Tuesday, October 8, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


ARMY RECRUITMENT: Recruitment for the Army for Ferozepore, Moga and Muktsar districts will be held in Ferozepore on Wednesday and Saturday. This was stated by senior officers at a recruitment rally held at Nehru Stadium here on Monday.

VOLLEYBALL MEET: Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhupi, Director Sports, Punjabi University, Patiala, has informed that Punjabi University Volleyball Championship would be held at Local Shanti Tara College from October 9 to October 11. As many as 24 volleyball teams from all colleges affiliated with Punjabi University, will participate in championship. Mr Jagpal Khangura, a Congress leader will inaugurate the championship on October 9, he told. 

1 HELD: Mr Jitender Khaira, DSP, Malerkotla, has informed that Latala police has nabbed Nachhtar Singh Billa of Rachhin village with 15 kg of poppy husk. He was caught by Mr Nidhan Singh, in charge Chowki Latala.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: Twenty volunteers donated blood while 50 persons got themselves registered at a camp organised by the Punjab Health Systems Corporation and Punjab Health Department Fatehgarh Sahib in Civil Hospital here on Sunday. Mr S.K. Bansal, Deputy Medical Commissioner-cum-civil surgeon Fatehgarh Sahib, threw light on the importance of blood donation. Dr Mahesh Jindal presided over the function Mr Sohan Lal Puri, president, Manav Bhalai Manch, addressed the inaugural function.

RAM LEELA INAUGURATED: Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, MLA, Amloh, inaugurated Ram Leela here on Sunday night. Speaking on the occasion, he said, “We should all follow the true path as truth always triumphs over falsehood.” Mr Rakesh Kumar Gogi, president, Ram Leela Committee, council chief, Baldev singh Aulakh, councillors Ramesh Kumar Gupta, Jiwan Puri and Baldev Sedha were also present on the occasion.

PEDESTRIAN KILLED: One pedestrian was killed and another injured when a jeep hit them near Behman Diwana village on the Bathinda-Muktsar highway on Sunday. The injured has been admitted to the local Civil Hospital. The deceased has been identified as Bittu (30). A case has been registered.

QUIZ: The local Swami Vivekanand Study Centre will organise a quiz competition on Tuesday at Bhai Veer Singh School. The centre will organise similar competitions in the future also, Mr Rakesh Narula, press secretary of the centre, has said.

TEAM TO VISIT J&K: Dr Vineeta Gupta, general secretary of Insaaf International and member of Peoples Union for Civil Liberties, will be a member of a team which will visit Jammu and Kashmir during the last phase of the elections there. The team has been constituted by the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, to study the election process.

AIR FORCE DAY: Ex-airmen belonging to the district celebrated Air Force Day on Monday and pledged to work for the welfare of the weaker sections. Mr Jagdish Singh, general secretary of the Ex-Airmen Club, addressing a gathering, said airmen were the backbone of the Air Force.

CENTRAL TEAM: A five-member Central team will visit this district on October 10 to assess the loss of paddy crop caused due to a dry spell. Disclosing this here on Saturday, Mr A. Venua Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, said the team would also tour the Hithar area in Faridkot block where over 60 per cent crop had been damaged. The team will also meet affected farmers.

DISBURSEMENT: The Haryana State Kshetria Gramin Bank of Kutabadh village in this district has disbursed Rs 2.5 lakh to two self-help groups consisting of 10 poor women at a function held at Gidranwali village. This was stated by the bank manager on Sunday.

DISTINCTION: Dr Deepak Gupta, a noted eye surgeon and secretary of the Ludhiana Ophthalmological Society has achieved a rare distinction of becoming the only eye surgeon in North India and one out of the only two eye surgeons in the country, who can do eye phacoemulsification with both hands. In fact he has mastered left eye phacoemulsification with both the hands. Dr Deepak said that he had presented two papers on “Left eye phacoemulsification with left hand — a technique for the future” and ‘3-Dimensional Chop.’ in the recently concluded international eye conference held at Mumbai. Highlighting the various advantages of this technique, he said that the approach to the eye with phaco probe was easier and this played an important role for patients having deep-set eyes or with prominent brows. He said that Dr F.Rentsch from Germany and Dr R.B. Vajpayee from AIIMS were perhaps only eye surgeons, who are using this technique. He said that the technique of 3 dimensional chop was a combination of two techniques of phaco chop and karate chop and combining of these techniques had produced a unique concept of ‘3-dimensional chop’. He claimed that he had been successfully doing it for the last two years regularly.

POWER SUPPLY: Mr Tikshan Sud, MLA, has demanded a minimum of 12-hour regular power supply for rural areas of Hoshiarpur for the sowing of potato. He said this at a meeting of BJP workers of the local unit of the party on Sunday. Mr Jagtar Singh, president, BJP (rural unit), also addressed the workers.

PROCLAIMED OFFENDER: The local Sadar police arrested a proclaimed offender, Ashok Kumar, alias Pappu, of Mohari, Faizabad district (UP), on Sunday night. He was wanted in two cases registered against him by the Sadar police under Section 379 of the IPC on February 8, 1999, and on March 28, 1999. The police also arrested Harjinder Singh of Garhi Langeri under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act on Sunday and seized 144 bottles of whisky from his car.

FIRE: Goods worth lakhs were burnt in a fire at Maheshwari Resin Factory on Bharwain Road on Monday. However, no loss of life was reported.

MUSICAL CONCERT: A musical concert was organised at the Rail Coach Factory by the Women’s Welfare Organisation on Saturday night. Renowned Punjabi pop star Harbhajan Mann regaled the audience with his popular songs. It was a mesmerising evening for 35,000 fans as they spontaneously responded to the music. The concert was inaugurated by the RCF General Manager, Mr K.R. Govindarajan. A souvenir was also released on the occasion.

CRITICISED: Mr Avinash Jaiswal, secretary of the Punjab BJP unit, has criticised the proposal of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to call the Vidhan Sabha session on October 11 saying that it will have no use since the Centre has already announced the minimum support price. 

RAMAYAN MAHAYAJNANA: Shri Mandir Committee, Punjab, will hold a Ramayan paath Mahayajna from Sharad Purnima to Kartik Purnima during which 501 recitations of the great Indian epic will be completed at different places. The programme will begin on October 20 at Shri Durga Mata Mandir near the Jagraon bridge. It was finalised at a meeting of the mandir committee here on Sunday which was presided over by Mahant Narayan Dass Puri of Sanglan Wala Shivala. The meeting also decided to distribute 1100 copies of “Ramcharit Manas” during the month-long programme. Among those who attended the meeting were Mr Prem Chand Gupta, Mr Ashok Gupta, Mr Neeraj Verma, Mr Rajinder Sharma, Mr Dinesh Gulati, Mr Rajiv Sharma, Mr Tejinder Singh and Mr Manoj Bhatia.

SHOBHA YATRA: Shri Dasehra Committee of Kitchlu Nagar took out a shobha yatra on Sunday evening in connection with the Dasehra mela being held in the locality. Before the start of the yatra, Hanuman Chalisa was recited to mark the holy occasion. The shobha yatra, which started from the main market of Kitchlu Nagar, travelled through Chhoti Haibowal and Rajpura Road before culminating at the Dasehra grounds.

FREE MEDICAL CAMP: A free medical camp was held at Gurdwara Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib, Himmatpura, by New Rajindra Hospital here on Monday. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Harnam Dass Johar. More than 700 patients were examined at the camp by a team of doctors, including Dr S.S. Sohal, Dr C.S. Gahir, Dr Rupinderjit Kaur and Dr Subash Kumar. Poor patients were provided medicines free of cost and free sugar tests were conducted on 278 patients.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of Madhuban, a forum of artistes, established in memory of renowned artiste Ashwani Mahajan: president — Mr Vinod Mahajan; vice-president — Mr Suresh Oberoi; project chairman — Mr Surinder Chopra; convener — Mr Satish Mohindru; and secretary — Mr Vijay Diwan.

APPOINTED: Mr Ravinder Dhillon has been nominated as member of the Telecom Advisory Committee for Patiala, according to a communique in this regard received by him from the Department of Telecom. 

ACHIEVEMENT: Under officer Arshdeep Singh of the Government Bikram College of Commerce, Patiala, has not only won laurels for his college but also for the 5 Punjab NCC Battalion by winning silver and bronze medals in the 12th All-India G.V. Mavlankar Shooting Championship held at Coimbatore recently.

PAINTING COMPETITION: The State Bank of Patiala and the Social Word Department of Punjabi University, Patiala, organised a painting competition at the Yadvindra Puran Bal Niketan Orphanage. Bank Manager S.C. Gupta and Niketan chairperson Kushal Garg gave away the prizes to the best entries on the occasion.

NATURE CURE THERAPY: The Maharashtra Grameen Arogya Sewa Sansthan is organising a nature cure and magnetic health workshop on the city in which free magnetic therapy is being provided to the public. Disclosing this, health workshop representative Dr Ajay Shahare said the workshop would continue till October 11 and is being held at the Arya Samaj Chowk situated in the Ved Mandir in the city.

KNITTING CONTEST: Students of Arya Kanya Senior Secondary School, Lady Bird Public High School and Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Public School participated in the Aao Bune knitting contest organised by the Vardhaman Spinning and General Mills here. Disclosing this on Monday, company chief executive V. K. Goyal said the contest aimed at introducing children to positive hobbies. He said the contest was open to all students from class VI to class XI and that it was being organised intra-school level and zonal inter school level. He said the best three entries from each category per school would be eligible for the zonal-level contest.

FREEDOM FIGHTERS: The Punjab Parliamentary Secretary (Co-operation), Mr Gurbinder Singh Atwal, said on Sunday that he would take up with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the issue of providing pension and other benefits to freedom fighters on their doorstep so that aged freedom fighters were saved from the hassles of doing the rounds of offices to get these facilities. He said this in his presidential address at a function held here by the Freedom Fighters Council to commemorate the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri.

PADDY SALE: Mr Ishar Singh Meharban, former minister of Punjab, and senior Congress leader, visited the Samrala mandi and the Machhiwara mandi. Some of the farmers who brought paddy in the market showed their satisfaction over the purchase of paddy. Mr Sekhon, secretary of a local committee, said that more than 4 lakh quintals of paddy had been purchased and there is no complaint against any purchasing agency. Mr Meharban was accompanied by Mr Anil Sood, Mr Tejinder Kooner, Mr J P Singh Makkar, Mr Surinder Kumar Kundra along with Mr Amrik Singh Aujla, former chairman of the arhtiya association.

EYE CAMP: An eye check-up camp was organised here on Saturday and Sunday by the Divine Eye Research Foundation, Bathinda. As many as 287 persons were examined.

2 SHOPS GUTTED: Two cloth shops were reduced to ashes in a fire in front of the local Sri Darbar Sahib on Saturday night. Police sources said a short circuit caused the fire.

THEFT: Cash and ornaments were stolen from the house of Mr Rajinder Kumar, Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Khadoor Sahib, in the local Dashmesh colony in front of the local PSEB office on Saturday night.



MEDICAL PROJECT: For class IX students of Sector 47 Government Model Senior Secondary School, a free medical project of blood grouping was today held by the Lions Club Chandigarh Supreme. According to club secretary D. R. Arora, the project was organised for about 75 students. Appreciating the school authorities for their cooperation, Mr Arora, in a press release, added that good arrangements had been made for the purpose by Principal H. K. Bhatia. The release added that medical camps for diabetic patients, besides free eye-operation and check up camps, were organised by the club on regular basis.

CLEANLINESS DRIVE: The Sector 27-D residents have launched a cleanliness drive and warned that the littering in the sector would invite penalty from the Residents Welfare Association. Children of the sector took out a procession carrying banners and placards asking residents to keep their area clean. Mr B.S. Bindra, president of the association, and the former Deputy Mayor, Mr Mohinder Singh, led the campaign. Volunteers cleaned all streets, back lanes and parks and removed debris, garbage and dust from different areas of sector.

CHINESE VASTU: Mr Manish Sharma, who claims to be a national expert in Chinese Feng Shui, is presenting free consultancy in Chinese vastu (Feng Shui) from October 7 to 11 at Hotel Kapil in Sector 35-B. In a press conference organised here on Monday, Mr Manish Sharma claimed that the Chinese vastu had an edge over the Indian vastu, as it did not ask to demolish a part of the house, rather it suggested that by keeping different stones, one could diffuse the bad impact of stars.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected as office-bearers of the New Motor Market Welfare Association Sector 38-West: president — Balbir Singh; Adviser — Ashok Kumar Sharma; vice-president — Mohinder Pal; general secretary — Ranjit Bajaj; secretary — Nachhatar Singh; and cashier — Palvinderjit Singh Bajwa. 

VETERANS POLYCLINIC: A veterans polyclinic at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation centre for defence personnel will commence trial runs from Tuesday. A formal opening will be held sometime in November. This is another step towards fulfilling the objective of ex-servicemen welfare. This polyclinic will meet a long standing demand of ex-servicemen residing in S.A.S. Nagar and surrounding areas. Initially facilities like X-ray, ECG, laboratory testing and dressing room are set up. In addition to this an ambulance service will also be available from the polyclinic to the Command Hospital in Chandi Mandir. 

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Shri Guru Ravidas Naujwan (Punjab), SAS Nagar: president — K.R. Chaudhary; vice-president — J.R. Kahal; general secretary — P.R. Mann; and finance secretary — Gurdial Singh Ganger.

PLAY: The local Suchetak Rangmanch is presenting a Punjabi play, “Ikk Miaan Do Talwaran”, at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Friday evening. The play is based on a novel by Nanak Singh which has been adapted for the stage by Shabdeesh. It has been directed by Anita Shabdeesh.



INAUGURATED: A free-homoeopathic, acureressure and magnetic therapy dispensary was inaugurated here on Monday. The dispensary has been established by Mr Gyan Chand Jain Memorial Foundation at Jambu Pershad Bhavan on the Nicholson road, Ambala cantonment. Dr N.C. Jain, foundation chairman said the free dispensary will benefit the local populace. He said that a number of diseases could be cured through alternative medicines. 

PERSONAL POINT: Dr Shobha Personal Kaul Point today said obesity was increasing among young girls and children. Talking to mediapersons after the inauguration of a Personal Point centre near Capital cinema Ambala cantonment, Dr Kaul said obesity among young girls causes a number of problems. Dr Kaul said Personal Point programmes are better as compared to other competitors. “We work differently and our programmes are based on medical guidelines,” she said. “Faulty eating habits and sedentary life style are the major causes of obesity in today’s world,” she added. Ms Salini Talwar, new partner of Personal Point, was also present on at the occasion.

CUSTOMER MEET: The Indo Matsushita Appliances Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Co of Japan, organised a customer meet in Ambala city. Mr H. Asou, MD of Indo Matsushita, presided over the function. A demonstration of all the home appliances was given to help people understand the utility of the products. A 15-piece designer tea set is being given with the entire range of home appliances, a release said.

LOK ADALAT: As many as 602 cases were settled at a lok adalat here. The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, District Legal Service Authority, Mr A.S. Narang, said on Sunday that 971 cases were taken up. So far 77 lok adalats had been held here, he added.



RESERVATION COUNTER: Mr Surinder Singh, senior vice-president of the minority cell of the Congress, Himachal Pradesh, has urged the Railways to open a reservation counter at Paonta Sahib. He said people had to travel long distances to Yamunanagar or Dehra Dun to get their reservations done. He also demanded compensation for farmers from the state government for the loss caused to them due to a dry spell.


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