Thursday, February 14, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • Sahanahar spells prosperity for farmers
  • School’s record performance
  • No ‘impurity’ in this labour of love

PCMS ASSOCIATION: The PCMS Association, Punjab, registered its protest against the transfer of the District Civil Surgeon, Dr Ajaib Singh Sandhu, with the Chief Election Commission here on Tuesday. Mr Jagjit Singh Khalsa, president of the association, in a press note stated that no inquiry about his (civil surgeon's) alleged favouring a particular candidate was conducted before giving him transfer orders.

REFRESHER COURSE: A former Vice-Chancellor, Prof Prithipal Singh Kapur, inaugurated a three-week refresher course in history at Academic Staff College (ASC) of Guru Nanak Dev University here on Tuesday.

11 BOOKED: Kuldip Singh, alias Bazi of Tahliana Sahib Road, was today arrested with .12 bore DBBL rifle, while his 10 accomplices managed to flee when a police party headed by ASI Amar Singh tried to enforce election code under 144 Cr PC but the unruly group continued to raise slogans and Kuldip Singh pointed his rifle at the ASI. They also tried to assault the ASI. The police has registered a case under Sections 307, 353, 188, 148, and 149, IPC, and 25, 54 and 59, Arms Act, against the accused. 

ONE BOOKED: The local police booked Jagdip Singh of Chakar village today under Section 29/54 and 59 of the Arms Act for carrying .12 bore rifle near grain market. The rifle belonged to his father and the accused could not present any licence. The accused was produced before the judicial magistrate and was remanded in judicial custody. 

ANNUAL FUNCTION: Installation ceremony and cultural programme marked the annual function of Venus Club here on Tuesday. Ms Devinder Bansal was elected president and Ms Kavita Sharma as club secretary. Cultural programme began with a welcome song presented by Ms Malvinder Mahal, Ms Parmeet and Ms Jasveesh Kaur. Punjabi group dance was performed on the song “Pachhowal di aa gayee nari”. Ms Sonalika presented a solo dance item. Ms Bindiya danced on the number ‘Bole chudiyan mera kangana’. Ms K. Virdi, former principal, Guru Nanak Public School, was the chief guest. Ms Bawa Makkar, outgoing president, read the annual report of the club. 

DOG RACE: A dog race organised by the Youth Sports Club, Kotala, is scheduled to be held on Saturday at Kotala village, Samrala. The president of the club, Mr Harpreet Ghuman, said in a press note issued here on Wednesday that the first seven position holders would get cash prizes of Rs 11,000, 7,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,500, 1,000 and 500, respectively. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local chapter of the Northern India Regional Council of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India: Mr M.G. Jindal — chairman; Mr V.K. Bhatia — vice chairman; Mr Rajesh Loomba — secretary and Mr Rajnish Thakur — treasurer.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner has been elected chief patron of the Patiala Social Welfare Society. The other office-bearers are: patron — Mr Ved Parkash Goyal; president — Mr Vijay Kumar Goyal; vice-presidents — Dr Kulbir Kaur Walia and Dr Anil Pathak; advisers — Mr Mohal Lal Gupta and Mr Tejinder Pal Singh Sandhu; secretary — Mr Navdeep Gupta; and joint secretary — Mr Paras Ram. 

HEALTHY BABY SHOW: Tushar Sharma, Mehak, Jaskaran Singh, Arushi Kochar, Anish Sachdeva and Prabhnoor Kaur were declared healthy babies in their respective age categories in a healthy baby show held at the Career Academy, Bhadson Road here. In the one to four year age group, Arshdeep Singh and Naman Kapoor were declared the winners while in the 2 to 3 year age group, Prachi and Arvind Soni were declared the winners. In the 3 to 4 year age group, Aprampar Kaur and Sidaq were given the prizes. The Judges were Dr Kusum Mahajan, Dr Sanjeev, Mr and Ms Duggal, Dr Seema Kansal and Ms Wadhwa. 

ONE MORE DEAD: With the death of Kanwaljit, the death toll in Monday accident at Mehli village on the Phagwara-Banga road has risen to three. Earlier two women, Joginder Kaur of Mandhali village and Soma Rani of Boparai village, had died in the accident.



DEVELOP PARK: The Residents Welfare Association, Sector 44-C, on Wednesday demanded development of a park which had been lying undeveloped for the past three years. Development of the park in front of house numbers 2110, 2026, 2032 and 2000 should be considered immediately, the association said in a letter to the Chief Engineer of the Municipal Corporation. 

AWARENESS PROGRAMME: The Citizens Awareness Group, in collaboration with the Bureau of Indian Standards, organised an awareness programme for students of Sri Guru Harkishan Model Senior Secondary School here on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Surinder Verma, chairman of the group, said his organisation had been focussing on issues relating to health, sanitation, environment protection and consumer awareness since its formation in 1984. Ms Renuka Salwan, Deputy Director, Public Relations, Bureau of Indian Standards, spoke on the role of standardisation in day-to-day life. Mr Harcharan Singh, chairman of the school, urged students to become aware consumers. Among others who were present on the occasion were Mr S.C. Battacharya, secretary, cultural affairs, and Mr S.K. Bedi, secretary, public relations. 



BAIL GRANTED: The Special Judge for CBI cases in Haryana, Dr B.B. Prasoon, granted bail to Rajesh Bhatia, brother of the BJP MLA, from Faridabad here on Tuesday. A dacoity case was registered against him and some others at Faridabad around five years back. The judge ordered him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and a guarantee of an equal amount. The next hearing would be on March 5. Rajesh Bhatia had surrendered before the court on Friday when the Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed his anticipatory bail application. 

POETRY RECITATION CONTEST: Punjabi Sahit Sabha SD College, Ambala Cantonment, will organise the 27th Manjit Memorial Inter-college Poetry Recitation Contest on Saturday. Prof in charge Rattan Singh Dhillon said students from different colleges of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh would participate in the contest. Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh would preside over the function. Dr Desh Bandhu, Principal of the college, said last year 60 participants had participated in the contest.

KNOWLEDGE FESTIVAL: A knowledge festival for children will begin on Thursday near BD Senior Secondary School. A press note said M/s Navneet Publication (India) Ltd was organising the festival in which a wide range of books for children would be displayed. 

MEETING: The Jan Kalyan Awam Vikas Parishad held a meeting under the presidentship of Mr Mohan Lal. The organising secretary, Mr Paramjit Singh, said a memorandum had been sent to the Prime Minister seeking benefit for the residents of Ambala Cantonment under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. 

DEMONSTRATION: The Haryana Roadways Workers Union organised a demonstration at the workshop of the Ambala Roadways on Wednesday in protest against the retrenchment policy of the government. The general secretary of the union, Mr Sarbat Singh Punia, said the State Transport Minister had announced on several occasions that employees would not be retrenched, while contrary to it 320 conductors and 600 workshop employees in various depots had been declared surplus by the department. He said retrenchment notices had already been served on 84 employees. He urged that retrenchment notices issued to employees should also be withdrawn. Besides the president of the Local depot, Mr Sham Lal Dutta, union leaders, Mr Gurnam Singh, Mr Sultan Singh, Mr Ved Prakash and Mr Naresh Kumar also addressed the meeting. 

EMPLOYEES FOUND ABSENT: Six employees of the Sadar Municipal Council were found absent from duty when the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mahender Kumar, conducted a raid on Wednesday morning. The ADC also conducted raid at two other offices of the Public Health Department where all employees were found present. Meanwhile the Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, Mr D.D. Gautam, has asked the heads of various departments to ensure that all employees of their offices came at right time. 

TWO REMANDED: The Executive Officer and the Cashier of Ambala City Municipal Council were remanded in judicial custody till February 26 by the district court here on Wednesday. The State Vigilance Bureau had arrested the two officers after the recovery of Rs 10 lakh from the residence of the cashier about a month ago. Earlier also, they were sent in judicial custody till Wednesday. 

2 CLERKS BOOKED: The police has registered cases against two clerks working in the office of the SDM, Loharu, on the charge of committing irregularities in the registration of vehicles by showing some outsider applicants as residents of Loharu. Rajbir and Rajender had shown some applicants belonging to Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh as residents of Loharu and provided registration for their vehicles.

FOOD PROCESSING: The District Industries Centre and the Small Industries Services Institute would hold a month-long training programme in food processing and electronics appliances at the local ITI campus from February 19.

DEMONSTRATION: The Pahad Khan Mazdoor Union staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Tuesday. They demanded solution to their problems. Leaders of different political parties and workers of CITU and the Janwadi Mahila Morcha took part in the demonstration.

DHARNA: Government employees, owing allegiance to the Karamchari Sangh, Haryana, staged a dharna at Sector 12 here on Tuesday in protest against the police action at Khanak village in Bhiwani district recently. They condemned the government for not taking action against the police officials concerned.

RECKTA MEETING: The Regional Engineering College, Kurukshetra Teachers' Association (RECKTA), at its general body meeting held here on Tuesday decided that the teachers would wear black badges from February 18 in protest against the non-implementation of the Pension and the Career Advancement Schemes the secretary of RECKTA, Mr M.K. Gupta told mediapersons.



STIR THREAT: The district unit of the AITUC has warned the government that it would be compelled to launch a statewide agitation through its affiliated unions, if the ruling party failed to fulfil its election promise regularising employees. The general secretary of the unit, Mr Premlal Thakur, said this while addressing meeting of the HPPWD Union and IPH Mazdoor Union at Ghagus and Namhol.

AWARDED: Mr Pankaj Kumar Sharma, president of the Nehru Yuva Club, Niharkhan Basala, near here, has been declared the “best youth social worker” in the district for the year. He has been given a commendation certificate, a memento and a prize of Rs 500 by the Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr Jagat Prakash Nadda, on behalf of the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan at the youth conference.

SEMINAR ORGANISED: The ABVP organised a seminar on “Saffronisation of Education — a false propaganda” at Kisan Bhavan here on Wednesday. While the Assistant Commissioner, Dr Devender Gupta, presided over the function, Dr Kuldeep Chand Agnihotri, Principal, Baba Balak Nath College, Chakmoh, was the chief guest. Dr Agnihotri supported the changes made in the historical reference of the NCERT textbooks.

PLEA TO CM: The district unit of the BJP has requested the Chief Minister to direct the district administration to cooperate with the authorities of National Hydroelectric Power Corporation in the construction of the zonal hospital building at Chamba. Mr Maharaj Krishan Badiyal, general secretary of the district unit of the BJP, alleged here on Wednesday that the authorities concerned were creating hindrances in the construction work.

KISAN CREDIT CARDS: Kisan credit cards were distributed among 250 farmers of the district at a function organised by the local branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB) here on Tuesday. Mr V.K. Sood, Deputy General Manager, PNB zonal office, Chandigarh, distributed the cards. Dr Naresh Kumar Lath, SDM, Kangra, attended the function.



Sahanahar spells prosperity for farmers

Sahanahar, one of the most ambitious irrigation projects of the state situated in the western part of Himachal Pradesh bordering Punjab, when completed would bring prosperity to 93 villages of Fathepur and Indora area of Kangra district.

The Sahanahar Project, whose estimated construction cost of Rs 143.32 crore would be shared by the Punjab and Himachal governments with the former spending Rs 88.49 crore. Though the project was conceived about two decades ago, yet no headway was made in its implementation due to Punjab Government’s indifference. Only in 1998 did Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal take interest in this project and initiate a dialogue with his Punjab counterpart, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. The Punjab Government agreed to spare 363 cusecs of water from Mukerian hydel channel. Both governments also agreed to construct a proper irrigation system for 15,287 hectares of land in Himachal Pradesh. Earlier with the construction of Mukerian hydel project, the entire water of the river Beas was diverted, depriving a large area of Himachal Pradesh of irrigation.

The project is to be constructed in two phases — one on the right bank and other in the left bank of the Beas. The length of the main canal on the right bank will be 48.85 km, while the length of the canal on the left bank will be 33 km.

The construction of over 4 km on the right bank has already been completed (see photo) and water introduced into it. The utilisation of ground water is another feature of this project. In order to ensure the proper use of ground water, the drilling of 44 tubewells in the command area is under way. Out of the 44, seven have already been commissioned. The canal water is also being utilised for lift irrigation schemes in the area. The Sathana, Jakhbar-Bhanoli lift irrigation schemes are ready for commissioning.

A senior officer of the Irrigation and Public Health Department told mediapersons that in the past three years a potential for irrigating 400 hectares of agricultural land had been created and target of 55 hectares of land had been fixed for 2001-2002.

There was a total outlay of Rs 143.32 crore for this project, of which Rs 37.16 crore has been utilised till the previous financial year. In the current financial year Rs 14.65 crore is likely to be spent on this project by both governments.

Environment protection is another concept of this project, which has also been taken care of. A proposal for massive energy plantation has also been mooted and Rs 17 lakh earmarked for the purpose.

With the operation of this project, the cropping pattern is likely to witness a change. The entire command area, which was not irrigated and was dependent on seasonal rain, is expected to emerge as fertile bowl in the coming days. The farmers of the area have already started growing vegetables, sugarcane and other cash crops.

School’s record performance

Kurukshetra’s Geeta Niketan Awaslya Vidyalaya has bagged 37 out of 74 positions in the Haryana State Talent Search Examination conducted by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) recently.

Stating this Mr Rishi Goel, principal of the vidyalaya, said the vidyalaya had a decade-long history of securing top positions in the examination, both at the state and national levels.

Among those who got through this year are: Vaishali Kaushal, Sandeep Kumar, Ramneesh, Gagan, Virender Poswal, Sachin Jindal, Ish Kumar, Sandhya Kanwar, Sahil Gautam, Vineet Sehgal, Harsh Sharma, Siddharth Sharma, Vineet Sharma, Piyush Kant, Sumit Kumar, Nitin Mohla, Piyush Manocha, Somansh Garg, Mankul Goyal, Rishabh Singh, Amit Munjal, Vaibhav Aggarwal, Sahil Goyal, Salil Garg, Aman Gupta, Sachin Jindal, Ashish Kumar, Raman Chhabra, Rita Gupta, Richa Dutta, Aarushi, Shilpa Gupta, Sudisha Bhola, Seema Sharma, Vaishali Reheje, Sunidhi Jain and Madhu Bhardwaj.

No ‘impurity’ in this labour of love

“Impurity Scattering In Metallic Alloy” is the name of the book that bears the stamp of an international publisher in the USA—Pulwer Academic/Plennum Publishers, New York. It is priced at $ 135. The author is Joginder Singh Galsin, a Professor of Physics at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.

It is the first elementary book of its type to have been printed as a textbook for senior undergraduate and graduate students in all international universities of repute. It is about electronic properties of metallic alloys. Students studying chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering are likely to benefit from it.

The book got published only after the Punjab and Haryana High Court gave permission. The trouble arose when Prof Joginder Singh mentioned about the book to his Panjab University teacher, who insisted on his name being written as a co-author. The letter not acceptable to the author. That gentleman wrote a letter to the publishers, stalling the publication, while Prof Joginder Singh first filed a suit in a court in Ludhiana and later in the High Court.

It was the Punjab Advocate-General, Mr H S Mattewal, who represented the author, Joginder Singh, and won the case in his favour, making it possible to get the book published. As a mark of gratitude, the book is dedicated to Mr Mattewal.

Joginder Singh had started writing the book in 1985 completing it in 1991. He filed a case in the Ludhiana court in 1995 and later in the High Court that decided the case in 1999. The book was published in January.

He apportions much of the credit for his success to his wife, Surinder Kaur, Lecturer in English at Master Tara Singh College for Women, Ludhiana, and his teacher, who ironically had almost aborted publication of the book.

Joginder Singh’s book dealing with physics of solids and liquids, is one which was accepted even before actual manuscript was sent to New York. The author is a life-member of the Indian Physics Association, besides being a member of several academic bodies. His 70-odd research papers have appeared in national and international journals of repute. He modestly admitted, ‘’My labour’s love has been rewarded. Thanks to Mr Mattewal and Surinder’’.

Contributed by Ravinder Sood, Dr Vij and PPS Gill.


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