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SHO, addl SHO booked for helping accused
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Ropar, June 18
SHO Sadar Tejpal Singh and additional SHO Vinod Kumar have been booked for dereliction of duty. In a departmental inquiry conducted by DSP (rural) Gautam Singhal, the duo was found guilty of aiding three accused in a dowry case to fly abroad without due permission.

SHO Vinod Kumar is the investigating officer (IO) of a dowry case wherein three residents of Washington DC had allegedly tortured a Monika Sharma, a physician, whose parents are settled at Ghanauli village.

Monika was married to Jitender Vashisht in 2003. They have a two-year-old son. Jitender, his father Satyapal Vashisht and mother Usha Rani used to torture Monika for dowry.

They forcibly sent her back to India and demanded Rs 25 lakh from her family. Vashisht family's native village is Gogda at Mahalpur, Hoshiarpur.

The Sadar police booked them on April 5 under the Dowry Act. Monika's father Dr Kulwant Rai Sharma said Jitender had left his daughter in India two years ago on the pretext to enable her to pursue her studies.

"Later, we came to know that Jitender was again getting married without
divorcing our daughter. We complained to the police and a case was registered," Sharma added.

Thereafter, the Ropar additional session judge granted them interim bail and strictly directed them not to leave the country without court's permission. Also, IO Vinod Kumar was directed to take passports of the accused in his custody.

The accused presented themselves before Vinod Kumar on April 13, 15 and 17, but he did not take their passports in his custody.

Their interim bail was extended till April 26. All three managed to flee to Washington DC on April 25.

In his report submitted to the SSP, DSP Gautam recommended strict action against IO Vinod Kumar and his immediate senior SHO Tajpal for dereliction of duty.

He has also not ruled out the possibility of the duo taking bribe from the accused in lieu of facilitating their escape to Washington.



Man robbed of Rs 6.5 lakh in broad daylight
Tribune News Service

Ropar, June 18
Two motorcycle-borne youths looted Rs 6.5 lakh from a man in broad daylight today. The incident took place in the main market.

Baljit Singh, a resident of Malikpur village and an employee of fire brigade at Ghanauli thermal plant, had withdrawn Rs 6.5 lakh cash from HDFC Bank near Bela Chowk in Dasmesh Nagar.

Baljit had bought a house from Gurdeep Kaur of Phalikalan village and had withdrawn money for the registry today.

He had come with his friends Amardeep Singh from Beghampura village and Sardar Mohammad. He kept the money in the dickey of his scooter and went inside a shop to buy stamps.

Two motorcycle-borne youths came, broke open the dickey and fled the scene with the cash. Baljit ran behind the motorcyclists but in vain. He could not even note down the number of the motorcycle.

Shopkeepers of the area said a third youth seemed to have ganged up with the motorcyclists. This third youth was on a scooter standing at the nearby iron store.

As soon as the motorcyclists took away the money, he informed someone that the task had been accomplished, they said. The police has registered a case in this regard against unknown persons.



Farmers lure, take away migrants from railway station
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, June 18
Acute shortage of migrant labourers has started telling upon the handful of those visiting Punjab.

Farmers are leaving no stone unturned to hitch these labourers and are resorting to anything ranging from cajoling, alluring and even dragging away the migrants arriving at the local railway station.

Even those coming to meet their relatives in Punjab are not being spared. "I came here to meet my brother-in-law, where are you taking me?” questioned Suresh Kumar, a migrant whose belongings were taken by a farmer as soon as he got down from the train.

The Jan Nayak Express that ferries maximum number of migrants towards Rajpura is the most sought after train. Farmers can be seen waiting impatiently for the train to arrive. "We are ready to shell out anything provided we get labourers. The rains are favorable but only thing missing is farm hand," said farmer Jagir Singh.

Interestingly, farmers are not ready to listen to migrants offering an explanation for their visit and instead, pack them up in the vehicles, much to the displeasure of the latter. Many migrants, scared of this commotion, prefer to remain seated inside the train with their luggage.

Some are even seen escaping the railway station an alternate exit points. Those who were not ready to accompany the farmers are allured by costly exported mobile phones, DVDs, VCDs and other electronic gadgets.

"Come along with us, we will give you a mobile phone, sumptuous food and good clothings,” a farmer was heard saying to some labourers in an imposing tone at the railway station today.

Gurjant Singh, farmer, denied taking the migrants forcefully. Instead, he said, "I am taking them before anyone else lures them away."

He added that the migrants had come to the villages to work and their charges were as high as Rs 1,000 per acre.

"With hike in diesel prices, irregular power supply and now scarce labour, we are headed for lower productivity this year," predicted Sukhdev Singh.



Farmers fear Ghaggar fury
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 18
The early arrival of the monsoons may have cheered the farming class of Punjab at large but the week-long pre-monsoon downpour has triggered fear psychosis among those living in at least half a dozen villages of Patiala district along the increasingly furious Ghaggar.

Meanwhile, in its bid to safeguard residents from any potential flood threat, the Patiala district administration has chalked out a Rs 3.36 crore-plan aimed at clearing of the Jacob drain.

There is no imminent major flood threat facing Patiala and the water is flowing much below the danger levels in the Ghaggar but still, residents of nearly six Punjab villages, falling on Punjab-Haryana border, are readying themselves for the worst, fearing sudden swelling of Ghaggar that can happen anytime and pose a threat to their lives and properties.

The past experience of residents of Dharmeri, Sassi Gujjran, Sassi Theh, Chabha and Dhabha with Ghaggar is so nightmarish that they are not ready to believe the oft-repeated administration assurances that no flood threat is around, at least for the time being or till another spell of heavy downpour.

Villagers attribute their fears to their proximity to not only ferocious Ghaggar but also to the Hansi-Butana canal.

Overflowing of the canal and merging of rainwater coming from it with Ghaggar has further compounded their woes, particularly during monsoons. “Gushing waters have eroded at least three canals of my land, causing huge losses to me. We remain alert as memories of the 1988 and 1993 floods are still fresh in our minds. The fury of Ghaggar was so devastating that time that it had washed away almost everything from the area,” said Avtaar Singh of Dharmeri.

Farmers of the area said erection of a wall-like protection or ‘dhussi bundh’ by neighbouring Haryana on its side of Ghaggar in Cheeka sub-division had further started compounding their problems of late with gushing Ghaggar waters entering their fields instead of going downstream in a natural way particularly during the peak of monsoons.

“Monsoons bring perilous times for us as we are left with no choice but to fight devastating floods almost every other year,” rued another farmer.

When contacted, deputy commissioner D.S. Grewal said the district administration was mooting a plan to strengthen the embankment and foundation of four bridges in the area, which were built by the joint efforts of area residents.

“The bridges are otherwise very good but foundations of these structures apparently lack proper augmentation, which we are going to do. Cleaning of Jacob drain will ensure that there is no rainwater-logging in Patiala during monsoons.”

The deputy commissioner said despite a spell of incessant rains, there was no immediate threat to any area of Patiala district. “We have received no alert from Bhankarpur control room,” said Grewal.



Beijing plans of Monika go awry
IWF to hold fresh trials to select Olympic lifter
Ravi Dhaliwal

Patiala, June 18
The controversy-ridden Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has decided to put the only woman weightlifter Monika Devi on notice with the IWF think-tank deciding to hold fresh trials for lifter for the Beijing Olympics.

It was due to the performance of Monika Devi in the 69 kg weight category at the Asian Weightlifting Championship held at Japan in April that India clinched a quota for the Beijing Olympics in women's weightlifting.

Monika had ended the meet with two silver and one bronze medals bringing a smile on the faces of officials of the IWF.

The IWF was desperate for Monika to do well at the Asian meet because the international body, using its prerogative, had already refused the Indian's a wild card entry at Beijing.

The decision of the IWF to conduct fresh trials for Monika has not gone down well with the lifter.

Trials will now be held at the Army Sports Institute at Pune, where at present the senior national weightlifting camp is being held on June 29.

Monika will now match her tactical acumen at the trials with P. Selja in the 69 kg class if she has to travel to Beijing.

P. Selja has the dubious distinction of having been caught on dope in the recent past although now she has been cleared by the authorities to compete in domestic and international events.

The IWF has to inform the international body by July 8 the name of the lifter who will be competing in Beijing Olympics.

Sources disclose that a particular faction within the IWF wants to see P.Selja making the Beijing grade while another faction is backing Monika Devi's candidature.

An IWF official disclosed that just after the Asian meet where Monika earned India a much-needed berth, it was almost decided that she would be going to Beijing.

However, the interests and cross-interests working in the IWF have ensured that the name of the lifter will now be decided after the June 29 trials.

Just prior to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the IWF had found itself in a similar quagmire with the federation bosses opting to take Karnam Malleswari and Sanamacha Chanu after dropping ace lifter Kunjarani Devi at the last minute.



Engg Counselling Day II: All outside Punjab seats filled
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 18
Thapar University, Patiala, is abuzz with activity with engineering counselling entering the second day today.

This four-day counselling is based on AIEEE exam. The university is one of the most prestigious institutes of north India.

It offers streams like biotechnology and environment sciences, chemical, civil engineering and computer science engineering, electrical and instrumental engineering, electronics and communication engineering, mechanical engineering and distant education.



Abhimanyu, Jaivardhan to fight in semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
Unseeded Abhimanyu Singh of Delhi ended the challenge of wild card entrant Ashish Sharma from Rajasthan, defeating him in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 during the boys Under-16 quarterfinal round of the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament being played at the CLTA courts, Sector 10, here today.

In the well-contested first set, Abhimanyu gave tough fight to Ashish and won it by 7-5. Maintaining pressure, after gained one set lead, Abhimanyu did not give chance to his rival and clinched the second set at 6-2.

In the semifinals, he will take on Jaivardhan of Chandigarh, who upset fourth seed Harry Jindal of Punjab in straight sets 6-1, 7-5 in quarterfinals. In the second semi-final second seed Ankit Chaudhary of Delhi will face fifth seed Manish Kumar, also of Delhi.

Manish ousted Ajay Thakur of Punjab in three sets 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 while Ankit got the better of seventh seed Suraj Beniwal of Haryana 6-4, 6-2.

In the girls Under-12 singles quarterfinal, unseeded Devika beat second seed Simran Wadhwa of Delhi 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 while Vibhuti beat Himani Mor 6-3, 6-3 to secure semifinal berths.

In other quarterfinal matches, Samriti beat eighth seed Hassan Dhanoa of Punjab 7-6 (5), 6-2 and Medha showed doors to Bhavya Wadhawan of Chandigah 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.

Results: Boys Under-16 (QFs): Abhimanyu bt Ashish 7-5, 6-2, Jaivardhan bt
Harry Jindal 6-1, 7-5, Manish Kumar bt Ajay Thakur 6-2, 6-2, Ankit bt Suraj
Beniwal 6-4, 6-2.

Girls Under-12 (QFs): Samriti bt Hassan Dhanoa 7-6 (5), 6-2, Medha Toor bt Bhavya Wadhawan 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2, Vibhuti Khullar bt Himani Mor 6-3, 6-3, Devika Chakravarty bt Simran Wadhawa 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Boys U-12 (QFs): Jatinder Singh bt Ankus Arora 6-0, 6-0, Sachin bt Prateek S. 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, Fatehdeep Singh bt Sahil 6-3. 6-3, Ishaque Eqbal bt Vikas 6-3, 6-0.

Boys Under-16 (PQFs): Ashish Sharma bt Srijjan Uppal 6-1, 6-4, Abhimanu bt Udai Mann 6-2, 6-4, Harry Jindal bt Hriday Kriplani 6-4, 6-1, Jaivardhan bt Jatinder Singh 6-3, 6-4, Manish Kumar bt Manoj 6-0, 6-4, Ajay Thakur bt Rishab Dev 6-4, 2-6, 6-0, Suraj Beniwal bt Resham Singh 6-1, 6-1, Ankit bt Arjun Tomar 6-1, 6-2.

Boys Under-12 doubles (PQF): Paramveer S. Toor & Ankush Arora bt Alex Solanki & Alel Solanki 4-1, 3-5, 10-7, Prateek Toor & Dhruv bt Shivam & Shubham 4-2, 5-4(4), Fatehdeep Singh & Karandeep Singh bt Sahil & Rohan 4-2, 2-4, 10-7, Vikas & Rahul bt Shrey & Sachin 5-3, 4-0, Raghabv Talwar & Santbir bt Akshay & Mayank 4-5 (5), 4-2, 10-5.

Boys Under-16 doubles (PQFs): Manoj & Paramvir S. Toor bt Gagandeep & Jashandeep 4-0, 4-0, Arjun T. & Ajay bt Nishaque Eqbal & Nikunj Poddar 4-0, 4-2, Jaivardhan & Taranveer w/o Jajbir Singh & Bhavtaranpreet Singh, Hriday Kriplani & Ankit bt Srijjan Uppal & Anmol Bains 5-3, 4-0.



Plan on equestrian facility progresses
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
The Administration's ambitious plan to set to up a state-of-the-art equestrian sports facility in the Sarangpur institutional area moved a step closer to reality with Equestrian and Equine Development Association officials today giving a presentation to the UT top brass.

The presentation was given by J.S. Virk, honorary secretary of the Indian Polo Association, and Sarpartap Singh, secretary-general of the Equestrian Federation of India to senior officials, including the UT Administrator.

While highlighting the aims and objectives in the presentation, the association emphasised the concept of combining leisure and equestrian projects with focus on promoting equestrian in the region, training in horse riding and promoting Chandigarh as an international tourist destination.

The Administrator asked the members of the association to extend their partnership and professional expertise in this endeavour.

He emphasised that this project would be an empowering-cum-enabling facility
for beginners and children from all strata of society with no elitist culture or commercial approach.

The UT has planned equestrian activities on 23-acre of land in the institutional area offering various facilities and combining it with tourism.

The equestrian facility must be planned and developed keeping in view the needs of the region and the supportive infrastructure requirements for organising various national and international events, the Administrator said.

He said there was a need of designing and creating facility for horse breeding and stables equipped with latest the state-of-art technologies.

He wanted that the concept of this project must be drawn up with a priority-wise provision of facilities and planning of schedule of events.

He asked the finance secretary to explore the possibility of getting funds from the Sports Authority of India and the Ministry of Sports for this project.



Harendra shares lead in PGTI event
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, June 18
Harendra Gupta, the caddie-turned professsional from Chandigarh, shared the lead with Noida's Sanjay Singh firing scores of three under par 33 after round one was reduced to nine holes due to bad weather in the Rs 30 lakh prize money PGTI Players Championship on the greens of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata today.

Rahil Gangjee, Ashok Kumar, Neil Mundra and Chiragh Kumar (all two under 34) were one stroke behind the joint leaders in tied third position. SSP Chowrasia and Mukesh Kumar carded one under 35 along with Chandigarh's Ranjit Singh and eight other golfers to be tied seventh.

Harendra Gupta, the winner of PGTI's last event in Chandigarh, sank birdies on the third, fourth, eighth and ninth holes. He had only one blemish on his card, a bogey on the sixth.

Gupta summed up his day, saying, "I had a great round today even though I did not find it easy to assess the speed of the greens due to lack of practice on this course. My victory at Chandigarh gave me a lot of confidence heading into this tournament. I think that's what made the difference today."

Chandigarh's Ajeetesh Sandhu, who turned pro recently, fired a par 36 for the tied 18th spot. Chandigarh's amateur player Fatehbir Dhaliwal and three city pros Sujjan Singh, Gurbaaz Pratap Singh Mann and Uttam Singh Mundy were tied 32nd at 37.

Other boys from Chandigarh were Harmeet Kahlon (38) and A.S. Lehal and Amandeep Johl (39 each). Kapurthala's Gaganjeet Bhullar and Gaurav Ghei were also tied 68th at 39.

Kang tied second

Harjinder Sing Kang of Chandigarh shot a second successive three over par 75 for a two-day total of 150 to be placed second, just one stroke behind the leader Saurabh Bahuguna, at the midway stage of the LG Coimbatore Open on the par-72 greens of the Coimbatore Golf Club today.

The event forms the fourth leg of the All-India Amateur Tour. It was another day of test of survival with strong winds forcing the players to make mistakes. The best card of the day was a one-over par 73 by Saurabh Bahuguna.

Overnight leader Pawan Kumar shot a disastrous 81 to be tied for the 10th place at 154. One stroke ahead of him at sole ninth slot was Manav Das of Ambala at 153.

Kang who began from the 10th tee had an eventful five holes beginning from the 11th. A bogey was followed by a birdie and then disaster stuck the lanky golfer from Chandigarh as he bogeyed the next two holes and came back strongly with a birdie on the 15th and parred his way home at the half way mark with a total of 39.

Two birdies and as many bogeys on his back nine saw him return a level par for nine holes. While he saved strokes on the fifth and ninth, he made bogeys on the fourth and eighth. With the players bunched together, some exciting action is in the offing.

Top scores after 36 holes: 149 Saurabh Bahuguna (76, 73); 150 HS Kang (75, 75); 151 Vignesh Ranga Rao (77, 74), Vikram Rana (76, 75); 152 Navtez Singh (78, 74), Arshdeep Tiwana (77, 75), Gagan Verma (77, 75), Tarun Ghogale (76, 76); 153 Manav Das (76, 77); 154 Simarjeet Singh (78, 76), Moin Malak (75, 79), Pawan Kumar (73, 81); 155 Samaresh Sardar (77, 78); 156 Rahul Bajaj (75, 81); 157 Arjun Lall (81, 76).



Dhruv Pandove Trophy deferred
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 18
The PCA has announced the postponement of Inter-District Under-19 tournament for Dhruv Pandove Trophy, which was earlier scheduled to start on June 20 at different district headquarters’ centres.

PCA honorary secretary Pandove said that the decision was taken because of the preset of monsoon.

“This is one of the major tournaments of the association so we don’t want it to be marred by the rains. New dates of the tournament will be announced in due course”, Pandove said.



City shooter selected for C’wealth camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
Local shooter Smit Singh cornered glory as he got selected for the 2nd Commonwealth Youth Games camp, starting from July 7 in Pune.

Seventeen-year-old Smit will polish his shooting skills in the skeet event during the camp. The talented shooter has already evinced his skills by winning team gold medal in the Asian Clay Shooting Championship, held in February this year at Jaipur.

He was teamed with Sheraz and Man Singh there. Besides it, he came second in the 51st National Shooting Championship in junior skeet category.

He also won accolades by securing second position in the Indian Masters Meet 2008 held at Patiala last week of March in junior category.

“I am hoping forward to improve my performance in the forthcoming camp. And my aim is to be in the Indian senior team by next year”, the budding shooter said, who was ranked 47th in the Junior international championship held at Suhl, Germany from April 28 to May 5.



‘Give teeth to IMA to check quackery’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
To check the illegal practice of quacks in the entire region, the administration should extend some power to IMA members.

This was stated by Dr Zora Singh, president, IMA, Chandigarh, while addressing a press conference at Chandigarh Press Club here today.

With none in the city to keep a tab on the quacks and no representative of the Medical Council of India in the entire region, it has only given rise incidents such as the ones in Inscol, Sector 34, and Shubham hospital, Sector 20, Panchkula, where doctors have been booked for working without registration.

We have 880 members from the city and do not know how many are practising without a licence, said Dr AP Sanwaria, member of IMA.

If the doctor does not register himself, we cannot do anything as we do not have any regulatory mechanism, he added.

The government should do something in this direction. A three-member team was formed by the health department years back to check quackery.

Members of the IMA said there was little coordination between the members
and the administration.



PGI orders probe into injection episode
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
The PGI yesterday ordered an inquiry into the source of a "wrong injection" which was about to be given to a two and a half years old girl recently.

The injection could not be given to the girl as an alert nurse detected in time that this was not the prescribed injection.

According to sources, the drug controller had earlier given a clean chit to the chemist from whom the injection was purportedly bought by the girl's father.



IDSP to provide information on diseases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
The Federation of Sector Welfare Associations (FOSWAC), in collaboration with Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP), Chandigarh, will provide information about the various water borne diseases to disease surveillance centres concerned.

Members of the FOSWAC have already been trained in the surveillance work. Any information with regard to outbreak of diseases like malaria, dengue, viral-hepatitis and cholera will be provided to the centres established by the IDSP.

Members of different sector welfare associations are being associated in checking the mosquito-breeding places along with staff of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) and IDSP.



8 booked for bid to grab land
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 18
The local police has booked eight persons for attempting to grab a piece of land in Nayagaon here.

According to the police, a case was registered against Kisan Singh, Jeet Singh, Balbir Singh, all brothers, Prem Singh, Mahinder Singh, Naseeb Singh, Prasanna Singh and Mangal Singh on the complaint of Labh Singh of Nayagaon.

Labh Singh alleged that these persons had tried to grab his four acres of land in Tandi village.

He said they came to the land on May 17 and fired in the air with their revolvers. He added that Prasanna Singh was in a habit of killing wild animals also.

An inquiry was entrusted to the Nayagaon SHO who filed a report to the SAS Nagar SSP. Following an opinion from the DA (legal), a case was registered yesterday.

The accused have been booked under Sections 435, 323, 506, 148, 149 and 511 of the IPC. However, none of the accused have been arrested.



2 held for stealing mobile phones
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
Pawan Kumar and Mohan Singh, both residents of Sector 28, were arrested on the charge of stealing mobile phones.

According to the police, the accused were active for over three months and had snatched mobile phones from various places in the city.

According to Ram Rattan, in charge, police post, ISBT, the duo was arrested on secret information.

In another incident, the police arrested 16 people including Amit Diwan and Lucky Walia on the charge of indulging in a brawl and creating a ruckus in Sector 17 here late yesterday night.

According to the police, Amit, who introduced himself to be the president of the Stock Exchange Union, along with his supporters thrashed Lucky.

The people present there immediately informed the police, who arrested the group of 16 under Sections 107 and 151.


Rahul Khanna, a resident of Sector 20, Panchkula, reported that his car (CH-03-C-5209) was stolen on June 17 from Sector 9. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered at the police station, Sector 3.


Anita Dhawan, a resident of Sector 44, reported that some unknown persons riding a Bullet motorcycle snatched her purse containing cash and a mobile phone from near her home on June 17. A case has been registered.



CDI revenue goes up by 104 pc
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
City-based Compact Disc India (CDI), which is one of the country’s leading integrated media and entertainment company, has seen its revenue grow to Rs 102.78 crore, an increase of 104 per cent over the previous year.

Announcing the results after a meeting of the board of directors, it was stated that the net profit was Rs 19.50 crore, a growth of 138 per cent over 2006-07.

The annualised earning per share (EPS) for the financial year 2007-08 was registered at Rs 20.51, said Suresh Kumar, chairman, CDI, adding that the company was at present working on prestigious international assignments worth US $ 65.80 million (Rs 282 crore).

Investment plan

Reliance Life Insurance today launched Reliance Super Invest Assure Plan (RSIP) that offers guaranteed additional contribution for policy holders, apart from rich investment returns and maturity benefits.

This plan insures people in terms of guaranteed contributions up to 250 per cent from the company, in addition to earnings growth, as a key differentiator in the domestic insurance market.

While announcing the launch of the RSIP, P Nandagopal, CEO, Reliance Life Insurance, said one of the unique propositions of RSIP was that it contributed into a policy holder's account from 50 per cent (in 10th year) to 250 per cent (by 30th year) of the paid annualised premiums. This was the additional income, which policy holders would get from the company.

Ebay stores

Ebay has decided to set up eCommerce stores for Punjab entrepreneurs to sell their products to millions of eBay buyers worldwide.

A three-month free dedicated eCommerce store would be offered to new entrepreneurs of Punjab who sign up by the end of this month.

Amarjit Batra, Head of Global Trade, eBay India, revealed this while interacting with the media here today.

Batra said eCommerce was increasingly becoming popular with the Indian entrepreneurial to sell products online to a wide range of customers.

There had been a definite increase in sellers from non-metro cities selling globally through eBay India.

He said sellers from cities like Shillong, Aizwal, Bakrol, Khanna and Khamaria were successfully trading with countries across the world.

There had been substantial growth in contribution of smaller cities to the business with 50 per cent of all global sellers on eBay.

He further added that Punjab had a large base of global trade sellers from
Amritsar and Ludhiana. The global trade also emerges from cities like Mohali, Chandigarh and Jalandhar.

eBay Global Trade Seller Manmeet Singh, resident of Amritsar, was felicitated on the occasion by Batra.



Simran shines on global art scene
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
Simran Sandhu, a Chandigarh-based artist, has earned laurels for the city, as two of her works were selected in the International paper Triennale, Switzerland, 2008, an exhibition held once in three years.

A product of Government College of Art, Chandigarh, Simran, true to her words, will often play with paper and metal to express her message loud and clear.

Each effect of metal on a piece of paper is a dream, which the artist has so painstakingly achieved, sometimes with metal and sometimes with her printing.

Simran’s work, in unique shape and form, leaves an indelible impression on the onlookers. It also communicates her feelings and emotions.

She has not only achieved success in conveying her message in the Indian art circles, but also got recognition at the international level that gave her space to showcase her work.

She is the only art representative of India whose works will be displayed at an exhibition in Switzerland for five months.

While talking to The Tribune, Simran admitted that she was not ready to be typecast into any particular category at this point of time. At this stage, she
wants to experiment.

“Printmaking for me amounts to freedom of expression and I do not want my
works to be structured.” She added that she wanted to print and do something innovative also.

What is in this art, which makes her give so much energy, time and concentration to it? Simran said, “Though I believe in giving free rein to my imagination even when I start with a preconceived idea, quite often I deviate from the main theme and the end results startle me also.”

She treads the unknown path in which her work takes hold of her and fascinates her, she explained.

Sharing her long art journey, she said her works got displayed in Korea, Taiwan, Canada and at Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal.

When asked about her future plans, she remarked, “Like an artist, I do not have
any pre-conceived ideas about the subject for her next exhibition. Let it be a complete surprise.”



Kabir Jayanti at Randhawa Auditorium
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, June 18
Noted vocalist spelt the wisdom and mysticism, enshrined in the divine utterances of the 14th century saint-poet Kabir, at the Randhawa Auditorium here today.

The Sufi musical soiree organised by department of public relations and cultural relations, Haryana, in collaboration with the Punjab Arts Council marked the anniversary of the saint-poet.

Secretary general, TAC, Rajpal Singh welcomed the chief guest K.K. Khandelwal, IAS, additional PSCM.

Vivek Ranga, commenced the sufi recital with the rendition of Kabir sakhis and bhajans, replete with the mystical philosophy of the saint.

Sudeshna Chatterjee took over the audience by delineating the essence of spiritualism in her opening spell.

She modulated her mellifluous voice to bring alive the spiritual code of the composition. An array of accomplished musicians accompanied the artist.



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