Tuesday, September 9, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


HERITAGE CLUB: First heritage Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) club was set up in the government senior secondary school Chheharta, here on Sunday. Youths were told to have sense of being rooted to face the onslaught of western media. Heritage was described as an important link of the past with the present forming a sense of continuity.

TALENT HUNT: A talent-search contest for freshers in Khalsa College here was presided over by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Raminder Singh, on Monday. New students presented dances and songs. The college council president, Mr Rajmohinder Singh Gill, and council vice-president Rajinder Mohan Singh were also present.

INTERACTION: The local branch of the Oriental Bank of Commerce organised customers’ meet on Monday. Mr R.K. Gogia, Chief Manager of the bank, told the customers about various schemes and disbursed loans.

TWO ARRESTED: The police here intercepted a Tata Sumo (Pb-02N-3666) and arrested Balwinder Singh of Pandori Bainsa and Dharampal of Damtal at naka at Nangal Dugri Chowk on Saturday and seized illicit liquor from the Tata Sumo. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against the two persons.

SPOs NOT PAID: A spokesman of the (SPOs) Special Police Officers said that there were more than 700 special officers in Hoshiarpur district who had been getting a meagre remuneration and that too had not been released for the past two months causing hardship to the families of the SPOs.

COUPLE BOOKED: Sagli Ram his wife Shakuntla Devi of Kantian and Rakesh Kumar of Oel (H.P.) were booked on Saturday for allegedly abducting Ms Gurmeet Kaur wife of Teja Singh of Chack Gujran village on August 18 and taking her to some unknown place and beating her up.

CASSETTES: The police registered a case under the Copy Right Act 1957 against Ajay Kumar alias Rakesh Kumar of Kamalpur mohalla here and recovered 156 duplicate cassettes from him on Saturday.

NSUI WIN HAILED: Jaspreet Singh, president of the local unit of the National Students Union of India has expressed happiness at the victory of the four NSUI candidates in the Delhi University student body poll held recently. In a press note, he said only the NSUI was capable of providing solid leadership and solving students’ problems.

WELCOME PARTY: Senior students of the Department of Computer Sciences and Applications, Arya College, organised a party on Sunday on the college premises to welcome freshers. The function was inaugurated by the Principal, Dr S.M. Sharma. Mr Sameer Sharma, Head of Department, welcomed the freshers. Naveen and Meena, both PGDCA students, were declared Mr Fresher and Ms Fresher, respectively. The show was compeered by Inderjeet, Surya, Manoj and Saurav.

THANKSGIVING: The thanksgiving function of the Government College for Women was held on Monday. The function was presided over by the Principal of the college, Dr Inderjeet Kaur Gill Vashisht. The function began with a thanksgiving speech by Abha. It was followed by dance numbers by Sheetal, Divya and other group dancers.

MEETING: At the general meeting of the ITI Pensioners’ Welfare Association, held here on Friday under the chairmanship of Mr B.S. Grewal, its members strongly opposed the move of the Punjab Government to privatise ITIs and state polytechnics. They said handing over these institutions to the private sector would prevent students from poor families from studying in these institutions, resulting in more unemployment among the youth.

CHILDREN'S MELA: While inaugurating a children’s mela at Everest Model High School, Giaspura, Mr Hakam Singh, counsellor and member of the Finance Committee, municipal corporation, said the school had played a significant role in the development of the area by spreading education among children of the Backward Classes. Students presented a colourful programme of songs and dances on this occasion. The Director of the school, Mr Rajinder Sharma, gave a detailed report of achievements of the school.

HEALTH CAMP: Chest specialist, organised a free-check-up camp in the Lifeline Poly Clinic and Nursing home, Civil Lines, here on Sunday. The patients with asthma, bronchitis, TB, allergy and cough were examined in the camp. Doctors also demonstrated the use of inhalers for the control of asthma.

TEACHERS' UNION DEMAND: The SC/BC Teachers' Union, Punjab, in a press statement here today, has urged the government to release drawing and disbursing (DD) powers to the heads of upgraded schools at the earliest. The teachers working in these schools have not been paid their salaries for the past five months. It further stated that promotion in the Education Department should be made as per provisions established by the law.

CLERK HELD: Mr Om Parkash a railway clerk at Budhlada was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 3000 from Major Singh of Khokhar village. A case under Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was registered against the clerk. He was produced in a court at Mansa on Saturday. He was remanded in judicial custody till September 20.

EXCESSIVE FEE: Parents of schoolchildren of the town wrote to the Education Minister on Sunday for action against the public schools charging excessive admission fee, building funds and donations at the time of admission. They demanded the Maharashtra type Act banning interviews of the parents of children, seeking admission in nursery classes. They alleged that schools did not issue receipts of the donations received from them.

CONTAMINATED WATER: People of several localities here resented the supply of contaminated water to them. This has caused diseases like jaundice etc, they alleged.

DISCOURSE: The Chinmaya Mission, Patiala, will organise a series of discourses on “Bhaktiyoga and Gyanayoga” here from September 9 to September 15. Stating this here on Monday the secretary of the mission, Mr Mohan Lal Garg, said Swami Subodhananda, Regional Head of the North India Chinmaya Mission, would deliver the discourses in Hindi in the seminar hall of the Central State Library. The discourses will be held from 7.15 a.m. to 8.45 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. daily.

TWO KILLED: Two persons were run over by trains near here on Sunday. An 8- year-old boy was crushed to death on the railway track near the village of Mehtan and a 55-year-old man was found dead on the track near the village of Chiheru.

MISHAP: A motorcyclist, Pankaj Sharma, who was found injured near the G.T. Road bypass, succumbed to his injuries at a Ludhiana hospital on Sunday. He was the son of Ravinder Sharma, a theatre and TV artiste from purbian mohalla here. Pankaj Sharma was hit by a vehicle and left bleeding on the road for a long time.

RALLY: The district administration on Monday organised an awareness rally to motivate people to donate eyes. The rally was flagged off by the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain. A large number of students from various schools and members of local NGO’s participated. On the first day of the campaign, 25 members of the Lions Club and Mr Jagmohan Singh, a resident of Ghanauli, pledged to donate their eyes.

VISIT: A delegation of the Nigerian government visited Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, here on Monday. The delegation was led Mr Alhani Atsan, Senior Acting Governor of Jafna in Nigeria. Mr P.S. Luthra, Chief Engineer of the plant, said the delegation comprised Mr M.A. Anka, Agriculture Minister, Mr A.H. Moriki, Water Resources Minister, Mr S.G. Rikini, Special Adviser to the Governor, and Mr Satish Sharma, Managing Director, West Asia Agro Limited Project.

FUNCTION: A social function was organised by the local Community Centre Club on Sunday. Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra, MP (Rajya Sabha), was the chief guest. The president of the club, Mr J. S. Jassi, SDM, highlighted the social and cultural activities undertaken by the club. Mr Libra announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the club.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Ram Lila Committee, Samrala: president—Mr Surinder Kumar Thukral; chairman—Mr S. K. Vashisht; vice-chairman—Mr Taj Thapar; general secretary—Mr Ashwani Kumar Thekedar; joint secretary—Mr Harminder Babbu, treasurer—Mr Gurmel Singh Ahrti. Mr Surya Kant Verma and Mr Satish Khullar have been elected director and president, respectively, of the Dasehra Committee. On the occasion, many members of the Ram Lila Committee joined the Congress in the presence of the local MLA, Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon.

TRIBUTES PAID: The 100th birth day of late Dr Dalip Singh noted homoeopath and also a freedom fighter of the area was celebrated on Friday at the Kalyan Homoeopathic College and hospital here. Dr Pawitter Singh, Director of the college, Gurmeet Singh, Principal of the college and others paid tributes to him at a function attended by many homoeopathis of the area.


QUIZ: A quiz and a seminar on “How to succeed in the competition examinations” was organised by CRB Institute at its Sector 36 premises on Sunday. As many as 75 students of Class XI participated. Mr Navin Mittal, Director of the institute, highlighted the art of excelling in the examinations. Dr V.K. Sohi, Mr R. Srawal and Dr Narcha also spoke on the occasion. The results of the quiz are: Mandeep Singh of Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22, (first); Prabhjot Singh of GMSSS-33 and Niketan Sharma of Shishu Niketan (both second in medical group) and Arun Gupta of Shishu Niketan (second in non-medical group).

PROGRAMME: Nearly 150 delegates from the region will participate in a two-day continuing medical education programme being organised by the Department of Transfusion Medicine at the PGI from September 13. According to a press note, discussions will be held on the need for quality control and good manufacturing practices. Continuous surveillance to ensure blood safety will be addressed through sessions on haemo-vigilance and the Hospital Transfusion Committee.

WORKSHOP: A six-day painting and sketching workshop was inaugurated at Dev Samaj Polytechnic for Women in Sector 45, here on Monday. Nearly 100 students from the institute took part. Final creations by students will be exhibited for the public viewing on the concluding day of the workshop.


MEET: A multi-lingual poetry meet was held at GMN College here on Sunday. The meet which was organised by the Haryana Sahitya Kala Manch, was presided over by the Principal, Dr R.R. Malik. On this occasion Pushp Kumar Singh, Prem Singh Barnalvi, Ashk Amritsari and Manmohan Singh Daun were honoured by Dr Sudarshan Gasso and Mr Moudgil.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been nominated office-bearers of the NSUI unit of Government College, Kalka: president — Punit Dutt; general secretary — Mohit Chaudhary; vice-president — Shankar Aggarwal; joint secretary — Sanjeev Sharma; and organising secretary — Anil Kumar.

MEETING: A meeting of the Gaushala Committee was held here on Monday. Mr Randheer Chaudhary, spokesman for the committee, who is also the Chairman of the Market Committee, Kalka, said it was unanimously decided at the meeting to get the committee registered.


INTUC CHIEF: Mr Paras Ram Parmar, a trade union leader of Bilaspur district was appointed president of the district INTUC unit here on Sunday. Mr Parmar replaces Roop Singh Thakur.

RAJPUTS RESOLVE: The Himachal ‘‘Rajpoot Sabha’’ Bilaspur unit objected to the demand of some Scheduled Caste organisations seeking a ban on ‘‘Anarakshan Manches’’ (Non-reservation forums). The sabha on Sunday said that some Scheduled Castes organisations were ‘‘spreading venom and virus of casteism’’ and seeking to perpetuate casteism. They demanded reservation based on economic conditions and not on caste. The sabha decided to protect and support higher caste families, victims of the casteist law.

DEARNESS ALLOWANCE: The Solan District Pensioners Association has urged the state government to release dearness allowance due from January 2003. It has also demanded release of payments in lieu of medical reimbursement to the pensioners, stated a press note issued here on Monday by Mr C.L. Rajput, general secretary of the association.

PRESS CLUB: The following on Sunday were elected office-bearers of the Kasauli Press Club: President — Mr Jagmeet Ghuman; senior vice-president — Mr Satish Sharma; general secretary — Mr Naren Sood; joint secretary — Mr Sunder Lal; Executive Committee members are — Aruna Joshi, Anuj Churasiya and Rakesh Dutta.

REST HOUSE: The Speaker of the HP Vidhan Sabha, Mr Gangu Ram Musafir, on Monday inaugurated a rest house at Sarahan, constructed at a cost of Rs 20 lakh. Later, addressing a public meeting on the closing function of the two-day Vaman Dwadashi fair, Mr Musafir asked youths to develop small resorts to attract tourists, which would create new job opportunities.

VAMAN DWADASHI: The Vaman Dwadashi festival was celebrated with traditional fervour in Nahan town. It concluded on Monday. A special worship programme was organised at the Jagannath temple.

CRITICISED: The state unit of the BJP has criticised the remarks of Mr Virbhadra Singh, Himachal Chief Minister on Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The party said the remarks reflected feudal mind-set of Mr Virbhadra Singh who had raised a finger at Mr Vajpayee on the issue of national security.

TIMBER SEIZED: The police seized 14 beams of deodar from a Maruti van (without number plate) from near government Senior School, Mahadev on Sunday. A case under Section 379, 120B of the Indian Penal Code read with Sections 41, 42 of the Indian Forest Act has been registered. The forest produce is valued at Rs 30,000.

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