One killed: One person was buried alive as sand caved in while he was cementing a well near village Jakhranwali on the other side of the inter-state border on Saturday.
Injured: District transport officer Jagdish Amravat posted at Sriganganagar and two others sustained injuries as the car by which they were travelling hit a herd of cows while passing through a bridge on the Bholewala sub-canal near village Kainchia, on the national highway 15 on Saturday, sources said.
Seminar held: The district legal aid authority, Bathinda, organised a seminar at Nahian Wala village on Sunday. Giving details of the seminar, Rakesh Kumar, additional district attorney (legal services), Bathinda, said the seminar was held to educate the people about welfare schemes like free legal aid, Lok Adalat and compromise centres.
Inaugurated: Acharya institute, that would provide coaching for IIT-JEE, AIEEE, CBSE, PMT and crash courses for class XI and XII, was inaugurated at Bhagu Road Chowk, here on Sunday. Earlier on Saturday evening, Optima Insurance Brokers also opened their first branch in Punjab at Bathinda to facilitate insurance service to customers.
Rajput BSP gen secy: National general secretary of the BSP Narinder Kashyap has appointed Sambal Vijay Singh Rajput, former DGP, as general secretary of the Punjab unit of the party. President of the Punjab unit of the BSP Avtar Singh Karimpuri said Kehar Singh Ramgarhia had been appointed vice-president, Harbhajan Singh Saini and Shamsher Singh Littan general secretaries and Ram Kishan Bachhowal secretary. Rakesh Jain had been appointed convenor of the BSP Jain Samaj and Bhanu Prasad Yadav of the Puravanchal Samaj.
Plan: Y.S. Ratra, chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Board, said with a view to provide reliable and uninterrupted power supply to its valued customers, the board was making special efforts to strengthen transmission and distribution network. The board has chalked out a comprehensive plan regarding installation and upgradation of sub-stations in the state, he added.
Diabetes camp: State Bank of Patiala organised a camp on diabetes awareness for the welfare of its staff members and their dependents at head office auditorium on Sunday. As many as 200 staff members were examined by qualified doctors. Patients suffering from foot ulceration, neuropathic cedema and pain of joints were examined by Dr Rohit Aggarwal of Amar Hospital, Patiala.
Free membership: Fortis Hospital, Mohali, announced on Sunday that it would offer free membership of the Golden Age Club for senior citizens, to red card holders, irrespective of their age. The red cards have been issued by the state government to the victims of terrorism. The card holders will not have to pay any registration fee for the club and will be entitled to a number of free consultations as well as discounts as are given to the senior citizens who are members of the club.
Launched: Lions’ Club, Chandigarh Supreme, launched its website www.lionssupreme.org on December 15 and the club news bulletin was also released by district governor H.J.S. Khera. Club president Tejinder Singh Saini said the club had taken up many social projects. The district governor praised the club members for their efforts for the welfare of poor. Amarjot Singh, region chairperson, G.S. Chawla, zone chairman, and other club members were also present.
‘Hold dialogue’: The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Forum (JKDF) on Sunday said the Centre should hold constructive dialogue with the all sections of Kashmiri leaders. "The dialogue process must be in the right direction and should lead to a serious evaluation of the law and order in the state," JKDF President Pandit Bhushan Bazaz said while addressing Kashmiri Pandit gathering here. He demanded opening of all connecting roads on the border so that the people from other side of the LoC can extend help to one another.
The five-year-old boy Ashwani, who was rescued on the orders of Deputy Commissioner Deepti Umashankar in October from Banda Heri village following reports that his father was not feeding him properly, will soon find a new shelter.
After spending several weeks in the hospital for treatment, the doctors have now declared him fit. Umashankar has now constituted a team comprising officials of the child welfare and social welfare departments to suggest ways to rehabilitate the boy. She says she is not contemplating handing him over to his family for fear that he would be maltreated again. Among the possible new homes is a well-run bal ashram in Kaimri village on the outskirts of Hisar.
The boy’s plight was exposed by a Chetna cluster worker, who had visited his house for giving polio drops. She was not allowed to meet the boy and was refused entry to the house. She collected some other women and together they argued with the boy’s father, Bhim Singh. He was rescued when Umashankar sent a police party for the purpose. It was found that the child was suffering from prolonged malnutrition.
The boy’s mother had married Bhim Singh seven years back. The couple divorced three years ago and the boy was left in the care of his father. But the father was not feeding him properly and the child had been living off cow dung and mud. Villagers alleged that the father wanted the boy to die as he would have demanded a share in his property, which is reported to be worth a crore. His mother, who now lives in Gorchhi village, had refused to keep the child.
MDU researcher bags
Manoj Chugh, a research scholar from Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak, has been awarded the Young Scientist of India award for his research paper on the malaria vaccine.
The award, along with a gold medal, was presented to him at a national symposium organised jointly by the Indian Science Congress Association and Indian Society of Life Sciences at Kanpur University recently.
Chugh’s research paper titled “Transmission Blocking Vaccines – An Arsenal to Combat Malaria” was adjudged the best by the president of the Indian Science Congress Association, Prof R.Ramamurthy, in view of its practical applicability.
Chugh, who holds an M.Pharm degree and is pursuing a Ph.D in biotechnology at the Advanced Centre for Biotechnology, MDU, gives credit for his achievement to his research supervisor, Prof S.K.Gakhar.