Friday, December 27, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


BLOOD DONATION CAMP: The United Welfare Society, an NGO, organised a blood donation camp here on Wednesday to celebrate Christmas. Mr Vijay Bhatt, founder of the NGO, said this in a press note on Thursday.

ARRESTED: Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, in a press note issued here on Wednesday, said Gurjant Singh of Lohgarh village, Manga Singh of Moga district, Inderjit Singh of Amritsar district and Nirmal Singh of this district, were arrested under various sections of the NDPS Act.

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Mr M.R. Madaan, press secretary of the Consumer Welfare Council, Punjab, in a statement issued here on Wednesday said council members had attended a meeting held by the Additional Deputy Commissioner on National Consumers Day and had suggested that cases pertaining to deficiency of service should be decided on priority.

POEM: Impressed by a poem ‘‘Ajanmi Abhilasha’’(Unborn Desire) against female foeticide, authored by Dr Ranjana Garg, a local school teacher, the district health authorities have decided to display the poem on boards at some public places and distribute the laminated copies of the poem among various institutions.

DEAD: Mrs Kaushalaya Devi (69), a philanthropist and noted social worker and wife of senior BJP leader Mr Dasondi Ram of the district, died here after a brief illness on Wednesday. She played a key role note in the development of various shrines and one of the local gaushalas. A large number of people attended her funeral.

IMMIGRATION: Dr Gulzar Singh Cheema, Minister of State for Mental Health in British Columbia, Canada, while talking to mediapersons here on Thursday said that all problems of the residents of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh regarding visas and immigration to Canada would henceforth be solved at Chandigarh. The liaison office of the Canadian Government has been upgraded to the Counsel-General’s office which will take care of the visa and immigration work of the residents of these states.

INAUGURATED: Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, MP, inaugurated the Shahid Sukhdev Singh Sahabi Memorial Gate at Daulatpur Gillan village, 24 km from here, on Wednesday. The gate was got constructed by Mr Jarnail Singh, father of a martyr Sukhdev Singh, a jawan who belonged to Daulatpur Gillan village, at a cost of Rs 2 lakh in the memory of his son. Mr Channi also laid the foundation stone of a dharamshala at Radha Krishan Temple in the village.

KILLED: Kamaljeet Kaur of Dharampur died on the spot when a speeding truck hit her moped while she was going to Unchi Bassi near Dasuya on Wednesday. In another accident, Sarkar Singh of Udeke died on the spot when a speeding bus hit his motor cycle while he was going to Marur on Wednesday.

BOOKED: The district police on Wednesday registered two separate cases against four travel agents for duping some persons of Rs 8.25 lakh on the pretext of sending them abroad. According to police sources, the travel agents, Surinder Pal of Shamchaurasi, Sanjiv Kumar of Chandigarh and Sandip Kumar of Mohali, took Rs 6 lakh from Mr Pardeep Kumar of Miani Kalan for sending him and his brother, Jiwan Kumar, abroad. Similarly S.K. Rana, an advocate of Jalandhar, allegedly took Rs 2,25,000 from Sahibjit of Kantian for sending his brother abroad..

MEETING: For the eradication of polio in the district, Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, held a meeting with the health officials at the SMO office here on Thursday. The meeting was attended by Dr N.C. Bassi, District Family Welfare Officer, Dr Kuldeep Kaur, District Vaccination Office and Dr J.G. Vohra. Polio drops will be administered to children upto five years of age on January 5 and February 9, 2003. Dr Tiwari said no case for polio was reported in the state this year, but in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the cases were on rise and there was an immediate need to curb the disease.

FELICITATED: A host of people including Principal Manjit Singh Khatra, Honorary Director, GHG College, Gurusar Sadhar, Prof Bawa Singh, Prof Khattra and members of faculty of the college felicitated Mr H.S. Halwarwi, Chief Editor, Punjabi Tribune, on his nomination for the Sahitya Academy Award. The institute takes pride in the fact that Mr Halwarwi is an alumnus of the college and in spite of his busy life has always shown keen interest in the activities of the college.

WORKSHOP: Shri Chandan Bala Jain Social Welfare Society organised two-day workshop for children in the age group of 4-9 yrs at Shri Adinath Jain Temple. The motive of the workshop was to make children learn the good food habits and also to take out their inner creativity by learning different printing techniques. As the atmosphere is more moving towards junk food, cold drinks etc; children are more attracted to these foods which have no nutritional value. So it is a small effort just to make kids realise that fresh fruits, vegetables, pulses, milk and milk products are the best food for their health. The organisers of the workshop were Savita Jain, Seerat Oswal, Senia Jain, Subh Jain, Neena Jain, Harsha Jain, Vandana Jain, Dolly Jain and all the other members of this society.

MASIHI SHOBHA YATRA: The Ludhiana Masihi Welfare Society took out an impressive shobha yatra from the Temple of God Church in Salem Tabri here on Tuesday in connection with the Christmas celebrations. People of all religions and creeds participated in the shobha yatra. Mr Nathaniel Gill, president of the society, cut a ribbon to inaugurate the yatra that passed through the Sabzi Mandi, Jalandhar bypass, Ashok Nagar and Aman Nagar before culminating back at the church in Salem Tabri. Among those who participated in the shobha yatra were Pastor Joginder Singh, Pastor Nirmal Singh, Mr., Kehar Singh, Pastor Yunus Masih, Sister Chander Prabha and Mr Jaswinder Singh.

WELCOMED: Acharya Shiv Muni arrived at the Atam Public Senior Secondary School in Atam Nagar on Tuesday by the staff and students of the institute as well as prominent citizens present on the occasion. Mr Hira Lal Jain, founder of the school, giving a brief introduction of the Acharya on the occasion, said that the muni ji was considered among the prominent ‘dhyan yogis’ of the world. After touring the country on foot, the muni had arrived in the city for spending his chaturmas here.

WELCOME PARTY: Students of DB Ayurvedic College, Mandi Gobindgarh, have set an example by organising a welcome party instead of ragging by the seniors to the new entrants in the institution here on Wednesday. A colourful programme was presented by the seniors. It was attended by faculty members and members of the managing committee. Dr Zora Singh, chairman, presided over the function and Mr K.S. Bedi, an NRI from Kenya, was the chief guest. Principal S.N. Singh spoke on the achievements of the college with top positions of its students in the Baba Farid University of Health Science, Faridkot.

ARRESTED: Ms V. Neeraja, SSP, in a press note issued here on Wednesday, said the police had arrested two persons, Virpal and Dharma, both residents of Muradabad district in Uttar Pradesh and at present residing at Mani Majra, and recovered a Yamaha motor cycle from them. The SSP said the two had stolen the motor cycle from Ludhiana a few days ago. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered against them. The police has also arrested a proclaimed offender Karnail Singh of Kaulgarh village.

HONOURED: The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr P. S. Umranangal, on Thursday honoured Mr M.L. Kumra, a yoga instructor, who has been training police personnel in yoga and relaxation techniques for the past several years. Mr Kumar was presented with a cash reward of Rs 3,000. 

RESENTMENT: The Punjab College Librarians Association on Thursday said librarians were being discriminated against by being denied revised Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) and fixation benefit of Rs 14,900 by the Human Resource Development Ministry. In a statement here, the association president, Mr Satnam Singh Ahluwalia, and general secretary, Mr Barjinder Pal Dhiman, said denial of both the benefits was against the principle of parity pointed out by the Mehrotra Committee report. 

TRAVEL AGENT HELD: A travel agent, Paramjit Gohawar, was arrested by the local police on Wednesday for duping Husan Lal of Pandwa village of Rs 1,80,000 on a false promise of sending him to Greece. The deal was done in 1994 and Husan Lal at first gave the agent Rs 43,000 and the remaining amount in a second instalment. When the agent neither sent him abroad nor returned the money, Husan Lal lodged a complaint with the police in August this year.



HONOURED: The Principal of Kailash Bahl DAV Centenary Public School, Sector 7, Ms Madhu Bahl, has been honoured with the Rashtriya Gaurav Award by the Indian International Friendship Society for her contribution in the field of education, economic growth, national integration and social development. The award was presented by the former Election Commissioner, Dr G.V.G. Krishnamurthy, during a seminar on “Economic Growth and National Integration” organised in New Delhi. In addition to the award, which included a citation, a gold medal and a memento, a Certificate of Excellence was also presented to her. 

COMMITTEES: The Chandigarh Administration has formed a six-member special project approval committee to approve building plans and other decisions required by allottee at the Chandigarh Technology Park. The Chairperson will be the Finance Secretary and the committee members shall be the Deputy Commissioner, Chief Architect, Chief Engineer, Senior/Divisional Town planner, while the Assistant Estate Officer shall be the convener. 

NOTIFICATION: The UT Administration has made following rules to further amend the Kutchery compound fund rules 1937 as applicable to the Union Territory in a notification issued here today. As per the new rules in the notification the licenced fee of Rs 100 per month be fixed for placing a wooden and metal platform and Rs 200 per month for a cabin.

The notification further states that the UT Deputy Commissioner will fix the maximum size of the platform, cabin and charge extra pro-rate for a larger platform or cabin. 

TEST: “Promoting excellence in education” will be the theme of the third “Test of Excellence” being conducted by Chandigarh Coaching Centre for top five Class X students of CBSE-affiliated schools in Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar. The test will be exclusively for top five students of every school and there will be no entrance fee. Around 100 students from 20 schools of Chandigarh region participate in the test each year. 


COP BOOKED: The police has registered a criminal case against Hawa Singh, a constable of the Haryana police on the charge of getting his job in 1992 as a constable through a bogus matriculation certificate. He is a resident of Adampur in the district. After his selection, he remained posted here and at Jind. Some months ago, the police was informed that his matriculation certificate was bogus. A DSP was asked to probe the charge. During investigations it was found that the constable was never issued a certificate by the Haryana School Education Board. A case has been registered under Sections 420, 467 and 471, IPC.

DEMONSTRATION: The local cable operators staged a demonstration outside the office of Siticable, the main cable signal provider in the town, in protest against the increase in fee by pay channels. A spokesman for the protesters said most of the pay channels had decided to hike their fee by 25 to 50 per cent from next month. Sony, ESPN and Star Sports had hiked the charges from this month itself. They decided to boycott pay channels from 4 pm to 10 am on Friday.



HIMACHAL SCRIBES: Working journalists of Himachal Pradesh may get a New Year gift in the shape of a medical care package. A decision is expected to be taken in this regard at the first Cabinet meeting scheduled to be held at the new mini secretariat building here on Friday. The state government has been contemplating for some time to grant some relief to mediapersons who fall sick or need specialised medical treatment.


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