Friday, June 7, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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ENVIRONMENT DAY: The Amritsar Vikas Manch, in collaboration with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, celebrated World Environment Day in the premises of Sawarn Senior Secondary School here on Wednesday. Among those who attended the celebrations included Mr Harjinder Singh, Congress MLA, and Mr Prabhdayal Mahajan, councillor.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Guru Nanak Dev University Officers Association: president — Mr Baljit Singh Sekhon; vice-president — Mr Balwinder Singh; secretary — Mr Balkar Singh Sandhu; joint secretary — Mr Kewal Singh; and treasurer — Mr Bhupinder Singh.

ELECTRICITY SUPPLY: The border zone of the Punjab State Electricity Board has completed all its arrangements for supplying electricity for eight hours to farmers during paddy season. This was informed by the border zone Chief Engineer, Mr C.G. Raj, in a press note issued here on Wednesday. He said control rooms were provided to register complaints at each circle level.

THIKRI PEHRAS: Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, in an order has asked villagers to put up ‘thikri pehras’ (night vigil) on railway tracks, canals, distributaries, oil pipelines to prevent any damage to the same. The order will remain in force till July 4. This was stated in an official press note issued on Wednesday.

FOUR ARRESTED: Four persons have been arrested for stealing computers and other related gadgets amounting to more than Rs 1 lakh. Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, in a press note issued here on Thursday said those arrested had been identified as Karminder Kumar, a resident of Bassian in Ludhiana district, Mohit Goyal and Ravinder Singh, alias Gipsee, both residents of the local Kamla Nehru colony and Deepak Kumar of the Bibiwala road. Four computer-related equipments, including a keyboard, a mouse, a monitor, a CPU have been recovered from them.

CONDEMNED: The Nathana unit of the BKU(E) has condemned the atrocities committed by the Haryana Government on the agitating farmers. Mr Manjeet Singh, general secretary of the unit, at a meeting here on Thursday said they would participate in the state-level delegate meeting of the union to be held on June 8 at Jethuke village.

URGED: Senior Punjab Civil Medical Services Association of the district has urged the state government not to abolish the non-practicing allowance (NPA) of doctors on the recommendations of a sub-committee set up by the state government for giving suggestions to curtail expenditure. The information was given by Dr Ravi Kumar, press secretary of the district unit of the Association in a press note issued here on Wednesday.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Senior PCMS Association: patron — Dr Kiranjit Kumar; president — Dr Dalip Kumar; vice-president — Dr Gudial Singh; general secretary — Dr A.S. Basra; and treasurer — Dr G.P.S. Bedi.

CASE REGISTERED: Following a tip-off, the local police raided a local hotel here on Tuesday and caught red-handed two women, along with their customers. A case has been registered under Sections 3, 4, 5 of the Supression of Immoral Traffic in Women and Girls Act, 1956, against the owner of the hotel, Iqbal Singh.

SANCTIONED: The Local Bodies Department has given its nod to various beautification and development projects worth Rs 2.16 crore to be carried out in Jalandhar. This was stated by the Punjab Local Bodies Minister, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, after laying the foundation stone of the beautification work of Dr B.R. Ambedkar Chowk here on Wednesday.

ADDA FEE: The local nagar panchayat will collect the adda fee from government and private buses, mini buses and tempos as per the notification of the Punjab Government No 419/27-05-02, 7.12 vide Punjab Motor Vehicle Act, 1940. Mr Rajesh Khokhar (EO) and Mr Dharampaul President said this would increase the revenue of Nagar panchayat and development work could begin. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The election for the office-bearers of Punjab Police Pensioners Welfare Association Unit Khanna was held on Wednesday and the members elected unanimously are: Mr Malwinder Singh Manjalian; chairman; Krishan Kumar Dhand; general secretary; Malkit Singh Khattra; cashier and Jarnail Singh Kotan; vice-chairman. 

DEMAND: Residents of Halalpur (Kharar) are demanding that a ramp should be built in two parts from Halalpur village to Shiv Traders factory so that rainy water and sewerage water do not enter the village. The plan to install drainage system on the newly built road from Halalpur to Jakar Majra will endanger fields at the village, they say. Sewerage water, if enters the fields, will damage the crops.

COMPLAINT: Kaka Singh, uncle of Devinder Singh, a resident of nearby Hasanpur village whose wife Kulbir Kaur died on June 2 due to “negligence” of employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board, in a complaint to the Punjab Human Rights Commission, has demanded that an enquiry should be conducted into the matter and interm relief given to the heirs of Kulbir Kaur. He has written that Kulbir Kaur and Devinder Singh were returning home on a motor cycle when an electricity pole fell upon them at the Kharar bus stand. It happened while the PSEB employees were replacing a damaged poll. He has alleged that the road was not closed for traffic.

RELIEF TO STUDENTS: The Bhagwati Jagran Party has decided to distribute relief in the form of free books and uniforms among students every month, according to a spokesperson of the party. He said poor and needy students could contact Pandit Bajrang Bali Mishra at the Satyanarayan Mandir in New Deep Nagar. 

MELA CONCLUDES: The 14th three-day ‘mela’ dedicated to Sayyad Ali Baba Mast held in the Lajpat Rai market concluded here on Wednesday. A large number of faqirs and saints participated in the event and several ‘qawwals’ and hymn-singers sang the praises of Mast Baba. Several faqirs and saints were also honoured on the occasion. 

IDOL INSTALLED: An idol of Satguru Jeewanmukt ji Maharaj was installed amid chanting of vedic hymns at Shri Prem Mandir in Tilak Nagar here on Wednesday. The mantras were recited by Pandit Vijay Sharma, Pandit Ashok Shastri , Pandit Ramesh Bhardwaj and Pandit Yash Pall. Later, a havan was performed under the supervision of the temple head, Satguru Sheel Maharaj. Several bhajan parties also presented hymns. 

LIQUOR VENDS CLOSED: The District Magistrate, Mr Anurag Agarwal, has ordered the closure of all country and foreign liquor vends and ahatas (drinking places) in the district on June 9 when polling will take place for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections and June 10 when counting of votes will be taken up. 

PLEA: The Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association has pleaded for simplification of PUDA laws dealing with property development and an end to harassment of the property dealers by PUDA authorities. A deputation of the association, headed by its president, Mr Kultar Singh Jogi, met the Punjab Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Raghu Nath Sahai Puri, at Sujanpur to take up with him the issue of registration of criminal cases against colonisers and property dealers. The members of association also suggested to the minister that a state-level seminar of PUDA laws be organised in the near future to evolve a consensus on desirable amendments. 

EXPELLED: The Lok Jan Shakti Party, Punjab has removed the party secretary general Mr Avtar Singh Bagga from his post, prior to an inquiry by the disciplinary committee on allegations of anti-party activities, collecting funds in a questionable manner and misbehaving with party colleagues. According to party general secretary and state spokesperson, Mr Kartar Singh Patna, the decision had been taken with the approval of party chief and former Union Minister Mr Ram Vilas Paswan and a personal visit to the state by National Secretary and in charge of Punjab affairs, Mr Sita Ram Akela. 

RALLY: An anti-malaria rally was organised by the Health Department here on Tuesday. It was flagged off by Dr Ajit Singh Chawla, District Epidemiologist, from the Civil Surgeon’s office and passed through Fountain Chowk, Haibowal Kalan, Haibowal Khurd, Guru Nanakpura, Kundan Puri, Chawani Mohalla, Sabzi Mandi and Salem Tabri. 

SUICIDE: Sher Singh, a resident of Gajjanmajra village, committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree on Wednesday. According to police sources, the cause behind the suicide is not yet known. A case under Section 174 of the IPC has been registered.

BLOOD DONATION: The local Rotary Club organised a blood donation camp at the College road here on Wednesday. According to the secretary of the club, Mr Raj Kumar Jindal, in this camp, 50 persons donated blood. Dr Mohd Shabbir, CMO Dental, Mr Ved Parkash Jindal, Director, Rotary Club, Malerkotla, presided over.

DOWRY CASE: The police here has arrested Kamaljit Singh and his uncle Pritam Singh, residents of Ludhiana, in connection with a dowry case registered under various sections of the IPC on the complaint of Kuldeep Kaur, wife of Kamaljit Singh and Kamaljit’s mother Shashi Kanta, his aunt Amarjit Kaur, his cousin Gursewak Singh, his sister-in-law Rajni, his sister Sarabjit Kaur, his brother-in-law Krishan Singh and his second wife Pooja have also been booked.

PADDY PLANTATION: Paddy plantation in this region has been affected due to the absence of labourers who come to the state from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar for harvesting and cultivation. As a result, local labourers have raised their daily wages to Rs 700 per hectare certain farmers, while talking to the Tribune on Sunday, said due to the non-availability of labourers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, they were forced to meet the demands of the local labourers.

SPECIAL DRIVE: The district police has launched a special drive to arrest travel agents who were cheating people on the pretext of sending them abroad, according to Senior Superintendent of police Virender Kumar here on Wednesday.

PMT TOPPER: Ashish Aggarwal, a student of Mohindra College here has secured the first rank in the CBSE PMT. Ankur Goyal and Nitika Garg of the same college have secured the fourth and eighth rank respectively, in the test.

PROTEST MARCH: On a call given by the Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association, several veterinary officers held a protest march in front of the Veterinary Polyclinic here to show their resentment against the recent decision of the Punjab government to quash the selection of around 350 veterinary doctors. The senior vice-president of the association, Dr Rakesh Kura, said the decision of the government would adversely affect the working of veterinary institutes as most of these lacked adequate staff.

EYE CAMP: A free eye check-up camp was organised here at Ram Atre Memorial Eye Hospital in Bahadurgarh on Thursday. as many as 300 patients were examined and medicines and glasses distributed free of cost among the needy.

RESIDENTS’ APPEAL: Residents of Raghubir Marg appealed to MP Preneet Kaur on Thursday to pass necessary orders for the construction of a road overbridge at Phatak No. 22. The president of the Raghubir Marg Residents Welfare Association, Mr D.S. Virk, said increase in the number of trains passing at the crossing and the consequent traffic jams caused problem to the residents of the area. He said all formalities pertaining to the construction of the overbridge had already been completed.

TRANSFERRED: Mr Vinod Mehta has joined here as Executive Officer of the Nagar Council in place of Mr Devinder Singh Grewal who has been transferred to Rahon as EO. Earlier Mr Mehta was posted at Doraha. 

STAY ORDERS ISSUED: The Court of Mr G.S. Grewal, Special Secretary to the Punjab Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayats, has issued stay orders to Mr Madan Singh, sarpanch Nagra village, near here on Thursday according to B D and PO, Mr Walia. The Sarpanch Madan Singh had been suspended by the Director of Panchayats, some days back. Copies of the orders have been sent to the DDPO, Ludhiana, for information and necessary action, Mr Walia added. 

ELECTION ARRANGEMENTS: All arrangements regarding Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad elections are complete, according to Mr Jaspal singh Jassi, SDM-cum-Returning Officer, here on Thursday. Meantime Mr Sohan Lal Sherpuri from Machhiwara Zone V, Mr Kuldeep Singh Nagra from Samrala and Mr Jasmel Singh Bondli, Machhiwara, have been elected unanimously as Panchayat Samiti members, Mr Jassi added.

VETS PROTEST: On the call given by Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association, Punjab, all Veterinary Doctors of Samrala sub-Division wore black badges here on Thursday. Mr Ashok Sharma, Punjab President, demanded from the Punjab Government to implement non-practising allowance as already announced by the Minister of Animal Husbandry, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang. Similar reports from Bathinda, Patiala, Gurdaspur and Ludhiana, of vets wearing black badges, have also been received, Mr Sharma added.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Laboratory Technicians Association, Punjab: president — Mr Sakandar Singh Mansa; senior vice-president — Mr Manmohan Singh; secretary — Mr Amarjit Singh Ghariala; vice-president — Mr Nashan Singh; joint secretary — Mr Kuldeep Singh; and treasurer — Mr Surinder Kumar.

INJURED: Sakattar Singh, a resident of Nagoke village, was seriously injured following a dispute with Gurmaj Singh, Gurdeep Singh and Shinder Pal Singh, all residents of the same village, against whom Velowal police had registered case under Sections 307, 325 and 34 of the IPC, the police sources said on Wednesday.

POPPY HUSK SEIZED: The local city police seized 200 kg of poppy husk from the possession of Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Sabhra village in Ferozepore district on Wednesday at a naka in the area. A case under Sections 15, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.


AWARENESS CAMP: An eight-day awareness camp was started at the RCH Centre in Dhanas village on Thursday by the Chandigarh Chapter of the Indian Council of Social Welfare and the Chandigarh Social Welfare Advisory Board. Twentyfive women beneficiaries from Dhanas were briefed on loan facilities provided by the Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation to the handicapped, low income group and SC’s. A free medical camp was also organised for the pregnant and lactating women at the Reproductive and Child Health Centre.


BODIES FOUND: The government railway police has found two bodies from two different places. One body was found from the down line between Ambala City and the Shambhu railway station. the deceased is said to be about 41 years old. Another body was found from the up line between Ambala City and Ambala Cantonment on Tuesday. The deceased is said to be a teenager.

PAK CRITICISED: Mr Ravi Pahuja, chairman of the Tripuri Yuva Manch criticised Pakistan for abetting cross-border terrorism on Thursday. Mr Pahuja, while hailing Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s stand at Almaty, said Pakistan had been creating trouble in the valley and it should immediately stop it. He said de-escalation at the border would be possible only when Pakistan stopped infiltration.

APPEAL TO CM: The Haryana Sangharsh Samiti convener, Mr Om Prakash Malik, urged the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to have a dialogue with the BKU state president, Mr Ghasi Ram Nain, on Thursday. Mr Malik said a dialogue would bring an end to the farmers’ agitation which had paralysed the administration. He said Mr Chautala should accept the justified demands of the farmers and free all arrested BKU leaders.

APPOINTED: Mr Rajiv Masih has been appointed the organising secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Seva Dal.

MEETING: A special meeting was held under the presidentship of Deputy Commissioner D.D. Gautam on Thursday to deliberate upon the preparedness to tackle any eventuality. Officials from different organisations, including Army, Power, IOC, Telecom, PWD, Home Guard and Civil Defence, participated in the meeting. Rehearsals for blackout are likely to take place soon.

DEMONSTRATION: The employees of the Haryana Karamchari Mahasangh will demonstrate on June 23 in front of the house of the Prime Minister, New Delhi, in protest against the “anti-employee policies” of the central government and the state government. The information was given in a press note issued by Mr Mohan Lal Bhardwaj, district president of the sangh.


KHULA DARBAR: As many as 15 out of 51 cases were resolved on the spot at a “khula darbar” held here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Sarabh Negi. Rest of the cases were sent to different departments for early disposal.

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