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NGO to approach SIC
: As the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board did not respond to the application filed by the Consumer Movement on October 20 under the RTI Act, the NGO today resolved to move the State Information Commissioner (SIC). NGO chairman Sat Pal Khariwal said the organisation had sought information on test reports received on various water samples taken during the last three years and effective remedies taken thereof to provide potable water for drinking. The NGO wanted to know whether the tanks had sufficient capacity to store water as per needs of the citizens, whether desilting had ever been done to remove impurities and increase storage capacity and whether raw water had been supplied as the stores had no stock of alum for a specific period.

Bid to ‘grab’ land foiled: Timely intervention by the SSP stalled yet another alleged bid by a Canada-based NRI to grab agricultural land for which Dimple Miglani, general secretary of the Land Grabbing Victims Association, had claimed possession and ancestral ownership. The association in a release this evening thanked the SSP for promptly directing the local police to initiate action against some persons who belonged to Chautala in Haryana and had tried to cultivate the land illegally claiming that the NRI had sold it to them. The police have taken some persons along with the tractor in custody, sources said.

Medical camp
: The Dost Welfare Society with the help of civil surgeon Neelam Bajaj organised a medical camp in Kiran Public School here on Sunday where about 195 persons were checked by a team of doctors led by Parmod Singla, Manish Gupta and Karanjit Singh. As many as 11 doubted cases of tuberculosis were referred to the local civil hospital. At the camp, medicines were distributed free of cost besides awareness was spread about symptoms and treatment of tuberculosis.

Labourer murdered
: Migrant labourer Nalkanda was found murdered in his rented accommodation in the Bhargo Camp area here this morning. Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Nalkanda had been working with a hand-tool manufacturing unit for some time. The area watchman noticed the blood stained body inside his room and informed the police. SHO Sarabjit Singh said the body wore serious injuries on the head. The police has registered a case of murder against unidentified persons.

Parivar Milan Samaroh: It is very sad and unfortunate even after 60 years of independence and migration from one part (now Pakistan) to another part of the country; we are being treated as refugees said the speakers at the 10th Parivar Milan Samaroh of the All-India Mianwali District Association organised in the town on Sunday. General secretary of the association Surinder M. Khetarpal said people of Mianwali district who migrated to this part of Punjab had contributed a lot in the development of the state.

Books released: Two books of an eminent Punjabi playwright Ravinder Singh Sodhi, a teacher of Punjab Public School of the town, were released on Sunday by president of the SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal. One book ‘Sura So Pehchaniye’ is a collection of historical plays and the other book ‘Dhanwaad, Dhanwaad, Dhannwaad’ is a collection of poems. Resident editor of The Hindustan Times Kanwar Sandhu, former Punjab minister Raja Narinder singh, DIG, Patiala, Paramjit Singh Gill, SSP, Patiala S.K. Asthana and former students of the school were also present on the occasion.

1 killed, 5 injured in car crash
: While Daljit Singh of Mallupota died on the spot, his family members, father Bahadur Singh, mother-in-law Jagjit Kaur, wife Harjit Kaur, sister-in-law Amarjit Kaur and daughter Manjinder Kaur, were injured when their car overturned near Mahalon village situated on the Nawanshahr-Jalandhar road on Sunday. They were returning to their village after attending a marriage function at Nawanshahr.


Body found
: A body of an unidentified youth was found near Ladpur turn at Badli village in the district on Saturday. The body bore multiple injury marks. The police has registered a case and sent the body to the civil hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Youth’s body found: The police recovered the body of an unidentified youth from an unused well on the premises of Masani Barrage, near Dharuhera, on Saturday. The body bore injury marks. Consequently, the police has registered a case of murder and destruction of evidence of the crime under Sections 302 and 201 of the IPC. Police sources said apparently the accused had thrown the body into the well after strangulating the youth to death.

Cash looted: Some persons broke open the windowpane of a car and reportedly stole away Rs 500, a piece of jewellery and some important documents from the car, which was parked by its owner Hem Kishore near LIC office in Brass Market here on Saturday. The police has registered a case of theft in this regard on a complaint filed by Hem Kishore, a resident of Pali village.

Awareness programme: To spread awareness about different schemes of the central government for the uplift of the rural areas, the Press Information Bureau will organise a mass awareness programme, Bharat Nirman, in Radaur block of the district from December 15 to 20. As many as 50 stalls of different departments will be set up to give information about various schemes. Besides, villagers will also be told about the Right to Information Act, said additional deputy commissioner Narender Singh while addressing a press conference on Saturday.


54 persons operated upon: Fifty-four laparoscopic operations were conducted under the family welfare programme at the community health centres of Garola and Holi in Bharmour tribal subdivision recently. The Health Department had reportedly launched a campaign for such operations at the health centres falling in difficult areas by organising camps so that villagers could be benefited in large number.

Geeta gyan satsang: Geeta Gyan Yajana, a year-long satsang programme on Bhagwat Geeta, organised by Vivekananda Kendra, a spiritually oriented service mission, was launched here from Jayanti Vihar locality of the town on Sunday. Swami Nirvan Chataniyia of Chinmayanand Mission started the programme with the introduction of Bhagwat Geeta. It would conclude on Geeta Jayanti, which falls in December next year. During the year all 700 verses of 18 chapters of Bhagwat Geeta would be recited and studied in-depth. The programme had been launched to bring people close to Bhagwat Geeta.

Blood donation camp: Nearly 150 units of blood was donated by the people in a blood donation camp organised in the Vishwakarma Dharamsala in Paonta town by the Lions Club, Paonta, on Saturday. President of the club Surjeet Singh disclosed that doctors from the blood bank of IMA, Dehradun, conducted the camp. The camp was organised in the memory of Surender Khurana, a social worker from Paonta.

Two cows burnt alive: Two cows were charred to death and one received serious burnt injuries as a cowshed owned by Daleep Singh in Kyarta village suddenly caught fire on Sunday. As per information received here, no cause of fire could be asserted. Two cows kept inside the shed had charred to death before the villagers rushed to put off the fire. However, life of one cow was saved. A loss of over Rs 50,000 has been estimated.

Free travel facility: The state unit of INTUC, a frontal organisation of the Congress, has taken a strong exception over withdrawal of free travelling facility to the HRTC employees in HRTC buses by the management. State INTUC general secretary Rajnesh Sharma flayed the management of the HRTC for issuing such anti-employees order contrary to the Dhumal government’s pro-employees attitude, which had taken several pro-employees decisions during the last 11 months. He urged the Chief Minister to intervene personally to annul this order as other sections of society were also being rendered the same facility by the HRTC.

Suicide: Bhagat Ram of Badin village in Rohru subdivision allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree. His body was found hanging from a tree near Badsal bridge, about 30 km from Rohru. According to the police, it appeared to be a case of suicide as it would not have been physically possible for someone else to take a person so high up on a tree and hang him.


Probe ordered into Pulwama violence:
The government on Sunday ordered an inquiry into the incident of violence at Koil in Pulwama district during the fifth phase of polling yesterday. According to an official spokesman, Khursheed Ahmed Ganai, principal secretary, home, will probe the incident of violence at Koil village, which resulted in the death of one person and injuries to some others. The inquiry report will be submitted to the government by December 26, the spokesman said.

Choppers to ferry staff to polling stations: Helicopters will be pressed into service to ferry staff and materials to 24 inaccessible and high-altitude polling stations in Kishtwar district, which goes to the polls on December 17. Sources said the materials would be taken to the polling stations on December 15, two days before the sixth phase of the elections to the state Assembly.

JCO, jawan killed: A junior commission officer (JCO) and a jawan of the Army have died in two separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir, defence sources said on Sunday. Subedar Balwant Singh of the 16th Sikh Light Infantry reportedly died when he slipped into a gorge near Bhawani post while leading a patrol along the LoC in Rajouri district on Saturday. In a separate incident, MES jawan Joginder Pal was working in a workshop in the district when he got electrocuted on Sunday. He was taken to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.

2 killed in accidents: Two persons were killed in different road accidents for the last 24 hours in the Jammu region, the police said here on Sunday. A motorcyclist identified as Nasib Singh of Baja Bain, Sunderbani in Rajouri district, died on the spot when his vehicle was hit by a speedily driven car at Raya Salyote. In another incident, a 3-year-old girl was hit by a car at Kullian in RS Pura resulting in her death.

1 dies, 30 hurt in mishap: One person was killed and 30 others were injured when a truck, in which they were travelling met with an accident at Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, sources said on Sunday. They said a truck carrying supporters of Irfan Kullar, who is contesting the elections from the Pahalgam constituency, overturned at Yanand Bridge in Pahalgam, resulting in injuries to 31 persons. The injured were admitted to the hospital where one supporter, Mohammad Shafi Ahangar died.

Body found: Panic gripped the Nishat area on the banks of the Dal Lake when the body of a youth was recovered under suspicious circumstances. According to sources, the police has recovered the body of Sajad Ahmad Ganie from his room after breaking the door at Zaityat Nishat. Proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC have been initiated in the case.


From post office clerk to college principal

Sudershan Kumar Garg
Sudershan Kumar Garg

FROM a post office clerk to principal of a postgraduate college, it is a long journey and Sudershan Kumar Garg’s rise can be a source of inspiration for many.

Garg even after getting a job in a post office continued studies privately to become principal of a college.

Garg was 20 when he joined as a clerk in a post office at Fatehabad in 1972 and was studying for graduation. Not being satisfied with the post office job he decided to do something different.

Hard work and dedication helped him become the principal of RKSD post- graraduate college, Kaithal, four years back.

Garg now is a member of the Academic Council of the Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, a member of the executive board of the cultural council of the university and secretary of the Non-government Colleges Principals' Association, Kurukshetra University zone, Haryana.

Garg completed his master degree in English literature through correspondence course of the Kurukshetra University from 1972 to 1975, when he was working in post office at Fatehabad.

Garg joined as temporary lecturer in English in DAV College, Pundri in Kaithal district in 1975 after resigning from post office job.

He worked in Adarsh College, Safidon in 1976-77 and settled in RKSD college, Kaithal in 1978, where his services were regularised.

Though Garg had a regular job, but quest for learning is still there.

Continuing with studies, Garg completed his master degree in political science, M. Phil, Ph.D and a degree in law when he was a lecturer in the college.

His hard work and dedication got him elevated as principal of RKSD college, Kaithal on December 1, a post, which he still holds.

" Quest for knowledge made me pursue more courses and in the process my career took new shapes," Garg says.

"After I took over as head the college, we had a pharmacy college, a post- graduate degree college, a college of education and a senior secondary school on the campus," adds Garg.

"I will continue making efforts for the betterment of my career," he concludes.

Contributed by Sushil Manav

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