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Regional potpourri

  • Doctor dedicated to serving rural people

  • Propagating judicious use of water

  • Clarification


One held with illicit liquor: The Khanna police arrested a resident of Patiala with twelve bottles of illicit liquor bottles near the Rahon road in Khanna on Sunday. The accused was carrying these bottles without any authorised licence. He was arrested during a special naka laid by the cops on the road. Police officials said the accused was going to sell these bottles in nearby villages. A case in this connection has been registered in Sadar Police Station.

Two held for gambling: The Khanna police today booked two people for gambling at Rasulra village in Khanna and Machhiwara. The accused arrested from Rasulra village has been identified as Kehru Khan and Rs 825 was recovered from his possession. Another accused, a resident of Mian Mohalla in Machhiwara, was arrested from the Meat Market of Machhiwara with Rs 825. Both the accused were produced in the court after a case was registered against them at Sadar and Machhiwara police stations.

Book release: Prof Inderjeetpal Kaur’s new book “Kashni Sharare Wali Kudi” was released at Punjabi Bhawan on Sunday. Dr Balwant Singh Sandhu’s paper written about the book was read by Surinder Rampuri. After that Dr Joginder Singh, Dr Gulzar, Dr Pandher expressed their views on the book.

Girl killed in road accident: Thirteen-year-old girl Noor Kumari was killed and her uncle Pardeep Kumar was injured seriously when their motor cycle was hit by a truck on the Khanna road near Ranwan village, 3 km from here, on Saturday. Noor died on the spot and Pardeep was admitted to the local Civil Hospital. A case has been registered. The truck driver is absconding.


Kiran Choudhry’s media adviser dead: Balbir Singh, media adviser to Haryana minister of state for tourism and forests Kiran Choudhry, died of heart attack in Rohtak on Sunday. He was 70. He died at the Rohtak bus stand. He was about to board the bus to Chandigarh. Balbir Singh retired from the state public relations department as joint director in 1996. Since then he had been associated with the family of former Chief Minister Bansi Lal. These days he was looking after the media on behalf of Choudhry. He will be cremated at his native village, Javeli, in Bhiwani district on Monday.

IAS couple bereaved: Pragya Mehrotra, daughter of financial commissioner and principal secretary, revenue, Haryana, Feroza Mehrotra and secretary, union department of disinvestment, Vivek Mehrotra, died in England on Saturday, according to information received here on Sunday. Pragya was studying law at Warwick University of England. The Mehrotras have already left for England. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has expressed deep shock and grief over the untimely death of Pragya.


Office-bearers elected: In the state-level elections of the Himachal Pradesh gram panchayat and development officers federation, Dharamvir of development block, Dehra (Kangra district), was elected as the president, Ravinder Raj of development block, Bharmour (Chamba district), was elected as the senior vice-president and Surender Sharma of Hamirpur block (Hamirpur district) was elected as the general secretary. Representatives hailing from various parts of the state attended the election meeting held here on Saturday evening.

Woman dies: Raksha Devi (22), a resident of Kathola village, under Rast Panchayat of Shillai tehsil, died on Sunday after consuming some poisonous substance. After she showed some symptoms of poisoning sickness she was rushed to the Shillai Primary Health Centre from where she was referred to the Nahan district hospital. As per information, she died on way to the Nahan hospital. The police acted quickly and brought the body of the woman from the cremation ground back to the Shillai police station and sent it for a post-mortem. A case has been registered in this regard.

Bodies found: The body of Nirmu Ram, a resident of Chirgaon village, was found lying by the side of Pawar nullah near Shakrali village in Rohru on Sunday morning. He had come to the area to attend some marriage. Preliminary reports suggested that he had slipped from the hill while returning home and died. Mangal Singh, a trader, was found dead at his residence in Jubbal. The police said he might have died of cardiac arrest and no foul play was suspected.

Regional potpourri

Doctor dedicated to serving rural people

Dr Kshama MetreDr Kshama Metre, national director, Chinmaya Organisation , has been providing primary health care in rural areas for two decades through NGOs. She was awarded Padma Shree for this.

Born on June 25,1950 in the family of W.B.Metre, Padma Bhushan, at Nagpur in Maharashtra she had her schooling in Assam and Delhi, MBBS and M.D. (paediatrics) from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. Kshama was moved by pain and agony of people in rural India particularly in the North East when she was there with father. Kshama, who worked in Delhi as consultant till 1985, was inspired by Swami Chinmayananda, a spiritual teacher, to discover her inner wealth through work . On Swami Ji’s inspiration and desire to serve humanity she joined the Chinmaya Rural Primary Health Care and Training Centre at Sidhbari in this district in 1985. Since 1987 she had been leading the Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD) as national director. She started as resource person for promotion and training self -help groups (SHGs) in Himachal , Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Haryana, in 1997 in collaboration with Nabard She was regional partner for the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled Persons (NCPEDP ) for nine states in northern India. As resource person in collaboration with Nabard since 1997 and with DRDA trained more than 24,000 government officials, bankers and NGO functionaries in Himachal ,Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand . , Kshama reached 550 villages of 12 blocks of Kangra district of Himachal and few villages in Hamirpur and Chamba districts . She, at the level of CORD, reached Deuldhia and Lathikata in the Orissa state and Tamraipakkam and Siruvani in Tamil Nadu with the Integrated Rural Development Programme. She had been associated with 563 Mahila Mandals, 220 youth clubs besides working for 10,300 members of adolescent girls' groups. She said that working on integration and inclusion of disabled through community-based organisations (CBO) like women groups,youth groups, self- help groups , increasing disabled people’s participation through Chinmaya Umang (forum for

disabled persons, their parents, friends and relatives. In rural India she got 1123 toilets built in 550 villages to improve sanitation . In 1993 she was nominated Woman of the Year by "The Week" magazine in India and nominated by the British Council to study Health Management in the U.K. In 2002 she received National Women's Commission Award for women's empowerment . Last year she was nominated member of the Steering Committee of the 11th Planning Commission (Primary Health Care), Government of India, for 2007 to 2012. She was awarded Padma Shree this year by government of India for her service to rural women..

Propagating judicious use of water

Narinder Kumar BhanguDirector-general, school education, Punjab, Krishan Kumar, recently released " In Search of Water' , a book by Narinder Kumar Bhangu, school lecturer, in Nawanshahr district, in his office in Chandigarh.

Krishan Kumar, lauded Bhangu for spreading awareness among people, especially students, about judicious use of natural resources like water and preventing pollution of air and soil. "To inculcate habits of preserving environment among the students is the need of the hour and teachers can play vital role in it', said Kumar . He assured the book would be approved for libraries in schools.

It is Bhangu’s third book. His other two books are, " A Wake up Call to Save Environment" and " Life Skills- the Art of Living". Bhangu has expressed grave concern over pollution of environment and ecological imbalance in his writings. " Water is something so vital for life on this planet. Its absence would mean end of entire life on earth. It has been depleting with each passing day as such we are at a stage from where something pro-active needs to be done ensuring no further loss of it. Though , we do talk of water depletion but the force with which such a situation should be faced is failing to get shape" lamented Bhangu adding the book " In Search of Water" is an effort to make it a a subject of debate among people to save each and every drop of water for life on the planet.

Raju CharyaClarification

The picture accompanying the item headlined, “Cremating unclaimed bodies with dignity”, published in these columns on November 24 was of not that of Raju Charya. The correct photograph is here. The error is regretted.

Contributed by Ashok Raina and Parmod Bharti

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