Saturday, August 17, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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MEMORANDUM: The Daht Dasta Virodhi Andolan submitted a memorandum to Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Minister for Local Bodies, here on Independence Day stating that they were bonded labourers even after 26 years of the Act abolishing this slavery.

CABLE CONNECTION: Mr Baldev Singh, a resident of Ranjit Avenue has filed a complaint against a cable operation service in the area with the SHO, Ranjit Avenue. He stated when he filed a case of unreasonable, inflated charges against the cable operator in the consumer court here, the operator cut his connection. He paid the advance for August. He has urged that the police to file a case of criminal breach of trust and cheating against the cable service operator.

SEMINAR ORGANISED: The Punjab Recognised and Affiliated Schools Association will hold a state-level seminar about the advantages and disadvantages of the new education policy of the Punjab Government here on August 23. Mr Jagdish Rai Sharma, president of the association said here on Wednesday that several educationists will deliver lectures in the seminar.

INAUGURATED: Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated a block comprising nine houses at Baba Farid Kushat Ashram here on Friday to provide better residential facilities to nine leper families. The project was built at a cost of Rs 4.75 lakh.

STUDENTS’ DILEMMA: Resentment prevails among students who are seeking admission to B.Ed classes against the Punjabi University, Patiala decision to abolish the seats in the B.Ed course for those boys who have a combination of Physical Education in BA. The affected students, Gurkiranjit Singh, Vishal Sharma, Daljit Singh, Pardeep Kumar and Rakesh Kumar, said here on Friday that the university had abolished seats for the boys who have a combination of Physical Education whereas it had kept seats for girl students only. The combination was allowed in the course last year.

DOWRY COMPLAINT: On a complaint lodged by Rajni Bala, daughter of Sukhdev Singh of Bilga village, the Mahilpur police registered a case under Section 498A, IPC, against her husband Naresh Kumar of Badhowan on Thursday. In her complaint she alleged that she was beaten up and tortured by her husband for dowry.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The Tanda police arrested Bal Kishan Singh of Miani and seized 6750 ml of illicit liquor from his possession on Thursday. The police also arrested Avtar Singh of Bhagwani and seized 6750 ml of liquor from his possession.

MEETING: A meeting called by the local Nagar Panchayat on the issue of shop tax here on Friday ended with a deadlock. Issues like sanitary, disposal water, public park, illegal encroachments, etc. were also discussed . The meeting was presided over by SDM Gurdip Singh. Mr Dharampaul EO, Mr Tarsem Lal, all councillors and the ruling party’s representative, Mr Amarjit Sharma, were also present.

DA INSTALMENT: The Government Pensioners Association has urged the Union Finance Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, to release the additional DA instalment at the rate of 3 per cent which has become due to Central Government employees and pensioners with effect from July this year. According to the additional general secretary of the association, the new rate of instalment will raise the quantum of dearness allowance from 49 to 52 per cent.

KILLING CONDEMNED: The employees of Ludhiana Improvement Trust on Friday condemned the killing of a Junior Engineer who was shot by a land grabber on Wednesday when a demolition squad had gone to take the possession of the land. The employees appealed to the district administration and state government to provide all benefits to the children of the deceased, N.S. Bhullar, and also take steps to ensure that such events did not occur in future. The employees of other improvement trusts in Punjab also held condolence meetings and paid tributes to the deceased employee. 

EYES DONATED: The eyes of Amit Marwaha (25), who had recently died in an accident, were donated to the Eye Bank, Mansuran. According to a press release, Amit was a resident of MIG, Dugri, and was dealing in spare-parts. The victim died on the spot after he met with an accident near Nawanshahr. Dr Ramesh, Director, Eye Bank, Mansuran, transplanted both the eyes to two needy persons.

MURDER: A person was robbed and murdered here on Thursday. According to information, certain persons robbed Pritam Singh (23), of Kangra, of Rs 44,500 and murdered him with an iron rod. The robbers entered the petrol station, where the victim used to work and attacked him while he was sleeping. A case has been registered.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: The Lions Club organised a blood donation camp to mark Independence Day here at the BDC Complex on Thursday. As many as 60 units of blood were collected, according to Mr Iqbal Singh, president of the club.

FUNCTION HELD: The Lions Club (Banga Mehak and City Smile), Banga, organised a function at Government Middle School, Bhootan, about 5 km from here, on Thursday to mark Independence Day. Stationery items and sweets were distributed among schoolchildren on the occasion. Mr Baldev Nayyar, a social worker, presided.

AWARENESS RALLY: Students of different schools at Banga, about 12 km from here, on Friday took out an awareness rally to mobilise people against narcotics. The rally was flagged off by Mr Paramjit, President, Municipal Council.

DIABETES CAMP: Mr Baldev Nayyar, a social worker and district chairman (diabetes) of the Lions Club, along with the Lions Clubs (Banga Mehak, City Smile and Charan Kanwal) organised a diabetes awareness and detection camp at Banga town, about 12 km from here, on Friday. Dr K.S. Purewal, Civil Surgeon, inaugurated the camp. Medicines were given free of cost to patients.

CELEBRATIONS: Tiny tots of of Blossoms School here celebrated Independence Day on August 15 by singing patriotic songs and performing dances. The director of the school, Ms Daisy Grewal, and the Principal, Ms Ravi Singh, praised the students for their efforts and urged the parents to attend all functions organised by the school so that small children were encouraged to participate in the various functions. 

CRITICISED: A group of intellectuals of Punjabi University have termed the latest edition of a book published by Guru Nanak Dev University under the heading ‘B-40, Janamsaski Guru Baba Nanak Paintings’ as a ‘pirated’ edition of the original. In a press release, the intellectuals have claimed that the latest edition of the book was sending wrong signals to affiliated colleges and scholars of the university. 

MEETING HELD: An emergency meeting of the Punjab State Electricity Board’s (PSEB) and SC Power Engineers and Officers Association was held at Chandigarh on Friday. The representatives from various departments of the PSEB condemned the delay in the implementation of the 85th constitutional amendment. A joint action committee under the chairmanship of Mr Viru Mal was constituted and it was demanded that the reservation policy be brought under the 9th Schedule of the Constitution and that the 85th amendment be implemented immediately. 

MEMORANDUM: As part of PCCTU programme a deputation of the local private college teachers presented memorandum to state Parliamentary Secretary Gurbinder Singh Atwal, MP Mrs Santosh Chaudhary, MLAs Joginder Singh Mann and Ram Lubhaya here on Thursday. They drew the attention of the leaders to the cut in grant-in-aid to private colleges.Top



MEDICAL CAMP: Over 200 patients were examined at a free medical camp, organised by Mukat Hospital Heart Institute with the Lions Club, at Tagore Theatre on Friday. During the camp, Dr Arvind Kaul and Dr Pawan Kansal examined over 200 hundred patients, while 100 ECG and 150 sugar tests, were conducted free of cost. 

INAUGURATED: Career Zone, an educational institution, was inaugurated by Ms Anita Yadav, president of the Haryana Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee, and MLA of Sahlawas, Haryana, in Sector 19, here on Thursday. The inauguration ceremony was performed with the religious ceremony and cultural programme. Mr Jatinder Singh and Mr Baldev Yadav, directors of the institute, were also present on the occasion. 

SAPLING PLANTATION: On the occasion of Independence Day, a sapling was planted by the chairman of the Sulabh International Social Service Organisation near the Sulabh toilet complex in Chaudhary Charan Singh Labour Colony, Mauli Jagran. According to a press note, the National Flag was hoisted by the social workers on this occasion. The ceremony was followed by singing of National Anthem. 

TRAINING PROGRAMME: For students aspiring to pass examination in Psychology conducted by the University Grants Commission, Sector 15 DAV Model School will organise a 12-week training programme from Monday. The programme will be conducted by Ms Neeru Katyal, a gold medalist from Panjab University’s Department of Psychology. Students, participating in the workshop, will be given tips on books to read, areas to lay emphasis upon, time management and the art of answering. They will also be apprised of various career avenues available after clearing the examination. 

KIRTAN DARBAR: Gurdwara Sri Guru Gobind Singh Satsang in Sector 21 will organise “alokik kirtan darbar” on Sunday. Renowned ‘ragi Jatha’ of Bhai Harjinder Singh “Srinagar wale” will recite ‘gurbani’ on the occasion. According to the general secretary, Mr Nirmal Singh Mavi, the ‘darbar’ will commence at 5 pm and will continue till 10 pm, followed by “Guru ka langar”. Other ‘ragis’ to participate include, Bibi Baljit Kaur “Talware wale”, Bhai Manpreet Singh “Kanpur wale” and Bhai Baldev Singh “Kardi”. He added that a newly constructed building for the convenience of ‘ragis’ and other religious heads, besides for holding marriages and other social functions, would also be inaugurated by the Bank of Punjab’s general manager, Mr D.P. Singh. 

URGED: The Private House Owners Welfare Association, Sector 11, Panchkula, has urged the HUDA administration to remove all jhuggi-dwellers from the sector as they have created nuisance for the residents. 


FUNCTION: A scintillating performance was given by members of the Rotary Club, Ambala, at a function organised at Rukmini Devi Memorial Hall, Ambala Cantonment on Thursday night. From tiny tots to Rotary members, Innerwheel Club members and Rotaractors participated in “Aaj Ki Shaam, Azadi Ke Naam” cultural programme. The different performances, undertaken with patriotic fervour and zeal, were well received by the audience. The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neelam Kasni, was the chief guest. The highlight of the programme was a Bharatnatyam performance by London-based danseuse Poonam Jain. 

HARYANA CIRCLE EXCELS: An award distribution function was held on Friday to recognise the performance by the postal field staff of the Haryana circle. Mr T.R. Sharma, Principal Chief Post Master General, Rajasthan Circle, was the chief guest. The DG Post’s rolling trophy was awarded to the Haryana circle for overall performance in the business development. Top



SAPLING PLANTATION DRIVE: A sapling plantation function will be organised by the Welfare Association of the residents of Sector 1-A on Monday at 5 p.m. The plantation will start near the Shiv Mandir. Chuni Lala Chauhan, vice-chairman, municipal council, and Mr D.P. Saini of the Art of Living will be the chief guests. Mr A.K. Gupta, Chief Manager, State Bank of India, will preside over the function. 

BLOOD DONATION: A blood donation camp was organised to mark the Independence Day by the Innerwheel Club of Vikas Nagar, here on Thursday. Dr H.L. Kapoor, Principal, Indira Gandhi Medical College, inaugurated the camp. As many as 51 persons donated blood, in the camp, sponsored by the State Bank of Patiala. Those who had donated blood more than 20 times were honoured.

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