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Road-rage killing
Accused held in Patiala
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
The Jodhewal police has arrested Puneet Rajan, alias Rinku, one of the accused in the road rage killing of truck driver Harbajan Singh on October 3.

The police arrested the accused from his residence at Tripuri, Patiala, and seized two imported pistols and a large quantity of live cartridges.

Confirming this, SSP R.K. Jaiswal said: “The police arrested the accused involved in the Skoda murder case, while another accused, Dhanna Singh, is still at large.”

Their car had met with an accident with the truck near Shivpuri chowk. The car occupants allegedly assaulted the truck driver and shot him from close range.

After a long investigation, in which 43 Skoda car owners and nearly 5,000 persons possessing .32 bore licence gun were scrutinised, the Bastiwal Jodhewal police had zeroed in on Dhanna Singh of Dhanna Property Dealers of Ajit Nagar, Patiala, and Puneet Rajan, a resident of Tripuri, Patiala.

The police investigation revealed that the accused had taken a room on rent in Basti Jodhewal and were in the midst of a land grab plan.

They were wanted by the Patiala police in an alleged case of grabbing a piece of land from a woman at gunpoint.

Police sources said the accused had returned to their rented room after the incident and changed the number plate of the car.

The police tried to find out the places in the city that the accused had visited.

It later learned from a dhaba owner that two well-built youths, driving a white Skoda car, had fought with his waiter that evening.

One of the youths had leucoderma (phulweri). The police then learned that the car and youths had been sighted regularly on the Noorwala road.

This led the police to the room that the youths had taken on rent a few days ago.

After questioning, the persons who had recommended the youths for getting the house on rent, the police finally reached their residence in Patiala.

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Sagoo help for ailing siblings
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
Sonu (3) and Golu (14), whose mother committed suicide last month and father is in jail, found a Samaritan in Punjabi DJ Bally Sagoo, who made a special visit to Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) and donated Rs 31,000 for the children.

“I am touched with the condition of children and learned about through a television channel. I contacted the hospital for help and feel that such help should come from all quarters,” said Sagoo, who refused to talk to mediapersons about his latest film and career.

Sagoo, who deposited the money in the accounts of the children, also met medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr Rajesh Paul, head of surgery Dr Vijay Obed and enquired about the condition of the children.

Sagoo is busy promoting his Punjabi film, “Sajjna ve Sajjna”, which was released in Pakistan, India and Europe on November 30.

“The Punjabi film, in which he has acted for the first time, has received good response particularly in Pakistan. Sagoo is acting with Priti Jhangiani in this flick shot in Nankana Sahib and Scotland,” said his media manager Harvinder Singh.

Bali has also sung a song, “Whisky di bottle vargi ikk kuri..” in the film.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, film director Harjinder Dhami revealed that the flick was about Indians living abroad and change in their perspective towards life.

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RDX Haul Case
City jail refuses to house accused
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
The Ludhiana Central Jail has refused to accommodate Bhavdeep Singh, one of the accused in the RDX haul case, sighting security reasons.

The accused was remanded in 14-day judicial remand by the local court yesterday.

The accused was shifted to the Nabha Jail this morning after he spent a night at the Mullanpur police station.

Bhavdeep’s role is also under scanner in the Shinghaar cinema blast case.

According to jail superintendent Kuldeep Singh: “The accused is involved in a grievous offence and we do not have adequate security to house him.”

He added that the accused who had committed heinous crimes were accommodated at the Nabha Jail.

The accused was arrested by the Ludhiana police on November 28.

Bhavdeep Singh, a resident of Ghuman village, is reported to be closely associated with Gurpreet Singh, wanted in the September RDX haul case.

The accused had provided the white Esteem car, in which 3 kg RDX were found, to Gurpreet Singh.

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Punjab has 3rd highest number of undertrials
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 6
Jails across the country have a capacity of about 2.46 lakh inmates, but the number of prisoners, including undertrials, at present is 3.58 lakh.

Out of those lodged in jails, some 2.37 lakh are undertrials, and about 19,000 have been languishing in jails for over two years.

This information was provided by the National Crime Records Bureau under the union home ministry to the city-based Universal Human Rights Organisation under the Right to Information Act recently. At 1,551, Punjab has the third highest number of undertrials in jails.

In a communication to the Supreme Court, president of the rights body, Satnam Singh, has sought the intervention of the court to streamline the system for dispensation of justice and ensure speedy trials in lower courts as delay had led to a situation in which thousands of undertrials were being detained in jails for years.

“It is not only the inmates who are illegally detained for indefinite period, but also the state has to suffer financial burden due to prolonged detention. Not only this, many victims of the judicial system resort to extreme steps like suicides while others are afflicted with serious diseases as a result of their long incarceration.”

The rights body pointed out that guidelines of the high courts to lower courts to decide pending cases within two to six months, and in case of delay in the trial, to grant bail to the accused, were not being followed in letter and spirit.

“The apex court will do well to issue clear instructions to trial courts to evolve a time-bound schedule for the disposal of pending cases or else grant regular bail to detainees, which is a fundamental right of every citizen,” the organisation said.

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Assault Case
Probe against SDM shifted to SP (D)
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
The SSP, R.K. Jaiswal, has marked the inquiry against SDM (East) Jugwinder Singh Grewal, who allegedly assaulted his wife on November 29, to SP (D) Gurpreet Singh Toor. Earlier, Sukhchain Singh Gill, SP (city) was probing the matter.

According to sources, Navdeep Kaur, estranged wife of Grewal, had requested the SSP to shift the inquiry as her husband and Gill were friends.

Grewal, meanwhile, has been transferred as deputy secretary, food and civil supplies and consumers affairs, Chandigarh. Devinder Singh, SDM of Balachaur, has replaced him.

Speaking to The Tribune, Grewal said it was not a punishment transfer. He had requested to the Election Commission to transfer him about two months ago. “I had also requested the Commissioner, Patiala division, for the transfer as I was not satisfied working here,” he claimed.

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Woman done to death by driver
Tribune News Service

Khanna, December 6
The Khanna police has registered a case against one Gurmukh Singh and his friend Minto for having allegedly killed Baljit Kaur, wife of Gurmeet Singh of Mangli Khas village, in whose house he worked as a driver.

Gurmukh Singh had taken Rs 10 lakh from Gurmeet Singh a few months back. When Gurmeet asked him to return the loan amount, Gurmukh hatched a conspiracy with his friend Minto, son of Swarn Singh of Rord village, to kill Gurmeet Singh’s wife and throw the body into a canal on the intervening night of November 1 and 2.

The case was registered after Baljit Kaur’s brother Jaswinder Singh of Talwara village filed a complaint with the police, expressing apprehension that his sister may have been killed by Gurmukh Singh in connivance with Minto.

He said on November 2 when he went to meet his sister, married to Gurmukh Singh for the last 12 years, he found broken bangles in her room and also spotted bloodstains on the bedsheet. Gurmeet Singh was away to Fatehpur Jattan village to buy land.

SSP Gautam Cheema said the accused had been rounded up and a search launched to find the body of the victim.

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Power situation worsens
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 6
Power cuts ranging between three and four hours every day on urban feeders have thrown life out of gear.

The power supply in the rural areas of the district is worse with people having to stay without power for eight to 12 hours every day.

According to sources in the PSEB headquarters in Patiala, the central zone comprising Ludhiana district has been divided into three zones where power cuts are being imposed in the morning and afternoon for one-and-a-half hour each.

“The PSEB authorities have chosen a most inconvenient time for the morning power cut from 8 am to 9.30 am,” laments Neena, a PAU teacher who has to send her children to school before she leaves for work.

Residents have to go without hot water and small chores in the house get affected.

Sources in the civil body said in the absence of power supply, tubewells and submersible pumps could not function and water supply is affected.

“Running tubewells with gen-sets in the past had not yielded the desired results as proper water pressure could not be obtained. Moreover, there were instances of large-scale pilferage of diesel by showing bogus operations,” said an MC official.

Industrial consumers, who until now had been spared of power restrictions, except for a mandatory weekly off, have been suffering production losses.

“Most hydel projects have cut down generation due to low water levels at reservoirs. Some thermal power projects are also not working to their installed capacity for a variety of reasons,” sources said.

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PSEB to hold seminar today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 6
The central zone of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) will hold a seminar to focus on conservation of power and awareness against power theft at BCM Senior Secondary School in Shastri Nagar here tomorrow.

Harjit Singh Gill, executive engineer of Model Town division, said chief engineer of central zone, B.S. Bath, would be the chief guest.

Superintending engineers H.S.Randhawa (east circle), Paramjit Singh Gill, (city west circle), Rachpal Singh, (sub-urban circle) and B.P.S. Gill will speak on ways and means to conserve power, use of energy efficient appliances and steps to check power theft.

Gill said the PSEB had launched a statewide campaign to educate the people on avoiding misuse of power and curb theft through kundi connections. The students of more than one dozen schools will take part in paper reading and power-point presentation competition.

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Waterless residents threaten agitation
Mahesh Sharma

Samrala, December 6
Accusing civic body authorities of failing to provide basic amenities to residents of the Old Sabzi Mandi area, consumers have threatened to launch an agitation if water supply, that had been interrupted for five days, was not restored soon.

Residents have been going without water as electric motor of tubewell supplying water to the area has been out of order.

Denying allegations of indifference, municipal council executive officer Davinder Singh Grewal maintained that employees of State Water and Sewerage Board had been working round the clock to rectify the problem.

He claimed that water tankers had been stationed in the area to cater to immediate needs of residents. Referring to information received from sewerage board officials, Grewal held that the supply might remain suspended for another couple of days.

Residents of ward Nos. 5 and 6 of Old Sabzi Mandi were upset, as water supply to their area had remained suspended for five days.

Though the council employees had been bringing a water tanker to their area, the supply was not enough to meet their demand.

According to Ashok Kumar Goli, a vegetable commission agent, supply to the area had remained suspended after Sunday.

Though the motor had gone out of order earlier also, it was rectified. “But this time officials have taken unexpectedly longer time to restore the supply,” rued Goli.

Women of the area said they had to restrict the use of water for various purposes. While some persons attended their establishments and offices without taking bath, others were compelled to start their day late by hours.

Children had to fetch buckets of water from houses of those residents who had installed submersible pumps on their premises.

As sewage connections needed continuous supply of water for proper functioning, this amenity also remained unavailable to the consumers.

Satya Vati, a resident of ward No. 5, said a group of women had urged the SDM to impress upon the municipal council authorities to speed up the restoration of supply but to no avail.

She claimed that women would launch an agitation if the needful was not done.

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Cong agitation soon against govt policies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
Accusing the SAD government of emptying the state coffers and targeting the opposition, particular the Congress, former finance minister Lal Singh today said the Congress would soon launch a state-level agitation against the government mishandling of the affairs of the state and victimisation of Congress workers.

He said this while addressing a press conference here. He was here to conduct a meeting of city and rural councillors and former councillors.

The former minister said the Badal government had squandered all savings of the previous government and dubbed the atta-dal scheme a disaster.

Lal Singh said when the Badal government was instrumental in appointing president of the Shiromani committee, it could not wash its hands of the responsibility of installing the portrait of Bhindranwale at Akal Takht.

Those who attended the meeting included Jassi Khangura, Harmohinder Singh Raikot, Ishar Singh Meharbaan, Amrik Singh Dhillon and Surinder Davar.

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Red Beacon
MCPI(U) assails Badal govt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
The local unit of the MCPI(U) today criticised the Punjab government for extending the benefit of fixing red lights atop vehicles to members of the SGPC, in a press note issued.

General secretary Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri said the government move to allow red beacons was unjust and illogical.

SGPC members were elected to manage the gurdwara affairs and no other social or economic obligations, the release added.

Lyallpuri said the government had opened a pandora’s box for other religious and social organisations to demand similar benefits.

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YouthScape
Anarkali suits back
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
Ludhiana women and fashion go hand in hand. The trendy women, including girls and elderly, always look for something unique and eye-catching to be the centre of attraction. After long shirts with tights, swanky jeans, tight-fitted suits, it is now Anarkali-style suits, which are latest in town.

You go to any get-together, formal or informal gathering, Anarkali suits catch your attention. Worn with churidaars and Punjabi juttis, the outfit gives an ethnic look. Simmi, a home-maker who loves to move with fashion said the long shirts with lots of flare give an ethnic as well as glamorous look.

Sonu Nilibar, showroom owner at Mall Road, said the range of Anarkali suits start from Rs 2000 to Rs 20,000 and above for a designer collection. He said a lot of intricate work is involved on the shirts with sequences, embroideries, embellishments and wide borders that dominate the fabric. Starting from cottons, wide range of expensive material like crepes, georgettes, silks and brocades were used to make one suit. “These days, almost all young women ask for Anarkali-style suits. We have to cater to their demand. You will be surprised to know that even women from Lucknow and Delhi come here to get these suits because of the reasonable prices and intricate zardozi work”, he said.

To match with the outfit, heavy jewellery is worn by Ludhiana women on formal occasions. Neha Mahajan, a party-lover said, “One needs to move with changing fashion trends. Ludhianvis have no dearth of money. When one can afford to spend huge amount on designer outfits, why not go with latest trends then?”, she asked adding if she wore routine stuff at parties, she will be labelled as “outdated” by fashion-savvy women.

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At The Crossroads
Sahir Ludhianvi stands apart

THE brook in Alfred Tennyson’s poem says - “Men may come and men may go but I go on for ever.” In fact, the poet is the stream that goes on for ever. With the passage of time, other things perish whereas creative writings resist decay. Homer, Petrarch and Chaucer have never ceased to exist during the past centuries.

Likewise, Sheikh Saadi, Hafiz Shirazi and Omar Khayyam are still admired for their poetic excellence. Shah Hussain, Bulhe Shah and Puran Singh continue to give their message of universal love to humanity. The Urdu poets such as Firaq, Faiz and Majaz dominated their times. Among the moderns, Sahir Ludhianvi stands apart.

The other day Russian professor from Moscow University, Barno Avezova, who has done commendable research in regard to the poetic contribution of Sahir Ludhianvi, expressed her appreciation of the great poet in a “mushaira” held in the city. She regaled the audience with quotation from Sahir’s poem “Kabhi-Kabhi” and termed it as eternal in appeal - “Jo lutf aur kamal usme hai, woh hamesha rahega.”

Indeed this poem has a great appeal for the man of today who is not sure of his place in the scheme of things. He is doubtful of the sincerity of love and assertion of loyalty on the part of his sweetheart. The great divide between capital and labour is still there and it being a global phenomenon never mitigates the sufferings of have-nots.

The dark clouds that hovered on the sky during Sahir’s formative years in the late thirties and the early forties of the last century have thickened. Nature has taken a back seat in modern life, as a result of which human nature has undergone a sea change. Nothing seems to be forthright; rather the speech of the people around is convoluted and their ideas warped.

It has become difficult to spin a yarn for amusement in these days of uncertainty and indetermination.

Sahir’s “Kabhi-Kabhi” is such a poem as can reveal the latent fears and apparent misgivings of a forlorn person. Still the undercurrent is that of romantic agony and sensual gratification. The poem starts with the wistful mood of the poet. His life could be a pleasant experience, if circumstances had been favourable. His beloved could provide him solace of mind and the pace of his life could have been on an even keel. In this way the darkling clouds of his life could get a silver lining by the reflection of the rays of the sun -

“Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein khyal aata hai

Ke zindagi teri zulfon ki narm chhaaon mein

Guzarne paati to shadaab ho bhi sakti thhi

Yeh teergi jo meri zeest ka muqaddar hai

Teri nazar ki shuaaon mein kho bhi sakti thhi”

But destiny played a malicious role in the poet’s life, resulting in the benumbing of his senses. He had to undergo sordid experiences and endure humiliating rebuffs. Before long he was drawn into himself, shunning all pleasures of life. He had lost interest in the response of his beloved and had been acquainted, in the process, with universal grief. Then he ventured forth, unmindful of the company of someone -

“Magar yeh ho na saka aur abb yeh aalam hai

Ke tu nahi tera gham teri justju bhi nahi

Guzar rahi hai kuchh iss treh zindgi jaise

Usay kise ke sahare ki aarzu bhi nahin”

The poem ends on a note of despair. The peculiar situation in which the poet finds himself is a reflection of the time when young persons had been rendered helpless. Those were the days of poverty, mostly due to unemployment and regressive measures. The country was in the thralls of foreign rulers who had subdued the aspirations of the youth. In such a depressing scenario, the poet could not help succumbing to the overpowering feelings of nothingness -

“Na koi jaada, na manzil, na roushani ka suragh

Bhatak rahi hai khalaaon mein zindgi meri

Inheen khalaaon mein reh jaaunga kabhi khokar

Main jaanta hun meri humsafar magar yunhi

Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein khyal aata hai”

— N.S. Tasneem

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Jagmohan Kaur remembered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
The tenth death anniversary of Jagmohan Kaur, melody queen of Punjabi music, was celebrated in a unique way here today when her husband K. Deep, a singer, distributed blankets to needy persons at various places in the city here today.

He also served food at Baba Zahir Bali Chishti, near Baddowal, and at Aab-E-Hayyat on the Ferozepur Road. agmohan’ renderings of Mirza and Jugni made her a living legend. Her songs in a high pitched tone were unmatched. She also sang songs of Shiv Kumar Batalvi, Babu Mann, Inderjit Hassanpuri and Sajan Raikoti, besides others.

K. Deep said, “Today, I got calls from overseas, saying her songs were being played on the local radio stations there, in her memory”.

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Letters

Hike in land prices

City’s population is increasing at very fast pace; as a result of which its outskirts are rapidly urbanizing. The prices of plots and built-up flats or houses in these areas are skyrocketing. Middle or poor class families and even salaried employees can not dream of buying plots of any size without taking loans from the bank. The cost of such plots is more than Rs 10 lakh, including the registry charges, what to talk of built-up houses or flats. All plots or shops in such colonies or areas fall under the purview of tax range.

Such colonies are exclusively meant for those who fall in the high-income group. We hardly come across non-PUDA colony in any part of city due to the ban imposed by the government. Where should poor or middle class families go for purchasing plots or houses which fits in their budget.

Jai Gopal Kusla
Ludhiana

Readers are invited to mail letters (not more than 200 words) at "ludhiana@tribunemail.com " or post the same to The Tribune, 1, 2 Improvement Trust Building, Badaur House, Clock Tower, Ludhiana.

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Theft accused denied bail
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 6
Judicial magistrate Kawaljit Singh today dismissed the bail applications of two persons facing charges of committing theft in the house of a judicial officer here on the intervening night of November 25 and 26.

Dismissing the bail applications, the judge held that the accused — Ashu and Mani — had committed a daring act of entering the house of a judicial officer in the night by breaking windowpanes and burgling it. Such persons were a threat to society, observed the judge.

The accused had pled innocence in their bail application. The theft was committed when the officer was not at his residence.

Following the incident, an case under Sections 457, 380 and 411, IPC, was registered at the Division No. 8 police station.

The police had traced the accused within 24 hours of the crime and claimed to having recovered the stolen goods.

A few months ago, thieves had burgled the houses of two other judicial officers. The perpetrators were still untraceable.

Following the thefts, the police had set up permanent checkpoint in the area. But that too failed to stop the thieves from committing another theft.

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PTU Convocation
PCTE students win gold medals
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
Students of the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) Sheenu Gupta and Swati Goel received gold medals for MBA and BCA in VIth annual convocation of Punjab Technical University held on December 5 at the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology,Jalandhar.

Governor of Punjab Gen S.F. Rodrigues, who also happens to the PTU chancellor, awarded degrees among students. Scientific adviser to the defence minister M. Natrajan addressed the convocation. Minister for technical education Swarna Ram, Punjab chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh and secretary, department of technical education and industrial training, N.S.Kalsi were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.

Sheenu Gupta, MBA student (2005-2007) batch of PCTE, has bagged overall first position in the university examinations conducted by the PTU, Jalandhar, by scoring 88.84 per cent marks. Swati Goel, student of BCA (2004-2007) batch of PCTE, Ludhiana, has bagged the gold medal in the university examinations by scoring 88.14 per cent marks. Sarina Khurana, student of BBA (2004-2007) batch of PCTE, has bagged bronze medal in the university examinations in BBA. She scored 81.76 per cent marks.

While congratulating, PCTE director, Dr K.N.S.Kang, said: “Since its inception in 1999 seven MBA batches have passed out and PCTE students have bagged gold medals for the six consecutive times and once a silver medal in the MBA university examinations. Also PCTE students have bagged four times gold medal out of the six batches passed out in BCA since its inception in 1999; this is the accomplishment which has made everyone in PCTE proud.”

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Students bring Punjabi spirit alive
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 6
It was an evening of nostalgia that invoked the true blue Punjabi spirit with a dash of culture and tradition, especially for the NRIs present at a cultural extravaganza, organised at Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Hospital here yesterday.

The occasion was made all the more splendid by the presence of minister for jails, tourism and cultural affairs, Hira Singh Gabaria, who was the chief guest along with other dignitaries like SSP R.K Jaiswal, Income Tax commissioner Kuldeep Singh.

The celebrations commenced with shabad presentation by the students, followed by the welcome address by college principal Dr (Col) V. K. Rana.

Thereafter, the function was inaugurated by the lighting of a traditional lamp by chairman of the college trust Baba Jaswant Singh. Addressing the students and guests, the chairman outlined the mission of “sewa and simran” which the trust had adopted to undertake selfless work towards providing education (both spiritual and academic), as also healthcare to masses without the religious and caste discretion.

“A step ahead in the realisation of mission of the trust is the initiation of Sri Guru Amar Das Hospital and Research Institute, a 500-bedded super specialty hospital, the foundation stone of which was laid by the Chief Minister in last week.” He exhorted the people to join in this noble endeavour to realise this humanitarian project for the welfare of the people.

Speaking on the occasion, Gabaria applauded the contribution of the institution towards providing medicare, medical education and spiritual guidance to all. He further said as responsible human beings, each and every person had to render his or her social responsibilities and work towards betterment of society.

And then it was, show time, marked by the spirited performances - be it the most applauded “malwai giddha” or the zestful “jindwa” that could have easily challenged the artistic skills of even the professional folk dancers. And as usual the lifeline of Punjabis - thundering “bhangra” presentation forced every foot to tap. Other notable performances of the evening were Punjabi duet dance, a skit on drug addiction and stand up act of “Bhands”.

Prominent among those present on the occasion Gurpartap Singh Sahi, Malkit Singh Dakha, Sukhdev Singh, councillor, Dr Satish Sharma, Dalip Singh, president, Ludhiana District Chemists Association, Bhagwan Singh, Kirpal Singh, vice-chairman of the trust, Piara Singh, Dalbir Singh, Dr Veena Kataria, Dr Suresh Kataria, Gurvinder Pal Singh, Beant Singh, all trustees, and K.C. Vijay Vargi, DGM, Oriental Bank of Commerce.

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GN College wins paper-reading contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
The management, staff and students of Guru Tegh Bahadur National College, Dakha, celebrated the martyrdom day of the ninth Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur here today. The day was marked by bhog of Akhand Path of Guru Granth Sahib and inter- college paper reading contest. The themes of the contest were aimed to make the youth aware of the path shown by the great gurus. The contest was sponsored by the Shabad Guru Trust led by vice- president of the college management Jathedar Gurdev Singh Dakha.

Former vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Pirthipal Singh Kapoor, was the chief guest. He dwelt on the history and teachings of the great gurus and called on the present day youth specially students to draw inspiration from the unparalleled sacrifices of the gurus. Sher Singh Sekhon presented a memento to the chief guest. College principal Dharmjit Singh welcomed the dignitaries and students.

At least 18 participants from nine colleges presented papers on various facets of Gurbani. Gaganjot Kaur of G.N.College, Narangwal, was placed 1st, Ramandeep Kaur of Swami Ganga Giri College, Raikot, stood 2nd; while Kulwant Singh of GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, and Gurpreet Singh of the host college stood third, respectively. The judges awarded a joint fourth prize to Sukhjit Kaur of GTBNIMT, Dakha, and Daljit Kaur of SDP College for Women, Ludhiana. The programme ended with guru ka langar.

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Guru Harkrishan school wins shabad contest
Our Correspondent

Doraha, December 6
Shabad gayan teams of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, have won the state-level academic and cultural competitions organised by the Punjab School Education Board for primary and middle classes, recently.

At least 14 teams from different zones of Punjab took part in the competition. In both, primary and middle-level classes, SGHPS, Doraha, bagged the first prize. The team for primary-level comprised Dhanuka Priya, Harleen, Gagandeep, Manjaap Singh, Jasimran and the team for middle-level was represented by Arshjot, Ravleen, Inderpreet, Inderpreet Kalsi and Jasleen.

The competitions were organised at Paragon Senior Secondary School, Mohali. Earlier, the teams had stood first and second, repectively, at the district-level as well as in their respective zones. Director, SGHPS, Umal Kaur, and principal Col R.K. Sharma congratulated the students for winning the contest.

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Prince wins declamation contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
Sahodya Inter-School English Declamation Competition was held at Tagore Public School here today. The competition was organised to provide a platform to the young orators.

Sarabjit Singh Sandhu, deputy registrar (co-operative), was the chief guest while, Raj Kumar Mahey, registrar, PAU, and S.R.S. Dhaliwal were the guest of honour.

Principal of the School, Amrita Gakhar, highlighted the importance of public speaking. As many as 24 participants delivered speeches on various topics.

BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, secured first place followed by Greenland Senior Secondary School and G.G.N Public School.

Prince Verma, Shilpy Verma and Gurmeet Singh won the first, second and third place, respectively.

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US scientists visit PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
A team of scientists from North Carolina State University, USA, comprising Prema Arasu, International assistant dean, Vivek Feller, associate professor, Animal Science, and Ratna Sharma, assistant professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, visited the PAU College of Agricultural Engineering to explore collaborative tie up with the university and for establishing links such as education, opportunities for cultural and language training, faculty research and students recruitments.

Dean, postgraduate studies, S.K.Mann, said the PAU had already entered into MoUs with a number of foreign institutes adding that the visiting team and PAU scientists should identify mutually beneficial areas for collaboration. Arasu said through collaboration students could effectively compete in the international arena through acquiring global knowledge, culture competence and the language skills.

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Gandhi House best in painting
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
An inter-house “On the Spot Painting Contest” was organised by the Junior Humanities Forum, Middle Section. As many as 36 contestants from six houses participated in the contest.

Ice-skating and Lohri celebrations were painted to highlight the theme “Winter Celebration”. Principal S.C Saxena and Sonia Verma, in charge of the middle section, appreciated the efforts of the students and the art teacher Sarita Bhogal to make it a success.

Results: 1 Eshana Jain VIII B (Nehru House), 2 Anurag Beri VIII B (Gandhi House) and 3 Ridhi Jain VII-F (Raman House). Consolation prize was awarded to Saumya Gupta VIII F (Gandhi HOuse).

Combined house wise result: 1 Gandhi House, 2 Subhash House and 3 Nehru House.

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Chanderjit cracks PCS exam
Tribune News Service

Khanna, December 6
Chanderjit Singh, B.Com III rd year student of A.S.College, Khanna, has made his institute proud by cracking the Punjab Civil Services (Judicial) examination 2007.

College principal R.S.Jhanji while congratulating Chanderjit said it was indeed a great honour for the college and the faculty members. The management committee of the A. S. educational trust also lauded the hard work put in by him and congratulated his parents on this achievement and wish for him a bright future.

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347 farmers attend PAU meeting
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
Addressing a monthly meeting of the PAU Kisan Club wherein 302 farmers from Punjab and 45 from Rajasthan took part, Dr S. Jaswal, dean of the College of Home Science, said women’s contribution in agriculture need to be highlighted.

She said the university was developing home science technologies, addressing the issues concerning women in terms of drudgery reduction, enhancing women empowerment and education of girl child etc.

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Women’s hockey meet from Dec 9
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
All India Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Women'’s Hockey Tournarnent is going to start from December 9 at Prithipal Singh Astrotur Stadium, PAU.

Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Memorial Charitable Trust organises this tournament every year.

This year’s tournament is being dedicated to Hamek Singh Gill, ex-international hockey player, trustee and senior vice-president of the organising committee, who died in Canada on September 16 this year.

As many as eight teams are selected out of 12 teams invited for participation in this tournament.

Selected teams are Western Railway, Mumbai, South Eastern Railway, Kolkata, Northern Railway, Delhi, North Eastern Railway, Gorkhpur, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, Dhanoa Academy, Punjab, SAl Centre, North Zone, and M.P. Academy, Gwalior.

These teams will be divided into two groups consisting of four teams each and the matches will be played on league basis. Top teams of each group will play for final and second team in each group will play for third and fourth place.

Saroj Bansal, international umpire and player, will be the tournament director. Pritpal Kaur, Sharanjit Kaur, Pushpinder Kaur, Aranjeet Kaur and Gurvinder Singh Grewal will be the tournament judges.

The trust will award a cash award of Rs 50,000 to the winners, Rs 35,000 for second place and Rs 10,000 for third place.

Besides this, best player will get a cash prize of Rs 10,000, highest scorer Rs 5,000, highest scorer from penalty corners (minimum 5 goals) will also get Rs 5,000.

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Ayush wins obstacle race
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 6
Excitement and enthusiasm marked the second day of the three-day long annual athletic meet of Kindergarten section at BCM grounds today.

Even the parents had a chance to be a part of the athletic meet as they participated in father’s race and mother’s race.

Results: Obstacle race (LKG-A): 1 Ayush Kohli, 2 Arshit Gupta and 3 Divu Jain; back race (LKG-B): 1 Pranav, 2 Shubham and 3 Divu Jain.

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