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  • Memories of the mutiny


Leader killed in accident: Parminder Singh Quami, who was the national general secretary of the Democratic Bharatiya Samaj Party, died in a road accident which took place near Balluana village on the Bathinda-Malout road on Sunday.Quami died after an Army vehicle hit him.A case had been registered in this connection. 

Encroachment: M. R. Maddan and Subash Dhawan, residents of the area located near SSD Girls College here, on Sunday alleged that a part of the street had been encroached upon by some persons with the active help of a senior leader of the ruling SAD-BJP alliance.They demanded that the authorities concerned should take action in this connection and remove the encroachment without any delay.

Bassi Pathana
Needy students get books
: The Khatri Sabha organised a function to distribute books, notebooks, pens and other stationery among needy students at the local Government Primary School on Saturday. Sabha pattern-cum-project director Jaspal Malhotra said the sabha had decided to promote education and provide help to needy students. Senior Congress leader and sabha member O.P. Tangri said social organisations should come forward and join hands to promote education. Shanti Swarup Markarn, Janak Rallhan, Om Parkash, Sohan Lal Manro, Neeraj Malhotra and Dr Sohan Lal also addressed. 

Lok Adalat: As many as 127 cases, including civil, criminal and matrimonial matters, were taken up in a Lok Adalat organised in the District Court complex here on Saturday. Organised under the leadership of District and Session judge S.K. Goel, seven different judicial benches took up the cases and succeeded in solving 51 cases. 

Ambulance introduced
: The Rayat and Bahra group of educational institutions introduced yet another 24-hour free ambulance aid service at Rayat and Bahra Institute of Engineering and Biotechnology, Sahauran campus.
The second in its fleet of ambulances offering a yeoman's service to community was flagged off here yesterday by chief information commissioner, Punjab, Rajan Kashyap. The ambulance service will operate on the Chandigarh-Ropar road, which is being considered accident prone stretch with an ever-increasing vehicular and traffic congestion. The group is already operating an ambulance service from its Ropar campus for the last two years. 

Membership drive by YC
: The Youth Congress held a membership drive in the Morinda area yesterday. The party youth wing president, Vijay Inder Singla, said the party aimed at enrolling 2.5 crore youths, including 4.5 lakh from Punjab. “We have got an overwhelming response from all other areas. Under the first phase, we are sensitising the youth about the party and its aim. We are also distributing membership forms. The Congress is looking for quality membership rather than quantity,” he claimed.
Singla added that the youth cadre was being mobilised keeping in view the forthcoming general elections. All youngsters above 18 years were being approached for membership.

Man beaten up: Manmohan Singh was allegedly beaten up near the Chacha Market by a group of persons led by Gagan, a local resident. The victim had an altercation with the accused on Saturday morning and when he was going home in the evening, Gagan accompanied by five-six others attacked him and thrashed him mercilessly.


Kangra MC vice-chief dead: Vice-chairman of the local municipal council (MC) and social activist Pandit Bal Krishen Sharma passed away on Sunday following a brief illness at the PGI, Chandigarh. He was 64. He was suffering from breathing problems. He is survived by his wife Urmila Sharma who is also president of the local MC, his son Dr Rajesh Sharma and a daughter. He was president of the district Cricket Association, Beopar Mandal, Kangra, Gupt ganga Dam, Sanatan Dharma Sabha and other organizations. Former minister G.S. Bali, MLA and chairman OBC Corporation and former agriculture minister Vidiya Sagar along with a large number of people attended his funeral. 

Gastro cases: The outbreak of gastroenteritis in Giyana village of Arki subdivision has gripped over 6 people. Four have been admitted in the civil hospital, Arki. Nirmala Devi (30) and Vimla Devi (35) have been admitted to the IGMC, Shimla. BMO, M.C. Sasani, said 45 people were given medical treatment and the situation was now under control. He said contaminated water was the reason behind the disease.


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Monika SharmaAt 32, Monika Sharma, a professional painter, is making waves in art circles despite suffering from multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease.

She has been chosen Artist of the Month for September by Custom Poster Works Inc., USA. This month’s CPW newsletter circulated online worldwide says: “As one can see, Monika Sharma of India is an artist with extremely versatile talent. She has extensive experience working in the publicity and advertising field and has had success in media from slick advertising pieces to simple, yet elegant drawings. Since 2004, she has been the art director and owner of Yellow Leaves, a studio of art and advertising in Rohtak, India.”  

Born into a family of timber merchants, as a child Monika was more interested in music than painting. But, she also loved to draw on scraps of paper. When she was seven, her grandfather gifted her crayons and a scrapbook. That ultimately proved to be the deciding factor and she went on to graduate from the Chandigarh College of Art.

Her first full-time job was in Delhi, where agencies like J. Walter Thomson, Lowe and McCann Erickson later gave her an opportunity to tap her talent. But then the disease struck and she found she could no longer live alone in a metropolis. She then shifted to Rohtak, where she set up a studio and designed small campaigns for several projects.

Despite frequent travelling, she manages to paint enough canvases for sale to make both ends meet. Most of her works are sold through her website.

Memories of the mutiny

A painting depicting an episode from the 1857 mutiny put up at MDU, Rohtak.
A painting depicting an episode from the 1857 mutiny put up at MDU, Rohtak.

With a view to reminding the local residents of the sacrifices made by the Haryanavis in the uprising of 1857, the state government recently organised an exhibition of paintings showcasing Haryana’s contribution to the event. The three-day exhibition was organised on the campus of Maharshi Dayanand University at Rohtak and will be subsequently organised in Rewari, Hisar and Kurukshetra districts.

The visitors evinced a keen interest in the paintings, especially those of Hudson Horse, Rohtak, and the historical well of Rohnat village. Rohnat village, which fell under Hisar district then, was auctioned by the Britishers in 1858 as its residents had refused to obey their orders.

As the persons disobeying the British rulers were reportedly burnt alive, many inhabitants of Rohnat village jumped into this well to avoid punishment. Along with the well, the painting also shows the “peepal” tree which was used by the Britishers to hang the revolutionaries.

The Hudson Horse painting shows a struggle among horse-riders. The communiqué sent by Captain Hudson from Kharkhauda on August 17, 1857, stating that 17 horse-riders had been killed, was also put up at the exhibition. Besides, several other paintings and rare documents depicting various aspects of the uprising were also displayed.

Contributed by Raman Mohan and Sunit Dhawan


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