Wednesday, October 8, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


GRANT GIVEN: Village panchayats should take people in confidence while launching cleanliness, removal of encroachments and anti-social evil campaigns in the rural areas, said Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing a public gathering at Panjoli Kalan village on Tuesday. He announced a grant of Rs 25,000 to provide a water cooler in the local Government Senior Secondary School. He also inaugurated a village “phirni” constructed at a cost of Rs 2 lakh. Mr Karnail Singh Panjoli, president Youth Akali Dal, Baba Daljit Singh Shikago Wale, and Mr Harminder Singh Harji, Chairman Land Mortgage Bank, also addressed the gathering.

FOUNDATION STONE LAID: The Punjab Government has decided to depute 11 IAS officers as executive officers of zila parishads in the districts to speed up the development process in the state, particularly in rural areas, according to Mr Jasjeet Singh Randhawa, Minister of State for Public Health, at Lakha Singh Wala village. He was addressing a public gathering after laying down the foundation stone of a sewerage system under Integrated Rural Development Program (IRDP) on Tuesday. The minister further said the government would deposit Rs 100 crores with the Punjab State Electricity Board to provide 24-hour power supply to rural areas. Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.R. Ladhar, Director Rural Development Punjab, Mr Sandeep Hans, SDM Amloh, Mr Gurdev Singh Khanian, Mr Kuldeep Singh, political secretary, and Mr Gurdev Singh Amloh also addressed the gathering.

PADDY PROCUREMENT : More than 3.47 lakh tonnes of paddy has been purchased by various government procurement agencies and private mill owners at 142 purchase centres in the district. Giving details, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vikas Pratap, said Punsup had purchased 60,592 tonnes, Markfed had procured 49,809 tonnes, the FCI had purchased 44,440 tonnes and private millers had procured 1,19,547 tonnes of paddy.

RALLY: The Balmik chetna rally, led by Ms Raj Hans, president, and Mr Lal Chand Bhatti, general secretary of the Punjab Balmik Sabha, was received by local residents at Roshan Ground here on Monday evening. The rally was started from Mukerian to create awareness among the Dalits of their legal rights.

BODY FOUND: The body of an unidentified infant was found floating in the pond of Chhangla village on Monday. Mr Roshan Lal, the Sarpanch of the village, informed the police. The police has registered a case under Section 316 of the IPC.

BOOKED: On the complaint of Mr Karnail Singh of Tahdi, the Tanda police has registered a case under Section-406 and 420 of the IPC against Avtar Singh, a travel agent of Sarhala, for allegedly duping him of Rs 2.50 lakh. Mr Karnail Singh had alleged in his complaint that Avtar Singh took Rs 2.50 lakh from him for sending his nephew abroad. He neither sent his nephew abroad nor returned the money.

DECISION OPPOSED: The All India Lawyers Union has opposed the proposed formation of Judicial Commission in India by the Union Government since it had not proposed to appoint any lawyer and jurist as members of the commission. While addressing mediapersons here on Tuesday, Mr K.R. Joshi, secretary of the union, and Mr Tara Singh Chahal, member, Punjab State Council, said a nationwide struggle would be started by the union against the proposal. They appealed to all Bar Associations of Punjab and Haryana to raise the issue strongly in the respective states. They said the issue would be raised during the national conference of the union to be held in Jalandhar in April next year.

FREE CAMP: Chandigarh Medical Clinic in association with Astra Zeneca will organise a free camp for hypertension and heart diseases at Chandigarh Road, Mundi Kharar (Kharar) on Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm.

FUNCTION: A function will be organised to honour Mr Rajbir Singh Padiala, who has been recently appointed junior vice-president of SAD, at Sainian Dee Dharamshala on Friday at 4 pm.

COMPLAINED : A large number of gas consumers on Tuesday complained that certain gas agencies in the city were supplying underweight gas cylinders. They alleged that they had complained to the authorities concerned but no action had been taken.

HONOURED: Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai on Tuesday honoured four NSS volunteers who won state-level prizes in the recently concluded Rajiv Gandhi Essay Writing Competition. The prize winners — Poonampreet Kaur, Kuldip Kumar, Nasrsi Singh and Raj Kumar — were also honoured by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on October 3 at Punjab Bhavan, Chandigarh.

TEACHERS’ RALLY: The local Modi College unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union held a rally in the college premises to press for the acceptance and implementation of their demands here on Tuesday. Their prominent demands are grant of 15 per cent of basic pay as house rent allowance to government-aided non-government colleges of Patiala, continuance of 95 per cent grant, retiral benefits, release of all pending arrears of teachers, raise in CDF per cent as per Central Government’s and Provident Funds Commissioner’s recommendations. The union said in other B2 class cities of Punjab — Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar — employees of government aided non-government colleges were getting 15 per cent of the basic pay as house rent allowance.

CAMPAIGN: The Punjab Mulazam Sangarsh Committee has decided to launch a mobilisation campaign in all districts of the state by organising district-level rallies and demonstrations from October 21. The demonstrations will be followed by flag marches in the districts. The state committee would meet on December 6 to finalise the detailed programme. State convener Charanjit Singh Walia said the districts level meetings would be held before Saturday. It was further decided to set up joint block-level committees to fight the ongoing joint employees struggle.

DHARNA PLANNED : On the call of the Revenue Patwar Union’s state committee the local unit of the union has decided to stage a tehsil-level dharna here on Thursday against the anti-employee policies of the state government. It was decided on Monday at a meeting of the union’s tehsil unit which was attended by more than 80 patwaris.

GROUP CLASH : Kulwant Singh of Sanghar Kalan village was injured in a group clash on Sunday. The Verowal police has registered a case under Sections 326, 324, 323 against six persons of the same village. A land dispute is said to be cause of the quarrel.



GOLD JEWELLERY FESTIVAL: The Gold Jewellers Association of Mani Majra on Monday said the gold jewellery festival, which began on Sunday, would end on November 9 and the draw of lots would be held on November 11. Mr Ashish Duggal, a member of the association, said it was for the first time such an event was being held on the lines of Dubai gold festival. 

ELECTED: Professor of Histopathology Dr Kusum Joshi has been elected president of the Faculty Association of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, while Dr Aditya Aggarwal of Orthopaedic Surgery Department has been elected treasurer. The other office-bearers are: vice-president — Dr D. Behra, general secretary — Dr Sanjeev Handa, joint secretary — Dr Baljinder Singh. The six executive committee members elected are: Dr K.D. Gill, Dr Ashok Gupta, Dr B.D. Radotra, Dr V. Jha, Dr Virendra Arya and Dr Adarsh Kohli.

DE-ADDICTION CAMP: Patients suffering from alcohol, opium and other forms of addictions were examined during a de-addiction camp held at Dadu Majra here on Tuesday. The camp, part of the Mental Health Week celebrations, was held by the Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. According to Professor and Head of the Department, Dr B.S. Chavan, treatment would be followed up on weekly basis by the community mental health team every Tuesday at Dadu Majra. A panel discussion was held with the families of patients unwilling to seek treatment for addiction.

WORKSHOP: Describing malaria as a "major health problem" in the country, delegates attending a workshop organised by the PGI's Department of Parasitology asserted that certain new techniques for detection of malarial parasite had been developed during the past 10 years. The techniques, though sensitive, were costly and not available at the peripheral hospitals. Addressing a gathering, delegates said malaria was still a major health problem in India. In fact, plasmodium falciparum infection, causing severe and potentially fatal malaria in form of cerebral malaria, was on an increase in most parts of the country.



BAIL GRANTED : The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr B.M. Bedi, granted regular bail to the Chairman of Ambala Sadar Municipal Council, Mr Shankar Dass, and eight others against whom the state vigilance bureau had registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The judge directed the accused to furnish a bail bond of Rs 10,000 and a surety of equal amount each. After the registration of the case the Haryana Urban Development Department had suspended Mr Shankar Dass from the post of chairman of the council. Mr Dass had moved the High Court where his suspension was stayed and he resumed the charge of chairman last month. Mr Dass and others had filed bail applications in the District Courts at Ambala which were dismissed. Later they moved the High Court.



OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Dalhousie unit of the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Technical Employee’s Union: president — Mr Madan Lal; vice-president — Mr Kishan Chand Sharma; secretary — Mr Krishan Singh Chauhan; and cashier — Mr Dalbir Sharma.

ARRESTED : Pradeep Singh, alias Deepu, was arrested under the NDPS Act near Bharai in the Lug Valley near here on Sunday. The police said Pradeep Singh was carrying 15 packets of smack which were concealed in a polythene pack.

CASE REGISTERED: The death of Ashwani Kumar, brother of wine contractor Kewal Krishan Sood of Jogindernagar, took a new turn after the police registered a murder case under Section 302 of the IPC following the intervention of Mr S.P. Singh, SP. Earlier, the police had registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC. No breakthrough has been achieved so far, though the police claims that is has got some physical evidence. No arrest has been made so far. When contacted the SP, said the mystery behind the murder was likely to be solved after receiving the forensic report within three to four days.


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