Sunday,  December 22, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


INAUGURATED: The newly built science block at government senior secondary school, Brahmpur, was inaugurated by Mr Taj Parkash Singh Kotli, Transport Minister, Punjab. Mr P.K. Vinayak, DGP, West Bengal, inaugurated a post office at the same village. During the inaugural function, leaders from the Congress and the SAD addressed the gathering.

GANG BUSTED: The police claimed to have busted a gang involved in selling lotteries banned by the Punjab Government on Friday. Tickets worth Rs 1.75 lakh were seized from them.

CAMP: The International Council of Ayurveda, under instruction from the Punjab State Aids Control Society, Chandigarh, organised an AIDS awareness and medical camp at the office of the truck union, Moga, aiming to generate awareness among truck drivers and helpers about the disease. At least 300 truck drivers and helpers participated in the camp.

DEATH CONDOLED: Representatives of sports associations and sportspersons have condoled the death of Bhupinder Singh Bodhi, District Sports Officer, Jalandhar, who died after a heart attack in New Delhi on Wednesday. In a condolence message received from Hyderabad, Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, Mr Baldev Singh, national hockey coach, and Olympian Baljit Singh Dhillion have expressed their sympathies with the bereaved family. Mr Jaswant Singh Grewal and Mr Devi Dyal, chairman and president, respectively, of the Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council, have also expressed their sympathies with the family.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATED: Ryan International School, Ludhiana, celebrated Christmas with enthusiasm on Friday. Christmas carols were sung in English and Hindi. Children from nursery to Class VII enacted the Nativity scenes, including birth of Jesus Christ, followed by Western and folk dances by girls and bhangra by boys. Santa Claus distributed sweets among schoolchildren. Students of Jesus Sacred Heart School also celebrated Christmas on Friday on the school premises. A Christmas quiz was organised on the occasion.

SEHGAL IS BAR PRESIDENT: Mr M.S. Sehgal was elected president of the Bar Association Jagraon on Saturday by a margin of one vote. He defeated the other contender for the post, Mr Baldev Goyal.

EMBROIDERY CONTEST: Mahavir Spinning Mills Limited organised an embroidery contest on Friday at Akal Sahai School, Janta Nagar. Mr C.B. Sharma was the chief guest on the occasion. Fifty students participated in the contest. Alka Rani of Class X, Neetu Bala of Class IX and Manpreet Brar of Class X stood first, second and third, respectively.

DENTAL FORTNIGHT ENDS: A dental fortnight, organised by the District Health Department, concluded at the Civil Hospital here on Friday. Dr K.S. Ghai, Deputy Director (Dental), Ludhiana, said in a press note on Saturday that more than 95 dentures were distributed among needy persons during the fortnight. Apart from this, 30 dentures each at the civil hospitals in Khanna, Samrala, Jagraon and Payal were distributed. Mr Ghai said more than 20,420 patients were examined. Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, was the chief guest on the occasion.

JAYANTI: A function was organised to celebrate Dattatreya Jayanti here on Thursday. It was presided over by Swami Satyanand Giri and inaugurated by Mr Amarjit Boparai. A havan yajna and a hymn-singing session was held on the occasion, after which a langar was also held. Mahant Gurcharan, Bhagat Gian Chand, Mr. Rakesh Malhotra, Mr Ajit Singh and Mr Subhash Sondhi attended the function, which concluded with several saints and devotees paying their tributes to the Mahant Shehanshah Giri on his death anniversary.

DHYAN YOGA: The Buddh Meditation Centre will hold a two-day coaching programme in “dhyan yoga” at the Community Centre in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar on December 21 and 22. Avadhoot Baba Shivanand and Baba Nityanand (Ganeshpuri) will give lessons in “dhyan yoga” through the recitation of Siddh Kundalini Yoga Paath. Mayor Nahar Singh Gill and Mr Vinod Sharda, secretary, Municipal Corporation, will be the guests of honour.

TRANSFERRED: Head Constable Balbir Singh, posted at Bhikhi was transferred on Saturday to the Police Lines by Mr S.S. Srivastva, Senior Superintendent of the Police, for misbehaviour. The head constable under influence of liquor, started conducting a search of women, which led to rowdy scenes at the local bus stand.

RAIDED: As many as nine samples of fertiliser and insecticide were found to be spurious and sub-standard out of the 153 samples seized by the administration during raids conducted here on Friday. Additional Deputy Commissioner H.L. Kumar said the raids were conducted following complaints from farmers. He added that action would be taken against the dealers found guilty.

INAUGURATED: Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Punjab Minister of Public Health, inaugurated the Rural Water Supply Scheme constructed at a cost of Rs 32.40 lakh at a village, near here. He also announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the construction of a school building.

DAY FOR DISABLED: The World Day for the Disabled will be observed on Friday on the premises of the local employment exchange. This was stated by Mr J.L. Duggal, Senior Employment Officer, here on Saturday. He said information would be imparted to disabled youths regarding self-employment avenues and loan terms and facilities.

PENSIONERS' MEETING: An emergent meeting of the Punjab pensioners association was held in the local civil rest house on Saturday under the presidentship of Mr Prem Sagar Sharma, its president. The problems of the pensioners were discussed and a demand charter was also released among the office-bearers.



NSS CAMP: As many as 100 volunteers are participating in the NSS camp, which began at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, here on Saturday. The camp was inaugurated by Ms Gurcharan Duggal, former NSS co-ordinator of the college. Addressing the volunteers, Ms Duggal highlighted the importance of the NSS and its related activities and objectives. A colourful cultural programme, which included patriotic songs as well as bhajans, was also staged on the occasion.

INAUGURATED: The NSS camp at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26 was inaugurated by Mr Gopal, assistant programme advisor, NSS Regional Centre, Chandigarh. He called upon the volunteers to participate in the NSS programmes, which ought to take the shape of youth movement. He said youth had the potential to play a constructive role in national development and NSS is the best institution for the overall personality development of a student.

CAMP: At Government College, Sector 46, the NSS camp was inaugurated by the college principal, Mr S C Nijhawan. Speaking on the occasion, he said awareness concerning social service and personality development of the youth are the two main facets of the NSS. About 200 volunteers, including 50 girls are attending the camp. Addressing the gathering, the college principal, Mr P S Sangha, threw light on conservation of water, the theme of the camp. The college unit has adopted Kishangarh village for carrying out their NSS related activities.

FUNCTION: The valedictory function to mark the conclusion of the 10-day NSS camp of the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, was held here on Saturday. The NSS programme co-ordinator of Panjab University, Prof J.K. Chauhan, was the chief guest on the occasion, while Mr Parmod Sharma, co-ordinator, Yuvsatta, was the guest of honour. The camp was conducted at various centres, including the Old People’s Home, Home for Juvenile Delinquents, SPCA, Institute for the Blind, Kajheri village and the Blood Bank Society. Camp activities included teaching children about migratory labour, candle making and book binding. Volunteers generated Rs. 25,000 for the blood bank by selling greeting cards, while another Rs. 22,000 was collected at the Institute for the blind through selling candles and collecting donations.

PU SENATE POLL: Elections to the added members of various faculties of the Panjab University Senate will be held on January 27, 2003, an official press note said here on Saturday. The results would be declared on January 28. The last date for receipt of nominations is January 2 and the scrutiny will be done on January 6. The final list of eligible candidates would be displayed on the university notice board on January 13, the note added.

MEETING: A meeting of the North Zone Council of the All-India Federation of University Teachers Association (AIFUTA) would be held on January 5 at Teachers Home in Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, a press note said here on Saturday. The meeting will be devoted to various issues including implementation of career advancement scheme (CAS), withdrawal of UGC observers from CAS selection committees for promotion to professors and others.

SEMINAR: With a view to spread legal awareness amongst the people, the UT State Legal Service Authority organised a legal awareness seminar on Friday in Government High School, Mauli Jagran Colony. While addressing the gathering, the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge-cum-UT Permanent Lok Adalat Judge, Mr Sant Parkash, said the State Legal Service Authority (SLSA) has been providing free legal aid and service to persons or parties who were involved in legal disputes like matrimonial discord, company fraud, harassment on account of financial hazards, property dispute, family disputes and landlord-tenant controversies.

EYE CAMP: The Sohana-based Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Eye Hospital Trust will organise free comprehensive check-up camp on Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm at Indo-American Eye Care Centre, SCO 16-17, Madhya Marg, Sector 8-C, Chandigarh. The camp will have the free lab tests besides free check up by specialised doctors in eye care, dental, gynaecology and obstetrics, urology, general surgery, orthopaedics, skin care, ENT, general medicine, and other facilities. The Indo American Eye Centre has also introduced evening OPDs for these speciality clinics every day from 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Subsequently, free surgery shall be provided to the deserving poor people, says Mr Adarsh K. Suri, Finance and Accounts Manager of the centre.

FESTIVE OFFER: In celebration of the successful completion of a year of business, Mr Burgor, Sector 17, has planned fortnight-long first anniversary festivities from December 23 to January 5. Mr Bikram Dhawan, Director, said on Saturday a draw of coupons filled in by the visitors to Gourmet Mall during this period would be held on January 6 and they stand to win such bumper prizes as a ticket to Singapore, refrigerator, TV, microwave and music system.

PROGRAMME: An environment awareness programme was conducted by Saupin’s School with students taking to the streets in their undertaking to bring awareness among public. The students marched to the Sector 9 market and it was the endeavour of the children to generate resolve among shopkeepers and onlookers in arresting further ecological and environmental deterioration. Students also put up streetplays on growing hazards of deteriorating environment. The onlookers were given an insight into mundane ways in which we show indifference to environment. The students also went from shop to shop distributing posters on environment.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: The House Owners Welfare Society, Phase V, here organised a blood donation camp at Dharana Bhavan to mark the culmination of its silver jubilee celebrations. The camp was inaugurated by the Superintendent of Police, Mr Harcharan Singh Bhullar, and presided over by Mr Kulwant Singh, president of the Municipal Council, here. According to organisers, 73 units of blood were collected by the team from the PGIMER during the camp. 



TRAINING CAMP: The District Ambala Sewa Dal organised a training camp in Congress Bhavan at Ambala city here on Saturday .The former HPCC chief, Mr Virender Singh, was the chief guest on the occasion. Addressing the dal workers, the state president of the dal, Mr Satwinder Singh Rana briefed the role of the Sewa Dal in the uplifting of the Congress. He asked the Congress workers to work to strengthen the party.

ACCIDENT: A woman was killed in a road accident at Hansi, near here, on Friday. According to the police, Sheela and Sunita, residents of Model Town, were going to their fields when a tractor hit Sheela Devi near Ram Singh Colony. She succumbed to her injuries on way to the hospital. The police has arrested the tractor driver.

DHARNA: Members of the local unit of the Technical Employees Association of Railways staged a dharna in front of the Railway Hospital, here, on Friday to voice their demands. They also submitted a memorandum to the Senior Divisional Medical Officer.

INJURED: Three persons, including two children, were injured in a road accident at Barwala, near here, on Friday. According to the police, due to dense fog, a tractor hit the Matador in which the victims were travelling, on Kharkara road . The driver of the Matador and two children were injured seriously.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested two members of a gang of dacoits. Anil Kumar and Pankaj, residents of Bhagalpur district in Bihar, were allegedly planning to loot vehicles on the Hisar-Jind road near Narnaund, when a police party, on a tip-off, nabbed them. The police also seized some sharp-edged weapons from them.

BLOOD DONATION: Mr Vijayendra Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, while speaking at a blood donation camp held in Hindu Girls College, Jagadhri, on Friday said the administration would organise classroom lectures on the awareness of legal rights of women soon. As many as 150 students donated blood.

DEAD: An eminent advocate of Jagadhri Bar, Mr S. K. Deep ( 68), died here on Friday night after a brief illness. Mr Deep was associated with many social and religious organisations. He leaves behind his wife, a son and a daughter. His cremation was largely attended. Mr S. P. Dhanda, president, Jagadhri Bar Association, said the court remained closed for the first half of the day as a mark of respect to the departed man.



REMEMBERED: A large number of prominent citizens led by freedom fighter K.L. Dabra paid tributes to veteran freedom fighter and founder of “Praja Mandal Movement of Independence in the hill states, the late Daulatram Sankhayayan, on his 83rd birth anniversary and garlanded his life-size statue here. He was also a Civil Supplies Minister.

FOUR BOOKED: The police has booked four persons for allegedly collecting money from Mr Sandeep Kesri, who works as a helper at the Jaiprakash Industries’ mess at Karian, near here. In his statement, Mr Kesri alleged that eight persons came to him and took away Rs 50 forcibly after making out a receipt. The persons allegedly threatened to kill Mr Kesari if he disclosed anything to anyone. The police has registered a case under Sections 147, 149, 384, 420 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code, naming four of them.

BEATEN UP: The police has booked three persons, who allegedly beat up the Chief Inspector of Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC), Mr Krishan Chand, at the local bus stand.

TRIBAL STATUS: The Minister of State for Ayurveda, Mr Mohan Lal, has sought tribal status for Churah sub-division in Chamba district, for ensuring speedy development of this far-flung area comprising Tissa and Salooni development blocks. He stated this while inaugurating a newly constructed building of a middle school at Charda in Churah tehsil on Saturday.

STERILISED: As many as 114 couples benefited by new methods of sterilisation in different medical camps organised by the Health Department at Chamba, Tissa and Salooni in Chamba district from December 16 to 19. A team of specialists comprising Dr Nagesh Verma, Dr R. K. Choudhary and Dr N. Rathore conducted these operations.

WORKSHOP: State Agriculture Management and Extension Training Institute, Mashobra, organised a women empowerment workshop in collaboration with Agriculture Technology Management Agency, Kangra, at Regional Horticulture Research Station, Jachh, near here on Friday. Nearly 50 participants were educated on fruit and vegetable growing, floriculture, forestry and farming of medicinal herbs and aromatic plants. The workshop was organised on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the late Prime Minister Charan Singh.

BODY FOUND: The police found the body of Mahinder Pal of Kandwal village near Chakki bridge on Friday. Family members of the deceased suspect foul play and have sought a probe into the matter. He was a truck driver for a Pathankot-based contractor. The police has conducted a post-mortem.

GOVERNMENT PRESS: Mr Surinder Thakur, general secretary of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, today assured the agitating press workers of full cooperation and added that the BMS was opposed to the closure of the Government Press. The BMS leader said he had taken up the issue with Mr P.K. Dhumal, Chief Minister, seeking his intervention in the matter.


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