Wednesday, January 8, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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DISTRIBUTED: Socks and shoes were distributed to 75 needy students, by Pind Sudhar Sabha Chhapar, at Government High School of the same village. According to Master Ajaib Singh, general secretary of the sabha, Mr Gurdev Lapran, president, District Congress Committee, distributed the footwear's at a function chaired by Mr Darshan Singh Ballowal, head master.

NAGAR KIRTAN: A nagar kirtan was held by Gurdwara Singh Sabha and Kalgidhar Federation on Tuesday on account of ‘Parkash Utsav’ of Guru Gobind Singh. Panj Pyaras led the holy procession which was joined by students and staff of Sanatan Vidya Mandir High School, Kennedy Public High School, DAV High School, Guru Nanak Kanya Maha Vidyala Senior Secondary School, GHG Senior Secondary School and government Middle school, Amarpura. Various social and religious organisations welcomed the procession and offered eatables to participants.

RALLY: A protest rally was held by employees unions in front of 66KV and on the Police road on Monday to protest against the management’s decision to privatise Panjab State Electricity Board. Organised on a call given by the Employees Struggle Committee, Punjab, rally branded the recommendations of the Rajinder Haldia Committee as anti-employee and against the public interest. Various leaders of the protesting unions threatened to launch struggle if recommendations were not implemented. They announced that work at all board offices would be suspended on Wednesday and zone level rallies would be held on January 23. Mr Hari Datt, convener of the committee, Baljit Singh, Nirbhai Singh, Gurmeet Singh (all AITUC federation leaders ), Sukhcharan Singh, Kuldip Singh and Naurang Singh (all TSU leaders) addressed the rally.

DEMANDED: In joint statement the SC/ST Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board Employees’ Federation headed by Mr Rajinder Singh and Punjab Dalit Employees Welfare Association senior vice-president, Mr Surinder Singh Sahota, have demanded that their promotions should be effected according to rosters fixed under the constitutional provisions for SCs and STs. They also demanded that their seniority list should also be amended and released accordingly.

WOMEN’S UPLIFT: The economic uplift of women, especially widows, should become key to the overall development of the society. These remarks were made by Mrs J. Kackria, principal, BBK DAV College for Women, here while addressing a gathering at the monthly ration distribution function for widows organised by Chinmaya Mission on Monday. The Principal said it was important to make every woman self-reliant. She offered that her college, which was presently running a number of such courses, could organise special classes for the needy women.

DEMANDS PRESENTED: A Deputation of Government School Teachers’ Union, Punjab, met the state Education Minister to apprise him of their long- pending demands under the chairmanship of Avtar Singh and Charan Sarabha. This was disclosed in a press release issued here on Monday by Mr Balkar Singh Valtoha, general secretary of the union.

DISTRIBUTED: Twentyfive sewing machines were given to the poor and needy women here on Monday to mark the death anniversary of Pushpavanti Bhatia.

SCHOOLS TO REOPEN: Private and government primary, middle, high and senior secondary schools in the subdivision, which had earlier been ordered closed till Saturday by Mr Parneet Bhardwaj, Subdivisional Magistrate, will now reopen on Wednesday, as per orders of the District Magistrate, Gurdaspur, Mr K.A.P. Sinha. The new school timings will be 10.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested Baaj Singh, a resident of Ram Tirath village under Sadar police station, Amritsar, for attempting to bribe Naresh Kumar, Station House Officer, city police station, to secure the release of Anokh Singh, an accused. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, said in a press note issued here on Tuesday that the accused tried to give the SHO an envelope containing Rs 45,000 for the purpose. A case has been registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

MEDICAL CAMP: The local Lions Club Royal organised a medical camp at Ram Murti Kaushal Hospital here on Monday. A team of doctors, including Dr H.P. Singh, from Escorts Hospital, Amritsar, examined more than 200 patients. The patients were distributed medicines by the club free of cost.

VETERINARY CAMP: The district Veterinary Department, as part of its programme to provide veterinary services free of cost to farmers in its adopted villages, held a veterinary camp at Kala Afghana in Batala subdivision on Tuesday. Mr Sukhjinder Singh, MLA, inaugurated the camp. More than 280 animals were examined on the occasion.

ROAD SAFETY WEEK: The 14th Road Safety Week was inaugurated by Mr Harminder Singh, District Transport Officer, here on Tuesday. Mr Harminder Singh said the medical check-up camp would be organised at the Punjab Roadways workshop for roadways and private bus drivers. He said seminars on road safety were being organised in schools and colleges.

ILLICIT LIQUOR SEIZED: The city police has arrested Balwinder Kumar, alias Bindu, of the local Canal colony, and Dharmapal of the local Islamabad mohalla and seized over 200 litres of illicit liquor from their possession.

MAN DIES OF COLD: A beggar, aged about 60, died of cold on Monday evening. His body was found near a canal at Bassi Kale Khan village in Hariana.

ARRESTED: The Mahilpur police has arrested a proclaimed offender, Satwant Kaur, wife of Gulsinder Singh, of Dada Kalan, 13 years after the registration of a case against her. The police had registered a case under Section 307, 326 and 34 of the IPC on April 28, 1989.

CASE REGISTERED: The Mahilpur police has registered a case against Kulbir Singh of Maya Patti and two others for allegedly beating up Baljeet Singh of Waddon and setting him on fire on Monday. According to the FIR, Baljeet Singh was going with Kulbir Singh and two others in a car to Amritsar. On the way, near Bodhan village, they quarrelled over some issue. Kulbir Singh and his accomplices first beatup Baljeet Singh with a hockey stick, then sprinkled petrol on him and set him on fire. Baljeet Singh sustained burn injuries and was admitted the Civil Hospital, Phagwara.

HUSBAND BOOKED: On the complaint of Shashi Bala, daughter of Gurmukh Singh of Dangoh village Una, the Talwara police registered a case against Vijay Kumar, her husband, on Monday. According to police sources Shashi Bala alleged that Vijay Kumar was torturing her to bring more dowry from her parents.

DUPING CASE: A case of duping Bhupinder Singh, Sukhwinder Singh and Santokh Singh of Patti village on the pretext of settling them abroad was reported at Sardar police station on Monday. According to police sources Inderjit Singh, Harminder Kaur of Balachaur and her sister Rajpal Kaur of Chahal took Rs 3,70,000 from the aforesaid persons for settling them in Korea. They sent Sukhwinder Singh and Santokh Singh on tourist visa to Hong Kong and China from where both were deported to India. Bhupinder Singh was not sent anywhere. The police has registered a case under Sections 420, 120 B of the IPC against the two sisters and their accomplice.

ARRESTED: The police on Sunday raided the Bhangi Choe Bahadurpur area and arrested Ravinder Rana, alias Toni and Vivek Devgan and seized 115 cases of whisky. The market cost of the seized whisky is about Rs 3.75 lakh. The accused have been booked under Section 61/1/14 of the Excise Act.

ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN: The local administration inclusive of Mr Gurmit Singh, SDM, Mr Jaspal Singh Dhanoa, SP (D), Jasdev Singh Sidhu, DSP, Mr Randhir Singh, DSP (D) and Mr Devinder Singh Mander, ADTO, Ludhiana, organised road safety publicity campaign near Civil Hospital, today, in which students of various schools and other vehicle owners participated. This campaign was organised under the instructions of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to inculcate road safety consciousness among the road users. The school children were made aware of the road signs and the vehicle owners were advised to follow the road signals.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The local police has arrested Jaswant Singh of Dangian village and seized 4.5 litre of liquor from his possession. A case has been registered against the accused under Sections 61/1 and 14 of the Excise Act. In an other incident, Sanjay Kumar of Jagraon was arrested in the area of Burj Kularan and 18 litre of liquor was seized from his possession.

STIR WITHDRAWN: The local lawyers have decided to withdraw their agitation and end boycott of the court of Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, from Tuesday. The lawyers had been boycotting the court of Mr Chouhan since December 18 to protest against his alleged misbehaviour with the lawyers. The decision was taken in a meeting of the Bar Association.

NAGAR KIRTAN: The management of the gurdwara in Janata Nagar organised a nagar kirtan procession on Monday in connection with the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh. The nagar kirtan passed through Vishwakarma Street, Tara Singh Road, Gill Road, Janata Nagar, ATI College Road and Kot Mangal Singh before culminating at the gurdwara. Several kirtani jathas took part in the nagar kirtan. Among prominent personalities of the town who participated in the nagar kirtan were Mr Karam Singh Matharoo, Mr Mohan Singh, Mr Charanjit Singh, Mr Balwinder Singh, Mr Inderjit Singh, Mr Gurbachan Singh, Mr Tirlochan Singh, Dr Rajinder Singh and Mr Satnam Singh.

FESTIVAL: An inaugural festival would be held from January 15 to 19 at the Shri Shiv Om Mandir in Street No 2 of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar in connection with the completion of the newly-built temple, according to Giani Ranjit Singh Shaad.

COMPETITION: Over 70 students from 14 CBSE affiliated schools of the city participated in the inter-school maths competition held at Guru Nanak International Public School, Gujjarkhan Campus here today. Each school had sent five students of class X. The test was based on pattern of the CBSE. The students securing top three positions will be given cash awards. The results of the competition will be declared within a week.

MEDICAL CAMP: A medical check-up camp was organised at Anshupati Textiles’ Workers Colony on Tuesday to mark the fifth death anniversary of Lala Rattan Chand Oswal, founder of Vardhman Group of Companies. On the occasion, prayers and shaddhajali samaroh were also held where the staff and officers paid their homage. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Alok Srivastava.

REGISTRATION BEGINS: Dr Tejpal Singh Dhillon, an orthopaedic surgeon, will examine patients from January 8 to February 5, at Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr). The trust has started the registration of patients for orthopaedic surgeries like knee, hip replacement etc.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers for the 2003-2004 session of the Rotary Club, Patiala: president — Mr Didar Singh Basson; vice-presidents — Mr Ranjit Khosla and Mr Amarjeet Baweja; secretary — Dr N.S. Sodhi; joint secretary — Mr Ajay Seth; and treasurer — Dr Ashok Gupta.

LAUDED: The Indo-Canadian Friendship Society (ICFS) in its meeting held here on Tuesday welcomed the clearance given by the Indian Government to dual citizenship and appreciated the efforts of the LM Singhvi Committee whose report helped the government in taking a final decision on the issue.

CULTURAL PROGRAMME: A cultural programme was organised in the memory of late Safdar Hazmi by Darpan Rang Manch, Sahnewal, on Saturday. The programme was presided over by Mr Gurminder Singh. The guests of honour were Mr Gurdeep Singh Kaul, president, Ambedkar Club, and Mr Ramesh Kumar Pappu, a Congress leader. The special attraction of the show was a play ‘Kithe raja bhoj, kithe kagla’ which was produced by Hansa Singh Bias and directed by Vijay Koomkalan. The play gradually depicted the wide gulf prevalent between the haves and the have nots and the resultant disparity leading to an imbalance in the entire social setup.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Youth Welfare Society of Jugiana village organised a free medical camp, here on Tuesday. Dr Deepak Sachdeva, along with a team of doctors and nurses, examined 250 patients and administered free medicines to them. Mr Pawanpreet Singh Gill, Dr Dharamjit Singh, Mr Lakhwinder Singh, Mr Bhupinder Singh, Mr Gurmukh Singh and Mr Jaswinder Singh actively contributed to the free medical camp and worked for its success. Along with the medical camp, bhog of Shri Akhand Path was performed. Bhai Teja Singh Ragi sang hymns in the name of almighty and Guru Ka Langar was served on the occasion.

SURPRISE RAIDS: The SDM, Samrala, Mr Jaspal Singh Jassi, raided the offices of Tehsildar, BDPO, CDPO, Food Supplies and Marketing Committee at 10 a.m. and checked the presence of the officials. Most of the officials were found present in their respective offices and the absentees were verbally warned to ensure presence in future. The SDM also instructed the officials to discharge their duties honestly, efficiently and serve the people immediately as and when they come for their routine work.

SPORTS FESTIVAL: The 47th Village Sports Festival at Kotala village, 10 km from here, is being organised by the Youth Sports Club with the association of the gram panchayat from January 9 to 12, according to Mr Harwinder Singh. Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib, Member Parliament, will be the chief guest.



POSTED: The Haryana Government has posted Mr Ravi Kumar Azad, IPS, Additional Superintendent of Police, Rohtak, as Superintendent of Police, Railways (Haryana), Ambala Cantonment against a vacant post with immediate effect. 

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh Medical Representatives Association: president — Mr Chander Bhushan Sharma; vice-president — Mr Gurmeet Singh; general secretary — Mr Ajay Sharma; joint general secretary — Mr Ashish Guleria and treasurer — Mr Gurpal Sharma.

SEMINAR CONCLUDES: A week-long seminar on the practical applications of the Bhagvad Gita organised by the local chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, concluded here on Tuesday, according to Akinchan Priya Dassa, a spokesperson of the local unit of ISKCON.



DEMANDED: The Haryana Book Distributors Sangh on Tuesday demanded that the change in school syllabus should be informed to them at least six months in advance.



SLEEPERS SEIZED: The police seized 15 sleepers of deodar, valued at Rs 2 lakh, from the possession of Mussa and Nasrulla, residents of Pichhla Diur in Salooni tehsil of the district, on Monday. The Additional Deputy Superintendent of Police Chamba, informed here on Tuesday that a case had been registered against the two persons.

DRIVER KILLED: The driver of a jeep carrying bundles of a Chandigarh-based English daily was killed when he fell into a 20-ft nullah at Nagali, near Barog, on the Kalka-Shimla national highway early on Tuesday. Mr Sanjeev Lakhanpal, DSP, Parwanoo, told this correspondent that driver, Pavinder, was heavily drunk. Around 5 a.m., he parked his jeep to answer the call of nature. However, he could not maintain his balance and fell into the nullah.


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