Friday, October 12, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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AMRITSAR
THREE INJURED: The Rajasansi police has registered a case against Surjit Singh and his two sons Harpal Singh and Harjinder Singh, residents of Bal Sikander village, for inflicting serious injuries on Mr Jagir Singh and his two sons Mr Surjit Singh and Mr Sona Singh here on Wednesday. The cause of the incident was said to be an agriculture dispute.

TWO KILLED: Two men were killed and five others injured when a mini-bus collided with a matador at Meerkot, near here on Wednesday night. Gurnam Singh and Baljit Singh of Tirsikka along with five others were travelling in the matador (PCU — 954) from Kiyanpur village to Amritsar when the accident took place. The driver of the mini bus was still at large. A case under Sections 304A, 279, 336, 427 of the IPC has been registered.

LOOTED: Some persons looted gold jewellery and Rs 11,000 from the house of Mr Inderjit Singh of Vijay Nagar here on Wednesday when he was not at home. A case under Section 454 and 380 IPC, has been registered.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The police has seized 4000 ml illicit liquor from Dharam Singh, 6750 ml from Tarsem Singh and 6750 ml from Jujhar Singh, residents of Basarke, Bhagtawala and Angarh villages, respectively. A case has been registered under Sections 61, 1 of the Excise Act.

BATHINDA
EYE CAMP: An eye camp organised by the local Goodwill Society at Nai Basti here concluded on Tuesday. As many as 72 patients were operated upon during the camp. About 660 patients were examined. Spectacles and medicines were given free of cost.

POWER SHUTDOWN: Power supply will remain cut off in some areas of the city due to repair of power lines between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday. The areas affected will be Baba Farid Nagar,Guru Gobind Singh Nagar, Balla Ram Nagar, Hazoora Kapoora Colony, Adarsh Nagar and Kothe Amarpura.

KAPURTHALA
CASES SETTLED: As many as 5,589 cases have been decided at 66 Lok Adalats organised in the district, according to Mr Gurdev Singh, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman District Legal Services Authority. Presiding over a meeting here on Wednesday, he said Rs 5.57 crore had been given as compensation to the affected.

MANSA
SANCTIONED: The Central Government has sanctioned Rs 27.05 crore under its submission project, for augmenting 43 water supply schemes of the district, said Ms Raji P. Srivastava, Deputy Commissioner, Mansa in a press note issued here on Thursday. She said 22 of these schemes would be completed during the current year.

NAWANSHAHR
TWO ARRESTED: Mr Tulsi Ram, SSP, in a press note issued here on Thursday said the police had arrested two followers of self-styled Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, namely Som Nath of Chak Illahi Baksh village and Gurdip Singh of Tajowal village. They foiled their bid to destroy and hide the banned book “Bhavsagar granth” which was later seized. Cases under Sections 295A and 153A of the IPC have been registered at Rahon police station, added the note.

RALLY HELD: The local unit of the Punjab Students Union held a rally here on Wednesday as part of its “anti-war fortnight”. The fortnight is being observed in the state to educate the youth about real motives of the USA for waging a war against Afghanistan, said Mr Kulwinder Singh Chahal, general secretary of the union.

PATHANKOT
ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Natraj Kala Manch: president — Mr Pardeep Kumar; vice-president — Mr Munish Sethi; general secretary — Mr Rajesh Saini; cashier — Mr Bal Krishen Arora and director — Mr Paramjivi Katoch.

SANGRUR
TRAINING CAMP: Inaugurating a district-level farmers’ training camp here on Wednesday, Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, called upon the farmers to raise the quality of their produce so as to compete in the international market in the wake of WTO policies. The farmers should also adopt agriculture, related-allied ventures such as bee-keeping, fish and pig farming and poultry farm business to enhance their income.

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CHANDIGARH

TALK ORGANISED: A talk on “stress management and anger” was organised at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, here on Thursday. Dr Anuradha Bhandari from the Department of Psychology, Panjab University, was the chief speaker. Mrs Gurdeep Dheer, Head of the Department, proposed a vote of thanks.

AWARENESS CAMP: An AIDS awareness camp was organised at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, here on Thursday. More than 450 college students participated in the drive. Dr C.L.Narang, Director of the NSS, Panjab University, was the chief guest on the occasion. Mrs Vijayalakshmi, Principal of the college, said India faced serious threat from AIDS and it had become imperative for teachers, doctors, parents and students to fight the disease by spreading awareness among masses.

REFRESHER COURSE: A three-week refresher course in Biological Sciences for university teachers was inaugurated at Panjab University here on Thursday. The course commenced at the Department of Botany in the university. The course was inaugurated by Justice D.V.Sehgal. He emphasised the importance of a coordinated approach for the development of science for the welfare of humanity. Prof S.P Khullar, Head of the Department, welcomed the guests.

BOOKS DONATED: Over 220 books were donated to the library of Government College, Sector 46, here on Thursday. The books had been donated by Mr Harbhajan Singh Halwarvi, Editor of Punjabi Tribune. Appreciating the gesture, Maj D.P.Singh, Principal of the college, said some of the books were rare. He said the college hoped that more people would come forward in a similar gesture.

FAIR: Chandikrit Fair was inaugurated by Mr G. K. Marwah, Chairman, Chandigarh Housing Board and secretary of the Social Welfare, UT Administration, at Sector 17 Plaza on Thursday. The fair is being organised by the UT Industries Department.

CASES SETTLED: As many as 197 cases, involving a sum of Rs 75.16 lakh, were settled in a lok adalat organised by the State Bank of Patiala at Sangrur. Such adalats help the banks in early settlement of cases belonging to the people from lower income groups.

POOR AMENITIES: The Sector 40-C Welfare Association of MIG-I Houses on Thursday complained that the sector was devoid of civic amenities. Mr S.K. Khosla, general secretary of the association, said the condition of the roads was deteriorating. This results in frequent accidents. There is no maintenance of the existing parks. Congress grass is a great health hazard for the residents. He said streetlights on the road dividing Sectors 40C and D have not become operational because of a dispute between the Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation over the distribution of work. Stray animals are seen moving about in the entire sector.

PANCHKULA
KISAN CLUB: The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Goyal, has called upon farmers to follow the advice of agriculture experts to adopt new techniques in cultivation for greater yield. He said this while presiding over the monthly meeting of the Kisan Club. He said the next meeting of the club, scheduled for November 12, would revolve around Kharif crop and prevention of ‘kharpatwars’. On the occasion, senior scientist, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dr Banga, urged the youth to take to the farming sector instead of running after jobs. He advised the farmers to use the zero-till machine and bed-planter machine for sowing wheat crop.

FUNCTION: The Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Mr M.S. Yadav, has urged the teachers and representatives of schools and officers of departments to cooperate in maintaining ecological balance, adding that they should participate in a special drive to discourage the use of polythene bags. Speaking at a function organised as part of a campaign launched by the district administration against the use of polythene, Mr Yadav said the Haryana Government had enacted an Act under which throwing of polythene bags, nylon and PVC in streets and drains would be banned.

WALL DEMOLISHED: An unauthorised wall in Bhainsa Tibba village was demolished by employees of the Municipal Council here on Thursday. The demolition was carried out in the presence of the Tehsildar, Mr Ashwini Sharma, and an officer of the MC, Mr O.P. Sihag. Constructed by Darshan Singh and Jarnail Singh, the wall was constructed in the violation of the bylaws and was razed to the ground in police presence.

SAS NAGAR
PROGRAMME: A two-day light and sound programme on Sher-e-Punjab is being organised at Sant Ishar Singh Model School in Phase 7 on Friday. The Public Relations Minister, Mr Natha Singh Dalam, would be the chief guest on the occasion.

CONDEMNED: The Ex-servicemen Grievances Cell of SAS Nagar has condemned the incidents of sacrilege in different parts of Punjab in the past few days. Lieut Col S.S. Sohi (retd), general secretary of the cell, said the issue was discussed at the monthly meeting of the body here on Thursday.

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HARYANA

AMBALA
PLAN REJECTED: The Deputy Commissioner of Ambala, Mr D.D. Gautam, has turned down the building plan of a bungalow located in the Sadar area. The owner of the bungalow had reportedly filed an appeal with the Deputy Commissioner after the building plan had been rejected by the municipal council. The building plan was rejected recently. Mr Gautam said permission would not be granted for any construction that was beyond the original plan. “We do not permit additional construction,” he said.

PHILATELY WORKSHOP: School students on Thursday participated in a philately workshop held at the GPO here. The workshop was organised under the presidentship of Senior Superintendent Posts, Mr N.K. Sharma, on the occasion of Philately Day. The students were from Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 4 and the Convent of Jesus and Mary School. The students were given details about philately and were encouraged to improving their stamp collection. The Manager Speed Post, Mr M.P. Gupta, gave information on different programmes.

BJP MEETING: A meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party was held in the Lal Kurti area regarding the byelection of municipal council, Ambala Sadar ward No. 29. The meeting was presided over by the mandal president, Mr Shish Pal Bhola. Among others, Mr Puroshottam Deshmukh, Mr Ravindra Dhawan, Mr Shubhadesh Mittal, Mr Kamal Jain and Mr Gyan Chand Aggarwal were also present. While addressing the meeting, Mr Bhola said the BJP candidate, Mr Lok Nath, was a suitable person for representing the ward.

BHIWANI
SUICIDE: Kavita (20), daughter of Mahipal, allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a train, near the railway crossing of Krishna Colony here on Wednesday. The cause of the suicide was yet to be ascertained.

WORKSHOP: A workshop on “information and communication technology training” was organised at Halwasia Vidya Vihar by the National Council of Teachers Education. Practical training on issues concerning information and communication technology was imparted to principals and lecturers of Bhiwani and Mahendergarh districts through a computer compact disc.

SUICIDE: An unidentified person allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a train here on Wednesday. The police registered a case and was investigating.

SPECIAL TEAM: The Administration has constituted teams of officers to check the unauthorised storage of fireworks as a precautionary measure following two accidents in the state. At a meeting attended by the City Magistrate, all SDMs, the Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner, the DSPs of Bhiwani and Charkhi Dadri and officers of the Municipal Council and the committee, the Deputy Commissioner directed that cases be registered against all those who unauthorisedly stored firecrackers. He also directed that open spaces should be allotted for the sale of fireworks on Divali.

SONEPAT
RESOLUTION: The district unit of the Sarv Karamchari Maha Sangh, Haryana, has urged the state government to impose a ban on the retrenchment of government and semi-government employees and also asked them not to privatise various government departments. A resolution in this regard was adopted at a district-level convention of the Maha Sangh held here on Wednesday. They also sought immediate acceptance of other pending demands.

SUICIDE: Mr Krishan, an Army jawan, allegedly committed suicide by taking insecticide tablets at his in-laws house at Mahra village, about 40 km from here on Wednesday. According to sources, a tiff with his wife was said to be the cause of the suicide.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
FARMERS’ CAMP: A day— long ginger production camp was organised by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Barthin for farmers of the Badima Jhedwan and Thuraan areas here on Tuesday. Nearly 100 farmers who attended the camp were imparted training with regard to proper timing of sowing, serving fertilisers, removal of weeds and use of pesticides.

ORDER: The District Magistrate cum-Deputy-Commissioner, Mr J.S. Rana has in an order said essential commodities should be sold at fixed rates and that the prices should be prominently displayed in front of the shops. The order also warns shopkeepers and halwais against weighing the carton along with the commodity.

LEGAL CAMP: The Chief Justice of Himachal High Court Mr Justice C.K. Thakkar, will inaugurate a legal literacy camp at Kisan Bhawan on October, 14, said district chairman, District Legal Services Authority and District and Sessions Judge B.S. Chauhan here on Wednesday. The focus of discussion would be the legal services being provided by the authority.

KUMARHATTI
RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among residents of Chandi village against the absence of mathematics teachers in Government Senior Secondary School, Chandi, eversince the teachers were transferred to some other schools six months ago. At a PTA meeting held here on Wednesday, it was decided to appoint persons on a temporary basis till the posts were filled.

BJP MEETING: At a meeting of the BJP Doon Mandal held at Manjhutu village in Surajpur panchayat on Tuesday, party workers appreciated the efforts of the state Chief Minister to enhance development work in the state.

BUS SERVICE: Discontinuation of the HRTC bus service in Charing Cross area of Dagshai is causing inconvenience to residents of the area and surrounding villages. The services were discontinued on the pretext of setting up an Army barrier at the road leading to Charing Cross.

SHIMLA
BOOK RELEASED: The Director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Prof V.C. Srivastava, released a book, “Women and self fictions of Jean Rhys, Barbara Pym and Anita Brookner” at the valedictory function of the workshop on “Women studies Research and Curriculum” here on Wednesday. The book has been written by Dr Rajni Walia, an IUC associate at the institute and senior lecturer in English at Government College, Kotshera, Shimla.

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