Killed: Surinder Kumar alias Bittu (26) of Moolianwali village, died in a road accident on Saturday night. According to reports available, Surinder was returning to his village on his motorcycle when he was hit by a canter coming from the opposite direction. He died on spot.
Fake travel agent booked: A fake travel agent duped a person of Rs 4 lakh in the name of sending his son abroad. According to police sources, Makhan Singh alleged that Swaran Singh of Miani took Rs 4 lakh from him to send his son abroad but neither did he send his son abroad nor returned the money.The Tanda police has booked Swaran Singh under section 420 of the IPC.
HPCL ‘responsible’ for LPG shortage: The All-Punjab HP Distributors’ Association blamed the HPCL for the shortage of LPG. President of the association V.K. Tandon and its general secretary Sukhbir Singh said a delegation of the distributors would meet the chief regional manger of the HPCL to resolve the problem.
National seminar: Aryans Business School (ABS) organised a national seminar on public-private partnership (PPP) in the infrastructure sector on the college campus recently. Chief guest Dr Manoj Anand, professor, IIM, Lucknow, inaugurated the seminar. In his keynote address, Dr Anand talked about the needs, challenges, role and importance of the PPP. He said there was a link between infrastructure facilities and progress of a nation.
5 of marriage party killed: In a head- on collision between a truck and a car at Benra village (3 km from Dhuri) on the Sangrur-Dhuri road on Sunday evening all five occupants of the car were killed. The truck was going towards Sangrur from Dhuri while the car was going towards Dhuri from Sangrur side. Dhuri DSP Swaran Singh said on phone all five killed persons were from Daulatpur village (near Dhuri). The deceased had been identified as Gurpreet Singh, Jagtar Singh, Kaka Singh, Sukhwinder Singh and Ranjit Singh, alias Gagan. The driver of the truck fled from the scene.
PNDT Act: Haryana has so far recorded five convictions for sex determination under the Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act. The number is the highest in the country. This was stated in an official press note issued after a meeting of the supervisory board set up under the act here on Friday. The latest conviction in this regard took place on January 21 in a case in Charkhi Dadri, Bhiwani, where the court ordered a doctor couple to undergo imprisonment for one year and pay a fine of Rs 2,000.
CHAMBA Kumarhatti Kullu NAHAN NURPUR SUNDERNAGAR
A health mela organised for the people of Hoshiarpur under the National Rural Health Mission recently was a big draw. Apart from providing healthcare to 16,826 patients, it also succeeded in creating awareness against social evils such as drug abuse, female foeitcide, HIV/ AIDS and adulteration of food items.
Interestingly, 26 persons got themselves tested for AIDS on their own and one of them was actually found to be HIV positive.
To attend to matters of the heart, local MP Avinash Rai Khanna had invited experts like the director of the PGI, Chandigarh, Prof K.K. Talwar. A cardiologist of repute, Talwar gave his advice to the local patients who were saved the hassle of travelling to the PGI and seeking an appointment there. Doctors from the fields of allopathy, ayurveda and homeopathy examined the patients. Special teams from the PGI, the Batra Hospital, Delhi, Amar Hospital, Mohali, Kundan Hospital, Jalandhar, Oswal Cancer Institute, Ludhiana, Shri Ram Cardiac Centre, Jalandhar, Vaid Mandal, Hoshiarpur, and the Neuro Therapy Centre run by the Sewa Bharti, Mohali, participated.
Eight children having congenital cardiac problems were also detected. And since the cost of surgery is more than Rs 1 lakhin each case, Khanna urged philanthropists and NGOs to arrange the surgery of these children as they all belonged to low socio-economic groups.
More than 150 persons pledged their eyes and one person pledged to donate his body after death to the PGI for scientific research. Another 173 persons, including deputy commissioner D.K. Tiwari, donated blood at the mela.
To develop senstivity towards the environment among people, especially the youth, Prabhat Bhatti, a Nangal-based wildlife photographer, organised a photo exhibition of birds at Ropar recently.
The exhibition was part of the Youth Mela organised by the Roopnagar Cultural Society.
Nearly 100 frames of various species of winged beauties, both local and migratory, were exhibited. For capturing these feathered friends on the lens, he walked miles in the wooded areas of Nangal, Ropar, Bilaspur and Una.
Be it is the crimson-breasted barbet, the magpie, the crimson large green barbet or the kingfisher, their plumage and shrill bird calls never fail to fascinate him.
His collection comprises birds feeding their young ones, basking in the sun, taking a dip in a pond and flying in a “V” formation.
The exhibition drew hundred of viewers, especially youngsters.
Since Nangal and its surrounding areas are fast emerging as popular destinations for bird watchers, he feels that the state government should lay emphasis on the development and protection of the habitat of birds and mammals.
“If we don’t show urgency about the need to protect wildlife, there might not be enough wildlife to worry about or protect later,” believes Bhatti.
Contributed by Ajay Banerjee and Vishal Gulati