Archive for June, 2011

Mercedes collides with Wagon-R, kills 27-yr-old Ludhiana resident

June 29th, 2011

SOURCE: Indian Express

A Mercedes Benz car collided head-on with a Maruti Wagon-R, leaving a Ludhiana resident killed and his young wife seriously injured on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana National Highway-95 near Mamoopur village, Kharar. The white luxury car driver Baldev Singh Jhajj, a leading transporter of Phase X, Mohali, was arrested and later released on bail, informed Additional Station House Officer Harbhajan Singh.

While Mandeep Singh, 27, of Housing Board Colony in BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, died on the spot, his wife Amanjot Kaur, 25, was struggling for life and was shifted from Kharar Civil Hospital to Ludhiana, Investigating Officer (IO) Bhupinder Singh disclosed.

The couple were married eight months ago. While Mandeep worked with a private firm in Ludhiana, Amanjot was a housewife.

The accident took place at around 6.30 am when the speeding Mercedes driver, who along with his wife was heading towards Ludhiana, in a bid to overtake another vehicle moving ahead of it, failed to see the Wagon-R coming from the opposite direction at a blind curve and rammed into it, the IO revealed.


Ludhiana the wettest place in region with 79 mm of rain

June 26th, 2011

The southwest monsoon today advanced into parts of Punjab and Haryana a few days ahead of schedule, bringing heavy rains, and is likely to cover Delhi in the next couple of days.
Ludhiana in Punjab was the wettest place with 79 mm of rains, providing the much-needed relief to the people from sultry weather conditions. Other places in the state to be lashed by rains included Patiala, Nangal, Ropar, Anandpur Sahib, Balachaur and Phagwara.

JUNE SPLASH

* Met says conditions favourable for further advancement of monsoon in region

* Ludhiana the wettest place in region with 79 mm of rain

* These rains will help farmers as paddy transplantation is underway

* Forecast for next 48 hours: Rains in Haryana, Punjab, Himachal and parts of J&K.


Guru Gobind Singh on infanticide

June 15th, 2011

Guru Gobind Singh issued orders forbidding the Khalsa from associating with those that practiced female infanticide.

Does God have a favorite Son or a Daughter?
We are all God’s children. The entire creation and existence is created in the image of the almighty. God does not have a favorite. We are all created equal.

“A soul immersed in remembrance of God (Naam), is God’s favorite.”

Guru Nanak, Page 581, Line 3


Black Pearl – Amber – Ornate Room – Party Halls of The Yellow Chilli, Ludhiana

June 12th, 2011

Black Pearl – The banquet hall
For lovers of the sumptuous and decorative.

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For reservations, call: +91-9855523333

Amber – The Terrace is an elegant & stylish party hall with latest DJ and light system and can accommodate upto 60 persons. Amber is the most ideal in Ludhiana for theme parties and events. Amber extends it’s hands in order to make your event a grand success and helps you in getting other services like flower decoration, Shehanai, Dance Groups, Magician, games, disc etc.
For reservations, call: +91-9855523333

Ornate Room
Private dining hall of The Yellow Chilli
The Yellow Chiili, Ludhiana takes great pride in bringing you the ultimate and the highest quality traditional Indian cuisine. Ornate Room is ideal for couple kitties and dinner outings with extended family. Ornate can accommodate upto 45 persons.
For reservations, call: +91-9855523333

The food at Black Pearls, Amber and Ornate Room is from Sanjeev Kapoor’s The Yellow Chilli and the dining experience is as good.


Delhi Tamil Students Union seeks release of Bhullar

June 12th, 2011

Release Prof. Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar

By Delhi Tamil Students Union

09 June, 2011
Countercurrents.org

We strongly condemn President Pratiba Patil’s rejection of the mercy petition of Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar. Prof. Bhullar was sentenced to death by a trial court in Delhi on 25th August 2001 under the infamous draconian Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA) act, which has been consistently used as a tool of the Indian state and its ruling parties to harass activists who are working for the people, oppressed sections and minorities. Even after the act has been scrapped, verdicts passed under its undemocratic aegis are still being upheld.

The very process of the arrest, detention and conviction of Prof. Bhullar is murky. An assassination attempt on the SSP of Chandigarh, one Sumedh Saini on August 1991, was alleged by the police to have been committed by Bhullar and his friends. Following this, Bhullar’s father and his maternal uncle were arrested without following legal procedures, tortured and killed. In a similar manner, Balwant Singh Multani, a friend of Bhullar, was also killed in police custody. The police were gunning for the suspect Bhullar and were trying to pin down further charges on him. He was consequently blamed for another incident which happened in Delhi, an attempt on the life of a Youth Congress leader on September 1993. All of this needs to be seen in the light of the witch hunting of Sikh activists that happened in the period of the brutal police repression that sought to crush the Khalistan movement and voices of democracy in Punjab in the 80’s and 90’s. Bhullar was one of the many innocent casualties of state brutality.

Considering that many Sikh people had been tortured and executed in Punjab by the police through extra-judicial killings, Bhullar sought to go to Canada, realising his precarious situation and the threat to his life. He was detained in Germany while travelling under a fictitious name and was deported to India in January 1995. After a prolonged trial for 6 years, he was given death sentence on August 2001. We should note here that a person deported from an European country cannot be sentenced to death.

Also, Prof. Bhullar is the sole person convicted for conspiracy. The law requires at least two persons to enter into a conspiracy. When all other accused persons have been acquitted, how could have Bhullar created a conspiracy on his own? This case is further unique that the presiding judge in the Supreme Court, Justice M. B. Shah acquitted Bhullar completely, while the other two awarded death penalty on the basis of a confessional statement made before a police officer while in police custody and which too he had retracted in court.

Unfortunately, the Congress government seems to be oblivious to this fact and seems to work with a revenge-mentality instead of the idea of justice. We can note parallels in the Perarivaalan death penalty case –a Tamil youth who has been unjustly detained for almost 20 years on hollow charges of involvement in Rajiv Gandhi’s assasination.

Prof. Bhullar’s confession was made in police custody, as was allowed by the undemocratic TADA. He was not a given a fair trial. He has spent around 16 years in jail and has been subject to numerous tortures during his imprisonment. 10 years of this sentence was spent in solitary confinement. He suffers from many physical and psychological ailments. He has already spent a life sentence and the best years of his life have been behind bars.

We demand, in the name of justice and humanity, that Bhullar be immediately released. Else, the Indian judiciary shall have no better image than a kangaroo court.

SOURCE : CounterCurrents


Ludhiana one of the worst in Parho Punjab

June 11th, 2011

SOURCE: Indian Express
While private schools are producing toppers from Ludhiana, the quality of education in Government schools deteriorates every year.
This is what the findings of the recent audit report of Parho Punjab, a scheme under Sarv Siksha Abihyaan(SSA) started by the state government, says.
Out of the 20 districts of Punjab, Ludhiana ranks at 19th in providing quality education under Parho Punjab scheme.
The information came into light today in the vigilance monitoring committee meeting which was chaired by Ludhiana MP Manish Tiwari at Bachat Bhawan today.
Tiwari had asked SSA staff to conduct an audit of this scheme in the last meeting to get feedback.
It astonished not only the Ludhiana MP but even DC Rahul Tiwari.
A special SSA meeting was called so as to find the reasons for these negatives and to work on all them.


25 Sikhs elected as panch, sarpanch in Kashmir Valley

June 9th, 2011

Srinagar, Jun 9 (PTI) As many as 25 Sikhs have been elected as panches and sarpanches in the ongoing Panchayat elections in Kashmir reflecting communal harmony and secularism in the Valley despite two-decade long turmoil. Besides the Sikhs, a couple of Kashmiri pandits have been elected as panches and sarpanches in the Muslim-majority Valley, official sources said. The 16-phase polls commenced in Jammu and Kashmir on April 13 after a gap of over a decade and is expected to be completed next week. Thanking the majority community for showing faith in the Sikhs in the recent Panchayat elections, chairman All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) Jagmohan Singh Raina urged the elected members to work for the uplift of the people. “We urge sikh members to work as per the expectation of the masses so that next time they are elected unopposed,” he said. He hoped that the panchayats would ensure empowerment of people at grass-root level, besides accelerating the pace of development of rural areas. “Panchayat elections have after a long period opened a new window in the development process and public representation, as the grass root levels would be actively involved in the launch, implementation and monitoring of schemes at Panchayat level,” he said.


Many respond to Facebook invite for ‘chhabeel’ & help

June 3rd, 2011

SOURCE : Times of India
Shivani Mehra, TNN | Jun 3, 2011

LUDHIANA: In an attempt to motivate people to join him in serving commuters sweet flavoured milk to mark the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh guru, Harjinder Singh, a resident of Gurdev Nagar announced on Facebook that he would be organizing a ‘chhabeel,’ while urging others to join in the effort.

His message evoked a good response and 200 local residents including some affluent people also joined hands to serve commuters on Thursday. Harjinder Singh organized the camp to help commuters beat the heat.

People who had promised to join him came forward to help him in serving people.

While talking to TOI, Singh said that he had been organizing such ‘chhabeels’ for the past many years on the occasion of martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev on June 5 but this time he decided to hold it a few days before the event to make it more purposeful, as on the 5th commuters get cold sweet milk at many places. He added that most of the devotees organize such ‘chhabeels’ on the occasion to serve commuters so he wanted to be different. ‘I would be performing sewa at a gurdwara on the occasion on June 5,’ he added.

‘Earlier, I never announced it on the social networking site, but this time I decided to post it on my own wall, so that others read it and responded to it. The idea was to give an opportunity to those who don’t take such initiatives to come forward to serve the community’, he said.

‘I was surprised by the response and even my father-in-law and cousins promised to join me’, he said, while adding that he thought that using the social networking site was a good way of conveying the message to all the people he knew.

Ramandeep Pahwa, 20, a resident of Sargodha Colony, who is on the social networking site informed that he decided to join Harjinder as it was a good opportunity to perform ‘sewa’.

Another 20-year-old, Arshneet Kaur, a resident of Gurdev Nagar said that she opted to perform ‘sewa’ at the ‘chhabil’ after she saw many of her friends joining Harjinder. ‘I liked the way Harjinder conveyed the message. Otherwise earlier we never used to get to know about such events’, she said.

Satinder Singh, a restaurateur, who is a resident of Sarabha Nagar informed that he came to know about the ‘chhabil’ after he read it on Harjinder’s wall. ‘Normally people share pictures or matter related to their personal lives on social networking sites, but this time someone used it for a good purpose,’ he said .

Shivani Mehra, TNN can be contacted at shivanimehra2007@gmail.com


BMW opens a new dealership in Ludhiana

June 2nd, 2011

BMW India announced the opening of its new dealership facility of Krishna Automobiles in Ludhiana. Krishna Automobiles brings to Ludhiana BMW standards of sales and service and the same international experience as any BMW dealership worldwide.The new showroom and workshop of Krishna Automobiles are located at Dhandari Kalan, G.T. Road.

Dr. Andreas Schaaf, President, BMW India said, “ Punjab contributes strongly to the market offensive of BMW in India and we are confident that Ludhiana will significantly propel this growth. Krishna Automobiles is a very experienced partner for BMW India. Krishna Automobiles is reaching out to our esteemed clientele in the region and together we will bring the unique BMW product experience and the best-in-class BMW services to Ludhiana.”

The dealership will employ around 30 people. As with every other BMW dealership, Krishna Automobiles has provided its staff intense training in management of sales, service, spare parts and business systems to ensure customers receive best-in-class pre and post sales ownership experience. A team of service engineers have also been trained at BMW’s training centers in Singapore, Malaysia and Germany.

SOURCE: CarWale


Why Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar should not hang ? Watch debate with Prof. Jagmohan Singh on Zee Punjabi (Wed 7:30 PM, Thu 10:30 PM, Sun 6:30 PM)

June 1st, 2011

Dear Friend:

I invite you to watch a debate on ZEE Punjabi Channel as per the following schedule, on the hotly debated question -Why Davinder Pal Singh should not hang?

Please note:

1 June – Wednesday – 7.30 pm

2 June – Thursday – 10.30 pm (Repeat)

5 June – Sunday – 6.30 pm (Repeat)

You can watch ZEE PUNJABI channel on

Tata Sky 884, DISH TV 800, SUN 668, AIRTEL 582, Videocon 753, BIG TV 952

The debate will focus on the issues of inadequacy of the justice system in awarding capital punishment to Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar and the worldwide campaign against death penalty as a punishment.

Do let me know your comments and feedback at hangthenoose@gmail.com and at 9316655835.

With best wishes and prayers.

Jagmohan Singh
Coordinator, Forum Against the Death Penalty


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