Sunday, June 16, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


ARRESTED: The Majitha police and CIA staff have arrested Sanjay Ram of Chonk Farid and Sukhwinder Singh of Baba Deep Singh Dharam Kanda in Majitha for selling petrol and diesel illegally. The police has seized huge quantity of diesel from them. A case under Sections 379 and 411, IPC, has been registered.

PENSION SCHEME: Dr Ishwar Singh, chairman, Joint Action Committee, and president of the Management Federation, has strongly condemned the negative attitude of the Punjab Government towards the proper implementation of pension-cum-gratuity scheme for the teaching and non-teaching employees of private colleges. In a press note released here on Saturday, he said the government had retreated from the promises made in the election manifesto and through newspapers regarding the fulfilment of the long-pending demands of college staff. He said the government was implementing its own executive order of December 18,1996.

ARTIFICIAL LIMBS: The Army will organise a medical camp on Tuesday to provide artificial limbs free of cost to 23 farmers who lost their limbs in mine blasts in Ganganagar. Preliminary medical aid in this connection has already been given to them at various Army hospitals.

SEMINAR: A seminar to make people aware about the measures taken for the construction of buildings was held at the District Institute of Elementary Training on Thursday. Mr Raj Kumar Aggarwal, SDO, PWD (B&R), laid stress on the use of quality raw materials.

ILLICIT LIQUOR: In a drive against antisocial elements the police here has seized 4,63,500 ml of illicit liquor from different parts of the district. About 4,29,000 ml of illicit liquor were seized from a Tata Sumo and a case registered against Ravinder Singh of Jalaal Bassi in this connection who is on the sun. The Sadar police arrested Ashwani Kumar of Muradpur Narial and Gurmeet Kaur of Roadian and seized 18,000 ml of whisky and 12,750 ml of illicit liquor. Harpreet Singh Dogar of Bengalipur was also arrested and 3,750 ml of illicit liquor were seized from him.

CHEATING CASE: On the complaint of Lakhwinder Singh of Mehdinpur the Mukerian police has registered a case against Malkiat Singh and his wife Kuljeet Kaur under Sections 406 and 420, IPC. Lakhwinder Singh alleged that he gave Rs 70,000 to the accused to get his son recruited in the Army, but neither his son was recruited nor he was returned the money.

KHAIRWOOD SEIZED: On a complaint of Chain Singh, Sarpanch of Rampur Bilron village, the Garshanker police has impounded a Maruti van carrying khairwood. Chamkaur Singh of Chandsu Brahmana village and Husan Lal of Bhatpur Rajputan have been arrested under Section 379 and 411, IPC.

ENCRUSTED RICE: About 1500 consignments of par-boiled rice of kharif crop 2001-2002, worth Rs 30 crore, have been downgraded for these were stored in unscientific godowns. About 3,200 consignments of rice were stored in godowns offered by rice millers. After 15 months, 1,500 consignments are still lying in these godowns. These godowns lack proper ventilation leading to encrusting of the stocks.

CAMP: The Lions Club Venus organised a free neuro consultation camp at Sobti Neuro Centre in the city here on Saturday. More than 200 patients, suffering from brain and spinal diseases, were examined by Dr Manoj Sobti and his team on this occasion. According to Dr Sandeep Chahuhan, president of the club, tests were done at half the charges. Five poor patients were registered for free surgery during the camp. Other patients, registered on the occasion, would be offered 50 per cent concession. The camp would conclude on Sunday. Prominent among those present at the camp were Mr R.K. Mehta, vice-district governor, Mr N.M. Dutta, zone chairman, Mr Chander Mohan Chauhan, Mr Rajat Takyar, Mr Rajnish Lakhanpal, Mr Harminder Singh Rocky, Mr Ashok Sharma, Mr G.C. Chawla, Mr Bhupinder Singh, Mr Harsh Basand Rai and Mr Vijay Sharma.

THEFT: Two persons on Friday broke into the house of Mandar Singh at Bhekha village under the Baghapura police station in the district and looted Rs 5,000 after opening an almirah. They fled after committing the crime.

WATER PROBLEM: Residents of Sukhanand village in the district on Saturday complained that they had not received drinking water for the past several years as the water works installed at the village several years ago has been lying idle. Meanwhile, residents of Bambiha Bhai village in the district complained that they had been receiving contaminated drinking water for the past several months and a number of residents were suffering from water-borne diseases.

GANG BUSTED: The police here on Saturday busted a gang of businessmen involved in the sale of spurious seeds to farmers in the district. Cases have been registered in this regard.

PARENTS’ PLEA: Parents of schoolchildren, in an application to the Chief Minister on Friday, said action should be taken against public schools charging high admission fee and taking building funds and donation at the time of admission.

BOOK: Dr Gurnam Singh, a singer and a musician, has written a book titled ‘Sikh Musicology’ which includes 62 musical compositions (31 main ragas and 31 raga parkars) notationals in English and Hindi. The book has been prepared by taking shabads in ragas from Guru Granth Sahib and has been published by Kanika Publishers, New Delhi.

CONFERENCE: The Advocates’ Coordination Forum, Patiala, will organise a conference of young advocates from Punjab and Chandigarh at Mussorrie on June 17. The Governor of Uttaranchal, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, will be the chief guest. The key note address will be delivered by Mr Kamaljit Singh, advocate, Uttaranchal High Court.

RAPE: An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a sevadar of a religious place at Rurrka Kala village on Thursday. Village sarpanch Mela Singh confirmed the incident. The police has registered a case and arrested the sevadar, Maggar Singh.

STRIKE: More than 450 employees of RSB Company, which is constructing Khanna-Machhiwara-Rahon and Chandigarh-Ludhiana roads, are on strike since long and the work has come to standstill. Representatives of the employees, Mr Rajinder Singh and Mr Surjit Singh, alleged that the company usually payed their salaries late, put this time they had not been paid for the past more than three months. Due to this, families of the employees were facing hardship, they said. The leaders warned that they would not resume work till their salaries were paid.

SEMINAR: According to Mr Parminder Singh Gill, and secretary, Advocate Coordination Forum, a seminar on role of advocates in society will be held at Mussoorie during summer vacation from Sunday to Tuesday. More than 100 advocates from Punjab will attend the seminar. Mr Narinder Kumar Singla, former chairman of the Bar Council, Punjab, is the main organiser of the seminar. The seminar will be presided over by Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor, Uttaranchal, on June 17.

MEETING: The Punjab National Bank, Sangrur, organised a customers’ meeting at Sangrur on Friday. The function was presided over by Mr H L Arora, DGM, Punjab zone. He also inaugurated the district’s first ATM at its local branch.



LIQUOR TRAFFICKING: Seven persons were arrested on Friday in connection with liquor trafficking here under the Excise Act. Sukhwant Singh of Chando Kalan village was caught distilling illicit liquor. A working still, 20 kg of lahan and six bottles of illicit liquor were seized from him. Mange Ram of Bangaon village, Rajinder of Chimmo village , Lilu Ram of Mohamadpur Rohi village, Gian Singh of Shekhupur village, Mukhtiar Singh of Rattia and Mehla Singh of Bhirdana village were arrested and 30 bottles of illicit liquor and 160 pouches of countrymade liquor were seized from them. Cases have been registered.

NEW COURSE: The Tourism Department of Kurukshetra University will start master’s degree course in hotel management from the coming session 2002-2003. This was stated by Mr R.S. Chaudhry, Vice-Chancellor of the university, here on Friday. He added that the university had already sanctioned Rs 5 lakh for purchasing cassettes and books for the course.



ALLEVIATION PROGRAMME: Rupees 5 crore will be spent on poverty-alleviation programmes in Kangra district during the current year. This was stated by the Agriculture Minister, Mr Vidya Sagar, while presiding over a meeting of the District Welfare Committee.

DRINKING WATER: The Irrigation -cum-Public Health Department has provided potable drinking water to 70 villages of Bamsan, Hamirpur and Nadaun under the Central Rural Water Supply Scheme and 20 villages under the Prime Minister’s Gramodya Scheme at a cost of Rs 4.45 crore. This was stated by Mrs Urmila Thakur, HP Parliamentary Secretary, while reviewing the progress made under the 20-point economic programme in the district on Friday.


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