PATHANA Plantation drive: Lions Club organised a function to celebrate Van Mahotsav function and formally launched a tree plantation drive in and around the town on Sunday. Neeraj
Kaura, president of the club, planted trees of tulsi, neem and pipal at Ram Temple, Ram Park, to mark the inaugural ceremony. Club members
O.P. Tangri, Prem Sharma, Avneet Rehal, Sanjay Singla and Lalit Sharma also planted trees at various places and institutions in the town.
Plantation drive: Lions Club organised a function to celebrate Van Mahotsav function and formally launched a tree plantation drive in and around the town on Sunday. Neeraj Kaura, president of the club, planted trees of tulsi, neem and pipal at Ram Temple, Ram Park, to mark the inaugural ceremony. Club members O.P. Tangri, Prem Sharma, Avneet Rehal, Sanjay Singla and Lalit Sharma also planted trees at various places and institutions in the town.
Ludhiana MALERKOTLA Mansa PATIALA ROPAR
A meeting of the Ministerial Staff Association, DPI, Punjab, Chandigarh, held under the chairmanship of its president Sunil Kumar unanimously decided that press secretary of the association Jatinder Puri will be fielded as a candidate for Senate election of Panjab University on behalf of the association.
Officials found absent: A number of officials and employees were found absent from their office during raids conducted by SDM Baljeet Singh in Guhla on Thursday. The SDM conducted the raids after he received complaints that staff in many offices played truant and skipped offices on many occasions. One office was found locked while at the municipal committee office, one employee and a few class four employees were present. Others had left the office. In the warehousing office-1, only one employee was present and in the second office, only two employees were present.
KURUKSHETRA REWARI Robbery case registered: With the eventual conclusion of a 9-month-old row regarding jurisdiction over the place of occurrence of an incident of looting between the Kanina police of Mahendergarh district and the Dahina police of Rewari district, a robbery case has now been registered at the Dahina police post on a long-pending complaint of Rakesh Yadav, a resident of Dahina village, whose Qualis was reportedly looted in November 2007. A case has been registered on a directive of the inspector-general of police,
Robbery case registered: With the eventual conclusion of a 9-month-old row regarding jurisdiction over the place of occurrence of an incident of looting between the Kanina police of Mahendergarh district and the Dahina police of Rewari district, a robbery case has now been registered at the Dahina police post on a long-pending complaint of Rakesh Yadav, a resident of Dahina village, whose Qualis was reportedly looted in November 2007. A case has been registered on a directive of the inspector-general of police, Gurgaon.
Cong leaders support stir: In a major turnaround, a number of Congress leaders are coming forward in support of the Amarnath land row agitation. The agitation has found another Congress supporter in former higher education minister Gulchain Singh Charak who heads the Dogra Sadar Sabha. Earlier, Congress MLC R.S. Chib, former Congress MLAs - Raman Bhalla, Yogesh Sawhney, Suman Bhagar, Sham Sharma and Manohar Lal - announced their support to the land row agitation. The leaders said they made the decision keeping in view the sentiments of the people of Jammu.
He has penned more than 500 poems, 200 short stories, 160 ghazals, 50 stories and 30 articles on varied subjects.
Poems by prof Roop Devgan of Sirsa in Haryana are prescribed in syllabi of several universities.
Students of Hindi literature pursuing doctorate in various universities of the country have been doing research on Devgan’s works.
Born on November 1, 1943 to Swaran Devi and Khushi Ram Devgan at Narvar in Lahore, Roop Devgan did masters in Hindi and Punjabi literature before joining the National College , Sirsa as lecturer.
'Roop Devgan ki Rachna Yatra', a book mapping his literary journey was edited by Dr Darshan Singh.
Literary works of Prof Roop Devgan have been researched by many, including, Naveen Kumar from the Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak, Bharat Lal and Anita from Kurukshetra University (KU), Suman and Neelam from Madurai University, Madurai (TN) and Rajender Kumar from Vinayak Mission University.
Five poems of Prof Roop Devgan are included in 'Haryana Ka Hindi Sahitya, a book' prescribed for M.A. (Hindi) second year students of KU, Kurukshetra and MDU, Rohtak.
'Hindi Ki Sashakat Laghukathaey', edited by Prof Roop Devgan has been included in the curriculum of M.A (Hindi) of the Vikramshila Hindi Vidyapeeth, Bhagalpur (Bihar).
The Haryana Sahitya Akademi has published Prof Roop Devgans's poetic collections 'Prashan Uthta Hai Mere Bheetar', 'Ek Baat Poonchhu', 'Jab Tum Chup Rahti Ho' and 'Pahar Ke Badal Abhiney Karte Hain'.
"My mother died when I was only four. My father did not remarry for my sake. The circumstances ignited in me spark of creativity and sensitivities started pouring out on pieces of paper," says Devgan..
"My first story was published in a newspaper in 1965 and since then there has been no looking back," he adds.
Even after 34 years of retirement, Prof Devgan still serves Hindi literature with his pen.
Less of porters more of hotel touts
Tourists rue the decline of the glory of the Queen of Hills since the Raj days. It was natural for Simla, pampered summer capital of the British rulers, to witness change when it became Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh in independent India. Some changes have been for the better, some for the worse. To residents of the charming hill town, haphazard construction and water shortage are troublesome but to the tourists visiting Shimla, coolies are number one nuisance: Certainly, even more troublesome than the monkeys one may encounter at the Jakhu hill.
The trouble starts on Cart Road itself just as the vehicles cross the Victory Tunnel. The porters start chasing buses and cars and even climb onto bumpers, not for carrying luggage but because they are functioning as touts of hotels. They mislead rather than lead unsuspecting tourists and take them to seedy rat-infested lodgings for getting paid up to 50 per cent of the tariff. Some hotels even give TV sets , steel utensils and watches etc, in addition to commission to the porters as incentive for bringing in a large number of tourists.
The stakes being high, the porters coax, bully and even intimidate tourists by snatching bags and forcing them to follow them to the ‘best’ hotel and making the holiday a nightmare.
Ironically, the Municipal Corporation issues tokens to porters, for wearing on arms, to carry loads in certain areas and not act as guides. However, most coolies, acting as agents of hotels, are scattered across the town. The Himachal Tourism authorities should take notice of this nuisance and even tourists should, on their own, find accommodation rather than be at the mercy of the hotel touts masquerading as coolies.
Popularising eye donation through plays
Faridkot-based Rupa Faridkoti besides being an artiste has also been persuading people of the area to donate eyes for those unable to see .
Rupa has been spearheading donate-eyes movement by visiting villages believing donation of eyes was the greatest good in the world. Rupa has also been making use of his acting skill for popularising eye donation for which, he and his family, particularly, his late elder sister Balwinder was known in the area. Unemployed Rupa also keeps himself busy by advising people, particularly, youngsters against the use of drugs.
“I have presented more than 125 plays in Faridkot and adjoining areas so far. My objective is go create awareness among people against social evils undermining our ethics. Though, I lack means , I get satisfaction when interacting with people through my plays. My late sister Balwinder is my source of inspiration. My dream is to get trained at the National School of Drama to polish skills as an actor,” said Rupa.
Cost-effective hip surgery
Dr. J.P.S Walia, the head of Orthopaedic unit of the Patiala based Government Medical College and Hospital has conducted total hip replacement procedures on three poor patients at less than 25 per cent of normal expenditure of a Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh of each of such procedures in the northern region.
Not only that all four patients had got their total hips replaced in record time of four hours, claimed Dr Walia. Earlier too he had replaced hips of two patients in a day.
“Private hospitals charge Rs1 lakh to Rs1.5 lakh for total hip replacement.But here all three patients and other patients are required to spend just Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 on the same procedure and it did not require prolonged hospital stay. A patient having undergone the total hip replacement procedure could walk on his own in 10 days,” said Dr. Walia.
Contributed by: Sushil Manav, Chetna Keer Banerjee and Varinder Singh