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  • Banking on women’s skill


Assault case
: Banta Singh of Dhurkot complained to the police alleging that Puran Mal and Ram Chand, of Gidhar village, attacked him on Saturday. The police sources said there was an old dispute which triggered the assault. A case had been registered with Nathana police. 

Elected; The 11-member committee of Punjab Pradesh Dhanak Samaj elected Dr Baldev Jaitop as its new general secretary at meeting held on Saturday. Presiding over the meeting, D. R. Bagri alongwith the other members of the committee conducted the oath taking ceremony.

One killed: Harnek Singh of Rampura was killed while Gurcharan Singh, the pillion rider, of Gill Kalan village, sustained severe injuries in an accident near cantonment area on Sunday.The police sources said while overtaking, the motorcyclist lost control and was hit by the bus. Both the motorcyclists were rushed to the civil hospital, where doctors declared Harnek brought dead. The Cantonment police initiated inquest proceedings for further action under section 174 of the CrPC. After the post-mortem, the body was handed over to the family members. 

Accident :Three persons sustained injuries in a head-on collision between a car and a tractor on the Bathinda-Bhucho road on Saturday.The volunteers of Sahara Jan Seva said both the car and the tractor were badly damaged. Soon after receiving the information, an ambulance rushed to the spot and admitted Veer Singh, the tractor driver, to the emergency ward of the civil hospital, Bathinda.The police sources said that no case had been registered as both the parties reached a compromise.

One dead: The volunteers of a city-based NGO took one Jaswinder Singh (35) to the civil hospital on Saturday, where he later died. He was lying in a critical condition at platform number 5 of the Bathinda railway junction. Sources said that the deceased was posted at the Police Lines  here. Further investigation is on. 

Body found :The body of Gurdev Singh (25) of Maan Wala village was found near Bathinda-Sirsa railway line, near his village on Sunday. The volunteers of Sahara Jan Seva received a call about the body and rushed an ambulance to the spot. The body was in a badly mutilated condition and it was later sent for post-mortem.

Tour: Dr IT Business School, Jalalpur village, near Banur, organised an industrial tour for MBA students at Morepen Laboratories, Baddi. The purpose of this visit was to build industry academia interface, which will help the students to fill their theoretical gaps. The students visited bulk drug plants, research and development wing and the administrative block. 

Diwali fest
: Red Cross Society, Mansa along with Azad Social Welfare Club, Astha Jan Sewa Club and Rotary Club held a Diwali Mela (fest) at senior secondary school (girls) here on Sunday. Famous artistes, Harman Sidhu and Harjit Harman, enthralled the audience with their performance. Chief guest Surjit Singh Dhillon, such cultural programmes help keeping our culture alive. 

Condemned : Communist party of India (CPI) in a press note here criticised the imposition of emergency in Pakistan here on Sunday.

Sammelan: The 11th International Nabha Kavita Utsav was organised here by the Rachna Vichar Manch Nabha. Dr Surjit Patar, eminent poet, inaugurated the event. Punjabi poets from India and abroad participated in the poetry sammelan. Among them were Prof Anup Virk, Parminderjit ( Amritsar), Dr Deepak Manmohan, Darshan Buttar, Prof Sukhdev Grewal, B. S. Bir, Prof Gurbhajan Gill, Surjit Kaunke, Prof Surjit Judge, Jaswinder Ropar, Dr Lakhvider Johal, Sukhvinder Amrit, Neeru Aseem. Hari Singh Dilbar and Dr Barjinder Chohan. The Sri Kanwar Chohan Memorial Najam Award was conferred on Prof Lok Nath, while the ghazal award was given to Dr S. Tarsem. Dr Karanjit Singh and Dr Mohinder Kaur Gill were also honoured. 

Khoya removed: In the light of state-wide raids by the Health Department, sweets makers in the town have removed khoya and other items from cold stores here. According to sources, late Saturday night, dozens of vehicles were put in use to remove these items. About 15 days back,mediapersons had highlighted the dumping of hundreds of quintals of Khoya and other products in one of the cold stores.

LBP chief slams SAD-BJP, Cong
: Lok Bhalai Party chief Balwant Singh Ramoowalia accused the Congress and the SAD-BJP combine of befooling the people by making tall claims of development and welfare projects. He claimed that the LBP had been continuous taking up issues like languishing of Punjabi youths in foreign jails, fraudulent marriages by NRIs and pushing of Punjabi girls into flesh trade in Singapore, etc.

Book released: Surinder Mohan Tejpal’s book “Arya Samaj - Meri Jeevan Dhara” was released by Punjab Arya Vidhya Parishad registrar Davinder Nath Sharma at a function organised by Arya Samaj at DAN Arts and Craft College on Sunday. The book contains memoirs in the form of short stories. 

Medical camp: The Lions Club Banga Mehak and City Smile jointly organised a diabetes awareness-cum-detection camp at Banga. Veteran social worker Baldev Nayyar examined 81 persons during the camp and gave tips on dietary habits and lifestyle for diabetes  management.

Talk on teaching: Inspiring teachers to take the pivotal role of building nations, Dr K.K. Bajaj, former dean of colleges-cum-director college development council, HP University, Shimla, stressed the need of self-analysis on the part of teachers themselves. Speaking on “Accountability of teachers: Social dimension” organised at Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, resource person Dr K.K. Bajaj advised the teacher fraternity to inculcate teaching as a passion rather than merely confining it as a  profession. 

Co told to pay
: The local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the local branch of National Insurance Company Ltd to pay Rs 50,000 on account of partial permanent disability along with interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum from the date of repudiation (June 29, 2007) till realisation to Dalip Singh, a resident of Kular Khurd village (Sangrur).The forum has also directed the company to pay a sum of Rs 3,000 as compensation for mental tension and harassment and Rs 1,000 as litigation expenses to Dalip Singh.



ECRUITMENT DRIVE: Under its Infosys campus ambassador programme, Infosys will conduct recruitment drive in various colleges of Chandigarh on November 5. The recruitment activities will be conducted at Chitkara College and Ryat Institute and the final year students will be eligible for the same. 

Freshers’ party: Indo-Global Colleges organised a freshers’ party on its campus at Abhipur on Sunday. The function was inaugurated by Neelam Singla along with director of Indo-Global Colleges Dr S.K. Goel. Nitish and Saloni were selected Mr and Miss Fresher, respectively while Ritu Raj and Harmeet Kaur were declared Mr and Miss personality.

Musical evening: A musical evening ‘Sureele Geetan Di Ik Sham’ was organised on Saturday by Swar Sangam in association with SAS Institute of Information and Technology in the Industrial Area. Singer and composer Prabhjot Bali, known for his compositions for the lyrics of Shiv Kumar Batalvi, performed at the institute. Ishmeet Kaur won great applause.



Haryana Day: Former president of the Bar Association, Ambala Cantt, Om Prakash Malik said the Haryana Day holiday should be revived for courts. In a letter addressed to the registrar general, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Malik said Haryana was formed on November 1, 1966 and since then, offices of Haryana Government and courts used to be closed for holiday. Malik said the Punjab and Haryana High Court had discontinued this holiday. He sought the revival of the old system of observing November 1 as a holiday in Haryana.

Elected: A meeting of the Central Bank of India Employees’ Union, Haryana, was held on Sunday. Indian National Bank Employees’ Federation’s general secretary Subhash Sawant was the chief guest. State-level office-bearers were elected at the meeting. A.L. Chopra of Ambala was elected president, B.S. Gill of Chandigarh general secretary, S.K. Berry of Amritsar senior vice-president, D.S. Reehal of Ludhiana vice-president, Pankaj Jain of Ambala treasurer and V.D. Sharma of Gurgaon auditor.



Bereaved: Banti Devi Upadhyay (84), wife of a prominent freedom fighter late Devi Ram Upadhyay, died on Saturday night. Her funeral was held at Luhanu ghat. District and Sessions judge A.S. Jaswal, Chief Judicial Magistrate Dr Baldev Thakur and members of the district Bar Association attended the funeral and offered their condolences. Banti Devi was mother of senior advocate Kranti Kumar Upadhyay.

Snake bite: The absence of a doctor at the primary health centre at Kutheda near Ghumarwin cost a woman her life. The woman who was identified as Kubja Devi was bitten by a snake in the fields. She was immediately rushed to the health centre at Kutheda, but due to the absence of a doctor there, she had to be rushed to the Ghumarwin civil hospital. She died on the way to the hospital.

Phone cable stolen: Around 900-m telephone cable belonging to the BSNL has been reportedly stolen from the Mangla and Khajjiar areas. The cable was estimated to be worth around Rs 50,000. Consequently, more than 300 telephone connections went out of order in these areas. Such incidents have reportedly become quite common in these areas.

House gutted: A double-storey house was reportedly gutted in Purthi village in the Pangi tribal valley on Sunday evening. The loss is estimated to be over Rs 3 lakh. However, there was no loss of human life and livestock. The house belonged to Lali Ram.

1 dies in mishap: Hem Raj (42) was killed and Kamlesh Kumar was injured on Sunday morning when their truck (HP 36-1020) plunged into a deep gorge near Tohni Devi. The incident occurred at Chahad village when Hem Raj lost control over the truck and it fell into a 400 feet gorge. He was taken to Tohni Devi hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Campaign: The North Zone Insurance Employees Association (NZIEA) has decided to intensify its campaign against FDIs in the insurance sector. Talking to mediapersons on Saturday,NZIEA general secretary Anil Kumar Bhatnagar said their organisation would intensifying its campaign against the proposal to introduce the comprehensive bill by the UPA government in Parliament since this was not in the interest of the country.

Woman found dead: A 47-year-old women who worked as a chowkidar at the Government Senior Secondary School, Bagli, died under mysterious circumstances on the school campus on Monday morning. Kangra subdivisional police officer Jeet Singh Thakur said Puspa suffered from high blood pressure and she might have died due to it. Some brufen tablets were found from her room. He, however, said there were no injury marks on her body. The body had been sent for a post-mortem examination.

Award: The Indian-International Friendship Society (IIFS) has decided to confer “Rashtriya Gaurav Award” on former minister Vidiaya Sagar for contribution in various fields. The award would be presented during a seminar on “Economic growth and national integration” in New Delhi on November 20. It would be attended by some Central and state ministers, MPs, industrialist, social workers and intelligentsia.

Assaulted: A salesman of a liquor shop here was beaten up by three persons on Saturday evening. The trio, who were liquor contractors, had reached the shop after getting complaints against salesman Sushi Bhardwaj for selling liquor at higher rates. The daily sales register was reconciled with the cash available with Sushil. A difference of Rs 75 was detected. Following this, the salesman was reportedly assaulted. 

Theft: Mohan Lal, a resident of Makkarwali village under Nahan subdivision, has lodged a complaint with the police that gold ornaments put on the idol of Bhagwati Manner Devi in the Shakti temple situated in Makkarwali have been stolen. A case has been registered. 

Regional potpourri
Tale of too many cities
A roadside eatery in Hisar selling Dilli-style food.
A roadside eatery in Hisar selling Dilli-style food. —Tribune Photo by P. L. Munday

Hisar is not Delhi or any other metro, admitted. But they’re presence can nonetheless be felt here in ample measure. Here’s how.

The town’s most famous sweatmeat seller is the Dilliwala halwai. Despite the recent emergence of sweetmeat sellers with fancy names and shop interiors, the Dilliwala continues to reign, outsmarting the efforts of locals to overtake him. The town’s favourite sweet though is peda Hansiwala, which owes its origin to Hansi a nearby town.

Talking of eatables, the town’s favourite namkeens are the Bikanerwala. And it’s most popular roadside eateries are the rehriwala’s whose specialities are the chhola bhatura Dilliwala or naan Amritsarwala.

When it comes to dressing up, the town’s favourite kurta tailor is Jagdish Satrodwala. Satrod being a village on the town’s outskirts. But if a Hisarwala wants a readymade kurta, then he heads straight to a shop called Lucknow wala.

Women are not lagging behind. When the Hisarwali wants a saree, she walks into a shop called Calcutta Saree. But should she prefer something more colourful and traditional, like a suit or a choli, the obvious choice is a shop called Jaipurwali. And the young girls of Hisar are these days hooked to the salwar Patiala wali.

Apart from cuisine and couture, what you need is a good pair of footwear. Where else can you get better juttis than at a shop, Bhadrawali. The refers to Bhadra, a small town in Rajasthan.

Even the handloom stores bear no mention of Hisar. The residents buy their bed sheets, upholstery and the like mostly from two showrooms named Madras Handloom and Panipat Handloom.

Looks like there is very little the town can call its own, its original. Perhaps, the answer lies in the fact that the town was founded by Feroze Shah Tughlak, who was not a local but an outsider. And he also built a palace here for an unnamed gujjari, who was the daughter of a doodhwala.

Banking on women’s skill
Women learning the art of phulkari in a training centre
Women learning the art of phulkari in a training centre

In an endeavour to provide self-employment to rural women, especially in villages along the Indo-Pakistan border, the Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC), has taken an initiative under which already 225 self-help groups (SHGs) have been constituted at various cluster levels. Women are being provided training in handicrafts, handloom weaving and phulkari-making at these centres. These will not only train the women in various weaving forms absolutely free of cost but also sell their products in national and international markets.

The AGM of the bank, T.S. Bagga, says the bank has established clusters in several villages along the Indo-Pakistan border, like Luther, Bhawra Azam Shah,and Lakho ke Behram, where women belonging to the BPL group are being trained in various handicrafts, mainly phulkari.

He feels that this scheme will not only enable rural women get good jobs but it would also help improve their financial position as the entire profits would be passed on to them. It will also help breathe life into the dying art of phulkari, which has great demand in the international market.

The trained women will be appointed as trainers for new clusters and so on, creating a lot of employment opportunities. He has also written to the Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC) for help in setting up more clusters in Balewala, Mehma, Nhura Kalan, Kari Kalan and other villages along the border.

Contributed by Raman Mohan and Anirudh Gupta


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