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  • Teaching ayurveda to Romanian docs
  • Hisar prof gets World Bank project


Principal takes charge
: Dr Vimal Sikri has taken over as Principal of the local Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital. He has been Head of the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics in the hospital. — OC

Memorandum to CM: The Punjab Pardesh Youth Congress submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh demanding for setting up a boys’ college in the city. Mr Gagan Bhatia, vice-president of the party said here on Saturday that the college should be set up here to benefit students of weaker sections in the city, who could not spend hefty sums on higher education in private institutions. — TNS

Trees felled illegally: Without paying heed to the status quo order of the local court, hundreds of trees were axed on Saturday on the panchayat land at Kaleke village. Incidentally, the state government is celebrating Vanmahotsav by encouraging sapling plantation. The panchayat members alleged that felling of trees had been done in connivance with the local police. In a signed affidavit, Mr Sukhwinder Singh, Mr Prem Singh, Mr Kirpal Singh and Mr Jarnail Singh, all panchayat members, have alleged that Mr Baldev Singh, Mr Teja Singh, Mr Dharam Singh and Mr Nanu Singh in connivance with the Dhanula police had axed hundreds of trees worth lakhs of rupees. — OC

18 arrested in police drive
: Mr L.K. Yadav, SSP, said here on Thursday that in a drive against bad elements the police had on Wednesday arrested 18 persons and two countrymade pistols with live bullets, 55 grams of smack, 3 kg of charas and a huge quantity of other contrabands were seized. The arrested persons were produced the court, which remanded them. — OC

Man duped of Rs 1.5 lakh
: A travel agent has duped Balbir Singh of the local Central Town of Rs 1.5 lakh on the pretext of sending his son abroad. The case was reported at the Model Town police station on Friday. A case has been registered under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC. — OC

In-laws booked: Sukhbir Kaur, daughter of Balwinder Singh of Mahemadpur, Amritsar, on Friday complained to the police that her husband Sarabjit Singh, a resident of Pandori Ganga Dass, and her in-laws had been torturing her for not bringing adequate dowry. A case has been registered under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC. — OC

Four injured
: Four persons were injured when the Maruti car, in which they were travelling, collided with a truck near here on Friday. According to the information, occupants of the car Ranjit Singh, Pyara Singh, Devinder Singh and Ram Parshad were going to Naudhrani. They were admitted to a nearby hospital. — OC

Traders told to display price list
: Deputy Commissioner Krishan Kumar, while addressing a meeting of the local traders here on Saturday, asked them to display price lists of 27 essential commodities of daily use. Mr A.K. Bhasker, District Food and Supplies Controller, Mr Surinder Arora, president, Beopar Mandal, also attended the meeting. — OC

Lions Club: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Lions Club: president — Mr Iqbal Singh; secretary — Mr Dilbagh Singh; vice-presidents — Mr Gurcharan Singh, Mr Gurjit Singh, Mr Kulwinder Singh; and treasurer — Mr Vijay Parmar. — OC

Installed: Dr S.K. Sukhi and Mr Gurinder Singh Toor have been installed president and secretary, respectively, of the local Rotary Club. — OC

Tributes paid: The district unit of ex-servicemen cell (PPCC) paid tributes to the martyr, Capt Mehta Singh Daulatpur, to commemorate his martyrdom day at Punjab Mata Vidhyawati Bhavan here on Friday. Lieut-Col Jernail Singh, the unit, addressed the gathering. — OC

ORS Day celebrated: ORS Day was celebrated in a slum area here on Saturday. Dr Suresh Goyal, Assistant Civil Surgeon, Sangrur, presided over the function and emphasised on the importance of treating diarrhoea with ORS. About 40 mothers, 22 students from the ANM Training Centre, Sangrur, Dr (Mrs) Asha Kad, SMO in charge, slum area dispensary, Dr V.K. Ahuja, a local consultant paediatrician, and Ms Anjana Rani Khanna, a Municipal Councillor, also attended the function. — TNS

Tarn Taran
3 fake travel agents booked
: district police have booked three fake travel agents for duping a large number of local residents on the pretext of sending them abroad. The suspects include a couple of the area and a woman of Ludhiana. The police said on here Saturday that a case had been registered against them under Section 420 of the IPC. — OC 



Fire at phone exchange: Hundreds of telephones of the area went out of order following an incident of fire in BSNL telephone exchange at Murthal on Friday. Machines, wires and other equipments in the exchange were also gutted in the fire which reportedly broke out due to short circuit. — OC

Residents lock school: In protest against the transfer of two teachers from the village government high school, residents of Bhainswan Khurd on Saturday locked the school for more than two hours and demanded immediate cancellation of their transfers. However, the lock was opened when Naib Tehsildar from Gohana assured the villagers that their demand would be forwarded to the government. — OC

Accused gets life term
: The court of Additional District Judge, Dr Neelima Shangla, has sentenced an accused to life imprisonment and fined him Rs 50,000 after holding him guilty of murder. The court also sentenced him to three years and fined Rs 5,000 after holding him guilty of destroying evidence in the murder case. — OC

2 held for fraud: The police has arrested two persons who allegedly duped two persons of Rs 4.5 lakh by forging documents and promising them employment. They were produced in the court of ACJM Bimlesh Tanwar who remanded them in four-day police custody. — OC

BJP training camp ends
: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Captain Abhimanyu, said on Sunday that his party was being viewed as a formidable future force in Haryana and the party was equipping itself for forming the next government in the state on its own. Captain Abhimanyu concluded a training camp of the BJP Yuva Morcha being organised in the Ram Sewa Samiti Dharamshala. — OC

Hotel owner booked: The police has booked the owner of a local hotel along with two others for allegedly murdering a Jagadhri resident, Prakash Rana. The body of Rana was found in a room of the hotel on February 4. Ms Kanchan, wife of the deceased, had moved a court for registration of case in the death of her husband. The owner of hotel, Mr Mangal Sen, has been booked along with Naresh Sobti and a waiter at the hotel under Sections 302, 201 and 34 of the IPC, said police sources. — TNS

Lok Adalat: As many as 34 cases were disposed of during a special Lok Adalat for settlement of matrimonial cases at the judicial complex, Jagadhri, on Saturday. The adalat held under the aegis of the Haryana State Legal Services Authority was headed by Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel. Mr Virender Singh, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, supervised the adalat. — TNS



Sanitary conditions worsen: Sanitary conditions in this town have gone from bad to worse for the past few days as the municipal authorities have failed remove garbage from different parts of the town. The gurdwara road, Baijnath road, hospital complex and Sabzi Mandi areas are worst affected where heaps of garbage can be seen all the time. The Municipal Council has no place to dump its garbage. The council had set up a new garbage dump 15 km away from the town. Earlier, the council had been dumping its garbage in a forest near Kalu Di Hatti, 2 km from the town, but since it was a reserve forest, the forest authorities stopped the council from doing so. — OC


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Distant kin reap benefits of Udham Singh’s legacy

Shaheed Udham Singh’s martyrdom day is observed today
Shaheed Udham Singh’s martyrdom day is observed today

Do distant relatives of Shaheed Udham Singh really deserve to be honoured at the state-level function, organised every year by the Punjab Government on his martyrdom day on July 31 at Sunam?

This question arises in view of a practice that has been in place for many years. Bachan Singh, Inder Singh, Khushi Nand and Inder Kaur, all children of Aas Kaur, a distant cousin of Shaheed Udham Singh, used to be honoured at state-level functions held by former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during the SAD-BJP regime. After coming to power in 2002, state Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh too has continued with the practice.

At the martyrdom day function last year, in addition to honouring these four distant relatives of the martyr, Capt Amarinder Singh even announced government jobs for the family members of two of them. The jobs would be given to a grandson each of Khushi Nand and Inder Kaur, as per the official announcement.

According to family history, Shaheed Udham Singh and Aas Kaur had the same paternal greatgrand father, Jodha. So, should Aas Kaur’s children really reap these benefits of the martyr’s legacy even when they are related to him so distantly?

In a bid to cash in on this lineage, now Inder Singh and Bachan Singh too have staked a claim to government jobs for their kith and kin in a request made to the Sangrur Deputy Commissioner S.R. Ladhar.

The district administration has thus written to the state government in this regard, keeping in mind the fact that the kin of Inder Kaur and Khushi Nand have already been given government jobs.

Teaching ayurveda to Romanian docs

The growing popularity of ayurveda in Europe and other western countries can be judged from the fact that it finds takers not just among commoners but even practitioners of the allopathic system of medicine there.

This was borne out during a recent visit to Romania by Dr Sanjeev Sood, a Reader in ayurvedic medicine at the Jalandhar-based Dayanand Ayurvedic College, for a two-and-half- month long programme to teach ayurveda to allopaths and other doctors there. Most of his students were already postgraduates in various streams of medicine.

“The Romanian doctors were so keen to learn about ayurveda that half of them had already acquired in-depth knowledge about ayurveda and various Indian herbs. The most intriguing thing was that they were able to describe the names and properties of more than 250 Romanian herbs on the basis of ayurvedic principles,” says Dr Sood.

During his stay in Romania, he travelled extensively, soaking in the culture of its various cities, before leaving for Holland, where another ayurveda-teaching assignment awaited him.

“Not only is ayurvedic treatment popular among the Romanian people, almost all ayurvedic 
herbs are available in the country,” says Dr Sood, who was invited by the Medical Association of Romania. His visit was facilitated by Pentabox and Medirom, well-known Indian and Romanian ayurvedic companies, respectively.

He says the Director of DAV Colleges, Principal D.R. Gupta, and head of Dayanand Ayurvedic College Dr Rajkumar Sharma made his trip possible.

A group of doctors from Romania, who are interested in studying ayurveda, are likely to visit the college shortly.

Hisar prof gets World Bank project

Indu Grover
Indu Grover

Prof Indu Grover of the College of Home Science, Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, has bagged two prestigious assignments, one from the World Bank and the other under the 11th Five Year Plan.

Dr Grover has been selected as a Review Editor for a global report of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) under a World Bank project.

According to a communication received from the IAASTD bureau, Dr Grover was selected from a pool of candidates to work on IAASTD’s East and South Asia and the Pacific (ESAP) assessment report.

The IAASTD is an inter-governmental endeavour co-sponsored by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN, the Global Environment Facility, the UN Development Programme, the UN Environment Programme, UNESCO, the WHO and the World Bank and is advised by a multi-stakeholder bureau.

Besides, in pursuance of an order of the Planning Commission to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to constitute a working group on agricultural research and education for the 11th Five Year Plan, Dr Grover has been nominated as a member in the sub-group on organisation, finance and management. She is the only woman member to be nominated from the state agricultural universities across the country.

Dr Grover, who has also served as the Dean, College of Home Science, HAU, has 12 publications to her credit. She has also been honoured with several prestigious national and international awards.

Contributed by Sushil Goyal, Varinder Singh and Sunit Dhawan


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