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Regional potpourri

  • Physical disability fails to disable him 

  • Devoted to making roads safer

  • Honour for  educationist


Noor wins silver in archery
: Noor Rupinder of Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College has won silver medal in the 60 meter feta round in the under-19 women’s category during the state-level archery tournament held recently at Patiala. She won gold as prize for the team as well. Noor was warmly greeted by the students and staff on her arrival, principal Neelam Arun Mittu and Anjali Singh, in-charge, physical education department, welcomed her. 

Diabetes camp
: Local Mehar Baba Charitable Trust organised a diabetes awareness camp and a road show at nearby village Hargana on Sunday. Hassan Mejie, adviser MBCT, inaugurated the camp. A team of doctors and field workers of MBCT took the blood samples of the villagers between the age group of 18- 80 and majority of the persons were found diabetic. 

Celebrated: Rashtryia Balmiki Sabha under the chairmanship of Kuldeep Sahota celebrated the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Balmik Ji Maharaj by organising a state level function here on Sunday. Thousands of people belonging to the community from all over the state participated in the function. 

Philanthropists honoured
: Deputy commissioner Megh Raj honoured Gurnam Singh NRI, Muni Lal Aggarwal and other philanthropists for their contribution in setting up the first free eye hospital in the district. The DC lauded the contribution of Radhe Radhe Welfare Society for undertaking such social initiatives for the welfare of the poor and the needy. Chander Mohan, secretary, Radhe Radhe Welfare Society, said that in a short span of two months since its inception, more than 900 patients with various kind of eye ailments had been treated free of cost. Besides, more than hundred eye operation had also been conducted with help from Om Parkash Eye Hospital, Amritsar. 

Gurmat samagam
: A gurmant samagam was held on Sunday observing the second death anniversary of Panth Rattan Bhai Jasbir Singh Khannewale at Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Eye Hospital, Trust Complex, Sohana. Giani Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar Akal Takht and other prominent Sikh personalities participated in the event.

Club arranges marriage of poor girl
: The Ashra Lok Sewa Club, Mansa, came forward for the help of poor and handicapped children. The club arranged the marriage of a handicapped girl Sarabjit Kaur in Jhanduke village. The girl's father Satnam Singh has six children including Sarabjit Kaur, who are either handicapped or blind. Three children are blind and other three are polio infected. The family praised the club for its kind help. The chairman of the project Tarsem Semni said that this was the 25th marriage of a poor girl which had been arranged by Ashra Lok Sewa Club, Mansa. Lalit Sharma was the chief guest on the occasion. The club has provided the girl with all essential things. 

Centre flayed: The CPI (ML) and the Radical Peoples Forum have criticised the central government for decreasing the cash reserve ratio (CRR) to save the share market. Releasing a statement here, state secretary of the party, Rajwinder Singh Rana, district secretary Bhagwant Singh Sammaon and Radical People Forum leader Jaspal Khokhar said that the UPA government had no right to use public money to benefit the share dealers, capitalist companies and banks. 

3 health camps held
: Three charity health services camps were organised here on Sunday by various organisations. Ophthalmologists Mahesh Ahuja and Atul Kakkar examined more than 500 patients in a camp arranged by the Rotary Club, Nabha, and operated 45 patients for cataract with the latest Phaco technique in the Civil Hospital of the town. In another multi-specialty camp organised for families of workers of Glaxo SmithKline Beecham, doctors examined 1,200 patients. 

Fire at HDFC Bank: Short circuit of inverters caused a fire breakout in HDFC Bank situated at Patiala Gate here. Fire fighters from Patiala were sent to control the fire. Employees of the bank were seen trying their best to save important documents and cash chests. Bank sources said server and some other costly items had been reduced to ashes. 

Bhajji's effigy burnt
: Various Hindu organisations on Sunday burnt the effigy of cricketer Harbhajan Singh protesting against him for dancing as Ravana with Sita on a TV show “Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina”. The organisations demanded an unconditional apology from the cricketer for hurting religious sentiments. 

Employees hold dharna
: Employees of the PSEB on Friday warned the state government that they would not allow the proposed unbundling of the PSEB at any cost. They said if the state government came under pressure of the Centre in this direction, they would intensify their struggle at the state level. This warning was given at a dharna organised by the PSEB Employees Joint Forum at Sunam. 



Sangwan nominated
: The union ministry of environment and forest has nominated retired IAS officer of the Haryana cadre, J.P.S. Sangwan, as a permanent member of the State Expert and Appraisal Committee (SEAC) for three years. The SEAC screens and appraises all new projects or expansion or modernisation of existing projects as well as activities like mining, thermal power plants, cement plants, distilleries, paper mills, sugar mills, industrial estates and construction projects. The committee examines each project in relation to its potential impact on environment, so that all projects adhere to the norms fixed for avoiding further deterioration of environment. 

Members appointed: The Haryana government has nominated non-official members of the District Public Relations and Grievances Committees of 10 districts, an official spokesman said on Sunday. The districts where the appointments have been made are Ambala, Bhiwani, Faridabad, Hisar, Kaithal, Sonepat, Sirsa, Rewari, Panipat and Yamunanagar. 

26-year-old raped
: A 26-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by three persons in Chappar village in Yamunangar district on Saturday, police sources said. In her complaint, the victim alleged that she was abducted from outside her house in Barara village by two youths, Ram Veer and Pawan, who had come in a vehicle. They took her to Chappar village, where they were joined by another person and the trio allegedly raped her. The police after getting a medical examination conducted registered a case under Sections 365-A and 376 of the IPC against Ram Veer, Pawan and the third accused who is yet to be identified. The three are still at large. 



PoK resident dies
: A resident of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) died of cardiac arrest in Rajour district on Sunday. Police sources said the man was identified as Mohammad Vakil, 62, a resident of Mirpur. Vakil had come to India via the Poonch-Rawlakote route on September 15 to meet his relatives in Rajouri. The deceased was admitted to the district hospital after he complaint of cardiac pain, but he later died. He had crossed Chakkan-Da-Bagh along with his wife to meet his relatives living in the Thanna Mandi area of Rajouri district. 

Natrang’s weekly series: Natrang, a theatre research and promotion organisation, has resumed its weekly Sunday series which was put on hold in the wake of the Amarnath land row. The occasion was marked by the staging of a Hindi play, “Rang Badalti Duniya” directed by Natrang's chief patron, Balwant Thakur. The play is an adaptation of Anton Chekov's short story which brings to the fore “corruption” in the Police Department and political set up. It strongly advocates police and political reforms in the country.

Jawan dies accidentally
: A jawan was killed when his service rifle went off accidentally in Badamibagh cantonment here on Sunday, a police spokesman said. Jalandar Yadav, who belonged to the 109 Infantry (Territorial Army), died instantly when his rifle went off accidentally. A case has been registered and investigations are on. 

Youth’s body found: The body of an 18-year-old youth with his throat slit was found from the Pattan area in Baramulla district on Sunday, official sources said. People rushed to Armpora and the police was informed about the body. The deceased was identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, a local resident. The police has registered a case and started investigations.


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Physical disability fails to disable him

Jaspal Singh on his tricycle (mobile STD ) in district administrative complex, Sangrur.
Jaspal Singh on his tricycle (mobile STD ) in district administrative complex, Sangrur.

Dalit youth Jaspal Singh (35 )of Amar colony Sangrur , has been running a mobile STD and selling biscuits, toffees etc on a tricycle in the town, especially in the district administrative complex and near a school, for five years, but is hardly able to make ends meet as in an era of mobile phones STD business does not pay .

Jaspal said his wife worked as safai sevika in a colony of the town. Despite this, they were unable to save for the future of their four children (three sons and a daughter), studying in school.

Jaspal said he suffered polio attack when he was five and his one leg stopped functioning. Since then he had been walking with the support of a “lathi. He said five years ago then deputy commissioner Husan Lal had sanctioned him a tricycle and arranged an STD connection for him . He had been visiting a school at Nabha Gate, Railway Colony and the district administrative complex etc for five years to run his business.

Jaspal, who has studied up to class V, requests Punjab government and the district administration for a job or loan to run business. He said if the government helped him he would be able to provide good education to his children.

Though poor , Jaspal always remains cheerful and helps the physically challenged persons, who visit the district administrative complex for work.

Devoted to making roads safer

Sham Sunder Juneja People call him “Bau Ji”. He is Sham Sunder Juneja, who quit his police job to devote time to make roads safer. For more than 25 years, he is seen at road intersections, children’ traffic parks or in schools and colleges, giving lectures, distributing booklets, pamphlets and brochures on road safety, traffic rules and safe driving.

Even the death of his only son and also of wife did not stop him .“If I save even one life a week due to increased awareness about road safety and traffic rules, I feel satisfied. Had I continued in the Police Department and earned a few thousands more in pension, it would not have brought me eternal satisfaction,” says Juneja , whose dedication got him the State award . It was presented to him at Ludhiana by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal recently.

Juneja visits the Madhuban centre of Haryana Police and Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur to educate police officers on road safety.

He is also a recipient of national award on road safety (2001) and the Prince Michael International Road safety award, 2004 in the individual category. In 2006, the Punjab Police conferred on him the “father of road safety in Punjab “ title at a ceremony at Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur.

Honour for educationist

H.K. SandhuWorking for the welfare of students and teachers has been the motto of H.K. Sandhu, director of Patiala- based Teja Singh Kandhari Public school, who, has received the ‘Life-time Achievements Award-2008’ for hard work, discipline and dedication to education in 35- year -long career as a teacher.

Probably H.K Sandhu inherited discipline as her father late Major Ranjit Singh was an Army officer and it got reinforced after she married Army officer Major (retd) Gurdev Singh. She did M.A. (economics) from Government College for Girls, Ludhiana and B.Ed from Sidhwan Khurd.

Since, H.K. Sandhu married an Army officer, she had to move from one place to the other in the country. At the same time, she got opportunities to serve as principal, lecturer or teacher in a number of reputable institutes, including, Sidhwan Khurd- based Training College, Carmel Convent School, Gwalior, St Anthony’s school and Bishop Westcott at Ranchi in Bihar and Patiala- based Baba Budha Dal Public School before joining Teja Singh Kandhari Public School, Patiala.

“She is an outstanding teacher who, worked with dedication even beyond working hours,” said Patiala division commissioner S.K. Ahluwalia who, conferred the ‘Life-time Achievements Award’ on H.K. Sandhu on Teachers Day. “I am satisfied with what I have achieved or attained as a teacher. I am uni-directional in my approach and my objective is to make good citizens of future,” said H.K. Sandhu.


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