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Harbans Lal Vartiya, First Goaar of Punjab who elected President of Municipal Committee Sangrur, is seen with MLA Sangrur Surinderpal Singh Sibia. Harbans Lal Vartia is son of prominent Goaar Nayak Shri Kundu Ram Vartia and he is resident of Sohian Nagar, Sangrur.


Phagwara, June 29, 2008 (Ritesh Kamal): Bhartiya Janta Party candidate Beera Ram Valjot was declared elected from Ward No. 15 (reserved) of Phagwara by SDM-cum-returning officer today.

Beera Ram Valjot defeated his rival, Congress candidate Darshan Lal Dharamsaut, by 310 votes. While Beera Ram Valjot polled 915, Darshan Lal Dharamsaut secured 605.

Independent Candidate Dwarka Das (Congress rebel) polled 287 and BSP Candidate 40 votes, respectively.

Out of the 2900 votes, 1847 votes were polled on June 29 at 2 polling booths of the reserved Ward No. 15 of Phagwara, Punjab.

Meanwhile, supporters of Beera Ram Valjot celebrated victory of their candidate by marching through the bazaar and distributing sweets.

Expressing his gratitude to the residents of the area for their support, he attributed his victory to the sincerity of his supporters and workers of the party. “By voting for me, people of the constituency have proved that they value qualities more than fake slogans. I will try to do more for the development of the area in the future also,” Beera Ram Valjot told Banjara Times representative.

His win is being seen as a token of recognition for the development he had undertaken in the area.

“As voters are convinced by the work of Beera Ram Valjot, they have voted for righteousness,” said a Valjot supporter Mahinder Pal Parwana.


Phagwara, June 24, 2008 (Ritesh Kamal): 274th Martyrdom Day of Baba Mani Singh Ji was celebrated successfully at Mohalla Dharamkot, Phagwara on June24, 2008 by Goaar Chetna Kender, Phagwara. After the Bhog of Sehaj Paath of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Prominent Singer Lakhbir Lakha, Balwinder Teja and  Harinder Jassi presented the life and mission of Baba Mani Singh Ji and his son, Great Warrior Baba Bachitter Singh Ji through the songs. Lakhbir Lakha also presented Goaar Boli Song. Child artist Bunty Kamal also presented Goaar Boli songs.

At this occasion Goaar Chetna Award presented to Prominent Punjabi Journalist S. Harpreet Singh Lehil of Daily Punjabi Newspaper "Aj Di Awaaz". In this award the picture of Baba Mani Singh Ji and a Shawl presented to S. Harpreet Singh Lehil by the Organisors President Manjeet Raju Dharamsaut, Suraj Valjot and Prominent Goaar Leaders Jagga Ram Dharamsaut, Kashmir Singh Morinda, Teja Singh Banjhrawat, Bhagwan Dass Ex Sarpanch, Beera Ram Valjot, Paramjit Kumar Pammi and Sucha Singh Dharamsaut.

Prominent speakers at this occasion are: Mr. Jagga Ram Dharamsaut, President Bazigar Cell of Punjab Congress, S. Teja Singh Banjhrawat, Secretary, All India Bazigar-Banjara Sabha, S. Kashmir Singh Morinda, Organising Secretary of Punjab Congress, S. Sarwan Singh Kular, Ex Chairman, Market Committee, Phagwara, Mr. Amar Chand Khanna, Mr. Piara Ram Valjot Morinda, Mr. Bhagwan Dass Morinda, S. Sucha Singh Dharamsaut, Samrala, Subedar Karnail Singh, Kartarpur, Baba Bhagat Ram Dharamsaut, Phagwara, Mr. Shingara Ram, Morinda, Mr. Beera Ram Valjot,General Secretary, Bazigar Cell, Punjab BJP, Mr. Mehar Chand Chiheru and Mr. Shiv Kumar Khalwara.

Mr. Mahinder Parwana conducted the stage with grace and charm. Mr. Manjit Raju Dharamsaut, President, Goaar Chetna Kender, Phagwara presented welcome address. Other organisers Mr. Sandeep Billu, Daljeet Kumar, Ritesh Kamal, Suraj Valjot, Ramesh Kumar Valjot, Akhilesh Kamal and Bobby Photographer worked hard for the success of the Martyrdom Day of Goaar Warrior and Sikh Intellectual Baba Mani Singh Ji. Daily Punjabi Newspaper "Aj Di Awaaz" publishing from Jalandhar, published special supplement on this occassion.



Phagwara, June 20, 2008 (Ritesh Kamal): Martyrdom Day of Bhai Mani Singh ji will be celebrated in New Anaaj Mandi, Opposite Mohalla Dharamkot, Hoshiarpur Road, Phagwara, Punjab on June 24, 2008 by Goaar Chetna Kender, Phagwara. Main speakers at this occasion are: S. Sadhu Singh Dharamsaut MLA (President, All India Bazigar Banjara Sabha), Chaudhary Swarna Ram Cabinet Minister Punjab), S. Joginder Singh Mann, Ex Minister, S. Charan Singh Nayak, President, Baba Lakhi Shah Banjara Memorial Trust, S. Darshan Singh Valjot Lehil, President, Baba Hathi Ram Temple Managing Committee, Gunachaur, Advocate Inder Singh Valjot, Mr. Harbans Lalka, Mr. Hans Raj Jassa, S. Jagir Singh Khalsa, S. Sukhbir Singh Ablowal, Mr. Ujagar Ram Sanaur, S. Teja Singh Banjhrawat. Stage will conduct by Advocate S. Sham Singh Muchhaal. Prominent Goaar Singers Mr. Lakhbir Lakha, Miss Gurinder Naaz, Child Artist Bunty Kamal and Darshan Kohinoor will present their Goaar Boli songs in this programme. Interested Goaars can contact President, Manjeet Raju Dharamsaut on his Cell Phone No.  98154-25173.

To read the full article about Baba Mani Singh Ji in Punjabi, please click here:

Village Gunachaur, Banga, Punjab, June 18, 2008 (Ritesh Kamal): This year's Baba Hathi Ram Festival of Village Gunachaur attracted huge crowd of devotees from all over Punjab.
Baba Hathi Ram ji is a Great Saint from Goaar Community. This was 30th Annual Festival in the memory of Baba Hathi Ram Ji. Rana Gurjit Singh M.P., Chaudhari Mohan Lal M.L.A. Banga, Chaudhari Tarlochan Singh Soondh Ex M.L.A., Mr. Satnam Kainth (Ex MP) and S. Dilbagh Singh Jhingran are the prominent guests who attend this festival. Prominent Punjabi Singers Nachhattar Gill, Jagtar Kariha, Jaan Heer, Hardeep Deepa, Muchrowalia and Surinder Thandi pay tributes to Baba Hathi Ram Ji with their art of singing. Organizing Committee Chairman S. Milkha Singh, President Darshan Singh Lehil, Chief Secretary Harbans Singh Moron, Karnail Sailkiana, Sant Ram, Paala Ram, Balkar Singh, Veer Singh Nagar, Jaswinder Rama, Budh Ram honored to the singers and prominent guests.

Daily Punjabi Newspaper "Aj Di Awaaz" published special supplement on this occasion.

Rakesh Kumar Son of Om Prakash Binjhrawat resident of Village Khalwara, died on Wednesday when Govt. Building's wall collapsed due to heavy rain and storm.

A scene of collapsed building which one constructed by Market Committee of Phagwara.

Collapsed building: Failure of Government System?

Phagwara, June 5, 2008 (Banjara Times News Bureau):  14 years old Goaar boy Rakesh Kumar of Village Khalwara died in Govt. building collapse on June 4. On Wednesday evening Rakesh Kumar son of Om Prakash Binjhrawat was playing cricket with his other friends when heavy rain and storm interrupted them. Rakesh Kumar took shelter near Govt. building. But this building instead of giving him shelter, took his life. After few minutes the wall of this govt. building collapse on Rakesh Kumar and he died on the spot. Residents of Village Khalwara demanded for the inquiry of this Govt. Building Collapse.


Kashmir Singh, Organising Secretary of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, honouring Om Parkash Kamal (Editor, Banjara Times, First Online Magazine of Goaars) in Bazigar Basti, Morinda, Punjab. Sucha Singh Dharamsaut, Bhagwan Dass Sarpanch, Balwinder Singh Vartia (Village Khatriwala, Samana) and others are seen in the picture too.


Chandigarh, March 24, 2008 (TNS): Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today assured the Bazigar Sewa Dal that members of the Bazigar community would soon be bestowed upon the ownership rights of houses.

Addressing a gathering of the bazigar community at the SAD office here, Badal said the government would soon find ways to allot 5-marla plots for the construction of houses for those who did not have any land for the purpose. (With thanks from Tribune, Chandigarh)

Houses for Vimukat Jatis of Punjab:

Chandigarh, February 1, 2008 (TNS): Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal directed all deputy commissioners of the state to identify ‘shamlat’ (panchayat) land in villages of their jurisdiction for allotment for dwelling units to members of Vimukat Jatis.

Badal gave an assurance to this effect to the Confederation of Punjab Pradesh Vimukat Jatis led by president Dr Tarsem Singh Mahla at a meeting at Chief Minister's residence on Tuesday evening.

Badal asked the DCs to find out ways to allot land to eligible beneficiaries of the Vimukat Jatis that had constructed houses on the panchayati land over the years. He also asked the vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, to submit the final report in a month relating to the case sent by the Department of Welfare of SC/BC for reviewing the Vimukat Jatis so that the government could take up the matter with the Union government for inclusion of Vimukat Jatis in the list of Scheduled Tribes.

Badal also asked the SC and BC Welfare Department to examine the proposal to grant 5 per cent reservation exclusively for eight Vimukat Jatis viz Sansis, Bazigars, Bauria, Bengali, Nat, Gadhila and Barar put forth by the confederation.

To another demand for a separate commission for Vimukat Jatis on the pattern of commissions for Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, Badal asked the chief secretary to work out modalities for a separate board for the welfare of Vimukat Jatis by giving representation to their members.

He also agreed to the demand of the confederation to increase the income limit of Rs 5,000 to Rs 1 lakh per annum for scholarship to the eligible beneficiaries of Vimukat Jatis on the pattern of SC families.

Badal also assured the representatives of the Vimukat Jatis that the state government would provide adequate funds for the construction of dharmshalas and cremation grounds for their community provided they procured land on their own.

He also asked the principal secretary, Social Welfare, to issue instructions to all DCs to include the word Vimukat Jati while issuing a caste certificate and tie up with the Punjab SC Land Development and Finance Corporation to sanction loans to the members of the Vimukat Jatis at low interest on the terms and conditions for the Scheduled Castes.

He also directed the principal secretary, Rural Development and Panchayats, to extend the benefit of the construction of flush toilets to the Vimukat Jatis on the pattern of Scheduled Castes and a provision of special grant for this be earmarked. (With thanks from Tribune, Chandigarh)