Thursday, November 29, 2001, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • ‘Bring Khajjiar under SADA’

  • An officer with a difference

  • Double-decker coaches at RCF



BIOTECHNOLOGY PARK: Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Minister for Technical Education, has stated that the Punjab Government would establish a biotechnology plant at Partap Pur, which would undertake research and development in agriculture and medicine. He was speaking at an annual prize distribution function at local Guru Hargobind Public School. The Minister stated that the project would sprout a new revolution in production of cash and staple food crops. Regarding the budget of the project, Mr Garcha said it had no limits as it was a rolling project and had to be completed in phases. Expressing his views on computer education, he said students must learn computer science. He said the PTU would soon have its own premises spread over 85 acre of land. Rs 10 crore would be spent on computer laboratories for distance education, he said. The Minister announced that the long-pending demand for constructing Bool, Jhamatt and Ballowal bridges would soon be fulfilled. Mr Harbhajan Singh, Manager, Gursharan Kaur, Principal, Mr Gurjeet Singh, Chairman, Kishan Lal, president of the market committee were also present among others.

YOUTH FESTIVAL: The final round of the youth festival of Guru Nanak Dev University will be held from December 1 to 4. Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Minister for Revenue, Punjab, will inaugurate the festival on December 1. Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the university, will preside over the inaugural function.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Kuljit Singh Sharma has been appointed president of the district unit of the Punjab Law Forum. This was stated by Mr M.M. Behal, secretary of the forum, in a press note issued here on Wednesday.

POLIO CAMP: The Bhartia SD Mahabir Dal and the Sahara Jan Seva, local NGOs, would organise a polio camp at area hospital, Bhucho Mandi, on December 1. Mr Chiranjit Lal Garg, Science and Technology Minister, would be the chief guest.

BRIBE: Vigilance sleuths, led by DSP Baljeet Singh, arrested Chanan Singh, Junior Engineer, Punjab State Electricity Board, while accepting a bribe from Bagicha Singh. In another case, Gurdev Singh Patwari, Kasuana revenue circle was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 200 from Surinder Pal Singh, an agriculturist.

EX-MLA DEAD: Mr Gurbax Singh, former MLA and oldest member of the District Bar Association, died on Wednesday after brief illness. He was given state cremation. A contingent of the Punjab Police reversed its arms and shot in the air to bid last farewell to the deceased.

FREE EYE CAMP: The Lion Club, Jagraon, will hold 27th free eye operation camp at Red Cross Maternity Hospital from December 6 to 8 where teams of renowned doctors would treat and operate the patients for their eye ailments.

'ABOLISH OCTROI': Local Beopar Mandal president Amrit Lal Gupta and general secretary B.S. Hans urged the Punjab Government to issue notification at the earliest regarding the abolishing of octroi. Mr Gupta said that 24 states in the country had already abolished octroi and had given a great relief to the traders in the country.

WEBSITE LAUNCHED: The All- India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (AIFUCTO), an apex body of five lakh university and college teachers from all over India, has launched its website. It was inaugurated by Prof Om Parkash Singh, Minister for Higher Education , UP, at Lucknow on November 9, 2001. Giving this information here to mediapersons Prof K.B.S. Sodhi, President, Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), that with the launching of the website, the teachers movement at national-level will become well-knit and better organised. Any information required by the university and college teachers about their service conditions, and UGC recommendations could be made available to them at this web-site. The address of the website is

SEMINAR: Capt Amrinder Singh would preside over a seminar on “Issues before the state” which gets under way at the Panjab University Extension Library here on November 30 at 11 a.m. Among the topics to be discussed at the seminar are “money power and democratic system’, abuse of authority’,’saffronisation of education’, rampant corruption in public life, ‘female foeticide’ and the ‘economic scenario’. A special session would be held exclusively to discuss POTO. Eminent speakers including Dr Harcharan Singh, former member of the Planning Commission, Principal Hari Singh and Principal J.L. Joshi of Christian Dental College would participate in the seminar. Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, MP, would be the chief guest on the occasion.

KISAN MORCHA: A batch of 500 farmers would leave Ludhiana on December 2 to join the Kisan morcha at Abohar demanding compensation for the loss of cotton crop due to sale and use of spurious insecticides in the cotton belt of Punjab. Mr Sukhminder Singh Qadian, President of the Ludhiana unit of the Bharti Kisan Union, said in a press release here on Wednesday that if a decision is taken at the November 20 meeting of the union to hold a bigger rally at Abohar, then more batches of farmers would be sent there. He said the government must compensate those farmers who had lost their cotton crop due to the spurious insecticides sold to them by unscrupulous traders in alleged connivance with the officials of the Agriculture Department. He warned the ruling combine that if the demands of the farmers were ignored, the union would teach a befitting lesson to the government in the forthcoming assembly polls. 

MEDICAL CAMP: A free medical camp will be organised at Acharaya Shri Atma Ram Jain Hospital, a charitable institute, at Jamalpur on November 30 to celebrate the birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Mr Mohinder Paul Jain, secretary of the hospital, in a press statement on Wednesday said general medical check-up will be conducted by Dr Archan Garg, Chief Medical Officer, USPC Jain Charitable Hospital. The eye patients will be examined by Dr Parul Goel, ENT specialist. Dr Sandeep Goel will also examine the patients. Other doctors who will examine the patients include Dr Rajiv Vohra, Dr J.S.Batra, Dr Pooja Aneja, Dr Supreeta Kaura and Ms Rosy Singla. Free medicines will be provided by Rotary Club South on the occasion.

ROAD ACCIDENTS: Jeet Singh (40) of Kalsian village was killed when the scooter he was riding on collided with a truck near Ahmedgarh village here on Tuesday. In another accident, Nirmal Singh was killed when the tractor he was riding on collided with a tree near Sandour village.

SHOP LOOTED: Some thieves broke into a wholesale provisions store, M/s Subash Chand Sanjeev Kumar, at Bhikhi in the district and took away goods worth about Rs 3 lakh on Tuesday night. Mr Dilbag Singh Gill, SSP, Mansa, along with Mr Mukand Singh Malhi and Mr Daljit Singh, both DSPs, visited the spot.

DECEIVED: Jasbir Kaur and Dalip Singh of Guru Nanak College, Ludhiana, deceived two youths of Bareta and Dhanpura villages of this district into handing over Rs 61 lakh. According to a complaint by the victims to the SSP, the duo took Rs 61 lakh from them with a promise to get petrol pump allotted to them and employment for their relatives but they failed to do so.

CELEBRATIONS: The Nankana Sahib Public High School, Samrala, has decided to celebrate the birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji on December 3 according to Dr B S Chahal, Additional Secretary, and Ms Kuldeep Kaur, Principal of the school. The management has invited everyone to participate in the celebrations.

NATIONAL GAMES WINNER: The Malwa Sports Association, Samrala, through a letter to all the heads of the schools, colleges and sarpanches of the area of this sub- division, has appealed them to inform them about of those players and athletes, who have won the position in the National Games, so that the winners could be honoured at the next sports festival of the association starting from December 15, according to Mr Behari Lal Saddi, press secretary of the association.

COP BOOKED: Rajkaran Singh, a Head Constable of Bhullar village in Ajnala tehsil and posted at Amritsar, has been booked under Sections 406, 408-A, 408 and 495 of the IPC by the Chabal police. He was booked on a complaint of his wife Kuljit Kaur who alleged that he had been harassing her for the past more than six years for dowry and had even married again without getting divorce from her.

CASH STOLEN: Sahir, a resident of Uttar Pradesh working as a supervisor with Dashmesh Rice Mills, Chabal, allegedly took away Rs 1 lakh from the safe of the mills when the owner was away. The police has registered a case under Section 381 of the IPC on a complaint of Mr Amit Swami, contractor of the mills.



CAMP: The Panjab University Pharmaceutical Society of the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences organised a blood donation camp as a part of the National Pharmacy Week celebrations here on Wednesday. As many as 75 persons, including teachers, students and non-teaching staff members, donated blood.

SCHOOL UPGRADED: St Soldier International Convent School has been upgraded. According to a press note issued by the Principal, the school has received a letter from the Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board in this regard. The school will conduct plus one classes from the forthcoming session.

CELEBRATED: Aanchal Preparatory School, Mohali and Chandigarh, celebrated Gurupurb on Wednesday. According to the Principal of the school, children began their day by reciting Shabad. Later, “Guru ka langar” was served in the traditional manner. 



MEET: Under a one-month programme to develop good relations between the police and the public started by the Haryana Police, the Kalka police organised a meet between the police and three-wheeler drivers of the town. The meet was chaired by Mr Rajesh Duggal, DSP, Kalka. Mr Duggal instructed drivers who do not have licences, to get these before November 30 and keep first-aid-box in their vehicles.

DEMONSTRATION: Members of the district unit of the Telecom Engineering Officers’ Association held a demonstration in front of the office of the General Manager, Telecom, here on Tuesday. Mr Arvind Pal Dahiya, district secretary of the association, said the demonstration was held in protest against the recent decision of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) regarding the elimination of the cadre of the SDE from the India Mobile Communication Service project to be set up in all territorial circles.

REFRESHER COURSE: The Hindi Department of Maharshi Dayanand University will organise a refresher course from December 10 to 30, said a spokesman for the university. Hindi Lecturers who wanted to attend the course could contact the Hindi Department, he added.

ACID THROWN: A 12-year-old boy Sumeet sustained serious burn injuries when three youths threw acid on him at Salarpur Majra village, about 10 km from here, on Tuesday. The boy was immediately hospitalised and is stated to be out of danger. A case has been registered.

SUICIDES: A 20-year-old girl Amita was reported to have committed suicide by consuming insecticide here on Tuesday. Another report said a 28-year-old married woman Sudesh Rangi committed suicide by taking sulphas tablets in her house at Gopalpur village, about 25 km from here, on Tuesday.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Engineering College Employees Welfare Association, Murthal (Sonepat district): president — Mr Anand Kumar; vice-presidents — Mr Ramesh Kumar, Mr Paras Ram and Mr Raj Kumar; general secretary — Mr Vinod Kumar; secretaries — Mr Suresh Kumar and Mr B. Paswan; and treasurer — Mr Jasbir Singh.



STUDENTS’ PROCESSION: SFI activists of the local Government College took out a procession through the main bazaar here on Tuesday. They raised anti-government slogans and demanded immediate withdrawal of the fee hike and provision of proper hostel facilities in the college.

SECURITY: The Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to provide new security system at the regional hospital here. Twentyone security personnel from a Mumbai-based firm will be deployed at the hospital, according to an official spokesman.

NEW OFFICE: The Department of Telecom will have a new subdivisional office at Bhoranj in the district. It will become operational by March, 2002, said Mr Sunil Sharma, General Manager, Telecom, here on Tuesday. He said two telecom subdivision offices had already been opened at Barsar and Tounidevi.

YOUTH DIES: A 23-year-old youth was found hanging from a tree at the Teelay Wali Baad forest in Kachiyari on the outskirts of this town, the police said here on Tuesday. The police said the youth, identified as Khem Raj, was working as a cleaner of a truck. His body was sent for the post-mortem examination.

VEHICLES CHALLANED: The Parwanoo police has challaned 183 vehicles under the Motor Vehicle Act during the past five days. According to Mr Sanjeev Lakhan Pal, DSP, the police has collected about Rs 13,000 as fines on the spot. The police also advised drivers not to violate the laws. 

LECTURE: The Department of English of Himachal Pradesh University invited Prof H.S. Gill, Professor Emeritus of Jawahar Lal Nehru University, for an extension lecture to the members of the university faculty and students here on Tuesday. Prof Gill spoke on “The semiotics of political discourse”.

BOOK RELEASED: The Chief Minister, Mr P.K. Dhumal, released a book entitled “Chamba Himalaya Amazing Land Unique Culture” authored by Mr K.R. Bharati, Director, Language, Art and Culture, here on Tuesday.

MEDICAL CAMP: The local Indus Hospital organised a free medical camp at Kandaghat on Sunday. As many as 60 patients were examined and given treatment and medicines free of cost. According to Mr Jeevan Thakur, administrator of the hospital, another medical camp will be held at Triphalaghat in Mandi district on December 23.

SINGER: Mr Dheeraj Sharma, a playback singer, and his companions from Mumbai called on the Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, here on Monday and presented cassettes of his songs to him. Mr Sharma belongs to the Baijnath area of Kangra district and has earned a name for himself in the world of film and other songs. Mr Dhumal wished him a bright future.

MEETING: The first meeting of a committee formed recently to review the transfer policy will be held here on December 3. Mr Kishori Lal, Industries Minister, will preside over the meeting.


‘Bring Khajjiar under SADA’

THE residents living around the popular hill resort of Khajjiar and its environs in Chamba district have urged the state government to re-demarcate the area in and around Khajjiar hill station under the Special Area Development Authority (SADA) but exclude the countryside from it.

Within the designated area of SADA, most of the villages falling near Khajjiar have been included in SADA without the consent of the locals and causing inconvenience to the poor villagers in building their houses.

They have requested the Himachal Chief Minister to direct the SADA authorities to provide land on lease to the panchayats located in the surrounding areas of Khajjiar hill resort for the construction of a shopping complex to meet the daily needs of tourists. The stalls of this complex, if rented out to shopkeepers, would generate income to the panchayats and this income could be used for the development of panchayats.

The villagers also sought a snow-cutter for clearing the Dalhousie-Khajjiar highway during winter so that roads could be used by tourists. They pleaded for metalling the circular road around the Khajjiar glade for pony rides as the tourism is the only means of livelihood.

The residents have pressed for opening of a bank branch at Khajjiar and a regular Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus service, which should ply between Chamba and Khajjiar daily.

An officer with a difference

Dev Brat Sharma, son of well-known freedom fighter Mul Raj Sharma known as Doaba ka Gandhi, is the youngest freedom fighter from Doaba who participated in the Quit India Movement at the age of 14. At that time the police raided the building in search of freedom fighters and seized record relating to the movement. The room where he was studying was sealed. The police took him to the Kotwali bare-footed wearing a kutchha. He was tortured to disclose the whereabouts of freedom fighters and to hand over the literature pertaining to the movement. Hot iron rods were placed on his back, the scars of which still remain.

When Raizada Hans Raj came to know about it, he immediately provided him with clothes. He narrated the whole episode to the Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar. On the directions of the Deputy Commissioner, the then British Superintendent of Police accompanied by the Public Prosecutor, visited the kotwali and ordered his release with directions to hand over all records pertaining to the movement. Despite directions from the DC he was kept for 15 days at the police station. He then went underground and remained there for over three months.

While in government service as BDPO and DDPO his working was based on transparency and justice for reality and truth. He got inspiration from Mr A.L. Fletcher, the then Financial Commissioner who backed his selection despite hurdles.

While other officers fended off blame for non-performance, he, as DDPO, took responsibility by saying that any fault or delay in the performance of duties by BDPOs would be his and all achievements would be to their credit. This resulted in the development-oriented progress in all spheres specially in family planning and blood donation.

He is a recipient of the Punjab Sarkar Parman Patra, a rare feat. His contributions to the welfare of down-trodden and weaker sections were highly commended during his six-year tenure at the District Rural Development Agency.

Double-decker coaches at RCF

To combat the problem of congestion and over-crowding in trains, the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala has developed double-decker coaches for passenger trains.

These double-decker coaches will have almost double the seating capacity, which at present is 90.

Five such coaches fabricated by the RCF for the first time are ready to be rolled out. The Railway Board has placed orders for 30 such coaches for use by the Western Railway. “We are ready for their delivery and rest of 25 coaches would be sent to the board by the end of March next year,” said Mr K.R. Govindarajan, RCF General Manager.

The coaches developed by the RCF are novel in the sense that each of them has a seating capacity of 150, “The double-deckers can prove very effective on sections where there is great rush of passengers like in the metros,” said Mr Govindarajan.

Apart from its seating capacity, the non-airconditioned double-decker coach has more than one difference. “It is just about one and a half feet higher than the ordinary one thus, it will not need much more overhead space,” said an RCF engineer.

Contributed by Balkrishan Prashar, Geetesh Sharma and Varinder Singh


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