Wednesday, August 21, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


HQ VISIT: The Deputy Director-General, NCC, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, Brig D.S. Dhillon, on Monday visited group headquarters here for the annual inspection. He also visited Khalsa College where NCC cadets exhibited their models.

SC/BC STAFF RALLY: The All-India Gazetted and Non-Gazetted SC/BC Employees Welfare Federation will hold a national-level rally at New Delhi on November 24 to press the Centre for reservation for both categories in the Judiciary, Army, private sector and inclusion of the amendment to Article 85 in the Constitution. This was stated by Mr Krishan Lal, president of the district unit of the federation, here on Tuesday.

CONDEMNED: Mr S.K. Gupta, senior Congress leader and former president of the local DCC and Mr Satish Bagi, press secretary, have criticised the press statement of the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, made against the Central Election Commissioner in connection with the elections in Gujarat. The leaders appreciated the action of the CEC in postponing the poll after reviewing the situation there.

BODY FOUND: The body of a migrant labourer tied in a gunny bag was found near octroi post at the Samrala road here on Monday. A case under Sections 302 and 34, IPC, has been registered.

DEMAND: The local unit of the youth wing of the SAD has demanded appointment of Mr Gurdeep Singh Leel as the president of the city unit in view of his contribution to the party and his ability to raise the morale of the workers. Former youth leaders and workers echoed these sentiments at a meeting here on Monday. They appealed to the SAD president to consider this suggestion so as to boost the morale of grassroots workers in the district.

LAUNCHED: Dhara has launched a new refined cooking oil. Dharna Fit’n fine. This will be available in 1 litre pouch and 5 litre jerry can at a price of Rs 43 and Rs 220, respectively. The newly launched product has all benefits of soya oil, like rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acids i.e. Linoleic acids (omega-3), which is good at minimising heart and blood pressure related abnormalities .

FUNCTION: The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle and the Central Students Council of Guru Gobind Singh College, Jamalpur, arranged a special function to welcome freshers to the college. The function was presided over by the president of the Management Council, Mr Baljinder Singh. The programme started with the rendering of shabad ‘Deh shiva var mohe hai’. Mr Surjit Singh, zonal secretary, Ludhiana zone, strike about of various activities undertaken by the study circle. Names of the working committee members of the college unit were announced on the occasion.

GURMAT EXAM: An examination on religious studies (Gurmat) was held in the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle. Students of various schools participated in the examination. It was divided into two sections, one comprising students of Classes VI to VIII and the other of Classes IX to plus two. Students who secured the first, second and the third positions were given Rs 500, Rs 400 and Rs 300, respectively, along with books and mementoes

CONTEST: The Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujjarkhan Campus, organised a talent search and Ms Fresher Contest here on Monday. Thirty-seven students participated in contest. The students were attired in Indian, Punjabi and Western dresses. Swarpreet was awarded the title of Miss Beautiful Smile, Sonal was given the title of Miss Apparel and Gurleen was selected Miss Confident. Voila was chosen second runner-up and Roseleen was the first runner-up. Nazi was given the title of Miss Fresher. A colourful cultural function was also presented on the occasion. Students excelling in extracurricular activities were given prizes.

SEMINAR: Doctors of Ear Nose Throat (ENT) and Head Neck Surgeons (HNS) organised a seminar on the impact of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) on medical practitioners here recently. Dr Vineet Gulhati, joint secretary of the association, said in a press note that a senior advocate and former District Bar Association president, Mr Hemant Kalia, apprised the doctors about various clauses of the Act. Doctors and executive members of the association, including Dr Somnath Gupta, Dr V.A.K. Pathak, Dr Narinder Verma, Dr Vineet Gulhati and Dr Munish Munjal were of the view that most of the complaints were instigated by their fellowmen and doctors should develop a feeling of brotherhood amongst them. More than 40 ENT specialists from the city and surrounding areas like Khanna, Machhiwara, Banga and Phagwara etc, attended the seminar.

ASSOCIATION FORMED: Beauticians and hairdressers of Ludhiana formed the Ludhiana Beauty Parlour Association here on Monday. According to a press note, Mr Shiv Kumar of Shape-Up Beauty Parlour was elected president of the association, while Ms Indra Ahluwalia of Grace was elected vice-president. Ms Ahluwalia emphasised the need to maintain standard at beauty parlours. She said if poor services were provided to the clients by some beauty parlours, all parlours should not be blamed for it.

ACTION DEMANDED: After getting no response to the notices served on encroachers in the town, the Nagar Panchayat, Machhiwara, has sought police action to remove encroachments. According to information, the local Executive Officer, Mr Tejinder Singh had complained to the DSP, Samrala, Mr Gurtejinder Singh Aulakh, to register a case against the encroachers under the Punjab Municipal Act. Land measuring four kanal and 15 marla has been encroached upon by the people of the town.

PHONE NUMBERS: Telephone numbers of the Machhiwara telephone exchange and its adjoining rural exchanges would be changed from Wednesday noon, said DET, Samrala, Mr Mohinder Singh. With this change, the existing five-digit numbers would be prefixed with digit 2. For example 50260 would be dialled as 250260. Telephone numbers of the adjoining exchanges Panjgrain, Hambowal, Sherpur, Powat, Dhanoor and Poonian could also be dialled by prefixing digit 2.

SURVEY: Officials conducting a survey on the people living below poverty line are facing some difficulties. They say the record of the census is not available to them and as such it will not be possible for them to complete the survey within stipulated period of seven days.

LAWYERS’ STRIKE: Working in local courts was paralysed on Monday following a strike call by lawyers. According to Mr Ravinder Thakur, president of the lawyers’ body, the administration has failed to provide a parking lot for lawyers despite assurances.

GROUP CLASH: Five persons, including two women, were injured at Khaurala village on Monday following a group clash over feeding water to cattle. Gurpal Kaur, her son Harjinder Singh, Simar Kaur and her sons Sukhwinder Singh and Palwinder Singh have been admitted to a hospital.

POLL PANEL: Dissidents of various political parties, particularly Akalis and the Congress, held a meeting in Gurdwara Akalian here on Monday and constituted a parallel six-member poll panel. It announced following candidates for the nagar council elections to be held on September 8: Kulwinder Kaur, Manjit Singh, Ranjit Singh, Baljinder Singh, Resham Singh and Kuldip Sharma will contest elections from Ward No 13, 17, 9, 5 and 3.

6 INJURED: Six occupants of a four-wheeler were injured, two of them seriously, when their vehicle overturned near Bahua village on the Phagwara-Banga road on Sunday. Bharat Bhushan, Rinku, Sukhwinder, Raja, Baldev Raj, Vijay Kumar, residents of Jalandhar, Begowal, Garha and Sambha (J&K), respectively, have been admitted to a hospital.

CAR STOLEN: A car was stolen from outside a dhaba on the GT Road near Khajurala village. It belonged to Iqbal Singh.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested two more members of a gang that used to cheat people and seized a large number of rubber stamps. Vimal Mahajan of Nawan Bazar and Iqbal Singh of Chabal village were remanded in police custody. 



TRAINING PROGRAMME: As many as 15 persons from Community Centre, Regional Resource Centre for Adult and Continuing Education, Panjab University, who participated in a special training programme organised by the Regional Computers Centre in association with the Chandigarh Administration, here on Monday. Certificates were awarded by Ms Manjeet Paintal, Director, Regional Resource Centre.

ELECTED: Mr Amar Pal Singh, general secretary of the State Bank of India Officers Association, Chandigarh Circle, was elected president of the All India State Bank Officers’ Federation at a meeting held at Ahmedabad on Tuesday. The organisation has more than 75,000 officers on roll including those of associate banks of the SBI.

DHARNA: Nearly 150 students of Dev Samaj Junior Model School and their parents staged a dharna outside the office of the Dev Samaj management in Sector 36 here on Tuesday. They protested against the mid-session merger of the ordinary and model schools. They also gave representation to Manager Satyavati and secretary Swadesh Sharna of the management.

PAINTING CONTEST: The District Council for Child Welfare and Punjab National Bank organised a painting competition here on Tuesday to select the best entries for the district and national-level competition . As many as 281 children in the age group of 5 to 18 from 25 schools of the district participated in the competition. 



CELEBRATIONS: A scintillating performance was delivered by students of Chaman Vatika School, Ambala City, at a function held to mark Founder’s Day on Monday. A group dance competition was held in which the students presented a panoramic and continous dance tradition of India. Students of four houses participated in the junior and senior category. A folk dance was performed, which represented the spirit of patriotism of Indian soldiers and the prayers of the womenfolk for the soldiers. 

CONTEST: A number of event were held on Tuesday on the second day of talent search competition being organised at Government College, Ambala Cantonment. A quiz competition was held which was coordinated by Prof Gurdev Singh Dev. The winning team comprised Kamaldeep, Pradeep, Neeraj and Prince and the runners-up team comprised Roshan Lal, Krishan Kumar, Bishan Singh and Rajbir Singh. In painting, Pradeep was first and Jaswinder Singh was second. In mono-acting, Samrat was first while Girish was second. In mimicry, Iqbal Mohammad was first.

SAPLINGS PLANTED: The Loins Club, Ambala City Supreme, planted 100 saplings in Maharaj Agarsan Public School at Sonda village on Tuesday. The president of the club, Mr Virender Nagpal, the regional chairman, Mr Ved Verma, the secretary, Mr Rajnish Dutta, were, present among others. The director of the club, Mr Chaman Lal Gupta, while addressing the members said the club had also decided to organise a medical camp shortly.

EXHIBITION: An exhibition on rails arrived at the Ambala Cantonment railway station on Tuesday. The Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Mr B.K. Sonawane, said the exhibition, which had been set up within a train, would be on display till August 23. He said the history of the Indian Railways and the latest achievements are on display. Also a variety of information on the Railways has been put up. The train has been parked at platform No. 1 of the Ambala Cantonment railway station and there is no entry fee for the exhibition.

RAJIV REMEMBERED: Rich tributes were paid to Rajiv Gandhi at a meeting held at Tilak Bhawan here today. Meetings were also organised at Loharu, Siwani, Behal and Charkhi Dadri. In Siwani, a party office was inaugurated by district Congress president, Dr Vasudev Sharma. He said it was Rajiv Gandhi who filed new zeal among the youth of the country by raising slogan ‘Mera Bharat Mahan’.

MEETING: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr R.B. Langyan, called a meeting of various procurement agencies here on Tuesday. The local SDM, Mr Yogesh Bhardwaj, the SDM, Ratia, Mr S.B. Lohia, the SDM, Tohana, Mr Satbir Singh Saini, the DFSC, Mr I.D. Khan, district managers of procurement agencies and secretaries of district market committees participated in the meeting. Mr Langyan asked the agencies to make all arrangements for the paddy procurement.



TRIBUTES PAID: Rich tributes were paid to Rajiv Gandhi at a function organised by the local unit of the Congress. Mr Amin Chand, president of the unit, presided over the function. HP Congress vice-president, Ms Anita Verma, also took part in the function. Party leaders and workers pledged to work for the ideals set by Rajiv Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders. The party through a resolution blasted the state government for filing cases against former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and others on the basis of Justice Kainthla Commission report .

RAJIV REMEMBERED: Former Chief Minister V.B. Singh administered national integration pledge to Congress workers and leaders at a function organised at the HPCC office here. A rally was held at Chhatri in the Chachiot area of Mandi district to mark the 58th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi. The rally was addressed by HPCC President Vidya Stokes who gave a call to the party workers to defend the unity and integrity of the country. Mr V.B. Singh called upon the party cadres to unitedly face the challenges of the BJP government and work for the return of Congress rule in the state.


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