Sunday, July 13, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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AKALI CONFERENCE: The Shiromani Akali Dal has decided to hold a conference on July 16 at Manji Sahib here. Stating this former president of district Akali Jatha (urban), Mr Pradeep Singh Walia, said a meeting had been called for July 12 at the Shiromani Akali Dal office here.

ELECTED: Dr Ashok Goel has been elected secretary-general of the Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India (APCRI). He was elected for a period of two years at the fifth national conference on rabies recently held at Bhubaneshwar.

FAKE PASSPORT: The district police has booked Kanwaljit Singh, a resident of the Varpal area for allegedly possessing a fake passport. He was going to Italy. Mr Sham Lal, Immigration Officer at Amritsar International Airport in the complaint lodged at Rajasansi police station here on Thursday stated that the accused was going on the passport of Mandeep Singh, a resident of the Adarsh Nagar area. The police has registered a case under Sections 401, 420, 468, 471 of the IPC.

ENTRANCE TEST: The first three positions in the entrance test for SGPC run Sri Guru Ram Das Medical and Dental College have been bagged by wards of school teachers. The registrar of the college, Dr Rai Sudhi Prasad, in a press note issued here on Friday, said that 920 candidates had appeared in the tests held here on July 6, 2003. Out of which 432 had qualified. The toppers are Agya Pal Singh, first, Tarunpreet Singh, second and Manpreet Kaur third.

MINE BLAST VICTIMS: To provide artificial limbs to the persons who became handicapped due to mine blasts during operation Parakarm, a two-day medical check up camp was organised by the Military Hospital at the cantonment here on Friday. The mine-blast victim were checked and provided with artificial limbs.

SHOPKEEPERS PROTESTS: The Car Dealers Association, Auto Accessories Association, Green Plaza Market and residents of Yaseen Road protested against the alleged forcible eviction from a shop owned by the Sainik Welfare Board. Mr Surinder Kumar Sodhi, president Car Dealers Association, has alleged that the board had not given a prior notice to vacate the shop.

INSTALLATION: The combined installation ceremony of the Rotary Club Batala and the Inner Wheel Club Batala was held here late on Friday at Harkul Resorts on the Jallandhar road. The following office-bearers of the Rotary Club Batala were installed: president — Mr Balwinder Singh Shah; vice-president — Mr Iqbal Singh; general secretary — Mr Deepak Kwatra; joint secretary — Mr Amrit Mahajan; and treasurer — Mr J.S. Parmar. The following office-bearers of the Inner Wheel Club Batala were installed: president — Ms Meena Chanday; vice-president — Ms Tanu Marwaha; general secretary — Ms Rasneet Ahluwalia; joint secretary — Ms Darshan Parmar; and treasurer — Ms Tunnu Bhagowalia.

FARMER DEAD: Gurpreet Singh, a farmer, died on Friday after accidentally inhaling a pesticide while spraying it in his cotton fields at the village of Tungwali, 30 km from here. Feeling uneasy, he had accidentally taken water from a used can of pesticides, which proved fatal. A case under Section 174 of the CrPC has been registered in this regard.

TRAINING: Various issues pertaining to the rural water supply were discussed at a day-long training programme held jointly by the Human Resources Development (HRD) wing of the Punjab Public Health Department and the Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh, at Government Rajindra College here on Friday.

STORM WATER WELLS: The Faridkot police in collaboration with gram panchayats plan to construct wells to collect storm water in the district. Under the venture one or two wells, with a minimum diameter of 15 feet and depth of 30 metres, will be dug. This was stated by the SSP, Mr Harinder Singh Chahal, addressing a gathering after inaugurating one of the projects at Ghudduwala village in the Hathar area last evening. He said the 180 villages in the district would be covered under the scheme in the next six months.

TWO KILLED: Two persons, including a two-year-old girl, were killed and five passengers, including four women, wounded when a Maruti car (CH-01-H-0078) rammed into a bus (PB-23-A-4217) of Libra Motors at Jatpur, 8 km from here, on the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road early Saturday. The injured were admitted to Civil Hospital at Hoshiarpur. Jaswinder Singh, an ASI passing by on his scooter, also got hurt in this accident and was admitted to the primary health centre at Mahilpur. Those killed were Jodh Singh, driver of the car, and Arzoo, daughter of Mr Atul of Chandigarh.

PPCC SECRETARY: Mr Pritam Singh Sikri, a prominent Lubana leader has been appointed secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, by Mr H.S. Hanspal president. Mr Sikri has been chairman of the Block samiti, Nadala. He was elected sarpanch of Sikri village unanimously.

: To mark World Population Day, the DIET, Jagraon, organised a special function under the supervision of Principal of the institute, Ms Usha Sidhu. About 300 ETT students participated in the function. The function opened with a song sung by Mr Jagdish Pal Mehta. Students highlighted the problems of rising population, unemployment, illiteracy and female foeticide. Teachers told students about the devastating effects of drugs. They said population explosion was the root cause of every social evil. At the end of the function, Ms Usha Sidhu, Principal DIET, thanked the staff members, students and others for cooperation in holding the function.

SCHOLARSHIP TEST: The JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Ludhiana, will conduct an open scholarship test on Sunday at 11 am for students interested in fashion design, interior designing, textile designing, knitwear designing and jewellery designing. It will provide an opportunity to candidates to avail themselves of scholarships of up to 10 per cent. Results of the test will be declared on Wednesday.

GAUSHALA GETS GRANT: The Animal Welfare Board of India has disbursed a sum of Rs 68,840 to Shri Krishna Gaushala, Jagraon, for the maintenance of cattle rescued from the clutches of butchers by the People For Animals (PFA), Ludhiana, in November last year. The Sadar police station had booked a case against some persons for carrying 32 cattle heads in trucks for slaughtering these in West Bengal. The police had handed over these animals to the gaushala for maintenance and upkeep. The amount has been sanctioned for the year 2002-03.

CYCLE RALLY: Activists of Dalit Sena, an organisation of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), headed by former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, on Saturday accorded a warm send-off to the Dalit chetna cycle rally here at the Old Sabzi Mandi Gurdwara on its way to the national capital. According to Mr Kiranjit Singh Gehri, state president of the sena, the rally was a part of the Dalit chetna cycle march launched Mr Paswan at Talhan in Jalandhar district on July 11 which would culminate at Delhi on July 21. He said happenings at Talhan had once again gone to prove the bias of the government and the upper castes against the Dalit community. He also castigated the government and the authorities in Jalandhar district for mishandling the situation and allowing it to reach a flashpoint.

BARSI OBSERVED: Akhand Path is being organised at Raikot to mark the 23rd barsi of Sant Baba Parkash Singh Nattawale by Sant Baba Nirbhai Singh. The bhog of the Path will be held on Monday. A kirtan darbar will also be held on that day in which Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa, Hazoori Ragi, Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, Sant Anoop Singh, Unewale, will participate.

GROUP DISCUSSIONS: “Corruption is one of the worst social evils, which is causing a lot of socio-economic problems. Until and unless every citizen of the country does not vow to stop giving or taking bribe, changes are unlikely to take place. Dedication and commitment is the need of the hour to eradicate corruption,” this was the conclusion of group discussions held on Friday night at a meeting of the Rotary Club, Ludhiana Midtown, at hotel Park Plaza under the chairmanship of president Mahesh Munjal. Dr Rajeev Gupta, a leading psychiatric and general secretary of the club, Mr Kamal Wadhera, MD of TCY Learning Solutions, Mr Tejwant Singh, Mr Ramesh Gandhi, Mr Davinder Singh Bedi, Mr S.S. Thind, Mr R.D. Gera, Mr Davinder Bhasin and Mr Ashok Chawla were the prominent among those who took part in the discussions.

BOOKED: Dharamkot police in Moga district on Friday arrested Sarwan Singh, Ranjit Singh and Chanan Singh of this district under Sections 363, 366 and 376 of the IPC on the charge of raping a teenaged girl of Jindran village.

GRANT: The Moga district administration has approved a Rs 37.23 lakh grant for the physically challenged. At a meeting here on Friday, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr G. Romesh Kumar, said the money would be disbursed shortly.

NEW SARPANCH: Mr Hardev Singh of Takhanwadha has been elected Sarpanch of the village. He is a Bahujan Samaj Party member heading various organisations.

FOUNDATION DAY: The Bharat Vikas Parishad, Patiala (East), in collaboration with State Bank of India, organised a seminar on environment on the eve of the foundation day of the parishad. On the occasion, Mr Rajender Singh presented a paper on ‘Future of Water in India’. Secretary of the branch Sheena Joshi and president of the Bharat Vikas Parishad Harikaishan Gupta were also present on the occasion.

APPOINTED: Mr S.C. Vashishat has been appointed as the vice-president of the All India Brahmin Maha Sabha (regd) for the year 2003-04, Mr S.C. Kaushal, Mr Mahesh Gautam and Mr Yoginder Kumar have been appointed executive members of the sabha.

: To chalk out a programme to organise a meeting of old students of Malwa College, Bondli-Samrala, a meeting will be held on Sunday at 10 am on the college campus, according to the acting Principal, Dr Parminder Singh Benipal.

PRESIDENT’S RULE: Mr Parminder Singh Gill, general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (Legal Cell), while talking to mediapersons here on Saturday in the local Civil Rest House, said the Akali Dal’s demand of President’s rule in Punjab was without any substance. There was no such condition that warranted President’s rule in the state, he said. Mr Gill said earlier the Akali Dal, under the same presidentship, had opposed the imposition of President’s rule in the state and the leaders had openly burnt copies of the Constitution to express their anger. The present demand of the Akali Dal was a volte face on its earlier stand. In fact, the Punjab Government under the leadership of Capt Amarinder Singh was now making efforts to punish all who had been involved in corrupt practices, he said.

AWARD: Ms Indu Vohra, secretary of the Inner Wheel Club Chandigarh, Midtown, has been awarded the Queen of Inner Wheel Award for the year 2002-03. The award was given to Ms Vohra in recognition of her services to society. She was honoured at a meeting of the new executive board of the club, held in Chandigarh under the presidentship of Ms Asha Gupta, the new president of the board, on Friday.



WORKSHOP: A workshop on ‘Spoken English and Personality Development’ was organised at the International Institute of English, International Public School, Kurali, on Saturday. According to Mr A.K. Kaushal, Director, as many as 50 teachers from nearby English-medium schools attended the workshop. Lecturers on phonetics and presentation improvement were the highlights of the workshop.

AWARENESS CAMP: The UT Health Department organised a week-long awareness campaign against female foeticide at the Civil Despensary, Sector 38. Over 100 students from Guru Hari Krishan Public School and Government High School, Sector 38, attended the camp. Expectant mothers and adolescents from the area were also present at the concluding function on Saturday. The Deputy Medical Superintendent of General Hospital was the chief guest on the occasion. An essay and poster-making competition was also held. 

INAUGURATED: Take One Academy of Broadcasting, offering certificate courses in professional radio jockeying, was inaugurated in the city on Saturday. Promoted by Radio Buzz, the academy is expected to mould students into radio jockeys, web casters, web jockeys, narrators and script writers. According to Radio Buzz’s Creative Director Hardeep S. Chandpuri, the curriculum consists of eight basic modules.

STAGNANT WATER: Mrs Manmohan Kaur, a municipal councillor, has complained that rain water was stagnating in one of the parks, developed by PUDA in her ward. She said PUDA had constructed a footpath around the park, the level of which was higher than that of the park. The place had become a breeding place for mosquitoes and repeated complaints in this regard had fallen on deaf ears, she said.

CONDEMNED: Some municipal councillors have condemned the “hasty” implementation of the notification regarding the change of address in the registration certificates by the Registration and Licensing Authority, Chandigarh. They said the notification should be implemented in a phased manner after sorting out the issue with the registration authorities at SAS Nagar and Panchkula.



GOOD RESULTS: Students of Sanatan Dharam Adarsh Sanskrit College, Ambala Cantt, have done well in the university examinations. College Principal Rajeshwar Prasad said a student of Visharad Dwitiya (Class XII), Himani, had stood second in the university. In Shastri Dwitiya (BA II), Gayatri had stood first and Sangeeta Saini fifth. Gagandeep Ojha, a student of Shastri Tritiya (BA III), had stood sixth in the examination.

FUNCTION: A function was organised on World Population Day in the Deputy Commissioner’s office. A number of social organisations also participated in the meeting. The SDM said uncontrolled population had added to the poverty and unemployment in the country. He said even after efforts of the government and NGOs, the population graph could not be controlled. DRO O.P. Ranga, secretary Red Cross Society, Alka Ghahi and Land Acquisition Officer Gurmeet Singh also expressed their views on this occasion.

DHBVN FINED: The District Consumer Forum has fined the Dakshin Haryana Bijlee Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) for disconnecting a domestic power connection without valid reasons. The Nigam has been directed to pay a fine of Rs 1000 and restore the connection of the consumer within one month. Roshni Devi, a resident of Rattia had moved the Forum. She prayed that the Nigam had arbitrarily sent her a power bill for Rs 11,220 in March this year, though she had been using only two electric bulbs in her house. The Nigam disconnected her power connection, when she failed to pay the inflated bill. The Forum found the bill raised by the nigam against her name unjustified.

SENTENCED: The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr J.D. Chandna, on Friday sentenced four persons to 10 years of imprisonment on the charges of injuring and looting a family. Aslam, Irshad, Anis and Mumtaj had entered the house of Jagdish Singh, of Hansi near here on July 8, 1999, attacked the family with sharp-edged weapons and looted jewellery and cash.

DOWRY-DEATH: After a woman was strangulated at Barwala near here on Friday, the police has registered a case of murder against her husband Sunil and her brothers-in-law, Vinod and Satish Kumar, on the complaint of the woman’s brother, Mr Ved Parkash. He alleged that they had been harassing his sister, Poonam, after the marriage to force her to bring more dowry.

SUICIDE: A youth committed suicide at Dabra village near here on Friday. According to the police, Gajender Singh, a domestic servant, ended his life by consuming an insecticide in his room.



SUICIDE: A 25-year-old housewife and mother of a two-year-old daughter consumed poison and died at Thakurdawara village of this sub-division, the police said here Friday.

BOOK RELEASED: Mr Virbhadra Singh, the Chief Minister, released a book entitled “Guide to Trekking in Himachal” authored by Minakshi Chaudhary, here on Friday. The Chief Minister, who has himself trekked extensively in the hill state, said that the book would help adventurers to explore the fascinating mountain ranges.


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