|Thursday, July 20, 2000,
AIDS CONFERENCE: Dr Ravi Saini of the Department of Skin has been invited to attend the 13th World Conference on AIDS to be held at Durban this week. Dr Saini, who has done research on AIDS and other related problems, would present his papers on the work done for truck drivers. He was the founder of the AIDS Awareness Group sponsored by the British Council to educate truck drivers.
TRIBUTES PAID: Rich tributes were paid to Havildar Baldev Raj, who laid down his life during the Kargil war, on his first death anniversary at his native village, Binewal, 12 km from here. The Excise and Taxation Minister, Mr Tikshan Sood, who was present on the occasion, said the government honoured the sacrifices made by the martyrs and it was our duty to remember them. Others who paid tributes included SGPC member Jang Bahadur Singh, Block Samiti Chairman Surinder Singh Thekedar, BJP leaders Avinash Rai Khanna and Hans Raj Nakra, CPM leaders Darshan Singh Mattoo and Raghunath Singh.
INSTALLED: The following were installed as office bearers of the local Inner Wheel Club at a function held here on Monday: president Mr Prem Gupta; vice-president Mr Gajinder Koundal, secretary Neelam Mahant; joint secretary Roopa; and treasurer Reena Saraf.
ETT COURSE: The Punjab Students Union has condemned the policy to close down the ETT and B.Ed courses in Punjab for five years as stated by the Education Minister of Punjab. In a press note issued here on Tuesday, Mr Gurmukh Singh Mann, district committee member, said the Punjab Government was depriving the students of their rights. He said the government should draft a policy to eradicate unemployment in the state.
LOCAL CALLS: The Telecommunications Department has made all calls made within a radius of 50 km local with effect from Tuesday. Giving this information, a department official said here on Tuesday that now local subscribers would be able to connect with Ludhiana, Nakodar, Jalandhar, Nawanshahr and Phagwara, and subscribers of Phagwara with Ludhiana, Nakodar, Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Una in Himachal Pradesh at local charges
RESULTS AWAITED: With the date of submission of forms ending on July 17, those students who had appeared for the M.Sc entrance test of Panjab University faced a predicament as their results have not been declared. A delegation of these students led by the ABVP met the DUI and the Registrar and submitted a memorandum to this effect.
DEBATE: A debate on Strict family planning measures : a key to population stabilisation was organised by Kendriya Vidayalaya here on Wednesday. The winning teams would be participating in a competition to be held at 3BRD, KV, and the best team would be representing the Chandigarh region at the KVS national competitions.
SEMINAR: A seminar on Strengthening primary education in Patiala Block III will be held on July 23 in Vir Haqiqat Rai Senior Secondary School, Rajpura Colony under the aegis of the Nishkam Sikh Welfare Council, New Delhi. Mr Harnam Singh Bajaj, DEO (Primary Education), will preside over the seminar.
OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Anglican Church Welfare Society. Chairman Rev Javed Massey; President Rev Fazal Masih ; Secretary Ashwani Kumar; Joint Secretary Lawrance Malik; Treasurer Bahadur Singh; Organising Secretary Elvin Patras; and executive members Ved Prakash, Gulzar Masih, Maqbool Masih, Edina Joseph, Rajan Yousef and Dropti Masih
Keeping in view the forthcoming elections of the
Municipal Council for ward 9 and gram panchayat ward 8 on
July 2, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Surendra Kumar Monga
has imposed Section 144 of the Cr PC in the city during
the elections. A communique by the DC here on Wednesday
said that no explosive was to be carried in the city till
the elections were over. Not more than five people were
allowed to be seen within a range of 300 metres near the
BEL Factory, Sector 14, which is a polling station.
IN-LAWS HELD: In a dowry harassment case, the police on Monday arrested Sarver, husband of Sunita, a resident of the local Loco Colony, her father-in-law Baldev Singh and brother-in-law Neel Kamal. According to police sources, Sunita, had filed an application in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate in which she had alleged that her in-laws harassed and tortured her for bringing insufficient dowry following which a case was registered.
POPPY SEIZED: The district police arrested Pritam Singh, Bitu and Surjit Singh of Rohar village in the district on Monday for selling poppy husk and seized 120 kg of poppy from them. A police spokesman said Shailander, Major Singh, Nishan Singh and Baldev Singh, residents of Rohar village, were also involved in the trade of poppy husk. He said a case had been registered against the four but they were absconding.
Wrestler cops phenomenal rise
The saying pluck is better than luck has proved true in the case of Mr Jagrup Singh Rathee, Additional Superintendent of Police, Sonepat. He is one of the few police officers who has reached the highest police cadre of the country. He joined the Haryana Police as a constable in 1967 and found the job challenging. But he set his eyes on the highest post. Hard work, devotion of duty and sincerity of purpose ultimately helped him in his elevation to the IPS cadre.
Mr Rathee belongs to a family of wrestlers. He got inspiration for wrestling from his father, Mr Daryao Singh, a famous wrestler of the region. His grandfather, Mr Sultan Singh, too, was a wrestler of repute. Mr Rathee joined the akhara of the famous wrestler, Master Chandgi Ram, in 1963. During his college days (1963-67), he participated in the inter-university wrestling matches. In 1968, he won the national championship and retained the title for 12 successive years till 1979. He won gold medals at Salem (TN) and New Zealand. He represented India at the Munich Olympics in 1972. In 1983 he made his mark as a wrestler in the world wrestling championship held in Teheran and got the fourth position. In 1975, he defeated the Asian team and again won a gold medal.
Mr Rathee acted as a chief coach for the Indian wrestling team, which participated in the Olympics held in Los Angeles. He was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 1974. In 1982, he was given the Bhim Award by the state government and by the former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal for his best performance in wrestling. (See photo).
Even now Mr Rathee finds time from his busy schedule and guides budding wrestlers. He never misses any wrestling match held in this district and encourages wrestlers. He advises them to shed the fear that participation in this sport affects studies. He quotes his own example and says that the games instil a sense of confidence, and discipline, so essential for the all-round development of the personality.
Cadets bring laurels
Another milestone in the history of Himachal Pradesh NCC (Air Wing) was set when four of its cadets came out with flying colours at the Air Force Attachment Camp this year with the IAFs 34 Wing.
These boys, Atishaye Vashisht, Atul Katyayen, Deepak Thakur and Pankaj Gaur, had successfully completed the course and brought honours to their college in Kulu.
While appreciating the four cadets of his unit, Wing Commander R.K. Tripathi, Commanding Officer, H.P. NCC, was hopeful of their achievements in every field as they were disciplined and smart cadets of the local unit at the Government College here.
It was learnt that the college NCC unit was reactivated by Wg Cdr Tripathi, who could manage to arrange training to the cadets in gliding, power flying, paratrooping, mountaineering and many more fields. It was for the first time that the annual training camp was organised under his guidance at the transit base of the Indian Army supplies at Solang on the Manali-Leh highway. Another camp is proposed to be held at Bhuntar, near Kulu.
He pointed out that there was enough potential in youth of the area; the only need was to tap it and give it a direction.
Deformity fails to deter her
Varinder Kaur (19) struck by polio since she was one and a half years old but has a remarkable urge to stand on her own two feet, despite the affliction that has deformed her torso, her arms and hands. She has performed well as an artist whether on fabric, canvas or glass paintings.
Belonging to a poor farmers family of seven children from Rathania village, the All-India Womens Conference ( AIWC) took her under its wing providing her free accommodation, meals and a chance to learn painting at the short stay home of the centre.
Ms Vinni who is in charge of the centre, says despite Varinders disability she not only has a good hand in painting but also helps others around. It is indeed creditable that this frail girl can pick up buckets of water, do the cooking using the datar to cut vegetables besides looking after her daily chores.
Varinder has created 30 paintings in four months as also decorating earthen pots with plaster of Paris, flowers, birds, and other motifs with her right hand assisting the left one. Many of her works on fabric can be applied on to garments.
She is trying her hand at making cards that could be sold at the AIWC to supplement her income.
The AIWC is garnering the support of the official sponsor for painting material to conduct a painting workshop-cum-competition at her village and help to establish her as a painting tutor in her village.
But Varinder, who has completed her 10+2, has set her sights high. She wants to be a computer professional. Her dedication and capabilities to draw precisely has convinced the AIWC president, Mrs Ranjit Chatha, and Executive Officer, Mrs Rajni Bhrany, to give her the chance to learn computers free of charge at the AIWC computer centre.
Varinder says she is not finding much difficulty in handing computer keys.
Dr Gargi Bhatia, performing honorary service at the centre, examined her and concluded that indeed there was Russian treatment technique which could improve 80 per cent of the deformed condition. The treatment would cost up to Rs 30,000.
Meanwhile, Varinder , who is more interested in a career than in getting married, is elated at the news as she diligently busies herself painting a beautiful picture of birds and flowers, hopeful of capturing the sunshine and butterflies in her life someday.
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