Sunday, November 4, 2001, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


PHONE CONNECTIONS: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited will provide telephone connections in the city by depositing an installation fee of Rs 800 during November. Security equal to the one-year rental (which is Rs 3,000 at present) would be recovered along with the first telephone bill. This was stated by Mr Rakesh Kapoor, General Manager, Telephones, in a press note here on Thursday.

GANG BUSTED: The police claims to have busted a gang responsible for indulging in extortion and theft of wine bottles from various liquor shops of Burj Rajgarh, Rayia, Rallo and Aalike villages in the district. This was stated by the Kanwerjit Singh Sandhu, SSP, here on Thursday.

BANNED: Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, District Magistrate, has reimposed Section 144 of the Cr PC throughout the district banning assembly of five or more persons, carrying of firearms and sharp-edged weapons and shouting slogans in public places. The use of Army-colour uniforms, jeeps, motor cycles, vehicles by civilians has also been banned. The orders will remain in force up to December 30, 2001.

SCHEMES REVIEWED: The Commissioner (Patiala Division), Mr D.P. Reddy, held a meeting with the Deputy Commissioners and Additional Deputy Commissioners of the Division here on Friday to review the development scheme at the District head-quarters. The schemes include Member Parliament local area development schemes (MPLAD), sangat darshan and other funds made available through the District Planning Board. Mr Reddy directed all Deputy Commissioners to check the progress in the development schemes in their district and proper utilisation of funds to the panchayats during sangat programmes. He said the amount of Rs 2 crore under the MPLAD scheme be also checked for its proper utilisation and the cases of shagun schemes pending in their districts and pending cases of pension be settled at the earliest. He reviewed the progress of photo identity cards for voters in all districts. He also reviewed the arrangements to conduct the National Games scheduled for November 19 in Punjab. He also discussed budget proposals.

WORKSHOP: Over 30 arts teachers from schools, colleges and fashion designing institutes of the city participated in a painting workshop organised at a hotel here on Saturday. Mr Ravinder Sharma from Chandigarh Arts College gave a demonstration to teachers from Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Guru Nanak Public School, Kundan Vidya Mandir, DAV Public School, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, local colleges and National Institute of Fashion Designing. Prominent artists including Mr N.P. Dhanda and Ms Babli Singh, also attended the workshop.

DIVALI CELEBRATIONS: Cultural programmes by schools students marked the second day of Divali celebrations at the SDP College for Women here today. Students from Sargodha Khalsa Co-Education School presented a group dance and fancy dress item. Group dance items were also presented by the students from Smt Akki Bai Oswal School, Bharti Bal Vidya Mandir, Kundan Vidya Mandir, SDP Senior Secondary School, Pothohar Sayyad Khalsa School and Ek Jot Public School. Fancy dress item was presented by the teams from Gupta Model School and the Sargodha School for Girls. Earlier, Mr Balraj Bhasin, president of the managing committee, lit the lamp. Ms Sushil Verma, Principal of the host college, was also present at the function.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal and Mr Devinder Gupta were re-elected president and general secretary, respectively, of the Ludhiana Dharamsala Committee, Chintpurni, with head office at Ludhiana. The elections of the 15 members of the executive committee were earlier conducted by the district administration on the directions of the Himachal High Court. Those elected to the executive committee included Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal, Mr Ved Parkash Gupta, Mr Devinder Gupta, Mr Surinder Gupta, Mr Saroj Kumar Parashar, Mr Rajesh Bansal, Mr Sudarshan Kumar, Mr P.P. Kansal, Mr Ashok Kapoor, Mr Chint Ram Mehra, Mr Sushil Aggarwal, Mr Surinder Kumar, Mr Anil Kumar, Mr Vinod Bajaj and Mr Kamal Krishan Garg. The other office-bearers of the committee elected in the meeting were Mr Surinder Gupta — senior Vice President, Mr Saroj Kumar Parashar — vice president, Mr Ved Parkash Gupta — cashier and Mr Rajesh Bansal — joint secretary.

SANGAT DARSHAN: A sangat darshan programme was held at Bhame Kalan village in the district on Saturday. Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, general secretary, SAD (B), asked Akali workers to help Dalit families in completing paper work for availing power up to 100 units free of cost. Sangat darshan programmes would be held at Jhunir and Sardulgarh in the district, he added.

POWER CONNECTIONS: The PSEB has released 90 power connections during September in the district while 399 applications for this purpose were still pending with the board. This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Kanwalbir Singh Sidhu here on Friday.

RALLY HELD: Hundreds of schoolchildren, prominent citizens of the town on Saturday organised a “jan chetna” rally against corruption, drugs and female foeticide. It was inaugurated by Dr K.D. Singh, president, Shiromani Sikh Council.

LOK ADALATS: Three lok adalats will be organised here on November 9. This was stated by Mr Bhajan Ram, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division).

FREE EYE CHECK-UP CAMP: The Lions Club (Samrat) will organise free eye check up and operation camp at Rania village, near here, on Sunday. Renowned ophthalmologist, Dr Sukhdeep Singh Boparai, and his team of doctors will check up patients and perform operations. Free medicines will also be distributed on the occasion. The camp will be inaugurated by state PWD minister, Mr Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur.

JAN CHETNA RALLY: Students and teachers from DAV schools of Patiala zone, including DAV schools from the city, Nabha, Khanauri, Kakrala, Patran, Badshahpur, Kularam and Chanarthal Khurd, participated in a Jan Chetna rally on Saturday which started from the local DAV School and passed through Leela Bhavan, Chhoti Baradari and Sheranwala Gate, before returning to the school. The rally addressed issues of corruption, dowry system, female foeticide, casteism and terrorism. City DAV School Principal S.M. Devgan and accompanying principals Swamy Brhamvesh, Dr K.L. Paul, M.L. Sharma, Mohan Lal, Veena Julka, Sunita Sharma, G.K. Tyagi and Manoj Kumar participated in the rally.

NEW PRINCIPAL: Dr Raj Kumar, an eminent educationist and one of the seniormost principals of Punjab, took over as Principal of the Government Mohindra College here on Saturday. Dr Sharma has previously served as Principal of Government Ripudaman College, Nabha, Government Physical College, Patiala and Government Bikram College of Commerce, Patiala. He has also served as General Secretary of the State Government College Teachers Association.

PENSION LETTERS GIVEN: Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, an Akali leader and Director, Markfed, distributed pension approval letters among aged people at different places in Sahnewal on Wednesday. He distributed 10 letters each at Paddi and Tibba villages, seven each at Jassar and Natt villages, four at Ghawaddi village and three at Jarkhar village. Speaking on the occasion, he said the SAD-BJP alliance would continue to work for the welfare of masses. Prominent among others present on the occasion were Jathedar Santa Singh Umaidpuri, chairman, local market committee, and Dr Shamsher Singh Kaile, president, Nagar Panchayat, Sahnewal.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: The annual prize distribution function of the local Public College was held here on Saturday. Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Punjab Minister of Finance and Planning, presided over the function and gave away prizes to students. He announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for the construction of a new computer centre and laid its foundation stone. Mr S.S. Sodhi, Principal of the college, read out the annual report of the college.

DHARNA ENDS: The dharna that was being staged by sheller owners here for the past three days was lifted with the efforts by the local SDM, Mr S.S. Brar, on Friday. The dharna was staged against the FCI authorities. The dharna was being supported by arhtias of the local grain market and workers of the BKU.

REPREMANDED: Mr N.S. Tuli, secretary of the Punjab non-Government Aided Retired College Teachers Forum, and Mr B.S. Pannu, press secretary, started in a press statement here on Saturday that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had criticised the Punjab Government for its failure to send a representation before the court on November 1 as directed with the orders of Implementation of Pensions and Gratuity Scheme in the government notification of December 12, 1996 and Act passed on March 3, 1999. The court has directed the Punjab Finance Secretary and Secretary of Higher Education to report to the High Court on Monday.


BLOOD DONATION CAMP: As many as 50 units of blood were donated at a blood donation camp organised at Khuda Alisher village here by the Youth Club, Khuda Alisher on Saturday. The camp was held in collaboration with the Blood Donor Council and the village branch of the State Bank of Patiala. Mr Balbir Singh, Mr Mohinder Singh and Mr Ravinder Singh Gill, donated blood for the 58th, 54th and 27th time respectively. Mr Sunil Kowshal, Assistant General Manager, State Bank of Patiala, Chandigarh, was the chief guest. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Hukam Chand, sarpanch of the village, who also donated blood, according to Mr Balwinder Sipray, president of the Club.

COMPETITIONS HELD: More than 400 students from 14 schools in the city participated in the on-the-spot poster-making and slogan writing competition organised by the State Awareness Society at Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22 here on Saturday. The competition was organised to create awareness about the disease among the younger generation. Dr K.K. Garg, Medical Superintendent, General Hospital, Sector 16, gave away prizes to the winners.

JAN CHETNA RALLY: Students of DAV Public School here took out a ‘Jan chetna rally’ in the town to create awareness about pollution, dowry, corruption and cultural erosion. The rally was part of a state- wide campaign of the Arya Pradeshik Pratinidhi Sabha.

DEMAND TO REGULARISE SERVICES: The Punjab School Education Board (non-teaching) Employees Union has urged the Punjab Government to regularise the services of the daily wage employees who fulfilled the guidelines issued by the government. A spokesperson of the association said a delegation of the employees would soon meet the chief minister and the state education minister regarding the problems faced by the employees.


ONE KILLED: One person was killed in an accident near Shastri Colony, Ambala. The accident took place between a cyclist and a scooterist. While the cyclist, Nand Lal, was killed, the scooterist Ravinder Saini sustained injuries. He has been referred to the PGI Chandigarh.

BODY FOUND: The body of an unidentified man was found in Ambala City on Saturday. The body, found lying in a drain, was spotted in the morning by local residents who intimated the police.

2 HURT: Two women sustained injuries when a three-wheeler in which they were travelling collided with a canter near the Railway overbridge here on Friday. Cases has been registered against both drivers.

ATTACKED: Dewa (23) was injured when certain persons of a rival group allegedly attacked him in the Dev Nagar area here on Friday. In another incident, a youth, Surinder, sustained injuries when he was allegedly attacked by some neighbours in Sector 15 here on Friday.


3 ARRESTED: The police on Thursday arrested Ram Lal Thakur of Ghiyaal village, near Namhole,26 km from here, his younger brother, Chet Ram, and wife, Vidya Devi, in connection with the death of Bimla Devi (45), wife of Ram Lal Thakur. Kansi Ram Thakur, uncle of the deceased, got an FIR registered at the Namhole police station alleging that Bimla was killed by her in-laws.

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