Monday, March 3, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


INAUGURATED: Inter-departmental cultural programme Jashan-2003 was inaugurated at Guru Nanak Dev University by the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr Satinder Singh, here on Sunday. Dr R.K. Bedi, Dean, Students Welfare, welcomed the artistes and chief guest for the three-day programme. More than 500 student artistes will participate in the programme.

SUICIDE: Saroop Singh committed suicide by jumping before a train on Friday. Sources said volunteers of the Sahara Jan Seva had brought the dead body to the Civil Hospital. The GRP authorities handed over the body to his kin after the post-mortem.

REGISTERED: The Garhshanker police has registered a case under Sections 186, 323, 353, 506 of the IPC against Darshan Singh of Haibowal for allegedly slapping Jaspal Singh, a patwari of Sheikhonwal and threatening to burn his office record while he was performing his duty in his office on Saturday.

TWO ARRESTED: In its drive against anti-social elements the Hariana police has arrested Jasbir Singh of Pjodeota under Section 15/61/85 of the NDPS Act and seized 5 kg of poppy husk. The Sadar Police, Hoshiarpur, also arrested Mohan Lal of Sahri village and seized 9000 ml of whisky.

ELECTED: Mr Bakshish Singh Labha, a Congress nominee, from ward No 5 and Mrs Monica Goyal, a SAD nominee from ward No 12 were declared elected unopposed as their rival candidates withdrew their nomination papers on the last day for the withdrawal of papers for elections to local municipal council.

URGED: The Punjab Government Pensioners’ Association representing 1.5 lakh pensioners in the state has urged upon the state government and the Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh, to provide sufficient funds to implement the already accepted demands of the association.

CRITICISED: Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, on Saturday criticised the Union Budget by terming it as anti-farmer. He said the interests of farmers were ignored by making diesel, fertilisers etc costlier. The burden put on the agriculture sector was unwanted and unjustified as it would not only hamper the growth of the agriculture produce but would hit the overall growth.

LAUDED: Mr Tony Clement, Minister of Health and Long-term care, Ontario, visited Guru Nanak Mission Hospital, Dhahan Kaleran, Nawanshahr, on Saturday. He was accompanied by Tronto-based NRIs Mr Baljit Singh Gosal and Mr Jaspal Singh Gahunia. Mr Clement lauded the contribution of the Punjabi community residing abroad towards the infrastructural development in the field of health and education.

CRITICISED: “The present state and Central Governments are short sighted. Nobody is interested in the well being of the poor,” “Mr Balwant Singh, secretary CPM, Punjab, said. Mr Balwant Singh was here in connection with the preparations of the forthcoming all-India conference of the Kisan Sabha to be held in Delhi from Thursday.

EYE CAMP: Residents of Dhamm-Majra near here, were examined at an eye camp organised by Patiala Eye Hospital on Saturday. Medicines were distributed among over 100 patients free of cost. Hospital Director Sukhdeep Singh Boparai said special emphasis was laid on cataract patients.

RECOVERED: The Bhikhiwind police has recovered a rifle along with five live cartridges from Bhagwan Singh, a resident of Bhikhiwind. A case under Sections 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against the accused.



EXHIBITION: A photo exhibition displaying action photographs of the Cricket World Cups, including the current one, will be organised by Sri Gurdev Photo Colour at Sector 17 fountain area from Monday. The exhibition will also display about 11 photographs of the ICC World Cup-2003 being played in South Africa. According to Mr Kirpal Singh managing director of the photo lab, said the exhibition will conclude on March 29. 

FASHION SHOW: Students of a fashion designing institute sashayed down the ramp during a fashion show organised at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research this evening as a part of Spring Fest, 2003. Doctors stood up to applaud as students of National Institute of Fashion Designing and their colleagues walked in western and traditional attires to the beats of high-wattage music.

JACOB IN KITCHEN: The Punjab Governor and Administrator Lieut-Gen J. F.R. Jacob again paid a surprise visit to Panchayat Bhavan kitchen. There was amarked improvement in its cleanliness. However, he was appalled at stinking toilets. He found dormitory rooms in bad shape.

LUCKY DIP: ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, which has put up a stall in the ongoing Festival of Gardens will be giving away gift hampers as part of a lucky dip organised by the company at the stall. The offer is open on Sunday. The draw of lots will be held the same day.

BUSINESS DINNER: The local chapter of the AIESEC, an international association present in over 84 countries, organised its annual business dinner at Panchkula here on Sunday. The occasion was a meeting ground for members, leading companies, business schools and NGOs, a press note said.

MEDICAL CAMP: Over than 300 patients were examined at an eye check-up camp organised by the Lions Club, Chandigarh (Host), at Badheri village on Sunday, a press note said. Mr R.K.Rana, regional chairman of the Lions International, was present on the occasion.

HUDA AUCTION: The Haryana Urban Development Authority ( HUDA) failed to get a positive response to its auction of at least 90 commercial sites in different parts of the township. The auction of these commercial sites - booth sites, booths, double -storey shop sites and service shops, shop -cum -offices, showrooms, and hotel sites in Sectors 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14 and in Sector 10, failed to get bidders., There were just 34 persons who had deposited earnest money of Rs. 50,000 to participate in the auction. Only nine sites could be auctioned , fetching HUDA Rs 6. 36 crore. Even the sites that were auctioned did not fetch more than Rs. 1tp 3 lakh more than the reserve price. The maximum number of sites were auctioned in Sector 9 - three double- storey shop sites and four SCO sites . Two service shops were also auctioned in Sector 11. There were no takers for commercial sites in Sector 6 and 8.

SPRINGFEST: The Haryana Urban Development Authority will hold its annual Springfest at Town Park on March 8-9. Various competitions of cut flowers, best gardens, flower arrangement competitions etc. will be organised, besides, rangoli, painting, mehndi and fancy dress competitions will also be organised.

SELF-EMPOWERMENT: The administration organised a function in connection with the Women’s Day under the self-empowerment scheme at Bataur village near here on Friday. Women were given information on AIDS awareness, and different diseases afflicting children.

BEAUTIFICATION: The committee constituted for the beautification of Panchkula on Friday resolved to beautify all entry points to the township. This decision was taken in a meeting of the committee held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner, Ms Satwanti Ahlawat,. The District Town and Country Planning Officer was directed to make a plan for beautification of the entry point on the Zirakpur National Highway.

RETIRED: A farewell function was organised for Mr Amar Nath, a clerk in the Sub Divisional Education Office by Ministerial Staff Association of District Education Office. Mr Amar Nath retired after 38 years of meritorious service.

TORN LETTERS: Thousands of letters, some of them torn were found dumped near Town Park on Friday. Passers -by were shocked to see the letters and post cards thrown away callously on the roadside and immediately informed the local police. The police, in turn , informed the postal department staff , who rushed to the spot and collected the scattered letters and post cards. These were sent to the office of Post Master in Sector 8 here. It is learnt that while the untorn letters have been dispatched at the addresses marked on these, the torn ones have been kept in the post office.

NEW HEALTH DG: Dr Baljit Singh Dahiya will be the new Director-General, Health Services, Haryana. Dr Dahiya will take over his new assignment on Saturday following the retirement of Dr J.L. Chaudhry on Friday. Dr Chaudhry had been Medical Superintendent of General Hospital, Sector 16, here for several years before he became the Director, Health Services, in his parent state. Later, he was promoted as the Director-General.



RALLIES: Under the banner of Joint Action Committee of Haryana Employees, the HSEB Workers Union, Roadways Worker Union and a few other departments on Sunday held rallies at Ambala City and Ambala Cantt. They were wearing black badges. A senior leader of HSEB Workers Union, Mr Amrik Singh, led the rally at Ambala Cantt while Mr Naresh Kumar led it at Ambala City. The employees were protesting against the government policy of privatisation.

DEMONSTRATION: Railways employees staged a demonstration in protest against the inadequate indoor facilities in the hospital and alleged indifferent attitude of doctors towards patients. Meanwhile, on a complaint lodged by a women doctor of the railway hospital the police has registered a case against two railway employees for allegedly threatening her.

LAUNCHED: The Haryana Government has launched a new scheme ‘Swasthya Apke Dwar’ to provide medical help to the people at their door steps. This was stated by Mrs Kailasho Saini, MP, while addressing a gathering after inaugurating a free health camp organised by the Health Department at Umri, 5 km from here, on Saturday. Civil Surgeon S.S. Saini said five such camps had already been organised in which about 10,000 patients were checked up and given medicines free of cost.

‘SARKAR APKE DWAR’: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Abhilaksh Likhi, said the third phase of Sarkar Apke Dwar of the Pehowa constituency would be held at Pehowa on Monday at 3 p.m. He said the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, would preside over the function and redress the grievances of 97 panchayats of the constituency and 15 wards of Pehowa.

SUICIDE: Poonam, a resident of ward No 13 of Sadhaura, committed suicide by consuming poison. The post-mortem was conducted at Civil Hospital, Jagadhri, on Saturday.


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