Soon: Zip through Urban Estates
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 25
In what may be termed as good news for hundreds of residents of Urban Estates ( UE) of Jalandhar and Phagwara, finally the dilapidated roads of these localities will be repaired.

If Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA) member Parveen Kumar’s statement is true, 41.08 km roads located in Urban Estate, Phase I and II, of Jalandhar and Urban Estate of Phagwara would be either repaired or reconstructed shortly with the cost of Rs 5.20 crore.

The work of repairing roads in some of the areas located in these Urban Estates had already been started and the same would be completed within a next few months, he added. “The roads in these Urban Estates developed by the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) sometime back are in such a bad shape that it is difficult to know whether there are pits in the roads or roads in the pits,” said advocate Kamal Arora, a resident of Urban Estate, Phase II.

Parveen Kumar said 16 km roads would be repaired in Urban Estate, Phase I, with the cost of Rs 1.70 crore, whereas 16.45 km roads would be repaired in Urban Estate, Phase II, in Jalandhar.

Similarly, 8.63 km roads would be repaired with the cost of Rs 1.4 crore in Urban Estate of Phagwara, he added.

Parveen Kumar said the JDA would supervise the repair work of the roads whereas Panchkula-based Irbon company had been engaged for third-party inspection of these roads after repair.

As much as 0.48 per cent of the total cost on the repair of these roads would be paid to Ibron for third party inspection, the JDA member replied to a query.

Meanwhile, Parveen Kumar said the roads located in Chotti Baradari, I and II, of Jalandhar would also be repaired soon.



This scion of Gwalior Gharana is a cool crooner
Aparna Banerji
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 25
Matter of fact yet casual in her demeanour she talks with a glint in her black eyes. Her little unconventional mannerisms (a yanky little ‘Ya’) accompanying almost every sentence that she speaks, makes her one of those very unorthodox and minus-the-air maestro whom it is always a pleasure to met.

The Tribune catches up with Dr Meeta Pandit, a sixth-generation scion of Gwalior Gharana, while she is in-town to perform at a concert arranged by SPICMACAY at the Lovely Professional University.

Instructed by her grandfather Padma Bhusan Pt Krishna Rao Shankar Pandit and father L.K. Pandit, the first time she performed was at the Prasang festival at Bharat Bhavan at the age of 11.

“But the time my career actually kick-started was at the Sankat Mochan festival in Benares when I was 15. My performance was at 3 am and I was instructed by my father to eat less so that I don’t fall asleep by the time it’s my turn to perform. It was a crazy wait. But finally I got to perform in front of a huge audience. I sang raag Bihaag. The performance was highly appreciated. It was one of the most enriching experiences of my life.”

Meeta, who recently got the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini award, says awards are a brilliant means of encouragement for artistes. Her favourite award is, Sangeet Natak Academy’s Ustad Bismillah Khan award, which she got just a few days after her wedding this year.

Talking about the best compliment she got as an artiste, she says, “After one of my performances there was this old woman who came up to me and touched my feet. I was shocked. The woman went on to explain ‘beta I’ve heard your father, grandfather and now you. Tumhare sangeet mein jo parampara basi hai use naman hai’. This has been one of the best moments I have had as an artiste and I feel supremely blessed to be carrying forward such a great tradition.”

She talks on about her passion in life.

What’s the cliche concerning Hindustani classical music that you dislike most?

It has been made some kind of a ‘haooa’ (ghost). Whenever you talk about it people come up saying we don’t understand it. It is not that complicated. Maybe, people’s minds are not open enough to take it.

You are called a guru with a difference. Tell us something about your disciples.

I have disciples both at home (India) and abroad. I enjoy the classes I take at workshops in France twice a year where I teach them going by the guru-shishya parampara. There are no cell-phones or internet available to the students during the entire duration of the workshop. Classical music is pretty popular in the West. Back home I guess we need to take it more seriously than we presently are.

What do you think should be done to promote classical music?

I’ll tell you what I am doing about it. I had been doing a chunk in the morning show ‘subah savere’ in DD-1 where I used to pick up certain movie songs based on particular ragas, play them and then tell the viewers about those particular ragas. These days I host a show called “Swar Shingaar” on Radio Gandharva on World Space Satellite Radio where I tell the listeners about Indian classical music, discussing stuff even as basic as a swar or alaap.

What do you think about cross-country music?

I think cross-country music is one of the healthy trends prevailing presently. I had a chance to work with jazz pianist Alle Delfau. It was a great experience for me as well as the audience from what it seems.

Your favorite artistes promoting cross-country music in India?

Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Trilok Gurtu and Talvin Singh.

What are your future plans?

I have a classical music album with saregama coming out pretty soon.



Escalating violence against women raises concern
Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service

Students of KMV College present a cultural programme during a function in Jalandhar 
on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Jalandhar, November 25
Raising their voice against the prevailing social evils in society, KMV College today celebrated International Day for the elimination of violence against women and held a function “saplings of life” under which the students vividly brought to life these core problems.

The function began with a nukkad natak “Bas Hun Hor Nahin” on the increasing problem of female foeticide and drug addiction in Punjab. A complete story of destruction in itself, the play was an open question as to when would problems like female foeticide and drug addiction come to an end.

Highlighting this issue, the students also pointed out that every fifth female foetus was being killed as per the recent survey. The tight dialogues and the intermittent comments, including satire on the failure of the state government to curb these practices, left the audience laughing.

Depicting these problems in one of their scenes, the students made a straight comment on the free flow of drugs to the electorate during elections. The play ended with the misconception that the sole bread winner of the family has died due to an overdose of drugs, while he woke up soon after he was given a dose of opium by another drug-addict friend of the protagonist.

Besides this, the students also presented a choreography on how pollution was destroying the ozone layer and causing harm to the living beings on mother earth. This was followed by a one-act play “Dhian di Lohri” highlighting the step-motherly treatment meted out to girls in nearly every second home in the region.

Chief guest Harsimrat Kaur Badal, wife of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, who was here to distribute saplings on this occasion, lauded the performance of the students. The college formed a “Saplings of Life Club” on the occasion and Harsimrat was made a patron of the club.

Addressing the gathering, she said, “We need to work together to eliminate various social evils in society. Let us look forward to a bright future with empowered women and a green environment”. The college faculty also released a magazine “Sports Newsline” giving details of the various sports activities in the college.



Pesky calls: Pay up, Spice told
Deepkamal Kaur/TNS

Jalandhar, November 25
The district consumer disputes redressal forum has directed Spice Communication to compensate its customer by paying up Rs 30,000 for not stopping unwanted calls on his mobile set despite having availed of the service.

In his complaint, Kamal Miglani, a resident of Raja Garden here, said he applied for the “Do not disturb” facility on September 13, 2007, to avoid being harassed due to unwanted calls. He alleged that despite the registration of his choice, he kept receiving unnecessary calls for advertisement purposes.

He said he had even prepared a list and found that he had received 66 unwanted calls in 45 days between October 29, 2007, to December 12, 2007. He asked for a compensation of Rs 500 per call from the company and its Model Town showroom.

The counsel for the company insisted that the unwanted calls had been stopped 45 days after the registration of the complaint. He also said there was no evidence that these were business or advertisement calls or usual calls by ordinary persons, friends or relatives.

The forum said the onus to prove that the calls made were not business calls was on the company. It said the call details were with the company officials which they did not produce. It said the company representatives also failed to produce rules to rebut the facts.

As such, the forum held the company deficient for its services and non-stoppage of unwanted calls.



Young World
Bank of America picks up 11 Apeejay students
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 25
The Bank of America conducted a placement drive in the Apeejay College of Fine Arts here on November 20. The 11 students who were selected are Prabhleen Kaur, Janvi Murgai, Palki Sood, Neha Verma, Shilpa Bharadwaj, Isha Sharma, Rati Parmar, Neha Sareen, Ankur Sharma, Tanya Sarpal and Akhil Miglani.

A placement talk in progress at HMV College in Jalandhar. Photo: Suryakant

A placement officers’ meet was organised in HMV College by Wipro Technology, Bangalore, on November 21. On the occasion, Wipro Technology CEO Jaspreet Kaur gave a presentation on the project “Earn while learn”. She explained the recruitment through WASE under which the company would offer postgraduate degree programmes through BITS Pilani. As many as 100 students of the college and other local institutes were present.

Varsity toppers

Jyoti Rani of BA-II (Sanskrit hons) of the Prem Chand Markanda SD College for Women bagged the second position scoring 164 marks out 200 in Guru Nanak Dev University.

Meanwhile, Pardeep Kaur and Ritu, students of BA-I and II (Punjabi hons) of the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, secured the first and second positions in the university, respectively.

Reebhumika, a student of BA-III (psychology hons) of the Apeejay College of Fine Arts stood first in the university securing 78.6 per cent marks.

Mandeep Kaur and Shipra Sharma, students of diploma in nutrition and dietetics, scored the first and second positions in the university. Hardeep Kaur, another student of the same class, achieved distinction in the examination scoring 601 marks out of 800.

College fest

BD Arya Girls College, Jalandhar cantonment, celebrated its annual college fete here on Sunday. Various stalls were put up to exhibit creativity by students. Students had a gala time enjoying the day-long celebrations.

MBA students

Students of the MBA of the St Soldier Management and Technical Training Institute, Kapurthala Road, visited Jagatjit Industries, Hamira on Tuesday. They got practical knowledge about different units relating to liquor and milk products. Officials of the Jagatjit Industries provided valuable job centric and industry focused tips to the Students.

Extension lecture

The commerce department of the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, organised an extension lecture on the “Effects of online procedure in financial sector”. ICAI president Puneet Duggal told the students about the market needs.



Incorporate the ideals of Pt Nehru
Vandana Bansal

The birthday of the greatest ever born adorable legend Jawaharlal Nehru was celebrated with full fun and fervour not only in Jalandhar but in the whole country, especially in schools and colleges. His birthday has been dedicated to the nation as Children’s Day. Various cultural functions were organised in the educational institutions. Children dressed in colourful costumes remembered their Chacha Nehru and resolved to embark on the path shown by him. He was the favourite of the children and the youth alike.

Larger-than-life-figure Nehru was a prophetic politician who turned the tide of history and worshipped the living strength of youth with great vehemence. He popularised the notion of youth as “nation-builder” and for this he laid stress on the allround personality development of the child.

In his youth, he assiduously worked for his motherland, gave his best and with his untiring efforts, he renewed and synthesised the best of past with his present. We need to direct our children and youth to the path shown by this world renowned leader who remarked, “Old men work for years that still remains for them, the young work for eternity.” Nehru firmly believed in Frenchman’s saying, “To do great things , a man must live as if he had never to die.”

Today youth is misdirected and misguided by some miscreants, particularly the Punjabi youth who were known for chivalry and righteousness of approach is in the mire of drugs, foreign craze and social evils. Interaction with the West is not bad but the blind craze and race for western countries is leading them astray and this must be curbed. How can we forget the ideals, the dreams, the wisdom and the buoyant energy of our ancestors who have always made us proud. The whole world is ours. Still we have to venture first for our country to make it a heaven in the real sense and only then we can strive for the betterment of the world. Nehru laid stress on the theory of “Vasudhev Kutumbukam” by saying, “Our quest must be adventure, but adventure in a noble enterprise which promises to bring peace to a distracted world and security and stability to the millions who have it not.”

Let the children and youth bring gleam and shimmer to the world by incorporating the great ideals of Pt Nehru and make this world a better place to live in.



Insurance staffers rally for better wages
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 25
Responding to the countrywide strike call given by the All India Insurance Employees Association, members of the Northern Zone Insurance Employees Association held a rally in front of the divisional office of the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India here today.

The protesters raised slogans against the government and demanded wage revision.

While addressing a gathering, Surjit Ram, divisional secretary of the association, said the LIC of India has achieved a record growth despite global financial meltdown. The LIC employees have been instrumental in settling Rs 1.30 crore claims, he said, adding that this has been possible with the utmost dedication and hard work of the employees. However, the LIC management is showing reluctance in revision the wages, he claimed.

Other leaders of the association who addressed the rally, included Ved Prakash, Rakesh Hastir, MM Pahuja, Rajinder Kumar, ID Chopra and Rajneesh Sehgal. The leaders threatened to intensify the stir if their demands were not accepted.



Disabled provided help

Kapurthala, November 25
A function was organised to distribute relief material among poor, underprivileged, and handicapped at Begowal in the Bholath constituency on Monday. The family of late Surjit Singh of Begowal sponsored the function where MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira was the chief guest.

The function was held under the banner of the Surjit Singh Memorial Charitable Trust, Begowal. Speaking on the occasion, Khaira thanked Surjit Singh’s family for making this gesture of helping out the handicapped. Nearly 800 handicapped persons were present in the function, besides other respectables of the constituency. — TNS



Autorickshaw men protest

Jalandhar, November 25
Hundreds of autorickshaw owners, demanding withdrawal of the city bus service, organised a protest here today.

The drivers called off the autorickshaw services for two hours and participated in a rally taken out towards the administrative complex. The members of the autorickshaw union handed over a memorandum of their demands to the deputy commissioner. Union president Bhupinder Gill insisted that the city bus service was causing a major dent in their income. — TNS



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