The four-leaf clover is a rare variation of the common three-leaf clover and is said to bring good luck when finding one.Since four-leaf clovers will be seen across the nation tomorrow on St. Patrick’s Day, we thought we would talk about the four-leaf clover becoming the emblem for the 4-H logo and its representation.Designed by O. H. Benson, superintendent of Wright County (Iowa) schools, the 4-H emblem was approved in 1911 at a meeting of club leaders in Washington, D.C.The 4-H emblem is one of the most highly recognized logos in the world. Along with the U.S. Presidential Seal, and Smokey Bear, this green four-leaf clover with a white H on each leaf, is placed in an unique category of protected emblems.The H’s signify Head, Heart, Hands and Health.At 4-H club meetings and events, members recite the Pledge of Allegiance and this 4-H pledge:I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking,my HEART to greater loyalty,my HANDS to larger service,and my HEALTH to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday described Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s offer of fresh dialogue with stakeholders as “a golden opportunity for the Hurriyat.”“The Hurriyat and Pakistan should respond positively to the offer of talks on Kashmir. It’s high time for the Hurriyat to initiate a result-oriented and meaningful dialogue with the Government of India,” said PDP general secretary Mansoor Hussain Sohrawardhy.Ready for dialogueIn an interview to a New Delhi-based channel, Mr. Singh said, “If Hurriyat is ready to talk, we have no problem, we are ready to talk to anyone. Even if Pakistan comes for a dialogue, we are ready for it.”The PDP leader said the State government had taken a series of confidence and peace-building measures to put a lid on the violence and bloodshed and that “more [measures] could be taken in the future.” “The ball is in the Hurriyat’s court now. The onus also lies on Pakistan to hold dialogue with India and stop painting the borders and the LoC in Kashmir red,” said Mr. Sohrawardhy.Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq maintained that the Hurriyat leadership would “extend its full support to every serious effort aimed at resolving the Kashmir [issue] so that peace prevails and bloodshed stops”. “It’s long overdue that India and Pakistan allow the leadership of the two divided parts of Kashmir to meet with each other and decide on their future course of action regarding their destiny. Such a step is of utmost importance,” said the Mirwaiz.Meanwhile, separatists forum Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) leader Yasin Malik, also JKLF chief, held a sit-in protest in Srinagar to demand release of all political prisoners.“We demand the immediate release of all prisoners, including Masarat Aalam, Qasim Faktoo, Asiya Andrabi and others,” said Mr. Malik.