Thursday, March 13, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • Drive against drugs — Sukhbir style
  • Festival on Sufism

6 OF FAMILY BOOKED: The C-division police station has registered a case of abduction on a complaint of Lahori Lal of Gate Hakima against six persons of a family under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC. The complainant had said her niece was abducted 11 days ago. The six accused are Gama, his parents Ramesh Kumar and Janko Rani, his brothers Nodi and Raman Kumar, and Baby, wife of Raman.

2 DIE IN MISHAPS: Two persons were killed and one was injured in separate road accidents. Mr Baldev Raj died and Makhan Singh was injured while on their way to Khokiya from Raiya village their scooter was hit by a Tata Sumo. In another accident, Chander Shekhar Yadav was run over by a van near a public school.

CONDEMNED: BKU President Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, Khamano Block president Ajmer Singh Bath, Nirmal Singh, Bilaspur and General Secretary of the Punjab unit of the party Manjit Singh Qadian, in a joint statement have condemned firing and lathi charge on farmers at Tarn Taran. The leaders termed the action as a violation of human rights. They have demanded an enquiry into the incident action against the persons responsible for firing and lathicharge.

DEMANDED: Leaders of Democratic Teachers Front, Punjab, Yashpal Khamano, Amarjeet Singh Gill and Joginder Azad in a joint statement have laid the decision of the Punjab Government to suspend and transfer Harpreet Inder Singh, President, School Lecturer Association, allegedly on political grounds. They said he had been suspended under Section 9 of the Civil Services Rule, but according to informed sources, he had been suspended on political grounds. They have demanded immediate cancellation of suspension.

GRANT: Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra, MP (Rajya Sabha), has announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for a stadium in Shaheed Kanshi Ram Memorial College, Bhagomajra, near here. According to a press note issued by Dr Bhupinder Singh, Principal of the college, the announcement was made by Mr Randhir Singh Libra, son of Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra, while inaugurating an athletics meet at the college on Tuesday.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Doctors Association Civil Hospital Kharar: president — Dr Daler Singh; secretary — Dr Balwinder Singh; joint secretary — Dr Shalinder Kaur and Dr Birinder Kaur.

HONOURED: Sandhya, who is at present working as Research Associate in the School of Energy Studies for Agriculture, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, was awarded Gold Medal by Prof Y. S. Rajan, Vice-Chancellor ,Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, for her overall excellence during B.Tech degree programme in the College of Agricultural Engineering at the annual convocation ceremony held at Pal Auditorium, Punjab Agricultural University, here on Tuesday.

DENIED: Denying holding of a dharna by students of Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic on March 4, Principal Sikander Singh Gill said a majority of students had attended their classes on that day while the agitating students were a few in number. He said not the college but the Punjab Technical Board was responsible for enhancing the fee. Regarding the unavailability of student bus passes, he said he was pursuing the case at the highest level.

HAILED: Various social, business and cultural organisations have hailed the appointment of Mr Harnam Dass Johar as a minister in the Capt Amarinder Singh government. In separate statements, these organisations described the elevation of Mr Johar as a Cabinet minister as an overdue step and hoped his induction would help in solving various problems of the city. These organisations included the Knitwear Club, the Chara Bazar Shopkeepers’ Association, the Akal Market Shopkeepers’ Association, the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, the High Court Young Lawyers Association and several mohalla and ward committees.

PSEB RALLY: On a call by the Indian National Trade Union Congress, various organisations of the Punjab State Electricity Board organised a rally at the 33 kv sub-station here on Tuesday, against the constitution of a power corporation on the basis of the Haldia report. The workers staged a demonstration. An effigy of Mr Gajinder Haldia was on burnt before the main gate of the district courts complex.

POWER CUT: There will be no power supply between 10 a.m, and 4 p.m. on Friday in all nine subdivisions of the PSEB due to maintenance and repair of the 220 KV substation at Mansa Kanchian. 

TEACHERS’ MEET: Mr K.C. Kapoor, District Education Officer, presided over block-level meetings of elementary school teachers at Nawanshahr, Banga, Rahon, Mukandpur, Saroya, Aur and Kahma in the district to oversee and ensure proper utilisation of grants disbursed under the Sarv Shikhiya Abhiyan. Addressing the meetings, the DEO stressed on community involvement and transparency in the utilisation of grants.

EYE CAMP: The local unit of Sri Ramsharanam (Gohana) organised a free eye camp here at Sri Ramsharanam Bhavan. Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the camp. A team of eye specialists examined about 400 patients and performed 61 operations.

ATM INAUGURATED: The Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh, on Wednesday inaugurated an ATM of Canara Bank at the bank’s, Leela Bhawan branch here. The General Manager, Mr K. Rangaraya, said ATM cardholders could draw money from anywhere in the country.

PHULKARI WORKSHOP: The Centre for Entrepreneurship Development for Women, Canara Bank, Chandigarh, organised a workshop on “phulkari” craft items for rural women at Darukutta village. The workshop was inaugurated by Mrs Baljinder Kaur, treasurer of the society.

BURGLARY: Valuables worth over Rs 1 lakh were burgled from the house of an NRI Satnam Singh at Old Satnampura Mohalla on Monday night. The NRI lives in Dubai. His wife, Manjit Kaur, was away at her parent’s house when the burglary took place. Gold ornaments, watches, a camera, a VCR, a tape-recorder, a cellphone and Rs 25,000 in cash were stolen. A case has been registered.



AWARENESS CAMP: Over 200 persons attended an AIDS awareness-cum-medical camp organised by an NGO, Surya Foundation, in association with the UT State AIDS Control Society at Bapu Dham Colony here on Wednesday. A magic show and quiz programme was also organised.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: More than 400 students of Punjab Engineering College donated blood at a camp organised by the State Bank of India branch of the college here on Wednesday. The camp was organised in association with the NSS unit of PEC. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Virender Singh, Adviser to the Administrator, while Mr Yogesh Aggarwal, Chief General Manager, SBI, was the chief guest. 

APPOINTED: Mr Amrit Lal Goel has been appointed working president of the BJP Traders’ Cell headed by Mr Purushottam Mahajan. Mr M.L. Goel, Mr Rattan Lal Goel, Mr Mahesh Gupta and Mr Badri Dass Garg have been appointed as vice-presidents of the cell. Mr Anil Vohra, Mr Rohit Sood, Mr Bambi and Mr Bhim Sen Aggarwal have been nominated as general secretaries. Mr Bhupinder Singh Hira, Mr Rajender Manocha, Mr Laxmi Kant, Mr Shiv Kumar, Mr Sanjiv Chadha and Mr Vijay Uppal have been appointed as secretaries. Mr Ramesh Duggar will be the finance secretary. 



VISIT: A group study exchange (GSE) team of the Rotary International from France visited here on Tuesday. The District Governor of RI district 3080, Mr Hemant Arora, was the chief guest at a function organised by the club. The function was presided over by the club president, Mr Naresh Bhardwaj. Talking to mediapersons, Mr Friedrich Haffner, the leader of the team, said their visit to India had been an exciting experience.



SIX CONVICTED: The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mandi, Mr Ravinder Parkash, has convicted Udham Singh, Chet Ram, Lekh Ram and Dhola Ram, all residents of Dhangu, for beating Weights and Measure Inspector Joginder Singh on March 16, 1996, while he was discharging his duties. The convicts were sentenced to imprisonment for six months and fined Rs 2000 each.



Drive against drugs — Sukhbir style

The growing menace of drug addiction in rural Punjab in general and Malwa belt in particular has perhaps started worrying young and upcoming political leadership of the state. For example, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, MP, and General Secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal, has been undertaking an intensive campaign in rural Punjab these days to create an awakening about “drug abuse” and to ensure proper channelisation of energies of the youth in constructive activities, including physical education and sports.

Accompanied by Mr Gaganjit Singh Barnala, MLA from Dhuri, and Mr Bikram Majithia, Senior Vice-President, Shiromani Youth Akali Dal, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal not only addressed several functions organised by youth clubs of various villages in Sangrur, Malerkotla and Dhuri Assembly constituencies during the past few days but also announced grants from his discretionary Area Development Funds for provision of better stadia, including playfields, in rural areas.

For example, while presiding over the concluding day function of the 22nd Annual Amarjit Singh Sohi-Bahadur Singh Sohi Memorial Rural Sports Festival at Bhanbhora, near Malerkotla, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, announced a special grant of Rs 1 lakh to the Youth Club of the village. The festival is organised to commemorate the memory of Amarjit Singh Sohi, who made the supreme sacrifice during the 1971 Indo-Pak war and Bahadur Singh Sohi who made the similar sacrifice during the Kargil operations.

Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal said the previous SAD-BJP government not only encouraged sports but gave suitable employment to outstanding sportsmen. He quoted cases of cricketer Harbhajan Singh, athlete Sunita Rani and hockey player Gagan Ajit Singh, who were offered jobs of DSP in the Police Department in recognition of their achievements in the field of sports.

Festival on Sufism

A Karnal based NGO has chosen a novel way of promoting communal amity and harmony in celebrating what they call a national level festival in the memory of the 13th century Sufi saint popularly known as Bu Ali Shah Qalandar at the historical town of Panipat.

Referring to the life and times of this revered saint, the Haryana Institute of Fine Arts has adopted in their charter four key aspects in recalling the guru- shishya parampara; documenting architectural impressions as in Qalandar Sahib’s Dargahs; projecting the subtle nuances of Sufi music; and promoting unity and brotherhood after the ways and means adopted by Amir Khusro in adopting Brij Bhasha, a facet which was very close to the heart of Qalandar Sahib too.

Since its inception a decade ago HIFA has undertaken research based and educative projects in the form of Baithaks, Art workshops, Seminars, Exhibitions, Ru-ba-Ru, Children Carnivals, National Crafts festivals, stage performances, Khalsa Tercentenary celebrations, Thematic fairs and festivals, Kalanidhi and Tarana.

Contributed by TNS and Chander Koumdi.


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