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Christmas celebrations delight children
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
A christmas party was organised at Hollyhock Nursery School today for children. School wore a festive look with most of the children dressed up as little Santas attired in red, blue and white colours. All children along with the teachers danced to various Christmas carols. School Principal, Mrs Amrita Garewal addressed children and conveyed to them, teachings of Lord Jesus. Children also exchanged Christmas gifts among themselves. They were later, treated to delicacies in the school.

Variety show

Children of Guru Nanak Public School, Ludhiana presented a variety show today in the school auditorium. Mr Jaswant Singh Makkar, Member of the school management committee gave away the prizes to the winners of academic and co-curricular activities. Mrs Jagdev, in charge Nursery Section delivered a welcome speech.

First of all, students from Primary Section recited a “Shabad” from Gurbani.

Audience was welcomed with a welcome song by LKG students. King of fruits by UKG, Punjabi Song and English song by LKG got an applause. Haryanvi dance by children of UKG regaled the audience. Hindi song by LKG was well received.

Audience danced at the beat of the drum and were regaled by boliyan when UKG children presented it. Vote of thanks was presented by Mr Jasbir Singh, President of the school management committee. Other guests present were Mr Surinder Singh, Secretary, school management committee, Mr Ranjodh Singh, President, Ramgarhia Educational Council and Treasurer, school management committee, Mr R.S. Gill, Principal of the school, Mr L.S. Lamba, Vice Principal of the school and Mrs Pamela Lotey, Headmistress, Primary section, GNPS.

The programme ended with the National Anthem.

X’mas celebrations

Love Dale celebrated Christmas on December 22. Children came dressed as Mother Mary Father Joseph, angels, shepherds and Santa Claus. Tableaux were also put up and children sang carols. The story of Jesus was narrated with audio-visual aids like models and pictures.


Spring Dale Senior Secondary School arranged a trip to Hardy's World for students from pre-nursery to class V on Wednesday.

The students took rides on aeroplane and horses. Mrs Avinash Kaur Walia, Director, Mrs Kamalpreet Kaur, Headmistress, Mr Mandeep Singh, Director Finance, along with other members of the staff accompanied the students.



Teachers resent reduction in salaries
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
The decision of the Punjab Government to reduce pay of the teachers who have enhanced their qualifications during the service and have got higher pay according to the Punjab Government’s letter dated 23-7-1957 according to the decision of the Supreme Court of India has created a great resentment amongst them, the decision of Punjab government has affected nearly 25000.

The President of Government Primary Teachers Association, Mr Piara Singh Dhillon, General Secretary, Mr Baldev Krishan Moudgil, Cashier, Mr Karam Singh Sohava in a press note has condemned the decision to recover the enhanced pay . This will be very taxing as teacher will have to pay a big amount and recovery will be made from the pension of those teachers who have retired from the service during this period. The teacher leaders have decided to start agitation if the government started the recoveries from their pensions.

A meeting of the office-bearers of the association and the affected teachers has been summoned on December 25 at 11.30 AM in the Atam Park Ludhiana. A committee will also be formed to discuss the legal position with a advocate of the high court. They requested the Governor of Punjab not to give approval to the Bill which is against the teachers.



Muskaan 2004 at school

Khanna, December 22
Annual Function A S Modern senior Secondary School (Primary Wing) was organised under the banner Muskaan in the school premises here today. Mrs Harbans Kaur Dullo, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab Government, was the chief guest. The function was presided over by Mr Harbans Singh Rosha.

A cultural programme was also organised on the occasion and fancy dress, bhangra, giddha, patriotic songs, sarswati vandna, and choreography performed by students. Mrs Dullo announced a grant of Rs 51,000 for the school.

Mr Yoginder Sharma, president of the school management, general secretary Ashok Sharma, vice-president Ashwani Bansal, secretary Parmjit Singh. Acting president Municipal Council Mr Gurminder Singh Lalli, Baldev Krishan Batra and Sukh Tewari also attended the function. OC



Fog hits life; attendance in schools thin
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December, 22
The inclement weather disrupted chores of people of all walks of life and farmers were worst hit. Schools wore deserted looks farmers had to wipe water layer from crops to protect them from damage.

Attendance was thin in most of the government and private schools of the area. Thick fog covered roads and streets and due to poor visibility some of the school buses could not ferry students from nearby villages. Most of the local schools had to stagger schedules and cancel the morning assemblies.

Traffic on link roads remained suspended during early hours and the drivers who dared run to vehicles on the roads did so at snail’s speed only. No untoward incident was reported due to poor visibility.

Farmers were the worst hit with the fog. Besides suspending routine chores the farmers had to put extra labor to wipe film of ice-cold water on leaves and flowers of the growing crops. Mr Tara Singh a farmer of Ghungrana village said the growing crops of wheat; mustard and barsin (a fodder) were required to be saved from the effect of fog. Besides retarding the growth of the plants it block the stomata of the leaves, he stated.

Various business organisations could transact business for only a few hours in the day as the weather became bad in the evening also.



Former students join hands for social cause
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
Students of session 1978 of the Sacred Heart Convent School here have proposed to come together for contributing bit towards the development of the city and its people. These ex-students, most of whom are doing well in life, have decided to draw up a plan for pitching in bit for social work related activities.

Former students will meet at Friends Regency, Ferozepur Road on December 23 over dinner to decide a plan of action in this regard by pooling financial resources. The students include prominent Defence personnel, bureaucrats, businessmen, chartered accountants and other professionals, who felt that they could do something for the city.



Children air views on foeticide

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 22
The Public Welfare Society and SBI Sandaur at Government Senior Secondary School of the village organised a declamation contest and a seminar jointly on Tuesday. Dr Maghar Singh Kalia, DEO Sangrur presided over the function and Mr Hussan Lal DC was the chief guest.

More than 35 students from various categories spoke on “Female Foeticide”, declining standard of education and ill-effects of population explosion.

Pawandeep Kaur of Model Public School Shergarh Cheema village, Amanpreet Kaur of S D Public School Chhappa village and Arashpreet Singh of S D Public School Chhappa village stood first in their respective categories.

Gurkirpal Singh of Baba Gandha Singh School Gurbaxpura, Sukhpreet Kuar of Model Public School Chhappa and Amandeep of SAS Public School Chakk Shekhupura won second positions.

Ramandeep Kaur of S.D. Public School Chhappa, Amarjit Singh of Government Senior Secondary School Kalyan and Arashdeep Singh of Model Public School Shergarh Cheema got third prizes in their respective categories.

Dr Maghar Singh (national awardee), Jaspal Singh, Gurmit Singh Saran, Rakesh Sharma, Dev Raj Sofat and Jasmel Singh were felicitated. Dr Bhupinder Singh Gill and Mr Piara Singh General Secretary and president of the society also. OC



DC unhappy with education standards in govt schools

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 22
Recipient of the 2004 Harbhajan Singh Halwarvi award, Mr Hussan Lal and Deputy Commissioner was sour at declining standard of education in the schools of the state.

Talking to The Tribune after his felicitation by the Public Welfare Society at a function at Government Senior Secondary School Sandaur yesterday, Mr Lal maintained that the education imparted in most of the government schools was not of desired standard.

“There are number of reasons for the reported decline in the standard of the education in the government run schools and lack of commitment among teachers was one of them,” said Mr Lal. He warned that the future of the state run schools was not good due to lack of interest and equal treatment of unequal by the superiors in the department. He pointed out that the less paid teachers at public schools showed better results than those being paid higher salaries by the government. OC



New Sessions Judge promises justice for all
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
The new Sessions Judge of Ludhiana, Mr Harbans Lal, today said that he would not tolerate corruption of any sort by anyone. He warned of strict action against such persons.

While addressing lawyers he said, “Persons in responsible seats are not supposed to indulge in any malpractice, they should impart justice to all on equal footing, irrespective of their status. A single person can not do much. The Bench and the Bar will have to work together to eradicate the evil of corruption”.

Admitting that there was a heavy pendency of cases and delay in imparting justice, he said that the pendency could be reduced by organising Lok Adalats. Society was looking towards the Bench and Bar for speedy justice. We should unite and also curb the tendency of litigation, only for the sake of litigation, added Mr Lal.

Mr Harbans Lal had joined here today. Earlier, he was posted at Hoshiarpur as District and Sessions Judge. Hailing from Sultanpur Lodhi, Mr Lal is well known for his integrity , honesty and strictness. He had joined judiciary in 1977 as Sub-Judge.

He was given a warm welcome by the District Bar Association president, Mr Balwinder Goel, the Additional Sessions Judges, Mr D.R. Arora and Mr Inderjit Kaushik and the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr S.S. Dhaliwal, on his arrival at the Circuit House today morning.



SPIC MACAY winter convention begins
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
A three-day winter Convention of SPIC MACAY started yesterday evening at Delhi Public School. The convention was dedicated to Bharat Ratna Ms Subbulakshmi, doyen of music as a tribute to her contribution to development of Carnatic music. The convention is also supported by the Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam, a cultural organisation promoting performing arts in the city.

Students from rural schools as well as many other schools had arrived to witness India’s best known Odissi dancer, Kiran Segel. Kiran with her disciples presented Pallavvi and Dashtar dances as homage to Gods. These dances are performed in temples. Like other dances of India Odissi dance has its roots in devotion to temple deities.

Rafaquat Ali Khan from Pakistan said that he hoped that these cultural exchanges would cement Indo-Pak relations. He told the students that he was feeling thrilled to perform in Ludhiana as his mother was born in Ludhiana so he feels special bond for the city.

He further said that his roots are in India and now they have spread out to Pakistan too sangs ‘sufi songs’ like Dama dam Mast kalandar, Apne man ki main janoo. His gazal ‘ranjish hi sahi, dil ko dukhane ke liye’ evoked a good response. Kehta Khan a member of Mangniyar Tribe of Rajasthan too entertained the audience with their folk songs.


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