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Aspiring singers throng ‘Awaaz Punjab Di’ auditions
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, June 12
There was frenzy, there was excitement , there was chaos at Guru Nanak Bhawan where the Ludhiana zone auditions for Punjab’s first mega talent hunt were going on yesterday.

Serpentine queues were witnessed as thousands of young aspirants, both male and female, awaited their turn.

The crowd had started gathering from as early as 6 in the morning though audition had to start much later. There were tussles at the time of submitting the forms.

Around 3000 participants got their names registered and 132 were able to sing before the three jury members who were famous singers, Hans Raj Hans and Jaspinder Narula and also music director Sachin Ahuja.

Out of these, 38 candidates were shortlisted of which 20 were male and 13 were female. These candidates were selected for pre-quarterfinal round.

The singers had come from almost all districts of Punjab. They were sent onto stage in batches of 15. Jaspinder was sharp enough to detect the participants who had appeared earlier for audition either in Chandigarh or Amritsar.

Hans Raaj, unlike Indian Idol judges was very sympathetic toward the singers who were getting nervous. He advised them to calm down and collect their wits before singing. Mr Mahinder Bathla , CEO of MH1 said," We never expected such a response. Next time we will spread the audition over two days.”.

The pandal put up proved to be too small as the crowds swelled in spite of sweltering heat, but the participants kept on waiting their turn. The lucky winners — a boy and a girl will sign a Rs 1 crore contract with a music company. 



Foreigners make a beeline for Indian hospitals
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 12
With a large pool of highly trained doctors and low treatment prices, Indian hospitals are inviting many foreigners, besides a large number of NRIs for advanced surgical treatments.

According to a study by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and McKinsey Consultants, some 150,000 foreigners visited India for treatment last year. The number is rising by 15 per cent a year. Almost all hospitals big or small, in USA and Britain have Indian doctors, the study says.

Having earned a big name in providing latest medical treatment with highly trained medical professionals and ultra modern equipment, the medical institutions in the mega city have also witnessed a sizeable inflow of overseas patients in recent years.

Keeping pace with the prevailing trends, one of the premier medical institutions of the region here, the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) has also registered an increase in foreigners coming for advanced treatments fields such as plastic surgery, urology, general surgery, neurology, neurosurgery and dentistry.

Recently, Alderson Geralding Margaret Alde, a 65-year-old British lady successfully underwent a complex spine surgery at the CMCH under Dr Sarvpreet Singh Grewal, reader in neurosurgery and his team.

“Ms Alderson found it difficult to walk just after her arrival to this country. A month later, her left leg could not hold weight and in another few days, none of her legs could hold weight and she could not even stand. During this time she was consulting a doctor in Dharamsala and one of her friends recommended her to visit the CMCH in Ludhiana,” Dr Grewal said the patient was admitted here on May 13 with inability to control her bladder and bowels and weakness of both lower limbs.

The patient was advised surgery in the form of decompressive laminectomy at the earliest due to bladder and bowel incontinence. She was operated successfully on May 25.



PRSPC reviews preparations for felicitation function
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 12
The Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council (PRSPC), which was reconstituted recently, and under the banner of which more than 60 rural sports clubs of the state had gathered in order to promote rural games in the region, is committed to making the inaugural felicitation function to be held here on June 22 a historic one.

During the function, Prabhjot Singh, hockey star, Manjeet Kaur, an international athlete, and veteran writer and sports promoter, Jaswant Singh Kanwal, would be honoured for their contributions to sport. They would be given Amarjeet Singh Grewal Punjab Rattan Khed Award and a cash prize of Rs 25,000 each.

This was stated by Mr Ramesh Singla, a former MLA from Nabha and chairman, PRSPC after the meeting of the council held here last evening. The meeting was held to review the preparations being made by the council to conduct the felicitation function. He said to make the function a great success, the council has constituted different committees, including reception committee, media coordination committee, administrative and refreshment committees. The national kabaddi coach, Devi Dyal, Mr Pawitter Singh Grewal, Prof Kanwaljit Singh and Mr Balbir Singh Mann have been appointed conveners of these committees.

Besides, the council divided Punjab in five zones namely Malwa zone with Nishan Singh Randhawa of Gurdaspur president; Malwa zone I with Sharanjit Singh Theerkay as its president. The other zones are Malwa zone II- president- Balbir Singh Maan of Sports Club Gudde; PEPSU zone- president-Pehalwan Harmail Singh; Doaba zone- president- Gurmangal Dass of Football Academy, Rurka.

Mr Singla further said that during the felicitation function, a seminar would be held and noted writer, Prof Gurbhajan Gill would present papers on “changing sports culture’ while Mr Prabhjot Singh, Chief of Bureau, The Tribune, would read a paper on ‘Khedan Kudan Man Ka Chao’. Besides, Ms Chanchal Surjit Singh Randhawa would inform about the Punjab Government's approach towards rural sports festivals and Olympian Rupa Saini would speak on Punjab’s role in achieving goals during the next five years. Mr Surinder Singh Kahlon and Dr Darshan Baddi would also present their papers on relevant topics on the occasion, Mr Singla added.

Mr Prithipal Singh Batala and Mr Kulwant Singh, president and general secretary respectively, of the PRSPC along with Sarpanch Gurjit Singh Gujjarwal, Mr Harjit Singh Grewal, Mr Hardev Singh Grewal, Mr Gurjeevan Singh Brar, Mr Tarlochan Singh Grewal of Lalton Kalan, Mr Ajmer Singh Sarabha, Mr Bikkar Singh Natt, Mr Gurdevinder Singh Udhonangal, Mr Pawitter Singh Sidhwan, Pehalwan Harmail Singh, Mr Jasvir Singh Boparai, Mr Gurnam Singh Cheema, Mr Sukhwinder Singh Mudian and Mr Harkanwal Singh were among others who were present during the meeting.



Vikas Shahi cricket 
Our Correspondent

Khanna, June 12
The 7th Vikas Shahi Summer Holidays Cricket Tournament (under-22) will be organised by the Cricket Coaching Centre, here from June 19.
V.K. Shrikant, coach of the Cricket Coaching Centre and Organiser, said 12 teams from Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh and Punjab would participate in the tournament. All matches would be on league basis. He said only those players, who born on or after June 18, 1983, could participate in the tournament.


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