Tuesday, December 17, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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CLOTHES DISTRIBUTED: The Goodwill Society distributed warm clothes among the needy students at a school run by the society. Mr K K Garg, general secretary of the society, in a press note issued here on Monday, said as many as 125 students were given warm clothes. The money for the same had been granted by Mr M.C. Jain, who had been honoured with a Padma Shri. He said five students of the school were also given scholarships.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Aasra Welfare Society organised a blood donation-cum-medical check up camp on Sunday in which as many as 400 persons were examined. Mr Ramesh Mehta, president of the society, in a press note issued here on Monday, said, the camp was held at a school on the Naruana road here. Medicines were distributed free of cost. Mr Upjit Singh Brar, SDM, was the chief guest.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Dera Bassi Small-Scale Industries Association: president — Mr R.L. Dhingra; chairman — Mr P.C. Sedha; vice-president — Mr Ravinder Ravi; general secretary — Major Sansar Chand Sood (retd); joint secretary — Mr I.S. Uppal; and cashier — Mr Abhimanu Gupta.

CONFISCATED: In the first case in Sirhind regarding the seizure of property under the securitisation ordinance for recovery of the NPAs (non-performing assets), the Sirhind branch of the Oriental Bank of Commerce confiscated the properties of Mr O.P. Tangri of Bassi Pathana and of Mr Jatinder Kumar of Jatindra Welding Works Sirhind on Monday. In a press release issued here, Mr Gurinder Jit Singh, manager of the branch, said the possession of these properties was taken by Mr Pal Singh, ARM, and Mr Chatarjee, Law Officer of the bank. He said though this was the first action of its own kind but it would continue and the properties of other defaulters would also be seized as per the Act.

SANKRANTI CELEBRATED: The Sankranti parv was celebrated with enthusiasm at several temples and gurdwaras of the town on Sunday. Sankirtans and langars were held at a large number of places throughout the city. A function was held at Ved Mandir in Daresi Grounds which was addressed by Swami Nigambodh. A sankirtan sabha was also held at which Mr Mohan Lal, Mr Gurcharan Lal, and Pawan Didi were among those who sang hymns. A function was also held at the Siddhpeeth in Civil Lines to mark the occasion. A satsang was also held which was attended, among others, by Rishi Onkar Chand, Mr Raj Sharma, Mr Paras Ram, Mr Ashwini Grover and Mr. Hari Pal Ahuja. A recitation of gurbani was held at Dera Baba Vadbhag Singh in Issa Nagri by Baba Gurdev Singh in connection with the Sankranti celebrations.

SANKIRTAN: The Hare Krishna Parchar Samiti held a satsang-cum-sankirtan sabha in Chander Nagar on Sunday. Bhakt Tarsem and Bhakt Gautam rendered hymns and Mr Ashok Bhandari recited the mahamantra. Among the womenfolk who sang hymns dedicated to Lord Krishna were Ms Bindu, Ms Saroj Verma and Ms Veena Malhotra. A bhandara was held at the conclusion of the satsang.

SAMMELAN: Shri Hanuman Mandir Sammelan Committee would hold its 16th Manav Kalyan Sammelan from December 18 to 22 at Shri Sanatan Dharam Hanuman Mandir under the supervision of Pandit Bhimsen Vashisht. A kalash-poojan ceremony would be held on the opening day from 7.30 a.m. to 10 a.m. after which a recitation of mahamantra would go on till 3 p.m. A sankirtan-cum-discourse session would be held later in the evening from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. From December 19 to 21, discourses and sankirtan would be held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and then from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., according to a spokesman of the organising committee.

KIRTAN DARBAR: A kirtan darbar was held at Sahibana village on Sunday in the memory of Sant Balwant Singh which was largely attended by several prominent saints and devotees. The darbar would continue till December 18, according to the organisers.

FOUNDATION STONE: The foundation stone of Shri Sham Lal Aggarwal Charitable Hospital was laid in Basti Jodhewal on Sunday by Shri Rama Sewak Sangh. A function, which was held on the occasion, was presided over by Chaudhery Sat Parkash, a former Mayor. Addressing the function, Mr Jagmohan Gupta, president of the sangh, said the sangh was already running Shri Rama Charitable Hospital at Dholewal and several charitable dispensaries in the city.

RELIEF DISBURSED: The Ludhiana Young Welfare Society held the 17th monthly Shri Harmilapi widow pension function at Tagore dharamshala in New Cycle Market on Sunday. Mr Surinder Dabar, MLA, who was the chief guest at the function, lauded the efforts of society in mitigating the sufferings of the needy and the widows. As many as 100 widows were given relief in the form of ration and other items of household use. Among others who attended the function were Mr Pawan Kharbanda, secretary, Punjab Youth Congress, Mr Bhupinder Singh, Mr Baldev Kashyap, Mr Inder Pathak, Mr Harjit Singh, Mr Ashok Bhanot, Mr Puneet Parbhakar, Mr Yog Raj, Mr Hukam Chand, Mr Rajinder Vohra, Mr Tarun Bhanot, Mr Raju Chawla, Mr Devinder Pal Saggar, Mr Niranjan Singh and Mr Sandip Sharma.

FIVE INJURED: Five persons were wounded, two of them seriously, when an Indica car on which they were travelling, in a bid to save a stray cattle, struck into a truck parked on the roadside of national highway near Kukar Majra Gurdwara here at 5 a.m. on Sunday. The injured included the newly married couple, and his brothers Chandan Sood, Parbhat and Manish Sood of Morinda. The condition of Parbhat and Manish was serious and were taken to the DMCH, Ludhiana, while others were admitted in the local Civil Hospital. Now the condition of all is stated to be out of danger.

FLAYED: Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi, former minister and senior Akali leader, has flayed the lathi-charge on the panchayat secretaries who were peacefully demonstrating for their genuine demands. The former minister alleged that the appointments of panchayat secretaries have been terminated due to political revenge.

SAMITI MEMBERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Sarv Hitkari Shiksha Samiti: president — Mr Durga Parshad Sharda; vice-president — Mr Krishan Lal Pahwal, and Mr Ashok Laroyia; manager — Dr Ashwani Dhir; treasurer — Mr Rajat Midha; and members — Mr Ashwani Kumar, Mr Chander Shekhar, Mr Sanjiv Duggal, Ms Vijay Sharda, Mr Harbhajan Malhotra, Dr Shiv Kumar Tejpal, Mr Chandi Charan Tejpal, Mr Ganesh Gautam.

CREDIT CARDS: The local branch of Punjab and Sind Bank organised a krishi credit card distribution function on Saturday. Mr Balbir Singh, Chief Manager, zonal office, Jalandhar, and Mr Manmander Singh Chhatwal, Chief Manager of the local branch, distributed krishi credit cards amounting to Rs 65 lakh among 32 farmers, according to an official press statement.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: The annual function of Dalhousie Public School was held at Bhadani, 15 km from here, on Sunday which was presided over by the Education Minister, Mr Khushal Behl. He distributed prizes to the students.

GHAZAL PROGRAMME: The Cultural Heritage Society organised a ghazal programme here on Sunday in which a ghazal singer Kuldip Rai performed Rohit Sayal gave a kathak performance. Mr Ashok Sharma, a local MLA, was the chief guest.

INAUGURATED: Hero Honda launched a safety ride here on Monday at its dealership B.M. Enterprises. Mr Manminder Singh, SP, inaugurated the programme.

VIJAY DIVAS: Vijay Divas was celebrated here on Monday at the War Memorial here to mark the 31st anniversary of surrender of over 90,000 troops stationed in erstwhile East Pakistan. Senior military and civilian officials, including many veteran officers, who had participated in the 1971 war, were present on the occasion. Wreaths were laid at the memorial by Brig G.S. Dhillon and Maj-Gen M.S. Chahal (retd).

UNIFORMS DISTRIBUTED: The Bharat Vikas Parishad, a social organisation, distributed school uniforms to needy students of Government Middle School, Batta, near here on Monday. Sarpanch of the village, Mr Ashwani Kumar, handed over items to the students.

ROAD MISHAP: As many as 35 persons were injured, 12 of them seriously, in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck on the G T Road, near Bone Mill, Chiheru, 7 km from here, on Monday. As many as 50 sheep were killed in the accident. As many as 140 sheep were being carried in the truck.

INAUGURATED: Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar, inaugurated the new complex of Government Primary School, Sheikh, 16 km from here, on Saturday.



LETTER TO PM: The Bharat-Tibet Sahyog Manch has urged the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, to prevail upon China not to execute two Tibetans who have allegedly been sentenced to death without a fair trial. The convener of the manch, Dr Kuldeep Chand Agnihotri, in a letter to Mr Vajpayee said Tuluku Tenzing Dhelak and Lobjang Dondup were arrested on April 7 in connection with a blast on April 3 and were awarded capital punishment without a fair trial on December 2. The letter was released to the press by the Chandigarh unit of the manch. 

PLANET FITNESS RUN: Planet Fitness, a health club organised a race in collaboration with Pepsi here on Monday. About 200 persons took part in the run which was led by Ms Kiran Chadha, managing director of the club. Ms Charanjit Bajwa was the chief guest on the occasion. Rejesh Bhandari, Satjit and Ajay stood first, second and third, respectively, among male participants while in the female category Kamal bagged the first prize followed by Sonia and Mandakini in the second and the third place respectively. Mr Kewal Dhillon, managing director, Pepsi, gave away prizes to the winners.

ENGINEERS' ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the UT Engineers Association: president — Mr Jaspal Singh; vice-president — Mr Gurdip Singh; general secretary — Mr Avtar Singh; finance secretary — Mr Surjit Singh; organising secretaries — Mr Dilbir Singh and Mr K.D. Batra; coordinating secretary — Mr A.S. Maini; secretary (B&R circle I) — Mr M.K. Sharma; secretary (B&R circle II) — Mr Sanjeev Jain; secretary (public health circle) — Mr Pawan Kumar; and secretary (electrical circle) — Mr Inderpal Singh.

QUIZ: To generate awareness about Indian mythology among the masses, a two-day quiz competition was held by Allasia Enterprises, a franchisee of Shirdi Sweets and Fast Food, Sector 17, here on Sunday. The management of Allasia Enterprises has decided to organise such competitions on every Saturday and Sunday at the same venue. On Saturday, the contest was won by Ms Urvashi Chatwal, followed by Mr Arun Singla and Ms Nisha in the second and the third positions, respectively. On Sunday, Ms Guneeta Chandha was declared the winner of the contest. The second and third positions were bagged by Abhilasha and Gurpreet, respectively.

INAUGURATED: Modern nursery rooms were inaugurated at the Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 47, by the DPI (Schools), Mr D.S. Mangat, here on Monday, according to a statement issued here. Schoolchildren presented a cultural programme on the occasion. The District Education Officer, Chandigarh, Ms Asha Sharma, along with other officers and principals of various schools, attended the function. The efforts of the school principal, Ms H.K. Bhatia, and the staff in setting up nursery rooms were appreciated on the occasion. A farewell party to honour the DEO, Mr Brahmjit Kalia, was also organised.



DHARNA: Employees of the local municipal council sat on a dharna in front of the civic body’s Ambala Sadar office here on Monday. They were demanding action against a municipal councillor, who they alleged had posed as a vigilance official. Efforts were being made to resolve the issue. A meeting was held in the MC office in this regard.

TEEJAN BAI PERFORMS: As part of SPIC MACAY’s effort, noted Pandwani singer, Teejan Bai, performed in SD College, Ambala Cantonment, here on Monday. She chose incidents from Mahabharata for the show. Her performance impressed the students. The college Principal, Dr Desh Bandhu, said Teejan Bai had made Chattisgarh folk culture famous all over the world.



WATER SHORTAGE: The local residents, especially those who get water from the Engineering College water supply scheme, have been facing an acute water shortage these days. For the past three days, the residents have been forced to fetch water from wells and nearby hand pumps. The residents of the Anoo area of ward number 1 of the town have been worst affected.

DOCTORS’ STIR: The Resident Doctors Association here has decided to launch an agitation from December 19 in protest against the indifferent attitude of the state government towards their demands. In the first phase, the resident doctors will return their gold medals, go on mass casual leave and then start a relay fast. The meeting of the resident doctors was held under the chairmanship of Dr Dinesh Sharma.


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