Thursday, November 22, 2001, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


  • Facelift for Shimla’s Kennedy Chowk

  • Lights shine for disabled


CAMP: A medical camp would be organised by the Manav Bhalai Manch, Amloh, with the assistance of the Punjab Health System Corporation in the local Civil Hospital on Sunday, said Mr Manohar Lal Verma, general secretary of the manch, in a press note here on Wednesday.

VOTER CARDS: Voter identity cards of Amloh residents will be prepared on Thursday at Government Senior Secondary School and on Friday at the Tehsil Complex, according to Mr Rajesh Tripathi, Tehsildar, Amloh. He was speaking in at meeting with local officers and mediapersons on Wednesday. He said at present four teams were working in the Amloh Assembly constituency and the response of voters was not up to the mark. ‘‘Only 600 cards have been prepared since last Sunday,’’ he said. He also addressed a meeting of councillors and leaders of various political parties and asked them to motivate voters to get their cards prepared.

PROTEST RALLY: The paramedical and Health Employees Union held a protest rally against the ‘indifferent attitude’ of the Health Minister, Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, towards their demands here on Tuesday. The union’s accepted demands include increase in promotion scales after four, nine and 10 years of service, keeping account of the G.P. Fund and postponement of the nomination of a Senior Assistant who had been appointed through direct recruitment.

OCTROI ABOLISHMENT: The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal has urged the Punjab Government to issue a notification regarding the abolishment of octroi. In a press statement, Mr Amrit Lal Jain, president of the mandal, said 24 states in the country had already abolished octroi.

QUIZ COMPETITION : The NIIT centre organised an inter-school quiz competition at the Art Gallery Auditorium here on Tuesday. Spring Dales Senior School and Senior Secondary School, jointly bagged the first position , and Holy Heart School the third position, in the quiz .

MEDICAL CAMP : The United Club organised a two-day first aid medical camp on the occasion of the bicentenary coronation celebration of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Demonstrations were also held to educate people to provide first aid during an emergency.

MEDICAL CAMP: Mr Jagjit Singh, Deputy Medical Commissioner, Muktsar, in a press note issued here said a health education and medical camp was held at Bhangchari village in Muktsar district on Wednesday. He added that 200 patients were examined during the camp

SAPLINGS PLANTED: A sapling plantation function was inaugurated by Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat group of institutes of Muktsar, on Wednesday. He also presided over a function to mark the inauguration of the NSS unit at Desh Bhagat Dental College. Mr Anshu Kataria, administrator of the college, said in a press note issued here that 120 sapling were planted by the NSS volunteers.

BANNED: Mr R. Venkatratnam, Deputy Commissioner, has imposed a ban on the use of olive-green coloured dress and vehicles by the public under Section 144, Cr PC. The ban will remain in force till January 18, 2002, he added.

TOHRA’S VISIT: Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), will visit Kotfatta village in the district to attend a religious function on November 23. Mr Ishatpal Singh Khialiwala, general secretary of the SHSAD district unit, said in a press note issued here on Tuesday.

SEIZED: SI Jaswinder Singh, SHO, PS city arrested Jagrup Singh resident of Agwar Ladhai, near drain Malau Road and recovered from his possession 750 gm of opium. The police has registered a case under Section 15/61/85 of the NDPS Act against the accused.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: Lala Sarkaru Mal Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir, Khanna, will organise its 5th annual function on December 1. Mr Gyan Vijeshwar, chairman, Appu Ghar, New Delhi, will be the chief guest. Students of the school will present a cultural programme on the occasion.

DEATH ANNIVERSARY: The fifth death anniversary of Mr Bachitter Singh, former MLA, would be observed on Sunday at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Khalsa College for Women, Padiala village, near Kurali. Among others, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, MP, would address the gathering.

MELA: Mr Satish Sood, general secretary, Sood Samaj, Ludhiana, in a press note issued on Wednesday said the first Sood mela would be held on Sunday from 10.30 a.m. onwards at the School for Deaf and Dumb, Rajpura Road. Fancy dress, healthy baby and spot painting contests would be held during the mela. Besides, sportspersons and schoolchildren who had done well at the district or state level would also be honoured.

PARADE: A special passing-out parade of Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, will be held at the academy on Sunday. Mr N.K. Arora, Chief Secretary, Punjab will take the salute, according to a press note.

DIRECTORY RELEASED: Mr T.S. Gambhir, General Manager, Telecom, released a directory of the Bathinda secondary switching area comprising Bathinda and Mansa revenue districts.

LOAN RECEIVED: The Municipal Council received the first instalment of Rs 70 lakh out of the total loan of Rs 7.45 crore sanctioned by HUDCO, for providing water supply and sewerage facilities in colonies on the outskirts of the town. This was stated by Mr Chamkaur Singh Kaur, president of the council, here recently.

RALLY: The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, in its series of “Anti-terrorism rallies” will organise a rally near Wagha border on January 6. This was stated by the BJYM general secretary, Mr Arun Sood, while talking to newsmen here on Wednesday. He said the BJYM, Punjab, would organise a state-level meeting on Thursday at Nabha. He said the morcha would accelerate its efforts towards environment protection and that every morcha worker had been instructed to plant at least one sapling every year. Mr Arun Khosla, vice-president of the morcha was also present.

DHARNA: The Revenue Patwar Union and the Kanungos Union Punjab have decided to hold district-level dharnas on November 28 in protest against the adamant attitude of the Punjab Government towards their demands, according to Mr Gurmel Singh and Mr Sukhdev Singh Chauhan, both presidents of the unions.



PULSE POLIO PROGRAMME: The pulse polio immunisation programme started by the Family Welfare Bureau of the UT Administration in the first week of October would conclude on Wednesday. This was stated in a press note on Wednesday. Nearly 96,286 students from over 100 schools have already been covered under the programme. Special care has been taken in case of rural and slum areas.

CONTEST: Eureka, a contest on technical papers pertaining to problems faced by the industries, was organised by the department of Chemical Engineering, Panjab University, here on Wednesday. This is the first technical event of its kind that brings innovativeness and creativity of the students of the department to the fore, according to an organiser.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lajjat Papad: President — Mrs Jyoti J. Naik; vice-president — Mrs Kamal D. Dhandore; secretaries — Ms Sunanda R. Belnekar and Mrs Malti M. Pawar; and treasurers — Mrs Pratibha H. Tirlotkar and Mrs Sharda A. Landge.

MEETING: A meeting on ‘amendments to the companies act, of the study circle of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (Chandigarh-Panchkula chapter) would be organised on Sunday, according to an official press note here on Wednesday. The experts include Prof Sangeeta Bhalla from Panjab University and Mr Anil Aggarwal, a practicing company secretary.

FILM IN PU: Panjab University will witness screening of films on world archaeology from Monday to Thursday at the auditorium of the Department of Correspondence Studies. The event is being organised by the Department of Ancient History in association with the Alliance Francaise. The films at the show feature: The secrets of the temple of Angkor; Alexandria, the seventh wonder of the world; The lost cities of Maya; Beyond Angkor, The threat to the Cambodian treasures; Mahasthan, The forgotten city of Bangladesh; The tomb of the Scythian prince; The French Bible and Archaeology; Twice upon a time...Lucky; and Once there was a Mesopotamia.

ONE-DAY STRIKE: The Union Territory Health Department Driver Workers Union on Wednesday decided to observe a one-day strike on January 11 on a call given by the coordination committee of the Government and Municipal Corporation Employees and Workers. According to the co-convener of the coordination committee, the demands included grant of bonus for the past four years, treatment of all employees from various departments of the administration on deputation and implementation of the judgement of the Supreme Court for the grant of dearness allowance, house rent allowance and city compensatory allowance to all daily wage workers.



BAIL PLEA: The Special Judge for the CBI cases, Dr B.B. Prasoon, on Wednesday reserved the order on the bail application of Mr Chander Bhatia, a BJP MLA from Faridabad. The counsel of Mr Bhatia, Mr Devender Bansal, during the argument stated that the liver of Mr Bhatia, besides kidneys, had been affected and he needed immediate hospitalisation. He requested the court to grant him bail on health grounds. The counsel for the CBI while opposing the bail application had said that Mr Bhatia was an influential political figure and if released on bail could pressurise witnesses.

DEMANDED: Mr Anil Vij, MLA, on Wednesday demanded that State Government to draft a master plan for the Ambala Cantt Civil Hospital. He said haphazard construction on the hospital premises had affected the future expansion of the hospital. He said hospital lacked proper operating theatre resulting in the shifting of serious accident cases to Ambala City Civil Hospital. The new operating theatre could not be constructed as a proper plan had not been finalised. He said he had met the Health Minister, Mr M.L. Ranga, recently and had demanded the construction of a new hospital building.

ELECTED: Dr Shiv Kumar Sharma was elected president and Mr S.K. Birla general president of the Sanatan Dharma Pratinidhi Sabha, Punjab, here on Tuesday. Dr Sharma is a member of the Rotary Club and has been associated with several projects, including setting up of eye hospitals and old-age homes.

POISON CONSUMED : Roshan Singh of Lohani village consumed a poisonous substance on Monday. According to reports, he was later admitted to the Civil Hospital in serious condition and later referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak. Meanwhile, three persons were injured in a road accident near Nangal and Purnpura villages. According to the police, Rajesh, Bittu and Shiv Lal sustained injuries when the tractor in which they were travelling in collided with a metador near Nangal. They have been admitted to a hospital.

CELEBRATED : Members of the National Integrated Medical Association celebrated Dhanwantary Jayanti in its annual general body meeting here on Tuesday. Dr M.L.Sardana, patron of the association, appealed to the doctors to serve patients selflessly and with devotion. The following were elected office-bearers of the association: president — Dr Mahender Jaiswal; vice — presidents- Dr Narender Sharma and Dr Satyavir Bhardwaj; secretary — Dr Dinesh Chaturvedi and treasurer — Dr B.S.Gupta.

WATER SUPPLY: Deputy Commissioner Vineet Garg has said canal-based water supply schemes have been set up in 126 villages and water supply schemes based on tubewells in the remaining 278 villages of the district. Under the new programme the state government has increased the supply between 55 and 70 litres per head daily, in 71 villages. Besides, work on 86 projects, to cover the remaining villages, was in progress, he said.

PRISONER DIES: A prisoner, Daya Ram, died under mysterious circumstances in the district jail here on Tuesday. According to a report, Daya Ram, a driver of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), was serving an 18-month rigorous imprisonment on the charge of rash and negligent driving. The police has registered a case and sent the body for a post-mortem examination.

SUICIDE: A youth, Chiman Lal, reportedly committed suicide by jumping before a running train near Shani Mandir here on Tuesday. According to the police, he was suffering from depression after the death of his grandmother.

MAN ASSAULTED: Jhangi Ram was allegedly attacked by a group of men at Gyaspur village, about 15 km from here, on Tuesday. According to a report, the incident was the result of a property dispute. In another incident, a youth, Howa Singh, sustained serious injuries when he was allegedly attacked with “lathis” and weapons by his neighbours in the Gandhi Nagar area of Ganaur town, 16 km from here on Tuesday. He has been admitted to a hospital and is reported to be out of danger.


OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the HRTC Employees Association (Ministerial Staff): president — Mr N.C.Pal; senior vice-president — Mr Roshan Lal Gupta; vice-president — Mr P.C.Attri; general secretary — Mr S.K.Rajput; and treasurer — Mr Girja Nand Sharma.

LEPROSY CAMPAIGN: The phase III of the Modified Leprosy Elimination was carried out in Kulu district in October. During the campaign, mass education and technical training were imparted for detection of leprosy cases. According to Dr Om Parkash Ghandwal, District Leprosy Officer, three new leprosy cases were detected from the 1,050 referred ones.

DENTAL COLLEGES: A spokesman of the Health Department said on Tuesday that three dental colleges in the private sector — Himachal Dental College, Sundernagar, MN DAV Dental College, Solan, and Bhojia Dental College, Nalagarh — were yet to receive permission from the competent authority to admit BDS students in academic year 2001-2002. 



Facelift for Shimla’s Kennedy Chowk

CONNECTING four important roads of this hill city i.e. the Mall Road to Chowra Maidan and the university, Annandale Road to Cart Road, Kennedy Chowk got its name from Captain Kennedy, who built a house in 1835, which dominated this crossing as an extended annexe and a cottage.

Though the main house and the annexe were gutted in a fire a few years ago Kennedy Cottage is intact and now houses the circle office of Central Public Works Department, headed by Superintending Engineer Sarvagya Srivastava.

A post-graduate of Delhi’s IIT, Mr Srivastava has shown the way how engineering skills could be effectively tapped for public benefit without spending much money, without deploying heavy machinery and equipment and large manpower. His earlier posting at Rashtrapati Bhavan and Vigyan Bhavan, both in Delhi, had given him enough experience to safeguard historic buildings.

His first priority is to recycle rain and waste water for greening the environs and conserve water. Storage capacity was created through a tank constructed at the base of the retaining wall, which was built with steps to provide small terraces for flower beds and also covered water pipes. Gravity helped in the continuous flow of water from the storage tank and a sloping roof proved the best medium for downward flow. A beautiful fountain and a miniature water-fall was built on top of the tank with a device to recycle the water for flower beds, plants and also in case of emergencies such as fire-fighting (see photo). In addition it helped in greening the slopes where employees could relax during their free time.

Srivastava roped in Him Chatterjee to lend artistic expression to the project. The outer side of the retaining wall, facing the crossing, got a large mural, courtesy Him Chatterjee, who heads the Arts Department of H.P. University. Him created a lovely mural on the Central Public Works Department building, defining the multi-dimensional creative role and highlighting the horticultural wing, thus boosting its image. The mural was created with the help of waste material and scrap, which forms part of the PWD junkyard.

The greening of environs has been done with local ferns and flower plants brought from the plains. According to Mr Srivastava, this flower variety flourishes much better in Shimla’s pollution-free atmosphere and its cold climate has also helped smoothen flowering growth, thus lending a colourful charm to the chowk. The entire landscape is in tune with the original ambience.

Encouraged by the successful recycled water experiment at Kennedy Cottage, Mr Srivastava undertook a much bigger project to generate recycling of waste water for low utility usage for about 100 class IV employees quarters located in the low lying areas of the Central Government Housing Colony, Bemloe, located in the heart of Shimla. The gradual decline in water availability and resultant rationing of water by Shimla Municipal Corporation had created a genuine hardship to the residents of the Class IV quarters. Now the water demand had exceeded the supply and women and children had to fetch water from a distance.

Srivastava felt responsible for providing this bare minimum facility to these quarters. This time a seasonal nullah, located nearby has been tapped. A water storage tank of 50,000-litre capacity has been constructed to store water and its contents purified by natural process of ariation when it passes through fountain and a waterfall created on top of the storage tank. Pipes carry this water from the main tank to five smaller tanks placed strategically to cover the entire housing complex.

The huge retaining wall (40ft by 18ft) has come alive with a huge mural created by Him, depicting rural Himachal where singing and dancing at a village festival is in progress. Him used only steel scrap to build the mural, which is much admired by the local residents as they can easily identify with the scene. By placing a few iron benches around, a charming environ has been created.

One would hardly believe that a few months back, this portion of the colony served as a garbage dump. A true combination of engineering skill and artistic initiatives indeed! The project was completed within a record time of one month and was dedicated to the residents on September 15.

Lights shine for disabled

AS thousands of children belonging to 13 schools of the region lit their Divali lamps responding to a clarion call ‘‘No to crackers, yes to lights’’, by Fr Thomas K.J., President, Roshni Society, for an eco-friendly Divali, they were, perhaps, rekindling the flickering lights of concern and compassion within themselves since they had already bought the greeting cards designed by two disabled artists, Swapna and Mary, to bring the sunshine of hope and cheer to the handicapped children under the care of Roshni. And their lights did shine for the 25 disabled children who gathered at Roshni Home Rajpura, during the Divali season.

Fr Thomas explained how human life, like a candle, ‘‘can drive away the darkness of evil around us, the darkness of disease, deformity, violence and hatred, if we learn to melt the wax of selfishness in us in the crucible of selfless service to the needy and thus made it a better world for all of us’’.

The nobler side of Divali, love and service in action, was expressed by the Yadavindra Public School children, Mohali, who with their teachers and Principal, Mr Harish Dhillon, distributed scholarships and gifts (see picture) to all handicapped children of Roshni Home, on November 13.

On November 19 Fr Saji Yohannan, Manager St Mary’s School, released ‘‘Micky Mouse’’ series of greeting cards for all seasons to bring ‘‘Lohri’’ cheer to the handicapped children.

Fr Thomas appreciated the special roles played by Ms Jyotsana, teacher, YPS, Mohali, Mr Krishan Lal Dhiman, teacher, YPS, Patiala, Mr Joy Perumpanany, St Paul’s School, Malerkotla, Ms Mary Koreth, Principal, CFC School, Ludhiana, and Ms Sukhwinder Saini, teacher, APJ School, Jalandhar, who motivated the children for a meaningful Divali. Congratulations to Ms Malik, Ms Uppal and Ms Randhava, teachers, and Mr Harold Carver, Principal, St Stephen’s School, Chandigarh, for inspiring their children to give the maximum contribution towards a noble cause while Harjot Singh and Navjot Singh of St Paul’s School, Malerkotla, were specially remembered for their maximum individual contributions for a meaningful Divali for themselves and their less privileged brothers and sisters!

Contributed by Rama Sharma and TNS


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