Thursday, January 17, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • Town sans children’s park
  • HP women college’s laudable progress
  • Centenarian’s secret of longevity

ONE KILLED: One person was killed and another injured when a tractor-trailer overturned on the Latala Raebbin road near here. According to police sources, Paramjit of Nawan Pind (Payal), driver of the tractor, died when the vehicle overturned and trailer crushed him. Harcharan of Payal was injured in the incident. The police has handed over the body of deceased to the next of kin.

GANG BUSTED: The city police on Monday busted a gang of thieves. Mr Rajesh Jaiswal, SP, at a press conference said the Sultanwind police arrested Shamsher Singh and Mangal Singh, both residents of Sultanwind, and recovered four colour television sets, electronic deck and some readymade clothes from them. The car in which the thieves were travelling was also reportedly stolen by them sometime ago.

DIRECTOR: Prof Satish Verma, Senior Professor, School of Economics, Guru Nanak Dev University, has taken over as Director of the distance education programme of the university on Monday.

ASTROLOGY CENTRE: The Indian Council of Astrological Sciences (ICAS), which has established a vedic astrology centre at DAV College for Boys here, is starting its fifth batch. Admissions will start this month, Ms Kiranjit Kaur, centre in charge, said here on Monday.

PROTEST RALLY: On a call given by the Non-Teaching Employees Federation (Punjab and Chandigarh) and the Punjab School Education Board, the non-teaching employees association of Guru Nanak Dev University held a protest rally, here on Tuesday. The activists of the association have demanded regularisation of staff and bonus.

AWARENESS CAMP: The Amritsar Consumers Welfare Forum organised an awareness camp on Tuesday for the Block Development Panchayat Officers of the district. It was organised under the presidentship of Mr Mahinder Singh, District Development Panchayat Officer in which rights and responsibilities of the consumers were explained.

BAN ORDERS: The district administration has passed prohibitory orders against the unauthorised use of red lights atop vehicles in view of the Assembly elections. The orders are passed under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. Ambulances and fire tenders are exempted from the ban which will remain in force for two months.

OBSERVERS: The Election Commission of India has deputed Mr Alok Kumar, Mr Anil Kumar, Mr J.R.K. Rao, Mr V.C.P. Rao and Mr Gautam Mandal as Observers for all 8 segments of the district. Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, told this correspondent here on Wednesday that Mr Alok Nath, Observer for General Affairs, had arrived here.

POPPY HUSK SEIZED: The Mahilpur police has seized 540 kg of poppy husk from a truck at a naka, near Mukhu Majra, on Wednesday. Occupants of the truck, Jasbir Singh of Jandoli, Onkar Singh of Handowal, and driver Deepa of Khera, have been arrested under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. Meanwhile, the Dasuya police registered a case of cheating under Section 420, IPC, against Jagir Singh of Bhuchhan village on Tuesday. Bhan Singh alleged that Jagir Singh took Rs 7,15,000 from his for giving his son a job in the Merchant Navy.

ELECTION OFFICE OPENED: Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon of the Congress party opened the party’s election office in Sanghol on Wednesday. Party workers distributed sweets on the occasion. Among others who addressed the rally included Mr Harbans Pandhar, a Congress leader, Dr Amarjit, president Block Congress committee, and Mr Jagdish Modgil.

13 HURT: Thirteen persons were injured in an accident involving a bus of the state transport and a truck on the Moga-Chandigarh road, about 70 km from here on Tuesday. The bus was coming from Chandigarh. The injured were rushed to the nearby hospital.

WEIGHED: Supporters of the Punjab Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, on Tuesday weighed him against laddoos in the Dashmesh Nagar locality and distributed these among the poor and partymen. Mr Tota Singh will be contesting the Assembly elections from the local constituency.

CRITICISED: The former president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Mr Kuldeep Singh Sandhu, on Wednesday criticised the cooperative society of Mahesar Kalan village of the district for its failure to pay profits to its members for the past 65 years. The society had not paid any profits to its members since 1935, he said.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: A blood donation camp will be organised at Mahindra College here on Thursday. The camp will be inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner of Patiala, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir. This was stated in a press note released by the Principal of the college, Dr Raj Kumar Sharma.

APPOINTED: The Indian Youth Congress president, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, on Wednesday appointed Mr Raj K. Pappan and Mr Harvinder Nippy as general secretaries of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress Committee, Patiala (urban).

CREMATED: Mr Raj Kumar Sofat (60), uncle of Mr Ram Gopal Sofat, president of the Press Club, was cremated here on Wednesday. Mr Sofat had died Tuesday night in CMC Ludhiana after a brief illness. Government officers and journalists of the area, were among those who attended the funeral.

EVMs’ DEMONSTRATION: The district administration has set up a room in the office of the local Tehsildar where electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be demonstrated to the public to impart knowledge about their use. This was stated by Mr Praneet Bhardwaj, SDM-cum-Returning Officer of the Sunam Assembly segment.



MEETING: A meeting of the executive body of three employee federations of UT will be held on Thursday at noon in the Rose Garden to discuss the next course of action with regard to the demands of the UT and MC employees, a press release said on Tuesday. The federations had called off their proposed strike on January 9 keeping in mind the sensitive situation prevailing on the borders.

GRANT ANNOUNCED: Local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal who was the chief guest at the lohri celebrations organised by the Resident Welfare Society Government Houses, Sector 23, announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh from his discretionary quota for the creation of a public park in Sector 23-A. According to Mr Tara Singh and Mr Kulwant Singh, president and general secretary of the society respectively, the Mayor and area councillor have gave an assurance that efforts would also be made to meet other demands of the area. 

DRAW OF LOTS: The Haryana Urban Development Authority has announced to hold its draw of lots for 1015 EWS plots in Sector 20 here on Thursday. The plots of three marla and one marla have been distinguished in different categories. An official press release said the registration number cards have already been despatched. 

FENCING: The fencing of area around the Radha Soami Ashram in Bir Ghaggar village went off smoothly despite tension between the villagers and members of the sect. Anticipating trouble, the administration had deployed a reserve of the police ( 24 cops) to ensure that there was no law and order problem. The total area of nine bighas and 12 biswas was fenced by the ashram followers without any trouble. 

SEMINAR: The Indian Oil Corporation, Area Office, Chandigarh, has selected High Flame Gas Service, SAS Nagar, to organise a seminar on “oil conservation fortnight” currently being observed at the all-India level to create awareness among the public to save oil and its products. Col S.S. Sidhu, proprietor of the gas service, and Mr Neeraj Rana, field officer, IOC, emphasised the need to conserve and save the limited natural sources of oil, and LPG. Various measures were suggested at an impressive gathering at Paragon Senior Secondary School, Phase X, and Sector 69, SAS Nagar. Mr M.B.S. Shergill, Principal of Paragon School, was also present. A magic show was an additional attraction.



SENTENCED: The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr N.P. Dewet, here has sentenced a power consumer to two-year rigorous imprisonment and fined him Rs 2,000 for committing power theft. According to prosecution, a party headed by Mr P.K. Goel, SDO, Electricity Suburban, Kaithal, raided the premises of Ram Kumar at Sirta village and found him using “kundi” connection.

BIRTH CENTENARY: The three-day birth centenary celebrations of the late Sant Baba Dalel Singh concluded at Zainpura village here on Monday. Lakhs of devotees attended the celebrations and performed “kirtan” and “naam simran” throughout the day.

MURDERED: Mr Bijender Singh, DSP, Jagadhri, said here on Tuesday that the body of 55-year-old Bal Kishan of Malik Raipur village, about 25 km from here, was found on the outskirts of the village on Monday. The Bilaspur police has registered a case of murder against four persons and sent the body for post-mortem examination.



TRAFFIC DRIVE: The Transport Department has intensified its drive to check the illegal plying of vehicles in the state. A spokesman for the department said here on Monday that surprise checking of vehicles was being conducted and those found with incomplete papers and flouting rules were being challaned.

URGED: Mr Balak Ram, senior BJP leader and member of the state grievances committee, has urged the Chief Minister, Mr P.K. Dhumal, to open a government college at the Dhami bypass as students of the area have to travel long distances daily to pursue higher education. The 16-mile point on the bypass is well connected with link roads and as such students from the nearby villages of Suni and Arki tehsils can easily reach it, he said.

PROCESSION: Activists of the Tibetan Freedom Movement, Paonta Sahib, Puruwala, Sataun and Kamrao, the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and the Regional Tibetan Women’s Association took out a procession in protest against the visit of Chinese premier Zhu Rongji here on Monday. About 500 protestors, including schoolchildren, participated. In a press note issued here Mr Lhayak Sonam, president of the Regional Tibetan Freedom Movement, Paonta Sahib, demanded independence for Tibet from Chinese occupation.



Town sans children’s park

PLAYING of games is important and essential for children’s life and growth. But here in Paonta Sahib there is no park where children can play. On the banks of the Yamuna there is a park, Yamuna Bal Park, but there is no facility for games. The Municipal Council as well as local administration are to blame for its absence.

In 1983, the then SDM, Mr C.R.B. Lalit, who is now DC of Lahaul and Spiti, had built Yamuna Bal Park, which was inaugurated by then Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. But now the condition of the park is deplorable. There are no swings, see-saws, slides, etc (see photo) on which children can play. Rubbish is strewn all over.

There are three statues of Jawahar Lal Nehru, Y.S. Parmar and Mahatma Gandhi. At the entrance of this park in the left side is a statue of Maa Yamuna. The condition of statues is no better. Only on the occasion of Yamuna Sharad Mahotsava is this statue decorated, otherwise nobody cares for it.

Near HPPWD Rest House, the Municipal Council has built a garden named after Guru Gobind Singh, but its condition is bad. Local people are demanding proper maintenance of these parks, so that they can play without hindrance.

HP women college’s laudable progress

It was a celebration of academic achievements, cultural as well as sport activities, when 3,300 young women of Shimla’s Rajkiya Kanyamahavidyalaya, the only women’s government college in Himachal, had assembled to greet Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who was accompanied by his wife, Shiela. It was the college’s annual prize-distribution-cum-thanksgiving day.

The Principal of college, Dr Rama Gupta, spoke of academic excellence achieved by students in streams of arts, science and commerce in the previous year’s session. Miss Bhishma Khatri had topped the university in B.Com whereas five others were on the merit list in other subjects. The general pass percentage of the college far exceeded the university’s pass percentage.

Cultural activities were equally impressive. In the North Zone Inter-University Festival at Patiala, the college bagged the second place among 17 participating universities. At the HP University Youth Festival, RKMV secured the first position in solo classical dance, one-act play, group folk dance and Rangoli competition.

Despite lack of its own playground, RKMV teams stood out in various events and 12 sportswomen were selected for all-India inter-varsity championships and 10 for national championships.

Centenarian’s secret of longevity

One will be surprised that in this district there is a model of longevity. A man even at the age of 122 years still works and his health as good as that of a young man.

Kehar Singh Mistri, a resident of Wadaghar village under Baghapurana police station in this district, who was born in 1879, goes to his fields on a bicycle almost daily to supervise field work.

He also takes his normal diet, including milk, tea and meals, daily. Village residents say he has a large number of relatives including nearly four dozen children and grand-children. The village folk pointed out that they had never heard about him being ill and he was always in good health.

He told this correspondent, during a visit to his village, that his wife died about 60 years ago.

Being a mason, he had built many buildings, particularly the gurdwara of Sixth Patshashi at his village in 1914.

The centenarian said he seldom read newspapers, nor did he take medicine.

Contributed by Sarbjit Sakhowalia, Rama Sharma, and Sarv Mitter


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