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Regional potposurri

  • Couple dedicated to uplift of drug addicts’ offspring
  • Quest for knowledge even at 62
  • Youngsters’  concern for  wildlife, ecology

CII signs pact with UK varsity
: Vice-president, CII, Punjab chapter, Gunbir Singh said here on Friday that the CII and the Wolverhampton University, UK, had decided to jointly host a “green conclave” in the holy city. An MoU between the two organisations was signed to give impetus to growing trade between the two nations. Leader of the UK delegation Pat McFaddel said Wolverhampton University would send its nursing trainers to Khalsa College, Amritsar, to assist in various programmes. 

100 gm smack seized: The local police has arrested Rajinder Singh of Bhai Manjh road area here and recovered 100 gm smack from his possession. A case under Section 22/61/85, NDPS Act, has been registered. 

: A 25-year-old employee, Sarabjit Joshi, in MA branch of deputy commissioner’s office was killed in an accident on the panchyat elections day. His family members have been promised service benefits and government job to one of the family members at the earliest by deputy commissioner Ashok Kumar Singla. He was the only breadwinner for the family.

Condoled: The district Arthyia Association in its meeting held under the presidentship of Surinder Singh Bhangu here on Sunday condoled the death of Vidya Wati, mother of Sat Pal Jain, former MP from Chandigarh. The commission agents from the district and representatives of social, religious and political organisations attended the meeting. 

Needy get aid
: Local Sahara Club disbursed pension to 50 needy and handicapped persons here today. Jatinder Kad, president of the club welcomed the chief guest Captain Balbir Singh Baath, MLA, who, distributed the monthly pension of Rs 250 each to the needy in the presence various dignitaries and club members outside the railway station. Baath announced a grant of Rs 50,000 for the club, to carry out the philanthropic activities.

Varsity topper: Rishi Marwaha, student of local Barring Union Christian College (BUCC), has bagged the first position in Gurdaspur district by scoring 571 marks out of 750 in B. Com II year examination conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. While talking to mediapersons here, Rajesh Kakkar, principal of BUCC revealed that Marwaha has stood fifth in the university.

Body found
: The volunteers of Sahara Jan Seva informed the Civil Lines police about the decomposed body of an unidentified Nihang, lying in the Gurudwara Lala Singh Wala at Dhobiana Basti, here on Sunday. The SHO Civil Lines police post said a case has been registered .

Rally: The Senior Citizen Council, Bathinda is organising a rally from Bathinda to Manali to convey the council's message of peace and social welfare. The rally will start from here on Monday at 5 am from the residence of Satwant Kaur, chairperson, entertainment committee, Bhaika house, opposite street 8, Ajit Road, Bathinda. 

2 held with opium, smack
: The Fatehgarh Sahib Police laid a naka near Khamano on Saturday evening. It intervened a truck (PB-10-CC0325) on a tip off and recovered four-kg opium from its dashboard. The driver was arrested and a case has been registered. At another naka, the police had arrested Gurdish Singh Disha with four-gram smack. He was carrying it in his pockets and was found roaming in city streets aimlessly. A case has been registered. 

Vascular surgeon
: Renowned vascular surgeon Dr Ravul Jindal was in town on Saturday and gave information on leg care. Addressing media persons, he said if one found weightlessness in feet, one should consult a vascular surgeon. The doctor is working as a consultant in vascular surgery at the Fortis Hospital, Mohali. He was awarded a fellowship in 2005 by the Vascular Society  of Japan.

Pension for handicapped: The Shri Mahadev Chintaharan Railway Trivani Mandir Committee organised a camp at the temple premises here and distributed pensions to nearly 45 handicapped persons on Sunday. This was the second camp, where Rs 200 per person was given as pension. The committee’s president Ashok Lalli, convener Om Parkash Walia, cashier Pawan Kumar and Kamal Kumar Singla were present on the occasion. Next camp would be held on July 6. 

Gold, items worth Rs 1.5 lakh stolen
: The house of Basanti Devi was burgled of valuables worth about Rs 1.5 lakh on  Saturday night. The burgled valuables included 13 tolas of gold jewellery, a digital camera, costly clothes and other articles, the police said today.  Basanti Devi was away when the burglars broke opened the locks of  the house, ransacked  it and decamped with  the booty. 

2 drowned in canal
: Two persons, 13-year-old boy Balwinder Singh from Lehragaga and 20-year-old student Ravinder Kumar from Jind, were drowned in a canal at Lehragaga, about 40 km from here, on Saturday. The body of Balwinder has been recovered from the canal, while search is going on to trace the body of Ravinder. Lehragaga city in charge Parshotam Lal said Balwinder was taking a bath in the canal when he drowned, while Ravinder fell into the canal and drowned. The police was initiating proceedings under Section 174, CrPC. 

Female foetus found: With the recovery of a five to six months’ female foetus, a case of female foeticide came to light at Sunam today. The Sunam police has registered a case under Sections 316 and 318, IPC, in this regard. Meanwhile the police had got conducted medical check-up of the foetus from the Sunam Civil Hospital, he added. 


CPM conference: Mangat Ram Pasla, secretary, CPM, while calling communalism a social evil, has appealed to all democratic, progressive and awakened sections of the society to be ready for waging a decisive fight against the evil. Pasla was here on Sunday to address a gathering organised by the district unit of the party to pay tributes to party leader Deepak Dhawan and others who had laid down their lives while fighting against communal forces in the state.



Autorickshaw overturns
: Two passengers were injured seriously while five others, including a child, had a narrow escape when an autorickshaw overturned near Amartex chowk here on Sunday. The injured were identified as Manoj Shukla and his mother Prabhavati. According to Manoj, the autorickshaw turned turtle while taking a turn at high speed. His younger brother and his wife with their three-month-old baby were also in the autorickshaw at the time of the accident. 



Samalkha SDM
: The Haryana government has appointed Shakti Singh, SDM, Panipat, as SDM, Samalkha, in addition to his present duty vice Virender Singh Sehrawat, HCS, whose posting orders will be issued later. 

Subsidy on fumigant: The Haryana government has decided to provide 50 per cent subsidy on aluminium phosphide, a fumigant to control pests in the foodgrain storage, to farmers. Haryana agriculture minister H.S. Chatha on Sunday said Rs 5 lakh had been earmarked for this purpose during this financial year. The fumigant would be supplied to the farmers in small pouches of 10 gm. One such pouch would cost Rs 3.50 to the farmers on 50 per cent subsidy. The pouches would be available with the agriculture development officer (plant protection) located at each block headquarter. 

18 mobiles traced: The cyber branch of Haryana police has traced 18 mobile phones, which were reportedly stolen, and returned them to their respective owners during this month. Stating this here on Saturday, a spokesman of the police department, said the cyber branch had so far recovered 143 mobile phones, valued at Rs. 9.8 lakh, and returned them to their respective owners. He added that in case of any mobile phone theft, people should seek help of the cyber branch.

Six booked
: The police has booked Pinki’s husband Suresh and her younger sister Goldie’s husband Pawan, their father-in-law Balwan Singh, mother-in-law Laxmi Devi and two others, all residents of Badopur village in Mahendergarh district, on charges of harassment for dowry, criminal breach of trust and criminal intimidation. Pinki and Goldie, who got married to Suresh and Pawan, respectively, in February 2004, were allegedly tortured for dowry by the in-laws, following which Pinki approached the court. A case has been registered against them.

Teenager killed: A teenager, Mohit (19), died on the spot when the motorcycle he was riding on reportedly collided with a tanker on the Rewari-Bawal road on Saturday. The deceased, a resident of Ambala Cantt, was staying with his uncle Vijay Kumar here. The police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the tanker driver, Aslam of Mewat district.

2 killed in mishaps: Two persons were killed in road accidents in the district during the past 36 hours. Chhotu Ram (35), a resident of Bhiwani district, was crushed to death between two vehicles on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway near Dharuhera on Friday. In another incident, Ranjit, a resident of Palwal in Faridabad district, was killed when the tanker he was driving collided with a truck on Rewari-Bawal road, near Karnawas village, late on Thursday night.

4 booked for trespass: The police has booked Narender Kumar, Vikas and two others, all residents of Bhiwani district, on charges of forgery, trespass and attempt to commit a heinous offence, following a complaint filed by Rakesh Kumar, executive engineer of the water supply and sanitation department here. The accused had reportedly barged into the record room of the department on Wednesday night and tried to forge documents to ensure acceptance of one of their tenders. However, the watchman, Jawala Prasad, detected the offence and the matter was reported to police.

Course concludes
: A refresher course on current perspectives and future directions in psychology organised on the premises of Government College of Women, Rohtak, concluded on Friday. Dr Manju Gupta, a senior faculty member at the college, was the course coordinator. Prof Vidhu Mohan, former head of the psychology department at Panjab University, Chandigarh, delivered the keynote address at the valedictory function. Prof Promila Batra from MDU was the guest of honour. 

Ambulance for NGO
: Power and public health minister Randeep Singh Surjewala, in the memory of his grandfather late Ganga Singh, handed over the keys of a new ambulance van to the office-bearers of a local voluntary organisation, Seva Sangh, at a function held here on Sunday. At another function organised by the social welfare department at Panchayat Bhawan here, Surjewala distributed cheques worth Rs 49 lakh to 419 beneficiaries under Indira Gandhi Priyadarshani Vivah Shagun Yojna and Dr Ambedkar meritorious scholarship scheme. 

College managements’ meet: A meeting of non-government college managements of Haryana was held in RKSD College here on Saturday. Tara Singh, a former MP and president of Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Karnal, presided over the meet. Matters of mutual interests were discussed during the deliberations. Subhash Mittal, president, governing body of RKSD College, was elected president of Haryana non-government college managements association on the occasion.



Silver jubilee function
: A colourful programme was held to celebrate the silver jubilee of Modern Public School, Jaisinghpur, on Friday. Lambagaon BDO V.R. Sharma was the chief guest. Principal Ram Swaroop Sharma read out the progress report of the school. Meritorious students were given prizes on the occasion. A cultural programme was presented by students of the school.

Workers betrayed: The AITUC has come down heavily on Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal led BJP government for taking u-turn from its own commitment on providing 10 per cent house rent allowances (HRA) to industrial workers in class A and B industrial areas. Jagdish Bhardwaj, president of state AITUC, said here on Sunday that the state government by not including the HRA point in minimum wage hike notification recently has betrayed the workers class in the state. 

Founder’s Day
: With communication and technology having undergone a vast change, there were ample opportunities to make a career. Lt Gen J.P. Singh, AVSM, GoC, 2 corps, said this while addressing the students, staff and parents of APS, Dagshai, on their 22nd Founders Day. Singh and his wife inspected the art, science exhibition and praised students for their work. Principal A.K. Maini read out the school report. Children presented various cultural items. Nehru House bagged the cock house trophy for overall excellence while Tagore House won the athletics trophy. Nehru House also won the trophy for excelling in academics and cross-country while Patel House bagged a trophy in sports.



3 smugglers held
: The police arrested three smugglers and seized their horses along with illicit timber in Kulgam on Sunday. The police received a tip-off that illicit timber was being smuggled out from the forest. A trap was laid and the smugglers were arrested, while trying to take timber out from the forest. They were arrested and their horses and timber was seized.

Paswan to visit state: Ram Vilas Paswan, Union minister for chemicals, fertilizer and steel, will arrive in the state on Monday on a three-day visit. According to vice president of the Lok Jan Shakti (LJS) Sanjay Saraf, Paswan would address a public meeting at Sher-e-Kashmir park here on Monday.


Regional potpourri
Couple dedicated to uplift of drug addicts’ offspring

It’s a rare example of courage and fortitude. The teacher couple, Master Ajit Singh and his wife Satpal Kaur, has dedicated their entire life and property for the uplift of children of drug addicts in the Maqboolpura slum on the outskirts of holy city of Amritsar.

Master Ajit Singh and wife
Master Ajit Singh and wife 
Satpal Kaur

The couple has been acclaimed world over for single-minded devotion to better the lives of hundreds of children literally having nothing to look forward in life as they have to do menial jobs like that of domestic help. Majority of these children were living in penury and virtually face starvation.

Upset over the dismal conditions in their locality, the couple decided to impart them education from their two-room sparsely furnished home besides meeting the expenditure of education. They shifted themselves in a single-room while the remaining house was used for providing education to poor children.

Thus a free school — Citizens Forum Vidya Mandir started in 1998 with the help of Brij Bedi, industrialist, social worker and president of an NGO the Citizens’ Forum with 22 children. At a present it has 425 children. Majority of the children were orphans and from very poor families. The school did not have even trained teachers but senior students who got education from this school teach the new students.

In recognition of his selfless service to society Master Ajit Singh, has been awarded National Jai Dayall Ram Krishan Harmony Award by the Dalai Lama which earlier was given to Bhagat Puran Singh, founder of Pingalwara, a house for destitute and old persons. He was also honoured with Baba Farid Award at Faridkot besides getting a number of other awards.

The couple with aid pouring from everywhere continues with the zeal as in the beginning. They also worked for the rehabilitation of the widows of the area who lost male members to drugs.

Quest for knowledge even at 62

The quest for knowledge impelled him on to become one of the top scientists of inorganic and biological chemistry. Even at 62 fire to spread knowledge burns in him.

Dr Kuldip Singh Dhindsa
Dr Kuldip Singh Dhindsa

When a person of his age and repute would choose to bask in the glory of his achievements, Dr Kuldip Singh Dhindsa has not called it a day.

Dr Dhindsa, retired from the Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, as professor of chemistry and dean of basic sciences, two years back and has been spreading light of knowledge in the JCD Vidyapeeth at Sirsa, as its director-general.

Born in a farming family, Dr Dhindsa showed signs of talent at young age when he won the Indian National Science Academy Award for young scientists in 1975.

He won Prof R K Bose Memorial Award of the Indian Chemical Society in 1996 and Best Scientist Award of the National Environmental Science Academy in 2003.

Dr Ambedkar National Sevaashri Award and Gian Chand Memorial Award are other honours, bestowed on him.

Dr Dhindsa has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, the National Academy of Sciences, India, the American Institute of Chemists, the National Environmental Science Academy and a Member of the American Society of Quality Control, Wisconsin, the Academic Council, HAU, Hisar, Academic Council, MDU, Rohtak, Academic Council, Nagaland University, Academic Council, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar a member the Board of Studies, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra.

Dr Dhindsa has also been associated with several pioneer schools of the area like Jindal Modern School and K.L. Arya DAV Public School, Hisar. Dr Dhindsa has flair for sports too.

He has been associated with sports association like the District Chess Association, Hisar, the District Badminton Association, Hisar as their Patron and also chaired the HAU Sports Council for two years.

He has been on the selection committees of more than 12 Indian universities as member or chairman.

“I am scared of the very idea of sitting idle. I feel younger when I am at work. Whenever, I get a challenge to do something new in the field of education, I start feeling that I have become younger by a few years,” says Dr Dhindsa.

Youngsters’ concern for wildlife, ecology

The Wildlife Conservation Society, Nawanshahr, though in nascency, comprises young persons, but it has been emerging as vanguard, promoting preservation of wildlife in the state.

Young persons — Nikhil Sanger, Sonika Mann, Vishal Aeri and Bhuwandeep Sharda formed the Society last year to protect the Shivalik Hills and its flora and fauna, which is the main habitat for wildlife left in Punjab .

Nikhil Sanger, president of the society, says the Shivalik Hills play an important role in maintaining rain cycle as well as ecological balance in Punjab, hence, we should preserve it. With this in mind, a group of dedicated youths constituted the Wildlife Conservation Society to create an awakening among people regarding preserving the flora and fauna of Shivalik Hills. The society has been rescuing wild animals and releasing these in their natural habitats. A tree plantation drive in the Shivalik Hills has also been launched by the society.

The society recently launched a drive to fill the water bodies in the forest for water need of wild animals. Water bodies are the most important factor supporting wild animals in forests.

Activists of the society recently took water tanks to fill six in the Bhaddi and Swajpur areas of Shivalik Hills, so that in summer wild animal can quench thirst near their natural habitats. “When the wild animals do not get water near natural habitats, they have to wander to nearby villages and cities in search of water. In this process, wild animals play havoc with crops in nearby villages. Besides, sometimes, wild animals meet with accidents while crossing busy roads in towns in the Kandi area falling in Nawanshahr, Ropar and Hoshiarpur districts”, said Sanger, lamenting a number of animals died due to road accidents recently.

The society has also been demanding the setting up of a rescue and rehabilitation centre for the wild animals falling victim to road accident, added Sanger.

Contributed by P. K. Jaiswal, Sushil Manav and Parmod Bharti


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