Thursday, July 5, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • 2 vacant godowns, but wheat in open

  • Art workshop

  • Woman pilot from HP


THREE HELD: The local police has arrested three persons wanted in the case of dacoity at a petrol pump at Kup Khurd last month. According to sources, Vir Singh of Butan, Amarjit Singh of Latian Wala and Surjit Singh of Labhan Khurd (all three villages fall in Kapurthala district) have been nabbed and sent to jail. A Vespa scooter, (PB-10X 8376), which was taken away along with cash has been recovered from them. During preliminary interrogation, they have confessed to have duped the petrol pump manager of Rs 13,000 and a scooter at gunpoint.

COMPUTER FAILURE: Mr Satish Kumar Jain, divisional vice-president, BJP, has alleged that customers of a local branch of Punjab National Bank had to suffer on account of non-payment of money from their own accounts due to computer failure. He said a computer in the branch went out of order on Monday due to which customers could not withdraw money from their accounts. When contacted, the bank manager, Mr Aggarwal, admitted that one of the computers had gone out of order on Monday, but added that the same was set right and normal functioning was restored on Tuesday.

SANGAT DARSHAN: A sangat darshan programme was held at Kup Kalan village on Monday. The Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, Mr Sarabjit Singh, and the SSP, Mr Jatinder Singh Aulakh, heard the problems of people of the area and ordered the officials concerned to do the needful. In all, 32 complaints from almost the same number of villages were heard.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Private College Non-Teaching Employees Union: president — Mr R.K. Parmar; senior vice-president — Mr D.K. Manro; general secretary — Mr Raj Kumar Singla; vice-president (Panjab University) — Mr Mohan Singh Malhans; and vice-president (Punjabi University) — Mr Joginder Singh Bajwa.

ACCIDENT: A man died on Wednesday when he was hit by a train. The Railway police and volunteers of the Sahara took the body for a post-mortem.

ARRESTED: The district police has arrested four persons under the Excise Act and recovered 10 litres of illicit liquor and 65 kg of lahan from them. Dr Jatinder Jain, SSP, said in a press note issued here on Wednesday that the accused had been identified as Hakam Singh of Mandi Kalan, Makhan Singh of Natheha, Jagir Singh of Gill Kalan and Gurdeep Singh of Jiwansingh Wala. Four cases here been registered against them.

TRAINING CAMP: A farmers’ training camp was organised here on Wednesday at Teona village under the presidentship of Dr Harvinder Singh Bhatti, Chief Agricultural Officer.

DOWRY DEATH: According to the FIR lodged with the Sadar police, Fazilka on Tuesday by Chanan Singh, his daughter Gurmeet Kaur (19) has been killed by her in-laws for want of dowry. The police has registered a case under Sections 304-B and 34 of the IPC against her husband Malkeet Singh, father in-law Balbir Singh and mother-in-law Jamna Bai of Mohar Khiva village in this subdivision.

DHARNA: Around 100 unemployed JBT and ETT teachers held a dharna in front of the office of District Education Officer. They raised anti-Punjab government slogans and demanded stoppage of recruitment of B.Ed. teachers against the vacancies of JBT and ETT teachers.

TRAIN SCHEDULE: With the help of the local MP, Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, the long-pending demand of train passengers here has been met. Now the DMU will leave Hoshiarpur at 4 am for Jalandhar and leave Jalandhar for Hoshairpur at 9.20 pm daily. This change would facilitate passengers of the Shatabdi, flying Mail, Paschim Express etc.

ASSEMBLY POLL: Mr Gian Singh Sandhu, president and chairman of the RPI political affairs committee, stated on Tuesday that the Punjab unit of the RPI would contest the forthcoming Assembly poll from all districts.

HEAVY RAINFALL: Hoshiarpur and its adjoining areas experiencing heavy rainfall, resulting in inconvenience due to choking of drains rain water has also entered some shops and offices.

GAMBLERS BOOKED: The local police has arrested Upkar Singh, a resident of Agwar Khawaja Baju, and Jaswant Singh, a resident of Ludhiana, near the Kamal chowk on charge of indulging a person to put his stake in a number game. They have been booked under Sections 13, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act.

PLEA: Residents of Sidhupur Kalan, Khant, Todarpur, Bhatian and Sidhupur Khud villages have demanded release of telephone connections as they face a great difficulty in case of emergency.

ELECTIONS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the New Millennium Club, Urban Estate, Phase 11, Dugri: Mr Tarsem Lal Singla — president; Mr Yashpal Puri — vice-president; Mr Kuldeep Singh Kareer — general secretary; Mr Naveen Kumar Sharma — joint secretary; Mr Kanwaljit Singh — organising secretary; Mr Parminderjit Singh — finance secretary; Mr Sarabjit Singh Baba — secretary public relations; and Mr Harjit Singh Behl, Mr Chander Shekhar, Mr T.P.S. Nanda and Mr Gurjit Singh — executive members.

INJURED: Raj Kumar, a Bihari migrant working in a liquor vend at Maherna village, near Ahmadgarh, was injured in the arm by a gunshot fired by two unidentified youth on Tuesday night. It was while the worker was closing the shop that the two youths told him at gunpoint to hand over to them whatever cash he had. On resistance, the robbers fired at the worker before making their escape. The Dehlon police has registered a case under Sections 382, 307 and 34 of the IPC. The injured worker, who has been admitted to a city hospital here, is stated to be out of danger.

KILLED: K.C.Handa, a retired AGM of Central Bank of India here, was killed on the spot when he was crushed by a bus in front of the PAU gate number two on the Ferozepore road on Tuesday. He was on his way to the university from his residence in Sarabha Nagar on foot and it was while he was crossing the road that a bus of Haryana Roadways, Sirsa, ( HR 39 4809) coming from Ferozepore side struck the old man killing him on the spot. The Sarabha Nagar police has registered a case and is on the look out for the driver who fled the scene after the accident.

AUSTECH CENTRE: The Australia-based Austech Institute of Management and Technology opened its regional centre at Model Town on Tuesday. The centre was inaugurated by Mr Chandershekhar, Inspector General Police, Punjab. Lt. Col. H.I.S. Virk, CEO, said the centre would introduce the concept of global education in which students doing three-year graduation in India would have the option to migrate after one year to Australia. The courses offered by the centre would include Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT), financial management and other short PG diploma courses, said Mr Y.S. Walia, Managing Director of the centre.

CERTIFICATION: Top Careers and You (TCY), a test preparation centre, has achieved ISO 9001 certification. Stating this in a press note, Mr Kamal Wadhera, CEO, said the centre had received the certification after being inspected for its education, training and consultancy services. He said the centre had earlier received certification from TUV, Germany.

MERITORIOUS STUDENTS: Out of the 60 students of plus two five positions have been secured by the students of the local Government Girls Senior Secondary School. This was stated by Ms Balwinder Kaur, Principal. The examinations were conducted by the Punjab School Education Board in April.

CAR ROBBERY: Two persons allegedly robbed a Maruti car on gunpoint from Hari Singh, driver of the car, at Manki village. They had hired the car from Mehalkalan village, but later robbed it. The police has registered a case.

SPECIAL BUDGET: The Education Minister, Punjab, Mr Tota Singh, while addressing a gathering after inaugurating the newly upgraded senior secondary schools at Sandhwa village, 25 km from here, on Tuesday, said the government had earmarked a special budget of Rs 100 crore for providing infrastructural facilities in the newly upgraded 1,404 government schools. He said the government would follow the directions of the high court in recruiting ETT and B.Ed teachers.

NOTEBOOKS GIVEN: The Lions Club, City Smile, Banga, distributed school bags, notebooks and pens, etc among students of government middle and primary schools at Bhootan village on Tuesday, Mr Suraj Parkash Nayyar, president of the club, said.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Rotary Club Midtown: president —Mr B.M. Sood; secretary — Mr Gurpreet Singh.

OFFICE GUTTED: The office of the City Palace on Palahi road here was gutted on Tuesday, causing loss of material worth Rs 2.5 lakh. Mr Varinder Kumar, partner, said the fire was caused due to a short circuit.

STRIKE: The strike by agents of small savings entered sixth day on Wednesday, according to Mr Sanjay Garg, an agent. A deputation of the agents met the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, on Wednesday and complained against the Postmaster. They alleged that the Postmaster misbehaved with women agents. The DC assured an impartial inquiry at the earliest, informed Mr Garg.

VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT: Jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnain while talking to mediapersons at the Civil Rest House here on Wednesday, said Rs 2 lakh had been received for the development of Seh village. He added that the construction of a road up to the focal point, upgradation of the local school and round-the-clock supply of power had been ordered as promised by Capt Kanwaljeet Singh, Finance Minister, two months back. He said cheques worth Rs 31 lakh had been distributed among farmers, who had sold their paddy at a rate lesser than the MSP.

DEAD: Gurmel Singh, a freedom fighter and Congress worker, died at his village, Balion, on Wednesday. He had been ill for the past sometime. Prominent among those who attended his cremation were MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon and Tehsildar Hari Singh, besides Congress workers of the area. The deceased was the father of Mr Jaswinder Singh, a kanungo working in Samrala tehsil.



TREE PLANTATION: A tree plantation drive was launched in the new police lines in Dhanas here on Wednesday evening. The drive was launched by the UT Inspector-General of Police, Mr B.S. Bassi. Many police officers were present on the occasion.

SHRINGAR AARTI: The sector 24-A, Shiv temple will organise “Shringar Aarti” of Lord Shiva from 6 pm to 7.15 pm from July 6 to August 4. A press note issued temple said this was for the first time in the Chandigarh that any temple is organising “Shringar Aarti”.

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Public Administration, Punjab, organised a one-day open darbar and panel discussion here on Wednesday. The panel discussed various aspects of the WTO’s policies and its both long and short-term implications for the general public, including Indian investors.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Government Employees Cooperative Society of Sector 48, Chandigarh: chairman — Mr Jagjeevan Singh; president — Mr Parveen Kumar; vice-president — Mr Dharmender Gupta; cashier — Mr Amit Sharma; and general secretary — Mr D.K. Negi.



‘STRENGTHEN CONG’: In a letter addressed to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former organising secretary of the HPCC, Mr Om Prakash Malik, has urged to strengthen the Congress in Haryana by constituting the executive committee of the state Congress. Mr Malik said even the district Congress committees have not been constituted so far and a well knit and united Congress is the need of the hour. He said the people of Haryana and unhappy with the Chautala government. Mr Malik added that the law and order condition of the state is deteriorating.

DECISION HAILED: The Haryana Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the decision of the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission to reduce the minimum monthly charges for LT and HT industry. The concession granted to LT industry with connecting load upto 20 kw will now have to pay Rs 120 per kw and connecting load exceeding 20 kw will pay Rs 150 per kw. State senior vice-president of the HCCI, N.C. Jain, said the MMC is still very high since the industry is passing through a financial crisis on account of tough competition and heavy rate of interest. It is requested to reconsider the demand of the industry to reduce the LT charges to Rs 75 upto 20 kw and HT industry Rs 100 per kw, a release said.

SANGHARSH VAHINI: convenor of Sangharsh Vahini Hira Lal Yadav, strongly criticised the proposed in crease in the power tariff by Haryana Vidyut Pradhikaran Nigam on Wednesday. Strongly criticising the state government, Mr Yadav said the hike in power tariff will have an adverse impact on the people, who are already facing problems due to escalating prices. He claimed that the nigam has failed to check power theft. Mr Yadav said that intensive checking is needed. He said that the consumers are also facing problems due to replacement of old meters, which are running well, with new electronic meters.

BODY FOUND: The police found the body of 10-year-old Manish Kumar of Murthal village from a field near Qumashpur village, 13 km from here, on Tuesday. According to a report, the child was strangulated to death by unidentified persons who kidnapped him along with another boy Akash (6) on July 1. The whereabouts of Akash is still not known.

1 KILLED, 2 INJURED: A boy was killed on the spot when he was hit by a truck on the GT Road near Teha village, 20 km from here on Tuesday. According to another report, two labourers were injured when a truck on which they were travelling overturned on the Sonepat-Murthal road, near here, on Tuesday.

CHOWKIDAR KILLED: Narain Singh (36), a chowkidar and resident of Mahra village, was allegedly stabbed to death here on Tuesday. According to a report, his body was found in a pool of blood near Aggarwal dharamshala in the Mandi area on Wednesday. The police has registered a case of murder.



15 INJURED: As many as 15 persons were injured, four of them seriously, when a private bus carrying them fell into a nullah near Alampur, 15 km from here, on Monday. According to the police, the injured have been admitted to the CHC, Sujanpur-Tira. The bus was on way from Sujanpur to Jaisinghpur.

‘PROTECT WILDLIFE’: The Deputy Commissioner, Sirmaur, Mr Rakesh Kaushal, has stated that awareness camps would be organised in the villages around the three wildlife sanctuaries in the district situated at Churdhar, Renuka and Simpal Bara, to spread the message of preservation and conservation of wildlife. Saying that environment and wildlife were interrelated, he asked the people to join hands and protect them. He was addressing a meeting of wildlife, police and home guard officials on Tuesday.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Himachal Junior Engineer Association, Sirmaur Zone: zonal president — Mr Ramkrishan Verma; zonal secretary — Mr Balbant Singh; finance secretary — Mr T.R. Kattna; joint secretaries — Mr M.S. Jamwal, Mr Rajeev Mahajan and chief adviser — Mr Parmod Gautam.

4 INJURED: Four persons were injured in a head-on collision between a Tata Sumo and a tempo near Aut on the National Highway - 21 on Tuesday. The four travelling in the Sumo were going to Punjab from Manali when the accident took place. They have been identified as Maghvi (12), Brij Bhushan (50), Gaurav (21) and Sonum (18). They were rushed to Nagwain hospital.




2 vacant godowns, but wheat in open

THIS year because of the bumper crop of wheat storage has become a big problem for the Administration. A lot of wheat was kept in the open simply covered with tripal. Interestingly two big godown (see picture) at Ratangarh village, near Yamunanagar, where thousands of quintals of wheat can be safely stored, were overlooked by the Administration.

These two godowns were constructed on land which was acquired for the construction of the Yamunanagar Super Thermal Power Plant. These godowns were constructed about a decade back by National Thermal Power Corporation for the storage of “imporant” goods. Simultaneously one plush colony of 52 houses was also constructed. These godowns have not been properly maintained.

It is gathered that it is the responsibility of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam to look after these godowns but no efforts are being made for their upkeep. It is also reported that the 52 houses are lying vacant and are not being properly maintained. When this newsman went to the site he was informed by the villagers that the Chief Minister of Haryana would be requested to put the two godowns, which are lying vacant, to proper use.

Art workshop

A two-day workshop was organised at a public school of Bathinda city by the Sobha Singh Memorial Chittarkar Society between June 10 and 11.

Mr Amarjit Singh, president of the society, said more than 30 artists answered queries of 100 school-going children. The children tried their hand at clay modelling, water colour painting, poster making and portraiture and pencil drawing.

Girls outnumbered boys in the workshop which was free with no bar on age or qualification. No competitions were held, instead the children learnt by watching artists at work, said Amarjit Singh.

For Sheenam, a student of Class IV, the workshop offered more freedom than the class-room. It was a joyous experience to work alongside artists, she exclaimed. For Ms Shivani Garg and Ms Ekankashi Natarajan, the youngest of the lot, the workshop made them aware of their creativity.

Among the artists who worked with the children were Suresh Mangla, an employee of the National Fertiliser Corporation and Rajinder Venus and certain artists from neighbouring districts of Haryana and Rajasthan.

Woman pilot from HP

Ms Nidhi Handa has become the first girl of Himachal Pradesh to be selected in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force.

A promising NCC (Air Wing) cadet from Government Postgraduate College, Kulu, Ms Handa was a student of MA (English). She qualified for the NCC “C” certificate obtaining the “A” grade and attended the All-India Vayusainik Camp.

Wing Cdr. R.K. Tripathi, Commanding Officer of the NCC (Air Wing) unit, said she was selected for the 17th SSC (Women) F (P) course.

Ms Handa, expressing her gratitude, said “the source of my inspiration was the Commanding Officer of the NCC (Air Wing) in the college”. She also gave credit for her success to her teachers and fellow students besides her parents.

Contributed by Ashwani Dutta Pushpesh Kumar and Subhash Sharma

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