Friday, February 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


HOMAGE PAID: The martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi was observed by students and staff of local Anand Isher Senior Secondary School on Wednesday. Besides observing two minutes silence, students staged a one-act play ‘Hindustan Ham Ko Jaan Se Pyara Hai.’ Ms Harjinder Kaur, Lecturer, Physics, directed the play. Mr Kartar Singh, Principal of the school, lauded the artistes. 

ONE ROBBED: Two persons robbed an employee of a local industrialist here on Thursday. According to sources, the miscreants stopped Mr Sushil Kumar who was on his way to factory at Pohir road on a bicycle. The robbers took away the bag containing cash. The police has registered a case. 

FOREST CONSERVATION: A 21-day workshop on ‘forest conservation’ was inaugurated by Dr Jaspinder Singh Kolar, Director, Extension Education, at Punjab Agricultural University on Wednesday. Over 40 scientists from various parts of the country attended the inaugural session. Speaking on the occasion, he said deforestation was leading to environmental degradation. Dr Kashmira Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, said during the workshop scientists would be made aware of latest research on forestry. 

LECTURE: A lecture on “career opportunities” was organised for the BBA and BCA students of the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology here on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, Mr D.P. Singh, a Delhi-based consultant, said one must make his own choices and decisions and properly survey the market needs. Prof G.S. Dua, in charge of the institute, Mr Kuldip Singh, former Principal of GGN Khalsa College, and Prof Parminder Singh were also present on the occasion. 

NEW DEO: Ms Pritpal Kaur, District Education Officer from Patiala, joined as the new District Education Officer of the secondary wing here today. She replaces Ms Usha Sidhu, who worked on the post for over four years. Ms Sidhu has now taken over as the DEO, Patiala. 

SEMINAR ON AIDS: A seminar on AIDS awareness was organised by NSS students of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Model Town, here on Thursday. Addressing the students, Dr Yadwinder Singh Walia emphasised that prevention was the key to countering the threat of AIDS. The seminar concluded with a question-answer session. Dr A.S. Bansal, Director, GNIMT, faculty members and students of BBA and BCA attended the seminar. 

SHOBHA YATRA: A shobha yatra was taken out from Dandi Swami temple in the Civil Lines to Jawahar Nagar temple in connection with the annual idol-installation ceremony of Sanatan Dharam temple here today. The highlight of the yatra was 108 married women who participated while carrying pitchers (Kalash) on their heads. 

SUCCUMBED: A businessman, Harbans Singh (50), who had sustained serious injuries on Wednesday when his scooter was hit by a tractor-trailer on G T Road here succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Ludhiana, according to a report on Thursday.

CLOTHES DISTRIBUTED: Warm clothes and shoes were distributed among the poor and deserving students of Government Senior Secondary School, Manupur, 15 km from here, on Thursday. This was stated by Mr Mukand Singh, acting Principal of the school. The teachers and some donors of the area contributed towards arranging the articles. 



TALK ON E-COMMERCE: A talk on e-commerce was organised by the Department of Commerce, Government College, Sector 11, here on Thursday. Prof S.C. Vaidya from the University Business School, PU, was the chief guest. He emphasised that the consumer stood empowered and he wanted value for money. He told the students that in today’s world it was survival of the fittest and the entrepreneurs must be aware of the latest techniques in marketing and selling. Principal S.N.Singla welcomed the chief guest while Dr A.N. Garg proposed the vote of thanks. 

SAD SUPPORT: The Ahluwalia Biradri, Patiala, has extended full support to Mr Charanjit Singh Walia, former MP and official candidate of the Shiromani Akali Dal from Dakala seat. This was stated in a press note released by the organisation. 

SYMPOSIUM: “A scripture is a living reality for the community”, said the Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, at the symposium on ‘Sri Guru Granth Sahib: a unique and revealed scripture”, organised on Thursday by the Professor Harbans Singh Department of Encyclopaedia of Sikhism and attended by several foreign scholars. Referring to the ‘omnipresence’ of religious scriptures in the life, the VC stressed that a religious scripture being intertwined with social, cultural, economic and political life of a faith community, acquires meaning, sense and significance from the historical experience of the community, apart from the innate scriptural meaning. Dr Ahluwalia added that while cultural- specific categories in interpretation of a scripture define the religious identity, the cross-cultural categories relate this identity to identities of other religions. 

CONDEMNED: At an emergency meeting held under the presidentship of Mr S. Balbir Singh on Thursday, the District Bar Association of Patiala unanimously condemned the news item which appeared in some news papers alleging the association’s support to Mr Surjit Singh Rakhra, a candidate from Samana constituency. Mr Balbir Singh said the Bar Association is a lawyers body comprising of advocates belonging to different political ideologies and groups, therefore the question of association’s support to one candidate as such does not arise. He has appealed to the different candidates and their supporters to desist from such type of propaganda. 

FUNCTION: The State Institute of Education organised a prize distribution function to honour the winners of various activities like quiz contests, music contests, slogan writing competitions and paper writing contests for students and educational toy making contest and Hindi handwriting competition for teachers. Ms Surinder Tangri, Principal, Government College of Education, Sector 20 presided over the function. 

VALEDICTORY FUNCTION: The valedictory function of the Oil Conservation Fortnight, Punjab, was held at The Institute of Engineers here on Thursday. The function was presided over by Mr G Vajralingam, Director Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Punjab. The chief guest presented awards to school children and students who won this year’s prizes for best entries on essay competition on oil conservation. 

QUIZ COMPETITION: The Haryana Urdu Academy in collaboration with the district administration organised the third Inter-University Adbi quiz competition here in order to popularise Urdu. Speaking on the occasion, Mr R.S. Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, lauded the efforts of the Academy with regards to introduction of Urdu at college level. He emphasized that college students should learn this language and that the academy should initiate more such programmes at college level so that students could be benefitted. Mr Raminder Jakhu, secretary of the academy, said the knowledge of Urdu could also be imparted in Devnagri script. He threw light on the background of Urdu quiz competition. The college students gave an overwhelming response to the proposal and their participation in the programme was exemplary. Eight teams comprising two students each which were named after eminent Urdu poets. The first, second and third teams were awarded cash prizes. The academy also presented mementoes to the guests. 

AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: The district administration will launch family health awareness campaign on HIV/AIDS and a Swasthya Yon Mela from February 1 to 16. Presiding over a meeting of the Coordination and Media Committee of the FHAC, the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, directed the health officers that a special campaign be launched for the truck drivers in slum areas, labourers of industrial areas and red light areas. She said that cooperation will be sought from GM Roadways, police, industrialists and NGO’s for the success of this campaign. She also directed the District Education Officer that students of Class XII be educated about AIDS during the morning assembly and that cinema slides, posters , pamphlets and stickers be used to spread awareness. The Civil Surgeon, Dr B.S. Chaudhary, said the campaign will be launched in two phases with Yon Mela camps being organised in Raipur Rani, Hangola Barwala and Kot during the first phase and in Kalka, Morni, Pinjore and Panchkula will be organised. 



DHARNA: The Mini Bank Karamchari Mahasangh, Haryana, Ambala unit, held a dharna in front of Cooperative Bank, Ambala Cantonment, on Thursday. Mr Pawan Kumar of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh said in the last several years, the government has failed to set regular wages. Wrong policies of the government have effected the mini banks, he added. He said that if timely action was not taken, the agitation would be intensified. 

ASSOCIATION: Mr Satbir Singh Saini of the Haryana School Lecturer Association, Ambala, said on Thursday that the decision of the state government regarding 20 per cent school teachers in the selection grade was a cause of concern. Mr Saini said school teachers should get pay and emoluments at par with college teachers. He said despite repeated assurances, no gazette notification has been released. 



LIQUOR SEIZED: The district police arrested Hardev and Lal Bahadur and seized 12.5 litres of illicit liquor from them in different raids in the district on Wednesday. Giving this information here on Thursday, Mr S.R. Ojha, Superintendent of Police, said Ghulam and Vishnu were arrested for being in possession of 1.4 kg charas. Cases have been registered against them.

CHARAS SEIZED: More than 14 kg charas worth Rs 1.40 crore has been seized in the international market in different incidents in the state during the past 24 hours and five persons, including an Italian and a Nepali, were arrested. The Italian national, identified as Michelangelo Pala, was arrested near the Beas bridge at Manali in Kulu district for carrying 1.5 kg charas in a van, district police chief N. Venugopal said.

PRAYERS: Members of the local Tibetan community on Wednesday held day-long prayers for speedy recovery of their religious and political leader, the Dalai Lama, who has been hospitalised at Mumbai. The Tibetans gathered at Kusumpati for the special prayer session in which monks of the local monastery also participated. All shops and business establishments of Tibetans remained closed for the day.


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