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Cabinet nod to law on printing of Birs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
The Punjab Cabinet today approved the law for prevention of printing, publication, storage, distribution and sale of Birs of Guru Granth Sahib by private persons except the SGPC or those authorised by it.

“The Jaagat Jot Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ordinance, 2007” approved by the Cabinet will be converted into an Act through presentation of a Bill in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha starting on Monday.

The Cabinet also gave its nod for the implementation of the judgement of the Supreme Court on police reforms. It further approved the framing of the Punjab Private Security Agency Rules, 2007, under the Private Security Agency (Regulation) Act, 2005. These rules were aimed at ensuring gainful employment to the unemployed youth of the state in private security agencies.

With the passage of the Punjab Education Development Act, 1998, quality education to meritorious poor students would become a reality. The Cabinet gave its nod to the existing ordinance in this regard for being framed into an Act. It also approved the constitution of educational tribunals covering all aided and non-aided educational institutions in the State through the introduction of a Bill.

For the welfare of ex-servicemen the Cabinet approved the enhancement in the monthly grant of Rs 500 being given by the state government to war veterans/widows of World War I & II above the age of 65 to Rs 1,000 per month. There are 7,809 beneficiaries in the state.

The implementation of the announcement of the Chief Minister to give employment to one member of the families of three farmers who had died during the agitation against acquisition of land for Trident Group in Barnala district was also approved.

The enhancement of the percentage of tax deducted from the amount payable to works contractors from the existing 2 pc to 4 pc except for individual housing construction activities by dispensing with the condition of the previous notice through introduction of Bill in the ensuing session of the Assembly has also been approved. The upward revision of the tax would be on a par with the pattern prevailing in Haryana.

The Cabinet also gave the green signal for bringing amendments in Section (4), sub-section (2), for clause (a) of the Punjab Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003, and Section 25 of the Punjab Infrastructure Development & Regulation Act, 2002, through introduction of Bills in the forthcoming session.


River water dolphin spotted at Harike
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, December 16
Unbelievable but true, a pair of endangered river dolphins was spotted at the Harike wildlife sanctuary in Ferozepure district. Worldwide, river dolphins are only found in five rivers, two of which are Ganges and Indus.

This exciting finding has developed a great interest among nature lovers here, who feel that more research should be conducted so that conducive atmosphere could be created for dolphins to breed here.

Some employees of the sanctuary spotted the creatures raising their heads adjacent to the confluence of Beas and Sutlej rivers about a week ago. They informed the sanctuary in charge Basanta Rajkumar, divisional forest officer (tourism and wildlife), Ferozepure, about the dolphins’ appearance. On December 14, after an investigation of two-three hours, the appearance of the pair of dolphins was confirmed.

Talking to The Tribune, Basanta Rajkumar claimed that the dolphins might either be a mating pair or a mature one.

The bigger mammal was nearly 5-6 feet in length. Slightly upstream of the Beas, the pair was spotted near the confluence of the Beas and Sutlej rivers.

The wildlife inspector and guards, deployed in the area, briefed the DFO about seeing a "big fish" for the last four-five days.

Initially, apprehensions were rife regarding a "mahseer" fish, which was once reported upstream on the Sutlej in and around Ropar and near the Pong reservoir area, said Rajkumar.

After close observation of the mammal from a watch-tower at an island in the lake, the DFO was surprised to find that the "big fish" was a rare and endangered freshwater dolphin, and not a fish.

"It took almost 3 hours for me to capture the mammal on camera (video and still). It is for the first time ever that the Indus dolphin has been reported from the Harike wetland area and even in the Indus river system, its sighting and reports have been very few and far between," revealed Rajkumar.

He said scientists of the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehra Dun, had been contacted for expert opinion over the sighting of the endangered riverwater dolphins at Harike and employees had been deployed at various strategic points to keep a watch on the movement of the pair.

Vigil in and around the sanctuary has been tightened and steps taken for studying the phenomenon in consultation with senior officers and scientists.

In India, most of the Cetacean species are marine, some live in estuaries and tidal creeks.

The freshwater species is represented by the Gangetic Dolphin ( Platanista gangetica) and the Indus dolphin (Platanista minor).

The Indus dolphin, which inhabits the river Indus and its tributaries, is considered rarer and more difficult to sight. 


Amritsar air linked to Italy
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, December 16
The state government will soon sign an agreement with a private company for the construction of an international airport at Mohali. This was disclosed by Bikram Singh Majithia, information and public relations minister, while inaugurating a direct charted flight from Amritsar to Italy at Cargo Complex, Rajasansi International Airport here today.

Addressing the media, he said the government would soon establish a new civil aeroplane training club at Talwandi Sabo to meet the demands of trained pilots. At present, there were three clubs situated at Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala and the government was considering upgrading the facilities at these clubs.

Majithia said a huge number of youths from Punjab had gone to Italy in search of jobs and they were facing problems while boarding flights from the international airport in New Delhi. He said to solve this problem, an NRI from the United Kingdom Sukhwinder Singh, in collaboration with a private Spanish company, had launched the flight which would arrive in Amritsar from Barcelona via Barona on Saturday and return the next day.

Majithia said with the starting of the new flight, fresh vegetables, fruits and hosiery could be exported to Italy which would help in strengthening the economic condition of people of Punjab, especially the farmers. He said in view of the importance of Amritsar city on the tourist map, tourists from Italy and Spain would easily visit the holy city by this flight.

Sukhwinder Singh, who was earlier residing in Hoshiarpur, said 163 passengers had boarded the first flight from Italy to Amritsar while about 55 passengers were going to Italy through this flight today. He said the aeroplane would take 7 hours to complete its one-side journey.


Suicides by Farmers in Debt
Society to help families in distress
Sarbjit Dhaliwal

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
The rescue and revival project started by the Baba Nanak Educational Society to help the families, especially the wards, of farmers who committed suicide in Punjab in the past two decades, has got donors to support 50 families so far.

Certain parts of Sangrur district, especially Moonak belt, have witnessed a large number of cases of suicide by farmers in two decades. “In many cases, multiple suicides have taken place in the same family,” says Inderjit Singh Jaijee, former MLA and convener of the Movement Against State Repression, who is behind this project. “Deaths of a breadwinner under heavy debt plunges the entire family into poverty and in particular it makes women vulnerable to exploitation. Sending children to an orphanage traumatises the children and the mother,” Jaijee added.

“A better option is to enable the widow, children and aged parents to stay together in the supportive environment of the village. To achieve this the society runs the rescue and revival project to provide education to the children of suicide victims and subsistence to the family”, he said.

Vocational education was provided free of cost to girls. He said donors were introduced to the families in distress. At present about 50 families were receiving the support. Members of the society are Justice Ajit Singh Bains (retd), Dr Bhagat Singh, former vice-chancellor, Lt Col A.S. Grewal (retd), Gurpartap Singh, former chief commissioner (Income Tax), Baljit Kaur, Gursharan Singh Jaijee, former IPS officer. Lt-Gen Kartar Singh Gill (retd) is adviser of the society.

“We have been urging well-off people to spare money for people in distress in the countryside,” said Jaijee.

He said the most unfortunate aspect of the issue was the state government had not given any help to the dependents of farmers who ended lives under distress. “For seven years, we have been pressing the state government to extend help to the dependents of farmers who committed suicide, but the authorities concerned were not ready to do so,” said Jaijee.

He said the Movement Against State Repression had projected about 3,000 farmers commit suicide every year in the state and since 1988 over 40,000 farmers had ended lives. “Supported by affidavits of panchayats concerned, I have submitted a list of 1400 cases of suicide by farmers to the state government,” he said.

The Punjab government’s status report on this issue says 2,116 farmers had committed suicide since 1988 to 2004. The Punjab Farmers Commission had reported 2,000 farmers commit suicide in the state every year. The Punjab Revenue Department’s report says 132 farmers had committed suicides in five years. The Punjab Police report of 2007 says seven farmers committed suicide in seven years. So figures of suicide cases of farmers vary from agency to agency.

He said the union government was willing to concede suicides by farmers in the southern states, but not in Punjab or Haryana because Punjab had long been projected as “agriculture success story”. He said Punjab had been witnessing more cases of suicides than that of the southern states.

Jaijee said the increased threat perception to the state was not from so-called Naxalites and Maoists. “It was from rural misery due to unequal distribution of the nation’s wealth”, he added.


At 21, she’s ‘Specialist Kaur’ in US forces

Chandigarh, December 16
The burst from a malfunctioning automatic weapon may have injured her but not her spirit to be where action is. Gunner Ranbir Kaur, a Jat Sikh girl born in India, is headed back to Iraq for patrol duty with the US National Guards.

Being in the middle of hotspots is nothing new for Ranbir, 21. She was assigned duty in war-ravaged Iraq earlier this year after having patrolled the streets of another hotspot, Afghan capital Kabul.

After her injury in November, she rested for four weeks and yesterday headed back to Iraq. “She is very determined. The accident in Iraq meant a cooling-off period for her in the US. But she is now headed back to work in Iraq. She seemed quite enthusiastic about going back there,” Hoshiarpur-based horticulturist-author Khushwant Singh, who featured her in his book “Sikhs Unlimited” this year, told IANS after speaking to her in the US this week.

Ranbir’s new assignment in Iraq will be as a trucker and gunner at an undisclosed Iraq city.

The dauntless Ranbir had slung an M-16 rifle on her shoulders when she was 17. At 20 she patrolled the mean streets of Kabul in 2006.

“I have test-fired almost every weapon in the US Army now,” she told the author in his book that featured successful Sikh men and women among the Indian diaspora. He referred to her as “Specialist Kaur” - a name she acquired in the US forces.

She was the first Sikh girl to join the US armed forces, becoming one among the over 200,000 women soldiers in the force. That was in 2003. Her work in Afghanistan and Iraq had ranged from protecting airports, streets of Kabul and heritage and religious buildings.

For a girl whose favourite conversation line is “If I gotta go, I'm gonna go”, things were not as easy even after she joined the US armed forces. She received hate mails and one criticism levelled against her was that she found it convenient to join the US forces in order to get citizenship. The truth, however, is that she got her citizenship before she joined the forces.

“In countries like Iraq and Afghanistan everything is frontline. If death does not deter me, nothing else can,” she told Khushwant. She took an awesome fascination for the uniform while still in high school where Marines and regulars from forces used to distribute fliers to students outside the school career centre.

Born in Nijjran village of Punjab’s NRI-dominated Jalandhar district, the young girl reached US shores as a seven-year-old after her father Mahan Singh pursuing dollar dreams secured a US green card in 1990.

Mahan Singh, who lives with his large family in San Joaquin Valley, Earlimart-California, is now a grape-grower.

Ranbir’s liking for action was revealed when hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. She responded to the request of an organisation, the United Sikhs, to help salvage from the rubble Guru Granth Sahib. — IANS


Stop maligning Phoolka, KAC to Hit
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 16
The Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) here today asked Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Parkash Singh Badal to stop his Delhi-based leaders who were indulging in false and malicious utterances against advocate Harvinder Singh Phoolka.

Taking a serious view of utterances of Avtar Singh Hit, president, Delhi state SAD (B), against Phoolka Bhai, convener of the KAC, Bhai Mohkam Singh and Kanwarpal Singh said if Badal failed to rein in his men he would have to face the wrath of the Sikhs. They said anyone speaking against noted human rights activist advocate Phoolka at this stage amounted to working against the ‘national’ interest of the Sikh community.

The KAC leaders asked Hit to stop maligning Phoolka as he (Phoolka) was not fighting personal battle against genocide-accused Jagdish Tytler, but the battle of the Sikh community and asked Hit to explain his actions of supporting Jagdish Tytler at this juncture of the trial against him. 


Kolkata woman in love with Punjab goes missing
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
A middle-aged man yearning for his wife and a son longing for his mother, who has gone missing. It seems like a Bollywood movie, but this is reality of a Kolkata-based family.

Fortyfive-year-old Manikana Roy, married to Kolkata executive K.N. Roy for 25 years, is missing from her home since May. She is believed to be somewhere in Punjab. The family has provided evidence regarding her to the Punjab Police. She was reportedly in touch on phone with a man, whom the family had met in Punjab a couple of years back.

Along with her is 13-year-old Akash, who is a son of their neighbour in Kolkata, but has been living with the Roys since childhood. The woman’s own 23-year-old son works in a leading MNC in Gurgaon. K.N. Roy, who works as a general manager with a private concern, has even approached the then IG, Patiala zone, C.S.R. Reddy and SSP, Mohali, R.S. Khatra.

The trouble started when they had come to Chandigarh for three months owing to Roy’s professional work in September 2005. “Manikana just fell in love with the ambience of Punjab and wanted to settle here,” he said in his complaint lodged with the police.

“She was against my decision of going back to Kolkata,” he said as he narrated his tale to The Tribune on phone, seeking help in finding her. Manikana was upset at the decision to move back.

Before leaving Chandigarh the family planned a holiday and went to Manali and Amritsar to see the Golden Temple. On returning to Kolkata in January 2006, Roy said he found her mentally pre-occupied with the moments she had in Amritsar, Manali and Chandigarh.

Roy said he consulted a doctor in Kolkata, who referred her to a specialist for counselling. However, Manikana left her house in May. She had been making emotional statements to friends and relatives that she would go back alone to Amritsar and Chandigarh, said Roy.

Now the family has dug out phone call details and have been able to identify the person who can be in touch with Manikana. The man hails from Tarn Taran but now lives in Dhakoli, Zirakpur. The person alleges that Roy was working in a travel agency and had met the couple during their holiday in 2005.

Roy had reported the matter to the Kolkata police also. He submitted all records of evidence and photograph of the travel agent on October 17 to the Mohali police.


Sukhbir not averse to Ludhiana City Centre project
Naveen S. Garewal

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Shiromani Akali Dal working president Sukhbir Singh Badal is not against the Ludhiana City Centre project.

But it is the “scam” that he wishes to be “probed and undone” before this project, touted to be one of the most prestigious by the former Congress government, can move further.

“Till then there is nothing that can be done about the project, its investors, incomplete infrastructure as there are a lot many legal wrangles in which the project is now entangled,” he said here on Friday.

Sukhbir said, “My first priority is to recover Rs 3,000 crore that has been siphoned off by Capt Amarinder Singh and his coterie. The state Vigilance is apprised of the entire case and they have a foolproof case from which Amarinder cannot escape. I have seen the challan that has been presented in the court and each and every irregularity has been documented, unlike the cases against me and my family that were fabricated.”

Virtually calling the shots in the functioning of the SAD-BJP government, Sukhbir, who is addressed by most as the Chief Minister-in-waiting, said he strongly felt that the Rs 3,000 crore that was said to have been “misappropriated” in the scam belonged to people of the state and the state exchequer.

“I, therefore, consider it my political and moral obligation to ensure that the money comes back to where it belongs,” added Sukhbir.

Elaborating on his party’s plans for Punjab, he said, “Unlike the Congress that remained focussed on loot of public and private money, my party is moving ahead with a vision. We have a good idea of what a modern Punjab needs and it will be provided over the next five years”.

The SAD-BJP alliance would put in Rs 14,000 crore in the next five years to streamline electricity and set up power generating plants.

Another Rs 4,000 crore would be pumped in for improving the irrigation system. “All this will get the state’s economy going,” he asserted. Besides, a 1,000-acre trade centre would also be set up in Mohali.

“Five years hence, you will find Punjab to be the most developed state. For example, by June, we will start the construction of an express highway that will connect Mohali to Jalandhar. People will have the choice to pay and travel fast or use the old route for free,” Sukhbir said.

Sukhbir, who is also the sitting MP from Faridkot, evaded some direct answer pertaining to the Vigilance chargesheet in the Ludhiana City Centre scam after acknowledging that he was fully conversant with the case and had seen the chargesheet.


Chowk of contention
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, December 16
The Sangrur district unit of the Indian Ex-Services League today celebrated Vijay Diwas to mark the victory of Indian forces over Pakistan in the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971 at the league’s office here. Indu Malhotra, ADC, presided over the function.

Besides the ADC, president of the district unit of the League, Capt Atma Singh, senior vice-president Pritam Singh Bhinder, general secretary H.S. Chahal, spokesperson Major Manmohan Singh Battu, and Col Surjit Singh Cheema paid tributes to the martyrs of the 1971 war. The ADC honoured two disabled ex-servicemen Ajmer Singh and Bhola Singh who had lost legs in the 1971 war. They also talked about their demands on the occasion.

Earlier in the day, for two-three hours there was tension at a chowk near the Kotwali here where a statue of Maharaja Aggarsain was installed a few years ago. The Aggarwal Sabha says that it is Maharaja Aggarsain Chowk while the ex-servicemen say it is Vijay Chowk. To control any untoward incident due to tension, the administration, besides parking a fire engine, deployed the police around the chowk. ADC Indu Malhotra and SDM Amandeep Bansal remained at the chowk to control the situation. However the ADC convinced both parties and prevented any untoward incident.

Later, the ADC brought march of ex-servicemen from their office to the chowk where portraits of war martyrs were kept on tables. The ADC and leaders of ex-servicemen placed wreaths and flowers before the portraits and paid tributes to the martyrs.

The ex-servicemen said the chowk belonged to heroes of 1971 Indo-Pakistan war as it had been named then as Vijay Chowk to mark the victory in the war. While the Aggarwal Sabha said the chowk was renamed Maharaja Aggarsain chowk and a statue of Maharaja Aggarsain was installed at the chowk.


Memorial to PVC winner inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Pathankot, December 16
"My son was born for the nation. He sacrificed his life for the motherland which was a great honour for the family. Initially, I was shattered after his death, but now I feel honoured being the mother of a martyr whom the entire nation calls a hero who did his duty with courage," said Maheshwari Khetrapal, mother of 2nd-Lt Arun Khetrapal.

After inaugurating the war memorial of her son Arun, Maheshwari was talking to The Tribune at the Basantar Day celebrations by the Black Arrow brigade of the Army at the cantonment area in Mamun near Pathankot here today.

The celebrations of the Black Arrow brigade were dedicated to 2nd-Lt Khetrapal, Param Vir Chakra, and other heroes of the Battle of Basantar. The memorial was shifted from Samba to Mamun and is dedicated to those sacrificed their lives in the 1971 war in the Battle of Basantar. A Remembrance Parade was also held at the memorial.

The Veer-Naris whose husbands laid down life for the nation were also honoured. Retired officers, JCOs and other ranks who had participated in the battle were present.

To commemorate the occasion a bronze bust of 2nd-Lt Khetarpal was unveiled at the memorial complex. A Sainik Sammelan and a Special Basantar Ladies Welfare Meet were held on the occasion. Ajay Singh, Governor of Assam, was the chief guest at the function.


Vidhan Sabha session from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
The week-long winter session of the Punjab Assembly will begin here on Monday. It is expected to be stormy .The opposition leadership is expected to raise issues of development and fiscal health of the state, besides registration of "false cases" against Congress workers by the SAD-BJP alliance regime.

The SAD-BJP government ,anticipating tirade by the opposition, is bracing up to answer all questions. Parliamentary affairs minister Tikshan Sud said the ruling combine would answer all queries of the opposition on the floor of the House.

The opposition has no agenda and no issue; he said adding "it rakes up issues for the sake of opposition".


Nod to Goindwal thermal plant soon: Minister
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, December 16
The state government is going to give approval to the Goindwal thermal plant soon, thereby providing the state enough power within the next three and a half years.

This was stated by minister for rural development and panchayat, Punjab, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura while addressing a gathering at Goindwal, 25 km from here, today.

He said the state government had decided to establish a separate authority to chalk out the terms and conditions to acquire the land of farmers. The minister announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for the town. panchayats brought many problems to the notice of the minister on the occasion.


Chuhar Chak Tragedy
Rlys pays Rs 44.75 lakh to victims
Tribune News Service

Moga, December 16
The Railways has paid a compensation of Rs 44.75 lakh to the families of Chuhar Chak village whose dear ones were killed or injured in the accident involving the Sutlej Express and a mini-bus at the level crossing on Saturday.

Punam Chand Dubi, ACM, Railways, Ferozpur range, distributed the cheques. Eight cheques for Rs 5 lakh each were given to those families who lost their relatives, while the same number of cheques worth Rs 50,000 each were given to those who sustained injuries. Five persons were given Rs 15,000 each for the treatment of minor injuries.


School principal penalised under RTI Act
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, December 16
For not providing requisite information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act to a teacher Tarsem Lal by principal of Government Senior Secondary School of Thales village, 4 km from here, state information commissioner R.K. Gupta has imposed a fine of Rs 250 per day with effect from July 30, 2007, subject to a maximum of Rs 25,000, on the principal of the school Harminder Singh.

Talking to this reporter here today, Tarsem Lal said that he had sought information from the school authorities regarding his account of general insurance scheme (GIS), besides the accounts of the school and utilisation of school funds. He said he had even till today not got proper information from the Thales school authorities.

In his order, state information commissioner has mentioned that principal Harminder Singh is trying to play with words to avoid furnishing the correct information. He has admitted that the accounts are not being properly maintained in the school. According to him, a grant of Rs 35,000 was received in June 2006, but was brought on record only in September 2006.

This tantamounts to temporary embezzlement on part of the staff maintaining the accounts, it was mentioned.

The commissioner further observed that he found it a fit case where action needed to be taken against him under Section 20 of the RTI Act. As such, he (principal) was fined. Besides the imposition of the fine, it was recommended that DPI (secondary education), Punjab, should take administrative action against the principal.

The commissioner also mentioned that the role of DEO, Sangrur, had also not been satisfactory. It was being investigated whether it was due to his carelessness or negligence that the school staff had not been maintaining accounts/ records properly.


Uncertainty prevails over ETT course
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Ropar, December 16
Uncertainty prevails over the ETT course in Punjab as the state has not initiated any move to carry admissions for the course this year. Ideally, admissions for the course should have been completed by December. However, the government has not issued any notification for the purpose till date.

As a result, students from the state aspiring to do the course are being forced to take admission in adjoining states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

The apathy of the government towards the course has been continuing for the past many years. The previous Congress government also did not run the course for four consecutive years. It carried admission only in 2006 through C-DAC on merit.

However, no fresh batch has been admitted, hence, the continuity of course will be broken once again.

Though there is availability of teachers and infrastructure with the government, the course is not being run. The government-run ETT institutes have the facility to admit over 2,500 students annually. Since the course is not being run, the teachers are forced to sit idle.

The ETT students also organised a protest against the government apathy to the course. They alleged that since the government is not running the course, many students from the state are opting for private colleges in other states. They generally get higher merit there as compared to the government controlled course in Punjab.

They demanded that the students undertaking the course from Punjab institutions should be given preference in recruitment. They also demanded that the Punjab government should assume the pattern adopted by Himachal in recruitments where 50 per cent of vacant posts are filled from the students undertaking courses in their colleges directly. A batch-wise system is followed by them for filling 50 per cent of vacant posts while the rest are filled through open recruitment. This also reduces chances of nepotism in enrollment.


Congress forms committee on agriculture
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Punjab Congress president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has constituted an Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Committee under the chairmanship of former Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) vice- chancellor Dr K.S Aulakh.

The committee will work to prepare a consolidated report on the agrarian crises being faced by farmers of Punjab. Issues like quantum of indebtedness on farmers, both institutional loans and that of private money lenders or commission agents, would also be looked into, according to Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who has been appointed of the party.

He said the issue of suicides by farmers due to poor economic health would also be studied by this committee. The report would be presented to the union government and in turn the party would seek relief package for Punjab farmers on the pattern of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

The committee will comprise the following: Sukhpal Singh Khaira, convener, and Dr Aulakh chairman. The members of the committee are Sunil Kumar Jakhar, Harminder Singh Jassi, Sukhjinder Raj Lally, Virender Rana, Kuljit Singh Nagra and Vijay Soni.


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