Saturday, March 23, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


MEETING: A meeting of THE Indian National Bank Employees Federation was held at local Municipal Children Park which was chaired by Mr Jai Gopal Verma, Deputy General Secretary of the national council of the union. Addressing the gathering, Mr Verma said trade unions have been ignored in the banks in the past decades. He claimed that during arbitration also, the suggestions of conciliation officer are not being accepted by the management representatives. Appreciating Union labour Ministry’s move, Mr Verma informed that Labour Lok Adalat would be held at Chandigarh on April 14. He appealed the bank managements to participate in Adalat to help speedy settlement and promote industrial harmony.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Jan Kalyan Sangam: president — Mr Parshotam Dass Sharma; senior vice-president — Mr Ashwani Kumar Mehra; vice-president — Mr Rakesh Chadda; and general secretary — Mr Girdhari Lal Rana.

INSPECTORS’ UNION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab Food and Supplies Inspectors Union: President — Mr Tejinder Singh Dhillon; senior vice-president — Mr Harminder Singh Sidhu; vice-presidents — Mr Ravinder Singh and Mr Avninder Singh; and general secretary — Mr Sohan Singh.

ENVIRONMENT DRIVE: The Ministry of Environment and Forests has sanctioned a project on “National environment awareness campaign” to the NSS unit of the Department of Laws of Guru Nanak Dev University. The department will organise a quiz on March 25 while the NSS unit will organise a seminar under the campaign on March 26.

URGED: Mr K. K. Sharma, Civil Surgeon, expressed concern over the drug addiction menace in the city and urged the government to provide a new de-addiction centre. The Civil Surgeon said the problems of female foeticide and drug addiction would remain his top priorities and any person found indulged in narcotics would be met out with serious consequences.

PROMOTED: Mr Mohan Singh, Additional Drug Inspector of the district, has been promoted as Assistant Drug Controller of Punjab.

ELECTED: Mr P. S. Grewal, Chairman and Managing Director of the local unit of National Fertilisers Limited, has been elected Chairman of the Fertilisers Association of India (northern region) by its member companies.

BEAT SYSTEM: Mr B. K. Uppal in a press note issued here on Thursday said the beat system had been restored in the rural and urban police stations in the district. According to the system, the beat in charge will ensure identification of bad elements and maintain law and order in the area.

CONSUMERS WEEK: A function in connection with the consumers’ security week was held here on Thursday. Mr K. A. P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the function.

DHALIWAL AWARD: Mr Aman Behl was given the Dhaliwal Memorial Award for innovative farmers for 2002 on Thursday at the annual Kisan Mela of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He is the son of Minister for Education, Mr Khushhal Behl.

ASSAULTED: Four persons assaulted Mahant Gazab Nath of Dera Baba Bagha Sahib at Kandhali Narang village while he was sleeping in the dera on Wednesday night. They took away blankets from the dera. A case has been registered. travel agent booked: On the complaint of Mohan Singh of Bihran village the Garhshanker police has registered a case under Sections, 420 and 506 of the IPC against travel agent Sanjiv Dua of Rohni, Delhi, on Wednesday. Mohan Singh had alleged that Sanjiv Dua took Rs 8 lakh from him for sending his brother to the USA, but he failed to do so. When asked to return the money, he gave back only Rs 2.5 lakh.

CYCLIST KILLED: A cyclist, Karam Singh, resident of Dada village, was killed when a tractor hit his cycle at Dasuya on Wednesday. Tractor driver Bhagal Singh fled away after the accident. The Dasuya police has registered a case.

CONTRABAND: The police arrested Karnail Singh and Malkiat Singh, both residents of Harta village and recovered 15.50 kg of poppy husk from them. The Sadar police, Hoshiarpur, has registered a case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act against them.

STOLEN: Some miscreants stole gold ornaments and a VCR worth Rs 96,000 from the house of Satwinder Kaur at Tagore Nagar here on Wednesday. A case has been registered.

ELECTED: A meeting of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union unit of A.S. College, Khanna, was held on Thursday to elect office-bearers of union’s Khanna unit for 2002-2003. The members who were elected are president — Mr P.J. Sharma; senior vice-president — Ms H.K. Sidhu; vice-president, Mr H.L. Behal; secretary Mr A.N. Sharma; joint secretary — Mr Kamal Kumar Sharma, and finance secretary — Mr T.L. Garcha.

EYE CAMP: The Citizen Welfare Club, Kharar, will organise a free eye operation camp here on Saturday in the memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Mr Romesh Dutt Sharma, State Health Minister, will be the chief guest.

MEETING: A meeting of the managing committee of the Arya College for Women, Kharar, has been called on Saturday, to discuss the changing of the name of the institution. At the meeting, new members will be included in the committee.

ELECTRICITY SUPPLY: The supply of electricity to Kharar and surrounding villages would remain suspended on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. due to some repair work.

LAWYERS PROTEST: Lawyers suspended work in courts here on Friday to protest against and condemn the burning of holy Bir in Sotal Baba village, on March 22. At a meeting, the Bar association passed a resolution to take action against the anti-social elements. The lawyers also passed a resolution for the transfer of the SDM, Kharar.

NEW SCHOOL: The opening ceremony of Sh Bhawani Girls’ Senior Secondary School, New Subhash Nagar, will be held on Saturday. Mr Rakesh Pandey, Minister of State for Printing and Stationery, will be the chief guest. Mr Parminder Mehta, President, District Youth Congress Committee, Mr Kuldeep Janda, councillor, Mr B.M. Bhatt, managing director of the school, Mr Chander Mohan Kimothi, president, and Mr Kamal Nayan Sharma, principal, will participate in the inauguration ceremony.

CONTEST: The TVS Motor Company has announced a ‘‘guess your marks contest’ in which the students appearing in board exams conducted by the CBSE, ICSE and Punjab Board will have to fill the exact number of marks they hope to get in entry forms. Winner of the contest will be given TVS Scooty, said Mr Munish Rathore, event manager of the company. He said that last year when the same scheme was announced, there was a tremendous response and Nidhi Goswami, a Class XII student from Ludhiana, had won the price.

CAMP: Taekwondo camp was held at SKN Model High School, Tilak Nagar, on Friday. Principal K.D. Arora said students participated and learnt the skills of the art carefully. Ms Dulari Kaura, headmistress, inaugurated the camp. Mr Kamal Kishore Kanojia, coach, guided the students.

JET COACHING: The Punjab Government will provide coaching for Joint Entrance Test for matric pass and appearing students at nominal charges at the Government Polytechnic for Women from April 3. Giving this information, Ms Harvinder Kaur Toor, Principal, said students from weaker section of society would further be given concession. Separate classes would be held for coaching in English and Punjabi mediums. Last date for application was April 1, she added.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The Ludhiana Transporters Welfare Association, Transport Nagar, Ludhiana, in a press note issued has informed that a felicitation function of the newly elected office-bearers was held here on Friday. The union, in its election held on Wednesday, had elected Mr Jagdish Chander and Mr Sarabjit Singh, president and general secretary, respectively. Both of the leaders have announced that they would try to solve the problems of truck operators.

LOK ADALAT ON APRIL 6: The second quarterly Lok Adalat of 2002 will be held on the court complex Amloh and Fatehgarh Sahib, on April 6 next month said Mr Surinder Pal Singh, member, district legal cell, Fatehgarh Sahib, to the mediapersons here on Friday.

CONSUMERS DAY: The district-level consumer protection day was observed on Thursday on the premises of Bachat Bhavan. Mr Krishan Chand Chowdry, Additional Deputy Commissioner, presided over the function organised by the District Food and Supplies Office.

TRIBUTES PAID: Followers of Nigehia Peer from all over the state paid tributes at his samadh on the occasion of its annual mela which concluded on Thursday at Langaana Nawan village under Baghapurana police station in the district. People also paid homage to Baba Daler Shaheed at his samadh.

DEMONSTRATION: Eight unions of the Food Corporation of India held a demonstration here in protest against the anti-employee policies adopted by the management of the corporation. They warned the management that they would intensify agitation if the corporation did not amend its ways towards the employees of the corporation.

ANNUAL DAY: Khalsa College here celebrated its 40th annual function on Friday. President of the SGPC, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, who is also the president of the local committee of the college, was the chief guest on the occasion. The principal of the college, Dr Harbir Singh, highlighted the achievements of the students and teachers in the field of academics, sports, arts and cultural activities.

RICE MILLERS DEMAND LEVY: The Punjab Rice Millers Association here appealed to the Punjab government to make levy payments worth Rs 200 crore before March 31 failing which the millers would not be able to clear pending payments of commission agents.

SEMINAR: The Vatsu International Consultancy will organise a seminar on astrology at Rajkamal Palace here on March 31. Mr Sanjay Gupta, founder of the consultancy, said the seminar would focus on bringing forth the scientific aspects of astrology and educate people about misconceptions concerning the subject. Several astrologers, including Mr Ajay Bhambi, Mr Arun Bansal, Mr Rajiv Sharma and Mr Akshay Kumar, will participate in the seminar.

CONFERENCE HELD: The Army Institute of Law conducted its first regional students’ conference on “Legality of intervention in civil strife under international law” here on Thursday. Students from Panjab University, Chandigarh; Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; Punjabi University, Patiala and the Army Institute of Law participated in the conference. The key note address was delivered by Dr S. Nalwa, Professor, Department of Law, Punjabi University, here.

AIDS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: In an effort to educate the public about AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases, the Civil Surgeon’s office here is poised to launch a special campaign for AIDS awareness. The Civil Surgeon, Dr Inderjit Kaur Walia, said that her office would screen all cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and those pertaining to reproductive tract infections (RTI) in the district. A questionnaire containing the relevant information about HIV, AIDS, STD and RTI would be distributed among the public. “This campaign is directed towards the rural population and urban slums” she said.

BLOOD DONATION-CUM-SEMINAR: The Golden Youth Club here will organise a blood donation camp-cum-seminar on Bhagat Singh’s martyrdom day on Saturday at Central Library here. President of District Congress Committee (Rural) Mr Hardial Singh will inaugurate the camp. A similar camp will also be organised by the National Volunteers Group at Staff Institute DCW on the same day.

LIONS CLUB: At a regional conference of region two of International Association of Lions Club held here recently, Lion A.K. Malhotra was declared ‘Lion of the Region’ and Mr G.B. Singh as ‘Gem of the Region’ for their outstanding contribution towards society.



SEMINAR: The bar council of Punjab and Haryana will organise a national seminar on “Accountability of judicial system to society at large” on Saturday at Law auditorium of Panjab University according to the Chairman of the Bar Council of the Punjab and Haryana, Mr Anmol Rattan Sidhu. The Secretary of the Bar Council, Mr C.M. Munjal, informed that the Law Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley, would inaugurate the seminar. Experts will also deliver lecture on other three other topics, Advocate Welfare Act, whether a judicial officer should accept post-retiral assignments and its proprietary and enforcement of Rule 36 of bar council of India rules.

SEWING CERTIFICATES AWARDED: Women of Colony No 5 were given certificates and sewing machines after successfully completing the professional and diploma course in sewing and stitching. The course is being run jointly by the Municipal Corporation and Lions Club, Midtown. The chief guest, Mayor Lalit Joshi, praised the efforts of the women and Lions Club. Member of the club, Mr B.S. Jaswal, gave the report regarding the training centre and appealed to the mayor for co-operation.

CDNSS SEMINAR POSTPONED: The international Seminar on Maharaja Ranjit Singh that was to be organised by the Centre for Defence and National Security Studies (CDNSS) on March 26 and March 27 has been postponed till further notification, a press note from the CDNSS stated.

SEWING CAMP: A free sewing training camp was organised by District Child Welfare Parishad at Kalka on Friday. As many as 60 girls received training at the camp organised in association with the Singer Sewing Machine company.

CATTLE AWARENESS CAMP: An awareness camp for the upkeep of cattle was organised by the Veterinary department for women dairy farmers of Morni block. Forty women participated in this camp. Dr R. R. Kathuria, Deputy Director of Veterinary Department, apprised the participants of the various schemes launched for dairy farmers.

SHOBHA YATRA: A shobha yatra was held from the Sector-7 temple on the eve of Ram katha prachaar by Sureshwaranand Maharaj. The yatra was organised by the Srimad Bhagwad Katha Samiti. A large number of devotees participated in the yatra as this passed through Sector-8 market and finally converged at Pracheen Shiv Mandir in Sector 9.

ANTI-MALARIA OPERATION: The Residents Welfare Association, Sector 12, has urged the Health Department to spray insecticides in the township to curb the menace of mosquitoes. In a press note, Mr Rakesh Aggarwal, general secretary of the association, has demanded that an anti-malaria operation be launched before the onset of summers. He has also urged the Municipal Council to open two more counters in other sectors for collecting house tax in order to avoid inconvenience to senior citizens. Presently, the house tax is being collected only at the office of the council in Sector 4.

WORKSHOP: The Ghoomer Academy of Fine Arts and Culture will organise a threeday cultural exchange workshop here for the promotion of national integration from March 23 to March 25. As many as 400 youths in the age group of 15 to 35 years, are expected to attend this workshop. 



HISAB LAGAO RALLY: Former Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president and Haryana Krishak Samaj president, Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala said on Friday that preparations were on for the Hisab Lagao rally. Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Surjewala said that the Hisab Lagao rally was going to be held in Kurukshetra on April 2. “We demand that minimum support price for paddy and wheat as well as government procurement should be continued,” he said. Mr Surjewala said that subsidy should not be withdrawn from essential items and price of LPG should be reduced further. “Also, the rate of interest on agriculture should be brought down to about six per cent” he said.

HARYANA SANGHARSH SAMITI: Convenor of Haryana Sangharsh Samiti, Mr Om Parkash Malik, said on Friday that the Deputy Commissioner must direct the authorities concerned to ensure that rehriwallas were given appropriate space. Mr O.P. Malik said that Hill Road, which was a wide road, had turned into a vegetable market and it was difficult to pass through the road due to rehriwallahs on both sides of the road.

ARRESTED: The district police arrested two persons who were fleeing on a scooter after looting a liquor shop at Jamal in the district on Thursday. The police seized two pistols, three cartridges and some cash from them. The two have been identified as Om Parkash of Arnianwali village and Gurjeet Singh of Rampura Bishnoian village.



ANNUAL FUNCTION: The annual prize distribution function of the local Government Postgraduate College was held on Thursday. Mr Mohan Lal, Minister of State for Ayurveda, presided over the function. Mr K. C. Kapoor, Principal of the college, read out the annual report.

AIDS WORKSHOP: AIDS testing labs would be opened at all district headquarters of the Himachal Pradesh during the current fiscal year. Dr C. D. Sharma, HP AIDS control programme, said this here on Thursday while addressing a workshop on AIDS for mediapersons of the Hamirpur district.


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