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Navaratra fair begins at Mata Mansa Devi temple Mar 28

Devotees throng Mata Mansa Devi temple on the first day of Navratras at Panchkula on Friday.

At least 60,000 devotees had visited the Mata Mansa Devi temple on the first day of Navaratra fair that began here today. The fair is to continue till April 3.

Though the turnout of devotees remained low till the afternoon, the number started rising sharply by the evening which surpassed the figure of the last year on same day when 55,000 pilgrims paid their obeisance.

The offerings collected at the temple, in addition to cash of Rs 5,50,000, consisted of a piece of gold and 29 pieces of silver. Last year, Rs 5,25,000 were collected as offerings on the first day of Navratras. The number of devotees is expected to rise during the coming days, said Deputy Commissioner Rajender Kataria.

However, as far as the security was concerned, the district administration had left no stone unturned. There were sufficient security personnel keeping in view the number of devotees and the administration had also made good arrangements of parking. However, lack of coordination between security agencies and the Mansa Devi board led to harassment for many.

The employees of Central Soil and Water Conservation Research Farm had to return home without attending their duties when they were not allowed to take their vehicles to their office. The farm manager, Dr RS Nain, said the staff was provided with passes by the temple management last year. However, this time they were not issued any pass despite repeated requests. On the other hand thousands of people could be seen visiting temple through special gate carrying passes bearing markings of VIP and VVIP.

According to sources, the management has distributed more than 12,000 passes to politicians, bureaucrats and mediapersons to facilitate them and their acquaintances to have ‘easy darshans’.

The pass system, despite an eyesore for many, has continued for several years. It was only a way to oblige the who’s who by the board, said Devinder Mahajan, president of the MDC Sector 4 Association. “In fact we requested the Haryana Chief Minister during his visit here to stop this practice and he promised for the same. However, nothing was done to remove the partiality among the pilgrims in the name of passes,” he said.

PGI launches Quadraplex PCR for Eye Infections Mar 18

In a major development, which will surely give boost to research at PGI, the institute has obtained the US patent for a unique methodology, Quadraplex PCR, for diagnosing various types of eye infections caused by parasite, fungus, bacteria and virus in one single examination.

The new methodology shortens the diagnostic time to a few hours as compared to the earlier method that used to take several days. In one test, doctors would be able to distinguish whether the infection has been caused by a parasite, a fungus, a bacteria or virus and treat the same accordingly.

Addressing the media on the occasion of 3rd Founders’ day of the Advanced Eye Centre, PGI, Head of Ophthalmology Department, Prof Amod Gupta said, “This technique will not only save the patient’s time but will also save their eye as conservative method required repetitive sampling, which take more time that can cause blindness.”

As per figures available with the PGI, Advanced Eye Centre, almost 1,000 patients of various types of infections were reported at PGI every year. The most common one is fungal infection and others were tuberculosis (bacterial), cytomegalovirus (viral) and toxoplasmosis (parasite).

The patent was issued jointly in the name of Dr Vaishali Gupta (AEC), Dr Sunil Arora, Dr Naresh Sachdev of the Department of Immunopathology, Dr Amod Gupta (AEC) and Dr Pradeep Bambery of the Department of Internal Medicine.

On this occasion, he highlighted the state of art technology, which was introduced at the centre during last one year. He pointed out about infinity phacoemulsification machines for cataract surgery, an IOL Master for non contact IOL power calculation, new Accurus vitreous surgery machines, etc.

Due to availability of various facilities in AEC, number of patients has been increased as compared to previous years. About 71,486 patients visited the centre for availing of its services, 38 per cent increase from 1,23,497 in the year 2006-07 when the centre was opened. Nearly 1,18,891 patients were provided tertiary care in its sub speciality clinics, he added.

Three-day Haryanvi Ragini Festival at Tagore theatre Mar 17

Haryanvi folklore maestros regaled the scant audience on the opening day of the three-day Haryanvi Ragini Festival at Tagore theatre here today.

The folklore bonanza brought to the city by the North Zone Cultural Centre and Information and Public Relation Department, Haryana, is aimed at projecting a slice of Haryanvi folk culture to the city art lovers, disclosed IAS K.K. Khandelwal.

As many as 10 top folklore troupes will perform during the fest, he added. Master Satbir Singh supported by accompanying artists rendered three ragini compositions of Pandit Lakhmi Chand, hailed as the Shakespeare of Haryana. The raginis weaved in devotional pastoral fervour were well received by relatively low listeners.

The humour remains the essential ingredient of Haryanvis and acclaimed ragini singer, Pale Ram, spelt rustic humour and folk melody with romantic fervour like “Jahaaz mein baith gori”or “Mujhko kyon badnam kiya”. Master Suresh Kumar too impressed with his virile voice concluding with “Sajan ke ghar jaya sai gori”.

Haryanavi poet and anchor, Raj Kumar Dhankad, compeered the programme. The chief guest IAS Fateh Singh Dagar honoured the artists.

Asrar-ul-Haq evitalise the grandeur of rich Urdu language Mar 03

“Aei gham-e-dil kya karoon, vaihshte dil kya karoon,” a timeless poetic creation and many more alike established the literary prominence of Urdu poet, Asrar-ul-Haq, better known as Majaz Lukhnavi. In their endeavour to revitalise the grandeur of rich Urdu language the Haryana Urdu Akademy, as part of the crusade, has organised a two-day International seminar on the life and achievements of legendary poet at Haryana Niwas here today.

Dr AR Kidwai, Governor of Haryana, said poet is an omniscient person who represents the ethos of the masses from time to time and Majaz, though a poet of romance and popular among youth, enthused them to join the freedom struggle through his poems on patriotism and love for motherland. It is as such imperative to extol and disseminate the viewpoint of such legends to the coming generation through such seminars, he maintained.

Education minister, Mange Ram Gupta, read out the choicest couplets of Majaz.

Earlier, introducing Majaz, akademy secretary KL Zakir hailed him as John Keats of Urdu poetry who died at 44. Prof Sharib Radaulavi from poet’s native place presented the keynote address while Toronto based Dr Sehba Lukhnavi, niece of Majaz and Dr Liaqat Ali from Canada disclosed that he looked at woman with a different perspective, as a ‘hamsafar’ and yearned for an intelligent, enlightened and equal life partner.

Acclaimed Urdu and Hindi scholars are presenting papers on the myriad traits and literary works of Majaz Lukhnavi.