Thursday, January 11, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


A society that harnesses youth power

  • Cabbies rule the roost at key Shimla point

  • Assistant’s record in attaining degrees


GURDAS MANN: A number of cultural organisations and clubs of the area prayed a speedy recovery for the famous singer and actor Gurdas Mann, who was injured in a road accident near Kurali on Tuesday. The organisations also expressed grief over the death of his driver. Prominent among these cultural bodies were Rammi Memorial Manch, Sahara Cultural Club and the Panjab and Chandigarh Patarkar Parishad. 

NISHKAM: The old people of Nishkam Vridh Ashram were given woollens, bed sheets and other clothes by the members of the Lions Club Sutlej, here on Tuesday. Mr Dhiraj Rai Gupta, Project Director, Lions Club, in a press note informed that members of the club spent some time with the parents whose children had left them at the old age home. The problems and needs of these people were told to the members of the club. Mr Yoginder Taneja, Mr Naresh Jain, Mr Amarjit Singh Dang, Mr Rakesh Bansal and Mr Arvind Rai were some of the members present on the occasion.

DR. SHUKLA: Dr Fakir Chand Shukla, a scientist, has been awarded with the millennium award by the Punjab Mata Nagar Writers’ Association at the Punjabi Bhavan on Tuesday. Dr Shukla has written more than 21 books in Hindi and Punjabi. Among present on the occasion included Dr Ajit Sikka, Mr Harvinder Happy, Mr Bhupinder Haras and Mr Rajinder Verma. 

COMPUTER CENTRE: The computer centre at nishkam has started functioning from January 1, 2001. According to a press note, nominal tuition fee would be charged for the course. The main objective of the centre was to make girls and boys self reliant by imparting training in different programmes of the computer operations. 

TRAINING: Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, is organising a threemonth training course in agriculture and subsidiary occupations for the rural youth in Punjab. These training courses will be organised at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Bhatinda, Patiala, Faridkot and Langroa (Nawanshahr). All young farmers who are interested in getting training in Agriculture or in any of the subsidiary occupation such as bee keeping, dairy farming, poultry farming, fisheries, repair & maintenance of farm machinery, and production of hybrid seeds should report to Director, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, at any of the aforesaid station for interview. The interview will take place on January 31, 2001 from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. 

PPCC: Capt Amrinder Singh, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, will visit Ludhiana on January 26. He will address a party meeting in Janakpuri to mark the Republic Day and will unfurl the National Flag. The Congress MP Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, will preside over the function. According to Mr Surinder Dawar, President, District Congress Committee, a special meeting of the DCC has been convened in the Congress Bhavan here on January 14 to chalk out the detailed programme and make necessary preparations for the function. 

RALLIES: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will observe the year 2001 as the Year of Struggle and would organise awareness rallies all over the state. Giving this information, the state vice-president of the party, Mr D.P. Khosla, said that the state party president, Mr Mohan Singh Phallianwala, had nominated Major Pritpal Singh (Ludhiana), Mr Abdul Shakoor (Hoshiarpur), Mr Jagdish Saini and Mr Nisha Ram Gujjar to the state executive of the BSP to give due representation to all the sections. He reiterated the commitment of the party to strive for the welfare of the Dalits and other weaker sections. 

ELECTION: The Bhartiya Valmiki Adi Dharam Samaj organised a function to felicitate Mr Harnam Das Johar, former Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on his election to the All-India Congress Committee (AICC). Mr Jasbir Lavan, central propaganda secretary of the BVADS, presented a memento to Mr Johar on this occasion. Among others district president of the body Mr Dharam Pal, the district convener, Mr K.P. Danav, the BCC president, Mr Raj Kashyap, Mr Balwinder Rasila, Mr Dharam Vir and Mr Kanauj Parkash attended the function. 

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the All-India Democratic Women Association: president — Ms Avtar Kaur Ralla; vice-president — Ms Sarabjit Kaur Matti; secretary — Ms Amarjit Kaur Mansa; joint secretary— Ms Raj Kaur Ralla; and treasurer — Ms Surinder Kaur Bhikhi.

DISTRIBUTED: Ms Raji P. Shrivastava, Deputy Commissioner and president of the district unit of the Indian Red Cross Society, distributed 250 blankets, 10 quintals of wheat and rice to poor and needy persons here on Tuesday.

TELEPHONE SERVICES: Residents of Mansa, Budhlada, Bareta and Sardulgarh towns in the district have complained about the poor telephone services being provided by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., alleging that the telephones remained out of order most of the times for the past two months due to some fault in the exchange. New connections are also not being issued.

PROMOTED: Mr G.S. Hara has been promoted as Engineer-in-Chief (South) by the Punjab State Electricity Board with effect from January 5, according to an official press note of the board.

CHAMPIONSHIP: The three-day senior Patiala district fencing championship for men and women will be held at the Polo grounds from Friday, according to Mr Arun Kumar Vij, honorary secretary, Patiala District Fencing Association. Those desirous of taking part in the meet may send their entries to Mr P.S. Bhangu, organising secretary, Senior Model School, Punjabi University, on Thursday. The championship will also act as trials to select the Punjab team.

TELEFILM: On the basis of its research committee report, the Forum for Educational Action and Reform, at its meeting held here on Wednesday, urged Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, to make a telefilm on ‘Guru Ka Banda’, a Punjabi novel by Dr Amarjit Singh Gorki. The forum president, Dr Amarjit Singh Dhillon, said the film could be made in the university now as its Audio-Visual Research Centre was fully equipped for the task.

NOMINATED: Mr Ranjit Singh Nakra, President, Shiromani Youth Akali Dal, has been nominated as a member of the District Grievance Committee.

DONATED: Mr K.K. Sharma, Chairman, Adalat Bazaar Trade Association donated chairs, books and slates for Aganbadi School here today. 

I-CARDS: Mr G.S. Sohal, Chairman, Punjab State Electricity Board, inaugurated the scheme of disbursing identity cards to its employees. An official press note said that the card carries employees code number, category and the date of recruitment and other such details. 


BRANCH OPENED: Goodlass Nerolac Paints opened its branch and distribution centre office at Ambala today. The 62nd sales office of the company in the region, it will cover the districts of Karnal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Kaithal, Panipat and Panchkula. Mr Ashok Saini, vice-president, sales and marketing, inaugurated the office.

DISTRIBUTED: Members of the Lions Club Chandigarh Greater distributed 150 blankets to the poor and needy people in Sectors 22, 35, 37 and 38 on Monday. According to the president of the club, Mr Sushil Kapoor, members of the club, distributed blankets amongst people who did not have any suitable bedding for the winter.

WORKSHOP: As many as 45 women participated in a two-day candle making workshop which was organised by Canara Bank, Sector 34, in collaboration with the Rotary Club at Government Middle School, Bapudham Colony. Mr R.K. Arora, AGM of Canara Bank explained various loan schemes of the bank which can help women to start new ventures.

PULLOVERS DISTRIBUTED: The Dariya branch of the State Bank of Patiala distributed 30 pullovers to the poor and intelligent students of Government Middle School, Dariya on Tuesday. According to Mr Sushil Koushal, assistant general manager, and Mr Ravi Gupta, chief manager of the zonal office, Mr Anil Verma, a local businessman, was also associated with the bank in this noble task.

DISTRIBUTED: Pullovers were given to 75 poor school children at a function organised by the Lions Club of Mohali at Guru Nanak Colony here on Monday. Mr Kuljeet Singh Bedi, president of the club, said warm clothings were also distributed among aged persons of the colony.


DELEGATION MEETS: A delegation led by the president of SGHS Khalsa College Society, Panjokhra Sahib, Ambala, Mr Surjit Singh, Niddar, apprised the Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, on Wednesday of the problems due to want of funds. The general secretary of the society, Mr Ranbir Singh Fauji, said Mr Chautala was reminded of his announcement in Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Ambala City, to release grant-in-aid for the college. Among others, Mr Sant Singh, Mr Harcharan Singh, Mr Amrik Singh and the Principal, Mr Khazan Singh, were part of the delegation.

DHARNA: The Nicholson Road Traders Association threatened on Wednesday to sit on a dharna if a solution to the traffic problem was not found at the earliest. The president of the association, Mr Naresh Chaddha, said a delegation met the local MLA, Mr Anil Vij, and apprised him of the acute traffic problem in the area, besides seeking his intervention in solving the problem. Mr Vij took up the matter with the officials concerned, a release said. The delegation included Mr Pradeep Gupta, Mr Ramit Salwan, Mr Ramesh Dhamija and Mr Kulwant Singh. 

STRIKE: The Haryana Tourism Karamchari Sangh participated on Wednesday in a strike by the Akhil Bharatiya Rajya Mahasangh and the Haryana Sarvkaramchari Mahasangh. The sangh organised the one-day strike in protest against privatisation, removal of employees and in complete benefits after retirement, a release said. Among others, Mr S Kumar, Mr Sukhdev, Mr Nandan Singh Rawat and Mr Lakhvinder Singh participated.

SERIAL: The first episode of Sarnama, a serial to be telecast on Alpha Punjabi, has been written by Vikesh Nijhawan. He says the first episode of the serial is based on the story Ek Tukda Zindagi, which is part of his book Ab Din Nahi Niklega. The serial has been produced by Kamlesh Sharma and Rajan Pabbi and directed by Ravi Mahajan.

RECOGNISED: Bawa Amarjeet Singh, who was elected Himachal Pradesh INTUC president was recognised in this capacity by the Delhi Darbar of the party on Wednesday, while ex-president Kanta Sood returned disappointed. Both Bawa Amarjeet Singh and Kanta Sood with their supporters had put forth their claims to the post. According to sources, national INTUC president Sanjeeva Reddy had taken a serious view of the controversial statements given by the supporters of Kanta Sood in various newspapers. Bawa Amarjeet Singh was allowed to run the affairs of INTUC in Himachal Pradesh independently. He said disciplinary action would initiated, against those party workers who were dragging the name of Punjab INTUC president Subash Sharma, who was appointed observer for the election, into the controversy.

BLOOD DONATION; Mr Gabruddin (55) of Kabirpur village created a record in the state by donating blood for 155 times till date. He donated blood last time on Tuesday.

CAMP: A blood donation camp was organised on the premises of Hindu Girls College here on Tuesday in which 60 students and others donated blood. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Sudhir Rajpal, was present on the occasion.

FACTORY SEALED: Officials of the Haryana Pollution Control Board sealed a textile factory at Chidana village, about 45 km from here, on Tuesday following public complaints that the factory owner had failed to install a treatment plant for the polluted water being discharged by the factory.


CONSTABLE INJURED: Mr Jaswant Singh, a constable posted with the local police station, was seriously injured when some persons attacked a police party at Dehan village, near here, on Tuesday. According to the police, when the team following a complaint by local shopkeeper Bhuvnesh Kumar Sood that his tempo carrying goods had been detained and his driver beaten up by some persons at Dehan village on Tuesday, went to investigate, it was attacked. The injured has been admitted to the local civil hospital.



A society that harnesses youth power

WHEN society is witnessing a race among the people for grabbing the largest share in the ‘‘cake’’, it is amazing to come across organisations which are moving in the reverse direction. One such body of volunteers, based at Faridabad, is Youth Eye of Hindustan.

A social and non-political society, its aims and objections are to encourage and help youth in their endeavour to seek higher education, inculcate moral values in them, promote nationalism, prepare them to fight against corruption in the present system and prepare them for the ‘‘real swaraj’’. The president of the organisation, Mr Rishi Pal, says society creates an awareness among the youth about the need to keep the environment pollution-free and fight AIDS.

Mr Rishi Pal says the target age group is 15 to 18 years as youth at this age has an impressionable mind. The present education system is inadequate to meet the challenges of the future. He feels with more stress being laid on scoring high to build a career, little attention is being paid to build the nation by building character.

The society holds camps in schools and colleges to educate students. Preference is being given to rural youth who face tougher competition but lack proper guidance and financial resources. ‘‘The response is tremendous. We are trying to provide them the right direction’’, he asserts.

Its handicap is money. With donations from the members running short of requirement, the organisation has appealed for sponsors for scholarships and relevant printed matter needed for students. To catch up with the times, the organisation has decided to launch its own website soon.

Cabbies rule the roost at key Shimla point

A large number of people working in various shops at Shimla, reside in the satellite town of Sanjauli and or beyond. Many business establishment owners also have their residences there.

Almost all of them work till evening and leave not before 8.30 p.m. They are dependent on public conveyance for commuting back.

Bus services are not regular to take them home at that late hour. However, long-route buses prove quite convenient. But the musclemen among taxi drivers claim a kind of proprietary right to carry local commuters from Lakkar Bazar to Sanjauli. They charge Rs 10 per passenger for the 3 km distance. That is excessive for the middle class. Therefore, a tussle develops between commuters, operators of long route buses and taxi drivers.

Commuters wish to board a long-route bus because of the low fare. Operators of long route buses also do not mind carrying local commuters for benefit. The musclemen operating the taxis, however, want to make hay out of the commuters’ hardship. The former prevail on such bus operators not to halt at the Lakkar Bazar bus stand nor carry local commuters, so that they can pick up commuters and make the extra buck.

Somehow the operators of the long-route buses act, succumbing to their pressure, drive off from the bus stand denying commuters an opportunity to use vacant seats in their vehicles. The clash of interests among the parties sometimes tends to take the shape of a brawl.

With a view to watching public interest and maintaining good law and order, it is desirable that the authorities take steps to mitigate the people’s hardship. First of all, taxi owners should ensure that their drivers respect the law of the land and desist from interfering or pressurising long-route bus operators. Taxi drivers should carry those commuters who come forward to avail of their services. Second, long-route bus operators should be firm and not submit to coercion of taxi drivers. Last but most important, the HRTC should run special half-hourly local buses from 8.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. from Lakkar Bazar bus stop to various places like Sanjauli, Bharari, etc.

Assistant’s record in attaining degrees

MR Charan Gupta, a senior assistant working in Punjab State Tubewell Corporation Ltd, Malerkotla, has created a record of sorts by getting 12 degrees or diplomas after joining service.

Mr Gupta hailing from a small village, Kutail (Karnal) joined the corporation in 1972 as a steno-typist as he was then a matriculate. He was promoted senior assistant in 1978. After joining the corporation, he did his BA from the evening college and then MA (English and Political Science). He did LLB through correspondence, four P-G diplomas (management, public relations, company law, and journalism), four diplomas (labour laws, international business administration, personnel management and industrial relations, and Urdu). He is still doing a diploma in human resources development.

Interestingly Mr Gupta has already typed the lengthiest and heaviest letter containing 11.11 million words of ‘‘Ram’’ on 3865 paper sheets of 76X35 cm size. He has now added 5 million words to it. The document itself weighs 41 kg.

He said during the seventies he followed the philosophy of Napoleon Bonaparte, “Impossible is word found in the dictionary of fools’’. After putting in hard work for 25 years, and not getting a suitable job after attending hundreds of interviews including HCS, he is following the karma theory of Lord Krishna.

Tailpiece Seen written on a dhaba by the side of GT Road.

“Babe da dhaba, Makhan ghar da, Te lassi free”.

— Contributed by Baljinder Mann, K.L. Noatay, Vikrant Jindal and A.S. Prashar.


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