Thursday, January 4, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


A court complex sans facilities

  • First Haryanavi to win SIA scholarship

  • Road pileups, strays mess up traffic


SAD OFFICE: The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has opened its new office at Haji Rattan Gurdwara here. Mr Babu Singh, secretary of the office, said the office had been opened for the redress of public grievances. The ministers concerned would listen to the problems.

YOUTH CLUB: The members of Youth Welfare Service Club of Chawa, were unanimously elected in a meeting held on Monday which was organised at Government Primary School, Chawa , under the presidentship of Mr Gajjan Singh, panchayat member. The members elected are: president, Mr Baljit Singh Pehalwan; senior vice-president — Mr Baldev Singh; vice president — Mr Bhinder Singh; general secretary — Mr Harpreet Singh; secretary — Mr Jagdeep Singh. Other elected members are: Mr Charanjit Singh, Mr Jasvir Singh, Mr Gurmit Singh , Mr Gurcharan Singh, Mr Piara Singh and Mr Baljit Singh.

COLLECTION: A market fee of Rs 275 crore, along with the rural development fund, would be collected till March, 2001, which would be an example in itself”. These views were expressed by Mr Mall Singh Ghumaan, Chairman Mandi Board, Punjab. He further said,” the market fee collected till March, 2000 was Rs 231 crore. The present government has achieved success in checking theft of market fee and it is expected that the situation would improve further.” The Chairman ensured that the construction of market roads would be undertaken soon. Mr Ghumaan was talking to newspersons after attending the religious function organised by GTB College on the occasion of the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. 

SHELTER: The foundation stone of the much-needed gaushala was laid on New Year Eve at Payal, nearly 10 km from Doraha. Mr Mohan Lal Jhanji, renowned advocate, laid the foundation stone of the shed for the gaushala and donated Rs 51,000 for the purpose. Regarding it as a sacred mission to be accomplished, the devotees of gaumata raised slogans in her praise. A religious programme was initiated by Sewadar Hansraj Sachdeva and Pandit Vasudev Sharma, in which Satya Devi recited the holy shlokas and hymns in praise of gaumata. 

TOURNAMENT: The annual hockey tournament organised in the memory of Sant Kishan Singh, Rara Sahib, was inaugurated by Sant Teja Singh Ji here today and would last for three days. The prize-winners of Kabbadi tournament, held today, would be honoured by Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib, Member Parliament and the function would be presided over by Mr Harnek Singh Mangewal, former Minister and Mr Gurkirat Singh Kotli, vice-president, Punjab Youth Congress. The winners of hockey tournament, to be played on January 4 would be honoured by Raja Narinder Singh, Health Minister, Punjab. This information was released by Mr Rajinder Kumar, president, Sports Club, Rara Sahib. 

SEMINAR: A convention of agricultural experts and progressive farmers would be held in the Committee Room of the Farmers Service Centre, Punjab Agricultural University on January 4 at 10.30 a.m. under the chairmanship of Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister, Punjab, to discuss the implications of WTO on Punjab’s Agriculture. Dr G.S. Kalkat, Vice-Chancellor, PAU steer the discussions. According to Dr J.S. Kolar, Director of Extension Education, PAU, other eminent experts would include Dr Joginder Singh, Prof and Head, Dept of Economics and Sociology, PAU; Dr G .S. Bhalla, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Sciences, JNU, New Delhi; former Member Planning Commission, Prof H.S. Shergill, Professor of Economics, Panjab University Chandigarh , and Dr Parmod Kumar, Director Institute of Development and Communication, Punjab. These experts would present their views on sustainability of Punjab Agriculture vis-a-vis WTO, subsidies in WTO regime, agrarian problems and indebtedness and political economy of WTO and its impact on Punjab’s agriculture. 

CAMP CONCLUDES: The five-day village development camp organised by the Nav Kiran Youth Club at Dalergarh village, 6 km from here, concluded on Wednesday. Mr Paramjit Singh Sohal, coordinator of the Nehru Yuva Kendra, Sangrur, was the chief guest.

ID FUNCTION: A function was organised by the youth club of Qila Rehmatgarh here on Tuesday on the occasion of Id. Mr Nusrat Ali Khan, Sports Minister, Punjab, was the chief guest and Mr Gurlavleen Singh Sidhu, local SDM, presided over the function. The minister announced a grant of Rs 21,000 for the club.

CONFERENCE: A four-day All-India Eye Surgeons’ Conference will be held in Calcutta from January 4 and presided over by its president J.K. Pasreecha. Four thousand eye surgeons from all over India and abroad would participate in it, Dr Sushil Kumar Gupta, an eye surgeon from Punjab, said.

LANGAR SERVED: Langar, including sweets, was served by policemen at a function held on the premises of the Baghapurana police station in the district on Wednesday. It was organised to celebrate New Year and the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh.

DONATION: Navin Kala Mandir has donated two truckloads of food stuff including wheat flour, rice and other eatables, for the residents of Jammu and Kashmir affected by terrorist violence during last month. This was announced by chairman of the mandir Romesh Kuckoo while talking to mediapersons here on Wednesday.

HELD FOR GRAFT: Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, in a press note issued here on Tuesday, said the police had arrested Chandan Singh Malhi of Atta village for taking Rs 15,000 as bribe from Mr Mukhvir Singh of Chuheki village. A case under Sections 8 and 9 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and Section 420 of the IPC has been registered.

ROAD SAFETY WEEK: Under the ongoing Road Safety Week, headlights of 160 vehicles were painted half black, 35 tractor-trailers provided rear-side fluorescent signs and a large number of bus drivers motivated to keep first-aid boxes here on Tuesday, Mr Ish Kumar Arya, Assistant DTO, Kapurthala, said.Top



MEMBERSHIP TARGET: The target of 1,500 membership of the British Library was achieved on Wednesday for the past two days heavy rush was seen at the library for membership. A large number of people thronged the library on Wednesday. Since morning there was a long queue of the residents who wanted to become members of the library. 

UNIFORM: In a function being organised by a voluntary organisation, Uphar, in Government Senior Secondary School in Dhanas on Friday, uniforms and shoes will be distributed. According to the organisation’s president, Mr V.P. Sharma, Deputy Inspector General of the Chandigarh police, Mr Ajay Kashyap, will preside over the function. 

KILLED: Mr Gurmakh Singh was killed when he was knocked down by a vehicle on the Badala road in Kharar on Wednesday. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A, IPC.Top



DEMAND: The Ambala Cantonment Traders Federation has demanded that there should be proper lighting arrangement on the bridge which was inaugurated on Tuesday. The federation has also demanded that heavy vehicles like oil tankers and trucks should not be allowed to come in the Ambala Sadar area. “The heavy vehicles create traffic problems in the town,” a release said. 

POPPY HUSK SEIZED: Nearly 2.84 quintals of poppy husk was seized from different parts of the district on Tuesday. Mr O.P. Singh, SP, said here on Wednesday that on intercepting a Jeep near Pipaltha village in this district, the police found two quintals of poppy husk. A case was registered against Jeep driver Ram Kumar and his accomplice. In another raid, 65 kg of poppy husk was seized from Rama and Pala Ram of Hans Dehra village and 19 kg of poppy husk seized from Major Singh of Dharamgarh Bohli village. Cases under the NDPS Act were registered.Top


CAMP CONCLUDES: A 10-day-NSS camp concluded here at Adarsh Mahila College on Tuesday. The function was presided over by Dr Urmila Singla, Principal and Mr Narenderjit Singh Rawat was the chief guest.

DEMONSTRATION: The District Congress Committee would protest against enhanced electricity charges and deteriorating law and order situation by holding demonstration and dharna on January 10. Mr O.P. Kalra, vice-president of the unit, said here on Wednesday that a meeting of party activists had been convened regarding this Tilak Bhavan on Saturday.

BODY FOUND: Body of Joginder Singh (37), resident of Barwara village, was found from Pucca Nullah jungle, near Dehra, on Tuesday. Joginder had been reportedly missing since December 28. The body has been sent for a postmortem examination.

SWEARING-IN CEREMONY: The seven newly-elected members of the local nagar panchayat will take oath on January 5, according to official sources. The election of president and vice-president of the nagar panchayat will be held on the same day, the sources added.

POWER FAILURE: Parts of the city remained without electricity on the second day on Wednesday. Areas of Bohan, Jawalamukhi, Surani, Bharoli, Kathog and Chamba Pattan were affected. HPSEB officials here said the power failure resulted due to a technical snag in the main feeder at the Jassur grid.



A court complex sans facilities

PATHANKOT’S judicial court complex was constructed around 1973 with a small shed for litigants. At present three courts are functioning here and about 7000 cases pertaining to civil, criminal and revenue matters are pending. About 1, 500 to 2000 people visit the court complex daily to consult lawyers or attend courts. The SDM’s court adjoins this complex.

With the passage of time, the number of advocates as well as litigants has sky-rocketed and there is no shed where litigants can sit and wait for their case to be called (See photo).

Besides there is no provision for drinking water. The area at the back of the judicial complex has been occupied by the jail authorities for growing vegetables. This area can be converted into a shed and a toilet for litigants or public use. Priority should be given to litigants as the court is primarily for them.

The courtrooms are small resulting in overcrowding. Even with two stenographers for each court there is little room for them. The “ahalmads” for civil and criminal cases work in one small room. There is no space provided for lawyers to sit and inspect files.

The office of the SDM who is also the licensing authority, has no space for placing records pertaining to registration and licensing. The licensing clerk has just one small room for carrying out the increased load of Pathankot subdivision.

Almost a hundred lawyers come to the courts daily but they do not have any place to park their vehicles. The Bar Association had passed a number of resolutions asking the government to provide security in the court complex, but the authorities are yet to be shaken out of their slumber.

First Haryanavi to win SIA scholarship

Pranav Yadav, a class XI student of DPS, Faridabad, is perhaps the first Haryanavi student selected by Singapore Airlines for the SIA Youth Scholarship-2001.

The airline selects a few students from India annually through a written test and interview from amongst those students who score 90 per cent or more marks in Class X. Those selected are mostly scholarship holders of the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) conducted by the NCERT and are sent to Singapore for higher studies.

Pranav, son of Dr P.S. Yadav, a senior orthopaedic surgeon at Faridabad, belongs to a village in Rewari district. Singapore Airlines offered a scholarship allowance of $ 2400 (Singapore) per annum with hostel accommodation to pursue a two-year PUC course in a junior college there commencing from January 2.

The scholarship exempts holders from fees for school coaching and the GCE “A” level examination, which every scholarship winner is required to appear for at the end of the second year. In addition, air passage will be provided for travel to and from Singapore.

There is no bond attached to the scholarship. However, the student is required to execute a scholarship deed with SIA to complete the course, failing which the student will be liable to refund the allowances that had been paid to him with 10 per cent compound interest.

Road pileups, strays mess up traffic

Almost all roads in the temple town of Jawalamukhi are in a pathetic condition littered with garbage, construction material, and waste from drains on the roadsides (See photo). Not only does this accumulation cause frequent jams, but also poses a death-trap for pedestrians.

Unchecked parking leads to blockades thus restricting free movement. There have been many cases of the elderly and kids being injured or losing their lives in road accidents, but the police authorities have still not woken up.

Coupled with this is the nuisance of stray animals, which move on the roads in the absence of checks by the Nagar Panchayat. There have been numerous cases where pedestrians have been attacked by stray animals and been injured.

Though the authorities have laid down certain rules to manage traffic, the decision remains on paper. For example, while the entry of vehicles to Mandir Road and the main market is restricted during the day, some vehicles still manage to enter through streets where there are no restrictions. Besides, there is a lot of reckless driving which often leads to fatal accidents but the traffic police has hitherto shown a blind eye.

When contacted, Dehra SDM Gopal Sharma said he would direct the Nagar Panchayat to size up the situation and take remedial steps.

He was aware that certain petty traders had encroached on roads and set up units to manufacture furniture. Though they had been challaned, but a maximum fine of Rs 50 was no deterrent. The only alternative was to forcibly evict them by seizure, their goods, but police assistance was required for seizure which was not available every time, he added.
Contributed by Ravi Bhushan Puri, Jatinder Sharma and Bijender Sharma


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