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Regional potpourri
Physician who pens ghazals, stories 
Helping sightless see
Roller-skating to fame



Varsity results today: The results of BA/BSc-I, II and bachelor of food sciences and technology (hons)-IV exams of Guru Nanak Dev University which were held in April will be declared on July 7. According to Dr R.S. Bawa, registrar of the varsity, the results will be available on website www.gndu.ac.in <http://www.gndu.ac.in> after 5 pm on same day.

PWD union to launch stir
: Surinder Kumar, general secretary of the Public Works and Development (PWD) Field and Workshop Union here, said activists of the union would sit on a fast from July 7 to 14 in favour of their demand for increasing the wages of contractual workers. Giving details, he said a deputation of the union had met the SDO, Sewage Board, Barnala, who assured them that the demand would be met. But now, the SDO was retracting saying that the higher authorities did not approve of the demand, he added.

7 kg opium seized, 1 held
: The Ferozepur police arrested one drug peddler and seized seven kg of opium from his possession. SSP Dinesh Partap Singh said that SHO Mallanwala Gurpreet Singh was on routine patrolling duty when he spotted a person roaming under suspicious circumstances near the Gang-Canal bridge in Kohalan village. The police party apprehended the person who was later identified as Lakhvir Singh, a resident of Patrainwala village. The SSP revealed that during the search, the team recovered seven kg of opium which he was carrying in a polythene bag.

: Career congregation for hospitality industry drew large number of pass-outs and students of hotel management courses from region at Rayat and Bahra Institute of Hotel Management, Sahauran here today. Rayat and Bahra Biotechnology Campus, the venue for mega recruitment drive, had around 2,100 participants.

Medical check-up camp: A free medical check-up camp was organised by the Rotary Club Midtown at Raavi Hospital here on Sunday.The camp was inaugurated by Beena Mishra, former district governor of the club. Project chairman and president of the club Sandeep Verma said 375 patients were examined by a team of expert doctors headed by Dr H.S. Raswan at the camp. 

Lions Club Greater: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Lions Club Greater: president - S.D. Bhalla; general secretary - BM.Sharma; and treasurer - Vinod Verma.

Recruitment rally: The Army will be organise a recruitment rally for soldier general duty, soldier technical, soldier clerk/store keeper technical and soldier nursing assistant categories for Ludhiana, Roop Nagar, Moga, SAS Nagar, Patiala, Sangrur, Mansa, Barnala and Fatehgarh Sahib districts of Punjab from July 23 to August 6 in Nabha.

BA I results: Punjabi University, Patiala, has declared the results of BA-I. Giving the information, co-ordinator, examinations, Dr Gurmel Singh said these results would be available on university website www.punjabiuniversity.ac.in <http://www.punjabiuniversity.ac.in/>. from today evening.

Results: Government High School, Baran, Patiala, achieved 100 per cent result in matriculation examination, said headmistress Daljit Kaur. Fourteen students got first division. The total number of students who appeared was 60.



Man held for fraud: The Haryana police has arrested Sanjay, a resident of Jhoju Kalan, for allegedly withdrawing Rs 12 lakh from the Central Bank of India, Gudana, Bhiwani, and recovered Rs 4 lakh from him. The police said the accused had been sent to the police remand up to July 7 and further investigation was in progress. He said another accused Dharambir, cashier of the bank, had already been arrested.

Widow gets aid: Forest minister Kiran Chaudhary gave away a cheque of Rs 5 lakh as an aid to the kin of Mahender Kumar at Garanpura village. Mahender Singh was shot dead by the Hisar police recently. Assuring relatives of justice, she said the Hisar commissioner would conduct an inquiry into the case. She also said the widow of the deceased, Krishna Devi, would be provided government job next week.

Councillor booked: The police has registered a case of fraud against councillor of ward No. 12 Ravinder Soni. Soni in a form had said he had two children during the municipal council election. In an inquiry, it has been revealed that Soni solemnised two marriages and has four children with the second wife.

Depots allotted: The Haryana transport department on Saturday allotted depots of Haryana Roadways to as many as 1,652 candidates, who were recently selected as conductors by the Haryana Staff Selection Commission. A spokesman for the department said appointment letters would be issued to all such candidates within two days. He said the information regarding the allotment of depot has been uploaded on the website of the department, www.hartrans.gov.in.

Insurance for milch animals: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the state government had earmarked a sum of Rs 5 crore for the insurance of milch animals of the Scheduled Castes families of the state for the current financial year as against Rs 4 crore spent for the insurance coverage of milch animals of such families during the last financial year.

Taxi driver shot at: Gurmail Singh (24), a taxi driver of Delhi, who had sustained bullet injuries in the abdomen at Dharuhera on Friday, is now reportedly out of danger. Sources said the victim’s car was reportedly intercepted on the Jaipur-Delhi highway near Dharuhera by a Bolero driver. The victim was returning to Delhi with a passenger, Rajesh Sachdeva. The Bolero driver allegedly fired at him for arbitrarily foiling his bid to overtake the car. The Bolero driver sped away soon after the incident.

2 criminals held: With the arrest of two wanted criminals, Sita Ram Yadav of Sihar village and Sarjit of Hudina village, the police has claimed to have solved the 10-day-old shooting-cum-looting incident, in which Rohtash Singh, a taxi driver of Narnaul, was allegedly shot at by the duo on June 25. They were on Sunday produced before Duty Magistrate Rajesh Garg, who remanded them to police custody till July 9.

Girl kidnapped: A teenaged girl of Mohalla Bhim basti was allegedly kidnapped by a married youth, Ajay Kumar, of Mohalla Muftiwara here on July 2. Sources said Ajay first developed intimacy with the girl, who was a frequent visitor to his shop, and then eloped with her. The girl’s father, Nanak Chand, on Saturday filed a complaint, following which the police registered a case of abduction coupled with seduction against the accused. 

Labourer killed: Two workers identified as Raju and Brij Mohan of Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh were reportedly buried under a heap of mud while digging in a basement of an industrial unit near Bahalgarh on Saturday. Raju was found dead and Brij Mohan suffered injuries and was admitted to a private hospital at Bahalgarh. Both were taken on work by a contractor, Laxman. A case has been registered, but no arrest has been made so far.



Minister’s assurance: State forest and environment minister Jagat Parkash Nadda has assured a deputation of the Elder Citizens Association here that the government would soon take steps to solve all problems of the residents of Bilaspur town and Bilaspur district. The deputation, led by its president Col A.P. Gauttam (retd), presented a detailed memorandum demanding the shift of some government offices from Shimla to Bilaspur.

4 hurt in clash: At least four persons were injured in a group clash between two ‘Gujjar families’ over a land dispute in the Sahoo belt here on Saturday. Sources said the quarrel occurred between the two families at Saloon village in the Sahoo area of the district that turned violent. Cross FIRs were lodged by both the groups in the Chamba police station, the sources said. The police has registered cases under Sections 341,149, 147 and 323 of the IPC.

Couple consumes poison; man dies: Karan (29) and Anjali (20) of Jandrana village under the Badsar police station allegedly consumed Celphos tablets at their house. The married couple was taken to the district hospital where Karan died. Anjali is still struggling for her life. A case has been registered.

Sports festival: Students of Nagrota school won the junior football event in the north zone Inter-Sainik School (SS) Sports Festival at Sainik School, Sujanpur. They defeated Sainik School, Kapurthala, by a solitary goal. In the senior football event, Sujanpur Tihra won by defeating Sainik School, Kunjpura, by 9 goals. In hockey, Sainik School, Sujanpur Tihra, defeated Sainik School, Kapurthala, 3-1. In volleyball, Sainik School, Kapurthala, defeated Sainik School, Kunjpura. In basketball, Sainik School, Nagrota, defeated Sainik School, Sujanpur Tihra, 54-28. In individual ranking, Nithi Premraj (Sainik School, Kapurthala) was declared first, while Sarthak and Sudhanshu of Sainik School, Sujanpur Tihra, came second and third, respectively.

BJP ‘following’ vindictive politics
: Congress Mandi MP Pratibha Singh and former IPH minister and Drang Congress MLA Kaul Singh Thakur have termed the six-month BJP rule as a period of “vindictive politics” in which employees were transferred en masse and Chief minister P.K.Dhumal inaugurated schemes that were started by the Congress government. Responding to queries Pratibha Singh, who was here to chair a meeting of the MPLADF vigilance committee, said the BJP government had given a new high to “vindictive politics”. The Dhumal government’s decision to attach the zonal hospital to the proposed private medical college was big jolt to the people of Mandi who are staging rallies against the move.

‘Promote pahari language’: The president of the Akhil Bhartiya Kangra Sahitya Parishad and a noted pahari literary, Pritush Guleri, said here on Sunday that to bring pahari language (Himachali language) on the national scene, a separate faculty was required in Himachal Pradesh University for an in-depth research. He said concerted efforts were needed to promote the language. Guleri urged the state government to take initiatives in this direction as the language was fighting for its survival. He demanded to incorporate the pahari language in the eighth list of the Indian Constitution on the pattern of Bhotti, Maithli, Dogri and Konkoni languages.

Employees’ demand: The Himachal Pradesh Employees Confederation has expressed concern over the inordinate delay in the withdrawal of cases against employee leaders who were allegedly victimised by the previous Congress regime. General secretary of the confederation said the Chief Minister had announced that all such cases would be withdrawn and the officials responsible for these would be held accountable. However, the bureaucracy was not implementing the orders of the Chief Minister. 


Regional potpourri
Physician who pens ghazals, stories 

Medicine and literary writing are professions considered poles apart. But Lok Setia, a doctor from Fatehabad in Haryana, has made a name for himself in the field of literature.

Dr Lok Setia
Dr Lok Setia

Setia's satires, stories and ghazals in Hindi are published in all major newspapers, magazines, journals and literary periodicals in the country.

He draws more attention and praise at 'kavi sammelans' in the area. Setia started writing from his school days.

He wrote his first poem in 1965, when he was in class VIII.

"I was an introvert since childhood. Even as a child I could never oppose openly whenever I thought things were not happening the way I would have liked these to . I used to pen down my feelings on a piece of paper and keep it at a place where no one would find it," says Setia.

"But sometimes my friends or family members stumbled upon those papers and usually mocked at me," he adds.

"Once it happened and I more often than not tore those papers out of anger," Setia says going down the memory lane.

Setia says he started writing out of his longing for a good friend with whom he could share his sentiments and feelings.

Setia's all writings are dedicated to that elusive good friend whom he is yet to find.

Satire came at very late stage in his writings.

"One always starts writing with one's personal feelings then gradually moves on to literature for society and after that one moves to spiritual writings," Setia says philosophically.

Setia has created his website www.loksetia.com on which he plans to place his more than 500 pieces of literature.

Helping sightless see

The Eye Donation Association (EDA), Hoshiarpur,by facilitating corneal transplants for restoring sight of many people, has been doing great service to society.

A file photo of a function where deputy commissioner N.K. Wadhawan removes bandages of two patients after corneal transplant
A file photo of a function where deputy commissioner N.K. Wadhawan removes bandages of two patients after corneal transplant

The EDA, setup with five members in 2000, has become a leading NGO of Hoshiarpur and surrounding areas ,has been motivating people through seminars and meetings to donate eyes after death for giving sight to corneal blinds.

Bahadur Singh Sunet and Jasbir Singh president and general secretary, respectively, of the EDA said there were lakhs of children and adults in India who were blind. They know only one colour- black. Anyone donating eyes after death, gives vision to two blind persons bringing joy in their lives.

With efforts of its members, the EDA has got pledges from more than 50,000 persons, including Jathedar of Akal Takht Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Takht Kesgarh Sahib Tarlochan Singh, Bhagat Hans Raj of Gohana, chief of Ram Sharnam Ashram, Hoshiarpur, Mata Kaushalya, former deputy commissioner of Nawanshahr Krishan Kumar and many more dignitaries, to donate eyes after death.

The EDA got eyes of 204 dead persons removed and helped restore sight of 408 blind persons through corneal transplant. The eyes of a dead person are removed by doctors of the civil hospital here and sent to the eye banks of government medical colleges, Chandigarh, Patiala and Punar Jot Eye Bank, Ludhiana where corneal transplant is done.

The association recent got an eye donation centre opened in civil hospital here. This centre is recognised by the director, Research and Medical Education, Punjab. The case for setting up a corneal transplant centre in the civil hospital here had also been sent to the above said directorate.

Prof Bahadur Singh Sunet said he had eyes of his father Gurcharan Singh ,a retired agriculture officer donated , after his death despite heavy opposition from members of his family.

The kin of eye donors are honoured by the EDA on the kirya or bhog ceremonies. A list of eye donors has also been displayed at the local cremation ground to motivate people for this noble cause, said Bahadur Singh and Jasbir Singh, adding the EDA had received 24 pairs of eyes in first quarter in 2008 which is a record.

Members of the EDA meet all expenditures from their monthly contributions. Besides, philanthropists also donate for this noble cause.

Corneal transplant is done irrespective of caste and religion of the corneal blinds. However, priority is given to young corneal blinds.

Anju Bala (23), daughter of Tarsem Lal of Ravi Dass Nagar mohalla here, who had lost her one eye to chickenpox 19-years ago, recently got corneal transplant through the EDA and now she can see with both eyes.

Roller-skating to fame

Deepanshu NarulaKAITHAL: Deepanshu Narula, a local youth has brought laurels to his family and Haryana by winning a gold medal in skating roll ball international championship held at Dhaka in Bangladesh from June 6 to June 8 this year. The Indian team won the trophy when it defeated Bangladesh by two goals. India scored eight while Bangladesh’s team scored six goals. Deepanshu scored two goals for India.

Earlier Deepanshu was selected member of the Haryana team which had won gold medal at the national championship held at Pune from April 17 to April 19.

In state championships held at Kurukshetra from January 12 to January 15 this year, Deepanshu won three bronze medals in two individual events and one in skating hockey as team member.

In 2006 All-India Inter School Roller skating championship held at Mussoorie Deepanshu won three gold medals in individual items of ring race –1, ring race –2 and relay race. Besides this he was awarded silver medal as member of the skating hockey team .

Deepanshu won three medals in national level gold cup skating tournament held at DAV Public School, Mohali from July 28 to July 30 , 2006. He won gold in ring race –2 , silver in road race and bronze in skating hockey team game.

In 2005 Deepanshu won gold and silver medal respectively, in road race and ring race –2 at national level Dikshant Roller Skating Championship held at Zirakpur.

In his first participation in the state level tournament in Ambala from Nov 19 to 21, 2004 Deepanshu. Narula won silver medal in ring race-2 category for above 16 years.

Deepanshu said he started participating in skating games in 2001 when he was in class VII at Hindu Senior Secondary School, Kaithal. Encouraged by his teacher Kashmiri Lal this very year he participated in district level games held at Sunshine School and won shield in individual event. Later as student of S.S.Bal Sadan School here he participated in district, state and national games and won medals. Deepanshu said his coach Ranbir Singh, guided and encouraged him to participate in tournaments.

Raghuvansh Narula father of Deepanshu said initially he was not in favour of Deepanshu devoting time to skating but wanted him to study more but, when Deepanshu won several tournaments in row I changed my mind and provided him every possible facility for becoming national level player. Deepanshu who has just passed plus two examination said he would get admission to five-year law course and continue to improve his roller skating skill to win more medals.

Contributed by Sushil Manav, Ravinder Sud and Satish Seth


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