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Regional potpourri
Building block
Simian scare, oh deer
A pen-pusher and policeman 

CHANDIGARH

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Sector Development and Residents Welfare Association, Sector 38: president — Mr PS Hundal; secretary general — Mr Chaman Lal; treasurer — Mr Badri Nath Sharma; senior vice-president — Mr KK Handa; vice-president — Mr KK Handa; Mr Baldev Singh —secretary (environment); Mr BP Gupta — organising secretary; Mr CB Mehta — secretary (works); Mr OP Sarwal — joint secretary; and Dr RS Bhasin, Mr Hukam Singh, Mr KP Bhagtiar, Mr Tek Chand Dargan, Mr Janak Raj Kalia, Mr TN Chadha and Mr Janak Raj Singh — advisors. 

Camp: Over 300 learning licences were made and 30 mutations done at a “Jan Suvidha Camp” held at Khelan village, 42 km from here, on Thursday. While the SDM, Mr Narinder Sangha, presided over the camp, the Naib Tehsildar, Mr Parveen Kumar, was also present, according to Dr Dharam Singh, a member of the Block Samiti, and Mr Rajesh Singh, a panch of the Khelan Gram Panchayat.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Citizens’ Welfare Association, Sector 22-C: president- Mr R.S.Bhanot; vice president- Mr O.P.Sharma; general secretary -Mr J.S.Uppal; secretary- Mr Rajeev Sharma; and finance secretary- Mr K.R. Goel. 

Mohali
Four booked
: The Mohali police has booked Sarandeep Singh, Paramjit Singh, Jasveer Singh and Gurmeet Kaur on charges of cheating and forgery. The four have been booked under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120B of the IPC on a complaint filed by Mr Amba Prasad, a resident of Chandigarh. According to the FIR, the four allegedly got transferred over 25 kanals of land in Kansal village belonging to Nanak Chand. It was alleged that the sale deed was forged and fabricated.

LIBRARY OPENED: A library was inaugurated at Phase V here on Sunday. The library was established by the House Owners Welfare Society. It was inaugurated by Dr Naresh Kumar, vice-president, Ranbaxy Laboratories. Mr Albel Singh Shyan, general secretary of the society, Mr S.K. Behl, Mr Balbir Singh, Mrs Deep Kaur Shyan, Mr B.S. Tej, Mr A.S. Bhatti and Mr A.N. Sharma were present.


HARYANA

SONEPAT
Showroom gutted
: A showroom of the BPL company was gutted in a fire which broke out because of a short circuit on the Railway road here on Saturday night. According to a report, the fire was brought under control by three fire engines. 

Farmer shot: A farmer, Kishan (40), was shot dead by three persons said to be relatives, at Mohan village, 10 km from here, on Saturday. According to a report, all the three alleged assailants were identified as Raju, Jassu adn Billa, who escaped after the incident. The police has registered a case against them. The police has sent the body for a post-mortem examination. 

More coaches: The Northern Railway has added six more coaches to the passengers train (2 DU) running between Ambala and Delhi from Sunday. According to a report, this step has been taken to meet the rush of the passengers, particularly commuters, school teachers and businessmen working in Delhi. The number of coaches has now risen from 12 to 18 in this train.

JHAJJAR
100-bed hospital
: The Commissioner, Rohtak Division, Mr NC Wadhwa, held a meeting of the district officials to review the progress in various development projects in the district. He said a 100-bed hospital would be set up in Bahadurgrh town for which the state government had given sanction. The Commissioner also directed the local civic body to launch a special campaign to recover the dues of the House Tax and the Development Charges. The Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Suprabha Dahiya, and other district officials were present in the meeting.

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REGIONAL POTPOURRI

Building block

A view of the house built on the boundary of the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
Concrete trouble: A view of the house built on the boundary of the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary near Gurgaon. — Photo by the writer.

The Sultanpur National Park, near Gurgaon, is once again facing a threat — largely man-made. Huge construction activity around the park is disturbing the fauna, particularly migratory birds.

A recent visit to the park revealed that a large number of feathered guests like the painted stork, openbill, cormorant and the black headed ibis were holidaying there.The other notable avian species spotted were the bar-headed goose, greylag goose, common teal, pintail, wigeon, shoveller, mallard, common crane and the coot.

Life in the park is thriving after years of decay. The lake of the sanctuary, which had been through a severe water crisis from 1997 to 2000, is now full of water.

A palatial bungalow of an NRI and a tourist resort of the Haryana Tourism, Rosy Pelican, are more a bane than boon for the birds. The garbage from the resort, haphazardly dumped on the boundary of the park, attracts stray dogs and crows, causing disturbance to the birds.

Says Mr K.S. Gopi Sundar, Research Associate (India), International Crane Foundation, USA: “Sultanpur is one of the few wetlands in Haryana and is of paramount importance to wintering waterbirds and a range of other species. Appropriate recovery and management plans need to be applied immediately to ensure the longevity of the park.”

Simian scare, oh deer

 Black bucks sun themselves at the Deer Park in Hisar as a monkey passes by
PASSING THE BUCK: Black bucks sun themselves at the Deer Park in Hisar as a monkey passes by. — Photo by Sanjeev Mehta. 

The Deer Park, located on the outskirts of Hisar, was developed in 1972 with a view to housing and conserving black bucks. However, the ambitious project could not take off due to lack of proper maintenance and apathy of the authorities concerned.

Spread over 42 acres and situated on the Dhaansu road, the park houses 14 black bucks, 44 cheetals, eight sambhars, a chinkara and a blue bull (neelgai). But the main attraction are the three baby black bucks, who draw a lot of children.

Curiously, the park has also charmed more than 200 monkeys, who have made it their abode. Apart from being a nuisance for the park staff, these uninvited and unofficial inmates of the deer park scare away many a visitor.

Employees entrusted with the task of maintaining the park assert that the number of visitors could have been much higher had there been no monkey menace.

Its apt location and enormous potential notwithstanding, these factors are preventing the park from becoming a hot spot for tourists.

A pen-pusher and policeman 

The SSP, Batala, Jatindra Kumar Jain, at the release of his book on deaddiction
The SSP, Batala, Jatindra Kumar Jain (extreme right), at the release of his book on deaddiction.

He is a bureaucrat who combines policing with pen-pushing. An IPS officer of the 1993 batch, Dr Jatindra Kumar Jain, SSP, Batala, has not only been waging a war against drug addiction but also offering guidance to the youth gone astray through his writings.

His latest book on the subject, ‘Nashian To Dur Ek Nava Savera’, was released recently by the fifth Ruhani Khalifa Hazrat Mirza Masrooh Ahmed of the Ahmediya sect.

This police officer has been arranging seminars, deaddiction camps and other activities to curb the menace of addiction.

He has also been working to check corruption in the police force by rewarding honest and devoted officers and punishing those indulging in corrupt practices.

During his career spanning 12 years, he has authored several books, including ‘Ray of Hope’, which aims to create awareness amongst drug addicts.

His book ‘Uddan’ is a compilation of poems and the title, ‘Who Cares’, highlights the problems faced while policing. - Contributed by Vishal Gulati, Sunit Dhawan and Balraj Mahajan

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