Friday, January 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


CONDOLENCE MEETING: Mr R.C. Arora, Lecturer in English, working at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, died of heart attack on Wednesday. At the condolence meeting of the staff and students held on Thursday at the college, the Principal, Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, lauded his dedicated services towards the college for the past two years. Apart from providing moral support to the bereaved members of the family, it was decided that the college staff shall offer its one-day salary and financial support from the college and the students. Dr Ishwar Singh, President, College Managing Committee, declared that free education shall be provided to the children of Mr Arora when they join this institution. Two-minute silence was observed. 

MEETING: At a meeting of the Punjabi Writer’s Association, Rampur, presided over by the patron Harcharan Mangat, it was demanded that Punjabi is to yet to rise from its step-motherly treatment meted out to it by the Punjab Government. They demanded from all political parties that they should clarify their aims and objectives of implementing Punjabi in the true sense of their term in their election manifestoes. They also demanded that the Chandigarh Administration should make extra efforts to promote Punjabi. Apart from this death of Prof Gurcharan Singh, Editor of ‘Meri Boli Mera Dharam’, was condoled. Mr Janmeja Johal, Mr Jasvir Jhajj, Mr Gurdial Dalal, Mr Surinder Rampuri, Mr Mohinder Kaidi, Mr Jagtar Buani, were among those who attended the meeting. 

MINOR RAPED: A 10-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a farm labourer, Surinder Bhaia, at Dihana village on Wednesday. According to the police, the girl had gone to the fields where she was raped by the suspect. She raised an alarm, following which her father reached the spot. The suspect, however, managed to escape. The Mahilpur police has registered a case under Section 376 of the IPC in this regard.

CASE REGISTERED: On a complaint lodged by Ms Surinder Kaur of Naraingarh, the Dasuya police on Wednesday registered a case under Section 498-A of the IPC against her husband Gurdev Singh, father-in-law Joginder Singh and mother-in-law Harbans Kaur of Nangali village. According to the police, they were allegedly torturing Ms Surinder Kaur for bringing inadequate dowry.

CAMPAIGN: At a meeting held here on Wednesday, members of the legal cell of District Congress, Hoshiarpur, decided to start an active campaign against the “corrupt and anti-people” regime of the SAD-BJP combine in the state. It was also decided that the office-bearers and members of the cell would visit the district to muster public support for the Congress and its allies for the forthcoming Assembly elections, the members said.

SEMINAR: The National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) will organise a seminar on Arthroplasty on January 27 at Hotel Marriot, Dugri. Dr N.K.Aggarwal of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will be the guest speaker on this occasion. Dr Surendra Nath, Secretary, NIMA, Ludhiana, in a press statement on Thursday said joint erosion was the major disorder happening due to stress filled life-styles, obesity and major diseases like diabetes mellitis, osteoarthritis. Dr Gupta said joint replacement surgery had ushered a new ray of hope to people who were suffering from joint erosion. NIMA, Ludhiana, has been organising these seminars on monthly basis to discuss the recent advances in the field of allopathic as well as ayurvedic systems of medicine and surgery. 

WORKSHOP: The two-day workshop on “Healthcare of the elderly people” organised by the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, concluded here on Thursday. The coordinator of the workshop, Dr G.L. Avasthi, Professor and Chief, Department of Medicine, DMCH, in a press statement said over a past few years, there had been a rapid increase in the number of elderly people all over the world. In India, the “aged” population was the second largest in the world. He said that it was estimated that the proportion of elderly people in India will increase from 7.7 per cent to about 11 per cent in 2020. With this demographic change and global increase in the proportion of elderly, societies in developed and developing countries should learn to deal with a new set of health challenges. This activity was initiated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, with financial support from the World Health Organisation. 

ENROLMENT: Karuna Club, formed under the aegis of People For Animals, Ludhiana, enrolled 50 students of USPC Jain Secondary Public School as its members at a meeting held at the school on Thursday. According to a press release by the PFA, the purpose of the newly floated club was to create awareness among the student community about the need to love animals and show compassion towards them. A film titled ‘Share the world’, was also shown to the children on the occasion. Those who were present on the occasion included the school principal, Ms G.K. Itten, Mr Mohinder Pal jain, manager, Dr Sandeep Jain, president, PFA, Ludhiana, and other PFA activists. 

COOKING COMPETITION: Lakshmi Ladies Club organised a two-day cooking competition on their premises. The competition was divided into two categories-sweet and salty. Ms Ritu Dalmia, a leading chef from Delhi, provided valuable tips on cooking to the club members on the occasion. Ms Rajni Bector, organiser of the show, said over 100 entries were registered in both the categories. The members had made a variety of attractive sweet and salty dishes including cakes, puddings, caramel, pasta, chicken and rice. In the sweet dish category, all the first, second and third prizes were bagged by Ms Poonam Aggarwal for her chocolate cake and pineapple orange pudding. Ms Jyotsna Dewan won the consolation prize for the caramel basket. In the category of salty dishes, Ms Alka Kandhari won the first prize while Ms Indu Bhaskar and Ms Rajinder Kent were given the second and third prizes, respectively. Ms Jyotsna Dewan and Ms Mona Chaudhry were given the consolation prizes. The judges included chef Ritu Dalmia, Ms Rajni Bector, Ms Samira, Ms Geeta, Ms Rashmi. 

COMPENSATION: Following a complaint lodged by Mr Kaur Singh, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mansa, has ordered the Punjab State Electricity Board to pay a sum of Rs 1,000 as cost, and Rs 3,000 as compensatory cost for mental and physical harassment. It has also ordered the board to refund Rs 13,989, with 18 per cent interest, to the complainant.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the managing committee S.D. Kanya Mahavidyalaya: president — Mr Raj Kumar Singla; vice-president — Mr Lachman Dass; secretary — Mr Surinder Kumar Gupta; and treasurer — Mr Parshotam Dass.

WATER SCARCITY: Residents of various localities in the town, including the Civil Lines area, protested against the Municipal Council for its alleged failure to provide a regular supply of drinking water here on Thursday. Talking to mediapersons, the residents said they had not received drinking water supply for the past three days and were forced to go to remote places to get water.

PETROL CONSERVATION: Petrol conservation fortnight begun here on Thursday in which owners of petrol stations and farmers from all over the district participated. The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr H.L. Kumar, exhorted the participants not to waste petrol and suggested ways to conserve it.

NON-FUNCTIONAL HOSPITALS: The working of various hospitals and dispensaries in the district has been paralysed as a large number of doctors posted there allegedly do not perform their duties well. This was stated by a former president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Mr Kuldip Singh Sandhu, here on Thursday. He said hospitals in several villages in Moga district were never attended by their respective doctors due to which patients were suffering.

APPOINTED: Mr S. Surinder Singh has been appointed vice- president of the newly-constituted Block Congress Committee, Block-1. This was stated in a press note by the president of the committee, Mr Rajinder Moudgil. 

NEW APPOINTMENT: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) on Thursday appointed Mr S. Natha Singh Nirmal as the general secretary of its SC/ST cell here.



PTI STAFF BODY: D.S. Rawat and Gurjeet Singh were here elected general secretary and president, respectively, of the local unit of the PTI Employees Federation. Mr Swaran Singh, Mr Vijay Dabur and Mr Birbal Singh were elected vice-president, joint general secretary and treasurer respectively. Mr Manjeet Singh was elected member of the PTI Employees Federation member. The new executive members were: Mr Bhagwan Singh, Mr Netar Singh, Mr Meharban Singh and Mr Mohan Chandra.

ALMIRAHS DONATED: Canara Bank donated wooden cots and steel almirahs to the Institute for the Care of the Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Thursday. A function was arranged on the premises of the institute wherein eminent personalities of the city and inmates of the institute were present. The function was presided over by Mr K. Rangaraya, general manager of the bank’s Chandigarh circle. Students of the institute presented a cultural programme on this occasion. The chairman of the institute, Major-Gen Rajendra Nath (PVSM), and Principal, Mr K.R. Sood, spoke about activities of the institute. 



PROCESSION: Project teachers of the district held a procession with unlit candles here on Thursday. They were protesting against a decision of the government which had allegedly rendered thousands of project teachers jobless.

DEMONSTRATION: Hundreds of workers of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam held a demonstration and a torchlight procession here on Wednesday in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands.

POLIO DROPS: As many as 1,63,817 children up to five years of age were administered polio drops during the second phase of the National Polio Eradication Programme. According to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Phateh Singh Dagar, 500 booths were set up in different parts of the district and 2,087 employees participated in the programme.



BOOK RELEASED: Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal released a short story collection, “Band Darwaze”, written by Mr Rajendra Rajan, Deputy Director, Information and Public Relations, here on Wednesday. Mr Rajan has written more than 50 short stories in Hindi and contributed many articles and features on art, culture and literature of Himachal Pradesh in various periodicals and magazines.

KHULA DARBAR: The Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, will hold a ‘‘khula darbar’’ for the people of the Guler, Palampur and Nagrota Bagwan Assembly segments of Kangra district on January 29 at the Circuit House here.

CONFISCATED: Mr Vineet Kumar, Divisional Forest Officer, Mandi, on Thursday confiscated a van under Section 52(A) of the Indian Forest Act on Thursday. The van belonging to Thakur Dass of Takoli village was seized by the Forest Department on August 25, 2001, with 10 contraband deodar sleepers.


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