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Regional potpourri

  • Labour gains
  • Cardiac zest


2 rockets, 5 grenades found
: The police found two live rockets and five grenades, near Gumtala drain, here on Sunday. After registering an FIR under the Explosive Substances Act, the police has written to the Army for examining the explosives. District police chief Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh ruled out the possibility that the explosives were dumped by the militants. 

: The Tahliwala Bodla branch of the Punjab Gramin Bank has formed a joint liability group at Patti Puran village, the first in the region, to provide credit facility to the landless agriculturists, branch manager A.P.S. Brar said on Sunday. To begin with, the Zamidara self-help group has been formed with six landless farmers, who would collectively get a credit facility without any collateral security. The credit would be of Rs 25,000 per member. “The bank is keen to form more such groups of genuine landless farmers, so that they don’t have to rely on non-institutional credit,” Brar said, adding that only 7 per cent annual interest would be charged on the credit.

Farewell party
: Class XI science students of Dasmesh Public Senior Secondary School organised a party to accord a warm farewell to their seniors, class XII science students, here on Sunday. Principal Ravinder Singh Mann and vice-principal Narinder Kaur Sidhy lighted the lamp to start the function. In his speech, the principal wished and blessed the outgoing students a better life ahead. On the occasion, the students presented Bhangra and Gidha besides skits based on social evils.

War memorial
: The 1971 Indo-Pak war memorial at Asafwala village and a joint check-post Sadiqqi in the Fazilka sector should be developed as tourist spots, said DC Ferozepur, Megh Raj, while addressing officers and prominent citizens of Fazilka at the canal rest- house on Saturday. The DC also granted an aid of Rs 10,000 to a poor labourer of Mandi Ladhuka, whose three minor kids had been burnt to death in an accidental fire four days ago. At the meeting, the Bar Association president Anil Jain demanded that some of the villages presently attached with Arniwala sub-tehsil, should now be attached with the Fazilka sub-division for revenue work. 

Protest against halt of trains: To express resentment against the proposed cancellation of halt of certain trains at Sujanpur and Madhopur railway stations, members of the Railway Passengers Welfare Association, social organisations, clubs and residents of Sujanpur held a protest march at Sujanpur, near here, on Sunday. Led by Vinay Mahajan, former president of the Sujanpur Municipal Council, the protesters had been demanding the withdrawal of the move of the Railway Ministry to cancel the halt of the Sealdah Express and the Jammu Mail at Sujanpur and the Jammu Mail and the Jammu Chennie at Madhopur. They claimed that the move would adversely affect residents of nearly 100 villages along the Pathankot-Jammu Railway line. 

700 cops examined: More than 700 police personnel, their families and members of the families of police martyrs were examined for various ailments at a free multi-specialty health check-up camp at the local Police Lines, according to Sangrur SSP Arun Pal Singh here on Sunday evening. Chief cardiologist G.S. Wander and cardiologist Naved Aslam, both from Hero DMC Heart Institute, Ludhiana, examined the patients for heart diseases, while an eye specialist from Ludhiana Dr Ramesh examined the eyes of the patients. 



BJP poll alliance: Atam Parkash Manchanda, state president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, on Friday said his party would not enter into a poll alliance with any political party in Haryana. He said whenever his party entered into an alliance with any party, the BJP suffered setbacks as the coalition partners never gave its workers the regard they deserved. While criticising the Congress-led UPA government, he said the recent hike in the prices of petroleum and diesel had broken the back of people. 

2 killed in mishap: Ravinder and his nephew Maha Singh died while their associate Jitender sustained serious injuries when their tractor reportedly hit a tree on the Rewari-Mahendergarh road near Siha village, about 21 km from here, on Friday. While Maha Singh died on the spot, Ravinder succumbed to his injuries at the Civil Hospital here. 

Programme for NCC cadets: The director-general of the NCC, Lt-Gen Prakash S. Chaudhary, has exhorted the NCC cadets to have a clear-cut aim in life and strive hard to achieve it. “Every person is born to win and nothing can stop success if one has a definite goal and makes concerted efforts with a positive mindset,” General Chaudhary said while addressing a guidance programme for NCC cadets organised by the Haryana Battalion of the NCC on the premises of NRS Government College here on Friday. 

Cricket match: In a Twenty 20 cricket match held between the deputy commissioner’s eleven and the district and sessions judge (DSJ) eleven on Sunday, the DSJ eleven defeated the DC eleven by three wickets. DC V. Umashankar won the toss in the friendly match held at Jan Nayak Chaudhary Devi Lal Vidyapeeth and his team scored 124 runs. The DSJ eleven under the captaincy of chief judicial magistrate R.K. Dogra achieved the target in the 19th over. 



Social activist dies: Social activist Roshan Lal Puri passed away at his residence in Barahwal here on Sunday. He was 70. Puri is survived by his wife, three sons and three daughters. Founder of the Puri and Sarv Hith Sudhar Sabhas, he worked for the well being of the people of the town. He was cremated at the Hathli Khad crematorium in presence of hundreds of people, including leaders of various political and social organisations. 

Reservation opposed: The state body of Himachal Pradesh Brahmin Sabha on Sunday held its meeting here which was presided over by state president Chander Sheel Sharma. The state body of the sabha urged the government to abolish caste-based reservation in public sector as it was initially launched for five years in the wake of the circumstances at that time, but now the whole scenario had been changed. It demanded the government should assist the people on economic grounds rather than on caste line. The sabha also opposed the 85th amendment of the Constitution relating to the reservation and termed it as anti-society in the country. 


Regional potpourri
Labour gains

Children of labourers attend a class in the Chetna School of Skills, Hisar.
Children of labourers attend a class in the Chetna School of Skills, Hisar. — Photo by P.L. Munday

Amidst all the controversies about the burden of school-goers' bags and the practice of interviewing parents for the admissions of their children, a school in Sector 14, Hisar, is making waves for different reasons.

The Chetna School of Skills has devoted itself exclusively to the children of labourers. Established a year ago, the school now has 95 students on its rolls. The school's founder, Parveen Kumar, says initially he faced problems enrolling children for the school because the parents feared that their wards would be sold in other states on the pretext of taking them to school. However, after a year, he now gets requests to enrol children.

The school runs for only three hours a day from 10 am to 1 pm. The timings have been adjusted to allow the children to supplement their family income in the mornings and evenings. Parveen says most of the children either scrub floors in the morning or assist their parents in vending goods in the evenings.

Santosh, who is a son of a building labourer from Madhya Pradesh, used to work as a daily wage labourer. However, he has now joined the school and dreams of becoming a doctor. Of course, he supplements his family income by selling peanuts in the evening.

Likewise, Ramesh works as an errand boy at a tea stall. But he regularly comes to the school for three hours and wants to buy a 'kothi for his parents so that they can move out of their shanty.

The school charges no tuition fee. It is run out of funds collected from individuals and social organisations. The children are rarely given homework. Besides being imparted formal education, they are encouraged to take part in sports and co-curricular activities. In another few years, many of them will be appearing for their board examinations, Parveen adds.

Cardiac zest

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal presented a memento to cardiologist Dr J.S. Grewal at a function organised at Gujjarwal recently.
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal presented a memento to cardiologist Dr J.S. Grewal at a function organised at Gujjarwal recently.

Receiving expert advice from senior cardiac consultants will no longer remain a dream for the poor residents of Kila Raipur constituency as Dr J.S. Grewal, a cardiologist, has started an OPD free of cost at his native Gujjarwal village, near Ahmedgarh.

The gesture will help save many rural residents from going for expensive treatments and surgeries.

“Though I am not in a position to contribute huge amounts towards the treatment and surgeries required for the management of myocardial infraction and other allied ailments, I can at least devote time to educate the residents of my native area about the precautions to prevent heart disorders,” he says.

Claiming to have performed the first biventricular pacing operation in north India, Dr Grewal is of the opinion that the incidence of heart attacks can be brought down by modifying the food habits of Punjabis. “In fact, our prosperity has resulted in a higher incidence of heart attacks. Taking saturated fats with all the meals results in an increase in cholesterol levels and the consequent narrowing of vessels,” he informs.

Though the OPD is oraganised essentially for the residents of his home town, patients from the surrounding constituencies Payal, Malerkotla and Raekot have also started attending it. In recognition of his services, the residents of Kila Raipur constituency felicitated him at a function organised at Gujjarwal recently. Parkash Singh Badal, chief minister, presented him with a memento on behalf of the residents.

Contributed by Raman Mohan and Mahesh Sharma 


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