Saturday, November 23, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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EFFORTS LAUDED: Brig G.S. Randhawa, president, Ex-Officers League, appreciated the services of Sub Kulwant Singh Bhinder (retd) for his services to ex-servicemen and the public at a function held here on Thursday. He was presented a shawl on the occasion.

TRAVEL AGENTS: The district police registered two cases of cheating against so-called travel agents on Wednesday. Satish, travel agent of Rampur Bilron village allegedly took Rs 2,75,000 from Bikram Singh of Behram for sending his son abroad. Similarly, Joginder Singh of Jalalpur village, gave Rs 3 lakh to another travel agent, Ajaib Singh of Reja Kalan, for sending his son abroad. Both agents neither sent the boys abroad nor returned the money. The Garhshanker police has registered two cases against the travel agents.

PNB BRANCH SHIFTED: The branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB) of Sahri village was shifted to Mandialan on Thursday. A function was organised in this connection.

APPOINTED: In order to reorganise the local unit of the SAD (A) all eight Assembly segments of the district have been divided into 88 sub-circles and their in-charges appointed. This was disclosed by Dr Harjinder Singh Jakhu, National general secretary of the SAD(A).

ORIENTATION PROGRAMME: The Deputy Commissioner of Kapurthala, Mr Rakesh Verma, on Friday organised a half-day orientation programme for some 50 patwaris and numberdars along with other revenue officers of the district to make them aware of the proposed computerisation of the land record.

CAMP ORGANISED: Dr Rajinder Singh Grewal, district Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry Department, said on Thursday that the farmers should adopt dairy farming, fishery and other allied occupations. Dr Grewal said this while speaking at an animal husbandry camp here on Thursday.

MEETING: In order to contemplate on the proposed plan of the Punjab Government to change the present sales tax regime to a value added tax (VAT) regime, the shopkeepers of Kharar will hold a meeting on Sunday on the premises of Sri Ram Bhavan, Kharar at 2 p.m.

INQUIRY DEMANDED: Alleging foul play in the death of a young girl, some residents of Mission Farm, Kharar, have demanded a high-level inquiry and action against the culprits. In a complaint given to the local SHO, some residents have written that a girl belonging to Kharar was allegedly beaten by her family. She was cremated by them although she should have been buried as per the religious rites. The residents informed the police on November 18 about the incident. According to the police, the matter was still under consideration and no FIR has been registered so far.

SHORTAGE: Resentment prevails among businessmen, industrialists and shopkeepers over the missing currency notes in the wads of Rs 10,000 which they had allegedly received from certain local banks. They told mediapersons here on Friday that the certain cases three to seven notes of Rs 100 were found missing. The banks refused to take back these wads.

KALA UTSAV-2002: Abhinaye Kala Mandir will organise the 24th all-India cultural festival, Kala Utsav 2002, on November 30 and December 1 at Kali Mata Mandir Auditorium here. It will comprise full-length plays and folk dances. The R.D. Burman Award for excellence in music will also be given. This was stated on Thursday by Mr Shammi Chowdhary, Director of the club.

SA DELEGATION: A South African delegation comprising of Limpoo province Premier N Ramatlhodi, Finance and Economic Development Minister, Tamko Mufamidi, Minister for Education, Ms Joe Masahmba, and South African High Commissioner to India, Ms Nakona Masobne, visited several places in Patiala on Friday. The delegation was escorted by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh.

CRUSHED TO DEATH: Balwinder Kaur of Dogran village was crushed to death under a truck on the GT Road here on Thursday. The truck has been impounded and a case registered.

GANG BUSTED: The police has busted an inter-state gang of thieves and arrested six of its members. Stating this, Senior Superintendent of Police, Jalandhar, S.P.S. Gill told newsmen here on Thursday that stolen articles worth lakhs, besides two country-made pistols, nine live cartridges and two knives, had been recovered from the six culprits. The gang was active in Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahhar, he added.

TRADER LOOTED: Two motorcyclist robbers looted Rs 5,000 at knifepoint from trader Dinesh Mehta at Goraya in Phillaur subdivision on Wednesday evening. Dinesh was going to deposit the account in a bank on the Rurrka road, Goraya. A case has been registered.

CHEQUES GIVEN: Punjab Social and Welfare Minister Santokh Singh distributed cheques worth Rs 27.74 lakh to 110 schools of Phillaur subdivision at a function held here under the Sarb Siksha Abhiyan on Wednesday evening. Addressing the audience, the minister said the state government had decided to introduce a two-tier education system and set up a separate Elementary Directorate. The primary and middle education would be merged under the elementary system. The high and higher education would also be merged. A sum of Rs 129 crore was being distributed among the village, block and district-level education development committees for the purpose, he added.

ATM INAUGURATED: HDFC Bank opened its first offsite ATM on Friday taking the total number of bank ATMs in the town to two. Subdivisional Magistrate Amrit Kaur Gill inaugurated the facility.

PROF VISITS INSTITUTE: Prof John G. Gardiner, Dean of Engineering Faculty, Bradford University, Yorkshire, UK, visited the Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, Railmajra village, near here, from November 13 for a week.

SUICIDE BY CLERK: Parminder Kaur (28), a clerk working at District Education Office, Jalandhar, allegedly committed suicide at Muchhal village on Tuesday evening. The police has registered a case.

TEACHER DIES IN ROAD MISHAP: Harjit Singh, a teacher working at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bhikhiwind, died on the spot when he was hit by a truck on Wednesday evening near Amarkot village. A case has been registered.

MAN SHOT AT: Gurwinder Singh, a resident of Chohla Sahib village, was shot at and injured by three persons on Wednesday evening. The Sarhali police has registered a case under Sections 307 and 34, IPC, and the Arms Act. The police said on Tuesday here that the accused had been identified as Rajkanwal Singh of Chohla Sahib, Harwinder Singh of Paringarri and Kulwant Singh of Kullian ( Hoshiarpur). A minor dispute was said to be the cause of the incident.



HONOUR: The Uttar Pradesh Welfare Association has planned to honour BJP general secretary Rajnath Singh here on December 15. This was announced on Thursday by president of the Association B.S. Pathak. 

PHOTO EXHIBITION: The Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of Chandigarh and the Regional Tibet Freedom Movement have planned to revive memories of Chinese “oppression”, holding a one-day photo exhibition on November 28 and inviting former Tibetan prisoners of China. The Gu Chu Shum Movement, an international body of former political prisoners, is likely to send a three-member delegation led by the movements director Lama Yeshi Tokten to the exhibition, a joint press release of the two organisations said here on Thursday. 

ANNUAL FUNCTION: A cultural show comprising folk dances to catwalk marked the annual prize distribution function of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21 here on Friday. Starting the programme with a Saraswati Vandana, the students kept their parents and visitors spellbound with group songs, group dances besides bhangra and giddha. Students of vocational studies staged a catwalk in colourful dresses designed by them which was indeed a show stealer. The District Education Officer, Mr Brahmjit Kalia was the chief guest. The school principal, Ms Indira Dhingra, felicitated the chief guest and later read out the annual report of the school.

COURSE ON CRAFT: More than 120 women are being imparted training on 12 different crafts at the 10-day course which started on November 21. The course is being organised by the Servants of the People Society in collaboration with the Nehru Yuva Kender at Lajpat Rai Bhavan, Sector 15.

NOTICE TO PUNJAB: Ms Preeti Sahni, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), Kharar, has issued notices to the State of Punjab, Principal Secretary PWD (B&R), Punjab, and Executive Engineer, PWD (B&R), Phase I, SAS Nagar, for November 22 in a suit filed by Mr Amrik Singh Advocate for mandatory direction directing the defendants to repair and recarpet the road from Bus Stand, Kharar, to Landran village known as the Landran road.

CRITICISED: Mr Preet Kanwal Singh, a member of the local municipal committee, has criticised the order issued by the Secretary, local self government, Punjab, by which he has ordered that the number of wards would not be increased in the forthcoming election of the Municipal Council, Kharar. According to a press note issued here on Wednesday, he has written that the limits of the council has been extended since last municipal elections and three villages, Desumajra, Fatehhullapur and Chajumajra colony has been added to the municipal council.



CAR FALLS INTO RAVI: A woman was killed on the spot and her son, who was driving the car, was injured when their Maruti car went off the road and fell 60 metres deep into the Ravi at Baloo on the Chamba-Pathankot highway, about 5 km from here, on Thursday. According to a police spokesman, the deceased was identified as Ranjna Mahajan, whose body was handed over to her kin after the postmortem examination. Her son, Puneet, was undergoing treatment. A case has been registered.

POWER BOARD OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Junior Engineers and Additional Assistant Engineers Association: president — Mr S.K. Chadda; senior vice-president — Mr Hari Singh; vice-president — Mr C.S. Kanwar; general secretary — Mr D.S.Hatwalia; additional general secretary — Mr H.K. Sharma; finance secretary — Mr A.N. Vashisth; chief organising secretary — Mr Arun Gupta; and publicity secretary — Mr P.C. Dhiman.

COMPONENT PLAN: The Additional Deputy Commissioner said on Friday that Rs 4.8 crore had been spent under special component plan. He said fish pond would be constructed at Kaulan Wala Bhood by the Department of Fisheries.

OPIUM SEIZED: The local police conducted a raid on Tuesday night at Bhadroya and seized 2 kg opium, worth Rs 9 lakh, from the possession of Raman Kumar, a resident of Damtal. The accused has been arrested under the NDPS Act.


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