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Punjab flood relief update

Fellow Old Cottonian’s

It gives me great pleasure to inform that in response to our appeal for contributions for the Punjab Flood Relief Fund a number of OC’s from India as well as abroad have sent in their most generous  and in-valuable contributions, details of which I will be mentioning below. Firstly I express my utmost gratitude to all those who have contributed financially as well as otherwise for their compassion  towards this extremely important cause as the victims of the recent floods in Punjab do not only need relief but rehabilitation as well. With the help of some of your invaluable contributions OCA INDIA has been able to provide much needed relief material like drinking water, medicines etc. through Mr. Daljit Singh Gill – Batch 1967 and his companions.

As you all are aware for projects like these any amount of contribution in any form is never enough also the entire relief work is being financed completely from funds contributed by OC’s voluntarily and not through the OCA corpus, so I appeal to all fellow Old Cottonians to please contribute to make this selfless cause a success. Also please be informed that we have decided that the total amount of funds collected by October 30th 2019 will be used for the final execution of this Relief Work.

Detail of funds collected in the OCA India Bank Account

NAME

AMOUNT

Mr.Vijay Khurana

Rs.10569/-

Mr.Sandeep Puri

Rs.10000/-

Mr.Pritinder Singh

Rs.5000/-

Mr.K.C.Anand

Rs.10000/-

Brig.H.S.Nagra

Rs.10000/-

Mr.G.S.Anand

Rs.15000/-

Mr.Dhiraj Berry

Rs.5000/-

Mr.Dhiraj Berry

Rs.5000/-

Mr.Ajay Thiara

Rs.10000/-

Mr.Davinder Singh Jaaj

Rs.10000/-

Mr.Rajmohinder Singh

Rs.10000/-

DGP Brar

Rs.10000/-

Mr.Surinder Singh Saron

Rs.10000/-

Mr.Anil Kumar- Victor

Rs.10000/-

Mr.Saranjit Singh (Bogie)

Rs.20000/-

Total-

1,50,569/-

For the optimum use of this fund we have appointed Brig. H.S. Nagra,9915322277  and Dheeraj Berry, 9814060426 as the Project in Charge to have consultations with the OC volunteers of Punjab to finalise the ideal relief work to be executed. One suggestion that is being considered as of now is to install Commercial RO Water Purifier Plants to provide a permanent solution for the drinking water problem that is going to exist for a long time.

Besides the above detailed contributions there were a few others that were sent directly to provide immediate needed relief material.

1)   Mr. Vijay Bhambri – Batch 1967 transferred an amount of Rs,49500/- directly in the bank account of a Manufacturer of Bottled Drinking Water in Jalandhar. Already this amount has been used to buy much needed drinking water and distributed in various flood affected villages in Punjab.

2)   Mr. Jemini Sharma- Batch 1967 transferred directly in the account of a Medicine supplier in Jalandhar an amount of Rs.5000/- which was used to distribute medicines.

3)   Mr. Daljit Singh Gill – Batch 1967 with his family has contributed an amount of Rs.28000/- which he has spent in purchasing and distributing relief material during his multiple visits to these affected areas. He has been able to get the NGO GOONJ to also send a truck load of relief material like clothes, sanitary napkins, utensils, blankets, school bags, stationery etc. which he has been distributing with other GOONJ volunteers.

Contributions can be deposited in OCA INDIA Bank account – details below:

Account Name:   OCA INDIA

Bank: UCO Bank, BCS Shimla

IFS Code: UCBA 0001971

Ac.Number: 1971 0100 001970


Cheques should be made out payable to “Old Cottonians Association (India)” & mailed to my  house address:

House no 1053 , Sector 27 B, Chandigarh 160019 India.

Note: All contributions to OCA INDIA for this purpose will be eligible for Income Tax Deduction U/s.80G.

 

Davinder Singh Jaaj

President OCA India & Executive Members

Gurdev Singh [BCS Teacher] passed away

As just seen at Mr Kabir Mutafi’s  Facebook post

Kamini said Rohit Singla has posted that Capt. Gurdev Singh passed away early this morning,. I have just spoken with Ranjit and he has confirmed. Details will be swirling soon but for the moment, I may dare hope that the flag is at half mast and a formal post be put on all Fb BCS pages. Jassi and family, including cousins and wives etc are in Australia. Ranjit, Ma’am Mrs Gurdev and other senior members of the family ar together in Ludhiana.

It was the heart. Gurdev had two stents put in at Fortis several weeks earlier and was in good form. But Last night complained of discomfort at about 1.00am. By the time they could get him back to Fortis from the local hospital, he had gone.

A memorial service in Chapel and then later a brass plaque would be a good way to acknowledge the special contribution and invaluable example that Gurdev was, to generation and generations of Cottonians.

BCS Teacher Leela Goel [née Advani] passed on

Leela Advani [later married name Goel] passed on at the age of 91 at New Delhi on 23rd September 2019 of old age complications. She was cremated at Lodhi Crematorium Delhi on 25/9/19.

Miss Advani” as she was known at BCS, taught English during 1953~55 and went back to Lucknow in ’55 to do a second Masters [in English, after having done an earlier one in Anthropology]. She then taught English at Isabella Thoburn College Lucknow after completing her Masters in English.

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OLD COTTONIAN Sodhi Vikram Singh – Sri Anandpur Sahib Wale – receiving and honouring the Archbishop of Canterbury

Sodhi Vikram Singh- Sri Anandpur Sahib Wale receiving and honouring the Archbishop of Canterbury who is the Head of the Church of England-Protestant Church at the Darbar Sahib Complex of Harmandir Sahib. He is on a visit to celebrate the 550 years birth celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Sending out a strong global message of the relevance of interfaith dialogue and universal brotherhood. Sarbat da Bhalla as enunciated by Baba Nanak and the central message of the Sikh Faith, in these times of suspicion and global conflict…..

Honouring his holiness and explaining key tenants of the Sikh Faith prior to his visit to Darbar with the Jathedar Akal Takhat Sahib at the information centre, Harminder Sahib.

Beautiful Emotional Tonic to the Heart and Soul. Well done! you perform these extraordinary gestures with selfless commitment for the love of all.

Also seen in the photo is Bishop Samantaroy, Chairman Board of Governors BCS Shimla.

[courtesy Vivek Bhasin]