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Regional potpourri

  • His mission’s got bite
  • Shrine losing shine


Pharmacist held: The Special Narcotic Cell on Sunday nabbed a pharmacist Pawan Kumar, alias Billa, posted at Amritsar Central Jail for possessing more than 200 gm heroin worth Rs 20 lakh in the international market. The accused was arrested from the 100-foot road area here after a tip-off.Many heads are likely to roll as the accused was going to smuggle the narcotics to notorious smugglers in the jail who used to sell drugs at exorbitant rates to other inmates. Further investigations are on.

Open-house session
: A BSNL open-house session was held at the telephone exchange complex here. About 200 consumers participated. R.S.Jayant, GM, Telecom, in his inaugural address informed the consumers about new schemes being launched by BSNL. The consumers of Barnala and Sangrur districts would have access to broadband multiplay technique soon.They could also have access to cable TV and see any movie on demand through their home landline connection. R.K.Gupta, DET, Barnala, also spoke.

Two nabbed with pistols: Surinder Singh, alias Bittu, a resident of Rupowali, and Harjinder Singh, alias Jinda, a resident of Pandher village were arrested at a naka by Sadar police here on Sunday. SSP R. N. Dhoke said the two snatchers were arrested along with two country-made pistols and live bullets in two separate cases registered by Sadar and Batala police stations. SSP said the accused have confessed to have snatched gold ornaments in five separate incidents. The police has registered cases under section 25 of the Arms Act.

Effigies burnt: Hundreds of activists of Bajrang Dal blocked traffic on the national highway at the Gandhi Chowk on Sunday. The protesters also burnt effigies of the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and AICC president, Sonia Gandhi, to protest against the affidavit submitted by the union government over the Ram-Setu case.

Found dead: Satpal Singh, a youth of Aaklia Kalan village of this district, was found dead under mysterious circumstances near the railway level crossing of that village on Sunday morning. There were a number of injury marks on the body.A case under Section 174, CrPC, had been registered in this connection. The body was handed over to his kin after post-mortem.

: Pawanjot Kaur, a student of BBA IInd semester, brought laurels to the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology by securing second position in the Punjab Technical University examination held in May. She secured 511 marks out of 600 in the second semester.

Yoga camp
: The Bhartiya Yog Sansthan, Leisure Valley branch, will organise a yoga camp for obesity and hypertension related problems from September 17 to 24 in the valley. The camp will be held from 5.30 am to 730 am everyday.

Scholarship: Parth Shukla, a student of class IX of the local Shivalik Public School, has brought laurels to the district by passing the National Talent Search examination conducted by NCERT, New Delhi. He has been selected for scholarship for higher studies.

Hospital inaugurated
: Swami Surya Partap Singh Ji Machhiwara wale inaugurated the first pain and paralysis hospital here on Sunday. On this occasion, many prominents of the area, politicians, non-politicians and representatives of the various trade unions participated in large, including BKU president Balbir Singh Rajewal, jathedar Kirpal Singh Kheernian, member SGPC, Harpal Singh, chairman of market committee, Samrala and the Akali leader, jathedar Joginder Singh, were present.
Dr Shellija Gupta, hospital employee, said the poor persons of the area will be treated free of cost. The senior Congress leader, Kasturi Lal Mintu, and seth Gurdas Rai thanked everyone for their presence.

Library: In the memory of former minister Jasdev Singh Bhagwanpura, Prof Baldeep inaugurated Jasdev Memorial Library on Sunday near Kalsi Palaza restaurant here. Satvinder Kaur, wife of Jasdev Singh, said Jasdev Memorial Modern school has also been started in the memory of Jasdev Singh. The school will provide assistance to poor students.

Mela: Mela Bhai Darbari at Ghulal village, 5 km from here, concluded with great pomp and show on Sunday. Villagers from nearby Madpur, Khatran and Chehalan participated in large numbers. After the bhog of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the devotees worshipped the samadh and free langar was served to all.


Gunshots fired
: A villager fired twice in the air due to a land dispute in Dinarpur village on Satruday night. A police team rushed to the spot. The person who had fired in the air fled from the spot. However, the police received information later that a couple of persons had returned to the spot. About a dozen persons were detained for questioning by the police.

Symposium on Glaucoma: Haryana Ophthalmic Academy organised a symposium on glaucoma here on Sunday. Eye surgeons from various parts of Haryana were present on this occasion. The chancellor of MM University, Mulana, inaugurated the symposium. The prominent doctors who spoke in the symposium on various aspects of glaucoma included S.S. Pandav, Devinder Sood, Sushmita Kaushik, Parul Ichpujani, Gursatinder Singh, Kapil Vohra, Deepti Manocha and Mahesh Manocha. Tarsem Garg, while addressing the symposium said the country had made tremendous progress in the field of eye surgery. He said that there was great demand of Indian doctors even in Europe and the UK.

Freedom fighters’ panel
: The Haryana government has reconstituted the Haryana Swatantarta Sainik Samman Samiti with its headquarters in Chandigarh with immediate effect. The government has re-appointed freedom fighter Puran Chand Azad of Rohtak as chairman of the aforesaid samiti for a period of six months from September 10 to March 9, 2008.

Elections notified: The Haryana department of health services (dental) has notified the programme of election of six members to the Haryana State Pharmacy Council. The last date for receipt of nomination papers would be September 22 at the office of the director, health services (dental), Panchkula.

Shaheedi Divas: The Haryana government has decided to observe “Haryana Veer” and “Shaheedi Divas” throughout the state on September 23. A government spokesman said seminars and public meetings would be organised on the historic deeds of the martyrs and freedom fighters of the state on the occasion.

Membership drive: The Indian Youth Congress will induct 2.5 crore new members to the organisation of which 3 lakh will be from Haryana. Inaugurating the membership drive in the district at the local Panchayat Bhawan here on Thursday, national president of the IYC Ashok Tanwar said Fatehabad was the first district to launch the membership drive.

School buildings: Under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, 1,500 new school buildings with 12,000 rooms had been constructed so far and 2,000 more rooms would be constructed this year, said P. Raghvendra Rao, project director of the abhiyan on Thursday.

Teaching block inaugurated: The Chief Minister on Friday inaugurated the seventh teaching block of the Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology. Vice-chancellor R.P. Bajpai announced that a business incubation centre and a biotechnological park were also on the anvil.

Balraj Sahni award: Pritpal Singh Pannu, president, National Integrated Forum of Artistes and Activists (NIFAA), was awarded the prestigious Balraj Sahni National Award at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Noted film actor Prem Chopra presented the award to Pannu.

690 patients examined: At least 690 patients were examined by noted ophthalmologists of the Ganga Devi Charitable Eye Hospital, Mahendergarh, at a camp held under the auspices of Shri Shyam Sewa Mandal here on Sunday.

Campus placements: Eight students of the department of computer science and applications at Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), here, have bagged placements with HCL Technologies.


Champions: Government Degree College Bhatoli was declared the champion in the three-day HP University Inter-College Championship for men when it defeated Government Post-Graduate College by 26-13 goals here on Saturday. The half time score stood at 12-7 but the winners continued their aggressive game and earned a decisive win over the defending champions. Government College Una won the woman’s championship, as it defeated RKMV Shimla by 16-10 goals, for the fourth year running.

Judges Enclave
: Chief Justice V.K. Gupta inaugurated Rs1.32-crore ‘Judges Enclave’ here on Saturday that would house the District and Sessions Judge, and judges of the consumer, labour and fast- track courts . The chief justice said new judicial complexes were being constructed at Kangra, Dehra, Indora and Baijnath.

Suicide: Kewal Krishan reportedly committed suicide after having a quarrel with his wife on Saturday night at Ukhali in the district. Police sources said Kewal who was a truck driver came to his house last night and reportedly had an argument with his wife. Later he was found hanging from the roof of his house. He is survived by his wife and two children. The police has registered a case.

Police inaction
: The Solan DCC has criticised the Kalka police for its failure to arrest three youths accused of robbing and assaulting DCC secretary Ved Prakash Verma at Kalka. DCC president Shanti Pundir said Verma was allegedly attacked inside a bank’s ATM at Kalka on Wednesday. As soon as Verma entered the ATM three youths barged into the ATM, leading to an argument The youths robbed Verma of Rs 2,000 before fleeing from the spot.

: On the recommendation of PCC chief Viplove Thakur the AICC has appointed chairpersons of various departments. While Manbhari Devi will head the Other Backward Classes Department, Col Bidhi Chand and Phunchuk Rai will be the chairpersons of the Ex-servicemen Department and the Scheduled Tribe Department, respectively.

Rallies: The Himachal Pradesh Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Employees Welfare Association has threatened to hold rallies to press for implementation of the 85th Constitutional Amendment regarding reservations in promotions. President of the association Onkar Chand Bhatia said here on Sunday if people opposing reservations could hold rallies outside the state secretariat the pro-reservation employees could also do the same. He urged the Chief Minister to ensure that the decision was implemented within a month.

Rally flagged off: Lt-Gen Noble Thamburaj, SM GOC 11 Corps flagged-off a 10-day pine motorcycle expedition, here on Sunday. The 16 member team led by Major S Thapliyal will travel a distance of 2,000 km to reach Baralachla, Rohatang, and Khardungla passes by travelling through Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab. 12 jawans, one Junior Commissioned Officer and a Medical Officer Major Mahesh Kumar are part of the expedition.


Regional potpourri

His mission’s got bite

Dr Jagbir Singh
Dr Jagbir Singh

Working on mosquitoes for the past three decades, this scientist from Punjabi University, Patiala, has found the mission of his life.

He has now started to sensitise students of various schools and colleges to save the environment so that the future of humanity is not endangered due to ecological imbalance. Dr Jagbir Singh, a Reader in the Department of Zoology, whose work on mosquitoes has been acknowledged internationally, is squeezing out time from his busy schedule to persuade students to spare a thought for the environment.

Besides, he is helping school students of different villages in his native district, Kapurthala, to plant saplings. “ I have a message for the new generation: grow trees and do not breed mosquitoes,” says Dr Jagbir, who has been witness to the spread of many mosquito-borne diseases in this part of the world.

“I am scared for this generation. During the last 20 years, as many as 30 new diseases have been reported in the world and they are spreading faster with the world having become a global village. If we do not save our environment, we are going to face ruin. It is only due to ecological imbalance that we are facing all this,” he says. He rues the fact that few people are making an individual effort to save the environment.

He is utilising his vacations to go to rural schools, encourage students to pool in money and buy saplings. He tells the students to look after the saplings well so that these grow into trees and ensures that he visits the school again after some time to see how the plants are doing.

“This year, I went to three schools in Khaira Dona and Shekhupura villages in Kapurthala. We planted saplings there. I even talked to the students, showed them pictures of devastation caused by humans due to interference with nature.

“If at the end of the day, even one student out of 10 deals with the issue sensitively, we’ve succeeded in our mission,” he says.

Shrine losing shine

An inside view of the Shri Shivnab temple in the Mubarak Mandi area of Jammu
An inside view of the Shri Shivnab temple in the Mubarak Mandi area of Jammu.

There is a magnificent but little known temple of Lord Shiva in the Mubarak Mandi (old palace) complex in the heart of Jammu city. Very few people know about the existence of the temple that is fast turning into a ruin with the palaces of the erstwhile Dogra rulers crumbling one after the other owing to neglect.

The Shri Shivnab temple has, however, so far survived the vagaries of weather and continues to stand in the courtyard of the palace that collapsed last week.

According to Pt Shiv Kumar, its priest and caretaker, the temple was constructed by Maharaja Gulab Singh, founder of the Dogra dynasty, who ruled till 1857.

His son, Maharaja Ranbir Singh, built the temple in gold when he took over the reins of power in 1857 after the death of Maharaja Gulab Singh.

It was also known as the Rani temple as the royal ladies used to offer prayers in it.

He fears that the temple might not survive for long as the palaces around it are crumbling one by one. Immediate steps are needed to protect it, he feels.

Contributed by Kanchan Vasdev and S. P. Sharma

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