Thursday, August 24, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S



BLOOD TEST CAMP: A blood group testing camp was organised by the NSS unit of the Law Department of Guru Nanak Dev University for preparing a blood donors’ directory here on Tuesday. Dr R.S. Bawa, Registrar of the university, inaugurated the camp. About 400 persons got their blood group tested.

HELD: Des Raj, a resident of Patel Nagar, Malout, was arrested on Sunday and 210 kg of poppy husk was seized from him during a naka on the Raikot road near Sanghera village. Balwinder Singh and Baljinder Singh of Kutianwali village, Muktsar district, were also arrested in this connection. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

APPEALED: In a press statement issued here on Tuesday, Mr S.K. Gupta, President, District Congress Committee, appealed to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, to build up pressure at the international level for restoring the democratic government of the deposed Prime Minister of Fiji, Mr Mahendra Chaudhri. He also asserted that the Union Government should take steps to safeguard the interests of non-resident Indians (NRIs) in different Asian and European countries.

ARMY CAMP: An Army recruitment camp for Mazhabi and Ramdasia Sikhs from Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur and Patiala districts was organised at the local Mata Gujri School on Tuesday. Mr S Sudan, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the camp. Capt Kesar Singh, Deputy Director, Sainik Welfare Branch Recruitment Officer, Patiala, was also present. More than 2,000 youths came for recruitment.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Laboratory Technicians Association: president—Mr Kulwant Singh; senior vice-president— Mr Sudhir Alexander; vice-president—Mr Inder Paul Lamba; general secretary—Mr Daljit Rai; joint secretary Mr Boota Mal, and treasurer—Mr Ahasan Ullah Beg.

TREATMENT PLANT: The Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board has started a Rs 7.52 crore project at Mohgowal village to save 10 villages from the pollution caused by effluents of the city. This was stated by Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, here on Tuesday. He said the plant was being installed to treat the sewage and make it fit for irrigation and fish farming.

RAIDED: On a tip-off the Station House Officer of the Sadar police station raided a room of Sunil Kumar and Suresh Kumar, sons of Badari Nath, resident of the Joshian Wali Gali Committee, at Chohal village on Tuesday midnight and seized 1,056 bottles of country-made foreign liquor and a Maruti van. Both men escaped under the cover of darkness while their employer Shahrukh Khan was arrested.

MEMORANDUM: Residents of Urban Estate, Phase-I here are up in arms against the indifference of the PUDA authorities towards the problems of the area. In a memorandum submitted to Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Punjab, here on Monday, Urban Estate Welfare Society representatives alleged that PUDA officers were issuing notices for resumption of plots, houses, demolition, etc. Most of these notices were unsigned. 

TREE PLANTATION CAMP: Mr G.S.Grewal, Deputy Commissioner, Ropar will inaugurate a tree plantation camp at Maharaja Ajj Sarovar here on Friday. Lions Club Kharar and Rotary Club Kharar will be extending their assistance to the programme. 

PROCESSION: A colourful procession was taken out here on Wednesday in connection with the Janamashtmi celebrations. The procession was arranged by Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Committee, Kharar. 

WARNED: The local Municipal Committee on Wednesday, appealed to the local traders not to place their goods meant for sale on municipal land outside their shops and asked the rehri walas not to stand on the road sides. The traders have been warned that the goods placed on the municipal land would be acquired by the municipal staff.

ARYA SAMAJ: The local Arya Samaj organised a “Veda prachar and jan sampark abhiyan” from August 15 to 23 here. Yajnas were performed in different localities. Lectures on the importance of Vedas and Vedic sanskriti were delivered and Vedic literature was distributed. The concluding function was organised at Arya Samaj Mandir on Wednesday.

CYCLE YATRA: The “Akhand Bharat Yuva Cycle Yatra”, which reached here on Monday, was given a warm reception. A cultural programme was also organised at Banga. Mr Alwan Masih, regional coordinator of the Nehru Yuva Kendra, told mediapersons that the yatra was flagged off on August 14 from New Delhi by Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister of Sports and Youth Welfare. Twentyfive youth belonging to seven states are participating in the yatra to spread the message of peace, unity and integrity.

SEMINAR: With a view to creating awareness among students about various educational and vocational avenues after passing their senior secondary examination, the Educational and Vocational Guidance Bureau in collaboration with the Education, Employment and Industries Departments organised a seminar at Doaba Arya Senior Secondary School here on Monday. More than 250 students participated. Lectures on career planning, were delivered.

SHIFTING: The Harbans Theatre Lane Residents Welfare Association and other neighbouring colonies have lodged a strong protest against the non-shifting of a gas godown located in the thickly populated Harbans Theatre lane. The residents have alleged that the Gas godowns owner was flouting the orders of the Deputy Commissioner of not to distribute gas cylinders at public places and to shift gas godowns out of residential areas. The residents are scheduled to meet the Deputy Commissioner and appraise him of the situation. 

TOURNAMENT: Star Eleven beat NICS Academy (A) by 88 runs in the ‘Club-16’ cricket trophy league match played at the Budha Dal Cricket Academy (BDCA) sports complex here today. Brief Scores: Star Eleven: 168 for 4 (Shiv Kumar 63, Rahul Sharma 27, Mandeep Singh 23 n.o, Harjyot 1 for 13, Tanmeet Singh 1 for 33) NICS Academy (A): 80 all out (Gurmeet Sahni 28, Rahul Sharma 3 for 10, Karandeep 2 for 10)

FOUR KILLED: Gurnam Singh, his wife Jaspal Kaur, and Parmjit Kaur were killed when the van in which they were travelling collided head- on with a truck in the Behram Banga area on Tuesday in another incident, a scooterist, Balbir Singh was knocked to death by a bus near Naura village on the Banga-Garshankar road.

14.20 CRORE GRANT: The Punjab Government has issued a grant of Rs 14.20 crore to the District Planning and Development Board, Ropar. This information was given by Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Minister for Urban Development and Housing, Punjab, during a meeting of the Board held here on Tuesday. The meeting was also attended by three ministers Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Master Tara Singh Ladal, State Minister for Education, and Bibi Satwant Kaur Sandhu, Minister for Printing and Stationery.

BODY FOUND: The Chahal police has found the body of an unidentified youth at Kot Dharm Chand Kalan village. It was apparently thrown from a truck and crushed. A case under Section 30 (2), 201, 34 of the IPC has been registered.


PRESENTATION: Mangal Dhillon, renowned film and TV actor, will make a presentation on ‘Art, culture, heritage and tourism’ being organised by the Institute of Tourism and Future Management Trends (ITFT) on Thursday. The lecture and presentation will be held at the ITFT campus in SCO numbers 1, 2 and 3, level III, opposite RBI Building, Sector 17 D. Later on Friday, the actor will also address the press with a view to counter statements issued by the Department of Information and Public Relations, which were published in various newspapers. 

FREE COACHING: Sikh Missionary College will provide free coaching to needy students of class X and XII. Entrance test for the coaching will be conducted on September 3, while the classes will start from September 5 onwards. For class X, coaching will be provided in English, mathematics and science, while for class XII, coaching will be given in the subjects of physics, chemistry, biology and commerce. These classes, says Mr Gurbir Singh, Incharge of the Chandigarh Circle, are being organised from the past 6 years in association with the Managing Committee of Gurudwara Sahib, Sector 34-D.Admission forms will be available in the office of Sikh Missionary College, Sector 34-D 

HAILED: Chandigarh Pradesh Valmiki Sabha has thanked the Parliament for passing the 88th Constitution Amendment Bill for providing reservation to the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. In a press note, Mr B.R. Tisawarh, general secretary of the Sabha, further said that the sabha has also written a letter to the the Central Minister for Communication regarding the problems being faced by the scheduled castes in Chandigarh. 

INAUGURATED: The Chief Engineer, Chandigarh, Mr R.K. Jain, has inaugurated garden lights in bulbous garden, leisure valley, Sector 23-D, according to the general secretary of the Residents Welfare Association of Sector 23, Mr Charanjit Singh 

CAMP ORGANISED: A 10-day NSS camp was inaugurated at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 8 , on Monday. The camp is being organised for students of 10+1 and 10+2 students. 

STRIKE: Employees of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation of the Public Health will observe a one-day token strike on August 29. The call has been given by the coordination committee of the employees 

CONTAMINATED MINERAL WATER: The director of a designing company on Wednesday walked in the office of The Tribune with a dispenser of a reputed mineral water company with alive larvae settling down on the bottom of the thermo-jug provided by the mineral water company. She said that she just uncovered the container per chance in her office to witness the small creatures in the water. 

DEMANDED: The citizen’s Welfare Association has demanded that Punjab and Haryana should have separate state capitals. Ravinder Rawal, the general secretary and S.K. Nayar, the president, in a joint statement said that the association had taken up the matter with the respective Chief Ministers of these states also. The townships of S.A.S.Nagar and Panchkula should be given proper recognition as apart of the capital., stated the association. 

CELEBRATED: Janamashtmi was celebrated with full fervour by the local unit of the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalya On Wednesday. Tableux depicting scenes from the life of Lord Krishna were put up and hundreds of people visited the vidyalya on the occassion. Meanwhile the local unit has shifted its’ office to Sukh Shanti Bhawan,Phase-7, S.A.S.Nagar. 

SAPLINGS PLANTED: Lions Club Chandigarh (Supreme) organised a joint tree-plantation on Wednesday at Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Sector 45, here, with all the Lions Clubs of region II, Distt. 321-F. As many as 200 saplings were planted in the school premises. Mr B.S.Garcha, region chairman II presided over the function. 

MEDITATION CENTRE: The foundation stone of a meditation centre to be setup by the Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Eye Hospital Trust in the vicinity of Akal Ashram Gurdwara, Sohana, was laid on Sunday. 


DEMANDED: The youth wing of the local unit of Shiv Sena has demanded the closure of liquor vends located in colonies. A meeting of the Shiv Sainiks, expressing opinion against liquour vends, was held under the leadership of Mr Vinay Sharma,. The Shiv Sainiks said that those who drink at these liquor vends pass lewd remarks about girls, a press note said. 

BODY FOUND: The body of a child was found in John Sahab Ki Diggi near the Housing Board in Ambala cantonment on Wednesday. The dead child was found floating in John Sahab Ki Diggi. The child is yet to be identified and is suspected to have died about a week back. The body had deteriorated to a large extent so the body was sent to Rohtak for forensic examination. 

AWARDED: A local journalist, Devendra Uppal, has been given the Peace Poetry Award for his poems on humanism. The announcement in this regard was made during the ongoing 20th World Congress of Poets, Literature and Fine Arts by its President Nikolaos Moshevos at Thessaloki in Greece on Monday. Uppal, along with seven others, is in Greece to attend the congress in which 200 poets from all over the world are participating.

APPOINTED: The Haryana Governor has appointed Mr Ramji Lal Gujjar, advocate, non-official member of the Haryana State Agriculture Advisory Committee.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Press Club, Mahendragarh: president—S.S. Chaudhry; vice-president—Jaswant Singh; Secretary J.P. Bhardwaj; and treasurer—R.C. Kakhera.

PROBE DEMANDED: Activists of the Rashtriya Navchetna, a prominent voluntary organisation, are sore over “the failure” of the police to apprehend the culprits who stole important papers from their state-level office here on Friday. They have urged the Chief Minister and the DGP to order a high-level inquiry into the matter.

PANCHAYATS: Panchayats have been empowered through the 73rd Amendment in the Constitution to carry out development works, said the Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Mr Yogesh Mehta. He was speaking at a training camp on ‘Awareness about rights of panchayats organised by the Population Foundation of India and the local Krishi Gyan Kendra.

DEMONSTRATION: Members of the Haryana PWD Mechanical Workers Union held a demonstration in front of the office of the executive engineer and gheraoed him seeking that their demands be fulfilled. The agitators were enraged over the “inaction” of the Department in the case of a worker, Sonu, who had fallen sick due to some poisonous gas while working in a sewer. They also demanded immediate action to stop drainage of poisonous chemicals by factories into sewers.

RAID CONDUCTED: Satish Jain, an Assistant Accountant, was caught red-handed by the state Vigilance Department while accepting Rs 300 as bribe for the transfer of a plot from Rajesh Garh during a raid on the divisional office of HUDA here on Tuesday. Signed currency notes were recovered from the employee. A case under the Anti-Corruption Act has been registered.

MEDICAL CAMP: Jain Milan, a local social organisation, organised a free medical camp here on Tuesday. A large number of schoolchildren were examined by a team of specialists. They were also given medicines free of cost. Mr Harish Chander Jain, General Manager of the Haryana Roadways, was the chief guest.

PROTEST: Safai workers staged a demonstration in front of the office of the municipal council here on Tuesday in protest against the non-payment of salary for July. They, however, dispersed after they were paid the salary.

DEMANDED: A majority of arhtiyas of the local fruit and vegetable market on Wednesday demanded fresh elections to the arhtiyas union. They have threatened an agitation if the elections to the union are not held immediately.

SUICIDE: A 25-year-old housewife, Pinki set herself on fire in her house at Bega village, about 25 km from here, on Tuesday and died. She reportedly took the step following a family quarrel. The police is investigating the matter.

STRIKE CALLED OFF: Students of the local Hindu College called off their three-day-old strike on Tuesday. The students had been protesting against the hike in tuition fee.

SAPLINGS PLANTED: The Society of Environment Management and Bio-research in collaboration with the Education and Forest Departments organised the fifth function of the vanmahotsava series at Government Senior Secondary School, Aurangabad near here, on Tuesday. Mr Rajeev Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, planted a peepal sapling on the occasion. As many as 500 saplings were planted in all.

BODY FOUND: The body of an unidentified person aged about 50, was found near a seed godown here on Monday. The deceased bore injury marks on his head. The police has sent the body for a post-mortem.


PROTEST: A large number of senior citizens, under the aegis of local Nagar Vikas Sabha, protested against the unhygienic conditions in the local regional hospital on Tuesday. They have urged the Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr Jagat Prakash Nadda, to pay a surprise visit to the hospital.

DONATION: The Maa Sharda Seva Sangh, Mahadevi Tirth, has donated Rs 36,000 towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for flash-flood victims. The money was offered by devotees during a “Bhagwat Saptah” organised at Vaishno Mandir here from August 8 to 14. The general manager of the Bhutti Weavers Cooperative Society said the members had donated Rs 11,000 towards the fund.



War veterans share joys & sorrows

More than 350 World War-II veterans of Bathinda and Mansa districts who converged on the local military station in Bathinda on August 14 to join the War-Veteran’s Day celebrations by Chetak Corps, shared the joys and sorrows with their old colleagues.

The war veterans who were given ‘bara khana’ and gifts were brought to the function in Army vehicles. They were also provided with canteen and medical facilities. They were received by senior Army officers, junior commissioned officers and other ranks in a befitting manner.

Most of the war veterans who enjoyed the hospitality of the Army personnel were disappointed that they were being given little financial help by the authorities concerned. They were of the opinion that they should be looked after well as they had entered into the evening of their lives.

Lt-Gen G.K. Duggal assured the war veterans (see picture) of full help from the Army. He said for the rehabilitation of exservicemen a placement node had been established under the arrangements of Headquarters 81 Sub Area.

Praising the sacrifices and the deeds of the war veterans, he pointed out that the Army was following the highest of standards set by them.

He added that in the placement node, any ex-serviceman could register his name by paying Rs 300 (for JCOs) and Rs 200 (for other ranks).

Mr Jaspal Singh, Deputy Commissioner-cum-President, Zila Sainik Welfare Board, Bathinda, gave details about the welfare measures being taken by the civil administration in looking after the ex-servicemen.

Maj-Gen J.S. Herr (retd) was present on the occasion.

A medical check-up camp was also organised.

Khatris a solution to water shortage?

Every summer finds an acute water shortage in various parts of Himachal Pradesh, especially the districts of Hamirpur, Kangra and Mandi. This is despite the fact that Himachal Pradesh is known as the hill state with mountains surrounding its eastern side. The melting of ice brings sufficient water to quench the thirst of the people but successive state governments have failed to lift water from rivers flowing through the state for want of adequate funds.

However, in the districts of hamirpur and Sarkaghat subdivision of Mandi and Changer areas of Kangra district, people depend upon waters from ‘khatris’ for their daily need.

Khatris are hand-hewn caves and can be found on roadsides in the Bamsan area of Hamirpur district, the area being represented by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in the State Assembly. It is quite surprising that this system of collecting water is still in use in Hamirpur district, known as “veer bhoomi” due to role played by its jawans on the front.

Water of these sources is neat and clean, cool and fit for human consumption, according to the local people. This claim is disputed by medical officers working in the area.

Most of these khatris are kept under lock and key as every family has its own khatri. Since there are no permanent water resources in the area, people used to wait for the arrival of rain for their needs.

Khatris are constructed by digging the hard rocks that are permanent sources of water. Once these khatris are dug, they are provided with iron gates and locked. There are two types of khatris found in Hamirpur, Mandi and Kangra districts. In one type, rain water is collected by harnessing water from roofs with the help of tins. This water is mainly used for washing clothes, utensils and for drinking by animals.

In other type of khatris, only seeping water is collected and is used for drinking. These khatris are cleaned every winter or in early summer and chlorinated.

The HP Government has finalised a plan with the help of the Australian Government to end water shortage in this region, says the Chief Minister. A Rs 55-crore drinking water supply scheme would become a reality when work on a water lifting scheme on the Beas is completed.

School brings laurels to Hisar

For the first time in Hisar’s history a team of school students has bagged the second position in an all-India quiz competition.

The team of Holy Angel School comprising Sukant Gupta and Nikhil Chander was among 32 teams selected from all over the country after a written test. As many as 80,000 students from 8,000 schools in the country took the test.

The finalists included the local Holy Angel School; Noida Public School, Noida, J L N Public School, Neyveli; and J N L High Public School, Bhopal.

In the finals Holy Angel School was tied with Noida Public School. But the latter sailed through via a tie-breaker. Both Sukant and Nikhil bagged a trophy, cheques for Rs 25,000 each and Hero bicycles. They have also been appointed Hero Honda environmental ambassadors for the next one year. All 13 episodes of the quiz will be telecast on the national channel of Doordarshan from September 4.

Contributed by Chander Parkash, Chandrasekhar Sharma and Raman Mohan


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