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Regional potpourri

  • Rasoi to raaga

  • Curative property

  • Language barrier


: The president of the Pravasi Kalyan Parishad here was electrocuted while working in a guesthouse located in Nai Abadi area here on Saturday night. Sources said Sukh Lal Gupta suffered electric shock while using a machine on the marbled floor in the guesthouse, in street 7 of the locality. Other workers rushed to inform the managing committee, but Sukh Lal had died before getting any medical aid.

Aid offered: The Aggarwal Sabha had distributed shoes and socks to 900 students in different schools during the Students’ Welfare Fortnight that concluded on Saturday. Initially, a target of 700 students had been fixed, but financial assistance from guests and need of the students prompted the Sabha to help 900 students, Faquir Chand Goyal, president of the Aggarwal Sabha, said.

Held: One Raja Singh was arrested on Saturday for cutting down trees of the forest department, sources said on Sunday. According to the information, officials found a person, who was loading trees on the Malukpura sub-canal near the Seetogunno by-pass. Inquiries indicated that he had purchased the timbre from Raja Singh, a resident of Baba Deep Singh Nagar and two other persons. The officials nabbed Raja Singh last evening. He reportedly identified his partners as Mohan Singh and Raja Prempal, of Panjpeer locality, but the latter had absconded.

Recovered: The police intercepted one Alto car, having registration number PB 15 C 5366, near the Killianwali bypass road and recovered a .12 bore illicit pistol with six cartridges during the search on Saturday evening. Gursewak Singh and Bharat Lal, both residents of Kikkarkhera village were arrested under sections 25,54 and 59 of the Arms Act, sources said.

Railway union groups clash
: Two groups of theNorthern Railwaymen Union (NRMU) and the Uttar Railway Mazdoor Union (URMU) on Saturday clashed outside Railway workshop near the Putlighar area here.Narinder Singh of the URMU alleged Kirpal Singh, president of the NRMU along with other persons attacked Ravinder Singh and Surinder Pal Singh, workers of his union outside the workshop and abused them. He said the NRMU won the recently held elections for national recognition all over the country and after winning the elections, Kirpal was creating terror amongst workers of their union.Kirpal Singh denied all allegations and alleged URMU men started all this.

Peddler arrested: The Bassi Pathana police arrested a peddler along with poppy Husk during a naka on Sunday. According to Samsher Singh Boparai SP (D), the district police on the directions of Nilabh Kishore SSP has started campaign against the anti-social elements and particularly drug sellers. He said police established nakas near Badali Ala Singh area and arrested one Dharm Chand, resident of Kotla Fazil, and recovered 2 Kg poppy husk. The police has registered case u/s 21, 61, 81, NDPS Act.

One killed in cylinder blast: One person was killed and two others injured seriously when a gas cylinder burst in the Patel chowk locality here on Sunday.According to eye witnesses, Rajesh Kumar(22), a balloon seller, was selling gas- filled balloons when the cylinder burst killing him on the spot. The police has registered a case.In another incident two children flying kites were crushed to death and two critically injured in two different rail accidents in Gurdaspur district.


OFFICE-BEARERS: Following have been elected office-bearers of the CHB Complex Cat II, Sector 51-A, Residents Welfare Association, Chandigarh: Chairman - R.S. Chauhan; president - Kesar Singh; senior vice-president - D.R. Sharma; vice-president - Dinesh Kumar Uttam; general secretary - Dinesh Kumar Tewari; organising secretary - Sushil Sharma; press secretary - K.L. Kakkar; joint secretary - Inder Kaur Beniwal; treasurer - Ramesh Chand Sharma and executive members - Ram Saroop Sharma, Sadh Singh, Gurdeep Kaur and Amar Singh Chaudhary.

Three injured
: Three persons, including a minor boy suffered burns during Lohri celebrations in Abheypur village, near here tonight. According to information, the victims, Gurmukh Singh Gurmail Singh in their thirties and four-year-old Sahil, suffered burns which they caught from bonfire during Lohri celebrations. They were immediately rushed to the Sector 6 General Hospital, from where Gurmail Singh was discharged after first-aid. The two others victims were admitted in the hospital.


Lok adalat: District Legal Service Authority organised a rural lok adalat in Chudyali village 15 km from here, on Sunday. Additional Sessions Judge, R.K. Saini and Additional Civil Judge, Sunita Grover, disposed off 87 cases of mutation. District and Sessions Judge B.M. Bedi while inaugurating the lok adalat said 1,800 cases had been settled in various lok adalats so far in Ambala.Bedi said the Legal Service Authority provided free legal aid to those people who had annual income less than 50,000.

Awarded: Virender Mohan Trehan, chairman of Mekaster Group, Parwanoo, has been awarded with the ‘Presidential Gold Medal Award’ by the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA). The award was formally presented to him by Prime Minster Manmohan Singh for his significant and lifetime contribution to the development of science and technology, during the inauguration of 95th Indian Science Congress at Vishakhapatnam on January 3.

Man killed in accident: Vikram Singh (32) died on the spot after a tractor-trailer reportedly hit the scooter he was riding on the Jhajjar-Rewrai road near Palhawas village, 18 km from here, on Saturday evening. He was a resident of Tehna village. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC against the driver of the tractor-trailer, who reportedly absconded after the incident.

Youth felicitated: The district Bar Association has felicitated a town’s youth, Nitin Mittal, for securing third rank in the Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services Examinations. Hailing his success, district president of the association Anil Yadav said Nitin had done them proud. Nitin Mittal, son of a businessman and law graduate from Delhi University, Ramesh Mittal, is currently posted as assistant district attorney at Gurgaon.

4 gangsters held: The police on a tip off nabbed four armed gangsters after conducting a raid on a hideout near Kapriwas village, 18 km from here, on Saturday. The four have been identified as Asghar, Ali Mohammad, Aslam and Suleman, all residents of Taoru area of Gurgaon district. They were reportedly planning to loot passing vehicles. Subsequently, they were produced in the court of the additional chief judicial magistrate, who remanded them to judicial custody. A case under Sections 398 and 401 of the IPC has been registered against them.


Drugs seized: The Nadaun police seized large consignment of drugs and arrested a person in this connection on Friday. Police sources said on a tip off they raided Thakur Medical agencies here and seized capsules used as drugs by youths. Proprietor of the shop Rakesh Kumar of Luthan village has been arrested for illicit sale of drugs.


Jawan commits suicide
: A jawan allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with a rifle after an altercation with his seniors in Rajouri district, official sources said today. Sepoy Ganesh Chandra of the 52 Engineers Regiment took his colleagues rifle after an altercation with his seniors last night and fired on himself. He was posted on guard duty near the LoC in Bhimber Gali area of the district.

Assembly chairmen: Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Tara Chand, has announced that Mian Altaf Ahmad, Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami, and Mulvi Abdul Rashid would be chairmen for the current session. He said they would conduct business in the absence of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.

Road transport corporation: Transport minister Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen has said the government was determined to solve the problems of the J&K State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) employees. He said assets of the corporation would be utilised for clearing the salary bills of its employees, immediate release of CP fund besides, clearance of loan liabilities.

Principal secretary: Principal secretary of the General Administration Department, Khursheed Ahmad Ganai, shall hold the charge of the Administrative Secretary, ARI and Trainings Department in addition to his own duties. He shall hold the charge during the training period of principal secretary, ARI and Trainings Department, Sonali Kumar from January 7 to February 1, 2008.

Girl injured: A girl was injured in an accident, while a house and a medical shop were gutted in a fire in Kashmir valley on Sunday. The police said Sandeep Kaur was injured in a hit-and-run case at Lal Mandi. She was later hospitalised. In another incident, a house was gutted in a fire at Kokernag, south Kashmir, while a medical shop was reduced to ashes at Soura. The police said no one was injured but they were trying to ascertain the cause behind the fire.

One killed: A linesman of the Power Development Department, Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, fell down from an electric pole at the Khad Mill Alochibagh in Srinagar. He was rushed to the SMHS hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

House gutted: The house of Abdul Salam Dar, a resident of Kesrigam Pulwama was gutted in an accidental fire. As many as 1,500 chicks were also burnt alive in the poultry farm located inside the house. However, no loss of human life was reported in the incident.


Regional potpourri

Rasoi to raaga

Ravinder Singh
Ravinder Singh

Ludhiana’s Ravinder Singh is one of those people who continue to pursue their dreams unmindful of the outcome.

Passionate about music, Ravinder, 42, who runs his own business of kitchen appliances in the city, is now singing a duet with renowned singer Sunidhi Chauhan in ‘Sat Sri Akal’, a movie by the Mat Tripta Charitable Trust. He has composed seven shabads and two songs for the movie which would be sung by Jagjit Singh, Alka Yagnik, Sadhna Sargam and Kavita Krishnamurthy.

“When I learnt about the film, I sent in my CDs, which were appreciated by them all. I could not believe my luck when I learnt that I would get to work with people like Jagjit Singh and Kavita Krishnamurthy,” he gushes.

Apart from giving music for a couple of movies, serials and documentaries on Doordarshan and for concerts, Ravinder teaches music as well. “I would say it nourishes the spiritual side in me.”

Riyaaz is an integral part of his daily routine. And he finds time for it despite the hectic job of running his business of manufacture and supply of kitchen equipment. A success in that venture too, his mobile kitchens, called Food Carts, can be seen at several places in the city.

On his future plans, he informs that a project with Kavita Krishnamurthy is on the cards.  “It is about sufi music.”

Curative property

A view of the Sukhdev Raj Soin Hospital at Banchari village in Faridabad district
A view of the Sukhdev Raj Soin Hospital at Banchari village in Faridabad district. — Photo by the writer

Hailing from Jammu, US-based NRI Rajesh K. Soin, has set up a hospital in memory of his father in one of the most backward areas of Haryana.

Located on the New Delhi-Mathura highway, the 55-bedded multi-speciality Sukhdev Raj Soin Hospital was dedicated to the public recently at Banchari village in Hodal tehsil of Faridabad district.

It will provide medical care to the residents of nearly 100 villages in the districts of Faridabad and Mewat. It has 24-hour emergency and ICU facilities.

“The aim is to provide state-of-the-art medical facilities at the doorstep of the poor, especially to those who do not have the money to take patients to hospitals in bigger cities,” says Soin.

The Soin Foundation India, which has set up the hospital, says it is a ‘no-profit venture’ and treatment will be provided to the poor free of cost. Medicines will also be made available to them at subsidised rates.

The hospital was constructed on land provided by the Maharshi Dayanand Memorial on its campus.

Soin started his career in 1971 in the USA with the Firestone tyre and rubber company. In 1984, he started his venture, Modern Technologies Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed company.

The trust plans to expand the hospital to a 200-bedded one and set up a nursing training centre and a medical college in the area.

Prominent persons from the USA who were present at the inauguration of the hospital included Congressmen Mike Turner, Phill Gingrey, Rob Bishop and Steve Pearce and Senator of Ohio George Voinovich.

Language barrier

Poor language apparently became an obstacle in the passage of the 2006-2007annual report of the Board of Management, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

Members of the board which met at Mohali recently cited an “abysmally poor report compilation and presentation, particularly in the context of handling the English language” as the reason for not okaying the report.

This is probably the first time in the history of the premier research institute that a report has been returned for corrections “in its language”.

Confirming the development, a board member said: “Ever since the university was set up in 1962, it has never happened that the annual report has not been cleared due to poor quality of presentation. The development is an embarrassment. Leave aside the overall presentation, the report is replete with simple grammatical errors.”

Contributed by Shveta Pathak, Vishal Gulati and Sanjeev Singh Bariana

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