Wednesday, April 9, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Bharat Nagar Welfare Society: president — Mr Purshotam Gargi; vice-president — Mr Ashok Verma; general secretary — Mr Paramjit Singh; organising secretary — Mr Chiman Lal; joint secretary — Mr M.S. Walia and treasurer — Mr Sushil Goyal.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Printing Press Sangh: president — Mr Ram Avtar Aggarwal; senior vice-president — Mr Vijay Kumar; general secretary — Mr Ajay Kumar Gupta; joint secretary — Mr Ram Mittal and treasurer — Mr Ram Bajaj.

APPOINTED: Mr H.S. Hanspal, president, PPCC has appointed Mr Gursant Singh Brar as the president of the sports and cultural cell of the Congress. This was stated in a press note issue here on Tuesday.

TWO KILLED: Two persons were killed in separate incidents in the district on Tuesday. A person was killed when he fell from a moving train on the outskirts of the city on Tuesday. The deceased who could not be identified was admitted to the Civil Hospital in a serious condition where he succumbed to his injuries. In another incident an unidentified person was crushed to death by a vehicle on the Bathinda-Bajakhana road, 15 km from here. The deceased seemed mentally upset.

THEFT: Rupees 10,000 and some gold were stolen from the residence of Mr Kewal Krishan, North Estate Colony, here on Tuesday as per a complaint registered with the police. Mr Krishan said while he and his brother had gone to meet the district police chief in connection with some work the robbery took place.

ELECTION: The election of office-bearers to the Retired Municipal Pensioners Welfare Union, Bathinda region, will be held on April 20 as per a press note of the union issued here on Tuesday.

ARRESTED: The police here has impounded two tractor-trailers used in the theft of bags of rice and recovered 29 such bags. According to Mr Swarandeep Singh Dhillon, DSP, Fazilka Sadar police, Banta Singh, Gurnam Singh, Balwant Singh and Mohinder Singh, all residents of Hasta Kalan in the subdivision, have been arrested in this connection. A case under Section 457/380, IPC, has been registered.

AID FOR FARMERS: The BKU (Ekta) has demanded a compensation of Rs 10,000 per acre for the farmers of Macchiwara sub- tehsil whose standing wheat crop was damaged by hailstorm. According to Mr Balwant Singh Ghudani, general secretary of the unit, the farmers had been devastated by the losses and the government should also ensure that their loans should be waived off and they should also be provided with green fodder or adequate compensation in this context.

CULTURAL MELA: Major Rajasthani Club, Jagraon, organised the fourth Sabhyacharak Mela here on Tuesday in the memory of Major Rajasthani, a folk singer, in the ground opposite the truck union in which various folk singers participated. A kabaddi match was also arranged on this occasion. The mela was inaugurated by Mr Gurdip Singh Bhaini, ex-MLA, and was presided over by Mr Karanjit Singh Sony, general secretary of the State Youth Congress.

CASE REGISTERED: The Sardulgarh police on Monday registered a criminal case under Sections 406 and 465 of the IPC against Nanak Ram, assistant grade-1 officer (Depot), FCI, posted at Sardulgarh in the district on the complaint of the District Manager of the FCI, Bathinda. According to the FIR, 930 quintals of rice and 431 quintals of wheat were found short in the stocks. Nanak Ram had also drawn Rs 1.7 lakh as contingency advance of which Rs 1,24,340 were lying with him whereas the balance shown in the cash book was nil.

AMOUNT DISBURSED: More than Rs 17 lakh was disbursed by local MLA, Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, at a function here on Tuesday in the premises of the local nagar council office for the developments of villages, including Samrala city.

RESULTS: Result of Class V of Guru Nanak Public School, Madpur, was 100 per cent. While Jaspreet Singh stood Ist, Karamjeet Kaur was second. A student of Gyan Jyoti Public School, Samrala, Rajwinder Singh, stood IInd in Samrala block after obtaining 446 marks out of 550.



SEMINAR: A one-day seminar on trafficking of women would be organised by the Haryana Police in association with the New Delhi-based Institute of Social Science here on Friday. According to a press note, the keynote address would be delivered by Mr Justice Sujata V. Manohar (retd), member, National Human Rights Commission. Representatives of the NHRC and police organisations of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh would take part in the seminar. Representatives of NGOs, various universities and the High Court would also attend the seminar. The proceedings of the meeting would be submitted to the Law Commission, NHRC, and the National Commission for Women.

CONDEMNED: The general body meeting of the Dr Ambedkar Study Circle here on Tuesday condemned officials of the UT Administration for failing to take action against those office-bearers of the society who had allegedly embezzled funds worth around Rs 25 lakh. The embezzlement had come to light in an audit report. Mr O.P. Jindal, general secretary of the circle, in a press note said the body had demanded action against the culprits and recovery of the amount. It urged the Director Social Welfare and the chairman of the circle to call a meeting of legally constituted ad hoc committee to take a decision.

DEMAND: The Students Organisation of Punjab University (SOPU), has, in a memorandum submitted to the Vice-Chancellor, demanded that the 10 per cent hike in university fees be withdrawn. It has also demanded to hold reappear examination in the departments of political science and sociology every six months. The body has threatened stir in case their demands were not met.

PEN-DOWN: The UT Powermen Union, Chandigarh, on Monday observed a two-hour pen-down/tool-down’ strike against the Electricity Bill 2001 in Parliament. The strike was observed on a call given by the National Co-ordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers. The rallies held were addressed by various trade union leaders, including Mr Bhagmal Rana, Mr Kasturi Lal, Mr Ujjagar Singh Mohi, Mr Mehar Chand, Mr Vijay Sigh, Mr Narinder Singh Sekhon and Mr Ram Saroop

BLOOD DONORS: Mr S.S. Channy, Managing Director, Markfed, on Tuesday honoured blood donors as part of the World Health Day celebrations. As many as 105 staff members of the Markfed donated blood.

EXPOSITION: The Northern Regional, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), will hold Coolex 2003, an exposition in air-conditioning and refrigeration, at its headquarters here from April 10 to 13. The fair will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

PENSION: Old age pension, widow pension, pension for handicapped and destitute children amounting to Rs 33.92 lakh have been distributed among as many as 17,277 people, according to a press note by the district administration here.

SELF EMPLOYMENT: The District Industries Centre has received 506 applications from unemployed youth for aid to set up own businesses under the Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Yojna. A spokesperson for the centre said as many as 432 applications had been sent to various banks for approval and 272 of these had been accepted.

HAFED RALLY: A deputation of the HAFED Employees Union on Tuesday met the Chairman of HAFED, Mr Suraj Mal Antal, and other officers and asked them to accept their demands. They have been protesting for the past seven days against the non-payment of ex-gratia and bonus for the year 2001-02. 

NOMINATED: Ms Vijay Jain has been nominated general secretary of the District Mahila Congress, while Ms Raj Sharma has been nominated general secretary of the Block Mahila Congress by the District Mahila Congress president, Ms Santosh Sharma.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: As many as 120 students of the Swami Devi Dyal Institute of Management and Technology donated blood at a camp organised at the institute here on Monday. The camp was organised in association with the District Red Cross Society.

STREET LIGHTS: The Municipal Council has issued notice to the contractor for non-functional street lights found in various parts of the township. A surprise check was conducted on Monday by MC officials who found the street lights on the road dividing Yavanika and Sectors 8, 9 and 10 out of order. Another check was conducted by the MC staff late in the evening on Tuesday.

NAVRATRA MELA: Members of a troupe from the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) enthralled the huge gathering at the Mata Mansa Devi shrine here with their powerful performance of Maheshasur vadh. Mr B.D. Dahlia, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Haryana, was the chief guest on Tuesday’s cultural evening on the seventh day of the Navratra mela here.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Kendriya Sanatan Dharam Mandir Kalyan Samiti: chairman — Mr Hari Singh Thakur; president — Ms Indu Sehgal; vice-presidents — Mr C.L. Kakkar and Mr Mahesh Manan; general secretary — Mr Manoj Kumar Aggarwal ; and cashier — Mr Sudarshan Kumar.

INAUGURATED: The president of the local Municipal Council, Mr Kulwant Singh, inaugurated Kamal Dental Clinic in Phase II here on Sunday.



WORKSHOP: A two-day workshop on English Language Teaching organised by the Oxford University Press at Army School, Ambala Cantonment, concluded here on Tuesday. The workshop was attended by the Director AWES, Chandimandir, and 65 teachers from different Army schools of the region. Dr Paul Gunashekar and Dr Meera Srinivas of the Central Institute of English and Foreign Language, Hyderabad, were the resource persons.

BAG STOLEN: The bag of a bank agent, Manmohan, containing cash around Rs 1 lakh, a number of Vikas Patras and other documents were taken away from his scooter when he was telling the way of Naraingarh to someone. The FIR was registered on Tuesday

FOUND DEAD: One of the labourers working in a farm at Panjokhra village was found dead in his hut on Tuesday morning. He was brought to hospital where he was declared dead. The police handed over the body to his family members after the post mortem.

TWO KILLED: Two persons were killed and another was injured seriously in a road accident at Kabrel village near here on Monday. According to the police, Dula Ram, a resident of Dhobi village, along with his two relatives Subhash and Surajbhan, was returning to his village from Kabrel on a scooter when a canter collided with their vehicle head-on. Dula Ram and Subhash died on the spot. Suraj Bhan was admitted to the Adampur Civil Hospital from where he was referred to the Hisar Civil Hospital. The police has registered a case.

SUICIDE: A youth committed suicide here here on Monday. According to the Railway police, Pawan Kumar, a resident of Landhri village, threw himself before a train near Kaimari Road railway crossing. He died on the spot.

SENTENCED: A local court on Monday sentenced Subhash Fauji to two years’ imprisonment for possessing illegal arms. The Sadar police had registered a case against him on the complaint of a local brickkiln owner Mr Shyam Sundar on May 13, 2000.

WAR SHORTAGE: Many parts of the township are experiencing shortage of drinking water. The Youth Congress district vice president Mr Rajiv Chopra, on Tuesday alleged that people in many areas of the township were facing inconvenience due to erratic supply of drinking water. He said Presidents had also been complaining of low water pressure.

ALLEGED: The anti-farmer attitude of the Chautala government has been exposed. Suppression of farmers has compelled them to go on fast at various places. This was alleged by the national president of the Youth Congress, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, here on Monday.



CONDEMNED: The Himachal Pradesh State Journalists Federation, has condemned the registration of a false police case at Jogindernagar in Mandi district against some scribes on the charge of causing disturbances at a cultural programme a few days ago.

BAN SOUGHT: The Educated Unemployed Youths Confederation is up in arms against the fake and unrecognised medical and non-medical colleges coming up in Himachal Pradesh which are deceiving and fleecing innocent students of the region. In a handout issued here on Monday, Mr Rajat Kumar, president of the confederation requested the state Chief Minister to ban the setting up of such self-styled medical and non-medical colleges in the area.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of Himachal Ayurvedic Medical Officers Association: president — Dr Dinesh Kumar; vice president — Dr Nishesh Sharma; secretary — Dr Shakti Prashad; joint secretary — Dr Arun Chandan; organising secretary — Dr Anil Shekhdi; and treasurer — Dr Ashok Shekhari.

BUDGET OKAYED: The local municipal council proposes to generate an additional income of Rs 10 lakh annually by imposing nominal house tax, renting out shops and buildings to business houses and creating more car parks in the town. Giving this information here on Tuesday, Mr Surinder Dhall, president of the council, said the budget of the municipal council for the current fiscal year totalling Rs 1.37 crore had been okayed.

PHARMACISTS’ BODY: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of Himachal Pradesh Pharmacists Association: president — Mr Rajinder Sharma; senior vice president — Mr Surinder Shekhari; vice presidents — Mr Navjeevan Sharma, Mr Hem Raj and Mr Yog Raj; general secretary — Mr Gajinder Vashist, joint secretary — Mr Adeep Chona, press secretary — Mr Anil Katoch and treasurer — Mr Parveen Puri.

INAUGURATED: Rakesh Goyal, Bharat Kapoor and Naresh Vaidya, three unemployed youths here, have set an example by opening a G-3 Computer Solution Institute, first of its type in the state. It will impart computer hardware diploma and certificates. It was inaugurated by Thakur Kaul Singh, IPH and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, on Monday.


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