September 5, 2001, Chandigarh, India
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.
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 They said if the move was not withdrawn, all municipal employees in the state would begin an indefinite strike.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AMBALA 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.
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.
BHIWANI 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. KALKA PANIPAT SONEPAT
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.
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.
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