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Regional potpourri


Sri Lankan librarian:
Mr J.A. Amarweera, Chief Librarian, University of Buddhist and Pali, Colombo, visited Guru Nanak Dev University here on Saturday. He interacted with the faculty and students of Department of Library and Information Science of the university on the issues relating to library science.

Physics alumni meeting: The Department of Physics Guru Nanak Dev University, will organise an ‘alumni meet’ of the Physics Department on March 31. Dr K.S. Thind, head of department, said those who intend to become part of the reunion could download their forms from the department’s website www.geocities.com/phyalumni or could send their profile to him.

Youth fest ends
: The three-day youth festival at Government Polytechnic College concluded here on Saturday. Mr J.B. Goel, Secretary, Technical Education and Industrial Training, was the chief guest. Inderjeet from Amritsar stood first in fancy dress contest, while Lakhwinder from Bathinda came second followed by Manish Khanna from Malout and Gagandeep from Ferozepore as joint third.

Mahila Chetna camp
: A mahila chetna camp was organised jointly by the Association for Social Health, the Family Counselling Centre and the Red Cross Hospital Welfare Centre, Hoshiarpur at Dholbaha village on Saturday. Members of mahila mandals, sarpanches, village panches and women of the adjoining villages attended the camp. Ms Urveshi Tiwari, chairperson, Hospital Welfare Section, asked women to unitedly start campaign for the eradication of social evils like dowry, female foeticide, atrocities on women etc.

Survey in Army decried: Sqn Ldr Kamal Chaudhry (retd) and chairman Ex-Servicemen Cell of the Nationalist Congress Party on Saturday said if the survey in the name of religion was being conducted in the Army, it would not only tarnish the secular image of the country but would also lead it towards another partition. He said the Prime Minister and the Union Defence Minister were giving lame excuses in this regard but people of the country had the right to know who had suggested to make survey in the Army on the religion basis.

Stress on farm diversification: More than 28 eminent educationists from Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, Punjabi University, Patiala, and other educational institutions of the state participated in a seminar on “agriculture diversification” organised by the Political Science Department, Khalsa College, Ghardiwala, near here, on Saturday. They stressed upon the need of agriculture diversification in the state. They also discussed the needs and requirements of farmers to be motivated for adopting agriculture diversification.

: The District Attorney, Jalandhar, Mr Rajinder Singh Gill, was elected President of the District Attorney Association Punjab, Chandigarh, here on Sunday. According to Mr Gill, Mr M.P. Singh, District Attorney, Bathinda, has been elected the senior vice-president of the association, Mr Kamlesh Mittal, Additional District Attorney, Moga, as the vice-president, and Mr Harnek Singh, ADA, Kapurthala, as the secretary. Mr Rachpal Singh, ADA, Jalandhar, was elected treasurer of the association.

: Dr Ramesh Chand Sharma took over as the President of the Indian Dental Association (Punjab unit) at the annual general body meeting of the association held here on Sunday. According to Dr Ramesh Chand, who is also the chairman of the Patiala District Chess Association, various dental check-up camps will be held across the state, particularly in rural areas, soon.

: The Cultural Wing of Taraksheel (Rationalists) Society, Punjab, on Sunday asked the state government to strictly implement the ban on loudspeakers at religious places, use of pressure horns, playing of video cassettes in buses and illegal constructions. It said that though the courts had imposed a ban, the orders were being violated blatantly. 



Bereaved: Mr A.S. Aulakh, Chairman of the Madhya Pradesh Police Housing Corporation and husband of Ms S.K. Aulakh, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, North Western Region, died on Sunday. An IPS officer of the 1971 batch, Aulakh is survived by two sons. His cremation will take place at the Sector 25 crematorium on Monday.

Cultural show: A cultural programme by Bhojpuri singer Rajendra Pandey will be the highlight of the “Holi milan samaroh” to be organised by the Purvanchal Welfare Association at Government College, Sector 46, on March 12. A decision to this effect was taken at an executive meeting of the association held here on Sunday.

Women NGO
: Members of the HIG Residents Association, Sector 71, here have formed a new women NGO to uplift the underprivileged of Matour village. The executive members of the NGO include Ms Gogi Bajwa, Ms Kiki Khurana, Ms Yashpal Kaur, Ms Gurmeet Kaur Bhandari and Ms Harjinder Kaur Virk.

: Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai honoured Dr Manoj Gupta, Senior Medical Officer, General Hospital, Panchkula, for his commendable work in the field of medicine at a function organised by National Integrated Forum of Artists and Activists and Haryana Yuva Punjabi Front at Karnal on Saturday.

Medical camp: A medical camp was organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad at Parishad Bhavan here on Sunday. As many as 110 persons were examined for various ENT ailments free of cost by a specialist, said Mr C.L. Malhotra, president of the parishad.

Annual show: The annual cultural programme of the Dews school, Sector 21, based on the theme of fusion of Indian dances, was held at Kalagram on Saturday. The students tried to spread the message of national integration as they came dressed up in traditions costumes of different states. The programme started with a prayer. The students performed dances of various states and the function concluded with the recitation of Vande Mataram. 


Lok Adalat
: The Gramin Lok Adalat of the district will be organised at Dhangar village on March 18. The Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Fatehabad, Mr Sushil Kumar Garg informed mediapersons here on Saturday. Mr Garg said suits of litigants from Baropal, Matana, Kajalheri, Mohammadpur Rohi, Bighar and Salemkhera villages would be taken up during the Lok Adalat. 

Agronomists’ meeting
: Nearly 100 agronomists and scientists of other agriculture-related disciplines participated in an agronomists’ meeting organised by the Department of Agronomy. A former Haryana Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor, Dr P.S. Lamba, was the chief guest. While the university Registrar, Dr M.S. Kuhad, presided over the function. Apart from holding specialised lectures on various emerging issues in the discipline of agronomy and important problems being faced in agriculture, the major research activities and experiments being carried out in different sections of the department were discussed by the participants.

Shiv Sena leader booked
: The police has booked a local Shiv Sena leader and his aide in two different cases of cheating. According to a police spokesman, Nirmal of the local SP Colony and Seema of Sector 6 lodged separate FIRs under Sections 420 and 406 of the IPC at city police station against Shiv Sena leader Tarun Kumar Sethi and his aide Ram Pal. The spokesman said the complainants alleged that the accused had taken Rs 50,000 and Rs 10,000, respectively, from them for getting their work done but neither they did their work nor they returned the money.

Dowry case
: The Jatusana police has arrested a bridegroom, Kirti, his father, Om Prakash and brother Fateh Singh, all residents of Hans Nagar Colony here on the charge of seeking dowry to accept the bride just after the wedding ceremony at Maseet village, near Jatusana, on March 2. 

Theft in factory: Thieves broke into a metal factory in Rajiv Nagar here on Friday night and decamped with copper material worth over Rs 1.5 lakh. A part of the booty, which had reportedly been buried in the ground on the outskirts of the factory by the thieves, was recovered by the police on Saturday. 

47 cases settled: A s many as 47 pending cases of residents of various villages were amicably settled at a special rural Lok Adalat held under the presidentship of the District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman of the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) at Bharawas village, near here, on Saturday. A sum of Rs 19.33 lakh was provided by way of compensation to the dependents of the victims in motor accident cases settled at the Lok Adalat. 

Motorcyclist killed
: A motorcyclist was killed and two others seriously injured when two motor cycles collided with each other on the Bajana Kalan-Tewri road, about 25 km from here, on Saturday night. 


Setting up of JCC
: The Himachal Pensioners’ Kalyan Sangh has mooted the constitution of a joint consultative committees (JCC) at the state and district-level for which names of four persons should be nominated. This was decided at a state-level convention of the Himachal pensioners’ Kalyan Sangh held here on Friday. Detailing the minutes of the convention, Mr P.C. Oberoy, district president of the sangh, said the pensioners had also urged the state government to constitute a ‘pensioners’ adalat’.

Youth arrested
: Baijnath police on Friday arrested a youth for firing from his licensed rifle and later seized two licensed weapons from him. Yogesh Thakur, alias Bunty, a resident of Baijnath, has been arrested under Section 27 of Arms Act and under Section 336 of the IPC. The police said Yogesh was drunk and asked a rehariwala, Mr Toshi Ram, to provide him soup and refused to pay for it. When Toshi Ram insisted Yogesh fired from his rifle. 

CDs seized: The Kangra police on Saturday raided a shop at Gaggal and recovered 200 pirated CDs & 20 pornographic CDs and arrested the owner Rajesh Kumar. A case has been registered. Meanwhile police has arrested four women involved in illicit liquor trade in district & smashed two working stills and seized more than 40,000 ml of illicit liquor.


Versatile in verse

Udai Bhanu Hans Hisar-based poet Udai Bhanu Hans, who was recently honoured with the Sur Puraskar by the Haryana Sahitya Akademi, has nearly 20 titles to his credit and has been a member of the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, for almost a decade.

Besides, this poet of Haryana has other awards and achievements under his belt.

Initially, Hans took to writing in Urdu as well as Sanskrit, but soon switched to Hindi poetry. Largely known for his lyrical recitation of Hindi “rubaiyan”, Hans carved a niche for himself with “Sant Sipahi”, an epic description of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh guru.

Born in 1926 at Dera Deenpanah village in Muzaffargarh district (now in Pakistan), he came to Delhi after Partition. Apart from taking Prabhakar classes at coaching colleges, he wrote guides and textbooks for Hindi students.

The “rubaiyan”, which he penned in the early 1950s, brought him name, fame and money. “Hindi Rubaiyan” was his first collection, which got published in 1952. The “rubaiyan’ have been made popular in Hindi by Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Hans, among others.

Hans left Delhi to join as a lecturer at Government College, Hisar, from where he retired as Principal. Apart from critical essays on the works of Hindi writers, he has penned his autobiography “Smritiyon ke Shilalekh” during a long writing career spanning over six decades.

Committed to a cause

Gokul Chand Even at the age of 82, Gokul Chand moves around briskly on the premises of the Dainik Prarthna Sabha in Qila Mandi, Batala.

Popularly known as Mahashayaji, he has devoted himself to four goals: food for all, medicines for the sick, education for the illiterate and proliferation of good ideas. Having taken to social service from the early teens, he believes that “nar seva” (service of human beings) is the best way of doing “Narayan seva” (worship of God).

Influenced by great Indian scholars and saints like Acharya Vinoba Bhave, Ishwar Chandra Vidya Sagar, Mahatma Hansraj etc, he chose a life of celibacy so as to dedicate himself completely to social work.

In 1947, he started the Dainik Prarthna Sabha for the uplift of the downtrodden, the sick, widows and the illiterate.

From a small organisation established with the help of a few social activists like Baba Munshi Ram, Shastri Atam Parkash and Puran Chand after Partition, its activities have now been extended to Batala, Haridwar and Vrindaban.

He has also established two postgraduate degree colleges, one for boys and another for girls, and a school in the town.

Though he has been honoured by the public, his services are yet to be recognised by the state.


Idol choice

The bronze idol of Lord Vishnu in the Hari Rai Temple of Chamba has been chosen as the logo for the millennium celebrations.
The bronze idol of Lord Vishnu in the Hari Rai Temple of Chamba has been chosen as the logo for the millennium celebrations. 

The picturesque Chamba valley, also known as ‘Shiv bhoomi’, is dotted with temples dating back to the 6th century. Though every temple in the town has some unique feature, it is the huge bronze idol of Lord Vishnu in the Hari Rai Temple that has been chosen by the state-level Committee for the Celebration of the Chamba Millennium as its logo.

The celebrations are scheduled from April 13 to 19.

There is an interesting story behind this statue. Weighing around 240 kg, the bronze idol was stolen from the temple on the night of May 6-7 in 1971. Its disappearance had then sent shock waves among the residents.

But thanks to the efforts of some detective agencies, the plot to smuggle the idol out of India was foiled. After a 45-day nationwide hunt, the agencies traced the idol to a godown at Mazagaon in Mumbai in June, 1971.

The statue finally returned to Chamba, where it was reinstalled in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple during a grand function.

On the front, the four-faced idol has an image of Lord Vishnu wearing a crown in the form of a lotus.

There is the face of a lion on the right, that of a boar on the left and a face with a moustache on the back.

This idol will now further occupy a pride of place as the logo for the millennium celebrations.


Contributed by Sunit Dhawan, Balraj Mahajan and Balkrishan Prashar

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