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Regional potpourri

  • A special adventure camp
  • Committed to cattle care

Turtles seized:
Saurabh Kumar, owner of an art gallery here, has been remanded in judicial custody.A team of the Forests and Wildlife Department raided Archie Art Gallery on Thursday night and seized nine turtles from his possession. 

Medical camp:
The Bhai Ghaniya Mission Society (Regd) organised a free medical check-up camp at Pherumaan village in collaboration with the Shaheed Darshan Singh Pherumaan Welfare Society on Sunday. Eyes of 415 persons were checked by the team of doctors of Dr Om Parkash Satyam Eye Hospital, Amritsar.Dr Balwant Singh Tung, former principal, Government Medical College, inaugurated it.

2 arrested: The district police on Sunday arrested Rajiv Sharma, resident of Rani Ka Bagh, and Rakesh Kumar, resident of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar in the Putlighar area, for possessing arms without licence.

Eye camp:
As many as 450 patients were checked for various eye ailments at a two-day camp that concluded at Jhaloor here on Sunday. A team of doctors led by Dharmveer Chalia, head of the eye department, Rajindra Hospital, Patiala examined the patients. Swami Vidyanand, head of Brahmsagar Bhuriwale Kutiya, said intraocular lens were implanted in 55 patients. Medicines and spectacles were also distributed free of cost.

Voter issues:
Sandeep Rishi , SDM Batala, issued a notification today stating that the voters of Batala Assembly - 2 to submit their claims and objections, if any, at his office between November 12 and 28 on a prescribed proforma, which is available at Tehsil and SDM’s office.

Revision of voters’ list:
Additional Deputy Commissioner (development) and Additional District Electoral Officer, Bathinda, Vijay N Jade has informed that due to the revision of voter lists of Punjab assembly, the process of revision of voters’ lists for Bathinda Municipal Corporation has been postponed for the time being. Jade said that as per the revised notification of the Punjab government received on September 9, the wardwise list of voters for the Bathinda Municipal Corporation was to be done from October 8 to November 6 and the list was to be published on November 12. This process has been postponed for the time being.

Blood donation: The Bathinda Vikas Manch organised a blood donation camp at the Gupta Blood Bank on Power House Road to mark the birthdays of children. Fifteen units of blood were collected on the occasion. Star donor Vinod Bansal inaugurated the camp while the chief guest was Gurmel Singh.

Man taken ill: Acting upon the information received, Sahara Jan Seva, a local NGO picked up an ill man, aboard Jammu Tavi Express, last night. The NGO said he was identified as Ranjit Singh of Sadik  village and was on way to Jodhpur. He was taken to the civil hospital.

2 killed:
Two persons were killed in two different road accidents on Sunday. Surjit Singh (26) died on the spot when the motorcycle he was driving collided with another bike coming from opposite direction. In another accident, Subhash Chander (22) died when he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving and collided with a tree. He died on the spot. The pillion rider was injured and has been admitted to the civil hospital in Abohar.

Spl trilingual poetical event:
Doordarshan Jalandhar is organising a special trilingual poetical symposium (Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu) for live telecast on November 12 on DD Punjabi from 11.30 am to  2 pm. In a press-release, the assistant station director stated that as many as 25 eminent poets of Punjab and other states would participate in the Kaav-Mehfil. 

Somesh Sharma was elected as the new president of the Lions Club, Ludhiana North, along with other board members in presence of the chief guest, H.J.S. Khera, here today. 

Youth killed
: Sher Khan, of Bishangarh village, near here, was killed in a road accident on the Jhuner-Sandour road here on Saturday. Sher Khan was going to his village on his scooter when an unidentified vehicle hit him. He died on the spot. 

One person was killed and six other injured in a road accident on the Mansa bypass on Bathinda-Patiala road on Sunday. The accident took place at 6 pm when the car in which they were travelling collided with a tree. Sukhdev Singh Mahant, who was driving the car, died on the spot, while the injured have been admitted to the civil hospital at Mansa. 

Poetess honoured:
The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) organised a special literary congregation in honour of noted Punjabi poetess Savita Kochhar of Glasgow (UK) at the NTAS hall here on Sunday. The poetess urged the Punjab Government to establish Punjabi cultural centres in foreign countries to promote Punjabi culture and save the younger generation of the NRIs from the clutches of vulgar western culture. She said Punjabi singers, newspapers and Punjabi Doordarshan had been doing a commendable job in promoting Punjabi language even among Britishers in London.

2 die in mishap: Two persons Manoj and Sannam died in a road accident when their scooter collided with a truck near Panjeta village on the Devigarh road yesterday. According to the police, the deceased worked at poultry farms in Punia and Hiragarh villages, respectively. A case has been registered at the Bhunerheri police post.



ELECTED: K.K. Gupta has been elected as working president of newly formed Chandigarh Chapter of Mohindra College Old Students’ Association while Prof Rajpal Singh has been elected as general secretary of the association. The other office bearers are: Treasurer-BK Singla, media advisor-Jagjit Puri, secretary- GC Sharma. 

Woman run over by train:
A 45-year-old unidentified woman was run over by a train on the Ambala-Kalka railway line near Dhakoli here today. The incident was reported to the Lalru railway police. According to the report, the deceased was wearing a saree and seemed to be a migrant labourer. The body has been sent to the Dera Bassi civil hospital for postmortem.


Regional potpourri
A special adventure camp

It was an adventure camp with a difference.Thirty students of the Institute for the Speech and Hearing Impaired Children, Dhalli, near Shimla, not only got a chance to admire the beauty of mighty peaks and crisscrossing rivulets, but also to test their endurance level.
Students of the Institute for the Speech and Hearing Impaired Children, Dhalli, at a camp in Manali
Students of the Institute for the Speech and Hearing Impaired Children, Dhalli, at a camp in Manali. Photo by the writer

A week-long camp was organised by Western Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Manali, for the school in the Solang Nullaha area.

The mountaineering institute is regularly conducting courses for students, professionals and amateurs in mountaineering expeditions, snow training, high-altitude treks and white water rafting, but it was the first time that it organised a camp for the special children.

During the camp, students from Class VII to IX got exposure in rock climbing, rappelling, river crossing, trekking, camping, map reading, water safety and rescue etc.

Deepak Singh, group captain, gesticulated that more such camps should be organised for the betterment of special children. “It tested our courage in water and land adventure,” he conveyed.

D.R. Sharma, who was accompanying the students, said it was for the first time that such a camp was organised. He said another camp would be organised for students of Visually Challenged Children School, Dhalli.

Committed to cattle care

Most of us come across some stray animal lying injured by the roadside at some point of time in our day-to-day life. Still, very few of us are able to do provide a healing touch to these ailing creatures.
Jagdish Malik, assisted by two helpers, tends an injured bull at a make-shift cattle shed near Sheila Bypass at Rohtak
Jagdish Malik, assisted by two helpers, tends an injured bull at a make-shift cattle shed near Sheila Bypass at Rohtak. — Photo by Manoj Dhaka

In a society where most people consider stray animals a nuisance, Jagdish Malik of Rohtak is a sensitive soul who has dedicated his life to serve the voiceless creatures of Mother Nature.

Malik, a diploma holder in veterinary and livestock development, has been providing medical care to injured animals, especially cows, bulls and calves, for several years. A few months ago, he set up a voluntary organisation to serve the stray and injured animals.

The body does not have any land, property or vehicle of its own and is being run solely with the donations given by residents. Dr Subhash Lathar of Julana has provided land free of cost for the purpose for the time being.

Noted educationist-philanthropist Dr Jai Singh Malik is the patron of the body, while a local veterinary surgeon, Dr Swarn Singh Bamal, gives his services free of cost. A local trader, Jagdish Rai Jain, is its president.

Two whole-timers look after the animals, while many local residents provide fodder and financial assistance. Several veterinary surgeons willingly provide their services as and when required.

"A number of people are coming forward to help us in this noble pursuit," says Malik, who is the organising secretary of the social body. He, however, laments that the government has not done anything worthwhile in this regard.

Nonetheless, buoyed up with the support of generous donors and philanthropists, Malik continues to tread his chosen path with a missionary zeal.

Contributed by Vishal Gulati and Sunit Dhawan



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