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Rich tributes paid to freedom fighter:
Tributes were paid to Kartar Singh, freedom fighter and senior CPM worker, during a function jointly organised by some unions to on his anniversary here on Sunday at Gandhi Ground. CPI (M), Punjab, general secretary, Mangat Ram Pasla said efforts were being made to form an alliance with the CPI (M) and the CPI at province-level for contesting the Lok Sabha elections. The breakaway group has decided to organise public rally at Jalandhar on March 29 to give a call to electorates to ask the former MPs and their parties present balance sheet of their performance since 2004 election, when they approach again to seek the votes and support.

“Nation-building, patriotism and social welfare should be the guiding principle for the young students passing out from various educational institutions, besides they should keep in mind our age-old traditions.” These views were expressed by Prof Mool Chand Sharma, vice-chancellor, Central University, Haryana, during his address at the 103rd annual convocation of graduates at Khalsa College here  on Sunday.

HJC leader joins Cong:
In a setback to the HJC, former minister Hari Singh Saini left the party and joined the Congress. Saini had a meeting with Phool Chand Mullan, president, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at New Delhi on Sunday after which he announced his decision to join the Congress. Birender Singh, state Finance Minister and Kuldeep Sharma, Working President of HPCC, were also present on this occasion, a release issued by the HPCC said here. Saini was elected to the state Vidhan Sabha in 1987 and became a Minister in 1988.

Fatehgarh SAHIB
Awareness camp held:
An awareness camp was held on Sunday at Sirhind wherein farmers were made aware of benefits of cattle insurance. A large number of people participated in the camp and enquire about the benefits. They were informed that a minimum expenditure of a few thousands could help them return the amount of their animals when it died or got sick. One of the organisers Rakesh Sood said there were many schemes and people might get benefits as per their requirements.

Health check-up camp held:
The Rotary Club, Fazilka in association with the Jawali Bai Nathu Ram Ahuja Charitable Trust organised a free medical camp at the border village of Karni Khera on Sunday. According to chairman of the Trust, Surinder Kumar Ahuja, team of doctors examined as many as 558 patients at the multi-specialty medical camp.

Money snatched:
Three unidentified youths snatched Rs 1,600 from the employees of a liquor vend near Garhshankar bus stand last night. According to police sources, three youths (two turbaned, one clean shaven) on a motorcycle (no PB-08-1545) came to the liquor vend at 9:50 pm. After entering the vend, they snatched the money from Anu Kumar, Ranbir Singh, both of  Palewal, and Raj Kumar  of Rod Mazara, and fled from the spot.

Christians favour Galib:
Local Christians came out in support of SAD-BJP Lok Sabha candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib at a meeting organised here yesterday. Later, in presence of Galib, Bhag Singh Malla, Harsamunder Singh Gill, Karamjit Singh Soni, Kanwaljit Singh Malla, Gurcharan Singh Grewal and other local leaders of the community led by John Hassan, Shashi Kumar, Danial, Vinod Kumar, Gulshan Kumar and Balbir Singh joined the local unit of SAD. John Hassan spoke on the occasion.

Two commit suicide:
Poverty forced a father of two to commit suicide in Gobind Colony, near Transport Nagar this morning. Chan Bagga (32), originally from Ludhiana, was residing with his wife and two children in the area for the last couple of years and was unemployed. The police has initiated inquest proceeding in this regard. Meanwhile, one Rakesh Kumar (26) of Bhajal village in Hoshiarpur allegedly committed suicide at Barian Kalan. Rakesh was a halwai at Deep Sweet Shop.

Tutor’s husband thrashed:
The parents of a 12-year-old girl along with neighbours thrashed the husband of a tutor for allegedly molesting the girl here on Friday. The girl, student of a senior secondary school in the city, had alleged that the husband of her tutor had allegedly made advances towards her when she had gone to study at their residence. The angry parents brought the husband to the school where his wife taught. The police reached the scene after which the teacher and her husband apologised to the parents.

Mandi Ahmedgarh
1,250 examined at eye camp:
A team of ophthalmologists examined around 1,250 persons at the 31st eye camp organised by the local unit of the Punjab Mahavir Dal and the Shri Sanatan Dharam Parcharak Sabha at Bajarang Akhara and Civil Hospital here recently. Swami Rameshwar Giri inaugurated the camp. At least 230 persons were also operated upon for lens implant.

Girl commits suicide:
A girl of Mansa allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a train on Sunday. According to police, Priyanka Rani, daughter of Tarsem Chand, was upset and probably took the extreme step under depression. After conducting the post-mortem, the body was handed over to her parents.

Office inaugurated:
A new office of the Mohali Industries Association (MIA) was inaugurated by deputy commissioner Prabhjot Singh Mand here on Saturday. Members of the MIA performed a “path” followed by shabad kirtan by Bhai Harpreet Singh and Bibi Prabhjot Kaur Batalewale. Speaking on the occasion, BS Anand, president MIA, said, “It gives us great pleasure to see our members and their families coming together to celebrate the spirit of togetherness.” Anand said it was a matter of pride for all members of the association that the office of the association was now at par with any modern corporate office in looks and facilities.

Scooter rally:
Activists of the CPI (ML)-New Democracy took out a scooter rally from here in connection with the martyrdom day of Shaeed Bhagat Singh in the district on Sunday. The march started from the memorial of Gian Singh Sangha at Shahabpur village and culminated at the memorial of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, near DC complex here, after passing through a number of villages. Kulwinder Singh Warraich, a senior leader of the party, while addressing a rally, accused the administration of ignoring the upkeep of the memorial of the great martyr.

A function on the Women’s Day was organised at Jasdev Singh Sandhu College of Education on its premises recently. Dr Charanjit Kaur from Khalsa College, Patiala, was the chief guest. College director Arpit Garg and principal Harjit Kaur urged women to strive and excel in various spheres of life. Contest in paper reading, debate and poster making were held. The principal presented the vote of thanks.



The thieves decamped with a silver crown and cash from a renowned temple in the wee hours here today. It was the second time when the thieves targeted this temple located in a posh colony. The incident came to the notice of the temple management committee early in the morning when the priest came to open the door of the temple.

Cheating case registered:
The police registered a case of cheating against a couple, Vishal and Bhavana Gupta, residents of Sector 9 and Vinod Saini, a resident of Jatho Gate, Karnal, on complaint lodged by Vikas Milan of Faridabad. In his complaint, Vikas alleged that both Vishal and Bhavana Gupta were assigned the responsibility to purchase 43 kanal, 13 marla of land in Ucchana and Ghigand at the cost of Rs 10,74,88,125 crore for a Delhi-based company. A payment of Rs 4 crore and 75 lakh was made to them through cash and cheques till October 30. But the duo got the power of attorney of the land made in the name of Vinod Saini. A case under Section 406, 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120 B of the IPC had been registered against the accused.

Ban on carrying weapons: Just two days after banning carrying of weapons within the district in view of the Lok Sabha polls, DC Chander Prakash on Sunday imposed fresh prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC directing people to not to carry their licensed fire arms till the process of elections was over. The orders have been issued in view of apprehension of disturbance of public peace and tranquility during the elections and would not apply the police personnel on duty.

Woman ends her life:
Raj Bala (35), widow of a Delhi police constable Nihal Singh, who died in a road accident here on January 4, 2009, reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself at Bharawas village, near here, on Sunday. She was survived by a son and a daughter. The police, which held inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC, said mental depression, caused by the demise of her her husband, led her to end her life.

Suicide case: Raj Devi (36), wife of Satya Prakash, reportedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Ramsinghpura colony here on Sunday. She died on her way to hospital. Sources said her alcoholic husband’s oppressive treatment led her to take the extreme step. On a complaint filed by the deceased’s father Ram Chander of Lohana village, the police had registered a case of abatement to suicide under Section 306 of the IPC against her husband.



Fate of Mandi candidates:
The electioneering trend and strategy of former Union minister Sukh Ram will decide the fate of candidates contesting the Lok Sabha election from the Mandi constituency. This was stated by BJP’s election in charge for the Kangra Lok Sabha constituency and former minister Vidya Sagar while addressing mediapersons on Friday. He claimed the BJP would sweep all four Lok Sabha seats in the state. He accused Congress of dividing society on caste basis.

Rape case:
Champa Devi (name changed), wife of Ram Lal, a resident of Mandoa under the Paddar police station, on Wednesday alleged that she was sleeping in her cowshed on the intervening night of March 9-10 when one Pyare Lal, son of Budhi Ram, entered the cowshed and raped her. Though the police registered a case of rape after the victim’s husband lodged a complaint, the accused remained at large.

Protest on March 18:
In order to expose the sorry state of affairs in the local Civil Hospital, the Congress workers of the Nurpur block unit will stage a dharna on the premises of the hospital on March 18. The unit will also submit a memorandum to the state government demanding improvement in the health services being provided to the people. State Congress general secretary Ajay Mahajan alleged that the Dhumal government was meting out step motherly treatment with this hospital.


Regional potpourri
Scholar guiding Haryana’s Hindi writers

Lal Chand Gupt
Dr Lal
Chand Gupt

Dr Lal Chand Gupt "Mangal", is reckoned among Hindi scholars of Haryana. Born in Lukkhi village in Kurukshetra district on March 15, 1946 Dr "Mangal"s academic and literary career of 40 years culminated in Professor and chairman, Department of Hindi, Kurukshetra University in March, 2006.

An avid reader,distinguished critic and prolific writer, Dr ‘Mangal’ has guided more than 80 Ph. D. theses and 400 M.Phil. dissertations. It speaks of his scholarship and dedication to Hindi writing in Haryana. He brought to light Haryana's writers of yesteryear, who had been consigned to oblivion.

Against the backdrop of Haryana being termed land of agriculture rather than culture, his efforts to bring Haryanvi authors and Haryana's Hindi literature to the fore deserves appreciation. In fact Dr "Mangal" has brought to the fore intellectual vigour and finer sensibilities of Haryanavis.

Dr "Mangal" wanted a question paper on Hindi literature of Haryana in postgraduate syllabus of Kurukshetra University. His devotion to Hindi literature of Haryana got him title of Ramchandra Shukla of Haryana.

Dr Mangal's has authored and edited 40 books on literary criticism, including Haryana ka Hindi Sahitya, Haryana ka Lok Sahitya, Haryana : Pratinidhi Kahanian, Hindi Kahani ka Itihas, Hindi Sahitya ka Itihas, Hindi Sahitya: Vaicharik Prishthbhoomi, Astitvavad Aur Nai Kahani, Chouthe Stumbh ki Chunautian, research papers and articles published in journals and those presented at seminars. Four of Dr "Mangal"s books have been published by the Haryana Sahitya Academy.

Dr "Mangal" is on the governing council of the Haryana Sahitya Academy. He is also subject expert of the Haryana Board of School Education, Bhiwani. He was on the Jury of the National Sahitya Academy, New Delhi, this year to decide Hindi literature awards. Dr ‘Mangal’ is giving finishing touches to a book on 100 Hindi writers of Haryana. — D.R. Vij


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