Thursday, December 21, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S



  • It keeps elders hale and hearty
  • Eve-teasers not to be spared
  • Cancerous tumour removed from spleen


HERITAGE CENTRE: Mr Ujjal Singh Dosanjh, premier of British Columbia, Canada, will inaugurate the Heritage Centre on Guru Nanak Dev University campus on December 22. Constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 80 lakh, the centre has a curator’s room, a workshop, area for computer aided documents, TV projections and a hall for display of books, manuscripts, journals, ancient coins etc.

BOOK RELEASE: “Khushbu ki Lehren”, a collection of Urdu ghazals, authored by eminent poet Anju Ludhianvi will be released on December 24 at 5 p.m. at Thakur Singh Art Gallery. Mr Narinderjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner , will release the book.

EYE CAMP: The Divine Eye Research Foundation (DERF) organised an eye checkup camp at Government Middle School, Guru Nanak Purak. As many as 300 patients were examined by Dr H.S. Heyer. Mr Rakesh Kumar Narula, president of the DERF, said the patients were given medicines free of cost.

SANITATION DRIVE: Residents of the Gilpatti village in the district organised a sanitation drive in the village. The villagers used their tractors for the purpose. Youths of the village also participated.

CULTURAL CENTRE: The district Red Cross Society plans to give a facelift to Baba Farid Cultural Centre located on Faridkot-Kotkapura road. Under the scheme, a rose garden will be planted and the seating capacity of the mini-train will be increased. Work on all projects has begun and will be completed within the next three months.

CREDIT PLAN: Mr Iqbal Sidhu, local Deputy Commissioner, released the Potential Linked Credit Plan for the year 2001-2002 for the district here on Monday at the District Consultative Committee meeting. He advised the bankers and the development departments to tap this credit potential for uplift of the rural poor.

IMPLICATION ALLEGED: In a meeting held here on Tuesday, the local Assistant Engineers Association alleged that the Vigilance Department had implicated Mr Varinder Kumar Anand, Assistant Engineer of the PSTC, Pathankot, on the complaint of a local firm. Mr Harbhajan Singh, circle president of the association, alleged that the engineer had made recovery from the complainant who implicated him to take revenge.

MERGER: The state unit of the Janata Dal (U) has announced its merger with Jan Shakti, the political party floated by Union Communication Minister Mr Ram Vilas Paswan. The decision was taken at a joint meeting of state units of the Janata Dal (U) and Dalit Sena, presided over by Mr Jagir Singh Ganesh. The meeting, attended by the state chief of the Dalit Sena, Mr Amar Singh Mehmi, and more than 500 delegates, unanimously approved the merger. Giving this information, the district president of the Dalit Sena, Mr Kartar Singh Patna claimed that the Janata Dal (U) was completely wiped out from Punjab. The state and district units of the new party would be announced in the next few days after the state president of the party was named by Mr Paswan. The new political outfit planned to set up its 12,000 village and ward level units in Punjab by the end of March 2001. 

UNEMPLOYMENT: The Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) has blamed the 'anti-people' policies of the Centre and state government for the increasing unemployment in Punjab. Mr Sukhwant Singh Dugri, former vice-president of PYC has said unemployment among the youth had earlier led to swelling the ranks of terrorists. The youth, he added, who were brought back to the national mainstream, were once again feeling frustrated over lack of employment opportunities. According to Mr Dugri, the growing lawlessness and unabated crime wave in the state was a clear pointer to the state of things to come. He said it was most unfortunate that the SAD-BJP government, which had made many tall promises during the assembly elections, had failed to implement even a single fruitful plan to create more employment for the educated youth during its four year rule. 

HAILED: The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has hailed the election of Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi as the new president of the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, president, and Mr Manjit Singh Kadian, general secretary of BKU have said in a joint statement here on Tuesday that the SAD(B) president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, deserved to be congratulated for making the right choice in Mr Talwandi to head the mini parliament of the Sikh community. They expressed confidence that with a 'Taksali' akali stalwart like Mr Talwndi at the helm of affairs, the SGPC would play an effective role to wean away the Sikh youth from influence of Western culture and would be able bring them back towards the religious mainstream. 

PRABHAT PHERI: The prabhat pheri to celebrate Avtar Dharan Gurpurb of 10th Guru Gobind Singh Ji is starting on Friday in the Model Town area. The pheri will start at 5.15 am from Gurdwara Singh Sabha and terminate at Gurdwara Shaheedan at 6.45 am where langar will be served daily. The children below the age of 14 years, and those who will recite Gurbani in this prabhat pheri would be honoured on December 31 at Gurdwara Shaheedan at 7 am, informed Attar Singh, president, prabhat pheri, Model Town.

OPERATION : More than 462 eye patients were examined and about 58 eye operations were conducted during a free eye operation camp at Rural Hospital, Mansuran. The camp was jointly organised by Lions Club, Ludhiana and Eye Bank Mansuran. An eye donation exhibition was also held and six persons pledged to donate their eyes after death. The operations were conducted by Dr Ramesh, medical director, Mansuran .

FAIR: A children's fair will be held to mark Christmas at Lakshmi Ladies Club on Saturday. According to Mrs Nisha Aggarwal, treasurer, Lakshmi Ladies club, the entry will be free for children and members. The entire event will be organised by children. There will be different stalls of eatables, fun games and music. A sponsored talent hunt competition will be held for the children of different age groups and all the participants will be given complementry gifts.

SESSION: Roopika Ladies Club celebrated its annual coffee session here recently. Members were dressed in brown colour outfits. The members enjoyed the one minute games like lighting of maximum number of candles with one match stick, making a chain with safety pins, carry maximum balls in hands and memory games. Mrs Monika and Mrs Vinay were declared 'lucky brown dressed ladies'.

MEDICAL CHECK-UP: A free medical check-up camp will be organised at Government High School, GT Road, Ladowal on Thursday. The needy school children will be given sweaters, medicines and note books. The students will be examined by Dr J.S. Bhullar, Dr Baljit Singh Hora and Dr Mrs Sonia. Mr Bikramjit Singh Khalsa will be the guest of honour. 

CONTEST: A declamation contest on AIDS and Role of Students was organised at Malwa Central College of Education for Women here on tuesday. The programme was sponsored by the Field Publicity Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, as a part of their campaign for spreading awareness about AIDS. as many as 15 students of B.Ed and M.Ed participated in the contest. They spoke on various topics, including AIDS--A social change, AIDS--ill-conceived myths and nations, AIDS awareness must and AIDS --causes and prevention. The chief guest, Dr Pardeep Kapoor of Oswal Memorial Hospital shared his views on the topic and appreciated the student participants for their active participation. 

LADIES CLUB: The Gitanjali Ladies Club, which was started in 1980 following regular get-togethers of some women in Tagore Nagar,has now become one of the major clubs of the city and has more than 600 active members now. The club has its own building in the 2,500 square yard area at the Rajpura road, Kitchlu Nagar.The club also provides aid to the Bhartiya Vikas Parishad and students of Deaf and Dumb School and has helped in performing marriages of poor girls and providing medical facilities to the needy patients. 

AWARENESS CAMP: Mr Jarnail Singh Biroke, vice-president of the Youth Akali Dal (Badal), addressed a five-day Awareness Camp which concluded here on Tuesday. The camp was organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra. The chief guest , Mr Jagjit Singh Mann, youth co-ordinator for Bathinda and Mansa districts, distributed the sweaters among the poor children.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Dr K.C.Batish of Patiala has been elected as the president of the Homoeopathic Medical Association of India, Punjab state branch, for the year 2000-2002. The other office-bearers are: vice-presidents — Dr Tejpal Singh (Ludhiana), and Dr P.S. Sondhi (Patiala); general secretary — Dr Pritam Singh (Patiala); joint secretaries — Dr K.L. Pal (Patiala) and Dr Harbans Singh Grewal (Ludhiana); treasurer — Dr Ajaib Singh Patti (Patiala) and organising secretary — Dr Shivdayal Singh (Khanna). 

YOUTH CLUB: Mr Rajesh Sharma was elected as the president of the Basant Ritu Youth Club at a meeting held here on Wednesday. The other office-bearers are: senior vice-president — Mr Ashok Nasra; vice-president — Mr Zora Singh; general secretary — Mr Sudhir Chandna; joint secretary — Mr Kuldeep Sharma; stage secretary — Mr Darbara Singh and press secretary — Mr Mohinder Madaan. 

FESTIVAL: The three-day sports festival, organised by the local Malwa Sports Association, was inaugurated by Mr Sandeep Hans, SDM, here on Wednesday. More than hundred bullock-carts participated in the races. 



YOUTH CONGRESS: Mr Sunny Thomas, general secretary, All-India Nationalist Youth Congress announced the general body of the local unit of the party: president — Mr Navjinder Singh; vice-president — Mr Jaspal Singh; general secretaries — Mr Tej Pal Singh, Mr Ajit Singh, Mr Manpreet Singh and Mr Jimmy Malhotra; secretaries — Mr Rakesh Kumar, Mr Satvinder Pal Singh and Mr Varinder and cashier — Mr Parminder Singh. Mr S.S. Chanda was appointed as the chairman of the legal cell. Meanwhile, the Dhobi Welfare Society would organise a welcome function in honour of the Nationalist Congress Party on December 29. This was announced by Mr Sham Lal, president of the society in a press note. 

GRAIN MARKET: Mr Kesar Singh, newly-elected chairman of the Market Committee, along with its directors visited the Grain Market and Sabzi Mandi, Sector 26, and inspected the working there, here on Wednesday. Mr Kesar Singh listened to the complaints of the farmers who bring vegetables to the market. He was told that they were facing lots of problems because of the non-functioning of the lights. The chairman also inspected the weighing machine of the market and also checked the market fee entry register. This was stated by Mr Bhupinder Singh, spokesman of the committee in a press note.

PIND BACHAO: The Mazdoor Sena criticised the statements given by Mr Angrez Singh, president of the Pind Bachao Committee, in which he said that the migrant labourers should not be rehabilitated in the city. In a press release, the sena said that such statements should not be issued as it could agitate around 4 lakh of migrant labourers. Mr Megh Raj and Mr Deen Dayal Tripathi, president and secretary of the Sena, said. 

SWEATERS DISTRIBUTED: The Inner Wheel Chandigarh Central distributed about 20 sweaters to the inmates of SAVERA, a home for destitute girls, in Sector 43 here on Monday. According to Ms Madhu Bansal, president of the Inner Wheel, members of the club has been visiting the institute regularly and has been donating goods of daily use to the institute. 

RESIGNATION: The local unit of the Janata Dal (Secular) advised the three union ministers, Mr L K Advani, Mr Murli Manohar Joshi and Ms Uma Bharti, to resign on moral grounds after the defeat of NDA government in the Rajya Sabha. This was stated by Mr R M Kahyap, general secretary of the party, in a press note. 

SHOPKEEPERS: The Traders Association, Sector 17-D, said that in the recent past issue of keeping shops open on all days including Sunday is being raised. Statements in this regard by the Administration and intellectuals are appearing in newspapers butthis will ruin the family life of traders who get only one day off for their family and friends. From 10 in the morning to 8 in the night shops remain open. But on the other hand, the laws being suggested in the form of building byelaws, personal necessity, New Rent Laws, concession to NRIs and so on are anti-tenants making life even more difficult for the traders. The association alleged that such laws were made with the purpose of evicting the tenant shopkeepers, who have for long worked hard to bring the market to such a state of importance. 

NSS CAMP: A 10-day N.S.S camp began at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (W) here on the Assistant Programme Adviser, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, Mr Gurdev Singh Bhatti, inaugurated the camp. He advised the students to create awareness among the residents of the colony about cleanliness and to preserve the cultural values. He highlighted the scope of NSS activities at the district, state and international levels. The Principal, Mrs Prem Malik, encouraged the youths to use their energy for the betterment of society. Top



CHAUTALA: A meeting of the office-bearers of the Haryana College Teachers Union was held at Kurukshetra University, General Secretary of the HCTU, Prof Sudarshan Gasso, said here on Tuesday. Prof Gasso said the meeting was held under the presidentship of Prof Shamsher Singh. In the meeting, a decision to honour among others, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, the Chief Secretary, Mr Vishnu Bhagwan, the Education Secretary, Mr Prem Prashant, the Director Higher Education, Ms Anuradha Gupta, the Education Minister, Mr Bahadur Singh and the VC of the KU, Mr R.S. Chaudhary for early implementation of their demands. The meeting resolved that a budgetary provision be made in the annual budget so that the salaries of the teachers are regularised in future. 

CONSTRUCTION: The residents of Ekta Vihar have demanded that the road between street numbers 1,2,3 and 4 should be constructed at the earliest. A resident of Ekta Vihar said that the linking road in Ekta Vihar is constantly full of water and it becomes difficult to cross it. “People are forced to take the Ram Bagh road because of the inaccessibility through this road between the street numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4,” he said. 

RATIONAL FAIR: The seventh annual rational fair, being organised by the Rationalist Society, Haryana, will be held at Ismailabad in the old Shiv Mandir ground on December 24. The SDM of Pehowa will be the chief guest. The gathering will be addressed by among others, Mr Meghraj Mitr, Mr Balvinder Barnala, Mr Raja Ram and Master Balwant Singh. A play will also be staged during the fair. The other attractions include driving motorcycle blindfold, driving on fire and show the truth behind chamatkars, a release said. 

GARHWAL SABHA: The new office-bearers of the Garhwal Sabha, Ambala, were elected in an election held under the supervision of Mr Mohan Lal Thaplial. The new office-bearers are: president — Mr Mohan Lal Devrani; senior Vice-President — Mr Kulbhushan Todiyal; vice-president — Mr Vilochan Prasad Thaplial; secretary — Mr Ram Prasad Joshi; additional secretary — Mr Viraj Singh Gosain; treasurer — Mr Govind Singh Bisht; media secretaries — Mr Bachan Singh Gosain and Mr Chandra Prakash, a press note said. 

TRIBUTES: Punjabi Sahitya Sabha of the SD College (Lahore), Ambala Cantonment, paid tributes to Prof Gulwant Singh at a function held on Monday. The Head of Punjabi Department, Dr Ratan Singh Dhillon, along with students, observed two minute silence as a mark of respect to Prof Singh. Dr Dhillon spoke about the personality and rich literary contributions made by Prof Singh. He said that Prof Singh had a command over Sanskrit, Farsi and Punjabi and helped in the progress of these languages.

FINANCIAL HELP: The district administration distributed Rs 6.25 lakh among 25 youths under various schemes here on Monday. The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Dr G. Anupama, said the unemployed youths had been given the help to start their own units.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among the public applying for registration certificates of new vehicles and driving licences. They alleged that the delay in issuing licences was intended. For months, the registration clerk has been telling that the registration authority has not yet signed the papers, they alleged.

COLLEGE DISAFFILIATED: Maharshi Dayanand University disaffiliated Anupama College of Engineering, Gurgaon, on Tuesday. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Academic Council of the university held here on Tuesday. Nearly 200 students of the college will be adjusted in other engineering colleges.

ENT CAMP: A camp for deaf and dumb was organised by the local Lions Club. The honorary secretary of the club, Dr Vinod Gupta, said here on Tuesday that 250 patients were examined. Speech therapy on 40 dumb and stammering patients had begun and 27 hearing aids distributed, he said.

PROBE DEMANDED: Councillors of the local municipal council on Wednesday expressed concern over the reports about the use of substandard material in the development work in the city. They urged the authorities to order an inquiry. There were complaints against some former councillors working as contractors, they added.

THEFT: According to a report, thieves broke into a shop in the mandi area here on Tuesday night and decamped with goods worth thousands of rupees. Theft of electronics goods from a video shop at Ganaur town, 16 km from here, on Wednesday night , is also reported.

DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES: The Sonepat Zila Parishad has planned to spend Rs 55.71 lakh on the development of the rural areas in the district. Mr Raj Singh Dahiya, chairman of the zila parishad, told mediapersons here on Wednesday that the development schemes include the construction of roads, streets, and erecting walls around the ponds etc. The proposed plan has been sent to the district authorities for approval, he added.

THEFT: According to a report, a water tanker worth Rs 1 lakh was allegedly stolen from the store of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in Sector 14 here on Tuesday night.

MEMORANDUM: Representatives of various farmers’ organisations, sarpanches and panches and members of block samitis presented a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, here on Tuesday. It demanded suspension of the officials of the Gohana Water Service Division who had failed to ensure the supply of canal water at the tail-end villages. Probe into the complaints about the non-desilting of canals was also demanded.


OFFICE-BEARERS: The following were elected the office-bearers of the Himachal Pradesh Divisional Accounts Association here on Tuesday: president- Mr R.K. Rekhi; vice-president — Mr P.R.Shyam; general secretary — Mr M.L. Bhardwaj and joint secretary — Mr J.R. Lepta .

DECISION FLAYED: The Student’s Central Association (SCA) of Himachal Pradesh University has criticised the Academic Council decision to debar those students from admission in BA-I who get compartment in 10+2 examination. The president of the SCA, Sandeep, alleged that the university was not following the UGC instructions. The association demanded withdrawal of the decision.Top



It keeps elders hale and hearty

THE Himachal Pradesh chapter of Age Care (India), based at Shimla, is increasingly taking on the welfare of uncared people — the aged, sick men and women and children. It arranges health camps as well as organises welfare activities like periodical “race” for elders. The health camps are generally held in remote rural areas far away from the main town, for the benefit of the people who have little access to the facility.

The chapter’s chairperson, octogenarian R.K. Soni, does not allow any consideration of age, caste or class to come in the way of liberal dispensation of the NGO’s benefits to the needy. Health camps is one activity the chapter takes to the door-step of the needy villagers. These people being workaholics tend to ignore their health problems, which generally get complicated in the absence of timely medical attendance.

Some time back, a team of Shimla’s best physicians went proceeded to Rampur Keonthal, a remote village, 24 km from the main town, to provide essential medical checks and treatment to the villagers, who were busy in harvesting their kharif crop.

The venue of the medical camp was the premises of Shanti Alya Trust, situated in Rampur Keonthal. This trust is a gift of Justice Kamlesh Sharma of the HP High Court to the needy orphans. The team of doctors comprised Dr R.R. Gupta, former Head of Surgery & Medicine of the IGMC, Shimla; Dr Shushma Kaushal (well-known gynaecologist); Dr S. Sharma, Dr Manish Goel (a dentist) and Dr Bandna Goel (eye specialist). They all participated in the health camp on a voluntary basis.

As soon as the team of doctors arrived at Shanti Alya Trust, the villagers started rushing to the team — some with toothache, some with a gynae and or gastro problems or those with viral fever. The paramedical personnel divided the trust’s main building into different wards for the convenience of patients. The place looked like a satellite institute.

The doctors worked feverishly issued essential medicines (provided free by Age Care), and went on treating villagers till 4 pm.

Nearly 200 men, women and children coming from the surrounding villages such Baghi, Mazdhai and Kala Deonthi availed themselves of the health camp. They thanked the doctors, Age Care and the Shanti Alya Trust for the treatment.

Another body helping elders is the Department of Tourism which sought the cooperation of the local chapter of Age Care in organising a special race for elders above 70 years at the Ridge. Around 25 men and six women participated in the event. The younger generation, both Shimlaites as well as the outsiders enjoyed seeing the elderly taking long and hurried strides to outdo others and come out as winners. A number of young volunteers, mostly school and college girls kept moving with the elders to guard against any of them hurting themselves in the heat of the moment.

The elders participating in the race were given attractive prizes and gifts. The race turned out to be an excellent spectacle.

Eve-teasers not to be spared

Youths engaged in eve-teasing should either mend their ways or should be ready for police action, says Ms Vibhu Raj, SP, Pathankot subdivision, who is to carryout a scheme to nab culprits involved in crimes against women.

Ms Vibhu Raj, an IPS officer of the 1996 batch, after assuming charge as SP, has chalked out an ambitious programme to make the areas falling in her jurisdiction, especially the urban ones, free from social crime.

She said the police-public meetings would be organised from the village to the subdivisional level to create better understanding between the police through closer contact.

Eve-teasers would be booked and a rough register would be maintained under the Punjab Police rules at police stations recording their names.

Providing an healthy atmosphere to law-abiding citizens and elimination of narcotic cells functioning in the urban areas would be her top priorities. The traffic system would be channelised to remove hazards giving way to smooth traffic in city bazars and roads.

Cancerous tumour removed from spleen

An extremely rare & complication cancer operation has been successfully done at the Aggarwal Hospital in Yamunanagar.

Sunita (35) from Chhachhrauli in Yamunanagar district was brought to the hospital in a serious condition as she was having difficulty in breathing. She was treated at the PGI, Chandigarh, for six months and was advised to get her spleen, which had grown enormously due to cancer, removed. She could not get an early date of operation due to a long waiting list. As her condition started deteriorating, she was brought to the Yamunanagar hospital.

Dr Anil Aggarwal, the hospital’s surgeon, decided to operate upon her immediately after performing ultrasound and other investigations. After struggling for many hours he successfully removed her cancer-ridden spleen which had grown to 9 kg from its normal weight of 150 gm (see photo). The operation was more risky than heart surgery. The patient is perfectly all right now and would be discharged within this week.

Contributed by K.L. Noutay, Bharat Bhushan Dogra and Ashwani Dutta.Top

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