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Balwant Singh accuses PAU of misleading board
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 27
Dr Balwant Singh, convener of the joint action committee of PAU employees and teachers, today claimed that he had not received any information for appearing in person before the board of management of the university.

In a statement issued here today, he accused the PAU authorities of misleading the board and the media. He alleged the authorities had falsely informed the members of the board and the press that he had been called to present his case concerning the reduction of his pension.

He said following the university order of September 27 reducing his pension by one third, he had appealed to the board against the order on November 24 and requested that he be permitted to plead his case before the members.

In reply, the Registrar through a letter dated December 17 had informed him that the meeting of the board would be held on December 23 at Chandigarh. “There was absolutely no mention whether he would be given an opportunity to place his case before the board or not”, he claimed.

He said the order of reduction of his pension was illegal since the Punjab and Haryana High Court, while referring the case back to the university, had categorically directed the respondents to take a fresh decision by giving an opportunity of hearing to the petitioner.

Since the board had yet to give him a personal hearing, the punishment inflicted on him by the university was in “gross violation of the orders of the high court”, he claimed. He urged the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar to restore his pension till the Board granted him personal hearing.



Filling of lecturers’ posts sought
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 27
The Public Cause, a state-level organisation, in a press note issued here has criticised the government for not filling 750 posts of lecturer in various government colleges in the state. Mr Yashpaul Ghai, director of the organisation, has said that it is upsetting to note that there has been no recruitment of lecturers for the past eight years.

The organisation has alleged that 392 lecturers were selected by the Punjab Public Service Commission in 2002, but later these selections were cancelled by the government.

The cancellation was challenged in the court and the government has failed to produce any proof of irregularities in the selections.

The organisation has demanded that the state government should withdraw the cancellation orders and issue appointment letters to those selected in 2002.



Students interact with comedian
Our Correspondent

Samrala, December 27
Kindergarten Public School, Samrala, organised a ‘rubaru’ programme with comedian Rana Ranveer, partner of comedy king Bhagwant Mann, here today. The programme started with a shabad. It was followed by an interaction with the comedian. Children from various schools of Samrala subdivision asked questions to Rana Ranveer about his personal life and theatre.

He replied to these questions in a humorous style. “I like comedy of Gurpreet Ghugi in Punjabi, but in Hindi, I love Kishore Kumar’s comedy. I am a serious person. Comedy is my hobby and profession,” he said. He exhorted students to fight social evils prevalent in society.

The chairman of the school, Mr Daljeet Shahi, presented a memento to Rana Ranveer.



The joy of gifting
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 27
The Charity Club of Ryan International School here today distributed clothes and food articles among less privileged persons of society. The club, committed to the cause of helping the underprivileged collected clothes bed sheets, foot wear, toys and eatables last week. Later the clothes were sorted out washed and ironed. Today Rynites went to the labour colony and other slums and distributed the collected articles.

A special prayer was also offered. Happiness and contentment was apparent on the faces of both the givers and the receivers. The Principal, Ms Jaishree, said “Social service is the supeme art and this will always form an integral part of the school education.”



Flower arrangement contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 27
To celebrate Christmas, the BCM authorities organised a flower arrangement contest. Boys and girls took part in the contest and arranged fresh and dried flowers.

Different themes for these arrangements were Indian bride, Christian bride, cultural heritage, life is a stream, Punjab, brotherhood, paradox and peace. In the Class VIII group, Mehak, Neha and Shweta were declared winners, while in Class IX, Sandeep, Priyanka and Rachita emerged winners. In the Class X group, Gaurav, Pankaj and Karanpreet were adjudged best.



The year widened city’s cultural horizon
Asha Ahuja

A scene from the play “Patey Khan,” staged by the LSS
A scene from the play “Patey Khan,” staged by the LSS

Ludhiana, December 27
The city witnessed a host of cultural activities in 2004. The cultural horizon of the city was widened and brightened by a number of organisations promoting art and culture. The Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam (LSS), a voluntary non-governmental cultural organisation, presented a large number of quality plays and musical extravaganzas during 2004.

In January, city residents had an opportunity to witness the Indo-Pak Sufiana kalam organised by the LSS. Hans Raj Hans from India and the Ajoka troupe from Pakistan participated in it. Lillette Dubey , Joy Sengupta and Suchitra Pilai presented a beautiful English play titled “Womanly Voices.”

A Hindi play, “Begum Jani,” by the mother-daughter duo of Nadira and Juhi Babbar was presented by the LSS. Both consummate actresses breathed life into the play. The next presentation of the LSS was Paigam-e-Mohabbat, a two- night cultural extravaganza. A large number of performing artistes from Pakistan appreciated in it. On the first night, soulful music by Mohammad Iqbal Bahoo and Saiyan Zahoor was appreciated. Prof Sarvat Ali of Lahore Museum apprised the audience of the old music tradition still being carried on in Pakistan. The next day, a unique play “Patey Khan”, by Usmaan Peerzada and Imraan Peerzada was staged.

“Zen Khatha”, another play by Lillette Dubey depicted the spread of Buddhism and emergence of martial arts in India. The LSS presented Ghalibnama, a programme wherein Salim Arif read letters of Ghalib and Jaswinder Singh sang eight ghazals of Ghalib .

Media Arts presented three plays in the city. It staged “Macbeth” of Shakespeare in Punjabi. A lot of effort had gone into the translation. The other plays staged were “Nadian nu Taap” Chadiya and “Waiting for Godot’. This too, was translated into Punjabi. Media Arts also organised a programme, Aman Kafala, by Shabnam Hasami, wherein students from various states, especially Gujarat narrated their experiences of the Godhra riots.

Adeeb International honoured Mr Kewal Dheer on his 60th birthday for publishing his 60th book. A mushaira followed in which renowned Urdu poets participated. The Prof Mohan Singh International Foundation organised a programme in memory of Prof Mohan Singh. Many dying traditional arts were showcased. Eight personalities from different walks of life were honoured on the occasion.

Punjabi literature got an impetus as scores of books of budding writers were released. A large number of symposia and face to face with writers were organised at Punjabi Bhavan. Five writers from Ludhiana were awarded by the Language Department, Punjab, with Shiromani Awards .

SPIC-MACAY organised a dance performance by Pratibha Prahad and brought in classical singers Rajan and Sajan Mishra. Mangniyar Tribe entertained the audience with folk songs.

SPIC-MACAY and the LSS brought in Kiran Segal, Rafaquat Ali Khan and Vanashree, who gave performances in a school during a three day winter convention organised by SPIC MACAY. Four short Punjabi plays were staged. On the last day Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt gave a performance on the veena, while Ronu Majumdar delighted the students with the flute.

Zee TV had sent Anu Kapoor and Pallavi Joshi to conduct the Antakshari programme in the city, which a large number of city residents participated.

On the whole, those with a love for culture had a satisfactory year.



Festive mood turns sombre at basketball tourney
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 27
The festive mood at the inauguration of the National Basketball Championship, which began here yesterday, turned sombre after the news of the tidal waves hitting the south-eastern coast spread in the stadium. However, the players from south braved the odds and participated in the marchpast while the element of uncertainty and fear about their families back home bothered them.

Fortunately for them, their families back home were safe and sound. The players made a beeline for the temporary PCOs set up at the hostels. Nobody could wait for the cultural programme to conclude as everybody was feeling restless.

The players from Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Andhra Pradesh, which were the worst-hit remained glued to the television sets. The telephone lines in the affected areas had been disrupted and contact was difficult.

But some players like Jaggan Nath of Pondicherry were lucky to talk to their families. Jaggan Nath belongs to a fisherman’s family. Since the fishermen were the worst-hit, he was feeling restless. It was late in the night when he managed to establish contact with his family through the mobile phone of a friend. Another woman basketball player Manjila was also lucky enough to be able to talk to her family in Machhlipatnam.

Although most of the players had managed to talk to their families by night, the atmosphere of uncertainty prevailed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Pondicherry camps. The organisers of the championship were also cooperative.

Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary of the Punjab Basketball Association, and Mr Sukhbir Grewal, one of the organisers, added that PCOs had already been arranged for the players and cellphones provided where- ever PCOs were not available.



Gold Cup hockey tourney concludes
Our Correspondent

Doraha, December 27
The second All-India Gold Cup Hockey Tournament concluded here yesterday evening. The semi-final was played between SAI, Orissa, and Punjabi University, Patiala, in which the team of SAI, Orissa, won in the tie-breaker.

The second semi-final was played between Grewal Sports Academy, Kila Raipur, and SAI, Chennai. Grewal Sports Academy, Kila Raipur, won in the tie-breaker.

In the final Grewal Sports Academy, Kila Raipur, beat SAI, Orissa 2-0.

The chief guest at the closing ceremony was Mr Rajinder Singh, IG, Patiala range.

He exhorted players to put in efforts to achieve perfection of the game.


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