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Regional potpourri

  • Helping give birth to a new awareness

  • Enabling kids to stand on their feet

  • A home away from home


Ban on loudspeakers:
Playing of loudspeakers and DJ programmes after 11 pm have been banned. Copies of the orders have been sent to the owners of banquet halls, restaurants and “baraat ghars” in rural and urban areas in the district, said the SP. This has been done in view of the examinations of school students drawing near.

3 huts gutted: Three huts in a “jhuggi basti” near Garhi Brahmanan village were destroyed in a fire which broke out due to sparks from electricity wires passing over the basti on Friday. Ms Chalti Devi said clothes and other articles for the marriage of her two daughters scheduled for February 18, were destroyed.

Mishap: Surender and Bijender of Kiloi village in Rohtak district died in an accident at a bridge on diversion drain-8 near Jasrana village on Friday night. The victims were returning to their village from Rampur village on motorcycle (HR-60-0402). They were knocked down by some unidentified bus. Surender died on the spot, while Bijender succumbed to injuries on the way to PGIMS, Rohtak.

Wood-based units closed:
As many as 528 wood-based units closed following a Supreme Court order may be revised if they pay fines. A five-member team of the Plywood Manufacturers Association of Haryana yesterday met the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) constituted by the Supreme Court.



One killed
: One person was killed and two were injured, one of them seriously, when a tanker rolled into the Billing Nullah 12 km from Keylong in the Lahaul & Spiti district. The deceased was identified as Vinod, a cook in the Border Road Organisation (BRO). The injured were Lalit Kumar driver of the tanker and Hem Raj an employee of the Irrigation and Public Health Department. The injured were admitted to the government hospital Keylong.

2 held for dowry death
: The police here has filed a dowry death case against Sukhdev husband and Kali Dass father-in-law of Usha Devi (24) and residents of Suliali village near here on Saturday. Kuldeep Raj the brother of the deceased of Minjgarh village had alleged his sister committed suicide by hanging herself in the house as she was being harassed for bringing more dowry. She married in December 2006. The police arrested both accused on Sunday.

Body found: The police recovered the body of a newly born child abandoned below a bridge at Bagni near here on Friday evening. Boys grazing cattle noticed a polythene bag lying below a bridge. They informed elders who intimated the police. The police took possession of the body of newly born child wrapped in the polythene bag. A case has been registered in this connection.


Regional potpourri

Helping give birth to a new awareness

With the child sex ratio in Haryana being 820:1000, the government has been taking certain measures to check female foeticide, such as implementing the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1996, and the Amended Rules, 2003, popularly known as the PNDT Act.

But in view of the fact that most of the doctors and much of the public are not aware of various provisions of this Act, G.L. Singhal, Assistant State Drugs Controller in the office of the Director-General of Health Services, Haryana, and Dr G.P. Saluja, a civil surgeon posted at Panchkula, have come out with the ‘Handbook on PNDT.’

G.L. Singla
G.L. Singla

Singla says that having been part of over 50 raids conducted on ultrasound centres in Haryana during the past two years, he found that most doctors were not aware of their duties under the PNDT Act. Hence, this handbook aims at creating awareness about this legislation not only among the public, but also among medical practitioners.

Dr G.P. Saluja
Dr G.P. Saluja

The cover of the handbook has a photograph of an educated Haryanavi telling another, “Sune se ke, ththam beti ne paida hon te pahliyan maran ki na sochoo, andaja lao, thari maa ya gharaali ne issi tariyan maar dinde te kay hunda, jaan bacha ke badda bano, na ke jaan le ke.” (Hey you, don’t even think of killing your unborn daughter. Imagine if your mother or wife had been killed the same way. Become great by saving a life instead of taking one).

The back of the handbook has a letter, “Ajanmi beti ka maa ke naam patra.” (An unborn daughter’s letter to her mother), in which an unborn girl pleads with her mother not to kill her in the womb as she wants to live under the moon and stars at least once.

Enabling kids to stand on their feet

In order to enable physically challenged children from poor families lead a normal life, a team of surgeons from the USA, under the aegis of Manny’s Caring Hands and in collaboration with an Indian NGO, ISHWAR (International Society for Human Welfare and Rehabilitation), recently performed a series of corrective surgeries on those suffering from post-polio deformities.

Comprising Dr Adam Landsman, Dr Jeremy Cook and Dr Ernst Orthner, the American doctors performed the surgeries free of cost at a hospital in Ferozepore.

Dr Kamal Baghi, Medical Director of the hospital, said the aim was to help these children stand on their feet and lead a normal life.

As many as 13 surgeries were performed and 12 physically challenged children were provided with hi-tech artificial limbs and calipers free of cost. 

A home away from home

A view of the Vridh Ashram at Batala.
A view of the Vridh Ashram at Batala.

The Dainik Prarthna Sabha of Batala, being run under the stewardship of Mahashay Gokulchand ji, has proved to be a boon for destitute and hapless senior citizens, for it has provided them with a home away from home in the shape of the Vridh Ashram.

In existence for the past several decades, the ashram at present has 38 inmates (22 males, 13 females and three children), who have either been abandoned by their children or who have lost their near and dear ones in some tragedy. Many of the old inmates came here because their children refused to support them financially or they were physically thrown out of their homes.

Some of them are financially well-off but still came here because they could not adjust to the atmosphere in their children’s homes. Many of them are pensioners and donate the entire pension and other financial resources to the Vridh Ashram to help fellow senior citizens. There are inmates who have dedicated their remaining life to helping run the ashram.

Comprising more than 65 rooms, the ashram is equipped with modern gadgets to meet the inmates’ daily needs and requirements. A team of local doctors, including Dr R.S. Bajwa, Dr S.S. Nijjar, Dr R.K. Gupta and Dr Uttam Chopra , regularly hold medical check-up camps for the senior citizens.

The inmates provide a support system not only to the living, but even those who meet their end here, carrying out their last rites in accordance with their wishes.

Contributed by Sushil Manav, Anirudh Gupta and Balraj Mahajan


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