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Volunteers leave camp on a positive note
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, September 30
Around 200 volunteers from 15 states across the country who attended a 10-day National Integration Camp at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women left for their homes today on a positive note.

The students, hailing from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Daman and Deu, Pondicherry, Uttaranchal, Assam and Manipur, participated in various interactive sessions, awareness rallies, sadbhavna yatras and got training in civil defence and traffic regulation at the camp.

“It was great to be a part of the camp which was organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. All of us shared some memorable moments. We have come to know of different cultures and diverse religions. The volunteers were warm-hearted and possessed no ill-feelings about one another,” said a science student, Chandni, who hails from Manipur.

Another volunteer from Pondicherry said she had heard a lot about the rich Punjabi culture and traditions. “It was fun to be here. Though the food served here was much spicy, we really liked it. In the beginning, we were a bit uncomfortable with the atmosphere, but everyone got used to it after a few days and Punjabi hospitality was excellent,” she said.

Richa Mehndiratta from Haryana was almost in tears as she set off for her home. She said not only students, but the teachers were very friendly and loving. People in Haryana were not as well-behaved and warm-hearted as Punjabis are.

“I would love to be here again. The taste of Rajma-chawal served here will always be there in my mind. We met Punjabi singer Nachhattar Gill and clicked many photographs”, she said.

Shweta Pandey from Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, said almost all volunteers had become friendly to her during these 10 days. “I was feeling bad to part from them. We all spoke different languages but there was something which gave a feeling that we were all united. The Sikh culture is really rich.

“The langar served in gurdwaras was very delicious and people offered everything by heart. We did a bit of shopping. Punjabi dresses are cheaper here. I have got one for just Rs 250 from Chaura Bazar,” she said.

Another volunteer from Tamil Nadu, Rashita, said that language was the only problem. The culture was very different from the South. Women draped “sari” in a different style. “But we communicated with everyone in English and Hindi. We are leaving Ludhiana with a hope to be back again,” she said.



From Colleges
National integration camp ends 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 30
The valedictory function of the 10-day national integration camp was held at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women here today. More than 200 volunteers representing 15 states from all over the country were given a warm send-off by the college management.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota said it was a great honour for Punjab and the college in particular that this mega event was organised here for the second time.

Terming the camp as a live example of 'unity in diversity' she said, "The camp was organised with a view to instill patriotic feelings, cultural harmony and tolerance among students from various parts of the country belonging to different cultures and diverse religions".

Various activities were undertaken during the camp, including plays , dances, rangoli-mehandi competitions, beauty culture, communication-skill development, personality-grooming sessions and cultural evenings.

A sadbhavna yatra to Wagah Border, Golden Temple was also organised along with the traffic training and visit to PAU.

Other highlights of the camp were civil defence training by the Ludhiana District Civil Defence Department, anti-pollution-cum-social awareness rally, prabhat pheris, physical fitness programmes, musical sessions and poetry recitation contests.

Extension lectures by NSS officers: Various extension lectures were organised by the NSS officers here today as part of a 10-days camp at the Government College For Women. Guest-resource persons and host-resource persons were invited for delivering the enlightening lectures.

Dr Sandeep Singh from PAU emphasised the aims and objectives of the NSS.

He said over the years, the NSS had made significant contributions towards the betterment of society. The main aim of the NSS was personality development of volunteers through community service.

Dr Tarundeep Singh, Assistant Professor, DMCH, made the volunteers aware regarding HIV/AIDS.

Dr Srit Sharma, Assistant Professor, DMCH, sensitised volunteers regarding 'count what you eat, some facts about nutrition'.

Lectures were delivered on 'mind Management' and meditation' by Dr Seema.

Dr Sangeeta gave a talk on 'gynecological problems'.

Dr Paramjeet Singh, principal Consultant, Regional Centre for Entrepreneur Development, talked about 'value-based education'.

Delegation returns from Thailand: A delegation consisting of the Director, four faculty members and 20 students of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, has recently returned after successful industrial and educational tour of Thailand.

The delegation had received invitations from M/s International Enterprise Limited and M/s Aekehai Mattress Industry and Business Management School, Asian Institute of Technology.

The delegation reached Thailand on September 23 and visited Poindong Industrial Estate in South-East part of Thailand.

According to a press statement, this was a new industrial estate which was going to be hub of auto-spare parts manufacturing as most of the world's famous cars were now being assembled in Thailand.

The delegation also visited South Sea Bed Industrial Estate located in the southern tip of the country.

The delegation had a one-day stay at Pattaya for adventure sports that included power-para sailing and sea scooter driving.

The delegation also visited the World's biggest gem factory, where the students were shown the simulation of old and present methods of mining of gems and actual process of cutting and polishing of diamonds and precious stones and manufacture of ornament.



Bhojpuri films doing roaring business
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
Bhojpuri movies having a huge fan following in the burgeoning migrant labour population from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are doing a roaring business here and in Jalandhar.

The migrants have come as a saviour for cinema owners who had been suffering losses. The film, “Panditji-Batai na Biah Kab Hoyi”, ran for eight weeks in various cinema halls even as Hindi or Punjabi movies hardly run for two weeks. Four cinema halls in the city are currently screening Bhojpuri movies.

Cashing in on the changing demography of the state, a number of cinema owners here and in Jalandhar have recently started screening Bhojpuri movies with an eye on the swelling population of the migrant labourers, most of whom come from the Bhojpuri-speaking belt in Uttar Pradesh and parts of Bihar.

Cinema owners had been trying to show soft porn Hindi movies which again had a sizeable migrant labour viewers. However, a campaign against the screening of such films by the media and action by the police discouraged them. It is here that the Bhojpuri movies have come as a saviour.

Mr Kanwaljit Singh, owner of Orient Cinema, said movies other than Hindi, Punjabi and English, were never screened in Punjab earlier for obvious reasons, but with the changing demography and ever-increasing number of labourers, more and more Bhojpuri movies were being screened.

Ms Romila Raikhy, whose family owns Raikhy theatre, was happy at the great business of the films. “Raja Bhojpuria” is no less than “Sholay” for the labourers. People boast how they have seen it four or five times and even more. No wonder it is running simultaneously in Raikhy and Arora cinema halls,” she added.

At Deepak and Society cinema halls, films like “Panditji...” and “Challi Aaj Deswa Ki Aur” are giving better returns than high-budget Hindi movies. Mr Bhupinder Khatra, owner of Mehak theatre in Jalandhar, said they had to put up extra seats in the cinema hall. “The Bhojpuri movies are for family viewing, and have entertaining comedy. They are not the usual run-of-the-mill kind, and are low budget films,” he said.



Wrestling mania grips city
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 30
The Total Nonstop Action (TNA) wrestlers Sonjay Dutt, Simon Diamonds and Shark Boy, after performing in Mumbai, Vadodara, Lucknow, Bhopal and Nagpur, were in the city today on a promotional tour organised by the ESPN Star Sports channel.

Giving details of this high-decibel campaign, based on the theme of “International Taandav, Desi Andaaz” to promote TNA wrestling in India, Mr Sameer Bajaj, a spokesperson of the ESPN Star Sports, said the channel had launched an extensive campaign to let Indian fans see, experience and interact with their favourite wrestling stars. “We are looking at path-breaking ways to interact with our audience. We will soon be launching a mobile game and an online game to promote TNA wrestling. In addition, we will also launch an Indianised rap song to popularise the show,” he added.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Sonjay Dutt, the only Indian in the professional wrestling circuit, said he was thrilled to see so many people at every venue. “I never expected this kind of euphoria. The entire experience of performing in front of a responsive crowd dancing on Indian beats has been overwhelming. I am eagerly looking forward to visiting all other cities,” he said.

The masked wrestler, Shark Boy, was surprised by the response at all places they had performed and he said Indians had the knowledge about wrestling. The keen interest shown by many fans, especially on technical aspects of wrestling, has really impressed him. “It is good to see TNA wrestling getting so much encouragement within four months of its showcasing here in India,” said Shark Boy. The third wrestler, Simon Diamond, added that it was mind blowing experience and he was feeling on top of the world.



Harvesting paddy at night banned
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate, Ludhiana, today banned combine harvesting operations during night in the district in view of the high moisture content of the grains at that time.

The DM, Mr Anurag Verma, said the crop harvested at night by combines was known to have more moisture content which caused problems in smooth procurement.

The delay in procurement had caused law and order problems in the past also. He said those found harvesting their crop at night would be booked.


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