Thursday, August 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


  • A dream come true for villagers
  • Kangra students get top positions
  • Eco-friendly shopping bag

PUBLICATIONS: Guru Nanak Dev University has brought out three publications ‘Sikh Concept of the Divine”, “Sikh Phalsafe Di Roop Rekha”, both edited by Punjabi writer Prof Pritam Singh, and “Sanskrit Ke Parmukh Natak” by Dr Vandana Shukla. The present volume of “Sikh Concept of the Divine” contains research papers by 14 scholars.

SUICIDE: Rajinder Kumar (20), a resident of a colony situated on Amrik Singh Road here, committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan on Tuesday. Civil Hospital sources said he had been facing economic hardship. The police has registered a case.

MONEY SNATCHED: Two scooter-borne youths snatched a bag containing Rs 1 lakh from an employee of a petrol station at Davida Arhana village while he was going to deposit the same in a bank, the police said on Tuesday. After snatching the bag from Sohan Singh, they fired in the air and escaped. The police has registered a case.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the District Ropar Gymnastics Association: president — Mr Rajinder Singh: vice-presidents — Mr B.S. Mander, Mr B.S. Cheema and Prof Rajwant Singh; general secretary — Dr Bhupinder Singh Ghuman and treasurer — Dr Surjit Singh.

MEETING: Stressing on the need to develop proper counselling among the students to give them timely guidance regarding the choice of profession, parents of Everest Public Senior Secondary School held a meeting with school staff and management on Wednesday. Parents put forth the problems faced by their wards in finding a suitable avenue. Dr M.K. Tewari, Professor of Punjab Agricultural University, emphasised on the need of regular assessment of the child to know his skills and interest before guiding him for a prospective career. Mr Rajinder Sharma, Principal, assured that such programmes would be held regularly in the school.

TOPPER: Varun Wadhwa, a student of ABC Tutorials, has topped among Ludhiana students in CA intermediate examinations conducted this year. He has secured 75 per cent marks and stood 30th at the all-India level. Nine other students of the institute have qualified the test with good ranks. These include Abhishek Gupta, Munish Jindal, Jaspal Singh, Gaurav Sharma, Ashish Maheshwari, Kuldeep Suneja, Alka Chauhan, Amit Gupta and Kuldeep Mishra.

DRUG DE-ADDICTION: several local social organisations joined hands to organise a drug de-addiction camp here at Shri Ram Mandir Dharamshala under the patronage of Param Sant Shankra Nand. As many as 124 addicts got ayurvedic treatment for de-addiction at the camp.

BARSI: A function in connection with the 51st ‘barsi’ of Swami Chanan Ram Brahmchari started at Dehlon, about 20 km from here, on Wednesday, with an ‘akhand paath’. The ‘bhog’ ceremony of the ‘paath’ will be held on Friday. A ‘bhandara’ will also be arranged.

SPURIOUS FERTILISERS SEIZED: Mr Gurpreet Singh Chahal, Naib Tehsildar, accompanied by Mr Sukhchain Singh, SHO, and Mr Gurvinder Singh, Assistant Agriculture Development Officer, Jhunir, seized spurious fertilisers from the premises of a fertiliser dealer. The raiding party visited the shop of Dev Raj and Sons, a fertilizer dealer at Jhunir on Wednesday and found 11 packets of zinc sulphate, each weighing 10 kg and 20 bags of magnese sulphate. During the raid, Ashok Kumar, proprietor of the shop managed to escape.

BOY RETURNS HOME: Mr Yadvinder Singh, a class 9th student, who was kidnapped three days back, has returned home safely. He had been kidnapped by two sadhus at Mansa railway station while he was on his way to school.

TWO DEAD: Two persons died while digging a tubewell at village Dhalewan in the district on Tuesday. Bhola Singh and Sardara Singh were digging the tubewell of Raj Singh when it caved in. They were buried under the earth.

MEDICAL CAMP: A free medical check-up camp was organised in Sadhoheri village, 15 km from here. More than 400 patients, were examined by a team of doctors comprising Dr Amarjit Singh Sawhney, heart specialist, Dr Parwinder Kaur, gynaecologist and other specialists. Free EGC & labortary test facilities were provided for the needy patients and medicine were also distributed free of cost to the poor patients.

PCR MOBILE LAUNCHED: The DIG Jalandhar Range, Mr Rohit Chaudhary, launched a well-equipped, ultra-modern mobile Police Control Room (PCR) in Phagwara on Wednesday by flagging off eleven motor cycle teams. This will help in giving a professional approach to urban policing and further prevent crime. As many as 72 policemen have been trained for this purpose and Phagwara has been divided into 10 beats with a new Police Control Room on Banga Road with telephone Nos 100 and 65320, stated the SSP Kapurthala, Mr R.N. Dhoke.

CAUGHT SANS TICKET: As many as 475 travellers in 19 trains were caught travelling sans ticket by the checking staff between Amritsar and Ludhiana on Tuesday. A fine of Rs 68,400 was realised from them.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Blood Donors Welfare Club, Samrala: president — Mr Rajesh Kumar Singla; vice-president — Mr Navroop Dhaliwal; general secretary — Mr Surjit Vishad; and cashier — Mr Parminder Singh. Congratulating the office-bearers, Dr J.P. Singh, SMO, Samrala, said more than 55 donors had already donated blood to the needy persons.

CANINE MENACE: The people of the city and surrounding villages are facing hardships due to stray dogs. In a meeting of prominent citizens of the city, Mr Kuldeep Khullar and Mr G.S. Prince, social workers, urged the Executive Officer of the Nagar Council, Mr V.K. Mehta, to launch a campaign to kill stray dogs to check this menace.

STAMP VENDORS: There are five posts of stamp vendors in the Samrala courts, but only two of them come to the courts regularly causing inconvenience to the public. Mr Narinder Kumar Nanda, president of the Deed Writers Association, and Mr Jaswant Singh Kolar, general secretary of the association, have urged the SDM, Samrala, Mr Jaspal Singh Jassi, to cancel the licenses of the stamp vendors who do not come to the courts regularly.



DISCOURSE: Applauding the role of the Jagran-Bharti Charitable Trust, Swami Balyogi Maharaj, at a discourse in Dhanas Milk Colony here on Wednesday, said that the trust was working for prosperity of the world. He said that the desire for material possessions was responsible for unrest among mankind. He added that the trust was associating with all persons engaged in social work and uplifting mankind, working to remind mankind of their duties towards society.

PORTAL ARCHITECTURE: The SPIC Microsoft Centre of Excellence, under the aegis of the Department of Information Technology, Chandigarh, will organise a seminar on portal architecture on August 3 at Punjab Engineering College here. The seminar will be addressed by a hi-tech team of Infosys Technologies Limited comprising Mr Narinder Pal Singh, Mr Amarjeet Singh and Mr Abhishek. There will be a talk on the emerging opportunities in the field of information technology in India vis-à-vis the USA followed by a date with experts and an interactive open house. 

RELAY FAST: The relay fast by members of the Haryana Karamchari Mahasangh entered the 16th day on Wednesday. The protest was led by Mr Ishwar Singh Saini, president of the Harijan Kalyan Nigam. They are protesting against the retrenchment move initiated by the government in various government offices. 



SAPLINGS PLANTED: Around 800 saplings were planted in DAV Public School Ambala city, during vanamahotsva week. The Regional Director of DAV Public Schools, Mr R.K. Chauhan, Manager of the School, Mr R.K. Sehgal and the Principal, Ms, Reena Nagrath, also planted the saplings. The students planted the sapling in the DAV College ground. Many ornamental saplings were also planted.

DEMAND: A former minister and senior Congress leader Nirmal Singh has urged the state government to invite leaders of various unions for dialogue on the HMITC lockout issue. In a statement, he said the government should not overlook the geniune demands of the employees since they were also a part of state machinery. He said there might be any compulsion before the government to lockout certain corporation but the employees of the affected corporation should be taken into confidence before taking any harsh decision. He urged that the employees of the HMITC should be accommodated in some other government department.

PLAY STAGED: A play on Shaheed Udham Singh was staged at Gandhi Memorial National College, Ambala Cantonment, on Wednesday night. The play was enacted by Punjab Natak Academy. A Haryana minister, Mr Risal Singh, was the chief guest. Among others, MLA Anil Vij, Mr Dhanpat Singh, ADC Neelam Kasni, Umrao Singh Shergill, Mr Surjit Singh Sondha and SDM M.K. Ahuja were present on the occasion.

COMPLAINT: A number of women residing in Dalipgarh area went to the Babyal power house to complain about erratic power supply on Wednesday. The women said their area was not getting regular power supply due to some fault in the transformer. The women met the power officials at the power house. The officials assured the women that faulty transformer would be repaired. They said the complaint would be looked into and prompt action will be taken.

FUNCTION: The prize distribution function of the District Badminton Championship was held at War Heroes Memorial Stadium, Ambala Cantonment. The Commissioner, Ambala division, Mr Maha Singh, was the chief guest at the function held yesterday evening. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Maha Singh, said sports play a major role to help ease stress. While competitions bring out the best in a sportsperson, it develops a healthy competitive spirit.

ACCIDENT: Ramesh of Puranpura village sustained serious injuries in an accident that occurred near Dhana village. The victim was admitted to the Civil Hospital here. He lost one leg when he slipped while trying to board a moving train.

TWO DROWNED: Two men lost their lives when they were drowned in a canal in Saniana village, about 35 km from here, the police said on Wednesday. They said that Ajay Soni and his brother-in-law Pankaj had gone to bathe in the canal on Tuesday when the latter slipped and cried for help. To save him, Ajay jumped in the canal, but failed to rescue his relative and got drowned too, the police added.

POLICY OPPOSED: The Haryana Government Master Cadre Association (HGMCA) has opposed the new rationalisation policy of the Haryana Government, due to which, lecturers, masters, classical and vernacular teachers as well as JBT teachers have become surplus the SGMCA district president, Mr Krishan Dutt said that implementing the students teacher ratio of 60:1 against the Central Government ratio 35:1 a large number of teachers belonging to different categories would become surplus.

NEW SUBSTATION: To mitigate the problems of low voltage and unscheduled power cuts in the UHBVNL has constructed a new 220 KV substation at Jorian village, 50 km from here. This newly constructed 220 kv substation was energised on July 25 and the HVPNL 66 kv substation, Ladwa, has been connected with this new substation through the existing line.




A dream come true for villagers

It was a dream come true for the residents of Manhera Jattan village as well as the surrounding villages, when the rural mobile vehicles scheme was introduced in the district for the first time. The people of the area had gathered in large numbers to watch the rural mobile vehicles (RMV) equipped with computerised system.

Mr Vikas Paratap, Deputy Commissioner, who inaugurated the scheme, said to serve those people living in remote rural areas who had not yet got liquefied petroleum gas cylinders, they had provided this facility at the door-step. Thus residents of the surrounding villages would get the LPG gas at central rates ensuring proper quantity and quality, whereas earlier they had to depend on private suppliers, who used to supply cylinders that were at higher rates as well as under-weight.

A team from the micro-bottling plant of Bharat Gas would visit the village twice a day and the cylinders would and be filled on the spot. he said this scheme had been introduced in this area all rural areas of the district would be covered. They would request the company to allot a permanent micro bottling plant exclusively for the district.

Mr P.V. Kumar, the area marketing manager, said by this rural marketing scheme gas cylinders would be supplied at the doorstep of the rural people at controlled rates. A micro bottling plant could fill a maximum of 400 cylinders per day. Consumers were assured of correct weight and quality and thus get full value for their money. The RMVs were equipped with computerised systems that could detect even the minutest of leaks. Besides, consumers could also avail of the facility of new connections at minimal rates, with no over-charging and nor mandatory sale of hotplates.

Consumers have another additional benefit of receiving training on various safety operating practices of LPG as well as conservation techniques. This project had been initiated due to the Deputy Commissioner’s keen interest and the company had also identified other locations in the district. These places would also be covered later.

Mr Pritpal Singh, sarpanch of the village, and other sarpanches said this scheme was a noble one and now village residents could easily avail of the LPG facility. There were very few in the areas, who had the advantage of cooking gas but they had to buy the cylinders at much higher rates from Chandigarh, Sirhind or Mohali.

Kangra students get top positions

MCM DAV College in Kangra has won eight out of the first 10 positions in the first year of the Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) examination conducted by HP University in April. Girls bagged the first three positions.

Mr S.K. Sharma, principal of the college, said his college captured the top five positions as well as positions eight to ten. This was certainly a new record as no other college had so far captured so many positions of merit.

Amita Kumari secured the first position, Aman Kaur second while Jyoti Gularia got the third position securing 853, 852 and 799 marks respectively.

Eco-friendly shopping bag

Eco-Sages, a chapter of the Shimla Amateur Garden and Environment Society, introduced eco-friendly shopping bags last year at the Sages’ annual flower show. It was a small, but meaningful brake on the use of polythene carrybags. It reduces the risk of monkey attacks and reduces environmental pollution.

The bag, designed by Eco-Sages headed by Rama Sharma and coordinator R. Sukumaran, is a strong, compact bag that weighs only 30 gm. It is economically priced and can carry more than 8 kg weight. (see photo).

The bag has a built-in pocket (about 5"x6") and can easily be carried in a jacket pocket or purse. It can last more than five years with careful use. This translates into one ecobag saving roughly 3,500 to 5,000 polythene carrybags, assuming that a housewife uses on an average two carrybags per day.

Eco-Sages got the bags stitched last year through the local sewing centre of the All-India Women's Conference, Shimla, and this year the by Women's Welfare Centre of Police Lines, Kaithu, Shimla. This provided an opportunity to woman trainees to earn money as well.

The public response has been encouraging, with shops on The Mall and Lower Bazaar selling such bags without any commission or consideration.

The environment chapter of Sages is also working on certification of educational institutions where a certificate would be issued to the students for making their school the most pollution free.

Contributed by Surinder Bhardwaj, Ashok Raina and Rama Sharma


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