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Badal fails to give darshan to sangat
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Anandpur Sahib, August 19
Villagers of 31 flood-affected villages of Ropar and Anandpur Sahib were kept waiting as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal failed to keep date with those who had come for sangat darshan. People had braved heavy rains for the same only to face disappointment.

Sarpanches and panches of these villages kept on waiting with their applications till 8.45 am when the Chief Minister’s visit was cancelled.

“I have been waiting here since 6.30 am to apprise the Chief Minister of the damage caused by floods. It's been over a week since the water damaged our agriculture land and house holdings but the administration help is yet to reach,” said Major Gurdial Singh (retd), sarpanch of Mehendri Kalan and Hariwal villages.

Similarly, a deputation of villagers from Chakhiyan, Bal, Bali and Bajrood had come to meet Badal. One of deputation members, Shamsher Singh, said, “For the past three months we have been repeatedly telling the administration that these villages can get flooded any time as a person had blocked the flow of rainwater. Even SDM A.P.S. Sandhu was told everything but he never took any step.”

Hardayal Singh from ward No. 11, Lodhipur village, alleged that the SDM did not cooperate with the villagers. He alleged that on August 13 when a breach in Charan Ganga led to flood, the SDM had switched off his mobile and did not visit the worst affected areas.

Earlier, Badal visited the Charan Ganga breach site and visited Nanowal, Lamlehri, Mianpur and Sahota villages. He said the state government would soon prepare a comprehensive master plan to tackle floods.

Badal directed deputy commissioner, Ropar, A.K. Sinha for early completion of the damage assessment to public property and disbursement of relief accordingly.

Earlier, Badal paid obeisance at Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib and received siropa from Jathedar Tarlochan Singh. Irrigation minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon, MP Avinash Rai Khanna, MLA from Anandpur Sahib Ajit Singh and MLA, Morinda, Ujagar Singh Vadali accompanied him.


Relief for rain-hit
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Muktsar, August 19
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who visited the flood-affected areas of this subdivision today, announced that a special girdawri had been ordered.

Heavy rains had caused damage to crops on about 51,000 acres. Maximum damage had been caused in Muktsar subdivision where crops on 33,000 acres had been damaged. In Malout subdivision crops on about 15,000 acres and in Gidderbaha subdivision crops on 3,600 had been damaged.

The Chief Minister said the SDM concerned would carry out the special girdawri, which would be videographed. Badal announced that those farmers whose crops had suffered 75 per cent or more damage would be given Rs 5,000 per acre as compensation. The compensation to the tune of Rs 3,000 per acre and Rs 2,000 per acre would be given to those whose crops had suffered losses to the tune of 50 per cent and 25 per cent, respectively.

The Chief Minister said those residents whose dwellings had suffered losses due to the rains would also be compensated. He also announced grants for various development works in different villages of this subdivision.


‘Adverse weather will hit cotton production’
Farmers to suffer loss worth crores

Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
While the Central government has increased the price of cotton produced in Punjab to Rs 1,950 from Rs 1,890 per quintal, 15 to 20 per cent fall in its production is imminent in the cotton belt of this region, including Punjab and Haryana. Adverse weather conditions in the past few days have severely affected the cotton crop in the entire Sirsa-Bathinda-Ganganagar belt. Thus, farmers of the cotton belt will suffer a loss worth few hundred crores due to fall in its production.

Growth of cotton crop got considerably affected due to the prolonged dry spell in the cotton belt. Punjab is one of the few states which received deficient rain this year. Rajasthan received better rainfall this year as compared to Punjab.

Besides the dry spell, first attack of mealy bug and later of white fly has hit the crop. “ There is a stunted growth of plants which failed to flourish due to adverse weather conditions”, said a senior officer of the Punjab agriculture department.

Pests’ attack on the crop has put an additional financial burden on farmers who had to repeatedly sprays pesticides to save the crop from getting affected. Attack of white fly can further set in curl leaf disease in the crop. Cotton crop received a good return last year, thus the area under cultivation was increased by 78,000 hectares this year. Last year, area under cotton crop was 5.70 lakh hectares and this year it is 6.48 lakh hectares.

However, this year’s yield is expected to be less by 5 lakh bales. Last year, it was 27 lakh bales and this year it is expected to be 22 lakh bales. In Haryana also the cotton crop under the attack of mealy bug, white fly and curl leaf. Same is true in case of the Ganganagar belt of Rajasthan. This year, the production is expected to be around 45 lakh cotton bales in Punjab, Haryana and the Ganganagar area of Rajasthan.

Director (Agriculture),Punjab, Balwinder Singh Sidhu, said: “ Weather conditions have remained unfavourable for the cotton crop in this season. It appears that cotton production will get affected due to this factor.” Moreover crop matured early in the absence of dry spell and relatively high temperature during this season.


Missing BSNL employee found murdered
Tribune News Service

Pathankot, August 19
A 44-year-old woman employee of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Pathankot, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances from the busy market on July 22, was found murdered almost after 28 days.

The badly decomposed body of the victim, Usha Khanna, was found in the wooden box dumped in shrubs along the busy Jammu-Jalandhar highway, near Mirthal, this morning.

Pathankot Superintendent of Police Harpreet Singh said a police party had been searching for the body at certain suspected places along the highway. The police had got a tip-off regarding Usha's body dumped along the highway.

The police party found a wooden box wrapped with telephone wires at an isolated place near Mirthal. The cops got suspicious following foul smell being emitted from the box. The police then found a badly decomposed body of the missing BSNL employee.

The police also found certain clothings of the woman from the box.

The SP said the victim's husband Rakesh Khanna, a businessman, and her brother, Surdashan Verma, had unidentified the body.

The remains of the body would tomorrow be sent to Forensic Laboratory, Amritsar, for medical examination.

The SP refused to comment when asked about the motive behind the murder, saying nothing could be said at the initial stage.

After closing the chapter of the missing person, the police had now started investigating the case on the aspect of murder and motive.

A case of murder had been registered.

A resident of Jodhamal Colony, Usha, a customer care executive, had gone to attend a function in the Mission Road locality, but did not turn up. The family members had found her scooter parked near the Patel Chowk.


Medical examination by AIIMS panel
Chahal’s torture claims fall flat
Vishal Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
B.I.S. Chahal’s rant on torture, which reached its melodramatic high before Justice Uma Nath Singh on July 24, seems to have gone in vain. A panel of AIIMS experts, which examined him on August 9, has not found sufficient evidence to corroborate his much-touted torture theory.

Sources told The Tribune that a five-page report, dated August 13, by AIIMS’ board of doctors clearly mentions: “The board members are of the opinion in view of the physical and radiological examination of Chahal on August 9 that there is insufficient evidence to substantiate that he was subjected to electric shocks or inhuman torture.”

The panel has, however, recommended that Chahal should continue with the treatment for blood-pressure ailment, of which he had a medical history, under the supervision of a qualified practitioner.

The report comes as a shot in the arm to the Punjab state counsel, including advocate-general H.S. Mattewal, who have been consistently pleading before the high court that Chahal was not being subjected to any inhuman treatment or torture.

The state counsel have always refuted Chahal’s allegations as wild and baseless, aimed at invoking public sympathy. Mattewal has repeatedly assured the court that investigation agencies were complying with the apex court’s guidelines, as espoused in D.K. Basu’s case, on custodial interrogation.

Also, Gurpeet Singh, SP (D), Ludhiana City, in an affidavit, dated July 24, had clearly refuted the allegations of torture. He averred before the high court that Chahal, when he was in police custody in Ludhiana, was medically examined by a board of doctors, doctors from the Civil Hospital and also by medical officer of the police lines.

“There was no abnormality of concern in any of the medical reports by the doctors,” he stressed in the affidavit. Importantly, a Division Bench, comprising Justice P.Sathasivam and Justice Rajive Bhalla, had, in its July 11 order, observed: “The particulars furnished by Chahal show that he has not made complaint about the harassment or torture at the hands of the police or Vigilance Bureau when he was in police remand in Ludhiana. Though, these allegations were raised in the writ petition”.

On July 24, moved by the plight of a sobbing Chahal, Justice Uma Nath Singh had ordered his medical examination by a panel of AIIMS experts so as to ascertain if he had been tortured by giving electric shocks or not. Chahal had sought to meet the judge separately, saying that he had tales of torture to narrate, which could not be done in the open court.

The judge declined his request as not permissible, but asked him to write a letter to the court secretary if he wanted to say something intensely private.


Ludhiana police flouts SC ruling
FIR not registered even after 2 months
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
The Supreme Court direction regarding the registration of an FIR on a complaint does not seem to bother the cops at the Sadar police station, Ludhiana. In blatant disregard of the court’s July 24 direction that the police is bound to register a case and had no jurisdiction to verify a complaint or see if a case is made out, the cops have, for over two months, not lodged an FIR in a case involving alleged physical attack on a woman in Ludhiana.

Anshu Sodhi, 22, allegedly tortured for dowry, escaped alleged murder at the hands of her in-laws and husband on June 17. She reached the police station in a state of mental and physical trauma, but the police didn’t respond to her complaints or evoke the provisions of Domestic Violence Act, which is yet to take off.

“I escaped barefooted in my nightwear, borrowed slippers from a neighbour and rushed to the police station where ASI Karnail Singh was on duty. Instead of sensitising with my condition and lodging an FIR, he allegedly teased and harassed me. He even forced me to write a mild complaint, saying it would be enough to take action. No action was, however, taken,” Anshu says.

The police did not even record a DDR which was recorded a day later on June 18. “The DDR was registered after I called up the SSP, Ludhiana, who marked the inquiry to the SHO, Sadar police station, Gurtej Singh.”

Gurtej Singh when contacted said: “Anshu’s complaint did not mention anything for the police to lodge a case”. This despite the apex court making it clear that the job of the police as defined in the law was to register a case and investigate the matter. If a case is made out, it could proceed and if not, it could close it. But it could not evaluate merits of the complaint at first glance simply on receipt, the apex court clarified.

Meanwhile, Anshu has filed three different complaints in this regard before the Punjab Human Rights Commission, the Punjab Women’s Commission and the Chandigarh Woman Support Unit, Sector 17. The Human Rights Commission has even marked the inquiry to the ADGP (Crime) and sought a report by September 12.

Anshu’s husband Harjinder, meanwhile, told The Tribune that he was ready to join investigations. “I have already appeared before different investigators 30 times. My wife has filed different complaints only to harass me. I dare a high-level probe into the matter so that everything gets sorted out. I am not trying to escape as I am not wrong. Moreover, my mother, who she alleges tried to kill her, is disabled.”

Harjinder and his family have already secured a three-day notice on their arrest from the court.

What apex court says

The Supreme Court direction regarding immediate registration of an FIR came in the case of Tamil actor T. Srikant, whose father’s complaint for registering a case against a woman, who had entered their house claiming to be the wife of the actor, was ignored by the Chennai police. The actor’s father got a favourable order from the high court. The woman moved the apex court seeking a stay on HC’s order. But the apex court dismissed her petition saying it was the job of the police to register a case and investigate the matter.


Undertrial’s Death
Judge completes probe
Our Correspondent

Ferozepur, August 19
Additional District and Sessions Judge Birinder Singh after completing an inquiry into the custodial death of an undertrial lodged in the local Central Jail has submitted his report to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. In his report he states that undertrial Kewal Singh was subjected to torture while he was lodged in the jail.

He stated that a doctor and a pharmacist, deputed by the jail authorities to look after the undertrial, also failed to perform their duties. The judge also mentions that the day Kewal Singh died, the doctor had gone to Jalandhar and was prescribing treatment for the undertrial to the pharmacist on phone, who in turn failed to give proper treatment to Kewal Singh.

The judge has also charged the police department and executive authorities with failure to act accordingly despite allegations of torture and maltreatment levelled by undertrial’s relatives.

Kewal Singh (40), a resident of Bukanwala village in Moga district, was booked under Section 307 of the IPC on April 14 and was shifted to the Central Jail on April 20. On that very night, Kewal died under mysterious circumstances. While jail authorities claimed that Kewal, who was trying to escape by scaling the jail’s boundary wall, fell down and was apprehended. Later, he died due to heart problem while being taken to the hospital.

According to medical reports, there were about 24 injury marks on his body. Smelling foul play, a large number of his relatives gathered outside jail raising anti-government slogans. Terming it as an act of political vendetta, the relatives had alleged that Kewal Singh being a Congress man was mercilessly beaten up by jail

authorities. They even claimed that the case was registered against Kewal at the behest of Akali leaders. Taking serious note of the allegations, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had ordered an inquiry into the matter.


False cases against docs
CM to issue notification
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 19
A deputation of senior leaders of the state branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), including state president Amrit Sethi and chairman of legal cell O.P.S. Kande, met the Chief Minister and apprised him of false cases allegedly being registered against doctors by the Punjab police in connection with deaths in the hospitals.

Sethi and Kande said cases were being registered by cops without verification of details and demanded that the state government should issue a notification under the guidelines of the Supreme Court in this regard.

D.S.Bhullar, vice-president of the IMA, Punjab, stated that the Punjab police was not following the guidelines of the Supreme Court in cases of deaths in hospital. He added that before registration of any case under Section 304-A of the IPC, a medical board of government doctors should be constituted and if some evidence of negligence was found, only then, any action should be taken against the doctor concerned.

He added that despite this, the Punjab police was registering cases of “death due to negligence” under pressure from the public in violation of the Supreme Court directions.

The Chief Minster assured the deputation to issue a notification under the guidelines of the apex court at the earliest possible.

The IMA leaders also urged the chief minister to adopt at least 300 villages in the state under the ‘Aao Gaon Chalen’ project of the IMA to give free health services to the poor and needy patients and sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government to run the project in a fair and effective manner.


Land grab by persons close to minister alleged
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, August 19
An old couple is forced to live in hiding to escape alleged police harassment as their property in the Dera Baba Nanak area was allegedly grabbed by some persons close to a minister.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had also ordered the arrest of the accused,Jabarjang, Balwinder Singh Billu, and Harpreet Sinigh, SHO, police station, Dera Baba Nanak, but nothing has been done.All accused were booked by the Batala police for alleged land grabbing after an inquiry by internal police vigilance cell. The inquiry indicted the SHO for negligence of duty, he alleged.

At a press conference here today, Rajinder Singh and his wife Atamjit Kaur alleged that although the high court had ordered the police to arrest the accused and provide security to the couple, the police had miserably had not done so under pressure of a senior Akali minister.

Rajinder Singh whose children live in Australia urged the Chief Minister and other authorities concerned to take action otherwise they would be forced to leave the country. He and his brother’s family were being victimised as they had supported the Congress party in the elections. He said the police was searching for them to pressurise.

However, R. N. Dhoke, SSP, Batala, said whatever action was to be taken had already been taken as accused had been arrested in this case. He said departmental action was being taken against the SHO for negligence of duty.


Cops pick up minor for brother’s fault
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 19
In a clear case of human rights violation, a team of the Ludhiana police allegedly picked up a minor boy, Jasbir Singh, while he was returning from his school to his house at Pachharian village, on August 17.

Since then, he is under illegal confinement of the Ludhiana police. His only fault was that he happens to be a brother of one of the accused, Jagroop Singh. He is wanted in a case whereby he along with 10 other armed accused had managed to free an undertrial, Surjeet Singh Chheta, from police custody on August 14.

The ASI, Joginder Singh, Salem Tabri police station, said the police team had gone to Pachharian village to arrest Jagroop Singh. But, when it failed to find him, his minor brother, Jasbir Singh, was picked up. The sarpanch was told that Jasbir would be released as soon as Jagroop surrenders.

Mehatpur SHO Darshan Singh said he came to know about the incident after the boy was picked up by the Ludhiana police. Jasbir is a student of class VIII and his parents work as agricultural labourers to make their both ends meet, Peter added.


Truck route to Pak: Talks today
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, August 19
In a bid to give impetus to the Indo-Pak trade through the Wagah joint checkpost, high-level talks between the two neighbouring countries will open here tomorrow to finalise truck transport operation across the border.

The Indian delegation will be led by S.K. Swami, director, border management, Union Ministry of Home Affairs, along with senior officers of the Ministry of Finance and other related departments. They will hold in-depth discussions to allow trucks carrying goods across the Radcliffe line to facilitate trade which had remained limited due to lack of warehousing infrastructure at the Wagah post. The trading community of both countries has also been invited to make a presentation on the problems being faced by the traders.

The government has earmarked Rs 300 crore to facilitate the trade through the integrated checkpost, which would provide six-lane routes to Pakistan and vice-versa with modern warehousing, truck scanners and other related equipment to facilitate the movement of goods on the lines of the Indo-Bangladesh border.


Heavy rain claims life
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, August 19
Heavy downpour claimed a life and left three others injured on the busy Jammu -Jalandhar highway near Pathankot this afternoon.

The tragedy struck near Madhopur when an empty oil tanker with four persons, including two Punjab police personnel, dashed into the trees after its driver lost control over the steering wheel.

According to the police, Dinesh Kumar, a helper with the vehicle, died on the spot, while driver Devki Nandan and cops Malkiat Singh and Ajit Singh sustained injuries.

The cops were posted at the Madhopur police post and had taken lift in the vehicle.

The truck driver reportedly lost control over the vehicle due to poor visibility and heavy rain following which he could not notice deep potholes on the busy highway.

The tanker rolled down in the ditch and dashed into the trees.

A case of rash and negligent driving has been registered at the Sujanpur police station against the driver.


2 killed in road mishaps
Tribune News Service

The mangled remains of a car involved in an accident with a truck in Kharar on Saturday night
The mangled remains of a car involved in an accident with a truck in Kharar on Saturday night. — A Tribune photograph

Kharar, August 19
Gursharan Singh, a resident of Parkhali village, was killed in a road accident last night. The incident took place opposite Government School in Desu Majra when a car (CH 03 W 2497) collided with a truck (PB 12 A 2505).

Gursharan Singh was taken to the Civil Hospital, Kharar, where he was declared brought dead. The police has registered a case against truck driver Paramjit Singh from Barauli village on a complaint of Gursharan’s relative Gurpreet Singh.

In another incident, Rocky, a resident of Kharar, was bitten by a snake last night. He was taken to the Civil Hospital form where he has been referred to Mohali.

Dera Bassi: A 26-year-old resident of Ghollu Majra village was killed in an accident here on Sunday night. According to the police, the victim, Karamjit, was killed when his motorcycle collided head on with a tractor coming from the opposite direction on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway.

Eyewitnesses said the accident took place around 8.15 pm but for almost half an hour the victim’s body remained lying on the road. The tractor driver fled leaving the vehicle. This led to a traffic jam.

The victim is survived by his wife. He was working in a factory at the Focal Point here.


Ban dera books, says Mann
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, August 19
Simranjit Singh Mann, president, SAD (A), and Bhai Ranjit Singh, former Jathedar, Akal Takht, today urged the Punjab government to ban controversial books of the Sirsa-based dera. All controversial books should be taken into custody, he added.

He was addressing a press conference here today after presiding over a seminar on “Deraism and Sikhism”. Both Mann and Bhai Ranjit Singh said the SGPC was responsible for the progress of dera culture in this region. They said the announcement in connection with the initiation of a decisive battle against the dera would be made on August 22 from Sunam.

A number of Sikh scholars participated in the seminar.


NRI opens infectious diseases clinic
Our Correspondent

Nabha, August 19
Former Cabinet minister Raja Narinder Singh inaugurated an infectious diseases clinic, a brain child of the prestigious US NGO, Trinity Health.

In his inaugural address Raja Narinder Singh appreciated the efforts of NRI Daljit Bains and his family in opening this clinic. His son Rajiv Bains and wife Pammi Bains, both educated in the USA, will attend to patients in this clinic. Trinity Health has been running a mobile clinic in a large number of villages in and around the city for the past 10 years.

Dr Monica Bains said the project would be run with the help of the Civil Hospital.


AWWA week held in Mamun
Tribune News Service

Pathankot, August 19
To mark the 41st anniversary of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA), the Black Arrow Brigade of the Indian Army has been celebrating the AWWA week in the Mamun Army Cantonment area.

The brigade president of the association, Ravi JP Singh, formally inaugurated the week celebrations and pressed upon the need for the improvement of quality life of the jawans and their families.

She also asked the wives of the Army personnel to equip themselves with requisite skills for augmenting salaries of their husbands and ensure a better future for their children.


Rally against N-deal
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, August 19
Activists of the Communist Party Marxist (CPM), led by freedom fighters, including Gursharan Singh, Jagdev Kalan, Swaran Singh Dudarai and Gurbax Singh of Preet Nagar, held a demonstration and procession against the Indo-US nuclear deal at Ajnala today.

The procession passed through various bazaars of the Ajnala township in which the activists raised slogans against the central government.


Paddy MSP
Govt to seek Rs 200 hike
Tribune News Service

Khanna, August 19
The Punjab government has decided to seek Rs 200 hike in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy from the Centre.

Speaking to mediapersons here today, Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman of the Punjab Mandi Board, claimed that the state government had put up a strong case in this regard.

He said the board had requested the government to allot 200 acres to set up a vegetable market. He said board officials had also been asked to complete all pending compensation cases within three months, failing which stringent action would be taken against erring officials.


Chowkidar strangled
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 19
A chowkidar was strangled by some unidentified persons in the Hira Bagh area of the city. According to police sources, some burglars broke into a showroom of Punjab Tyres and after looting Rs 3.50 lakh, they blindfolded chowkidar Dhan Bahadur Giri and later strangled him. An FIR has been registered at the Sadar police station.


Special Kids
Red Cross awaits nod for opening institute
Tribune News Service

Faridkot, August 19
Decks have been cleared for establishing a teachers’ training institute for educating special children. The institute will be opened by the local chapter of the Indian Red Cross Society. It is waiting for an approval from Punjab University, Patiala. It will provide trained teachers for teaching mentally and physically-challenged patients.

Recipient of 2002 national award for outstanding contribution towards the welfare of physically-challenged people, the B.Ed college will be another feather in its cap. The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), a statutory body under the ministry of social justice and empowerment, has given approval to the Umang Red Cross Institute of Special Education, Baba Farid Cultural Centre, for running B.Ed. special education (mental retardation).

The one-year B.Ed. course will have 20 seats. Major-Gen Ian Cardozo (retd), RCI chairman, New Delhi, stated that approval was subject to the conditions that the RCI standard syllabus and nomenclature were followed and facilities in the training institute were maintained in accordance with norms prescribed by it from time to time.

Deputy commissioner-cum-president of the local branch of the Indian Red Cross Society V.K Meena said: “They have ample infrastructure to accommodate students and faculty for B.Ed. special education. The need for setting up such an institute arose as it was difficult to get teachers in this field, which seeks greater patience and care from them.


Sikh forum seeks VC’s removal
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 19
A meeting of the Sikh Intelligentsia Forum, Punjabi University, was held here yesterday under the presidentship of Dalbir Singh Dhillon to discuss the autocratic behaviour of the vice-chancellor.

The forum appreciated the stand of the syndics to meet the chancellor to apprise him of the misdeeds of Boparai.

Boparai had protected the registrar, who was allegedly caught taking bribe. Not only this, he had also declared publically, in the print media, that legal aid would be provided to the registrar from the university funds and had also said that he would be reappointed after his release from the jail. This was vehemently opposed by the members of the forum.

The forum appealed to the chancellor not to trust the misleading information provided to him by the vice-chancellor.

At the meeting, the forum passed a resolution unanimously and appealed to the chancellor to remove vice-chancellor Boparai immediately to save the university from further onslaughts.

H.S.Pannu, Gunek Singh, Rajinder Singh Brar, P.S.Goraya, Kulbir Singh Dhillon, Sukwhider Kaur, S.K.Dhillon, Pushpinder Kaur, Daljeet Kaur, Suba Singh (Amritsar), M S. Randhawa (Amritsar), principal S. Bawa and B.S.Cheema, Ludhiana, were among those present on the occasion.


Shabad recitation contest
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 19
Students from 14 schools participated in a shabad recitation competition organised by Sri Dasmesh Academy of Sikh Religion and Culture, Patiala, here today.

In the competition, the team of Randeep Singh, Ankit Vohra, Karan Malik, Labhya Joshi, Taraznit and Shavinder Singh, students of Class X and XII of DAV Public School, bagged the first position.

S.R. Prabhakar, principal of DAV Public School, lauded the efforts of the music teacher and the students of the school for winning the first prize.


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