Tuesday, January 21, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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To commemorate the sacrifices of Army jawans, who laid down their lives while defending our borders in Jammu and Kashmir, a ‘Sheedi’ conference would be organised at Noorpura village three km from here, on Thursday at 10.30 am to salute the martyrs. Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi, former minister, in a press release here on Monday has stated that former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, and Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC chief, would address the conference.

SHOPKEEPERS SORE: Resentment prevails among shopkeepers of Khajuri Gate, Batala, against the plan of the local Improvement Trust to widen the road from Khajuri Gate to Khosla Palace for the construction of a chowk as it would affect them. They alleged that the original map in this connection had been replaced and some influential persons had managed to get their properties excluded in the new map.

: Mr Hardeep Singh, a physically challenged youth, donated blood for the 40th time at a blood donation camp organised jointly by the United Welfare Society and the Aror Bans Sahba, here on Sunday. Dr S.K. Goyal, Civil Surgeon, honoured the donors by attaching badges on their collars. Mr Iqbal Metro, president of the Sabha, said that 11 volunteers donated blood at the camp.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Aasra Welfare Society and Cipla, a pharmaceutical company jointly held a medical camp here on Sunday. Dr S.K. Goyal, Civil Surgeon, inaugurated the camp. The local MP, Mr Bhan Singh Bhanra promised a grant of Rs 50,000 for the society, but failed to turn up.

TSU BLAMES POLITICIANS: The Technical Services Union (TSU) has contested the statements of some Congress MLAs that the inefficiency of employees was to be blamed for the plight of the PSEB. Mr Karora Singh, president of city unit of the TSU, in a press note issued here Saturday, said it was due to free power to the farm sector, subsidised power to a section of society and patronage to power thieves by politicians that the board was facing a financial crunch.

CABLE ISSUE: The president of the Kharar Citizens Council, Mr K.K. Sharma, and residents have written a letter to the Punjab Chief Minister and the Kharar, SDM, demanding an action against the cable operators over their move to increase the subscription charges to Rs 250 per month.

: The Indian Ex-services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, has criticised the statement of the BJP Ex-servicemen Cell president, appealing Himachal Pradesh exservicemen to vote for the BJP. In a statement here on Monday, president of the league, Lieut-Col C.S. Dhillon said, the HP ex-servicemen were aware of their responsibilities and they would not vote for a party which preaches parochialism. He appealed his fellow ex servicemen not to toe a communal line and ensure that the secular fabric of the society was maintained at all costs.

FUNCTION: A function was held in the Partap College of Education, Ludhiana, to felicitate Dr Satinder Dhillon, Syndic, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Dr Jagdish Kaur, Dean Faculty of Education. Principals of various B.Ed. colleges were also invited to the function. Didas Pardesi was the special guest of honour who delighted the audience with his ghazals and songs. On behalf of all Principals of education colleges of Panjab University, Dr Balwant Singh assured full support and conveyed best wishes to Dr Dhillon and Dr Jagdish.

FETE ORGANISED: New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, organised a fete on Sunday. The school was jampacked with students, their parents. There were more than 25 stalls which attracted students. The presentation of the puppet show drew a huge rush and so did the ‘tambola’. Lucky draw was taken out at 4.30 pm by the chief guest of the function Mr Balkar Singh Sandhu, municipal councillor, who was accompanied by Mr Bharat Bhushan Ashoo, also a municipal councillor.

INAUGURATED: Customers of Punjab National Bank, Feroz Gandhi Market, Ludhiana, can operate their accounts within core banking solution (CBS) branches of New Delhi, Bombay, Jaipur and Chandigarh and they can also avail various benefits of CBS, like inter-city, intra-city branch banking. Instant transfer of funds, collections, cash depot and withdrawal, account enquiry and statement from any of the connected branches. Cash can be withdrawn from any PNB-ATM in the country. This was stated by Mr U.S. Bhargava, General Manager, Punjab National Bank, Punjab Zone, while inaugurating the first CBS branch of PNB at Feroze Gandhi Market, Ludhiana here on Monday. Mr Bhargava said the customers of the branch would also get Internet banking facility, which was being introduced shortly. ATM would also be installed at the branch very shortly. 

DR SANDHU TAKES OVER: Dr Kulbir Singh Sandhu, Senior Scientist, Veterinary Disease Investigation, has taken over the reins of the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. He has succeeded Dr D.R. Sharma, who completed his term on Monday. A young scientist, Dr Sandhu has many plans in his mind to rejuvenate the disease investigation wing of the department known as animal disease research centre besides providing a new direction to the ongoing research projects so that the farmers of the state can benefit and their economy uplifted.

ATHLETICS MEET: Guru Hargobind Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar will organise its 52nd annual athletics meet in Nihang Shamsher Singh Stadium on Tuesday. Former DPE of the college and patron Mr Sardara Singh Sidhu will be the chief guest and Mr Manjit Singh Gill, president governing council, will preside over the inaugural ceremony. Dr J.S. Cheema, Principal of the college, said the GHG Khalsa College of Pharmacy would also participate in the meet. The organising secretary, Dr K.S. Brar, said the highlights of the occasion would be athletics, track and field games, races, jumps, musical games and fun games. The sports day would be followed by a cultural programme.

RECOVERY SOUGHT: The District Welfare Officer (DWO), Mansa, has sought the permission of the Director, SC/ST Welfare Department, Punjab, to effect recovery from Chotta Singh, a resident of Khiwa Mihan Singh Wala village in the district. According to the DWO, Chotta Singh applied for financial grant on December 15, 1998, which was sanctioned. Later, it was found that the grounds on which he took the loan were fake.

SHIFTED: On a complaint lodged by a local chemist Satish Kumar, Mr S.S. Srivastva, SSP, Mansa, has shifted Sub-Inspector Sher Singh to the police lines here from City police station.

BOOKED: A case has been registered under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act 1955 against Prem Chand, proprietor of M/s Suresh Seed Supply, Mansa following a complaint lodged by the Chief Agricultural Officer here. The accused had sold 8 kg jawar seed to a farmer Ujagar Singh, a resident of Ralla village in the district, without issuing any bill. No arrest has been made.

REGISTRATION FOR OPERATIONS: The North American Sikh Medical and Dental Association (NASMDA), USA, has sent Dr Tejpal Singh Dhillon, orthopaedic surgeon and Dr Harbans Singh, ENT specialist, to the Guru Nanak Mission Hospital here to examine patients up to February 5. The Trust has started registration of patients for orthopaedic surgeries like knee an hip replacement, Mr Budh Singh Dhahan, founder, Guru Nanak Mission Medical Education Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, said here.

CARDIAC CAMP: As many as 315 patients from Phagwara and the nearby towns were examined at a camp on Sunday. The camp was organised by Fortis Heart Institute, Mohali, in collaboration with the local Rotary Club (South-East) at Anoop Hospital in Hargobindnagar. Mr Rakesh Verma, Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala, inaugurated the camp.



ASSURANCE: Adviser to the Administrator, Mr Virendra Singh, on Monday assured a delegation of employees to expedite release of bonus to employees of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking and UT employees. The assurance was given to the delegation of the Chandigarh Employees Welfare Council, comprising its president Sudma Ram, general secretary Prem Chand, senior joint secretary S.K. Kumar and secretary Jagdish Kumar.

SABHA: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Mair Rajput Sabha, Kharar: chairman — Mr Devi Dyal Sharma; vice-chairman — Mr Banke Bihari; president — Mr Dharam Pal Sharma; senior vice-president — Mr Sidh Parkash Verma; vice-president — Mr Pawan Kumar Verma; general secretary — Mr Prem Sagar Karwal; secretary — Mr Brij Bihari Karwal; joint-secretary — Mr Ramesh Kumar Verma; propaganda-secretary — Mr Rajinder Kumar; press secretary — Mr Mohan Singh Rajpur; cashier — Mr Gian Chand; auditor — Mr Inderjit Verma; and project chairman — Dr Chanderdeep Verma.

MEDICAL CAMP: A free ayurvedic medical camp and exhibition of charts and paintings of herbal medicines and importance of cow products was organised by the Divya Anand Cultural Organisation and Pracheen Shiv Mandir Sabha in Sector 23. A team of doctors under the supervision of Dr Rajiv Kapila examined patients. Character-building books were distributed free of cost by the organisation. Literature explaining treatment of herbal medicines was also displayed and distributed. The medical camp was inaugurated by the Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Mr Subhash Chawla.

OFFICE-BEARERS: At the ninth annual general meeting of the Institution for Secretarial Practices and Development (INSPIRE) held here on Sunday, following office bearers were elected: chairman — Mr D.M.S. Bedi (Allianz-Bajaj Insurance Ltd); secretary-general — Mr N.P. Amoli; finance secretary — Mr Hardeep Singh (Punjab State Industries Development Corporation); and auditor — Mr P.P. Pahwa (UCO Bank). The executive members are: Mr Vinod Dhiman (CII), Mr Tilak Raj Vyas (PUDA), Mr Purushottam Mehta (IFFCO), Ms Sudha Bhalla (Punjab Agro Industries Corporation) and Ms Sarita Gupta (Panjab University).



PLEA: The Science Apparatus Manufacturers Association has demanded that regular power supply should be ensured at the earliest. Its general secretary, Mr Bal Kishan Thakur, said during the past many years the association had been raising this issue. The scientific business is being adversely affected due to frequent power cuts.

HONOURED: Youth week being organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra at Rampur village culminated on Monday. Four outstanding youths namely Harnek Singh from Kangwal, Dharamvir Dhingra from Gaganpur, Surmukh Singh from Segti and Kuldeep Singh from Haldari were honoured.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Garhwal Sabha: president — Mr Hari Singh Negi; vice-president — Mr Mohan Singh Rawat; general secretary — Mr Veer Vikram; asstt. secretary — Mr Hari Ram; cashier — Mr Hukam Singh; propaganda secretary — Mr Surinder Negi; asstt. propaganda secretary — Mr Chaman Singh Negi; cultural secretary — Mr Geeta Ram; and auditor — Mr Gobind Singh.

SCHOOL FUNCTION: The annual function of Sapient Public High School at Lohgarh village was held on Sunday. The chief guest was Mr Rajbir Singh, Assistant Secretary, CBSE, Chandigarh. On this occasion students presented various items.



YC SEEKS PROBE: The state Youth Congress has demanded a judicial inquiry into the alleged beating up of three Youth Congress activists by Mr Hari Narain Saini, a minister in the Dhumal government, and his associates. Mr Naresh Chauhan, spokesman for the Youth Congress, stated that the minister and his associates attacked the YC activists, including Mr Jatinder Singh, son of Sukriti Devi, the prospective candidate from Nalagarh, when they were mobilising workers for the Congress rally.


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