Thursday, March 21, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • A monument of neglect
  • A multi-splendoured artiste
  • Punjab’s first “designer school”

CAR STOLEN: A Maruti van belonging to Mr Brij Bedi, president of citizens’ Forum and husband of super cop Kiran Bedi, was reportedly stolen by some miscreants late on Monday night. The van was stolen from outside the house. A case has been registered.

LOANS DISTRIBUTED: Loans worth Rs 2.43 crore pertaining to bank’s various schemes like housing and personal loans were distributed by Mr Rajindra Kakkar, Chief General Manager of the bank, at the loan disbursement function here on Tuesday.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following were elected office-bearers of the PSEB Stenographer’s Union on Tuesday. Mr Narinder Singh — president; Mr Satnam Singh — general secretary; Mr Gurdial Singh Scolia — adviser, Mr Bal Krishan — publicity secretary, and Mr Prem Chand — finance secretary.

INAUGURATED: Mr Brij Mohan Kapur, Mayor, on Tuesday inaugurated the work of laying premix on the metalled roads at Krishna Nagar locality here. He also listened to the problems of the residents of the area.

FOUR HELD: The police arrested four persons under the Gambling Act and has recovered Rs 700 from their possession on Tuesday. An official press note issued here said those arrested had been identified as Mahesh Kumar, Raj Kumar, Mangat Ram and Hari Darshan, all residents of the city.

FATAL BURNS: Neeru Chopra (26) of Nehru Nagar locality succumbed to her burn injuries at the local Civil Hospital on Tuesday. In her dying declaration, Neeru had stated that she had sustained the burns accidently while lighting the stove. The deceased was the wife of a fruit merchant and is survived by three minor children.

SUICIDE: Jagtar Singh (50), a farmer of Bannawala village, 30 km from here, allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poison. He was admitted to the local Civil Hospital in a critical condition and died after a short while.

LIFE IMPRISONMENT: The District and Sessions Judge, Mr K.K. Garg, on Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to undertrial Sukhjinder Singh for murdering Surjit Singh. According to an FIR lodged in 1997 with the Dhariwal police station by Sukhjinder Singh, a resident of Sidhwan village had accused Surjit Singh of stealing a cock from his poultry farm. As per the FIR the victim was done to death with a sharp-edged weapon.

CONSUMERS FUNCTION: The District Food and Civil Supply Department, Hoshiarpur, organised a function to make consumers aware of their rights. Mr Vivek Partap Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur, presided over the function on Tuesday. Representatives of various social organisations, prominent citizens and consumers participated.

SHOBHA YATRA: A big shobha yatra of Shiva Lingam of “Saphetic Manni” (jewel), to be installed at Kuttstheshwar Mahadev temple at Sukhi Choei Ashram, was taken out by devotees of Brahmlin Swami Kuttstheshwrananda in the main bazar of the city here on Wednesday. Thousands of disciples and devotees of Brahmlin Swami, including saints from all over the country, participated. Langers of sweets and fruits was served.

BANNED: As a preventive measure against the outbreak of diarrhoea and other diseases in the district, Deputy Commissioner K. Shiva Prasad has imposed a ban on the sale of all uncovered eatables, including fruit, ice and uncertified mineral water. This was stated in a press note issued here on Wednesday.

AWARENESS CAMP: An eye-cum-environment awareness camp in memory of former Akal Takht Jathedar Sadhu Singh Bhaura will be organised on March 24 and 31 at Akal Eye Hospital here. This was stated by Dr Balbir Singh Bhaura, chief eye surgeon of the hospital, here on Wednesday.

BODY FOUND: The police on Wednesday found the body of Jaswant Singh from the fields near Meeru village under Nakodar police station. A report said that the victim had been murdered allegedly with sharp-edged weapons. On the complaint of relatives of the deceased, a murder case has been registered against Pavitar Singh of the same village.

EYE OPERATION CAMP: The 41st free eye camp by Dr B.L.Kapoor Memorial Hospital will be organised on Sunday at Shiv Mandir Noorwala Road, Kanija village . Dr T.S.Cheema, Medical Superintendent, of the hospital in a press note said that Eye Specialist Dr R.Danial and Dr Chaterjee, former professor in Christian Medical College and Hospital will examine the patients. Free operations will be done at Kapoor Memorial Hospital and free medicines provided to the patients.

MEDICAL CAMP: A medical camp will be organised by Bhai Ghanya Ji Sewa Sanstha,(Hebowal Khurd) at Golden Avenue near the office of Golf Link Colony, Hambran Road on Sunday. The camp will include dental, eye and medical checkup. General medicines will be given free to patients. Blood groups also will be checked according to a press note.

‘DISSOLVE GRIEVANCE COMMITTEES’: With the coming in of new state government, traders and industrialists are demanding dissolution of existing district level grievances committees. According to Anil Suraj, vice president Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, these committees have been constituted while ignoring the norms laid down by the government and in most of these committees, the business community has not been given due representation.

LOK ADALAT: Judges, who are members of the Moga Bar Association, and other officers of the local courts in a meeting chaired by the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr J.S. Chawla, on Wednesday discussed about the proposed Lok Adalat to be held here on April 20. The District Sessions Judge, Mr A.N. Jindal, has directed the managers of the banks to submit their cases pertaining to bank loans by March 27th to the court so that the same could be settled in the Lok Adalat.

MOTOR CYCLE STOLEN: A motor cycle belonging to the Gurmeet Singh, parked in front of the Kaura Nursing Home on GT Road, was stolen on Tuesday evening. According to information available, some unidentified persons drove it away from there after unlocking it. A case has been registered.

SOILED NOTES: The Reserve Bank of India has directed all nationalised banks in Punjab to replace the soiled currency notes being circulated in the state. According to reports, currency notes of the denominations of Re 1 to Rs 10 valued at lakhs of rupees, which are at present in circulation are not being accepted by the banks.

SENTENCED: Mr Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, Additional District and Sessions Judge, has convicted and sentenced Liyaqat Ali and Amarjit to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 500 each under Sections 302 of the IPC for murdering Harish Kumar of Banga in October, 2000.

TEACHER’S SORE: The teachers working in the Government middle schools of the district are sore over the non-payment of their salaries for the past couple of months. A deputation of teachers led by Mr Bhupinder Singh Warraich, district president of the Democratic Teachers Front, met the District Education Officer, Mr Ujjagar Singh Mahi, in this connection, who assured to take up the matter with the higher authorities.

INSTRUCTIONS: Mr Ashok Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, in a press note issued on Monday stated that as per the instructions of the state government the district officials had been asked to remain in their offices to hear the grievances of the general public on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The officials would be required to visit the villages every Tuesday and Thursday. The complaints received would be sent to the officials concerned who in turn were to send their report within 15 days, the DC added.

ART EXHIBITION: The local Ralla Mal Bhucher DAV Centenary Public School organised “Srijan” an exhibition displaying art and craft works prepared by the school children, here on Wednesday. Ms Guriqbal Kaur, wife of Mr Parkash Singh, MLA, inaugurated it and presided over the prize distribution function. The students who have excelled in different activities were awarded on the occasion, informed Ms Indira Singla, the school principal.

ROTARY CLUB: Mr Harminder Singh, district governor, Rotary Club, paid a visit here on Sunday to take stock of the construction work of the Rotary Bhavan. He lauded the efforts of the club for making the social service projects in the area a success.

MUNICIPAL BUDGET: The Sujanpur and Dinanagar municipal councils have passed budgets of Rs 2.30 crore and Rs 2.10 crore, respectively, for 2002-2003. Mr Vinay Mahajan, president of the Sujanpur municipal council, said adequate funds would be provided for the construction of a children park, a bus stand, a community hall and the development of a Dalit basti.

MEDICAL CAMP: A medical check-up camp was organised at Banilodhi village near here on Tuesday by the local Rotary Club. Mr Ashneel Makkar, chairman of the project, said more than 600 patients were examined and given medicines free of cost.

APPOINTED: Mr Rakesh Dhiman, resident of the B-Tank road here, has been appointed the general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress (PPYC). This was stated in a press note issued by the president of the PPYC, Mr Devinder Singh Babu.

CLUBS ON DECLINE: A deputation of the Patiala Aviation Club Workers Union headed by its president, Mr Balinder Kumar Sharma, met the Chief Minister, Mr Amarinder Singh, on Wednesday and presented a memorandum to him apprising him of problems being faced by employees of the four flying clubs here. The Chief Minister was also briefed about the deteriorating conditions of the flying clubs in the city. The Chief Minister assured the deputation that he would look into the matter on priority basis.

NEW IGP: Dr P. M. Das belonging to the 1978 batch of the IPS assumed the charge of Inspector-General of Police, Indian Reserve Battalions, here on Wednesday. Mr Das was earlier posted as the Inspector-General of Police, Railways.

OFFICE-BEARERS: A meeting of the Patiala Chemists Association was held here on Wednesday. Mr Surjit Mehta and Mr Gurinder Singh were elected the president and the general secretary of the association respectively.

AWARD FOR DC: Sai Model High School here has decided to honour Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, former Deputy Commissioner of Patiala, and his wife, Ms Ravinder Kaur Bir, in recognition of the commendable work done by Mr Bir for the development of Patiala. The Principal of the school, Ms R.K. Modgil, will present the Sai Raj Kirpa Award to them.

SHOWS TO CONTINUE: The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) here, after staging more than 25 shows of its musical play “Daire” in several districts of the state, has decided to continue with the shows to coincide with the World Theatre Day, falling on March 27. Director of the play Pran Sabharwal said the statewide success of his production has inspired him to stage more shows.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: A blood donation camp was organised at the State College of Education in collaboration with Punjab National Bank here on Wednesday. The principal of the college, Mr Kanwarjit Singh, said more than 90 students and several bank officials donated blood. An exhibition of posters and slogans was also organised at the camp.

MUNICIPAL BUDGET: At a meeting held here on Monday the local Nagar Council adopted a Budget of Rs 10.41 crore. The term of the council is expiring on Tuesday. As per the break-up, Rs 628 lakh would be spent on the development of the town, Rs 365 lakh on establishment and Rs 48 lakh on contingency.

HEALTH CAMP: As many as 150 patients were examined by Dr Manmohan Singh, a cardiologist from Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, at a free heart check-up camp on Sunday. The camp was organised by the Prem Goyal Memorial Trust at the local Mata Kali Devi temple, said Mr Dinesh Goyal, chairman of the trust.

THEFT: A resident of the town, Mintoo, today allegedly stole Rs 15,000 and six tolas of gold jewellery from the house of Mr Satish Kumar Jhamb, Principal of the local Government Senior Secondary School. Mintoo also allegedly hit Mr Jhamb's mother with an iron rod. Meanwhile, a car belonging to Mr Gurjinder Singh of Gumtala village was stolen in Goindwal, near Amritsar.

MINOR RAPED: A fifteen-year-old girl was raped by two youths from Tejasingh Wala village. According to the police, the accused have been identified as Balkar Singh and Satnam Singh. A case under Section 376 of the IPC has been registered.



ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Panjab University Stenographers’ Association: Chairman — Mr J.R. Dhiman; vice-chairman — Mr Dwarka Nath; secretary — Mr Shiv Sharma; joint secretary — Mr S.K. Bhandari and treasurer — Mr Bikram Singh.



DHARNA HELD: The Ambala Democratic Citizens Council held a dharna at the tehsil office on Wednesday to press for their demands. The council, through a memorandum, has demanded that 43 colonies, which have been declared illegal, should be immediately legalised since municipal councillors are elected from those areas. They said plans of the houses had been passed and house tax was being levied on them. They demanded that ban on registration should be immediately lifted. Also, the system of NOC should be either stopped or Ambala Sadar residents given ownership rights of the land, they said.

NEW LIBRARY: Mr Abhay Singh Chautala, president, Haryana Olympic Association, will inaugurate Ch Devi Lal Library at Subhash Park in Ambala Cantonment on March 25. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mahender Kumar, said Rs 2.5 lakh had been spent on its construction. He said it would benefit people visiting the park daily.

MINISTER’S VISIT: The Minister of State for Social Welfare, Mr Rasal Singh, will visit the Mulana Assembly constituency on March 22 and 23. He will also visit around half a dozen villages and hear the grievances of people. He is scheduled to inaugurate a school building at Ugala.

TEAM VISITS HOUSE: A team of geologists visited a house located in Ambala Cantonment on Wednesday after a portion of floor of the house was found to be warm. The team headed by a senior geologist also went to a nearby tubewell from which warm water was flowing. Residents of the house had apparently informed the Geological Survey of India officials after they noticed that a portion of the floor was warm. The geologists are not ruling out the possibility of faulty wiring leading to the warming up of the floor. Also, a sample of the tubewell water had been taken to find out its chemical content.

YOUTH BOOKED: A youth was booked by the police for allegedly trying to liquidate a woman by forcibly pouring acid in her mouth. The police has registered a case under Section 307 of the IPC. Ms Usha Rani, a married woman had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Raj Kumar, alias Raju, a resident of the local Harnam colony caught hold of her and forcibly poured acid in her mouth.

SUICIDE: A youth allegedly committed suicide after consuming poison. 21-yr-old Pappu, a resident of chhoti line, consumed poison here on Tuesday and was shifted in critical position to the Civil Hospital where he died. The reason of his consuming poison has not been known yet. The police handed over his body to the relatives of the deceased after the post-mortem examination.



YUVA VIKAS CAMP: A five-day-long Yuva Vikas camp concluded at Bijheri in the district on Tuesday evening. The camp was organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra, Hamirpur, in cooperation with the local people. Mr Amarjit, a member of the zila parishad called upon the youth to shun the use of intoxicants and thereby save the society from its wrath.

SIX HELD: The Nahan police has arrested six persons for gambling, from a small flour mill near the Delhi gate, here on Tuesday and seized Rs 10,290 as gambling money from them. According to the police, the persons were allegedly caught red-handed and have been bailed out.

RATION MONEY: The Himachal Pradesh Police Service Officers Welfare Association, at a meeting held at Shimla on Sunday, thanked the government for its decision to grant “ration money” to police personnel upto the rank of DSP. However, in view of the current financial crunch, the association requested the government to restrict the allowance up to the rank of Inspectors, said ASP Sundar Lal, president of the association, while talking with mediapersons.



A monument of neglect

Priceless models of ancient art and architecture have either been lost or are on the brink of extinction. An ancient monument — the residence of Naharia Nawab — situated at Nahar village in Rewari district has turned rickety owing to its age.

This building was built to serve as the residence of Nawab, who used to tour the village for three days every four months and used to stay there. A swimming pool — 50 feet long and 27 feet wide — lies to the north of this palatial building and was used by the Nawab and the officials accompanying him. Besides being residence of the Nawab, a part of this building was used as a primary school before 1947. The tehsil office was housed in this building after Independence. This building had served as a land revenue office after the transfer of the tehsil office to Kosli. Nowadays this building is used as a rest house.

This beautiful building — 125 feet long and 90 feet wide — has a 30 ft wide cemented courtyard around it. There used to be a garden to the south which has been wiped out by the ravages of time. To the west, Naharia Nawab’s Fort still stands radiating glory. Every wall of this double-storey residence is seven to eight feet wide.

Undoubtedly, this vintage piece of architecture has suffered extensive damage at various places and had been declared abandoned many years ago. A portion of its roof has caved in. It is high time the administration renovates and preserves this monument.

A multi-splendoured artiste

God has gifted talents to everyone. One such person is bhangra artiste Harjit Singh Bedi. He had been associated with cultural activities for 41 years. He had participated in the Republic Day celebrations at Delhi as many as 16 times.

In 1957, Harjit Singh was inspired by Manohar Deepak, the eminent dancer, while he was studying at Government College, Mukhetsar. In 1961 while studying in DAV College, he got a “college colour” from President Rajendra Prasad. Hailing from Sakhowal village in Batala tehsil of Gurdaspur district, he is the son of late Kartar Singh Bedi, a famous social worker.

Harjit Singh has a string of degrees — he has done MA in Punjabi and Economics, LLB as well as diploma in business management from Punjab Agricultural University.

At present he is Assistant Commissioner of Customs and Central Excise, Amritsar, and in the course of his service has seen many cities such as Chennai, Kolkata, Shimla, Kulu, Srinagar and several towns in Punjab. He won the Delhi Prerna Award in 1988 and an award for developmental and cultural activities was conferred on him, in 1993, by the Sahheed Memorial Society. Besides, in 1993 he won the Mohinder Singh Dagori Memorial Award for bhangra, Prof Mohan Singh memorial Mela award the next year. For the past 10 years he has been chairman of the Sobha Singh Memorial Foundation, Shrihargobindpur (Gurdaspur). He is a writer and author of the book “Kavya Sangrah, Andhra The Door”. This book is related to women and children.

Harjit Singh likes to help backward and poor people. He has inspired youth to take to creativity.

Punjab’s first “designer school”

The first “designer school” of Punjab, coming up at Jalandhar is expected to start functioning from the next academic session. Being set up at a cost of Rs 30 crore, Ambika Modern School is spread over 10 acres near the Sports and Surgical Complex on Kapurthala Road. It is going to be a unique school in more ways than one. Its students will not only be mere puppets in the name of maintaining certain outdated standards but will be treated as individuals in their own right. Apart from modern teaching methods and facilities, the school ensures that education is child-oriented, enjoyable and conducted within an environment where student is treated alike.

Along with the academic curriculum, the students will be shown how to cope with real-life situations in difficult circumstances. Without a perception about the real world and without imbibing the qualities needed to face different situations, a child will be a misfit in society. For this, the students will be taken to various office settings, manufacturing units and corporate sectors etc to actually view the way people harmonise their energies together. All these experiences will put forward the immense advantages of teamwork and how these are applied to real life. The school will also provide regular opportunities to interact with nature and eminent people from various walks of life to ensure a comprehensive development of a child.

Mr Ved Vyas, the Director (Educational Projects), has had 40 years of experience in educational research and development at higher level in school education at Modern School, New Delhi. Education will be imparted through the latest technologies like Computer Assisted Learning (CAL), use of Internet and Multimedia. There will be a computer laboratory and science laboratories covering physics, chemistry, biology and home science. All the labs will be equipped with the state-of-art technology. For the primary classes, there will be special “playway” method of teaching.

The school will have classes from Nursery to Class VI, to begin with, and then, will be extended up to the higher secondary. The first academic session commences in April next year.

Contributed by Satyavir Naharia, Sarbjeet Sakhowalia and A.S. Prashar


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