Friday, March 28, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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CASE SOLVED: The district police claimed to have solved a blind murder case with the arrest of the wife of deceased Davinder Singh and his brother here on Wednesday. The SSP, Mr Narender Pal Singh, in a press note issued here said Davinder Singh’s wife, Jasbir Kaur, had illicit relations with her brother-in-law Lakhwinder Singh and after hatching a conspiracy to get rid of Davinder Singh, a resident of the Mohkampura locality, the two killed him.

CYLINDERS’ THEFT: Twentyone empty LPG cylinders were stolen from a truck of Bharat Gas, Batala, on Wednesday. The Batala city police has taken Harbhajan Singh, truck driver, Pamma, cleaner, and chowkidar Roor Singh into custody for further investigation.

OPEN: Mr S.K. Duggal, Superintending Engineer, Gurdaspur circle, in a press note issued here on Wednesday said that all PSEB offices in this circle would remain open on March 29 and 30 so that consumers owning tubewells who had not paid their bills so far could do so on the said dates without the payment of surcharge.

CLINIC RAIDED: The district health authorities raided a private clinic at the Leather complex here and found a doctor indulging in illegal medical termination of pregnancy. Dr O.P. Chabra, Civil Surgeon, stated here that after receiving a tip-off, a special team of health officials headed by Dr J.C.Nagpal, District Family Planning Officer, raided Deep Clinic at the Leather complex on the Kapurthala road.

: Senior Youth Congress leader Subhash Rajasthani has condemned the massacre of innocent people by terrorists at Nadimarg in Kashmir. In a statement issued here on Thursday, he urged the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, to take some decisive action against the terrorists and their mentor Pakistan. The Vishwa Guru Ravi Dass Mission has also condemned the incident. Youth Congress activists also took out a procession. 

AWARDED: Sumit Sharma and Sukhdeep Singh have been awarded All-Round Trophy for 2000-2001 and 2001-2002, respectively, at the convocation-cum-prize distribution function of the College of Agricultural Engineering. The graduates of the 1979 batch had introduced the trophy which is awarded every year to an all-round student of the pre-final year of B.Tech (Agricultural Engineering).

ACTU MEETING: A meeting of office-bearers of the ACTU was held on Thursday in the Arya College library. It was unanimously resolved to censure the Punjab Government move to effect a further cut of 20 per cent in the 95 per cent grant-in-aid for the government-aided privately managed colleges. They also condemned the present leadership of the PCCTU for its alleged partisan attitude. They decided to hold a dharna in front of the Principal’s office in the college on Thursday.

EYES DONATED: The eyes of Om Prakash Jain of Kichlu Nagar were donated to Punarjot Eye Bank of Punjab after his sudden death by his family members recently. The eyes of Ajit Kaur of New Model Town were also donated to the same bank by the victim’s family. The eyes were donated to four needy patients.

SEMINAR ON VAT: A seminar on VAT was organised for MBA (IV semester) and BBA (VI semester) at the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Civil Lines, here on Thursday. Addressing students, Mr D.S. Chawla, president, Cycle and Parts Association, said there was different tax structure in states. To bring uniformity, it had become necessary to introduce VAT.

GATE RALLY: On a call given by the Joint Action Committee, Punjab Roadways staff held a gate rally at the local depot in support of their demands here on Thursday. Addressing the protesters, various union leaders said the funds allocated for the purchase of new buses should be utilised at the earliest so that people can travel in comfort. The agitators also showed their resentment against the US-Iraq war and burnt an effigy of President Bush.

BOOKED: The Sadar police has booked 10 persons on the charges of attempt to murder two policemen. According to a spokesman of the police, on March 21, Surinder Kumar Saini and Deep Kumar, head constables, were on their way to Dhobra village on a motorcycle. The suspects who were travelling in a Tata Sumo allegedly tried to hit the vehicle of the victims, but they escaped unhurt.

KILLED: In a separate accidents involving a tractor-trailer, a four-wheeler and a bicycle, two persons, including a Bihari labourer, Lalit Saini and Raju were killed here on Wednesday while three others were injured.

NAGAR COUNCIL: Mr Jasvir Singh Jassi and Dr Jogesh Kumar Sharma have been elected president and vice-president, respectively, of the local Nagar Council unanimously. This was stated by Mr Jaspal Singh Jassi, SDM, Samrala, here on Thursday.

DEMANDED: In a letter written to Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister, and Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, national general secretary of the Bharti Kisan Union, demanded that Mr Dhindsa should quit the ministry and participate in an agitation by the BKU on March 31 in Delhi in protest against fixing Rs 620 as MSP for wheat.

SHABAD GAYAN: Amrit Preet Kaur of the local Nankana Sahib Public School stood first in the shabad gayan competition held by Guru Nanak Education and the Charitable Trust, Dhindsa. Gurpreet Chawla of the same school won second position in poetry.

KILLED: Kuldeep Singh (36), a resident of Baghapurana, died on the spot when his scooter was hit by a mini bus at Bhaggupur village near Patti on Wednesday. Police sources said a case under Section 304A, 279, 427 of the IPC had been registered against the driver of the mini bus.

SAMMELAN: The Khalra Mission Committee (KMC) has decided to convene a “panthik vichar sammelan” on March 29 at Amritsar to oppose the proposal to give the holy Sri Harminder Sahib the status of world heritage and discuss others problems being faced by the Sikhs. Mr Virsa Singh Behla representative of the KMC, in a press statement issued here on Wednesday said scholars had been invited to the sammelan.



URGED: Raising the issue of Punjabi language during zero hour in Punjab Assembly, Mr Birdevinder Singh, Congress MLA, on Thursday urged the minister concerned to meet Punjabi writers who were holding chain fast at Matka chowk for the past several days.

ELECTED: Mr Charanjit Singh and Mr Baljit Singh have been elected President and Secretary, respectively, of the general committee of Gurdwara Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji, Sector 40, here. Other office-bearers are: senior vice-president — Mr S.S. Bhatia; vice-president — Mr Sardar Singh; general secretary — Mr Kushwant Singh; secretary — Mr Baljit Singh; joint secretary — Mr Harbhajan Singh; propaganda secretary — Mr Tajinder Singh; treasurer — Mr Gurdial Singh; and storekeeper — Mr Amar Singh.

MEETING: In a meeting of the Haryana unit of All-India Confederation of SC/ST & BC Organisations here on Wednesday, it was decided that a large number of Dalits would convert themselves to Buddhism, Islam and Christianity on occasion of birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar on April 14. A release issued by the confederation said the meeting, presided over by Mr Karamvir Singh, president of the Haryana unit, also decided that birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar would be observed at Bhagwan Valmiki Ashram, Sector 24, here.

STIR THREAT: The Punjab Health and Medical Directorate Employees Union on Wednesday threatened to launch an agitation in case the salary of the staff working in the leprosy scheme, withheld for the last nine months, was not released soon. The president of the association, Mr Kulbhushan Kanwar, said the employees had not received salary due to non-receipt of the sanction of the scheme from the Finance Department. Urging the Punjab Government to immediately intervene in the matter, they threatened to launch an agitation if no action is taken within a week’s time.

KILLINGS FLAYED: The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party on Wednesday condemned the killing of 24 Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing a gathering of party office-bearers, Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee President B.B. Bahl said around 8,000 Kashmiri Pandits had left the Valley recently. NCP president Gurbachan Singh and its general secretary Shyam Lal Kanoujia in a statement accused the ruling Congress and the People’s Democratic Party of failing to provide security to Kashmiri migrants.

LICENCES UNDER PFA: With powers for issuing of licences under the Prevention of Food Adulteration (PFA) Act once again being vested with the Director Health Services, the authorities on Wednesday issued the terms and conditions for obtaining of licences for selling any food items. The licences would now be issued by UT Health Director-cum-Principal Medical Officer, under the Rule 49 and 50 of the PFA Act, 1954, for purpose of manufacture, sale, stock, distribution or exhibiting for sale all food articles. All such persons have been asked to apply for a licence on a prescribed form along with the fee between April 1 to May 30. The forms can be obtained from the Licensing Authority, Community Health Centre, Sector 22.

DISCUSSION: One government college and one government school library will be kept open for use of the public in the neighbourhood as an experiment to encourage city residents to read more books. This was decided at a panel discussion on ‘What library users want?’ organised by the British Library here on Wednesday. It was attended by over 100 librarians from the region. This decision was taken by the DPI (Colleges) following a suggestion given by one of the librarians. Mr Vivek Atray, Director Information Technology Chandigarh, the Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh, Mr M Ramshekhar, Ms Poonam Sidhu, Joint Commissioner, Income Tax, Chandigarh and Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal, SP (Operations), were also present.

WORKSHOP: A three-day workshop which started on Wednesday on Feng Shui was organised by Canara Bank’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Development for Women. The objective was to empower women by equipping them with knowledge of Feng Shui. The workshop was conducted by Mr Ravi Chadha, a Feng Shui practitioner from New Delhi. Twentyfive women attended the workshop.

CRITICISED: The Trader Cell of the BJP here on Wednesday criticised the Congress for its “anti-trader” policies and demanded the withdrawal of property tax and paid parking system from the city. President of the cell Purushottam Mahajan and his team of office-bearers said traders had been at the receiving end ever since the Congress took over the reins of power in the Municipal Corporation. They also demanded the postponement of the imposition of Value Added Tax in the city.

SEMINAR: A seminar on “The Life and Works of Vivekananda” was organised by Panjab University here on Wednesday. In his inaugural address, Swami Amritananda, secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission, Vishakhapatnam, highlighted Vivekananda’s influence on the freedom movement. In the first lecture of the inaugural session, Mr Prannath Pankaj said Vivekananda believed in action rather than sermonising. Swami Brahmeshwarananda from the local chapter of the mission talked about the teachings of Swami Vivekananda. Mr J.B.Goel read a paper on Vivekananda’s views on society and polity. Prof Indu Sarin showed how the Swami unified religion and morality. Prof Veena Kapoor talked about Vivekananda’s idea of perfection. Prof Dharmendra Goel, Dr Asha Maudgil, Dr Makhan Lal and Prof Asha Goel also spoke.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the State Bank of India Staff Association, Haryana Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh unit: president Mr Bachittar Singh; vice-president — Mr Jagdish Chand; secretary — Mr Baldev Singh; assistant secretary — Mr Vinod Sharma.

REQUEST: The Chandigarh Administration has requested the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to allow the Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar, to continue in the office here till the appointment of his successor is made. Mr Ramsekhar’s four-year tenure ended on March 22. The request has been made as a successor for the DC is all set to be appointed. The name of the new DC has been cleared by the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Lal Krishan Advani and it awaits approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

ALBUM RELEASED: The first music album of upcoming singer Daljit Singh was released at a function at Mohali Club here on Wednesday. The album was released by the Superintendent of Police, Mr H.S. Bhullar. The audience was treated to some of the songs from the album. 



VISIT: Mrs Sudha Mallai, a member of National Women Commission, visited Ambala Central Jail working women hostel at Ambala City here on Friday to assess their problems. She said that more funds were required to enhance the facilities for the women prisoner. Several women activists of various NGOs Pushpa Gupta, Seema Sagar, Renu Dhawan, Seema Jain and Dr Kamlesh Dutta were present.

AWARD: Mr Kamlesh Bhartiya, Staff Correspondent of Dainik Tribune here, has been selected for an award for 2001-2002 by the Kendriya Hindi Directorate, New Delhi. According to an announcement made by Dr Pushplata Taneja, Director of the KHD, at Delhi two days ago, Mr Bhartiya has been honoured for his book, “Ek Swandata Ki Diary”, published in March, 2001.

COMPLAINT: On a complaint by the Government College authorities about anti-social elements the Kalka police has started patrolling the college campus here. The college administration had complained to the SP a few days back as the girls students were facing problems due to nuisance created by youths loitering around the college.

EXHIBITION: The Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Mr R.S. Chaudhry, inaugurated the fourth annual arts exhibition organised by students of M.A. (previous and final) of the Department of Fine Arts of the university on Wednesday. The Dean, Academic Affairs, Prof V.K. Agarwal, the Chairperson of the Fine Arts Department, Prof Amar Singh, the Director, Youth and Cultural Affairs, Mr Anoop Lather, and the president, Kurukshetra University Teachers Association (KUTA), Dr Pradeep Chauhan, were also present.



RESERVATION: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr P.C. Jassal, inaugurated a computerised reservation counter of Ambala division of Northern Railways at the main bus stand here on Wednesday. Society president Ramdass Thakur Jassal said this counter would meet the long-standing demand of people of Bilaspur district and remain open on all days, except Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CAMP: A five-day ‘‘Youth social work camp’’ organised by the Yuva Mandal Kahali at Deoth, near, here, under the aegis of the Nehru Yuvak Kendra concluded on Wednesday. Youth Coordinator Somdutt Zard congratulated 25 youths of the area who participated in this camp.

FUNCTION: The local National Public School organised a function in the school premises on Friday to honour the students and staff of the school. Students, parents, and the staff of the school attended the function. Books were given to the meritorious students, mementoes and silver plates were given to students and staff for having 100 per cent attendance in the school. Aakit, Abhushek, Kiran, Mamata, Shivam Chopra, Bhanu Pratap, Seemi, Anjali Soni, Navjot Kaur, and Sangeeta got meritorious a awards for standing first for the year 2003-2004.


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