Tuesday, September 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


SAPLINGS: With the help of teachers and students of government senior secondary schools of Chheharta and Ghumanpur, as many as 150 and 100 saplings of various trees were planted on the premises of both schools, respectively, here on Sunday.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Unemployed B.Ed. Teachers Union here: president — Mr Palwinder Singh; senior vice-president — Mr Subash Kumar; and general secretary — Mr Krishan Thakur. Mr Amolak Singh, Mr Dilbagh Rai, Mr Amit Kumar, Ms Indu Bala, Ms Renu Sharma and Ms Sofia Mhajan were nominated as vice-presidents of the union.

PRAYER MEETING: For the peace of the world, to end terrorism and to promote communal harmony, a joint programme, “Walking together — a prayer peace meeting” was held at the Wagha border here on Sunday. The programme was jointly organised by the Church of North India Synodical Board of Social Services and the Synodical Board of Health Services.

SUICIDE: Ranjit Singh, a resident of Lopan (Sangrur), committed suicide in a hotel room here on Saturday. His body was handed over to his kin after registering a case under Section 174, Cr PC. An unidentified body was fished out from a water body under the Nehian Wala police station.

PNB CREDIT CARDS: Mr Inderjit Krishan, Senior Regional Manager, Punjab National Bank Ferozepore region, distributed credit cards amounting Rs 1.56 crore to 101 beneficiaries at a camp organised by local main branch of the bank here on Friday. He said that 1600 beneficiaries had already availed of this scheme during the past three months at Moga, Muktsar and Ferozepore districts in different camps.

BSNL: The Vigilance Department arrested a section supervisor of the BSNL’s TRA branch, Mr Manmohan Katyal, accepting a sum of Rs 500. The Vigilance party had been tipped off by Joginder Kumar, an LIC agent and a resident of Jalabad (West).

CASH LOOTED: Four car-borne youths looted Rs 5,000 from Jaspal Singh of Kiandowal village while he was on his bicycle near Haveli on Sunday. The police has registered a case under Section 382 of the IPC.

ARRESTED: The Mahilpur police arrested Manjit Singh of Kalewal Bhagtan village under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act on Sunday and seized 10 kg of poppy husk from him.

CRUSHED TO DEATH: Balbir Singh of Gonsala village was crushed to death under a vehicle on the Nawanshahr-Garhshanker road on Sunday. His body was handed over to his relatives by the police after a post-mortem.

HELD: The Mukerian police has arrested a proclaimed offender, Ashok Kumar, alias Tikka, after 17 years. The police had registered a case of theft under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC on November 30, 1985, against him.

DHARNA: Students of the DIET, who have been staging a dharna since August 26, gheraoed a former minister, Mr Darshan Singh Brar, and forced him to sit on the dharna along with them. Mr Brar has assured them that their demands will be forwarded to the state government. The DIET president, Jaswinder Singh Khanna, handed over the charter of demands to Mr Brar.

FUNCTION: Vanamahotsava was celebrated at Lala Sarkaru Mal Sarv Hitkari Vidya Mandir on Saturday. The SSP Khanna, Mr Paramjit Singh Sarao, was the chief guest. The function was organised jointly by Mr J.L. Mehndirata, Assistant Commissioner, Income Tax Khanna, and Mr Om Parkash Sachdeva, president of the school. Ms Anju Bhatia, Principal, welcomed the guests. A cultural programme was also organised.

MEETING: A meeting of the Democratic People’s Party, Khanna block, was held under the chairmanship of Mr B.C. Bassi on Sunday, according to a press note of the party. At the meeting Mr Bassi was elected as president. The party demanded that health and education should be provided free to all.

INAUGURATED: Lala Lajpat Rai, MP, inaugurated four rooms of Government High School, Salim Tabri. Students presented a cultural programme. Mr Hans Raj, councillor, was also present on the occasion. The MP gave a grant of Rs 2 lakh to the school from his discretionary fund. Mr Ranjit Singh, Principal, thanked Lala Lajpat Rai for his kind gesture.

CAMP: A free camp to examine diabetic patients was organised by the Lions Club Ludhiana (Venus) under the presidentship of Dr Sandeep Chauhan at Sandeep Hospital. Patients were given medicines free of cost. Nearly 200 patients were examined.

PROTEST: The action committee of daily wage and work-charge ad hoc employees has criticised the ‘anti-employees’ policy of the government and the move to privatise the various government departments which adversely affected the interests of the ad hoc and work-charge employees, who are being denied their rights of being regularised. A meeting of the committee was held here on Monday and attended by employees from various departments. The employees resolved to participate in a state-level dharna at Patiala on September 24. Condemning the government’s move to handover water supply schemes of the Public Health Department in private hands for maintenance, the meeting threatened to gherao the officials concerned and private contractors to safeguard the rights of the employees.

RAMLILA COMMITTEE: The election of the Urban Estate Ramlila Dasehra Committee was held here on Sunday. Mr Rakesh Pandey, Minister of State for Printing and Stationery, Mr Malkiat Singh Beermi, MLA, Mr Prem Mittal, Senior Deputy Mayor, Ms Sushil Gupta, Deputy Mayor, and Mr B.R. Kaushal were nominated patrons. The office-bearers of the committee are: Mr Raj Garg — president; Mr Shiv Gupta — general secretary; Mr N.K. Sharma — convener; Mr Pawan Singla — treasurer; Mr Des Raj Garg, Mr Dev Dutt Sharma and Mr M.P. Singh Gogia — vice-presidents; Mr Om Parkash Sharma — assistant finance secretary; Mr Hardeep Singh Dhillon, Mr Sanjeev Malhotra, Mr Rajinder Gupta and Mr Kuldeep Bhola — joint secretaries; Mr N.S. Takkar and Mr Raman Goyal — assistant secretaries; Mr Tejinder Lakhanpal, Mr Anil Gupta, Mr Ajay Goyal and Mr Shiv Kant Gupta — organising secretaries; Mr Madan Lal Rana and Mr Ranjit Walia — press secretaries; Mr Kirpal Singh Kalra — PR secretary; Mr Sushil Singla — auditor; Mr B.K. Rampal — legal adviser; Mr Ravi Kant Gupta — chairman, reception committee; Mr V.K. Nanchahal, Mr Ramesh Mangal, Mr S.R. Dhingra, Mr D.R. Sharma, Mr Bimal Aggarwal, Mr Gulab Singh, Mr Sohan Singh, Mr Jagan Nath Singla, Mr M.L. Khetarpal, Mr Bushan Dhawan and Mr Bhupinder Singh — all members of the executive committee. 

DHARNA: Agitating workers of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta), who have been sitting in dharna since Friday, demanding compensation to Mr Bant Singh, a farmer of Mirpur village in the district, whose “narma” crop failed allegedly due to the inferior quality of insecticides, on Monday shifted their dharna to the bus stand here and blocked traffic.

MISHAPS: Four persons, including a woman and her son, were killed in separate mishaps since Sunday in and around Moga. A report said Surinder Kaur and her son Pragat Singh were crossing a railway track near Kalichalhan village on the Ludhiana-Ferozepore section of Northern Railway when they were run over by a passenger train. Amrik Singh of Saphuwala village was killed when his scooter rammed into a crane, about 18 km from here, on the Moga-Ludhiana road. A youth was killed when he allegedly consumed a poisonous substance at Kot-isa-Khan village.

EYE DONATION: The Moga Seva Bharti has provided 147 blind persons with eyes in the district during the past six months. Stating this here on Monday, the general secretary of the Moga Seva Bharati said the organisation had received a good response for this cause and many more people had decided to donate their eyes.

DECLAMATION CONTEST: The Patiala Consumers and Telephone Subscribers Forum will hold an inter-school declamation contest on ‘Consumer Protection Act, 1986, and rights of a consumer’ at Veer Haqiqat Senior Secondary School on Tuesday. The Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Mr G. S. Grewal, will be the chief guest on the occasion.

POLICE DIRECTIVE: The district police on Monday urged all the landlords in the district to give necessary information about their tenants to their nearby police station. The police spokesperson said keeping in view the recent spate of crime involving domestic help in the city, the police has also asked the citizens to ascertain that the names and other relevant information pertaining to their servants is registered with the nearby police station.

MELA: A mela was held at Ottalan village, 3 km from here, on Sunday. Members of the Saddi community participated. A bhandara was also organised.



DEWORMING CAMPAIGN: About 3,000 children were given chewable deworming tablets and biscuit packets during the second phase of deworming campaign in Mauli Jagran from August 31 to September 9. The campaign was organised by Surya Foundation in collaboration with Municipal Corporation Chandigarh under Swaran Jayanti Shehri Rozgar Yojna. The deworming campaign was undertaken when it was found that children in these colonies were anemic and malnourished the commonest cause was worm infestation. The campaign was flagged off by Founder Director, Surya Foundation, Dr Ramneek Sharma.

MUSIC ALBUM RELEASED: Di Arry — though the name has an unusual ring, is not a strange one for the audience of Punjabi music. An exponent of Kirana Gharana, Di Arry is all set to take the Punjabi pop scene by his stride and the result is “Vaj Jane Dhol”, an album which with melodious lyrics and western beat brings out the essence of contemporary Punjabi culture and music. Recently released by Megnasound, his debut album contains an electric mix of romantic and peppy songs, depicting various moods. “The songs in the album has the kind of lyrics and quality which people would like to listen to again and again,” says Di Arry. “Though it is my debut album, I have tried to modulate my voice to suit every song and every mood”, he adds. The music for “Vaj Jane Dhol” is given by Sukhpal Sukh and lyrics have been penned down by Dilbar Rajpura and Sukha Gunachaur. Two of the songs “Gabru” and “Chot” are being directed by Himanshu Saini.

INQUIRY SOUGHT: The BJP sought inquiries into the sale of SCO 178-179 in Sector 9 and purchase of pipes by the Public Health Department of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh on Sunday. The demands were raised in a party rally in Sector 45 to attack policies of the Congress in the Municipal Corporation and allotment of school land to Congress MP Pawan Bansal-run Heritage Society. Speaking in the rally, former BJP MP Satyapal Jain attacked the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, and her political secretary, Ms Ambika Soni, for failing to clarify their stand on alleged land grabbing. 

ELECTED: The new office-bearers of the Navyug Ramleela and Dussehra Committee in Sector 7-B are as follows. Chairman — Mr Govind Kumar; president — Mr Ishwar Dass Singla; senior vice president — Mr K.K. Arora; secretary — Mr Sanjay Kumar; general secretary — Mr Sanjay Kumar; joint secretary — Mr Sammi Chauhan; secretary — Mr Luxman Singh; cashier — Devi Datt; assistant — Jyoti Sharma; coordinator — Mr B.S. Negi; assistant coordinator — Mr Sukhdev Singh and director — Pardeep Kumar.



MEETING: An emergency meeting of the Haryana Sikh Dharmik Society was held on Monday under the presidentship of Mr Surat Singh Ratak. Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Kartar Singh Takkar, stated that the society was not a parallel body of the SGPC and it has been formed to put across the views of the Sikhs of Haryana for formation of a state body under the All-India Sikh Gurdwara Act. Mr Takkar said an earlier body had led a rift between SGPC and the Sikhs in Haryana. He said that SGPC president Mr Badungar had agreed to their demand on August 2 but the process of clearance from the dharmik committee, executive committee, Shiromani committee and general house is still remaining. He said that the society will resolve all issues through talks. It was demanded in the meeting that their demand should be immediately looked into.

HVPN FINED: The District Consumer Forum has imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) for slapping wrongful penalty on a consumer, Mr Satya Kumar, of Shekhupur Daroli village. According to reports, an HVPN team had raided the residence of the consumer on November 8, 2000, and told him that the seals of his power meter were found to be tampered with. Nigam officials slapped a fine of Rs 1899.95 on the consumer. He paid the fine, but approached the forum which found the HVPN authorities guilty.



PROVIDENT FUND: The HP Non-Government College Lecturers Association, Baijnath, has accused the college management of not having deposited the provident fund deducted from their salaries during the past 16 months with the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, Shimla. Releasing a copy of a letter received from the authorities concerned confirming that no PF instalment from March, 2001, to June, 2002, had been deposited, the press secretary of the association, Prof Anup Sharma, alleged that Rs 40 lakh had been misappropriated.

2 KILLED: Veer Singh and his brother Madho Ram were killed while Raj Kumar was injured in a van accident near Lohakahar village of Hamirpur district on Sunday. They were on way from Gwarroo village to Doohak village when Veer Singh lost control over the vehicle and it fell into a deep gorge.

PLANTED: Mr R.K. Bhagat, Secretary of the local Rotary Club said here on Sunday a project had been prepared by the club to open an old-age home at Amb Wala village. He said members of the club, in collaboration with other organisations, planted over 1,500 saplings in the Shamsher Pur and Sheetla Mata areas.

SAINIK REST HOUSE: The local Ex-servicemen Welfare Association has urged Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, to release grant for the construction of a sainik rest house. Mr Ram Singh Dhillon, president of the association, thanked Dr Suraj Bhan, Governor, for allotting the land adjoining Yamuna Hotel to the Sainik Welfare Department.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Indian Institute of Architects (Himachal Centre): chairman — Mr R.K. Dogra; vice-chairman- Mr K.S. Chauhan; honorary treasurer- Ms Sarojini Sharma; and joint secretary- Mr Amit Sood. 


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