September 18, 2003, Chandigarh, India
SAPLING PLANTATION: The district has topped in the state with a record plantation of three lakh saplings with the active participation of NGOs. The district administration is making all efforts to make this a mass movement and has ordered all village panchayats, block samitis and zila parishads to spend 5 per cent of their income and all municipal councils and cooperative institutions one per cent of their budget on sapling plantation drive in the district, said Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, in Bhatmajra village on Wednesday.
MEETING: The district administration on Wednesday called an emergency meeting of district health officials to take preventive measures in view of prevailing dengue fever in some parts of the state. Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, directed the officials to make contingency plans in case of any eventuality and the SDMs to initiate and ensure the cleanliness of surroundings, particularly the slum areas.
SINGING CONTEST: The music department of the Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women organised an “open singing competition” on Wednesday. Fortyfive, participants took part in the contest. Ms Sunmeet Kaur, Ms Navnita Kaur and Ms Gurvinder Kaur were the judges of the event. The results are as follows: In the singing competition (Hindi), Monika (BA-II), Soniya class XII and Harpreet (B. Com II) got first, second and third positions respectively. In the singing competition (Punjabi), Sarbjit got the first position, Rajwinder got second and Surinder Kaur and Harpreet Kaur got the third position. Principal Dr (Ms) Madanjit Kaur Sahota gave away the prizes to the prize winners.
DEMAND: Various trade and industry associations have demanded the withdrawal of the imposition of exim form. In a press note here on Wednesday, it was alleged that the government had been following the dictates of bureaucrats, who were misleading the Chief Minister. They said there was no need for the implementation of exim forms since there were a number information collection centres. It would greatly disturb the import and export of goods.
CLOSING CEREMONY: The closing ceremony of the Cluster XII (Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir) CBSE Table Tennis Tournament-2003 will be held on September 23 at Gobindgarh Public School, according to Mr Bhadar Singh, Principal of the school, in a press note here on Wednesday. Mr P.I. Sabu, Regional Officer, CBSE, Chandigarh, would be the chief guest.
PROJECT CLEARED: The government has cleared a project to promote sericulture in Gurdaspur district. Mr J. Singh, Divisional Officer, Sericulture, said here on Tuesday that the department had planned to take farmers and producers engaged in sericulture on a tour of southern states and Himachal Pradesh to acquaint them with latest techniques of sericulture.
SEMINAR: A seminar on Overseas Punjab Journalism will be held in Language Department on Friday. Disclosing this, Director of the department Madan Lal Hasija said an NRI journalist Narpal Singh Gill will present a paper on ‘The development and scope of overseas Punjabi journalism’ on the occasion.
HONOUR: Hardardvir Nausheharvi, a Punjabi writer, has been honoured by the Sahib Sabha Dhariwal, according to Dr Gulzar Mohammad Goria, president of the Lekhan Manch Samrala. A shawl, a citation and a memento were presented by Punjabi poets Harbhajan Singh Hundal, Surinder Gill and Makhan Kuhar.
HPCC OFFICE: Mr Bhajan Lal, chief of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, has assigned Mr Mangeram Gupta, MLA and former minister, with the job of looking after the PCC office of Chandigarh. Mr Gupta would be assisted by the HPCC secretary, Mr Harvindra Kalyan, a press note said here on Wednesday.
SEMINAR: The Forum on Integrated National Security is holding a two-day seminar on “Integrated management of national security” on September 27 and 28. Mr P.C. Dogra, convener of the forum, said the Defence Minister would inaugurate the seminar. He said during the seminar all aspects of national security would be discussed.
HAILED: The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes wing of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee has hailed the decision of the party President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, to nominate Mr Arvinder Singh as convener of the All-India Scheduled Caste Cell.
DHARNA: The Chandigarh Territorial Janta Dal (U) has protested against the non-availability of officers of the municipal corporation at its Mani majra office. The party said the public was facing inconvenience as the officers were not available during the public dealing time. In a memorandum to the UT Administrator, the party demanded full time availability of an Assistant Commissioner at the Mani Majra office, repair of damaged roads and opening of a branch of the licensing branch. A dharna was also organised to highlight the demands.
PROTEST: The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee has condemned the move by the Chandigarh Administration to increase sales tax on sale of petrol. Mr B.B. Behl, President of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress, said the hike was an anti-people decision.
ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Draughtsmen (Cartographic) Association of Survey Of India: president — Mr S.S. Pannu; vice-president — Dr J. Raghuvanshi; honorary secretary — Mr A.K. Dogra; joint secretary — Mr R.C. Sharma; and treasurer — Mr Harbans Singh.
HINDI WEEK: The regional office of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) organised a function an the concluding day of the Hindi week celebrations. Mr Ashok Kumar Malik, Assistant Editor of Dainik Tribune, was the chief guest on the occasion. Mr K.K. Sharma, Deputy Director-General of the BIS, and Mr K.K. Narang, Director of the BIS, also spoke on the occasion.
VISIT: The All-India General Secretary of the BJP, Mr Parmod Mahajan, would be in the city on the occasion of the announcement of the new president of the Chandigarh unit of the party on September 21. The National Secretary of the party, Mr O.P. Dhankar, was in the city on Tuesday to speed up the efforts on getting a consensus candidate for the post of the President.
AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: The Chandigarh Kendriya Ramlila Mahasabha has joined hands with an international human rights organisation for spreading the message of world peace and universal brotherhood. According to a press note, the mahasabha has decided to invite the Lawyers for Human Rights International, an NGO, for creating awareness regarding human rights among the masses, gathered to view Ramlila. President of the NGO Amar Singh Chahal said four members would speak during Ramlila on human rights.
CHALLANED: The enforcement staff of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) on Tuesday launched a drive against roadside motor mechanics, vendors and unauthorised grocers in Apni Mandis. The enforcement team challaned more than 250 persons, including 70 roadside mechanics in Sectors 21, 27, 28 and 40 rehri and phariwhalas in Sector 40 Apni Mandi.
FATEHABAD FUNCTION: The district administration will organise a function in the local Bal Bhavan on September 23 in memory of those who had laid down their lives for the
country. KAITHAL BANK LOANS: The District Industries Centre here has forwarded cases of 286 unemployed youths to different banks for advancing loans under the Prime Minister Rojgar Yojna during the current financial year. YAMUNANAGAR
FUNCTION: The district administration will organise a function in the local Bal Bhavan on September 23 in memory of those who had laid down their lives for the country.
BANK LOANS: The District Industries Centre here has forwarded cases of 286 unemployed youths to different banks for advancing loans under the Prime Minister Rojgar Yojna during the current financial year.
CHAMBA ELECTIONS: Out of the nine BJP mandals of Chamba district, the results of five mandals were received on Monday. Announcing the results, a spokesman for the BJP disclosed that the elections to these five BJP mandals of Chamba district were held unanimously and the following were elected as presidents of each mandal: Bhattiyat BJP president — Mr Nanak Chand Verma; Banikhet BJP mandal president — Mr Surender Mahajan; Salooni BJP mandal president — Mr Kuldip Thakur; Rajnagar BJP mandal president — Mr Tek Chand Choudhary; Chamba (urban) BJP mandal president - Mr Naresh Mahajan. KULU KUMARHATTI PARWANOO SHIMLA SOLAN BLOOD DONATION CAMP: The district unit of the Sathya Sai Baba Samiti organised a blood donation camp at Shiv Mandir in Ghumarwin near here on Tuesday. Twentyfive devotees donated blood at the camp.
ELECTIONS: Out of the nine BJP mandals of Chamba district, the results of five mandals were received on Monday. Announcing the results, a spokesman for the BJP disclosed that the elections to these five BJP mandals of Chamba district were held unanimously and the following were elected as presidents of each mandal: Bhattiyat BJP president — Mr Nanak Chand Verma; Banikhet BJP mandal president — Mr Surender Mahajan; Salooni BJP mandal president — Mr Kuldip Thakur; Rajnagar BJP mandal president — Mr Tek Chand Choudhary; Chamba (urban) BJP mandal president - Mr Naresh Mahajan.
BLOOD DONATION CAMP: The district unit of the Sathya Sai Baba Samiti organised a blood donation camp at Shiv Mandir in Ghumarwin near here on Tuesday. Twentyfive devotees donated blood at the camp.
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