December 11, 2001, Chandigarh, India
OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Brotherhood Society: president — Mr I.V. Thaman; secretary — Mr Jatinder Kumar; treasurer — Mr Pradeep Malhotra.
MEETING: A general body meeting of office-bearers and members of the FCI Quality Control Staff Association would be held on Wednesday, at 11.00 a.m. in Punjab Bhavan, Bharat Nagar Chowk. The election of new office-bearers would also be held, according to a press note.
WRITERS’ MEET: The Young Writers’ Association of Punjab Agricultural University would hold its meeting on Thursday in which budding writers would interact with eminent Punjabi novelist, Mr Jaswant Singh Kanwal. Stating this in a press note, Mr Jaswinder Singh Toor, Director Students’ Welfare, said the novelist would discuss his literary experiences and address them on ‘How I became a writer’. Besides, a poetic symposium would also be held in which Surjit Patar, Gurbhajan Gill, Jaswant Zafar, Swaranjit Savi, Kulwant Jagraon, Sukhmander Rampura, Bhupinder Harsh, Sukhwinder Amrit and Tarsem would participate.
DECISION HAILED: The Government Pensioners’ Association has hailed the Punjab Governments’ decision to give old age allowance to pensioners at the age of 65 and 75 years instead of 70 and 80 years, respectively. Mr Yash Paul Ghai, additional general secretary of the association, in a press note stated that the decision would come into effect from January 1, 2001, benefitting nearly one lakh pensioners. He said Punjab had become the first state in the country to extend the benefit to its pensioners. Meanwhile, in another statement the pensioners have supported the college teachers on their demand of getting the pension-cum-gratuity scheme implemented. The association members said over two years had passed but the demand of teachers remained unimplemented, which had left them high and dry and had forced them to launch an agitation.
SCIENTIST AWARDED: Dr G.S. Sekhon, former Professor and Head of Department of Soils at Punjab Agricultural University, has received the International Potash Institute Award from a Switzerland-based institute for his life-time contribution to the potassium research in India. The award was presented to him by Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Minister for Fertilisers and Chemicals, during an international symposium on ‘Importance of potassium in nutrient management for sustainable crop production in India’ organised jointly by the International Potash Institute and Potash Research Institute of India.
INAUGURATED: Ms Raminder Kaur, the oldest customer of the State Bank of Patiala, inaugurated a fully computerised industrial branch of the bank here on Monday. Mr Surinder Singla, Assistant General Manager of the bank, also inaugurated two fully computerised extension counters of the bank at the district court complex and the local Government Nehru Memorial Postgraduate College.
ELECTED: The Managing Director of Premier Investigations and Premier Security Services Private Limited, Mr Pawanjit Ahluwalia, has been elected as the first vice-president of the Council of International Investigators at its annual general meeting held in Toronto, a statement issued here said. Mr Ahluwalia is responsible for conducting the mid-year meeting of the CII’s Council Board, scheduled to be held in Ching Mai, Thailand, in February 2002, as well as the annual general meeting in USA in August 2002, the statement added.
BEOPAR MANDAL: The Adviser of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, has appreciated the control and guidance given by the Director Health Services, UT, to the city traders and having informed the general public through the media about what they should be buying and what they should be objecting to. In a press note issued by the Beopar Mandal, the adviser has also stated that this policy of prevention is better than cure of the DHS, UT will find full support from the members of the Beopar Mandal.
ELECTED: Dr Indar Jit Diwan, Professor Emeritus, PGI, has been elected as the fellow of the prestigious Indian National Science Academy.
OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Darshan Kumar has been elected election commissioner to conduct election of the Punjab Mandi Board Employees Union next year. The following have been elected officer-bearers of the Brar group: president — Mr Ashwani Moudgil; vice presidents — Mr Inderjit Singh and Mr Gurmez Singh Kahol; general secretary — Mr Albel Singh Grewal, Secretary — Mr Vinod Kapoor; joint secretaries — Mr Sewa Singh and Mr Ram Shankar Mishra; and Cashier — Mr Sunil Kumar.
SCHOOL FUNCTION: The annual cultural and prize distribution function of SD High School Chakwal was held here on Monday. Students of SD Model School junior and Bharatiya Public School junior also participated in the function. Prof Tara Chand, president of SD Sabha, was the chief guest.
CHARGE GIVEN: Kanwar Shamsher Singh, Chairman, HPSEB, was given the charge of Secretary (Power) on Monday. The charge was earlier held by the Chief Secretary, Mr Harsh Gupta.
HELPLINE: The state Women Rights Commission would shortly launch a special helpline telephone service here here to help the victims lodge their complaints of harassment on telephone to the authorities, said the Chairperson of the Women Rights Commission, Ms Malvika Pathania.
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