Wednesday, October 3, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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PADDY PAYMENTS: Contrary to the claims made by the government regarding the payment to farmers within 48 hours of the procurement by government agencies, the payment has not been made to the farmers as promised. Currently about 67,000 quintals of paddy is lying in the local grain market and farmers have been waiting for the past 5 to 6 days for its procurement. Mr Kamlesh Kumar, secretary of the local market committee, said so far Markfed had purchased 42,000 quintals, Punsup 34,000 quintals, Food and Supply 14,000 quintals, private agencies 2,000 quintals at the local mandis. At Mandi Gobindgarh up to September 29, Punsup had procured 22,000 quintals, Warehouse 13,000 quintals and private agencies 357 quintals. At purchase centers under the local mandi, Bugga Kalan: Warehouse 11,000 quintals, Shamaspur: Punsup 9000 quintals, Paheri: 32000 quintals, Machhrai: Punsup 2000 quintals, Ramgarh: Punsup 1,000 quintals and Chatarpura: 3,000 quintals of paddy have been procured. The payment of paddy at Ramgarh purchase centre by Punsup has not been made so far while at Bugga Kalan and Chatarpura the payments have not made after September 26 and at Paheri the payment has been made up to September 27. Mr Balbir Singh Jaria, farmer, has urged the government to expedite the payments.

EYE CHECK-UP CAMP: An eye check-up camp was organised by the Manav Bhilai Manch at the local Civil Hospital on Tuesday. The camp was inaugurated by Dr Sushil Kumar Bansal, Deputy Medical Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, and presided over by Dr Mahesh Jindal, SMO. Swami Nirdhosh Giri and Swami Parshant also graced the occasion. Mr Sohan Lal Puri, chairman of the manch, said over 400 patients were examined by a team of doctors led by Mr Sanjeev Maheshwari. The patients were given medicines free of cost. The operations of cataract would be performed on October 28.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Khalsa College governing council, Amritsar: Chancellor — Mr Satyajit Singh; Rector — Dr Dharambir Singh Jolly; President — Mr Rajmohinder Singh Majitha; and Vice-President — Mr Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina.

SAMMELAN: The Sangeet Kala Manch will organise the 40th Shastriya Sangeet Sammelan in the memory of Ustad Slamat Ali Khan of Sham Chourasi Gharana at the Lions Bhavan here on Sunday. This was stated by Prof Joginder Bawra, general secretary of the manch, in a press note issued here on Monday.

MEDICAL CAMP: A free medical camp for diabetic patients was held at the Hanuman Mandir Road, Hargobindpura, on Tuesday. According to a statement, over 500 patients were examined in the camp. Free medicines were provided to the poor and needy patients. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Harjinder Singh, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation. Dr Pran Gupta and Dr Poonam Gupta said such camps would be organised in future as well. The guests of honour included Mr Om Prakash Malhotra, Mr B.K. Gupta, Mr Pran Bhatia and Mr Jasbir Chadda.

ARRESTED: The Bhikhi police has arrested Albel Singh of Daliewali village in the district and seized a countrymade .12-bore pistol and two cartridges from him.

OPIUM SEIZED: The police has arrested Ninderpal Kaur, alias Pammi, owner of a beauty parlour at Boha in the district, for possessing 250 gm of opium. A case has been registered under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

DIRECTIONS ISSUED: Mr Mohinder Singh, Chief Judicial Magistrate, while disposing of applications of some ‘‘peter rehra’’ owners has issued directions to the police to dismantle these rehras and dispose of their parts, according to the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The rehras were impounded by the police under Section 207 of the Motor Vehicles Act.

DIRECTED: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Kanwalbir Singh Sidhu, on Monday directed all house owners in the district to inform their nearest police stations about their tenants, and if they failed to do so action would be taken against them.

CONDEMNED: Commission agents in the district on Monday flayed the Bathinda police who, they alleged, had booked 13 local agents in false cases, and added that they would launch a stir if the cases were not withdrawn.

POWER SUPPLY: Resentment prevails among businessmen, industrialists and other power consumers over the erratic power supply. They complained that their refrigerators and other electric goods had been damaged due to this.

TRAFFIC BLOCKED: Panthic and religious organisations of the district blocked traffic here at the Chandigarh chowk for about two hours to protest against the desecration of ‘birs’ by certain persons at Tarkhan Mazra village in Fatehgarh Sahib district.

MOURNED: The local Mandi Merchants Association on Tuesday kept their business establishments closed to mourn the death of prominent trader and philanthropist Ajit Singh. A condolence meeting was also organised, said Mr Rajnish Jain, president of the association.

PADDY PROCUREMENT: Nearly 63,000 metric tonne of paddy has been procured by various government agencies and private traders till date in the district as compared to 45,000 metric tonne procured till October 1 last year. This was disclosed by the Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, at a meeting of the District Managers of the various procurement agencies held at the Red Cross Bhavan here on Tuesday.

SEMINAR: A workshop-cum-seminar on healthcare and AIDS awareness was organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra in association with Baba Deep Singh Institute at State College here on Tuesday. Regional Coordinator of the kendra, Jaswinder Singh Kooner, who was the chief guest on the occasion, urged youngsters to spread awareness against female foeticide and drug abuse.

EDUCATIONAL CONTEST: Educational contests organised by the Punjab School Education Board at the local Senior Secondary School, as part of celebrations to observe 300th anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s coronation, concluded on Sunday. In ‘shabad gayan’ contest, first position was bagged by Mr Baljit Singh and group from Government Senior Secondary School, Samrala. In ‘var gayan’ contest, first position went to Manpreet Kaur and group from Government Senior Secondary School (Girls), Machhiwara. In ‘kavishari’ contest, Mandeep Kaur from GSSS (G), Machhiwara, stood first. In poetry recitation contest, Ramanpreet Singh from Government High School, Ottalan, won the first position. The team from GSSS, Samrala, bagged first position in one-act play contest for its play ‘Charda Suraj’, written by Mr Tarsem Gagandeep. Mr Ravinder Singh of GSSS, Ghungrali Sikhan, stood first in the painting contest. In folk dance (boys) contest, the team from Punjab Public School, Ropalon, came first. In ‘gatka’ contest, first position went to Mandeep Kaur and group from GSSS (G), Machhiwara. In writing contest, Amardip Kaur of GHS, Kakrala Kalan, won the first position. In declamation contest, first position went to Amandeep Kaur of GHS, Kotla Shamaspur.

OFFICE BEARERS: The following have been appointed office-bearers of the local Community Centre Club by Mr S.S. Brar, president of the club: vice-president—Mr S.S. Guron; secretary-cum-treasurer—Mr Rakesh Gupta; joint secretary—Mr Narinder Aggarwal and executive members—Dr Tejpal Singh, Mr Padam Jain, Mr Pawan Gupta and Mr Sushil Luthra. OC Payment of paddy: Government purchasing agencies have not given the payment of paddy, which is being purchased since September 21, to farmers, according to sources. Four agencies—Markfed, Punsup, Punjab Agro and Punjab Warehousing Corporation—are purchasing paddy from the grain markets falling under the local market committee, out of which only the Punjab Warehousing Corporation has given the payment of its purchase upto September 29. The total procurement of 86,520 quintals of paddy has been made out of which Punsup has purchased 21,582 quintals, Markfed 23,061 quintals, Punjab Warehousing 16,654, and Punjab Agro and private traders 5,340 quintals of paddy.

LOOTED: Two persons looted Rs 4 lakh, the monthly salary of the staff of Government Senior Secondary School Patti, on Monday, according to official information. When the clerk along with a peon and a senior laboratory attendant entered the principal’s office after drawing the salaries from the local branch of the State Bank of India, Patti, two youths entered the office and decamped with the money. 



ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Purvanchal Welfare Association: chairman — Dr Ram Prakash Bajpai; president — Dr D. V. Rai; senior vice-president — Mr I.P.N. Singh; general secretary — Mr Rajendra Singh; secretary — Ramakant Rai; joint secretary — Mr T.P.L. Srivastava; organising secretary — Mr U.K. Singh; treasurer — Mr Harish Sharma; and auditor — Mr Dhupan Singh.

SANKIRTAN SAMMELAN: The Shri Shakti Dal Sanyukta Sangathan has decided to hold a five-day, 25th Shri Harinam Sankirtan Sammelan, at Shri Sanatan Dharam Shakti Dal Mandir, Sector 16-D, here, from Wednesday. The Mahila Sankirtan and Leela Mandali, Sector 20, will perform sankirtan from 8 pm to 10 pm on Wednesday and from Thursday to Sunday the sankirtan will be held from 3 pm to 5 pm. Also discourses will be delivered by eminent saints from 8.30 am to 11 am daily, according to Pandit Sunder Lal Sharma, a spokesman for the temple.



NSS CAMP: NSS camp volunteers of SD College, Ambala Cantonment levelled land at the cremation ground of Nanhera village. The volunteers also cleared a nullah which had choked up and some of the volunteers cleaned up the health centre, said a press note.

QUIZ PROGRAMME: The Bharat Vikas Parishad recently held a quiz programme “Kaun Banega Ramayan Vijeta” at Ambala Cantonment. A number of students from about 20 schools participated in the programme. The four students who reached the finals were Ranjana of Seva Samiti School, Rahul of BD Senior Secondary School, Piyush of Major R.N. Kapoor DAV Public School and Preeti Sharma of Seva Samiti School, said President of the Bharat Vikash Parishad, Mr M.K. Sharma.

POSTPONED: The local unit of the Congress postponed the demonstration which was to be held at Sadar Bazar chowk on Tuesday due to the death of Madhavrao Scindia. The demonstration was to be held in protest against the new house tax policy.

BLOOD DONATION: The local Lions Club organised a blood donation camp on Monday at Ambedkar Hall to mark the World Blood Donation Day. Mr Sushil Sarwan, SDM, Kalka, was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr Seema Ghai, along with her team from General Hospital, Panchkula, conducted the camp. As many as 30 units of blood were collected.

PROTEST: Workers of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) took out a march here on Monday in protest against the anti-people and anti-worker policies of the NDA government at the Centre and the INLD-BJP alliance government in Haryana. A charter of demands was also submitted to the Deputy Commissioner on the occasion.

POSTPONED: The district administration postponed the campaign to be organised here on Tuesday to make the people stop using polythene bags.

PROHIBITORY ORDERS: The District Magistrate, Mr S.N. Roy, on Tuesday imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144, Cr PC, banning the assembly of five or more persons and carrying of firearms within a radius of 200 m around Hindu College here. According to official sources, the step has been taken to ensure the smooth functioning of the examination centre set up by MDU, Rohtak.

WITHOUT POWER: The city remained without power for about three hours following the snapping of electricity lines and uprooting of trees in different parts of the city on Monday. According to a report, the power breakdown occurred around 5.30 p.m. and the supply was restored at 9.05 p.m.

PRABHAT PHERI: A “prabhat pheri” was taken out by Congress workers on the occasion of the birthday of Mahatama Gandhi here on Tuesday. The Samaj Seva Samiti organised a blood donation camp on the occasion while the Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, was the chief guest.



MERGE: Two parallel truck operators federations in the state have decided to merge and form the HP State Truck Operators Federation to press for their pending demands. This was resolved at a meeting of office-bearers of both federations presided over by Mr Ramdass Thakur, president Truck Operators Union (Barmana), here on Monday. The election to the new federation will be held on October 7 at truck union’s headquarters at the main bus stand.

TOURISM RALLY: A tourism rally was organised to mark World Tourism Week here on Tuesday. Participants of the rally cleaned up the local Chowgan area and pledged to continue with their mission of cleanliness at their offices, institutions and homes.

CRUSHED TO DEATH: Phunchog Putit (70), wife of Kaleang of Zanskar district was crushed to death by an Army truck on the Beas bridge here on Monday. She was on her way to Manali when the mishap occurred. A case of rash and negligent driving has been registered.

LEPROSY CAMPAIGN: The modified leprosy elimination campaign (III) was launched here on Tuesday by Thakur Rup Singh, Forest Minister, under which mass awareness programme will be held up to November 3 this year. Dr Gopal Sharma, leprosy specialist, said as a result of vigorous campaign the leprosy rate in Himachal Pradesh had come down to mere 0.2 per 10,000 persons.


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