Tuesday, December 31, 2002, Chandigarh, India





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PUNJAB

AMRITSAR
EXPELLED: Mr Inderjit Singh Baserke, president of the district Congress (rural), on Sunday expelled Mr S.S. Pandhi, a Congress worker from Tarn Taran, for a period of six years. Mr Pandhi was expelled for his alleged anti-party activities on the instructions of the Punjab Congress President, Mr H.S. Hanspal.

BATHINDA
MUSLIM SOCIETY: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Muslim Human Welfare Society: president — Mr Soleman Khan; vice-president — Mr Julfekar Ali, general secretary — Mr Sardar Ali; treasurer — Mr Abdul Hak; joint secretary — Mohammad Iqbal Khan; press secretary — Mohammad Sarbar; and propaganda secretary — Mr Nek Mohammad.

BAN ORDERS: The district administration has banned the gathering of five or more persons at public places raising of slogans, holding meetings, and holding religious processions without permission. The orders would not be applicable to the police and personnel of Armed Forces on duty. Parking of trucks on the sports stadium road has also been banned. Parking of trucks near educational institutes in the vicinity of Hanuman Chowk has been banned besides their movement near these institutes from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 1 p.m., to 3 p.m. The orders will remain in force till February 28, 2003.

PSEB STAFF: Activists of the Employees Federation of the Punjab State Electricity Board on Monday wore black badges in protest against the implementation of the two tier system.

LUDHIANA
VEDIC CAMP: Vedic Karmayoga —2002, a week-long winter camp for girls being organised at the Shastri Nagar branch of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, entered the penultimate day on Monday. Ms Anu Sharma and Ms Paramjit Kaur, Principal of the school, spoke on the occasion. Ms R. Aggarwal, an art and craft teacher, engaged the students in creative activities. The Principal gave away prizes to best campers of the day.

CONTEST: Cultural competitions were arranged at the Param Institute on Sunday. The response of students was good. Mr Ghansham Singh Lote, MD, GSI Textile Private Ltd, was the chief guest. Students presented giddha and bhangra. Mehndi contest evoked a good response. In this contest, Mandeep Kaur stood first. In the contest of maintenance of sewing machines, Ramandeep stood first. Diljeet and Harpreet bagged second and third prizes, respectively. In cultural programmes, Harjinder Kaur got the first position followed by Diljeet and Kuljeet. Mr Amarji Singh Raiat and Ms Parminder Kaur, who run the institute, had invited Punjabi singer Inderjeet Hasanpuri to regale the audience.

INSPECTION: Mr Madan Lal Bagga, councillor, on Monday inspected the drug de-addiction centre operating in his ward. The centre is being run by Dr Kotnis Acupuncture Hospital, Salem Tabri, with the help of the Government of India. Mr Bagga praised the services provided by it. Dr Inderjit Singh, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, said the Maharashtra and Bihar Governments had banned the sale of tobacco, but the Punjab Government had not taken any steps in this direction. Dr Charanjit Uppal, Dr Kuljit Singh Bhalla, Mr Rana Surat Singh, Mr Dharampal and Mr Sham Sundar were also present.

DOG SHOW: The local Kennel Club organised a dog show at the grounds of Government Senior Secondary School, Jagraon, in which 150 dogs of 30 breeds participated. The masters of the winning dogs were awarded prizes by Mr Gurmit Singh, SDM.

ONE KILLED: Harjinder Singh (32) of Malak village, 3 km from here, died after being bitten by a dog. According to the information, the family dog first bite a cow before biting Harjinder Singh. The deceased is survived by 4 children and wife.

PATHANKOT
LIQUOR SEIZED: The police has booked six persons and arrested four on the charge of smuggling illicit liquor in the Chhani Beu village area in Himachal Pradesh and seized 700 bottles of illicit liquor. In a press note issued here on Monday, Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, said those booked in the case had been identified as Rakesh Kumar, of Behrampur, Jagtar Singh of Dehriwal, Ravinder Singh of Jalal, Jagtar Singh of Dehriwal, Karnail Chand of Deeda, and Kala of Tanda Urmer. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Punjab Excise Act has been registered.

ARRESTED: Two brick-klin owners have been arrested for violating the orders of the District Magistrate. According to Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, Gurdaspur, Rajiv Kumar, a local resident, and Raj Kumar of Sanyal, P.S. Mukerian, owing a brick-klin in Talwara Jattan village, kept on digging soil along the Chakki river in violation of the orders.

PATIALA
SEMINAR: The four-day long 20th national seminar of the IASLIC on the theme of Digital Information Systems and Services concluded here on Monday with the resolution to build up a library movement in Punjab. Prof N. Satyanarain in his presidential address said the hybrid library was going to be the library of the future, which would contain a balance collection of printed publications and digital documents. He said finetuning of library and information science education programmes to meet the challenges of digital environments was the need of the hour.

SAMRALA
FUNCTION: A function was held on the premises of Town Employment Exchange here on Monday. As many as 70 persons, including 50 physically handicapped, attended the function. Addressing the gathering, Mr Jawahar Lal Duggal, Employment Officer, highlighted the features of the Prime Minister Rozgar Yojna. Ms Manjeet Kaur, Supervisor, CDPO Office, Mr Darshan Singh, Dairy Inspector, and Mr Narinderpal Singh, Fisheries Inspector, highlighted various departmental schemes for the welfare of disabled.

APPOINTED: Mr Kesar Singh, a patwari in Samrala tehsil, has been appointed as ‘nambardar’ of Bhagpura village by the Deputy Commissioner.

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CHANDIGARH

CALENDAR RELEASED: Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, released the Markfed calendars and the official diary for 2003 on Monday. In his brief remarks, the Chief Minister lauded the efforts of the Markfed to present Punjab in a new light and work for the welfare of the farmers. This was adequately reflected in its new year calendar which featured various stages of a Punjabi wedding. It also acknowledged Markfed’s belief in farmer welfare and its promise to secure a better deal for them. It also promoted and preserved the religious and cultural ethos of the state. Mr Gurbinder Singh Atwal, Parliamentary Secretary, Cooperation, said Markfed was making a vital contribution towards the socio-economic development of Punjab’s farming community.

COMMUNITY CENTRES: The Arts, Culture and Sports Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh here on Monday recommended provision of community centres for Sector 39 and Bapu Dham. The committee at its meeting chaired by Ms Anu Chathrath decided to write a letter to the Department of Urban Planning, UT, to allot land for the purpose in these localities. The committee also passed the furnishing of community centres of Sectors 29, 33 and Ram Darbar and construction of a room in each community centre for the night watchman. It also recommended provision for providing free of cost physiotherapy treatment to an NGO which had asked for a room in Sector 46 community centre.

BLOOD SHORTAGE: There is an acute shortage of blood of all groups in the blood bank of Government Medical College Hospital, Department of Haematology and Transfusion Medicine. Voluntary donors can donate blood during working hours at the hospital between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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HARYANA

FATEHABAD
OPEN DARBAR: The Deputy Commissioner, Dr R. B. Langyaan, told officers of various departments on Monday that in case any complaint received during weekly open darbars was not addressed within 30 days it would be referred to the District Grievance Committee. He was addressing the officers at a weekly open darbar. As many as 40 complaints were presented at the darbar.

KARNAL
STRAY PIGS: The District Magistrate, Mr Devender Singh has ordered the capturing of stray pigs in the municipal limits of the city and the towns of Assandh, Gharaunda, Indri, Nilokheri and Tarori. The captured pigs would be sold and the funds so raised would be credited to the Municipal Committee funds of the respective towns, he added.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

DHARAMSALA
UNITY HAILED: The Himachal Industries Minister, Mr Kishori Lal, has hailed the unity move between the Chief Minister, Mr P.K. Dhumal, and the Union Rural Development Minister, Mr Shanta Kumar. He was talking to mediapersons here on Monday.

RECOVERED: The police has recovered stolen goods and Rs 2.32 lakh from five members of an inter-state gang of thieves. In a press note issued here on Monday, the SP, Mr Ajay Yadav, said Salil Sharma, Gulzar Malik, Mohammed Shafi, Rach Pal and Mohammed Sharif had been wanted in various theft and burglary cases. He said about 126 kg of charas had been seized in 36 cases in the district during this year.

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