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Former cop with literary bent


Camp organised
: To sensitise people on various diseases spread in the city, the NSS wing of the Government Rajindra College on Sunday organised a day-long camp. The camp was inaugurated by Prof Kamlesh Pohar. On the occasion, the NSS volunteers cleaned the college campus and organised a cultural programme. Principal Malkiat Singh and Prof Pasrija of the college donated blood at the camp.

Eye camp held: The Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Youth Club, Aklia Kalan, organised a free eye check-up camp at the local government dispensary today. A team of doctors led by Amarjit Sharma of Guru Nanak Charitable Hospital, Bhagta, examined nearly 150 patients at the camp. Free medicines were also given to the needy.

14th National Youth Fest
: The Punjab government will host the 14th National Youth Festival at Amritsar from January 12 to 16, 2009. This was stated by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here on Thursday while presiding over a high-level review meeting to finalise the arrangements for the festival in which more than 3,000 youth will participate.

Flying training institute: The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has given a no-objection certificate for setting up a flying training institute at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district. Disclosing this here on Friday, CM’s media advisor Harcharn Bains said the Punjab government had received, in principle, approval from the MoD. The institute will come up at Bahman Jassa Singh village near Talwandi Sabo.

Poll plans:
The Bhagat Mahasabha, Punjab, today announced that it would contest the ensuing the Lok Sabha poll. Addressing mediapersons, mahasabha member Dr Surinder Bhagat claimed that the community has a votebank of over 2.5 lakh people in Jalandhar alone. Among others present were Joginder Pal  Bhagat, Ashok Kumar and Dharamkot.

BJP meeting: District unit of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) held a district-level meeting here on Saturday. State vice-president of party, Manjit Singh Rai, presided over the meeting. Issues relating to Lok Sabha elections and origination were discussed at the meeting. Among others who participated in the meeting included district president Suraj Kumar Chhabra, state committee member Sukhdev Singh Farmahi, district press secretary Hardev Singh Ubha, Sunil Sharma, Makhan Lal, Sanjeev Kumar and Balkar Singh.

Watchman murdered
: A watchman of an orchard at Ghiala village, 17 km from here, was allegedly killed by Mohinder Singh of the same village on Sunday. Harpreet Singh, SP, said the deceased had been working at the orchard of Joginder Singh at Ghiala village for the past 10 days.

Appointment welcomed
: The medical education wing of the state branch of the Indian Medical Association has welcomed the decision of the Punjab government for appointing Dr Shavinder Singh Shergill, a renowned orthopaedic surgeon from PGI, Chandigarh, as the vice-chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot. Chairman of the wing Dr D.S. Bhullar said under the dynamic leadership of Dr Shergill the academic standards of the state medical colleges would touch new heights as he had vast teaching experience in the reputed institute like PGI.

Grant for school
: Chief parliamentary secretary Raj Khurana has released a grant of Rs 2.57 lakh for the government school in Khanpur Baring village. He said Rs 1.21 crore would be spent on various developmental works in Rajpura. These works include broadening of roads to reduce accidents and other developmental works.

15 students hurt in mishap
: Fifteen girl students and the driver were injured when a school van collided head-on with a truck near Chabal on Saturday. Driver of the van Shamsher Singh and 15 students were injured. The driver of the truck had absconded.



: Ramco System has selected five students during a joint campus recruitment drive at Chandigarh Business School, Landran. The students pursing MBA (marketing) degree and have secured 60 per cent marks were called for the drive. About 20 management colleges from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pardesh participated in the drive.

Liquor seized: The CIA wing of the Mohali police laid its hand on 945 cartons of IMFL on Sunday that was being smuggled out of Chandigarh via Ramgarh, Panchkula. The liquor was being transported in a truck (HR 55 F 3204) being driven by Gurvel Singh. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.



Body found
: A body was recovered from a plot in Sector 23 on Saturday. Radhey Sham, owner of the plot, saw the body and immediately informed the police, who reached the spot and took the body out, which was submerged under sand. ACP Rajesh Duggal recorded the version of the owner and said they would investigate the case.

Expert traces growth of English
: The department of English of Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya (BPSMV) has launched a series of extension lectures and workshops by eminent personalities in English literature and language. The inaugural extension lecture was delivered by Prof Bhim S. Dahiya, former vice-chancellor of Kurukshetra University. A renowned scholar and author of several books on English literature and on university education, Professor Dahiya emphasised the pivotal role to be played by the department of English in the overall growth of the first women university in the region.

Legal literacy week
: The District Legal Services Authority will observe legal literacy week from November 9 to 16. Gopal Krishan, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-secretary of the Legal Services Authority, Sirsa, said advocates empanelled by the authority would provide information regarding free of cost legal counselling and aid to litigants on the court premises. The Chief Judicial Magistrate said people with annual income less than Rs 50,000, those belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, women, handicapped and industrial labour could get free of cost legal aid from the authority.

‘Repair burnt transformers’
: State media in charge of the BJP Rajiv Jain on Sunday demanded immediate repair and replacement of around 125 burnt transformers each of 100 KVA capacity in the district. The farmers had been facing great problems due to disruption in power supply at a time when the sowing of rabi crop was in full swing. In a press statement issued here on Sunday, Jain pointed out that as many as 1,500 farmers in the district had been waiting for the release of tubewell connections for the past two years after depositing Rs 40,000 to 50,000 as security and other fee after taking loans from banks.



Free training camps
: The local unit of Army ex-servicemen league has decided to organise free training-cum-coaching camps for the wards of ex-servicemen, war widows and other categories who intended to take part in the recruitment rally being organised by the Indian Army in first week of December in Kangra district. Lt Col N.S Pathania (retd), chairman of the league, told the mediapersons on Sunday that these camps were being organise at Suliali and Rehan in this sub division to facilitate better opportunities and requisite pre-training facilities to the aspirants. He called upon youths to contact on mobile numbers 9816174648 and 9418563703 for registration of their name before November 18.

: The police has arrested four members in connection with a case of suicide. According to the police, Amero Devi committed suicide by hanging in her in-laws house on Thursday. In the meanwhile the father of the victim, Hem Raj, has lodged a complaint against her in-laws. The police has arrested on Saturday father-in-law Dumnu Ram and his wife; brother-in-law Nand lal and his wife Tara devi.



2 Vaishno Devi pilgrims die
: Two pilgrims who were on their way to Vaishno Devi died here on Sunday. Mun Sukh (70) of Maharashtra collapsed near the shrine in the Katra belt of Reasi district. He was taken to a hospital where he was declared brought dead, official sources said. In another incident, Asi Lal (60) of UP died en route to the shrine at the Devdhar area of Katra belt, they added.

Workshop held
: To encourage youths, particularly girls, to avail of loan facility and set-up own income generating units, an awareness workshop on “Credit Guarantee scheme for Micro and Small Enterprises” was organised at Bandipora, about 55 km from here, in north Kashmir, official sources said on Sunday. The workshop, inaugurated by district development commissioner Bandipora Sheikh Mushtaq Ahmad was jointly organised by the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises, Mumbai, and the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute.

1 killed in accident: One person was killed in a road accident in the Kashmir valley, official sources said on Sunday. According to the sources, a vehicle hit Ghulam Ahmad at Kadabal Charsoo in south Kashmir. He was immediately rushed to the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) at Soura, where he later died.

200 Hajis leave for Jeddah: Another batch of 200 Hajis from the state on Sunday left for Jeddah by a special flight from Sheikh-ul- Alam International Airport here, official sources said. With this, the total number of 1,928 Hajis has left since the departure of pilgrims started from here on October 30. An estimated 8,000 pilgrims from the state would perform Haj-2008 this year in the holy cities of Mecca and Madina.



Run for Development: A ‘Run for Development’ was organised on the 8th State Foundation Day here on Sunday. As many as 335 men and women participated in it. The race started from Gandhi Park and after passing through Rajpur Road, Ecliptics, Survey Road, Doon Club and Astelia Hall, concluded at Gandhi Park.

PT competition: Shivaji section bagged the first position, while Pratap Section stood second in the Inter Section PT Competition held at Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) here on Thursday. The competition was organised in four phases, PT Tests, Mass PT, PT Display of juniors and seniors. The chief guest for the prize distribution ceremony was Vice Admiral A.R. Tandon.

Auditions held: The audition for video album, Sai Sumiran, was held on Sunday by Trend Setter Privileges. The album contains eight bhajans of Sai Baba. Haemant Kumar Sethi for Trend Setter said that the aim of the album is to provide a platform for talented singers.

Painting contest: As part of the diamond jubilee celebration of the National Defence Academy, a regional-level painting competition comprising four categories - oil painting, water colours, sketching and modern art - was organised.

Bag snatched:
Unidentified youth on motorcycle on Friday snatched a bag containing Rs 30,000 from two girls, employed with a finance company from Sahstardhara Road. According to SP (city), Pushpak Jyoti, after injuring the two girls by hitting on their head with the rod, two men snatched the bag and fled from the scene.


Regional potpourri

Former cop with literary bent

Onkar Rahi
Onkar Rahi

Onkar Chander Sharma, a former police chief of Madhya Pradesh was born in this temple town, Kangra, on May 20, 1940 in a family of scholars devoted to the studies of Sanskrit and oriental languages. He joined the Indian Police Service at the age of 23 and retired as police chief. Sharma writes under the pen name of Onkar Rahi and has contributed books on Indian culture and literature. Onkar Rahi, is a novelist, art historian, poet, short story writer, linguist, art critic, painter, sculptor, social scientist, sportsman and a film maker. A blend of sports and scholarship, love for research, astrology, occult, tantra, culture, Vedic studies make Rahi a unique person. Rahi's book on Pahari miniature paintings 'The Devi Shakta Cult' was released on August 4, this year by former union health minister and writer of repute Dr Karan Singh, in New Delhi. Rahi offered this book to Goddess Bajjreshwari here to seek her blessings on November 3, this year. Rahi’s book is a study of Devi Shakti, the supreme feminine deity, the Goddess of all science and knowledge.

The Pahari miniature paintings represent Indian spirit and were part of ' The Devi Shakta cult'. Rahi has published eight novels in Hindi and one in English, a collection of short stories, two books on linguistics, an anthology of poems and five books on art and sculpture. His book ' Khajuraho Unknown' was acclaimed in the world of art.

The 'Rasamanjari' the Nectarous Ocean' and 'The Devi: Shakta Cult' were his contributions to the Pahari miniature painting. His four new books on Pahari miniature paintings - 'Growth and Tradition of Pahari Miniature Paintings', 'Kangra School of Miniature Paintings', 'Basholi School of Miniature Paintings' and 'The Ragas and Ragnis Classical Musical modes' under main heading of Pahari Miniature Paintings are to be launched in February next year. He said these works would be exhibited in London book fair on April 4, next year.His edited works include ' Crime Against Women' ' MP Police Journal', and 'Kangra Annual' an art magazine. His recent publication ' The Devi Shakta Cult' of 174 pages presents 36 hand- written pages of Markandeya Puran dating AD 1574-75 in addition to the paintings of Basholi , Chamba, Guler Kangra, Jammu and Kullu versions from 18th centaury to early 20th century.

It includes 37 tantrik paintings too. Pahari paintings of Markandeya Purana sing the Devi mahatamya in colour , said Rahi. He is fond of collecting rare books, coins, paintings, sculpture and antiques. In addition to literary pursuits and other social activities Rahi dreams to see Kangra valley developed. Rahi is working on the Kashmiri Shiv Dharshan nowadays.

Contributed by Ashok Raina


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