Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Farida Khanum
for Kapurthala festival
Heritage walk to be held on Friday morning
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Well-known Pakistani singer Begum Farida Khanum will enthrall the audience during the fifth Baba Jassa Singh Heritage Festival at Jagatjit Palace (where now Sainik School is located) in Kapurthala from October 27 to 29. A heritage walk will also be organised on Friday morning.

The festival is being organised by the Kapurthala Heritage Trust in association with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Tourism of Punjab.

Farida Khanum is the first singer from Pakistan to perform in the festival. She will recite ghazals and present thumri in her melodious voice on the concluding day of the Festival.

Besides Farida Khanum, renowned Mohan Veena player Padma Shri Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt will perform on the final day.

As usual, the festival will formally start with shabad kirtan by Bhai Mansa Singh on October 27. Dr Atamjit and his team will present a light and sound play `Tatti Tawi da Sach’ on the martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev on the same day.

Internationally acclaimed santoor player Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma will perform on the second day. Pandit Chhannu Lal Misra of Banaras Gharana will also enthrall the audience on the same day.

The artists will perform from 7 pm onwards. The heritage walk will start from Shalimar Bagh at 7.30 am and will culminate at Jagatjit Palace, the venue of the festival, after passing through several areas of the city. Prominent persons from all walks of life will participate in the walk.

Kapurthala, which was once known as the Paris of the Orient, has a legacy in Classical music as well. It emerged as an important centre for classic music especially under the patronage of Kanwar Bikrama Singh and Raja Sir Daljit Singh.

Saeen Ilyas, Ata Mohammad and Bhai Lal were well-known exponents of the Kapurthala Gharana. Mir Nasir Ahmad, a descendant of Mian Tansen was resuced by Kanwar Bikrama Singh from being sent into exile from the Mughal court and was brought to Kapurthala, where he lived for the rest of his life.

He and his son Mir Rehmat Ali contributed greatly to the Rababi-Beenkar tradition of Kapurthala.

Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia was one of the most respected spiritual and temporal leaders in Punjab history. In 1723, he was blessed by Mata Sundri, wife of 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, who gave him the silver mace and sword of Guru Gobind Singh because she saw in him one who would become a worthy leader of the Sikhs.

Born on May 3, 1718, Baba Jassa Singh consolidated and regrouped the Sikhs and rose to become leader of the Sikh panth in 1753. He was given the title of Sultan-ul-Quam in 1761. In the same year he freed 2,000 women being taken by Ahmed Shah Abdali as slaves. In 1764, he gave Rs 9 lakh and personally supervised the rebuilding of Darbar Sahib at Amritsar, which had been destroyed by Ahmed Shah Abdali.

In 1779 he wrested Kapurthala from Rai Ibrahim Bhatti, and became the founder of the state of Kapurthala.



Forum provides relief to PSEB consumer
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

In a significant judgement, the District Consumer Disputes’ Redressal Forum, Kapurthala, has provided relief to a Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) consumer, Mr Mohinder Singh, by not only quashing sundry charges of Rs 3000 from his bill but also by imposing damages and litigation expenses on the PSEB.

In their judgement, the president of the forum, Mr A.K. Sharma, and its members, Ms Sushma Handoo, and Ms Sudha Sharma directed the PSEB authorities to pay the expenses within one month from the receipt of the copy of the judgement.

The complainant, Mr Mohinder Singh, had alleged in his complaint that he was surprised to receive the bill bearing number 49374, dated January 20, 2006, amounting to Rs 3270 and payable by February 6. The bill was illegal as the amount of Rs 3000 shown in the sundry charges and allowances column of the bill had been added to the total amount of the bill, he had stated in his complaint, adding that he had never received such a hefty bill earlier as the average monthly consumption of his household was less than 100 units.

Sixty five-year-old Mohinder Singh had alleged that no reason was assigned by the PSEB authorities as to why an amount of Rs 3000 had been added to his bill as sundry charges and allowances.

So much so that when he approached the PSEB authorities, requesting them to withdraw the amount of Rs 3000, they flatly refused to accede to the request. Following this, he filed a complaint with the forum on February 7 this year.

During the hearing of the complaint, the PSEB authorities had pleaded that it had been detected during the checking by the PSEB officials on August 3, 2004, that the complainant was running a three-BHP electric motor illegally and was committing the theft of electricity.

In their written statement, the PSEB authorities had further stated that the “checking-report” was prepared on the spot, but the complainant had refused to sign it. Following this, a notice was sent to him on that day itself, asking him to deposit the amount of Rs 3000 as penalty. The complainant did not deposit the same. Subsequently, the said amount of Rs 3000 was added to his bill dated January 20, 2006, the PSEB authorities had claimed in their written statement.

However, after hearing the arguments of Mr Mohinder Singh’s advocate, Mr Sushil Rawal, and the PSEB’s advocate, Mr D.S. Bansal, and going through the documents provided by both the parties, the forum held that the contention of the PSEB regarding the “checking of Mr Mohinder Singh’s premises and finding him stealing electricity” was an afterthought as the “checking-report” was a forged and fabricated document that could not be relied upon.

Subsequently, the president of the forum and its members allowed Mr Mohinder Singh’s complaint with costs, and provided relief to him.



Jassa Singh Ahluwalia — a great personality
Chander Kanta

The Kapurthala heritage festival is celebrated annually for the past five years to commemorate Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, the founder of Kapurthala, which is said to be founded by Rana Kapur, an emigrant from Jaisalmer in the early part of the 11th century.

The city gained importance only when it was conquered by Jassa Singh Ahluwalia.

This son of Punjab was born in 1718. His ancestor Sadho Singh was an enterprising zamindar. He founded four villages in the vicinity of Lahore, one of which ‘Ahlu’ gave the family the distinguishing name of Ahluwalia. The other three villages were Hallu-Sadho, Tor and Chak.

Jassa Singh Ahluwalia’s father, Badar Singh, died in 1722. His mother went to New Delhi with her child to place him in care of Mata Sundri, the widow of Guru Gobind Singh. Thus Jassa Singh was brought up under the fostering care of Mata Sundri.

When Jassa Singh was 12 years old, his maternal uncle Bhag Singh, who was issueless, requested Mata Sundri to spare the young boy to succeed him.

At his departure, Mata Sundri blessed him, predicted his future greatness and gave him a silver mace (gurj), saying that he and his descendents would have macebearer to attend them. Since that time, Bagh Singh took the special interest in his nephew. The boy soon developed into a promising youth, well versed in Persian and Arabic and proficient in riding and use of arms. He also learnt music and loved to sing the hymns of Adi Granth along with his mother.

On his arrival in Punjab, Jassa Singh joined Nawab Kapur Singh Faizalpuria, who was then the most prominent leader of the Sikhs. The young Ahluwalia soon became the right hand of Nawab Kapur Singh.

He began to take a leading part against Mughal governors of Punjab. His personal valour and cool judgment evinced in some of the campaigns created a deep impression among the Sikhs.

In recognition of his qualities, he was chosen as the supreme commander of the Dal Khalsa at the suggestion of Nawab Kapur Singh, who was growing old.

Before his death in 1753, he gave over to Jassa Singh the steel mace of Guru Gobind Singh, thus appointed him the successor of his influence. In 1754, the title of Nawab was conferred on him by the Sikh confederacy in Amritsar.

Jassa Singh took advantage of the troubled times when Nadir Shah and Ahmad Shah Abdali were invading India. Jassa Singh was constantly at feud with Mughal governor of Lahore and was usually victorious.

He killed Salabat Khan, the governor of Amritsar, in 1748, defeated Adina Beg, the governor of Jullunder Doab, captured Sirhind and Dipalpur, south of the Sutlej. He marched towards Ferozepore and seized Dogran and Makhu. Hoshiarpur, Bhairog and Naraingarh also fell to his sword.

Rai Ibrahim, then Mohammedan chief of Kapurthala, only saved himself from destruction by becoming his feudatory, but in 1777 his son-in-law Mohar Singh was shot dead. It was pretended that it was an accident and Jassa Singh had to accept the explanation.

In 1780 Jassa Singh made Kapurthala his capital. Rai Ibrahim was allowed to leave the place with his moveable property and his family. At Amritsar, the first national coin known as Nanki or Nanak Shahi was stuck with the following inscription:

“Deg, wa teg, Wa Fateh, Wa Nusrat be Dirang Yaftaz Nanak Guru Gobind Singh.”

(Meaning: hospitality, the sword and the victory and conquest unfailing to Guru Gobind Singh from Nanak).

The success deserted the Sikh sardar at Jhang. He also failed in an expedition against Sardar Charat Singh Sukarchakia, grandfather of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

The Sikhs led by Jassa Singh Ahluwalia were beaten up by Ahmed Shah Abdali near Barnala and Sirhind but they took revenge by capturing Kasur and Sirhind.

Jassa Singh was the most successful general in the battlefield but it was never his motive to conquer the territories for his personal gains. He was never greedy for any territory. Kapurthala was the place that belonged to him and it was also occupied at a later stage. He did not take an undue advantage even of his high position.

The Panth had showered exceptional glory on him by raising him to the status of Sultan-ul-Quam.

The rulers of Patiala and Jind stood before him in all reverence and humility. Many powerful and prominent Sardars, including Amar Singh of Patiala, received ‘pahul’ from his hands.

The Rajas of Jammu, Kangra, Bilaspur and Nalagarh touched his knees. The Nawabs of Malerkotla and Kunjpura paid him homage, but he always considered himself a humble devotee and disciple of Guru Gobind Singh.

He made a large contribution towards the rebuilding of the Golden Temple, which Ahmad Shah Abdali had blown up. He also built Ahluwalia bazaar, which was an architectural ornament to the sacred city. In short, he did more than any contemporary Sikh to consolidate the power of the Khalsa.

No matter of religious importance came up for discussion concerning which his advice was not sought and generally followed.

Though was a devout Sikh, he was an enlightened and liberal-minded man. A large number of Mohammedans were employed in his service and they were allowed to follow their own religious observances but cow slaughter was prohibited.

He was a kind and generous man. His liberality to the poor made him extremely popular. He had opened a langar called ‘sada barat langar’ where anyone could have meals at any time.

Jassa Singh Ahluwalia possessed qualities of a great religious leader, an intrepid military general, a shrewd politician and a zealous patriot. He was not only the founder of Kapurthala state but also helped prominently in emergence of other independent Sikh principalities. He died in 1783 and his body was cremated at Amritsar where a monument was raised in his memory in the dera of Baba Atal.

Such great personality of Jassa Singh Ahluwalia deserves the honour and reverence and thanks to the heritage trust for its efforts for giving this platform to the people to remember this multi-featured character Sultan-ul-Quam Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia.

(The writer is a senior Lecturer in history at Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Government College, Kapurthala)



Vet pharmacists join seniors in stir
Tribune News Service

Catching the Punjab Government on the wrong foot, 250 freshly passed-out veterinary pharmacists joined hands with their seniors in the ongoing agitation, stating that they would not work under service providers (veterinary officers on contract).

The pharmacists had completed their training (batch 2004-06) from the Veterinary Pharmacists Course Training Centre, Patiala, on October 17.

Instead of applying for job, they joined hands with their seniors and they all, 450 in number, have announced in unison to wage a war against the state government.

The agitating youths stated that they would not allow themselves to be exploited at the hands of service providers. Veterinary pharmacists (2001-03 batch) have already declared that they would not work under the service providers.

They have been staging a protest outside the officer of the Director, Animal Husbandry, Punjab, in Chandigarh. They have been demanding regularisation of their jobs or to be appointed as service providers in rural veterinary dispensaries. In the wake of the rigid stand taken by them, the government had tried to persuade the freshly passed-out lot to join the services.

The government had earlier, through an advertisement, announced that 400 veterinary pharmacists would be appointed as service providers in rural dispensaries.

Later, the government had to take back its decision following protests by veterinary officers.

The government had decided to appoint veterinary officers as service providers in dispensaries in place of veterinary pharmacists.

According to sources, the authorities concerned acted in haste in giving out provisional certificates to the pharmacists on the last day of their exams so that they could join the service without delay. However, the pharmacists had other things on their mind, and decided not to fall prey to the “divide and rule” policy of the government.

Meanwhile, unemployed veterinary pharmacists held a protest march in Chandigarh on Monday.



From Schools and Colleges
Workshop on intellectual property rights held
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Dr Balwinder Singh Sooch, Mr K. K. Sharma, Dr Subhash Chawla, Mr Amarjeet Singh Samra, Prof Sanjeev Sharma and Prof R. K. Kalia at the workshop.
Dr Balwinder Singh Sooch, Mr K. K. Sharma, Dr Subhash Chawla, Mr Amarjeet Singh Samra, Prof Sanjeev Sharma and Prof R. K. Kalia at the workshop.

A workshop on ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ and ‘Patent Awareness’ was organised in association with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh, at DRV DAV Centenary College, Phillaur, on Monday.

Dr R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh, inaugurated the workshop by lighting the lamp. The Principal, Dr Subhash Chawla welcomed all the dignitaries and delegates on the occasion.

In his inaugural address, Dr Sobti stressed upon the need for adequate knowledge of the intellectual property rights and patents in the present scenario when science and technology was progressing at a fast pace.

Dr Balwinder Singh Sooch, Patent Information Centre, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, sensitised the audience by laying down the objectives of the workshop. Mr R. Saha, Advisor, DST, Government of India and Director, Patent Facilitating Centre, TIFAC, delivered the keynote address and gave a comprehensive account of the subject.

In this highly interactive session, he gave very impressive and satisfactory answers to the queries made by the delegates.

Mementos were presented to Dr Sobti, Vice-Chancellor and Mr R. Saha on this occasion. Prof R.K.Kalia, Registrar and Vice-Principal of the college, delivered vote of thanks for the inaugural session.

Mr Amarjeet Singh Samra, Cabinet Minister for Co-operation and NRI, Government of Punjab, gave certificates to the participants and announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the college. Prof Sanjeev Sharma, Project Co-ordinator, DRV, DAV Centenary College, Phillaur, delivered vote of thanks.

Among the dignitaries present at the workshop were Principal (Mrs) P. P. Sharma, Hans Raj Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Jalandhar; Dr R. K. Mahajan, Principal, MLU DAV College, Phagwara; Principal K. N. Kaul, DAV College, Dasuya; Principal Santosh Puri, DAV College, Jagraon; Mr Surinder Pal Singh Thamanwal, former minister and member, LAC; mr Anish Dhingra and Mr Sukhwinder Singh, SP, Sangrur.

NSS camp

One-day NSS camp was organised at Ramgarhia College, Phagwara. During the camp students actively participated in cleaning the surroundings of college campus.

After the camp, education-cum-entertainment programme was held. In the education section, NSS programme in charge, Prof Manjit Singh educated students about the need of cleanliness of our surroundings.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr P. S. Tyagi, Principal, informed the students about the causes and prevention of dengue fever. He also asked the students to take oath that they would avoid bursting of crackers on Divali so as to prevent air and noise pollution.

Later, students of the college entertained the audience with poems, jokes, songs and shabads.

Divali mela

Jaycees, Phagwara, organised a three-day Divali mela at Hargobind Nagar mela grounds in Phagwara. Mr Balbir Raja Sodhi, Chairman, Improvement Trust, Phagwara, inaugurated the mela.

Various types of entertainment stalls were put up on the occasion. DJ system and swings were the main attraction of the mela. New variants of cars were also launched during the mela.

On the concluding day, Phagwara SDM Mr Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal and Executive Editor, Dainik Jagran, Irwin Khanna, were the chief guests.

NCC wing

Saint Soldier Divine Public School, Hadiabad, Phagwara, have set up a new NCC wing in the school which was inaugurated by the Director, Mr ML Kaura.

Mr Kaura in his address inspired the students to launch a campaign against drug abuse and join NCC to enjoy disciplinary life to serve the nation. The Principal, Mr Yash Pal Rai, also addressed the students and advised them to participate in sports.


A team of Youth Wing of the Prajapita Brahma Kumari Ishwariya Vishwavidyalaya organised a lecture on ‘high ethic values’ in Kamla Nehru College for Women in Phagwara.

Speaking on the occasion, team leader BK Kanta impressed upon the students of the college to unleash the hidden treasure in them and lead the world by accepting challenges being faced by them.

“Our main aim is to spread the message of peace and harmony among the youth,” she said. She said other objectives of the youth wing are character-building, promoting selfless service, culture and spiritual consciousness, guiding youth towards creative and constructive activities.

Earlier, Mrs Kusum Verma, Principal of the college, welcomed the youth wing team of the mission and presented memento to the team leader BK Kanta.



Young World
Athisii, Megha win essay writing contest
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Inter-college debate and essay writing contests for teams falling in Zone-II were held at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology on Friday. A. Athisii of CT Institute won the first prize in essay writing contest, followed by Megha Pathak of DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology and Anuradha of SS College of Engineering and Technology, Pathankot.

In the debate contest, the teams of Rayat Institute of Engineering and Technology, Phagwara, CT Institute of Engineering and Technolgy won the first and second prizes, respectively.

Individual prizes for debate contest went to Varun Garg of DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology and Mandleshwar from Rayat Institute of Engineering and Technology, Phagwara.

Divali celebrated

Medha Yamini, a talent evening, was organised at Eklavya School to mark Divali celebrations. The evening was a blend of traditions and modernity. Sanskriti Shlokas were recited by educator Shilpy Sikka and their meanings were explained by Aman Kalra, a Class VII student. Students of primary section offered salutations to Lord Ganesha.

Condition of women in the past and present was explained through mime wherein students of middle section depicted various facial expressions and body movements. Pre-primary children came out with Baingan Raja and his baratis, all dressed as vegetables.

Ms Sapna Bakshi, principal, apprised the parents of school’s future plans.

Divali festival was celebrated at Seth Hukum Chand SD Public Senior Secondary School with contests held for rangoli making. Students of Class VIII to XII participated in the contest and children left no stone unturned in decorating the floor of their classrooms.

Diya thali decorating contest was also held for the students of Classes I to III. Students used various items including glitters, ribbons and kalash to win the prize. Ms Manju Arora, principal, appreciated the work and gave prizes to the winners.

Cultural programmes marked Divali celebrations at Tagore Day Boarding Senior Secondary Public School. Students danced tirelessly on the rythms played by DJ and Punjabi dhol. Ms Neelu Bawa, principal, wished everyone on the occasion.

Interactive session

Kanya Maha Vidyalaya organised an interactive session on translation and communication skills. Ms Tara Sekhri, resource person and an alumnus, was given a floral welcome. Dr Rita Bawa, Principal, introduced her as a versatile personality and a multi-faceted personality specialising in linguistics. She commended her for translating Amrita Pritam’s and Ajit Cour’s works into English. Talking to the students, Ms Sekhri said Indians being multi-lingual had an edge over the rest of the world because they were proficient translators. She stressed that a translator must preserve the sanctity of the original work and should give an upper hand to the author.

She emphasised on the use of hand reading, use of lingual phones, listening comprehensions and enhancing skills in impromptu declamation, one minute question and answer and translation of lectures and discourses on the spot.

Aloha contest

A state level contest of Aloha learners was organised to judge their speed and accuracy in various mathematical concepts. Students of Ambika Modern School, Abhinav and Shohim of Class IX and Deepanshu of Class VIII won the contest and have been selected to participate in a contest to be held at the national level.

Training camp

A team of Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya participated in a training and study camp organised by Indian Red Cross Society in Simla. A team of three students attended the inaugural ceremony of the camp and won prizes thereafter.

Dr V. K. Giri, secretary of Indian Red Cross Society, was the chief guest. As many as 101 volunteers participated in the camp. Ms Nidhi Kochhar, Lecturer, Hindi department, was in charge of the college team. Neha got the first prize in solo dance and Ranjita was declared second in essay writing. The camp also helped in spread of awareness on AIDS, drug abuse and other social evils.

Placement workshop

The placement cell of Lovely Institutes organised a placement workshop to help students understand a working atmosphere of the industrial world. A two-member team from International Tractors Limited, Hoshiarpur, delivered lectures on issues like job placements, competency levels, emerging opportunities in corporate world and other related issues. Ms Rashmi Mittal, Dean, Lovely Institutes, presided over the deliberations.

An alumni meet was organised at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology on Sunday. The occasion marked the selection of the first alumni committee with Prof Manoj Kumar as president, Ms Sudesh Bhalla as vice-president and Anurag Sharma as general secretary. Amit Miglani was chosen as the organising secretary along with six executive members.

Athletics meet

A two-day athletics meet was organised at CT Public School that concluded on Wednesday. A large number of students participated in races and other events. Nearly 54 tracks and field events were held on both days. Teeny Winnies of kindergarten participated in rabbit race and balloon race.

The best athletes among boys in the sub-junior section were Prabhjot and Kanwarvir. The best athlete girl was Aastha Khurana. In the junior group, Robbie and Harmanpreet were declared the best boy and girl athletes, respectively. The best athletes among boys from the senior section were Pirthipal and Navjot and the best athlete girl was Amandeep. Chairman of the school, Mr Charanjit Channi, and principal, Ms Lakhwinder Kaur, gave prizes to the winners.



Sainik School Kapurthala produces
its first Lieutenant-General
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Two alumini of Sainik School Kapurthala have bring laurels to their school as one of them has become Lieutenant General of 15 Corps for the time whereas the other has appointed as chairman of Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA).

Lieutenant General Amarjeet Singh Sekhon is a proud alumni of Sainik School Kapurthala which he attended from 1962 to 65 with the school No.425. He spent his bulk of school days in Azad House and had excelled in Hockey and Football.

Also the alumni of the National Defence Academy, Lieutenant General Amarjeet Singh Sekhon, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, was commissioned into infantry in 1970. The General Officer has attended all prestigious courses like Defence Services Staff College, Higher Command and the National Defence College, and has seen active service in all theatres, in both regimental and staff appointments, including the Indo-Pak conflict 1971.

Having commanded his unit in the North East India, the General Officer went on to command an infantry brigade along the sensitive Line of Control in the State of Jammu & Kashmir, where he was decorated with the ‘Yudh Seva Medal’ for his distinguished service during Operation Vijay in 1999.

In addition to command, the General Officer has held a number of important staff and instructional appointments, including instructional tenures at National Defence Academy and Army War College. The General Officer has been Brigade Major of an infantry brigade in High Altitude Area, Deputy Military Secretary and Brigadier General Staff (Operations) in Command Headquarters.

After the National Defence College course, the General went on to hold the high profile appointment of Deputy Director General at the Directorate General of Military Operations.

The General has had the distinction of commanding the prestigious 25 Infantry Division and was awarded the ‘AVSM’ for his distinguished service along the line of control. He was later picked up to serve as the Additional Director General of Perspective Planning from Mar 05 to Oct 06. He is presently commanding the most sensitive and important Corps in the Kashmir Valley.

An accomplished sportsman, the Gen is a keen golfer. He is married and has two children.

Similarly, first Student of Sainik School, Kapurthala School Number 001, Brigadier (Retired) MPS Bajwa, YSM, has taken over as Chairman PEDA today.

Brigadier Bajwa is a Graduate of Defence Service Staff College, Wellington and M.Sc in Defence Studies. Having started his career with Bangladesh War, he has actively participated in counterinsurgency of Nalaland and J&K where he was seriously wounded in a blast.

A Kargil War Hero having captured Tiger Hill, Brigadier Bajwa is a son of Late Mr. Satnam Singh Bajwa, a former Minister of Punjab from Qadian Gurdaspur and elder brother of Sh Partap Singh Bajwa, Minister of PWD (B&R) and Education.

The principal of Sainik School Colonel Dr. AK Tyagi and the entire staff congratulated their alumni on their new and challenging postings.



Now, lodge a complaint on MC site
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Tired of endlessly pursuing your councillor for a civic problem in your ward? From tomorrow onwards, you need not pursue him too long. You will be able to lodge such a complaint online directly to the top MC officials against the problems of your ward.

The Municipal Corporation Jalandhar will re-launch its updated website tomorrow with detailed information on house tax rates, water charges and important building byelaws of the city. The site,, will have a ward wise detail of activities and projects. Details on various BOT schemes being run with public private partnership will also be mentioned on the site.

A page “Know your councilors and officers” will make the citizens aware of the various departments of the corporation as well as its elected representatives.

A “Gallery” will provide a photographic view of the city. The site will also help on downloading various forms, getting financial statements, news and suggestion forms. A detail on seeking information through RTI is also likely to be put up, a press release issued by MC Commissioner, Mr S.S. Johl, stated.



Suri is RCF GM
Tribune News Service

Mr S. K. Suri took over as General Manager, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, on Friday.

He was working as Additional Member (Planning), Railway Board, prior to this assignment.

Born in 1949, Mr Suri joined the Railways in 1971 and during the past 35 years he has worked in various capacities in India and abroad as Chief Mechanical Engineer, Additional General Manager, North Frontier Railway, besides Adviser to Zambian Railways in Zambia.



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