Saturday, May 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


GOODS RECOVERED: The police on Thursday raided a place where some youths were reportedly finalising a plan to carry out thefts. On the basis of information provided by them the police raided a house on the gaushala road. A number of stolen goods, including colour TVs, CD players, inverters computer sets, recording sets, 95 CDs and 340 audio video cassettes were recovered from the house. Sahil, alias Angrej, Tarun Kataria and Rakesh Kumar have been arrested under Sections 457, 380, 41 of the IPC. A local court has remanded them to police custody for two days.

THREE HELD: The district police on Thursday claimed to have arrested three persons in separate incidents and recovered gold and silver ornaments and two scooters from their possession. Mr S.K. Kalia, SP, said a police party arrested Rakesh Kumar and Gurdev Singh of Chhota Haripura and recovered gold and silver ornaments and a scooter from their possession. The police recovered another scooter from the possession of Daler Singh of Mahan Singh Gate.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Government School Teachers Union, Amritsar unit: district president — Mr Satyapal Gupta; general secretary — Mr Balkar Valtoha; senior vice-presidents — Mr Udham Singh and Mr Hardev Bhakna; and vice-presidents — Mr Ram Murti, Ms Narinderpal, Mr Sarabjit Patti and Mr Amarjit Singh.

BLOOD DONATION: The Blood Donors Society, Bassi Pathana, in association with the Indian Medical Association, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Citizens Club and SBOP main branch Bassi Pathana organised 62th blood donation camp at Aggarwal Dharmshala here on Friday. More than 105 units of blood were donated to the blood bank of the PGI. A team of doctors led by Usha Rao took the blood.

NO OVERLOADING: Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, has directed all cycle and auto-rickshaws, besides four-wheeler operators, to stop the overloading of the passengers in their vehicles within a week otherwise heavy penalties would be imposed upon them. While presiding over a district transport and other traffic officials meeting on Thursday, the Deputy Commissioner also sought the cooperation of heads of the educational institutions, along with the parents of the school-going children, in making the programme a success.

POLL ARRANGEMENTS: Mr Kulbir Singh Sidhu, Secretary, Punjab State Election Commission, held a meeting with the District Election Officers of Ferozepore, Moga and Muktsar districts at the Zila Parishad office to review the arrangements being done for Panchayat and Zila Parishad elections to be held on June 9. He told them to complete all arrangements for the elections as soon as possible and ensure free and fair elections.

BOOKED: On the complaint of Mr Satnam Singh of Chack Kasim village , the Dasuya police has registered a case under Sections 420 and 406 of the IPC against Davinder Singh of Mohalla Labh Nagar on Thursday. In his complaint, Mr Satnam Singh had alleged that Davinder Singh took Rs 4 lakh for sending his son Gurtej Singh to England. But he neither sent his son to England nor did he return the money.

CARS STOLEN: Some miscreants stole a Maruti car No PB 10A-9049 of Prem Singh son of Bawa Singh from his residence at Salempur village on Thursday. In another case, miscreants also stole Maruti car No PB-08D-7483 of Devinder Singh son of Mohinder Singh from Shamchaurasion Thursday.

IN-LAWS BOOKED: Mr Sukhdev Kumar, father of Jasbir Bala of Satnam Nagar, Ludhiana, has lodged a complaint against his son-in-law Amarjit, his father Surinder Singh, mother Nimo and brother Pamma of Miani on Thursday. He alleged that his daughter’s in-laws used to torture her to get a refrigerator and a scooter from her parents. They also used to beat her up. The Tanda police has registered a case in this regard.

STRIKE: The local Bar Association observed strike on Friday in support of demands raised by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association in view of the PPSC Chairman scandal.

CEREMONY: An idol-installation ceremony was held at the Shakti Ashram Shri Jitto Asthan in Tilak Nagar, here on Wednesday. An idol of Gosain Jagannathji was installed amid chanting of hymns by the Bua Baba Mahila Bhajan Mandali. Tributes were paid to Gosainji.

TEMPLE CONSTRUCTION: The construction of Shiva Temple in Ajit Nagar, Haibowal, got under way on Wednesday, according to Mr Sohan Lal Dhanda, chairman, Dhanda Charitable Trust, which is undertaking the project. Amid chanting of mantras by Pandit Kashi Nath Tripathi and Pandit Mahanand Shastri, the poojan ceremony was performed by Mr Dhanda, Mr Dinesh Bajaj, Ms Renu Dhanda, Mr Avtar Thapar, Mr Ravi Nandan Sharma, Mr Pawan Jain, Mr Umesh Joshi, Ms Urmila Goyal, Mr Anil Aggarwal, Mr Vishal Abbi, Mr Surinder Gupta and Mr Yash Pal Jain. Apart from the idols of Lord Shiva and his family, idols of other gods and goddesses will also be installed.

KATHA: A session of Shrimad Bhagwat Katha will be held from May 26 to June 1 at the Shri Haridev Mandir in Bagh Wali street, according to Pandit Amar Sharma. The Shri Sanatan Dharam Rama Sankirtan Mandal will perform the poojan on the opening day.

FESTIVAL: Shri Rangji Mandir, New Shivaji Nagar, will hold its seventh annual festival from May 25 to 29, which will be presided over by Goswami Chander Parkash. A satsang session will be held every day from 9 pm to 11 pm. Mr Pran Nath Bhatia will inaugurate the festival.

RELIEF: The Shiv Sena (Tangri) will hold a function at Gur Mandi on May 27 at 3 pm. At the function relief will be distributed among 350 widows in the form of ration, according to Mr Jagdish Tangri. He said in a press note here on Friday that a large number of prominent saints would grace the occasion. A talk would also be organised about ways to end corruption in the country and bring various sects of Hindus on a single platform, he added.

RECITATION: A recitation of nine lakh Navkar Mahamantras will be held on May 26 in connection with the third annual commemoration day of Shri Devender Muniji at the Jain Sthanak in Rupa Mistry street. The function, which will begin at 8 am, is being organised by the S.S. Jain Biradari, according to Mr Moti Lal Jain.

BHANDARA: The Siddh Yogi Baba Balak Nath Temple in Gandhi Nagar will hold its 36th annual ‘chala’ and bhandara from May 25 to 27, according to a spokesman of the temple management. A group of devotees will leave for the Baba Balak Nath cave in Bilaspur district at 7 am on the final day, he added.

SAMMELAN: A dharam sammelan will be held from May 27 to 31 at the Shri Sanatan Dharam Mandir in New Model Town at which Swami Hari Chaitanya Puri will deliver discourses from 8 pm to 11 pm. A shobha yatra will be taken out on the opening day from the Mata Mandir in Harnam Nagar, according to Mr Inderjeet.

INAUGURATED: Ivanna, an institute of fashion technology, was inaugurated here on Friday by the Director (Outreach), Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, Mr Amarjit Singh Grewal. Ms Manmeet Sodhia, Director of the institute, said the institute is committed to giving its students complete and value-based education. It is offering courses like diploma in fashion technology, diploma in textile designing and diploma in interior designing, diploma in garment manufacturing technology.

CONDEMNED: Mr Sarbjit Singh Grewal, president, District Bar Association, has condemned the sudden hike of Rs 120 in the bimonthly telephone rent by BSNL without any prior intimation to the consumers. Addressing mediapersons here on Friday, he said earlier, the bimonthly rent was Rs 240 but now this rent had been increased to Rs 360 which was “illegal” and liable to be challenged at the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum.

SUICIDE: Jasbir Kaur, who was married to Mr Bhajan Singh of Bhaini Bhaga village in the district a few months ago, allegedly committed suicide on Thursday by consuming poison. The deceased suspected that her husband had illicit relations with another woman and this caused bitterness between the two. The Sadar police has registered a case under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC in this regard.

OPEN DURBAR: In open durbar held here on Thursday with Deputy Commissioner Alok shekhar in the chair, two dozen complaints were received and disposed of on the spot. The Deputy Commissioner issued directions to all district officers to attend such durbars regularly. The next open durbar will be held at Budhlada in the district at Government Senior Secondary School for Girls, on June 11.

TREKKING TRIP: K.C. Public School here has sent 140 students along with 27 staff members on a hiking and trekking trip to Shimla, Dalhousie, Dharamsala and Manali. Mr Ashok Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, flagged off the buses for the trip here on Thursday. This was stated by Mr S.K. Sharma, Principal of the school.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local unit of the General Insurance Employees Union (Chandigarh region): president — Mr Varinder Rajput; secretary — Mr Y.P. Suleria; joint secretary — Mr Vijay Anand and treasurer — Mr Joginder Ram.

SHORTAGE: There has been an acute shortage of non-judicial papers in the local tehsil for the past 15 days, according to Mr Surinder Bhalla, president of the local Stamps Vendors Union. Due to the shortage, the public and stamp vendors are facing great hardships.

ACQUITTED: Lakhbir Singh and Bhajan Singh of Jodhwal village were acquitted by Mr R.K. Condal, Judicial Magistrate, Samrala, on Thursday. They have been arrested under Sections 419, 465, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC by the Machhiwara police for preparing fictitious votes.

CULTURAL PROGRAMME: The local Aks Rang Manch will organise a cultural programme at Senior Secondary School, here on Saturday at 8 pm, according to Mr Rajwinder Samrala, director of the manch. Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA ,Samrala, and Mr Jaspal Singh Jassi, SDM, Samrala, will be the chief guest.

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Ex-servicemen will observe ‘Remembrance Day’ at Gurdwara Guru Ka Langar, Neelon bridge, on May 27. On this occasion, tributes will be paid to soldiers and their families who were killed in the terrorist attack on May 15 at Kaluchak, according to Mr Gurbhajan Singh, secretary- general, All-India Servicemen Action Committee, Punjab.

LAWYERS’ STRIKE: On an assurance given by Mr Justice R.L. Anand, Inspecting Judge, Ludhiana district, members of the local Bar Association have decided to suspend their agitation. They are demanding space for a Bar room, according to Mr Anil Gupta, its president. The association has decided to observe strike on May 28 on a call given by the High Court Bar Association.



CONFERENCE: The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will inaugurate the All-India Ayurvedic Congress in the city on Monday. Experts in the filed of ayurveda from all over the country are expected to attend this conference being organised under the aegis of the Akhil Bharatiya Ayurveda Mahasammellan’s Chandigarh chapter.

AIDS AWARENESS CAMP: The Indian Council of Social Welfare (ICSW) Chandigarh Chapter in collaboration with the State Aids Control Society has organised an AIDS awareness camp at Burail Jail here on Friday. The camp was attended by more than 50 jail inmates. The general secretary of the ICSW, Ms Shareshtha Mehta briefed the inmates about the organisation. The superindent of the jail, Mr D.S Rana, appreciated the efforts and concern of the ICSW while addressing the inmates and other officials.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Punjab Circle: president— Mr Mangat Ram, SDE, Patiala; vice president — Mr R.P. Goel, Accounts Officer, Chandigarh; secretary — Mr Kamlesh Dhadwal JTO, Chandigarh; assistant secretary— Mr Brij Mohan Dogra, JTO, Chandigarh ; cashier — Mr J.L. Khanna, JTO, Chandigarh and organising secretary — Mr Jogeshwar Kumar, SDE, Chandigarh.

ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office bearers of the Temporary Engineers Association of the Punjab Irrigation Department. president — Er Bhagwant Singh Berat, senior vice president — Mr Ashwani Sharma, vice-presidents — Mr Ashish Midha and Mr B.P.S. Brar, general secretary — Mr Gursharan Singh Wason; treasurer — Mr S.L. Bansal and press secretary — Mr Vinod Gupta.

SUMMER WORKSHOP: Creative Kids summer workshop will be held at 1066, Sector 15, Chandigarh, and 33, Sector 15, Panchkula, from May 27 to June 21. Children of the age group of three to 14 years will be introduced to several activities like outdoor games, rain dance, splash party, clay modelling, puppet making, art and craft, music and dance.

NEW 66-KW SUB-STATION: The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, will inaugurate a 66-KW sub-station at Raipur Rani on Sunday. The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora said atleast 43 villages in the area will benefit as a result of the commissioning of this sub-station.

TOPPER HONOURED: The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, has congratulated Rakesh Maurya, who has topped the region in the ICSE Class XII examinations in the region. She presented a cheque of Rs 5,100 to the student and assured him of all help in getting coaching in future.

LOK ADALAT: A Lok Adalat will be held at the District Courts here on Saturday. Justice V.K. Bali of the Punjab and Haryana High Court will preside over the Lok Adalat.

‘ELECTORAL ROLLS INCORRECT’: The General Secretary of District Panchkula Congress Committee (I), Mr Hemant Kinger, has alleged that the list of electoral rolls published now are incorrect in 40 per cent of the cases. He has said that the matter has been brought to the notice of Deputy Commissioner, Election Commissioner and Municipal Council.

BEREAVED: Maya Devi, mother of Ms Vimal Bhargav, Principal of Dev Samaj College, Sector 45-B, passed away at her Panchkula residence on Friday evening. She was 95. She is survived by three sons and two daughters. Cremation will take place at 12 noon at the Mani Majra cremation ground on Saturday. 



AUCTION PUT OFF: Following protests from dissident Municipal Councillors, the municipal authorities had to postpone the auction of shops in the local Municipal Committee market. The councillors alleged that the municipal president wanted to sell off the shops at throwaway prices. No further date of the auction has been announced as yet.

MUSEUM WEEK: To mark the International Museum Week celebrations, various programmes were organised at Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Centre here on Wednesday. Stating this here on Thursday, centre’s Project Coordinator S. Kumar said prizes and certificates were distributed to the winners of the various contests by the chief guest, Dr Hawa Singh, Registrar, Kurukshetra University.

POWER BILLS: Taking advantage of the 75 per cent concession announced by the State government regarding the clearance of electricity bill arrears, Rs 51.23 lakh by 3,058 consumers have been deposited in the district by May 21. The government has extended the last date ate to May 31, 2002 to clear the backlog of electricity bills.



PROBE SOUGHT: BJP leader Anil Sankhayayan of Gehara village in Balhchurani area, about 25 km from here, has demanded an inquiry into the alleged inaction of the police and the administration in controlling a forest fire which had engulfed Mokole forest and posed threat to Gehara, Laingadi and Chalehali villages.

BODY FOUND: The body of a shopkeeper, Khemraj, 26, was found from the roof of a house under construction near his own house at Kandraur, 10 km from here. Son of a local contractor, Mr Sehajram, Khemraj had left his house on Wednesday evening along with his friends. The police has registered a case in this regard.

TRAFFIC PROBLEM: The Chamba Progressive Citizens Council has expressed concern over the problem of traffic congestion in the town. The president of the council, Mr D.N. Pardesi, has requested the Deputy Commissioner to give directions to regulate the traffic in a well-planned and organised way.

FOREST FIRES: There is no let-up in the forest fires in the region. The ‘chil’ forests of the Tunnuhatti, Bhalei, Masrund and Bhattiyat areas have been destroyed in devastating fire. People living on the fringe of forests set the adjoining forests on fire as it is deemed beneficial for growing grass to provide fodder for their livestock in the ensuing monsoon season. But the villagers are unmindful of the consequences arising out of these forest fires and the practice is continuing despite repeated appeals by the district administration in this regard.

RED CROSS LAB: The District Red Cross Society launched a computerised clinical laboratory at the Red Cross Bhavan here on Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner Rahul Anand said the lab would function round-the-clock.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: Himachal Pradesh Industries Minister Kishori Lal has impressed upon the NGOs the importance of innovative steps to bring succour to the poor. He stated this while presiding over the annual function of the Himgiri Kalyan Ashram at Kiani village, about 20 km from here, on Wednesday.

BLOCK SELECTED: The Himachal Pradesh Government has selected Bamsan block of the district as one of the 20 blocks in the state for promoting business based on biotechnology. The diversification of farming with medicinal and aromatic plants, followed by their processing and extraction and appropriate business tie-ups would be one of the major activities of the Department of Biotechnology set up in the state, Dr P.K. Khosla, Senior Scientific Advisor to the department, said here on Thursday.

SHOBHA YATRA: A colourful shobha yatra on the eve of the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Parshuram, was taken out on Thursday evening here by the Braham Sabha. The devotees, including a large number of women from all over the district, participated in the yatra.

APPEALED: The local Citizens Council and various political parties have appealed Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to allocate a special grant of Rs 23 crore to help the Irrigation and Public Health Department to implement gravity mainline drinking water scheme for this historic town by drawing the water of Uhl river. They said it would permanently solve the water problem of the city.

NTPC PLAN: The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) plans to double its generation capacity to 40,000 MW by 2012. This was stated by Mr R.D. Gupta, Executive Director of the Corporation, while inaugurating a three-day workshop on “Preventive Vigilance and Vigilance Mechanism” organised by the Vigilance Department.

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