Thursday, April 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • He turned ‘kallar’ into fields of fortune
  • Mountaineering course for youth

  • 300 gm tumour from brain removed


MEDICAL CAMP: The Emmaus Ministries, a charitable society, organised a medical camp at Gumtala village on Tuesday. Medicines were given free of cost.

SATSANG BHAVAN: The Kashmiri Pandit Sabha has expressed gratitude to Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, MLA, for donating Rs 30,000 for the construction of a Satsang Bhavan. This was stated by Mr Durga Nath Kaul, patron, and Mr O.N. Bhat, president of the sabha, in a press note here on Tuesday.

POSTS RESERVED: Twenty per cent posts will be reserved for the wards of C-class employees of Guru Nanak Dev University and employees working on contract basis will be made regular. This was announced by Dr R.S. Bawa, Registrar of the university, while addressing a function of employees here on Tuesday.

PAPERS ACCEPTED: The papers of Dr Balvinder Singh, Head of Guru Ram Das School of Planning of Guru Nanak Dev University, entitled: “A strategy for the maintenance of historical building; experience of an Indian historic city Amritsar;” jointly written with Ms Neetu Singh have been accepted for the International Conference on Structural Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Historical Buildings to be held in Bologna, Italy, from May 28 to 30. This was stated in a press note issued by the university here on Tuesday.

WHEAT PROCUREMENT: About 5,957 ton of wheat have been purchased till now by the government agencies. Punsup has procured 1,947 ton, Markfed 1,441 ton, FCI 967 ton, Warehousing Corporation 690 ton, Punjab Agro 595 ton, Food Supplies Department 199 ton and traders 118 ton. This was disclosed by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Narinderjit, here on Tuesday.

ELECTED: Mr Y.R. Handa of the local DAV College has been elected president of the district unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers’ Union for the year 2001-2002. In a press note issued here on Monday the district unit of the union said Mr Handa had been serving the union for more than 25 years. Ms S. Ghuman of the BAS Girls College, Goniana, has been elected secretary of the union.

OPIUM SEIZED: Gurlal Singh and Avtar Singh have been arrested and about 2.5 kg of opium seized from them. In a press note issued here on Monday, Mr H.S. Sidhu, SSP, Ferozepore, said the duo had stored the opium in their car and they were going to Ferozepore to sell it.

TWO DIE: An unidentified old man died of heart attack at the local railway station here on Monday. In another incident, Ashok Kumar (5), was hit by a speeding Maruti car at Jai Singhwala village on Monday. He succumbed to injuries at the Civil Hospital. Police sources said a case had been registered under Section 304-A, IPC.

KILLED: One person and 150 sheep were killed and another 55 injured when the truck carrying them overturned near Kalu Kheme Ke, 5 km from here, on Tuesday. According to sources, the truck coming from the Fazilka side overturned while saving a jeep from a head-on-collision. One of the persons sitting in the truck also died on the spot while another was injured. The driver of the truck, Jeor Khan of Jodhpur, has absconded. A case under Sections 304, 279, 337 and 427 has been registered.

LOOTED: Three Sikh youths looted gold ornaments and Rs 25,000 in cash from Mrs Simran Kaur wife of Mr Sohan Singh, when she was alone in her house at Bassi Hassat Khan village on Tuesday. The Hariana police has registered a case.

DEAD: Surjit Kaur (14) of Khanpur Thiara village died in a private hospital at Adampur on Tuesday while her friend Sukhraj Kaur of the same village was still under treatment. According to police sources, they consumed some poisonous substance and fell unconscious on Tuesday. They were admitted to hospital where Surjit Kaur later died.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The Tanda police has arrested Ram Lal of Budabar village and seized 27,550 ml of illicit liquor from his possession. A case under Section 61/1/10 of the Excise Act has been registered.

CHOWKIDAR KILLED: About six armed persons attacked Nirmal Singh, a chowkidar of a construction company, at Rapur village on Monday night. They also beat up another chowkidar Tarlok Singh and a boy, Sonu, before locking all of them in separate rooms. The miscreants fled away in a truck loaded with tyres. Later, Tarlok Singh was found dead in the room. A case has been registered under Sections 460 and 458, IPC.

OPIUM FOUND: About 100 gm of opium was found on Tuesday from the stepney of an unclaimed scooter parked in the PSEB complex located between Hariana and Bhikhowal villages. A case has been registered.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The Mukerian police has arrested Maya, wife of Gopal Dass, of Ghasitpur, and seized 6,750 ml of illicit liquor from her. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.

DEGREE COURSES: The Panjab University has given permission to start three new degree courses to A.S.College, Khanna, in the coming academic session. The Principal of the college, said in a press note that an inspection team of the university visited the college recently and given the permission to go ahead with the new courses. The Principal said these courses are: Master of Commerce (M.Com), Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA) and e. commerce.

RAJEWAL’S STATEMENT FLAYED: Condemning the statement of Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, national general secretary of the BKU, in which he criticised procurement agencies for demanding money for procurement of wheat, the Arhtiya Association, Khanna, said no officer of any agency had demanded money. Mr Sadhuram Nanda , president, Mr Bharpur Chand Bector, general secretary, Mr Nirmal Parkash Sofat and Mr Ranbir Sood , press secretary of the association, said in a joint statement that the allegation was politically motivated. They said that they had given in writing to the local SDM, Mr S.S. Gill, that in the Khanna mandi no official had demanded money from the commission agents.

CROP DESTROYED: Standing wheat crop in four and half acres of adjoining villages, Radiala and Bhajauli of Kharar block, was reduced to ashes by fire on Wednesday. According to Mr Karam Chand, Sub Officer, Fire Brigade SAS Nagar, they received the information about at about 11.30 a.m. and immediately a fire engine was sent there. He said wheat crop in three acres of Mr Baldev Singh of Radiala village and in one acre of Mr Rajinder Singh and Mr Karnail Singh and ½ acre of Mr Gurbachan Singh was destroyed.

ONE DEAD: Mr Jagjit Singh, who was driving a car (PB-03F-2900), was killed and another Mr Naveen Kumar was seriously injured in a road accident near Rurki village on Kharar-Morinda road on Wednesday. According to the police the injured has been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Kharar.

GRANTS: Mr Nagar Singh, Chairman, Market Committee, Kharar, gave cheques of grants amounting to Rs 1,40,000 to nine thresher victims. Mr Rajbir Singh, Vice-President of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, and many other prominent workers were present on this occasion. At this the commission agents complained about bad condition of roads and sheds in the Grain Market, Kharar. Mr Nagar Singh promised to deposit an amount of Rs 7 lakh with the Punjab Mandi Board for necessary repair of roads and sheds in the grain market.

ANIMAL LOADING: Sarpanches of villages Daon Majra, Radiala, Sahoran and Ghataur and about fifty residents of Daon Majra village, in a lettet sent to the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, and other senior officers have demanded that the alleged illegal loading centre of animals for slaughter houses in UP from Daon Majra village should be closed down immediately. The letter has recomendations from Ms Daljeet Kaur, MLA, Kharar, also. They said loading centre was creating so many problems for the residents of the villages, as they were spreading foul smell and there was always danger of epidemic.

WATER SHORTAGE: Nearly 10,000 residents of the Qila Mohalla locality falling in Ward 63 are up in arms against the Municipal Corporation as there is no water supply in the locality for the past several days. According to Mr Sunil Mehra, councillor, a tubewell was inaugurated on Saturday by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Satpal Gosain, and the Minister for Technical Education, Mr Jagdish Garcha. However, the water pipes reportedly got blocked and the supply was also stopped. Mr Mehra said he approached various officials. However, no measures have been taken so far and the residents continue to suffer. He has served an ultimatum to the department that in case the supply was not restored within 24 hours, he will launch a dharna.

RESIDENTS’ PLEA: Members of the All-India People’s Party on Tuesday called upon Mr S.S. Sandhu, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, and the Senior Town Planner to build the storm water sewer near the Middha chowk in such a way so as to ensure uninterrupted flow of the water without any obstacle. The general secretary said the sewer was being laid in an unscientific way as a number of bends and twists existed in the plan. He said the structure built in the middle of the chowk should be demolished so that sewer pipes could be laid in a straight line in contrast to the present twists and turns. He also accused the corporation officials of turning a blind eye to the problem.

WEB SITE: Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic has become the first polytechnic of the state which has launched its own website depicting all required information about the oldest polytechnic in the region. The website was launched here on Wednesday. It has been prepared by six students namely Kuljot Singh Grewal, Rajbir Singh, Navtej Singh, Harshvir Singh, Harpreet Singh and Gurbir Singh under the project coordinator, Mr Kulwinder Singh Mann. Regarding the purpose of the website, Mr Sikander Singh Gill, Principal of the college, said, ‘‘Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic is providing diplomas in electric, mechanic, automobile and computer trades. Well- qualified staff, labs and workshops are available, besides good infrastructure facilities.’’ All this information has been provided on the website.

PENSIONERS’ BODY: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association: Mr Sher Singh — president; Mr Surinder Mohan Sharma — senior vice-president; Mr K.K. Kapur — vice-resident; Mr K.L. Chitkara — general secretary; Mr D.P. Bhatia — secretary; Mr Durlabh Singh — cashier; Mr Janak Raj — organising secretary; and Mr P.L. Ahuja — press secretary.

WTO TREATY: Activists of the Lok Sangarsh Samiti led by Mr Tarsem Joda took out a procession on Tuesday seeking scrapping of the WTO treaty as it was against the interests of the farmers and workers. The procession started from Chhatar Singh Park in Model Town and culminated in a rally at the mini secretariat. The protesters were carrying banners and holding placards opposing India’s entry into the WTO regime. They were also shouting slogans against the government for its abject surrender before the world powers. Addressing the rally Mr Joda expressed grave concern over the economic situation in the country, particularly after the WTO regime came into force. He apprehended that this may give rise to widespread unemployment across the country. Among other who addressed the gathering were Mr Jagjit Singh Berkan, Mr Rajeshwar Singh, and Amar Nath.

MEMORANDUM: The local unit of the Labour Wing of the SAD (B) has submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, here on Tuesday against the illegal termination of nearly 40 workers by the management of KSC Exports, Ludhiana. According to the memorandum, the company has terminated the services without any notice, chargesheet, or inquiry. The union of workers has also sent a telegram to the SSP, the DC and the Assistant Labour Commissioner, Ludhiana.

FIREMAN PROMOTED: Mr Joginder Pal, a fireman in the local Fire Brigade, has been promoted following the judgement of Mr B.K. Mehta, Senior Civil Judge, Ludhiana, and a resolution passed to the effect by the local Municipal Corporation. An order to this effect, issued by the Joint Secretary, Local Government Department, Punjab, was received here on Tuesday.

BOOKS DISTRIBUTED: The Sarv Bharatiya Nojawan Sabha, organised a book distribution function at the municipal committee office at Ahmedgarh. According to the patron of the sabha, Mr Jatinder Bhola, 400 books were distributed among the needy students.

MEMORANDUM: Workers of Budhlada Co-operative Sugar Mill submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner on Tuesday. They have been demanding their salaries since the closure of the mill. Mr Beant Singh Kainth, president of the union, threatened indefinite agitation if their demands were not accepted till May 1.

LIQUOR VENDS: Illegal liquor shops have come up near wheat purchase centres in the district. The Deputy Commissioner is claiming to visit these centres regularly. The Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) has demanded immediate closure of these vends.

PLAN: To prepare a plan to fight natural calamities and accidents, a district-level meeting was held here on Tuesday under the chair of Ms Raji P. Shrivastva, Deputy Commissioner. A sub-committee consisting of SDMs, Civil Surgeon, executive engineers, district revenue officers and executive officers was constituted at the meeting.

ADVISED: Punjab Agriculture Minister, Gurdev Singh Badal advised farmers on Tuesday to diversify from the traditional paddy sowing to other crops to prevent depletion of groundwater. Addressing farmers at Baghapurana town, he suggested that the area under paddy cultivation be reduced.

FUNCTION HELD: A function to mark the birth anniversary of Dr B.R. Ambedkar was organised here at Ambedkar Model School on Sunday. Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, presided. Mr Jatinder Singh Kariha and Mr Shingara Ram Shahungra, MLAs, Mr Jagjit Singh, DC, Mr Pritam Singh Johal, SDM, were also present.

LIONS CLUB: The local Lions Club organised a function here on Tuesday to help the poor and needy persons. Mr Kuldip Singh, regional chairman of the club, presided and distributed clothes on the occasion.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Lions Club: president — Mr Harinder Singh Gill; secretary — Sukhjinder Singh Dosanjh; and treasurer — Mr Mohinderpal Singh Khalsa.

PSEB NOTICE: The PSEB has decided to issue demand notices with regard to releasing tubewell connections under the Family Partitions Land Priority Category which had been lying pending since December 31, 1999. Stating in a press release here on Wednesday, the PSEB has also asked the public to report to the duty lineman immediately in case of any damage to a meter . They added that in such a situation, the lineman would immediately provide the supply from the mains and the pending replacement of the meter.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: The Army Institute of Law (AIL) celebrated its first annual function with Major-Gen Aditya Singh, Chairman of the AIL, here on Wednesday. In his presidential address, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, said the blend of the Army and Judiciary was a step towards progress. He laid stress on the new evolving role of the judiciary that is to bring about social and economic transformation in society. Dressed in formal attires, the students displayed their academic accomplishments and extracurriculum activities. Among the other important dignitaries at the function, Dr Bhagat Singh, former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University and Principals of the other institute were also present.

REMOVED: The Punjab Government College Teachers’ Association (GCTA) alleged on Wednesday that the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor has removed the centre in charge, Mr Jaswinder Singh, from duty while he was trying to stop the alleged cheating going in Modi College here. Mr Jaswinder Singh is a Punjabi lecturer at Government Ripudman College, Nabha. In the complaint, the association members urged government to stop VC from taking decisions on his own.

NURSES' DEPUTATION: A deputation of the Punjab Nurses Association led by its President Jiwanpreet Kaur met the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal and urged him to accept their demands. Prominent among the demands put forth were to increase daily allowance on the patern of the Central Government, uniformity in pay with Junior Engineer’s scales, upgradation of posts on Central Government pattern and proper implementation of service rules. The Chief Minister agreed to meet them shortly to further discuss their demands.

HAILED: Dr Balwant Singh Chahal, President, Sikh Budhijivi Council, and the Additional Secretary, Nankana Sahib Public School Samrala, hailed the decision of the high court in acquitting Ranjit Singh Talwandi in a murder case. He congratulated Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President SGPC, for this.


NATURE STUDY: On the third day of the Nature Study Camp at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Dr M D Nautyal, Regional Director, Central Ground Water Board, said during the ancient time people were more oriented towards water conservation then today. Mr D.S. Saini, Senior Scientist in the board, explained the technology of rain harvesting through a model of ‘Artificial Recharge of Ground Water’. Mr Ravinder Talwar, Principal of the school and President of the Indian Council for Environmental Education (ICEE), also spoke on the occasion. A film on wetland awareness was also screened for the participants. The participants also learned about water sampling at the Sukhna Lake. Experts from Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee helped the participants in taking samples. This was informed by Dr Vikas Kohli, General Secretary of the ICEE, in a press note. 

'DHOBI' SOCIETY: A meeting of the Dhobi Welfare Society, Chandigarh, will be held at Labour Chowk, Sector 20 on Friday. The issuance of identity cards is likely to figure at the meeting. Mr Sham Lal Kanoujia, General Secretary of the local unit of Nationalist Congress Party, will address the gathering. This was informed by Mr Sham Lal, President of the society in a press note. 

DIGITAL IMAGING: The Department of Radiodiagnosis, PGI, is organising one-day CME programme on “Digital imaging technology” on April 28, 2001. As many as 200 delegates including radiological technologists , physicts and radiologists will attend the conference. Scientific programme includes sessions on physics of digital radiography, recent advances and applications including PACS and teleradiology. Speakers includes experts from the PGI, AIIMS and others. 

CME PROGRAMME: The Chandigarh Opthalomological Society (COS) is organising a CME programme on April 27, 2001 during which Dr V.S. Nirankari, Director, Cornea Service and Clinical Professor Ophthalmology, Maryland, USA will be the principal speaker. The eye specialists will deliberate on the latest advances on LASIK techniques for correction of refractive errors the session will be chaired by Dr R. Kumar, president, COS. 

HERBAL PROJECT: The Haryana Forest Department has implemented a Vanaspati Van Project worth Rs 1.40 crore for increasing the resource base of herbal medicine in Shivalik areas of Panchkula district. The Minister of State for Health, Dr M L Ranga, said this project would be set up by a registered Vanaspati Van Society under the guidelines of the Ayurveda Department. Dr Ranga said the natural forests had been a rich source of herbal medicines in the past. Shivalik hills, especially the Kalka area, had traditionally been a well-known area for supply of medicinal plants. The minister said the main objective of the van project included plantation, preservation and cultivation of local and exotic medicinal plants besides consolidation of trade and commerce of medicinal plants through scientific methods of collection, processing, storage and value addition. 

K. P. S. GILL: Mr K.P.S. Gill, former Director General of Punjab Police, will deliver a series of two lectures on “Threats to India’s Internal Security” next weekend. According to Mr K.S. Arya, Programme convener of Panchnad Research Institute, the lectures are as part of the annual Panchnad lecture series. The lectures will be held in the Musafir Auditorium in Sector 24 here. Mr I.D. Swami, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, will preside over the first day’s lecture at 5 p.m. on April 28. The second day’s programme will be chaired by Mr Shyam Khosla, a journalist. 



JAYANTI: A havan yagya was performed on the occasion of Bhagwan Parshu Ram Jayanti by Shri Brahman Sabha in Bengali Mohalla Ambala Cantonment on Wednesday. Mr. T.L. Sharma and Mr O.P, Sharma said the Jayanti was observed with traditional fervour. 

BAL KALYAN PARISHAD: Haryana Governor Babu Parmanand has awarded five shields to the Bal Kalyan Parishad, Ambala, for standing first in the state. A spokesman said that on Tuesday, under the presidentship of Babu Parmanand a meeting of the state Bal Kalyan Parishad was held in Chandigarh. Ambala won five shields, one silver medal and six souvenirs, a release said. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.D. Gautam, said that the district Bal Kalyan Parishad is running 21 creches, 14 bal baris, 21 libraries and 35 sports centres. He said different programmes are being run for the welfare of street urchins.

CASE REGISTERED: The police on Tuesday registered a case against the husband, mother-in-law and two brothers-in-law of Mrs Rani of Rattia town in this district for harassing her for bringing inadequate dowry. According to police sources, Mrs Rani had lodged a complaint alleging that her husband Raj, mother-in-law Baljeet Kaur and two brothers-in-law Mithu and Hardeep had been harassing her for bringing insufficient dowry.

POWER BILLS: The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has further increased the last date for the remission of power bills without surcharge up to May 15. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr O.P. Indora, said all domestic, commercial and agricultural consumers, could take the benefit of the scheme.

IMPRISONMENT: The Judicial Magistrate, Mr J.S. Sidhu, on Monday sentenced Mahabir of nearby Balsamand village to three years’ imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 2,500 on the charge of injuring a person. According to the prosecution, Mahabir had attacked his neighbour Balraj Singh over land dispute eight years ago.

SUICIDE: An inmate committed suicide at the Central Jail here on Monday. According to jail officials, Devkinandan, who had been lodged there in connection with certain cases of thefts, hanged himself inside the bathroom.

JAILED: The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sanjeev Kumar, on Monday sentenced a driver, Shree Chand, to two years’ imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 for killing a person. According to the prosecution, Bhagi Ram of Chaudhariwas village was crushed to death under his vehicle.

ARRESTED: The police arrested a vehicle-lifter from Hansi, near here, on Monday. According to the police, Sanjeev of Nanhera village in Rohtak district was trying to sell a stolen jeep when the police nabbed him.

FOUNDATION STONE: Swami Divyanand Bhikshu of Hardwar will lay the foundation stone of the Shirdi Sai Temple in Sector 13 here on Thursday. Dr Rajesh Mehta, coordinator of the Shri Sai Shakti Charitable Trust, said this would be the first temple in this part of the state.

DISPUTE: The management of a multinational company with the help of a contingent of the police constructed a wall on the disputed land along the Sonepat-Meerut road near Khewra village, 13 km from here, on Tuesday. The police also rounded up four persons of Khewra village and kept them in custody.

PRIZES: The General Manager of the Sonepat depot of Haryana Roadways, Mr H.C. Jain, gave away prizes to 58 employees of the Sonepat depot and 37 others of Gohana sub-depot here on Tuesday for performing their duty well. However, the Daily Bus Passengers Welfare Association questioned the prize-giving saying that bus services on almost all routes were poor and erratic.

ARRESTED: Krishan Kumar, a youth of Pipli Khera village, was arrested for allegedly possessing 1.25 kg of contraband charas on Tuesday. The police has registered a case under the NDPS Act against him.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among farmers of Jajal village against the forcible harvesting of wheat in the gram panchayat land allegedly by influential persons of the village. No action has been taken against those involved in spite of the complaint by the gram panchayat.

BODY FOUND: The body of a child has been found from a well at Rasoi village, about 15 km from here, on Tuesday. According to information, the victim belonged to Bad Khalsa village and has been missing for the past one week.

NPA DEMANDED: The Haryana Civil Medical Services Association has urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala to order granting of the non-practising allowance (NPA) on the Central pattern and equal to 25 per cent of the basic pay to all government medical officers. The president of the association, Dr D.B. Rawal, told mediapersons here on Wednesday that the new formula announced by the state government for granting the NPA to doctors was not in accordance with the earlier announcement of Mr Chautala.



He turned ‘kallar’ into fields of fortune

BUT for want of an extra pair of trousers, B.S. Verma, recipient of the recently announced Aspee L.M. Patel Farmer of the Year Award 2000, would have ended up as a “babu” in a government office. Strange, but true.

Born in 1944, Verma, like most young men of those days, opted for college after matriculation. However, soon after joining college, he started feeling like a misfit, mainly on account of the socio-economic status of his small land-holding family. With a twinkle in his eyes he says: “I had only one pair of trousers which was just not enough to see me through college”.

Happily the prospective loss of “babudom” — the ultimate destination of college-educated Himachali youth of the early sixties — turned out to be an invaluable gain for small farmers of not only Verma’s village and district but also areas in the neighbouring states as well.

Undeterred by inadequate economic support, the college drop-out soon dreamt of charting out more gainful approaches to hill farming. Having little option, the gritty lad decided to turn his family’s sparse land holding of a mere 1.5 hectare of rocky, mostly barren (kallar) land on the eastern slopes of the limestone-studded Barog Hills, into fields of fortune.

He started first with excavating limestone from his land and later putting the money earned by its sale into converting the mined land into terraced fields. Last year, Dr M. J. Wilson, Director of Extension, Union Ministry of Agriculture, during a visit to Verma’s farm observed: “B.S. Verma is perhaps the first Himachali farmer to have turned wasteland into productive fields”.

Today Verma is hailed as one of the most progressive farmers in the state. Besides owning the country’s best kiwi orchards, he is credited with having evolved highly innovative farm techniques and implements. He holds the world record of having produced 117 kg of cauliflower seed per bigha.

Dr A.S. Kashyap, scientist who is in charge of Parmar University’s Regional Horticulture Research Station at Kandaghat, near Solan, says that Verma’s research, leading to the extension of the off-season tomatoes from the traditional period (June-August) to June-November, had revolutionised the economy of the region.

Verma proposes to give an annual cash award of his own to the best farmer of the state from the interest earned from the Rs 1 lakh award conferred on him.

Mountaineering course for youth

The Punjab Police Adventure Sports Club recently organised a simulated demonstration of search and rescue operations during mountaineering.

The president of the club, Mr P.M. Dass, who is DIG at Punjab Armed Police HQ, said youth had been trained and fully qualified in the basic, advanced and special mountaineering course.

It was primarily done to train young adventurers to rescue those who had lost their way or got injured. The techniques shown were Alpine standing and lying rescue, Himalayan style piggy-back descent and ascent, Alpine style piggy-back, Tyrolean traverse, Tyrolean traverse (sitting) with iceaxe, and Alpine clutch system.

Talking about his experience as a mountaineer and trekker, Mr Dass said the techniques taught were basic but for more rigorous training, one had to attend an advanced course.

The adventure sports club was popular among youth. It was difficult but required sustained effort and would be useful for high-altitude climbs.

300 gm tumour from brain removed

In a rare neurosurgical procedure, a Patiala surgeon, Dr Arun Bansal, has removed a brain tumour weighing 300 grams and measuring eight centimetres in diameter (see photo) following a six-hour operation carried out at Amar Hospital.

Amar Kaur (52), who used to suffer severe headaches besides bouts of vomitting and fits, is a changed woman now following the surgery, the first in Patiala.

“The patient only had slight memory problems following the surgery which are likely to end once the swelling in the brain subsides,” Dr Bansal disclosed.

Patiala has till now been lagging in the field of neurosurgery with emergency cases, specially those involved in road accidents, being shifted to Ludhiana or Chandigarh, in case brain or spinal surgery is needed. Treatment of head injury patients, whose condition is serious, often causes mortality.

Now a well-equipped neurosurgical infrastructure, including operative microscope and ventilator, had come to Patiala.

The intensive care unit at Amar Hospital has provision for post-operative care besides trained neuro-anaesthesists. Dr Bansal said poor and deserving cases were also being handled.

Contributed by Romesh Dutt, Ashok Sethi and Jangveer Singh

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