Thursday, February 18, 1999
Going too far with Cupid
THE proverbial Cupid's arrow seems to have struck too deep into the heart of a damsel, who appears to be madly in love with a boy. But to her dismay, the boy is not only indifferent but hostile as well.
The script of this love story is being written by a girl at Balsamand village, about 25 km from Hisar.
According to a complaint filed by Pawan Kumar, a plus two student of the village, in the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr S.K.Goel, the girl allegedly caught hold of him (Pawan Kumar) on January 20 in public view. She not only handed him a love letter but also allegedly gave him a kiss.
Pawan Kumar alleged in his complaint, that he brought the matter to the notice of the police, who did not take action against the girl. He was thus forced to file a complaint in the court.
The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate has reportedly directed the Station House Officer of Hisar's Sadar police station to file an FIR against the girl under Section 292 of the IPC.
Pawan Kumar alleged that the girl had been stalking him for several months. Despite his refusal, she repeatedly followed him and expressed her love for him on several occasions. He claimed that he tried to convince the girl not to follow him, but she did not stop in her pursuit. Ultimately, the girl allegedly kissed him in public, which caused him humiliation.
Boy saves man's life
In a rare incident of exemplary courage and bravery, nine-year-old Chutku saved the life of a man.
One morning Harchand Singh (42) was working in his fields at Bassi Pathana's town. He went to start the tubewell, when he was struck by the current.The man started shouting for help. Chutku, who lives in a nearby farmhouse of Kanwar Rajesh Paul Singh Lalli, heard cries and rushed to the spot by jumping the boundary wall. Another person, also working in the fields, took to his heels when he heard the shouts.
Chutku reached the place but he was too short to reach the switchboard but he jumped repeatedly and somehow managed to put off the main switch. Then he sent an SOS. The landlord, who himself is handicapped, reached the spot and took Harchand Singh to hospital in his car.
Thus the sheer presence of mind and tactful handling by the small boy saved the life of a person.
People of the area are all praise for child and demand a suitable award for him.
Shivratri fair a big draw
Udhampur is an important district not only because of its location as headquarters of the Northern Command but also owing to its tourist and pilgrim centres. It is in this district that country's most popular shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi is located on the Trikuta hills, which attracts about four million pilgrims annually. By this count it plays an important role in the economy of the Jammu region in particular and J&K state in general. There are so many other attractions and prominent among these is Shiv Khori which on Shivratri every year attracts thousands of pilgrims from Jammu division and outside states like Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
Shiv Khori is a wonderful natural cave situated on hillock about 5 km from Ransu village in Reasi tehsil of Udhampur district. This natural cave contains an image of Shiva. The hillock on which this cave exists is surrounded by a forest with a large variety of green trees and plants.
The outer chamber of the cave is spacious and can accommodate dozens of people at a time where as the inner chamber is smaller. The passage from the outer to the inner chamber is low and narrow. Only a small portion of the cave which extends to half a kilometre has been explored superficially. The exploration of the entire cave may bring to light some startling facts.
It is said that this cave was first sighted by a shepherd belonging to the Bakarwal community who used to graze sheep in the area and sometimes used the cave's outchamber as shelter. A renowned saint hailing from Hardwar , Baba Dudha Dhari, had also once meditated in the inner chamber of cave for several years.
Every Shivratri, a big mela is held which attracts thousands of Shiva devotees. To make the fair a success, elaborate arrangements of board and lodging, electricity, drinking water and transport are made for regulation of the pilgrimage, apart from deployment of boy scouts and girl guides. A large number of police personnel are also deployed for maintaining law and order and check nefarious activities of anti-social elements. This year this mela was held on February 14.
Punjab jawan's supreme sacrifice
Sepoy Sukhwinder Singh of 3 Punjab Regiment made the supreme sacrifice while fighting anti- national and secessionist forces in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on November 10 last year.
Colonel I.J. Peoples and all ranks of 3 Punjab were unanimous in paying tributes to this young soldier of the Malwa belt who made the supreme sacrifice. At a condolence meeting held recently, they prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength and forbearance to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.
During the past one year, a number of officers and other ranks from Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana have made the supreme sacrifice in fighting anti-national forces in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-East.
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