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Bandh in protest against withdrawal of train stopover
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, February 13
A complete bandh was observed today against the decision of the Railways to withdraw the stopover of 4553, 4554 Himachal Express at Bassi Pathana railway station.

Sabzi mandi, dhabas, chemists and sweet shops also remained closed. Thousands of residents and leaders of various political, religious and social organisations gathered at ITI grounds and sat on the railway track to disrupt rail traffic.

The administration had made elaborate security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident. SDM Poonamdeep Kaur, DSP Rajwinder Singh along with heavy police contingent were present at the site.

Addressing the protesters, the speakers alleged that when the Railways was running in loss, the stopover of the Himachal Express was provided and now that it was earning profit, the stopover had been withdrawn. Not only this, passenger train 1CNA, 2CNA running between Ambala and Takrala via Sirhind-Bassi Pathana had been terminated on this route and its route had been diverted via Chandigarh.

They said these were the only trains, which linked Bassi Pathana with Delhi and Himachal Pradesh. They warned that if the stoppage was not provided and the route of passenger train was not changed, the agitation would be further intensified.

DC Ashok Singla said he had talked to the Ambala DRM in this regard and he had assured that the route of the train would be restored within a few days. In the case of stopover of Himachal Express, he pointed out some technical problems.

Singla said he would further take up the case with the Railway Board. Former ministers R.S.Cheema, Dr Harbans Lal, youth Akali leader Gurwinder Singh Bhatti, Gurwinder Dhillon (BSP), Niranjan Lal (Beopar Mandal), Dr Sikandar Singh of Congress, city president of SAD (B) Raman Gupta, advocate Amardeep Singh Dharni and general secretary of Hindu organisations Manoj Banda also addressed the gathering.



AITA Series
Rishab sets up title clash with Manish
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
Local lad Nischay Rawal lost to Punjab’s Rishab Dev 6(2)-7, 3-6 in the boys’ under-14 singles semifinals of the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament being held at Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, Sector-10, here today.

Now, Rishab will face Manish Kumar of Delhi in finals. Manish thrashed the Punjab player Jasbir Singh 6-0, 6-0.

In boys’ U-12 singles, Jatinder Singh of Chandigarh and Amit Bzad of Punjab set title clash. Jitender got the better of another local lad in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 whereas Amit beat Tejas Kapoor from Delhi 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in well-contested match.

Other results:

Semifinal round

Boys’ U-14 singles: Rishab Dev (PB) bt Nischay Rawal (Chd) 7-6 (2), 6-3, Manish Kumar (Dli) bt Jasbir Singh (Pb) 6-0, 6-0.

Boys U-12 singles: Jatinder Singh (Chd) bt Sachin Kumar (Chd) 6-3, 6-3, Amit Bzad (Pb) bt Tejas Kapoor (Dli) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.



2 youths held for chain snatching
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
The crime branch of the Chandigarh Police arrested two youths allegedly involved in several incidents of snatching in Chandigarh and Mohali.

According to inspector Prem Chand, 25-year-old Rajwant Singh of Kamalpur village in Chamkaur Sahib was arrested from a naka set up on the road dividing Sectors 40 and 41 last night. He was riding on a motorcycle displaying a fake registration number. He failed to give satisfactory reply and was apprehended.

Investigating officer told TNS that Rajwant during interrogation admitted to have committed several incidents of chains in Chandigarh, Mohali and Morinda along with his co-accused. On the basis of his disclosure, the police arrested his accomplice Satpal this morning. He told the police that they had snatched a mobile phone in Mohali and a chain in Morinda.

Surinder Kumar said they were produced before a local court which remanded them to two days of police custody.



SDE caught taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 13
The Vigilance Bureau sleuths have caught a subdivisional engineer (SDE) of Haryana Tourism while allegedly taking bribe here today.

According to sources, the suspect, Vinod Kumar Gupta, posted at the office of tourism at Chandigarh, demanded Rs 10,000 from a contractor to clear his bills worth around Rs 5 lakh.

The complainant Mohinder Singh, a resident of Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, lodged a complaint with the Vigilance Bureau that the accused was demanding bribe to clear his bill for the work he carried out for Haryana Tourism at Tikker Tal, Morni.

The SDE allegedly asked him to hand over the money at T point of Morni, complained Mohinder Singh. Acting on the complaint, a team from the department led by DSP Rajinder Singh and inspector Balbir Singh caught the accused red-handed while taking bribe.



A lesson on how to express love
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 13
There is madness in love. So believe the students and teachers of ‘Mad Arts’, a Jaspal Bhatti Film School here. Tomorrow when hordes of boys and girls would be whispering soft nothings, students of the school would be learning how to prefect the expression of love.

“And we are serious about it. Valentine Day would be spent teaching students how to express Love. A special teaching schedule will be adhered to in which the theme of the day will be love and romance only,” said Savita Bhatti, CEO, Mad Arts.

Emphasising the point in his own inimical style, Jaspal Bhatti added, “The ways in which love is expressed has changed so much with passing years. I recall friend who wrote 52 letters to his girl friend each one on a tree leaf. If he were to do this now, he might need the environment ministry’s permission. Even the girl would think that he is an idler with so much time on his hands!”

To add to the Mad Art idea, students would be asked to rehearse delivering romantic dialogues and sing and dance on romantic songs. “Madness in romance will be highlighted,” said Savita Bhatti.

Special clips will be shown from classic Hindi romantic films like Mughal-e- Azam, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Ek Duje Ke liye, Pakeezah, Mohabattein and Devdas. “Love and romance is the most important theme of life as portrayed in most Bollywood and Hollywood films. The significance of red rose and Shringaar Rasa would be told to the students,” said Savita Bhatti.

“Kabutar ja ja ja is simply not possible now. A lover would need Maneka Gandhi’s permission to use a pigeon to send a love message. In any case pigeons would be too slow for today’s impatient generation. Even while sending an SMS the three words ‘I love you’ are sent as ‘I luv u’. The generation-X has no time to even type the complete words!” said Jaspal Bhatti

But here is a word of caution from the Bhattis. “Forcing your feelings on someone could get you sound of ladies sandals!



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