Monday, September 24, 2001, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


ACTING SCHOOL: Padmini Kohlapure, who was on a visit to the city, said a two-week workshop on acting would precede the opening of her acting school here. The school would charge Rs 250 for every audition, she added.

LOK ADALAT: As many as 118 cases were decided at a lok adalat held here on Saturday. The Subdivisional Legal Services Committee held the quarterly lok adalat under the supervision of Mr M.M. Singh Bedi, District and Sessions Judge, Ferozepore. The two Benches were presided over by Civil Judges Mr D.S. Johal and Mr L.K. Singla. A sum of Rs 16.21 lakh was awarded to claimants.

DISTRICT-LEVEL RALLY: A massive rally of teachers of all colleges of the district was held at Khalsa College here on Saturday in protest against the non-implementation of the pension and gratuity scheme. Mr Rajmohinder Singh Majitha, president, Khalsa College governing council, assured the participants that he would bring the issue in the notice of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister.

CONDEMNED: Mr Ashok Kumar, president, the local unit of the Municipal Employees Union, has condemned the statement of the President of the Municipal Council in which he had welcomed the decision on the abolition of octroi. Mr Ashok Kumar in a press note issued here on Saturday alleged that the motive behind the move was to render the Municipal Councils ineffective.

ASSIGNED: The city has been divided into eight sectors. Retired officers have been assigned the responsibility of gearing up civil defence in the area. This information was given by Mr Hukam Chand Sharma, the local Civil Defence in charge, at a meeting held here under the chairmanship of Mr N.S. Walia, Deputy Controller, Civil Defence-cum-Subdivisional Magistrate, Barnala, in the local courts complex on Friday.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Bar Association: president — Mr Piara Singh Sahota; vice-president — Mr V.K. Bali; secretary — Mr Balbir Singh; and joint secretary-cum-cashier — Mr A.S. Dhillon.

LOK ADALAT: A two-day lok adalat, especially for bank loan cases, was held in the local court complex under the presidentship of Mr J.K. Mattu, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division). Of 77 cases which had been presented at the adalat, 61 were settled and a sum of Rs 5,17,950 was awarded to claimants.

CONTESTS HELD: A quiz and a declamation contest were organised at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, on Saturday. A total of 21 teams participated in the screening test and four teams qualified for the quiz. The team of Alka, Kamaldeep and Amardeep was first, Jagwinder Singh, Vikramjit Singh and Ravi Kant Sharma, were second, Satvir Singh, Anish and Sachin third and Veena, Navita and Dolly fourth. In the declamation contest, Bhawanpreet stood first, Rohit Gupta and Gurinder Thukral were bracketed second and Amandeep and Ritu Sharma were bracketed third. 

EYE DONATION CAMP: An eye donation camp was organised by the local branch of the State Bank of India and the Eye Donation Association on Friday. Mr J.B. Behl, president of the association, highlighted the importance of eye donation. Some employees of the bank pledged their eyes.

FIRE BREAKS OUT: Fire broke out in a house in Mohalla Asmani and destroyed all household articles in the early hours on Sunday. Mr Munish Kumar said he got information about the fire around 5 a.m. as he and other family members were sleeping outside their house. The fire broke out in the rear and later spread. Youths of the locality helped in extinguishing the fire. Mr Balkar Singh, SSP, and Mr Jaspal Mittal, SDM, arrived to take stock of the situation. Residents accused the municipal authorities of inadequate supply of water. They blamed the local municipal council for the incident as there was no arrangement of fire extinguisher system. The total loss could not be assessed. 

SHOP OPENED: A pet shop has been inaugurated by Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, Minister for Animal Husbandry. The Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Mr D.S. Jaspal, the Director Animal Husbandry, Dr G.S. Chahal, the Joint Director, Animal Husbandry Dr Shivinder Singh and the president, Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association, Dr B.S. Sidhu, were present at the inauguration among others. 

TRIBUTES PAID: Tributes were paid to “hazoori ragi” Sant Khazan Singh at a congregation held today at Gurdwara Bhaini Sahib, the headquarters of the Namdhari sect, about 25 km from here. Sant Khazan Singh who was associated with the sect for the past more than 70 years died at the age of 84 on September 14. A large number of people, including Sat Guru Jagjit Singh, head of the Namdharis, attended the congregation. Others who spoke on the occasion included Sant Rachhpal Singh, Mr Harpal Singh, Mr Jagdish Singh Waryyam, Principal Ajit Singh Cheema, Mr Joginder Singh and Mr Daleep Singh Namdhari. 

WORKSHOP ON INDUSTRY: The Ludhiana Management Association, a local chapter of the All-India Management Association, New Delhi, will organise a workshop on growth opportunities for Industry in Punjab here on Monday. Dr Vallabh Bhai Kathira, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, would be the chief guest, said Mr V.K. Goel, general secretary of the association. 

PFA AUTHORISED: The Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA), set up by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, has authorised the PFA, Ludhiana, to inspect the status of animals in the animal houses of nine organisations located in the state, including a Chandigarh-based laboratory. The CPCSEA has taken the step in view of the failure of these animal houses to respond to the application forms sent by it for the purpose of registration. 

ANNIVERSARY: The birth anniversary of Mai Bhago was celebrated by the Mai Bhago College for Women, Ramgarh, in collaboration with Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, on Saturday. The function was presided over by Dr Inderjit Kaur, president, Pingalwara Asso-ciation. Lecturers were delivered on the life and works of Mai Bhago to inculcate moral and spiritual values among the students. 

INSTALLATION CEREMONY: The formal installation ceremony of the local branch of Crime Prevention Bureau was held in the local community centre on Saturday. Mr Anil Kaushik, IG (Operations), Punjab Police, was the chief guest. Mr R.N. Dhoke , SSP, Khanna, presided over the function. The other dignitaries who addressed the function included Mr S. S. Brar, SDM, Samrala, Mr Sushil Kumar, DSP, Samrala, and Mr Anil Sood, president, Nagar Council. Dr S.K. Sharma and Dr Ketu, both from crime prevention bureau, Delhi, made people aware of the aims and objectives of the organisation. The members of the newly- formed unit were administered oath of commitment and sincerity. Dr Parveen Goyal, convener, and Mr Ashok Sood, president of the local unit of the bureau, also spoke. Many cultural items were presented by the schoolchildren. 

CREDIT CARDS: The Bhikhi branch of Punjab National Bank in the district distributed 350 credit cards to farmers on Thursday. Mr Gurdarshan Singh Deol, Manager of the Agriculture Development Branch of the bank, explained various schemes launched by the bank.

BANNED: Ms Raji P. Srivasatava, District Magistrate, has banned the movement of harvester combines on roads and harvesting of the paddy crop with harvest combines between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. The order will remain in force till November 16.

REMANDED: Dr Pushpinder Singla, Medical Officer, Government Rural Hospital, Bhikhi, who was arrested while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 3,000 from Mr Parvinder Kumar Sharma, was remanded in police custody for one day by the Chief Judicial Magistrate.

CONFERENCE: A district cooperative conference was organised on Friday by Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited here. Capt Tejinder Singh, Deputy Registrar, cooperative societies of the district, was the chief guest. Participants discussed the use of fertlisers.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested Rakesh Singh, Navin Singh, Harish Singh, Raghunath Singh and Baljinder Singh, residents of Saili Kulian here, for allegedly injuring Gharo Ram of the locality. An FIR has been registered under Sections 323, 324, 148 and 149 of the IPC.

DECISION WELCOMED: The Focal Point Industrial Association thanked the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and Local Bodies Minister, Mr Balramji Das Tandon, for deciding to abolish octroi during a general body meeting of the association held here on Sunday. The association president, Mr Murari Lal Goyal, said though the final decision would be taken by the end of the month, the abolition was a positive step towards the overall development of the industrial sector. He added that the long-pending agenda of the association members related to house tax was solved with the consent between the members and Municipal Corporation. Speaking on the occasion, general secretary, Mr Bharat Teja said the enhancement case regarding the price of industrial plots in the area, of all the factory owners in the Focal Point Industrial Area, had almost been completed. Mr Goyal said under the enhancement case, the land owners in the focal point area were asked to pay Rs 325 per sq yard, which may now be reduced to Rs 265 per sq yard. 

DEMANDED: The All India Telecom Employees Union, Class III, took serious note of the mishandling of power by Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Telecommunications, by appointing more than the sanctioned strength as TAC members in various circles of the country. This was stated by Mr S.K.Singhi, District Secretary during a meeting held here on Sunday. Mr Singhi said Mr Paswan had added an extra burden on the state exchequer by nominating 19,000 TAC members throughout India as TAC members. He said extra members should be immediately removed else the Central Government should bear the expenses. He added that there were a total of 483 TAC members in Punjab circle. He opined that these TAC members did not even pay their telephone bills for the calls above the free call facility of 1,150 calls allowed to them. He demanded an inquiry into the matter so that the telephone connections of such members could be discontinued.

DEBATE ORGANISED: Rakesh Ankit of Military School, Chail, bagged the first position at the second ‘Padamashree J.K. Kate Memorial All-India Public School English Debate, organised by Punjab Public School (PPS), Nabha, here on Sunday. Divya Sharda of the PPS and Shreyant Divyanker of Scindia School, Gwalior, got second and third positions, respectively. Scindia School won the overall trophy followed by PPS, Nabha and YPS, Patiala, on second and third positions, respectively. Giving this information, Mr M.S. Bedi, Headmaster of the school, said 18 participants from nine schools had participated in the debate competition. The topic of the debate was ‘As all peaceful means to solve the Kashmir problem have failed, so war is the only solution’. Brigadier D.S. Grewal, Station Commander, Nabha, was the chief guest and Prof Inder Mohan, Principal of Government Ripuduman College, Nabha, was the chairman on the occasion. Major Amarjit Sirohi, Dr Idris Khan and Major Sanjay Maini were the judges. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Mukat Pipes Workers Union, Rajpura: president — Mr Naib Singh; general secretary — Mr Avtar Gill, cashier — Mr Baljit Singh; vice-president — Mr Tara Singh; and joint secretary — Mr Sukhdev Singh. 

MUSICAL PLAY: A Punjabi musical play ‘Daire’ — a social satire on female foeticide — was staged by the district administration in association with various other organisations at Baradari Garden here on Sunday. The inaugural performance was organised to celebrate the ‘Women Empowerment’ year in association with National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Hospital Welfare Section, St John and Red Cross Society, Patiala. Directed by Mr Pran Sabharwal, the script of the play was based on Dr Satish Kumar Verma’s ‘Daire’. The programme comprised of group songs and dances, besides the play which was inaugurated by Mrs Krishan Gupta, former chairperson Hospital Welfare Section, Red Cross. Mrs Surinder Kaur Grewal, chairperson, Women Commission, while presiding over the function announced a cash award for NTAS and said the play would be staged at other places of the state too. 

ASSURANCE: Mr P.K. Kheti chief adviser, Punjab Private Schools Organisation on Saturday said the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had given an assurance to a delegation of the organisation on the demands which include abolition of house tax and water and electricity on concessional rates.

EYE CAMP: An eye camp was organised by the Satsang Bhavan Committee here on Saturday. Dr B.S. Chhabra, SMO, Civil Hospital, Sangrur, and his team examined about 800 patients and operated upon 90 others. Medicines, food and spectacles were given to patients free of cost.

MEETING HELD: A meeting of the local Arhtiya Association was held under the chairmanship of Mr Tarsem Chand Singla, president of the association, at the local Aggarwal Dharamshala on Saturday. The meeting, also attended by the SDM, Samana, the DFSC, Patiala, the DM, Punsup, Patiala, and the DM, Markfed, Patiala, was held to discuss arrangements for the procurement of paddy.

APPOINTED: Mr Parminder Singh Gill, a local advocate, has been appointed general secretary of the Legal Cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee by the state President, Capt. Amarinder Singh. He has been appointed on the recommendation of the chairman of the Legal Cell. 

STRIKE: Members of the local unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union observed a two-hour strike from September 12 to 22 on the Malwa college campus. The teachers were demanding the release of pension-cum-gratuity schemes, release of arrears and house rent allowance for colleges in rural areas. 

SAHIT MANCH: A mini-story competition will be organised by the Punjab Sahit and Sabhyacharak Manch, Alloona Tola. President of the manch Mohan Singh Malhans has asked the participants to send two copies of their stories by October 15 to general secretary of the manch Jatinder Singh Hans. 

RALLIES: In a press note issued on Sunday, Mr Behari Lal Saddi, vice-president of the Punjab State Pensioners Mahasangh, Punjab, said the Mahasangh has decided to organise rallies and dharna at all treasury offices in Punjab on Thursday.


ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh Income Tax and Sales Tax Bar Association: president — Mr B.C. Puri; senior vice-president  Mr R.K. Chaudhary, vice-presidents — Mr Mahesh Goyal and Mr R.K.Chhabra, general secretary — Mr Kulbir Jain, secretary — Mr Ranjiv Loomba, joint secretary — Mr Amarjit Singh Dadwal and treasurer — Mr Sushil Ghai. 

CANDIDATES SHORTLISTED: The NIIT LEDA Family Club 38, which conducted first semifinal of the “Leda inter-school talent search examination 2001”, announced that 32 students were short-listed randomly by computer here on Sunday. According to a press note the students were short-listed out of 950 students who had taken part last week in the first round of competition. A total of 200 students would be short-listed from the first round from each school. And three students would be short-listed out of 30 for the finals. The finals would be held in December. 



BIRTH ANNIVERSARY: The birth anniversary of the late Chaudhary Devi Lal, former Deputy Prime Minister, was celebrated at the local Chhotu Ram Kisan College on Saturday. An inter-college song and speech competition was organised. Mr Bahadur Singh, state Education Minister, was the chief guest. Mr Ram Phal Kundu, MLA, Safidon, presided over the function.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among house owners of the Housing Board Colony, Sector 3, here against the authorities concerned about a notice issued to them regarding the enhancement of the cost of the houses. The cost has almost been doubled. When they went to the local authorities, they were reportedly told to call on the higher authorities in this connection.

ALLEGED: All-India Youth Congress president Randeep Surjewala has demanded suspension of SHO and DSP of Meham for “implicating” some Congressmen in a false case of damaging official vehicles during a demonstration. He alleged that the case against peaceful protesters had been registered at the behest of the Chief Minister.

FREE CAMP: A free Hepatitis-B immunisation (second dose) camp was organised at Saket Hospital, Sector 1, by the Rotary Club, here on Sunday. Organised in association with the local district administration and the Haryana Saket Council, 42 inmates were administered the dose on the premises. Later, handicapped children were given sweets by Ms Sarita Chandgothia, wife of the president of the club. She said the third dose would also be administered free of cost to the inmates of the hospital in February 2002. The director-cum-general secretary, Haryana Saket Council, Dr Rakesh Jhalani, presented the vote of thanks on the occasion. 



SANCTIONED: The state Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr Jagat Prakash Nadda, held a series of meetings at Salnoo, Khangad, Baghad, Bhated, Delga, Kandraur, Jablyana, Dhaar, Gwalimathani, Malyawar, Bhatoli and Balch in the Bilaspur Sadar constituency on Saturday

GUTTED: A two-storeyed residential building was gutted in a devastating fire at Pangan village under Manali subdivision of the district on Friday. Mr Ashwani Sood, Tehsildar, Manali, visited the village and gave a relief of Rs 5,000 to the owner of the house.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students of Government Post Graduate College here have not been given scholarships for the past two years. This was stated by Vinod Kaistha, president, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, in a press note here on Saturday. A memorandum in this regard had been given to the Principal of the college, he added

SONG COMPETITION: A national group song competition was organised by the Kalka-Parwanoo branch of Bharat Vikas Parishad at Raju Palace Hall here on Sunday. Mr Manu Anand, general-manager of Purolator India Ltd., was the chief guest at the function. The function was sponsored by the local branch of Punjab National Bank. As many as 13 teams from various schools from the nearby areas took part in the competition. The teams were divided into senior and junior sections. Hindu Senior Secondary School won the first prize and Arya Senior Secondary School stood second in the senior section and DAV School, Surajpur, bagged first prize and Himachal Primary School stood second in the junior section. 

WARNED: Mr Gopal Das Verma, working president of the National Federation, has warned the state government against scrapping the State Administrative Tribunal and said employees of the state would launch an agitation if it went ahead with the move. He said the tribunal had provided relief to many employees.

URGED: The Himachal Pradesh Promotee School Lecturer Association has urged the government not to close down the four zonal offices of the Deputy Director of Education. It pointed out that district education officers were already overburdened with work and assigning more duties to them would further affect the efficiency of the department.


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