Thursday, February 21, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • Centenary of legendary artist
  • National policy on blood banks needed

LIQUOR SEIZED: A large quantity of illicit liquor was seized from different areas of the district on Monday. About 80 kg of lahan was seized from Desa Singh at Chanchuti village, near Rajasansi. At least 25 lt of illicit liquor was seized from Sohna Singh of Gillwali village, while a woman, Palwinder Kaur, of Fatahpur village was booked for possessing 6 lt of illicit liquor. Another 15 lt of liquor was seized from Gian Chand of the Katra Sher Singh area under ‘B’ division police station.

LOOTED: Several armed persons looted jewellery and Indian and foreign currency notes from an NRI couple, who were staying with their in-laws at Tutomajra village, on the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road on Tuesday. Posing as policemen the looters entered their house at 3 a.m. and decamped with jewellery, besides a bag containing Rs 40,000 and $400. A case under Section 395 of the IPC has been registered.

BODY FOUND: The police recovered the body of Rekha, originally from Bihar and now settled at Kohlian village under police station Narot Jaimal Singh in the district, from village fields on Monday.

HEALTH CAMP: A multipurpose health camp was organised at local Community Health Centre. Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, Sangrur, inaugurated the camp in which 34 pregnant women from below poverty line families were given Rs 500 each for the pre-parturition expenses as a part of National Maternity Benefit Schemes. Dr Nirpal Singh performed 30 tubectomies by laproscopic surgery on the occasion. All the beneficiaries were given blankets by the local Lions Club. 

SEMINAR: An awareness seminar was held on the PNDT Act to create awakening against female foeticide. The camp was attended by Mr Kishori Lal, Mr Amrit Jolly, Ms Manu Thapar, Surjit Singh Nijjar, SMO, Dr Suresh Singla, SMO and Dr Narinder Gupta. 

WORKSHOP: Final year postgraduate students of College of Nursing, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, will organise a workshop on AIDS awareness on Thursday. Ms Inderjit Vashisht, Principal of the Government College for Women, will be the chief guest on this occasion. “The main emphasis of the workshop will be epidemiology, causes, symptoms and psychological aspects related to AIDS. These will be highlighted through a skit and a comprehensive exhibition on different aspects of AIDS,” said Ms Pennamma Ranadive Principal, College of Nursing. 

APPEAL: Some prominent district office-bearers of the Punjab BJP, Ludhiana unit, here appealed to the state president, Mr B.L. Rinwa, to review his decision of expelling Mr Sunil Mehra from the party for a period of six years. Consequently, Mr Rinwa has formed a two-member committee comprising Mr Narotain Dev Ratti and Mr Vinod Sharma, to look into the issue. 

ANNUAL FUNCTION: President of Sirjandhara Karmjit Singh Aujla informed that its annual function with the cooperation of Punjabi Sahit Academy would be organised on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Punjabi Bhavan. at the function, famous story writer Prem Gorkhi would be honoured and also a book ‘Sirjandhara-2002’ will be released. 

COLLEGE CONTESTS: The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle will organise inter-college contests at Ramgarhia Girls College, Millerganj, on Friday. Stating this in a press note, Dr Charankamal Singh, Director, Youth Services, said declamation contest would be held on topics related to drug addiction, nuclear weapons and communication technology. Poetry recitation competition would be held on topics like Sikh history, gurmat philosophy, human integration and social problems, he said. Contests for shabad singing and fine arts will also be organised. Dr Singh said poster making contest would be held on topics ‘Prayer’ and ‘Beware of drugs’. Topics for composition would be ‘Baisakhi’ and ‘Affection’ while those for the collage making would be ‘Female foeticide’ and ‘Right way of life’. Besides, contests for design making and still life would also be held, he said. 

FAREWELL PARTY: Students of Class XII from USPC Jain Public School were bid adieu at a function organised by students of Class XI. on Wednesday. The programme commenced with a welcome speech by Priyanka Nahal of Class XI. The outgoing batch was entertained by a variety of cultural items and games. A talent search contest was organised for them in which the students showed their skills in bhangra and singing. Prabhjot Kaur was chosen as Ms Farewell while Gaurav Bhatia was declared Mr Farewell. Mr M.P. Jain, secretary, managing committee, and Ms G.K. Itten, Principal, wished good luck to their students. 

LECTURE: A lecture on ‘Communication and media’ was organised at the Government College for Women on Wednesday. Dr Ravi K. Dhar, Associate Professor of Journalism, Punjab Agricultural University, delivered the lecture which was followed by an interactive session in which the students were answered various queries. 

WORKSHOP: The IMS Learning Resources will organise Lakshya-2002, a workshop on ‘MBA as a career option’ at Nehru Sidhant Kendra on Saturday. Mr Barinder Singh Sawhney, centre head, said seminar, discussion and mock tests by professional and experienced executives from the industry would be organised during the workshop. 

EXAMINATION: Class XI science students from government schools of the district will appear for examination from March 7. Giving this information, Ms Samistha Bawa, District Science Supervisor, said test for maths or biology would be held on March 7, followed by test for chemistry on March 11 and test for physics on March 16. Ms Bawa further said practicals for chemistry would be held on March 21, physics on March 22 and biology on February 25. 

EYE CAMP: The local Lions Club will organise a free eye check-up camp on February 23 and 24 at Gaushalla Bhavan here. A team of doctors led by Dr R.S. Gill of Government Rajindera Hospital, Patiala, will check the patients and conduct operations. Intra-ocular lens will also be provided to needy patients on reasonable charges, according to Mr Surinder Bansal, president of the club.

POLYTHENE BANNED: Mr Babu Lal, District Magistrate, on Wednesday imposed a ban on the manufacture and use of polythene bags having a thickness of less than 20 microns up to March 31. The ban has also imposed on the use of bags or containers made of recycled plastics for storing, carrying, dispensing with or packing foodstuff.

DECLAMATION: The Rotary Club, Patiala, organised an inter-school declamation contest on Tuesday. Modern Senior Secondary School won the overall trophy. The first prize was won by Ishtandeep Kaur Modern School, second prize by Akansha Sidhu (Blossoms School) and third position by Sachna Arora (Modern School). 

YOUTH FESTIVAL: The three-day inter-zonal youth festival of Punjabi University was inaugurated on the university campus by the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr Tarlok Singh Anand, on Wednesday. A giddha and bhangra competition was held. The first prize in the giddha competition was won by Baba Zorawar Singh Khalsa Girls College from Ropar zone. The first prize in the bhangra competition was won by the Punjabi University campus team. 

MEETING: The District Election Officer, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, on Wednesday called a meeting of returning officers and police personnel here to instruct them on their responsibilities during the day of vote counting. He asked the returning officers to ensure that the guidelines laid down by the Election Commission were to be strictly followed. He added that 14 tables would be placed inside each counting centre and one counting supervisor and one assistant would be deputed to each table. 

CRUSHED TO DEATH: A cyclist, Niranjan Singh, was crushed to death by a speeding bus on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road here on Tuesday. He had come from a nearby village to deposit electricity bill and was crossing the road when the mishap occurred.

ONE KILLED: A student was killed on the spot and another received serious injuries on Wednesday here near Rajindera Filling Station when both the scooterist were coming back to Samrala after taking their examination from Ghungrali Sikhan School, 5 km from here. As per reports, Devinder Kumar and Devinder Singh, both residents of Manki village, hit a tractor-trailer. The injured has been admitted to DMCH, Ludhiana, where his condition is stated to be critical. The Samrala police have registered the case. 

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chohla Sahib unit of the Democratic Teachers' Front: president — Mr Dalbir Singh; secretary — Mr Harjit Singh; and treasurer — Mr Harbhej Singh.



ANNUAL FUNCTION: Meritorious students of Amar College were honoured at the 23rd annual function of the college held on the college premises in Sector 21 on Tuesday. Mr Satbir Singh Kadian, Speaker of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, was the chief guest on the occasion. Mr Sat Pal Jain, former MP, Mr Patwitter Singh Namdhari, former President of Namdhari Sangat Chandigarh, Mr Gain Chand Gupta, former city Mayor and sitting MCC councillor and Ms Neelam Vohra, Principal of the college, were also present on the occasion.

POWER STATION: The Power Grid Corporation of India on Monday conducted test charge of the 220 KV single circuit Nalagarh-Manimajra transmission line from 400/220 KV Nalagarh sub-station. According to Mr A.K. Srivastava, Chief Manager of the power grid, the project would cater to future power requirement of the city, apart from improving the quality of power. In case of any breakdown of power supply from the Punjab State Electricity Board and the BBMS, the project would feed power to Chandigarh. 

VISITORS EDUCATED: The Congress Councillor, Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, on Tuesday educated visitors to Sector 17 at entry from Sector 16 on the terms and conditions of parking contract. He claimed that certain people were now paying after parking the vehicle instead of the earlier system of first-pay-then-park. Mr Sharma said the campaign would continue till the contractor implemented terms and conditions agreed with the Municipal Corporation. He said parking near Anand Cinema was functioning properly as the people were not charged on the entry itself. 

AWARENESS CAMP: The Chandigarh AIDS Control Society and the Citizens Awareness Group jointly organised an AIDS awareness camp for hairdressers and beauty parlours at Female Literacy House in Sector 42 here, on Tuesday. Mr Surinder Verma of the Citizens Awareness Group stressed the need to control HIV/AIDS. The programme had been organised to create awareness among hairdressers and beauty parlours’ staff and also to motivate them to bring about behavioural change through syndrome case management of STD in the community. Dr Ajit Saroha, deputy director of the society, and Dr N.M. Sharma, project director of the society, spoke on the occasion. Dr Rameshwar Chander, Director Health Service, was the chief guest at the function. 

SEMINAR: Mr Anil Aggarwal, secretary of the Chandigarh chapter of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, on Monday observed that new rules framed by the Central Board of Direct Taxes would, on the one hand create additional tax burden on employees, on the other cause hardship to employers and Drawing and Disbursing Officers because they would have to maintain detailed records for all expenses incurred by employees for official purposes. Participating in a seminar on “TDS and new rules for valuation of perquisites” organised by the Chandigarh chapter of Institute of Company Secretaries of India, Ms Mamta Bansal, Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax, dwelt on various provisions of TDS, including the rates of TDS, filing of returns and the penalties and prosecution. 

ELECTED: Mr Pankaj Chandgothia and Mr Ameet Awasthi were elected president and general secretary, respectively, of the Consumer Courts Bar Association of North India on Monday. In a statement, Mr Chandgothia said the association would try to standardise the procedures prevalent at various consumers courts of the region and promote consumer awareness and education. 

URGED: The Residents Welfare Association, Sector 12 , has called upon the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora to launch a special cleanliness drive in order to prevent diseases like plague. In a letter to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Aggarwal, general secretary of the association, lamented that heaps of garbage were common in the township, particularly in and around areas in villages. He said that immediate action should be taken to eliminate rats from grocery shops, sweet shops, dhabas and hotels. He also demanded that residents be educated about precautionary measures and all residents welfare associations and other social organisations of Panchkula be involved. 

RECORD SAVINGS: The district has made a record investment of Rs 46 crore against a target of Rs 56 crore in small savings till January 2002, which is 82 per cent of the target fixed for this financial year. This was informed by the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora here today. She said that the district had registered a saving of Rs 65.92 crore against the target of Rs 50 crore during 2000- 2001, which was 131 per cent of the total investment and had stood second in the state. The state government had introduced several novel schemes to boost savings by offering incentives on small savings. 

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: As many as 112 units of blood were donated at a blood donation camp organised by the Lions Club Mohali and the Punjab School Education Board Employees’ Blood Donors Society on Tuesday. Those who were present on the occasion included Mr H.S. Midha, Mr J.S. Rahi and Mr Gurmail Singh. The camp was inaugurated by Mr S.P. Singh, Region Chairman of the Lions Club International. 



DELEGATION: A delegation of youth rotarians RI district 3130 visited the Ambala Central Rotary Club inter-district youth exchange programme on Tuesday. The president of the local unit, Mr Atul Kumar Jain, welcomed the delegation. 

FIVE HELD: The district police has arrested five proclaimed offenders, including one who has been evading arrest for the past 10 years, during Operation Alert being carried out these days. Mr Hanif Qureshi, SP, told mediapersons here on Wednesday that Maghar Singh of Tahliwali village was booked under Sections 323 and 506 of the IPC and had been evading arrest for the past 10 years. Besides Maghar Singh those arrested were Angrez Singh and Bhanwar Singh, both residents of Bighar village; Raj Kumar, a local resident, and Bakar Singh of Badalgarh village in this district.

ANNUAL DAY FUNCTION: The local Bal Vatika Public School organised its annual day function 2002 ‘‘Twinkling Stars Evening’’ on Tuesday. The local INLD MLA, Mr Leela Krishan Chowdhary, was the chief guest on the occasion. The SP, Mr Hanif Qureshi, presided over while the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr C.R. Rana, was the guest of honour. Schoolchildren presented a cultural show on the occasion.



JOURNALISTS PROTEST: Journalists working with various newspapers and news agencies in the district have warned the state BJP that they will boycott all its programmes if its Hamirpur district party chief, Mr Baldev Sharma, failed to apologise to Mr Revit Raman Sharma, a Hamirpur-based journalist, for threatening him. They also urged Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal to direct the police to register a case against Mr Sharma.

POLITICAL INTERFERENCE: Members of the panchayat samiti, Lambagaon, have accused the state government of political interference in the functioning of the panchayati raj institutions. At a meeting of the samiti on Tuesday they deplored the manner in which statutory power and authority vested in the samiti was being blatantly undermined.


Centenary of legendary artist

Art and culture are indeed the most valuable and important assets of any nation. Artists in India have chosen painting as a medium to express and thereby preserve the rich cultural heritage of the country. Rising above narrow considerations of religion, caste and race, these artists have shown the path of peace and tranquility.

One of them who depicted Indian culture on a big canvas and gave India its due place at international art platforms was Sobha Singh. It was he who brought this small and sleepy town of Kangra valley on the world map by remaining associated with his village for about four decades. The visitors can find written in front of his art gallery a sign that reads. “A temple of art not a picnic spot maintain its sanctity”.

Sobha Singh joined the Indian Army as draughtsman and left for Iraq. In 1925, he was attracted to Lahore, where he established his “Echo School of Arts” and thus began his “journey” into the world of arts. Later he shifted to Delhi and established his own studio. By hard work, he not only succeeded in establishing himself as a successful artist but also earned critical acclaim. But the city never fascinated him and he started looking for a place which could match his creative self.

The Himachal sojourn of this legendary artist started in 1942, when he visited the Kangra valley and was spell-bound by its beauty and idyllic charm. The snow-covered peaks of Dhauladhar, the lush green meadows so fascinated Sobha Singh that it forced him to permanently settle here.

Most of the masterpieces of Sobha Singh such as “Sohni mahiwal”, “Her grace the Gaddan” and “Kangra Bride” were created at Andreatta. While living here Sobha Singh painted over 1400 paintings. Most of these paintings depicted the rich cultural heritage and natural scenic beauty of Himachal Pradesh. His paintings also focused on the Sikh Gurus. His portraits of Gurus were a manifestation of his devotion to divinity. He also painted Hindu gods and goddesses with equal reverence and zeal. The painting of “Murli Manohar”, signifying Lord Krishna and the portrayal of Lord Rama with bow and arrow are considered masterpieces.

The paintings of Sobha Singh have a deep-rooted message within. The paintings were not a mere physical portrayal of personality, but it had a hidden message. Regarding his paintings he used to say: “My art is my religion and my duty is to transform the invisible to visible”.

The paintings of Sohni Mahiwal and Sikh Gurus, brought Sobha Singh on the centre-stage not only in Punjab and Himachal but also throughout the nation. Nobody will believe that Sobha Singh never learnt painting from any school or teacher, but his creative self was his greatest teacher and critic.

Recognising the contribution of Sobha Singh in the field of art, it has been decided to celebrate the birth centenary of this multifaceted personality. In addition, a postage stamp has also been brought as mark of respect to this great artist.

The accompanying photo shows former Union Minister S.S. Barnala releasing a souvenir brought out by the Sobha Singh Memorial Art Society at Andreatta.

National policy on blood banks needed

A country with 100 crore population is unable to generate voluntary blood donors for its own requirement. This was the main concern of the delegates who attended the national conference of Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohematology held at Bangalore earlier this month.

Giving this information here after his return from the conference Dr R.M. Arora, who is looking after a blood bank run by the Shiv Shakti Rakta Data Samiti, said the participants at the national conference were concerned at the non-existence of a national policy with regard to blood banks. Doctors who participated in the conference were of the opinion that if just 5 per cent of the population was motivated to donate blood twice a year, the country would be able to produce 20 to 30 crore units of blood components annually — three to four times the world’s annual requirement. To meet the country’s blood requirement we need less than 1 per cent of population to donate blood twice a year, he added.

Blood transfusion experts from all over the country are concerned at the casual approach of the government towards blood banks resulting in the non-availability of voluntary blood donors. The experts are of the opinion that an awareness campaign to generate voluntary blood donors should target the young population and the ideal age to motivate them is 13 years. They felt that the attitude and perception of students for saving human life by blood donation is excellent and this has to be nurtured further by motivational and donor retention techniques, Dr Arora said.

The head of the local Shiv Shakti Blood Bank was keen to practise all that he had gathered at the Bangalore conference in this rural Sirsa area. He said NGOs running this blood bank had already clubbed an awareness campaign for blood with sex education for the young students as this was a crucial field for this group.

Dr Arora said their experience in the field revealed that children asked all sorts of questions to get their doubts cleared. They needed a third party to answer their queries apart from their parents and teachers. With this exercise, the double purpose of getting a healthy voluntary blood donor and eliminating deadly diseases like AIDS, Hepatitis B and C was served, he added.

Contributed by Ravinder Sood, Bhupinder Dharmani


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