Sunday, September 7, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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MEETING: To activate the Youth Wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal, a meeting of Mulepur circle has been convened on Monday at Chanarthal Kalan village here. The meeting would be addressed by District Youth Chief Gurpreet Singh Bhati besides other leaders of the SAD, as stated in a press note by Sharanjeet Singh Rajwara, district general secretary of the youth wing.

STIR THREAT: The Government Teachers Union, Punjab has threatened to launch an agitation against the District Education Officer (DEO), Mr Dalip Singh Sandhu, according to a press note issued on Thursday. The president of the union, Mr Daljit Singh and Secretary, Mr Dalbir Singh stated that the DEO was neglecting his duties and using his powers to transfer teachers unjustifiably. However, the DEO said all allegations were misleading and malicious.

MEDICAL CAMP: On the occasion of the 47th anniversary of Life Insurance Corporation of India, its Khanna branch organised a free medical camp under the presidentship of Mr Shiv Vinayak, chief consultant (LIC), at Shakti Public School, Doraha, on Thursday. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Bant Singh Daburjee, Senior Vice-President, Nagar Council, Doraha, and former chairman of Budhewal Sugar Mills. Mr Rajinder Kumar Kaul, manager, Khanna branch, was the chief guest. Mr Jatinder Kumar Sharma, Principal, Shakti Public School, Doraha, was the special guest of the function. About 100 schoolchildren were examined by Dr Bachittar Singh. Mr Shiv Vinayak, chief consultant, LIC, distributed free health cards to children.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Fatehgarh Sahib Social and Welfare Society, in collaboration with the Homoeopathic Hospital and Research Centre, Chuni Kalan, organised a free homoeopathic medical check-up camp at Sirhind town on Saturday. A team of homoeopathic doctors led by Dr JBD Castro from Chandigarh examined over 200 patients. Homoeopathic medicines were given free of cost. Dr Harbans Lal, MLA, and Mr Hari Krishan, president of DCC, presided over the camp.

CULTURAL PROGRAMME: The District Cultural Society organised a cultural programme at Nand Pur Kalour village in the district on Friday night. Mr S.K.Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner-cum-chairman of the society, presided over the function. Artistes of Kala Chetna Manch, Panchkula, entertained the audience. Prof Dharminder Singh Ubha, organising secretary of the society, P.P.Verma, chairman of the troupe, the SDM, Bassi Pathana, and the president of the Rotary Club, Sirhind, also addressed the gathering.

RESIGNED: Mr Guriqbal Singh Bodal, along with dozens of his supporters of the Garhdiwala area resigned from the BSP and joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), according to press note issued by Mr Gurdip Singh Dulat, Jathedar of the district of the SAD (A), on Thursday. He said Mr Bodal had been nominated vice-president of the district unit of the party.

ROBBERY: Two motor cycle-borne youths on Thursday night looted Rs 60,000 from Mr Manoj Kumar, salesman of Sood Medicine Traders here, while the latter was coming on his scooter to his house near Mukhu Mazara. After looting Mr Kumar, the youths escaped under the cover of darkness.

ARRESTED: The district police has arrested Dara of the Civil Lines locality on the charge of raping a woman at a local marriage palace on the night of August 30. According to the police, Dara who along with one of his accomplices, Charanjit Singh, allegedly raped the woman was evading arrest while Charanjit Singh had been arrested. Dara was produced in a local court, which remanded him in police custody till Friday.

FRESHERS’ PARTY: The students of Postgraduate Department of History of Arya College organised a programme to welcome freshers here on Friday. Prof Satish Chander Sood, Head of the department, supervised the function. Ms Manpreet Kaur (MA II) welcomed 54 freshers. Seniors presented songs, skits, dances, boliyan, giddha, bhangra and a mimicry show. Fresher participated in a modelling competition. Balram and Manpreet were declared Mr and Ms Fresher, respectively. Dr S.M. Sharma, Principal of the college, urged the students to work diligently and honestly.

ELECTED: Mr Harbhupinder Singh Dharaur was elected chairman of the Ludhiana District Cooperative Labour and Construction Societies Union in a meeting of the board of directors, which was attended by six out of seven directors. Mr Sarbjit Singh, one of the directors, presided over the meeting. Several prominent functionaries of the Congress, including Mr Mohinder Singh Kalyan, former MP, Mr Satwinder Singh Jawaddi, Mr Sat Pal Puri, councillors, Mr Kirpal Singh Aujla, Mr Kuldeep Singh, former chairman of the union, Mr Manjit Singh Jawaddi, Mr Ram Nath, councillor (Sahnewal), Mr Harminder Singh, Mr Mastan Singh, Mr Gurjeet Singh, Mr Sartaj Singh Ghawaddi and Mr Bhagwant Singh Payal have hailed the election of Mr Dharaur.

CPI (ML) PROTEST: The Communist Party of India (ML) would hold district-level demonstration all over the country on Monday to mobilise public opinion against the proposed minister-level meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to be held in Mexico on September 15. A spokesperson of the party said in a statement here on Friday that the WTO meeting would take several decisions relating to agriculture in Third-World countries that were bound to create more problems for the poverty-stricken people in developing nations. He said the local unit of the party would hold a rally at Chattar Singh park on Monday. It would be followed by a protest march to the Mini-Secretariat. Among others, Mr Rawel Singh Sandhu, president, Kirti Kisan Union, and Mr Sukhdev Singh Manuke of Pendu Mazdoor Union would address the rally.

CELEBRATIONS: Mentally challenged students of Ek Prayaas celebrated Teachers’ Day by watching a magic show by Jadugar Samrat Shankar. Mr Gurcharan Singh Kaler, owner of Shingar Cinema where the magician is holding the shows, had invited the students and staff for the show. The management of Ek Prayaas requested the residents of the city to come forward and help the children lead a normal life.

VANAMAHOTSAVA: Dr H.S. Gill, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry Ludhiana, Dr B.K. Khullar, Assistant Director, Animal Husbandry, and his staff members celebrated “vanamahotsava” by planting trees at the office complex on Friday. It was organised in association with Dr Arun Attri, chairperson, People for Common Cause.

SEMINAR: The NSS unit and the Youth Club of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, Model Town, organised a seminar on “Formulas for living and achieving success” on Saturday. The seminar was addressed by Dr Y. Walia, Mr Sanjiv Puri, Mr Dalip Singh, members from Landmark Education Corporation, which was a lecture-cum-discussion. The main emphasis of the speakers was on guiding the students about how to become effective in different areas of their lives.

WORKSHOP: Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujjar Khan Campus, organised a workshop on painting and sculpture in collaboration with Star Colman colours on Saturday. The workshop will continue till Wednesday. Dr Anoop Kaur Bansal, Principal, inaugurated the workshop. Famous artist Ravinder Sharma was the chief guest. The students learnt different techniques and effects of water, fabric and oil painting.

NUTRITION WEEK: National Nutrition Week was celebrated in Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, here from Monday to Sunday. The aim was to generate awareness among masses about the importance of healthy eating for optimal health in the community. To generate awareness among adolescents about the balanced and nutritious diet, the college invited Dr Molly Joshi, Professor and Chief Dietician Christian Medical College and Hospital on Saturday. Dr Joshi stressed the importance of healthy eating for healthy living. She advised girls to have a balanced nutritious diet. The college also organised a cooking competition for the lecturers of the college on Thursday. Around twenty lecturers participated in the contest. Ms Sushma Gupta from Government College for Women, Ms Rajwinder Kaur from Guru Nanak Girls College, and Ms Paramjit Kaur from SDP College for Women were the judges. Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, Principal of the college, distributed prizes among the winners. The results: Snacks: Ms Jyoti Mann 1, Ms Alka II and Ms Seema III; Desserts: Ms Harminder 1, Ms Nirupama II and Ms Rekha III.

PROGRAMME: Keeping in view the changes being made in accountancy for Class XII (CBSE), a two-day Teachers’ Orientation Programme was organised by the CBSE, Delhi, on BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School campus. On the first day, Dr S.C. Garg and Dr Balbir Singh, resource persons, were accorded a warm welcome by Principal, Ms Paramjit Kaur. Nearly 50 teachers from schools of Jalandhar, Amritsar, Khanna, SAS Nagar and Kapurthala participated in the seminar. Teachers were made aware about latest changes and new additions in accountancy by introducing project work for students.

‘EXPRESSIONS’: ‘Expressions’, a two-day cultural festival at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, concluded here on Saturday. The festival was organised under the aegis of the ISTE students’ chapter of the GNIMT and marked the beginning of Teachers’ Day celebrations. The function was a talent hunt show wherein freshers of undergraduate and postgraduate courses were given an opportunity to display their creative talents. Competitions were held in more than 20 events. On the first day of the festival, Rasleen Sarna of MBA-I was adjudged best speaker in debate, while Sumit Kaur of BCA-I and Swati Mehta of BBA-I were the winners in extempore competition. Arpit Beri of BBA-I was declared best in fine arts category. Mandeep and Manpreet Kaur of BCA-I were adjudged best in the rangoli competition. On the concluding day, Parminder Singh of MBA-I was declared best in Indian vocal (solo) category. Harpreet Singh of BBA-I won the Indian dance category.

LECTURE: An extension lecture by Prof A.C. Julka of the Department of Economics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was organised on the premises of Kamla Lohtia SD College, Ludhiana, on Thursday. Prof Julka spoke on ‘Human development index and human poverty index’. Later, students and teachers raised queries which were answered by the expert. A memento was presented to Professor Julka. The college Principal, Mr B.D. Budhiraja, extended a vote of thanks.

MEDICAL CAMP: Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a free medical camp with the help of Shri Ram Fertilisers in Uchi Rurki village here on Friday. About 185 patients were examined and provided free medicines at the camp. This was stated by Dr S.N. Singh, Principal of the college, in a pressnote. Most of the patients were suffering from joint pain, asthma, abdominal disorders, seasonal fever, high blood pressure etc. The patients were examined by Dr Kulbhushan, Dr O.P. Singh, Dr J.S. Tripathi and Dr Mamta of Desh Bhagat Hospital.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Adhyapak Dal, Fatehgarh Sahib; president — Mr Jaspal Singh Dhindsa; general secretary — Mr Sant Lal Bulari. They were given the power to nominate rest of the office-bearers. Mr Darshan Singh Gill (panel president), Mr Manjit Singh (district Sangrur president), Mr Iqbal Singh Kotli (former general secretary) and Mr Dharam Singh Raiawal, were also present on the occasion.

POWER CUTS: The Patiala Consumers and Telephone Subscribers Forum has appealed to the PSEB to check frequent breakdown of power at Lahori gate, Mohalla Soodan and Krishan Colony area. The president of the forum, Mr J.N. Shahi, in a letter to the board stated to that no action had been taken to rectify the fault despite funds having been collected by the PSEB from residents of the area for the same.

ART CARNIVAL: An art carnival for Yadavindrains below the age of 15 will be organised by Yadavindra Public School here on September 14. Parents have also been invited to participate in the carnival and interact with the children.

CARDIOLOGY SUMMIT: The Patiala Cardiology Initiative and USV Limited will host “Zenith-2003” an advanced cardiology meet for postgraduate doctors in the field of cardiology, medicine and paediatrics on September 7. The meet will be held at the Research and Development Centre Auditorium of Thapar Institute of Technology. The key speakers include Director, Interventional Cardiology, Batra Hospital, Delhi, Dr Upendra Kaul, Dr U.A. Kaul, GB Pant Hospital, Delhi, and Dr S.S. Kothari, AIIMS, Delhi.

SAPLING PLANTATION: The Lions Club, Patiala Supreme, organised a sapling plantation drive by planting 200 saplings at the Youth Hostel, Tikoni. The drive was inaugurated by the Municipal Commissioner, Mr Sanjay Kumar who planted a few saplings near the hostel.

HEALTHCARE CAMP: The regional office of the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited organised a health camp at Kullar Bhaini village. A team of doctors examined nearly 130 patients suffering from various ailments.

LOOTED: Three armed unidentified persons robbed a jeweller of Apra, Raghbir Chand, of Rs 70,000 near Chhachhowal village on Thursday night. The miscreants, who were chasing Raghbir Chand in an Esteem car, parked their car in front of his motor cycle and looted him. They managed to escape taking advantage of darkness. A case has been registered.

MEETING: A meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party was organised here on Saturday. Mr Manoharlal, the regional organiser of BJP, asked the party members to unite for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. He called upon the Yuva Morcha, Kisan Morcha and Morcha of Scheduled Castes to come on a common platform and gear up for the forthcoming elections. Among others who attended the meeting include Mr Jai Kumar, Mr Pawan Kumar Tinku, Mr Bipan Chandra Pal, Mr Hari Krishan Sharma, Mr Anoop Kamal Aneja, Mr Balbir Chand Kapila, Mr Shakti Sharma, Mr Pappu Bhagat, and Mr Harminder Malik.

INAUGURATED: Mr J.S. Julka, General Manager (Telecom), Ludhiana, inaugurated a customer service centre at the Doraha telephone exchange here on Thursday, according to Mr S.S. Dhami, Divisional Engineer (Phones), Samrala. He said 25 cash counters had been opened in Ludhiana district and now the subscribers need not line up for payment of telephone bills at post offices. He said the centre would provide all services and information to the public. Mr Bant Singh Doburji, ex-chairman of Sugar Mill, Budhewal, Ms Raj Rani, president of the Municipal Council, Mr Arun Bector, social worker, also addressed the gathering.

TRAINING CAMP: The Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development started a training camp for the economically weaker sections of society on Saturday at Bhabhat village here. Under the ‘Public Cooperation’ scheme of CAPART, the training-cum-production centre would train the beneficiaries for manufacturing surgical bandages and gowns, laboratory coats and other hospital linen in six month’s course.


MEDITATION CAMP: A weeklong Gita Gyan mahotsav and meditation camp will be conducted by Swami Sri Gyananand Ji at Ambala city near Devi Mandir from September 8, according to Mr Sunil Jain, press secretary of the Shri Krishna Kripa Sewa Samiti, which is organising the camp.

CAMP: A blood donation camp for the benefit of soldiers was organised by Kabir’s Roll of Old Students, an alumni association of St. Kabir Public School, Sector 26, on the school premises here on Saturday. According to a statement issued here, 172 units of blood were collected.

“FIGHT FOR SIGHT”: As a part of the dissemination of information fortnight being observed by the PGI Eye Bank Society a blood donation camp was organised at Dev Samaj College of Education in Sector 36 here on Sunday. Prof Jagat Ram, honorary secretary, Eye Bank, PGI, informed that there are about 40 billion visually impaired people in the world and 12 million were from India. He urged the gathering to make the “Fight for Sight” mission a success.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: To commemorate the Medical Technology Foundation Day, the All-India Medical Laboratory Technologists Association’s state unit will organise a blood donation camp at the PGI on Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm.

INSURANCE WEEK: Employees of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) Chandigarh division, and their children organised a cultural programme on Saturday as part of the 47th anniversary and insurance week celebrations. Ms Deba Shree Varma, Senior Divisional Manager delivered five wheel chairs to Mr A.K. Gupta, Medical Superintendent of PGI, in the presence of other officials of the LIC.


TALENT SHOW: Gusto-2003, a talent show was organised by the Youth Management Club at Shri Atmanand Jain Institute of Management and Technology, Ambala City, on Saturday. A number of competitions, including solo song, quiz, mimicry, mono-acting, poetry, solo dance and group dance were held. The Deputy Director of the institute, Mr B.P. Gupta, said a workshop on interpersonal relations would be organised later this month.

POLICY SOUGHT: The cantonment district unit Congress president, Mr Ashok Jain on Saturday demanded a clear cut policy on land ownership in the Sadar area. He said the government had sent resumption notices to 70 buildings where people are residing since last several decades. Despite having registration in their names, people have been told that they are not the owners. This is despite the fact that tax is calculated on the basis of the land as well as the building.

PROCESSION: The procession of historical Vaman Dwadshi mela will be taken out on Sunday. It is the biggest religious mela of the city which is organised by the Sanatan Dharam Sabha every year. The Haryana Governor, Babu Parmanand, inaugurated the mela on Friday.

STUDENTS’ RALLY: Mr Devinder Kaushik, SDM, Kalka, on Thursday flagged off a rally organised by the students of the local Government Senior Secondary School to make the youth aware of issues like AIDS, pulse polio, water conservation and environment. The rally began and terminated on the school premises.


THIEF CAUGHT: Constable Harbans Singh and Home Guard Satish Kumar caught a thief red-handed on Wednesday night at Ghumarwin Bazar near here. Superintendent of Police M. Chander Shekhar said as soon as the patrol party arrived near a kariyana and hardware shop across the bus stand, two youths ran out of the shop and tried to flee but one of them, Sonu of Khanna, was caught. Mohidner, also of Khanna, escaped into the nearby fields.

NUTRITION WEEK: A week long “Poshahaar Saptaah” organised under aegis of the Integrated Child Development Project concluded at Bassi, 80 km from here on Thursday evening. The Deputy Commissioner distributed 159 food-kits among poor families under the drought relief programme. Project Officer Gianchand Sharma said that 8500 children and 2100 pregnant and suckling mothers benefited under this programme of ICDS in Bilaspur Sadar Development Block here.

ELECTED: The following were elected office-bearers of the local Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Association on Thursday: president — Mr Narender Puri; senior vice-president — Mr Sat Pal Sharma; vice-president — Mr Shailender Mehra; general secretary — Mr Vishal Anand; organising secretary — Mr Tarlok Gupta, and treasurer — Mr Balraj Khosla.

VICTORY DAY: Activists of the ABVP here observed a victory day on Thursday by holding a rally on the college campus. The ABVP leaders and workers thanked the student community for voting for them en mass in Tuesday’s elections in the college here. The ABVP panel had swept the polls.

FAIR ENDS: The four-day Guga Mari fair concluded at Subahtu on Friday. Thousands of Guga devotees from north India paid obeisance at the Guga Pir shrine that was constructed in mid 19th century by a Balmiki Guga devotee, Chattar. The wrestling match that was inaugurated by Brigadier Raghuvinder Kapoor, Commandant of 14 Gorkha Training Centre on Friday drew many people.

BRIBERY CASE: Two police personnel on Thursday were caught redhanded while accepting a bribe. Raj Kumar of Bijni village near here against whom a criminal case had been registered about a month ago, complained the Superintendent of Police, Mr S.P. Singh, on Thursday and alleged that the investigating officer, Head Constable Kashmir Singh, and an Head Constable Sunder Lal were harassing him.

SUCCUMBED TO BURNS: A woman and her two-year-old son died of burn injuries here on Friday. According to the police, Ujla Devi of Uttar Pradesh, who was staying here with her husband at Taksal village Parwanoo, got burnt when she was filing the stove with kerosene. Her son, who was also in the same room, also received burns. Both were taken to ESI Hospital, Parwanoo where she succumbed to her injuries. Her son was then taken to PGI where he also succumbed to his injuries.

BAD ROAD: Heavy rainfall for the past three days in the area has damaged national highway No. 22 passing through Parwanoo, Kalka and Pinjore. Commuters have been facing problems after heavy rains especially two-wheeler owners. The road stretch from the Parwanoo police barrier going towards Pinjore has been badly damaged.

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