2 snatchers held: The police, on Saturday, nabbed two snatchers Pawan Kumar of Bhadar Kali area and Mandeep Singh of Labour colony when they were on the run after snatching a purse. The police recovered one motorcycle without number, Rs 1,000 cash and a purse from them.
Health camp: The Sewa Bharti, Bathinda, organised a free medical camp at RK Public School. Around 300 patients were diagnosed and free medicines were also dispersed, a press note from the aforementioned organisation claimed. Dr Subhash Aggarwal, Kamal Garg and Dr Akshay Kumar inagurated the camp.
Exam orders: Keeping annual examinations of classes VIII, X and XII in mind, Hoshiarpur district magistrate N K Wadhawan has banned assembling of two or more persons in and around the examination centres of the district. The order was passed on Saturday and will remain in force till March 31.
Firing case: The police here nabbed three persons in a firing case. The accused have been identified as Malkiat, Surinder and Kulwinder. An FIR under sections 336, 160 and 341 was registered against them at Rawalpindi police station. According to police sources, two armed parties attacked each other here on Friday night.
Techfest-2008 ends: Three-day Techfest-2008 of the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal, concluded at the SLIET campus on Saturday evening. Former minister Gobind Singh Longowal was the chief guest at the closing ceremony. Thousands of participants from SLIET and other engineering colleges participated in different cultural, technical, model exhibition and literary events.
3 POs arrested: The Bhawanigarh police arrested three proclaimed offenders (POs), namely Baldev Singh, Amandeep Singh and Mehakdeep Singh her on Sunday. They were POs in a case registered against them under Sections 420, 170 and 120-B, IPC, on June 26, 2007, at Bhawanigarh police station.
Health camp: The Rotary Club, Mansa Greater, organised a heart check-up camp at Gaushala Bhawan on Sunday, a press note informed. Dr Rakesh Jindal, Dr Manish Luthra and Dr Sunil Kaushal checked around 300 patients. The camp was inaugurated by SSP Mansa
‘Rs 175 cr spent on poor’: The Haryana rural development department has spent funds amounting to Rs 175.14 crore so far for the welfare of below poverty line families and creation of community assets infrastructure in the villages of the state. Financial commissioner and principal secretary, rural development, Urvashi Gulati said this during a video conference with all additional deputy commissioners to ensure the utilisation of funds and to achieve the laid down targets in each district under the rural development programme.
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Ex-servicemen rally: The Army Training Command will organise an ex-servicemen rally of Bilaspur district on March 11. The rally will be held at the local Loohanu stadium from 10 am onwards and will be presided over by Lt General J.K. Mohanty, general officer commanding, Army Training Command. A spokesperson of the command said another rally will be held at Hamirpur on March 12.
A Hindi writer based at Hisar, Dr Shamim Sharma, has published her second compilation of Haryanavi jokes called “Chaupal ke Chaale.”
Her earlier collection, “Chaupal ke Makhaul,” had gone on to become a bestseller and the publisher Vaani Prakashan had to bring out a revised edition within months.
The success of the compilations has prompted the publishers to engage Dr Sharma for three more compilations. One would be devoted exclusively to the comic streak of Haryana Roadways staff and the other, to children.
Dr Shamim’s tryst with Haryanavi humour began in the mid-90s when she brought out a fortnightly called “Thari Maari Chaupal” as part of the Hisar Saaksharta Samiti’s efforts to promote literacy among women. The fortnightly carried a column on Haryanavi jokes. It proved very popular and she was flooded with demands for publishing a compilation.
She says humour is in the blood of every Haryanavi. However, she is intolerant about cheap and concocted anecdotes being passed off as Haryanavi humour these days. “A real Haryanavi joke carries subtle humour and no double entendre. Humour in Haryana is not limited to the educated, perhaps illiterate farmers and rural women have a greater sense of humour than their urban counterparts,” she feels.She also writes on current social and women’s issues, including a weekly column in Dainik Tribune. Besides her views on some burning issue, the column also carries a Haryanavi joke.
Having organised over 200 eye camps in various villages of Punjab over the past 10 years to benefit around 60,000 persons suffering from optical ailments; Surinder Singh Chhinda, an NRI hailing from Ahmedgarh, has now decided to do his bit for needy students and the marriages of poor girls.
Eye camps have become an annual pilgrimage for Chhinda who has been coming to Punjab regularly for a decade. Every year, he organises about two dozen camps at various villages in the Bet and Kandi areas of the state. Tallewal, Gehran, Mehal Kalan, Sangrur, Sansarpur, Nangal Magha, Wandala, Patara (Rama Mandi), Dhulkot (Moga) Sekhwan and Kapure villages are among the other places where the camps are organised. Intra ocular lenses are planted besides medicines and spectacles being provided free of cost.
Contrary to the trend, Chhinda is against publicising the helplessness of the beneficiaries of such social projects. “Publicity of such projects should be limited to inspiring other organisations to come forward for the service of society. But the helplessness of the poor and downtrodden should never be played up,” he feels.
He says a part of the funds for the camps are contributed by his fellow NRIs. “Though I contribute funds for 10 camps from my own pocket, the rest is contributed by my fellows NRIs. But we never make an appeal for contributions,” Chhinda says, adding an amount ranging between Rs 12 and 15 lakh was spent every year. Schoolchildren are among his regular contributors. “Some children, including my own child, have been contributing from their pocket money. They have kept special piggy banks to save money for the noble cause,” informs the NRI philanthropist.
Contributed by Raman Mohan and Mahesh Sharma