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Office-bearers: The following have been elected officer-bearers of the General Insurance Employees Union: convener-Dinesh Kumar; president-Sham Lal Gill; vice-president-Parveen Sharma; secretary-Navjot Singh; joint secretary-Vinod Singh; press secretary-Dilbagh Singh Sandhu; and cashier- Ramesh Mahajan. 

Agents booked: The Amritsar (Rural) police has booked four fake travel agents in separate cases for defrauding persons of several lakhs of rupees on the pretext of sending them abroad. Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Rayya, lodged a complaint alleging that Amrik Singh and Manjit Singh of Nizzar village took Rs 8 lakh from him to send him abroad. Similarly, Balwinder of Budda Theh alleged that Chhinda of Ghaluwal village (Kapurthala) took Rs 20,000 from him to send him to Dubai; and Gurmej Singh of Gaziwal alleged that Jasbir Singh of Jodhe village took Rs 6 lakh from him to send him to Germany. Cases under Section 420, IPC, have been registered. — 

Found murdered: Two persons identified as Jagtar Singh and Manjit Kaur, who were known to each other for the past two years, were found murdered under mysterious circumstances in Jagtar’s farm at Chak Bakhtu village of this district on Sunday. The police reached the spot after getting informationp. A case had been registered.

MBA college
:The Hoshiarpur Institute of Management and Technology has been allowed to start an MBA college from the current academic session with an intake of 60 seats. The institute has finally got a go-ahead from the All-India Council for Technical Education, Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development, and the Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training, Punjab, to start the course. The institute is being run by Mohali-based Maa Chintpurni Educational Society (MCES).

: The following were elected office-bearers of the SC/ST Employees Welfare Association of BSNL Punjab Circle at a conference held here under the chairmanship of chief adviser Mohan Lal Sandi: president - C.S. Gill; vice-presidents - V.K. Singh, Bichhu Ram, Rakesh Bhatti and Manjit Singh; circle secretary - Des Raj; ACSs - Jaswinder Pal Bangar, Baldev Singh, Bijinder Singh and Anchal Lal; finance secretary - Sat Narain; assistant finance secretary - Raj Kumar; organising secretaries - Ranjit Singh, Sukhdev Singh Garcha, Gurmukh Singh and Geja Singh; and auditor - Amarjit Kaur. 

Honour for two: Two eminent personalities, Amichandbhai Hirabhai Patel from Gujarat and K. Theman from Tamil Nadu, were felicitated with the “Sahakarita Shiromani” at the 27th annual general meeting of KRIBHCO held in New Delhi on September 20, Krishna Bharati Cooperative Limited (KRIBHCO) Society stated in a press release issued here. While Patel with his variegated experience, loyalty and dedication, has immensely contributed to the cooperative movement in the country, Theman with his relentless efforts, vision and farsightedness has transformed the lives of thousands of rural poor farmers in his state.

Fake currency: The local police arrested a resident of Avantipur in Jammu with fake currency worth Rs 3 lakh. Carrying a poly bag containing the currency, suspect Javed Ahamad Pure was nabbed by a police party from the Nalwa Canal area on Saturday. SP Harpreet Singh said during questioning Javed admitted being active in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur and certain other cities of the state. A case under Sections 487-B and 489-C, IPC, has been registered. 

: College teachers and workers of the SAD blocked traffic by staging a dharna at Chabal on Sunday. They were protesting against the registration of a case of attempt to murder under Section 307, IPC, against senior lecturer Balkar Singh of Bir Baba Budha Sahib, 22 km from here. The case had been registered on a complaint of Hardayal Singh, secretary of the college managing committee. The dharna was lifted after the SHO, Chabal, assured them to cancel the case. 

More Centre funds sought: Minister for rural development and panchayat Ranjit Singh Brahmpura has urged the Centre to grant more subsidies to farmers for promoting crop diversification. He was addressing a farmers’ camp here on Sunday. A large number of farmers attended the camp which was organised by the agriculture department. Deputy commissioner Ajoy Sharma presided over the camp. Experts from the Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, gave participants vital tips on Rabi crop.



INLD rally
: Members of the Mange Ram Memorial Trust and Subham Hospital, Sector 20, on Sunday urged people to participate in the Indian National Lok Dal rally to be held at Ambala on September 25. It is being held to mark the birth anniversary of former Deputy Prime Minister and Haryana Chief Minister Devi Lal. Trust chairman Dr Sandeep Sharma said Devi Lal was a messiah for farmers. 



Shahidi Divas observed
: Shahidi Divas was observed at the War Heroes Memorial Stadium, Ambala Cantonment, on Sunday. Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shayin was the chief guest. He honoured 57 families of martyrs. Additional deputy commissioner Renu Phulia flagged off a rally of schoolchildren. A placard competition was held in which Rajinder Kumar was adjudged first, Meena second and Cheenu third. In declamation contest, Bhumika came first, Hiteshi second and Shivani third.



Tax payment: Led by excise and taxation officer Hans Raj Sharma, a team of officials including inspectors Kamal Thakur, Navnit Gupta and another employee, Garja Ram, chased a truck (HP-69-5781) when the truck, coming from Chandigarh side and bound for Kullu, ignored a signal to stop by the taxation party and fled from a taxation barrier on NH-21 near here on Saturday. The team found tobacco goods in the truck without any tax having been paid for them. The truck owner was fined Rs 1,00,750. Sharma warned traders to ensure payment of proper taxes at the barrier to avoid heavy penalties. 

Theft: Some thieves are said to have struck a house of villager Vikram Singh at Badrayan village in punchayat Kotlu Brahmna near Ghumarwin, 60 km from here yesterday, carrying away jewellery worth Rs 60,000 and additional cash to the amount of Rs 500. Conformed reports here today said the thieves took advantage of an empty house after Vikram’s wife went to the fields to fetch fodder for the cattle during the morning hours. The thieves entered the house after breaking a window. Police have registered a case and are investigating the matter. 

Call to youths: Kashmir Singh Thakur state president Himachal agricultural and land development bank called on the youth to realise their responsibility regarding consumers rights. Presiding over a district-level workshop on consumers rights under Consumers Rights Protection Act, 1986, at Kapahada near Ghumarwin, 60 km from here on Saturday, Thakur said consumers had a right to quality consumers goods and efficient service. Thakur said in case of matter not being settled between the consumer and the trader, the consumer can go to the District Consumers Forum if the complaint is upto Rs 20 lakh, to the State Consumer Commission if complaint is upto Rs 1 crore and to the National Consumers Commission if the compliant is above this amount. 

Thieves nabbed: The district police busted three members of a gang of thieves for theft of vehicles and telephone cables in the region on Saturday. Superintendent of police Chamba S.P.S. Verma said a stolen scooter and about one hundred metre of telephone cables were recovered from their possession. Among the arrested thieves were Vijay Kumar resident of Mehla, Tilak Raj resident of Sunara and Deepu resident of Lihl of this area. They were caught by the police while they were fleeing away from the town after committing another theft, the SP said. 

Booked: A case has been registered against the conductor of a private bus for allegedly beating up an HRTC conductor, Pawan. The accused had allegedly abused and beaten up Pawan.

School games
: The five-day 12th state-level primary schools games will be organised at Dharamsala from October 7. Competitions will be held in volleyball, kabaddi, kho-kho, badminton and athletics. Cultural programmes and an essay writing competition would also be held.

Welcomed: Former parliamentary secretary Urmil Thakur has welcomed the BJP proposal of giving 33 per cent seats to women in assembly and parliamentary elections. Talking to mediapersons here on Sunday, she said she would take up the matter with the parliamentary board to give ticket to two women in Hamirpur district. — TNS

Regional potpourri
Aesthetic face of athletics

A painting by Rohtak-based artist Ram Mehar Singh Malik
A painting by Rohtak-based artist Ram Mehar Singh Malik

Most of us have heard the saying, “Where there is will, there is a way”, but there are few like Rohtak-based artist Ram Mehar Singh Malik who embody it in letter and spirit. That’s how Malik has not only carved a niche for himself in the realm of art, but remained an active athlete as well.

Creations of this soulful artist-painter adorn the walls of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Haryana Bhavan, Raj Bhavan, outlets of the state Tourism Development Corporation and so on. His paintings have been highly appreciated at the national as well as international levels.

Not only Malik himself, but even the students groomed by him have won a number of honours in their chosen field. Malik says he has been inspired by many great personalities, among them the legendary Dr M.S. Randhawa.

He has set up an art academy named Kala Thikana at Tikkartal in the Morni Hills to realise his dream. The Kala Thikana is open to the artists who feel they have the spark but have not been able to prove their mettle due to lack of resources.

The artists are not charged anything for their stay or food etc. They are also provided art material free of cost. The paintings made by them during their stay there are displayed in the art gallery. Art camps, workshops and exhibitions are 
organised at the academy with the help of the Haryana Government and the North Zone Cultural Centre.

Having taught fine arts at the famous Moti Lal Nehru Sports School, Rai (Sonepat), and at the Department of Fine Arts, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, this noted artist has devoted his life to the promotion of art and artists.

His name had been proposed twice for the Padmashri, but each time, the proposal got entangled in bureaucratic procedures. However, he continues to work towards his cherished dream and has not let anything, not even the partial loss of a leg, come in the way.

Letter and its spirit

Even though the official language of Haryana is Hindi, officials in government-run institutions continue to use English, often with comic results.

Savour this letter sent by the principal of Government College, Hisar, to the fellow heads of colleges in the area, inviting them to contribute papers for a souvenir to be brought out for a seminar. Here goes: “ I am raptured of apprising you that one day seminar is being organised by Women Studies & Development Cell Hisar in the last week of October 2007 in the college campus. The objective of the Seminar is to address the problems & issues of girl child and try to find out concrete suggestions with consensus. Eminent social workers, doctors, scientists, and scholars are likely to participate in lucrative deliberations. It gives me pleasure to inform you that a souvenir containing various issues of girl child will be published on this auspicious occasion.

“Therefore, you are humbly requested to motivate learned lecturers of your esteemed institution to contribute papers on the following issues: 1. Female Foeticide Infanticide 2. Female child labour. 3. Discrimination of Girl Child. 4. Trafficking of Girl Child. 5. Problems of Migrated Girl Children. 6. Education of Girl Child. 7. Health of Girl Child. 8. Social problems of Girl Child. It is further informed that papers should reach us by Sept. 20, 2007. Contribution and Co-operation of your renowned institution is solicited for making this programme meaningful and fruitful”.

Looks like this letter itself could be preserved as a souvenir!

—Contributed by Sunit Dhawan and Raman Mohan


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