Saturday, November 16, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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PENALISED: A flying squad of PSEB officials has imposed penalty of Rs 31.20 lakh on a local industrialist for allegedly tempering with electricity meter to steal power. According to Mr Kuldip Singh, Senior Executive Engineer, a flying squad led by Mr Tara Singh, Additional Superintending Engineer, raided a local cattle feed unit and detected the power theft. A found the meter tempered which was working in name of Jagdish Lal.

RESEARCH WORK: A national conference on pulmonary diseases has selected the research work of Dr Kulwant Singh Bhatia as the best research presentation for a conference in Jaipur to be held from November 20.

YOUTH FESTIVAL: Mr Avtar Henry, Cabinet Minister, will preside over the valedictory function of a youth festival of Guru Nanak Dev University on Saturday.

PCCTU SESSION: The PCCTU will hold a special delegate session on Sunday to chalk out the mode of struggle in connection with its demands.

CELEBRATED: The Insurance Employees Union of the LIC of India, Amritsar division, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the All-India LIC Employees Federation at its divisional office here on Thursday.

BAN SOUGHT: The Sarv Dharam Raksha Sangharash Committee, in a letter to the District Magistrate, has urged a ban on the use of liquor, consumption of meat and alleged gambling houses in the ensuing Ram Tirath Fair on November 16. The committees said the administration should restore the sanctity of the annual fair.

ELECTED: Dr Sudesh Sharma, Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College, was elected to the Indian Academy of Paediatrics representing the state of Punjab at the recently-held elections.

WORKERS’ MEETING: The district unit of the Punjab Field and Workshop Workers Union (Sewerage Board branch) held a meeting here on Thursday to discuss problems faced by workers. The workers demanded that pension scheme should be implemented for board employees and eligible Class-III employees should be promoted as JEs.

SC/ST RALLY: Activists of the district unit of the All-India Confederation of SC/ST and Backward Classes on Friday held a rally, which concluded at the office of the Deputy Commissioner here. They were demanding that caste-based reservations should be extended and equal opportunity for higher education should be provided to all students.

LOK ADALAT: A district-level labour lok adalat was held here on Friday under the chairmanship of Mr R.J. Ahluwalia, Chief Officer of the district labour court. Several cases were settled.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: The second annual prize distribution and cultural programme was held on Thursday on the school premises in which Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib, MP, and Dr Kehar Singh, Chairman, Punjab School Education Board, were the chief guests. Students of the school presented a colourful cultural programme. A student Baljit Singh presented a folk song ‘Kabran bichon bol ni maen’ which received wide applause. A play on drug abuse was also presented showing the modern trends among the young generation. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Keher Singh called for imparting education as for building society.

COMPUTER CARNIVAL: A mega event of inter-school competitions — ‘Computer Carnival 2002’ — is being held in Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School from November 14 to 17. On the first day of the carnival two competitions were held. Quiz competition had four rounds. The host school took the winners and runners up positions. The school also won most of ten prizes of the painting competition.

FASHION SHOW: The Lodhi Club, in collaboration with Seagram, will organise a fashion show on Saturday on the club premises. Mr B.M. Mahajan, general secretary of the club, in a press note issued on Thursday said women models like Jaishree (Miss India 2000), Ritu Singh (Benetton fame), Divya Jaitley, Tina Chatwal and Lada Singh will be taking part in the fashion show. The show will be compared by Ms Shefali Talwar.

CELEBRATIONS: The Indian Dental Association in collaboration with Colgate Palmolive will celebrate Oral Health Week. Dr T.P.Singh, chief coordinator of the programme in a press statement on Friday said an inter-school competition will be held on Saturday at Baba Isher Singh Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, to mark the occasion. All the educational institutions of the city will be participating in the competitions. There will be a beautiful smile contest’, on-the-spot painting competition and elocution competition. Dr S.N.Tiwari, Civil Surgeon will be inaugurating the event. Later with the collaboration of District Health Authorities, a ‘Dental Health Fortnight’ will be held from November 20 to December 4, 2002.

SAMBAR DEAD: A sambar, which was captured by people here, died in the local police station on Wednesday. According to Veterinary Officer Ravinder Paul Singh, the one-and-a-half-year old male antelope might have died of shock due to the presence of a huge crowd. The Forest Officer, Samrala, said the animal could have come from Shivalik Hills. The viscera of the animal has been sent to PAU, Ludhiana.

NO SALARIES: Chowkidars of this district on Friday said they had not received their salary for the past seven months. They said though they had repeatedly taken up the matter with the department concerned but nothing came if it.

ROBBED: A youth robbed Roop Singh of Rs 53,900 at Baghapurana on Thursday. The police is investigating the matter.

10 KILLED: As many as 10 persons have lost their lives in this district in accidents since Wednesday. Rash driving and driving under the influence of liquor were the main reasons for the accidents.

SCIENCE EXHIBITION: The District Education Department organised a two-day district-level science exhibition on “Science-indigenous technology and sustainable development” at Doaba Arya Senior Secondary School here. About 100 students belonging to various schools participated. Mr Gurmail Singh Sahlon, Deputy District Education Officer, gave away the prizes on Thursday.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: Kirpal Sagar Academy, 15 km from here, organised a function to mark its annual day on Thursday. Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, Revenue Minister, presided. Students presented a cultural programme.

LOK ADALATS: The Punjab Government will soon set up lok adalats to settle old cooperative dues. This was disclosed by Punjab Parliamentary Secretary (Cooperation) Gurwinder Singh Atwal, after participating in a function of “Sarb Siksha Abhiyaan” at Bilga village on Thursday.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Anti-Corruption Front, Samrala: president — Rashpal Singh; general secretary — Narinder Sharma; cashier — Mehma Singh Kang; vice-president — Prem Sagar Sharma; and secretary — Malwinder Singh. A special meeting of the general body will be held on Sunday in Civil Rest House, Samrala, according to Mr Rashpal Singh.



OPPOSED: The General Insurance Development Officers' Association has decided to oppose the Union Finance Minister's proposed schemes for the development officers. In a north India-level conference, held here on Thursday, the association has decided to form a legal committee to look into the legalities of proposed scheme. The association has decided to oppose the move of the Finance Ministry that seemed to be aimed at restructuring the company at the cost of development officers. Mr Jaswant Singh, president of the local chapter of the association, disclosed that the conference was attended by delegates from all the parts of the northern India.

CELEBRATED: CARES School, financed by local Welfare Advisory Board, Sector 11, celebrated Jawaharlal's birthday by inaugurating an Adult Education Centre in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony, Sector 49. The centre was inaugurated by Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi and 45 illiterate women turned up for the inauguration. Rani M.P. Singh, Secretary of Mahila Congress Committee Chandigarh was also present.

AWARENESS WEEK: As part of the nationwide campaign of Central Vigilance Commission to fight corruption in public life, Semiconductor Complex Limited (SCL), a public sector enterprise at SAS Nagar, observed vigilance awareness week on its premises. Mr L.K. Grover, Manager (Vigilance), SCL, claimed that the activities included display of banners and joint interactive sessions to evaluate company's policies from the angle of vigilance. Dr M.J. Zarabi, CMD, of the company chaired the interactive sessions. 

MEETING: Members of the Progressive Co-operative House Building Welfare Committee held a meeting at Mair Rajput Bhavan in Sector 24-C on Wednesday to discuss the problems of members. The members said that they had met the Registrar Cooperative Societies, Mr M. Ramsekhar and apprised him of the affairs of the society. A press release of the members welfare committee said members of the housing society had been requested not to deposit money till the matter was finally decided.

UTSAV-2002: The 30th Youth Festival of the Tagore Niketan College for Girls, Sector 27, Utsav-2002, started with “Swagatam Nritya” by students of the host college at Lions Bhavan in Sector 18 here on Thursday. The three-day fest was inaugurated by theatre artist Dolly Ahluwalia. The first session was marked by contests of poetry recitation, histrionics and declamation. Eleven schools participated in the declamation contest. Dr Surjeet Patheja, a lecturer at GCG-11, presided over the function.

BJYM PANEL: The working committee of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) has been reconstituted. Mr Davesh Moudgil, president of the BJYM, said that Dr Zareen fatima, Mr Baldeo Pandey, Mr Sanjeev Chadda and Mr Jaspal Singh Palli will be vice-presidents. Mr Naveen Kochhar shall be the general-secretary of the morcha. Secretaries of the morcha will be Mr Jasjyot Singh Anand, Mr Deepak Jaiswal, Ms Neetu Rana and Mr Sanjay Sharma.

DISCOURSE: “Suffering in the world comes not from poverty, or illness, or even from a growing sense of isolation as members move out of families and settle across the globe. Rather it comes from identification with circumstances of adversity,” said Swami Vishvas at a discourse held at a park in Sector 28-B here. “One should be a witness to all circumstances, all happenings, inner and outer,” he added.

CONTEST: Over 125 students of Doon Public School, Sector 21, participated in Bunai jisme pyaar jhalke knitting contest organised by Malwa Cotton Spinning Mills. During the contest, girl students from classes VIII to XII knitted beautiful designs-floral, geometrical and simple knitting patterns. The colour combinations in various hues of red and white were used to make caps shoes and miniature purses and bags. A number of boys from different classes also participated in the contest.

ATTACK COUNTERED: Amarinder loyalists on Thursday tried to contest the attack on their boss by BJP President Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday by claiming that the state Chief Minister was very unlike a “Maharaja” in real life due to his simple apparel and manners compared to the lavish and flamboyant life styles of most BJP leaders. The leaders, including Cabinet Ministers Lal Singh, Santokh Singh, Jasjit Singh Randhawa and Khushal Behl and Parliamentary Secretary Gurbinder Singh Atwal, said instead of sermonising the Congress, which was the only secular and progressive party in the country, on the questions of poll promises, governance and secularism, it should follow the adage of ‘physician heal thyself first’.

SHOWROOM OPENED: Guatier French Furniture, a K.K.Birla group company, with over 50 showrooms in the country, today opened its showroom in the city. Mr Arun Mahajan, Managing Director of the company, who formally opened the showroom in Sector 34, told mediapersons that the furniture was being manufactured in a sophisticated state-of-the-art factory near Cheenna, which was one of Asia's largest and most modern plant. Mr Aman Arora, the city franchisee for Gautier said the furniture range included furniture for home as well as offices. Beds range between Rs 5,000 and Rs 37,000; wardrobes Rs 16,000 and Rs 38,000, dining tables with chairs between Rs 11,000 and Rs 32,000 and sofa sets Rs 22,000 and Rs 55,000.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: The local GGDSD College organised a blood donation camp here on Friday. The Principal, Mr A.C.Vaid, inaugurated it and donated the blood. Nearly 150 volunteers donated blood organised in the memory of Pt Mohan Lal, the founder president of the college.

WORKSHOP: The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Chandigarh, organised a workshop on Family Life Education for Adolescent Girls, attended mostly by girls from slums and rural areas. The five-day workshop, organised in collaboration with the Indian Public Health Association, concluded on Friday with focus on creating awareness about post natal and pre natal care of mother and child, breast feeding and nutrition of pregnant mother.

AWARENESS RALLY: As part of the Dental Care and Prevention of Oral Cancer programme, a rally was organised by students at GMSSS, Sector 23. a speech was delivered by Dr Hazari, Dean, Government Dental College, on the hazards of tobacco and gutka. Dr D. K. Daftary from TIFR, Mumbai, Dr Chawla from the PGI, Dr Osama Sakai from Japan and Mr Shiv Kumar, Principal of the school, also spoke. The rally in which 1,000 students took part, was flagged off by the SSP, Mr Parag Jain.

VISIT: Students of the local St Soldier's International Convent School visited the Parliament House to mark Children's Day. While an official guide explained the seating protocol and decorum of the house, the students learnt about the proceedings of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. 

FUNCTION: The Lions Club, Chandigarh and SAS Nagar, jointly organised celebrations for children at the Government Primary School, Buterla. Sweets and fruits were distributed among the children.

CAMPS: The Family Planning Association of India, SAS Nagar, organised two AIDS awareness camps under the IPPF-Japan Trust Fund sponsored project for truckers on Thursday and Friday. The camps, which were organised by the FPAI in collaboration with the Panjab University Regional Resource Centre, Chandigarh, were held at Solkhian village, district Ropar, and at the Truck Operators Goods Carrier Society near Nangal Chowk, Ropar. A medical check-up camp for women by Dr Rachna Dewan and an ENT camp by Dr Darshan Singh were also organised. Magic shows to deliver messages on AIDS and general health were also organised. 



CELEBRATED: The Haryana unit of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front celebrated Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday on Thursday. A hoarding bearing Nehru’s portrait was set up at the polytechnic chowk. The general secretary of the front, Mr Sunny Bhinder, while addressing the gathering said Pandit Nehru had a vision of strong and self-reliant India. Members of the front pledged to defend the freedom of the country.

MUSIC CONFERENCE: MDSD Girls College, Ambala City, organised a music conference on Friday. Ms Kiran Angra, Principal of the college, said the conference was presided over by Dr Jaidev. Pandit Baldev Raj Sharma enthralled the audience. He was accompanied by Pandit Om Prakash on harmonium and Gian Chaurasia on tabla. Music lecturer Vinita Sood also performed. Ms Angra laid stress on the importance of music.

INAUGURATED: The primary wing building of SD Kanya Mahavidyalaya was inaugurated on Friday. SD Sabha president Tara Chand, secretary Sushil Kumar, school chairman RD Gupta, manager Maya Ram Bansal, Mr Suresh Gupta, Mr KK Khanna, Dr Rajendra Sharma were among others who attended the inauguration function. School Principal Rajinder Kaur Dhillon said an arts and craft exhibition was also held.

ADHYAPAK SANGH: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Haryana Vigyan Adhyapak Sangh: president — Mr Pradeep Bakshi; general secretary — Mr Manmohan Singh; treasurer — Mr Lajpat Garg; senior vice-president — Mr Ranbir Singh; vice-president — Mr Subhash Mittal, Mr Krishan Lal and Ms Sarita Shukla; and additional secretary — Mr Surjit Singh.

ESSAY COMPETITION: The Matrabhasha Vistar Manch organised an essay writing competition here on Thursday. The results are: Deepak Sharma and Anu Puri 1; Megha Garg and Rajni 2; and Harleen Kaur and Pratima 3. Rinni Sadana got a consolation prize, according to a press note.

THEFT: Thieves stole cash from a local LPG agency here on Wednesday. According to information, the thieves made a hole in a rear wall of the office of M/s Kaithal Gas Service, broke the iron almirah and drawers of the tables in search of cash. However, as not much cash was left at the office, the thieves succeeded in stealing about Rs 20000.



NEW SP: Mr R.M. Sharma on Thursday took over as the SP of Kangra district and held a meeting with police officials here on Friday. He asked them to ensure that complaints of the public were redressed at the earliest.

SANGH: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Udyan Prasar Adhikari Sangh: president — Mr Budhi Singh Thakur; general secretary — Mr Jagdish Chand Verma; senior vice-president — Mr Prem Chand Sharma; vice-president — Mr Jog Raj Thakur; and treasurer — Mr Kuldip Kumar.

COMPETITION: After organising the ‘Bunai Jis Mein Piar Jhalke’ knitting competition in 32 high and senior secondary schools of the district, the Malwa Group of Industries organised district-level competitions at Nahan and Paonta Sahib which concluded on Wednesday.

SCHEME FOR ARTISANS: Amartex, a Panchkula-based textile company, had decided to provide marketing support to village artisans’ products mainly leather items, brass wares and hosiery items in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana. This was stated by Mr Arun Grover, Managing Director of the company, en route for Solan on Thursday. A meeting between officials of the company and village artisans from different states was held recently at the CII complex in Chandigarh. Around 200 artisans attended the meeting, he said.

FREE MEDICINES: The Rogi Kalyan Samiti as decided to give free medicines to accredited press correspondents from their funds. This was stated by the CMO, Dr Gulshan Narang. He said free medicines and tests, prescribed by doctors at the Zonal Hospital, would be given to such reporters.

MORE CLASSROOMS: Minister of State for Excised Taxation Parveen Sharma on Friday said that Rs 24 crore had been spent on the Chintpurni constituency for the construction of 124 classrooms under the Saraswati Bal Vidya Sankalp Yojna.


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