November 1, 2001, Chandigarh, India
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.
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.
MANSA SANGRUR 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.
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.
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.
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.
HAMIRPUR 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. SHIMLA 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.
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.
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.
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