Sunday, April 13, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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INAUGURATED: Mayor Sunil Dutti on Friday inaugurated the construction of a pucca road being constructed at the cost of around Rs 4.50 lakh at Ajad Nagar, Chheharta. He asserted that to make the city clean tractor-trailers and machines had been purchased by the municipal corporation.

FUNCTION: The Association for Democratic Rights Punjab (ADRP) along with at least half a dozen organisations, including the Lok Morcha, the Taraksheel Society Bharat, the Freedom Fighters Association, the Hari Singh Baghi Yadgari Manch and some farmers organisations will pay tribute to martyrs at Jallianwala Bagh on Sunday. They will also hold a rally against the US attack on Iraq.

INAUGURATED: Mr Surinder Singla, MLA and Chairman, high-powered committee on Finance on Friday, inaugurated Swami Vishwash Public School at the Bathinda-Goniana road. He lamented the declining standard of education. Mr Dinesh Vishwash, spokesman for the school said in addition to education, moral and spiritual development of students would be looked into at the school.

ALLEGED: Mr Mukhtiar Singh Phoola, state president, Inklabi Kendra in a statement issued here on Thursday alleged that the USA and the UK had attacked Iraq to ‘control’ the world’s oil market and to establish the US dollar as the supreme currency in the market.

INAUGURATION: Justice Ajit Singh Bains, Chairman, Punjab Human Rights Organisation, will inaugurate the Bathinda unit of the organisation here on Monday. R.D. Gupta, district president, PHRO, said in a press note that Mr Rajwinder Bains, of the Supreme Court would preside over the function.

SUKHMANI FEST: More than 100 students from 30 engineering colleges participated in 'Sukhmani Fest 2003' organised by the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology here on Saturday. Various events, including collage-making, rangoli, face-painting and mehndi competition, were organised. Earlier, Mr Avtar Singh, Chairman of the institute, inaugurated the festival. Prizes were also given to winners of various competitions, said the Principal of the institute, Dr Kirpal Singh.

3 ARRESTED: The police has arrested Mahinder Singh of Pathankot for his involvement in the smuggling of poppy husk. Mr H.P.S. Brar, SSP, said on Saturday that 10 kg of poppy husk was seized from him. He said following a tip-off, the suspect was arrested at a naka near Military Hospital, Pathankot. A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered. Meanwhile, the police on Friday arrested Rajinder Pal and Dali Kumar, alias Raju, for possessing a born movie and for preparing duplicate CDs of T-Series cassettes, respectively. Cases have been registered.

PENSION FUND: The Social Security Department has sent Rs 2,73,57,200 to various bank branches in the district for the distribution of pensions to 57,049 beneficiaries in Hoshiarpur district. This was disclosed by Mr Kirandeep Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur, in a press note here on Friday. He said that pensions of 39,888 beneficiaries of old-age and 8,527 of widows up to September, 2002, had been sent to bank branches. Besides, pensions of 5061 dependant children and 3358 handicapped beneficiaries up to December , 2002, had been issued. He stated that Rs 12.73 lakh had also been sent to bank branches for providing pensions to 1817 beneficiaries under National Old-Age Scheme upto December, 2002.

CRITICISED: Terming the Capt Amarinder Singh government as anti-people, the secretary of the CPM, Mr Mangat Ram Pasla, on Friday criticised the state government for its recent decision to withdraw free education facility to girl students and fee hike for various courses.

ACCIDENT: Three persons were injured seriously when the car in which they were travelling hit a tree near Sahoran village on the Kharar-Kurali road on Saturday. Mr Balwant Rai, along with his wife, daughter and a grand-daughter of Jalandhar, was going to Chandigarh. The grand-daughter escaped unhurt. The injured were admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

SEMINAR: Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, invited Dr K.N.S. Kang, Dean, Punjab Technical University and Director PCTE, to a seminar on management and career options for the students of Class XII to broaden their horizon and keep them abreast with the latest career options.

BAISAKHI CELEBRATED: The tiny-tots of Kiddies Paradise celebrated Baisakhi with fervour here on Saturday on the school premises. A cultural show was also presented on this occasion.

DENTAL CAMP: Gurdwara Nanaksar, Samrala Chowk, will celebrate Baisakhi under the guidance of Baba Jaswant Singh. Ragi jathas will recite gurbani and there will be Guru ka langar on the occasion. Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College will hold a free dental check-up camp.

CAMP: The Akhil Bharatiya Shri Sangmeshwar Seva Dal will organise a blood donation camp and Murti Sthapan samaroh at Sri Krishna Mandir, Krishna Nagar, near PAU on April 13, 14 and 15. The blood donation camp will be inaugurated by Mr S.K. Sharma, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, on Sunday.

NATIONAL FLAG: A programme using multimedia, film, songs and dances depicting the evolution of the National Flag will be brought here on May 1 at the local Guru Nanak Bhavan. Mr Sunil Munjal, president of the Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam, at a press conference held on Saturday said the organisation would bring mega programme titled ‘Tiranga’ dedicated to salute the National Flag through poetry, music and art.

TRADE FAIR: The North India trade fair will be held on the premises of Government Girls College here from April 25 to May 4. Various companies will exhibit their products in the fair.

PENSIONERS MEET: A pensioners meeting will be organised at Government College for Boys here on Sunday to discuss management, supervision and maintenance as well as other related issues of the newly-constructed Pensioners’ Bhavan in the mini-secretariat here.

STRIKE CONTINUES: Even though the Prime Minister, has assured a deputation hosiery and textile units that the government would favourably review the decision about the imposition of central excise in the next session of Parliament beginning April 21, The Federation of Knitwear, Textile and Allied Industries Associations (FEKTAA), has asked the hosiery and textile manufacturers to continue the strike till April 25 and not to apply for registration under the Central excise.

LOAN SANCTIONED: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned a loan of Rs 15.85 crore for drinking water projects for Mansa district which will be helpful in providing 70 litre of piped water per day to 2.25 lakh residents of 91 villages of the district.

ACCIDENT: Sohan Singh was crushed to death by a private bus here on Thursday. The police has registered a case under Sections 304 A, 279 of the IPC.

CONDEMNED: Safai Karamcharis of the local municipal council have condemned mass transfers by the local authorities and have resolved to launch an agitation against the transfers.

FUNDS SOUGHT: Mr Harbans Singh Kairon, honorary secretary, Bhai Veera Singh Birdh Ghar here, has stressed the need for more funds for the NGOs especially for the old-aged homes. Mr Kairon raised the issue on the recently held meeting organised at Chandigarh under the chairmanship of Mr Rafiq-ur-Rahman, project director, National Initiative on Care for Elderly.



WELCOMED: In a joint statement issued here on Saturday, Gurbachan Singh and Mr Sham Lal Kanoujia, president and general secretary, respectively, of the local unit of the nationalist Congress Party have welcomed Mr V.C. Shukla for joining the party. After resigning from the primary membership of the Congress Mr Shukla joined the NCP on Friday.

ELECTED: Ashwani Kumar Jain has been unanimously elected president of the Mahavir Jain Yuvak Mandal. Other office-bearers include, Mr Naresh Jain, vice-president, Mr Alok Jain, general secretary, Mr Sanjiv Jain, treasurer, Mr Rajan Jain, and auditor, Mr Satyan Jain, Sanjay Jain, Gaurav Jain, Munish Jain, Navneet Jain, Prem Jain and Praveen Jain, all executive members. 

SP LEGAL CELL: Mr P.P. Singh, an advocate, has been appointed chairman of the legal cell of the local unit of the Samajwadi Party. At a meeting of the party, under the chairmanship of Mr Shivi Jaiswal, president, held here on Saturday, the executive committee of the legal cell was also formed comprising 31 lawyer members, practising in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and District Courts of Chandigarh. The legal cell of the party as decided to provide ‘free legal aid’ to the poor. 

ANNUAL DAY FUNCTION: Skits and songs marked the annual day function of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2 on Friday. The Scouts and Guides of the school welcomed the chief guest Brig S.C. Sharma, Commander, 12 Signal Group. Ms Rama Sharma, Principal, read out the achievements of the school and Ms Amita Sharma gave away prizes to meritorious students.

NAVRATRAS: Over 3.3 lakh devotees paid obeisance at the Mata Mansa Devi shrine during 'Chaitra Navratras' and offerings worth Rs 40.49 lakh were made by them. This was stated by the Chief Administrator of Sri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board and Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, Ms Satwanti Ahlawat, on Saturday. She said 75 gold items, 983 silver items were offered by the devotees besides other things.

ORIENTATION: Delhi Public School, Himshikha, organised an orientation programme for the parents of children seeking admission to the school. The programme was presided over by Dr D.R. Arora, Pro Vice-Chairman, Dr Shyama Chona, Director, DPS International, and Principal of DPS, R.K. Puram, Delhi, and Ms Seema Malik, Principal of the school. Ms Shyama Chona, an educationist, said learning should be an ongoing process in children and should not be limited to books alone.



AWARDED: The Director of the S.A. Jain Institute of Management and Technology, Ambala City, was awarded ‘Jewel of India Award’ and ‘Vidhya Rattan Award’ by the International Institute of Education and Management at a function in Delhi recently. According to a press note of the college, the award was given for his contribution in social work and on the publication of an article written on the role of entire entrepreneurship.

WHEAT: Around 10,905 tonnes of wheat have arrived in various grain markets of the district. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.D. Gautam here on Saturday. He said the district administration had made all necessary arrangements to procure the wheat.

BODY FOUND: The body of a resident of Barara was found near a nullah on Saturday. According to the police, Pawan Kumar (30) went to his field last evening to look for his servant who had gone, there to meet some person. Relatives of Pawan have alleged that he was murdered. They have named four persons in an FIR in this connection. Three persons have been arrested.



INAUGURATED: Brigadier Sansar Chand Verma, Commander, 23 (Independent) Armed Brigade, inaugurated a polyclinic at Sainik Rest House here on Friday. He said the Defence Ministry had decided to open such poly-clinics for ex-servicemen and their families in all districts of Himachal Pradesh.

URGED: The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh here has urged the state government to release insurance money, under the crop insurance scheme, to thousands of villagers who had insured their crops last year. Bilaspur district was hit by draught and farmers who had got their crops insured had not received compensation despite repeated requests.

REQUESTED: The Ghumarwin unit of the Congress has demanded that five panchayats namely Chhat, Kotlu-Brahamana, Paplah, Kapahada and Karloti should be attached with Block Development Office at Ghumarwin and should be detached from Block Development Office at Jhandutta.

ALARMED: Showing her concern, the Himachal Health Minister, Mrs Chandresh Kumari, said in case the sex ratio amongst the newly born was not maintained, it would lead to innumerable social problems in the coming years. She was addressing doctors, social workers and officials while inaugurating a seminar organised on the occasion of national mother safety day.

DEMANDED: The Himachal Pradesh Project Engineers’ Association at its meeting held at Sundernagar on Saturday demanded the setting up of a permanent monitoring committee comprising eminent engineers, including those from the HPSEB, to examine project planning and quality control of various project currently under execution in the state.

POWER ENGINEERS: The Himachal Power Engineers’ Association at its executive meeting here on Friday hailed the decision of Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, to execute the 400 MW Rampur hydro electric project through the HPSEB. It said the decision of the state government had given a clear-cut indication of the wide vision of the present government towards the development of vast hydel potential of this state, mainly through the state sector agencies.


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