Saturday, August 9, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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FLAYED: “Government is bent upon giving corporations into private hands and implementing contract system to ruin the future of employees,” said Mr Karamjeet Singh Bhagana, senior vice-president of the state Karamchari Dal, at a meeting here on Friday. He flayed the statement of Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, that primary schools, primary health centres, veterinary hospitals, Social Welfare Department and village water supply would be handed over to panchayats.

TEACHER BOOKED: The district police on Thursday booked Kishan Lal of the Guru Nanak Wara locality here for allegedly getting a JBT teacher’s job by submitting a fake certificate. My Yaspal Gulati, PES, District of Education, in his complaint alleged that the accused had submitted a fake certificate of B Ed from Jammu University. A case has been registered.

LIONS CLUB: Dr Rakesh Goel was installed president of the Lions Club, Barnala, at a function of the club organised at Bawal Palace here on Wednesday evening. Mr R.K. Mehta, District Governor, was the chief guest, while Mr Jaswant Rai Garg and Mr Prem Grover were guests of honour.

PATWARI HELD: Babu Singh, a patwari posted in Faridkot district, was caught by sleuths of the Vigilance Bureau on Thursday while accepting a bribe of Rs 3,500 from Mr Ranjit Singh, a resident of Jalaneana village, for extending him a special outlet in the distributory for irrigating his paddy fields. A case has been registered.

DEVELOPMENT WORKS: Mr B. Sarkar, Commissioner, Faridkot division, has directed district and field officials to ensure that the funds allocated for various development works are being utilised in a proper manner by physically checking the same. He was speaking at a meeting of district officials on Thursday.

DECISION FLAYED: Mr Bagga Singh, vice-president of the Association For Democratic Rights Punjab (AFDR), on Friday while condemning the decision of the Supreme Court banning the government employees from going on strike, said it would deprive the workers from a tool by which they could secure their rights. In a press note issued here he said the workers and employees adopted the path of strike when talks failed with their respective organisations.

KAVI DARVAR: The District Cultural Society organised a “Savan Kavi Darbar” at Aam Khas Bagh on Thursday evening. Mr N.S. Rattan, Principal Secretary Higher Education, presided over the programme. More than 10 poets, including Surjeet Patar, Dr Gurminder Sandhu, Inderjit Hasanpuri, Sardar Panchi, Sukhwinder Amrit, Kuljeet Kaur and Dharm Kamyana, rendered poems and ghazals.

ORIENTATION CAMP: Mata Gujri College here on Friday organised a one-day orientation camp on “moral values” Mr Manjit Singh, secretary Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle Punjab, interacted with students and answered their queries. Addressing the students he urged them to follow the Sikh tenets and the path shown by Gurus. Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal of the college, highlighted the achievements of the college in various fields.

WORKSHOP: A workshop on “The medical certification of the cause of death” was organised under the presidentship of Dr Dalip Kumar, Deputy Medical Commissioner, at the multipurpose training school here on Thursday. Dr S.K. Sharma, District Health Officer, Mr Gulshan Kumar Chhabra, Senior Research Officer, Mr Subhash Kalia, MEIO, and Mr Mohan Lal Prabhakar, Statistical Officer, were among the speakers.

CLEANLINESS DRIVE: In a token gesture to launch the cleanliness and anti-encroachment drive, the Deputy Commissioner of Ferozepore, Mr Vikas Partap, and the SSP, Mr Parveen Kumar Sinha, cleaned with brooms a part of a road here on Wednesday. He also announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh each from the border development fund for the installation of tubewells and the pavement of roads and other developments works in slum areas.

RESOLVED: The Cable Upbhogta Sangharsh Committee has resolved to continue its struggle against cable operators in the city and welcomed the move to expose unauthorised use of electricity poles by operators. The committee president, Mr Rajeev Tandon, on Friday said a delegation would soon meet the Municipal Commissioner to apprise him of the situation.

DISPLAYED: Gold and diamond jewellery created by 15 designers is on display in Regent Room of Hotel Majestic Park Plaza Park. The exhibition by Trendsmith is from the house of TBZ-Nirmal Zaveri and it was inaugurated by the Deputy Mayor, Ms Sushil Gupta, on Friday. The jewellery comes with authenticity card specifying colour, clarity and carat as per norms set by the International Gemology Institute.

THALASSAEMIA CHECK: The Department of Community Medicine and the Haematology Section of Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) has conducted a free thalassemia screening camp for persons living in slums here. There was an excellent response and 85 women came for ante-natal check-up and free blood tests for anaemia and blood grouping. The camp was sponsored by the ICMRJVMP, New Delhi. Dr Sheila Das, Professor of Pathology and head of the Haematology Section, CMCH, who is also principal investigator of the project, said: “The ICMR Thalassaemia Laboratory of the CMCH is offering free tests for anemia, blood grouping and thalassemia to pregnant women and college student.”

DISTRIBUTED: The Pranayam and Laffing Club distributed free uniforms to 60 students of Government Girls High School, Madhopuri, on Thursday. Mr G.R. Vig, president of the club, said that three such programmes had been organised in different schools. He said the club would start a new scheme under which 20 students, who have lost their fathers, would get scholarships for their studies. He said sports students who have played at national level would also be honoured. Mr G.L. Brara, chairperson, and Ms Leela Rani, headmistress, were also present on the occasion.

TEEJ CELEBRATED: Shivalikwala Doon School held Teej celebrations on Thursday. Girls exchanged bangles and applied mehndi on their hands. Children presented dance items on various songs. Students were served kheer and maalpuras. Ms Mohini Albert, Principal, told the children about the significance of the day.

NEW SESSION: The Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Model Town, was once again abuzz with activity as the new session began on Thursday. Dr A.S. Bansal, Director, said among the new admissions to undergraduate courses, boys have outnumbered girls whereas the case was reverse in case of postgraduate admissions. He said the response to new regular courses being offered by the PTU was encouraging and that for distance education courses was still picking up.

RAKSHA BANDHAN: Tiny tots of Cutes Nursery School, Sarabha Nagar, celebrated Raksha Bandhan among each other at a function held here on Friday. Children came in a festive mood wearing traditional dresses. Boys wore kurta pyjamas or achkans and girls wore lehngas or lachas holding decorated thalis in their hands with lighted lamps, kesar katori, sweets and of course a Rakhi. They were singing ‘Bhaiya mere rakhi ke bandhan ko nibhana’. Boys gave roses as presents to the girls. Bangles were gifted to girls from the school. Children were served maalpuras, kheer, chocolate burfi and other sweets. Ms Rekhi, Principal, addressed the children and told them about the importance of the day.

ELECTED: Mr Joginder Singh Aulakh, Principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Amargarh, Sangrur, was unanimously elected president of the Gazatted Educational Subordinate Services Association, Punjab, at a general house meeting here on Thursday.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: As many as 60 devotees of Dera Sacha Sauda (Sirsa) donated blood at a blood donation camp organised at Laroya village, about 15 km from here, on Thursday. The camp was held to mark the birth anniversary of Sant Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh, master of the dera.

AIR’S STATION DIRECTOR: Dr Amrit Pal Paul joined as Station Director, All India Radio, here on Friday. He had earlier served as Station Director of All India Radio in Bathinda. He had also worked as Production Assistant in Doordarshan, Jalandhar.

TREE PLANTATION: The State Bank of Patiala in association with the Society for Health and Environment organised a tree plantation day here on Friday. The President of State Bank of Patiala, Ms Sukla Das, said there was need to spread awareness on environment among people. The Secretary Society for Health and Environment, Dr Balbir Singh, also spoke.

CENTRE OPENED: The state government opened a Community Policing and Resources Centre near circuit house on Friday. A child helpline, a women helpline, a women cell and a victim relief helpline have been set up at the centre.

MEDICAL CHECK-UP: The Ahrtia Association, Samrala, is holding a free medical check-up camp on August 10 in Dana Mandi. Visitors to the camp will be examined for diabetes and heart diseases and given medicine, according to Mr Harpal Singh Dhillon, president of the association.

SCHEME: Ms Harwinder Kaur, DEO, launched the Centre’s education scheme for poor children at EGS centre, Todarpur village, Samrala block. On this occasion, the BPEO, Samrala II, Mr Charanjit Singh; Coordinator, Mr Maninder Kumar; and the BPEO, HQ, Mr Rajinder Kumar, were also present.

COMPLAINT LODGED: Mr Ranjodh Singh, a resident of nearby Pandori Gola village, in a complaint lodged on Thursday in the court of the local SDM, Mr Bakhtawar Singh Shergill, has requested that his wife, Gurmeet Kaur, be released from the illegal custody of his father-in-law, Mr Salwinder Singh. The SDM has issued summons to all concerned, including Gurmeet Kaur, to come to his court on August 12, 2003.



OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the All-India Census Employees Association (Haryana circle): president — Mr Nagesh Kumar; vice-president — Mr B.L. Sehgal; circle secretary — Mr Lekh Raj; assistant circle secretary — Mr V.K. Chodha; and circle finance secretary — Mr K.L. Saini.

PROMOTED: Mr Gopal, as Assistant Programmee Advisor, National Service Scheme (NSS), has been promoted as Deputy Programme Adviser to the Regional Officer of the NSS here. The regional office covers Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh.

APPOINTED: Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-Speciality Hospital on Friday announced the appointment of Dr Virendar Sarwal as a consultant, cardio-thoracic and vascular surgery. Prior to joining the Fortis hospital, Dr Sarwal was with the Malhotra Heart Institute and Medical Research Centre, New Delhi.

SEMINARS: The Safety Consultant’s Consortium will hold seminars on safety regarding hazardous materials and chemicals at various schools of the town from September 25. Mr S.K. Suri, safety consultant, said the seminars had been planned to highlight the significance of safety and environment in industries, statutory matters pertaining to safety and environment in industries using hazardous materials and chemicals, safe storage and health hazards related to hazardous materials and chemicals.


DISTRICT ‘SAMMELAN’: The NCP state unit president, Mr Ved Pal, today said they would hold a district “sammelan” on August 17. Talking to mediapersons, he said Mr Jagannath Mishra would preside over the sammelan. Mr Ved Pal added that the party would contest all 90 seats in the state and would not enter into alliance.

FLAG BURNT: The newly appointed president of the women’s cell of the Anti-Terrorist Front of India, (ATFI), Ms Pankaj Shandilya burnt the national flag of Pakistan here on Friday. Ms Shandilya burnt the flag in protest against the grenade attack at Lal Chowk, Srinagar. The ATFI supporters raised slogans against Pakistan and demanded that it must stop cross-border terrorism.

FAKE POSTAGE STAMPS: Postal Department officials have advised customers to buy postage stamps from post offices only. Mr V.K. Malhotra, Assistant Director (Public Grievances), through a press note said: “It is notified for the information of users of postal services that the Department of Posts has apprehension that there are fake postage stamps being sold by some miscreants/unauthorised persons to the public during Rakhi festival season.”

RESENTMENT: The owners of around 50 leather dyeing units of the Shivala Mandi area have expressed their concern over the disconnection of power supply to their units by the State Pollution Board. They submitted a memorandum to the local MLA, Mr Anil Vij, in this regard. The board has disconnected the power supply and water connection to their units on the ground that these had been polluting the surrounding areas, especially the Divisional Railway Manager complex.


IDOLS RECOVERED: Two ancient 'ashtadhatu' idols of Lord Mahavira worth several crores of rupees were recovered by the police here. The police on Friday said two men were caught with the idols weighing 6 kg each as they were trying to board a bus near Maudha police station on Thursday night. The duo is said to have links with an international gang.

AYURVEDIC DOCS: The Himachal Pradesh Ayurvedic Doctors Association has urged the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, to direct the state Health Department to appoint ayurvedic doctors who were interviewed on June, 1999, with department options. Mr Sanjiv Guleria, president of the association, in a statement here on Friday said the doctors appointed by the department during the past few years had been running their private clinics which had adversely affected the health services in rural areas.

POOR AMENITIES: New industrialists looking for accommodation for their staff in various sectors of industrial town are dismayed at the manner in which residential colonies are being maintained. Mr Surjeet Singh, an industrialist, said the roads and streetlights were in a poor shape. He added that almost all sectors lacked proper sewerage and most of the time these remained chocked. He also pointed out the problem of congress grass in various sectors.

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