Thursday, March 14, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


  • The legendary temple at Kathgarh
  • Students make robots
  • A baby with a difference

CRUSHED TO DEATH: Sandhya (7) was crushed to death by a truck near the Lohgarh-Islamabad railway crossing here on Monday. She was returning to home. The driver fled the spot. A case has been registered.

MEDICAL CAMP: About 800 patients were examined at an Army medical camp at Bhalawal village on the Indo-Pak border here on Tuesday. Mr Hemant Prohit, Deputy Inspector-General (BSF), inaugurated the camp organised by 108 Battalion of the force. Medicines were distributed among needy villagers free of cost.

CLERK ARRESTED: The Vigilance Bureau nabbed Prem Singh, a clerk in the market committee, for accepting Rs 5,000 as bribe here on Tuesday. The DSP Vigilance, Mr Surinder Singh, in a press note here on Wednesday said the magistrate had remanded him in police custody till March 25.

BUSTED: The police has busted a gang engaged in piracy of CDs with the arrest of its 3 members. Mr B.K. Uppal, SSP, while talking to mediapersons here on Wednesday said the members of the gang, including Sandeep Rampal, Rajit Rampal, owner of Crown VDO, Pathankot, and Pawan Kumar, Durga VDO, Pathankot, had been remanded in police custody till March 22.

FATHER KILLED: Two men allegedly killed their father while he was asleep in Buddi Pind village in the wee hours on Tuesday. According to police sources, Jaswant Singh and his brother Harjinder Singh allegedly strangulated their father Darshan Singh with a turban over a property dispute. The Tanda police has registered a case under Sections 302 and 341 of the IPC.

BURNT ALIVE: Karam Chand Adarmi (50) was burnt alive while he was sleeping in his jhuggi at Budhu Barkat village on Tuesday night. According to the police, a fire had broken out in his jhuggi late in the evening.

TRAVEL AGENT BOOKED: On the complaint of Ram Pal, the police has registered a case against a so-called travel agent, Sukhwinder Singh, of Sahri village under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC. In his complaint, Ram Pal alleged that Sukhwinder Singh had taken Rs 1.1 lakh to send him abroad, but he neither sent him abroad nor returned the money.

SCOOTERIST DEAD: Sudesh Kumar was killed and Joginder Paul injured when their scooter was hit by a truck near Lidhran village on the Jalandhar-Kartarpur road on Monday. The injured has been admitted to the local Sacred Heart Hospital. A case has been registered under Sections 279, 427 and 304-A, IPC. In another incident, Meena Kumari (18) of Jattewali village, near here, died at her house. Her clothes caught fire while she was trying to light a stove, according to her father. A case has been registered.

PROTEST RALLY: The PWD Field and Workshop Workers Union Punjab, will hold a protest rally in front of the Public Health Office, Patiala, on March 20, to press for acceptance of their demands. This was stated by the office-bearers of the union, Mr Malagar Singh and Mr Suresh Kumar. They said a deputation would meet the Public Health Minister, the Chief Secretary and the Chief Engineer, Irrigation for the regularisation the 4025 posts of the workers.

CELEBRATED: Shivratri was celebrated here with fervour. Devotees offered prayers at the local Durga temple and received blessings. Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA, Samrala, also participated in the prayers

CRUSHED TO DEATH: A resident, Prakash Chand was crushed to death by an unknown vehicle on Saturday morning while he was crossing a road. He was an activist of the ruling Congress party.

COMMUNITY KITCHEN: A community kitchen was organised by workers of Kharar Textile Mills, Kharar, here on Wednesday in connection with Shivaratri celebrations. Mr R.L. Puri, General Manager of the mill, and other officers enjoyed food along with workers.

EXPELLED: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has expelled Mr Bhag Singh, a member of the district grievances committee and Mr Shankar Das, an activist from Payal area, from the primary membership of the party for their alleged anti-party activities. Mr Gurdial Chand, secretary of the state BSP, said indiscipline and anti-party activities would not be tolerated and stern action would be taken against erring partymen.

DAIRY CAMP: A dairy camp was organised at Pakhowal village recently under the guidance of Mr Devi Dass, Deputy Director, Dairy Development Department, Punjab. Farmers were advised to improve the breed of milch cattle and to adopt modern methods in taking care of a pregnant and lactating buffalo. They were also advised to arrange green fodder for the cattle throughout the year.

PAU FEST: The Department of Business Management of Punjab Agricultural University and the Management Science Association will hold ‘Anjuman-2002’, an inter-college festival, on March 16. Events like rangoli, brain tax, treasure hunt, press conference and infusion would be organised. The festival would be a learning experience in event management for students, said members of the staff.

STUDENTS’ RALLY: Demanding a check on traders engaged in the manufacture and sale of shahtoosh shawls, students from various colleges participated in a rally organised by the Wildlife Trust of India here on Wednesday. The rally was flagged off by Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, from Punjab Technical College of Education, Badowal. Raman Viz, fashion designer, Jeewanjit Singh, maker of the first superbike of India, Rohit Sharma, international cyclist, and Micky, motor cross champion were among others participated in the rally.

SUICIDE: Malwinder Singh of Dhandiwal village allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance on Tuesday. A family dispute was said to be the reason behind the suicide. A case has been registered under Section 306, IPC.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Ravi Das Club, Kup Kalan village: president - Mr Dalip Singh; vice-president - Mr Lachhman Singh; general secretary - Mr Sukhwinder Singh; and treasurer - Mr Lachhman Singh.

RAIDED: The Baghapurana police on Wednesday raided the house of a former Block Development Officer, Mr Mohinder Singh, in Gholiakalan village of the district and seized 20 bottles of illicit liquor. Mr Mohinder Singh has been arrested. In another raid conducted on Tuesday at the house of Pritam Singh in Manuke village, 25 kg of poppy was seized. A case has been registered.

KILLED: A person was killed and three were injured when the car in which they were travelling collided head-on with a tanker, about 40 km from here, on Tuesday. The injured were admitted to a nearby hospital. A case has been registered.

SEMINAR HELD: The local K.C. Public School organised a seminar on "safeguarding childhood" on Wednesday. Dr Naresh Kumar, SSP, presided over the seminar. Mr K.C. Sharma, Principal of the school, Mr Sandeep, Ms Amardeep, both teachers, and Dilpreet Kaur, student, delivered lectures.

DISTRIBUTED: The local Lions Club (city) organised a function at Government High School, Kot Ranjna, 6 km from here, on Wednesday. Sports kits were distributed among students. Mr Karnail Singh, NRI, presided over the function, said Mr Iqbal Singh, president of the club.

CONDEMNED: Mr Kamaljit, senior Bahujan Samaj Morcha leader and municipal councillor, in a press note issued here on Wednesday has criticised the decision of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to issue directions to panchayats and municipal councils to return the unspent amount of grants disbursed by the SAD-BJP government. The decision is totally undemocratic and would halt the pace of development in the state, he added.

REPRESENTATION: Lieut-Col Jernail Singh (retired) and Capt Darshan Singh Majhoor (retired), president and vice-president, respectively, of the Exservicemen Cell (PPCC), Nawanshahr district, in a press note have urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to give representation to the district in the Council of Ministers.

ACCORDED: The local Congress MLA and former Punjab Minister, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, on Tuesday was accorded a warm welcome organised by various voluntary bodies. The organisers, led by Dr Narinderjit Singh and Dr J.S. Virk, president and vice-president of the Citizen Rights Forum, presented a memento to Mr Mann. Addressing the gathering, Mr Mann announced a schedule for completing various development projects.

PROTEST DHARNA: Several Akali workers staged a dharna before the police station at Kandiala Manjaki village in Phillaur subdivision on Wednesday to protest against the discriminatory attitude of the police. Agitators blocked vehicular traffic for a few hours.

AWARDED: Dr Ajay Jindal of the local Civil Hospital has been awarded fellowship by the Indian Academy of Echocardiography at the world congress of echocardiography held at New Delhi.

HEART CAMP: A heart camp will be organised by the local Prem Goyal Memorial Trust at Maha Kali Devi Temple on March 17. This was stated by Mr Dinesh Goyal, chairman of the trust, here on Wednesday. Dr Manmohan Singh, DM (cardiology), Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, would examine the patients while Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, would inaugurate the camp, he added.

TARKSHEEL SOCIETY: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Longowal unit of the Tarksheel Society: president — Mr Balbir Chand; vice-president — Mr Ranjit Singh; secretary — Mr Kamaljit Singh; finance secretary — Mr Gurwinder Singh; and propaganda secretary — Mr Kuldip Singh.

HONOURED: The local Society for Peace organised a function on Tuesday. Swaran Singh Bhangu, Punjabi writer from Germany, was honoured on the occasion. Mr Jasbir Singh, former Punjab minister, presented a “shawl” and memento to the writer. Raghbir Singh "Sirjana", Punjabi writer, released a book of stories titled "Alaf Laila" authored by Swaran Singh Bhangu.



PROBLEMS TOLD: The Residents Welfare Society, Sector 46, has alleged that the private sanitation contractor and his personnel have not been sweeping internal roads for the last two months. The society issued a statement in the name of its general secretary R.K. Goyal after a meeting of its office-bearers to condemn private sanitation arrangement. Stray dogs were causing problems to the people as they had not been removed by the municipal corporation and electricity on the V-5 roads was not functional, the statement said. Moreover, the community Centre in the sector does not have any library and indoor games making it only a banquet hall. The society appealed to the Mayor and the area councillor to redress their grievances at the earliest.

FOUNDATION STONE: The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, will lay the foundation stone of Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) office at Sector 2, Panchkula, on Thursday. The CM will also lay the foundation stone of training camp office building of the Live stock Development Board at Sector 2.

MISSION-2012: The district administration is launching mission “2012 Power For All Public Awareness Campaign on Energy Reforms in Power Sector”. The DC on Wednesday appealed to the people to get their unauthorised load regularised, tampered with or faulty meters under voluntary disclosure scheme and conserve electricity.

TALK ON CYBER CRIMES: Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal, SP Operations, Chandigarh police, delivered a talk on Cyber crimes and Prevention thereof at a seminar for bank functionaries at the State Bank of India’s staff training centre at Panchkula. The officers of rank of DGM’s, AGM’s and branch heads of all branches at Panchkula, Chandigarh, SAS Nagar besides training officers from Lucknow, Patna, Mumbai, Bhopal, Hyderabad and Bengal circles participated. 



DEMAND: The Haryana Dry Cleaners and Dyers Association has demanded that service tax of five per cent as proposed in the Budget should not be imposed. General secretary of the association Anil Gupta said the tax would have a negative impact on them. “About 80 per cent of the dry cleaners are self employed. No government has ever thought of giving any concessions and now there is a proposal for service tax. Also, the washing machines and detergents have done damage to the trade and there could not be any revision of rates,” a release said.

TWO INJURED: Two persons sustained injuries after a truck collided with a bus on Delhi-Amritsar highway on Wednesday morning. The incident took place in Ambala city when a truck heading towards Punjab hit a bus which was going from Ambala city to Yamuna Nagar. While the bus overturned, the truck rammed into a nearby subway. A case has been registered

TRAINING CAMP: The state executive of the Haryana Valmiki Mahasabha has decided to hold a state-level training programme at Kurukshetra. Mr Som Nath said the three-day training camp will be held from March 22 to 24. He said that training camp will be inaugurated by state unit president Banarsi Dass and chief guest will be Banta Ram. He said that 10 trainees each from the different Assembly segments will be trained at the camp, a release said.

JUDICIAL REMAND: Yoginder, who allegedly kidnapped and brutally murdered a four and a half-year-old boy, was remanded in judicial custody till March 26. A resident of Dehra Dun,the accused had kidnapped Hemant Mehta on March 8 from here and later murdered him. He was arrested by the police under Sections 302 and 364 of the IPC.

CYCLIST KILLED: A cyclist was killed in a road accident. According to the police, a youth Sanjiv was going on his bicycle last evening on the bypass road when he was hit by a truck. He died on the spot. The truck driver was arrested by the police under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC.



The legendary temple at Kathgarh

The Shiva Temple at Kathgarh, near Pathankot has many legends woven around it. The temple has a large “Shivaling”, which is vertically split in two parts. The distance between two parts keeps increasing and decreasing from time to time. The larger portion is worshipped as Lord Shiva and second one as his consort, Parvati.

One of the myths dates this pillar to the time Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma were engaged in battle to decide supremacy.

Lord Shiva intervened in the shape of a fire pillar and made the warring gods see reason, and so “dharma” was restored. It is believed that this is the same fire pillar.

Another legend in Ramayana tells that king Bharat, the brother of Lord Rama, would often travel to Kashmir to visit his grandparents and on the way stop at Kathgarh to pay obeisance to Shiva at this pillar.

Tradition avers that the temple was set up after the Greek invaders stopped there. The statue is about size of a human above the floor, and it seems that same length is buried under the floor.

It may have been one of the statues of Apollo, which Alexander is described to have raised and worshipped on high platforms to mark the spot from where he retreated.

In addition to this raised platform on which the temple is situated, there are several remains of huge foundations scattered in the bed of the torrent and its bank encircling similar mounds.

There are two approaches to the temple one is from Indora, near Pathankot, and other from Mirthal village on the Pathankot-Jalandhar highway. From Mirthal village it is about 4 km to the temple.

Students make robots

The students of Bathinda’s Polytechnic have added another feather to their cap by developing a technique called Robot Interplay in which two robots interact just as human beings.

The two groups of students who developed the robots separately — the new creation in unique in itself, claimed Mr Kuldeep Singh, lecturer in the institution, whose inspiration made it possible.

Mr Kuldeep Singh stated that the stationary robot was made by Avinash Kumar, Jagtar Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Rajneesh Kumar, Rupinder Singh, while the mobile robot was made by Honey Arora, Manav Sharma, Naresh Kumar, Neeraj Singla and Sunil Kumar.

The robot developed by the students could be used in industries when heavy parts are to be moved which might be difficult for human beings to do.

The stationary robot could pick tools or other items and pass it on to the mobile robot which would transport it.

The students said the mechanical and electronic aspects of the robot had been kept simple so that a balance could be kept between its weight and the force needed. The mobile robot is driven by two slow-speed motors manufactured in Bathinda.

Mr Kuldeep Singh said the robot had been developed for a low payloads. However a bigger version could be modified for heavy duty goods. It could be used for loading goods on trains or ships.

He said it could be used in the assembly line of big factories like car, tractor or other such vehicle manufacturing industries. It was the sixth successful robot developed by the students of this institution.

A baby with a difference

Savitri, a resident of Bholi village near Kumarhatti, is bringing up a baby female monkey, Sita. It is like her own child and she cannot think of living without her.

A year ago their dog had brought Sita from the forest and since then the monkey has been part of the family.

Sita, who has learnt to drink milk through a glass, in her younger days used to be breast-fed by a migrant woman.

Savitri, whose husband works in the Forest Department, has immense love for animals and her family also includes three dogs. The photo shows Sita playing with one of the two pups.

Sadly one member of her family — a rabbit — died about two months ago. Sita is treated with affection and even cattle, goats and buffaloes have developed affection for her.

During the nights, Sita sleeps on the back of the buffalo and rides on the goat whenever she accompanies the cattle for grazing.

Contributed by Ravi Bhushan Puri, Jaswinder Paul Singh and Jagmeet Singh. 


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