Friday, January 18, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


SUBSCRIPTION WAIVED: Registration charges and security deposits have been waived for the second connection or any other subsequent connection with a non-STD facility in 11 places. These areas include Ajnala, Amritsar, Bhikhiwind, Jandiala Guru, Majitha, Patti, Rajasansi, Rayya, Tarn Taran, Khem Karan and Ramdass. This was stated by Mr Rakesh Kapoor, GMT, here on Wednesday.

STAMP EXHIBITION: The Department of Posts and Telegraph will organise a two- day stamp exhibition at the local DAV Public School from January 18. This was stated here on Wednesday by Mr V.K. Mohendru, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices.

DEPOSIT ARMS: Mr Kulbir Singh Sidhu, District Magistrate, by an order issued here on Wednesday directed persons released on bail, with criminal background and those involved in riots to deposit their licenced arms with dealers or in respective police stations with an immediate effect. The orders would not apply to those from the Army, paramilitary forces, the police and those keeping arms to protect religious places.

ECONOMIC HARDSHIP: Rice millers of the district are facing economic hardships for the FCI hasn’t paid them for the rice lifted by it. Official sources said the FCI had made the entire payment to the District Food and Civil Supplies Department. According to a spokesman for the rice millers, a sum of Rs 20 crore was yet to be paid to the farmers by the Food and Civil Supplies Department.

DECLAMATION CONTEST: The Commerce Society of Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College organised an inter-class declamation contest here on Thursday. As many 15 students of B.Com and BBA classes participated in the contest. Deepak Budhiraja of BCom III won the first prize. Harjot Singh of BBA I was declared second and third prize went to Kaushal Aggarwal of BBA III. Principal B.D. Budhiraja gave prizes to the students. Prof Rajesh Marwaha, convener of the commerce society, organised the contest and explained about the role and activities of commerce society. Prof Revti Raman, Head of the Commerce Department, appreciated the efforts of the students. 

ESSAY WRITING: Students of DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, have won the top two prizes in a national-level essay writing contest on petroleum conservation organised by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Stating this, Mr R.S. Patial, Principal, said Richa Sood of plus two (non-medical) won the first prize and Jasmeet Singh Dhingra of plus two (medical) was declared second. He said both the students had been invited for Oil Conservation Fortnight 2002 to be held at New Delhi where the students would be honoured at the valedictory function scheduled to be held on January 31.

NATIONAL YOUTH DAY: The Swami Vivekanand Study Circle will celebrate National Youth Day at the Government College for Women on January 19. Stating this in a press note, Mr Satish Soi, president, said one student each from all educational institutions of the city would be honoured on the occasion. 

EXHIBITION: A three-day book exhibition was inaugurated at Kundan Vidya Mandir, city branch, on Thursday. Books for students of nursery to Class VIII were kept on display. Ms Mamta Kochhar, Headmistress, and Ms Sumeet Kaur, librarian, were also present on the occasion.

DHARNA: Mr Subhash Sharma, joint secretary, Punjab Government Teachers’ Union, said the union would stage a dharna on January 24 at all district headquarters of the state in protest against the deployment of teachers in non-educational activities.

SEWING MACHINES: Sewing machines have been distributed among 20 poor women at a function organised by the local Lions Club (Greater). Mr Vinod Mahajan, district governor of the club, was the chief guest.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Lions Club (Greater): president — Mr Sham Lal; general secretary — Mr Ashok Soodan and treasurer — Mr Ram Murti Mahajan.

CONDEMNED: Mr Kuldip Raj Sharma, president of the local unit of the Punjab Brahmin Sabha, has condemned the slaughter of 200 head of cows at Suneha village in Batala. 

SEMINAR: A two-day seminar on ‘Development of Sikh thought during the 20th century’ was inaugurated at Punjabi University here on Wednesday. Delivering the keynote address, a former professor and Head of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies Department, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, spoke at length on the need to establish specialised institutions where Sikh thought and ideology could be taught. The Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Dr Jasbir Singh Bir, commented that the 20th century Sikh studies had not been able to bring out the doctrine of sovereignty. The President of the Delhi Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, Mr Avtar Singh, was honoured with the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Coronation Bicentenary Award. Sanskrit scholar Prof Om Prakash Sharma, who is translating Guru Granth Sahib into Sanskrit, was also honoured at the function.

ANTI-TERRORISM RALLY: “Terrorism is a phenomenon which must be condemned universally and unequivocally.” This was the consensus at the anti-terrorism rally jointly organised by the National Integration Chair of Punjabi University and NSS unit of the local Government College for Girls, here as part of National Integration Week. Dr Baltej Singh, Professor and Head of Punjabi University’s National Integration Chair, said the only way of combating terrorism was that the establishment understood its responsibility and ensured that all sections of society were treated equally. He exhorted youths to come forward to fight the menace of terrorism. An essay writing competition on ‘youth for healthy society and national integration” and an exhibition of craft was also organised on the occasion.

BLOOD CAMP: A blood donation camp was organised at Government Mohindra College here on Thursday under the supervision of the Head of the Blood Transfusion Department, Government Medical College, Dr Kulbir Kaur Walia. The camp was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, who lauded the efforts of the college administration in promoting the blood donation movement in the city. 

LAWYERS’ STRIKE: The lawyers of the local Bar Association observed a complete strike here on Thursday in protest against the Supreme Court’s judgement on the issue of completion of SYL Canal. An emergency meeting was also held in the Bar room under the presidentship of Mr Anil Gupta, president of the association. This was disclosed to mediapersons by Mr Amandeep Singh, the association secretary, at a press conference. He added that the lawyers also passed a unanimous resolution, urging the Central Government to take necessary steps, including the relevant amendments in the Act concerned, to protect the interests of the state.

BORDER VILLAGES TOUR: Mr Rajan Gupta, IG (border zone), Amritsar, and Chairman of the Joint Task Force Management for the border problems, toured the border villages along with other police officials on Wednesday. Mr Gupta also addressed meetings at this village situated at the zero line. Mr Paramjit Singh Bhucher, Mr Harbhajan Singh, Sarpanch, Bhucher Khurd gram panchayat, Mr Palwinder Singh, Sarpanch, Bhucher Kalan, Mr Parminder Singh, Sarpanch, Cheena Bidhi Chand urged him to declare a 5-km stretch of this border area as backward and also demanded essential commodities at subsidised rates.

ROAD ACCIDENT: Rachhpal Singh of Palasour village was killed in a road accident when a truck in which he was travelling collided with a trolley on Wednesday.



ECO-CLUBS: The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, will launch “Eco-clubs” on Saturday at DAV College, Sector 10. The Director, Environment, and Chief Wild Life Warden-cum-Deputy Conservator of Forests, Mr Ishwar Singh has formed eco-clubs to make people aware about environment. Clubs will also be launched in government schools. 

ENGINEERS’ BODY: Mr V.K. Walia, Mr Kailash Garg, Mr Sandeep Kumar and Mr Pawan Narial have been elected chairman, president, vice-president and general secretary, respectively, of the Association of Chandigarh Housing Board Engineers here. The elections were held on Wednesday in which Mr Vimal Sharma was elected joint secretary, Mr D.S. Rana press secretary and Mr Inderjeet Singh finance secretary.

BANKERS’ MEETING: The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, has called upon the bankers to provide loans to unemployed youths on priority basis so that they can start their own ventures and also stressed upon the need to carry out joint campaigns for recoveries. She was addressing the district level review committee of bankers and various government agencies here on Thursday. She said that all information about the District Rural Development Agency was now available on D-net and the same could be accessed through the information kiosks at Panchkula, Kalka, Barwala, Morni and Raipur Rani. She exhorted the bankers also to take similar IT initiative in the banking sector in order to provide faster services to the citizens.

FINANCIAL AID: The District Sainik Board has provided financial assistance worth Rs. 4,27,875 to ex-servicemen, war widows and their dependents under the various welfare schemes during the current financial year. The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, said that Rs 2.50 lakh had been provided to war widows as ex-gratia grant, whereas Rs 84,000 to 75 ex-servicemen and Rs 68,400 to 38 war widows had been given as financial assistance. 



ONE KILLED IN ACCIDENT: One person was killed and one other injured in a road accident on Ambala-Jagadhri road on Wednesday night. According to sources, Vinod Kumar and one of his friends were going towards Ambala on a motor cycle, when their vehicle was hit by a car near Kalpi. Vinod died on the spot while his friend sustained injuries. The injured was later admitted to the local Civil Hospital. A case has been registered.

SHOPKEEPERS PROTEST: Shopkeepers of Gandhi Market Ambala Cantonment, have criticised the anti-encroachment drive launched by the MC authorities. On Wednesday, council officials, with the help of police constables, had lifted the goods of some of the shopkeepers and loaded these in a trolley. However, the shopkeepers protested and got their goods unloaded forcibly from the trolley. Mr Narender Kumar Shera, president of the block Congress committee, said in press note that the council authorities were adopting a strict attitude towards small shopkeepers while no such action was being taken against big shopkeepers. 

SECTION 144 IMPOSED: The District Magistrate, Ambala, Mr D.D. Gautam, has ordered the imposition of Section 144 in the district with immediate effect. He has directed all the house owners to get register the name of their tenants at their nearest police station within a week, otherwise legal action will be taken against them. 

INAUGURATED: A modern accident repair facility of Metro Motors at its Mohra branch was inaugurated on Thursday by Mr Mani Raman, general manager (customer support), Tata Engineering Passenger Car Business unit. Mr Y.P. Das, managing director of Metro Motors, said the body repair shop had been provided equipment imported from Italy. “We will restore an accident vehicle to its original dimension as specified by the manufacturer,” he said.

VERDICT HAILED: Haryana minister, Risal Singh and Naggal MLA Jasbir Mallour have welcomed the directions given by the Supreme Court on the SYL canal issue at the district Indian National Lok Dal office on Wednesday. They said that former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal had raised the SYL canal issue and Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala had followed up the efforts to get Haryana its right, a release said.

CHARTER OF DEMANDS: Executive Council members of the Kurukshetra University Teachers’ Association (KUTA) led by the President of the association, Dr Pradeep Chauhan, met the Vice-Chancellor, Mr R.S.Chaudhry, and handed over a charter of demands to him on Wednesday.

WORKSHOP: The Haryana Government has sanctioned Rs 4 crore to Gram Vikas Samities in the district This was stated by Mr V.P. Sharma. District Development and Panchayat Office here on Wednesday.

BODY FOUND: The body of Shilpa, a resident of Shiv Nagar, was found under mysterious circumstances at her residence in Shiv Nagar here on Wednesday. Raja, husband of Shilpa, has absconded .



PROBE ORDERED: Mr Mohan Lal, Minister of State for Ayurveda, has asked the Deputy Commissioner to ascertain the reason behind the absence of the local municipal council members from a meeting of the 20-Point-Economic Programme organised at the local Bachat Bhavan on Wednesday . The meeting was presided over by the minister. He also ordered a probe into the distribution of seeds among the local farmers and asked the Agriculture Department to table the report of seed distribution within 10 days.

DHARNA: A former member of the Bijheri Panchayat Samiti, Mr Tulsi Ram Sharma, on Wednesday staged a dharna outside the SDM’s office at Mahre in the district in protest against the failure of the Department of Health to post a regular Medical Officer for women at the Community Health Centre, Barsar. The SDM of Barsar along with the Block Medical Officer of the area assured Mr Sharma that the government would do its best to post a doctor.

MERGER CRITICISED: The Uttariya Railway Mazdoor Union (URMU) has criticised the decision of the Railway Restructuring Committee for merging the Yard Master and Traffic Inspector cadres with that of the Station Master’s. This was stated in a press note issued here on Wednesday by the URMU’s president, Mr G.S. Rajput.


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