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.
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.
Bhiwani Fatehabad Rewari 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 Sonepat
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
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,
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,
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