November 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India
LOK BHALAI CLUB: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Balmiki Lok Bhalai Club, Teona village: president — Mr Simarjit Singh; vice-president — Mr Buta Singh; general secretary — Mr Gurjinder Singh; finance secretary — Mr Satnam Singh; and press secretary — Mr Jagsir Singh Gharu.
SEWA INTERNATIONAL: Dr G.B. Singh, a surgeon from Phagwara, on Monday took charge as the president of the Sewa International, a wing of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle. Giving this information, Mr Harmit Singh, secretary, said the new president would involve himself in promoting blood, eye and organ donation as well as holding free medical camps.
SEMINAR ORGANISED: The Education and Training Directorate of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle organised a seminar at Sant Darbara Singh College for Education at Lopon on Monday. A gurmat quiz was also conducted and winners were given prizes.
RALLY: A youth rally will be organised at Sarabha village on November 17, where the youth will present its demands. This was stated by Mr Sandeep Sharma, general secretary of the Sarv Bharat Naujwan and Students’ Sabha.
YOUTH ORGANISATION: The Secular Youths’ Welfare Organisation, Punjab, was formed here on Sunday. The following have been unanimously elected office-bearers of the organisation: president — Mr Mohit Kundra, vice-president — Mr Karamjit Nagra, senior vice-president — Mr Khushwant Singh Rai, secretary — Mr Daljit Singh, and cashier — Mr Ramnish Bansal. The organisation aims to fight against drug-addiction in the area.
SAMAJ SEVA CLUB: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Samaj Seva Club, Mubarakpur Chungha village: president — Mr Buta Mohammed ; vice-president — Mr Paramjeet Singh; secretary — Mr Rajinder Singh; and treasurer — Mr Amrit Singh.
CONFERENCE: The second Punjab Geographers Conference on ‘Sustainable Urban Development’ was organised by the Association of Punjab Geographers in association with the Institute of Town Planners India at the Government College for Men, Ludhiana. Academicians and experts discussed issues like urban scenario of Punjab and problems and planning perspective of Ludhiana city in the two-day conference that began on Saturday. Eleven eminent geographers and town planners were honoured for their achievements in their respective fields. Mr J.S. Garcha, Minister for Technical Education, Punjab, was the chief guest on the occasion.
UNIFORMS DISBURSED: Winter uniforms, fees and educational items were distributed among over 50 underprivileged students by the Helping Hands Society in its winter distribution function held at Sunflower School here on Monday. The students were also examined by a team of doctors. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vijay Gupta, president of the society, advised the students to take care of their health along with their studies . Mr Jatinder Singh Narula, general secretary of the society, said a free medical camp would be organised shortly.
STRIKE: The non-teaching staff of Modi College, Khalsa college and P.S.N. College, Rajpura, observed a stay-in-strike on Monday in response to a strike call by the Private Colleges Non-Teaching Employees Union Punjab. The union has threatened to carry on the strike till Saturday in case the state government does not fulfil its demands regarding payment of arrears in single instalment and implementation of pension, gratuity and rural allowance.
COINS DISBURSED: Coins of different denominations were distributed among people and traders of Sunam and surrounding villages at the Coin Mela organised by the State Bank of Patiala at Sunam on Monday. Mr V.A. Ghai, Assistant General Manager, inaugurated the mela and gave away coins to the public. Earlier, Mr Ghai also distributed loans worth Rs 9 lakh among 51 persons under the bank’s Utsav Scheme at Channo Village in Sangrur district.
CHARGE ASSIGNED: All Administrative level work relating to technical institutions, i.e. the Government College of Art and Chandigarh College of Architecture, will now be handled by Mr Vivek Atray, Deputy Secretary Technical Education and Director Information Technology. He relieves Mr Ashok Sangwan of the work. Last week, the work of Controller Weights Measures was taken away from Mr Sangwan and handed over to Mr Chandersekhar.
OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been nominated office-bearers of the Haryana Pradesh Youth Congress: Mr Ravinder Rawal and Mr Vijay Bansal — general secretaries; Mr Tarun Bhandari — president of the Panchkula District Youth Congress (rural); and Mr Vijay Sharma — president of the Panchkula District Youth Congress (urban).
LPG USAGE: The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, has appealed to all traders associations, dhaba owners and sweet shop owners against using domestic cooking gas for commercial purposes. In an official press note, Ms Arora said according to LPG (Regulation of Supply Distribution) the domestic LPG cylinder ideally weighs 14,200 grams and the government was providing subsidy only for its domestic usage. She said the commercial users were entitled to use only 19.2 kg commercial cylinders. She warned of action against those violating the law.
RESENTMENT: The House Owners Welfare Association, Sector 20 has resented the HUDA policy of reserving 800 sq mts of land for religious places. In an official press note, Dr P.K. Bansal, president of the association, informed that a meeting of the association was held on Sunday to discuss the issue. The residents demanded that they be allotted land at the place where the Pracheen Kali Mata Mandir existed. They also decided to approach the HUDA administrator over the issue.
SUICIDE: A lawyer, who was reportedly mentally disturbed, committed suicide by setting himself on fire at his residence in Sector 14 here on Sunday. He died on way to the PGIMS.
GRANT RELEASED: The state government has released Rs 2.75 crore for development works in the Shahabad Vidhan Sabha constituency. The local MLA, Mr Kapoor Chand Sharma, distributed cheques in 75 villages and urged the villagers to utilise the money vigilantly on the project for which the money had been granted.
CHAMBA UNRECOGNISED INSTITUTIONS: The Department of Ayurveda has written to the Police Department to conduct raids on unrecognised homeopathic medical colleges being run by certain persons in the district. The District Ayurveda Officer in his official letter has asked the police to register cases and initiate legal action against the persons involved in running such institutions. KULU SHIMLA STATEMENT DECRIED: The Shimla Upnagria Jan Kalyan Samanvay Samiti has criticised the statement of a former Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, regarding exclusion of the newly merged areas from the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC). Mr R.L. Dogra, vice-president of the samiti, said 59 villages were merged into the SMC by the previous Congress government without taking residents and gram panchayats into confidence. Mr Virbhadra Singh’s statement that people of these areas were taken into confidence was false and misleading, he alleged.
UNRECOGNISED INSTITUTIONS: The Department of Ayurveda has written to the Police Department to conduct raids on unrecognised homeopathic medical colleges being run by certain persons in the district. The District Ayurveda Officer in his official letter has asked the police to register cases and initiate legal action against the persons involved in running such institutions.
STATEMENT DECRIED: The Shimla Upnagria Jan Kalyan Samanvay Samiti has criticised the statement of a former Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, regarding exclusion of the newly merged areas from the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC). Mr R.L. Dogra, vice-president of the samiti, said 59 villages were merged into the SMC by the previous Congress government without taking residents and gram panchayats into confidence. Mr Virbhadra Singh’s statement that people of these areas were taken into confidence was false and misleading, he alleged.
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