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  • Anger channelled positively

  • Spreading legal awareness through Net


One killed in mishap
: One person was killed while his son sustained serious injuries, when the motorcycle on they were travelling, collided with a Punjab Roadways bus here on Saturday. Sources said that Hari Chand and his son Prem Kumar returning to their native village Malukpura from village Balluana on a motorcycle, which collided with a Punjab Roadways bus bearing number PB 05 9649 on the national Highway 10 near here. The driver of the bus Ranjeet Singh shifted both of them to the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here. The doctors declared Hari Chand as “brought dead” whereas Prem Kumar was referred to the district hospital at Sriganganagar as his condition continued to deteriorate. Ranjeet Singh told the police that the motorcycle collided with the bus while trying to overtake a tractor-trolley that was overloaded with waste wood sticks.

Donated: Former minister of Rajasthan government and president of the Akhil Bhartiya Dhanak Samaj Hira Lal Indora has donated Rs 2.25 lakh for construction of the Dhanak Bhawan in Haridwar. This was announced by Raj Kumar Arya state president of the organisation during a function held in village Alamgarh near here today to install Kalu Ram Peer as district (rural) president. Significantly Indora’s birthday was today celebrated by his family members in his native village in neighbouring area of Sriganganagar. Members of the community welcomed Arya and Peer with garlands and assured all kind of help to the organisation in fighting against social evils, drug menace, female foeticide etc. Arya urged the government to include Dhanak community in the SC list.

Elected: Rakesh Arora who was on Friday night unanimously elected president of the local unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said today that experts would be invited from super specialties hospitals to treat economically poor and chronic patients in the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here. He and newly elected secretary Ajay Bhura further informed that the IMA would organise special camps to provide medical aid to patients affected by jaundice, TB and other diseases in slum areas. AIDS and female foeticide awareness camps will be held in urban localities besides villages, they added. The IMA plans to provide medicines to needy patients in private hospitals also.

Newly-wed blessed: Balluana MLA Gurtej Singh Ghuriana today blessed 11 newly wed couples from needy families during a function organised by the Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Society in village Choohriwala Dhanna near here. State BJP working committee member Aad Lal Jakhar, Prithvi Raj Pateer, Inderaj Malethia and Lal Chand Chaudhary and others warmly welcomed the chief guest. Each bride was given essential goods worth Rs 20,000. The MLA said he would visit soon each of them at their in-laws’ house to present cheque under the Shagun Yojna.

Volleyball tournament: The volleyball tournaments organised by the Azad Sports Club in village Noorpura near here concluded today. MLA Gurtej Singh was the chief guest of the prize giving ceremony. He was pleased to find that teams from three neighboring districts had reached in the sleepy village to participate in the two-day events. The team from village Chanankhera was declared winner, the Bahadurke village team won the runner up prize. Parminder Singh Dhillon president of the club said cash prizes and mementos were presented to the winning sportspersons.

Free eye camp
: The 47th three-day free eye camp held by Bhagat Mohan Lal Sewa Samiti, an NGO, began here today. SAD secretary-general and Member of Parliament Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa inaugurated the camp at Shanti Hall. In his inaugural address, he lauded the role of the Samiti for serving the society for past 80 years. “It is really admirable that the NGO was playing an active role in various social works, like imparting education to poor students, organising medical camps, setting up of drinking stalls in the city and helping the deserted persons.” He also announced a grant of Rs two lakh for the Samiti from his MPLAD fund. Jagir Singh Jagtar, general secretary of the Samiti informed that a 15-member team of doctors from the CMC, Ludhiana, was examining the patients. He added that the Samiti would give medicines, spectacles and contact lenses for free to the needy apart from providing boarding and lodging to the patient and one of his attendants.

: One Sunil Kumar in his mid-thirties allegedly hanged himself at his residence in Ganesha Basti here on Sunday. Sources said hearing his wife’s cries neighbours rushed to the place, pulled him down and informed the Sahara Jan Seva. The volunteers of the NGO rushed him to the civil hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. After post-mortem, the cops handed over the body to the family members and initiated the inquest proceedings.

Accident: One Surinder Pal Singh (50) of Bibi wala road was killed in a mishap at Bathinda-Barnala road here on Saturday night. Sources said an unidentified vehicle hit the motorcyclist and ran away. On receiving the information, the volunteers of an NGO rushed him to the civil hospital where after some time he succumbed to his injuries.

: Members of the district Lions Clubs felicitated their fellow Rajneesh Grover for having been honoured by the Lions Club International with Senior Master Key Award for sponsoring 25 lion members in his career. Pawan Monga and Sanjeev Monga, president and secretary respectively of the local chapter, felicitated Grover in its General Body meeting.

Homoeopathy camp: Dr Archana Monga, Homoeophysician examined nearly 70 patients at the 23rd Homoeopathy Medical check-up camp held at Village Dhudi in memory of late Rattan Chand Monga under the tutelage of Lions Club here today. She said that many surgical treatments are now curable through latest techniques of homoeopathy.

Timber seized; two held
: The police intercepted a truck at Kukowal village and seized 191 logs of Khair wood from it. The truck driver, identified as Tilak Raj, managed to escape. However, the other two occupants Naresh and Ashok, residents of Mehandiwani, were arrested. A case has been registered.

Assault case: Lakhwinder Singh, along with his 10 accomplices, snatched Rs 25,000 from brothers Maninder Singh and Parminder Singh while the duo were on way to a shop at Panshta village on Sunday. According to the police, the attackers first smashed  window panes of the car and then assaulted the brothers before taking away the cash.

AIDS camp: An AIDS awareness camp was organised here on Friday for the employees of Mahavir Spinning Mills in the mill complex. Chief executive officer of Mahavir Spinning Mills I.M.J.S. Sidhu inaugurating the camp. SMO of ESI Hospital Dr Tej Paul said to create awareness about infectious diseases, more such camps would be organised in future.

Golden jubilee
: The Diocese of Jalandhar, on Sunday, celebrated the sacerdotal golden jubilee of Bishop Symphorian Keeprath at the local Trinity College campus, Jalandhar. The function was organised by Bishop Anil Jose Thomas Couto, his successor and the Archbishop of Delhi. On this occasion, Peter Celestine of Jammu and Srinagar released a souvenir and gave the first copy to Bishop Symphorian.

Blood, eye camp: The Kharar civil hospital held a blood donation camp at Guru Gobind Singh Club and an eye camp on the hospital premises. As many as 62 persons donated blood. At the eye camp, 72 patients were operated upon for cataract and intra-ocular lenses were fit into eyes.

317 donate blood: As many as 317 persons donated blood at a camp held at Sohana eye hospital on Sunday. An Istri Satsang Sammelan was also held wherein Sikh women organisations from various parts of the state participated.

Lathicharge condemned: The International Democratic Party (IDP) and Congress MLA from Nabha Kaka Randeep Singh on Sunday condemned the barbaric lathicharge by the Bhatinda police on anganwadi workers at the rally of Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal. He said a delegation of the state Congress legislatures would meet the Central leadership to appraise it about the incident. District general secretary of the IDP Gurmit Singh Thuhi also spoke.

Eye check-up camp: The Rotary Club organised a free eye checkup camp at Rotary Bhawan here on Saturday. SSP, Shashi Prabha Dwivedi inaugurated the camp where eye specialists Dr D.S. Sandhu and Dr Ravinder Karra, examined more than 300 patients suffering from eye ailments. Fifty patients would be operated upon, Dr Pawan Kumar, club president, said.

Knee replacement: Dr Harminder Singh, chief consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Guru Nanak Mission Hospital, Dhahan Kaleran, delivered a talk on "Osteoarthritis knee with total knee replacement" at the Continuation Medical Education programme organised by the IMA at Banga on Saturday. He said knee replacement surgery was helpful in advanced cases of osteoarthritis of knee joints.

Medical camp held: The local Arya Samaj organised a free medical checkup camp dedicated to the memory of S.K. Sharma, former principal of the local R.K.Arya College, at the Arya Samaj Mandir here on Sunday. Prem Bhardwaj, president, Arya Samaj, inaugurated the camp where doctors examined more than 300 patients suffering from various ailments. Free medicines were also given, informed Amit Sharma, secretary.

Conference: The department of geography, Punjabi University, organised a national conference on ‘Land, Water and Food Security’, which was inaugurated by vice-chancellor of the university Dr Jaspal Singh on Sunday. Dr Jaspal Singh said the injudicious and excessive use of land and water resources was posing serious dangers to the humanity.

Mega farmer fair: Bayer Crop Science, a leading agro-chemical and seed company, organised a mega farmer fair at Takhtu Majra village on Sunday in which more than 300 farmers participated. S. P. Singh, marketing manager, apprised the farmers of the latest research and development carried out by the company.


Funds for animal husbandry: Keeping in view the interest of farmers, the Haryana government has earmarked a sum of over Rs 92 crore for the animal husbandry and dairying department for the next financial year. While stating this here on Saturday, a spokesman of the department said besides providing breeding facilities at the doorstep of farmers, the department had also undertaken the programme of control of foot and mouth disease as a result of which the incidence of this disease had been negligible in the state.

Workshop held: Keeping in view the depleting water resources, there is an urgent need to create awakening among the masses about water conservation and make available quality water for human consumption. So it is important to carry on periodical tests of potable water. This was stated by Dr R.P. Dahiya, civil surgeon, while speaking as a chief guest at a one-day workshop organised by the water services and sanitation department here on Saturday.

1 dies in mishap: Mahabir Singh (70), who was referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak, on March 25 in a critical condition, succumbed to his burn injuries in Rohtak on Friday. Sources said his thatched dwelling at Nahar village, 35 km from here, abruptly caught fire, when he was making fire for his hubble-bubble. The fire then charred him severely.

Girl kidnapped: A girl (19) was allegedly kidnapped by a youth, Balbir Singh (20), from Naya Gaon (Bahala) village near Kosli on Wednesday. When parents failed to trace their daughter even after a long search, her father Rajender Singh on Saturday made a complaint, following which the police registered a case of abduction under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC against the accused.

Cop’s son booked for assault: The Khol police has booked Pankaj Yadav, son of Mahender Singh Yadav, a head constable of the Delhi police and resident of Dahina village, 24 km from here, for allegedly assaulting and injuring his neighbour Saurav Yadav on Friday. A case under Sections 323 and 324 of the IPC has been registered against Pankaj on a complaint made by the victim, who has been hospitalised here.

Seminar concludes: The five-day long seminar and workshop on rehabilitation education concluded on Sunday at Disha, an institute for the welfare of disabled and women here. The seminar was sponsored by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and a large number of rehabilitation professionals and special educators attended it. Several professionals from the field besides district social welfare officer Alka Yadav addressed the seminar.


Security guard assaulted: Des Raj, security guard of the Hindustan Construction Company, has been assaulted by some hooligans lashed with iron rods and lathis when he was coming back from his duty here on Saturday. In the attack, bones of arms were fractured as he was thrashed with iron-rods. Sources revealed that on hearing his cries, some people came to his rescue and saved his life. A case in this connection has been registered after medical examination of the victim.

Probe sought: The local Unemployed Youths Association has sought a high-level probe into the allotment of municipal shops which were constructed in Kasakra vicinity of Chamba by the state government for the settlement of poor families living below poverty line and IRDP families. In a memorandum submitted to Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal, the unemployed youths had demanded that probe should be conducted through some independent agency and in case if it is found that these shops had been allotted to the tycoons of the town by violating the norms, the government should get these shops vacated forthwith and initiate legal action.

Wheelchairs given
: Education minister I.D. Dhiman appreciated the Narain Sewa Sansathan for its service to the helpless. He appealed to voluntary organisations to render help in providing artificial limbs to handicapped persons. Local MLA Urmil Thakur and president of the organisation Raseel Singh Mankotia also spoke. As many as 40 wheel chairs, five tricycles and 30 hearing aids were distributed among the handicapped on the occasion.

Absconding jail inmate held: Ashok Kumar of Jhajjar village in Haryana, who scaled the walls of the Nahan jail with an accomplice in 2002, was nabbed from his native village in the wee hours on Sunday. He was undergoing a seven-year jail term under the Arms Act. His accomplice has reportedly died sometime ago.

Regional potpourri

Anger channelled positively

Jagjit Singh Mann
Jagjit Singh Mann

HIS mother dressed him as a girl to save him during the 1984 genocide when he was a student of class V in Sandrauli in Madhya Pradesh. The family travelled all the way from that state to Punjab to escape the clutches of cold-blooded murderers.

Having lived the agony of seeing members from his community being murdered and his father's trucks burnt to ashes, Jagjit Singh Mann, a teacher with government primary school, Dhanansu in Ludhiana, grew up a man of compassion.

But the bitterness of losing everything in the riots and getting uprooted could not take a toll on his humanity. Instead he channelised his anger over the years, used it constructively and is now helping as many as 145 HIV positive people to live.

Not only this, Mann set up an environment society-Vatavaran Sambhal Society- and has helped in planting nearly 10,000 saplings in various school all over the state.

He has been spearheading a campaign for clean environment for the past seven years.

Last year, he came in contact with some HIV positive persons and realised they needed him to change their lives to some extent.

He set up Punjab Networking for Positive People in 2007 and is now in constant touch with 145 HIV positive persons and helping them live better lives.

“I had seen the most cruel face of humanity. But this prompted me to help the world and work towards a mission that would help me be at peace with myself. So I decided to help these people, who wait for their death once they are detected with the deadly virus,” says Mann, who spends many hours with these people after discharging his duties as a teacher.

He is satisfied that his organisation has helped in the appointment of several HIV positives as Outreach Workers after struggling for many months. He is now working towards sensitising the masses to bring these people back in the fold of society.

“I have found they are under-nutritioned people, waiting for their death. But not any more. We have arranged for the nutrition of all these 145 persons. I think I have given a vent to my bitterness. In my case, the 1984 riots have left me a better person,” says Mann.

Spreading legal awareness through Net

Deepak Miglani
Deepak Miglani

Most of us use our knowledge and professional qualification(s) for the advancement of our own career. But it is a refreshing feeling to note that there are some who utilise their skills for the service and betterment of society.

Advocate Deepak Miglani of Rohtak is one such professional engaged in providing free legal aid and tips to as many people as possible. He has created a blog www.legalpoint-india.blogspot.com  on which he regularly posts valuable information about various important laws in a simplified form.

"My objective is to provide simplified legal information to the common people so as to equip them to face any eventuality," says Miglani, who is working as a legal consultant with a Gurgaon-based business solutions company.

An LLM and having specialisation in corporate laws, the young lawyer got acquainted with the common man's problems in legal matters while he was practising in Delhi. "I realised that people face difficulties in the courts of law due to their ignorance about law," says Miglani, who then undertook a mission to simplify the law for the common man.

He observes that while the ignorance of law is no excuse in a court of law, little effort is being made to tell people about it in simple terms. It was with this aim that he started what he calls e-legal centre in 2005.

Since then, Legal Point has been working in the direction of simplifying relevant laws and spreading legal awareness through the Internet. Apart from posting useful information on his blog, Miglani has been sending a legal tip to around 20,000 people daily for the past around two years.

He also receives numerous queries pertaining to legal matters on e-mail, on which he sends his considered and well-researched opinion. Apart from the queries, he also gets many mails of appreciation for his work as well.

Impressed with his effort, a foreign MNC Kyoko World has given the link of his blog on its website. VerveEarth, a Net search engine, has also evinced interest in joining hands with Legal Point.

Encouraged by the response, Miglani is now thinking of expanding his base by reaching out to more people through legal tips in Hindi language and on audio files. That's the spirit!

Contributed by Kanchan Vasdev and Sunit Dhawan


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