Monday, February 17, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


SUICIDE: Maninder Singh, father of three, reportedly committed suicide using a 12-bore gun at Chak Saidoke village on the Abohar-Ferozepore road, a report received here on Saturday evening said. Family sources said the victim was mentally disturbed. He had allegedly injured his father using sharp-edged “kassi” thrice in the recent past. The victim used his brother’s licensed gun and shot himself in the abdomen.

DEAD: Baldev Kumar (20) of Seeto Gunno village near here, reportedly consumed insecticide on Sunday morning. He was immediately rushed to the Civil Hospital but died.

KILLED: Om Parkash of Chuwarianwali village was killed and his wife Saraswati Devi seriously injured as the scooter, they were riding, was hit by a private bus on Saturday evening. Family sources said the couple was returning to their village from Fazilka. The police has registered a case and the driver of the bus has been arrested.

INJURED: Gurdip Singh and Harpreet Singh of Jhurarkhera village near here were injured when a tractor on the Kandhwala Amarkot-Abohar road hit their motorcycle on Sunday. Both were admitted to the Civil Hospital.

GURU RAVIDAS JAYANTI: The Naujwan Ravidas Sabha celebrated the 626th birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas here with fervour. Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, MLA, and Mr Baldev Singh Aulakh, Amloh Council chief, spoke on the teachings of Guru Ravidas. In another function, the birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas was celebrated at Bhadal Thua village in Ravidas Basti, two kms from here on Sunday. A “thadhijatha” from Amritsar also recited shabads on Saturday night. Mr D.S. Pandhi, former minister, spoke on the life and teachings of the guru and appealed to follow the path shown by him.

HELD: The Majitha police on Saturday arrested a video laboratory owner Sanjay Kumar for manufacturing and selling fake video and audio cassettes. As many as 1200 audio-video cassettes, including blue films, were seized.

EXTORTION: The district police has registered a case under Section 452, 368, 325, 506, 387, 427, 365 of the IPC and 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against four persons Sandeep Singh, Vijay Kumar, Hakikat Singh and Amarjeet Singh in an alleged extortion case. Police sources said the accused had been threatening Mr Surinder Kumar, a resident of the area, of dire consequences on telephone. While one of the accused, Vijay Kumar, has been arrested, the other three are at large.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Nehru Memorial College, Maur Mandi; president Mr Pawan Kumar Gupta; vice-president — Mr Babu Ram Garg; general secretary — Mr Shiv Kumar Jindal; secretary — Mr Vijay Kumar; joint secretaries — Mr Krishan Kumar Grover and Mr Suresh Kumar Singla; and cashier— Mr Pawan Kumar Garg.

SUBSIDY OFFERED: Mr K.A.P. Sinha, in a press released on Saturday said that the Punjab Government, under the solar photo voltaic programme would offer water pumping system of two horse power to farmers with two acres of holdings on subsidised rates. This pumping system costs Rs 3.30 lakh and its beneficiaries would have to pay only Rs 35,000 to purchase it.

ARRESTED: The Mukerian police has arrested Kamla Devi and her daughter Varinder Jyoti of Kansa under Section 302 of the IPC for allegedly murdering her husband Charan Singh. The police has registered a case against Kamla Devi and other members of the family for allegedly killing Charan Singh.

LOK ADALAT: To settle disputes relating to the Cooperative Department, a special Lok Adalat will be organised at the District Court Complex here on February 22. This was stated here on Friday by Mr Harbans Lal, District and Sessions Judge-cum-District Legal Services Authorities, Hoshiarpur. He said to provide information about free legal services, a seminar would be held on March 15 at Talwara.

SEMINAR: A seminar on the theme of “Reproductive health and reproductive rights” was organised by the Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, Panjab University, Chandigarh, at Sri Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College at Mahilpur township in Hoshiarpur district on Friday.

ACADEMICIANS HONOURED: Six prominent academicians were honoured by the Punjabi College Teachers’ Association at a function held at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women on Saturday. The six academicians honoured were Dr Atam Humrahi, Mr Rameshinder Bal, Ms Surinder Kaur Shikha, Mr J.S. Nanda, Ms Harminder Kaur Grewal and Dr Jaspal Singh. The GND University VC, Dr Surinder Pal Singh, was the chief guest. Prof Avtar Singh Dua, Senator, Panjab University, and president of the association, also addressed the gathering.

CELEBRATIONS: The Guru Ravidas Mission started two-day celebrations to mark Guru Ravidas Jayanti on Sunday. The president of the mission, Mr Shivram, and the chairman, Mr Jaswant Kataria, said the teachings of Guru Ravidas should be followed as he cared for the weak and poor. A ragi jatha and children sang shabads. Mr Paramjit Singh and Mr Tara Singh, president of Guru Ravidas Mission UK, said their mission would extend full support to the local mission in helping the dalits get their rights. Those present on the occasion included Mr Satpal Gosain, former Deputy Speaker besides other eminent personalities.

SAD MEETING: The local unit of the SAD will organise a meeting at the Model Town extension gurdwara on February 22 to chalk out a programme to counter the widespread challaning of Sikh women by the police for not wearing helmets. According to Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, president of the unit, the party had taken a strong notice of the challaning drive. He said it was a sensitive issue for the community since the religion forbade wearing of helmets.

CHECK-UP CAMP: The Lions Club organised a free homoeopathic check-up camp at Lions Bhavan, Udham Singh Nagar, here on Sunday. A team of eminent doctors under the leadership of Dr Ravinder Kochhar, Principal of LMH Medical College and Hospital, examined more than 250 patients and distributed free medicines among them. A large number of dignitaries and eminent personalities from all walks of life were present. Mr K.L. Malhotra inaugurated the camp. Mr B.S. Narang, president, Mr K.K. Bhatia, Mr M.C. Kumra, Mr S.P. Bajaj, Mr K.K. Verma, Mr S.K. Sood, Mr R.K. Miglani, Mr Dr Narang, Mr Amar Nath Handa, Mr J.P. Gupta and Mr G.S. Chauhan took part in the camp.

INAUGURATED: Hind Sarees on Sunday opened another showroom at the Cemetery Road. The showroom was inaugurated by the local MLA, Mr Surinder Dawer. The inaugural function was attended among others by the city Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh.

FUNCTION: The Punjabi Novel Academy organised a literary function at Punjabi Bhavan on Sunday to discuss a new novel “Bhogra” penned by Jarnail Singh Sikka, an NRI. Writers Dr Raghbir Singh Sirjana and Inder Singh Khamosh presided over the function. Dr Sarabjit Singh presented a paper on the novel.The writers felt that the novel had presented a progressive ideology. A critical analysis and story line of “Bhogra” was also discussed in depth by the writers. At this function another novel “Ichraan” by Basant Kumar Rattan was also released and discussed. It was felt that this novel presented a cultural reality.

COIN MELA: The Punjab and Sind Bank, Model Town branch organised a coin mela here on Sunday. The Deputy General Manager of the Bank, Mr R.S. Chattwal, formally inaugurated the mela. While speaking on the occasion he said such coin melas were organised for the convenience of customers under the instructions from the Reserve Bank of India. Mr M.P. Singh, Senior Manager of the bank while thanking the participants said new currency coins worth Rs 15 lakh were exchanged by the public. Mr Amrik Singh, in charge of currency coins, Mr G.S. Walia and Mr Surinder Vir Singh from Zonal Office were also present on the occasion. 

LAUNCHED: Sleek has introduced in the market a special wax pack for removal of superfluous facial hair. It is a natural product made from vegetable waxes and tree gums. It not only roots out facial hair growth but also acts as a deep cleansing wax pack, according to a press note of the company.

RAIDS: Following instructions of the Deputy Commissioner to the District Health Authorities, Dr PD Sharma, Civil Surgeon, conducted raids at a local chemist’s shop, which was allegedly selling spurious medicines on the Jawaharke road. A large quantity of intoxicating and spurious medicines, including injections, tablets, capsules and syrup worth lakhs of rupees were seized.

LOK ADALAT: A meeting of traders, agriculturists, bankers and advocates was held here on Friday. It was convened by the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Mansa, Mr Harsh Mehta, and was attended by the Additional District and Sessions Judges of the district Mr Jaspal Singh and Mr Dharam Singh. The CJM informed the gathering about the forthcoming state-level lok adalat to be organised here on March 15.

ARRESTED: A patwari in the district has been arrested under the Corruption Act. According to reports, Lakhbir Singh, a resident of Lopo village, was arrested following a raid in which the police found Rs 2500 from his possession, which he had allegedly taken from a farmer of the same village to get some work of the latter to be done.

POPPY HUSK RECOVERED: The district police has reportedly arrested Gurnam Kaur, alias Gammi, wife of Swaran Singh, resident of Fatehgarh Panjttor, in the district following the recovery of 10 kg of poppy husk from her possession. The police has registered a case.

ELECTED: Dr Prem Singh and Dr APS Gill of the town have been elected president and secretary, respectively, of the Moga unit of the Indian Medical Association.

CONCERN EXPRESSED: Mr Harkishan Singh Surjit, general secretary, CPM, here on Friday expressed concern over the US move to attack Iraq and exhorted all democratic forces for concerned efforts to thwart the US’s “nefarious designs” to grab oil resources of Iraq under the guise of fight against terrorism.

ROBBED: Anil Kumar, a trader of the Bhagatpur area, was robbed of cash and articles worth Rs 20,000 and injured near Sugar Mill Staff Colony on Saturday. He has been hospitalised.

STOLEN: A credit card, documents and cash amounting to Rs 50,000 were stolen from the car of an NRI singer Jaswant Singh from outside a dhaba on the GT Road on Saturday. It is learnt that Jaswant Singh along with his friend had gone to have dinner after parking his car outside the dhaba. When he came out after having the food, he found the aforesaid items and cash stolen from the car.

BURGLED: A house in the Baba Gadhia area was burgled of valuables, including cash worth over Rs 1,50,000. The burglars broke open the locks of the house when its inmates Mrs Nachhattar Kaur and her daughter Paramjit had gone out.

ROLL OF HONOUR: Senior Under Officer Ranjan Kumar of Guru Nanak College was on Saturday presented a roll of honour for taking part in the Republic Day parade in Delhi.

ELOCUTION CONTEST: Poonam of the local Kamla Nehru College for Women was declared amongst the first four best participants in the elocution contest in the national youth festival held at Warangal. Students from over 57 universities took part in the contest.

DE-ADDICTION CAMP: The district police on Saturday organised a drug de-addiction camp at the Police Lines here. About 250 addicts from across the district were given medical, psychotic and spiritual advice. The DIG, Ludhiana range, Mr Mohammad Mustafa, inaugurated the camp. The Brahamkumaris organised an exhibition with a view to helping the drug addicts.

PLEA: The district unit of the Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR) at its meeting held here on Friday urged the Union Government to strongly oppose the possible attack on Iraq by the USA as the economy of India would be hit by the development. The meeting also felt that any action against Iraq would pose threat to global peace.

APPEAL: Members of the local Bar Association have appealed to the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to restore work to Mr A.L. Khichy, Additional Civil Judge (senior division), posted at Kapurthala. Mr Ashok Kumar, president, Bar Council, said Mr Khichy was the first judge appointed at Talwandi Sabo after setting up of judicial courts here in 1994.

GRANT FOR COLLEGE: Mr Tarlochan Singh Tur, Member of Parliament, has announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the different development works to be carried out at the local Sri Guru Arjan Dev Government College. He announced this at the 27th annual sports day of the college. Navreet Kaur and Sharanjit Singh were declared the best athletes for their respective categories.



SCHOOLS AWARDED: Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, has won the trophy for winning maximum number of prizes at the regional level in the All India Camel Colour Contest-2002. Another city school, Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, has won the trophy for maximum number of entries in the contest.

OFFICE-BEARERS: A meeting of the State Council of Hindustan Scouts and Guides (HS&G), Chandigarh, was held here on Sunday under the chairmanship of the Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, and the following were elected office-bearers of the body: chairman — Mr Ravinder Talwar; president — Mr V.S Kundu; vice-presidents — Ms Meenakshi Sharma and Mr Roshanlal Jindal; treasurer — Mr R.K. Munjal, and secretary —Ajay Choubey. 

MEMORANDUM: The demands for state status to Chandigarh and deputation status for employees taken by the Municipal Corporation from the Administration formed part of a 21-point memorandum submitted by the local unit of the Nationalist Congress Party to the party president and former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr Sharad Pawar, here on Sunday. A delegation of the unit led by Mr Gurbachan Singh urged Mr Pawar to raise the demand of statehood to the city in Parliament. The delegation also urged their leader to take up other demands of local residents with the UT Administration. Mr Pawar was here in the city on his return journey from Himachal Pradesh.

YOGA CAMP: A yoga camp was held at Yog Divya Mandir, Sector 7, on Sunday morning as part of the Swami Devi Dayal birth anniversary celebrations. Yoga instructors said yoga helped eliminate several diseases and lead a stress free life.

DENTAL CAMP: A free dental check-up camp was organised by the Rotary Club, Panchkula, at the Primary Health Centre, Raipur Rani. The district health administration also provided help in organising the camp, wherein 600 patients were examined for dental ailments. A team of three surgeons, Dr Sunil Anand, Dr J.S. Batth and Dr Sanjay Kalra, examined the patients. Medicines and sets of toothbrush and toothpaste were given free of cost to all patients. The doctors also explained brushing techniques and other things about dental care through a film.



SANGHARSH VAHINI: The Sangharsh Vahini has criticised the state government for its anti-urban policy. He was addressing a conference of the workers of the Vahini at Ambala Cantonment here on Sunday. He said the new pattern of house tax had created problems for the urban residents. He said the professional tax and fire tax was also a burden on the urban residents, which should have been withdrawn immediately.

SENTENCED: A local court on Saturday sentenced a youth to 10 years’ imprisonment on the attempt to murder charge. According to the prosecution, a woman of Kharia village was working in her fields when Pawan Kumar, a resident of the same village, tried to rape her. When he failed in his attempt he injured her with sharp-edged weapons.

REVIEWED: The Haryana DGP on Saturday called upon the IGs of four ranges and the district police chiefs to enforce discipline at all levels. He was presiding over a meeting of range IGs and SPs to review the law and order situation in the state at HAP Complex, Madhuban.

INAUGURATED: “The dream of social equality and justice without awareness is impossible”. This was said by Governor of Haryana Babu Parmanand here on Friday. He was speaking at a function organised after the inauguration of a hostel building on the premises of the local R.K.J. Deaf and Dumb Welfare Centre.

FINANCIAL HELP: Families of those who had sacrificed their lives for the sake of nation were being looked after and given financial help by the state government, government, this was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vijayendra Kumar, here on Saturday. He said the Zila Sainik Board provided Rs 400 per month to the wives of the killed Army men, who are above 60 years and Rs 2500 as grant on the occasion of the marriage of their daughters



ARRESTED: The police has arrested Sarwan Singh, a resident of Kapurthala and seized 200 kg of poppy husk and 500 gram of opium. A case under Sections 15 and 18 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been registered.


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