Thursday, March 1, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


  • CM’s function turns a grave  for flowerbeds
  • German honour for physicist

  • Big rise in ST collection

  • He saves those in distress



EARMARKED: A sum of Rs 40 crore has been earmarked for the computerisation of schools by the government. This was stated by Mr Mohan Lal, Minister for Higher Education, Punjab, here on Tuesday. The minister attended a prize distribution function at the local S.R. Government College for Women and delivered convocation address at Sri Guru Teg Bahadur College for Women.

PHONE CONNECTIONS: Mr Mohan Lal, General Manager (Telecom), has said around 30,000 new telephone connections would be provided in the Hoshiarpur SSA during the current financial year. Out of these, 18,000 new connections had been released so far and the remaining 12,000 were likely to be released during the current year, he said.

RAIL BUDGET HAILED: The Railway Passengers Association (North Zone) has welcomed the Railway Budget in a press note issued here on Tuesday. Mr Pawan Tayal, president of the association, said the new budget was in the larger interest of the common masses.

COMPLAINED: Mr Parkash Chand, a local resident, has complained in a letter written to the Chairman of the Bar Council of the state that his registration certificate had not been issued even after repeated reminders to his office. He said he applied for his enrolment in September last year but he had not received his certificate till date.

HEART CAMP: The local Goodwill Society will organise a heart check-up camp on March 4 at the Goodwill Centre, Paras Ram Nagar, of the city. This was stated by Mr K.R. Jindal, general secretary of the society.

URGED: The Punjab National Bank Workers Union has urged the government not to shift the Children and General Hospital to the building of the new Civil Hospital. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the union held here on Tuesday.

CHARAS SEIZED: The police has arrested Parveen Kumar of Tika Garhi village and seized 400 gm of charas from his possession. Mr Narinder Kumar, SSP, said a case under the NDPS Act had been registered.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among residents of Nabipur Colony, 2 km from here, over the demolition of some structures. Mr Baldev Singh, Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO), had issued a notice two months ago to the owners of the structures to remove these within 15 days. Later, the structures were demolished by the BDPO on Friday.

DIED: Mr Pran Nath Phurti, former president of the local municipal council died at his residence on Tuesday after a prolonged illness. He was 72 and is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son. Hundreds of Congress men and residents attended his funeral.

BODY FOUND: The body of an unidentified man, about 30, was found in the forest area of Shahpur on Tuesday. The police has sent the body for post-mortem.

MURDERED: Gian, brother of Pyare Lal, a migrant labourer of Roshan Ganj district, Azamgarh, was found murdered at a tubewell at Mansuran village, Sudhar police station . As per the statement of Pyaree Lal, he was working as a servant with Bhupinder Singh, son of Tarlok Singh, for the past six months. About two months back, Gian, sustained injury and was under treatment. As he could not walk so he started living in tubewell Kotha of Bhupinder Singh. A day before, Pyare Lal went to serve him food and the next day when he again went there to bring fodder he found his brother murdered. A case has been registered under Section 302 of the IPC at Sudhar police station.

SEMINAR: Knitwear Club, the Ludhiana Spinners Association and “Unido” will organise a seminar on ‘Spandex’ fibre on Thursday. According to a press note, the seminar will be addressed by scientists from the USA who would focus on raw materials, manufacturing technology of the yarn. Spandex is a elastomeric yarn with its snap back properties allowing upto 600 per cent recovery from stretch. The yarn is used in sports wear and fashion garments. Large number of spinners, weavers, knitters and acrylic yarn manufacturers from all over the state and city will participate in the seminar.

ORGANISED: Dr Paramjit Singh, A veterinary doctor, of Jagraon, has been declared first in the poster presentation at the VIIth Annual Conference of the Indian Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Research and National Symposium on “Animal health and production in new millennium” and Indian Veterinary Congress organised recently by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Punjab Agricultural University. Dr Paramjit Singh is the only scientist of the Animal Husbandry Department, Punjab who has got the award. According to a press note, about 400 scientists from all over the country participated in the congress.

INAUGURATED: Welfare Minister Sarwan Singh inaugurated the buildings of Government Primary School constructed at the cost of Rs 5 lakh and a marriage palace constructed at the cost of Rs 2 lakh at Sakohpur village near here on Tuesday. The minister also presided over the prize distribution function of the rural sports mela organised by the Panchayati Raj Sports Club and the local village panchayat.

CONVICTED: The Judicial Magistrate of Samrala , Ms Asha Mehta, on Wednesday sentenced Pritam Singh, a contractor and one of his employees, Devinder Pal, to two-year rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 1,000 (each) under Section 304-A of the IPC. However, the accused were allowed to appeal within 30 days and were released on bail. They were convicted in a case in which, about three years back a bridge over Sirhind canal at Neelon, nine km from here, had collapsed due to which a Junior Engineer of the PWD Department and one labourer had died and three others were seriously injured.

KISAN CARDS: Nearly 50 farmers were given Central Kisan Credit Cards by the Central Bank of India at a function organised here on Tuesday. Mr G.S. Gulati, Regional Manager (Amritsar) distributed the cards.

OPIUM SEIZED: The police has arrested Mangal Singh of Dehlawala village and Paramjit Singh, a local resident, and seized 1.25 kg of opium from their possession. Mr Jagdish Kumar Mittal, SSP, said cases under the NDPS Act had been registered.


ASSOCIATION: A deputation of the Punjab Mandi Board Officers Association met the Chairman of the Mandi Board on Tuesday and submitted a charter of demands to him. The deputation was led by Mr G.P.S. Randhawa, president of the association. The association demanded parity in pay scales of the executive engineer and district mandi officers as it existed in 1996 prior to their revision. The association has also demanded the implementation of provision of official conveyance ,telephone and official residence to the Deputy District Mandi Officers.

FIRE: A minor fire was reported in the wild bushes near the Rock Garden here on Tuesday. Two fire tenders were pressed into services to control the fire. However, no damage of property was reported.

WELFARE ASSOCIATION: The Chandigarh Colonies Welfare Association has expressed its concern over the recent spurt of murders in the city. The association has alleged that the murders prove that there is no law and order in the city and the residents have started feeling very unsecure. The association has urged the Chandigarh Administration to increase the security so that murders could be stopped. This was stated by Mr Achhe Lal, president of the association, in a press note.

ORGANISED: The Progressive Education Society had organised an eight-day awareness generation programme for the women residents of Dadumajra village. The women were given information about the communicable diseases, vocational courses, house keeping and legal knowledge. A special session on family planning was also held. The programme was sponsored by the State Social Welfare Advisory Board, Chandigarh.

MOCK TEST: The students of the Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, alongwith Chandigarh Medical College students would be conducting a mock CET and PMT test on the pattern of Panjab University for the candidates aspiring for medical and engineering professional college admissions. The test would be held on April 8, 2001 in the DAV College, Sector 10. Admit cards for the test are available at various book shops in the region and registrations can be made on the guidance helpline numbers (0172) 744976 and 668842. This was informed by Akhil Verma, convener of the test.

URGED: The All-India Crime Prevention Society has urged the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Ambala District, to give local phone call facility between Kalka-Shimla. The society has expressed surprise that Chandigarh-Shimla is a local call but Kalka-Shimla is not.

ANNOUNCED: The elections of the Haryana Accounts Services Welfare Association will be held in the Muni Mandir, Sector 23, on March 17. As many as 600 voters are expected to take part in the voting. This was announced in a press note of the association.

BUDGET: A popular Punjabi channel, Lashkara, will telecast the post Budget review and analysis at 9 a.m. on March 1 and 2. According to the spokesman of Lashkara channel, the above mentioned programme will be featured under the title ‘Lashkara Budget 2001’.

DECIDED: The Panchkula Welfare Association, Sector 8, has decided not to celebrate Holi this year in the wake of the Gujarat tragedy at its general body meeting held, here on Wednesday. It was further decided to perform havan for all those who lost their lives in the quake. The havan will be held in the Sector 8 market from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon.

SCIENCE QUIZ: An Inter-college Science Quiz was organised at Government post-graduate College, Naraingarh, here on Wednesday. The running trophy went to DAV College, Chandigarh, while the second and third place was bagged by the host college and College for Education, Kurukshetra, respectively. The SDM, Naraingarh, Mr Maheshwar Sharma, was the chief guest.


INAUGURATED: Mr Shrikant Sinha, Zonal Manager (North), inaugurated an Asset International Centre on Nicholson Road, Ambala Cantonment on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sinha said, “Asset International is providing highend IT education. Asset’s endeavour is to give quality education and prepare professionals who would be part of the IT work force. In Haryana, we already have Asset centres at Gurgaon and Faridabad. The centre at Ambala is the third in the state and 30th in the north zone.” Mr Naveen Dawar, Centre Head, Asset International, Ambala, said that the courses offered include e_com@asset,netpro@asset, MCSE/MCSD, WAP@ asset, java and web development.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: Students should display their talent in every field as they are the reservoirs of energy, the Deputy Commissioner of Ambala, Mr D.D. Gautam, said on Wednesday at the prize distribution ceremony of inter-college competitions organised by the Home Science and Fine Arts Association of S.D. College, Ambala Cantonment. The trophy was won by Guru Nanak Girls College, Yamunanagar. The Principal of S.D. College, Dr Deshbandhu, highlighted the achievements of the college in the field of academics, sports and cultural activities. Ms Neelam Ahuja, In charge, Home Science Association, coordinated the function. In card making, Swachhla was first and Veenu was second. In Mehandi, Nazma was first and Suruchi was second. In flower arrangement (fresh), Rupinder was first and Barkha was second. In flower arrangement (dry) Barkha was first and Priyanka was second. In Rangoli, Shikha and Shweta were first and Yosha and Neha were second.

FOREIGNER HELD: The Ambala range police nabbed a foreigner for trying to cheat a bank. The police has arrested Kajina Toruk for trying to misuse three travellers cheque worth Rs 40,000. The foreigner had allegedly changed the numbers of the travellers’ cheque and tried to deposit it in a bank at Yamunanagar. The bank manager spotted the changes and informed the police. The police is investigating the matter, a release said.

SANSKRIT COMPETITIONS: Sanskrit competitions were held in Diwan Krishna Kishore S.D. Sanskrit College, Ambala Cantonment on Wednesday. A number of Sanskrit students from different regions participated in the competitions. Among others, Mr Ashok Shastri, Mr Rajeshwar Prasad, Dr Vishnu Datt Sharma, Dr Bhim Singh Vedlankar, Mr Ajay Krishna Sharma, Mr Ram Narain Shastri, Mr K.L. Nagpal, Mr Reshmanand Shastri and Mr Subhash Chandra Shardacharya were present. In debate, Santosh Jha was first, Prem Chand was second and Devi Singh was third. In ‘Shlokocharan’, Neetu Sharma was first, Archna and Rajiv Verma were second, Prem Chand was third and Om Pal got the consolation prize. In ‘Shlokantakshari’, Umesh Narain Das was first, Vipin Sharma was second and Prem Chand Sharma was third. In ‘Sutrantakshari’, Jitendra was first, Kavita was second and Sonia was third.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested the two youths who had allegedly fired at a girl in Jandli near Ambala city on Monday. The girl had sustained bullet injuries and was admitted to local civil hospital. The police recovered a country made pistol from their possession.

JUDICIAL CUSTODY: Two of the accused, alleged involved in several incidents of theft and looting cases in the district, were arrested by the police on Tuesday near Naraingarh were sent to judicial custody for 14 days. They were produced in a local court today noon. According to police the accused Bal Kishan and Awtar Singh have admitted during interrogation that they have snatched a motorcycle and car on gun point at Jagadhari and Naraingarh. Mr Sandeep Khirwar, SP, Ambala, said that the accused were also found involve in several cases in Punjab.

3 ARRESTED: The police has arrested Ramesh of Rai Chandwala village, Satish of Karsola village and Balwan of Khatkar village in the district and recovered three pistols, five cartridges and a Maruti car from their possession. This was stated by Mr O.P. Singh, SP, here on Tuesday.

KILLED: A person was killed and six were injured in a collision between a jeep and a tractor-trailer on the Jind-Narwana road on Monday. The injured persons have been admitted to the local General Hospital.

LOOTED: Two armed motor cycle-borne youths looted Rs 29,920 from a petrol station at Pai village in the district on Monday. The police has registered a case.

LOK ADALAT: A lok adalat was organised at the local Judicial complex on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Mr G.L. Goyal, District and Sessions Judge, Narnaul. As many as 288 cases were disposed of on the occasion, out of which 24 cases were of bank loans.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: The annual prize distribution function of Arya Kanya Mahavidyalya here was held here on Wednesday. Ms Anuradha Gupta, Director, Higher Education, Haryana awarded the prizes to the outstanding students.

INAUGURATED: Mr Chander Shekhar, Telephone District Manager, BSNL, inaugurated a 1000-line telephone exchange at Palri village, about 15 km from here, on Tuesday. According to official sources, the new telephone exchange would benefit a number of villages of the area.

CONDOLENCE MEETING: The district unit of the CPI organised a condolence meeting here on Tuesday to pay tributes to departed CPI leader Inderjit Gupta. Leaders of various Leftist parties addressed the meeting.

HELD: The police arrested Virender and Shamshad of the Ram Bazar area as they were found under the influence of liquor at Mamoo Bhanja Chowk here on Tuesday. According to the police, both youths sustained injuries when they clashed with each other and they were medically examined .

ARMS SEIZED: The Baroda police arrested Harinder and Upinder on Tuesday and seized two country-made pistols and a live cartridge from their possession. A case under the Indian Arms Act has been registered.


FIRE: Three rooms in the building of Central School, Subathu, 19 km from here, were gutted by a devastating fire on Tuesday. The incident took place when a farewell party was being organised on the school premises. Short circuit is believed to be the cause of fire.

INCOME TAX RANGE: A new range of Income Tax has been created here with immediate effect. The Palampur range will have jurisdiction over Kangra, Una, Hamirpur, Bilaspur and Chamba districts. Mr Rakesh Suri, an IRS officer of 1984 batch, has taken over as Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, Palampur range.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the HP State Ayurveda Employees Federation: president — Mr Bahadur Singh Verma; senior vice-president — Mr Gurbachan Singh; general secretary — Mr Naresh Gupta; joint secretary — Mr Rajender Bhardwaj; and treasurer — Mr Sher Singh Syal.


Regional Potpourri
CM’s function turns a grave  for flowerbeds

THE various schemes launched by the Shimla Municipal Corporation to restore the glory of the “queen of hills” is being appreciated by one and all. Over the years, the city has witnessed a sharp decline in civic amenities with the burgeoning population.

The dense green cover in and around the town has eroded to unbelievable levels as a result of unauthorised constructions, encroachments and vehicular traffic. In such dismal conditions, the SMC under the aegis of the Shimla Saundaryakaran Samiti, started an ambitious drive to spread greenery and boost floriculture as part of the beautification drive by planting different saplings.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, too, planted a chinar sapling to make a beginning along with his ministerial colleagues. But, the hitherto-closed Daulat Singh Park, where the whole show was performed, has left behind a trail of ruination. After the park was thrown open to the public, the pretty, symmetrical flowerbeds, prepared by malis after nearly two months’ of hard toil, were trampled by the gathering at the function. Thus the entire process of beautifying Shimla has come to a nought by this single instance!

One of the gardeners who prepared the flowerbeds was in tears. ‘‘We nurture these plants like our own kids and only I can feel the agony of watching them being crushed right before my eyes,’’ he said crestfallen.

The environmentalists and those deeply concerned with the upkeep of the town firmly hold the view that the commissioner, Mr H.N. Kashyap, who took over a few months ago, has initiated some welcome moves to ameliorate the lot of the town and that no drastic changes can be brought about overnight. But, he and his subordinates in the SMC should be a little more imaginative, and prevent such occurrences in the future. They must ensure that positive action for common good does not end up in a ridiculous outcome!

As Mr Lalit Kishor Sood, an old Shimlaite, said: ‘‘The first priority of the SMC right now should be to undo the damage by making sure that flower-beds at Daulat Singh Park are restored by colourful swaying flowers by mid-April, when the park is a riot of colour.

German honour for physicist

Dr Ramandeep Singh Johal, a lecturer in physics at D.A.V. College, Jalandhar, has been awarded the prestigious fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany. The foundation, established in memory of the eminent scientist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt in 1860, grants fellowships to qualified foreign scholars holding doctorates.

He will be working at an institute in Dresden on problems related to fluid turbulence. Turbulence is a major unsolved problem in physics and understanding this phenomenon is crucial for many applications in aerodynamics and engineering.

Dr Johal did M.Sc. Honours from the Physics Department, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. He did Ph.D in theoretical physics from Panjab University, Chandigarh, in 1999. He is also a recipient of the Young Scientist Award conferred by the Centre for Promotion of Science, GND University. He has 17 research publications to his credit in international journals and is currently working on different aspects of non-extensive statistical mechanics, a fast-emerging field.

Apart from this, he works on fundamental problems in quantum mechanics. He has contributed many science articles and book reviews to The Tribune.

Big rise in ST collection

A 24 per cent increase in the sales tax collection has broken all records in Yamunanagar district. According to statistics collected till January 31, the sales tax collection was to the tune of Rs 41.60 crore as against Rs 33.62 crore collected last year — an increase of 24 per cent.

Intensive road checks conducted by the Excise and Taxation Department in Yamunanagar have proved to be a boon for the state government. From April 1 to January 31, penalties amounting to Rs 1.24 crore were imposed after road checks on tax evaders who did not have proper documents. Yamunanagar — Jagadhri is hub of the plywood industry. During the last decade, this industry has come up in a big way. The plywood industry has replaced those in Assam and more than 200 units have been established here.

The government introduced form ST 38 in last July, which was opposed by manufacturers as well as traders. The scheme has paid rich dividends to the Excise and Taxation Department.

The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, constituted a seven-member committee, which included traders, to resolve the issue and to suggest ways and means to revamp tax collection. The committee was headed by Mr Niranjan Lal Bansal Chairman of the Haryana Warehousing Corporation, As a gesture of good faith, Mr Chautala also introduced a self-assessment scheme up to a turnover of Rs 1 crore to help traders file returns.

When contacted Mr Ashok Sharma, Deputy Excise & Taxation Commissioner, Yamunanagar, he confirmed that introduction of the self-assessment scheme which had been appreciated by the business community. Cases were finalised without delay and repeated visits by assessees.

He also informed that during road checks a penalty of Rs 7, 38, 156 was imposed in April last year whereas in November it was highest at Rs 22, 27, 291. He said this month also the flying squads had been working round the clock to curb tax evasion.

He stated that there was an increase in large tax-payers whereas it was 49 per cent in other categories during January.

He saves those in distress

Mr Ashwani Sona, a resident of Dhariwal, is a keen footballer and has interest in social service. But above all he has risked his life to save others a number of times.

Sona saved Narinder Kaur of Theh Trikha village and her two children when they were about to be run over by a train while crossing the railway crossing near Model Town, Dhariwal, on June 6 last year. Unmindful that the train was fast approaching them, he pushed them away from the rail track. All the three received minor injuries but were saved.

In October last year he moved a youth who was hit by a train, about 2 km from Batala, and brought him to the Civil Hospital for treatment. On December 28, Rajesh Kumar of Gurdaspur fell from a train near Kathunanga and Sona who happened to be travelling in the same compartment stopped the train and with the help of co-passengers rushed him to Madan Hospital, Majitha Road, Amritsar.

Sona was awarded a medal of bravery at the Republic Day function at Dhariwal on January 26.

Contributed by Som Kirti, Devesh Anand, Ashwani Dutta and Tilak Raj Gupta 


Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | In Spotlight | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
121 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |