Thursday, October 11, 2001, Chandigarh, India


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


  • Debris from hills makes road risky
  • Kulu MC’s lack of public concern

  • Kurukshetra students’ feat



MEDICAL CAMP: A free medical and eye camp will be organised by the Jan Kalyan Sangam on October 14. Dr Rakesh Bharti, Dr Arun Verma, Dr S.P. Gupta and Dr S.Kapoor will examine patients. This was stated by Mr Ashwani Mehra, president of the association.

DEMAND: Mr Satya Pal Dang, veteran CPI leader, has demanded registration of case against Ms Kanchan Rai of Chheharta for allegedly duping some local women of large amounts in the name of committees.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: Mr Kanwarjit Singh Sandhu, SSP, Barnala police district, presided over a prize distribution function at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Dhanaula, about 10 km from here, on Monday. He gave prizes to meritorious students. Seema Rani and Gurdip Kaur were given mementos.

BKU (E) DHARNA: Activists of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) will stage a dharna in front of the office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Budhlada, on October 15. They are demanding arrest in the case of attack on local commission agents Kulwant Singh and his son Khushwant Singh.

EYE CAMP: More than 400 patients were examined at an eye camp held at Behrampur on Tuesday by the Rotary Club, Midtown and Innerwheel Club here. According to Major S.S. Kaundal, President, Rotary Club Midtown, 71 persons have been selected for cataract operations.

CREDIT CARDS DISTRIBUTED: Panjab National Bank, Dorangala, at a function held on Tuesday in Dorangala distributed credit cards to 327 farmers involving a amount of Rs 2.06 crore, said the Manager, Mr Kuldip Gupta.

TWO KILLED: Jamit Ram of Purana Bhangala died on the spot when a Punjab Roadways bus of the Pathankot depot hit his cycle near Chhani Rani village on Tuesday night. The driver fled after the accident. The Mukerian police has registered a case. In another mishap, Gurmit Singh of Neela Naloya was seriously injured when a scooter hit his cycle near Janauri on Tuesday. He succumbed to his injuries at Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur.

AWARDED: A team of veterinary surgeons comprising Dr Narinder Singh Saini, Dr J.P.S. Gill, Dr S.N. Sharma and Dr V.K. Sobti from the College of Veterinary Sciences, Punjab Agricultural University, have been awarded the Dr C.G. Bhaskar Memorial Medal for their publication, ‘A skin scrubbing procedure for orthopaedic surgery- a medical valuation’. Dr S.N. Sharma, Professor and Head, Department of Veterinary Surgery, said the procedure of orthopaedic surgery mentioned in the publication has proved useful in controlling surgical infection in equines. He said the team had made significant contributions in areas of diagnosis, anaesthesia and surgical management of small and big animals.

PAPER PRESENTED: Dr Ajaib Singh Bansal, Director of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology and former Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Punjab Agricultural University, participated in an international congress on acoustics at Rome last week. Dr Bansal presented a paper on ‘Free wave of motion in periodic systems with one of the constraints displaced’. He also visited the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at Southampton in the UK. Earlier, Dr Bansal had been awarded the Emeritus fellowship by the All-India Council for Technical Education.

LABORATORY OPENED: A regional disease diagnostic laboratory for animal diseases has been established on Ladhowali Road, Jalandhar. Giving this information, Dr R.P. Saigal, Dean, College of Veterinary Sciences, Punjab Agricultural University, said the laboratory would provide quick and accurate diagnostic facilities to farmers. He said the laboratory would also issue certificates of quality and standards of various products. Dr Saigal said the university would provide research, education and training support to the laboratory.

PADDY NOT PURCHASED: Paddy has not been purchased by any government agency at the purchase centre in Hamirgarh Dhaipi village in the district during the past four days as a result of which huge stocks of paddy have piled up. A deputation of farmers told Ms Raji P. Srivastava, Deputy Commissioner, that no Punsup official had come to purchase the paddy for the past four days.

DISBURSED: About Rs 85 lakh have been disbursed among 1,666 newly married girls belonging to the SC and the Christian communities while Rs 20 lakh has been spent on the construction of eight new Dalit dharamshalas and repair of the existing 24 in the district during the current financial year, said the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Jagjit Singh, here on Tuesday.

PATWARIS POSTED: Mr Jagjit Singh, District Collector, in an order issued here on Tuesday posted revenue patwaris Sucha Singh, Jarnail Singh and Kuldip Kumar to Urapur, Chakli Sujat and Garupur villages, respectively. They were dismissed by the then District Collector on July 9, 1999, during a statewide strike by the revenue patwaris. The Finance Commissioner (Revenue) reinstated them on September 25.

VETERINARY CAMP: The Lions Club (Banga Mehak) and Lions Club (City Smile) organised a veterinary check-up camp at Gobindpur village on Tuesday. More than 200 cattle were examined and medicines were given free of cost, Mr Surinder Parkash Nayyar and mr Hardip Singh, presidents of the respective club, said.

SEMINAR: The SC and BC Welfare Department, Punjab, in collaboration with Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, (Nawanshahr) will organise a state-level seminar on ‘Status of Dalits in Punjab’ on the college campus on Friday. Dr Joginder Singh Puar, former Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, will inaugurate the seminar and Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Social Welfare Minister, will be the chief guest.

PROCESSION: Employees of the General Category Welfare Federation led out a procession under the leadership of Amrik Singh followed by representatives of the federation. The procession started from the over bridge in front of the local railway station and after passing through Sheranwala Gate, Dharampura bazar, Adalat bazar, Anardana chowk, Lahori Gate, the procession terminated at Deputy Commissioner’s office. Procession was organised to seek the implementation of their demands including the abolition of ‘constitution review commission’. The leaders also demanded ban on the caste based reservation seats.

RALLY: The Class IV Government Employees Union observed a protest rally on the call of state committee in front of the Chairman’s office of the Punjab Pollution Control Board here on Wednesday. They asked for the implementation of their demands pending since long time. These demands comprised of giving bonus before Divali, issuance of promotion scale after 4,9 and 14 years of service, regularisation of ad-hoc and daily wagers and at least Rs 30,000 for the marriage of children of class IV employees. 

CLEANLINESS WEEK: Public Health Minister Raja Narinder Singh inaugurated the cleanliness week organised by the NSS volunteers of Government Ripudman College, Nabha, held at Maharaja Hira Singh Park here on Wednesday.

DEMANDS: The Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, on Wednesday asking for providing provisions of drugs and essential equipment , redesignation of posts of medical teachers as per norms of the Medical Council of India, filling of vacant posts in state medical colleges and implementation of government notification regarding allowances. Giving this information, the Association Secretary, Dr B.S.Sohal, said the post of Director Research and Medical Education has been lying vacant since February, 2001, and demanded that the posts should be filled as soon as possible as it hinder in the working of the medical department.

THEFTS: A gang of young women posing as attendants was caught stealing cash and other articles at a private hospital on Tuesday. Three women, including one holding an infant, tried to steal Rs 4,000 from an attendant, but were caught by the hospital staff and thrashed. They were later let off with a warning.

GRIEVANCES: Ten grievances were redressed during a subdivision-level grievance committee meeting held under the chairmanship of the SDM, Mr Amarjit Paul, according to a press note issued here on Tuesday.

PROTEST: Trainee students of the local ITI took out a protest march in main bazaar of the town against the incidents of burning of holy Birs of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. The effigy of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala was also burnt in front of the ITI.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: The local Pal Rang Manch, will organise its third annual drama fair on Saturday, according to Mr Parneet, secretary of the manch. He said a Punjabi drama “Naseeb” will be staged at Government Senior Secondary School, here. Besides, giddha, bhangra, skits, choreography and other light and sound programmes will also be staged. 

CULTURAL PROGRAMME: The Sath Barwali Di, a cultural organisation, will hold its third annual programme on October 28 at Barwali Khurd village, 10 km from here, according to Mr Malkiat Singh Sarwarpuri. Awards in the memory of Kartar Singh and Harnam Kaur will be given to a local folk singer Jaswant Singh Chaman of Khatra and Dr Gurdev Singh Pandohal. Gurdeep Singh Kang, secretary of the Sath, said a Kavi Darbar will also be organised.



FAREWELL FUNCTION: Trident Infotech Corporation Limited (TICL) bade farewell to the faculty of the Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh (SPIC) Microsoft, a UT Administration venture, at a simple function held on Tuesday. The function was attended among others by Mr Tejinder Singh, vice-president and Ms Renu Bhasin, deputy manager. Others included engineers and MCA students who were being upgraded by TICL training division. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Bhasin spoke about the present IT scenario and the various upgadations mandatory for IT professionals. She said technical expertise needed commitment and teamwork for getting success. The TICL is an authorised training centre of Microsoft which provides advanced software training on behalf of the Microsoft. TICL started its training division in 1996.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: Lions Club International District 321-A2 will organise a blood donation camp on October 18 at the Central Revenue Building in Sector 17. According to Mr M. R. Sharma, District Governor, the clubs had collected 3,600 units of blood and got 800 eye operations performed during the first quarter ending September 30, of the session 2001-02.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Following have been elected office-bearers of the Mohyal Sabha Chandigarh : president — Mr Ranbir Pratap Bali, vice-president — Dr Usha Dutta, secretary — Mr A.K. Mehta; joint secretary — Mr S.K. Bali; and members of executive committee — Ms Prem Lata Joshi, Mr Chander Mohan Vaid, Mr Raj Kumar Bali, Mr Inderjit Singh Chhiber, Mr Tek Chand Chhiber and Mr Chander Mohan Dutta. OC

RAMLILA COMPETITION: The Chandigarh Kendriya Ramlila Maha Sabha at its annual meeting has decided to hold 14th ramlila competition on October 28 and 29. Ramlila would be staged at ramlila stage of Garhwal Bhratriy Mandal Ramlila Committee, Sector 7. All the ramlila committees are expected to participate in the competition. The general secretary of the committee, Mr Sabar Singh Bisht, said,’’ It has been decided that there will be no portryal of vulgar dance and film songs on the stage and intoxication would be strictly prohibited.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Resident Welfare Association; Sector 21: chairman — Mr T. C Gulati; president — Mr B.B. Verma; vice-president — Mr D. N. Maudgal; general secretary — Mr Rakesh Bhatia; finance secretary — Mr Ram Nath Attri; legal secretary — Mr Sudesh Kumar Goyal; and joint secretary — Mr P.K. Gupta.

INAUGURATED: A film production house, Joshi Studios, was inaugurated with the shooting of a short film on female foeticide titled “Rab Di Maar Pawegi”, here on Wednesday. The studio allows shooting for films, teleserials, music videos, ad films corporate films. The studio has state-of-art equipment comprising modern digital, beta camera, latest linear and non-linear editing suites.

RESENTMENT: The House Owners Welfare association resented the hike in cable charges in a press note issued, here on Wednesday. Claiming that the hike was unjustified, the association has said the rates were very high in comparison to Chandigarh.

SECTION 144 IN TOWN: In the wake of incidents of sacrilege in different places in Punjab, the local administration has provoked section 144 of the CrPC. The Subdivisional Magistrate (SDM), Mr Jaipal Singh, said gathering of five or more persons at a public place had been banned. Taking out of procession without permission had been banned. The ban will remain effective from October 5, 2001 to December 4, 2001.



EXPLOSION: A minor explosion which took place within Ambala Cantonment near Patel Park is believed to have been caused due to a object which fell from an aircraft on Tuesday afternoon. The object had created small crater which was about 3 feet wide and a few inches deep. None was injured in the incident. The incident had taken place moments after an army man had crossed the spot.

WORKSHOP: A workshop on “Panchayats and Primary Education — A Study” was organised by an NGO, Participatory Research in Asia the (PRIA), here on Tuesday. Among the participants were the chief coordinator of the PRIA, Haryana, Ms Poonam Sachdev, the District Primary Education Officer, Hisar, Mr O.P. Arya and the District Primary Education Officer, Fatehabad , Mr Hari Singh Nalwa.

SUICIDE: An inmate committed suicide by hanging himself at Central Jail here on Tuesday. According to jail officials, Balbir Singh jailed in connection with a dowry death went to the bathroom and hanged himself.

HELD FOR TEASING: The police arrested six youths from the Devi Bhawan area here on Tuesday for teasing girl students of F.C. College for Women and D.N. College. Police constables in civil dress had been deployed in front of the colleges after complaints were received from Principals.

ROAD BLOCK: Haryana Roadways employees blocked traffic at Narnaund on the Hisar-Jind road on Tuesday in protest against manhandling of a bus driver by some youths. The blockade continued for three hours.

OPIUM SEIZED: A person was arrested for supplying opium to an inmate on the jail premises here on Tuesday. According to jail officials, Ranjeet Singh of Piranwali came to the jail to meet an inmate, Nihal Singh, of the same village. The officials recovered 40 gm of opium from his bag. Later, the jail authorities informed the police.

BOOKED: The police registered a case against three persons, including a woman for obstructing a government official from discharging his duty on Tuesday. The police said Mr Satpal Singh Tanwar, Block Development and Panchayat Officer, had gone to supervise construction work at Rakhi village in the district where Ram Mehar, his mother and Jeevan Ram, misbehaved with him and tried to stop the construction work.

WATER THEFT: A case has been registered against seven persons for stealing irrigation water at Badya Brahamanan village near here on Tuesday. They have been identified as Sagarmal, Satya Naryan, Lakhmi Chand, Tek Chand, Nauran, Bansi Dhar and Kunji Lal. According to the police, they were stealing water from Garanpura minor by using a rubber pipe on September 29.

PULSE POLIO: The district health authorities have set a target to administer polio drops to more than 1.32 lakh children upto five years in the district under a week-long pulse polio mopping up operation. Presiding over a district coordination committee meeting here on Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner M.R. Anand directed the authorities to also cover the remote areas and migrated families.

SUICIDE BY SUSPECT: Yashvir, a suspect in a case of dacoity, is reported to have committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope at his house in Jagsi village, about 40 km from here, on Tuesday. The parents of the suspect allegedly cremated the body without informing the police. Yashvir was allegedly the leader of the gang which had looted cash and valuables worth Rs 4.5 lakh from the house of a former municipal councillor in March.

GOVERNOR’S VISIT: The Haryana Governor, Babu Parmanand, will visit the city on October 14. He will address a seminar on human rights on the premises of Shambhu Dayal Modern School here.

POWER THEFT: Officials of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam on Wednesday claimed to have unearthed a case of power theft in a steel factory situated on the G T Road near Bahalgarh Chowk, about 10 km from here. The officials during a raid found that electricity was being taken from transmission lines directly. They imposed a penalty of about Rs 1.5 lakh on the owner.

CASES SOLVED: With the arrest of two youths, the police on Wednesday claimed to have solved three cases of auto thefts committed in the city during the past few months. Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, SP, told mediapersons that the arrested youths had been identified as Surinder of Guhna village and Rakesh of Mohan Nagar area here. Three motor cycles had been recovered from their possession, he said. The arrested had been remanded in judicial custody, he added.

TABLETS DISTRIBUTED: The District Health Department distributed 50,239 chloroquine tablets under the national malaria eradication scheme in September. This was stated by Mr Rajiv Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, here on Tuesday. He said blood test for the diagnosis of malaria was being conducted free of cost. About 9,000 blood strips had been prepared during September, he added.



LIQUOR SEIZED: The Himachal Pradesh police intercepted a vehicle and recovered 240 pouches of Patiala Orange, 72 bottles of English wine from the possession of Akshay Kumar, resident of Bhanala village (Kangra), under a drive launched in the district. Mr S.R. Ojha, SP, said the police had also seized 1.3 kg of charas from the possession of Rikhi Ram, resident of Bhatori village.

LOSSES TO GROWERS: The depression in the local tomato markets for the past two months has resulted in huge losses to growers of the region. The situation is more critical in the interiors of Bholi, Anhech, Neri Kalan and Kabakalan panchayats. The growers of the region are paying additional charges for transporting their produce to the local terminal markets.

PUBLIC MEETING: The Minister of State for Cooperation, Mr Rikhi Ram Kaundal, said the process of land reforms in the state had commenced. He was addressing a public meeting at Neghata in the Shillai constituency. The ban on the export of raisin would be beneficial for the farmers of Bilaspur and Sirmaur districts, he said.

FARMERS’ PROTEST: Five hundred farmers under the banner of the Sirmaur Kisan Mandal held a procession from Badripur to Paonta Sahib here on Tuesday in protest against the rigid attitude of the state government towards their demands. Led by the president of the Kisan Mandal, Mr S.S Gill, they staged a dharna in front of the SDM’s office at Paonta Sahib and also gave him a memorandum containing their demands.


Debris from hills makes road risky

Heavy rain has affected the Subathu-Wacknaghat road badly. The flow of debris from the hills and the accumulation of rain water in the numerous potholes on the road have virtually made it unpliable for motorists. The most affected is the stretch between Subathu and Thari that was mettaled about two years ago.

After a spell of rain, this stretch virtually becomes a cesspool as it lacks proper drainage. The rain water and slush that have accumulated on the road, make it accident-prone.

During the rainy season the road is invariably blocked and often the local residents have to clear the debris themselves, says Mr Ajai Kansal, a shopkeeper of Thari village.

The road is repairs only when a VIP travels on this road, says Mr Kansal, who heads the local Handicapped Sabha.

A visit to the road reveals that the residents are themselves to blame for the bad condition of the road to some extent as they often used the road to unload the raw material for construction work. Most of the sand and rubble have accumulated on the road and rain water makes movement risky.

Kulu MC’s lack of public concern

Kulu’s Municipal Council has gone to such an extent of commercialisation that it has started converting the roadside public conveniences into shops to earn rent. The rain shelter near the LIC office at Dhalpur (see photograph) has been converted into two shops.

The eyes of the elected body are on other public facilities in the town.

The area adjoining to this rain shelter had been earmarked for a parking place which has also been converted into shops.

There is not even a single roadside public toilet from Badah, the entry point of the town to Dhalpur, for about three kilometers covering Shastri Nagar, Gandhi Nagar and parts of Dhalpur. The public as well as tourists face problems. At times, women were seen requesting local residents to allow them to use toilets. The Municipal Council should consider their problem and take appropriate steps to solve that.

Kurukshetra students’ feat

Gita Niketan Awasiya Vidyalya, Kurukshetra, had added one more feather to its cap when 11 students of this school successfully cleared the prestigious National Talent Search examination, conducted by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) this year. This school has earned the rare distinction of winning 11 of the 39 scholarships clinched by Haryana. This is a record for a single school in this state.

The school principal, Mr Rishi Goel, says that successful students, who brought laurels are — Amandeep, Anuj Bhatia, Aastha Chauhan, Raghu Gandhi, Rohit Garg, Rahul Sharma, Sushen Chopra, Shaveta Bansal, Vaibhav Garg, Varun Chopra and Vineet Singhal. ‘‘The credit of this remarkable achievement goes to our hard-working students, industrious teachers and cooperative parents, especially our able guide and coordinator, Dr Kanta Gupta’’, he adds.

The work-culture of the school, marking all-round development of the students, has played a major role for the present success. These students were specially prepared for this scholarship in three phases. At the first stage, the tests were held at the school and Kurukshetra University. Thus 24 students succeed in reaching the state level of which 16 students passed the national-level written examination at the second stage. Ultimately, 11 of them got through the national-level examination and interviews.

This school has been able to get this scholarship since 1993-94 with varying numbers. But, the present success is an all-time record. It will certainly encourage students of the other schools too.

The selected students will benefit by merit certificates, free books and scholarships by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, besides preference in admissions at the colleges and the universities.

He stated that another student, Mashal Dhir, of this school, brought laurels by securing the first position in the Pre-Medical Test (PMT) conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education in May.

Contributed by Jagmeet Singh, Subhash Sharma and D.R. Vij


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