Monday, September 2, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


LAB INAUGURATED: The SS Jain Sabha opened Sudhir Jain Pintoo Memorial Charitable Clinical Laboratory at Jain Sathanak here on Sunday. The laboratory was inaugurated by Mr Darshan Kumar Jain of Ludhiana. Mr Satish Kumar Jain, a spokesman of the sabha, said the new venture had come up after the success of a dispensary which had been providing free medical services to all sections of society. Mr Sardali Jain, father of Late Sudhir Jain, denoted Rs 51,000 for the venture. Shryans Industries limited and Mr Darshan Lal also contributed Rs 21,000 each. The sabha would be charging a nominal fee for diagnostic tests.

CONDEMNED: The SC, ST and BC employees front, Punjab, has condemned the government for the retrenchment of PCS officers belonging to the scheduled caste category without investigation. Mr Charan Singh Halwara, convener of the front, said according to a government letter dated October 10, 1967, ‘‘the government cannot retrench or remove any of its Scheduled Caste employees till the prescribed quota of the category is fulfilled in the cadre.”

PSEB ORDERS: The Peershah Road Welfare Association has demanded that the PSEB should change its recent order regarding the sanction of generators. The president of the association, in a press note, said the Chief Electrical Inspector, had already sanctioned generators in their industrial area and all documents had been completed in this regard.

KRISHI CARDS: The Khasa branch of the Punjab National Bank issued more than 40 krishi cards amounting to Rs 40 lakh to farmers at a customer meet-cum-krishi card distribution function organised by the bank on the occasion of its foundation day here on Sunday.

REVOCATION SOUGHT: Dr V.K. Sharma, secretary of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, on Sunday demanded the revocation of the alleged illegal suspension of teachers of DAV colleges and other private colleges. Dr Sharma said the PCCTU would observe September 5 as repression day and stage dharna in front of the DPI’s office to highlight its demand.

AIFDY RALLY: The All-India Federation of Democratic Youth will organise a rally of five farmers’ associations at Bhai Chatar Singh Park near the bus stand in Ludhiana on September 2. This was stated by Mr Tandeep Kaushal, vice-president, and Mr Surinder Singh Shahzad, central committee member, of the federation.

EYES DONATED: Eyes of Jarnail Singh (92), a resident of Lalton Kalan village, were donated to Eye Bank, Mansuran, after his death. Dr Ramesh, Director of the eye bank, in a press statement, said on Sunday that the deceased had filled the eye-donation pledge card a few days back. Both the corneas were successfully transplanted to two needy patients free of cost, said Dr Ramesh. 

RETIRED: Dr J.S. Bhullar, Deputy Director, Health Services, and Former Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, retired on Saturday. In his 32 years of service, Dr Bhullar served as Medical Officer, Senior Medical Officer and Civil Surgeon. He joined the services in 1971. He also served as the senior vice-president of the PCMS Association. 

CME ORGANISED: Deep Hospital organised a CME on prostate cancer. Dr Rajesh Ahlawat, Head and Senior Urologist, Apollo Hospital, New Delhi delivered a lecture on prostate surgery and evaluated various methods of surgical removal of prostate. He also answered queries regarding prostate surgery. About 400 clinicians from all over the state attended the CME.

GRANT DEMANDED: Kin of labourers belonging to Uttar Pardesh and Orissa, who were buried alive while digging tubewells in the district during the past six months, have urged the state government to give them ex-gratia grants as they are unable to feed their children. Stating this here on Sunday, wife of Ram Din, who was buried alive here on Saturday, said over 24 labourers engaged in digging tubewells had been killed but none of the family members of the deceased had so far been given any grant by the government.

SOILED NOTES: Soiled currency notes of the denominations of Re 1 to Rs 10 have been in circulation in this town for a long time but nationalised banks are refusing to accept them. Several businessmen told mediapersons here on Sunday that although the RBI had directed the nationalised banks to accept such notes, the banks were refusing to honour them. 

B.ED COUNSELLING: The second round of counselling for admission to B.Ed course for 2002-2003 of Punjabi University will begin on September 7 in the Arts Auditoriums according to a press note of the university.

WORKSHOP: A workshop on total knee and hip replacement was conducted at Rajindra Hospital here by the Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, in association with Johnson and Johnson and Apollo Orthopaedics Limited. Practical demonstrations on bone models were given by a team of experts. The Head of the Orthopaedics Department, Dr Ravinder Singh, said another workshop on total knee replacement would be conducted during the North Zone IOA Conference to be held in March, 2003, at Patiala. He said live demonstrations would be given on knee replacement by using mobile-bearing option of PFC sigma knee.

HONOURED: As many as 40 students from different schools and colleges of this subdivision were honoured at a function organised by the local unit of the ABVP here on Saturday. Mr Puneet Goyal, SDM, was the chief guest. Mementoes were given to the students.



MEETING: The executive body of the Northern India Saini Cultural Society has decided to honour outstanding students, players, industrialists and other prominent members of the community. The meeting was held at Saini Bhavan, Sector 24, here on Saturday. It unanimously decided to install a computer in the bhavan and to provide Internet services to visitors at nominal rates. Mr Jaswant Singh Saini Zirakpur, the president, claimed that the executive body had decided to hold the general body meeting on September 29 and took a serious note of the confusion created by Mr Piara Singh, a former returning officer, who had allegedly circulated a letter to hold election of the president. The body condemned this action and clarified that the elections had been already held.

MEET: As many as 400 delegates attended the zonal intercity meet of Rotary International District 3080 hosted by the Rotary Club Panchkula, here on Sunday. It was organised to discuss programmes and policies of the Rotary Foundation and its programmes worldwide. An amount of $ 400 million spent by the foundation every year on projects undertaken in developing countries. Mr Manoj Desai, Past District Governor, gave the keynote address and set the tone for today’s proceedings by giving an enlightening presentation on the foundation and its changes over the years. The Past Rotary International President Mr Rajinder K. Saboo, elaborated the need for collecting donations. An amount of $ 7000 towards annual giving and $ 4500 towards polio eradication campaign was committed to be paid by Rotarians Mr Mohinder Nandwani and Mr Rakesh Mittal also spoke on the occasion.



ROBBERY IN TEMPLE: Robbers struck at a temple in Kakkar Majra village in Naraingarh on Saturday night. The incident took place at about 2.15 pm when four persons with muffled faces attacked the priest and few others who were sleeping in the temple. Two of those who were sleeping inside put a staff resistance to the attackers. The robbers managed to decamp with a bag containing Rs 1,000 and a gold ring. Three persons sustained injuries in the incident.

FARMERS IN DEBT: The general secretary of the Kisan Sabha, Haryana, Mr Krishan Swaroop, today alleged that over 90 per cent of farmers in the state are under debt due to the anti-farmer policy of the state government. He said this at a gathering in Bighar village in this district on Saturday. He said the sabha would organise a demonstration on September 3 here in protest against these policies.



NOTICE SERVED: The HP Government Teachers Union has served a 15-day notice on the government that if the 14-point demands charter of the union is not settled, the union will launch statewide agitation from September 16 in which dharnas will be held at Dharamsala, Bilaspur, Solan, Hamirpur, Chamba and Shimla. This was stated here on Sunday by chairman of the state action committee Prem Verma and state president of the union Roshanlal Sharma at a state-level meeting of the union here on Saturday.

GOVT ASSAILED: The intellectual forum of the District Congress Committee has assailed the BJP-led government in the state for launching a vilification campaign against Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. Mr Yog Raj Sehgal, president of the forum, warned the Dhumal government that if any action was taken against Mr Virbhadra Singh, Congressmen would start a statewide agitation.

ARRESTED: The Bihar police on Sunday arrested Udai Thakur from Nadaun where he had been working as a labourer with a local contractor. Udai Thakur has been taken to Bihar for interrogation where he is wanted in a criminal case. The Nadaun police has confirmed his arrest.


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