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Regional potpourri
Greening countyside his mission


Health minister launches website:
State Health Minister Lakshmi Kanta Chawla on Sunday launched her website www.lkchawla.in. Talking to mediapersons, she said it would be a two-part website that would have her personal 1,000 articles published in various newspapers. She said she had written many articles on the problem of terrorism that hit the state in 80s. The second segment of the website include achievements of the Health Department under her charge. She said the department had been pro-active in reaching out to the rural and urban sector. 

ally held on Bhagat Singh’s birthday:
A rally to mark Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary at Kotkapura was held by the youth and the students on Sunday. A cultural programme was also organised, in which, Dr Jitender Jain, DIG, Faridkot range, was present, among others. The event was organised by Punjab Jagran Manch, an NGO. The rally was led by Uday Randev, president of the NGO and Rajinder Singh Jassal, general secretary.

CM greets people on Dasehra:
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal on Sunday felicitated people of Punjab on the eve of Dasehra. Ministers Manoranjan Kalia and Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon also appealed to people to celebrate the occasion with religious fervour. 

Physical efficiency test: Physical efficiency test for the recruitment of intelligence assistants in the Intelligence Wing of the Punjab Police will be conducted at Commando Complex, Bahadurgarh (Patiala) on September 29 and 30. Results for the tests will be announced the same day and successful candidates given letters for the written test on the spot. Forty men and 20 women intelligence assistants are to be recruited in the rank of constables. 

Dussehra greetings: CM Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal felicitated people of Punjab on the eve of Dussehra. Ministers Manoranjan Kalia and Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon appealed all to celebrate the occasion with religious fervour. 

Fatehgarh Sahib
Donated :
An NRI today distributed uniforms among schoolchildren and donated a water cooler to Government Elementary School in Jalvehra village. NRI, Amandeep Singh, said such donations gave peace of mind and more people should come forward to help the schoolchildren. Various problems being faced by the government schools in the villages were also discussed. 

Security beefed upb: Security has been tightened in and around the district in view of Dasehra. Special nakas were laid at all main roads of the district and vehicles were being checked coming towards Fatehgarh Sahib. Senior police officials have conducted meetings with members of the Dasehra committee, Sirhind, and adjoining towns. Special police force will be deployed at Dasehra grounds. 

3 booked for assault:
Three persons have been booked for attacking a resident of Badala Kharar village here. In his complaint to the police, Harmanjit Singh stated that he was returning home from Mohali on September 4 when some youths waylaid him near the SAD office here. Harmanjit was beaten up and admitted to the local civil hospital with minor inuries. The police has booked Navtej Singh, Sukhdeep Singh and Richi, all local residents, for assault.

Body found: An unidentified body of a man was found on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near Sarsini village here on Sunday. The investigating officer said they got information that the body of a man was lying on the road side near Sarsini village. The body has been kept for identification at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi. The post-mortem would be conducted tomorrow. 

Peddler held:
The local CIA staff has arrested a drug peddler, Vicky, resident of Dhogri village in Adampur, at a naka at Khatkar Kalan bus stand on the Nawanshahr-Jalandhar road. The police seized 3 kg of charas from him. 

Awareness campr:
Backfinco held an awareness camp at Behrampur Bet village in association with National Minority, Finance and Development Corporation, New Delhi. Backfinco official Lakhvir Singh gave information about various schemes of the corporation. He said during the camp, various documents of 15 beneficiaries were prepared for giving loan of worth Rs 15.50 lakh. Field officials Kashmiri Lal and Rakesh Kumar appealed to the people that they should get their documents ready as soon as possible so that they could be given loan at the earliest. 

‘Have Ganga cleaned’: T
he Bharatiya Sanatan Dharam Mahavir Dal has urged the President of India to have the Ganga cleaned. General secretary of the dal Jagmohan Krishan Thakur has also sought audience with the President on the issue of pollution of the river. Thakur said the dal wanted to submit memorandum to the President to draw attention of Government of India to it. The Ganga was being polluted in a big way by, he said. 

Pen-down stir planned: Members of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union will observe pen-down strike on October 9 in the state to protest against the government for not implementing their accepted demands. It will also launch statewide protests from October 1 to October 8. Union spokesman Raj Kumar Arora said rallies would be held by the ministerial staff in front of their respective offices. 



Function held: The Qaumi Virsa Kender on Sunday organised a function in connection with martyrdom centenary of Madan Lal Dhingra. The keynote speaker was Kender convener Malwinderjit Singh Waraich, who said one could not be a revolutionary without being a thinker.’Only those who have a lust for life can make a sacrifice.

OPDs closed today: The OPDs of GMCH-32 will remain close tomorrow on account of Dasehra. However, emergency services will remain functional as usual. 



Hindi weekly released: “
Panchkula Darpan”, a weekly Hindi newspaper was released here on Saturday. Kanwaljit Kaur, chairman of the newspaper told that Sajal Koser, secretary of Pracheen Kalka Kendra, Chandigarh, and Anup Kumar, a senior journalist, were chief guest and guest of honour, respectively. A colourful cultural programme was also organised under which students of Government College, Kalka, performed various cultural items. The play “Ashawathama” from Mahabharata was the main attraction. 

Navratra mela ends: Navratra mela concluded here on Sunday. During the mela, traditional puja was performed at Kali Mata temple and at Naina Devi Mata temple situated on Shivalik hill. Om Parkash Bharti, priest at Naina Devi temple told that during Navratras thousands of devotees from Haryana, Himachal, Chandiarh and Punjab visited the historic temples to pay their obeisance.

Tourism march:T
he Department of Tourism and Hotel Management, Kurukshetra University, organised two-day celebrations on Saturday and Sunday to mark World Tourism Day. A tourism awareness march was organised from Pipli to Kurukshetra University here today. Thanesar SDM Ashok Bansal flagged off the march, which was later received by Rajeev Malhotra, principal, Institute of Hotel Management, Jyotisar. Faculty members and students participated.

MM College bags award:
Manohar Memorial College, Fatehabad, bagged the overall trophy in the Zonal Youth Festival of Kurukshetra University held in the local JCD Vidyapeeth that concluded today. Mata Harki Devi Girls College, Odhan, were declared the runners-up. While 15 items of MM College, Fatehabad, were recommended and six others commended, MHDG College, Odhan, got three recommendations and four commendations for its programmes.

Fake currency:
The police seized Rs 30,000 more fake currency notes from Sumit, a youth of Ghanauli, here on Sunday. He was arrested with 15,000 fake currency notes on September 24 and remanded in police custody till September 28.



Pilgrims throng temple:
At least 50,000 pilgrims visited the famous Bhadrakali Bhalei Mata temple situated in Churah subdivision of Chamba district during Navratras. People hailing from different parts of the district and outside thronged the temple to pay obeisance to the divine goddess Bhadrakali.

Inter-school meet ends:
A three-day long inter-school (CBSE) kho-kho competition concluded at Montessori Cambridge School at Raja Ka Bagh near here on Saturday. In girls’ category, Alpine Public School, Nalagarh, and in boys’ category Noorpur Public School, Nurpur, were respectively declared winners. In boys’ category 13 teams and in girls’ category six teams from different CBSE affiliated schools participated in the competition. 

Man nabbed: The local police on Saturday nabbed a proclaimed offender (PO) Raju of Kharor near Rehan. According to police information, the accused had been first arrested on July 20, 2007, under the Excise Act. But a local court had declared him PO on July 9, this year, for not attending court hearings. He had reportedly changed his name and was living near Rehan. The police has lodged another case under Section 174 (A) of the IPC against the accused. The court has sent him to four-day judicial custody. 



Gurmat Samagam held:
A Sikh Gurmat Samagam in connection with Gurta Gadi Shatabdi of Guru Granth Sahib was held at Gurdwara Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Chand Nagar, Jammu. The function was organised by the District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Jammu, the State Gurdwara Parbandhak board and the 0Sri Guru Amar Dass Sewa Charitable Trust, Jammu. Sikh scholars, including Gyani Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar of Sri Akal Takhat, and other religious preachers of the community delivered sermons on the occasion. The function was attended by a large number of devotees. 

Sikhs hold protest: Various Sikh organisations held a demonstration on Sunday and burnt effigies of police officers, including former Jammu SSP Manohar Singh and others who were suspended in connection with the Amandeep murder case. The protest was held under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir United Forum. The protesters raised slogans against Vijay Chowdary, SHO of Trikuta Nagar who arrested a youth who later died. They were demanding stern action against the accused police officer. 

Two die in accidents:
Two persons, including a woman, were killed and six injured in different road accidents in Kashmir valley over the past 24 hours. A motorcyclist died after being hit by a speeding tipper at Khanpora Baramulla. Injured Habibulla Mir was rushed to the SKIMS hospital here where he succumbed to his injuries, the police said. A woman, Khateeja, died after being hit by a Tata Sumo at Nunnar in Gganderbal district.

Creative-writing workshop: A week-long creative writing workshop organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) got underway at Leh on Sunday. It was inaugurated by Dr Farooq Anwar Mirza, Editor, JKAACL. Writers from different regions of the state are meeting for the first time in Ladakh. “During its 35 years of existence, the academy has for the first time organised such a programme in Ladakh. The multilingual workshop is of great interest to all writers,” said a group of participants. 

Haj quota: The decision on 1,500 seats under the additional Haj quota will be made through a draw of lots at Haj House on Monday. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the State Haj Committee on Sunday. 



Dussehra greetings from Guv:
Governor Margaret Alva today greeted the nation on the occasion of Dussehra and wished everyone happiness and prosperity. In her message, the Governor said, “The festivities and rituals of Dussehra and Durga Puja symbolise our rich cultural heritage. May these festivals reaffirm our faith in the universal values of life and in creation of a harmonious society”. 



Regional potpourri
Greening countyside his mission

Trees on both sides of the link road to Rasoolpur Kalan, near Jalandhar is very sightly. On a query Dr Nirmal Singh, who has clinic at Lambra and publishes Punjabi literature and message of clean environment, rings up someone and invites him to his clinic. A man with white beard turns up and greets us with folded hands. “He is Ram Singh Dhesi who has made Doaba’s countryside wear green look”, said Dr Nirmal Singh. 

Dhesi is an NRI based in Leicester( UK). “I, and my wife Surjit Kaur Dhesi live at Lambra, near here, where we have green house for trees and plants”.

After retirement in late 1990s in Leicester, “I decided to do something for Punjab which I had left for the UK in 1962. I discussed it with friends and wife but failed to reach conclusion. It was April and we passed by a school where a class was held in the open. Almost all schools had treeless grounds”, said Dhesi.

This impelled us to plant trees in schools as first step, said Dhesi. “Some people laughed at us, some ridiculed our effort and some even called us mad couple as we carried saplings in car from one school to other requesting headmasters to have these planted in school yards”, he added. As we continued many people joined us. “We have planted more than 1.50 lakh trees. In Rasoolpur Kalan, near Jalandhar 20,000 trees have been planted”, said Dhesi. Amrik Singh, an NRI from Rasoolpur, has given Rs 1 lakh for plantation in his village. “We have kept a retainer on Rs 3,000 a month in the village for the upkeep of trees”, adds Dhesi.

On more people joining us, we formed — Savi Dharti (mother earth) — and from schools extended tree planting to hospitals, religious places, parks, cremation grounds and roadsides. We have planted trees in Lohara, Lallian, Avadan, Kala Sangha, Chitti, Raikot, Mehma Singh Wala, Samipura, Lambri and other places. Indigenous and exotic species were being planted. Books on global warming, air, water and soil pollution, noise pollution, desert and population, droughts, vehicular emission and mental pollution have also been published and distributed free of cost.

“Now people from Majha and Malwa also come to us for help in tree plantation and we support and guide them”, said Dhesi.  — Contributed by Sarbjit Dhaliwal 


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