Thursday, March 7, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • Rare archaeological find in HP
  • Technology pool for farmers
  • Girl’s performance does Nahan proud

EYE CAMP: As many as 102 persons have been operated upon and over 500 have been examined and treated at a free eye operation camp organised jointly by the Lions Club, Barnala, and the Canada Netra Seva Manch, Dhanaula, at the Primary Health Centre, Dhanaula, about 10 km from here. Dr Baldev Raj, Senior Medical Officer, inaugurated the camp, which began on March 2. Mr Satwinder Singh Jandu, president, Lions Club, said on Tuesday that at least 42 patients were offered intra-ocular lenses. Medicines and meals too were offered free of cost.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the District Bar Association, Kapurthala: senior vice-president — Mr J.J.S. Arora; junior vice-presidents — Mr Sandeep Singh Ahluwalia and Mrs Balwinder Kaur Sangha; general secretary — Mr Manjit Paul Singh Ratti; secretary — Mr Jugraj Singh Kahlon; joint secretary — Mr Suresh Kalia; and cashier — Mr Vipan Sabharwal.

FREE DIABETES CAMP: The local unit of the Rotary Club, in association with Health eon will organise a free diabetes check-up camp at Khalsa Senior Secondary School on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Project Chairman Trilok Anand, giving the details, said Dr Sanjay K. Bhedada, D.M. (Endo) of GMC Sector 32, and Dr H.S. Kalra will examine up the patients. President K.S. Mundi informed that free tests of blood-sugar and medicines will also be distributed among the patients during the camp.

EXHIBITION: An exhibition of the uses of solar energy was organised at Guru Nanak Polytechnic College, Gill Road, on Wednesday. Stalls depicting use of solar television, fans and lights and setting up of gobar gas plant were put up under the guidance of the project officer, Mr Tejinder Singh Walia. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Surjit Singh, vice-president of the college trust, said similar exhibitions would be put up in over 100 villages to make people aware regarding use of renewable sources of energy. Mr Sikander Singh Gill, Principal, was also present on the occasion.

FOUNDATION DAY: Punjab National Bank, Jawaddi branch, celebrated its 22nd foundation day recently. On this occasion, Mr K.I. Singh, regional manager, said, “PNB has been awarded best trophy by the government for issuance of maximum number of Krishi Cards to farmers in the country”. He said the bank would issue one lakh card in the state of Punjab this year. While narrating the salient features of the PNB Krishi Cards, he said the farmers having a minimum irrigated land of one acre were eligible under the scheme. “The loan limit of Rs 30,000 to Rs 3 lakh has been increased to Rs 5 lakh,” he added.

NEW COURSE: A new vocational course on ‘Foreign Trade Practices and Procedures’ has been started for degree students at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Civil Lines, under a special scheme of the UGC. In this regard, a three-day workshop was inaugurated on Tuesday by the Small Industries Service Institute (SISI), Ministry of Small Industries, Agro and Rural Industries, Government of India. Experts from the SISI, banking and export units took part in the workshop. Mr Bharat Bhushan, Deputy Director, SISI, said the course would enable the students to take up assignments in the industry. Prof Parneet Singh, coordinator of the course, and Prof Rattan Singh Birdi were also present on the occasion.

‘SIROPA’ REFUSAL CONDEMNED: The Indian Ex-Services League (Punjab and Chandigarh) has criticised the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for its refusal to offer ‘siropa’ to the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, when he visited Darbar Sahib immediately after assuming office. In a statement here on Tuesday, Lieut-Col C.S. Dhillon,president of the league, said refusing ‘siropa’ to the Chief Minister was against Sikh traditions and seemed to be the handiwork of those few who could not help being biased despite being elected members of the supreme religious body. Expressing doubts as to whether this was a collective decision of the executive of the SGPC or a whimsical act of an individual, he observed that all the same the decision lacked wisdom and had been resented by all the Sikhs. The league demanded that the SGPC should probe the incident.

EXHIBITION: Shri Gyan Sthal Mandir Sabha would hold an exhibition of handicrafts prepared by its students on the occasion of Mahila Divas on Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, said a press note here on Wednesday. Ms Sudesh Chopra, wife of Vijay Kumar Chopra, Editor-in-Chief, Hind Samachar group of newspapers, would preside over the function and inaugurate the exhibition.

CONDEMNED: The Shiv Sena (Tangri) held a meeting at the local Gur Mandi on Tuesday and unanimously condemned the communal killings in Gujarat. The meeting called upon the Prime Minister to bring culprits to the book at the earliest failing which the Shiv Sena would launch an agitation. The meeting also observed silence for two minutes to pay homage to GMC Balayogi.

GURMAT SAMMELAN: A four-day ‘gurmat sammelan’ held at the Gurmat Vidyalaya, Gurdwara Sant Ashram, New Shastri Nagar, in connection with the annual ‘barsi’ of Baba Bhag Singh, concluded here on Tuesday. Bhog of 40 ‘akhand paaths’ was held on the concluding day of the sammelan which was held under the guidance of Baba Gurmit Singh and Baba Manjit Singh. Prominent among those who attended the sammelan were former jathedar of Akal Takht, Mr Darshan Singh, Bhai Harjinder Singh (Srinagar), Bhai Manjit Singh (Mumbai), Bibi Baljit Kaur (Talwara), Sant Baba Sewa Singh ( Rampur Khera) and Sant Baba Jaswant Singh ( Nanaksar). A number of Panthic Morcha leaders , including Mr Surjan Singh Thekedar, Mr Hira Singh Gabria, Mr Kulwant Singh Dukhia, Mr Harish Tandon and Mr Ranjit Singh Dhillon, were also honoured on the occasion.

COPYING MENACE: Mr Ujjagar Singh Mahi, District Education Officer, in a press note issued here on Monday, said elaborate arrangements had been made to check the menace of copying in the matric and plus two examinations commencing from March 6 in the district. As many as 16 groups had been constituted and 650 teachers put on supervisory duty for the smooth conduct of the examinations at 91 centres in the district. Four teams of flying squads had been constituted for conducting inspections, he said.

: The Maharani Ladies Club here celebrated Women’s Day on Wednesday. A seminar highlighting several issues, including 50 per cent reservations for women in Assembly and both Houses of Parliament, was organised. Mrs Kiran Sekhon was the guest of honour on the occasion. She called for an increase in amount of alimony after divorce and also an equal share in property. The Maharani Ladies Club will remain open on every Wednesday and host its annual dinner on April 21 at Thapar College here.

PAINTING COMPETITION: Punjab National Bank on Wednesday organised a painting competition at the Government Polytechnic for Women here. Veer Kaur secured first position, Purpreet Kaur second, and Amita Saini was adjourned third.

CONDEMNED: The Chairman of Ex-servicemen Cell, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Zorawar Singh, on Wednesday criticised the SGPC authorities for denying ‘Siropa’ to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and his wife Ms Parneet Kaur, MP, during their recent visit to Harmandir Sahib at Amritsar. Mr Zorawar Singh attributed the denial to vested political interests. He requested the Sikh sangat to take concrete steps to ensure that such incidents were not repeated. He further said the Congress should reverse its earlier decision of not contesting the SGPC elections.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: Sixty units of blood were donated at a blood donation camp organised by the local Bar Association, here on Wednesday. The camp was inaugurated by the District and Sessions Judge, Mr Gurdev Singh. The Additional Civil Judge, Senior Division, Mr Harbhajan Das, was the first to donate blood, according to Mr Lalit Chopra, general secretary of the Bar.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local branch of the Bharat Vikas Parishad : president — Mr Rakesh Gupta; and secretary — Mr Swatantar Kumar.

UMC cases: Five cases of unfair means were detected at the Samana Government Senior Secondary School examination centre in a raid made by Ms Usha Sidhu, District Education Officer (S). Four supervisors at the centre were relieved from the examination duty as a follow-up measure.



ACCUSED: The local unit of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has accused the BJP, its alliance partner, of a “poor” performance during the recently-concluded Assembly elections. At a meeting of the party, which was attended by 11 local delegates and three state delegates and chaired by the local unit chief, Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar, also blamed the BJP for its failure during the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation elections and considered it as a precursor to the Punjab Assembly poll. The local unit said the BJP sought higher number of seats by making tall claims but none of its ministers managed to return to the Assembly. The meeting decided to disband the local unit and its bodies and authorised the local president to form a new body in consultation with Mr Parkash Singh Badal

ANTI-INTERNAL TERRORISM DAY: The local unit of the BJP will observe March 9 as “Anti-internal terrorism day” to condemn the burning of train passengers at Godara in Gujarat. At a meeting called by the local unit chief, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, it was decided to observe the day as per the directions of the central leadership, which took the decision on Saturday. The meeting also mourned the death of Mr G. M. C. Balayogi.

SEMINAR: The Centre of Advanced Study in Geology at Panjab University will organise a national seminar on ‘natural hazards and their mitigation’ from March 8 to March 11, an official press release said here on Wednesday. The seminar will be followed by field meetings at Renuka on March 10 and March 11. The seminar is being co-sponsored by the Indian Geologists Association, the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, and is being funded by the Department of Science and Technology.

DECLAMATION CONTEST: The local police would organise a declamation contest at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, to mark the Women's Day on Friday. The contest will be open to all women colleges and would be held on: Women Empowerment—Panacea for all ills, World would come to a standstill without 'her', Female feticide—A mother kills her daughter and Man/woman ratio—an imbalance. In addition, the police has planned street plays focusing women issues, which would be staged in various parts of the city. A half-day workshop on Societal Stress—'Effects and Cures' would also be held at the UT Police Headquarters, Sector 9. This was stated by a spokesman of the UT police in a press note issued here on Wednesday.



BAIL DENIED: The Special Judge Ambala, Ms Anita Chaudhary, dismissed the bail application of Arvind Kumar, an Executive Officer of Ambala City, Municipal Council, here on Wednesday for the second time. Earlier in January a bail application was also filed in this regard which was rejected by this court. The State Vigilance Bureau had arrested the Executive Officer and the cashier of the council about three months ago when the bureau had seized Rs 10 lakh from the residence of the cashier. The bureau had registered a case against the two under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Since then the two officials have been in judicial custody.

KILLED: One person was killed in a road accident last night on GT road near Ambala City. According to police the deceased was hit by some unidentified vehicle. The body was sent to local civil hospital for post mortem.

PRIZE WINNERS: Two students of Tulsi Public School, Ambala City, have won the second prize in the third all-India competition of working scientific models on renewable energy sources held at New Delhi. Rachna Kashyap and Shivani Sharma, both of Class IX, won the second prize out of 170 working model entries. The competition was organised by the National Foundation of Indian Engineers with the cooperation of the Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources. The working model of Tulsi Public School student showed how electricity can be produced from kitchen waste. The students were awarded a certificate of merit by Secretary, Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources, Mr P.M. Nair.

GRAM SACHIV WELFARE ASSOCIATION: The election of the Gram Sachiv Welfare Association, Haryana, will be held in two phases. Mr Raj Kumar, officiating vice-president of the association, said elections would first take place at block and district level and thereafter, the election for forming the state executive will be held. In the first phase, elections will be held at Ambala, Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat, Jind, Bhiwani, Hisar, Fatehabad and Gurgaon. In the second phase, elections will be held at Panchkula, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Sirsa, Rewari, Faridabad, Mahindergarh, Jhajjar and Rohtak.

RS 6.68 LAKH RECOVERED: The Superintendent of Police, Mr Sandeep Khirwar, said on Wednesday that Rs 6.68 lakh had been recovered from thieves during February. Mr Khirwar said the police had solved eight house break-in and seven robbery cases during the past month. He said 250 kg Lahan, 58 bottles of country made liquor and 3065 country liquor pouches were seized. Under the NDPS Act, 34 kg chura post and 10 gram charas were also seized while 71 gamblers were nabbed and Rs 18.505 recovered from them, according to a press note.

BANNED: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ankur Gupta, has banned sale of all such food products which have not been approved as safe by the certifying authorities to control diarrhoea. The food items banned are fruits, vegetables, sugarcane juice, cakes, sweets, biscuits etc, kept and sold in unhygienic conditions. 

ACCIDENT: Devender Singh Gill, a financier, was seriously injured in a road accident when his motorcycle was hit by a car near the Government College here on Tuesday. He succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital. A case has been registered.

PROCESSION: Members of the local unit of the Sarv Karamchari Sangh took out a procession in the town in protest against the Union Budget here on Tuesday. They raised slogans against the NDA government. Mr R.C. Jagga, secretary of the sangh, termed the Budget as anti-people.

KILLED: A young priest, who was injured in a road accident last week, died here on Tuesday. According to the police, Banwari Lal, a priest of the local Bishnoi mandir, was returning from Sirsa when his motorcycle was hit by a vehicle near the Housing Board Colony. He was admitted to a local private hospital.

3 KILLED: Three persons were killed when a car and a truck collided head-on on the Yamunanagar-Kurukshetra road on Sunday night. Four persons were coming to Yamunanagar in the car after attending a marriage when the mishap took place. The truck was on the way to Kurukshetra from Yamunanagar. A case has been registered.

WORKSHOP: A workshop on “Personality development and communication skills” was organised by Maharaja Agrasen College and the Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Management and Technology at Jagadhri on Tuesday. Mr Anup Goswami, Chief Manager, and Mr Bal Krisan Sharma, Senior Executive, Vardhman Spinning and General Mills Ltd, Ludhiana, were the resource persons.



REDRESSAL: As many as 23 cases were resolved at a district-level grievances redressal meeting held here on Tuesday. Thirtythree cases were sent to different departments for early disposal.

NOTICES ISSUED: The HP Administrative Tribunal on Monday issued notices to the Secretary and the Director, Education, on a petition filed by Mr Harbans Lal seeking directions from the court to issue him an appointment letter against the post of Drawing Master for which he was selected in 1998 and the order was not conveyed to him. Taking serious notice of the working of the Education Department, the court directed the respondents to file their reply before April 3.



Rare archaeological find in HP

HIMACHAL PRADESH is known for its natural beauty and “devi-devtas”. Chamba is one of its districts where old temples, bronze sculptures and rich culture have been saved.

A rare image of Kartikeya has been discovered at Mulkihar, about 65 km north-east of Chamba town. The image has an interesting tale as Dr Vogel, an eminent Ideologist, had in 1908 recovered from this site a stone inscription in the Sharda script containing an invocation to Kartikeya as a warlord and “conqueror of enemies”.

The site of the discovery is the local Rana’s castle, now in ruins, which was once near the boundary of the erstwhile states of Chamba and Basholi and had been a witness to many a bloody battle between the two states. The inscription is defaced and is kept at the Bhuri Singh Museum, Chamba.

Kartikeya, the son of Shiva, is a warrior par excellence and “commander-in-chief” of the army of gods. He developed six faces to suck the milk of six “krittikas” who brought him up as a child hence his name. In the present image his six faces are arranged in two rows. He is shown seated on a mounted peacock with one leg folded.

According to Mr S.M. Sethi, former Curator of the Himachal State Museum, Shimla, the image is traced to the 12th century A.D., as the inscription contains the name of Vijay Varman, who ruled Chamba at the time. According to Mr Sethi, the date tallies with the palaeographical evidence afforded by the Mulkihar inscription.

Technology pool for farmers

In an unique endeavour of its kind, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Bhaddal, near Ropar, has established a technology pool to help farmers of the surrounding areas in the diversification of crops. Under this programme, a seminar on exploratory studies of herbs for farming and ayurvedic medicines, was organised at the institute.

At the seminar, experts from agriculture universities, pharmaceutical and ayurvedic institutes and industry participated. The experts expressed their views on various topics, ranging from the use of herbal plants to their commercial cropping and marketing.

Prof K K Bhutani from NIPER, Mohali, addressing the gathering, stressed the need to accelerate the working of the medicinal plant board. The board should be given more powers and funds to boost commercial cropping of medicinal plants. The cropping the would also help in conserving the bio-diversity of the area, he said.

Dr S S Saini from Punjab Agriculture University shed light on the comparative economics of traditional crops vis-a-vis medicinal plant. He stated that commercial cropping of medicinal plants was about three times more profitable than traditional crops. However, still the farmers were not opting for cultivation because of the lack of government policy. The government should evolve a support price mechanism for medicinal plants. Dr Raj Kumar, principal of the Dayanand Ayurvedic College, Jalandhar, pointed out that about 150 medicinal herbs could be cultivated in Punjab on a commercial scale. These herbs were commonly used in pharmaceutical and ayurvedic industries and if grown on a mass scale could give a boost to the state’s agriculture economy.

Later talking to newsmen, Mr Gurcharan Singh, Chairman of the IET, s aid the institute had established a technology pool about two years ago with the aim of developing the surrounding areas. The seminar was the first step to help the farmers of the surrounding areas to diversify crops. Besides organising interactions between the farmers and experts, the institute has also established a medicinal chemistry department on the campus. The department would develop models of modern and commercial farming for farmers and urge them to adopt these models.

Girl’s performance does Nahan proud

Meenal Pant (13), a student of Class VIII of DAV Public School, Nahan, is the only student who represented DAV institutions spread all over the country at a national-level science seminar organised at Mumbai.

She got the chance after securing the first position at the state-level declamation contest on “Bio-Technological Revolution, Benefits and Concerns” held by the SCERT at Solan. She had topped the block level and district declamation contests on the subject.

She had got the first position in the declamation contests on “Ideal Family” and “Women’s Empower-ment” and second position on topic “Environmental Pollution” organised by Interact Club and Rotary Club respectively. she also topped in poetry recitation contest organised by the Languages Department.

Meenal is sore that the HP Government takes little interest in providing incentives to students taking part in national contests while students from other states get help and incentives. She says that her parents and teachers have provided help and encouragement to her to work hard.

Contributed by Swaran Deepak Raini, Lalit Mohan and S R Pundir


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