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Badal to work 3 days a week
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said he would attend the office on every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the quick disposal of official work.

He will meet people on these three days in his office on a regular basis. He will attend to his official work between 9 am and 12 in the noon. MLAs, MPs and other public representatives can meet him between 12 in the noon and 1.30 pm. He will meet the general public from 4 pm to 5 pm on these days for the on-the-spot redressal of their grievances.

If the Chief Minister was not available in his office on any of the three days, it would be intimated in advance to avoid inconvenience to all concerned.

Senior government officers and the head of the departments will be available during this time to resolve issues raised by the people.

He has also requested all his cabinet colleagues to be present in their respective offices during these three days. Cabinet meetings will be held once in a fortnight.

Meanwhile, at a meeting of administrative secretaries and financial commissioners, Badal today called them to follow a “back to the people” approach. He said the time had come for a quick and comprehensive recasting of priorities by civil servants.

He urged officers to go through the manifesto of the SAD-BJP combine and prepare plans to implement the same.

Badal declared that accessibility, responsiveness and accountability of officers to the people will be main components of the new government's vision of governance.

Emphasising the need for what he described as a “positive and constructive approach to governance” Badal told officers that “We understand the requirements of the people and the state. Your job is to find out how these can be met and not give reasons why these cannot be."

Badal said the new government would approach its tasks with a fresh and open mind. There would be no place for any “personal agenda” in this government. “There will be no confrontation, no place for corruption and zero tolerance to lack of commitment.

 

Mahajan his addl principal secy
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
While Mr Ajay Kumar Mahajan, general manager in the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC), has been appointed additional principal secretary to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his colleague in the PSIDC, Mr Yogesh Goel, has been made the chairman of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB).

The brain behind both appointments is said to be Mr Sukhbir Singh, son of the Chief Minister. Normally, IAS and PCS officers are appointed to posts like principal secretary, additional principal secretary and deputy principal secretary to the Chief Minister. However, during the tenure of the previous Amarinder Singh government, an officer from outside these cadres was appointed deputy principal secretary.

Mr Mahajan had earlier served as the chairman of the PPCB from 1999 to 2002 when the Badal government was in the saddle.

 

Wait for portfolio allocation continues; Cabinet meets today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Even as Parkash Singh Badal has convened a meeting of his Cabinet tomorrow, an intense behind-the-scenes power game is being played between the SAD and the BJP over the distribution of the ministers’ portfolios.

The Cabinet meeting is expected to scrap the Vigilance Commission and also decide on a date for holding a session of the Vidhan Sabha to have a vote-on-account.

During the session the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected MLAs will be conducted.

The election of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker will also be held. Nirmal Singh Kahlon is certain to be the Speaker while Satpal Gosain will be the Deputy Speaker. The regular Budget will be passed at a session convened in June.

The BJP, with its newly found political strength in the state, wants either the home ministry or the finance ministry apart from the post of deputy chief minister.

Since the home portfolio has been traditionally with the Chief Minister, the only option for the BJP is the finance portfolio, but that will upset Kanwaljit Singh.

The latter is said to be close to the topmost leadership of the BJP.

The BJP is also staking a claim to the ministries of food and civil supplies, health and local bodies. These ministries were with the BJP in the previous regime of the SAD-BJP combine.

Also, the BJP has demanded the excise and taxation and PWD (B&R) portfolios this time. On the other hand, sources said Bikram Singh Majitha is keen to have excise and taxation, which was earlier with Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, a son-in-law of Badal.

Sources said Badal, true to his style, is keeping his cards close to his chest.

He is treading cautiously as already he is facing criticism on given over-representation to his close relatives in the Cabinet.

He held a meeting this evening with senior leaders of the BJP to sort out the allocation of portfolios.

 

Shift Badal’s cases outside Punjab: Amarinder
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said he would move a petition in the Supreme Court requesting that the trial of corruption cases against Parkash Singh Badal be shifted to a court outside Punjab as a fair trial was not possible under the present dispensation.

He also advised Badal against scrapping Section 5 of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004.

Minutes before participating in a meeting of the newly elected MLAs of the Congress, Amarinder Singh said since Badal would be the minister for vigilance, it was not possible for Badal to prosecute himself.

Also Badal’s lawyers had sought re-investigation of the case. He said they would demand that the re-investigation be done by the CBI and not by the Vigilance Bureau. The matter will be taken up after due consultation with lawyers, said Amarinder Singh.

Amarinder Singh said the Badal-led SAD-BJP combine could not scrap Section 5 of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004 as the matter was pending in the Supreme Court, hence was sub judice. The Act was challenged in the Supreme Court.

The Re-organisation of States Act, 1966, also stipulated that Haryana and Rajasthan would continue to get water as per their existing shares, Amarinder said. By proposing to scrap Section 5 of the 2004 Act, Badal was trying to challenge the Re-organisation of States Act, he said. It is like going back to square one. On his party’s stance Amarinder Singh said, “we will decide once the Supreme Court decides on the matter.”

The Act, introduced in 2004 by the previous Congress government headed by Amarinder Singh, abrogates all earlier water sharing agreements signed between Punjab and its neighbouring states. Section 5 was inserted after the Act was passed by the state Assembly and it guaranteed protection of existing usage of water to Haryana and Rajasthan.

On the political front and the loss faced by the Congress in the recent elections he admitted: “ We under estimated the BJP and had calculated that it will not get more than 5 seats”. He said he had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to explain the loss in Punjab. A proper analysis as to why the Congress lost was still to be done. When asked by reporters if price-rice was a factor he said: “ yes it could one of the reasons”. The party was also looking that on 23 seats there were dissident congressmen either contesting elections or internally not supporting the official candidate.

He went on to thank the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda and added that a delay in deciding party tickets could not be the main cause as the same did not seem to matter in the Malwa region. Amarinder admitted that the party campaign in the media was not as effective as in the 2002 elections.

On Punjab Pradesh Congress Chief Shamsher Singh Dullo resigning from his job, Amarinder Singh said “It was his personal decision”.

Replying to a question on the formation of Badal’s cabinet, Amarinder Singh said “it is a Badal cabinet and not that of the government.”

 

PIL to put cases against CM, MLAs on fast track
Maneesh Chhibber
High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices to newly-sworn in Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his predecessor Capt Amarinder Singh, some ministers and others on a PIL seeking speedy trial of criminal cases pending against them in various courts.

The petitioner has sought directions to the administrative wing of the High Court for entrusting criminal cases pending against the legislators, including Badal and Amarinder, to fast-track courts.

Taking up the petition filed by High Court advocate H.C. Arora, a Division Bench gave time till May 7 to Badal, Amarinder, four ministers in the Badal cabinet and eight MLAs to respond to the issues raised in the PIL.

Notices have also been issued to the administrative wing of the High Court, the state of Punjab and the Punjab Chief Electoral Officer, under whose supervision the recent Vidhan Sabha elections were held.

Of the 14 legislators against whom cases are pending in various courts, 11, including Badal and four ministers, belong to the ruling SAD-BJP combine, while three are from the Congress.

The ministers who have been issued notices are Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Sucha Singh Langah, Ajit Singh Kohar and Manpreet Singh Badal. Manpreet Badal is the nephew of the Chief Minister.

The four SAD MLAs against whom cases are pending are Sohan Singh Thandal, Ravinder Singh Bolian, Balbir Singh Baath and Nirmal Singh Kahlon while those from the BJP are Raj Khurana and Satpal Gosain.

The three Congress legislators named in the writ are Amarinder, former deputy chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Joginder Singh.

In his petition, Arora has prayed for a direction for day-to-day hearing in a designated fast track court or the regular courts where the cases are pending.

Hearing will now resume on May 7.

 

Nihangs steal show at Hola Mohalla
Tribune News Service

Anandpur Sahib, March 5
The last day of the Hola Mohalla was dominated by Nihangs who displayed their martial art skills and later organised a procession here last evening. However, two Nihangs, Balwinder Singh of Dashmesh Tarna Dal, Sangrur, and Major Singh of Guru Nanak Tarna Dal, Batala, were seriously injured when their horses collided.

They were admitted to Civil Hospital here. One horse died in the mishap while the other suffered a leg facture.

The inflow of pilgrims continued on the last day and over 13 lakh devotees visited the town during the three-day festival.

The main attraction of the day was the procession by over 10,000 Nihangs wearing the traditional dresses and huge turbans astride 200 horses and elephants. The march began from Gurdwara Shaheedi Bag and the Nihangs were armed with swords, rifles, “katara” and “barcha”. Small children and elderly Nihangs displayed magnificent skills on the streets.

Different groups of Nihangs included the Buddha Dal, Tarna Dal, 96 Krori Nihang Chhavni, Harianbelan Wale and others.

As the last day of festival coincided with Holi, the Nihangs also sprayed colours on the pilgrims standing along the roads. The devotees, besides standing all along the road, were also seen on roof tops.

Thousands of pilgrims also participated in another procession organised by the SGPC. Jathedar of Akal Takht, Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Tarlochan Singh, were among those present.

POLITICS

Sonia to name CLP chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
The newly elected Punjab Congress MLAs today authorised party chief Sonia Gandhi to name the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in the state.

The meeting of the legislators here was presided over by state unit chief Shamsher Singh Dullo, who contested unsuccessfully from the Khanna Assembly constituency. AICC general secretary Janardhan Diwedi was the chief guest, Congress sources said.

Though there was no official briefing, the sources said former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh proposed a resolution to authorise Mrs Gandhi to name the CLP leader, which was accepted.

It was the first meeting of the newly elected legislators after the party's defeat in the Assembly elections.

 

Beas poll: 50 cops protect Akali candidate
Badal to camp in Beas from March 7
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Beas, March 5
After allotting portfolios among his colleagues, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, will be camping in Beas from March 7 to address of rallies in favour of the Akali candidate , Beas goes to polls on March 11. The Beas election was put off following the killing of an Akali activist on January 29.

Capt Amarinder Singh, a former Chief Minister, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, president Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and other senior leaders of the opposition will also be in this constituency, making the Beas election the most hotly contested one.

Talking to The Tribune, Capt Amarinder Singh alleged Congress workers were being picked up by the police on the behest of the ruling party.

“Under such circumstances , nobody could expect free and fair election”. He , however, hoped that , “ Come what may the Congress will win the election”.

It is prestige issue for both the Congress and the ruling SAD-BJP combine to win the election with big margin.

Two senior ministers, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and Ajit Singh Kohar visited the Beas constituency in official cars to finalise the campaign strategy.

The administration has deployed 10 companies of paramilitary force in this border constituency.

At least 50 policemen, including commandos, have been deputed with Akali candidate, Manjinder Singh Kang who had sought Z-plus security on the basis of the ‘threat perception’.

However, deployment of huge security after the formation of the SAD-BJP government has attracted serious objections by the Congress party which now is in the opposition.

Though Mr R.L.Bhagat , DIG (Border Range) feigned ignorance about the deployment of 50 police men with Mr Kang , yet sources giving the break-down of security personnel said the Majitha police had given 16 policemen while five personnel had been spared by ninth battalion of the PAP . Similarly 14 security personnel of the RPF, headed by Mr Harnam Singh, ASI were deployed.

The guards comprising five personnel each have been deployed at the Amritsar residence and sheller of Mr Kang.

The five vehicles including Tata 207, Mohindera , Qualis , Tata Sumo were given to Mr Kang .When contacted Mr P.S. Khehra, S.P. (Headquarters) said he did not know the exact number of security personnel deployed with Mr Kang, his uncle Mr Jagir Singh, an SGPC member and Mrs Kang .

Mr Amarinder Singh sought intervention of the Election Commission of India by saying , “ this is not the way to hold the election”. Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa , Congress candidate also spoke to the election observer and alleged his supporters were being harassed at the behest of Mr Kang.

 

Reign of terror ‘let loose’ on Cong workers
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Churian (Gurdaspur), March 5
A reign of terror has been let loose on the suspected supporters of the Congress, most of them Dalits, allegedly by workers of the SAD in the border area of Fatehgarh Churian. The police is acting a mute spectator to the entire episode.

A septuagenarian couple, Mohinder Singh and Lakhbir Kaur, residents of Haruwal village, have lost their house to the change of government. While talking to The Tribune today, the weeping couple said some miscreants came and burnt their kucha house down just after the election results were declared. Now the couple was staying in open braving cold weather.

Kuwinder Kaur and Gurmeet Kaur of Mann village narrated their vows weeping. They alleged that their husbands and sons were mercilessly beaten up by SAD workers. They were admitted to Batala civil hospital. However, now there whereabouts were not known. They had been forced to leave the hospital and taken to some unidentified place, they alleged.

In Talwandi Rama village, Taro Devi, a Dalit Christian, went to a local church yesterday for evening prayer. However, she and other persons were stopped from entering the church. The church was locked from outside allegedly by SAD workers and local priest Ashok was threatened with dire consequences. The priest was also asked to leave the area by the miscreants.

Dalits of Talwandi Rama village alleged that two SAD workers Rinka and Billa were misbehaving with their girls. They also stopped some Dalit children from going to school for taking final exams. Even the panchayat members were not spared in the village. The houses of panchayat members Randhir Singh and Lakhbir Singh were broken allegedly by SAD workers.

In Shahpur village, a truck of Dalit Congress worker was destroyed. In Dera Baba Nanak, the shutters of shops of many shopkeepers suspected to be Congress workers were broken.

Satpal, a shopkeeper, had taken a shop on rent a few days ago. However, just after the change of government his entire merchandise in the shop was thrown out and the shop was handed over to some SAD worker.

The house of Surjeet Singh, sarpanch of Mann village, was broken. The entire windowpanes of his house were broken. While talking to The Tribune, he alleged that some SAD workers entered his house and broke the furniture. They also allegedly fled with cash in the house.

The houses of about eight Dalit families at Mann village have been ransacked. In these houses only the women folk remained as the male members have fled the area to save their lives.

Sukhjinder Singh Randhwa, Congress candidate, who has lost the election by about 5,500 votes to SAD candidate Nirmal Singh Kahlon from the area, has condemned the incidents of violence. He said the Congress would move human rights commission against the atrocities on Dalits in the area.

L.K. Yadav, SSP, Batala, when contacted, said cases had been registered on the reports of violence received. If any lower police staff was found to show laxity in duty to favour a particular political party, appropriate action would taken against him, he said.

 

Kalia promises transparent government
P.K. Jaiswar

Amritsar, March 5
The Punjab once again will be number one state, which came down to number five position, during five-year rule of the Congress, Manoranjan Kalia, a BJP minister said during his thanks giving visit to the city here yesterday. He said it would be their priority to take up major development projects in the state.

Mr Kalia addressing reporters after the SAD-BJP government came to power, said the alliance would provide a transparent and responsible governance to redress problems of the common man.

On the revival of the Vidhan Parishad, the minister added it was too early to make any comment but the party would make a decision only after the parishad was revived. On portfolios BJP MLAs, he said there was no dispute regarding the allotment of portfolios.

Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MP and state BJP chief said process had already been set in motion for the corporation’s elections and senior leaders appointed for this purpose. He said the party would give chance to new faces and young leaders in the civic body elections. He said priority would be to fulfil the promises made to public in the election manifesto.

 

Akalis take control of 3-truck union

Barnala, March 5
The Akalis took control of the three-truck unions falling in the district in a single day today. Such unions are the easiest available source of power and money. That can easily be understood with today’s result. Former SAD MLA Malkeet Singh Keetu played a major role in dethroning the existing presidents. His son, Kulwant Singh, has been elevated to the position of the president of the local truck union.

After taking control of the district, Keetu along with defeated MLA Gobind Singh Longowal moved to Tapa. Both Keetu and Longowal paved the way for Bhoga Singh as the new president of the Tapa truck union. Former municipal councillor Nagar Singh has been appointed as the vice- president of the truck union to assist him in his work. Both SAD leaders did not bother for the little resistance put up by a few followers of Natha Singh, the ousted president of the Tapa truck union. Kewal Singh Dhillon had recently appointed him as the president of the truck union.

Earlier, Bhadaur MLA Balbir Singh Ghunus’s nearest aide Hardeep Singh Ghunus was appointed president of the Bhadaur union. — OC

COMMUNITY

Saka elected Malerkotla MC chief
Our Correspondent

Malerkotla, March 5
Sangrur DC S.R. Laddar today declared the result of the election of the local municipal council. Mohammad Ishaq Saka of the Congress was elected president of the municipal council. Saka got 21 votes out of total 27, while Mohammad Zahid got six votes.

The elections to the council were held on January 4 under the supervision of the district and sessions judge on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. After the elections the ballot box was sealed by the authorities concerned as Bholi Ismail, former president of the council, in a writ petition filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, had alleged that local MLA Razia Sultana and her husband IG Mohammad Mustfa used a blank paper signed by her as her resignation from the post of president.

She had alleged that she never resigned from the post of the president and demanded not to declare the result of the elections.

The high court directed the authorities to seal the ballot box. Bholi Ismail on February 22 took her petition back.

The court directed the authorities to open the ballot box and declare the result of elections, which was done today.

 

Eight shops gutted
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 5
Eight shops were gutted in a fire, occurred due to a blast in a cylinder, in the old bus stand area of the Majitha yesterday. However, no loss of life was reported in the incident.

According to information, residents of the area panicked due to the sound of explosions, which could be heard even from a distance of 5 km.

Windowpanes of some of the houses broke due to blasts. People sleeping in their houses came out.

Sources said the blasts occurred due to bursting of the cylinders placed in a meat shop. They said the incident occurred in the wee hours and if the incident had occurred a few hours later many lives would have been lost.

A few policemen who were on duty at a police chowki, a few yards from the site, rushed to the site and tried to douse the fire. The shops being made of bamboo and plastic sheets burnt quickly.

Mr Bikramjit Singh Majithia, newly elected MLA and cabinet minister, while expressing his sympathy to the victims assured them to hold a high-level inquiry into the incident. He also announced to provide every possible relief to the victims.

 

Blood donated

Patiala, March 5
The Patiala Social Welfare Society, in collaboration with the Red Cross, the Public College and the Lions Club, organised a blood donation camp in memory of headmaster Sadhu Ram Sharma at the Varidh Ashram in Samana, in which 121 units of blood was donated. TNS

COURTS
 

MC EO summoned by Information Commission
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, March 5
For not supplying complete information to Kamal Anand under the Right to Information Act (RTI), the State Information Commission Punjab has directed public information officer (PIO)-cum-executive officer (EO) of the Municipal council (MC) here Ranbir Singh to appear in person on the next date of hearing (March 12) besides supplying the information to the complainant.

The Commission has also ordered since the information sought by Anand was in public interest it should have been supplied to him without was delay or harassment. State Information Commissioners P.P.S. Gill and R.K. Gupta also stated in the order “We are of the view that for his frequent visits to Chandigarh, he (complainant) deserves to be compensated and action taken against the defaulters. The quantum of compensation and action to be taken against the defaulters will be decided on the next date of hearing”.

Kamal Anand had told the commission the respondent department had been causing delay in supplying of the information. On the date of last hearing Deepak Kumar, a clerk in the local MC, had appeared before the commission, but he had no knowledge about the action being taken on the information sought by the applicant.

Anand said here today he had sought information from the local MC, including awareness programmes, conducted by it for the management of solid waste and details of house to house collection system of solid waste adopted by municipal authorities under the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2000.

Anand added despite the order of the State Information Commission Punjab, he had not received the entire information, demanded by him, from the MC.

 

Bail plea rejected, district attorney on the run
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The anticipatory bail application of district attorney (prosecution) Amar Ashok Pathak has been rejected by the court of additional sessions judge Gurbir Singh. Pathak has not reported for duty since then.

He was not available in his office today. He is learnt to have applied for leave to the Deputy Commissioner which was yet to be sanctioned.

Pathak is a co-accused in an FIR under sections 7 and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act at the Vigilance Bureau police station, Ludhiana. Another accused Shiv Darshan Singh, who is Pathak's junior assistant, was allegedly nabbed by the Vigilance Bureau on February 27 red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000. Vigilance officials said although raids were conducted at various places, including his resident, Pathak could not be traced.

Although the vigilance officials have nabbed Shiv Darshan Singh, the complainant in the case, Charan Singh had alleged in his complaint that Pathak had demanded Rs 10,000 from him to give a favourable opinion in a case. The matter was settled for Rs 5,000 which he handed over to his clerk in the presence of the vigilance officials.

 

Lawyers to abstain from work today

Ropar, March 5
Members of the district bar association have decided to abstain from work tomorrow to express regret over the murder of senior advocate Khushwant Rai Joshi on Saturday.

They have demanded the immediate arrest of the murderer, said association president A.L. Verma here today. TNS

ADMINISTRATION
 

Ahluwalia back as MC commissioner
Chander Parkash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 5
Former municipal corporation commissioner S.K. Ahluwalia, involved in a controversy due to his differences with mayor Vishnu Sharma, has been reinstated by the government and will join tomorrow.

Ahluwalia had been unceremoniously removed by the Congress regime due to his differences with the mayor and had since proceeded on leave.

His not-too-smooth relationship with Sharma had hampered several development projects in the town.

Several important development projects had either been put on hold or left incomplete due to the tussle between the mayor and the commissioner.

Political analysts believed that the move to appoint Ahluwalia as commissioner is meant to clip the wings of the mayor.

CRIME
 

Businessman shot at; ex-DSP, 20 others booked
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, March 5
Former DSP Nishan Singh Sandhu and 20 other armed supporters of his have been booked for shooting at and injuring local entrepreneur Harjinder Singh Dhillon. Land dispute between the two was stated to be the reason behind the incident.

According to police sources, a case under sections 307, 323, 148,149 of the IPC and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against the former DSP.

Besides DSP Sandhu and his son, Sukhjinder Singh of Daliri village, eight accused have been identified while other 10 supporters are yet to be identified.

Dhillon, who has been admitted to a hospital in Amritsar, told the police that the accused were constructing a boundary wall on a plot against which a case is pending in the court.

When he tried to stop them the accused pelted stones at him.

However, he managed to save himself by taking shelter at his restaurant but the former DSP came and shot at and injured him.

 

Man beaten to death
Our Correspondent

Abohar, March 5
Nek Pal (22),son of Punchhi Ram, a resident of Street 6 in Indira Nagri here, was allegedly beaten to death when he tried to prevent residents from throwing colours on his younger brother during the Holi celebrations yesterday.

The city police has registered a case under Section 304,34 of the IPC against Mukesh Kumar, son of Ram Lakhan, and Sonu, son of Sheopat Ram, both migrants from Uttar Pradesh. Both absconded after the incident.

EDUCATION
 

Seminar on Puranic literature begins
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 5
A two-day national seminar on "Impact of Puranic literature on Sanskrit literature", being organised by the department of Sanskrit, Punjabi University, began here today.

A book, “Pir Mohammed: Jivan te rachna”, written by Dr Zamirpal Kaur, was released on the occasion.

The seminar was inaugurated by Dr Savita Mohini, secretary, Uttarakhand Sanskrit Academy, Hardwar.

She said Sanskrit Bhavan had been established in Uttarakhand for popularising the Pandu script.

The keynote address was presented by Dr Mahavir Aggarwal, professor and dean, languages, Gurukul Kangari Vishvavidyalaya, Hardwar.

He said Puranic literature had been a source of inspiration for Sanskrit literature.

Dr Meera Modi talked about natural remedies related to Ramdev methods through yoga.

She stressed on practising yoga and meditation, that had been taught in Puranic literature.

She talked about three types of yoga - gyan yoga, karm yoga and bhakti yoga. She said Lord Krishna was the first to practise yoga.

 

Online Gurmat sangeet library
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 5
With the help of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha, Surrey, BC, Canada, the department of Gurmat sangeet, Punjabi University, has planned to set up a "Bhai Randhir Singh online Gurmat sangeet library" at the Gurmat Sangeet Bhavan in the university.

This is a unique effort in the field of Gurmat sangeet as well as in the memory of Bhai Randhir Singh.

According to Dr Gurnam Singh, professor and head, department of Gurmat sangeet, books, manuscripts and documents relating to Gurmat sangeet will be made available online at the library and an independent library will be arranged relating to the works and contribution of Bhai Randhir Singh.

 


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