Monday, September 1, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


HEALTH SURVEY: The Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital (DBACH) will conduct a health survey in neighbouring villages under the supervision of Dr Mithilesh Verma. In this context a programme was launched at Bholia village, 3 km from here. The Sarpanch of the village, Mr Jasbeer Singh, accompanied the team of doctors. The patients were given medicines free of cost. The survey will be conducted in the villages within a radius of 20 km.

HAILED: Dr Gurbir Singh Dhillon, district president, Folklore Research Academy, Chandigarh, on Saturday hailed the decision of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh to invite Mr Parvej Ilahi, Chief Minister of Punjab (Pakistan) in November. Dr Dhillon hoped that Mr Ilahi would accept the invitation to improve relations between the two countries.

DENTAL CAMP: A dental check-up camp for the children of a special school running under the child labour project, was organised by the Lion’s Club and the Sainiks and Associates Welfare Society here on Sunday. Free medicines and 100 medical free kits were distributed among the students.

ADHYAPAK DAL: The following have been elected office-bearers of the state unit of the Adhyapak Dal: president — Mr Baj Singh Khehra, senior vice-presidents — while Mr Ajit Singh Fetehchak and Mr Paramjit Singh Patti were elected as senior vice-presidents. Mr Bahshish Singh was elected as general secretary of the dal.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Samajik Chetna Manch: patron — Mr P.C. Pyassa; president — Mr Jaswant Hans; vice-president — Mr Joginder Pal; general secretary — Mr Charan Singh; secretary — Mr Ajit Kumar and treasurer — Mr Satnam Singh.

MEETING HELD: A meeting of leaders and workers of the BJP and the SAD was held here on Sunday. It was decided at the meeting that a rally against the oppressive policies of the state government would be held at Gurdaspur on September 2.

PROTEST CONTINUES: Members of the Punjab State Ministerial Service Union of the district on Saturday wore black badges for the fifth consecutive day to lodge their protest against the apathetic attitude of the state government towards the implementation of their already accepted demands. This was stated by Mr Gurjant Singh, president of the Bathinda unit of the union, on Saturday.

The District Red Cross Society, in collaboration with other social organisations, will organise free cataract camps in civil hospitals and dispensaries of the district, where medicines and lenses would be provided free of cost. This was stated by Mr S.K.Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, while inaugurating an eye check-up camp organised by the Rotary Club, Sirhind, on Sunday. Dr G.S.Randhawa, an eminent eye surgeon from Patiala, along with his team examined more than 250 patients. Mr N.S.Bawa, owner of Saviours Enterprises, Patiala, gave free medicines to patients.

DEATH ANNIVERSARY: The Giani Dit Singh Memorial International Society will commemorate the 102th death anniversary of Giani Dit Singh, a Sikh historian and founder of the Singh Sabha movement, at Giani Dit Singh memorial auditorium of the local BBSB Engineering College on Saturday. This was stated by Mr Surinder Singh, general secretary of the society, while addressing a press conference here on Sunday. He said Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, SGPC, would release a book titled “Bhai Dit Singh Giani Jiwan Rachna”, written by Dr Karnail Singh Somal.

SEMINAR: The Guru Gobind Singh study circle unit of the local Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College organised a seminar on “Effects of Television on Indian culture” here on Sunday. Mr Satnam Singh, Director, Youth Services, in his presidential address said the electronic media was adversely effecting our society as well as the rich culture of our country. Mr Tejinder Singh, secretary of the study circle, said Punjabis had inherited a rich culture from the Gurus but now under the influence of media they were not following their rich traditions. Dr D. S. Hira, Principal, also spoke on the occasion. The coordinator of the seminar was Prof Lakhwinder Singh.

POWER SUPPLY: Mr Surmakh Singh, Sarpanch of nearby Sotal village has complained that the power supply to their village was very erratic. He said they were getting supply from Garangan Feeder.

TANTRIK HELD: A tantrik who was allegedly befooling people was caught red handed by a residents of Panjit Colony here on Saturday. He made a promise to office-bearers of the Tarksheel Society that he would not indulge in such practices.

NEW BUS ROUTE: The Youth Welfare Society, Tira village, has thanked the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking for starting two bus routes No 28A and 31A to the village.

ELECTED: The Bharatiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj held a meeting at Gopal Nagar Mohalla to review the preparations for the Valmiki shobha yatra and elect its office-bearers here on Sunday. According to a press note, the following have been elected office-bearers of the association: president — Mr Sonu Siraswal; vice-president — Mr Surinder Bali; secretary — Mr Mange Ram Gehlot; joint secretary — Mr Raj Kumar; propaganda secretary — Mr Vipan Siraswal; cashier — Mr Sat Pal Virla; and members of executive committee — Mr Vijay Kumar, Mr Vir Kala, Mr Shiv Kumar and Dr J.S.Soni.

GANPATI MAHOTSAVA: The week-long Ganpati Mahotsava, being organised by the Baba Ganpati Sewa Sangh, got under way here on Sunday morning with the worshipping of a 20-foot idol of Lord Ganesha installed at Rang Mahal pandal on the main Janak Puri road. According to Mr Harish Bedi, president of the sangh, replicas of Lord Ganesha had been put up at 108 temples of the city and pujan ceremony of these replicas would be held everyday till September 8. Similarly, Ganesh pujan would be held every morning from 8 am to 9.30 am in Janak Puri. A religious satsang session would be held every evening from 8pm to 9. 30 pm.

SENTENCED: Mr A.S. Kathuria, the judge of fast track court, has sentenced a watchman, Karan Bahadur, to undergo 10 years imprisonment on the charge of causing death of Man Bhadur in November, 2001. Besides, a fine of Rs 5,000 was also imposed upon the accused. According to prosecution, the accused inflicted head injury with a stone, which proved fatal. On the next day, Man Bahadur died due to the injury in a hospital. Subsequently, the accused was booked at Division No. 4 police station on the complaint of Dhan Bahadur on November 19, 2001.

‘TELECOM WAR’: “Mobile companies are virtually fighting a war in today’s highly competitive Indian market and an Indian consumer has become the real beneficiary.” These observations were made in a presentation on ‘Telecom war’ by the executives of Spice Telecom at a meet of the Ludhiana Rotary Midtown. Club members were informed about the emergence of new technologies and services in the mobile sector in the country. In this meet, Mr Rajeev Goswami, director, producer and younger brother of Manoj Kumar, a famous actor from Bollywood, also addressed the Rotary members. Mr Mahesh Munjal, president of the club, inducted five new members.

CELEBRATED: Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated here on Sunday by Sri Sathya Sai Sewa Samithi, Ludhiana, at Sri Krishna Mandir from 9 am to 11.30 am. The programme started with sarvdharam bhajans which was followed by singing of bhajans by students of Bal Vikas Centre. The cultural programme comprised plays, shabads, mantrocharan, and a speech on Ganeshji. 

AWARDED: Bharat Vikas Parishad (Shivaji Branch) organised a function at Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School here on Sunday to honour the meritorious students, who received more than 85 per cent marks in Class X conducted by Punjab School Education Board. The function was presided over by Ms Narinder Kaur, Controller Examination of the board, Mr Lalit Jain and Mr Narinder Singh Bhalla distributed the prizes.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Employees Federation of District Fatehgarh Sahib: president — Mr Hansa Singh; and general secretary — Mr Rajinder Singh. They have been empowered with forming rest of the executive committee.

MEETING: A meeting of the SC/BC Teachers Union was held at local children park on Sunday. Mr Ram Singh Dehliz, patron, district unit, presided over the meeting. While addressing the gathering, the union leader apprised the members of the outcome of meetings held with Education Department authorities regarding implementation of 85th Amendment and other demands.

EXTENDED: The Department of Local Government has given extension in service to Mr Amardeep Khanna, a councillor of the local Municipal Council as assessor with the Land Acquisition Tribunal, Improvement Trust, Nabha, up to May 6, 2004.

NOMINATED: Mr Rajnish Shanty, Mr Sandip Singh and Mrs Saroj Rani, local municipal councillors have been nominated as trustees of the Improvement Trust, Nabha.

SANGAT DARSHAN: Unruly scenes prevailed at the “sangat darshan” programme of Mr Randip Singh, MLA, at Hira Palace here when the Chairman of the Improvement Trust Nabha, Mr O.P. Dalla, lashed out at the Executive Officer, Municipal Council, Mr Surjit Singh, for his discriminatory behaviour.

DISTRIBUTED: Mr Randip Singh, MLA, Nabha, distributed cheques worth Rs 17,60,000 for the renovation of ‘kutcha’ houses among 88 families of the Scheduled Castes at a function organised at Hira Palace on Saturday. A grant of Rs 6,60,000 was also distributed among 11 villages of the Nabha block under “Swarn Jyoti Gramin Sway Rozgar Yogna”.

: A heart-rending satire about a simpleton exploited by his family and society was staged by Kala Kriti at the Central State Library Auditorium on Wednesday. The play is directed by Parminderpal Kaur. The actors impress, particularly the boy who plays the lead role. Senior Superintendent of Police Paramraj Singh Umranangal was the chief guest on the occasion.

TWO BOOKED: The police has booked two travel agents Jaswinder Singh of local Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar and Bishan Dev of the Palahi Gate area for duping two youths of over Rs 4 lakh on the pretext of sending them abroad.

MODEL VILLAGE: The Punjab Government has brought Sohal (Thathi) village under the Model Gram Scheme. It was stated by Prof Darbari Lal, State Minister for Education, Panjab, on Friday while presiding over the annual prize distribution function of the Government Senior Secondary School of the village. Prof Darbari Lal said the government would spent Rs 5 crore on different development schemes in the village. 



:The Haryana School Education Board will evaluate answer sheets of students on the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) pattern. Marking will be lenient, according to the board. This was stated by Brig O.P. Chaudhary (retd), Chairman of the board, briefing mediapersons at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, after addressing a meeting of teachers and panchayat members of the area.

: The Mohali Industries Association has condemned the introduction of Exim Form from September 1, saying that it will be detrimental to the growth of the industry as it will create impediments in the free flow of raw material and goods in the state. In a press note issued here yesterday, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, general secretary of the association, appealed to the government to defer the introduction of the form, failing which the industry would be forced to launch an agitation.



NOMINATED: Mr Ram Kumar, a local lawyer, has been nominated member of the Haryana State Land Use Board for three years. The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, is the Chairman of the board.

KILLED: One woman was killed and nine others, including four women, were injured when the van in which they were travelling dashed against a tree on Saturday.

TALENT SHOW: Students of RKSD Postgraduate College participated in a talent show organised here on Friday. They presented quiz, declamation contest, poetry, painting singing, one act play, mimicry and dance. Prof Anil Narula, Gagan Mittal and their other colleagues conducted the quiz programme. Mr Y.K. Mangal, president of the college governing body and Mr K.K. Sirohi, Principal, gave away the prizes.

CASES SETTLED: As many as 78 loan cases of the State Bank of Patiala of Yamunanagar district branches were settled at a Lok Adalat at Jagadhri courts on Saturday under the supervision of Mr Ajoy Naqib, chief manager, State Bank of Patiala, regional office, Panchkula.



CASE REOPENED: The enforcement wing of the Himachal police at Dharamsala has reopened investigations into the illegal felling of two cedar trees in Deaur village of Salooni tehsil. According to SP, (enforcement), Mr G.D. Bhargava, a complaint had been received that the timber of trees felled illegally by Rassad in 1999, was being handed over to the culprits in connivance with some forest officials.

ONE KILLED: One person was killed while the Mahindra pick-up van in which he was travelling fell into the Beas near Patlikuhal, about 20 km from here, on Friday. The victim, Kishan Chand, was a resident of Bran village near Mandi. The body which was found at Kharu on Saturday, was handed over his relatives.

ALLEGED: Mr Randhir Sharma, a spokesperson for the state BJP, on Saturday alleged that Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, was trying to throttle the voice of the Opposition by threatening to hold an inquiry against the leaders who criticise the government. In a statement here he said the Congress government had done little for the development of the state over the past six months and it was preoccupied with the inquiries.


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