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Regional potpourri

  • Cinema halls face the music

  • Punjabi book on  career guidance

  • Against all odds



OT inaugurated
: SAD councillor Vijay Nagpal inaugurated a mini-operation theatre at the Triveni Devi Sanatan Dharam Multi-facility Hospital, Sriganganagar road, on Sunday. On the occasion, Dr Baldev Raj and Dr Vineet Loona performed 10 major surgeries on poor patients free of charge. President, Shri Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Pramil Kalani said the organisation planned to develop a hospital over 24,000 sq ft area. 

Man murdered
: The district police on Sunday booked five persons, including two women, for allegedly murdering one Gurmukh Singh, a resident of Chhaprawali village. The victim’s body was found in the village canal and a case was registered under Section 302,IPC, on the statement of his wife Sukhraj Kaur. She alleged that Gurmukh’s brothers Jarnail Singh, Ajaib Singh (his wife Paramjit Kaur), Kulwant Singh (his wife Surinder Kaur) killed him over a land dispute. The police said raids were being conducted to arrest them. 

: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Lions Club, Batala, Greater: president - Harjit Singh Ghuman; secretary - Raman Saini; treasurer - Narinder Mahant; and public relations officer - Pardeep Luthra. 

Two booked for drug peddling
: Tanda police arrested Dharminder Singh of Dhanoli (Patiala) and seized 15 gram smack from him on Saturday. Meanwhile, Bharat alias Toni of Piplanwala was held by Sadar police at a special check-post at Chack Gujran and 2 kg poppy husk was recovered from his possession. The duo was booked under various sections of the NDPS Act. 

One killed, 2 injured in collision: An army personnel was killed while two persons were injured in a crash between a scooter and a truck near Bhatian Rajputan on Saturday night. The deceased, Varinder Singh (26) of village Kukanet, died on the spot. The injured have been identified as Rajinder Singh and Gurbinder Singh. 

Residents block NH-I
: Residents of Chandan Nagar locality in Kartarpur blocked the Amritsar-New Delhi National Highway for half an hour on Sunday evening. They were demanding action by the police against members of two families of the same locality for their alleged involvement in criminal activities.

1,500 saplings planted:As part of the Army’s ongoing mission ‘green India’ nearly 1,500 saplings were planted today at the various military stations falling under the Vajra Corps.The mission has been launched in view of the forthcoming World Military Games scheduled to begin on October 14 at Hyderabad. Vajra Corps General Officer Commanding (GOC) Lieut Gen Noble Thamburaj highlighted the importance of preserving forest wealth for the sake of future generations and to save the world from the danger arising from the depleting forest cover. 

Two sisters Manpreet Kaur (15) and Gurpreet Kaur (17), residents of Moholi Khurd village, near Sandaour, committed suicide by jumping into a canal on Sunday. The villagers informed the police about the incident, but no case had been registered so far. SHO Maghar Singh said due to unavailability of any written complaint, the police had not initiated proceedings in this regard. The body of one of the sisters was found about 200 m away from the scene of suicide. 

Body found
: The body of an unidentified youth with injuries on his neck and head was found from a tubewell near Lohara road in the wee hours on Sunday. A case under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered. 

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Cinema halls face the music

Finally, taking note of inadequate facilities provided to cine-goers by the managements of cinema houses in Rohtak, the district administration has put its foot down.

Apart from the lack of facilities, it was found that none of the five cinema houses here had applied for the issuance of provisional licences, nor had they deposited the annual charges for the renewal of licences.

Acting under Section 7 of the Haryana Cinema Act, district magistrate R.S.Doon has cancelled the licences of all five cinema houses and imposed a fine of more than Rs 2 lakh on each of them. The local tehsildar has been asked to seal the cinema houses and ensure that no movies were screened there.

A committee comprising the Rohtak SDM and officials of other departments found irregularities in the functioning of all cinema houses.

These included non-functional air-conditioners and fire-extinguishers, improper seating arrangements, ill-maintained toilets and parking lots etc. It was also found that the buildings of the cinema houses were also in a pitiable condition.

According to the rules, the cinema houses are supposed to be air-conditioned in the towns having a population above 50,000. The report states that the managements of the cinema houses had submitted an affidavit, stating that the cinema houses would be air-conditioned in a year. However, it was not done.

While the managements of cinema houses maintain that they were not in a position to install ACs, the administration took the irregularities and the lack of facilities seriously and ordered to seal the cinema houses and fine their managements.

Punjabi book on career guidance

Bhavikh da Raah published by Dr Atamjit Singh"Bhavikh da Raah" (Path to Future) is a book in Punjabi brought out by a college in Doaba for its students. In fact, it is the first publication of its kind in Punjabi on career guidance for youngsters.

The publisher, Dr Atamjit Singh, principal of Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur( Nawanshahr), while explaining the concept, said," When I joined this college, I found that most of the rural students are not really aware of the emerging trends in society and commerce. They opt for subjects or courses not by conviction or deliberation but by following others who are no different than them. Parents, except in certain cases, are equally ignorant. Colleges generally form a small committee to help students choose their subjects. But a short interview with such committees doesn't prove to be very useful. We don't have the facility of aptitude test either, anywhere in the district. Under the circumstances, we decided to prepare this book and give to all students of the college."

The book has chapters on arts, commerce, science, computers and armed forces. Every chapter, after a brief introduction, explains the scope of a particular field in addition to information on higher studies in the specific branch.

Written by a group of lecturers from Mukandpur College, one part of the volume has been contributed by Sunita Sehgal Dhillon, who is a lecturer in English at the Government College for Women, Amritsar.

The book was vetted by Dr Rajnish Arora (GNDU Amritsar) and Jatinder Kumar Sareen, an employment officer. Interestingly, a college in Amritsar has also distributed 2000 books among its students. ASSM College wishes to re-publish the book after improving and updating its contents.

Against all odds

Suresh KumarHis life reflects perseverance and indomitable spirit. Although handicapped, Suresh Kumar (32) of Moga has not allowed the deformity to come in his way.

It was at the tender age of five that one of his legs was fractured following an accident with a bicycle. To the utter disbelief of his parents, he could not be cured even after check-up from renowned experts in the state. They later came to know that their only son was suffering from a disease in which bones do not get particular enzymes from blood.

Although he never went to school or college, he managed to complete MA in economics. He has done a postgraduate diploma in computers also. He prefers to be self-reliant and to do his chores himself. He takes coaching classes to earn his living, besides inspiring students not to be let down by physical disabilities.

Contributed by Sunit Dhawan, Parmod Bharti and Neeraj Bagga



SAPLINGS DISTRIBUTED: The Green Brigade Society today distributed free tree saplings during a function organised at the Sector 33 garden here today. Dr Pushpinder Singh, who is the force behind the society, said they started the campaign on Baisakhi by distributing 25 saplings. An exhibition was also organised to make people aware of the ill-effects of global warming.Saplings planted: Students of the Eco Club and NSS of GMSSS, Sector 32, planted about 300 saplings in Faidha village, near Sector 48, here, on Saturday. Ishwar Singh, director, environment, Chandigarh administration, inaugurated the event.

ELECTED: Following have been unanimously elected office-bearers of Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Sector 7-C: president - Nirbhai Singh; senior vice-president - Ranjit Singh; vice president - Baldev Singh; general secretary - Rajinder Singh Sahni; joint secretary - Arvinder Singh; organising secretary - Amarjeet Singh; cashier - Surat Singh. 



Rotary Club
: Tek Chand Kaushal was elected president of the Rotary Club, Baddi, on Sunday. The club intends to take up various projects to improve education, health and basic amenities. 

3 sentenced
: Judicial Magistrate Ghumarwin, Pravin Chauhan, on Saturday found Ravinder Kumar, Suresh and Satveer of Hamirpur district guilty of attacking policemen on duty with an iron rod and sentenced them to one-year imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 2,000 each. Incase of default of payment of fine they would have to undergo imprisonment for two more months. 

59 challaned: Officers of the Weights and Measures Department on Saturday inspected 432 commercial establishments and shops in Bilaspur and Una districts and challaned 59 traders and shopkeepers for violating various rules and regulations under the Weights and Measures Act during the last three months. 

Youth dies in mishap
: A youth was run over by a speeding vehicle at Jharmajri near Baddi on Sunday. Krishan, alias Sonu, hailed from Katha village was going towards Baddi on his motorbike. The accident took place when he did not notice the speeding vehicle coming from the opposite direction due to heavy rain. Sonu’s head got badly crushed under the vehicle which caused his immediate death. The driver fled from the spot. The police have registered a case. 

: Manoj Pathania, president of the Himachal Pradesh Indian Style Wrestling Association and director, Kangra Central Co-operative Bank, was unanimously elected vice-president of the National Wrestling Association at its executive committee meeting at Hardwar (Uttarankhand) on Sunday. 


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