Sunday, October 7, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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BATHINDA
EYE CAMPS: The Divine Eye Research Foundation, an NGO, organised three eye check-up camps at slum area, BVS Sainik School and Government Primary School, Dhobiana Basti, here, on October 2, 4 and 6, respectively. In a press note issued here on Saturday, Mr R. Narula, president of the foundation, said Dr Pritpal Singh, Dr P.K. Bansal and Dr Rupinder Puri, examined about 512 persons during the camps. The camps were organised to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

MASS MARRIAGES: The RCC Welfare Club will organise marriages of five poor girls and organise a “Jagaran” on October 20. In a press note issued here on Saturday, Mr Hans Raj Mithoo, office-bearer of the club, said the marriages would be performed at the Guru Nanak Club.

NFL PROFIT: The city unit of National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) earned a record profit of Rs 27.31 crore in financial year 2000-2001. Mr M.K. Varshney, general manager of the NFL unit here, in a press note issued here on Saturday, said in the first five months the units at Nangal, Panipat, Bathinda and Vijaypur produced 12.89 lakh tonnes of urea. He added that the Bathinda unit was recently given National Safety Award for 1999.

HOSHIARPUR
THEFT: A few miscreants broke open the lock of the main gate of the house of Mr Jagdish Saini, at Preet Nagar, Darapur Tanda, and stole Rs 45,000 cash and gold ornaments weighing 19 tolas while he and his wife were away on Friday. Mr Saini is posted as a District Public Relation Officer in Jalandhar. The Tanda police has registered a case under Sections 457 and 380, IPC.

KHAMANO
EYE CAMP: A free eye operation camp was organised at Jatana Newan village, near here by Shaheed Baba Hari Singh, Baba Mast Ram Prabandhak committee and village gram panchayat. About 450 patients were examined and about 75 eye operations were performed. The operations were performed by a special team of doctors from Rajan Memorial Eye Hospital, Jalandhar. This camp was inaugurated by a SGPC member, Jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnia, said Sarpanch Preet Inder Singh.

KHANNA
MEETING: A meeting of panches and sarpanches of the subdivision was held under the chairmanship of Mr Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal, SDM, here on Friday. The SDM asked the panchyats to put up display boards of development activities in villages so that people could know about the grants by the government to the villages and also to highlights those schemes. He asked the sarpanches to put up sign board of their respective villages on entry points for the convenience of outsiders. He assured them that their grievances would be heeded to. The sarpanches also highlighted their grievances and assured cooperation to the administration.

LUDHIANA
SCIENCE EXHIBITIONS: The District Education Office, will hold a series of science exhibitions in the district this month and in November at the block and district levels. According to a circular by the department, the first exhibition of the series would be held at Doraha on Monday and Tuesday. The other exhibitions would be held at Samrala on October 11 and 12, at Nasrali on October 15 and 16, at Daddahoor in Raikot tehsil on October 18 and 19, at Roop Chand Jain Public School, Jagraon on October 22 and 23, in Ludhiana West at Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School on October 29,30 and 31, in Ludhiana East at Sargodha Co-educational High School and at Guru Harkrishan Public School, Dugri Road, on November 7, 8 and 9. On the first day of these exhibitions, quiz contest for kids and an on-the-spot poster contest and a speech making contest for teachers would also be held. Display of models would be organised on the second day of these exhibitions.

INAUGURATED: An administrative block with all modern amenities was inaugurated by the Manager of Lord Krishna Bank, Mr Mukesh Aggarwal, today. Mr Aggarwal lauded the efforts of the authorities for giving the school a look of the 21st century. Foundation stone of new computer block, art work room, project room and airy class rooms were also laid.

DECISION WELCOMED: The local unit of the Indian Medical Association has welcomed the decision of the Punjab Government to revise the electoral rolls of the Punjab Medical Council. Dr Gursharan Singh, president of the association, in a press statement on Saturday said the decision would pave a way for the revival of the council which was lying defunct for over a decade. He also urged doctors to send their latest details to the office of the Punjab Medical Council in Chandigarh by listing the latest qualification and present address.

RESIGNATION ACCEPTED: The resignation of Mr Narinder Mehta, president, Punjab Ophthalmic Officers Association, was accepted during the executive body meeting of the association, here on Saturday. Mr Jaswinder Singh, general secretary of the association, in a statement said Mr Harpal Singh would be the acting president of the association and all other office-bearers would remain the same.

SEMINAR: First Choice Info Services, a city based multi-level marketing company, held a seminar on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. The slogan of the seminar was, ‘Welcome the domestic, expel exotic and make India a golden sparrow’. The seminar was dedicated to the Father of the Nation on his birth anniversary. Over 5,000 distributors attended the seminar. Mr D.S. Chawla, an industrialist, was the chief guest on the occasion. Mr Jaswant Singh Balloh, a social worker presided over the seminar and Padamshree Kartar Singh was the guest of honour.

URGED: The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation on Saturday urged the Deputy Commissioner, to order the registration of cases for attempt to disturb peace, cause communal discord and hinder the electoral process, against those elements which burnt Sehajdhari Sikh voter forms in front of his office on Friday. Mr Paramjeet Singh Ranu, president of the federation, said the act amounted to contempt of court as the matter of Sehajdhari voters was still sub judice. Mr Ranu lamented the fact that no action had been taken against the miscreants though the incident took place on the premises of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office. He further drew attention a number of activists of the Khalsa Action Committee, naming some who were suspected to have burnt the voter forms.

INQUIRY SOUGHT: The Gobind Nagar Welfare Society, along with a number of political leaders, has demanded a high-level inquiry into the alleged suicide by a clerk of the Excise and Taxation Department. The demand was made at the bhog ceremony of the deceased, Mohinder Singh, which was held in the colony on Friday. He had committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in his house at Gobind Nagar last week. In a suicide note recovered later, he had accused AETC Partap Singh of creating circumstances leading to his death. The AETC had denied the accusation. He said he was innocent and was available for any kind of inquiry. Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, MLA, while speaking on the occasion condemned the attitude of the police in the case. He demanded a high-level inquiry, preferably by a senior police officer, into the case as the family was not satisfied with the police action. Mr Jagjit Singh Lyalpuri, Mr Tarsem Singh Jodhan and Mr Kirpal Singh Aujla condemned the rude behaviour of the DSP who was investigating the case. The leaders said the family of the victim would approach the Punjab Human Rights Commission unless the police made an impartial inquiry into the matter.

CHECK DRUG ABUSE: The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle has urged the Chief Election Commissioner to check the menace of drugs during the coming Assembly elections. The circle also suggested some ways to tackling the menace more effectively. It suggested that strict and clear instructions be issued to all political parties and contestants in advance and NGOs be empowered to monitor and complain about drug abuse to the Chief Election Commissioner during the election period. Since the study circle has been appointed as state secretary for the Federation of Indian NGOs working for the prevention of drug abuse, it has a network of NGOs and units in almost all 117 constituencies of the state. A large number of eminent and upright non-political academicians, both serving and retired, could be mobilised to serve as observers.

MANSA
APPOINTED: Capt Amarinder Singh, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), has appointed Mr Megh Raj Goyal, senior Congress leader of Budhlada, and Mr Narotam Singh Chahal, former president of the District Youth Congress, Mansa, as special invitees to the executive committee of the PPCC. Mr Goyal has earlier served the party as organising secretary of the PPCC.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local unit of the Aggarwal Sabha: president — Mr Brij Lal Gupta; vice-president — Mr Girdhari Lal Fatta; secretary —Mr Bhim Sain Goyal; and treasurer — Mr Dayal Chand.

INSTALLATION: Mr Satish Goyal, a financier and Mr Manoj Kumar Garg, a rice miller, were installed as president and secretary of the Lions Club Mansa City, respectively, on Friday.

PATIALA
DECLAMATION CONTEST: Amandeep Kaur from Old Police Lines School was declared first in a declamation contest during the district-level JRC Holiday Home camp held at Tara Devi (Shimla) from September 28 to October 4. Sohan Lal from Brinjal and Amandeep Singh from NTC Rajpura were adjudged second and third, respectively. 

PHAGWARA
SUSPENDED: The licence of Shakti Rice Mill, Panshta, has been suspended for putting paddy growers to inconvenience, according to the local SDM, Mr Amarjit Paul. In a press note issued here on Friday, it was stated that serious notice was taken of the return of truckloads of procured paddy by the miller.

RAJPURA
SAMMELAN: Thousands of persons participated in the Manav Ekta Sammelan held here on Friday which was addressed by head of the Nirankari sect, Baba Hardev Singh. He asked the listeners to give up the idea of “I” rooted deep inside their conscience due to which they were not able to recognise the merits of others. Among others, the sammelan was attended by the Local Bodies Minister, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, and a former Congress Minister, Mr Raj Khurana. The Nirankari Rajmata also addressed the congregation.

SANGRUR
RELAY FAST: The relay fast by members of the Punjab Radical Students Union outside Government Ranbir College entered its third day here on Friday. The students are agitating to get their demands accepted. They include the construction of 15 additional rooms in the College, more furniture in the classrooms, introduction of MA courses in Punjabi and economics and the appointment of permanent lecturers.

TARN TARAN
FOUNDATION STONE: The foundation stone of Shani Dev Mandir wa s laid here on Friday at Sri Madan Mohan Mandir here. Congress leader and Sarpanch of Jodhpur village Sucha Singh Jodhpur laid the foundation stone in the presence of a large number of devotees. Mr Jodhpur donated Rs 50,000 for the construction of the mandir.
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CHANDIGARH

SCIENCE FAIR: An inter-school science fair was inaugurated by the Home-cum-Education Secretary, UT, Mr R.S. Gujral at DAV College Auditorium, Sector 10, here on Saturday. Mr Gujral appreciated the models prepared by students which included a solar heating system, power generator, air pollution estimation model, project, on biomass and computer techniques.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: Cultural items marked the annual prize distribution function of Government Model High School, Sector 41-D, here on Saturday. The headmaster, Mr Jagdish Rai Jaiswal, apprised the parents about achievements of the school. Students enthralled the audience with their dances, songs and yoga performances. Students were given away prizes by the Parent Teacher Association members. The president of the Parent Teacher Association, Mr Sham Dass, was also present on the occasion.

CONFERENCE: The Department of Hepatology of the PGI, will organise a one-day liver conference on Sunday at its Lecture Theatre Complex. A press note issued by the PGI said prominent among the speakers invited to the conference are Prof M.P. Sharma, Prof Shiv K. Sarin, Prof Subrat K. Acharya, Prof Premashish Kar, Dr Randhir Sud, Dr Pradeep Chowbey, Col Paramjit Singh Dhote, Col A.C. Anand, Dr Siddhartha Datta Gupta, Dr Subrat Panda, from Delhi, Dr Gour Choudhari and Dr Rakesh Aggarwal from Lucknow, Dr Sameer Shah from Mumbai and Dr Ramesh Roop Rai from Jaipur. The programme will include discussions on the recent advances in the treatment of Hepatitis B,C, and E viruses.

CONVOCATION: The third convocation of the Chandigarh Medical College will be held on Sunday at Bhargava Auditorium of the PGI. Prof J.S. Gujral, Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Services, Faridkot, will address the convocation.

ELECTED: Mr Rajeev Sahdev, chairman of the Mair Rajput Sabha, was elected president of the Chandigarh Jewellers Association at a general body meeting of the association held on Saturday.

BANK CONFERENCE: Top management officials of nationalised banks and the Reserve Bank of India, Ministry of Finance, will attend a two-day conference on implementation of official language, Hindi, which will begin here on Monday, according to an official announcement.

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HARYANA

FARIDABAD
AGGARSAIN JAYANTI: The All-India Aggarwal Sabha unit of Punjab, will organise a state-level function to celebrate Aggarsain Jayanti at Ludhiana on October 14. The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, will be the chief guest, said Mr Charanjit Lal Garg, Minister for Science and Technology and Law and patron of the Punjab Aggarwal Sabha, here on Friday.

FATEHABAD
INAUGURATION: The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, will inaugurate a 33 KV power substation of the Dakshin Haryana Bijlee Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) at Ganda village here on Monday. The substation has been set up at a cost of Rs 1.30 crore. The CM will also inaugurate a potable water supply scheme set up at a cost of Rs 39.40 crore at Jhalnia village in the district, stated Mr O.P. Indora, Deputy Commissioner, here on Saturday.

KAITHAL
PHONE CONNECTIONS: Telephone connections would be provided on demand and the waiting list cleared by the year-end, said Mr Yogesh Sharma (DET), Kaithal, while talking to mediapersons, here, on Friday. He disclosed that of the 8,000 Kaithal exchange lines, 7,684 lines were functional.

FIVE ARRESTED: The police has arrested five for two murders, stated Mr A. S. Chawla, SP, here on Friday. Satbir, Rajinder and Raja Ram were arrested for the murder of Balkar Singh of Khumana village while Hansa and his son Amrik Singh were arrested for the murder of Parmeshwari at Harigarh Kingan in Cheeka.

PANCHKULA
EXCHANGE OPENED: Equipment to install a 1,000 line telephone exchange in Sector 25 was inaugurated by Director BSNL, (Operations), Mr Prithipal Singh, here on Saturday. Connections from the new exchange will be given from next month, a spokesperson of the BSNL said. The Sector 25 is located across Ghaggar river and the residents were living without telephones in the last two years.

TECHNOLOGISTS’ BODY: Office-bearers of the PGI Medical Technologists Association (MTA) called on Mr Suresh Chandel, an MP from Himachal Pradesh, who is also a member of the institute body of the PGI, in support of their demands on Friday. They were led by the president of the association, Mr R.K. Khanchi. The demands of the association includes higher pay scale to Medical Technologists, hospital patients care allowance, allowances on a par with employees of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, clearing of backlock promotion. A press note issued by the association said Mr Khanchi emphasised the need of releasing higher pay scale of the basis of their qualification and recommendation made by pay commission.

ROHTAK
STABBED: A youth was stabbed to death at Sunderheti village in Jhajjar district on Thursday. The assailants fled when his father Jailal arrived on the scene. The youth, who was seriously injured, succumbed to his injuries at the General Hospital, Jhajjar. In another incident, the body of a seven-year-old Shyam was found from a septic tank near Gaukaran pond here on Thursday evening. The child was missing since October 2.

MISSING: The 15-year-old son of Dr A.D. Tewari, Head, Department of Paediatrics, PGIMS, has been missing since Friday evening. He left for tuition at 4 p.m. and has not returned since. The SSP, Mr A. S. Ahlawat, said it might be a case of kidnapping as Dr Tewari had been receiving threatening calls for the past few days.

SONEPAT
ARRESTED: With the arrest of Naresh of Mundlana village, the CIA staff on Saturday claimed to have solved a case of dacoity committed at the house of Mr Ravi Parul, a former municipal councillor of Sonepat, in Sector 15 on March 7. The police has also arrested five persons on a charge of satta gambling and seized some cash and articles of gambling from their possession.

SURPRISE VISIT: The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, paid a surprise visit to a number of branches of Punjab National Bank at Kathura and Baroda villages in this district on Friday and found certain irregularities in their working. The aim of the visit was to redress the grievances of the depositors and loan seekers.

STRIKE OFF: The agitating students of C. R. State College of Engineering at Murthal ( Sonepat) called off their strike on Saturday following assurances given by the Director-cum-Principal of the college, Dr Baljeet Singh Kapoor, that their demands would be met. The students were pressing for the withdrawal of electricity charges and opening of the main gate near the market complex.

CLASH: Three persons were seriously injured in a clash with lathis between two rival groups at Madina village near here on Friday. The injured persons have been hospitalised and the police is investigating the case.

BURN INJURIES: Kuldeep, travelling on the roof of a passenger train, sustained serious burn injuries when he was hit by the high-tension overhead power lines near Rathdhanna railway station on Friday evening. He was rushed to the local Civil Hospital and later shifted to the PGI, Rohtak.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

HAMIRPUR
DISTRIBUTED: Mr Rikhi Ram Kaundel, HP Cooperation Minister, presided over a function to distribute kisan passbooks to the farmers at Tounidevi village of the district on Friday evening. He said the decision of the state government to give a special grant of Rs 3 lakh per annum to the thickly populated Dalit ward in every gram panchayat of the state would help the downtrodden sections of society. He distributed 300 kisan passbooks.

NURPUR
CHEMIST BOOKED: In yet another case of criminal intimidation at the local Civil Hospital, the police booked a chemist on Thursday under Sections 353 and 506 of the IPC for misbehaving and intimidating a doctor and staff nurses on night duty. The accused, along with a few musclemen, allegedly entered the hospital premises on Thursday night and abused the staff on duty and intimidated them.

SHIMLA
ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the HPPWD AMIE Junior Engineers Association: president — Mr Pradeep Bhardwaj; vice-presidents — Mr K. S. Pal and Mr Virender Guleria; chief adviser — Mr Raj Kumar Verma; general secretary — Mr Ashok Sharma; joint secretary — Mr Nand Lal Chauhan; finance secretary — Mr Hardeep Chowdhary; and press secretary — Mr Ajay Soni.

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