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10-day PAU NSS special camp begins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 8
A 10-Day NSS special camp jointly organised by the Colleges of Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering and Home Science of the Punjab Agricultural University, got under way at Leerhan village yesterday. About 150 NSS volunteers are participating in the camp.

In his inaugural address, Dr A P S Mann, Director, Students Welfare, PAU, advised the volunteers to work with sincerity and dedication on the community development projects underlined during the camp. He asked the village people to get involved in the projects to make the camp a real success.

Dr K S Verma, Programme Coordinator, NSS, while highlighting the significance of National Service Scheme involving youth at university, college and at school-level, in the community welfare and personality development as perceived by the great visionaries like Mahatma Gandhi, Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru and Dr S Radhakrishanan, stated that the camp was being organised under the theme, ‘Youth for swachata.’

He further stated that the projects to be undertaken included general cleaning of the village surroundings, planting of trees and ornamental plants, repair and greasing of agricultural machinery, preparation of pickles and sauces, food preservation and making useful articles from waste material.

Special lectures from resource persons would be arranged on mushroom cultivation, bee-keeping, judicious use of ground water, balanced diet and agro-forestry for the benefit of the villagers.

The volunteers would take out rallies against use of drugs and alcohol, dowry and also create awareness about dreaded diseases like AIDS, TB and cancer through slogans, posters and hand bills in the adopted villages Leerhan and Nangal Kalan during the camp.

Mr Gurmail Singh, Sarpanch, Mr Kirpal Singh, member, panchayat, Mr Davinder Singh, head teacher, Mr Beant Singh, social worker, Mr Harish Modgil and Mr Gurbakshish Singh, Principal, village public school, while expressing their views, welcomed the volunteers and thanked the university for selecting their villages for holding the NSS Camp and assured full cooperation.

The camp activities would be carried under the guidance and supervision of Dr Harmeet Singh Saralch, Dr Davinder Kaur, Dr Damanjit Kaur and Er. N K Chhuneja, all programme officers of NSS Units of the constituent colleges of the university.


PAU VC releases journal, book
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 8
The PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr K S Aulakh, released the quarterly issue of Mohandra, which is published from Barnala, here today.

He said language could be developed through the creative literature which should be within the approach of common man.

Recalling the prose of Gurbaksh Singh Preetlari, Dhani Ram Chatrik, Shiv Kumar Batalvi, he said we should create literature which could strike deep roots. He appreciated the editorial staff of the journal who had tried to re-start this valuable issue. He advised them to publish the articles relating to unwanted tensions and sorrows in the life of a common person.

Dr J S Nirala, co-author of the issue, said Mohandra was a collection of the stories of famous writers. Prof Pritam Singh Rahi, chief editor of the magazine, proposed a vote of thanks.

Dr Aulakh also released a book, ‘Ichhran’ authored by a Barnala-based novelist Basant Kumar Rattan. Others present on the occasion included DR S S Gill and Dr Surjit Patar. 


Polytechnic students exhibit products
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 8
A day-long exhibition of products made by students of Government Institute of Textile Chemistry and Knitting Technology, Rishi Nagar, was organised here today. The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr Sarwan Kumar Sharma of the Nishkam Sewa Kendra, Daad.

The products made by 450 students were on display. Mr Kirpal Singh Bhullar, co-ordinator of the exhibition, said the exhibition was organised to motivate the students. “People come and see things made by the students, they appreciate and motivate them”, Mr Bhullar said.

Soft toys, textile designing articles, garments, knitting goods, electrical and electronic items, embroidery work, house wiring and motor winding, fabrication of leather goods and hosiery and needle work made by the students were on display. One of the students said,” these items are not for sale.

Mr Darshan Singh Balasi, Principal, of the polytechnic, said the country was predominantly rural in character with 80 per cent of its population living in 5.76 lakh villages. Keeping in view the problems faced by the villagers, community polytechnic was launched by the Central Government to upgrade the skills of the youths.

“This community cell is running in the institute for the past three years and the function of this centre is to provide manpower to the industries by skill-upgradation of the rural as well as urban youths. The objectives of the community polytechnic scheme include socio-economic survey, man power development, transfer of technology”, Mr Balasi said.

The polytechnic provides basic skills, knowledge and attitudes for self/wage employment to the youths in their village and nearby areas. The centre also aims to train the rural people by organising various camps, workshops and to disseminate information of the new technology through demonstrations to the rural masses, Mr Balasi said.


Dr Rajwant visits missionary college
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 8
Dr Rajwant Singh, Chairman, Sikh Education Council, USA, paid a visit to Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Punjabi Bagh, Jawaddi, here recently. He interacted with students belonging to Punjab, neighbouring states, including Sikligars of Nagpur, with regard to religious activities undertaken by the college. He expressed his satisfaction on the methodology adopted by the institute for training parcharaks and raagis.



New Releases
Chameli unusual love story

From the makers of ‘Kaante’, ‘Sur’ ‘Jhankar Beats’ and ‘Mumbai Matinee’ here comes an unforgettable love story starring Kareena Kapoor and Rahul Bose with special performances by Rinke Khanna, Anupama Verma, Mahek Chahal and Yashpal Sharma. This one is Pritish Nandi Communications Ltd’s presentation which will be released on Friday at Malhar and Shingaar Palace, Ludhiana.

‘Chameli’ is the story of two strangers who meet on a stormy night in the arches of Flora Fountain, Mumbai. Kareena Kapoor plays role of a woman of the night, Chameli. Makrand Deshpande play supporting role. The film is directed by Sudhir Mishra and has already evoked tremendous curiosity amongst viewers. The music has been composed by Sandesh Shandilya. Irshad Kamil has penned the lyrics.

‘Plan’ for urbane audience

After ‘Kaante’ Sanjay Gupta and actor Sanjay Dutt are back with another film ‘Plan’ which has unusual cast of Sanjay Dutt, Dino Morea, Bikram Saluja, Sanjay Suri, Mahesh Manjrekar and Rohit Roy. Sanjay Gupta and Sanjay Dutt have already launched their own banner . White Feather Films ‘Plan is the second venture which will be released on Friday at Orient and Society, Ludhiana.

Fight composer Shetty’s son Hriday Shetty is all set to prove his worth as director with this fast paced action movie. This movie has underworld background.

‘Plan’ a Sanjay Gupta production of a Hriday Shetty film has an international look and is for an urban, smart and intelligent audiences, the trade pundits predict.

The lyrics of songs are penned by Dev Kohli, Kumar and the music is by music director Anand Raaj Anand and Vishal-Shekhar. Based on a story by Sanjay Gupta himself the film has screenplay by Yash and Vinay, dialogues by Milap Zaveri, cinematography by Basha Lal, action by Bhiku Varma, choreography by Raju Khan, art by Ashok Kadam and editing by Bunty Negi.

Priyanka Chopra, Riya Sen, Sameera Reddy and Payal Rohatgi are the four heroines of the film. — DP


Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch to honour 7
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 8
The Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch will honour seven eminent persons on the annual Lohri festival being organised here on Saturday. Disclosing this here today the office- bearers of the manch , including Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal, Mr Pawan Dewan, Prof M.S. Cheema, Mr K.K. Bawa and Mr Ravinder Rangowal, said the recipients were identified by screening committee headed by Professor Cheema.

While Dr V.N. Tiwari Memorial Award will be conferred on Prof Surjit Patar, Dhyanchand Olympian Memorial Award will be presented to Deepak Tahkur, Principal, Miss Sudha Sen Award to Ms Manjit Sodhia, M.S. Randhawa Memorial Award to Mr Raminder Singh , Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar, Hans Raj Behal Memorial Award to Mr Tejwant Kittu, P.N. Thapar Award to Gokul Patnaik and K.L. Sehgal Award to Jasbir Jassi.

The manch will also organise a march against the female foeticide on January 9, which will start from Jagraon bridge and culminate at Punjabi Bhawan. A healthy baby contest will be held in which all those children who were born after Lohri last year can participate.

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