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Regional potpourri

  • Monkey business
  • Dead cause


Youth fest: The local SR Government College for Women has won the Guru Nanak Dev University Government Colleges Zonal Youth Festival trophy. Government College, Gurdaspur, was the runner-up while NJSA Government College, Kapurthala, stood third in the youth festival, which concluded at the Dashmesh Auditorium of the university here on Sunday.

Two injured
: Sanju, a labourer in the cotton factory on Fazilka road, sustained fifty percent burn injuries as cotton caught fire during ginning due to mechanical sparking on Saturday. His uncle Prahlad along with other workers got him admitted in the local hospital. Kedar Nath a welder received injuries during work at a fertilizer unit when the tin sheet shed collapsed last evening. He has been admitted to the hospital.

Farmers’ threat: Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal warned that more traders may migrate to the neighbouring areas in Rajasthan if uniform tax system is not ensured in Punjab.  Madan Lal Kapoor president, Ashwani Kumar and Shyam sunder Shindi vice presidents of the organisation said during a press conference here that Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Parkash Singh Badal had backtracked from promises made in the election manifesto. 

Held for theft: The police arrested Satnam Singh resident of Jammu Basti and Sukhwinder Singh of Panjpeer locality on the charges of theft on Sunday. According to the sources, the police team nabbed them while trying to sell the ornaments.

One killed
: A man was killed after an unidentified vehicle reportedly hit the scooter that he was driving at Thandi Sadak, here on Sunday. After receiving information about the accident, a Sahara Jan Seva ambulance rushed him to the Civil Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The deceased was identified as Harnam Singh of Lal Basti. The body was handed over to the family members after the postmortem.

5 hurt in clash: Five persons were allegedly injured in a clash between neighbours at Naruana village, near here, on Saturday night. Investigating officer Paramjit Singh said the clash took place over a disputed plot of land. The statements of both the parties have been recorded by the police. The officer said Bhagat Ram along with Sat Pal had alleged that Gurcharan Singh, Bakshish Singh and Gurdev Kaur had assaulted them. 

Arrested: The police arrested a person for storing a huge quantity of fireworks after conducting a raid at a godown in Janta Nagar here. Sources at the Canal police post said the accused, Deepak Kansal, had been arrested for violating an order that banned the storage of fireworks as a preventive measure. 

Cop dies as auto turns over
: Constable Dharminder Kumar of Jalandhar succumbed to his injuries at the civil hospital here on Saturday evening. He was seriously wounded when a speeding auto-rickshaw (No. PB-07Q-8169), which he was riding in, turned over near Government Senior Secondary School, Bajwara, on Saturday. A case has been registered against the driver of the auto-rickshaw, Sunny, of the Bulanwari area. 

Man booked: In a dowry case, Anuradha Rani has lodged a complaint against her husband in which, she has accused him of torturing and maltreating her. Dasuya Police booked husband Satpal of Bhatoli under Section 498 A of the IPC last evening. 

Body found :Body of Joginder Singh, resident of main market, Talwara, was found floating in the Shah Nehar last evening. According to the police sources, deceased Joginder Singh’s son Inderjit Singh stated that his father had gone from his house on October 21 at about 5 am for morning walk, but did not return. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital, Mukerian for post mortem.

Student injured: Rajesh Kumar, a student of Guru Gobind Singh College, Khanpur village, was injured in a road accident on Sunday. Rajesh was going on a motorcycle with his two friends when a speeding Maruti Zen car hit them. Driver of the car Gurdev Singh was booked on Rajesh’s complaint.

Four booked: Four people were booked for trespassing and encroachment. Pradeep Kumar, Rocky, Shammi and Golo were booked for encroaching and trespassing on the complaint of Rekha Rani, a resident of Nawanshahr Badana village. Rekha alleged that she was away to her relative's place when the accused took over her house. When she tried to oust them, they threatened her. A case under Sections 447, 511, 506 of the IPC has been registered.

Celebrations conclude
: The month-long celebrations of International Seniors’ Day ended here on Sunday. It was organised by the Mohali Senior Citizens’ Association. The concluding function was held at Shivalik Public School. Lok Sabha MP from Ropar Sukhdev Singh Libra complemented the members for organising these month-long activities. He also announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the association.

Self-employment: The Khadi and Village Industry Commission on Sunday appealed to local residents to avail themselves of various schemes aimed at promoting self-employment. A seminar to create awareness on these schemes was held at Rohta village, 2 km from here. It was a joint effort of the Nabha Foundation, an NGO. 

School teachers: Chief adviser to the state unit of the Adhyapak Dal Harpal Singh Teja has appealed to the Punjab government to immediately implement the accepted demands of government school teachers. He claimed that its demand for regularisation of computer teachers, rescheduling of school timings and holiday on every fourth Saturday of the month had been accepted by the government.

Alumni meet: The first alumni meet of the local Bhai Gurdas Institute of Management and Technology was held on its campus on Sunday. Chairman of the Bhai Gurdas Group of Institutions Hakam Singh Jawandha released a placement brochure during the meet. He said college alumni were working at important posts in various multinational companies.



Medical camp: A medical camp was organised by the Dalit Jan Kalyan Samiti on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Maharishi Balmiki where Anil Kumar, commissioner, urban development department, Haryana, was the chief guest. As many as 200 patients attended the camp and were given free medicines.

Lok adalat: The District Legal Services Authority organised a rural lok adalat in Mulana today where 125 cases were settled amicably. District and sessions judge, Ambala, B.M. Bedi, was the chief guest on the occasion. Additional sessions judge L.N. Jindal and additional chief judicial magistrate R.N. Bharti were also present. While inaugurating the event, Bedi said the experiment of rural lok adalat had proved very beneficial. He said the lok adalat was the best means of getting justice at the earliest. 

9 held: The police has arrested nine persons for injuring two persons, with sharp-edged weapons in a land dispute case at Kalipna near here on October 24.

4 booked: The police has booked Roma Devi’s husband Sanjeev, mother-in-law Sarbati Devi, sister-in-law Shalu and a relative, Gopal, all residents of Mirzapur village, for seeking dowry.

Abduction: The police has arrested Sunil of Nangal Pipa village of Mahendergarh district for abducting an eight-year-old girl from the village and making a molestation bid. He was sent to the judicial custody on Saturday. 

Vehicle theft: Four miscreants took away a Scorpio from the driver, Hans Raj, after forcibly throwing him out at a place near Jakahala on Friday night. The miscreants, who had hired the vehicle for Kanina from a taxi stand at Rewari. A case has been registered.

2 held: The police arrested two persons for allegedly carrying narcotics here on Sunday. Jagir Singh was arrested with 20 gm of smack from Kalnawali area, while Raju with 20 gram of sulfa from Dabwali. Cases have been registered under the NDPS Act.

Theft: Items worth Rs 1 lakh were stolen from a photo studio here on Saturday. The stolen items included two digital cameras, scanner and a computer. A case has been registered. 

Media policy: The Haryana Union of Journalist held a meeting here on Sunday and demanded earliest implementation of the media policy announced by the state government. Bhupinder Dharmani, president of the union, said mediapersons should adhere to the journalistic ethics while filing their stories.

Youth stabbed: Two persons robbed a youth of Rs 1,500 and stabbed him at Jagadhri railway station here on Sunday. The victim, Vinod Kumar of Gopalgang district, was admitted in the Civil Hospital. The GRP has registered a case. 



School function
: The annual prize distribution function of DAV Public School was held here on Sunday. General manager of the Baira-Siul power station, Surangani, S. Kalgaonkar presided over the function. School principal R.S. Rana read out the annual report of the school. A cultural programme was held on the occasion. Prizes and merit certificates were given to students.

Labourer killed: A speeding Mohindra jeep (HP 38- 0343) hit a migrant labourer, Panja Ram (60) of Madhya Pradesh, while he was working on the Ganoh-Jassur link road on Saturday. He succumbed to his injuries on way to the local civil hospital. Suraj, jeep driver, has been arrested and the vehicle impounded. 

Suicide: Saroj Devi of Haler village here allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance on Saturday. She was reportedly alone at her home at that time. When her husband, Raghubir Singh, came to the home, he found her in a serious condition. She was taken to the government hospital, where she died. A case has been registered. 

AIR sangeet sammelan
: The Shimla station of the All-India Radio (AIR) organised a “sangeet sammelan” in which eminent artistes of the Lucknow gharana, Pankaj Kumar Banerji and Swami D. Kumar Dass, gave their performances. Banerji held the audience spellbound by his flute recital, while Kumar Dass gave an impressive vocal performance. 


Regional potpourri
Monkey business

The residents of many localities of Rohtak town, including the posh HUDA sectors, are living under a constant simian threat these days. The intimidated residents have apprised the local authorities about the monkey menace many a time, but they have got only assurances, no action so far.

There have been numerous instances of monkeys biting or attacking residents and passersby in the recent past, but these are perhaps not enough to stir the authorities from their slumber.

Groups of monkeys roaming about freely in residential colonies is a common sight. The simians take away eatables and household articles at their will and threaten the inhabitants on being opposed. Many persons have received injuries in trying to shoo away or on being scared away by the monkeys.

In the past, several residents’ welfare associations and other social and voluntary bodies have engaged “monkey-catching contractors”, mainly from Uttar Pradesh, to trap the monkeys and leave them at some far-off place. Even “langurs” were once deployed in a certain colony to shoo away the monkeys.

However, none of these measures have been successful in providing a permanent respite to the town’s residents from the simians.

Dead cause

Performing the last rites of unclaimed bodies, poor persons found dead on railway tracks or in road accidents, or of unidentified murdered persons is a gigantic task in the industrial city of Ludhiana.

Usually, the cops bear the brunt of carrying out this task. But now, an NGO, People for Orphans, has taken upon itself to bear not only all the expenses of the last rites of such persons but also to ensure that they are conducted in keeping with the religion of the deceased. The NGO also undertakes the task of immersing the ashes of the deceased at the respective religious place.

The NGO has performed as many as 470 cremations or burials this year alone. Pankaj Sharda, president of the organisation, says about Rs 1500 to 2000 is required for the last rites of each person. Earlier, the bodies were kept at a mortuary or cremated in haste. This led to a lot of problems when the relatives of the deceased turned up.

“But now, the organisation takes responsibility for everything. We go to Hardwar or Kiratpur Sahib for immersing the ashes. After that we organise a prayer, as per the rituals of different religions.”

The NGO also preserves the clothes and belongings of the deceased.  It gets funding from local industrialists and other philanthropists. Another organisation, Gorakshni, run by telecom giant Rakeshi Bharti Mittal, has joined hands with this NGO.

Pankaj says the NGO recently started arranging free computer education for girls. Nearly 60 girls have got jobs in local industries after acquiring this training.

Contributed by Sunit Dhawan and Jupinderjit Singh



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