Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Commissioner R.R. Phulia inaugurates welfare camp for the disabled

Commissioner R.R. Phulia inaugurates welfare camp for the disabled.
29 August 2006
Also assured that there shall be greater emphasis on road safety & smooth running of traffic.

The District Red Cross Society will set up a big workshop here to manufacture artificial limbs for the disabled in near future. The workshop, the first of its kind in the state, will cater to the physically challenged persons of the state.This was stated by the Hisar Divisional Commissioner, Mr R.R. Fuliya, while addressing a meeting of officials after inaugurating a welfare camp organised for the physically challenged persons at the Dalbir Singh Indoor Stadium today.
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The camp had been organised jointly by the District Red Cross Society and the Bhagwan Mahabir Vikalang Sahayata Samiti, Jaipur-Delhi. Former Darba MLA Thakur Bahadur Singh presided over the function. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr V. Umashankar, the Subdivisional Magistrate, Ms Geeta Bharti, and the City Magistrate, Mr P.K. Sharma, were present.The Commissioner exhorted NGOs and voluntary organisations to contribute their mite in serving the physically challenged persons.The Deputy Commissioner maintained that the camp would continue for four days, during which artificial limbs and other aids would be provided to thousands of physically challenged persons.A workshop for manufacturing artificial limbs according to the needs of the visiting patients had been set up at the camp.
Assured that there shall be greater emphasis on road safety & smooth running of traffic.
Mr. R.R. Fuliya assured that there should be greater emphasis on road safety & smooth running of traffic. Road side shrubs and unwanted vegetation will be removed, all the blinding turns shall be properly marked with sign boards as these blinding turns are a major cause of many accidents. He instructed PWD B&R and Forest department officials to carry out the needed operations at the earliest.Also read Road Safety Suggestions submitted to Sh. Randeep Singh Surjewala by SirsaNews, Most of these are relevant today also, read Road Safety Week at:http://sirsanews.blogspot.com/2006/01/road-safety-week-2006.html

St. Xavier’s students performance applauded at Badminton Championship

St. Xavier’s students performance applauded at Badminton Championship

28 August 2006

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Xavierites have shown an excellent performance at badminton championship organized by District Badminton Association. In this badminton championship, Ravish, Rocky, Ankit, Ananaya, Rishab. Naman & Anurag & Ojaswini from girls gave excellent performance and won many medals. School Principal, Fr. Ivo Dias & Sports instructor, Mr. Ajab Singh Poonia congratulated these students on their victory.
For more information on St. Xavier’s Sirsa, visit School Web Site, www.geocities.com/stxavierschool [the web site hasn’t been updated lately]

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Protest March & Memorandum against forced haircut of Sikhs

Protest March & Memorandum against forced haircut of Sikhs

26 August 2006

The Sikh Community took a protest march taking along scores of Sikhs of Sirsa. The march started from Gurdwara 10th Patshahi marched through Rori bazaar etc. and reached the Deputy Commissioner’s camp office to submit a memorandum to the President of India through the DC against forced haircut of a Sikh Youth in Jaipur by some hooligans who also bet him up brutally. In the absence of the DC the Tehsildar received the memorandum. The Tehsildar while deploring the incident said that the memorandum shall be forwarded to the President of India.
S. Navneet Singh Sethi, Dr, Gurcharan Singh Sandhu, Bibi Daljeet Kaur, Malkit Singh Kang, S. Mohinder Singh Khaja Khera, S. Sukhdev Singh Dhillon, S. Jaspreet Singh, S. Lakhbir Singh Gill, S. Amarjeet Singh, S. Brahmjeet Singh Kanwar and many other noted Sikhs were present.

Meanwhile the main assaulter & culprit in the above case has been arrested in Delhi. Read related story below:

New Delhi, August 24

The forced haircut of a Sikh boy in Jaipur created storm in both Houses of Parliament today as Home Minister Shivraj Patil assured agitated members in the Rajya Sabha that the government would take note of such incidents hurting religious sentiments.

Cutting across party lines, members demanded stern action against the culprits even as the Centre gave a clean chit to the Rajasthan Government regarding the follow-up action taken by it.

The issue triggered a clash between the BJP-Akali Dal and the Congress over the issue of protection of minorities with the rival sides targeting each other over their ‘poor’ record.

Congress member Madhusudan Mistry, as soon as the House met for the day, alleged that minorities were not safe in BJP-ruled states, evoking sharp protests from the Opposition.

Responding to concerns expressed in the Upper House by emotionally-charged members, particularly from the Sikh community, Mr Patil appealed to people not to fall prey to nefarious designs of certain elements to divide society by whipping up religious passions.

Members, cutting across party lines, supported S.S. Ahluwalia (BJP) who raised the issue during Zero Hour.

In the Lok Sabha, the incident triggered a clash between the BJP-Akali Dal and the Congress with the rival sides targeting each other over their ‘poor’ record on the issue of protection of minorities.

The issue, which forced two adjournments in the Lok Sabha, was raised by Congress member Madhusudan Mistry as soon as the House met for the day.

He alleged that the minorities were not safe in BJP-ruled states, evoking sharp protests from Opposition benches.

The incident was condemned by Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.

As soon as Zero Hour began, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (SAD) said the incidents had hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community very much.

Describing the incident, he said, involved a Sikh student of Jaipur whose hair were forcibly cut after he was beaten up by a group of four students jealous over the boy’s love-affair with a girl.

‘’Severe action should be taken against the four youths who have now been arrested,’’ Dhindsa said.

Immediately, the Akali Dal members were on their feet, and were supported by the BJP members.

Congress MP Madhusudan Mistry, supported by his other Congress and UPA colleagues, he wanted a statement from the government in this regard. He alleged that the incident only proved that minorities were not safe in the BJP-ruled States.

As this led to heated exchanges between the members of the ruling and the Opposition, the Speaker adjourned the house for five minutes

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Airtel CEO and 7 others issued nonbailable warrants

Airtel CEO and 7 others issued non-bailable warrants

24 August 2006

Details soon.............

Friday, August 18, 2006

TS Mann Life Sketch

Late Sardar Tirlok Singh Mann Brief Life Sketch

19 August 2006

Today On The Third Death Anniversary of Sr. TS Mann, Sirsa News brings you brief life sketch of Sr. Mann, the guiding light and inspiration that drives this Web Site.

Late Sardar Tirlok Singh Mann (HPS- I Retd. Supdt. Jail)

Sardar Tirlok Singh Mann was born at Village Mannawala Distt. Shekhupura. (Now in Punjab of Pakistan) on 20th July 1920 in the famous Mannawala Family (A chapter is devoted to Mannawala Family, in the book The Chiefs Of Punjab, by a British Author. A family tree from 1700AD upto the name of Sr T.S. Mann also exists in this book as well as the Gazette of Punjab)

He was the eldest son of S. Sahib Singh Mann (Ex MLC of Punjab Assembly 1952)

His education started from Guru Nanak Khalsa High School Nanakana Sahib. He did his Graduation in 1942 from Khalsa College Amritsar. Six feet tall and well built; he was a good athlete & sportsman. He won the Punjab University’s ‘One Mile’ race twice. At that time the Punjab University was the biggest university in the North India and was located at Lahore. Even then he represented the Punjab University’s Volleyball team.
British Professors taught English in Khalsa College at that time. He had good command over English, Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi and even some working knowledge of French. He visited Sri Harmandir Sahib every morning during all 4years of his hostel life at Khalsa College Amritsar
He held his teachers and professors in high esteem. Prof Sahib Singh, who is known for the most authenticated TIKA of Sri Guru Granth Sahib was one of his favorite professors.

In 1943, he joined the Jail department by appointment through Punjab Services Commission. His first posting was probably at Multan Jail as Asstt. Supdt. Jail. At time of partition in 1947, the family was allotted land at Sirsa; he was made a camp commandant for some time to take care of partition refugees at SIRSA. He resumed his jail department post in post partition India. During his service in the Jail Dept he did not distance himself from the prisoners, rather he understood their psychology and interacted with them to resolve their problems as and when these surfaced.
He was very particular about the ration and good hygienic food of the Jail prisoners, and daily ensured that the right quantity and rightly cooked food was served on time. He also took care of the welfare possibilities of all the prisoners. He was very popular with the inmates and many of them used to thank him on and after completion of their jail terms. Besides many jails of Punjab & Haryana he was also posted at Tihar Jail Delhi in early fifties.

In 1975 to 1977 during the national emergency, he was Superintendent of Rohtak Jail. Many senior political leaders were detained in Rohtak jail under his tenure. {To name a few: Sh Bhairon Singh Shekhwat present Vice president of India, Sh LK Advani Ex. Deputy Prime Minister of India, Sh Chander Shekhar Ex PM of India, Ch. Devi Lal Ex DPM India (and Ex CM Haryana), Sh. Sikander Bakht Ex Governor of KERALA, Dr Bhai Mahavir Governor of MP. Sh. Pillo Modi MP, Sh Ashok Mehta MP, Sh Biju Patnaik Ex CM Orissa, Major Jaipal, Bakshi Jagdev and many more…………} All of these were satisfied with the humane behavior of Sr. TS Mann. Many of them called upon him personally at his official residence soon after attaining political posts and ministries in The Janta Party in 1977. Even today many of them remember him fondly.

He was being offered a seat for becoming a MP in the elections of 1977, but he refused as he was a non Political Man and never took any advantage of his such closeness to these leaders. May it be recalled that in 1977 elections it was landslide victory for the JANTA PARTY, and anyone who was nominated by Janta Party was sure to win.

Most recently, after a gap of 28 years, Sh. LK Advani DPM of India recalled him at Rohtak jail on 26 June 2003. An exclusive video film on LK Advani and TS Mann was produced by AajTak news channel in Rohtak Jail; it was telecast at prime time on 26 June 2003 under ‘VISHESH’
Sh Advani specifically mentioned in this telecast the good treatment he got from Mr. Mann during detention under MISA. [Pictures Below]

After 35 years of meritorious service he retired in 1979 as Supdt. Distt. Jail Rohtak, at that time this was the second senior most post in the Jail Deptt. The Govt. gave him four increments for his honest & dedicated services. He had ample regards for his officer: I.G. Prisons, Late Sh. SK Puri. That’s why he refused a promotion to the rank of The IG (the Highest Post of Jail Deptt. In those days) during the last few months of his service, as this would have put the then IG Mr. Puri in trouble, and would have jinxed the last phase of service (career) of Sh. Puri, due to certain political reasons.

He took up farming at his farm at village Kirpal Patti, in Ellenabad Sub Division of Distt. SIRSA after retirement. He did co-operative farming by indulging 20 families with him. He made sure that basic needs of these families (Housing, food and clothing) were fulfilled. He arranged money for them also. He discouraged these families to consume alcohol or any kind of intoxicants. He imparted moral and social teachings to all the people associated with him. He himself was a teetotaler and vegetarian through out his life.

Along with farming he took up many social projects. From 1994, he gave a new momentum to the already Established ‘LOK PANCHAYAT’ (A regd. body) in the Rania-Ellenabad Jeevan Nagar area of SIRSA. Lokpanchayat is a non-religious, non-political, non-factional, social body. [NGO]

Recently in 2002 he had joined the move initiated from the Districts of Karnal & Kurukshetra, for the formation of separate SGPC for Haryana (now know as HSGPC: Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Adhoc). He motivated and apprised people of Sirsa district about the necessity of separate SGPC for Haryana. He was stern follower of the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib. He always cherished his parents.

In 1986, the untimely demise of his elder son: Sh. Gurinder Mann, perturbed him for a while but he took this great loss as will of The Almighty and consoled rest of the family. It is worth mentioning here that Sh. Gurinder Mann was highly educated [M.A. LL.B. BJ, member HUJ] He was a highly talented budding photojournalist and art photographer whose pictures were published in international journals.

Gurinder was a keen musician and a talented painter as well. He was elder brother of Author of this website.

Sardar T.S. Mann’s life was highly disciplined and he was highly health conscious. Even at the age of 83 years, he took long walks daily and visited his fields daily. He never needed much medical care through out his life, as he believed that nature takes care of petty ailments. He was a die-hard optimist.

Sardar Tirlok Singh Mann passed away on the 19th day of August 2003, peacefully. He is remembered for his principled life, honesty, integrity, and philanthropic and outspoken nature.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

60th Independence Day

Health Minister Haryana Unfurls National Flag at 60th Independence Day

15 August 2006

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Dr KV Singh OSD

Friday, August 11, 2006

Guru Vandana CD Released

Dr DP Kar's Guru Vandana CD Released
10 August 2006
Devotional songs CD “Guru Vandana” sung by Dr. DP Kar, an eminent eye surgeon of the region was released tonight at Baba Bihari Samadhi Sathal, by Mr. V. Umashankar, Deputy Commissioner SIRSA.

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The cassette also features budding female singers, Mrs. Rajni Phutela, Ms. Neeru Soni, Shikha Chaudhary, Suman, Sharma & Simran. Well-known musician of Sirsa, Sh Murari Verma, has composed its music; Mr. Verma recorded, edited and mixed all the 8 tracks at his state-of-the-art digital studio. Vision Music a company that is also run by Mr. Verma and his team produced the cassette for ‘Baba Bihari Samriti Charitable Trust Sirsa.’ It is worth mentioning here that Vision Music has so far promoted more than dozen artists of Sirsa. Ms. Rupinder Handa, the recent ‘Awaz Punjab Di’ winner, is also originally a Vision Music artist. Strenuous efforts of Production Manager, Mr. Gurpreet Kashish along with support of Ravinder Noor, and Beyant Singh, made it possible to release this production in record time. Late Sh. Surinder Verma & Sh. Mahabir Parsad Mukesh have penned the cassette’s devotional songs.

[To know more about Mr Murari Verma visit his web site: www.geocities.com/murarimusic ] [The site has not been updated lately]

Although the abilities of Dr. Kar as an eye surgeon are well known in the region, but only a handful of select audience knew of his talented singing based on Hindustani classical music, with this Audio CD & Audio Cassette, his rich trained voice shall reach a wider base of audience.

Sh. Parveen Bagla, chairman of the trust, welcomed Sh. V. Umashankar. Sh Umashankar, The Deputy Commissioner took a quick round of the charitable hospital flanked by Dr. SP Sharma, Dr. Mittal and others.

After the release of the Audio CD the deputy commissioner stayed back for the live program. Live performance by almost all the artists featured in the Album, and also by Mr. Ravinder Noor, Mr Raj Verma, S. Hardev Singh Naamdhari on Taar-Shehnai, an unusual instrument were applauded. Simran eight yrs old daughter of Ravinder Noor who sung ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo…..’ enthralled the audience.

There after, Sh. V. Umashankar addressed the audience. He said that he has immense interest in music, at one time he used to be a violinist, but due to paucity of time now he is unable to pursue his this hobby. He appreciated all the artists and musician Mr. Murari Verma. He was introduced to Sh. Mahabir Parsad Mukesh chief patron of Sangeetika, Mr Mukesh, a septuagenarian is a violinist, and an acclaimed musician and has given training to many an artist of the region. (Sangeetika: An organization devoted to promotion of quality music, especially classical music in Sirsa region)

Mr Laaj Pusp, journalist, anchored the stage ably, as he has been connected to musical activities of the city since he was quiet young. Mr. Push in between the vocal events kept informing the DC about the musicians and artists of the region who have reached highest levels of accomplishments in their respective fields, like Mr. Jagjeet Singh the legendry Gazalist, Mr. Manmohan Singh, who is cinematographer par excellence in Bollywood, Bashir Badr etc.

Dr. RS Sangawan, Dr OP Bansal, Dr Gajendera Singh, Mr Anand Biyaani, Advocate Ramesh Mehta, Namdahri Sewa Singh, Mrs. Deepti Dharmani, vice-president Sangeetika, Mr. Satish Gupta, and several music lovers of Sirsa enjoyed the Bhakti Sangeet Samaroh till mid night.
Mr. Gulab Rai Gujjar thanked the chief guest and all the present.
To read reports about previous releases of Vision Music visit the links below:
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Hindi Pages:
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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Sanjay Arora installed president Rotary Mid Town

Sanjay Arora installed president Rotary Mid Town.

05 August 2006

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SIRSA Mr. Sanjay Arora, bureau chief Punjab Kesari was installed as president of Rotary Mid Town Sirsa. Rotary Distt Governor Dr. BM Dheer collared him. Political top guns of BJP Congress and INLD like Ch. Ranjeet Singh, Deputy Chairman Planning Board Haryana, Prof. Ganeshi Lal, State President BJP and media barons like Sh. KB Pandit President Haryana Patrakar Sangh witnessed the ceremony.
A Cultural program was also held at the occasion.
Mr. Sanjeev Shad renowned choreographer gave Powerful performance through his choreography titled ‘MAA’ on the social topic female foeticide. Karmjeet Karma a budding singer and artist of Vision Music performed Punjabi numbers in the early hours after mid night. Deepak Dance group also gave their stage show.
About Rotary Club
A Brief History
The world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to recapture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The name "Rotary" derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices.

Rotary's popularity spread throughout the United States in the decade that followed; clubs were chartered from San Francisco to New York. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents, and the organization adopted the name Rotary International a year later.

As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving the professional and social interests of club members. Rotarians began pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve communities in need. The organization's dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its principal motto: Service Above Self. Rotary also later embraced a code of ethics, called the 4-Way Test, which has been translated into hundreds of languages.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Contract Farming on the Anvil in Haryana-Navraj Sandhu

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Contract Farming on the Anvil in Haryana-Navraj Sandhu

04 August 2006

Speaking at the Agri Expo, Ms. Navraj Sandhu said that Haryana Farmers should soon be able to get the benefit of Contract Farming very soon. She stressed that farmers should also improve the quality of the farm produce along with yield. In the times of competition and upcoming WTO regulations it becomes necessary to produce quality farm products, be it grains or fruit and vegetable products. She announced that insecticide testing facility at all district levels would be made available soon. She urged the farmers to go for quality seeds and pesticides and get proper bills/cash-memo for their farm input purchases, so that in case of any substandard or faked product the culprit might be brought to book.

Farmers who were visiting the Anaj Mandi attended the Exhibition. One of the attraction at the Expo was a Laser assisted computerized field leveler machine. Dr. BS Sheokand, Co-Ordinator Krishi Vigyan Kendra Sirsa, explained to Sirsa News that the tractor driven leveler is costly equipment costing several lacs of rupees (Rs5.25Lac for leveler and another Rs.4.5Lac for the tractor approximately). He said the equipment would be rented out to needy farmers at per hour usage, along with the expert driver. He is negotiating with the authorities to reduce the rental to make it more viable. He added that a properly leveled field saves plenty of water for flood-irrigated fields consequently also saves on Power and diesel expenditure.

Around the Seminar venue many companies both of private sector as well public sector had put up their stalls to exhibit their products, representatives from banking sector had also put up offices to apprise farmers of Farm Loans and other schemes. Mr Habaksh Monga from SBI and Mr. Makker from PNB were seen explaining farm loan schemes. The Chief Administrator HSAMB Ms. Navraj Sandhu, The DC The ADC along with many senior officials etc. also took a round of all the exhibits.

Deputy Commissioner Mr. V. Umashankar, ADC Mr. Vikas Yadav, SDM, Ms. Geeta Bharti, Dr. Dalip Monga from CICR also addressed the seminar.

A Note about Contract Farming: A SIRSA_NEWS Exclusive.
According to the contract, the farmer is required to plant the contractor’s crop on his land, and to harvest and deliver to the contractor a quantum of produce, based upon anticipated yield and contracted acreage. This could be at a pre-agreed price. Towards these ends, the contractor supplies the farmer with selected inputs, including the required technical advice. Thus, the contractor supplies all the inputs required for cultivation, while the farmer supplies land and labour. However, the terms and nature of the contract differ according to variations in the nature of crops to be grown, agencies, farmers, and technologies and the context in which they are practised. For example, contract farming in wheat is being practised in Madhya Pradesh by Hindustan Lever Ltd (HLL), Rallis and ICICI. Under the system, Rallis supplies agri-inputs and know-how, and ICICI finances (farm credit) the farmers. HLL, the processing company, which requires the farm produce as raw material for its food processing industry, provides the buyback arrangement for the farm output. In this arrangement, farmers benefit through the assured market for their produce in addition to timely, adequate and quality input supply including free technical know-how; HLL benefits through supply-chain efficiency; while Rallis and ICICI benefit through assured clientele for their products and services.

Ellenabad Anaj Mandi Bandh continues into second day

Ellenabad Anaj Mandi Bandh continues into second day

04 August 2006

EllenabadTraders at Ellenabad Anaj Mandi Bandh continued today for the second also. The traders said that the Bandh would continue till their demand is met. More.....

Thursday, August 03, 2006

SG Canal Breaches/Traders-Truckers Row at Ellenabad

Southern Ghagger Canal (SGC) Breaches

02 August 2006

Southern Ghagger Canal (SGC) Breaches at village Budhimaari in near ELLENABAD sub division, several acres of crop submergers in water. The breach is plugged by farmers themselves.

Ellenabad Anaj Mandi Bandh due to traders-truckers row.

03 August 2006

Traders at Ellenabad Anaj Mandi observed a Bandh today due to traders-truckers row.

Details/Pictures of both news soon

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Agri-Expo & Seminar on 4th August

Agri-Expo & Seminar on 4th August

01 August 2006

An Exhibition (Mela) cum seminar on Agriculture is being organized on the 4th of August 2006 at Krishi Vayapar Suchana Kendra (Agribusiness Information Center) complex in side new Anaj Mandi Sirsa. Ms. Navraj Sandhu IAS, Chief Administrator, shall be the chief guest and Mr. R.K. Khullar Director Agriculture shall preside over. Mr. V. Umashankar IAS, Deputy Commissioner Sirsa, will be organizing this Mela.
[Report on 5th August after the Expo]