Thursday, September 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • Historic village plans patriots’ memorial

  • Man who turned HP hills green

  • Teej at Shimla’s Gaiety


DECISION CRITICISED: The Government School Teachers’ Union district president, Mr Satyapal Gupta, criticised the government’s decision to exclude 1268 out of 2461 regular teachers on flimsy grounds. Mr Gupta and other senior members of the union said the teachers would move the high court for justice.

ELECTED: Prof (Dr) Jai Rup Singh, Centre for Genetic Disorders, has been elected council member of the International Association of Human Biologists (IAHB) to represent South Asia, from 2001-2003. It was for the first time that a scientist from India had been elected council member of the IAHB.

PENSION: Mr Narinderjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, said, in a press note, that beneficiaries of the old age and widow pensions could contact the Subdivisional Magistrate or the block’s Child Development Project Officers concerned in case of any problem.

10 ARRESTED: The police on Tuesday seized 190 kg of country-made liquor and 100 gm of opium and arrested eight persons, including a woman, in this regard. The arrested persons are Gurmej Kaur of Sangra, Ranjit Singh and Budh Singh, both of Kanupur Kale, Gian Singh of Meerakot, Majan Singh of Gumtala, Ram Singh of Vala and Wasan Singh of Kalua. The opium was seized from Gurvinder Singh of Jhabal. All arrested were booked under the Excise Act and the NDPS Act. Meanwhile, the SSP, Mr Parampal Singh and the SP, City, Mr Jagdish Singh, informed that two persons were also arrested for theft.

CHARGE TAKEN : Mr C.S. Srivastva took charge as Commissioner, Faridkot Division, here on Tuesday.

CELEBRATION: A light-and-sound programme on life and works of Maharaja Ranjit Singh will be one of the main attractions during the nine-day celebrations of ‘‘aagman purab’’ of Sheikh Farid, to be held here from September 15. Nearly 70 artistes will present the show for three days at Quilla Mubarak. Releasing details of the programme at a press conference here on Wednesday, Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner and Chairman, District Cultural Society, said efforts were also being made to hold a kavi darbar on September 21.

REGIONAL CENTRE: Dr Surinder Pal Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, inaugurated a canteen at the regional centre of the university here on Wednesday. He said B.Tech course would start from the next academic session here. The VC said a Rs 13-crore comprehensive plan for the development of the centre had been chalked out and would be implemented in phases.

VOTERS’ LISTS: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, said here on Tuesday that work of preparing voters’ lists for the SGPC election has commenced in the district from September 3 and would continue till November 2. Patwaris in the rural areas and Executive Officers of the MCs in urban areas have been entrusted with the job of preparing the lists.

BODY FOUND: the body of an 8-year-old girl, Jyoti, was found in the fields at Meher Botali village on Monday. She has been missing since August 31.

POPPY HUSK SEIZED: Acting on a tip-off, the Khamano police has arrested Balvir Singh Beera with 35 kg of poppy husk from a field at Jatana Ucha village, near here. The accused has been booked under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

REMANDED: Mr Roshan Lal Chauhan, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, has remanded Surinder Kumar Chawla, arrested by the Vigilance Department, Punjab, in connection with a fraud in the purchase of books, in judicial custody till September 17. The Vigilance Department had registered a case under Sections 420, 463, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC against the accused on the charge that he had purchased books under the Operation Blackboard scheme at higher rates.

CASE REGISTERED: The local police has registered a case under Sections 452 and 354 of the IPC against Gursevak Singh of Cholta Khurd village on a complaint by Ms Bhupinder Kaur of the same village. It has been alleged that the suspect had made an attempt to outrage her modesty.

TRAINING PROGRAMME: The Apparel Export Association of Ludhiana (APPEAL) has provided free training in stitching and other skills to the women of the region during the past one and a half year. They have provided employment by the knitting industry in the city itself, claimed Mr Sanjeev Gupta, president of the association. He was speaking at the inaugural function of the one-month skill development programme in linking machines for women on Wednesday. The programme has been jointly organised by the APPEAL, Small Industries Service Institute (SISI), State Bank of India, Uptech, UNIDO and the Government Polytechnic for Women, Ludhiana. Speaking at the occasion, Ms H.K. Toor, Principal of the Polytechnic, said,‘‘ The knitwear industry of Ludhiana accounts for over 90 per cent of the woollen knitwear production in the country. There are about 10,000 units engaged in the industry providing direct and indirect employment to about 5 lakh persons. There is a great scope of further growth with the impending removal of quantitative restrictions on exports.’’

BAL PUSTAK AWARD: The Executive Committee of the Punjabi Sahitya Akademi announced Mata Jaswant Kaur Bal Pursakar for the best children’s literature to the book ‘Chandi da cup’ for the year 2000. The writer, Hardev Chauhan, shares the award with Jaskir Bhullar who has authored the book ‘Aalle Bhole’. Each writer will get a citation, a medal and Rs 5,000 each.

SEMINAR: The national seminar on ‘Quality assurance in dairy industry’ is scheduled to be held on September 8 and 9 at Pal Auditorium, Punjab Agricultural University. The Indian Dairy Association in collaboration with the Punjab Agricultural University and Milkfed, Punjab, are organising the seminar. Mr Ranjit Singh Brahampura, Cooperation Minister, Punjab, will inaugurate the seminar while Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, Animal Husbandry Minister, Punjab, will be the chief guest in the valedictory session on September 9, 2001.

CELEBRATIONS: The Department of Employees’ Provident Fund is celebrating a Hindi language fortnight starting from September 1. Competitions, including Hindi eassy writing contest, a debate on Hindi language, Hindi dictation contest and International Shield Contest, would be held during the period. All the work during the programme would be carried in Hindi. In a press note, Mr S.K. Agarwal, Commissioner, Provident Fund, has urged all the officers and workers to use Hindi to meet the aim to the year-long activities. The closing ceremony of the programme would be held on the Hindi Divas i.e. September 14 at Punjabi Bhavan (near Bharat Nagar Chowk). The yearly book published by the organisation,” Bhavishya Darpan”, would also be released on the occassion. Along with the prize distribution ceremony, a cultural programme would also be presented on the occassion, he said.

GRANT: Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra, Member, Rajya Sabha, released a list of 49 villages of Fatehgarh Sahib district, here on Tuesday for grants of Rs 38.65 lakh for development works. Mr Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, member, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, who accompanied him, said the grants have been issued on the basis of requirements of the villages ignoring the party affiliations of the panchayats.

FARMER KILLED: Rupa Singh, a farmer of Sanghreri village, is reported to have been hacked to death while he was asleep. According to the police, Karamjit Singh and his three accomplices are alleged to have killed him with sharp-edged weapons to avenge the death of Karamjit Singh’s father. The police has arrested all four suspects.

GANG BUSTED: The police on Wednesday stated to have busted a gang of inter-state car lifters with the arrest of Gurkaran Singh, alias Karan, chief of the gang, along with Pawan Kumar Sharma, Ashok Kumar and Roshan Lal, all from Mansa. The police recovered 15 vehicles after conducting raids at Sirsa, Ambala, Narwana, Tohana, Moga, Ludhiana, Patiala and Giddarbaha. A case under Sections 379, 411, 420, 457, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered.

STUDENTS PROTEST: Members of the Joint Students Action Committee on Wednesday burnt the effigy of the Higher Education Minister, Master Mohan Lal, before the district courts complex here and raised anti-government slogans. Earlier, they held a protest march. Shiv Charan Dass ‘Suchan’, state convener, Youth Action Front, said the struggle would continue untill the acceptance of their demands which included completion of the building of the local Government College.

FELICITATED: Dr Ram Nath Bhardwaj was felicitated on Tuesday by the local branch of the IMA for being elected member of the IMA Standing Committee for Consumer Protection Act, a national-level body of doctors. 

PENSION: As many as 110 “Sangarshi yodhas” will be given pensions and 19 will be awarded appreciation certificates in the district. This was decided at a meeting of the committee constituted for the purpose, held here under the chairmanship of Mr Jagjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, an official press note said here on Tuesday.

STUDENTS HONOURED: The local unit of Sri Ram Sharanam (Gohana) organised a function here at Sri Ram Sharanam Bhavan to honour meritorious students. Vijay Kumar, Amandip, Daljit Kaur, Harpreet, Sandip Singh, Priyanka Sood and Inderjit were honoured on the occasion, informed Dr Jatinder Dev Verma.

SANGAT DARSHAN: The district administration, with a view to redress grievances of the people at their doorstep, organised a sangat darshan programme at Mojewal Mazara village, 25 km from here, on Tuesday. Mr Jagjit Singh, DC, along with officials of different departments and the MLA, Balachaur, Mr Nand Lal, heard the complaints of the people.

ELECTED: Mr R.L. Bawa was elected patron of the PSEB Workers Federation, INTUC, during a general body meeting held here on Wednesday. The following have been elected office-bearers: president — Mr S.K. Sharma, vice-presidents — Mr Ashok Bhatia, Mr Darshan Singh, Mr Rajinder Kumar and Mr Vikas Gupta; general secretaries — Mr Malkit Singh and Mr Pawan Vadhera; secretaries — Mr Janwant Kumar and Mr Pawan Sharma; joint secretary — Mr Mohinder Kumar; and finance secretary — Mr Dharminder Uppal.

DRAMA COMPETITION: Punjabi and Hindi drama competitions will be held by the Language Department at division-level on September 12 and 13. Stating this here on Wednesday, the Director, Language Department, Dr Madan Lal Hasija said cash awards of Rs 700, Rs 600 and Rs 400 would be given to those securing the first three positions. The department would also honour the best director and best actor on the occasion, he added.

DEMANDED: Mr Rattan Kumar Passi, Chairman of the Postgraduate Physical Education Teachers Association, has demanded that the Government of Punjab and the Education Department should create the posts of Lecturer in Physical Education in all senior secondary schools of the state. This was stated here on Wednesday during a meeting of the association held at B.N. Khalsa School. It was also demanded that the posts of AEOs in all District Education Offices should be upgraded to lecturer cadre.

'FILL POST': The executive committee of the PSEB Officers (Accounts) Association has in its meeting held here under the presidentship of Mr J.P. Makol, expressed concern over the non-filling of the post of the Chief Auditor which has been lying vacant since the retirement of Mr K.R. Rabra on July 31 this year. The committee urged the board management, as well as, the Punjab Government to fill the post immediately.

SAPLINGS PLANTED: Mr Sanjiv Gupta, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Patiala Range, has inaugurated the Vanmahotsava Day by planting saplings on the occasion. Mr Paramjit Singh Grewal, SSP Patiala, Col Bishan Dass (retired) and Mr S.K. Sharma, DSP (Headquarters) were among those who planted saplings during the function. The SSP said the local police had already planted 350 saplings at the Sadar Police station, here.

TEACHERS UNION: On a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, teachers of the local Modi College observed the Teachers’ Day as ‘Save Education Day’. The teachers boycotted their classes for two periods and held a rally on the campus. Addressing the rally, Dr Gurdeep Singh, the local unit secretary, flayed the government for its policy of privatisation, commercialisation and saffronisation of education. Dr P.K. Singla, president of the unit, appealed to the government to implement pension and gratuity scheme for the college teachers.

CONFERENCE: The Bahujan Samaj Morcha will hold four state-level conferences and the first such conference was held on Tuesday at Rajpura Colony ground here. Giving this information, the morcha convener, Mr Paramjit Singh Kainth said the Morcha would decide on political alliances after these rallies.

FAREWELL: Ms Jivan Asha, District Ayurvedic and Yunani Officer, was given a farewell by the Government Ayurvedic and Yunani Upvaid Union here on Tuesday. Mr P. Lal Kaushal, who took charge in her place was welcomed on the occasion for joining the post.



TRAINING: The District Horticulture Department, Panchkula, in collaboration with CCSHAU, Hisar will organise a mashroom training camp for farmers of this area tomorrow. A spokesman of the department said on Wednesday that a latest technique of mushroom cultivation at low cost would be imparted to the unemployed youths, landless workers and rural women. Information regarding preparation of compost fertiliser would also be imparted.



NEW EXCHANGE: Four new telephone exchanges will be set up in rural area of Ambala Telecom District during this year. Talking to mediapersons here on Wednesday, General Manager, Telecom Ambala SSA, Mr G.S. Daria, said exchanges would be established at Badhaur, Chamrauli, Khurdban and Sambhalka. “Thirteen exchanges will be commissioned for the augmentation of capacity at the existing stations,” he said. Mr Daria said the net capacity expansion planned for the year was 30,700 and a total of 29,000 direct Exchange Lines and 1500 on Indian Mobile Personal Communication Service will be added during the year.” Also 51 Pulse Code Mode routes will be converted to Optical Fiber Cable,” he added. Mr Daria said online billing counters would be opened at Naraingarh, Chachrauli and Barara this month.

AWARD: Mr Sanjeev Thapar, a Clinical Business Officer of Novartis, has won the International Sales Excellence Award. Mr Thapar received the award for “an exceptional sales performance during the year 2000”. He has been invited to San Francisco, USA, from September 13 to 22 to participate in the awards ceremony.

SUICIDE: A man reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the overbridge at Ambala Cantonment Railway Station. The incident took place on Tuesday. The body is yet to be identified. A case has been registered.

ROADWAYS EMPLOYEES: Employees affiliated to the Haryana Roadways Workers Union and the Sarv Karamchari Sangh staged a dharna in front of the Roadways Depot here on Tuesday in support of their demands. According to a report, the employees also held a demonstration and shouted slogans against the state government and the General Manager of the roadways. Their demands include immediate transfer of the General Manager of the Sonepat depot and reinstatement of union leaders.

2 COMMIT SUICIDE: Sudesh Rani of Dhobiwara mohalla is reported to have committed suicide by taking celphos tablets on Tuesday. The police said family quarrel was the reason behind the suicide. According to another report, Vijay took celphos tablets and committed suicide at Asawarpur village, 10 km from here, on Tuesday.

MARKET ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Ram Bazar Market Association: chairman — Mr B.L. Rawal; president — Mr Devinder Sharma; vice-president — Mr Ramesh Arora; secretary — Mr Naresh Chawla; joint secretary — Mr Ravinder Dhingra; and treasurer — Mr Rajinder Khurana.

RALLY: A large number of students of the local GVM Girls College participated in an awareness rally here on Tuesday. The rally was organised by the Geography Department and the mahila cell of the college. The students passed through the main bazaars of the city and submitted a five-point programme on environment to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.N. Roy.

TWO KILLED: Two persons were killed on the spot when a tractor-trailer collided with their scooter near the new subzi mandi at Gohana town, 35 km from here, on Tuesday. The victims have been identified as Harish and Dharambir. The police has registered a case against the tractor driver.


BEOPAR MANDAL: The Himachal Pradesh Beopar Mandal, at a meeting here on Monday, has urged the government to look into the long-pending grievances and demands of traders and shopkeepers of the state. The meeting was chaired by the Beopar Mandal state president, Mr Hem Chand Sood. It also adopted resolutions demanding the removal of anomalies in the collection of market fees.

BAIL: Mr S.C. Kainthla, Chief Judicial Magistrate, on Tuesday released Abdul Latif, an accused under Section 170 of the IPC , on bail. The police had arrested him on the charge of impersonating a public servant.

LAWYER DEAD: Ravi Chander Mahant (86), a leading criminal advocate of the district, passed away on Tuesday night . He is survived by two sons and two daughters. The Hamirpur District Bar Association held a condolence meeting on Wednesday in this regard.

RESIDENTS SORE: Residents of Panjara, Sukhar, Chruri, Gheta, Golwan and Daneti gram panchayats are sore over the failure of the state government to release Rs 10 lakh for the construction of a small bridge over Dhaneti rivulet on the Ganoh-Sukhar link road. The Chief Minister had announced a sanction of Rs 10 lakh for the purpose on January 21, 2000, while inaugurating a medical camp organised by the Youth Club, Sukhar.

BLOOD DONATION: In a blood donation camp organised by the NSS and the local Lions Club, 150 students of St Bede’s College donated blood.



Historic village plans patriots’ memorial

LIWASPUR, a tiny village about 12 km from Sonepat’s district headquarters, has earned the distinction of having made great sacrifices by its residents during the freedom struggle, especially during the 1857 struggle termed as a mutiny by the British.

According to the village history, they had launched the maiden struggle against the British regime and many of them were jailed and sent to other provinces to undergo imprisonment. This village was ravaged by the British rulers to put an end to the armed struggle against the government by village folk.

The British gave the land of this village to one Sita Ram of an adjoining village, Rathdhanna. The locals put hurdles on the road and did not allow the movement of British soldiers on the connecting road.

One British officer was killed but his wife was spared. Sita Ram, to whom the British Government had transferred the village, had a secret meeting with the woman and reported the names of Udmi Ram, Gulab, Jasram, Ramjas and Ratia as having been allegedly involved in the murder of her husband. He provided a safe passage for the woman to Panipat.

When the struggle subsided, the British army surrounded the village and wanted to arrest all the persons named by Sita Ram. But many villagers resisted and lost their lives in the struggle. The army plundered the village and took away all the jewellery and other valuables from the village. Some villagers fled and settled in Ram Kali (Jind) and Kherka (Jhajjar) villages. Some others settled in other villages like Kailana and Rattangarh in this district. They returned to their village after some years.

The British rulers let loose the reign of terror and Udmi Ram, proclaimed the main suspect in the killing of the officer, was tied to a tree near the village and was tortured for more than 20 days after which he died. His other companions — Jasram, Ramjas, Ratia — were hanged to death. Some villagers were crushed to death under the crushers and a stone indicating bloody crusher still exists to remind the barbarity of the British rulers (see photo).

Udmi Ram is survived by his grand children and about 20 families, descended from him, still live in the village. The residents plan to set up a memorial for these patriots.

Man who turned HP hills green

Mr R.A. Singh, Chief Conservator of Forests, Himachal, who was incidentally the Conservator of Forests in Mandi from 1993 to 1999, and who at present heads the World Bank-aided Kandi Project, is the man behind the colourful green achievement. In the Kandi Project he is also called today as “The Watershed Magician of Himachal Pradesh”. In HP forest circles Mr Singh is famous for three things. One, he is considered a result-oriented workaholic, second he has the Midas Touch of green gold and third he is popular and has a typical touch of humanity.

When Mr Singh was asked to comment on his saga of green success in Mandi and Kandi he said “The success mantra is also obviously green because I was fortunate to have a very good team who did a commendable job because they could motivate the general public and masses through public awareness. And of course, it was the hard work of my officers, specially the forest guards, the backbone of the forest department. The entire team had sleepless nights and the entire exercise was something like “Home away from Home”. But when the results were seen I frankly continued to have sleepless nights because the Deodar, Kail, green trees and sweat-soaked labourers haunted me.

He said “If given an opportunity, apart from carrying on routine forestry activities, I would like to promote forest-based tourism and create a special cell for the same. I would like to train my foresters to become guides and tourism officers according to their status and ranks”.

Teej at Shimla’s Gaiety

Inspired by rich monsoon showers and lush green surroundings, women members of the Shimla ADC got together to celebrate Teej. The first-ever attempt to organise a traditional festival of Indian ladies in the 164-year history of the club, was so successful that Mrs Madhu Mehta, wife of Lt -Gen S.S. Mehta, GOC-in-C, ARTRAC, requested the club management to make it an annual feature. Members accompanied by their families and guests attired in different hues of green, turned up in full strength to celebrate “sawan” at the Tavern complex of Gaiety Theatre on the Mall. They were greeted by Rangoli, jointly designed and executed by Sonia and Ritu, which got them a special prize.

The efforts of Purnima Chauhan and Sangeeta Prasad to create the right ambience culminated in a dolled-up Teej belle on the wall and their ingenuity too got them a special prize. Shashi Gupta, a member of ADC Entertainment Committee, organised gidda, which regaled the audience. This was followed by a 60-member contingent, divided in four groups, participating in Antakshari, based on “Badal, barkha, boond, bijli” and other “sawan-related” songs. Indeed it was an exciting time for the participants as well as the audience.

The best “bindi” contest was won by Shashi Mishra for the best, the most glamorous and artistic design, whereas the best dressed in green went to Geetu Sood and Purnima Chohan. The latter also excelled in group singing as well as in solo.

A creative connotation to “sawan” celebrations was provided by Ila Pandey with her collection of exhibits put on display. She created lovely paintings, greeting cards and ladies’ hand-fans made out of waste material, but artistically decked up with green ferns. Indeed, it was the nature’s vibrant green which stole the show.

Shakti Kapoor had designed some mind-boggling games to choose the best house-manager. The prize was bagged by Anupma Tomar.

Mrs Madhu Mehta gave away the prizes. Senior members, Mrs Chima, Sushma Mohindra, Mrs Harjeet, and Mrs Minocha, judged various events. The festivities, culminated with high tea comprising seasonal delicacies.

Contributed by R.D. Sapra, Ravi Bali and Rama Sharma.


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