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Debate over setting up of Law College revives
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
The local Panjab University Law College, which is at present being run from the Extension Library of the university, appears to be hogging the limelight once again. This time also the debate is about who was the main person behind the setting up of this college.

Earlier it was the Minister for Higher Education, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, who had been claiming getting the college sanctioned for Ludhiana.

He had been maintaining that after he took the charge as the Minister for Higher Education, he ensured that the law college was established in Ludhiana.

However, his claims were refuted by a senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and member of the Rajya Sabha, Lala Lajpat Rai. Mr Rai claims that much before Mr Johar became the minister, he had allocated Rs 5 lakh from his MP Local Area Development Fund for the college. He pointed out that in the beginning only law classes were started.

Ultimately he contacted the Panjab University Vice-Chancellor seeking a full-fledged law college for Ludhiana. He again sanctioned Rs 1 crore from his LAD fund and the college was established. Mr Rai observed that while he was the last person to claim any credit for it, at the same time he regretted that it was wrong on the part of others to claim the credit when they had made no contribution towards it.

The senior BJP leader also referred to the claims of some of the contestants for the Panjab University Senate poll as they had also been claiming to have got the law college established in Ludhiana.

He suggested that such an issue should not be politicised and nobody should claim credit for it as it could not be anybody’s individual effort alone.



PAU campus abuzz with poll activity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus is buzzing with election activity as two rival factions of the non-teaching staff prepared for the PAU Employees’ Union elections scheduled to be held on November 14. The factions are led by Mr D.P. Maur, president of the union, and Mr Ashok Mahindru.

Mr Maur has claimed that during the past eight years, most demands of the employees have come through due to the efforts of the union.

He said arrears worth lakhs had been disbursed to the technical staff under the G-IV pattern. Incentive increments on account of good work, improvement in qualifications and passing departmental examination had also been implemented.

Sixty three-days agitation period in 1996 had been got regularised from the Board of Management without deduction of leave or salary and fee concession for wards of the employees studying in the PAU, had also come through.

He said during his tenure as president, the union had made possible the acceptance of various demands, including study leave for non-teaching staff, 80 per cent medical advance for indoor patients, welfare schemes, and salary on the first working day of the month.



Career option fest ends
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 9
A three-day mega education and career festival organised by the All-India Management Association-Centre for Management Services, New Delhi, on the premises of the local Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women concluded here today. Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister of Punjab for Higher Education, presided over the valedictory function. The aim of the festival is to spread awareness regarding career avenues.

The festival was a major draw. As many as 30 organisations, including educational institutions, training and consulting organisations and banking sectors, participated.

Mr Harnam Dass Johar said Guru Nanak Education Trust (Gujarkhan)began as a school soon after partition, but now the trust has established postgraduate colleges.

Mr Johar presented mementoes and certificates to the participating organisations that had put up stalls.

The Institute of Technology and Sciences, Ghaziabad, was given the first prize for the best stall while the centre for Management Development, Modi Nagar, got the second prize. Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Ludhiana, and Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh, were declared third.

Prizes were given to the college and school students who won in various literary events and competitions organised by the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology.

Mrs Jyothi Unniraman, Deputy Director, AIMA, and organiser of the event, said the festival was organised every year in various parts of the country.



1,768 cases settled at lok adalat
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 9
A seminar was organised to mark the Legal Services Day, by the District Legal Services Authority under the supervision of its Chairman, Mr Baldev Singh (District and Sessions Judge), here today. The importance of lok adalats and the free legal aid concept was highlighted on the occasion. Fifteen Benches disposed of as 1768 cases and compensation amounting to over Rs 34 lakh was disbursed.

Addressing the seminar, Mr Baldev Singh said free legal aid was being provided to those belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, women, children, industrial workers, and physically handicapped, among others, having an annual income of less than Rs 30,000.

People were provided with free consultations and lawyers to plead their cases. The fees to the lawyers were paid by the Legal Services Authority. More than 250 litigants were provided with free legal services this year, he added.

Listing the achievements of the lok adalats, he said about 25,000 traffic challans were disposed of by conducting three special lok adalats apart from clearing 4500 FIRs of untraced and cancellation reports in a single lok adalat.

Mr J.S. Chauhan, Civil Judge (Senior Division), said steps were being taken to create awareness about the lok adalats and free legal services. He admitted that the paucity of judicial officers was a hindrance in the way of making the lok adalats a grand success.

Mr S.M.S. Mahal, Mr Baldev Singh Sodhi, Mr Inderjit Kaushik, Mr Sunil Arora, Mr D.R. Arora, all Additional Sessions Judges, Chief Judicial Magistrate Arunvir Vashisht, and Ms Anshul Berry, Mr D.P. Singla, Mr Jaspal Verma, Mr B.S. Deol, Mr Jasbeer Singh, Mr Sangeetpal Singh, and Mr Jagdeep Singh Marok (all Magistrates), participated to make the lok adalats and seminar a success.

Mr B.P. Singh Gill, vice-president, of the District Bar Association, and Mrs. Kuldeep Kaur, former Principal of Master Tara Singh College, stressed on the need to organise seminars in the slum areas, and villages.



Training Sikhs for modelling
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
It was a refusal for him due to his turban that forced him to bounce back and take the road less travelled. He was selected for modelling a product but was not allowed to walk the ramp because he did not want to remove his turban.

Since the day this turbaned Sikh, Gurmeet Singh Gill did not look back. He launched a model-grooming company exclusively for Sikhs. He has groomed at least 45 Sikh youths who are all set to walk on the ramp.

He is on a three-day visit to the city for talent hunt and will help the Ludhiana Sikh youths to make a career in the field of modelling. ‘‘I believe that there is no hard and fast rule that Sikhs cannot be on the ramp for modelling requires looks and fitness. So I am here for all the Sikhs who want to come out and show their talent to the world.’’ he says.

He claims that his trainees are doing very well and he will launch them in an exclusive fashion show and a music video with his final lot of models.

Recounting his journey from a modelling aspirant to a model groomer, Mr Gill said the refusal for him was so blunt that it had hurt him deeply. He decided to launch his own company and help Sikh youths.

‘‘For the time being I am grooming only turbaned youths. Though I have not decided to change the requirement for the time being I am not aware how the things will unfold. I don’t have any mental block,’’ he adds. His work is being appreciated by the Sikhs all over the world. 



Weaving magic with camera
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, November 9
“When one makes one’s hobby one’s profession, then one’s job is always exciting and rewarding,” said Rahul Dutta, a fashion photographer, in an interview with Ludhiana Tribune here today. He is in the city from Delhi to capture the models of ‘Launchers’ on camera. ‘Launchers’ would give bearded Sikhs a chance to model.

One could not imagine a person with a prosaic job of stockbroker to become a fashion photographer. He switched jobs with ease. As a child, when he trained his automatic camera on the subject that caught his fancy, he never knew that one day, top models would line up to get their portfolios done by him.

He said he was into fashion photography for the last three-and-a-half year as earlier he was shooting wildlife. Occasionally he took shoot out sessions for his friends in the modelling world just for fun. The friends were pleased with the results and asked him to get into fashion photography as-full-time profession. Rahul said, “It was exciting shooting animals. Their beauty and grace is simply awesome, but it is more exciting to work with humans, as one can interact with them.”

Rahul had shot Rajnish Duggal, who participated in Mr Grasim International Contest, Divya Jaitley, Ms India 2002, and Vikrant Mahajan, whom he spotted shopping on a street of Delhi. Impressed with his sharp features, he captured him in his camera and stunned the fashion world.

Keeping in mind the saying that practice, makes a man perfect, Rahul shot about 200 rolls to get an idea of speed and light. He said he joined a few photographic clubs and gradually learned to handle sophisticated equipment. He has his own website where he helps aspiring photographers. He has gained mastery and chooses his assignments.

He said, “I do not wish to go to Mumbai as I have grandiose plans to make a big colour lab at Noida. I will come up with a state-of-the-art photo studio. With make-up artists of repute like Ambika Pillai and Deepa Verma, we will provide excellent portfolios to upcoming models.”


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