Friday, March 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the BKU (E) for Nathana block: president — Mr Hoshiyar Singh; senior vice-president — Mr Niranjan Singh; general secretary — Mr Manjit Singh; assistant secretary — Mr Baljit Singh; joint secretary — Mr Surjit Singh and treasurer — Mr Gurjant Singh.

HEART CHECK-UP CAMP: The Bharatiya Jain Milan will organise a free heart check-up camp at S.S. Jain Sabha Public School on March 3. Heart specialists from Metro Heart Institute, Noida, Delhi, will examine the patients.

TRANSFER FLAYED: Members of the Punjab Health and Department Sub-Offices Clerical Association has criticised the untimely transfer of Mr Sukhvinder Singh, president of the state unit of the association, by the Director, Health and Family Welfare Department, Chandigarh.

: A meeting was held here at the local Congress Party office in which the local party activists urged the new Punjab Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, that they give a ministerial rank to Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon who had won from the Samrala Assembly segment twice. Mr Amarjit Sohal and other office-bearers said that during the SAD-BJP regime Samrala constituency remained bereft of its proper development as the Opposition’s party candidate had not done anything.

APPOINTED: Mr Paramjit Singh Benipal has been appointed as President of the Block Congress Committee, Kharar, according to Ms Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, general secretary of the PPCC. 

I-T CAMP: An income tax camp was organised by Punjab National Bank, Ropar Road, Kharar, on Thursday to give awareness to the public for filing their returns under 1/6 scheme of the department. The camp was attended by Mr N.C. Jain, Senior Regional Manager of the bank, Chandigarh-B Region. Mr Vivek Vardhan, Income Tax Officer, Chandigarh Ward 6(I), and officers of his department answered inquiries of the people and accepted the returns. 

: The Atri Times Eye Research Foundation organised its 37th medical camp at Shri Ram Bhavan here on Thursday. Over 1,507 patients were examined and given medicines for general ailments. Mr Arun Atri, director of the foundation, in a press statement said Dr Dinesh Garg, Dr Amit Bansal, Dr Rajnish Ladha and Dr Taniya Mahal along with their teams examined the patients. Those present on the occasion included Dr Prabhjot Kaur, Dr Hardip Singh, Dr Raj Chabra, Dr Jaswant Kaushal, Mr Surinder Goyal and Mr Umesh Aggarwal. 

DANCE PERFORMANCE: Pratibha Pralahd, a renowned exponent of Bhartnatyam, was in the city on Thursday to perform under the aegis of SPIC MACAY. Three more artistes from Bangalore accompanied her for the SPIC MACAY programme. She presented a choreography ‘Sita’s Parallel Realities’.

EYES DONATED: The family of late Narnail Kaur, a school teacher, of Hussanpur Bhanohar village donated both her eyes to the Eye Bank Mansuran. Dr Ramesh, Director, Eye Bank Mansuran, in a press statement on Thursday said the family was motivated by Mr Balwinder Singh Bhattal, a social worker of the village. The eyes were transplanted into two persons hailing from Dakha village and Ludhiana. 

CELEBRATIONS: Jashn-e-Sahir—2002 will be held in Ludhiana by the Adeeb International (Sahir Cultural Academy) on March 16 to mark the 81st birth anniversary of Urdu poet Sahir Ludhianvi. A seminar and an international ‘mushaira’ will be the chief events of the celebrations. Dr Kewal Dheer, general secretary, stated that eminent scholars and Urdu poets from all over the country and abroad have been invited. Annual Sahir awards will also be presented on the occasion. These awards are presented to eminent personalities from the field of film, art, literature and culture. The celebrations are being organised in association with Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust, Ludhiana. 

SURGEONS MEET: The Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons here held its 16th meet on Wednesday. More than 50 delegates attended the meeting. Dr John Tricker of the UK delivered his talk on ‘Fracture Healing—past, present and future'. Dr John stressed the need of better understanding of biology of fractures and various factors which influence fracture healing. In spite of best treatment, about 10 per cent cases in the USA and Europe undergo delayed union. More research was on in the USA and UK to understand the cellular and sub-cellular elements responsible for fracture healing, he said. The general secretary of the association, Dr R.S. Sidhu, welcomed the delegates. 

FUNCTION: The District Valmiki Sabha organised a function here on Wednesday in connection with Guru Ravidass jayanti. Mr D.P. Khosla, vice-president, Bahujan Samaj Party, Punjab unit, said Guru Ravidass was a forerunner of a social revolution. Mr Ram Parkash Gill, chairman, District Valmiki Sabha, congratulated the gathering. Others who spoke included Mr Gurkirpal Singh Sidhu, president, Punjab Local Bodies Employees Union, Ludhiana, Mr Rakesh Ghai, Mr Babu Ram Nahar, Mr Jasbir Singh Ghalib, Mr Naresh Manchanda, Mr Ajay Khanna, Mr Narinder Rai Bittu, Mr Gurdyal Chand, Mr Raj Kumar, Mr Bhag Ram Sidhu and Mr Ashok Kumar. 

MEETING: The Muslim Aman Society, Punjab, held a meeting here on Wednesday. It was presided over by Mr Nasim Ansari, its president. The meeting hailed the victory of the Congress in Punjab. It also observed that the party never overlooked the interests of the minorities in the country. Others who attended the meeting included Mr Ghulam Rasul, Mr Shamsher Alam, Mr Ali Azhar, Ms Manjit Kaur, Mr Sunil Kumar, Mr Darshan Singh Ahuja, Mr Surinder Singh Verma, Mr Satish Kumar and Mr Davinder Singh Jassal.

SHIVARATRI PREPARATIONS: The Shivaratri Mahotsav Committee held a meeting on Wednesday to review the preparations being done to make the Shivaratri ‘shobha yatra’ on March 11 a success. According to a press note issued by Mr Charanjit Bhargove, its general secretary, the city has been divided into different zones for the smooth conduct of the yatra. He said a batch of 251 hymn-singing women under the leadership of Ms Saroj Verma and Ms Veena Malhotra would march ahead of the Shiva rath during the yatra, which would start at 12 noon from the Daresi grounds.

RELIEF TO WIDOWS: The Shiv Sena (Tangri) held a function at Gur Mandi on Monday at which relief, in the form of ration, was distributed among 350 widows of the city. The Taraksheel Society held a ‘magic show’ on the occasion to expose the tricks of ‘tantriks’, who are exploiting gullible people by impressing them with the same. 

SEMINAR: The Ludhiana Tuberculosis Eradication Society will organise a seminar on World TB Day on March 24. Mr Navin Sharma, an office-bearer of the society, said the society had registered 182 patients last year and collected Rs 2.56 lakh for the distribution of medicines among poor patients. The president of the society, Dr Satish Nuarhia, said a sub-centre of the society would be opened here soon under the supervision of Dr M.S. Chauhan. Among others who attended the meeting were Mr Harish Saggar, Mr Ram Raj Garg, Mr Vipin Mittal, Mr Dharam Singh, Mr S.K. Choudhary and Mr Kailash Chander. 

ROAD MISHAP: Hassan Khan, (32), of Ghanour Kalan village died in a road accident near Kaheroo village on Wednesday. According to information available, the scooter of Hassan Khan collided with a cycle, who died on the spot. The police has registered a case.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Sher-e-Punjab Youth Club (Katron): president — Mr Bahadour Singh, vice-president — Mr Sarab Jeet Singh, general secretary — Mr Balwinder Singh and treasurer — Mr Darshan Kumar.

GRACE MARKS: Students of 10 plus two appearing in chemistry practical were baffled to see a question from their old-syllabus on Thursday. The students and their parents have urged the authorities of the Punjab School Education Board to give then grace marks in chemistry practical.

CASSETTES SEIZED: The city police on a complaint of Mr Ramesh Kapoor, Area Manager (North) of Malhotra Copyright Protections Private Limited and Mr Rakesh Kumar, inspector, Super Cassette Industries, raided two places and recovered 138 pirated video cassettes. The police has arrested Raju, proprietor of the Raju Video Laboratory and Sanjeev Kumar, proprietor, Sanjeev Video Laboratory. Both accused were produced in the court of Mr Raj Kumar Garg. Judicial Magistrate (First Class) on Wednesday, who remanded them in police custody till March 3.

REPORT ON HAILSTORM: Ms Raji P. Srivastva, Deputy Commissioner, has deputed Mr Jatinder Singh Saggu, Tehsildar, Mansa, Manbibrian, Manaspal and Sadda Singh Wala villages of the district to submit his report about the loss caused by the hailstorm which lashed the area on Sunday.

MEETING: The Employees Federation of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) at a meeting held here on Thursday under the presidentship of Mr Surinder Singh, condemned the Central Government’s proposal to amend the industrial Dispute Act 1947, vide which the owners of factories with worker strength less than 1,000 can reduce the same.

PEARL’S KILLING CONDEMNED: At a meeting of the All-India Media Teachers Association held here recently, the association condemned the killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan. Speaking to this correspondent, the general secretary of the association, Prof Rajinder Walia, said some people are taking a licence in the name of Islam to commit all sorts of inhuman activities. He further said that a journalist, being an objective observer, should not be subjected to such atrocities. 

LAWYERS’ STRIKE: In connection with the construction of a new judicial complex in the tehsil premises, a strike by the lawyers of the local Bar Association entered into 11th day on Thursday here, according to Mr Anil Gupta, president of the association. Due to the strike, the general public, including litigants is facing problems.



RETIRED: Mr Roop Kamal Prabhakar, technical assistant, Department of Public Relations, Chandigarh Administration, retired on Thursday after serving for 34 years, he had joined as projectionist in the Family Planning Department in 1968. 

ELECTED: Mr S.P. Babuta has been elected chairman of the Institute of Northern India Regional Council of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Chandigarh branch. Mr Vivek Arora has been elected vice-chairman, Mr Vineet Aggarwal secretary and Mr Arvind Oberoi treasurer. 

WELCOMED: The Akhil Bharatiya Uttar Pradesh Welfare Association has welcomed the move of the Railway Ministry to start a Chandigarh-Lucknow train and urged the Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar to extend the train to Howrah via Sultanpur and Varanasi. Mr J.V. Yadav, national chief secretary of the association, in a press note issued said that thousands of residents of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh staying in the city and surrounding townships had to go to Ambala to board trains for their native places. The association was of the view that the Kalka-Howrah Mail via Chandigarh was not sufficient to carry the passenger rush. 



CONDEMNED: The Bar Association, Ambala, suspended the court work on Thursday to protest against the killing of innocent train passengers at Godhra on Wednesday. At a meeting, the Bar condemned the unfortunate incident and appealed the people to maintain communal harmony. 

NEW BUS ROUTES: The Haryana State Transport, Ambala Depot, has decided to add some buses in local routes to provide better service to the passengers. The General Manager of the depot, Mr Arvind Sharma, said a few buses would also be introduced during night hours. He said the depot had earned the profit of Rs 2.51 crore during January. In addition to it the depot has also deposited Rs 86 lakh with the government as tax. 

ATHLETICS MEET: The Government Polytechnic for Women, Ambala City, will organise its annual athletics meet on Friday. According to Principal, Mr Rampal Keshver, the Commissioner, Ambala range, Mr Maha Singh, will be the chief guest on this occasion. 

BUDGET MEETING: The president of Municipal Council, Ambala Sadar, Pandit Shankar Dass, said on Thursday that an “unnecessary issue” is being raised over the budget meeting. There is no need to hold a fresh budget meeting since the budget was passed in February 19 meeting, he added. Pandit Shankar Dass said out of 22 councillors who were present at the meeting, eight walked out. “Of the remaining 14 present at the time when he budget was passed, six objected and the remaining eight were in favour. So the budget was considered passed,” he said. 



PENSION FOR EMPLOYEES: Mr P.C. Oberoy, leader of the state unit of the HVC, said here on Thursday that the party would provide better service conditions to employees, including residential quarters at subdivisional level to state headquarters. He said the HVC would also allow pension and other perks to all employees, including those of cooperative sector and the Department of Rural Development. The party would work to strengthen the Panchayati Raj institution by giving administrative and financial powers to pradhans, uppradhans and members for smooth functioning of the panchayats.


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