Thursday, October 4, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

 

REGIONAL  POTPOURRI

  • MLA’s wait for ‘sangat darshan’

  • In support of theatre

  • Rural cleanliness by schoolchildren

PUNJAB

BATHINDA
YOUTH FEST BEGINS: Mr R. Venkatratnam, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the five-day youth festival and a national integration camp here on Monday. More than 200 youths from various universities of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal and Chandigarh are taking part in the festival.

NEW CHIEF ENGINEER: Mr Sharat Chandra Mahajan has been appointed as the new Chief Engineer of Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) of the city. He replaced Mr U.S. Lucky who retired on September 30.

YOUTH CLUB: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Guru Teg Bahadur Youth and Welfare club: president — Mr Harjeet Singh; senior vice-president — Mr Ravinder Singh; joint secretary — Mr Vishvasdeep Singh; general secretary — Mr Gurpreet Singh and treasurer Mr Jaswinder Singh.

CONGRESS JOINED: Members of the Golden Youth Club, Bir Talab left the Shiromani Akali Dal (B) and joined the Congress on Wednesday. In a press note issued here the president of club, Mr Amrik Singh, and other members have alleged that the policies of the ruling party were anti-people, therefore they had joined the Congress.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Sat Pal Sharma and Mr S.K. Garg have been elected the president and secretary of the district unit of the Private Colleges Non-Teaching Employees Union, respectively. This was stated in a press note of the union issued here on Wednesday.

LOK ADALAT: Mr B.C. Rajput, District and Sessions Judge cum chairman, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) said a special Lok Adalat would be held on October 7 at the district courts complex. In a press note issued here on Wednesday, Mr Rajput said Mr Justice H.S. Bedi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court-cum-Chairman Punjab Legal Services Authority would preside over the Lok Adalat.

FARIDKOT
BLOOD DONATION: As many as 101 persons donated blood at a camp organised by the State Bank of Patiala at K.N. Jain Girls Senior Secondary School, branch here on Tuesday, according to Mr Subhash Aggarwal, manager of the bank.

EYE CAMP: A four-day free eye operation camp organised by the local Lions Club concluded here on Wednesday. About 63 operations were performed and over 800 patients examined.

JAGRAON
ANNUAL FUNCTION: The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Club has decided to hold its second annual function on October 7 at Lala Lajpat Rai Municipal Park to observe the 93rd birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. The student who attained first position in matriculation examination and renowned social workers would be honoured on the occasion.

LUDHIANA
PAPER READING CONTEST: A paper reading contest for senior section students of New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, was held on Wednesday. Over 25 students participated and chose from three topics which included ‘Mahatma Gandhi — birth, childhood, education and marriage’, ‘Gandhiji in South Africa’ and Gandhiji’s Quit India Movement’. Students of primary classes sang national songs. Aanchal Jain of Class IX stood first, followed by Rajni Khanna of Class X and Simaranjit Kaur of Class X. Anubhav Jindal of Class IX and Gaurav Arora of Class IX got consolation prizes. Mr H.C. Gupta, Principal, told the students to become worthy citizens of India and fulfil the dreams of Gandhiji and Lal Bahadur Shastri. Mr Sunil Maria, President of the managing committee, was also present on the occasion.

CULTURAL PROGRAMME: Students of Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, organised a cultural programme on Tuesday. Skits, songs and dances were presented by the students of different classes. A patriotic song, ‘Kargil Beero’ was sung by Preet Inder Kaur of Class V. Besides, drawing, handwriting and poetry recitation competitions were also held. Mr Dheeraj Sharma, organiser, said that the programme was held to awaken the dormant talent of students. Mr Rajinder Sharma, Principal, was also present on the occasion.

COMMISSIONER'S TRANSFER CRITICISED: The executive committee of the ex-servicemen Welfare Society has criticised the transfer of Dr S.S. Sandhu, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana. Col R.S. Sohi, president of the society, criticised the manner in which the Commissioner has been given the marching orders. Members of the society feel that ultimately Ludhiana is at the loss by losing the services of an efficient officer. The general secretary, Lieut-Col J.S. Garcha, said the nation need person like Mr Sandhu to put the country on the rails that lead to prosperity.

PSEB FLAYED: The Ludhiana Electroplaters Association has urged the chairman, PSEB, to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the consumers. Mr Joginder Kumar, president, said CD meters and CTPTs are not available with PSEB and the consumers have to purchase on their own to get the industrial connection. The members of the association said the PSEB had turned deaf ears to the problem.

“AAO-BUNE” CONTEST: “Aao-Bune”, a hand knitting contest, by the Vardhman Spinning and General Mills started here on Wednesday. According to a press statement, the contest will cover over 500 schools during the year. It will be undertaken in two different modes. Students from schools of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh will take part in the contest. In the first phase, students from Class V to XI will knit on the spot within their school premises and will be evaluated in their respective categories. The three best participants from each category will compete in the zonal rounds. In the zonal round, 10 best patterns from each category will be shortlisted for the evaluation of state-level winners. Three best patterns will be given cash reward of Rs 5100, Rs 3100 and Rs 2100, respectively.

MALERKOTLA
OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the PSEB Employees Federation, Sandor: president — Mr Bhagwan Singh; general secretary — Mr Makhan Singh; vice-president — Mr Parminder Singh; joint secretary — Mr Gurnam Singh; and treasure — Mr Gurcharan Singh.

NAWANSHAHR
SENTENCED: The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Gobinder Singh Matharu, has sentenced a narcotics pedlar, Jatinder Singh of the nearby Heon village, to 10 years’ imprisonment and fined him Rs 1 lakh in a case registered against him under the NDPS Act for carrying 20 gm of smack.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab Private School Organisation: president — Mr Harbhajan Singh; senior vice-president — Mr Amrit Lal Jain; vice-president — Mr Shingara Singh; general secretary — Mr Harmesh Guleria; secretary — Ms Veena Agnihotri; and treasurer — Mr Rajinder Nafri.

PATIALA
PADDY PROCUREMENT: Various procurement agencies have procured about 86,000 tonnes of paddy from the district till now out of which about 72,000 mt has been procured by government agencies and nearly 13,000 mt by private agencies. Stating this here on Wednesday, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, said till now, the Food and Supply Department had procured 9500 mt of paddy whereas Markfed purchased 10,000 mt; Punsup 20,000 mt; Warehouse, 14,000 mt; Punjab Agro, 9400 mt; and the Food Corporation of India (FCI) had procured 8000 mt of paddy.

JAGRAN: A Bhagwati jagran was held on the Veer hakikat Rai ground, Rajpura colony, here on Tuesday night. Giving this information, organising committee members, Mr Dawarka Das Devgun and Mr Madan Arora said a Congress leader, Mr Brahm Mohindera, lighted the ‘Jyoti’ and Mr Lakhbir Singh Lakha sang religious songs.

PATHANKOT
NIRANKARI MANDAL: The Sant Nirankari Mandal organised A “Manav ekta sammelan” at Taragarg More, Dinanagar, 30 km from here, on Tuesday. Mr Mohan Lal, Higher Education Minister, Ms Roop Rani and Mr Rak Lal, MLAs also attend the sammelan.

PHILLAUR
OFFICE-BEARERS: Following office bearers have been elected for the Market Committee of Feroze Gandhi Market: president — Mr S.S. Ghuman; vice-president — Mr K.S. Ghai, and Mr Ashim Nagpal; general secretary — Mr K.S. Monga; executive members — Mr Iqbal Singh (Finance), Mr G.S. Ghuman and Mr A.S. Wadhera; treasurer — Mr H.S. Ghai; and legal adviser — Mr R.S. Kooner. The committee passed a resolution that it would try to assist the district administration, Municipal Corporation and the Improvement Trust to develop this prime commercial centre on the modern lines and to place before them the various problems faced by the owners as well as tenants in the market.

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CHANDIGARH

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Mohalla Welfare Society, Sector 30-B; president — Capt Nidhan Singh (retd); vice-president — Mr Waryam Singh; general secretary — Mr Pyara Singh; joint secretary — Mr Saroop Singh; cashier — Mr Prem Singh; and propaganda secretary — Mr Ashok Kumar.

ORIENTATION PROGRAMME: About 70 school teachers participated in a two-day economic orientation programme organised by the Central Board of Secondary Education which started at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41-B, here on Wednesday. The objective of the seminar is to apprise teachers of various changes in the curriculum and change in the pattern of question papers. The CBSE Regional Officer, Mr Yog Raj Sachdeva, presided over the function. The Education Officer, Mr Sugandha Sharma, inaugurated the function. The chief resource persons for the orientation programme were Mr S.K. Sharma and Mr S.K. Aggarwal.

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HARYANA

AMBALA
AWARENESS RALLY: Hundreds of children of local schools took out an awareness rally against the use of polythene bags. The City Magistrate, Ms Pratima Chaudhary, and the Executive Officer of the Ambala Municipal Council, Mr Arvind Kumar, flagged off the rally. The children were holding placards in their hands which carried various slogans. The rally passed through main bazaars of the city.

CAMPAIGN: The district police has launched an awareness campaign for the people of Naraingarh where around 281 bombs were recovered during digging of earth by the Telcom Department recently. The Superintendent of Police, Mr Sandeep Khirwar, said here on Wednesday that the people of Sahjadpur and nearby area were being warned through that they should not touch any suspicious things and if any such object was found they inform the police. He said the bombs recovered near Sahjadpur were handed over to the Army which were later defused.

CAMP: The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) organised an initiation camp on ICT literacy at the Centre for Innovations, Research and Development (CIRD) of the Sohan Lal DAV College of Education, Ambala City. About 25 Principals and teacher educators from different parts of Haryana participated in the camp. Prof S.P. Malhotra, coordinator of national project on ICT literacy, spoke about the importance of such camps.

FARIDABAD
TRADERS INCONVENIENCED: The delay in shifting the vegetable market to its new location at Ballabgarh town in the district is causing inconvenience to the traders and farmers. Though the new vegetable market is ready the authorities concerned are reportedly not taking interests in the shifting of the market.

BURIED ALIVE: A 34-year-old woman was killed and her infant son was injured seriously when they were buried under a soil mound near Hodal village in the district on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Lohari Devi, wife of Kalua of Gathia Mohalla.

KURUKSHETRA
BANNED: The District Magistrate, Mr Bhilaksh Likhi, on Tuesday promulgated Section 144 of the IPC banning assembly of five or more persons and carrying of weapons, including lathi, sword, “gandaasi” axe, knife in the Ladwa sub-tehsil and its adjoining areas in this district. This has been done in view of the dharnas being organised by Bharatiya Kisan Union activists in the ladwa area.

SONEPAT
PETROL SAMPLES: A campaign has been launched to check the sale of adulterated petrol and other petroleum products at the petrol station in city and in the district. According to officials sources, officials of the Food and Supplied Department have sent samples of petrol from four petrol pumps to the laboratory for analysis.

POLYTHENE-FREE MARKET: shopkeepers of Ashok Nagar (kutche quarters) took the lead in making the market “polythene free” on a call given by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.N. Roy and the Independent MLA, Mr Dev Raj Dewan, at a function organised here on Tuesday. The shopkeepers destroyed all polythene bags in their shops.

50 HELD: The police has arrested more than 50 persons during the two-week “operation night vigil”. The Superintendent of Police said here on Tuesday that the arrested person include some dreaded criminals.

DATE EXTENDED: The uttar haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has extended the date for the recovery of outstanding electricity bills and voluntary disclosure of electricity load to October 31.

RSS CAMP: A three-day RSS training camp concluded here on Tuesday. As many as 850 volunteers from Sonepat, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Jind districts participated in this camp.

THEFT: Gold, silver and other valuable articles have been reportedly stolen from a temple at Ganaur Mandi, 16 km from here, on Tuesday. Mr siri Paul Jain a member of the trust, has lodged an FIR with the Ganaur police.


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

KUMARHATTI
HURT IN MISHAP: One person was seriously injured when a canter (HP-14-5931) collided head on with an Army truck on the Kalka-Shimla national highway here on Wednesday. Suresh Kumar who was driving the canter sustained serious injuries on the legs.

ROWDY CROWD: The police faced a hard time to disperse a mob who demanded the opening of a liquor shop on Tuesday. Villagers who had come to see a mela were upset to see the shop which was closed on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

NAHAN
LAND PROJECT: During this financial year Rs 3.60 crore will be spent in 13 panchayats of the Sirmaur district under the integrated waste land development project to improve 6,000 hectare of barren land. Mr Chander Mohan Thakur, Chairman, zila parishad, Sirmaur, said on Tuesday that improvement of water bodies would be given a priority.

NURPUR
PRESS CLUB: The followings have been elected office-bearers of the local Press Club: president — Mr Rakesh Bharti; vice-presidents — Mr Sanjay Kaushal and Mr Viney Mahajan; general secretary — Mr Rajiv Mahajan; treasurer — Mr Rishi Mahajan.

SHIMLA
PROMOTED: The Himachal Pradesh Government on Wednesday promoted Mr I.D. Pal, Mr R.A. Agnihotri and Mr Subhash Sharma as Special Private Secretaries in the Secretariat.
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REGIONAL  POTPOURRI

MLA’s wait for ‘sangat darshan’

Ms Roop Rani, the BJP legislator from Dinanagar, has been eagerly waiting for the ‘‘sangat darshan’’ programme in the hope of getting grants for various development projects in her constituency which are hanging in the balance due to paucity of funds.

Dinanagar, one of the most backward areas of Gurdaspur district, has about 144 villages, most of which lack metalled roads and drinking water.

Ms Roop Rani wants every village in her constituency to have link roads, irrigation facilities, sewerage and adequate water supply and 24-hour power supply to ease the problems of the people.

She told this correspondent that she wants a 50-bedded hospital for Dinanagar, a children’s park and a colony for the down-trodden, besides a new bus stand.

This amount she could be arranged only by the Chief Minister at the ‘‘sangat darshan’’ for which she has been waiting for over six months.

Ms Roop Rani has been successful in getting a new grain market constructed at a cost of Rs 2 crore, besides constructing nearly 22 km of roads. She has also been active in her area, a reserved seat.

In support of theatre

The Apeejay Education Society (India) a premier education organisation in the country running a large number of schools, graduate colleges and post graduate institutions of technical and higher learning in the country, will support the cause of Indian theatre in India and abroad.

This assurance was given by Dr Stya Paul, a well-known industrialist, philanthropist, educationist and President, Apeejay Education Society, Delhi, to Mr Pran Sabharwal, Director, National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, and international coordinator world Punjabi theatre movement who met him in Delhi to discuss plans for the promotion of Punjabi theatre movement in India and abroad.

Dr Stya Paul on whom a degree of Doctor of Philosophy was conferred by London’s Thames Valley University for his outstanding contribution to the development of education and culture in India last year, was of the view that theatre was a powerful medium of instruction teaching and entertainment and therefore must be introduced as a subject in education. This, he said, would not only promote Indianness and strengthen regional theatre movement but would also keep the participants refreshed, dynamic and creative to compete and improve international standards in education.

Dr Stya Paul, who is the elder brother of Lord Dr Swraj Paul, an eminent member of the British House of Lords, London, and Vice-Chancellor of the Thames Valley University, London (U.K.), said plans for the promotion of Indian theatre movement and plays based on the themes of patriotism, human values and international understanding in India and abroad would receive their attention for discussion and implementation.

Mr Pran Sabharwal said a Punjabi musical play “Daire” written by a university scholar Dr Satish Kumar Verma on the burning topic of female foeticide would be staged at Baradari Gardens, Patiala, this month and later in Delhi and other places.

Rural cleanliness by schoolchildren

Last Saturday 53 schoolchildren of Bala Samajam, the children’s wing of Malayalee Samajam, Mohali, assembled with their bags and baggages at Loyala School premises of Kotla village, Ropar for their 2-day villages camp.

The afternoon was spent in visiting the village. The entertainment in the evening involving the village youth was quite enjoyable.

The second day (September 30) started with the favourite Bhajan of Mahatma Gandhi “Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram”, sung by the children. Thereafter Fr Thomas K.J., President, Roshni Society, and the coordinator of the programme, explained to the children the great relevance of Gandhiji’s ideals to build a better world. He said it is by building bridges of friendship and by sowing the seeds of love and concern especially for the less fortunate ones of society as taught by the Mahatma and as practised by Guru Kripa Society (started by Fr Joseph for village upliftment) and its members, and not by violence and hatred can we transform the world into a better society.

Cleaning the Loyola School premises and the surrounding areas by the Bal Samajam children together with the youth of the place giving it a facelift and chalking out a long-term plan for rural cleanliness really reflected service in action.

As a token of their friendship and concern for their less fortunate brothers and sisters Reshmi Nair, the president of Bala Samajam, and her co-office-bearers distributed to the polio students of Ropar district study scholarships (see picture), the proceeds from the collective endeavour of the Samajam members by the sale of Roshni greeting cards last year.

Interestingly, all the children and the organisers of the camp hail from Kerala.

Contributed by Bharat Bhushan Dogra and TNS

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