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Regional potpourri

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  • Scientist honoured


PUNJAB

BATHINDA
23 copies burnt
: As many as 23 copies of Sri Guru Granth Sahib got burnt due to reported short circuit in the gurdwara at Nathana village , late Saturday night.Giving details, SHO, Nathana, said, “The police got information about the incident in the early hours on Sunday morning. Baldev Singh, manager-cum-granthi of the gurdwara, reported that the police that an electric short circuit caused the incident. It is not only the gurdwara, but the whole village suffered a loss as several gadgets got damaged due to the short circuit.” The holy books have been sent to the Goindwal river for “jal parvah”. — TNS

PATHANKOT
10 arrested
: The police has arrested 10 persons under the Excise and Gambling Act here on Sunday. SSP Lok Nath Angra said they had been identified as Rajesh Kumar, Mukesh Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Rohit Saini, Ranjana, Usha, Kamini Kumari, Rattni Devi, Manjit and Pushpinder. As much as 585 litre of illicit liquor, duplicate CD cassettes and Rs 1,200 cash were recovered from their possession

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CHANDIGARH

HAFED: Haryana Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation Ltd (HAFED) has registered an increase of 64 per cent in procurement during the month of August in comparison to the sales made during the month of August, 2006. An official spokesman said the progressive sales of Hafed consumer products had also shown an increase of 39 per cent during five months (April to August) of the current financial year. — TNS


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HARYANA

CHANDIGARH
Nominated
: The non-official members of the District Public Relations and Grievances Committees of seven districts, Panipat, Jhajjar, Mewat, Faridabad, Yamunanagar, Hisar and Bhiwani, have been nominated by the government. A spokesperson said Deepak Gupta and Rajinder Parshad Singla had been nominated for Panipat, Rati Ram Punia for Jhajjar, Shokut Ali Quraishi for Mewat, Suresh Kumar Aggarwal and Veer Pal Dixit for Faridabad, Sachin Gupta for Yamunanagar, Dr Laxmi Narain Saraswat for Hisar and Roshan Lal Vashist for Bhiwani. —TNS

AG website: The accountant general, Haryana, has launched its official website, www.aghry.gov.in and www.aghr.cag.gov.in along with interactive voice response systems (IVRS) for the benefit of various employees and pensioners of the state. Deputy accountant general, Administration, A.S. Khokhar said the websites contained all information regarding general provident fund (GPF), pensions, accounts and funds. — TNS

REWARI
Medical camp
: At least 406 persons from various villages were examined at a block-level medical camp held under the auspices of the district Red Cross Society at Bawal on Friday. The patients were given free of cost medicines as well. Simultaneously, 55 disabled persons were also examined. The DC said five more such medical camps would be held at Dharuhera, Kund, Jatusana, Kosli and Rewari for the benefit of citizens. —OC

Mechanic killed: A motor mechanic, Jai Singh (21), died after being hit by a trailer tyre, which abruptly burst out, while being inflated, at his shop on the Jhajjar-Rewari road near Gangaicha Jat village, 8 km from here, on Saturday. He died on his way to the local Civil Hospital. The deceased was a resident of Machhroli village of Jhajjar district. — OC

Destroyed: Coconut fibre worth Rs 25,000 was gutted in a fire, which broke out in a mattress-manufacturing factory, Modern Coir Products Ltd, at Dharuhera on Saturday. The fire was reportedly caused by a short circuit. — OC

1 held for murder: The police has arrested Rohtash (52), a resident of Rasiawas village near Bawal, who had murdered Sadhu Bhagwan Nath (75) three years back in a temple complex in Rasiawas village on November 1, 2004. It has also seized the axe, which was reportedly used in the crime. The accused was remanded to judicial custody on Friday. — OC

SONEPAT
Relay fast
: The four-day relay fast by the Pichhda Varg Pragatisheel Manch in front of the deputy commissioner’s office ended on Friday after the SDM assured them that their demand for a CBI inquiry into the alleged rape of a Backward Class woman by two youths of Ahulana village would be forwarded to the state government. — OC
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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Chamba
Two arrested: In a major breakthrough curbing the charas smuggling in Chamba district, the Himachal Pradesh police has nabbed two persons identified as Mohinder and Surinder of Ludhiana and seized 3 kg charas from their possession. The cases against the accused had been registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act. — OC

HAMIRPUR
NIT registrars’ meet: A two-day meet of the registrars of NITs began at NIT Hamirpur on Saturday. It was inaugurated by chairman of the board of governors R.L. Chauhan. Registrars from 10 NITs participated in it. They discussed measures to improve the working of the NITs and other issues. — TNS

Liquor seized: The Excise and Taxation Department seized 383 boxes of ‘spurious’ country liquor from two liquor shops on Sunday. A team raided a shop at Dandru under the Badsar subdivision and seized 226 boxes of liquor. In another raid, the team seized 157 boxes of country liquor from a shop at Galian, also under the Badsar subdivision. A case has been registered. — TNS

Cylinder explodes: Santosh Kumari of Chamba was wounded when a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder exploded in the kitchen of her house on Saturday evening. On hearing the blast thud, people of the vicinity gathered on the spot and immediately rushed the injured lady to the local hospital where she was undergoing medical treatment. So far, no loss of life had been reported. — OC

SHIMLA
Discount
: The Tourism Development Corporation has come out with a special Karva Chauth package to attract tourists during the festival season. Under the “two equal to three” package effective from October 28 to 31, tourists staying in the corporation-run hotels for three days will be charged only for two days. “Sargi” will be arranged by the hotel free of cost. Complimentary dinner will also be provided to those observing fast. — TNS
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Regional potpourri

Fruity flavour

The persimmon, locally known as the ‘Japani phal’, has caught the fancy of tourists in Kulu district. Nowadays, the markets there are flooded with this exotic fruit that was introduced in Himachal Pradesh long ago.

It looks like a tomato but is quite delicious with a high sugar content. It contains vitamins A, B and C.

The fruit is grown throughout the world in mild climates. In Japan, the fruit is used for medicinal purposes also.

Says Tej Ram Thakur, a fruit commission agent at Bandrol village in Kulu district: “Since it’s grown in certain pockets of the district, its demand is local. The crop that started arriving in the market in September will continue till the first week of November. The wholesale price of the fruit is between Rs 6 and Rs 8 per kg.”

Arjun Sharma, a fruit-grower of Nangabagh village, says the demand of the fruit is not good outside Himachal as the common man has little knowledge about it despite its nutritional value. The government is not properly marketing it. Moreover, processing units are not procuring the fruit for making jams and jellies.It is also planted in the upper reaches of Shimla district.“We planted the ‘Japani phal’ way back in 1942 along with apples, pears and peaches. Its yield is good every alternate year. This year, we didn’t get a bumper yield,” he says.

Thakur rues the fact that the government has done nothing to develop the Bandrol fruit and vegetable wholesale market. There is no permanent shelter in the market, leave alone parking space, toilets, etc. 

Scientist honoured

Dr Chander Datt being honoured for his contribution to animal nutrition at the
Dr Chander Datt being honoured for his contribution to animal nutrition at the 
NDRI, Karnal, recently

Dr Chander Datt, hailing from Karora village of Kaithal district, was conferred with the Dr K. Pardhan Young Scientist Award (2005-2007) during the International Tropical Nutrition Conference-2007 held recently at the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal.  

Dr Dayanand Dongaonkar, secretary general of the Association of Indian Universities, was the chief guest.  

This conference was attended by 500 leading animal scientists, educationists and representatives from the food industry in India and abroad, including the USA, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Iran, and Sri Lanka.

The award was conferred on Dr Datt in recognition of his research work carried out in the field of animal nutrition. He worked on the nutritional evaluation of local feed resources. He got the gold medal for his B.Sc (Hons) course in Agriculture from Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, in 1989, and did his M.Sc and Ph. D in Animal Nutrition from the NDRI, Karnal . 

After clearing the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) examination, he joined as a scientist at the ICAR Research Complex, NEH Region, Tripura centre, in January 1999 . His biography was published in the “Marquis Who’s Who- 2007”, an international biography centre (USA), for his excellent academic record.

Contributed by Vishal Gulati and Satish Seth


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