Saturday, July 27, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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RALLY: As part of the ongoing agitation, the employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board held a rally at local 66 KV Grid to protest against the policies of the board management on Friday. Similar rally was also held at Sihar subdivision office. Activists and leaders of the TSU, MSU and PSEB Employees Federation criticised management’s attempt to cut down the salaries of the staff and held management responsible for the losses. Mr Jaswinder Singh, Balwinder Singh, Ashok Kumar, Ranjit Singh, Kuldip Singh, Rajvir Singh, Naurang Singh, Ranjit Singh, Chaman Lal, Bhinder Singh, Hari Datt and Baldev Singh addressed the rally.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The local Excise Officer on Thursday seized 210 crates of whiskey meant to be sold in Chandigarh. The Excise Department in a press note, stated that a tractor-trailer was intercepted with the contraband. The driver, Jagir Singh, was arrested.

DC WARNING: In a stringent action to tide over the financial crisis being faced by the Municipal Corporation here, the Commissioner Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, on Thursday threatened to cut water and sewerage connections of residents who had not paid bills for these services.

INJURED: Six persons were injured when a Canter overturned near Bhuchu crossing on the Bathinda-Barnala road 15 km from here on Thursday. The Canter, which was loaded with household goods, was going towards Rajasthan from Barnala. The accident occurred as the driver lost control of the vehicle.

MAN ARRESTED: Ajaib Singh, a resident of Sangrur district, has been arrested for being in possession of 2 kg of poppy husk. The information was given by Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, on Thursday. Ajaib Singh had wrapped the poppy husk around his legs. He had been booked under Sections 15, 61, 85 the NDPS Act.

CAUGHT RED-HANDED: Chaman Lal Kumar, an Inspector in the district Food and Supplies Department, was caught red-handed here on Thursday by the Vigilance Bureau while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 from Gurjit Kaur, widow of Joginder Singh of Jamalgarh village under Gurshai police station. The SP Vigilance Ms Anita Punj, said on Friday Chaman Lal had demanded the bribe from Gurjit Kaur for transferring a depot in her name after the death of her husband.

SUICIDE: Gurvinder Singh, a resident of Mashrawan under Srihargobindpur police station in this district, has committed suicide by jumping in front of a train near the village. A family dispute is stated to be the reason behind the move. On a killing spree, he attacked members of his family on Thursday night in which his 10-year-old daughter was killed while his mother-in-law, wife Narinder Kaur and son Amandeep Singh were seriously injured.

MEDICAL CAMP: More than 300 patients were examined at a medical camp organised at Uchcha Dhakala, six km from here, on Thursday by the local Rotary Club. Medicines worth more than Rs 5,000 were distributed and ECGs performed free of cost.

LAWYERS STRIKE: Members of the District Bar Association observed a strike on Friday in protest against the registration of a false case against Mr J.K. Aggarwal, a lawyer of Phillaur. In a resolution, passed at a meeting held under the presidentship of Mr Raghbir Paul Singh Bajwa, the lawyers demanded the withdrawal of the case against Mr Aggarwal.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Nishkam Sewa Ashram of Daad village organised a free eyes and dental check-up camp on its premises. Dr Ramesh, an eye specialist, and Dr Manpreet Kaur, a dentist, examined the patients. As far as 115 patients came from different nearby villages and were examined. Medicines were given free of cost by the ashram. Mr Sarwan Kumar, chairman of the ashram, said a similar camp would be organised on August 8, 2002.

HAVAN YAJNA: A havan-yajna was performed by the Ludhiana chapter of the Art of Living Foundation at the Spiritual Centre in Dugri on Thursday at which glowing tributes were paid to Guru Shri Ravishankar who would be visiting the city on September 7.

KAVI DARBAR: The Preet Sahitya Sadan would organise a symposium and a kavi darbar on July 27 at the Panjabi Bhavan from 3 pm to 6 pm, according to a spokesman of the literary organisation. Dr Chaman Lal, head of the Hindi Department, Punjabi University, Patiala, would preside over the proceedings while Prof Shakuntla Srivastav would be the chief guest on the occasion. Mr Niranjan Tasneem would attend the function as a special guest. “Hamsafar’, a collection of poems by Dr Renu Sharma would also be released on the occasion, added the spokesman.

RELIEF TO STUDENTS: The Punjabi Cultural Organisation would disburse relief to needy students at a function to be held at Girls Senior Secondary School, Murad Pura, on Sunday, according to a press release here on Friday. Apart from disbursing relief to students in the shape of their annual fees, brilliant students would also be honoured on the occasion. Mr Surinder Dabar, MLA, would be the chief guest on the occasion.

VISIT: Dr N.S. Shyambagh from Saraswati Eye Hospital, Mumbai, and his team visited Eye Bank, Mansuran, recently. Dr S.C. Kalra, Yamunanagar, was also present on the occasion. The doctors appreciated the efforts of the eye bank which was serving for the humanity. Dr Ramesh, Director of the eye bank, gave all the details to the visiting doctors.

CELEBRATED: Even as monsoon continue to elude the region, tiny tots of Sparkles Nursery School at Sarabha Nagar celebrated sawan with artificial rainfall here on Friday. Several sprinklers were set up on the edge of the roof top and kids enjoyed the splash while hopping in the water. Colourful umbrellas were given to the children and they danced carrying these. Few children dressed up like peacocks also gave a dance performance. The school was decorated with huge cut-out pictures of sun hiding behind clouds and rainbow. Rubber toys in the shape of frogs and grasshoppers were placed in water. Children were given malpuras and kheer for refreshment. Ms Vandita Rajiv Rai, Principal, said the day was celebrated to make the children aware of the rainy season. They were taught about rain formation and short stories related to celebrations, she added.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Golden Club: president —Mr Bharat Bhushan Saini, general secretary — Mr Manu Sharma; and treasurer — Mr Rajnish Kumar.

AWARENESS CAMP: An awareness generation camp for rural and poor women will be organised by the All-India Women’s Conference from July 28 to August 2 at Mamun village, according to Ms Vimla Dogra, Chairperson of the project.

HONOURED: Mr M.P. Singh, Marketing Manager of the Life Insurance Corporation of India, on Thursday honoured Mr M.P. Mahajan, an agent of the local unit of the LIC, for doing business of more than Rs 3 crore in the year ending March 2002, at a function here.

TREE-PLANTATION DRIVE: The Lions Club Greater organised a tree-plantation programme here on Thursday. Mr Vinod Mahajan, District Governor of the club, planted about 50 saplings of various medicinal and herbal plants. Mr Ravi Dogra, Senior Medical Officer, urged people to plant at least one tree to save the environment and keep it pollution free. He said trees not only kept the atmosphere clean and healthy but also stopped soil erosion to keep the land rich and cultivable.

WORKSHOP: A state-level workshop on infant mortality in Punjab was held on Thursday at Shahpur-Kandi. Addressing the workshop, the Principal Secretary, Mr Rajan Kashyap, said though in villages chowkidar kept record of births and deaths, inaccuracies and discrepancies crept at various levels. He warned erring officials who tampered with the birth and death records.

RALLY: A gate rally was held here on Thursday in front of the PSEB's Swarban Subdivision here by the employees federation (AITUC) under the leadership of divisional secretary Harbans Singh and secretary Mohinder Singh Gill. Addressing the rally, Mr Jagtar Singh, vice-president, and Mr Bhajan Singh said that a cut in the salaries of the employees from 10 to 25 per cent was an anti-employee policy. There was anguish amongst the employees.

STRIKE: All the lawyers of the local Bar Association observed a full-day strike here on Thursday in response to a strike call given by the District Bar Association, Mansa. The vice-president of the Bar Association, Mr Jaspreet Singh, said that the call was given to protest against registration of a false case against a senior advocate of the Mansa Bar Association.

CAMP: Mrs Sharanjit Kaur, Child Welfare Project Officer, said here on Thursday that a camp will be held from August 1 to 7 to educate the people about the importance of feeding of children with the mother's milk. The camp will be inaugurated by Mrs Harjit Kaur Malhi, District Project Officer, Ludhiana, at Ghulal on August 1. She said similar camps would be held at Dayalpura (August 2), Dhindsa (August 3), Ottalan (August 4), Chack Maufi (August 5), Neelon Khurd (August 6) and Harbanspura (August 7).



PROGRAMME: The District Council for Child Welfare, Panchkula, in collaboration with the Food and Nutrition Board, Chandigarh, began a two-week training programme on food and nutrition at Bal Bhavan , Sector 15, Panchkula. Nearly 40 women, including members of the council, are participating. Ms Krishna Dalal, honorary secretary , Haryana State Council for Child Welfare, was the chief guest. A recipe competition was also organised. 



RESENTMENT: Residents of this area and tourists thronging the Dalhousie-Chamba complex have expressed resentment over the shifting of the toll tax barrier one kilometre from the Tunnuhatti checkpoint on the Chamba -Pathankot highway. They feel the new location is unsafe from the security point of view during the night.

AGITATION: The Centre of Indian Trade Unions will organise a statewide campaign to mobilise public opinion against the anti-workers policies of the Centre and the state government between August 19 and 24. The state committee of CITU, which met here under the chairmanship of Mr Rakesh Singha, its president, finalised the action programme for the proposed agitation against the recommendations of the second Labour Commission decided to form a joint from of various workers bodies including INTUC, AITUC, various bank and insurance companies unions to make the agitation a success.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local branch of the Telecommunication Engineering Services Association: president — Mr G.S. Negi; vice-president — Mr V.N. Sharma; secretary — Mr Hari Krishna; and organising secretary C.R. Chauhan.

CONTROL ROOM: A control room at Bhekheli, 40 km from here, started functioning on Thursday to monitor the transportation of apples during the season. The room was jointly inaugurated by Mr Roop Dass Kashyap, Minister of State for Urban Development and Housing and Mr R.R. Kaundal, Minister of State for Cooperation.


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