Saturday, August 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


KILLED: Sukhdev Kaur, wife of Mohinder Singh of Libran village, was killed on the spot her father, Balwant Singh, seriously wounded when a truck, hit the scooter on which she along with her father was going near Bhulowal on Thursday. Balwant Singh was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur. The Hariana police has registered a case against truck driver Jarnail Singh under Section 304A, 279, 337, 338 of the IPC.

APPOINTED: Mr H.S. Hanspal, president, PPCC, has appointed Mr Sarwan Singh, former president of the Municipal Council, Hoshiarpur, general secretary of the Pradesh Congress Committee, Punjab.

RAPE : A woman of Ahrana Kalan has filed a complaint with the Mehtiana police chowki in which she has alleged that Biku, son of Dev Ram, a barbar, raped her forcibly when she went to the fields on July 22. The Sadar police, Hoshiarpur, has registered a case under Section 376 of the IPC against Biku.

ARRESTED: The city police has arrested the occupants of a Tata Sumo, namely Sukhdev Singh of Chandigarh, Mohinder Singh of SAS Nagar, Romesh Kumar and Amandeep Singh, both of Jahan Khelan, under Section 61/1/14 of the Excise Act and seized 1,80,000 ml of illicit liquor from them.

DUPED: A case of duping money from a person by a travel agent was reported at Mahilpur police station on Thursday. Mr Kewal Krishan of Mehmdowal in his complaint to the police alleged that travel agent Karnail Singh of Kotla Gaunspur village took Rs 2,75,000 from him for sending his son abroad. He neither sent his son abroad nor returned the money to him.

CLASS INAUGURATION: Inauguration of new academic session was held at Devki Devi Jain Memorial College. Ms Prem Gupta of the Hindi Department welcomed the postgraduate students. Ms Kamla Jain, principal, urged the students to work hard and diligently. Mr Narinder Jain, president of the college, appreciated the hard work put in by teachers, which was responsible for the good results of the college.

TREE PLANTATION: The Lions Clubs Ludhiana North organised a tree plantation camp at Government Middle School, Ambedkar Nagar, Model Town Extension. According to Mr P.S. Saluja, PRO of the club, Mr Rajesh Kapoor, zonal chairman, was the special invitee. He said that everybody should plant some trees to control pollution in the city. Among others, Mr M.S. Bhambra, Mr S.P.S. Shapuri, Mr G.S. Bansal, Mr P.S. Kochar, Mr Gurinder Singh Nagpal, Mr H.S. Lamba and Mr Damandeep Singh were also present in the function.

MOTHER’S MILK: A week devoted to telling the lactating and pregnant mothers about the mother’s milk was started at Kapoor Hospital under the guidance of the Civil Surgeon, Dr S.N. Tiwari. About 150 lactating mothers attended the function. Ms Santosh Bhatia, District Mass Media Officer, Dr Lakhwiunder Kaur, Gynaecologist, Mr Baldev Kaur told about the benefits of mother’s milk. They said that the mother could start feeding the child after one hour of birth. Mother’s milk is very healthy and mothers should breast-feed children in order to improve their immunity.

FUNCTION: A function to welcome the newly admitted students of the Punjabi University College of Engineering was organised at the Science Auditorium here on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, former director, TIET, Dr M.P. Kapoor said that the students of the pioneer batch should not accumulate the knowledge alone but they must also try to see how knowledge is generated. He added that the students must take advantage of the university infrastructure for all-round development of their personality. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, presided over the function.

PASSPORT OFFICE: The Regional Passport Office will have a new building in five years, according to Mr Amarjit Singh, Regional Passport Officer, Jalandhar.



SAPLINGS PLANTED: Saplings were planted at Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 23 and Government Nursery School in Sector 23 during sapling plantation day celebrations. The drive was organised by volunteers of the NSS, the Eco Club and the NCC. Saplings of neem, arjun, amla and asoka were planted. The Parent-Teacher Association also participated. Poster making and slogan writing competition was also held. Suman of class IX stood first and Pratik Shrama of XII C came second.

DISCUSSION: The Hindi Sahitya Parishad of the Hindi Department at Panjab University organised a panel discussion on the birthday of Munshi Prem Chand, the legendary Hindi fiction writer, on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, Sahitya Academy Award winner Mohan Bhandari said he found his way up as a writer through writings of Prem Chand. Prof Virender Mehndiratta said Prem Chand understood contradictions of his society and he went to the lower depths of his milieu. Dr Neerja Sood gave the welcome address while Dr Satyapal Sehgal conducted the proceedings. 

PROGRAMME: The Library science Department of Government College, Sector 46, is organising a week-long readers motivation programme ‘Library orientation for the freshers’ from Saturday. The inaugural programme will be presided over by Mr Dilip Kumar, Director Public Instructions (Colleges), Chandigarh Administration. As part of this programme, the library department is also organising a book exhibition titled “Know your library”, the purpose of which is to inform the readers about the wealth of the library so that they could make use of the same during their stay in the college. On this occasion, Prof. H.R. Chopra, Chairman, Department of Library and Information Science, Panjab University, will also deliver talk.

WORKSHOP: A self-help group workshop for the senior citizens was organised at Senior Citizen Home in Sector 43. It was organised by Punjab National Bank, in collaboration with Nabard, for supplementing efforts of existing self-help groups in increasing their income by financial linkage with banks. The workshop was attended by, representatives, rural branch managers, besides aanganwadi workers and government officials. The self-help group is a small group of about 20 economically weaker people.

MEETING: About 100 youngsters, including 30 women, will be employed after formal training through self-supporting programme or sustainable employment. The decision was taken at a meeting of Nehru Yuva Kendra held under the chairmanship of UT Deputy Commissioner Arun Kumar. The meeting was held to approve action plan for Nehru Yuva Kendra for 2003-2004. During the year, the kendra is expected to establish eight new youth clubs, besides 16 existing ones. The other activities of the kendra will include providing vocational training to the youth.

TEACHERS UNION MEETING: The Government Teachers Union, Chandigarh, is organising a general body meeting at Jamma Masjid ground at 5.30 pm on Friday. The agenda for the meeting include issues like transfer policy violation, promotion orders of JBT, Nursery, drawing and language teachers and lecturers, creation of vice-principal’s post in each senior secondary schools among others. Dr Vinod Sharma, convener, and other members of the union request all teachers of the UT government schools to attend the meeting.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: Blood donation camp, speeches and public meetings were organised on Thursday in the city to honour Shaheed Udham Singh on his 63rd martyrdom day. At a function held at Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial Bhavan Society in Sector 44, Mr Amrik Singh Jammu, a chief patron of the society, paid homage to the martyr. Addressing a gathering, the society chairman, Mr Nanak Chand Khamboj, explained the salient features of a proposal to build a bhavan in the name of great martyr in Sector 44. A blood donation camp was also organised by All-India Anti-Terrorist Front in the memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at Sector 37 market. About 101 people donated blood.

BSNL SCHEME: The Chief GMT, Punjab Telecom Circle, Mr S.C. Choudhary, on Thursday said the BSNL had decided to introduce promotional tariff for the Cellone for a period of 15 days — from August 1, 2003 to August 15, 2003. Under the scheme, a freetalk time worth Rs 100 per month would be allowed for the first six months to all the postpaid customers — the buyers of the postpaid plan i.2 plan-225, plan-325, plan-525 and RTP. The free talktime is to be allowed as reduction from the call charges only.

MEETING: Include leaders of Opposition, besides eminent lawyers, in the National Judicial Commission — members of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association demanded at a meeting held on Thursday. Addressing a gathering, the members also demanded that president of the Supreme Court Bar Association should also be consulted while appointing apex court judges. In case of High Court Judges, the High Court Bar Association president should be consulted. They asserted that the system should also be made more transparent.

MAGICIAN HONOURED: The Haryana Governor, Babu Parmananad, honoured magician Samrat Shankar with a “samman patra” on Thursday. Addressing the audience, the Governor also appreciated the efforts made by the magician to help the needy. In city for over a fortnight, Samrat Shankar’s shows, conducted in collaboration with the UT Red Cross Society, concluded on Thursday. He has already donated Rs 1 lakh to the UT Red Cross Society.

DEMAND: The Small Scale Industries Welfare Association, Panchkula, has asked the state government to reconsider its decision on implementation of value added tax (VAT). Mr Mehar Singh, president of the association, said the withdrawal of VAT in the state would be in the interest of industrialists. If the VAT was not withdrawn, we would be forced to close our businesses here and shift to other states.

SEMINAR: Students and faculty members of the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, here presented a seminar on electronics component and measuring equipment on Thursday. More than 50 students and teachers participated in the seminar and presented their papers on equipment like cathode ray oscilloscope, picture tube of television, FM radio conversion of 220V AC supply into a 5V DC supply and electronics components used in the industry.

CELEBRATED: Students of Sherwood Convent Educational Society, Phase IV, here celebrated the Teej festival in the school on Thursday. A drawing competition was held for the students.



WATER LOGGING: Last night’s incessant rainfall led to water-logging in several areas of Ambala cantonment as well as Ambala city. Residents of Kasturba Colony were the worst affected as water began to enter their homes at about midnight. Water-logging also took in Housing Board and Ram Nagar areas. A Kasturba Colony resident said he spent a sleepless night on Thursday as water entered his home. He said the household articles had to be moved to safer place and it took a lot of effort in cleaning the residue caused due to water-logging.



OFFERINGS: For the first time, $ 122 was offered to goddess Naina Devi on 
Thursday during the current Shravan Ashtami fair going on at the shrine in the district. This was stated by the Additional District Magistrate-cum-Mela Officer, Mr J.S. Pathania, here. He said cash worth Rs 6.63 lakh was also offered besides 145 gm of gold, 6.694 kg of silver and 6.70 kilo of gilt.

NEW FACILITY: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has installed an INPCO at the Youth Hostel, Dalhousie, which is first such service in Chamba district. Inaugurating the facility here on Friday, Mr Manoj Chadha, Director of the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Board of Directors, said the service would provide a hotline facility to the server at Dharamshala and any person would be able to make STD, ISD calls using an India Telephone Card. The cards were available in all telephone exchanges in the denominations of 100, 200, 500 and 1000.

NOMINATED: The state government has nominated Mr Ashok Kumar Marwah, Mr Omkar Sharma and Banti Devi Sharma as members of the local Municipal Council.

GRANT: The Union Ministry of Science and Technology has sanctioned a grant of Rs 19.22 lakh to Himachal Pradesh University for strengthening the bioinformatics centre. Dr S.D. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor of the university, said the grant would be utilised for providing communication facilities and it would undertake research projects in the area of protiomics and genomic of the microbial systems. He said the Centre had also released Rs 5.3 lakh grant for M.Sc (Biotech) which would be used for purchase of books and journals.


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