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Stress laid on positive attitude in life
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 17
The PTU Department of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Vocational Studies (GGNIVS) conducted a seminar on ‘The building up of self-confidence’ here today. Ms Aditi Satija, a psychologist, delivered the lecture. Students from PTU, MBA, PGDCA and MSc participated in it.

Ms Satija laid stress on various personality traits which helped a lot in building up the confidence of an individual. She gave some tips to overcome fear, anxiety and depression. She encouraged the students to tackle criticism in positive manner.

She stressed that only the positive attitude could make the life beautiful and helped in developing confidence. Self-confidence is increased when one learns to overcome failures in life, she said.

DD Jain College: To understand the behavioural problems of adolescents, a two-day seminar-cum-panel discussion on ‘Adolescents Behavioural Problems - Causes and Prevention’ started at DD Jain College here on Monday.

Dr Chander Mohini, Principal of the college, said though parents were trying to inculcate their own values among their children, adolescents wanted to taste the products of western culture and had adopted new values. They were at the cross-roads. The two opposite forces were pulling them apart.

Families and schools were playing a different, and at times a very irrelevant role in the emotional lives of adolescents.

Several speakers gave their views on various kinds of problems prevalent among teenagers. Dr Arun Sood, a psychiatrist, discussed his views on eating disorders among adolescents. Gynaecological problems of the girls were discussed by Dr Monika Bansal.

Ms Neetu Sethi, Lecturer, DD Jain College of Education, apprised the students of various kinds of stress that an adolescent faced.

Dr Chander Mohini expressed her views on the misuse of technology and highlighted various steps needed to avoid such misuse. She emphasised on the misuse of media in various institutions like cyber cafes etc. The session concluded with a vote of thanks by the Principal.

Prakash utsav: The 53rd prakash utsav of Shri Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated with religious fervour at Guru Nanak Girls College here on Monday. Bhog of Akhand Path was organised. A shabad kirtan was performed by students and faculty members.

Dr Charanjit Mahal addressed the congregation and highlighted the philosophy of the Guru and founder of Sikhism. She exhorted the students to follow the noble teachings of the Guru.



Campus Notes
PAU plans 1,000 vocational courses
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 17
Punjab Agricultural University has planned to organise more than 1,000 short-duration, vocational and in-service training courses during the year 2005-06. This was stated here today by Dr Amrik Singh Sandhu, Director Extension Education, PAU. He was presiding over a state-level workshop.

Dr Kulbir Singh, Director, Horticulture, Dr Vinod Kumar, Joint Director, Animal Husbandry, and a number of university experts from all over the state were present.

Dr Sandhu emphasised that marketing aspect should be included in courses like bee-keeping, dairy farming and poultry. He called for organising courses for the university staff on new emerging areas like vermiculture and organic farming.

Dr Sandhu also emphasised on organising courses on efficient management of water for orchards, vegetable farms and other horticultural crops as well as value edition of all horticultural and agricultural products. He suggested to cover the aspect of seed treatment in all relevant courses organised by the Krishi Vigyan Kendras. He also called for integrating the issues of prevention of social evils like drug abuse and female foeticide in various training courses.

Training: The 22-day training course on “Effective use of mass media for dissemination of science and technology”, sponsored by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication, New Delhi, was organised by the Directorate of Extension Education, PAU, Ludhiana, and the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh.

Presiding over the concluding function of the course on Monday, Dr Dalip Singh Sidhu, Member, Board of Management, PAU, said such courses were helpful in discharging the mandatory duties and performing the functions properly. He said India had progressed a lot in the field of agriculture and farming was becoming a family business. He pointed out that the farmers needed the help of researchers and scientists. He observed that it would prove to be a futile exercise if there was a problem of communication between the farmers and the scientist.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Neelam Gulati Sharma, Principal Scientific Officer, State Council for Science and Technology, said the main objective of this course was to use the mass media for disseminating scientific technology, in order to make it reach the common person.

Course: The concluding function of a training course on “Plant breeding methodology — introspection and retrospection” was organised under the aegis of the Centre of Advanced Studies in the Department of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology, PAU, on Monday.

Dr Darshan Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, who was the chief guest, emphasised that in view of rapid changes being made in science in general and in the discipline of plant breeding, genetics and biotechnology in particular, such training courses offered an opportunity to the participants to get them conversant with the latest findings and make use of these methodologies in their research programme to solve the problem of farming community.

Dr Darshan Singh also interacted with the participants. Dr D.R. Satija, Director, Centre for Advanced Students, said all 14 participants completed the training which consisted of lecture and practicals.



150 take part in singing competition
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 17
As many as 150 students participated in a singing competition organised by the local chapter of the Sangam Kala Group here yesterday at Government College for Women. The finalists from Ludhiana will participate in a national contest to be held at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on February 5.

“From the platform provided by the Sangam Kala Group, talented singers like Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Anand Raj Anand and Jaspinder Nirula have emerged. This year we have invited A.R. Rehman, Shaan and Kumar Sanu to select the winners. Music director Khayyam will be given the ‘Life time Achievement Award’ ,” said Mr Raj Chopra, vice-president, and Mr Rama Krishna, general secretary, of the Sangam Kala Group, Delhi.

Mr Pankaj Munjal and Mrs Charu Munjal of the Hero group of companies are sponsors of the Sangam Kala Group.

The results of the competition held at Government College for Women are as follows: Subjunior (non-film category): Juhi Rai 1, Gargi Sharma 2 and Jasmine Brar 3. Consolation prizes : Jaskaran S. Lamba and Jeevandeep Singh. Film Category : Sunaina 1, Juhi Rai 2 and Heena Naz Bali 4. Consolation prizes: Ishna Sharma and Gargi Sharma.

Junior (non-film category): Harmin Kaur 1, Kumar Sharma 2 and Amrinder Singh Sandhu 3. Consolation prizes: Surinder Kaur and Deepak Khosla. Film category: Ashpreet 1, Manveer Sood 2 and Krishna Sood 3. Consolaiton prizes: Sulagna Banerjee, Kumar Sharma.

Senior (non-film category): Mukesh Kumar 1, Jasprit Singh 2 and Robin 3. Consolation prizes: Harneet Taneja and Jagprit Singh. Film category: Arvind Gujral 1, Himani 2 and Yogesh Sharma 3. Consolation prizes: Pankaj, Navneet Kaur and Jagprit Singh.

The judges were: Mr Naresh Dhiman, Mr Des Raj and Mrs Sumedha Wadhwa.



Gobindgarh College celebrates annual day
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, January 17
Gobindgarh Public College, Alaur, organised its first annual function at Khanaya Lal Bardeja Lion’s Bhavan, Mandi Gobindgarh. The Lok Sabha MP, Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra, was the chief guest. The programme began with a recitation of shabad “Awal Allah Noor Upaya, Kudrat ke Sab Bande.” College students presented poems, songs, ghazals, folk songs, skits and group dance, on the occasion.

Dr Suresh Tondon, Principal, read the annual report of the college. He said 13 students in commerce and 10 students in arts bagged first divisions in the Panjab University annual examination of 2004. Two students, Harminder Singh and Pushpinder, were selected for the inter-zonal festival to be organised at SPN College, Mukerian, from January 28 to 31.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Libra praised local industrialist for taking keen interest in improving the standard of education in the township. The chief guest promised to construct a link road between the college and the GT road. He distributed prizes among 100 students. The trustee, Mr R.P. Bhatia, Mr Pawan Sahrda and Mr Swaranjit Singh Bagli, were also present.



Sarbjeet Kaur wins essay-writing contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 17
An essay-writing competition was organised by the Rameshwar Welfare Trust in collaboration with the Nehru Yuva Kendra here today. Twentysix boys and girls from different villages participated in it.

Sarbjeet Kaur of Mangat village won the first position while Gagan and Kukdeeo Singh secured the second and third position respectively. Mr Neelam Bhatia gave away prizes to the winners.



Students, staff donate 1.08 lakh
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 17
Students and staff of Jain Public Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, have contributed Rs 1.08 lakh to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.
The president of the school managing committee, Mr Narinder Kumar Jain, the Principal, Mr S.K. Kalra, students and staff presented a draft for the amount to Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary. Meanwhile, members of the Ludhiana City Jaycee have collected Rs 25,000 for the relief fund.



Chandigarh man convicted in cheque-bounce case
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 17
A businessman of Chandigarh, Harinder Singh, owner of Horasons, Sector 43-B, has been sentenced to one-year imprisonment in a cheque-bounce case.
The order was pronounced by the Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sangeet Pal Singh, while disposing of complaint filed by Mr Jiwan Kumar, owner of Bharat Jiwan Dyeing Factory, Industrial Area-A, Ludhiana.

The complainant had submitted that he had business transactions with the accused. The accused used to send clothes for dyeing to his dyeing unit. After dyeing the clothes, these returned from time to time and in the statement of accounts a sum of Rs 1,93,160 was due towards the accused.

He requested the accused to make the payment several times. The accused issued a cheque dated August 7, 2000, for Rs 25,000 drawn on UCO Bank, Chandigarh, as part payment. At the time of issuance of the cheque, the accused assured the complainant that the cheque would be honoured on its presentation in the bank.

When the complainant presented the cheque in the bank, it was returned with the remarks “funds insufficient”, in August 2000.

The complainant contacted the accused and told him about the fate of the cheque.

The accused requested the complainant to present the cheque in the bank again in the month of September 2000. He said at that time it would definitely be honoured.

The complainant again presented the cheque for encashment, but it was again dishonoured by the banker of the accused.

Following this, the complainant got served a legal notice on the accused through his (the complainant’s) counsel, Mr Vijay Mahendru, on September 19, 2000.

The accused failed to make the payment even after the receipt of the notice and became liable to be punished under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act.



Man acquitted in murder case
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 17
The Sessions Judge, Mr Harbans Lal, has acquitted Gurmit Singh, a resident of Huzra village, Jagraon in a murder case, as the prosecution failed to prove the charges levelled against the accused.

Gurmit Singh was booked on the charge of killing Gurmesh Singh of Salempura village at Sidhwan Bet Police Station on May 8, 2003 following the statement of Paramjit Kaur, wife of the deceased.

The complainant had stated to the police that her husband had taken some money from the accused. Gurmit Singh was demanding his money back which Gurmesh Singh could not return.

On May 7, 2003 Gurmit Singh went to Gurmesh Singh’s house and asked him to return the money. Thereafter, he took Gurmesh Singh with him. According to Paramjit Kaur her husband never returned thereafter. She apprehended that her husband had been eliminated by the accused.

Later, the police recovered the body of Gurmesh from Sutlej river. The accused was arrested by the police on May 11, 2003. The prosecution had claimed that the accused had made extra-judicial confession before the Sarpanch of Bhundri village, Ujagar Singh.

However, the defence had claimed that the said witness was a tout of the police. The question of making extra-judicial confession had never arisen, as the accused had not committed any crime. Moreover, there was contradiction in the prosecution story.

As per the alleged eye-witness, Kulwant Singh, the deceased had died due to drowning but as per medical opinion, the death was due to the consumption of pesticides.



Bouquet of ghazals at Dastak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 17
Dastak — a musical evening, was organised by Dhvani. The evening started with a prayer of Ayub Khaar "Saat suron ka behta darya tere naam" rendered in the ghazal form by a well known singer Randhir Kanwal.

Kanwal started the concert with Mirza Daagh Dehlvi’s “Kehne deti nahi kuchh moonh se mohabbat teri, lab”. He then sang some famous ghazals of Qateel Shifayee, like “Paraishan rat sari ha...”

The third intikhab of Randhir was the ghazal maestro Jigr Moradabadi and he hit the right chord with the audience as he started “Kuchh is ada se aaj...”

Another singer, Arun Vasudeva sang a popular ghazal of Faiz “Dono jahan teri mohababat...”

Surjit Patar rendered his own ghazals and captivated the audience.


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