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Punjab Briefs
Former Municipal Commissioner Amar Nath Dhawan (70) passed away on Tuesday. The municipal corporation office here remained closed as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

Robbery: Miscreants attacked an old woman, Ms Kailash wati Jain, onTuesday and snatched a gold chain from her. According to eyewitnesses, Ms Jain was tending her lawn outside her Ranjit Avenue house in C-block at about 9 a.m., when some persons attacked her causing her serious injuries. A case has been registered.

Oasis park: The Mayor, Mr Subhash Sharma, on Tuesday inaugurated an oasis park at the Central Revenue Colony. The Commissioners of Income Tax, Mr S.J.S.Pall and Mr D.S.Sra, were present on the occasion.

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Lions Club (Bathinda Heritage): President — Mr L.C. Garg; Treasurers — Mr S.S. Hans and Mr Sham Singla.

Forms not available:
Due to the non availability of the income tax return forms at the local Income Tax office, people are facing difficulty in filing their returns of this year. The last date for this is August 31. Mr Y.M. Mohindra, President of the Taxation Bar Association has urged the authorities to extend the date.

Workers' demands: Members of the Lal Jhanda International Tractors Ltd Sonalika Workers Union, Chuck Gujran held a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office here, on Tuesday. They demanded the ending of the lock-up, re-employment of all employees, withdrawal of all false cases registered against them and lifting of Section 144 , CrPC on the mill premises.

Traffic blocked:
Residents blocked traffic on GT Road in front of the local Civil Hospital here on Tuesday in protest against the delay in performing a post-mortem examination of Kuldip Singh, who was allegedly murdered on Monday by a retired DSP.

The following have been elected office-bearers of the District Treasury Employees Association: President — Mr Darshan Singh; Senior Vice-Presidents — Mr Janak Raj Gulati and Ms Rupinder Kaur; Vice-President — Mr S.S. Grewal; General Secretary — Mr Balvinder Singh; and Treasurer — Mr Kuldip Jain.

Appointed: Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa has been appointed Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC). The PPCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh, said Mr Bawa was appointed after his name was approved by the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi.

Dr Shiv Kumar Tejpal, Municipal Councillor, has been appointed Senior Vice-President of the district unit of the BJP.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Lions Club: President — Dr K.S. Sodhi, Secretary — Mr Jaswinder Singh Saini; — Joint Secretary — Mr Mohinder Pal Singh Khalsa, Treasurer — Mr Rajesh Kumar Bansal.

Sapling plantation: Mr Iqbal Singh, President, Lions Club, organised a sapling plantation day at Gurjit farm here, on Monday. As many as 50 saplings were planted.

Dr Jagbir Singh, a senior lecturer with the Department of Zoology, Punjabi University, will participate in the second Bionet International Global Workshop to be held in University of Wales , Cardiff, UK, from August 21 to 29.

Invited: Dr Jaikishan, Professor and Head-cum-Deputy Medical Superintendent of the TB and Chest Hospital, Government Medical College, here has been invited to present his paper "Role of Diethylcarbamazine in patients of Bronchial Asthma" at the conference of Chest -1999 to be held at Chicago from October 31 to November 4. He will also be awarded fellowship of American College of Chest Physicians there.

Family adopted: Mr Ashwani Sharma an NRI and a member of the Punjab Brahmin Sabha, has adopted the family of a Kargil martyr Nirmal Singh of Jollan village in Ludhiana. This was stated by Mr T.N. Sharma, General Secretary of the sabha.

Independence Day: Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club here celebrated Independence Day among residents of Daru Kutta, near Patiala. The flag hoisting ceremony was done by the Rotary Club President, Dr Ashok Gupta.

NCC cadets:
Three cadets of the local NCC unit, Harkirat Singh Tiwana of Yadwindara Public School, SAS Nagar, Gursharan Singh and Shiv Mohan of NFL School, Naya Nangal, were awarded certificates of appreciation on Tuesday by the Deputy Commissioner for their valuable contribution to the activities of the NCC.

Welfare camp:
An animal welfare camp was organised on Monday by a private consumer health care company at Nabha and the Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Punjab Agriculture University at Talwindimalik village, 14 km from here. Medicines free of cost were distributed among farmers.

The local Bar Association observed a strike on Tuesday. The call for the strike was given by the Sangrur Bar Association against the alleged misbehaviour of Ms Kiran Bala, Civil Judge, Malerkotla.

Dalip Singh (75) and Amar Kaur (70) were electrocuted on Monday. Amar Kaur got an electric shock when she accidentally touched a wire of a fan. Her husband too was electrocuted when he rushed to rescue her. Both were cremated on Tuesday.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Para -Medical and Health Employees Union, PHC, Chabal: President — Mr Bacha Singh; Senior Vice-President — Ms Bhupinder Kaur; Secretary — Mr Ravel Singh; and Treasurer — Mr Gurdev Singh.top

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Chandigarh Briefs
Muddy water: Ms Kiran Sharma, a resident of Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, has alleged that she has been getting muddy water for the past over 11 months. Ms Sharma, who sent a bottle of muddy water to The Tribune, alleged that she had been complaining to the authorities but to no avail. Everytime I complained, I got the stock reply that it is was a temporary problem and would be solved when more tubewells were sunk in the area.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Municipal Corporation Employees Union: adviser — Mr PPS Bajaj; president — Mr Ajit Singh; general secretary — Mr Suresh Gill; senior vice-president — Ms Manjit Kaur; vice-presidents — Mr SK Sundriyal and Mr Sushil Kumar; secretary — Mr Kewal Krishan; organising secretary — Mr Som Nath; campaign secretary — Mr Manjit Singh; joint secretaries — Mr Ranjit Singh and Mr Varinder Singh; and treasurer — Mr Mati Raj.top

  Haryana briefs
The following have been elected office-bearers of the local District Bar Association: President — Mr Vicheter Dev Sharma; Vice-President — Mr Mukesh Yadav; Secretary — Mr Gaj Raj Singh Chauhan; Joint Secretary — Mr Mahender Singh Khandelwal; and Treasurer — Mr Kanwer Singh.

Racket busted:
The district police has unearthed a racket involving the withdrawal of Rs 9.88 lakh from the Panipat refinery branch of the State Bank of India with the arrest of three suspects and recovered forged stamps from them.

Mr Ishwar Dutt, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), sentenced Gurmeet Singh, Sadhu Singh and Kaser Singh of Jiwannagar village to a month's imprisonment each and fined them Rs 700 each in a case registered against them under Section 323, 325, and 34, IPC.

Body found: The body of Kaluram Jat (25) was recovered by Ellanabad police outside the Anganwari Centre at Kharisureran village on Tuesday. Madan Lal and Nand Lal of the same village have been arrested on a complaint lodged by Nand Ram, brother of the deceased under Section, 302/ 34, IPC. top

  Himachal Briefs
Engineers' demands:
The zonal body of the IPH Junior Engineers Association which met here on Tuesday called upon the state government to concede their demands without further delay. It expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister and the Irrigation and Public Health Minister for promoting 80 junior engineers to the post of assistant engineers. Earlier the general house elected Mr S.P. Sen as president, Mr R.S. Chandel as General Secretary and Mr C.L. Saini as finance secretary.

Blood donation:
The NSS unit of St. Bede's College organised a blood donation camp on Tuesday. The chief guest on the occasion was Ms Daulat Oberoi, President, AWWA.

Regional potpourri


FOR Sneh Tuli, a doctor from Himachal Pradesh and now settled in Mumbai, it was a proud moment. Her book of poems — "Zindagi-Zindagi" — was released by none other than Ali Sardar Jafri, a noted Urdu poet and Gyanpith award winner.

A painter, a doctor, a poet and a social worker, Sneh is all combined in one.

Ali Sardar Jafri has incidentally written the foreword for the book. Since he was hospitalised and was unable to move, special arrangements were made for release of book at his residence though the official function was scheduled to be held at Mumbai's prestigious Cricket Club of India.

Among those present at the residence of Sardar Jafri were poet Nida Fazli and singer Anup Jalota. He praised this medico-turned-poetess for the simplicity and depth of her verses.

Later, the usual function was held at Cricket Club of India where Nida Fazli, Anup Jalota were joined by elite of Mumbai, including journalists, writers, intellectuals, writers and critics.

Thatched house for storing onions

A thatched house for onion storage has been constructed at the farmhouse of Mr Harjinder Singh Bhutto in Padhri Kalan village of Amritsar district with the guidance of the Horticulture Department.

Onions can be kept for a long time in this hut without it being spoilt, if stored properly.

Dr Pargat Singh, Deputy Director (Horticulture), stated that the cost of construction of this thatched house ranged between Rs 2500 and Rs 3000 and it could store 40 to 50 quintals of onions for four to five months.

The length, breadth and height of the thatched house is 15 ft, 4 ft, and 5 ft respectively. It is lined with bamboo sticks with a roof of cane. As a result, Punjab farmers can make profit during the off-season as onion is harvested in June.

The thatched house can cope with the scarcity of onions in October and provide a remunerative price to farmers. Such thatched houses deserve to be developed in Punjab.

Rare operation on infant

A rare and complicated brain operation has been performed successfully on a two-month-old child at Aggarwal Hospital in Yamunanagar.

The operation was performed on Kaka, son of Mr Ram Singh of Pabni village in the district, when he brought to the hospital in a critical condition. His head was larger in proportion to his body. After investigation, Dr Anil Aggarwal, diagnosed it to be a case of hydrocephalus (a disease in which excessive water keeps collecting inside the brain cavity). Due to excessive pressure inside the brain, the tissue and nerves in it got compressed and the child was unable to see. Besides, his eyes were rolling upwards and he was gasping for breath.

Recognising the grave condition of the child and deciding that he would not be able to reach the PGI, Chandigarh in time, Dr Aggarwal ventured to perform the operation himself. Struggling for hours together, he was able to perform the surgery successfully.

The child is recovering satisfactorily and his eyesight has been restored.

Rare temple architecture

Called the Birla temple of Himachal Pradesh, the Baba Baroh Temple — devoted to Radha Krishna and Nav Durga — is an impressive specimen of architectural beauty at its best. The all-while structure appears like a mini Taj.

The architectural design of the Baroh temple is deceptive. From outside it appears to be a three-piece structure, but inside the temple is one piece with one ground floor and another first floor connected by a staircase. It has three dug-in roof tops. Six giant columns support the structure from side. Two vast columns outside the temple have a flat structure with two small recesses and a heavy wooden gate tastefully lend beauty to the main building.

All round the temple 17 small carvings have been made. The temple has three balconies — each opening towards the three directions of north, east and west. Along with architecture the rare beauty of the temple is in its artistic design. The attractive designs include fish girdles, duck patterns, leaf carvings, lotus representations, sunflower laces and lion-faced images.

(Contributed by Prabhjot Singh Ashwani Dutta and Suman Sachar) top

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