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Students display art and science models
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Students of Atam Public Senior Secondary School display art and craft and science models at an exhibition held at Ludhiana on Wednesday
Students of Atam Public Senior Secondary School display art and craft and science models at an exhibition held at Ludhiana on Wednesday.
—Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Ludhiana, October 31
An art and craft and science exhibition was organised by the students of Atam Public Senior Secondary School here today. Over 200 working and non-working models were exhibited by the students of Class I to Class XII. The main attraction of the exhibition was a ‘bhoot bangla’ in which a school hall was converted into a dark haunted house. The floor was covered with paddy straw and tall dense bushes were fixed. Students wearing masks, long nails and black dresses nabbed every passersby. Besides, horror music played in the hall added special effects.

In the science exhibition, models on soil preparation were preared by Simranjeet Kaur, Vibha Behl and Vishal Gupta from Class X. Gurpreet of Class X explained crop protection methods by a model on use of weedicides and agricultural tools. Models on harvesting and threshing were prepared by Aashima Jain of the same class. Working model on extraction of sulphur was exhibited by Swati and Suman of Class X.

Ginni and Sapna Gogia of Class IX prepared model of water level indicator. Raina and Shruti depicted working of a rectifier. Bunny and Amarpal from Class VIII displayed model on light refraction through prism. Ramandeep and Vinay from the same class prepared model of blood circulation.

Experiments to show that ‘water is a good conductor of electricity’ and ‘electricity produces heat’ were demonstrated by Rohit and Tarun of Class IX. Experiments depicting various principles of magnetism were demonstrated by Himani and Trishy of Class VIII.

Among some creative experiments was the ‘drawing with fire’ in which potassium nitrate was used to make cartoons and caricatures. An experiment on inflation of balloon with acetic acid was demonstarted by Urvashi and Gagandeep of Class VIII. ‘Invisible ink experiment’ was conducted by Manpreet and Nitin of Class VIII in which they wrote alphabets with mixture of cobalt choride and aluminium chloride. The paper was kept slightly above the flame and invisible alphabets turned green.

The process of germination was explained by Simarpal of Class IV, Kshitiz, Varun and Geetika acted like paediatrican and dentists telling the children about good eating habits. Experiment on vanishing colours was depicted by Ramneet and Preety of Class IV. Through snakes and ladder game, Puneet and Arjun of Class V depicted the effects of good and bad manners on health.

In the art section, senior section girls had set up stalls of mehndi, ‘diyas’, candles, greeting cards, fabric painting, metal embossing, water and oil colour paintings, pencil sketching, soft toys, baby dresses and eatables.

Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, was the chief guest. Ms Usha Jain, Principal, Mr H.L. Jain, President, and Mr S.C. Jain, Manager, appreciated the efforts of the students.

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Contests mark end of science fair
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
Students of over 35 schools participated in a science fair organised by the District Education Department that concluded in Sanatan Vidya Mandir here today.

On the occasion, a science exhibition, a chart-making contest, a quiz contest, a teaching aids contest and an extempore-speech contest were held. In the chart-making contest, Gurinderjeet Singh of Government Girls High School of Dakha won the first prize.

Teaching-aids and expempore-speech contests were for teachers. In the teaching-aids contest, Mr Narang, a teacher of the BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School won the first prize, followed by Ms Sangeeta Sood of Government High School of Dhandran. In the extempore-speech contest, Mr Satnam Singh of Guru Harkrishan Public School and Ms Sangeeta Sood of Government High School of Dhandran were declared first. Ms Meena Arora of the BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School and Ms Paramjit of Guru Harkrishan Public School stood second.

In the science exhibition, prizes were given for each theme. For the theme ‘Landmark in Science’, Priya Kochhar of the BCM School was given the first prize in the senior secondary group and Rajvir Kaur of Government Girls High School of Dakha stood first in the secondary group. For the theme ‘Harnessing Energy’, Sandeep of the BCM School was given the first prize in the senior secondary group and Gagandeep of the same school stood first in the secondary group.

For the theme ‘Food’, Harpreet Singh of the BCM School was given the first prize and Vineet of the RS Model Senior Secondary School stood second in the secondary group. Vineeta of Guru Nanak Public School was first in the senior secondary group. For the theme ‘Environment Management’, Harpreet Singh of Government Senior Secondary School of Hassanpur village won the first prize in the senior secondary group and the team of the BCM School was first in the secondary group.

For the theme ‘Nutrition and Health’, the team of the BCM School was given the first prize in the senior secondary group and the team of Guru Nanak Public School stood first in the secondary group. For the theme ‘Transport and Communication’, the team of Government Model Senior Secondary School of the PAU was given the first prize in the senior secondary group and the team of the BCM School stood first in the secondary group.

For the theme ‘Science and Technology for Entertainment’, the team of Guru Nanak Public School was given the first prize in the senior secondary group and Navdeep Singh of Government High School of Dhandran stood first in the secondary group. For the theme ‘Educational Technology’, the team of the RS Model Senior Secondary School and Guru Nanak Public School was given the first prize in the senior secondary group and the team of the BCM School was first in the secondary group.

Ms Samishtha Bawa, District Science Supervisor, was the organiser of the contests. Ms Sadhna Sharma, Principal of the host school, praised the students for their effort.

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Students observe Vigilance Awareness Week
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
Students of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School organised an inter-house declamation contest to mark the beginning of Vigilance Awareness Week here today.

The students spoke on various topics, including “Have the will to fight corruption”, “Daring soul to achieve your aim”, “Follow the path of righteousness, no matter what the world says”, “Dishonesty is never impulsive” and “He who loses honesty has nothing else to lose”.

The first prize went to Vijeta of Class XI, second to Tanya Lal of Class VII and the third to Yatin Garg of Class IX .The team of Jyoti House was declared the best.

On the occasion, Ms Baldeep Pandher, Principal, told the students to inculcate in themselves the values of loyalty, credibility and honesty for the benefit of the country and people at large.

Besides, the school also celebrated Valmiki Jayanti. 

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Govt urged to recruit JBT teachers
Our Correspondent

Khamano, October 31
Mr Jagtar Singh Khamano and Mr Kanwaldeep Chaugawan, state president and general secretary, respectively, of the Unemployed Teachers’ Front, have urged the Punjab government to recruit JBT teachers against the 7,230 posts meant for them, and not against other vacant posts claimed by the BEd. teachers.

The front leaders added that around 72,000 trained teachers were already unemployed. They stated that according to the NCERT norms, around 40,000 teachers must be recruited in the state for providing better education. They threatened that if their demands were not adhered to, they would intensify their struggle. 

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Forum slaps penalty on transport firm
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
In an ex parte judgement, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the M/s Gati Cargo Management Services and M/s Gati Corporation Limited to pay Rs 62,750 as cost of goods booked for transportation to the complainant, Ms Samrat Textiles, Shivala Road, Ludhiana. The forum has also directed the respondents to pay interest on the amount at the rate of 15 per cent per annum from April 1, 2000 till actual payment.

According to the complaint, M/s Balaji Textiles and Garments, Nellore, had purchased goods worth Rs 41,000 and Rs 21,750 through two bills while M/s Shri Sainath Textiles, Nellore, had purchased goods worth Rs 33,000 from the complainant. The complainant testified before the forum that the goods were booked by the respondents for transportation from Ludhiana to Nellore. It was further stated that as per the instructions, the goods were to be handed over to the consignee (purchaser) at Nellore. The goods were sold on credit and the value of the goods was disclosed, and the non-negotiable dockets were issued and the consignments were to be delivered on the presentation of dockets. the complainant added.

The complainant further said the dockets and original goods receipt were sent through courier to the consignees, which were received back undelivered with remarks, “M/s Balaji Textiles and Garment Company Closed”. It was revealed that the complainant came to know from reliable sources that other purchaser, M/s Shri Sai Nath Textiles had also absconded. He had even written a letter and sent a fax message to the respondents. M/s Gati Cargo Management Services, replied that the consignment sent on February 15, 2000, had not been delivered to the party. But when the partners of the complainant firm visited Nellore with original dockets to M/s Gati Corporations Limited, it was revealed that the goods had already been delivered without presentation of original documents and the proof of delivery had been sent to Ludhiana office.

The complainant pointed out that the respondent had delivered the goods without presentation of original dockets and goods receipt. It was alleged: “The proof of delivery shows that the consignments were delivered to some other persons for wrongful gains to the respondents. The complainant alleged that there was a clear deficiency on the part of the respondent for not delivering goods to the right person after presentation of original documents.”

The forum observed that the evidence produced by the complainant was unrebutted. The forum stated: “The bills show that the goods worth Rs 33,200, Rs 21,500 and Rs 41,000 were sold. The forum further stated that according to the documents produced, the delivery of goods worth Rs 33,200 cannot be said to be a deficiency in services as the goods were rightly delivered. But the consignments worth Rs 21,500 and Rs 41,000 were delivered to wrong persons, despite being served notice to stop the delivery by the complainant, the forum added.

The forum held that it was a clear deficiency in services on the part of the respondents for wrong delivery of goods and they were liable to pay the cost of the goods. 

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Busy time for mehndi artists
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
Its busy time for mehndi artists in the city as the festival of Indian women, ‘Karva Chauth’ is near. Persons mastering the art of tattooing and mehndi are booking hundreds of orders daily in the city. Be it the leading beauticians of the city or the roadside mehndiwalas, city women are approaching them to get the best of mehndi design on their hands on the eve of Karva Chauth.

Ram Sarain, a mehndi artist from Rajasthan, comes to the city every year during these days. He said,”My other relatives stay here and work in various industries. But they call me from Rajasthan to give them support and latest tips on this art. I get henna from Rajasthan which is not only pure but the colour is also long lasting”. 

Ram Sarain and more than 30 members of his group will put up their stalls at the Ghumar Mandi, Mall Road and Aarti Chowk area. One of the artist said, “We even go to houses but the rates are slightly expensive”.

The rates of these artists vary from Rs 21 to Rs 101 per hand depending on the labour. For small girls, the rates vary from Rs 5 to Rs 10.

Similar stalls are put up at various places like Model Town, Dandi Swami, Civil Lines, Model Town Extension, Chaura Bazaar, Field Ganj, Kailash Chowk and Ghumar Mandi.
Ms Natasha Ahluwalia of the Grace Beauty Institute said during Karva Chauth, they stop taking other orders. 

“Zardozi, geometrical, traditional and Arabian mehndi were in for the season. There will be shaded mehndi also with very dark and light shades. Zardozi mehndi is of different colours with glitters and shining material applied on hands. These glitters can last for over four days”, said Indra Ahluwalia, beauty therapist of the institute. Ms Dimpy of Bodyline Institute said, “Women also prefer applying tattoos on their arms and backs”.

Ms Kiran, another beauty expert at the VLCC, said they call mehndiwalas from Rajasthan for the occasion. “These artists have their own way of applying mehndi on hands. The outline is made of dark brown colour and light shade is applied between the lines. Some chemicals are also used when Arabian or zardozi mehndi is applied,” said Kiran.

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