Thursday, January 16, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

  • Park cries for attention
  • Tourists awaited
  • Less privileged

INACTION ALLEGED: Ms Karamjit Kaur Danewalia, honoured for being the best woman fruit grower of the state last year, regretted on Wednesday that the police had not registered an FIR for the theft at her house last Thursday in broad daylight. She requested the Punjab DGP to get a case registered.

THEFT: A theft was committed at the Kundal rural branch of Fazilka Central Cooperative Bank, near here, on Monday night. The loss was estimated at more than Rs 3 lakh.

BID FOILED: The police on Monday foiled an attempt to smuggle poppy husk from Rajasthan. Official sources said when a moped was intercepted on the road linking the area with Rajasthan, the rider escaped leaving the moped and a bag containing 30 kg of poppy husk. He was identified as Jasbir Singh of Kattianwali village in Malout subdivision.

EXHIBITION: The Posts Department in collaboration with the Philatelic Bureau will hold a two-day philatelic exhibition at Manav Public School from January 15. About 20 schools will participate. Dr SP Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, will inaugurate it and Mr RS Bawa, Registrar, GNDU, will be the guest of honour. Mr VK Mahendru, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, said this in a press note here.

DISTRIBUTED: Jan Kalyan Sangam, a welfare society for helping the poor, distributed 75 pairs of boots with socks to school going students of Government Middle School here. This information was given by Mr Parshotam Das Sharma here on Tuesday.

CONDEMNED: Junior engineers of Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant have condemned the shifting of six posts of AAE from here. Mr Paramjit Singh Sidhu, president of the association of junior engineers, said at a meeting here on Wednesday that the workload of employees had increased manifold.

TRAINING: A week-long training course for women on growing fruits and vegetables, was held at the local Krishi Vigyan Kendra from January 6 to 12. This was stated in a press note issued here on Wednesday.

LOHRI CELEBRATED: Dost Welfare Society, an NGO, celebrated Lohri with students of the Mahant Gurbanta Dass School for Deaf, Dumb and Blind Children and distributed sweets among them on Monday. This was stated in a press note issued here on Tuesday

GRIEVANCES COMMITTEE MEETING: Nine pending complaints were sorted out on the spot at the District Grievances Committee meeting, held at Bachat Bhavan here on Wednesday. Presiding over the meeting, Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, said that seven new complaints had been received on Wednesday, most of which were related to illegal possession of land. He directed all officials concerned that each complaints, which is entertained in Lok Darbar, should be sorted out within 15 days or earlier so that the applicant does not face any problem. Mr Utpal Joshi, SP (Headquarter), Mr Mohan Lal, SDM, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr Ashwani Kumar Assistant Commissioner (Grievances), Dr Jujhar Singh, Assistant Civil Surgeon, were among those present on the occasion. 

OFFICIAL KILLED: Preet Mohinder Singh Sekhon, Chief Agriculture Officer, died in a road accident on the Faridkot-Sadiq road on Tuesday evening. He was cremated here on Wednesday.

AID: Nearly 151 poor widows were distributed pensions and aid by the Lala Jagat Narain Widhwa Bhalai Society, Jalandhar, at its 16th monthly distribution programme on Sunday.

SELF-HELP GROUPS: Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, on Wednesday said the district would have more than 1,000 self-help groups. A total of 312 self-help groups had been constituted. A majority of the beneficiaries were women engaged in stitching and embroidery of shawls.

LOHRI CELEBRATED: A bonfire was lit to celebrate Lohri on the campus of GMT Senior Secondary Public School, Ludhiana, here on Monday. The Principal, Ms Heema Jassal, and director, Mr K.S. Thind, were present on the occasion. All the members of the staff along with the students extended to each other.

LECTURE-CUM-DEMONSTRATION: A five-hour-long personal grooming lecture-cum-demonstration in hair styling, body care, saree wrapping, mehndi application and facials was organised at the Malwa Central College of Education here on Wednesday. The courses were organised for 250 B.Ed. students by Adult Continuing Education and Extension, Panjab University. The Director, Mr Ajaib Singh was also present with the students. The Principal, Dr Ravinder, said resource persons were from the Faculty of Polytechnic of their college.

CELEBRATIONS: The local branch of the Asian Club celebrated Lohri at Deaf and Dumb School, Hambran, Road on Tuesday. The club also gave away Rs 11,000 to the students for their welfare. A cultural programme comprising songs and dances was also held. Two students of the school, Neetu and Amandeep, danced on the tunes of “Kainthe wala”, which was appreciated by the audience.

ELECTED: Advocate Sandeep Kapoor, joint secretary of the District Bar Association, Ludhiana, has been elected as the district representative of the Nehru Yuva Kendra’. A meeting of all district representatives will be held on January 21, 2003, at Vishwa Yuva Kendra ,Chankya Puri; New Delhi. All district representatives will elect the Board of Directors of Nehru Kendra (National Yuva Co-operative Society) at this meeting.

WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION: Dr J.S. Nirala, Associate Professor, PAU, has been appointed as President of the Young Writers Association for the academic session 2002-2003. Mr M.S. Grewal, Coordinator, Cultural Activities, will be the new secretary. This decision was taken at a meeting presided over by the varsity VC. Other members of the association are Dr J.S. Bal, Mr Gurbhajan Singh Gill, Dr R.S. Sethi, Dr (Mrs) C.K. Hira, Mr Surjit Patar and Mr Nirmal Jaura.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among residents of Mohalla Gandhi Chowk here against the casual approach of the local Municipal Council towards public grievances. The residents allege that the municipal authorities have failed to solve a minor problem of leakage of underground water for the past one month. Dr Shiv Kumar Tejpal, Municipal Councillor of the area, said after many reminders, the authorities undertook the work about a week ago but left it after digging a ditch which had further aggravated the problem.

BLANKETS: The Lions Club, City Smile, Banga, distributed blankets and woollen clothes among 70 migrant labourers at nearby town Banga on Tuesday. Mr Baldev Nayyar, District Chairman, Lions Club, District 321-D presided over it.

BOOKED: Mr Rawinder Singh, a resident of the town has been booked under Section 354, 356 and 506 of the IPC for trying to molest a teenaged girl in a bus. Police sources said the suspect had been arrested.

INJURED: SPO Jagir Singh who was on duty at a naka at Harike was injured seriously when he was hit by a Maruti car on Monday night. The police has registered a case under Section 270, 337, 338 of the IPC against the driver of the car.



NEHRU BAL SANGH: A meeting of the north zone chapter of the Nehru Bal Sangh was held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Mr Ashwani Sharma, convener. He explained various activities undertaken by the organisation at the 28th national integration camp held recently in Mumbai. It was also decided that the chapter would propose holding the 29th national integration camp, in Chandigarh in November.

APPOINTED: Dr R.J. Dash, Head of the Endocrinology Department at the PGI, has been made Chairman of the Research Forum, which clears all projects submitted by students interested in research work at the medical institute. Dr Dash is also the Chairman of the Academic Committee at the PGI. Being the seniormost Professor at the PGI, Dr Dash shall also be the officiating Director of the PGI till January 23 since Prof S.K. Sharma shall remain on leave for this duration.

AWARDS: Eeksha Sharma and Parminder Sandhu, students of St. Xavier's High School, won the best subject category award for their model on weightlessness with signalling during the INTWEL SRDF 2003 Delhi National Fair. The fair was organised from January 8 to 11 at the IIT, Delhi. The students won the cash prize of Rs 5,000 and certificates of merit.

ELECTED: Mr Munshi Ram Khullar was elected president of the District Taxation Bar Association for the third consecutive time. Mr Mahesh Goyal was elected vice-president and Mr Arvind Mehta general secretary.

CREMATED: Sardarni Parvati Kaur (90), mother of Bhai Jasbir Singhji Khalsa (Khanna wale), who died due to failing health on Tuesday was cremated here on Wednesday. Her body had been placed at the open pandal in Gurdwara Gur Shabad Prakash Kal Ashram, Sohana, where large number of people paid their obeisance. A continuous shabad kirtan was performed till the cremation was over. The last journey of Sardarni Parvati Kaur, a Nishkam kirtaniye and social worker, started from the gurdwara in a flower ridden open van followed by a sea of members of religious associations and Singh Sabhas across the state to pay homage. Leading personalities from the state and the township reached the cremation grounds to pay homage. The bhog of Akhand path organised in her memory will be held on Sunday at 7 a.m.



MEMORANDUM: The Ambala unit of the Haryana Vikas Party submitted a memorandum to the City Magistrate, Ambala, here on Wednesday, addressed to the Governor of Haryana in which the party criticised the decision of the state government to open a casino in the state. Earlier, HVP workers took out a procession in the city, led by its state secretary, Mr Jitender Singh Kaka. Senior leaders of the party, including Mr Sahib Singh, Mr Yash Arora, Mr Janak Singh, Mr Surjit Singh Panjokhra, Mr Raj Kumar Dhiman and Mr Baldev Singh Manakpur, were present on this occasion.

BODY FOUND: A body was found in a train at the Ambala City railway station on Tuesday. The body was found on train number 3 UL. A post-mortem examination indicated that the person had died due to TB and cold.

DEMANDED: The Citizens Council today demanded that there should be flying squads to check the activities of hospitals and nursing homes. The council said the flying squad authorities should submit their report quarterly to the Health Department. “There should be strict checking by the medical authorities regarding genuineness of medicines,” a press note said. 

SWEATERS: Under the Red Cross scheme, the local Manohar Memorial College organised a function here on Tuesday to distribute sweaters among poor students. The Deputy Commissioner, Dr RB Langyaan, presided over the function. Sweaters were distributed among 40 students. The principal, Dr KK Arora, said the college endeavoured for the welfare of the students.

BLOOD DONATION: Fifty youths donated blood at a camp at Markanda National College here on Tuesday. Ms Kiran Agra, Principal of MDSD Girls College, Ambala City, inaugurated the camp.



YOUTH CONG CHIEF: Mr Alok Pathania ‘Chinnu’ has been appointed as president of the Shimla Youth Congress (Urban). He has been associated with the NSUI and the Youth Congress for a number of years.



Park cries for attention

Simla Pahadi (Municipal Park) of Pathankot, which once boasted of its beautiful flowers, has fallen on bad days. Its charming and attractive landscape used to beckon residents of the city in droves, especially in the evening. Senior citizens used to enjoy their morning and evening walks there, besides playing cards and magic games.

The park is situated at a height of more than 100 ft from the road level in the heart of the city adjoining the tourist bungalow. The only foundation in the middle of the park has been out of order. Heaps of cow dung and other waste material are a common sight in the park. The only shed provided to facilitate elders to sit and relax after taking a walk in the park has turned into a toilet-cum urinal emitting a repulsive smell. In the absence of upkeep by the Civic Council, the park has become a haven for gamblers and stray animals.

Tourists awaited

The HPTDC’s airconditioned (AC) cafeteria ‘Beas’, which was inaugurated about two years ago by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal with great fanfare to attract tourists, has failed to fulfil the expectations, thanks to the apathy of the state government. Sans visitors this much-publicised cafe now bears a deserted look. Built at a cost of Rs 55 lakh on the banks of Maharana Pratap Sagar (previously known as Pong Dam reservoir) adjoining the Regional water sports complex on the foothills of Kangra district is proving a white elephant to the HPTDC, which had posted four employees here.

Sources reveal the main reason for the failure of the cafe is the barriers set up on the left and right banks of the Pong Dam reservoir by the Himachal Pradesh police. No vehicle can enter the area after 6 pm in the winter and 8 pm in the summer. This has been affecting tourism in the state. However, the police has set up these barriers as a security measure for the BBMB’s Pong Dam, which generates 460 MW of power daily. The scenic beauty and serenity of Maharana Pratap Sagar can be a crowd-pullar as it has plenty of tourism potential. Nestling in the lap of nature, the lake sprawled over an area of 24,000 hectares came into existence with the construction of the Pong Dam across the Beas in 1975-76.

The government, instead of prohibiting the entry of vehicles on the banks of Maharana Pratap Sagar should strengthen security at the dam.

Less privileged

The “Lohri” fire at Roshni Home, Rajpura, on Sunday signified the warmth of love and concern which the less privileged experienced from well-wishers of the region during the past one year as they sang and danced with their able-bodied counterparts.

Mr Jai Kishan Aggarwal, a former Bharat Vikas Parishad president, distributed “Lohri” presents among all children. Dr Ujagar Singh of Rampuraphul, who enabled hundreds of polio victims, to join the mainstream in one year (350 corrective surgeries in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, in December, 2002), was remembered for his noble contribution to the rehabilitation of Roshni children.

Thanks to Mr V.K. Mehra, Principal of Apeejay School, Jalandhar, and Interact Club children guided by Ms Sulkhwinder Saini, Mr Harold Carver, Principal, St.Stephen’s School, Chandigarh; Dr D.S. Bedi of Shivalik Public School, Father Saji Yohannan of St.Mary’s School, Chandigarh; Sr. Daffnee of Holy Angles, Muzaffarnagar and Sr. Vivian of Sophia School, Saharanpur, for their great concern for the less privileged ones, especially through the sale of greeting cards, during the recent past.

Fr. Thomas K.K., president, Roshni, thanked religious leaders of the region for extending a helping hand to the crusade by the Roshni Society to bring the “Lohri” cheers to the physically challenged children of the region.


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