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Nutritional needs of college students discussed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 29
A seminar on ‘Nutritional needs of college students’ was held at Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, here today. The guest speaker on the occasion was Ms Ranvir Kaur, a Dietician with Sigma Heart Institute here. Around 100 NSS volunteers attended the seminar. The main aim of organising the seminar was to apprise the students of the essential ingredients of a healthy diet, considering their daily nutritional needs.

Ms Ranvir Kaur emphasised the need of a balanced nutritional diet, especially for the college students. “Deficiency in the diet of youngsters leads to a deterioration in their defence mechanism. As a result, the body becomes susceptible to many common ailments”, she said.

She remarked that the youngsters were lured by fast foods that were easily available in the market. However, it was in their hands to make a judicious choice, she said. Fresh fruits and vegetables should form an integral part of a youngster’s diet and it should be supplemented with milk products, cereals and nuts, she added. Ms Ranvir Kaur outlined a ‘Good Health Menu’ for the college students and discussed the varied nutritional needs of girls and boys. The seminar was followed by an interactive question-answer session. 



‘Ectopia-04’ begins amid fanfare
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 29
A colourful cultural festival, “Ectopia-04,” began at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital(DMCH) today with much fanfare in the jampacked Dumra Auditorium. During the three-day festival, undergraduate medical students will take part in various talent hunt competitions.

“The event is a good break from our tough study routine and we are having a lot of fun. From the presentation of cultural items to the management of the show, the students are doing it all. The response of teachers is also encouraging,” Vishwadeep, a medical student, said.

Mr Amrit Nagpal, secretary of the managing society of the DMCH inaugurated the event today by lighting the lamp.

Dr Daljit Singh, Principal, DMCH, addressed the students and said the aim behind organising the event was to polish the talent of students and encourage them to participate in cultural activities for the overall development of personality.

The event opened with a brainstorming quiz conducted by Dr Jasdeep Singh. The neck-and-neck competition between five teams, all from the undergraduate batches, made it an interesting show. The team of batch 1999 won the quiz while the team of the 2002 batch came second. Dr J. L. Bassi and Dr Hemant Chopra were the judges.

Another attraction of the day was a competition on “Ad Fads” in which the students had to conceptualise and enact an advertisement based on a humorous concept of product/services like “garam matlad foka cola” and “Cherry Blossom dant manjan.” The excellent performance and humorous ideas left the audience in splits.

Batch 1999 won the first prize for its witty “crash airlines” while batch 2000 was declared second for “fikkamal jewellers.” The batch of 2001 was declared third for “TLCC health point.” Dr G. P. I. Singh, Dr K. K. Avasthi and Dr J. S. Sandhu were the judges for this contest.

Dr Sandeep Puri, Medical Superintendent and chairman of the cultural committee, said: “Debate, painting, solo songs and solo dance contests will take place tomorrow. The last day will be devoted to solo song, rangoli, skit group dance, duet song and mono-acting competitions. The event will conclude on the evening of January 31 with a prize distribution ceremony. The batch scoring the maximum points will be declared winner of the running trophy.”



Patwari convicted
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 29
Corruption is a menace, which is rampant in society, and such offences nee d to be curbed with a heavy hand so that the public at large learns a lesson, remarked the Special Judge, Mr Inderjit Kaushik, while sentencing a patwari to two years of rigorous imprisonment in a graft case. A fine of Rs 2,000 was also imposed on him.

Patwari Jatinder Kumar of Kidwai Nagar was booked by the Vigilance Bureau in September, 1998, under section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, following a complaint by one Avtar Singh. The accused was apprehended red- handed while accepting Rs 5,000 as bribe at the house of the complaint.


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