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Manmohan card works
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Party workers in a jubilant mood following the poll results.
Party workers in a jubilant mood following the poll results. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, May 16
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh remained the major factor in Manish Tewari’s win in the Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency, who won by a huge margin of 1, 13,706 votes, the biggest in the state. He polled 4,49,264 votes while his nearest opponent and SAD candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib secured 3,35,558 votes.

As the constituency had turned largely urban with a number of villages included in the Fatehgarh Sahib constituency, the urban vote was polled in Tewari's favour, who happens to be the first Hindu candidate from Ludhiana.

Galib accepts verdict

SAD nominee G.S. Galib thanked people for supporting him. He said over three lakh people voted in his favour. He said he had accepted the verdict gracefully. He has always served the people of Ludhiana and will continue to do so, said Galib.

Till date, all the parliamentarians from here were Sikhs as the constituency was largely rural and had Sikh population. Moreover, the clean image and strong educational background of the PM made him very popular in the city.

The urban vote that was considered to be the BJP’s vote bank could not transform into votes for Galib. It is evident from the fact that Tewari got lead in all city-based segments.

The urban Sikhs, too, voted for Tewari as the Congress was successfully able to cash in on the Sikh PM card. Tewari himself acknowledged that the people had voted for Dr Manmohan Singh and made him victorious.

Poor performance of the BJP, coupled by infighting within the SAD, proved fatal for Galib. The failure of top leadership of the SAD-BJP alliance to keep both the partners together, too, caused a dent in the vote kitty of Galib.

Galib was defeated by a huge margin as most of the villages, considered to be the vote bank of Galib, were included in the Fatehgarh Sahib constituency.

Galib secured lead only in Jagraon and Dakha segments while Tewari led in all other segments. Even the central and Atam Park segments, considered to be the stronghold of the Akalis, could not help Galib as he did not lead from here in a single round.

Infighting among the SAD and the BJP leaders, including Simarjit Singh Bains, Hira Singh Gabria, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Satpal Gosain, Harish Bedi and Parveen Bansal spelt doom for Galib.

Congress workers, too, are being accused of not helping Tewari in most of the segments. He is said to have fought it out all alone. Many former MLAs, councillors and other leaders are learnt to have not helped him.

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Gloom in SAD camp
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
It was celebrations all the way as soon as Congress nominee Manish Tewari was declared the winner from the Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency.

He defeated his nearest rival of the Shiromani Akali Dal G.S. Galib by a margin of over one-lakh votes.

As and when the early trends started going in Tewari's favour, happiness prevailed in the Congress camp. The trend continued till the final round. His supporters did not wait for the result to be declared officially and came out on the streets dancing to the bhangra tunes. They carried huge party flags and virtually took over the city.

Earlier in the day, those who could not get access to counting centres remained glued to their TV sets to see the election results.

Expressing his gratitude to people of Ludhiana, Tewari said they had emerged stronger against the “goonda raj” of the Akalis.’ He thanked them for braving the “autocracy of some Akalis in Shimlapuri area” and voting him to power.

Addressing the people after taking out a victory rally on city roads, Tewari said the votes polled in his favour had made him indebted to the people for life.

“I am grateful and will never let you down,” said an elated but tired Tewari. Days of hectic political activity seem to have taken a toll on him as has lost weight.

He added that he would make Ludhiana a number one city in the northern region. “The people here have come up to help me. Now, I will help and provide them a life worth living,” he said.

However, gloom descended on the SAD camp. A two-time parliamentarian, Galib, was hoping till the last minute that he would emerge the winner.

When the early results showed Tewari leading, Galib's house wore a deserted look. Only a few party workers were seen standing outside his house in a pensive mood. His polling agents, too, were looking glum and disbelieving.

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Tewari to follow vision document
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
Manish Tewari today expressed his gratitude to the people here for providing him the chance to represent them in the highest legislative house of the country. He said, “I owe my sincere gratitude to all people of the constituency, in general, and those who voted for me, in particular, for ensuring my victory.”

In a statement issued after being declared elected from the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency Tewari said, “While I owe my special gratitude to those who worked and voted for me, I owe my representation in Parliament to each and every person and voter of the constituency whether he or she voted for me or not.”

He elaborated, “My doors will always remain open for each and every person from the constituency, irrespective of his or her party affiliation, because it is the people of Ludhiana I represent as a whole.”

About his agenda for Ludhiana, he pointed out that he had already issued a vision document before the elections. “My priority would be to stick to that and also seek suggestions for improvement,” he said, adding “moreover I would always welcome ideas, opinions and suggestions aimed at improving the lot of people of Ludhiana”. He said he would always be available to the people 24x7 round the year.

Tewari said the impressive performance by the Congress all over the country was an endorsement of the policies of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi and the general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

He said, “Last but not the least, I thank all legislators, former legislators and ministers, councillors, workers and supporters for putting in a united and concerted effort that ensured my victory.” Without their support, it would not have been possible, he added.

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Power woes for city residents during poll results
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
Power supply was snapped in many parts of the city during the day when people were glued to television sets, watching election results.

Power cuts in different parts of the city have put a question mark on the tall claims of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for providing round-the-clock supply to the residents and left the city residents fuming.

Residents blame officials of the PSEB for “playing into the hands of the state government”.

Not even peripheral areas but posh localities of the city also faced power cuts in phases.

"I request the state government that they should respect the mandate of the people and should not stoop so low and act as vindictive," said Chaman Malhotra, a shopkeeper in Chaura Bazar.

Meanwhile, residents have been facing power cuts for the past three days, but today the power woes were intensified.

The power supply was snapped in Pakhowal Road, Mall Road, Chaura Bazar, Bhadur House, Civil Lines, Jeewan Preet Nagar, Ferozepur Road and many other parts of the city.

Deepak Kumar, a resident of Sham Singh Road, said: "A block level leader told us well before the elections that if the resident of the city would vote a Congress candidate to power, city residents, in general, and industry, in particular, would face power blues. And, I think he was right."

As the paddy-sowing season is round the corner, the concern of power cuts of longer duration was evident on faces of the residents.

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Poll results had people glued to small screen
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
While the local politicians were busy since morning making calculations, city residents were glued to their television sets to know which party has emerged the winner.

Several markets and offices wore a deserted look as customers and traders were eager to know the poll results.

Talking to The Tribune, Gopi, a businessman, said: “In the present era, people are concerned about who is going to govern them and it is clear from the results. People have realised that they need to think above the state politics and vote for a stable government at the Centre."

Similarly, Reetu Sood, head of the home science department at Ramgarhia College for Women, said, “Counting of votes through EVMs proved to be a boon with the officials being quick on declaring results. My husband has been watching TV since 8 am when counting started. He has been swapping channels since morning." She added the times have changed and now everybody has interest in politics, which is clear from the voting percentage.

Advocate Ajay Jindal said: "The Lok Sabha polls were different this time as the picture was not clear, especially due to ban on exit polls by the Election Commission.”

He said, "The results were available on Internet at eciresults.nic.in too and they presented the real picture. But the problem with the website was that the server became too busy and the site was not available all the time. So, I preferred TV over Internet."

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Legal fraternity hails Tewari's win
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 16
Legal fraternity here was elated over the victory of Manish Tewari from the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency.

Lawyers were hopeful that Tewari would take concrete steps in solving problems being faced by the legal fraternity, as he himself was a lawyer of the Supreme Court of India.

Several lawyers said they voted in favour of the Congress, as they wanted to see Manmohan Singh back as the Prime Minister of the country. The world was facing the wrath of recession, and it was only the policies of Manmohan Singh with which the country could remain safe.

A majority of the lawyers remained absent in the courts, as they were eager to hear the result of the Ludhiana seat. They remained busy in watching the TV in the Bar room of district courts.

It was a day of joy for the members of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Legal Cell.

Former chairman of the PPCC Legal Cell Parshotam Sharma, district chairman Dharmjit Singh Khera, convener Ashok Bhakri, senior lawyers Trilok Singh Sood, Ramesh Lakhanpal, Rajwant Singh termed it as a mandate against the policies of the ruling SAD-BJP government.

District Bar Association (DBA) secretary Kamaljit Sharma, former DBA presidents Hemant Kalia, Jagmohan Singh Warraich, ex-DBA secretary Rajneesh Gupta, BK Baweja, RPS Bhatti Dalip Battish said people whole-heartedly voted for electing Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister. Under his able leadership, the country can grow in all spheres, added these lawyers.

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Cong victory: Rush at sweet shops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
While it was party time today for the Congress, following its candidate Manish Tewari's victory in the general elections, even the sweet shop owners of the city had a gala time with party workers buying sweets in bulks to celebrate the win.

Most of the sweet shops, including Bikaner Sweets, Khushi Ram Sweets, Lyallpur, Sharma Sweet Shop and Dhodha Sweets, witnessed a rush of party workers buying ladoos and sweets.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, party workers said, "Laddoos are the sweets to be distributed on auspicious occasions and Tewari's victory is no less than a festival for us. We bought laddoos in bulk for celebrations, the orders for which were placed with different sweet shops of the city in advance."

Krishan Kumar Bawa, former president, District Congress Committee, said, "We distributed laddoos all over the city in celebration of Tewari's victory. 20 kg of laddoos were distributed in the party office alone."

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Libra’s victory celebrated
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, May 16
Congress workers and councillors of Sahnewal celebrated Sukhdev Singh Libra’s victory over Akali Dal candidate Charanjit Singh Atwal today.

Secretary Sukhjit Singh Hara, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee, who had been extending support to Libra expressed that the victory was natural.

Expressing their solidarity towards the party and candidate, the Congress workers and leaders assured that they would stand with their leader through all thick and thin and extended support and assistance whenever required in the near or distant future.

Captain Hara, while addressing the media, said it was the victory of goodness, honesty and righteousness, as masses were disillusioned by Akali Dal’s performance and wanted a change.

Lashing against the Akali Dal, Hara said the Akalis had always tried to fill in their own coffers by plundering the state of its national wealth.

He said Punjab was till now being driven to penury by politics being played by the Akalis so much so that they took aid from the Centre and termed it as their own brainchild.

He also blamed that the poor fiscal management by the SAD-BJP alliance was pushing the state towards financial bankruptcy.

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Party workers take out victory march
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, May 16
Around 400 workers of the Congress gathered at Main Chowk, Mullanpur, to celebrate the victory of Manish Tewari in the Lok Sabha elections today.

They were led by MLA Jassi Khangura, Kila Raipur, former MLA Malkiat Singh Dakha, Dakha, civic body chief Telu Ram Bansal, Mullanpur Dakha, and others.

Congress workers in Jagraon and Raikot also celebrated Tewari’s victory by taking out a procession.

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Sudden imposition of toll tax annoys transporters
Rakesh Gupta

Raikot, May 16
The sudden imposing of toll tax yesterday left the residents fuming.

Rohan Rajdeep Tollways Ltd had started collecting toll tax at both of its toll barriers, one at Hissowal village near Mullanpur Dakha and another at Mehal Kalan village on Barnala road. The company had taken the contract to build the 58 km road from Mullanpur to Barnala, which had many bridges on build-own-transfer (BOT) basis worth about Rs 100 crore for 15 years. None of the bridge is complete till date and at many places, the laying of the roads is also incomplete.

Toll manager Jagdish Kulria said they had the permission to collect the toll tax at rebate of Rs 7 per vehicle on the basis of partial completion of the project. He even showed the partial completion certificate (PCC) issued by executive engineer, PWD (B&R), with memo no 345, but failed to show the list of work completed by the company that was furnished to the PWD department, on the basis of which the PCC was issued. They did not have any type of permission from any of the department that enabled them to collect the toll tax all of a sudden.

This PCC was yet to be sent to other departments concerned for necessary action. Davinder Pal, project manager, could not give any positive reply over the permission they had obtained from the department concerned.

The public transporters, especially buses, were the main losers as the toll tax was being paid from the pockets of the owners. Malkait Singh of the Ludhiana Transport Company said the toll tax had to be passed on the fare of the passengers by the notification of the government and till date, no such exercise had been initiated. Moreover, the whole of the day, the vehicles who passed the toll barrier, many times in a day, complained of toll tax being charged for each trip, but it was clearly mentioned on the toll slip that the charges were for 24 hours.

The toll tax, being currently charged, is at the rate of Rs 21 for cars and three-wheelers, Rs 31 for LCV, Rs 62 for HCV, Rs 94 for multi-excel vehicles and Rs 118 for earthmoving vehicles.

Beside the protesting residents of nearby villages and towns, the sudden imposing of toll tax was condemned by Raikot Truck Union president Gurjit Singh, Bhupinder Singh of the Mullanpur Truck Union, school bus operators and commuters.

In the evening, the commuters protested on the toll barrier. The transporters and residents of the area also staged a protest dharna at Hissowal Toll Barrier and interrupted the traffic for more than an hour. The police pacified the protesters to lift the seize.

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Class VIII Results
Students, parents in defiant mood
Raise finger at teachers’ performance
Our Correspondent

Doraha, May 16
Poor results of class VIII of the Punjab School Education Board have once again put a question mark on performance of teachers especially in the government schools.

Failing students and their parents, who seem to be in a defiant mood, have demanded strict action against those teachers who instead of engaging themselves in the teaching process, care a fig for career of the students and have rendered their future bleak.

The results here, as is the case at most of the places, are simply appalling. To mention a few, out of a total of 32 students of Government Senior Secondary School Shahpur, Payal, 22 have failed and astonishingly out of 22 failures, 19 have not been able to make it in the subject of Punjabi.

So much so that five out of theses 19 have got zero marks. Similarly, out of a total of 58 students of Government High School, Ghaloti, 36 have been unsuccessful.

In Captain Manjit Singh Gill Government Senior Secondary School, Dhamot, a total of 75 students have failed out of 93, who appeared in the exam.

At Government Senior Secondary School, Doraha, out of 56 students, 24 are failing and at Government Middle School, Tamkaudi, 18 students out of 24 have failed.

At Government Senior Secondary School, Kaddon, out of a total of 68 students, 43 have failed. Also, Shaheed Karnail Singh Memorial Government Senior Secondary School, Issru, a total of 43 students out of 65 failed to make it.

The students and their guardians allege that the main reason of falling standards in these government schools is the height of callousness adopted by the teachers who are earning handsome salaries but are least bothered in teaching the students.

“Although the government boosts of making school education a top priority in the state, in the absence of any regulatory authority most of the teachers in the government schools just make merry and enjoy daily lunch served to them in the form of midday meals,” complained the guardians of these students.

Amardeep Singh (name changed), father of a failing student, rued, “These teachers should definitely be penalised for playing with the career of the students who aspire to study but find their aspirations mingle into dust.”

“Although the government has introduced the system of midday meals for the benefit of the poor students but it has turned to be more of a liability,” alleged one of the parents.

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Need to revamp education system: Expert
Our Correspondent

Amloh, May 16
With the declaration of middle standard examination results, poor performance of government schools has evoked a wave of anger among parents against teachers whereas the latter alone cannot be held responsible.

People from middle and low-income group send their children to the government schools and the parents either have no time or knowledge to check homework and daily progress of their wards.

Out of 517 students, only three from the government schools have been placed in the merit list of the board. A survey conducted by this correspondent of some schools has revealed that the worst sufferers are the middle schools.

At Government Middle School, Sudhewal, Daljit Singh, in charge of the school, told that three teachers had to teach eight subjects to 57 students, as three posts were lying vacant.

In Government Middle School, Bhambri, the posts of science and math teachers had been lying vacant and Hindi and drawing teachers had to teach these subjects. Only three students out of 44 have passed.

Introduction of English from class first without providing English teachers in primary schools is another drawback, an expert said.

Moreover, the in charge teachers of the middle schools take the classes of their subjects as per the norms fixed by the department, besides to prepare the daily “dak” and attend meetings called by the department or their complex schools, prepare time table and other routine work of the schools.

The expert addedd that another factor of the poor results was the examination policy of the board, which had made compulsory to pass in seven subjects.

Any student to fail in any two subjects is declared as fail whereas in the matriculation examination, a fail student in any two subjects is declared pass with reappear in that subject except Punjabi.

District Mahaveer Kranti Dal vice-president Baljit Singh Anian has alleged that the government encouraged private schools by adopting such policies.

The posts of heads and teachers are lying vacant for years now and the remaining teachers have to remain away from their schools to perform the election duty, rural area survey, preparation of dak, midday meal accounts and supervision, etc.

The provocation of the parents against the teachers will serve no purpose, it will lower the respect of the teachers in the mind of the students, which will prove harmful.

All concerned should strike to improve the education system, the expert said.

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Teachers undergo personality evaluation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College (SAVJC) organised a one-day teacher-training programme on the campus here today.

Teachers from various schools of the city participated in the programme. Dr Anuradha, principal, SAVJC, was resource person, along with Priyanka, a management consultant.

KK Dhir, founder registrar of Punjab Technical University, insisted on the role of a teacher in giving knowledge, awareness and transforming the budding talents in an efficacious manner. In the personality test, the teachers were made to visualise their potentials. Ashwani Jain, a noted industrialist and president of the college was the chief guest.

The participants were made to undergo their personality evaluation, thereby assessing their strengths and weaknesses through structured modules. In various management games, the teachers identified the driving force in their individual personality. They looked at the positive and negative sides through “transforming self” module.

In another session, the trainees were made to understand the value of music as an anti-stress therapy. Dr Anuradha cautioned that choice of music, along with time and situations, could help to fight stress. The programme reached towards culmination in positive spirits and it helped the teachers to recognise their latent attributes.

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From Schools
Shakti House excels in painting contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
Fruit day and an inter-house painting competition were held at Greenland Senior Secondary School today. The theme for painting competition was health is wealth. Fifty students participated with great zeal.

The students made colourful paintings. Shakti House stood first followed by Jyoti House. Director Rajesh Rudra and principal Baldeep Pandher applauded the creativity of the students.

Maths week

Maths week was organised for the primary wing of Bal Bharti Public School to develop creativity among students. There was a brain-storming session, maths mania in which the students recited poems like world of geometry and playing with numbers in which the students presented games on backward and forward, chart-making competition on topics like pattern and shapes and a model-making competition.

Principal Punam Dogra appreciated the efforts of the students and praised Vastal Rucha, a student of class II, for winning champions trophy at the state-level UC MAS Abacus and mental arithmetic competition.

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Clock Tower a centre for book lovers
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
On Sunday, the Clock Tower, a famous spot of the old city, turns into "literature by roadside" market. Though the market is on wane, but is still visited by the city's few book lovers, be it old or young. Five book-sellers put up their collection. They have been selling second-hand books for many decades.

With the prices of books skyrocketing these days, the market is a much-visited place by the book-lovers though the industrial city encompasses very few ardent book readers. Hunt through the piles of books and if luck smiles, one can also get priceless books for peanuts. The books sold in this market are not pirated.

"The books are original paperbacks here. We usually buy the books from Delhi. The magazines, novels and other books, which are left, are sold to us at second-hand rates. We have a collection to satisfy every customer.

The much-in demand are the Urdu books, which are very rare these days. Customers repeat the demand but very limited Urdu books are available even in Delhi," says Naresh Kumar, who has been putting up his stall for the last 16 years.

Telling about his clients, he adds the customers from every age group visited his stall. While youngsters go in for magazines and novels, old generation prefers serious literature, while Urdu books are high on demand. "I do not know how to read Urdu, which cripples me from selecting the books," he says.

A student is seen searching for his favourite author among the spread out. "My uncle told me about this market and it has been since two years that I have been visiting this market regularly. Though one needs patience to find the book but if one is lucky enough, he can get the book of his favourite author at the price as less as Rs 30. Books today are priced very high and any book of a good author is not less than Rs 500. "But here, one can find books at very low price," he smiles as he finds the book by Paulo Coelho, which he has been searching for quite a sometime.

Another book-seller Minto Kumar has been putting up his stall from the last 12 years here. "English novels and magazines on interiors, fashion and film gossip are a great pick. We have regular clients, who visit us often to pick up their favourite stuff," he adds.

Do not be surprised if you find books of famous authors, like Sidney Sheldon, Danielle Steel, Paulo Coelho, Richard Bach, Mario Puzo scattered in the stack. All one needs is endurance to find them from the stack of books.

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‘Folk artistes suffer for lack of education’
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
Folk artistes in Rajasthan, despite being good vocalists and instrumentalists, are still struggling to make it in the mainstream. This was said by khartal player Khete Khan.

"Rajasthan state governments and Central governments have never taken the initiative to promote education in the interior parts of Rajasthan, which are the hubs of folk art," Khan said.

Young and old artists have visa stamps of all the leading countries, but lack of education eludes them as various other villages in Rajasthan do not have even an elementary school.

Khete Khan was in the city with his troupe to perform under the aegis of SPIC MACAY, who, while interacting with The Tribune, shared some facts.

Did any individual or organisation ever come forward for the cause of education in your native village?

Dr Shivinder Sandhu and his wife Manveen Sandhu, the connoisseurs of art and culture from Punjab, were the only persons, who had taken the initiative to start a school under CBSE curriculum for the 30 students from Manganiyar and Langah community. But, they died in a road accident, which has once again brought our artist communities back to square one in terms of education.

Our kids are getting the best training in folk art forms, but they need education to widen their horizons.

Is the remuneration given by the state, Centre and other organisations sufficient for the artists in your troupe?

The stipulated income given by the governments is not sufficient if we look towards the future of the younger generations in our communities. There are times when we do not have any programme schedule for months and then we depend on the Rajwara families in the state.

"It is a tradition of performing for our noble Rajput families, which have kept our communities close to the folk art and we take pride in it."

How do you rate the popularity of Rajasthani folk music in India and overseas?

Senior artists, including Anwar Khan (vocalist), Dara Khan (khamaicha) and myself are conducting workshops in India and overseas, wherein hundreds of students learn the folk songs and instruments of Rajasthan.

Following our recent visits to the World Music Institute in Alley University (US) and at the Festival of India in Amsterdam, we got requests from a large number of music lovers for workshops.

Is the making of instruments helpful in keeping alive the conventional touch in Rajasthani music?

The instruments like surnai, khamaicha, dholak, algoza, and khartal (made from seesam wood) are made by our own people as they have learnt the art from their ancestors just like the legacy of the artists.

Interestingly, some of the instruments are six to seven decades old and still can be rated the best, the artist revealed.

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Jagraon village casts 99 pc votes
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, May 16
The Jagraon assembly constituency managed to get a record registered in its name when a village cast 99 per cent votes in Lok Sabha elections.

Galib Khurd (Poll Booth No 155) village had a total of 910 votes. Out of this, 903 persons cast their votes, out of which 538 were women, while only 365 were male voters. The number of votes cast by ballot paper was also maximum here. As many as 71 voters cast their votes with ballot papers due to some technical problem with the electronic voting machines (EVM).

The least votes were polled in Rasulpur village where only 51per cent voters exercised their voting rights.

In total 69 per cent voters in Jagraon assembly constituency exercised their voting rights out of 1,55,138 votes. Out of this, 57,064 men and 51740 women voters stamped over the fate of contesting candidates. If one goes by rural verses urban voters, 81734 rural voters and 27070 urban voters came out of their house to select their representative in the Lok Sabha Ludhiana seat. 3140 voters had to cast their votes with ballot paper due to technical problem with EVM. The record of the ARO shows that none of the voter in this constituency exercised his right to decline voting.

There were many polling booth where women voters outnumbered male votes other than Galib Khurd village. The interest of women can be judged with the voting of female:Male votes in other such village. In Sangatpura village it was 310:309, Cheemna with 541:537, Aligarh with 206:192, Bardeke with 338:333, Lamme with 306:288. Dangian with 555:554, Galib Kalan (Booth 159& 160) with 709:671, Jagraon City booth No. 95 with 188:104 and Jagraon City booth No. 137 with 400:303. In Jagraon City booth No. 95 with female voters equaled with men voters with 324:324.

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Bribe Allegation
Dharna against patwari
Our Correspondent

Raikot, May 16
A Canadian citizen, Satinder Pal Singh, hailing from Dalla village near Jagraon, has accused Gurnam Singh, patwari of Bassian village, of taking Rs 10,000 for transferring the mutation of property in his name and demanding Rs 20,000 more for the job.

He said he had visited India in January and paid the demanded amount to the patwari for the mutation of 3 acres of ancestral property at Bassian village in his and his heir's name. He again visited India last month, but came to know that the mutation of the property had not been effected. He said the patwari was demanding Rs 20,000 more for the job. He narrated the incident to his relative at Dalla village.

Meanwhile, many villagers from Dalla gathered at the Patwar Khana yesterday and sat on a dharna. They raised slogans against revenue officials and the patwari, demanding strict action against him.

Tehsildar Raikot Harsharanjit Singh said he was on election duty at Fatehgarh sahib. He said he would look into the matter after his return and act accordingly.

Patwari Gurnam Singh, however, refuted the allegations levelled against him.

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Goods worth Rs 4.5 lakh gutted in fire
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
A fire broke out at a godown of a studio at around 11 am here today, gutting material worth Rs 4.5 lakh.

The fire broke out on the first floor of Gupta Studio at Kesar Ganj, owned by Raj Kumar, and one fire tender was pressed in by the fire department, which doused the flames within an operation of half an hour.

According to information, short circuit is said to be the reason for the fire and the shop owner had kept reels, cameras and other photography material in the godown. The eyewitnesses revealed that the fire flames were huge and had created panic in the area.

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Nanaksar sect leader dead
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 16
Sant Baba Sadhu Singh, head of the Nanaksar sect, died last afternoon after a brief illness. He was 88.

He was being treated at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, for the past four days for fever.

Born in 1921 in Pakistan, he reached the Nanaksar gurdwara when he was 15.

Baba Nand Singh sent him to Sant Baba Harnam Singh of Bhucho Mandi for religious education. He again came to Nanaksar and spent his whole life here serving the gurdwara and preaching of Sikhism. Lakhs of Sikhs were baptised by him.

He served the Nanaksar Gurudwara for the last more than 73 years. He also served Nand Singh, who had established this sect. He also served Baba Ishar Singh for 35 years since 1963.

Meanwhile, a number of devotees today thronged the Nanaksar Gurdwara to have the last glimpse of the Baba. Sant Baba Lakha Singh, heir of Sant Baba Sadhu Singh, said the Baba would be cremated on May 17 as per the traditions of Nanaksar sect at Nanaksar itself.

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Man posing as SSP’s reader held
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 16
The Jagraon CIA staff yesterday arrested an impostor who used to befool people by claiming to be the reader to the Jagraon SSP.

The police also seized a fake identity card depicting him as a sub-inspector in the food and supplies department, a receipt book of the CPI, Rs 2,000 cash and a scooter (PB-25-C-3246) from his possession.

Harbaux Singh of Agwar Pona, who runs a chicken hut at Jagraon, filed a complaint with CIA staff in charge Pritam Singh that a person called him up a fortnight ago claiming to be Satpal Singh, reader to the SSP, and sought contributions for the SSP. He said he would issue a receipt for the donation.

The impostor again called him up and threatened to close his chicken centre if contribution was not made by noon. Harbaux, along with the desired money, reached the SSP office, but the impostor did not turn up. When he called him up, the impostor asked to pay the amount at the bus stand at 10 pm.

On getting suspicious, he enquired and learnt that there was no reader with the name of Satpal Singh. Later, the caller was identified from his mobile number as Sukhwinder Singh, alias Babbi, of Hans Kalan village near here.

The complainant met the impostor with his nephew and informed the CIA staff, which caught him red-handed. He is said to have cheated a number of people on fake identities.

A case under Sections 170, 419, 420, 467, 471 and 384 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. During interrogation, the accused said he had been a temporary watchman with the food and supplies department, but was later dismissed.

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25-year-old killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, May 16
A youth was killed this morning, when the car he was driving, went out of control and rammed into a truck-trailer coming from the opposite side. The accident occurred near Pandori village on Jagraon road at 7.45 am, when Harsh Narula (25) of Fazilka was returning home from Ludhiana in his Indigo car (PB-22-C-0033).

It seems that his car went out of his control and, changing the track on the road, rammed into truck-trailer (PB-05-M-9610) coming from Jagraon side. After the incident, the truck also went out of control and dragged the car around 100 ft and rammed into a roadside tree. The car was totally crushed between the tree and the truck. The victim died on the spot. The driver of the truck absconded leaving the truck behind.

The police has registered a case against the unidentified driver of the truck.

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Cop charred to death
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, May 16
A policeman was charred to death when a tanker hit the motorcycle he was riding near here yesterday.

The deceased, identified as Sarvan Singh (40), was on a patrol duty along with constable Gurmukh Singh. The incident occurred when they were returning towards Mullanpur Dakha from Ludhiana. A truck-tanker (UP-81-C-7397), filled with molasses, rammed into the motorcycle.

The petrol from the oil tank of the bike spilled and it caught fire. While Gurmukh was saved by some passers-by, Sarvan died on the spot.

Gurmukh was admitted to a nearby hospital. The driver of the tanker fled leaving behind the vehicle.

The police impounded the truck and sent the body for a post-mortem. A case under Sections 279, 304-A and 427 of the IPC has been registered against the tanker driver.

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3 booked for criminal breach of trust
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, May 16
A case of criminal breach of trust has been registered against three persons.

Kulwinder Kaur of Kular village near Jagraon had accused that the father-son trio, Sikander Singh and his sons Hardeep Singh and Sukhdev Singh of Talwandi Khurd village had managed to borrow Rs 16 lakh from her on the pretext of sending their son Sukhdev Singh to abroad on marriage basis around three years ago. The accused are her relatives also.

They successfully sent Sukhdev Singh abroad around two and half years ago and he was well settled there. When she asked them to refund the money, they first refunded her Rs 2 lakh, and thereafter, they tried to evade her on one pretext or other. Later on, they refused to repay the amount of Rs 14 lakh and threatened to eliminate her if she again approached them for repayment. The complainants then approached the SSP, Ludhiana (rural), Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, on March 25 this year, who entrusted Jagraon DSP Mukhtiar Singh with the enquiry of the case. DSP found the allegation true.

Meantime, the accused allegedly tried to kill the complainant after wrongfully confinement on April 7 this year. After due legal opinion from DA Legal, SSP Jagraon, ordered a case be registered at the Dakha police station. The Dakha police registered the case under Sections 406, 341 and 506 against the accused. No arrest has been made so far.

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1 injured in road mishap
Tribune News Service

Khanna, May 16
A resident of Kalalmajra village was injured in an accident near the SSP office on the GT road last evening.

The victim, identified as Hardeep Singh, was on his way towards his village on a motorcycle when his bike collided with a speeding car.

He was rushed to the civil hospital where his condition was stated to be normal. The police has registered a case.

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Man held for gambling
Tribune News Service

Khanna, May 16
The police today booked a resident of Rajewal village for gambling at a public place in Khanna.

The accused has been identified as Gurmukh Singh, who was arrested while gambling with some unidentified people in the city, while other accused managed to escape from the place. The police also seized Rs 1,050 from his possession and a case in this connection has been registered. He would be produced in the court.

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Migrant labourer found murdered
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 16
A migrant labourer was found murdered in a field at Sehjad village near Jodhan on Friday.

The deceased has been identified as Gurpreet Kamath (35), a resident of Sopol district in Bihar. He was working for Chamkaur Singh, a farmer of Sehjad village.

According to reports, Gurpreet went to water the fields on Thursday night. When Chamkaur went to the fields around 7 am on Friday, he found the body of Gurpreet. The body bore injury marks on face and head.

The police has registered a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

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Softball Tourney
Guru Nanak school clinch title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 16
Guru Nanak International Senior Secondary School, Model Town, and Teja Singh Swatantar Memorial Senior Secondary School, Shimla Puri, emerged champions in the boys and girls’ sections, respectively, in the 12th edition of the Junior Ludhiana District Softball Championship played at the Ramgarhia Educational Complex, Miller Ganj, here today.

In the girls’ final, Teja Singh Swatantar Memorial Senior Secondary School faced many anxious moments against RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar branch, before romping home victorious 3-1.

For the winners, Manpreet Kaur, Diksha and Sakshi scored one point each, while lone scorer for RS Model Senior Secondary School was Harjot Kaur.

The final match (boys) played between Guru Nanak International Senior Secondary School and RS Model Senior Secondary School was a mismatch as the former came out triumphant comfortably 9-0.

The architects of this one-sided match were Paramjot Kaur, Manpreet Kaur and Jaspreet Kaur who contributed two points each.

Gurbachan Singh and Raja Singh, principals of Teja Singh Swatantar Memorial School and Ramgarhia College were guests of honour at the prize distribution function.

Meanwhile, the following players have been selected by the Punjab Softball Association to represent the state in the forthcoming Softball Federation Cup Tournament to be held at Indore from May 22 to 24, according to association honorary secretary Pran Nath Passi.

The names of the selected players are:

Women- Lovneet and Navneet from Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana; Sukhwinder Kaur, Amandeep and Gurpreet from Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana; Sukhjeet Kaur, Kuljit Kaur and Daljeet Kaur from Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Ludhiana; Navjot, Priya and Reena from KMV, Jalandhar; Monika, Mamta and Rajwinder Kaur from HMV College, Jalandhar.

Rupinder Kaur and Jugal Kishore have been appointed as coach and manager, respectively, of the team.

Men- Vikas, Luvrishi, Gurpreet Singh, Jagjeet, Mehtab Singh, Deepak, Arun, Vijay, Puneet, Dampreet, Baljeet, Amit, Dilshad, Pawan and Kanwarpreet.

Inderbir Singh will be coach of the team and Onkar Singh has been named as manager of the squad.

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