Thursday, January 24, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


  • Student makes radar model
  • ‘Lohri’ gifts for the handicapped
  • Winning quizzes his forte

: Students of Children Welfare High School presented a cultural programme on the school annual day here on Wednesday. On this occasion, Mr Roshan Lal, Principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Naraingarh, was honoured by Swami Sachida Nand for his services in the field of education. Toppers in their respective classes and outstanding players of the school were also awarded mementoes.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: Vidya Bharati runs 20,000 educational institutions in the various states of the country with the object of building character of the children and impart them good education. This was stated by Lala Lajpat Rai, a member of Rajya Sabha, while speaking at the annual prize distribution function of Sarv Hitkari Vidya Mandir here on Monday. He also laid the foundation stone of Guru Gobind Singh block (science block, including library) on the occasion of birthday of Guru Gobind Singh. Students presented a cultural programme. Capt Jaswant Singh, Headmaster, read the annual report. 

DEVI LAL’S STATUE: The Khalsa Mission Committee (KMC), in a statement issued here on Tuesday, demanded the removal of the statue of Chaudhary Devi lal at Killanwali before February 10 following the apex court’s order to restart the SYL canal project that would provide Haryana a share in the river waters of Punjab.

DISMISS CIRCULAR: At a meeting of the employees federation of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Mr Avtar Singh Bamrah has appealed to the state government to dismiss the circular of concession to the PSEB employees issued by the Central Government as it was allegedly being misinterpreted and misused to fleece employees.

APPEAL: The Dasehra Committee, Chheharta, in a press note issued here on Tuesday, appealed to the Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, and the management of Sri Durgiana Temple and other religious heads to discourage political elements from using religious platforms for poll propaganda.

DHARNA HELD: Factory workers of the district, affiliated to CITU, staged a dharna in front of the office of the Assistant Labour Commissioner here on Tuesday in protest against the negligent attitude of factory owners towards their problems. The officer assured them that he would soon take up their problems with the management of the mill.

APPOINTED: Mr Devinder Singh Babbu, President, Youth Congress, has appointed Mr Amardeep Singh Purewal, a youth leader, secretary of the Punjab Youth Congress. Block Congress workers hailed the appointment. Mr Dharam Pal Angrish, President, Punjab Trade Union Federation, has also appointed Mr Varinder Kumar Pini Block Secretary (Khanna) of the federation.

HONOURED: Dr Sureshwar Nath Sharma, who retired as professor and Head, Department of Surgery and Radiology, Punjab Agricultural University, was honoured by Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, Animal Husbandry Minister, Punjab, in recognition of his contributions in the field of social science, music and veterinary surgery here recently. According to a press statement, Dr Sharma is a disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar and has the distinction of acting as judge in music competitions of all the universities of Punjab. As a veterinary surgeon, his contribution in the areas of retention of urine in bullock, diaphragmatic hernia in bovine, fracture repair in large animals, bone plates from buffalo horn for fracture repair, ambulatory service for paraplegic dogs, monitoring and control of infection, physiotherapy and rehabilitation and integration of therapies have practically helped in revolutionising the veterinary surgery and are acclaimed at national and international levels. 

TRAINING COURSE: The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources of the Punjab Agricultural University would organise a national-level training course in farm forestry for the teachers of agricultural universities and officials of the forestry departments of different states from January 30 to February 19. The course would be inaugurated in the wheat auditorium of the university, said Dr Sinderjit Singh Gill, Head of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. 

REHEARSAL: Students and staff of Punjab Agricultural University have begun rehearing for the Republic Day parade to be held on the campus on Saturday. Mr Jaswinder Singh Toor, Director, Students’ Welfare, said Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of the university, would unfurl the National Flag on the occasion and address teachers, non-teaching staff and students. NCC cadets would present guard of honour to be inspected by the VC. 

CAMPAIGN: Punjab Agricultural University has started a campaign to popularise farm literature through the Punjab Naujawan Kisan Sansthas. Dr Jaspinder Singh Kolar, Director, Extension Education, said staff of the communication centres would address representatives of these ‘sansthas’ at Ropar, Patiala, Faridkot, Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur. Dr Kolar said the Farm Advisory Service Centres and Krishi Vigyan Kendras would also be mobilised to popularise farm literature during the next year.

ROBBED: Three persons reportedly entered the house of a businessman in Geeta Colony on Tuesday and tied the occupants with ropes. They, thereafter, decamped with gold ornaments worth Rs 40,000. A case has been registered.

INSANITARY CONDITIONS: Residents of the town complained to the pressmen here on Wednesday about the insanitary conditions prevailing in the town. They have asked the local municipal council to make immediate arrangements for cleaning the town.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The District Taxation Bar Association, in its meeting held recently, appointed Mr H.R. Saldi as president, Mr Amrik Singh Juneja and Mr Ashok K. Goyal as vice-presidents and Mr Singla as its general secretary.

APPEALED: The Phulkian Enclave Welfare Society here on Wednesday appealed to the Estate Officer, PUDA and the Divisional Engineer (Public Health) for permission to raise the plinth level of their houses in the enclave. Citing an example of the Urban Estate, houses, the residents said fear of floods had prompted them to appeal for a higher plinth level.

SUSPENSION JUSTIFIED: The president of The Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA), Dr D.S Dhillon, in a press note here on Wednesday justified orders against PUTA secretary, Dr N.S Atri, alleging that Dr Atri had flouted the disciplinary code of the association. Stressing that as the president of the association, he had the right to take disciplinary action against the members, Dr Dhillon stated that Dr Atri had been asked to explain his stand to the association but no correspondence from the latter had been received. 

PENSION BENEFITS: The Punjab Pensioners Welfare Association, in a meeting held under the general secretary of the association, Mr Dayal Singh, at the Red Cross Bhavan here appealed to the state government to release the pension benefit of those who had retired from their jobs three months back. Expressing displeasure at the justification given by the treasury officers of lack of funds in the government ex-chequer, a resolution seeking forthwith release of pension benefits to pensioner was passed. The association also asked the government to pass the demands of the pensioners as per the Punjab fourth pay commission.

ECO CLUB: Under the National Green Corps programme, the Pigeon Eco Club, was formed on Wednesday and training programme for over 100 school teachers, under the patronage of DEO, was initiated. A small function, inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, was also held. 

MEETING: The Residents Welfare Association of Urban Estate here on Wednesday held a meeting under president S.L. Sharma, to discuss their problems. The president and secretary of the association informed that the major problem of the residents was sanitation and there was no fixed place for placing community waste bins. 

MONEY DONATED: The State Bank of India on Wednesday organised a function under its “Community Service Banking” scheme at the Red Cross Bhavan here. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, who was the chief guest on the occasion, handed over a draft of Rs 46,000 on behalf of the bank to the secretary of the Society for the Welfare of Handicapped. Chief Manager of the bank, Mr Pala Ram, informed recently-introduced loan schemes of the bank.



SEMINAR: A seminar on problems faced by adolescents and their solution was held today at Government Senior Secondary School, Karsan, under the Quest programme of the Lions Club. The seminar was organised by the Lions Club Nightingale. Addressing the students Dr Surjit Patheja laid stress on commitment, discipline and exhorted teenagers to utilise their time in a constructive way. President of the club gave away prizes to the winners of quiz contest held on the occasion.

NATURE CURE CAMP: The Chandigarh Health Care and Nature Cure Society will organise a free nature cure treatment camp from Thursday. It will continue for three more days. The camp will be organised at 3206, Sector 44-D. A team of doctors, led by Dr Iqbal Bhalla will provide treatment for diseases like asthma, piles, cervical and lumber spondylysis. 

SECURITY BEEFED: In the wake of the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan and the forthcoming Assembly elections in Punjab, the security around vital installations in the town has been strengthened. According to information available, at least two cops of the Punjab Police have been posted at each of the vital installations. The main places are — Microwave Tower in Phase 3A, Telephone Exchange in Phase 4 and the 220 KV sub-station. 



JUDICIAL REMAND: The judicial remand of Executive Officer and cashier of Municipal Council, Ambala City, was extended till January 31. Earlier, they were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days till January 23. The two were arrested by the State Vigilance Bureau around a month back when it seized Rs 10 lakh from the residence of the cashier. The cashier had stated that the amount belonged to the Executive Officer. 

46 OFFICIALS FOUND ABSENT: As many as 46 officials of different government offices were found absent from their duty when Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mahender Kumar, conducted raids on several offices on Wednesday morning. According to a press note, more than 10 employees were found absent in the Sadar municipal council office at Ambala Cantt. Similarly, 10 officials in the office of Superintendent Engineer and Public Health Department were found absent. The ADC also raided the office of PWD (Electrical), District Industry Centre and Block Education Officer (second). Mr Mahender Kumar said he had recommended action against the officials who were found absent. 

CHILD DIES: A two-years-old child died when he fell into a drain full of slit on Wednesday. The child, Simran, was taken to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. 

NSS CAMP: A day-long National Service Scheme (NSS) camp of SD College was inaugurated at Netaji park by MLA Anil Vij on Wednesday. The camp was held to mark the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Among others, Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.D. Gautam, Additional DC, Mr Mahinder Kumar, SDM, Mr M.K. Ahuja and SD College Principal, Dr Desh Bandhu, were present. The Deputy Commissioner announced a sum of Rs 21,000 as grant to the NSS. The NSS volunteers who participated in the camp include Varsha, Rita, Seema, Tripta, Anju, Ruchi, Pratibha, Shikha, Sunil, Dinesh, Pawan, Sanjay, Arun, Anil, Tarun and Lalit.

FIRE TAX: The district unit of the BJP has opposed the imposition of fire tax on house owners by the state government under the revised house tax policy. The unit will organise demonstrations, if it is not withdrawn, it said. This was stated in a press note issued here on Tuesday by the BJP district unit media in charge, Mr Fateh Chand Gandhi.



PARKING PROBLEM: The parking of vehicles has become a serious problem in the town as well as in Dalhousie. Residents have, therefore, requested the government to develop car parks in the two towns so that these could be used on a payment basis. The step will ease the parking problem.

MOBILE PHONES: Residents of Chamba and Dalhousie have urged the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution System (PDS), Mr Shanta Kumar, to take the authorities of the Department of Telecommunications to task for not fulfilling the target announced twice by the department to provide mobile phone services in the towns.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS: The state government has decided to construct 1556 rooms in 1073 primary schools in the district by July. The rooms are being constructed under the Sarswati Bal Vidya Sankalp Yojna. The information was given here on Wednesday by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.C. Mehta.

PLANNING OFFICER: Sirmaur district has been without a planning officer for the past six months, despite the fact that the state government has issued transfer orders to four planning officers to fill the vacancy. Of the four transfer orders, three stand cancelled while according to sources, the fourth person has sought relief from the court against the order.

LIQUOR SHOP: Residents of Badhana in Paonta subdivision have taken a tough stand against the opening of a liquor shop in Killaur village under the Panchayat. Panchayat officials, however, assured them that public opinion would be honoured.

MEETING HELD: A meeting regarding traffic hazards being faced by the residents of the town was held under the chairmanship of Mr K.K. Pant, Deputy Commissioner, here on Wednesday. The meeting decided to remove all encroachments on footpaths and roads in the town with immediate effect.



Student makes radar model

Ravinder Singh Grewal, a class X student of Government Senior Secondary School, Thereekey village (Ludhiana), may look like any country boy. But his creative mind and ingenuity remains unparalleled that may not be matched by, perhaps, a brilliant student of an elite English medium public school.

Ravinder’s specially designed working model of a radar was adjudged the overall best at the annual State Science Exhibition held at Fatehgarh Sahib in the last week of November. He will now display the model at the North Zone Science Exhibition to be held in New Delhi from February 5 to 7. He has also qualified for the national exhibition to be held later.

Ravinder owes it to his mathematics teacher, Mr Sanjeev Kumar Taneja, who was instrumental in helping him build the model. It took a month’s toil for the teacher and the student to develop the model that caught attention of everyone at the science exhibition.

According to Ravinder, the model shows the working of the radar using a simple light detecting radiation (LDR) circuit. It consists of a control board, a computerised display board, antenna with a receiver and a transmitter which receives and echoes radio waves. It can monitor the height, direction and speed of flying objects, besides an emergency signal.

Describing the working of the model, Mr Taneja said the transmitter in the radar sends a beam of electromagnetic waves by means of an antenna. When these waves strike an object in its path, some are reflected from the object creating an echo. The antenna picks up the signal and delivers it to the receiver. Through amplification and computer processing the radar receiver produces a visual signal on a screen, mainly a computer display monitor.

This may not seem to be a big thing in today’s world but given the resources available at the school, which does not even have a computer so far and where education is imparted in Punjabi only, it is definitely a great accomplishment.

Ms Kamaljeet Kaur, the school Principal says: “This creation has generated interest among the 450 school students in science”. The interest has grown so much that certain students got a generator from their home to operate the working model.

Ravinder has no educational family background. He wants to settle abroad as three of his five uncles have already migrated to Canada. Although he has no special interest in science yet its innovations fascinate him, which prompted him to develop this model.

‘Lohri’ gifts for the handicapped

Braving the chilly winds, 20 handicapped children, who came from Amritsar, Rajpura, Ropar and Jalandhar, received a warm welcome at the Apeejay School gate, Jalandhar, from the Interact Club children of the school. The warmth of their hospitality clearly expressed their support and solidarity with their less-privileged brothers and sisters to overcome their handicaps.

Mr V.K. Mehta, Principal, who distributed valuable Lohri presents to the handicapped children, instilled new enthusiasm among the schoolchildren as he said that “one who performs an act of compassion to the needy is only performing his duty. It is a great privilege given to him by God!”

Sister Sheela CHF, distributed study scholarships to the handicapped on behalf of Father Joseph Kalathil SJ, the first chancellor of Jalandhar Diocese and a social worker, who could not be present on the occasion.

The idea behind this annual celebration was to inculcate among the school children the concept of sharing and caring so as to enable the less-privileged ones to join the mainstream of social life.

Apeejay School children (Interact Club) who pooled their mites under the able guidance of Ms Sukhwinder Kaur, teacher, to bring the sunshine of hope and ‘Lohri’ cheer to their handicapped brothers and sisters setting a good example for others to emulate, to deserve a word of praise.

Father Thomas K.J., the organiser of the programme and president of Roshni Society, which a comprehensive rehabilitation scheme for the disabled, said more and more individuals and organisations of goodwill, are coming forward in Punjab and Haryana with their support, brightening the prospects of extending a helping hand to the handicapped children during the New Year.

Winning quizzes his forte

Amardeep Singh Bajwa, class X student from Guru Nanak Public School at Bassi Pathanan in Fatehgarh Sahib district, has brought pride to the district by winning the first prize in the state in the quiz competition organised by the Languages Department.

The department had organised this competition at the district level and the winner participated in the inter-zone competition whose winners participated at the state level.

According to his parents and teachers, he had always been winning the first position in every competition or examination in which he had participated since his childhood.

Besides this, he had also won the general knowledge competition organised by the Friends Library, Nabha. He also won the first prize in the junior and senior category of the quiz competition that had been organised by the Bassi Pathanan Welfare Club.

The school Principal announced a holiday in the school to commemorate Amardeep’s victory. He said the student had always been topper in academic examination; the school and town were proud of him.

Contributed by Vimal Sumbly, TNS and Surinder Bhardwaj


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