Wednesday, October 9, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


‘‘KITTY HOUSE’’: Acting on a complaint filed by Mr Sukhdev Kapur, a resident of Shastri Nagar, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the District Magistrate to initiate action against an alleged illegal ‘‘catering-cum-kitty house’’ for creating nuisance and disturbing residents of the area. The ‘‘kitty house’’ is running in a residential place in ‘‘violation’’ of the norms of the municipal council and creates traffic problems whenever there is a party as innumerable vehicles are parked on the road.

‘‘CANCEL FIR’’: Claiming that the case registered under Section 13A of the Punjab Village Common Land Act against him by the Dhuri police was false and the result of a deep-rooted conspiracy, Mr Nachattar Singh Jahangir, state president of the Adhyapak Dal, Punjab, on Monday demanded the cancellation of the FIR.

MEETING: At a meeting of the executive committee of Shri Durga Mandir, Urban Estate, Phase-I, it was decided to celebrate Dasehra on October 15. The meeting, presided over by Mr Ramesh Garg, president, along with Mr Ram Gopal Sharma, vice-president, was attended by Mr Sushil Behal, general secretary, Mr J.N. Batta, joint secretary, Mr Ramesh Bansal and other executive members. Mr Sushil Behal said the festival would be celebrated in the ground adjoining the mandir, Durgri, near Water Tank. Tableaus and fire works would be the main attraction. The function would be covered by various cable service providers.

ELECTED: Mr Narinder K. Miglani, general secretary, Knitwear Club, has been elected member of the Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India (FASII) standing committee for 2002-2004 at the 196th meeting of FASII Executive Committee held on September 29.

SINGHASAN YATRA: A 10-day ‘Dasehra utsav’ being organised by the Shri Ram Lila Committee at the Daresi ground got off to a religious start here on Monday with a ‘singhasan yatra’ that started from Shri Thakur Dwara. It passed through the Rupa Mistry street, the Shivala road and Chaura Bazar, before culminating at the ground. The yatra was inaugurated by Mr Harish Kumar, SP. The Radha Madhav Sankirtan Mandal chanted hymns. Later, Ram Lila was inaugurated by the Corporation Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, at the ground.

POWER SUPPLY: Mr Nand Lal, MLA, Balachaur, in a press note issued here on Tuesday, criticised the state government for disconnecting power supply to tubewells run by the Tubewell Corporation, Punjab, in the subdivision. He said this had affected the drinking water supply to residents of the area. He threatened to stage a dharna at Balachaur over the issue.

TEACHERS’ FRONT: Mr Bhupinder Singh Warraich and Mr Harjinder Singh Asmanpur, president and district committee member, respectively, of the district unit of the Democratic Teachers Front, in a press note issued here on Tuesday, condemned the state government for quashing the admissions of ETT students. Employee organisations would jointly hold a dharna here in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner on October 11 to press the government to withdraw its decision, they said.

TEACHERS’ PLEA: Mr Kulbir Singh, district president of the Teachers Union (Operation Blackboard), in a press note issued here on Tuesday, urged the state government to release funds so that teachers working in government schools under the Operation Blackboard Scheme could get their salary. The teachers had not been paid salary for the past five months, he added.

ELECTED: Mr K.C. Kapoor (District Education Officer), Mr Hem Raj and Mr Gurpal Singh were elected president, general secretary and organising secretary, respectively, of the District Middle Schools Tournament Committee at a meeting at JSFH Khalsa High School here on Tuesday.

CULTURAL EVENT: The cultural society of Patel College, Rajpura, organised a cultural event on Tuesday on its college premises. Dances, songs, mono-acting and a Punjabi play “Toa” were presented on the occasion. Principal of the college, Tarsem Bahia exhorted the students to participate in the extra-curricular activities organised by the college.

CONFERENCE: The Students Federation of India (SFI) will organise its annual District Delegate Conference on October 10 at Prabhat Parwana Bhavan here. Giving this information, state secretary of SFI, Mr Gurpal Singh Dhaliwal, disclosed that several central and state-level leaders of the student organisation would participate in the conference to discuss the party’s future strategy regarding student elections in colleges and universities of the state. 

BEST CADET: Senior Under Officer Ranjan Kumar and Under Officer Saajan Kumar of the local Guru Nanak College have been adjudged the best cadet and the best shooter in the 12-day combined annual training camp of NCC cadets of 8 Pb NCC Battalion, Phagwara. This was stated here on Tuesday by Lt Savinder Singh, Coy Commander of the local college. The camp concluded at Mahilpur on Tuesday.

AKALI DAL: After disbanding the Doaba zone of the party, the Akali Dal (Amritsar) on Monday began a phased revamping of the urban committees in the region, according to press note issued by Dr Harjinder Jakhu, national general secretary of the party. Ten city committees, including Phagwara, were reconstituted at a meeting here.

TRIBUTES: Tributes were paid to Mr Bachan Singh Umaidpuri, the father of Jathedar Santa Singh Umaidpuri, a renowned Akali activist and former chairman of Market Committee, Sahnewal, at his native village Umaidpur on Sunday. Mr Bachan Singh died after a long illness. Leaders and workers of various parties and unions, including the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Congress, Bharatiya Yuva Morcha, Bharatiya Kisan Union, Bharatiya Janta Party, assembled to offer their condolences and pay tributes to the departed soul. 

SHOP VANDALISED: The police has registered a case under Sections 452, 427, 148 and 149 of the IPC on Monday against Binder Singh, a resident of Sahnewal, along with Pappu, Kali, Minto and around 10 unidentified persons on the complaint of Mr Kamaljit Singh, a resident of Sarabha Nagar, on the allegation that the accused forcibly entered his shop on the Kohara road and damaged goods lying there. He also alleged that the miscreants also took away important documents lying in the shop.



YOUTH FESTIVAL: The three-day IXth Haryana state youth festival will be held at Ambala Cantonment from November 22-24. While stating this here on Tuesday, an official release said the teams who topped at the district-level youth festivals would take part in the state-level festival. Competitions would be held in 18 disciplines and the first three winners of each event will be awarded. The release added that the teams attaining first positions would be sent for participating in the national youth festival.

SBI LOAN SCHEME: The Punjab Engineering College branch of the SBI organised an entrepreneurship awareness programme at the Government Polytechnic for Women (GPW), Sector 10, here on Tuesday. More than 100 girl students participated in the programme. Officials of the SBI briefed the students in respect of financing of small enterprises, educational loans and various schemes of the bank. Mr Balbir Singh, Principal of the GPW, highlighted various steps, being taken by the polytechnic for the benefit of the students.

RECOGNITION: The Army group insurance (AGI) fund has recently recognised the Inscol hospital for specified treatments under the AGI medical benefit scheme for prostate, haemodialysis, brain stroke management and stress thallium. Henceforth, ex-servicemen can get these treatments from Inscol. The facility will be available without any advance payment. Inscol is a 40- bed hospital equipped with modern facilities providing tertiary-level care in 18 specialities.

APPOINTED: Naresh Arora has been appointed new convener of the Bajrang Dal along with six co-conveners. Mr Dinesh Dutta has been appointed suraksha parmukh while Mr Suresh Rana will be the new parchar parmukh of the youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Co-conveners are: Kishan Kanyaya Kashyap, Raj Kishore, Jatinder Dalal, Jasminder Singh, Rajnish Bharadwaj and Mohinder Thakur. 

POLICE FUNCTIONING: About 30 students of St Stephen School, Sector 45, visited the Sector 39 police station on Monday to have a first hand account of police functioning. The students were shown different parts of the police station including the wireless room, lock-ups and armoury. Mr Parag Jain, UT SSP, and Mr K.I.P. Singh, SHO, told the visiting children about the working of the police. The police officers also answered the queries of the children. On the occasion, the traffic wing of the police had also organised an exhibition.

DEBATE CONTEST: A final year student, Apoorva Bose, was declared “best speaker” at a debate contest organised by the College of Architecture, Sector 12, here on Monday, on the topic “Is Le Corbusier relevant today”. The best team award was bagged by Apoorva Bose and Dyutmini Jha while the two consolation prizes went to Anjali Ahuja of the final year and Shweta Kailani, a student of the second year. However, all speakers focused on his works in designing Chandigarh rather than widening scope of the topic to debate his other earlier works as well. One of the judges for the debate, Ms Kiran Joshi, a faculty member, said though his works formed the basis of all designing that followed as well as architecture in the present times, application of his ideas without modifications and introduction of flexibility did not suffice in the modern world. 

CONTEST: Mehak Sharma, Kirti Sharma, Kalpana, Amrita and Pooja Sharma won the fist prize in “Aao Bune” contest held at Blue Bird High School on Monday. As many as 100 students had participated in the contest organised by Vardhaman Group of Companies.

CERTIFICATE OF MERIT: Three students of Satluj Public School — Jasleen Paul (97%), Rajdeep Kaur (95%) and Avinash Sudan (95%) — have been awarded CBSE Certificate of Merit in the subject of political science. They have been declared in the top 0.1 per cent of successful candidates in CBSE Examination held in March, 2002, for All-India Senior Secondary Examination.



NATIONAL POSTAL WEEK: As part of the National Postal Week, a programme on business development was held here on Tuesday. Mr V.K. Malhotra, senior postmaster, Ambala GPO, gave an account of the new products launched by the department. Mr M.M. Vinayak, Manager, Speed Post centre, Ambala, gave details about the different premium products including speed post, business post, media post, express post, greeting post and Western Union Money Transfer schemes. Mr N.K. Sharma, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Ambala, gave awards to those employees who had performed well during the year 2001-02.

WORKSHOP: A six-day workshop of Haryana Sports and Youth Welfare Department was inaugurated by Mr Sunil Gulati here on Tuesday. Mr Gulati said the country’s future would be as bright as the positive thinking and constructive attitude of the youth. He said the youth must responsibly discharge their duties and they should contribute towards the development of the nation. He said the solutions to the problems like drugs and dowry can be solved with the help of young generation and the youth must generate awareness against the social evils. About 200 young boys and girls are participating in the workshop which is being held at War Heroes Memorial Stadium, Ambala Cantonment.

INJURED: Around 18 people were injured on the GT road near Mouri village close to Ambala Cantonment on Monday evening. The injured were admitted to the local Civil Hospital. Twelve of them were relieved after giving them first-aid. According to information, the accident occurred when an Indica car hit a three wheeler. There were 15 passengers travelling in the three-wheeler while the Indica car was carrying 5 passengers. The people travelling in the three-wheeler were coming from Kalyana village close to Shahabad. When their vehicle was turning towards their village, Bil Pura, an Indica car coming in the same direction hit the three-wheeler. A police vehicle took the injured to hospital. The police has registered a case.

SARKAR APKE DWAR: Mr Om Prakash Malik, former organising secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, said on Tuesday that Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala should only announce big schemes. Mr Malik said in the Sarkar Apke Dwar programme, even small schemes and projects were announced by the Chief Minister himself which should have been announced by the MLA and bureaucrats. He demanded that Mr Chautala should allocate Rs 5 lakh annually to every MLA so that the amount can be utilised on the development of the constituency, a release said.

CAMP CONCLUDES: A 10-day NSS camp being held at Dhulkot concluded on Tuesday. Principal Sohan Lal of the DAV College of Education, Ambala city, was the chief guest, among others, Mr Ashok Mehta, Mr Rajesh Batra, Mr Amrit Pal Garg, Mr Raj Kumar Jain, Mr Bhupinder Goel and Ms Shashi Malhotra were present. In the last 10 days, students of government senior secondary schools under Dr Nirmal Asija helped in repair of village roads. The students also carried out sapling plantation drive. The NSS volunteers taught the illiterate village and helped in the cleaning of drains.

CANAL WATER: AICC member and former HPCC President Verender Singh has advocated equal distribution of the canal water in the state. ‘‘Sourthern Haryana has been the victim of the ‘‘apathetic’’ attitude of every government regarding the distribution of water during the past 36 years’’ said the Congress leader, adding that five districts of this belt were the worst sufferers. He was addressing a press conference here on Sunday.

SANITATION DRIVE: A former Chairman of the Bhiwani Municipal Council, Mr Ramesh Masta, has criticised the state government and the district administration for adopting an “indifferent” attitude towards the development of the town. He said here on Monday that the administration was betraying the residents in the name of a ‘‘sanitation drive’’ as heaps of garbage could be seen all over the town.

RAPE: A married woman was allegedly raped on Sunday at Bisla village in the district. The police has booked the suspect, Channa Singh, under Section 376 of the IPC. According to a complaint lodged by the victim, Channa Singh came to her residence when she was alone and raped her. In another case, a 50-year-old man allegedly sodomised a 10-year-old boy at Gajuwala village in the district. The police has booked the suspect, Phatta, under Section 370 of the IPC.

SECTION 144: The District Magistrate, Yamunanagar, has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC and directed residents of the district to report about their servants along with the addresses and attested photos of the servants to their respective police stations within 10 days.

CM VISITS MANDIS: The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, made a surprise visit to the Sadhaura, Chhchhrauli, Bilaspur, Jagadhri and Radaur mandis on Monday to inspect paddy procurement. He directed officials of the Electricity and Public health departments to install a new transformer and lay a new water pipeline for the Sadhaura mandi.



COMMERCIAL CROPS: The Department of Agriculture has finalised a programme aimed at producing 68,510 tonnes of wheat and 20,230 tonnes of commercial crops in the district during the coming rabi season. The department proposes to cover 34,840 hectares under wheat and 113 hectares under pulses and other commercial crops, said Dr H.R. Sharma, Deputy Director of Agriculture, here on Tuesday.

JUNIOR ENGINEERS: The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Junior Engineers Association has criticised the ‘‘apathy’’ of the board management towards its demands. Mr Satish Dhiman, president of the Nurpur zone of the association, in a statement released here on Tuesday, said the board had failed to give pay scales on a par with the Punjab Government and five due increments to junior engineers. He urged the Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, to intervene in the matter.

CHARAS SEIZED: The police seized 2.25 kg of charas from a Nepalese woman at Rahe Nullah on Sunday. The woman has been identified as Devi, wife of Bal Bahadur, a resident of Bhagatpur, Nepal. Mr N. Venu Gopal, Superintendent of Police, Kulu, in a press note issued here, said a case under the NDPS Act had been registered against her.


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