October 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India
PADDY PROCUREMENT: Various procurement agencies have purchased about 2,01,984 tonnes of paddy in the district till October 4. Mr R. Venkatratnam, Deputy Commissioner, in a press note issued here on Friday said, about 50 per cent of the total expected arrival this year had reached mandis. The agencies had been asked to speed up the procurement, he added.
RURAL DEVELOPMENT: The government has spent about Rs 2,500 crore in the past four years on the development of the rural areas in the state. This was stated by Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Punjab Minister for Science and Technology, while addressing a gathering of farmers at Bhagu village on Friday. Every effort would be made to provide basic facilities like roads, drinking water, etc., to the villagers, he added.
FARMERS’ CAMP: More than 5,000 farmers participated in the district-level training camp held here on Friday by the district Agriculture Department. Mr Gulzar Singh Ranike, Minister of State for Agriculture, was the chief guest and Dr R.K. Rampal, Joint Director, presided over it. Mr Ranike impressed upon the farmers to use latest technology to get maximum yield and quality production.
INSTALLED: Mr Manjit Singh Sahota, Mr Hargobind Singh and Mr Jagdev Singh were installed as president, secretary and cashier of the Lions Club, Hoshiarpur, respectively, by Mr Vinod Mahajan, district governor, and Mr J.B. Singh Chaudhary, deputy governor of District 321, at a function organised here on Wednesday night.
STRIKE OFF: In response to the assurances given by the chairman and members of the Chandigarh Homoeopathic System of Medicine Council, students of Homoeopathic Medical College Hospital, Hoshiarpur, called off their strike on Thursday. Dr Bhupinder Singh, chairman, Dr Rachpal Singh, Dr O.P. Vig and Dr Puri, members of the council, gave a patient hearing to the students and their parents. They assured to fulfil their main demand of shifting them from Hoshiarpur college to another college shortly.
GUJRAL VISIT: Mr I.K. Gujral, former Prime Minister of India, will visit Kapurthala on October 6 to see the progress of work of Pushpa Gujral Science city being set up in memory of his mother on the Kapurthala-Jalandhar road near Wadala Kalan village, according to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vivek Aggarwal. Mr Gujral will also preside over another function at the civil rest house here in connection with the heritage of Punjab.
RECOVERED: The district police on Thursday arrested Satpal, a resident of Sabdulapura, falling in Sultanpur Lodhi police station on the charge of possessing poppy husk, according to Mrs Gurpreet Deo, SSP.
ARRESTED: Mrs Gurpreet Deo, SSP, said here on Friday that 38 proclaimed offenders had been arrested, during the past four months. As many as 42 cases under the NDPS Act had been registered during the period and some drugs seized. She said in the compaign against anti-social elements, 42 cases were registered and some arms seized.
CULTURAL COMPETITION: The Asian Club will organise an inter college competition in gidha, lecture, story telling and essay writing competitions at the Government College for Women on October 13. A meeting will be held on October 11 at Ludhiana Public School, to discuss the details of the competition under the guidance of Ms Ruby Fernandez. Future programmes of the club will be finalised where old and new members have been invited. All colleges interested in getting registered for the competitions may contact Commercial Art Gallery, Ghumar Mandi. No registration fee will be charged.
SEMINAR ON BEAUTY: A beauty seminar was organised in Hotel Abhishek recently. Ms Sudesh Rana, a beautician from Rohtak, provided beauty tips to the beauticians in the seminar. Around 160 beauticians from Jalandhar, Malaut, Ludhiana , Khanna and Jagraon participated in the seminar. The seminar was organised by the Learners Academy. Mr Sachin Vishishth, secretary of the academy, said their academy had already organised 40 such seminars.
CONSULTANT PHYSICIAN : Dr Nitin Sood, has joined Jyoti Kendra Charitable Hospital as consultant physician. Mr Ashok K.Setia, Chairman of the hospital, in a press note stated that Dr Nitin Sood , a specialist in critical care and emergency services, will examine patients in the hospital between 8.30 am and 2.30 pm on all working days and will also attend emergencies round-the-clock. The hospital also provides medical facilities in the department of eye, gynaecology and obstetrics, dentistry, paediatrics, pathology and radiology.
GAS CONSUMERS: The Ludhiana Gas Consumers Association has urged the government to direct the companies to put a fool-proof seal on the LPG cylinders to check the pilferage of gas by agencies and their employees and to ensure an accountability for the full weight of the cylinder. Mr C.S. Ahuja, president of the association, said the consumers were losing between Rs 20 and 30 per cylinder due to less weight. The companies required to put fool-proof seals similar to the seal on soft drink bottles with date and name of the bottling plant mentioned on it. In a letter written to Mr Ram Naik, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, he pointed out that despite a number of reminders, the oil companies had never given a thought, fearing accountability. He urged the minister to direct the companies to place such seals at the earliest.
NOMINATED: Mr Prem Chand Goyal, patron, Sanatan Dharam Sabha, here has been nominated as the executive member of the Aggarwal Dharam Prathinidhi Sabha, Punjab.
APPOINTED: Haji Abdul Latif Thind has been appointed as manager of the Islamia Kamboj High School management committee here and Mr Mohammed Salim Ratan as headmaster of the school.
BEATEN UP: Amrinder Singh, a plus one student and resident of Baghapurana town in the district, was allegedly beaten up with iron rods by a driver, conductor and owner of a private bus after having been pushed out of the bus near Chandnawan village, 10 km from here, on Thursday. The student was returning home after attending his tuition at Moga. Teachers and people of the town demanded action against the accused and threatened stir if no action was taken.
CONFERENCE: The delegate conference of Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Punjab, will be organised here at R.K. Arya College on Sunday. Mr Harbans Lal Sharma, president of the sabha will preside over the conference. About 250 delegates from all over the state will attend the conference.
STUDENTS’ UNION : The Punjab Students Union, with a view to creating awareness among the youth regarding the ‘real motives’ of the USA under the guise of fighting terrorism in the world, has started a “jang virodhi” (anti-war) fortnight in the state. Rallies, conferences and meetings will be organised in educational institutions up to October 20, said Mr Kulwinder Singh Chahal, general secretary of the union. SAS NAGAR EYE CAMP: A three-day eye check-up camp organised by the Gyan Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology concluded on the premises of the institute here on Friday. The camp was organised in collaboration with Guru Harkrishan Sahib Charitable Eye Hospital,
Sohana. As many as, 1750 persons were examined during the camp. EDUCATIONAL
SOCIETY: The Sikh Educational Society will organise a seminar here on October 13 at the Guru Gobind Singh College for Women. Justice Jaspal Singh (retd) and Mr Patwant Singh will be among the main speakers at the seminar to be presided over by former SGPC Chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra. The topic of the seminar will be “Sikhs at the crossroads”, according to the organising
EYE CAMP: A three-day eye check-up camp organised by the Gyan Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology concluded on the premises of the institute here on Friday. The camp was organised in collaboration with Guru Harkrishan Sahib Charitable Eye Hospital, Sohana. As many as, 1750 persons were examined during the camp.
EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY: The Sikh Educational Society will organise a seminar here on October 13 at the Guru Gobind Singh College for Women. Justice Jaspal Singh (retd) and Mr Patwant Singh will be among the main speakers at the seminar to be presided over by former SGPC Chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra. The topic of the seminar will be “Sikhs at the crossroads”, according to the organising committee.
DEBATE: Latika of the host college won the debate competition on “Gandhian way to fight terrorism” at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, here on Friday. The contest was organised by Hero Mindmine. The debate saw participation of nearly 30 participants. Tarun of GGDSD College, Sector 32, was declared second, while Anant of the Government College for Men, Sector 11, was declared third.
BJP CONVENER: The newly nominated convener of the 12-member adhoc committee of the BJP, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, will make himself available to partymen for two hours every day in the party office. Mr Mahajan would sit in the party office between 10 and 11 a.m. and 4 and 5 p.m. on all working days, according to a party press note issued here on Friday.
OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Central Government Officers’ Flat Residents Welfare Association, Sector 45-A, Chandigarh: patron — Mr K.L. Lekhi; president — Mr S.M. Bhati; senior vice-president — Mr M.R. Saini; vice-presidents — Mr K.B. Sharma and Mr J.P. Singh; general secretary — Mr R.P.S. Jand; joint secretary — Mr W.R. Bhambri; finance secretary — Mr S.K. Behl; liaison secretary — Mr S.L. Bhatoa; and auditor — Ms Shukla Dhir.
MAHASABHA: Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Nishchalanand Saraswati of Puri Dham will preach in the city for three days beginning Saturday. The sermons of the top Hindu priest will be delivered between 6.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. in Sector 38-A near Parjapati Bhavan, a press note of the Hindu Parv Mahasabha, Chandigarh, stated here on Friday.
ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the HIG (L) Group Agency, Sector 38(West): president — Mr K.S. Chaudhary; vice-president — Mr Subhash Mehta; general secretary — Sqn Ldr Mohinder Singh Virk; treasurer — Mr Om Prakash Soni; and executive member — Mr Chand Kumar Nalwa.
CRITICISED: Members of the New Kuteer Cooperative Group Housing Society have flayed the imposition of safety charges by the Railways. In a press note issued by Mr Deepak Rai Walia, the Society criticised the imposition of safety surcharges on the passengers travelling in all passenger, mail, express and super fast trains.
KULU KUMARHATTI SHIMLA
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