Thursday, March 15, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S



  • A polythene ‘invasion’ of Shimla

  • A multi-splendoured personality

  • “Doctor of the Millennium”


BAN SOUGHT: The Chairman of the Punjab unit of the Shiv Sena, Mr Surinder Dogra, has demanded a ban on the film ‘‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’’ running in a cinema here. He said the film financed by anti-national elements should not have been released by the government.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: The 34th annual prize distribution function of RRN Bawa DAV College for Girls, Batala, concluded on the college campus here on Monday. Dr H.S. Soch, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, was the chief guest while Mr P.S. Sharma, Vice-President, DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi, presided. Dr Soch gave away prizes to meritorious students.

RESENTMENT: Prevails among residents of Sultani village against apathy of the government regarding development of the village. According to the residents, the village has not been given any development grant during more than four years of the SAD-BJP rule in the state.

SHOPS RAIDED: A six-member team of the Income Tax Department headed by Mr T.P. Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Income Tax, Jalandhar, raided two jewellery shops in the local Kashmiri bazar and a jewellery shop in the Partap bazar here on Tuesday. According to sources, the raids were a survey by officials of the department.

LAHAN SEIZED: The Tanda police raided the Mand area along the Beas on Monday and seized a working still along with 75 kg of lahan from Lakhwinder Singh of Ghandhari Chowk village and Jarnail Singh of Rara village. They were arrested under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act, Mr Sanjeev Kalra, SSP, Hoshiarpur, said here on Tuesday. He said the city police, Hoshiarpur, also seized 15 bottles of country-made foreign liquor at Pahari Katra from Pardeep Kumar of the local Mohalla Garhi Gate on Monday and arrested him.

NRI SABHA: The third annual convention of the District NRIs Sabha was held here on Tuesday. Mrs Gitika Kalah, Commissioner, Jalandhar division-cum-chairman, Punjab NRIs Sabha, was the chief guest. Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur, Mr Ajwinder Singh, president District NRIs Sabha, and Mr Romesh Singh and Mr Nirjan Singh, president and senior vice-president, respectively, of the Punjab NRIs Sabha, also addressed the convention.

FOUNDATION STONE: Mr Chunni Lal, MLA, laid the foundation stone of a Kabir community centre during a largely attended function at a camp here on Tuesday. Mr Rajesh Bhagat, an office-bearer of the Bhagat Kabir Society, in a press note issued here, said the state government would spend Rs 50 lakh on the construction of the centre.

FREE EYE-OPERATION CAMP: The Citizen Welfare Club (regd) Kharar, is organising its eight Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial free eye-operation camp in Civil Hospital, Kharar, on March 23. Patients will be given free food and medicines. 

ROTARY CLUB: Mr Justice Surinder Singh, famous jurist, will speak on silencing the mind at the Rotary Club, Kharar on March 16 at 7.15 p.m. in Civil Rest House, according to a press note issued by Mr J.P. Dhiman, former president of the club. 

CONFERENCE: Region II of district 321-F of Lions Clubs International is holding its regional conference on March 18 at Royal Palace, Kharar, in this conference thirteen clubs of the region, along with four additional clubs of Region III were expected to participate in it. Dr N.K. Grover, district governor, would be the chief guest.

DEMAND: The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has appealed to the Punjab Government to raise allocation of funds to the non-government colleges from the current year. Stating this in a press note, Prof K.B.S. Sodhi, president of the union, said with an increase in the aid several pending demands of the college teachers, including implementation of pension-cum-gratuity scheme, review of the posts, introduction of career advancement scheme and increase of salaries of ad hoc teachers, would be fulfilled. The union hailed the decision of the government to increase the Budget allocation to education from Rs 260 crore to Rs 450 crore. 

FAREWELL: Final year students of BA, B.Com, BBA, BCA and MA from Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women were given farewell on Wednesday. Second year students from different streams presented various song and dance items. Nearly 40 students participated in the modelling in which Kamalpreet of B.Com III was crowned Miss Outgoing, while Jaspreet of BCA III bagged the first runners-up title and Gagandeep of BA III was chosen as second runners-up. Rajbeer and Harpreet compered the programme. Ms Rajinder Kaur Gill, Principal, wished the students good luck.

FREE EYE CAMP: A free eye camp will be held at Ghalauti village on Saturday by the panchayat of the village. Eye patients will be examined and operated upon by Dr Ramesh, Medical Director, Eye Bank, Mansuran. An exhibition will be organised for the villagers. Free medicines and spectacles will be given to needy patients. Dr Ramesh said a similar camp would be held at Dhalian village on March 20. 

CONFERENCE REVIEW: The conference review of the District Lions 321 F (11th region) was held at Lions Bhavan on Wednesday in which all office bearers and members of the Lions Club took part. The working members were appreciated and congratulated for their efforts. Mr N.K.Grover, District Governor (Lions Club), was the chief guest. among others who present on the occasion were Mr Charanjit Singh, Mr Rajiv Lochan, Mr Prem Grover, Mr K.S. Sohal, Mr Kuljit Sethi and Mr S.P.S. Shahpiuri. 

MEDICAL CHECKUP: Mrs Lakhwinder Kaur, wife of Mr Kuldip Singh, SSP, Ludhiana, inaugurated a health check-up camp for police personnel at the Police Lines, here on Wednesday. Also present on the occasion were Mr Kuldeep Singh, Dr Baldev Singh, SMO, Police Lines, Dr R.K. Gupta, M.D., Punjab Clinical Lab, other senior gazetted police officers, SHOs and 350 police personnel drawn from various units. The camp would be completed in three phases.

FOUNDATION STONES: The Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Mr Swarna Ram, laid the foundation stone of the Chak Maidass Sarhala Ram Ranua link road to be constructed at a cost of Rs 3.75 lakh and Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Welfare Minister, laid the foundation stone of the Rehipa Mukandpur Phagwara link road to be constructed at a cost of Rs 5.21 lakh on Sunday, an official press note said here on Tuesday. Mr Phillaur also distributed cheques amounting to Rs 2.50 lakh to five village panchayats for repairing Dalit dharamshalas. Mr Swarna Ram announced grants amounting to Rs 75,000 , Rs 35,000, and Rs 25,000 for the primary school building, cremation ground and Balmiki Dharamshala at Chakmaidass village, respectively.

SEMINAR: Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, about 20 km from here, organised a seminar — Budget 2001-2002 — an analysis — on Tuesday. Dr S.S. Johal, a former Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, was the main speaker. He praised the Union Budget by terming it development-oriented and a positive step towards the second round of economic reforms in India.

PRINCIPALS' CONFERENCE : Punjabi University will hold the annual conference of the principals of the colleges affiliated to Punjabi University at the university campus on Thursday. Giving this information, Dr Janak Raj Gupta, Dean, College Development Council, said that important issues before the conference would be extension of free educational facilities to the poor, especially the meritorious students of rural areas, problems regarding admissions for the new academic session, examination and evaluation duties of college staff and improvement of the performance of the affiliated colleges. 

HISTORY CONFERENCE: Punjabi University will organise the 33rd session of the Punjab History Conference at the Senate Hall of the University campus from March 16 to March 18 here. Prof G.S.L. Levra, Vice-Chancellor, Kota Open University, Rajasthan, would be the general president of the session. Dr Param Bakhshish Singh, Head of the Department of Punjab Historical Studies, said that the theme of the conference would be North-West Frontier and Punjab. 

WALKOUT: A two-hour walkout was staged by the All India (Northern Zone) Insurance Employees Association, LIC, to express sympathy with the General Insurance Corporation (GIC) employees, against the introduction of the privatisation bill of the GIC in the Parliament. It was resolved that the employees would continue their struggle against the government’s anti-national and anti-employee moves. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Shingara Singh Akali has been elected as the president of the Punjab State Freedom Fighters Organisation in a meeting held here on Wednesday. The other members elected unanimously are; senior vice-president; Mr Harbajan Singh; vice-president; Mr Kapoor Singh; Mr Lakshman Sing and Mr Inder Singh; general secretary; Mr Avnash Chander Shastri and cashier; Ms Krishna. 

WESTERN COMMAND GOC: Western Command General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Lt General Surjit Singh, said the central government was looking into the issue of streamlining the pension and medical facility benefits of the ex-servicemen so that they did not face any problem in this regard. The General, who was on his first visit to the Patiala, Nabha and Sangrur military stations after taking over his present office, was received at the Army Aviation Club by the General Officer, Lt Gen Kapil Vij and Major General Aditya Singh. The Army Commander inspected a Guard of Honour. He also visited the Army Institute of Law and interacted with the ex-servicemen of the region during his visit. 

CULTURAL PROGRAMME : A cultural programme dhammal was organised by the Organisation of Punjabi University Students (OPUS) at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hall of Punjabi University here today. Inaugurating the function, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor, said that the cultural activities were a part of the University academic calendar. Sardool Sikander, Mika Singh and Satwinder Bitty entertained the students during the function. 

NOMINATED: Dr Swaraj Singh, an NRI surgeon and litterateur has been nominated as the cultural co-ordinator of National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) for North America which contributes towards the cause of Punjabi Theatre and literary activities in India and abroad. Presenting NTAS “Punjab Gaurab” Award of Honour to Dr Swaraj, Mr Pran Sabharwal, Director, NTAS, lauded his worldwide efforts for bringing consciousness regarding Eastern spirituality and highlighting the western cultural invasion through articles and books. Dr Swaraj, who is also the Chairman of Washington State Network for Human Rights, said that NTAS could play a vital role in disseminating truth and promoting universal brotherhood by organising theatre workshops in foreign countries. 

ELECTED: Mr Rajiv Garg has been elected as the president of the Bharat Vikas Parishad during the general elections. The other members elected unanimously are: vice-presidents; Mr B.N. Khosla and Mr M.K. Paul; treasurer; Mr Mahesh Chand Verma; co-ordinator; Mr Daksh Khanna and secretary; Mr K.K. Sachdeva. 

CRITICISED: Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Cabinet Minister for Parliament Affairs, criticised the Congress’ decision of joining hands with the Akali Dal, Amritsar. This was stated by Mr Mittal here on Monday.

1 CR FOR SCHOOLS: The Punjab Government has decided to spend Rs 1 crore on the repair and construction of school buildings in Ropar district during the next financial year. This information was given by the Deputy Commissioner of Ropar, Mr G.S.Grewal, after chairing a meeting held to review the progress of various development works being undertaken by the District Planning and Development Board.

WOOD SEIZED: The Sadar police has seized two trucks carrying khair wood allegedly cut from jungles of Himachal Pradesh. The SSP, Mr Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, said the trucks were stopped for checking on a tip-off. The illegally cut khair wood, worth about Rs 6 lakh, was seized from both trucks. The occupants of the trucks were booked under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC.

ONE KILLED: The general secretary of the Barbers Association of this sub- division, Pamma, died on Tuesday. He met with an accident about 15 days back at Ludhiana. The body was brought here on Tuesday and cremated.

FEDERATION'S PLEA: In a joint statement issued here on Wednesday, Mr Ranbir Dhillon and Mr Bihari Lal Saddi of the Subordinate Services Federation has asked the Punjab Government to implement the decision of the CWP No 1653I of 1998 in the case of Mr Harrinderpal Singh, a former Director. The government vide its letter on July 21, 1998, has allowed its pensioners to get 40 per cent of the basic pension as commuted pension but while calculating the amount of commutation pension multiple of 12 was used instead of 15 which resulted in loss to retired teachers of Punjab.

WORKSHOP: A workshop was organised for teachers here on Wednesday for streamlining the syllabi and curricula of Class VI to X. Nearly 150 teachers and experts from five districts participated. Mr Satwant Singh Johal, Joint Secretary, Punjab, and the DPI (Schools), Mr Jagtar Singh, were present on the occasion.



RALLY: The Co-ordination Committee of Central Government Employees and Workers, Chandigarh, will hold a rally against the privatisation policies of the Central Government on March 28 in Sector 17 here. The Committee will also protest against the Union budget, which it considers anti-employee as no relaxation of any type for the employees was offered in the budget. In addition certain other demands would also be raised in the rally. This was announced by Mr R.L. Moudgil, general secretary of the Committee in a press note. 

CAMP: The Sadhna Society for the mentally challenged children is going to organise a summer camp during March 15 till April 14. The camp will be organised at the society’s institute for vocational rehabilitation of mentally handicapped near Housing Board Chowk, Chandigarh. The children will participate in activities such as clay modelling, table manners, eating etiquettes, drawing and art work, dance and music, gardening and physical activities. 

MAYOR: The Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, has in a note sent to the MC Commissioner on Monday asked him to submit a detail of the developmental works undertaken during the past three months. This, according to him, will enable him to assess the works undertaken ever since he took over and chalk out the plans and set priorities of undertaking works in other sectors, where they have not been undertaken so far. The Mayor has further asked the Commissioner to submit the report at the earliest. 

EXHIBITION: Centre for Entrepreneurship Development for Women, Canara Bank, will hold a three-day exhibition of goods and services marketed by them from March 25 to March 27 at Lajpat Rai Bhavan. The centre has invited women interested to participate to book stalls before March 17. 

FUNCTION: The local branch of Saupin’s School held the annual prize distribution function in Sector 70 here on Tuesday. Pupils of Class I and Class II presented songs. Class I pupils also gave a Spanish dance performance “Vallore”. Reverend Father, C.A. Joseph, Director, Don Bosco Centre, Chandigarh, was the chief guest and Mrs J. Saupin, director-principal, presided over the function. 


WIFE SET AFIRE: A man allegedly set his wife on fire on Monday night in the Jagjivan Pura mohalla in the town. According to reports, the victim, Suman Rani, was set on fire by Ved Prakash for bringing insufficient dowry. Suman has received serious burn injuries and is undergoing treatment at the local General Hospital.

BODY FOUND: The body of a Public Health Department employee, Satish Kumar, was found in a school building at Thurana village, near here, on Monday. According to the police, he had been missing for the past three days.

TOUR: A 15-member team of senior defence officers from different countries undergoing training at the National Defence Academy, Dehra Dun, visited Haryana Agricultural University here on Tuesday. The team included officers from Bangladesh, Tanzania, Vietnam and India. The team is on a four-day study tour of Haryana.

TRAFFIC BLOCKED: Residents of over 20 villages in the district blocked the Jhajjar-Rewari highway on Monday in protest against inadequate power supply. Traffic was blocked for nearly three hours. The villagers alleged that they had taken up the matter with the district administration long ago but to no avail.

WELCOME GATES: The district administration has decided to beautify towns in the district. Welcome gates and crossings will be constructed. The Deputy Commissioner, Dr Mahaveer Singh, addressed representatives of various social, voluntary and traders’ associations in this connection on Monday and discussed with them the steps to be taken.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The district police seized 3,203 kg of lahan in February. The district police chief, Mr A.S. Chawla, told mediapersons on Tuesday that besides this 1,050 liquor pouches and 459 bottles of illicit liquor were also seized during this period. Two country-made pistols and 986 kg of poppy husk were also seized and cases under the NDPS Act were registered against the suspects, he added.

YOGA: The Deputy Commissioner, Kurukshetra, Mrs Jyoti Arora, on Tuesday called upon people to inculcate the habit of yoga in practical life to get rid off tension. She said this while opening the Inter-Centre-Haryana State Yoga Championship being organised by the Sports and Youth Welfare Department.

SUSPENDED: A Sub-Inspector and a Head Constable posted at CIA, Narnaul, have been placed under suspension by Mr Satya Prakash Ranga, SP, Narnaul. According to Mr Ranga, Sub-Inspector Parbhati Lal and Head Constable Prem Singh were found to be under the influence of liquor.

EXAMINATIONS: To ensure the smooth conduct of the middle, matriculation and senior secondary examinations to be conducted by the Board of School Education, Haryana, from March 14 to April 5, the District Magistrate, Mr M.R. Anand , has promulgated prohibitory orders in the district under Section 144 of the Cr P.C. According to the orders, entry of all persons, except the examinees and the staff, including police personnel on duty, has been prohibited within a radius of 200 metres of all examination centres in the district. The orders will remain in force till April 5.

DACOITS HELD: The CIA staff arrested eight persons on a tip-off on Monday, including a dreaded criminal, while they were planning to commit a dacoity at the home of Mr Siri Niwas, owner of a furniture shop and an INLD leader, at Bahadurgarh in Jhajjar district. The Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told mediapersons here on Tuesday the arrested persons were identified as Manjit Singh of the local Patel Nagar, Parveen of Asawarpur village, Parveen of Ridhao village, Sanjay of the local Sikka Colony, Sanjeev of Maqimpur village, Sushil, alias Ritu, of the local Patel Nagar, Gurdial, alias Bandra, of Rohini (Delhi) and Naresh, alias Nitoo, of Deepalpur village.

DEMONSTRATION: A large number of safai workers held a demonstration on Tuesday in front of the office of the local municipal council in support of their demands. They also held a rally and threatened that if their demands were not accepted immediately, they would have no alternative but to stop the sanitation work in the city.

BODY FOUND: The body of an unidentified youth was found by the police from a field at Kheri Mahajat village, about 10 km from here, on Tuesday. The police believes it to be a case of murder as the body bore multiple knife injuries.

MURDER CASE: With the arrest of two armed youths, the Ganaur police on Wednesday claimed to have solved the case of alleged murder of Mr Lalinder Singh Dhindsa, an industrialist of Rohini (Delhi) whose body was found in Bhanwar village under the Ganaur police station in the district on February 7 last. The SP, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told mediapersons that those arrested were Shiv Kumar, alias Mintoo, of Gohana and Rajesh of Khewra village in the district.


CAR STOLEN: A Maruti car (UMS-3154) was stolen from Subathu, 19 km from here, on Sunday night. Hemant Kumar, the owner, had parked his car near Central School from where it was stolen. A case has been registered.

TIMBER SEIZED: About 22 sleepers and 77 scants of deodar and kail were seized on Sunday from a truck coming from Theog. The seizure made by the Forest Department, the Excise and Taxation Department and the police yielded the timber which was being brought from Theog, the Divisional Forest Officer, Mr S.K. Sharma, said.

CHARAS SEIZED: A Tibetan, Thundup Tsering of Suhara Mohalla, Mandi, was arrested by the Manali police along with 12.1 kg of charas worth Rs 1.20 crore in Manali on Tuesday. The suspect was travelling in a Himachal tourism bus from Manali to Delhi, the police said.

CHARAS SEIZED: A police party from the Patlikuhal police post under the local police station has seized 200 gm charas from a foreign national near Patlikuhal, 20 km from here, on Sunday. Mr N. Venugopal, district police chief, in a press note issued here said charas was seized by the police during routine traffic checking. The accused was identified as Silvia, a Swiss national, who was arrested. A case had been registered under the NDPS Act.

9 HELD: The Nurpur police arrested nine persons, including five women, of the Pundar gram panchayat on Tuesday for allegedly demolishing a foundation stone laid by the local MLA and Vice- Chairman, HP Tourism Development Corporation, on Sunday evening. The suspects allegedly gheraoed the MLA, Mr Rakesh Pathania, and held a demonstration in protest against the site chosen for the foundation stone of Mahila Mandal Bhavan in Shohkooper village. The villagers were later released on bail.

STIR CALLED OFF: The Kisan Vikas Sabha, which has been agitating since February 14 for lifting the ban on the export of Khair wood, on Monday called off its stir following a decision of the state government to lift the ban. Mr Ajaib Singh, president of the sabha, in a statement on Tuesday, welcomed the decision.




 A polythene ‘invasion’ of Shimla

POLYTHENE bags and cups made of plastic have for the past couple of years wreaked havoc on Shimla. As a result, public hygiene is in a shambles. Tonnes of these non-biodegradable polythene bags are littered all over the “queen of hills,” besides hundreds of thousands of plastic containers are being dumped down the slopes. And, the latest addition to this menace is empty mineral water bottles with a wide range of brands carried by tourists. The milk pouches supplied by state-owned plants, too, are contributing their bit to deepen the crisis. No wonder, most of the nullahs, roadside drains, sewers and gutters remain choked with filth which causes slimy water to gush on to the streets and alleys, giving off a pungent, nauseating stench.

The Ridge and the fashionable Mall are the worst affected areas of late as a majority of tourists and locals stroll at these places. Shopkeepers on the Mall have aggravated the situation by encroaching on the drains in front of their business premises — usurping the very existence of roadside drains. This deplorable act on their part has left no room whatsoever for cleaning the drains as no broom or stick can be inserted into these cemented drains from any angle. It is obvious that all kinds of non-biodegradable waste remain stuck inside these drains, inviting the outbreak of epidemics any time.

Furthermore, the scenario becomes extremely abysmal in the event of two, three or more holidays falling in a row. The situation goes out of hand as piles of these polythene and plastic waste block the movement of pedestrian traffic and sometimes people even have to change the routes to reach their destinations (see picture).

Monkeys, stray dogs and animals can be seen rummaging and feasting on the waste thrown at various locations earmarked for being lifted by the Shimla Municipal Corporation dumpers. The enlightened citizens here are of the view that the SMC should make alternative arrangements in case of two or more consecutive holidays, at least to empty the dumpers.

But nobody in the SMC or in the state government is seized of this grave problem. The Minister of State for Horticulture, Mr Narendra Bhagta, who is also the local MLA, appears to be ignorant about this menace.

The ban on coloured polythene bags nearly three years back had made no difference at all. Environmentalists also firmly hold that in the alarmingly changing weather cycle, being attributed largely to the global warming, is not the sole reason but the accumulation of polythene and plastic waste have been major factors locally, thus compounding the ecological imbalance. This has led to the town receiving less snow and rain over the past few years, according to Mr Ramesh Joshi, a well-known photographer.

He says that a public debate should be conducted to consider imposing a blanket ban on certain non-biodegradable products within corporation limits after taking all sections of society into confidence . He also advises use of jute and cotton bags as, he feels, this would go a long way in improving cleanliness in the city.

A multi-splendoured personality

Widely known as a cult figure in Punjab administrative circles, Mr Robin Gupta, Commissioner of Patiala division, is a multi-faceted personality. He is a prolific writer of poetry and prose, a connoisseur of art, a columnist, and, to cap it all, an orator par excellence. The poems he has penned are so penetrating that these stir even the layman. The literary compositions evoke admiration for their unique style of presentation. Many of his poems have found prominent place in the columns of leading newspapers and magazines of the region. In the following verse excerpted from his ‘Hazrat Baba Sher Shah Wali”, an anthology of poems, Robin drives home the point saying that those who live by their humble means, never sway in the whirlwind of worldly allurements.

The ribbons and medals

Of this ephemeral world

Do not possess me.

No riches of this world

Hold any allurement for me...

Mr Gupta, though born and brought up in Bengal considers Punjab as his “karambhumi’’. He draws no distinction between the two states; for these have many things in common. Rural Punjab inhabited by the large-hearted brethren and its clean, green environment have greatly inspired his poetry. His love for this land is reflected in his compositions.

A probationer of the 1974 IAS batch, Mr Gupta is known for his probity and the uncanny knack of handling even a subtle situation, be it at home or office. He has created a record as Commissioner, when he disposed of 50-odd revenue cases in just one month pending for more than half a decade. This has made him a benevolent bureaucrat and a ‘‘messiah’’ of the poor.

Robin’s day at his official residence starts with the ceremonial hoisting of the tricolour, followed by the ‘salaami’ by the guards posted there. The day ends with the retreat ceremony in the same fashion.

“Doctor of the Millennium”

Dr (Mrs) Karnail Kaur, who runs her own medical practice at Tarn Taran, has been awarded Doctor of the Millennium Award-2000 by the Association of Medical Sciences at a function organised in New Delhi recently. About 40 doctors and paramedical staff were honoured at the function. Four doctors from Punjab were also honoured.

Dr Karnail Kaur, after serving five years in the PCMS, set up her own dispensary as she preferred to provide modern medical services to the people of this border and backward area.

Dr Moti Lal Anand Vaishanavi, president, and Dr B.Kumar, secretary, of the association, conferred the award on her in recognition for outstanding services in this field.

Dr Karnail Kaur is committed to providing free medical services to the poor and needy of this area.

Contributed by Som Kirti Kuthiala, Ramesh Dhiman and Gurbaxpuri.



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