Thursday, October 31, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • Historical village cries for care
  • Laproscopic surgery
  • First woman SHO

AID FOR VICTIMS: Victims of the sewerage mishap have been given Rs 5,000 each by Mr Sunil Datti, Mayor. He also announced an ex gratia aid of Rs 50,000 for Lovely, who had died in the incident. This was stated by Mr Kirpal Singh, Additional Commissioner, here on Wednesday.

PENSIONERS’ PANEL: Senior citizens pensioners have formed an “ad hoc” and committee to consider the name, constitution and objects of their newly formed association. Mr Kartar Singh, convener, said in a press note on Wednesday that a meeting was convened for the purpose on Sunday in which over 100 members participated.

BADAL CRITICISED: Mr Sant Singh Gill, president of the Dalit Jagriti Morcha, said on Wednesday that Parkash Singh Badal had done nothing for the welfare of Dalits.He said for getting the sympathy of people of the state, Mr Badal was now talking about the problems of the Dalits during his campaign against the Congress government.

2 WOMEN DEAD: A 70-year-old blind woman and a handicapped woman died at the railway station here on Wednesday. The deceased could not be identified. The bodies were handed over to Sahara Jan Sewa, an NGO, for cremation.

PLEDGE TAKEN: As many as 215 volunteers of the NSS wing and faculty members of the Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology pledged to donate their eyes at a eye donation pledge and free eye check-up camp organised by the institute in collaboration with Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Eye Hospital, Sohana, here today. Dr Kirpal Singh principal of the institute informed that 285 persons attended the camp.

ROBBED: A youth and his two minor sisters were allegedly beaten up and robbed of a scooter and Rs 15,000 on Tuesday. Sukhvinder Singh was returning to his village, Halimwala, along with his two minor sisters Goga and Jogindro on a new scooter. On the way, they were allegedly stopped by Harmesh Singh of Mahalam village in Jalalabad subdivision and his two companions. They were allegedly beaten up and robbed of the scooter containing cash. The police is investigating into the matter.

BAN ON CRACKERS: In view of Divali, Mr Kirandeep Singh Bhullar, District Magistrate, has prohibited the sale and storage of crackers throughout the district without the permission from the Sub-Divisional Magistrate concerned. He has authorised the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Hoshiarpur to provide temporary licences for the sale of fireworks at Roshan Ground, Ram Lila Ground, Green View Park, Sanskrit College, Phagwara Road and Government College Road.

EXHIBITION: The local K.K. Kotkapura Art and Crafts Institute organised an exhibition on Wednesday. Mr Mantar Singh Brar, MLA, inaugurated the exhibition. Oil paintings, pot painting, flower work and cloth paintings, among others were on display.

STUDENTS’ DHARNA: Students of various educational institutions staged a dharna here on Wednesday outside Sadar police station in support of their demand for the cancellation of case registered against Mr Baljinder Singh Tamkot, press secretary, All-India Students Association. Student leaders alleged that the police had registered a false case under Sections 506, 341, 148 and 149 of the IPC against Mr Tamkot.

ONE KILLED: A resident of Jalandhar was killed and another injured in a road accident near Dharmkot road bypass, 20 km from here, on Tuesday, the police said. Gurbachan Singh of Santokhpura locality was killed on the spot, while Surjit Singh wounded when their motor cycle was hit by a truck.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Sarv Dharam Seva Society: chairman — Mr Prem Pal Gandhi; vice-chairman — Mr Ashok Verma; president — Mr Gopal Mohan Sharda; senior vice-president — Mr Prem Singh Badwal; general secretary — Mr Varinder Kumar Ummat and cashier — Mr Satish Gaba.

5 BOOKED: Baljeet Singh has been booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. According to police sources, Surinder Singh of Krishna Nagar Camp Dinanagar stated before the police that on October 27, the accused hit Ranjan Arora, who was coming on his motor cycle near Parmanand village. Ranjan died on the spot. In another case four persons were booked for causing the death of Tarsem Lal of Malikpur village. Krishna Devi of Malikpur stated that Shamsher Singh, alias Shera, Subash Chand, Sarno Devi and Krishna Devi, all her relatives, killed Tarsem Lal over a property dispute.

CASE REGISTERED: The police has booked two employees of the PSEB for producing fake transfer and other service records under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471, IPC. According to the police, Additional Superintendent Engineer, T.L.S.C. (Jalandhar Division), has complained to the police that Gurdeep Singh and Paramjit Singh, working as work charge at U.B.D.C. Malikpur, produced fake transfer orders and other record to get posting at the PSEB Sub-Division, Shahpurkandi.

SEMINAR HELD: A seminar and declamation contest on “natural calamities and the role of youth to combat them” was organised on Tuesday at Baba Deep Singh Indo-American Institute of Medico Technics under the leadership of the managing director of the institute, Mr H.S. Arora. Several experts spoke at length on the increasing natural calamities and discussed ways and means to decrease them.

SEND-OFF: The PSEB Women's Welfare Association on Wednesday gave a warm send-off to association senior vice-president Harjit Kaur Walia on her retirement. Recalling Mrs Walia's 23 years of service, Mrs Surinder Pal Bains, lauded her contribution to the association as well as the board. Former Minister Harmel Singh Tohra's wife presented her with a memento and a troupe led by Jaswinder Kaur gave a cultural performance at the farewell party.

FREE LEGAL AID: The district free legal services authority, at a special meeting held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of the Sessions Judge, Mr L.R. Rusam, selected 31 cases for giving free legal aid. Various officials of the district administration and local NGOs also attended the meeting. The authority in a press note issued here stated that on the occasion of the coming Legal Services Day on November 9, a seminar was being conducted to create awareness about the free legal aid programme.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the PWD Field and Workshop Workers Union (Amritsar zone): chairman — Mr Rattan Singh Parmar; president — Mr Balkar Singh Varpal; general secretary — Sukhdev Singh, senior vice president — Parkash Singh, Teg Singh and Mohinder Singh; vice president — Mr Joginder Singh, joint secretary — Mr Charanjit Singh, secretary — Sucha Singh, press secretary — Mr Onkar Singh, organising secretary — Baljinder Singh, auditor — Mr Rah Kumar.

MAN SHOT AT: Wassan Singh, a resident of Lauka village was shot at by his elder brother Sulakhan Singh, a retired sub inspector of the CRPF. The Patti police has registered a case.



MEETING: The first one-day state executive council meeting of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists (CPUJ) will be organised in Food Craft Institute, Sector 42 on Wednesday. President of the CPUJ said Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, a Punjab minister, will be the chief guest.

DRAW DEFERRED: The raffle ticket draw organised by the People for Animals, Chandigarh, to raise funds for its animal welfare projects has been postponed to December 2, according to an announcement here on Wednesday. 

CAMP: Around 100 persons donated blood during a blood donation camp organised by the ‘Chamber’ of Chandigarh Industries in association with the Department of Industries, Chandigarh Administration, at the Community Centre, Industrial Area, Phase I, here on Wednesday. The camp was inaugurated by Mr G.K. Marwaha, Chairperson of Chandigarh Housing Board and Secretary of the Department of Industries. The camp was supervised by an expert team from the PGI.

REVIEW MEETING: A review meeting of Advisory committee under pre-Natal diagnostic technique was held under chairmanship of Dr B.S. Chaudhary here on Tuesday. Dr Chaudhary said no case of female foeticide had been reported in the district. They were educating people against this by staging street plays and organising awareness camps.



FUNCTION: A krishi card distribution and loan recovery function was organised by Punjab National Bank at Durana and Adhoya villages on Wednesday. The chief manager of the bank, Mr Amitabh Motro, presided over the function. Around 40 farmers were given krishi cards worth Rs 35 lakh and 30 loan default cases were settled at the camp. Among others, Mr Narendra Kalra, Mr Tirath Khurana and Mr R.C. Sharma were present, according to a press note.

MEETING: The Shivalik Development Board will spend Rs 7 crore on various development works in 2002-03. It was decided at a meeting held in Ambala city headed by Commissioner and Chairman of the board. Besides, the MLAs, Ms Veena Chibber, Mr Balwant Singh and Mr Jasbir Malor, senior officers of Yamunanagar and Panchkula, were also present at the meeting. The Commissioner said the board had been constituted for the development of hilly areas of Ambala, Yamunanagar and Panchkula on priority basis. A sum of Rs 44.39 lakh had also been provided for the construction of the hostel of JBT School at Morni and for the construction of rooms in the Government College, Ambala Cantonment.

BAN ON CRACKERS: The District Magistrate, Mr Devender Singh, has banned the sale, storage and burning of crackers in congested areas of Karnal city, Nilokheri, Taraori, Assandh, Indiri, Nighdu and Nissing towns under Section 144, CrPC. The District Magistrate has also ordered that fireworks would be permitted only between 6 am to 10 pm. He has also banned use of such crackers which generate noise level exceeding 1259 (dB).

DEVI LAL PARK: The Union Tourism Minister, Mr Jagmohan, will inaugurate Devi Lal Park at Sector 2 here on Saturday while Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala will preside over the function. Disclosing this here on Wednesday, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Abhilaksh Likhi, who inspected the park with senior government officers, said the park, spread over 27 acres, was constructed at a cost of Rs 1.90 crore.

PADDY ARRIVALS: The district is leading in paddy arrivals throughout the state. More than 4.42 lakh tonnes of paddy had arrived in various mandis in the district by Tuesday. Claming this here, on Wednesday , the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Abhilaksh Likhi, said out of the total arrival, 3.53 lakh tonnes of paddy had been purchased by various government agencies while 89,460 tonnes of paddy had been purchased by millers and dealers.



TWO DEAD: Two persons were killed when a scooter was hit by a truck at Taruwala near here, on Tuesday. One of the deceased has been identified as Ramesh Kumar (24) of Uttaranchal. A case has been registered.



Historical village cries for care

The very mention of the Kamagata Maru Nagar which had hosted the historical All-India Congress session in 1975 brings back fond memories of the bygone days. Among other Congress stalwarts, Mrs Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister, had attended the session. Mrs Gandhi had announced conversion of this historical village into a model gram — indeed a tribute to the martyr who fought tooth and nail against the tyranny of the Britishers. The dream that the residents of this village had fondly cherished remains unfulfilled till this day.

What to speak of its conversion into a model gram, the historical village fell on bad days ever since this announcement was made. Kamagata Maru Nagar, best known as Mattaur comprising Sector 70 and part of 71 of Mohali, with a population of 10,000, has been bogged down by a plethora of problems.

Upon entering the village, one could have a feel of the nauseating stench emanating from the garbage dumps dotting it. Driving down on the battered and bumpy roads here is indeed a nightmare, even for those deft at the wheel.

Incredible as it may sound, the residents have to face a perennial scarcity of water. Irregular water supply is the order of the day which is once-a-fortnight-or a-week-phenomenon. The water, inform the residents, is unfit for human consumption.

Ironically though, the village has just one government school to cater to the ever-burgeoning demand of the residents. Upgraded last year into a high school, the school has just three tiny rooms. This leaves no option with the school authorities but to hold classes in the open (see picture). The residents have no option but to send their wards to other local privately-managed schools or in Chandigarh where they are made to pay through their nose.

“Our long-pending demand to raise the boundary wall remains to be seen to date. We have been going the whole hog to convince the PUDA authorities to erect the wall but to no avail. Scores of our meetings with PUDA bigwigs have yielded no tangible outcome. We feel cheated,” says Mr Amrik Singh, a former sarpanch.

The Municipal Council took the reigns of the village in 1995. “But, no development worth the name, except for improving the drains here and there has taken place” rue the residents. On the health front too, no serious efforts have been made either by the council or by the politicians concerned. A government dispensary came into existence with the help of the local Ram Lila Club, which pooled funds to raise a room and other infrastructure for the purpose. “We shall raise more funds for the construction of an additional room for the school’’, asserts Harpal Singh, president of the club.

Since there is no Junjghar, the residents have to make do with the old, dilapidated serais, etc. The village has no bus service and public park. The Gram Sudhar Committee, headed by Mr Amrik Singh, is going whole hog to put pressure on the authorities concerned to concede some of its long standing demands, including the erection of a boundary wall, improving water supply, the quality of water, sanitary conditions, recarpeting of roads, and provision of adequate educational avenues for children and medicare to Mattaur residents.

Laproscopic surgery

Laproscopic and endoscopic surgery has made a tremendous change in the field of surgery. After its beginning in France in 1989, it is now prevalent in each and every town of the world.

The surgeons in the developing countries like India took up this procedure very cautiously in the beginning but now have produced excellent results and even better results in some fields in laproscopic surgery. Dr Kuldip Singh who is one of the pioneer surgeons in the country and is a representative of India in the Asia Laproscopic Association delivered his lecture at the fifth Endoscopic and Laproscopic Surgeons of Asia in Tokyo (Japan) on September 21.

In the symposium on present scenario of acute gall bladder stone disease and its complications he gave an account of the results beginning from 1989 till 2002. He said in the beginning the laproscopic gall bladder surgery used to have a lot of complications and a high conversion rate to open surgery because of lack of training expertise and equipment but now in this era, the surgeon who has experience can perform this surgery safely in almost all difficult cases except in cases where we suspect cancer of the gall bladder. He said complications do occur in all surgical procedures and they are part of the surgical system but we must do everything possible to minimise it, recognise it and treat them efficiently.

Dr Kuldip Singh said we should not wait for the gall bladder to cool down by medicine treatment and should be operated within 72 hours. But once the patient comes after 72 hours this surgery becomes difficult and dangerous which can lead to complications.

First woman SHO

Born a sleepy village in Una district of Himachal Pradesh, Bavita spent many a sleepless night to realise her dream of “doing something different.” It was by virtue of her determination that she became the first woman SHO of the state. An M.Sc and M.Phil in Zoology, Ms Bavita Rana Pal was selected for the post of Sub-Inspector in 1995. While on probation, she was posted at the sensitive Kihar police station. She took the opportunity as a challenge. She conducted several raids and search operations, during which she seized arms and ammunition and destroyed a hide-out of ultras. At present posted as SHO (Sadar), Solan, Ms Pal always had an inclination towards social service. She got ample opportunity to pursue this vocation while she was posted as in charge of the police women’s cell at Dharamsala. During her tenure there, she solved a number of cases through sustained counselling without the registration of FIRs. Apart from settling cases wherein women complained of harassment she solved several interesting cases of men alleging torture by their wives. In many cases, in which couples were on the verge of divorce, she settled their disputes amicably.

Contributed by Ramesh K. Dhiman, A.S. Prashar and Sunit Dhawan


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