Tuesday, October 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


AKHAND PATH BHOG: The bhog of Sri Akhand Path was performed at various Gurdwaras at Pohir, Dhulkote, Dehlon, Rangoowal, Jagera, Lehra, Butahri, Kalarh, Sahran Majra, Maherma, and other villages of the area, on Sunday and Monday. They were performed to express remorse over the incidents of sacrilege of ‘birs’ of Guru Granth Sahib by the followers of Baba Bhaniarawala at various places in the state. Mr Nusrat Abram Khasa Bagga, Minister for Sports, attended bhog at the local gurdwara. Mr Jagjit Singh Ghungrana, chairman, Punjab Agro Corporation, attended bhog at Ghungrana village.

AWARDED: The Sahitya Vichar kendra on Sunday presented the Bawa Balwant award to Sharan Makkar for his poetic composition at Guru Teg Bahadur College for Women here. Dr K.S. Kang, president of the kendra, spoke. Dr Hari Singh Kharha’s book “Baba Farid and Guru Nanak” was also released on the occasion.

CLASS IV UNION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Class IV Government Employees Union, Bathinda: president — Mr Sham Sunder; vice-president — Mr Jagdish Kumar; general secretaries — Mr M.S. Negi and Mr Prem Kumar; finance secretary — Mr Baisakh Singh; and press secretary — Mr Arjan.

ETT TEACHERS: The unemployed ETT teachers will hold a meeting at Ludhiana on October 17 (Wednesday) to discuss the delay of appointments of primary teachers, according to Jagpreet Singh, co-convener of the Union of Unemployed ETT Teachers on Sunday.

SEMINAR: A seminar on the ‘Role of Quantitative Techniques’ was organised in the local DAV College, as part of the platinum jubilee celebration, programme here on Sunday. Dr Amarjit Singh Sethi from Punjab School of Economics (GNDU) spoke on the subject. Mr Kamal Chaudhry, former MP, presided.

APPOINTED: Mr Baljit Singh Virk, has been appointed president of the district youth Congress, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, president, All-India Youth Congress.

ANNUAL CONVENTION: Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, would be the chief guest at the annual convention of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab to be held on Saturday at Hotel Sheba here, according to Mr N.S. Nanda, president of the association. Mr Nanda said a memorandum listing outstanding demands of the association would be submitted to him. The association would request the chief minister to announce a special package for the relaxation of taxes on the hotel industry which was in crisis. The Chief Minister would also be honoured with the Panjab Gaurav award by the association on the occasion. A food festival and a cultural programme would also be presented, he added.

TOP POSITIONS: Students of the Malwa Central College of Education for Women, have bagged top three positions in the Master of Education (M.Ed) Examination conducted by Panjab University this year. Miss Ekta Sharma has scored first position by securing 443 out of 600 marks. Ms Sandhya Joneja with 442 and Gurpreet Kaur with 436 have been declared 2nd and 3rd in the University, respectively. OC

ELECTED: The following persons have been elected office-bearers of the BJP unit of Kabir Nagar, Davba: president —Mr Inderjit Singh; vice presidents—Mr Jarnail Singh and Mr Gurtez Singh; general secretary—Mr Rajan Bajaj; secretary—Mr Balwinder Singh and executive members—Mr R.B. Yadav, Mr Sunil Sharma, Mr Dinesh Kumar, Mr Pal Singh and Mrs Amarjit Kaur Verma.

PADDY PURCHASED: Ms Raji P. Srivastva, Deputy Commissioner, said on Monday that various government agencies had purchased 1,06,884 metric tonnes of paddy so far in the district as against only 29,231 metric tonnes during the corresponding period last year. She further said 82 per cent of paddy had been lifted from purchase centres and payment worth Rs 27.65 crore made to farmers.

APPOINTED: Capt Amarinder Singh, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), has appointed Mr Brij Lal Yadav, former district Congress chief and Prof Jiwan Dass Bawa, a senior Congress leader of the Sardulgarh area, as the special invitees to the executive committee of the PPCC.

CONDEMNED: The Punjab Radical Students Union president, Mr Amarjit Raju, said here on Monday that principals of engineering colleges and other authorities were trying to throttle the agitation of students against enhancement of fees. He said the Principal of Giani Zail Singh College for Engineerng and Technology, Bathinda, had forcibly got the college hostel vacated from students. He alleged that the college authorities were now pressuring students to furnish written apology. He condemned the attitude of the authorities and assured full cooperation to the students.

MEDICAL CAMP: The local Rotary Club and the Rotaract Club organised a skin treatment camp here on Sunday. A team of doctors led by Dr Radha Rani Mittal examined nearly 400 patients. The pateints were provided medicines free of cost. Mr Ashwani Kumar, president, Rotaract Club, said the club would soon organise a camp for the prevention of hepatitis-B.

SEMINAR ON LEGAL AID: The District Legal Services Authority and the Rotary Club, Banga, jointly organised a seminar at Guru Nanak College for Women, Banga, 12 km from here, on Saturday on free legal aid schemes and lok adalats. Mr M.M. Aggarwal, District and Sessions Judge, Jalandhar-cum-Chairman of the DLSA, Nawanshahr presided over the seminar. Mr Aggarwal stressed the need of involving panchayats and social organisations to popularise the institution of lok adalat.

MEDICAL CAMP: The local Arya Samaj, the Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, jointly organised a medical check-up camp here at the Arya Samaj Mandir on Sunday. Nearly 4000 patients were examined. Medicines and food were to distributed free among the patients.

MEDAL CEREMONY: The Dr K.C. Saronwala Memorial Oration and Medals Ceremony was held at Government Medical College here on Monday. Dr Ravinder Singh, Principal, Medical College, gave away medals to the toppers of surgery in the MBBS examination. Dr S.N. Mehta, Head of the General Surgery and kidney Transplantation Department of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, was the orator. Dr Naveen Saronwala, trustee, also spoke on the occasion.

SCIENCE QUIZ: Government High School, Nain Kalan, and Government Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, Patiala, have won the finals of the inter-school science quiz at the district level in rural and urban sections, respectively. The quiz held at Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Model Town, was conducted by the Punjab Academy of Sciences and the Regional Chapter Indian Science Congress Association. Government High School, Agoul, and C.M. Model School, Rajpura, secured the second position, while Government High School, Rajgarh, and Atma Ram Kumar Sabha School, Patiala, secured the third position in the rural and urban categories, respectively. The function was inaugurated by Dr B.S. Bhatia, Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala, and the prizes were given by Mr Kharak Singh Cheema, District Education Officer, while it was presided over by Prof R.C. Sobti of Panjab University.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Chanan Singh has been elected President of the Sewak Colony Vikas Society during a meeting held here recently. Other office-bearers are: vice-presidents — Mr Mohan Lal and Mr Hardev Singh Walia; general-Secretary — Mr Karnail Singh; and joint secretaries — Mr R.D. Verma and Mr Karam Singh.

FAREWELL FUNCTION: Gen Aditya Singh was given farewell by staff and students of the Army Institute of Law (AIL) during a function held here recently. He has been posted as chairman of the management committee of AIL. He urged the students of the institute to achieve higher positions in judicial services.

MEETING: A delegation of the Punjab State Employees Union met the Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, here, and held discussions about its demands. The demands comprised hike in old-age allowance, increment of Rs 20 to the Home Guard jawans and pension to teachers working in private schools and colleges.

POLYTECHNIC ENGINEERS: Mr Jagdev Singh Kaleka has been elected president of the Punjab Polytechnic Engineers Association during a meeting held here recently. Other members of the association are senior vice-president — Mr Amarjit Singh Dukhi; general secretary — Mr Narinderpal Singh Lamba; and treasurer — Mr Kashmir Das. The executive members are: Ms Gurwinder Kaur, Navneet Walia, Mr Bahadur Singh, Ms Jagminder Kaur, Mr Raj Kumar, Mr Devinder Singh Virk and Mr Rajiv Gupta.

PRTC UNION: The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation Workers’ Union (AITUC) on Monday, in a press note, said it had sent a notice to the Secretary, RTA, following the loss incurred by the PRTC due to the issuance of old time-table. Giving this information, the AITUC president, Mr Sukhdev Singh Pandhera, said the old time-table has caused huge financial loss to the PRTC. In the notice the Union demanded the withdrawal of the time table within seven days, failing which a dharna would be observed in front of the office of Secretary, RTA.

MEDICAL CONFERENCE: The annual multi-speciality national conference of Indian Medical Association and its academic wings, including college of general practitioners, will be held at New Delhi from December 27 to December 29, according to Dr Raman Aggarwal, chairman, College of General Practitioners, IMA Punjab.

RELIEF SOUGHT FOR SSI: The Federation of Phagwara Small Industries have urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to provide some relief to small scale industrialists. Mr Sudesh Sharma and Mr Rajwant Singh Jhikka, president and secretary general respectively, of the federation, have said the industrialists would not pay their electricity bills if power supply continues to be erratic.

HAILED: Dr Balwant Singh Chahal, president, Sikh Budhijivi Council, and additional secretary, Nankana Sahib Public School, on Monday expressed gratitude to Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, for extending Mr Jagjit Singh Talwandi’s term as chairman of the PSIEC for two years. He stated that the PSIEC would continue to contribute towards the development of the state.

FUNCTION: A function was held at the Government School, Naulari, 10 km from here, on Monday, to mark its upgradation from high school to the senior secondary level. The function was inaugurated by Jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnian, a member of SGPC. The schoolchildren presented a variety show at the function. Besides, 50 cheques, worth Rs 5,100 each, were also distributed under the shagan scheme on the occasion.

CLASS IV STAFF: A meeting of Class IV Government Employees Union was held here on Sunday under the presidentship of Mr Dukh Haran. Union members demanded the release of bonus before Divali.



MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the National Integrated Medical Association at the annual general body meeting: president — Dr Sanjeev Goyal; vice-president — Dr G.D. Mehta; general secretary — Dr Ashwani Malhotra; joint secretary — Dr Sukhjinder Kumar; finance secretary — Dr Varinder Khanna; press secretary — Dr Anoop Goyal; central council member — Dr Jagjit Singh; and legal adviser — Dr R.K. Gupta.

RE-ELECTED: Ms Poonam Sharma has been re-elected president of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty. A press note issued by the society said during the her earlier tenure, Ms Sharma had taken up various issues on women welfare. These included providing money for marriage of poor girls, free legal aid to poor women and promoting adult education.

LECTURE: The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Panjab University and Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation (Chandigarh Chapter), jointly organised a public lecture on “Free Radicals, Aging and Diseases” by Dr R. Prasad, a Chicago-based Professor, at the CSIO campus here on Monday, according to a press note.



ANTHRAX DISEASE: A pharmaceutical manufacturer, Mr G.D. Chhibber, on Monday explained about the causes and prevention from the deadly anthrax disease. A press note said war against terrorism had exposed mankind to the infection of anthrax bacteria. It is a highly infectious disease of animals and is transmitted to man by contact with animals or their products, the statement said. Mr Chhibber said prevention was to avoid contaminated meat and highly polluted areas.

SCOOTER RECOVERED: It was a good effort by the local police which enabled the recovery of a scooter belonging to a journalist of a Hindi daily on Monday. Less than 24 hours after the scooter of R.P. Mittal, Chief of Bureau, Dainik Jagran, was stolen near the Sanatan Dharam Mandir, Ambala Cantonment, the police recovered the scooter from Ambala City. The police team led by SHO Ambala Sadar Randhir Verma recovered the scooter and the police is hopeful of recovering a few more stolen vehicles.

ELECTIONS: Annual elections to the Ambala Junior Chamber for the year 2002 were held at the Railway Club, Ambala Cantonment. The new office-bearers are: president — Mr Vishal Chona; vice-presidents — Mr Anjan Monga, Mr Arun Saini, Mr Viresh Bajaj and Mr Vikas Chona; secretary — Mr Vivek Jain; joint secretary — Mr Surinder Sethi; and treasurer — Mr Jagdeep Sodhi. The board members are Mr Deepak Jain, Mr Rishi Raj, Mr Ambug Aggarwal, Mr Shiv Sharma, Mr Krishma Goel, Mr Ajinder Manchanda, Mr Vishal Kaushik, Mr Arvind Manchanda, Mr Vikas Verma, Mr Rishabh Bhardwaj and Mr Jitender Dhillon.

PRESS CLUB: A special meeting of the local Press Club was held on Sunday Ahata Sarai Masjid to nominate the new executive committee of the club. The following have been nominated: president — Madan Sarhali; vice-president — Surrender Mehra; general secretary — Raj Kumar Chandel; and treasurer: Komal Romela; Capt M.M. Bhandari, president of the Press Club, Parwanoo, will be chief adviser of the Kalka Press Club. Tarsem Narayan and Rajesh Kaushal have been nominated executive members of the club.

ROBBERY: Six motor cycle borne youth reportedly looted Rs 30,000, a gun and six cartridges from a petrol station near Asthal Bohar village on the National Highway No 10 on Sunday. Six youths got their vehicles filled with petrol, snatched the gun and cartridges from the employee of the station and tied him up with ropes, looted the money and sped away.

QUIZ CONTEST: Mastermind-2001, a national level quiz contest, was organised by the Tilak Raj Chadha Institute of Management and Technology here on Saturday. Twenty teams from different states participated in the competition. Dr K.L. Johar, former Vice-Chancellor, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, and General Secretary, TIMT, advised the young generation to serve the nation and society

SEMINAR: “Terrorism should be curbed at all levels” said Dr Hawa Singh, Registrar, Kurukshetra University, at a seminar on “International terrorism” organised by the Commerce Association of Maharaja Agrasen College, Jagadhari on Saturday.

ONE DEAD: A person, who was injured in a clash between two groups, at Tirath Nagar near here, on Saturday night, succumbed to his injuries at PGI on Sunday. Rajesh 30, who ran an electric shop, was wounded in the clash with the neighbouring shopkeepers. The police has registered a case against Parmod, Arvind, Anand and Guddy under Sections 304/34 of the IPC.

CYCLIST KILLED: Ram Avtar 36, a resident of Kail village, in Yamunanagar district, died when his cycle was hit by a vehicle at Bhatauli village, near here on the Jagadhri-Ambala road on Sunday night. He was admitted to the civil hospital, Jagadhri where he succumbed to his injuries. The Jagadhri police has registered a case.



DALIT SAMMELAN: A Dalit sammelan was organised by the district unit of the Bharatiya Janta Party here on Monday. Mrs Urmila Thakur, Parliamentary Secretary and Mr Ganga Ram Teja, Member, National Commission for Safai Karamcharis were present at the function. Mrs Thakur said the government had decided to set up a community house at Sujanpurtira for night stay.

SESSION HELD: Mr Ramesh Dhawala, IPH Minister, presided over the second general session of the state IPH Junior Engineers Association here at Bachat Bhavan on Sunday. Mr S.K. Angaria, state president of the association, gave a demand charter to the minister. Mr Angaria was re-elected president of the association. Mr H.K. Sharma, Mr R.K. Chandel and Mr Kultar Sapiya were elected senior vice-president, general secretary and treasurer, respectively.


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