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PUNJAB

ABOHAR
Saplings planted
: ETT students at the DAV College of Education here planted 120 saplings during a four-day NSS camp that concluded on Sunday. This was part of their syllabi. Officiating principal Vanita Singh said the NSS aimed to develop dignity of labour among the students. 

Rotary team: The following team of the Rotary Club, Abohar Midtown, was installed on Saturday for 2007-2008: president - R.L. Narang; vice-president - Satinder Setia; secretary - N.K. Kalra; joint secretary - Vipan Jagga; treasurer - O.P. Trikha;chief coordinator - Sushil Rattan Miglani; sergeant-at-arms - Sham Gandhi; and directors - Manish Narang, Shashi Kant Ahuja, Parmod Nagpal, Ravinder Setia, B.L. Sikka, Sumit Talwar and Satish Munjal. 

Fatal mishaps: Jasbir Singh (35),a resident of Burjmuhar village, near here, was killed and his friend Chhunu Ram was injured when a tractor-trailer collided head-on with the jeep they were travelling in while returning to the village on the Abohar-Fazilka road on Saturday night. Meanwhile, a bus driver, Om Parkash, of Shergarh village died on the spot after he fell down from the vehicle in sleep outside a petrol filling station at Patti Sadiq village here on Saturday night.

Torture alleged: A woman, Rekha, was admitted to the Civil Hospital here on Saturday with injuries on her neck. She told the police that she was married to a Class IV government employee in Fatehabad in 2005. Her in-laws had been forcing her to get money from her parents to buy a motorcycle. When she couldn’t fulfil their demand,they inflicted injuries on her neck. 

Woman rescued: Alert shopkeepers rescued Pinky, a resident of Arya Nagar here, when she planned to jump into a 12-ft-deep canal near the city bypass here on Saturday. She alleged harassment by her Bathinda-based in-laws for failure to fulfil their demand for money.

AMRITSAR
Narrow escape
: District Congress president (Rural) Sukhjinder Raj Singh Gill, alias Lali Majjithia, had a miraculous escape when a speeding Alto car,coming from the Jalandhar side, collided head-on with his vehicle, near Tangra, about 35 km from, here today. He was on his way to Chandigarh to attend some important meeting. 

BATALA
Murder: Diljit Kaur, alias Komal, wife of Harjit Singh, was found murdered in her house at Dabanwali Khurd village on Sunday morning. R.N. Dhoke, SSP, Batala told reporters that Diljit Kaur was residing in her house with her five-year-old son and mother-in-law Kashmir Kaur. The woman was recently held with some persons for illicit trafficking and, the SSP suspected this to be the work of those involved in illicit trafficking. He has procured details of phone calls to get clue about the murder. The police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC

Hoshiarpur
Woman burnt
:Surinder Kaur, a resident of Adowal Ghari village, was allegedly set ablaze by her brother-in-law, Santok Singh, alias Happy, a drug addict, over a minor dispute on Sunday. She has been admitted to the Civil Hospital with 50 per cent burns.

Jalandhar
New hotel inaugurated
:The President hotel’s management has come out with its ‘New Court - Hotel President’- a completely new three star avatar of the erstwhile hotel Shingar Regency-at the district courts intersection. The new hotel was launched by Rakesh Sabharwal and J.P. Singh, owners of President hotel at a simple function here on Sunday.

SANGRUR
Symposium:
A symposium on infertility was organised by the Sofat Infertility Centre, Ludhiana, at the Ranbir Club here on Saturday night.Some doctors, including Dr Sumita Sofat, explained various aspects of infertility and treatment. 

Distributed: DGM of the State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) C.S. Jagdish on Saturday inaugurated loan facility centre for farmers at Badshahpur village (near Dhuri). The centre has been opened by the Dhuri branch of the bank. On the occasion loan cheques worth Rs 5.25 crore were distributed among farmers of Katron, Benra, Mullowal, Ghanauri Kalan and other nearby villages. 

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CHANDIGARH

Canine fury: At least 28 victims of dog bite reached the GMSH, Sector 16, here this evening. Around 7.30 pm, a dog reportedly bit seven persons near Rose Garden. Another 10 victims of dog bite were reported from Sectors 7 and 8. Ten more were bitten by the dog at the Sukhna Lake. A couple of people from the Sector 26 Grain Market were also bitten. 

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

CHAMBA
Kidnapping
: A girl has been kidnapped in Loh-Tikri pargana of Charda panchayat in Churah tehsil of Chamba district on Sunday. The police has registered a case against Noor Hassan, Faqurdin, Mohardin, Latif Mohd and Khudabaksh on the instance of the girl’s parents. 

Snakebite: Renu Bala died of snakebite in Khaula village of Chamba district on Sunday. The woman was bitten by a snake during the night and she was taken to Shahpur hospital where she died. 

Cannabis: In a special drive launched to curb the smuggling of narcotics and drugs, the police on Saturday uprooted plants of cannabis (bhang) in 100 bighas in Tikrigarh belt of Tissa block in Chamba district. The police team uprooted cannabis saplings along with forest guards under the leadership of DSP, Pritam Singh Patial. 

KUMARHATTI
Mishap
: A man was killed another critically injured in two separate accidents near Nalagarh in the past 24 hours. Fhuppan Singh of Gol Jamala village was killed when an unidentified vehicle hit his motorcycle near Nangal village on the Pinjore-Swarghat highway last evening. Ram Pal of Dhadhi Bhola village was injured when a speeding vehicle hit his motorcycle near Gol Jamala village. 

NAHAN
One killed
: One person was killed and three seriously injured in an accident near Lal Dhang in Yamunanagar district of Haryana on Sunday. All of them belonged to Paonta area. Krishna Gupta, 57, was going to some place in Haryana with three other members of her family. Their car collided with a truck and all four occupants were seriously injured. They were rushed to Dehra Dun for medical treatment but Krishna succumbed to her injuries on the way to the hospital.

Theft: A theft was committed in the house of SP Intelligence Bureau R.P. Singh. Thieves decamped with jewellery worth Rs 83,000 and a DVD player. He is employed and at present posted in Leh-Laddakh. His family was away to Shimla when the theft took place. A case has been registered. 

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Regional potpourri

Gained in translation

Dr Suresh Singhal of Rohtak (centre) has received several honours for his translation work
Dr Suresh Singhal of Rohtak (centre) has received several honours for his translation work

While for most people their jobs or professions becomes a mundane routine after a while, there are those whose devotion and passion towards their chosen vocation never flags. 

Dr Suresh Singhal of Rohtak is one such committed translator.A proud possessor of an MA, M.Phil and Ph.D in English; MA and Ph.D in Hindi; PG Diploma in Translation and a certificate in German language, Dr Singhal has written and edited several books covering various aspects of translation and functional Hindi. Two of his books on translation – “Anuvad: Anubhuti Aur Anubhav” and “Srijanatmak Sahitya Aur Anuvad” were released recently.

“Translation is a creative and challenging field, which requires whole-hearted dedication…at times, it (translation) becomes even more demanding than original writing,” observes Dr Singhal. He has translated a number of stories and plays of several renowned authors. These include short stories of Chekhov, Tolstoy, O’Henry, H.G.Wells, Maugham and Hemingway; besides T.S.Eliot’s drama “The Cocktail Party” and John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger”.

He feels that literary translation is much more challenging than non-literary or technical translation. “It is also more significant, as without it the classic works of many eminent litterateurs would have remained confined to their respective regions,” he maintains. 

Dr Singhal, who is a senior faculty member with the Department of English at Vaish College, Rohtak, has several prestigious awards and research publications to his credit. He has been honoured with the “Natali” national award for translation research, besides the National Award for Excellence in Translation and Maharaja Agrasen Award for Academic Excellence.

This translator-educationist recently submitted a UGC-sponsored major research project on the theoretical and practical dimensions of translation studies. He is also an expert in communication skills and personality development and has delivered numerous guest lectures at different forums.

Class apart

 Meritorious school students of Bhiwani district being honoured at a special function.
Meritorious school students of Bhiwani district being honoured at a special function.

To encourage and inspire others, 30 meritorious students of Bhiwani district who had bagged the first, second and third spots in the Haryana School Education Board and Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) exams were honoured at a function recently. They were given cash awards of Rs 2100, Rs 1100 and Rs 750 each respectively, by the Red Cross Society. 

In addition, they received a gold medal, a memento and appreciation certificates from deputy commissioner Mahendra Kumar. The society also honoured those students from the district who performed well in the entrance examinations for medical and engineering colleges in Haryana and outside. They too received cash awards and gold medals. Manvendra Singh Raghav, who had qualified for admission to the IIT, was presented a shawl for his achievement. This is the first time that the district administration took this initiative. The proud parents of these students were also present.

Students from Bhiwani have been doing well in annual as well as competitive examinations for the past few years. However, this year, they outscored students from other districts of Haryana. Bhiwani also sent more students to medical colleges, IITs and IIMs this year. Significantly, the many of the students hail from the rural areas and come from middle class or poor families. 

An interesting aspect is the role that the Bhiwani-Delhi trains play in their success. These trains facilitate their travel to the national capital every weekend for coaching classes for entrance and competitive examinations. Some students hire buses and assorted vehicles to travel to nearby towns like Rohtak to get professional guidance for these tests.

Contributed by Sunit Dhawan and Raman Mohan

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