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Cash award scheme for toppers launched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
The Department of Social Security has launched a cash award scheme for toppers in the state.
Students who got first three positions in classes VIII, X and XII during the current year were awarded cash awards of Rs 5,100, Rs 3,100 and Rs 2,100, respectively, at the 48th State-level Children Day Function organised by the National Children Fund Committee at Nehru Sidhant Kender, here today.

Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, State Minister for Social Security, Women and Child Development, presided over the function and formally launched the scheme by distributing the cash awards.

The minister exhorted the NGOs, social organisations and teachers to shoulder the responsibilities of creating awareness among the people regarding the proper healthcare of the children and pregnant mothers, so that, the foundation of society could be strengthened.

Expressing concern over the declining sex ratio and rise of malnutrition among the children and pregnant women, she said we should all pledge to completely eradicate the female foeticide and ensure nutritious diet for the malnutritious children, so that the future generation could be properly nourished.

She said the killing of the girl child before the birth should be considered a heinous crime by society, as, such murders before the birth of girls were responsible for creating a serious imbalance in society.

Referring to the schemes launched by the Department of Social Security for the proper care of children and women, the minister said the government had decided to spend Rs 50 crore every year to provide nutritious diet to the children of 0-6 age group, lactating mothers and pregnant women in the state and during the current financial year Rs 17.50 crore had already been released to provide nutritious recipes.

She also said that to provide spontaneous help to the destitute children, the state government has decided to set up children helplines in five districts of the state i.e. Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala, Jalandhar and Bathinda, which would be provided with telephones and other facilities. She said these helplines at first stage would make the local-level rehabilitation arrangements and if need be, shift children to the rehabilitation centres being run by the Social Security.

Referring to the schemes launched for the welfare of girls in the state, the Minister said the department had started a scheme, Kishori Shakti Scheme, under which 28,200 girls of 11 - 18 years age group belonging to the poor families would be provided with the special training of proper child care, so that they could adequately plan the birth of their children and nourish them properly.

Elaborating further, Ms Gurkanwal Kaur said the department was also extending financial assistance to improve the social and educational standard of children under Balika Samridhi Yojna and Kanya Jyoti Scheme and Rs 1.30 crore were being spent under Balika Samridhi Yojna in the state during 2004-05.

She said under another scheme, Kanya Jagrity Jyoti Scheme, so far Rs 11.10 crore have been spent to cover 22,200 beneficiaries and during this year funds amounting to Rs 4 crore were being spent for this purpose to cover 8,000 beneficiaries.

She asserted that to create awareness among the people to check the female foeticide, the department in collaboration with the Health Department had launched a special campaign and 54 FIRs had been registered with the police for the violation of the NDTP Act.

She said the Department of Social Security was also providing help to the needy children and under this scheme Rs 153.58 lakh have been provided to 38,723 orphaned and destitute children during this year.

Mr R.L. Kalsia, Secretary, Social Security and Development of Women and Children, said the sex ratio in the state had touched an alarming point and as per the 2001 Census, the state had touched the lowest 794 females per thousand among 0-6 age group. He and in Punjab there were 13,51,350 girls against 17,04142 boys and exhorted the social and educational organisations to come forward to educate the people to give proper status and respect to the girl child and rather called upon them to celebrate Lohri on the birth of a girl child.

Mr S.R. Ladder, Director, Social Security, assured that the machinery of the department would be properly geared up to implement the welfare schemes of the government up to the lower level.

Others present on this occasion included Mr Ajmer Singh, ADC, Ms Usha Malhotra, President, District Mahila Congress, and Ms Parminder Kaur, chairperson, Women Commission, Punjab.



Seminar on image of women in fiction
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 17
A two-day national seminar on the image of women in English literature started at Guru Nanak Girls College here today.
With the aim of familiarising postgraduate students of English Literature with the manner in which women are depicted in Indian fiction in English, the seminar also focused on changes it has passed through since the inception of the novel.

The participants were welcomed by Principal Charanjit Mahal and the keynote address was delivered by Mr Gurbir Singh, president, Guru Nanak Dev Education Trust.

Mr Anil Raina from the Department of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh, presented a paper on “New Woman, expression of her sexuality”, and spoke on issues like the validity of the institution of marriage and “purity and virtue” in relation to sex and marriage. He also discussed contemporary women writers Kamla Das and Namita Gokhle.

Dr Sudhir Kumar, Reader in English, Department of Evening Studies, Panjab University, critically examined Salman Rushdie’s politics of representing women and recasting them in certain stereotypes that deprive them of the possibilities of growth, progress and self-realisation.

Dr Avtar Singh, Prof of English, Department of Correspondence Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala, presented a feminist reading of Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things”. He also dwelt on woman being regarded as the “goddess of Shakti” while in practice being bound by customs, rituals and male dominance in the family as well as society. In spite of winds of change, the Indian society was essentially male dominated and women, ironically, contributed to that, he said.



From Schools 
Workshop on teaching methods 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 17
A workshop, "Teacher skill enhancement programme; on methods of teaching for primary and kindergarten teachers, was conducted at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana here yesterday. Nearly 75 teachers from 33 schools of the district participated in the workshop. The motive behind organising the workshop was to bring effectiveness in teaching - learning process by adopting new techniques of teaching wherein teachers were exhorted to understand the child, his multiple intelligence as well as to assess himself as a teacher.

Ms Manjushree Patil was the resource person who is a special educator and remedial therapist for children with learning difficulties i.e. dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia. She is also attached to an NGO and a leading school in Mumbai for curriculum planning and has trained about 8,000 teachers across the country.

Distributed: Hundred students of Government Primary School, Gobind Nagar, Ludhiana, were given woolen clothes by the Lions Club here on Wednesday. This project was sponsored by Mr Pran Arora. It is part of project under the International Child Care Programme.

Visit: Around 50 business management students of the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Dev Institute of Vocational Studies visited The Hero Cycle Plant' on Tuesday. A movie showing the establishment to the development of the plant was screened to give the practical knowledge to the students.

World Epilepsy Day: Students of Saraswati Modern School, Pratap Singh Wala, celebrated World Epilepsy Day on Wednesday. Dr Nitin Sood told the students about the causes and cure of epilepsy on the occasion. The people should be sympathetic to an epileptic person, he added.

A painting competition was also to organised. Mehak Bassi of Class VI, Subah Sharma of Class IV and William of Class VII won first, second and third prizes, respectively. Dr Sood gave away the prizes to the winners.



Inayat declared best NCC cadet
Our Correspondent

Inayat Dhanda Ludhiana, November 17
In the best cadet competition the Junior Wing girl cadet Inayat Dhanda of 3 Punjab Girls Bn NCC of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, won the gold medal being the Best Cadet of the Directorate.

She was adjudged the best cadet based on her performance in firing, general knowledge, drill, interview, group discussions and written test in service subjects.

Inayat was attending an NCC camp. Cadets of NCC Ludhiana Group Headquarters proved their mettle in the recent inter-group competition held at Nilokheri where as many as 500 selected cadets from all over Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh had participated.

There was a competition between the cadets belonging to the eight NCC group headquarters of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh Directorate comprising Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Chandigarh, Rohtak, Ambala and Shimla.

Besides her, cadets Jaskanwandeep of Anand Isher Singh Public School, Ahmedgarh, stood first in National Integration Awareness quiz competition in Junior Division. Senior Under Officer Kamaljit, Senior Under Officer Sanmit Singh of Guru Nanak Engineering College, Ludhiana, was adjudged second in the National Integration Awareness competition in Senior Division category.

The contingent commander of the group, Lieut. Col. Avtar Singh, expressed satisfaction over the performance of the cadets and congratulated them on their achievements. As many as 21 cadets of this group have been selected for the forthcoming camps to be conducted for training cadets for the Republic Day parade-2005.

The cadets were also satisfied with the selection procedure and said they had not only learnt a lot from the camp but had also enjoyed a lot.

The lady officer of the group Lieut. Kulbinder Sandhu and the female and male associate NCC officers (ANOs) Lieut. Asha Aneja and 3rd officer Narinder Kumar, and 1st Officer P.P Singh, along with the team of PI staff and GCI were together with the cadets and prepared them for the competition.



Punjabi version of ‘Waiting for Godot’ staged
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 17
The play ‘Waiting for Godot’ was staged at the Nehru Sidhant Kender here last evening. The play was in Punjabi and it was translated from English by Balram along with Sanjay Solanki. It was brought to the city by media artists.

The play has been adapted from the English version of French play ‘En Attendant Godot’ by Samuel Becket. The cast included Sanjay Solanki, Prince Bhardwaj, Pintu Bhardwaj, and Parveen Bhardwaj.

As the play was an example of the Theatre of Absurd, ludicrous things were shown in the play. The play opens with two tramps waiting for Godot. While waiting for him, they do absurd things like eat a carrot, try to sleep, climb trees. While they perform these funny antics, two other characters, a master and a slave appear.

They perform a grotesque scene. A young boy appears that moment to say Gordot will come the next day.

But Godot does not turn up, and two tramps resume their vigil by the sickly tree that had sprouted a few leaves between first and second days, the only symbol of a possible order in a thoroughly alienated world.

The play had novelty for viewers as they had not watched a play having characters talking irrelevant things to pass time.



Kareena to visit city on Nov 19
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 16
Fans of filmstar Kareena Kapoor have a reason to cheer as the heartthrob of millions of cinegoers will visit Ludhiana on November 19.
Kareena, the brand ambassador of Pepsi will meet the winners of the ongoing contest "Pepsi da Kamaal, Masti Kareena Naal" during her visit to the city.

According to Mr Satendra Aggarwal, head of Pepsi's operations in the north zone, as many as 30 lucky winners of the contest will get a chance to meet the heroine at hotel Majestic Park Plaza here. 



60 diabetics march to spread awareness
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) organised a medical camp in connection with World Diabetes Day here today.
Nearly 130 diabetics attended the camp. Blood tests were conducted and diet counselling was provided free of cost. An exhibition and a display on diet were also organised.

Diabetes has become one of the most common diseases worldwide and is the leading cause of blindness in western countries. About 80 per cent of the non-traumatic amputations and 40 per cent end-stage kidney diseases are attributed to diabetes in the West.

A walk for creating awareness about the disease was also organised. It was flagged off by Dr John Abraham, Medical Superintendent, CMCH. The walk, an initiative of the World Diabetes Foundation, highlighted the problems of obesity and diabetes to raise general awareness while encouraging people to exercise more. Over 60 patients participated in the event, holding banners, and walked from the hospital to Baba Than Singh Chowk.

The event was organised jointly by the hospital and Novo Nordisk, India, a firm that provides diabetes care.

Dr Mary John, Professor of Medicine, CMCH, highlighted the need for a balanced diet, exercise and proper medication to control diabetes. Dr Molly Joshi, Head of Dietetics, CMCH, emphasised the need to control overeating and educated people on good dietary habits.



PNB sports meet results
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 17
The 22nd edition of the Punjab National Bank Inter-Region Sports Meet was organised at the Punjab Agricultural University grounds here today. Mr Harwant Singh, General Manager, PNB, Punjab zone, inaugurated the meet.

Around 200 players from all eight regions of Punjab zone participated in the meet. Mr Ved Vyas, Deputy General Manager, Mr Jagat Ram, Deputy General Manager, Mr R.K. Sharma, Senior Regional Manager, Mr Chand Singh, Deputy Zonal Manager, Mr Anil Sama, Chief Manager, and other senior executives along with officers and staff of the PNB were present on this occasion. Mr Ved Vyas, gave away prizes to the winners.

Results: 100m — Sandeep Khullar of Hoshiarpur 1, Satya Hans of Kapurthala 2 and Narinder Singh of Ferozepur 3; 200m — Narinder Singh of Ferozepore 1, Sweety Kalia of Jalandhar 2 and Gurmit Singh of Bathinda 3; 400m — Tehal Singh of Ludhiana 1, Gurmit Singh of Bathinda 2; 800m — J.P. Soraya of Hoshiarpur 1 and Amrik Singh of Chandigarh 2; 1500m — J.P. Saroya of Hoshiarpur and Amrik Singh of Chandigarh 2 and 5000m — J.P. Saroya of Hoshiarpur and Amrik Singh of Chandigarh 2.



National throwball meet begins today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 17
More than 600 participants will vie for top honours during the four-day 27th Senior National Throwball Championship which begins at the Punjab Agricultural University here on November 18, Mr Ashok Kumar Sharma, senior vice-president, Throwball Federation of India, said. The Indian contingent for the forthcoming World Throwball Meet to be held in Singapore will be selected during this meet at Ludhiana, Mr Sharma said.


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