Wednesday, April 23, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


PLANNING BOARD MEET: Chawdhary Jagjit Singh, Minister for Local Bodies, reviewed the amount of Rs 46 crore released to various departments for development last year at a meeting of the District Planning Development Board held here on Monday. Mr Ashwani Sekhri, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, vice-chairman of the board, also attended the meeting.

EXTENSION: The Shiromani Akali Dal ( Amritsar) has appealed to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to give extension to Punjab Governor Lt Gen JFR Jacob. In a press note here on Monday party stated that the Governor had always held secular values and respected for human rights.

EXEMPT TEA FROM TAX: The Amritsar Tea Traders Association general secretary, Mr Madhukar Talwar, has said many daily use items like branded bread, edible oils, gur, besan and hosiery goods had been brought into the low taxation slab. However, tea had been put in the 12.5 per cent slab which was discriminatory.

THREE DRUG PEDDLERS HELD: The Batala police claims to have arrested three persons for selling psychotropic drugs in Batala and Quadian here on Monday. On checking an Ambassador car three accused identified as Baldish Singh of Civil Lines, Kamal of Shangari Nagar and Rajwinder Singh, alias Raju of Partap Nagar, all from Qadian, were apprehended. Capsules and syrup of psychotropic substances was also seized. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

ACCIDENT: Naik Kameshwar Rai, 35, who was posted here, was killed in a road accident near the military area. The deceased, was driving his scooter. He took a sharp turn and was hit by a car (CHR-24F 4279) and killed on the spot. The car driver took to his heels. A case under Section 304-A of the IPC has been registered against the unidentified driver and the car has been impounded.

CONFERENCE: Members of the Kandi Vikas Forum at its conference held at Panvan village have demanded promotion for all MA, B.Ed teachers to lecturers and recruitment of teaching staff for elementary system of education to fill the vacant posts. Residents of Sajna, Panvan, Sagran, Thuker, bangalipur, Jalota villages participated.

BAN ON TRANSFER DECRIED: The government Teachers Union, Punjab, has criticised the state government for banning transfers of teacher for one year. Mr Sucha Singh Khatra, general secretary of the union, in a press note issued here on Monday said the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had unilateraly taken the decision to impose a ban on transfers.

PSEB STAFF DHARNA: Hundreds of PSEB employees from Nawanshahr, Goraya, Banga, Garshankar, Balachaur, Phillaur, Aur, Jadla, Rahon, Rurka Kalan and Behram on a call given by six PSEB employees organisations, staged a dharna here in front of the PSEB circle office on Monday to protest against the transfer policy. The employees also passed a resolution condemning the Power Bill-2003.

MC CHIEF: Mr Sharvan Kumar assumed the office of president of the local civic body on Monday. Mr Radhunath Sahai Puri, Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister, besides the councillors and prominent citizens were present.

COURT FEE: Mrs Manjit Kaur Sandhu, a senior Congress councillor, here has urged the state government to withdraw the hike in court stamp rates on applications for old age pension and assistance for the handicapped.

SHOBHA YATRA: Hundreds of persons, including schoolchildren, on Monday participated in a sobha yatra organised to mark the “Avtaran Divas” of Asaram Bupuji that went through the major bazars in the city. The “jyoti parchand” was done by the city Mayor, Mr Vishnu Sharma. Shopkeepers and devotees welcomed the yatra with sweets, fruits and soft drinks.

CHEQUES DISTRIBUTED: Mrs Baljinder Kaur Mann, wife of Mr Joginder Singh Mann, Punjab Social Welfare Minister, Monday distributed cheques worth Rs 8.30 lakh to 17 dependents of safai employees for starting their own vocations. An official press note stated that the amount was given by the Punjab Scheduled Castes Land Development and Finance Corporation, Chandigarh.

KILLED: A boy Bhagwant Singh was killed and Satnam Singh, both of Ajnala, was critically injured when their tempo rammed into a tree on the Banga road on Monday. The driver, Satnam Singh lost control over the vehicle and hit the tree. Its door opened and the 13-year-old boy who was the cleaner, fell and died.



MEETING: A general body meeting of the Shivalik Environ Co-op House Building Society, Saketri, will be held on Sunday at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula. The president will discuss the progress made by the committee on issues like membership, land status, legal cases and society accounts.

LECTURE: In order to create awareness about diabetes and hypertension, a lecture was organised for the employees of the Audit and Accounts Employees Welfare and Health Society, on Tuesday. More than 700 employees attended the lecture by Dr Ram Singh and Dr Lokesh Garg from the Medicine Department of Government Medical College and Hospital. The general secretary of the society, Mr R.S. Heer, informed that free medical check-up camp for these diseases would be organised for the benefit of the employees of the society. The Accountant General (A and E), Punjab, Mr Nand Lal, was the chief guest on the occasion. 



BAIL: The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Virender Singh, on Monday granted anticipatory bail to Ravi Chautala, a nephew of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, in a case of depriving Amarjeet Singh of his Toyota Qualis at gunpoint. A case against Ravi Chautala was registered on the complaint of Amarjeet Singh of Bhagta village in Bathinda district. Amarjeet had accused Ravi Chautala and four others of depriving him of his Toyota Qualis (No. PB10-F2160) at gunpoint, while he was returning home from Dabwali. No arrest has been made.



ROAD BLOCKADE: Hundreds of BJP activists of the Chhadole area organised a two-hour blockade on the National Highway ( No 21) at Chhadole near here on Monday. They were protesting against the downgrading of Government Senior Secondary School, Chhadole, to its earlier high school status. Prominent BJP leaders of the area participated in the agitation.

LITERARY SOCIETY: The Andretta Literary and Cultural society ( ALKA) has elected Mr Sudesh Dixit, president, Mrs Nirmal Rahi, vice-president, Mr Subhash Sagar - general secretary and Mr Virender Awasthi - treasurer. The annual general meeting was followed by a Kavi Sammelan.

INJURED: Seventeen persons were injured in an accident near Ludder village in the district on Monday. The accident took place when the driver of the utility vehicle failed to negotiate a turn and the vehicle fell into a ditch. It was carrying a marriage party back from Ladehra village of Hamirpur to Bharari village of Bilaspur district.

CASE AGAINST PWD: Pooja(15) of Purana Kangra escaped with injuries following a hit by a boulder which rolled down following a blast by the PWD on the Purna Kangra road on Monday afternoon. Pooja was rushed to the Sub Divisional Hospital here. Mr Ashok Kumar, Executive Engineer, PWD, said that the department had cautioned the residents about the blast. The police has registered a case against the PWD.


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