Thursday, May 24, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


  • Kangra Major becomes martyr

  • G. S. Randhawa


CONFERENCE: A conference of the Lok Bhilai Party will be organised here on Friday which will be addressed by its national president, according to Mr Janak Raj Kamalpuri, a member of the central committee.

ADVOCATE BEREAVED: Lawyers of local courts suspended work and joined the funeral ceremony of Parmanand on Wednesday. The deceased was the father of Mr Ashok Kumar Bansal, president, Bar Association, Amloh. He was 83 and died on Tuesday. A large number of people, including Mr K.S. Cheema, Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Amloh, Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi, a former minister, Mr Rajpaul Garg, president, BJP, Amloh unit, Mr Baldev Sedha, president, Municipal Council, Amloh, Mr Roshan Lal, Mr Narinder Bansal, Mr Surinder Jindal, general secretary, Rice Millers Association, Mr Jiwan Puri, vice-president, Municipal Council, and Mr Hari Chand Mittal, president Arhtiya Association, Amloh, attended the ceremony.

CANCER CAMP: The local DAV Public School, in collaboration with the Global Cancer Concern of India, organised a cancer detection camp here on Tuesday. The principal of the school, Ms V. Puri, said in a press note that more than 150 persons were examined at the camp.

PATWARI HELD: Jasvir Singh, Patwari at Talwandi Sabo, was caught by a team of the Vigilance Bureau, led by DSP Gurmel Singh and Inspector Ashok Kumar, while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1,500 from Karnail Singh. A case in this connection has been registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

NOMINATED: Mr Anil Kumar Bhola has been nominated member of the Telecom/Telephone Advisory Committee for Bathinda by the Telecom Department.

STRIKE: The lawyers of the city will observe a strike on Thursday in protest against the police lathi charge on lawyers at Sangrur. This was stated by Mr M.R. Gupta, president of the District Bar Association.

OFFICE BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Amar Shaheed Baba Moti Ram Mehra Memorial Charitable Trust: chairman — Mr Surjeet Singh; general secretary — Dr Prem Singh; and cashier — Mr Prem Singh Premi.

KARGIL MARTYRS: Mr B.Vikram, while presiding over a quarterly meeting of the District Sainik Welfare Board here on Tuesday, said families of 30 Kargil martyrs of the district had been given an ex gratia grant of Rs 60 lakh. He said 26 families had been given grants to the tune of Rs 1.3 crore for the construction of houses. As many as 17 dependents of the martyrs had been given jobs, he added.

NOMINATED: Mr Sukhbir Singh Ghuman was nominated president of the district unit of the Lok Jan Shakti Party on Tuesday. Mr Amar Singh Mehmi, president of the Punjab unit of the party, presided over the election meeting held here.

SENTENCED: The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has sentenced Ms Satwant Grewal and Satinder Pal Randhawa, partners of a dissolved firm to three years’ simple imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on them for non-compliance of orders of the forum. The order was issued under Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act.

STONE LAID: Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, Congress MP, laid the foundation stone of a community hall in the Aggarwal Bhavan here on Monday. He announced Rs 2 lakh for the construction of the hall.

RACKET UNEARTHED: The police on Monday unearthed a racket involved in flesh trade at Hari Nagar locality of the city. It arrested five persons, including Suraksha and her husband, Paramjit, who were running a brothel at their house.

CASE REGISTERED: On the complaint of Surinder Singh, the Tanda police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 302, 204 and 31, of the IPC, against Ravinder Singh, his brother Ranjit Singh, residents of Kalowal, and their friend Rajesh Kumar of Kapurthala for allegedly murdering Surinder’s brother Harbans Singh of Buddai Pind.

CONTEST HELD: A declamation contest on the “importance of women” was organised by the Manav Ekta Trust at the local ITI here on Tuesday. It was presided over by Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner. A blood donation camp was also organised on the occasion.

LABOURER DIES: Soni Bai (22), a migrant labourer from Madhya Pradesh, was burnt alive when a hut caught fire in Bhagwanpur village on Sunday. According to the police, she was cooking food when her hut caught fire.

THREE INJURED: Three persons were injured in a road accident on the Kapurthala-Sultanpur Lodhi road near Brindpur village on Monday. According to police reports, Sukhwinder Singh of Saropwali village and his friend Balwinder Singh were going on their motor cycle when a three wheeler hit their vehicle. In the accident, a cyclist, Bhupinder Singh, also received injuries. The injured were admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

COPS SUSPENDED: Five policemen, including a Head Constable were placed under suspension on the charge of dereliction of duty, on Tuesday. According to the police, the suspended cops are Head Constable Sukhwant Singh and Constables Nirmal Singh, Balkar Singh, Major Singh and Surat Singh.

NEW BUILDING DEMANDED: Ms Baldev Kaur sarpanch of Jakar Majra village of Kharar tehsil has demanded that the building of the Government Primary School in the village should be declared as unsafe building and a new building should be constructed. According to a press note issued here on Wednesday she has written that the building which was very old was on the verge of collapsing and could fall at any time. She has written that the panchayat has already sent a resolution to the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, but no action has been taken so far. 

FOUNDATION DAY: The Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj (BVDS) will hold a state-level function to mark its 37th foundation day here on Thursday. Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President, SGPC, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Assembly, Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, Minister for Agriculture, and Mr Balramji Das Tandon, Minister for Local Bodies, will be the chief guests. According to Mr Vijay Danav, national joint secretary of the BVDS, the function will be presided over by the chief organiser of the BVDS, Mr Chanderpal Anaria, and several key functionaries of the organisation will be present. Dr Dev Raj Asur, Mr Raj Kumar Hamdard and Mr Darshan Kumar Gupta, will be honoured on this occasion for their contribution to the welfare of the Valmiki community.

TAXATION BAR BODY: Mr K.D. Bhardwaj has been unanimously elected as president of the District Taxation Bar Association, according to a press note issued by the outgoing president, Mr Mangal Sain Grover, here on Wednesday. Other office-bearers are: Mr Paramjit Singh — vice-president; Mr Ashwani Kochhar — secretary; and Mr Karamjit Singh — joint secretary. Mr Bhardwaj has been elected as president for the eighth time.

TRANSPORTERS BOOKED: Enforcement staff of the Octroi Department of the Municipal Corporation has booked several transport companies and commercial establishments in the city for evasion of octroi. Giving details, Mr Raminder Singh, Additional Commissioner, MC, informed that in more than one dozen separate cases, public carrier vehicles were intercepted and around Rs 1.13 lakh were recovered from defaulters.

NOMINATED: Mr Jagtar Singh Dhanaula, chairman, SC/ST Cell of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress, has appointed Mr Rakesh Sidhu as chairman of the district unit of the cell. The appointment has been made in consultation with Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, President, Indian Youth Congress.

SANT SAMAJ: Sant Shamsher Singh Jagera, president, International Sant Samaj, has made several appointments of patrons, presidents and other office- bearers of the body in various districts in Punjab. According to a press note, the following office-bearers have been nominated: Sant Harbhajan Singh Harsha (Chhina wale) — district president (Amrtisar); Sant Kuldip Singh (Chhehrata) and Sant Gurmukh Singh (Patti wale) — general secretaries (Amritsar); Sant Mohan Singh (Phagwara) — general secretary (Kapurthala); Sant Gurcharan Singh (Mala wale) — district president (Patiala); Sant Sardul Singh (Bhairon Majra) — patron (Ropar); Sant Jang Singh (Kupp Kalan) — district president (Sangrur); Sant Mohinder Singh — patron (Patiala); Sant Banta Singh — district president (Fatehgarh Sahib); and Sant Baldev Singh — general secretary (Moga). OCLibrary inaugurated: Mr Amarjit Singh Bhatia, a member of the SGPC, inaugurated Guru Nanak Sikh Library at Gurdwara Guru Nanak Satsang Sabha, Guru Nanak Pura, Civil Lines, here on Tuesday. Prior to the inauguration, a recitation of Sukhmani Sahib and ardas was held by a number of religious leaders..Mr Bhatia also donated Rs 10,000 for the library. Mr Narain Singh, president of the gurdwara managing committee, Mr Kulwant Singh Dukhia, councillor, and a large number of other religious and political figures were present on the occasion.

WELFARE ASSOCIATION: Residents of the Government Rental Colony have formed a welfare association in a meeting held under the patronage of Mr Tara Singh Tara, Assistant Commissioner (Excise). The following have been elected office-bearers: president — Mr Vijay Kumar Sharma; senior vice-president — Mr Parkash Singh; general secretary — Mr Narinder Pal Sharma; secretary — Mr S.P. Singh Sagar; finance secretary — Saudagar Singh; PRO — Mr Ravinder Singh Diwana; convener — Mr Amrik Singh; press secretary — Mr Ashok Kumar; treasurers — Mr Daljit Singh Dhindsa and Mr Suraj Parkash; legal advisers — Mr Shiv Datt Sharma, Mr Amrtipal Singh and Ms Jaswinder Kaur; advisers — Mr Paramjit Singh Gill, Mr Rajminder Singh, Mr Kishan Chand and Mr Malkiat Singh; and working committee members — Mr Amrik Singh, Mr Karnail Singh, Mr Ramesh Kumar and Mr Tek Chand.

SNATCHED: The “mangal sutra” of Mrs Happy Jindal, was snatched by a person near the local S.D. Girls College on Monday. She was going for a stroll with her husband Manish Jindal when the incident occurred.

NO POWER SUPPLY: Kothe Jatana village in the district is without electricity since May 13, according to Mr Avtar Singh, a resident of the village. he said the transformer giving power supply to the village was burnt on that day and thereafter the PSEB authorities had taken no steps to restore the supply.

MEDICAL STORES: Medical stores are operating in private hospitals of the district in contravention of the Drug and Cosmetics Act, 1940. Even though the Punjab Government has issued directions for the closure of such medical stores, to Civil Surgeons and Drug Inspectors in the state, no action has reportedly been taken in this respect.

PSEB: The Employees Federation of the PSEB held a ‘chetna’ convention here today. Mr Jasmail Singh Dhindsa, chief organiser and secretary of the federation, said, the Punjab Electricity Board (PSEB) should bring more improvements in its departments. The downfall suffered by the trade union could be improved upon by introducing new mechanisms in the normal flow of working. Other who spoke on the occasion included Mr Phaljit Singh, area president, Mr Lakhan Lal Mor, senior vice-president, Mr Tarlochan Singh, deputy general secretary and Mr Gurmeet Singh, president (Patiala circle). 

WORKSHOP: The DAV Public School is holding a summer vacation workshop from May 23 to May 30 in the field of theatre, art and craft, dance and music. More than 120 students are taking part in the workshops conducted by experts from the concerned fields. These workshops aim at building self-confidence among the students and provide them an opportunity to express themselves. They also help to channelise the energy of the students and make them tension free from the normal studious lectures carried in class-rooms. 

NEW COURSE: The Sri Guru Harkrishan College of Management and Technology has decided to add Master of Computer Application (MCA) course in the already existing courses in information technology from this academic session.

STRIKE: The District Bar Association resolved on Wednesday to observe no work on Thursday on a call given by the Sangrur Bar Association to observe a state-level strike. Issuing a press release, the association also decided to send a team of executive members along with the President, Secretary and other office-bearers of the local bar to participate at the meeting scheduled to be held on Thursday at Sangrur. 

SANCTIONED: Rs lakh has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to the Punjab School of Management Studies (PSMS) of Punjabi University for organising a seminar on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). The PSMS has proposed to set up a Chair in the Department to promote IPRs which is under the cosideration of HRD Ministry. The Department has also sought to start a research project with Prof K.C.Singhal and Prof U.C.Singh as investigators and organisers of the seminar.

HONOURED: Dr Manjula Sahdev, Head of the Maharishi Valmiki Chair of Punjabi University, was honoured with Bhagwan Valmiki National Award 2001 by the Bhartiya Valmiki Sabha, Chandigarh, for her research work and her contribution rendered to the Valmiki community. The award was given to Dr Sahdev at a function held at Rambagh, Amritsar. 

STRIKE: Palledars of the local grain market went on a strike on Tuesday in protest against the alleged misbehaviour by an arhtiya with one of their workers. They staged a dharna in front of the local city police station and also presented a memorandum to the SDM.Top


MEETING: A meeting of certain executive members of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) condemned the removal of Ms Poonam Sharma from the post of the Nationalist Mahila Congress chief, by the local party president, Mr Gurbachan Singh, on Wednesday. According to a written statement issued by Mr Narayan Kapoor, the feelings of members of have been sent to the party leadership through fax. The house of Mr Gurbachan Singh will also be gheraoed to demand his resignation, the statement added. TNS

BHAGAVADGITA COURSE: The local unit of International Society For Krishna Consciousness ( ISKCON ) will organised a seven-day “Bhagavadgita course” from May 31 at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, here, in which youths from various institutions are expected to participate, according to president of the local unit of ISKCON. This course is being held especially for the benefit of the youths of the city. ISKCON has several plans to revive ancient Indian values that promote all-round human well being. For further details, interested persons may contact on phone Nos: 603232 or 621067. 

INAUGURATED: The Union Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mr Ananth Kumar, inaugurated the building of the restaurant complex constructed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority in city complex, Sector 5, Panchkula on Wednesday. He, alongwith the Union Minister for Consumer Affair Food and Public Distribution, Mr Shanta Kumar, and the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, went around the newly constructed building and appreciated its planning, architecture and landscaping. The restaurant complex has been planned and constructed near the city fountain in the heart of Central Green Plaza of the commercial complex. The complex already has a number of attractions like national cactus and succulent garden, which has about, 2500 varieties of cacti and succulent plants. 

APPOINTED: Consequent upon the resignation of four counsels, who were on the panel for defending the cases of the Chandigarh Administration in the Punjab and Haryana High Court new counsels have been appointed. Now all cases being handled by the former senior standing counsel, Mr Ashok Aggarwal have been entrusted to Mr Rajiv Atma Ram, the newly appointed senior standing counsel of the Administration. 

POLICE REMAND: Two accused in the stolen car racket, Amit Bhushan and D.K. Singla, were remanded to police custody for five days on Wednesday by Ms Aradhana Sahani, Judicial Magistrate, after they were produced before the court by the police. The accused were arrested from Delhi by a team of the Panchkula police on Tuesday and were produced before the court here on Wednesday. Rajesh Gautam, a co-accused in the same case, was arrested from Delhi by a Panchkula police team after producing arrest warrants against him recently. Stolen cars racket was unearthed by the Delhi police over a month ago and had arrested Rajesh Gautam along with the co-accused — Amit Bhushan, D.K. Singla and Surinder Garg, an INLD leader. Ms Sahani had issued production warrants against — Amit Bhusan and D.K. Singla for May 10. 

STREETLIGHTS ON: Residents of Phase III A complained on Wednesday that the streetlights in the 10-marla pocket of the area had been on for 24 hours over the past four days. Mr Kulwant Singh, a resident, said he had made a complaint to the Municipal Council in this connection but to no avail. The streetlights were on even at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. 

CHEATING CASE: Mr Hermel Singh, President of the Gurdwara Shri Singh Sabha of Phase XI, charged the police on Wednesday for not submitting challan in the court in connection with a cheating case registered against 10 persons for allegedly collecting money in the name of the gurdwara on fake receipts. Talking to mediapersons, the president along with the legal advisor of the gurdwara committee, Mr Sohan Singh Sood, said the case registered on March 6, 2000, had been investigated by several officials but without any result. Mr Sood said on the directions of the court, the SDM had taken a decision on May 3 in the favour of the gurdwara committee headed by Mr Jagmel Singh. 


ROAD NEGLECTED: The Citizens Council, Ambala Cantonment, has expressed concern over the lack of care of the new Babyal road linking it with the Ambala-Jagadhari road to about 25 colonies and a number of villages. The road is nearly 22 feet wide and on both sides there are number of shops. The road has not been carpeted for the last two years despite repeated requests to the authorities concerned. “Recently a memorandum was given to the Ambala MP, Mr Ratan Lal Kataria, for sanction of a bypass. The proposal is viable and practical,” a release said. 

INJURED: Two occupants of a Jeep sustained injuries in a road accident near Hetampura village on Tuesday. Ramesh, the driver of the Jeep, and Pradeep, residents of Legha village, said a Tata vehicle hit their Jeep when they were going to Hetampura. The driver of the Tata vehicle is absconding. In another incident, Anne Singh (65) and Shanti Devi received injuries in a clash at Devsar village. They have been admitted to Civil Hospital here.

SNATCHED: A miscreant snatched a golden ear-ring of a woman who was sleeping in a street at Ahulana village, about 40 km from here, on Monday. According to a report, the woman sustained injuries to the ear and was immediately hospitalised. The police has registered a case.

BLOCK SAMITI: The budget of the Kharkhauda block samiti for 2001-2002 was passed at a meeting of the block samiti held at Kharkhauda Town on Monday. Mr Padam Singh Dahiya, MLA, was present at the meeting.

DEMONSTRATION: Shopkeepers on the Sarang road held a demonstration against the civic authorities on Tuesday. They were demanding the immediate repair of the road. The SDM, Dr Sultan Singh, assured them that the road would be repaired soon by the municipal council.

BURGLARY: Miscreants entered a house in Rindhana village , about 40 km from here, on Tuesday night and decamped with Rs 21,000, jewellery and goods worth thousands of rupees. The police has registered a case.

URGED: The Haryana Samajik Sangharsh Morcha on Wednesday urged the SP, Sonepat, to shift the investigating officer inquiring into the case of alleged assault on Mr Azar Singh, a Dalit, and his family members on May 5. In a press note, the morcha said the police had failed to apprehend the culprits involved in the attack.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Lions Club, Sonepat; president — Mr Naresh Kumar Jain; secretary — Mr Rajinder Goel; and treasurer — Mr Dalbir Mehra.


INAUGURATED: The Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr Jagat Prakash Nadda, inaugurated the link road connecting Delag Gala to Bharathu at Chalama on Monday. He said the government had sanctioned Rs 95 lakh for the expansion and upgradation of the Dali drinking water supply scheme.

ULTIMATUM: The state action committee of the Himachal Pradesh State Draughtsmen Association ( B & R and IPH) has served an ultimatum on the department concerned. Mr Ram Singh, chairman of the committee, said they had demanded the immediate implementation of orders of the Himachal Pradesh High Court regarding their promotions.

ARRESTED: The police arrested Darshan Lal and his son Raj Kumar, both proclaimed offenders wanted in a murder case, in the Chogan area on Monday. Their accomplice Ashwani had already been arrested by the Gaggal police on Saturday.



Kangra Major becomes martyr

LAST to last Sunday morning, Col Babu Ram Dhiman (retd) and his wife, Archhran Devi, were busy finalising the matrimonial proposal of their younger son Sanjeev Kumar Dhiman, a Major in the 16th Rajputana Rifles, at their Chhatarpur (Delhi) residence. As the couple confers, an army vehicle screeches to sudden halt, right in front of their residence. Two officers land up and make discreet inquiries about Col Babu Ram. They quickly make it to the Colonel and tip-toe back after passing on an SOS. After they vanish, inconsolable wailings start emanating which rent the air. This follows a steady stream of mourners, who converge to pay homage to their son, who had laid down his life fighting Lashkar-e-Toiba militants at Samrah outpost in Akhnoor tehsil of Jammu. In the heavy gunfire exchanged between security forces and militants that lasted a couple of hours, Major Sanjeev, who was commanding the operation, was fatally injured. The Major later succumbed to his injuries. Others who were killed in the encounter were three policemen, a citizen and eight militants.

Hailing from Pragpur village under Dehra tehsil of Kangra district, Sanjeev was brought up and had his schooling out of his native village owing to frequent posting/transfers of his father. But this failed to lessen his love for the land. A first-class B.Sc from Pune University, Sanjeev was commissioned into the 16th Rajputana Rifles, on March 9, 1996. Col Babu Ram and his family had a reason to rejoice the occasion as their second son had joined the Army as a Commissioned Officer.

Recalls a shaken father holding back tears: “Laddi (Sanjeev) rang me up only yesterday to enquire about my health. He had been a little too indulgent about my recovery following the open heart surgery I underwent months back. He would ‘dictate’ me certain ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ on the phone. And, when I would ask him to be careful about his own self, he would simply laugh off, saying: “Papa, don’t worry, I am on top of the world” he had ended up, wishing me a ‘good-going’ and hoping to meet tomorrow”. But that ‘fateful’ tomorrow never came. He came only in a flower-bedecked lorry rolled in tricolour”.

The wailing mother is a picture of never-ending grief. Sitting quiet and composed in a distant corner, she refuses to withdraw her gaze from Laddi’s framed photo hanging out on the wall. She stares every mourner with longing and love, vainfully trying to ressurect her Laddi in them. With tears rolling down her withered cheeks, she is sure to meet her ‘Laddi’, may be in her dreams.

The eldest, Major Parveen, who lit the funeral pyre of his martyred sibling at Delhi’s Brar Square crematorium amid booming guns turns nostalgic as he recalls:” Sanjeev was not only my brother but also a good friend, who would never ditch in the hour of crisis. We had been together in ‘Operation Vijay’. Sanjeev had commanded the 11th Rajputana Rifles in the Siachen and Kargil operations for which he was decorated with the Army Commander’s Commendation Card”.

Major Sanjeev, who did India proud by making the supreme sacrifice, has elevated the honour of Himachal Pradesh. The state government should immortalise the heroic saga by raising a fitting memorial to her brave son at his native place.

G. S. Randhawa

Prof G.S. Randhawa, a former Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, has added yet another feather to his cap. He has been re-elected for the fifth consecutive term as the national President of the World University Service as the Indian National Assembly at Jivraj University, Gwalior, early this month. Only last month, he had on the proposal of the Austrian National Committee been reelected unopposed Vice-President of the International executive for the third consecutive term.

The World University Service (WUS), an international non-government organisation, was founded in 1920 as European Student Service for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of colleges, universities, hospitals and other public institutions in war-ravaged Europe. In 1950, it got renamed as World University Service with national committees in 60 countries and with headquarters in Geneva.

The WUS facilitates involvement of students and academicians in national and international programmes and its current focus is on social justice, women rights, rights of the child and other allied projects. The WUS enjoys a consultative status with several UN agencies. Mr Inder Kumar Gujral and Dr Manmohan Singh figure on the international advisory panel of the organisation.

Professor Randhawa, who has had 49 years of teaching and administrative experience. He represented India at the 29th session of the UN General Assembly. As Vice-Chancellor he sponsored a novel scheme of offering liberal financial help to meritorious students from developing countries like Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal and Palestine.

Contributed by Ramesh K. Dhiman and Prabhjot Singh


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