Monday, August 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


CASE REGISTERED: The police has registered a case against Mittoo, a resident of Kandani village in Bihar, for allegedly murdering a youth, Nagin Saini, of Poda village in Bihar, and throwing his body into a canal at Charik village in the district.

MEDICAL CAMPS: A free homoeopathy camp was held here on Sunday by the Dost Welfare Society with the help of a private homoeopathic clinic of the city. About 125 patients were examined by doctors and medicines were given free of cost. Former bar president Mithu Ram Gupta inaugurated the camp. In another medical camp organised here by the Helping Hand Educational Society, aids for the physically challenged were distributed free of cost. Mr Vishwash Kumar, secretary of the society, said 30 tri-cycles, 3 wheel chairs, 40 hearing aids and 27 artificial limbs were distributed.

PROTEST: The district unit of the Unemployed Teachers’ Front has decided to celebrate the Teachers’ Day as “Black Day” in protest against the education policy of the Congress Government and will hold dharnas and rallies to press their demands. Mr Sukhdarshan Singh, district president of the front, in a press note issued here on Sunday, said at a meeting of activists it was unanimously decided to observe September 5 as “Black Day”. He alleged the government had closed all channels for unemployed B.Ed candidates.

GOVT FLAYED: Mr Kiranjit Singh Gehri, state president, Dalit Sena, in a press note issued here on Sunday, alleged that the Congress Government was formulating anti-poor policies and by withdrawing incentives from employees it had given wrong signals to the masses. Mr Gehri alleged that the pensions to the aged, widows and shagun schemes had been virtually dumped by the government and the “inspector raaj” was prevailing which had hit the trade and industry.

POST-MORTEM: The post-mortem of Labh Singh, a resident of Talwandi Sabo subdivision in the district, who was allegedly killed by his son Parma Singh on Thursday, was conducted at the Civil Hospital here on Friday. Police sources said Parma Singh was not on good terms with his father and attacked him with a log.

INTUC: Mr Pritam Singh Brar, district president of the Indian National Trade Union Congress, in a statement issued here on Saturday, said the government should stop its “anti-employee policies” immediately. Mr Brar said the decision of freezing the dearness allowance, the leave travel concession, bonus and reimbursement of medical bills should be reviewed. He alleged that the move to privatise profit-making PSUs was a retrograde step.

LECTURE: Dr D.R. Vij, former Dean, Punjabi University, Patiala, delivered a lecture, “I and my college,” at the S.S.D. Girls College here on Saturday and stressed the need for self-motivation, character building, introspection and optimism. Dr Vij, who has presented papers in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, said youth was the best period of life and the energy during this time should be channeled positively to achieve one’s goals.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Helping Hand Educational Society will organise a free camp for the physically challenged at the local DAV College on August 25. Mr Sham Lal, president of the society, in a press note issued here on Saturday, said patients who had been identified during earlier camps for being provided with various types of aids and appliances would be given the same free of cost.

BANNED: Mr Anurag Verma, District Magistrate, on Saturday passed orders, banning the use of olive green bikes, four-wheelers and dresses by civilians and directed the authorities concerned to take action against those violating the orders. The orders shall remain in force till October 20.

PARENT-TEACHER MEETING: KV Air Force Station, Barnala, held a parent-teacher meeting under the stewardship of Mr R.S. Bharaj, Principal, on Saturday. More than 800 parents visited the school.

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL: The Rotary International is adhered to eradicate polio from the world by 2005. This was stated by Mr Ravi Kant Gupta, Governor, 3090 district, while speaking at the first intercity conference on Rotary’s Global Quest held here on Sunday. He said the group was spending $ 1 million to remove polio every year. He announced that an international conference of the group would be held in Chicago in 2005 to sort out more ways and means for promoting more programmes.

LEGAL NOTICE: Two medical officers and six paramedics of the post-partum unit of the local Civil Hospital, who have not been paid salary for December, 2001, and January and February, 2002, have served a legal notice on the Director, Health and Family Welfare, to release their salary within 10 days.

DOWRY HARASSMENT: Ms Radha Rani, a house wife, resident of Budhlada in the district, has in an application submitted to the SSP, mansa, sought the compliance of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directions on her complaint that her husband was harassing her for dowry. The court had issued the direction on August 6, 2002.

FOUNDER DEAD: Dr Durga Dass Goyal, founder of SDKL DAV Centenary Public School, Mansa, died on Friday night following a heart attack. His funeral, which took place on Saturday, was largely attended.

RETAIL OUTLETS CLOSED: Two retail outlets of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) at Bareta and Sardulgarh, one retail outlet of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC) at Thuthianwali village and one gas agency of the Indo-Burma Petroleum Corporation Limited (IBP) at Bareta in Mansa district have been terminated by their respective corporations in consequence of the announcement of the Prime Minister to cancel allotments made after January 2002.

HOSPITAL OPENED: Acharaya Chetna Nandji Bhuriwale, head of the Bhuriwale sect, inaugurated Maharaj Lalji Dass Bhuriwale Charitable Hospital, constructed at cost of Rs 50 lakh, at Malewal village, about 20 km from here, on Thursday. Chaudhary Tarsem Lal, an NRI, and Chaudhary Mela Ram, an industrialist, have made major contributions for the construction of the hospital.

EX-SERVICEMEN CELL: A meeting of the district unit of the ex-servicemen cell of the PPCC was held at Punjab Mata Vidhyawati Bhavan here on Saturday. The meeting, held under the chairmanship of Lt-Col Jernail Singh (retd), decided to participate in the zonal rally of the ex-servicemen cell to be held at Red Cross Bhavan on September 2. The rally will be attended by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

PROTEST MARCH: Teachers of the local R.K. Arya College held a protest march here on Saturday against the non-payment of salary for the past four months. They alleged that the behaviour of the Principal, Mr S.K. Sharma, was rude. Holding placards which read ‘‘Principal hatao, college bachao,’’ they raised slogans against the Principal and submitted a memorandum to Mr Prem Bhardwaj, president of the managing committee of the college.

LINK ROADS: The local Punjab PWD (B&R) Ministerial Services Association, The PWD Mulazam Union and The PWD Non-Gazetted Employees Union have demanded that the construction work of 60 per cent link roads and other development works falling in the district should be transferred to the circle office, PWD (B&R). The unions also urged the government link roads, including Nawanshahr-Bheen-Palli, Jhikki-Pathlawa-Sujjon, Nawanshahr-Asmanpur road via Sloh Punnumzara, Mallpur-Kariha-Kariam-Hansron; Nawanshahr-Kulam-Chuharpur, Simbli-Bakapur, Hiyatpur-Saroya, Jadla-Mirpur-Mujjafarpur, Chakdana-Mukandpur, Banga-Kataria-Cheta, Banga-Saila, Phagwara-Dosanjh-Mukandpur, Kathgarh-Rattewal-Bhaddi-Singhpur have been widened to 16 feet should be converted into plan roads and their maintenance work should also be transferred to the Circle Office, PWD (B&R), Nawanshahr. Union leaders submitted a memorandum in this regard to the local MLA, Mr Parkash Singh and the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta.

IN-LAWS BOOKED: The police has booked Harpreet Kaur’s husband Jaspal Singh, father-in-law Raghbir Singh and mother-in-law Jeet Kaur under Section 306 of the IPC for abetment of suicide. Harpreet (35) had committed suicide on Friday at Domeli village by consuming poison.

SUICIDE: Sheesh Pal (51), watchman in the district Judicial Complex here, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in a room of the complex on Saturday. The police said it had initiated proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC. The deceased is survived by wife, two daughters and a son.

SONG COMPETITION: Tagore Model School here on Sunday secured first position in the National Group Song Competition organised by the local unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad here. Dr K.L. Passi, president of the Punjab (East) unit of the parishad and the chief guest gave away the prizes to winners. New Model High School and Shivalik Public School jointly secured the second position in the competition.

MEDICAL COLLEGE: The local Kalyan Homoeopathic Medical College has been allowed to fill 50 seats for BHMS and 25 seats for BHMS (graded course) this time by Baba Farid University, Faridkot. Dr Pawitter Singh Bhullar, Director of the managing committee of the college, said on Friday here that all arrangements had been made for the smooth running of the college.



EXHIBITION: The IDP Education, Australia, is organising an exhibition on “Education in Australia” at Hotel Mountview on Monday and Tuesday, a press release said here on Sunday. More than 40 institutions from Australia will put their stalls which will provide information on more than 10,000 courses available there. Visiting professors and faculty members from Australian institutions will also be present on the occasion. On-the-spot interviews will also be organised at the venue to give correct feedback about their chances to students.

ELECTED: Mr B. D. Agnihotri, Dr Ravi Prakash and Mr H.C. Punyani were today elected president, senior vice-president and general secretary of the Pushpak Complex Residents Welfare Association, respectively. Ms Nirmal Kaur was elected vice-president, Mr Khan, secretary, Mr Asha Verma, organising secretary and Sardar Laxman Singh, finance secretary.



LOK ADALAT: A number of cases of the State Bank of Patiala were settled in the Lok Adalat, Ambala. The Ambala City branch manager, Mr S.K. Arora, said on Sunday that all branches of the SBP in the district participated in the Lok Adalat. Fortytwo NPA cases amounting to Rs 37.90 lakh were settled in the permanent Lok Adalat and compromise arrived at in the presence of Mr F.C. Singla, AGM II (HR). “Some concessions have been given to borrowers in genuine cases,” Mr Arora said. 

BABY UNTRACED: A new born baby of a lawyer, missing from the local Civil Hospital since Tuesday last had remained untraced in spite a massive hunt launched by the police. The pressure on the police was increasing as lawyers of the district courts had threatened to start an agitation from Monday if the missing baby was not recovered soon. It is learnt that a deputation of the lawyers met SP A.S. Chawla and urged him to take steps to trace the baby.



BUS TERMINUS SOUGHT: The Chamba Welfare Association has urged the Himachal Chief Minister, Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal, to approve the proposal of a new bus terminus complex at Chamba for which a suitable site has been identified by the authorities. In a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Mr T.S. Jasrotia, general secretary of the association, said the site on the outskirts of Dharog vicinity in Chamba above the Police Lines measuring about 10,450 sq metres had been selected for developing a new transport complex, including bus-stand, regional office, retiring room, shops and a parking lot.

APOLOGY DEMANDED: Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee Intellectual Department Chief O.C. Sharma on Saturday took strong exception to Gujarat Chief Minister Narinder Modi’s diatribe against Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh on the basis of his Christian identity and demanded that Mr Modi should tender an unconditional apology for such remarks.

MEDICAL COURSES: The Dr R.P. Government Medical College authorities here were hopeful of starting Diplomat National Board (DNB) Post Graduate degree courses in radiology, anesthesiology and surgery and a nod was expected from the National Board of Examination at any movement now. Disclosing this on Saturday Dr I D Santoshi, Principal of Dr R P Government Medical College said a team of the National Board of Examination had carried inspections for DNB courses and gave an approval for holding these courses.

NAGNI FAIR CELEBRATED: The district level Nagni fair was celebrated with religious fervour at the Nagni Mata temple near here on Saturday. The Additional District Magistrate, Kangra, Mr S.S. Guleria, was the chief guest. Thousands of pilgrims from Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab paid their obeisance in the temple. The chief guest announced a grant of Rs 10,000 for the development of the temple.

RESTORE FACILITY: The Primary Health Centre, Kherian, in this sub-division is facing closure, thanks to the apathy of the authorities of the Health and Family Welfare Department. According to information, the doctor posted here had been on a long leave for the past about three months. The department transferred the pharmacist of the centre on August 19. The Panchayat who are up in arms against the apathy of the department had appealed to the Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, to restore the health facility forthwith.

CONFERENCE ON GIRL: “Kanya”, girl child, will be the theme of the seventh Junior Round Square conference to be hosted by the local Bishop Cotton School on August 27 which will focus on the unending struggle of women for just and fair deal in the society. Mr Deepak Singh, Coordinator for the conference, said about 100 children from 15 top schools and abroad, would participate. They include Indian School, Alghubra (Oman), Mayo boys and girls schools, The Doon School, Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun and the Scindia boys and girls schools. The Round Square is an international organisation working for the underprivileged children and has Mr Nelson Mandela, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Dr Richard Von Weizsacker and Mr H.M.M. King as patrons.

LEGAL CAMP: Mr W.A. Shishak, Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, on Friday inaugurated a legal literacy camp at Kaza in the Spiti valley. He said the camp would help enlighten the tribal people about their constitutional and legal rights, and laws enacted for their welfare. He informed the people about procedures for availing compensation in case of accidents and about their rights and duties.


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