Monday, November 5, 2001, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


CAMP: A one-week camp of Bharat Scouts and Guides of Fatehgarh Sahib district, organised at Government Senior Secondary School, Naraingarh, 3 km from here, concluded on Saturday. While addressing the campers, Mr Bella Singh, Assistant State Organising Commissioner, spoke about the scouts movement. It was inaugurated by Mr Roshan Lal, Principal of the local school, who spoke about the importance of the camps and advised them to keep the environment clean. Mr Kidar Nath, Commander of the camp, and Mr Mangey Ram gave details of scout flag, pledge, prayer and principles of the scouts, while Mr Mukesh Kumar, in charge, Camp Craft, supervised the march past and morning assembly. During hiking, scouts visited agriculture farm of Punjab Agricultural University at Naraingarh village where Mr Harbans Singh, Manager of the farm and seed specialist, provided practical knowledge of hybrid seeds and plants. As many as 48 scouts participated in the camp.

PROHIBITORY ORDERS: The District Magistrate, Mr R. Venkatratnam, issued prohibitory orders directing shops in the city to remain closed on Sundays. The working hours on other days would be from 8.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. The liquor shops would remain open till 11 p.m. and those in the rural areas till 10 p.m. The city ‘dhabas’ will remain open till 11 p.m.

CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS: As many as 25 schools and colleges participated in the centenary celebrations of Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School. Alumni of the school were honoured on the occasion. A variety programme was also presented in which Mr Dharamvir, Commissioner, Ferozepore, presided.

GOONJ-2001: Seema Dhadwal from SBS College of Engineering and Technology and Bhuvnesh from Government Polytechnic were crowned Miss and Mister Goonj-2001, respectively, during the Inter-College Cultural Festival, “Goonj-2001” organised by SBS Engineering and Technology College. Around 500 students from different college in the state took part in the festival. Nitin Prabhakar and Archana Mishra were selected as the best couple during the ‘dandiya’ competition.

GAGANJIT HONOURED: The Amritsar unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal honoured Gaganjit Singh, captain of the Indian junior hockey team which won the World Cup recently. Mr Dhian Singh Mand, a former MP, felicitated him with a gold medal and a shawl.

JAN CHETNA RALLY: The Arya Pradeshik Sabha organised a ‘Jan Chetna Yatra’ in which thousands of school children participated. The rally was flagged off by Mr B.R. Mahajan, secretary, DAV Managing Committee, New Delhi.

INAUGURATED: Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, SHSAD, inaugurated an open air theatre at the Police Recruits Training Centre, Jahan Khelan, 8 km from here, on Thursday. The Naginder Kala Manch, Faridkot, staged a drama. Mr Tohra announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the development of the village. Mr R.S. Khatra, Commandant, PRTC, highlighted the activities of the centre.

APPOINTED: Mr Devinder Singh Babbu, president, Punjab Youth Congress, has appointed Mr Rajiv Sood vice-president of the district Youth Congress. This was stated by Mr Om Parkash Saini, general secretary of the district Congress committee, in a press note here on Friday. Mr Avninder Sharma has been appointed president of the local Youth Congress.

COMEDIAN ENTHRALLS: Comedian Bhagwant Mann enthralled the audience at a show organised by the District Red Cross Society at Government Girls Senior Secondary School on Saturday. Mr Zora Singh Mann, member of Parliament, Ferozepore, was the chief guest. Others who performed included singer Kamajit Neeru, Rakhi Hundal and Bhotu Shah and party.

BLOOD DONATED: A blood donation camp was organised at AS Senior Secondary School, here on Saturday, in the memory of Principal Naresh Chandar Khanna. Fifty units of blood were collected. Mr Sham Sunder, a teacher of the school, donated blood for 38th times. Mr Onkar Rai Mehta, president, Municipal Committee, Khanna, was the chief guest. Five students of the school were given scholarships, amounting to Rs 1,000 each. The scholarship will be given every year, according to family members of Principal Khanna. Mr Jit Rai was the guest of honour. Mementos were given to blood donors.

BEAUTY CONTEST: In a contest organised by a local parlour on the occasion Karva Chauth, Ms Ambica Sekhri was adjudged the most beautiful woman, while Ruchi and Rajni were crowned with titles of ‘Best Bindi’ and ‘Best Hair Do’, respectively. The title of ‘Solah Shingar’ was given to Ms Vinod Minglani. As many as 38 women participated. Ms Kiran and Ms Bharti were judges for the contest.

MURDER CASES SOLVED: The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Dilbagh Singh Gill, said the police had solved two murder cases which took place at Ralla and Fatta Maloka villages. The accused in both the cases had been arrested. He said 70 persons were also arrested for indulging in ‘satta’ and 13 persons under the NDPS Act. The police also seized 14 working stills, 2,355 kg lahan, 555 litres of illicit liquor, 9,200 bottles of country liquor, six cars, a jeep, a truck and three scooters. Stolen property, worth Rs 20 lakh, was also recovered.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Lions Club organised a free medical check-up and skin diseases camp on Saturday at Lions Bhavan here. A team of doctors, led by Dr Rajesh Rani Gupta from Government Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, examined 380 patients. Medicines were also distributed to the patients, said Mr Surinder Bansal, president of the club.

HAILED: The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union on Friday hailed the decision of the Punjab Government to grant pensionary benefits to the employees of non-government colleges, including gratuity, family pension and commutation of pension, etc, at the state government rates from time to time. This was stated by Prof K.B.S. Sodhi and Prof Jaspal Singh Randhawa, president and general secretary, respectively, of the union here on Friday.

HONOURED: Eminent Musician Dr Gurnam Singh was honoured with the Punjab Heritage Foundation award for the year at a function held by the foundation at the Baradari Garden on Sunday. Dr Gurnam Singh, a former head of the Department of Music and a teacher at Punjabi University, has recited 62 ragas and raganis of Guru Granth Sahib in the classical mould, which have been compiled in a set of 10 cassettes released recently by HMV. Prominent among those present at the function were Maj-Gen Tirlochan Singh Aulakh and Mr Rajinder Singh Gill, president and secretary general of the foundation, respectively.

DOCTORS’ MEET: Punjab National Bank (PNB) has started pursuing excellence through continuous improvement of quality in services. This was stated by Mr D.L. Rawal, General Manager, PNB Head Office, New Delhi, while speaking on the occasion of the Doctors’ meet held here on Sunday. Earlier, Mr O.P.S. Kande, president of the state unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), inaugurated the meet. Mr P.N. Khurana, General Manager, Punjab zone, and Mr N.C. Jain, Senior Regional Manager, Chandigarh ‘B’ region, were also present on the occasion. Mr Rawal said the PNB was embarking on a drive to inter-connect bank branches and ATMs across the country. As a part of the drive, over 2,000 branches would be interconnected during the next 3 or 4 months.

SAMMELANS: The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha will organise anti-terrorism sammelans in all districts of the country in December and january. This was stated by morcha’s national president Shiv Raj Singh Chauhan here on Friday. Mr Chauhan said the morcha workers would collect Re 1 each from the families in the country to help families of soldiers who died for the cause of the nation.

APPRECIATED: Prof Hamdardvir Nausheharvi, a Punjabi writer, has appreciated the Punjab Language Department, Patiala, for recognising Punjabi mini kahani as a separate entity. The department had given a full day of Punjabi mini kahani darbar and all well-known Punjabi short story writers were invited to read their stories.



TALK ORGANISED: A talk by Swami Sureshanand Puri on the importance of Karva Chauth was organised by the local unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad at Hafed Colony in Sector 14, here on Sunday. Members, accompanied by their families, were present at the function, where over 100 women participated in the pooja ceremony for the festival.

ELECTIONS: The elections to the Advocate General Haryana Employees Welfare Association was held on the Punjab and Haryana High Court premises. The office-bearers are: president — Mr Parvesh Bhatia, vice-president — Mr Ramsewak, secretary — Mr Rajesh Kumar Goyal, treasurer — Mr Rajbir Singh.

FESTIVAL CONCLUDES: A three-day Karva Chauth festival organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan at Lajpat Rai Bhavan, concluded here on Saturday. Over 20 stalls of different items, including leather, tea, beauty goods etc were put up. This was stated in a press note of the body.

PROTEST RALLIES: The Punjab and Chandigarh unit of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) would hold statewide protest rallies against WTO on November 9, the opening day of ministerial-level meeting being held at Doha in Qatar. The CITU would propagate the adverse effects of the WTO on Indian people and her economy. This was stated by Mr Chander Shekhar, general secretary, CITU, in a press note.

WELCOME: Ex-servicemen advocates members of the All-India Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association practising in the High Court and District Courts in Chandigarh hailed the decision of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana to prohibit and restrain the advocates from visiting the District Courts for procuring work which is against the legal profession ethics. They added that if the practice was routed, the image of the legal profession would be restored in the eyes of the general public. 

FUNCTION: The Malayalee Samajam celebrated its second annual day at a function organised at Government Senior Secondary School in Phase 3B1 here on Sunday. Mr Bharat Balachandra Menon, an actor, was the chief guest and a novelist, Mr M. Mukundan was the guest of honour. A cultural programme, which included Keli by Cheruthazham Kunjurama Marar and Mimicry by Cochin Padmashree from Kerela, was organised on the occasion.

KIRTAN DARBAR: To commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Ram Dass, a kirtan darbar was organised at Gurdwara Kalgu Dhar in Phase 4 here on Saturday. Bhai Kamaljeet Singh, Bhai Manjeet Singh, Bhai Baljeet Singh and Bhai Devinder Singh Sodhi performed on the occasion.



FIVE HELD: Five persons were arrested for the alleged looting of a shopowner during a market bandh on Friday. A former Haryana minister and a few others are alleged to have taken away cash from a shop after forcibly closing it in Macchi Mohalla. The police arrested five persons who were allegedly involved even as they were looking for the former minister. District Congress President, Mr Balwant Gupta and Ms Kiran Bala Jain condemned the arrest of the persons.

FIRE CRACKERS: The district administration has banned the sale and storage of firecrackers in congested places and issued directions for ensuring public safety during Divali. The District Magistrate, Mr O.P. Indora, said no person was authorised to sell or store firecrackers and explosive material without obtaining a licence. The orders will be effective till November 15, 2001.

LAUNCHED: The Department of Agriculture has launched a programme on social marketing of technologies among farmers of the district. A campaign of spreading the technologies of zero tillage and sowing of wheat during the current rabi Wseason in Karnal district has also been launched. Nilokheri and Nissing have been selected for this purpose.

REFRESHER COURSE: A three-day refresher course was organised by the Punjabi Department of the local University on Friday. The director of academic staff college of the university, Prof P.D. Sharma, was the chief guest. He said in modern literature, there was a dire need for studying and evaluating Dalit awareness.

TEACHERS WORRIED: The Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers Association (MDUTA) has expressed concern over the “insensitivity of the university administration on some vital issues related to education and teachers”. Mr Vazir nehra and Dr Himmat Singh Ratnoo, president and secretary, respectively, of the MDUTA, expressed surprise that the administration was inclined towards franchising education to private institutions. Even the UGC had taken a serious view of this “malpractice”, they claimed.

CASES SETTLED: As many as 496 cases, including 39 motor accident claim petitions, were settled at a one-day special Lok Adalat organised by the Haryana State Legal Services Authority here on Saturday. Mr S.K. Sardana, District and Sessions Judge and President, District Legal Service Authority, said a sum of Rs 38.12 lakh was paid as compensation to family members of victims on the spot. Five cases under the Hindu Marriage Act were also settled in which the deserted couples were reunited.



CRITICISED: Gram panchayat chowkidars have criticised the adamant attitude of the state government towards their demands regarding the payment of minimum wages to them and the regularisation of their services like other daily-wage workers after the completion of five years of their service. A meeting of district body of the Gramin Panchayat Chowkidar Union held here on Friday decided to intensify their agitation if their demands were not met soon.

TAKES OVER: Dr R.P. Sharma, Additional Director, Horticulture Department, has taken over as Director of the department in place of Dr Jagmohan Singh, who has been repatriated to Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan.

WORKSHOP HELD: A three-day national workshop to train master resource persons in science writing concluded here on Friday. It recommended the introduction of short-term science popularisation and communication courses in universities to encourage better coverage in media. Mr Dev Swaroop, Financial Commissioner-cum Secretary, Science and Technology, and Dr S.S. Chandel, principal scientific officer and coordinator of the workshop, spoke on the occasion.


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