Saturday, October 18, 2003, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


COMPENSATION SOUGHT: Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, a former BJP MLA, has demanded compensation of Rs 10 lakh each for three persons who died due to rabies as it was a case of negligence on the part of the corporation. She said the corporation woke up only after people died due to dog bites.

ORGANISED: As many as 30 Principals participated in the Principals’ workshop organised to discuss problems of students, solutions and implementation of various programmes here on Thursday. The workshop was organised jointly by the Swami Vivekanand a Study Circle and DAV International School to commemorate the ‘Chicago address anniversary’ of Swami Vivekanand.

ANIMAL FAIR: The annual animal fair, will start at Pashu mela ground, Vallah, from October 21. Deputy Commissioner Raminder Singh said all arrangements had been completed for the success of the mela.

LOK ADALAT: A state-level Lok Adalat to be presided over by Mr Justice H.S. Bedi, of the Punjab & Haryana High Court will be held here on Saturday at 10 a.m. Mr Justice Jasbir Singh, Judge, Punjab & Haryana High Court, will be the guest of honour.

HONOURED: The North American Sikh Medical and Dental Association has awarded Baba Budh Singh Dhahan, Chairman, Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Education Trust, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr) for providing medical and education facilities on par with international standards.

SEMINAR: A seminar and community kitchen will be organised by the District Society Department at Kotla Bajwara village on Wednesday. Mr Joginder Singh Mann, Minister for Social Security, along with both MLAs of the district and Mr H.R. Gangar, Director, Welfare, would preside over the function, said Mr Pritam Singh, District Welfare Officer in a press note issued here on Friday. He said cheques worth Rs 63 lakh would be given to homeless. Besides this, 220 sewing machines, along with certificates would be given to all girl students who were given training in sewing by the department.

DECIDED: The Rashtriya Sewika Samiti has decided to adopt girls of terrorist hit families of Jammu and Kashmir in its endeavour to impart them quality education and better health. Talking to reporters here, its national vice president, Ms Promila Meda, said they had set up an ashram at Jammu, wherein 22 girls, who had lost their families in the terrorist-hit state, were adopted recently.

SHOP GUTTED: A provision store shop was gutted in the Maan Nagar locality on Friday. Though the reason behind the fire could not be known, the owner of the shop, Manjit Singh, said the fire was a result of a damaged meter and short-circuit. Some fire-crackers were allegedly stored in the shop. Fire brigade officials extinguished the fire.

CONTEST: A declamation contest was held at GGN Khalsa College, Civil Lines, in Hindi, Punjabi and English. A large number of students participated in the contest and spoke on a variety of topics. Dr G.S. Ahluwalia, co-ordinator cultural activities, advised the students to develop the knack for such activities. Prof Raghbir Singh, Prof Hargunjot Kaur and Prof Tarsem Singh judged the contest. Those present on the occasion were Prof Harpal Singh, Dr Amrit Rishma, Prof Sharanjit Kaur, Prof Rajinder Kaur and Prof Manjit Singh Batalwi. Prof L.S. Bedi, co-coordinator, proposed a vote of thanks.

MERIT LIST: While students of Guru Nanak College of Nursing, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr) — Manpreet Kaur Sahota, Ritu Sharma, Veenu Singh and Sandip Kaur Sandhu topped the merit list, Amandip Kaur bagged the third position in the university merit lists of different semesters examinations conducted by the Baba Farid University Health Science, Faridkot. Besides, as many as 25 students of the college had got distinctions in various examinations, informed Dr Saroj Sharma, Principal.

SAMBHAR BURIED: A sambhar that had strayed into the town on Thursday died while saving itself from dogs, has been buried near Canal Rest House near Rahon. Earlier, veterinarians conducted a post-mortem examination. The sambhar had sustained injuries while saving itself from the dogs, and had died of shock.

STUDENTS HONOURED: The president of the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Mr L.M. Thapar, honoured Kalpana Bansal with the TIET President Award and a Gold Medal for her achievements here recently. Giving credit of her success to her parents and teachers, Kalpana said there was no short cut to success. She said she wanted to specialise electronics so that she could contribute in the development of the country.

Brahmin Sabha: The local Brahmin Sabha held a meeting at Durga Mandir under the presidentship of Pt Behari Lal Saddi here on Friday. The members welcomed the Central Government’s decision to give reservation to upper caste members on the basis of financial position i.e. economically backward classes (EBC). The sabha appealed the Punjab Government to declare the Brahmin community a minority community in Punjab. Surinder Vashishat donated Rs 2,100 to the sabha, according to Mr Ashwani Bhardwaj, press secretary of the sabha. Sabha members K.K. Bhagi, Som Nath, A.N. Saddi, J.N. Tiwari and M. Atre took part in the meeting.

MEETING: A meeting of the local Punjabi Sahit Sabha was held here on Friday under the chairmanship of Mr Behari Lal Saddi. The members mourned the death Harbhajan Singh Halwarvi, Editor of Desh Sewak, and observed a two-minute silence. Mr Neelon read out his write-up and Braham Dev Anjan recited pieces of Urdu poetry. Jagtar Singh read out a short story and B.L. Saddi recited a poem. The meeting also decided to recruit members for the forthcoming election to the Kendri Likhari Sabha Punjab before November 5.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Sarv Mangal Co-operative House Building Society Ltd, Zirakpur : president — Mr Parbodh Lama; vice-president — Mr Balwinder Singh; secretary — Mr Anil Kumar Sharma; treasurer — Mr Rajinder Rautella; joint secretary — Mr Pawan Mittal; and executive members — Mr Ashwani Kaushik and Mr Raj Pal Arora.



FOUNDERS DAY: Old students celebrated the 30th Founder’s Day of St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, here on Friday. Greetings were shared among students, alumni and faculty members. Cultural events, including a play, songs, dances and skits, were staged. A souvenir was also released on the occasion.

DIVALI MELA: A three day Divali mela, organised by the Lions Club, was inaugurated by Mr M.L. Sharma, SDM, at the Dasehra ground in Phase VIII here on Friday. The entry to the mela has been kept free by organiser.

DONATED: The Punjab unit of the Indian Council for Social Welfare donated 27 school uniforms to Class I students of Government Elementary School in Phase II here on Friday. Among those who handed over the donations were Ms Manju Sharma, wife of the SDM, and Ms Vini Sachdev, honorary secretary of the council.



WORKSHOP: A state- level workshop on the status of women in the contemporary world was organised in MDSD Girls College, Ambala City, on Friday. The workshop was organised by the Women Cell of the college. Mr Dhanpat Singh, Commissioner, Higher Education was, the chief guest. An exhibition on issues related to women was inaugurated by Mr Dhanpat Singh. The Principal of the college, Dr Kiran Angra, explained the working of the Women Cell under the guidance of Ms Rekha Garg. Prof Pam Rajput presided over the workshop that began with the keynote address of Ms Richa Tanwar. Other resources persons included Dr Meena Dutta, Ms Rajni Lamba, Ms Ujvall Sharma, Dr Paul Kaur and Dr Jeewanti Joshi. 

SPORTS DAY: Sacred Heart Convent, Ambala Cantonment celebrated its third annual sports day on Friday. District Education Officer, Mr Panwar, was the chief guest. Speakers said education was not complete without sports. The day witnessed a number of events including drills, races, karate and a skating demonstration.

CONVOCATION: The annual convocation ceremony was held at Gandhi Memorial National College, Ambala Cantoment, on Friday. As many as 450 degrees were awarded to under and post graduate students by the Commissioner, Higher Education, Mr Dhanpat Singh.

DRIVE: Tightening its grip over boat-leggers and gamblers the police on Thursday nabbed 17 persons and registered 13, cases under the Excise Act and the Gambling Act. According to a press release issued by the district police chief, Mr Des Raj Singh, the police had registered six cases under the Excise Act and recovered a working still, 140 kg of lahan, 60 bottles of illicit liquor and 10 bottles of country-made liquor and arrested six persons in this connection. The police also registered seven cases under the Gambling Act.

LAUNCHED: The ‘Rashtriya Viklagta Sahayata Nigam’ has started a new scheme to provide financial help on easy terms to the physically challenged people to start their business ventures. This was revealed on Thursday by Mr Mohiner Singh Jhajra, district manager of the Haryana Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation. He said caste was no bar under the scheme and any physically challenged person between the 18-55 age group was eligible for benefits under the scheme.

PROHIBITORY ORDERS: The District Magistrate, Mr Anurag Agarwal, has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC and banned the sale and use of explosives and crackers at congested places of Kaithal, Kalayat, Cheeka and Pundri towns of the district between 6 and 10 pm.

BOOKED: The police has booked a Pehowa resident on the charge of cheating Chander Bhan of Rs 4 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. According to a complaint lodged by Chander Bhan, a resident of Arjan Nagar here, Gurnam Singh of Pehowa prepared some forged documents and took Rs 4 lakh for sending him abroad. The complaint alleged that the accused neither sent him abroad nor returned the money. A case has been registered.

DECISION: The Public Health Department has decided to return electric motors, impounded during this summer. Many residents in the town had illegally installed these motors to boost drinking water supply. Following raids and surprise checks, a large number of motors were impounded. A spokesman of the department said a fine of Rs 1,200 would be charged from defaulters.

WORLD FOOD DAY: The Department of Home Science of Kurukshetra University celebrated World Food Day at Narkatari village on Thursday. This was stated by the Chairperson of the department, Dr G.K. Kochar. She said Mrs Vinti Davar, Mrs Tarvinderjee Kaur, Mr Davender and Ms Mamta Kaushik, took active part-in the programme. Post-graduate students also went to the village and distributed nutritious eatables to children and women.



ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of Himachal Pradesh Health and Family Welfare Ministerial Staff Association: president — Mr Ashwani Kumar Rathore; senior vice president — Ms Hem Lata Sehgal, vice president — Mr Ramesh Sharma; general secretary — Mr Daljit Sharma; joint secretary — Mr Ravinder Sharma; and finance secretary — Mr Chaman Singh.

UNION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the state unit of the Himachal Pradesh Anganwari Employees Union: president — Ms Shanti Chauhan; working president — Ms Asha Lata Sood; senior vice president — Ms Anita Kumari, vice presidents — Ms Malo Devi, Ms Gaya Devi, Ms Sudesh Kumari Rana; general secretary — Mr Ramesh Rana and finance secretary — Ms Leela Devi.

SUICIDE BID: On the complaint of SP Central Jail, Nahan, the Police on Thursday registered a case under Section 309 of the IPC for attempt to suicide, against Joginder Singh an undertrial. According to jail sources, Joginder Singh tried to kill himself by trying to cut his neck with a weapon.

RELEASED: Presiding over a meeting of the governing body of the District Rural Development Agency, Sirmaur, chairman Zila Parishad, Mr Rajinder Thakur, said Rs 54 lakh had been released as first instalment, for the water shed project in five panchayats of the Shilai Block and three panchayats of the Paonta Sahib Block.

BAN ORDER: The District Magistrate, Mr M.L. Sharma, on Thursday asked traders to obtain valid licences from the competent authority to sell crackers in the district. He said that no person would be allowed to sell these items without permission.

LEPROSY CAMP: Under the leprosy eradiction drive started by Health Department in Solan district a camp has been established at the ESI hospital. Dr Mohinder Singh of the local ESI hospital has been made co-ordinator of the camp. Four teams have been formed, who will visit houses and spread awareness about the disease. Arrangements have also been made at the hospital for the free treatment of patients.

ROAD IN BAD SHAPE: The Kalka-Shimla road, which passes through this town, is in a bad shape. Commuters have a tough time while driving on the road has developed deep potholes and is broken at many places. The road, specially at the Parwanoo barrier, is in a very bad condition. The road near the Parwanoo bus stand, the Sheetla Mata mandir and near Sector 6 is also broken at many places.


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