Mend your ways or face MC stick, 
mayor tells squatters
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 20
Mayor Rakesh Rathore has asked vegetable sellers of Kishanpura Colony to remove encroachments or face action by the municipal corporation. The mayor said this during his visit to the area as part of the newly launched “safai sehyog abhiyan”.

He was apprised of the traffic problems on the road in the colony by the residents of the area at a meeting with them at the residence of councillor Sunil Jyoti.

The mayor then set out for a round of the ward on foot along with the councillor to assess problems in the area and seek cooperation of the residents in keeping their surroundings clean. Appreciating Sunil Jyoti for buying five hand-driven carts for lifting waste out of his first salary as a councillor. The mayor asked other councillors to follow the example.

The mayor and the councillor warned the shopkeepers who had encroached upon the road to display their items in various markets around Kishanpura and Adda Hoshiarpur areas. Residents discussed problems of frequent blockage of sewer, low pressure of water, bad roads near the Domoria bridge, need of service lanes, bad condition of parks in most colonies and no parks in area around Tanda Road.

Residents were also curious to know about the progress of the Domoria bridge over the level crossing.

The mayor said, “We had floated tenders for completion of the remaining work but the estimates prepared were far too high. Now we have asked for fresh tenders. I have kept the point on the agenda of the meeting of the MC House to be held on November 23.”

The mayor will visit Ward 6 on Thursday. As part of the abhiyan, the mayor is taking rounds of two wards every week, on Tuesday and Thursday.



Now, 4 pc tax on entry of goods  in state
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, November 20
Traders of the state would be burdened with 4 per cent entry tax from midnight today as the state government has imposed the same on several goods, including steel, iron, scrap, yarns, fibre, polyster productes  and sugar.

The instructions have been issued by the excise and taxation department today. The entry tax would be imposed from the midnight of today ie November 20.

According to information available, the notification in this regard has already been issued. The tax would be collected at the border barriers.

The tax can be deposited at different collection centres situated at railway stations, including Ludhiana and Amritsar.

The department sources said the traders could deposit the entry tax for their goods at nearby departmental offices within a period of two days of the arrival of the consignment.

The tax would be adjustable in the sale and CST under Punjab Tax on Entry of Goods into the Local Area Act. 



All for the new age songsters
Anuradha Shukla
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 20
Nachattar Gill went around on a scooter to make music directors listen to his songs. His toil paid off 10 years later as he came riding into the hearts of his fans only to stay. Credited with the revival of duet singing, Gill says he is ready to continue with the style. Talking before the ‘Voice of Punjab’ programme held at the Dussehra grounds here yesterday, the artiste says the platform provided by the channels is what dreams are made of for any budding artiste. He, however, is averse to the idea of results being based on SMSs when known artistes are invited to be the judges at such talent-hunt shows.

Speaking on his style of duet singing, Gill says he uses the scales suiting his own voice rather than the female voice as done before and sang on normal household subjects, which was away from a devar-bhabhi dialogues, sung in duets earlier.

On present-day duets, the artiste feels sad that the songs have been reduced to puppy love lyrics. “Parents do not send their kids to schools and colleges to romance on mobile phones, which is the titillation created by the present-day songs, thus killing the romammnce of lyrics,” rues Nachattar.

On the gap in his cassettes, Gill says a good product takes time and next he is coming out with a religious album. He is not vary of adopting a new style of singing as he says, “People say I am successful in duet, folk and solo styles of singing and I believe that good lyrics sail me through every style.”

Admitting that the presence of exposure through the media has added to creating new product, Gill says every artiste is creating a product to the liking of present tastes but its has become very hard to stand the test of fans’ liking. Notwithstanding the quick sand shelf life of albums artistes have it easy nowadays because all it takes is to get to the stage in front of the camera.

“What reality show contestants can get in mere six months is what took me 10 years to reach,” says Gill. The new breed has a lot of talent as they are adapting very well to the pressure of not only singing but performing on the songs too. Gill says,

“When earlier singers began singing they were also snubbed off likewise and artistes are singing to match the modern tastes but the beauty of good lyrics stands out any day.”

His sentiments are shared by Sarbjit Kaur who sat in the judge’s chair for the evening. Now the new breed trains before entering the arena of performing arts. “The likes of me learnt classical music after I had my first hit Kokka,” she says. “Artiste cannot do business and the trend of paying for getting an album released is very harmful,” she feels. Coming out with a new album sung with Labh Janjua, the artiste known for her base voice says she has all the faith in the young generation which is full of talent. “The only problem is that it is not easy to make an identity for oneself in the flood of artistes,” she adds.



It was yesterday once more for Lt Gen Sekhon 
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, November 20
Last Saturday was extraordinary for Lieutenant General Amarjit Singh Sekhon. An alumnus of Sainik School here, Sekhon availed the opportunity of visiting the school for the first time after becoming General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps.

His joy knew no bounds during his visit to the school where he spent entire day taking part in different activities. The Lt Gen came to the school to attend 47th Old Boys Association Meet as chief guest.

When asked about how he was feeling during his first visit to the school after becoming GOC, he did not hesitate in accepting that “He becomes so nostalgic that his eyes have become moist when he was watching the band being played by the cadets of the school.”

Lt Gen Amarjit Singh Sekhon studied in the school from 1962 to 1965. The sweet memories of the school days are still alive in his mind as when asked, he replied in no time that his roll number was 425. “I have fixed a photograph of the school in my bedroom,” he added.

He said, “I feel proud and its privilege for me that I am attending the Old Boys Associations Meet of his school as chief guest.”

Recalling his school days, Lt Gen said, “There was war with China during his study. Trenches were dug in the school premises. As and when, we heard siren, we used to go into the trenches.”

Talking openly on scores of issues, he said the percentage of suicides among armymen was far below as compared to civilians. One of the main reasons of suicides among armymen is their personal problems including failure in love affair, inability to repay debt etc.

Fast communication system nowadays has increased the rate of suicides among armymen as they came to know about their domestic tensions within hours of their occurrence and they take the extreme step of suicide in haste.

Even then, the Army has started setting up stress management centres to de-stress armymen. Psychologists have been employed, yoga classes are being run and normal entertainment programmes are being organised for the purpose, he added.

Sekhon, who is joining his new post as Director General Military Operations (DGMO) in New Delhi on November 27, said the situation in J&K was returning to normalcy day by day. As many as 69 to 70 per cent electorates exercised their right to franchise during by-election to three seats in Srinagar province last year, he said adding, the turnout indicated things were under control.

Earlier Sekhon laid a wreath at newly constructed war memorial in the presence of a large number of old boys, their families, school staff and cadets. It was followed by an impressive guard of honour put up by the cadets of the school. The school band contingent impressed one and all by their smart turn out and graceful movements.

The president of the Old Boys Association Meet Punjab advocate general H.S. Mattewal also felicitated on behalf of Old Boys Association Meet Lt Gen AS Sekhon and Col KJ Singh, Commanding Officer 7 Sikh LI, for their outstanding achievements.



Hope floats for ’84 riot victims
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 20
The government has given another chance to the 1984 riot victims whose compensation claim papers were rejected on previous occasions.

A communique from the district administration says that any victim could appear in person before the SDM-I in his office and present his case on the basis of documents or any other proof on November 23 till 3 pm.

Such persons would also have to submit an affidavit to the effect that their name does not figure on the red cards of their family members and that they have not availed themselves of the compensation anywhere else in the state.

Documents sent through post will not be accepted, the statement said.



Young World
MGN kids’ tribute to martrys 
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 20
The annual prize distribution function of the MGN, Urban Estate, was organised here recently. The theme of the function was “A vision of India - Its journey over the past 100 years”. The children brought out the struggles of the Indian martyrs emphasising “Sone ki chiriya”, “Sparks of inquilab”, “Jallianwala Bagh”, “Dandi March” and “Freedom at Midnight”. Governor of Kerala R.L. Bhatia presided over the function. He appreciated the programme and said it would help the children understand and identify their rich Indian heritage.

DIPS Karol Bagh organised its annual function at Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall on Thursday evening. Students presented a cultural extravaganza “Spectrum-2007”. Prizes were distributed among the outstanding students. The annual progress report was read out by principal Sarvesh Deol. Chairman of DIPS Institutions Gurbachan Singh and managing director Tarwinder Singh presided over the function.

Press Day

On the occasion of Press Day, a unique press conference was organised in the conference room of St Soldier Divine Public School, Kapurthala Road, on Friday. Nursery students of the school enacted the role of politicians and reporters. Charanpreet donned the role of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Manpreet Singh dressed up as SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, Riya came as former MLA Bibi Jagir Kaur, Mansi commanded like education minister Bibi Upinderjit Kaur and Naveesha took over as health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla. Reporters discussed the important issues with ministers and asked them to reply on the matters. Vice-chairperson Sangeeta Chopra and MD Karnal R.K. Khanna attended the event.

The day was also observed by the students and faculty of mass communication and video production department of BD Arya Girls College, Jalandhar cantonment. Suresh Seth, writer and journalist, and Simar Sadosh, assistant editor with a vernacular paper, spoke about popular women journalists and their contributions to the development of press.

Athletic meet

The annual athletic meet of Apeejay School was organised last week. Distinguished wrestler Kartar Singh was the chief guest. An impressive march-past was conducted. The game captains of the school lighted the torch and took the oath. Loud cheering during the events ensured thrill, excitement and fun for the students. Students from Vindya House stood first, Niligiri House second and Shivaliks third.

Weightlifting tourney

The girls from BD Arya College have been declared the winners in the senior Punjab state weightlifting championship. Pardeep and Kusum have won the gold medals while Sonia and Raveena have won silver medals in weightlifting. The championship was held at Bara Pind in Jalandhar last week.

Job festival

The CT Group of Institutions organised a job festival in which thousands of students from Punjab, Himachal Pardesh, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir participated. As many as 30 companies, almost from different sectors, came with job offers. Students from more than 50 institutes, including Guru Nanak Dev University, Government Polytechnic, Batala, Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Management and Technology, Jagadhri, Adesh Institute of Engg and Technology, Faridkot, Chaudhary Devi Lal Engineering College, Sirsa, Chandigarh College of Engineering, Landran, and RSD College, Ferozepore, participated in the job fest.

Lovely Professional University will organise a joint campus placement programme on November 22 in which representatives from IT giant Infosys will conduct interviews. The programme is expected to attract participation by nearly 1,000 students from 60 colleges from Punjab, Haryana, HP and Delhi. Students from all streams of B.Tech, MCA and M.Tech (computer science) of batches 2006 and 2007 having first division marks throughout and 65 per cent in B.Tech and M Tech. will be eligible to appear in the placement programme.

Youth awareness

The District Legal Services Authority organised a series of awareness programmes against female foeticide and narcotics over the week in various school and colleges. At Lyallpur Khalsa Collegiate Senior Secondary School, a poster-making competition was organised on Saturday. As many as 73 students from various schools participated in the event. The theme for the contestants from middle section was “The curse of intoxicants” and “Female foeticide” for the secondary level. Among the middle-level students, Sana Khan of Apeejay School, Sargam and Kritika of Innocent Hearts School were the winners. Manmeet Kaur of Guru Amar Dass School and Pavneet of Innocent Hearts School shared the first prize among the participants from secondary section. Rajni from Parvati Jain School and Nikita Agarwal from Apeejay School won the second and third prizes, respectively.

Fancy dress

Kamla Nehru Public School of Phagwara organised a fancy dress competition for the students of nursery to UKG classes. The day was marked to excel and exhort students’ confidence through a mock drill of their future aims. The students came dressed up as teachers, doctors, pilots, air-hostesses and IT professionals.

Sports meet

Innocent Hearts School’s annual meet was held on Tuesday. The programme began with exercises using dumbles and hoops followed by three-legged, sack, relay, spoon, skipping and chati races. The top three winners of the events were awarded with medals.


A workshop on “Managing adolescence and parenting” was conducted by the Western Command in Army Public School on Saturday. The workshop was attended by 75 students from different army schools, their parents, teachers and school counsellors. The resource persons, Bindu Suri and Sonia Sharma, said academic pressure, drug and alcohol abuse and careless parenting were leading to adolescent frustration. They advised the parents against constant surveillance of their teenaged children as it would hinder their sense of self-discovery and self-realisation.

NCC week

The NCC cadets of the Army and Air Force wings are organising NCC week under which they distributed sweets and eatables among the orphans. The cadets interacted with them and came to know about their difficulties faced by them. 



Man Friday for kids in distress 
Charu Sally

Jalandhar, November 20
‘Our Man Friday’- that’s what Surinder Saini is for children. Call it an inherited trait or inner quench, he started “Jalandhar Welfare Organisation” in 1980 for the children in distress.

The children can avail a round-the-clock free phone service by dialing up 1098 and the organisation promises to respond to their needs.

The childline service offers counselling to kids, including beggars, labourers, disabled and helps tackle their emotional and behavioral disorders.

The organisation is associated with Nari Niketan and Gandhivanta Ashram for providing shelter to the needy kids.

“While doing one-year NGO training in Canada I was so influenced by their excellent system for the child rights and their protection that I also decided to wrestle the inefficient system existing in India,” says Saini.

Taking inspirations from his principal Sant Bhagwant Singh, Saini wishes doctors, police, industrialists and almost everyone to lend the helping hand to the cause.

The organisation provides a 24-hour ambulance service on the national highways with the help of the Punjab Police.

“Our society displays some unique and particularly brutal versions of violence against women, and female foeticide is one of them. Despite a ban on sex detection, these sex selection abortions are spreading like an infectious disease and according to him women are more responsible for it.”

“A growing number of men will be unable to find wives, which, in turn, will lead to rise in sexual violence and trafficking in women,” he quips.

He is also a member of the PNDT committee, which monitors surprise visits to the hospitals and keeps an eye on pregnancy cases. His battle gets tougher taking into consideration a state which has the dismal record of child sex ratio.

He says, the trend is far stronger in urban compared to rural areas and among literates than illiterates. “It’s only a myth that education alone will result in erosion of gender bias.”

Apart from this, he is a UNICEF observer, monitors WHO programmes in Punjab and runs RCH programmes for the pregnant mothers and children in the age group of 0-5 years. 



City gets into music mode with ‘Voice of Punjab’ 
Anuradha Shukla
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 20
It was one of the first few times that budding artistes, the semi-finalists of “Coca-Cola Voice of Punjab”, took to the stage last evening. The confident performance of Rohil Gill, Sher Singh, Rajandeep Kaur, Sanjiv and Manjinder Singh won over the audiences as they shared the limelight along with artistes like Nachattar Gill, Kaler Kanth, Mannat Bajwa, Manjit Pappu and Mangi Mahal at the Dussehra grounds. Rohil Gill from Amritsar and Sanjiv from Jalandhar have entered the finals of the competition which will be held at Chandigarh on December 5.

The evening began with the contestants singing for the geet round followed by traditional song and judges’ choice rounds. The much-awaited performances began with Mannat Bajwa singing “Munda ban ke kharappa sapp lareya” and “Charkha”. She was followed by Manjit Pappu, who sang “Ji sadke laung ghada lai lashkara rakhin rok ke” and “Tere chhalle jinne lakk ne paya hoya vaqt parande nu”. Kaler Kanth sang “Biba munda bigad gaya” while Mangi Mahal sang “Haq banada hai”.

The star of the evening, Nachattar Gill, entertained the audiences with “Dukh dassan lagge” and “Shisha bolda hunda” to wrap up the evening. As the evening proceeded fans took over the front seats and danced the night away. Music composer and lyricist Atul Sharma, folk singers Gurmit Bawa and Sarabjit Kaur were the judges for the contest.



Greener Pastures
17 travel agents booked for duping people
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, November 20
The police has registered 10 cases of fraud against 17 travel agents on the charge of duping 10 persons on the pretext of sending them abroad. The agents neither sent the latter abroad, nor did return the money. Phillaur SHO Sarabjit Rai said the police had registered different cases under section 420 of the IPC against Kulwinder Singh and Balbir Singh, both of Delhi, for taking Rs 2 lakh and Rs 3 lakh from Harneik Singh and Paramjit Singh, respectively, for sending them to the UK. But the agents neither returned the money nor sent the victims abroad.

In another case, the police booked Satnam Singh for taking Rs 2.5 lakh from Dharmender Kumar on the promise of sending him to Italy. Similarly, Mahinder Paul has been booked on the charge of cheating Harpreet Singh of Rs 1.5 lakh for sending him abroad. Likewise, the police booked Tony and Sheru of Jalandhar on the charge of taking Rs 65,000 from Sunil Kumar of Muthadha Khurd for sending him to the UAE. A case against Gurmaij Singh of Lidhar Khurd was registered for duping Bhajan Singh of Rs 1.5 lakh for sending him abroad.

Another travel agent Kulbir Singh was booked on the charge of taking Rs 40,000 from Navneet Singh of Phillaur for sending him overseas. The police registered a case against Santokh Singh, his wife Harcharan Kaur and son Amandeep Singh for taking Rs 2.70 lakh from Balwinder Kaur for sending her to France.

Jeet Singh, his son Baru, grandson Manga and wife Jinder of Sultanpur village were booked for taking Rs 1.91 lakh from Surjit Singh on the promise of sending him to Greece. Mohan Lal was booked on the charge of taking Rs 50,000 from Satnam Singh on the pretext of sending him abroad.



Farmers’ Day Out
Kisan mela marks 54th cooperative week
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 20
A Kisan mela was organised at Khaihra Majha yesterday to mark the 54th All-India Cooperative Week.

The mela was organised by KRIBHCO and the Cooperative Department. Deputy registrar, cooperatives, Jalandhar, Daljit Sharma, was the chief guest.

Agricultural extension officer Ram Singh stressed on reducing the cost of agricultural production by sowing seeds after soaking the seeds and minimising the use of fertilisers with phosphorous content.

He advised the farmers to use zero till drill and happy seeder techniques. Dr Manoj Sharma, deputy director, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kapurthala, called for forming women self-help groups to secure their participation in the cooperative movement and in preparing and selling household items like pickles, jams, washing powder, murabba, etc.

Balwinder Brar, senior state marketing manager, KRIBHCO, Punjab, apprised the farmers of the welfare schemes being carried out by KRIBHCO and distributed cheques amounting to Rs 45 lakh among 250-member sabhas.

Daljit Sharma, deputy registrar, gave away the prize of Rs 1.50 lakh to the Khaihra Majha Society for securing the second position in the state. 



Fun has new address

Jalandhar, November 20
Sarb Multiplex launched Amoeba, a family fun zone, within its complex this Sunday.

The entertainment zone that has come up in an area stretching up to 8,000 sq feet has video games, dashing cars, kiddie rides, play pen, bungee trampoline and redemption machines.

Director of the multiplex Sarvinder said as many as 38 gadgets had been installed that could amuse children from age two years to an adult.

She said, “Our next effort will be an exclusive multi-cuisine food court, which will cater to all types of tastes,” she said. — TNS



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