Cremating unclaimed bodies gives him peace
Eastwood school: The 5th school cabinet of Eastwood International School was vested at a function held in the school auditorium. The cabinet was officially entrusted the reins of the school by Beena Rao, the Dean, and chief guest Jatinder Kaur, who arrived from the US to inspire the village children. Master Amuleek Sidhu formally welcomed the gathering with a welcome speech.
KK Mittal retires from service: The deputy district attorney of Moga KK Mittal has retired from service, last week. He was given a warm farewell by his colleagues and lawyers' fraternity. He joined in the service as ADA in the year 1979 and over the years he had served at Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala and other towns before retiring from here. During his 30 years of service, he fought more than 30,000 cases.
Varsity topper: Mandip Kaur of RK Arya College has topped MA (Punjabi)-III in Guru Nanak Dev University scoring 71.62 per cent marks. She had also topped in the first year of MA (Punjabi).
Smack, pirated CDs seized: The police arrested Shashi Kumar of Bhani Mian Khan village and seized 10 gm of smack from him on Saturday. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him. Meanwhile, the police seized more than 2,100 pirated and pornographic CDs during a raid conducted on 8 sale counters at the different parts of the city on Sunday. The police arrested Kashmira Singh, Narinder Kumar, Bawa Singh and Balwinder Singh.
Youth Congress Day celebrated: The Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress (CTYC) celebrated the Youth Congress Day in Sector 20, here today. It was on this historic day that the Quit India Movement was launched which finally ousted the British from the country. All the Youth Congress activists gathered in Sector 20 and took a pledge to fight against all the evils prevailing in the society. HS Lucky, president, CTYC, administered an oath to the activists to work for the common man.
Hockey meet from Aug 23:The SN Vohra Memorial Hockey Tournament for Under-14 will be held from August 23 to 30 at the Sector 42 hockey stadium.The tournament will be organised by the Rock Rovers Hockey Club, Chandigarh.According to Anil Vohra, organiser of the tournament, the matches will be played on knock out-cum-league basis. The teams from Punjab, Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh will participate in the tournament. Individual and team prizes will be distributed.
Mohali hospital empanels with ESHC scheme:The Grecian Hospital, Sector 69, Mohali, has been empanelled with the Ex-Servicemen Health Contributory Scheme (ESHC) for radiation therapy of cancer patients. From now onwards, the hospital stands to serve the patients under the ESHC scheme offering them entire cancer treatment under one roof. The hospital has now got empanelled for medical oncology (chemotherapy), surgery, gynae oncology and cancer pathology along with radiation therapy.
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Protesters threaten indefinite fast: Members of the International Democratic Party, sitting on a relay fast at Samba against the killing of a local social activist and his wife last year, have threatened to go on an indefinite fast if a judicial inquiry into the killing was not ordered immediately. In a statement issued here, the party said the government was trying to hush up the case. Hoshiar Singh and his wife Shashi Bala were killed by unknown armed persons, it said.
Sikh body opposes bandh call: Though the Nirbhow Nirvair Organisation (NNO) considered the central varsity to be a vital issue and favoured that the institution should be opened in Jammu, it had opposed the call of Jammu Bandh on August 10. NNO president Harjeet Singh said: “We strongly support the cause but the call of Jammu Bandh on August 10 given by the Central University Andolan Samiti (CUAS) goes totally against the sentiments of the people.”
SRTC driver electrocuted: A driver of the State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) was electrocuted near Toph Bridge here on Sunday. Official sources said Durga Singh of Kothay Manhasan sustained critical injuries when he came contact with transmission lines of an electricity pole while climbing atopthe tool box of his bus. He was immediately rushed to the Government Medical College where he died.
2 jawans among 3 nabbed: The police on Sunday nabbed two CRPF jawans and a local from the Narwal area when they were allegedly trying to strike a deal for 150 litres of diesel. Official sources said a police party caught the CRPF jawans when they were allegedly trying to sell 150 litres of diesel to Rameem, local, in Transport Nagar of the Narwal area. The sources divulged their identity as havildar Mohammed Hussain of the 23rd battalion and havildar Jaipal Singh of the 73rd Battalion. An FIR has been registered and two vehicles have also been impounded.
Drive launched: The Spirituality Awareness Welfare Environment Rural Art and Culture (SAWERA), an NGO, has launched a drive to protect the environment of Chhanni Himmat and its surrounding areas. SAWERA, which holds the credit to plant over one lakh ornamental and medicinal plants in 23 parks of seven sectors of this locality, held a function - 60th Vanmhotsav - on Sunday. Local residents joined SAWERA members and planted saplings at Channi Himmat in collaboration with the 72 Battalion of the CRPF and the Social Forestry Department.
Work on highway reviewed: Jammu Divisional Commissioner Pawan Kotwal reviewed the progress of work on widening of National Highway (NH-AI) up to four-laning in Jammu province at a high-level meeting convened here on Sunday. Land acquisition is a big issue in widening up this highway. The main issues discussed at the meeting included no-objection certificates (NoC) for various land cases and the land acquisition case of the land which, comes under acquisition of NH-IA from Golden Gate to Lakhanpur and realignment of PWD link roads in conformity with four lanes of the national highway.
Calligraphists honoure: The Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages has honoured four calligraphists. The awards were given away at a function here on Saturday. Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor of Hyderabad was given first prize, while Mohammad Shafi of Jammu and Kashmir stood second in the national-level calligraphy competition held by the academy.
Cremating unclaimed bodies gives him peace
Sham Lal (54) has been performing last rites of unclaimed bodies and immersing ashes thereof at Hardwar for 35 years. Living in Idan locality, Fazilka, Acharya Sham Lal so far, claims having performed last rites of 2,400 unclaimed bodies and visited Hardwar 400 times. He carries three to 10 urns of ashes in one visit.
Sham Lal’s father late Shiv Dayal used to perform last rites at the cremation ground. After the death of his father in 1968 Sham Lal took over . He does not charge any fee for performing last rites of unclaimed bodies.
Sham Lal and his family members bind books for a living .
He performs “ puja” for the peace of the departed unclaimed soul. His late father Shiv Dayal, Late Bihari Lal Chugh, Late Vaidya Bindra Ban, Shiv Nath Makkar, Davinder Sachdeva MC and Banwari Lal Nagpal inspired him . For this purpose he gets help from philanthropists of the town.
Sham Lal immerses the ashes of unclaimed bodies in the Ganga at Hardwar and offers ‘langar ‘ to the poor in memory of the departed souls. He also arranges cremation of bodies of poor persons by collecting donations from philanthropists. At times he spends from his own sources too.
Besides this Sham Lal also arranges marriages of the poor girls.
A man of simple habits Sham Lal says he feels at peace by doing “small” service by cremating bodies of those whose kin cannot do so.
Honour for teacher
Sukhvinder Singh Gondal has been principal of G A V public school , Kangra for seven years and dedicated to imparting quality education to children Several awards were given to him for serving the cause of education.
Lifetime Education Achievement Award’ was given to him by the Health and Education Development Association on June 15, this year at New Delhi.
Gondal says education is not making children pass examinations but drawing out the potential in them . He started tours , trekking, sports, games, environmental activities, health activities besides cultural activities for the schoolchildren.
He inculcated among children the habit of reading newspapers besides school syllabus.
He said nearly 300 students of his school read The Tribune in free time and become aware of what happens around them .
He has been persuading school managements to introduce other activities besides academic routine in curricula for better results .
Gondal is the first teacher of the state to be chosen for ‘Shikshak Shri Award’ on September 5, this year on Teacher’s Day by the Rashtriya Samta Swatantra Manch, New Delhi.
He had been seeking help of NGOs to improve standard of education .
The Indian International Friendship Society awarded him Shiksha Rattan Puraskar in November last year. Gondal was selected for the Rashtriya Gaurav Award’ in May this year.
Contributed by Praful Chander Nagpal and Ashok Raina