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Aitchison College students visit Khalsa College
Amritsar, October 13
A new dimension was added to Indo-Pakistan relations when staff and students and of the 120-year-old Aitchison College, Lahore, visited the 114-year-old Khalsa College here today. The architectural design of both the colleges was conceived by Sardar Ram Singh.
Staff and students of Aitchison College, Lahore, visit Khalsa College in Amritsar Staff and students of Aitchison College, Lahore, visit Khalsa College in Amritsar on Friday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Preserve cultural heritage, says CM
Jalandhar, October 13
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that his government was committed to the promotion of Punjab’s rich cultural heritage through the Virsa Vihar centres to apprise the young generation of the glorious past enriched with age-old traditional and moral values.



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Members of the Pendu Mazdoor Union stage a protest in Jalandhar
Members of the Pendu Mazdoor Union stage a protest in Jalandhar on Friday. They were protesting against the arrest of members of the union during the Chief Minister’s visit. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

More human rights complaints against cops
Phagwara, October 13
Human rights complaints against the Punjab Police have increased. The Inspector-General, Punjab State Human Rights Commission, Mr M.K. Tiwari, stated this here today.

Govt declares Kali Bein holy
Kapurthala, October 13
Succumbing to the demand of the president of the Onkar Charitable Trust, Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, the state government has finally declared the Kali Bein as holy.

Youth Cong chief attends chetna rally
Jalandhar, October 13
The President of the Youth Congress, Mr Vijay Inder Singla, today exhorted party activists to start an awareness drive in the state. He was in the city to attend a Yuva Chetna rally organised by the District Youth Congress (Urban).





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Aitchison College students visit Khalsa College
Varinder Walia & Ashok Sethi

Amritsar, October 13
A new dimension was added to Indo-Pakistan relations when staff and students and of the 120-year-old Aitchison College, Lahore, visited the 114-year-old Khalsa College here today.

The architectural design of both the colleges was conceived by Sardar Ram Singh.

Aitchison College was established on November 3, 1886. The foundation stone was laid by the then Governor-General of India, Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Earl of Dufferin. The college was named after Charles Umpherston Aitchison, Lt-Governor of the Punjab.

Aitchison College students were delighted to see that Khalsa College resembled their own college. Dr Daljit Singh, Principal, honored the visiting students and staff with the portrait of Khalsa College.

Aitchison College had also played a signifinant role in setting up of Yadavindra Public School, Patiala, in 1948, a year after the Partition.

Major Mazhar Pervez Akhtar, Senior House Master, Aitchson College, was extremly excited to meet the Principal and students of Khalsa College.

He said Aitchison College management was desirous to know the whereabouts of Sardar Ram Singh’s family. Mr Onkar Singh Sandhu, President Ramgarhia Foundation, called Mr Jasbir Singh, a national cricket umpire and great grandson of Sardar Ram Singh. Major Akhtar spoke to him for half an hour and shared common heritage of Khalsa College and Aitchison College.

Earlier, they were received by Mr Harmit Singh Batra and his wife Ms Neelu at Wagah border on behalf of Capt Amarinder Singh and his wife Parneet Kaur.

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Preserve cultural heritage, says CM
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 13
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that his government was committed to the promotion of Punjab’s rich cultural heritage through the Virsa Vihar centres to apprise the young generation of the glorious past enriched with age-old traditional and moral values.

Addressing the gathering after inaugurating Virsa Vihar here, he said it was a matter of pride and honour for the state for establishing such institutions for the propagation of rich heritage. Two such centers had already been set up at Amritsar and Kapurthala.

He said the Congress government also started the practice of organising cultural festivals at Patiala, Kapurthala and Amritsar to showcase the age-old cultural ties in the state.

He said these cultural festivals had evoked encouraging response from the masses because the people had a keen desire to know about their traditional art and culture and it was the duty of the government to cherish the aspirations of the people.

He said Virsa Vihars should not only be monuments but should act as a vehicle for the propagation of cultural heritage through organising training in the music both vocal and classical besides art and handicrafts.

He said the centers should strive hard to engage the services of the descendents of Bade Gulham Ali of Patiala Gharana, Munwar and Javed Ali grandsons of the late Gulham Ali and renowned classical gharana of Sham Churasi.

Hans Raj Hans also regaled the audience with a Punjabi poem on the occasion and announced to bear the entire expenditure on the maintenance of Sufi Sangeet Hall in the centre in the memory of his father Arjan Singh.

On the occasion, Dr Ram Lal Jassi, a BSP leader, along with its general secretary, Mr Rajinder Goldy and five others joined the Congress in the presence of Chief Minister.

Earlier, Capt Amarinder Singh inaugurated Suwidha Centre – a project of the District Sukhmani Society, at the district administration complex to ensure better services to the residents.

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More human rights complaints against cops
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, October 13
Human rights complaints against the Punjab Police have increased. The Inspector-General, Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC), Mr M.K. Tiwari, stated this here today.

Interestingly, they had been emerging as undisputed toppers since 1997, he said. A track record of 9,835 complaints in 2005 alone, the number of complaints against police reached the mark of 7,652 till September this year.

Other complaints are related to the abuse of power, false implications, victimisation and unlawful detention.

Surprisingly, a few complaints were received against indiscriminate arrest, custodial violence and death in police firing, he added.

Commenting on increasing awareness, the ADGP (Law and Order), Mr Chander Shekhar, said, “People are becoming more and more aware. They don’t hesitate any more to approach the apex authority.” 

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Govt declares Kali Bein holy
Dharemendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, October 13
Succumbing to the demand of the president of the Onkar Charitable Trust, Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, the state government has finally declared the Kali Bein as holy. Principal Secretary (Irrigation) Kusumjit Sidhu sent a fax communication to the Deputy commissioner in this regard.

While the Deputy commissioner could not be contacted, sources confirmed that the fax message had been received. The government has changed the name of Kali Bein as a holy Bein keeping in view of its religious and historic importance.

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Youth Cong chief attends chetna rally
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 13
The President of the Youth Congress, Mr Vijay Inder Singla, today exhorted party activists to start an awareness drive in the state. He was in the city to attend a Yuva Chetna rally organised by the District Youth Congress (Urban).

He was welcomed by Rinku Sethi and Monty Sehgal, president, and general secretary, respectively, of the Youth Congress.

Rana Gurjit Singh, MP, Jalandhar, and Mr Raj Kumar Gupta, MLA, were present, among others.

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One killed in mishap

Jalandhar, October 13
One person was killed when his two-wheeler was hit by a truck near the Gazi Gullah area here today. The accident occurred when Malkiat Singh (55), a resident of Baba Deev Singh Nagar, was going towards his residence and suddenly a truck hit him from the left side. He died on the spot. — PTI

 

 

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