Monday, September 17, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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INSTALLATION CEREMONY: The installation ceremony of the Lions Club was held at the local white house on Saturday. The president, Mr Rakesh Dhand, and his board of directors were installed by Mr K.S. Sandhu, PDG and chief guest of the function. Mr Prem Grover, PDG from Ludhiana, inducted the new members. The club honoured Mr Data Ram Sharma, president of Sacred Soul High School, Mr Kartar Singh, and Principal Amarjit Sidhu, for their distinguished services in the field of education. Mr Nachhattar Rahi, Editor, Ek Tara Bole, and Mr Bushan Goyal, a journalist, were also honoured.

EDUCATION FOR ALL: Mr Rajinder Singh, Assistant Director, Primary Education, Punjab, has stated that government has started working on the project 'Education for all'. He visited all local government primary scholars along with Mr Ashok Bhalla, DEO (P) Sangrur here on Friday. The officers said the government had made 100 per cent enrollment mandatory. According to the new scheme, all children in the age group of 6-14 years would pass middle by the year 2007 and by the year 2010 all between the age group of 6-18 years would pass matric. They said committees consisting of ex-servicemen, retired teachers and councillors would get grants to open news schools provided they had more than 40 students. A block resource centre would get a grant worth Rs 6 lakh and a cluster resource centre Rs 2 lakh. Physically handicapped students would receive Rs 100 as stipend and free books.

INTELLECTUAL CELL: The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) on Saturday launched a Vichar Vibhag (intellectual cell) of the state unit of the party. The convener of the Vichar Vibhag, Dr Shashi B. Nayyar, said with the creation of the cell, and through regular interactions, the PPCC would be able to create awareness about various problems facing the nation and mould public opinion.

EMBEZZLEMENT CASE: The Civil Lines police on Saturday registered an FIR against partners of a local computer firm for allegedly embezzling Rs 25 lakh from their erstwhile partners. Mr Rupinder Singh Sarkaria and Mr Gurinder Pal Singh Sandhu, in a complaint to the SSP, had alleged that their former partners, Mr Kanwardeep Singh Sekhon and Mr Jugraj Singh Dhillon, had cheated them out of the partnership firm dealing in computer equipment at Lawrence Road. No arrest has been made so far.

PADDY PROCUREMENT: Mr R. Venkat Ratnam, Deputy Commissioner, has advised the farmers not to harvest unripe and green paddy to avoid facing difficulties in the mandis as substandard paddy will not be procured. Mr Venkat Ratnam said all arrangements for purchasing paddy had been made. He said the farmers should bring paddy with moisture content as per the specifications.

LEGAL AID SEMINAR: The local unit of the All-India Women’s Conference (AIWC) on Saturday organised a seminar on legal awareness for women at Bal Bhavan here. The seminar was presided over by Mr B.C. Rajput, District and Sessions Judge and Chairman of the District Legal Services Authority. Mr Gurbir Singh, Civil Judge (Senior Division) and Secretary of the District Legal Services Authority, also spoke on the occasion. Mr Rajput listened to the problems of women and a number of cases were settled on the spot. Legal advice was also provided to several applicants.

EYE CAMP: The Lions Club (Royal) identified about 200 patients for operation to correct various defects of eyes at an eye camp organised by it here on Saturday. Mr Sewak Ram Bhola, project chairman of the club, said about 1,500 patients from various parts of the district and the surrounding areas attended the camp and were examined by a team of doctors. He added that all patients who would undergo operations would be given medicines, spectacles and lodging free of cost.

INJURED: Mr Sarwan Singh of Gaurav Gas Agency here was seriously injured when Mr Mohinder Singh of Garhdiwala, Mr Kulwant Singh of Hariana, Mr Jagdish Singh of Gondpur and two others allegedly assaulted him at Hindustan Petroleum Bottling Plant, Madialan, on Friday. Mr Sarwan Singh was admitted to the local Civil Hospital. Mrs Anita Thakur, district convener of the LPG Distributors Federation, said there was a dispute among the LPG agency holders of Hoshiarpur and Garhdiwala, Hariana and Mahilpur over the transfer of LPG consumers.

ARRESTED: The city police on Friday arrested Ajay Kumar of Sunder Nagar and seized 860 gm ganja from him. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him.

KILLED: Tarsem Singh of Hardokhanpur died on the spot on Friday when a Punjab Roadways bus hit his scooter on the Tanda road while he was returning here from his village.

TRAVEL AGENT BOOKED: The Hariana police on Friday registered a case under Section 420, IPC, against Gurmeet Singh, a travel agent of Bairampur, on the complaint of Jaswinder Singh of Saidowal. Gurmeet Singh allegedly took Rs 2 lakh from Jaswinder Singh for sending him to Malaysia, but he neither sent him there nor returned his money.

SUICIDE: Rajesh Kumar, son of Mr Jagdish Mitter of Mukerian, committed suicide by consuming acid at his home on Friday night. He was a student of engineering and was mentally upset on account of his studies.

CASE REGISTERED: On the complaint by Mohinder Singh of Dalla village, the local police has registered a case under Section 420, IPC, against Boota Singh of Galib village, who, posing himself as an Inspector, wanted to check the documents and record of the complainant with regard to his depot that he was holding under Public Distribution System on the pretext that an affidavit had been filed by someone against him for selling kerosene in black market and demanded gratification in order to save him. The inspector also presented himself to be the scribe of Jan Karuna, a Punjabi weekly, and threatened to publish the news against the depot holder regarding black marketing. The police has arrested the accused and investigating into the amount of Rs 500 that the imposter had received from the mother of the complainant.

FUNCTION: A cultural programme and prize distribution ceremony was organised by the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on Friday to mark the Hindi Divas. Various competitions to promote Hindi language were organised and the employees, who work in Hindi, were also honoured on the occasion. The main attraction of the function was the presentation of giddha by young children. Mr K. C. Pandey, Grade 1 officer of local organisation, was the chief guest on the function while Lt Col P. K. Chaturvadi was also present. The winners of the Hindi essay writing competition, Hindi commentary and script writing, Hindi dictation were: Mr Anup Kumar, Mr Manoj Kumar, Mr Satish Verma, Mr Vishav Kumar, Mr Darshan Singh, Mr G. L. Udayniya.

BHAGWATI JAGRAN: As many as 10 musical groups would participate in the 23rd Vishal Bhagwati Jagran to be held at Ghanta Ghar chowk on Saturday. The annual feature is being organised by the Paradise Club, Clock Tower.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Lions Club, Ludhiana north, organised a free diabetes check-up camp at Model Town Extension here on Sunday. Mr Jatinder Pal Saluja, in a press note said over 400 patients were examined in the camp. Mr H.S.Lamba, president of the club, said similar camps would be organised in future by the club. Among others present on the occasion included Mr S.P.S.Shahpuri, Mr G.S.Bamsal, Mr Mohan Singh Bhanwra and Mr Damandeep Singh Saluja.

CAMPAIGN AGAINST TB: A nationwide campaign against TB has been simultaneously launched in eight districts. A 16-member TB control society has been formed under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, to hold a project in the district. The district has been divided into eight parts: Ludhiana Rural, Jagraon, Sudhar, Sahnewal, Khana and Samrala, under the project. The project would be run in three stages. The first stage would include training, second stage would cover upgradation of the cure centres and the treatment would be provided in the third stage.

WARRANT ISSUED: Mr Mohinder Singh, Chief Judicial Magistrate, on Saturday issued a non-bailable warrant for Manohar Lal, proprietor of Manohar Medical Hall at Rohtak in Haryana, returnable for October 24. The accused failed to appear before the court on Saturday in spite of getting summons. It is alleged that he had issued a cheque in favour of a local firm for the supply of disposable plastic syringes. The cheque bounced and the firm filed a complaint against the accused under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act in the judicial court.

LPG SUPPLY: Due to easy supply of LPG during the past two years, all distributors of the LPG representing the Indian Oil Corporation here have been employing improvised rickshaws for hawking gas cylinders instead of booking orders for refills. No cash memos are issued to the consumers by these “hawkers” and it appears that the distributors prepare false records about the “sale” of cylinders to replenish their stocks.

LEGAL GUIDANCE: Of the 2097 appeals filed till August 31 in various district courts, 1979 have been provided legal aid and the remaining cases were given legal guidance under the Legal Services Authority Act 1987. This was stated by Mr S.N. Agarwal, District and Sessions Judge and Chairman of the Legal Services Authority, while addressing panches and sarpanches of the various villages, during a seminar on ‘Free Legal Services’ held at Ghanaur on Sunday.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Bharat Vikas Parishad (Baba Aala Singh City Branch) organised a multipurpose medical check-up camp at S.D. School here on Sunday. A team of doctors comprising Dr Manmohan Singh, Dr R.L. Mittal and Dr Jawahar Joshi examined about 300 patients on the occasion.

DHARNA: The Punjab State Warehousing Corporation Employees Joint Action Committee threatened to continue with their agitation at the district-level unless their demands were immediately accepted. At a dharna held here on Friday, Mr Sardara Singh, president of the committee, appealed to the state government to accept valid demands of the workers and constitute an inquiry into the alleged irregularities committed by the management. He also said the ongoing agitation could adversely affect the paddy procurement in the state.

BONUS CHEQUES: Bonus cheques worth Rs 1.60 crore were distributed on Saturday by Mr Sukhwinder Singh Gill, SDM, towards the sale of paddy last year at low prices. As many as 2,638 farmers of Patran block were issued cheques for Rs 81.95 lakh and 1,400 farmers of Samana block for Rs 80 lakh. The SDM said farmers who sold paddy during September 21 to October 14, 2000, would be given bonus cheques by the end of this month.

RECOVERY OF LOANS: Some nationalised banks have failed to get back loans worth more than Rs 64,000 crore by big businessmen and high-ups in corporate sector, according to a Punjabi writer, Prof Hamdardvir Nausheharvi, here on Sunday. He said such vast loans were being waived off but he urged the government and banks to publish the names of the defaulters. He also appealed the Punjab Government to remit all the loans taken by small farmers from banks and also commission agents.

RURAL SPORTS: A rural sports meet at Balion village, 2 km from here, will be held from Wednesday to Friday, according to Mr Gurmel Singh, spokesman for the Youth Sports Club. Kabaddi events in 32 kg, 37 kg, 42kg, 47kg, 52kg, 57kg, 62kg sections; and bullock cart races would be held. Mr Kirpal Singh Khirnian, member of the SGPC, would president over the function and Mr Charanjeet Singh Atwal, Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, and Sukhbir Singh, former central minister, would distribute prizes among winners.

CONDEMNED: The meeting of literary persons held at Kavita Bhavan here on Sunday under the presidentship of Prof Baldeep, has condemned the report of Punjab Legislative Committee on the cases of appointment of 1,288 teachers. The committee had stated the cases of appointment of 926 teachers as false.

PROFIT DISTRIBUTION: More than Rs 6.50 lakh was distributed among 305 milk producers of the Sandhour Milk Producers Cooperative Society at a profit distribution function organised by the society at Sandhour village on Friday. Dr B.M. Mahajan, Managing Director of Milkfed, Punjab, was the chief guest while Mr Teja Singh Kamalpur, Chairman of the Sangrur Milk Plant, presided.

THEFT: Refined and vanaspati ghee worth Rs 2 lakh was stolen from the shop of a wholesale dealer of ghee near the new grain market here on Friday. Mr Om Parkash, owner of the shop, said the thieves had stolen almost the entire stock of ghee from the shop, including nearly 60 boxes of ghee pouches and a large number of ghee containers. The police has begun investigations.


DENTAL CAMP: The Audit and Accounts Employees Welfare and Health Care Society, Chandigarh, organised a free dental check-up camp, here at Audit Pool Colony, Sector-41. According to Mr S.K. Gupta, President, and Mr R.S. Heer, general secretary of the society, respectively, more than 400 persons were examined by a team headed by Dr Vishal Panchhi. Medicines were distributed free of cost to the needy. Earlier, Mr Navneet Gupta, Deputy Accountant General (Admn.), A and E Punjab, inaugurated the camp.

LOK ADALAT: As many as 217 cases were disposed of and a sum of Rs 64,34,000 was awarded as compensation to litigants in the MACT cases in a special Lok Adalat held at the district courts complex here on Saturday. Also, 1,645 summary cases were disposed of by various courts and a sum of Rs. 1,08,345 was realised as fine. Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi, Executive Chairman of the UT State Legal Services Authority, participated in proceedings of the various lok adalats.

SEMINAR: The Chandigarh branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India organised a seminar on Section 115 JB of the Income Tax Act, 1961, surveys under the Income Tax Act and professional opportunities under New Insurance Regulations here today. Mr Raman Mangla, Chairman, NIRC, was the chief guest.

BLOOD DONATION: As many as 145 persons gathered on Sunday at Sri Sathya Sai Oldage Home-cum-Seva Centre, Sector 30, to donate blood. The camp was held under the supervision of PGI doctors. According to Dr Subhash Mahajan, district president of the local unit of the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation, the camp was a part of the global blood donation camp being held by the organisation.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Shri Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Sector 35: president — Mr M.P. Bhardwaj; senior vice-president — Mr S.K. Kaushik; vice-president — Mr P.K. Pushkarna; general secretary — Mr Amar Lal Nagpal; joint secretary — Mr H.P. Dutta; cashier — Mr R.C. Bhutani; auditor — Mr Rajesh Aggarwal; press secretary — Mr Rajeshwar Gupta and store in charge — Mr D.K. Sharma.



DANCE COMPETITION: A week-long celebration of the Junior Chamber of Ambala Industry drew to a close on Saturday night with a dance competition “Boogie-Woogie”. Gunjan Jain was first in the solo competition while the duo category was won by Vatsal and Khushboo and the group dance by “Strangers”. JC member Sukhpreet Kalra said the celebrations were observed under the presidentship of Mr Kulbhushan Bhasin.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: The Home Science Council of the local Government College for Women on Saturday organised a prize distribution function for the winners of various competitions organised by it during the past five days. Mrs Shamim Qureshi, wife of the local SP, Mr Hanif Qureshi, was the chief guest. Mr R.K. Sehgal, Principal of the college, praised the efforts of the college students.

YOUTH SUMMIT: At least 2,000 members of the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) will attend the National Youth Summit to be held at Agra from October 13-14. Stating this, the state president of the BJYM, Mr Subhash Barala, said about 50,000 workers of the organisation were expected to attend the summit to be inaugurated by Union Home Minister L.K. Advani. The concluding session of the summit would be addressed by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.

CASE REGISTERED: The city police has registered a case against a dreaded criminal Yudhvir Singh under Sections 294 and 509 of the IPC and intensified the campaign to arrest him. According to the police, the culprit has been issuing threats to Amar Singh, an eyewitness to a murder committed by Yudhvir Singh in February. Yudhvir Singh had shot dead an RSS leader, V.K. Jain.

STOLEN: A Tata Sumo was allegedly stolen from the Raj Nagar area here on Sunday. It is learnt that the vehicle was parked in front of the house of its owner Ashok who has lodged an FIR in this regard.

TWO KILLED: A 20-year-old youth Ram, alias Ramoo, of Janti Kalan village was seriously injured when his bicycle was hit by an unknown vehicle on the GT road, near here, on Saturday. According to a report, the injured youth was immediately rushed to the local Civil Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. A case has been registered. In another incident, a cyclist, Mr Joga Nand, was seriously injured when he was hit by a Tata Sumo on the GT road near Panchi Gujran village, about 22 km from here, on Saturday. The injured was immediately hospitalised, but he died. A case has been registered.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: As many as 78 persons donated blood at a blood donation camp organised on the premises of the Community Health Centre at Gohana town, 30 km from here, on Saturday. Mr S.N. Roy, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the camp.

ARRESTED: The Kundli police on Saturday arrested Subodh Mali of Bankner village (Delhi) for allegedly carrying 12 bottles of country liquor near Singhu border, about 25 km from here. According to the police, the culprit was arrested during routine checking carried out by the police. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.



‘HINDI DIVAS’ CONTEST: Anil Kumar, Kumari Suman Lata and Kumari Ritu Rani were declared first, second and third, respectively, in a district level “Correct Hindi Writing and Word Translation Contest” held on Hindi Divas on Friday at Government Swami Vivekananda Mahavidayalaya at Ghumarwin. Students from Bilaspur, Dangaar, Naina Devi and Ghumarwin colleges participated in the contest. Mr Subhash Nanda, SDM, was the chief guest.

SEMINAR: A 10-day seminar on “Challenges and Opportunities in Tourism” is being organised by the MTA Institute of Vocational Studies here from September 20. Delegates from Australia, Italy, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the UK are expected to participate in the seminar.

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