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Nuclear power plant gets Cabinet nod
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 16
The Punjab Cabinet has cleared the proposal for setting up a nuclear power plant in the state. The Union government had sought the views of state government on setting up such a plant.

Minister for irrigation Janmeja Singh Sekhon said this here today. He, however, added that the place where the plant would be set is yet to be decided. Since Punjab hardly had any major hydro-power potential and producing thermal power proved costly, a nuclear power plant was a must, he said.

The issue has been hanging fire for a long time. The Department of Atomic Energy had earlier selected a site near Patran in Patiala district in this regard. However, the proposal invited stiff resistance from the locals.

Due to it the previous state government withdrew the idea to set the nuclear power plant at Patran. The power plant initially planned for Punjab was later shifted to Rajasthan.

The pollution and radiation fear among the people regarding the nuclear power plant is another issue that the government needs to redress.


Chahal in judicial custody till June 30
Mercedes Benz recovered from Karnal
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 16
The prosecution today failed to get the police remand of B.I.S. Chahal extended. He was remanded in judicial custody till June 30 by the CJM in two cases registered against him by the Patiala police.

The prosecution today presented Chahal in the court at about 4.30 pm after the expiry of his police remand. It claimed that they had recovered the Mercedes Benz that Chahal had allegedly taken away forcibly from Jagatjit Singh from a house, 7 km from Karnal. The police had taken him along. The owner of the house told the police that three persons had come in the car on June 9 and parked it near their house on the pretext that it had developed a technical fault. However, when no one came to take it away even after four days, they lodged a compliant at a police outpost.

The prosecution contended that the police seized three number plates from the car - PGR-0001, CHD-0005 and PJL-0007, along with a red light. The fake registrations against the said numbers were lying in Chahal’s Delhi flat, it added. On this plea it demanded seven-day additional police remand. It further said the complaint in this regard was got registered in Haryana.

The defence, however, contended that since the vehicle in question had been recovered, the police had no more recovery to make in the case. Regarding the verification of records of the alleged fake registrations the police could collect them from the records of the respective transport offices.

The CJM rejected the plea of prosecution for additional remand and sent Chahal to 14-day judicial custody. However, as soon as the order was pronounced the prosecution sought police remand of Chahal in another case of non-payment of Rs 15 lakh to a Mohali-based caterer. They arrested him in the case today. The prosecution said it needed police custody of Chahal to recover the bills of the kitchen equipment supplied to him by the complainant.

The defence, however, contended that the case was of civil nature. The police had nothing to recover from Chahal as the equipment in dispute was present in his house.

Disallowing the plea, the CJM remanded him in judicial custody in this case also.

Meanwhile, while talking to newsmen in the court complex, Chahal alleged that he was tortured by the SSP, Patiala, and two vigilance officials last night. He also showed a scar on his arm.


Mann against ‘torturing’ Chahal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann today condemned the SAD-BJP government in the state for its “policy of unleashing barbaric and inhuman torture, both mental and physical, in the police, vigilance and jail custody”.

In a statement issued from the local Central jail today, Mann said, “It is a shame and black spot on the government for resorting to torture BIS Chahal and Jasbir Dimpa”. He said although he and his party did not agree with what Chahal and Dimpa had done, yet that did not mean that they should be subjected to inhuman torture.

Condemning Opposition leaders like Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Shamsher Singh Dullo and Amarinder Singh for their “cowardice and collusion in unleashing the state terror”, Mann said his party would fill the vacuum and meet all tortured victims like Chahal and Dimpa although it (the party) did not agree with them.

Mann opposed the proposal of fielding Surjit Singh Barnala for the post of the country’s Vice-President. He said he had allegedly failed to protect the lives of Sikhs during his tenure as the Chief Minister.


Army orders probe
Blast in cantonment area, four injured
P. K. Jaiswar

Amritsar, June 16
Four safai karamcharis of the Army cantonment board were injured, two of them seriously, in a high intensity blast in a garbage dump near the cantonment area on the Amritsar-Wagah bypass road at 10.30 am today. They were rushed to military hospital from where they were referred to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital (GNDH) and Guru Tag Bahadur Hospital (GTBH) after first aid.

The two critically injured persons-Paramjit Singh (40) and Baldev Singh (50) - were operated upon. Uttam Chand (54) and Ajit Singh (45), the driver of tractor trolley, were admitted to the hospital with chest and back wounds. The intensity of the blast was so high that right arm and a leg of Baldev Singh were blown off while the intestines of Paramjit Singh came out. They were being operated upon till evening in Guru Nanak Dev Hospital and Guru Tag Bahadur Hospital, respectively. The doctors attending Baldev Singh said his condition stabilized after the operation.

Meanwhile, the army authorities have ordered a probe into the explosion. Brig V. Narayanan, who arrived at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital for enquiring into the matter, said reason behind the blast was being ascertained. He said a bomb disposal squad would be called for thoroughly searching the area. The army official said the injured would be compensated as per the rules as they were board employees.

Driver Ajit Singh and one of the injured said the incident took place when they were reversing a tractor trolley for unloading the garbage. He said Paramjit Singh and Baldev Singh were directing him.

He said when they were about 9 ft to 10 ft away from the garbage dump, they saw smoke emanating from the garbage and within no time there was a loud explosion which left them injured and dumbfounded.


Minister summons records
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 16
The Punjab government has summoned the records in connection with the UBDC scam. Many irrigation officers are likely to face action in the Rs 100-crore scam.

Minister for irrigation Janmeja Singh Sekhon said this here today. He said he had summoned records in the case and the officers who were responsible for the scam were being identified and action would be taken against them.

The scam pertains to use of Rs 100 crore provided by the Union government under the accelerated irrigation benefit scheme for augmenting the capacity of the UBDC canal system in view of the construction of Ranjit Sagar Dam.

However, instead of augmenting the capacity of the canal system it got deteriorated due to poor quality works. At certain places just sand bags had been used to build the banks.

On the report of the inquiry officer appointed by the previous government the police had registered an FIR. However, the charge sheet was never filed in the court.

The minister said in future the contractors carrying out the development works would also be held guilty along with the officer concerned. They would be black-listed if found guilty.

The minister said under the project the state planning commission had sanctioned Rs 700 crore for irrigation works in the current financial year.

A separate budget of Rs 672 crore had been kept for flood-control measures. A project worth Rs 53 crore for raising a pucca bundh on the Ghaggar in Rajpura and Banaur areas of Patiala had also been sanctioned.

It would also protect the Chhatbir zoological park and provide irrigation to about 4,500 hectares. Janmeja Singh Sekhon, who is also the chairman of the Patiala Planning Commission, was here to list the achievements of the government during its hundred days of rule.

Deputy commissioner D.S. Grewal was among those present on the occasion.


Robbers kill farmer, injure wife
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Kharar, June 16
An elderly farmer, Harmesh Chand, was brutally done to death and his wife injured when a gang of robbers struck in the nearby Daon village in wee hours of today, triggering panic in the area.

The incident took place after midnight when Harmesh Chand, in his sixties, and his wife Krishna were sleeping outside one of the rooms of their farmhouse built in the fields of Daon village. Harmesh Chand had taken around nine acres of land on contract for farming and was living with his wife, son and daughter-in-law on the farmhouse.

Krishna said three-four persons, wearing shorts and vests, attacked her and her husband with iron rods and wooden sticks when they resisted the robbery attempt. “My husband was brutally hit all over the body and head due to which he fell unconscious,” she told reporters at the local civil hospital where she is undergoing treatment.

Couple’s son Sanjeev Kumar said he was sleeping in another room, around 50 metres away from the old couple’s room, when the attack took place. He and his wife woke up when they heard their parents’ shrieks.

After injuring the couple the robbers also tore out Krishna’s earrings besides taking away two trunks from inside the room. The trunks were later found abandoned at a short distance from the house and valuables, including one pair of earrings, a nose pin, a necklace and Rs 3,000, had been taken away by the robbers, who escaped under the cover of darkness, police sources said.

Meanwhile, the injured couple was rushed to the local civil hospital in a three-wheeler. However, Harmesh died on way to the hospital, while Krishna is stated to be out of danger.

Senior police officials, including SSP RS Khatra, rushed to the spot and a dog squad was also pressed into service.

Khatra ruled out the possibility of involvement of an organised gang such as kale kachhe wale in the crime. He blamed it on the “seasonal gangs”.


A first for Punjab
Setting up community reserves
Vishal Gulati
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
With the declaration of two community reserves, one each in Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur districts, under the Wildlife Protection Act, Punjab has become the first state to constitute community reserves. The government has also declared one sanctuary in Gurdaspur district.

Under Section 36-C of the Act, a community reserve can be constituted by the state only when community volunteers conserve wildlife and its habitat on private and community land for protecting flora and fauna.

Upbeat over the decision, officials of the Forest Department said this would not only help make local communities active partners in managing man-animal conflicts, but also check the otherwise rapidly depleting biodiversity.

“The reserves will provide larger corridors for the movement of wildlife,” says Balbir Chand Bala, principal chief conservator of forests.

The proposal for the Keshopur-Miani community reserve was prepared after a series of dialogues with the community and local stakeholders. The reserve has 840 acres in Miani, Keshopur, Matwa, Dalla and Magarmudian villages in Gurdaspur district.

Jitendra Sharma, chief conservator of forests, says: “Earlier, it was difficult to convince the people engaged in the battle of day-to-day economic survival on the need to protect the biodiversity of the area. It has practically taken more than 15 years to explain the villagers the potential of eco-tourism and income-generating activities by constituting a reserve management committee. Only after the consent of the villagers, the proposal was mooted.”

The second is the Lalwan community reserve in Garshankar tehsil. The 3,167 acres support a large number of flora and fauna species.

In Gurdaspur district, the government has also approved the Kathlour-Kasholian sanctuary.

Sharma says the sanctuary is a classical case study of compensatory plantation where the barren land has been converted into a lush forest.

During the construction of the Ranjit Sagar dam, a piece of land was given to the department for compensatory afforestation in the flood plains of the Ravi in Kathlour and adjoining areas. The land was barren and sandy. The department had planted saplings of various indigenous species on 1,500 acres in the ’90s.

“Right now, one can spot the barking deer, hog deer, sambar, nilgai, peacock, partridge and the wild boar. The department has also recorded the pangolin, cheetal and the hawk eagle,” says M.P. Rai, chief wildlife warden.

DFO (Wildlife), Gurdaspur, D. Rajasekar has recently sighted colonies of the highly endangered white-rumped vulture and the sarus crane in the Kathlour forests.


Police laxity forces family to flee village
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 16
Family members of Darshan Singh of Buladewala village in this district seem to doubly cursed as firstly his son, Gurlal Singh, escaped a murderous attack and now the entire family is receiving threats from attackers, who could not be arrested for the reasons best known to police officials.

Having lost faith in the functioning of the Sadar police station, where a criminal case against five residents of Buladewala village, was registered for their alleged involvement in murderous attack on Gurlal Singh on May 28. All members of the Darshan Singh’s family have left the village and were living with their kin at other places.

Not only this, Darshan Singh moved an application supported by an attested affidavit to the DGP on June 15 requesting him to arrest the five accused involved in the murderous attack made on Gurlal Singh, who runs a hair dresser’s shop at the village.

He alleged that though the police registered a case against the accused and their interim bail applications had been declined by the court, none of them had been arrested so far. He pointed out that police officials concerned had also failed to take action against the five accused-Jagtar Singh, Bhinder Singh, Beera Singh, Gagandeep Singh and Massa Singh.

SHO Devinder Singh claimed that Darshan Singh along with his family was living at Buladewala village and there was no threat to their lives from the accused.


Don’t forget Sukhdev, Rajguru, says body
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, June 16
The district unit of the Punjab State Freedom Fighter Organisation today asked the President and the Prime Minister to get the proceedings initiated with regard to installation of statues of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru in the Parliament complex.

District general secretary of the organisation Harinder Pal Singh said here today that if the Union government installed the statue of just Shaheed Bhagat Singh and ignored Sukhdev and Rajguru, then it would be a great insult to both martyrs. He also demanded a ban on the installation of statues of political leaders at chowks and government buildings.


Rs 200-cr project for Amritsar unveiled
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, June 16
The Central government has unveiled an ambitious Rs 200-crore heritage preservation project. Interestingly, the entire project was kept under wraps by the state bureaucracy and even the local BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu did not know about this project.

Addressing newsmen after a detail presentation made by principle secretary, tourism and cultural affairs, Geetika Kalha said the department had already made comprehensive detail mapping of various heritage sites in the city and based on the presentation the Central government had agreed to allocate Rs 200 crore. This would be spent in phases to develop the holy city as a tourist hub in the next five years. The government planned to spent Rs 100 crore for the upkeep of old buildings.

Geetika, while unveiling the proposed development plan for the Ram Bagh gardens, said the department had prepared a plan to restore these, which would include the vacation of the clubs.

Sidhu, who was present at the gathering, said the government must involve the public in the restoration of the heritage of the city. He said the issue of the vacattion of the clubs was a contentious one and need to be discussed, keeping in mind the interests of the people and the clubs. Sidhu said he would take up the matter with the Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, veteran Communist leader Satya Pal Dang suggested that the decision to get the clubs vacated should not be reversed and pointed out that these be shifted to another site. 


Drainage Dept once again under scanner
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, June 16
The alleged malpractices by officials concerned in allocating tenders for various works to be carried on the Ujj and Jalali rivers has once again brought the local Drainage Department under scanner.

The disappearance of 23 tenders, containing earnest money worth lakhs of rupees from the department’s executive engineer office, has raised many eyebrows.

About 12 contractors alleged that officers concerned misplaced the tenders with bidding rates 26 to 27 per cent less than those of the CSR rates. The officers of the Irrigation Department allocated tenders to the contractors close to them, they alleged.

A few contractors have handed over their representations to the Punjab Chief Minister, DGP and the Gurdaspur DC.

The contractors have also demanded an inquiry. Contractors Shyam Kumar from Pathankot and Sudarshan Kumar from Gazi Barwan, who had submitted their tenders along with earnest money, complained that their documents were found missing from the XEN’s office. Moreover, the engineer remained silent when he was asked about the whereabouts of their tender bids, they claimed. Similar is the case of Vikram Singh, another contractor, whose bids and earnest money worth lakhs were found missing.

They complained that there were 234 tender bids, but only 211 were opened. XEN T.S. Tikka denied favouring any contractor.


Martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev observed
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 16
The martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev was observed at gurdwaras of the Chief Khalsa Diwan and Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public School here today.

The programme began with “gurbani” sung by raagis of the Chief Khalsa Orphanage. Students of various schools run by the diwan took part in the “gurbani” singing contest.

Newly-appointed director (education) of the diwan Harjinder Singh Majhel was honoured on the occasion.

Diwan’s honorary secretary Bhag Singh Ankhi, resident president Harminder Singh, Ranbir Singh, Gurdev Singh Girgila and Gurjit Singh were present on the occasion.


Copies of magazine confiscated

Amritsar, June 16
The police today confiscated copies of a controversial magazine, “Shamsher-e-Kaum”, from book stalls across the city. The matter has been brought to the notice of the administration.

The cover of the latest edition of the magazine carries a derogatory sketch of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, besides that of Swami Ashutosh, head of Divya Jyoti Jagran, and Hardev Singh of the Nirankaris. SSP Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh said though copies of the magazine had been confiscated from stands, no ban had been imposed. — TNS


Controversy over ‘naam charcha’
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, June 16
Tension gripped Bahadurpur village, 4 km from here on the Sangrur-Barnala road, regarding the proposed “naam charcha” by a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda, Mohinder Singh, at the village tomorrow. The proposed “naam charcha” will be held as part of the bhog ceremony of the follower’s wife, who had died some days ago due to illness.

Heavy police force has been deployed around the village and the police is patrolling the area.

The dera follower had also reportedly asked for the bir from the village gurdwara, but the gurdwara management declined to do so.

Mohinder Singh has also complained to the police that the villagers were neither giving him Guru Granth Sahib for the bhog ceremony of his wife nor allowing him to organise “naam charcha’.


CM condoles death of novelist Narula
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today expressed shock at the demise of famous writer Surinder Singh Narula, who expired at Ludhiana today after a brief illness.

In a message, Badal said in the death of Narula, Punjab and the world of literature had lost a writer whose writings gave it a new identity and social purpose.

Narula has authored over 35 novels, stories and poetry books in Punjabi and English.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


98 lakh plants planned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
The Punjab Government has prepared a Rs 10-crore plan for the plantation of saplings in the state under various forestry projects.

Tikhshan Sood, forest and wild life preservation minister, Punjab, said to make Punjab an environment-friendly state, the Forest Department had chalked out a plan to plant 98 lakh saplings in the state this year. Under the Farm Forestry Scheme, 40 lakh plants would be supplied to the public at subsidised rates and Rs 2 crore would be sought.


4 of family die in mishap
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, June 16
Four persons of a family were killed and four injured in a mishap near village Biddi, 6 km from here on the Amritsar-Harike road, today. The condition of two of the injured was said to be critical.

The accident happened when their car ( HR-51-6951) was hit a mini- truck ( PB-46-5914)standing on the road side.

The deceased have been identified as Sarabjit Singh (35), Gurmeet Singh (38),-brothers and residents of Kamalgarh village in Zira, Gagandeep Kaur and 10-month- old Sehajpal. All eight were traveling in the car which was going back from Amritsar to Zira after attending a function . The Sadar police has registered a case under Section 304 A, 337, 338, 427 of the IPC against the owner of the mini-truck.

According to the information the car hit the truck standing on a road side when they were over taking a vehicle. Sarabjit Singh, who was driving the car, died on the spot while others died on the way to hospital.


Greed makes man kill brother
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Jaurkian (Mansa), June 16
The local police today exhumed the skeleton of ex-serviceman Gurdev Singh Fauji, who was murdered by his brother, Amar Singh, alias Kala, about 10 months ago, from one of the rooms of his (Amar Singh) house at Bajewala village of this district.

Amar Singh murdered his brother, Gurdev Singh Fauji, on the night of August 30, 2006, and buried the body in a pit dug inside one of the rooms of his house. The accused killed Fauji, as he (the accused) wanted to grab six kanals (Fauji’s share) from the joint agriculture landholding measuring about two-and-half acres.

SSP Ram Singh said they managed to exhume his skeleton from Amar Singh’s house after receiving a tip-off in connection with Fauji’s murder. He added that the skeleton was exhumed in the presence of a magistrate. The weapon used by the accused had also been recovered.

He said Fauji used to live in Assam after marrying a girl from that state. About 10 months ago, he came to the village. The SSP said it was also being verified whether Amar Singh’s wife, who was present in the house when Fauji was murdered, was involved in the crime or not. The sisters and family members of Fauji had also been informed about the incident.

A case has been registered under Sections 302 and 201,IPC, in the Jaurkian police station.


Granthi arrested
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 16
Jagsir Singh, who was working as granthi in a gurdwara situated at Sukha Singh Wale village of this district, was arrested after a criminal case was registered against him under the Arms Act and Explosive Act in the Maur Mandi police station by the police yesterday.

Police sources said though arms or explosive were not recovered from Jagsir Singh, he was arrested on the information that his interrogation would enable the police to recover huge cache of arms and explosive material.

The sources said though Chinder Kaur, wife of Jagsir Singh, was also taken into custody, she was let off today after the police found that she was not involved in any criminal activities.

Jagsir Singh was remanded in police custody for five days after which he was produced in the court of the judicial magistrate at Talwandi Sabo. The case against Jagsir Singh was registered under Section 25 of the Arms Act and the Section 3 of the Explosive Act.


Sexual assault: Man, aunt booked
Tribune News Service

Kharar, June 16
The police has booked Surjit Singh and his aunt Paramjit Kaur on the charges of outraging the modesty of a former employee of the Fortis Hospital in Mohali.

According to the police, the case dates back to October last year when the girl took a lift from Mohali to Kharar from Surjit.

On the way, she was served a cold drink, allegedly laced with some adulterated substance. Later, she was taken to a house in Kharar and allegedly raped.

The girl said Surjit continued to maintain contact with her and developed physical relations with her on the pretext of marrying her. She was threatened with dire consequence if she disclosed it.

However, even though he refused to marry her, she was repeatedly taken to the house of Surjit's aunt in Sector 70, Mohali, and sexually assaulted.

A case has been registered.


Varsity to be named after Guru Nanak Dev
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 16
The university proposed to be set up at Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, the birth place of first Sikh guru Guru Nanak Dev, would be named Baba Nanak Dev International University.

This was stated by SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, who returned from Pakistan today, after meeting Pakistani officials and Sikh representatives, in connection with setting up of the university at Nankana Sahib.

He suggested that there was also a need for the upcoming university to enter into collaborations with other educational institutes for exchanging academic information and research and for this a tie-up with Sri Guru Granth Sahib University in Fatehgarh Sahib could also be considered.


‘I did not give orders for printing prospectus’
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 16
“Allegations of Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Vallah, principal U.S. Dhaliwal was untrue and baseless as I have not given orders for the final printing of the prospectus for the next academic session”.

Stating this to The Tribune here today Rai Sudhir Prasad, who resigned as its registrar, said though he had convened a meeting of the prospectus committee but it could not take place. He said as there was urgency for completing the admission process before July 31 as per the Supreme Court’s, Central government and the Medical Council of India’s orders, he had sent the prospectus to the printing press with clear instruction that preliminary work should be completed but final printing to be withheld.

Sudhir said the draft prospectus as well as draft advertisement was sent to both principals of SGRD Medical and Dental Institutes for their perusal and approval. He said principal of the dental institute C.S. Bal approved it while Dhaliwal also perused it and sent it to additional registrar (examination) Baljeet Singh Dhillon. He further said Dhillon further told him that Dhaliwal wanted the printing of prospectus to be withheld just for a day or two because he had represented to the state government for redistribution of the NRI seats in equal proportion between the state and minority quota seats.

He said he had written a letter to SGPC chief Avtar Singh in this regard.


Fine on BEd colleges unconstitutional: Jaswant
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 16
The Association of Punjab Unaided Colleges of Education held its general body meeting, presided over by its president, Jaswant Singh Khaira, here today. The general house condemned the decision of the Punjabi University, Patiala, and other universities of the state to impose fines on BEd colleges.

Speaking on the occasion, Jaswant said the decision was unconstitutional and against the interest of the poor students. He felt this decision would force the BEd colleges to defer admissions, forcing students to seek admissions outside Punjab, adding more financial burden and inconvenience on them. The association appealed to the government to order the university to withdraw the fines as early as possible.

Jaswant further said it was unfortunate that the universities of the state had not implemented the directions and guidelines of the NCTE for the recruitment of staff, adding that they adopted double standards in following NCTE’s rules and regulations and the university calendar regarding the management of BEd colleges. The government colleges are functioning without qualified staff and inadequate infrastructure. Most of these colleges hire guest faculty for their sessions, Jaswant said. He further disclosed that these universities had been hiring teachers on contractual, adhoc and part-time basis.

Anuradha Thakur performs at a kathak workshop organised at Government College for Girls in Patiala on Saturday.
Anuradha Thakur performs at a kathak workshop organised at Government College for Girls in Patiala on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Students present traditional compositions
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 16
A 10-day kathak workshop was organised at Government College for Girls here today. Anuradha Thakur of Jaipur gharana conducted the workshop.

Students presented traditional compositions of Jaipur gharana, followed by tarana, thumri and fusion.

Junior artistes of Patiala, including Shivranjini, Isha Dang and Charu Singla also performed.

Speaking on the occasion, A.C. Verma, MD of the State Bank of Patiala, lauded the efforts of the students. D.S.Grewal, deputy commissioner, said the students exhibited their talent with the efforts of Anuradha.


Seminar on freedom movement to be held
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 16
The Punjab Writers and Cultural Forum, Patiala, has decided to organise a seminar on the freedom movement with special reference to the First War of Independence in the language department auditorium, here tomorrow.

The main object of this seminar is to inculcate feelings of sacrifice and patriotism among the new generation and to pay tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives during the 1857 mutiny.

The forum has so far organised an Indo-Pak mushaira and poetic symposium on “Shahido Tujhe Salaam”.

Noted historian professor Kirpal Singh will deliver the key-note address on the subject.

The seminar will be followed by a trilingual poetic symposium in which poets from Punjab and Haryana will present their classic works on national integration and the freedom movement, the forum spokesperson disclosed.


Leadership camp from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 16
The directorate of youth welfare, Punjabi University, will organise a week-long youth leadership-cum-personality development camp at Andretta, near Palampur, from June 18 to 24, the spokesman of the university said today.

The vice-chancellor, S.S. Boparai, will inaugurate the camp in which 40 students from Punjabi University and colleges affiliated to it will participate.

Dr Sunita Dhir, director, youth welfare, said the objective of the workshop was to hone the skills of students in various fields like music, theatre, speech and literary items. 


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