Friday, December 21, 2001, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


MEETINGS: The CPI held workers’ meetings at Lasara, Jarag and Sehora villages to gear up the party units for the coming Assembly elections. The meetings were held under the chairmanship of Mr Kartar Singh Buani, Ludhiana district secretary of the party. According to Mr Jitender Bhola, a councillor and member of the district committee, the office-bearers and members of various units were asked to remain united against communal forces. Terming the attack on Parliament as a blot on the nation’s pride, party workers demanded that the government must take stern action against those found guilty of helping the traitors. 

CULTURAL PROGRAMME: The Punjab Sabhyacharak Club here organised a cultural programme, called Mehak Punjab Di, at the local Government Senior Secondary School recently. Mr Lakhvir Singh, Ludhiana district president of SHSAD, inaugurated the programme, and Mr Surinder Singh Baraich, general manager (Marketing and Services), Sonalika Tractors, was the chief guest at the function. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Baraich announced a grant of Rs 30,000 for the club. Besides, about 250 students of the schools falling under Amloh block were given shawls and sweaters. Mr Harvinder Singh Khanora, a member of PPCC and former chairman of the Block Samiti, released a cassette of Naranjan ‘Nanja’, a comedy artiste, on the occasion. Mr Roshan Lal Sood, president of the club, and Mr Balbir Singh Ghuman, general secretary of the club, also spoke on the occasion. Jassi Jaspal, a playback singer of Punjabi films, presented songs. Naranjan ‘Nanja’, Bhupinder Bhinda, Gurvinder Brar, Hardeep Kaulgarhia, and others also sang Punjabi songs. Ajmer Aulakh presented two plays. Prominent among others present at the function were Prof Zora Singh, Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi, a former minister; Mr Gurmail Singh, state president, Patwar Union; Mr Sarmukh Singh, president, Punjab Adventure Club; Mr Harvel Singh, secretary, Punjab Dalit Front; and Mr Harnek Singh Badali, district president of the front.

CONSUMER PANEL: The Consumer Rights Protection Society has urged the government that only the office-bearers of trade unions should be entitled to contest cases involving workers in labour courts. Likewise, only members of recognised/registered consumer associations should be allowed to pursue cases of consumers in district forums.

PROJECT INAUGURATED: Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, MLA, BJP, has urged the government to increase pension of victims of terrorism to Rs 4,000 from Rs 2,500 per month. She said lack of jobs and inadequate erratic pensions had resulted in mushrooming of agents who controlled dealings between the government and the victims. She inaugurated Rs 1 crore project to cover the Ganda Nullah drain here on Wednesday.

GERIATRIC SOCIETY: Dr N.S. Negi, Assistant Professor, Medicine Department, Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, has been invited to chair a scientific union at the Geriatrics of India’s annual conference which will be held on January 14. He had also chaired the society’s session last year.

DECISION FLAYED: The Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association has criticised the health authorities for the decision to run dispensaries in rural areas with the help of pharmacists for three days in a week in the absence of doctors. In a press note issued here on Thursday, Dr Ajay Bagga, press secretary of the association, said instead of posting specialists on a permanent basis, they had been deputed by the Punjab Health System Corporation just for three days a week.

LECTURE: Dr Pratibha Singhi, Additional Professor and Chief of Paediatric Neurology and Neurodevelopment, PGI Chandigarh, will deliver the 31st Public Health Education Lecture in Hindi on ‘Seizures in children, its prevention and management’ on Saturday at the Dumra Auditorium of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. The lecture will be organised by the Health Education Cell Department of the DMCH.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: The annual function of the Punjabi Sahit Trust, Dhudike, will be held on Tuesday at Punjabi Bhavan, Ludhiana. The general secretary of the trust, Mr Jaswant Singh Kanwal in a press note said Parminderjit would be given Baba Balwant award, Jaswant Singh Dhaliwal would be awarded Balraj Sahni Award and Dr Kulwant Kaur would be given Jaswant Singh Dhaliwal Award. The function would be presided over by Mr Amrik Singh Pooni and Dr S.S.Johl would be the chief guest on the occasion, he said.

CAMP: A family welfare camp was organised at Dr B.L.Kapoor Memorial Hospital here on Thursday. The camp was organised under the guidance of Civil Surgeon, Dr Rajinder Kaur. According to a press note, over 85 operations were conducted during the camp. Operations were conducted under the supervision of Dr T.S.Cheema, Medical Superintendent of the hospital.

STONE LAID: Mr Satya Nand Munjal, President, Arya Samaj, Model Town, laid the foundation stone of a new samaj building here on Thursday, according to Mr Vijay Syal, secretary of the samaj. He said in a press note that Ms P.P. Sharma, acting president of the Arya Pratinidhi Upsabha, Panjab, and Mr Inderjit Talwar, secretary, were among the samaj members who were present on the occasion. The samaj was founded 53 years ago by Mr Sant Ram Syal and Mr. Dayanand Munjal, he added. 

BSP CAMPAIGN: The local unit of the BSP launched a “pind pind chalo, ghar ghar chalo” campaign here on Thursday to mobilise party workers and to accelerate its election campaign. The BSP ticket aspirant, Chaudhary Ram Kishan, senior BSP leaders and party workers toured several villages. 

AWARD: The National Integration Chair and the Department of National Service Scheme (NSS), Punjabi University, will honour Sant Baba Daljeet Singh Khalsa of Chicago with the first Maharaja Ranjit Singh award for his contribution to national integration and world peace at Senate Hall on December 22. The award shall be presented by the Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia. Giving this information, Dr B. S. Mann, Head, National Integration Chair, said that several eminent personalities working in the field of world peace would be honoured in future. 

REFRESHER COURSE: The Department of Economics, Punjabi University, will organise a UGC-sponsored refresher course from January 31 for in-service university and college teachers with at least five years of continous service.

DEMONSTRATION: On a call given by the All-India Bank Employees Association, the Punjab Bank Employees Federation, Patiala, held a demonstration in front of the State Bank of Patiala, head office here on Thursday against the alleged unfair labour practices and coercive transfers of workmen by the management of Standard Chartered Bank. Addressing the rally, Mr G. S. Dhillon, secretary of the federation, condemned the anti-union attitude of the management of Standard Chartered Bank and threatened that more than 5.5 lakh employees would hold a strike on January 4 if the transfer orders of employees were not withdrawn.

CLINICAL LABORATORY: A clinical laboratory set up by the Dedicated Brothers Group, which will operate on a no-profit, no-loss basis was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir in Tripuri here on Thursday. A spokesperson for the group, Mr Mohinder Singh Walia, said that this was the second such laboratory to be set up by the group and that a third laboratory of this kind would soon be opened in Samana. 

CHEQUES DISTRIBUTED: At a function held at Chaura Bazaar here on Thursday, Jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnian, a member of the SGPC and the District Planning Board, distributed cheques worth Rs 70 lakh to the executive officer of the local Municipal Committee for development of the town. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kuldeep Khullar said that the amount would be spent on building link roads and a ‘dharamshala’ for Dalits, besides other development projects.

MEETING: Lambardars of the tehsil held a meeting at the local Civil Rest House under the presidentship of Mr Amarjit Singh, president of the Punjab Lambardar Union. In a resolution passed at the meeting, the lambardars thanked Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, for announcing an honorarium of Rs 500 each for all lambardars.



OFFICE BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the TAEKWON-DO Association of Chandigarh: president-cum-technical director — Mr Gurpreet Singh Dhillon; vice-president — Mr Laxman Singh Rana; general secretary — Mr Rajesh Kumar Sharma; secretary — Mr Amarjeet Singh; joint secretary — Mr Jaswinder Singh; finance secretary — Mr Kanwaljit Kaur; and press secretary — Mr Sunil Channa.

BEANT CASE: The statement of the one of the witnesses, Gurmit Singh, in the Beant Singh assassination case was recorded before the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla, at special court in Model Burail Jail here on Thursday. The witness stated before the court that his brother, who was present at the entrance gate of the UT Secretariat, was seriously injured in the bomb blast and later admitted to hospital. He added that after eight days his brother died. Then he was informed by the police and he identified body of his brother.

MEETING: The General Hospital Class IV Workers Union held a meeting of its members and finalised a list of demands which have been handed over to the Director, Health Services, UT, for consideration. These demands include casual leave to employees for personal work, rain coats, long coats, allotment of houses on seniority basis, technical scale to those working in the laundary, special allowance to photostat and cyclostyle operators.

PUNWIRE CASE: Alleging misappropriation of funds of Punwire to the tune of over Rs 500 crore, the Punjab Wireless Systems Employees Union has filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a CBI probe into the case. Mr Shaeed Ahmed, president of the union, said the funds were embezzled by senior officials of the Punjab Government, politicians and representatives of the company. In the petition, the employees have alleged that the inquiry conducted in to misappropriation of funds had not been made public.



SERVICE STAMPS: The Department of Posts has decided to discontinue the printing of service stamps. Stating this here on Thursday, the Superintendent, Post Offices, Kurukshetra Division, Mr Harbans Pal Sharma, said service stamps would be replaced by public postage stamps for official postal articles with effect from January 1, 2002.



NEW YEAR EVE: The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation has made special arrangements for celebrations on New Year eve, at Hotel Iravati in the district. This was stated by Ms Neena Sehgal, Manager of the hotel, here on Thursday. She said timely snowfall on mountain ranges of the Chamba valley had given an impetus to influx of tourists.

SUICIDE: Seema Devi (25), who was married to Mr Ranbir Singh of Naglar village four years ago, reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself on Tuesday evening. The deceased's father, Mr Jaram Singh of Matt village, has lodged a complaint against her mother-in-law alleging that she had been harassing his daughter due to which she committed suicide. the police has registered a case under Sections 498-A and 306 of the IPC.


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