Thursday, January 3, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • Boy’s kaleidoscope of history
  • Anti-encroachment drive a damp squib
  • Talk on laparoscopic complications

FIRE: Five members of a family were killed in a fire at their residence in Gajsighpur township of Sri Ganganagar district on Monday. The police said Kashmiri Lal Aggarwal (60), his wife, Kesar Devi (58), daughter-in-law, Asha Rani (32), grandchildren, Rajan (11) and Ajay (7), died in a fire caused by a short-circuit on the New Year eve.

POET’S EXPERIENCES: Like most Indians, people in Pakistan desire good relations between the two countries. Punjabi poet Noor Mohammad Noor said this here on Wednesday while narrating experiences during his recent visit to Pakistan. A recipient of Pakistan’s Babri-e-Punjabi Adabi Award, he urged writers of both nations to impress upon their respective governments to avoid war and find a diplomatic solution to their problems.

MEMORANDUM: The Border Sangharsh Committee presented a memorandum of demands to the Assistant Commissioner, Mr A.S. Gill, here on Tuesday. The demands included compensation to farmers owning land in villages in the border areas. Mr Rattan Singh Randhawa, district secretary of the committee, said the authorities concerned should financially assist these farmers keeping in view the hostile scenario on the border.

RESEARCH PROJECT: Dr Narpinder Singh, Professor and Head, Department of Food Science and Technology, Guru Nanak Dev University, has been sanctioned a research project worth Rs 12.38 lakh to work on isolation, characterisation and utilisation of starch from rice varieties grown in India.

KILLED: Sukhbeer Singh, a resident of Ram Singh colony, was killed allegedly by five persons, including a woman, of the same locality on Tuesday night. According to reports, Harbhajan Singh Brar, Meharban Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Sukhjeet Kaur, wife of Harbhajan Singh, and Tony of Dashmesh Avenue entered Sukhbeer Singh’s house and Harbhajan Singh fired several shots at Sukhbeer Singh injuring him seriously. Sukhbeer Singh died on the way to hospital.

VOTER CARDS: The District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Mr Narinderjit Singh, said here on Tuesday that all residents of the Vidhan Sabha constituency no.16 (north Amritsar) were required to get their voter identity cards by January 8. The district administration had announced the cancellation of interviews for the posts of Beldars, water carriers and road guards slated for January 8.

SEMINAR: Three youths hooked to drugs have given up drugs with the help of an NGO, Young Men’s Association of India (YMAI). Presenting themselves before mediapersons at an anti-drug addiction seminar held here on Tuesday, Amit Swami, Viren Puri and Raju Pritpal Sharma recounted their experiences of drug addiction. KILLED: Angrej Singh, resident of Gumtala, was injured critically when his scooter collided with a van on Tuesday. He later succumbed to his injuries in a hospital. In another incident, the police seized 124 litres of illicit liquor and 200 kg of lahan and booked 16 persons under the Excise Act in this connection.

ELECTED: Mr Joginder Pal was elected Chairman of Gopal Nagar block by the Congress Committee (Backward Cell), said Mr Jaswant Singh Varpal, Chairman of the committee, in a press note here on Wednesday.

TRAINING CAMP: More than 290 cadets attended the National Cadet Corps (NCC) annual training camp which concluded here on Wednesday. Cadets from Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts were given training in firearms, drill, nursing, first aid, general awareness and map reading. NCC Group Commander H.S. Shahid, gave away the prizes. The overall trophy was won by BBK DAV College, Amritsar, while Neelam and Mandip were adjudged the best cadets in senior and junior categories, respectively.

STRIKE: On a call given by the All-India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), bank employees staged a dharna in front of Town Hall, here, in protest against “coercive, unlawful and mala fide transfer” of some employees by the management of Standard Chartered Bank. The decision was in violation of the Sastry Award 536.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: The Youth Blood Club, an NGO, celebrated New Year by holding a blood donation camp at the blood bank of the local Civil Hospital on Monday. Fifteen units of blood were collected at the camp. Mr Gopal Rana, president of the club, said in a press note issued here on Wednesday that it was the 10th such camp held in 2001. The club also organised 15 medical camps last year.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the NFL unit of the Dalit Sena: president — Mr Des Raj; senior vice-president — Mr Harbans Singh; vice-president — Mr Angrej Singh; general secretary — Mr Naga Ram; secretary — Mr Balkar Singh; and treasurer — Mr Gurjant Singh.

DEMONSTRATION: Activists of Muslim Aman Society, led by their president Mr M.N. Ansari, held an anti-Pakistan demonstration here on Wednesday to protest against that country’s continued support to terrorists in Kashmir and running of training camps for them on its soil. In his address, Mr Ansari stressed the need to maintain peace and brotherhood in view of the escalating tension between India and Pakistan. He warned Pakistan that if it did not close down the various terrorist training camps, it would have to face serious consequences. The protesters raised anti-Pakistan and pro-India slogans.

STATEMENT CRITICISED: Dr L.S. Chawla, president, and Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary, respectively, of the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development, on Wednesday took strong exception to the statement by Mr Vijay Kumar Malhotra, MP, who had advocated the use of nuclear weapons, in his statement published in a section of the press in a press note, they said this kind of statement was unfortunate and dangerous. Dr Mitra said diplomatic means should be continued to pressurise Pakistan to control terrorist activities from its soil.

CELEBRATED: To mark the arrival of New Year, a function was organised at Communication Centre of the Punjab Agricultural University on Tuesday. Dr S.S. Gill, Additional Director, Extension Education, resolved that more efforts would be made to disseminate research work quickly through varied media including TV, radio, newspapers and magazines of the university. Several employees of the university who had retired last year were invited and honoured on the occasion. Mr Rantej Singh Gill, Deputy Director (TV), Mr Nirmal Jaura, Mr Gurbhajan Gill and other members were also present on the occasion. 

COPIES TORN: An unidentified man caused a ruckus in the Ghumar Mandi area today when he tore over 50 copies of the current issue of the English and Hindi editions of ‘India Today’, protesting loudly against the language used on the cover page that described Osama bin Laden as ‘the Messiah of Terror’. The man first bought the copies from some shops in Ghumar Mandi, then, surprised everyone by his action. The unidentified man, said to be a regular customer at the shops, was heard objecting to the cover picture of Bin Laden and the caption that called him a terrorist. The man, then, went to the other book shops to buy more copies of the magazine, but, the shopkeepers refused to sell these to him. At this, the man abused the shopkeepers, saying why were they doing this to him when he was paying for the copies. Some persons informed the police, but, by the time it came, the man had left. 

KILLED: One person was killed and five others were injured in two accidents here on Tuesday. According to reports, Shunty (22), a tailor, was killed and Gurpreet Singh, who was riding pillion, was injured when their scooter rammed into a stationary bus near the local Government Nehru Memorial College. In another accident four persons were injured when the Maruti car they were travelling in collided with a bus coming from the opposite direction near Thuthlanwala village in the district

FUNCTION HELD: A prize distribution function was held at the local Government Ripuduman College on Wednesday to honour the winning teams of the Sangrur zone youth festival organised by Punjabi University, Patiala. The SDM, Nabha, Mr Zora Singh Thind, distributed the prizes. The Director, Youth Welfare, Punjabi University, announced that the winners would also be given “Chancellor medal of excellency in cultural activities”.

MELA: The Nabha Social Welfare and Cultural Club will organise the 10th Nirmal Singh Nehla memorial mela “Mela Nabhey Da-2002” at the Government Ripuduman College Stadium here on January 5 and 6. Folk singers and other artistes are expected to perform at the mela.

APPOINTED: Under the headship by rotation rule of Punjabi University, Dr Chaman Lal, Reader in the Hindi Department, has been appointed the head of the department. Dr Chaman Lal is a recipient of ‘ Dr Ambedkar National Award’ (1995) and ‘Millennium World Hindi Conference Award’ (2000). He is credited with 25 books including five in English and has been instrumental in translating poetry of ‘Pash’ in Hindi.

PRAYER ORGANISED: An “ all religion prayer”, attended by people of various faiths was organised here on Wednesday at Mata Kaushlaya hospital by the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMS) and Culture and Heritage Conservation Initiative. Doctors, medical staff and patients attended the prayers. Speaking on the occasion, patron of the PCMS, Dr M.S. Randhawa, expressed concern over the increasing religious and caste intolerance.

HONOURED: The Inspector General of Punjab Police (Zone 1), Mr R.S. Gill, conferred a commendation certificate and a of reward of Rs 500 to Mr Muni Lal Kumra for promoting yoga culture in the Punjab police. This was stated in a press release from the office of the Inspector General. Mr Lal has been imparting Yoga training and therapy to Punjab police personnel for several years.

FELLOWSHIP: Dr Raman Aggarwal, Chairman, Action Committee-cum-Legal Cell, IMA, Punjab, was conferred fellowship in recognition of his outstanding services in the field of family medicine. Mr Deep Chand Bandhu, Minister for Industries, Government of Delhi, conferred the fellowship in Delhi recently an official release said here on Monday.

PURSE LIFTED: A woman lifted the purse of Mrs Harpal Kaur, wife of Mr Joginder Singh, sarpanch of Palahi village, from a shop in the local Gaushala bazaar on Tuesday. The purse contained gold worth Rs 45,000 and Rs 2,000 in cash.

NEW YEAR: The Saviour Youth Club, set up by the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, celebrated New Year in a unique way on Tuesday. Its activists along with the local police officers distributed medicines, eatables and greeting cards in eight local government and private hospitals, according to Mr M.P. Singh, Project Manager of the club.



BLOCK CONGRESS COMMITTEE: The Block Congress Committee, Ambala Cantt, has decided to go to each ward to raise various issues concerning the people. President of block Congress Narinder Pal Singh Shera and secretary R.N. Samrat said they will be going to different wards and draw attention of the government towards the problems being faced by the local residents. “If the government does not take steps to resolve those issues, then we will hold demonstrations,” they said. They observed that the house tax bills have several discrepancies which need to be corrected at the earliest. They claimed that in several instances, power bills were distributed late and it reached the consumers on the last date for deposition of the bill. They stated that many consumers will have to pay penalty for no fault of theirs.

CRITICISED: The president of Haryana unit of Anti-Terrorists Front, Mr Viresh Shandilaya, has criticised George W. Bush for his statement in which he had advised Mr Vajpayee to offer an opportunity to Pakistan. In a fax message sent to Mr Bush he said Pakistan was a terrorist state and he was patronising extremist activities in India. He said that America should not indirectly support Pakistan who had dared to attack on our Parliament.

240 VEHICLES CHALLANED: The Transport Department, Ambala, has challaned around 240 vehicles during a fortnight for violating the traffic rules and recovered Rs 12.38 lakh from them. The Deputy Commissioner, Ambala said special checking has been launched in the district to prevent the running of illegal vehicles.

ACCIDENT: One person was killed and two others were injured in a road accident, near Bajina village here on Tuesday. According to reports, Ram Kumar was killed while Mansha Ram and Bijender of Sahuwas sustained injuries when the scooter they were riding collided with an unidentified vehicle. The injured have been admitted to a hospital in Charkhi Dadri. A case has been registered.

ROBBER HELD: Two scooter-borne youths snatched Rs 1.6 lakh from employees of the Public Works Department on the canal road at Narwana on Wednesday. On receiving the complaint, the police set up a naka, nabbed one of the robbers, Satpal, and recovered Rs 60,000 from him.

KILLED: Two persons were killed and nine injured in a road accident near Kailram village on Tuesday evening. Four of the injured were referred to the P.G.I., Chandigarh two to Hisar and three were admitted to the local civil hospital. The deceased were identified. Bharthu, son of Hans Raj and Jaimal, son of Kanhaya.

WORKSHOP: Canara Bank, Kalka, inaugurated a two-month stitching and tailoring workshop for the women of Khuda Baksh village of this tehsil on Wednesday. Thirty women will be imparted training in cutting and stitching of salwar-kameez, kurta pajama and children’s dresses. Ms Geeta Goyal, Manager, addressed the village gathering on various self-employment opportunities and schemes of the bank to help them realise their dreams of economic independence. The concept of self-help group was also explained. The sarpanch, Ms Poonam Sharma, thanked the bank for the project. Ms Neelam Kumari will train the participants.

LITERACY CAMP: Mr Kulbir S. Rana, zone chairman of the Lions Club, Kalka, District 321A2, launched a literacy camp at Khuda Baksh village in this tehsil on Wednesday. The target is to educate the adults of this village, covering at least 100 women. The camp has been undertaken under Project Fortnight. The three clubs —Panchkula Midtown, Ambala City Supreme and Lions Club, Kalka, joined hands in donating 10 sewing machines to the women of the village, 44 pairs of school shoes and 40 kits for literacy classes. Those present on the occasion were chief guest Kuldip Kuthiala, Deputy District Governor, Mr C.G. Bansal, Mr R.S. Bansal and Mr Harvinder Sokhi, presidents of the three clubs, respectively.

DHARNA: A state-level dharna was held, here, on Wednesday by the Haryana Bank Employees Federation at Ambedkar Chowk in protest against maltreatment meted out to its employees by some banks, including transfer of some employees in violation of the provisioners of bipartite agreements and awards. The leaders, addressing the dharna alleged that labour laws were being violated by the Standard Bank.

SENTENCED: The Additional District Judge, Mr H.P. Singh, on Wednesday sentenced four persons accused of the murder of Ram Kishan, resident of Dhansoli village, to 10 years imprisonment. He also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each on the convicts Raghbir, Dilawar, Ishwar and Dalbir. Ram Kishan was injured critically in a group clash on July 9, 1995. He later succumbed to his injuries in a hospital.

IDENTITY CARDS: According to an official press note, the photo identity cards of left-out voters of the Panipat Assembly constituency will be made on January 17.

BODY FOUND: The police recovered an unidentified body here on Tuesday. Aged about 30 years, the deceased had head injury marks. The police is investigating the case.



STUDENTS: All 20 students of class V of Government Girl’s Primary School, Sabathu, 19 km from here, who appeared in board’s examination held in the first week of December, have been declared successful. The result was declared on Monday. Ishwari Thapa, who secured 246 marks out of 300 has been placed in the 14th position in Solan district.

NABARD LOAN: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs 77.49 crore during the current financial year for the execution of 28 schemes under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund. A government spokesman said here on Tuesday that Rs 39.13 crore had been sanctioned for 25 schemes of roads and bridges, Rs 27 crore for flood protection works (Swan river project), Rs 7.46 crore for the watershed development project and Rs 3.90 crore of the e-governance project.

LOANS: The State Bank of Patiala has advanced loans to 1640 vegetable growers during a week-long special campaign conducted by its branches at Shimla, Solan and Sirmaur districts. This was disclosed by Mr R.K. Rattan, Assistant General Manager, here on Monday.

NSS CAMP: The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a campaign which instilled sense of social responsibility among youths. This was stated by Mr Maneesh Garg, Additional Deputy Commissioner, on Wednesday at the conclusion of a 10-day NSS camp organised by MLSM College, Sundernagar, at Manjh Khetar, about 25 km from here. He urged rural people to join hands with the NSS volunteers to undertake sanitation and cleanliness activities, plantation of saplings and a campaign against drug addiction.

FARMERS’ MEET: The State Bank of Patiala, Daulatpur Chowk, organised a farmers’ meet on Monday and distributed loan worth Rs 20.8 lakh under various schemes. Mr B.R. Sharma in a press note issued here on Tuesday said the loan was distributed among 123 persons, including 95 under the Him Harit Yojna for growing vegetables in the area.



Boy’s kaleidoscope of history

Gagandeep Singh Bedi, a student of standard X, has a unique treasure of historical coins and stamps some even belonging to the Mughal period. Belonging to Mamum village on the outskirts of the Pathankot, Gagandeep was encouraged by his father, Mr K.N.S. Bedi, working as an Electrical Officer in the Merchant Navy, who used to go on sailing trips abroad and return with stamps from all countries he visited along with other things of utility.

Gagandeep says he developed the habit of collecting coins and stamps in 1998 when he was a student of standard VII. His father had returned from abroad with coins and colourful stamps which had not only excited him but also forced him to keep these things which he has adorned his walls with. (See photo)

His father encouraged him saying that the habit of collection of rare historical coins and stamps would make him famous by getting his name entered in the Guinness Book of World Records. He started collecting coins and stamps, which has now grown into 475 coins of 82 different nations, apart from 215 of India, which include 50 coins of the Mughal and Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s period. Besides he has a collection of 1130 stamps from 110 countries.

Anti-encroachment drive a damp squib

The anti-encroachment campaign launched by the district, police and civic administration in Sonepat has proved a total failure.

Municipal and HUDA land, which had been ordered to be vacated, has again been occupied. This encroachment and land-grab has again caused traffic hazards and the people wonder if the administration has the guts to get the land vacated permanently.

There is hardly any main road in this town where encroachments are not seen. Open drains have also made life miserable and the district, police and civic administration remain a silent spectator to people’s difficulties.

Not only in Model Town, Ashok Nagar and HUDA colonies but in Sectors 14 and 15, the residential colonies of HUDA also, the owners of the houses have encroached on land in front of their houses by putting up fences and turning them into lawns. This has resulted in narrowing of roads which obstruct the flow of traffic. Shopkeepers in the button factory area had occupied land of a park, thanks to the failure of the authorities concerned to check it in spite of repeated complaints.

Even the embankments of the Drain No.6 passing through the city have been encroached upon by the people who have constructed pucca houses and structures. The district authorities have also failed to take any action against such violators.

Similarly, all footpaths in the mandi and other areas of the town have also been reoccupied by shopkeepers though the authorities concerned had got these vacated despite stiff resistance from shopkeepers. Rehriwalas and rickshaw pullers add to the problems and public complaints remain unheeded as this section enjoys the patronage of ruling party politicians.

High Court orders banning commercial establishments in residential houses in Sectors 14 and 15 have not been implemented by the HUDA authorities Public land on both sides of the G.T. Road between Kundli and Haldana had been grabbed by the owners of dhabas, hotels and restaurants in the absence of any checking by PWD officials.

Talk on laparoscopic complications

“Surgery cannot occur devoid of complications. The surgeon must be aware of these complications and strive to minimise recognise and competently care for them,” said Dr Kuldeep Singh, the pioneer laparoscopic surgeon from Ludhiana during his talk on complications in laparoscopic surgery during the 61st National Conference of the Associations of Surgeons of India held from December 26 to 30.

He said the commonest and the most dreaded complications of laparoscopic gall bladder surgery surgery was injuring the common bile duct which drains the bile juice from the liver to the intestines for digestion. Most of the time the surgeons put a clip misidentifying the cystic duct to the common bile duct or any other duct. This always occurs because of lack of skill or judgement during surgery. Once the injury to the common bile duct occurs it leads to jaundice, liver damage and other multiple organ complications.

He demonstrated through video presentation his novel technique of using peanut gauge dissection in laparoscopic gall bladder surgery which reduces the risk of these complications. He said the equipment does not make surgery safe but it is the surgeon who makes the surgery and equipment safe. Referring to the incidence of this complication he says it is 0.2 per cent in open gall bladder surgery whereas it is 2 to 3 times more in laparoscopic technique. Surprisingly with the experience of the surgeons in the past few years this complication rate has not come down. Giving reasons for this high incidence he quoted the world literature of different studies that the surgeons who are not properly and adequately trained in laparoscopic as well as open surgery, are more liable to face these problems. He stressed the surgeons attending the conference to undergo structured and organised training programmes on models, animals and then on human beings and that too should be under the supervision of senior surgeons. He elaborated the benefits of this hi-tech laparoscopic surgery in terms of saving time, early return to work, less discomfort no big wound and less hospitalisation.

Contributed by Bharat Bhushan Dogra, R.D. Sapra & TNS.


Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | In Spotlight | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
121 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |