Thursday, November 1, 2001, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • Youngest college principal
  • Bridge not rebuilt in 13 yrs
  • A setback to  doll-making

INAUGURATED: Mr Bakshi Ram Arora, chairman, Improvement Trust, inaugurated a tubewell at ‘C’-block of Ranjit Avenue here on Tuesday. Residents here were facing a severe drinking water problem. The tubewell has been installed at the cost of Rs 7 lakh.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: The annual prize distribution function MSD Senior Secondary School was organised here on Tuesday. The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, was the chief guest and gave away the prizes to the students. Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, president of the management committee of the school and Law Minister, said the school had been achieving good results in academics as well as in sports. Mr O.P. Sharma, Principal of the school, read out the annual report of the school. Mr Badal announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for the school.

PLAY ON RANJIT SINGH: Mr Charanjit Singh, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, has appealed to the Punjabis to work for the strengthening of brotherhood, unity and patriotism in the interest of the state. He was addressing a gathering at the presentation of a two-hour play “Ek Akh Ek Nazar” on the life and works of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, written and directed by Kartar Singh Duggal, Member of Parliament and Harpal Tiwana, renowned novelist, at the local Amar Ashram, on Tuesday. The Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, also spoke on the occasion.

SONG COMPETITION: Students from more than 100 schools and colleges participated in solo and group song competitions held on Tuesday at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall here during the second day of Gadri Babian Da mela. In the junior solo “virsat” competition, Ankush Sharma of R.S. Senior Model School, Ludhiana, won the first prize. Amanpreet of MD Dayanand School, Nakodar, won the second prize and Jaskaran Singh won the third prize. Rupeshwar Kaur of Punjabi University, Rohit Sharma of Saint Jutes, Nakodar , and Bhupesh of Rich Harvest School, Jalandhar, won the first, second and third prizes, respectively, in the solo “pragatisheel” competition.

LEGAL AWARENESS: The District Legal Services Authority will organise a legal awareness function on November 9 at the district courts here, stated Mr Gurdev Singh, District and Sessions Judge, while presiding over a meeting of the authority on Tuesday. The function is being organised in connection with the celebration of the Legal Services Day, the judge said, adding that the functions would also be organised at Phagwara and Sultanpur Lodhi on the same day.

MEDICAL CAMP: As many as 200 patients were examined at a medical check-up camp organised by Punjab National Bank at Begowal village on Tuesday. Mr Jagat Ram, Senior Regional Manager of the bank, inaugurated the camp, while Mr J.S. Brar, ADC (Development), presided over the function. Medicines were given free of cost during the camp.

LIVE PERFORMANCE: To celebrate the festival of Karva Chauth, the Sutlej Club would organise “Love in the air night” with Bollywood singers Sunidhi Chauhan and Vinod Rathod on Friday on the club lawns. Mr A.S. Chawla, general secretary, in a press statement on Wednesday said surprise gifts would be given to ladies. A welcome drink, punctuality draws and lucky draws would be the highlight to the programme. Chinese, South Indian, Punjabi and Tandoori cuisines would be available for the members and their guests. He added that a bowling alley would also be inaugurated on the occasion by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu.

ANNIVERSARY: Officers, employees and a large number of customers of the bank participated in the 24th anniversary celebrations of Rajpura Road branch of Canara Bank here. A yajna and pooja was performed in the morning. In the afternoon, a bhandara was organised outside the branch premises, which was inaugurated by Mr T.K. Bajaj, Chief Manager. While interacting with the customers and members of public, Mr Manmohan Singh, Senior Manager of the branch, dwelt upon various retail lending schemes introduced by the bank in the recent past.

RANGOLI CONTEST: Students of the BNM College of Technical Education, Alamgir, participated in a rangoli contest held on Wednesday. Over 25 girls and boys from BCA (I) participated in the contest. Sukhwant Kaur won the first prize, Navtej Singh was declared second and Madhu came third. Mr Manudeep Kaushal, Principal, lauded the efforts of the students.

GUEST LECTURE: A guest lecture on ‘Growing fiscal deficit in centre and states’ was organised at Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College here on Wednesday. Addressing the students, Prof M.R. Aggarwal from the Department of Economics, Panjab University, elaborated different kinds of deficits computed in the whole budget exercise of the Indian economy. He said fiscal deficit was considered the main indicator of financial health of the economy. Prof Aggarwal said the Indian economy was passing through tough period. The students raised their queries which were answered by the professor. Earlier, Principal B.D. Budhiraja welcomed the guest. Professor Mohammad Saleem, Head of Economics Department, introduced the guest to the students and faculty. Mr Jagmohan Gupta, president, was also present on the occasion.

SESSIONS JUDGE RETIRES: Mr S.S. Arora, District and Sessions Judge, retired on Wednesday after completing his tenure. A farewell party was organised by the District Bar Association, on old courts compound. Mr Harish Rai Dhanda, president, spoke on the occasion. Additional Sessions Judges — Mr A.K. Sharma, Mr B.S. Mehndiratta, Mr B.K. Mehta, Mr H.S. Madan, Mr G.S. Sran, Mr G.R. Banyal — besides others were also present. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has not appointed any new sessions judge for Ludhiana. Additional Sessions Judge, Mr A.K. Sharma, would officiate till the appointment of the new sessions judge.

MEDICAL CAMP: A medical check-up and drug de-addiction camp was organised at Narinderpura in the district by the Lok Sahara Club in collaboration with the district police on Tuesday. Mr dilbagh Singh Gill, Senior Superintendent of Police, inaugurated the camp, while Ms Raji P. Srivastva, Deputy Commissioner, presided over. More than 500 patients were examined by a team of doctors, according to Mr Gursimranjeet Singh Mansahia, advocate, president of the club

NEW PRINCIPAL: Mr Surinder Bir Singh Sethi has taken over as the Principal of the local Government Ranbir College. Earlier, he was posted at SBS Government College, Kotkapura. Mr Sethi started his teaching career as an economics lecturer at this college more than 30 years ago.

EYE CAMP: The Lions Club organised an eye operation and check-up camp here on Tuesday. About 400 persons were examined at the camp. The patients will be operated upon for cataract and other eye diseases on November 2 free of cost.



RASHTRIYA SANKALP DIVAS: The ‘Rashtriya Sankalp Divas’ was observed at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, here on Wednesday. The students took a pledge to work for national integration, which was followed by patriotic songs. A function was also organised at the Government College for Men, Sector 11.

RETIREMENT FUNCTION: The Deputy Nursing Superintendent, Ms Leela Dhar, and Ms Krishna Kanta Sharma of the PGI’s Nursing Department retired here on Wednesday. The department organised a farewell party on the occasion. Services of the two were lauded.



CM LAYS STONE: The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, laid the foundation stone of a canal-based water supply scheme for the Kharamurar group of villages at Khuramurar village, about 20 km from here, on Tuesday. The scheme which will cost Rs 97.75 lakh, will provide drinking water at the rate of 55 litres per person per day to the 18,000 residents of 12 villages of the Bawal constituency. The CM said potable drinking water facility had already been provided to over 50 per cent villages of the state and the remaining would get this facility within the next two years.

CRACKERS BANNED: The District Magistrate here has issued an order under Section 144 of the CrPC, banning the sale of crackers and other explosives at all public places, except those notified by him in the city and other parts of the district, including Ganaur, Kharkhauda and Gohana towns. According to official sources, the District Magistrate has also banned the manufacture and storage of high-noise fire crackers in the district.

ASSAULTED: Three members of a family were injured when they were attacked with lathis by a group of persons at Siwanka village, about 40 km from here, on Tuesday. According to report, a dispute over the fetching of drinking water from a public post was the cause of the assault.

ROBBED: Sunil, a scooterist, was robbed of Rs 10,000 cash and a mobile phone allegedly by two armed youths near Harsana Kalan village, about 5 km from here, on Tuesday. According to reports, he was on his way to Bindrauli village when he was waylaid by the youths and attacked with lathis. They allegedly snatched the cash and mobile phone from him and escaped under the cover of darkness. The police has registered a case against the two identified as Rajan and Rajinder of Bindrauli village.

INJURED: Bijender sustained serious injuries when he was attacked with sharp-edged weapons by two persons, including a police constable of Delhi, at Rajlu Garhi village, about 10 km from here, on Tuesday. According to a report, the Ganaur police has registered a case against the duo identified as Krishan, the police constable and Satish, his brother.



DROUGHT: Residents of Bharmour, Chamba, Churah and Banikhet areas are facing scarcity of water as there has been no rain in the district for the past about two months. The residents have urged the state government to survey the affected areas and provide relief to the farmers. Experts from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) feel that the drought conditions might affect the crops.

INAUGURATED: Mr Mohan Lal, Minister of State for Ayurveda, inaugurated a 4-km-long Ludera-Klouta link road, constructed at a cost of Rs 30 lakh, on Tuesday. He said a Rs 8 crore herbal project, called “vanaspati van project” launched in Chamba and Kulu district would pave the way for generating employment avenues for the local people.

NEW GM (BSNL): Mr Sunil Sharma has been appointed General manager (BSNL), Hamirpur. He replaced Mr Ravi Kant, who has been transferred to Shimla as GM (Development) in place of Mr Sharma.

EX-COUNCILLOR DEAD: A former councillor of the local civic body, Om Parkash Bagga (72) died at Chandigarh on Tuesday. He was one of the founder members of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh at Hamirpur. He is survived by two sons and three daughters.

REGULARISED: The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board has regularised 4490 work-charged employees. According to the HPSEB spokesman, the cadre strength of the posts created due to regularisation of work-charged employees would remain the same as prior to the regularisation.

BJP RALLY: Ms Sushma Swaraj, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, will address a rally to mark the conclusion of “vikas yatra” in the Shimla parliamentary constituency at Solan on November 6. Mr Ganesh Dutt, party spokesperson, said partymen from Shimla, Solan and Sirmaur districts would participate in the rally. He said the party workers had covered 40 per cent of the areas during the yatra, which evoked an overwhelming response from the people.


Youngest college principal

Fatehgarh Sahib district has to its credit a personality in the field of education, who is a well-established writer. 

Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha is the youngest principal of an affiliated college for higher education in this state. He became the principal of Guru Harkrishan College of Information Technology, Phallewal Khurd (Malerkotla), at the age of 33. 

Dr Ubha, a rank holder in board and university exams, got his doctorate from Punjabi University. He got this post after serving as Head of the Commerce Department of the Mata Gujri College in Fatehgarh Sahib for 10 years and a member of Punjabi University Senate for two years.

Dr Ubha, who is also the Secretary of the Rotary Club, Sirhind, is a popular teacher and dedicated worker involved in social activities in the town and the surrounding areas. Recently he collected a huge amount from among his friends and paid to ensure regular water supply to Leprosy Colony.

Besides being an author of several books for commerce students, he has written extensively in various newspapers and journals. He has translated from English to Punjabi books including Khuswant Singh’s “Men and Women in My Life” and “Sex, Scotch and Scholarship”. His book of poems in Punjabi “Raat de Registan” has been well received in literary circles. Another book of poems and ghazals “Aakhar Udas ne” is in the process of publication.

Bridge not rebuilt in 13 yrs

The Tribhol bridge on the rivulet Siul, a tributary of the river Ravi, that was washed away during the 1988 floods has not been rebuilt by the state government even after 13 years.

The residents of Kihar village in Chamba district have to cross over the bridge walking on logs of wood.

The Tribhol bridge links several villages on the border of Himachal Pradesh adjoining Jammu and Kashmir state. The state government is reluctant to construct a bridge either for a dearth of funds or otherwise.

The bridge connects Akriana, Mehra, Dand, Manpanihar, Kihar, Tribhol, Jiklod Bhareda, Suri, Domaan, Talunju, Bhagota, Manjha, Jakhral, Talia, and Garhmata with Kihar, Bhandal and Sanghni areas of the border region.

There has been a persistent demand for the construction of the bridge to help villagers in this backward border belt.

The PWD, however, maintains that a proposal for the construction of this bridge is under the government’s consideration and the work is expected to be taken up in the near future.

A setback to doll-making

Traditional doll making in Himachal Pradesh has suffered a setback with the death of Ms Sharda Thakur (60), whose dolls had earned fame within and outside the country.

Her family members informed that she died earlier this month following prolonged illness. Her doll representing the Kangra bride was appreciated in India and abroad.

She trained a large number of girls in the art of doll-making while working in the Handloom and Handicrafts Corporation.

Exhibitions of her dolls were also held at London and Germany. She had started making dolls since the age of 10.

Ms Thakur belonged to the Chaddihar village in the Palampur area of Kangra district.

Contributed by Surinder Bhardwaj, Balkrishan Prashar and SP Sharma


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