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Road to be named after educationist
Tribune News Service


Avtar Singh Grewal
Avtar Singh Grewal 

Ludhiana, December 29
A renowned philanthropist of Ludhiana, Avtar Singh Grewal was a dynamic man. He was born on June 17, 1919, at Kaunke village. He was a graduate from Khalsa College, Amritsar and he got his degree in law from Lahore.

Driven by a strong religious fervour he used to pay obeisance at Harmandir Sahib Amritsar daily during his college days. It was his unfailing faith in divine which took him to elevated heights. After doing law, he started practice at the Montgomery Bar in Pakistan and soon became secretary of the Bar Association at Montgomery. He was also secretary of the Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Montgomery.

After Partition he settled at Ludhiana and started his career from a scratch and carved a special niche for himself. As a lawyer, he was elected President of the District Bar Association, Ludhiana twice, including during the crucial period of ‘Operation Bluestar’ in 1984.

He was founder of Guru Nanak Education Trust, Ludhiana, and established Guru Nanak Girls College in Model Town in 1969. He was also on the executive of the Nankana Sahib Education Trust and Managing Committee, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College. He was also a member of the Malwa Khalsa Diwan and Managing Trustee of Khalsa High School, Mehmasinghwala and vice-president of the Ludhiana Municipal Committee and acted its President too for a period of two years.

Being a devout Sikh, he initiated the series of Akhand Paths which has been continuing till today. He was president of Gurdwara Sabzi Mandi and after moving to Model Town he became the president of the Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Model Town, and remained its president for 20 years. He was closely associated with Baba Ishar Singh of Gurdwara Kaleran, Nanaksar, Ludhiana. He was also a Director of Ludhiana Lend Mortgage Bank.

The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation at its General House meeting recognised the services of Avtar Singh Grewal and decided to name the road from Children Traffic Park to Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Model Town as “Avtar Singh Grewal Marg”.

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Cultural contests mark annual function
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 29
Students of Param Institute, Ranjit Nagar, participated in various cultural contests that marked its annual function.

The cultural programme began with a shabad, followed by Punjabi folk songs, “Meri rangli madhani”, “Multani kangan ghara de” and “Uddun Uddun kare mera jee”. The students presented a choreography “home coming” based on Indo-Pakistan tension. Besides, the students danced on various Hindi film songs.

In the mehndi contests, Palwinder Kuar stood first followed by Mialn Jot and Anu. In the sewing contest, Navjeet Kaur was declared first, Avneet Kaur second and Harjet Kaur third.

Mr Amarinder Singh Manku, chief guest, appreciated the talent of the students. Mr Akhilesh Mishra, project director, and Principal Parminder Kaur Riat, read the annual report of the institute.

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School's annual day
Our Correspondent

Samrala, December 29
The annual day of Sacred Heart Convent School, Ottalan-Samrala, was celebrated here today. Mr S.S. Brar, SDM, Samrala, inaugurated the function. Almost 600 children participated in the grand show.

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