Wednesday, January 22, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


SEMINAR: Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology along with the Solvent Extractors Association of Punjab and the Sangrur District Industrial Chambers, Punjab, will host a two-day national seminar on the topic “Value Addition in Paddy Processing: A Solution to Surplus Production” in SLIET complex on January 23 and 24. Dr Harish Kumar Sharma, convener of the seminar, said on Tuesday that Dr B.S. Bisht, Assistant Director General (HR-I), ICAR, Dr S.M. Illiyas, Director, CIPHET, Ludhiana, Dr P.S. Philliyar and Mr A.R. Sharma, Chairman, AP Solvex Ltd, would deliver the lectures.

RELEASED ON BAIL: Mr Malkait Singh Bhapla, former president of the local Truck Operators Union, was released on bail on Monday by the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mansa. He was booked along with 13 others under Sections 420 and 468 of the IPC and Sections 7 and 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, on October 17, 2002, for misappropriating funds of the school amounting to Rs 22 lakh.

NATIONAL FLAG: Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Rural Development and Panchayats and Agriculture Minister, Punjab, will unfurl the National Flag at the local Government Nehru Memorial Postgraduate College on January 26 to mark the Republic Day celebrations. Mr S.K. Ahulwalia, Deputy Commissioner, here has asked the district officers to complete all arrangements well in time for the function.

CERTIFICATES FOR DISABLED: The local unit of the Punjab Youth Congress organised a camp here on Sunday for issuing certificates to disabled persons. A medical board of three doctors examined them and gave them disability certificates on the spot.

FEMALE FOETICIDE: The Kapurthala Civil Surgeon, Dr S.P. Jagat, has sought the help of the Deputy Commissioner and the SSP of the district to probe the role of nursing homes in the sex-determination tests which led to female foeticide cases. Talking to newsmen here on Tuesday.

THREAT: About six local industrial organisations on Tuesday threatened to hold dharnas outside the residence/offices of minister and members of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) in case the fuel surcharge of three paise per unit was not withdrawn and the move to further hike the power tariff was not dropped. Mr Sudesh Sharma, president, Phagwara, Small Industries on Tuesday alleged that due to repeated revision of the tariff, it had jumped from Rs 2.84 per unit to Rs. 3.46 within one year.

12 LAKH FOR COBBLERS: The Punjab Social Welfare Minister, Mr Santokh Singh, on Tuesday declared that Rs 12 lakh had been earmarked as aid to roadside cobblers. A sum of Rs 21 lakh would also be given as aid to 6,000 students belonging to the Scheduled Tribes. Under this New Year Gift project, each cobbler would be given Rs 10,000.

LOOTED: Three unidentified armed persons on Monday looted Rs 21,000 from a petrol pump at Patti. Gurjeet Singh, worker at the petrol pump, while lodging the complaint with the police said three persons came to the pump and asked him to fill four litres of petrol.

5 ARRESTED: Five persons have been arrested for attempting to kill two others of the same township, Khemkaran. The police said here on Monday that the accused had been identified as Surinder Singh, his brother Dharminder Singh, Dharminder Kohli, Gurinder Singh and Surjit Singh, all residents of Khemkaran. The injured were brothers Surinder Kumar and Chandan Kumar.



PROGRAMME: An orientation programme for parents of Class I students was held at Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar, on Tuesday. Ms P.K. Sarkaria, headmistress of the junior school, conducted the session. She dwelled on the need for parents to be more aware in the light of fast-changing attitudes of children. She asked the parents to devote more time towards their children. She asked the parents to discourage their wards from becoming television-addicts and avoiding junk food. The school started its new session on Tuesday.

MEDICAL CAMP: Over 150 persons were examined at a camp organised by the Servants of the People Society for reproductive and child health and family awareness at Khuda Lahora village here on Tuesday. This was the 24th camp organised to create awareness on issues like family planning, health and hygiene. The villagers were also made aware about the ill-effects of drugs, tobacco smoking and HIV/ AIDS. A large number of persons who were examined at the camp were found to be suffering from upper respiratory track infection. A puppet show was organised on the occasion by the Family Planning and Welfare department, Sector 22. 

VIRASAT SCHOOL: Virasat, a charitable trust, has decided to start a “no-bag, no-homework” school Virasat Vidya Mandir. Admissions to this English-medium school will begin from February 1 at its proposed site near the railway crossing on the Panchkula-Zirakpur road. According to Mr Anurag Naresh, trustee and spokesman of Virasat, students will be provided breakfast, lunch and supper at the school.

GK CONTEST: Human Development Talent Contest, a test of general knowledge for students of schools located in slums and rural areas, was organised by the Kusum Arora Memorial Trust in collaboration with the UT Education Department, here on Monday. About 700 students from high schools in Dadu Majra, Kajheri, Kaimbwala and Sarangpur as well as Kumhar Colony, Gandhi Colony, Colony No. 4, Karsan Colony and Dadu Majra colony participated in the contest. Earlier, the trust had organised a maths and mental ability quiz for students of primary classes in rural and slum schools in the city, in which about 600 students had participated.

UNIFORMS DISTRIBUTED: Winter uniforms, shoes and school bags were distributed to 36 outstanding students of the Government High School, Sector 41, a statement issued here said. A non-resident Indian, Ms Madhu Sharma, provided the finances for the awards. Speaking at the occasion, the school headmaster, Mr Surjit Singh, stressed upon the students to concentrate upon their academic activities for the forthcoming examinations.

NSS CAMP CONCLUDES: A 10-day NSS camp organised by Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, concluded here on Monday. The DPI (Schools), Mr D.S. Mangat, was the chief guest at the valedictory function, which was also attended by the District Education Officer, Ms Rajesh Chaudhry. Prizes were given to winners of various competitions organised during the camp.

SWEATERS DISTRIBUTED: Sweaters, socks and shoes were distributed among needy students of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, on Monday by the school Principal, Ms Saroj Bala Mital, and the president of the school’s Parent Teacher Association, Mr Harbhajan Singh, a statement issued here said.

ANKUR SCHOOL FETE: A gala children’s Fete will be organised by Ankur Nursery School, Sector 14, on January 25. The highlights of the fete would be a fancy dress competition, baby show, food and games stalls, tambola, painting competition and lucky draws.

BREAST FEEDING PROGRAMME: The local chapter of the Family Planning Association of India in association with the Inner Wheel Club, SAS Nagar, conducted a programme on breast feeding at its Sector 4 office on Tuesday. Sixtyfive ante-natal care (ANC) and post-natal care (PNC) participated in this programme. TNS

ONLINE LOTTERY: Diversifying its activities, Confed on Tuesday joined the world of online lottery. An online lottery centre was inaugurated by Mr Balbir Singh, Chairman of Confed, here on Tuesday. Confed had earlier ventured into the business of insurance by becoming a corporate agent of the National Insurance Company. TNS


SBI PANEL: The following have been elected office-bearers of the State Bank of India Staff Association main branch Ambala City: chairman — Mr S.P. Kalra, vice-president — Mr N.K. Bhatia, secretary — Mr Kanwarjit Singh Gabbar, additional secretary — Mr Balbir Singh, treasurer — Mr Ratan Lal, vice-treasurer — Mr Hukam Singh and delegate — Mr Rakesh Kumar.

TRAINING COURSE: The Society for National Education Entrepreneurship and Development (NEED) will organise a course for household electrical appliances, repair and maintenance. The duration of the course will be eight weeks and it will be free of cost. The candidates should be residents of Ambala, aged between 18 and 35, matriculate/ITI or having two years’ experience. The total seats will be 30. The course content is product selection, production technique, marketing project report and loan consultation, a release said.



ATTACK CONDEMNED: The Himachal Pradesh State Journalist Federation has condemned the attempt to attack journalist Manish Sharma of Ramshehar-Nalagarh in Solan district and urged both the Chief Minister and the Director General of the Police to order a high-level inquiry and take immediate action against the culprits.


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