Friday, February 28, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


BLAMED: The Khalra Mission Committee on Wednesday blamed the SGPC leadership for the clash that took place in the SGPC complex on February 22. In a statement Mr Balwinder Singh Chabbal said a five-member inquiry committee constituted by the KMC had reported that if the tainted Jathedar had been removed earlier the clash could have been avoided.

URGED: The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal has urged the government to remove harsh conditions in the VAT Act. Mr Amrit Lal Jain, president of mandal said rules-2003 needed attention of the state government. He said different types of forms should be abolished immediately.

OBEISANCE PAID: Manjinder Singh Kang, a SAD leader and former Chairman of the Forest Corporation, on Wednesday paid obeisance at Gurdwara Baba Bakala after being released on bail.

ACTION SOUGHT: The CPI has sought the registration of a case of kidnapping against the SHO of Khemkaran police station along with employees of the CIA staff who allegedly tortured two farmers during their illegal custody earlier this month. The two farmers, Sukhdev Singh and Arsal Singh were later got released by the warrant officer appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

SPECIAL RELIEF: Members of the Income Tax Advisory Committee here on Wednesday appealed to the Union Finance Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, to give special relief for the border districts of Punjab. Ms Sanju Chadha and Mr Pradeep Gupta, both members of the Direct Tax Advisory Committee, in a representation pointed out that the districts of Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur and Ferozepore should be declared as economically backward in the Budget as during past many years no new industry had been set up due to troubled conditions.

APPEAL: The executive committee of the Chief Khalsa Diwan on Wednesday appealed to the President of India, and the Prime Minister to show leniency to Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar who had been sentenced to death. The executive committee felt that the death sentence should be converted into life imprisonment.

CAMP: Dr Shiv Muni, national head of preachers of the Jain religion on Wednesday said that special camps should be held in schools and colleges to educate students about the benefits of being vegetarian. He was addressing followers of the religion at a special camp held here.

PROGRAMME: An orientation programme on the theme of ‘local leadership’ will be organised by the Department of Adult Education, Panjab University Chandigarh at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha on March 4. Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, Principal of the college, said a group of 40 participants would attend the programme in which lectures would be delivered by Mr Ajaib Singh on ‘Local Leadership,’ Prof Kuldeep Singh on “AIDS,” Mr Bandeep Singh on “The Environment, Prof Kuldip Singh from Government College for Women, Ludhiana, on “Communication and Human Relations.”

POPPY HUSK SEIZED: The Payal police claims to have seized 7 quintals of poppy husk stuffed in 20 sacks, on the Badhewal bridge, on Wednesday. Mr Gurdeep Singh Gosal, SHO, Payal police station, along with a police party seized the poppy husk while the person carrying these managed to escape. A case has been registered under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

ARRESTED: Vigilance Bureau sleuths have arrested Sadhu Singh, a Junior Engineer of the PSEB for taking a bribe of Rs 800 from Gurnam Singh, a resident of Dharmkot. According to Ms Anita Punj, SP, Vigilance Bureau, the accused accepted bribe in lieu of fixing electricity meter at the complainant’s house.

MODERN FACILITIES: The Punjab Government will provide modern facilities in 500 villages of the state for which work will be started before March 31 and it will be completed by the end of August. This was stated by Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Punjab, while addressing a public meeting at Kharaudi village of the Mahilpur block of the district on Wednesday.

JAUNDICE CASES: The local health administration has appealed the residents not to be panicked about the increasing cases of jaundice in the town as all preventive measures have been taken. The SMO, Khanna, Dr Dharm Pal, said cases of jaundice had been reported and the patients were being treated. He urged the people to consume boiled water, especially when water is taken from handpumps located near dirty places. The Executive Officer, Municipal Council, Khanna, said here on Thursday the council had already added chlorine into the water.

VOTERS LIST: The work for the preparation of the new voters lists which was to be done by the employees in a door to door survey was finished on February 24 but the residents have been claiming that the employees have not visited their houses. Many of them have lodged complaints to the SDM, Khanna, in this regard. 

MEDICAL CAMP: A medical camp was held on Thursday at Shri Guru Ravidas Dharamshala in Jodhewali Basti by Sukhdam Seva Trust (regd). A large number of patients suffering from eye, dental and gynaecology and general ailments came for a free medical check up. The camp was inaugurated by Comrade Tarsem. 

BUDGET LAUDED: The district president of the BJP, Mr Harvansh Lal Sethi, has hailed the railway budget which was presented by the Railways Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar. Terming the budget as the best budget after independence, the BJP leader said it was a friendly budget for all classes of the society. He said it was for the first time that there had been no hike in railway fare and freight charges. Besides, the age limit of senior citizens had been reduced from 65 to 60.

SEMINAR: The National Institute of Secondary Steel Technology (NISST), the AIIFA and the SRMA organised a technical seminar on ‘Improved Technology for Thermo-Mechanically Treated (TMT) Bar Production’ in the Gymkhana Club of Mandi Gobindgarh on Wednesday. Participants discussed the advantages of the TMT bars, like savings in steel, reduction in costs, reduced transportation costs, better safety of structures and fire resistance.

NOMINATED: Dr R. K.Garg ,Reader in the Department of Forensic Science has been nominated as member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Medical Toxicology and Legal Medicine.

LIBRARIAN ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab College Librarians Association —president Mr Mohinder Singh Dhillon; senior vice-president — Mr Iqbal Singh; vice-president— Mr Updesh Kumar Mangla; general secretary Mr Barjinder Pal Dhiman; joint secretary — Mr Kuldip Singh and finance secretary — Mr Vinod Gautam.

COMPETITION: The Lions Club (Central) organised a painting and sewing competition for girls here on Wednesday. The camp was attended by more than 50 girls.

NATIONAL SEMINAR: Punjabi University will organise a two-day national seminar on ‘Management of Small and Medium Enterprises’ from March 1. The seminar would be presided over by Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor S.S. Boparai. Giving this information, seminar director Prem Kumar stated that the main focus of the seminar would be to assess the major challenges and opportunities facing small and medium scale enterprises (SME) in wake of liberalisation and globalisation. The seminar would be divided into four technical sessions to facilitate appreciation and discussion on strategy and general management of SMEs.

ASHTAM PAPERS: Non-judicial papers ‘ashtam’ of denominations of Rs 25, Rs 50, Rs 100, Rs 200 and Rs 500 are not available in the local tehsil due to which the general public has to suffer. Meanwhile, social workers of this area Mr Kuldeep Khullar, Jathedar, Joginder Singh Seh, and Commandant Rashpal Singh demanded from the Punjab Government to issue instructions to the treasury officers to issue stamps, non-judicial papers from the treasury.

COMPETITIONS: Malwa College, Bondli-Samrala, will hold inter-college competitions on February 28. There will be poetical recitation contest, folk song competition and histrionics competition which will be inaugurated by Mrs Malkiat Kaur Dhillon, Councillor, according to Principal, Jasbinder Singh Dhillon, here on Thursday. Mr Inderjit Singh, sarpanch, Lopon, will preside over the fuction while Mr Jaspal Singh Jassi, SDM, Samrala, will gave away the prizes, he added.

MEETING HELD: A meeting of the free legal aid committee was held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Mr Rajinder Aggarwal, Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (senior division), in which 12 cases were recommended for the free legal aid. Mr Aggarwal said a Lok Adalat would be held here for the settlement of cases with mutual understandings.

BOOKED: The Sarhali police has booked Milkha Singh, a resident of Pakhopura village, falling under Sarhali police station along with his two sons Dimpa and Lovely and two others for kidnapping one person of the same village.

SBI LOAN MELA: The State Bank of India organised a district-level multipurpose rural loan mela here on Monday under the presidentship of Mr V.S. David, DGM, Punjab module, Chandigarh. More than 500 farmers from the district participated. The bank distributed loans amounting to Rs 5.35 crore among 400 farmers. The farmers were enlightened on the latest techniques in agriculture, including diversification. School students presented a cultural programme.



PROTEST: The Horticulture Workers Union has decided to oppose the Festival of Gardens and demanded the filing of the vacant posts of horticulture workers. Lashing out at the local administration, the leaders of the union blamed that there was a 'over-load' of work on them as the number of workers were decreasing every year after retirements. They plan to hold a protest in front of the main gate of the Rose Garden, on Friday.

VHP DIVAS: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Thursday organised a 'samriti divas' in the memory of 58 kar sevaks who were killed in Godhra last year. They lit candles and paid homage to them.

CITIZENS PLEA: The executive committee of the citizen's association, sector-21 on Thursday, passed a resolution condemning the neglect of community centre and its unauthorized occupation by a private organization running yoga centre for monetary gains. They demanded that the centre be vacated from unauthorised occupation.

HEALTH SESSION: The Minister of Health and Long Term Care for Ontario, Canada, Mr Tony Clement, along with his colleagues Baljit Gosal and Vikram Khurana, will conduct an interactive session with the members of the faculty, residents, nurses and paramedical staff of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research on February 28. The subject of the talk will be ''Health Scenario in Canada versus Health Scenario in India". PGI's Department of Paediatrics is also organising a two- day workshop on ''What works in Childhood Asthma''. This workshop, scheduled to be inaugurated by PGI's Director Professor S. K .Sharma, will be held at the Advanced Paediatric Centre from March 1.

MUSICAL EVENING: It was an evening for melody and rhythm as students of Swami Ram Tirtha Cultural Centre organised its monthly music and dance programme at the Centre's auditorium in Sector 24 here on Thursday. The major attraction of the programme was the special item presented by Prabjot Singh Bali, renowned singer and composer from this region. Bali as the guest artiste performed a few solo songs and ghazals keeping the audience enthralled for about an hour.

NAVRATRA FAIR :A meeting to discuss arrangements for the forthcoming Navratra fair at Mansa Devi temple here , from April 2 to 11, was held in Mansa Devi shrine complex on Thursday. Presiding over the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Ms. Satwanti Ahlawat asked all wings of the administration to gear up for the fair. The meeting was attended by over 30 officers from different departments of administration. 

BURGLARY: Cash and goods worth Rs 5,000 were stolen from the Sector 12 house of Ms Saravjit Kaur yesterday. A case under Sections 454 and 380 of IPC has been registered.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested Yograj of Manimajra on charge of stealing a camera of Sant Kumar. He was produced in the court today and sent in judicial custody.

ENCROACHMENT REMOVED: The National Highway division of Public Works Department (Bridges and Roads) today removed encroachments along the national highway near Majri Chowk and old Panchkula. Over 50 structures (kiosks ) were demolished near Majri chowk and encroachments by shops in old Panchkula within the specified limit from the centre of the National Highway were removed.



OFFICE BEARERS: The following have been elected office bearers of the local unit of the Haryana Patrakar Sangh: president — Mr Balram Saini; vice-presidents — Mr Amanpreet Singh Mr Girjesh Mishra. Mr Ujwal Sharma and Mr Manoj Walia; general secretary — Mr Rakesh Bali; secretaries — Mr Rajendra Kapri and Mr Rajiv Rishi, joint secretaries — Mr Neeraj Chopra, Mr Narender Bhatia and Mr Dev Dutta Sharma, organising secretary — Ms Rita Sharma and Mr Sanjeev Sharma and treasurer — Mr Harender Gulati.

PAK FLAG BURNT: The Anti Terrorist Front of India burnt the Pakistani flag in the city on Wednesday here in protest against the Pakistan -sponsored cross border terrorism. The local president of the front and several other members were present on the occasion.

CULTURAL FESTIVAL: A two-day cultural and literary meet was held at the local Government Postgraduate College which concluded on Tuesday. Various activities, viz geography quiz, science quiz, general quiz, declamation contest, poetic recitation, poster-making, folk song and solo dances were organised. Teams from 30 colleges of Haryana participated in the meet. 


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