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Regional potpourri
Devoted to cause of girls’ education 

  • Up for Sikh/Punjabi heroes’ sake

  • NRI celebrates Diwali with Utah Governor


Shop burgled in Abohar
: A grocery shop located in the middle of two government schools on the south circular road was burgled on Thursday night. The proprietor of the shop said a tea stall owner found the shutter broken and informed him in the morning next day. The miscreants had decamped with cash and goods, the police confirmed. Meanwhile, a community policing officer last night nabbed a boy, who was picking pocket, when the devotees thronged Gurdwara Nanaksar Tobha opposite new grain market here. The miscreant was identified as Sunny of Dharam Nagari, sources said. 

Music shop raided: The CIA staff during a raid on Thursday evening recovered huge quantity of pirated CDs from a musical shop located near the municipal bus stand here, sources said. The owner of the shop managed to escape but the police registered a case against him under the Indian Copy Right Act. 

Children’s Day
: Harbhajan Institute of Competitions celebrated Children’s Day. MD of the institute Harbhajan Singh along with professor A.S. Sekhon presided over the function. Retired principal Amarjeet Singh Sidhu was the chief guest. Main attraction of the programme was songs, skit, ‘bhangra’ and ‘giddha’. 

Art & theatre fest organised
: The fourth Mohan Lal Bhaskar annual art and theatre festival was organised here in the memory of former Indian Spy in Pakistan, Mohan Lal Bhaskar. Students from various local schools displayed their poetical skills at the festival. Students also participated in the ‘One Minute Patriotic Character’ competition.

Press Day celebrated
: The Zila Media Club, Sangrur, celebrated the Press Day at the club’s office here on Sunday. Almost all speakers spoke on the role of mediapersons towards society. They also stressed upon the need of giving better wages to part-time journalists by newspaper organisations. Among others who were present on the occasion included former minister Jasbir Singh Advocate, a Punjabi writer Dr Tejwant Mann, SAD (A) leader Jeet Singh Alloarkh, Prof Uday Partap Singh and an employees’ leader Raj Kumar Arora. 

Medical camp held: The Umeed Foundation, a local NGO, organised a free mega multi-specialty medical camp at Dirba, 25 km from here, on Sunday. The camp was inaugurated by Dirba MLA Surjit Singh Dhiman. About 850 persons were examined. Blood tests and ECG tests were done free of cost. Medicines were also distributed. Chairman of the Foundation Arvind Khanna was also present on the occasion. 

Kuka movement: In connection with Punjabi Week-2008 being observed by the Language Department, Punjab, a function regarding the Kuka movement was organised at the Kuka Shaheedi Samarak at Malerkotla on Sunday. Punjab PWD minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa was the chief guest and lauded the sacrifices made by Kukas in various struggles. 

1 killed in road mishap
: Driver of a milk-canter Gurpreet Singh died on the spot on Sunday morning near Chabal ,18 km from here, when the canter was hit by a PUNBUS coming from the opposite direction. A case under Sections 304-A, 279 and 427, IPC, has been registered against Ranjit Singh, driver of the bus, who absconded soon after the accident. The bus was bound for Chandigarh. 



1 killed in accident
: Baljit Beniwal, a computer operator with the local district information and public relations office, died when the motorcycle he was riding on was reportedly hit by a car near Bhattu Kalan here on Saturday. The victim belonged to Suli Khera village near Bhattu Kalan and was coming from Adampur. Another youth, Shravan Kumar, who was riding pillion, was seriously injured in the accident. 

3 injured in attack
: Three persons, including the chairman of the Jundhla Market Committee, were injured when a mob allegedly attacked them when they were on their way back home in Dadupur village. The chairman of the Jundhla Market Committee, Raghuveer, who is also the sarpanch of the village, panchayat secretary Jeet Sigh and another villager Ram Singh said a group of five to six persons allegedly attacked them while they were going home and also fired on them. The injured have been admitted to the trauma centre and the police has registered a complaint. 

Foundation Day
: The Uttaranchal Yuva Parishad, a Panchkula-based organisation celebrated the 8th Foundation Day of Uttarakhand state at the local Yavanika auditorium recently. Randeep Surjewala, energy minister, Haryana, was the chief guest on the occasion. A cultural show based on the folk heritage of the region was also staged on this occasion. 

Youth dies in mishap
: Vikram Singh (20), a resident of Subaheri village, near Bawal, was killed when the motorcycle he was riding on was reportedly hit by an unknown vehicle on the Pranpura-Bawal road near Tihara village on Saturday. The mishap occurred when he was coming towards Bawal. The police has registered a case in this regard. 

Youth held for slapping nurse
: The police arrested a youth for allegedly slapping a staff nurse in the local general hospital on Sunday. The youth identified as Baldev, a resident of Rupana here, was admitted to the local general hospital, when he had a heated argument with a staff nurse over his dose of medicines. He allegedly slapped the nurse and threatened her of dire consequences. The police has arrested Baldev under Sections 332, 353, 182 and 452 of the IPC and produced him before a local court, which remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days. 



Charas seized
: The police here has arrested two persons: Pyare Lal of Manedh village and Yogesh Kumar of Bamm Soi village and has recovered 600 gm of charas from their possession. SP Kuldip Sharma said here on Sunday that a police party on patrol intercepted these two persons who were walking on the road near Bharathu. The police searched them due to their suspicious activities and found illegal contraband in their bag. A case has been registered. 

Alumni meet
: Palampur Agriculture University organised an alumni meet here on Sunday. About 500 former students of the university participated in it. Principal secretary (agriculture) P.C. Kapoor inaugurated the meet. He urged the participants to promote entrepreneurship skills among farmers and agriculture graduates. A farm technocrat forum should formed under the alumni body, he said. He praised the alumni body for its decision to support poor students financially. VC Tej Pratap Singh offered land on the varsity campus for the construction of alumni body building. 

1 killed in mishap
: One person was killed and two seriously injured when a pick-up van (HP-26-986) fell into a khad near Lal Pani on the bypass road here on Sunday evening. The injured have been admitted to the IGMC. The condition of one of them was stated to be serious. 



Painting competition
: Astik Mehta won stood first in a state-level painting competition held by the NHPC at the Brig Rajinder Singh Auditorium at Jammu University here yesterday. Sachit Sharma and Shailesh Chandel were declared the first and second runners-up. 



Samiti members burn effigy: The Uttarakhand Sayukt Sangharsh Samiti members on Sunday burnt an effigy in protest against the recent lathicharge by police on the activists of CPI over the issue of Garsain as the permanent capital of Uttarakhand. The Mahanagar president of the Samiti Jitendra Chauhan while flaying the BJP, said: “Despite formation of a separate state eight years ago, the hill areas are still backward. Developmental projects supposed to be started here are lying in cold storage.” 

Conference to open at FRI: A two-day conference on the role of women in forest management would begin at Forest Research Institute (FRI) on Monday. Being held under joint aegis of FRI and International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IFURO), the conference would be attended by 25 participants mainly from Sweden, Canada, Germany and Nepal. The conference would also include field trips. 

Forest guards’ exam held: The written examination for recruitment to the posts of forest guards took place on Sunday. Over 1,000 daily wage employees of the forest department appeared in the examination “The examinations were conducted in a peaceful manner,” forest department sources confirmed. 

Official held for graft: The Vigilance Bureau has nabbed Ajay Singh, an official at the SDM’s office, while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 8,000 on Saturday. The bureau sleuths initiated action on a complaint of Bhagat Ram of Tyuni. According to the officials, the accused was seeking a bribe from Bhagat Ram for issuing the release order of his truck, which was seized by the police. 

Body found: The body of 35-year-old Rajendra Singh, a resident of Bharvakatal village of Tehri district, was fished out from the canal in Maldevta on Saturday. According to police officials, there were injuries on the head of the deceased. 


Regional potpourri

Devoted to cause of girls’ education

MP Governor Balram Jakhar seeks blessings of Bibi Harbaksh Kaur Hayer at a function.
MP Governor Balram Jakhar seeks blessings of Bibi Harbaksh Kaur Hayer at a function.

Habaksh Kaur Hayer of Kala Tibba village near Abohar, respected as “Bibi Ji” by people, students and teachers, has emerged as a woman helping , in her own way to promote the cause of girls’s education.

She , in 2001, set up a trust in the memory of her husband Bhag Singh Hayer by donating 29 acres, 5 km from Abohar town on the Seetogunno road and Rs 2 crore for raising Bhag Singh Hayer Khalsa College for Women and hostel.

Madhya Pradesh Governor Balram Jakhar, who calls Bibi ji as Bua ji, recently visited to compliment her for raising one of the finest girls’ colleges in the region in the memory of her husband.

“ Bhag Singh Hayer was a progressive farmer , who promoted horticulture and served as chairman of the market committee also. He taught me to behave nicely even when one is well- placed and affluent’, said Jakhar .We should learn from what “Bua Ji” has been doing for the welfare of women and vow to be Indians and shun hatred of caste, creed, language and religion.

Harbaksh Kaur Hayer has vehicles arranged to bring students from more than 90 villages of Punjab and neighbouring states to the college daily. She visits the hostel regularly to know problems of dwellers. She has decided to develop an orchard on seven acres to grow kinnow to be served to students free of charge. She wished students well when they returned with prizes from the Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival of Panjab University. The college has reverse osmosis water filter system for more than 1200 students.

Up for Sikh/Punjabi heroes’ sake

Harry Dhaliwal, a Toronto- based NRI and leader of Canada’s ruling Conservative Party has been trying to get the sacrifices and valour of thousands of Sikh and Punjabi soldiers in different parts of the world in World War-1 and World War-II acknowledged.

Dhaliwal, who, hails from Sherpur Kalan village near Jagraon, has working as financial expert in Canada for more than 30 years. His passion, however differs from his profession and objective of his life is to get recognition for 80,000/90,000 Sikh and Punjabi soldiers who, sacrificed their lives in different parts of the world like Italy and the Middle East in the two wars.

“ Canadians or citizens of other countries like France, the UK were not aware of the sacrifices of our people for their freedom. But smaller communities like Polish people have been able to draw world’s attention to their martyrs. I had also taken up the matter with the Canadian Prime Minister. Besides, I have been raising the issue in radio talks and interviews in newspapers,” said Harry Dhaliwal, who, was also chairman of the Peal region chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation and the founding member of the International Punjabi Chamber of Commerce (IPCC).

“I wish our martyrs should get a standing ovation in the Canadian Parliament and I will try to generate public opinion in this direction,” said Dhaliwal.

NRI celebrates Diwali with Utah Governor

Manmohan Singh Grewal and family with the Governor of Utah
Manmohan Singh Grewal and family with the Governor of Utah

Utah-based non-resident Indian (NRI) Manmohan Grewal, wife Lippa and daughter Shehnoor have every reason to remember Diwali they celebrated with Governor of Utah Jon Huntsman and first lady Mary last week. Grewal’s family was among the select invitees to the special celebration at the Governor’s mansion in Salt Lake City. The richest Indian in Utah, Dinesh Patil and his wife Kalpana too joined to organise the celebrations. Grewal is a businessman and vocal in seeking the release of Sarabjit Singh on death row in Pakistan.

Salt Lake City is the capital city of the Utah state and had hosted 2002 Winter Olympics. This state has 500 east Indian families of which 100 are from Punjab mainly owning restaurants, motels and gas stations.

Jon Huntsman, a Republican, who won second term as Governor only last week, is one of the wealthiest persons in Utah and great fan of India. Huntsmans recently adopted a three-year-old girl from Gujarat. Mary wore a saree for the celebrations. The celebrations included puja by Hindu priests of Salt Lake temple and the mansion was decorated in traditional Indian way. . The guests were served vegetarian Indian food . The Governor is fond of east Indian food, specially achaar (pickle), and mango lassi, samosas, rasgullas and gulab jamuns. Grewal, who hails from Punjab, is serious about entering politics. He wants to run as Republican from Utah in 2012. Recently he was appointed director of the Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce. He has been the only Indian to win the President's Award Club of the United States Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC when he worked for the chamber for six years.

Contributed by Raj Sadosh , Varinder Singh and Prabhjot Singh

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