Thursday, January 31, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


HOMAGE PAID: The local educational institutions observed a two-minutes silence at 11 am to pay homage to the Father of the Nation. Mr Ravinder Puri, president, Journalist Association, paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Sanatan Vidya Mandir. Students and local staff of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial National Senior Secondary School, Sacred Soul Public High School, DAV High School, Kundan Kanya Mahavidyala and the Janta College for Women also observed silence. 

RS 7,000 LOOTED: Two scooter-borne robbers looted a petrol pump manager at gunpoint on Tuesday night. According to sources, the miscreants came on a scooter and bought petrol for Rs 30. They then entered the manager’s cabin on the pretext of buying mobile oil and asked him to hand over the cash. Though the owners had taken the day’s collection with them, the miscreants managed to rob around Rs 7,000 in cash that was collected later. The police has registered a case. 

DERECOGNITION FEARED: The Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association has expressed fear of the derecognition of state medical colleges whose process of filling up and redesignation of posts has been severely hampered by the election process in the state.

ENCYCLOPAEDIA: Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to publish encyclopaedia of Hindi writers born in Punjab and their works in prose, poetry, novel and drama.

SEMINAR ON GURMAT: A seminar on "Gurmat thought — past, present and future" was organised by the Department of Guru Nanak Studies in association with the Gurmat Sahit Sabha at Guru Nanak Dev University here on Tuesday. Dr Gursharanjit spoke on the occasion.

BOY SAVED: Two hawkers saved the life of an 11-year-old boy who fell from the second floor of his house on Monday. According to information, Rahul (11) of Hari Singh Nagar was flying a kite on the roof of his house when he fell onto the ground. Two hawkers Om Parkash and Kishore Chand immediately took the boy to a hospital where doctors operated upon the boy and saved his life.

CAREER FAIR: A two-day career fair started at the BBK DAV College for Women here on Wednesday. Students were informed of various career options in the fair. A debate was also held beside “Sukriti” in which students created useful things from waste material.

THEFT IN SHOP: Electronic appliances were stolen from a TV repair shop at Sultanwind on Wednesday night.

BANNED: The District Magistrate, Mr Swinder Singh Puri, has banned the setting of crop remnants in fields on fire and construction in the fields which fall within the radius of 1000 metres of the ammunition dumps in the district. He has also banned the entry of trucks, mini-trucks in the municipal limits of the district from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. However, exception are made for those trucks carrying milk, oil and gas cylinders. The orders will remain in force till March 27.

CONDOLED: The management and staff of the local Dev Samaj College for Women condoled the death of Ms Serla Grewal, Chairperson of The Tribune Trust, who was an alumna of the college. Ms Grewal studied in the college in the year 1950-1951.

MEDICAL CAMP: More than 200 students of Government Girls High School, Babohali, near here, were examined for eye and dental ailments at a medical camp here on Wednesday. Major Surinder Singh Kondal inaugurated the camp.

CARS BURNT: Certain persons reportedly set afire two cars of the Chairman of the Zila Parishad, Mr Ram Chander, at Korora village on Monday night. According to information, the Chairman had parked the cars in a garage and his neighbour noticed the fire and informed him. A case has been registered.

2 YOUTHS BURIED: Two youths were buried alive at Bhuna plot in Guhla subdivision, when a heap of loose soil fell upon them, on Monday, according to delayed information received here. The incident occurred when the victims, Baldev Singh (30) and Balkar Singh (22), were trying to bring out bricks from a deep tubewell pit lying inoperational. The SDM announced an ex gratia of Rs 10,000 each for the next of kin of the deceased.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The police on Tuesday night arrested Nirmal Singh, a resident of ward no 10, and seized 12 bottles of illicit liquor. A case under Sections 61/1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered. Sources said the liquor was gifted by a party candidate. 

LAUNCHING DEFERRED: The launching of a mobile medical ambulance service has been deferred due to election code of conduct here. The service is to be started by the local unit of Bharat Vikas Parishad The mobile van has been donated by the MP, Lala Lajpat Rai, from his MP Discretionary Fund. The service would be launched after the completion of election process. 

YOUTH FESTIVAL: A two-day inter-college youth festival in the memory of Sahir Ludhianvi, will begin at SCD Government College on Friday. Contests in folk singing, extempore, declamation, poetic recital, histrionics and debate would be held during the festival, according to Principal A.S. Turna. The function would be held in the newly-renovated Sahir Auditorium. 

TRAIN PASSENGERS: A large number of passengers travelling by trains running between Ferozepore and Ludhiana, a stretch of about 120 km, on Wednesday protested against the late running of trains on this stretch. They said the late running of trains caused great inconvenience to them as they could not reach their destinations in time.

DOG SHOW: The Patiala Kennel Club will organise 18th and 19th all-breed championship dog show on Sunday at Polo ground here. Sponsored by ‘Dabur Ayurvet Limited’, more than 300 dogs in around 35 breed categories from around the country are expected to participate in the show. The organisers will also give away trophies to “dog of the year”, “reserve dog of the year”, “best puppy of the year” and ‘best breed in India”. the competition will be presided by two experts Mr Rick Baker and Mr John Rowles from Australia. 

PROTEST MARCH: Employees of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) held a protest march and sat on dharna outside the LIC office at Chhoti Baradari here on Wednesday to protest against the corporation’s decision to cease new recruitment in the LIC. The call for the dharna was given by the North Zone Insurance Employees’ Association. The employees are also demanding transparency in promotions and assessment of work record of employees and immediate recruitment of Class III and IV employees in the LIC. 

AWARD FOR NOOR: The book “Punjab Ki Yuvtion Ke Lok Nritya” by Dr Jagir Singh Noor has been selected for award by the Central Hindi Directorate, Human Department of Higher Education, Human Resources Development Ministry, New Delhi. Dr Noor is a Librarian in the local Guru Nanak College. The award carries Rs 50,000. 



ELECTED: Mr Chander Bhushan Sharma has been elected as the president of the Chandigarh Medical Representatives Association. Elections to the association were held at the annual general body meeting of the association. Mr Vikram Sikka became the vice- president while Mr Mohan Negi was elected as the general secretary and Mr Ajay Sharma as joint secretary. Mr Gurpal Singh was elected as the treasurer while Mr Sukhwinder Singh, the office secretary. 

TRAINING COURSE: The first training course for district-level medical officers as part of the ‘Immunisation strengthening project’ is under way at the PGI. Organised by the Department of Community Medicine, PGI, the training is aimed at boosting the declining trend in the immunisation coverage witnessed in most of the states in country. The immunisation strengthening programme is a part of the Government of India’s National Institute of Health and Family Welfare project. The Department of Community, Medicine, PGI, has been recognised as a regional training centre for north India. A total of 356 medical officers from north India will be undergoing this training. Experts from the PGI, GMCH, Punjab Health Systems Corporation and Haryana will be involved in the project as trainers. 

TALK: Prof R.K. Chandra, university research professor, Memorial University of NewFoundland, Canada, will deliver a talk to the members of the faculty, residents and staff of the PGI on Saturday at 12.30 p.m. on “Whole health: a prescription for the new millennium”. 

FUNCTION: The valedictory function of the Oil Conservation Fortnight was held at Police Auditorium, Sector 29, here on Wednesday. Mr R.S. Gujral, Home Secretary, was the chief guest on the occasion. The session was convened by Mr T.S. Sawhney, Chief Regional Manager, HPCL and State Level Co-ordinator. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The Sector 19-C Market Association here unanimously elected Vinay Talwar as its president and Raman Kumar as secretary on Wednesday. This was announced by Electoral Officers Amarjit Singh and Faqir Chand Singla in a signed statement. 

DIED: Prof D.D. Singh, former Professor of the Department of Chemistry at the Panjab University passed away at his residence in Mani Majra here on Wednesday. Prof D.D. Singh retired from the PU some years ago. He was 69 and is survived by a wife and son. His cremation will be held at Mani Majra cremation ground at 11.30 a.m. 

MEETING: A general body meeting of the Himachal Pensioners Welfare Association (Panchkula/ Chandigarh/Parwanoo/Mohali Zone) was held here on Wednesday under the presidentship of Mr D.R. Sood, Member, Technical (retd), HPSEB, to elect the office-bearers for the next two-year term. The following were declared elected: president — Mr D.R. Sood; vice- president — Mr M.L. Aggarwal; general secretary — Mr M.K. Vinayak; and treasurer — Mr R.L. Shukla. 



SUSPENSION OF WORK: The District Bar Council has announced the suspension of work for three days in protest against the non-fulfilment of their demand for the construction of a mini-secretariat here. The decision was taken at a meeting of the council on Tuesday.

LOOTED: Six persons entered the house of Mr Nanak Singh in Sector 11 here on Tuesday and looted Rs 20,000 and jewellery at gunpoint. They reportedly overpowered the chowkidar, Kabira, before entering the house. They also beat up Mr Nanak Singh and his wife. They drove away in a Maruti car after committing the crime. A case has been registered.



MUNICIPAL SHOPS: There are a number of people having two or more shops in the municipal area of Chamba town causing resentment among the local unemployed youths. They have demanded an inquiry into the allotment of municipal shops made so far.

ILLICIT LIQUOR: The sale and consumption of illicit liquor are common at various places in the district. Even the shops and dhabas, located quite close to the police posts at Sultanpur in Chamba town, Sinhuta and Tunnuhatti on the Chamba-Pathankot highway, have become notorious places for consuming liquor openly.

SUPPORTED: Eight village pradhans of the district have extended their support to the HP Other Backward Class Youth Organisation's demand of 27 per cent reservation, as per the Mandal Commission report and apex court direction, to OBCs in the state. They decided to support the organisation in its relay fast going on outside the Deputy Commissioner's office at Dharamshala.

INFORMATION: In order to keep people informed about developmental works carried out by the state government, the Information and Public Relations Department has started providing information regarding developmental works and other achievements of the government to mediapersons following a direction from the Chief Minister, Prof P.K.Dhumal.

CHOKED TO DEATH: Bahadur Singh (22) of Chalouri village in Banjar subdivision of this district was choked to death, on Monday. He died because of inhalation of carbonmonoxide coming out of a burning "angithi" placed in a room where he was sleeping, the police said.

DEAD: Inder Chand (40) of Banali village , near here, died after consuming insecticide at his home. A case has been registered.

ANNUAL SESSION: The Multi-purpose Health Workers Federation at its district-level annual session here on Tuesday resolved to continue its crusade against corruption. Addressing over 200 delegates drawn from all parts of the district, Mr N.R. Thakur and Mr Satish Shukla, president and general secretary, respectively, of the federation, said besides pressing its 42-point charter of demands the federation would also strive hard to generate work culture.

ANTI-LEPROSY RALLY: An anti-leprosy rally was held here on Wednesday. The Chief Medical Officer, Mr N.L. Negi, flagged off the rally, in which hundreds of students and employees of the Health Department participated.

HOUSE GUTTED: The house of Mr Sukhdev Sharma at Salkoh village in the Bhadwar gram panchayat area of this subdivision was gutted on Tuesday causing an estimated loss of over Rs 4 lakh. The local SDM and the Rajput Sabha gave Rs 10,000 and Rs 51,000, respectively, to the affected family.


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