Thursday, October 16, 2003, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


JOURNALIST BEREAVED: Mrs Mohinder Kaur (85), mother-in-law of Manmohan Singh Dhillon, Amritsar-based Punjabi Tribune correspondent died on Tuesday at Delhi of jaundice. Political, social and religious personalities have expressed sympathy with the bereaved family.

MOURNED: The Punjab Writers Forum on Tuesday mourned the death of Dr Diwan Singh, Former Head of Punjabi Department of Khalsa College and the Department of Punjabi and Guru Nanak Studies Guru Nanak Dev University. Dr Diwan Singh, a noted writer and scholar of Persian, died on October 4.

ASSURANCE ON DEMANDS: The secretary Animal Husbandry Punjab has assured to accept all genuine demands of the Punjab Animal Husbandry Services Association, said Mr Hazara Singh Cheema, general secretary of the association, on Tuesday. Mr Cheema said the secretary had also agreed to reinstate Dr Sarup Singh, Agriculture Development Officer.

ACCIDENT: Ms Kirti (20), a resident of NFL Township of the city died in a road accident here on Tuesday. A bus of the PRTC on the Bathinda Mansa road hit the scooter she and her relative were riding.

Fatehgarh Sahib
BAN IMPOSED: Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, District Magistrate, exercising the powers under the Section 144-C of the Cr. P.C. has imposed the ban on the burning of paddy straw in Fatehgarh Sahib district. The orders will remain in force till November 15.

BAN EXTENDED: To prevent youngsters from abusing drugs in the district, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, District Magistrate, exercising the powers under Section 144 of the IPC, has extended the ban on the sale and storage of 106 such medicines by chemists till November 15.

DOWRY CASE: On the complaint of Ms Neelam Rani daughter of Udho Ram of Khepran, the Hariana Police has registered a case under Sections 489A, 494, 406, 120B of the IPC against her husband Kaushal Kumar, mother-in-law Isha Rani, father-in-law Mohinder Pal, brother-in-law Rakesh Kumar, all residents of Gurdaspur and Sukhwinder Kumar of Hoshiarpur.

BOOKED : The police has registered a case under Sections 420, 406 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 24 of the Indian Immigration Act against travel agents Makhan Singh and Satpaul Singh of Ambala Town in Haryana and Sukha Singh of Mubarkpur village in Bholath police station. The SSP said on Tuesday Rs 4 lakh was recovered from Daljit Singh and Charanjit Singh of Phagwara who were travelling in a car. The travel agents were booked and Rs 4 lakh was seized.

SCOTER STOLEN: Mr Vijay Kumar Goyal, a local resident, has reported that his scooter was stolen on Tuesday. The police is yet to register a case.

SEMINAR: Minister for Higher Education Harnam Dass Johar will open the proceedings of the national seminar on “National integration through youth” on November 2. The seminar is being organised by the NSS unit of Punjabi University in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, New Delhi. More than 100 delegates from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh are expected to participate in the seminar, an official press note said here on Wednesday.

DHARNA: The Punjab State Workers Union on Wednesday organised a dharna in front of the Commissioner’s office in protest against “anti-employee” policies of the state government. While addressing the gathering, state president of the union Hari Singh Tora said they would intensify the struggle if the government failed to fulfil their long pending demands. He alleged that the state government was responsible for poor economic condition of workers in the state. Senior vice-president Karamjit Singh Bhagrana, vice-president Darshan Kumar, president (tourism wing) Surjit Singh and president of Ferozepore district Balbir Singh Kamboj also spoke on the occasion.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Under the Collective Rural Development Programme, Rs 148 crore will be spent on the overall development of villages will the end of this financial year. Besides this, Rs 142 crore will be spent to build pucca roads in various villages of the state. This was disclosed on Wednesday by the State Rural Development and Panchayat Minister, Mr Jasjit Singh Randawa, in a function held at Rasoolpur village, near here. He was there to lay the foundation stone of a drainage system and pucca roads in the village. A member of the block samiti, Mr Sukdev Singh, and the Vice-Chairman of the Zila Prishad, Patiala, Mr Madan Lal, were also present on the occasion.

FUNCTION: The State Bank of Patiala, Nabha HMM branch, organised a loan distribution function here on Monday. Assistant General Manager S.K. Ghai distributed 101 loans to workers of Glaxo Smithkline Healthcare Ltd, Nabha, under the SBP Utsav scheme. Chief manager of the bank in Patiala, N.K. Bansal was also present on the occasion.

PROGRAMME: The Indian Dental Association organised a national oral health programme here on Tuesday. Students of various schools, in the city and nearby places were educated about dental health care. Besides this, free dental literature, toothpastes and toothbrushes were also distributed. Dr Manjinder Singh Duggal, honorary secretary of the Indian Dental Association, Patiala, was also present on the occasion.

MEETING: At a meeting of chemists of Samrala, the local DSP, Mr Jasvir Singh, asked them not to sell intoxicated medicines without the prescription of any MBBS doctor. The meeting was attended by the local MS counsellors, prominent personalities and mediapersons. SHO Benarsi Dass assured that the telephone of the local police station will be regularised within a day or two so that incoming calls can be attended at any time.

CHETNA MANCH: The anti-corruption front of the Samrala sub-division, led by its president Rashpal Singh and general secretary Mehma Singh Kang, went door-to-door in 10 villages — Diwala, Ajlaud, Bagli Kalan, Rupa, Ottalan Harbanspura, Madpur, Majali Kalan, Dhindsa, Nagara, Kotla Shamspur, and educated the panches, sarpanches and the youth against the corruption in the government offices, hospitals, and education institutions.



SATSANG: The local chapter of the Adwet Swaroop Hirapuri Akhil Bhartiya Sri Paramdham Seva Samiti will hold a three-day spiritual programme “Vedic satsang and pravachan” on the premises of Sri Ram Mandir, Sector 47, from Friday, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m, by Parampuri Pithadhishwar Mahamandeleshwar ( Niranjani ) Sri Sri 1008 Swami Keshwanand Puri ji Maharaj , according to Mr Parmanand Sharma, secretary of the samiti. On the concluding day, on Sunday, the programme will be held between 9 a.m. and 12 noon. This will be followed by the distribution of langar.

AWARENESS PROGRAMME: An awareness programme on “Women and Child Support” was organised at the Dev Samaj College of Education here on Wednesday in collaboration with the Chandigarh Police. Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal, SP (Operations), drew the attention of the audience towards the role of community policing towards women-related problems. Making use of multi-media presentation, he gave statistical figures on the decline in complaints received from women. Mrs Santosh Singh, nodal officer of the local unit of Chandigarh Police, was also present on the occasion. Dr Satinder Dhillon, Principal, proposed thanks.

BLOOD DONATION: More than 150 volunteers donated blood at a camp organised by the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, a press note said here on Wednesday. Dr G.K. Dheer, Head of the Psychology Department, inaugurated the camp. The society recently won the blood donation excellence award, it was informed. 

Karva Chauth festival
: A fun and frolic session organised by the VLCC marked the Karva Chauth festival in which at least 50 women participated here on Wednesday. The women participated in tambola, antakshri and other cultural events on the occasion. Dance and music were the highlights in the afternoon. A press note issued by he VLCC said the participants were also given the hair-cut coupons and other discount coupons for various beauty services.



MEETING: A meeting of office-bearers of the Northern Railway Pensioners Forum, Ambala, was presided over by senior vice-president, Mr J.L. Chopra, and general secretary, Mr Chaman Lall Lakhani. Mr Kuldip Singh Komal has been nominated as assistant general secretary in the place of Mr Vidya Sagar Sharma. The Pensioner’s Day will be observed in the last week of December and a pension adalat is likely to be held in the second week of December.

NSS CAMP: The NSS unit of MDSD Girls College, Ambala City, will hold a 10-day camp at Ravi Das Majri. The camp will be inaugurated by the Land Acquisition Officer, Mr Gurmeet Singh on Thursday. Salient features of the camp will be cleanliness, AIDS awareness, adult education, check on population, health information and medical check-up.

DECLAMATION: Kanya Shikshan Mahavidhalaya, Fatehpur Pundri won first two positions in the inter-college declamation contest held at Kurukshetra on Monday. Sandhya and Parul Verma of B.Ed course also of Kanya Shikshan Mahavidhalaya won the first two positions.

JOINS NCP: The state president of the Rashtriya Garib Dal (RGD) Dr Sutendra Gaur has joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) with his followers said Chaudhary Ved Pal, State president of the NCP here on Tuesday. He welcomed the RGD leadership into the NCP and vowed to oust the Chautala government from power.



BODY FOUND: A resident of Saharanpur was found dead in the Dhaulidhang Ashram on Monday morning, 90 km from here under Paonta subdivision.
The body after a post-mortem examination was handed over to members of his family on Tuesday.

COP BOOKED FOR SODOMY: The Paonta police on Tuesday registered a case of sodomy against a cop, on the complaint of a resident of Patti Natha Singh village.


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