Friday, August 28, 2015

Army's desert safari to pays tributes to martyrs of Indo-Pak war

To commemorate the Golden Jubilee of 1965 Indo-Pak war, a desert safari undertaken by Mathura (Uttar Pradesh) based Strike 1 on behalf of the Sapta Shakti Command, arrived at Fazilka on Thursday and paid tributes to the martyrs at the Asafwala memorial.

The safari, which commenced from Varanasi on August 16, will end in New Delhi today (Friday) after traversing about 3,500 km.

As part of the earmarked route of conduct, the safari team reached Amogh division in Sriganganagar on Wednesday and interacted with the students of the Army Public School in Sriganganagar.

The team leader of the rally provided an insight to the students on 1965 operations and shared gallantry acts of Unsung Heroes of the nation.

The interaction will benefit in shaping the hearts and minds of the youth of the region and go a long way in enhancing awareness amongst all about the army.

The team was flagged off from Sriganganagar by GOC Amogh division for Fazilka. The team also paid tributes to martyrs at the Nagi War Memorial.

At Fazilka, the safari visited the war memorial at Sadqi and Asafwala to pay homage to the martyrs of the war.

On Thursday, the team was flagged off by Commander, Fazilka Brigade, to visit the war memorial at Asafwala where they paid homage to the martyrs.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Safety audit of 200km of roads in Gurgaon

TNN | Aug 27, 2015, 05.38 AM IST

GURGAON: HUDA has appointed Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) to carry out a safety audit of the 200-km network of roads in Gurgaon. The company has been given six months time to complete the audit at a cost of Rs 2 crore.

Following a report submitted by road safety expert Navdeep Asija, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on its own motion in April had ordered a technical audit of the 200-km road network in Gurgaon in keeping with the integrated mobility plan.

Asija, via the Amicus Curiae in January, had submitted his report to the high court after which during the previous hearings in the matter on February 27 and April 10 the court had insisted that HUDA carry out a technical audit of the 200km of roads in Gurgaon.

In his report, Asija has claimed that the construction of a 16-lane expressway, by means of improvement of the arterial road connecting NH-8 and Golf Course Road, will lead to more traffic jams, instead of reducing them. His report suggests that the court should stay construction of the 16-lane expressway as an interim measure to prevent irreparable damage to the city as in the case of Delhi-Gurgaon expressway.

However, according to HUDA's superintendent engineer, A K Maken, the audit work has been allotted recently to DIMTS. "Following the survey and the report to be submitted in six months, HUDA will undertake planning of improvement of the roads according to the suggestions made by the company," Maken said.

He said that the audit would involve studying the existing network of roads for the need of traffic signals, zebra crossings, increasing width of roads, constructing slip roads, footpaths and cycle tracks to facilitate pedestrian movement, among others.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

`State needs sobriety check posts'

Aug 18 2015 : The Times of India (Chandigarh)
Vibhor Mohan

Report Before HC Points Out Lacunae In Punjab's Traffic Management System
A proposal to set up `sobriety check posts' at toll plazas in Punjab to control the menace of drunken driving -with special focus on under-construction national and state highways where the incidence of accidents is higher -has been mooted. The recommendation was submitted to the Punjab and Haryana high court as part of a report on the traffic safety and traffic management in the state by In 2014, tra Punjab's traf in Punja f i c a dv i s e r 9,88,95 Navdeep Asija chall last week.

"The model of sobriety check posts has been successfully demonstrated in neighbouring Haryana and needs to be replicated. Under-construction stretches of national and state highways need strict vigil to improve road safety during the period the work is on. The court may direct state traffic police to make sure contractual provision or guidelines of the Indian Roads Congress and National Highways Authority of India to ensure `road safety during construction' in the state of Punjab," reads the report.

Traffic police dept understaffed

There are enough traf fic policemen manning the roads in Punjab. For example, Delhi has 30 traffic policemen per one lakh population, Chandigarh has 60, while Punjab has only 8. "It is found that the entire state traffic management in Punjab is being handled by 2,200 police personnel, which include officers at the rank of IG (traffic) and ADGP (traffic). The head office mainly covers rural areas and highways while the city traf fic is largely being managed by respective police commissionerates in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, and Amritsar under ACP (traffic) and at district level by SP (traffic)," says the report.

According to the National Crime Record Bureau report of 2012, police deployment (civil and armed) to handle all other crimes in Punjab is 274 police personal per lakh population, which is far above the national average.Apart from affecting proper traffic management, the absence of cops on roads results in traffic violators not being taken to task with issuance of challans.

"In the year 2014, state traffic police issued 9,88,958 traffic challan, means about 2,700 challan per day, ie, average 100 per day in each district and commissionerates by 2,200 police personnel, including constables and officers deployed on the road traffic duty by the state police. For effective enforcement and traffic management in Punjab, no service level benchmark or police force deployment standards are available," the report points out.

Monday, August 17, 2015

7 speed guns can cover only quarter of Punjab

Aug 17 2015 :
The Times of India (Chandigarh), Page 1
Vibhor Mohan

Over speeding and driving under the influence of liquor are two traffic offences that seem to figure low on the priority of Punjab Police. This, when the latest report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) released in July shows that the number of fatal accidents in Punjab has seen a 22% jump in 2014 as compared to the previous year.In the most accident-prone cities of the state -Amritsar and Ludhiana --the rise was 23% and 71% respectively . But despite the state's worsening road accident record, cops have only seven speed guns to check 40 lakh vehicles running on the 68,879-km road network and 125 operational alcometers to detect drunk drivers. This is part of the report on `Traffic Management in Punjab' submitted to the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday by Punjab's traffic adviser Navdeep Asija, and brings out how ill-equipped Punjab cops are on these two crucial counts. "The available speed guns and alcometers can cover only 25% of Punjab. It means that under the present law, it is difficult to convict anyone driving after drinking or over speeding in 75% of the state," the report points out. Punjab traffic adviser Navdeep Asija's report says, "In the year 2014, state traffic police issued 9,88,958 traffic challans, which comes to around 2,700 challans per day. It was found that out of total only 5,688 challans were for drunken driving and over speeding, which is 0.6% of the total traffic violations. This means that not even 1 vehicle per district was challaned under these two offences."
The scenario becomes more alarming when collated with Ministry of Road Surface and Transport Report `Road Accidents In India 2013' in Punjab,which shows that out of total `4588' road crash fatalities reported, 1711 (37%) of the total were due to drunken driving and over speeding. In view of the financial health condition of traffic police wing of Punjab Police, the report made a case for release of 50% of the compoundable challan fee (Rs 17.4 crore) deposited with state by traffic wing of Punjab Police during the years 2013, 2014 and till June 2015, as per their inter departmental letter dated July 18, 2012. Besides this, there is need for Punjab Police to make online Punjab Road Safety Database management system fully operational (http:www.punjabroadsafety .org) to overcome the quality data issues related to the traffic and its management.


Punjab is a tippler's paradise with aver age consumption of liquor estimated at 11.5 bottles per capita. 34.9% of the population consumes liquor in Punjab compared to 20.2% in neighbouring Haryana. This was highlighted in a recent survey conducted by International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai File photo

Sunday, August 16, 2015

One Rank, One Pension - I Support

आज़ादी की सालगिरह तो माना ली हम सब ने , अब कुछ समय उनके लिए जिन्होंने हमारे लिए इस आज़ादी को बचा के रखा , "हमारी फ़ौज, हमारा गौरव"। चाहे दुश्मन का हमला, बाढ़ आये या भूकम्प आये, भारत माता से सच्चे सपूत सबसे पहले पहुंचे । जिन्होंने अपना सब कुछ देश को दिया , आज उनको अपने हक़ के लिए आज जंतर मंतर पर जलील होना पड़ रहा हैं । मैं इस देश का वासी और टैक्स देनेवाला हूँ । मुझे अपना पैसा किसी रेप करने वाले बाबा जा दंगे करवाने वाले राजनेता की सुरक्षा पर बर्बाद नहीं करना , मैं चाहता हूँ यह पैसा देश के सैनिको को जाये। I Support One Rank, One Pension.। यह बात सिर्फ़ पूर्व सैनिकों की नहीं, बल्कि देश के स्वाभिमान की हैं| सोशल मीडिया पर अपनी बात रख रहा हूँ, शायद कोई बहरा सुन लें । बाकी देश के सैनिकों के लिए यह पैगाम , आप सभी हमारे दिलों में बसते हों, आप जागते हैं , इसी लिए हम है । Love You smile emoticon
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Happy Independence Day - 69th Celebration

"हो मेरे दम से यूँ ही मेरे वतन की ज़ीनत
जिस तरह फूल से होती है चमन की ज़ीनत" - इक़बाल

दोस्तों , अपने देश, अपनी मिट्टी ,ख़ुद से या अपने धरम से प्यार करने का मतलब यह बिलकुल ही नहीं की किसी दूसरे के देश या धरम से नफरत की जाये । आजादी न केवल मानाने या महसूस करने की चीज़ है बल्कि यह भी है की हम दूसरो की इसका एहसास कैसे करवाते हैं । अपने जीने के लिए किसी दूसरे के जीने का हक़ छीनना भी आज़ादी की तौहीन है । दोस्तों तिरंगे के तीन रंग हैं, तीनों से प्यार और तीनो का ही सम्मान ज़रूरी है, देखना कहीं यह कीमती जीवन किसी एक रंग से प्यार या दूसरे से नफरत में ही न निकल जाये । चलिये मिल के सरे कोशिश करे सच , सफ़ाई और सादगी से एक सच्चा हिन्दुस्तानी बन कर जिंदगी जिए। आप सभी को आज़ादी की सालगिराह मुबारक
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Nepalese delegation visits Fazilka

DP Correspondent
Parent Category: Regions
Category: Punjab
Published: 14 August 2015

Bathinda: A delegation of nine Nepalese are these days visiting a progressive farmer and agro services provider of Fazilka district for getting an exposure in custom hiring services.

After a field study, with the help of official staff of Zamindara Farmsolutions, a research analyst from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Sunil Saroj said the impact of CHS models had shown a positive role in raising standard of living, employment generation, higher education and better health of small and marginal farmers and landholders.

The project title 'Policy Reform Initiative Project  (PRIP)' for Agricultural Development & Food Security in Nepal is focused on strengthening Nepal's seed system, promote contract farming, mechanization, rationalize fertilizer subsidy, and improve fertilizer use efficiency, formulation besides introducing a new food safety policies, as learnt.

The IFPRI is working closely with Government of Nepal (various departments). Ministry of Agriculture Development (Nepal) and other stakeholders to provide exposure to Nepal through capacity building program in creating awareness and sensitization, informed the Nepal delegates.

Divulging details, staff of Zamindara Farmsolutions informed that "In this regard, one of the components of capacity building and sensitisation on custom hiring services has been organised to government officials of Nepal from Directorate of Agricultural Engineering, Nepal Agriculture Research Council, District Agricultural Development office and private entrepreneurs in India."

Jagannath Tiwari, Senior Agricultural Engineer, Directorate of Agricultural Engineering, Department of Agriculture, Government of Nepal, claimed to be impressed with about 'Chaalak Bane Maalik' model, under which poor farmers become machinery operator, stating that it had increased the social value of farmers as well as economic status. This specific model can be replicated in Nepal.

The Nepalese delegates claimed to have learnt a lot from the enterprising farmers of Fazilka in promoting custom hiring services in private, government and cooperative set up. They were found confident to develop and implement sustainable models for small and marginal farmers of Nepal. "The CHS model can really promote farm mechanization for small farmers who can't purchase machines," they opined.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

यूएनओ तक ब्रांड फाजिल्का की धमक

अमृत सचदेवा, फाजिल्का1जिस तरह आगरे को पेठे, बीकानेर को भुजिया, नागपुर को संतरे तथा अलीगढ़ को ताले ने पहचान दिलाई है, वैसे ही पहचान ब्रांड फाजिल्का को दिलाने में जुटी हैं फाजिल्का की विभिन्न शख्सियतें। जहां भी नाड़ दहन रुकवाकर पर्यावरण संरक्षण करने, किफायती खेती, बागवानी करने व किसानों को सहायक धंधों से जोड़ने का नाम आता है तो फाजिल्का वालों का नाम पहली कतार में आता है। 127 जुलाई को फाजिल्का के जिला बनने की चौथी वर्षगांठ की पूर्व संध्या पर दैनिक जागरण ने क्षेत्र की ऐसी ही कुछ शख्सियतों के कामकाज पर नजर दौड़ाई है, जो ब्रांड फाजिल्का स्थापित करने में जिला बनने से पहले से ही अपने मिशन में पूरी धुन के साथ जुटी हैं। कृषि प्रधान क्षेत्र में अपने अपने कार्य में जुटी ये शख्सियतें सुरेंद्र आहूजा, विक्रम आहूजा, प्रेम बब्बर, नवदीप असीजा, डॉ. भूपिंदर सिंह तथा विकास राय निहाखेड़ा हैं जिन्होंने ब्रांड फाजिल्का स्थापित किया है।1कर्ज मुक्त किसान अभियान से बनाई पहचान1फाजिल्का वालों ने यूनाइटेड नेशंस आर्गेनाइजेशन (यूएनओ), अफ्रीकी देशों, अमरीका की बिल मिंलीडा गेट्स फाउंडेशन, यूएनओ की इंटरनेशनल फेडरेशन ऑफ एग्रीकल्चर डेवलपमेंट (आइफेड) में अपनी योग्यता का लोहा मनवाया है। जमींदारा फार्मसाल्यूशंस के एमडी विक्रम आदित्य आहूजा व उनके साथ जुड़ी उक्त शख्सियतों ने अब तक कर्ज मुक्त किसान अभियान चलाकर जहां छोटे किसानों को कर्ज उठाकर ट्रैक्टर व महंगे कृषि औजार खरीदने के बजाय किराये पर लेकर काम चलाने, आधुनिक तकनीक से जमीन तैयार कर फसलों में 40 फीसद तक पानी बचाने, पांच हजार से अधिक किसानों को नाड़ दहन से हटाकर पर्यावरण संरक्षित करने की दिशा में बेहतर कार्य किए हैं। 1आइआइएम ने अपनाया फाजिल्का कृषि उपकरण मॉडल1नाबार्ड ने विक्रम आहूजा को अपनी पंजाब कमेटी का सदस्य बनाया है। एशिया के सर्वश्रेष्ठ मैनेजमेंट स्कूल आइआइएम अहमदाबाद ने जमींदारा फार्मसाल्यूशंस के कृषि उपकरण मॉडल को बतौर विषय अपने पाठ्यक्रम में शामिल कर आहूजा के लेक्चर शुरू करवाए हैं। इससे पहले उक्त शख्सियतों के सहयोग से संगठन को पंजाब स्टेट अवार्ड 2009, पंजाब सर्वश्रेष्ठ कृषक अवार्ड 2011, पंजाब स्टेट अवार्ड 2014, राष्ट्रीय नाबार्ड अवार्ड 2014 तथा यूनाइटेड नेशन द्वारा सीसैम की सदस्यता मिल चुकी है। आहूजा अफ्रीकी देशों रवांडा, लाइबेरिया, तनजानिया, यूगांडा व गिन्नी आदि के किसानों और कृषि विशेषज्ञों को फाजिल्का में ट्रेनिंग दे चुके हैं। इतना ही नहीं विक्रम आहूजा की बेटी चंद्रिका का चयन भी कर्ज मुक्त किसान अभियान में विशेष सहयोग के चलते यूनाइटेड नेशंस के रोम स्थित इंटरनेशनल फेडरेशन ऑफ एग्रीकल्चर डेवलपमेंट के मुख्यालय में काम के लिए हुआ है। 1नौ सौ परिवार बनाए स्वावलंबी1छोटे किसान, मजदूर जिनमें कृषि तकनीक का हुनर था, उन्हें संगठन ने चालक बनें मालिक योजना चलाकर आसान किश्तों पर ट्रैक्टर व अन्य कृषि औजार न केवल उपलब्ध करवाए बल्कि उन्हें बड़े किसानों का काम दिलवाकर उनका कर्ज भी उतरवाया है। उसकी बदौलत आज फाजिल्का, फिरोजपुर व श्री मुक्तसर साहिब जिले के नौ सौ छोटे किसान व कामगार ट्रैक्टर व अन्य कृषि औजारों से कृषि सेवा क्षेत्र में बतौर मालिक सेवाएं दे रहे हैं। अब आगामी माह अगस्त में नेपाली कृषि अधिकारी किफायती खेती की ट्रेनिंग लेने फाजिल्का आ रहे हैं।रोम स्थित यूएन के इंटरनेशनल फेडरेशन ऑफ एग्रीकल्चर डेवलपमेंट मुख्यालय के बाहर मौजूद फाजिल्का की चंद्रिका आहूजा। (दाएं) आईआईएमए अहमदाबाद में एचओडी प्रो. सुखपाल सिंह के साथ मौजूद विक्रम आहूजा

Dainik Jagran, Ludhiana Edition, Ferozpur Page 1, 26th July 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Third gender could protect women on Punjab buses

Vibhor Mohan,TNN | Jul 23, 2015, 02.20 AM IST

CHANDIGARH: After Delhi's east district roped in transgender people to advise women on safety in public transport last year, the Punjab government could become the first state to hire the third gender as conductors or safety officers in buses.

Navdeep Asija, Punjab government's traffic adviser appointed by the Punjab and Haryana high court on July 9, said he had put across the idea during the hearing of a case on public transport before the high court last week as part of verbal discussions on making buses safer. "I'll move a proposal with the transport department soon," he said.

The case is primarily about safety of kids in school buses but over time it has become more broad-based looking at safety in buses.

The 2011 census figures show that transgenders constitute 2% of the total population of Punjab. In 2010, the Punjab government created a separate category in application forms under which third gender people can apply for government vacancies.

 The proposal, said Asija, is in line with the recent Supreme Court ruling which said, "The spirit of the Constitution is to provide equal opportunity to every citizen to grow and attain their potential, irrespective of caste, religion or gender. It gave directions to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs and education in line with other minorities, as well as key amenities."

He added that since ancient times, women have felt secure in the company of transgender people. Besides, they are physically strong to protect them in case of any eventuality in public transport. An IIT-Delhi alumnus, Asija is a road safety expert.

Punjab has had some infamous cases related to women in buses including the death of a teenaged girl in May in Moga after she was allegedly thrown out of a moving bus by the conductor along with her mother.
Punjab government officials told TOI the suggestion was yet to come up as a formal proposal.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

सरकारी कॉलेज में मिलेगा 1000 विद्यार्थियों को दाखिला

रवि आहलूवालिया संग उच्च शिक्षा डायरेक्टर से मिले नवदीप असीजा
  • कॉलेज को आज हो जाएगा अधिकारित पत्र जारी
  • अन्य समस्याओं का समाधान भी जल्दी होने की उम्मीद जागी
फाजिल्का 14 जुलाई: सरकारी मुंशी राम कॉलेज में दाखिला लेने से वंचित हुए विद्यार्थियों के लिए खुशी का समाचार है। क्योंकि उच्च शिक्षा विभाग की ओर से कॉलेज में बीए-1 की अब 1000 सीटें कर दी गई हैं। कॉलेज में सीटें बढ़ाने के लिए ग्रेजूएटस वेलफेयर एसोसिएशन फाजिल्का के सचिव नवदीप असीजा कुछ समय से यह प्रयास कर रहे थे। अब उनकी भी मेहनत रंग लाई और विभाग ने कॉलेज में 1000 सीटें करने की घोषणा कर दी है। गवफ सचिव नवदीप असीजा ने उच्च शिक्षा मंत्री सुरजीत सिंह रखड़ा से पहले कॉलेज में सीटें बढ़ाने की मांग को लेकर बात की थी। मगर विदेश में जाने के कारण उन्होंने अपने ओएसडी रवि आहलूवालिया से इस समस्या का समाधान करवाने की बात कही। श्री असीजा उन्हें साथ लेकर उच्च शिक्षा विभाग के डायरेक्टर पी.के. गोयल से मिले और उन्होंने फाजिल्का के सरकारी एम.आर. कॉलेज में 1000 सीटें करने का आदेश जारी कर दिया। नवदीप असीजा ने बताया कि आज कार्यालय में देरी की वजह से बढ़ी सीटों के बारे में कॉलेज को पत्र जारी नहीं किया जा सका। इस बारे में बुधवार को पत्र भी जारी कर दिया जाएगा। नवदीप असीजा ने बताया कि कॉलेज में विद्यार्थियों को पेश आ रही समस्याओं के बारे में कैबिनेट मंत्र व विभाग के आलाधिकारियों से बातचीत हो चुकी है और जल्दी ही अन्य समस्याओं का समाधान भी करवा लिया जाएगा। इधर फाजिल्का में समाचार पहुंचते ही उन विद्यार्थियों में खुशी पाई गई, जिन्होंने दाखिला लेने के लिए फार्म तो अप्लाई किया, लेकिन मात्र 480 सीटें होने के कारण उन्हें दाखिले से वंचित होना पड़ा। मगर अब उनमें दाखिला मिलने की उम्मीद जाग गई है। श्री असीजा ने बताया कि कॉलेज में हर साल सीटें बढ़ाने की समस्या को अब खत्म कर दिया जाएगा। इस बारे में उनकी उच्च शिक्षा मंत्री से बात भी हो चुकी है। बता दें कि जिला भर में यह एक ही सरकारी कॉलेज और सबसे पुराना कॉलेज है। मगर इसमें हर साल सिर्फ 480 विद्यार्थियों को ही दाखिला देने का प्रॉस्पेक्ट जारी किया जाता है। विद्यार्थी और अन्य संगठनों के आंदोलन के बाद सीटें बढ़ाई जाती हैं। जिस कारण कई विद्यार्थियों को बढ़ी सीटों का पता नहीं चल पाता और वह दाखिले से वंचित हो जाते हैं, लेकिन अब इस समस्या का स्थाई समाधान होने की संभावना बन गई है।

Sarhad Kesri, 16th July 2015, Fazilka

Saturday, July 11, 2015

S. Pertab, ICS – Founder of Pertab Bagh Fazilka (1896-1939)

Compilation by Navdeep Asija

A very efficient administration system had been worked out by the British Raj in the form of officers drawn from 'Natives'. During the period 1900-1940, very competent officers drawn from sons of the soil served the soul. Out of many Sardar S. Pertab was best amongst many other officers of this efficient tribe who served the populace without any grudge dispensing government services to all sections without any personal considerations.

A native of Narangwal village of Ludhiana district, he was born on June 1, 1896 at Rewa in the present-day Madhya Pradesh, where his father Col Heera Singh was commander-in-chief of the Rewa state forces. In 98 years of British rule over Punjab, only 11 Sikh officers were selected for the ICS. During this period, British government posted only one Indian deputy commissioner in Lahore. He was S Pertab, ICS, (alias Ram Parsad Singh Grewal). He was deputy commissioner for two stints. He is always remembered for his dexterity and sagacity in resolving the Gurdwara Shahidganj issue in Lahore and restoring it to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. S. Pertab had many firsts to his credit. He was also the first Indian deputy commissioner of Delhi and Shimla.

While doing his graduation from Khalsa College, Amritsar, he opted to serve in the British army as a jawan from 1914 to 1916. After his graduation, he went to Oxford for higher studies. He started his career with North West Railways before he got qualified for Indian Civil Services Cadre 1921 along with his other famous batch mates Neta Ji Subhash Chandra Bose and Malik Hardit Singh. Due to his family background as Army Officers, before joining the Job, he volunteered for army service in First World War (1914-1918) posted in Baghdad.

Mr. Pertab was a popular administrator at all his postings. When he was Deputy Commissioner of Montgomery (renamed Sahiwal in Pakistan), his kindness won the hearts of the people and they named the Gymkhana Club after him. The name Pertab sticks to this day. A garden and a road were named after him. Both carry his name to this day. While in Ferozepur as DC on December 19, 1931, Pertab, along with a British SP, had chased and killed a dacoit and got a kidnapped girl restored to her family. Wherever he was posted, Pertab opened parks, worked for the welfare of the downtrodden and got ladies clubs and hospitals opened. He also undertook massive beautification and restoration work on famous "Ridge" at Shimla.

At Fazilka during his tenure as Deputy Commissioner Ferozpur, an educational complex for girls and a specially laid out garden was installed in the erstwhile spacious Khattianwala Bagh of Fazilka in the area of about 10 acre in the Middle of the city Fazilka. The Municipal Committee Fazilka renamed the Khattianwala Bagh opposite the Civil Hospital for Women (Government High School for Boys Fazilka was located in the southern corner of this very garden before it was shifted to the present campus in 1926) after him as Pertab Bagh in 1930s. Electric powered water pumping was also installed in the existing brick well of the garden. The water from electric powered pump of this campus was supplied to the four sprayers at the periphery of famous Clock Tower Fazilka (inaugurated in June 1939) by an underground pipeline. He died on June 16, 1939 after battling leukemia for two years when he was serving as DC in Shimla. Ironically 10 days later, when famous Clock Tower of Fazilka was inaugurated. The illustrious ICS officer was cremated in his native village on June 17, 1939.

  • Singh, Bhupinder (2009), Retired Professor at Mechanical Engineering Department, IIT Roorkee. Officers of High Quality Who Looked After Fazilka Sub Division in 1920's E-mail 8 May
  • Kaushik, Ravinder, Retd. IAS. (2012). Lahore's only Indian DC stands out. Hindustan Times, Chandigarh. 22 April.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Sterilization of Dogs Vs Sterilization of Cars in Chandigarh...

Dogs Vs Cars..

The menace of stray dogs has been on the rise in Chandigarh, with nearly 500 dog bite cases being reported from the city each month, so  in order to control the population, Chandigarh Administration and Municipal Authorities have started sterilization in order to control growth. Welcoming Step as a part by working on Supply Management.....Now on the similar context of road crashes, where Car bites similar same number of people and causing death of more than 10 people every month...more alarming and serious than do a solution the same Chandigarh Administration facilitating cars with more number of Parking lots, by widening the roads, my making their approach is contradicting their own philosophy of Supply they are to facilitate growth of Cars by doing Demand solution will come by increasing the numbers of Cars of by doing the sterilization of Cars ...Looking forward your opinion ??

Friday, June 26, 2015

Punjab's highways to death

,TNN | Jun 24, 2015

CHANDIGARH: Punjab's killer highways don't even remotely qualify for the worldwide description of 'forgiving' roads that have the capacity to condone the driver's mistakes with their impeccable engineering. On the contrary, loaded with 400 black spots, both national and state highways ensure that the driver pays with someone's life the moment he blinks for fraction of a second.

As many as 4,863 lives were lost in 6,500 road accidents in Punjab during 2013-14, as per the last National Crime Records Bureau report.

An analysis of road accidents by Punjab Governance Reforms Commission, which has finalized the Punjab state road safety policy, reveals that six major cities of Punjab — Patiala, SAS Nagar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar and Bathinda — account for roughly 50% of the total accidents in the state.

Death of former Indian women hockey team captain and coach Shashi Bala and three others on the killer highway Ropar-Nawanshahr-Phagwara on Sunday has again highlighted the need for addressing the problem.

Dr Kamaljit Soi, road safety expert and former vice-chairman of Punjab State Road Safety Council, said there is no justification for not treating the black spots in all these years. "In most cases, the excuse of lack of budgetary allocation does not hold water and all that is required is small changes in the alignment of roads to make an unsuspecting driver aware of a dangerous patch ahead. One tends to be less doubtful while driving on a highway," he said.

The present road fatality death rate per lakh population in Punjab is 12 compared to 12.8 of India and 24 of Haryana. Punjab has total of 62,298 kms of road network and state highways claim a high share of 46% of fatal accidents.

Harman Singh Sidhu, member of Punjab Road Safety Council, says, "It starts with lack of transport planning in the first place. New colonies are constructed, mostly by private builders and they conveniently connect the main gate to the existing highway".

"Roads like NH1 is under construction for years, there are short stretches of good road and suddenly (without any warning) a hazardous under-construction zone. The dangerous trend of constructing bypasses and then developing residential complexes along these roads is being witnessed in Zirakpur, Mohali, Kharar and Panchkula," he said.

Figures procured by road safety activists in the state reveal that the state government has not just failed in treating even the black spots identified five years ago, it has failed on the count of enforcement as well. Challaning for offences like overspeeding is limited to the two districts of Jalandhar and Ludhiana, most of the alcometers are non-functional and there are not enough cops to check traffic offences across Punjab.

"There is need to look at risky corridors instead of merely killer black spots in the state as most stretches of national and state highways need to be made safer in the state," said Navdeep Asija, who has been traffic advisor to Punjab 

Thursday, June 18, 2015


The Punjab Government has decided to organise State-level functions to mark the International Day of Yoga on June 21 at Amritsar and Fazilka from 7 to 7.35 am. "Union Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Punjab Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani would preside over these functions at Amritsar and Fazilka respectively," said a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's office. 

Meanwhile, the State Government has issued instructions to all the Deputy Commissioners in the state to organize such functions at district, sub-division and block level in their respective districts to celebrate the International Day of Yoga on June 21.

The state Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal has asked the Deputy Commissioners to hold these functions in association with local officers of departments of Sports and Youth Services, School Education, Health and Family Welfare and Rural Development and Panchayats.

Likewise, the state government has also issued instructions to all the Heads of Departments to elicit the participation of all the officers or officials stationed at headquarters in the International Day of Yoga at Sports Complex, Sector-78, Mohali.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Appointment as Traffic Advisor by Punjab and Haryana High Court

Court on its own motion Versus State of Punjab & Ors.

CM-13783-CWP-2014 in CWP-7500-2010 (O&M);
along with CWP Nos.10655, 17530 & 18390 of 2010 (O&M)

Present: Ms. Reeta Kohli, Senior Advocate – Amicus Curiae with
Ms. Harpreet Athwal, Advocate
Mr. GS Wasu, Addl. AG Haryana
Mr. Aman Bahri, Addl. AG Punjab
Mr. Sanjiv Ghai, Advocate for MC Chandigarh
Mr. Aman Sharma, Advocate for PUDA
Mr. Chetan Mittal, Assistant Solicitor General with
Mr. Arun Gosain, Advocate for Union of India
Mr. Mohnish Sharma, Advocate for respondent No.17
Mr. Lokesh Sinhal, Advocate for respondent No.18
Having been apprised of the scope of work to be entrusted to the Traffic Advisor, even if such appointment is made in the Police Department, Mr. Asija has agreed to accept the offer made by the State of Punjab. As an abundant precaution, we clarify that assignment of Traffic Advisor given to Mr. Asija shall not remain restricted qua the activities in the Police Department only and he shall be at liberty to send recommendations/render advice to various other Departments, like the followings, who are equally involved in dealing with the cause of traffic management in the

State of Punjab:-
i. Department of Local Bodies;
ii. Department of Town & Country Planning;
iv. Department of Transportation;
v. Department of PWD(B&R);
vi. State Police/Punjab Police;
vii. Punjab Infrastructure Development Board;
viii. Punjab Infrastructure Regulatory Authority.

Mr. Asija may give suggestions with reference to the assignment given to him, on the next date of hearing. 

As regard Gurgaon, counsel for HUDA and learned Additional AG Haryana undertake to file additional affidavit along with site plan as well as the imagination view of the proposed 16- lane road being constructed by HUDA and DLF. Post again on 14.08.2015.

Photocopy of this order be placed on the record of other connected matters.

(Surya Kant)

(Ajay Tewari)