Thursday, October 3, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • Fazilka TV tower to curb Pak propaganda
  • Baba Banda Singh Memorial at Lohgarh
  • A kraft bazar near Karnal

FLOUR MILL OWNERS: Mr Ved Kant Gogi, president of the local Atta Chakki (flour mill) Owners Union, has urged the district authorities to take action against the mobile “chakkis” as per the direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Mr Gogi claimed in a press note on Tuesday that the high court in an order on August 20 had dismissed the petitions of owners of mobile “chakkis” and the State Transport Commissioner had directed all Regional Transport Officers, District Transport Officers and SSPs to implement the ban on mobile “chakkis”.

ONE INJURED: Satpal, a resident of Rampura town, was injured in a scuffle with owners of a shop at the local Grain Market on Tuesday. Mr Jaswant Rai Bhallo, president, Arhtiya Association, Rampura Phul, said Satpal was allegedly beaten up by owners of the shop when he objected to their overcharging him for bottles of pesticide he wanted to purchase.

: The management of Jai Bajrang Bali Temple at Bhaga Lalari chowk, Purana Bazar, would hold its second annual Bhagwati jagran on Saturday, according to Mr Trilok Chand Bhagat, president of the temple managing committee. A shobha yatra of the holy flame brought from Jwalaji would be taken out from Mata Rani Chowk in the evening. It would pass through Meena Bazar, Partap Bazar and Old Sabzi Mandi areas before reaching the jagran site. The shobha yatra would be flagged off by Mr Prem Mittal, Senior Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation. Mahinder Pal Rangila and party from Jalandhar, Rakesh Bhalla and party from Hoshiarpur, Devi Dass and party from Phagwara and Kumar Sanjiv and party from the Ludhiana would present bhajans at Jagran.

FUNCTION: A function was organised to felicitate the recently retired and newly appointed academic luminaries of Ludhiana and adjoining areas. The function was presided over by Mr Surinder Dawar, Congress MLA from Ludhiana. Principal V.K. Mehta and Principal Kuldip Singh, who retired from Arya College, Ludhiana, and G.G.N. Khalsa College, Ludhiana, respectively, were honoured on the occasion for their services. Principal V.P. Gaur, Principal Indira Bhatia and Principal Varinder Kaur Thind, newly appointed Principals of SCD Government College, Ludhiana, Government College, Karamsar, and Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, respectively, were also honoured on the occasion. Dr Yogesh Mehta, Department of Chemistry of SCD Government College, Ludhiana, Prof Narinder Kumar, Department of Physics of SCD Government College, Ludhiana, Mr S.P. Chhabra, Head, Department of Chemistry, DAV College, Jagraon, and Prof Rajinder Gupta, Head, Department of Hindi, RSD College, Ferozepore, were also honoured. They have recently retired from academic service. Dr Mamta Kohli of Arya College, Ludhiana, was also felicitated on attaining PhD degree in Political Science from Punjabi University, Patiala. Prof Satish Sharma welcomed the guests.

TALK: Dr Rajeev Gupta, psychiatrist, delivered a talk on ‘Medical journalism’ to the faculty members of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) during the Advanced Training Course in Communication and Research Techniques here on Tuesday. Dr Gupta said community health education was the only way of spreading the message of health among masses. He said every hospital should prepare health education material in local language so that patients and members of their families could be told about various diseases.

FAREWELL: Students and faculty members of the Department of History, Arya College, Ludhiana, gave a warm farewell to Prof S.P. Sabharwal, Head of the Department, on Monday on his retirement. Prof Satish Sharma said Mr Sabharwal authored a number of books for graduate and postgraduate students. He provided academic leadership to the young teachers of the college and students, he said. 

FOUNDATION STONE: Baba Sant Tirath Singh laid the foundation stone of the Charitable Bhai Ghanaiya Hospital at Golden Colony recently. A function was organised by the Bhai Ghanyaji Sewa Sanstha on the occasion. Sant Tirath Singh said he would render maximum help for the project. Mr Kartar Singh Garib, convener of the sanstha, said women of block societies rendered ‘path’ of Sukhmani Sahib. The president of the sanstha, Mr Shamsher Singh Sekhon, spoke about activities of the sanstha. A ‘langar’ was served. 

SEMINAR: A seminar on ‘Art of living and freedom from stress’ was organised on Wednesday at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, for volunteers of the NSS. Ms Manjit Gill of the foundation said stress-level among students has gone up in past few years. “High expectations and inability to perform creates stress and it in turn effects personality and behavioural changes among students. To relieve oneself of stress and to develop positive personality, the students should take to yoga and meditation,” he said. Earlier in the morning, rich tributes were paid by students to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bhadur Shastri.

GANDHI JAYANTI: A function was organised at SKN Model School on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. A calligraphy competition was also organised in which 50 students participated. In group A, Sudha and Vanita got the first and the second prize. In group B, Dazy Maggo and shelly got the first and the second prize, respectively. A colourful cultural programme was presented by students and teachers. The students recited poems and songs on this occasion. Mr K.D. Arora urged the students to practise ‘ahimsa’. Shoes and socks were given to poor students. Advocate Dheeraj Sood inaugurated the function.

INTERACTION: Mr Kastura and Mr. John Tan, MD and GM of Pegasus Sewing Machines, interacted with students of the Pinnacle Institute of Design and Technology (PIDT), a leading garment technology institute in Ludhiana, on Tuesday on the PIDT campus. Mr Sameer Aggarwal of PIDT said the institue had been getting support from the technical staff of Pegasus in the form of small workshops and guest lectures for the students.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district Beopar Mandal: president — Mr Surinder Arora; vice-president — Mr Bakhshish Singh Luthra; general secretary — Mr Harmesh Kumar Puri; joint secretary — Mr Rajinder Chopra and treasurer — Mr Sant Ram Sahni.

INSTALLED: Mr Mohinder Pal Singh Khalsa, Mr Manjinder Singh and Mr Vijay Duggal were installed president, secretary and treasurer, respectively, of the Lions Club ( Nawanshahr Gaurav) on Tuesday.

DENTAL CLUB: Lions Club, Banga City Smile, organised a free dental check camp at Government Middle School, Sotran, about 15 km from here, on Tuesday. Mr Baldev Nayyar, district Chairman, Lions Club, inaugurated the camp. As many as 165 students were examined.

MOBILISATION DRIVE: Mr Rakesh Nayyar, senior vice-president, DYFI, Punjab, in a press note issued here on Wednesday, said the DYFI would mobilise youths to fight against the ‘anti-youth’ policies of the state government and would pressurise it to ensure education and employment to all.

COMPLAINT: Mr Parmod Chander, a local resident, in a complaint to the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, has accused the ICICI and Aakriti Financial Services, Nawanshahr, of causing harassment by withholding a housing loan payment of Rs 3 lakh, sanctioned on July 18, and has demanded immediate disbursement of the loan along with Rs 50,000 as damages.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Dedicated Brothers Group organised a free medical check-up camp for senior citizens on Gandhi Jayanti at Baradari gardens here on Wednesday. The oldest man of Patiala, Mr Joginder Singh, aged 110, inaugurated the camp. Various medical tests including sugar , blood pressure check-up and weight check-up of senior citizens were conducted free of cost. Free medical advice was also given to the patients. President of the group, Mr Rakesh Vermi thanked the doctors and technicians for rendering their services free of cost.

CELEBRATED: International Day for the Old was celebrated at Bhai Veer Singh Birdh Ghar on Tuesday. Mr Gurinder Singh, member in charge, Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Mr Gurdeep Singh, Mr Manjit Singh, member , local committee of the Chief Khalsa Diwan, Mr Saudugar Singh and others addressed the inmates and asked other NGOs to work for the welfare of the old.

DECIDED: The white paper preparation committee of the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation at a meeting here on Monday decided to acquire the services of farm experts and economists to prepare a white paper on Punjab’s economy.



APPOINTED: Mr Phool Chand, Chairman, Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe Cell, Chandigarh, Territorial Congress Committee ( I) has appointed Mr M.D. Mattoo as the district president ( Rural I ) of the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Cell, CTCC. He also appointed Mr Chander Parkash Rohtgi as district president ( Rural II), Mr Maha Singh as district president ( Rural I) and Master Sawan Lehri as the convener, Youth Wing of the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Cell, CTCC. 

CONDEMNED: The Haryana unit of the All-India Confederation of the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes in a meeting held here on Wednesday has condemned the indifferent attitude of the Haryana government on the issues concerning the community. Mr Karam Singh, state president of the SC/ST organisations forum, said,‘‘ The CM has failed to implement the agreement between the state government and Mr Dalip Singh Bhuria, chairman of the SC/ST Commission signed on November 1, 2000. It was unfortunate that the government has failed to clear the backlog of posts and to recruit the SC/ST candidates on the posts sanctioned for them.’’ He disclosed that a state-level rally would be held at Rohtak on October 5 and in Delhi on November 24 to discuss the issues of the community.

ON MANAGERIAL SKILLS: The career guidance cell of the Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, organised a seminar on “Management as a career” for the college students. The talk, delivered by Mr Harsh Kumar Vijh, a public speaker from Delhi, focused on the origin and role of management, besides skills required by a manager and his life. The seminar was followed by an interactive session with the students.



SEMINAR: The Rotaract Club, Ambala, organised a career guidance seminar at Rukmini Devi hall on Tuesday to mark the completion of 10 years of the club. As many as 200 students from 10 different schools participated in the seminar. SD College Principal, Dr Desh Bandhu and Col R.S. Sharma (retd), explained to the students the opportunities available to them. The president of the Rotary Club, Mr Naresh Bharadwaj, spoke about the different projects and Rotaract President Manish said similar efforts would carried out in future. 

DENTAL CAMP: The NSS team of S. A. Jain College, Ambala City organised a free dental check-up camp at Naya Gaon village near Ambala City here on Wednesday with the assistance of Philadelphia Mission Hospital. The doctors examined as many as 100 patients and also provided them necessary medicines. The Principal of the college, Dr C.L. Singla, was also present on this occasion. The Ambala Cantt Congress Committee has also organised a function to mark Gandhi Jayanti.

INAUGURATED: Mr Chander Pal Singh, chairman of Krishak Bharti Cooperative Limited (KRIBHCO) inaugurated a community centre at Gillankhera village in the district on Wednesday. Exhibitions and a blood donation camp were organised on the occasion.



TRAINED: Nearly 3000 youths from Kangra and Chamba districts were imparted training in different trades under the Central Government sponsored Community Development Scheme which helped 1069 youths, including 444 women, to earn through self-employment.

AGM HELD: The annual general meeting of the HP State Civil Supplies Corporation was held here under the chairmanship of Mr Jai Thakur, vice-chairman. The annual accounts of the corporation were passed and approved, and the corporation achieved a total trading turnover of Rs 391 crore. The corporation also declared 5 per cent dividend amounting to Rs 17.58 lakh, payable to the state government for the year 2001-2002.

CONDEMNED: The Research and Welfare Organisation ( RWO) has condemned the decision of the Himachal Government to scrap the state Human Rights Commission Sanjay Thakur, president, RWO, said the decision was illegal as the state government could not on its own abolish any commission constituted under a Central Act.



Fazilka TV tower to curb Pak propaganda

To counter anti-India propaganda by Pakistan in the Fazilka border belt on television and radio, a high-powered TV tower is being constructed. Construction work had begun in 1996 and is likely to end within six months. This TV tower would be the highest in India.

The necessity of setting up a TV tower at Fazilka was felt since long by the government to meet the challenge of Pakistan’s anti-India cultural invasion which continues unabated. At the start of construction in 1996, it had been decided by the then Rajiv Gandhi Government to complete construction work in two years. However, a financial crunch, non-availability of skilled workers and death of half dozen labourers during construction led to delays.

Mr S.R. Venktasubramaniam, Managing Director of Triveni Structural Ltd, Allahabad, was here during the past few days to supervise the fixing of the tower top with the help of trollies. The tower, which has a height of 302.6 metres, is not only the highest in India but in South-East Asia as well. This tower eclipses the TV tower at Mumbai, which was also set up by TSL. The tower weighs 1171 m. tonnes and has a radius of 45 ft.

The height of the tower can be raised by 23 metres, if the need arises. The last phase of installation of the lift for inspection and maintenance up to a height of 238 metres is in progress. Beyond this height, there would be a ladder.

After commissioning of the TV tower, programmes of all Doordarshan channels would be seen within a radius of 100 km. Initially the national DD channel would be relayed. There would be no need for an antenna in buildings within a radius of 35 km.

Earlier residents of this border belt has been tempted to see Pak TV programmes due to its clear signal. A majority of these programmes were anti-India. As this high-powered tower becomes operational the Pak TV signal is likely to get weaker. Besides, Indian programmes shall be clearly visible within 100 km across the border in Pakistan. This would enable India to put forth its own view before Pak nationals.

Baba Banda Singh Memorial at Lohgarh

When the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, visited Gurdwara Paonta Sahib on September 21, he responded positively to the construction of a memorial at neglected Lohgarh fort on the Himachal-Haryana border.

The demand for a memorial, in the name of Baba Banda Singh was made by Himachal Pradesh Sikhs for a long time. Spearheaded by Mr Kartar Singh Takkar, the Parbandhak Committee of Gurdwara Paonta Sahib had made representations to the HP Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, besides raising the issue at all four HP Sikh conferences held in HP during the past one year.

The Lohgarh area contains an old fort which was built Mughal emperor Shah Jehan. Baba Banda Bahadur got this neglected fort repaired and made it his headquarters for the onslaught against the Muslims. He also used it as his capital in 1709 and 1710.

Baba Banda Bahadur, says Mr Kartar Singh Takkar, was born in a Rajput family of Rajouri and was trained as an expert horse rider and a sharp shooter. During one of his hunting trips, he killed a female deer with two unborn calves. The calves died in front of his eyes. This changed him completely and he took to meditation and went to Panchvati in Maharashtra where he enrolled himself as a disciple of Jogi Aggarnath. Through meditation, he acquired both spiritual and magical powers. It was a chance encounter with Guru Gobind Singh that made him return to Punjab and launch the country’s first freedom struggle against Muslim invaders. It was during this struggle that he chose Lohgarh fort as his operational headquarters.

The Himachal Sikhs want that the Prime Minister to come and lay the foundation stone of a national memorial as Baba Banda Bahadur was symbol of a freedom struggle. Baba Harbans Singh of Karseva wale offered to set up the memorial. Now with SGPC approval, work on the project is expected to start shortly.

A kraft bazar near Karnal

A kraft bazaar, the first of its kind in the north, has come up at the Oasis Tourist Centre near Karnal.

The Oasis is visited by a large number of commuters on the Amritsar-Chandigarh -Delhi route because of its strategic location on national highway No.1. The bazaar, inaugurated by Chief Minister on September 27, has been set up on the pattern of Delhi Haat.

It would display fine handicraft and handloom creations prepared by the craftsmen from all over the country. Mini-festivals, each running for a fortnight, would be organised here to attract tourists, according to Mr S.L. Mittal, Tourist Officer.

The inaugural festival has been named as Sri Ganesh Crafts Festival. In it, 42 craftsperson's from places like Orissa, Rajasthan and W.Bengal have already arrived at the bazaar.

Mr Mittal said craftsperson's from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala and Nagaland would be participate in various festivals. The idea is to provide a boost to crafts of the country.

The state Tourism Corporation has named each fortnight’s festivity in consonance with the seasons.

Ganesh Festival would be followed by Dusehra Festival, Kartik Festival and after it the Deepawali Festival. Besides, the corporation would organise Gurpurab Festival, Christmas Carnival and the Lohri Festival at the bazaar.

The prestigious project was approved by the Union Ministry of Textiles assisted by Development Commissioners for Handloom and Handicrafts. The project is estimated to cost Rs 137.72 lakh of which Rs 123.15 lakh has been sanctioned by the Central Government and Rs 51.62 lakh by the Haryana Government. Besides, Rs 40.70 lakh have been jointly provided by the two Development Commissioners.

The bazaar has 48 shops. It also has a stage and green room for cultural programmes, an exhibition hall for crafts, playing area with games for children and an attractive lighting system. Besides, there is a kiosk for fast food and a children’s park with swings.

Contributed by Praful Chander Nagpal, Prabhjot Singh and K.G. Dutt. 


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