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Cremating unclaimed bodies gives him peace
Honour for teacher


Blood donation camp held
:The youth Congress celebrated its foundation day on Sunday by organising a blood donation camp in the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital and also distributed fruits among the patients. Blood donors included city unit president Varun Verma, councillor Suman Taneja, Lalit Chandolia, Piyush Verma and Dalbir Singh. District president Sandeep Jakhar exhorted the workers to take a pledge to fight against female child foeticide, dowry and drugs. 

‘Don’t put up my hoardings’
: Lt Governor of Puducherry Iqbal Singh today urged the people and party workers not to put up hoardings with his photographs at various roads and chowks against the violation of rules and laws. Thanking the people for their love and affection, he appealed them to respect the law and avoid installing such hoardings as according to norms he was at  constitutional post and hence his hoardings or any publicity material could not be installed.

SAD victory celebrated
: The ex-servicemen wing of the SAD celebrated the win of the ruling coalition in the three by-polls held in Punjab at Jalalabad, Banur and Kahnuwan. On the occasion, Major (retd) Karnail Singh, president, ex-servicemen wing, SAD, thanked the ex-servicemen for their support. 

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.

Tehsildar case
: Khaira for CBI probe: Punjab Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Sunday took exception to the clean chit issued by Deputy Speaker Satpal Gosain to the accused in the Tehsildar Benipal assault case. In a statement here, Khaira claimed that although the police acted belatedly and charged Simmerjit Singh Bains and Kamaljit Karwel for attempts to murder, yet more than 40 persons accused in the FIR have been allowed to scot free. Khaira said even though the incident occurred in full public view with serious injuries and fractures suffered by Benipal, yet Gosain had gone ahead and given to give a clean chit to the accused. He said this action made it look as if the course of investigation was being subverted. The Congress leader said in light of these facts, the investigation should be handed over to the CBI.

The news item “Dengue larvae found in 10 samples” published on August 4 should have read one instead of ten.

KK Mittal retires from service
: Deputy District Attorney of Moga KK Mittal 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.

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.

Citizen Welfare Council
: Bakhtawar Singh and Naresh Suri on Sunday were unanimously elected as Chairman and President of the local Citizen Welfare Council, respectively. Lalit Mohan Pathak, former MC president, Amit Sharma, Surinder Khosla, Vijay Jain, Kulwant Rai Sharma, Raju, Rajinder Premi, Arvind Narad, among others attended the meeting. The Council resolved to launch a sanitation drive in the town.

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).

Aids awareness
: Carrying awareness on AIDS, a Red Ribbon Bus of Punjab State Aids Control Society, Chandigarh, reached AB College here on Saturday. Students were educated with the help of video cassettes and computer slides. Paramjit Kaur, councillor of the project, urged the people to take preventive steps to protect their lives.

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.

Krishan Bano competition
: The Mahila Aggar Samiti will organise "Krishan Bano" competition in Sidh Shree Jhanki Baba temple at Sriganganagar on August 14 during Shri Krishan Janamashtami celebrations, informed organiser Manju Garg on Sunday. The kids will be divided into age groups below two years and a half and above it up to five years. 



Pre-lok adalat held
:A pre-lok adalat was held yesterday at the Districts Courts ahead of the lok adalat scheduled for September 19. The case listed in various courts for the lok adalat were taken up in the pre lok adalat. Both sides were called regarding these cases and attempts were being made to bring them close to a compromise. Various cases relating to MACT, matrimonial disputes, bank recovery etc were taken up.

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.

5 held for running illegal lottery business
:The CIA today conducted raids at various places in the city and arrested five persons for running illegal single digit lottery business. Approximately Rs 36,000 were seized from those arrested. A case in this connection has been registered at various police stations.

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.



Cong meeting on Aug 14
: A special meeting of the general body of the state Congress will held here on August 14 to discuss the strategy to be adopted by the party for the next Assembly elections. Party spokesman Ved Prakash Vidrohi said on Sunday the meeting would be presided over by the party president Phool Chand Mulana. It would be attended, among others, by a representative of the AICC, Chief Minister, ministers, MP’s, MLA’s, state party office-bearers, district and block unit presidents, AICC and PCC members and presidents of front organisations of the party.

A doctor examines a patient at a medical camp organised by the police in Shiekhpura Khalsa village in Karnal on Sunday.
Free medical camp
: About 300 villagers benefited from a free medical check-up camp organised by the Karnal police at Shiekhpura Khalsa village under the community-policing programme on Sunday. The camp was held under the supervision of DSP Surinder Singh Bhoria from 8 am to 2 pm. There was a special arrangement for checkup of eyes, blood pressure, respiration and blood sugar. Medicines and spectacles would be provided free of cost to the needy persons and surgery would also be got conducted in suggested cases. 
A doctor examines a patient at a medical camp organised by the police in Shiekhpura Khalsa village in Karnal on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Body found
: The police on Sunday recovered a half-naked body of a 27-year-old unidentified woman from the fields of Palra village. Her body was put in a gunny bag. According to the police, she appears to be a Nepali girl and it was suspected that she had been raped before her murder. According to another report, Surender of Ahulana village and an ITI student died on the spot when his motorcycle was knocked down by a tractor-trolley near Bari village on Saturday. A case has been registered against the driver.

Saplings planted
: Navyug Nirman, an NGO headed by Kunal Bhadoo, son-in-law of the Chief Minister, planted 5,000 saplings in Chaudhary Devi Lal University here on Sunday. As many as 100 volunteers of the NGO were involved in the event. Bhadoo also addressed a seminar on environment, which was presided over by Vice-Chancellor KC Bhardwaj.



CBI probe sought into Sahai’s death: The Rasa Javedani Memorial Literary Society (RJMLS) has mourned the death of Ram Sahai, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) . The condolence meeting was presided over by RJMLS president and PDP leader Shohab Inayat Malik. PDP leader Malik sought a CBI probe into the death of Sahai saying that “the police theory of Sahai having committed suicide appeared to be ‘concocted’ and a ‘cover-up’. Only the CBI probe could bring out the truth.” 

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. 

Handicrafts meet: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has called for "recreating" international market links for Kashmiri handicrafts and said the revival of this sector was imperative for a turnaround in the economy. "Kashmir's brand name as the unique manufacturer of varied par-excellence handicrafts needs to be re-carved on the global map," Omar said while inaugurating a four-day Kashmir Handicrafts International Buyer-Seller Meet 2009 at SKICC on the banks of Dal Lake here on Saturday. The meet, organised by the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) in collaboration with Union Ministry of Commerce, is second of its kind in the state and is expected to be attended by 64 high-end foreign buyers, besides scores from within the country.

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.

Meeting on traffic: To streamline traffic in Udhampur district, Deputy Commissioner Ajay Khajuria convened a joint meeting with officers of the Revenue, Motor Vehicle Department, Traffic police, Military police, GREF, PWD and transporters to take some initiative for smooth flow of traffic. Discussions on regulations of traffic and identification of parking slots were also done in the meeting.



Tributes paid to martyrs
: Disha, a social and cultural organisation, today offered tributes to martyrs on the anniversary of the Quit India Movement. At a function held here, Sushil Virmani, president, Disha, recalled the sacrifices made by freedom fighters. He said Mahatma Gandhi’s call asking the British to leave the country was the last nail in the coffin of British imperialism. Prabhat Dandriyal, Satish Kumar and Pankaj Negi also spoke on the occasion.


Cremating unclaimed bodies gives him peace

Sham Lal (right) with an associate before immersing ashes of an unclaimed body in the Ganga at Hardwar.
Sham Lal (right) with an associate before immersing ashes of an unclaimed body in the Ganga at Hardwar.

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
Sukhvinder Singh Gondal

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 



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