Thursday, July 25, 2002,
Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • Monkeys thrive on motorists’ largesse
  • Student does Abohar proud
  • A neglected belt of Himachal

MEDICAL CAMP: As many as 374 patients were examined by Dr Rishi Narang, Dr Atul Gupta; Dr Pratima Watts, Dr Dyal Singh Sran and Dr Manoj Watts at a medical camp organised by the Bharatiya Vikas Parishad at Khuyiansarwer village near here on Tuesday. Former sarpanch Kuldip Singh of Daultapura village was the chief guest.

SAPLING PLANTATION: Dr B.C. Josan, Principal, and members of the Bharatiya Vikas Parishad planted 100 saplings on the premises of DAV College here on Tuesday. Mr Praveen Chawla, president of the organisation said 1000 saplings would be planted despite the delay in the arrival of the monsoon.

APPOINTED: Mr Sunil Kumar Siyag has been appointed the general secretary of the state unit of the NSUI. This was stated by the president of the state unit of the NSUI, Mr Vipin Bhati, in a press note issued here on Wednesday.

GURU PURNIMA: The Yog Vedant Seva Samiti organised a ‘prabhat pheri’ to celebrate guru purnima here on Wednesday. The procession passed through the main roads of Abohar. Fruit, milk and biscuits were distributed among patients of the local civil hospital. Similar functions were organised by the RSS at Nihalkhera.

POPPY HUSK SEIZED: Continuing its campaign against narcotics and other anti-social activities the police on Tuesday intercepted a jeep coming from Rajasthan near Chak Radhewala village and seized 88 kg of poppy husk, packed in nine bags. A case has been registered against Lakhwinder Singh and Sheera both residents of Mahalkalan village in the Baghapurana area. Meanwhile three persons were on Tuesday remanded in judicial custody. They were arrested on Sunday for allegedly running the ‘satta’ trade.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office bearers of the Guru Nanak Dev University Officers Association: president — Mr Baljit Singh Sekhon; vice-president - Mr Balwinder Singh; secretary — Mr Balkar Singh Sandhu and joint secretary - Mr Kewa Singh. Ms Gurpreet Dhillon, Mr Dhanpreet Singh Dhingra, Mr J S Gandhi, Mr S S Agnihotri, Dr H P Singh and Mr Joga Singh will be members of the executive.

CONDEMNED: Condemning police excesses on employees, especially women, of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana, recently, Ms Vimla Dang, a former MLA and patron of the Punjab Istri Sabha on Tuesday demanded a judicial probe and action against the accused police officials.

ELECTION: Elections to the Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers’ Association will be held on July 30. The elections will be held under the supervision of Dr Bikram Singh Ghuman, Dean, Academic affairs, Prof Kashmir Singh, Department of Laws has been appointed as returning officer for university campus while Dr Surjit Singh, Director, Computer Centre and Dr Aziz Abas will be the returning officers of the Jalandhar campus and the Gurdaspur campus , respectively.

SECURITY SOUGHT: Prof Baljinder Singh, a lecturer in Khalsa College who was assaulted recently by five miscreants has written to the SSP, the IG, the DGP and the Chief Minister seeking their intervention in registering an FIR against Mr M.S. Dhillon, Principal, Khalsa College, who he alleged was instrumental in the attack on him.

WHISKY SEIZED: As many as 210 cans of whisky, meant for sale in the Chandigarh only, were seized from a tractor-trailer by the district police on Monday during a naka at Ram Tirath. The naka was jointly laid by the district police and the Excise Department.

LECTURE ORGANISED: The local unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad ( BVP) organised a lecture on ‘Role of women in nation building’ at B.R. Bawa DAV College for Girls, on Monday. The lecture was among a series of functions organised by the B.V.P to commemorate the foundation of the parishad. Mrs V. Watni, Principal of the college was the chairperson, Miss V Neerja, IPS was the guest of honour and Mrs Luxmi Kanta Chawla, an ex-MLA was the chief guest.

PANEL SET UP: As per the instruction of Mr Ashwani Sekhri, state Minister for Industry, Cultural and Tourism, Mr Kasturi Lal Seth, President, city Congress Committee, on Monday set up an Advisory Committee and the Political Advisory Committee. Press Advisory Committee consists of Mr Naval Malhotra, Mr Anoop Khullar, Mr Inderjit Anmol, Mr Avta r Singh, Mr Varinder Sharma and Mr Ajay Mahajan and the Political Advisory Committee has Mr Shakti Mahajan, Mr Chander Mohan Vij, Mr Ravinder Soni, Mr Yash Guru Ram Dass, Mr Kuldeep Kahlon and Mr Harinder Singh as its members.

GUNMAN HELD: The district Vigilance Bureau picked up Sukhdev Singh, gunman of Mr Sucha Singh Langah, former PWD Minister, who was missing since April 19 when a case under the corruption Act was registered against the former minister, here on Monday.

CONVENTION: At a convention of the District Shiromani Shri Guru Ravi Das Sabha held here on Monday, Mr Gurmail Ram Jhim, president of the sabha, announced the formation of Dr Ambedkar Brigade to check atrocities on Dalits. Mr Jhim said it would also launch a campaign against drug abuse and other social evils.

YOGA CAMP: The Vishva Yoga Sansthan would hold a “yog-sadhna” camp on Sunday from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir School on the Chandigarh road. According to a press note issued by the sansthan here on Wednesday, eminent cardiologists would enlighten participants about ways to prevent heart attacks and suggest yogic remedies for heart problems.

HOMAGE: Homage was paid to Swami Ram Tirath in a function held at the Shri Ved mandir in Daresi grounds. Speaking on the occasion Swami Nigambodh Tirath said that Swami Ram Tirath preached spirituality to people after renouncing all worldly desires. He said that by following religion, one can aspire for an all-round development in personality.

APPEAL: The All-India Senior Citizens Organisation has appealed to all the members of the Rajya Sabha to expedite the passage of the bill seeking various welfare measures and providing facilities with dignity, peace and security to the elderly and aged people. In a letter addressed to all MPs, the general secretary of the organisation, Mr Rattan Lal Pambi, said the bill had been presented in the Rajya Sabha by Dr Karan Singh on November 11, 2000. Although all the members had assured their support to the bill still it has not been passed in the RS. Mr Pambi said it would provide great relief to the aged and the elderly. 

INVESTMENT FAIR: A two-day investment fair is being organised by the Thukral Image Creators (TIC) here from July 26 in the main hall of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange. The fair will focus on various types of investments and create awareness among the prospective investors. The Director of the TIC said on Wednesday the fair would also include lectures on various aspects and scope of investments. In order to create awareness and share the knowledge about the products in which investor can invest their money and secure their future a number of prominent speakers will be addressing the visitors. Main participants in the fair include the Punjab and Sind Bank, HDFC Bank, Prudential ICICI Mutual fund, IDBI Principal Mutual Fund, Brila Sunlife Assets Management (Birla Mutual Fund), Cholamandalam Mutual Fund, SBI Mutual Fund, ING-Vysya Life Insurance, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, Way 2 Health, Thukral Investment Consultant and many others from finance companies and credit card companies.

FOUR HURT: Four persons were seriously injured when their jeep met with an accident near Kot Isa Khen village, 13 km from here, on Tuesday. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital.

ELECTION: The election of the local Bar Association, on Tuesday took an interesting turn, when Mr Rajinder Tarnach, advocate, withdraw from election at the last moment. According to the Returning Officer, Mr K.K. Gulati, there will now be direct contest for the post of president between Mr Surjit Rana, advocate and Mr Ravinder Thakur, advocate on July 27.



CAMP: The Zila Sainik Welfare Office, Chandigarh Administration, and the Medicare Diagnostic Centre, Sector 22, will organise a free diabetes detection camp for defence personnel and their families at MI Room, Sainik Rest House, Sector 21-D, on Thursday. All ex-servicemen and their families can avail of the opportunity.

RESIDENTS’ PROBLEMS: A meeting of all non-government organisations, residents welfare associations and senior citizens was held under the chairmanship of Superintendent of Police, Ms Charu Bali, on Wednesday. Residents raised the subjects of stray cattle, congress grass menace, jhuggis coming up on vacant land, underweight gas cylinders etc.

HONOUR FOR WRITERS: Twenty litterateurs will be honoured for their creative writings by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, on July 27 at Haryana Nivas. The Chief Minister will also release 10 new publications of the Haryana Sahitya Akademi on the occasion.



SCIENCE EXHIBITION: A science exhibition and a declaration contest were held at S.A. Jain Senior Model School, here. The Principal, Dr Anima Jain, said sapling plantation was carried out by the chief guest, Ms Sunita Gautam, president, Bal Vikas Parishad. She said the science exhibition would continue for two days. The topic of the declaration contest was “Cyber crime”. Mani Aggarwal stood first and Naveep Kaur Mann second in the contest. 

CAMP FOR SCOUTS: A four-day national-level camp of Bharat Scout and Guide will be organised at S.A. Jain Senior Secondary School, Ambala City from Thursday. Around 500 President awardee scouts and guides from various states will participate in it. The camp Commandant, Mr Muni Lal Bansal, said scouts and guides from Bihar, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka Maharashtra, West Bengal and Haryana had already reached there. Meanwhile, one of the organisers complained that the district authorities had not made any security arrangements at the camp. He said there was also acute shortage of water. 

DROWNED: Two persons, an old man and a boy, were drowned in a pond in Ajrana Kalan village, about 20 km from here, the police said on Wednesday. Babu Ram, who tried to rescue the drowning boy, Monty on Tuesday night, could neither save boy nor himself, they added.



RECRUITMENT RALLY: A special Army recruitment rally will be organised on August 12 at Kamti, Nagpur for the recruitment of jawans from hill areas. According to a spokesman of the Public Relations wing of the Defence Ministry, youths between the age group of 16 and 21 years can attend the rally.

CONSTRUCTION: The state government will spend Rs 3 crore on the construction of the Darnoo-Triund road via Chola and Kajlot. This was stated by the Himachal Transport Minister, Mr Kishan Kapoor. He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating a Rs 10 lakh Sanjhi Van yojna.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office bearers of the Jaisinghpur Union of Journalists: president — Mr Ajay Sharma; vice-president — Mr Pushpa Raj Dogra; general secretary — Mr Kalyan Jaggi and treasurer — Mr Parveen Mishra.

RESERVATION SOUGHT: The Himachal Pradesh Kranti Parishad has urged the Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, to grant at least 35 per cent reservation to the economically backward upper castes. Mr Nand Lal Sharma, the state president of the parishad, in a statement issued here on Monday said that the upper castes had been deprived of reservation as well as subsidised loans facility.

STATEMENT FLAYED: Mr Pratap Shukla, member of the Zila Parishad, has criticised the statement of Mr Chander Kumar, sitting Congress MLA from the Guler Assembly constituency of Kangra district, in which he had termed the proposed reorganisation of districts as a conspiracy to split Kangra district. He said the Chief Minister had proposed carving out new districts as administration in 34 Assembly segments was being run by nine Deputy Commissioners whereas in the remaining 34 segments only three Deputy Commissioners had been entrusted the same task.



Monkeys thrive on motorists’ largesse

Have the state government’s efforts to persuade motorists on the Kalka-Shimla national highway against offering eatables to monkeys succeeded? No is the answer. The practice is going on as before, with even more dedication. Signboards asking motorists to avoid feeding monkeys put up by the government on the highway between Parwanoo and Dharampur, the portion of the highway most frequented by monkeys, have failed to yield any result so far due to religious sentiments attached to the practice.

The state government’s decision to put up signboards was taken to reduce traffic hazards on the highway as the simian hordes often swarmed the highway in search of eatables. The offering of eatables, particularly by tourists, has affected the monkeys to such an extent they have virtual developed a habit of collecting on the highway. These creatures can be seen waiting on the highway from dawn to dusk.

Their dependence on eatables has adversely affected their health, as most of them now look fragile and weak. A close observation has showed that their health has deteriorated which could be gauged from their behaviour. Interestingly, large and powerful monkeys — constituting a small percentage — often get the major share of the eatables thrown.

This correspondent saw some monkeys along the highway that seem to be affected by disease. However, on the other hand, an unprecedented increase in the simian population has become a cause of concern. In the past the monkey menace had become a headache for the people who were finding it hard to get rid of the problem. Outdoor and as well as indoor raids by simians have reached alarming proportions in the region and in some area the farmers feel virtually helpless when they attack crops.

The most affected are vegetable growers whose crops are being destroyed en masse by the monkeys. But a surprising fallout is the monkeys who throng the highway never attack or destroy the crops in the fields as the eatables thrown by visitors kept hunger away. The best way to get rid of monkeys and to save the fields, is to feed monkeys on other roads too, quipped a Ranger in Solan forest division.

Student does Abohar proud

Two laurels in a fortnight, that is what Abhinav Sidana (19) can boast of. Equally jubilant are teachers of the Army School, Fazilka. An old student of the school, Mr Neeraj Jhamb, was decorated with a rare IAF Medal at the NDA passing out parade on May 13. Abhinav excelled in CBSE plus two exam, securing 90 per cent marks in total and 96 per cent in PCB (Physics, Chemistry, Biology). On June 4 he was placed at the second position in the PMET, in which more than three lakh students had appeared. On June 10th result of the medical science test conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was declared. Only 34 seats were earmarked in open category and Abhinav got the first position. Never before has any boy from Abohar topped this prestigious test.

Abhinav draws inspiration from his mother, Neelam, a teacher of Assumption Convent School, Abohar. She was instrumental in developing in him a taste for poetical recitation and acting. Up to standard X he was keen to become an engineer but his uncle, Dr A.R. Talwar, inspired him to join the Army School and to opt for the medical group.

It is surprising that Abhinav had not joined any private academy or coaching centre to prepare for the PMET or the AIIMS test. His guide was Dr G.P. Bansal, a skin specialist who had been providing free coaching to brilliant students for many years. He would spare two hours daily from his busy schedule for six months to help prepare the lad for such tests. Abhinav was also coached by lecturers of the local DAV College. His dedication and concentration as well as determination to complete the work assigned to him in less than the prescribed time had been his motto.

Son of a physician, Dr Ramesh Sidana, he now wants to become neuro-surgeon as there was hardly any specialist in this field in the region but cases were on the rise due to polluted water, and increasing tension. In his opinion he can serve the humanity in a better way by opting for this specialisation.

A neglected belt of Himachal

Banjaal belt is one of the most rugged and hill terrains of Churah sub-division in Chamba district. One can travel only by jeep on a pot-holed road passing through the rough terrain, 10 km from Salooni, to reach this area. The road is in a state of neglect these days as landslips block it after a spell of rain. The belt is deprived of modern facilities. The roads, which are the lifeline of this backward and far-flung corner of Chamba district, are incomplete even 54 years after Independence. No one has tried to improve the lot of the residents so far.

The area comprises 100 villages. The main villages which fall within a radius of 10 km are Banjaal, Tikroo, Bhanawal, Jalaie, Galh, Ghar, Dole, Hatela, Salar, Atalu, Padhar, Luhani, Ladwan, Khadaar, Kharoti and Bachani. There is neither a medical facility for the local people nor any veterinary facility for their livestock. The residents of this belt have to suffer in silence if they fall down from narrow paths of the steep hills due to the absence of medical facilities. There is no senior secondary school in this area — only a high school at Tikroo. The students have to walk 10 km daily either to Salooni or Sundla for senior secondary education.

The state government had a plan to link Banjaal with Salooni by a road but the plan was shelved. There is a dearth of transport and telecommunication services.

Though the soil is fertile but the residents cannot market their produce like fruits and off-season vegetables without transport. Heavy landslides have washed away the cultivable land at certain points of Banjaal while a hillock has started sinking. From the tourism point of view, the area has a lake, Saral, situated at an altitude of about 1950 metres. The lake can be a tourist draw. It can be connected by road and developed to attract tourists from within and outside the state.

Contributed by Jagmeet Singh, Raj Sadosh, Balkrishan Prashar.


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