Tuesday, May 27, 2003, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Foundation stone of science lab laid
Bhushan Sood
Our Correspondent

Amloh, May 26
Dr Harbans Lal Minister for Forests, Punjab, addressing a gathering of the sarpanches, panches, parents, students and teachers after laying the foundation stone of a science laboratory at Government Secondary School at Jallah village 8 km from here, yesterday said that increase in population and shrinking of forest cover was the root cause in scarcity of rain increase of the level of pollution, droughts and lowering of ground water level. He appealed to every one in the gathering to plant at least 20 trees and look after their growth. Mr Lal appreciated the efforts of the school in planting of 500 saplings and with a promise by Mr T. Ganana Parkash District Forest Officer to supply 1500 more saplings this season.

The village gram panchayat has given five acre land costing Rs 30 lakh for the school ground and the panchayat has constructed a four room block which was inaugurated by Mr Sohan Lal, DPI, Secondary Education, Punjab.

Addressing the function the DPI (S) said the Education Minister, Mr Khushal Behal, had taken a bold step to overhaul the education system. Teachers in government schools were better qualified now. “The teachers in government schools will have to increase confidence among the students and parents with hard work,” he asserted.

The DPI said primary schools had been made elementary schools and the inspection system had been strengthened by creating 827 centres in the state and the head of each cluster would visit eight to 10 schools attached with him and he would be responsible for the upgradation of education in his area.

Mr Dalbara Singh, Assistant Director, Punjab, Mr Roshan Lal, Principal, Mr Khushi Ram sarpanch, Mr Baljinder Singh president, Parent Teachers Association, Mr Surmukh Singh president Punjab Adventure Club, Mr Shamsher Singh Marardu, Joint Organising Commissioner Scouts, Fatehgarh Sahib also spoke. School children presented a cultural, programme. The chief guest distributed mementoes among brilliant students, players and eminent persons of the area.



Summer camp at Kiddies’ Paradise
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 26
A two-week summer camp started at Kiddies’ Paradise, Koacher Market, here today. The purpose of the camp is to inculcate a spirit of creativity and develop self-confidence in children.

On the first day of the camp, Children enjoyed movies, swimming and skating along with dancing and singing. In the camp, they will be given tips on language improvement, personality development, besides training in etiquette. Kids seemed very enthusiastic about learning new skills.

Principal Gulshan Kaur encouraged kids to make greeting cards, sofa sets, monkey caps, decoration pieces, flower pots, pen stands etc using waste material. “Really, they are doing wonders with their little hands,” she said.



Rukhsat’ organised
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 26
Students of GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised “Rukhsat” to bid farewell to its MBA, BBA and BCA final year students. Megha and Kavneet of BCA-II danced to “dholna”. Varinder of BBA and Preeti of MBA danced to a medley of western, Punjabi and Hindi songs.

A personality contest was also conducted to crown Mr and Ms Personality for the undergraduate and postgraduate classes. Karanbir Singh and Jasjit Dhillon of MBA final year were crowned Mr and Ms Personality (postgraduate). Varun Kapoor and Balreet Sandhu were judged Mr and Ms Personality (undergraduate).

Director Kuldip Singh wished the outgoing students luck and also advised them to pursue their career goals with sincerity, determination and positive attitude. Coordinator G.S.Dua congratulated the staff and students for organising the party.



Justice Sodhi inspects courts
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 26
Justice N.K. Sodhi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court inspected the working of various courts here today. He, being the administrative judge of the Ludhiana district, visited the courts of the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr S.M.S. Mahal, Mr H.S. Madan and Mr D.R. Arora and observed the functioning there.

Thereafter, he personally checked certain record of the courts with the assistance of his staff. His staff checked records maintained by ahlmeds, copy clerks and judgement writer of the aforesaid courts.

Justice Sodhi will also inspect the courts at Khanna, Samrala and Jagraon subdivisions apart from the Central Jail, Ludhiana. He is expected to conduct inspection in remaining city courts tomorrow.

Mr Baldev Singh, District and Sessions Judge, Mr Arunvir Vashisht, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr J.S. Chauhan, Civil Judge (Senior Division), Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, and Mr Harpreet Singh Sidhu, SSP, extended warm welcome to Justice Sodhi, when he arrived at the circuit house in the morning.

A guard of honour was presented by a city police contingent. Mr Harish Rai Dhanda, President of the District Bar Association, and Mr T.P.S. Dhaliwal, secretary, also welcomed him and presented him bouquets.

Mr Inderjit Kaushik, Additional Sessions Judge, Mr G.R. Banyal, Mr Vijay Singh, Mr Sunil Arora, Mr A.S. Kathuria, Judge, Fast Track Court, Mr R.K. Sharma, Mr Balwinder Kumar, Mr D.P. Singla, Mr Ashok Kapoor, (Judicial Magistrates) Mr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, Mr Piara Singh, Khanna Bar Association president, and Mr M.S. Sehgal, Jagraon Bar Association president were also present on the occasion.



Leaving impression on Ludhianvis
Our Correspondent

Sushma ReddyLudhiana, May 26
At times certain persons leave deep impression by their sincerity, way of talking and candidness, which endears them to the people. Two such persons are Sushma Reddy and Inder Soodan, both models, who were in the city recently.

The common thing in them is that both of them had entered the modelling world without any conscious plans.

Sushma says that six years ago she got a chance to model for Coorg Coffee. She did not even know how to pose unlike her sister Meghna Reddy, who is a popular model. Sushma says, “After the assignment I cried my heart out. But still people noticed my smile. Destiny stepped in and I starting getting many modelling assignments. I joined Channel Vas a VJ and now I am the host on Channel V’s Cool Stuff that shows the latest fashion trends. Even Late night V is loved by young people.”

Sushma finds it hard to decide whether it is more fun to be model or VJ. Her next step is to enter Bollywood. She has cleared a screen test and may soon be seen on the big screen.

She remembers her most exciting moment when she interviewed Pierce Bronson, the actor who plays James Bond.

Inder Soodan She advises youngsters to travel see new places, meet new people, learn new things even if it has to be on a shoestring budget. "There is no great educator than travelling”, she says.

Inder Soodan was initiated into modelling seven years ago by chance. Fashion designer J.J. Vallaya noticed him and picked him to showcase his clothes. Soon Luban Adams noticed him. He has modelled for Kamasutra, Revolta, Allen Solly and Monte Carlo.

He has got a chance to act in a movie directed by Puneet Issar. Inder has a parallel role along with Salman Khan. He says,“ Though I have got a few movie roles, but my passion is still modelling. After all modelling made me popular. It is right that in movies there is more glamour, money and adulation.”

Recounting his most frightening experience, he said for the advertisement shoot of Denim he had to ride a horse sans a saddle. The horse went out of control and he had a miraculous escape.

He says that the modelling scene has changed a lot. There is more money . More hard work is required, too as competition has increased. My advice to young aspirants for modelling is that they should work with sincerity and commitment. 


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