Sunday, September 21, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


ROOF COLLAPSE: Four persons were injured when roof of a marriage palace caved in on Friday. The roof collapsed when iron sections were being put in the roof. Three received minor injuries and were discharged after first aid. One was admitted in a private hospital.

KRISHI CARDS: As many as 1000 farmers on Friday participated in the krishi card distribution function organised by Punjab National Bank, Amritsar region at Bhalla Pind village here. Mr H L Arora, Deputy General Manager, Punjab zone presided over the function. More than 1000 Krishi cards of Rs 350 lakh were distributed.

WELCOME: Guru Nanak Dev University on Friday organised a function to welcome new students to various courses. Students presented dance, music, folk songs, gazal, bhangra and giddha. Students also honoured Vice Chancellor and pro Vice Chancellor and Dean, of Students Welfare.

GRANT: The District Planning and Development Board on Friday released more than Rs 2 crore for development in the district. This was stated by the Minister for Local Bodies and Chairman of the Board at a meeting at Circuit House. The minister also distributed Rs 4.30 lakh to 43 beneficiaries under the national family facility scheme.

FELLOWSHIP: Dr Satwinderjit Kaur, senior lecturer, Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences of Guru Nanak Dev University has been awarded. Boyscast fellowship by the ministry of Science and Technology, India according to a press note here on Friday. Dr Satwinder will do research on molecular targets of natural products for prevention and therapy on cancer-causing cells.

THEFT: As many as 256 gram of gold jewellery and Rs 20000 were stolen from the house of Mr Gulzar Singh in Shastri Nagar here on Thursday. A case has been registered.

NCC FUNCTION: NCC unit of R.R. Bawa DAV College for Girls here organised a function on Friday to motivate students to join the NCC and the Army. Benefits and incentives of the NCC were explained to students. Two documentaries on individual and professional growth in NCC and armed forces were shown.

FUNCTION: A sapling plantation drive has been launched in the district under which all educational institutions are being provided with plants free of cost. Besides this, plants on subsidised rates of 50 paise under the farm forestry scheme are being provided to students and staff for planting at their residency by the Forest Department. This was stated by Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing plantation-cum-notebook distributing function at Government Elementary School Saidpura village, on Saturday. The function was organised by the Rotary Club, Sirhind, in collaboration with the District Environment Protection Society and the PUSWAC committee of the village.

HEALTH CAMP: A ‘‘Health and Education and Medical-cum-Treatment Camp’’ was organised for workers of Mahavir Spinning Mills by the Health Department here on Friday. The workers were educated on AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. As many as 1000 patients were examined and given medicines free of cost.

MOURNED: Members of the Government Primary Teachers Association on Friday mourned the death of Mr Satpal Sharma, President of the district unit of the association, Teachers and leaders paid tributes to Mr Sharma and sympathised with his family.

AID GIVEN: Rations and other articles for August/September were supplied to the children of Observation Home, Simlapuri, here on Friday. The inmates were given soaps, toothpastes, toothbrushes, bed sheets etc. “Daries” were also donated by the local unit of the Indian Red Cross Society. On the instructions of the chairperson of the society, Ms Shweta Verma, a regular medical check-up was conducted by Dr Sangeeta Singh, Department of Dermatology, Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. Medicines were also supplied to the children of the Home.

APPEAL: Mr Arun Ali, president, People for Common Cause, has appealed the city residents to take care of plants planted by the municipal corporation during its drive to make the city green. He made the appeal after most of the plants in the city had started to wilt. He criticised the MC for failing to take care of the plants. He said the association would undertake the job of motivating schoolchildren, policemen and hospitals staff to plant saplings and take care of these.

MEETING: The two-day general council meeting of the Punjab Government Transport Workers Union concluded at the bus stand here on Saturday. Workers demanded an increase in the fleet of buses and improvement in the transport system. They warned the government against the move to privatise both Punjab and Pepsu Roadways. Mr Gurmail Singh, acting general secretary, and Mr Darshan Singh, president, demanded the immediate release of Rs 20 crores allocated in the budget for the year 2003-2004. They also asked the state government to restrain itself from handing over the possession of various bus stands to private hands. They expressed concern over the increasing unemployment in the state and demanded 35-hours-a-week work limit for employees. The workers have given a call for organising a march to the Assembly in Chandigarh on Thursday.

EXTENSION LECTURE: The Guru Hargobind English Literary Circle of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, organised an extension lecture on “The Literary Response to Changing Technological Scenario” on Thursday. Dr R.K. Dhar, Associate Professor at Punjab Agricultural University, presented his thesis on how the literature had been responding to the changing technologies both in the form and content. He emphasised the accessibility of website literature to all. Welcoming the chief guest, Dr Kulwant Singh Gill, visiting Professor at the college, talked about the new approach in consonance with the changing times. Ms Surinderpal Kaur, Head of the Department, gave a vote of thanks. Others who participated were Prof Harbans Khattra, Prof Bawa Singh, Prof Devinder Pal, Prof Rajwant Singh, Prof Gurdev Singh and Prof Sukhvir Kaur.

LECTURE: An extension lecture was organised by the Biological Society of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, here on Thursday. The speaker, Dr D.R. Satija from the PAU, talked on “Deviations from Mendalism”. He stressed various aspect like epistasis, complementary genes, inhibitor genes etc. Prof Harpreet Khurana welcomed the speaker and Prof Gurpreet Kaur presented a vote of thanks. Those present were Mr M.S. Khattra, Director, Dr J.S. Cheema, Principal, Ms Harbans Kaur Khattra, Head, Department of Biology, Dr Swaranjeet, Dr Inderjeet Kaur, and Ms Parminder Kaur.

LECTURE ON MATHS: The Mathematics Society of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, organised an extension lecture on “Advances of Mathematics in Diversified Fields” on Thursday. Dr H.S. Kasana, visiting Professor of mathematics, UNESCO, Professor and Head of School of Mathematics and Computer Science, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, delivered the lecture. He was welcomed on behalf of the college administration and governing council by Dr Balbir Singh, Head, Department of Mathematics. He stressed the significance of study of mathematics as an important component in almost all scientific fields. Prof N.S. Sidhu from the same department thanked the guest.

BOOKS DISTRIBUTED: The Lions Club, Ludhiana Samrat, distributed free books and copies among students of Bal Mazdoor Bhali School, Dr Ambedkar Nagar, on Thursday. Ms Amrit Varsha Rampal, councillor of Ward No. 41, was the chief guest. Mr B.K. Rampal, advocate, Mr Ravinder Sehgal, general secretary, District Congress, and Mr Susheel Malhotra, general secretary, Youth Congress, were present on the occasion.

COMPETITION: The Bharat Vikas Parishad organised a calligraphy competition at New SMD Senior Secondary School, New Shivaji Nagar, on Thursday. As many as 24 students participated in the contest. Mr K.R. Bhatt, founder chairman of the school, Mr I.V. Thaman and Mr Randhir Sharma, both members of the organisation, were present. Prizes were distributed among the winning students.

ILLICIT LIQUOR SEIZED: Head Constable Zorawar Singh of Humbran police station arrested Amarjit Kaur of Ranke village from the Ghamnewal area and seized 18.93 litres of illicit liquor from her possession. The police has registered a case under the Excise Act against the accused.

VACCINATION CAMP: Rotary Club Patiala Mid Town organised a free hepatitis B vaccination camp at the local Government Primary School, Rajpura Colony, here on Saturday. At the camp, the third dose of the vaccination was given to 150 students. The Mayor Municipal Corporation, Mr Vishnu Sharma, was the chief guest.

COURSE: A reorientation course for 144 drivers of the India Reserve Battalions (IRB), Punjab, is being organised at the IRB Training Centre at Ladda Kothi, Sangrur. The main objective of the course is to update the knowledge of the drivers and to improve their efficiency. The course also aims at keeping the drivers abreast with the technological advancements in automobiles recently acquired by the Police Department.

EYE CAMP: The State Bank of Patiala in association with the Rotary Club organised an eye and skin check up camp here on Thursday. At least 350 patients were examined by a team of doctors, medicine were also distributed among the patients.

SAPLINGS PLANTED: Students of Government Senior Secondary School organised a sapling plantation function here on Thursday. The Principal of the School, Mrs Charanjit Kaur Cheema said there was a need to spread awareness about environment among people. 

DEMONSTRATION: On a call given by the All-India Bank Employees Association, a demonstration was held in front of the State Bank of Patiala here on Thursday. The general secretary of the State Bank of Patiala Employees Union, Mr S.K. Gautam and the secretary, Punjab Bank Employees Federation, Mr Gurbax Singh Dhillon in a joint statement urged the public to support the campaign to preserve the public sector bank and prevent privatisation of banks.

CANCER AWARENESS: The Rotary Club here will organise a seminar on cancer awareness on September 21 at Shivalik Public School, Ropar from 10 am to 2 pm team of doctors from Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and research center, New Delhi, will speak on the detection of cancer. Experts will also check cancer patients. The pap smear test for detection of cancer will be done free of cost.



EYE CAMP: At least 330 patients got themselves registered during a free eye operation camp held by the Lions Club Chandigarh Central at Satsang Bhavan in Sector 26. The UT Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, while inaugurating the camp announced a grant of Rs 10,000 for the club. Senior Medical Officer of the Eye Department of the Sector 16 General Hospital Dr Manjula Khosla and her team examined the patients. At least 74 patients were shortlisted for eye operation and sent to Sector 16 General Hospital.

PROGRAMME ENDS: A four week entrepreneurship development programme for women concluded at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) here on Friday. Mr Vikas Garg, ADC, Ropar was the chief guest on the occasion. The programme was sponsored by the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).



JAN JAGRAN YATRA: The president of the Haryana unit of the BJP, Mr Ratan Lal Kataria, said on Saturday that a jan jagran yatra would be held in the Ambala parliamentary constituency early next month. Talking to mediapersons here on Saturday, Mr Kataria said yatra would begin on October 5 and continue for nine days. The yatra will start from Kali Mandir in Kalka, pass through Naraingarh, Sadhaura, Chachrauli, Jagadhari, Mullana, Ambala Cantonment, Naggal and culminate at Ambala City. 

MEDAL WON: Yogita Sharma has done India proud by winning a bronze medal in an international sports championship recently held in USA. Yogita’s sister, Yojana Sharma, said Yogita has won the bronze medal in duo’s competition at the international grand final championship of sports aerobics. The competition was held in Florida, Miami. Yogita an alumnus of Bharatiya Public School, cantonment is currently employed as a physical education instructor at American School in Delhi.

SAPLINGS PLANTED: Saplings were planted by the Bharat Vikas Parishad, Mahrishi Dayanand unit, at SMV School, Ambala City on Thursday. The Parishad President Mr Nirmal Jain, said sapling plantations was the moral duty of individuals and institutions.



ACCIDENT: Dharam Chand of Jakhota village was hit by a scooter near Beas View on Thursday evening. It resulted in his death. A case has been registered.

BODY FOUND: The police on Friday found a body from near water pumping station in Gahlian village under Ranital police station. The body was sent for a post mortem to Kangra Civil Hospital.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Dr Lalit Mohan Sharma, Principal, NSCB Government Degree College here on Friday administered oath of office to office-bearers of the Students Central Association of the college at a function on the campus. Students and teachers attended the function. The Principal called upon them to create an atmosphere of goodwill and understanding in the college. Sanjeev Guleria, President of the SCA assured the Principal and teachers co-operation in college affairs.

KILLED: Lal Chand was killed and another injured when a Tata Sumo ( HP-O1M-3517) fell into a gorge 2 km from Jathingri in Jogindernagar sub-division on Friday. The vehicle was going from Jathingri to Sudhar in Chuhar valley. The driver had fractures was admitted in Jogindernagar Civil Hospital. He is said to be out of danger. The body was handed over to the kin of the deceased after a post-mortem examination.

WORKSHOP: A workshop on intellectual property rights of industrial concern was organised here on Saturday by the Himachal Pradesh State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, Shimla and the National Research and Technology Consortium, Parwanoo. The workshop was sponsored by the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Dr S.K. Sinha, Senior Scientist and officer-in-charge, NRTC, welcomed the participants. About 50 participants from industrial and scientific organisations participated in the workshop.

DEMAND: Residents, villagers and workers of this industrial town have demanded that the local Government Higher Secondary School which is situated on the national highway should be shifted to some other safer place as students have to cross the national highway which was very risky.

NAGAR PARISHAD: The work of the local nagar parishad was suffering due to the transfer of two officers of this department. Residents of this town said the Junior Engineer and the Executive officer of the local parishad were transferred from here long time ago and the posts are lying vacant and they forced difficulty in procuring no-objection certificate.


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