|Thursday, April 20, 2000,
ARRESTED: Paramjit Singh, alias Pammi of Patti village, has been arrested at Handowal village on a charge of possessing 4 kg of poppy husk.
TWO HELD: The police on Monday arrested Balwinder Kumar of Pathankot and Gobind Kumar of Sarna village on a charge of theft of scooters. According to Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, two scooters have been recovered from their possession and a case under Sections 379 and 34, IPC, has been registered.
FLOOD CONTROL: Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over a meeting of the district flood control committee here on Tuesday directed the drainage officials to identify sensitive sites for undertaking flood protection measures in the district. The Punjab Government has released Rs 53 lakh in this regard for the district. The committee decided to desilt the nullahas and construction of bridges over drains to assure smooth flow of water.
OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Harbans Theatre Lane Residents Welfare Association: President Mr Pran Sabharwal; General Secretary Mr K.K. Mehta; and Treasurer Mr Surinder Kapoor.
ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab Government Ayurvedic Teachers Association: Patron Dr I.C. Singla; President Dr Ashwani Kumar; Senior-Vice- President Dr Adarsh Kumar; Vice-President Dr Sadhna Sharma; General Secretary Dr V.K. Rehni; Joint Secretary Dr N.D. Vashisht; and Finance Secretary Dr Rakesh Pathak.
NOMINATED: Dr S.S. Vithal, a homoeopathic physician from Khanna, has been nominated the National Vice-President of the Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physicians. He has also been selected a member of the editorial board of The Rational Medicine, the official publication of the association.
WEBSITE: A website for chartered accountants IndianCA.org was launched on Wednesday. The website will give an opportunity to CAs to introduce themselves to their prospective clients the world over. Non-practising CAs can get employment information from all over the world.
ARDAS SAMAGAM: A special ardas samagam will be held at the Sector 34 Gurdwara Sri Guru Teg Bahadur on Thursday. According to Maj N.S. Rangi, President of the gurdwara committee bhog and kirtan will also be held.
TEACHERS UNION: Mr Sudish Sharma and Mr M.S. Sekhon have been elected President and Secretary of the DAV College Teachers Union, respectively. Other office-bearers are: Vice-President Dr A.S. Mathur; Joint Secretary Mr Anil Sarwal; and Finance Secretary Mr H.C. Sharma.
MANCH: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Sector 37-C Mahila Jagriti Manch: Chairperons Ms Kamlesh Rani; Vice-Chairperson Ms Balbir Kaur; President Ms Motia Rani; Vice-President Ms Raj Rani; General Secretary Ms Gulshan Sharma; Secretary Ms Surender Sikka and Auditor Ms Geeta Rani.
BONUS: Mr J.C. Bubber, General Manager (HRD) of Punjab Akalis and Chemicals, in a letter to Mr Rajan Puri, President, Employees Union of Naya Nangal unit, on Wednesday conveyed the decision of payment of balance bonus and ex-gratia for 1998-99, along with the salary for April.
Cops long haul to get justice
RAJPAL SINGH, Additional Superintendent of Police at Sonepat, had to overcome many difficulties and fight a long legal battle to get the Indian Police Service (IPS) rank from the government.
While working as an Inspector of police in 1987, Mr Rajpal Singh was entrusted with the investigation of the massacre of 36 innocent bus passengers by terrorists near Daryapur village in Fatehabad district of Haryana. This assignment involved a high risk to his life as he had to raid the hideouts of terrorists in the disturbed areas of Punjab. However, he succeeded in arresting the culprits who had carried big cash rewards on their head.
In recognition of his actions, the President of India awarded him a police medal for gallantry and the state government promoted him to the rank of the DSP on February 8, 1988. But when he was due for promotion as SP on March 31, 1998, he faced the wrath of the then Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, and the state government deliberately did not convene a meeting of the selection committee to consider his name for elevation to the IPS cadre. He took recourse to law and filed a case with the Central Administrative Tribunal, seeking a direction to the state government to convene the meeting of the selection committee. The tribunal then directed the state government to convene the said meeting which was not relished by Mr Bansi Lal. Mr Rajpal Singh got a review petition filed against the said order but that was dismissed. His problems did not stop there.
Mr Rajpal Singh then knocked at the door of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, where the state government suffered a defeat. In order to stop him from getting the IPS rank, efforts were not only made to change his seniority but his ACR was also made unfavourably and a criminal case registered against him.
However, Mr Rajpal Singh did not lose courage and he challenged the state governments action in the High Court, which quashed the proceedings. Thereafter, the court order was challenged by the state government in the Supreme Court. The apex court directed the state government to convene a meeting of the selection committee as directed by CAT on an application of contempt of court filed by Mr Rajpal Singh against the Chief Minister. The state government then convened a meeting of the said committee on May 26 last year.
To complicate matters, the state government withheld Mr Rajpal Singhs integrity certificate. Thereupon, Mr Rajpal Singh again approached the tribunal which directed the selection committee to consider the name of Mr Rajpal Singh for promotion without the said certificate. The selection committee recommended his promotion and ultimately the Union Ministry of Home Affairs issued necessary notification for his elevation to the IPS.
The maxim God sees the truth, but waits has come true in Mr Rajpal Singhs case.
A school with a difference
A new state-of-art day boarding school is coming up in healthy and clean rural environs at Bondli, near Samrala. Sponsored by the Jagir Singh Charitable Trust, the foundation stone of the school building was laid by none other than Sant Tirath Singhji Sewa Panthi, the 12th head of the Bhai Kanahiya Sect, which runs 28 schools, seven colleges and several health care centres and hospitals.
Sant Tirath Singh, while lauding the efforts of the Jagir Singh Charitable Trust in starting this modern public school in a rural area, also donated Rs 1 lakh for the project.
Mr Jagir Singh of Madpur village, who started his career as a school teacher, has donated his property for charitable purposes. Up to now he has donated more than Rs one crore for various charities, including funding of brilliant students for their higher education in medicine, engineering, besides helping poor and needy patients.
The school on an eight-acre campus will have sports as a compulsory subject. Among the sports advisers of the managing committee of the school are national coach of the US hockey team, Mr Shiv Jagday, national coach of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic team, Mr Sukhvir Singh Grewal, and an experienced cricket coach, Mr Mohinder Singh Pannu.
The campus is being designed by a famous architect, Mr Charanjit Singh of Chandigarh, while Mr G.S. Gill, an engineer has volunteered to look after the engineering works.
The faculty of the school will be highly qualified NRIs who have worked in the field of education. The management has decided that all children admitted to the school will be medically examined. The school is being named after Max Arthur Macauliffe, who sacrificed his post in India and became the first British scholar to translate the Adi Granth Sahib.
Teaching in the school will be through playway and Montessori methods, says Mr Devinder Singh Benepal, an official spokesman of the trust. The school will have audio-visual aids, computer labs, lush green playfields, a swimming pool and gym. The total cost of the project will be Rs 2.5 crore.
The trust also proposes to have a library in the name of Bhai Kanahiya, a nursing home in memory of Bibi Ajaib Kaur and a computer centre to commemorate Mr Gurdev Singh, a former Mr Punjab and a human rights activist.
Dr D.S. Thakur, a Ph.D in Acupuncture Science from Hong Kong, is holding a month-long acupuncture camp at Civil Lines in Hoshiarpur. He has been running a clinic at Dhalpur in Kulu for the past seven years.
He diagnoses ailments with the help of a computer. He touches computer-connected electric acupuncture rods to the palms. As he touches different points the patient experiences mild jerks. It indicates that the part is malfunctioning. He not only diagnoses the ailment but also predicts future complications. He pricks needles in the nerves of the affected part and connects the needles to a special power instruments which supplies vital power to the ailing part.
Dr Thakur also treats patients with herbs. He claims that he has cured patients of chronic diseases, including cervical spondylitis, polio, asthma, arthritis, diabetes, blood pressure and paralysis.
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