Thursday, December 19, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • Honoured for rehabilitating lepers
  • From sports to writing
  • Himalayan Tarzan

ARRESTED: A team of the Vigilance Department, led by DSP Narender Sharma, on Monday caught Mohinder Singh, an Inspector of the BSNL here, red-handed while accepting Rs 1,000 from Kuldip Singh Sandhu allegedly for installing a telephone connection at a farmhouse on the Abohar-Malout road.

LOOTED: Mr Ashok Kumar Aggarwal, a trader from Malout, was reportedly looted of Rs 50,000, a gold ring and a mobile phone by some miscreants near Sadhuwali on the Punjab-Rajasthan border on Sunday.

DISTRIBUTED: As many as 563 students from 22 local schools were given woollen pullovers and 110 were provided with shoes and socks by the Bharat Vikas Parishad at a function on Sunday. Mr Sunil Jakhar, MLA, lauded the role of social organisations for helping the downtrodden.

MASS MARRIAGE: A mass-marriage function was organised by the Baba Ram Dev Seva Samiti at Bodiwala Peetha village, near here, on Sunday. With this the number of marriages performed under the patronage of Bhagat Kuldeep Kumar Sahu has reportedly reached 183.

INJURED: Mr Jassa Singh, an employee of a factory at village Mammukhera, was found injured on the Katehra-Ghallu link road on Monday. A vehicle village, reportedly hit him while he was returning from duty.

DEATH MOURNED: Dr S.P. Singh and Dr Satinder Singh, Vice- Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, respectively, on Tuesday expressed grief over the death of Dr Kulwant Singh (49) who died here on Monday. Besides being a pediatrician, he was a Punjabi writer and poet.

DALIT SENA: Mr Kiranjit Singh Gehri, state president of the Dalit Sena, said in a statement issued here on Wednesday that reservations in jobs should be provided to poor and deserving candidates of the general category. Mr Gehri said the poor belonging to upper castes should be provided reservations in jobs in proportion to their population. He said if the government did not reserve the seat of the president of the local body for an SC candidate the sena would be forced to launch an agitation.

LAND MAFIA: Mr Surjit Singh Sohi, president, SC/BC Lawyers Association, said in a statement issued here on Wednesday that the local corporation was allegedly being set up to cater to the interests of the land mafia as prices of their lands, purchased at down-to-earth prices, would jump significantly after the same were included in the limits of the municipal corporation.

POWER CUT: The Gole Diggi area, Mall Road, “Mata Rani Street” Birla Mill Road, Court Road, Dhobi Bazar, post office bazar, Fort Road, Mohalla Chutti Ka, Aggarwal Street, Afimwali Street and Neeta Street will face a power cut from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 21, according to a press note issued by the SDO (Urban Feeder), PSEB, Bathinda on Wednesday.

PLAN FOR FARMERS: The Centre in collaboration with the Work Bank has set up Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) in the district to help farmers avail themselves of various opportunities to start new agriculture-related professions. Under the plan, block technology teams (BTT) and farmers advisory committees (FAC) have been constituted at the block level. This was stated by Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman of the ATMA, here on Wednesday.

SENIOR CITIZENS’ HOME: A Senior Citizens’ Home would be established in Fatehgarh Sahib. This was disclosed by Dr Harbans Lal Minister of State for Forest, Food and Civil Supplies, Punjab, while presiding over a function organised by the Punjab Police Welfare Association at Bachat Bhavan here on Wednesday. He said due to the sacrifices of the Punjab Police personnel peace had been restored in the state. Dr Lal announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the Senior Citizens’ Home on the occasion.

ARRESTED: The police on Tuesday arrested Jatinder Kumar, owner of Marwaha Medical Store, Dhangu Road, Pathankot, for selling scheduled drugs. without a prescription in violation of the orders of the District Magistrate.

JAUNDICE SPREADS: More than 15 cases of jaundice have been detected in the localities of Adda Raikot and Agwar Ladhai. The disease has been caused due to the supply of contaminated water and the patients are being treated in various local hospitals. The local municipal council officials have not carried any test of drinking water so far, but Dr Balbir Singh SMO has advised the residents of the area to use only boiled water.

PREMATURE RETIREMENT: Continuing with the drive to weed out inefficient employees from the Revenue Department, Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Verma gave premature retirement to Mr Desh Raj, Kanungo. He had been absent from office since September 26, 2001.

VEDANT SAMMELAN: The Ram ji Kanahiya ji Satsang Mandal would hold its 10th Bhakti Vedant Sammelan from December 22 to 29 at Shiv Shakti mandir in Kidwai Nagar, according to Mr Subhash Matha, a spokesman for the mandal. He said the sammelan was being organised in the memory of Swami Muktanand ji. In the sammelan, Shrimadbhagwat katha and discourses would be held from 2 p.m. to 5 pm and from 8.30 p.m. to 11 p.m. respectively. Discourses on Vedantas would be held from 7 am to 8 am every day.

JYOTI POOJAN: In connection with “purnima”, a poojan ceremony of the perennial flame of Jwalaji would be performed at Shri Mahavaishnavi Shaktipeeth in Beant Pura on Thursday from 7.30 am to 8.30 am, according to Mr Suresh Mehra. The poojan ceremony will be presided over by Swami Krishan Kanta Parivajrika, chairperson of the International Brahmrishi Mission.

SCHOOL FUNCTION: The annual prize distribution function of Nankana Sahib Public Senior Secondary School Kot Gangu Rai was held here on Wednesday. Mr Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, MLA, Koom Kalan, was the chief guest on the occasion. Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, president, Youth Akali Dal, presided over the function. The function started with shabad “Deh Shiva Bar Mohe Ehe”. Principal Dr Jaswant Singh Grewal highlighted the achievements of the school in the annual report. Students of the school presented a colorful cultural programme which included bhangra, giddha, songs, skits, dances, choreography and plays. The presentation of plays “Chirian” and “Kanjakan” was appreciated by the audience. Both were directed by Rajwinder Samrala.

ROAD MISHAP: Rohit Kumar, son of Tarsem Lal, resident of Kaccha Kot, was killed in a road accident near Gulzar Hospital, Ludhiana road, here on Tuesday evening. According to information, Rohit was standing near the hospital when a truck crushed him. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital where he was declared dead. The Malerkotla police has registered a case.

DENTAL CAMP: Under the intensive dental health care programme of the Punjab Health Department, Dr Mohammed Shabbir, CMO, Dental, Civil Hospital, here organised a dental check-up camp at Government School, Mandiala, near here, on Tuesday. According to Mr Munish Jindal, in charge of the camp, 550 students were checked and free literature regarding dental diseases was distributed.

BSNL STAFF RALLY: The BSNL Employees Union held a rally to press the authorities to fulfil their demands. Mr Ravi Kant Sharma, district general secretary of the union, said a charter of demands was submitted to the General Manager (Telecommunications) here.

PROGRAMME: The Department of Punjabi University will organise a ‘face to face’ programme with eminent Punjabi Scholar Kirpal Kazak on Thursday. The Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.S. Boparai, will preside over the function.

JEWELLERS MEET: The Punjab and Sind Bank’s Gur Mandi branch organised a jewellers meet at its bank premises here on Wednesday. The jewellers were acquainted with various credit facilities provided by the bank which could meet the financial requirements of the jewellers. The meeting was presided over by the bank’s zonal Manager, Mr H.S. Hoon.

NABBED WITH SMACK: The local police has nabbed Santokh Ram, alias Kukku, of Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar and seized 10 gm of smack from him.

BOYCOTT: The Bar Association has decided to boycott the office of Tehsildar here for his alleged misbehaviour with two advocates in his office. According to a resolution passed by the association under the presidentship of Mr Mohinder Singh Behniwal, the boycott will continue till the Tehsildar tenders an unconditional apology to the association.

POPPY HUSK: The police has arrested Mustkin of Shamli (U.P.) and Ala-ud-Din of distt. Sipol (Bihar) and recovered 50 bags of poppy husk from their truck. This was stated by Mr S. Param Raj Singh Umranangal, SSP, here on Wednesday. Lakhwinder Singh of Shamli (UP) escaped. A case had been registered. he added.

DISTRIBUTED: More than 250 children of primary classes belonging to economically weaker section were given shoes, sweaters and loies received from the sangat in UK by Bhai Himmat Singh Mangat Raagi, Ghulal-wale on Wednesday on the premises of Government Primary School. The local SDM, Mr Jaspal Singh Jassi, presided over the function. On this occasion Mr Avtar Singh Ghulal, the district vice-president of the Congress Ludhiana, Mr Jagir Singh Sarpanch of Ghulal village, Mr Hardial Singh Lambardar and Ex Sarpanch, appreciated the services rendered by Ragi Bhai Himmat Singh Mangat who had brought the money for the poor children from the UK.



ELECTED: At a meeting of the Lawyers for Human Rights International(LHRI) held at the District Courts, the following are elected officer-bearers of the Chandigarh unit of the LHRI: Mr Tejinder Singh Sudan — president; Mr P.K.S Gill — vice-president; Ms Pooja Attari — lady vice-president; Mr Yogesh Goel — general secretary; Mr Mohinder Singh — office secretary; and Mr Mohinder Kumar — joint secretary, stated in a press release by the president of the Lawyers for Human Rights International, Mr Amar Singh Chahal, here on Tuesday.

DOGS VACCINATED: About 33 dogs were vaccinated with anti-rabies at a camp organised by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Khajeri on Tuesday. Besides this, 12 dogs were dewormed. Another 12 other dogs and animals were also treated for different ailments. According to SPCA officials, both pet and stray animals were vaccinated and dewormed. The society president, Mr Jasbir Ralhan, was also present at the camp. Students of the Dev Samaj College of Education, attending an NSS camp in the school, also participated by holding a rally in the village to bring awareness among the masses.

DHS’S DIRECTIVE: All chemists in the city have been directed by the Director Health Services-cum-Drug Authority to ensure the presence of qualified pharmacist at the retail outlets. The directions have been issued so that the medicines mentioned in the prescriptions were dispensed properly. The DHS also stressed that the drugs under schedule ‘’H’’ should not be dispersed without proper prescription of a qualified doctor. He added that stress should also be laid while dispersing the ‘’habit-forming drugs ‘’ so as to ensure against their misuse. The DHS added that the chemists had also been instructed to stock expired drugs at a separate place, within the shop, duly marked as ‘’expired drugs’’. Non compliance of the directions would be viewed seriously and would be dealt with the provisions of the ‘’Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940’’ and the relevant rules.

FOUNDATION STONE: The Director of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Dr S.K. Sharma, laid the foundation stone of married doctors’ hostel and another complex under the augmentation of water supply scheme for the residential area on the campus on Tuesday.

PRE-RD CAMP: A pre-Republic Day Camp for NCC Cadets began under the aegis of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh Directorate at the CCET, Sector 26, is underway. A total of 93 boy cadets of senior division and 37 girl cadets of senior wing from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh are attending the camp which will conclude on December 30.

CELEBRATED: About 400 devotees celebrated Guru Datatray Jyanti at Shri Krishan Mandir in Sector 33-C on Wednesday. Guru Datatray is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Krishna. Celebrations started early with the pujarees bathing the idols of the God. Later during the day, bhajan and kirtan was organised for the devotees. Mahant Sri Shah Purkar Baba delivered sermon to all present. The devotees were informed about the life of Guru Datatray. Langar was also served.



MEETING: A meeting of Ambala unit of the Haryana Vikas Party was held under the presidentship of Mr Janak Singh Rana on Wednesday. Among others, Mr Surjeet Singh Panjokhra, Mr Rajender Dhiman, Mr Gurmail Singh, Mr Ashok Sahni, Mr Dinesh Vashisht, Mr Sarbjeet, Mr Arvind Sharma, Mr Yashpal Rana, Mr Rakesh Goel, Mr Suraj Pal and Mr Ashwani Sharma were present . A number of issues were discussed at the meeting, a release said.

TRAFFIC RULES: Traffic rules and assistance given to people by the police was explained at a meeting held at MDSD Girls College on Wednesday. The meeting was organised the NCC unit of the college under the chairmanship of Mr Prem Nath. The students were told about traffic rules. The college Principal, Dr Kiran Angra, said the police was for the people and one should inform the police about my untoward incident.

TELEPHONE NUMBER: Telephone numbers of Kalka Exchange would stand changed from the midnight of December 20. According to information, digit “5” which is presently prefixed with all the numbers of the town will stand removed. Simultaneously the present code of STD, which is 0171, will be changed to 01733.

APPOINTED: Mr Kanwarjit Singh Bhalla, former chairman of the Kalka Block Panchayat Samiti has been made vice-president of the District Congress Committee. Announcement to this effect has been made by the District President, Mr R.S. Chauhan.



RELIGIOUS FUNCTION: Baba Kirpal Dass Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, in collaboration with Sobha Singh Memorial Foundation, Sri Hargobindpur, Gurdaspur, will organise a religious “kavi sammelan” and drama at Baba Kirpal Dass Gurdwara Hall on Sunday.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTED: The local branch of the Bharat Vikas Parishad held a prize-cum-certificate distribution function at Shiv Mandir Dharamshala, Badri Nagar, in which students of a tailoring school, being run by the local unit of the parishad, were awarded.

ROAD SAFETY: A road safety week will be observed from January 6 to 12 throughout the state. The programme was finalised at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Mr B.S. Chauhan, Secretary, Transport, here on Tuesday.

CHARGE TAKEN: Dr Rajeev Kumar Seam, Professor and Head, Department of Radiation Therapy and Oncology, Indira Gandhi Medical College, here took over the charge of member secretary, Regional Cancer Control Society, on Tuesday.

DHUMAL FLAYED: The president of the Himachal Pradesh Rajya Panchayat Parishad, Mr Buddhi Singh Thakur, alleged that Rs 2.56 crore had been released under the Rural Infrastructure Fund, but they had not received any fund in this regard.

RECRUITMENT RALLY: Col. L.S. Tewary of BRO Hamirpur in a press note said a recruitment rally was held at the police ground here from December 15 to 18 in which about 1,600 boys from Una district, 1,200 from Hamirpur and 1,200 from Bilaspur participated. Those passing the tests would have to appear for the written paper on December 29 at 2 p.m. at the police ground here, he added.



Honoured for rehabilitating lepers

MR Prem Singh Bhutte was presented with a national award by the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, for the services rendered by him in the rehabilitation and treatment of lepers.

Born in a poor family in Ropar district, Mr Prem Singh has been an active social worker for the past several years. Earlier this year, the Punjab Government gave him a state award for his involvement in various activities related to the welfare of needy people. Despite his family responsibilities and government job, Mr Prem Singh spares time to work for lepers and other needy people. He has tried to remove a large number of misconceptions about lepers among people.

Mr Prem Singh says his next aim is to construct a home for socially rejected people. There are a large number of such people, who need shelter. He has submitted a number of schemes to the Union Government suggesting various measures to check the further spread of leprosy in states like Punjab where those affected by leprosy migrate from other states in large numbers as labourers. He is for screening labourers and starting treatment of those found suffering from this ailment.

From sports to writing

It is not often that sportspersons indulge in creative pastimes like writing. Mrs Usha Barowalia, who was recently nominated to the expert committee set up by the government to review policies and programmes related to sports, is one such person. She is the only non-official member on the seven-member committee.

She not only earned a name in the field of sports but has also established her credentials as an educationist, a writer and a social worker. She excelled in volleyball, representing Himachal Pradesh University in the inter-university championship twice and the state in the national championship. Besides, she has been a good player of badminton and table tennis and has won several medals in the two games.

A keen sportsperson, Mrs Barowalia did equally well in academics. Besides a diploma in physical education in which she won the gold medal, she also holds a postgraduate degree in history and a postgraduate diploma in journalism and mass communication. After having a stint as a lecturer of physical education at St. Bede’s College, she tried her hand at writing and came up trumps. Apart from several short stories in the Himachali dialect, she wrote a series of books on physical education and sports, which have been recommended for senior secondary and graduate classes. Her write-ups on various temples and fairs of the hill state have been published in various newspapers.

Incidentally, her husband, Mr J.N. Barowalia, who is a judge and at present heads the Shimla District Consumer Forum, is also an accomplished writer. He has authored books on law and the judicial process. Not only that their son, Abhishek, is an athlete and daughter, Akshi, a table tennis player.

Himalayan Tarzan

He has been instrumental in digging the 27km long underground tunnel with a 10.15-metre diameter. it also has the world’s four biggest de-silting chambers. This project is worth Rs 9,000 crore. Yes, this is the story of Mr Y.N. Appa Rao, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Asia’s biggest project NJPC 1500 MW Hydel Power Project (Nathpa Jhakri Power Corporation), the new christened name SJVN (Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam). Appa’s plan for commissioning this project with the untiring efforts of his team is close to commissioning the mega project of spinning and generating 1500 MW in three phases. The first phase of the project will see the commissioning and trial spinning of 250 MW on the December 31 and the second spinning unit of another 250 MW by February 15 next year. The real hydel power generation of both these spinning units of 500 MW will be formally inaugurated on March 31. The rest hydel power generation of 1000 MW will be commissioned in July and finally completed by the end of December, 2003.

This Tarzan has got to his credit drilling at least 12 km of tunnel during his stay in Chamba in the NHPC project. Though he kicked off his career in the Military Engineering Services about 35 years ago after a brief spell in monitoring of the hydroelectric projects while with Central Water & Power Commission, Mr Appa Rao joined National Hydro-electric Power Corporation Ltd.

Asked how often he visits his home state, Andhra Pradesh, he says: “I am more of a Himachali and less of an Andhraite. And I only touch AP because I have to visit the Tirupati Balaji temple. You shall be glad to know that I am seriously planning and hunting for a Himachali bride for my younger son, Krishna Kumar, who is doing his engineering”.

Contributed by Sarbjit Dhaliwal, Rakesh Lohumi and Ravi Bali.


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