Thursday, August 8, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • A school that caters to the poor
  • Price for fighting forest mafia
  • Rath yatra against terrorism

NEW COURSE: Guru Nanak Dev University will introduce a new bachelor level course on insurance and risk management from the next academic session under the Faculty of Economics and Business. Students with 40 per cent marks in the plus two examination in any stream will be eligible for the course.

NOMINATED: The Punjab Governor, Lt Gen JFR Jacob(retd) in his capacity as Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University has nominated Mr Balbir Singh, MP (Jalandhar), Mr Inderjit Randhawa ( Dharoowali), Mr Raghunandan Lal Bhatia, MP (Amritsar), as members of the Syndicate. Mr Harjinder Singh Thekedaar, MLA(Amritsar), Mr Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, MLA(Qadian) and Mr Rana Gurjit Singh, MLA (Kapurthala) have been appointed Senate members.

FOUNDATION STONE: Mr Jagjit Singh, Minister for Local Bodies, Labour Employment and Parliamentary Affairs, will lay the foundation stone of teacher’s flats on the Guru Nanak Dev University campus. Meanwhile the Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.P. Singh, will unfurl the National Flag on Independence Day. Mr Kuldip Nayyar and Justice Rajinder Sachar will grace the occasion.

DHARNA: The state unit of INTUC has decided to stage a dharna in front of the office of the Commissioner, Ferozepore division, in protest against the anti-labour policies of the government. The proposed dharna is scheduled for August 12. This was unanimously decided at a meeting of INTUC held here on Monday.

POWER THEFT: The PSEB in its drive against the theft of power raided various housing colonies here on Monday and imposed more than Rs 2 lakh as fine for taking direct supply from power lines of the board. The raids were jointly conducted by PSEB employees of the Batala subdivision and PSEB officials from Patiala.

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED: The District Transport Department, has launched a campaign against those transporters who are plying buses unauthorisedly in the district. Mr Harminder Singh, District Transport Officer told mediapersons here on Tuesday that seven tourist buses had been impounded whereas 30 buses had been challaned during the campaign. A fine of Rs 1 lakh had been realised from the owners.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: A blood donation camp was organised at the Punjab Institute of Computer Technology ( PICT) by the Indian Medical Association Blood Bank with the cooperation of Director Principal Mr Narinder Singh Dadwal and Miss Parminder Saini, Central Manager of the institute here on Tuesday. As many as 10 students donated blood.

CASE REGISTERED: On the complaint of Tarsem Singh Budhowal, the Dasuya police has registered a case under Sections 420, 465, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC against Mohinder Singh Saini, branch manager, Verma Mahajan, deputy branch manager, Sukhwinder Singh, assistant branch manager, Neelam Kumari Sharma, head cashier and Santosh Kumari , Dafatri of the State Bank of Patiala, Dasuya branch on Monday. In his complaint Tarsem Singh stated that his brother-in-law Devinder Singh of Rehlan village had an account in the said bank He went to the bank to get entries of the said account made in the pass book of Devinder Singh. On seeing the passbook he found that three withdrawals of Rs 25,000 each were fake. He brought the matter in the notice of the authorities concerned who failed to give a satisfactory reply.

PM CRITICISED: The Bhagwan Parshuram Brahmin Sabha has criticised the Prime Minister’s decision of cancelling the allotment of petrol pumps which, it thought, would affect the electoral chances of the BJP at the next hustings. Mr Krishan Rai Sharma, president of the sabha, said in a press note here on Wednesday that the descent raised by Ms Uma Bharti on the issue was a laudable step. He further said the Prime Minister should quit the BJP in the interest of the party.

SHOBHA YATRA: Shri Sanatan Dharam Mahotsav Committee would take out a shobha yatra on August 29, said Mr Madan Lal Chopra, chairman of the committee. The main attractions of the shobha yatra, which would commence from the Daresi grounds, would be the tableaux depicting ‘Makhan Leela’ of Lord Krishna as a boy and the chariot of the Lord, added Mr Chopra.

PROGRAMME: The Christian Medical College (CMC) will organise a dental health education programme for sarpanches and panches of Ludhiana on Friday. The participants will be told about the latest dental treatment facilities, prevention and strategies available, so that they can spread dental awareness in their respective villages. Ill-effects of the use of tobacco products will also be highlighted. The participants will be taught the correct method of tooth brushing, benefits of ‘datun’. 

CONFERENCE: The Indian Veterinary Association will organise a three-day Indian Veterinary Conference and National Seminar on ‘Biological threat and disaster management and role of veterinarians’ in the Pal Auditorium of Punjab Agricultural University from Friday. Dr K.S. Sharma, president of the association, said the conference would be attended by over 500 delegates from all over India. He said Mr Ajit Singh, Agriculture Minister, Punjab, would inaugurate the conference. Mr Tej Prakash Singh, Transport Minister, Punjab, would be the guest of honour on the second day while Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, would preside over at animal farmers’ meet.

TRAINING PROGRAMME: A five-day training programme for farm women was organised by the Department of Home Science Extension Education under the National Agricultural Technology Project on ‘Empowerment of women in agriculture’ at Regional Research Station, Ballowal Saunkhri. The programme was attended by farm women from Thopia, Takrala, Adoana, Majowal, Chandianee Khurd, Saroya and other villages. Dr G.S. Nanda, Director (Research), PAU, was the chief guest. Dr S.S. Grewal, Director of the station praised the women for attending the programme.

SEMINAR: A seminar on Punjabi poetry books ‘Bol Mitti Deya Bavyia’ and ‘Agan Katha’, written by Gurbhajan Singh of PAU Communication Centre, will be held on Saturday in the Punjabi Bhavan. Mr Manoj Preet, a representative of the Preet Sahit Sadan, said Dr Sukhminder Singh Randhawa and Dr Gurcharan Singh Mohey would read papers on the books. Prof Niranjan Tasneem, winner of the Bharatiya Sahit Academy Award, would preside over the function. Mr Ajaib Singh Chitrakar, reputed artist and poet, will be the guest of honour.

DONATED: Ms Maneka Gandhi, Chairperson of the People for Animals, has sent a cheque of Rs 2,26,000 to People for Animals, Ludhiana, for construction of Jeev Kalyan Kendra and Bhagwan Mahavir Abhayshala (veterinary hospital and shelter for animals and birds), according to a PFA press release here on Wednesday.

POSTPONED: The 24th annual function of the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA), scheduled to be held on Sunday, has been postponed. The new date would be announced later. According to Mr V. K. Goyal, general secretary of the association, the function had been postponed due to a change in the programme of the Governor, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob. He regretted the inconvenience caused to public due to the change in the programme.

PROTEST RALLY: The Ludhiana chapter of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ union (PCCTU) will hold in .G.N. Khalsa for Boys, here, at 11 am, said Prof Parminder Singh, the district president of the PCCTU. The rally is being organised in protest against the notification regarding the pension cum gratuity scheme issued by the state government. The teachers are of the view that this notification would deprive them of provident fund, the facility of computation of pension and the provision of family pension.

LECTURE: Muni Alok delivered a lecture on ‘discipline’ at Terapanth Bhavan in the Bagwali gali,. He said with the help of discipline, a nation could be led to progress. Lack of discipline was main the cause of all ills in society, he said. Muni Alok added that if people develop tolerance and compassion they could find God in this world. For a better life, every individual should rise above one self, develop forgiveness and cultivate good values, he said.

MEDICAL CAMP: A medical camp would be organised by Bhai Ghanayaji Seva Ashram on Saturday in Kaind village. The camp would be organised in a school and be operational from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. said bhai Kartar Singh Garib, convener of sanstha. An eye surgeon, Dr Ramesh Mansura, would conduct free eye check-ups and perform cataract operations. Dr Narender Tur, a pediatrician, would examine children.

SHORTAGE: Resentment prevails among residents over the acute shortage of revenue stamps of the denomination of Re 1. Taking advantage of the situation they alleged that certain unscrupulous persons were selling these at a premium.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested Hardial Singh, and Baldev Singh and recovered six quintals and 20 kg of poppyheads from them. This was stated by the police on Wednesday.

RELIEF SOUGHT: Ms Amarjit Kaur, a former Vice-Chairperson of the Naushehra Pannuana block samiti, has demanded compensation for farm labourers of the state keeping in view the drought-like situation.



TOPPERS: Madhu Bala of Raja Ram Mohan Roy Institute has topped in the Nursery Teachers’ Training Course for 2000-02 by scoring 863 out of the 950 marks, while Seema Gulati and Kamini Rawat have been jointly declared second, scoring 855 marks. The third place in UT was bagged by Seema Pur, who scored 831 marks.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been appointed as the office-bearers of BJP Ward No 8, District No 2, Chandigarh. president —Dr Des Raj Kayasth; general secretary — Ramesh Mahajan; vice presidents — Usha Kiran, Shashi Sethi and Arun Gupta; secretaries — Neelam Sharma, Jagdish Bahtt, Naresh Arora and Shiv Kumar Bedi; treasurer — Kulwant Rai Dhawan; executive members — Karam Chand Verma, Nirmal Rana, Ganga Singh Negi, Kamaljit Singh, Dharma Singh Thakur, Arun Sharma, Kishori Lal, Inder Pal Singh, Vinod Kumar Satya Narayan Bansal, Ravinder Uppal, Ashok Mittal, Vijay Singh, Manohar Lal Khurana, Pathak, Sham Lal, Rajinder Kumar Nayyar, Ram Parsad, Nari Kesh Patward, Dr Rakesh Madaan, Manohar Lal Khurana, Pardeep Kumar Puri, Jitender Kumar, Surjit Singh, Dr R.S. Kandari, Sat Pal, Prem Chand, Ashok Kumar and Kulwinder Singh.



LAND IDENTIFIED: A piece of land has been identified in four areas for dairies which are going to be shifted out of Ambala City as well as Ambala Cantonment. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.D. Gautam, said the dairies of Ambala Cantonment would be shifted out to Ugada and Bada, while the dairies in Ambala City would be shifted to Jandli and Kanwla, according to a press note. He said 11.06 acre land had been acquired at Ugada, while 9.06 acre had been identified at Bada. Various facilities would be provided in these areas, including vet hospital, water, power, roads and shops for animal feed.

PLEA: The Executive Engineer (OP) Division, UHBVN, Ambala Cantonment, has sought the cooperation of the residents. The XEN, Mr R.K. Gupta, said delayed monsoon had caused a drop in power production which had led to the shortage of power in the state. He appealed to the consumers to cooperate till such time there is no improvement in the power production.

FIRE IN SHOP: A fire broke out in a shop located in Ambala Sadar on Tuesday night. Fire-engines rushed to the spot. Goods kept in the shop located in Chiddi Maar Mohalla were damaged. There are no reports of any casualties. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

INAUGURATED: The Postal Department has accorded the status of the Head Post Office to the local sub Post Office. The Divisional Superintendent of the Postal Department, Mr S.B. Malhotra formally inaugurated the post office on Wednesday. He added that the local Head Post Office would be computerised soon along with other post offices situated in district headquarters. The Post Master, Fatehabad, Mr D.R. Bhatia, former Post Master, Mr Manphool Singh were present on the occasion.

STRIKE: Students of the College of Veterinary Sciences, HAU, went on a strike and locked the college on Tuesday. They were demanding that the eligibility criteria for the VLDA course should not be changed. The students held a procession and gave a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner to be sent to the government. On the assurance of Dean, A.P. Singh the students agreed to open the college but threatened to go on an indefinite strike if their demand was not met.



REMANDED: The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr S.L. Sharma on Monday remanded Bhupinder Singh, and Parveen Kumar, in judicial custody till August 19. Earlier these were in the police remand first for seven days and then for four days in connection with the murder of Vishal Panwar on July 12.

RESTRICTED: The Himachal Government has restricted officers from accompanying ministers during their tour to avoid inconvenience to public. A government spokesman said here on Tuesday that only officers of the departments concerned and those whose presence was specifically asked for during the tours and meetings conducted by the ministers would accompany them.

RESIGNATION SOUGHT: Mr Madan Gopal, president, Shimla district unit of the Samajwadi Party, has demanded the resignation of Dr Suraj Bhan, Governor, Mr P.K. Dhumal, Chief Minister, and Mr Narinder Bragta, Horticulture Minister, whose names figure among the beneficiaries of the patrol stations and LPG agencies allotment scam. He also demanded the immediate resignation of Mr Ram Naik, Union Petroleum Minister, on moral grounds.



A school that caters to the poor

Every year on July 31 the Feast of St Iqnatius is held which is a memorable event for the people of Ropar as it coincides with the annual day celebration of Loyola School, meant to bring hope and cheer to the rural population.

The gathering held this year attracted people of different creeds, who sat together singing bhajans and listening to verses from Guru Granth Sahib, Bhagvad Gita, Koran and the Bible. They all stressed the need to work together to get rid of the communal divide.

Tiny-tots were encouraged by great applause from the audience for their cultural items. Loyola School, a Punjabi medium school that teaches English from the primary level, offers education to the children of the villages at an affordable fee of Rs 50 per month. Poor and deserving students are sponsored by generous individuals and schools. St Stephen’s School, which never lags behind anywhere, has come forward by offering Rs 44,000, whose annual interest itself would provide two scholarships to two children every year. Even the rickshaw-pullers’ association, headed by Mr Mohinder Pal sponsored one scholarship (see photo). So far nine scholarships have been established.

It is interesting to note that Loyola School is making its influence felt for the education of the children of villages in this district. As many as 46 balwadis, recognised and supported by the state government, prepare hundreds of mistery children for regular schools. It is also preparing a batch of school drop-outs for the Standard V board exam.

Father Thomas Anchanickal, the Vicar-General of the Shimla-Chandigarh Diocese, who distributed scholarships to deserving students and shields of appreciation to well-wishers, stressing the need of neighbourly love, said, the neighbours house should be “our place of worship”.

Father Joe Kalathil, the first Chancellor of Jalandhar Diocese, said man was responsible for many social evils and these could be eradicated with proper motivation and guidance.

Price for fighting forest mafia

A young forest officer, who had just joined the IFS, faced the wrath of the militants when he ensured the transport of 70,000 wooden sleepers to different sale depots. This was in 1994 when militants from Jammu and Kashmir used to sneak into the Pangi-Bharmour border area and disrupt the movement of timber.

The young man was Raghuvir Singh Banyal, now Divisional Forest Officer of Rajgarh in Sirmaur district, HP’s second biggest forest division with 26,000 hectares of forest cover. Banyal, who is proud of his achievement in declaring a war against the timber mafia, has till now closed down and seized at least two dozen sawmills and has set his eyes on another 300 sawmills. A few days back this forest officer had gone to Brar village to close down a sawmill but its owner, Khajan Singh, wanted to scare him away by getting him into a heated row and then attacking him. But he proved wiser and pulled out a wheel of the sawmill and carried it to his office.

Mr Banyal’s office and residence in Rajgarh have become centres for dharnas and protests. If everything goes this way then there might soon be a threat to him and his family. But Mr S.P. Rohalta, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Rajgarh division, is giving him security cover.

According to authentic sources, there are about 2,000 illegal sawmills operating in HP. One can imagine how much of wood these sawmills must be obviously cutting illegally.

However for his wife, Santosh, his work is no big deal for her. On asked about his relentless crusade, she said: “It must be news for you but for me its daily routine. But the results of all this has always been bitter for the family because instead of being rewarded, he is transferred every year, sometimes twice in a year. I have already packed half the luggage because I am anticipating another transfer within the next month.”

Rath yatra against terrorism

The President of the Haryana unit of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, Dr Viresh Shandilya, is upbeat after having undertaken a Rath Yatra against terrorism to the Valley.

Dr Viresh Shandilya, who undertook the Rath Yatra against terrorism, last month is hopeful that this will help in motivating people. “Our main objective is to begin a crusade against terrorism which is claiming innocent lives that world over and particularly in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

Accompanied by a number of AIATF activists the Rath Yatra was flagged off from Ambala by the family members of Major Amit Ahuja and Captain Atul Somra, who had made the supreme sacrifice for the nation. The Rath Yatra then proceeded for Delhi from where it began its journey to the Valley.

Among other places, the Rath Yatra against terrorism passed through Narela, Kundli, Sonepat, Gannaur, Panipat, Gohana, Rohtak, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Ambala Cantt and Ambala City, Lalru, Dera Bassi, Chandigarh, Mandi Gobindgarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Pathankot before entering the Valley.

Dr Shandilya said the people were enthused by the Rath Yatra. “This Rath Yatra will generate awareness and bring the people together to fight against terrorism. Similar efforts will go a long way in removing fear among the populace,” he said.

The ‘Rath’ for the journey carried photographs of freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru, Sukhdev, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel and Jhansi Ki Rani. Also slogans like “Desh Ki Raksha Karna Seekho, Jeena Hai To Marna Seekho”.

Contributed by TNS, Ravi Bali and Rahul Das


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