Wednesday, December 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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SANCTIONED: The Department of Science and Technology, Union Government, has sanctioned a grant of Rs 25 lakh to improve the teaching and networking facilities at Guru Nanak Dev University. This was stated in a press note issued here on Monday.

ELECTED: Dr Shuk Dev Sharma, Professor and Head of Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit Department of Guru Nanak Dev University has been elected as the treasurer of the executive committee of the All-India Oriental Conference, according to a university press note issued here on Monday.

ANNUAL DAY: Y.S. Public School, Handiaya (Barnala), organised its annual day and prize distribution function on the school premises on Sunday. Mr Darbara Singh Guru, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, who was the chief guest, gave away prizes to meritorious students. Prof Darshan Kumar, a trustee of Y.S. Educational Trust, read the annual report of the school.

PARK MAINTENANCE: Residents of the Phase-II of Model Town here have urged the authorities of the PUDA to provide infrastructure for maintenance of a park situated near the 150-yard houses. An association of the residents of the 150-yard houses has written to the PUDA authorities in this connection. It has said that so far they were taking care of the park without any help, financial or otherwise, from the authorities.

FARMERS VISIT: Farmers of Nehianwala, Balahar Binju and Deon villages visited the local plant of the NFL on December 19 and 23 and saw the process of urea manufacture. According to a press note, the visit of the farmers was arranged in connection with the observance of the National Consumer Day.

‘LOK BACHAO’ RALLY: The CPI would organise a “Lok Bachao” rally in the city on December 25. The All-India General Secretary of the party, Mr A.B. Vardhan, would address the rally.

SWEATERS GIVEN: Mr Kuldip Singh Palta, Principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Kot Shamir, in a press note issued here today said that sweaters and woollens were distributed amongst the needy and bright students of the school on Tuesday.

PSEB BILLS: All PSEB bills in Gurdaspur circle will have to be deposited in post offices from next month, according to Mr S.K. Duggal, Superintending Engineer. The postal authorities will be paid 5 per cent commission for the collection of bills.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of the Association for Democratic Rights, Punjab: president — Dr Jagjiwan Lal, vice-president — Mr Ranjit Singh; secretary — Mr Ashwani Kumar; joint secretary — Mr Harjit Alam, and treasurer — Mr Amarjit Singh Mani.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The police intercepted a truck at Panam and seized 6,66,000 ml whisky from it on Sunday. Gurcharan Singh of Gijpur Bela village under Kartarpur police station has been arrested in this connection.

CASE REGISTERED: On a complaint of Ms Sukhwinder Kaur, daughter of Butta Ram of Indira Colony, the police has registered a case against her husband Jasbir Singh, father-in-law Sarwan Singh, mother-in-law Joginder Kaur and three others for allegedly beating her up for dowry.

FANCY DRESS SHOW: Thakur Dass Asha Kiran School here organised a fancy dress competition for its mentally challenged children in collaboration with the local chapter of the Inner Wheel Club on Monday in connection with the World Disabled Week. Happy Saini was adjudged first, Ronu Saini second and Rajan Aggarwal third. A drama was also staged by the children on this occasion.

DEMAND: The Municipal Council, Khanna demanded, vigilance inquiry into the alleged irregularities and fraud committed by MC president Onkar Rai Mehta and MC officials in connivance with contractors for the development works done in the last five years. The issue was raised by; M.P. Jassal, Vijay Sharma, Nirmal Singh, Harjap Singh, Kartaro Devi, Sanjiv Dhamija and Lakhbir Singh, all councillors, through a requisition, at a meeting held on Tuesday at Municipal Town hall. The meeting was presided over by Mr J.S. Lotey, a councillor, in the absence of Onkar Rai Mehta and vice-president Nirmal Singh Jassal. The council also passed a resolution to check the illegal encroachments. The meeting was attended by Vijay Diamond, Vijay Sharma, Ashok Tewari, Amrit Lal, Sanjiv Dhamija, Lakhbir Singh, Kartaro Devi, Kamlesh Rani, Daljit Kaur, Renu Bala, Poona Tandon, Mohinder Pal Jassal, Darshna Devi.

SUSPENSION ORDER CHALLENGED: Suspended Manager of the Khanna Cooperative Marketing Society has challenged his suspension order in the court of the District Registrar of Societies, Ludhiana. The District Registrar has summoned the society's record on December 27 at his office. Mr Gurdarshan Singh, manager of the Khanna Cooperative Marketing Society was suspended at a meeting held on December 13 by passing a resolution with majority. He was charged with irregularities and pocketing the commission amount. Mr Gurdarshan Singh on Tuesday denied all the charges and said the charges levelled against him were baseless. He had deposited all amount of the commission before issuing legal notice to him. He also denied to attend any meeting when he was on leave.

KIRTAN: The Hare Krishna Parchar Samiti held its weekly bhajan-kirtan programme on Sunday at Rishi Nagar at which a recitation of mahamantra was done by Ashok Bhandari. Among others who sang hymns were Shyam , Gautam and Tarsem. Those who attended the programme included Mr Ved Kathuria, Mr Raju Jain, Mr Rajesh Verma, Mr Raman Gogna, Mr Deepak Ghai, Mr Narinder Chawla, Mr Vinod Bhandari, Mr Vikas Chopra, Mr Manoj Bhandari and Mr Shiv Kumar Dhir.

FUNCTION: The Shivaratri Mahotsav Committee would organise a function on December 29 at 10 am on the Rani Jhansi road at which the committee would honour those prominent citizens who have been extending cooperation to the committee to make the various shobha yatra taken out by it a success, according to Mr. Sunil Mehra, president of the committee.

X-MAS CELEBRATED: Members of the Roopika Club celebrated Christmas and New Year on the club premises here on Monday. The members were dressed at Santa Claus, Modern Girl, Street Vendor etc. The members sung various Christmas carols and also played ‘Khul ja sim sim’ on the occasion. Amongst others present on the occasion were Ms Meena Girhotra, Rajinder Kaur, Renu Bambi, Bhupinder Singh and Gurjinder Singh.

SATSANG: A sadhu-satsang was organised at Shiv Shakti Mandir in Chhawni Mohalla under the supervision of Mahant Rajender Giri on Monday which was inaugurated by Mr Darshan Arora, chairman, Citizens’ Council. Among the saints who delivered discourses at the satsang were Narayan Giri from Hardwar, Swami Hariharanand Sarswati, Pandit Krishan Parshad Upadhaya and the temple priest Bhagat Lal Bahadur. Among others who attended the religious programme were Dr Ranu, president, Sehajdhari Sikh Federation, Mr Nirmal Singh, Dr Ashok Vohra, Mr Amarjit Singh Boaprai, Mr Ramesh Bhandari, Mr K. S. Kailey, Mr Murari Lal and Mr Rakesh Sharma.

JAGRAN: The staff and students of Shri Gyan Sthal K. K. Computer College and Hobby Courses would hold their first Bhagwati Jagran on December 31, according to Mr Jagdish Bajaj, president of the temple managing committee. A number of hymn-singing groups including Surinder Arora and party would participate in the jagran.

OPIUM SEIZED: The Sadar police here has seized 500 gm opium from Avtar Singh, son of Mr Bachan Singh, a resident of Bappiana village in the district. The police has registered a case under the NDPS Act against Avtar Singh. He was produced in the court of Ms Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Judicial Magistrate (Class-I) who remanded him in judicial custody.

RIVER WATERS: Addressing a workers’ meeting of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) here, a senior leader and general secretary of the SHSAD, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, demanded distribution of river waters as per the international riparian law and demanded withdrawal of the Bill proposing to scrap the riparian rights.

DEAD: Gurmail Singh (30), a jeep driver of Bhai Gurdas Academy of Makha village in the district who was injured seriously on December 17 in a head-on collision between a school jeep carrying 21 students of the academy and a private bus, succumbed to his injuries at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital at Ludhiana.

SARPANCH SUSPENDED: Mr Des Raj Bhagat, Deputy Director, Rural Development and Panchayat, Punjab, has placed Des Singh, sarpanch of the Matti gram panchayat in the district under suspension following the registration of a case against Des Singh at the Bhikhi police station under Sections 467, 468, 409, 120-B of the IPC.

CORRECTION: The name of the DTO, Mansa, was inadvertently mentioned as Mr Mohal Lal Sharma in a report that appeared in The Tribune of December 23. The correct name of the DTO, Mansa, is Mr Mohan Lal.

CPI MEETING: The victory of the BJP in the Gujarat Assembly elections is a warning to the secular forces of the country and it will further embolden the communal forces and endanger the unity and integrity of the country. This was observed by Mr Hardev Arshi, a senior CPI leader and former Budhlada MLA, while addressing a meeting of party workers here on Monday.

CONSUMER DAY: A function to mark the National Consumer Day was organised at Bachat Bhavan here on Tuesday. Presiding over the function, Mr Mohinder Singh Kainth, Additional Deputy Commissioner, stressed the need for creating awareness among consumers about their rights.

TRAILER BURNT: A trailer loaded with about 80 quintals of chaff, belonging to a trader of Panjgrahian village, under the Baghapurana police station in Moga district, was burnt on Monday night while it was reportedly parked near a petrol station at Baghapurana town. The chaff and the trailer were reduced to ashes.

POWER CUTS: Residents of this town, particularly students, are sore over undeclared power cuts, which, they claim, have become an everyday affair. Students lament that the power cuts have been affecting their studies, especially as the annual examinations are drawing near.

SHUNTING YARD: Mr Vinod Khanna, Union Minister of State for Tourism and Cultural Affairs, will inaugurate a shunting yard of the railway station here on Thursday. This was disclosed here on Tuesday by Prof Samrinder Sharma, Political Secretary to Mr Khanna.

RECEPTION: Several social, traders and voluntary bodies and NGOs accorded a civic reception to the newly elected president of the local Nagar Council, Mr Malkiat Singh Raghbotra, and honoured all 27 councillors at a function held here on Monday. A 24-member committee, comprising local MLA Joginder Singh Mann and SDM Pritam Singh, presented a trophy and a citation to the nagar council chief.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among students and their parents here against the “flaccid” approach of the management of R.K. Arya College, which has “failed to start” the normal teaching work in the college. The non-teaching employees’ dharna in front of the college gate continues and they are adamant not to let the college open till the teachers accused of the assault on their colleagues apologise.

MC ELECTIONS: The Punjab government has postponed the municipal elections in Punjab fearing a major defeat after seeing a big BJP victory in Gujarat according to the former Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljeet Singh, here on Tuesday. Talking to mediapersons at the residence of Jathedar Kirpal Singh Kheernian, Capt Kanwaljeet Singh said Capt Amarinder Singh feared that defeat in the municipal elections will effect the Congress party in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections which were due shortly.

INSPECTOR DEAD: Inspector Karam Singh of Markfed, posted at Machhiwara, died here on Tuesday in his native Madpur village, 5 km from here. He was suffering from diabetes. Due to his death, the annual prize distribution function at Madpur School has been postponed, according to Mr Bhupinder Singh, president of the school.



REFRESHER COURSE: A Panjab University refresher course in Hindi concluded here on Tuesday, where teachers were urged to inculcate respect for reading and literature in students. The course was attended by 30 Hindi lecturers from various parts of the country. The valedictory function was held in the ICSSR Complex, where Hindi poets Ashok Bajpai and Kedar Nath Singh were the guests of honour. The poets also recited some of their choicest verses for the audience that included several persons who had conducted the course.

PGI WORKERS: The PGI Engineering Technical Workers Association has said that it will resort to direct action, if its demand for a cadre review, pending for the past 10 years, is not accepted. The Association, at its general-body meeting, said, in spite of repeated requests to the Administration in this regard, no action had been taken.

PULSE POLIO: As part of the Pulse Polio Campaign, students of Government Senior Secondary School and Saraswati Vidya Mandir of Dhanas organised an awareness rally here on Tuesday. Over 400 students participated in the rally that was flagged off by the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi. She urged members of the village Panchayat to cooperate with the Health Department for the success of the campaign phases of January 5 and February 9. The Director Health Services, Dr C.P. Bansal, was the chief guest on the occasion.

AWARDS: The Governor of Punjab and the Administrator of Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), will give away the Software Exports Awards for the year 2001-2002 on Thursday. He will also release a newsletter of the SPIC Microsoft Centre of Excellence and inaugurate a website of the SPIC on the occasion.

JEWELLERY EXHIBITION: Delhi-based jewellery designer Asha Komal Modi is holding a three-day exhibition under the banner of Art Karat at Kidar’s Gallery in Sector 7. The exhibition has brought a wide range of necklaces, armlets, tikkas, bangles gold plated with silver as based metal.

HEALTH CAMP: A free medical health check- up camp was organised by the State Bank of India, Sector 16, at Rajiv Colony and Indira Colony on Tuesday. The camp was inaugurated by Chief Manager, Mr Lokesh Sharma. About 300 patients were examined and free medicines were distributed to them.

PAPER READING CONTEST: Jaspreet won the first prize in the Ninth Parkash Memorial Paper Reading Contest at Government Model High School, Sector 44- B. Arindham was the second prize and Simmerjit Kaur won the third prize here. The contest was organised by the Lions and Lioness Club of Panchkula Central.

AIDS AWARENESS: There is a need to create awareness about AIDS among people, especially the backward classes, to save them from the deadly disease. Camps for this purpose will be organised at village level with the help of milk cooperative societies. This was stated by Mr S.C, Aggarwal, General Manager of the local Verka milk plant, at a camp organised on the premises of the milk plant with the help of the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) and Dynamic Welfare Society here today.



POWER CONNECTIONS: The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has simplified the application and agreement (A&A) forms for various categories of connections. Mr Dharam Pal Dhull, Manager, Public Relations, DHVBN, said the consumers were now required to paste a passport-size photograph on the form. He said the nigam had issued three differently coloured A&A forms for different categories. The white forms are for domestic and non-domestic connections, yellow for industrial and green for agricultural connections.

ELECTROCUTED: A person was electrocuted here on Tuesday. Vikash, a labourer at the local Grain Market, had gone for a morning walk. He touched an electric wire on the way and died on the spot.

BODY FOUND: An unidentified body was found from a canal at Sharwa village, near here, on Tuesday. The police has sent the body to the local Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

SENTENCED: A local court on Tuesday sentenced a person to three years’ imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 500 on him on the charge of harassing his wife. According to the prosecution, Jagdish, a resident of Kaimari village, was married with Baggi Devi. Some time after the marriage, Baggi Devi tried to commit suicide as her husband had allegedly started harassing her for “not bringing sufficient dowry”. The Sadar police had registered a case against Jagdish on the complaint of Baggi Devi.

IMPRISONMENT: A local court sentenced a person to two-year imprisonment on the charge of attempt to murder. According to the prosecution, Bhupender Singh of Kharar Alipur village had injured Kartar Singh and his grandson Narender by throwing bricks at them. The Sadar police had registered a case against him two years ago.

ALUMNI FORUM: Kurukshetra University has constituted an alumni forum to organise an old students’ meeting. Mr R.S. Chaudhry, Vice-Chancellor of the university, outlined the plan at a meeting of university teaching departments.

CRUSHING SESSION: The youth wing president of the ruling INLD and Member of Parliament, Mr Ajay Chautala, on Monday inaugurated the crushing session at a sugar mill at Paniwala Motta village in the district. He claimed that the Haryana Government was giving Rs 110 per quintal for sugarcane, which was the highest in the country.



WORKSHOP: A workshop on joint forest management was organised at the conference hall of the Fruit Growers Association, Patlikuhal, 22 km from here, on Monday. As many as 63 persons, including 30 members of village forest development societies, participated.

CLASH: The construction of a road led to a clash between residents of two villages in Jadla panchayat near Subathu on Monday. The panchayat was constructing a road, to which residents of Aanji Ghatti village objected as the road was supposed to pass through private land of village. This led to their clash with residents of Rihar, a nearby village.

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