Wednesday, February 5, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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GANG BUSTED: The police on Monday claimed to have busted a gang of two-wheeler thieves with the arrest of three youths. Mr Narinder Pal Singh, district police chief, in a press note issued here said. Gajan Singh of Loharka Kalan, Amarjit Singh of Harsha Chhina and Manjinder Singh of Tola Nangal were held along with three stolen motor cycles at a naka at Ban Sikandar drain here on Sunday.

QUIZ CONTEST: A.P.J. College, Jalandhar, won the first position in a quiz contest organised by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage at S.N. College here on Tuesday. In essay writing, Shine Singh of S.R. Government College, Navdeep Kaur of R.R. Bawa College in needle work and Shalini of S.R. Government College in printing competition won the first position. Ms Harinder Sindhu, wife of the Deputy Commissioner, was the chief guest.

SHIKSHA ABHIYAN: To provide free and compulsory education to children of 6-14 years of age, 3,82,826 names have been enlisted in rural and urban areas of this district under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan. According to official sources, 1,263 village education committees at the school level have been constituted in 19 education blocks. Principals of senior secondary school have been made resource persons to impart training through workshops.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A function was organised by the Yadgari Wajifa Committee at Government High School, Kamalpur, here on Monday. Brilliant students were honoured and scholarships were given to those students who had secured 1st position in Class VIII. Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Punjab, distributed scholarship of Rs 600 each among students from 40 schools.

DISTRIBUTED: A function was organised by the Only For You, a voluntary organisation, at Government Elementary School, Sherpur Bahtian on Sunday. Mr Tikshan Sud, MLA, distributed sweaters, shoes and sports goods among poor students and shawls among widows. Mr Amandeep, president of the organisations, said it had been constituted for providing help to the poor and downtrodden.

SARPANCH BOOKED: A case under Sections 353 and 186, IPC has been registered against Balwinder Singh, Sarpanch of Kalewal village, for allegedly threatening ASI Ram Dutt posted at the Garhshankar police station.

PROTEST HELD: The employees of PSEB on Tuesday held a protest against the state government in Lalru, Handesra and Dera Bassi against the proposed privatisation of the board. They closed down the office of the board in these areas and gathered outside the offices raising slogans against the government.

CAREER TALK: The District Education Department organised “Career Awareness Talk” at Government High School, Garcha, about 10 km from here, on Monday. Mr Narinder Singh, District Guidance Counsellor, delivered a special lecture on various career and vocational options and answered queries of the students. Mr Hari Singh, Headmaster, and Mr Jaswinder Singh, career teacher, also addressed the students.

DAYANAND COLLEGE: The students of the local Dayanand Amarnath College of Education — Anitpal Kaur, Manjit Kaur, Yogita Goel and Kirandeep Kaur, won first positions in on the spot painting and slogan writing competition organised during the Rotary Environment Mela here at BLM Girls College on Sunday. This was stated by Dr Dev Ichha Shekhar, Principal, in a press note here on Tuesday.

OSHO KENDRA: The Osho Dhyan Smadhi Kendra will organise a function “Amrit Varsha” here at Vishavkarma Mandir on Sunday in which Osho Sidhartha, Osho Shailendra (younger brother of Osho Rajnish) and Osho Ma Priya would deliver discourses.

SUBSCRIBERS PROTEST: A large number of telephone subscribers gathered at the Zirakpur exchange on Tuesday to voice their grievances regarding faults in their telephones. Till 11.30 am, No SDO or JTO was available to hear them out. Mr Gurcharan Singh Baidwan, president of the Residents Welfare Society of Zirakpur, said: “Then, the DGM Telecom was contacted at Patiala, who assured the subscribers that the faults would be rectified by tomorrow.”



RALLY: Government Model High School, Sector 29-A, organised a rally on Tuesday connection with Pulse Polio Campaign. As many as 700 students, along with teachers, Dr Sanjay Singla and staff of the ESI Dispensary, Sector 29, participated in the rally. Ms Jagir Kaur, Headmistress of the school flagged off the rally.

PRIZES DISTRIBUTED: The Population Education Cell of the State Institute of Education honoured at least 80 students at a prize distribution ceremony here on Tuesday, a press note said. Dr N.M. Sharma, project director of the AIDS Control Cell, gave away the prizes. 

REMEMBERED: The Department of Hindi at the local Dev Samaj College for Women organised a ‘shrandhanjali samaroh’ in the memory of Harivansh Raj Bachchan on Tuesday. Those who spoke on the occasion included Dr Virendera Mehndiratta, Dr D.P. Maini, Dr Jagmohan Chopra, Mrs V. Bhargava, Principal, and Mrs Saroj Sharma, Head of the Department of Hindi.

DRIVE LAUNCHED: The Chandigarh police on Monday launched a special drive to check the sale of drugs outside schools in the city. According to information, police parties were deputed outside the school during the school timings to ascertain the persons selling drugs outside the schools. At least 24 addicts were arrested with injections of heist during a search operation carried out in Sectors 37, 38, 40 and Palsora colony.

TWO KILLED: Resham Singh (65), resident of Sector 11, died of heart attack while alighting from a bus at the local bus stand. In another case, Krishan Kumar (24), a proof reader with a local vernacular daily, died after the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a vehicle near airport.

MOURNED: The staff and students of Government Model High School, Sector 43, on Tuesday mourned the death of Kalpana Chawla and six other crew members on board of the ill-fated space shuttle Columbia, a press note said. Mr H.M. Bir Singh, headmaster, and Anita Pandey, a teacher, spoke on the occasion. 

SARPANCH KILLED: Thakur Sher Singh, a former sarpanch of Gumma village, near here, was killed in a road mishap on Sunday. Thakur Sher Singh (70) was driving a van when it skidded on the Parwanoo-Kasauli link road and rolled down a deep gorge, near Jangeshu village. He died on the spot. Parmanand, who was also travelling with him, sustained serious injuries.

‘RATH YATRA’: The Kalka chapter of the Shiv Sena met at Kalka on Sunday under the presidentship of Sachin Jain. According to information, the Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh units of the party will organise a ‘rath yatra’ at Chandigarh on February 28. The yatra will start from Sector 17, Chandigarh, and end at Panchkula.

WATER SHORTAGE: The residents of Guga Mari Colony adjacent to Bharat Nagar in Kalka have been facing acute water shortage for the past three days. The colony residents alleged that there had been no supply of water for the past two days. They were therefore forced to get water from far-off places. Kalka Public Health Department sources said the main water motor had been damaged causing the shortage. Water supply would be restored soon, they added.

INLD MEETING: More than 500 persons attended a public meeting held by the INLD at Rampur Seuri village in the Pinjore block. The meeting was presided over by INLD state secretary Amardeep Chaudhary. Nearly 80 new members were also enrolled, including Surajpur Tempo stand. 

BLOOD DONATED: A blood donation camp was organised jointly by the Baba Sheikh Farid Blood Donors Council, SAS Nagar, and the Malwa Women Social Welfare and Cultural Society in which 150 persons, including 20 couples, donated blood. The camp was sponsored by Indian Overseas Bank. Mr B.K. Chadda, Senior Manager of the bank, presented momentous to donors. 



LECTURER DEAD: Mr A.K. Ummat, lecturer in commerce faculty in the local Manohar Memorial College, died in the PGI, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. He developed kidney and congested chest problem last week and was admitted to a local hospital. He leaves behind his wife and two children.



PINE SLEEPERS: A person was arrested and 10 sleepers of pine were seized when forest officials intercepted a vehicle at Majhwar, near hear, on Monday. Mr H.V. Kathuria, DFO, Mandi, said the owner of the vehicle was handed over to the police and the vehicle had been impounded under Section 50 (2A) of the Indian Forest Act.

CHARAS SEIZED: The police raided Hadal village of this subdivison on Monday and seized 1050 gm of charas from Dittu Ram. He was arrested under the NDPS Act.


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