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Regional potpourri
Reaping benefits of opting out of cotton-paddy cycle

Most of the Farmers in Malwa grow cotton and paddy. But Gurcharan Singh Mann (39) of Tungwali village in Bathinda district, is an exception. He has converted 42 acres of sand dunes, into fish ponds, honey bee farm, mushroom farm, flowering fields, orchards, biogas plant and nursery etc. 


Held with drugs:
The police arrested Vinod Kumar, a resident of Shahpur Jajjan village, and seized 220 gm of narcotic powder from him. A case under relevant sections of the NDPS Act has been registered.

SSA teachers to stage protest on Aug 26
: A meeting was held at the Teachers’ Home here on Sunday, in which various teachers’ unions decided that on August 26, they would organise a protest against the non-teaching work given to the teachers, who were working under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan. Teachers from Bathinda would also participate in the protest. Around 1500 teachers are expected to take part in the protest. 

Book release: A book titled ‘Chuchak Diye Jaiye’ and authored by Dr J.S. Anand would be released on Monday evening at the Civil Lines Club. Anand is principal of the local DAV College. Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh from Punjabi World Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala, who is also the convener of the Punjabi Advisory Board, Bhartiya Sahitya Academy, would release the book.

Donation for Ram Bagh cremation ground: During a meeting of the Sanatan Dharam Mahavir Dal held at MSD High School here on Sunday, Tarsem Chand Raman donated a cheque of Rs one lakh for the renovation of the Ram Bagh cremation ground located near grain market. Addressing the meeting, former SAD minister Charanji Lal Garg thanked the donor and appealed to others to contribute for the noble cause.

Veterinary officer invited:
Tejbir Singh Sandhu, a veterinary officer with the Department of Animal Husbandry, Punjab, has been invited by organisers of 5th International Society for Vector Ecology (Sove) Congress to serve as member of Poster Presentation Committee being held in Antalya, Turkey, from October 11 to 16. He will be assisting the Congress President in screening of submitted scientific papers for the presentation.

Dharna by bank staff:
Employees and officers of Punjab Gramin Bank will hold a state-level dharna at its head office here in favour of their demands on Tuesday. The convener of the Joint Action Committee of the Employees and Officers Association, T.S. Ghuman, said all the offices of Punjab Gramin Bank would remain closed on Tuesday. 

5th anatomy award: The Department of Anatomy, Desh Bhagat Dental College and Hospital, organised the 5th annual anatomy award function on the college premises here on Sunday. The staff and students paid tributes to Henry Gray, considered to be the father of anatomy and who has also authored the book, “Gray’s Textbook on Anatomy,” perceived to be the Bible of anatomy the world over. Zora Singh, Chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, was the chief guest. Dilpreet Kaur and Karamjot Kaur Walia who stood first and second, respectively, in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery final examination were given prizes. Also present were Principal Dr Manisha Prabhakar and Tejinder Kaur, vice-chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes. 

Police medal for Mandeep: Mandeep Singh Sidhu, Superintendent of Police (SP), has been conferred upon with the President’s police medal on the occasion of the Independence Day. Earlier, Sidhu was bestowed with the Kathin Sewa Medal during the days of militancy in Punjab. At present he is working as SP (Excise) with the Punjab Excise Department at Patiala.

Preneet gives grant for lawyers’ chambers
: Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur has released first grant from his MPLAD fund for the completion of lawyer’s chambers in the local court complex at a function organised by the Bar Council. She said the foundation stone for the bar chambers was laid by her husband Amarinder Singh with a grant of Rs 10 lakh. Nabha MLA Randeep said the council would soon get the promised grant of Rs 11 lakh as the matter was raised by him in the state assembly. Bar Association president Surinder Pal Sharma, Congress leaders Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, MLA Amloh, Romesh Singla, former MLA of Nabha, Amardeep Singh Khanna, Balwinder Singh Bittu, general secretary, Kisan Morcha, Gian Singh Moongo, former president of the Bar Council, and Gurjinder Singh Dhaliwal were also present.

Science test postponed: Director General, School Education, Krishan Kumar has postponed the monthly test in science scheduled to be held in government schools in the state on August 17. Now the test will take place on August 18. The decision has been taken as in most of the districts, holiday on Monday has been declared in lieu of Independence Day, informed Balihar Singh Bains, District Science Supervisor, in a press statement here on Sunday.

Science test postponed: Director-General School Education Krishan Kumar has postponed the monthly test for science, scheduled to be held in government schools in the state on August 17. Now, the test will be held on August 18. The decision has been taken as in most of the districts, Monday has been declared a holiday owing to the Independence Day celebrations, District Science Supervisor Balihar Singh Bains said in a press release here on Sunday.

Ved prachar: The local Arya Samaj organised a Ved prachar and jan sampark abhiyan from Raksha Bandhan to Janmashtami here. Jiya Lal Sharma, secretary of the Arya Samaj, said under the programme yajnas were  solemnised and lectures held to highlight the importance and relevance of adopting Vedic traditions in life.

Blood donation camp: Samaj Bhalai Naujwan Sabha, Sanaur, organised a blood donation camp at Vishwakarma Mandir here on Sunday. Kashmir Singh, secretary the All-India Youth Akali Dal, was the chief guest. As many as 38 units of blood were donated by the members of the sabha.



Factory gutted: A plastic sack manufacturing unit was gutted in fire causing loss of several lakhs here today. The fire, which erupted around 2.45 am in plot number 5 of the Industrial Area, Phase I, could be controlled by 6 am after four fire tenders were pressed into service. While the cause of incident could not be ascertained, the fire officials said the building as well as machinery and raw material and prepared goods were destroyed in the fire.



2 killed in accident: Naraini Devi (50) wife of Ghisa Ram and Mata Din Yadav (70), both residents of Mandi village, near Narnaul, were killed when the vehicle in which they were travelling collided on Sunday. Over a dozen other occupants, mostly women, were injured. The pick-up vehicle in which they were travelling reportedly collided with a dumper on the Berl-Dahina road, near Berli village, 14 km from here. The mishap occurred when they were going from Mandi village to Patauda village to condole the death of a relative.

3 held under Immoral Trafficking Act: The police arrested three persons from Subhash Nagar under Immoral Trafficking Act here on Sunday. Those arrested include Yogesh, Sandeep and a girl from Patiala. However, the main accused Titu managed to run away from the spot, said the police. Police said Titu had allegedly brought the girl from Patiala.



AIDS awareness
: A week-long state-level youth training camp organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangthan (NYK) at Jabbli Youth Hostel here successfully concluded on Saturday. NYK mandal director Alwon Maseeh said youth should use their skills fully for the maximum benefit of society. A total of 108 youths, drawn from all 12 districts, participated in this orientation camp and were given training to spread awareness against AIDS, female foeticide and environment pollution. 

Ceremony concludes:
The Divya Jagriti Sansthan, Noormahal (Jalandhar), organised a three-day Bhaj Gobindam programme here in the Municipal Council hall which concluded on Saturday. MC president RK Mahajan lighted the ceremonial lamp and presided over the concluding ceremony of the programme. In the four-hour long programme, disciples of Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, founder of the sansthan, recited bhajans and celebrated the birth of Lord Krishna with religious fervour. They also delivered message of patriotism to commemorate Independence Day and called upon youths to get rid of habits of drugs and intoxication. 

Free medical check-up: The local unit of the Non-Gazetted Officers (NGO) Employees Federation organised its second annual medical check-up camp on the premises of Arya Government College here on Sunday. A team of specialists from Tagore Heart Care Centre, Jalandhar, examined as many as 275 patients, suffering from different diseases. The patients were provided clinical tests of heart and diabetes free of cost along with free medicines. 

NSS camp concludes
: A seven-day long National Service Scheme Camp was concluded at Sr Secondary School Mahadev on Saturday. Staff members and NSS volunteers of the school planted saplings during the concluding function. Ved Parkash Sharma, Chairman, Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee, who was the chief guest, distributed prizes to the outstanding volunteers.He also handed over a cheque of Rs 1.50 lakh to the principal of the school sanctioned by Nachan MLA Dile Ram for the ongoing construction work of examination hall



MLA’s brother commits suicide
: MLA Pushpesh Tripathi’s brother reportedly committed suicide at Vidhyak Niwas yesterday, the police said here today. Charu Chandra Tripathi (30) reportedly consumed poison yesterday morning, they said, adding that he was rushed to a hospital where he declared brought dead, they said. The reason behind taking such an extreme step is unknown, they said. Pushpesh Tripathi is MLA of Uttarakhand Kranti Dal from the Dwaharahat constituency in Almora.

Arashath is overall karate champion: Arashath won the overall championship award at eight-year age category at the fourth District Karate Championship here today. Tarun won the gold in Kumiti u-5 age group. In Katha boys 6-7 age group, Mohit won the first position while Vinayak grabbed second position. In Kumiti boys category (6-7 age group), Mohit stood first and Vinayak bagged the second position. In Katha boys (8-12 age group), Arashath won the gold medal, Ashwani was second and Pankaj emerged third.

Two brothers electrocuted
Two children were electrocuted after coming in contact with a high-tension wire at Kashipur area of Udhamsingh Nagar district, the police said here yesterday. Bhupendra (13) and Ram Murti (10), both brothers, were trying to pluck fruits from a tree when they came in contact with the high-tension wire. Both brothers died on the spot, they added.


Regional potpourri
Reaping benefits of opting out of cotton-paddy cycle

Most of the Farmers in Malwa grow cotton and paddy. But Gurcharan Singh Mann (39) of Tungwali village in Bathinda district, is an exception.

Gurcharan Singh Mann shows year-old banana trees in his farm at Tungwali village in Bathinda district.
Gurcharan Singh Mann shows year-old banana trees in his farm at Tungwali village in Bathinda district. A Tribune photograph

He has converted 42 acres of sand dunes, into fish ponds, honey bee farm, mushroom farm, flowering fields, orchards, biogas plant and nursery etc. His farm has been selected under the Punjab Rural Tourism plan, where visitors can have feel of rural Punjab. Mann will be paid for his hospitality.

He also motivates farmers and rural youths to get trained and go for diversification in farming and allied ventures.

“Farming is good occupation. But,we should be efficient from sowing to selling the produce,” said Mann.

Mann’s mantra of success is quality. The diversification is more lucrative than cotton and paddy. ‘Diversification has enabled me to negotiate with those, approaching me for buying fish, honey, timber or other crops,” said Mann.

Bee farming got him several awards and certificates. He has 2,000 boxes of honey bees.

Later, he started fish farming, orchards and then chose to plant trees, of various species, which bring him good returns. Mann has started growing banana trees in this village of Malwa.

He was was given Parvasi Bharti Award by the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana in 2005 for diversification.

He has fish ponds on 10 acres, orchard on 10 acres, green fodder on five acres, 16 acres are for trees and other crops.

The orchard has banana, jamun, amla, ber, guava, pomegranate trees. He is also experimenting to grow apples. Noticing demand for aloe vera, Mann has been sowing its plants in one acre.

He has contract with Agmark for turmeric, and red chilly powder, which he sows, grinds and packs under the supervision of Agmark officials.

A votary of organic farming, he has installed traditional bell outside his house as he believes the sound of the bell keeps environment free from pollution.

Rags-to-riches story of peon’s son

Tulsi Ram Gupta (55) son of a peon of Rewari, started from scratch in 1970 and made it big in steel pipes business in 35 years in Mandi Gobindgarh in Punjab.

Tulsi Ram Gupta Born in 1954 in a Mahawar Vaish family in Vaidyawara mohalla Rewari, he did matriculation in first division in 1968 from Hindu High School, Rewari, where his father Chhabila Ram Gupta was peon.

Motivated by Goverdhan Das headmaster, Gupta joined Kishan Lal public college but due to poverty left it in 1971.

His father sent him to Mandi Gobindgarh in Punjab in 1972 where he joined a firm on monthly salary of Rs 200.

In due course his father left the job of peon and joined him in Mandi Gobingarh.

In 1980 due to poor health Gupta’s father returned to Rewari where he started a tea shop. He died in 1985.

Gupta married in 1974. After acquiring tips of business he left his job with the firm and launched “Raj Iron and Steel Sales” in 1978.

He started having orders from other states and in 15 years made money and goodwil Gupta set up Ispat Profiles and started manufacturing furniture pipes in 1993.

He employs 25 persons in his factory turnover of which is a few crores.

Man of simple habits Gupta is grateful to God’s blessings.

From his salary of Rs 200 in the beginning he would send 50 per cent to support the family comprising parents, five sisters and a brother.

Gupta also arranged for the marriages of his three sisters after his father’s death.in 1985.

When his father died in Rewari in 1985, he took his mother to Mandi Gobindgarh . She died in 2001. Gupta and his son manage Ispat Profiles. His two daughters are married.

Tulsi Ram donates books and helps poor and bright schoolchildren every year and woollens , shoes and socks to 200 schoolchildren in the Gobindgarh region.

Recently he donated a water cooler for his alma mater, Hindu Senior Secondary School, Model Town Rewari. Gupta also donated money for Mahwar Vaish dharamshala in Jiwali bazaar and Nileshwar Mahadev temple in Vaidyawara mohalla Rewari.

Contributed by Rajay Deep and Nawal Kishore Rastogi


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