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Celebrations: Entertaining games, solo dances and group dances marked the hostel night celebrations in Bhag Singh Hayer College for Women in village Kala Tibba near here on Friday night. Chairperson Harbaksh Kaur Hayer inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp. The students welcomed principal Parminder Sharma and other guests by applying vermilion on their foreheads before competing in the games most of which were related to their day to day life.  

Eye donation: Social activist Roshan Lal Jain (88) has become the 56th eye donor of the year in the campaign launched by the Bharat Vikas Parishad here since the last April . His sons, last night, contacted the NGO and informed about his last wishes . A team from the Shri Jagdamba Andh Vidylaya and Eye Hospital, Sriganganagar, was immediately called to execute the donation. Last year, eyes of Jain’s wife Dayawanti Jain had also been donated upon her death, Narinder Goyal, in-charge of the campaign said. 

Honoured : The management of the K G High School in the Prem Nagar locality today felicitated the students who had participated in the Unified Cyber Olympiad organised by the Unified Council of Hyderabad. Principal Rai Gupta said that Amit Kumar, Rahul Tungaria, Neha Gupta, Pankaj, Sapna and Pranav Khera had brought laurels with varying ranks in the competitions. 

Holi celebrations : The Aggarwal Sabha here had decided to organise the annual Holi Parivar Milan function on March 30, secretary Pardeep Bansal said today. Women and children will participate only in group items during the cultural programme preparations, which would start on the Monday next at the Anchi Devi Dharamshala here. Children up to two years of age will compete in the healthy and active baby show. Fancy dress competition will be restricted to projecting life of the Indian national heroes, he informed.

Poppy husk seized : The Nohar police, on the other side of Punjab-Rajasthan border, yesterday evening intercepted a car bearing registration number DL-CE-2127 on the Phephana-Ratangarh road and recovered two bags of poppy husk weighing 87 kg, SHO Ismiel Khan said. Both the occupants of the vehicle however managed to escape. The poppy husk was being smuggled to Haryana, preliminary investigation indicated.

: A seminar on 'Human Rights and obstacles in its implementation' was organized at Lal Bhadur Shastri Arya Mahila College here on Saturday. SSP Barnala, Parmjeet Singh Garewal inaugurated the seminar. Speaking on the occasion, Garewal emphasised the need of knowledge of Human Rights. Professor of Punjabi University, Dalbir Kaur, read out a paper on domestic violence. Principal of the college, Neelam Sharma, proposed vote of thanks.

: A man in his early twenties died after being crushed by a train on the Bathinda-Ferozepur rail line near Tania village here on Saturday night. The general railway police (GRP) took the victim to the local civil hospital in critical condition where doctors declared him as brought dead. His both legs and one arm were crushed due to the accident. The body was handed over to his family members after conducting post mortem. The deceased was identified as Sube Singh, a resident of Janta Nagar here. As per reports, he was an employee with the Municipal Corporation here.

Anniversary: The Brahmghat Mandir committee commemorated the anniversary of saint Baba Ajgawanand Ji Maharaj on Sunday. Thousands of devotees from far-flung area thronged the historical Baba Ajgawanand Brahmghat Mandir to pay their obeisance to the great soul. A havan was performed and bhajan mandlis recited bhajans and katha on the occasion. A langer was also arranged for the devotees.

3 drug peddlers held
: Police has arrested three persons on charges of drug peddling and recovered 4 kgs opium from their possession. Dinesh Pratap SSP told that the arrested persons had been identified as Pala Singh, Angrej Singh, and Balbir Singh. SSP told that during interrogation, the accused told that they had brought the consignment of drugs from Sirsa, Haryana. 

Cash, gold jewellery stolen
: Miscreants stole 50 tolas of gold jewellery and Rs 5,000 from Santosh Kaur’s house at Damana village on Saturday. According to sources, Santosh had gone to her parental house at Begowal village and when she returned on Sunday she found all locks of the house broken. She found ornaments and cash missing and reported the matter to the Tanda police. A case is yet to be registered.

Migrant labourer stabs wife to death
: Migrant labourer Jimidara Rai Yadav allegedly stabbed his wife Meera Devi (40) to death after some altercation in the Gandhi Camp locality falling under police station number one on Sunday morning. The police caught Yadav on the statement of his son Deepak Kumar and registered an FIR under section 302 of the IPC.Yadav and his wife reportedly used to quarrel with each other. 

Safai karamcharis seek regularisation :The members of Safai Mazdoor Union (SMU) on Sunday submitted a memorandum to local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia, demanding the regular appointments of safai karamcharis in municipal corporation, Jalandhar. President of SFU, Vikram Kalyan, said the minister had assured recruit of employees on regular basis.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Following have been elected office-bearers of the urban estate welfare association, Phase-I, Dugri: president- Jagmohan Singh Multani; vice-president-Rakesh Gautam; general secretary-Parminder Singh Sekhon and joint secretary-Yash Kansal. 

Khangura is Kisan Morcha chief: Randhir Singh Khangura of the BJP has been appointed president of the party's Kisan Morcha of Patiala district. District BJP president Ravinder Ginni said the appointment had been made by state Kisan Morcha president Jatinder Singh Atwal. He said the BJP would contest the coming panchayat, block samiti and zila parishad elections on its own symbol, but in coordination with the SAD (B).

Body not identified : The police could not ascertain the identity of around 50-year-old baptised Sikh who was killed in the tempo-trax collision on Saturday. Sadar SHO Bindu Bala said the deceased was wearing a white shirt, coca cola-coloured turban and grey pants. The body had been kept for identification in the Civil Hospital mortuary.

Gang of liquor smugglers busted
: Police here busted a gang of liquor smugglers and nabbed three of its members. A truck loaded with different brands of whisky was also confiscated. Phagwara DSP HPS Khakh said the accused, Bhura Ram, Prabhu Lal, and Gulab Chand (residents of Rajasthan), were arrested under section 61/1/14 of the Excise Act.

1 held, 2 vehicles recovered: The Dhariwal police arrested one person on the Pathankot-Amritsar road here on Sunday. The motor cyclistist was identified as Anokh Singh of Balpurian and two vehicles, including a Santro car, were recovered. A case had been registered.

Khair wood seized, 2 held : The sadar police here has recovered 27 qtls of khair wood worth Rs 70,000 from a jeep intercepted at a naka laid near Mirthal Adda on Sunday evening. SSP Lok Nath Angra said two persons Balbir Singh of Sanore, HP, and Varinder Kumar of Datar Pur, Hazipur, had been arrested, while Bully Kumar of Datarpur fled from the scene. A case had been registered.

Meeting: Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital organised the first meeting of the parents of the medical students with a view to apprise them of the performance of their wards. The well-attended meeting was organised at the instance of vice-chairman of the Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust Dr Sukhwinder Singh.

Orders on panchayat money: DC Ajoy Sharma, in the orders issued here on Sunday, has imposed an immediate ban on gram panchayats from spending panchayat money. The DC has also directed sarpanches to deposit the panchayat record with the village secretary concerned. The ban has been imposed keeping in view of the panchayat election going to be held on April 7. 



Theft: Ashok Kumar Gupta has complained to the police that Rs 1 lakh was stolen from his car by miscreants on Sunday. According to the police, Gupta said he was visiting Rotary Bhawan in Sector 70. When he came out, he saw his car’s window had been smashed and his briefcase was missing. He alleged that the thieves had taken away Rs 1 lakh lying in the briefcase and some important documents. 

Fawn rescued: A four-month-old fawn strayed into Burhj Kotian village from Bir Shikargah on Sunday. The male fawn strayed into the village after stray dogs chased it and was spotted with a female barking deer by a forest guard who rescued it. Later, the fawn was handed over to the officials of Pinjore wildlife department who decided to keep it at the village before it grows up and released into the forests. 



Widening of roads: The widening and strengthening of the Gurgaon-Alwar road and Hodal-Nuh-Pataudi road have been approved under the NCR scheme. An official spokesman said the widening and maintenance works of the two roads would be covered under the scheme for which Rs 588 crore would be spent. 

New Kaithal DC : The Haryana government has appointed Vikas Gupta, secretary, Haryana School Education Board, Bhiwani, as deputy commissioner, Kaithal, in place of S.K. Goyal. 

Transformers with DT meters : To minimise damage rate of distribution transformers and ensure uninterrupted power supply to consumers, the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has decided to install individual or dedicated distribution transformers with DT meters.

HARSAC is nodal agency : The Haryana government has designated the Haryana State Remote Sensing Application Centre (HARSAC), an autonomous body of the department of Science and Technology, as the nodal agency for all remote sensing (RS), geographical information system (GIS) and global positioning system (GPS) related work and for procurement and supply of satellite data for the state. 

Scheme for SC students : The Haryana government will give financial assistance in lumpsum and on a monthly basis to students belonging to the Scheduled Castes to check the dropout rate among such students, said an official spokesman.

New radio programme: A local FM radio station, Big FM, will start a new daily programme, “Chaupal Ke Chaudhry” from March 17. The programme will reflect Haryana’s culture. Announcing this, station head Alok Tripathi said this was a gift to the people of Haryana as the station had completed first year of its broadcast on Friday. 

Rural lok adalat: As many as 162 out of 294 cases were settled at a rural lok adalat, which was held under the chairmanship of District and Sessions Judge R.C. Bansal and inaugurated by deputy commissioner Pankaj Aggarwal on the premises of Government Senior Secondary School, Mirzapur, on Sunday. 

Health camp: Two hundred patients were examined at a free of cost health check-up camp, which was organised by the Seva Sangh at Om Parabha Jain Senior Modern School here Sunday. A team of cardiologists examined the patients. 

Seminar held : Consumers should recognise their rights provided to them under the Consumers Protection Act and take benefit of this law for redressal of their complaints. This was stated by deputy commissioner S.K. Goyal while speaking at a district-level seminar organised by the food and civil supply department on the occasion of the Consumers Rights Day. 

3 killed in mishaps: Three persons were killed in road accidents in the district in the past 24 hours. Bijender, a BSF Jawan, was reportedly crushed to death by a trailer, which hit the motorcycle he was riding on the Rewari-Jhajjar road on Saturday. In another incident, Mahender Kumar, a resident of Karoli village, who was reportedly hit by a truck on the Karoli-Kosli road on Sunday, died on the spot. In another incident, Raj Bala, wife of Raj Pal of Masani village, died after she was knocked down by a motorcycle on the Dharuhera-Rewari road on Saturday. 

Chickenpox : Chickenpox has gripped Khera Murar village near Bawal. Village sarpanch Ram Avtar said at least one member each in almost every family of the village was down with the disease. 

Woman commits suicide : A 55-year-old woman, Angoori Devi, wife of Rattan Singh, reportedly committed suicide by setting herself ablaze at Odhi village, near Bawal, on Saturday. She is survived by her husband and two married daughters.

Farmer done to death : Ram Pat (55), a farmer of Rasiawas village, near Bawal, was allegedly done to death by a sharp-edged weapon by unidentified persons in his fields at the village on Saturday. The postmortem examination was conducted at the Community Health Centre, Bawal.

7 goats killed : As many as 7 out of 14 goats were killed while pickup driver Surender and goat owner Ashok were injured when a truck collided with the pickup on the Narnaul-Rewari road near Govindpuri village on Friday. 

Man stabbed : Deepak Kumar, who runs a confectionery shop on the Railway road here, was stabbed with a knife allegedly by two of his acquaintances, Raju and Rajesh, who also looted his motorcycle, mobile phone and Rs 2,000 from him on Saturday. 



Journalists’ body
: Himachal Pradesh state journalists federation has nominated the office bearers of Una district journalists association. Saroj Modgil has been appointed president of Una district unit.

Federation state president Jai Kumar said veteran journalist Lalit Sharma would be chief patron of unit and Rajiv Sharma patron while Rajnish Modgil would be senior vice-president, Mukesh Jaswal and Shiv Kumar Sharma vice presidents. Rajesh Sharma appointed general secretary, Vijay Sharma finance secretary, Satish Chanden chief adviser, Susheel Thakur adviser, Pawan Rangra joint secretary, Amit Sharma organising secretary, Manohar Lal press secretary and Chachal Bali spokesman of the organisation. The state federation has formed a district sub-committee of Lalit Sharma, Rajiv Sharma, Saroj Modgil, Rajesh Sharma and Satish Chandan for nominating remaining office bearers and members of the district executive committee.

Training programme: Vice-chancellor of Agricultural University, Palampur, Tej Partap has called upon field veterinary officers to effectively control infectious and contagious diseases among animals, particularly those that could be transmitted to human beings. He was speaking at a three-day training programme on the diagnosis of animal disease “Brucellosis” at Dr GC Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at Palampur in Kangra district on Saturday. Seventeen field veterinarians from various parts of the state took part in the programme that was inaugurated by director of research of the university S.C. Sharma. The VC said animal husbandry was a major contributor to the rural and national economy but animal diseases affect this economy badly. 

Workshop ends
: A two-day workshop organised by the Forest Department under the national bamboo mission concluded here on Sunday. The workshop, attended by 80 farmers, aimed at improving soil conservation and uplifting the economic condition of growers. Bilaspur conservator of forests R.N.Sehgal and the Nalagarh DFO spoke on various aspects of bamboo cultivation and its commercial uses, including utility for soil conservation. 

Workshop for farmers: PWD minister Gulab Singh Thakur on Sunday said the government was spending Rs 13.50 crore on agricultural activities and technical inputs. He urged farmers to diversify into growing off-season vegetable and other cash crops to raise their income. He was addressing farmers at a training workshop at Ner Gharwasra panchayat in Jogindernagar subdivision. He laid the foundation stone for the Rs 14.5-lakh Charbag- Nakehad IPH scheme and started work on Rs 8.87-lakh kuhal in the Gunain panchayat area. 

Camp for rural people
: A camp was organised to educate rural people about their legal rights and their duties by the District Legal Services Authority Una at Saloh village on Sunday. While addressing the villagers, C.L. Kochar, Additional District and Session Judge cum Presiding Officer Fast Track Court said Indian Constitution had provided the various rights to the people of India, but they were to be enjoyed coupled with duties. He called upon people to settle small disputes amongst themselves instead of approaching the courts. He said equal rights had been provided to son and daughter in parental property. He enlightened the women folk about free legal aid to them in case of cruelty. He said all out efforts were being made to provide equal opportunity to women. 


Regional potpourri
Bhangra bachao

Bhangra artistes in Ludhiana, who have performed at various international fora, have got together to promote Punjab's folk dance in its original form.

These artistes, who started the Rangla Punjab Cultural Youth Club a few years ago, have restarted their campaign that had come to a halt “as the youth were drawn more towards pop music.”

“We had to suspend the drive because youngsters were so drawn towards pop music that even organisations had stopped conducting bhangra and giddha programmes. However, now we have resumed our campaign and will promote our folk dances in their original form,” says Tehal Singh Khiva, president of the club.

Their efforts towards achieving their goal will include inter-college competitions in the initial phase. “With the help of stalwarts like Master Harbhajan Singh and Inderjit Singh, who have been associated with bhangra for a couple of decades, we will soon present the folk dance in its original form,” says Jasdev Singh Sekhon, who has performed in several countries like Korea, Japan and Malaysia.

The artistes feel that the dance form these days is presented more as a Bollywood number or aerobics and lacks its original intensity and vigour.


The Guru Nanak Mission Hospital, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr), being run by an NRI-sponsored NGO, the Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, is emerging as a hub for joint replacement surgery, drawing even patients from abroad.

The trust has been doing its bit for promoting healthcare and education facilities in the rural area for the past more than two decades under the stewardship of octogenarian social worker Dr Budh Singh Dhahan.

He has relentlessly been mobilising donations from philanthropists in India and abroad.

Dr Harminder Singh, chief orthpaedic surgeon at the hospital, says that during the past about four years, as many as 300 joint replacement surgeries have been done here. Besides, a new concept of ‘metal-on-metal ( zimmer) total hip joint replacement’ has also been introduced.

“It involves metal-on-metal articulation with greater range of motion as compared with metal-on-polythene, but it needs expertise and careful selection of patients,” he says.

This technique is a boon for young patients as it enables them to sit and squat on the ground, he adds.

For example, 27-year-old Daljit Singh from Uttaranchal, recently got both of his hip joints replaced with the help of the new technique, and can now move about normally.

He was referred here by an NRI friend residing in Greece, who had also got treated at the hospital.

Contributed by Shveta Pathak and Parmod Bharti


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