13032018-ATR-01.qxd 3/12/2018 11:32 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 13 MARCH 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Jallianwala Bagh Breaking stereotypes Overcoming stage fear Union minister to unveil statue of martyr Udham Singh today; park cries for attention for years. P2 At Garvotasava 2018, students gathered to break prejudices. P3 Meera Deosthale used to have stage fright when she was young! P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 30°C MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C MIN 14°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.37 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.42 AM Class XII exam: 5 cases of unfair means reported Health employees accuse civil surgeon of favouritism Official rubbishes allegations, says nothing such is going on Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Students of Class X (PSEB) come out of an examination hall in Amritsar on Monday. Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 12 Five cases involving students resorting to unfair means have been reported during the PSEB Class XII examination. A such case was reported a few days ago. The students were caught at their centre at Government Senior Secondary School, Bangri, near Amritsar. The superintendent of the centre caught them for cheating during their history examination. The main control room created at the office of the District Education Officer Sunita Kiran confirmed the development. There are two teams which have been inspecting the exam centres in the morning and evening hours. English exam leaves students smiling The students of the PSEB and the CBSE appeared for their English examination for Class X. The PSEB examination for Class X began today. As many as 220 centres have SUNIL KUMAR Student ends life Amritsar: A Class XII student reportedly committed suicide in Vichala Kalan village that falls under the Rajasansi police station here on Monday. According to his family, he was under depression as he was not able to do well in the ongoing examination. The deceased has been identified as Harpinder Singh. He ended his life by hanging himself. His father Sahib Singh said, “It was his fourth paper today. He studied at Government Senior Secondary School at Sahensara village. His examination centre was Government Senior Secondary School, Guru Ka been formed for more than 30,000 students in the district. The Education Department has appointed 220 superintendents and deputy superintendents to ensure smooth functioning of the examina- Bagh. He was depressed since the beginning of the examination as he didn’t talk to the family members.” After returning from his exam centre on Monday, he left in haste. Family members tried to locate him. He was found hanging at a structure for keeping milch animals near his house. He was rushed to a private hospital where doctors declared him dead. ASI Sawinder Singh, investigating officer, said action was taken under criminal procedure code. He said the body was kept at the hospital and would be handed over to the family after postmortem examination. TNS tion. After the exam, students came out of their centres with smiling faces. Simarnjot, a student, said, “The paper was pretty simple. There was no confusion. I attempted the paper well.” Amritsar, March 12 Resentment has been brewing among programme officers of the Health Department and other staff members against Civil Surgeon Dr Narinder Kaur as they accuse her of favouritism and nepotism. They say that most of the tasks, which were earlier allotted to several programme officers, are now entrusted to Civil Surgeon’s “blue-eyed boy” Dr Ramesh Kumar, Assistant Civil Surgeon. An insider said, “As per state government letter issued earlier, the work of birth and death registration office should be given to the district immunisation officer and the work of inspecting the ultrasound centres under Resentment ■ Health officials, seeking anonymity, say works are mostly entrusted to Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr Ramesh Kumar, keeping other officials aside. ■ The birth and death registration and ultrasound centres’ inspection, which ideally should be the job of immunisation officer and family welfare officer, respectively, have been assigned to Dr Ramesh Kumar. ■ Civil surgeon accused of recommending names of her favourites for awards, ignoring the “hard work” of others. . the PC-PNDT Act is usually entrusted to the district family welfare officer. But here in the district, the civil surgeon has tagged the assistant civil surgeon in the team while removing the other senior medical officers (SMOs) and medical officers. The civil surgeon has assigned these works to Assistant Civil Surgeon Ramesh Kumar. Being the senior in the team, mostly he has the say. Dr Kumar is also Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 12 A newly-married man of Ram Nagar, Ajnala, ended his life by consuming some poisonous substance here today. His kin said he was being harassed by his wife and in-laws. The deceased, Vicky, left a suicide note on a wall of his room. The police have booked seven persons, including his wife Harwinder Kaur, her mother Raj Rani, father Sukhwinder Singh, brother Yadwinder Singh, two relatives Manjit Singh and Jatinder Singh. Ajnala DSP Amrinder Pal Singh said raids were on to arrest the accused. Deceased’s brother Ricky said Vicky ran a grocery shop in Ajnala. “His wife Harwinder Kaur of Gurdaspur often quarreled with him. A few days ago, Harwinder’s kin had threatened Vicky and also insulted his family,” he said. According to Rickey, after the quarrel she again went to her parents in Gurdaspur. “It left Vicky depressed. On Sunday, he talked to his wife and in-laws over phone and asked her to return home. Later, he consumed some poisonous substance. He died on his way to a hospital,” he added. Rams his car into police barricades making cops jump aside to save themselves; arrested Amritsar, March 12 A Batala resident was arrested for allegedly assaulting cops and trying to run them over with his car on the court road here yesterday evening. Four others accompanying him fled. The accused is said to have links with notorious gangsters active in the region. Tejinder Singh of Batala rammed his car into the barricades installed by a police team near Doaba Chowk. ASI Satnam Singh, incharge of the Circuit House police post, said he along with a police party signalled a car (PB-46-AH-4234) to stop but the driver of the car sped up to flee. Meanwhile, the car hit the barricades and the the cops had to jump aside to save themselves. Four persons ran away from the spot while Tejinder was overpowered by the police team. Tejinder Man arrested with heroin Tarn Taran: A resident of Tur village, 15 km from here, has been arrested by a team of the district narcotics cell, led by ASI Paramjit Singh, from Goindwal Sahib with 200 gm of heroin. Identified as Dilbag Singh, he has been booked under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. OC Addict dies of drug overdose Gurchet Singh, a 20-year-old youth, died of overdoze on Sunday evening. Villagers, finding him unconscious, took him to Civil Hospital, Patti, 25 km from here. The Patti Sadar police have registered a case. OC Mann alleges conspiracy Amritsar: SAD (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann has said the theft at his office was a conspiracy to steal data. He has sought impartial probe by the police. TNS Man commits suicide NRI Kuljit Kaur framed in Man having ‘links with gangsters’ assaults policemen Tribune News Service the chairman of around 12 inquiry committees constituted by the department to investigate various complaints and other issues. “While other officials have been forced to sit idle, the assistant civic surgeon seems to be overburdened with work. The civil surgeon has the powers to entrust any work to anybody, but when it is done to centralise the power, it creates suspicion,” said a senior official. The employees of the department also complained that even during the Independence and Republic Day events, the names of the favourites were being sent for awards for good work. “It has occurred for the first time that the civil surgeon has sent her own name and that of his son with just two years of services. The others include the assistant civil surgeon and a steno close to him,” said another employee, adding that the hardworking employees were getting frustrated in such an environment. When contacted, Civil Surgeon Dr Narinder Kaur said the departmental work was being run as per the rules and there was nothing of such sorts. “Someone must have passed wrong information,” she said. SNIPPETS threatened the police party with dire consequences, claiming that he was known to several gangsters. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Surinder Bansal reached the spot and the accused was taken into police custody. His car was also impounded. Police officials said the preliminary probe indicated that Tejinder had links with gangsters. Further investigations are under way to nail his accomplices who are on the run. A case under Sections 307, 353, 186, 148 and 149 of the IPC has been registered against them. Chadha suicide case, says kin Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 12 “Kuljit Kaur Ghuman has been framed in the case of abetment of suicide in connection with Inderpreet Singh Chadha case,” said her sister Simran in a press release issued here today. She said Ghuman, an NRI and a cancer patient, was neither in touch with the deceased for the past five years, nor her name mentioned in the suicide note. “The complainants have got her entangled as the deceased committed some share fraud with Kuljit,” she alleged. According to her, the deceased had given an undertaking before the Ludhiana (West) ACP the NRI Commis, sion and the High Court in New Delhi that he owed money to Kuljit. However, he failed to comply with the directions for several years. “To evade the corporate liabilities, the complainants have falsely accused her as they are responsible to payment being the shareholders and direc- Jail DSP visits GNDH Amritsar: A DSP rank official of the Amritsar Central Jail on Monday visited Guru Nanak Dev Hospital where Inderpreet Singh Anand, one of the accused in the Inderpreet Singh Chadha suicide case, is under treatment. Anand was in judicial custody and was later admitted to the GNDH on health grounds. Yesterday, a video had gone viral in which he was seen getting “VIP treatment” at the hospital while his family members and relatives were visiting him. Jail Superintendent Arshdeep Singh Gill said the jail officiall met the doctors and asked them to allow only one attendant at the hospital room. He said no one should be allowed to meet him without the written permission of the Jail Superintendent or a judicial official. He said they were asked to follow the jail manual. Any violation would entail action, he added. Earlier, a video of the accused had gone viral wherein he was seen enjoying hospitality in the VIP room of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. Anand was seen sitting with his family members and relatives. Anand along with others was sent to judicial custody by a local court earlier this month. TNS tors in the company,” she said. She said Kuljit had been cooperating with the investigation thus far and appeared before the SIT for over 10 times. “The SIT seems to be disinterested in uncovering the truth as it neither reviewed the 2,000 pages of supporting docu- ment, nor the responses to 70 questions posed by the complainants. An impartial probe should be conducted,” she added. A couple of days ago, supporters of the suspects in the Inderpreet Singh Chadha suicide case had carried out a candle march seeking “justice”. Wit, simplicity and Sufi wisdom of Pyarelal Wadali recalled Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 12 During an appearance of the trio – Wadali brothers and Lakhwinder Wadali – in Jalandhar for the promotion of the trio’s album “Naina De Buhe”, Pyarelal Wadali’s take on ‘shrotas’ (audience) was – “There are two kinds of audiences, one like the ‘chanani’ (sieve) and another like the ‘chajj’ (winnower). While the former takes in the superficial elements and discards the substantial elements, the latter recognises and retains substance, doing away with the noisy, insignificant aspects of a musical package.” From their appearance at the wedding of Sufi singer Ustad Puran Shahkoti to their jokes which left the DD team in splits during show recordings, the city’s musi- The Harivallabh dream ■ The duo had an aspiration to sing at the Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan, which was left unfulfilled with them being disallowed from singing at the festival in 1975. According to them, they had been disallowed entry to the Sammelan due to their appearance. ■ President of the Shri Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Committee, Purnima Beri, says, “This incident is oft-mentioned and it is pretty unfortunate since we can’t do anything about it. As per the Harivallabh’s constitution, only trained classical singers can be allowed to sing at the festival. Despite the fact that they were trained in Patiala and Punjab Gharana traditions, their recognition and forte as Sufi singers prevented the Harivallabh from according a stage to such legends. But with the demise of Pyarelal Wadali, the loss to the Sufi music legacy of Punjab is irreparable.” cal circles, which have upheld and celebrated the singing of the Wadali brothers, are silently grieving the passing away of the legendary Ustad Pyarelal Wadali, which has left a vacuum in the heart of the Sufi tradition of Punjab. Following the demise of Pyarelal, musicians assess the damage the passing of the younger brother has caused to the Punjabi folk and Sufi traditions. Ustad Puran Shahkoti rues, “The Wadali brothers were known for the magic of their duet. It is hard to imagine Puran Chand Wadali singing solo. Even when he sings now, I’m sure the feeling of loss of his brother whom he fervently loved would be overwhelming. It is a huge loss.” Weaving the magic of a treasured collection of carefully gleaned Sufi “kaafis” and poetry into rare rustic “swar lagaavs” – the melancholy ridden, transcendental strains of the Wadali brothers have no parallels in the popular Sufi legacy of Punjab, c m y b especially in the contemporary times. Bred in the “pehelwani” tradition, their tryst and beginning in music was always a matter of spirit – than commerce. A principle they have always remained committed to. Jaswant Deed, who was assistant director at Doordarshan Jalandhar and retired as Director, Doordar- shan Shimla, who shot many recordings with the Wadali Brothers, said, “They had this characteristic rustic charm, which used to lighten the atmosphere during recordings. We would quieten the cameraman and the technicians and they suddenly cracked a joke which would leave everyone in splits. We would have to cut the session many times but by the end of it, we would be laughing so hard that there would literally be tears in our eyes,” Deed said. “They even sung a composition “Saada vi ek vaari” written by me during the New Year and had such an instinctive understanding of the needs of the medium that they rendered it in their characteristic semi-classical style within the threeminute time slot without compromising on the enter- tainment factor,” he added. Famous Sufi exponent of Punjab Ustad Puran Shahkoti recalled they had visited his wedding. “I have great respect for the duo. We were great friends. I had invited them to my wedding and they also sung there. All their lives they stayed true to the unique ethos of the ‘ Kaafi’ and Sufi singing. There has been a tradition of duos in Punjab, but as has always been seen – after the demise of one – that same mood will be hard recreate even if the solo performer attains newer heights. A similar pair will never be seen in Punjab.” Harjit Singh, former programme executive with the DD Jalandhar, said, “It’s a big loss for Punjab. They were introduced to the DD by Santosh Mishra. They stepped into the Punjabi music scene when it was veering towards disco and pop music. They rendered sprit and substance to the scenario, colouring Punjab in their music strains. Pyarelal Wadali has left Punjab with a huge loss.” Classical exponent Ustad BS Narang said, “Wadali brothers have this huge and rare treasure of the ‘kalaams’ of the Sufi poets of Punjab. Although they aren’t classical singers, they were trained in the Patiala Gharana lineage by Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and their strains were open (not raga based) but semi-classical. One half of this unique combination is gone. The Sufi wisdom, the insight and the spirited intuition of the brothers which gleaned the best of Sufi trying them in a unique melody – half the magic is gone.”
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