Friday, March 29, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


The birthday of Baba Isher Singh Kaleranwale was celebrated at Barundi village. The Panj Piaras led the procession which was accompanied by students and religious leaders. Langars were arranged at various villages. Mr Dya Singh Dilwar, Mr Kamaljit Baddowal, Mr Sadhu Singh and Mr Gurnam Singh Brar sang heroic songs depicting Sikh history.

FUNCTION: Mr Natinder Kumar Bhola, convener, Sarav Bharti Naujwan Sabha, said the fifth books distribution function would be held at DAV School on April 14. Text books will be give to needy students of the area.

MEETING: A meeting of the state executive body of the SC/ BC Teachers Union was held at the Municipal Children Park, here on Wednesday. It was chaired by the state president, Mr Gurmel Singh. According to the state organising secretary, Mr Darshan Singh Ballowal, the union will send memorandums to the DEOs from April 15 to April 19. Their demands include clearance of backlog and implementation of Mandal Commission recommendations.

GROUND WATER: Ground water table in more than half of the 118 blocks in the state was going down at an alarming rate and had been termed ‘black’. This was stated by Prof H.S. Sidhu, Head of the Punjab School of Economics, at the setting up of the Centre for Rural Development at Guru Nanak Dev University here on Wednesday.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the DAV College unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers Union: president — Prof H.S. Walia; vice-president — Prof Anita; secretary — Prof R.K. Kaushal; joint secretary — Prof B.B. Yadav ; and finance secretary — Prof Sanjay Sharma.

ROBBERY: Miscreants looted Rs 22,000 and some gold and silver jewellery from the residence of Satish Kumar at Fateh Singh Colony on Tuesday. In an FIR, he alleged that Surinder Kumar of Haripura and Rambo and Gurdev Singh of Ekta Nagar were involved in the robbery.

DRUGS SEIZED: The Sadar police raided a drug store at Arniwala village on Wednesday and seized a large quantity of intoxicants and sedative drugs. According to SHO Palvinder Singh, the Abohar police had arrested Kulwant Singh of Dhippanwali village a few days back and seized morphine injections from him. Following his interrogation, the police, accompanied with medical officers of the Civil Medical Hospital, Abohar, raided the store and seized the drugs.

NEW TUBEWELL: The Commissioner of Ferozepore division inaugurated a solar photovoltic tubewell, the first of its kind, at a farm house in Karnikhera village on Wednesday. The tubewell has been installed at a cost of Rs 4.53 lakh and is designed to save electricity.

BAN: District Magistrate Kirandeep Singh Bhullar banned the assembly of five or more persons, raising of slogans, holding procession and carrying of firearms in public places. These orders will not be applicable to the police, Home Guard jawans and government employees while on duty. The District Magistrate has also asked all house owners to submit the details of their new tenants with their respective police stations. The order will remain in force till May 25.

CASE REGISTERED: Paramjit Kaur of Nadalon village filed a case with the Mahilpur police station on Wednesday against her husband for beating her up. She had also attached medical and X-ray reports to substantiate her complaint.

COMPLAINT FILED: In a complaint with the Mahilpur police station on Wednesday Gurmit Kaur of Behala village alleged that her daughter Amandeep was tortured to death for bringing inadequate dowry by her husband Jatinder Singh, father-in-law Balbir Singh and mother-in-law Jasbir Kaur of Falahi village. Amandeep died on January 31 this year.

YATRA: The 40th edition of the annual ‘chala’ by managements of Sidh Baba Balak Nath temple and Durga Mata temple, Prem Nagar, Ghumar Mandi, left here on Wednesday for Shah Talai under the leadership of Sanjiv Kumarji. A large number of devotees from Sahnewal, Dehlon and Malerkotla are participating in the yatra. At the end of the yatra, a special flag which has been prepared by devotees will be hoisted at the holy cave of Baba Balak Nath on March 31, according to a press note. 

POOJAN: Holika poojan was performed at Prachin Sakhi Mandir in Maleri Street, here on Thursday, according to temple priest Shiv Moudgill. Holika dahan was performed later in the evening.

SHOT DEAD: Kala Singh, 22, a shop assistant , was allegedly shot dead by Harbans Singh and his sons, Paramjit Singh and Daulti Singh, on Monday. Kala Singh was rushed to the local Civil Hospital and later referred to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. He, however, succumbed to his injuries on the way to Patiala.

DEMAND: More than 200 teachers, who had joined the government service after working as regular or ad hoc teachers in private-aided schools, demanded on Thursday that their service in private schools be considered as government service. In a memorandum to the Chief Minister, they demanded a grade revision and pensionary benefits which, they said, were already being provided to the teachers working in private-aided schools.

MEETING HELD: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Gupta, while presiding over a meeting of the Rural Works Committee here on Wednesday asked BDPOs to conduct a survey of government properties and submit the utilisation certificates of the development work done in villages within 15 days. He also asked them to take immediate steps to desilt the ponds situated in villages before the rainy season.

PSEB CHANGES TIMINGS: The Punjab Electricity Board (PSEB) has changed its Evening Peak Load Hour Restrictions to match the time of sunset. A spokesperson of PSEB said that the Evening Peak Hour Restrictions would be delayed by 30 minutes from April 1. The revised timings for Large Supply (LS) consumers in operation Zone North, South, Border and West would be from 1900 hrs to 2200 hrs and the same for LS consumers in Central Zone would be from 1930 hrs to 2230 hrs. The revised timings will remain in force upto May 31.

RALLY: Employees of the Class IV Government Employees Union, Punjab organised a rally outside the District Treasury Officer in protest of their unpassed bills on Wednesday. Workers belonging to other categories also participated in the rally.

BKU’s PLEA: Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, national general secretary, BKU, while talking to mediapersons here on Thursday, said despite change in the government, no change had been noticed in the working of the Revenue Department. For ‘intqals’, patwaris and tehsildars encash hundreds of crores as bribe. Mr Rajewal urged the government to launch campaigns to clear the backlog of ‘intqals’.



CELEBRATED: The local chapter of International Society for Krishna Consciousness ( ISKCON ), celebrated the appearance day of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, said to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna, at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36, here today. Thousands of devotees thronged the temple on the occasion. The function started at 4.30 a.m. with “mangla aarti” followed by nagar kirtan procession and discourse at Fragrance Garden, Sector 36 by Bhakti Vinod Dasa Prabhu. Offerings of new dresses to the Lord and Maha Abhishek of Lord Sri Sri Radha Madhav and Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu were the main attraction of the programme.

AWARD FOR CONSUMER FORUM: The local Consumer Forum has been awarded the Swami Vivekananda National award for Consumer Protection for the year 2000 by Shanta Kumar, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Distribution. The general secretary of the forum, Col Sarwan Singh, received the award along with the certificate of merit at New Delhi according Mr R.K. Kaplash, the vice-chairman of the Forum.

WATER PROBLEM: Residents of the New Khuda Lahora colony have been facing water problem for five successive days according to the Municipal Councillor, Ms Shyama Negi. She said that the problem had arisen due to the recently built boundary wall of Botanical Garden over the water pipeline. She said authorities should take immediate action to solve the problem.

SEMINAR: As many as 36 papers related to various aspects of corporate governance were presented during a ‘national seminar on corporate governance in India’ organised by the University Business School, Panjab University, here on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Anil Arora, Director, Business Solutions, Ranbaxy Ltd., said the corporate governance should be held accountable to capital holders and resources should be optimally used to increase shareholder’s value. Prof. K.N Mahrotra of IIFT, Delhi, lamented that every law in corporate governance is becoming a ritual and criticised the way Directors on the Board are appointed with no power left to the shareholders. Dr Suveera Gill of the UBS talked about the use of information technology and Internet to provide more information, vigilance and participation of the shareholders. Others who spoke on the occasion included Dr S.C. Davar of Kurukshetra University, Prof Lalit K. Bansal and Prof Bidhi Chand.

MEDIA PRESENTATION: The sales and marketing manger for New Zealand’s Universal College of Learning (UCOL), Mr Paramdip Singh, held a media presentation to inform about the various opportunities in the field of education in New Zealand in general and UCOL in particular on Wednesday here. He was here to promote the ‘‘benefits of tertiary study’’ in New Zealand and would be visiting to other parts of the country also. He said he would be investigating the possibilities of forming alliances and partnership between UCOL and Indian educational institutes.

TELEPHONE ADALAT: The IIIrd Punjab Telecom Circle Telephone Adalat was held here on Wednesday. Of the total three cases received, two were regarding the provision of new telephone connection whereas one was regarding arrears of rent and excess billing in Adda Kathar exchange (Jalandhar), according to an official press release. Of the two new telephone connection cases, telephone of one applicant was installed. The BSNL holds adalats at circle level where people can represent against the decisions taken in adalats held at various telecom districts.

IT RETURNS: The Income Tax Department will remain open on March 30 and 31 in order to facilitate the public in filing IT returns. This information was given by Ms Hardeep Kaur, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Haryana, Panchkula.

INSPECTION: The Chief Administrator, HUDA, Mr N.C. Wadhwa, along with senior officials of HUDA visited Railla village in Sector 12 here on Wednesday in order to inspect the development works being carried out here. It is learnt that residents of this sector had often complained that because of this village being located in the midst of Sector 12 , the residents of the sector have often complained of unhygienic conditions because villagers not making any efforts to keep their surroundings clean.

HEALTH CAMP: The Primary Training Centre, Indo Tibet Border Police, organised a health camp and a veterinary camp in Billa village on Wednesday. Dr K.H. Jiteshar Singh informed that 50 animals were treated in the veterinary camp and 315 villagers in the camp.

CHALLANED: As many as 30 commuters were challaned by the Traffic Wing of the police on the road dividing Sectors 10 and 11 on Wednesday. They were challaned for various offences like triple riding, driving without helmets and without the valid documents. Traffic police also challaned five vehicles parked wrongly in front of the showrooms in Sector 11. Four of these cars were impounded by the police.

POSTER COMPETITION: The Punjabi University National Integration Chair organised a state-level poster-making competition on the theme ‘Promotion of national integration’ at the State College of Education here on Thursday. Ms Hardeep Kaur of Punjabi University won the first prize, Ms Harpreet Kaur of Arya Mahila College, Barnala, won the second prize and Ms Vandana of BD Arya Girls College, Jalandhar, was adjudged third.

CASSETTE RELEASED: Romy Gill’s Punjabi audio cassette, “Nakhra Chari Jawani Da” was released at a function here on Wednesday by Mr Omkar Singh, MD, Kismet Entertainment and Mr Anup Prasher and Mr Kulwant Gill, MDs of ACN, a Punjabi Channel. The cassette has been produced by Kismet Entertainment and released under the banner of T-Series. It has eight Punjabi songs.


2 KILLED: Two persons were killed and four others injured when the jeep they were travelling in hit a truck near Dhanger village on the national highway on Wednesday. The victims have been identified as Shish Ram, 52, and Devi Dutt, 60, of Sanghera village. The condition of three of the injured is stated to be critical.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Main Bazar Beopar Association: president— Mr Rajesh Bittoo; vice-president — Mr Jaiprakash Saraf; general secretary — Mr Chander Gupta; and treasurer — Mr Bhushan Dua.

SADBHAVANA YATRA: District units of political parties and office-bearers of various social organisations participated in a ‘sadbhavana shanti yatra’ on Wednesday. The procession ended outside the Deputy Commissioner's office where a memorandum, appealing for communal harmony, was submitted.

2 ARRESTED: The Kalanwali police seized 80 kg of poppy husk on Wednesday. Harmeet Singh of Kurangawali village and Piti of Phaggu village have been arrested under the NDPS Act in this connection.


DECISION: The district administration has decided to hand over the management of water sources in the urban and rural areas to various government departments and public organisations, including educational institutions, gram panchayats and voluntary organisations. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held here on Tuesday, chaired by the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Anuradha Thakur.


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