Friday, January 31, 2003, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


UNESCO peace awardee to attend PAU function
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 30
Mr Jagdish Gandhi, winner of UNESCO Peace Award, will be the guest of honour during the ‘International Students Conference scheduled to be held at Punjab Agricultural University from February 6 to 9.

This was stated here today by Mr Gursangatpal Singh, president of the Central Students Council of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle. Mr P.R. Parera, Chief Administration, Programme of Culture, UNESCO, will also be present. More than 500 students from over 20 countries will participate.

Mr Narinder Singh Gujral, CMD, Punjab and Sind Bank, Mr Tejbir Singh ED, Bank of Punjab Ltd, Mr Rajwant Singh president of the GGS Foundation, USA, Mr Chiranjeev Singh, Principal Secretary Karnataka, Mr Raja Singh, Chairman, GRD Academies, and Mr Tarlochan Singh, former Vice-Chairman of the National Minorities Commission, among others, will attend the conference.

Dr Manmohanjit Singh, general secretary of the Central Students Council, said a value-based social system should be revived.



Sewing coaching centre set up
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 30
The NSS volunteers of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women launched a drive to provide chances of self-employment to people of economically and educationally backward areas.

The NSS volunteers have set up a sewing coaching Centre at Kasabad village in collaboration with the Nishkam Sewa Society in which marginalised women folk will be imparted training in cutting and tailoring by professionals free of cost.

The centre was inaugurated by ADC Suket Singh today. While addressing the gathering, he appreciated the steps taken by the college. Spectacles were given to senior citizens of the village free of cost. 



Schools go back to old timings on Feb 1

Ludhiana, January 30
District Magistrate Anurag Agarwal today ordered that all schools in the district would start and close at their normal timings from February 1.
The latest order comes after revoking an earlier order making it mandatory for all schools in the district to start schools late till February 15.

The district administration had changed the opening and closing timings of all public, government, aided and private schools to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m, respectively, in view of the cold wave in the region.



CJM deputes Duty Magistrates
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 30
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Arunvir Vashisht, has deputed Duty Magistrates at Khanna, Samrala, Jagraon and Ludhiana for February.
Mr Balwinder Kumar, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, will be Duty Magistrate from February 1 to 5, Mrs Anshul Berry, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, from February 6 to 9, Mr Vashisht will do duty work on February 10, Mr Sanjay Agnihotri, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, from February 11 to 15, Mr Ashok Kapoor, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, from February 16 to 20, Mr D.P.Singla, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, from February 21 to 23 and Mr R.K.Sharma, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, from February 24 to 28, will remain on duty.

At Khanna, Mr Munish Arora, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, will be Duty Magistrate from February 1 to 28.

At Samrala, Mrs Asha Kondal, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, will be on duty work from February 1 to 14 and Mr Ravinder Kumar, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, from February 15 to 28. In Jagraon, Mr H.S.Grewal, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, will work as Duty Magistrate during the entire month, as there is no other judicial officer in the subdivision.

The CJM has further clarified that in case any judicial officer is unable to attend the duty work, it will be his/her responsibility to make prior adjustment and alternative arrangement with some other officer under prior intimation in writing by name to him.

In case both the officer at Samrala happens to be on leave, then the duty work of Samrala will be attended to by Duty Magistrate, Khanna, and in the same eventuality the work of Khanna will be attended to by Duty Magistrate, Khanna, and in the same eventuality the work of Khanna will be attended to at Samrala. 



Special lok adalats on February 1
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 30
Special lok adalats relating to cooperative credit institutions will be organised on February 1 in Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib and Faridkot.
The District Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana, convened a meeting to ensure the settlement of maximum cases in the lok adalat. The meeting was presided over by Mr Baldev Singh, District and Sessions Judge.

Mr J.S. Chouhan, member secretary, Civil Judge (Senior Division), CJM Arunvir Vashisht, Mr Arvind Markan, Assistant District Attorney, Legal Services Authority, Mr Kamaldeep Singh, Deputy Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Bar President Harish Dhanda, District Attorney Amar Ashok Pathak and members of the Legal Services Authority Ruby Fernandes and Kuldeep Kaur attended the meeting.

The Legal Services Authority, Punjab, has decided to hold special lok adalats in Patiala, Kapurthala and Mansa on February 8, in Bhatinda, Nawanshahr and Sangrur on February 15 and at Hoshiarpur, Ferozepore and Moga on February 22.



An actress with zest for life
Asha Ahuja

Kimi AggarwalLudhiana, January 30
“Working with Harbhajan Mann in film Jee Ayaan Nu was a brilliant experience. I had earlier declined to feature in the film when I was told that I had to work with a Punjabi singer. But when I came to know that it was Harbhajan, I agreed as I knew he was a gentleman,’’ says a warm, effervescent, and lovely to look at Kimi Aggarwal, Jassi of Jee Ayaan Nu fame.

Kimi was in the city today to attend a marriage. Kimi was selected by a film producer and given the role of a heroine in a film “Naseebo”, while she was in Class X. She got the best student award in the school. After completing her matriculation she shifted to Mumbai.

Talking to this correspondent, she said she owed her success to her teachers and Alma Mater, Guru Hargobind Senior Secondary School, Sidhwan Khurd. She said, “I feel the best asset a person can possess is education. Though in Mumbai my long black tresses made me model for a shampoo and that led to several other modelling assignments, but I continued my B.Com studies at Mithibai College and passed the course with distinction.”

Later Kimi did her MBA degree from Mumbai University. She has presented talk shows on Star Plus and is a popular co-anchor with Shagoofta Ali in a programme “Meri Saheli”. She is also a co-anchor in “Frontier Mail” on Alpha Punjabi. She has worked in films like “Qeher” and “Shaheed Udham Singh”.

She says her role in Jee Ayaan Nu is that of a woman who migrates to Canada after her marriage. But her husband turns out to be a bad person who makes her life hell. Anyway, in the end, the hero sorts out the problem. Harbhajan is a delightful co-star to work with.”

Kimi Aggarwal, nee Verma, is got married two years ago. Presently she is settled in the USA but comes to India every two months to complete her professional commitments. She says, "I love Punjabi culture and I will promote it all the time. I will act in movies only if I get good meaningful roles. I did get offers in Hindi films but I was not very keen as these days Hindi films have hardly any good storyline.”

Kimi, who loves children, has adopted two children. She says, “I simply love children. Since we do not want our own children as yet, these two kids make our life very rich and fulfilling”.

Kimi spends two to three hours with sick children in hospitals and tells them stories and plays with them. “Spending time with sick children and making them happy is very fulfilling,” she says.


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