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Posted at: Feb 11, 2019, 7:34 AM; last updated: Feb 11, 2019, 7:34 AM (IST)PUNJAB DIARY

Surprise by ghazal maestro’s fans

Abohar: When late ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh (born on February 8, 1941) lived with his parents at the G-25 Civil Lines quarter in Sriganganagar, residents relied on water stored in “diggis” which were filled once a fortnight by canal water, besides rain. The quarter was allotted to his father Jagmohan Singh Dhiman who was a Junior Engineer in the Department of Irrigation. When the ghazal maestro died on October 10, 2011, NGOs demanded that the quarter be converted into a memorial. However, the state government ignored the demand. So, for the present occupant, Kulwinder Kaur, it was a pleasant surprise when fans of the iconic singer thronged the house on February 8, decorated it, cut a cake and sang ghazals to celebrate Jagjit Singh’s 78th birth anniversary. They demanded that a Jagjit Singh auditorium be set up in Sriganganagar. 

MLA for ‘third eye’ to check crime

Hoshiarpur: State Industries and Commerce Minister-cum-Hoshiarpur MLA Sunder Sham Arora has come forward with a plan to protect citizens and assist police in controlling crime and identifying criminals. He has called for the installation of the “third eye” in the form of 150 CCTV cameras at 50 important places in Hoshiarpur. For this, he has provided Rs 40 lakh from his discretionary fund. “The project which will be first implemented in Hoshiarpur will be extended to the whole state,” said Arora. Control rooms will be established in three police stations of Hoshiarpur and a surveillance control room at the Police Lines where CCTV footage will be monitored. If any untoward incident is detected, PCR bikes will be dispatched.

Youngest but fastest developing dist 

Fazilka: Fazilka has been adjudged the best district for the “fastest developing basic infrastructure” in the state. Deputy Commissioner Manpreet Singh was conferred with the award by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh recently. Fazilka was upgraded as the district headquarters in 2011. Sources said during the survey, the team established that a District Administrative Complex, District Courts Complex, multipurpose stadiums in Fazilka and Jalalabad, Government Girls College in Jalalabad, a 100-bed hospital in Jalalabad and a welcome gate at the Sadiqi JCP were set up in the last few years. These buildings were constructed during the SAD-BJP regime. Besides these, a 100-bed hospital, a Tertiary Cancer Care Centre and a bus stand are under construction in Fazilka.   

Giant leap for small district

Fatehgarh Sahib: Though Fatehgarh Sahib is a small district, it has been adjudged the “best industrial district” of the state. Recognising the achievement, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh conferred the award upon Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon, Deputy Commissioner. The award was given to him as the district administration played a vital role in implementing the government’s industrial policies, which helped in the revival of 300 rolling mills and furnaces. Besides, MoUs worth Rs 602 crore were signed by the state government to further revive 41 sick units in Mandi Gobindgarh. Other medium and small units in Sirhind, Bassi Pathana and Amloh town also benefitted. 

Sangrur girl selected for UK civil services 

Sangrur: Twentyfive-year-old Chahat Sekhon brought laurels to the city and the state by getting selected in the civil services of the UK. She has joined as an economist in the Department of Finance of the Government of Scotland, Edinburgh. “Chahat joined as economist in the last week of January and proved that hard work always pays,” said her father Kiranjeet Singh Sekhon, an advocate. In 2017, she went to the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (UK), to study MSc (Economics and finance). “There she got information about the UK civil services following which she prepared and cleared the exam in last December,” said Rajabala Sekhon, Chahat’s mother and a retired professor. 

AAP MLA gets Harvard invite

Chandigarh: AAP MLA Aman Arora has been invited to address the 16th annual conference being jointly organised by the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School in Boston on February 16 and 17. Arora said this year’s theme of the conference is “India at an inflection point”, which, apart from him, would be attended by spiritual leader Sadhguru, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, poll strategist Prashant Kishor, Bahubali director SS Rajamouli, Aruna Roy, Arvind Subramanian, Barkha Dutt, Anand Piramal, MP Asaduddin Owaisi and other personalities from varied fields. With the General Election around the corner, Arora has been invited to talk about the role of regional parties.   


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