Saturday, October 20, 2001, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab Balmik Sabha: president — Mr Darpaul Dara, vice-president — Mr Sushil Kumar, advisor — Mr Budh Ram, cashier — Mr Rajesh Kumar, office secretary — Mr Jatinder, and press secretary — Mr Hari Chand Gill.

EVE TEASERS BOOKED: Two persons, Lily and Vicky have been booked for eve teasing two girls while they were returning from the club late on Wednesday night. Mr Kuldeep Singh, father of the girls has in his complaint alleged that the two boys had also threatened him with a revolver. A case has been registered under Sections 354, 506, 34 of the IPC.

CAR STOLEN: A green Maruti Zen (PB02-AA-6643) belonging to Mr Ramesh Chander was stolen from Shivpuri car stand here on Wednesday. A case has been registered under Section 380 of the IPC.

TRAVEL AGENTS BOOKED: The Barnala police has identified three gangs of travel agents, consisting of eight persons, active in duping innocent people of this region, by promising them jobs in the USA and Canada, stated Mr Kanwarjit Singh Sandhu, SSP, here on Thursday. He said cases under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC had been registered at Dhanaula, Barnala Kotwali and Bhadaur police stations against Avtar Singh and Harcharanpal Singh, alias Pappi, of Delhi, Rajinder Singh and Jasvir Kaur, both of Patiala, Budh Ram Saini and Kulwinder Singh of Jalandhar, Gurdip Kaur and Mohammad Halil of Malerkotla.

RALLY: Mr S. Marriya, Principal, DAV College, here, in a press note issued on Friday said the college, in collaboration with the Arya Samaj- run institutes of the city, would organise a “Vishal Chetna Rally” on November 3. It will be attended by Mr M.L. Khanna, general secretary, DAV College activists, he added.

UNION DEMAND: Mr Ashok Kumar, president, Municipal Employees Union, said in a press note issued here on Friday that the case registered against the Executive Officer of the Rampuraphul Municipal Council should be withdrawn. He threatened that the employees of the Bathinda council would go on strike to press for this demand.

CULTURAL FAIR: Mr Labh Singh, secretary, Adarsh Nagar-Gobind Nagar Cultural Welfare Club, said in a press note issued here on Friday that the club would organise a cultural fair in memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh on Saturday at the NFL Colony amusement park. He said Mr M.K. Varshney, Chief General Manager, district unit of the NFL, would preside over the function.

DURGA PUJA CELEBRATIONS: The Bangiya Samsad would organise cultural functions from Monday to Friday to celebrate Shri Durga Puja festival at Shastri Nagar janj ghar. The functions would comprise competitions and various entertainment programme.

FREE MEDICAL CAMP: A general medical camp was organised at Mai Bhagon College Ramgarh, by Bhai Ghaniyaji Seva Sanstha. Around 425 patients were examined during the camp and medicines were also given to poor people. Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib and Mr Ishar Singh former minister, were special guests on the occasion.

MEDICAL CAMP: Mr Hans Raj Jodha inaugurated a free medical camp at Jwahar Nagar here on Thursday, which was organised by the Citizen Welfare Society. Around 350 patients were inspected on this occasion. Over persons were detected for STD. AIDS awareness cassettes were also distributed.

INVITED: Dr Kuldeep Singh, Consultant Surgeon, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, has been invited to attend an International Conference on Minimally Invasive Surgery at Kowai Medical Centre and Hospital, Coimbatore from Friday. According to a statement, Dr Kuldeep Singh would speak on the new technology for the treatment and surgery of difficult laproscopic Cholecystectomy (gall bladder surgery).

ANNUAL DAY: The Annual Day of the Lodhi Club would be celebrated on October 27, according to Mr B.M. Mahajan general secretary. Playback singer, Abhijeet would perform live on the stage. Mr Mahajan said entry would be through cards and Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, would be the chief guest.

VACCINATION CAMP: A hepatitis-B vaccination camp was organised at New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, on Thursday. Over 250 students and teachers were administered the second dose of the vaccine. The representatives of the Rotary Club assured that similar camps would be held in the school soon. Mr Sunil Maria, president of the school management, and Mr H.C. Gupta, Principal, highlighted the importance and necessity of getting vaccinated against hepatitis B.

SCIENCE EXHIBITION: A two-day science exhibition-cum-declamation contest concluded here on Thursday at Government Senior Secondary School. The exhibition include spot chart making, quiz competitions and environment pollution. Models made by students item from secondary and elementary classes were displayed. GGSSS School won the first prize in quiz competition, and second prize for chart making went to GHS School. Teachers also took part in extempore speeches in which Ms Ranjit Kaur stood first, Ms Kanta Devi came second and Mr Avtar Sing came third. The winners were given mementos by Mr Swaran Singh Barn, Principal of the school.

DCC PROTEST: The District Congress Committee (DCC) led by its president, Mr Sher Singh Gagowal, staged a dharna at the district courts complex on Thursday in protest against the reinduction of Mr George Fernandes into the Council of Ministers. The speakers criticised the Vajpayee government for the reinduction at the time when the Justice Venkataswami Commission constituted to inquire into the Tehelka scandal was yet to give its finding. They also criticised the reinduction of Mr Harin Ramchandra Pathak as the Minister of State for Defence Production when he was facing a criminal case relating to 1984 riots.

KISAN CAMP: Wheat crop will be sown in 1,60,000 hectares as against 1,63,000 hectares during the last year in the district. The area under gram, barley and oilseeds is being enhanced, stated Ms Raji P. Srivastva, Deputy Commissioner, while inaugurating the district-level kisan training camp on Thursday. She stressed the need of holding such camps in every village to apprise the farmers of latest techniques of cultivation. Dr Balbir Singh Sidhu, Joint Director, Agriculture, said. Punseed had received Rs 5 crore for the supply of good quality seed to farmers. The corporation would supply 85,000 quintals of certified seeds at the rate of Rs 1100 per quintal.

OCTROI ABOLITION: The Mansa unit of the Punjab Municipal Workers Union has opposed the abolition of octroi in the state. The union members said it would create unemployment and deprive the people living in the urban areas of basic amenities. They further said that with the income derived from the octroi, the civic bodies not only paid salaries to their employees but also maintained basic amenities like sanitation, sewerage, street lights, roads and water supply etc.

APPOINTED: Capt Amarinder Singh, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), has appointed Mr Tej Pal Malwa, a senior Congress leader of the district, as special invitee to the executive committee of the PPCC.

PROCUREMENT: The deputy commissioner on Friday said that so far various government agencies had purchased 1,62,562 MT of paddy in the district as against only 64,005 MT purchased during the corresponding period last year. She further said that 81 per cent of the paddy had already been lifted from the purchase centres. A sum of Rs 44.94 crore has already been paid to the farmers, she added.

ALLEGATIONS: Mr Baldev Singh, block president, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta), alleged that no inspector of any government agency had visited the Aila Kalan purchase centre of paddy. He stated here on Thursday that the farmers were waiting for 20 days for the sale of paddy. He further alleged that the commission agents were not issuing “pucca bills” for the purchase of paddy and only “kachi parchi” was being given.

DOWRY CASE: The police has booked Kuldip Singh, husband, Karnail Singh, father-in-law and Surinder Kaur, mother-in-law, residents of Dhanna Cheema village at Qadian police station for allegedly misappropriating the dowry articles of Baljit Kaur. The police has registered a case against the in-laws under Section 406, 498A, 34 of the IPC.

QUIZ CONTEST: S.K. Gupta, general secretary, on Friday said the Indian Association of Biology Teachers (Colleges) in collaboration with Government Mohindra College will organise the 5th Punjab State Inter-College Biology Quiz Contest at Government Mohindra College here on Saturday. 

EMPLOYEES UNION: The Class-IV Government Employees Union has decided to observe Black Day on Tuesday in protest against the callours attitude of the Punjab Government in implementing demands of its employees stating this here on Friday general secretary and president of the union, Mr Roop Lal Bagha and Mr Darshan Singh Labana, respectively, said a procession would be held to mark the protest.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Dr Manjit Singh has been elected President of the Punjab Professional Social Workers Association at a meeting held here on Friday. Other elected members are; vice-president — Mr Sukhminder Singh; secretary — Mr Jupiter Sharma; press secretary — Dr Dharam Pal Singh; and treasurer — Mr Hardeep Kaur.

ROAD TAX: The Private Bus Operators Union on Friday demanded that various categories of the Special Road Tax (SRT) should be reduced keeping in view the route permits allotted to bus operators. Giving this information, senior vice-president of the Union, Mr Manjit Singh, said a delegation of the union met the Punjab CM, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, on Friday and demanded reduction in the SRT.

ELECTORAL ROLLS: Electoral rolls in the district would be revised from November 3 to November 29. Anyone who has attained the age of 18 on January, 2002, can apply for enlistment as voter within the said period. The district election officer, Mr Gurinder Singh Grewal, gave this information in a press note issued here on Thursday.

APPROVED: The Sangrur District Planning and Development Board at its meeting held here under the chairmanship of Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Food and Supplies Minister, Punjab, on Thursday approved Rs 2.79 crore for various development works in the district. Of this amount, Rs 72 lakh has been approved for the “shagun schemes”, Rs 44 lakh for the nutrition scheme, Rs 47 lakh for the Central assistance schemes, Rs 40 lakh for the rural primary schools and another Rs 20 lakh for the rural sanitation scheme.



MARRIAGE PERFORMED: The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Women today solemnised the marriage of Ms Devi Kaur with Mr Balvir Singh. The girl belongs to the weaker section of society.

Ms Poonam Sharma , president of the society, urged social organisations to help arrange such marriages as these would help in curbing the evil of dowry and casteism. She also urged NGOs to create social awareness about female infanticide and female foeticide as the declining female-male ratio was a dangerous development which should be checked.

DISTRIBUTED: About 40 sewing machines were distributed to needy women at Sultanpur and Paploha villages by the Minister of State for Social Welfare, Mr Risal Singh, here on Friday. The women were also given certificates for tailoring course. 

SANCTIONED: The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has sanctioned Rs 10 lakh for Lalchand Research Library, DAV College, Chandigarh, for scientific preservation, repair and restoration of sanskrit manuscripts. The library has more than 10,000 manuscripts dating back to the 14th century on paper, palm leaf and berch bark and 9,000 old and rare books on a variety of subjects.

BABY SHOW: The local unit of the Ranbaxy Community Healthcare organised a healthy baby show at Sahaurran village in Ropar district, near here on Friday. During the contest the mothers were informed about the health status of their children, hygiene, nutrition and immunisation. Dr R.S. Saggu, Chief Medical Officer, Ropar, honoured the organisers of the show. A team of doctors headed by Dr J.S. Thakur from GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, examined the participants. 



THREE ARRESTED: The police has arrested three hardcore criminals following an encounter at Hansi near here on Wednesday. The police has recovered a .30 bore carbine, two pistols and 28 live cartridges from them.

SUICIDE: A 10th class girl, Rekha allegedly committed suicide by jumping before the Shatabadi train near Samalkha railway station, about 30 km from here, on Thursday. According to the police, she took this extreme step as she was mentally unwell. In another case, Joginder allegedly committed suicide by consuming insecticide tablets in his house at Ganaur town, 16 km from here, on Friday. A family feud was stated to be the cause of the suicide.

DISTRIBUTED: Mr Ashok Yadav, Additional Deputy Commissioner, gave Rs 12 lakh to certain gram panchayats at a function held at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here on Thursday. According to official sources, this amount has been allocated for undertaking development works under the Sarkar Aap-Ke-Dwar programme launched by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala.

SERVICES TERMINATED: Mr Ashok Yadav, Additional Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman of the managing committee of the Chhotu Ram Educational Society has terminated the services of 12 teachers and employees of CRZ Senior Secondary School, Sonepat, following the vacation of the stay order issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


LEGAL CAMP: A “Legal literacy camp” was held at Ghumarwin, near here, on Wednesday. It was prsided over by Mr S.K.Chaudhary, member secretary, HP State Legal Services Authority. Mr Chaudhary appealed to the people to launch an awareness campaign regarding free legal aid being provided to the weaker sections in the state. The participants were also addressed by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr S.L. Sharma, the Additional CJM, Mr Purender Vaidya, the Ghumarwin Bar Association President, Mr Gianchand Rattan and the SDM , Mr Subhash Nanda.

27 ARRESTED: Twentyseven Congress Seva Dal leaders drawn from various parts of the state, including their chief organiser, Baldev Thakur, and five women members, were arrested by the police here on Wednesday under Sections 107 and 151 of the Cr PC while they were trying to demonstrate against the BJP “vikas yatra rally”, which was addressed by the Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal. Two policemen received injuries as the leaders resisted the arrest.

CAR RECOVERED: The Kangra police on Wednesday night arrested four teenagers for stealing a Maruti car from Kotwali Bazar in Dharamsala and recovered the stolen car from them. The additional police chief, Mr N.D.Sareen, said the car (no HP 02-5101) was stolen on Wednesday evening. Those arrested are Jai Shanker, Bhola Shanker and Sunil Kumar, all residents of Bhadoi village, near Dharamsala, and Sanjoo of Dadno.

CONGRESS DHARNA: The District Congress Committee activists held a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Thursday on a call given by the All-India Congress Committee against the reinduction of Mr George Fernandes into the Council of Ministers. They submitted a memorandum to the President of India, through the Deputy Commissioner. Mr Satya Prakash Thakur, spokesman for the party, said they also demanded a judicial inquiry into the lathi charge on the Congress workers at Bilaspur on Wednesday.

HUSBAND HELD: Raksha Devi of Paonta Sahib died on Wednesday. The police has arrested her husband, Lal Singh, on the complaint of her brother, Mr Dharam Pal Sharma. It was alleged in the complaint that Lal Singh used to harass the deceased by demanding money from her.

CULTURAL FUNCTION: The Student’s Central Association (SCA) organised a cultural function on the Himachal Pradesh University campus here on Thursday. Folk dances from Himachal Pradesh and Punjabi bhangra drew a loud applause from the students. Mr Narinder Bragta, Horticulture Minister, was the chief guest.

EU PROJECT: The European Union (EU) has sanctioned Rs 2.10 crore to to Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry for a project on the development of an integrated approach for disease management of apple and pear crops. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof R.P. Awasthi, told mediapersons here on Thursday that the proposed five-year project would mainly concentrate on conducting researches on scab and powdery mildew. The VC said the EU had already released a sum of Rs 42 lakh for the first year of the project. 


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