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200 Dalit families convert to Buddhism in Hisar village

Bhiwani :
Around 200 Dalit families converted to Buddhism and vowed against voting for the BJP, alleging that they had been facing social boycott for the past over a year in Bhatla village of the district.

The families said they had embraced Buddhism “as they had no other way to escape social boycott and atrocities at the hands of upper caste families in the village”.

Buddhist priests from Yamunanagar and Ballabgarh performed the formalities to covert the families to Buddhism at a ceremony held in Ravidass Temple of the village.
Dalit activist Rajat Kalsan said out of around 500 families, 300 families had converted today.

The state’s investigation department, however, stated that about 160 families had converted in the village.

The row between Dalits and upper caste communities dates back to June 15, 2017, when upper caste youths had allegedly assaulted Dalit youths, who were drawing water as per their turn from a hand pump.

On June 16, the Punjab and Haryana appointed Court Commissioner Additional Advocate General Deepak Balyan visited the village to interact with the Dalit families.

In his report, he had mentioned that a dispute over a trivial issue of drawing water had occurred between two groups of youths which took caste colour due to instigation by some vested interests.

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Vinesh’s mother credits Mahavir

Bhiwani :
Grappler Vinesh Phogat has lived up to the expectations of her family by winning the gold medal in the 50-kg freestyle category in the Asian Games.

Her family now wants her to shine at the next Olympics. “Vinesh is in full flow. She will win gold in the Olympics,” her mother Prem Lata said, her voice choking.

She credited Vinesh’s success to her uncle Mahavir Phogat, who trained her along with Geeta and Babita.

“Like her cousin sisters, she has proved to be a true disciple of Mahavir Phogat. She has nerves of steel and a strong willpower. The injury that threatened her career in the Rio Olympics failed to dishearten her and as has emerged stronger after the incident,” she said.

Her brother, Harvinder Singh, said Vinesh had regained her form. “With her current form and determination, I am sure that she will win the first gold in wrestling for the country in the next Olympics,” he added.

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Next, Bajrang’s parents hope for Olympic gold

Sonepat :
Wrestler Bajrang Punia’s parents want his son to win an Olympic gold now. “I am proud of my son,” said his father Balwan.

After the news of Bajrang’s spread, there was a steady stream of visitors to his home in Model Town here. Among the visitors were Bajrang’s fellow wresters from the SAI’s centre and Yogeshwar Dutt’s academy.

Bajrang’s family had shifted base from Jhajjar to Sonepat as he used to train at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre.

Bajrang would be given a warm welcome on his return, said wrestlers Ram Karan, Randhir Malik, Bijender and Bani Singh.

Khattar all praise

Chandigarh : Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has congratulated Asian Games medallits Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Lakshay Sheoran. “Vinesh Phogat’s win will encourage other girls in the state. She has brought laurels to the country and the state,” he said. The CM He wished all medallists success in their future endeavours. 

Night-long party

There were night-long celebrations at Yogeshwar Dutt’s academy in Bhainswal Kalan village. Young wrestlers of the academy celebrated Bajrang’s win by distributing sweets and dancing on the beats of DJ music.

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Four CMs firm up joint strategy to fight drugs

Office in P’kula to share info, periodic review meetings

Chandigarh :
Indicating the enormity of the problem, the Chief Ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh on Monday firmed up a joint strategy to battle the drug menace, deciding to set up a central secretariat at Panchkula for sharing data and to hold review meetings at the CM-level every six months and at the level of the Chief Secretary/DGP every three months.

The meeting was held at the initiative of Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar. The HP CM participated through video-conferencing.

It was decided that nodal officers would be deployed at  the Panchkula centre to coordinate data-sharing. Also, the Special Task Force (STF) in each of the four states would meet every month to share information on drug peddlers.

Talking to the media later, the CMs said their Uttar Pradesh counterpart would be asked to join in the efforts. Jammu and Kashmir would be involved in the strategy later. In a joint statement,  the CMs stressed that data-sharing was a must if the battle against drugs was to be won.

Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh said the state STF had registered 19,179 cases under the NDPS Act (till August 5) and 21,571 persons,  including police officials, had been arrested. A study by PGI, Chandigarh, last year had said 2.7 lakh of the state’s population was hooked on drugs — one out of every six persons. The problem was more acute in Punjab villages, it had said. 

Khattar favoured fast-track courts to try those in the drug trade. Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur suggested that the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act be invoked against the drug peddlers. 

Rajasthan Additional Home Secretary, who too attended the meeting, admitted that opium produced legitimately was being diverted elsewhere. Uttarakhand CM TS Rawat expressed concern over women being targeted by drug mafia.

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Probe ordered into escape of four girls from shelter home

Jhajjar :
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sonal Goel has ordered an inquiry into the escaping of four teenaged girl inmates from Umang, a shelter home for destitute children, on the intervening night of August 16 and 17.

“A three-member committee, comprising Bahadurgarh SDM and DSP and Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad, has been constituted to inquire into the incident. The committee has been directed to submit its report within a week,” said sources.

The shelter home, being run under the Haryana State Child Welfare Council (HSCWC), has 22 inmates and most of them are either abandoned children or orphans and some employees have been deputed there to run the shelter home.

The incident came to light on Friday when the employees found four inmates missing during morning attendance. They immediately informed the police and the police traced three girls from Faridabad and one from Sonepat within 24 hours.

Sources said the girls went to Panipat from Bahadurgarh and three of them took a train for Mumbai. They reportedly planned to go to Mumbai to find jobs there. The trio was recovered from Faridabad railway station and sent to Nari Niketen in Karnal, while the fourth was handed over to her family members.

“Preliminary inquiry has revealed that the girls used a wooden ladder to scale 10-foot-high outer wall of the shelter home. The ladder is being used to facilitate construction works being carried out in the shelter home these days. Though a watchman was on the duty at the time of the incident, but he was asleep,” said the sources.

The DC said escaping of the girls from the shelter home was a serious issue hence a thorough inquiry was needed to ascertain the reasons behind the negligence. “Appropriate action will be taken against the guilty,” she added.

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