Friday, March 7, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


CAMPAIGNING: The election campaign is in full swing during these days. Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA from Samrala, and senior Akali leader Kirpal Singh Khirnian are conducting mass meeting in this connection. An election rehearsal was conducted on Thursday at the SDM-cum-returning officer’s office in which necessary directions were given to the electoral officers.

BHOG CEREMONY: The bhog ceremony of Onkar Rai Mehta, Municipal President, was performed at Atwal Palace here on Thursday. Thousands of people from different walks of life were present at the ceremony. Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Transport Minister Punjab, Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Mr Malkit Singh Dakha, Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, all MLAs, Mr Brij Lal Goel, Mr Parmjit Singh and Mr Gurpreet Singh were among those who paid their homage to the leader.

BLOOD DONATION: As many as 103 persons donated blood at a camp organised by the Aggarwal Sabha, Kurali, at Nagar Khera Dharamshala on Tuesday. According to Dr Anil Gupta, president of the Sabha, the camp was inaugurated by Mr Manoj Aggarwal, senior vice-president of Punjab. A team from PGI Chandigarh headed by Dr Usha Rao collected the blood units.

‘TEX-STYLES INDIA-2003’: The Wool and Woollens Promotion Council (WWEPC) participated in “Tex-styles India-2003” held in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, from February 28 to March 3 and displayed the samples range of some of the member constituents in addition to providing information to the overseas buyers/visitors/buying agents about the council’s activities. The stall of the WWEPC was visited by around 80 overseas buyers and agents and 30 trade enquiries were received during the fair.

WORKSHOP: The Indo-British Institute of Art and Fitness organised a workshop on stress management at Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, on Thursday. Talking to the students, Mr Amit Verma, senior coach, said balanced diet, regular exercise, proper sleep and intake of lots of water was necessary for the proper development of children. Dance, music and other activities helped in proper relaxation of the body, he said. Ms P.Kahlon, Principal, talked about time management. She said kids should be encouraged to achieve positive goals targeted by them.

WORKSHOP CONCLUDES: A three-day workshop on “Best out of waste” concluded at the DD Jain College of Education on Thursday. The workshop was sponsored by the Department of Adult, Continuing, Education and Extension, Panjab University, Chandigarh. The main objectives of the workshop was to teach women to make useful and decorative items out of the waste. During the workshop, skills like making of lamp shades, flowers, plate decoration, dry arrangement, wax candles and pot making from waste paper were taught. A cultural programme was also presented.

CAMP: The Sant Ram Malhotra Service Society will organise two five-day yog sadhna camps from March 8-12 and from March 13-17. Dr Inderjeet Singh, joint secretary of the society, said the first camp would be held at Udham Singh Nagar while the other would be held at Dr B.L.Kapoor Memorial Hospital. Yogacharya Shreeneevas Jhaver from Mumbai would teach yoga.

DENTAL CAMP: In the memory of freedom fighter Gian Singh Dhingra a free dental check-up camp will be organised on Sunday at Dr D.N.Kotnis Health and Education Centre here. Dr Sukhmeet Kaur and her team will provide free service.

INAUGURATED: Councillor Amrit Varsha Rampal inaugurated a road project in the Gurdev Nagar locality here on Thursday. She said the work for laying a storm water drainage system in the colony would be taken up soon.

SUSPENDED: The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has suspended three office-bearers from the primary membership of the party for their alleged involvement in criminal activities, anti-party activities and misappropriation of funds. According to Mr Kartar Singh Patna, secretary-general, those facing disciplinary action are Mr Gurdeep Singh Neeta, Mr Pankaj Jha and Mr Darshan Singh Dhaliwal.

LECTURE ON MYSTICISM: The Punjabi Department of Ramgarhia Girls College on Thursday organised a lecture on mysticism on the campus. The lecture was delivered by Dr Amarjit Singh Dua, Head of the Punjabi Department, Government College for Women. Speaking to the students, Dr Dua said one must learn to love God as He was unique and incomparable. “We have a divine light in our souls and we should protect it from negative emotions like jealousy, anger and greed. Man’s ego is the biggest obstacle to a union with God,” he said.

TRADE UNIONS’ RALLY: Preparations are on for a state-level trade unions’ rally being organised by the Joint Platform of Mass Organisations (JPMO) at Grain Market here on Saturday. According to state conveners of the JPMO, Mr Chander Shekhar and Mr Sukhdev Singh Barri, more than one lakh workers, employees, farmers and youth are expected to participate in the rally. The rally would focus on resentment among people over anti-people budgetary proposals that would put further financial burden on peasants and other consumers. Among other prominent trade union activists, Mr V.B. Cherian, a veteran trade unionist from Kerala and a member of the Central Board of Trustees of Employees Provident Fund Organisation for more than three decades, would address the rally.

MEETING: A joint meeting of the district units of the Vishva Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal was held at the office of Mr Suresh Jain on Monday. It was chaired by Mr Satya Parkash Gupta, state vice-president of the Vishva Hindu Parishad. According to a press note, Mr Vijay Chabra, joint secretary, released different stages of the campaign for construction at Ram Janam Bhumi in Ayodhya. A “sant yatra” would be organised in the state which would be welcomed on its arrival on March 11. Both organisations would organise “satyagreh” in Delhi from March 28 to 31. Mr Onkar Chand, president district Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr Ajay Malhotra, Mr Sunil Mittal, president, Vishva Hindu Parishad, and Mr Gobind Kansal, secretary, also spoke.

TRAFFIC BLOCKADE: Traffic remained blocked for more than five hours on the Mall road here on Thursday as farmers led by the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) continued their dharna outside the head office of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB). Protesting against the indifferent attitude of the state government towards their demands, BKU leaders alleged that the Congress government had not only failed to fulfil their pre-poll promises with the farmers but had also initiated several measures which would have negative ramifications on the agricultural class.

COURT ARREST: The Non-Government Aided College Teachers Union, Punjab has decided to court arrest in Chandigarh from March 20 to April 8 to get their demands met. Prof Hamdardvir Nausheharvi, a Punjabi writer of Samrala, has also offered to court arrest in support of the teachers.

BSNL SERVICE: BSNL phone subscribers can deposit their bills through cheques, according to sources. The depositors will have to submit the cheques between 10 a.m. to 5p.m. along with the photo copies of their telephone bills and can get the official receipt the next day.

RALLY: A rally by ex-servicemen of Samrala subdivision will be held on March 9 at the Neelon bridge on the Sirhind canal, 10 km from here, in protest against the Government of India for not implementing their demands, which have already been accepted, according to Commandant Rashpal Singh, spokesman of the local unit of the Ex-servicemen Association here on Wednesday. Brig H.S. Yadav would preside over the function, he added.

CULTURAL FUNCTION: The Malwa Sabhyachar Welfare Club will hold a cultural festival on March 15 at Government Primary School, Bondli, 2 km from here according to its president Darshan Singh Bondli. Mr Jasmel Singh Bondli, an Akali leader, will inaugurate the function, which will be presided over by Mr Narinder Manku. Artistes Kulwant Billa, Gurbax Shonki, Kanchan Bawa will be the main attraction.



FUNCTION: A two-day state-level orientation programme organised for the functionaries of the Zila Saksharta Samiti (ZSS), Punjab, concluded at the ICSSR Complex of Panjab University on Thursday. The course was organised by the Regional Resource Centre of the university. The programme was organised with a view to developing strategies for monitoring and Evaluating literacy programmes. Mr V.K. Singh, Director-General Education, presided over various sessions.

MAN OF THE YEAR: Dr Satyavir of the Department of Defence Studies, Panjab University, who has been chosen as the Man of the Year by the American Biographical Institute Inc, USA.

NSS CAMP: A workshop on techniques required for giving an interview was organised on the inaugural day of an NSS camp, being organised by Punjab Engineering College, which began here on Wednesday. A statement issued here said that experts from Career Launcher conducted the workshop, which was aimed to equip students with the necessary skills required for being successful in interviews.

APPOINTED: The Chief Engineer, Command Area Development Authority, Mr Balbir Singh has been appointed as Member (Irrigation) in the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) by the Union Ministry of Power. A statement issued here said that he took over charge of his new post on Wednesday. He has earlier had a stint with the BBMB as a Superintending Engineer. He has also served with the Haryana Irrigation Department.



PROTEST: The main bazar of Naraingarh remained closed as a mark of protest for not arresting the assailants allegedly involved in an attack on some shopkeepers on March 3. The Sangharsh Samiti had given the bandh call for Thursday. The members of the Samiti took out a protest march in the main bazar. The Sangharsh Samiti led by Ashok Mehta had submitted a memorandum to the SDM, Mr Maheshwar Sharma, on Wednesday in which it had demanded the arrest of the assailants.

WOMAN HURT: The arm of a woman was cut off when she was stepping down from a train at the Ambala City railway station on Thursday. According to information available, when Resma Jahan, a resident of Pratapgarh, was getting down from the train she slipped on the platform and one of her arms got crushed under the train. Passengers and railway officials took her to the hospital.

CITIZENS COUNCIL: The Citizens Council, Ambala Cantt, held a meeting on Thursday to discuss the formation of the corporation by amalgamating Ambala Cantt, Ambala City and the adjoining villages. The members of the council demanded that the corporation be formed only for the Ambala Cantt. They felt that if the corporation is formed by including Ambala City and villages then the development will be hampered, a press note said.

DEMANDS: The Elder’s Forum, an organisation of senior citizens, has expressed unhappiness over the ‘callous’ attitude of the Central and state governments towards their demands. In a memorandum addressed to the President, the forum has demanded that commutation reduction be restored after 12 years of retirement instead of 15 years, railway fare concession to senior citizens be enhanced and that income tax be exempted on all income as pensionary benefits.

COLLEGE INSPECTED: A team of the Department of Electronics for Accreditation of Computer Courses (DOEACC) conducted an inspection of the local Manohar Memorial College on Wednesday for granting permission to start the ‘A’ level course in the college. The course is equivalent to the postgraduate diploma in computer application. The college has already been imparting education in the ‘O’ level courses which is a basic course in computers. 


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