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From Schools and Colleges 
President award for schoolteacher
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 13
Ms Umesh Kumari, a teacher of Jain Girls Senior Secondary School, has been conferred with a silver medal by the President of India for rendering outstanding services during the 2001 census.

This information was given by the school Principal, Ms Veena Sobti, through a press note. Ms Umesh Kumari expressed satisfaction that her efforts were recognised.

Students felicitated: A function was organised on Monday at Spring Dale School to felicitate meritorious students. A cultural programme was also presented on the occasion. The day coincided with the birthday of Ms Avinash Kaur Walia, director and founder Principal of the school.

Students congratulated their director and founder Principal on her birthday by offering flowers and cards.

The function started by cutting of cake by the Principal. A welcome song, giddha, bhangra and solo dance items were presented by students on the occasion.

More than 120 students were honoured with trophies for their outstanding performance during the annual examinations held in March.

Students who had done well in other fields were also honoured on the occasion.

Ms Avinash Kaur Walia briefly spoke about the achievements of the school besides listing future plans.

The function ended with distribution of cake and sweets.

Golden jubilee of school: A cultural function was organised at New Central Model High School to mark its golden jubilee. Director of the school Mr Inderjeet Malhotra, and the Principal, Mr Charanjit Malhotra, read the annual report.

Dr Rajni Bala spoke about achievements of the school. Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, MLA, was the chief guest.

The Deputy Mayor, Mr Prem Mittal, was also present on the occasion.

Ajay Kumar, Simran, Gujneet Kaur, Manish Dubey, Neha, Sahil Chaudhry, Dolly Sidhu, Rita sidhu, Kamalpreet Kar, Jagjeet Singh, Rajan Bisht, Gurpreet Singh, Kamalpreet Kaur, Harmeet Singh, Aman Birt, Amanpreet Singh, Inderjeet Kaur, Manish Tiwari, Parminder Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Sukhpreet Kar, Harpreet Kar, Bakshish Singh, Anurag Arora, Kamandep Singh, Taranjit Singh, Sukhjinder Singh, Jaskamal Singh, Balwinder Singh, Paramdep Kaur, Devinder Singh and many other students were honoured on the occasion.

A student speaks at a declamation contest held at Everest Public School in Ludhiana
A student speaks at a declamation contest held at Everest Public School in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma 

Founder’s day: A function was held at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, in memory of late Dina Nath Sharma, founder of the school, on Monday. Mr Gurpreet Singh, SP (D), Ludhiana, was the chief guest. He inaugurated the function. He paid tributes to the founder of the school.

Mr S.S. Dhaudhar recalled the untiring struggle and dedication of Dina Nath Sharma that enabled the school to make rapid strides towards success.

A declamation contest and a cultural programme were organised on the occasion. The topics for the declamation contest were ‘Women and employment’, ‘Labour and destiny’, ‘Enhancement of land education’, ‘Divorce’, ‘Self-respect’, ‘Female foeticide’ etc.

Mr Prem Mittal, Senior Deputy Mayor, MC, Ludhiana, and Prof Harlal Singh, former Director of the PSEB, gave away prizes to the winners.

The results: Punjabi — Bhushan of SN Public School 1, Gaganpreet of Everest Public School Jaspalon 2 and Harsimran of DAV Public School 3.

Hindi: Nisha of BCM School, Focal Point, 1, Swati of BCM School, Focal Point, 2, and Tushar of DAV Public School 3.

Consolation prizes: Aman Goyal of BCM School, Focal Point, Surinder Kaur of Navyug High School, Ludhiana, Shama Sharma of Rajindera Model School, Surinder Kaur of Harsh Vidya Mandir, Narinder Kaur of Dyal Public School and Priyanka of SN Public School.

The running trophy was awarded to BCM Senior Secondary School, Focal Point, Ludhiana. Ms Asha Sharma, Coordinator, IGNOU, Special Study Centre, thanked the guests.

The function concluded with a speech from Mr Rajinder Sharma, Principal of the school.



Faculty development programme ends
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 13
Faculty Development Programme (FDP) started by the ISTE Chapter of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan campus, Model town here in the beginning of the semester concluded recently.

The programme was held every Friday for one and a half hours. The faculty of the GNIMT and other AICTE affiliated colleges attended the programme. The resource person for the programme was Dr H.S. Singha, who has undergone a specialised course in methods of instructions. The topics covered included ISO 9001 and 2000, awareness, TQM, Kaizen, ten commandments of learning, principles of good instruction and stages of instruction. 



Bar poll: lunch diplomacy begins
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 13
With the withdrawal of nomination papers by four candidates, the picture of those contesting for the annual elections of the District Bar Association (DBA) has become clear. Now, 26 candidates are left in the fray for different posts. The elections are scheduled for December 20.

Lunch diplomacy has been initiated by candidates to woo voters. A candidate was today seen inviting voters for lunch in the district courts complex tomorrow.

The candidates have intensified the campaign but no enthusiasm was seen among the voters until now.

Three sitting office-bearers of the DBA are again in the race. Only four persons out of 13 who had filed nomination papers for the posts of executive member, had withdrawn papers.

There are three contenders for the post of president: Mr Balwinder Goel, Mr G.S. Bal and Mr Dev Raj Sharma.

Mr Nagesh Singh Gill, vice-president of the DBA, is again in the race for the same post. Other candidates for the same post are Mr Gurdeep Singh Gill, Mr P.L. Anand and Mr Dwarka Bakshi Nath.

There are three contestants for the post of secretary. These are Mr Kamaljit Singh Bajwa, Mr Sanjeev Malhotra and Mr Rana Harjasdeep Singh. For the post of finance secretary, Mr Arvind Sood, Mr Deepak Rana and Mr Ranjeet Singh are the contenders while for the post of joint secretary, Mr Rajesh K. Mourya, Mr S.P. Singh, Mr Bikram Pal Binder and Mr Kuldeep Singh Mand are contesting.

After the withdrawal of four contestants for the six posts of executive member, eight candidates are in the fray. They are Mr Gaurav Sharma, Mr Vinod Sharma, Mr R.K. Arora, Mr Vijay Sehajpal and Ms Anju Sharma.

Those who withdrew their papers today are Mr R.B. Vashisht, Ms Veena Gupta, Mr Rajeev Saggar and Mr Sanjiv Sharma.



Marriage not end of road, says Mrs India finalist
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, December 13
“Marriage does not mean the end of the road. Even after marriage, exciting things happen,” says, Ms Gargi Singh, who was among the top five finalists in the Mrs India Contest held on December 4 in Mumbai.

She said she won the award for the best personality. Tall and slim, Ms Gargi is from Ludhiana and won the fourth position from among 24 contestants that participated from Ludhiana.

She said the contestants had to reach Mumbai by November 14 and then they were sent to Mauritius for grooming. “That was the most funfilled working holiday we had. Though we were up in the morning and slept past midnight, we felt “bindaas”. No cooking, breakfast for the hubby and no household chores. We were shooting for Glad Rags and Zee TV as Bombay Dyeing and Zee were sponsoring the event. We swam and learnt different kind of dances like Salsa, hip hop, and jazz. With all the activity I lost 10 kg and felt more confident,” she said.

On November 21, the participants returned to Mumbai to learn new things like financial matters, diction, how to manage home and career , communication skills and make up techniques. On November 30, a preliminary round was held in which the contestants were taught how to interact with the media.

“I feel more confident after the competition. The five finalists had to sign a contract with Glad Rags for modelling for the magazine and Bombay Dyeing. Before marriage , I was a basketball player at the National level. The exposure that I got then and now is very different. Even my husband and my in-laws have found that my confidence has grown and my looks have improved. I have a new wardrobe now as I feel I can wear western clothes with more ease now,” she said.

She found difficulty in settling down, but now feels that the contest had added a new dimension to her life.

Without the cooperation of my husband, and my in- laws, I would not have participated in the contest, she added.



‘Mehak Punjab di’ on December 19
Our Correspondent

Amloh, December 13
The annual cultural fair “Mehak Punjab di” will be organised by the Punjab Sabyacharak Club, Amloh, at the local school ground on December 19. This was stated by Mr Karjit Singh, press secretary, after a meeting of the club today. It was chaired by Principal Roshan Lal Sood. Mr Balbir Singh Ghuman, general secretary, presented the annual report of the club at the meeting, which was passed unanimously. The programme is dedicated to its senior club member late Charanjit Singh Tibbi.

According to a press note all needy students as per lists provided by middle, high and secondary schools of the Amloh block shall be provided with woollens by the club free of cost.

The club has decided to honour Mr S.K. Alhuwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib. Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary (Home and PWD), will be the chief guest and Mr Sandeep Hans, SDM, Amloh, will preside over the function. It will be inaugurated by Brig Gurstinder Singh Sakhon (retired).

Samrala Art Center will present plays directed by Master Tarlochan Singh, Mr Jaspal Jassi, Mr Ravinder Sangar and Kamal Dehar on the occasion. Mr Kulwant Singh Khatra will conduct the stage.



Conference on ayurveda held
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 13
The Punjab State Conference of the International Council of Ayurveda (ICA) was held here recently to celebrate Dhanwantri Jayanti. Mr Rakesh Pandey, Minister of Science and Technology, Punjab, presided over the function and Dr Satish Jain from Mohan Dai Hospital was the guest of honour.

In his address, Mr Pandey stressed that the ancient science of ayurveda needed to be focussed on thoroughly.The Chairman of the ICA, Dr B.K. Dutt, said it was unfortunate that the state government was not paying any attention to revive ayurveda. He also said the state government was also not untilising the aid granted by the Central Government.

Dr Ashok Sharma read the activity report of the ICA. An exhibition exhibiting various herbs was also organised on the occasion.

Dr Narittam Dewan, Chairman, Dewan Hospital, was honoured with the Award of Excellence at the celebrations. He praised the ancient concept of ayurveda and felt that these were most relevant today. He said if one could transform the environment and habits as per the experience of Vedic times, one would not suffer from any communicable disease, cancer or degenerative disease.



Bajwa is president of Ophthalmological Society
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 13
Dr G.S. Bajwa, Professor in-charge of the vitreo-retinal unit of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, has been elected president of the Punjab Ophthalmological Society for the year 2004-2005. In his presidential address at the annual conference, he congratulated all members for their commendable contribution towards the surgery camps. He proposed to set up a training programme for young ophthalmologists.

During the conference, 30 papers were presented. Dr Bajwa chaired an instruction course on the fluorescien angiography and a session on retinal disorders.

This eighth annual conference concluded at Guru Nanak Bhavan, GND University, Amritsar, recently. More than 300 delegates attended the conference. About 30 participants from Pakistan also attended the programme.

Air Marshal Dr M.S.Boparai from New Delhi was the chief guest while Dr Zafar Iqbal from Pakistan was the guest of honour. Dr M.S. Nirankari, a veteran ophthalmologist, was honoured with life achievement award.



Infertility Update-2004 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 13
The Unique Fertility Centre (IVF) of Deep Hospital organised Infertility Update-2004 at the Sutlej Club here last evening. The seminar aimed at aprising specialists involved in infertility management about recent advances in the management of infertility, particularly in the field of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).

Dr Sanjay Makwana from Jodhpur shared his experiences with participants. Dr Iqbal Ahuja, pioneer in IVF in this part of the region, was the guest of honour on the occasion. He chaired the seminar.

Dr Iqbal said the medical fraternity should bring honesty in the profession.

He said the doctors should tell the real status of the patients to them, before adopting any procedure.

They should be thoroughly explained about the success rate of technique to avoid any misunderstanding. 



Dental check-up camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 13
The Aagaz Charitable Foundation, in association with the Christian Dental College and Hospital (CDCH) organised a free dental camp at Aitiana village, near Mullanpur, here yesterday.

Around 130 villagers thronged the camp to benefit from the services of the team of five doctors from the CDCH. The team, including Dr Simarpreet, Dr Pooja, Dr Sheryl, Dr Shivali and Dr Sherine, provided free consultation to the villagers.

To make the villagers aware about the dental hygiene, a lecture was also organised. Ms Preeti Kansal, one of the organisers, said people in the villages did not have any approach to bigger hospitals and had no health awareness. Tobacco chewing and not brushing teeth was a common problem. It led to an early decay of teeth.


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