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Regional potpourri

  • Commitment, fortified
  • Service and security


Two persons got drowned in separate accidents here. One migrant worker from UP drowned in this area on Saturday. Six such mishaps have been reported in the last six months. Sources said on Sunday that one Devi Lal, who had been working in the fields of Mohinder Singh, drowned on Saturday. The police shifted the body to the civil hospital for post-mortem. A resident of Azeemgarh, Deepak reportedly jumped in a sub-canal on SAturday evening. Efforts to locate his body are still continuing.

BKU stir: The Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta-Ugrahan, at a meeting presided over by the district secretary, Gurmail Singh Burjan, here on Sunday discussed ways and means to make the December 5 rail-roko agitation a complete success.  Besides Burjan, others who addressed the gathering included, Sukhmander Singh, Mohar Singh, Mehal Singh, Karnail Singh, Gurditt Singh, Rajdeep Singh and Joginder Singh. They criticised the government for pursuing privatisation of the Punjab State Electricity Board. They demanded scrapping of the Electricity Act 2003, which they said hang like a sword on the necks of thousands of employees. The meeting urged the government to revoke all orders on suspension and transfer of the senior activists of the Technical Services Union. 

3 arrested with 3 kg charas:
The district police on Sunday recovered 3 kg of charas and arrested three persons in this regard. The accused were identified as Bhulan Singh of Bihar, Bachan Singh of Navi Abadi and Nahar Singh of Abadi Faizpura here. All were accomplices of notorious smuggler, Sukhwinder Kaur, alias Sukhi, infamous as “lady don” in the region, and who was caught by the Amritsar (Rural) police from Kapurthala recently. A senior police officer, in a press note, said the Bhulan Singh brought the consignment from Nepal where Bachan and Nahar used to work as local distributors. He said the charas was cheaper in Nepal as compared to this region due to which drug peddlers got a huge return in the local market. The gang used to operate in local Islamabad and Gawal Mandi areas. A case has been registered against them.

Clinic raided:
Acting on a tip-off, health and excise department officials along with the Kotwali police raided one Chopra Clinic in Guru Nanak Mohalla on Sunday evening and recovered 55 bottles of liquor from the premises. According to I. B. Aggarwal, assistant civil surgeon, Bathinda, a tip-off was received from some persons in the area that an RMP doctor was selling liquor from his clinic. ``When we raided his premises along with the excise department and police officials, the owner of Chopra Clinic fled from the spot. On searching the clinic, we did not even find his certificates. We have sealed the clinic,’’ he informed. According to police sources, the bottles have been taken into possession and a case will be registered in keeping with the provisions of the Excise Act.

Pistol seized: Nahianwala police has arrested one Swaranjit Singh (32) of village Burj Gill for possessing an illegal .315 bore pistol and two live cartridges during a routine checking near village Mehma Sarja. According to sub-inspector Buta Singh, a case under section 25,54 and 59 of the IPC has been registered against Swaranjit Singh. The police are further investigating the matter.

Illicit liquor: Acting on a tip off, the Sadar police has arrested one Baldev Singh, a resident of village Bir Talab and recovered 30 kilograms of illicit liquor from him. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against him.

Camps held: For creating awareness amongst city residents about AIDS, the Bathinda Vikas Manch organised camps across the city to mark World AIDS Day on Saturday. These camps were organised at Government Senior Secondary School, Jassi Pau Wali, Government School, Phus Mandi, Dhobiana Basti and other areas. The students of these schools were educated about the disease. President, Bathinda Vikas Manch, Rakesh Narula said film actors, media, sports persons as well social and political organisations should come forward for the eradication of this dreadful disease.

Stolen: A truck, bearing registration number—HR-46-5095, allegedly tried to overrun a police party posted at a check post on the canal bridge link road on Friday. The truck was coming from the Desu side. The police party indicated to the truck that it should halt but the driver tried to flee and in the process, hit the side of the official jeep. The driver fled towards village Gurusar Sane Wala. Finally, the truck slipped into a pit and was forced to halt. Seventeen stolen cows were found loaded on to the truck.

Pulse polio:
As many as 8,127 polio drops were administered at the three-day pulse polio camp which began in Kotkapura assembly segment near here today. Sham Lal Thukral, SMO, civil hospital, Kotkapura, informed that polio drops were administered at 52 booths, including four mobile ones. He said that to make people aware about the camp, a rally was held on Saturday in which school students participated. Several NGOs also cooperated in the endeavour to eradicate polio. 

Cross stolen from church:
Some miscreants stole a 2-and-a-half-foot-high and one-and-a-half-foot-wide sacred cross, a symbol of Christianity, from the prayer tower in a park of Mona Memorial CNI Church, Civil Lines, here on Saturday night. According to police sources, the theft was noticed when some devotees went to the church late in the night for cleaning the complex for the morning weekly prayer, They informed general secretary of the management of the church Rohit Rai. Later, Rohit informed the city police station and on his complaint a case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered.Keeping in view the ensuing Christmas Day, a police contingent, consisting of one head constable and four constables, has been deployed in the church.

Numerous local educational institutes and social organisations observed the World AIDS Day by holding informative programmes and shows. Shyam Lal Thapar College of Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Nursing, held an informative session on the disease on Saturday. They made students aware of the threat that the disease poses to mankind. Malti Thapar, member of the Central Council for Health and Family Welfare, presided over the function. In her presidential address, she called upon the audience to rise to the occasion and educate the masses about its consequences. Prevention is the only way to save the mankind from this disease, it was pointed out. Role of the medical and para-medical personnel was also highlighted as they are directly in touch with the general public.



APPOINTED: Neel Kanth Sharda has been appointed vice-president of the District Congress Committee (urban-II), according to a press note. Sharda’s appointment has been hailed by all members of the Committee.



Homoeopathic dispensary inaugurated:
Treatment of chronic diseases is possible with homoeopathic medicines and homoeopathy doctors should stress on new research to discover treatment for a maximum number of diseases. This was stated by the deputy commissioner T.L Satya Prakash while inaugurating a homoeopathic dispenary opened by Vaid family at Ram Mandir temple premises at Kamla Nagar on Sunday. He said homoeopathy is a simple system and homoeopathic medicines were affordable. He gave assurance that a homoeopathic dispensary would be set up at the district Red Cross society premises like in other districts.

2-yr jail for drug trafficking:
The District and Sessions Judge Lachhman Sharma sentenced a drug trafficker to two years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000. The accused will have to undergo a further imprisonment of one month in case of default. The accused Rajinder, a resident of Kukranwali village was arrested by the police on May 10, 2006, after the police received a tip off that he had stored large quantities of poppy husk at his residence. The police had recovered 35 kg of the contraband from his residence during the raid. 

2 bodies found in a day:
A young man, Manoj Kumar (30), reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree outside his house at Ramgarh village, 7 km from here, on Saturday night. The body was brought to the civil hospital here for the post-mortem examination. In a second incident, Salim of Uttar Pradesh, was found drowning in the JLN Canal, near here, on Saturday morning. Salim, a labourer here, had been missing since November 27. 

Liquor seized: Vehicular traffic on the Jhajjar-Rewari road suffered disruption when a truck (HR 38W 6151), loaded with several thousand bottles of liquor, abruptly overturned on the road near Tehna Mastapur village, 10 km from here, on Sunday morning. While a number of bottles got broken and liquor spilled all around, while the truck driver and his colleagues were reportedly absconded. The truck with the smuggled liquor was presumably going to Gujarat. Preetpal Singh, station house officer of Rohrai police station, told The Tribune that while the overturned truck was uplifted with the help of a crane, the scattered bottles of liquor were taken into possession. — OC

Glass factory worker killed:
A worker, identified as Krishan Murari of Uttar Pradesh, was killed on the spot when he was trapped under the boxes while working in Gold Plus Glass factory at Liwaspur village, about 15 km from here, on Saturday night. The Rai police has registered a case and sent the body for postmortem examination.



Youth work camp:
A five-day youth work camp organised by the district Neharu Yuva Kendra at Sai Brahamana concluded on Saturday evening near here. As many as 35 youths drawn from various yuvak mandals and mahila mandals participated in it. At the concluding function, district youth coordinator Som Dutt Zard said the campers constructed a playground and cleaned the traditional water tank. Gram panchayat president Rup Lal presided over the function while local yuva mandal president Madanlal was also spoke. 

House gutted:
A house was gutted at Dhoban village on Sunday morning causing an estimated loss of around Rs 2 lakh. The house was completely destroyed. 


Regional potpourri

Commitment, fortified

Nachhattar Singh
Nachhattar Singh

The historical fort at Bathinda is close to the heart of Nachhattar Singh, who has been working for the preservation of the national monument for the past 33 years.

Hailing from Kalian Bangan village in the Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan, over the years he has got so emotionally attached to the fort that he does not want to leave the place even when he retires four years later, 
in 2011.

At present, he is working as the monument’s caretaker and resides within the fort.

A local court recently imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on a house owner who built the structure without obtaining permission of the Archaeological survey of India (ASI). It was Nachhattar Singh who had filed the complaint about the encroachment with the police station concerned.

His only son, who was born in the fort in 1976, is also an employee of the ASI and is posted at Abohar.

Nachhattar Singh is pained by the fact that though the literacy rate has increased, many educated visitors to the fort take pleasure in causing damage to the monument by defacing it. They mindlessly scribble their names on the walls that have been rebuilt under the conservation plan. Some visitors even pull out bricks to carry back with them as souvenirs. In the past, the visitors were more protective about their heritage, 
he laments.

During the day, he takes several rounds of the fort that sprawls over an area of 14.75 acres. Even at the age of 56 he does not hesitate to give a chase to young boys who try to damage the monument.

He has been supervising the conservation work at the mud fort that has collapsed at several places. The gurdwara within the fort collapsed in 1987, and he then carried the holy Guru Granth Sahib to a  safe place.

Service and security

The Air Headquarters Communications Squadron, with the winged steed dominating its crest, is largely about transporting VVIPs. These are not your everyday red beacon varieties, but national and foreign leaders, service chiefs and top dignitaries, who are ferried everywhere from Leh to Kanyakumari. For them, the squadron’s motto of “service with safety” spells reassurance.

On the occasion of its diamond jubilee, the “Pegasus” squadron, based at Palam in New Delhi, has brought out a lavish coffee table book. The photographs are testimony to its rich history, and features aircraft ranging from the vintage Vampires and Dakotas to the later Boeings, and, the latest, the new Embraer-135 Legacy. The people it has ferried are the Who’s Who of modern India – from Jawaharlal Nehru as well as Lord and Lady Mountbatten to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

The Pegasus squadron was established on January 1, 1947. The winged horse crest was awarded to it by then President Dr Rajendra Prasad in 1962. Like its aircraft, its motto has undergone changes as well. In 1952, it adopted the rather grandiose “Ba Hikmat, Himmat aur Hifazat,” meaning “With wisdom, courage and safety.” It later became Raksha Mulam Hi Kaushalam (protection through skill) before settling for the current “Seva aur Suraksha.”

Any pilot or technician, in order to join the squadron, has to have an impeccable record – no accidents or “incidents.” That’s an ideal to aspire for.

Contributed by S.P. Sharma and Sridhar K. Chari 

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