Saturday, September 22, 2001, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


FLIGHTS RESCHEDULED: Uzbekistan Airways, an international carrier operating from here to Tashkent, suspended five flights during this week in view of the closure of Afghan airspace on Monday. A spokesman for the airways, in a press note issued here on Friday, said it had rescheduled its flights. Now the airways will fly thrice a week on Sundays, Mondays and on Thursday with their Boeing 757 aircraft connecting Amritsar with Europe, England and Tashkent.

DHARNA: Activists of the Revenue patwar Union, Punjab, on Thursday held a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office. The union threatened that if the administration failed to fulfill its demands, it would intensify its stir. The president of the union, Mr Nirmaljit Singh Bajwa, alleged that the government had accepted the demands, but the DC was not implementing these. The union has given an ultimatum till September 27 after which the patwaris will stage a dharna the next day and go on a long break.

HUNGER STRIKE: Residents of Basant Vihar Abadian Ghanupur, Sher Shah Suri Road, Sat Kartar Nagar, Modern Colony and Shakti Nagar observed a hunger strike here on Thursday in protest against the lack of civic amenities like sewerage and drinking water.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Health Department, Muktsar, Chirewan gram panchayat and Guru Teg Bahadur Sports Club in the district held a medical check-up camp at Chirewan village on Thursday. In a press note issued here, Mr Jagjit singh, Deputy Medical Commissioner, Muktsar, said 549 patients were examined at the camp and given medicines free of cost.

SHOPKEEPER MURDERED: Hakumat Rai (65) was stabbed to death by some unidentified persons on Thursday morning. It is learnt that the deceased was running a grocery shop in the Harpreet Nagar locality near Dhawan Colony. he was the father of a former District Congress President (Mahila Wing), Ms Usha Chopra. The police has registered a case under Section 302 and a manhunt has been launched to arrest the assailants.

BAN ON USE OF SOIL: Mr Kulbir Singh Sidhu, District Magistrate, on Wednesday by an order prohibited the use of soil as raw material for bricks between the national highway and the Chakki river on the Pathankot-Jalandhar road in this district till November 12, 2001. The ban would be effective on all brick-kilns falling along the Chakki river beyond the Chakki bridge up to the jurisdiction of this district.

GANG BUSTED: After an exchange of fire for 10-15 minutes, the district police arrested four members of an inter-district gang of robbers and killers on Thursday. The Superintendent of Police, Mr B.S. Grewal, told mediapersons that the police had received a tip-off that the gang was planning to loot a petrol pump at Shergarh and a branch of Cooperative Bank at Mehlanwali. The police arrested Jagdish Singh, Tarlochan Singh, Balwinder Singh and Deepak Kumar while Amarjit Singh Rana, leader of the gang, Sital Singh and Didar Singh escaped. None was injured in the firing.

EX-SERVICEMEN RALLY: Ex-servicemen of the district would hold a rally at Gurdwara Sidhwanbet on Monday in which Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, would be the chief guest and distribute BCCL grant cheques among war widows of the World War II and ex-servicemen. They have raised the demands for one rank one pension, increase in medical allowance from Rs 100 to 500, job for a member of the family of the servicemen in case of the death of either ex-servicemen those currently serving. They have also demanded a separate pay commission for defence personnel, 25 per cent seat reservation at all levels, establishment of military hospitals at district level and equal compensations to war widows since 1947. 

PROCUREMENT OF PADDY: The bid for newly-arrived paddy started here on Friday. Around 25 tonnes of paddy was purchased by government agencies warehouse, PUNSUP, simultaneously. Sources said the moisture content in paddy was around 12.5 per cent although as per government policy the limit was 18 per cent. 

DHARNA: A dharna would be organised on Wednesday in front of the SDO (Canal) office against the transfer of two employees of the department concerned by higher officials without any evident reason. They would continue with their struggle until their transfers were cancelled. The speakers decided to participate in the dharna at Matka Chowk being organised by the Daily-wage Work Charge Regular Employees action committee. This was stated by Gurbinder Singh, general secretary of the local branch of the union. 

EYE OPERATION CAMP: A two-day free eye operation camp will be organised from Friday at Shaheed Baba Hari Singh, Jatana Neecha by Baba Hari Singh Ji Parbhandhak Committee, Baba Masat Ram Ji Parbhandhak Committee and gram panchayat, Jatana Neecha village. The check-up will be done on Friday and operations on Saturday. Mr Kirpal Singh Khirnian, member SGPC, will inaugurate the camp. This was stated by the sarpanch of the village, Preet Inder Singh, and Jaswinder Singh Ruby, president of a village club. 

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Nagar Panchayat: Mr Harwinder Singh Laly Kang — president; Mr Surinder Singh Rana — vice-president; Mr Rajinder Kumar — general secretary, Mr Sukhjinder Singh Bhangu — secretary, Mr Pardeep Kumar — treasurer, Mr Mukesh Kumar — assistant treasurer and Mr Gopal Krishan, Mr Navneet Singh Tangri, Mr Harpreet Singh and Mr Harpreet Laly — advisor. 

ONE HELD FOR CHEATING: Mr R.N. Dhoke, SSP, stated here on Friday that the police had arrested Jasdev Singh of Bhattian, Machhiwara, on a complaint by Hardial Singh Atwal of cheating by allegedly withdrawing a sum of Rs 9.15 lakh from their joint bank account. A case under Sections 406 and 420, IPC, has been registered at the Machhiwara police station. 

ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Nearly one lakh people are likely to attend the annual conference in memory of Hazrat Sultanul Hind Khawaja Garib Nawaz to be held here on Satruday by the Faizane Khawaja Garib Nawaz Conference Committee, according to a press note. Some prominent maulanas and Urdu poets from the country are likely to attend the conference, which would be held from 8 pm to 5 am, according to Mr Sukhdev Mehra, president of the organising committee. 

VACCINATION CAMP: The Rotary Club organised a Hepatitis B vaccination camp at New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, here on Friday. More than 200 students and teachers were administered the first dose of vaccination. Mr Sunil Maria, president of the school managing committee, and Mr H.C. Gupta, Principal, told the students about the importance of vaccination against Hepatitis B. 

QUIZ CONTEST: A quiz contest was organised at the Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women on Thursday. Five teams of three students each were selected for the final round on the basis of a written test. The team from BCom II stood first, followed by the teams from +2 (arts) and BA III. Question-answer rounds were also held for the audience. Ms Neelam Nayyar, lecturer, conducted the contest and Dr Rekha Sharma, Principal, emphasised on the need for conducting such contests. 

TEACHERS HONOURED: The Lakshmi Ladies Club celebrated Teachers Day on Thursday in which teachers from the city were honoured for their contribution towards the profession. The teachers who were honoured included Ms Avinesh Kaur Walia, founder principal and director, Spring Dale Public School; Ms Kamla Aggarwal, former principal, N.M. Jain Public School; Ms Ritu Gogana, former teacher at Kundan Vidya Mandir; Ms Asha Bangia, Teacher Bharti Vidya Mandir; and Ms Ruby Fernandes, Principal, Ludhiana Public School. According to a press statement, the club had also arranged some surprise gifts for the tallest lady, lady with longest hair and lady with longest nails. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Urban Estate Ramlila-Dussehra Committee: patron— Mr B.R.Kaushal; president— Mr Adarsh Vijay Manga; vice-presidents—Mr Dev Dutt Sharma and Mr Om Prakash; general secretary— Dr Shiv Gupta; convenor—Mr Raj Garg; finance secretary—Mr Pawan Kumar Singla; assistant treasurer—Mr Om Prakash Sharma; joint secretaries— Mr Hardeep Singh Dhillon and Mr Naveen Kumar Sharma; assistant secreatries—Mr J.S.Raikhy and Mr H.S.Takkar; and organising secretaries—Mr Tejinder Lakhanpal, Mr Ajay Goel and Mr Shiv Kumar Gupta. 

FREE SURGICAL CAMP: A free polio corrective surgical camp will be organised at Shri Krishna Charitable Hospital on October 4 and 5. Mr P.L. Singla, president of the hospital, in a press note on Thursday stated that patients would be examined and operated upon by Dr S.V. Adinarayana Rao, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Prema Hospital, Visakhapatnam, and his teammates. He said over 2,000 patients had already been registered. Operations on over 500 patients would be performed during the camp. They will be provided free medicines and meals and the operations will be conducted free of cost. 

CAMP ORGANISED: The District Agriculture Department organised a block-level camp at grain market here to provide technical training information to the farmers. The camp was organised by Dr Gurcharan Singh Raja Jang, Chief Agriculture Officer. A large number of farmers participated in the camp. The farmers were told about new techniques in agriculture and were asked to decrease expenditure and to make proper use of natural resources. Those who addressed included Dr Sunder Lal Madan, Dr Harminder Singh Sidhu, Dr Baldev Singh, Dr Partap Singh, Dr Rajinderpal Aulakh, Dr Amarpreet Gill, Dr Rajinder Singh Grewal and Dr Kirandeep Singh. 

PROTEST RALLY: The PWD Workers Struggle Coordination Committee held a protest rally in the local grain market on Thursday in which the main demand of the workers was to regularise the daily wage earners working in the PWD, Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Irrigation Department, PUDA and the Forest Department.

BANK LOANS: Punjab National Bank convened a meeting of the District Consultative Committee here at the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Wednesday. Mr Jagjit Singh, DC, presided over the meeting and asked the banks to accelerate the pace of lending under government-sponsored schemes.

PENSION PAPERS: The Punjab Tourism Minister, Chaudhry Swarna Ram, on Thursday handed over pension sanction papers to 325 persons. The Minister said the Punjab Government was spending Rs 20 crore every month for providing pension to 6.5 lakh old aged persons, widows, disabled and dependents belonging to the poor and backward strata of society.

CONG LEADER DEAD: A freedom fighter and senior Congress leader, Punnu Ram, died here on Wednesday. He was cremated on Thursday. A large number of people from all sections of society attended the cremation. Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, DCC president, and Mr Mohan Lal, Minister for Higher Education, Punjab, were among those who attended the cremation

AUTO SHOW: The Citybank has drawn plans to hold Auto-IT Show of North India in association with Citi Finlease. The show is scheduled to be held at Thapar College of Engineering and Technology from Saturday. Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh will inaugurate the show. Mr Surjit Singh Rakhra, a prominent industrialist and social worker, will be the guest of honour, while Mr Sanjoy Sen, Country Head of the Auto Finance Citi Bank, will preside over the function. 

STUDENTS’ STRIKE: Students of CRA and Hindu colleges observed a day’s strike here on Thursday demanding elections to the students unions. According to a report, they held a procession which passed through the main streets of the city. The students of Hindu Engineering College also boycotted their classes in protest against the levying of a fee by the MDU, Rohtak.

BURNT TO DEATH: A young housewife, Vijay Luxmi, was reportedly burnt to death in her house in the Dev Nagar area here on Thursday. The police has started an investigation into the case.

DEMONSTRATION: The police resorted to cane charge to disperse irate students in Sector 15 here on Wednesday. According to a report, no one was injured. However, the police has registered a case against some students for violence and damaging the property of the school and the neighbouring shopkeepers. The students of Hindu Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, held a protest demonstration and raised anti-management slogans in protest against the transfer of the Principal.

APPOINTED: Mr Ajit Singh Bhullar, Panchayat Officer of the local Block Development Office, has been appointed Administrator of the Palasour gram panchayat by the District Development and Panchayat Officer, Amritsar, to carry out development works. The Punjab Government has given grants worth Rs 13 lakh to the village for development works.



NSS CAMP: Ten-day NSS camps were started at GGDSD College, Sector 32, Government College, Sector 11, Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, in Chandigarh on Friday. 

WORKSHOP CONCLUDES: The two-day national workshop on aspherics concluded at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation here on Friday, with an open invitation to the optical instrumentation community in the country to take up aspehiric-based design, fabrication and characterisation tasks from various research and development institutions, industry, as well as academic institutes. Delegates were taken around the optical laboratories functioning in the CSIO and were given demonstrations of various constituent equipments of the aspheric facility. In a panel discussion later, representatives from the Indian Space Research Organisation, the Defence Research and Development Organisation, the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, the Department of Science and Technology and Bharat Electronics Limited besides other government organisations presented their requirements for the aspheric-based optical instruments and components for the future projects. The discussions included projects for design, fabrication and characterisation of aspheric components. 

BASE REPAIR DEPOT: A number of competitions, including essay writing, translation, quiz and poetry recitation were organised at No 3 Base Repair Depot during the Hindi week which concluded here on Friday. According to a statement issued here, an inter-branch quiz competition was held for the first time. The team from the Indigenisation Cell was declared winner, while the Engine Division were declared the runners-up. 

EYE CAMP: About 840 patients got their eyes examined by a team a doctors during the free eye check-up camp organised by the Rural Development and Health Care Society at Satsang Bhavan, Samana on Friday. About 110 patients got their eyes operated during the camp. 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT: The District Health Department organised a Dental Check-up and awareness camp at Guru Gobind Singh Modern School, Dudansadhan, near here, on Friday. Students between the age group of 6 and 12 years attended the camp. 

CANDLE MARCH: The All-India Human Rights Watch today took out a candle march in Sector 17 to express solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attacks in the USA. Col N.S. Pandher, president of the human rights group, said a two-minute silence was observed in memory of the victims. 

HUNGER STRIKE: The hunger strike by members of the JCT Electronics Employees and Workers Union entered its eighth day on Friday. Employees have been demanding salaries from May 2001 to August 2001. 


BOOGIE-WOOGIE: Vatsal Raj Toor and Khushboo Chopra of Springfield Public School, Ambala City, were presented awards on Thursday by Principal R.K. Walia on bagging the first prize at a dance competition. The duo had stood first in the Boogie-Woogie dance contest organised by the Junior Chamber of Ambala Industry. 

TALENT SEARCH: A talent search competition was inaugurated by the Ambala Cantonment MLA, Mr Anil Vij, at Government College on Thursday. Mr Vij said a large hall would soon be constructed in the college. About 100 students participated in the competition which was presided over by the Principal, Mr M.M. Sehgal. 

HEALTH CAMP: A health camp for mine workers was inaugurated on Thursday by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mehtab Singh, in the Pali-Mohabatabad crusher zone in the district. According to health officials, about 700 workers and their families are likely to benefit from the health camp.

DECLAMATION CONTEST: A zonal declamation contest was organised at the local Government College for Women on Thursday as part of the ‘Chetna Saptah’ being observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of the late Devi Lal, former Deputy Prime Minister of India. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr O.P. Indora, was the chief guest on the occasion.

YOUTH KILLED: A youth was run over and killed by a car in front of the Myna tourist complex here on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Manoj Chauhan, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, who was staying at Jhang colony here. The victim was taken to the PGIMS where he succumbed to his injuries. The police has registered a case against Sanjay of Tej Colony, the driver of the car.

THEFT: In two separate incidents of theft, thieves made away with computer parts and household goods worth nearly Rs 1.7 lakh here on Wednesday. It is learnt that thieves struck at the PGSL computer centre at Rupalaya Complex in the Model Town area and stole parts of computers and CPUs worth about Rs 1.5 lakh. In another incident, thieves stole cash and clothes worth about nearly Rs 15,000 from the house of Satish Manchanda in the Garhi Mohalla locality here.

DEAN APPOINTED: The Vice-Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University on Thursday gave the charge of Dean, College Development Council, to Dr D.S. Dahiya, Principal, University College, in addition to his own duties with immediate effect, relieving Dr Ravi Prakash.

BUS PASSENGERS LOOTED: Passengers travelling on a Delhi-bound Haryana Roadways bus were looted by a group of armed miscreants between the Samalkha and Haldana border on t he G.T. road, about 30 km from here, on Thursday. According to preliminary reports, the incident occurred in the area falling in Panipat district. The passengers reported the case to the Ganaur police in Sonepat district. The police of both districts has launched joint combing operations to arrest the culprits.



CMO’s DENIAL: The Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Mr S. Sharma, has refuted the allegations regarding financial irregularities and harassment of multipurpose health workers posted in Kihar medical block of the Health Department in the district. In a press note issued here on Thursday, the CMO said on a demand raised by the Multipurpose Health Workers Union, an inquiry was conducted into the allegations and no financial irregularity, pendency of any bill or evidence of harassment of field workers was found.

IMPOSTERS HELD: The police has arrested Sanjay Kumar and Dayal Singh, who had been impersonating as police constables and fleecing people in the Jakhoo area for the past fortnight. Fake identity cards bearing the seal of the Prisons Department have been seized from their possession.

APPOINTED: Mr B.D. Sharma, press secretary to the Chief Minister, was appointed as Additional Director (headquarters) of the Public Relations Department on Thursday. Mr Keshav narain and Mr Chhering Dugge, who were also promoted as Additional Directors, have been shifted to the Delhi and Jalandhar bureaus, respectively.

DENTAL HEALTH CAMP: The Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry in Government Dental College here organised a dental health check-up camp at Senior Secondary and Primary School, Boileauganj, on Thursday and examined 650 students.


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