Repoll in 8 gram panchayats today
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, May 27
Repoll will be held in eight gram panchayats of the district today. The directions were given by the state election commission on the recommendations of returning officers. Notably, violent incidents marred the panchayat poll in the border districts of Amritsar and Tarn Taran. Overall 70 to 75 per cent polling was witnessed in Amritsar district.

The elections were countermanded in these panchayats owing to various reasons, including discrepancies, irregularities, and late arrival of ballot papers, entry of mob into the polling booths, resulting in disruption of the poll process.

Disclosing this, Tejveer Singh, deputy commissioner and district election officer said the gram panchayats where the repolling would be held, include gram panchayat Mehta, Dhardeo, Buttar Khurad, Lohgarh, Singhpur, Gujarpura, Bhilowal Pakka and Fatahpur Rajputtan.

Besides this, DC said the elections to Thoba, Dhing Nangal and Wadala Veeram had also been countermanded, while recommendations for cancellation of three more gram panchayats elections including that of Nand wala, Motla and Narainpur Abadi have also been sent.

Apart from it, the elections to Toor and Khanowal villages were also cancelled by additional deputy commissioner-cum-additional district election officer while exercising his power delegated by the election commission.



Give expenditure details, bypoll candidates told

Amritsar, May 27
Vimal Setia, returning officer for Amritsar (South) constituency, has asked all the candidates, who contested the polls, to submit their expenditure statements to deputy commissioner-cum-district election officer by June 23.

The four candidates are: Inderbeer Singh Bularia of SAD (Badal), Navdeep Singh Goldy of Congress, Bhai Ram Singh, SAD (Amritsar) and Sharanjit Singh, an independent. Ram Singh and Sharanjit Singh had forfeited their security deposits. In a press statement issued here, Setia said the expenditure details were a must under section 78 of Representation of People’s Act 1951. According to the Act, every candidate contesting an election has to submit the statements within 30 days. — OC



Unique solar show captivates crowd
Sanjay Bumbroo/TNS

Amritsar, May 27
A dance drama and light and sound show - “Surya 108” - was organised at Bhawan’s SL Public School here, depicting rituals, customs, festivals, temples and symbols associated with the Sun God in India and around the world.

The main theme depicted by the play was that if we meditate and pray to the Sun God we shall be able to get the energy and power it has. Besides, the chanting of the Gayatri Mantra helps in controlling the five senses and achieving targets in life.

The breathtaking performance by the 70 artistes of Global Youth Wing of the Chinmaya Mission enchanted the audience by presenting various items such as origin of the Gayatri Mantra after controlling the five senses by Maharshi Vishwamitra, besides throwing light on day to day problems including environment pollution.

The play was a fusion of music, dance and drama depicting the prayers, rituals, unison of eastern and western philosophies, festivals and world cultures based on the Sun God. It also provided information to the young generation about Vedas such as Surya Namaskar and Gayatri Mantra, Hanuman’s encounters with Surya and the Aditya Hridayam.

Besides the religious issues, the play also was successful in presenting the scientific concepts such as discoveries of sage Yagnalkya, the Jantar Mantar observatories, solar energy and global warming.

A cheque of Rs 5 lakh was presented by KK Vohra, in memory of his wife, to the mission for providing ration to the poor widows in the city and for educating children.

State health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla, deputy commissioner Tejvir Singh, SSP Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, vice chancellor Dr Jai Rup Singh and DPS Kharbanda, commissioner, Amritsar municipal corporation were among those present at the function.



Sikh Missionary College to revive ‘tanti saaz’
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 27
In a bid to revive the traditional “tanti saaz,” the 85-year-old SGPC-run Shaheed Sikh Missionary College here has made special arrangements to impart its training to pupils.

The Shaheed Sikh Missionary College was established in 1923 by Master Tara Singh, the legendary president of the Shiromani Akali Dal who ruled the hearts of the Sikhs for about half a century, in the memory of the martyrs of Nankana Sahib.

Interestingly, apart from Sikhism, the college teaches, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and other religions and their comparative study.

According to Prof Suba Singh, principal of the college, who has dual charge of Sikh Missionary College, Gurdwara Budha Johar (Rajasthan), 95 students of the local college were getting training in traditional “tanti saaz” these days.

The recent performance of “tanti saaz” by Dr Gurnam Singh, head, Gurmat Sangeet, Punjabi University, Patiala, in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple had made headlines of newspapers. The SGPC showed keen interest in the revival of “tanti saaz” while performing kirtan in the traditional raagas.

The principal said there were seven teachers in the local college who produced preachers for the SGPC and other Sikh institutions. Its students had brought laurels to the institute with their grip over the Sikh studies, all over the world. Prof Suba Singh said the college also taught Gurmukhi script to those interested in learning the Punjabi language.



Dining Den
Earthy food to tickle your taste buds
Vishal Gulati
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 27
Situated on the outskirts of the holy city, Teg Resorts is a spot where you can spend hours or even days amidst the luxury of multi-cuisine restaurants and bars, indoor and outdoor game facilities, health clubs and spas.

The resort offers a range of dining facilities. It could be a candle lit dinner in the sprawling lawns or an exquisite luncheon at the restaurant, the imaginative menus on offer will certainly tickle your taste buds like never before.

For Punjabi gastronomes, the cuisines cooked and served in earthen pots at the ‘Chak De Phattey’ dhaba are a great attraction.

“As you taste the yummy dishes on offer, you realise that the special earthenware not only keeps the stuff warm but also helps retain the aroma and flavours of the spices that make the dish special,” said Ram Singh, the resort owner.

While the “makki di roti” and “sarson da saag” served with loads of butter are the all-time favourites of the veggies during the winter, the restaurant has added new items on its list.

As always, the non-vegetarians enjoy gorging on “chicken champs” and “rogan josh”.

With earthy interiors and soft music playing in the background, the bar offers a lot to the Bacchus lovers.

The 10-acre complex of the resort has biking, jogging and walking tracks with canopies of neem, bamboo, mehendi and willow trees sheltering them. Crisscrossing through flower-rich patches and woods, these trails are a treat for the lovers of nature.

The resort has a special corner where various medicinal and aromatic herbs are planted. Some of the varieties included desi tulsi, ghrit kumari, mulethi, pudina, haldi, ashwagandha, safed musli, brahmi and khas-khas.



Help pours in for needy kids
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, May 27
A trust established by a doctor of the USA, Dr Bakshish Singh, has distributed school uniforms, books and scholarships among poor intelligent students at Baba Sohan Singh Senior Secondary School, Bhakna Kalan, near here. Schoolchildren presented a cultural programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Harpal Singh, son of Dr Bakshish Singh, who came from the USA for the occasion, said the school established by freedom fighter Sohan Singh Bhakna had grown big and was enlightening the youth of the border village.

He exhorted the students to follow the path shown by the freedom fighter.

Dr Bakshish Singh, who stidied in the school and belonged to a poor family, established the trust by depositing Rs 10 lakh in the name of the trust.

Every year with the annual interest of the deposited amount the trust distributes free school uniforms, books and scholarships to the poor and intelligent students of the school.



School Buzz
Annual day: School high-flyers honoured
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, May 27
In order to prepare the students for competitive examination, Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public School (SGHSSPS) has decided to open a coaching centre.

This was revealed by Charanjit Singh Chadha, management chief of the school, while presiding over the annual prize distribution function recently. Congratulating the students and parents for the good results, he exhorted the students to set high aims in life and work hard to achieve them. Tania Sharma and Jassimranjit Kaur of the school stood first and third, respectively, in the Amritsar district by securing 96 and 95 per cent marks in Class XII CBSE examinations. As many as 63 other students who had scored more than 80 per cent marks in the examinations were also honored. A variety programme was presented and the annual school magazine “Orpine” was also released on this occasion.

Spring Dale function

Students of Spring Dale Senior School were designated their executive positions during an investiture ceremony. Anil Joshim MLA of Amritsar (North) constituency presided over the function as chief guest.

As many as 217 student council members from Grade VI to Grade XII were given their executive positions. Hockey players and gymnasts of the school, who have made international appearances, were also honored with medals. The ceremony concluded with the release of the Newsletter, ‘Taare Zameen Par’ which is dedicated to various achievers in the field of academics, sports, creative and performing art. Joshi also congratulated students, staff and the school management for an excellent Class XII CBSE result.

Gauging potential

Steven Rudolph, known for his theory of “Laws of Learning”, exhorted the parents to discover the potential of their child during a seminar organised at DAV International School here on Tuesday.

The seminar was organised in view of challenges being faced by parents in raising their children. Rudolph, who is directorof Jiva Education, an innovative institute for children, told the participants about laws of learning to help them realise the unique capabilities of their kids. Parents should create an environment that improves their child’s confidence. Principal of School Anjana Gupta said there was a need for parents become more responsible.



BBK girl is varsity topper in B Com exam

Amritsar, May 27
Amanpreet Kaur of BBK DAV College for Women, Amritsar, secured the top position in the B.Com (II) examination of Guru Nanak Dev University securing 602 marks, the result of which was declared here on Tuesday. Harpreet Singh Walia of RK Arya College, Nawanshahr, stood second with 593 marks, while Tamana Mehra of BBK DAV College for Women, third with 580 marks.

As many as 2,069 candidates appeared in this examination and 1,472 were declared successful with a pass percentage of 71.14 as against last year's pass percentage of 66.72.

In the B.Com (III) examination, Charu Chawla of the Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, secured the top position by getting 1602 marks, while Megha Jain of the same college remained second with 1591 marks and Sakshi of the PC Markanda SD College for Women, Jalandhar, finished third with 1572 marks.

In all 1,916 candidates appeared in the B.Com (III) examination and 1,775 were declared pass.

Arun Chawla excels

Arun Chawla of the local DAV College topped in B.Com (part-I) examination of Guru Nanak Dev University, the result of which was declared here today. He secured 476 marks. Stating this in a press note here, a university spokesman said Rupinder Kaur Sandhu of Sri Raghunath Girls College, Jandiala Guru, stood second with 474 marks, while Neha Sharma of the local S.R. Government College for Women secured the third position with 473 marks. — TNS



Biz Buzz
Auditions for new Punjabi channel
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, May 27
Just TV Punjabi, a new Punjabi general entertainment channel which is to be launched, would soon start auditions for its group dance competition “Nach Lai Punjabi” and a show for kids “Just the Best”, to be aired during mid June.

The spokesman of the channel said the show has been conceptualised keeping in mind the tradition of folk music and dance in Punjab. The auditions for this show would take place at Springdale Senior Secondary School, on the 28th of May.

Another show “Just the Best” would be started for multitalented kids aged between 5-15 years divided further into three groups so that each is competing within an age difference of maximum three years, i.e. 5-9, 9-12 and 12-15 years would contest in dance, acting and awareness as well. The auditions for this show would be held at Virsa Vihar, Inside Gandhi Ground here.



Book release
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 27
Amrik Singh Puni’s book “Akhan Wala Kiya Vechara” would be released on June 6 at Mahindra House, here.

The book would be released by chief guest Padam Shri Dr Daljit Singh. A seminar would also be organised on the occasion in which Dr Harbhajan Singh Bhatia, Dr Manmohan, Dr Paramjit Singh Sidhu and Dr Dariya would present their views on the book.

Dr Dharam Singh, head Academic School of Punjabi, Guru Nanak Dev University, would preside over the function.



BSNL apathy

Today (May 27) was the last date for depositing telephone bills. As I reached the BSNL centre at 1.30 pm for depositing my bill, the shutter was closed. I was told to deposit the bill at the CTO, Amritsar, opposite New Rialto. But there it was even more harassing as there was no shelter for people to stand on a rainy day. Besides, there was only one window for revenue collection. The other window was for new connections where there was no customer at all. We stood in a queue but the employee manning the window left for lunch at 1.40 pm. We contacted a senior official for help without any response. Ultimately, I was able to deposit the bill at 4.30 pm. But still 15 other subscribers were standing in the queue. My contention is that when there were two windows for collecting payments why only one window was opened and why the people were made to stand in a queue for hours together.

— Amit Abrol, Amritsar



‘Don’t send contingent to Beijing Olympics’

Amritsar, May 27
The Indian government should not send its teams for the 2008 Olympics to be held in Beijing because the Chinese banned the Indian pilgrims from visiting Kailash Mansarovar.

Stating this to the media here, Surinder Kumar Billa president All India Hindu Shiv Sena said the government should also ask the Chinese government to close its embassy in New Delhi as it hurt the religious sentiments of the million of Hindus living across the globe. Lashing out at the Chinese government Billa said they have betrayed about 500 Hindu pilgrims who had been waiting at New Delhi to get the final clearance from the Chinese embassy for the pilgrimage which was to start from June 16. — TNS



Chawla congratulated

Amritsar, May 27
The district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has congratulated state health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla for being nominated as a member of the national executive of the BJP.

Addressing the gathering, BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu today said Chawla was like a diamond in the polluted environs of politics and had been raising various issues concerning the masses. He said she has maintained the dignity of politics by listening patiently to the grievances of people and initiating steps for redressing them. —TNS



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