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Regional potpourri

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  • Vedic values


PUNJAB

BARNALA
Book depot sought
: The Punjab School Education Board has yet to open a district-level government book depot here. Book depot holder Satish Sindhwani said here on Sunday for any kind of Board books and examination forms for students of classes VIII, X or plus II ,they have to go to Board’s government book depot in Sangrur.

Batala
Mystery shrouds man’s death:
Kali Masih, a resident of Raichak village, was found dead under mysterious circumstances near his village on Saturday evening. A relative found Masih in an intoxicated condition near the village. However, Masih was immediately rushed to the Batala civil hospital, where the doctors declared him brought dead. Meanwhile, the police said a case would be registered following the receipt of the viscera report.

BATHINDA
Green drive: B. C. Bala, chief conservator, Forests, Punjab, has said about 6.6 lakh saplings will be planted in 45 villages of Bathinda district in the next three years. He said this after he visited this district late Saturday evening to review the progress of different schemes launched for bringing more area under the forest cover. He said the department would pay Rs 4 per plant for utilising the same for the welfare of the village.

Jalandhar
Youth booked
: The district police has booked a youth named Judge, a resident of Pratappura village falling under Lambra police station, on the charge of raping a girl, of the same village. SHO Ravindra Kumar said an FIR has been registered against the accused on victim’s statement. The accused is still at large.

Phagwara
MC elections
: The civic body elections in Punjab could be held before August 15.This was stated by local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia on Sunday. He said seat sharing was not an issue between the alliance partners SAD and BJP. “The combine will repeat the success of assembly poll,” said Kalia.
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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Arrested: The police has arrested an ayurvedic dispensary pharmacist, Prakash Chand, on alleged charge of teasing a female patient under Section 354 of the IPC who was later released on filling a personal bond. Earlier, a female patient of Chatt village had complained to the SP that the pharmacist had tried to misbehave with her after bolting the door of the room from inside where he had summoned her for giving treatment However, the pharmacist has denied the charge and has called it a false allegation.

Chamba
Crushed to death
: A labourer of a private construction company was crushed to death by a vehicle on the outskirts of Bharmour , about 70 km from here, on Sunday. According to a delayed report received here today, the deceased was identified as Amar Singh, who was trampled by a vehicle when he was on his way back to home from duty. The police has registered a case.

SHIMLA
STOLEN: The belongings of Chanchal, a resident of Chhota Shimla were stolen from her house, while she was away to Chandigarh. According to the FIR lodged by her the culprits brought porters along with them and after breaking the lock, took away heavy items like sofa-set, double-bed, almirahs, steel boxes, 11 sleepers, 20 plywood boards and other items one by one. The process continued for a few days and surprisingly, the neighbours noticed the theft, but did not inform the police. She has reportedly named certain persons in the FIR who she alleges took away her belongings.
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Regional potpourri

Realty to real causes

Jagjit Singh Jajjie
Jagjit Singh Jajjie

It is from his father that he imbibed the trait of helping the needy and downtrodden. Today, Jagjit Singh Jajjie has several social welfare projects to his credit.

“Whatever I give to the needy has been earned by the grace of the Almighty and I am merely a vehicle for passing it on,” says Jajjie, a realty consultant from Mandi Ahmedgarh.

He recalls how the first time he helped a friend in need by paying his school fee, he was reprimanded, for he himself had to pay a fine.

Today, he is an active blood donor, having donated 140 units so far. Of this, about 25 units have been donated through the Red Cross societies at Ludhiana and Malerkotla. He is a patron of the Blood Donors Society.

He was presented a state award by the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, about five years ago and was also honoured by the Civil Surgeon, Sangrur, last year.

Jajjie has also been helping the poor families by arranging the marriages of their daughters, educating their wards and getting petty disputes settled.

Vedic values

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda takes part in a havan at Dayanand Braham Mahavidyalaya at Hisar
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda takes part in a havan at Dayanand Braham Mahavidyalaya at Hisar.
Tribune photo by P. L. Munday

A 121-year-old institution at Hisar has been following the gurukul tradition and producing graduates well-versed in the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavadgita and Ramayana. The students later serve at various Arya Samaj institutions to spread vedic culture. Many even go abroad to deliver discourses.

The Dayanand Braham Mahavidyalaya was originally founded at Lahore in 1886 and relocated to Jalandhar after Partition.

Later, the founder Principal of Hisar’s Dayanand College helped bring this institution to Hisar.

 Housed on a two-acre plot, at present it has 60 youths undergoing training and studies there. Principal Parmod Shastri says that to keep pace with the times, there’s a plan to computerise its 10,000-volume library and create a website for the mahavidyalaya. Besides, a computer workshop is also expected to be in place soon. The institution also organises yoga camps and extension lectures on Sanskrit, character building and other social issues.

 It gets Rs 4 lakh per annum as grant from the DAV colleges’ management. The rest of the expenses are met through donations.

Renowned Acharya Siddhanshu is a product of this institution. Students from Mauritius and as far as Vienna are among its alumni.

The institution organises a special sammelan in memory of Muni Munishwarananda every year. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who hails from a staunch Arya Samaj family, recently visited the campus and offered aahuti in a havan. He also promised all possible help to the mahavidyalaya.

Contributed by Mahesh Sharma and Raman Mohan

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