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  • Making teaching of science simple & interesting

  • Honour for Jat  heartland

  • Directing youth’s energy to useful  pursuits


Medical camp
: Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT) organised 9th free multi-specialty medical checkup camp at Mata Harnam Kaur Community Development centre here on Sunday. The camp was inaugurated by Prof Hardarshan Singh Mejie, patron MBCT, and Alfred Singh Mejie, trustee UAE. Hassan Mejie, advisor MBCT, presided over the camp. A team of doctors checked up 415 patients belonging to the BPL families of 128 surrounding villages adopted by the trust to provide free medical services. 

Five hurt in poll violence
: In the heat of elections, five persons including a woman candidate got injured in a bloody clash, which took place at village Jeewan Singh Wala, in the district on Saturday evening. Police sources said in the quarrel at one side Lachman Singh and Chhinder Singh, who were supporters of SAD-backed candidate Paramjit Kaur sustained injuries and were admitted to Civil Hospital at Talwandi Sabo. On the other side, Charanjeet Kaur, a Congress-backed candidate, her brother-in-law Amrit Pal Singh and his cousin Satpal Singh got injured and were admitted to the local Civil Hospital. Both parties had levelled allegations against each other. However, the Talwandi Sabo police is investigating the case. 

Dera Bassi
Girl missing
: A 13-year-old girl of village Kurawala has gone missing from her residence. According to the police the girl neelam went missing on Saturday. She left her home with the mobile phone of her father. The mobile phone is switched off now, said the father to the police. 

One killedi: Mastan Singh (22) of village Bakarpur was found dead on the national highway here on Sunday. The family members told the police that he had gone to attend a wedding at the Devi Nagar village, but did not return. His body was found with injury marks and seemed he had been hit by a speeding vehicle. 

One killed in accident
: A motorcyclist died after being hit by a truck on the Fazilka-Abohar road near Hiran Wali village, 5 km from here. According to available details, Jeet Singh (56), a resident of nearby Banwala Hanuwanta village, was going on his bike towards Abohar. He was hit by a truck from back and was seriously injured. The truck driver shifted him to the civil hospital, Fazilka. In view of his critical condition, he was referred to the medical college in Amritsar. However, he succumbed to his injuries on the way.

Teenager raped
: The Garhshankar police booked migrant labourer Tinu for raping a teenage girl at Padrana village on Saturday. According to the information, Tinu and the victim’s father used to work together at a brick kiln. The girl was raped when her father went to the fields. 

Foundation stone: Punjab minister for forest and wildlife Tikshan Sud laid the foundation stone of Tirathanker Vatika and Pakshi Bihar at the Bharwain road here on Sunday. 

Tanker overturns
: Assitant driver Ram Nath died on the spot while driver Raj Kumar was injured when their mini-truck overturned at Kanshi Nagar here on Sunday.

: Core committee members of the Rishi Nagar welfare association criticised the functioning of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust on Sunday. Most of the members were peeved about the non-implementation of the various schemes launched by the trust. The association members urged the local bodies department to take up the issue of joint desilting of the sewerage outlets by the municipal corporation and the trust, Construction of a mini-rose garden or a community centre over 1.34 acres lying in the F-Block of Rishi Nagar and the release of the maintenance allowance of Rs 1 per sq mts to all developed parks. 

Nabha Block Samiti poll
: On a demand of local Congress MLA Randip Singh, the Election Commission has agreed to videograph the polling as well as counting in the five Block Samiti polling booths of Nabha block. SDM Balraj Sekhon said Raipur Sahiwal and Dandrala blocks of Chaila Zone and Matorara, Chhaju Bhatt and Boran Khurd blocks of Dulladi Zones would go for repolling on May 26. 

Team visits Nangal wetland
: A team of scientists and state-level functionaries on Sunday visited Nangal wetland in connection with government's proposal on a prestigious eco-tourism project. The principal scientist of the Bombay Natural History Society, Dr Vibhu Prakash, saw the nesting sites of birds like spot billed duck and that of other varieties of birds. He said he would hand over a detailed list of all bird species found on the wetland to the state government. 

Liquor seized
: The Patiala police impounded a Ceilo car (HR 51 8597) near Ganda Nala on Patiala-Rajpura road and recovered 28 boxes of IMFL of different brands. The police intercepted a car near Ganda Nala carrying the consignment meant for sale in Chandigarh only being smuggled into other locations of Punjab. The police claimed that Satnam Singh, resident of Jagatpura, and Ashu Kumar, resident of Ragho Majra, managed to escape from the spot. A case under Sections 61/1/14 had been registered against them at Kotwali police station. 



Bandh observed
: The shopkeepers in Pinjore observed a strike against the delay in the repair of national highway near here on Sunday. Finding no solution to their demand, the shopkeepers have decided to observe a complete bandh on May 30 as well. The road is lying damaged for the last four months when NHAI carried out an anti-encroachment drive. Majority of shopkeepers of Vyapar Mandal are of the view that the work should be started voluntarily by pooling in and the administration be requested not to stop them from repairing the road. The potholes were filled up by police personnel earlier this week, which helped in restoring the traffic flow in the area. 



‘More power for Kaithal’
: Haryana power minister Randeep Singh Surjewala has said people of the district will get plenty of electricity when projects, which are currently underway, are completed. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, he said a 33 kV substation at a cost of Rs 3 crore had already been completed while similar substations at Jagdishpura, Sirta, Chandana, Kathwad, Manas and Karora villages were almost complete. Work on substations at Deeg and Barsana villages was already in progress. Besides, substations of 132-kV capacity would be set up at Khurana and Kheri Ghulam Ali villages. 

Woman commits suicide
: A young married woman, Raj Kumari (23), wife of Surender Singh, reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself at Nahar village, 35 km from here, on Saturday. Raj Kumari, daughter of Roshan Singh of Nyola village in Jhajjar district, who got married to Surender in 2007, is survived by a 2-month-old girl. The police, which held an inquest under section 174 of the CrPC, said as the parents of the deceased had expressed no grouse whatsoever against her in-laws, it had been treated as a case of suicidal death. 



Woman’s death
: The Nalagarh police on Thursday arrested the husband and father-in-law of a 24-year-old woman, who allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday. The woman died at PGI, Chandigarh, after she had allegedly consumed some poisonous substance at her in-law’s house at Dabota Mazra village. The woman’s mother registered a complaint, accusing Rajinder and his father Hukam Singh of harassing her daughter. The matter is under investigation. 

Legal literacy camp
: A legal literacy camp was held at Manali village, around 2 km from here, on Sunday. Thakur Ranjeet Singh, Civil Judge Junior Division, Manali, presided over the function. He underlined the importance of free legal aid being accorded to the weaker sections, physically challenged and women. Chhavinder Singh Thakur, president of the district unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Adhivakta Parishad, spoke against female foeticide. Assistant district attorney Arvind Malhotra, Manali Bar Association president Ravinder Sood, tehsildar S.P. Awasthi and DSP Pritam Patial also expressed their views. 

Cong flays BJP
: The Congress has criticised the decision of the BJP to induct tainted party leader Suresh Chandel, who was caught in the “cash-on-camera” scam, in the state executive. General secretary of the party Kuldeep Rathore said here on Thursday that the decision made it clear that “the party with a difference” could go to any extent when it came to rehabilitating the corrupt. 

1 killed in mishap
: A youth was killed and three were seriously injured when their car fell into a gorge near Thunag of Mandi district on Saturday night. They were on their way to Sikari Mata shrine, but the driver lost control on the vehicle on the way. Jayoti (24) of Mahadev, Sundernagar, died on spot while Dinesh, Lalit and Chaman, all residents of Sunderngar, were injured. The injured were admitted to zonal hospital. The condition of two was stated to be serious. The body of the deceased was handed over to the family after a post-mortem examination on Sunday afternoon. 



Ex gratia for killed scribe:
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced Rs one lakh ex gratia to the family of Ashok Sodhi, photojournalist of a local daily, who was killed while covering an encounter between militants and security forces in Samba on May 11. The amount will be provided from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund. 

Forest varsity
: A forest university would be set up in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, said state forest minister Qazi Mohammad Afzal on Sunday. "A forest university in Ganderbal district is in the pipe line," Afzal said after laying foundation of three lift irrigation schemes in the district. The university would be set up on 20 hectares of land, he said. 

Trust adopting orphans : The J&K Yateem Trust is adopting 500 orphans in eight orphanages and 2,500 families of identified widows in the state, official sources said on Sunday. Sources said the trust had solemnised 422 marriages of young widows, orphans and poor girls during the past 15 months. Speaking at Sopore, its patron Zahoor Ahmad Tak said the trust had been able to do a yeoman service to the society afflicted by militancy. 

Forensic laboratories : The Jammu and Kashmir Police has chalked out a plan to upgrade the divisional level forensic laboratories on modern lines with latest gadgets and equipment for combating crime in the state. DGP Kuldeep Khoda said the laboratories needed to be strengthened in view of revolutionary methods of investigations being adopted across the world. 


Regional potpourri
Making teaching of science simple & interesting

Dr Lalit Kishore
Dr Lalit Kishore

DR Lalit Kishore, a former student of SMB Gita Senior Secondary School and Kurukshetra University, here who was awarded recently a gold medal for Commonwealth Award for 10th time by the Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology and Mathematics Educators (CASTME) based in London (UK), has brought laurels Kurukshetra.

Dr Kishore innovated science teaching skill with Rubber Bands’ a novel way of teaching science principles with common rubber bands.

He has done several books on the teaching of science. His research finds mention on 150 websites.

His wife, Ms P. Kishore, a former student of Kurukshetra University too, was awarded bronze medal in teaching skills by CASTME. Husband and wife work on new teaching skills of various subjects.

Born at Kamalia city the then district Lyallpur, now Faislabad in West Pakistan in 1946, Dr Kishore was educated at Kurukshetra University (M.Sc in Physics), Panjab University (Doctorate in Education); International Centre for School Technology, Nottingham (Certificate in School Technology); International Institute for Educational Planning, Paris (Certificate Course in Quality of Education) and Summer Institute in Nuffield Physics.

He has taught physics at the senior secondary level for 15 years in Central School, Ambala (Haryana); Mayo College, Ajmer (Rajasthan) and Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai (Haryana). He was principal in the Central Schools Organisation, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti and as assistant director/education officer in Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, Central Tibetan Schools Administration and Central Schools Organisation.

Author of over 300 papers and articles in the national and international journals he was taken member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of School Science — a research journal on science education published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Fellow of the National Council of Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) Network. Dr Kishore is a life member of the All India Science Teachers’ Association, Mathematics Teachers’ Association, Indian Physics Association and Indian Association of Physics Teachers.

Recipient of several awards for contribution to science education and school education, he received NCERT National Award (twice), National Award for Popularising Science among Children, Hari Om Asharam Prerit Award, Best Science Teacher Award, Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology and Mathematics Educator’s Award (10 times) and Royal Academy of Sciences International Trust Award.

Dr Kishore was deputy director (Academic) and acting director (1996-98) of Lok Jumbish Project — a project for improving quality of primary education in rural Rajasthan through people’s participation and empowerment. For the project, Dr Kishore developed curriculum, textbooks, standardised teaching-learning materials and teacher training.

He has been on the supervisory staff of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan — network of senior secondary schools for the children of transferable central government employees. He has also worked as consultant with UNESCO and UNICEF.

Science education, experiential education for young children, teacher education, spiritual and value-based education, curriculum development, creativity and participatory research interest Dr Kishore.

Honour for Jat heartland

Rear Admiral Rajender Singh Kharb
Rear Admiral Rajender Singh Kharb

Rear Admiral Rajender Singh Kharb of Rohtak has been awarded Ati Vashist Seva Medal by the President of India for outstanding and distinguished service. Born at Giwana village in Sonepat district of Haryana, Admiral Rajender Singh had his primary education at Rohtak, following which he joined Sainik School at Kazhakootam in Kerala. He joined the Naval Academy at Kochi in 1971. After initial sea tenures, he specialised in missiles and gunnery at the Kirov Naval College in Azerbaijan.

An MSc in defence studies, the flag officer is an alumni of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai; and Naval War College, Newport, USA. A recipient of Nao Sena Medal, Vashist Seva Medal and Chief of Naval Staff commendation, rear Admiral Rajender Singh has held positions like ADC to President of India in Rashtrapati Bhavan, joint director Naval Intelligence (Proto-col) and Commanding Officer, INS Agnibahu.

On his promotion to flag rank in December, 2003, the flag officer was appointed Assistant Chief of Personnel (Personnel and Conditions) at the Naval headquarters. After that, he was the Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command, Kochi. Thereafter, he took over his present appointment as Flag Officer, Offshore Defence Advisory Group and Advisor Offshore Security and Defence to the Union government.

Directing youth’s energy to useful pursuits

The Badminton Academy, set up on the premises of Amardeep Singh Memorial College, Mukandpur (Nawanshahr), has been doing a yeoman’s service in promoting badminton. Though in nascent stage, the academy has produced a number of players, who have won laurels at the state and national level.

Set up in 2002, the academy was sponsored by UK-based NRI Joginder Singh Chhoker. He has been the president of the academy since then. Rajinder Singh Gill, a badminton coach, has been striving to hone the skills of novice players. At present 35-40 players in the 6-22 age group have been receiving training in the academy.

Rajinder Singh Gill said the academy had produced players like Navdeep Singh, who has captained the Punjab team in the national games (under 17 & 19), Jaswinder Singh, Sahil Katria, Abhishek Bedi, Akshit Bedi, Prabhjit Singh, Neelam Kumari, Beant Kaur and Baby. The players have been members of the Punjab team for the National games over the past few years. Some players have even won bronze medals at the national level games. Neelam Kumari participated in the national games for the fourth year in a row this time.

Besides, the academy has been organising prize money tournaments every year. A sum of Rs 1 lakh is given in prize to the winning and runners-up teams. The prize money is donated by president Jagtar Singh Chhoker, secretary Sidhu Singh Shergill and Dr Amarjit Singh.

Contributed by D.R. Vij, Sunit Dhawan and Parmod Bharti 

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