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Regional potpourri

  • Dairying and donating
  • An apology of a cafe


: Several persons sustained minor injuries when an Alto car being used by Sant Gyanprem Ji and his followers from Noormahal fell in a canal near village Kala Tibba on the Abohar-Seetogunno road on Saturday, sources said. The driver stated that he lost control while trying to save a stray dog that suddenly rushed to the road. People from nearby fields rushed and rescue the occupants and fished out the badly damaged vehicle. Injured have been undergoing treatment at a private hospital. 

Office-bearers elected: The office-bearers of the Bharat Vikas Parishad Shivaji branch here have been elected. According to a press release following are the names of officials: president: Pardeep Garg, general secretary: Kashmiri Lal Bansal, treasurer: Ravinder Kumar Gupta, patrons: Faquir Chand Goyal, Praveen Kumar Chawla, advisers: Vikram Dutt Garg, Ram Parkash Mittal, Sandeep Watts, Suresh Kumar Bansal, Pardeep Bansal, vice- presidents: Mukesh Tayal, Makhan Lal Bansal and Priya Ahuja.

: One person sustained severe injuries in a road accident involving a bus and a combine near Milk Plant on Dabwali road here on Sunday. The injured, Rajinder Singh, has been admitted to a hospital for treatment.

Burn injuries: A middle-aged man, Hardev Singh, sustained burn injuries at his residence in Hazura Kapura colony on Sunday. Police sources said that according to the statement made by his nephew Jatinder Singh, his uncle, who is unmarried, was boiling water on the stove. All of a sudden, kerosene poured on him, which resulted in the fire. 

Bodies found: Volunteers of the Sahara Jan Seva on Sunday found two unidentified body of elderly men. Volunteers of the NGO said that one body was found near city post office while the other was lying near the railway godown. 

No sangat darshan till May 31
: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will not hold sangat darshan at his residence from April 29 to May 31. Adviser to the CM Daljit Singh Cheema said the Chief Minister would be busy in connection with the Zila Parishad, Block Samiti, panchayats elections and the Amritsar (South) Assembly by-poll. He said the next date of the Sangat Darshan would be announced later. 

Stone-crushers to close units
: The Punjab Stone-Crusher Association has decided not to resume operation of their stone-crushing units. Association president Vijay Passi said the union members had decided to close units till written orders regarding the grant of extension were issued from the government. He said though the Punjab industry minister had assured them of all possible help and extension of quarry lease, yet no written orders had been released. 

NRI murdered in Ludhiana
: A UK non-resident Indian, Jasmel Singh, was found murdered in his house near Tibba road on Sunday. He had married of his son to a local girl a few days ago. The police said the house was locked from outside and the body with multiple wounds was found in an inner room. The police was tracing relatives of the deceased. Police officials said personal enmity might be the reason behind the crime. 



CONFERENCE: Yuva Sankalapa Foundation, an NGO working in the field of social development is organising a conference for students, teachers and parents against the ‘Increasing trend of suicide and unnatural deaths’ on May 1 at Panjab University. Vijender Jain, Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana HC will preside over the function. 

: Dr Gagan Priya, a renowned endocrinologist with super specialisation from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, has joined Ivy Hospital as consultant endocrinologist and diabetologist. Gurtej Singh, CEO, Ivy Hospital, welcomed Dr Priya and announced that she had set up her own department of endocrinology at Ivy Hospital, which had been encouraging entrepreneurial medical professionals to set up independent units.

Free treatment: Grecian Hospital, Mohali, will provide free treatment to the patients suffering from diabetic mellitus from April 28 onwards. At least 25 patients suffering from the disease would be given free tablets and treatment on the first-come-first-serve basis. 



Daincha seeds distributed
: As much as 1,782 quintals of daincha seed has been provided free of cost to farmers of Sirsa district to increase the fertility of soil. Besides, 30 quintals of moong seed is also being provided to the farmers at subsidised rates in the district. A spokesman of the Haryana agriculture department on Sunday said after 60 to 70 days of sowing daincha, the farmer could increase the fertility of soil by cultivating their land. 

Lok adalats: As many as 289 cases pertaining to civil, petty criminal and revenue nature and mutations were settled in the rural lok adalats which were held on Sunday. A spokesman of the Haryana State Legal Services Authority said about 702 cases were taken up in rural lok adalats, which were held in 13 villages, Machhonda, Bound Kalan, Gignow, Budha, Kheri Shishgram, Dholera, Bewal, Mandi Khera, Buana Lakhu, Jadra, Juddi, Sahapur Taga and Bichpari.

Crop burnt
: Standing crop of wheat spread over 18 acres was destroyed in a fire that spread in the fields at Mola village here today. 

Poetic symposium
: Noted Hindi poets, including Dr Ram Niwas Manav (Hisar), Prof Ramesh Siddharth, Prof Ramesh Sharma and Vipin Suneja, recited their compositions to glorify the vital significance of the girl child at a poetic symposium held under the auspices of the Raj International Foundation here on Friday. The symposium was held to mark the birthday of RIF chairman Dr Uma Shanker Yadav’s granddaughter Akanksha as well as his adopted daughter, an inmate of the home of destitute children here. 



Wheat crop destroyed
: About 76 kanal standing wheat crop was destroyed in two fire incidents in Jammu and Kathua districts, sources said on Sunday. They said 52 kanal standing wheat crop was burnt to ashes at Pindi Charkan Kalan village in Bishnah, while about 24 kanal produce was destroyed at Danni Berra in Charwal area of Kathua district on Saturday. One Munshi Ram saw his fields on fire and raised an alarm. Villagers immediately gathered and started efforts to put off the fire. 

Arms recovered: Security forces recovered a cache of detonators and hand grenades in Rajouri district of the state. “On specific information, troops of the 48 Rashtriya Rifles launched a operation in Rajouri district and recovered the cache, which included 32 detonators, one Chinese pistol, six hand grenades and assorted ammunitions. 

Jawan dies
: A soldier of the 19 Infantry Division died of heart attack in north Kashmir on Sunday. Soldier naik M.P. Charan Singh suffered a massive heart attack when he was sleeping in his unit at Baramulla. However, before he could be shifted to a hospital, he died. 

Bodies found: Bodies of an infant and 32-year-old man were recovered in the Kashmir valley on Sunday. They said the body of a one-and-a-half-year-old Rubeena was recovered from a nullah at Nagnari in north Kashmir district of Baramulla. The body of Bilal Ahmad Bhat was fished out from the Sindh river near Tangchatter. Sources said the victim, kidnapped by unidentified people from his Akhal, Kangan, house, was strangulated to death. 

Man hurt in bear attack: Panic gripped in north Kashmir when a bear attacked villagers on Sunday and injured a person. Sources said a wild bear suddenly appeared at Fatehpora village in Baramulla district when people were heading for their fields. The bear attacked and injured Nisar Ahmad Dar who has been hospitalised. About 50 people were killed or wounded by wild animals in the Kashmir valley since January last. 

Ultrasound clinics: The state government has directed ultrasound clinics to register their clinics for pre-natal-sex determination. Chairman, director, health, Dr Muzaffar Ahmed Jan decided that all ultrasound clinics in the state would register themselves with the health department. The decision was taken in order to implement the PNDT Act, 2002, Pre-Natal-Sex Selection Determination (probhition and regulation) Act. Director, health, said out of 65 applications, 17 had been inspected in various parts so far. 


Regional potpourri
Dairying and donating

Bimal Kumar Sharma
   B K Sharma

Bimal Kumar Sharma of Ahmedgarh may be a dairy owner and businessman to most people, but for a large number of destitute women and poor children he is Billu ‘chacha,’ on whom they bank upon for their needs.

Besides being actively involved in some social and religious organisations of his native town and surrounding villages, he has taken it upon himself to help the needy live a dignified life.

It is from his mother that he imbibed this trait. “My mother persuades me to allocate one-tenth (daswandh) of my income for helping the poor, who, according to her, are an embodiment of God. Whatever I give to the needy has been earned by the grace of the Almighty and I am merely a vehicle for passing it on,” philosophises Billu.

He has till now sponsored many students for higher studies, besides funding the annual fee and books of poor students of various state-run and private schools. He has also been helping poor families by arranging the marriages of their daughters, undertaking treatment of chronic patients and getting petty disputes settled.

Some local organisations have felicitated him for his social work.

An apology of a cafe

The deserted cafeteria located near the Pong Dam in Kangra district.
The deserted cafeteria located near the Pong Dam in Kangra district. — Photo by the writer

Even though the Pong Dam in Kangra district boasts of a cafeteria for attracting tourists, it wears a rather deserted look.

The tourists who come there for bird-watching, angling or water sports leave the spot disappointed, as the sole cafeteria has not been working for the past many years. What to talk of getting proper meals, there is not even a drinking water facility.

The restaurant, constructed at a cost of Rs 55 lakh, was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister, Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal, on September 9, 2000. Later, it was converted into a canteen for the participants of water sports camps. The Tourism Development Corporation handed it over to the Water Sports Department, which also failed to operate it.

Similarly, there is nobody to guide the tourists about the birds or to provide boats to them. Only the Department of Fisheries has an office and lodges, but these are only for anglers.

Lakhmir Singh, a tourist from Nabha, laments: “It’s a great disappointment for us to visit the dam. We were planning an overnight stay here but there are no facilities. There is even no provision of boating for tourists.”

Most of the tourists have to depend upon Talwara and the nearby areas of Punjab to have good food as the villages located on the periphery of the dam do not have much to offer.

This, despite the Forest Minister, J.P. Nadda, saying that the state government will improve the habitat of the area as it is important from the biodiversity point of view.

Contributed by Mahesh Sharma and Vishal Gulati



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