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Young World
Police DAV hosts Hans Raj sports tournament
The Inter-zonal (girls) competitions of the All-India Mahatma Hans Raj Aryan Tournament entered the second day at Police DAV Public School on Thursday. As many as 28 teams from 13 zones comprising 400 students are participating in the event. Manjit of Haryana wins in the heats of the 100 m during the All-India Mahatma Hans Raj Aryan Tournament on Thursday
Manjit of Haryana wins in the heats of the 100 m during the All-India Mahatma Hans Raj Aryan Tournament on Thursday. — Photo by S. S. Chopra

Mission for youth
This septuagenarian does not watch TV or gossip with friends. He counsels the youth both in India and abroad about AIDS, drugs and prostitution. He is Dr Raghbir Singh Bains from Manak Dheri village in Hoshiarpur district, settled in Surrey in British Columbia, Canada. Every year he visits India for three months. During his stay in Jalandhar, Dr Bains creates awareness about AIDS, drugs and prostitution in schools and colleges.


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Schools to impart sex education
From now on, the three-letter word won’t be a taboo in Phagwara schools. In a significant step, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has joined hands with the Ministry of Human Resource Development to educate students about safe sex and risks of pregnancy. Students from Class VI to XII will also be educated about the dangers of drug abuse under the adolescent programme.

Youngsters honk for attention 
Few years ago during the fad pressure horns every other person flaunted the gadget to get attention. Later, the government banned such horns, but only in books. They are popular not only with truck drivers but with Phagwara youth too.

IT sleuths eye high spenders
A survey by the Income Tax Department has revealed that black money was flowing back into the market through high-end partying, luxury holidays, booking and marketing real estate and buying cars above Rs 10 lakh. Concerned over a spurt in black money circulating in the city, the taxmen have set their eyes on high spenders.


LAVISH SPENDING: A show of wealth in Phagwara. — A Tribune photo
A show of wealth in Phagwara

Eye specialists to present papers
Two city-based eye specialists, Dr Gurpreet Kaur and Dr Arun Verma, have been invited by the American Academy of Ophthalmology to present their research papers at the joint meeting of the American and Asia Pacific Academies of Ophthalmology to be held at Las Vegas, the USA. While the theme of the research paper of Dr Gurpreet Kaur revolved around effect of green revolution on corneal ulcers, Dr Verma would present his paper based on a survey population along the Indo-Pakistan border in respect to eye diseases.

 

 

 



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Young World
Police DAV hosts Hans Raj sports tournament
Tribune News Service

The Inter-zonal (girls) competitions of the All-India Mahatma Hans Raj Aryan Tournament entered the second day at Police DAV Public School on Thursday. As many as 28 teams from 13 zones comprising 400 students are participating in the event. Competitions in basketball, volleyball, kho-kho, handball, athletics, badminton, table tennis, kabaddi, hockey and cricket are being organised. The opening ceremony was held at PAP indoor stadium. A PT show and yogic exercises with ring were presented by the tiny tots. Mr Rajan Gupta, ADGP, PAP, Dr Rashmi Vij, school principal, and Ms P.P. Sharma, regional director of DAV institutes, were present on the occasion.

Annual function

Cambridge International School organised its annual day celebrations on Saturday. Programme began with a welcome song by the school choir, followed by a comical play by Class VIII students titled “Ulta pulta jungle story” in which they touched the issues that society, state, parents and school need to address.

In all, five English plays were enacted by the students of Classes V to VIII. Class V presented a play “Loin Cloth” depicting the result of greed and selfishness. Class VI staged two plays based on the lives of Tenali Rama and Akbar-Birbal. Class VII’s adaptation of the “Sound of Music” was a play recreated by students and teachers with dialogues and screenplay to match the classic.

Class II girls mesmerised the audience with their song “Do-re-mi”. Class III and IV students set the feet tapping with traditional sammi and giddha. Girls danced on steel plates with lamps in their hands as they performed Bharatnatyam. Mr J.P. Birdi, Additional Deputy General of Police (Intelligence), was the chief guest.

On Monday, students of Nursery to Class I presented a show of talent as they performed two plays, “Mazoo-Mazoo” based on Kashmiri folklore and “Beauty and the Beast”, and a fusion of Indian and Western dances.

Talent hunt

A four-day entertainment programme was organised for little ones of Euro Kids, a playway school, which concluded this Tuesday. Kids played roles of Superman, activist, Nanha Munna Rahi, parrot and other characters on day one. Kids showed their skills by dancing on various hip-hop numbers on the second day. Next day, a number of games were organised for them. They were taken to Mayor World School. On the last day, a movie show was organised for them, followed by a dance party in which the educators danced with them and amused them. Kids were given gifts and certificates by the centre head, Ms Nandita Das.

Felicitation

MGN Public School organised a programme to felicitate Farooq Butt, an actor, singer and director from Montgomery, Pakistan. Gurpreet Ghuggi, popular stage artist was also invited for the show. They were welcomed by Mr Jarnail Singh Pasricha, secretary, MGN Educational Trust. Mr Butt sang few of his favourite lines from a Punjabi song and enthralled the audience. This was followed by an informal interaction with the students of Classes IX to XII. He talked about his two TV serials, “Janab wala jinn” and “Red card”. He answered the queries regarding life of people in West Punjab.

Bal mela

Two days after the Children’s Day, a state-level function was held at BD Arya Girls’ College to mark the day. Bal mela-2006 was held by the Child Welfare Council, Punjab, and District Child Welfare Council.

Contests were held for paper presentation, group song and group dance in which more than 33 teams participated. The theme of the mela was female foeticide in which contestants from all over state participated. Kashika Singh from Mohali and Tamanna Tuli from Amritsar were honoured for winning the national bravery award and national painting contest, respectively.

The results:

Paper presentation: Lovepreet Kaur (Ryan International Public School, Amritsar) 1, Ritika Seth (St Joseph School, Jalandhar) 2, Surinder Kaur (Faridkot) 3.

Group song: Apeejay School, Jalandhar 1, Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Hoshiarpur 2, Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Amritsar 3.

Group dance: Sangrur 1, Faridkot 2, Hoshiarpur 3, Muktsar 4.

Painting (5-8 yrs): Mudita Mehra 1, Dinesh Kumar 2, Lovepreet Singh 3.

9-12 yrs: Kanav Seth 1, Amarjot Singh 2, Sonu Kumar 3.

13-16 yrs: Jagmeet Kaur 1, Ramandeep Deo 2, Lovepreet Singh 3.

Special children: Anil Kumar, Rosy Bansal, Jagwinder Singh and Deepika.

Fancy dress

Children strut around in their costumes during the fancy dress competition at Bal Bharti International School, New Vikaspuri
Children strut around in their costumes during the fancy dress competition at Bal Bharti International School, New Vikaspuri. — A Tribune photo
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A fancy dress competition was held at Bal Bharti International School, New Vikaspuri. All participants of primary wing participated. Students from higher classes were categorised into different sections. Jai and Jagjeet were declared first, Jaspreet Kajla and Sarthak stood second while Hardik and Pahul Puneet won the third prize in the primary wing.

Priya of Class I and Raghav of Class VII stood first. Anmol of Class II and Mohit Suman of Class V got the second rank. Dhruv of Class II and Ankit of Class III shared the third position, in competitions for higher classes.

Children’s Day

Students of Seth Hukum Chand SD Public Senior Secondary School celebrated Children’s Day on Tuesday. Group songs, dances, speeches and skits were presented by the kids. They were told about the life and achievements of Chacha Nehru.

Ambika Modern School celebrated the day with enthusiasm. A series of sports activities were organised during the event. The day started with badminton match, followed by skipping and tug-of-war. Ball collection and cycling contests were held for pre-primary children.

Innocent Hearts School organised a game fair. Students paid a tribute to Chacha Nehru, reciting poems relating his life.

Apeejay School, Rama Mandi, held children’s day celebrations. Students presented a skit ‘Vanar Sena’ depicting the life of Pt Nehru. Paras, a Class II student, came dressed up like Chacha Nehru and recited a poem. Pre-primary wing of the school played several games.

Interactive board

Smart boards were introduced in Mayor World School this week which work with laptop and have several unique features. The boards will help students save and use lessons prepared by the teachers, including work done on the blackboards. The boards have more than 6,000 visuals on different subjects that can be used with a mere touch of a finger or a special marker provided by the board. These will help the absentees access lessons they have missed. Tests and assignments would also be prepared on these boards. The students would also be able to hear the teachers’ voice, said Ms G. Bindra, Principal.

AWWA show

The Vajra Army Wives Welfare Association organised a healthy baby show on the Children’s Day in which more than 40 children below the age of 18 months participated.

The first prize was given to Suraj Chetia in less than six months’ category, while Mehak got the prize in the six to 18 months’ category.

Ms Anita Thamburaj, president, Vajra AWWA, while speaking on the occasion, emphasised the importance of immunisation, nutritional care, prevention of home accidents and care in illness as key factors for the promotion of child’s health.

Col S. Bhushan, Senior Adviser, Paediatrics and Neonatology, also addressed the audience.

Baby show

Anita Thamburaj, president, Vajra AWWA, gives prizes during healthy baby show held on Children’s Day
Anita Thamburaj, president, Vajra AWWA, gives prizes during healthy baby show held on Children’s Day. — A Tribune photo

Tagore Day Boarding Senior Secondary School organised a baby show on Tuesday. Yati Raj Bhagolia, Paras and Khushi were declared first, second and third, respectively, in the age group of 2.5 to 3.5 years. Dhananjay, Ankit and Amandeep were winners in the age group 3.5 to 4.5 years. Among kids of 4.5 to six years, Ridham, Simran and Dyal Arora were declared winners.

Physiotherapy camp

NGO Pahal and DAV Institute of Physiotherapy organised a two-day camp that concluded on Wednesday. In the camp, 60 patients suffering from cerebral palsy, spastics, mental retardation, spina-bifida, muscular dystrophy and other congenital skeletal muscular disorders were attended to and given suggestions for their treatment and physiotherapy.

Seminar

The Department of Biotechnology, Kanya Maha Vidyalaya, organised a seminar on ‘Relevance of biotechnology in vaccines’. Dr Sukhdev Singh, a senior Professor, talked about the latest advances in the field of vaccines.

He explained why specific anti-HIV, anti-malarial and other vaccines were not available. He emphasised that viruses and bacteria were in constant competition with man and hoped that modern techniques of molecular biology, immunology and genetic engineering would solve these problems in future.

Toppers

Students of Guru Nanak Dev University College, Basti Nau, have obtained top ranks in MBA (fourth semester) examination conducted this year. Kulbir Kaur, Shyna Singh, Manpreet Bindra and Anu Gupta have bagged the first, second, fourth and eighth ranks, respectively.

Volleyball title

Volleyball team of Kanya Maha Vidyalaya has got the first position in inter-college matches conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University.

Women seminar

Ladies from Gymkhana Club visited Lovely Institute of Management to take part in a seminar on ‘Women entrepreneurship’. Prof N.K. Maheshwari, Head of the department, made a presentation on successful Indian entrepreneurs like Sulajja Firodia Motwani and Kiran Majumdar Shaw. Personality assessment tests were conducted on the basis of psychology based questions.

Vigilance week

GDR Convent School Phagwara organised Vigilance Awareness Week from November 6 to 10. Students narrated incidents from the life of Sardar Patel and dictated the administrative framework written by him. Essay writing contest was also held. Ms Rupali Saini, Principal, said the planned strategy for administration must be strictly followed.

Lecture

The Postgraduate Department of Computer Science and Applications, Kanya Maha Vidyalaya organised a lecture by Dr P.C. Saxena, Professor, Jawaharal Nehru University on database management system and its uses. He described the design of databases, various anomalies related to the problem of redundancy and ways to remove them. 

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Mission for youth
Vishal Gulati
Tribune News Service

Dr Raghbir Singh Bains
Dr Raghbir Singh Bains

This septuagenarian does not watch TV or gossip with friends. He counsels the youth both in India and abroad about AIDS, drugs and prostitution. He is Dr Raghbir Singh Bains from Manak Dheri village in Hoshiarpur district, settled in Surrey in British Columbia, Canada. Every year he visits India for three months. During his stay in Jalandhar, Dr Bains creates awareness about AIDS, drugs and prostitution in schools and colleges.

Counselling can help drug addicts kick the habit, but the success rate is just 10 per cent.

His tools are media, pamphlets, exhibitions and slide shows. Dr Bains claims there are 70,000 AIDS cases in Punjab.

“I visited jails in Canada to rehabilitate prisoners.

I got a good response from Punjabis there,” he says.

He is also a community activist and educator for many organisations to promote cultural understanding and mutual respect among communities in British Columbia.

Dr Bains has produced many publications on drug and alcohol addiction, HIV/AIDS awareness, poverty and world peace.

He has received various national and international awards. He was declared Scholar of the 20th Century by the Punjab Government. In 2005, he was honoured with the Order of British Columbia Award, the highest provincial award in Canada.

Author of the Encyclopedia of Sikhism that covers Sikh religion, history, culture and heritage, Dr Bains migrated to Canada in 1990.

He did his PhD in world culture and world religion from Senior University International, Wyoming, USA, at the age of 60.

“When I was working on the Encyclopedia, I sold everything. I devoted many years to compile it,” he says.

The encyclopedia was released in 2002.

He is also the brain behind the Multimedia Sikh Museum at Khaddor Sahib, near Amritsar. 

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  Schools to impart sex education
Tribune News Service

From now on, the three-letter word won’t be a taboo in Phagwara schools. In a significant step, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has joined hands with the Ministry of Human Resource Development to educate students about safe sex and risks of pregnancy. Students from Class VI to XII will also be educated about the dangers of drug abuse under the adolescent programme.

The HRD officials, after a series of discussions with school teachers here, decided to go ahead with the project. “India is fast becoming the AIDS capital of the world. Children also have easy access to pornographic material. So we thought, it’s the right time to educate them about sex and matters relating to it,” said a ministry official said.

Apart from counselling session in schools, the project aims at bringing awareness about AIDS in rural areas, with a special focus on educating girls.

“The first step involves training science teachers and school counsellers. They in turn will work with students and provide feedback,” said the Principal of Government Model School, Phillaur, Ms Paramjit Kaur, who is back from Chennai after an eight-day training programme on sex education. “Children experience a lot of physical and mental changes at the time of puberty. Many a times, in absence of proper knowledge they find it very difficult to cope with them. As a result they become very susceptible to drug addiction. Also the tendency to resort to unsafe sex is higher. To boost the entire programme, the authorities have roped in a Canadian university to help schools,” she adds.

Ms Vibha Ahuja, Principal, DAV School, Nawanshahr, who also attended the programme, said substance abuse had also increased among the students. “Children are maturing earlier.

We need to realise this and move with the times. TV, films and Internet give much exposure to children. Under the adolescent education programme health clubs would be opened in schools where they would be counseled.”

Plans are also being made to organise a national-level conference.

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Youngsters honk for attention 
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Few years ago during the fad pressure horns every other person flaunted the gadget to get attention. Later, the government banned such horns, but only in books. They are popular not only with truck drivers but with Phagwara youth too.

“I have a pressure horn and I use it too, mainly on highways,” says a youngster, enjoying a car drive on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road. “I am well aware of the ban but many times such horns help in attracting girls,” he adds.

Though prohibited by law, still people flaunt these horns and even getting challans for the use. “People should resist putting blow horns in their vehicles as they create nuisance and confusion on roads, and cause accidents,” says a traffic police official.

The trend may be on the decline among city residents but the craze is rising in people from surrounding areas, says the official.

“As per rule, pressure horns and blow hooters are banned. We do challan and confiscate such horns and if the person wants it back he can go to court and get it released.”

It is brisk business for those are involved in selling such hooters. “There is a good demand of pressure as well as musical horns. People who come to purchase these sirens are educated and they know that it is banned,” says T. S. Walia, owner of a spare parts shop. On an average, he sells at least seven hooters, mainly to college guys, every month.

Giving credit to traffic police’s strict stand on the issue, H.S. Anand, a local businessman feels the situation is improving. “On the geri route and roads leading to colleges, one can easily spot cars and motorbikes with these noisy sirens. These guys go in for such horns to attract attention of girls,” he adds.

Ravinder Sharma, a social worker, said: “These horns should not be sold in the first place. Once banned how can people use and sell these. Appropriate action needs to be taken against the guilty.”

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IT sleuths eye high spenders
Tribune News Service

A survey by the Income Tax Department has revealed that black money was flowing back into the market through high-end partying, luxury holidays, booking and marketing real estate and buying cars above Rs 10 lakh.

Concerned over a spurt in black money circulating in the city, the taxmen have set their eyes on high spenders.

The survey carried out to find where the illegal money was moving, the department has identified four major areas of concern and is gathering expenditure details of people involved. These are persons who are into high-end partying circuit, work as marketing and booking agents of realtors and buy luxury cars over Rs 10 lakh.

“Hunting down such tax evaders is high on our priority list. We are getting personal details of high spenders in these areas. The data would be fed into our system. The computer-assisted scrutiny selection would then be used to monitor individuals where we find their IT returns have not matched the expenditure,” a senior IT official told The Tribune. “In case of unaccounted money, penalty can go up to tax, including interest at the rate of 1 per cent per month, and fine up to 300 per cent of tax liability.”

According to sources, following speculation in the real estate segment in the region, a lot of black money has found its way supporting luxurious lifestyle of some city residents. Eagle eyes of IT sleuths are zeroing in on them. “Many high-end parties and get-togethers in the city, which are individual events, are booked in the name of companies and see lakhs being spent in a single night,” said an official.

Survey said this set of high spenders who evade taxes would not be more than 20 per cent of around one lakh assessees in the city. While majority of the salaried class taxpayers are out of it, there are some government servants whose income do not justify their expenditure patterns, they added.

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Dr Gurpreet Kaur
Dr Gurpreet Kaur

Arun Verma
Dr Arun Verma

Eye specialists to present papers
Tribune News Service

Two city-based eye specialists, Dr Gurpreet Kaur and Dr Arun Verma, have been invited by the American Academy of Ophthalmology to present their research papers at the joint meeting of the American and Asia Pacific Academies of Ophthalmology to be held at Las Vegas, the USA.

While the theme of the research paper of Dr Gurpreet Kaur revolved around effect of green revolution on corneal ulcers, Dr Verma would present his paper based on a survey population along the Indo-Pakistan border in respect to eye diseases.



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