Saturday, February 1, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


FESTIVAL: “Net-Fest-2003”, a technology festival with special focus on “networking” workshops for major colleges in the state is being organised for the first time in the city. DAV College here will host the workshops while a “skill-festival” will be held simultaneously for school students of the district. Mr M.L. Aeri, Principal, DAV College, informed that the festival would commence on February 9 and students would be awarded cash prizes in the quiz competitions during the workshops.

BOOK RELEASED: Dr Inderjit Kaur, president of the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society, released a book, “Sikh Dharam De Bani Shri Guru Nanak Dev” here on Thursday. The book is written by Head Master Sewa Singh.

PROJECT: Dr Avinash Nagpal and Dr Saroj Arora of the Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, in collaboration with Dr Bikram Singh natural plants product division of the Institute of Himalayan Bio-resource Technology, Palampur, have been awarded a major project by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. The project “bioassay guided isolation and characterisation of antimutegenic compounds from plants at the high altitude of Himalayan pastures (alpine zones)” is pegged at Rs 10 lakh.

UNDERTRIAL: Baljeet Singh an undertrial at the local Central Jail, was admitted to the hospital on Thursday after he complained of stomach-ache and uneasiness. Baljeet Singh, a native of Daula Singhwala village near Sunam in Sangrur district, was facing a case under the NDPS Act in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mansa, and was lodged at the local jail on January 26.

INJURED: Four persons, including a woman and a child, were injured when their car collided head-on with a bus near Goniana Mandi, about 15 km from here, on Thursday. Two other children in the car were unhurt. The occupants of the car were on their way to Kotkapura in Faridkot district from Bhucho Mandi near here. They were admitted to the Civil Hospital at Goniana and were later referred to the hospital here.

PHILANTHROPIST DEAD: Philanthropist Kunj Lal Gupta died here on Friday. He was 92. He had been associated with many social and religious organisations. His cremation was largely attended.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Dashmesh Institute of Research and Dental Sciences here launched a week-long medical camp on its premises on Friday. Nearly 300 patients were examined out of which 84 were registered for various surgeries. A team of 8 doctors headed by Dr Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, former professor of surgery of the institute, will perform the operations, according to Dr Surinder Singh Cheema, Medical Superintendent.

STONE: Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Minister of State for Public Health and Rural Development, on Thursday laid the foundation stone of a joint drinking water supply scheme of Nooreke and Khaireke villages in the Guruharsahai constituency of Ferozepore district under a NABARD project. He revealed that under this project, 204 rural water supply schemes of this district would be completed at a cost of Rs 31.80 crore.

HELP FOR CASTING VOTES: Four members of the local Panchayat Samiti — Ms Manjeet Kaur, Mr Ajaib Singh, Mr Balbir Singh and Ms Kaila Devi — had given affidavits to the SDM, Kharar, Mr S.S.Gill, requesting that as they were illiterate they were unable to cast their votes in the election of chairman and vice-chairman of the Panchayat Samiti Kharar held here on Thursday. They were given permission to get the help of another person at the time of casting their votes.

DEMONSTRATION: LIC employees, led by activists of the Northern Zone Insurance Employees Association (NZIEA), held a demonstration in front of their offices during lunch hour here on Friday in protest against the threat of war by the USA against Iraq. The divisional president, Mr Harbans Singh, and other speakers urged the working classes to realise the danger of war on the Indian economy.

LEFT PARTIES CONVENTION: A joint convention of Left parties and other like-minded organisations held at the Grain Market here reacted sharply to the policies of privatisation, abolition of posts in government departments and end of subsidy regime being pursued by the BJP as well as the Congress governments besides the rampant violation of labour laws, increasing unemployment and ailing agricultural economy.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Food and Civil Supplies Ministerial Staff Union, district Ludhiana: president Mr Manjit Singh Sandhu; senior vice-president — Mr Avninder Singh; vice-president — Mr Amarjot Singh; secretary — Mr Jasvir Singh Sandhu; and treasurer — Mr Pushpinder Kumar.

AAO BUNO CONTEST: The zonal round of “Aao Buno-Ek Behtar Kal” hand-knitting competition was held on Thursday in which 800 students participated. The contest was organised by Vardhman Spinning Mills at Guru Nanak Bhavan.

SAD MEETING: Mr Gurjant Singh, district general secretary of the SAD, in a press note here on Friday, said a meeting of the district unit had been called for February 4 at Mata Gujri Niwas, Fatehgarh Sahib, to assign duties to workers for the success of ‘rasta roko’ programme to be launched by the party on February 10.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the North Zone Insurance Employees’ Association: president — Mr Lakhbir Singh; vice-president — Mr O.P. Kanjhla; secretary — Mr Ashwani Kumar Mago; joint secretary — Mr Surinder Singh; and treasurer — Ms Poonam Jain.

FAREWELL: A farewell party was organised on Friday at PAU Senior Secondary School for Mr Ranjit Singh, a Punjabi teacher, and a State Awardee, and Mrs Bhupinder Kaur Walia, social studies teacher. Mr Ranjit Singh was, however, not able to attend the farewell.

COMPLAINT: Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi, a former minister, filed a complaint with the Senior Superintendent Post Offices, Patiala, that he had remitted 3,600 Australian dollars to his son Mandeep Singh for his studies in Sydney (Australia) through Press Road Post Office, Patiala, on December 9, 2002, but the amount had not reached him. He said he had not received any response from the office in this regard.

SUSPENDED: Forest guard of the Ahlupur beat in the district Dhiraj Singh Dhira has been suspended and a recovery of Rs 2.75 lakh has been imposed on a charge of felling ‘sesham’ trees. According to information, a case in this regard was pending against him for the past 3 years and the inquiry was conducted by the Divisional Forest Officer.

CASE REGISTERED: On the complaint of Ranjit Singh, lambardar, Bhagatram village, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Mansa, has ordered registration of a criminal case against Raghbir Singh and Mihan Singh of the same village. Mr Ahluwalia said both had allegedly tried to misappropriate funds under the Shagun scheme. In another case, Mr Ahluwalia has appointed the SDM, Mansa, Mr G.P.S. Sahota, to conduct an inquiry against Sub-Inspector Sher Singh. Sher Singh allegedly demanded Rs 20,000 from a local chemist Satish Kumar.

SCHOOL TIMINGS: The school timings, which were earlier changed due to fog and cold wave have been changed. All government, private and recognised schools will start functioning from 9 a.m. onwards with effect from Monday, according to orders issued by the Deputy Commissioner.

KILLED: A girl was killed while another received serious injuries when a jeep and a scooter collided near Dhudike village, 25 km from here, on Thursday. 



BLOOD DONATED: More than 60 students donated blood at a camp organised by the Lahaul Spiti Students Association at Panjab University on Friday. The president of the association, Mr Amar Singh Thakur, said the students would hold more such camps. 



THEFT: The Narnaund police recovered stolen electric wires worth Rs 2 lakh from a truck near Gangan Kheri village, about 40 km from here. According to the police, the truck carrying these wires overturned near Gangan Kheri village, situated on the Hisar-Jind road on Thursday. The driver fled the spot.



ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Raja Raghubir Singh Club: president — Mr Prabodh Saxena; vice-president — Lt-Col N.K. Khanna (retd); and Honorary Secretary — Dr A.K. Manoch.

VAN: A mobile dental van with modern facilities was dedicated to school children of the state here for providing better dental facilities. The van, costing Rs 11 lakh, and which is the first of its kind in the state, was inaugurated by the SDM, Kangra, Dr Ashwani Kumar, in the local subdivisional hospital here.

RALLY: The Himachal Pradesh Information and Public Relations Department, in its statewide “anti-addiction drive”, organised a rally in the town on Wednesday in which school students participated. Anti-addiction slogans were raised. 


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