Thursday, October 26, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Regional Potpourri

Paying phone bills an ordeal


INSA MEDAL: Dr Arvind, a lecturer, Guru Nanak Dev University, was awarded the INSA medal for young scientists for the year 2000 in physics by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) at its annual general meeting in New Delhi. The award carries a medal, a cash prize of Rs 25,000 and an independent research grant.

CYCLE RALLY: A cycle rally was inaugurated by Father Daniel Gill, chief of the local Sacred Heart church, here on Tuesday. The aim of the rally was to promote universal brotherhood.

ACCIDENT: Several persons have been injured in various road accidents during the past 24 hours. The ASI Dohara, Mr Harbans Singh, said that yesterday Mr Ravi Kumar of Chet Nagar was coming on his scooter along with his mother, wife and daughter when his scooter collided with a scooter. He and his family members were admitted to a hospital. On the same day, Harjinder (9) was hit by a Tata Sumo in the main market. In third case, Mr Kuldip Singh and Mr Gurmit Singh were injured when their scooter bumped into a bus. In fourth case, Mr Sukhwinder Singh of Patiala sustained leg injury when the tyre of the tractor he was driving burst. 

LIC FUNCTION: The local branch of the Life Insurance Corporation of India observed social security month here. In a function organised in this connection at the Zila Parishad on Monday evening, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu distributed cheques of Rs 2,000 each to 47 poor widows under the social welfare scheme of the LIC.

KILLED: Naresh Kumar of Bohan was killed in a group clash at the village here on Monday. Naresh was hit on his head with iron rod. A case has been registered.

JEWELLERY STOLEN: Gold ornaments, weighing 22 tolas, were stolen from the house of Ms Rattan Kaur at Jandiala village on Monday. The Mahilpur police has registered a case.

KILLED: Two youths were killed in different road accidents on the Jalandhar-Pathankot national highway, while a man died after falling from the tractor on which he was riding on the same highway on Wednesday, the police said. The deceased have been identified as Sukhraj Singh (25), Malminder Singh (24), and Jagjit Singh.

ELECTORAL ROLLS: The work for the revision of electoral rolls for the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections has been taken in hand and the preliminary publication will be made on November 2. According to the Deputy Commissioner Mr S.K.Sandhu, those, who altain the age of 18 years and are not registered as voters, can lodge their claims in form 6 for registration. For correction of entries, the voters can submit details in form 8 and objections, if any, can be filed in form 7 with the concerned election registration officer or other officers, designated for this purpose. The Deputy Commissioner also appealed to all political parties to lend their cooperation in the revision of electoral rolls. He further informed the staff, deployed for revision of electoral rolls, would be present at the booths, specially set up for this purpose, even on holidays. 

PACKAGE: The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has termed the package announced by the Union Government for the farmers as a right, but belated step. The government should have intervened much earlier to save the farmers from harassment and exploitation in the mandis, said the MCPI state secretary Mr Kuldip Singh, in a statement here. He said the announcement by the government to ensure a minimum support price to the Punjab farmers was the outcome of the struggle of the farmers, their political allies and the people. The party called upon the government to ensure strict compliance of the package because the procurement agencies and the bureaucrats seemed reluctant to implement the government decision. 

HOUSING: The local Improvement Trust has initiated a scheme of construction of houses for the weaker sections of society. A press note of the trust said the houses would be alloted by way of draw of lots to he held on the premises of the trust in Chotti Baradari on October 31. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Harcharanjit Singh Sodhi has been appointed President of the Hira Nagar Welfare Society. The other office-bearers are: Vice-President — Mr Satpal Rahi; Secretary — Mr Dayal Singh Bajaj; Joint Secretary — Mr Gurjit Singh; Treasurer — Mr P.C. Jain. 

RURAL DEVELOPMENT: The state government and the Central Government have initiated efforts to improve the lot of weaker sections of society. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr J.S. Bir, while addressing a meeting of governing body of the Rural Development Agency on Wednesday. He said under the Swarn Jayanti Gram Sway-rozgar Scheme, people who are living below the poverty line would be granted loans of Rs 3 lakh each to construct their own houses. He said under the Indira Awas Yojna the government was providing weaker section of society with soft loans. He said Rs 57.20 lakh had been disbursed for the construction of new houses and Rs 12.40 lakh had been given to convert kutcha houses into pucca ones. 

BURGLARY: Jewellery and other valuables worth Rs 1.50 lakh were burgled from local Onkar Nagar residence of Satwant Singh on Monday.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The acting president of the Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association, Samrala, Mr Ashok Kumar, congratulated the veterinary officers of Moga district for electing Dr Krishan Gopal Khurana as president. Dr Khurana defeated Dr Uppal by a margin of 20 votes. Dr Harjinder Singh was elected as vice-president; Dr Nazar Singh as general secretary; Dr Tarsem Kumar as cashier; Dr Rakesh Singla as press secretary; and Dr Sukhwinder Singh and Dr Karamjit Singh as executive members of the association. 


VAYU-SAINIK CAMP: The local Directorate of NCC organised a Pre Vayu Sainik Camp at the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur. Eight air squadrons from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh took part in the camp. Chandigarh’s Number 1 squadron was declared champion. It won the air modelling, skeet shooting and the aero quiz organised by the Aeronautical Society of India. Cadets Lal Chand and Umesh Sharma won gold medal in tow line glider, and also the silver medal in powered free flight, besides the bronze in control line and static aeromodel. Sergeant Bhupinder Singh of the squadron was declared the best in skeet shooting. 

DIVALI: Divali was celebrated on Wednesday at various branches of Shemrock School, Chandigarh and Mohali. Children dressed as Rama, Sita and Lakshmana enacted the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya. A pooja was held on the occasion. Colourful rangoli designs and arrangement of diyas delighted the students. The Principal, Mr Komal Khosla, and staff members were all present. 

MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED: A delegation of Gram Sudhar Sabha, Burail, led by its president Mr Sat Pal Gupta, met Lieut-Gen (retd.) J.R.F. Jacob, Administrator of Chandigarh, and submitted him a memorandum, on Wednesday. According to the president of the Sabha the main demands include, improvement of the primary school building; regular water supply, street lights in the village, etc.

LADIES CLUB: The State Bank Ladies Club, celebrated Divali Night by organising a cultural programme at the north block of the local head office building, on Tuesday. The members and participants busted crackers to mark the day. 

MILAP DIVAS: Bhaichara Milap Divas (Communal Brotherhood Day) was celebrated by the students of Government High School, Sector 40, on the eve of Divali. Students and teachers interacted with each other and exchanged greetings. Mr Bahadur Singh, Headmaster of the school, stressed the need of promoting national integration. 

‘AIDS AND LITERACY’: ‘AIDS and Literacy’, an awareness camp was organised by Jan Shikshan Sansthan, at Colony No 4, on Wednesday. Over 300 residents were made aware about AIDS and the importance of literacy for national development. Material on AIDS awareness distributed among the participants of the camp. 

ADVENTURE: 20 NCC Naval Wing Cadets of Chandigarh Naval Unit from DAV College, Sector 10, SGGS College, Sector 26, Government College, Sector 11, and Government College, Sector 46, successfully completed 10 days adventure sailing expedition, on Tuesday. The cadets were imparted intensive training in boat pulling, sailing, communication and navigation. The cadets explored the vast expanses of the Govind Sagar Lake from Bilaspur to Bhakra. 

POWERMEN'S COMPLAINT: At an emergency meeting of the U T Powermen Union Chandigarh, the union strongly condemned the UT Administration for not releasing bonus before Divali. It was decided at the meeting to participate in the convention to be held on November 7 by the Mulazam Action Committee, Punjab. It was also decided to observe one day token strike on November 12, against the privatisation of power sector for which legal notice had been sent to the administration. This was stated by Mr Bhagmal Rana, general secretary of the union in a press note issued on Wednesday. 

KIRTAN DARBAR: A kirtan darbar on the eve of birth anniversary of Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji would be organised on November 28 at Kisan Mandi Ground, Sector 40. The darbar would commence at 12 noon. Renowned ragis from all over the country and abroad would be participating in the darbar. 


ONE ARRESTED: The police has arrested Gautam Prasad, a resident of Azad Colony, for allegedly possessing two bags of banned cracker which he had brought for sale on Divali. According to sources, the accused was arrested from Sector 21 market and a case under the Explosives Act has been registered against him in Sector 5 police station. Top



KILLED: Chhotu Ram of Arya Nagri was badly injured when he fell down a ladder while whitewashing a house on Seeto road on Monday. He was rushed to Civil Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA): president — Dr Sharwan Kumar; and secretary — Dr Ramesh Verma.

SHOP LOOTED: Robbers burgled two shops near a bank here on Monday night. They got away cash and goods worth Rs 50,000.

CHARGE TAKEN: Mr D.D. Gautam took over the charge of Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, relieving Mr Ram Niwas, on Wednesday. Mr Gautam joined HCS services in 1979 and was promoted to the IAS cadre in 1991. He worked as Additional Deputy Commissioner of Panchkula and Sirsa. 

RAIL TRAFFIC: The rail traffic near Ambala cantt railway station was disrupted for one hour when one of the important points of the railway track near Ambala cantt became out of order. The Kalka-Delhi Shatabdi Express was also delayed for a few minutes. The point could be repaired by 1.30 p.m. and the traffic was restored. According to the railway sources the Holiday Special, Unchahar Express and Malwa Express were delayed by one hour. 

PROTEST: The seven elected members of the Cantonment Board, Ambala, have protested against they ralleged interference of others in their area of functioning. A press note signed by all seven elected members states that they will all rise above political considerations to fight for the rights of the residents of Ambala Cantonment. They observed that the decision to not permit the hawkers to sell their wares in front of the Military Dairy Farm is unfair, despite the fact that the hawkers have valid rehri passes and trade licences. 

SHIVIR: The district level ‘Prashasan Janta ke Dwar Shivir” will be held at Talyana at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr Jagat Prakash Nadda, will preside over the function and all district officers will attend.

HONOURED: Mr Chander Singh, Commissioner, Ambala Division, addressed officers and small saving agents at a function organised by the district administration at the local mini secretariat here on Tuesday to honour outstanding performance in small saving schemes. 118 agents, officers and other employees were awarded certificates of appreciation.

INJURED: One person was injured in a collision between a jeep and a tractor-trailer near Thermal Colony on Monday night. According to information Tarsem was seriously injured when a tractor-trailer collided with the jeep in which he was sitting. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital.

GAMBLERS HELD: Shammi of Quila Chowki area was arrested on Monday under the Gambling Act and a sum of Rs 1190 was seized from him. He has been sent to jail.

SUICIDE ATTEMPT: Two persons consumed poison in different incidents in the city on Monday. They were admitted to the Civil Hospital. The condition of both, Uma Shanker, a Bihari labourer of Mahaveer Colony, and an unidentified labourer of Nehru Nagar is stated to be critical.Top


CONGRESS COMMITTEE: The local unit of Block Congress Committee split on Wednesday and subsequently a parallel body was constituted by rival group under the presidentship of Mr Inder Mohan Walia.

BOAT CONTRACTOR: A large number of commuters who travel by boat across the Beas river from Chamba Pattan to Pragpur, near here, have expressed resentment at the irregular service being provided by the boat contractor. They urged state minister Ramesh Choudhary and the local administration to look into the matter.

CONDEMNED: The local unit of the Akhil Bhartiya Brahman Sabha has condemned Fortune Dynamic, a US company, for printing images of Hindu deities on footwear. Mr B.K. Upmanyu, local convener of the sabha, stated here on Tuesday that this had hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus and demanded action against the company.Top


Regional Potpourri

Paying phone bills an ordeal

Telephone subscribers at Nawanshahr have to face a lot of hardship while paying their phone bills as there is only one collection centre in the town. The number of subscribers is now about 8,000.

As the small post offices in the Grain Market and Ahluwalia Market and at the Telecom Centre and the Telephone Exchange do not accept bill payment, subscribers do not have any alternative but to go to the main post office on the Rahon road for the purpose. They have to stand in queues for hours together in scorching heat, biting cold or rain as there is no shed (see photo). This road, on which most schools, colleges and marriage palaces are situated, is one of the busiest in the town. The queues and the parking of scooters, bicycles and other vehicles in the area create traffic problems.

Residents have demanded that there should be more centres for depositing telephone bills.

Honour for Hindi poet, prose writer

Kul Bhushan Kalra, a noted Hindi poet and prose writer, has been given the Rashtriya Hindi Sewi Sahastrabadi Award for his contribution to the enrichment of Hindi lore and literature. The award was conferred on him at the Millennium World Hindi Conference, which concluded in New Delhi on September 23.

He is also the recipient of several other awards, including the Best Author Award for his book on children, “Phool Jo Ban Gaye Dhool” (1977-78), from the Department of Languages, Punjab.

Two novels, “Dhundli Bhor” (1978) and “Peerah ka Sukh” (1981), pushed him to a higher pedestal. A collection of his short stories, “Pal-Pal ka Jeevan”, came out in 1986, followed by “Apne Khandhar”, an anthology of poems, in 1988.

Kalra is an officer in the State Bank of Patiala and is posted in Patiala. Despite his diverse artistic interests, writing remains Kalra’s passion.

Dedicated to social service

For his outstanding work in the sphere of social service, Mr Bhupinder Singh Saini, Chairman of all Rotaract Clubs of RI District 3090 was honoured with the Punjab Government’s Parman Pattar-2000, a state award, during the Independence Day celebrations in Amritsar.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab, presented this prestigious award, consisting of a cash award of Rs 11,000, a gold medal, a citation, a certificate and a shawl, to Mr Saini.

Born in Devinagar village in Patiala district in 1968, Mr Saini studied in government schools and later obtained a diploma in civil engineering in 1990. He started doing social service by joining the Rotaract Club, Dera Bassi, in 1988. Later he was elected District Rotaract Representative of Rotary International District 3090 covering 90 clubs in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

Mr Saini had also been honoured by the then Chief Minister Beant Singh in 1993 for the help he extended to flood-affected people.

He was also honoured with the Pride of Country Award for social service by Mr Sahib Singh Verma, the then Chief Minister of Delhi, in 1999.

More funds needed for project

The year 1999 witnessed the launching of the project of Sourabh Van Vihar in Bandala village in Palampur. As it was dedicated to the memory of Capt Sourabh Kalia, who laid down his life for his country while fighting against Pakistani intruders in Kargil, the state Forest Minister himself was present on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone.

The project site is spread over more than 10 hectares covered with pine trees. Serpentine paths and lanes leading to sylvan glades, picnic corners and flowery spots have been aesthetically constructed. A few bylanes are grass routes to the gurgling Neugal. The lovely sight of the mighty Dhauladhars is an enticing feast to visitors seeking a close look at the snow on the mountains. This van vihar is only 5 km to the north of Palampur.

The state government is said to have spent over Rs 20 lakh on this lovely project. More money needs to be pumped in. During the rainy season the entrance to this nature park had been badly damaged. Developing such beautiful resorts will certainly give a boost to the tourism industry of the state.

Contributed by Parmod Bharti, Ramesh K. Dhiman, Bipin Bhardwaj and Dr Suman SacharTop

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