Saturday, June 22, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


ELECTED: The following were elected office-bearers of the district unit of the Ministerial Staff of Education Department for two years in a meeting held here on Friday: Chairman — Mr Rajinder Kumar Parashar; president — Mr Rajesh Kumar Sharma; general secretary — Mr Jagdev Singh; cashier — Mr Sushil Kumar Syal; advisor — Mr Rakesh Kumar Bhambri.

PROHIBITED: Complying with the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the District Magistrate, Mr Vikas Paratap, exercising the powers conferred under Section 144 Cr PC has immediately prohibited the manufacture and use of polythene bags, made of virgin or recycled plastic having thickness of less than 20 macrons and using carry bags or containers made of recycled plastic for storing, carrying, dispensing or carrying food stuff. He has directed the shopkeepers not to sell polythene bags having thickness less than 20 macrons and has also directed the wholesale dealers of the district to get their firms registered with the Punjab Pollution Control Board within 10 days of the issue of this order. This order shall remain in force up to August 17, 2002. The Superintending Engineer, Punjab Pollution Control Board has been made responsible for the implementation of these orders.

ANIMAL TAGS: The Central Government will spend Rs 40 lakh to tag all animals in the 6-km-long border belt in Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Ferozepore districts. The tags will indicate batch number, serial number and area code number. According to official sources, a demonstration in this regard was held at Derawal Daroga in the district on Wednesday.

RAIDED: District Drug Inspector Rajesh Suri on Thursday conducted raids on several medical stores at Dinanagar. He said a large number of medicines were seized from a medical store. The chemist had kept certain intoxicants without maintaining their record.

CYCLIST KILLED: Sajjan Singh, son of Bharpur Singh of Pakhowal village, was killed on the spot when he was hit by a PRTC bus (PB 29-B-9557) near Halwara on the main road. According to the complainant, Mr Harnek Singh, the bus came to a halt 50-60 yards after hitting the cyclist. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 427 and 304 A, IPC.

REFRESHER COURSE: The five-day refresher course on “Finger Print Identification System” was organised at Punjab Police Academy, Prihar. Twenty four investigating police officers from all over Punjab participated in the course. On the concluding day, Dr S.S. Chauhan, Superintendent of Police, Finger Print Bureau, stated that such courses were beneficial to the law enforcement agency during investigation. The course is being organised under the directions of Mr D.R. Bhatti, Additional Director General of Police, Computer and Wireless Punjab.

PROGRAMME: The Dhan-Pothohar Brotherhood would organise a “sabhyacharak programme” on Sunday at Punjabi Bhavan. The programme would be dedicated to the birth celebrations of Master Tara Singh. Mr N.S.Nanda, the president of the association, in a press note stated that prominent scholars would read their papers on the life and sacrifices of Master Tara Singh. A cultural programme would also be presented by amateur artistes and poets

FREE MEDICAL CAMP: A free medical check-up camp would be held at Acharya Shri Atma Ram Jain Hospital, on the Jamalpur-Chandigarh Road, on Sunday. Mr Mohinder Paul Jain, secretary of the hospital, in a press note stated that general check-up would be conducted by Dr Archan Garg. Dr Parul Goyal, Dr J.S.Batra, Dr Puja Aneja, Dr Parveen Malhotra, Dr Ritu Dhingra, Dr Ashish Jain and Dr Monical Jain will conduct eye, medical, dental, gynae and homoeopathy examinations.

CRITICISED: The Punjab Ophthalmic Officers’ Association has criticised the freezing of dearness (DA) allowance for one year, ban on the leave travel concession (LTC) and replacement of medical reimbursement scheme with medical insurance scheme. The association members have warned that if proposed budget was not scrapped they would be forced to resort to agitation.

APPEAL: The Aas Kiran De-addiction Centre of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle has appealed to all socio-religious, cultural and academic organisations to observe International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking which falls on June 26. The theme of the year is: ‘Drug abuse and HIV/AIDS’. The circle, which has been chosen as the chief organisation of the Federation of Indian NGOs engaged in Drug Abuse Prevention, intends to launch a public opinion against the rampant drug abuse in the state. Besides illicit trafficking, the members of the organisation have appealed to curb the growing menace of prescription drug abuse by way of which numerous chemists all over are doing a brisk business of selling drugs to the addicts.

DEATH MOURNED: The Punjab Agricultural University authorities have mourned the demise of Dr Satwant Kaur Bhangu, Professor in the Department of Home Science Extension, who passed away on June 17. Lauding her role, colleagues said she had spent 25 years spreading light among rural masses. She had also written for several magazines, newspapers and journals. Her father, Col C.S. Dhillon, was also present at the meeting.

CONTAMINATED COLD DRINK: The People for Common Cause, a voluntary organisation, on Friday seized a contaminated bottle of multinational soft drink company, Coca Cola. The sealed bottle contained insects and particles clearly visible to the naked eye. The organisation has demanded the district administration to take necessary action and monitor the quality of products of the multinational and big companies. It was bottled on May 12 with 9567TR as bottle number. It was stated that the matter would be taken up with the authorities concerned for necessary action against the company. 

KILLED: Jaswant Singh, son of Bhan Singh, was killed while his brother was injured in a road accident near Amargarh village on Thursday. The two were going to their village when their scooter collided with a tractor. Jaswant Singh was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead.

REFLECTORS: The administration has launched a campaign to affix reflectors on the rear sides of tractor-trailers, richshaws, bicycles and other vehicles to prevent accidents. SDM Pardeep Kumar said these reflectors were being provided free of cost.

ACHIEVERS: Dr Tanjit Kaur Jeji, a resident of Patiala, has secured the first position in the postgraduate entrance test for MD/MS conducted by Baba Farid University. Dr Vikesh Gupta, another resident of Patiala, has attained the 12th rank in the postgraduate entrance exam for MD/MS conducted by the PGI, Chandigarh, and ranks 23rd in the exam conducted by AIIMS, New Delhi.

BUDGET CRITICISED: The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Officers (Accounts) Association, at an emergency meeting held on Friday condemned the Punjab Budget. Calling it an anti-employees, the association president, Mr J.P. Makol, appealed to the Congress government to reconsider its decision regarding freezing of DA, LTC and alignment of pay and allowances of PSU’s with those of the Punjab government employees. He further said the government must take immediate action to curb the menace of theft and link the tariff with the cost of providing service to the consumer at his end.

FOUNDATION STONE: Mr Jagat Singh Palahi, president of the local Guru Nanak College, on Friday laid the foundation stone of Guru Hargobind block in the college. Mr Palahi was also honoured at the function for his contribution to the promotion of education in rural areas.

SEMINAR HELD: A counselling cell will be set up in the local Guru Nanak College. This was stated on Friday by Mr Inderjit Singh, Principal, at a seminar on “Mapping the course in Higher Education”. The seminar was presided over by college president Jagat Singh Palahi.

SUICIDE BID: A woman tried to commit suicide, along with her two children, on Thursday but timely medical aid saved the three. According to information, the woman consumed an insecticide and gave it to her eight-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter. However, the three were rushed to a private and Civil Hospital where their condition was stated to be out of danger.



THEATRE WORKSHOP: The concluding day of a month-long dance and theatre workshop conducted under the banner of “Tiny Steps” concluded with delightful hoping and jumping by the children on stage as they presented dance items on popular Punjabi and Hindi songs at the Gandhi Smarak Bhavan in Sector 16 here on Thursday. The workshop conducted by Ms Neetu Singh, a teacher from Saupins School, aimed at inculcating a love for dance, drama, art and craft besides grooming them for an allround personality development. The programme put up by about 85 participants of different age groups also included a few skits and a puppet show.

AWARDED: The Gyan Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Phase II, has been awarded the International Standard Organisation (ISO) certificate for quality management. The certification ISO 9001:2000, has been done by the International Certifications Services (Asia). Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Mr J.S. Bedi, in-charge of the institute, said their success on the campus placements and academic excellence for the MBA and BCA programmes during the last four years had been acknowledged by the All-India Council of Technical Education and Punjab Technical University. The institute had got approval for starting MCA course in the current academic session. 

CASES REGISTERED: Launching a drive against the house owners and entrepreneurs for not supplying the antecedents of their servants, the police registered six cases under Section 188 of the CrPC on Friday. The cases have been registered against Mr Ajay Kumar, Mr Nirmal Dass, Darshan, Mr Arvinder Singh and Mr Gurmeet Singh, all owners of hotels and Mr Ram Payara Lal, owner of a guest house.

GOVT FLAYED: The Physically Handicapped Association has decried the attitude of the Punjab Government towards the handicapped. Mr Ajit Salani, chairman of the association, said the government should reconstitute the coordination and executive committees for redressal of grievances of the physically challenged. 



PATWARI BOOKED: The Vigilance Bureau, Ambala, has nabbed a patwari for taking bribe of Rs 1500 from a resident of Ghel village here on Friday. According to information, Harvinder Singh filed a complaint with the bureau that the patwari, Pawan Kumar has been demanding Rs 1500 from him for issuing successor’s certificate. Ms Suman Manjri, Superintendent of Police, Vigilance Bureau, Ambala, constituted a raiding party headed by Inspector Shyam Lal and ASI Tajinder Singh. Mr Godu Ram, Tehsildar, Ambala City also accompanied the team as an Executive Magistrate. As soon as Harvinder handed over the amount to patwari, the bureau officials nabbed him red-handed. According to Ms Manjri, Rs 1500 was recovered from his possession. The bureau has registered a case against the patwari under the Prevention of Corruption Act. 

RESENTMENT: The Ambala Cantonment Traders Federation has expressed resentment over public property being defaced by putting up posters and writing slogans. “It is a matter of concern for all that the public properties are being defaced. This work is being done by hired persons during evenings and night hours hence they cannot be checked. This is a bad practice and the district administration should take action,” a release said.



CONCRETE FLOOR: Mr Ramlal Thakur, an MLA and a former Health and Sports and Youth Services Minister, has alleged that a concrete floor was being spread on the Rs 1.17-cr indoor stadium at Luhanu ground here instead of the essential floor of teakwood, thus incapacitating this stadium for holding national and international events and reducing its utility to only 10 per cent. He said this while addressing mediapersons at Circuit House on Thursday.

WORKSHOP: A three-day district-level workshop was held here on Friday under the auspices of the Zila Saksharta Samiti. Addressing a gathering Mr Jagdish Chander Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, said a target of constituting 10,000 self-help groups had been set for initiating unemployed youths to adopt gainful self-employment.

MAN KILLED: At least one person was killed on-the-spot and four others received serious injuries, when a private van carrying a marriage party fell into a 100-feet-deep khud, near Kotlu, on Thursday. According to information, the accident took place when the driver failed to negotiate a sharp curve. All injured have been admitted to the local Civil Hospital here. A case has been registered against the driver of the van under Section 304 A of the IPC.

GATE MEETING: A gate meeting was held by the workers of Kamala Dials and Devices company against the transfer orders issued by the management to 18 workers of the unit to their Chandigarh unit. The gate meeting was addressed by Mr Om Datt Sharma, president of CITU unit of Solan district and Daljeet Singh, general secretary of CITU. The leaders said there was a difference of service conditions of workers working at Parwanoo and Chandigarh.

MEETING HELD: The Congress cell of Himachal Pradesh University has expressed concern over the large-scale irregularities in the appointments in the university and decided to meet the Governor, Dr Suraj Bhan, who is also the Chancellor of the university. This was stated at a meeting of the cell here on Thursday under the chairmanship of Mr Kuldeep Rathore, in charge of the frontal organisations of the party.

UNDERTRIAL BEATEN UP: An undertrial, Gopal Singh, was beaten up severely by another undertrial Amrish Rana facing charges in a triple murder case on Thursday. The SP, Mr Abhishekh Trivedi, said the undertrial had lodged a complaint alleging that two other undertrials Nazar and Bhushan had also helped Amrish Rana in beating him up. A case under Sections 307, 107 and 149 of the IPC has been registered against Amrish Rana and others, the SP said.

BODY FOUND: The body of a middle-aged man, bearing injury marks on head and face, was found in a house in Jain bhavan in Geeta Mandir Mohalla on Thursday. According to the Superintendent of Police, Mr Abhishekh Trivedi, the deceased has been identified as Hoshiar Singh, a resident of Saloh village in the district, who had been working as a clerk in a branch of the State Bank of India. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination, he said.

REMANDED: The local police has rewarded the four residents of Raipur village who had helped them to nab three undertrials who escaped from the sub jail here on June 9. The Superintendent of Police gave away a citation, along with a cash award of Rs 100, to the four residents. Those who have been rewarded are — Raksha Devi, Jarnail Singh, Surinder Singh and Jeet Singh. 


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