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Regional potpourri
  • Foeticide framed

  • Limiting leprosy

  • Chemical (re)action

  • Research route


Probe begins
: The Agriculture Department has initiated an inquiry into the alleged sale of spurious Bt cottonseed by a senior SAD activist in the region. Many farmers of Bahawalbassi village near here alleged that the activist had duped them by selling Mosh brand repacked seed. The plants did not bear fruit despite flowering.

Illegal weapons: Followers of a dera of Nihangs located at Talwandi Sabo near Bathinda have been purchasing illegal weapons from Sriganganagar after the seizure of their licensed weapons by the Bathinda police. This was revealed reportedly by Khazan Singh, alias Digli, a worker at the dera, during interrogation. The police upon return from Sriganganagar with .12-bore and .315 bore illicit pistols and nine live cartridges nabbed him on the Kandhwala road here.

Body found: The body of Jangpreet Singh, a resident of Ujjagar Nagar, Batala, was found hanging from a fan on Friday. The parents of the deceased alleged that their son had been murdered by Milkha Singh and Bunty as he had an altercation with them on Thursday.



NDMA GROUP: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has included Dr Raj Bahadur, Prof of Orthopaedics, PGIMER, Chandigarh, in its core group for drafting medical preparedness and mass casualties management guidelines (MPMCMG). The NDMA has been constituted under an Act of Parliament under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister.

SBI gesture: The State Bank of India, Sector 7, Madhya Marg, has delivered a cheque for Rs 4,610 to Mrs Meera Devi admitted to the female surgical ward of the PGIMER with 75 per cent burn injuries. The Director, Social Welfare, Chandigarh Administration, has appreciated the bank for extending help to the poor.

JAGRAN HELD: Rail Vihar Phase II, MDC-4, Panchkula, organised Mata Bhagwati Jagran yesterday at the Community Centre. HLDRC chairman Anand Sharma lit holy “jyot” and participated in langar. The Jagran team came from Kalka.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Defence Enclave Welfare Association: patron — Mr NK Sharma; president — Mr Sanjiv Kumar; senior vice-president — Mr Lal Jha; vice-president — Mr DS Walia; general secretary — Mr Rattan Lal; joint secretary — Mr RC Verma; treasurer — Mr Ravinder Nath; and advisers — Mr SS Bhatia, Mr KS Bedi and Mr Krishan Lal.


Raising Day: The Rising Star Corps celebrated its first Raising Day at its headquarters in Yol Cantonment on Saturday. Lieut. Gen P.K Rampal, GOC, hoisted the Rising Star flag and laid a wreath at the martyrs’ memorial located in the cantonment.

Convocation: CSK Agricultural University, Palampur, has decided to hold a convocation for its graduates and post-graduate students after a period of four years. According to sources the exact date of the event would depend on the availability of the Union Minister of Agriculture or some other high official of the department.

Motor car rally
: The Additional Secretary and Director Youth Services and Sports, Himachal Pradesh, said on Saturday that the 8th Himalayan Motor Car Rally would be flagged off from Shimla on September 30.

Two held
: The Mandi police has arrested two persons after a clash between two groups over a land dispute in Uwa village near Pandoh. As many as five persons sustained minor injuries in the clash. According to the police, the dispute arose when one group tired to cut a tree on the disputed land on Friday.

Tourism Day: As part of the World Tourism Day celebrations, tourists visiting the Queen of Hills will be greeted with garlands and sweets by students of the Tourism Administration Department of Himachal Pradesh University who will also organise heritage walks for the visitors.


Regional potpourri

Foeticide framed

A still from the documentary ‘Kamla’, based on the theme of female foeticide.
A still from the documentary ‘Kamla’, based on the theme of female foeticide.

In an effort to create an awareness against female foeticide, the Karnal District Public Relations Officer (DPRO) and a local cable TV operator have joined hands to produce a documentary on this burning issue.

The 57-minute documentary, named ‘Kamla’, is scheduled to be telecast throughout Haryana via the cable network and on Doordarshan.

The story revolves around the life of a pregnant woman named ‘Kamla’, who already has a daughter. The telefilm shows the mental agony she faces due to the negative attitude of society towards a girl child.

Dr Ved Prakash, DPRO and a Ph.D in Hindi literature, has penned the script and screenplay of ‘Kamla’, which is set in a modern-day Haryana village. So that the documentary doesn’t seem too heavy to viewers, the filmmakers have added four musical gongs with a strong social message.

The venture has received a lot of support from the government machinery. The entire shooting was done in Karnal with local artistes, while professional technicians were hired for filming it.

Brij Gupta, chairman of New Balaji Cable and the producer of the telefilm, says it is aimed at creating an awareness among the masses against female foeticide.

He says that efforts will be made to rope in all the cable operators to air the documentary on their networks and DD’s Hisar centre will also be approached in this regard.

Limiting leprosy

Tejinder Kaur (right) has been recognised for her role in rehabilitating leprosy patients.
Tejinder Kaur (right) has been recognised for her role in rehabilitating leprosy patients.

Tejinder Kaur, President of the Leprosy Elimination Society, Mohali, is following in the footsteps of her father, Prem Singh, who was given the National Award by the President of India for his excellent work for the rehabilitation of leprosy-affected persons.

Tejinder is doing a certificate course to teach mentally challenged children and was honoured recently on Independence Day by the district administration for her contribution to the elimination of leprosy. The state Deputy Speaker, Prof Darbari Lal, gave her a commendation certificate in the presence of Birdevinder Singh, MLA, Kharar.

She has been playing a significant role in the Lepro Well Movement launched by her father. She was in charge of this project started for the rehabilitation of persons affected by leprosy.

“Now I will focus on bettering the lives of mentally challenged children,” she says. “And I am also planning to organise a protest march of college-going girls against female foeticide in this region,” she adds.

Chemical (re)action

Vandana Lamba
Vandana Lamba

A Hisar-based girl, Vandana Lamba, has been invited for a Ph.D programme in Chemistry by the University of Arizona, USA. In addition to this, she has also been selected to serve as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) at the same university. Vandana will also get a scholarship from the prestigious university, which is among the top 15 public universities in the USA.

Vandana, daughter of retired college principal Sahi Ram Lamba, topped in the M.Sc (Chemistry) examination of Panjab University, Chandigarh, and also secured a percentile score of 99.92 in the GATE examination conducted by the IIT, securing the III rank on an all-India basis.

After completing her schooling from Adampur and Hisar, Vandana got admitted to the B. Sc (Hons) course at the Department of Chemistry and Centre of Advanced Research in Chemistry, Panjab University. She bagged the second rank in the course.

Vandana qualified the CSIR exam for doctoral degree and test for the post of Scientific Officer at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. She was also selected for the M. Tech programmes in Polymer Chemistry as well as Energy at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi.

Research route

Dr Jaswant Rai
Dr Jaswant Rai

A research work on the role of liquorice in patients of tuberculosis put on anti-TB drugs, the brainchild of Dr. Jaswant Singh, Professor and Head, Pharmacology Department, Government Medical College, Amritsar, has been selected by the American College of Chest Physicians, a representative body of US-based specialists.

The researchers of this project, which, figured among the 20 award-winning papers in the list of the American College of Chest Physicians, were Dr. Jaswant Rai, Dr. N.C. Kajal, Head of Amritsar-based Chest and T.B. Hospital and Dr. Inderpal Singh Grover, a Junior Resident of the Department of Pharmacology of Government Medical College, Amritsar, claims the former.

The research paper will be presented at the 72nd International Conference of Chest Physicians, scheduled to be held from October 21 to 26 at Salt Lake City, USA.

Dr. Rai, who is a member of the Board of Studies in Benaras Hindu University and Advisor to the state Drug Advisory Committee of the Indian Medical Association (IMA-Punjab), says that the research on herbal drugs through modern methods is almost negligible in India. “It is common knowledge that liquorice is useful in cases of fever, cough and gastroenteritis.” He has undertaken studies on the effects of home remedies like isaphagula husk and fenugreek in case of certain disorders.

Contributed by Vishal Joshi, Sarbjit Dhaliwal, Sunit Dhawan and Varinder Singh.



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