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Regional potpourri

  • Portrayer of aspirations, plight of the hoi polloi

  • Women’s resolve against female foeticide


The annual elections of the Shri Sukhmani Sahib Seva Society, Bathinda, was held on Sunday. In the elections, Bhai Avtar Singh was elected as the chief sevadar and Bhai Avinash Singh as the general secretary. The chief sevadar exhorted people to make the tercenteneray celebrations of the Guru Granth Sahib a grand success.

Celebrated: A novel way to celebrate birthday was demonstrated by a citizen, Sanjiv Sharma, who held a blood donation camp on his daughter Harishta’s birthday. Founder of the society Vijay Bhatt was also present. The camp was held at local blood bank. Capt Sukhdev Sharma said instead of wasteful expenditure, one should take part in social activities to mark such occasions.



Former Punjab minister Lal Singh was admitted to Fortis Hospital here on Saturday. He was diagnosed with urinary retention and infection with sepsis (an infection in blood and a potentially life-threatening condition). According to Dr A.S. Bawa, director, urology, Fortis: "Lal Singh was immediately operated upon successfully. His condition is now stable and he is likely to be discharged in a couple of days." 

BEd results: Students of Doaba College of Education, Kharar, have passed the examinations conducted by Punjabi University, Patiala, with flying colours. All students have secured the first division. Bholi stood first in the college with 80.75 per cent marks while Shirin Kang stood second in the college with 79.5 per cent. Anu Sharma stood third with 78.75 per cent marks. As many 25 students of this college have secured above 70 per cent. The lowest score in the college remained 66.9
per cent.



Defence minister felicitated:
A five-member delegation of the Rezang La Shauriya Samiti (RLSS) met union defence minister A.K. Antony at his residence in New Delhi on Saturday and specifically felicitated him for increasing salaries of the defence staff - higher than that recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission. The delegation headed by its chief patron and former union minister, Col Ram Singh, comprised of Col Ranbir Singh Yadav (retd), president Naresh Chauhan, general-secretary of the RLSS Capt Balwant Singh Yadav and Rao Sanjay Singh.

Rs 30,000 looted: A gang of miscreants reportedly looted Rs 30,000 from Vijender Singh Yadav, a resident of Pranpura village, at a place near the bus stand of Nangal Mundi village on Saturday. The incident occurred when Vijender was returning to Pranpura after dropping his brother at the bus stand. The police has registered a case against the accused, Hari Om of Aliawas village and Rajiv Yadav, Mintoo Yadav, Rinku Yadav, Anil Yadav and Rajesh Yadav, all residents of Pranpura village.


Regional potpourri

Portrayer of aspirations, plight of the hoi polloi

He writes for the common people and common people are characters in his writings.

Puran MudgilHis short stories portray the chasm between the rich and the poor and difference between words and deeds of people taken from day- to- day life of common people.

Puran Mudgil, a writer and poet from Sirsa town of Haryana has tried to depict human sensitivities through his writings.

Born on December 24, 1931 in Fazilka town of Punjab, Mudgil did his masters in Hindi literature from Panjab University, Chandigarh before choosing to join the teaching profession in undivided Punjab.

After retirement from government service in 1989, Mudgil has devoted him to the service of literature.

Mudgil's 'Nirantar Itihass', a collection of short stories was published in 1982.

His book of poems 'Asav Laut Ayega' was published in 1985. The year 1987 saw the publication of his book 'Pahla Jhooth' for the neo-literates.

'Thehra hua Sach', 'Ek Chiria uske Bheetar' and 'Shabad ke Aath Kadam' are some other publications of Puran Mudgil.

His stories have been published in almost all national Hindi newspapers and magazines of the country.

He also edited 'Akshar Paigaam', a fortnightly for literacy between December 1993 and March 1995.

Puran Mudgil has translated some Hindi works into English and a Punjabi play into Hindi.

Mudgil's poems have been prescribed in the curriculum for MA (Hindi) by the Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra.

He has been honoured for his works by the Punjabi Sahitya Sabha, Sirsa, the Haryana Pradeshik Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, the Kala Sangam, Sirsa, the Haryana Anuvrat Samiti, Hisar, the Rashtriya Hindi Sewi Sahastrabdi Samman, New Delhi and the Hans Sahityakar Samman.

A real-life incident prompted Mudgil to try his hand at creative writing.

While on a journey in train, he noticed cops beating up a poor farmer taking a bagful of rice in the train for the marriage of his daughter.

Transportation of foodgrains was banned in trains then. The cops eventually snatched the bag from the farmer.

The insensitive attitude of the police prompted Mudgil to pen his first story 'Teesare Din' which was published in a newspaper.

Thereafter there was no looking back .

Puran Mudgil has been associated with the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Sirsa as founder- secretary, a member of the national council of the 'Pragtisheel Lekhak Sangh' and several other organisations.

Women’s resolve against female foeticide

Women perform giddha while celebrating Teej.
Women perform giddha while celebrating Teej. 

Festival of "Teej" marking the advent of monsoon season was celebrated at Sutlej Club Ferozepur . Women in colourful Punjabi attires came together to spread message of goodwill and social harmony besides resolving to protect the rights of the girl child and stop female foeticide.

Sneh Lata president, Ladies Club, said the festivals had been part of our culture and traditions.

The women singing Punjabi songs performed giddha and danced to dhol beats . Women also coloured hands with mehendi and bought bangles , jewellery from specially arranged stalls.

Daljit Kaur wife of Jaskiran Singh ADC was adjudged "Teej Queen" by judges Surinder Kaur and Bhumika Singh.

Decorated swings were also arranged for the festival. Club members Indu Taneja and Anju Monga organised games for the men .

Contributed by Sushil Manav and Anirudh Gupta


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