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Tributes paid to Premchand
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 31
Tributes were paid to renowned Hindi writer Munshi Premchand at a function organised by the Punjab Hindi Parishad to mark his 125th birth anniversary at Rajindra Model School, Haibowal, here today.
Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, presided over the function

Mr Dawar said Munshi Premchand was a writer of the masses. His writings covered all aspects of life particularly that of poor villagers. His philosophy and message were still relevant.

He said the writer was born in a poor family and had faced a a lot of hardship in completing his studies. He emerged as one of the top writers of country, whose works had been included in the syllabi of a number of universities all over the world.

Mr Dawar also paid tributes to Shaheed Udham Singh .He said the country's great martyrs, who had sacrificed their lives to liberate the country from British rule, should always be remembered so that the coming generations could seek inspiration from them.

Among others who paid tributes were Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, and Mr Ramesh Joshi, secretary PPCC .

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Arshia case: doctor’s arrest stayed
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 31
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Sukhdarshan Singh Khaira, today stayed the arrest of Dr Vandna Bhambri of Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Hospital, involved in a case of alleged medical negligence which led to the death of a baby, Arshia.

Mr Khaira stayed the arrest till the next date of hearing on August 10.

The judge directed the accused to join the investigation when called by the police. The prosecution was directed to present the records on the date fixed. The anticipatory bail application of the main accused, Dr Harjit Singh Kohli, was declined by the court a few days ago.

The enquiry officer in the case, Mr R.K. Bakshi, DSP, requested the court to give more time to enable him to collect the relevant documents. 

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Festivities mark Teej 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 31
“Punjabi videos showing obscene scenes are like sweet poison that is being given to our youngsters in large doses and are corrupting their tastes as far as culture is concerned," said Pammi Bai, a very well known Punjabi folk singer. He was in the city to participate in the Teej Function organised by the Principal and the staff of Master Tara Singh Memorial College this morning.

The whole atmosphere appeared festive decked up with ‘phulkaries’, and decorated swings, and provided the apt background for the Teej Function. The girls looked charming wearing traditional rainbow colour salwar suits and typical jewellery worn by Punjabi girls. A Ms Teej competition was held and Navjot Kaur of BA (final) won the title.

Pammi Bai entertained the students by singing folk songs. The minute he started singing, several college girls climbed up the stage and danced along with him. The girls started impromptu dance in spite of pouring rain.

Before the function started, talking to the media, Pammi Bai said, “The singers are always blamed for vulgarity creeping in the Punjabi culture. But the government is to be blamed for it has not made any culture policy. I have made 20 representations to several ministers to formulate a cultural committee comprising knowledgeable bureaucrats, writers, singers, experts who should lay down some guidelines. This committee will identify different musical instruments down the ages, register different ragas, collect folk lore. In Pakistan the Folk Lore Centre is just fantastic and the people have preserved their culture beautifully. Unless the government, writers and singers cooperate, our culture would erode.”

Pammi Bai said that earlier only one recording company was there and the number of singers was also small. Music of yesteryear was clean, meaningful and entertaining. But these days there were more than 5,000 singers and a large number of recording companies had sprung up. These were flaunting obscenity and unless this stopped the younger generation would move away from its tradition and culture.

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An actor of great promise
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, July 31
Rajinder Singh, a graduate of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, has proved his prowess in acting through great devotion and hard work.
He has been doing acting since childhood and has achieved various awards and honours for different roles he has performed from time to time. In 1996, he secured the second position for participating in a district-level poetry competition while he was a student of Government Senior Secondary School Doraha. He stood first in a poetic symposium organised at Sant Isher Singh Memorial Public School, Karamsar, in 1990. He enacted the role of a “Bhand” during the Independence Day celebrations at Government Senior Secondary School, Payal, and came first in 1994.

It was in the college that he honed his talent further. His performance in the play Anniyan akhan da akash, staged at a youth festival organised at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha and later at Maha Shakti Kala Mandir Barnala followed by the Punjab Youth Welfare Club, Lopon, was appreciated by many. He also got a certificate of merit for his performance in an inter-college one-act play competition at Radha Krishan Arya College, Nawanshahr, Doaba. He was awarded the college colours for his achievements in the session 1998-99. His drama team won first position during the Punjab University Zonal Youth Festival organised by Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College, Ludhiana, in 1998. He won the award of Best Dancer for participating in a dance competition at DAV College Gurdaspur, organised by Jhankaar Musical Group in 2000.

He was awarded the good drama actor award for his performance in the play “Rishtian Da Kabristan”. The play won the second position in the Youth Festival organised at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha in the year 2002-03.

Rajinder made a great impact on spectators through the presentation of the poem “Asla te main” at the A.S. College for Women, Khanna, at a youth festival and secured the second position.

He was also awarded a certificate recommendation by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan. He was also declared the best NSS camper and Best Library Reader by his college during the annual convocation this year.

Rajinder aspires to work for the uplift of rural people. Through various street plays, he wants to bring home the idea of unity, love and peace among humans. “Also social evils like drug abuse, casteism, dowry menace and female foeticide can be checked by enacting different roles,”said the budding artiste.

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