Surjit hockey tourney gets scant attendance
Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 21
It seems that the supposed Chak De! India wave, which brought cheers on the faces of the hockey lovers, has nothing to do with the ongoing silver jubilee edition of the Indian Oil Servo Surjit Hockey Tournament at Jalandhar.

Though the authorities concerned are leaving no stone unturned in attracting spectators, thinning spectators during the tournament is a cause of concern for them.

Those who actually come to watch the matches at Burlton Park everyday are either former Olympians who love discussing the game over a cup of coffee, or officials from the Punjab police and some budding players of the Surjit Hockey Academy.

The only day which saw a packed stadium was when the inaugural ceremony took place on October 18, courtesy school and college students, local politicians and mediapersons.

But what followed, clearly indicates that the crowd is hardly interested in the goings-on of the tourney, the only spectators being a bunch of local youngsters just coming to enjoy evenings with their friends under the floodlights, rather than watching the action on the astroturf.

Puts in Naveen Kumar, one of the viewers who was seen enjoying the match with his friends, “It is indeed a pity that despite being the national game of our country, hockey does not enjoy an open status like cricket.

The scene remains the same every year with less spectators turning up for hockey. No doubt the audience is very less but then you cannot force everybody to watch a match.”

Among the audience are constables on duty who escort officials during the match. Even they can be seen standing outside the stadium in groups instead of watching the tournament. A constable, on terms of anonymity, quipped, “I am least interested in watching the game. But since I am on duty to serve the officials I have no other option but to sit and see the proceedings.”

The hockey championship is witnessing some top-class matches among the 16 teams from across India with three from Pakistan, but the scarcity of viewers makes it a dismal affair.

However, this time the Surjit Hockey Academy has announced special prizes for the spectators to attract more audience. The scene remained the same whether it was the rocking matches of Air India, Mumbai, Indian Oil, Mumbai, or Namdhari XI.

Nearly every spectator in the stadium maintained that one reason behind the thin crowd was lack of good sponsors. “Otherwise it is a good game like cricket but without big sponsors, budding players do not get much attention,” said Manjeet Singh, a hockey enthusiast.



ICICI Bank’s cash demand quashed
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 21
The district consumer disputes redressal forum has quashed the demand of Rs 33,838 raised by ICICI Bank from a consumer whose credit card had been blocked and credit facility was not available.

The complainant, Surjit Singh, a resident of Basti Bawa Khel, said he had obtained a credit card from the company with a limit of Rs 20,000. He said he had used the card within limit and he was assured that no unauthorised debits or charges would be made to his account.

He alleged that the bank blocked his card in December, 2005, without any intimation or notice and sent him bill dated January 21, 2006, in which available credit, including cash, was shown as nil. The plaintiff, through his counsel Chandandeep Singh, alleged that even though no cash credit facility was available to him after December, 2005, he received a subsequent statement the very next month on account of cash advances worth Rs 3,600 for purchase and other charges of Rs 1,43,231. He said the bill was not payable by him but the bank again showed the continuity of transactions in a statement issued on March 21, 2006.

The complainant said he received calls from the bank for making payment. He said he made part payment under protest in January, February and March with the hope that the bank officials might reverse the entry from January, 2006 onwards.

He alleged that he again received a statement on April 21 on which additional purchase of Rs 2,076 was shown in his account and the bank officials were claiming Rs 33,821. He said he had issued letter to the bank but the demand exceeded to Rs 33,838. He asked the forum for quashing the demand while calling for compensation.

The bank officials, in their reply, said the amount of Rs 33,838 was due as per account statement of February 13, 2008. They denied having appointed musclemen for making recovery. They alleged that the complainant was a defaulter and to avoid his liability, he had filed the complaint.

The forum observed that since the cash and credit limit in account of the complainant was nil on January 21, neither any further transaction could be conducted by the complainant, nor any amount be debited to his account. It found a deficiency on the part of the bank and quashed the demand of Rs 33,838 while announcing an entitlement of Rs 3,000 as compensation and Rs 2,000 as costs.



Sports goods makers clamour for scrapping of VAT
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 21
Demanding VAT exemption on sports goods, the members of Khel Udyog Sangh organised a protest march from Basti Nau to the house of Mohinder Bhagat, chairman of medium industry board and his father MLA Bhagat Chunni Lal on Tuesday morning.

It was a unique protest as members, led by convener Vijay Dhir, played musical instruments like bugles, shells, dhols, drums and chimtas. The members Ramesh Anand, Ravinder Dhir and Nand Kishore Sabarwal said even as Bhagat and his father are in the sports goods business, they have never tried to empathise with their fraternity.

Demanding resignation of the father-son duo, the protesters accused them of not having done anything for the welfare of sports industry. Notably, the sports goods makers have earlier too highlighted their VAT woes by selling vegetables, pakoras and playing shoe-shine boys.



3000 cases likely to be disposed off
Mega lok adalat to ease backlog
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, October 21
Nearly 9,500 cases are pending in different courts of Kapurthala district. The pendency of cases is likely to be reduced as one-third of the cases are likely to come up in the proposed mega lok adalat on December 20 and 21.

Stating this, Kapurthala district and sessions judge and chairman of the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Fatehdeep Singh expressed the hope that at least 3,000 pending and 2,000 pre-litigative cases would be disposed of in the proposed two-day lok adalat being held at the district and subdivision levels.

The DLSA chairman said judicial officers were asked to enlist the pending cases after taking the consent of both the parties to decide them in the mega lok adalat. About 10 to 15 benches are likely to be set up in Kapurthala, four in Phagwara and three in Sultanpur Lodhi.

Answering a query, he said the litigants were also keen to get their cases taken up in the mega lok adalat. Special efforts were being made to encourage more and more litigants to bring their cases in the lok adalat for disposal, he added.

Pending civil and criminal cases as well as pre-litigative cases of banks and telephone companies would be taken up for disposal in the lok adalat, he said, adding that special efforts would be made to dispose of traffic challan as well as security and mutation cases.

Fatehdeep Singh appealed to people to come forward to avail the benefits of the mega lok adalat as it was an effort to resolve litigation and disputes through compromise and conciliation.

No appeal except in case of fraud and misrepresentation by way of a writ to the decree of lok adalat could be made and the decree is binding on the parties concerned.

12,509 cases settled

The lok adalats have already played a vital role in reducing the pending cases. As many as 12,509 cases have already been settled in 161 lok adalats held so far in Kapurthala. Awards of nearly Rs 20 crore have been announced in the cases. Besides, the Kapurthala DLSA provided free legal aid to 3,532 persons.



Young World
Talent on show at Apeejay function
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 21
The Apeejay Institute of Management, Hoshiarpur Road, Jalandhar, organised a two-day annual academic, cultural and sports meet which concluded on Sunday. More than 200 students participated in 40 events, including quiz, paper presentation, skit, fashion show, cricket, badminton and chess. Assistant excise and taxation commissioner inaugurated the function on October 18. A raffle draw was also organised for the students.

Talent hunt

A talent search competition was organised at the Paradise College of Education, Geeta Colony, on Tuesday. Vice-chairperson Sangeeta Chopra and college principal Mona Vij were the chief guests. Students participated in skit, folk song, folk dance, group dance, solo dance and giddha. Traditional folk dance was also presented by the students.

Apeejay toppers

Mansi Luthra, a student of bachelor of multimedia (semester VI) of the Apeejay College of Fine Arts, bagged the first position by scoring 90.38 per cent marks in the examination conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Similarly, Sushil Kumar Virdi of MA (music instrumental-I) of the Apeejay College of Fine Arts bagged the first position by scoring 345 marks out of 400 in the Guru Nanak Dev University examination.

Divali mela

A Divali mela was organised at Kanya Maha Vidyalaya on October 18 in which students had a gala time. As many as 30 different stalls were put up on the sprawling lawns of the college premises. Jalandhar North legislator K.D. Bhandari, who was the chief guest, inaugurated the mela. On the occasion, a raffle draw was also organised in which prizes and gifts were given to the winners. It was decided to donate all the proceeds of the mela to the poor students fund.

Elocution contest

Primary students of DPS Jalandhar participated in an English elocution competition in which they recited poems with the help of various props. Classes I-B, I-D and II-B got the first place, while classes I-C and II-C stood second.

Maths tambola

Teachers of DPS organised a mathematical tambola for students. Gifts like maggi, pencils, chips and biscuits were distributed among the students.

Volleyball team

Principal Dr. Atima Sharma lauded the players of the volleyball team of KMV, Jalandhar, for getting the first position in the Guru Nanak Dev University inter-college tournament held on October 20.

Annual day

Students of BSF Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar cantonment, celebrated its 40th annual day and prize distribution function on October 20. The function was inaugurated by school chairman Inspector- General of BSF, Punjab, Himmat Singh.



Technical lectures from Oct 23
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 21
The Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology will begin a series of technical lectures from October 23.

The first lecture will be delivered by Dr P.W. Macfariane, professor of electrocardiography, University of Glasgow, UK, on “Heart disease - no exemption for India”. The president of the International Society of Electrocardiography has been interested on the application of computer techniques to ECG interpretation. His work has been adopted commercially and applied worldwide. He has established an ECG core laboratory for handling ECGs recorded in international clinical trails and epidemiological studies.

Meanwhile, Sarvakar Visioninfinit Mumbai, has begun a two-day workshop on “Understanding audio-visual communication and digital production” at Lovely Professional University. The workshop focused on an array of topics, including film and television production, radio production, direction, script writing, reviewing film and television programmes, story writing and documentary making. Writer-director from Mumbai Utpal Amerandra Chowdhary convened the media.



Dharna by AIR staff tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 21
The programme staff association ( PSA) of AIR and DD will hold a day- long dharna at 12 capital stations on October 23. Gurvinder Singh, state secretary of PSA, said they are demanding filling up all vacant programme cadre posts and cadre review in a time-bound manner. In view of the dharna, programme work at the 12 chosen stations will be affected. “In case our demands are not met, all work will be stopped from November 15,” said Singh.



New Zealand PM felicitates Jalandhar youth

Jalandhar, October 21
Jalandhar-based youth Raman Pal Singh has received an award from New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clarke for having received the highest level of qualification in plastic technology from there.

Raman has completed a national diploma in plastic processing technology up to level five. His father Surinder Pal Singh, a local plastic manufacturer, claims that his son is the first Indian to have passed the course. He said his younger son too had gone to New Zealand to pursue the same course. Raman had done a two-year diploma in plastic technology from Amritsar also. He had got a job in Gulf Rubbers International in New Zealand. — TNS



Seminar on legal rights of mental patients
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, October 21
A seminar on the legal rights of mental patients was held at Khalsa Amarjit Singh Senior Secondary School, Dumeli, on World Mental Health Day here on Monday.

Kapurthala district and sessions judge Fatehdeep Singh spoke in detail about the legal rights of the mental patients so that their relatives and known persons might get free legal aid for them.

The judge said awareness among masses was being spread about the legal rights of mental patients by organising several seminars in remote villages.

Fatehdeep Singh informed the gathering about the proposed two-day mega lok adalat being held at district and sub-division level in each district of Punjab and Haryana on December 20 and 21.



Car stolen

Jalandhar: A silver-colour Swift car (PB-08-BC-6970) was stolen from outside its owner Satish Vij’s house in the JP Nagar locality, falling under police station 5, on Monday evening. Though a case has been registered, no arrest has been made so far. — TNS



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