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Monday, November 4, 2019

No to Sarna, yes to Mann

No to Sarna, yes to Mann

Amritsar: This week, Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) president Paramjit Singh Sarna, who was leading a religious procession, was not allowed by the immigration authorities to cross over to Pakistan from Attari border owing to a cheating case registered against him in Delhi. Meanwhile, Simranjit Singh Mann, president, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), who had been booked for sedition several times, was allowed to go. Mann met controversial Pakistani Sikh leader Gopal Singh Chawla on November 1 and posted photographs on his Facbook page, but no controversy erupted.

Plastic-free world, his mission

Gurdaspur: Dr Rajat Oberoi, Deputy Director, Local Bodies, and his wife Loveena Oberoi, a professor at Amritsar Government Medical College, are on a mission to turn the border Assembly seat of Narot Jaimal Singh a plastic-free zone. The area has been chosen because of the extremely low literacy rate. The first steps have been taken and now the couple is busy drawing up a plan wherein the rural population will be made aware of the menace of plastic. “When I was posted as Ajnala SDM, I launched a similar drive and found a lot of success. People had stopped using plastic bags, which in any case, are known to cause a lot of environmental damage. A concerted drive is the order of the day if we have to save our environment and with it, our future generations,” said Oberoi. The officer has started a crusade and now aims to take it further. What a better tribute to his work than people shunning the use of plastics at Kartarpur corridor.

In Guru’s sewa

Sultanpur Lodhi: Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyer Harpreet Sandhu has been performing sewa in the holy town ahead of the 550th Gurpurb. He began with planting 550 saplings of gulmohar and amaltas trees in and around Gurdwara Ber Sahib and along the banks of Bein. He also provided slippers to sangat outside gurdwaras, patkas and safas on roadside and assistance to elderly and handicapped devotees. Besides, he got installed mobile toilets, water dispensers and started awareness events on drug de-addiction and women empowerment. He also emphasised on having trips of schoolchildren to the historical gurdwara. Recently, he started sewa of distributing pictures of Gurdwara Ber Sahib among sangat to make them aware of its historical significance.

High on spirituality

Abohar: About a century-old gaushala in the town organised "raslila" on the eve of Gopashtami, for the fifth consecutive year. Hundreds of residents flocked to the complex for six days till Sunday to watch the presentation by artistes of Sri Bal Krishna Lila Sansthan from Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh). The tradition is many centuries old. It has roots all over Brij. Vrindavan can be termed as the spiritual centre of Brij and is best known for its theatre. Gaushala president Faquir Chand Goyal says, "Raslila (divine play) is the outcome of the Bhakti movement. In today's times, where wars are still fought, it is Krishna's message (Bhagavad Gita) that continues to be relevant."

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