Tuesday, September 25, 2001, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S



SEMINAR: The Shaheed Bhagat Naujwan Sabha will hold a seminar on ‘Relevance of Bhagat Singh’s ideology in present environment’ at Jodhan on Friday, according to Mr Navdeep Jodhan, district secretary of the sabha.

COMPETITION: The Bharat Vikas Parishad will hold a competition of national songs at the local DAV School on Sunday. This was stated by Mr Des Raj Sharma, president of the parishad. Mr Nusrat Akram Khan Bagha, Sports Minister, would be the chief guest on the occasion, he said. 

CIVIC AMENITIES: Mr Jagga Ram Dharmsot, former chairman of the Bazigar Cell of PPCC, has expressed concern over poor sanitary condition, inadequate water supply and poor streetlighting in the town, especially in trans-railway line area.

LOK ADALAT: A special quarterly lok adalat will be organised at the judicial complex, Amloh on October 6. According to Mr Mohinder Pal, District and Sessions Judge, summary cases, civil suits matrimonial disputes and divorce cases would be heard at the adalat. Compensation cases, bank recovery cases and insurance cases would also be taken up. Mr Vijay Singh, secretary of the Free Legal Aid Services, urged the people to take benefit of the lok adalat. 

RED CARDS: Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, in a press note issued here on Monday said all those riot victims in the district who had not received their ‘red cards’ could apply for these up to Sunday to the DC’s office. According to him the applicant should be a riot victim and should have been residing in the district since December11, 1985. He said cards would be issued after proper scrutiny. 

PADDY PROCUREMENT: Various state government agencies, besides the Food Corporation of India and traders, have procured 5,41,180 tonnes of paddy till Sunday in the district. This includes the Food and Supply — 9,248 tonnes, Markfed — 9,795 tonnes, Punsup — 12,343 tonnes, warehousing — 9,541 tonnes, the FCI — 11,423 tonnes and traders — 1,830 tonnes, said Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, here on Monday. Directions had been issued to all agencies to complete the process in the next 10 days to achieve the fixed target of 4.09 lakh tonnes, he added.

BANNED: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.R. Ladhar, has banned various lucky draw and lottery schemes being run by private parties in the district. The ban has been imposed in the wake of complaints of cheating.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the managing committee of AS High School Trust and Management Society: president — Mr Yoginder Sharma; vice-president — Mr Achhar Dev Angrish; general secretary — Mr Ashok Sharma; secretary, AS College — Mr J.S. Lotey; secretary, AS College for Women — Mr Paramjit Singh; secretary, AS Senior Secondary School — Mr Chaman Lal Goyal; secretary, AS Modern Senior Secondary School — Mr Sanjay Ghai; joint secretary — Mr Ranbir Khanna; internal auditor — Mr Sushil Kumar. 

CAMPS HELD: The local Rotary Club organised a pollution check-up and a hepatitis-B vaccination camp at the Rotary Children Library here on Sunday. Mr Satish Seth, president of the club, highlighted the illeffects of the pollution. Mr Pardeep Kasni, Additional Deputy Commissioner, also visited the camp.

HEART CAMP: The Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Haryana, Mr Ram Pal Mazra, inaugurated a free heart check-up camp at the local Shah Hospital here on Sunday. A team of cardiologists from the Mukt Hospital, Chandigarh, comprising Dr R.K. Jaiswal, Dr S.S. Jindal and local doctors M.S. Shah and Dr Sudhir Jain examined 124 patients. ECG, ultrasound, TMT and other laboratory tests were done free of cost.

CAMPAIGN PANEL: The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) has constituted a district-level election campaign committee for the coming elections to the state Assembly comprising Mr Charan Singh, secretary, PPCC, Mr Pritam Singh Sikri, Chairman, Nadala block Samiti, Mr Kirpal Singh Dhillon, MLA, and Mr Gurmel Singh Cheema, former MLA.

ONE BOOKED: The local police has booked a Chandigarh-based businessman, Ashwani Kumar Jain, under Section 420, IPC, on a complaint by a local resident, Mrs Usha Jain. According to an FIR lodged on the directions of the SSP, the accused took a loan of Rs 50,000 from the complainant, for which a cheque for Rs 50,000 was issued. The cheque was dishonoured by a bank on the ground that the account from which the cheque had been issued was no longer valid. 

SUB-DEALERS’ MEET: Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals Limited organised a sub-dealers’ meeting at Raikot on Saturday. Mr Prakash Sharma, assistant regional manager of the company said, “The company is providing services like soil-testing and farmers’ training programmes besides providing quality products under its single window concept.” Mr Arvind Sharma, senior marketing officer of the company, urged the sub-dealers to ensure better services to the farmers.

NSS CAMP: A two-day NSS camp was inaugurated on Sunday at village Malikpur-bet 8, km from here, on the Ludhiana-Humbran Road. Nearly 100 NSS volunteers are taking part in the 10-day camp which will see them doing manual labour in the adopted village, Malikpur Bet. Prof I.S. Saluja is conducting the camp.

QUIZ: The Department of Skin and VD of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, which also houses the district chapter of the People’s Health Organisation (PHO), organised an AIDS awareness quiz in Dumra Auditorium here Sunday. According to a statement, five teams of undergraduate students and interns participated in the quiz. Dr Alka Dogra, Head of the Skin Department of DMCH, said 33.7 million people of the world were suffering from HIV infection out of which 3.8 million people were in India alone. She said prevention was the only cure. “Creating awareness among the masses” should be the motto, she said. Anand Aggarwal and Anand Chakraborty won the first prize while Divya Chabra and Vijay Sharma were declared second.

LECTURE: The Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology organised a guest lecture for the students of MBA here on Monday. Giving this information, Mr G.S. Dua, in charge of the institute, said Mr Chand Singh, Assistant Manager, Punjab National Bank, informed the students about the working of a bank. Mr Singh said a tactful manager had to set his target and work with planning. He said a skillful manager was like a driver who is a keen observer and anticipated future.

PADDY PILES UP: Huge stocks of paddy are lying in purchase centres at Joga, Ralla, Atla, Burj Jhabbar and Ubha villages of the district for the past three days and so far no government agency has reportedly reached at these purchase centres. Farmers, concerned over the non-purchasing of their paddy stocks, alleged that government agencies were flouting the directions of the government on paddy procurement.

DEMANDED: The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) has demanded compensation at the rate of Rs 15,000 per acre for the damage caused to the standing cotton crops by the American bollworm. Mr Ruldu Singh, senior vice-president of the state BKU (E), said the struggle of farmers to free themselves from heavy debts of money-lenders would continue till the results were not achieved.

ESSAY COMPETITION: An essay writing competition was organised by the local District Education Office (Secondary). Lavneet Janagal, Malvika Jindal and Prachi Thakur won the first, second and third position, respectively, in English medium. Henry Garg won the first position in Punjabi medium. This was stated by Mr Sudhir singh Thakur, Principal, SDKL DAV Centenary Public School, in a press note here on Monday.

NOMINATED: The district unit of the Congress organised a meeting of its Backward Class cell at Punjab Mata Vidhyawati Bhavan here on Sunday. Mr Sohan Lal and Mr Vinod Kumar Pinka were nominated president and general secretary, respectively, of the district unit of the cell.

AGITATION: The Punjab State Electricity Board Employees Federation has decided to step up its agitation against the board management. This was stated by Mr Surinder Singh, president of the federation, in a state working committee meeting held here on Monday. The general secretary of the federation, Mr B.S. Sekhon, stated that rallies would be held in sub-divisions all over the state from October 5 to 15. He said extended meetings at the circle level would be held all over the state from October 16 to November 5. The deputy general secretary, Mr Manjeet Singh Chahal, said the decision had been taken in the wake of the management’s failure to heed to the demands of the employees. 

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: A blood donation camp was organised at Krishan Gopal Samarak here on Sunday by Gayatri Parivar in association with the District Red Cross Society. More than 50 units of blood were donated on the occasion. 

DEMANDED: Despite having a population of over 2 lakh, the town has only one Government Senior Secondary School and one degree college, according to Mr Amrik Singh, a Municipal Councillor and member of the Sikh Educational Society. He said the government was doing nothing to promoting government-run schools in the town and that private schools, which were being allotted land at concessional rates, were fleecing parents by charging a high fee. He demanded that the government should allot site for a government school in each phase and a girls college should also be started here. The councillor urged the government to set up a dispensary each in Phase X, XI, Sectors 70 and 71.



CSIO CELEBRATIONS: An “open day” is being organised by the Central Scientific Instruments Organisatioin (CSIO), on Wednesday to mark the foundation day of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. A statement issued here on Monday said all laboratories of the CSIO would remain open to general public from 9.30 am to 1 pm. A guest lecture on “Bio-medical technology — the Indian scenario” would also be delivered by Dr T. Lazur Mathew, director of the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, New Delhi. 

SPECIAL INVITEE: Dr B.B.Goel, Professor of Public Administration,Correspondence Studies of Panjab University, took part as a special invitee in the 14th Indian Cooperative Congress held at Delhi. A press note issued by him stated that the Congress was organised by the National Cooperative Union of India.The Congress meets triennially to deliberate policy issues for cooperative development. It was attended by over 2500 delegates from cooperative institutions all over the country and abroad. Prof Goel, a keen researcher in cooperatives, has already been an Adviser to the Mauritius Ministry of Cooperatives; IFCI nominee on the Board of Cooperative Sugar Mills; National Assessor on Quality Education; and author of nine books on project management and cooperative management. 

STRIKE DEFERRED: Employees of the State Insurance Corporation on Monday decided to defer its proposed two-day strike on Wednesday and Thursday. According to a press note issued by the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation Employees Union the decision was taken pursuant to the discussion it had with the Director General, ESIC and the joint secretary with the Union Labour Ministry about the implementation of accepted recommendations of the pay committee. 



VACCINATION CAMP: The NSS youth club of MDSD girls college organised a Rubella vaccination camp in collaboration with the Inner Wheel Club, Industrial Area Mrs Saroj Ahlawat inaugurated the camp. Dr Nandra informed the students about the utility of the vaccination. Among others, the Principal, Dr Kiran Angra, and president of the club, Mrs Seema Gupta, were present. Around 125 students were vaccinated, according to a press note. 

COMPETITIONS HELD: To mark the National Service Scheme day, a number of events were held at SD College, on Monday. In painting competition, Swatchta stood first, Amna came second and Anu third. In poster making, Pratima came first, Yogita second and Sandeep at third position. In slogan writing, Sweety stood first, Yogita came second and Pooja third. In speech, Deepti and Sonia were first, Aparna was second and Ram Singh came third. Among others the principal, Dr Desh Bandhu, Dr S.P. Sharma, Mr Tarun Kaushal, Mr N.K. Sharma, Ms Neena Malhotra, Mr N.K. Sen and Ms Reena Malik were also present. 

MAZDOOR UNION: The Uttariya Railway Mazdoor Union on Monday observed Virodh Divas at the DRM complex. The Union secretary, Mr S.N. Bharti, president, Mr Vijay Chopra, said the government was planning to implemented the Rakesh Mohan committee report which would affect railways personal. The speakers said the posts in Railways were being abolished without consulting unions and that the vacant posts were not being filled up. Among others. Mr Sadhu Ram, Mr M.L. Kashyap, Mr Balwinderjit Singh, Mr Rahat Ali, Mr Inderjitpal and Mr Dharam Singh were present. 

HEALTH CAMP: About 300 persons were examined at a free health camp organised at the Sector 7 and 10 chowk here on Sunday. The camp, organised by the Tarun Medical Centre in collaboration with a pharmaceutical company, offered facilities for checking blood sugar, blood pressure, anaemia, and conducting speech therapy. Medicines were given to diabetic patients free of cost.

WORKSHOP: The Sri Satya Sai Seva Organisation, conducted a workshop on “Education in human values for the orientation of teachers” in DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here on Saturday and Sunday. Nearly 80 teachers attended the workshop. In the workshop lectures on ‘Values in nature’, ‘What is Sai Education’, ‘Aims of education’ etc were delivered. 

SEMINAR-CUM-WORKSHOP: A two-day seminar-cum-workshop for primary teachers in mathematics and science, conducted by DAV Senior Public School, Suraj Pur, concluded here on Sunday. The workshop was aimed at helping the teachers, guiding them to enable children to learn key concepts, conceptual schemes and their relationship to each other, in a systematic manner. The seminar was presided over by Mr R.C. Jeevan, Principal, DAV College, Chandigarh, on the first day and on the second day by Mr S. Ahlawat, Director of the project and planning in service programme of DAV College managing committee. Question and answer sessions were held and experiences were shared with the students. School teachers from Ambala and Chandigarh also participated. Mementoes and certificates were distributed among the participants. The Principal of the school, Mr P.L. Chopra, honoured the teacher with certificates.



INAUGURATED: Brig Kamal Sood (VSM), president of the Subathu Cantonment Board, inaugurated the ECG and X-ray machines at the cantonment hospital on Monday. Col Dhani Ram Shandil (retired) had given money from his MP fund for the purchase of the machines.

ANTI-POLYTHENE WEEK: The Barog Shri Alakhdata Yuvak Mandal in collaboration with schoolchildren will observe an anti-polythene week from September 28 to October 4. During the week, hills will be cleared of polythene bags and awareness will be spread among people about the ill effects of polythene, said Mr Sanjay Kumar, president of the mandal.

ROAD OPENED: The 6-km road connecting Kheel Ka Mor and Subathu was opened for the traffic on Sunday. Addressing the function at Kainthri village, 7 km from here, Mr Virender Kashyap, Chairman, State Marketing Board, assured villagers that the road would be metalled within a year.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Housing Board Colony Residents Welfare Association: president — Mr R.S. Thakur; senior president — Mr H. Kapoor; vice-president — Mr Nand Lal Barotra; general secretary — Mr Rameshwar Gripta; joint secretary — Mr Chet Ram Chauhan; and treasurer — Mr J.R. Paul.

MISS SHIMLA CONTEST: The Talent and Spirit Club will organise the “Miss Shimla” beauty pageant in collaboration with the local city channel here on September 29. The four-day event beginning on September 26 will also feature competitions in folk dances, classical dances and singing, besides a charity show to help the poor.

INAUGURATED: Mr Rikhi Ram Kaundal, Minister for Cooperation, inaugurated a carpet weaving centre at Khurick village in the Spiti valley on Saturday. Mr Kaundal announced a grant of Rs 2,500 each to the Mahila Mandal and the Yuvak Mandal of the village.


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