Thursday, March 2, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


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A father-figure of public administration
THE newly appointed acting Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Dr Hoshiar Singh, is considered to be a father-figure in the field of public administration (Public Admn).


Prizes given: The prize distribution function of JCDAV College, was organised here recently. Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, MP, was the chief guest and the function was presided over by Mr R.S. Sharma, vice-president, DAV College Managing Committee. Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra, MLA, was the guest of honour. Mr Channi and Mr Sharma gave away the prizes to students who excelled in academics and co-curricular activities.

Gang busted: The local police claims to have busted a gang of thieves with the arrest of Rajesh, alias Raju, of Ajad Nagar, and Dhian Singh, alias Chidhia, of Sherpur. Some households appliances and gold ornaments have been recovered from them.

Science day: DAV Public School, Kot Kapura, on Monday, celebrated the National Science Day by organising a competition on slogan writing and exhibition of different science models. Over 100 students participated in it. Geetanshu and Shampy of X and IX classes got top positions on nuclear reactor and animal cell competitions respectively.

Camp held: As many as 110 pet dogs were given injections and 10 stray dogs were sterilised in an anti-rabies camp here on Wednesday jointly organised by the District Animal Husbandry Department. Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the camp.

Body found: The body Sunil Kumar, (30) of Valmiki Ashram here was found floating in a pond at Tajpur road near PUDA office on Tuesday. According to sources, on the intervening night of February 23 and 24, he, along with three other co-workers, was sitting near the pond. They were under the influence of alcohol. Sunil reportedly, fell into the pond and drowned.

Eye donation: The Eye Bank, Mansuran, distributed prizes and appreciation certificates to students of various schools in a poster-making and essay competition held here on Tuesday to motivate the people about eye donation. Dr Ramesh, Medical Director of the bank, said more such competitions would be held in future to make the people aware about eye donation.

Laboratory opened: A newly-constructed laboratory was inaugurated here on Tuesday at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology by Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Technical Education Minister, Punjab. BCA students studying in colleges affiliated to Punjab Technical University will be able to get facilities on a par with facilities provided in other states.

NCC camp: The NCC annual training camp was organised here recently under the guidance of Col P S Bedi, Group Commander, NCC, Ludhiana. Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, presided over the function.

Order: The district administration has issued order on that public transport vehicles can ply in this district without escort between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. from March 1 to April 29.

Elected: The following have been elected the office-bearers of the Medical Practitioners Association, Sherpur block. president — Mr Bloar Singh Boparai; senior vice-President — Mr Gurdev Singh, vice-president — Mr Sukhdev Soni, general secretary — Mr Ishar Singh; and finance Secretary — Mr Amarjit Singh.

PCO owners: Resentment prevails among PCO owners against the insistence of the Department of Telecommunication to pay them through drafts against bills exceeding Rs 2,500. The PCO owners here have complained to the Chief General Manager (Telecom), Punjab Circle, Chandigarh, in this regard but to no avail.

Resentment: Resentment prevails among local citizens on account of irregular power supply here. Commercial establishments are suffering losses as power generators have been disconnected by the Punjab State Electricity Board. The people said they were not getting round the clock power supply as promised by the government. Dr Satish Kapoor, president, Citizens Welfare Council, appealed to the government to ensure the regular supply.

Seized: The police has seized 20 bottles of country made liquor from Habib Khan of Jandali village at Ahmedgarh. The bottles were hidden in a bag. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered.

Cattle deaths: Polythene bags in this town have started causing deaths of stray cattle. According to report these polythene bags had been found from the bodies of heads of cattle who had consumed these along with vegetable waste. A physician said here on Wednesday that many heads of cattle had died of suffocation after consuming these bags

No drinking water: The SAD-BJP government, despite its promises has failed to provide drinking water. A large number of villages in this state have intermittent pipe water supply. In several villages 30 per cent of the population had not received drinking water since long as water reservoirs are reportedly lying idle due to mechanical trouble in tubewells. Similarly, the sewerage in majority of towns and villages in the state had not yet been provided. The state government had sanctioned six community centres in Moga district alone during last few years but none of these had so far been constructed due to paucity of funds. A stadium, a mini secretariat and also other projects which had been sanctioned long ago also had not been completed.

Nat samagam: The Democratic Trade Union Front on Tuesday organised a nat samagam here. Artistes of Amritsar Kala Kendra and Adakak Manch SAS Nager, staged five Punjabi plays under the direction of playwright Gursharan Singh and Dr Sahib Singh.

Plan: A master plan to beautify and to provide civic amenities in Nawanshahr and Rahon towns has been prepared. This was stated by Mr Chiranjilal Garg, Law Minister, here on Wednesday. The plan was prepared at a meeting attended by the Presidents and Municipal Councillors of Nawanshahr and Rahon, senior officials of the different departments and prominent citizens.

Beopar Cell: The Samana unit of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Cell has been established and Mr Surinder Kumar Goel has been elected president. Mr Ved Parkash Gupta, state president of the cell along with Mr Chiman Lal Bansal state general secretary, Mr Hardev Singh Balli and Mr Pardeep Mittal elected the office-bearers of the Samana unit. Mr Yash Pal Gupta, Dr Prem Paul, Mr Devraj Goel, Mr Ganesh and Mr Raj Kumar Verma were elected delegate members.

Chief Librarian: Mr Raghbir Singh, Chief Librarian of Musafir Memorial Central State Library relinquished charge on Wednesday, on attaining the age of superannuation. He was working at this post for the past six years. Mr Raghbir Singh served the Punjab Education Department (Higher Education) for about 39-years. The library staff give him a warm send-off.

Medical camp: Youth Science Club Ghanaur, organised a free medical camp at Ghanaur on Wednesday. Dr S.R. Vasat, Scientific Adviser (Ayurvedic) of the Indian Health Department, Dr Manu Vasat, Dr Vandana and Dr Asa Singh examined the patients and distributed free medicines. Red Cross Saket Hospital examined drug addicts and a drug deaddiction exhibition was organised.

Paramedics’ body: The following are the office-bearers of the Punjab Para medical Staff Association for 2000-2001: President — Ms Jagdish Kaur; Senior Vice-President — Mr Nachhittar Singh; Vice-President — Mr Sushil Kumar Mittal; General Secretary — Mr Avinash Kumar Gupta; Joint Secretary — Mr Kulwinder Singh; Cashier — Ms Geeta Rani; and Organising Secretary — Mr Jagdev Singh.

Condemned: Members of the local Bar Association on Tuesday condemned the lathi charge on the protesting lawyers by the Delhi Police on February 24. Mr S.K. Garg, president of the association, said the members had passed a resolution in which the suspension of those who resorted to lathi charge, had been demanded.

Eye camp: Mr Alok Shekhar, Additional Deputy Commissioner, on Tuesday, inaugurated a four-day eye camp being organised by the Lions, Leo and Bathinda Heritage Clubs in the city. Mr Sohan Singh Hans, secretary, Bathinda heritage Club, said, Patients would be checked up by doctors on Thursday and Friday. Operations would also be performed.

Seminar: The Regional Office of the Textiles Commissioner in association with the Textiles Committee, Amritsar, here on Monday organised a seminar on "Consumer awareness on textiles." It was inaugurated by Mr Budhi Raj Singh, local BDPO and Ms Harjit Kaur, Principal of the local SGAD Government College was the chief guest. Mr B.D. Sharma, Assistant Inspecting Officer, Textiles Committee, said the speakers stressed the need to bring awareness about the various provisions in the Consumers Protection Act.


Annual function: The Department of Music, Government College, Sector 46, organised its annual function on Wednesday. Major D.P. Singh, Principal, while presiding over the function, appreciated the talent of the students. The function started with a bhajan. Participants presented various items, including music, dance and songs.The performances were appreciated by the audience.

Dance workshop: The Pracheen Kala Kendra will organise a ten-day workshop for training students in folk dance and tribal dance forms at its complex in Sector 35-B, from March 10. Mr M.L. Koser Secretary-cum-Registrar of the Kendra stated in a press note that they would start enrolment and those interested could contact the between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on any working day.

Gate meeting: On the call of the coordination committee of the Federation of UT Employees and Workers, members of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation Roads Workers Union held a gate meeting in Sector 20 on Tuesday to mobilise workers for the success of the mass dharna to be held on March 7.

RBI Regional Director: Mr Surindra Kumar took over as the Regional Director of the Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday from Mr K. Vijayaraghavan. Prior to his present posting, he was posted as the Regional Director for Jammu and Kashmir.

NSS camp: A one-day NSS camp focussing on Women empowerment was organised by the NSS unit of the college of Nursing, PGI, on Wednesday. A competition was also held. Dr C.L. Narang, Director, NSS Department, Panjab University, visited the college. Dr (Ms) Indarjit Walia highlighted the importance of empowering women and emphasised on maintaining good health, condemning female foeticide and encouraging volunteers to motivate women to work hard and be at a par with men.

Office-bearers:The following have been elected office bearers of the Pfizer Employees Union:president — Mr RS Arora; vice-president — Mr Sudesh Kumar; general secretary — Mr Harish Chakarvarty; joint secretary — Mr Nasib Singh; propaganda secretary — Mr Manoj Sharma; and treasurer — Mr Krishan Gopal.

The office-bearers of the Ghoomer Academy of Arts and Culture are as follows: President — Mr R.D. Garg; Senior Vice-President — Mr Randhir Singh; Vice-President — Mr K.P. Singh and Mr H.S. Sindhir; General Secretary — Ms Suneta Dhariwal; and Treasurer-cum-Joint Secretary — Mr Vijay Singh Godara.


Case registered: A youth, Rajender was allegedly beaten to death by some persons in Puthi village of Hansi subdivision on Tuesday. The police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC against seven persons — Ram Kumar, Raj Singh, Balraj, Ram Niwas, Baljit, Suraj Bhan and Randhir — on the basis of a complaint lodged by the brother of the deceased.

Woman raped: Three persons allegedly raped a married woman in Kapro village in Hansi subdivision of this district on Tuesday. She alleged that Raghubir Singh Guga and another person forcibly entered the house and raped her. The police has registered a case under Section 376 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

Office-bearers: The following have been nominated office-bearers of the managing committee of Saini Public School here for 2000-2003: president — Mr Parmod Kumar Saini; vice-president — Mr Amarjit Singh Saini; general secretary-cum manager — Mr Baldev Singh Saini; joint secretary — Mr Sukhi Ram Bhagal; treasurer — Dr Nirmal Kumar Saini; and auditor — Mr Ishwer Chand Saini.

Refresher course: After inaugurating a UGC-sponsored three-week refresher course on "Recent developments in economic theory and policies", Kurukshetra University Vice- Chancellor, Dr Hoshiar Singh, called upon the participants of the course to look into the various aspects and developments made in the economic field. Dr Hoshiar Singh hoped that during the deliberations, the participants would get more ideas and able to enhance their knowledge on various topics of the course.

Pirated cassettes: Cinema owners throughout Haryana are incurring heavy losses due to screening of pirated video cassettes and video CDs of newly-released movies on cable networks. Despite a high court order of July last year directing the government to strictly enforce the Cinematographic Act and the Copyright Act, the situation remains the same. Mr Sohan Lal Punani, President of the Haryana Cinema Owners Association, said the cable operators throughout the state were violating the laws with impunity and the efforts of the government to check them had left much to be desired.

Arrested: The police has arrested Krisdhan Yadav, Virender Yadav and Sunita Yadav, wife of Virendera Yadav of Maseet village of the district in connection with the murder of R.N. Singh Yadav (40) whose body was recovered from a field on the outskirts of the village on Sunday. It is alleged that the deceased had tried to develop illicit relations with Sunita which led to his murder. the police has registered the case against them.

Held: The police has arrested Ganesh Bihari in connection with the murder of Mohan Disi who was allegedly beaten to death by Ganesh at Bawal on Saturday as Mohan could not return a loan to Ganesh.

Birth anniversary: The three-day Rishi Dayanand jayanti celebrations to mark the birth anniversary of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati, founder of the Arya Samaj, concluded on Tuesday here with a yajna for world peace and prosperity of the country. The former president of the local civic body, Dr Mrs Sudha Bansal, who was the chief guest, paid tributes to Swami Dayanand Saraswati.

Action demanded: The district unit of the Accredited Press Reporters Union, on Wednesday, condemned the alleged threat given to a Gohana-based journalist and urged the State Government to take immediate steps for the security of the mediapersons in the state. It also demanded stern action against the Congress leader who had threatened the journalist with dire consequences if he did not stop the publication of a news items against him.

Best athlete: Ritu was declared the best athlete at the annual prize distribution function of Tikka Ram Girls College here on Tuesday.

Electrocuted: Rajesh (11) was electrocuted to death in his house in Dahiya Colony in the Ram Nagar area here on Tuesday. The boy was playing on the roof of his house when he came in contact with a high-tension electric wire. The death has caused resentment among the residents of the area. They urged the authorities concerned to take immediate steps for the removal of electricity wires passing over the houses of the residents.

Erratic power supply: Industrialists of this city and the Murthal area on Wednesday protested against the erratic power supply and frequent trappings and urged the officials concerned to take steps for improving the power supply. They also demanded regular power supply to their units.

Convention: The Bharatiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal will hold an all-India convention on March 9 in Delhi to consider the problems of the traders and shopkeepers in view of the Essential Commodities Act. A spokesman of the Haryana Vyapar Mandal said here on Wednesday that representatives of the mandal from all districts would take part in this convention.

Probe sought: The Haryana Government is suffering a huge financial loss on account of illegal felling of trees in the district especially in the Ganaur and Gohana areas. People alleged that some officials of the Forest Department were in league with unscrupulous contractors and individuals in this racket. An inquiry is likely to expose the misdeeds of the officials, they added.

Rally: Employees of various government departments held a rally here on Tuesday in connection with the demands day. The leaders of various government employees unions criticised the anti-employee attitude of Haryana Government. The union leaders also appealed to the employees to take part in the proposed nation-wide rally being organised on March 6 in the Capital.Top


75 pc attendance: Students with less than 75 per cent attendance in colleges would not be allowed to take part in the examinations. This was stated by Education Minister Ishwar Dass Dhiman, while addressing students and staff of Din Dayal Kanya Mahavidyalya, Barsar on Tuesday. He said Rs 126 crore would be spent during next three years for the construction of 13,612 rooms for primary schools in the state. Computer education would be started in 360 schools of the state.

No water supply: The Vivekananda Vihar locality here has not been supplied drinking water for the past fortnight as the Jogipur Nathered Water Supply system has failed since February 14. Dr Ajay Shrivastava and Mr P.K.Raina, members of the Vivekananda Vihar Development Committee, said the committee had approached officers of the department concerned in this regard but to no avail.

Challaned: The police has challaned 30 tractors near Nalagarh on Monday for violating the Mining Act. Mr K.C. Chaman, SDM, Solan, along with police team, raided the Kashmiri Khud and Sarsa Khud and challaned the vehicles, who were allegedly loading stones and bazari from the khuds.

Lockout in factory:
The lockout declared in Samtel India entered the tenth day on Wednesday. Workers continued their dharna, outside the gate and shouted slogans against the management. As per the management, production had been resumed in the factory. The management also claimed that some workers had joined duty. On the other hand, workers claimed that no worker had joined duty. They alleged that the management was harassing them and threatening women workers. The workers also alleged that the management had refused to talk to their leaders.


A father-figure of public administration

THE newly appointed acting Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Dr Hoshiar Singh, is considered to be a father-figure in the field of public administration (Public Admn). He has many firsts to his credit in teaching this subject in different institutions and universities.

Dr Hoshiar Singh, who had taken over from Dr M.L. Ranga, is the founder-Chairman of the university's Department of Public Administration.

With teaching experience of 30 years, Dr Hoshiar Singh has brought new dimension to teaching of public administration in Kurukshetra University. So far, he is credited with coaching 20 Ph.D students in the subject. This is considered a significant number for a high and calibre teacher.

Known for his frugal habits and quiet nature, Dr Hoshiar Singh had coached at least 25 M.Phil students at this university.

Impressed with his achievements in teaching, Dr Hoshiar Singh was bestowed the 'Man of the Year -1995' award by the American Biographic Institute, North Carolina (USA). Besides, he had been all-India president of the Indian Public Administration Association from 1995 to 1998. A widely travelled academician, the acting VC was selected as an Indo-French Cultural Exchange Fellow in 1995.

At Kurukshetra University where he has taught for about 16 years, Dr Hoshiar Singh has worked as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences from 1986 to 1989. He had also been on the Executive Council, the Establishment Committee, as well as Academic Council of the university. He has also headed the Public Administration Department in the University of Rajasthan and has been on different committees and boards in the universities of Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jodhpur, Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Magadh, Sambalpur and Jivaji.

Teacher honoured

Mr Panjab Singh Rana, Principal of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Fatehgarh Churian (Punjab), has been given the national award for meritorious service in education. Mr Rana was born in Chobin village on September 11, 1956 in Baijnath tehsil of Palampur district and did his graduation from Government College, Mandi, and completed his post graduation (M.Sc.) from HP University, Shimla. He joined as a teacher for the first time in Sainik School, Sujanpur Tira, in Hamirpur district.

Later, he was selected a Principal of Navodaya Vidyalaya, Hamirpur, Mr Rana also served in many other institutions. He has written a number of books highlighting the performance of these vidyalayas in the country. Dr Murli Manohar Joshi recently honoured him with the award.

Sight to left eye restored

For Mr K.A.H. Subramanian, Bihar’s Secretary for Revenue and Rehabilitation, it was nothing short of a miracle. He had come to Amritsar with prayers on his lips.

Talking to newsmen here at Circuit House along with Dr Indu Ravijit Singh and her husband, Dr Ravijit Singh, both of Dr Daljit Singh Eye Hospital, explained his trauma of being totally blind in the left eye for the past four months due to rheumatism, arthritis and joint pains, for over several years.

This had led to a fall in the production of tears, leading to dryness of eyes. This defect had led to corneal ulcer in his left eye in 1997. The senior IAS officer said with great effort of the doctors in Patna and later in Chennai, the ulcer was healed but unfortunately the treatment left a scar as a result of which he could not see at all. To his predicament, the doctors declared his left eye blind, which caused immense pain and personal trauma, he added.

Although, Mr Subramanian added that his right eye was normal but as luck could have it, he developed complication in the right eye too in October. The ulcer was detected, but it failed to heal in spite of best medical treatment in top hospitals in Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai. His misery continued.

For more than three months, the doctors used grafting methods and also transplanted tissues but fail to restore his eye sight. But when he had lost all hope, through sheer grace of the providence he was referred to Dr Daljit Singh Eye Hospital, which had done pioneering work in artificial cornea transplantation. The virtually blind IAS officer made a dash to the holy city on February 20 after getting an appointment.

The doctor couple thoroughly examined his left eye which had been found to have some vision through ultra sound. He was operated upon the next day. When his bandage was removed on the evening of February 22, the world came alive as his wife, who was present besides him, had tears in her eyes. He blessed the doctors, and visited the Golden Temple to offer prayers for restoring his vision.

Later, the two doctors said their hospital had been performing artificial transplantation of the cornea for over 15 years, and found it was possible to cure a damaged cornea through grafting. More than 2000 such operations with almost total success had been performed at the hospital. Besides, the holy city, there were about six centres in Europe, besides US cities.

A large number of patients also come from Africa owing to excessive moisture, the tears go dry resulting development of ulcer leading to the cornea getting affected, Dr Ravijit Singh added.

Contributed by K G Dutt, Ravinder Sood and Ashok Sethi.Top

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