Wednesday, September 12, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


DIRECTED: Under the notification of the Central Government, the Punjab Government has directed all Deputy Commissioners in the state to get the practice of carrying night soil by the safai karamcharis on their heads stopped. This was stated by Mr Hussan Lal, ADC, while presiding over a meeting of the officials of the three nagar councils, including Jaitu, Kotkapura, Faridkot and other district officers here on Monday. In a press note released on Tuesday the ADC directed all executive officers of the nagar councils to launch a special survey to find out any such case in their respective areas.

UNION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Employees Union, Ferozepore: president — Mr R.L. Machanda (Muktsar); vice-presidents — Mr Chadrika Singh (Faridkot), Mr Balwant Singh (Zira), Mr Narinder Singh (Abohar); and treasurer — Mr Rishi Raj (Moga).

WORKSHOP: The Indian Dental Association, Punjab, organised a certificate workshop on easy steps to excellence in prosthodontics at the local Dasmesh Institute of Research and Dental Science on Monday. More than 100 delegates from different parts of Punjab participated in it.

PROTEST: Municipal employees here took out a protest march through the main bazar of the city here on Monday to express resentment against the proposed abolishing of octroi by the state government. They were demanding the withdrawal of the proposal.

CHAIN SNATCHED: Two unidentified scooter-borne men snatched a gold chain, weighing about 30 gm, from Ms Ravinder Kaur of Agwar Gujran village while she was travelling with her nephew on a scooter on the GT road. She was going to pay obeisance at Nanaksar Gurdwara. The local police has registered a case under Section 356 of the IPC.

CHEMISTS’ ASSOCIATION: The Khanna Chemists and Druggists Association at a meeting held here on Tuesday condemned the registration of a case against a drug inspector, according to Mr Ramesh Kumar, president of the association, the meeting was attended by about 60 members of the association.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Revenue Patwar Union, Fatehgarh Sahib: president — Mr Balkar Singh; general secretary — Mr Paramjit Singh; senior vice-president — Mr Gursewak Singh Bhari, vice-president — Mr Narinder Singh Sandhu; treasurer — Mr Mohan Singh; and office secretary — MR Major Singh.

UNION: The Veterinary Pharmacist Union, Punjab, submitted a memorandum to the Animal Husbandry Minister, Dr Ratan Singh Ajnala, at Panjkoha village near here on Monday demanding the renaming of the post of veterinary pharmacist as the veterinary assistant. This was stated by the senior vice-president of the union, Dr Sukhdev Singh Kang. According to him, the minister assured the delegation that their demands would be sympathetically looked into.

HONOURED: The Lions Club, Kurali, honoured four distinguished teachers at a function organised in Kurali. According to a press note issued here on Tuesday, the teachers who were honoured were Ms Brij Sharma, Ms Madhu Prashar, Ms Gurbachan Kaur and Mr T.S. Dogra. In this function the region chairman, Mr S.P. Singh, and the zone chairman, Dr Anil Gupta, presented the awards.

YOGA CLASS: A joint class of yoga would be organised on September 16 at Rose Garden, Phase III-B-I, SAS Nagar, in which sadhaks from Kurali, SAS Nagar, Chandigarh and Ropar would participate. 

STRIKE: The municipal employees of Kharar have decided to go on strike on Thursday to protest against the policy of the Punjab government to abolish octroi in the state. The employees would stage a dharna outside the office of the municipal committee. 

DEMANDED: Mr Kamlesh Sharma, former sarpanch of Gharuan village, has alleged that all development works in the village has come to stand still as the Punjab government has not issued notification about the election of sarpanch of the village who was elected on July 29. He has demanded that the sarpanch should be called to take the oath of office so that the development works start in the village.

WORKSHOP: The state unit of the Indian Dental Association (IDA) under the Dental Education Programme organised a one-day certificate workshop ‘Easy steps to excellence in prosthodontics’ at the Dashmesh Institute of Research and Dental Sciences, Faridkot, on Monday. Dr Puneet Girdhar, State Secretary of the IDA, Punjab, in a press statement said on Tuesday that over 100 delegates from all over the state participated in the workshop. Dr Mahesh Verma, Dean, Dental Department, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, and an executive member of the Dental Council of India, conducted the workshop. Dr S.P.S. Sodhi, president of the IDA, Punjab, also spoke on the occasion. Dr P.S. Sandhu, Registrar, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, was the chief guest. Various techniques, latest equipment and new advances in the field of prosthodontics were discussed at the workshop.

RESIDENTS’ APPEAL: Members of the New Millennium Club are sore over the bad condition of roads and absence of basic amenities in the Urban Estate, Dugri. Mr Kuldeep Singh Kreer, general secretary of the club, in a press note said on Tuesday that the area was transferred to Municipal Corporation from PUDA and people had hoped to get better civic amenities. But little had been done for the improvement, said Mr Kreer. He said condition of the outer road of MIG colony and the road in front of Durga Mata Mandir were in bad condition. Most of the streetlights were out of order he said. Residents had appealed to the authorities concerned to take steps to ensure better basic amenities in the area. 

TEEJ CELEBRATIONS: Students and staff of the Government College for Women celebrated Teej on the campus here on Tuesday. The students as well as the teachers came in traditional Punjabi attire and performed giddha. Swings were tastefully decorated with flowers for the function. Mehndi, rangoli and Ms Teej competitions were also arranged. Stalls of games, eatables, mehndi, tattoos were arranged. Ms Inderjeet Gill Vashisht, Principal of the college, told the students about importance of the day.

CONDOLENCE MEETING: College teachers under the chairmanship of Prof Satish Sharma, Fellow of Panjab University and lecturer of Arya College, on Tuesday held a condolence meeting to mourn the sudden demise of Professor S.K. Gupta, Vice-Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. Prof Sharma said that Prof Gupta was an eminent scholar who provided the much needed academic leadership. The teachers observed a silence for two minutes as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

NOMINATED: In a press note issued here on Tuesday, Mr Gurdial Chand, state secretary of the Bahujan Samaj Party, has nominated Mr Paramjeet Neelon as block president of the Machhiwara unit. The appointment has been made on the recommendation of the BSP supremo, Mr Kanshi Ram, who was in the city on Monday. The post of the block president had been lying vacant since 1997.

TEACHERS AWARDED: Ms Kamla Devi Sharma, a primary teacher at Government Primary School, Salana Bet, and Mr Ram Pal Lakhi of Government Primary School, Ranwan, have got National Award for their contribution to the field of teaching. The award includes a letter of honour, silver medal and a cheque of Rs 25,000. The awards were presented by the Vice-President of India, Mr Krishan Kant Sharma.

NEW ORGANISATION: To promote Punjabi culture, sports and sportspersons, a new organisation, International Punjabi Sabhyacharak Kendra was launched here on Tuesday. The following have been elected office-bearers of the Kendra: Director — Mr Dharam Pal Singh Councillor; Chairman — Mr Dilbagh Singh Magat; president — Mr Sukhdev Singh Bittu; genearl-secretary — Mr Purshotam Singh; service-president — Mr Major Singh Sangha; vice-president — Mr Chhinder Pal; press secretary — Mr Sukhwinder Singh; cashier — Mr Durga Ram; secretary — Mr Kulwan Singh; and assistant cashier — Mr Raj Kumar.

PRAISED: Eminent educationists and representatives of various social organisations have praised the NIIT for generating a spirit of competition among students by holding a scholarship test for various computer courses. It may be recalled that the NIIT had announced a heavy concession in admission fee for those qualifying in this test. In Machhiwara, about 150 students appeared in the test which was conducted on September 9. The interviews of successful candidates were held on Tuesday.

MEETING: A meeting of the Machhiwara Welfare Association has been called on Wednesday to take stock of the social activities being organised in the area. Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Mr Sanjaydeep Mohindru, secretary of the association, said the association would organise various programmes in the near future.

INJURED: Twentytwo schoolchildren received minor injuries while the driver was injured seriously when the van carrying them from Bhaidesa village collided with a bus of the Punjab Roadways. The mishap occurred when the bus tried to takeover it leading the van falling into a ditch.

PROGRAMME: A programme, ‘‘teach to the future’’ held on the premises of the local SDKL DAV Centenary Public School from August 30 and organised by Intel concluded on Tuesday. Two batches, each of 20 teachers, were imparted training simultaneously.

SANGAT DARSHAN : A sangat darshan programme was held on the premises of the Moga Municipal Council on Tuesday, which was presided over by Punjab Education Minister Tota Singh. As many as 75 complaints were redressed.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the District High and Senior Secondary School Tournament Committee : president — Mr Santokh Singh Ranu; general secretary — Mr Hans Raj Sharma; vice-presidents — Mr Karnail Singh, Mr Kashmiri Ram Ms Tarlochan Singh Sangha and Ms Rajinder Kaur.

NON-FUNCTIONAL TELEPHONES: Resentment prevails among telephone subscribers here over the working of the local Telecom Department as a number of telephones have been non-functional in the town and nothing is being done to repair them. The authorities attribute the fault to a damaged underground cable.

BOY KILLED: A boy was runover and killed by a train here on Monday. The deceased was in his teens.

SCHOOL UPGRADED: Punjab Tourism Minister Swarna Ram on Monday inaugurated the upgraded government school at Panshta village. He also opened Rs 9.37 lakh village “phirni” and Rs 9.50 lakh link road between Panshta and a religious place, Baba Phaliana Sahib.

RALLY: More than 200 municipal employees of the nagar council here held a rally in the town on Monday to protest against the proposed abolition of octroi in the state. They have threatened to go on strike on September 13.

COMPETITION: The Punjabi Sahit Sabhiacharak Manch, Aloona, will hold a short story (Punjabi) competition, according to Mr Mohan Singh Malhans, president of the manch. Writers may send their two stories to Mr Jasvinder Singh Hans, general secretary of the Mmanch before October 15, he added.

ENHANCE WAGES: About 300 watchmen of the Samrala tehsil met Jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnian, member of the SGPC, and Mr Kuldeep Singh Gharkhana, chairman of the local Market Committee, here on Tuesday under the leadership of Mr Sarup Singh, their president. They are demanding enhancement in their salary by Rs 200 within one month. They said otherwise they would launch an agitation from November 1. “Presently they are getting just Rs 400 per month”, Mr Sarup Singh added. Earlier they raised anti-government slogans on the premises of teshil compound. Jathedar Khirnian and Mr Gharkhana assured the delegation to send their demands to the Chief Minister.

AGITATION: The Patwar Union, Punjab (Revenue), has decided to start an agitation from October 1 in protest against the non-implementation of their demands accepted by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, on January 30, 2001, said Mr Gurmel Singh, state president of the union. Talking to mediapersons in the local civil rest house, both the leaders said a emergency meeting had been called on Saturday on 15 in the old tehsil premises of Ludhiana to chalk out the protest movement.

MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED: The Municipal Employees’ Union of Nagar Council, Samrala, submitted a memorandum to Mr S. S. Brar, SDM, here on Tuesday. Wearing black clothe and carrying black banners, the employees raised anti-government slogans. They demanded they should be adjusted somewhere else before octroi was abolished in Punjab. Later, they burnt an effigy of the state government. Mr Brar assured them that their memorandum would be sent to the Punjab Government.

MURDER: Nitta Anand, a migrant labourer from Bihar, was murdered by Shella Anand on Saturday at Kacca Pacca village, under Bhikhiwind police station. According to police sources here on Monday, Jaspal Singh, with whom they were working, said both had some dispute following which the body was found the next day. Nitta Anand has absconded. A case has been registered.

COUNCIL: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Council of Junior Engineering, PSEB: president — Mr Harlinder Singh, vice-president — Mr Harjinder Singh Kohli; secretary — Mr Sukhdev Singh; joint secretary — Mr Raman Kumar; and treasurer — Mr Naranjan Singh.

CASE REGISTERED: The wildlife staff of the bird sanctuary at Harike has registered a case for catching fish illegally against two persons of Harike village. About 50 kg fish was seized from them. The accused have been identified as Naranjan Singh and Basant Singh. A case has been registered.



ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Non-Teaching Employees Union of DAV College (M), Sector 10: president — Mr Jai Pal Singh; vice-president — Mr Ram Asre; general secretary — Mr Girdhari Lal Bhatt; secretary — Mr Nasib Singh Bagga and cashier — Mr Prem Chander Yadav.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Following office-bearers were elected unanimously at the general body meeting of the Mair Rajput Sabha, Panchkula: chairmam: Mr R.D. Verma; president: Mr O.P. Verma; senior vice-president: Mr B.L. Verma; vice-president: Mr N.D. Verma; general secretary; Mr Ishwar Singh; finance secretary: Mr Suresh Chand Verma; and joint secretary: Mr B.K. Verma.

VANAMAHOTSAVA CELEBRATED: The Government Model High School, Sector 44-B, celebrated Vanamahotsava recently by planting saplings of different species on the school premises. The Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, was the guest of honour at the function. The school principal, Ms Surinder Kaur, in her keynote address said the students should act as vanguards at such programmes to make India clean and green. She also exorted them to evince keen interest in such activities to save the entire human race from perishing. The Mayor lauded the role of the students in the preservation of ecology and clean environment. A cultural programme was also organised.

RPO’s WEEKLY REPORT: The Regional Passport Office, Chandigarh, has processed all those passport applications which were submitted till May 9, 2001, and found complete in all respects. This information has been given in the weekly report on the status of passport applications for the week ending September 7.

PROTEST: The Punjab School Education Board (non-teaching) employees Union today raised its voice against the decision to create zones by the Punjab Education Minister at a recent board meeting. The union leaders sought that the decision to create zones be taken back.



GARBAGE DUMPED: The former organising secretary of the HPCC, Mr Om Prakash Malik, said on Tuesday that the dumping of garbage near the entrance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose park should be stopped. Mr Malik said the garbage dump near the park was spoiling the beauty of the park. Besides that, the road near the park is used by motorists throughout the day and they have to bear the stench emanating from the garbage dump, a release said. Senior district officials must visit the spot to take stock of the situation, he added.

APPOINTED: The Director General of Police and president of the Haryana Hockey Association has appointed Mr Sandeep Khirwar, Superintendent of Police, Ambala, as the president of the District Hockey Association.

MEETING: A meeting of the B.B.Sewa Samiti was held under the presidentship of Mr Pradeep Sharma. The samiti chairman, Mr Suraj Mohan, said at the meeting that discussion on strengthening the organisation was held and efforts to increase the membership was deliberated upon.

ARRESTED: The police on Monday arrested Raj Kumar, Devender and Veerender in the Nehru market, Tohana, in the district for trying to tamper with their power meters. A case under Section 420, 120-B and 379 of the IPC has been registered. In another case Iqbal Singh of Sardarewala village in the district under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and seized 20 kg of poppy husk from him.

STRIKE: In response to the call given by the Students Action Committee, the students of Kurukshetra University Teaching Departments, University College, College of Education, Physical Education, Shri Parshu Ram College, DAV College, Pehowa, and Markanda National College, Shahabad, in the district observed strike in protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands. A signed statement was released to the mediapersons here on Monday in this regard.

DHARNA: Congress activists, led by local legislator Ajay Singh Yadav, organised a dharna here on Monday in protest against the “anti-people” policies of the Chautala government Congress legislator from Ateli, Rao Narender Singh and several other prominent party teachers from Mahendergarh and Gurgaon districts also participated in it.

ELECTORAL LISTS: On the instructions of the Election Commission of India for updating electoral lists the enumerators would visit the local residents from September 13 to October 12 for removing those names who had either shifted or died. Names of those who fulfil the conditions for becoming a voter would be added. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Electoral Officer here on Tuesday.

ATTACK: Salim Lambardar of Kheri Gujjar village was attacked and injured by a group of persons in the judicial complex here on Monday. According to a report, he had gone to the complex as a witness in a case of divorce.

MARCH: Employees of the Haryana roadways took out a march here on Monday in support of their demands. They also submitted a charter of demands to Mr Suraj Mal Antil, MLA and Chairman of the HAFED.

SUICIDE: Meena, a housewife, committed suicide by allegedly taking insecticide tablets in her house at Janata Colony here on Tuesday. According to the police, she took this extreme step following a family dispute.

WORK SUSPENDED: Members of the district Bar Association suspended the work on Tuesday in protest against the failure of the police to arrest those involved in a robbery committed at the house of Mr Shamlal Tyagi, president of the association. According to a report, lawyers of Gohana and other places also suspended their work.

CALL GIVEN: The Dairy Owners Association on Tuesday gave a call to the dairy owners not to pay tax to the local municipal council till they were allotted plots outside the municipal limits. On a directive of the state government the municipal council was contemplating to shift the dairies.



AID GIVEN: Fourty aged and destitute persons were provided aid in shape of grains, clothes and medicines by HelpAge International, UK, and HelpAge India at a camp organised by the Mahila Mandal at Jabbali near here on Monday. It was inaugurated by Block Development Officer Ravinder Sharma while the concluding function was presided over by Nehru Yuva Kendra regional coordinator Balvinder Singh Khosa.

HUNGER-FREE INDIA: The Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Mr Shanta Kumar, said on Monday that the government was committed towards having a “hunger-free India”. Addressing a public meeting at Deol village near Baijnath, he said the state had been provided with 11,000 tonnes of foodgrains for distribution as relief among the people. He inaugurated a bailey bridge constructed by the Army at Deol.

SUB-CENTRES: The buildings of 200 sub-centres of the Health Department in the district are almost on the verge of collapse. This was stated by the state president of the Multipurpose Health Workers Union, Mr N.R. Thakur, while addressing a press conference here on Monday. He said the sub-centres had no electricity and water supply.

CHARAS SEIZED: Dev Raj of Foza village in Banjar subdivision of the district was arrested with 1 kg of charas by a police party at Barnogi near Bathar, about 70 km from here, on Monday.

HYDEL PROJECT: Mr Harsh Gupta, Chief Secretary and Chairman, Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board, visited the 800 kw Ruskat mini-hydel power project in the Manikaran valley on Monday. The project was completed in a record time by Messers Indu Shree Power Private Ltd at a cost of Rs 498 lakh. The Chief Secretary was accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr H.C. Thakur, member, technical, HPSEB, Mr Narender Chauhan, and other senior engineers of the board.

FUNDS SOUGHT: The Jabli panchayat has sought funds for the completion of the Garkhal-Chakki ka Mor road by Nabard. The 16-km long road had not been completed for quite a long time leading to resentment among villagers of Dharti panchayat as they had to cover a long distance to avail the basic facilities.

COLLEGE OPENED: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has said the state will have more medical, engineering and electronic institutions soon. He said the government would give incentives to the private entrepreneurs to set up such institutions in the state. He was addressing a public meeting after the opening of the building of Himachal Dental College at Sundernagar on Saturday.

INAUGURATED: Ms Shyama Sharma, Vice-Chairperson, Himachal Pradesh Planning Board, announced that land would be acquired for the new campus of the Nahan Postgraduate College by the year-end. She was here on the occasion of the inauguration of the renovated Amar Hostel for Girls. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Kaushal, and Mr Amar Singh Chauhan, Principal of the college, were also present on the occasion.

SUICIDE: Chura Khan (50) of Dandipur Konthron village in the tehsil committed suicide by allegedly shooting himself with his licenced gun on Monday. He was a Class IV employee at the senior secondary school, Taruwala, in Paonta tehsil. A case has been registered.

URGED: The executive committee of the Janata Dal has urged the Himachal Pradesh Government to withdraw users-charges, which have been levied on patients visiting government hospitals. The executive committee, which met here on Saturday under the chairmanship of Mrs Nalini Sharma, vice-president of the party, also demanded that the increase in water tariff and proposed hike in electricity tariff should be withdrawn.

FAIR HELD: Deputy Commissioner K. Sumjay Murthy inaugurated a fair organised by the National Centre for Mushroom Research and Training on the centre’s campus at Chambaghat here on Tuesday. The Director of the centre, Dr R.N. Verma, while speaking at a seminar on the occasion said the district was currently producing 700 mt of white button mushroom annually.


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