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Moonak

Moonak
Munak
Akalgarh
town
Moonak is located in Punjab
Moonak
Location in Sangrur District, Punjab, India
Coordinates:
Country  India
State Punjab
Government
 • Body Municipal Committee
Population (2001)
 • Total 14,928
Languages
 • Official Punjabi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 148033
Vehicle registration PB-64

Moonak is a town and a nagar panchayat in Sangrur district in the Indian state of Punjab. Moonak is a religious city with many temples and gurudwaras. The majority of people are engaged in farming and agricultural business.

Contents

  • Demographics 1
  • History 2
  • Major business activities 3
  • Famous Shops 4
  • Communities and castes 5
  • Famous people 6
  • Education 7
  • Religious places 8
  • References 9

Demographics

As of 2011 census,[1] Moonak had a population of 20,000. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Moonak has an average literacy rate of 52%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 58%, and female literacy is 45%. In Moonak, 8% of the population is under 6 years of age.

History

Moonak was originally known as Akalgarh. There is an old fort 'Qila Mubarik' said to have been built in the Muslim period. In the fort, there was a well whose water was not good for health Hardened prisoners of Patiala State were sent to this place where they died after a few days. Peacocks are found here in abundance, and they move about quite freely. They are neither caught nor killed by the people. During the period when the emperor Maharaja Ranjit Singh ruled Punjab, his uncle hold the charges, but sometime after that his uncle cheated him under the pressure of the English. Singh attacked Moonak, and saved it from undergoing the English. It is a town with population about 25,000, and is a Tehsil of the Sangrur district. It is surrounded by Ghaggar seasonal river which causes floods during monsoon. It caused havoc in 1988,1992 and 2011 leading to severe floods loss of crops, death and destruction in and around the areas. A long pending demand of people is pending for its deepening.

Major business activities

Most of the population depends on agriculture and farming. There are also some small scale industries:

  • agriculture machine manufacturing
  • Wine and whiskey making
  • PVC pipe manufacturing
  • Fertilizer factory
  • Incense manufacturing
  • Rice mills
  • Brick making

Famous Shops

Most Popular Shops are:

  • Elegant Footwear (Near Mata Durga Mandir,Dehla Road)
  • M/s Manney agriculture and engineering (Chandigarh road)
  • Shivam Computer Centre & Education Hub, Moonak, Punjab National Bank Road(+91 9988276218)
  • Life Style Cosmetics & Jewelry (Main Bazar)
  • Prince Book Depot (Old Bus Stand)
  • Goyal Electronic Store (Patran Road)

Communities and castes

Sainis, Jatts and Raos forms the majority population of Moonak and villages around. Some of the other communities are Pahujas, Aroras, Garg, Singla, Goyal and Jain. A decent population of Sikhs also constitutes the population of Moonak valmiki and ravidas caste papulation of moonak .

Famous people

  • Ashok Bhaan - Supreme Court Justice
  • Sardar Arjan Singh Mann - first person from the town to travel abroad (Malaysia) in the early 1930s.
  • Sub Yadvinder Kumar - first person from Moonak to serve as Indian Peace Keeper in Democratic Republic of Congo under MONUSCO.
  • Gulzar Singh "Gulzari" - famous kabbadi player
  • Mandeep Singh Virk (Vice President of ABVP, from district Sangrur)

Education

Moonak has literacy rate of 52% as per 2010 census, but it has been rising continuously from last 10 years. It has been seen from last 5–6 years students are moving to major cities like Delhi, chandigarh, Patiala, Ambala etc. to pursue higher studies after 10th & 12th. A trend is observed among students to pursue in engineering field after year 2008. Major educational institutes are mentioned below:-

  • Holy Child Public School Moonak
  • B.B.B.D.A.V. Public School Moonak
  • Govt. Girls High School Moonak
  • Govt. Boys Sen. Sec. School Moonak
  • Lord Shiva Public School,Hamirgarh Moonak
  • Shiksha Niketan public School Moonak
  • Navdeep Public School Moonak
  • University college Moonak; Branch established by Punjabi University
  • Swami Vivekanand College of Education: Teacher education institute
  • Lord Shiva College Of education,Hamirgarh Moonak
  • Govt. Industrial Training Institute

Some of private institutes providing education in different fields are mentioned below These institutions are funded by individuals only

  • Shivam Computer Centre & Education Hub, Moonak, Punjab National Bank Road (+91 9988276218)
  • The Education Point (Excellent coaching for NTSE, JET, SLIET, CSIO-ISTC and job oriented competitive exams like Bank PO/Clerks, SSC, RBI, RRB,etc.)
  • Shaheed Udham Singh Technical Institute
  • GX Computer Institute
  • Silicon Infosys
  • Singla Computer centre
  • Moonak Institute Of Management & Technology
  • Govt. Boys Sen. Sec. School Moonak
  • Govt.Middle School Dehla ( moonak)

Religious places

Notable religious places include

  • Durga Mandir
  • Shiv Mandir
  • Nauvi Patshahi Gurudwara sahib ji

References

  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
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