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Inter-college competitions conclude
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 24
Inter-college competitions, organised at Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Women, Manji Sahib, Kottan, concluded here yesterday. Teams of various colleges took part in the competitions, which included shabad gayan, geet, ghazal, lok geet, flower arrangement and salad making, poetry recitation, histrionics, rangoli, embroidery and the best of out of waste.

The function, which was inaugurated on Tuesday, was presided over the Dr Surinder Singh Bhangu. He urged the students to walk on the path of righteousness to enrich their future. The function on the following day was presided over by Mr Dilbagh Singh, secretary, Shromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee, who congratulated the prize winners and asked them to expose their talent in the best possible way. Dr Manjinder Kaur, Principal of the college, welcomed the guest of the occasion and also extended the vote of thanks in the end.

The function began with a shabad, which was followed by the playing of melodious tunes by Mr Lakshman, a violent player. The results of the various competitions on both the days are as follows.

Flower arrangement competition - Samriti Thana of GCW Ludhiana (1), Gagandeep Kaur, Ramgarhia Girls College Ludhiana (2) and Manpreet Kaur of GCW, Ludhiana (2), Parampreet Kaur of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for women and Harmeet Kaur of Ramgahia Girls College, Ludhiana (3).

Salad arrangement competition - Rupali Jindal of GCW of Ludhiana (1), Megha Chabra of GCW, Ludhiana (2), Surinder Kaur of Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana (3).

Gazal singing competition - Manpreet Singh of Khalsa College, Patiala (1), Arshpreet Kaur of Ramgahia Girls College, Ludhiana (2), Lisa of Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Ludhiana, and Yogesh of GGN College, Ludhiana (3), Anita of Master Tara Singh Memorial College (consolation prize).

Shabad gayan competition - Master Tara Singh Memorial College (1), Ramgahia Girls College, Ludhiana (2), Khalsa College for women, Ludhiana and Government College for Women, Ludhiana (3), Swami Ganga Giri Janta Girls College, Raikot and Mata Gurjit College, Fatehgarh Sahib (consolation prize).

Lok-geet competitions - Gurtej Kaur of Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Ludhiana (1), Gurwinder Singh of GGN College, Ludhiana, Sarabjit Kaur of MTSM College, Ludhiana and Jasmeet Kaur of GCW Ludhiana (3), Sukhpreet Kaur of Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana and Bhagwan Singh of Baba Shia Singh College (consolation prize).

Creative writing contest (Essay writing)- Amandeep Kaur of GCW, Ludhiana (1), Paramjit Kaur of Swami Ganga Giri Girls College, Raikot (2), Sarabjit Kaur of Ramgarhia Girls College (3).

Story writing competition - Manpreet Kaur of Swami Ganga Giri Janta Girls College Raikot (1), Lakhveer Kaur of Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana (2), Jagatjot Kaur of GCW, Ludhiana (3).

Poem-writing competition - Vipin Kaur of swami Ganga Giri Girls College, Raikot (1), Heena Bedi of GCW Ludhiana (2), Hardeep Kaur of Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana (3).

Poetical Recitation competition - Amandeep Kaur Dua of GCW, Ludhiana (1), Mandeep Singh of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha (2), Sandeep Kaur of Mata Ganga Khalsa College, Kottan (3), Gurpreet Kaur of Swami Ganga Giri Janta Girls College, Raikot ( Consolation prize).

Histrionics competition - Karamjit Kaur of Guru Nanak Khalsa college, Ludhiana (1), Gurpreet Kaur of Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhana (2), Karamjit Kaur of Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College, Talwandi Sabo (3).

Rangoli competition - Charanjit Kaur ad Rupinder Kaur of Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Girls, Kottan (1), Satinder Kaur of Ramgahia Girls College, Ludhiana (2), Surinder Kaur of Guru Nanak Girls College Ludhiana (3).

Embroidery competition - Taranjit Kaur of Guru Nanak Girls College (1), Hasanjit Kaur of Guru Nanak College, Muktsar (2), Chetna Aneja of Ramgahia Girls College (3).

Best of the waste material competition - Megha of GCW, Ludhiana (1), Poonamjit Kaur of Ramgahia Girls College (2), Samriti of GCW Ludhiana (3), Paramdeep Kaur of Guru Nanak College, Muktsar (consolation prize).

The running trophy in poetry recitation was won by GCW, Ludhana. Sant Singh Gujjar Khan running trophy went to Swami Ganga Giri Janta Girls College, Raikot. The running trophy in shabad gayan was bagged by Master Tara Singh Memorial College. The Jathedar Gurcharan Singh trophy was bagged by GCW, Ludhiana. 



Seminar on Punjabi literature
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 24
The Postgraduate Department of Guru Nanak College, Doraha, held a seminar on Punjabi literature in collaboration with the University Grants Commission, recently. Dr Harbhajan Singh Deol, former Commissioner, Linguistics Minority Commission, who presided over the seminar said there was a need for good writers to guide the present generation.

Dr Satish Verma, head of the Punjabi Department, Panjabi University, Patiala, spoke on Punjabi drama in past three decades.” He traced the steady growth of Punjabi drama from the time of Khalistani movement to the present day which he said was more or less an imitation of the dramas shown TV channels.

Another resource person, Dr Amarjit Singh Kang, head of Punjabi Department, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, in his paper Punjabi prose in the past three decades” stressed the importance of the medieval prose. Discussing about the latest trend, he said that essays had become obsolete, while biographies and autobiographies were being written in a large scale. A total of 35 delegates from various colleges attended the seminar.

Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, Principal of the college, welcomed the delegates from various colleges. Prof Balwant Singh Pangali, general secretary, College Management Committee, said the idea presented by the reserved persons would go a long way in improving the intellectual capabilities of the students. The vote of thanks was presented by Prof Jagdev Singh Grewal, head of the Postgraduate Department of Punjabi of the college. The stage was conducted by Prof Harwinder Kaur, in charge, girls wing. 



All set for ‘Saluja Ehsaas’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 24
As many as 80 participants from Pakistan and Bangladesh reached here today to participate in Punjab College of Technical Education’s (PCTE) international annual cultural festival ‘Saluja-Ehsaas 2005’, to be held tomorrow. Around 40 teams from management and technical institutes and universities of the country will participate in the event.

Four teams from Pakistan and two from Bangladesh will participate in the event. They will be competing in as many as 15 events.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Farzana Firoz, an MBA (finance) student from Bangladesh, said it was her first visit to the country and she liked the way they were welcomed by their Indian counterparts." The culture is just like Bangladesh except that girls here seem to be more independent. In Bangladesh there are restrictions and people are conservative. We cannot dress up likes you. But things are changing slowly”, she said. Farzana like actors Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Dilip Kumar and she likes the movie. “Doli saja ke rakhna.”

Another MBA student from Pakistan, Sanahas Hashmi said she had been visiting India as her grandparents lived in Mumbai. For her Ludhiana is same as Lahore. “There is no difference, people are warmhearted and courteous”, she said.

The participants have come from SZABIST, Islamabad, NCBAE, Lahore AIUB, Dhaka, IBA University of Dhaka, IQRA University, Lahore and National University, Peshawar.

Dr K.N.S. Kang, Director, PCTE, said competitions would be held in literature, fine arts and cultural events.



Seminar on trends in financial sector
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 24
A three-day national seminar on “Financial Sector — Challenges Ahead” started at Ramgarhia Girls College here today. The basic aim of the seminar is to provide a platform to intellectuals, educationists, politicians and administrators to discuss important issues related to the financial sector and social responsibility of financial institutes.

It was inaugurated by Mr Yogesh Aggarwal, Managing Director, State Bank of Patiala. The keynote address was delivered by Mr S.K. Bijlani, former Vice-President, CII, Northern Region. The function started with Saraswati Vandana and the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the distinguished guests.

In her welcome address Principal Harmit Kaur highlighted some of the achievements of the college.

Mr Bijlani said globalisation was being looked upon as a challenge and a threat to the economy. He said it was not a new phenomenon and was not in its initial stage. 



Typing wiz gets admission offers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, Februray 24
The Tribune office is flooded with offers of admission from many prestigious schools to Saurabh Sharma (8), a typing wiz, regarding which a report was published in Ludhiana Tribune on February 21.

His father Jitesh Sharma had said his son could type 41 to 42 words a minute and was a bright student but due to financial constraints, he could not go to a public school.

Principals of some of these schools have said they would provide free education to Saurabh.



Free health camp for asthma patients
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 24
A free health check up camp for asthma patients was organised by Mohan Dai Oswal Charitable Hospital and Cancer Research Hospital at Gurudwara Sriguru Singh Sabha in Moti Nagar here today.

According to Dr Samir Dogra, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, more than 200 patients were examined at the camp and quite a few of them were given free medicines and follow up advice.

During his interaction with the patients, Dr Suresh Goyal, Senior Consultant of the hospital remarked that asthma could afflict persons of all age groups and every year about 1.80 lakh persons died due to this disease in the country.

Dr Goyal said medicine in the form of dry powder or metered dose inhaler were of maximum benefits as they acted on the site of the disease and had very minimal side effects. He further clarified that it was not an infectious or contagious disease and regular treatment under supervision of doctor was helpful.

Dr Dogra claimed that the hospital was regularly organising different kinds of health camps for the public welfare. Recently, a new high dose radiotherapy unit had been installed for cancer patients at Oswal Hospital.



Free drugs for leukaemia patients
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 24
Patients suffering from chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) and gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), who cannot afford the expensive imatinib mesylate medicine for treatment, need not lose hope. The Novartis, the manufacturing company of the wonder drug, has dedicated significant resources to make the drug available free of cost. The cost, otherwise, runs more than Rs 1 lakh per month.

The medicine known in the market as Glivec was made available to the needy through the Glivec International Patient Assistance Program (GIPAP), a program administered by the Max Foundation.

Inquiries with the company’s corporate office revealed that at present more than 3300 patients suffering from the CML and GIST were being administered the drug free of cost.

There were only 45 patients who were paying for the medicine. On an average about 30 new patients get enrolled into GIPAP every week.

Dr Devinder Singh Sidhu, a super-specialist in cancer, and Dr G. S. Brar, an onco-surgeon, maintained that a person suffering from Philadelphia chromosome positive CML or C-KIT positive GIST, who cannot afford the Glivec and does not get reimbursed by the government or any insurance company, is provided the product free of cost. 



Book on sports stars released
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 24
A number of sports stars of Punjab have niched a carve for themselves. They have attained a place where people adore them as demi-gods. However, the sports lovers know a little about these stars and what motivated them to achieve such dizzy heights and cross the hurdles which they had to clear to earn a place in the world of intense competition.

A book titled ‘Khed Amber De Sitare’ which contains detailed information about some of the prominent sports stars of Punjab was released on last Sunday. The book, penned down by sports lover and young writer Navdeep Singh Gill of Barnala, has been formally released on February 20 by the hockey quartet — former captain of the Indian national team Baljeet Singh Dhillon, ace forwards Prabhjot Singh, Deepak Thakur and Gaganajit Singh, at Kila Raipur.

The book, published by Unistar Prakashan of Chandigarh, has information of as many as 37 players who have excelled in various sports.

They include some current and past stars of international repute. The list of players comprises of 15 players of hockey, 12 of athletics, 3 cricketers, two each of boxing and wrestling while one each in judo, cycling and kabaddi, respectively. Nine women players also get a place in this book.

Some of the eminent sportspersons about whom Navdeep Singh Gill deals with, include former hockey stars Pargat Singh and Ramandeep Grewal besides current players like Deepak Thakur, Prabhjot Singh, Baljeet Singh Dhillon and ace drag flicker Jugraj Singh.

Two cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh, athletes Sunita Rani, Bahadur Singh, Neelam J. Singh and Manjeet Kaur, wrestler Palwinder Cheema and kabaddi star Manpreet Mana, veteran wrestler and Director Sports, Punjab, Kartar Singh also find place in this book. 



Nidhi, Rachna declared best athlete, player
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 24
Nidhi Chandla, a student of plus II and Rachna of BA (III) were declared the best athlete and the best player, respectively, in the 36th annual athletics meet of SDP College and schools, organised at the college campus, near Daresi ground, here today.

Ms Sushil Gupta, Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation, inaugurated the meet in which the students (girls) of the SDP College, SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal and Om Parkash Gupta SDP Model Senior Secondary School, took part.

Mr S.K. Sharma, Commissioner, MC, Ludhiana, distributed the prizes. Ms S. Verma, Principal of the college, along with members of the SDP Sabha and faculty members, parents of the students, were present on the occasion.

Results: 50 m — Nidhi Chandla 1, Avinash Kaur 2 and Rion Gujral 3; Chatti race- Razia 1, Harpreet Kaur 2 and Usha 3; 100 m- Nidhi 1, Nitika 2 and Avinash Kaur 3; Potato race- Neha 1, Megha 2 and Harpreet Kaur 3; Slow cycling- Neha 1, Sazee 2.

200 m — Nidhi 1, Nitima 2 and Neetu 3; Rope skipping race- Rachna 1, Kulwinder 2 and Renu 3; 400 m- Nidhi Chandla 1, Nitima 2 and Neelam 3; Three-legged race- Neha Jain and Supriya 1, Parveen and Gitanjali 2; Neha Dholi and Harpreet Kaur 3.

Sack race — Neelam 1, Avinash Kaur 2 and Gitanjali 3; Long jump- Nidhi Chandla 1, Neetu 2 and Supriya 3; High jump- Reetu Gujral 1, Harpreet Kaur 2 and Balbir Kaur 3; Shot put- Neha 1, Harpreet Kaur 2 and Usha 3; Discus throw- Harpreet Kaur 1, Ritu 2 and Ritu Gujral 3; Javelin throw- Rity 1, Sazee 2 and Ritu Gujral 3.



Sports fest from today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 24
The 10th edition of the sports festival at Lalton Kalan village about 10 km from here will be held from February 25 to 27. According to Mr Tarlochan Singh Grewal, general secretary, Yuvak Sevawan Club, the main attraction of this annual feat being organised under the Partnership of Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, former Mayor, Ludhiana, will be kabaddi, veterans race, volleyball, athletics and dogs race. The winners will be given cash prizes.


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