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Construction work on Batalwi auditorium begins
Ravi Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Batala, April 7
Followers of Shiv Kumar Batalvi, reckoned to be one of the finest Punjabi writers of all times, have reasons to smile as construction work on the dilapidated building, built nearly three decades ago, in remembrance of the iconic playwright and poet, has started in right earnest.

The dilapidated condition of the auditorium, constructed in 1980, came to notice exactly two years ago when the government decided to hold the writer’s 75th birth anniversary celebrations. Batalvi, who, in 1967, became the youngest recipient of the Sahatiya Akademy Award for penning down Loona- his epic based on the ancient legend of Bhagat Puran Singh, had also earned the sobriquet of being the John Keat’s of Punjabi literature for his works.

President Dr SS Nijjar said Rs 51.35 lakh had been earmarked for the renovation process, Rs 23.31 lakh for beautification of open spaces, Rs 6 lakh for improving seating arrangements in the hall and balcony and Rs 5 lakh for installing a state of the art acoustics system. “The new centralised AC will cost Rs 45 lakh while Rs 15 lakh has been kept aside for construction of toilets, water supply systems and ventilators,” Nijjar added.




Man commits suicide
Phagwara, April 7
Vijay Kumar, a lineman in the Powercom, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with the ceiling of his room at his residence in Sahni village last night. The police said depression was said to be the cause of the suicide. — OC

Passenger falls from train, dies
Phagwara, April 7
One unidentified person fell from the running Howrah Mail and died on the spot at Phagwara railway station on Saturday. The Railway police has registered a case and sent the body for post-mortem examination. — OC



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