Thursday, September 29, 2011

Maharaja Aggarsain Jayanti in SIRSA

Maharaja Aggarsain Jayanti- Gopal Kanda presides over.
29 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.
Maharaja Aggarsain Jayanti was celebrated with religious fervor in Sirsa yesterday. Mr Gopal Kanda Home Minister, presided over the main function held at Aggarsain Park. An impressive Shobha Yatra was also taken out by members of Aggarwal community in main bazaars of Sirsa.

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Later Sh. Gopal Kanda informed media that a number of Japanese companies would invest in the Industrial sector in Haryana as during the recent visit of Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Bhupender Singh Hooda to Japan, agreements on many investment proposals have been signed with Japanese companies. The Japanese Japanese major Aisin Seiki has a plan to set up an Auto Plant in Haryana with an investment of Rs. 700 crore over an area of 50acres.This was stated by Minister of State for Industries Mr. Gopal Kanda while interacting with the media persons here today. He said that Chief Minister’s visit to Japan remained fruitful as Mr. Hooda discussed investment proposals with Osamu Suzuki of Suzuki MotorCompany and also with the representatives of Panasonic and Mitsue. He said that Mr. Hooda also urged the representatives of various Japanese companies to invest in Haryana. The companies also showed keen interest in investing in Haryana.
Mr. Kanda said that to facilitate the entrepreneurs in the State, Single Window System has been started. Investment Promotion Centers have been set up in Delhi and Chandigarh. Apart from this to get rid of the unnecessary inspection, self attestation system has also been implemented in the State. He further said that the State Government has decided to launch a fresh survey of micro, small, medium and large industries including all industrial units in the State. Under the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSME) Act 2006, a comprehensive data base would be prepared of all type of industrial units. He said that under the MSME Development Act, resurvey would be done due to the change of the glossary and language of the enterprises in the State. To carry out the survey, the department would seek the services of competent professional agencies and consultancy organizations. Those agencies, organizations and companies in India who have done  annual business of minimum Rs. 15crore in the last three years through the provisions of statistics, research and data collection, survey and consultancy services and they have the experience in the field of MSME could send their technical and financial proposals.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Seminar on Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

Seminar on Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
28 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.
Dr. Arjun Rana Ex-HOD of Deaprtments of Economics HAU Hisar was the keynote speaker at a Seminar held at Patwar Bhawan Sirsa on occasion of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Jayanti organized by Shahid Yadgar Samiti Sirsa. Dr Rana said that the idea of Shaheed Bhagat Singh are relevant even today, in no way he abetted violence and this was evident from the fact that he planted the Bomb in the Parliament at such a point where there could be minimum loss to life or Limb. But such an act was perhaps inevitable to put pressure on the British Rulers that they are no more welcome as rulers of India. Tony Saggu, Sutantar Bharti and other organizers thanked the keynote speaker and those who were present.

Mountain Dew Launches “Limited Edition Neon pack”

Mountain Dew Launches “Limited Edition Neon pack”
28 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.
After Cars and other high end white goods it is time for soft-drink makers to launch Limited Editions. Mountain’ Dew Launched “Limited Edition Neon pack” For the first time, India will witness the thrill of Glow with “Limited Edition Mountain Dew Neon Pack”. The NEON COLOR BOTTLE, available only for a limited period, is being seen in India for the first time. Salman Khan has shot for an exhilarating new campaign for this innovative pack. Mountain Dew’s new campaign will have Salman Khan exploring a dark and dingy cave where the new Limited Edition Mountain Dew Neon Pack shows him the way. Salman Khan said, “Everyone has been scared of the dark at some point in their lives. Darkness and fear are friends for long, get rid of Darkness with the new Limited Edition Mountain Dew Neon Pack and fear will automatically Vanish.” This attractive Neon bottle might become an instant craze especially with kids.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jan Nayak Chaudhary Devi Lal’s birth anniversary celebrated

Jan Nayak Chaudhary Devi Lal’s birth anniversary celebrated at JCDV
27 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.
The 98th birth anniversary of former Deputy Prime Minister Ch. Devi Lal was celebrated at JCD Vidyapeeth yesterday. The Chief Guest of the function was Sh. Naresh Kaushal, Editor, Dainik Tribune, Chandigarh while Mr. Bharat Bhushan Pradhan, Director, Jindal Saw Limited presided over the function. Hundreds of people were present at JCDV to pay their homage to the great leader.
The Program had commenced with the arrival of the Chief Guest with a floral welcome to them. After the floral welcome, the lamp was lit, followed by the Saraswati and Ganesh Vandana. After this a special documentary in the direction of Sh. Narender Kumar with the cooperation of Sh. Vishal Vats and Kanwal Kumar was presented to showcase the life and incidents associated with Chaudhary Devilal. While in power, Chaudhary Devi Lal is credited for having taken several decisions in the interest of the farming community and the rural people, among whom he is popularly known as 'Tau'. In this the various snapshots from his life was taken and act by the students along with a background description of scenes. The students of Sirsa School participated in a Dandiya Fusion Dance. The participants looked wonderful in their colourful Gujrati costumes. A choreography on the contribution of Chaudhary Devilal in Indian Freedom Movement was performed which was highly applauded by the audience. Chaudhary Devi Lal was a follower of Mahatma Gandhi and was actively involved in the struggle for Indian independence from the British Raj. On Mahatma Gandhi's call he left his studies unfinished to take part in the freedom movement.
Afterwards girls from Mata Harki Devi College, Odhan performed Giddha titled ‘Jaago’. In this emotion of a girl who is in her parental home during the festival of ‘Teej’ is depicted. The mesmerizing folk songs captured the hearts of audience. Then a Haryanvi Skit by the students of JCD College of Polytechnic is presented on superstition which conveyed the message of fake ‘Babas’ in the society. The skit was followed by Rajasthani Dance by Dental College students on the lyrics of famous song ‘Mhare hiwada mein nachaya morr’ which was absolutely awesome.
Then the spectators were thrilled by the most awaited performance by students of management who walked the ramp as cowboys. The audience couldn't have asked for more, as the walk electrified the atmosphere. The enthusiastic participation of the students in Haryanvi Dance from Mata Harki Devi College was an eye-catcher for everybody. The evening lit off with a spark by the dance. The colorful and vibrant fest concluded on high note of enthusiasm of traditional Punjabi folk dance Bhangra. A flash mob of about twenty Bhangra dancers in colourful and vibrant Punjabi costumes enthralled onlookers at the event.
The Vidyapeeth administration announced a cash prize of rupees 1100/- for the outstanding performance of fourth class employees in their respective fields. Prizes were distributed by the Chief Guest to the deserving participants who took part in the function. In the end, Sh. Naresh Kaushal encouraged the students with his words of wisdom and blessings and asked them to tread on the path shown by Chaudhary Devilal and become a true INDIAN. Dr. Shamim in her address said that we have a number of projects lined up, all of which will bear the stamp of novelty. Nothing can stop us right now……. Our journey has just begun. Dr. Shamim Sharma while thanking the audience announced a raise of 6 to 10 percentage for Non-teaching Staff and 21 percentages to the fourth class employees.
At last vote of thanks was delivered by the Program coordinator Dr. Kuldeep Singh. He said an event of this magnitude requires detailed planning months in advance. It also requires meticulous execution that leaves nothing to chance. He thanked the organizers particularly staff members of JCD Vidyapeeth for making this program a resounding success.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sirsa in Shambles - Videos by Nagrik Parishad and Prehari.

Sirsa in Shambles - Videos by Nagrik Parishad and Prehari.
25 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Baba Gurmit Singh Tilokewala wins SGPC Elections in Sirsa

Baba Gurmit Singh Tilokewala wins SGPC Elections in Sirsa against SAD(B)
Jagsir Singh Mangiana SAD(B) wins in Dabwali against HSGPC.
22 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Nagrik Parishad and Prehari highlight the pathetic condition of Sirsa City to Administration.

Nagrik Parishad and Prehari highlight the pathetic condition of Sirsa City to Administration.
Deputy Commissioner Sirsa assures stern action against negligence.
20 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann, Dheeraj Bajaj, Anand Sethi, Bobby, Pal Pal News Paper Page
Members of Nagrik Parishad under the leadership ship of Sh. Jagdish Chopra Advocate today displayed a Video shot on the morning of 19th September on burning problems of Sirsa city mainly connected with broken roads, overflowing sewage systems, stray cattle, garbage scattering everywhere, encroachments and traffic problems. The Video was shown to DC Sirsa and top brass of various departments at Mini Secretariat. Deputy Commissioner Dr. YS Khyalia asked the Video to be paused at different scenes and questioned the concerned officials about how and when they will rectify these problems. The officials tried to explain the DC about if and buts of the problems. But DC Sirsa made it clear that they should dedicate themselves to these problems and rectify all these in a time bound manner. Deputy Commissioner Sirsa appointed ADC Sirsa Mr. DK Behra IAS as Nodal officer for monitoring the work on these problems. Dr. YS Khyalia said that negligence now onward from any officer won’t be tolerated and stern action shall be taken against erring officers. Several members of Nagrik Parishad were present in thee meeting.

Another organisation ‘Prehari’ which is headed by Dheeraj Bajaj, a young journalist and Gen Secretary HUJ, put up huge flex Bill Boards at strategic points all over Sirsa city to showcase the pathetic conditions of the City. The Hoardings are also amusing citizens. The Hoardings have a Catchy Slogan in its centre- ‘Sharm Karo Ya Karam Karo’. Dheeraj Bajaj and his team also Video-graphed Sirsa on 8th September. President of Prehari said that apart from administration it is duty of each citizen to help keep clean his surroundings. Mr Bajaj said that the Video and pictures of condition of Sirsa have also been sent to CM Haryana, but there has been no response from any quarters so far.

Excerpts from Both these Videos shall be posted on Sirsa News very soon

Monday, September 19, 2011

SGPC Elections peaceful in SIRSA near to 70% polling reported.

SGPC Elections peaceful in SIRSA nearly 70% polling reported.
19 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.

Indicators by agents say Baba Gurmit Singh Tilokewala wins by huge margin of over 5000 Votes over SAD(B)-INLD Candidate Parkash Singh Sahuwala.

In Dabwali SAD(B) candidate Jagsir Singh Magiana wins by over 1000 votes defeating Jagdev Singh Mattdadu of HSGPC as per estimate of polling agents.

Results may on 22nd September but shall remain a subject to decision upon petion of Shajdhari voters pending in Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

SGPC Elections tomorrow.

SGPC Elections:
Sirsa: Contest is between Sant and Seasoned Politicians
Dabwali: Triangular Contest-Jagdev Singh Mattdadu (HSGPC), Jagseer  Singh Mangiana (INLD-SAD) and Parmajit Singh Maakhaa
17 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.
The SGPC election to be held tomorrow which started on low key campaigns and amidst confusions of new Sikh voter enrolments, and the Faux-Pas of issue of Sehajdhari Voters etc, became focused and has become a keen contest on 2 seats of Sirsa. Sirsa and Dabwali Seats both fall in General Category.

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In the last SGPC elections held in 2004, the main election issue was demand for separate Gurdwara Management Committee for Haryana. On this issue 7 of the 11 seats were won by candidates of HSGPC. HSGPC supporters impressed upon Haryana Govt. Central Government and The SGPC to accede to the demand for separate SGPC for Haryana on the basis of winning of these seats as referendum. But the Separate Committee could not be formed. Now in this 2011 SGPC the issue in the beginning may have been a non-starter but it had surely and certainly picked up heat and is again on the forefront of these elections. In 2004 Congress seemed to approving the demand as it was in the election manifesto of the Congress, due to this even the supporters of separate committee who came from various backgrounds were wrongly dubbed as Congressmen by media as well the SAD(B). This even hurt several of the protagonists of HSGPC.

But this time the defeat of 2004 by SAD(B) was taken seriously by Akali Dal Badal and SAD(B) biggies don’t want to see such a scenario again, to further safeguard its interests on these seats in Haryana SAD(B) handed over the Fort of Haryana SGPC elections to INLD to Hold. Interestingly INLD, a non Sikh Political party allotted all the seats to candidates for SGPC elections in Haryana. The two parties, SAD(B) and INLD are known for their affinity for each other. But their tying knot in SGPC elections may backfire and may not conceive desired results. SAD(B) leaders and INLD leaders are also bragging that all other candidates other than their candidates are Congress agents but it is to how voters see through it.

In Sirsa seat the Badal Candidate is Parkash Singh Sahuwala, his family is a stout follower of INLD. In his poll campaign he is always talking about Badal and against separate committee. While his main opponent, Baba Gurmit Singh Tilokewala is a non political person, and is convincing the voters that only religious persons should be elected to SGPC, he also asserts and admits that the demand of separate SGPC for Haryana is well founded and Haryana Sikhs are competent to manage their Sikh Shrinen. Baba Tilokewala is also supported by HSGPC, Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Sabha, Ekas Ke Ham Barik and half a dozen Sikh organizations. Baba is said to be in better position.

In Dabwali, it started as a triangular contest between Jagdev Singh Mattdadu of HSGPC and Jagsir Singh Mangiana of SAD and Paramjit Singh Makha, also fighting election on issue of separate committee supported by Deedar Singh Nalwi. Of late the contest is said to be between Jagdev Singh Mattdadu of HSGPC and Jagsir Singh Mangiana of SAD(B)-INLD alliance.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Baba Gurmit Singh Tilokewala SGPC Candidate Road Show.

Baba Gurmit Singh Tilokewala SGPC Candidate Impressive Road Show.
15 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann, Gurdev Sethi, Nakul Jasuja
An Impressive road show was taken out by Baba Gurmit Singh Tilokewala Independent Candidate supported by several Sikh organizations including HSGPC.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Abhay Singh Chautala speaks about SGPC elections and Hisar By-Poll

Abhay Singh Chautala speaks about INLD support to SAD(B) in SGPC elections.
And about Ajay Singh Chautala as INLD candidate for Hisar Lok Sabha Seat
14 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.
Abhay Singh Chautala took a Press Conference at Barnala Roda Chatala house, See the Video of the PC where he speaks about INLD Support to SAD Badal in SGPC Elections in Haryana and about Hisar By Poll where his elder brother Ch. Ajay Singh Chautala is contesting as INLD candidate for Lok Sabha.

Apart from several party officials, Manjinder Sirsa (Riar) Delhi Municipal Councillor, Tarlochan Singh, Padam Chand Jain, Dr Hari Singh Bhari, INLD spokesperson Mahabir Sharma were present.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Core Committee of Nagrik Parishad formed.

Core Committee of Nagrik Parishad formed.
13 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.

Nagrik Parishad Sirsa, today constituted a core committee to take important policy decisions.  Chairman of Nagrik Parishad Sirsa Mr. Jagdish Chopra Advocate informed that, Mr. LD Mehta Adv Ex Chairman HPSC, Ex MP Mr. Het Ram, Ex IG Police Mr. CR Kaswan, Dr. RS Sangwan, Mr. Surender Bhatia, Ramesh Mehta Advocate, Mr. Heeralal Sharma, Arun Mehta, Mr. Chanderpal Yogi, Mr. Anand Biyani, Mr. Parveen Bagla, Mr Satish Gupta, Mr Gurjeet Mann Advocate have been taken as members of the Core committee. 
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Upcoming NEWS:
Special Report on SGPC Elections in Haryana
South Africa Cricket Team's Visit at JCDV NCA SIRSA.
Report on Activities in SIRSA related to HISAR By Poll.
Updates on 15th September Editor is on leave.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ranbir Kapoor donates KBC Prize Money for Community water initiative.

Ranbir Kapoor donates KBC Prize Money for Community water initiative.
In Sirsa also we have our own ‘Water Man’, Mr Ramesh Goyal (Tax Consultant) who is always sensitizing society about the importance of Water Conservation. SirsaNews shall carry an exclusive story on him very soon
12 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.
Ranbir Kapoor Donates KBC Prize Money to PepsiCo’s Community Water initiatives
Ranbir Kapoor is not only a popular actor but a responsible citizen also who is concerned about the world he lives in. He recently shot for Kaun Banega Crorepati as a contestant and talked about the importance of saving a precious natural resource like water. Ranbir decided to donate his prize money to the Community Water Initiatives by Pepsi’s parent company, PepsiCo India. “Water is a resource that we all take for granted. We should be more conscious of the importance of water and do our bit to conserve it. I try and save water wherever I can. Simple things make a lot of difference like using a mug for shaving and a bucket to take a bath instead of a running shower. Do your bit by saving water where you can,” said Ranbir. About his decision to donate the prize money to PepsiCo’s Community Water initiatives, he added, “PepsiCo is a large Food and Beverage Company and you may think they use a lot of water. But in reality they give back more water than they use, which means they are Water Positive. They have many community programmes for water conservation. I am proud to make a small contribution towards it”. “Ranbir is a youth icon and at PepsiCo India we are proud to be associated with him. We are glad he feels towards the cause of saving water. As a company, PepsiCo is already Water Positive and we return much more water than we use in our businesses. We will ensure that Ranbir’s contribution is utilized well towards water conservation initiatives”, said, Manu Anand, Chairman, PepsiCo India Region. The Kaun Banega Crorepati episode featuring Ranbir Kapoor will air on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 8:30pm.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Alternative Disputes Resolution Centres to be set up at SIRSA

Alternative Disputes Resolution Centres (ADRC) to be set up at SIRSA.
09 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.
Alternative Disputes Resolution Centres (ADRC) will be set up either in court premises or adjoining areas at all district headquarters in the State and each such centre would be set up at a cost of Rs one crore. While stating this here today, Member Secretary Haryana State Legal Services Authority, Mr. Deepak Gupta said that one such Centre would be established over an area of 1000 square yard in Sirsa. These Centres would be set up on the same pattern in other district courts. Public utility services related to District Legal Services Authority would be available at these centres. Permanent Settlement House, Mediation Centre, Lok Adalat and office of Secretary, District Legal Services Authority would be set up in these centres. Thus, all facilities being provided by District Legal Services Authority would be available under one roof. He said that Lok Adalat, Permanent Settlement House, Mediation Centre and Evening Courts would also be set up in these Centres. Apart from providing information about services being rendered by State Legal Services Authority, display boards depicting information about these services would also be installed in these Centres.
He said that now those having annual income of up to Rs. one lakh would be eligible for free legal assistance from Haryana State Legal Services Authority as against those having annual income of upto Rs.75,000. Distt  and session judge Mr. Subhash Goyal, Deputy Commissioner Dr. Yudhbir Singh and  Additional Civil Judge  were also present here.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Dr Ajay Chautala to contest Hisar Lok Sabha by-poll

Dr Ajay Chautala to contest Hisar Lok Sabha by-poll.
08 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.
Indian National Lok Dal Secretary General Ajay Singh Chautala will contest the Hisar Lok Sabha bypoll slated for October 13. Dr.  Ajay Singh Chautala, is a sitting MLA from Dabwali in SIRSA. His name was announced at party's state working committee meeting held in Delhi. The INLD working committee meeting was held recently under the chairmanship of former Chief Minister and party head Om Prakash Chautala. Hisar Parliamentary seat fell vacant following the demise of former Chief Minister Ch. Bhajan Lal who represented it as a Haryana Janhit Congress candidate. 

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Vodaphone Expands 3G Network in Haryana, Will Also Power the latest MiFi Devices

Vodaphone Expands 3G Network in Haryana, Will Also Power the latest MiFi Devices
05 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.

Vodafone expands its 3G footprint to Sonipat, Rohtak and Yamunanagar. 
Vodafone Essar India, one of the leading telecommunications service providers, today announced the roll-out of its 3G services in Sonipat and Rohtak. Before this Vodafone 3G Services were first introduced in other cities like Panipat and Ambala in Haryana. As a part of the second phase, the services were rolled out in Karnal and Kurukshetra. Now the services are being introduced in Sonipat, Yamunanagar and Rohtak. 

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ishmeet Singh, COO, Haryana, Vodafone Essar Ltd, “With our 3G service we welcome all our customers to faster, smarter, better world of Vodafone 3G. After receiving great response in major cities of Haryana, we will now reach out to other towns and cities to give more Vodafone customers a chance to experience the benefits of 3G in different parts of the state.” It is notable to mention that Vodafone’s 3G services are today available in over 20 countries making Vodafone the largest provider of the 3 G services in the world. Vodafone’s 3G (Click on 3G to know what is 3G) Services will also power the new Mi-fi device (Click here To Know More about MiFi device), which can provide portable Wi-Fi access to 5 to 10 devices, at one time. This technology will also provide a mobile broadband service for its customers- primarily providing PC and laptop connectivity. Faster bandwidth means access to high definition video, games and much more are now possible in 3G coverage.

A Note about MiFi: MiFi is a compact wireless routers that act as mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. The MiFi can be connected to a mobile phone (cellular) carrier and provide internet access for up to 5 devices. The MiFi works at a distance up to 10m or 30 ft and will provide internet or network access to any WiFi enabled peripheral device. 

Monday, September 05, 2011

Nagrik Parishad Meeting to Discuss Action Plan for City Problems

Nagrik Parishad Meeting held at Sirsa Club to Discuss Action Plan for City Problems
04 September, 2011
Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.

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Sunday, September 04, 2011

Sant Gurmeet Singh Tilokewala SGPC Election Office Inauguration at SIRSA

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Sant Gurmeet Singh Tilokewala SGPC Election Office
Inauguration at SIRSA
03 September, 2011
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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Sirsa as a District Turns 36 today

Sirsa as a District Turns 36 today
01 September, 2010
All pictures can be mouse clicked to enlarge. Pictures & Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann.
About SIRSA on September 1st 2011 (A brief up to date History of Sirsa from Archives of published earlier here)

SIRSA is a district in the Haryana State of India. Its history dates back to the time of Mahabharata. At one time, the Sarasvati River (now known as Ghagger) flowed in this area. Baba Sarsainath is said to have been the first person to come here to do tapp.

Its ancient name was Sairishaka, which finds mention in Mahabharata, Panini's Ashatadhayayi and Divyavadan. In Mahabharata, Sairishaka is described as being taken by Nakula in his conquest of the western quarter. It must have been a flourishing city in the 5th century B.C. as it has been mentioned by Panini. According to local tradition, an unknown king named Saras founded the town in 7th century A.D. and built a fort. The material remains of an ancient fort can still be seen in the South-East of the present town. According to another tradition, the name has its origin from the sacred river SARASVATI which one flowed near it. Hence a large chunk of populace call it by the name SARSA. The derivation of name Sirsa, is also attributed to the abundance of siris trees in the neighborhood of Sirsa which seems quite plausible for it finds some corroboration also in Panini and his commentator. In ancient period, Sirsa was also known as Sirsapattan.
In the time of Akbar, Sirsa was one of the dasturs of Hisar Feroza Sarkar and much of its area lying in the present Sirsa district was covered by Mahals of Fatehabad, Bhattu, Bhangiwal (Darba), Sirsa, Bhatner (or Hanumangarh, Rajasthan) and Paniyana (Rajasthan). With the decline of the Mughal Empire, the track comprising Sirsa district came under the control of Marathas. The whole of Delhi Territory of which the tract formed part was ceded by the Marathas to the British in 1810.
In 1819, the Delhi territory was divided into three districts - the Central which included Delhi, The Southern including Rewari, and the North-Western including Panipat, Hansi, Hisar, Sirsa and Rohtak. In 1820, the latter was again sub-divided into Northern and Western and Sirsa alongwith Hansi, Hisar and Bhiwani formed Western district (Haryana district and later known Hisar district). In 1837, Sirsa and Rania parganas were taken out of Haryana district and alongwith Guda and Malaut parganas were formed into a separate district called Bhattiana. The whole of the Delhi territory alongwith district of Bhattiana and Hisar was transferred to Punjab in 1858 and the district of Bhattiana was renamed as Sirsa.
The Sirsa district which comprised three tahsils of Sirsa, Dabwali and Fazilka was abolished in 1884 and Sirsa tahsil (consisting of 199 Villages) and 126 villages of Dabwali tahsil formed one tahsil and the same was merged in the Hisar district and the rest of the portion was transferred to the Firozpur district (Punjab). There was no change till the Independence of the country except that a village was transferred from Sirsa tahsil to the then state of Bikaner in 1906. The entire area of the district was included in the new state of Haryana on November 1, 1966. In 1968, Sirsa tehsil was bifurcated into Sirsa and Dabwali tahsils. In 1974, three villages of Dabwali tahsil were transferred to Sirsa tahsil.
On September 1, 1975, Sirsa was again made a separate District of Haryana.
Sirsa as of today is fast emerging as an education city, it now boasts of several technical colleges, pharmacy, medical and paramedical institutes, PG Colleges, B.Ed. Colleges, and one UGC recognized University. Its longtime status of agriculturally advanced district remains undisputed even today. Sirsa boasts of good production of Wheat, Rice & Cotton mainly along with mustard, barley, pulses, vegetables and citrus fruits.
Sirsa is also known for its various Religious places inside the main city and the surroundings. Its known to be bound by various religious Deras and Kutiyaas from all its sides. The main city has several Hindu temples including Dera Sarsainath, 2 historic Sikh Gurdwaras, one ancient Jama Masjid, Tomb Khwaja Pir, two old Churches. On the outskirts of Sirsa are situated Radha Swami Satsang Ghar, Nirankari Bhawan, Dera Sacha Sauda, Tarkehswarm Dham (Tara Baba Kutia), Dera Bhuman Shah, Namdhari Dera Jeevan Nagar, Dera Jagmal Wali of Sant Baluchistani, Gurdwara Chormaar Sahib etc. etc.
Ex Deputy Prime Minister, Late Chaudhary Devi Lal and Ex CM Haryana Sh OP Chautala belong to Sirsa. It was a vision of Ch Devi Lal to provide good education facilities in Sirsa, his this dream was carved into shape by Ch. OP Chautala by setting up Ch Devi Lal University (CDLU) and Ch Devi Lal Memorial Engineering College at Sirsa, the grandsons of Ch. Devi Lal could not sit idle in enhancing the dreams of Ch Devi Lal, Jan Nayak Ch Devilal Vidyapeeth, (JCDV) a premier education provider which has more than seven institutes running under its aegis and has a beautiful campus on Barnala Road is a brain child of Sh. Ajay Singh MP and Sh. Abhay Singh Chautala MLA, both are grandsons of Ch Devi Lal and sons of Ch OP Chautala. Great Grand Son of Ch Devi Lal, Mr. Digvijay Chautala has set up JCD National Cricket Academy at Sirsa in 2008. Govt. National PG College of Sirsa is Haryana's largest college strength wise.
Famous cinematographer and contemporary Punjabi films producer, Manmohan Singh of DDLJ fame belongs to SIRSA. Sirsa is geographically at a strategic point for Air Warfare so it has a well established airbase of the IAF.
As we go towards west along the course of Ghagger River (erstwhile Sraswati) the rich soil of its surrounding areas famous for bumper rice and wheat crops also is a home to migratory birds from as far as Siberia, The Ottu Wier about 12 KM from Sirsa City is being developed into a big 1200Acres lake, a bird sanctuary, and a tourist attraction bythe present Government, though the polluted waters from the industrial affluents discharged upstream the river are keeping many of the migratory birds away still one can notice bird life there. Going past the Ottu Wier, is Rania town which was home to Bhatti Nawab of Rania he resisted the British and was freedom fighter of first war against The British for Independence in 1857.
Next to Rania is Jeevan Nagar the home of Namdhari Kuka Sikhs, the Kuka Sikhs were the army of Baba Ram Singh ji Namdhari and it is said that even before 1857 movement, the KUKA Sikhs were the first to blow bigule against the British by declaring non-cooperation, so chronologically this may be the advent of war against the British. Suba Khushal Singh of Village Thiraj was a freedom fighter of that era from Sirsa. The Namdhari Sikhs apart from their role in the freedom fight of India are also famous for Namdhari Music, as they sing the Sacred Gurbani Shabds in Raagas only, as prescribed in the holy Guru Granth. TheFamous Gazal Maestro Jagjeet Singh descends from a Namdhari Family. Namdharis are cow lovers and the protection of Cows from slaughter remains the foremost concern of Namdharis. Namdhari XI hockey had always been on the forefront, after a brief pause, again today Sardar Singh and Deedar Singh, products of Namdhari Hockey Academy, now play for the National Hockey team are from village Sant Nagar Sirsa. Unlike infamous Khap Panchayats of South-East Haryana, a social body LOKPANCHAYAT works for social justice and aims at resolving various disputes at village level, is active since almost last three decades in this very region.
On the South end of Sirsa is Dera Sacha Sauda, the dera apart from its religious activities, runs educational institutes and has put great emphasis upon sports in these institutes, in 2008, more than half a dozen of girls from Shah Satnam Ji Girls Education School played for and made the Indian team win the 12th Asian Women’s Roller Skating Hockey Champion Ship held at Kolkata. The dera also has a well built cricket stadium where veteran teams of India and Pakistan played a day and night series.
Dera Sar Sainath, presence of large number Bodh and Jain monks and other Sufee fakirs brought 1st and 10th Sikh Gurus, Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind to Sirsa, Guru Nanak stayed for forty days in the company of a sufi saint at the place where now historical Gurdwara Chilla Sahib is, Guru Gobind visited Dera Sar Sai Nath and also stayed there, the historic Gurdwara Patshahi Dasam is also in the midst of the main city. One lesser known mandir of the city near Ghanta Ghar Chowk is Khatu Shyam Mandir which has an ancient, 850 years old Idol of Lord Krishna installed in it. There is a pracheen Shiv Mandir inside the Gau Shala. Baba Bihari Samadh on Rania road, which apart from its religious aura is also known for holding Indian music concerts at the samadhi regularly.Shankar Sharma a renowned painter has a Chitrashala in Nohria Bazar. Ramesh Chander Shalihas, Harbahjan Singh Rainu, Sukhchain Singh Bhandari, Puran Moudgil, Rup Devgun, Harbhagwan Chawla....and several more are famous writers/poets from Sirsa.
Village Ludesar has a war memorial of Second World War martyrs. While the jawans of today also have never left themselves behind in the supreme sacrifice for their motherland, more recently there were at-least three martyrs from Sirsa in the Indian Army who laid their lives fighting for India in the Kargil war.
Sirsa shares its borders with Rajasthan & Punjab so a trilateral fusion of cultures of Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana can be seen only in this city. As varied as its culture is its climate from touching as low as 7degree Celsius in winter to as high as 47 degrees in the summer. Yet SIRSA is always appreciated for the extraordinary tolerance of its people and their warm hospitality.
Compiled and updated by G.S. Mann, Editor: the original article is available on this website also. Errors and omissions if any are regretted.
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