Wednesday, March 20, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


CM URGED: The local Vigilant Citizens’ Forum has urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh to waive the condition of securing at least 50 per cent marks in the pre-medical entrance test (PMET), for admission to the medical colleges in the state. The admission should be made on basis of open merit, as due to this condition some of the seats were not filled, said Mr Prem Bhatia, general secretary of the forum.

2 KILLED: Harman Kaur, wife of Gurcharan Singh of Bajrawar, was injured seriously when she was hit by a tempo while crossing a road in Chabewal on Sunday. She later succumbed to her injuries at the local Civil Hospital. Meanwhile, Jarnail Singh of Raipur was found lying dead in Khurdan village on Sunday. The police suspect him to be a victim of a hit-and-run.

FAREWELL PARTY: Students from the outgoing batch of GGN Khalsa College were given a farewell during a party held on Tuesday. On the occasion, the second year students presented various dance and music items. A choreography based on old Hindi songs won much applause. The programme concluded with bhangra presented by the boys. Prof Gurdeep Singh, officiating Principal, wished the students good luck for their examination and career.

KIRTAN DARBAR: The Shri Guru Harkishan Sahib Sewa Society held a shabad kirtan darbar at Gurdwara Kalgidhar in Field Ganj here on Monday in connection with the birthday celebrations of Guru Arjan Dev. Several jathas sang hymns in praise of the Guru and prominent ‘katha vachaks’ dwelt on his life. Giani Mohan Singh, head granthi of the gurdwara, also delivered a discourse on the occasion. Among the prominent raagis who participated in the kirtan darbar were: Bhai Surinder Singh Jodhpuri, Bhai Gurmej Singh, Bhai Ravinder Singh, Bhai Balbir Singh, Bhai Harnam Singh, Bhai Sarabjit Singh, Bhai Onkar Singh, Bhai Kamaljit Singh, Bhai Kripal Singh, Bhai Satnam Singh, Bhai Jagjit Singh, Bhai Amrik Singh and Bhai Narinder Singh.

LANGAR: The Sewak Mandal, Shivala road, held Shiv-poojan, preetibhoj and a bhandara at the Sanglan Wala Shivala here on Monday. Mr Rakesh Pandey, Printing and Stationery Minister, Punjab, inaugurated the ‘preetibhoj’ and Mahant Narayan Dass Puri presided over the function. Several police and other administrative officers were present on the occasion.

HOLI UTSAV: The Ludhiana chapter of ISKCON began its Holi Utsav here on Monday with a kirtan at the Vrindavan road after which the gathering showered floral petals on each other. Mr Satish Gupta, president of Ludhiana ISKCON, said the utsav would continue till March 29.

2 BOOKED: The Vigilance Bureau, here, booked Gian Chand, tehsildar, and Harbans Lal, patwari, in a bribe case on Sunday. According to a press note issued by the bureau, Mr Jagdish Singh of Ghudani Kalan had complained that he was asked to give a bribe of Rs 2,500 for mutation (intkal) of his land by the duo. The patwari was caught red-handed while taking bribe in the presence of two witnesses, Mr gurdeep Singh, ETO, and Mr Jaswinder Singh, AE, Gian Chand is absconding.

4 INJURED: Four persons were injured seriously when on Monday some persons allegedly threw acid on them near Dera Baba Atma Ram. They were rushed to the Civil Hospital, where there condition is stated to be out of danger.

FOODGRAIN THEFT: Foodgrain stocks, valued at several lakhs of rupees, belonging to certain government agencies have been stolen from the godowns. The thefts have reportedly been made in collusion with officials of the agencies and sold to local traders at marginal profits.

GOODS DESTROYED: Five kiosks, selling general goods and clothes, were destroyed in a fire which broke out at the Partap road, on Monday. The losses due to the fire are being assessed.

TRIBUTES PAID: Tributes were paid to former Agriculture Minister, Dilbagh Singh at a ‘hradhanjali samoroh’ organised at his samadhi on Monday to mark his sixth death anniversary. Dr Kewal Krishan, Pro-tem Speaker, Chaudhary Santokh Singh, Social Security and Welfare Minister, Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, State Minister for Grievances, Mr Gurvinder Singh Atwal, Parliamentary Secretary, Mr charanjit Singh Channi, MP, Mr Parkash Singh and Mr Tarlochan Singh Sood, MLAs, among others, addressed the gathering.

MEDICAL CAMP: Dr Kotnis Acupuncture Hospital, Slem Tabri, Ludhiana, and Hari Bhagat Dwar, Beerowal (Nawanshahr), jointly organised a six-day free drug de-addiction and medical check-up camp at Veerowal village, which concluded on Sunday. Twentynine drug addicts and 175 patients suffering from various ailments were treated, said Dr Inderjit Singh, director of the hospital.

REVIVAL OF SCHEME: The Yellow Card Scheme for dalits and people living below the poverty line will be revived soon. Stating this, the Punjab Housing and Urban development Minister, Mr R. S. Puri, said that a comprehensive proposal to provide financial assistance to unemployed youth, to enable them to start business, is also under consideration.



FAREWELL PARTY: The final year boarders of DAV College, Sector 10, were given a farewell party by juniors. Cultural items including songs, dances and skit were presented. Gautam Puri was declared Mr hostel whereas Pradeep Bura bagged the runners-up title.

VLCC WORKSHOP: The VLCC conducted a "summer cool" workshop and one to one counselling session here on Tuesday. Experts gave advice on summer care for hair, skin, hand and feet. They also gave make-up tips and counselling for diet. Each participant was given an anti-tan facial free of cost.

DOCTORS' RESOLUTION: The Russia-returned Indian Doctors Association at its meeting on Tuesday resolved to protest against the screening test that is held before they get permanent registration for doing practice in India. The association demanded that the screening test should be immediately abolished. Dr Nitin Sood, president of the association, in a press note said the members had put in seven years of study to get degrees in medicine. He urged all Russia-returned Indian doctors to join hands in fight against the screening test.

HEALTH AWARENESS CAMP: As many as 120 villagers attended a “Reproductive, child health and family awareness” camp organised by the Servants of the People Society in association with the SOSVA at Khuda Lahora village on Tuesday. The project coordinator, Dr Jasbir Kaur, told the participants about various methods of family planning. Dr Indu Bala examined about 80 patients during the camp. A tuberculosis patient was referred to Chest Clinic, Sector 22. Ms Monika, counsellor of the drug de-addiction cell of the society, was also present.

WORKSHOP CONCLUDES: A two-day workshop on the Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy Practioners at the Lajpat Rai Bhavan, Sector 15, concluded here on Sunday. A large number of senior physicians and young doctors participated in the workshop, which was organised by the Servants of the People Society in association with the SOSVA (N). Proper homoeopathic medicines given during pregnancy would not only help in easy delivery but also produce a healthy child free from parental and congenital diseases, stated Dr Subrameeta, HoD, Social and Preventive Medicine and Philosophy of Homoeopathy, IHMER. Mr P.H.V. Vaishnav, Director, SOSVA (N), also spoke. Among others who attended were Dr Poonam, HoD, Medicine, IHMER, Dr Manju Shree Jwala Prasad, Assistant Research Officer, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi and Dr J. Benedict D'Castro, former physician to President of India and Director, IHMER.

APPLICATIONS INVITED: The Mohali Aggarwal Educational Trust has invited applications grant of scholarship for the academic session 2002-2003 to the deserving and brilliant students from different sections of the society. An official of the trust said as many as ten scholarship would be given for amount, varying between Rs 10,000 and Rs 25,000. The applications should reach the trust office by March 21. 

WATER SHORTAGE: Residents of Sector 71 complained on Tuesday that there was no water supply in a pocket of the sector for the past two days. Mr SP Singh, a resident of H.No 3532 said, for not a single drop of water was available on Tuesday.

FANCY DRESS CONTEST: Students of Le Corbusier Convent School, Phase 3B1, took part in a fancy dress competition in the school premises here on Tuesday. The Principal of the school, Mrs Davinder Chhabra, gave away prizes to the winning students - Paras, Malvi Paul, Jasmeet, Prabhleen, Jasmine, Kunal, Naunihal, Shikha and Arzoo. 



FREE EYE CAMP: The SDM, Mr M.K. Ahuja, inaugurated a free eye camp organised by Bada Thakur Dwara at Ambala City on Tuesday. Nearly 100 out of the 400 patients have been identified for carrying out free eye operation for cataract at Manocha Hospital. Among others, Dr Mahesh Manocha, Dr Major P. Verma and Dr Kapil Vohra carried out tests in the camp. The general secretary of the Haryana Lasik Laser Association, Dr Mahesh Manocha, said nearby 1.20 crore persons were suffering from eye ailment in the country.

DEMANDED: The Ambala cantonment Traders Federation has demanded that the Jagadhari road be widened to enable free flow of traffic and avoid accidents. Dr N.C. Jain, chairman of the federation, said the PWD authorities had not taken into consideration the fact that a divider would reduce the width of the road. He suggested that traffic on the road could be diverted through the GT road for Yamunanagar.

TWO SUSPENDED: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mahinder Kumar, suspended two employees of the Municipal Council, Naraingarh, for absenteeism on Tuesday. Under the special campaign to ensure punctuality, clerk Sunil Kumar and peon Ratna Ram were suspended. The DC along with SDM Maheshwar Sharma and Tehsildar Satish Bharadwaj toured grain markets of Naraingarh and Shahzadpur. He directed that adequate arrangement be made for wheat arrival starting for April 1.

GANG BUSTED: The anti-crime cell of the district police on Monday busted a gang of drug traffickers and arrested two persons in this connection. The police also recovered 1,040 kg of poppy husk, valued at Rs 3 lakh, from their possession, according to a press note issued by the police

NUMBER PLATES: The district police has asked vehicle owners to modify their number plates according to the latest instructions. In a press note issued here on Monday, the SP, Mr Hanif Qureshi, said that while the last date for modifications for the commercial vehicles had expired on February 1, 2002, the deadline for the private vehicles was till July 1, 2002.

ACCIDENT: A youth was killed and 15 were injured in an accident in Mirpur village near Agroha on Monday. The injured have been admitted to Agroha Medical College and Hospital. According to the police, Rajender Singh of Satrod village was returning from Kuleri village in a jeep when he was hit by a truck coming from the opposite direction.

MS PSYCHO: Samta of Government College, Kalka, was declared Miss Psycho while Sai Nandan was declared Mr Psycho. The competition was held at a party to bid farewell to final year students of Psychology. Senior librarian I.S. Kaushik, chief guest, urged the students to excell in spheres other than academics. The students also presented a cultural programme.

CLUB VISITED: District governor Subash Garg visited the Rotary Club, Parwanoo. President Rakesh Dutta highlighted the projects being undertaken by the club. He said the construction of the Rotary Vocational Centre had been started and about Rs 13 lakh spent on it.

CONVOCATION: The annual convocation of Government College will be held on March 25 on the college campus. Mr R.S. Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, will be the chief guest. This was stated here on Monday by the Principal of the college. A prize distribution function would also be held, he said. 

TALK DELIVERED: Mr S.K. Gulati, Director, Census Operations, delivered a talk on “eliminating stress through breath” in the Kurukshetra University Senate hall, here on Monday. Mr Gulati underlined the importance of breath control to eliminate stress and as a healer for diseases like diabetes, blood pressure and depression.

PENSIONERS' DEMAND: Pensioners demanded an increase in the basic pension upon attaining the age of 65 and 75 years, respectively. During the annual general meeting of pensioners and senior citizens here on Sunday, Mr S.C. Kapila, president of the association demanded that there should be a 5 per cent and 10 per cent increase in the pension upon attaining the age of 65 and 75 years, besides a grant of 20 per cent DA for the purpose of gratuity to pensioners who have retired between July 1, 1993, and March 31, 1995.



STRIKE: The private bus operators of Hamirpur district have decided to observe a bandh on March 23 and 24. No private bus operator will carry passengers to Shimla to take part in the BJP rally, said Mr Naresh Kumar Darji, president of the Private Bus Operators’ Welfare Samiti. He said the state government had failed to accept their long-pending demands.

SENTENCED: A local court on Monday sentenced six persons, Satpal, Vinod Kumar, Nihal Singh, Bansi Lal, Om Parkash and Jai Kishan, all residents of Talwandi Rukka village, to life imprisonment. According to the prosecution, they had shot dead Mangat Ram and his son Subhash following a dispute, last year.

HEALTH CAMP: The local police will organise a health camp in the police lines area on March 24. A team of doctors will check up police personnel and their family members, said a spokesperson.

MEETING: Deputy Commissioner Anurag Rastogi has appealed to residents and social organisations to help the district authorities maintain communal peace. While addressing a meeting of representatives of the RSS, the VHP, the Bajrang Dal and the Hindu Maha Sabha here on Monday, he urged them to refrain from circulating rumours and issuing provocative statements.

POLL ISSUES: The next Assembly poll in the state would be contested on two issues, rampant corruption by the previous Congress governments and an all-round development of state by the present BJP-HVC government. This was stated by the Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, while addressing a public meeting at Haler.

WORKSHOP: A two-day international workshop on “endangered medicinal plant species in Himachal Pradesh’ started at the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Mehal, on Monday. Prof P.K. Kohsla inaugurated the workshop.

MAN KILLED: An assistant in the Public Works Department, I. S. Patial, was crushed to death by a truck near Kalu di Hatti on Tuesday. The police has arrested the driver of the truck and registered a case against him.


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