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Punjab Briefs

A large number of persons staged a dharna in front of the office of the SDM here on Tuesday to express resentment at the failure of the police to arrest a son of a former sarpanch of Sayyedwala village and his accomplices against whom a case had been registered.

Girls recovered
Karamjit Kaur and Amarjit Kaur, students of Government Senior Secondary Girls School, who have been missing since July 7 have been recovered and restored to their parents, Mr Gurmit Singh Randhawa, DSP, said on Tuesday.


Foundation stone
Mr Som Dutt, a former Punjab minister, laid the foundation stone of a havankund of the temple to be constructed on the Brahmin Sabha premises, on Sunday. Three idols will be installed in this temple, according to the general secretary of the sabha.


A delegation of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee on Tuesday called on the family of Sonu, who was shot dead at Bassi Pathana on Saturday. They also met the Deputy Commissioner and the SSP and demanded the arrest of the culprits.

The district Bar Association observed a strike on Tuesday in protest against the decision of the state government to exclude eight villages from this district. The association demanded that besides these villages the areas of Khanna, Rajpura and Samrala subdivision should also be included in this district.


The following have been elected office-bearers of the Gazetted Educational School Services Association, Ferozepore district: president — Mr Ashok Kumar; senior vice-president — Mr Surinder Pal Singh Dhillon; vice-presidents — Mr Gurdas Singh and Ms Surinder Kaur; and treasurer — Mr Krishan Lal Bhateja.


Rate lists
In order to check the increase in prices of essential commodities, the Deputy Commissioner urged the shopkeepers to display rate lists in front of their shops. He said action would be taken against those who would over-charge their customers.


Drivers' plea
The Punjab Government Drivers and Technical Employees Union has demanded special allowance for duties performed by them during the elections. The president of the union said if the allowances were not paid then the union would boycott election duty in future.


Members of the Punjab State Services Federation started fast on Tuesday in protest against the non-payment of arrears of their revised pay scales. Employees of Punjab Agricultural University also held a rally and demanded immediate release of the arrears.


Welfare schemes
A sum of Rs 171 crore will be spent for the welfare of backward and Scheduled Castes in the state during this year, Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Minister for Welfare Punjab, said at Aur village on Monday.
Medical camp
Guru Nanak Mission Hospital, Dhahan Kaleran, has started a medical check-up camp on the hospital premises. According to Mr Budh Singh Dhahan, the president of the trust, the camp would continue till November 30.
Mr Sukhdev Singh, Mr Harjinder Singh Sodhi, Mr Tejinder Singh, Mr Jagwinder Singh, Mr Harnek Singh and Mr Harinder Singh have been elected presidents of the All India Sikh Students Federation of the circle units of Balachaur, Rahon, Phillaur, Aur, Nawanshahr and Pojewal, respectively.


Gang busted
The district police claims to have busted an inter-state gang of robbers with the arrest of 13 members of the gang and recovery of stolen property from them, Mr Rajinder Singh, Deputy Inspector General of Police, said on Tuesdaytop

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Chandigarh Briefs
Conductors' union
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Conductors Union of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking: president — Mr Mohar Singh; general secretary — Mr Davinder Singh; and head treasurer — Mr Jaswant Singh.
Sapling plantation
A sapling plantation function was organised by the State Bank of India's Panjab University branch at Government High School, Hallo Majra, near here, on Wednesday.
As many as 100 saplings of neem were planted during a function at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, here on Wednesday. An exhibition on environment was inaugurated by the DPI (S), Mr D.S. Mangat. Several competitions were held on the occasion.
Nutrition week
Nutrition week organised by the Indian Council for Child Welfare was inaugurated by Dr Usha Dhawal, Principal, Government Home Science College at Bal Bhavan, on Wednesday. A talk on 'Paushtik aahar aur parivar' was delivered on the occasion.


The Resident Welfare Association of Sector 2 has urged HUDA to provide basic amenities in the sector. President of the association M. L. Sharma said no dispensary and community centre had been provided in the sector.top

Haryana briefs

Five booked
In the Amrik Singh murder case, the cantonment police has booked five persons under Section 302 of the IPC. Supporters of the deceased blocked the traffic on the Ambala-Jagadhri road and the national highway No 1 for several hours on Monday night.


Dr M.A. Akbar, Dr A.B. Mandal, Dr A.K. Verma and Dr Kuldeep, scientists in the Department of Animal Nutrition, HAU here, have been selected for Dr V.R. Gopalakrishnan Memorial Medal. The award will be presented at the All-India Veterinary Conference to be held at Chennai on September 11.
Tourism day
The Tourism Department organised a race to mark Tourism Day on Tuesday. The race started from Fawara Chowk and culminated at the Blue Bird tourist complex.
Relay fast
Guru Jambeshwar University Bachao Sangharsh Samiti started a relay fast on Tuesday near Agrasain Chowk here to press their demand for the restoration of the status of the university which was downgraded by the Haryana Government last month.


Pay commission
Mr Aman Kumar Nagra, MP, in a letter to Mr Bansi Lal, Chief Minister, has demanded that the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission should be applied to the employees of the district rural development agencies working in the state.
Body found
Sukhpal Singh (42) of Gudiana village in Punjab was found dead in mysterious circumstances near Rangri village in this district on Monday. The police has recovered intoxicant tablets from his pocket.
One killed
Lal Chand (35) of Badagudha village was killed in a road accident on Monday. He was seriously injured when his scooter hit with a stray cow. He succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital.


The following have been elected office-bearers of the Senior Citizens Council, Yamunanagar district: president — Mr R.K. Jain; vice-presidents — Mr J.L. Malik and Mr K.K. Mehta; secretary general — Lt Col Jaswant Singh; secretary finance — Capt D.L. Bakshi; and organising secretary — Mr R.K. Vohra.top

Himachal Briefs

Timber seized
Fortytwo sleepers and 12 planks of deodar and kail were seized at Luggar Bhatti, near here, on Tuesday. The value of the timber was assessed at Rs 1 lakh. However, the culprits escaped.


IGNOU centre
Indira Gandhi National Open University has opened its centre at the local Government College. The Deputy Commissioner said the first session of the one-year course in Disaster Management would start from January 1.


HPSEB union
The H.P. State Electricity Board Employees Union on Tuesday extended support to the employees of the Haryana State Electricity Board, who have lauched an agitation against the bifurcation of the HSEB.



Army drive to green the foothills

THE defence authorities have launched a special environmental conservation and ecology rejuvenation campaign in the foothills of the Himalayas. Under this campaign, the 87 Mountain Brigade of Holta Camp has started plantation of different plants suitable to this hill region. Over the past month, jawans and officers of this unit have planted more than 6,000 plants in the region.

Harayali mahautsav was organised here to celebrate the plantation drive in the local cantonment in which jawans, school children and Army officers participated. Stress was laid on the importance of a pollution-free environment and contribution of the army in achieving the same with the active cooperation of the public.

Addressing the gathering Col A M Sethi, quoted the example of Suratgarh, which had become greener after the Army launched a drive there.

During this mahautsav, the defence authorities organised several lectures and demonstrations of various eminent personalities including forest officials, CSIR scientists and other universities experts dealing with plantation and conservation.

Apart from awareness lectures, the Army authorities also carried out environment-friendly activities. This Army unit has been working hand in hand with the civil authorities to maintain the greenery of Palampur and its adjoining areas.

A painting competition was organised in which over 120 students from different schools participated . The main topic of the painting competition was environmental conservation and protection of wild life.

Colonel Sethi says that the Army would continue its efforts to maintain the ecological balance in the Himalayan region, which is also catchment area of major rivers like the Ravi, Beas and the Sutlej which play a major role in the economy of the country. To save the plains from the floods, special measures for the energy plantation should be taken soon, particularly in this region.

Eye care in his blood

Dr Rajbir Singh, an eminent ophthalmologist, belongs to the third generation of his family which has specialised in eye care. Ophthalmology is in his blood. He is a renowned retinal surgeon of the region.

His grandfather, Sardar Bahadur Sohan Singh was one of three eye surgeons of his time in pre-Partition Punjab. The other two were Dr Mathura Dass and Dr Harbhajan Singh Gojra. In recognition of his services to eye care, the British Government bestowed on him the title of Sardar Bahadur in 1938. After Independence, he was honoured with Padma Shri.

Dr Sohan Singh was Head, Department of Eyes, Government Medical College, Amritsar, from 1919. He was the first specialist in vitero retina in the northern region.

Dr Ranbir Singh (now 82), his son, had also retired as the Head, Department of Eyes, in the same medical college in 1976.

Dr Rajbir Singh, born on March 1, 1944 studied at the prestigious Doon School. He did his MBBS in 1967, DMS in 1969 and MS in 1972 from the Medical College, Amritsar. He served the college as Registrar in the Department of Ophthalmology before his selection for a fellowship in vitero retina diseases at University of California, San Francisco.

After mastering advanced techniques in posterior segment surgery, he returned to Amritsar and converted the family's "haveli" into an ultra-modern retinal centre in the heart of the holy city, named S B Sohan Singh Eye Hospital, after his grandfather.

This hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment like Fundus Camera and the latest generation of Argon and Diode lasers to treat proliferative diabetic retinopathy and other vascular disorders of the eye. He is being assisted by his younger brother, Dr Preetam Singh, and Dr Vipan Kumar Vig, both trained in advanced vitreous surgery at Sankara Nethralaya , Madras, under the guidance of Dr S S Badri Nath.

Dr Rajbir Singh along with his team is a ray of hope for hundreds of people who have lost sight due to eye injury, advanced diabetic eye disease, hypertension, vascular occlusion, vitreous haemorrhage and above all retinal detachment.

Uplift of the poor her goal

In today's materialistic world, there are very few people who care for others.

Ms Leela Jaswal, principal of Mother Teresa International Convent School, Fatehabad, is one such woman. Taking inspiration from the late Nobel laureate, Ms Jaswal has been serving the cause of the poor.

Though she runs a private school, she goes out of the way to provide free education to children whose parents cannot afford to pay the hefty fees of private schools. The only criterion is that the student should be good in studies.

Ms Jaswal, a member of the local Inner Wheel Club, has been organising food preservation camps in her school during holidays through the club. Experts from the Union Human Resources Development Ministry have been imparting training in food preservation to participants. Hundreds of women and girls of the town and surrounding areas have been benefited from these camps.

She has also hosted medical check-up and other camps organised by the Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club. She is always a front-liner in programmes organised by the club.

(Contributed by Ravinder Sood, H.S. Bhanwer and Sushil Manav)Top

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