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Maharashtrian’s reverence for Sikh Gurus


Diagnostic centres under scanner:
Concerned over decline in the female-male ratio in the border district of Sriganganagar, the district administration has resolved to tighten grip over the diagnostic centres. There were reports that pregnant women from neighbouring areas of Punjab too were being taken to Sriganganagar to determine sex, sources said. While presiding over a meeting of the PCPNDT advisory committee, the DC Ashutosh AT Pednekar asked the health department to go ahead with checking of the diagnostic centres and get a case registered immediately, if sex determination or illegal termination of pregnancy is detected. Videography of the inspection must be done, statement of the witnesses is also to be recorded in camera so that he or she does not backtrack under any pressure later, he said.

Judo winners welcomed: Two junior members of the District Judo Association have brought laurels from Indore (MP). Coach Vineet Bishnoi informed that Alisha Chaudhary and Ravi Bishnoi, who represented Rajasthan in the Sub Junior National Judo Championship held recently in Indore, had won bronze and silver medal respectively in the open weight category matches. They were welcomed on return to home town by the DSP Rajinder Singh Sisodia and Manjinder Ledha, district president of the association and other office-bearers.

Undertrial escapes, held:
An undertrial, admitted at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, escaped from police custody on Saturday. However, he was nabbed from the hospital premises by a police team, which was on a surprise visit to government hospitals. Dalbir Singh, lodged at Amritsar Central Jail in a murder case, had escaped from his ward.

Gang rape alleged: A girl was allegedly raped by four persons in the Gawal Mandi area here on Saturday. Davinder Singh, SHO of the Civil Lines police station, said action had been initiated to lodge an FIR and arrest the accused. Members of victim’s family alleged Manu and Sona, with two other accomplices, barged into their house and locked them in a room and raped their daughter.

Drive against encroachment:
Amid protest, the PUDA officials on Sunday raised a wall to get possession of the 2613 yard chunk of land, which was under encroachment by the rehri-fruit union, near Gol Diggi. As per sources, the PUDA is going to sell the chunk of land as commercial site in the last week of August. Finding the officials who came along with mason and labourers, union activists raised anti-establishment slogans. To some of them, the administration gave an extension of 24-hour to vacate the land on their own.

Central funds being misused:
Khaira: Congress MLA from Bholath Sukhpal Singh Khaira has written to union Minister for Human Resources Development Kapil Sibal pointing out that the Punjab government had asked district administrations to hand over cheques under the Sarb Sikhiya Abhiyaan to SAD-BJP functionaries. Khaira writes: “In my home district of Kapurthala, the Deputy Commissioner coerced the DEO to hand over cheques amounting to over Rs 1 crore to Bibi Jagir Kaur, whom I defeated in the assembly elections. These cheques are distributed among panchayats with a condition that these would vote for the Akali Dal”.

Punjab film board: The Board of Directors of the Punjab Film and News Corporation Ltd has been reconstituted and Gurwaryam Singh, Additional Director, Information and Public Relations, has been appointed as its Chairman-cum-Managing Director. Megha Singh, Joint Director, Information and Public Relations, Ashok Kumar Bhatia, Joint Controller (Finance and Audit), and Naginder Singh Deputy Director, Information and Public Relations, have been appointed as the three Directors of the Corporation.

Pest management programme: Replicating the success story of Integrated Pest Management Technology in Cotton, the Punjab government has now decided to launch a similar project in the Basmati-growing areas of Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur districts.

Copper wire stolen:
Some unidentified thieves stole copper wire of worth about Rs 5 lakh from an electronics shop in Mandi Ladhuka, 15 kilometers from here. The theft was committed near the police post of Mandi Ladhuka. As per the information, two watchmen, who were on night duty informed the police that at midnight, six unidentified persons came there and forcibly tied their hands with clothes. They broke the shutters and stole away the copper wire.

Body of watchman found: Body of a person was found lying near the Grain Market in mysterious circumstances on Sunday. As per the wife of the deceased, Kukku Bai was allegedly murdered while the city police Fazilka is considering his death as "natural". She said her husband, a watchman at village, Chauwarinwali, had wordy duel with some persons on Friday over transaction of money. Sunday morning, she  had gone to attend religious programme.  When she returned, some persons threw out the body of her husband from a red colour Maruti. SHO Sangram Singh has said there was no mark of injury on the body of Dulla Ram. Police have registered a case. Postmortem will be conducted on Monday at the local Civil  Hospital.

Maha sammelan:
Maha Shakti Virat Sankirtan Sammelan was organised at Kanak Mandi Chowk on Saturday night. The event was held in connection with the annual heritage pilgrimage for Sawan Ashtami fair to be held at Chintpurni on July 29.

MLA’s doubts on flights: Congress MLA Jassi Khangura has cautioned against the possible misuse of international flights from the Chandigarh international airport, which are likely to begin soon, by politicians keen to stash away their ill-gotten money in banks abroad. In a letter addressed to the Director-General, Central Industrial Security Force, Khangura said certain politicians in Punjab had amassed huge sums of black money, which they would be keen to shift to other countries.

Job fair a crowd-puller: More than 70 companies from different sectors visited the job fair held on the Lovely Professional University campus to seek right candidates, here yesterday. Almost 8,000 applicants gathered to lay hands on jobs of their choice. Students and job-seekers from as far as Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir thronged the 70 placement offices on LPU campus. Companies, including HCL, Wipro, HDFC, ICICI Prudential, Kotak, Bajaj Allianz, NIIT, Asiatech, Dell and Blue Deacon Electronics Security System Private Limited visited the fair.

6 of family taken ill:
Six members of a family have been admitted in a local civil hospital due to food poisoning here today. Ravi Dogra, Senior Medical Officer, said five members, identified as Ajit, Karnail Singh, Pammy Devi, Nisha Devi, Gurpreet and Radha Devi, resident of Manja village of Dhar block, 22 km from here, had eaten mushroom in dinner, after which they fell unconscious. He said all are out of danger and all will be discharged within a day or two.

Entrance test result: Punjabi University, Patiala, on Sunday declared the result of MBA/MCA entrance test, which was held on July 19. Mahesh Kumar (Roll No. 55306) from Mansa has topped among MBA candidates while Ashish Jindal (Roll No. 58626) from Chandigarh has topped among MCA candidates. The result is available on the university web site www.punjabiuniversity.ac.in. The counselling is likely to start from July 31 on the university campus.



Medical camp: As many as 243 people were examined at a free medical comprehensive multi-specialty check-up camp held at Grecian Hospital, Sector 69, Mohali, in collaboration with Bharat Vikas Parishad here on Sunday. Lab tests, such as ECG, blood sugar and haemoglobin tests, were performed free of cost. President of Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP) Dr Uma Sharma said the BVP is an entirely voluntary organisation working for the betterment of the country.



Corruption on rise:
Chautala: Alleging that the state government has broken all records of corruption, Rajya Sabha MP and INLD secretary general Ajay Singh Chautala said government jobs were being auctioned overtly. With the revelation of the selection list of 47 employees before interview, to be recruited for treasury offices, the corrupt practice being adopted by the state government had come into light. In a press statement issued here on Sunday, Chautala said the Chief Minister was promoting “kshetrawad” and developmental works were not being done in all districts nor eligible candidates were being selected for official jobs.

People pay tributes to Ch Sehaj Ram, a veteran freedom fighter, in Rohtak on Sunday. Ch Sehaj Ram was jailed twice during the pre-Independence era in Lahore and Rohtak with Ajit Singh, brother of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
People pay tributes to Ch Sehaj Ram, a veteran freedom fighter, in Rohtak on Sunday. Ch Sehaj Ram was jailed twice during the pre-Independence era in Lahore and Rohtak with Ajit Singh, brother of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Photo: Manoj Dhaka

Ambedkar Chowk’s renovation:
Providing partial relief to the plaintiffs, who had sought stay order on the renovation of the old Ambedkar Chowk here on the plea of being the legal owners of the land, a local court on Saturday directed the authorities to take permission from the court before going for some major construction on the site. However, the court refused to intervene in the matter of giving final touches to the newly constructed roads and pavements as a major part of the work had already been completed. Disposing off the application of temporary injunction, Addition Civil Judge (senior division) Narender Kaur adjourned the case for July 30. The district authorities had started the renovation of Ambedkar Chowk after shifting the statue of BR Ambedkar from here to a park opposite the mini secretariat and had carved out a road towards Bhattu to regulate the flow of traffic.

INLD leader dies at 70: Randhir Singh Chaudhary, district general secretary of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and former chairman of the market committee, Kalka, died here on Saturday night due to prolonged illness. He was 70, informed the family sources. Advocate Sushil Garg, city president, INLD, Kalka, said INLD supremo and former Chief Minister of Haryana Om Prakash Chuatala attended the last rites of Chaudhary, along with hundreds of people of Kalka, Pinjore and its vicinity.

‘Desertions will not affect INLD’:
The desertion of the INLD by ML Ranga, a former Haryana Health Minister, and his three colleagues would not affect the party and the image of its leadership, claimed INLD state general secretary (Harijan cell) Om Prakash Madhia in a signed statement released to mediapersons here on Saturday. He said Ranga remained minister in the Haryana Cabinet for about five years when Chautala was the Chief Minister and during this period, he had not uttered a single word against the policies and programmes of the Chautala government. However, now he had stabbed Chautala in the back, he alleged. Madhia said Ranga had resigned from the INLD because of the fear that his political rival, Madhia, had claimed his candidature from newly constituted Shahabad (Reserve) constituency. He knew it for certain that his political career had been eclipsed after Madhia’s claim, he added.

1 held for impersonation:
The police arrested Naresh Kumar, son of Manphool Singh of Jhajjar district, who allegedly appeared in place of Naresh Kumar, son of Mahender Singh of Bhiwani district, in the State Teachers’ Eligibility Test for lecturers held at an examination centre in Kishan Lal Public College here on Saturday. He was produced before the Duty Magistrate, who remanded him in judicial custody. Earlier, the police had registered a case of cheating and impersonation against the duo.

CM to visit Sirsa:
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will address public meetings in Sirsa and Fatehabad on August 2. Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar said the Chief Minister would also inaugurate the Media Centre, main gate and CV Raman Teaching Block in Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, on that day.



Minister’s word on illegal study centres:
Minister for Higher Education Abdul Gani Malik has assured the National Secular Forum (NSF) that all illegal study centres would be closed soon. Vikas Sharma, NSF president said members of the forum on Sunday met the Minister for Higher Education, who had assured them that illegal study centres would not be allowed to run in the state and immediate steps would be taken to close them.

3 hurt in roof collapse: Three persons sustained minor injuries when a portion of the roof of their room collapsed in the Peer Mitha area here on Sunday. Three persons, including two children and their mother, sustained injuries when a portion of the roof of their house collapsed, an eyewitness said. All three were discharged after first aid.

NC leader’s remarks flayed:
The statement of NC leader Ajay Sadhotra, stating that the location of the proposed university is yet to be decided, has added fuel to the ongoing stir against the move to shift the central university from Jammu to Kashmir. Infuriated over the confusing statement of the NC leader, students came out on the streets and shouted slogans against Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for, what they alleged, pressing into service some Jammu-based leaders to divide the people. Leaders of the Panthers Party Students Union also took Sadhotra to task for calling the agitating students as “disgruntled elements”. At Reasi, a joint front was constituted by members of different political parties to intensify the ongoing stir.


Regional potpourri
Maharashtrian’s reverence for Sikh Gurus

Gajendra Suryakant Wadhonkar (Inset) and his paintings of Sikh Gurus on grains of rice.
Gajendra Suryakant Wadhonkar (Inset) and his paintings of Sikh Gurus on grains of rice. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Gajendra Suryakant Wadhonkar of Aurangabad has made paintings and scribbled history of the 10 Sikh Gurus on grains of rice.

Wadhonkar, with family and a friend, reached Amritsar on the invitation of president, Baba Budha Sahib Direct Descendant Welfare Centre, Chheharta, Prof Nirmal Singh.

The centre will exhibit Wadhonkar’s paintings of 10 Sikh Gurus, their history and hymns.

He has also painted the Golden Temple on grains of rice and pasted these on paper before putting it in decorated frame.

Gajendra (31) said, eight years ago, he picked up a grain of rice and scribbled name of his mother Kamla Rani on it. “ Family members and friends appreciated it and exhorted him to pursue it”.

He has made paintings of Lok Manya Tilak, Subhas Chandra Bose, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, political and religious leaders.

Born at Hazur Sahib in Nanded (Maharashtra) in 1978 Gajendra wants entry of his name in the Limca Book of World Records for his achievement. All formalities in this regard have been completed.

He said his wife Veena and friend Joshi helped him hone his scribbling and painting on grains of rice. Zero number brush, after certain alterations, is his tool. He does not use magnifying glass to scribble words on grains of rice.

He claims writing 240 alphabets on a grain of rice besides 26 to 40 on a ‘ til’ and
20 on a grain of ‘rai”. His aim is to get his name registered in the Guinness Book
of World Records.

Contributed by Sanjay Bumbroo


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