Friday, April 19, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


INAUGURATED: A “chhabil” (drinking water) put up by an NGO of the city, Sahara Jan Seva, near the local station, was inaugurated by a beggar on Thursday. The NGO provides drinking water for commuters and other residents at many places in the city throughout summer.

BANNED: Mr Anurag Verma, District Magistrate, has banned the opening up of liquor shops on Friday in the vicinity of Maiserkhana village where one-day mela will be organised. The order was issued here on Thursday.

BEST CLUB: The local Lions Club was declared the best club of session 2001-2002 in the entire Lions Club District 321-F comprising about 155 clubs at the 10th annual prize distribution function of Lions Club District 321-F entitled “Bulandi 2002” held at Nainitaal. The information was given here on Wednesday by Mr Satwinder Singh Jandu, President, Lions Club, Barnala. Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of Uttaranchal, was the chief guest.

CASE REGISTERED: The Hariana police registered a case under Section 406 of the IPC on Wednesday against Jagdish Ram, treasurer of the PSEB circle Janauri, for alleged defrauding the department of Rs 12,153. In his complaint, the Assistant Engineer, PSEB, Hariana, alleged that Jagdish Ram had collected Rs 12, 153 from consumers against their electro bills and issued them forged receipts on October 7, 2001, and January 6, 2002.

ROAD MISHAPS: Dimple Kumar of Mukerian died on the spot when a Matador hit his scooter near Kharak Balra on Wednesday. A case has been registered against Ram Avtar, driver of the Matador. In another accident, Tejinder Singh of EB Colony, Talwara, who was working as meter reader at Mano Chahal, Amritsar, died on the spot when his scooter slipped and he fell down at Lalate on Wednesday.

DEFENCE COMMITTEES: “Defence Committees will be set up at ‘deras’ situated on the outskirts of villages to check robbery incidents.” This was stated by the SSP, Khanna, Mr Devinder Singh Garcha, in a meeting of panches, sarpanches and municipal councillors held at Trimurti Marriage Palace here on Thursday. SSP suggested the citizens to start ‘thikri pehras’ in villages and towns to a check robbery incidents. He offered to issue weapons to villagers for their defence. The meeting was also attended by the DSP, Khanna, Mr Balbir Singh, the SHO, Sadar, Mr Satnam Singh, and SHO, City Mr Sarwan Dass. Mr Major Singh Pallah, president of SAD unit, Mr Ram Dass Gogi of the BSP, Mr Amar Singh of the CPI , Mr Param Jit Singh, Mr Lakhbir Singh, Mr Amritlal Vijay Sharma, and Mr Iqbal Singh all municipal councillors, also attended the meeting.

POOR WATER SUPPLY: Mr Dharam Pal, president, Ex-services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, has alleged that the supply of drinking water to Ward No. 1, Mundi Kharar, by the local municipal committee has been very poor. In a press note issued here on Thursday, he stated that the supply of water to the area was almost negligible with the supply once a day and at low pressure. He also alleged that the water was muddy and dirty.

ELECTED: Mr Narash Kumar Singla has been elected president of the Cloth Merchants Association for a term of two years at a meeting held here on Wednesday. According to a press note issued here on Thursday, the members expressed satisfaction over his previous term and authorised him to appoint members to his executive committee.

CHARGE TAKEN: Mr Sukhvinder Singh Gill, the newly appointed SDM, took over his charge on Wednesday. He replaced Mr Devinder Singh, who has been transferred.

WHEAT DESTROYED: Wheat crop in around one acre of land at Rasnaheri village was destroyed due to fire on Wednesday. According to a press note issued by Mr Balbir Singh, sarpanch of the village, electricity spark was stated to be the cause of the fire.

DEMAND: To encourage the farmers towards diversification of agriculture, the Punjab Agricultural Students’ Association (PASA) has appealed to the Punjab Government to launch a farmer awareness campaign. Stating this in a press note, Mr Mandeep Singh Lachowal, spokesman of the association, said there was much competition in the international market for the Indian farmers who need to learn marketing techniques for fruits, vegetables, flowers and oil seed crops. The PASA has also demanded that sufficient job opportunities be given to the agricultural graduates and postgraduates. They said that over 400 vacant posts of agricultural development officers, horticultural development officers and soil conservation officers be filled soon. Besides, 300 posts of agricultural teachers at school level be filled at the earliest.

SPCA DEMAND: The Ludhiana chapter of the SPCA ( Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) demanded closure of meat shops and leather manufacturing units across the country on April 25 in view of the Bhagwan Mahavir Jayanti celebrations. In a press release here on Thursday the SPCA Secretary said the body had already requested Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to issue orders to this effect.

DECISION HAILED: The Government Primary Teachers’ Association has hailed the announcement of the Education Minister, Mr Khushal Behl, to dissolve the Primary Directorate for forming an elementary directorate. Stating this in a press note, Mr Piara Singh Dhillon, general secretary, said the meeting of a joint action committee would be held at Government Primary School, Jawahar Nagar, to discuss issues related to the change.

PROHIBITED: Mr Alok Shekhar, District Magistrate, has prohibited the use of loudspeakers without prior permission and has instructed all marriage palaces, hotels and restaurants to get no objection certificates within 15 days. The orders will be effective till June 14, 2002.

MAN ARRESTED: Sikander Singh of Butter Sherhin village under Kot Bhai police station was arrested on Thursday following the seizure of 1 kg of contraband opium from his possession. A case has been registered.

COMPLAINT CAMP: A one-day complaint camp was held at Baghapurana town in the district on Wednesday. Heads of almost all government departments were present to redress the grievances. The camp was presided over by the SDM, Baghapurana town, Mr Bakhtawar Singh.

DENTAL COLLEGE: The local Desh Bhagat Dental College and Hospital has got approval from the Punjab Government to admit students for BDS first year, according to a press note issued by the institution on Thursday.

TWO ARRESTED: Mr Navjot Singh, DSP, Garhshanker, in a press note issued here on Thursday, said under a massive drive launched against drug traffickers, two persons, Gurvinder Singh and Harshpal, residents of Denowal Khurd village were arrested and 26 bags of poppy husk seized from their possession when the truck in which they were carrying poppy husk was intercepted during a special naka near Panam village. Their accomplice, Dilawar Singh, resident of Dogarpur village, however, managed to escape.

INTERNATIONAL AWARD: Four students of Yadavindra Public School (YPS) here have won the gold standard of the “International Award for Young People”. The students who have won the award are: Manpreet Nehel, Isha Walia, Ragini Ghuman and Megha Ghuman. This award is a successor to the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which is given all over the world to students of fifteen years of age or above for their contributions towards social service, sports and trekking expeditions. The awards were presented by the Principal of YPS, Mr R.P. Devgan.

DEMANDED: The National Medicos Forum on Thursday demanded the formulation of a permanent transfer policy for PCMS doctors according to the duration of service of doctors and the doctors with more than 14 years of service be preferred for postings at district-level towns, while those with nine to 14 years of service be posted at Sub-division-level towns. It was also demanded that the posts of specialists in various hospitals be defined. Demanding a high-level probe into all promotions during the past three years, president of the forum, Dr D.C. Sharma, alleged that during the regime of the previous government bureaucratic interference took place and proper norms were not followed while promoting doctors.

SHORT CIRCUIT: As many as 10 Birs were burnt in a fire which broke in gurdwara which was under construction gurdwara at Mohalla Chaudhria here on Thursday. A short circuit was said to be the cause of the fire in which some valuables were also destroyed.

TWO ARRESTED: The Goraya police arrested two car thieves, Harjinder Singh and Mohinder Singh, near Khurad village in the subdivision on Wednesday. A car was also recovered from them. The car was stolen from in front of Milan Palace, Goraya, on April 14. A tractor-trailer was also recovered.

MEETING: A state-level meeting of the Punjab Revenue Officers Association will be held at Amaltaas, Ludhiana, on April 20. This was stated by the general secretary of the association, Dr Kanwaljit Singh Randhawa, while talking to newspersons here on Thursday.



SHOBHA YATRA: The Hindu Parv Maha Sabha has decided to hold a “Vishal Shobha Yatra” as a part of celebration of Shri Ramnavmi festival on Friday, according to Mr Rajendra Kumar Lakhanpal, president of the sabha. The yatra will start at 1 pm from Shri Sanatan Dharam Mandir, Sector 23-B, and pass through Sector 22, Shri Satya Narayan Mandir, Sector 22-C, Shri Sarswati Ashram, Sector 22-C, Aroma Chowk, Scooter Market, Sector 21, 20, Shri Laxmi Narayanmandir Sector 20, Shri Guga Marhi Mandir, Sector 20, Shri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Sector 20, Shri Sita Ram Kaushlendra Mandir, Sector 19, Arya Samaj Mandir, Sector 19, Rehri Market, Sector 19, Sector 27 Market, Sri Sanatan Dharam Mandir, Sector 27, and conclude at Satsang Bhavan, Sector 26 (Grain Market).

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers and executive members of the Zirakpur Mixture Union, NAC Zirakpur. President — Mr Avtar Singh; vice-president — Mr Sukhdev Singh; cashier — Mr Rishi Kumar; secretary — Mr Radhe Shyam; adviser — Mr Sanjiv Kumar and executive members — Mr Bahadar Singh, Mr Devinder Singh, Mr Issar Singh, Mr Krishan Singh, Mr Jaipal Singh, Mr Bharat Bhushan, Mr Gurdarshan Singh, Mr Rakesh Kumar and Mr Roshan Lal.

MADHU TOPS EXAM: Madhu Bala, a student of Raja Ram Mohan Roy Institute of Vocational Studies, Sector 27, topped the examination with 89.5 per cent marks, while Seema Gulati and Pooja Sharma got second and third position securing 88.5 per cent and 85 per cent, respectively. In the first semester, Rajwat Kaur came first with 87.5 per cent followed by Abhishek Mittal (82 per cent) and Meetu Dhameeja (72 per cent) who came second and third, respectively.

WAR MEMORIAL SOUGHT: The local unit of the Ex-servicemen Grievances Cell has sought a sainik institute, war memorial and Central School for the township. In a representation to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the general secretary of the cell, Lt Col S.S. Sohi (retd), said a large number of ex-servicemen had settled in the township. The cell has sought the war memorial to be constructed near the PCL traffic lights. 



ANNUAL FUNCTION: The 28th annual function of Sri Ramnavmi celebration will be organised by Sree Shankar Sangeet Kala Kendra on the premises of Kailash Mandir, Hathi Khana, Ambala Cantt, from Saturday. Wrestling competition will be held on Saturday at 5 pm, ‘bhandara and shoba yatra on Sunday and sangeet programmes on Monday at 5 pm. Many national and international wrestlers along with music artistes are expected to participate in the sammelan. Mr Abhey Chautala, MLA and president Haryana Olympic Association, will be the chief guest.

FUNCTION: A scintillating cultural programme was presented by the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2, Ambala Cantt, during its annual day function on Wednesday. Air Cdr V.R. Iyer, Commanding Officer Air Force Station was the chief guest. School Principal, Mr Shisodia, said besides usual subject combinations, the school was inculcating computer awareness programme among the students from Classes VI to XII. He added that, the schools had adopted five neighbouring non-KV schools to impart computer training.

RESENTED: At the general body meeting of the Federation of Welfare Societies Association, presided over by Mr Shiv Dayal Gupta, federation passed a resolution resenting the levying of house tax on twice the rate of Annual Rental Value even though all these colonies had been declared unauthorised. It alleged that the government had no right to charge house tax from residents of unauthorised colonies. The federation, however, directed the residents of the colonies to deposit house tax in protest to avoid penal interest and fine till government took a final decision on legalisation of the colonies.

PRISONER NABBED: The Superintendent of Police, Mr Manoj Yadava, on Thursday said the CIA staff had nabbed a prisoner who had not returned after his parole period had ended. Mr Yadava said Gurvinder Singh alias Bitto, lodged in Ambala Central Jail in a murder case, had gone on parole for four weeks on February 19 but did not return on the due date. A team led by Inspector Nripjit Singh nabbed Gurvinder Singh from near Jagadhari Gate, on Wednesday.

DHARNA: The District Congress Committee (urban) organised a dharna in front of Municipal Council office at Ambala City here on Thursday in protest against communal violence in Gujarat. The DCC (rural) president, Ms Kiran Bala Jain, presided over the dharna. Senior local leaders, including Darshan Lal Kapoor, Madan Lal Aggarwal, Inder Pal Singh Pammi, Devinder Bajaj, Tarun Chugh, Ramesh Verma, Parminder Singh Babla and Kamlesh Kharbanda were also present. 

TWO KILLED: Two persons were killed in two road accident here during the past 24 hours. According to information, Jarnail Singh died near Nanyola village when a Tata Sumo hit the motor cycle which he was riding. In another accident an unknown person was killed on the GT road at Ambala Cantt. The police has registered two cases in this regard. 



SEMINAR HELD: A seminar on national security under the aegis of the Rashtriya Raksha Samiti was held at the local Bachat Bhavan on Tuesday. Mr H.C. Sharma, Principal (retd) and president of the local Sahitya Parishad , chaired the symposium. Col Ravi Vaid (retd), vice-president of the local unit of the samiti, Mr Vijay Nadda, chief adviser of the Kangra division of the samiti, and Mr Dharam Chand Sharma, president of the samiti, spoke on the occasion.

YOUTH KILLED: A youth was killed when he was hit by a jeep near Jhunga Devi Road, 8 km from here, on Thursday. The youth has been identified as Prithipal (30), a resident of Jalandhar. The Lambagaon police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 338 of the IPC.


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