Monday, July 14, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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VISIT: Two internationally renowned pharma scientists from Lucknow will visit Guru Nanak Dev University on Monday. Dr B.N. Dhawan, Director, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow and Dr P.K. Seth, Director, Industrial Technology Research Centre, Lucknow, would also deliver lectures on herbal drugs and effect of environmental chemicals on developing brains at a seminar organised by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Guru Nanak Dev University.

LPG CYLINDERS: Residents of this town on Sunday complained that LPG cylinders supplied by the local gas agencies were underweight. They said they had earlier registered protests against these agencies with the authorities concerned but nothing had so far been done in this regard.

THEFT: Thieves entered the house of a resident at the Moga bypass and decamped with currency notes and other valuables on Saturday night. Neighbours said the residents of the house were not at home when the theft took place. A case has been registered.

ARRESTED: The police arrested Binder Singh of Dharamkot following the recovery of over 500 bottles of illicit liquor from his possession on Sunday. A case has been registered against him under the Excise Act.

MAN RUN OVER BY BUS: Kamal Bahadur, a Nepalese national, was run over and killed by a Haryana Roadways bus on the Chandigarh-Ambala national highway here on Sunday. The police said Kamal Bahadur (30) was crossing the highway opposite the local branch of the State Bank of Patiala when the bus, on its way to Yamunanagar, knocked him down. Later, he succumbed to his head injuries. The body was sent to the Civil Hospital, Rajpura, for a postmortem examination. After impounding the bus, the police has registered a case under sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC against the bus driver, who has absconded.

DEMONSTRATION: A large number of teachers working in different government schools from all over the district participated in a demonstration held here on Saturday to protest against the indifferent attitude of the Deputy District Education Officer (DEO) (Primary). The demonstrators raised anti-government and anti-Deputy DEO (P) slogans both in front of the residence of the Education Minister as well as office of the Deputy District Education Officer (P). Earlier they held a rally in the Nehru Park here. Those who addressed the rally included Dalbir Singh and Dr Anup Singh president and general secretary, respectively, of the district unit of the Government Teachers Union Punjab. A large number of police force had prevented the demonstrators to enter the office of the Deputy Education Officer. Later the demonstrators went to the residence of the Deputy Commissioner and presented a memorandum of demands.

BAN ORDERS: Mr KAP Sinha, District Magistrate, in an order issued here on Saturday prohibited the sale of drugs which included Corex syrup, Phencady syrup, cap Proxyvon, Dextro-Proposyphen, ca Parvodax, Parvon, Parvon-N, Exipilon, by the chemists and druggists within the territorial jurisdiction of this district without prescription by an authorised medical officer. These medicines could only be sold when the doctor gives clear prescription for such sales/purchase. The orders will remain in force till September 9.

6 HELD: In continuation of drive against anti-social elements, the district police arrested six persons, including 2 women Swarn Kaur and Kushalya, both of Minai and seized 60000 ml liquor of various brands from them on Saturday. The police also seized 8 kg of poppy husk from Darshan Singh, alias Bagga of Chautala village.

HELD FOR RAPE CHARGES: The Sadar police arrested Surjit Singh, alias Billa and Manjinder Singh, alias Nikku, both of Bhilowal under Sections 373, 313, 506, 34 IPC for allegedly raping a minor girl of the same village in January, 2003, due to which she became pregnant. They then got done her 6-month foetus aborted from a private nursing home of Hoshiarpur on July 7, 2003. They were produced before the Duty Magistrate who remanded them in judicial custody for 21 days.

HUSBAND HELD: The Garhshanker police arrested Gulwinder Singh, alias Binda of Rawalpindi under Section 304B IPC for allegedly torturing his wife Daljit Kaur, alias Sarabjit Kaur, for more dowry due to which she committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance.

MEETING: A meeting of the Ludhiana District Amateur Boxing Association was held under the presidentship of Iqbal Singh, president of the association, on Friday at A.S. College, Khanna. Mr J.S. Grewal, coach of the association, said the association has decided to construct a shed to install boxing ring within two months. He said competition of junior, sub-junior and senior categories in both girls and boys sections would be organised October. Mr Harcharn Singh was elected cashier of the association. About 50 members attended the meeting.

THREE STABBED: Three persons were injured in a stabbing incident at a dhaba at Desu Majra village along the Kharar-SAS Nagar road on Sunday. The dhaba owner, Rajan Malhotra, his brother Ravi Malhotra and a relative, Kulwinder, were stabbed, allegedly by a dhaba employee, Ajit Singh. They have been admitted to the local Civil Hospital. The police has registered a case against the suspect under Section 324 of the IPC.

BLOOD DONATION: The Lions Club, Ludhiana, in association with the Art of Living, organised a blood donation camp at Lions Bhavan on Sunday. More than 58 volunteers including Dr Ashok Puri, president of the club, and Dr Pardeep Kapoor, secretary, donated blood. Mr J.S. Chauhan, a member of the club, donated blood for the 17th time. Dr Kapoor said that such service-oriented projects would be undertaken by the club more often for the benefit of the downtrodden sections.

SEMINAR: Career Launcher, a corporate in education, organised a seminar on MBA - as the most rewarding career, at Sahir Auditorium, SCD Government College, on Sunday. Nearly 300 undergraduate students from different colleges participated in the seminar. Mr Dharmender Sharma, centre director, said MBA had become one of the most coveted postgraduation qualification all over the world. He said it was the most widely recognised degree in management and business and a launching pad to a successful career. He said more seminars of the kind would be held in series to make the students aware about various opportunities before them.

VIJAYATA EXCELS: Ms Vijayata Dhand, a student of the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, has stood second in Panjab University securing 253 marks out of 400 in the MA-I (English) examination held in April. She has attributed her success to hardwork and the guidance of the teachers.

NEW ROTARY TEAM: The Rotary Club, Ludhiana, has taken up several projects of social service which would be executed during the coming year. This was announced here on Sunday by the newly installed president of the Rotary Club, while delivering his presidential address. He said permanent projects of the club shall be further strengthened. These include scholarship for 20 students, adopting children, expansion of free Rotary computer centre, free allopathic and homoeopathic dispensaries, helping and coordinating the function of Nirdosh, a school for mentally challenged children and national child labourer education programme. The new Rotary team of the club includes Mr S.S. Chopra — president; Mr K.K. Chada — senior vice-president; Mr A.S. Bindra — vice-president; Mr Sarabjit Singh — secretary; Mr B.D. Sharma — joint secretary; Mr A.S. Pandher — treasurer; and Mr I.S. Grewal — seargent at arms.

ELECTED: As per election schedule, the election of office-bearers of the Gobindgarh Steel Chamber of Commerce and Industry was held at the Gymkhana Club here on Saturday. Out of total 60 candidates, who filed their nomination forms for 54 seats, six withdrew their names on June 30. As such there was no election of delegates. President — Mr J.P. Sharma; senior vice president — Mr Joginder Singh Maini; vice president — Mr Jagmail Singh; general secretary — Mr Jai Kutti; secretary industry — Satish Gupta; secretary (trade) — Nivas Goel; secretary (allied industry) — Jagtar Singh; and cashier — Mr Parveen Kumar.

: The local police has arrested two inter-state liquor smugglers and recovered 422 litres of illicit liquor from their possession. According to the sources the police had set up a special naka at New Chakki Bridge here on Friday after targeting a tip off and had intercepted a Tata Sumo. On searching the vehicle the police recovered the contraband liquor which had been kept in plastic containers. The accused have been identified as Sukh Sagar, a resident of Awankha, and Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Bhadroya. A case under Section 61 of the Punjab Excise Act has been registered against the accused.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the governing body of the District Gurdaspur Typist Welfare Society: president — Khazan Singh; senior vice-president — Baldev Raj; vice-president — Joginder Singh; general secretary — Sucha Singh Kang; joint secretary — Ashok Kumar; and cashier — Ramesh Kumar.

PLAYS STAGED: “Sur Mile Hamara”, a three-hour emotional integration programme consisting of three plays, two group dances and comedy items, which was produced by Pran Sabharwal of the National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), captivated the audience at the Central State Library hall here on Saturday night. The plays staged were “Suhag”, “Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh” and “Tribute To Nankana Sahib”. The programme was presented to mark the conclusion of the 40-day workshop conducted by NTAS. The chief guest was Mr Ved Prakash Gupta, Chairman of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation. The Mayor, Mr Vishnu Sharma, presided over the function.

KILLED IN MISHAP: Gurmukh Singh, a resident of Bhankharpur village, was killed after his motor cycle collided with a tractor-trailer at Singhpura village on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway late on Saturday night. He was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, where doctors declared him “brought dead”. A case has been registered at the Lohgarh police post. The police has impounded the vehicles involved in the accident.



STATEMENT HAILED: The Punjab State Cooperative, Boards, Corporations Workers/Employees Mahasangh has welcomed the statement of the Punjab Finance Minister that the government is not bound to accept all recommendations of the Disinvestment Commission and to revive sick boards and corporations. Leaders of the mahasangh, at its meeting held on Saturday, said sick units could be turned into profit- earning units if mismanagement and unproductive expenditure was checked. The mahasangh has urged all its affiliated bodies to participate in a day-long dharna to be held on July 22 in Sector 17.

HEALTH CAMP: A heart and health check-up camp was organised by Mukat Hospital and Heart Institute at Kalka Civil Hospital on Sunday. Over 150 patients suffering from various cardiac ailments attended this camp. The free check-up camp was conducted under the supervision of an eminent cardiologist and cardiac surgeon, Dr Pratik Soni. Over 100 patients were referred for an ECG, to be done free of cost. Dr S. Jindal and Dr A.N. Ghosh, senior cardiac consultants, examined 20 patients. Medicines were distributed free of cost among patients. 

GURU POORNIMA: Hundreds of devotees participated in the prabhat pheri organised by Sri Yog Vedant Sewa Samiti on the occasion of Guru Poornima on Sunday. The prabhat pheri began from Sector 10 and after passing through Sectors 11, 12, 12-A, 14 and 15, culminated at the office of the samiti in Sector 10.

PLEA: Members of the All-India Defence Brotherhood have demanded the opening of a Kendriya Vidyalaya at SAS Nagar. At a meeting presided over by Brig Harwant Singh (retd), general secretary of the association, it was discussed that children and wards of serving defence personnel and ex-servicemen suffered due to lack of proper educational facilities. It was decided that the members of the brotherhood would approach the commissioner of the KV Sangathan through its regional office in Chandigarh in this regard.

INAUGURATED: Mr M.S. Bhullar, DGP, Punjab, inaugurated an electronic weighing scales and weighbridge production unit called Maxim Infosys here on Sunday. This is the first state-of- the-art unit to manufacture fully electronic digital weighing scale and weighbridge in the region, according to a press note issued by the director of the company.



: Nagar Vikas Sabha, a social organisation here, has hailed decision of Chhatishgarh Chief Minister Ajeet Jogi for giving cash prize of Rs 50,000 to a physically challenged girl Dhan Laxmi who has won two silver medals in recently concluded Special Summer Olympics for handicapped persons at Dublin in Ireland. The sabha has urged Himachal Chief Minister to honour two mentally challenged and physically challenged girls Geeta of Bilaspur, who won two gold medals, and Harshita Bhatti of Nahan, who also won one silver and one bronze medal in Dublin where 7,000 sports persons of 166 countries had competed for these medals.

STRIKE: Led by their president Shyamlal, members of HP Forest Corporation controlled Rosin and Turpentine Factory Workers Union went on work-to-rule “strike” from Saturday affecting the factory work at Raghunathpura here. They blocked the main factory gate and held a demonstration and rally on the spot expressing resentment that despite repeated assurances their main demands of regularisation of service, proper wages etc had not been met.

: Shobha Kumari (23) of Naghoon village of the Hamirpur district died of snake bite on Sunday. She was bitten by the snake on Saturday night. She was treated at her house but when her condition deteriorated further, she was taken to Nadaun hospital where she died. The body was handed over to the parents.

: In a follow up investigation of a case of seizure of two kilogram of charas in Pune, customs officers here have traced the supplier of the said consignment. Mr K.N. Bhardwaj, Superintendent, Customs, here, told that the charas had been recovered from the residence of a woman belonging to Pune on June 24 this year. The woman and a Nepali person had been arrested in this connection. Mr Bhardwaj said the consignment had reportedly been supplied from Manali. The supplier of the said consignment was arrested by a team of Pune Customs officials here on July 11, and has been taken on transit remand to Pune for further investigations.


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