Monday, July 8, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


PM URGED: The president of the All-India Hindu Shiv Sena, Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, in a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, has urged him to extend the route of new Jammu Tawi-Hardwar express train up to Amritsar.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been installed office-bearers of the Inner Wheel Club, Batala. president — Payal Aggarwal; vice-president — Meena Chandey; secretary — Rasneet Ahluwalia; and finance secretary — Tunu Bhagowalia.

INSTALLED: The following have been installed office-bearers of the Rotary Club, Batala. president — S.J. Bansal; vice-president — Bhupinder Singh; secretary — Iqbal Singh; and financial secretary — Amrit Sagar Mahajan.

STIR THREATENED: Mr Malkiat Singh, general secretary of the Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant Employees Union, Lehra Mohabbat, in a press note issued here on Saturday said senior officers of the plant were not following the policies adopted and agreed to by the employees in the past. He said if the demands of the union were not met by July 11, the union would be forced to agitate.

IMA STATEMENT FLAYED: Dr Arjan Singh Sethi, secretary of the Punjab Medical Practitioners Association, said in a press note issued on Saturday that the statement of the Punjab unit if the IMA that the Punjab Government should not allow the practitioners of alternative systems of medicine to practice allopathy was uncalled for. He said those practicing Unani and ayurvedic systems of medicine were allowed to do so as per a decision of the Supreme Court.

TRIBUTES PAID: Thousands of people paid tributes to Mayadevi, wife of eminent freedom fighter Pandit Chetan Dev and mother of former Punjab minister and senior Congress leader Opinder Sharma, during the “bhog” ceremony here on Sunday. She died on June 25 after prolonged illness.

MEDICAL CAMP: More than 1,000 persons were examined at a medical camp held by the Army at Jangal Bhawani on Saturday and Sunday. Refreshments were also given free of cost.

INAUGURATION: More than 500 persons attended the inauguration ceremony of the early cancer detection and rehabilitation centre organised by the local Inner Wheel Club here on Sunday. Mr Khushhal Behl, Education Minister, was the chief guest on the occasion. Mr Behl announced a grant of Rs 50,000 for the centre.

THEFT: The police has registered a case against Ashu Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Bharat Bhushan and Mintu, all residents of Talwara, for stealing a TV, a camera, an audioplayer, a neckless and Rs 650 in cash from the house of Mr Ajay Kumar at Sector 3, Talwara, on Saturday.

BOOKED: On a complaint by Charanjit Kaur of Laksihan village, the Mahilpur police has registered a case under Section 420, IPC, against Joginder Singh, a travel agent of the same village, and Bilbiro of Bathinda for duping her of Rs 12 lakh for sending her son abroad.

LAHAN SEIZED: A team of Excise staff headed by Mr Piyush Kant Sharma, Excise and Taxation Officer, raided Mochpur, Tairkiana, Passi Bet, Mullanpur, Talli, Rara, Johlan villages located in the Mand area of the Beas river in this district on Saturday. Ms Neelam Chaudhry, Assistant Excise and Taxation Officer, said 21,500 kg of lahan, 60,000 ml (80 bottles) of illicit liquor and four working stills had been destroyed in the Mand area. She said six bottles of illicit liquor had been seized from Neelam, wife of Roop Lal of Urmur Tanda. A case under Sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act had been registered against them.

LICENCES ISSUED: More than 300 driving licences were issued on the spot at a camp organised by the local Rotary Club in association with the Licencing Authority here on Sunday. More than 600 persons attended the camp and submitted their applications. Mr Harpreet Singh Rekhi, president of the club and Mr Vinod Kapoor, project chairman, said the remaining applicants would be issued licences on July 12.

RAID: Officials of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau raided the residence of Tarsem Singh Mittal, Naib Tehsildar, posted at Sunam in the Sangrur district, here on Friday. The officials recovered a Santro car, a motor cycle, three air conditioners, 27 bottles of liquor, Rs 21,190 and other domestic articles. A case under the Punjab Excise Act has been registered in the City police station.

FAKE CURRENCY: The City police has apprehended Prem Kumar Jindal, a local businessman, while making payment through fake currency note of Rs 500 to Mr Uma Shankar Sethi, a local wholesale vegetable dealer. The dealer said Jindal had earlier also made payment through fake currency notes of Rs 500.

POPPY HUSK: The city police on Saturday arrested Chamkaur Singh and Gurjant Singh, residents of Rajaana village in the district, and recovered 15 bags of poppy husk from them. They were arrested while waiting for a bus to transport the bags to some other place.

DHARNA : The dharna and chain fast led by the BJP leader and former Education Minister, Master Mohan Lal, entered its 11th day on Sunday. The protesters are demanding the cancellation of the FIR registered against Mr Vikram Mahajan and Mr Gulshan Kumar.

FIVE INJURED: Five members of a family, including two children and two women, were injured in an accident between a jeep and a van on the GT road at Chaheru on Friday. The injured have been identified as Maya Rani, Mela Ram, Rani, Baby and Gita.

NABBED: A proclaimed offender (PO), Bhapa Devi, has been arrested by the local police. She was wanted in cases registered in 1998. She had jumped bail. She was declared a PO by the court in the same year.

FIRE: A fire broke out in a shop in the local Bansanwala Bazar on Thursday. It spread to two adjoining shops. The Fire Brigade doused the flames. The loss could not be ascertained.

SITE FOR DISPENSARY: Several political, religious, social and others organisations of the town have urged the local civil administration to allot a site for the civil dispensary, which was at present functioning at mohalla Jasse Wala.



BLOOD DONATION CAMP: A blood donation camp was conducted by the Medical Institute and Thalassaemic Children Welfare Association and Semiconductor complex at LT-1, PGI, here on Saturday. It was Inaugurated by Mr MM Sobti, Director (Technical) of Semiconductor complex, who also visited the thalassaemia ward and handed over a software “Thalsoft” to the association. This software would allow all data pertaining to the patients at TCWA to be computerised for diagnosis, record and follow up research.

APPOINTED: Mr Anil Kumar Sharma, advocate, has been appointed as Additional Standing Counsel for conducting Central Government cases (other than cases of the Income Tax and Railway Departments) in the Punjab and Haryana High Court

LEGAL CELL: Mr Sunil Hans, advocate, has been appointed as convener of the media and legal cell of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Seva Dal by Mr Surinder Bhatia, chairman of the dal.

BAR POLL PLAN: The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana approved the final election programme for the nomination of council members here on Sunday. The Chairman of the Bar Council Mr Anmol Rattan, said the council had fixed July 22 for preliminary electoral roll, September 21 for final electoral roll, October 23 and October 24 for nomination, October 28 for scrutiny of nomination papers by returning officer and October 30 for scrutiny of nomination papers by Advocate-General, if necessary.

HEALTH CAMP: A health awareness camp was organised by the Society for Development of Downtrodden, Chandigarh; the Council for Health and Family Welfare and the Jan-Kalyan Foundation at Lal Bahadur Shastri Colony on Sunday. Dr Balbir Chander, a de-addiction specialist and social worker, informed the participants about the ill effects of chewing tobacco, smoking and liquor. Mr Nek Ram, joint secretary of the society, spoke on feeding babies and personal hygiene. 

SEMINAR: A seminar on the latest methods being used for the treatment of dysfunctional uterine bleeding was organised by renowned gynecologist and obstetrician, Dr Sushma Chawla, in collaboration with the national Association for Reproductive and Child Health of India (NARCHI) and Johnson and Johnson, here on Sunday. Large number of doctors from North India, including Delhi, attended the seminar and discussed the latest techniques of Thermachoice Uterine Balloon Therapy, Dr Madhu Nagpal, Professor, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Medical College, Amritsar, spoke about the treatment of dysfunctional uterine blooding. 



AWARENESS DRIVE: To create awareness among schoolchildren about various issues relating to health and population, the Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Centre will observe ‘world population day’ by organising various programme on the centre’s premises. This was stated by Mr S. Kumar, project coordinator of the centre, while speaking to mediapersons here on Sunday.



BRIDGE OPENED: The Himachal Pradesh Industries Minister, Mr Kishori Lal, on Saturday dedicated an 18 km-long Bharmour-Harchhu road to the people of Tundah valley in the Bharmour tribal region of Chamba district by inaugurating a bridge across the Budhi rivulet, a tributary of the Ravi. The minister also introduced a Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus service.

BODY RECOVERED: The Palampur police recovered the body of Sarwan Kumar, a labourer, from a hillside at Rajhoon village, about 40 km from here, on Sunday. According to reports, Sarwan Kumar was murdered on Saturday after he had consumed liquor.

DEVELOPMENT PROJECT: Deputy Commissioner Jagdish Chander Sharma said here on Saturday that the Central Government had sanctioned Rs 13.86 crore for a rural development project in Mandi district. Of this Rs 4.82 crore had already been received and was being utilised for the uplift of families living below the poverty line.

INSTALLED: The following have been installed office-bearers of the Nahan Rotary Club president — Prof S.K. Jain; secretary — Mr R.K. Bhagat; and treasurer— Mr Lalit Sharma. Mrs Sanjana Saini has been installed the new president of the Innerwheel Club.

AWARENESS DRIVE: The National Commission for Safai Karamchari is planning to launch an awareness campaign to educate scavengers and Dalits about various schemes embarked upon by the Central Government for their uplift and rehabilitation. Mr Ganga Ram Teja, member of the commission, while speaking to mediapersons here on Friday said the commission had found that the benefits of the schemes were not reaching people due to the lack of awareness.


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