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  • Stamp duty
  • Sikhism via SMS


‘SAD leaders’ threats’: Leaders of the SAD, in connivance with police and administrative officials, were allegedly pressuring Congress leaders in the Majitha constituency to not file nomination papers for the panchayat elections to be held in May. Stating this here on Friday, Sukhjinder Raj Singh Majithia said the state election commissioner should ban the entry of information and broadcasting minister Bikram Singh Majithia in the constituency as he was threatening Congress leaders.

Farmers from Pak: A 16-member delegation of farmers from Pakistan crossed over the Indo-Pak joint checkpost at Attari to take part in the conference on agriculture-related issues to be held in Chandigarh on Monday.

Retirement age: Government employees having affiliations to 14 associations has urged the government to raise retirement age from 58 to 60 and open fresh recruitments. The employees, under the banner of the Federation of Various Heads of Punjab Government Employees Associations, presented a memorandum to MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon.

Workshop on physics: A workshop on innovative experiments in physics was held under the aegis of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers at Dayanand Public Senior Secondary School here on Saturday. Those who spoke were Prof H.S. Marwah from SGGS College, Chandigarh, principal J.P. Garg, former member of the national steering committee of the association, Prof S.K. Arora, of Ripudaman College, Nabha.

SC cell for Capt’s removal: General secretary of the SC cell of the PPCC Hardev Singh Galvatti on Sunday demanded dismissal of Capt Amarinder Singh from the party for going public against Rajinder Kaur Bhattal. He said by extending issue-based support to the ruling party on the postponement of the panchayat elections, Bhattal had started a new era of politics in the state.

Eye camp: A free eye check-up camp was organised at Virk Colony by Pauri Garhwal Sabha, in which about 300 persons were examined by a team of doctors headed by Dr G.S. Randhawa. Free medicines were distributed to the needy.

Seminar concludes: The three-day national seminar on ‘Media, Parents and Children’ came to an end on Sunday. The seminar was organised by the Punjabi University department of journalism and mass communication during which founder head of the department Prof L.R. Nagpal was honoured with lifetime achievement award. VC of Punjabi University Dr Jaspal Singh, former VC of Guru Nanak Dev University Dr S.P. Singh addressed the seminar.

Rs 30,000 compensation: The local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company to pay a sum of Rs 30,000 in lieu of consolidated amount of compensation to a woman from Dhuri Veena Rani. In the order president of the forum M.D. Sharma has also asked the company to comply with the order within 60 days of communication.

Role of private docs: The role of private medical practitioners is of vital importance in controlling spread of tuberculosis and AIDS etc. This was stated by state president of the Indian Medical Association Amrit Sethi while inaugurating a seminar on “Role of private doctors in revised national TB control programme (RNTCP),” organised by the local unit of the IMA here on Saturday night.

625 patients examined: More than 625 patients were examined for various ailments at a health checkup camp organised at Fatehpur-Sriyana village in the memory of Baba Jamna Das near here on Saturday. Chief parliamentary secretary, food and supply, Arunesh Shakar inaugurated the camp while principal secretary of the Heath Department, Punjab, Vijay Ken presided over the camp.



Killed: Vipul (8) was crushed to death on Saturday. Son of Ramesh, a factory worker, Vipul was riding pillion on a motorbike with a relative, when the accident occurred at about 1 pm in Ambala Cantonment. A truck coming from Sarhanpur hit the motorbike from behind before running over the boy who fell on the road. He died on the spot due to head injuries. The truck driver was taken into custody.

Increase in GIIP: In Haryana, the General Index of Industrial Production (GIIP), which is one of the prime indicators of economic growth of a state, has increased to 281.96 in 2006-07 from 253.44 in 2005-06 registering a significant increase of 11.25 per cent. While stating this here on Sunday, a spokesman of the industries department said the substantial increase in GIIP had been possible due to impressive performance by manufacturing and electricity sectors in the state.

12 arrested: The district police on Friday nabbed 12 persons, all residents of Bikaner in Rajasthan, and recovered 58 cows and bullocks, which were being taken to Uttar Pradesh for slaughter, from their possession. They have been booked under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Tributes paid to Bhagat Singh: The Shaheed Yadgaar Samiti and the Resident Welfare Association of Sector 23 jointly organised “balidaan divas” function in Community Centre here on Sunday to pay their homage to Amar Shaheed Bhagat Singh. They urged the state government to install a statue of Bhagat Singh at some convenient site in the town.



Girl goes missing: A teenaged girl has allegedly gone missing from Parwanoo on March 19. According to a complaint filed at the Parwanoo police station on Sunday, girl’s father, Ramesh Dass, said his daughter had fled from home and took away Rs 5,000. The father further said the girl is wearing a red kurta and salwar. The girl’s father, who hails from Bihar, was a labourer.

Car impounded: The police impounded a car fitted with a red light atop at Sector 4 in Parwnaoo on Sunday. The Indica car (CH1B T 8149) was stopped at a naka on the Kalka-Kasauli road. Driver Dooni Chand failed to produce documents of the vehicle. He said the vehicle belonged to the Chandi Mandir Army unit and he was on way to Kasauli from Chandi Mandir.

Pistol seized: The police on Sunday arrested Amod Singh, a migrant labourer from Bihar, under the Arms Act and seized a “desi katta” from his possession at Jharmajri, near Baddi. The pistol was seized for his jhuggi.

Man commits suicide
: An unidentified person aged about 30 committed suicide reportedly by jumping in front of a train at Talara on Saturday evening. According to the railway police which has taken the body into its possession, the deceased hiding in bushes jumped in front of the speeding Pathankot- Baijnath train 7 PB. The deceased was wearing a black trouser and a shirt. The police has found nothing in his pockets to ascertain the deceased’s identity. A case under 174 Cr PC has been registered.


Regional potpourri

Stamp duty

Schoolchildren crowd around the exhibits at a philately show organised in Rohtak recently.
STAMP-EDE: Schoolchildren crowd around the exhibits at a philately show organised in
Rohtak recently.

Flags of different countries, cartoons, butterflies and stamps in a wide variety of forms, shapes and sizes were exhibited at a philately exhibition, titled ROHPEX-2008, organised on the premises of the Head Post Office, Rohtak, recently.

With a view to encouraging people, especially children, to adopt philately as a hobby, the local postal authorities invited school and college students and persons from all walks of life.

The director, Postal Services (Haryana circle), Ambala, Manisha Bansal Badal, was the chief guest, while income tax commissioner G.S.Panwar of Rohtak division was the guest of honour. Senior superintendent of post offices, Rohtak Division, B.L.Sonal, presided.

Panwar appreciated the initiative of the department in putting up an impressive show. Dr Anil Dhull, president of the local Philatelic Association, besides seasoned stamp collectors S.C.Gupta, Vikas Gupta, Dr Shailender Goel, Dr Baljit Singh, Shakti Singh and Vibhansh Saini participated.

Assistant superintendent S.K.Singhal said as many as 601 philatelic accounts were opened on the occasion.

The exhibitors as well as the organisers lamented that philately, which was once regarded as a royal hobby, did not have many takers now. They emphasised the need to hold more such events to revive people’s interest in it.

Sikhism via SMS

Harjinder Singh
Harjinder Singh

Twentyone-year-old Harjinder Singh of Ludhiana is not a part of the young brigade that only gets carried away by technology. Rather, he is using it effectively to carry forward his mission of promoting Sikhism.

Singh, using a website, started off by sending messages to the Sikh community some eight months ago. The messages he spreads range from shabads and their meanings, the teachings of the Sikh gurus, and appeals to deal with issues like female foeticide, drug addiction and a wide range of socio-religious matters. Today, his network includes over 80,000 people in various parts of the country and even places as far flung as Panjim and Andamans.

Recently, when city boy Ishmeet participated in the Voice of India contest, Singh used his SMS network to seek votes for the ‘sabat soorat’ Sikh. Talking of his mission, he says: “I want the Sikh community to follow the teachings of the gurus in every walk of life. Also, the SMS is a more direct, hence effective way, of communicating with people and reminding them of their religious tenets.”

He now wants to connect the Sikh community throughout the world using this messaging 'sewa' and have at least 2 lakh members by October this year to coincide with the celebrations of the Gurtagaddi Diwas of Guru Granth Sahib. He plans to develop an interactive portal for the exchange of information on this religion.

— Contributed by Sunit Dhawan and Shveta Pathak

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