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panchayat polls
District records 85 pc polling
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
Barring stray incidents of violence, the panchayat elections ended peacefully registering a heavy polling of 85 per cent today. The polling was held across 801 villages in the district.

The administration said 127 panchayat bodies were elected unopposed. As many as 162 sarpanches and 2,074 panches were elected unopposed. Dehlon recorded 84.03 per cent polling, Doraha 85 per cent, Jagraon 85 per cent, Ludhiana-I 79.8 per cent, Ludhiana-II 83 per cent, Machhiwara 86,44 per cent, Pakhowal 83.95 per cent, Raikot 82 per cent, Sidhwan Bet 85 per cent, Samrala 88.76 per cent and Sudhar 83.04 per cent.

Tension after results

Tension gripped Basant Avenue and surrounding areas after the supporters of Ajay Mehta, who lost election, went on a rampage on Wednesday evening after decleration of results. Independent candidate Sukhjinder Singh Happy defeated Ajay Mehta by a close margin of 43 votes. Mehta’s supporters accused the authorities of rigging. Heavy police posse was deployed.

The police had to resort to mild cane-charge in the Uchi Mangli area to disburse the supporters of a candidate, Monika, who lost to Manvinder Kaur by a narrow margin.

In Mundian, too, the police used force to disburse supporters of a candidate who tried to block a road.

The declaration of results sparked protests in many villages of Jagraon. After losing the election, candidates from Gagara, Kothe Fatehdeen, Alighar and Kothe Rahlan villages alleged the local administration of tampering with the election results to benefit the candidates close to a local leader of the ruling party.

The candidates who lost the election and their supporters raised slogans against the administration. Interestingly, some of the losing candidates who accused the administration of tampering with the results belong to the ruling party. A heavy posse of police led by Jagraon DSP Surinder Kumar was deployed at Kothe Rahlan village. SDM Gurmit Singh refuted the allegations of tampering with the election results.

Poll violence

Five persons, including a Congress candidate and a woman, were injured in poll violence at Ghari Fazil village near Rahon Road on Wednesday. The injured have been identified as Mohan Singh, a Congress candidate, Baby Kaur, Sandeep Singh, Gurmukh Singh and Raunak Singh. The injured alleged that SAD candidate Nirmal Singh and his men attacked them during the polling process.

At Khirnia village, two persons were injured in a clash between supporters of the Akali Dal and the Congress.

Win by a whisker

Kamaljit Singh Chawa was elected the sarpanch of Chawa village by defeating his rival Rachpal Singh by a margin of one vote.

Recounting amid allegations

At Rangia village in Dehlon Block, recounting was done around 10 times before the candidate supported by the Congress was declared the winner. She won by two votes. At Baddowal, there were allegations that the announcement of results was being delayed intentionally by the ruling party. Finally, a Congress supported candidate was declared the winner. He won by more than 400 votes. District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Rural), President Malkiat Singh Dakha alleged that the poll results of Dakha (East) were being delayed as the Congress candidate was winning.


Barring some clashes, polls pass off peacefully
Mohit khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
The Panchayat elections conducted in the neighbouring villages passed off peacefully. Minor incidents of group clash, however, were reported in Phoolanwal, Birmi and Bhattian villages.

Five persons, including a Congress candidate and a woman, were injured during poll violence in Ghari Fazil village near Rahon Road. The injured have been identified as Mohan Singh (Congress candidate), Baby Kaur, Sandeep Singh, Gurmukh Singh and Raunak Singh.

The injured alleged that SAD candidate Nirmal Singh and his men had attacked them during the polling process.

The five of them were rushed to the Civil Hospital, and discharged after medication.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Harsh Bansal said the polling was largely peaceful. "We had made adequate security arrangements to ensure smooth polling," said the DCP.

Villagers stage protest

Residents in Thrike village, meanwhile, staged protest against the presiding officer, Bharpoor Singh.

They alleged that Bharpoor Singh was casting fake votes in favour of a particular candidate.

Bharpoor Singh said he was helping the voters in casting their votes properly.

"There was a lot of confusion among voters. They were casting their votes wrongly. Votes meant to select panches were being cast on ballots meant to select sarpanches. I was just helping them in casting their votes in a proper manner," said Bharpoor Singh.



Two injured in scuffle at Samrala
Gurminder S Grewal

Samrala, July 3
Two persons were injured in a clash between Akali Dal and Congress supporters at Khirnia village. The injured were identified as Daljit Singh, a supporter of the Congress, and Gurjit Singh an Akali Dal supporter.

The incident took place around 10 am, when a youth tried to accompany an elderly man while voting. Some persons, however, objected to it, which led to an alteration between the two groups.

As supporters of both the candidates assembled there, a fighting broke out.

The injured persons were rushed to the Civil Hospital, Samrala, where they are undergoing treatment.

Some other persons sustained minor injuries as well, but remained at the polling booth.

Former MLA Jagjivan Singh Khirnia and Congress MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon, who reached the spot with some of their supporters, termed each other’s party workers responsible for the incident.

Superintendent of Police (H), Khanna, Satinder Pal Singh, who also reached there, pacified both the groups and directed the police officials present at the booth to keep vigil.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Samrala, said the department was investigating the matter. No case, however, was registered in this regard till the filing of this report.

No violence in Khanna

Khanna: The process for the election of sarpanches and panches in Khanna remained peaceful. In the Khanna block, around 85 per cent polling was reported.

Superintendent of Police (D), Khanna, Bhupinder Singh said no incident of violence was reported in the Khanna block during the casting of votes.

No major incident was reported from any place within the police district as well, he added.

Akali Dal wins sarpanch poll in Khirnia

Sheela Rani, an Akali Dal candidate, won the election for sarpanch at Khirnia village. Securing 398 votes, she defeated her rival Congress-supported candidate Lajwanti by 218 votes.

At Balala village, Youth Congress leader Jatinder Singh Joga won the election for sarpanch by around 170 votes defeating Rajpal Singh (Akali Dal). All the seven posts of panch also went to the Congress-supported candidates.



Candidate booked for distributing fans
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
The police has booked a Congress worker contesting the panchayat poll for allegedly distributing fans among voters.

The police has registered a case against Gurnam Singh and his two accomplices, Nachhater Singh, a block simiti member, and Parkash Singh of Dholenwal village. The police has also recovered 200 fans from a storeroom.

Jatinderjit Singh, SHO, Meharban, said the case had been registered under Sections 123 and 133 of the Representation of People Act, 1951, and Sections 420 and 511 of the IPC on rival candidate Sohan Singh’s complaint. The accused are yet to be nabbed, said the SHO.

Sohan Singh, who owes allegiance to the SAD, alleged that Gurnam Singh, Nachhater Singh and Parkash Singh were distributing fans and money to woo voters.

Denying the charge, Gurnam Singh said the case was politically motivated.



For migrants, it’s a home away from home
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
They came here to earn a livelihood. But over the years, they have become a part of the society and are politically active.

As the agrarian society dominates on the rural politics of Punjab, there is less space for the migrant workers to get the chance to contest in electoral politics. But breaking the image of a working class, a number of migrants have contested the panchayat poll.

However, not many of them are concerned about the development of their respective areas. They are into politics for the ‘well-being’ of the migrants living here. They contest elections with a single-point agenda of discrimination with migrants.

Uma Shanker Kushwah, a native of Allahabad, came to this part of the region in 1991. He is not well versed with Punjabi, but is contesting the panchayat elections from Threeke village. And a number of Punjabis are his supporters.

"We want to get a platform from where we can raise our voice for migrants. Contesting elections is my right,” he said.



Hookah bars banned in distt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
District Magistrate Rahul Tewari has banned hookah bars in the district under Section 144 of the CrPC.

The ban orders came after it was found that the hookah bars were serving tobacco molasses containing nicotine to visitors. He said hookahs would not be placed for consumption in any the restaurants.

In a press release issued here today, the DM said action would be initiated against violators under Section 188 of IPC.

He said the Ludhiana Civil Surgeon had brought into his notice that many hookah bars were serving tobacco to visitors.



panchayat polls
Comfort of voters or number of votes on mind?
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

A large number of cars parked outside a polling booth at Threeke village on Wednesday
large number of cars parked outside a polling booth at Threeke village on Wednesday
A man serves sweetened water at a polling booth near Ludhiana on Wednesday.
A man serves sweetened water at a polling booth near Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Ludhiana, July 3
In their bid to ensure maximum turnout, expecting it to convert into votes for them, candidates left no stone unturned during the panchayat elections today.

At Ayali village, one of the candidates in the fray for the post of sarpanch installed air-conditioners in a tent outside the polling booth. Voters were also seen eating pakoras and drinking cold drink there, and carrying packets of potato wafers for their children.

One of the voters, Rajan, said: "Every one is aware of the fact that the candidate will not give anything to the public after the victory. So the people take whatever is offered during the campaigning. The rural people treat elections as festivals and enjoy the whole process.”

Some gurdwara committees and individuals too organised chhabeel to quench the thirst of voters travelling to the polling booths in the scorching heat.

Voters get a ride on AC cars

As many as 75 vehicles, including SUVs and luxury cars, were parked outside the poling booth where around 500 voters were supposed cast their votes.

These vehicles were used to ferry voters. Even a voter who had to walk 200 meters asks supporters of a candidate to ferry them to a poling booth.

The voters from the economically weaker section were also seen enjoying the comfort of air-conditioned cars and SUVs today.

If candidates are to be believed, voters don’t hesitate to demand a car for going to a polling booth.

Santokh Singh, a political expert, said: “This shows the social and economic change in Punjab. Politicians don't want to leave any stone unturned to win the elections. But this is not ethical. People should cast their votes on merit.”



Friends don’t turn foe on electoral turf at Threeke
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Rival candidates Jaspal Singh (in blue shirt) and Jarnail Singh (in white kurta) share a light moment at Threeke village
Rival candidates Jaspal Singh (in blue shirt) and Jarnail Singh (in white kurta) share a light moment at Threeke village. Tribune photo: Himanshu mahajan

Ludhiana, July 3
Once considered community elections, the panchayat polls have become a virtual battleground for many contestants. Reason: Involvement of mainstream political parties in rural politics.

But there is an exception. For Jarnail Singh Sidhu and Jaspal Singh, contesting election for the post of the sarpanch at Threeke village colony, elections are nothing more than a cricket match.

Instead of allegations and counter allegations, both the candidates share a bond of brotherhood and spread a massage of peace.

Jaranil Singh is retired from the Army. “It’s a game and I am playing with the sportsman's spirit. Win of defeat hardly matters,” said Jarnail Singh.

Jaspal is active in politics. "We are like brothers and live in same village. The association of our families is centuries old. Elections do not affect our friendship,” he said.



Polling staff rue inadequate arrangements for their stay
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

sandeep joshi

Ludhiana, July 3
Government employees on election duty here had a tough time due to the poor arrangements made for their boarding and lodging.

An employee on duty in a peripheral village today said: "As per instructions we reached our polling station yesterday evening. It was very hot and humid. The ceiling fan was moving at a snail’s pace. The regulator was not even working. Throughout the night, mosquitoes kept troubling them. We had a tough time."

Another government employee said: "I do not mind being deputed on the election duty. The government, however, should at least provide basic facilities to the polling staff during their night stay.”

The employee, who was on the election duty for the third time in the past two years, further said, “In winters we did not get hot tea, and in summers there was no cold water to drink. It was very hot and humid today, but we had to do without cold water.”

Sharing his bitter experience, Surinder Singh, another staff member, said: "There was no water to take proper bath in this scorching heat. At night, mosquitoes did not spare us. I am worried about contracting malaria or dengue. This is the reason why many employees stay away from performing poll duty."

Another government employee, Rakesh Sharma, who was deputed in another district, said: "I have performed poll duty during Vidhan Sabha elections, civic body elections, and Zila Parishad elections. I did not get a single penny in lieu of it. Why should we pay from our own pocket every time we are sent on the election duty?”



It’s not just a man’s work, prove these girls
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
Breaking male dominance in another field, female volunteers were seen ‘manning’ the helpdesk set up by a candidate for guiding voters at a polling booth here today.

Although, women have been contesting elections and a majority of them exercise their franchise as well, they are rarely seen taking charge of the polling booths. Fear of violence and use of alcohol by party workers often keep women away from performing such duties at the polling booths.

Today, however, girls were seen at a helpdesk at Threeke village. One of them, Sahu Gupta, said, “My mother is contesting the election for the post of panch. Although, we have a number of male supporters to perform these duties, I decided to do it on by own.”

"It is for the first time that we worked at a helpdesk of a candidate. It was very motivating. We did not face any inconvenience. We have proved that women are no less than men in any field,” said another volunteer at the booth, Anureet.

"The candidate provided us lists of voters from which we were supposed to pick up the names and vote numbers of voters and fill the required details. It was not at all difficult. We all enjoyed performing this task,” said 21-year-old Geeta.

"Some women voters hesitate while interacting with men who provide them voter slips during the polls. They feel more comfortable if women are there to assist them," she said.



SAD misused clout: Congress leader
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
Questioning the claims made by the Shiromani Akali Dal-led government that a huge number of panchayats had been elected unopposed due to good governance, the Congress leaders alleged that the ruling party used its political clout during the elections.

Congress MLA Malkeet Singh Dakha said: "How is is possible that no one opposed the Akali Dal candidates in villages? There is not a single panchayat, where the Congress men got elected unopposed. They threatened the Congressmen and made them withdraw their candidature.”

In the absence of strong Congress candidates in most of the villages, the Akali Dal candidates contested within the party. Dhaka, who was on the visit of a village in his constituency, alleged that Akali Dal leaders had thrashed Congress workers.

Candidates offer drugs

The use of alcohol and poppy husk were common during the elections in the Malwa region. A candidate in the fray for the post of sarpanch said the election could not be contested without offering drugs. He said he spent Rs 10 lakh on drugs. “One of my brothers refused to offer drugs to a youth, and the next day he along with his 20 family members joined our rival," he said.



Jagraon witnesses 85 pc turnout
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 3
Except for minor incidents of heated altercation and verbal spats among the supporters of various candidates, the elections concluded peacefully in the Jagraon area today.

With this, the fate of 585 candidates in the fray for the post of sarpanch, and 2,198 contesting for the post of panch in various villages of Jagraon and Sidhwan Bet blocks was sealed.

Proving predictions of low turnout wrong, villagers turned out in large numbers to cast their votes at the polling booths in various villages. Around 85 per cent polling was registered in the Jagraon area.

A lot of enthusiasm was seen among the villagers including women and elderly. Voters were seen waiting in long queues outside most of the polling booths.

Estranged leaders stage protests

There was no report of any kind of violent incidents during the polling in various villages in the Jagraon area. However, some estranged leaders of the ruling party whose nomination papers were cancelled on different pretexts held protests in a couple of villages and raised slogans against their own party leadership.

One such protest was held at Malak village near Jagraon, where many ruling party leaders and their supporters wore black cloths to register their protest for sidelining senior party leaders.

The annoyed leaders and their supporters also boycotted the elections, not casting their votes.



Polling delayed after scuffle at Alluna Tola village
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh/ Payal/Raikot, July 3
Amid allegations of large-scale rigging by SAD during the panchayat poll in the district, polling passed off peacefully with no untoward incident reported till the conclusion of polling.

Around 80 per cent voters, including a record number of women and teenagers, cast their ballot amid tight security arrangements.

Minor incidents were reported from some booths and villages that had not been declared sensitive by the administration.

Independent candidates and those supported by the Congress, however, accused the polling staff of favouring the SAD candidates. The SAD workers and leaders denied the allegations.

At Alluna Tola village, polling had to be stopped in the morning for some time, after supporters of the Congress and SAD candidates had a scuffle over the issue of identification of voters. No one was reported injured.

Commotion prevailed as the opposing parties levelled allegations against each other.

At Brahampur village, too, commotion prevailed for a long time when some polling agents and the staff objected to the entry of some voters in an inebriated condition.

In separate cases of bogus voting, some persons were detained, but later let off, by villagers following the intervention of senior Akali and Congress leaders.

On its part, the district administration had made elaborate arrangements to prevent any untoward incident. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gill, Gurpreet Singh Sikand, who supervised security arrangements at over fifty villages falling under the Dehlon police station, said situation had remained tense at politically sensitive villages, including Dehlon, Kilaraipur and Ghabadi.

"However no untoward incident took place as the police had taken preventive measures at and near polling booths," said Sikand. He said beat officers had been advised to enhance vigil after declaration of results.

The police also remained on toes at Sihar, Barundi, Latala, Kilaraipur, Kanganwal, Rohira and Malaudh, villages known for factionalism.

Voting remains suspended for an hour

Machhiwara: Voting remain suspended for more than an hour at Sehjo Majra village, Ward No. 2, after a candidate, Karamjit Kaur, alleged that her election symbol was not figuring on the ballot paper. Her supporters also held a protest against the polling staff and the administration. Karamjit said she had been allotted the election symbol of kite, but she was shocked not to find it on the ballot paper. The returning officer clarified that her election symbol was stool and not kite. Officials from the district administration and the police reached the village and convinced Karamjit after which the polling resumed. Karamjit termed the polling unfair and demanded a probe. SDM, Samrala, Ghanshyam Thori said: “The candidate should have contacted the returning officer to confirm her election symbol.”


  • A differently abled man on his way to a polling booth at Kilaraipur village near Mandi Ahmedgarh on Wednesday
    A differently abled man on his way to a polling booth at Kilaraipur village near Mandi Ahmedgarh on Wednesday. A Tribune Photograph
    Teenagers were the most enthusiastic towards casting of votes, it being their maiden opportunity.
  • Elderly voters were confused about the use of ballot papers, as they complained that they could not read names of candidates of their choice.
  • Shopkeepers and artisans in large villages kept their establishments closed.
  • Alluring voters with money and goods took place openly during the campaigning. A family of two voters at Dhode village, which reportedly declined an offer of Rs 12,000, allegedly pocketed Rs 20,000 at the last moment today.
  • In a gross violation of the code of conduct, candidates and their supporters carried voters on their vehicles. There were instances when more that one vehicle sent by a contesting candidate reached the doorsteps of large families, and drivers had to return disappointed as the voters preferred to reach the polling booth on their own.
  • Members of the polling staff who had preferred to stay with their relatives living in nearby towns were a harried lot as a majority of private buses did not ply on their routes. They had to cut a sorry figure on being late for duty.
  • The children were disappointed as none of the candidates offered eatables and goods of their choice during the election campaign.




First-time voters happy to exercise their right
Tribune News Service

Tehal Singh (90), helped by his family members, on his way to a polling booth at Hambran village
Tehal Singh (90), helped by his family members, on his way to a polling booth at Hambran village

Ludhiana, July 3
People from different walks of life turned up for voting today. The first-time voters felt happy exercising their right. Amandeep Kaur (18), a resident of Threeke village, said it felt great having cast vote for the first time. She said she knew who to vote for as she had been keeping a tab on political developments in her area.

Amrit Kaur, another first-time voter, said she felt excited having exercised her right to vote for the first time. "It was nice to have the ink mark on my index finger for the first time," she said.

Physically challenged and elderly people were also took part in the election process enthusiastically.

Tehal Singh (90), a resident of Hambran village, said: "I cast my vote for the first time during the first Lok Sabha elections after the independence.”



Disillusioned villagers stay away from polls in Doraha
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, Sahnewal, July 3
On the election day, many voters who kept away from polling booths said they were disillusioned by the way panchayats functioned.

They included the elderly, who have time and again seen candidates not fulfilling their promises, and the youngsters, who have already given up all hopes of getting anything worthwhile from the new panchayats.

“These political parties have befooled us time and again. Neither the ruling part nor the opposition do anything for the general welfare. They, rather, fill their own coffers,” said a villager.

“Why should we vote at all when I know it will make no difference? We have been crying for basic amenities for years, but all our pleas fall on deaf ears,” said the villager.

Enumerating the problems being faced by the village, he said: “The drainage system is non-existent, we have to live in unhygienic conditions, streets are badly damaged and remain waterlogged and street lights are also absent from most of the parts of the village.”

While some villagers claimed that the government had not given them any grants, those from other villages said their panchayats did nothing even after getting the grants.

“Do the candidates think we are fools? Sops like mangoes and drinks during the campaigning mean nothing to us. We need basic amenities,” a villager said.

Over 85 % polling

Doraha and Dehlon saw around 85 to 90 percent polling. Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Payal, said the entire voting process was peaceful and no untoward incident, such as booth capturing, was reported.



Take care of your skin during monsoon
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

A file photo
A file photo

Ludhiana, July 3
No doubt the monsoons bring relief in many ways but hot, humid and damp weather takes a toll on the skin. Skin clinics and hospitals of the city have been receiving patients with fungal infections.

People mainly suffer from Candida which occurs between fingers, toes, groins and other body folds as moist and damp skin provides an easy ground for fungal infections. There is redness, itching and burning sensation.

A city based skin specialist, Dr Alka Dogra, said, "Those who are diabetic need to take extra care of their feet. They should not walk bare foot and avoid walking in wet shoes." she further said boils and bacterial infections occur commonly on the scalp, leg, breasts and other sites.

“Generalized itching occurs all over the body especially if a person goes without umbrella during the rain. Wet clothes lead to itching. So, immediately wipe the area that gets wet and keep the skin dry,” says the doctor.

People with oily skin, tend to suffer more during monsoons. Such people should use scrub on their face at least twice a week to remove dirt and dead skin. A city-based homeopath, Dr Sunil Aggarwa,l said, ''Patients with allergic rashes have increased. Because we sweat, skin problems increase."

Strictly follow them

  • Keep your body dry
  • Switch to cotton clothes as they allow air to pass through
  • Don’t wear tight-fitting clothes, synthetic clothes and thick clothes like jeans as they don’t dry easily and may lead to skin disease.
  • Use an antifungal powder on body folds to keep them dry
  • Drink more water
  • Salt intake should be less and sugar intake should be more if one suffers from skin problem
  • Do not scratch affected skin as it will aggravate the rashes
  • Do not use moisturised soaps



Cops took quick action in Pannu case: Govt computer teachers
Say no action was taken when slur e-mail was sent to 524 of them
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
The quick action of the Cyber Crime Cell of the Punjab police in nabbing Gurvinder Singh, alias Baba Panesar, the alleged accused who recorded the assault incident of IAS officer KS Pannu on his mobile phone and further uploaded the video on YouTube, has rattled computer teachers.

Gurvinder Singh, president of the Computer Teachers Union, said while the Cyber Crime Cell was quick to respond in a case pertaining to VIPs, no action would have been taken if a common man had become the victim of cyber crime.

"It has been over a month since a miscreant sent a slur e-mail to 524 government schools computer teachers, but the police has failed to track the culprit," said Gurvinder Singh, president of the Computer Teacher Union.

It was on May 30 that e-mails containing lewd message and pictures referring to computer teachers were sent to the government schools across the district.

The email had created a stir in the Education Department and has led to angry protest by the computer teachers.

The police had recently registered a case against an unknown person for creating a fake e-mail profile of the District Coordinator to send slur e-mails.

Narinder Saggar, a resident of Prem Nagar, Civil Lines, who is the District Coordinator of the Education Department in Mini-Secretariat, had stated that some miscreant had created a fake e-mail ID in his name (saggar.sag@gmail.com) and sent a slur e-mail to 524 government schools. The e-mail contains the message “Computer Adhyapaka te Madama da grade pay (5000) vadhan ker ke unhade hava kharab ho gaye hai” (The computer teachers and female staff have become arrogant after the increase of Rs 5,000 in grade pay).

"If the police has nabbed the person who uploaded the assault video of IAS KS Pannu, it can arrest the person who created the fake email ID and sent the slur email to the computer teachers. The only thing required is the intent," said Gurvinder Singh, president of the Computer Teacher Union.



undergraduate courses
‘To do away with Shakespeare’s works a blow to literature’
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
“We cannot all be masters, nor all masters cannot be truly follow’d.” The famous quotation of “Merchant of Venice” a play by William Shakespeare, seems to be befitting one to the present situation when Panjab University decided to show “him” the way out from the undergraduate classes from the coming academic session. The decision has come as a blow to litterateurs, teachers as well as students.

Litterateurs feel that without plays of Shakespeare, elective English will be a “mere skeleton without flesh and blood”.

Prof NS Madaan, a retired English Professor from SCD Government College for Boys, said: “To delete Shakespeare's plays from UG classes on the plea that students are unable to learn his spellings will tantamount to throwing the baby out with the bath water. Shakespeare is read worldwide for the sake of plot and characteristics. It is rich in expression in pretty sentences, for example “Hamlet” went well to pinpoint the procrastination of our many politicians who keep the issues in the pigeon hole. ” Interestingly, litterateurs of different languages feel the same pinch.

Eminent Punjabi poet Dr Surjit Patar said: “What I observe is that to read and learn from classical literature needs patience. But nowadays patience has become a thing of the past. There is a need to create love for literature. Our interest for literature is profession-centered only. However, literature also helps in understanding the human mind.”

Dr DV Jindal, a retired Professor of English from SCD Government College for Boys, said: “The university should review its decision over the matter as language loses its flavour in the absence of standard works of literature.”

While Dr Amarjit Singh Hayer, another retired Professor of English, said: “Undergraduate students who come from rural background are poor in English language. There is a need to develop the language. The university can replace Shakespeare with the world literature.”

Rajesh Kumar, a student of MA (English), said: “The English subject will be hollow without Shakespeare's play. Students rather enjoy learning quotations from plays like ‘Othello’, a complex tragedy full of conflicts, desires, symbolism and intricacies.



Two run over by train in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
Two persons died after being run over by a train at separate places here today. In the first incident, an unidentified man was crushed to death by a train near Sahnewal.

In the second incident, a 60-year-old man, Sohan Singh, died after being run over by a train in the Ladhowal area of the city.



Soon, laptops for officers in Punjab
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
Now, e-governance is getting one step closer to the district administration. Very soon laptops/notebooks will be allotted to officials of the district administration. During the recent executive meeting of the Punjab State e-Governance Society and the Department of Governance Reforms, a policy decision on this was approved.

A letter written to all Financial Commissioners, Administrative Secretaries/Special Secretaries, DCs and all the heads of departments says that in case these officials wish to purchase a laptop, a request for the same could be submitted to the Department of Governance Reforms.

The officials are entitled to get laptops, notebooks and ultra-notebooks. The laptops will include all accessories, pre-loaded licensed operating systems, licensed office suite, anti-virus, internet security tools etc.

To encourage the maximum use of modern technology, the Administrative Secretaries may also sanction the purchase of laptops for other officials of their respective departments. The total maximum limit of the sanctioned amount per laptop will be Rs 75,000.



Travel agent booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
The Division Number 8 police has booked a Chandigarh-based travel agent for duping a person on the pretext of sending his son abroad.The accused have been identified as Ramandeep Singh, a resident of Sector 34-C, Chandigarh.

Victim Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Maya Nagar, Civil Lines, said that they met the accused at his office in Chandigarh.

The accused fleeced him on the pretext of sending his son abroad. Ramesh Kumar said the deal was struck of Rs 4.5 lakh.

Ramesh said that first they paid Rs 50,000 to the travel agent and a few days later Rs 4 lakh.

Ramesh said neither his son was sent abroad, nor the travel agent returned his money. A case under Section 420-120B of the IPC and Immigration Act has been registered against the accused.

One nabbed with habit-forming drugs

The Daba police nabbed one person and seized a large quantity of pharmaceutical drugs from his possession, yesterday.

The accused has been identified as Pardip Kumar, a resident of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar. The police nabbed the accused at a police checkpoint.

On spotting the police, he tried to flee the spot, but the police became suspicious and nabbed him.

When his bag was searched a large quantity on psychotropic drugs, including injections, cough syrups, 500 capsules and 1,000 tablets were found in it.

A case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.

Couple booked for fake mutation of land

The Jamalpur police has booked a couple for framing a fake mutation of a land and duping a woman of Rs 2 lakh. The accused have been identified as Surjit Singh and his wife Veena Rani, alias Simran, of Bhamian village.

The case has been registered following an inquiry conducted by the Commissioner of Police. The complainant, Kanchan Rani, a resident of New Mandhopuri, stated that she purchased a 50 sq yd plot from the accused on a deal of Rs 7 lakh.She provided Rs 2 lakh as a token money for the mutation.

She further stated that the accused had promised that he would formulate the registry on February 1, 2011, but instead of doing so the accused sold the plot to someone else and did not even return her money.

A case under Sections 420 and 120B of the IPC has been registered against the accused. No arrest has been made so far.

One booked for sending lewd SMS

The city police has booked a jilted lover for morphing the photograph of a girl and sending lewd SMSs to the latter's fiancé.The accused has been identified as Jaskaran Singh, a resident of New Vijay Nagar. The case has been registered following an inquiry by the DCP. The victim, Pratik Kaushal, said he received calls from the accused who threatened to kill him and sent him some lewd SMSs. Pratik further stated that he got engaged through a matrimonial website. The accused downloaded the photographs of his fiance from that matrimonial website and morphed her face on an objectionable picture. He then forwarded lewd SMSs to him. The police has booked the accused under Sections 66-A and 67 of the IT Act, 2000, and Sections 292 and 506 of the IPC. The police has launched a hunt to nab the acused.



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