Thursday, January 9, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • Panchmunda cave to get facelift
  • “Heart care on wheels”

ONE DIES IN MISHAP: One person was killed and two others were seriously injured when their jeep collided with a private bus near Asmankhera village on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road on Monday night.

PROTEST RALLY: The Field and Workshop Workers' Union organised a dharna and a protest rally in front of the office of the Executive Engineer, Public Health Department, here on Tuesday. The call for the agitation was given by the state action committee of the workers’ union. A memorandum was submitted to the SDM.

RED CROSS CAMP: The Indian Red Cross Society will provide assistance to all handicapped persons registered with the society. This was stated by Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner-cum-president of the District Red Cross Society, while supervising a camp organised by the society in Jandiala Guru block here for the handicapped.

ILLICIT LIQUOR SEIZED: The district police has seized 640 litres of illicit liquor and arrested four persons in this regard in separate incidents. Mr Narinder Pal Singh, district police chief, in a press note issued here on Tuesday, said the accused had been identified as Kishore Kumar of Indra Colony, Kulwant Singh, Manjit Singh and Vikram Singh, residents of Angarh.

PATWARI HELD: Satpal, a Patwari, was caught by the Vigilance Bureau while he was accepting bribe from Mahenga Singh in lieu of executing the mutation of a piece of land in his name.

Employees of local banks observed a protest day here on Wednesday against the Centre Government’s alleged anti-people policies. The employees wore protest badges on their shoulders during office hours. A spokesman of the employees said the protest move was successful and all employees of various banks took part in the protest.

LOAN RECOVERY: The local Primary Agriculture Development Bank has recovered about 80.3 per cent loans and dues. This was stated Mr Kulwant Singh Kang and Mr Tara Singh, officials of the bank. They said the bank was in the second place in Fatehgarh Sahib district in the matter of recovery of loans.

DHARNA: The Punjab State Electricity Board Employees Federation sat in dharna and blocked traffic near Bhagomajra village on the Kharar-Morinda road here on Wednesday. Speakers threatened to intensify their struggle if any step was taken to privatise the PSEB. Vehicular traffic was diverted from Kharar for two hours.

: Dr D.N. Kotnis of Dr Kotnis Health and Education Centre has returned after attending the 4th Federation of Indian NGOs for Drug Abuse Prevention (FINGODAP), a national conference organised by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, in Kolkata. Dr Kotnis said in a press note that the conference was sponsored by the Federation Against Abuse of Drug and Alcoholism. The main aim of the conference was to find ways to check drug abuse. Delegates from more than 350 non-government organisations from India and abroad took part in the conference. More than 30 research papers were read out at the conference, he said. use of acupuncture, homoeopathy and yoga for de-addiction were discussed in the conference. The papers were presented by Dr Debasis Bakshi from Kolkata and Dr Micheal O Smith from Canada. They spoke about detoxification with acupuncture. Dr Kotnis felt happy that acupuncture was becoming popular in both India and abroad.

PAINTING CONTEST: Shri Govind Godham celebrated New Year by organising an on-the-spot competition for students on Sunday. Six hundred students from 36 schools participated in the contest. Since Godham is dedicated to care of cows, the theme of the competition was ‘Cow and its benefits’. Students of Gupta Model School did well by bagging a number of prizes in the contest. Prerna got the second position in the group of students of classes I to IV. Rubnib won consolation prize and Pooja Tandon got a special prize. Shilpa Miglani won the second prize in the Kam Dhenu section that comprised of classes V to VIII. In the Yamuna Section, Neha Pal, Hina Dhingra won the second and the third prize, respectively. Shikha Gaba was awarded a consolation prize, whereas Barkha Chopra won a special prize. In the Kapila section, Rahul Sood and Umesh Gupta won consolation prizes. In the Saraswati Section, Shelka Sharma won a special prize. The function was attended by Mr Sundar Das, Mr Rajeev Duggal, Mr Satish Gupta, and Ms Simmi Gupta, Principal of Gupta Model School.

CAMP: New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, organised a camp in collaboration with Duce Food Industries, SAS Nagar, here. The aim of the camp was to inculcate a habit of drinking milk among children. More than 500 students were served milk on the occasion. The Principal of the school, Mr M.C. Gupta, spoke on the occasion.

TEACHERS’ PROTEST: In a move to press for the acceptance of their demands by the college authorities, the Arya College Teachers Unit will boycott the house examination on Saturday. Prof Prem Walia and Prof. R.L. Behl, president and secretary of the unit, respectively, said if their demands were not accepted, the agitation would be intensified.

NAGAR KIRTAN: A ‘nagar kirtan’ was taken out from gurdwara Kalgidhar Singh Sabha in connection with birthday celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh on Tuesday. It passed through Jail Road, G.T. Road, Clock Tower Chowk, Chaura Bazar, Chauri Sarak, Vaishno Devi Chowk, Samrala Road, Baba Thaan Singh Chowk and Brown Road areas before culminating at the starting point. Several ‘kirtani jathas’, schoolchildren and devotees participated in the ‘nagar kirtan’. ‘Langars’ had been put up along the ‘nagar kirtan’ route.

SUNDER KAND: The Marwari Mitter Sangh held its weekly recitation of Sunder Kand in Basti Jodhewal on Tuesday. Among those who recited the holy scripture in turns were Mr Abhay Singhi, Mr Kamal Lohia, Mr Raj Kumar Bucha, Mr Subhash Setia, Mr Navrattan, Mr Sanjay, Mr Dalchand Prajapat, Mr Raju Sharma and Mr Surinder Tank.

SWEATERS DISTRIBUTED: The Ludhiana Welfare Society held a function at Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Gobind Nagar on Tuesday at which sweaters were distributed among the needy schoolchildren. Principal Bhupinder Harsh and Mr Manjit Singh Matharoo, president of the society, warned children against intoxicants. Among others who attended the function were Mr Sadhu Singh, Mr Surinder Singh, Mr Sat Pal Sharma, Mr Iqbal Singh Lotey, Mr Harjit Singh Nanda, Mr Balbir Singh Khalsa, Mr Harnek Singh, Mr Vikramjit Singh, Mr Kulkwant Singh, Mr Gurmit Manak and Mr Harish Sharma.

DISTRIBUTED: Fifty pairs of shoes were distributed among needy schoolchildren by the management of the Maa Bhagwati Club at a function in Dugri on Tuesday. The function was presided over by Mr Avinash Sikka, president of the club. Mr Dimpy Makkar, Mr Harish Goyal, Mr Vinay Dhir, Mr Devinder Kumar, Mr Sharad Sharma and Mr Rakesh Kalra also attended the function.

IDOL INSTALLATION: An idol-installation ceremony will be held at the newly built Shri Radha Kunj Bihari Mandir in Moti Bagh Colony, Tibba Road, on Wednesday, according to a spokesman of the temple management. A ‘shobha yatra’ will also be taken out on Tuesday. Swami Yashodanandanacharya has been invited to attend the ceremony.

LANGAR: Residents of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar organised a ‘parbhat pheri’ and a ‘langar’ on Monday in connection with the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh. A large number of residents of the area participated in the ‘parbhat pheri’.

CHESS PLAYER: Nipun Makkar of class VIII-C of Kundan Vidya Mandir has won the Ludhiana District Chess Championship held at CMC. A number of participants from different schools and colleges participated in the championship. The Principal of the school Ms Neena Khanna, congratulated Nipun Makkar for the win. She said steps would be taken in due course of time to motivate and inspire more students to take up the game of chess seriously.

POSTER-MAKING CONTEST: Parika Rawal of class XI-B of Kundan Vidya Mandir has won the first prize in an inter-college and inter-school chart and poster-making competition. Parika Rawal competed with college-level students at the contest. Her poster on the topic ‘War and violence — where will they lead us to ?’ was declared the best among all. She wielded her brush very deftly to express her feelings on the drawing sheet and it surpassed all others.

: To celebrate the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, which falls on Thursday, a ‘nagar kirtan’, led by ‘Panj Piaras’ was taken out on Wednesday. The ‘nagar kirtan’ passed through main bazaars of the town. Several welcome gates were erected on the route.

MONEY STOLEN: Mr Gian Singh Mittal, a businessman of Bhikhi town in the district, was robbed of Rs 25,000 near the bus stand here on Tuesday.

ORDERS: The Deputy Commissioner has directed the managements of schools and colleges in the district to open their institutions at 10 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. from January 8 to 23 in view of the cold weather.

HELPLINES: The Punjab police and the District Elders Service Society set up nine helplines at the city police station at Faridkot on Monday, especially for senior citizens. Senior Superintendent of Police, Faridkot, Harinder Singh Chahal has been appointed in charge of the helpline.

TRAINING PROGRAMME: Dr R.N. Pal, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, has been selected by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi, to conduct a training programme in research methodology this year. The Public Relations Department of the university stated on Wednesday that the training programme would include faculty lecture schedule besides collecting and compiling resource material for research scholars.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: Modern School and its 55th annual function on its school premises here on Wednesday. The programme started with a march-past followed by classical dance. Other events included folk dances and group songs.

BEREAVED: Photo-journalists Subash Patialavi and Rajesh Arora lost their father Tek Chand on Tuesday. The cremation was held at the Rajpura road cremation grounds on Wednesday.

MEETING: A meeting to discuss preparations for celebrating Republic Day was held here on Wednesday in the Municipal Committee Hall under the presidentship of Mr Jaspal Singh Jassi, SDM, Samrala. Talking to mediapersons, Mr Jassi said officials of the subdivision had been assigned duties for the function.

APPOINTED: Inspector Tejinder Singh Sandhu has taken over as the Circle Inspector of the Samrala police station, while Inspector Gurdeep Singh has been transferred as in charge of the Women Cell, Khanna.

CREMATED: Gurbhajan Kaur (94), mother-in-law of Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, national general secretary of the Bharti Kisan Union, was cremated here on Tuesday evening. Prominent personalities, mediapersons and workers of the BKU attended the funeral.

ATHLETICS MEET: The 15th annual athletics meet of Nankana Sahib Public School, Samrala, would be held on school campus on January 15, said Ms Kuldeep Kaur, Principal of the school. Jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnian, member of the SGPC and additional secretary of the school, would inaugurate the meet and Mr Amarjit Singh Balion, president of the NSPS, would preside over the function, she added.

PROTEST: Employees of cooperative sugar mills in the state have decided not to work on gazetted holidays in protest against the alleged anti-worker policies of Sugarfed, which has issued instructions to pay half of the remuneration to workers for their work on holidays. Mr Harpal Singh Sran, chairman, Mr Ram Lubhiya, president, and Mr Tejinder Nannhi, general secretary of the Sugar Mills Workers’ Joint Action Committee, Punjab, in a joint press statement issued here on Tuesday, said employees had decided not to work on holidays from January 13.

BUS STOLEN: A mini bus was stolen from Adda Chabal on Monday night. The Chabal police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC. The bus belongs to Mr Sukhwant Singh, a resident of Dodda village.

REVOLVER SEIZED: The Khalra police seized a .12 bore revolver from the possession of Harpal Singh, a resident of Harri Uddoke village at a checkpoint on Monday. A case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against the accused.


FRAUDULENT WITHDRAWAL: The Chief Manager of the State Bank of India, Sector 22-C, Mr A.C. Dhawan, has complained that an unknown person had withdrawn Rs 21,500 from the bank through a traveler’s cheque in 2000. A case has been registered.

BRIEFING: A comprehensive briefing on various aspects of arriving and staying in Australia was given on Wednesday to students scheduled to depart for that country to pursue higher education. The programme was organised by the IDP Education Australia, an independent education organisation. Counsellors touched upon topics such as arrival formalities, culture and social customs, laws, working rights and tax obligations for students, medical and health matters, educational policies and study facilities, besides avenues for shopping and entertainment.

MEMORANDUM GIVEN: A delegation of the Chandigarh Employees Welfare Council, Chandigarh, met the UT Administrator here on Wednesday and submitted him a memorandum. The delegation demanded that UT employees be given bonus, recruitment not be made on contractual basis, recruitment age be raised to 40 years, Chandigarh be made a Class A city and the UT having its own officers on the pattern of the PCS in Punjab and the HCS in Haryana.

SEMINAR: The local chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) conducted a week-long seminar on the practical applications of Bhagvad Gita at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, which concluded here on Wednesday, according to Akinchan Priya Dasa, an spokesman of the local unit of ISKCON. Mr H.G. Kamal Lochan Das Prabhu, conducted classes on stress management, leadership development, memory and concentration for students and yoga for modern age.

EXHIBITION: To inculcate ideals of patriotism and values of good citizenship, the Chandigarh unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad organised a photo-exhibition on Swami Vivekananda at the Stepping Stones High School, Sector 38, on Wednesday. About 40 pictures, depicting various stages and significant events of Swami Vivekananda’s life, are portrayed in the exhibition.

PHOTO EXHIBITION: A three-day photo exhibition on the life of Swami Vivekananda was organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad at Stepping Stone High School in Sector 38 on Wednesday. According to a press note, around 40 pictures depicting various events of Swami Vivekanada’s life have been included in the exhibition. Swami Dr Brahmeshanand, secretary of the Rama Krishna Mission, was the chief guest at the inaugural function. The president of the parishad, Punjab (East), Dr K.L. Passi, general secretary, Mr Ajay Dutta, and president of the Chandigarh branch of the parishad, Mr Ashok Soyal, were also present.

DEMANDS: The Chandigarh Employees Welfare Council in a memorandum has demanded bonus, state cadre in Chandigarh, houses for retired employees, bar on recruitment on contract basis, increase in retirement age and recruitment on compassionate ground. The demands were submitted by the council to the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd). The council was led by president Sudhama Ram, chairman Bahadur Singh, vice-president Pishora Singh, general secretary Prem Chand Sharma and joint secretary S.K. Kumar. They urged the administrator to call a meeting of officials concerned to fulfil the demands. General Jacob reportedly assured the delegation to look into the demands.


WORKERS’ PROTEST: The MES Workers Union (area committee), Ambala, held a demonstration here on Wednesday. It protested against “anti-working class economic policies of the Government of India”.

CELEBRATED Guru Gobind Singh birth anniversary, was celebrated at Dua Memorial National Model School on Wednesday. The Principal, teachers and students spoke about the life of Guru Gobind Singh.

SFI CONVENTION: The fifth delegates’ convention of the district unit of the Students Federation of India (SFI) was held here on Tuesday. Ms Santosh Siwach, a member of the central committee of the SFI, inaugurated the convention. Mr Dinesh Kumar, vice-president of the state unit of the SFI, Mr Ramesh Jandli, district president, Ms Sushila Siwach, Mr Vikram Matana, and Mr Sharma Chand Lali addressed the delegates.


RALLY STAGED: Members of the district unit of the Himachal State Joint Patwari and Kanoongo Sangh here on Tuesday boycotted work and staged a rally in protest against the announcement made by the Himachal Government on Monday regarding the acceptance of their demands. Leaders of the sangh alleged that the government had failed to implement all nine demands of the charter.

CRITICISED: The local Citizens Progressive Council has criticised the health authorities for not checking the sale of uncovered sweets and other eatables in the Sapri bazaar of the town. In a press note issued here on Wednesday, the council expressed concern that there was no timetable for private buses at the bus stand, which was causing great inconvenience to passengers.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local unit of the Lions Club International: president — Mr S.P. Dhall; senior vice-presidents — Ms Madhu Verma, Mr Parmesh Puri and Mr Devinder Anand; general secretary — Mr S.C. Nayyar; press secretary — Mr B.K. Puri; and treasurer — Mr Suneel Thakur. Five executive members — Dr Nagesh Verma, Mr Kudeep Mahajan, Mr Avinash Mahendroo, Mr Mohinder Puri and Mr Vijay Dhall — have also been elected.

BODY FOUND: The police on Tuesday found the body of a man under the bridge over Manooni khud, about 3 km from here. The deceased has been identified as Vipin Kumar (50), a resident of Dari village. After a post-mortem, the body was handed over to his family members.

SANCTIONED: The Central Government has sanctioned Rs 278 lakh for the promotion of tourism in Lahaul and Spiti district. This was stated here on Tuesday by the MLA from the area, Mr Ramlal Markenday, state Animal Husbandry Minister. He said Rs 32.95 lakh had been sanctioned for the Rohtang Pass, Kardang Gompa, Sasuur Gompa, Guru Ganthal Gompa, Triloknath, and for the tourism information centre, Keylong, Rs 43.33 lakh. The minister said Rs 32 lakh had been given to boost tourism in Jispa and Rs 40 lakh in the Kaza area.


Panchmunda cave to get facelift

The Chewa panchayat is all set to develop Panchmunda cave as a major holy place. There are twin natural Shivalingams inside the cave. The panchayat also plans to promote the cave from tourism point of view. The cave, situated on a hilltop at a height of 6000 ft, about 8 km from Kumarhatti, has got little attention so far despite being a known religious place for locals. Every year hundreds of local devotees throng the cave on Shivaratri. Mr Ramesh Chauhan, head of the Chewa panchayat, says a road to the cave will be constructed soon. Besides getting some financial assistance from the district administration the panchayat will soon collect funds from the residents. At present the cave is approachable by a narrow zigzag footway through dense forest. But due to its bad condition and lack of knowledge among outsiders the cave has so far remained out of reach of tourists. The cave is approachable from two sides one from Barog and another from Koro Khanthari village. Both ways meet near Shri Bhagwati Nagarkoti temple, Patta Ghat, another religious place in the midst of a dense growth of pine trees. However for motorists an easy alternative is first one from Barog where one has to take a turn from the Kalka-Shimla national highway to a kutcha motorable road to Chewa village from where the 2-km long steep path starts. The cave is situated in the middle of a vertical cliff. At one time only one person can go ahead. The cave has a height of nearly 6 feet with available inside space to accommodate not more than two persons at a time. Inside the cave there are a pair of 2 ft high hard rock natural Shivalingams with a cluster of rocks hanging over it.

It became traditional for Dagshaiites to perform religious rituals on every Shivaratri at the cave. It is said that one year the Dagshaiites forget to perform the rituals, following which they had to face severe natural problems.

The panchayat plans to repair the rain shelter, asserts Mr Chauhan. Natural water sources near the cave provide water during community langar during Shivaratri.

The Solan Forest Division is already in the process of forming the Barog Eco-Tourism society under the development of Eco-Tourism in HP by the state forest department.

“Heart care on wheels”

In its bid to cut down the mortality rate during transportation of heart patients to the hospitals and to provide treatment at the patient’s doorstep, the local Tagore Heart Care and Research Centre has launched “Heart Care on Wheels” through its Intensive Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU) ambulance. The ultra modern air-conditioned ambulance is equipped with “Intra Aortic Balloon Pump”, imported from Germany at a cost of Rs 10 lakh, for the augmentation of the heart in case of pumping becomes weak after the heart attack leading to a drastic fall in the blood pressure.

“In fact, this pump also serves as an artificial heart for the critically ill patients to lessen the chances of any severe damage to the heart during transportation of patients to the hospital,” maintained Dr Vijay Mahajan, Managing Director of the centre, adding that according to an estimate 20 per cent of the total heart patients die within an hour of the stroke due to the non-availability of medical facilities. The Centre, in its recent study conducted in different parts of Punjab, found that the rural people are more prone to cardiac arrest than their urban counterparts and this mobile ambulance will mainly target the rural areas. The ICCU ambulance also has the facilities like central oxygen supply, cardiac monitors, infusion pumps, defibrillator and ventilators along with the facility for the temporary pacing of the heart, Dr Mahajan added.

Even as the ICCU ambulance will cover the whole of Punjab and adjoining areas of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, the people of the region can avail the facility by dialing mobile no 98144-33496 round the clock. A special four-member team comprising a cardiologist, an intensive care specialist, nurse and technician will provide on the spot treatment and monitor the condition of the patient on way back to the hospital.

— Contributed by Jagmeet Ghuman and J.S. Malhotra

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