Sunday, March 23, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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ELECTION: The elections to the posts of president and vice-presidents of the local Nagar Council reserved for the SCs will be held on Monday. On the same day the members will also take the oath, said Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot, on Saturday.

MASS MARRIAGES: The local Lok Sewa Society would organising mass marriages of 21 girls on Sunday in old grain market here. The couples would be provided domestic items, including double bed trunks, table and chair and silver ornaments. Mr Gulshan Arora chairman of the society, said that this was the fourth function of mass marriages, which the organisation would organise.

FREE EYE CAMP: The Rotary Club Raikot, would organise a free eye check-up camp at Gurdwara Bagichi Sahib on Sunday. The patients would be provided medicines, free of cost.

HELPED: A trader Sucha Singh alleged when they were carrying 19 cows to Brahampur in Bihar in a truck, on Friday some Shiv sena workers stopped them near Kucha Partap. They reportedly demanded money from them for sending cows to Bihar but a police party reached the spot and took the cows to police station. SHO Baldev Singh Brar said the police had verified that all cows were being taken to Bihar for sale. He said further investigations were on.

INSTALLED: The following members of the Arya College Teachers’ Unit (ACTU) were installed for the session 2003-2004 at a meeting of the general house of the ACTU held in the college: president — Prof (Dr) R.C. Sharma; vice-president — Prof S.C. Lekhi; secretary — Prof J.K. Bhandari; finance secretary — Prof H.S. Sidhu; joint secretary — Prof P.S. Bhogal; executive members: Prof S.L. Jaggi, Prof (Dr) V.V. Pawar, Prof S.M. Sharma, Prof S.C. Sood, Prof H.R. Saini, Prof A.K. Singla, Prof (Mrs) Asha Sharma, Prof Devinder Joshi, Prof Sameer Sharma and Prof Sunil Khosla. Annual report of the ACTU was read out by the outgoing secretary, Prof Devinder Joshi. The negative role played by the present leadership of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) was also mentioned by Mr Joshi, president Sharma thanked the general house for their cooperation.

JAYCEES MEET: “Knowing yourself is a blessing and very important indeed. If this is exercised regularly, it improves your appearance, attitude and action. You should know yourself and without this knowledge, you can not progress in life”, said zone trainer of Indian Jaycees, Mr J.P. Aggarwal, at a training programme ‘Leadership in 21st century’ here at R.S. Model Senior Secondary School on Saturday. The programme was organised by Ludhiana City Jaycees under the chairmanship of president, Mr Jasminder Singh. Mr Aggarwal, while addressing the students, said it was not only studies which mattered but inclination towards a particular field determined child’s career in future. He said ‘goal setting’ was an action plan, which led to a series of activities which resulted in achievements. The achievements were recognised as successful actions. Junior Jaycees wing in R.S. Model Senior Secondary School was also installed on this occasion. More than 30 students attended the programme. Amongst other present on the occasion were Mr Neeraj Goenka, Mr Manwinder Kataria, Mr Vineet Bansal, Mr Sandeep Garg and Ms Indu N. Singh.

ELECTED: Mr Surinder Kumar Gupta was elected president of the Lions Club Ludhiana Virat. Mr D.K. Gupta was elected secretary at the general body meeting of the club on Friday. Both the persons were unanimously elected and the president was given the authority to nominate his team for 2003. Addressing the members, the newly elected president said that during his tenure medical camps, eye donation camps, social service projects will be organised on a priority basis. Those present on the occasion were Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal, Mr R.K. Mehta, Mr Prem Grover, Mr Satish Mohindru, Mr Kamlinder Singla, Mr Swaranjit Singh, Mr Shekhar Gupta and Mr Sanjay Gupta.

ALUMNI MEET: An alumni meet was held at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana. Welcoming the students, Principal, Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota, wished them success. A committee of old students was constituted. The students presented a cultural programme which started with a ‘shabad’ and was followed by tunes on violin, gidha, folk dance and music. Senior lecturers of the college Mrs Gursharan Kaur, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Gill and Mrs Jatinder Kaur Chawla were honoured. Besides Mrs Kanwal Jot Kaur, Lecturer G.C. Girls College, Model Town Ludhiana; Mrs Tejinder Pal Kaur (teacher), Mrs Pripat Kaur (inspector custom and excise, Jalandhar), Mrs Jatinder Kaur (Principal, MTS Public School), Mrs Harjit Kaur, export cloth house, Model Town, Ludhiana were honoured on the occasion.

MEETING: A meeting of the principals of all engineering colleges affiliated with the Punjab Technical University was held at Guru Nanak Engineering College here on Friday. Dr A. Karunanidhi, former Vice Chancellor, Anna University and chairman of the task force committee of engineering colleges of Punjab was the chief guest. He discussed the issue of autonomising the institutions for regulated curriculum development. He also proposed that the colleges should set up alumni centres and smart card systems. The principals raised the issues on industrial training, updated university calendar, systemised appointment, development of infrastructure, improvement of industrial interaction, betterment of examination and evaluation systems and improved functioning of board of studies.

PROGRAMME: An orientation programme for the parents of newly admitted kids was organised at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School on Saturday. Dr Jugesh Chatwal, Head of the Department of Paediatrics, Ms Harneet Anand, Head of the Department of Home Science at BCM College of Education, and Ms Prerna Khanna, Head of the Department of Psychology in the college, gave some tips to the parents for the all round development of their children. The parents asked various questions on new concepts of child psychology which were well answered by the experts. The parents were also told about various activities that would be held in the year. Importance on parents’ relationship with the school was also discussed.

ORDER ON PENSION: The Chief Secretary Punjab has recommended to the Finance Department for the withdrawal of its recent orders that the pension should be disbursed through banks only. He ordered to continue the disbursement either through the treasury or through banks. This was informed by Mr Balwant Singh Sodhi and Mr Mahinder Singh, president and press secretary, the government pensioners association, to the mediapersons here on Saturday they met Mr Harchand Singh Barsat, OSD to Chief Minister on Friday. The new orders about pension had created a confusion among the pensioners and the payment of their pension for March would be delayed. A deputation of Punjab Pensioners Confederation led by its chief B.K. Kaushal, general secretary Mohinder Singh Parwana, along with district president, has been invited by Mr Lal Singh, Finance Minister, Punjab, on March 25 to discuss various demands of the association, including increase in medical allowance, concessional travel facility in bus fares and homes for the aged. Mr Barsat has assured the confederation to arrange a meeting with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, soon after the Assembly session.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: Mr Bhan Singh Bhaura, MP, presided over the annual prize distribution function of the local Government Nehru Memorial Postgraduate College here on Saturday. Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Mansa, was the chief guest. A cultural programme was also organised by students of the college.

SHOP SEALED: A team of health officers on Friday raided Raju Medical store located at the Maqboolpura Chowk and sealed it. In a press note issued here on Saturday the Civil Surgeon, Dr Kanwaljit Singh said 10 different types of intoxicant drugs were seized from the shop. The Civil Surgeon said the purchase and sale records were not maintained of the drugs and the pharmacist was also not available at the shop. He said the matter had been referred to the state Drugs Controller, Punjab, Chandigarh, for concealing the licence of the shop.

WORKSHOP HELD: A workshop was organised as part of the North Zone Indian Orthopaedic Association Conference at the Government Medical College here on Saturday to demonstrate live knee-replacement surgery. The demonstrations were conducted after the Medical College borrowed instruments from a private company. Dr Ravinder Singh, Prof and Head of the Department of Orthopaedics, said it was difficult for his department to hope for a kit to conduct knee-replacement operations costing Rs 10 lakh.

VARSITY FUNCTION: A programme — ‘Punjabi Parivar Milni — was organised by the Department of Punjabi on the university campus here on Saturday. Eminent dramatist and former head of the department of Punjabi Harcharan Singh, urged students to lead a tension-free and committed life. Mr S.S. Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, appreciated the efforts of the Punjabi Department in organising the reunion.



SANJIVNI SCHOOL: A cultural programme marked the farewell function at Sanjivni Preparatory School, Sector 11, for its outgoing students. A musical play, an aerobics dance and a Haryanavi dance were presented. Deepali was adjudged Miss Sanjivni-2003, while Aagman was declared the best artist of the year.

CONDEMNED: The local unit of the Communist Party of India has condemned the US attack on Iraq. Mr Baldev Singh Jhajj, secretary of the unit, said by attacking Iraq, USA was interfering in the internal matters of that nation.



CONVOCATION: The convocation and annual prize distribution function was held at Government College, Naraingarh, on Saturday. As many as 199 graduates and 21 postgraduates were awarded degrees. Higher Education Commissioner Dhanpat Singh was the chief guest. The Principal of the college, Dr S.S. Phuilia, highlighted achievements of the college. Pooja Rani got the roll-of-honour for being third in the university in BA I, 2001-02.

HOUSE TAX: Congress municipal councillors on Saturday demanded that a special meeting of the Municipal Council, Ambala Sadar, should be convened to deliberate on the issue of house tax and fire tax. Leader of the Congress in the MC Hira Lal Yadav stated that the house tax and fire tax were adversely affecting the common man. Meanwhile, BJP councillors Kamal Kishore Jain and Rajiv Gupta have demanded that the development activities in Mahesh Nagar colonies should be started without any delay.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: The annual convocation function of the local Government College was held here on the college premises on Friday. Mr Dhanpat Singh, Commissioner of Higher Education, Haryana, was the chief guest while Mr Sushil Sarwan, SDM, presided over the function. Around 277 graduates and 30 postgraduates were given degrees of Kurukshetra University by the Commissioner.

CONVOCATION: Prof Kailasho Saini, MP, Kurukshetra, called upon the teachers to inculcate the spirit of dedication and honesty among students. She was speaking at the convocation and annual prize distribution function of Markanda National Post Graduate College here on Saturday. Prizes and certificates were distributed among 130 meritorious students for achieving distinction in different fields. Kuldip Pahuja, MA Ist year was given the college colour for all-round performance. Students presented a colourful cultural programme on the occasion. Prof Kailasho Saini, was the chief guest.


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