Tuesday, June 3, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


TAX EXEMPTION : The Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh has given exemption in local area development tax on green tea, claimed the Amritsar Tea Traders Association in a press note issued here on Sunday. The minister gave this assurance to a delegation of the association in the presence of Mr Darbari Lal, Minister for Education.

WORKSHOP: The two-day workshop of Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists organised at Guru Nanak Dev University concluded here on Sunday. Mr Vijay Chopra and Mr Jagjit Singh Anand, Chief Editor and Editor of Hind Samachar and Nawan Jamana, respectively, spoke.

BODY CREMATED: Sahara cremated a destitute youth who had died at street number 17 of the Barnala road on Sunday. The NGO said that the youth was a labourer and ill for sometime. Mr Devinder Bansal, vice-president of the NGO, had cremated15 unclaimed bodies in May.

SCHOOL FUNCTION: Ms K.P. Brar, Additional Deputy Commissioner presided over the first annual prize distribution function of local Sanawar Institute for Children on Saturday. Ms Brar also gave away prizes to the meritorious students.

HOSPITAL OPENED: Dr Ravinder Singh, Director, Medical Education and Research, Punjab, inaugurated a diagnostic centre, established by Adiaesh Hospitals of Muktsar, on Sunday.

KILLED: Surinder Kumar (42), alias Chhinda, a resident of Behak Khas village, 10 km from here, was going from here, on his motor cycle on Sunday night when he hit some pedestrian on the Fazilka-Ferozepore road, 4 km from here. His motor cycle skidded resulting in his death on the spot.

MISSING: Kamla, wife of Khazamia of Balbir Colony here, along with her two minor children and brother-in-law Gopi has been missing since May 22. Her husband informed the police on Friday. A case has been registered.

MEDICAL CAMP: Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, inaugurated a free medical check up camp at Talwara on Sunday. About 500 children, below five were given hepatitis-B injections.

APPROVAL: The annual general meeting of the Urban Estate Ram Lila Dasehra Committee Dugri, Ludhiana, which was held under the chairmanship of its president, Mr Raj Garg, has unanimously approved the annual income and expenditure account for the year 2002-2003 ending March 31. The general secretary, Dr Shiv Gupta while giving the details stated that total collections worth Rs 162839 were received. Whereas total expenses worth Rs 132738 were incurred on the celebration of Ram Lila and Dasehra 2002.

BOOKS GIVEN: The Lal Bahadur Shastri Social Forum on Sunday organised a social welfare programme at Anand Marga Primary School, New Kundanpuri, Ludhiana, under the chairmanship of Mr Sushil Malhotra. In a press note, the forum secretary-general, Dr Shiv Kumar, said the chief guest, Mr Raj Kumar, distributed books and, note books free of cost to about 125 students and appreciated the activities of the forum.

MEETING: A literary Punjabi organisation, Sirjandhara, organised its monthly meeting at Punjabi Bhavan on Sunday. Col Channan Singh Dhillon presided over the meeting. During the meeting, three newly published books of Dann Singh Komal, Satnam Singh Komal and Ajit Singh were discussed.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Electronic Traders Association: chairman — Mr Daljit Singh Tuli; president — Mr Narinder Singh; senior vice-president — Mr Vijay Chopra; vice-presidents — M/s Manjit Singh Shelly, Harjinder Singh Lovely, Darshan Singh Raj, Ashok Mehra; joint secretaries — Mr Harpal Singh Babboo and Mr N.K. Verma; secretaries — Mr Rajesh Kumar and Mr Sarbjit Shunty; treasurer — Mr Davinder Pal Puppy, PRO — Mr Om Parkash Sharma; and advisers — M/s Mahesh Kumar, Ram Pal, Tajinder Singh.

IN-SERVICE COURSE: Deputy Commodore Col D.S. Khara on Monday inaugurated a 21-day in-service course for physical education teachers of four northern regions of Kendriya Vidyalayas. About 60 teachers are attending the course. During these 21 days experts from NIS, Government College of Physical Education and eminent sportspersons and educationists will address the PETs and update their knowledge. The course Director, Mr H.S. Puri, Principal, K.V No.1 Patiala and Assistant Director Mr R.K. Middha, Principal, K.V., Nabha were also present on the occasion.

INAUGURATED: The Deputy Mayor, Mr Inderjit Singh Boparai, on Monday inaugurated a safai programme ‘Mera Patiala mein aap swaran’ launched by Patiala MP Preneet Kaur initiated by the Welfare Association Harinder Nagar Colony. Members of the colony apart from cleaning the streets and roads also removed congress grass. Mr Inderjit Singh said that other associations and committees of the colonies should also take example from this association.

MARUTI CARNIVAL: Maruti car owners got their cars checked free of cost at a customer-friendly one-day Maruti summer carnival organised by the Hira Automobiles Ltd here on Monday. The special offer was available for the day on Maruti finance through ICICI Bank Ltd. Besides this freebies and discounts like Maruti insurance through National Insurance Co Ltd, were available on extended warranty through Maruti, on car ACs through Subros and on Maruti Genuine Accessories. Another attraction of the carnival was the lucky draw entitled for each registered customer after every three hours and a bumper prize.

FIRE IN OFFICE: A fire broke out in the office of Aakriti Financial Service here on Saturday. The office, located on the service by-lane, along the GT Road, was closed due to Sunday. There was no loss of life although some furniture, office records and curtains were damaged in the fire.

OT ASSISTANTS: The Punjab State Senior OT Assistants, OT Supervisors and Anaesthesia Technicians Union, led by its president, Mr Neelkamal, has urged the state government to create posts of OT Assistant in the civil hospitals of the state and fill the vacant posts at ESI hospitals. These demands were made at a state-level meeting of the union held here on Monday. Union general secretary S. Gurcharan Singh, while talking to reporters here on Monday, said the union demanded rent-free accommodation for OT Assistants as they were supposed to be on 24-hour duty for emergency calls.

APPOINTED: Mr Kirpal Singh Grewal, chairman of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (Kisan and Khet Mazdoor Department), has appointed Mr Fateh Singh Nagra as vice-chairman of the PPCC (Kisan Cell and Khet Mazdoor Wing) with immediate effect. This appointment has been approved by the President, PPCC, Mr H.S. Hanspal, according to Mr Kirpal Singh Grewal.

ELECTED: At a meeting of the executive body of the Brahaman Sabha, Samrala, held in the Durga Mandir on Monday. Mr Behari Lal Saddi was elected as the president of the sabha. This was informed by Mr Pawan Kaushal, general secretary of the sabha.

NAIB TEHSILDAR: Mr Balwinder Singh Saini has taken over as naib tehsildar here on Monday in place of Mr Sadhu Singh who has gone to Longowal sub- tehsil. Earlier, Mr Saini was posted at Majri sub-tehsil in Ropar district.

NON-JUDICIAL PAPERS: Non-judicial papers of the denomination from Rs 50 to 500 are not available in the local sub treasury since long. Causing a great inconvenience to the general public, the president of the document writers, Mr J.S. Kaler, demanded from the Punjab Government to issue instructions to the treasury officers to make alternative arrangements immediately.

LAND GRAB: On the complaint of Mr Mohinder Singh, an NRI, the Verowal police has registered a case against seven members of a family, all residents of Bhalojala village, for usurping his 86 kanals. Mohinder Singh has alleged that the accused had got the land transferred on their name by producing false documents.

BOOKED: The Chabal police has booked Nishan Singh of Jeobala village for preparing bogus documents to get loan from a Delhi based financial company ( CIFC). Mr Guriqbal Singh, SDO (Electricity), Manochahal Kalan, in a complaint with the police has alleged that the accused made bogus documents by affixing the stamp of his office on the papers.

PROCLAIMED OFFENDER: The Khalra police has nabbed proclaimed offender Baldev Singh of Narli village and produced him in court.

ROAD REPAIR: The road from Jandiala Guru to Attari will be repaired and it will cost Rs 60 crore and the Chhehrta Bir Baba Budha Sahib road too would be repaired. Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, Punjab Minister for PWD (S&R), stated this while paying tributes to Baba Kharak Singh at Bir Baba Budha Sahgib on his 17th death anniversary. Mr Darbari Lal, State Minister for Education, Punjab, Mr Harmit Singh Sandhu MLA, Mr Inderjit Singh Basarke president DCC (rural) also spoke. 



NOMINATED: Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, president, BJP Chandigarh, has reconstituted the working committee of the SC Morcha of the unit. The office-bearers are: president — Mr Sachin Lohtiya; vice-presidents — Ms Urmila Devi, Mr Amar Dass, Mr B.R. Rangara, Mr Raj Bir Singh and Mr Ved Pal; general secretary — Mr Surinder Thekedar; secretaries — Dr Vijay Pal, Mr Rakesh Kumar and Vijay Bidla; district presidents — Mr Raju, Mr Krishan, Mr Sat Pal and Mr Brahm Pal. 

WORKSHOP: Around 30 police officials attended a workshop on Animal Laws organised by Ms Payal Sodhi here on Monday. The participants were apprised of the laws pertaining to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 1960 and the Prevention of Cruelty Draught and Pack Animal Rules — 1965. Emphasis was laid on educating the general public especially the owners of animal-drawn carts, poultry farm owners and butchers about the rules. Mr Baldev Singh, SP (City), and Mr B.D. Bector, DSP, spoke on the occasion.

QUIZ CONTEST: A quiz competition on Indian mythology was held at Sanatan Dharam Mandir in Sector 37 here on Monday. Fifteen persons of different age groups took part in the contest, which was won by Mr Golak Chand.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Pralad Yadav, Chief Organiser of the All-India Congress Seva Dal has approved the appointment of the following state office-bearers and district chief organisers of the Chandigarh Pradesh Congress Seva Dal: state chief organiser — Mr Achhe Lal Gaur; state mahila organiser — Ms Anuradha Bali; additional chief organiser — Mr Kishore Kumar; state organisers — Mr Rohit Mahajan, Mr Gopal Disawar, Mr Shiv Lal, Mr Sanjay Nagpal, Mr Ram Raj Verma, Mr Baiju Prasad, Mr Jagat Ram, Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, Mr Ram Chander Machal, Mr Desh Raj Giani, Mr Bansi Lal and Mr Birma Bains; district chief organiser — Mr Kuldeep Singh, District No. 1. (urban), Mr Rarveen Gupta, District No. 2 (urban), Mr Ram Bhadur, District No. 3 ( rural), Mr Lalta Prasad, District No. 4 (rural).

PROMOTED: Mr Gurdeep Singh Syal, who has been promoted Publication Officer in the Punjab School Education Board, SAS Nagar, joined his duties on Monday.

DHARNA: Over 20 patwaris working in villages under the sub-division staged a dharna outside the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) office here on Monday as part of a statewide protest. The patwaris are demanded a hike in their basic salary, office space, technical grade and other allowances applicable to their counterparts in similar services in the state.



INAUGURATED: A sum of Rs 5 crore is being spent on various schemes of water supply in the Naggal constituency, said Mr Jasbir Malour, MLA, Naggal. He inaugurated two such schemes in Brahman Majra and Rampur villages. He said all villages of his constituency had been getting sufficient drinking water.

DALIT MEMO: Demanding action against those responsible for Harsola, Dulina and Meham episodes, the Ravidass Sangharsh Samiti submitted a memorandum to the Haryana Chief Minister through the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Agarwal, here on Sunday. The Samiti has demanded the restoration of policy of categorisation of Schedule Castes which was in force prior to amendments made to it in 1994.



DEMAND: The local Chhetriya Vikas Samiti has urged the Himachal Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, to consider their demand for granting subtehsil status to Bakloh-Kakira, which, at the moment, is part of Bhattiyat tehsil in Chamba district. Capt Prem Jung Thapa (retd), president of the samiti, said here on Monday that the sub-tehsil status for the township would go a long way in solving the numerous recurring problems of the surrounding panchayats and prove to be a boon for the development of this difficult belt.

PROBE DEMAND: Some of the parent-Teacher Association (PTAs) here have demanded from the state government to order a high-level probe into the re-evaluation irregularities committed in the case of plus one and plus two classes of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBSE) during last year. It has come to light that last year plus one and plus two students who were placed in the compartment category were declared passed after their examination papers were re-evaluated at the behest of certain influential leaders.

COMPENSATION: Families on whose land 400-KV transmission line towers were raised between Khairi to Chamba in Chamba district have sought compensation for the land used for the purpose. In a press statement issued here on Sunday these affected families stated that they had made representations to the Union and the State government urging them for compensation for the land used.

PARENT-TEACHER MEETING: A parents-teachers meeting was held here at the government school here on Monday. The meeting was presided over by the Deputy Director, Education, Solan. About 20 parents of students from Dhagat, Kamli and Taksal villages attended the meeting. The Deputy Director, Education, explained the parents about the discipline to be maintained in the school by the students. The parents also explained about the misunderstanding which was created three days ago due to scuffle that took place between two groups of the students of the school.

WATER SHORTAGE: Residents of Bhoj Nagar, Pratha and Banasar panchayats near Parwanoo are facing acute shortage of water. The villagers said they have not received water for the past 20 days and the I&PH Department has not made any other arrangement for water for these panchayats. The villagers added that there were about 12 villages in these panchayats and as these villages were situated on the top of hills and there were no proper roads to connect these village it become all the more difficult for the villagers to bring water from other areas.

VINDICTIVE TRANSFERS: Mr Randhir Sharma, spokesperson for the state BJP alleged here on Friday that the Congress government had made 3500 transfers of BJP supporters. Members of Panchayati Raj bodies were being pressurised to oust the chairpersons of Nagar Panchayats owing allegiance to the BJP, he added.


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