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: One Raju, a resident of village Pattisadiq here, reportedly committed suicide by consuming poison in Sadulshehar, 30 km from here on the Hanumangarh road on Saturday.

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.

Panther Division celebrates Vijay Diwas: The Panther Division celebrated Vijay Diwas here on Sunday to commemorate the historic victory of the Army in 1971 with Pakistan. Major-Gen P.S. Paul, VSM, accompanied by senior officers, including Brig R.J.S. Dhillon, Brig V. Narayanan, Brig S. Sridhar and Brig Kulwant Singh, junior commissioned officers and other ranks of the division, paid tributes to the brave soldiers at the Dograi War Memorial.

: Two persons died in a head-on collision that took place near Jethuke village on Sunday. The deceased have been identified as Suresh Kumar and Vijay Kumar. The accident took place when a Honda City bearing number PB11- AC 8666, coming from Patiala, collided with the scooter that the deceased were riding. Suresh and Vijay, who were riding the scooter, died on the spot.

Free heart camp: A free heart check up camp was organised at Bawa Nurshing Home, Bassi Pathana on Sunday. A team of doctors led by Dr Gurpreet Singh, MD, heart specialist, checked up more than 250 patients.

Elections of Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Bathinda, would be held on December 25 at Teachers Home, here. Giving details, Surinderpreet Singh Ghania, general secretary, Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Bathinda said, “The election date was decided at a meeting which was presided over by president Gurdev Khokhar and other members. It was also decided that all members should get their membership renewed by December 25.’’

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.

Sale of adulterated gur: The state government has launched a special campaign to check the sale of adulterated jaggery (gur) being brought to Punjab from other states. Health and family welfare minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla said this gur contained a lot of harmful chemicals that were used to make it whiter. The minister told traders that while purchasing gur from other states they should ensure that the Government Food Laboratory of Punjab had passed the consignment.

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.

Shop burgled:
Thieves decamped with several expensive watches after breaking in a watch-shop located near local Jyoti Chowk falling under police station number four in the wee hours today. SHO of the concerned police station, Vibhor Kumar, said the cost of the stolen watches is yet to be ascertained.

Cultural fair
: The Revolutionary Village Labour Union and the Punjab Radical Students Union organised a cultural fair at village Khokhar Kalan on Saturday night. A team from the Revolutionary Cultural Centre, Moga, enacted several plays at the fair, including one on the life of Bhagat Singh. On the occasion, state secretary of the Lok Sangram Manch, Balwant Singh Makhu, students’ leader Paraminder Singh and Village Labour Union leader Major Singh addressed the gathering.

Book release
: A collection of Punjabi short stories ‘Ma, Moh te Amrica,’ written by an NRI Amarjit Dardi, was released on Sunday at a function organised by Doaba Sahitya Sabha. A ‘kavi sammelan’ was also organised on the occasion.

Conference: The 11th Punjab Opthalmological Conference that commenced at Government Rajindra Hospital and Medical College auditorium concluded on Sunday. The vice-chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, inaugurated the conference. Dr R.N. Bhatnagar, professor and head, department of eye, Government Medical College, was sworn in as new president of the society.

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.

Poppy seized
: The police arrested Roshan Lal and seized 93 kg of poppy husk from his possession near Aujla village in Phillaur on Saturday. DSP Rajinder Singh Sohal said while Roshan was arrested his two accomplices Sukhdev Singh and Darbara Singh managed to escape.

Tarn Taran
Dowry: Five of family booked
: Police has booked five members of a family based on a complaint by Baljit Kaur (27) for allegedly abusing her for dowry. The accused include her husband Jagtar Singh, father-in-law Puran Singh, mother-in-law Ninder Kaur, two other members of the family Bhalla Singh and his wife Manjit Kaur. A case has been registered under sections 498A, 342, 323, 406 of the IPC. No arrests have been made so far. The victim was allegedly beaten and thrown ut of the house of the accused.


Killed: Brijesh, a 20-year-old factory worker was killed on the Dera Bassi- Mubarakpur road on Saturday night. The victim was going back home on his cycle when he was allegedly hit by a recovery van. Brijesh was accompanied by his brother Sanjiv Kumar who rushed him to the Dera Bassi civil hospital. From there he was referred to GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, and later, to PGI where he died. A case was registered against the driver of the recovery van.

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.

Demanded: Rajat Panjeta, district president of the Indian National Students Organisation, Panchkula, has demanded the setting up of a high-tech Haryana University at Panchkula.


28 held for Rail Act violations:
Twenty-eight people have been arrested for committing offences under Railway Act, officials said here on Sunday. "A total of 28 violators were arrested at the railway station. Of them, 15 were arrested for travelling without tickets, seven for selling eatables illegally and six others for trespassing here since yesterday,” Railway Protection Force officials said. All of them were fined and later let off, they added.

‘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.


Regional potpourri

Nourishing hope

File photo of Deputy Commissioner Deepti Umashankar with 5-year-old Ashwani in a Hisar hospital
File photo of Deputy Commissioner Deepti Umashankar with 5-year-old Ashwani in a Hisar hospital. — Tribune photo by P. L. Munday

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 award

Manoj Chugh
Manoj Chugh

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.

Contributed by Raman Mohan and Sunit Dhawan

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