Wednesday, September 5, 2001, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


COMPETITION: D.R.Modern Senior Secondary School will organise a science competition and cultural programme to observe Teachers Day here on Wednesday. This was stated by Mr Pathania, Principal of the school, in a press note here on Monday.

CULTURAL FAIR: An annual cultural fair will be held in memory of Baba Sheetal Purian at Baba Kalan village, Ajnala, on September 9. This was stated by Mr Gurpreet Singh, president of the mela committee, in a press note here on Monday.

HUNGER STRIKE: Members of the Punjab Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union held a fast on Monday under the leadership of state executive member Prof H.S. Walia and district president B.S. Bal. The union demanded the implementation of the pension-cum-gratuity scheme, release of arrears and rural area allowance. This was stated by Prof H.S. Walia, state executive member of the union.

CONCLUDED: A two-day eye camp organised by the local Eye Bank Samiti in collaboration with the Niskam Sewa Sabha concluded at Mangla Ashram on Sunday. As many as 998 patients were examined and 104 operated upon by a team of specialists from Patiala. Medicines and food were given free of cost.

TRAFFIC BLOCKED: Municipal employees held a demonstration and blocked traffic here on Monday in protest against the proposed abolition of octroi.

CPM MARCH: CPM workers will hold a march in villages from September 7 to 21 in the district to make people aware about anti-people policies of the Punjab and Central governments. This was stated by Mr Gurmesh Singh, district secretary of the CPM here on Monday.

RALLY HELD: Municipal employees held a gate rally in front of their office in protest against the proposed abolition of octroi by the state government. They said if the move was not withdrawn, all municipal employees in the state would begin an indefinite strike.

IRRIGATION FACILITY: Inhabitants of 15 villages on the banks of Shah Nehar in the Hazipur block of this district have demanded alternative arrangements of irrigation due to the closure of Shah Nehar. At an open darbar at Canal Rest House of Bela Sariana village, villagers discussed this problem with Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner.

HAND SEVERED: The right hand of Amrit Pal Singh, a labourer, was severed while he was working at an engine-operated chaff-cutter at Gagewal village, 40 km from here on Tuesday. He has been admitted to the local Civil Hospital. He had got married just a month ago.

SHAGUN SCHEME: Since the introduction of shagun scheme in 1997, under which each beneficiary is given Rs 5,100 for the marriage of his/her daughter, the local administration has so far distributed over Rs 89 lakh to nearly 17,400 persons. During this financial year, a sum of Rs 13 lakh has been distributed till now.

CAMP: As many as 142 farmers attended a camp organised by Canara Bank, Mr Balbir Chand, Divisional Manager, RO, Jalandhar, distributed about 90 kisan credit cards worth Rs 68 lakh among farmers on the occasion. He also gave an assurance that the branch would soon be computerised. Earlier, Dr M. Santhana Gopalan, manager, welcomed the farmers at the camp.

RE-ELECTED: Mr Jagmohan Gupta has been unanimously re-elected as the president of the Sanatan Dharam Sabha. Giving the information, Mr B.D. Budhiraja, Principal, Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College, said a function to mark the beginning of his second term was held on Tuesday on the campus. He said the sabha managed the functioning of the college and Sanatan Dharam Girls’ Senior Secondary School at Daresi Ground.

ERRATIC POWER SUPPLY: Residents of the town are sore over the erratic power supply. They allege that their complaints are not being attended to properly at the complaint centre of the PSEB. Streetlights in a number of mohallas and colonies have not been functioning and despite repeated complaints nothing has been done so far, they added.

BSM RALLIES: The Bahujan Samaj Morcha, with a view to mobilising its workers for the ensuing assembly poll, organised bicycle and scooter rallies in the district. Mr Satnam Kainth, former MP and president of the morcha, flagged off a rally at the nearby Banga town. Mr Mehar chand Kailey, district president of the morcha, and Dr Kamaljit, a senior leader, flagged off rallies at the town and Rahon, respectively. Mr Nachattar Singh Suman, senior morcha leader, flagged off a rally at Aur.

WINS: Ms Navkiran Kaur, a student of Class VIII of the local JSFH Khalsa High School, won the third prize at a state-level science seminar held recently at Sangrur, said Mr Balihar Singh Bains, District Science Supervisor.

INAUGURATED: Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Welfare Minister, on Monday inaugurated the Garhi Ajit Singh — Malla Bedian — Aur link road and a hall at Pir Nigaha, a religious place.

RALLY HELD: Municipal workers organised a rally here on Tuesday in protest against the abolition of octroi. Addressing the rally, the leaders opposed the government decision to abolish. They said it would harm the future of thousands of employees. The rally was addressed by Mr Pushpinder Pathak, Mr Prem Chand Sharma, Mr Harjeet Singh, Mr Ramesh Kumar, Ms Vijay Sharma, and Mr Sansari Lal Bhalla.

FOUND DEAD: Manoj Kumar (21) was allegedly strangled at Rehana Jattan village on Monday. A case has been registered under Section 302 of the IPC.

DHARNA HELD: Municipal employees staged a dharna here in protest against the government’s move to abolish octroi.

TEACHERS’ STRIKE: A two-period strike was observed by teachers of the local Guru Nanak College in connection with the state-wide protest week commencing on Monday. The call was given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union against the non-implementation of the pension and gratuity schemes.

FELICITATED: While speaking at a function organised at a local college on Tuesday, Punjabi writer and winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award, Waryam Singh Sandhu, maintained that sensitivity and penchant for reading were prerequisites for becoming a writer. He was felicitated for his outstanding literary contributions to the Punjabi literature.

PENSIONERS’ SANGH: A deputation of the Punjab State Pensioners’ Maha Sangh under the leadership of Mr Prem Sagar Sharma, president, met Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Pradesh Congress President, at the residence of Congress MLA, Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, here on Tuesday and urged him to look into the demands of pensioners. The deputation claimed that the maha sangh had met the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Capt Kanwaljeet Singh, Finance Minister, and Bibi Satwant Kaur Sandhu, Pensioners Minister, in this connection. Mr Kanwaljeet Singh assured the deputation on April 25 at Fatehgarh Sahib that the pensioners would get 5 per cent and 10 per cent enhancement in their basic pensioner’s at the age of 65 and 75, respectively, but nothing had been achieved so far. Mr Prem Sagar said the next meeting of the sangh would be held at Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Kochar Market, Ludhiana on September 16 at 11 am. The deputation included Mr Balbir Singh, Joginder Singh Josh, Naginder Singh, Ajit Singh Bagri, Darshan Singh and Parduman Singh (Ropar), Mr Jarnail Singh Dhillon (Ludhiana), Prem Sagar Sharma (Sangrur).

BANNED: The District Magistrate, Mr Sarvjit Singh, has banned the digging of kutcha wells without a written permission of the Executive Engineer, Public Health Department (Rural Water Supply), in rural and urban areas of the district. The order, which has been issued under Section 144 of the Cr PC, will remain in force till October 12.

SUICIDE: Bant Singh (42), a rickshaw-puller of the local Ravidas Colony, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree near the Police Lines here on Sunday. A case has been registered under Section 174 of the Cr. P.C.

PRINCIPAL TAKES CHARGE: Mr Parmjit Singh, took over as Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Chabba, on Monday. Mr Tarsem Singh, who was the Headmaster of the school took over as Headmaster of the Government High School, Dhotian.

MASS MARRIAGE: Twelve couples tied nuptial knots at a function organised by Baba Kali Das, a social worker, at Pakhoke village on Sunday. Mr Alwinder Pal Singh Pakhoke, senior vice-president of the SGPC, was the chief guest.

STIR THREAT: Dr Kashmir Singh Sohal, president of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Eye Surgeons Association, in a press note issued here on Monday demanded the suspension of the SHO, Valtoha, for allegedly registering a false case against Dr Manjit Singh, Medical Officer posted at the Primary Health Centre, Ghariala. The association would launch an agitation if the state government failed to withdraw the case, he added.


PLANTATION DRIVE: Senior Division NCC cadets, as well as, staff of the No. 1 Chandigarh Air Squadron planted saplings at Government College, Sector 11. The drive was inaugurated by college Principal, Dr S.N. Singla and the squadron’s commanding officer, Wg Cdr R.K. Sharma. A statement issued here on Tuesday said the drive was a part of the community development programme of the NCC to create awareness about the environment amongst the cadets. The drive has evoked a good response. A few days ago, junior division cadets of the squadron had undertook a similar drive at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20.

NOMINATED: Dr C.L. Narang, Director NSS, Panjab University, has been nominated member of the advisory panel by the UT Administration. The committee will be chaired by the Deputy Commissioner and will stand for three years.

CRASH COURSE: The local branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India will organise a crash course for CA students (inter and final) from September 11 to September 26. It is to be conducted by faculty of the Board of Studies of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi, at GGDSD College, Sector 32.

CONDOLENCE MEETING: Faculty, staff and students of the department of Hindi, Panjab University, held a condolence meeting on Monday to mourn the death of a peon of the department, Sham Lal, who had died on August 31. The department remembered Sham Lal’s service and association with the department, his humble manners and honest nature. He was also a Hindi poet. His works had been appreciated by critics and were also published.

LITERACY WEEK: The Jan Shikshan Sansthan is observing the international Literacy Week from September 3 to September 10, by organising skill development programmes like candle making, food preservation courses etc. General awareness programme and education programmes for the neo-literates will also be organised in the various parts of the city. A ‘prabhat pheri’ will also be organised on the eve of International Literacy Day at Colony Number 4, Industrial Area, on Thursday.

HONOURED: The Association of Private Educational Institutions, Chandigarh, organised a function to honour Ms Harjinder Kaur, the newly elected mayor of the Municipal Corporation. The President of the association, Mr S M Verma, gave a brief account of the service being rendered by the member institutions in the field of education. He explained that their institutions were functioning from residential premises for the past four decades, and thus assisted the UT Administration to cater to the educational needs of the people of city. The Chief guest, Ms Harjinder Kaur, while addressing the Principals assured all help to the association.

SAKSHARTA RALLY: About 200 female students carrying banners participated in a rally on ‘Saksharta on Tuesday along with neoliterates. Preraks and Nodal Preraks, members of community and children. It spread the message of literacy. The rally was flagged off by the Director, Regional Resource Centre for Adult and Continuing Education, Panjab University, from Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 25. It covered literacy centers No. 7 and 8, under adult education programmes, in the surrounding colonies and villages of UT, Chandigarh.


CONGRESS RALLY: A former vice-president of the Haryana Youth Congress, Mr Rajan Guglani, has claimed that the Congress rally to be held on Sunday at Faridabad would be a show of unity by the party. In a statement issued here on Tuesday, he said Mr Bhajan Lal was the most popular leader in Haryana.

GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE: The meeting of the District Grievance Committee will be held on Saturday at Panchayat Bhavan, Ambala city. It will be presided by the Agriculture Minister, Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu. The Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, who is the chairman of the committee said the official and non-official members would participate in the meeting.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been nominated office-bearers of the local Lions Club: president — Mr Rakesh Kataria; secretary — Mr Pramod Rajgaria; and treasurer — Mr Sajjan Aggarwal.

TURNED OUT: The panchayat has turned out a teacher from Buwani Khera village. He allegedly attempted to sodomise one of his students.

WORM ATTACK: Farmers of Buwani Khera block in the district are worried over the attack of worms and pests on cotton and guwar crops. They said increasing moisture had led to the infestation of crops by worms which could not be killed through strong pesticides.

RALLY CANCELLED: The proposed one-day strike and protest rally announced by some local leaders against the registration of cases against three students of the local Government College did not take place here on Monday as students of the college decided against it at the last moment. Sources said this decision was apparently taken by the students as they did not want themselves to be used by the politicians. The other sources added that the plan of the students was to block the National Highway, but when they saw the police on the site of blockade, they dropped their plan.

INDIAN OIL DAY: Indian Oil Day was observed at the Panipat refinery here on Monday. Mr Jaspal Singh, Executive Director of the refinery, inaugurated a computerised gate pass system for contract labourers. A cultural programme by wards of employees of the refinery was also organised.

DEMOLISHED: The district administration intensified its campaign against encroachments on public and municipal land here on Monday. Officials of the demolition squad reportedly used bulldozers, JCB machine and tractors to demolish a number of unauthorised structures, including shops and sheds, at Nandwari Nagar. Three rooms of the old Civil Hospital and a portion of its boundary wall were also demolished.


HIKE SOUGHT: The president and vice-president of the zila parishad of Solan in a charter of demands given recently to the Chief Minister, Prof P.K. Dhumal, have urged that the monthly honorarium of the president and the vice-president should be increased to Rs 6,000 and Rs 5,000 from the current Rs 500 and Rs 400, respectively.

LOCAL BUS SERVICE: Residents of the Chakkar area are facing inconvenience due to lack of local bus service. They said buses plying on long routes did not carry local passengers. The authorities concerned had not taken action despite repeated complaints, they alleged.

AGGRAWAL SABHA: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Shri Aggrawal Sabha: president — Mr Mool Krishan Aggarwal; senior vice-president — Mr Om Prakash Singh; vice-president — Mr Ashtosh Aggrawal; general secretary - Mr K. Aggarwal; treasurer — Mr Deepak Aggarwal; and joint secretary — Mr Rajesh Bansal.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Himachal Government College Teachers Association: president — Dr Rattan Chand; vice-president — Dr Kamal Kumar; general secretary — Prof Jagdish Chohan; and joint secretary-cum-treasurer — Prof Bhagwan Das.

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