Sunday, October 21, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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PUNJAB

AMLOH
PROTEST MARCH: The Bhadson unit of the class IV Government Employees Union in a meeting chaired by Mr Kuldeep Singh Sarkrali decided to participate in a protest march by wearing black sashes on Tuesday in Patiala against the state government for its failure to implement the accepted demands of the employees. Mr Balbir Singh Shahpur and Mr Kuldeep Singh Raiawal in a joint statement here on Saturday stated that the Punjab Government had not released the bonus to its employees since 1997, awarded no promotion channel at four, nine and 14 years of service, stagnation in the price of uniforms for the past 10 years, award of 15 per cent house rent allowance and no increase in special allowance for performing risk duty, including chowkidars, and regularisation of services of work charge, daily wagers, ad hoc and part-time employees.

AMRITSAR
TWO BOOKED: Satnam Singh and Sarabjeet Kaur of Chheharta have been booked for threatening to kill Gurmeet Singh of the same area. Gurmeet alleged that the duo had borrowed Rs 20,000 from him and refused to return the money.

LOUDSPEAKERS BANNED: Mr Narinderjit Singh, District Magistrate, has banned the use of loudspeakers in the walled city under Section 144 till December 9. According to the order, one can use the loudspeakers only after the written permission from the Subdivisional Magistrate concerned.

FIVE BOOKED: The Sadar police has registered a case under Sections 403, 406, 411 and 420 of the IPC against Jugal Kishore, Sumit Gaurav all residents of the Lawrence Road, and Vijay Kumar and Ravinder Kumar, both residents of the Race Course road, here, for defaulting on payment of loan, to Punjab National Bank.

PROTESTED: The District Congress Committee (DCC) has, in a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner protested the reinduction of Mr George Fernandes into the Union Cabinet as the Defence Minister. The block president, other office-bearers and thousands of DCC workers who had gathered at the DC office here on Thursday criticised the reappointment of Mr Fernandes.

DOWRY CASE: Ms Rajan Kaur has accused her husband Balwinder Singh, a resident of Machhiwara, of maltreating and harassing her for dowry. A case has been registered under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC at Jandiala police station against Balwinder Singh, his father Makhan Singh of Nizampura, brother Amrik Singh and his wife Manjit Kaur.

BLANKETS SEIZED: The economic offences wing of the Delhi police has seized a large number of blankets of a fake brand from two parties in New Delhi on the basis of a complaint lodged by Kochar Sun-Up Acrylic Ltd, Amritsar, according to Mr Mohinder Singh Kochar, the managing director of the company. The police has arrested two persons under Section 420, IPC, under the copyright Act, Section 63 and the Trademark Act, Sections 78 and 79.

AWARENESS PROGRAMME: The All-India Women’s conference local branch organised an awareness generation programme at Maqboolpura village, here on Thursday. It was sponsored by the central board of the conference, New Delhi, through the Punjab State Social Advisory Board, Chandigarh. A free homoeopathic camp was also conducted.

GURMAT SAMAGAM: A “gurmat samagam” was organised by the Sikh Students Federation as part of its anti-drug addiction campaign. Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan, secretary, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee expressed concern over this increasing social evil.

INVITED: Dr S.K. Malhotra, a senior consultant at the department of Skin and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital and Government Medical College has been invited on a scholarship by the European AIDS Clinical Society to present his research work on clinical aspects and treatment of HIV infection at the 8th European Conference beginning October 28 in Athens, Greece. He has also been invited by the International Society of Pharmacovigilance to attend its first conference at Tunisia-Carthage (Africa).

NOMINATED: The president of Khalsa College governing council has nominated Mr Bhag Singh Ankhi as the honorary secretary and Mr Gunbir Singh as the additional honorary secretary of the council.

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: A photography workshop was held at the BBK DAV College for Women here on Thursday. Renowned photographer, Gurpal Singh, interacted with the students of Bachelor of Design and gave them tips on photography.

PAINTING COMPETITION: An on-the-spot painting competition was organised by the Rotary Club of Amritsar Cantt here on Thursday. The students of BBK DAV College for Women won the overall trophy for best college in painting.

NSS CAMP: The NSS volunteers of BBK DAV College for Women organised a 10-day NSS camp at Neshta village, near Atari border. The vice-principal of the college, Mrs V. Kashyap, has in a press note issued here said girls from the home science department provided training in making pickles and jams to women participants of the village. An exhibition to create awareness on environment, aids and drug abuse was also organised.

BATHINDA
RALLY: The Punjab State Pharmacists’ Association has threatened to gherao the Health Minister, Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, and to hold a rally at Lambi on November 18. Mr Bhoj Raj, vice-president, in a press note issued here on Saturday said the association had urged Mr Badal to remove anomalies in their pay scales, to create the post of Deputy Director, Pharmacy, and District Pharmacy Officer, patient care allowance, framing of transfer rules, to regularise the services of pharmacists working on 89 days basis and right of prescription in rural areas in case of absence of doctors.

CAR STOLEN: A car owned by Dr Gurcharan Singh, SMO, Nathana, was stolen from the local Tehsil Complex on Friday. In an FIR lodged with the police, Dr Gurcharan Singh said he had gone to the Tehsil Complex to execute a sale deed.

VACCINATION CAMP: The Lions Club Bathinda Classic (LCBC) will organise a hepatitis - B vaccination camp on Sunday at different places in the city. Mr S.P. Garg, president of the club, in a press note issued on Saturday said the people would be vaccinated at the camp on concessional prices.

FESTIVAL CONCESSION: Mr C.R. Khajuria, senior regional manager, Punjab National Bank, said keeping in view the coming festival season, the bank had decided to provide concessions to the public for availing loans under the personal segment scheme. In a press note issued here on Saturday, Mr Khajuria said processing fee on consumer, car, personal, pension and housing loans had been waived. The interest rate on personal and consumer loans has been reduced by 0.5 per cent, he added.

TWO INJURED: Two persons were seriously injured when a bus hit a tractor-trailer near Ganesha Basti on the Bathinda-Goniana road here on Saturday. The tractor-trailer was going on the wrong side of the road when the accident took place. Both the injured were travelling on the tractor. The driver of the bus fled from the spot.

DORAHA
RHEUMATOLOGY CAMP: The Sidhu Hospital organised a rheumatology camp here on Saturday. Dr Romesh Arora Rheumatologist of Apollo hospital, and his team examined the patients. Talking to newsperson, Dr Arora said now the disease could be treated better with more effective diseases modifying drugs and physiotherapy. Early detection and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis was the key to preventing the later deformities and morbidity. Speaking on the occasion, Dr R.S. Sidhu, general secretary of the Ludhiana Orthopaedic Association, said there had been a rise in the number of such cases in the past few years. Dr Romesh Arora later addressed members of the association on “recent advances in rheumatology”. Over 40 delegates attended this meet.

DERABASSI
INTER-SCHOOL CONTEST: An inter-school (ICSE schools) extempore competition was held at Col V.R. Mohan DAV Public School, here. Seven schools from Chandigarh, SAS Nagar, Panchkula and Derabassi participated in the event. Running trophies were won by St Stephen’s School (Group A) and YPS, SAS Nagar (Group B). Ms Rakesh Sachdeva, Principal, DAV, Sector 15, Chandigarh, and Mrs Jaya Bhardwaj, Principal, DAV, SAS Nagar, gave away prizes and trophies and stressed upon the need of discipline in one’s life. Mrs Jyoti Agnihotri, Principal of the host school, while congratulating the winners stressed upon the need for developing better communicating skills. The following are the results of the extempore contest: Group A: — Vimmy, Little Flower School, Panchkula; — Devashish, St Stephen School, Chandigarh, 2 and; Sahil Wadhwa, St Kabir Public School, Chandigarh, and Nehmat Kaur, YPS, SAS Nagar, 3. Group B: Simarpreet, YPS, SAS Nagar, 1; and Ambri Pukhraj, YPS, SAS Nagar, 2.

DHURI
ADHYAPAK DAL: The Adhyapak Dal, Punjab, has demanded the removal of the DPI (Schools), Punjab, for his malevolent attitude towards teachers. In a press note, Mr Nachhater Singh Jahangir, president of the Adhyapak Dal, Punjab, has said the dal will take out protest rally and hold a dharna in front of the office of the DPI (Schools), Punjab, at Chandigarh on October 24.

FARIDKOT
VOTER I-CARDS: The work for the preparation of voter identity cards in the Kotkapura Assembly constituency will start from October 23, said Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, in a press note on Saturday. He has requested the voters who could not get their I-cards earlier to avail the opportunity. The deputy commissioner made it clear that the electorate would not be able to cast their vote without the identity card.

HEALTH PLAN: The Faridkot Elders Service Society has formulated a plan for proper healthcare of the school going children in this block. Schools in 30 villages around the Sadiq area have been identified to start the scheme. Medical aid and other facilities will be provided to the needy students, said Mr Jagmohan Singh Brar, president of the society, here on Saturday. The programme will be launched from November 8.

HOSHIARPUR
DHARNA: BSNL employees held a dharna in front of the office of the General Manager, Telecom, on Thursday in protest against the government policy of disinvestment of the profit-making PSUs. They also took out a rally in support of their demands. Mr Balbir Singh, circle secretary of the BSNL Employees Union, Punjab, said the union would be compelled to take direct action if the demands were not accepted.

KAPURTHALA
COMPLAINTS HEARD: Thirty seven complaints were heard at a meeting of the “Dastak” here on Thursday. Ms Gurpreet Deo, SSP, presided over the meeting. Fourteen complaints were redressed while 23 complaints were entrusted to officials concerned for enquiry.

LUDHIANA
SHABAD CONTEST: An inter-school shabad gayan contest marked the silver jubilee function of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, here on Saturday. Over 20 schools from Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana participated in the contest. The team of Guru Amar Das Public School, Jalandhar, won the first prize. Satguru Partap Singh Academy, Bhaini Sahib, was declared second. Students from DAV Public School, Amritsar, won the third prize. Consolation prizes went to the teams of Guru Nanak International Public School, BCM Shastri Public School, and Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha. In tabla competition, Harpreet Singh from Nankana Sahib Public School, was declared the winner followed by Amarjot from Sawmi Sant Public School, Jalandhar, and Puneet Singh from Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Sangrur.

PATIALA
BANK PANEL CHIEF: Mr B.M. Jain, general manager, State Bank of Patiala, has been nominated president of the Central Sports Committee of the bank. According to him, the bank will organise tournaments in various sports disciplines.

SAMRALA
EYE CAMP: A four-day eye camp that was organised by the Tony Alankar Memorial Trust Kubbe at Waryam Stadium concluded here on Saturday. Thirty three eye operations and 300 eye check-ups were performed by Dr Romesh of Mansooran and over 100 persons filled the forms for donating their eyes. The bhog of sri akhand path was also performed in the memory of Toni Slankar son of Mr Devi Dayal, kabaddi player. Jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnian, member SGPC, Mr Behari Lal Saddi and Prof B.S. Pannu addressed the congregation. The students and staff of Kubbe School also participated in which langar was also organised. 

TARN TARAN
ANGANWADI UNION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the block unit of the Anganwadi Mulajim Union, Punjab: president — Ms Beant Kaur; vice-president — Ms Kuldeep Kaur; secretary — Ms Jasbir Kaur; assistant secretary — Ms Kanwaljit Kaur; treasurer — Ms Rachhpal Kaur; and assistant treasurer — Ms Sukhwinder Kaur.

DOWRY CASE: Savita of the Jagdamba colony has got a case registered against her husband, Narinder Kumar, Mehar Chand, father-in-law, Godawari, mother-in-law, and Devinder, brother-in-law, for allegedly harassing her for dowry at the Sadar police station.

ZIRAKPUR
MEDICAL CAMP: Nearly 300 students were examined in a free medical check-up camp organised by Little Angle Public School, Bartana, near here, on Saturday. Mrs Rani Razdan, Principal of the school, said students and children from the surrounding villages were also examined.

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HARYANA

AMBALA
SILVER JUBILEE: The MT Ambala City branch of the State Bank of India organised a poetry recitation and declamation contest at Dua National Model School here on Saturday on the eve of the silver jubilee of the bank. The winners were given away prizes by Mr S.K. Gupta, chief manager. The branch also distributed food, sweets and fruits among blind students. 

FATEHABAD
PROCUREMENT: Government procurement agencies have so far procured 2.02 lakh metric tonnes of paddy out of the total 2.26 lakh metric tonnes that arrived in various grain markets in the district, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr O.P. Indora, said while addressing senior functionaries of various procurement agencies here on Thursday.

VOTERS’ LIST: An increase of 9.55 per cent in the number of voters has been recorded in this district in the recently concluded first phase of revision of electoral rolls. The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, Mr O.P. Indora, told mediapersons here on Thursday that as against 4,83,130 voters in four Assembly constituencies of this district till October 12, the number now stood at 5,29,247.

HISAR
POONIA CASE: The Judicial Magistrate, Mr Rajeev Goyal, on Thursday extended the judicial remand of Sanjeev Kumar, husband of Sonia, who allegedly killed eight members of her family, including her father, Mr Relu Ram Poonia, a former legislator, for another 14 days. He was produced in the court after the expiry of his earlier remand.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

CHAMBA
WASTELAND PROJECT: The Union Ministry of Rural Development has recently approved an Integrated Wasteland Development Project costing Rs 97.66 lakh, which was specially designed for Chamba district. Announcing this here on Thursday, Mr Kishori Lal, Himachal Industries Minister, said the amount would be utilised for the development of wastelands and making soil more fertile for boosting agriculture production.

PROBE DEMANDED: Mr Thakur Singh, a former legislator from Bharmour, has demanded an inquiry into the large-scale irregularities in the use of funds under the Integrated Watershed Development Project in the Bharmour tribal area of Chamba district a few months ago.

‘VIKAS YATRA’: The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has decided to launch a mass awareness campaign against the “vikas yatra” launched by the BJP-led government. In a communique issued here on Thursday, Congress leaders described the “vikas yatra” as “vinash yatra”.

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