Tuesday, September 23, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


CRIME RATE: Expressing concern over the increasing crime rate in the state, Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, a former BJP MLA, on Sunday said that the incident of looting of Dr Rakesh Bharti at gunpoint had exposed the claims of the state government and the police that crime was under control.

RESENTED: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has objected to the reinstatement of Vice Principal Sri Laxmi Narayan Ayurvedic College facing charges of moral turpitude. DECRIED: The Citizen Forum, an NGO, has decried the alleged ‘vandalism’ of heritage buildings and structures even as the district administration has announced the celebration of a heritage festival in the holy city.

INAUGURATED: Lieut-Gen S. Pattabhiraman, GOC, 11 Corps, inaugurated a CSD canteen at Shahkot on Sunday. The canteen would serve ex-servicemen belonging to the Shahkot region comprising the Shahkot, Malsian, Nakodar areas. The canteen would be run under the aegis of 55 (Independent) Mechanised Brigade.

CAMP: The Ropar District Administration on Thursday organised a block-level camp under the National Programme for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities at Morinda in association with the Lions Club. The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, inaugurated the camp. The Deputy Commissioner said 10,758 persons with various disabilities had been provided with various facilities, including tri-cycles, wheelchairs, hoaring aids, artificial limbs, calipers, crutches and sewing machines.

DEMANDS ACCEPTED: A deputation of the Punjab Rice Millers Welfare Association met Mr Avtar Henary, Food and Supplies Minister, Punjab, on Wednesday and gave him a memorandum regarding the various problems being faced by the rice millers of the state. According to Mr Sudarshan Verma, senior vice-president, Mr P.S. Ojla, Director, Food and Supply, was also present. The minister accepted most of the demands, including reduction of security amount of state agencies from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 1 lakh, and acceptance of levy rise from October 1, 2003.

URGE: The All Department Pensioners Association, Kharar, at its meeting held on Wednesday under the presidentship of Mr Hardip Singh has urged the Punjab government to increase the medical allowance of pensioners from Rs 250 per month to Rs 500 per month. At the meeting, the grievances being faced by the pensioners were also discussed. 

NOMINATED: Mr H.K. Mittal, Commissioner, Central Excise, has nominated Mr Ashok Juneja, a leading taxation adviser as a member of the Regional Advisory Committee of the Central Excise Department. Mr Juneja, Vice-President of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, is associated with various trade, industrial and social organisations in the city. He said the advisory committee, with Mr Mittal as its chairperson, comprised representatives from trade, different sectors of industry, public sector organisations and export houses.

SERVICE TAX: The Punjab Dry Cleaners and Dyers Association has called for scrapping the service tax, imposed by the Union Government and has asked the local associations and members of the trade to mount pressure on the government at their respective levels to force the government to roll back the decision, which was adversely affecting the trade. Giving this information here on Monday Mr Santokh Singh Ahluwalia, president of the association said the annual conference of the body, held at Phagwara on Sunday, resolved to launch a decisive battle against the ill conceived decision of imposing service tax on dry cleaners.

INAUGURATION: Col A.B. Singh (retd) and his wife Harinder have formally inaugurated Hot Millions and Down Under, Hot Million’s twin restaurants. The restaurants are located in Hotel Mahal on the Ferozepore road. Hot Millions is a self-service restaurant.

FELICITATED: Union Minister Sat Narayan Jatia presented a memento and a shawl to Ms Rajni Jain of Ludhiana, at a function held in Constitution Hall, Bithal Bhai Patel Marg, New Delhi. The Punjab Pradesh Panther Party congratulated Ms Jain for rendering devotional songs at a prestigious venue.

MEDICAL CAMP: The gram panchayat of Dhingi village on Sunday organised a free multi-speciality medical check up camp. A team of doctors comprising a cardiologist, an ophthalmologist, a dermatologist and a gynaecologist examined more than 500 patients. Medicines and laboratory test facilities were provided free of cost.

WELFARE CAMP: A family welfare camp was organised by the Rotary Club in collaboration with the State Bank of Patiala at Rajindra Hospital here on Monday. The Assistant General Manager of the Bank, Mr A.S. Bhatia, was the chief guest. The president of the Rotary Club, Mr Didar Singh, was also present.

ROAD SHOW: Spice Telecom organised a road show to promote its brand here on Monday. The general manager marketing, Mr Swarn Bajaj, spoke on the occasion. Colourful dresses and unique tandem cycles were the highlights of the event.

ELECTED: Kin of Congress ministers on Monday bagged key posts in Ropar Central Cooperative Bank. At a meeting of the board of directors of the bank held here, Mr Jagjit Singh Kang, brother of Minister for Animal Husbandry, Sports and Youth Affairs, Punjab, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, was elected chairman, while Mr Narinder Sharma, son of Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, Minister of State for Grievances, Transport and Cooperatives, was elected managing director. Mr Nachatar Singh Bangu was elected vice-chairman and Mr Bant Singh, Mr Harbans Lal, Mr Ramesh Kumar, Mr Manjit Singh and Mr Gurcharan Singh were elected directors.

SUBSIDY FOR FARMERS: The district administration on Saturday organised a camp to impart training to farmers regarding modern techniques used in farming and information on schemes being offered by the government for rabi crop. While addressing the farmers, the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, said under the diversification programme the farmers of the district would be provided with pulse seeds at subsidised rates. She also urged the farmers to concentrate on quality of produce so that their produce could be sold in the global market. The Joint Director, agriculture, Punjab, Mr Gurdial Singh, said contract farming schemes had evoked a good response in the state. This year, more than 2 lakh hectare area had been brought under contract farming in the state, he added. Subsidy of Rs 1.8 crore would be provided to farmers for buying improved varieties of wheat seeds for the coming season. 

INSPECTION: The Samrala SDM, Mr Jaspal Singh Jaggi, on Monday inspected the office of the Tehsildar Samrala and the Treasury Officer and the Naib Tehsildar, Machhiwara, and found many officials absent from duty. Mr Jaggi warned the officials to be punctual and discharge their duties honestly and efficiently.

GRANT ANNOUNCED: Mr Shamsher Singh Dulo announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the development of Hedon village, five km from here on Sunday. He also appealed to residents to plant saplings and keep the village clean on the occasion of van mahotsav celebrations.

BUS SERVICES: Mr O.P. Popli, Managing Director of the Chandigarh Transport undertaking, announced bus services from Chandigarh to Dera Beas via Nawanshahr and from Chandigarh to dera Beas via Samrala on every Sunday at a private function on Sunday. He said more routes from Chandigarh to Ludhiana would be provided shortly.



CONGRATULATED: The local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal(B), headed by Mr N.S. Minhas, on Sunday congratulated Mr Satya Pal Jain on being elected as member of the National Executive and Mr Yash Pal Mahajan as president of the local unit of the party. Ms Harjinder Kaur, a councillor, said the SAD-BJP alliance would play a key role in the general election next year. Mr Minhas assured full support to the BJP in future. 

MEETING:The Commercial Tenant Association of Chandigarh on Sunday met the All-India General Secretary of the BJP, Mr Parmod Mahajan and demanded the withdrawal of the Rent Act notification. The association members told Mr Mahajan that more than three lakh people had been affected by the Act. 

CAMPAIGN: “Indian Oil Road Safety Week”, a traffic education campaign for city commuters, began here on Saturday. As part of the campaign, over 1 lakh pamphlets carrying messages related to road safety will be distributed by the UT Traffic Police personnel and NCC cadets in various parts of the city. Banners will also be displayed at prominent traffic points. The police kicked off the campaign at a petrol pump in Sector 21 with the assistance of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOC) and NCC cadets to emphasise the need for use of safety helmets by riders of two- wheelers. Among others present on the occasion included Mr Amitabh Dhillon, SP (traffic), Mr B.S. Cainth, CDRSM, IOC, Mr Rakesh Sharma, Deputy Manager (retail sales), IOC, and Mr Pardeep Garg, Assistant Manager (Lube sales), IOC.

PROGRAMME: A two-day continuing medical education programme on “Complications in surgical practice” is being organised at Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir, from Saturday. Over 250 surgeons from all over the country, including eminent doctors from prestigious medical institutes like AIMS and the PGI, will attend the programme. A statement issued here on Monday said the programme would be inaugurated by the GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lieut-Gen S.S. Mehta. 

BLOOD DONATED: As many as 235 units of blood were donated at a blood donation camp organised by the local unit of the Sri Sathya Sai Sewa Organisation, Haryana and Chandigarh. Most of the donors were members of the organisation and included 65 females. A team of doctors from the PGI, Chandigarh, was present at the camp, which was organised at DC Model Senior Secondary School. Mr B.B. Gupta, president of the local unit of the organisation, said organisation members motivated the residents of the town and surrounding areas to donate blood.

HONOURED: Ms Nimi Bhatt Pandita, a teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Chandi Mandir, and Ms Shamina Mudgal, a teacher of Sophia International School, were honoured by the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Satwanti Ahlawat, at the Lions Club installation ceremony held here on Sunday.



MEDICAL CAMP: A medical camp was organised by the Khatri Sabha at SD College Ambala Cantt on Sunday. A number of patients were examined in the medical camp. Free medicines were distributed among the patients. Tests for blood, urea, sugar and haemoglobin were also conducted. ECG test was performed on 150 patients. The SD College Principal, Dr Desh Bandhu, inaugurated the camp. Among others Prof Naveen Gulati, Mr R.K. Puri, Mr C.L. Puri, Mr Tarsem Lal Garg, Mr R.R. Suri, Dr Vivek Malhotra, Mr Tilak Raj Taneja, Dr P.S. Ahuja and Mr R.K. Puri were present.

MEETING: A meeting of the Ambala Division Railway Contractors’ Association was held here on Sunday night. The meeting was presided over by Mr Shailender Khanna, while Mr Nav Rattan Anand was the convener. Railway contractors from Ambala, Saharanpur, Jagadhri, Patiala, Kalka and Bathinda attended the meeting. A number of issues, including the problems being faced by the railway contractors, were discussed at the meeting. The contractors pointed out that they were facing payment and other problems due to departmental reasons.

APPOINTED: Ms Leela Jaswal has been appointed chairperson of he district unit of the Cultural Wing of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee. According to a press note issued by the party, Ms Sunita Dariwal, president of the Cultural Wing of the HPCC, has reconstituted the state executive as well as district units of the wing. Ms Jaswal is a principal of a local school.

ELECTIONS: The elections to the district unit of the Saravkaramchari Sangh were held at Patwar Bhavan here under the presidentship of employees leader O.P. Anthony. Sohan Singh Randhawa was elected district president for the third time while Avinash Chander was elected secretary for the second time. Gurtej Singh, Harwinder Singh Sodhi, Kalawati Bhatti and Randeer Jakhad were elected senior vice president, treasurer and vice-presidents, respectively. Ten teams were also constituted to ensure maximum participation of the employees in rally to be held at Hisar on Friday.

POSTPONED: The elections to the local Sanatan Dharam Sabha were postponed because of pandemonium at the meeting on Sunday. Tempers flared up when the name of Ram Swarup Bansal, the outgoing president was proposed . The other group proposed the name of Raj Kumar Chaudhary. The situation became volatile when three others names, Kunj Behari Saraf, Naveen Kedia and Om Parkash Sharma were also proposed for the post.



POSTPONED: The annual state-level conference/seminar of the Himachal Pradesh State Journalists Federation has been postponed to October 21. This was decided at a meeting of the state organising committee here on Sunday.

GENERAL HOUSE: A general house meeting of Kulu district Chemists and Druggists Association was held here on Sunday. Mr Pandit, president, Himachal Chemists and Druggists Association, said the association aimed at making the state a drug-addiction free state.


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