Tuesday, March 25, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Judicial remand for MC official
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 24
The Duty Magistrate, Mr D.P. Singla, today remanded Avtar Singh Bhatia, head draftsman of the municipal corporation, in judicial custody till April 7 in connection with a case of corruption. He is accused of taking bribe.

Acting on the complaint of Khuswinder Singh, officials of the Vigilance Bureau had raided the office of the accused and claimed to have arrested him red-handed while accepting Rs 12,000 as bribe, on March 21. The complainant had alleged that the MC officials had fined him Rs 50,000 for not getting the architectural plan of his house sanctioned from them and had demanded money for clearing his case.

Sources in the Vigilance Bureau claimed the accused had acquired property worth around Rs 30 lakh, which was disproportionate to his known sources of income.



A poet and publisher
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 24
“I was given books instead of toys in my childhood,” said Satish Gulati, a Punjabi ghazal writer and publisher, adding that his father, Shah Chaman, a writer , saw to it that “I read literature right from my childhood.”

However, due to financial constraints, Satish Gulati could not study after passing his matriculation examinations. Since he had to fend for himself and his family, he became a medical representative though his love for writing and literature never diminished.

After 12 years of service, he realised that he needed to do something that was close to his heart. That is how his publishing house got started and he published “Buddha te Samundar”, a translation of Ernest Hemingway's novel, “Old Man and the Sea”.

To popularise reading and awareness among the people, he showcased his books in major literary functions in schools, colleges and other venues. He had made sets of five books each and priced these at Rs 100 only. Soon readers started buying books and authors thronged him for publication of their works.

A self-made man, Satish Gulati has a multi-faceted personality. He is a sensitive poet who captivates the audience with his ghazals. The simile and metaphors that he interweaves in his couplet convey his thought pattern vividly and succinctly. His collection of Punjabi poems ,“Chupp de Khilaf” (1998), has been well received in the literary circles.

He publishes Punjabi books under the banner of Chetna Prakashan, which has so far has brought out 250 titles. These include a large number of novels, short stories, travelogues, poems, plays and treatises of literary criticism.

Satish Gulati is choosy and selects only value-based works of literature. He has another feather to his cap. He has been editing a Punjabi monthly, “Trishanku” since 2001. 


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