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Cotton arrival picks up, so does price
Perneet Singh
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 20
Following spell of inclement weather, cotton arrival has started picking up in the region’s markets and so have its prices. The north Indian region has already witnessed arrival of 40 lakh bales, while prices virtually are touching Rs 2,300 per quintal here.

Talking to The Tribune, ex-Chairman of the North India Cotton Association, Ashok Kapoor, said prolonged spell of bad weather and Assembly elections had brought cotton arrival to a halt in the second week. He said tempo of fresh arrival was building up, gradually as big farmers were holding back stock anticipating a rise in price. He said possibility of export demand and declining availability might give further push to prices in near future. On the north India’s estimated cotton production of 50 lakh bales, he said the region’s production would fall short by three lakh bales. Attributing the shortfall to Haryana and Rajasthan, he said by January 31 Punjab witnessed an arrival of 20.5 lakh bales, Haryana – 12 lakh bales and Rajasthan – 6.5 lakh bales. He said prices of good quality cotton were hovering around Rs 2,300 per quintal at present. He denied the ginners had earned much profit, as cotton prices were about Rs 1,900 per quintal in the mid-season. “Ginners only gain when the market has wild fluctuation in prices,” he added. Meanwhile, market sources said local market today witnessed cotton arrival of 1,280 quintals and highest price it fetched was Rs 2,290 per quintal.

Surprisingly, farmers here did not mind selling their produce at low prices a few months back. Mr Kaka Singh of Gehri Bhagi village says: “We are small farmers and we can’t afford to hold back our stock till the end of season. We are happy with what we got earlier.” Atma Singh of Shergarh village said he had brought his last consignment of cotton and was happy in the wake of prevailing prices. “Last time I sold my cotton at Rs 1,915 per quintal, but we stand to gain nothing by lamenting it as we had no other option.” 


Jalandhar too had experienced ‘chemical’ bomb blasts
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, February 20
According to initial reports, the militants used `pipe' or `chemical' bombs in the two coaches of Delhi-Attari Express on Sunday night. Almost similar blasts had taken place in two buses at Jalandhar bus stand last year.

Had the Punjab police shared the information with Central security agencies about the nature of blasts that took place in the buses last year, the explosion in the Samjhauta train could have been averted and 68 precious lives could have been saved.

When contacted, the then Jalandhar SSP (now posted as DIG Ludhiana), Mr Ishwar Singh, told The Tribune that the district police had informed the DGP (Intelligence Wing) about the new method used by the militants in explosions.

Two Punjab Roadways buses were gutted in fires after blasts at the local bus stand on April 28 and May 14 last year. While at least four persons were killed and 13 injured in the former blast, however no causality was reported in the latter blast as the passengers had alighted from the bus to ease themselves at the bus stand.

While earlier, the district police had denied any militant hand behind the fires in the buses, however later in a press conference on June 17 last year, the then SSP, Mr Ishwar Singh, admitted that the blasts were acts of sabotage carried out by Ranjit Singh Neeta's Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF).

The revelation was made after the arrest of one Satnam Singh Satta, an operative of the KZF, from Shahkot.

Mr Ishwar Singh said instead of using the common RDX or any other top-end explosive, the KZF used a low-potency mixture of sulphur, potassium, potassium permanganate and sulfuric acid capsules to affect the blasts. A pipe was filled with the chemicals and put inside the two buses. The subsequent chemical reaction, occurring within a timeframe, created the blasts and damaged the buses.

The then SP, Mr Opinderjit Singh Ghumman, said in the press conference that the accused, Satta, had made a trip to Pakistan where he received training in subversive activities. Satta also visited Uganda, the SP added.


Cremation of unidentified bodies: 54 more identified
Varinder Walia and Ashok Sethi

Amritsar, February 20
The Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has identified 54 out of 814 more bodies which were cremated as ‘unidentified’ in three cremations of Amritsar , Tarn Taran and Majitha during decade of 1984- 1994 .

Justice Shivraj V Patil , a former Supreme Court Judge and Acting Chairperson , of the NHRC reveated it to The Tribune here today . He was here in connection with 49th convocation of DAV College.

In another significant development , the NHRC has started taking suo motu notice on vioation of human rights by the Army . Finding such violations, the NHRC writes to the Ministery of Defence and the Union Home Ministry for appropriate action against the “guilty Army personnel”.

The NHRC has already awarded Rs 1.75 lakh to the next of kin of 1051 deceased , for the violation of dignity of dead, in the Punjab cremation case.

The commission undertook an inquiry into the cremation of 2097 (on re-examination 2059) bodies in three crematoriums of Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Majitha during 1984-94 from human rights perspective on a Remit from the Supreme Court of India with a awarding compensation to next of kin of the deceased in deserving cases.

During the course of inquiry, the CBI on the directions of the commission submitted three lists - List ‘A’ showing 582 out of those 2097 deceased as fully identified, 278 as partially identified and 1237 as unidentified dead bodies.

Answering a question, Justice Patil said the government had been dilly-dallying on compensation to the kin of the victims. However, it (government) promised to clear the payments by March 31 this year. He said main objective of the Human Rights Commission was to apply balm on wounds of the persons who underwent agony in the past by providing speedy relief.

The NHRC mooted the five-point charter to streamline the commission. Elaborating it , he said there was need of a vigilant society, dedicated NGOs , committed citizens , pro-active judiciary and enlightened media to improve the NHRC .

Justice Patil also emphasised the need of an investigation team on the pattern of the Federal Investigation Agency to deal with inter-state cases. Justice Patil also advocated speedy reforms of the Police Department.


The spirit of ‘dosti’ survives blasts
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Kartarpur, February 20
The Sunday explosions in the Delhi-Attari Samjhauta Express failed to dampen the spirit of the Pakistani and Indian passengers of ‘Sada-e-Sarhad’ and ‘Dosti’ buses, being run between the two countries.

This was clear from the views of most of the passengers boarding both the scheduled buses which halted as usual for a few minutes at Magnolia Tourist Complex in Kartarpur on their way to their respective destinations on Tuesday afternoon.

An aged Nazir Ahmed Lamba was of the view that such type of hurdles would have no adverse effect on the improving Indo-Pak relations.On the contrary, the relations would further strengthen, he added. Mr Lamba was returning to his house in Gujarat city of Punjab province of Pakistan after meeting his relatives in New Delhi. He boarded Sada-e-Sarhad bus in Delhi on Tuesday morning to reach Lahore. “This was my first visit to India and I can not forget the love I had been given not only by my relatives but also by other Indians during my stay here,” he could not help his emotions while talking to The Tribune. Echoing his sentiments, Mr Lamba's co-passenger Mohammad Ismail Khalid said such blasts could not deter people of both countries to visit across the border.

They would rather start visiting frequently in a large number taking it as a challenge as they thought some forces were against the cordial Indo-Pak relations, he said.

Mr Khalid, his wife, Tabasum, and son Mohammad Khalid were returning to Lahore after meeting their kin in Jama Masjid area of New Delhi.

Similar were the views of newly wed couple Nusrat Zehan (hails from New Delhi) and her husband Rehan Mohammad. The couple too was going to Lahore. They condemned the terror attack on the train.

In the same way, Mohammad Ismat, who boarded the ‘Dosti’ bus which started from Lahore to New Delhi on Tuesday morning, said: “Allah Behatri Karega” (God will improve the conditions). Mr Ismat of Haidrabad in Pakistan has come to India to meet his relatives in Ajmeri Gate area of New Delhi. Mr Ismat's co-passenger, Ms Seema Malik of Lahore, said people should not take such militant activities seriously. She came to India with her family members in connection with a tennis tournament in New Delhi.

The Delhi Transport Corporation's Sada-e-Sarhad bus ferried 46 passengers, including 29 Pakistantis and 17 Indians, whereas Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation's ‘Dosti’ bus carried 41 passengers, including 37 Pakistanis and four Indians.

While ‘Sada-e-Sarhad’ bus halted between 12.40 pm and 1.05 pm, ‘Dosti’ bus halted between 1.20 pm and 1.25 pm on their destinations to Lahore and New Delhi, respectively.

Launched in 1999, Sada-e-Sarhad bus service was suspended after the 2001 Parliament attack. However it was re-started on July 11, 2003.

The DTC runs service from Delhi on every Tuesday and Friday while the PTDC operates on every Wednesday and Saturday.

On return journey, the DTC bus leaves Lahore every Wednesday and Saturday whereas the PTDC bus leaves for Delhi every Tuesday and Friday.


Lahore bus leaves amid tight security
Tribune News Service

Wagah, February 20
A day after two powerful explosions ripped through the trans-border Samjhauta Express train at Deewana killing 67 persons on board, the road traffic at the Wagah joint checkpost remained normal even as the Delhi-Lahore bus with 46 passengers on board left for its Pakistani destination amidst tight security.

Out of total 46 as many as 29 Pakistani nationals and 19 Indians boarded the "Sada-e-Sarhad" bus from New Delhi and left for Lahore by the land route.

Similarly, the Amritsar-Nankana Sahib bus also crossed to Pakistan, while two buses crossed to Indian side. The security personnel resorted to a thorough checking of the luggage as they did not want to take any risk. A bomb disposal squad also conducted a thorough check of the buses.

The "Sada-e-Sarhad" bus service was re-started on July 11, 2003. The service was launched amidst much fanfare on March 16, 1999. It was suspended on December 31, 2001, after the December 13, 2001, Parliament attack.

The DTC runs a service from Delhi on every Tuesday and Friday, while the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation operates buses on every Wednesday and Saturday.


Debate on Punjabis in UK House
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, February 20
There are seven lakh Punjabis in the United Kingdom and they belong to all religions. This was revealed during a debate in the British Parliament on issues facing the Punjabi community in the UK.

There is an all-party group on Punjabis in Britain formed more than a decade ago. This group is now headed by Mr John Mcdonnell, Labour MP.

While initiating the debate, Mr Mcdonnell said,’ “We describe the group as the Punjab community group as it is a forum for discussion of issues that confront the Punjabi community in Britian. But it also has a remit to examine issues in Punjab itself that are of concern to the Punjabi community in Britain. In recent years, we have held a series of conferences and community consultations and undertaken surveys of the Punjabi community in Britain that have set the agenda and the work programme for the all-party group.’

Mr Mcdonnell said “The Punjabi community number 700,000 Parliament has a responsibility to consider the interests of this group of British citizens, and to examine the policies needed to protect the interests of this sizeable population of British citizens and to enhance their quality of life.”


Temple vandalism: SSP’s transfer sought 
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, February 20
Leaders of some organisations here have given an ultimatum to the Punjab Government to transfer the local SSP before February 25 for alleged biased police role in the case of vandalism at the Shiv temple on the eve of Mahashivratri at Rorian village, failing which they would observe a bandh on February 26.

In a joint press conference here today, these leaders alleged that the police was harassing all those persons, including women, who had agitated against the desecration of the Shivlingam, idols and other things at the Shiv temple, Rorian.

These leaders included Mr Vikram Kumra, president, Aditya Vahani Punjab, Mr Ranjit Rana, district president, Shiv Sena (Bal Thakare), Mr Bharat Bhushan Verma, president, Rashtriya Vikas Party, Punjab, Mr Harish Khosla, president, Sri Shivratri and Mahautsav Committee, Mr Manoj Sharma of the Bajrang Dal, Mr Krishan Gopal Anand, president Sri Snatan Dharam Mahavir Dal, Mr Ashutosh Sharma, president, Yuva Brahmin Sabha, and many other leaders of religious organisations

They alleged that the police raided the house of a woman at Rorian village around 1:30 am last night and rounded her up. However, she was released this morning on the intervention of the local MP and MLA.

They further said a case had been registered for a minor dispute at Rorian village against members of the Swarn community on February 2. After this incident, the members of the Swarn community informed the police about the threats from a section of Dalits. Had the police acted on the information the incident of vandalism at the Shiv temple could have been averted.

Six persons had been arrested for vandalism at the Shiv temple and four under the SC, ST Act. He said the police had acted impartially.

Meanwhile, Mr D.K. Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, called a meeting of representatives of all political parties, religious and social organisations in the evening to defuse the situation.

Meanwhile, activists of the BSP, Ambdekar Sena, Dr Ambedkar Youth Club today held a rally at Bajwara village in protest against the arrest of six Dalits.


Jarnail Singh — painter of Punjab’s cultural soul
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20
History has its own way to settle a score. Way back in 1914, Baba Gurdit Singh, who led a shipload of Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims to Canada, was not allowed entry in that country. When Baba Gurdit Singh and others, who were sailing in the Komagata Maru ship, that later became an important emotional symbol in the freedom struggle of India, reached Vancouver, it was turned back by the Canadian authorities from the port on racial grounds. Later, the ship returned to Calcutta via Hong Kong where the then British Police fired at the occupants killing several of them.

Interestingly, now late Baba Gurdit Singh, his colleagues and the ship have become an integral part of the history of Canada. A giant-sized mural of Baba Gurdit Singh and the others in the ship adorns the front wall of the Senior Citizen Housing Unit in Surrey, a British Columbia city where Punjabis live in thousands. The painting of 16x18 feet size is a tribute to the great spirit Baba Gurdit Singh and the others who were unable to step on the Canadian soil.

A famous filmmaker recently announced a film, "Exclusion," on the Komagata Maru episode and she has decided to engage superstar Amitabh Bachchan to play the role of Baba Gurdit Singh.

And the painting has been done by one of the greatest Punjabi artists, Jarnail Singh, who has settled in Surrey after leaving Chandigarh six years ago.Jarnail Singh is a son of late Kirpal Singh, a famed founder artist of the Central Sikh Museum Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar. Kirpal Singh has a unique place in the Sikh history as a painter of Anglo-Sikh Wars and other important episodes.

Jarnail Singh, who has captured the soul and beauty of the Punjabis and their culture in a most authentic manner, is on the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Surrey. He is also a member of the Public Art Advisory Committee there. His works have been recognised by Canadians in a big way. He grew under the shadows of his father, but inspiration to paint the Punjabi culture came from late M.S.Randhawa, a patron of Punjabi art and culture.

Quizzed about any impact of European life on his latest works, Jarnail Singh said his subject matter had changed a little bit. "Earlier, I never painted landscapes.However, of late, I have tried my hand on this subject and it has been recognised in Canada and other countries. The mesmerising natural beauty of British Columbia has influenced me to paint various lakes near Surrey,” he says.

He, however,has one little complaint to make. His father's 10-12 rare paintings on the life of the Sikh Gurus have not been taken by the SGPC though a promise was made in this regard long back.


Sale of synthetic milk goes on unchecked
Tribune News Service

Moga, February 20
The District Health Department made over 12 raids in the past to check sale of synthetic milk in the district. The trade has been going on unabated as no action was taken against the those selling synthetic milk have a field day in the district.

The Department said no action could be taken because none of the samples taken during raids, failed the test. Several dairies were raided after reports of synthetic milk being sold in the district came in. However, later the district health officer was charged with having accepted bribe to let off the violators.

Civil Surgeon, Dr H. P. S. Sandhu said an inquiry into the allegations against the district health officer was being conducted by the Director Health Services, as he was the competent authority. The inquiry was on the Civil Surgeon ruled out foul play in samples failing the test.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed sale of synthetic milk was going on unhindered in the district. Synthetic milk is being bought largely by sweet shops for increasing profit. Synthetic milk is available at almost half the price of pure milk. Other than preparing sweets from synthetic milk these shops also use it to make cheese and other milk products.

Health department experts said urea along with chemicals used for making detergents are used to prepare synthetic milk. This milk can cause serious health problems can also prove fatal in some cases.

Sources revealed synthetic milk was being prepared in villages adjoining border areas of the district. Those in this trade have understanding with those buying it. Both are benefited at the cost of health of people.


Holy verses to spread awareness about AIDS
Kiran Deep
Tribune News Service

Anandpur Sahib (Ropar), February 20
Now first time in Punjab, verses from Guru Granth Sahib and Sikh religious leaders have been roped in to spread awareness about AIDS. The first set of publicity material carrying holy verses from Guru Granth Sahib prepared by the Punjab State AIDS Control Society with due consultation of Jathedar of Akal Takht, to control AIDS was released at Gurdwara Takht Keshgarh Sahib here today.

The promotion material includes stickers depicting holy verses from Guru Granth Sahib and the Dasam Granth. These stickers will be pasted at all religious places, buses and trucks in the state.

As many as 5826 AIDS cases came to light in the state out of which 123 persons had already lost their lives. While the actual figure could be more, we took the help of Guru Granth Sahib and religious leaders as they can play a vital role in spreading awareness about AIDS in their religious functions, said the joint director of the Punjab State AIDS Control Society (A and T), Dr Daler Singh Multani, while taking to The Tribune after the release of the publicity material by the Jathedar Keshgarh Sahib, Tarlochan Singh.

“With initiative of Mr K.B.S Sidhu, project director-cum-secretary, Health, we had submitted one phrase of Guru Granth Sahib to be used for campaign before the five Sikh high priests headed by Jathedar Akal Takht, Joginder Singh Vedanti. However, Jathedar Vedanti has provided us two more verses which we have been using in campaign against AIDS, said Dr Multani.


RPF jawan cremated with state honours
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur February 20
Rajinder Kumar, a Railway Police Force (RPF) jawan who lost his life in bomb blasts in Samjhauta Express in Panipat yesterday, was cremated today with state honours in his native village, Quadian Gujran, in Dera Baba Nanak area.

A pall of gloom descended on the area as the body of martyr was brought to the village. A contingent of the Punjab Police in the presence of local administration reversed their arms to pay respect to the deceased RPF personal.

Rajinder Kumar had joined the RPF in 1989. He was the only brother of his six sisters.


DPS students go missing; cops clueless
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 20
The police is yet to make a headway into the "disappearance" of two Delhi Public School (DPS) students.
Two hostellers of the school, Gurman Sandhu and Vinay Setia, both students of Class X and residents of Sirsa, went missing from their hostel on Sunday night. The hostel warden reported the matter to the police, following which the Nehianwala police registered a ‘missing pesons’ report.

Parents of the students today met the school authorities. The Nehianwala SHO said police parties had been sent to various places to trace the missing students. 


Two hurt in poll violence
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, February 20
In another case of poll-related violence, a man and his son belonging to the SAD were seriously injured when they were attacked by seven persons at Danyal village, about 40 km from here this evening.

They were identified as Chuhar Singh and his son Manjit Singh. Doctors at civil hospital attending on them referred tthem to the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar.

Although Mr Manjinder Singh Kang, Akali candidate, alleged that they were attacked by Congress workers, SSP Majitha Lok Nath Angra denied the involvement of police personnel.


Farmer leaders’ houses ‘raided’
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, February 20
Mr Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, general secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan), today alleged the police had raided houses of farmer leaders at Dhaula and Fatehgarh Chhanna villages the previous day to pressurise farmers to compromise with the Trident Group on the issue of 376 acres in Dhaula, Fatehgarh Chhanna and Sangherra villages (near Barnala).

He alleged the police also threatened families of farmer leaders either to compromise with the Trident Group or be ready to go to jail.


Bail plea of minister’s son rejected
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur February 20
The additional District and sessions judge, Ms Harpreet Kaur, today rejected the anticipatory bail application of Naresh Puri, a son of transport minister Raghunath Sahay Puri.

Mr Naresh Puri was booked under sections 123-B, 130, 131 and 132 of the representation of people’s act, 1951, on the complaint of the assistant returning officer Sujanpur, Mr Sanjeev Sharma, on February 13.

The assistant returning officer had alleged that Mr Naresh Puri, along with some of his supporters came to a polling booth in the Shahpur Kandi area and created pandemonium. He disrupted the normal course of polling and misbehaved with police personnel present on duty. Two BJP workers, Rajinder Kumar and Mr Nikan Mesih, were allegedly injured in assault by the minister’s son.


11-year RI for raping minor
Tribune News Service

Ropar, February 20
A 21 year old, sevadar Avtar Singh was today sentenced to 11 years rigorous imprisonment for raping a four year old girl in the premises of a temple in Matour village about one year ago by the Fast Track Court, Judge, Sukhdev Singh. The accused was also fined Rs 3000, in a case of default of fine the accused has to undergo one year more imprisonment.

The father of the girl who was working as labourer told the police that the girl was playing outside the house along with other children when Avtar Singh, sevadar took her into the temple in 2005. Later the minor girl was raped by Avtar Singh in temple premises only.

Only after hearing the girl cry, a local resident of the area came to know about the incident, he had provided the details to the police. The police registered a case under section 376 of the IPC in this regard. The accused had run away from the spot but later he was arrested from Balongi by the police.


Education revamp: All three DPIs shifted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20
The Punjab Government today undid its own two-month-old order and transferred all three director public instructions (DPIs) of the Education Department.Chief secretary K.R. Lakhanpal, today upturned the earlier order issued at the end of December, just days before the model code of conduct was imposed in the state.

As per fresh orders, DPI (Secondary) S.S. Randhawa has been sent back to his place of posting as deputy director, Sarv Siksha Abhiyaan.DPI (Elementary) Jagtar Singh Khatra replaces him, while Abhiyaan deputy director Harinder Kaur Brar will be the DPI (Elementary).

It may be mentioned that Randhawa was in the abhiyaan since June 2006 and shifted overnight as DPI (Secondary) on the orders of education minister Partap Singh Bajwa in December.

The then secretary,Education,T.R. Saranagal, had sent the file for formal permission of the Chief Minister.

Since elections had been announced and Sarangal was holding a temporary charge in the absence of regular education secretary Sarvesh Kaushal, he deemed it fit to send the file to the Chief Minister.

The matter was referred to the personnel department also which brought out that Jagtar Singh Khatra was the seniormost of the three.

Randhawa was shifted to the Sarv Siksha Abhiyaan in June on the basis of an inquiry against him. 


78 offered jobs at placement drive
Tribune News Service

Morinda, February 20
A joint campus placement drive was organised at Indo Global Engineering College in association with India Mart, Life Business Projects, Navish, Sterling Resorts, HCL and NJ India Investments. About 970 students of engineering, MBA from 23 colleges of Punjab and Haryana participated in the drive.

HRD Head LBP Mirdul Srivastav, HRD Head Sterling Resorts Pawan Sharma, Ashish Trivedi HRD Manager HCL and Rajnesh Bhua from N J India Investments organised presentations about their companies. Students took online tests and appeared in the interviews for software engineers, executive marketing and relationship officers.

After assessing skill sets of the students, the HRD heads informed that the selected students would be absorbed mostly in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Noida.

Chairman Indo Global Colleges S.K. Singla said placements had been offered to 78 students who would be given packages ranging from Rs 1.5 to 2.5 lakh per annum. Head Training and Placement Lt Col R.S. Khera informed the students that Amanpreet Sethi from Indo Global had received four placement offers. 


Eight get jobs at campus interview
Tribune News Service

Kharar, February 20
Birla Sun conducted a campus interview at the Guru Gobind Singh College of Modern Technology, here, in which 30 MBA final-year students appeared for the first round of group discussion and one-to-one personnel interview.

Fourteen were shortlisted for the final technical and HR round and finally, eight students - Upasana, Nidhi, Rahaul, Amit, Garima, Vikas, Neha, Shreysi - were selected. Chairman Surinderpal Singh Sachdeva, Baljit Kaur and principal of the college Gurdip Singh congratulated the selected students.


Symposium on Punjab crafts inaugurated 
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 20
A symposium on Punjab Crafts and Craftsmanship, which is part of the ongoing Patiala heritage festival was inaugurated at the Senate hall of Punjabi University here today.

The logo of the symposium was ‘two hands’ implying that they were two hands of the patent and hard working craftsman who gave beautiful shapes to raw material.

Director of the symposium B.N Goswami while speaking on the occasion, said that although he himself was not a craftsman yet he had ample respect for the tribe. Head of the Fine Arts Department and convener of the symposium Saroj Rani said that efforts should be made to encourage artists and craftsmen in the state.

Earlier, in a show held late yesterday, Pt Ajoy Chakrabarty enthralled the audience with a vocal classical recital. For long Pt Ajoy Charkarbarty of the Patiala Gharana, is in lineage of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and is a discipline of Munawer Ali Khan, youngest son of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Chakrabarti, who has been awarded the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy award in 2000, kept the audience mesmerised with his performances.


2-day international seminar in Patiala
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 20
A two-day International Seminar on "coping with violence in today's world" will be organised by the Department of Social Work, Punjabi University, in collaboration with the North West Regional Centre of the ICSSR, Chandigarh, on February 22 and 23 in the Senate Hall of the Punjabi University.

Vice chancellor of the Punjabi University shall preside over the function. Former principal director of UNESCO Yogesh Atal would be the key note speaker while professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice System, University of Texas, USA R.N.Singh would deliver the inaugural address.

Director of International and Scientific Cooperation Imam Komeini International University, Qazvin, Iran would be the Guest of Honour. The Seminar would be attended by over 100 delegates from India and abroad representing seven foreign universities and 29 Indian universities.


Exchange programme to be annual feature: VC
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 20
In a discussion held to review the progress of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two institutions, Punjabi University, Patiala and Kutztown University, Pennsylvania, USA, it was decided that both the universities would continue to pursue the student exchange activity and it would become permanent yearly feature for Business Studies.

Addressing a press conference here today vice chancellor Punjabi University Swarn Singh Boparai said that considering the increased cross cultural understanding could be best attained through an international academic and culture immersion experience both universities had agreed to cooperate and establish a study abroad exchange programme.

He said that the students of MBA second year course from Punjab School of Management Studies, Patiala, and University School of Business Studies, Talwandi Sabo, would visit Kutztown University during March 4 to March 24, 2007.

President Kutztown University F. Javier Cevallos said that both the universities would promote joint research through linking faculty members from both sides in the common areas of interest followed by visits of faculty members to the campuses one each side. He further said that both the universities would also continue exploring the other areas of mutual interest. 


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