Monday, October 22, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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PUNJAB

AMRITSAR
BODY FOUND: An unidentified person was found dead in front of a factory at Focal Point here on Sunday. According to the police the cause of death could be strangulation. The body also received injuries on the head. A case has been registered under Sections 302 and 341 of the IPC at Sultanwind police station.

DENTAL CHECK-UP CAMP: Lions Club, Amritsar, Golden Temple and Leo Club organised a dental check-up camp for students at the Government High School, Vallah, here on Sunday. About 750 students were examined under the supervision of Dr Navdeep Singh Khurana.

ILLICIT LIQUOR SEIZED: In a stepped up campaign against the sale of illicit liquor, a total of 40,680 ml of liquor was seized from various places in the district by the police with the help of excise department. The police has arrested five persons, including two women, in this connection.

DRUG ADDICTION: During a survey by the Critique Youth Forum at Lopoke village of the district it was found that the condition of the poor here was becoming worse due to drug addiction. This was stated by Mr R.B. Singh, president of the forum, in a report here on Saturday.

DERA BASSI
NOMINATED: Ms Sheelam Sohi, wife of late Ravinder Singh Sohi, a former chairman of Zila Parishad, Patiala, and a claimant for the ticket for the Banur legislative constituency, has been nominated a member of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee by Capt. Amarinder Singh, president of the committee. Mr Krishan Pal Sharma, general secretary of the District Congress Committee, informed that Ms Sohi has been nominated a member after the death of her husband, who was also a claimant for the ticket for the Banur constituency.

JALANDHAR
CAMP: The Rotary Club organised a free lithotripsy treatment camp for patients with kidney stones at New Ruby Hospital here on Saturday. About 500 patients were scanned for the disease and 40 patients were adopted for free medical treatment.

KAPURTHALA
HEART CHECK-UP CAMP: The local Inner-wheel Club and B.B.C. Heart Care Centre, Pruthi Hospital, Jalandhar, organised a free check-up camp for heart ailments at Kaushal Nursing Home on Sunday, said Dr Ranveer Kaushal. A team of experts examined more than 200 patients. Blood tests and ECG of patients were done free or cost.

AWARENESS CAMP: As many as 250 patients were examined at an asthma and chest diseases awareness camp organised by the local Rotary Club and the Indian Medical Association at the local Rotary Bhavan here on Sunday, according to Dr Sarabjit Singh, president of club. Medicines were given to the patients free of cost.

MANSA
BOYCOTT: The District Bar Association here has unanimously decided to boycott the court of Mr Jai Chand Parinda, Naib Tehsildar, for his misbehaviour with Mr Harcharan Singh Manshaia, advocate, a senior member of the bar. Mr Manshaia, in a complaint to the Revenue Commissioner, Faridkot Division, stated that he along with some other advocates went to Mr Parinda to deliver the copy of an order passed by the Revenue Commissioner, but Mr Parinda refused to accept the same and threw it away. He also used derogatory language against him, Mr Manshaia alleged.

MOGA
PROCUREMENT: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Kanwalbir Singh Sidhu, said here on Saturday that the government agencies in the district has procured more than 6 lakh tonnes of paddy so far. He was talking to newspersons here and gave an assurance that the entire stocks in the district markets would be lifted soon.

NAWANSHAHR
SENTENCED: Mr BS Sidhu, Additional District and Sessions Judge, has sentenced Achharjit to life imprisonment and fined him Rs 2,000 under Section 302, IPC, in the murder case of Vijay Kumar Sharma, cashier of Oriental Bank of Commence, Moron Mandi, Jalandhar district.

ACCIDENT: Nasib Kaur and Parkash Kaur were killed while Bahadur Singh and Jaswinder Kaur were injured when their Maruti car collided with a truck near Sawajpur village, about 6 km from here, on Saturday. Both deceased were paternal aunts of Bahadur Singh.

PHAGWARA
CASE REGISTERED: Roshan Lal, a cook at the local city police station, who has been charged with the rape of the wife of an SPO, here has reportedly absconded. A case has been registered in this connection.

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CHANDIGARH

STRAY DOGS VACCINATED: The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) organised a free antirabies vaccination and deworming of dogs camp in Sector 31-C, here on Sunday. As many as 17 stray dogs were vaccinated and 17 others were dewormed. About eight dogs were also treated for other ailments. According to a press release of the SPCA, the general public was also urged to help the animals.

MEGA DANCE CONTEST RESULTS: Following are the results of Taal, a mega dance contest organised by Western Star Group, All Art Cultural Association and Citi Entertainment Network on Saturday. All results are in order of merit: category A: Simran, Rishabh, Ramneet Kaur; category B: Richa Bhardwaj, Komal, Harmanjit Mani; category C: Pooja, Kirti Sharma, Sanjeev Kumar; and category D: Naatrat Dance Group and Taal Dance Group. Consolation prizes went to Isha, Vikas, Manish Madan, Preeti and Kulvir.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Dr B.M. Mahajan, Managing Director of the Punjab Milkfed, has been re-elected President of the Dairy Professionals Guild of India. Other office-bearers elected at the annual general meeting of the guild held here on Sunday are: Mr Balwinder Singh — vice-president; Mr S.K. Sharma — general secretary; and Mr Anil Kaura — treasurer. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mahajan apprised the members of the fast-paced changing scenario of dairy in India and overseas. He stressed the point that dairy professionals could play specifically with their professional approach in safeguarding the interest of dairy industries. Mr S.K. Sharma, general secretary of the guild, highlighted the various future programmes chalked out for the uplift of dairying in India. A lecture by Mr H.C. Paruthi, Management Advisor, New Delhi, on “Leadership in an era of uncertainty and discontinuity” was also delivered. He explained in detail the basic qualities that a manager should possess for discharging his duties effectively.

APPOINTED: The Nationalist Congress Party appointed Mr Nishan Singh of Palsora Colony as Chairman of the labour cell of Chandigarh unit. The Chandigarh President of NCP, Principal Gurbachan Singh, informed this to Mr Singh in a letter.

SBI PENSIONERS’ DEMANDS: The State Bank of India Pensioners Association impressed upon the bank’s management the need for payment of pension at 50 per cent of the pay instead of 40 per cent, revision of pension simultaneously with the revision of payscales for workers, implementation of the Supreme Court decision for one rank one pension etc on the occasion of Pensioners Meet held here on Sunday. The pensioners also said they were facing problems like delays in payment of pensions, non-refund of balances in the Mutual Welfare Fund, identification of hospitals under the Retired Employees Medical Benefit Scheme, issuance of identity cards etc. At the annual general meeting of the association, which was also held subsequently, the following office-bearers were elected: Mr Padam Narain — president; Mr A.K. Oswal and Mr J.C. Bhatia — vice-presidents; Mr M.M. Singh — general secretary; Mr N.S. Dhamoon — deputy general secretary; and Mr M.S. Mongia — treasurer.

APPLICATIONS INVITED: The local unit of the Samajwadi Party has invited applications from those who want to contest the forthcoming elections to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. Interested persons can submit their applications to the party’s office by November 5. The seven-member election committee of the party will be headed by Maj P.P. Singh (retd). At a meeting of the party, it was decided that the party may go for alliance with like-minded parties in the MC polls. The unit will also meet Mr Raj Babbar, Member Parliament, to campaign for the party candidates in the elections.

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HARYANA

FARIDABAD
DPRO BEREAVED: PL Saini, an employee of the Haryana Public Relations Department and husband of Ms Sushmi Saini, DPRO, Panipat died of a heart attack here on Saturday. His cremation took place on Sunday.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the District Bar Association here: president — Mr Virender Singh Yadav; vice-president — Mr Neeraj Kokcha; joint secretary — Mr Kanwar Singh Yadav; and treasurer — Mr Rajinder Singh Yadav.

FATEHABAD
DAILY RELEASED: Ms Anjali Singh, daughter of the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, released an evening daily, Lekha Jokha here on Saturday. The local INLD MLA, Mr Leela Krishan Choudhary, presided, while member of Parliament from the Sirsa parliamentary constituency Sushil Indora was the guest of honour.

ROHTAK
PETROL STATION SEALED: The district administration, Jhajjar, on Saturday sealed a petrol station at Dubaldhan village on the charge of adulteration and meter tampering. The matter came to light when hundreds of villagers staged a dharna at the petrol station. Later, they met the Deputy Commissioner, Jhajjar, and lodged their complaint. When a team of the district officials inspected the petrol station and found the seal broken, they sealed the station.

CONDOLENCE: Former chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal on Saturday visited the house of Mr Om Prakash Gugnani here for condoling the death of his two sons, who got drowned. He met people there who demanded adequate arrangements on the embankments of the nullah to prevent the occurrence of such incidents. He said he would write a letter to the Governor in this regard.

CAR TAKEN AWAY: Three motorcycle-borne youths forcibly took away a Maruti car at gunpoint at Badli village in the Bahadurgarh subdivision on Saturday. According to information, Santram of Daulata village in Gurgaon district was coming in his car to Jhajjar when the crime took place.

SUSPENDED: The Town and Country Planning Minister, Mr Dhirpal Singh, has ordered the suspension of Assistant Treasury Officer Om Chhikara, posted at Sampla, with immediate effect. He was presiding over the monthly meeting of public grievances and redress committee here on Saturday. Chhikara was charged with withholding bills of the Principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Sampla.

SIRSA
INFORMATION CENTRE: The Irrigation Finance Commissioner and District Administrative Secretary, Mr Chander Singh, inspected the computerised information centre at Kalanwali. He appreciated the project saying that it is a project that enables rural people to report their problems to the state, get latest information about agriculture and send their loan applications to the headquarter. The Additional Deputy Commissioner stated that the district aimed to have such centres in 100 villages by the end of this financial year.

DEMONSTRATION: Members of the Sikh community held a demonstration here on Saturday and submitted a memorandum to the President demanding punishment for those involved in the acts of sacrilege in Punjab. They burnt the effigy of baba Piara Singh Bhaniara and staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner.

SONEPAT
SURPRISE VISIT: The Haryana Financial Commissioner, Mr Bhaskar Chatterjee, made surprise visits to the Sonepat, Ganaur and Gohana foodgrains markets on Saturday to inspect paddy procurement. According to official sources, Mr Chatterjee heard the grievances of traders, arhtiyas and farmers along with the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.N. Roy.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

CHAMBA
DA SLAB: Mr P.C. Oberoy, senior vice-president of the Himachal Pradesh Pensioners Association, has urged the Himachal Pradesh Government to release dearness allowance (DA) slab for its employees from July. This was stated in a press note issued here on Sunday.

PROBE SOUGHT: Mr Thakur Singh, a former legislator of Bharmour, has sought a probe into the large-scale misuse of funds worth Rs 30 lakh under the Integrated Watershed Development Project in the Bharmour tribal area of the district a few months ago. He said the District Magistrate, here had ordered an inquiry, but no legal proceedings against the defaulters were instituted.

PARWANOO
ANNUAL DAY FUNCTION: Tinytots of Himachal Primary School here celebrated their annual day function on Saturday evening. Prof Chaman Lal Gupta, Chairman, Himachal Pradesh Education Board, was the chief guest. Kids mesmerised the audience with a dance drama programme projecting the rich Indian cultural heritage through folk dances, nursery rhymes, poems and a play. Mrs S. Misra, principal of the school, said parents should provide a good environment and friendly atmosphere to the child.

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