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Regional potpourri

A doctor untouched by commercialism
A bureaucrat who paints on social themes
A gifted schoolchild


One arrested:
Having unearthed a fake currency racket, the police from neighboring sub-division of Sadulshehar in Sriganganagar district, carried out raids in the government seed farm colony and arrested Gurdeep Singh from the village Chanankhera. He is the brother-in-law of the prime accused Rajinder Singh, who was nabbed while trying to float the currency of different denominations in a market at Sadulshehar. Preliminary interrogation indicated that Rajinder and other gang members had got fake Indian currency prepared using colour printers and computers, which are yet to be recovered, sources said.

Woman commits ‘suicide’: Shaheen, wife of Rayees Ahmed, committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan in a room at her residence in railway colony at Hanumangarh on Saturday evening. Sources said the victim was originally a resident of Delhi and had married in 2005. Her husband and in-laws were away for work at the time of the suspected suicide. The neighbours informed the police as nobody was responding to the knock at the door.

Red Ribbon Express: Dalip Verma, in-charge of the Yuva Kendra in Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar districts said the Red Ribbon Express will be warmly received. The train will halt at Hanumangarh for a day. The artistes will stage ‘nukkad’ plays and present other cultural programme in 24 villages to bring awareness on AIDS and other social issues. Local artistes will enthral the gatherings before the arrival of these groups. Verma added that 96 villages of both the districts were to be covered.

GND varsity closed today:
All teaching and non-teaching departments of GND University will remain closed on Monday on the occasion of Gurta Gurgaddi Diwas. Dr R.S. Bawa, registrar, in a press statement issued here on Sunday added that all examinations and important meetings would be held as per schedule. Enquiry section and cash counter would also remain open.

7 Bangladeshis held: The BSF on Friday nabbed seven Bangladeshi nationals at the Indo-Pak border near BoP Rajatal while they were trying to sneak into Pakistan. According to sources, an Indian agent who had duped the Bangladeshi nationals of huge amount had assured them a safe passage to Pakistan and left them stranded at the Attari border. After preliminary interrogation, the BSF party handed over the group to the Punjab police for further action.

Bathinda Chemicals awarded:
Bathinda Chemicals Limited has been awarded Shri B.K. Goenka-SEA Award 2007-08, for being the third highest producer of refined rice bran oil in the country. T. Nand, secretary, Government of India, department of agriculture, presented the award to Krishan Bansal, chief executive of Bathinda Chemicals Limited, in the presence of Pawan Bansal, Minister of State for Finance. The producer of Home Cook Refined Oil Company bagged this award during 2006-07 also. CMD Rajinder Mittal revealed that this company is one of the largest integrated agro-based units in north India.

Freshers’ party organised: Adesh Medical College, Bathinda, celebrated its freshers’ welcome at a colourful function in the institute campus on Saturday. The third batch of 150 MBBS students was welcomed by the preceding batches on the occasion. Chief guest Dr H.S. Gill said the instutute is the first in Punjab with 150 annual intake. Virender Mohan, director principal, presided over the function. He claimed that the institute had 95.2 per cent results.

Mega lok adalats:
To speed up the quick disposal of cases lying pending in courts, mega lok adalats would be organised on December 20 and December 21, 2008 throughout the state on the directions of the Punjab Legal Services Authority. According to the district and sessions judge, Hoshiarpur, S. K. Goyal, mega lok adalats would be held at all the sub divisions in the district on the said dates to dispose of cases of all types including civil suits, accidental claims, family disputes, Hindu Marriage Act, bank recoveries, criminal, traffic challan, insurance companies, family division, consumers, Labour Act etc.

Grant announced:
Punjab cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh has announced the decision to give a grant of Rs 31,000 to the Youth Friends Welfare Club, Baltana, during the “Maa Bhagwati Jagran” organised by the club in The Tribune Colony, Baltana. The devotees partook “bhandara” after the “jagran”. Club members and women of the colony who were instrumental in organising the jagran included Karun Saini, Nishant, Sushil, Munish, Vicky, Aman, Raju, Ashok, Alka, Asha, Nihdu, Rekha, Hemlata, Harbans Singh, Ashok Bhati and Pintoo.

Teachers’ demand:
Jagtar Singh, district president of the Selected Teachers Union has demanded from the state government that the 14000 teachers recruited should be given appointment letters before Diwali. Besides, he asked that the teachers be appointed at the nearest station to their homes so that they could manage their livelihood on the less pay.

Cell phone recovered:
A mobile phone was recovered from Kulwinder Singh lodged in barrack No. 4 of the maximum security jail here on Sunday. The accused is facing charges under Sections 21,61 and 85, NDPS Act. Kulwinder has been shifted to chakki No. 20 as punishment. Hira Singh Gabria, minister of jails, on being contacted said the DIG (Jails) was investigating the matter.

Smack seized:
The police arrested Tazinder Singh,Umarvir Singh and Raman Kumar here and seized 12 gram of smack from their possession. A case has been registered against them under NDPS Act.

Burglar held: The city police has arrested one person on the charge of stealing Rs 13,000 from a shop located in sabzi market here. Raj Kumar of Behrampur was arrested at a naka near Chakki bridge. The police has registered a case under the relevant IPC sections.

Interviews as per schedule:
Vice-chancellor of Punjabi University Jaspal
Singh informed that despite Monday being a holiday in the university, walk-in
interviews would be conducted as per schedule. There would be no change in
the programme, he added.

275 elderly examined:
About 275 persons were examined by orthopaedic surgeon Parmod Gupta at a free bone mineral density (BMD) test and orthopaedic check-up camp here on Sunday. The test was done with a special machine free of cost. Dr Gupta said during the check-up of patients about 90 per cent of elderly persons and women above 40 years had been found suffering from calcium deficiency.



ASI held on graft charge:
An assistant sub-inspector of the Haryana police posted at a police post in Garhi village was allegedly caught red-handed by a team of the Vigilance Bureau while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a person of Durrana village here on Friday. He had allegedly demanded the money to help the complainant in getting the bail for his kin, who had been in judicial remand in connection with an attempt to murder case. ASI Udai Ram was the investigating officer in the case that was registered against Jagtar Singh, nephew of the complainant Lakha Singh.

Man crushed:
A 60-year-old pedestrian was crushed to death by a speeding vehicle on National Highway -22 opposite Housing Board Colony, Kalka. Police sources said the incident had taken place on Saturday night. The unidentified body of the deceased was found crushed on the road. The police has sent the body in the mortuary of the Civil Hospital here for post-mortem.

House burgled: Burglars struck at a house of Bharat Nagar here in the broad daylight on Saturday. According to police sources, Satya Prakash of Bharat Nagar has lodged a complaint with the police that thieves decamped with Rs 7,000 and a television set from his house, when he had gone to his office at Parwanoo.

Pulse polio: Under the polio compaign, 14,228 children below five years were given polio drops in Kalka and Pinjore. As many as 69 posts in Kalka and were set up and more than 450 volunteers were deputed for the purpose. The volunteers of the health department would go door to door to administer the polio drops in the next couple of days.

Free dispensary:
The Rotract Club of the Himalayan College of Education today opened a free of cost dispensary in Raver village as a part of its commitment to serve people in rural areas. Hundreds of villagers got free of cost medical check-up and were provided medicines at the medical camp organised on the occasion. Deputy commissioner B.S. Malik, who inaugurated the dispensary and the medical camp, lauded the efforts of club and said the youth should play an active role in socio-economic transformation of villages.

Man commits suicide:
Ishwar Singh Yadav (35) allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in the fields in Gokalpur village on Friday. The body was brought to the local Civil Hospital, where a postmortem was conducted on Saturday.

Contract workers hold protest:
Contract workers of the PWD (B&R) organised a demonstration in front of the mini-secretariat and raised slogans in favour of their demands on Saturday. The protesters handed over a memorandum to the deputy commissioner to be forwarded to the Chief Minister. The workers alleged that they were being made to work for 10 to 12 hours a day and paid the minimum wages of Rs 3,510 per month. They further alleged that they were being discriminated against and denied the wages as per their labour. They demanded suitable remuneration in accordance with the quantum of work they were doing. They threatened to stage an indefinite dharna in case their demands were not met.



Dam oustees’ plea:
The Bhakra Oustees Rehris and Khokha Union here in town has urged the government to look into their grievances and to take suitable steps to rehabilitate them economically. Addressing mediapersons here on Sunday, union president Sazzad Akhtar said the union was sore and resentful that the government had not taken any steps up till now for their economic rehabilitation and they become victim of harassment by various departments and nagar parishad every now and then while earning their bread through these rehris and khokhas, as these are called illegal.

Sports promotion: The Centre will implement a scheme for the development of at least five games and sports in the state villages through the Nehru Yuva Kendras and at least 100 youth clubs and mahila mandals will be provided with financial grant and sports equipment for encouraging these sports among these mandals here in the district. Nehru Yuva Kendra district youth co-ordinator Som Dutt Zard said on Sunday that each mandal had been asked to identify two international, two national and one local games and sports and apply for this financial help and equipment.



Rs 34 lakh for walnut processing plant:
The state government has
sanctioned Rs 34 lakh for setting up a walnut processing plant at the frontier
district of Kupwara in north Kashmir. Official sources on Sunday said the single
window clearance committee sanctioned the processing plant to boost walnut
production in the district. This would provide employment to 17 unemployed
educated youth of the area.

CRPF to conduct recruitment drive: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will conduct special recruitment drive in Kashmir from November 1.According to the divisional commissioner Kashmir, such recruitments would be done for the scheduled tribe candidates of various districts from November 1 to 16. The candidates belonging to Baramulla district would be interviewed at the District Police Lines (DPL), Baramulla, from November 1 to 5. Interviews of the candidates of Kupwara district would be conducted at the DPL, Kupwara, from November 6 to 10.

Poppy crop destroyed: Continuing its drive against the cultivation of banned crops by farmers, the police and personnel from the Excise Department destroyed poppy bung over 50 kanals of land in south Kashmir. Acting on a tip-off, a team of state police and the department raided Brabeandine village, Kawani and Dogripora in south Kashmir district of Pulwama. During the operation, the banned crop was destroyed on the spot and a case was registered against the landowners. However, no one was arrested. The police has initiated various steps to check the practice.


Regional potpourri
A doctor untouched by commercialism

Dr Anil Sharma
Dr Anil Sharma

Most physicians have reduced this noble profession of medicine
to a commercial enterprise. However, there are a few doctors,
who have tried to keep nobility of the profession intact even
in this age of materialism.

Dr Anil Sharma, a homoeopathic physician of Rohtak, is one of
the members of this shrinking tribe of selfless social workers.

This physician presents a fine example of what one can do
for the underprivileged while attending to one’s family and
other responsibilities.

Dr Sharma, who is also a member of several statutory and voluntary organisations, has been honoured and awarded by various forums for his service to humankind.

He joined a local voluntary organisation - the Hari Om Sewa Dal - dedicated to providing medical services to the needy.

Established by Vijay Khurana and Sanjay Khurana of Rohtak town, the social organisation got a shot in the arm when Dr Sharma took over its chairman.

The Hari Om Sewa Dal now has permanent counter at the PGIMS Rohtak, where its volunteers attend to the accident victims and other unattended patients. In the event of an emergency, Dr Sharma and his team are called by PGIMS authorities.

The organisation provides facilities of ambulance, stretchers and wheelchairs to the patients requiring these. Medicines are provided free of cost to the poor patients.

The Sewa Dal cremates unclaimed bodies too. It also organises blood donation, medical check-up and eye surgery camps in rural areas and localities where people of weaker sections live. Several charitable dispensaries have also been set up.

The social body helps the district Red Cross Society hold camps for the challenged children. It has installed water coolers at several points in the town.

Besides, the organisation arranges marriages of poor girls and sends relief material as and when required in any part of the country.

But how is all this managed? “It’s an addiction, and the Almighty shows the way,” says the modest homoeopath, adding the funds come by way of donations.

A bureaucrat who paints on social themes

Kiran Soni Gupta (inset) and one of her creations
Kiran Soni Gupta (inset) and one of her creations

Ludhiana born Kiran Soni Gupta who has served as district collector at Sriganganagar, 40 km from Abohar, is among 12 artists invited for the Art Residency at Foundation Valparaiso at Mojacar, Spain.

She will spend a fortnight there to paint in the presence of artists from other countries. Her exhibition at Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan in Connaught Place of New Delhi has been drawing art lovers to Cottage Art Gallery since September 27.

Earlier as part of the Uru Swati celebrations at the International Roerich Memorial Trust at Naggar, Kullu ‘Beyond Strokes" an exhibition showing works of Kiran Soni Gupta was inaugurated by Fiorenfa Bortocotti, an architect and president of the Italian Roerich Society from Italy and resident of Crookety House in Kalimpong.

The event fulfilled dream of Helena Roerich of making Naggar an international centre for interaction and sharing of art among people at home and abroad. The art lovers from nine countries- Lithuania, Slovakia, Netherlands, the USA, Russia, Ukraine, Italy and Greece lauded creativity, spontaneity and versatility of Indian art.

A scientist from Ukraine said , "If people in government can develop such sensitivity and empathy, the world would definitely become a happier place". Alena Adamkova honoured the artist.

Kiran is an artist, writer and administrator. She is posted divisional commissioner at Jodhpur in Rajasthan. After joining the IAS in 1985 she held assignments in the central government besides Kerala and Rajasthan states.

Kiran studied public policy and development in Maxwell Syracuse and the Kennedy School, Harvard University where she was a Mason Fellow in 2005-06.

Kiran's creativity finds best expression in illustration. Her works reflect her convictions on issues of women, children, poverty, development and environment, and her sensitivity, keen observation, and also faith in humanity.

Kiran's association with artists has resulted in her best etchings, wood cuts, linocuts, lithography & calligraphies.

She has produced a series of more than 36 works titled 'Harmony' reflecting
forms of the relationships between man and environment. She organised the
"Kala Kumbh" through community support in March 2003 that attracted 150
artists from all over the country.

Her works were exhibited at national/international events more recently at California, New York, Cambridge, Syracuse, Toronto, Chicago, London, Iran and Sri Lanka.

Her paintings on the "Famine" depicting its impact on women and children in India, won her national Award in 2003. Another painting the "Matters of Heart" was commended at the All India Fine Arts Exhibition.

She was also a visiting artist at the East West Centre, Hawaii. Her recent works were auctioned in Cambridge for raising charity for children's food and education have helped realise her vision of art for social cause.

She also won the Valparaiso Foundation Fellowship, Mojacar, Spain in 2007. She was recently honoured with the "Kala Shiromani Award"2008.

For her the truth rings in these words of Paul Keel, "a single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller'.

A gifted schoolchild

Jagpreet Singh
Jagpreet Singh

Jagpreet Singh (12) a student of Class VI at Sainik School Nagrota, can solve any sum in a fraction of second.

Since the day Jagpreet joined Sainik School Nagrota earlier this year his mathematical skills have become the talk of the town.

“Before one finishes a question he is ready with the answer,” said Group Captain A Kumar principal of the school.

He said, “This boy possesses extraordinary talent. Since he joined the school
earlier this year everybody loves him for his exceptional talent of solving any
mathematical problem.”

The family background of Jagpreet in respect of academics is not so good as his father is a mechanic and mother a housewife.

His teachers say his skills are “god’s gift”. “I can only say he is an exceptional child who has developed some special faculty and needs some special education so that his skills could be polished further,” said a senior mathematics teacher of the school.

To check skills of the child use of a calculator was needed. All the answers given by Jagpreet were correct.

First I learned tables from one to 100 and when I found it interesting, I learned mathematical tables up to 600,” said Jagpreet Singh who wants to become a ‘fighter pilot in the Air Force.

“My parents want to see me as an officer and I want to make them feel proud of their son, he said.

The school principal says the school administration has been giving special attention to this child and like to explore his talent at a larger scale.

“He is a gem of our school. Though here we don’t do much, but still we can nurture him to develop his faculty towards more analytical skills,” he added.

Headmaster of the school Lt Colonel Krishan Yadav said, “Mathematics is a vast field, who knows if his talent is nurtured he could be a great mathematician.”

Contributed by Sunit Dhawan, Raj Sadosh and Tejinder Singh Sodhi

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