Thursday, November 23, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

Regional Potpourri

  • Handicapped ... but not for art
  • An inn steeped in history
  • A singer of promise

MEDICAL CAMP: A free eye and skin check-up camp was organised at Ajit Nagar here on Tuesday. Nearly 300 patients were examined and medicines free of cost given to patients.

Several injured: In various incidents reported in the past 24 hours, five persons sustained serious injuries. All of them, were, however, rescued and admitted to hospital. According to information available, Iqbal Singh (aged 25 years), a police constable, was injured by a speedy vehicle while he was on his scooter number PB-55-8862 near Kotali, 6 km from Doraha. He was admitted to the hospital by the first aid team. In another incident, Gurdev Singh Bajwa, who was crossing the road, was hit by a speeding Esteem car, going from Khanna to Ludhiana. As he was unconscious, he was admitted to the nearby hospital. In yet another case, a couple fell from their scooter because of the slippery road. Sarwan Singh and his wife, were admitted to the hospital. Avneet Kaur of Lakkar Mandi, Doraha, was bitten by a snake when she was standing outside her house. She was also hospitalised. 

Cultural festival: A cultural festival was organised by the Vishwakarma Youth Club, Ludhiana, at Karamsar Rara Sahib on Tuesday. The festival was inaugurated by Mr Sukhdev Singh Walia, President, Truckers Union, Ahmedgarh. The function was presided over by Mr Rajinder Dhoke, SSP, Khanna, and among others who graced the occasion included Mr Balraj Singh Sidhu, DSP, Payal, Mr Amarjit Pal, SDM, Payal, Mr Arvind Puri, SHO, Payal, Mr Kehar Singh and Mr Summer Singh. 

One hurt: A young man, Kulvir Singh, was seriously injured in a road accident, near Truck Union, here. According to the reports, Kulvir Singh (27) of Maujpur village (near Kharar) was going on his scooter near Truck Union . He was hit by a speeding vehicle. The Khamano police has impounded two vehicles, one Esteem car and a Gypsy and is investigating. 

dismissed: A no-confidence motion against the nagar panchayat president , Mr Dharampal, was dismissed when two members belonging to the rival faction dissociated themselves from the no-confidence motion. The election observer, Mr Satinder Kumar, Tehsildar, Khamano, was present at this occasion. Mr Dharampal, in his address, appealed to all members to sink their differences and to work together. The rival members responded positively and asked the president to take them into confidence while dealing with the developmental works. 

meeting: The Railway Road Shopkeepers Association held a meeting at the local Shiv Puri Mandir on Wednesday to protest against the decisions of the local Municipal Council. Mr Dewan Chand Vij, president, said that the Municipal Council was trying to vacate their shops by forcing them to fill the forms. At the meeting, a committee was elected to fight the cases of shopkeepers. Mr Dewan Chand was elected as president; Mr Madho Ram as secretary; and Mr Manmohan Singh as finance secretary; and Mr Rajinder Ghai, Mr Nand Lal, Mr Rana Ravinder Singh and Mr Sunil Kumar as members. 

Lensman bereaved
: Mrs Nita Tiwari, sister of Rajesh Bhambi, photographer, Ludhiana Tribune, expired on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. She was 51. Her mortal remains were consigned to the flames in the afternoon. Mrs Tiwari is survived by two daughters. 

honoured: Lions Club, Ludhiana North, organised a function in Hotel Neelgiri here under the presidentship of Mr G. S. Bansal. According to Mr Jatinderpal Singh Saluja, PRO of the club, district vice governor of Lions District 321F Mr D. K. Sood was the chief guest of the function. Dr Waheguru Pal Singh, Medical Superintendent, Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital, and Dr Ajay Pal Singh, eye specialist were honoured by the club for their selfless service to the ailing humanity. Prominent among others present were region chairman Mr Yogendra Taneja, Mr Karamjit Singh Bawa, Mr Damandeep Singh Saluja, Mr A. C. Kainth, Mr H. S. Lamba, Mr Taranjit Singh Khurana, Mr P.S. Kochar, Mr Iqbal Singh Khurana, Mr Shyam Sunder Singla, Mr S.P. Shahpuri and Mr J.P. Singh Chhabra. 

camp: Lions Club, Ludhiana Goodwill, will organise its annual free eye operation and check-up camp at Kartar Cold Storage and Ice Factory, near Jalandhar bypass in the city from November 23 to 25. Mr Amarjit Singh Chawla, member of Punjab Public Service Commission, will inaugurate the camp. According to Mr Sanjiv Sood, secretary of the club, free eye operations will be performed during the camp by Dr J. M. Singh, eye specialist and his team of mobile eye unit. Patients will be provided with medicines, free of cost, food and beddings etc. 

Art exhibition: To celebrate the 100th birthday of S. Sobha Singh, the Sobha Singh Arts College, Civil Lines, is organising an exhibition of textile painting and printing, informed the principal, Ms Renu Chopra. Ms Inderjeet Kaur Gill Vashista, principal, Government College for Women, will perform the opening ceremony of the exhibition on November 24 which will continue till November 26. Mr Daljit Singh Hassal, convener, said that several drawing, painting competitions would be organised in schools and colleges and some amateur artists would be invited, involved and honoured throughout the year at various places in Punjab. 

Cultural festival: A cultural festival was organised by Vishwkarma Youth Club, Ludhiana at Karamsar, Rara Sahib, on Monday. The festival was inaugurated by Mr Sukhdev Singh Walia, president, truck union, Ahmedgarh. The function was presided over by Mr Rajinder Dhoke, SSP, Khanna and among those who graced the occasion were Mr Balraj Singh Sidhu, DSP, Payal, Mr Amarjit Pal, SDM, Payal, Mr Sumer Singh, Rustam-e-Hind Pahalwan, Baba Narinder Pal and Mr Amarjit Singh, President Ramgarhia International Institution. 

training course: The Directorate of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, will start the next three-month young farmers’ training course from January 8, 2001. Matriculate farming youth in the age group of 20-40 years except those from Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts will be eligible for admission to this course at PAU campus, Ludhiana. A similar course for Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts will be organised by the University at KVK, Gurdaspur. Dr. G.S. Momi, Professor cum Head, Department of Extension education said during three months the farmers will be given theoretical and practical training in crop production, horticulture, fisheries, animal husbandry, poultry, plant protection, farm machinery etc. so as to prepare them to take agriculture to adopt farming as a profession on scientific lines. Dr Momi further said that the application may be sent to Department of Extension Education, PAU, Ludhiana by January 3, 2001, and the candidates are required to appear for interview on January 4, 2001, in Kairon Kisan Ghar of the University. The candidates may bring their original certificates of educational qualifications. Dr Momi further informed that no training fee will be charged and a refundable security of Rs. 500 will have to be deposited by the selected candidates. 

MARCHES HELD: Marches were held here on Tuesday to increase awareness among children about child abuse as well as to bring back to schools, the dropouts in the age group 6 to 11, Mr Malkiat Singh Ragbotra, a senior NGO leader said.

CONVENTION HELD: The Border Area Sangarash Committee organised a convention on Tuesday to highlight the problems of the residents of the border area, especially those of farmers, in Muhawa village. The convention was presided over by Mr Surinder Singh Kakkar.



Two honoured: The Haryana Union of Journalists honoured Ms Swaranjit Kaur and Ms Kadambari Vardhan in recognition of their performance as CDPO and supervisor of the Integrated Child Development Scheme, respectively. During a function held at Government College , Naraingarh, Mr Suraj Bhan, Governor of Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, gave away the merit certificates to the awardees. 

suggested: Installation of a police post at the main gate of the Nari Niketan along with patrolling in the surrounding areas were suggested by a visiting team of the Chandigarh Nationalist Congress Party (CNCP) led by Mr Gurbachan Singh, President. According to a press note issued here on Wednesday, the visiting team also suggested that the mentally challenged female children and women should be adjusted separately. The team included Mrs Paramjit Kaur Dhillon, Mr Kuljit Singh Mintoo, District Presidents, Mrs Asha Gupta, General Secretary, Mrs Darshan Kaur, member, and Mr Tarlochan Singh, Vice-President, CNCP. 

function: The Panjab University Non-Teaching Employees Federation organised a function to honour members who extended their help and cooperation for the millennium's first national convention of the non-teaching employees of universities, education boards and colleges at the English Auditorium here on Wednesday. Mr Dharam Paul Sharma of the PU Non-Teaching Employees Federation thanked the authorities and the employees for contributing liberally for organising the convention conducted from November 11 to 13 at Panjab University where about 200 delegates from all over India participated. 

Blankets distributed: Mr Sunil Kaushal, Assistant General Manager, State bank of Patiala, Chandigarh, on Wednesday disributed 40 blankets, clothes and fruits among 40 persons residing in the Kusht Ashram, Sector 47, here to mark the 48th foundation day of the bank. 

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the All-India KRIBHCO Employees Union: president — Mr Krishan Kumar; general secretary — Mr Rajiv Mohan Pushkarana; joint secretary — Mr Rupinder Kaushik; and sub-treasurer — Mr G.S. Deol. 

Office-bearers elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Backward Classes Employees Welfare Association, Haryana, PWD (B and R): chief advisors — Mr Dharam Pal Mathuria and Mr Paras Ram Gularia; President — Mr Shakti Kumar Verma; vice-president — Mr Om Prakash; general secretary — Mr Bansi Lal Nagi; and joint secretary — Mr Ram Singh. 


CAMP: The Gramin Vikas Yuva Mandal will organise a free eye camp at Vaish Dharamshala, Kesri, on December 2. The camp will be held with the cooperation of the Philadelphia Mission hospital. Dr P. Verma and Dr Nalini will operate upon the patients at the eye camp. Mandal President Dinesh Bharadwaj said that food would be provided to the patients by the mandal but they would have to bring their own bedding. Medicines would be distributed free of cost, a release said. 

BIENNIAL CONVENTION: The biennial convention of the Nursing Staff Association (NSA) here will be held in the local general hospital on November 23. Mrs Jeewan Preet Kaur, president of the Punjab unit of the NSA, will be the chief guest.

KRISHAK UPHAR YOJNA: The Haryana State Agriculture Marketing Board has started the Krishak Uphar Yojna under which prizes will be given to farmers on the produce brought by them to the grain market. This was stated here on Tuesday by Mr Alok Nigam, chief administrator of the board.

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEES: Of the 232 villages in the district, the district administration has set up development committees in 71 villages. The constitution of the education committees in these villages has also been completed. This was stated here on Tuesday by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik.

WORKSHOP: The North Zone Regional Training Workshop on soil testing for balanced and integrated use of fertilisers and manures will be held at Haryana Agricultural University here on December 1 and December 2, Dr M.S. Kuhad, Head, Department of Soil Science and Registrar of the university said here on Wednesday. It will be inaugurated by Dr J.S. Sharma, Deputy Director-General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

OLD PEOPLE’S HOME: Mr Surender Barwala, MP, has said the state government has decided to construct old people’s homes in every village of the state during the next five years. He was addressing a public gathering at nearby Kaimri village on Sunday after inaugurating the first such home in the district.

KILLED: A person, along with 15 buffalo calves, was killed in a canter-truck collision on the Delhi-Hisar highway on Tuesday. The deceased has not been identified so far.

ARRESTED: Seventeen persons were arrested in the district by the police under the Gambling Act. According to information received on Tuesday, the Kalanwali police arrested eight persons while the Dabwali and Sirsa police arrested two each. The Ellenabad police rounded up five persons with cash and gambling slips.

DEMONSTRATION HELD: Members of the Northern Railway Labour Union staged a demonstration outside the divisional engineer’s office here on Tuesday in protest against the Railway Minister’s order to reduce the number of labourers.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the backward class cell of the local unit of the BJP: president — Mr Makkhan Singh Khaypwali; vice-president — Mr Puran Chand Jain; general secretary — Mr Kartar Singh and treasurer — Mr Surinder Mistri.

INJURED: Four persons, including three children, sustained injuries when the three-wheeler carrying them overturned between Dabarpur village and Ganaur town, about 25 km from here on Tuesday. According to a report, the injured were hospitalised and were stated to be out of danger. A case has been registered.

SUICIDE COMMITTED: Nafe Singh of Bayyanpur village reportedly committed suicide on Tuesday by jumping before a train near the railway station here. According to the railway police, a family feud is stated to be the cause of the suicide.

INJURED: A youth fell down from a train near here on Tuesday and sustained serious injuries. The youth was taken to the local Civil Hospital from where he was sent to the Medical College Hospital at Rohtak for further treatment.



DIED: Achhraram Thakur (90), a prominent freedom fighter and father of the BJP general secretary, Mr Mastram Thakur, died at Snowdown Hospital at Shimla on Sunday.

KILLED: Ramanand (24) of Neri village and a labourer in the PWD here died at the Jamali village, about 25 km from here, on Sunday while attempting to board a truck. He was hit by a tractor and seriously injured. He later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

SERVICE CENTRES: Three silk technical service centres will start functioning at Bhadolikalan, Hatwaad and Daslehda in the district soon while another two silk cocoon collection and sale centres will be set up at Jukhala and Sangaswin, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Jagdish Chander Sharma said here on Monday.

SENTENCED: Latif Mohammad, a resident of Tatrog village, was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh was imposed on him under the NDPS Act. He was apprehended on November 22, 1997, at Police Post, Banikhet, for being in possession of 250 grams of charas.

PROTEST: Members of the Himachal Pradesh School Lecturers Association wore black badges on Wednesday in protest against the State Education Minister, Mr I.D. Dhiman, who had described the recruitment of school lecturers as an unfortunate decision of the government.


Regional potpourri

Handicapped ... but not for art

Mary, an artist from the lush green southern state of Kerala, uses her God-given talent to bring a sunshine of hope and cheer to the handicapped and those stranded in life in Punjab. She suffers from the congenital loss of one hand. Being a good steward and an optimist she is making the best use of whatever she has been blessed with. Besides painting beautiful sceneries she has won many prizes and awards for badminton and shotput.

Her recent trip to Chandigarh saw the fulfilment of a long-cherished dream as she got a “mechanical hand” from Nevedac Prosthetic Centre with the support of Roshni Society, thanks to Mr Shaju Peter, the sponsor.

Before Mary went back to her home state on November 4 she made a few paintings with a mission in mind: to help the less privileged in society. Living more than 3000 km away from Chandigarh, she wants to join the human chain of compassion together with the school children of Chandigarh and Punjab who would buy the greeting cards made from her paintings to bring Lohri cheer and a ray of hope to those who are groping in the darkness of despair. She is hopeful of a good response to her greeting cards which are already in circulation and intends to join the Lohri celebration for the handicapped in the new year.

Fr. K.J. Thomas, president of Roshni Society, who directs and coordinates the movement, said a boy, Rama, a case of renal failure, as referred in these columns recently and help sought on priority. School children from St Stephen’s, St. John’s and Mount Carmel have already visited Rama in Chandigarh’s Sector 35 and offered him help for treatment for a month with the promise to do more on behalf of Roshni. If a disabled girl like Mary can do so much, then how much more can be done by those of us who are able bodied and blessed more abundantly!

An inn steeped in history

AT one point of time, Subathu, the oldest cantonment of Himachal, served as the summer capital of the country where from Viceroys would run the administration during their brief sojourn before Shimla came into existence. This town, associated with the Pandava era, served as a gateway of Tibet between the 11th and 19th centuries. It was a major centre of commercial and trading activities that connected Tibet and China with the rest of the country. Mining of blue sapphire and silver was at its peak, besides exchange of other commodities from the plains.

Mules carried the goods while bullock carts and tongas used to take passengers. Subathu linked Chamba on one side and Tibet with the other.

The local traders built a mud sarai for businessmen who thronged the mandi. It was inadequate and a pucca inn was constructed later by seths Govind Ram-Bakhtawar Mull whose successors own Hotel Shimlaview and Maurice Hotel at Subathu.

Situated near the bus stand, this three-storey inn, built of stones has nearly 64 rooms besides big halls, verandah and an open terrace. The architecture is of the hills. The Hindi writer, Rahu Sanskritaya, had to stay here to secure a visa from the British for entering Tibet. A veteran author of suspense thrillers, Om Parkash Sharma, has often portrayed the atmosphere of this place in his writings. Even Khushwant Singh visited on a tonga during the forties but stayed at Kasauli.

The inn has a glorious historical past that contributed a lot commercially and culturally specially establishing links with Tibet and China besides providing shelter to travellers of yesteryear.

A singer of promise

Rajiv Kaplish (20), a resident of Banga and an undergraduate student of Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur in Nawanshahr district, is a young and versatile singer, who has proved his mettle by winning competitions organised by Saregama, conducted in Mumbai by Alfa Punjabi (Zee TV network). He has been selected to participate in mega-final. It is worthwhile to mention here that Alfa Punjabi has started Saregama in Punjabi as part of its talent-hunt endeavour. The Zee TV network organised audition tests at various places and Rajiv took the audition test held at Ludhiana in May and was called to Mumbai to participate in the national competition in July. In these competitions famous musicians — Khayyam, Kuldip Singh, Mohinderjit Singh, Mahendra Kapoor, Jagjit Kaur and Vinod Sehgal — were invited as judges, who selected four contestants (two boys and two girls) out of 32 for the mega-final.

Rajiv’s father, Prof S.K. Sharma, a lecturer at S.N. College, Banga, says that though singing is in Rajiv’s blood as his great grand-father, Bhagat Nighahi Ram, and one of his uncles, Pt Roshan Lal (Mandi Ahmadgarh), were famous musicians of their time, but his talent was encouraged by family members and honed by Prof Shamshad Ali of his college. The latter is a disciple of Pt. Roshan Lal. He recalled that when Rajiv was a student of class VII he performed on the stage during a college function for the first time. Impressed by his performance Prof Shamshad Ali decided to encourage him. Since then there is no looking back and he has brought laurels by winning a lot of competitions.

Rajiv has won the first position in the All-India Folk Competition organised by the All-India Folk Artistes Association, Kartarpur, in 1996, 1997 and 1999. He also won the first prize in Lal Chand Yamla Jat Memorial Folk Songs competition organised by Mother Art Theatre, Jalandhar, in January. Besides, he has won first positions in competitions organised by the Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, and Guru Nanak Dev University. He has also been approved by AIR and Doordarshan, Jalandhar.

The budding singer has also written about 50 songs besides giving more than 150 stage performances.

Contributed by K.J. Thomas, Madan Gupta Spatu, and Parmod Bharti.


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