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Lok Adalat: As many as 111 cases were disposed of amicably on Saturday in the quarterly Lok Adalat. The District Legal Services Authority held the adalat at the district courts here. Mr Gurdev Singh, District and Sessions Judge, in a press note stated that in all 390 cases were taken up. He informed that so far 2097 cases had been resolved through Lok Adalats in the city.

Vanamahotsava: Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Saturday organised Vanamahotsava camp at Ajanta Public School here. Over 100 students and officials of the bank participated. Mr S.S. Bhatia, Assistant General Manager, PNB, was also present.

Suvidha camp:
The local administration on Saturday organised a ‘suvidha camp’ in Dera Baba Nanak area of the district. As many as 25 government departments participated. Mr Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture who represents the area, inaugurated the camp. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vivek Pratap, was also present on the occasion. The Department of Transport issued licenses on the spot. Enquiries for passports and arms licenses were conducted by the police officials. Health Department officials organised medical camps and the Department of Social Security issued pension at the camps.

Lok Adalat: A quarterly Lok Adalat was held on Saturday in the Session Court complex at Hoshiarpur, under chairmanship of Mr G.K. Rai, District and Sessions Judge, Hoshiarpur. As many as 128 cases were taken up of which 60 were disposed of amicably.

HONOURED: The Red Cross Society held a function at the local Government Girls Senior Secondary School here on Wednesday to honour girls-cadets who took part in the Independence Day March past parade. Ms Pushpa Devi, Assistant Sub Inspector, Traffic Police, honoured the cadets, Mr Vijay Kumar Goyal, vice-president, Red Cross Society, gave certificates to the students. Prominent among others present were Ms Manjit Kaur Cheema and Ms Jatinder Kaur Pal.

Competitions: The Bharat Vikas Parishad organised mehndi and ragoli competitions at the local Kamla Nehru College for Women here on Sunday. Gurpreet Kaur and Poonam won the first prizes in the junior and senior wings in mehndi, respectively, while Anuradha got the first place in rangoli. State convener of the parishad Baldev Katiyal and college Principal Mrs Kusum Verma gave away the prizes to the winners.

Rally flagged off: The state Minister of Animal Husbandry and Tourism, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, on Saturday flagged off a rally of students of various schools, organised on the birth anniversary of the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by the district administration, from DAV school here today. The schoolchildren after passing through various parts of the city reached Government College where an Akshay Urja Divas function was organised.



TALK: A talk on “Role of yoga in body fitness” along with exercises was organised during the general body meeting of a unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad at Modern Housing Complex here on Sunday. Mr C.D. Bhardwaj, district president, Bhartiya Yog Sansthan, described the yoga in details and told the remedies of common diseases.

ORGANISED: A freshers party was organised by the Commerce Association of Government College, Sector 11, on Wednesday. Pahlad Aggarwal, Principal, presided over the function. Aditya Jindal won the Mr Fresher title and Miss Fresher title went to Priyanka. Mr Akhil and Ms Prabhjot were declared runners up.

LECTURE: A lecture on “Teaching effectiveness”, was delivered by Prof Vidhu Mohan, psychologist, at the Government College of Education, Sector 20, here on Wednesday. She impressed upon having good communication skills and to develop personality traits among the teachers. The series of talks which were a part of a week-long orientation programme concluded with this lecture.

Minorities’ panel: Three members of the National Minorities Commission, including Lt. Gen. (retd) A.M. Sethna, Mr Ahmad Rashid Shervani and Mr V.V. Augustine, called on Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, here on Wednesday and held wide-ranging discussions on various issues concerning the minority communities in Punjab and Chandigarh.


QUIZ: A quiz was held in Hargolal Kanya School on Wednesday. The competition was organised by the Rashtrabhasha Vichar Manch. In junior group, Nisha Yadav won first prize, Neeti got second and Sandhya was third. In senior group, Nancy was first, Savitri won second and Pooja Sharma was third. The prizes were given away by the Municipal Council, president Ambala Sadar, Ms Neelam Sharma.

One held: The district police arrested a man and seized about 5 kg of charas from his possession near Birdhana village of the district on Saturday. According to police sources, a patrolling party detained Surender, a resident of Bihar. On being searched, about 5 kg of charas was recovered from him. The police registered a case under the NDPS Act and arrested him.

Cases settled
: Over seven dozen cases were settled in a special Lok Adalat organised for settling pending bank cases at the district court complex here on Saturday. The Lok Adalat was presided over by the Additional District Judge, Mr S.K. Gupta. As many as 349 cases of different banks were taken up for settlement and 88 of them were settled.

Condemned: Taking exception to the senior BJP leader Randhir Singh Kapriwas’s indefinite fast, which he began here on Saturday, Congress leader Ved Prakash Vidrohi has described it as a “political gimmick” engineered to gain cheap popularity. He said that the issues relating to the power and water crises had now become redundant because of improvement in the situation.

Killed: Lal Chand (72), a security guard of a TV company, near Dharuhera, was allegedly done to death by some assailants on Friday night. The body, which was recovered by the Dharuhera police on Saturday morning was sent to the Community Health Centre, Bawal, where doctors conducted a post-mortem examination. The police has registered a case of murder under Section 302 of the IPC.

Assaulted: Three unidentified armed youths reportedly entered the pharmaceutical factory near Badh Khalsa village, about 15 km from here, on Saturday night and assaulted the owner of the factory who was in asleep there. The alleged assailants decamped with three mobile phones, one watch and cash from it. The owner of the factory sustained head injuries during the assault and he became unconscious. He, however, gained consciousness at 4 a.m. and informed the chowkidar about the incident.

Reward announced: The police on Sunday announced a cash reward for information about the whereabouts of two persons involved in the murder of Dalbir, a resident of Jharot village, in this district. A culprit, Ashok of Jharot village, carried a cash reward of Rs 10,000, whereas other culprit, Parveen, of the same village carried a cash reward of Rs 5,000.


Rail link demanded: Residents of Dalhousie have urged the Union Government to link Dalhousie and Chamba hill resorts with a rail line from the railway junction at Pathankot from the tourism point of view. These scenic places are visited by many tourists and the rail link can add much to their facility, thereby giving a fillip to the thriving tourism industry of this scenic hilly region.

Child dies: A child, Raju (10) son of Mr Ram Bahadur, died in an accident at Raskat village near Manikaran on Friday. It was learnt that five children were travelling in a tractor (HP-32-2077) when it rolled into a deep gorge. Two of the children were admitted to the zonal hospital here in serious condition. The driver of the tractor escaped with minor injuries. The body of the deceased was handed over to the parents after post-mortem.

Harassment alleged: The police arrested Ramesh Thakur from Babeli village on Friday after his wife lodged a complaint accusing him harassing her for dowry. She also alleged that her husband had extramarital relations with another woman. A case under Sections 498 A, 320 B and 427 IPC has been registered.

Insurance claim: The Kangra District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum in a camp held here on Saturday ordered the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India, Nurpur branch, to release Rs 1 lakh to a complainant, Bishamber Singh of Badla Dhameta village, as insurance claim. The complainant, who had bought a life insurance policy (151336811) worth Rs 1 lakh for his wife Visho Devi on September 28, 2003, following a heart attack.

PAINTING COMPETITION: The Apollo Tyres organised a painting competition at the local Giri Mandir. The competition was divided into two age groups. In group (A) children of age group between 4-8 years and the (B) group between 9-12 age group. In the group A, Akshita, Vivek and Diksha Gupta were delcared first, second and third, respectively. In the group B, Harpreet Kaur, Swati Kaushal and Swati Rai got first, second and third position, respectively.



Regional potpourri

STAR ATTRACTION: Preity Zinta, an ex-Bedian, with Babbi, owner of her college-time haunt, Pappi ka Dhaba, in Shimla.
STAR ATTRACTION: Preity Zinta, an ex-Bedian, with Babbi, owner of her college-time haunt, Pappi ka Dhaba, in Shimla.

It is neither swanky nor happening, but for many students and ex-students of St Bede’s College, Shimla, Pappi ka Dhaba is a favourite haunt. On a recent visit to Shimla, Preity Zinta, an ex-Bedian, relived the wonderful times she and her friends had shared at Pappi’s.

Set up in the early 1980s and tucked away in Shimla’s suburb, Sanjauli, Pappi ka Dhaba is extremely popular with Bedians, for it offers mouth-watering fare at easy-on-the-pocket prices. Music-loving Pappi, after whom it was named, had started it along with his brothers, Raja and Babbi.

A gentle and unassuming soul with a Sufi temperament, Pappi ran away from home when he was nine to join a jatha that sang devotional songs.

Visitors could listen to rare records of Master Madan, whose ardent fan Pappi was. Special coffee with almonds was an original and a real hit with the regular customers, as were the crisp paranthas. More than the food, it was the ambience and warmth, the ‘apnapan’ that got the visitors hooked to the joint. Many bonds were forged and life-long friendships sealed over steaming cups of tea at Pappi’s.

It was here that students whispered secrets, shared giggles while letting off steam against cranky teachers, and even exchanged confidences with Pappiji. Even though Pappi has since moved away and is no longer in the food business, the dhaba continues to be the hub of activity for countless Bedians, who miss home food.

A truck with luck

ROUTE TO SUCCESS: Dilpreet Sadana and his sister Manpreet Kaur working on the truckkhoj.com software.
ROUTE TO SUCCESS: Dilpreet Sadana and his sister Manpreet Kaur working on the truckkhoj.com software.

Thirtyone-year-old Dilpreet Sadana, who hails from Karnal in Haryana, was running a family textile business after doing graduation when he met with a serious accident that resulted in a spinal injury and partial paralysis of his body.

“I remained in coma for around six months and was in a depression for a long time. Once I recovered, I started exploring new work opportunities on the Internet,” he says.

“After prolonged search, I zeroed in on this unusual service of monitoring the movement of trucks online, which is quite popular in the USA. My sister Manpreet, who is married into a family of truck owners in New Delhi, encouraged me to take this up,” he recalls.

So, the brother-sister duo set up Keybell Solutions Pvt. Ltd under the truckkhoj.com brand. “The company offers service to operators to keep a track of their trucks on all the major national and state highways spread across 14 states, besides legal, mechanical and other services,” says Sadana, who is now based in Delhi.

The company has set up network booths at every 100 km on the highways, mostly at petrol stations. On the pattern of ATM cards, truck drivers have to insert the cards installed there and the whole information is sent back to their owners within no time through the Net, mobile or landline phones.

Starting with 10-15 trucks about two years ago, truckkhoj.com today provides services to over 7000 trucks in the country. It has set up around 100 tracking points on the highways, covering the Golden Quadrilateral, the north-eastern and southern region.

Sadana says that initially truck drivers were not enthusiastic and would even try to tamper with the smart cards. Addss Manpreet Kaur, director of the company, “But once the operators experiment with it for a few days, they find it quite beneficial for getting the service of tracking, first aid in case of emergency and other help when a vehicle breaks down on the way, for just a few hundred rupees per month.”

For a person who started out by looking for a new job for himself, Sadana has come a long way, and employs around 300 persons in his company today.

Doctor of art

Dr Madhuri Mehta.
Dr Madhuri Mehta.
— Photo by Sanjeev Mehta

For Dr Madhuri Mehta, a Hisar-based ENT specialist, giving shape to her talent by creating images on canvas is as important as using her skills to alleviate the pain and suffering of her patients. This doctor-cum-painter feels that art is a medium through which one can align with nature and be one with God.

“I believe that reality and dreams co-exist in our life. For me, painting is a means to live in my dream world, for while working on the canvas, I am detached from the real world. It gives me a sense of fulfillment and creative satisfaction,” observes the doctor-artist.

Madhuri is always keen on self-betterment and keeps on holding exhibitions of her paintings at regular intervals. She maintains that artistic expression is based on human sensitivity and gives an outlet to one’s pent-up emotions.

Though she does not get enough time for painting due to her busy schedule, Madhuri has a constant urge to dabble in colours and picks up the brush whenever she finds time. But when in hospital, her creative urges take a backseat and she gives her single-minded attention to her patients.

She believes that one must look beyond pain and suffering. “I always tell my patients, as well as myself, to forget the past and move forward in life. I try to share their pain and, in return, get overwhelming love and affection from them,” she says.

Contributed by Aruti Nayar, Sunit Dhawan and Manoj Kumar


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