Tuesday, September 11, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


CRITICISED: The Punjab State Pensioners and Senior Citizen Welfare Association held a convention here on Sunday. It criticised the state government for the non-implementation of the recommendations of the fifth Pay Commission. This was stated by Mr S.S. Guoraya, acting president of the association.

ARRESTED: The Lopoke police has arrested Lakhwinder Singh for allegedly killing his wife, Sarabjit Kaur, for dowry. Her father, Mr Darshan Singh, has alleged that his son-in-law used to beat her mercilessly. A case has been registered under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC.

ALLEGED: Residents of Chabba village near here are up in arms against the disposal of the effluents of a paper mill in the direction of Gurdwara Sangrana Sahib. They have damaged pipes used for discharging the effluent and alleged that mills were still running despite the Centre's orders against the polluting mills.

SAPLINGS PLANTED: The Dost Welfare Society, an NGO, celebrated vanamahotsava on Monday in cooperation with the local Gaushala Committee at Sirki bazaar. Mr Makhan Singh, MLA, was the chief guest. A member of saplings were planted on the occasion.

‘GREEN’ CAMPAIGN: Arpan, a local NGO, on Monday inaugurated a green campaign by planting a sapling near a college. Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhullar, president of the municipal council, was the chief guest.

CLAIMS: Mr Sikandar Singh Maluka, Power Minister, Punjab, claimed here on Monday that power supply had improved to a large extent and there would be no more power cuts in the state from next week. A committee comprising one member from the farming, industrial and business community each, was being constituted to redress the grievances of people.

CELEBRATED: The 37th anniversary of the late CQMH Abdul Hamid Param Vir Chakra was celebrated at Asal Utar village, near Khemkaran on Sunday. the IV Rajput Regiment performed a colourful ceremonial guard. Brig R.S. Sanghera, Deputy GOC Infantry Division, laid a wreath at the ‘mazar’ of the late Abdul Hamid.

BANNED: Mr Kulbir Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, has banned- construction within 1000 metres of ammunition dumps in the district. The order will remain in force till November 6.

ASSAULTED: Certain miscreants assaulted Sandeep Ohri of the local Red Road area near the Coca Cola godown on Saturday. They damaged his car and allegedly snatched a bag containing Rs 10,000 and a gold chain from him. A case has been registered under Section 394 and 427, IPC.

LITERACY DAY FUNCTION: A function was organised by the local DAV College in collaboration with the Department of Adult Education of Panjab University, Chandigarh, in connection with International Literacy Day on the college premises on Saturday. Dr Waryam Singh Sandhu, eminent story writer called upon teachers and youth to spread education. Mr Ajaib Singh, Director, Adult Education Panjab University, Mr Kamal Chaudhary, former MP, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former Chief Minister, and Dr Jagmeet Singh, Principal of the college, were among others who spoke on the occasion.

CRITICISED: Appointment of teachers on contract basis to fill vacant posts in various primary, middle, high and higher secondary schools in Punjab has come in for a sharp criticism by the Unemployed Teachers’ Front, Punjab. A meeting of the front was held on Friday under the presidentship of Mr Jagtar Singh in which a number of leaders took part. They all warned the Punjab Government that if this practice was not stopped they would launch a stir against it. The high court has already given stay orders against the appointment of teachers on contract basis, they said. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been appointed office-bearers of the Swera Youth Club (Regd), Ranwan: president — Mr Gurprit Singh Bath; vice-president — Mr Parmjit Singh; secretary — Mr Kewal Singh; cashier — Mr Jatinder Singh; and general secretary — Mr Gurjit Singh.

DHARNA: The local unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union has decided to stage a dharna outside the Sugar Mill, Morinda, on Thursday in protest against the non-payment of about Rs 3 crore to farmers on the account of sugarcane purchased by the mill. According to a press note issued here on Monday the union alleged that the payment has not been made to the farmers despite repeated requests. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Shri Ram Lila Dramatic Club: chairman — Mr Tara Chand Gupta; patron — Mr Charanjit Singh; vice-chairman — Mr Naresh Mittal; director — Mr Yash Pal Karwal; president — Mr Shiv Charan Pinki; vice-presidents — Mr Rajesh Sood and Mr Harbans Dhiman; secretary — Mr Pankaj Jain. 

REMANDED FOR IMPERSONATION: Mrs Harinder Sidhu, Judicial Magistrate, remanded Nirmal Singh of Nia Gram village in police custody till Wednesday. She was arrested by the police under Sections 205, 208, 419, 420, 467 and 481, IPC. The case was registered following the orders by Mr R.L. Chauhan, Judicial Magistrate, when the accused impersonated his uncle in the court and obtained a decree.

SUGARFREE FOODS: Department of Dietetics, Christian Medical College and Hospital, will organise a show on various food items on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at hospital canteen. In this show a substitute for sugar, “Equal” (low calorie sweetener) will be used in the dishes. Dieticians will provide information and details on various diets. 

TRAINING INSTITUTE: Kar Rox, a computer training institute, was inaugurated here on Saturday. According to Mr Randhir Singh, director of the institute, Kar Rox technologies is one of the leading high end computer training and certification institutes in the country and has alliance with international giants like Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Sun Microsoft, COMPTIA, Caldera and many others. He said the company had arranged for online examination facility for the students. Besides, the students would also be able to share the latest knowledge in the world of computers with these international giants. 

TEACHERS HONOURED: Teachers’ Day was celebrated at Nishkam Vidya Mandir, No 3, EWS Colony, Samrala road. Members of the Lions Club Skipper, the Lions Club Virat, the Lions Club Maurya and the Lions Club Great were present on the occasion. As many as 53 teachers of four Vidya Mandirs run by the Nishkam Sewa Ashram were honoured. 

EYE DONATION: Eye Bank, Mansuran, recently organised a special fortnight camp on eye donation awareness at Mansuran. The aim was to spread the message of eye donation and to dispel the myths associated with the concept. Dr P.S. Jassi, former Director, Health Services, Punjab, inaugurated the function and urged the people to donate eyes as India had the largest population of blind in the world. Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, Health Minister, honoured three members of the eye bank who had been instrumental in motivating people to donate their eyes. 

SUMMONED: Mr Deepak Kumar Arora, a 100 per cent physically challenged person of the town, who was refused a driving licence by the District Transport Officer, has complained to the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, Chandigarh. The commission has summoned officials of the Transport Department, the Traffic Police and the Social Security and Development of Women and Children Department.

URGED: More than 400 candidates who have been selected to be appointed as clerks in various departments of Punjab are running from pillar to post to get jobs. During the past over three months, the Punjab State Subordinate Services Selection Board is learnt to have recommended 800 candidates for appointment in various departments. The aggrieved candidates have urged the Chief Minister, Punjab, to issue directions to the board in this connection.

STONE LAID: The Social Welfare Minister, Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur, laid the foundation stone of a road connecting Mehmoodpur- with Sant Baba Bhuriwale religious place at Malla Sedhian village on Saturday. He announced a grant of Rs 50,000 each for the Dalit dharamshala and cremation ground of the village.

RECOVERED: Mr Tulsi Ram, SSP, in a press note issued here on Saturday said the police had arrested Harminder Singh, alias Mundri of Azad Chowk, Banga, and recovered a stolen scooter (PD 32-9609). He also confessed to having stolen scooter No. PB-24-4081.

WINE SEIZED: The Asron police has arrested Didar Singh, driver of a van and seized 15 boxes of English wine during a naka. Twentythree boxes of English wine were also seized from a Tata Sumo, said Mr Tulsi Ram, SSP.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested Joginder Singh a proclaimed offender of Mohalla Navneet Nagar, Ludhiana. He had been absconding since 1980. A case has been registered under Sections 61 and 14 of the Excise Act.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of the Sikh Students Federation (Mehta): president —Mr Harinder Singh Minta; vice — president — Mr Lajwant Singh; and secretary — Mr Avtar Singh.

PLANTATION DRIVE: The Rashtriya Chetna Parishad under the guidance of Mr Vaishno Malhotra, president of the parishad, launched a plantation drive in the town on Sunday. Mr Satya Pal Saini, Minister for Information and Technology, Punjab, inaugurated the drive at the local Shimla park.

APPOINTED: Mr Harinder Pal Singh, vice-president of the All-India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation has been nominated to the Board of Directors of the SBOP as Workman Director. He was nominated during a rally organised at the head office of the SBOP on behalf of the AIBEA. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Joginder Singh Bajwa has been elected as the president of the Private Colleges Non-teaching Employees Union, Modi College, here on Monday. The other-office bearers are secretary — Mr Harbhajan Singh Sandhu, vice-president — Mr Paramjit Singh Khanna and finance secretary — Mr Jagar Singh. 

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Century Enclave Phase III Welfare Society: president — Mr D.S. Jeji; vice-president — Mr J.S.Chauhan; secretary — Mr N.K.Bassi; joint secretary — Prof M.L.Singla and treasurer — Mr Nirbhai Singh Mahal. 

IDA PROJECT LAUNCHED: The local branch of the Indian Dental Association (IDA), launched the ‘Smile Through Millennium’ project at Guru Nanak Foundation Public school, Sular road, here on Monday. The IDA-Colgate project was inaugurated by Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner, and Dr Kamlesh Vasudeva and Dr Inderjit Kaur Walia, Civil Surgeon, were the Guests of Honour. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sudhir Pathak, chief co-ordinator of the project, said more than 30,000 schoolchildren both from rural and urban areas would be educated about dental health. 

ELECTED: Dr A.S.Thind from Faridkot has been elected as the president of the Governing Council 2001-2003 during a general body meeting of the Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology held in Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, here on Sunday. The other office-bearers are: vice- president — Dr Jagjiv Sharma (Ludhiana); general secretary — Dr D.S. Bhullar (Patiala); treasurer: Dr Satpal Garg (Bathinda); joint secretary — Dr I.S. Bagga (Ludhiana) and executive members — Dr Deepak Walia, Dr Gautam Bisvas and Dr Harjinder Singh. The election was conducted under the Chief Patron and the State Medico-Legal Advisor, Dr J.S.Dalal, and Chief Advisor of the academy, Dr Ajit Singh. 

CONVENTION POSTPONED: Mr Nirmal Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary of the PRTC Workers Union on Monday stated that the convention that was proposed to be staged on Tuesday had been postponed, till further date was announced. He said the meeting held with the Chief Minister on Friday was not in favour of the PRTC workers. The workers had demanded that private illegal buses be stopped from plying on roads. Having received an unfavourable response from the CM, the workers decided to postpone the convention. Meanwhile, the workers would hold talks with other worker unions to initiate a united agitation. 

CULTURAL FUNCTION HELD: A cultural function was organised by the NTAS Director, Mr Pran Sabharwal, at Baradari Garden here on Monday. The function was inaugurated by Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner while Mrs Ravinder Kaur Bir, chairperson of the Hospital Welfare Society, presided over the function. The function was organised to mark the death anniversary of Bir Dasondhi Ramji. 

CAMP HELD: The District Blindness Control Society conducted an Eye Donation Awareness Camp at the General Hospital (Territorial Army) under the guidance of Lt Col B.S.Tuli here on Monday. The Professor and Head of Eye Department, Medical College, Dr M.S. Bhatia, spoke on the occasion. 

THREATENED: The local Chahal Nagari Green Park Welfare Association on Sunday threatened to launch an agitation if the Nagar Council did not provide basic amenities in these colonies. Mr Harbax Singh, president of the association, alleged that promises made by ministers and council officials for providing sewerage, street lights, roads and streamlining water supply had remained unfulfilled.

OPENED: Mr Kirpal Singh Khirnian, member SGPC, inaugurated the darbar hall of a gurdwara at Mal Majra village, 7km from here, on Monday. Among others, those who were present on the occasion included Ms Malwinder Kaur, sarpanch of the village, Mr Alamdeep Singh, an Akali leader and Mr Gurmel Singh, president of the local gurdwara parbandhak committee. 

FAREWELL PARTY: A farewell party was given to Mr Jarnail Singh, SDO, PSEB, Katani Kalan, on his retirement on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gurtej Singh Chahal, senior engineer, Mr Surjit Vishad, a union leader, and Mr Gurdev Singh Mushkabad, an executive member of the district unit of the SAD (B) said as a result of the efforts made by the SDO, the revenue collection of the department had increased by 25 per cent, and damage rate of transformers had come down to as low as 2.6 per cent.


MEETING: The executive body of the Shirdi Sai Samaj, Sector 29A, has decided to hold a palki procession of Sai Baba, and organise sai charitar path and bhandara on the occasion of Mahasamdhi Divas. The programme will be held from October 14 to October 18. The president of samaj, Mr Vijay Kumar, appealed to its members to contribute towards the development of the temple and other welfare activities. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Northern India Beekeepers Association: chairman — Mr R.K. Jain, vice-chairman — Mr Sandhu Singh, secretary — Mr R.K. Sethi, joint secretary — Dr Gurmej Singh, treasurer — Mr Vikas Kapoor. The executive members are: Dr Madhu Gill, Dr Gurbaz Singh, Mr Sarwan Singh Chandi, Mr Harinder Singh Shergill (Punjab), Mr B.S Yadav (Haryana), Mr Sushil Arora (Chandigarh) and Mr Anil Sharma (Himachal Pradesh). 

FUNCTION HELD: The Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Cell of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, at a function here on Sunday, thanked the President of the AICC, Ms Sonia Gandhi and General Secretary of the AICC, Ms Mohsina Kidwai, for the appointment of Mr Phool Chand as chairman of the cell. The function was held under the presidentship of Mr Amar Nath Sarhadi, member AICC and vice-president of the CTCC, and Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, the local Member Parliament, was the chief guest.


KIDNAPPING CONDEMNED: The state unit of the Indian Medical Association has condemned the incident of robbery and assault on Dr Subhash Goel and Dr Manju Goel of Palwal and the kidnapping of their only son on Sunday by some miscreants. The president of the IMA, Mr D.S. Jaspal stated that the secretary of the state unit, Dr D.R. Makkar and he had visited Palwal to assess the ground realities. He said IMA had demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits and safe return of the kidnapped child. He said if the miscreants were not arrested within four days they would hold a one-day strike. He said the members of IMA Haryana would, meanwhile, wear black bands as a mark of protest.

CHETNA RALLY: The students of GRSD Senior Secondary School, organised a chetna rally here on Monday, which was sponsored by the Bharat Vikas Parishad. The rally passed through the main bazar of the city. The students shouted slogans against social evils like dowry, liquor and corruption.

16 HELD : The police has arrested Sandeep of Bamla village for his alleged involvement in a shooting incident. A case has been registered. Pradeep, Pawan, Wazir Chandan, Jitender, Leela, Madia and Roop Chand have been arrested under Sections 147 and 148, IPC, for allegedly injuring Chhote Lal of Kitlana village in a land dispute. Six persons were arrested at Asalwas village under various sections to maintain law and order. Amrit of Kalinga village was arrested for rash driving. A resident of Tosham Rajbir was arrested for outraging the modesty of a girl.

REMANDED: A court at Charkhi Dadri has remanded Jeetender, husband of Babita, in 14 days of judicial custody. Her brother had got an FIR registered alleging that she had been murdered by her in-laws for dowry.

CONSTITUTED: A three-member committee has been constituted by the Subdivisonal Magistrate comprising the Tehsildar and officials of the SDM and Municipal Council’s offices to investigate the validity of driving licences issued recently. Sources said the investigation was being done at Bhiwani and Charkhi Dadri since licences were issued in large numbers here.

ENGINEER REMANDED: A local court has sent Mahavir Jain, Maintenance Engineer with the Municipal Council, to judicial custody for 15 days. He was allegedly arrested while accepting bribe from a contractor.

SETS ON FIRE: Kishan Lal reportedly set afire his own house at Jain chowk here on Saturday. He was reported to be feeling tense due to a heavy debt.

BEATEN UP: Jagat (23) allegedly beat up her mother, Indrawati, when she did not allow him to live separately at Atail village on Saturday. She has been admitted to the PGIMS. 


OFFICE BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Himachal Vikas Congress Thural block: president- Mr Rattan Chand; senior vice- president — Mr Vinod Mehra; vice- president — Mr Vinod Rana; general secretary — Mr Yudhvir Singh; and treasurer — Mr Puran Chand.

INAUGURATED: Mr Karan Singh, Minister of State for Primary Education, inaugurated a panchayat bhavan, mahila mandal bhavan and yuvak mandal bhavan at Punthal village on Saturday. He announced a grant of Rs 40,000 for primary school of the village and Rs 20,000 each for the local Mahila Mandal, Yuvak Mandal, Shesh Nag Yuvak Mandal and Krishi Vikas Yuvak Mandal.

CHAKKI BRIDGE: The 112-year-old Chakki Bridge on the Pathankot-Mandi National Highway-20 has developed cracks. The National Highway authorities have banned the plying of heavy vehicles on the bridge.

SUICIDE: Sumit Kumar (23) allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house in the local Officers Colony on Saturday. In another incident, Chaman Lal (30) of Dhabota village, under Nalagarh police station, allegedly tried to commit suicide by jumping into a well on Saturday. A case has been registered under Section 174 of the Cr. P.C.

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