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PUNJAB

Abohar
Visit
: Jagdish Singh Kahlon SP (D) today visited the house of Dimple Miglani, general secretary of the Land Grabbing Victims Association in the Radhasoami colony here to know her viewpoint on the ongoing tussle with a NRI over immovable property located on the college road here. DSP Parampal Singh also accompanied him. This was in line with the orders of the chief minister Parkash Singh Badal that women should not be summoned to the police stations for recording their statements.

AMRITSAR
Chief secy reviews tourism projects: Reviewing the ongoing tourism and development projects in the city, chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh said on Saturday that the roads connecting historic and religious places with Amritsar would be widened and infrastructure developed to boost tourism. At a meeting with officials of the district administration, the chief secretary reviewed the progress of the tourism projects, including the Galiara Project and Neem Chameli Complex.

Rs 2,600 looted at gunpoint: Two unidentified youths looted Rs 2,600 and one mobile from one Nitin Sharma of Professor Colony on gun point near Kechahri Chowk here late Saturday night. Nitin said he had gone to meet his friend when the incident happened. A case has been registered.

BATALA
35 marriages solemnised at Shahabpura: The Samajik Chetna Manch, Punjab, on Sunday solemnised the marriages of 35 poor girls and boys at Shahabpura village, 4 km from here, under the chairmanship of P.C. Pyassa, joint director, Excise and Taxation Department, Punjab.The marriages were performed as per the religious rites of the couples. Jagdish Sawhney, chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab, also attended the function. Each couple was given household items as gifts.

Bathinda
Accident
: One person was killed and four others including an eight-year-old girl were severely injured as a jeep (RJ-31C-814) in which they were traveling, turned turtle near village Bhagta Bhai Ka on Saturday night. Sources said all of them were coming back from Kartar Pur Sahib, when all of sudden the driver lost control over the jeep and it fell into the low lying fields. All the injured, Jagmit Singh, Joga Singh, Sukhwinder Kaur, Sikander Singh and the driver Sukhdeep Singh were admitted to the Civil hospital Bathinda, where later on, Jagmit (23) succumbed to his injuries. Bhagta police has been investigating the matter.

Assaulted: Gurpreet Singh of village Pakka Kalan reported to the police alleging that Tejinder Singh of the same village attacked on his head with an iron rod, on Saturday. Police sources said Gurpreet had complained that he was going to Gurudwara Sahib in the village when the accused attacked him. The issue of the attack was an old rivalry between them. Sangat police has registered a case under section 308 of the IPC and arrested the accused, who was later sent on 14 days judicial remand.

Poppy husk seized: Dialpura police has booked Harbans Singh of village Neour, Sukhdev Ram of village Maluka, Balwinder Singh of village Bhagta and Jagsir Singh of village Neour and recovered 102 kg of poppy husk at village Neour on Saturday. Police sources said Balwinder and Jagsir were arrested on the spot, but the other two accused managed to run away. Police has registered the case under sections 15, 61, 85 of the NDPS act.

Mystery solved: Nahian wala police today has reportedly solved the mystery of Sukhmander Singh of Blahad Mahima village in the district, who had been missing for the past three months. SHO Nahian wala police station, Boota Singh said, "Jarnail Singh sarpanch of village Lakhi Jangal today gave a statement to the police that Kulwinder Singh, who was along with the deceased after when Sukhmander got missed, admitted in front of him that he had killed him. On the basis of the statement, police has added sections 302 and 201 of the IPC in the case." The accused Kulwinder has been arrested and interrogation is going on, he added.

Unregistered colonies: Additional chief administrator PUDA complained to the police that Mahesh Dass, Mukesh chand, Tej Bhan, Amarjit Singh all the residents of Bathinda and one Narotam Singh of Nai Basti Goniana have formed an unauthorized colony in Udham Singh Nagar. In the other case, the same official has filed a complaint against Barjinder Singh of Bathinda alleging the same offense in Partap Nagar, here on Saturday. Both the cases have been registered under sections 420, 34-B under the apartment and property regulation act. When contacted, Investigation officer, Harmail Singh said, “The addresses given were not proper so the accused could not be arrested even after repeated raids.”

Faridkot
Balidan Diwas
: Local chapter of the Brahmin Sabha organised a state level function to mark the martyrdom day of Guru Teg Bahadur as ‘Balidan Diwas’ here on Sunday. Jagdish Rai Sharma of the Sabha said on the occasion kirtan was recited. He said representatives of the community from various parts of the state presented their views on the sacrifice of the Guru, which was incomparable in history. Among others, Anil Joshi, BJP MLA from Amritsar and Kamal Sharma, state general secretary of the BJP, expressed their views.

Fazilka
Dowry case
: In a complaint lodged before the city police here, one Kundan Lal alleged that for want of dowry, his daughter Priya (25) was constantly being tortured by her in-laws in Goniana Mandi. Baljeet Singh, SHO City police, Fazilka, said after preliminary investigation, the Goniana police have been informed to initiate necessary action.

Burnt: One Sohan Lal (45) of Bikaneri road here sustained about 50 per cent burns on Sunday. It is stated that he was preparing firecrackers. The kin of the injured are tightlipped about the cause of fire. Baljeet Singh, SHO city police, Fazilka said some crackers were scattered at the site and no body was available to provide details of the incident. The investigations are on.

Hoshiarpur
Garhshankar man sets self ablaze
: Raj Kumar of Garhshankar is fighting for his life with 90% burn injuries at Hoshiarpur civil hospital. He attempted suicide by setting himself ablaze at his residence on Sunday. At first, he was taken to Garhshankar civil hospital from where he was referred to Hoshiarpur hospital. He was working with a Jagran party and was mentally upset for the last two years. The cause of his suicide bid has yet to be known.

KHARAR
Man booked: A resident of Teeda village has been booked for beating his wife over a land dispute. The Mullapur police booked Ranjit Singh on complaint of his father-in-law Devraj. Devraj, a resident of Nanhed village in Rajpura, had come to visit his daughter Sarabjit Kaur in Teeda. On Sunday morning Ranjit picked up a fight over land with his in-laws and thrashed his wife Sarabjit with a bat in presence of his father-in-law and others. Sarabjit sustained serious injuries and was admitted to the PGIMER, Chandigarh. The couple has been married for the past 18 years and has two daughters and a son from the wedlock. Mullapur police has booked Ranjit under Sections 323 and 325, IPC. The accused is absconding.

LALRU
Youth dead: A 22-year-old youth who was to get married tomorrow was found dead on railway tracks in Lalru on Sunday. According to the police, Talvinder Singh, who lived in Lalru with his family, was to get married to a girl in Karnal. Talvinder’s family informed the police that they returned yesterday after the shagun ceremony and Talvinder was with guests and friends last night at home. However, around 10 pm, he went missing and the family tried to locate him. They presumed that he would have gone to stay with his friends for the night. This morning they were informed that Talvinder’s body was found on railway tracks.

Nawanshahr
Devp work: Deputy speaker, Lok Sabha, laid the foundation stone of a community centre to be constructed at a cost of Rs 5 lakh at Lasara village on Sunday. He announced a grant of Rs. one lakh for the construction work.

PATHANKOT
12 arrested under Excise, Arms Acts: The police arrested 10 persons under the Excise Act and two under the Arms Act here on Sunday. It seized 69.7 litres illicit liquor and one 38-bore pistol with two live cartridges from their possession.Lok Nath Angra, SSP, Gurdaspur, said they had been identified as Surjit Kumar, Tarsem Singh, Sakuntla, Kundan Lal, Sarishtha, Ranjit Kumar, Rattani Devi, Gurdev, Saraswati, Lovekesh Kumar, Chanchala and Devi.

Rajpura
Pharmacy week concludes:
The valedictory ceremony of the National Pharmacy Week, organised by the Punjab branch of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA), was held at the Chitkara College of Pharmacy campus, here today. The theme of the week was ‘Know your pharmacist for right use of medicine’. Principals and members of the faculty of Pharmacy colleges from the Punjab region also attended the function.
The chief guest of the function was Prof T.R. Bhardwaj, president IPA, Punjab branch and director, Central Instrumentation Laboratory, Panjab University.
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CHANDIGARH

MOHALI
Objection: Lt Col S.S. Sohi, (Retd) president of the ex-servicemen grievances cell here has objected to the reported frisking of the former chief of the Army Staff Services Chief at an Indian airport. “We feel bad, when we see such incidents, like our Defence Minister Gorge Fernandes was asked to face Frisking in the USA few years back. Every one retaliated in some form or the other. Same way our feelings and value is also hurt. I hope that the present Defence Minister will find some solution to avoid such situations in future,” he said.

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Regional potpourri

Scripting a bond

The cover of the latest edition of the quarterly ‘Saanjh’
The cover of the latest edition of the quarterly ‘Saanjh’

The second edition of the recently out quarterly ‘Saanjh’ is an enjoyable collection of short stories, travelogues and poetry published in the Shahmukhi and Gurumukhi scripts of Punjabi.

The people of the two Punjabs (Indian and Pakistani), separated by a border, are now also divided by these two distinct scripts that earlier made a common pool of literature in the language. The Academy of the Punjab in North America (APNA) has attempted to bridge the divide by giving a common platform to the people from India, Pakistan and other countries to exchange views and feelings.

Safir Rammah is the coordinator of the magazine for the academy. Dr Jagtar Dhiman and Manu Sharma Sohal from Ludhiana are in charge of the section from the Indian Punjab. A beautiful painting by Dev forms the cover of the latest journal.

The contents include translations of stories by Saadat Hassan Manto and Mohan Kalpana, and original contributions like ‘Venus’ by Inderjitpal Kaur Bhinder, ‘Vadda Din’ by Taran Gujral and ‘Baghichi Bhootniyan’ by Prof Soj.

Poets published in the latest edition include Nazam Hussain Sayyad, Prem Kumar, Mohammad Afzal Shahid, Swaranjit Sawi, Trilochan Lochi and Gurcharan Kaur Thind. Prem Kumar has also contributed an article ‘Birha da Sultan—Shiv Kumar Batalvi.’

The expressions and idioms contained in the publication provide a glimpse into the treasure trove of original Persian and ‘pothohari’ words that were an integral part of the dialect. However, certain words and phrases are being phased out, silently and quietly, rue the writers.

Not short of work

Dr Ashok Bhatia
Dr Ashok Bhatia

Dr Ashok Bhatia, a senior lecturer at the Government College for Women, Karnal, is a writer-critic with varied interests. A recipient of gold medals in MA and M.Phil from Kurukshetra University, he went on to do his Ph.D on the contemporary history of Hindi short stories.

As of now, Dr Bhatia has numerous books and research publications to his credit. His writings span child literature to short stories, satires, poems and critical essays. He has also translated several literary works of Tolstoy and Tagore; and many more from English, Punjabi and Urdu.

Dr Bhatia has been honoured by several prestigious institutions for his contribution to literature. His book “Samudra Ka Sansaar” got the first prize of the Haryana Sahitya Akademi in the children’s literature category. He also got the millennium honour at the World Hindi Summit organised in New Delhi in 2001.

He has also participated in quite a few national as well as international literary events. His works have been translated in Punjabi, Gujarati and Telugu. He has done numerous book reviews and written a book on book-reviewing.

At present, this author-educationist is engaged in the arduous task of compiling select short stories from world literature, which he aspires to bring out in the form of a book. “I wish to do much more in the realm of literature, both in the creative and critical realms,” he asserts.

Cardiac surgeon honoured

Dr Ashwani Suri
Dr Ashwani Suri

A senior cardiac surgeon, Dr Ashwani Suri, has done Jalandhar proud by becoming a member of an international body of thoracic surgeons. He is the first doctor from north India to be selected a member of the USA-based Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

In a letter, its executive director Robert A. Wynbrandt states that Dr Suri’s membership in the STS is a strong statement about his commitment to cardio-thoracic surgery and his dedication to the field.

Working as chief cardiac surgeon at Tagore Heart Care and Research Centre in Jalandhar since 1997, Dr Suri is an MS and M.Ch (Master of Chirurgie) in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. He has so far carried out about 8000 successful heart surgeries, including one of the rarest of rare surgery of a patient with a bullet in his head.

A former senior registrar at the Dunedin Public Hospital and Green Lane Hospital in New Zealand, Dr Suri has worked with world famous surgeons like Sir Alan Kerr, Jeffory Feint, Richard Bunton, Peter Raudkivi and David Haydock.

Contributed by Sanjeev Singh Bariana, Sunit Dhawan and Dharminder Joshi
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