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NSS camp on community development concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
The 10-day NSS camp organised in three adopted villages — Talwandi Khurd, Swaddi and Taiwandi Kalan — by the volunteers of the College of Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering and Home Science of Punjab Agricultural University concluded today at Talwandi Khurd village.

Dr L.S. Brar, Director Student Welfare, PAU, was the chief guest. While giving away trophies and certificates to the volunteers, who excelled in various community development activities, Dr Brar appreciated their endeavour to create awareness among the youth against the ill effects of drugs and intoxicants and also against life-style diseases.

He also honoured the sarpanches of the three villages who expressed gratitude to the NSS volunteers for activities during the camp, especially against drug addiction by the village youth.

Dr K.S. Verma, programme coordinator, NSS, PAU, while presenting the camp report, said the volunteers took out impressive rallies in all three villages against the drug abuse under the theme, youth against drug abuse, with banners and placards in their hands and raised slogans and pasted hand bills on the street walls.

The volunteers also eradicated congress grass along the village link roads, prepared flower beds and planted more than 3,000 flowering plants in schools and gurdwara premises. The plants were supplied by the Department of Landscape and Floriculture. Dr Vandana Gandotra and Dr Ravinder Kaur gave demonstrations to the village women on dyeing and preparation of pickles, sauce, jams etc.

An animal health camp was also organised in which Dr M.D. Gupta and Dr H.S. Bhatti gave tips to the farmers on various health problems of milch animals along with prescriptions.

As a road safety measure, the volunteers fitted refractors on more than 50 tractor trailers in the adopted villages. Ms Madhu Bala, youth officer and a representative of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, during her visit to the camp in Talwandi Khurd village appreciated the volunteers for carrying out community development activities.

The camp activities were supervised by the programme officers, Dr Darnanjit Kaur, Dr Ashu Kalaramma, Dr Rohinish Khurana and Sandeep Singh and Rajinder Singh. 



Garcha asks youth to fight drugs, join Army
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 25
Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, a SAD MLA, called upon the students of the state to launch a crusade against drugs and narcotics and join social service organisations and paramilitary forces like the NCC during their education so that the state could send its share to armed forces as before.

While addressing the gathering at the local Shanti Tara College on the opening ceremony of a 10-day NSS camp yesterday, Mr Garcha claimed that the state government had faced an awkward position recently when the Union Government had apprised it of the non-availability of deserving youths from the state for recruitment at various posts in the Army.

“It is stunning for us to learn that an otherwise gallant generation, having genes for valour has been engulfed by a sea of addiction and the state masters had to cover their faces to hide their embarrassment,” said Mr Garcha . At the same time he urged the authorities to make the youth of the state aware about the recruitment schedule of the armed forces. “We fail to understand on what basis the authorities decided that physically fit youth for recruitment were not available whereas lakhs of robust boys were running from pillar to post to get employment,” argued Mr Garcha.

An elaborate cultural programme was presented by the students. Bhangra, choreography and folk items performed by Sukhmit Shenty and Lakhbir Kaur were appreciated by all. Mr D.S. Mann, coordinator, Punjab University, Patiala, Mr Arvind Malhotra, general secretary, Mr C. P. Dua and Mr Mansha Ram, NSS officers, emphasised the role of the social service organisation in the personality development of the students.

Mr Garcha later visited Akbarpur and Momnabad villages, where the volunteers of the NSS unit had started a cleanliness project.



When energy flowed in rhythm and harmony
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
With Sonal Mansingh, the noted Odissi and Bharatnatyam dancer, the classical dance can still hold you in awe. She danced to her word on Saturday night at the 60th programme of the Ludhiana Sanskritik Sammagam (LSS).

The elegance and catholicity of the bodily movements was to be seen to be believed. Each part of the body made a separate statement in perfect rhythm and harmony with each other. From the hands to the toes and the eyes, everything seemed to speak for itself making the audiences cheer and applaud too frequently.

It was a two hour dance narrative relating different scenes from the Ramayan, the story of a courageous Rajasthani lady and also two brilliant group performances on "Ranjish Hi Sahi, Dil Hi Dukhanay Ke liye Aa" and "Dammadam Mast Kalandar". The ashtras narrative enacted from Ramayana was spruced up with popular Hindi numbers like "Kajrare, Satyam Shivam Sundaram."

Sonal Mansingh seemed to have enacted most of the performances from the Rajasthani folk dance, as she put it, "traditional dance and not folk dance". Folk concept, she said, had been taken from the West and it should better be described as "traditional" and classic as well.

She was accompanied on the floor by an equally brilliant troupe, including Shubham Jain, Rakesh, Dimple, Darshana, Rajesh, Palavi and Harsh Jain. The melody to the dance was added by Mohammad Rafiq, Rehmat Khan, Niranjan Gaur, Parvez Aslam Abrar Hussain and Bankim Sethi.

Earlier in his welcome address, the president of the LSS, Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, said the LSS had so far managed 60 programmes of performing arts. He assured that it would continue with its endeavour to present each and every aspect of the performing classical arts to the residents of the city.

Mr S.K. Rai, the most familiar and affable face of the LSS, was cheered as he announced that eminent singer Reshma would be performing at the LSS platform in February.

SSP Narinderpal Singh presented mementoes to the artistes and appreciated the efforts of the LSS in organising events which have a great cultural significance.



Ruhani mushaira
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
The Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission, Kirpal Ashram, Ludhiana, organised a ‘ruhani mushaira’ (spiritual poetic symposium) in the memory of Sant Darshan Singh here last night. About 15 prominent Urdu poets participated in the mushaira. The poets while paying tributes to Sant Darshan Singh also recalled his untiring services towards the welfare of human beings. In their beautiful poetic presentations they appealed to people to adopt the path of simplicity and spirituality.

Sant Darshan Singh remained the head of the mission for 15 years. He wrote a number of books, including ‘Matai noor, moojay noor’, ‘talash-e-noor’ and ‘jadai noor’. These books have been awarded by various literary organisations.



Bulle Shah awards for 3 writers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
The Denmark-based Asian Writers’ Association presented Baba Bulle Shah awards to three eminent Punjabi writers for outstanding contribution to the Punjabi language and literature. The writers are Surjit Paattar, Prof Kulwant Jagraon and Prof Kartar Singh Kalra.

The function was presided over by noted litterateur Man Singh. He appreciated the writings of the authors saying that it had made immense contribution to the mother tongue. Sufi singer Dev Dildar presented a number of songs of Baba Bulle Shah.

Speaking on the occasion, the president of the association, Mr Swaran Singh Parwana, said, the association had been working for the promotion of Punjabi language, literature and culture.



58 donate blood
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 25
A blood donation camp was organised by the Yuva Rakat Daan Society, in collaboration with the Department of Transfusion Medicine, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) at Mandi Dabwali in Sirsa district (Haryana) yesterday.

According to Dr Rajesh Kumar, Assistant Professor in the Department of Transfusion Medicine of DMCH, 58 units of blood were collected during the camp. The blood collected at the camp would be processed and screened for all transmissible diseases before it was released to the patients. This would ensure perfect safety of blood to the recipients.

Dr Amarjit Kaur, Head of the department, observed that the major concern of the department was to arrange adequate blood children suffering from thalassaemia and for certain conditions. This would only be made possible if people, especially youngsters, come forward to donate blood and make voluntary donation a mass movement.



NRI lifts 275 kg, breaks 6-yr-old record
Mahesh Sharma

Dilbagh Singh Cheema Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 25
The sports lovers of the area in general and that of Jand village in particular were delighted over the exemplary victory of Dilbagh Singh Cheema, a power lifter, who broke six-year-old record of British Columbia recently and declared to represent India in all events at the international level scheduled to take place next year.

Darshan Singh, a sports lover of local town, informed that Dilbagh Singh had declared to represent his native country in all international powerlifting competitions scheduled to take place in 2006.

The residents of the area felt happy when they came to know that Dilbagh had broken six-year-old record in power lifting by taking a 275 kg dead lift and a bench press equal to 185 kg. Mike Smith had recorded a lift of 265 Kg six years earlier.

Now settled in western Canada, Cheema was born in a mediocre agricultural family of Jand village in Ludhiana district. Waryam Singh, his grandfather, had inspired him to try his worth in tug of war when he was quite young. Manjit Singh Rakba, a powerlifter of repute, not only inspired him to adopt the game as his carrier, but also nurtured his needs physically and morally.

“Persistence with supplementation of coordinated efforts by all concerned, including my parents and coach, enabled me embrace a gold medal by breaking a six-year-old record,” said enthusiast Cheema while talking to the Ludhiana Tribune on telephone. He was declared Champion of BC last year also.

Justifying his earlier stand to play for Canada, Cheema said that youths growing in mediocre agricultural family were unable to compete at the international level as the sport needed extraordinary diet and expensive vitamins. “After settling abroad one can afford to buy energetic diet and facilities required for intensive practice and aspire to pocket medals,” argued Cheema.


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