Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Guiding Light: T.S. Mann, on his Eleventh 'Barsi'

The Guiding Light: T.S. Mann, on his Eleventh 'Barsi'

19 August 2014 

On The Eleventh 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.

A Rare Video of 2003 TS Mann with LK Advani will posted soon
<< 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 up to 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.
Above: S. Sahib Singh Mann MLC in a Group Photo of 1952 Members of The Punjab Legislative Council SIMLA


TS Mann with the famous Khalsa College Amritsar in the Back Ground
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 favourite 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.
 TV Shots from Aaj Tak telecast of 2003
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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 Ex. 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, Samar Guha, 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. 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. [see Pictures above] 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 District 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 teetotaller and vegetarian throughout 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]
In 2001 he had joined the move initiated from the Districts of Karnal & Kurukshetra, for the formation of separate SGPC for Haryana (now known as HSGPC: Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Adhoc). He motivated and apprised people of Sirsa district about the necessity of separate SGPC for Haryana. His foresight and the ideas instilled in the minds of the crusaders of HSGPC, kept the demand for HSGPC alive & the efforts continued long after his death. Sikh population and Sikh leaders of Haryana kept on pressing for this demand. Efforts of Dr Ashok Tanwar and Avantika Tanwar in persuading the rightful demand of Separate Gurdwara Committee finally bore results; a bill for Separate Gurdwara Committee was presented in the Haryana Assembly and the same was passed. The separate body for management of Sikh Gurdwaras has been hence formed by an act of Haryana Govt in the recent assembly session in July 2014 to which Governor Haryana gave an assent.

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 photo-journalist and art photographer whose pictures were published in international journals.
Rajan Gurinder Mann
Gurinder Mann 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 throughout 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, philanthropic, and outspoken nature.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

68th Independence Day- Savitri Jindal Unfurls the Tri Color in Sirsa

68th Independence Day- Savitri Jindal Unfurls the Tri Color in Sirsa.
 SIRSA NEWS ( www.SirsaNews.com )
16 August, 2014
Pictures and Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann, Background Music: Murari Verma.
Watch Video: Watch Video: 68th Independence Day Minister Savitri Jindal Unfurls the Tri Color in Sirsa at Shahid Bhagat Singh Stadium

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Farmers of the Tail End of SGC protest against theft from Ottu Feeder from Bhakhra Canal

Farmers of the Tail End of SGC protest against theft from Ottu Feeder from Bhakhra Canal
SIRSA NEWS ( www.SirsaNews.com )
13 August, 2014
Pictures and Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann, Background Music: Murari Verma.
Watch Video: Farmers of the Tail End of SGC protest against theft of Ottu Feeder Bhakhra Canal water upstream Ottu Head.
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On 11th August 2014 Farmers of the Tail End of SGC protested against theft of Bhakhra Canal water from Ottu Feeder upstream between Ottu Head and Rori Head. The Farmers raised Slogans against SE Irrigation, XEN, Haryana Govt and Irrigation minister Haryana, and then burnt effigy of Irrigation Minister Haryana in from of main gate of Irrigation Department Canal Colony NH10 Sirsa. Later on mediation of Parmjit Singh SDM Sirsa the matter was resolved. SDM offered glass of juice to Bhim Sain Sai of Village Talwara to break his Fast  that he was keeping in front of SE office since 7th August 2014 in protest against the illegal rice shoots in Ottu feeder on alleged connivance with the senior officers of Irrigation department. SE Sh KR Sihag was not in his office for comments. XEN Sh NK Bhola joined SDM in resolving the matter. Adv. Jarnail Singh Brar, Adv Surinder Sardana, Sh Kukreja, Bhim Sain Sai, Gurmel Brar and several villagers from the Tail end villages joined the protest. The SDM promised that all irregularities will be removed by 15th August 2014. Upon his assurance the protesters suspended their agitation. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Raksha Bandhan Celebrations in Sirsa-Chain Snatchers make hay around Rakhi.

Chain Snatchers make hay around Rakhi.
Rakhi Celebrations in Sirsa
SIRSA NEWS ( www.SirsaNews.com )
10 August, 2014
Pictures and Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann, Background Music: Murari Verma.
Watch Video: While Raksha Bandhan ‘Rakhi’ was celebrated with loving sentiments between brothers and sisters in Sirsa, Chain Snatchers make hay around this auspicious day in Sirsa City. Several Chain snatching incidents create panic in Sirsa citizens.
At least four incidents of motorcycle-borne miscreants snatching gold chains of women in Sirsa, in less than 12 hours, have sent the residents in a tizzy. The police have not been able to nab the culprits, though SP Mitesh Jain said the police were after them. Miscreants targeted a girl riding a scooty on Barnala road, outside the Deputy Commissioner’s residence. The victim, 20-year-old Maya, was returning to her Sector 20 home when the miscreants came close to her and sped away after snatching her chain. Almost half an hour later, miscreants struck at Kirti Nagar Colony, where they targeted Menaka. They struck once again and attacked a morning walker this time.
The victim, Dharmo Devi, a resident of MC Colony, was taking a walk with another woman when the miscreants snatched her gold chain around 6 am. At 7 am, the miscreants snatched the gold chain of Kamla Devi in C Block. The incidents caused panic among residents.

Courtesy The Tribune: For part of the inputs of this NEWS post.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

CM Inaugurates Water Works for Sirsa and Ellenabad, CE AK Gupta briefs the project benefits

CM Inaugurates Water Works for Sirsa and Ellenabad.
CE AK Gupta briefs the project benefits.
SIRSA NEWS ( www.SirsaNews.com )
06 August, 2014
Pictures and Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann, Background Music: Murari Verma.
Watch Video: CM Haryana Sh Bhupender Singh Hooda Inaugurated the 3rd Water works for Sirsa City and another for Ellenabad Town on 4th August 2014 at Village Panjuana near Sirsa. The Chief Minister was flanked by Dr Ashok Tanwar president HPCC, and a battery of Congress Leaders. Chief Engineer A.K. Gupta (Project), Public Health Engineering Department, briefed about this project and its benefits.

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The Project built at a cost of Rs159 Crore, on 125 Acres of Land of Panjuana Village, additionally 6 boosting stations have also been erected in the City at different locations. About 135 litre of water per person with sufficient pressure will be delivered once the Plant becomes fully operational. The plant is fully automatic. Approximately 2 Crore Litres of Water shall be supplied regularly via this Water Works. 

On the Political Scene at the Venue Watch Video:Max Sahuwala and Other Congress Supporters Protest against Ch Ranjit Singh On 4th August against anticipated Congress ticket being allotted to Ch Ranjit Singh from Rania. The Congressmen mostly from Rania assembly area openly protested as the CM was about to leave the venue after Inauguration of multi- crore Water Works Project at Panjuana.
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Sirsa NEWS resumes after a gap of 6 weeks

Sirsa NEWS resumes after a gap of about 6 weeks.
SIRSA NEWS ( www.SirsaNews.com )
05 August, 2014
Pictures and Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann, Background Music: Murari Verma.
It had been a while since you found any updates on www.SirsaNews.com. The editor was away on a visit to Australia.
From now onwards www.SirsaNews.com shall be updating you about NEWS, Happenings, Cultural, and Educational events of Sirsa as in the past.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Avantika Tanwar and Savitri Jindal Distribute Certificates of Allotment of Houses in Sirsa

Avantika Tanwar and Savitri Jindal Distribute Certificates of Allotment of Houses in Sirsa.
SIRSA NEWS ( www.SirsaNews.com )
20 June, 2014
Pictures and Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann, Background Music: Murari Verma.
Watch Video: Avantika Tanwar and Savitri Jindal Distribute Certificates of Allotment of Houses in Sirsa under Rajiv Aawaas Yojna (RAY) a combined effort of Haryana and Central Governments executed by Municipal Council (Committee) Sirsa in an initiative to make Sirsa Slum Free City. The project was brought to Sirsa by Dr Ashok Tanwar former MP Sirsa and present President HPCC.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Police High handedness, drag girl by hair in Sirsa

Police High handedness, drag girl by hair in Sirsa
SIRSA NEWS ( www.SirsaNews.com )
19 June, 2014
Pictures and Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann, Background Music: Murari Verma.
An 18-year-old girl was allegedly thrashed and dragged by hair by two policemen, who had gone to her house in a hamlet near Jeewan Nagar to arrest her father yesterday.
The victim is undergoing treatment at the Sirsa General Hospital for the injuries sustained in the alleged police brutality.
The police, however, denied allegations. They maintained that the girl had been enacting a drama to save her father, who is wanted in a case of encroachment of property.
“Two policemen came to our house on a motorcycle around 6 pm yesterday. I was alone and they asked the whereabouts of my father. I told them I had no idea where my father had gone. They called up the SHO and later asked me to accompany them to the police station. When I refused, they thrashed and dragged me by my hair,” the victim alleged.
She said she cried in pain but the policemen did not relent. They dragged her till she became unconscious due to pain and fear.
The victim has got her medico legal report and will approach the authorities against the police highhandedness.
Dalip Singh, SHO, Rania police station, however, said the allegations were false and it was attempt to save her father, Gurmej Singh.
Police ‘brutality’
Two policemen came to arrest the victim’s father, who is wanted in a property encroachment case The girl was alone at home and the cops asked her to accompany them to the police station When she denied, they thrashed and dragged her by hair till she became unconscious

NEWS Courtesy: The Tribune and Sushil Manav

Friday, June 13, 2014

Morning Showers bring much needed respite from scorching heat

Morning Showers bring much needed respite from scorching heat.
SIRSA NEWS ( www.SirsaNews.com )
13 June, 2014
Pictures and Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann, Background Music: Murari Verma.
Watch Video: Early morning Rain of 13th June 2014 brings much needed respite from Scorching Heat in Sirsa and Surroundings, the showers dipped mercury, which almost touched 48'C in recent days. This rain will benefit both Plant and Animal Life and will also put off some load from Power Supply Systems.
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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Sh Mitesh Jain is new SP- Sirsa

Sh Mitesh Jain is new SP- Sirsa.
SIRSA NEWS ( www.SirsaNews.com )
04 June, 2014
Pictures and Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann, Background Music: Murari Verma.
Sh Mitesh Jain is new SP- Sirsa, Sh Saurabh Singh IPS SSP Sirsa has been promoted as DIG, Police Training Centre, Sunaria. Sh. Mitesh Jain was SP-CID before his transfer to Sirsa.