Monday, August 4, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


LUCKY RESULTS DRAW: The lucky draw of tickets sold for “Teean Teej Deean”, a Teej festival organised at Aam Khas Bagh on Friday, was held by Ms Shobha Verma, wife of the Governor of Punjab. According to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K.Ahluwalia, ticket No. 05145 has been declared first, 11465 second and 14270 third. The three winners in the fourth place are 03412, 12461 and 18713. Besides all tickets bearing 369 as last three digits have won fifth, 362 sixth and 831 seventh prize, respectively. Mr Ahluwalia said the winners could get their prizes from the District Red Cross Society office by August 19.

VANAMAHOTSAVA: Students and staff led by the Principal of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College organised a function on the college campus to celebrate the concluding ceremony of 10-day vanmahotsava festival here on Sunday. Addressing the function, Dr Dilbagh Singh Hira, Principal, highlighted the need for plantation as pollution had increased many fold. He said during the campaign more than 2,000 saplings were planted on the college campus.

ELECTED: The following have been installed office-bearers of the local Rotaract Club: president — Raja Jagbir Singh; vice-president — Mr Hitesh Chopra; secretary — Mr Gurpreet Singh Sahai; and cashier — Mr Rajan Walia.

PLANTATION DRIVE: The Rotary Club, Ludhiana North, organised a sapling plantation at the Government College for Women on Saturday. Saplings were planted by members of the club and Rotract members of the college on the college premises. Before plantation drive, installation function for installation of Rotractors was held in common room of the college. More than 50 Rotractors (College students) and 20 Rotarians attended this meeting. Ms Amrita was installed as president, Ms Aarti as vice-president and Ms Shika was appointed as secretary.

LECTURE ON HEART DISEASES: Mid Town Rotary Club organised a talk on ‘Prevention of heart diseases’. Dr Rajeev Gupta, consultant psychiatrist and secretary of the club, discussed about the faulty eating habits and high calorie diet that were leading to high incidence of obesity and increasing the risk of heart disease. Dr Gurpreet Wander, chief cardiologist from Hero DMC Centre, said number of people suffering from coronary artery diseases was rapidly rising in the city. The younger people were falling prey to heart diseases. Diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity among the younger people were making them prone to heart diseases. The best way to prevent these was to change the lifestyle. One has to exercise and keep a check on the calories. Stress has to be tackled through yoga’ and meditation.

NSS CAMP: One-day NSS camp was attended by volunteers from Research and Development Polytechnic, Ludhiana. The camp was organised on the martyrdom day of Shaheed Udham Singh under the leadership of Mr J. S. Rahi, Assistant Director, Youth Services, with the assistance of Mr B S Brar and Mr Ajit Pal Singh, APO. Unwanted bushes and grass in and around the playgrounds was removed during the camp. Mr B. S. Sangha, Principal, advised the volunteers to maintain discipline in every field for sure success. About 50 volunteers participated in the camp.

ISTRI SABHA: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab Istri Sabha’s district body: president — Ms Ram Murti; vice-presidents — Ms Baldev Kaur and Ms Joginder Kaur; general secretary — Ms Kulwinder Begum; and cashier — Ms Baljeet Kaur Chapa.

FUNCTION: The Baba Ram Chand Samaj Bhalai Sanstha organised a function at Mukandpur, about 20 km from here, with a view to helping about 250 poor and needy students of primary schools. Dr Surjit Singh Bhatti, Principal, Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, was the chief guest.

ACTION SOUGHT: The Pathankot Journalist Guild here on Saturday demanded stern action against the persons who attacked Mr R.C. Jhawar and Mr Partap Singh on Thursday.

LAWYERS' BODY: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Bar Association here: President — Mr S.S. Rana; vice-president — Mr Ajay Pathania; general secretary — Mr Amit Verma.

LAUNCHED: The Chief Minister of Punjab Capt. Amarinder Singh, launched the speciality malting barley seeds developed by United Breweries in collaboration with Punjab Agro at a function organised at Maltex Malters, a unit of UB in Patiala on Friday. He also laid the foundation stone of an expansion project that would double the capacity of the malt unit. Addressing farmers on the occasion the Chief Minister stated that Punjab Agro in collaboration with the United Breweries would use resources from Punjab Agricultural University and the skilled farmers of the state to multiply the 2-row malting barley (VJM 315) to provide seed for plantation in an area of one lakh acres in the forthcoming season. Thereafter the variety would be multiplied to cover a minimum of 2.5 lakh acre area in the year 2005. He said this strain of barley was capable of a yield of 20-22 quintals per acre and required lesser water and lower cost of cultivation that the high yielding varieties of wheat being grown in Punjab at present.

MISHAP: Six passengers, including three women, were injured when a minibus hit a tree on Saturday. A college girl was among the injured.

TEEJ CELEBRATED: ‘Teej’ festival was celebrated on Saturday at the SGAD Government Girls Senior Secondary School here in where Mr Sukhwinder Kaur chairperson of the Hospital Welfare Society and wife of SDM Bakhtawar Singh Shergill was the chief guest.



CHEMISTS’ FUNCTION: A review of the extent of drug addiction among the youth in Punjab was undertaken during a function organised by the Ropar District Chemists Association here today. Stating that the number of those in the age group 15 -35 years addicted to various drugs in Punjab is as high as 40 per cent, the Director Health Services, Punjab, Dr D.P.S. Sandhu highlighted the need to take immediate steps to curb the menace. The function was organised to honour the newly elected Chairman of the association, Mr Kuldip Nanda.

DONATED: The Vikas Social Welfare and Educational Society has donated Rs 2 lakh, collected from magician Shankar’s shows in the Neelam Cinema, to the UT Red Cross Society. Society President Mahavir Sharma said the payment to the Red Cross had been made through demand drafts handed over to the Deputy Commissioner as per the commitment.



FEE HIKE FLAYED: The local unit of the NSUI has condemned the hike in fee and increase in the number of paid seats in professional courses. Mr Ajay Saini, president of the unit, while addressing students at a meeting urged the state government to withdraw the decision. The president of the District Congress Committee (urban), Ms Kiran Bala Jain, also spoke at the meeting.

ESCAPEE NABBED: The police has succeeded in nabbing the prisoner who had managed to flee from police custody on Saturday. The prisoner, Arun Kumar, lodged in Ambala jail under Sections 326 and 307 had fled from the Civil Hospital where he was admitted following an illness. The SP, Mr Hardeep Singh Doon, said the CIA Staff nabbed him at the Ambala Cantonment railway station when he was trying to board a train.

ADMITTED: An accused, who was brought here from the District Jails, Hisar, for hearing in a local court, had to be admitted to the General Hospital after he complained of severe pain in the chest. According to reports, Bansi Lal, a resident of Baliala village, is in judicial custody for the past four months.

POWER THEFT: A vigilance team of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) raided a factory on the Hisar road on Friday and detected power theft on a large scale. It imposed a fine of Rs 1.80 lakh The team, according to sources, raided the premises around 2.30 a.m. and found that factory owners had been stealing power by tampering with meter.

THEFT: Thieves decamped with Rs 75,000 and some jewellery from the house of Krishan Lal, a resident of Guru Tegh Bahadur colony, on Friday. The victim said the thieves also stole some cash from his shop. A case has been registered. In another case, a motorcycle, of Lakhwinder, a local resident, was stolen from outside the Red Cross Computer Centre on Friday.

INJURED: Bittu, a local resident, complained that he, his brother and other family members were allegedly attacked by Daya Nand, Om Parkash, Sunil and Zile Singh when they protested against obscene postures made by one of them towards his wife.



SAPLINGS PLANTED: The local Rotary Club organised a sapling plantation programme at the Rotary Vocation and Training Centre in Sector-5 here on Saturday. Around 50 saplings were planted by members of the club. Mr Alok Sharma, president, Mr K.L. Datta, vice-president, Mr Yegendra Dewan, former governor of the club, Mr N.L. Walia, former president, Mr Rakesh Datta, secretary of the club, were present.

‘KHULA DARBAR’: A “Khula Darbar” was organised at the office of Assistant Commissioner here on Saturday, Mr Raghu Raj, MLA, was the chief guest. Official from other departments were also present. Six cases were settled on the spot.

BODY FOUND: The body of Bupinder Singh, a resident of Nehra village, was found on the roadside near Sandhu, about 42 km from here, on the Hindustan-Tibet highway on Sunday morning. The injury marks on the body indicated that he was knocked down by some vehicle. The body has been sent for post-mortem examination.


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