developmental work was going on in every village of the constituency. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Avtar Kaur, Child Department Project Officer, said 257 widows, 66 disabled and 1,720 old pensions had received pension certificates.

POOR SERVICE: Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, general secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, has complained about the poor quality of services being provided by the local telephone exchange. However, the officers of the exchange have denied the allegations. The exchange has been out of order for some time and would soon become functional, assured the exchange officials.

PROFESSOR DEAD: Pushpa Devi, a senior professor of English at Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Girls, Jhar Sahib, 10 km from here, died of heart attack on Thursday. She is survived by her husband, Mr Kapil Raj Sharma, Manager, Cooperative Bank, Khamano.

TRAINING CAMP: A training camp for farmers was organised by Punjab and Sind Bank, Bagli Kalan, branch, on the premises of Government High School, Bagli Kalan, near here, on Friday, according to Mr Shamsher Singh, Manager of the bank. The farmers were told about the maintenance of tractors. Mr Tarlok Singh, zonal manager of the bank, who was the chief guest on the occasion, distributed 100 credit cards to the farmers at the camp. Addressing the gathering, the bank development officers highlighted the achievements of the bank. They advised the farmers to use the loans only for the purpose for which they were sanctioned.

CONVICTION: The Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Ms Asha Mehta, convicted one person under the Arms Act and acquitted another under the Gambling Act, here on Saturday. According to sources, Raghbir Singh of Bondli village, arrested under the Arms Act on March 1, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 500. Ghanaya Lal, arrested under the Gambling Act on September 30, has been acquitted by the Judicial Magistrate.


BLOOD DONATION CAMP: The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) organised a blood donation camp at divisional office to mark the 45th anniversary of nationalisation of the LIC here on Saturday. Mr R.C. Sodhi, Senior Divisional Manager, inaugurated the camp. Sixtyfive staff members donated blood on the occasion.

HAIRSTYLING CONTEST: Over 100 women neo-literate preraks and nodal preraks of the Adult Literacy Mission participated in a hairstyling and beauty culture contest here on Saturday. The contest is a part of the celebrations organised by the Regional Resource Centre, Panjab University, in association with the Female Literacy House, UT, to commemorate International Literacy fortnight from August 27 to September 7, at the Female Literacy House, Sector 42. The celebrations are aimed at gearing up institutions and agencies to take up the cause of literacy and to sensitise masses about the problems of the illiterate, the neo-litrates and to bringing about a change in attitude towards them. The winners of these contests would be awarded certificates and prizes on September 8, at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, on the International Literacy Day celebrations.

MEETING: A meeting of the local unit of the Janta Dal (Ward No. 5, 6, 7 and 8) will be held on Sunday near Government School, Sector 25 here. The issues which are likely to come up for discussion, include spurt in criminal activities in the city and problems of the various city colonies. This was stated by Mr Ved Prakash, general secretary of the unit in a press note here.

DECIDED: The local unit of the Sarv Hind Mazdoor Dal has decided to field its candidates on all seats during the forthcoming Panchyat elections. The party will also enter into electoral understanding with other political parties sharing common ideologies. The decision was taken at a meeting of the unit held at its regional office at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony here on Saturday. This was stated by Dr Arvind Kumar Mishra, president, in a press release.

COURSE CONCLUDES: A three-day course on family life education, organised by the Department for Adult and Continuing Education, Panjab University, concluded here on Saturday. As many as 40 rural women were provided training on various topics related with their life. Dr Ajaib Singh, while giving away certificates said women could play a major role in the family and in the socio-economic development of the country as a whole. The main topics discussed during the course included health, hygiene, diet, environment, population with particular reference to gender equality, family budgeting, appreciation of small family through scientific knowledge about sex and family life. The other prominent speakers were Prof Jetinder Mohan, Prof R.C Sobti, Prof V.K. Mahajan from Panjab University, and Dr Sunil Arora from the PGI.

MEETING HELD: The first alumni meeting of the Department of Physics, Panjab University, was held on Friday at the department here. A talk on “futuristic information processing” was also delivered by Prof M.P. Khanna. Over 125 alumni of the department, who have contributed significantly towards administration, academics, banking, industries, etc participated.

SINGERS PERFORM: A group of Punjabi singers, including Sardool Sikander, Surinder Shinda, Gurkirpal Surapuri, Amar Noorie and Amrita Virk, visited various cities in America and Canada to take part in Punjabi Mela 2001 organised by Super Entertainment, a New York-based cultural organisation, Mr Raja Virk said while addressing a press meet in a local hotel in Sector 35 here on Saturday. Around 12 shows were organised by the organisation in New York, Atlantic City, Sienaze, Frizno, Secramanto, Chicago in USA and Calona, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgari and Edmonton in Canada.

VISIT: Children of ‘Wonder Years’ a kindergarten school here, visited the Verka Milk Plant as part of their activity day here on Friday. These children, all under five years of age, were shown around the plant by the plant manager. Though initially a little confused how milk could come out of machines, these children were thrilled when they later understood the activity.


LOK ADALAT: A Lok Adalat was held under the presidentship of the District and Sessions Judge,Mrs Kiran Anand Lall, here on Saturday. An amount of Rs 33.56 lakh was given as compensation in 38 cases of the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal. In the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Ms Anita Chaudhary, four cases under the MATC were settled and one case of civil appeal was also settled. In the court of the ADSJ, Mr Laxman Sharma, 11 MATC case, Rs 12.81 lakh was given as compensation while in the court of the ADSJ, Mr Rajendra Prasad, Rs 5.30 lakh was given as compensation in 10 MATC cases, a press note stated.


DEAD: President of the Thural Block Congress Committee, Pritam Singh Chadak, died of a heart attack at his native place, Kamand, on Saturday. He is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter. The former Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, has mourned his demise.

DHARNA HELD: Anganwari workers led by Ms Krishna, on Saturday held dharna in front of the office of the SDM. They also submitted a memorandum to him for forwarding it to the Chief Minister.

DENIAL: Denying the allegations levelled by former Congress MLA and chairman, HP Congress Committee Backward Classes Cell, Mr Daulat Choudhary, that irregularities were committed by the Bajjreshwari Temple Management Committee in purchases made for the temple, the SDM, Dr Naresh Kumar Laath, told mediapersons here on Friday that the payments were yet to be made to the suppliers. Mr Laath is in charge of the temples in this subdivision.

CHECKED: Two parties of the Income Tax Department checked the accounts of two firms at Thalaut village and Aut, and were made to pay Rs 5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh, respectively. Mr Romesh Chand, Joint Commissioner, Income Tax, supervised the checks.

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