Tuesday, January 14, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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SEMINAR: The Centre of Immigrant Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University, will organise a two-day international seminar on “immigrant writer: Literature, Writing and Challenges” from January 18. Immigrant writers would also be honoured on the occasion. About 150 delegates are expected for the seminar.

DISTRIBUTED: Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, here distributed blankets to 30 leper families at their colony here on Monday. He assured them that their problem regarding the disposal of waste water at the earliest and a plan in this connection had already been finalised. Many senior officers, including Mr Devinder Singh, SDM, and state awardee social worker Parveen Kala were also present on the occasion.

SAINIK INSTITUTE: The District Sainik Welfare Board, Muktsar, has drawn up a plan to set up a sainik institute of stenography and computer in Muktsar to impart training to the wards of ex-servicemen of the area. Initially 20 candidates in each group of stenography and computer education will be admitted on a nominal fee. Mr Daljit Singh, Deputy Director of the board, said if the government allocated adequate funds for the institution then the entire training would be given free of cost.

WATCHMAN HURT: A gang of at least eight robbers entered the Food and Supplies godown on the Mouzam road on the outskirts of the town early on Saturday and started lifting wheat bags stocked in the open. Krishan Chand, the godown watchman, tried to stop them but was assaulted with sharp-edged weapons. When the injured watchman raised the alarm, the robbers fled in a canter, carrying at least 10 wheat bags, each weighing 75 kg. The watchman has been admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

ARRESTED: The Pathankot police on Sunday arrested Jaswant Singh and Ashok Kumar, both residents of Paniar under Dinanagar police station for smuggling of illicit liquor from Himachal Pradesh. About 1,87,500 ml of illicit liquor was recovered from them. A case under Section 61/1/14, Excise Act, has been registered.

CONFERENCE: The Ludhiana Chartered Accountants’ Society will organise the first conference of chartered accountants of Punjab and Chandigarh on Saturday in Guru Nanak Dev Bhavan. Mr Anup Kumar Jain, chairman of the Press and Publicity Committee of the society, said speakers from Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Indore would deliver talks on value added taxes, new opportunities for chartered accountants in insurance and IT sectors, recent judicial pronouncements and emerging trends in corporate reporting.

LOHRI CELEBRATIONS: The Youth Services Club, Shiv Puri, celebrated Lohri as National Integration Day in Rameshwar Public School, Jain Nagar, here on Monday. Mr Dimple Rana, chairman, Ludhiana Youth Congress Beopar Cell, was the chief guest. A cultural programme was also presented on the occasion by Amit Khurana, Rajesh Kapur, Vivek Jain, Krishan Shastri and Nancy Arora.

CLASSES: Revision classes for CA, ICWA, CS will start at the Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women from Wednesday. The classes will be inaugurated by the District Income Tax Officer. Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota, college Principal, said these would be co-educational classes and students would be provided hostel facilities. 

ANNOUNCED: Hindustan Lever has announced the launch of ‘Rin Shakti powder home-to-home challenge operation’ during which the company will demonstrate the cleaning ability of the powder. The campaign will continue till March 20, according to Mr Sanjay Behl, Marketing Manager. He said the home-to-home operation would enable consumers to get a first-hand experience of the product. 

ANIMAL WELFARE CAMP: The Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension of PAU organised an animal welfare camp in collaboration with the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics at Gureh village under the NATP here. A team of experts, including Dr M.L. Mehra, Mr M.K.Gupta, Mr H.K. Verma, Mr S.K. Kansal and Mr Navdeep Singh diagnosed and treated 100 cases of buffalos, cows, dogs and mules free of cost. A majority of the cases (56) were of gynaecology, 39 of medicine and five surgery. Dogs with skin and neo-natal problems were also treated. Cattle with chronic worm infestations were given treatment. Farmers were advised regular deworming and timely vaccination for animals. They were also advised to get gynaecological examination of dairy animals regularly for optimum results. This village has been adopted by PAU under the National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP). Constant support is being provided by PAU experts in various specialities through such camps.

‘PARBHAT PHERI’: Shri Banke Bihari Sewa Pariwar took out a “parbhat pheri” from the newly constructed Ram Dham mandir at Sandeep Nagar on Sunday. Among the prominent citizens who took part in the parbhat pheri were Mr Ashok Gupta, Mr. Dimpy Garg, Mr. Rajiv Duggal, Mr Bal Krishan Mahajan, Mr Mohan Sapra, Mr Varinder Sharma, Mr Lalit Kumar, Mr Narinder Sarin and Mr Sanjeev Sood.

RELIEF TO WIDOWS: As many as 621 widows of the town were given relief in the form of ration and other household items at the 65th monthly function organised by the Gyan Sthal Mandir Sabha here on Sunday. The items given free of cost to the widows include quilts, blankets and shawls Mr Jagdish Bajaj, president of the sabha,, Mr. Kimti Lal Jain, Ms. Satinder Pal Kaur, Ms Seema Sharma, Mr. Ganesh Bansal, Mr Sham Sunder Chopra and Mr. Rajesh Jain attended the function

LOHRI CELEBRATED: Lohri was celebrated on the campus of G.M.T Senior Secondary Public School, here. The Principal Mrs Heema Jassal, and the Director, Mr K.S. Thind, and Mr J.S. Thind took part in the celebrations. The Giddha and Bhangra were performed by students. Sweets were distributed.

SEIZED: The Budhlada police has seized 162 pirated video CDs and 18 pornographic CDs from Krishan Kumar, a resident of Budhlada in the district and the owner of Neetu Electronics. A case has been registered against him under Sections 420 and 292-A of the IPC and various sections of the Copyright Act. This was stated by Mr S.S. Srivastva, SSP, here on Saturday.

CASE REGISTERED: The police has registered a case against Harsh Vardhan, proprietor of Green Tours and Travels, Connaught Place, New Delhi, under Section 420 of the IPC on a complaint of Mr Radhey Sham Moosa, a member of the District Grievances Committee. According to the FIR, the travel agent defrauded Rakesh Kumar son of Ved Parkash of Rs 1.5 lakh on the pretext of sending him to Canada.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among widows of the town over the failure of the authorities concerned to disburse their monthly pension, which had been sanctioned several years ago. Mayavati, a resident of the Civil Lines area, said on Saturday that she had not been paid her pension for the past seven years. Some aged person said they had contacted the authorities for the disbursement of their pension but to no avail.

DROUGHT RELIEF: The disbursement of special drought relief to farmers of the district, who sold their paddy from October 1 to November 30, 2002, will begin on January 20. This was stated by Mr H.L. Kumar, Additional Deputy Commissioner, here on Sunday.

STAG DIES: A two-years old stag, which was shot at Rahon, succumbed to his bullet injury at Pattuan Mohalla on Sunday. Mr Mohinder Singh, Additional SHO, Rahon police station, said the police had registered a case under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

CHEQUES DISTRIBUTED: Mr Balihar Singh Bains, district science supervisor, distributed cheques amounting to Rs 1000 each to as many as 50 eco-clubs’ constituted in schools of the district.

BANK UNION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Patiala Central Co-op Bank Employees Union: president — Balwinder Singh; senior vice-president — Mali Ram; vice-presidents— Jasbir Singh and Kashmir Singh; general secretary — Malinder Jit Singh; assistant general secretary— Amritpal Singh; cashier — Kulwant Singh Tiwana.

AYURVEDIC CAMP: A free Ayurvedic camp was organised by Ayurvedic Clinic here on Monday. More than 400 patients were examined, by a team of five doctors. Medicines were distributed among patients free of cost. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ajay Sharma of the clinic emphasised the need a promote ayurveda and said that the ancient medicine can be beneficial for curing many ailments.

WELCOMED: The General Category Welfare Federation of the Ropar thermal plant has welcomed the decision of the Punjabi University Syndicate to do away reservation in promotions. This was stated in a press note issued here on Monday by the federation president, Mr S.S. Boparai. It has further sought the non-implementation of the 85th amendment of the constitution in the state.

SCHOOL TIMINGS: The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, has changed the school timing in the district from 10 am to 3 pm. The orders would remain in force till further orders.

SCHEMES: The Punjab Government will spend Rs 104 crore on various social welfare schemes in the state during the current financial year. Mr Hans Raj Gangar, Director, Social Welfare, Punjab, said this while talking to newspersons here on Monday. He was here to evaluate the progress on various social welfare schemes being run here.



CELEBRATIONS: Members of the St Anne’s Old Students Association observed their second anniversary here on Sunday. The occasion was marked by a tambola and a dance party on “fashion of the 60s”. A bonfire to celebrate Lohri was also organised, where teachers of the school also joined in.

DISTRIBUTED: The Bharat Vikas Parishad, East Branch, has distributed 225 blankets free to the needy and poor. Members of the parishad distributed blankets on Friday night. Justice J.V. Gupta, Working President of the parishad, flagged off the cavalcade distributing the blankets from the residence of Patron East BVP, Mr V. P. Gupta.

SOCIETY: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Aeronautical Society of India: Chairman — Air Cmde S.B. Prashar, Air Officer Commanding 3 BRD; Vice Chairman — Gp H.S. Padam (retd.) Secretary — Wing Cdr H.C. Chaudhary; Treasurer — Sqn Ldr Prem Singh; Executive members — Mr R.P. Gupta, Regional Director Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness, Gp Capt P.P.S. Sandhu (retd), Wg Cdr D.P. Sabharwal (retd), Gp Capt P.P. Khandekar Sation Commander, High Grounds, Air Force Chandigarh, and Gp Capt V.M. Khanna.

FUNCTION: The annual day function of Bal Niketan, SOS Children’s Village was held here on Sunday. The inmates presented a cultural programme, including a group song, action song and dance. Mr S.P. Sharma, Commissioner and Secretary, Women and Child Development, was the chief guest. He took a round of the Bal Niketan and later distributed prizes among students.

MEDICAL CAMP: A free medical check-up camp was organised at Housing Board Colony, Sector 14, here on Sunday. The camp was organised by the Indian Medical Association. Over 400 patients were examined under gynaecology, paediatrics, orthopaedics, dental and general segments.

BABY ABANDONED: A newborn baby girl was found in the swing of Bal Niketan, Sector 2, around 8 pm on Saturday night. A spokesman for Bal Niketan, terming the baby girl as their New Year gift, said they had named her Shweta.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the IDC Employees Cooperative Group Housing Society, Panchkula: president — Mr P.K. Bansal; vice-president — Mr Chaman Lal Hora; general secretary — Mr Inder Sain Aggarwal; and treasurer — Mr Parveen Kumar Gupta.

FAIR: The Dalit Chetna Manch celebrated its first anniversary by organising a “shabhiacharak mela” at Phase VIII here on Sunday. Chaudhry Santokh Singh, Minister of Women and Child Development and SCs/STs, was the chief guest. Besides featuring a colourful cultural programme, five couples who had had an intercaste marriage were honoured. As many as 170 schoolchildren were also given winter uniforms.

PATRON ELECTED: Mr Puran Singh Kirti has been elected as the patron of the Adara Tarak Mohali. While Mr Karnail Singh will be the president, Mr Maha Devinder Singh Sodhi was elected as the senior vice-president. Mr Naurang Singh and Mr Tara Singh Chalaki were made the vice-presidents, while Mr Ranjivan Singh was chosen as the general secretary, Mr Harjinder Singh Dhillon has been chosen as the joint secretary, Mr Navtej Rana as the press secretary and Mr Himmat Singh as the finance secretary. 

DEFENCE COUNCIL: Mr G.S. Bhoparai has been elected as the chief patron of the Civil Defence Awareness Council, SAS Nagar and Mr A.S. Bhatti will be the patron of the council. While Mr N.S. Gill was elected as the president, Mr H.B.S. Kapoor was elected as the general secretary. While Mr Rajwant Singh was chosen as the senior vice-president, Mr S.S. Goraya and Mr S.K.Sandhu were made vice-presidents. Mr Avtar Singh Sohanpal was chosen as the Joint Secretary, Mr P.J.S. Sandhu as the press secretary, Mr Harbhajan Singh as the finance secretary and Mr A.N. Sharma was the legal adviser.

WELFARE SOCIETY: Mr R.S. Bhogal has been elected as the president of the West End Welfare Society, SAS Nagar. While Mr Gurinderjit Singh Thind will be the vice-president, Mr Satwant Singh Wadhawan will be the general secretary. Mr R.S. Ghumman will be the finance secretary and Mr Surjit Singh Virk, the convener.



GUIDANCE WEEK: The Sub Divisional Magistrate, Mr Narsingh Dhull on Monday inaugurated “Commercial guidance week” at Arya Kanya Mahavidyalaya in Ambala Cantonment. Mr Dhull said that the students should opt for their profession based on their inclination. He said that parents and teachers must identify the potentrial of the student and help him select profession. A number of programmes are being organised to encourage self-employment and needy persons are being imparted free training by the government. He said that stress is being given on technical education.

CONDOLED: The Chief Minister Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has condoled the death of former MLA of Ambala Cantonment and senior leader of the BJP, Mr Bhagwan Dass Sehgal. Mr Chautala visited the residence of Mr Sehgal on Sunday evening and expressed condolence to his family members. Senior leaders of the BJP and the INLD accompanied the Chief Minister. Meanwhile, the former MLA was cremated at Rambagh in Ambala cantonment on Monday. Leaders of various political parties, office-bearers of social organisations and a large number of citizens were present on the occasion.


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