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Medical institute found wanting
Mahesh Sharma

Raikot (Ahmedgarh), December 15
The Directorate of Research and Medical Education, Punjab, and the Punjab Nursing Council have taken a serious note of “inhuman conditions” in the Bengali Institute of Medical Sciences here and the alleged exploitation of students at the hands of the management.

Following a charter of demands presented by first-year students of general nursing and midwifery to the Registrar, Punjab State Nursing Council, at Mohali on Monday, a team led by Dr J. S. Dalal, Director, Research and Medical Education, Punjab, and president, Punjab Nursing Council, visited the campus and the make-shift hostel of the institute today and found gross irregularities on the part of the management.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Dr Dalal said the functioning of the institute was found to be much below the standards. He said the institute and the hostel were being run in rented buildings. The condition of the hostel was pathetic.

“When we entered the hostel, it appeared as if we were going into a tunnel, without enough light and air to breath. The rooms were stinking. The number of beds and the strength of students suggested that the latter were made to share cots,” Dr Dalal said.

The humiliating part was that girl students had to use toilets at a filling station, as there were not enough arrangements for all students in the hostel.

The team found that the teacher appointed against the desired strength of 12 was not eligible for the post.

Dr Dalal said he would recommend stern action against the management of the institute.



M.Com students visit stock exchange
Our Correspondent

Doraha, December 15
The Postgraduate Department of Commerce of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised a one-day educational trip to the Ludhiana Stock Exchange today.
The students were given information about online trading in the stock market.

Mr Shammi Kohli, officer, LSE Securities Limited, made a multimedia presentation on ‘Online trading in the stock markets’. He illustrated different aspects of trading. Practical online trading was also explained to the visitors.

Mr H.S. Sidhu spoke on ‘Derivatives trading in India’. He enlightened the students with contemporary derivatives emerging in the Indian financial markets, viz. index derivatives, stock derivatives, commodity derivatives.

Mr Pritpal Singh and Mr J.S. Arneja, also graced the occasion, Prof Gursharanjit Singh, Head of the Department, extended a vote of thanks.



Coaching institute celebrates Ist anniversary
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 15
Fortyfive students from the local centre of Aakash Institute were admitted to MBBS and BDS courses in different medical colleges in the country during the current academic session.

This was stated by Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal, Chairman of the Ludhiana centre of the institute, during the first anniversary celebrations here last evening.

He said it was only due to the hard work on the part of the teaching staff that the institute had completed a successful and glorious year in the city.

Dr Pawan Kumar, Principal of the institute, said the faculty members would continue their efforts to ensure better results in future also.

Mr R.K. Kapoor, Dr Monika Mittal, Ms Sarita Rai and Ms Ritu Garg were also present on the occasion.



PAU employees to hold rally on Dec 22
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 15
The executive council of the PAU Employees Union in a meeting held here today in the union office, decided to organise a protest rally because of the indifferent attitude of the management regarding their demands.

Mr D.P. Maur, president, and Mr Amrit Pal, general secretary, of the union, said a protest rally would be held on December 22 near Thapar Hall. For the preparation of the same, category-wise meetings would be held daily in the union office.

The meeting of active workers would be held on December 16.



Tribune Impact
Posters defacing Judicial Complex removed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 15
Taking a strong note of a report published in these columns about the defacement of the Judicial Complex by pasting election-related posters, the in charge Sessions Judge, Mr D.R. Arora, issued directions to the president of the District Bar Association (DBA) to remove these forthwith.

The orders were implemented in the evening when the Returning Officer, Mr S.K. Pathak, and the Assistant Returning Officer, Mr P.S. Batra, got the posters removed.

They had held a meeting of contesting candidates and informed them about the orders.

The office orders issued by Mr D.R. Arora says, ‘’It has come to the notice of the undersigned that certain candidates contesting the elections of the DBA have pasted handbills/posters on the main entrance of the court building and thus have defaced the look of building. This is not only against the rules and regulations made by the government but also of the code of conduct framed by the Returning Officer of the District Bar Association.’’

It may be recalled that despite the ban on sticking posters, candidates were openly violating the code of conduct. But the in charge Sessions Judge took a strong note, everything changed.



Bar association splits
Our Correspondent

Khanna, December 15
The Khanna Bar Association has split over the issue of rejection of nomination papers of three candidates for the post of president. The elections of the association are scheduled for December 20. On December 14 the papers of three candidates for the president's post were rejected after scrutiny. Many members of the bar had raised an objection to this.

Today, advocates held a meeting over the issue. Sixtythree of the 114 advocates who attended the meeting passed a resolution that they would not recognise the present president of the Bar. They said they had elected Mr Jagmohan Singh as their acting president till the elections were held. They also passed a resolution that candidates whose papers had been rejected should be allowed to contest.

Meanwhile, the other group constituted a committee comprising advocates J.K. Verma and S.R. Sharma to make a list of non-practising advocates.

Five candidates had filed papers for the post of president. They were Munish Khanna, Kuldeep Singh Nijjar, Rajbir Singh Sekhon, Naveen Thaman and Rishi Raj Kalia. The papers of Naveen Thaman , Rishi Raj Kalia and Rajbir Singh Sekhon were rejected. Many advocates alleged that the papers of three candidates of a group had been rejected deliberately without any reason.

The present president, Mr S.S. Gill, while denying any split, said a meeting was being convened on December 17 on the issue. He said the elections, could be postponed if the members desired so.



Uttam Chand elected Bar president
Our Correspondent

Samrala, December 15
Mr Uttam Chand was elected president of the local Bar Association today. He defeated Mr L.S. Rai.
Mr Loveleen Sharma was elected secretary. He defeated Mr S.S. Rai. Mr Sarbjeet Singh Sekhon was elected vice-president and Mr Parminder Grewal joint secretary-cum-cashier, according to Mr S.K. Vashisht, Returning Officer.



Jazzy B for modernity in Punjabi videos
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
Funky looking Jaswinder Bains aka Jazzy B, justifies modernity in Punjabi videos, terming it as an essential ingredient that helps these videos reach out to youngsters, particularly in the West.

“To reach out to this section, it is important that we include a part of their culture as well,” said the renowned Punjabi singer who was here to inaugurate a Music World outlet today.

All decked up in gold ornaments, Jazzy, who is noticed more for his style statement — the spiky hairdo and heavy gold rings, chain et al — was quite vocal expressing helplessness of singers when it came to decisions regarding music videos. “Whatever is portrayed in the video is not in our hands. It is with the companies who produce and we are on a contract with them,” he replied to a question about increasing vulgarity in music videos.

The singer, who hails from Durgapur village near Nawanshahr, is considered to be one of the most promising young bhangra artistes and his music is influenced by Kuldip Manak. He is popular among younsters in India as well as overseas.

Jazzy, whose first album ‘ghuggian da jora’ was released in 1993, is upbeat about his forthcoming venture. He said his 10th album, “Romeo’, would be released on December 25. “The album contains ‘masala’ for all age groups, be it a two-year-old or a 90- year-old,” he said.

Expressing concern about piracy, he said it must come to an end as not only did it provide poor quality product to the consumer but also affected artistes.

He said the current scenario, which was witnessing the entry of a large number of music artistes was providing good opportunities. “However, it would only be the fittest who will survive,” he said, adding that “young entrants must work hard and should make sure that they have their own style and do not copy anyone.”

Dressed in a cream shirt and jeans, Jazzy, who was welcomed with dhol beats, interacted with visitors at Music World. 


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