Friday, August 4, 2000,
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New management panel for Arya school
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Aug 3 — The Arya Vidya Parishad, Punjab, has dissolved the management committee of the local Arya Boys Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines. It has appointed a three-member committee for the time being to run the affairs of the school.

The committee headed by the administrator, Mr Anil Sareen, and advisers namely Mr Sarabjeet Sharma and Mr Navdeep Bharadwaj joined the office here today. They also held a meeting with school staff.

The entire 16-member committee will be announced shortly. According to a press note released by Mr B.K. Verma, Principal of the school, the President of the parishad through powers vested in him under clause 10(f) read with clause 10 (b) and 10 (c) of rules of the constitution of the parishad has dissolved the managing committee headed by Dr Ramesh Gupta with immediate effect.

It was further stated that the school bank accounts would be operated by Mr Anil Sareen along with the Principal of the school. This arrangement has been made till the formation of new management committee of the school. According to the note, the President reserves the right to remove or replace or suspend any or all constituents of this arrangement as and when he decides.

In the meeting the problems of the school were discussed and the required measures to solve these problems were also decided.Back


Vet students’ stir enters second day
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Aug 3 — The strike called by the veterinary students entered the second day today. Students boycotted the classes and held a rally.

The gathering was addressed by Sandeep Gupta, Amarjit Singh, Deepak Minhas, Kuljant Singh, Anita and Rupinderjit.

The speakers’ condemned the state government for its negative attitude towards the genuine demands of the veterinarians. It was decided that the agitation would be intensified if the state government showed reluctance in implementing the IVC-Act, 1984, and filling of vacant posts of veterinarians in near future. A five-member team was selected to attend a meeting with the Minister of Animal Husbandry and Director Animal Husbandry scheduled to be held on August 8 at 11 a.m., in Chandigarh. 


Summons issued in operation case
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Aug 3 — A district court here has issued summons to the Punjab Governmen,t through its Secretary Health, the Civil Surgeon and the Senior Medical Officer here, in connection with an appeal filed by Ms Champa Devi, a resident of Janakpuri here, against the judgement and decree passed by a lower court.

The complainant had appealed to the court that the lower court had decided against her demand of compensation from the government for a failed family planning operation. In her appeal, she claimed that she was a mother of three children and she got a tubectomy performed at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana in 1991. She was also given Rs 185 towards the expenses and a blanket by the government in perusal of its policy to popularise family planning operations.

She was also issued a certificate, for having undergone tubectomy, under the signature of the Civil Hospital Senior Medical Officer. She was assured that she would not conceive in the future. In February, 1992, she got pregnant. After delivering a male child, she appealed to a lower court for compensation from the government on account of gross negligence.Back


Finance firm told to pay relief
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Aug 3 — The District Consumer Redressal Forum today directed PSB Finance and Investment Ltd, Chandigarh, and its branch office Jagraon, through its manager, to refund all matured fixed deposit receipts amounting to Rs 2.5 lakh along with compensation and interest to Mr Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Sidhwan Bet village in this district.

According to the orders the consumer had complained to the forum that he had invested money in the fixed deposit schemes of the finance company. However, the company did not refund the amount on due dates and the total money due from the company kept on accumulating.

The company in its reply before the forum said that in view of the directions of the Reserve Bank of India, the company was not permitted to accept fresh deposits and was paying the depositors out of the recoveries from the earlier investments.

According to the orders the company had admitted the claim of the complainant and had agreed to pay 35 per cent of the due amount within a week. The undertaking was given on July 7 this year but the company has still not deposited the amount.

Holding the company responsible, the forum said as it has not been able to make the payment of any FDRs in spite of the maturity, there is a deficiency in service on its part. The forum directed the company to pay Rs 5000 on account of deficiency and Rs 1000 on account of costs within one month of the receipt of orders.


Modest hands make mighty gods

The beautiful mirror covered “palkies” for temples and beautifully painted images of gods and goddesses of all kinds is the work of a modest man, Kishore Kumar.

Kishore Kumar hails from a small village of Gram Maroth, in Rajasthan. At present, he is an extremely sought after man. Before Janamashtmi, he has to complete a series of paintings depicting the life of Lord Krishna. At the same time he has to complete images of Durga Mata for another temple. Painting these images on glass needs meticulous planning and perfect execution.

Kishore Kumar’s father was a master craftsman, and he started training his son when he was just nine years old. He taught him all the finer points of image making and painting. Three generations of Kishore’s family have been in this business of serving god in their own way.

How do I make such beautiful images? I first draw the image of a god or a goddess on paper. After that I trace it on plain glass. I colour the images according to the colour scheme I have thought of. I use both oil and water colours. After the images are complete, I cut the extra glass with a special knife called ‘kalam’. Then I fix it on the wall with the help of plaster of paris.”

“But before I fix the image, I draw the entire scene on the wall. After the image is fixed, I start putting hexagonal coloured glasses according to the requirement. For example, I use red colour glasses for flowers and green ones for the leaves. I use dark and light blue pieces of glasses for the sky. These are also fixed on the wall with plaster of paris.” The plaster of paris stays on the wall for 50-60 years.

“I have been working for nearly four decades. So I know every little thing about putting small mirrors on walls,and making them stay there”, he says.

When asked how much money he managed to earn, he replied, “I only make around Rs 5,000. I miss my family for I work for five to six months in towns far away from my house. So I do get home sick.”

To the question that whether he would like his son to follow his profession?”, he said.

“I do not know. My son is only five years old and I have left all my decisions on Durga Mata. By her grace everything will work out fine.” — A.A.


Probe ordered into octroi case
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Aug 3 — The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr S. R. Kaler, has called upon the officers to ensure that all the grievances raised in the sangat darshan programme are solved in a time-bound manner.

Presiding over the weekly sangat darshan programme here today, Mr Kaler said responsibility would be fixed for solving the problems of people. He warned in case of any delay the responsible officials would be taken to task.

The ADC asked the revenue officials to ensure that all the encroachments on the common land in various villages were removed urgently so that the panchayats did not have to suffer any losses.

He also ordered an inquiry into the complaint by some people from Raikot regarding interference by some Municipal Corporation employees into the process of privatisation of octroi. The enquiry would be conducted by the Deputy Director of the Local Bodies.

Mr Kaler directed the officials of the drainage department to ensure that all drains were cleared in view of the rainy season. He said clearing process should be done on war footing.

About 30 complaints were listed today and most of them were disposed off on the spot. The ADC asked the officials that the remaining complaints should be disposed off till the next sangat darshan programme.

Among others the sangat darshan was attended by Mr Kuldeep Singh, SDM (East), Mr Sandeep Hans, SDM Samrala, Ms Anita Darshi and Mr Harjinder Singh, Joint Commissioner Municipal Corporation.

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